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This post should really be titled "An Exercise in Self-Restraint" because it still baffles me how I managed to step foot in a Sephora for the first time in YEARS and only come out with five items. Five items! That means I managed to bypass the likes of Kat Von D, Kate Somerville, Tarte, Make Up For Ever... the list goes on.  In fact, the majority of what I came out with is actually available in the UK, but what can I say? I'm a sucker for a bargain! 

Now, my silence on the blog by no mean's reflects my feelings towards beauty. My love affair with all things make-up and skincare related is still going strong, fear not! And while this haul may be a good 4 months late (let's ignore that tiny detail, shall we?), on the bright side, I come to you with some serious testing time under my belt. 

BECCA SHIMMERING SKIN PERFECTOR


This happens to be my first foray into the world of liquid highlighters and what a game changer it has been. This stuff is absolutely luscious! After much deliberation I picked up the shade 'Opal'. It's a warm golden-toned highlight with THE most beautiful finish. This bottle contains the secret to healthy, lit-from-within, (dare I say it?) dewy skin. The gold and peach tones paired with it's effortlessly blendable formula makes this the perfect way to add a subtle luminosity without a hint of glitter.

I like to use this as a base under foundation, giving an initial dose of glow, and then layer it up on the high points of my face for a more precise highlight. If I'm opting for a particularly heavy foundation I tend to mix them together for the best finish. AND if I really want to go the whole hog (which is pretty much daily at the moment), I will layer Charlotte Tilbury's Filmstar Bronze & Glow over the top as well. Cue all the heart-eyed emojis. 

ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS DIPBROW POMADE


Up until December I had been faithfully using the Anastasia Brow Wiz and loving it. But the trouble with pouring through beauty blogs on a daily basis is that something new is inevitably going to catch your eye and eventually curiosity is bound to get the better of you. I had been umming and ahhing about this little pot for months, but as my trusty pencil neared it's end I stood in front of the far more reasonably priced Anastasia counter in Minnesota, Dipbrow called to me. Okay, it wasn't quite that dramatic... but I haven't written in a good 6 months and I'm stretching my creative muscles. 

I apply this with a Zoeva 317 Wing Liner brush, and was pleasantly surprised to discover that it is SUPER easy to use. The formula is a soft gel that glides on an absolute treat. There is a fabulous colour range (10+) and the pomade is incredibly pigmented, so you really don't need much! Once your brow has set it is completely waterproof AND effectively smudge proof which is a serious win in my books. This is the perfect product for creating both soft & natural brows or a big, bold statement. Either way you're guaranteed to get some serious precision and exquisite definition. 

Sephora CREAM LIP STAIN


I purchased one of these around two years ago and it was my all time favourite red lip (although Lady Danger could give it a run for it's money). It just so happens it tragically went missing on a night out, so naturally this was my first stop when I set foot in Sephora again. I ended up coming out with 01 'Always Red' and 14 'Blackberry Sorbet'. I think the bright lights got the better of me with Blackberry Sorbet. It is a very pink toned purple, that requires me to be exactly the right shade of tan to pull off. Needless to say, I have yet to be that tan in 2016 so I promise to report back come summer. 

Always Red, on the other hand, is a gorgeous and super flattering true red. The formula of these is one of my all time favourites. It goes on smooth and creamy and once set this will last all night without being at all drying. I'm talking through drinks, food, karaoke... whatever the night brings. On the downside you have to be pretty precise with your initial application as things can get a bit messy if you're not careful. But... I am more than happy to put in a few extra minutes if it means I don't have to re-apply once for the rest of the night. Which begs the question why I even had this in my bag the night I lost it?! 

Have you used any of these products? What are your thoughts?