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Monday, July 25, 2016

Last week I headed to London for the weekend and after a long few months of saving and being on a beauty spending ban, the time had finally come for me to splurge! With trips to Westfield, Oxford St and Covent Garden you can hardly blame a girl for giving into temptation and treating myself to some new beauty goodness. Read on to discover what I bought... 

Urban Decay: 'Beached bronzer' 
Shade: 'Sun-kissed'
Is it bad that the first thing that drew me towards this product was its palm tree packaging? Yes, most likely.. I had seen this product featured quite frequently on other blogger's Instagram feeds and so decided it was time to pick it up for myself and explore beyond the Instagrammable packaging. Although I am yet to try this product I did give it a quick swatch in store. Against my pale skin tone I would describe the shade as a medium toned brown with a slight peach undertone. The darker shade in the duo 'Bronzed' appeared orange against my skin - a massive no no in the beauty world! The product seems to have a silky smooth texture which I hope means this shall be super blendable when applied to the skin. I'll be sure to report back once I've gave this a try!

NARS: 'Illuminator'
Shade: 'Copacabana' 
Another holy grail product in the beauty blogging world that I just needed to finally add it to my collection. As well as a sun-kissed bronze glow, for me the summer is also all about having a fresh and dewy looking glow to the skin. In the past I've tried MAC Strobe Cream, Benefit Girl Meets Pearl and Benefit That Gal. My skin tone favours a champagne pink toned highlight to a golden bronzed toned option and so Copacabana seems right up my street! 

Topshop: 'Glow cream'
Shade: 'Polished'
I purchased my very first glowing pot of joy two years ago in the Topshop Oxford Circus store. Two years later and I've only just used up the entirety of this product. I loved it so much that of course I had to make a repurchase whilst I was in London last week. If you've been reading my blog for a while now then you'll know that I love mixing this with Benefit High Beam for the perfect pink iridescent glow.

Benefit: 'Ka-Brow'
Shade: 5
2016 is certainly the year of the bold brow and so Benefit's newest brow launch has been highly anticipated by many. Ka-Brow in particular reminded me of the MAC brow gel creme which I use every day for my brows and absolutely love. I was certainly right to see the similarity. Both products offer a creamy texture, making it super easy to outline and define the brows with ease; giving a bold finish which still looks natural. As Ka-Brow features its own angled brush within the packaging this makes this product the better option for travelling. 

Benefit: 'Goof Proof brow pencil'
Shade: 6
Just as it says in the name, this is so easy to apply; it truly is goof proof! Simply twist the nib to reveal the product and glide through the brows to shape and define. As I personally prefer the look of having big and bold brows this isn't a product I would reach for on a day to day basis but if I'm having a lazy day and going for the 'no make-up make-up' look then this would be perfect to add some natural definition to my brows.

Benefit: 'Gimme Brow'
Shade: 1
Gimme Brow is and will probably always be one of my all time favourite brow products. If I'm not using the Maybelline Brow Drama to set my eyebrows for the day then it's because I'm using this beauty. Its small brush head makes it super easy to fill in even the thinnest of brows. I like to use gentle brush strokes beginning from the middle of the brow and dragging through to the tail, then lightly brushing over the front of my brow where the hairs are more sparse. I actually picked this product up in the newest issue of Glamour magazine. Shade 1 is a light brown tone which I'm hoping shall work well for the front of my brow to create an ombrè effect. 

Benefit: 'Ready Set Brow'
Shade: Clear
This clear brow gel basically works the same as Gimme Brow except for the fact it's clear rather than tinted. Therefore defining the shape of your brows but not adding volume and the illusion of thickness in the same way that Gimme Brow does. It keeps hairs locked in place all day long whilst giving them a clear and defined shape. This product is a little life saver for trips to the gym, no amount of sweat, blood and tears will push your brow hairs out of place when wearing this treasure. I love it! The packaging further highlights that in a consumer panel of 32 women, 100% of them agreed it kept brow hairs firmly in place all day. Now you can't argue with that one!

Benefit: 'Dream Screen sun cream'
SPF: 45
Last week I visited the Good Ship Benefit for an evening meal which if you haven't seen the Instagram photos, it was to die for! When purchasing Ka-Brow from the store on the lower deck of the ship I received a free sample size of the Dream Screen. Being the pale lass I am I certainly am prone to burning easily so this will definitely come in handy on my travels this summer!
PS - If you're in the London area I'd definitely head to the Good Ship Benefit by the Embankment underground if you're planning on purchasing some new Benefit products. Free samples, a 10% discount and even a free sticker are all on offer with your purchase! 

Have you bought any new products recently? What's on your current beauty wish list?!

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