My No Buy Year 2019 – What I’ve bought so far

2019, March 2019

A few weeks ago I shared what was on my current wishlist (HERE) – things that I would buy if it wasn’t for the no-buy. This time I thought I’ll share the products that I have actually purchased. I really do think I’ve done pretty well, especially compared to the quantities of beauty products I used to acquire pre my no buy year.

So far I’ve bought four items – three of which were partially covered by gift vouchers that were about to expire and another item entirely paid with by a gift voucher.

So these are the products that have made the cut:

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Mac Dazzleglass in Steppi’n Out (AUD 40.00) – I used to own a Dazlleglass and I remember really liking it, it’s probably one of the very few lip products that I’ve actually used up. I was really craving having it back in my collection. I had a gift voucher and I decided to go for it. No regrets there. I’ve really cherished it and have gotten a lot of use out of it. It’s supper shimmery and sticky, but it’s also pretty long lasting for a lip gloss and doesn’t bleed outside the lip line. I really like that it applies with a mini lip brush (I much prefer a brush over a traditional doe foot applicator for lip glosses). It’s not as bright and scary looking on the lips – the base colour is actually pretty sheer, it really is all about the shimmer with this one.

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter (£30.00/30ml) – I first swatched this when it launched about a year ago. Back then I thought it was a foundation and for that it was definitely too sheer so I just left it at that. However, at the end of 2018 when all the best in beauty yearly roundups started popping up on youtube this was being mentioned quite frequently, so I decided to give it another go. I mainly use it as a primer – it gives that extra dimension to whatever you put on top. It makes my complexion look absolutely luminous. So beautiful! The giant doe foot applicator, though? A pump would have been so much more convenient.

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L-R: Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter in 2. Light; Mac Dazzleglass in Steppi’n Out

By Terry Lash-Expert Twist Brush Mascara (£25.00/8.3g) – In my opinion, it’s currently one of the best mascaras on the market. Even without using the two step application method it will take your lashes to unseen heights. It’s also super long lasting, I would even say it’s semi waterproof, yet not too hard to remove when you’re done with it.

Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Cleansing Ritual (£32.50/2x75ml) – I am a sucker for oil cleansers and even a bigger sucker for Charlotte Tilbury, so really it’s no surprise I went for this. My full review is HERE, but in short – it’s a win.

I’m very happy with everything I have bought so far and I’m even happier I’ve managed to stick with my no buy rules (if you’re interested you can read more about my no buy HERE).

What are some of your favourite beauty purchases of 2019 so far?

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Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Cleansing Ritual Cleansers

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The new-ish cleansers form Charlotte Tilbury (£32.50/2x75ml) are a two step cleansing system (or ritual if you please) consisting of an oil/gel cleanser as the first step and a charcoal cleanser as the second step. It also comes complete with a muslin cloth.

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I do love a good oil based cleanser, it’s definitely my favourite cleanser texture. A charcoal cleanser, however, is something I have never tried before so I was very intrigued to see how these two work together.

The oil cleanser actually has a bit of a sticky honey-like texture which doesn’t go supper thin when applied (once applied it’s actually very similar in texture to the Oskia Renaissance Cleanser if you’re familiar with that one). I do really like it. I also really enjoy the very gentle lemon fragrance this has. It’s good at removing makeup (I do, however, usually use some kind of micellar water to remove the bulk of my makeup before going in with my cleanser). It does leave some residue on the skin but since you go over with the second step it doesn’t actually bother me too much.

The charcoal cleanser has almost a whipped texture – it’s very pleasant to use. Once I’m done with both steps my skin is left super super soft.

Together both products really make for a special little ritual and I’m very glad I decided to pick this duo up. I would happily buy it again. You do have to remember, though, that it’s quite pricey and I seem to be using it up quite quickly so it could easily turn in to an expensive habit especially if used both in the morning and in the evening. As a special treat, however, I’m all for it.

Have you tried any of the Charlotte Tilbury skin care products?

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Natasha Denona Star Palette

2019, March 2019

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This purchase was definitely inspired by Casey Holmes and her constant raving about the Green/Brown 28 pan palette a while back. Definitely a pricey purchase – the Natasha Denona Star Palette retails for AUD 245.00! It does, however, contain 18 shades which works out much cheaper than some other luxury shadows (for example, a single Chanel shade will set you back a whopping AUD 52.00!!!). It’s not much of a justification, I know. And for that much money you really want it to be perfect so lets get in-to the nitty-gritty.

My heart literally skipped a beat when I swatched some of the shades on display in Sephora. The eye-shadows are sooo soft and have the exact right level of pigmentation, they really are a pure joy! They apply, blend and build effortlessly.

Generally speaking I’m not much of a bright eye-shadow wearer. I tend to gravitate towards warmer neutrals with some rust and pink shades somewhere in the mix. The shades in the Star palette are quite neutral-ish. Sure there are some exciting duo-chromes and a fair share of very sparkly glitters, but there are also plenty of very wearable basics. From just looking at it I know I could very comfortably wear every single shade.

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L-R: Spectrum, Earth, Bellatrix, Diadem, Vega, Galaxia

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L-R: Flesh, Orion, Gemma, Phoenix, Supernova, Electra

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L-R: Atria, Titania, Cosmo, Polaris, Atik, Rhea

It’s up to you whether you want to use a primer or not. I did, I always do when I use powder eye-shadows because the shades come up brighter and stay put for longer. You will definitely need to use some sort of primer for the glitter shades (I used Too Faced’s Glitter Glue AUD 30.00/10.40 ml) to get them stick properly. There is also a lot of fall out with these shades so a setting powder to dust off the excess is another must. Or you can really channel your inner Casey and apply your eye-shadows before applying your base/face makeup.

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The only other con I can see is the transparent shade name sheet that is neither here nor there. I have kept it in for the photos but I will be removing it soon after this post goes live because it ends up either in front of the mirror or flaps on the actual shadows. I can’t see myself hanging on to the sheet once it’s out and do I really need to know the names of the shades I’m using? For completeness, though, the shade names should really be printed inside the palette. Other than that the packaging is very sturdy. It’s soft but not flimsy and I haven’t tried but I imagine it would travel well.

If money isn’t an issue and makeup is something that you enjoy this really has happy times written all over it. It’s a very special and a vey treasured item in my collection!

If, however, it’s a bit too pricey definitely look at some of the smaller Natasha Denona five shade palettes that retail for AUD 69.00. In terms of what else this compares to I would say Anastasia Beverly Hills eye shadow textures are just as superb as are Marc Jacobs’ offerings.

Do you own any Natasha Denona eye shadows? Do you think they are worth the hefty price tag?

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