Monday, 18 August 2014

Bangerhead Mini Haul | Anastasia, Ardell, theBalm & Argan Secret

Hello Everyone! So I decided to treat myself a bit and I'm so excited about the goodies I found that I just had to share it with you guys. It all started when I went online looking for Ardell Lashes, the Whispies in particular. In case any of you are wondering, they're quite hard to come by here in Finland, as are most of my favourite makeup brands. So when I stumbled upon, a Swedish cosmetics site, selling them as well as Anastasia Beverly Hills and theBalm, my shopping cart got filled unnaturally fast. I'm definitely a bit late on the bandwagon for some of these products, so apologies if this post bores you to death, but it was like Christmas come early for me when I got my package in the post, so bare with me! 
Let's start with theBalm goodies! How adorable is their packaging? 
Hot Mama
This blush was taken out and put back in to my shopping cart a few times before I decided that I did really want it. The main reason I got it was because I'm afraid I'm going to hit pan on yet another Coralista by Benefit and it's so darn expensive! So I've been on the hunt for a dupe and this looked like it would be in the same colour family. I was right enough, but it's like Coralista on steroids. More dramatic, more shiny, more peachy and more gold. On the cheeks it doesn't come out as well as the swatch, but it does add a beautiful glow and I'm more than happy with it. It's actually very much like Expensive Pink eyeshadow by Mac
theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer
I don't think I need to go into too much detail about this little beauty, do I? I must admit, I expected it to be a lot lighter in colour, but I was pleasantly surprised that it wasn't. I think I'll get a lot of use out of this as it doubles up as an eyeshadow, a perfect inner corner highlight. 
Reunited with my favourite lashes ever! Absolutely cannot wait to get looks done with these! 
They also sold my beloved Argan Secret Miracle 10 which I raved about in my Haircare Routine post.
And last but not least, the product I was probably the most excited about, the infamous Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit. I really wanted to try out some of their brow products, but the shade selection on the site was very limited, they didn't offer any of the taupe shades in the Browiz or the Dipbrow Pomades. Anyway, these are super pigmented, buttery goodness. I was a bit afraid the contour shades would be too orangey for me, but the shades Java and Fawn (bottom left & centre) work perfectly and I can use Havana as a bronzer. 
Same goes for the top row, I can set any highlights with the two matte shades to the left and I always have use for a shimmery one. The fantastic thing about these as well is that they totally work as eyeshadows, so it's an overall incredibly versatile little palette. I might do a full on review once I've played around with it a bit more and really test out the wear time etc. 
Swatches from Left to Right; Hot Mama, Mary-Lou Manizer, Java, Fawn, Havana, Sand, Banana and Vanilla.

Seriously cannot wait to get some cool looks done for you guys with these, I've tonnes of ideas ready to go. Have you tried any of these? Thoughts? Any more Coralista dupes for me? :P

Much Love xxx

1 comment:

  1. What a lovely haul! I've never actually used those products before from the balm.


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