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Make up bags: Orla Kiely and H&M

I’m always very late with things and trends (and appointments also but this is not the time or place to discuss it…) but I’ve been curious for a while about eBay shopping. I love online shopping, I discovered that when I was living in New York and although I have drastically cut it here I still buy plenty of stuff online.

eBay has the fun of online shopping with the risk of bidding…

So, I decided to do some bidding and I got this nice Orla Kiely make up bag for less than half its retail price! (£26 including shipping charges)

I love Orla Kiely bags. This is from last years summer’s collection in a version of her superfamous stem multicolor print.

I wanted this as a new travel mini makeup bag. I like the fact that it has a lot of compartments. On the other hand this is kind of misleading, If you put stuff in all compartments (and I carry always more than I need) you won’t be able to close the zip! So not all the compartments are that useful…

So I think it’s very pretty and love the colors but it’s not that functional or I cannot carry in it as much as I would like. I will be using it together with other bags. In any case, for my latest trips I always use about three small(ish) bags like this instead of a huge one. I prefer it that way now…

I also recently bought another small makeup bag from H&M.

Sparkling Black

 

This was a total bargain, just £2! They also have it in red and thought about it but it’s a bit too much even for me. It has replaced my everyday makeup bag that I carry always with me with some of the basics (mirror, floss, blotting paper, gloss, eyeliner, face powder band-aids…).

The funny thing is that most of the time I forget I carry this with me so even if I could do some touch-ups before going to the pub straight from work or whatever I just gorget and go all shiny and with an 8h made up face…

Have you guys bought any nice things on eBay lately?

 

 

 

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ELF Free Shipping Hauls

So after all the complaining about not being any significant offers from ELF UK for regular customers (like me!) and finding out that some offers are indeed posted on their Facebook page I went ahead and used a couple of FREE SHIPPING codes that went out early this month.

This is what I bought:

 

ELF November Haul

Cream eyeliner in Purple and coffee

 

They come with a small brush (it appears huge in the picture on their website but is actually quite small)

It’s true that it doesn’t budge, it stays put all day long. However it is quite dry do you have to apply it quite fast.  It is definitely hard for me to apply with the brush provided so I’ve tried other (longer brushes that I owe). For me it is easier to apply it with a bent liner brush.

I find the purple is more pigmented than the coffee. Didn’t buy black because it’s permanently sold out and anyway, I tend to use purple or brown much more often, anyway.

Hypershine Lip Gloss in Flirt and Berry Cherry

ELF Lip glosses

I also owe this in “Cloud Nine” which is basically a clear gloss with a wonderful coconut smell.

These colors are more pigmented but still very sheer, Flirt goes towards the pink and Berry Cherry is a bit mauveish. Both are indeed very glossy, easy to apply and leave your lips feeling veeeeery smooth. However the taste of these is kind of weird. Definitely don’t like it as much than Cloud Nine but they are great for the price (£1.50).

I did some swatches but they don’t really come out well and true to life in the picture…

Super Glossy LIp Shine Spf 15

I bought it in Mauve Luxe. Definitely the more pigmented of the glosses. It has a nicer smell/taste and also leaves your lips super shiny and smooth.

Healthy Glow Bronzing Powder

I bought it in “Luminance” which is basically just a highlighter.

Very seer with a nice shimmer and not sparkly at all.

 

Healthy Glow Powder

On my finger

It is actually more transparent and not as yellowish as i shows in the pictures.

Here are some swatches on my hand:

After smudging it

Without smudging it

As you can see no risk of looking like a disco ball with this powder (in fact I’m not sure if it shows that much at all…) but I have been actually using it almost everyday since I got it and al least it looks good when I apply it. Not sure it lasts that long though…

Under eye concealer and highlighter

Bought it in medium. This is quite moisturizing as well and I like the fact that it doesn’t look as cakey as the mineral concealer from Maybelline that I’ve been using these past months.

In the ELF website they syate that “Blends in easily and evenly to provide a smooth and natural finish.”. That is exactly what it does.

Haven’t really tried that much the highlighter so cannot comment that much on it. I would happily buy only the concealer without the highlighter…I’m not sure it adds that much to it, but that is just my opinion.

I also got a bag for my brushes to keep them sorted and well kept when travelling.

Shown with My Sonia Kashuk Powder Brush

It is very flat and will prevent my longer brushes to get stuck in the zips of my other make up bags. And also since it packs flat it won’t take that much space in my always crammed suitcase…

I made an order yesterday for some new Crown brushes. I hope they also fit nicely in this bag!

Have you guys bought anything form ELF laltely?

(More ELF reviews to come soon)