Haul: Nars, Kiko, Nike & More

Okay I lied.

When I said that my Here's What Happened When I Went To Spain: Day 7 & 8 post was the last instalment of my holiday to Spain, I lied. This haul will be the last. I just couldn't not include a haul with all the goodies I bought when I was out there.

So if you've had enough of me sounding like a broken record and blabbing on about all things Spanish just bare with and I'll promise I'll try not to mention Spain anymore.

They see me haulin', they hatin'.

Haul time.

Before I even went to Spain I knew that I would have to make a trip (or two) to Sephora - which was a mere 10 minute walk away from where I was staying - so I had a vast list of things that I wanted to buy. Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade being at the very top but unfortunately this Sephora didn't have an ABH concession (cry).

I've always wanted to try Nars products because well who hasn't? The sleek packaging is to die for - even though it's a sucker for foundation finger prints - as all the products have such amazing reviews that I knew if there was a Nars in the Sephora that I was going to, I had to buy something.

And yes, there was a Nars concession.

With the exchange rate favouring the pound at the moment, the 40€ palette would have cost just over £25 pound in the UK when really it retails for over £30. So basically I was saving money, so I had to get it - right?

Nars Contour Blush is what I ended up purchasing without a doubt in my mind. I bought it in the shade Paloma which is the medium of the the shades and the shade that the shop assistant said best suited my skin tone.

So far I haven't used it yet but fear not, as soon as the lightweight powder touches my face and my contour looks on point, photos and a review will be up here fo' sho'. Watch this space.

The second makeup item I bought from Sephora was actually the first product I bought in my basket. It's Sephora's own brand as it called the "It palette". And it was basically love at first sight.

Cased in a golden brown faux python skin, the palette contains 12 shadows which vary from warm to cool toned and shimmer to matte. The palette also contains a double ended an all over shadow and eyeliner brush and a contour eyeliner pencil in a dark brown shade (which will be perfect for my eyebrows too).

The palette is so versatile and numerous looks for the day and the evening can be created with these 12 shades and like before, review to follow.

I also picked up two eyeshadow products from Kiko and yes I could've gone crazy and picked up way more but y'know I was trying to be realistic. The first was only 2,90€ and comes in an individual palette. It's shade 119 Pearly Nutmeg and a light brown shade with a slight shimmer to it.

The high pigmented shadow has a velvety texture and is perfect for an easy everyday look or a more smoky a statement looking eye. Fab.

The second eyeshadow product that I bought was in a chubby stick form and basically looks like a crayon. It is also from Kiko and is in shade 24. This is a similar shade to the single eyeshadow but more dark and perfect for an evening look. And it's in a chubby stick and you know how cute chubby sticks are. So cute.

The consistency has a delicate yet buttery texture to it which is so easy to blend and work with.

Who knew that when you purchase anything in Sephora you get three free samples?! Answer: I didn't. When purchasing the products mentioned above I also received said three samples. They were all from the brand Shiseido, a brand that I've heard and always wanted to try so these three products are perfect.

The first is an SPF and is their new sun protection which is for the face. The product claims that it is water resistant and has factor 50+ protection and so I can't wait to try it out.

Second is something which I've never tried before. A serum. Serum to me just screams oil. And with an already oily face, I've always avoided them. However, I think it's time to abandon my serum fear and use this Active Hydration Repairing Force - don't worry, I will report back.

And lastly - yes I have saved the best till last - is the Ibuki Refining Moisturizer which comes in the cutest little packaging, and if you hadn't already guessed, I'm a sucker for cute packaging. I can't wait to try this out as the original retails for over £35.

Now moving on to non-beauty purchases.

The first is something which I've mentioned before in last weeks Friday Faves because y'know, I just couldn't wait. And if you haven't guessed, it's my Nike Pool Sliders.

These, like Birkenstocks, are a very Marmite product - you either love them or you hate them (and if you couldn't work it out, yeah I love them). If you slip your foot into them relieving that you hate them, I promise you will change your mind. They are the comfiest things ever and I'm almost certain that I'm going to get more in different colours (by different colours I mean jet black).

If you want a more info about them and what to hear me babble on about them even more than I have already, have a read of my Friday Faves post from last week where I basically express my undying love for them.

And lastly, I thought I'd through these in. I got these Aviator-style sunglasses free with Cosmo magazine when at the airport. I've had many pairs of aviators before but being the delicate framed style they are, they've always broken and I thought this would be the perfect excuse to get some more.

Personally, I'd like them to have a bigger frame (like these Porsche Aviators that I mentioned in my June Wishlist - uhhhh soooo dreamy *inserts about 20 eye heat emojis*) -  but why complain when I got them for free. They're not the usual tinted glass style that you see but the mirrored black lense and gold frame gives it a much more chic touch.

And that concludes this post.

Thank you for reading.

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Bethany Emerton

Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle blogger from Bournemouth.

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