Thursday, 3 May 2012

Mini Haul: Topshop, MAC and Urban Decay

Hello Everyone :)
So it's just a short haul with Topshop (promised from my post when I went to Trafford Centre store), MAC and Urban Decay. I had ordered a couple of products from the Debenhams website that I couldn't do without any longer and I recieved them earlier this week, yay!

Here is what I got from Topshop:
Topshop Nails in Gypsy Night - £6.00
LOVE this! Its a multi-colour glitter varnish, and it's beautiful. (The picture doesn't do it justice on how it looks in real life) I originally saw this on Zoella's blog on this post and thought it was pretty, but then I saw it in Topshop and HAD to have it! I have worn it once since I've bought it, and even though its not necessarily a springtime colour I don't care - I would wear this all year round, it's stunning. <3

Topshop Lips in Rio Rio - £8.00

Without flash

With flash

Personally I love orange-toned or coral lip colours and when I saw this red/orange I thought it would be the perfect red for me. I saw the Oh La La tester lipstick first and reeeally wanted that one but there weren't any packaged ones left so I was a bit disappointed :( but when I saw this one I thought it would be a pretty nice consolation prize! I still have my eye on Oh La La when I next go to Topshop. I really like the super pigmented formula, although I found it was a bit drying on my lips when I applied it without using some sort of lip balm/moisturiser first. It also started to go sort of bitty (yes that is a technical term) after a few hours if I kept on reapplying, but I think it was due to the really dense amount of colour in it. It's not a moisturising lipstick at all but it is worth it because of the amazing colour payoff, and adding a lip balm before applying and regularly when reapplying stopped the drying for me.

Topshop Jumper - £28.00
(I can't find it on the website to link for some reason but as far as I know it is still in shops)
As soon as I saw this jumper I thought it would be the perfect versatile staple in my wardrobe that I was looking for. It is sooo comfy and warm, and I have been wearing it a lot still seeing that the weather is still awful even though we're nearing summer, I'm getting a lot of wear out of it. I got it in a size 12 because I like the oversized look for jumpers and makes them a bit more cosy :) I also love the 'inside-out' material aswell, I think it's a bit different to the usual baggy jumper look and more interesting. For me some Topshop prices can be a tad too much to pay just for a trend that will go out of fashion in a few months time, so I like to buy classic staples from Topshop that I know I will wear over and over again so I know I'm getting my money's worth. Overall I am LOVING this jumper and the fact I can pair it with leggings and boots for a casual look or with statement jewellery and heels for a more evening out look. Perfect baggy jumper.

So that's it for Topshop, and next on to what I purchased from the Debenhams website. I think it was the Blue Cross event that had 10% off all beauty products (I can't quite remember what event it was) and I also had free shipping because I am a member of their Beauty Club too which is not a surprise haha!

MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation in NC20 usual price - £19.50
I usually order from the MAC website but any opportunity to save money, even if it is 10%, i'll take it! I actually first bought this product last year and loved using it with bare minerals so this is a repurchase just in time for the supposedly warmer months when my oily skin goes crazy. I had never used a powder foundation before and I was sceptical about the coverage, as I do like a fuller coverage foundation, but I was pleasantly surprised! It gave really good coverage and the colour matched perfectly too, but something I discovered is that it worked really well with the bare minerals foundation. When both were buffed into the skin, I would get the radiant, breathable finish of the bare minerals with the coverage and perfect colour match of the powder plus foundation. A dream team that I will be using once again!

Urban Decay DE SLICK XL Oil Control Makeup Setting Spray usual price - £23.00
This is my third repurchase and will not be my last. This product has revolutionised my relationship with makeup, I know that is a big statement to make, but it has. No matter how perfectly I used to apply my makeup or what I used it would always oxidise and shine like a disco ball (and not in a good way :( ) I would have to reapply or touch up, then creating the dreaded caked-face because all I was doing was smushing more makeup on top of the oil that had been produced. I used to despair because nothing would work at stopping the oiliness, until I found this. The first time I used this I was shocked at how my makeup stayed on the whole day without the necessary touch-ups I always had to do and how matte my skin stayed. Since then I haven't looked back, I spray it on after moisturiser and before primer ( leaving it to soak in first though!) and then after finishing all make-up to set it. I am so happy that Urban Decay brought out the XL version because the more of this product I can get my hands on the better! The only teenie tiny criticism I would have is the smell, it's not yucky or anything but it's not a nice smell either. But for me it doesn't matter, I would use this regardless even if it had a horrible smell as long as it did the job! Definitely recommend!

And last but not least is a little skincare sample that came with the products from Debenhams which I was really pleased about recieving :D

Estee Lauder DayWear Advanced Multi-Protection Anti-Oxidant Creme Oil-Free SPF 25
WOW what a mouthful!
I am usually fluent in skincare jargon but this one has me a little confused as to what the properties are. I will have to do a little research as to what the multi-protection and anti-oxidants, I'm guessing anti-aging properties? All I know is I've used it a couple of times and it absorbs really well into the skin but leaves my skin moisturised and smells like cucumber :) Don't think I will be purchasing full size at a whopping £39.00 a pop but if you have the money to spend on a nice day cream I say go for it.

So that's it! I'm really happy with them all and am loving using them, has anybody ever tried any of these and if so what do you think of them?

Star x


  1. love the look of everything you have bought here, especially the jumper and nail polish! :) xxx

  2. love topshop makeup! im really into the Infared lipstick at the moment. loving your blog by the way, check mine out if you get a sec! :)

    1. Me too! Yeah I have been lusting after that one too, I'm loving all orangey lippies at the moment :) will check yours out :) x x x

  3. Found your blog through blog-hop, following you. Hope you will drop by mine too!

    1. Thank-you, I will check out yours too! :) x x x

  4. The Topshop nail polish looks so pretty, I'm a huge sucker for glitters :) It's fantastic to hear DeSlick has been really effective for you, makes me really want to give it a go myself!

    1. It is and much prettier in real life :) & you totally should its amazing! x