Hello My Lovelies,
I hope you are all doing well and you have all had a fabulous and super sunny weekend! Today I thought I would share with you a cheeky little haul I put together a few weeks ago on Cult Beauty. I haven't posted a haul in quite a while as I usually post all of my new beauty treats over on my Instagram (@SophiaMeola) but I thought it would be nice to share something different today, especially as this is my first ever order with Cult Beauty. Cult Beauty was founded by a team of British and American beauty junkies with a thirst for transparency and products that deliver. They pooled their resources to create a site that embodies a cult wish list of products, features and uncluttered design, complete with celebrity and insider beauty secrets. Cult Beauty are one of a very few selection of online stores that offer brands that are not so readily available in the UK, for example, Anastasia Beverly Hills! This haul occurred after #bbloggers chat a few week ago (hence why I caved haha) and I decided to pick up a selection of products I had been lusting after for such a long time. A few of the items I was going to hold out for as a trip to the USA is quite possibly on the cards this year (if not next year for sure), however, I just couldn't hold myself any longer and I felt like I needed these beautiful products in my life pronto.
Yes, that's right ladies and gentlemen...Sophia finally owns the coveted Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Palette! On my last trip to the USA on 2013 I had just missed out on the Contour Kit and was completely devastated. At this point Anastasia Beverly Hills was a completely new brand to me but I have grown to love it even more throughout the years. I had contemplated ordering it from a selection of US websites, however, I would always worry about import taxes and if the palette would get damaged on the way (I've had palettes break from UK packaging). When I received an email that this little beauty had come back in stock on the Cult Beauty website you probably had never seen me move so fast. These palettes of six sculpting and highlighting powders have been causing a cyberspace furore. The palettes themselves consist of both matte and sateen textures and are perfect for emphasising your natural assets from your cheekbones, jawline, nose etc. I am extremely excited that I now have this beautiful product in my makeup collection and I am so looking forward to playing around with it and creating an array of different makeup looks.
After adding the original powder Contour Kit into my basket I was extremely temped (and caved) to also include the Anastasia Beverly Hill Contour Cream Kit. I have been loving experimenting with creamier makeup products at the moment and like the Contour Kit is has grown to become a really loved product throughout the beauty community. The kit consists of extremely buttery and beautifully buildable textured cream shades that are perfect for sculpting your favourite features. As you can see, the shades practically mimic the powder variations so would work amazingly layered together.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Soft Brown | £15.50 // Anastasia Beverly Hills DipBrow Pomade in Soft Brown | £15.00 // Anastasia Beverly Hills Large Synthetic Duo Brow Brush in #12 | £15.00
The Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz was a re-purchase for me and I am so glad I decided to pick another one up (looking back I should have picked up a few to keep as a backup). I don't know what it is but this product is just amazing and Soft Brown is the perfect shade for me. The little spoolie on one side is unlike any other spoolie I have used before...I have kept my empty Brow Wiz simply to use the spoolie on an everyday basis! You can see me using it in my recent GRWM YouTube video here. I was first introduced to Brow Wiz on my latest trip to the USA in 2013 and it is a product I will definitely be re-purchasing from now on. I never used to be that fussed about my eyebrows, however, the beauty community has totally changed me and for the better haha. I just can't leave the house without doing my eyebrows now, sad I know but if I do I feel quite naked?! Anyone else like that too? Everyone and their dog knows how much I adore my Rimmel Eyebrow Pencil in Hazel but in terms of a more luxurious brand, the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz is simply amazing.
After picking up the above palettes it was only natural I went to have a browse through the famous brow products! The first product I decided to pick up was the Anastasia Beverly Hills DipBrow Pomade in Soft Brown. The DipBrow Pomade is an easy-to-use, long-lasting answer to eyebrow perfection. The tinted, creamy formula is waterproof, smudge proof and ideal for creating defines, natural-looking brows. Like the Contour Kits this had also been a product I had been lusting after for the longest time. At the time this product released they didn't stock my shade (Soft Brown) so I had no idea which other shade would look best for me, I can be so indecisive when it comes to shades for my browns, foundation, concealer etc...anyone else like that?! I know they launched a selection of new shades maybe a year or so ago (maybe longer) so I knew I would be able to pick up my perfect shade, however, it has taken me this long to finally pick this beautiful product up. Never-the-less, I am excited to try this out and to get my eyebrows on fleek haha!
The final brow product I picked up, which could potentially also double up as a great eyeliner brush is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Large Synthetic Duo Brow Brush in #12. After picking up the DipBrow Pomade it didn't take too much convincing to decide that I needed a brush to use with it. I was a little unsure on which brush to actually go for as there are a few in the collection, however, whilst purchasing the DipBrow Pomade they suggested that #12 would be best...so my shopaholic instincts just went for it. With this particular brush you can create and enhance your natural brow shape and I really like how it is double-ended with a spoolie brush to groom before applying product.
Concealer is a beauty junkies saviour, I mean you can conceal imperfections, primer your eyelids and highlight with one fabulous little product. I have to admit this was an impulse purchase and looking back maybe it wasn't necessary as I picked up the Contour Cream Kit which has light concealer esque shades...but heyyy what can a beauty obsessed girl gonna do haha. The Anastasia Beverly Hills Concealer in 1.0 is a full coverage creamy cover up that blurs imperfections, disguises dark circles and adds definition to the face. Initial thoughts, I am obsessed with this concealer and I am so glad I added it to my basket. You need the tiniest amount of product as a little goes such a long way.
Can we just take a moment to appreciate how adorable this beauty blender is?! I think I am actually obsessed! An original Beauty Blender is £16, so did I really have to spend £6 extra for this beautiful jewelled stand?!
No YES! Like most of the products in this post, I had been lusting after a Beauty Blender for the longest time. A huge selection of YouTubers, beauty bloggers and people I know personally use them and I thought it was about time I finally picked one up and tried it out for myself. Every hardworking Beauty Blender is deserving of its own bejewelled throne, the ultimate resting place for your favourite make up applicator, this sparkling stand is multi-functional and is not just there for the sole purpose of looking gorgeous...it also allows the sponge to dry thoroughly, whilst also ensuring it is always accessible and noticeable. The Beauty Blender has an innovative elliptical shape that is perfect for contouring the face, applying foundation and much more. I think it will working perfectly paired with the Contour Kits above and the Beauty Blender is an expert at applying liquid, cream or powder (yes powder) formulations.
The Oskia Renaissance Cleaning Gel has been a skincare treat I have been lusting after for a while now. I am in no where means a professional when it comes to skincare and I can put my hands up and say I have not yet found a routine that I am completely satisfied with. I am really enjoying playing around with a selection of different skincare products to find the perfect routine for my skin type. With a potent blend of high-tech natural ingredients including a broad range of vitamins and essential skin nutrients, Oskia's Renaissance Cleansing Gel is the original gel cleanser of its ilk; it helps to strengthen and revitalise skin whilst eliminating every last speck of residual everyday grime. Lactobacillus (Pumpkin Enzyme) purges pores and dissolves the bonds that bind dead cells to skin’s surface; Vitamin A Palmitate helps improve the appearance of sun damaged, dry and mature skin by gently resurfacing and promoting elasticity; Vitamins C and E are known for their restorative properties and work to fortify and protect against free radical and environmental attack; Starflower Oil (a potent source of Omega 6), Magnesium and Vitamins B2 and C promote firmness while Oskia’s signature MSM (the most bio-available form of Sulphur) detoxifies, soothes and reduces inflammation. I mean this product sounds pretty perfect right?! I have used this a few times now and every time I have been complete impressed. I will make sure to follow up with a full review soon.
The Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm was another skincare treat that I had been lusting after for the longest time. This Cleansing Balm makes for a relaxing and soothing skin ritual; melting away make up to leave skin ‘squeakily’ clean but ethereally soft. The formulation consists of wild sea fennel and vitamin E to rebalance, purify and reduce the appearance of pores, and extracts of jasmine and rose to restore radiance to dull, dehydrated and more mature skin types. This is the perfect evening (also morning skincare routine) pamper product that is offers the perfect way to take the day off, this indulgent balm also doubles as a therapeutic treatment mask when applied to clean skin before bathing. I have used this product a few times now (my Mum also) and so far we are both equally impressed. After, first usage you feel and see an instance change in you skin and I am looking forward to see what else it offers my skin. I will make sure to follow up with a full review soon.
Overall, I am over the moon with the above selection of products and I am so glad I went out on a whim and spontaneously placed this order with Cult Beauty. I am enjoying every single product and I can't wait to share full reviews with you. Please let me know if there is anything you would like to see in particular. If you would like to check out any of the product mentioned in this post you can stop by the Cult Beauty website. Like always lovelies, if you have any questions, requests or if you just want a chat you can contact me on my social media or leave me a comment below. I love hearing from you all and I make sure to read every single comment…they really make my day!
What is on your current beauty wish list? Would you give any of these products a try?
Lots of Love