My very first beauty haul of 2016!

Hello everyone… And a very happy new year to you all! This is the very first post on El-Esque in 2016! Woop woop!

I hope you’re all ready to take on the new year with full force… I know I definitely am.
And what better way to kick of a new year than purchasing new beauty products?!

I know that it’s just been Christmas, but I was lucky enough to get some money from friends & family, and some of the things I’ll be mentioning were actually gifted to me during the festive season.


I shall begin with some of the Maybelline Creamy Matte Colour Tattoos which I actually purchased just before Christmas & have already posted a first impressions on here.
I mentioned in that post that I was considering investing in Painterly Paintpot from MAC but these looked pretty darn similar at a fraction of the price.
I will definitely be writing a full review ASAP seeing as one of my new year’s resolutions is to be more organised (!!), but I’m not sure how I’m feeling so far.
They have quite a thick, tacky formula so I like to warm them up between my fingertips to make them easier to apply. They do take a bit of blending but the tackiness actually helps eyeshadow to adhere to them successfully.

For those wondering I picked up Crème De Rose (left) & Crème De Nude (right).


My parents were extremely generous over Christmas and gave me mainly money, but I did have some lovely little surprises too! Most of them were non-beauty related & have been packed away, used, worn etc, but I did receive this little Pink Grapefruit Lip Butter from The Body Shop.

If you know me well you would probably have been introduced to my monsterous lip balm stash… And I would say that at least 70% of those lip balms are from The Body Shop! I adore how they make my lips feel and I can’t wait to get using this new one. Also, I love the scent of pink grapefruit, making me even more excited to get slathering this stuff on.


As a little festive treat from me to me I popped into MAC to pick up a new lipstick! In the last few months I picked up Plumful which is a Lustre finish, and I loved the formula so much that I decided to try Syrup which is of the same formula.

I’ve already worn it a couple of times and I have to say that I adore the colour. I have been really enjoying wearing lip products with a mauve-y, purple-y tone as I feel that they’re a nice subtle alternative to a basic boring nude.

I really like this one and the formula of Lustre lipsticks is not only sheer & glossy, it is also incredibly hydrating which has been ideal through the chilly weather.


And finally for this little haul I have some makeup brushes from Zoeva… YAY! Finally! I have had these babies on my wishlist for what seems like forever and since receiving them on Christmas Day I haven’t been let down.

I purchased the (left to right) 102 Silk Finish, 127 Luxe Sheer Cheek, 227 Luxe Soft Definer & 221 Luxe Soft Crease, and they are just fantastic. Firstly, they are incredibly soft and fluffy which makes applying products a real relaxing and enjoyable process. I have been especially obsessed with the Luxe Sheer Cheek which applies any blusher or bronzer, no matter how pigmented and stiff, seamlessly, and also the Luxe Soft Crease which makes blending eyeshadow through the socket even easy for eyeshadow amateurs like me! πŸ™‚

So that’s the end of my beauty haul! I did order a couple of bits in the sales & spent some of my Christmas money separately from this haul, but I think I’ll wait for a wee while and pop up that post later on in the month.

Have you picked anything exciting up recently?

Enjoy your week beautiful!

El xx

22 thoughts on “My very first beauty haul of 2016!

  1. the lipstick looks beautiful! I’ve also got the 102 and 227 of the Zoeva brushes and i love them, i use them every time i apply my make up.
    I’ve recently started up my own blog and would really appreciate a follow back/like if you would be willing? Thanks πŸ™‚ x

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    1. Syrup is a beautiful colour! And same here; my Zoeva brushes have become part of my everyday routine! I need more to add to this little set (not that I need to spend more money oops) πŸ™‚ xx


      1. me too, i use 4 Zoeva brushes every day and im constantly wanting to get more and more, with the make up also, i’ve only purchased one Zoeva palette at the moment but i really want to get more of those too (obsession with palettes over here!) x

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      2. The need for building my brush stash is never ending, honestly! And I love love love Zoeva eyeshadows. I only have one palette too; it’s the Mixed Metals one with some brighter shades, but I’m desperate to get my hands on the Cocoa Blend.
        Which one do you have my lovely? X

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      3. I feel the exact same way! I love seeing a whole range of brushes to choose from! I have the en taupe palette, I dd a review over on my blog if you want to check it out! It’s a gorgeous palette! X

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    1. Ah I had that issue a few weeks back; the queue wound right around the shop! Such a pain! But it’s a lovely lipstick so do have a look if you get a chance πŸ™‚
      Enjoy Vegas my lovely! xx

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    1. Ooh I am also a huge Plumful fan, I’ve worn the heck out of that thing through autumn/winter! If you like Plumful I’m sure you’d like this; it’s the same formula so gives a similar finish on the lips, and as it’s sheer it’s very wearable.
      I’m sure you’d love it! xx


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