Discovery GemZone: Beauty Haul Edition

Hi everyone! 🙂

I know I’ve haven’t been posting as regularly as I aimed for lately, but alas I’m here now and thought I’d treat you all to a very special gem: a massive beauty haul!

In the past few months, I have seriously begun investing/dedicating my time to my skincare and make-up routine. I by no means think I’m a professional, but I’ve been finding this new found passion very fun and as I have bought a lot new products recently, I thought it would be great to share product reviews on all of them on this space!

A lot of the products I will be reviewing came from a goody bag from Cult Beauty as part of their 10 year anniversary special offer, so I will be letting you know my  100% honest thoughts on all of those and more on here!

Let’s get to it:

Iconic.London Prep-Set-Glow

 

 

Price: £18.50

Product Rating: 3/5

Would I buy it again: No

I have days when I love this product, I have days when I hate this product, I have days when I hate to love this product, and equally I have days where I love to hate this product.

I gave a brief review on this facial mist on my simple on-the go make-up routine, and have been using it on the daily since, so here is my honest take.

Frankly it is way too pricy for what is. It’s a beautiful bottle and it’s fun to shake, but I have yet to experience the ‘glow’ it promises. You essentially can just see glitter drops scattered on your face.

There are a lot of healthy ingredients such as Vitamin E, and whilst I can’t that’s made my skin look any better, I’m sure it is beneficial in the long run.

I do love how incredibly hydrating it is, especially with the hot weather we’re having lately, which is the main reason I’ve given it 3 stars. You do really feel refreshed after using it.

That being said, I wouldn’t buy it again. At £18.50 a pop, I was expecting something much more impactful considering all of the buzz on social media.Overall, it feels like too much fuss for a product that ends up feeling like a bust.

 

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation

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Price: £32

Product Rating: 5/5

Would I buy it again: Yes

THIS IS MAGIC IN A BOTTLE!

For me, anyways, that is. If you’ve read my previous posts, you’ll know I’m not a huge fan of it and personally don’t see the need for it. I have very dry skin, but I find that when I wear foundation on hot days it becomes very bubbly and I can’t stand the feeling. Foundation generally leaves me feeling very dirty and I usually avoid it at all costs.

That was until I tried this spectacular product that I have now started incorporating into my daily routine.

I purchased this because I’ve always admired Charlotte Tilbury as a brand, and with my new found obsession of watching beauty tutorials on YouTube, I felt inclined to invest a bit more in foundation to see if it could win me over.

This magic bottle completely did.

I’d like to add that I put on very little, just a few dollops and I blend it in with a brush. I have seen some people say they aren’t big fans of the product because they have to use a lot to get good coverage, and that it can start cracking a bit overtime so I can’t say this is going to be for everyone.

For me, I love this because I need very little to make my skin look smooth and for it to give me a healthy glow. I don’t even notice I have it on, which is wonderful, and it includes SPF 15 which is a massive bonus!

Also this is never a reason to buy a product (although it’s certainly a plus), but the packaging is absolutely lovely.

 

Ecotools Makeup Brush Set

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Price: £9.91

Product Rating: 5/5

Would I buy it again: Yes

Nothing has frustrated/confused me more in my recent beauty amp up search than the cost of make-up brushes…it has honestly left me dumbfounded. Like I said, I’m not a professional (and neither is my routine), so I can’t say that an £80 brush set is a waste of money for everyone…but it is for me and my routine.

I was so pleasantly surprised when I found this at Boots for under a tenner. It has everything I need, they get the job done, and I don’t have a single negative thing to say about them.

H&M Highlighter- Moonlight 

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Price: £6.99

Product Rating: 2/5

Would I buy it again: No

I love highlighter, and my quest has been to find the perfect match…this certainly is not it.

It is very hard to see any glow or dewiness or highlight, you really need to put quite a lot on to notice a shine. Even then, it’s very subtle and feels a bit pointless.

I do like how it feels on the skin, however, as it feels very moisturising.

It is ultimately pointless as a highlighter and I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone.

 

H&M Body Mist- Florentine Rose

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Price: £3.99

Product Rating: 2/5

Would I buy it again: Maybe

I’ve marked this one down low mainly because I’m not a fan of this scent in particular…it smells weirdly like a cleansing product you would use to disinfect a bathroom.

That being said, it’s cheap, it gets the job done, and it’s easy to carry around. I might be it again but definitely in another scent!

 

H&M Eye Shadow- Sirocco 

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Price: £4.99

Product Rating:  5/5

Would I buy it again: Yes

This is a cream-to-powder eye shadow, which results in a lovely subtle bronze tint on your lids. I usually only use powder palettes, but this cream one is simple enough to use and easy to blend in with just your finger.

Packaging is small so very easy to carry around, and the price is decent so it is an all around success!

 

Benefit Girl Meets Pearl 

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Price: £25.50

Product Rating: 3.5/5

Would I Buy it Again: Probably not

A little advice first…When you first use this product, twist the handle at the bottom A LOT,  probably around 10 times, before anything comes out. I was very annoyed at first because I thought I received the bottle with no product, but it turns out I hadn’t twisted it enough XD I only found this out thanks to Yahoo Answers, so clearly I’m not the only one who has had this issue! I couldn’t find any instructions on the packaging so I figure I’d pass this useful piece of knowledge on!

I chose this illuminator/highlighter after watching Lily Aldrige’s make-up tutorial and it quickly won me over.

I’ve had on and off days with this product. The first time I used it I was in love- I thought, finally! This is the shimmery dewy glow I’m after. Then I couldn’t seem to find the light (get it?) again. I mean, I understand a lot of this has to do with the lighting and where the sun hits your face, but I this is more of a very subtle illuminator and not something I would choose if you’re looking for an impactful glow. When I applied it this morning, I found the radiance again, but it wasn’t as striking as I would have liked.

I’m not a huge fan of the fact that it is a liquid highlighter either, I much prefer powder or a roll-on stick (which I assumed this product was going to be from the packaging), as I find that it is too easy to apply liquid highlighter without completely blending it into your skin and making it completely disappear.

Overall, a disappointment for what I’m looking for.

 

 

Skyn ICELAND Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels

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Price: £25

Product Rating: 4/5

Would I buy it again: Yes

And some more advice…I know I’m still a novice when it comes to my whole beauty regimen, but I feel like these brands could seriously be more clear with application instructions. After my mishap with the Benefit illuminator (see above), I spent Wednesday morning trying out these eye masks that I wanted to give a go after discovering they are part of Lucy Hale’s skincare routine. The instructions say ‘apply on the gel side’…I couldn’t really feel any gel side, so I stuck them on the side that felt like it wouldn’t fall off, and left them on for a few minutes but felt like I wasn’t doing something right. Well, it turns out I had to peel off one side to expose the gel side (insert face palm emoji). Maybe I’m just clueless, but hope this helps someone out who is as clueless as me!

Anyway, once I managed to put them on correctly, I was pleasantly surprised. They stuck on perfectly so I could move around without them slipping, and they were indeed very cooling and refreshing. When I took them off, my eyes felt reinvigorated and they were definitely less puffy (actually they weren’t puffy at all). Generally my complexion looked brighter.

The product contains 8 packets of eye masks, recommended to be used weekly, so the price feels reasonable for what you’re getting and how often you’re realistically going to use it. I marked it down a star because I’ve only used it once and will update this post to see what the results are like in 8 weeks time!

Yu Ling Jade Facial Roller

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Price: £22

Product Rating: 5/5

Would I buy it again: Yes…but hopefully I won’t have to!

This nifty tool is so incredibly soothing and relaxing, it really does feel like a massage for your face.

There are so many of these ‘roller’ products on the market these days. The Nurse Jaime facial roller seems to be all the buzz amongst Hollywood’s A-List celebs, but then again, I simply cannot justify spending over £50 on a non-electronic device that doesn’t guarantee any real benefits.

Introduce the Jade Roller- it isn’t cheap, but it’s affordable, and it’s certainly very cheerful.

Pop this into your fridge overnight and you’ll sure to be refreshed and energised by massing this roller into your face in the AM. I believe the main purpose of all these rollers is to get your circulation going and release any nasty toxins, and who doesn’t want that?

 

 

NYX ON The Spot Makeup Brush Cleanser Spray

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Price: £9

Product Rating: 5/5

Would I buy it again: Yes

Under a tenner, easy to use, and gets the job done? Checks off all of my preferred criteria for any product I buy, so you can sign me up!

All you have to do with this product is spray this product onto a paper towel, swirl your makeup brush until all the residue comes off, and wan-bam done you have yourself clean make-up brushes again!

 

Charlotte Tilbury Kidman’s Kiss

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Price: £24

Product Rating: 4.5/5

Would I buy it again: Yes…but in another shade

In my quest to replicate Suki Waterhouse’s effortlessly cool make-up look, I chose the Charlotte Tilbury Kidman’s kiss lipstick.

The colour falls closer to the bubblegum spectrum of pink than I would have liked, but nonetheless, it is a lovely shade and I love mixing it with a dark pink lip gloss to give my lips some shimmer.

If I were to buy this product again, I would go probably go for the Super Cindy shade.

Saturday Skin Sheet Masks

Price: £4.60 each

Product Rating: 5/5

Would I buy it again: Yes

I love sheet masks- even when they don’t necessarily make a noticeable difference to my complexion, I find them incredibly cathartic after a long day or I love putting one on in the morning if I had a bad night’s sleep and feel like I ned some rejuvenating.

The sheet masks by Saturday Skin are lovely because they are indeed super hydrating and you can easily contour it into your face, so it is therefore easy to move about and do your thing (albeit I prefer to lay back and relax).

Charlotte Tilbury Multi-Miracle Glow

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Price: £45

Product Rating: 4.5/5

Would I buy it again: Yes

There’s a reason this product is called a multi-miracle product, and that’s because it can be used as a cleanser, face mask (either for 10 minutes or as an overnight mask), or a balm.

I personally like to use it as a 10 minute face mask. It feels super hydrating and has a lovely subtle scent.

I only marked it down 1/2 a a star because I feel like there’s very little product in the tub compared to the hefty price tag that comes with it. However, you can justify that you only need to use very little product to get the desired affect so I would hope this will last me a while before I need to restock.

 

Note: The following products were sent to me as part of Cult Beauty’s 10 year goody bag offer…

Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist 

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Price: £15

Product Rating: 5/5

Would I buy it: Yes

A purifying facial mist toner, I was pleasantly surprised by this product.

It is indeed very hydrating and refreshing, and it has a beautiful subtle scent. There is no alcohol in this bottle, which is much appreciated, and you can also apply it as a mist to your body and hair!

This can also be used to set your make-up, so lots of benefits!

 

Zoeva Cat Eye Pen

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Price: £6.99

Product Rating: NA

Would I buy it: No

I’m not going to give this product a rating because I strongly dislike eyeliner for myself, so it wouldn’t feel fair to review a product that didn’t even stand a chance before I tried it.

That being said, I did try it, and what happened was what always happens with myself and eyeliner..I’m clumsy, I get frustrated, the product goes all over the place, and I give up. I also just don’t like how eyeliner looks on me, even when it is done right, as I don’t think it suits my overall complexion as my face ultimately can look dull after putting it on.

Beautyblender 

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Price: £17

Product Rating: 4/5

Would I buy it: No

It gets the job done, and easily blends the product into your face.

However, £17 feels way too much for what it is, especially since they recommend you replace the product every 3 months. I rather buy the nearly exact same thing from H&M for a couple quid, and replace it every few months for a much cheaper price.

 

BECCA Backlight Priming Filter

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Price: £32

Product Rating: 5/5

Would I buy it: Yes

I never understood the fuss surrounding primers, it just sounded like an extra unnecessary step to add to your make-up routine.

However, Becca’s Priming Filter instantly won me over. I’m so pleased this came included in the Cult Beauty goody bag as I don’t think I would have ever gotten around to trying it if not. I put this on before my foundation, and with just a few dollops, my skin looks more radiant, and my foundation does indeed glide on a lot easier.

Glow Tonic Pixi Beauty 

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Price: £18

Product Rating: 1/5

Would I buy it: Probably not

I wanted to love this exfoliating toner, but my face wasn’t having it.

The first 2 days I used it I was frustrated over the fact that my face was stinging after applying it…it almost felt like my skin felt very raw for the rest of the day. I was confused by this because the reviews have been so overwhelmingly positive, even for people with sensitive skin.

I did some web hunting for answers, and it turns out that other people experience the stinging the first time they use it, and if this is the case for you it’s best thing to do is to use it in the evening every other day and the stinging will soon wear off.

Even if that’s true, I’m disappointed the company wouldn’t have advised this on the packaging. Also, it has been a few days since I have used it but I’m still hesitant to give it another change because I really despise how it made my skin feel!

 

Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm with Cleansing Cloth

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Price: £30

Product Rating: 5/5

Would I buy it: Yes

This cleanser is brilliant…brilliant I tell you!

Not only does it smell beautiful (like you’ve bathed in the most exquisite fragrance known to human kind), but it is richly moisturising and refreshing. You only have to use the amount of a 5 p coin to spread it over your face and neck. It feels incredibly relaxing and leaves you looking revitalised. I use this product after taking off my make-up with my Garnier Micellar water, and it feels like the perfect last step in my cleansing routine to truly ensure my skin is clean and fresh as a daisy. A cleansing cloth is included as well which is a lovely bonus!

Huda Beauty Mauve Obsessions Palette 

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Price: £25

Product Rating: 5/5

Would I buy it: Yes

I simply love the shades on this eye palette…lots of light and dark pinks and reds, some with shimmer, and others with not, resulting in a very versatile palette choice that you can carry around in any make-up bag due to how compact it is.

This product will take you from day to night, wherever you are, and is suitable for any occasion.

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 

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Price: £5.90

Product Rating: 4/5

Would I buy it: Yes

 

Another one that meets my preferred criteria…under a tenner, easy to use, and get this job done.

This serum achieves intense hydration while also including vitamin B5 (honestly I can’t say what it does for you but apparently it’s good for you). It does feel a bit sticky after you use it, so I like to moisturise right away afterwards, but I definitely feel like it’s doing its job right.

I appreciate that this is a no fuss product that doesn’t bother with fancy packaging or tries to deceive the buyer with a shocking price tag. It’s like saying I’m here to get the job done and that’s that, and if you don’t like me that’s okay too.

Lime Crime Matte Velvetines

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Price: £18

Product Rating: 4.5/5

Would I buy it: Yes

This liquid lipstick achieves a beautiful, vivacious, bold red colour that makes a statement like no other.

It glides on easily to your lips, and I really like this product as I naturally have chapped, dry lips, and this does a great job at covering that!

Not a huge fan of the smell though..smells a bit too much like a cough syrup or candy for my liking!

 

 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit

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Price: £41

Product Rating: 5/5

Would I buy it: Yes

 

I have had so much fun playing around with this product!

I’ll say that after having tried all of the shades, the bronzed shade is probably most suitable for people with medium to dark skin tones as I personally found it very difficult to blend into my skin contouring wise (I probably would say my skin tone most matches that of Katie Holmes).

However, the bronzed shade is great to brush all over your face for a beautiful glow tan, or it is great as an eye shadow.

I haven’t played around much with tourmaline so I’ll update the page once I do.

My favourites are currently the summer and moonstone shade…they are the beautiful, glowy, dewy, shiny, radiant, and have that side turning ‘wow’ moment I’ve been after!

 

Thanks for tuning in everyone, I hope you enjoyed these product reviews! To recap, here’s a breakdown of my faves, maybe’s, and never agains:

 

Top 5 Must Haves

Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit

Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm with Cleansing Cloth

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation

Huda Beauty Mauve Obsessions Palette 

Charlotte Tilbury Multi-Miracle Glow

 

Unfiltered Reality Stamp of Approval

Lime Crime Matte Velvetines

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 

BECCA Backlight Priming Filter

Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist 

Saturday Skin Sheet Masks

Charlotte Tilbury Kidman’s Kiss

Yu Ling Jade Facial Roller

NYX ON The Spot Makeup Brush Cleanser Spray

Skyn ICELAND Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels

Ecotools Makeup Brush Set

 

The Maybe’s

Glow Tonic Pixi Beauty 

Benefit Girl Meets Pearl 

H&M Body Mist- Florentine Rose

 

The Never Again…and not for me but maybe for you

Iconic.London Prep-Set-Glow

H&M Highlighter- Moonlight 

Beautyblender 

Zoeva Cat Eye Pen

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