A Few New Things | Beauty Haul & Review

For this 'new in beauty' post I have a bit of a mix of new releases with a few bits that are just new to me. I'm really excited to share all of these products with you because we have some amazing products in the mix this month!

Zoeva Sweet Glamour Blush Palette* | £12.50 | This is a really cute little face palette that contains two bright bubblegum-pink blushers (both are matte but one is lighter and one is deeper) and a white highlighter with an iridescent yellow-gold shift. This is actually a lot more wearable than it first seems; though the blushers have a nice level of pigmentation, they aren't as crazy-bright as they look in the pan so (used lightly) can actually create quite a natural look. Like the Zoeva blushers I've tried previously, I find the formula to apply smoothly and last well throughout the day. The highlighter is a bit stark on me so I only really use it for the brow bone or to highlight the inner corner of my eye, but it has a very smooth texture that's not at all gritty or glittery.

Zoeva Sweet Glamour Eyeshadow Palette* | £17.50 | I don't think you could get a less 'Jasmine' eyeshadow palette if you tried, so this isn't really going to be an in-depth review because there are only 4-5 shades in this palette I use on my eyes! But I'll give you my impressions from swatching on the rest. Overall, I do rate the quality of this palette (especially the mattes) as these kinds of shades are tricky to get right, though one or two of them did disappoint and the texture wasn't as creamy as the rest of the colours. This was never going to be one for me but if you were after some pretty, rainbow-pastel eyeshadows at a reasonably affordable price-point then try this.

Inglot Aquastic Cream Eyeshadows in 12 & 15* | £13 each | I already mentioned these in my affordable beauty post but I did want to give them a review here too. I've always found Inglot's Freedom System eyeshadows to be criminally underrated; they give you the customisation of a MAC Pro Palette at around half the cost with a shade selection to rival MAC's. This new release is a range of cream eyeshadows that come in lipgloss-like packaging with a doe foot applicator. You simply swipe them across the lids and blend out with a synthetic brush or your finger. They have a mousse-like texture with this amazing dewy shimmer finish, however once they set in place they don't fade or crease. The shade 12 is a stunning true light gold colour and 15 is an everyday taupe-bronze tone.

Pixi Hello Rose Set* | £20 | This is a super-cute new set of travel-perfect mini products from Pixi. In all honesty I was slightly disappointed in the formulas and how the colours looked, though I do realise that some of the reason for this is that the shades just donjt work on my skin tone personally. The liquid illuminator is pretty but has a strong pink-purple tone to it so for me it would only ever work on the cheeks to enhance my blusher. The split cool gold highlighter/rose pink blusher duo wasn't of the quality I've found in their other blushers and highlighters that I have; both products felt quite gritty and looked glittery on the skin. To end on a surprise positive note though, I actually liked the lipgloss! I'm not usually a gloss girl but I really like how this rose-mauve colour looks layered over a lipstick, I just wish it wasn't one of those silly 'plumping' formulas (though the sensation isn't anything too noticeable).

Milani Retouch + Erase Light-Lifting Concealer* (Light) | £11.99 | The colour of this is definitely too light for my skin tone - I can kind of pull it off in a Kardashian-level-of-under-eye-highlighting way but I'm not about that life! The formula is really nice though so when I use up my Maybelline concealer I'll be picking this up in a darker shade. It has really good coverage without looking caky and it doesn't crease or disappear under my eyes. I do really recommend trying this!

Milani Keep it Secret Sweet Sugar Lip Scrub* | £12.99 | I was actually a bit disappointed with this lip scrub - it has a really nice, moisturising formula but I just didn't feel it had enough exfoliating particles in there to be effective. I was just a bit confused by this product in all honesty!

Milani Keep it Smooth Luxe Lip Treatment* | £12.99 | This is something I fared much better with - it's really hard to describe but this is essentially like an oil-based lip balm that you can use overnight. It smells great and is really nourishing, leaving my lips soft and smooth. It's a great one to have on your dressing table if you love a matte lip.

Milani Strobe Light Instant Glow Powder in Sunset Glow* | £12.99 | I've been kind of obsessed with this highlighter in the shade Day Glow so I was really pleased to then receive this deeper, more golden-bronze shade. I love this formula because it's so smooth and looks incredibly natural on the skin whilst still giving me that glow. There are so many shades in this highlighter that there's something in the collection for almost any skin tone.

Milani Baked Blush in Bella Bellini* | £9.99 | In the pan, this blusher looks like Nars Orgasm on steroids but it really isn't as scary as it looks! It's a peach tone with a golden sheen running through it. What I love about these baked blushers is that the formula is so smooth and doesn't look at all glittery. I apply this with a light hand to get a nice flush of colour as well as a bit of glow. It goes on very evenly and doesn't go patchy on me. 

Glossier Haloscope in Topaz | $22 | UK ShippingGlossier is *supposed* to be launching in the UK at some point this year. There's been no official announcement from them (therefore I'm trying not to get tooooo excited just yet) so I don't know whether it's going to be direct or (hopefully) via a UK stockist, how soon it'll be or any of the details, however I've linked my post on how I send US-only products to my address. This cream highlighting stick is one of the products I've heard a lot about. I must admit, I was expecting a bit more of a 'wow' glow from this product, but it actually gives a very subtle dewy (almost glossy) look. It's a very warm coppery golden-bronze tone.

Glossier Cloud Paint in Dusk | $18 | I absolutely love the concept (and the name!) of this product. Essentially it's a cream blusher in a tube that really does come out like a watercolour paint. It gives a seamlessly natural flush of colour to the skin - this shade is a muted peach nude. It applies very evenly and doesn't have a greasy finish on the skin. So far, so good but I'll let you know how this fares once I've worn it for a long work day!

ColourPop Super Shock Highlighters in Iced & Frosted | $8 each | I'm building up quite a collection of ColourPop highlighters! I just love the unusual cream formula of these; they're so pigmented, dewy and easy to blend on the skin, plus they come in a remarkably inclusive shade selection. I picked up Iced because I'm a huge fan of the tie-dye highlighter I already have from ColourPop (Churro) and this is a kind of bronze mixed with gold mixed with pink. The finished result is a warm bronzed rose gold colour. I also picked up Frosted, which is a light warm gold shade.

Pressed Powder Face Duo in Double Play | $16 | I was really excited to try ColourPop's powder face products! I selected two but this was the one that called out to me the most as the shades were both total perfection in terms of what I look for in cheek products. There's a matte blusher in a warm nude-sand colour and a highlighter in a warm champagne colour. The blusher formula has a fair bit of fallout but applies smoothly and evenly to the cheeks. It has a nice level of pigment but isn't anything too over the top and I have been impressed with the longevity so far (it fades a bit by the end of the day but doesn't look patchy). The highlighter formula is hard to describe; the closest comparison I can make is to the Makeup Geek Foiled eyeshadows. Whilst not quite as creamy as the (much more expensive) highlighters from Becca, they still apply smoothly. They're not glittery but have this sort of dewy look on the skin and are SO pigmented. They're the kind of highlighters you need to try if you're into an intense 'beaming to the heavens' look!

Pressed Powder Face Duo in Topaz | $15 | I have no idea who Alexis Ren is but she has a ColourPop collaboration and this is part of it! The bronzer formula is pretty much identical to that of the blushers. This has a matte finish and is a very warm tone. It works on me but I'd say if you're darker than NC42 then you might struggle to get this to show without having to spend ages layering it up. The highlighter is a very warm, almost yellow-toned gold, which I personally love. It won't be for everyone but this is the kind of shade that works for me. Again, the formula is exactly the same as the highlighter from the Double Play palette.

ColourPop Brow Pencil in Black N Brown | $5 | This is definitely one of the bolder, more pigmented fine, twist-up brow pencils I've tried. The shade itself is very natural and realistic, though I am careful to use this with a light hand and to utilise the spooly on the other end to avoid things looking over-the-top. So far I have no complaints on longevity but I'll keep you posted on how I get along with this because it takes me a while to fully make up my mind with this type of product.

ColourPop Ultra Satin Lip in Strip | $6 | This is definitely lighter than I was led to believe from the swatches on the ColourPop website (not the first time this has happened to me) but luckily it does still work on my complexion. This is pretty much my perfect, slightly pinky, warm beige lip shade. I love this liquid lipstick formula - although it isn't quite completely matte, it's so comfortable, doesn't peel or feel dry and is still incredibly long-lasting.

Bite Beauty Multistick in Brioche | $24 | I've been umming and ahhing for a while over these so I finally ordered one from Sephora. The formula is supposed to make this an all-in-one colour stick for the eyes, lips and cheeks. Personally, I can't see myself using this as eyeshadow but the semi-matte formula looks good on the lips. For the cheeks it is quite pigmented so you have to blend out a small amount of product. The colour is darker than I expected but I do still really like this deep plummy-brown colour. I will update you with my final thoughts on this soon!

MAC Fix+ to Go in Coconut | £10 | I am a total Fix + convert - it just seems to make my makeup look so seamless (though it's not a setting spray that prolongs wear-time as such). It comes in a travel-friendly size and smells of coconuts. I just wish they'd make this permanent and bring it out in the full-sized bottle!

Pixi Makeup Fixing Mist* | £16 | I've only used this one a couple of times but so far, so good! The first day I tested it out, I was so busy that I just really didn't have time to touch up my makeup at all - no face powder, no nothing. However when I got back into the house and looked in the mirror, things seemed to have held up pretty well. There was a bit of shine creeping through but under the eyes my concealer was still intact, which is always the first thing to fade on me.

Clarins Limited Edition 4-Colour Palette* | £34 | I was a big fan of the little quads Clarins brought out last year so was happy to see a new addition to the family for summer (though at the same time I'm gutted that the amazing waterproof cream eyeshadows from last year's collection haven't made a return!) Firstly, I love the colour selection going on here; there's a satin-finish cream shade, a shimmery champagne, an orange with a subtle shimmer and a sheeny warm brown. Overall, I really like the shades; the orange really pops when used in the crease (I also think it's a brave addition and one that makes this special as opposed to 'just another nude eyeshadow palette') and the brown tone works nicely on the outer part of the lid. My only disappointment is the champagne colour - I don't know what happened but it's just not pigmented! Otherwise, these are smooth, easy to work with and have good colour payoff. The longevity is decent - I have better formulas in my collection in this respect, but it's by no means bad.

Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oils in 07 Honey Glam & 04 Candy* | £19 each | I'm such a huge fan of these tinted lip oils - the red shade that was released in Clarins's last summer collection still makes regular appearances in my makeup lineup. They're incredibly nourishing and give a little hint of colour as well as a glossy finish. Honey Glam is essentially clear with a gold shimmer running through it, which is a bit out-there for me personally but could be a good way of trying the metallic lip trend without using anything too scary. It also smells amazing! Candy has a bubblegum-pink hint of colour and has a sweeter scent.

Clarins Waterproof Eye Pencil in 07 Copper* | £17.50 | This shimmering copper-orange eyeliner ties in beautifully with the eyeshadow palette. I've not tried any of these liners before but so far I'm impressed! It has a smooth, pigmented formula that glides on beautifully. It stays very much intact throughout the day and is still visible. I also don't notice any smudging or transferring, which is great.

Nanshy A02 Blush & Bronze Brush* | £9.95 | I'm actually a really big fan of Nanshy face brushes - they're an amazing option if you want something vegan and synthetic. I actually hadn't tried this one before but the size of the brush and the angled shape makes it perfect  to sweep under the cheekbones with your bronzer. It does also work as a blusher brush, as the bristles pick up just the right amount of product and apply powders very evenly to the skin, but personally I tend to use it for bronzing. I've only washed this once so far but I've never had problems with shedding with my other Nanshy brushes.

Roccabox Pretty Ugly Collaboration* | £10 | I hadn't ever come across this box before but as soon as it arrived with the clean white box and rose gold logo - I knew I was into it! This is seriously affordable so I'm really impressed with the products that came inside. I already love the Crabtree and Evelyn La Source Hand Therapy* (worth £6) - it's so moisturising but lightweight and has this gorgeous spa-like fragrance. You also get a Smith & Cult Lip Lacquer in the Lovers* (worth £21), I'm not a lipgloss fan but this is a nice, wearable pink melon shade I'll be passing on to a better home. I'm really excited to try the Kure Bazaar Natural Pedicure Ritual* (worth £4.50) - I have a spa-themed post coming up so I'll update you on how I get on with this then. I also have the Nails Inc Gel Effect Polish in Porchester Square* (worth £15) - I've had this classic shade before so am glad it's back in my life! It's just that perfect 'greige' colour that always looks chic. I also really like this formula - it doesn't chip too badly and has a glossy finish. Finally there's the Frizz Ease Original 6 Effects Serum* (worth £6.99) - I haven't had anything from this range for years but was pleasantly surprised by this serum. It isn't anything too sticky but leaves the hair soft and smooth. Overall I'm so impressed with this box and it definitely deserves more hype!

Barry M Gelly Nail Paint in Peanut Butter | £3.99 | I've tried so many more expensive brands of nail polish but I just always go back to this formula. It's one of the few that lasts for days and days on my weak nails without chipping. I love the glossy gel-effect look and this shade is just gorgeous - a sort of warm peanut-y brown-pink.

MAC Lip Scrubtious in Sweet Brown Sugar | £12.50 | I was in serious need of a new lip scrub so I picked this up in Duty Free when I went to Prague last month. This is a really effective scrub that also has an oil-based lip balm formula. This means it doesn't feel at all rough or harsh on my lips but still does the job of removing any dead skin. Afterwards I can dab the particles off with a tissues and massage the excess in as a lip balm - it also has a very slight berry-brown tint.

Laura Geller Limited Edition Gelato Swirl Illuminator Palette* | £22 | I must admit I've had a bit of a love/hate relationship with BeautyBay; they stock some amazing brands but I've struggled with the delivery aspect of things a few times. However it's been smooth sailing in recent months, as I feel they've become more accustomed to stocking seriously in-demand products. I was recently sent this palette featuring three of Laura Geller's Gelato Swirl Illuminators. The pans are around 2/3 of the size of the individual I have and this is £22 as opposed to £23 for the singles, which is pretty amazing. I did notice a tiny difference in formula - the palette version feels slightly less smooth in texture but they do still apply nicely on the skin and I'd say that if you like all of the colours in here then definitely get the palette instead of the singles. I already have the stunning true gold Gilded Honey but a surprise love from this selection was Ballerina, a warmer, more bronzed rose gold colour. You also get Peach Glow in here which works well enough on me but would be more suited to fair skin tones. The one issue I have with this palette is that it does feel a bit bulky, especially with that giant, strange applicator that has no place in my highlighting routine (or the world!)

Are any of these products on your wish list? Which new products have you tried?

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  1. I laughed at your comment about the brush in the highlighter palette - it's such a ridiculous product! I've added the Milani concealer & blush & Ingot cream shadows to my "to buy" list! xx


    1. I never use brushes that come in palettes so I'd much rather it was just compact than had this giant, ridiculous thing! xx

  2. The Clarins eyeliner is such a beautiful colour! x

    Ellé | ellesimpson.co.uk

  3. The Inglot cream eyeshadows look beautiful! They are a brand I've been wanting to try for ages and I love the look of the freedom system!

    Danielle's Beauty Blog

  4. i'm desperate to try those glossier cloud paints, they look utterly adorable - fingers crossed I can now with glossier coming to the UK! xx


    1. It's so pretty - I really need to pick up another...xx

  5. So many amazing products! Love the shade of the Bite Beauty Multistick, could see myself wearing that as a lip colour definitely.

    Alice | alicemaysnell

  6. that zoeva palette looks so nice, must try it out!

    Lotte | www.lottebeautybox.blogspot.co.uk

  7. Yasss, I love this post. Glossier in Topaz looks divine, I can't wait until it comes to the UK so that I can splurge!

    Lee | www.thatbellemakeup.co.uk

  8. This new Zoeva collection looks really dreamy, however these are not the shades everybody would wear, especially the eyeshadow palette! The cheek palette is really cute though.
    Also, I've never tried Inglot but I'd really like to at some point - these liquid eyeshadows are gorgeous!

    Julia x
    Last post: Lush Cup O'Coffee Mask Review | http://juliaspeaksbeauty.blogspot.co.uk/2017/04/skincare-lush-cup-ocoffee.html

  9. I have the Milani concealer in the shade 03 which is darker than fair and slightly to dark for under my eyes, wanna swap haha! I love the Milani highlighter. I was confused by the Lip scrub to. It just felt like a balm to me. I need to try the Inglot cream eye shadows, I love the powder formula. I love the Topaz palette and I recently got my hands on double play. I'm excited to try it. I think I'm gonna beed that LG trio as well xx


  10. What an amazing haul! I've just done a massive colourpop haul, I can't wait for it to arrive!

    Beekeyper - Latest - Makeup Geek Blushes for Spring

  11. Really want to get my hands on some Inglot and Bite Beauty products, everything looks so stunning, thanks for sharing x

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

  12. Those milani products sound so good. I am so keen on making an order from them and those inglot cream shadows look bloody gorgeous. I am really excited color pop are coming out with more powder products I think all use makeup junkies can agree to buy all the stuff we want from them we need to keep an eye out for shelf life and all cream products don't have a long shelf life - I am loving their shadows but i am so keen on picking up those duos they have come out with.


    1. Yeah the powder products are fab! Personally, I don't care much about the cream products as they're so affordable that repurchasing them isn't much of a problem :) xx

  13. Those inglot eyeshadows just look incredible! There is a good few brands here I don't have anything from, has me wanting to try more! I always love your posts like this, they must take you so long to write up!

    Erin || MakeErinOver

  14. SO many wonderful new goodies and so glad to hear your thoughts. When I use the Bite Multistick on my eyelids I have to set it with powder or it creases. I loved the bronzer in the Topaz palette...it was such a great shade on me. Finally have Gilded Honey in my life and I'm obsessed...Ballerina looks beautiful xxxx

  15. Oooo, so many lovely products. Loving the look of the Inglot Cream Shadows though! I need.

    Nicole | The Glam Surge

  16. Thank you for your comments :) hope you guys enjoyed the post! xx

  17. That Clarins Honey one looks lush!


  18. Zoeva have an amazing palette, but I feel the exact same way as you; the colours are not really my style, but the pigmentation is still there. The colourpop double play palette has really enticed me now; I'm going to have to pick it up! Thanks so much for sharing Jasmine! x
    Lots of love,
    Marina Rosie x


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