September Payday & First Impressions

It was recently payday so obviously, I treated myself to a few new products including; Kat Von D, Nars, MUA, Sleek, Natural Collection, Tangle Teezer, Laura Mercier, Hourglass and The Great British Bee Company. Read on to see what my first impressions were…

As payday was last week, I thought I would write a post on my recent beauty purchases.

lebellelavie - September Payday & First Impressions: kat von d

Kat Von D London Calling Set

After seeing the new Kat Von D makeup range being all the rave with many bloggers, I was having a browse on the Debenhams website at what products were in the range and this mini set caught my eye. As much as I would love to, I can’t afford to buy a selection of her products so this seemed like the perfect way to test out a number of the products in the range. I wouldn’t describe myself as being a Kat Von D fan as I don’t really know much about her, so I was a little dubious about buying her products at first. The set includes three mini samples of the Trooper Tattoo Eyeliner, studded lipstick in the shade Lolita and a liquid lipstick in the shade Double Dare.

Although I wouldn’t describe the range as being the most expensive makeup brand, it isn’t cheap either. I’m not going to lie but I partly bought this set due to London Calling being one of my favourite Clash songs. Both the lipstick and the liquid lipstick appear to be very similar in colour, although they look red on the Debenhams website looking at the swatch they tend to look more of a pinky red, berry kind of colour. They are both of a matte finish which is something I prefer in my lip products.

lebellelavie - September Payday & First Impressions: nars

NARS Sheer Glow foundation – Siberia & NARS Lipstick – Flair

NARS is always rated so highly by so many bloggers and I had had my eye on trying some of their products for a while. I took the opportunity to purchase the Sheer Glow foundation at the Local Business Space NK event I attended. I bought the palest shade in Siberia due to my incredibly pale skin.The lipstick, on the other hand, I bought from TK Maxx while having a browse on their website. If you want to purchase higher end branded makeup either pop into your local store or have a look on their website. Unfortunately, they didn’t have this in my local store so I had to do a Click and Collect order which cost me an additional £1.99 but it is free on orders over £30.

lebellelavie - September Payday & First Impressions: hourglass

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder – Ethereal Light

I have had my eye on this powder for so long! It looks so beautiful and so does the packaging. I really hope it lives up to the reputation it holds. I chose the shade Ethereal Light as I personally thought the other shades looked a bit too orangey or pinky toned for my skin whilst this one was fairly neutral. I can’t wait to properly wear it as I am hoping it will give my face a bit of a glow instead of it always looking so ill and tired.

lebellelavie - September Payday & First Impressions: mua

MUA Skin Define Hydro Powder

This isn’t something that I have recently bought as I buy this fairly regularly but I thought I would add it into this post anyway. This powder only costs £3 in Superdrug and is one of my holy grail foundations. It sets your make up really well and doesn’t dry it out but also is translucent which is perfect for pale skin.

lebellelavie - September Payday & First Impressions: sleek makeup

Sleek MakeUP I-Divine On The Horizon

I wasn’t sure about this palette at first but after doing some swatches in Superdrug, I couldn’t resist buying this. This palette has plenty of various colours which are perfect for Autumn. I don’t actually wear colours like this but after buying this palette it gives me an opportunity to be brave and try bolder colours. As it’s Autumn and there is plenty of naturally bold colours outside, why not use this as an excuse to encompass this in my make up?

lebellelavie - September Payday & First Impressions: the great british bee company

The Great British Bee Company Citrus Hand Balm

Again, this is another product that I didn’t actually buy this payday but I thought I would add it to this post as I haven’t really used it before. From first impressions, it absorbs into your skin well and does not leave them feeling greasy which is always a good thing. I picked it up in the Winchester Market on a 3 for £15 offer. They have about five different hand balms in the range so there’s definitely one for everyone. I picked up Citrus as I love citrus smells. They also have a website as Winchester may not be possible for you to visit for the sake of a hand balm.

lebellelavie - September Payday & First Impressions: natural collection

Natural Collection eyebrow pencils

I have heard a lot of good things about these from fellow bloggers and that they have been described as being a dupe of the Benefit brow range and priced at £1.99, you can’t go wrong if they work! I bought both shades in the range due to either one being too light or too dark or my eyebrows (As there’s no in-between shade) so I can mix them up to give a natural look to my brows.

lebellelavie - September Payday & First Impressions: tangle teezer

Tangle Teezer for thick and curly hair

Thick hair is the bane of my life and when I saw this the other day, I had to buy it! Priced at £11.99, it isn’t cheap but it isn’t expensive either and for a good quality brush that is kind to my hair, I am more than happy to pay this much if it means there’s no tears and no knots. It seems so far so good but a more in-depth review is soon to follow with a comparison to my original Tangle Teezer.

 lebellelavie - September Payday & First Impressions: laura mercier

Laura Mercier samples: primer, tinted moisturiser, under eye brightening powder

I had the pleasure of these being tested on my face when I went to the Space NK event and was so impressed by the results that I asked for samples to have a play and test with. Samples are a great way of trying out new products and most brands are more than happy to supply you with some if you ask politely (Although that doesn’t mean that you should bombard their Twitter pages as they may not like that but just pop into your local stores and ask, they’re more than happy to help and will match you with things to suit your own skin). As I haven’t really tried any Laura Mercier products, I am so excited to try these to see if this is another brand that I will no doubt soon be investing money in their products.

Natural World Shampoo & Conditioner 

I haven’t taken photos of these but  I first heard of Natural World after attending the Bloggers Festival last month and they gave me a sample of their argan oil hair treatment. After being impressed by it so far, I saw that their shampoo and conditioner range were for sale in Tesco and at £5 each for a 1000ml bottle, I couldn’t say no. I can’t wait to try these too!

Have you tried any of these products? What did you think?

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