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Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Beauty Haul | Mac, Zoeva, Stila & Pixi

It's been ages since I posted a beauty haul over on the bloggles.  I must admit I've been quite controlled with the ol' purse strings over the past few months even though I'm waaayy overdue a little splurge, but I still seem to have accumulated a few bits and bobs (I'm a beauty addict after all).  On a recent weekend away in Liverpool/Chester, me and the boy ended up having a mooch around the Cheshire Oaks shopping outlet.  I'm not sure if any of you have ever been (really recommend!) but I was very much a fat kid in a sweet shop around the beauty store they have there.  They had lots of discounted beauty goodies including the likes of Mac, Bobbi Brown and Smashbox to name a few - and I have to say I really did have to restrain myself.  I think i deserve a pat on the back as I only walked away with a couple of Mac bits but let's just say - if I hadn't have had a little inward chat with myself about my bank balance, the results could have been disastrous! Anyway, here's some of the newest additions to my makeup stash this month...

Mac // Pro Powder Blush Pan in "Taupe' // Link
I'm swiftly running out of my beloved Illamasqua Contour palette and have been after a similar shade of blush for a while now.  I saw Mac's Taupe and knew it would be the perfect replacement. Again, I picked this up cheaper than the £15.00 it costs normally so it was a complete bargain!  It's a gorgeous contour colour which is just perfect for carving out those cheekbones and I know I'll get a tonne of use from it.

Mac // Eyeshadow in 'Woodwinked' // Link
Why on earth I haven't owned this shade before now I will never know - but Woodwinked is such a cult beauty blogger favourite and I'm chuffed to bits to finally have it in my collection.  I bought this to create a brown smokey eye look with on a recent evening out in Liverpool and it's so perfect. It's a lovely antique gold sort of shade which brings so much definition to the eye area.

Mac // Pro Longwear Paint Pot in 'Groundwork' // Link
I got this for £10 instead of the usual £15.50 at Cheshire Oaks.  I have to say it's never really been a main item on my wish list but after a quick swatch, I knew I had to have it in my life.  It's a gorgeous neutral beige/taupe colour with just a hint of sheen and is the perfect shade for everyday wear.  I've used this non-stop since I got it and I can just tell I'm going to get a tonne of wear from it.  It's so versatile too as it can be worn completely on its own or as a base for a smokey eye or to keep powder shadows locked in place for longer - which is exactly why I love the Mac paint pots, they're so long-lasting!  It's great to use on days I'm at work as it's so quick and easy to apply - I don't even need a brush as all it takes is a quick smudge/blend motion across the eyelid and I'm sorted for the whole day. Love it!

Zoeva // Luxe Petit Crease Brush // Link
I've had my eye on this brush for ages now.  It's perfect for creating precise definition in the crease of the eye and it blends eyeshadow like a dream.  It's so soft and easy to use.  The Zoeva brushes have received quite a lot of praise for a while now and I can totally see why - I really can't wait to purchase a set of them! I love the fact that each individual brush you buy comes in a little pouch too - so handy if you're taking them away with you on holiday.

Stila Smudge Sticks in 'Stringray' & 'Lionfish' // Link
After my smudge stick in 'Damsel' finally died a death, I set about finding a replacement as I simply cannot live without it.  It's more or less impossible to find the shade in the UK unless you purchase the 'In the Light' palette which is how i discovered it in the first place.  'Lionfish' seemed the closest match - a lovely dark brown with a hint of gold sheen running through it.  Usually I prefer a matte finish to my liners but to be honest, you can hardly see the shimmer in it once applied so it works really well for me and I'm totally in love with it.  I also picked up 'Stringray' - the matte black shade - as I'm partial to a black liner when I'm going for the smokey eye look.  I really do love the Stila smudge sticks - if you're after an eyeliner which doesn't fade, bleed or make you resemble a panda at the end of a long day then I really recommend giving them a whirl.

Pixi // Endless Silky Eye Pen in 'Black Cocoa'  // Link
Like i said previously, I've been on the hunt for a replacement for Stila's Smudge Stick in 'Damsel'. Pixi is by far the closest match I've found - it's a beautiful deep brown/black shade.  I love shades like these for the daytime as it's just slightly less harsh than black and seems to work better with my skin tone.  It's the first time I've tried these Pixi liners and I have to say I'm completely hooked! They're so incredibly soft and smooth to apply - super pigmented and really long-lasting.  They resist smudging really well too.  Worth every penny - I'll definitely repurchase.

Swatches L-R //  Mac Groundwork // Mac Taupe Blush // Mac Woodwinked  // Stila 'Lionfish' // Stila 'Stingray' // Pixi 'Black Cocoa'

So there we have it - just a few little treats I've picked up this month. The best purchase by far has to be Mac's 'Groundwork' - it's one of those products that doesn't look much in the pan but once you have it, you question how you ever lived without it! 

Have you tried and loved any of these products?


  1. I've got the pixi eyeliner but it's not good for the upper waterline because the product transfers onto the bottom and just disappears over time 😭

  2. Really like the colors and I would definitely buy some of this. Thank you!

  3. I've never tried any of these products, but I really want that Mac contour color, it looks perfect!

  4. It looks like you picked up some great items; I've heard so much about the MAC groundwork paintpot. Love the look of the MAC blush you picked up as well, definitely looks good as a contour colour or a natural blush.

    Kristy |

  5. Woodwinked is one of my favorite MAC shades :) I love how it appears different when you blend it out so you can just use it on it's own and it will look like you've spend some time on your eye look.

  6. I have woodwinked, its such a gorgeous shade! x
    Emma | Emmys Blog

  7. I want to try Zoeva brushes! Do you think they are worth the price?

  8. Stapp!! I am on a definte no-spend at the moment, but if I weren't all these things are pretty much on my list!
    (I also can't believe I dont' own woodwinked - I keep thinking, i need to get a palette sorted out first etc etc...) I am having definite buying withdrawals right now.
    I would love to hear your thoughts on the Stila Smudge Sticks - Iam definitely intrigued.

  9. I want everything on this post!! I did grab groundwork the other week though and I love it, don't know how I did my eyes before it. There is a discount outlet in York which is a little closer to me, you've enticed me to go though. Can't resist bargains like that? x

    Through New Eyes x

  10. Just too envy going on my end now! Although I seem to have a soft spot for the MAC swatches!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

  11. Nice picks :-) Woodwinked is one of my favourite MAC shades. Its so easy and quick for a one shade look.

  12. I love the Woodwinked mac shadow, really pretty!

  13. the mac paintpot looks just like bobbi brown's longwear cream shadow in suede, love the color so much when blended out

  14. Great picks and I have been wanting to get woodwind for so long myself, I've heard it's amazingggg. You will love the Stila Smudge Stick eyeliners, I'm obsessed!

    xoxo Nicole

  15. Groundwork is so beautiful! I'm loving that shade of taupe!

    She Likes to Shop

  16. You picked up some lovely items! The MAC contour shade looks perfect.

  17. You bought so many lovely things! I really want to try brushes from Zoeva.

    Emily // Beauty and Lifestyle Blog


  18. That Woodwinked eyeshadow is so pretty and perfect for neutral smokey eye

  19. Gorgeous post, great shopping trip! MAC Taupe looks so nice, can't wait to get my hands on that! I have so many things on my shopping list now.

    alice x | beautybyalicee | bloglovin'

  20. I love Cheshire oaks for this exact reason! the only thing that keeps me away is the fact is 2.5 hours away!

  21. I love Woodwinked, it's one of my all time fave shades.

    Sophie x

  22. Ooooh if only I lived near Chester! I love finding beauty bargains. The mac products you picked up look lovely, I'll have to have a look for Taupe when I'm next in mac as I need a good contour shade! I love Woodwinked and I'm sure you will too, it is perfect for summer - I wear it all over the lid and underneath the water line for a quick easy summer eye look!
    Nicola x (@itsneecola)

  23. Yes! I love Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Groundwork. It's one of my favorite MAC shades.

  24. Zoeva seriously do my favourite eye brushes and this one is probably my most used :) I must check out Groundwork now too! xx

    Magpie Jasmine

  25. The Pixi liners look INCREDIBLE! Amazed at the pigmentation in that swatch, lovely haul ^_^
    Iqra |The Blushing Giraffe x

  26. These all look amazing and such a great haul. I really love the brush and eyeshadow color.

    Jackie | fashionxfairytale | bloglovin' |

  27. Nothing beats a new clean Zoeva brush!

    Kirsty |

  28. I have the Zoeva brushes and they're definitely my favorite ones. Great photos! :)
    xx Isabel

  29. this is the perfect haul, i always gravitate towards these colors and everything is so beautiful!! x

    Natalie / Salt & Sail

  30. Haven't tried any of these products but I really want to know, you have such good taste all the colours are so beautiful, even more so at a reduced price! xx

    That Girl Rhianna

  31. Woodwinked is so beautiful ^_^ I am officially adding it to my list of eyeshadows to buy!


  32. Woodwinked is so gorgeous, in fact all of those shades are right up my street! I need to check out this outlet!

    Summa x

  33. MAC Groundwork looks particularly stunning! You found some great beauty bargains there Beth.
    Amy x | A Little Boat Sailing

  34. I've heard so many good things about MAC Groundwork!
    It's a really pretty neutral shade :-)


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  36. Wow, I like your beauty haul! The Mac paint pot is gorgeous. I definitely need to try Zoeva brushes as well. There's a face brush with a nice pointed tip, which I think would be great to apply powder even under the eyes or to highlight small areas, as well as for the rest of the face.

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