If you've read any of my 2016 goals posts, you'll know that I've been trying to cut down on my spending. I never said I was going to do a total ban so I'm happy with the level I've cut down to and thought I'd share with you the makeup I've purchased so far this year. If you're following my instagram, you'll know this is a massively cut down amount compared to normal!
Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Blush Palette (£35 at Debenhams)
The Gwen Stefani collection with Urban Decay is an exciting one so after purchasing the eyeshadow palette to receive from my husband for Christmas, I was desperate to get my hands on some of the new releases in January. The most exciting product from the collection is the blush palette. Especially since the shades are more tailored towards lighter skin tones. Thanks Gwen! I haven't experimented with all of the shades yet but they are all so beautiful and I think this palette has a great selection of colours.
Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Lipstick in Firebird (£16 at Debenhams)
I knew I needed to try some of the lip products too so I picked up the lipstick shade that appealed to me most. Firebird is a gorgeous fuchsia shade that complements my colouring perfectly. For some reason, lipsticks with a hint of purple just look amazing with my pale skin, green eyes and blonde hair! This is a satin finish and it feels so comfortable on the lips. I haven't worn it outside of the house yet as I'm waiting for a night out. It's not the kind of colour I would wear during the day!
Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Gwen Stefani Lip Pencils (£14 at Debenhams)
I'm steadily building up a little collection of lip pencils so having not previously tried an Urban Decay one, I thought this was a good opportunity to get one. I obviously went for the matching shade for my lipstick. Such a beauty! This is a very creamy and pigmented formula. I'm definitely going to pair these two products together on my next night out!
Another exciting launch this year has been the Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Powders. They are on to a winning formula with all of these variants of Ambient Lighting Powders aren't they?! I took full advantage of a £15 off voucher code with SpaceNK, combined with £20 worth of points to spend, to pick up a few bits I'd had my eye on.
Incandescent Light is a gorgeous light pink, pearly shade that is amazing for pale skin tones. It adds a subtle sheen to the cheekbones that doesn't look out of place in the daytime. It does have a small amount of shimmer but nothing too glittery. It's a great addition to my ever-growing highlighter collection!
NARS Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base (£19.50 at SpaceNK)
I haven't really used a proper eye primer for ages, having been used to using MAC Paint Pots in their place, however I really fancied giving the NARS one a go. I've really been enjoying this primer for massively extending the wear time of my eyeshadows, much more so than the MAC Paint Pots. I'm so glad I tried this as it's definitely worth the money.
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Chantilly (£22.50 at SpaceNK)
This is my fourth or fifth tube of this concealer now! I honestly love it that much! It's the perfect concealer that covers up dark circles, redness and blemishes without drying out already dry/dehydrated skin. It goes on so smoothly and the coverage is amazing. I generally cover most of my face in this on a daily basis where I don't usually wear foundation. Just dab this all over, blend it with my BeautyBlender and away I go!
Collection Eyes Uncovered in Nude Rose (£2.99 at Boots)
I've heard FleurDeForce rave about one of these eyeshadow palettes before and when Gabby featured this shade in a recent PO Box haul, I got excited about the launch of this and kept my eye out for it in store. This week I finally got my hands on it and the shades are so beautiful. I can't wait to use it!
Essie Nail Polish in Bikini with a Martini (£5.99 at Boots)
I love a good Essie nail polish as you may be able to tell from this photo of my current nail polish collection, so when I spotted that they've relaunched some retro shades I was quite excited to see them. Trying not to be too spendy, I only picked my favourite and it's a pretty shimmery, pearlescent pink. It's so nice!
What makeup have you purchased recently?