Post-Shopping Splurge – My Thoughts

Post-Shopping Splurge – My Thoughts

Kiko Milano Products


Charlotte Tilbury Products

Charlotte Tilbury Bronze and Glow

Charlotte Tilbury Bronze and Glow Palette

Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat Pillow Talk

Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder

When I spent the weekend in Leeds for Slam Dunk Festival back in May, the Saturday was about bands and beer and the Sunday was about shopping. I’d put some money aside to spend in Leeds but when I was also paid early over the weekend, that only spurred me on.

When I was going through my makeup drawers the other day, the idea of revisiting the products I’d bought back in May was interesting to me. Do I actually use them what I bought? Have they made it into my most-used makeup stash? Would I purchase them again if I ran out of them right now? So here’s my little spin on a haul – a ‘post-haul’ let’s say. And the reviews are fairly mixed..

Kiko Heatwave Lip Oils (in 02 Vanilla and 01 Coconut)

The first shop I visited on that Sunday was Kiko, and although I’d planned to buy a shit ton of stuff, I only walked away with three items (two of the same thing) after feeling kinda overwhelmed by everything and completely indecisive. I also didn’t wanna spend all of my money straight away. 

The Heatwave Lip Oils were part of Kiko’s summer collection, and are not available anymore on the website.They feel lighter on the lips than the Clarins Lip Comfort Oil, which feels more than a treatment and is thicker in consistency. Some may find these more comfortable to wear during the day for a light glossy look. The vanilla and coconut scents are lovely yet subtle, and both dry completely clear despite being orange and pink-coloured.

Honestly, I’ve barely touched these so I didn’t really need the two, but choosing between vanilla and coconut scents is so difficult haha! I absolutely love the Clarins option and am onto my second one, so I really think that has spoiled me when it comes to lip oils. 

Kiko Everlasting Kajal Liner 

After playing with it a few times, I haven’t really picked up this pencil much either. Although it is a soft kajal liner advertised as long-lasting and great for the waterline, I always end up with black marks all over my face whenever I use this. I love tightlining but this is just too messy for me and my watery eyes. I’m still on the hunt for a black pencil that looks and stays fab in the waterline, so I’d love any recommendations.

Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator in ‘Gilded Honey’

I was so pleased when I found this in stock (in Debenhams, I think) as at the time this particular shade was sold out everywhere online. I haven’t used this as much as I thought I would, because I bought a lot of highlighters at the same time and I have to admit, this one got pushed aside a little by my ABH Glow Kits and Champagne Pop from the Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection Face Palette. 

But every time I do reach for this highlighter, I love the finished result and silently curse myself for not using it more. It’s smooth with an intense yet soft-focus finish, and completely buildable. The shade is described as ‘caramel honey’ and although this may seem daunting to those with paler skins, I find it works a bloody treat. 

I do hate the packaging though. I really like the idea of a brand putting more effort into the product itself rather than the packaging, but for a £21 highlighter I was expecting more.

The hype seems to have died down for this one now so you’ll be able to find it on Cult Beauty or in Debenhams. 

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow (Light to Medium)

This palette is probably one of my most favourite makeup items I own. The matte bronzer is beautiful, not too warm or cool, and if I examine it closely I can still see little flecks of shimmer, which must be the blend of pearl and pigment.

The highlight is beautiful too. On the days where I don’t want to be too glowy, I reach for this as it’s more subtle. I also use it as a base for layering other highlighters on top. The highlighter pan did come loose and pop out when I knocked it off my laptop and onto my desk, which I was gutted about! But it’s nothing a little glue can’t fix.

CT Lip Cheat in ‘Pillow Talk’

I loveeeeee this pencil. The creamy formula makes it easy to apply but it lasts quite a while on my Sahara lips. The shade ‘Pillow Talk’ is stunning – a lovely balance of nude and pink that goes nicely with loads of my nude lip options. It also featured in a post on my recent fave lip combo.

CT Magic Foundation Sample

As I’ve gotten older, I have become more sensible when it comes to buying foundation. I’d be dying to try the Magic Foundation, and Sarah had raved and raved about it literally the day before I went shopping (you can find her dedicated post on it here). But I did ask for a sample as I didn’t want to buy a full bottle without trying properly. 

I wish more brands would offer samples of foundation so you can test the full wear and check it after a few hours or so. Without samples, all you can do is swatch a bit on your wrist and keep an eye on the wear and colour throughout the day, but I don’t find this technique to be particularly accurate. You shouldn’t feel guilty or uneasy about asking for a sample first. 

I picked up a sample in the shade ‘Fair’ (I can’t remember if it was 1 or 2) as the girl on the counter said they only had really light or really dark shades in the sachets. The colour was too pale for me, but it was nothing a little  a lot of bronzer couldn’t take care of.

I wanted to love this foundation but straight away I could tell I wasn’t that keen. I didn’t love putting it on and the finish seemed flat on me, whereas other reviews I’d read described a glowiness that I just didn’t experience. It seemed to emphasise my large pores and any texture I had on my face, and I just never felt like I had a good makeup day when I put this on. 

Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder in ‘Translucent’

I reach for this powder all. the. time. It’s fab for setting concealer under my eyes and controlling the oil in my t-zone without adding any extra coverage like my LM Mineral Pressed Powder, which I use more for spots. I’m a big fan of LM powders! The translucent powder is also cool for baking if you’re into setting your makeup that particular way.

  • Cara E

    You got so many lovely things! I really want to try out some CT makeup, it seems like you’ve really enjoyed the products you chose from her and that lip pencil is just gorgeous! I really like the sound of the Laura Geller illuminator as well X

    • Abi

      Thank you! I’ve loved the things I’ve tried so far, besides the Magic Foundation. and it’s beautiful, I don’t pick it up as much as I should x

  • Sarah Jayne Adams

    HOLY SHIT, BEST MAKE-UP SHOPPING DAY EVER! I’m gutted you didn’t like the Magic Foundation, but I guess it’s not for everyone. I’ve just picked up a Kiko coconut balm and the most amazing highlighter, and I know you’d love them!