New year, new makeup haul! Today I’m sharing my latest makeup purchases from Christmas and Boxing Day sales. I picked up a new lens for my camera as well as going to Sephora for the first time in the US!
The biggest Christmas present I got this year is a new lens for my DSLR camera: the Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED. It is a nice multi tasking zoom lens that will help me both with filming close-up eye looks as well as in my trekking excursions. I was very lucky to find a used one in very good condition on Amazon and am so happy with it so far!
Getting into the makeup portion of the haul, I wanted to get the Kat von D Alchemist palette. However I read in two Facebook groups that you can make your own shifting powders for a fraction of the price using micas from TKB Trading. Since I’m a scientist by training and a cook by passion, I found this to be a wonderful challenge and made my first order before Christmas. I can’t wait to show you in a video and upcoming posts and looks what these babies can do because I am so impressed! I picked up the Hilite and Planetary collections, both shifting mica sets of 7 shades each, as well as some base mix, binder and tools to press the powders in pans. To house all these new pans I will be pressing, I got the Coastal Scents 12 and 28 pan empty palettes.
I took advantage of two of the flash sales to pick up the Makeup Geek x Kathleenlights Highlighter palette as well as a 4-piece eye brush set at an incredible discount. I love all of these already, but that’s not a surprise since Makeup Geek is one of my favorites makeup brands. Then I finally took the plunge and ordered the Morphe Brushes 702 Eye-credible brush set and I’m really curious to try whether all the hype these brushes have on the internet is deserved or not.
This time around I decided to dive in the ocean of indie makeup brands that I am following on Instagram and decided to try two of them that were offering 50% end of the year sales. From Suva Beauty I picked up their Cupcakes and Monsters palette, which contains 8 super bright matte shades, and two singles, Hookah, a beautiful matte plum, and Coast, a primary matte blue. I had a great experience with their customer service that immediately replaces the yellow pan that had shattered during shipping, and I am really curious to compare these to the Sugarpill shadows I got on Black Friday.
The other indie brand I decided to try is Devinah Cosmetics. She sells hand pressed powders and I picked up four for her shifting highlighters: Iridessa, Cosma, Marina, and Nixie. I am obsessed with shifting highlighters and these look gorgeous, I can’t wait to compare them to those I made from the micas.
Finally, I went to Sephora for the first time in the US! I obviously came out of there covered in swatches (photo here) but only bought a few bits from my favorite nail care brand Formula X (a base and top coats and a nail polish remover) as well as the Sephora Collection Bright Future Gel Serum Concealer. I felt like a very accomplished good girl getting out of there with so little damage done!
So here is my latest makeup haul and I’ll come back with reviews and swatches of all these goodies soon, I promise! Let me know which ones should have priority and you’re the most excited to see!