Recent Buys: Beauty & Homeware

Recent Buys Beauty & homewareHi everyone! Hope you had a fab weekend! I have purchased a few bits and bobs recently and wanted to share them with you. I enjoy doing these sorts of posts and hope you enjoy reading them. Being a beauty fanatic I couldn’t resist adding to my lipstick and nail polish collections, especially the latter as it’s been months since I last purchased a new shade for my nails. I also picked up a new candle and can’t wait to burn it!

1. Essie – Take It Outside & Essie – Ladylike

I’ve always wanted to try Essie nail polish and I finally took the plunge and purchased two this month: Take It Outside (a punchy, fresh taupe) and Ladylike (an elegant soft mauve). Both are neutral shades and lovely for springtime as well as being appropriate for work, especially now we have a uniform. I have only worn Take It Outside so far but I was super impressed with the formula. The brush is the perfect size, you get a nice, even coat and the polish is opaque in two coats. Take It Outside lasted almost a week before any chips started to appear. I’m looking forward to trying out Ladylike and I’ll report back once I have.

2. MAC – Blankety

Cat from My Lip Addiction recommended I try this shade. At first I was apprehensive because I thought it was too nude and I’m pale (pale girls FTW!). In the MAC store I swatched Blankety and fell in love so thank you Cat for your recommendation! I thought the swatch looked similar to Patisserie minus the flecks of glitter but there is a difference. Blankety has an Amplified Creme finish meaning it’s meant to be creamy, pigmented and glossy. I don’t find Blankety to be glossy but I don’t think that’s a bad thing. I haven’t tried any other Amplified Creme lipsticks so I can’t compare them, but maybe Blankety’s an exception to the glossy rule? Overall, a lovely nude shade and I’m very happy with my purchase.

3. MAC – Sunny Seoul

Funny story about this wee lipstick; when I was deciding which shade to purchase for my first ever MAC this was one of the shades I loved when I was internet swatching. I already had a few other pinks and opted for something different in the end (Syrup). I’ve always loved the slight shimmer to this shade and I think that’s down to the Cremesheen Pearl finish. This formula is nice and creamy. Out of the two lipsticks, I slightly prefer the feel of Sunny Seoul but both shades are truly lovely. Sunny Seoul screams summer to me as it has hints of coral and melon. I absolutely love my pinks, each one I have is different and they all get a decent amount of wear.

Lipstick swatches

Left to Right: Blankety, Sunny Seoul.

4. Orange Sherbet Candle

Recently at work we got some new products in: an array of soaps, body lotions and potions and gorgeous candles in a few different scents. As I unpacked them I took a whiff and was drawn to the Orange Sherbet scent straight away. The candle comes in it’s own jar and has a lid so if the scent gets overpowering you can pop it on and don’t have to worry about the scent filling the room if you don’t want it to. The sticker on the front says it has a 50 hour burn time which is decent as the jar is quite big and the candle pretty much fills the jar. No doubt this will smell just as yummy burning as when it’s not lit!

So there you have it, what I’ve treated myself to lately. What was the last thing you treated yourself to?

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