New in Beauty | Haul & Review

It was only recently that I did my last post featuring new beauty launches, but there've been some really great ones in the meantime, whether it's for treating yourself or you're in need of some last-minute gift inspiration!

Mandara Spa Exotic Escape Bath Cream with Coconut Oil & Lotus Flower* | £5 | It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of Mandara Spa products - I still always do the most pleasant sort of doubt-take when I'm shopping in Sainsbury and see the price tag. Everything about the look and feel of their range has a luxury vibe, however the cost means you can pick up their products whilst doing your weekly shop without feeling guilty! I really loved the Exotic Escape products released over summer (3 of them are already in my empties drawer) so I was very happy when I saw they'd tweaked it slightly for autumn and released a bunch of bath products. This is a cream bubble bath that just smells so beautiful! It's a sort of warm, slightly spicy, creamy, sweet (but not sickly!) and slightly floral fragrance. This gives such amazing bubbles too.

Mandara Spa Exotic Escape Bath Honey with Coconut Oil & Lotus Flower* | £7 | Realistically, you don't need both the bath cream and the honey (they have pretty much the same fragrance), however if you want to treat yourself... This has a gorgeous honey-like consistency and the formula has an iridescent look to it. I'd say the bubbles break up a little bit more quickly than with the cream, however I did notice that this was really moisturising on my skin.

Mandara Spa Exotic Escape Bath Soaks* | £5 (x4) | I love a bath bomb. Do they serve much of a purpose?: no. Are they fun?: yes! This is a little set of four and they're lightly scented with the Exotic Escape fragrance and will disperse rose petals in your bathtub. 

REN & Now to Sleep Pillow Spray* | £18 | I've been a long-time fan of the This Works Pillow Spray (I'd never really used this kind of product before that) and I really love REN's skincare products, so I was excited to try this and potentially find my new favourite. The packaging is super-cute and the scent is unusual - it isn't overly lavender-y and actually has a slightly woody, earthy fragrance to it (so is perfect if you don't like typical sleep aromatherapy scents). It does still contain lavender though, along with hops and frankincense. This blend of fragrances really does work - I find that when I use this, I drift off to sleep that bit faster and I also find it easier to stay in deep relaxation mode, instead of having shallow, interrupted sleep.

Sleek Lifeproof Foundation* (LP07) | £8.99 | I was actually really impressed with this foundation - for starters, it's the only base I've had from the drugstore (besides the L'Oreal one I order from the US) that's a good match for me! I has a few shades to try and LP07 is spot on - it's the right colour and has undertones that are nice and warm so it doesn't give that ashy look to my skin. It has a matte finish that's nothing drying or flat and gives medium-full coverage without being at all heavy. If I had one criticism it's that it can settle slightly into fine lines, so might not be ideal for more mature skin. The name meant I was keen to see how this would last on my skin during a work day that was followed by drinks in the evening. It held up really well! My face wasn't shiny and it hadn't rubbed off in my problem areas. All in all this is a really great affordable option!

Sleek i-Lust Bronze Eyeshadow Palette* | £7.99 | I must admit, I'm not a huge fan of mixing cream and powder shades in a palette because it can get messy, however at such a low price-point, this is worth picking up even just for the powder shimmer shades. They essentially have a foil-effect finish so have a really opaque formula with an incredible dewy shimmer. There's more rose gold shade, an amber gold and a classic true gold in this formula. I skip the matte black powder and black cream with a gold shimmer. However there's also a champagne-beige shimmer cream which is very pretty and has a pearly finish without the glitter. Overall I was impressed with the quality of this palette and was actually expecting it to be a little more expensive!

Sleek i-Art in Modernism, Purism, Orphism & Impressionism* | £7 each | This quite an unusual product - I'm going to call it an 'eye paint'. Essentially it's somewhere between a coloured eyeliner and a liquid eyeshadow with a precise brush applicator. Personally I prefer to use them as liners - the formula is sort of pearlescent, though it does matte down slightly when it dries. I do think that makes these more long-wearing, so I really can't complain when they don't smudge or fade during the day (or night). Modernism is an interesting iridescent beige-brown with a blue shift, Purism is a pretty olive green, Orphism is a reddish-purple and Impressionism is a turquoise that leans more towards blue.

Sleek Face Contour Kit in Medium* | £7 | It's an oldie but a goodie, so I thought I'd slip it in here anyway, seeing as party season is in sight! I mentioned in my Throwback Favourites post that I used to love the Face Form kit but never used the shimmery bronzer shade, so this is handy because it has the two products I love in a travel-friendly compact. The highlighter is a soft, sheeny champagne gold and the contour (though definitely pigmented) blends out with ease. It has that perfect not-too-warm, not-too-grey colour to it as well.

Sleek Matte Me Metallized Rose* | £4.49 | I'll never be the hugest fan of the metallic lip trend, however this is one of the most wearable shades I've come across. It's a pinkish-red rose with a subtle metallic sheen. It isn't anything overly drying, though I would exfoliate your lips before use because these formulas are going to enhance any dryness due to the shimmer.

Sleek Strobe Dome in Bronze* | £7 | This looks pretty dark on the surface, however it's much more subtle once applied and comes out as a warm golden-bronze. It's definitely a more shimmery highlighter however you won't end up with visible glitter on your face. It also has good pigment and doesn't give the skin that greasy look that some cream highlighters do.


Zoeva Offline Blush Palette* | £12.50 | There's something beautifully mermaid-like about these shades and I love it! The highlighter is so unusual - it has a very soft, metallic sheen with a smooth texture and is a light champagne with a subtle pinky-purple iridescent sheen. I absolutely love this because it's so unique whilst being very wearable. The two matte blusher shades (one more of a true pink and the other with purple tones) are also not as scary as they look! I'm such a fan of Zoeva's cheek formula, though I was still slightly concerned that these might be difficult to work with. However, I actually found the pigmentation level to be perfect - it's not too intense, but the colour is still nice and noticeable. They go on very evenly and don't get patchy during the day. If these colours call out to you then I recommend checking this out because the formulas really do hold up.

Zoeva Offline Eyeshadow Palette* | £17.50 | I'm normally a huge fan of Zoeva eyeshadow palettes, however a mixture of not finding these shades that wearable and the colours being tricky to pull off formula-wise means that this didn't quite work for me. I do really like that they did something different with this palette - the sea-toned shades are very lovely to look at, but I don't find them that wearable and I guess I'm just not experimental enough to put something cohesive together with them. I felt the lighter matte shades were quite same-y, though the silvery beige shimmer 404 and the golden bronze On / Off are both pretty. On the bottom row, I just didn't find the three purple and blue shades to be as nicely pigmented as I'm used to from this brand. Pasithea, a raspberry toned matted, is lovely though and does have the pigmentation and ease of application I'm looking for and I do like the Cranberry shimmer of Interpersonal. However, I just feel that I'd rather recommend you get single shades of the colours I like in here than buy the entire thing when I found the quality a slightly mixed bag. 

Zoeva Offline Brush Set* | £40 | I just love Zoeva makeup brushes and this is a great little starter set that comes in such a beautiful pale sea green and gold colour combination with a travel pouch (I have a few of these from Zoeva brush sets and they're so handy!) The 128 Cream Cheek is a synthetic brush that's perfect for dabbing on cream and liquid blusher formulas. I actually use the 134 Luxe Powder Fusion for highlighter - whilst I don't love it as much as Zoeva's fan brush for this job, it works well for when you want an even but slightly more intense look. The 231 Luxe Petit Crease is one I can't live without! It's just perfect for smoothly and precisely applying a deeper crease shade to really define the eyes. The 234 Luxe Smoky Shade is a brush I use virtually everyday too - it's a flat, dense brush that's perfect for packing a darker shade onto the outer part of the lid and even taking it across the lower lash line for a smoky look.

Zoeva Opulence Blush Palette* | £12.50 | This collection gives me serious 'fairytale' vibes - it's just gorgeous! This trio of cheek shades is exactly my sort of thing. The highlighter is actually so much more beautiful once applied than it looks in the pan - it's a soft-focus, sheeny formula but the unusual neutral champagne colour gives my cheekbones such an amazing highlight. The matte muted peach is just A+; the formula is very smooth and blends evenly and it's a perfect everyday autumn cheek shade. The deeper red colour isn't quite as smooth and actually contains a very fine, subtle amount of micro-glitter, however it still does work nicely, you just need to use a slightly lighter hand. 

Zoeva Opulence Eyeshadow Palette* | £17.50 | These shades are so beautiful, though this is an almost entirely shimmer palette, so you may still need to reach for other shades when you're doing a look with this (my only real negative). These shades are just so smooth and have lovely pigmentation with very little fallout. The finish ranges from an almost foiled effect to a soft metallic sheen. Although generally warm-toned, there are a couple of cooler shades in here and some little pops of colour. There's one deep red matte that has a nice smooth texture and can be blended into the crease. Despite the lack of mattes, I do really love this palette and for an everyday look it has the shimmer shades I need. I find the longevity and ease of blending to be good with this palette.

Glossier Wowder (Dark/Deep) | £18 | This is one of those products that, were it not for one little flaw, would be amongst my total favourites. What I like about this powder is how finely-milled it is and how traceless it is on the skin. It sets my makeup in place and removes shine without being at all flat or overly matte and dry. The formula is pretty much perfect for everyday wear. However there's such a big jump between the shades in the range and I seem to fall in-between them. I immediately went to the middle colour of the three available but it's just slightly dark on me and, from what I've seen, the lighter one is going to be too light! I have been enjoying using it, however I might put it away until summer.

Estee Lauder Pure Colour Envy Shadow Paints in 03 Brash Bronze & 05 Mood* | £21 each | I actually had no idea that Estee Lauder did these kinds of liquid-cream eyeshadows but I love this sort of formula. I actually found the two shades were quite different in consistency and I liked one but not the other. The bronze shade is a beautiful colour that has a lovely, iridescent sheen to it - because of the water-based formula, it blends out so easily, however dries down to a very long-wearing and creaseproof finish. The blue shade wasn't for me because it was just very sheer and glittery as opposed to being opaque like the bronze.

Estee Lauder Pure Colour Envy Blue Mascara* | £25.50 | This seems super intensely blue in the image but once applied, it actually looks nicely subtle and if you want to make it even more natural, you can always use a black mascara and follow it up with just a little hint of this. I actually really like it as a mascara too - it has a very interesting brush, which is half fibre bristles and half plastic. It's a good all-rounder in that it gives that length, separation and curl but also adds a nice bit of volume. It wears well without flaking on me too.

HudaBeauty Warm Brown Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette* | £25 | This is one of the new pocked-sized palettes from HudaBeauty now available on Cult Beauty. Her palettes are pretty pricey so I'd always hesitated about ordering one of them when I couldn't see them and swatch the shades for myself. These minis are much more reasonably-priced and give you a chance to try out the formula. I was seriously impressed - there are 8 matte and 1 shimmer, and every single shade is a winner. The mattes are so smooth and opaque, blending out beautifully. I use every single colour (besides the cream matte shade) - there's a really good mix of crease colours and darker tones for adding some smokiness. The shimmer is smooth and gives a foiled effect - it's a stunning warm gold that really makes the look pop. The longevity of these shadows is also pretty good.

Suqqu Extra Glow Lipsticks in 106, 107 & 108* | £25 each | I've actually never tried Suqqu before - a stunning Japanese luxury brand - so I was really excited to give their Christmas collection a go. These lipsticks are stunning! They have such opaque pigmentation but feel creamy and comfortable on the lips and have a slight sheen without being messy. Obviously they do transfer and fade more than a matte but I've never come across such intense colour that doesn't feel drying! 106 is my go-to shade; a sort of raspberry tone, 107 is a deep chocolate berry and 108 is a really wearable mauve colour.

Suqqu Natural Curl Mascara* | £29 | This was my least favourite product from the Suqqu Christmas Collection - I just didn't feel like it did enough for my lashes, especially for the price. The wand is very thin and narrow, so if you just want very separated, curled lashes it does work (the formula also doesn't smudge) but for me, I just need some more 'oomph' so this is a pass.

Suqqu Eyeshadow palettes 101, 110 & 113* | £46 each | These are special Christmas editions of the Suqqu eyeshadow palettes: 101 is the brightest, 110 is the most muted and smoky and 113 has elements of both. 101 isn't very 'me', so I've not played with it to the extent of the other two, however I do find the quality to be very good. Bright shades are hard to get right formula-wise however these are very smooth and blend out nicely. My only real negative is that the light beige matte base shade doesn't give off the level of pigmentation I'd want. 

110 is the most appealing to me, though again I don't gravitate towards the very light matte colour (though it could be used as a highlight). The pigmentation is absolutely amazing, though be warned: the shades can kick up some fallout, so you don't need to load up the brush too much with product. There's a gorgeous warm gold, a deeper brown (with gold and bronze undertones) and a stunning deep purple (which I love as a liner) - all three of these shades are shimmery and I find them very easy to blend and they have good wear-time. 

Finally, there's 113 - the compromise that had hints of neutral and smoky with a pop of colour. There's a light champagne shimmer that's quite glittery but I do like this as an inner-corner highlight when I want a more dramatic look. There's a satin-finish coral shade (this is very smooth in texture) that you can put in the crease to add some colour, the most beautiful warm red-brown soft shimmer and a deep purple shimmer. Even for the shades that aren't my kind of thing, the quality does still really work.

Suqqu Pure Colour Blush in 105* | £32 | This is definitely one of the highlights of this collection for me! It's just a great colour and a great formula - I've swatched the shades separately and together so you can see what they look like but essentially there's a warm peachy-gold highlight shade on one side and a mid-toned berry on the other. Mixed together it just gives the perfect flush of colour to the cheek. The formula is just so soft and smooth and gives a gorgeous, healthy sheen. It applies evenly and wears very well. It's the kind of shade I'm already getting a lot of wear out of so it's well worth investing in.

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  1. So many amazing pick.
    Great haul.
    Thanks for sharing.

  2. Wow, what a haul! I love the shade of the Estee Lauder Shadow Paint in 05 Mood and would've purchased it, so it's a shame that the formula is sheer. I might pick up a couple of the Sleek i-Arts instead, as they sound interesting and the colours are beautiful!

    Alice / Alice Grace Beauty


  3. I love Sleek ! I can't wait to see the new products in my local store !

  4. Both Zoeva Opulence palettes have gone straight on my wishlist - they're gorgeous! I love how vibrant the shades in the eyeshadow palette look!

    Pumpkin Lemonade

  5. I must give that REN pillow mist a try, sounds so cool!

    Lotte | www.lottebeautybox.blogspot.co.uk

  6. The Zoeva Offline blush palette is calling my name, I just adore bolder blushes & the highlight looks so unique.

  7. Everything looks so stunning! I must give some of the Sleek things a try xx Nikita

    BLOG//Jasmine Loves

  8. I am terrible! I am making a mental list of all the products in this post as gifts for myself. LOL!

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

  9. I've never heard of Suqqu before, I love the look of those lipsticks.I have the zoeva opulence palette, I wish it had more mattes but overall i really like the palette xx


  10. The zoeva products look amazing! Also, sleek makeup is doing such a great job! They have so many good products.

    The Lisa's World

  11. ooooh. Those i-Art colors are very cool. It takes a lot to get me excited about a color product anymore.

    I also like those Suqqu choices. Is 106 on the left or the right (they both say 108 or maybe I need my glasses)? I like the one on the left.

    Ren's pillow spray is on my short-list!

  12. That Huda warm brown obsessions eye shadow palette looks like absolute heaven! I recently picked up the desert dusk palette from Huda and I've been loving it.


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  14. I have the Sleek gold palette too and I was seriously impressed with the pigmentation of the powders, really impressive! Zoeva is one brand I still haven't tried (Living under a rock honestly!) so I need to try them soon!

    Erin || MakeErinOver

  15. I am going to have to try some things out by Zoeva and Sleek, I still can't believe I haven't tried anything out by those brands before!

    Danielle xx

  16. So many palettes that I want!


  17. Argh you have to try their eyeshadow palettes and brushes - they're so good! x

  18. The Desert Dusk is on my Christmas list! <3

  19. Sorry - this was just a typo (I've been run ragged a little bit putting together my Christmas content in time!) and has now been corrected x

  20. No worries. It could have just as likely been my eyesight! :) Just wanted to try the right colour.

  21. Those Zoeva palettes look gorgeous! I can't believe I still haven't tried anything from them yet!

    Nicole | The Glam Surge

  22. You'll love it. The palette is so gorgeous!

  23. Their eyeshades are amazing overall :) x

  24. I absolutely love that Ren pillow spray. The Zoeva palettes don't really appeal to me but I love that Huda palette! xx



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