So I was intending to save up my student loan and not go on a spending spree, but with the Halloween period being the best time to buy all-things goth, I couldn’t help myself.
I figured why not treat myself – my excuse being that October is ‘Gothmas’.
Every year I get so excited by the vast array of creepy and dark decor, make-up, clothing and jewellery all round the shops.
Honestly this year I was a little disappointed, as I didn’t see many items of clothing around, I at least expected a couple of Primark t-shirts, alas there were none.
I did, however, manage bag myself a couple of pieces of jewellery which I will happily show off in another post.
I think the most interesting Halloween items this year were TK Maxx’s home decor. But with me not being a home owner yet, there was little I could purchase. But I did get some great inspiration for when I do get my own place in future, for now I’ve just stuck to getting a few candles for my bedroom.
As you can imagine, I get pretty excited whenever I find the Halloween section in a store.
So I went in Superdrug, after purchasing ‘MUA Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquer – Panache’, only intending to buy another one of these matte liquid lipsticks, but in the shade ‘Splash’.
However I came out with 6 other make-up products.
I was freaking out when I found a Halloween make-up section and had to persuade myself to only buy a few of the items and not the whole lot.
So without further ado, here are the products I bought and my first impression:
MUA Luxe Velvet Matte Metallic Lip Lacquer – £3
I bought these liquid lipsticks in three different shades to try out: Purple, Green and Black. I loved the way they were shimmery and glittery in the light. They aren’t your everyday wearable colours, but I wanted something bold that I could get creative with. I did try these on my lips to test them out, but not for a prolonged period. I found that the green one was particularly more drying the the others on the lip. So far all the liquid lipsticks I have tried (not just this brand) seem uncomfortable for me. It might just be because I tend to be more of a lip-balm kind of girl, so I hate that dried up feeling. It’s going to have to be something where I test out other brands to see if I find one comfortable enough.
Obviously these are cheaper drug store brands, so I wasn’t expecting anything amazing. I was very impressed with the colours, however I found the metallic colours crumble away more on the inside of the lip than the plain matte ones I had previously tried. However, when it comes to washing them off, I used a baby-wipe and found that previously the matte versions of Panache and Splash wiped off pretty easily, whereas the metallic shades take a lot more scrubbing.
I’m pretty happy with these colours however, I don’t think these are something I will be wearing regularly on my lips. My plan for these is to do some more creative artsy eye looks with them, because they only tend to crumble on the lips. If you don’t know what I’m talking about then you should check out Drac Maken’s YouTube channel. She regularly uses liquid lipsticks for her eye art pieces and they always turn out amazing.
MUA Shimmer Highlight Powder (Aqua Shine) – £3:
I already own two MUA highlighters and I’ve been pretty impressed with their quality for the price, so I thought I’d get a new one. This time I went for this really bold metallic blue colour. Again, this is not something wearable for everyday, but will definitely come in handy for some more creative looks or even as an eye-shadow. It has a good pigment and definitely highlights as the shimmer to this really stands out. Their highlighters are definitely something I would recommend if you are looking for some good quality, but cheap drugstore brands.
Revolution Ghost Lights Vivid Baked Highlighter – £3:
This has got to be my favourite make-up purchases. I love everything about this product! First of all, the skull print within the powder got me so excited – it’s so cute I almost didn’t want to touch it in case I ruined it. At first glance it looks like a white base with gold tint to it. However, when applied to the cheeks and viewed in the light you can see these stunning pink shimmers. It’s the perfect glow for any ghoul! The pigment has just the right balance, not too pale that you have to apply loads and not too strong that you look like an instant ball of light. I have been using this as my everyday highlighter since and I’m still really impressed with it.
Revolution Ghost Sculpt – £2:
This is a product I got super excited about when I first saw it. I’m already really pale in complexion, so I find that when I buy contour palettes they always look too orange-toned for my skin and don’t look right. I took to trying to use black eye-shadows to create a light grey contour, however this was never easy when the eye-shadow palettes were so small and highly pigmented. So when I found this I knew I had to try it out.
When it comes to the white-powder side I wasn’t that impressed. I was hoping it would work well as a highlight or at least make my face more ghostly white, however, I found it just blends into my natural skin tone (granted this could be because I’m already as white as a sheet!). However, if you are looking for a good translucent powder this would be it.
When it came to the black-powder side, I applied it way too heavy! This product has some strong pigment, so I’d say use it carefully otherwise the contour can end up looking way too dark. Obviously this was intended for dramatic Halloween looks. I’m pretty happy with this product and again I use this as my everyday contour, it’s just something I find I have to be very careful over how much product is on the brush and do a lot of blending to make it look natural. I will be continuing to use this though and would buy it again. If you was those heavily contoured cheekbones, this will definitely do the trick.
So that’s all the makeup I got in October. I hope everyone had an awesome Halloween, let me know what you did to celebrate or any of your spooky finds in the comments.