Beautybay Haul | First Impressions

Last week, a lovely big Beautybay order arrived for me, and since then I’ve been trialling everything so I can share my honest opinions on them. So if you’re here for a long, rambly post about a bunch of Beautybay products, then you’re in luck!

I ended up getting two new make-up applying tools ( don’t go too crazy, Tia). Although, I’ve been faithful to Zoeva’s Silk Finish since it came out, I decided to switch it up after seeing so many Youtubers rave about the Morphe M439 Deluxe Buffer Brush. This brush is pretty thick, with a wider area of soft, synthetic bristles, meaning I can get more foundation on the the brush and cut down on the amount of time I spend buffing it in. It’s become a firm favourite on busy mornings, doing practically all my blending work for me.The other new foundation applicator I picked up- and I’m super late to the party on this one- is the BEAUTYBLENDER. I finally decided to see what all the fuss was about, and honestly I’m so glad I did because this sponge is in a class above the rest. Using this feels like I’m applying foundation with a little cloud, and it makes my base look totally seamless and airbrushed. I’m a total Beautyblender covert, as you can see from it's well-loved appearance. 

Something I was really excited about trying since seeing Katie La Vie BLOG ABOUT IT, is the Illamasqua MASQUARA in Raven. Applying mascara is possibly my favourite part of my make-up routine so I’m constantly on the hunt for my next Holy Grail product and I have a feeling this is going to be my new favourite. Brace yourselves; this product will probably be cropping up on the blog a lot in the upcoming days / weeks / months (years?). This makes my lashes so long and curly and defined, both on the top and the bottom. The wand tackles every individual lash, meaning you can take your lashes upwards for a doe-eyed look or outwards, for a more winged, cat-eye effect.

 Remarkably, I only picked up one foundationy-type product and it was the LA Girl PRO HD BB CREAM. I’ve had my eyes peeled for a BB Cream in a shade range more diverse than Light, Medium and Dark and this product comes in 8 shades, so there’s a colour match for everyone. I plumped for Natural, which is a bit darker than my natural skin tone, but normally when I wear lighter-coverage base options, I go in with a lot of fake tan-infused moisturiser beforehand to get a bit of a base colour going.I love the consistency of this product, it doesn’t feel thick but it’s not so thin that it looks greasy or oily on my skin. Although I don’t normally set BB creams,  I’ve been using an Hourglass Ambient Lighting powder alongside this BB cream, otherwise I find it’s quite prone to transferring and wearing away throughout the day. For the price, this is such a bargain and I’ll be wearing this on my no make-up make-up days for some added coverage. Expect a full review soon!

The only disappointing product in this haul was the RMS LIVING LUMINIZER- and that’s actually more my fault than the product’s. I was expecting a shimmery, lightly pigmented strobing cream in a golden-champagne shade and I should’ve inspected the swatches online in more depth before purchasing. This to me feels like Vaseline-which I do occassinsaly use as an uber-natural highlighter- but for £30. It’s not got much colour to it a lot, it really just adds a sheen to my skin that leans towards the slightly sweaty if you go overboard. There’s a lot of hype around this product, so perhaps it takes some getting used to. I won’t give up on it just yet- I’ll keep you informed with how it goes.

When I saw Dr. Brand’t PORES NO MORE primer was on sale, I had to get it! It’s a skin-toned primer with a refreshing lavender fragrance and it does exactly what it promises, erasing my pores and leaving my skin perfectly primed. I am in love with this primer, I don’t know I managed without it, and I’ll be doing a full review on the blog soon.

If you saw my NIGHTTIME SKINCARE ROUTINE post, you’ll have seen it featured Oskia’s RENAISSANCE CLEANSING GEL. If princesses used cleansers (and I imagine they do, because they have great skin), it would be this one. It smells like turkish delights and roses and it melts onto the skin and forms a creamy lather. It doesn't foam, so it's not drying, but it gets the job done, cleansing my face and leaving it feeling super fresh and balanced.

So that’s it! Everything I bought from Beautybay. Have you tried any of these products? Let me know in the comments. Have a great weekend, everyone!