Ireland/Scotland Haul!



Husband and I were in The UK/Ireland for 10 glorious days. The scenery, the beer, the climate, the accents, the tartan…and of course, the cosmetics! I had made a list of things that I definitely wanted and managed to track those down (and more) on a quick trip to Boots. I had also wanted to try out some Inglot products so I made it a point to track one of those down in Dublin. I’m actually SERIOUSLY loving some of the products that I picked up…like…may have become new favorites, loving.

Here’s an overview of what I got:

Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation and Concealer: I know we have Rimmel in the States but this foundation is not available here, as far as I’ve seen. I have fairly dry skin and don’t care much for really matte foundations and I must say that the finish on this is just gorgeous. It claims to have an Anti-Fatigue Effect and Radiant Glow. I’m not so sure about Anti-Fatigue but it sure has a great glowy finish. Savy likes.

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer: I had heard nothing but raves about this product and I tell you what, it does not disappoint. SUPER coverage, not cakey, long wearing, perfect.

Seventeen Instant Glow Shimmer Brick in Pink Bronze: This was an impulse purchase. The color was real pretty and it reminded me of the Physician’s Formula Shimmer Bricks that I love. The product is a little chalky but the color is just as gorgeous as I thought it would be. A great Summer highlight.

Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker in Yummy Plum and Half Naked: I’m pretty sure you can get these in Sephora but I spotted them and HAD to have them because of the name. Plus: They are like a party on your lips. The plumping tingling is like nothing I’ve ever felt. I’m a little obsessed.

Inglot YSM Foundation: Seriously my new favorite foundation. It’s great for all skin types, has a great natural finish, and lasts like a dream. Pretty much everything you want in a foundation. There are a few Inglot stores in the US, but nowhere near me and their website is a little bit of a mess to navigate. I decided to check the stuff out in person in Dublin and I seriously wanted everything but I settled for the Foundation and:

Inglot Freedom System Eye Shadow Palette with Shadows: These are great shadows. Greatly pigmented and easy to blend. They have a crazy amount of colors and at only $6/shadow, they are super affordable. You can either buy them individually to put them in something like a Z Palette or get their Freedom Palettes that come in all kind of configurations. More. Needed.

Rimmel Apocalips in Big Bang: Let’s have a moment of silence for the other Apocalips that I purchased but some how managed to not make it back with me! 😦 BUT! All is not lost because right when I got home, I discovered that they released them here in the US at Walgreens under the name Rimmel Show Offs. I can’t lie, I like the name Apocalips better! But seriously, my new fave lip product! The pigment of a lipstick with the feeling and shine of a gloss. Go get you some!

Urban Decay We Don’t Do Animal Testing Palette: I picked this up in the Duty Free Shop on the ferry to Scotland mostly because of the cute packaging. Apparently it’s a kind of old palette but UD Shadows are pretty good and something that I don’t have too much of. The Palette included a half size Zero 24/7 liner and a mini Primer Potion. The 6 Shadow Palette includes: Mink, Urb, Gunmetal, Twice Baked, Smog and Half Baked. Pretty Stuff!

We Don't Test on Animals Palette

We Don’t Test on Animals Palette

Bonus Body Product: Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Wash: This stuff smells like key lime pie…that’s pretty much all I have to say.

So there are my UK Goodies that I was so excited about I had to share! If you guys are close to an Inglot store, I highly recommend going and checking out their products. From what I’ve tried, the products are amazing and VERY reasonably priced.

I miss the British Isles already!

When Ulta and Sephora Happen

All I really have to say is Guilty. I’m so Guilty! I have absolutely no business buying new beauty products but the Shopping Gods called….and (un)fortunately, I answered! I did end up picking up some things that I had been eyeballing/hearing good stuff about. I picked up Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed, Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner in Uzi, NYX Push Up Bra for Eyebrows and NYX Love in Florence Eyeshadow Pallet in Ciao Bella.

Ulta/Sephora Goodies

Ulta/Sephora Goodies

The Blush: This stuff is legit. I’ve heard nothing but raves about it and it seriously lives up to the hype! I tend to touch my face a lot (a bad habit, I know), and this stuff stayed put for real! The color is a perfect matte, nude that I think would be flattering on a lot of people. $26 is a bit much to spend on a blush but I didn’t need a lot and it stayed all day so I’ll definitely be buying more colors.

The Eyeliner: I’m obsessed with the color of this! Grey eyeliners are my go to for summer and this is a great one to add to my collection. It has a metallic finish that really looks like gun metal on the eye. On the eyelid, it performed splendidly but it didn’t stay on my waterline as long as I had hoped. Still on the hunt for that perfect stay put eyeliner that won’t creep down into my ‘laugh lines’. The color is amazing though, like I said.

The Brow Product: This little nugget is a two in one brow pencil/highlight. The highlight end is exactly like Benefit’s Eye Bright and the brow end is a real great ‘universal’ brow pencil. I’m always skeptical of ‘universal’ products but this particular color works for my brows. With a light hand, it’s not too dark and not red at all. I don’t think this would work for people with hair much lighter than mine. The pencil is not too soft or waxy and applies the color to your brows in a way that looks very natural, not ‘drawn’. (If that makes any sense) Given that the Eye Bright alone is $20, you can go and get this nugget for only $9.99 and have the brightener AND a great eye pencil all in one! I say, DEAL!

The Shadow Palette: I’ve been drawn to this palette ever since I spotted it online. I’ve even picked it up in the store and put it back down several times because my rational mind was going: “You DON’T need anymore eye palettes!” Well NYX items were buy one and get one 50% off. I knew I wanted the Push Up Bra (hehe) but couldn’t find anything else I wanted so I went ahead and caved. NYX Eyeshadows are hit and miss, in my opinion. Some perform beautifully, while some tend to be un-pigmented and chalky. When I swatched them on my hand without primer, the coral and satin grey weren’t very pigmented. I applied them to the eyes with some primer and the coral ended up being beautiful but I still couldn’t get anything out of the grey. The ‘highlight’ color and smokey color are excellent and the super shimmery grey is a fun way to add some glam to a look. Overall, I’m happy that I got it. I feel like I’m going to be able to get a lot of different looks out of this little palette.

New Haul Face

New Haul Face

So there’s a little review of the little (unnecessary) nuggets that I picked up…and of COURSE I had to use them ALL in a look. They actually all paired quite nicely together.

Ciao Bella Eyes

Ciao Bella Eyes

Wild about Wet n’ Wild

Ok Ladies, don’t laugh. I’m seriously digging Wet n’ Wild eyeshadows lately. No really, don’t laugh. I started hearing a lot about the Wet n’ Wild Color Icon trios and pallets on the ‘beauty blogosphere.’ Everyone had nothing but crazy good things to say about them. Watching videos, the color payoff and blendability of these products seemed to be pretty awesome. Now, I don’t know about you, but I had been under the impression for quite some time that Wet n’ Wild was a throwaway brand. We all know the Revlons, Maybellines, Loreals and Cover Girls are the main drugstore brands that could produce some quality….but Wet n’ Wild?! Only teenyboppers bought that business. But for $2.99, what was the harm in trying. I can’t tell a lie, I was a little ashamed going up to the register with my Wet n’ Wild “Walking on Eggshells” trio. I might have hidden it under my other purchases. But I’m here to tell you, I’m a believer! These eyeshadows are awesome. Like, rival my MAC eyeshadow collection, awesome. The colors are amazing and pigmented, and the shadows blend and build well. I seriously have no bad things to say about them. And for $2.99 for the trios and $4.99 for the 8 pan pallets, you can’t beat it. I’ve even gone so far as to try a blush and bronzer from them as well. I was impressed with those purchases. I’ve even heard good things about their lip products. Moral of the Story: Wet n’ Wild has come a LONG way from being the ‘trash’ makeup brand at the drugstore. They have really upped the quality of their products while maintaining their SUPER affordable pricetag. I now buy my Wet n’ Wild products with pride!

Glinda Pallet

So I’m a lifelong fan of The Wizard of Oz.  I still have the movie poster in the hallway of our apartment.  So naturally, I was super excited to hear about the Oz movie coming out.  THEN when I was at Sephora and saw that Urban Decay had released pallets based on Glinda the Good Witch and Theodora the Wicked Witch. I mean, Wizard of Oz PLUS makeup!??! SIGN ME UP! Sadly, I discovered them right before the wedding madness and wasn’t willing to pay the $45 price tag.  Well then the wedding came and went and I started looking up some reviews/tutorials on the pallets and decided again that I needed one.  I went to the local Sephora and the display was gone….I decided it was not meant to be.  Then I was like, well, I’ll go to Ulta and if it’s not there, I’m not going to bother ordering it online.  All or nothing.  Well, they had an end cap display with about 10-15 of just the Glinda pallets left.  Exactly what I wanted.  **insert angelic chorus**



I’ve never tried any Urban Decay products before so I didn’t have any real expectations. The kit comes with 6 eyeshadows (2 of which are ‘duos’ so technically speaking you get 8), a half size 24/7 eye pencil and a Super Saturated Lip Color. I’m not going to lie, the eyeshadows are not my favorite formula. I feel like the color payoff was not what I was expecting and they were a bit hard to blend. On the other hand, the lip color is the JAM! Not only is the color gorgeous and perfect for me, but the formula is awesome! I’ll for sure be looking to purchase another color or 3 of those suckers.
#OG  #originalGlinda

#OG #originalGlinda

Let’s be serious, it’s Makeup and The Wizard of Oz….so I’m not mad at it in any way.

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