Collective Beauty Haul

Collective Beauty Haul, La Roche Posay, Piz Buin, The Body Shop, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Maybelline, L'Oreal, MUA, Embryolisse

I've been trying to be good all summer in terms of my beauty spending, because let's face it I have so much makeup that it could probably last me a lifetime. Regardless of how much lusting I do over beauty products on a daily basis I thought it was about time I cut the costs back a little so I can try use up some of my collection. I've been pretty successful in keeping the spending as low as possible but there's been a few essentials & a few little treats that I thought I would let you know about. I've been loving everything I got so thankfully these are all pretty positive reviews. It's all mostly drugstore products along with affordable prices so I haven't caused too much damage (pat on the back for me).
Collective Beauty Haul, La Roche Posay, Piz Buin, The Body Shop, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Maybelline, L'Oreal, MUA, Embryolisse

First up a trip to The Body Shop which was much needed considering I had run out of some essential skincare products and with a 3 for 2 deal on as well as my members discount I got some real bargains. Since I had great success with their Vitamin C range I thought I would try out a few more products so I picked up the Vitamin C Facial Cleansing Polish as my cleanser & exfoliator in one. The scent of this is  once again super refreshing & zesty which I love for this time of year. It contains micro beads which helps with exfoliating the skin but it's not harsh like a regular exfoliator might be. I'm really enjoying it at the moment & my skin is also loving it. Another product from the Vitamin C range that I have been eager to try for a while is the Vitamin C Skin Reviver. This makes your skin super silky & smooth, kind of like a primer would do, but there's no silicone feeling to it. I would use this after my daily moisturiser as it would;t be hydrating enough for me on its own. It works really well on its own for my many no makeup days but also sits nicely under makeup, so I'm definitely happy to have this in my routine. Last TBS purchase was one from my favourite skincare range, the Vitamin E Intense Moisture Cream, which I use as my night moisturiser to help with my dehydration problems. It leaves me looking a little bit shiny but I don't mind as I'm going to bed anyway & it's worth it for moisturised skin, I love it already.

The next few products were picked up in Superdrug & Boots on a little last minute splurge before heading away to Dublin. I wanted a light base for my skin so I went with an oldie but a goodie, the L'Oreal Nude Magique BB Cream. I've had this a couple of times before & always got on really well with it so I decided to stick with something that I was familiar with. It's one of those BB Creams that looks white at first & then transforms into the colour you choose as it's blended into the skin. I love how light this feels, plus it has pretty good coverage & last a good 6 hours too. L'Oreal had a deal going on at the time I bought this so I also picked up one of my favourite eye liners the Super Liner but in a new shade Punky (a turquoise blue) which is just gorgeous & the perfect way to inject some colour into your everyday makeup look.

Then it was onto Maybelline as I was dying to try out their Brow Satin Eyebrow Pencil after seeing so many reviews on it lately. It's really easy to use & the pencil side of it is super creamy, so a few light strokes is all you need for a naturally defined brow. The only part I'm still unsure of is the sponge end contained the eyeshadow as I find it's a little bit too bulky for me to use on my thinner brows plus it's also quite messy, as I end u getting it everywhere. Maybelline also had a deal on so I ended up picking up another Colour Drama Lip Pencil after I loved the formula of my first one so much. This time I picked up a much more summery shade Love My Pink, a fun bright pink shade that is quite wearable.  My last product from the deal had to be one of the Super Stay Forever Strong Nail Colour, after constantly hearing how great these polishes are. I decided to go with a shade a bit different from anything that I already own Surreal, which is a beautiful muted blue shade. I love the brush so easy to apply & the colour is super opaque, but sadly it doesn't last 7 days more like 2 (nail polish just never lasts on me, not even gel ones).

Back to essentials as the next two products were definitely much needed purchases for summer, of course I'm talking about facial SPF's. I bought two different factors depending on how hot the sun might be & how long I may be out in it, but so far I've barely used the higher one as the weather hasn't been fantastic. I can be pretty bad when it comes to remembering to use SPF's on a daily basis but if I know I will be out that day the Piz Buin Ultra Light Dry Touch Face Fluid SPF30 has been my go to. It's super lightweight as the name suggests & blends out so smoothly without leaving a white cast behind. I'm definitely impressed with it & so happy that I managed to get this on half price, total bargain. The next one which I'll probably save for next year at this stage is the La Roche Posay Anthelios XL Ultra Light Fluid SPF50 because I have been seeing so many great reviews on the range. Like I mentioned I only used it a couple of times but loved how it felt on my skin, it wasn't greasy & it absorbed into my skin easily, again without leaving the dread white cast behind. I personally think these are great SPF options & if you can find them on special offer like I did, you should definitely think about investing.

Last up another two face products, one of them is the MUA Undress Your Skin Liquid Glow because summer has been all about #strobing. I'm not so sure I agree with another makeup phase & I'm definitely not ready to let go of my contouring skills just yet, but I love a dewy face with a healthy glow. I've got a few liquid highlighters in my collection but wanted to try something a little bit different to the shades I already own, so I picked up Oyster which is a pale peachy pink shade & it works really well with a sun kissed glow to the skin. It's not as natural as I had hoped it might be so a little bit really does go a long way, to avoid looking like a disco ball. Last up is the much raved about Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre, which is a coveted product to makeup artists. It's a multi purpose product that claims to be a 6 in 1 miracle worker: moisturiser, primer, makeup remover, after shave cream, repairing mask & even used for baby care. I have to say I've only used this as a moisturiser/primer & I may be the only person out there but I just don't see why there's so much hype surrounding this product. I mean it's a great moisturiser don't get me wrong but maybe I just haven't used it enough to see its true potential.

So that's all from my beauty spending for the time being and I'm going to try to hop on the spending ban completely for the next couple of weeks, as I'm sure I will treat myself to a few things around my birthday which is at the end of August. I just need to stop window shopping online, one of my favourite things to do but so tempting especially when there's constant sales happening on every major beauty website. I'd love to know if you've bought anything recently or are you on a spending ban like I am?

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