Birthday Haul

Let’s be honest, as a 16 year old girl with no source of income except from a little pocket money – it’s not easy for me to go out ‘haul-ing’, on the famous you-tuber scale, very often. However, when the time comes (usually after my birthday or Christmas), boy, do I love a good old shopping trip. It really doesn’t compare to online shopping; there’s nothing quite like handing your card over, typing in a few numbers and suddenly there’s this beautiful little item sat in your hands which you can call YOURS. It’s the addiction of ladies worldwide. Anyway, let’s take a look at what I’ve got – expect to see many reviews coming up!



Here you can see MAC Lipsticks in Modesty (pinky toned nude) and Hang-up (dark vampy red) – both £15.50 – MAC Eye Shadow Palette in Amber Times Nine (£30.00) and MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft and Gentle (£24.00), a widely-loved shade which works amazingly, even on super-pale skin! Some drugstore cosmetics are wonderful, but a girl just can’t resist a few luxury items in her collection, and MAC is my go-to for almost everything. Only one of these lipsticks is actually for me and that’s Modesty. Of course, me being me, yesterday when I got bored of doing revision I decided to spend half an hour doing my make-up and trying out my newest MAC Lipstick… I have to say, I love the Cremesheen texture of this lipstick! Previously, I’ve only used MAC’s matte and glaze lipsticks because of their unrivalled lasting power, but this formula is so much more moisturising and comfortable on the lips. Modesty is quite a brown-toned shade on my lips, which is odd as it looks so pink in the photograph, but for me it’s the perfect winter nude shade. Think Velvet Teddy but creamier and with a touch of sparkle… I now own 4 MAC nude lipsticks, Pleasure Seeker, Kinda Sexy, Yash and Modesty. It’s fair to say that Modesty is by far my favourite for winter, closely followed by Kinda Sexy for a more coral-toned nude for summer. Onto the Mineralize Skinfinish (let’s just call it a highlighter), due to my ridiculously pale skin tone, I had assumed that the lightest shade, Lightscapade, would be the correct one for me, however, upon trying the testers at my local MAC counter, I discovered that Soft and Gentle was much more flattering. It gives the right amount of sparkle to make you seem ‘glowing’ and not ‘showered in glitter’, subtly is the key for me when it comes to highlighters and I much prefer this rose-gold shade to my MUA Undress Your Skin Highlighter (although this is great value for money at just £3). And last, but most definitely not least, is the Amber Times Nine Palette – I cannot fault this palette and these are the perfect pink/copper tones for my blue eyes. My favourite shade is on the first row in the centre – it’s a classy champagne colour with a subtle shimmer and makes for the perfect addition to an everyday eye look. What I love most about this palette is that it takes you from day to night effortlessly, with shades that compliment each other extremely well.



Now, I’m a total newbie to Benefit as a brand, I’ve never tried any of their stuff out simply because it looked pretty heavy on the skin. But – tah-dah! – this year my wonderful mother has treated me to an advent calendar (which I’m actually using for mock exam incentives, not the Christmas countdown, like intended) filled with Benefit minis! So far I’ve received an Ooh La Lift under-eye brightening concealer and a pot of Total Moisture Facial Cream – I’m guaranteed to be hooked!



This little Superdrug spree was mainly for the purpose of buying the prizes for my recent giveaway, a combination of my favourite drugstore beauty products. No other drugstore eyeshadows even compare with the value for money you get from Makeup Revolution shadows, like this 32 shade palette (£8) above! The Rimmel Kate Nude collection (£5.49)contains my favourite nudes of the drugstore cosmetics brands – 42, for example, is a great dupe for many pink-toned nudes from MAC, like Hue. Finally, the face mask that I’ve been raving about recently, Good Things Five Minute Facial Face Mask (£5.99); this is my cheaper alternative to Clarins Pure and Radiant Mask (£23) – but it’s very similar. It’s clay-based, just like the Clarins one, the only difference is that Clarins use floral extracts, which I, personally, prefer the scent of, and Good Things use fruity extracts. But, I’ve already got comments on the wonders of this face mask on my complexion, so it’s a yes from me!

P.S. Superdrug have a few fab deal on at the moment which are worth making the most of; 3 for 2 mix and match across all cosmetics, nails and eyelashes and up to 50% off christmas gifts for a limited time!


Other Treats

The rest of my birthday wonga went on clothes, mainly: some gorgeous Jack Wills grey suede chelsea boots, which you can see here on the right, the comfiest and most flattering faux-leather leggings from M&S, a belted, cord, zip-front dress from Topshop (sooo ’90s), a subtle blue, wintery coat from Next and a multitude of turtle-necks (my life aim is to have a full rainbow of them). I find that, by buying a few expensive ‘staple’ items on special occasions, clothes last for longer and get more use out of them than if I buy loads of ‘in-right-now’ cheaper items. You’ve got to find your balance. Also, on the left here you can see my little Pomegranate Noir Jo Malone candle which Evie kindly bought me for my birthday – this is what I’m on about – a little bit of luxury never goes amiss on a special occasion!

What are your thoughts on these items? Which are you most interested in seeing reviews for? Let me know below!

Emilia x

p.s. a little birdie told me that some more NYX cosmetics reviews may be on their way soon!


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