UK BEAUTY: high street haul

Guess who’s back (back again)! It’s me, with another bonus post for the week! I was very diligent last week and photographed/wrote four blog posts, so I figured that I might as well do two posts for these two weeks instead of spreading them across the month.

Today’s post is all about some amazing goodies that a friend who’s visiting from England was super kind to bring me! If you don’t know, I’m obsessed with UK high street makeup, and it’s very hard to find here, so I asked her to bring me a few things to try out and I’m fully planning on going crazy once I go to the UK (hopefully in February).


First up, and what I was probably most excited for, are these two highlighters! I asked her to bring me three but two of them were basically identical so I let her keep one and picked these two for myself. On the right, we have the Freedom Makeup Pro Highlight in the color Glow, and on the left, the MUA Undress Your Skin Highlighter in Pink Shimmer.

If you’ve been a longtime reader of my blog, you may remember that I got the MUA highlighter in a UK beauty haul well over a year ago, but I passed it on to my sister because I felt like I wasn’t using it enough… well, I regretted that not much later and decided to get another so I could keep it to myself instead of stealing my sister’s!


Up next we have the Bourjois Poudre de Riz de Java, and isn’t that just the cutest packaging ever? A few years ago, to celebrate their 150th birthday, Bourjois decided to bring back one of their products from 1879, a loose, shimmery powder, and after hearing a few bloggers rave about it, I knew I had to get it!

Bourjois is also very well-known for their foundations and concealers, so I asked my friend to pick up the Radiance Reveal concealer and she was kind enough to also get me the Healthy Mix concealer! I love concealers, so I’m really excited to try these two!


I tried to keep the makeup requests to a minimum (ish) because I know I’ll go crazy when I get to finally visit, but I couldn’t resist asking for a few nail polishes and she more than delivered! These two are the Lottie London polishes in Hit Refresh and Retweet. How cute is the packaging and those names?!


One of the brands I’ve heard about the most from the UK is Barry M, and everyone I know loves their polishes, so I knew I had to try a few! Pictured here, from left to right, are: Beachy Keen, Vanilla, Personal Best, Dark Side of the ‘Shroom and Crush.

How amazing is this haul? I can’t wait to try all these goodies, and I definitely can’t wait to try even more UK beauty when I finally get to visit across the pond!



Hair and skincare hand-me-downs haul

Hi beautiful people!! Isn’t it great to have generous friends who have lots of goodies they’re willing to pass onto me? You might remember this haul post from a couple of months ago, where I mentioned trading makeup and skincare goodies with some friends… well, one of those friends let me raid her apartment and I left with a bag full of products that I can’t wait to try!


There is a lot of stuff so instead of going through and describing everything, I’m just going to try and get through everything quickly. Ready? Let’s go!

  • Briogeo Don’t Despair Repair gel-to-oil overnight repair treatment. I tried this one and my hair felt amazing! So far, so good.
  • Clinique acne solutions clarifying lotion. Haven’t tried it yet, will be using it when I run out of my current toner.
  • Perricone MD Blue Plasma cleansing treatment. It’s a cleanser that doesn’t require rinsing off (kinda like micellar water) and SO GOOD at removing makeup. Love!


  • Drunk Elephant Pekee Bar. Haven’t tried yet.
  • Drunk Elephant Juju Bar. Haven’t tried yet.
  • Eve Lom Cleanser. Also haven’t tried, but apparently it’s hella expensive so I’m intrigued!


  • Lancome Bi-Facil eye makeup remover. LOVE LOVE LOVE.
  • First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Intensive Peel. Haven’t tried yet but I love peels so I can’t wait!
  • Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil. Also haven’t tried, but I’ve been looking into adding facial oil to my skincare routine so I’m excited!

And that’s it for this hand-me-down haul! Have you tried any of the things I got? Let me know what you think in the comments below!