Affordable Haul + First Impressions

It's been a while since I've posted a haul. And I've been buying a lot of affordable products, some of which are new launches and some causing quite a stir in the blogging community. So I thought I'd round them up and bring you a haul!

Morphe R6 Flat Top Buffer | £11.95

I've been a huge fan of Morphe brushes for a while now. So when I heard that BeautyBay had stocked their new Rose Gold collection I new I had to try some. I picked up the Morphe R6 Flat Top Buffer Brush. Buffing brushes are my favourite way to apply liquid and cream foundations, I find they blend everything seamlessly and easily. And this brush does just that! Not only that, it's Black and Rose Gold handle are really pleasing on the eye, it functions really well!

Morphe R3 Pointed Contour Brush | £6.50

Next I picked up R3 Pointed Contour Brush. I actually wanted to use this as a concealer brush because it looked like the shape and size I normally like. But it didn't really work well with concealer. So I decided to use it for its intended purpose and for contouring this is perfect. So far I've only used it with powder contour products, so I'm not sure how well it would work with creams. It's the perfect shape for fitting in the hollows of the cheeks. It's really soft and fluffy so it blends the contour out with ease. Overall, I'm impressed with both these brushes and I will definitely be getting more from the line.

Morphe Cream Lip Polish | £4

I swear these are all over my Instagram feed and the moment so I had to see what all the hype was about. It's basically a cream lipstick with a gloss finish. I went for the shade Runway, which online looked like a nice nude colour. But it's actually a really bright Orange. The shade doesn't work for me at all. But for the purposes of reviewing it I wore it anyway. I really don't like the applicator. It has a round plastic top that you squeeze the product out of the top to apply it. This made it really difficult to control the amount of product, and because the consistency is thick and pigmented you only need a tiny amount. Even though the consistency is thick, it's not sticky or uncomfortable. Overall, this is ok I just don't like the shade.

Morphe Concealer | £3.96

Another product that seems to be all over my Instagram feed is this Morphe concealer. It was only £4 so I thought i'd give it ago. It has a doe foot applicator with makes applying it easy. I'd say the coverage is light to medium. The formula is quite dry and thick but this didn't pose too much of a  problem blending out. The shade Oats is perfect for highlighting the under the eye area.

La Splash Velvet Matte Liquid Lipstick | £9.95

I've gone a bit liquid lipstick crazy at the moment and I'm on a mission to find the perfect formula, Which lead me to this. The shade is a really pretty Mauve, Purple colour, which is perfect for Autumn. The formula is very liquidy but easy to apply. And it dries down so matte! But after an hour or so it flakes like crazy on me! Which is never a good look. So I'm disappointed with this.

Makeup Geek Shadow Pans | £5.50

Makeup Geek recently launched some new shades. Most of which looked like my kinda shades! So I got:

Tuscan Sun - this isn't a new launch but a shade I've been after for a while. It's a warm Pink colour. That is well pigmented and easy to blend. This works well in the crease.

Pocket Change - If ever a shade had my name on it's this. In the pan this just looks like a nice shimmery Brown colour. But swatched it transforms into a beautiful muted Gold colour with warm undertones and a frosted finish. The formula is so buttery soft.

Bake Sale - is a warm toned muted Brown. This is a great crease shade. The formula is easy to blend, well pigmented and long lasting.

Early Bird - This is a bright, warm, Orange colour. I love Orange shadows so it went straight in the basket. This isn't as pigmented as I would like. But it works well as a crease colour, or to blend other shadows in.

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 | £5.90

This brand comes under the Deciem umbrella and has been causing quite a stir in the beauty community. This brand promises to bring effective products, with high-end ingredients at a low cost. And my god this stuff is cheap! I picked the Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5. This is basically a serum that is applied before creams. I've been using this the past week and so far I really like it. It leaves my skin soft, hydrated and plumper. It absorbs instantly and doesn't leave a residue on the skin.

The Ordinary Lactic Acid 5% + HA 2% | £5.50

I also picked the Lactic Acid 5% + HA 2%. Lactic is a type of AHA exfoliator so I was excited to try this. I've used this once so far. But I can't get past the smell. This stuff skinks, like off milk. It literally makes me gag! I do really want to give this ago though, so I'll report back in a few weeks.

Hylamide HA Blur | £19

Hylamide is another brand that comes under Deciem. This is a primer that uses Hydraulic acid to blur the skin and work with all forms of makeup. I've used it a few times and I'm not sure how I feel about it yet. The descriptions says it contains Hydrolyic powder which I definitely feel in the texture. It blends out nicely on the skin and does leave my skin smoother. This doesn't feel hydrating so I'm a bit apprehensive to use it with some foundations, in case it dries my skin out. But I will use it with some more and report back soon!

So there's my little affordable haul. What have you been buying recently?

Have you tried any of these? What are your thoughts?

Until next time...

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