January Makeup Anti-Haul | Makeup I Won’t Be Purchasing in 2018

It’s pretty obvious that buying makeup is an obsession of mine. I often I find myself buying makeup because of the hype, packaging or even out of my devotion to the brand, rather than whether or not I actually need it. I have a file on my homepage that contains my favourite beauty blogs, YouTube channels and the new arrival pages of sites like Beauty Bay, Cult Beauty, ColourPop and SpaceNK which, sadly, I check daily. Also, I follow TrendMood on every platform which I really recommend you check out if you are interested in keeping up-to-date with new releases. Today I thought I’d share with you an ‘Anti Haul’ style of post, meaning I take a look at the products that I will not be buying, no matter who much I want to and how curious they may appear…

January Makeup Anti-Haul | Makeup I Won't Be Purchasing in 2018

Too Faced Glow Job Glitter Face Mask $42

Yes, Glow Job. First of all, I don’t know if this is even going to be available in the UK. Secondly, I get that Too Faced is tongue-in-cheek and playful, but I can’t decide whether this is hilarious or disturbing. Perhaps a bit of both? This is a brand who has always been a little risque but for some reason, ‘Better Than Sex’ doesn’t offend me as much as ‘Glow Job’. Let’s face it, Too Faced aim their marketing at a predominantly young age range. I mean, their blushers look like Polly Pockets. The product itself actually looks pretty cool but everything about this marketing campaign comes off as a little desperate for attention. Thoughts?

Beautyblender Chill £16

This popped up on the new arrivals page of SpaceNK and I was initially confused. Does this new version contain some new ingredient/material that cools and transforms your skin? No, it’s just turquoise. Don’t get me wrong I adore my Beautyblender, but is this necessary? There are so many impressive dupes on the market (I recommend both the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge & Eco Tools Perfecting Sponge) and instead of improving their product or even lowering the hefty price point, they have just launched it in a different shade to try and stay relevant.

The Lunatick Cosmetics Labs Collection at Beauty Bay

I can’t help thinking the packaging has missed the mark. I think it looks a little childish. Its as if they were trying to capture the gothic glamour that the Kat Von D collection embodies but, in my opinion, it looks cheap. Maybe this is an iconic indie brand that delivers incredible pigmentation and has a huge following that I am just not aware of, but nothing about the colour schemes in the eyeshadow palettes excite me either. If you take away the gimmicky packaging it’s actually a very generic collection of products.

Laura Lee Los Angeles Cats Pajamas Eyeshadow Palette £35.00

I’m sorry, but if you compare this palette to her recent ColourPop collaboration, I know which one I prefer. Even though I want to support Laura Lee, nothing about this palette tempts me to buy it, least of all the price point. It looks incredibly similar to the Zoeva Cocoa Blend Eyeshadow Palette and the ColourPop She Palette and they are half the price. I also feel that it doesn’t represent the quirky and vibrant personality Laura Lee is known for in her videos. I found this an odd and disappointing launch. 

Kat Von D Metal Crush Extreme Highlighter Palette £32.00
This is one of those products that I’d love to receive as a birthday gift, but I’d regret purchasing with my own money. Do you know what I mean? I want it, it looks beautiful and I adore Kat Von D but do I really need it? Would I use it? Do I have enough holographic highlighters to last me a lifetime? I know all the answers to these questions and yet this palette draws me in like a moth to a flame. I can’t help but swoon over it, knowing full well that it would sit on my dressing table never used, but looking pretty nonetheless.