Recent Purchases | Korean Skincare, My 1st Zoeva Palette & The Body Shop Masks

Thursday, February 09, 2017

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I don't really have any redeeming words to open this post with, what with me proclaiming "I'm cutting down my spending" and "I'm cutting down my product stash" so I'll just jump right into all the things that I've added to my collection in the last few weeks.

*hangs head in half shame, half excitement as she types away*


SKINCARE


Since introducing Korean skincare products into my skincare routines, my skin has benefited greatly and I'm constantly searching for trustworthy retailers that I can purchase the latest craze from without having to spend an arm and a leg. Recently I stumbled across Buttermilk Skincare, a London based online boutique specialising in the most sought-after Asian Skincare products, and I've placed 3 orders already.

Whamisa is a natural Korean brand focusing on the use of fermented, natural and organic ingredients to nourish the skin to good health. I really wanted the Whamisa Organic Flowers Deep Rich Toner | £28.50 for the winter season as my skin needs all the hydration it can get and I've become a little bit addicted to layering hydrating products in the good old fashioned Korean way. This water-less toner is made with aloe vera, oat kernal, chrysanthemum extract, dandelion oil among other botanical extracts and oils to deeply hydrate and nourish the skin. I bought the Whamisa Sheet Mask Pack | £25 purely as a treat for myself as they are pretty luxury in my books.



[Since purchasing these gorgeous skin treats, I came to realise that these may not be strictly considered to be Halaal - I am still looking into it so in the meantime these will be put aside while I find out.

UPDATE: To the best of my understanding, the process of fermentation used here is not the same as that of alcohol production and is more a process by which to extract certain properties.]




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I've been wanting to try The Body Shop Expert Facial Masks since they were released. A lot of people have heralded the Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask | £16 as a dupe for the infamous GlamGlow which obviously has a much heftier price tag so I'm quite excited to see the results of using this for myself. I had to get the Ethiopian Honey Deep Nourishing Mask | £16 one as well as I love honey especially in my skincare. It's one of those ingredients that gives me immediate results. I also chose the Chinese Ginseng & Rice Clarifying Polishing Mask | £16 because ginseng such a wonderful ingredient with so many proven benefits and one that I want to include more of in my skincare. (Thankfully, I managed to get these on offer which never happens!)

A repurchase for me is The Body Shop is Vitamin E Hydrating Face Mist | £10 which I've been using for years. Its a soothing, moisturising spritz that I use all over my face during the day, especially when my skin feels super dehydrated. No surprises that I'm close to using up my current bottle thanks to the winter.

Another mist I came across recently was from TK Maxx and its the Balance Me Beauty Skin Bright Toning Mist, which claims to hydrate and boost radiance. I couldn't find this listed on their site but I did notice the brand has given itself a complete face lift with a more coherent range of products, so perhaps this is being phased out. I've been enjoying this as a gentle, hydrating toner in the mornings, refreshing my skin during the day and also as a layering product in the evenings. I can't say it's significantly brightening but I love how it delicately hydrates my skin.



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MAKEUP

Most exciting of course is the fact that I purchased my first ever Zoeva eyeshadow palette. Despite being tempted by a number of them over the last couple of years, I never took the plunge as I rarely used eyeshadow but all that has changed nowadays. And I'm obsessed with matte eyeshadows so when I saw this palette I didn't wait a second before I purchased it. Zoeva Matte Palette | £17.50 contains a wonderful mix of warm/neutral toned matte shades that can be used to create a variety of shades with some light skin tone shades to a bright red, orange and even a deep purple. I've been obsessed with it and it's definitely helping me to branch out and try newer looks.


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I bought ColourPop Brow Pencil - Black N Brown | $5 a few weeks ago and although I loved the pencil and the formula and the convenience of the product, the shade was just too dark for me. I'm not a huge fan of bold brows so I then ordered it in the shade Bangin' Brunette and thankfully it's a much better match for me. It's still a little bit too pigmented and means I have to be very delicate when I use this but I love the overall look I get when I use this and of course the convenience of having the pencil and spoolie in one.



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Lastly, I got a couple of items from Superdrug. I decided to try a highly raved about eye liner pen that I've always avoided thinking it was all just hype. To my surprise, L'Oreal Super Liner Perfect Slim Intense Black | £6.99 is easily a drugstore gem that I wish I'd started using sooner. Although the nib is a little stiffer than I'd like, and the finish isn't completely matte, I love how easy this is to use and how quickly I can achieve a perfect wing. It lasts all day without smudging and is super black. There isn't much I can complain about and it's making me question my love of the Stila liner (of course the Tom Ford liner is in a whole different league so I won't even compare them).

I finally repurchased my holy grail mascara - Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara | £7.99. I've been trying a few samples and new mascaras since this one finished but none of them quite tick all the boxes in the way this does. This is curling, defining and volumising and I love how it makes my lashes look. 

I am now on the no-buy/spending ban that I was meant to have been on last month. I feel like I say this all the time but this time, I actually feel quite pleased with my stash and there isn't anything keeping me up at night these days that will get me to falter. So here's hoping there isn't another post of this nature for a little while now ;) wish me luck!




What have you been buying recently? Is there anything here on your wish list? I'd love to know...





Sal xxx

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36 comments

  1. Your skincare stash must be one big treasure trove. So many great picks! I'm going to grab the Super Liner as I've heard so many people raving about it.

    Toni. xx


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    1. The liner has impressed me so much!! I think you will love it xxx

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  2. I love your opening statement haha! I can't believe you've only just brought you first Zoeva Palette! It looks stunning - i really want it but I'm trying to be good! I love the sound of the Body Shop Honey mask, thats on my list! And the colourpop brow pencils sound great. Although, for some reason I hate the name 'bangin brunette' haha xx

    LPage Beauty

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    1. Hahahaha...I know you can relate to that opening line ;) Lol...now that I have this Zoeva palette I want all the others on my list! Yes, that shade name is so cringe!!!! xxx

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  3. Great haul! Unfortunately, I didn't like these Body Shop Masks (well, the Ethiopian and Amazonian ones) yet the Vitamin E Hydrating Face Mist sounds right up my street! The Zoeva Matte Palette truly is gorgeous, it definitely goes on my to try list!

    http://fannyanddailybeauty.com

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    1. Oh dear...what didn't you like about them hun? I'm still excited to try them out...the honey one looks delicious. xxx

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  4. Girlll, the no buy life is a hard one. I failed at my January no buy and then went on a spending spree the second February started. At the moment I'm trying to see how it goes if I go on small spending bans. No beauty shopping for 2 weeks and then spending like a normal person during one week and then back to another 2 week ban. Hopefully it works out better! That Zoeva palette looks amazing. The swatches are so pigmented! I really like the colourpop brow pens although the packaging sucks :( The spoolie side on mine has fallen out multiple times. Anyways, awesome haul! I hope the Whamisa products end up being halaal so you can use em :)

    Mili | Sharmtoaster

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    1. Ah! I definitely struggle sticking to any kind of spending ban, so I think your plan sounds much more appealing. I know right...the packaging sucks. My one isn't that bad but the lids don't stay on. So annoying xxx

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  5. Those Body Shop Face Masks sound lovely! I went on a face mask shopping spree in boots this week got some of the L'Oreal Clay ones, Garnier Sheet Masks and some of the boots own ones. I need that Zoeva Palette in my life like right now!

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    1. Ooh nice. Will look forward to hearing your thoughts on them. I'm not overly impressed with the L'oreal ones but I'm enjoying the Boots ones actually xxx

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  6. Ooh great haul! That palette is haunting me - I want it but don't neeeeeeeeeed another palette! xx

    Beautylymin| LuxuryFragranceGiveaway

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    1. Hahahaha....if I didn't have it, it would be haunting me too xxx

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  7. the zoeva palette is so pretty! I've been dying to try the body shop face masks too!

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    1. I'm obsessed with the palette...I can't believe I haven't purchased one before. Yes, I am excited to try them xxx

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  8. You are so bad Sal, I love it! I've got my mini haul from the last month coming on Monday when I've been trying not to buy too! The pigment on the Zoeva palette looks amazing!

    Danielle's Beauty Blog

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    1. OOOH YAY! I can't wait...at least we're trying to cut down the spending though eh? ;) I am super impressed with the palette xxx

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  9. Nice bits and pieces you've picked up!! I was also interested in the whamisa...but do let us know of your findings regarding whether it's halal or not....! I love the Vit E spray find it so comforting! Xxx

    Beauty And The Muslimah

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    1. Yes, I will definitely keep you posted. It lists pure alcohol as one of the ingredients and then the whole fermented thing suddenly dawned on me too. Lol! Talk about slow...
      I know right, the spray is a life saver xxx

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  10. Those body shop face mask and really a lot of their skincare appeal to me! I definitely want to try the peels they just launched as well. Zoeva palettes don't usually appeal to me but that one looks gorgeous.

    www.themakeupaficionado.com

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    1. Yes, they have some incredible products in their line-up and they seem to be getting better ;) I am so glad I finally got one xxx

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  11. Skincare is important so it's okay spending money on that ;p. That's how I justify it haha. I love the colors in that palette. So gorgeous! I need to check it out :)

    xx
    Nida | Caked To The Nines

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    1. Yup...I agree!!! Skincare is an investment. And yes, I am so happy with this palette xxx

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  12. I've been trying to try out more Korean skincare items as I've sporadically used sheet masks that I've loved! but I'm also trying to commit to a February no-buy - the struggle.

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    1. The struggle is real and I totally understand. I have such an addiction to sheet masks!!! xxx

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  13. Even though I'm trying not to buy more makeup the Zoeva palette couldn't be missed out, it's a beauty! I'm glad you're loving it :) x

    Mummy's Beauty Corner

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    1. I know right...I definitely broke my no-buy for it :) xxx

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  14. Oh gosh, some lovely products here...I love that matte palettes...lovely post Darl!

    xo, Neha, http://www.theinstylejournal.com/

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    1. Thanks lovely. The palette is so pretty and versatile xxx

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  15. I've got the charcoal mask by the body shop but I feel I really need a more hydrating one too for my cheeks and forehead! I adore their vitamin E range too, their moisturiser is one of my favourites. I really want to try that mist now!
    Charlotte / Charlotte's Picks

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    1. You will love the mist. Its such a great product to have for any dry/dehydration situations xxx

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  16. You got your first Zoeva palette! It's so beautiful, I am such a sucker for matte shadows too, I absolutely need it. Thank you for sharing, so glad you love the Lash Sensational mascara too. One of my favourites, have an awesome weekend Sal xxx

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    1. Thanks love. Yes, matte shadows all the way! I can't believe I was even bothering with any other mascaras to be honest xxx

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  17. Ah I so need the Zoeva Palette! I have four of their other palettes and I love them, the quality is amazing but I did depot them into my Z Palettes which I'd probably do with this one too xx

    Gemma ♡ Miss Makeup Magpie

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    1. I am super impressed with the quality. I can't wait to pick up some more xxx

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  18. Informative post thanks..I'm after a more subtle brow pencil so might try Colour pop..I hate full-on brows and pleased that the fashion of them is heading more natural. The Whamisa masks sound good, need to grab a Body Shop mask to give a whirl too. Love Zoeva palettes, I own the rose gold one & love the copper and rose shades..good texture too!
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    1. I know right...I look evil when I do my brows too full on hahaha! I can't believe I took so long to try out the Zoeva palettes xxx

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Sal xxx