My beauty purchases tend to be few and far between. Well, fewer and further between than my fashion purchases at least.
I always try to wait until I have a good selection of products to share before I do one of these post, but usually by that time I’m already halfway through some products, or I have already raved about them in a favourites post, or something like that. Over the past few weeks though I happened to pick up a few products, and then there are also some bits that I just haven’t shared before, so now it is finally time for another little beauty haul!
Before we get into it though, I did share some products in my latest beauty favourites post so I’m not going to mention them here, but check out that post to see how I feel about the Anastasia Beverly Hills eye shadow palette, the Clinique Take The Day Off balm and the Ivy Hair Care products.
I have (finally) jumped on the serum wagon. And my very first serum is a pricey one: the Chanel Hydra Beauty Mirco Serum. Now, I don’t really know anything about serums, what’s a good one, what’s a bad one, why and how do you use them. But I had been wanting to try one for a while so the other week I went to my local beauty store and asked for some information and recommendations, and I ended up with this one. Mostly because the person helping me was the in-store Chanel skin care expert. He explained to me how to use the serum (morning and night after cleansing and before moisturizer) and what a serum does (it hydrates a deeper level of skin, where a regular cream just won’t go. Or something like that) and recommended a few Chanel serums. I really liked the feel of this, so I picked this one. And I have to say, it is a very good first experience with serums. I have used it for about 2 weeks now, morning and night, and I feel like my skin overall feels a little happier, just less dry and tights after cleansing, a little more loved I guess. I will definitely continue to use serums in my everyday skincare routine from now on.
On the same trip I picked up the Chanel Hydra Beauty Micro Gel Yeux, which is their eye cream from the same range, because I ran out of my other one. This is expensive, but not as expensive as the one I used before this, and I love it just as much so far! It feels quite cooling on the skin as you apply it, I love love looove that it comes in a little pump bottle because jars are always a little impractical to me, I feel like it really brightens my under eyes and leaves them feeling hydrated all day long, and – probably the most important – it doesn’t sting the delicate skin underneath my eyes, which is something I’ve had with a lot of other eye creams I tried. All in all I’d say my first introduction to the Chanel skin care is a good one.
Then I have a sort of repurchase. In my latest Empties post you could’ve seen that I ran out of my night time moisturizer, and although I liked that one I wanted to get something else to try this time. So I went back to the Philosophy Renewed Hope In A Jar moisturizer. I say this is a sort of repurchase because I used to use the SPF’ed version of this as a day time moisturizer and loved it a lot, but this time around I am using the non-SPF one at night and it is just as good as I remember. It is not super thick, but not a very thin and runny cream either, and it just feels lovely on the skin and does the job of keeping my skin moisturized and happy perfectly. I use this every night in combination with the serum, and I feel like this is a perfect winter night routine.
Moving on to some makeup bits, and stuff like that. First of all, I got a perfume. It had been a while since I got a new perfume, because I had so many that I was trying to use up first. But a couple of months ago I decided that I had used up enough to justify getting another one, and so I went for a scent that had been on my wish list for a while: the Chanel Coco Mademoiselle Eau De Toilette. Apparently I was on a bit of a Chanel kick the past few months.. Anyway, I used to have this perfume when I was 15, which is about 10 years ago now, and I remember loving it so so much, but for some reason (the price, probably) I never repurchased it. Until now. I love it as much now as I did then, let’s be real, it is a true classic. I went for the eau de toilette over the eau the parfume because it is the one I used to have, and to be completely honest I never know what the difference is anyway. I just know that I really like this one a lot.
We’re probably not wearing a whole lot of lipstick these days because of all the face mask wearing, but I still couldn’t resist picking up my perfect raspberry pink lipstick a few months ago. This is the Lancôme L’absolute Rouge Drama Matte lipstick in the shade 388 Rose Lancôme. I had been looking for a shade like this for about a year, and this is it. It is a matte, but so so comfortable to wear, very long lasting and just perfect. I love this shade for summer especially, but it pretty much looks good year round. It is a beautiful deep shade of pink, not too bright but still one of those statement colours. If I’m not feeling the red, but still want a statement lip, I will reach for this. One added bonus that I always love about the more high end lipsticks, is the packaging, and this is no exception. The matte black is super sleek, and I love the gold detail and of course the Lancôme rose on the top of the cap (which you can’t see here). It always feels like a treat to apply.
And last but not least I picked up the Estée Lauder Pure Colour Envy eye shadow palette in 05 Fiery Saffron. I know I just recently got the Anastasia Beverly Hills palette, but I wanted just one more smaller, travel friendly one in warm nude shades. I have this exact palette but in a neutral/cooler toned version (02 Ivory Power) and I have used that so much over the past 3 years that I figured this would be a good palette to go for, and I was right. I love all the shades so much, they are prefect for me for a simple eye look. Where the cooler toned one has a few more matte and satin shades, this had two gorgeous shimmer that for me are perfect all over the lid, with a little bit of one of the brown matte shades in my crease. The size of this palette is perfect to pop in my makeup bag, so if I spend a weekend in Delft or, once we can travel again, anywhere else, this is a great travel palette.
So what have I learnt from this post? That I have very expensive taste when it comes to beauty products mostly. I like to blame my grandma for that one.
Jokes aside though, I am very happy with all the products I have picked up recently, and am using them all very regularly. With beauty I am always a little better in only buying the things I actually need and know I will use, so I just don’t do the new in beauty posts as regularly. Although I do have a few more beauty posts coming up in the next few weeks, because I plan on picking up some more bits very soon. Stay tuned for that!
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