New In: Hynt Beauty, Alima Pure, Juice Beauty
So I haven't blogged in over a month... but I have an excuse! For those of you who don't follow me on Twitter, I am currently writing my undergraduate dissertation (due in just under two weeks) and it has successfully taken over my life. This unfortunately, doesn't leave too much time for blogging. Posts may be few and far between for the remainder of April but today I want to talk about a few new makeup bits that I have been trying recently. It was my birthday on 22nd March and I treated myself to some bits from Content Beauty (I love visiting their brick and mortar store in London) and then a few days ago, I woke up to the wonderful news that Hynt Beauty are now available from a UK stockist - Glow Organic Brighton. Of course I jumped straight on it and ordered some samples. I've spoken about the Hynt Beauty Suite Sweet Canyon Eyeshadow Palette before, and although I don't use it too often anymore, I've been dying to try some more of their line.
Hynt Beauty Duet Perfecting Concealer Sample Set in Fair/Light
I haven't really tried these properly yet (they literally turned up this morning) but I've heard amazing things about Hynt's cult concealer. It's loved by green makeup artists and offers super full coverage, which is rare for a natural concealer. It comes in a variety of shades and I've obviously gone for the lightest pair. On first impressions I think 'Light' may be a better shade for me as it is yellow-based. 'Fair' is extremely pink and although I'm pale, I'm not cool-toned in the slightest. My skin is neutral/leaning warm and so I suspect 'Light' would be better for spot concealing; when colour matching is key. I think the shade would also work under my eyes but it would be nice to have a lighter shade that is still neutral or slightly yellow. More testing is needed but from what I've seen so far, this sample could last me all year. It's really creamy and SUPER pigmented so only the tiniest amount is needed for your whole face.
Hynt Beauty Sun Prep SPF 30
Hynt sent me a sample of their Skin Prep when I ordered the Suite eyeshadow palette. It was a super silky serum with marine bio-actives that I really enjoyed as a primer. I've never got round to buying a full size but I've always been curious about the Sun Prep - a similar product but with non-nano titanium dioxide SPF 30. Reviews for this stuff are glowing and now I've tried it, I can see why. This stuff is magic. It's almost completely transparent and really smooths out the skin. The formula would be perfect under makeup and it leaves no white cast whatsoever. I already know that I'll be getting a full size (edit: ordered). I don't think I'll be taking it to Croatia with me this summer (yep, I'm going again) as it's too fancy for constant reapplication but it's going to be great for the English summer and for making sure I wear SPF every day that I leave the house.
Alima Pure Pressed Foundation in Sesame
I'm a committed disciple of the Alima Pure Satin Matin Foundation and so I've been eager to try its pressed counterpart. The formulas do seem to differ slightly: the pressed compact is lower coverage and way more yellow-toned, but I'm appreciating the tidier application (yay for less mess) and it really is a beautiful product. At this point I think I shall be continuing to repurchase the loose version but this definitely won't go to waste. The pressed formula and lighter coverage also make it great for mid-day touch ups.
Juice Beauty Phyto-Pigments Satin Lip Cream in Syrah
I have a habit of buying myself an expensive lipstick for my birthday and this was the winning contender for 2017. I've been dying to try the Phyto-Pigments line since it launched in the UK but I've been wanting to view/swatch the collection in person before picking anything up. I had a right swatch fest when I visiting Content and settled on 'Syrah' - a true mid-tone brown pink with the tiniest amount of shimmer (that doesn't really show up on the lips). I wasn't too sure about this shade when I brought it home but since then I've been wearing it a lot and really loving it. The formula is super moisturising and despite it's very creamy consistency, it does a good job of staying put throughout the day. I am interested in some of the other shades but these lipsticks really are expensive so I'm not sure if I'll be expanding my collection any time soon.
What have you been buying recently?
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