3 February 2016

Beauty Products I need to get my hands on...


At the moment, 75% of my monthly earnings is going into a "Melissa Goes Travelling" fund. I've wanted to take a gap year and travel since I got my first job in 2010 and so far life has got in the way. 6 years later I've got a degree, about to turn 24 and feel like now is my last chance. Which is silly, I have my whole life to travel the world but I kind of feel like now is the best time. As soon as I start my career which I trained for, for the past 4 years, what are the chances of me being able to take a year out to travel and not being replaced by a - I hate to say it - younger model? Pretty slim to be honest. Anyway, I'm getting wildly off track, the idea is I'm saving is to go travelling but what comes from saving is having a huge list of makeup I want to buy but can't! I won't be able to fit my already large collection of makeup into an entire travel backpack, so why should I buy more? Especially when a single MAC lipstick could buy me 3 nights sleep in Cambodia!

So here's my, beauty products I really, really, need to buy but really, really shouldn't...

MAC // Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolor

These were released just this month and every blogger under the sun seems to be talking about them! To me, the idea of a liquid lipstick sounds like heaven. Easier to apply and lasts forever. What more could you want? At the moment, the thought of putting on a shade like 'Dark Side' or 'Lady Danger' before I go to work or out with friends sounds like the least inviting thing. I'm not one to touch up my makeup throughout the day, I just don't have enough room in my bag and I'm staright up lazy. These lipsticks supposedly last all day, all night, all week even. Apparently they're a little hard to remove but for something that stays put, no smudge, no wear whilst you're eating, well that's something I'd like to invest it. But for £21, I could get a two course meal in Rome. I'm sure I'll pick one up eventually, I have my eyes on 'Oh Lady' which looks like the lipgloss version of 'Dark Side' and 'Dance with Me' a classic deep red shade! I also like the look of 'Too Matte with Love' and 'Tailored to Tease' two beauitful pink shades! We'll see how long I can hold off on these for...

Barry M // Mini Mani, Iron Mani Nail Polishes

Barry M have been adding some real great things to their nail polish line recently. I don't know whether it's my love for Marvel clouding my vision or my real need to bring some life back to my flakey nails but I need this new range. 'Iron Mani' for strengthening your Nails and 'Super Mani' a 7-in-1 treatment to giving your nails that much needed but of TLC. There's two other additions to the range, 'Mani Mask', two nude polishes but I honestly don't need any more nude nail varnishes. The range comes in at just £3.99 (£3.20 at M&S) so they definitely won't make a huge dent in my round the world travel fund but every £££ counts.

Tarte // Tartelette in Bloom Palette

To be fair, my Dad said he'd buy me this for Christmas and considering the festive season has been and gone without a present from Daddy dearest, I'd like to think this palette was in my future. In my Dad's defense, I haven't sent him the link to buy it so it's through no fault of his own that it's on this list right now. Regardless, though, I do need to get my hands on this soon. This palette looks absolutely beautiful and I know that 'Firecracker' and I would get along so, so well. And at £33 for 12 shades, it's definitely not the most expensive palette I could have fallen in love with!

Charlotte Tilbury // Film Star Bronze and Glow

I have seen all the Youtube videos and read all the blog posts about this bronzing and highlight duo. Possibly the most splurge worthy thing on my list but definitely the product I've lusted over the most and for the longest time. At £49 I definitely won't be picking it up soon, for this price I could eat for two full days in Vietnam.

Beauty Blender

I've tried the Real Techniques version when it was first released not knowing really what it was about or how to use it and since then have thrown it away in disbelief that a sponge can make such a positive impact to applying makeup. I need to try this again. I struggle with the surface under and around my eyes, despite me improving my skincare routine I still have a lot of dryness and uneven skin which doesn't look good after a couple layers of concealer. And, whether I'm a sucker for a good marketing campaign or not, I think the Beauty Blender might actually make a difference. And screw investing in knock off versions I want the $20 real deal. I thought about it whilst I was in New York last November but didn't go for it because there was other things I wanted to spend the money on, but I've since returned home with enough dollars to have bought it in 5 different colours!

I'm only 34 days in to my 243 day savings plan before I head off and to say I'm struggling. I've had the week off work this week so occupying my time has been hard when I discount any means include money. That's the cinema, online shopping, spontaneous day trips and visits to London all out of the question. It can only get easier, right?

Love always,
Melissa


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  1. I also need to get my hands on a beauty blender. I wanna know what all the rage is about!

    elainea
    toast the girl almighty

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  2. I honestly think the Real Techniques sponge is better than the Beauty Blender because it's softer but definitely try it out.

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  3. I really want to get my hands on CT Film Star Bronze and Glow too!

    Sinead | http://subject-beauty.blogspot.co.uk/
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