Tuesday, 10 September 2013

August Monthly Haul

Hello, Hi, Hey and Hola
It's September, I'm back from my Summer Holiday and I needed to wear a cardigan the day I arrived home. A sure sign autumn is upon us. Well actually it's not quite upon as (annoyingly) the sun has persisted on shining the odd day or two! I'm so ready for boots, tights and chunky knits. But don't want to be looking all cosy and wrapped up if the weather changes its fettle half way through the day! I'm also majorly excited to shop for the perfect winter coat and I'm just in the mood to hoy the fake tan to the back of the cupboard and become lax with regularity of hair removal.
From the #bbloggers chat the other night it seems as though we are all excited for the new season and my September haul is already filled with berry shades and nourishing moisturiser. BUT back to today... today I bring you my August purchases.

Ooh I must also add that lots of you have requested full reviews of certain products and they will posted in the next week or so... 

Alpha H Liquid Gold
 This is a much raved about product that promises miracles in transforming your skin. I won't say too much as I've actually written a full review about my results with before and after pictures (seriously scary stuff!) What I will say is notice there is TWO bottles and I restock what I lurrrrrve... 

Eau Thermale Avene Gentle Eye Make-Up Remover
Ok so despite spending almost three figures in boots before I went on holiday (I went in for sun cream and toothpaste) I found myself in Germany without anything to take my mascara off...  
Cooling, gentle and effective, it even dissolves they're real! What a prize for being disorganised!

Eau Thermale
Just because I'm incapable of buying only one thing at a time and the fact I've read like a million ravey reviews about it. I'm yet to use it but I think it will be ideal for refreshing and setting my make up on long days at work.

Perricone No Foundation Foundation-

This is a repurchase and I absolutely adore the trousers off it. It's like a second skin and I cannot express how much I love it. I've written a full review with swatches and stuff so if you are thinking of buying I hope that it's helpful as I often read that people find 'the one shade fits all' doesn't really fit you if you are pale.

Me? I'm like translucently blue and I think it's fine on me but maybe I'm swanning around with a tide mark? I'm pretty sure I'm not but the mirror can sometimes lie, I mean it used to tell me my unplucked mousey eyebrows were totally acceptable!
Anyway if you found the No Foundation Foundation too dark then worry not as they are releasing the LIGHT option at some point this month.  

Guerlain Meteorites Perles in Teint Rose
First off, apologies for the rubbishy blurry picture, I'm putting it down to shaky hand excitement as I was so dazzled by their beauty. 
Again I have a full review coming up of this delightfully pretty finishing powder.

Mally Easy On The Eyes Collection
 Anyone who reads my blog regularly will know that I'm a bit of a Mallynista (QVCers will get the reference) and I bought this kit whilst it was the TSV. I had been umming and ahhing over the Urban Decay Naked Palette for some time (see I am capable of exercising some level of purchase control) so I was in the market for some eye shadows...  aaaand the rest is history :) 

Mally's Palette in Buff has a primer plus 11 neutral shades which can be used wet or dry so in essence you get 22 colours to play around with. The kit comes complete with three BULLET PROOF eye pencils, mascara and some under eye brightener (which is also known as 'sunshine in a jar' ooh!). Not to mention a 60 page booklet with step by step instructions so you can create a whole spectrum of gorgeous looks.

YSL Touché Éclat
I've always lusted after this and for as long as I can remember beauty magazines have hailed it as a 'must have' and told me that I need it in my make up bag. I never took too much notice as dark circles aren't something I suffer from (blood shot eyes, yes, spots, yes, sensitive skin, yes, oh the list goes onnnnn!) but I thought I'd give it a whirl and see how it works as at covering blemishes.  (Of which I have many!) 

YSL Rouge Volupte Shine in #18 Prune In Fire 
Right let's be fair. Does this lipstick not scream sexy? Everything from the sleek and seriously beautiful packaging to the vampy purple loveliness... Aaaah it makes me melt. 

Leighton Denny Colour Cocktail Collection
I also bought this as a QVC TSV as I can't resist anything Leighton related. The kit contains four colours plus two 'cocktailing' shades that transform the base colours to create a new shade with plenty of shimmer. If I'm being totaaaaaaally honest, I'm not a huge fan (anxiety set in as I typed that). It's simply a personal preference as I prefer a nice block of colour to make a statement. The shimmery sheerness of these shades just aren't really 'me'.
The Essential Remover Pot, the Diamond Buffer and Lip and Cuticle Balm were worth it alone though.

In other news, after buying like a million Nails Inc Remover Pots I've fallen out of love with them- a brand new pot dyed my fingers a dirty greeny grey. Tres ugly.

OPI San Francisco Set
 Now these little beauties were a bit of a surprise. I ordered the OPI TSV (are we seeing a home shopping addiction here?) back in March and I selected the auto-delivery option which basically means you get a further delivery with new colours but held at the special discounted price. I wouldn't of actually ordered these but kept them as I needed a new nail envy and you can never have too much avoplex oil!

I need to remind myself that the surprise auto-delivs aren't actually gifts though! Oopsie!

SBC Collagen Gel
How bad is this...? This arrived and I had absolutely no memory of ordering it! I now have a vague recollection of doing it whilst half asleep! I think I saw the pretty pink gel and thought it'll look fabulous in the bathroom if nothing else! Perhaps I was drunk on tea and jaffa cakes? I haven't used it yet BUT it does indeed look beeeeeeowdifal in my bathroom!

The pictures below are repurchases which I've enthused and rambled about on previous blog hauls. The Decleor set was bought primarily to get my casper white mitts on their gradual tan again. You can read about why I LOVES it here 

My Elemis pots of joy are the Pro Collagen Marine Day and Night Cream- the ultimate in moisturising goodness. Elemis Cellular Recovery Skin Bliss Capsules are in the big pot and if you fancy reading about why they are loved like my children you can do that here

The ABC Skin Care Set for me is a must have. Espesh the HEEEEOWGE body wash which lasts for months (unless one of  your children 'plays' with the pump and fills the bottle up with shower water...) and it keeps skin clean and clear. The shampoo and conditioner smell amazing, well all of these products smell amazing if you happen to love the zingy fresh tea tree aroma? If not then (why not?) just skip to the next picture. 

The Pure Tea Tree Oil is perfect for adding to bath water or when you want a nice deep cleansing steam. I tend to dispense onto a cotton pad and wipe over blemishes (yes plural!).
The blemish sticks contain witch hazel too and they have a roller ball application, perfect for slipping in your bag to target them nasties that get bigger and angrier as the day progresses. You know the ones right? They often crop up on Friday ready to spoil your weekend!
The wipes are in my car and will probably be used a glorified baby wipes! (Think sticky fingers on a three year old!) Oh I is Glam!

Maybelline Baby Lips
Well I just had to didn't I? Absolute bandwagon purchase and unlike many they don't incite any strong feelings in me either way. A lip balm is a lip balm, tinted or not right? Cherry Me gives a gorgeous juicy flush of colour and Hydrate is fine to slick on as you would any lip balm. I did also get Pink Punch but I gave that to my sister in law who wears it far better than I ever could- plus these aren't available in Germany so I felt like I was bringing her treasure!

Organix Brazilian Keratin Shampoo and Conditioner
I like a high end shampoo and conditioner, Kerastase, Ojon or Aveda often take residence in my shower. In my pre-holiday panic I ended up 'settling' for the Organix set as I was rushed, in boots and needed something quickly (usually order my shiz off the net). I'd also read a rave review from Allana Beau and believe me when I say that girl takes some impressing! 

Emma Hardie Moringa Balm, Day and Night Cream (pictured on first picture). I forgot (bad blogger) to take a photo of these individually but essentially it's a repurchase as I need plenty of stock of the cleansing balm. The moisturiser I don't use regularly (Elemis loyalty for you right there!) but the odd occasion I have I did notice it was rather thick. Perhaps ideal for the colder season?

So that was August... Done. Dusted. Gone. 
September marks the end of the summer and the end of my haul. 

Any products you're loving? Ooh or have you seen anything and thought BIG MISTAKE KATE? 
Let me know if there's anything you'd like to see a thorough review on as I'm more than happy to oblige :)

Oh and slightly off topic but you know how I mentioned I'm super excited to go shopping to find the perfect winter coat? I don't why I said that as I've never ever actually found one. Each winter it's a constant disappointment where I trawl around the shops searching for perfection before buying something I actually hate and then spend the rest of the season having coat envy when I see girls who just get it right! 

Looking forward to reading your comments and don't be shy, come say HIYAAAon my TWITTER

I also have a giveaway running to win a Mac Lippy or Paint Pot of your choice, click here if you're feeling lucky?

k xxxxxx


  1. Hi gorgeous girl! Big thumbs up seal of approval over the Alpha H, it literally changed my life (did we chat about this on twitter?? I RAVE like a lunatic at anyone who will listen about this marvellous liquid!!). I am REFUSING to give into the Baby Lips hype, we have been able to get them in Dubai ages but I have convinced myself they're just a lip balm!!! I really love the Avene brand-I want that eye make up remover! I have just repurchased the Emma Hardie! I am rambling but I will finish by saying how BEAUT-I-ful are the YSL lippies, I think I have five now, they're just beautiful.


    Stacey Expat Make-Up Addict xx

    1. Fabulous comment, we clearly both have amazing taste :) I'm still yet to swatch the ysl lippy but can't wait to wear it.
      AND YES! We chatted about alpha h, I can't live without it either xxx

  2. There the guerlain meteorites are so pretty, been tempted by them for ages! Xx


    1. I've always wanted them too :) they smell delish which was a lovely surprise, makes them even more perfect!xx

  3. some amazing bits as always sugar xx So jealous you got the Mally TSV I tried so hard to justify it but I just couldn't :( I am an Elemis PCMC, Emma Hardie, and Liquid Gold lover too. Oh and I love the ABC stuff essential for cat scratches ;)Funny you should mention the collagen gel, I watched a presentation the other day and she mentioned it for stretchmarks and necklace lines so I've been slapping it on like a loon x hope it works lol x Oh and I must try the Avene eye make up remover now too xx

    1. Haha Lou we are qvc addicts aren't we! :) xxx

  4. love the opi shades!
    Michelle xo - @shelleymagpie

    1. Yes perfect for the autumn :) xx

  5. Wow! Lots of amazing products there!
    I've recently bought Alpha H Liquid Gold but not sure it's made a difference yet.. I'm looking forward to your post!
    alicekatex ♥

    1. It took a while but once I started to see a difference it was like magic!xxx

  6. Kaaaaate ive missed you and your insatiable humour! I'm sure the nails inc remover turned catrines fingers a dirty green too!! check her instagram from way back, I'm sure I'm not imagining things haha. Loooove the emma hardie balm and the moisturiser is thick and very scented i find so perfectoo for the winter months. xxxx

    1. Aw my faithy :) I always lol at your comments as I can hear you say them! If you love the Emma Hardie moisturiser then I love. It's that simple!xxx

  7. Amaaaazing haul there! Looking forward to hearing about liquid gold

    Jenn | Photo-Jenn-ic

    1. Aw thanks :) just need to be brave enough to post the alpha h photos!xxx

  8. The Mally's Palette looks pretty and the nail polishes are all gorgeous!!

    1. Aw thanks, I need to have a play around with the Mally palette :) xxx

  9. Whoa you hauled sooo much! I always see the Organix shampoo/conditioners and want to try them, but never had, ill check your review out and then decide. :) x

    1. I was so pleasantly surprised! Happy little find :) xxx

  10. Dear Kate,
    I've been reading your blog for a long time and I just wanted to say that I really love what you're doing!

    You're a lovely young lady!

    xx, Mirna

    1. That is so sweet and lovely, thank you :) xxx

  11. wow this is such a huge haul! Some really great skin care products!

  12. Wow your haul is amazing! I just stumbled upon your blog today and I'm really loving it. Keep up the good work! I'm yr new follower now (: