I think I speak for many when I say that whenever I go shopping WITH money, I find nothing, but when I go shopping WITHOUT money (or shall I call it window shopping?), I find millions of things I would die to become the owner of! Recently I arranged to go shopping with my best friend Kate. Now bearing in mind that I’ve been on a v.minimal fashion/beauty budget for some time now, this has been a long time coming and during the torturous wait, I came up with a long list of clothes I ‘need’ to complete my wardrobe. As you can probably already guess, things didn’t work out quite as well as I had planned. I wanted to find comfortable long sleeve tops, cute cardigans and wool skirts for the winter, but I was so disappointed with the shops. They do say that the highstreet has been dying for some time now, but this was the first time I truly noticed a significant difference between the online stores and the actual shops. Anyway, with hope almost lost I tried one last option – T K Maxx. Usually the Central London stores are way better than the ones you’ll find in the South East, but on days like this one it’s always worth a look.
Much to my surprise, T K Maxx was pretty much the only store doing it for me that day. I found plenty of knocked-off designer products, including this Bellapierre makeup set. Until a few weeks back (read about it here) I had no clue that this brand even existed, but after using just one product religiously I can already call myself a fan. Usually, just one tiny little pot of these powders costs me £12.99, plus postage and packaging, but this beauty bag cost a mere £14.99! Considering how much of a saving this would be for me, I decided I wouldn’t (couldn’t) walk away from such an amazing deal.
The Bag Includes: Loose Powder Blush > Loose Powder Highlighter > Mini Blush Brush >Volumizing Mascara > Super Gloss in Clementine Citrus.
At first glance, I thought the light-coloured powder was exactly the same as the Oasis Dew one I purchased a while ago. However, when I tested it out on my hand I realised that the texture was different and its shimmer properties were more subtle. The pigmentation was the same – very strong and vivid. When I looked on the back of the container I saw that it was labeled a highlighter, but honestly I think it works better as a kind of mineral-like concealer. In my personal opinion, I like to get more of a shimmer from my highlighter, or otherwise I like it to be in a liquid form and set by translucent powder.
The blush powder is a much more useful colour for me, but annoyingly it doesn’t have a name or a number anywhere! It’s subtle yet buildable, is something which I love because it makes it much more versatile. You can even use it as a shadow, or add water to turn into into liquid-form.
The mini blusher brush is one of the best of its kind. I’m pretty sure it’s made from horse hair, but I can’t be certain. The information provided in the goodie bag isn’t exactly great, but I guess the products make-up for that!
You all know how fussy I am with mascaras, so I wasn’t expecting to be discovering my new holy grail here, but I wasn’t expecting it to be quite so transferable. To be honest, I made a right mess with this mascara – it’s a bit too wet for my liking. On the upside though, I do like the brush it has and the way it lengthens the lashes. I also like how bold the black is. Overall I think this product OK for the top lashes, but I wouldn’t like to recommend it for lower lashes at all.
SUPER GLOSS – CLEMENTIME CITRUS
To conclude in four words – I love this product.
Not only is the colour gorgeous and perfect to match up with my Barry M Lip Paint, colour 54, it is glossy rather than sticky and has a beautiful gold shimmer to it. Super gloss… it most certainly is!
Have you tried Bellapierre Cosmetics before? I’d love to hear what products you love and which ones you don’t – so please do let me know using the comments section below 🙂