Collective Haul: Beauty + Entertainment

I still seem to go through phases where I buy nothing at all or place a couple of online orders around the same time. Does anyone else get excited for packages in the mail or is it just me?! I am really excited about the items (a little nervous for one but more on that later) and now that everything has arrived I can talk about them.

1. Max Factor Creme Puff Blushes in 10 Nude Mauve and 20 Lavish Mauve

I saw one of these blushes on sale in a shop for half price and although I’ve heard lots of good things about them I’d never swatched them for myself. The shade on sale wasn’t quite up my street but there were a couple of other shades that were. Before I commit to buying most makeup products I will research them and watch YouTube videos. Nude Mauve is a gorgeous brown-mauve and Lavish Mauve has more prominent pink-mauve tones. Both shades are suitable for my fair skin and apply beautifully on the cheeks. The formula is soft and buildable and the packaging is compact and feels sturdy.

Blush swatches:

Left to right: Nude Mauve and Lavish Mauve

2. xoBeauty “The Innocent” and “The Heiress” False Lashes

This is the purchase I was nervous about! I have never worn false eyelashes in my life and I feel like I will either be terrible at trying to apply them or I will get better with practice. xoBeauty is a brand I have purchased numerous products from and Shannon’s lash line gets a lot of love. I opted for natural looking styles that aren’t too long as I wear glasses. The Innocent are a short criss cross pattern that will add a nice amount of volume. The Heiress lashes aim to give a fluttery, curled effect and are slightly more dramatic. I haven’t tried the lashes yet but I will experiment on one of my days off.

3. Duo False Eyelash Glue (Clear, latex-free)

You can’t apply lashes without glue! On the xoBeauty site there are a few different glue options but I went for this one as it dries clear and is more suitable for sensitive eyes. My eyes aren’t overly sensitive but I liked the sound of this glue the best. The brush on applicator sounds really useful as well.

4. Lash Applicator Tweezer

xoBeauty have special tweezers which Shannon always uses to apply eyelashes and I’ve watched her use these in numerous YouTube videos – she makes it look so easy! The tweezers are nicely weighted, matte black and have a non-slip grip. The shape of the prongs is designed to aid with application and help fuse the false lashes with your natural lashes.

5. Louise – Heavy Love CD

Louise is a British singer-songwriter who found fame as one quarter of 90s R&B/pop group Eternal. Louise left the group in 1995 to pursue a solo career and released her fourth studio album in January 2020. It was a mission to get this CD, I pre-ordered a signed copy from in August 2019 and during the week or two following release I didn’t get any update on my order. Amazon estimated the CD would arrive by February 3 (which it didn’t) and the next day I got an update saying there is an unexpected delay and delivery will now be between mid February and the end of March. I really wanted a signed CD and thought I’ll cancel my Amazon order and get one from Louise’s official store instead, it was more expensive but it was still signed. When I went to order from Louise’s store the signed CDs were sold out but luckily I found a company called Banquet Records who listed signed copies on their website. I tweeted to ask about stock and there were still signed CDs available. I cancelled my Amazon order, placed an order with Banquet Records and the order was dispatched within a few days.

6. Frankie Bridge – Open

In my life a lot of things seem to come back to music and this book is an example of that. Frankie is a singer I have looked up to for half of my life and my admiration for her multiplied when she revealed a struggle with anxiety and depression in 2011/2012. I am quite an anxious person and whilst I have never been diagnosed with a mental illness or been on medication some of the things Frankie says in interviews and this book resonate with me. In a way it’s comforting to know I’m not alone in some of my thoughts. I finished this book within 24 hours and it was great to learn more about Frankie. The book is written in such a kind way, it doesn’t come across as needy (not that I thought it would) and my only con is that it’s not longer.

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16 thoughts on “Collective Haul: Beauty + Entertainment

  1. alwayscleia says:

    I get so excited for mail too! I’m loving the look of those blushes, especially the more golden one. And those lashes are stunning! I don’t ever wear lashes out of the house but I think they would be really beautiful.

    That book sounds really interesting to me. I also have never been diagnosed with a mental health issue but I am stressed easily and Anxiety does run in my family. It’s good to understand it and what others are going through x

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  2. Rossy Galaxy says:

    The nude mauve blush looks amazing and totally my kind of blush as well.
    The way to go with falsies, is practice, practice, practice. I bought cheaper lashes at first, like the Wet n Wild ones because they are about $1 USD each. Watch lots of tutorials on YouTube, they give very helpful tips.
    I’ve never pre-ordered anything from Amazon before but that sounds like a pain having to wait all that time and finding the same thing elsewhere and getting it quicker. I’m glad you were able to find a signed copy and you were not scammed.
    That book sounds fantastic and I will look into it. I haven’t been diagnosed either or ever been on meds, but I think a lot of people now a days are experiencing anxiety and depression more often. I love that the book made you feel comforted and not alone. 💜💜

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  3. Hunida says:

    Ooo, those lashes are so pretty! I have the hardest time applying those, even with tweezers shaped like that but I hope you have better luck. ♡ I would love to see you wearing them! & phew, that signed CD sounds like it was a doozy to get. I’m glad you were able to track it down somewhere & cancel your Amazon order.

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    • Chanelle says:

      The lashes were so easy to apply and I loved them! I’ve got a post up all about my experience trying them and include pictures of me wearing them 😄 so glad I was able to cut my losses with the Amazon order, every other experience I’ve had with them has been positive though 🙂

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      • Hunida says:

        Ah yay! I’m so glad the lashes were easy for you. Cannot wait until I get to your post, I am so far behind my reader! But I agree, I’ve not really had any bad experiences with Amazon. That was a bit shocking to me how much trouble they gave you, honestly.

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      • Hunida says:

        Yes, exactly! I am kind of glad that I have so many blogs to catch up on during this time. 🙂 & that’s good that you haven’t been put off! There are many different sellers on Amazon. 🙂

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