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Products I Want But Don’t Need Therefore Won’t Buy! ft. Joyce

It’s no unknown fact that the beauty industry is flourishing right now. Great for us as shoppers because there’s choice (although perhaps too much choice); horrible for businesses as competition gets more fierce unless you’re Jeffree Starr.

Today, we’re going to be doing something a little bit different. I’ve been blogging on and off for about 5 years now and I have never done a collaboration post. Well, things are about to change soon.

Me and my good blogger friend Joyce @localgirlforeignland started talking and the idea of a collaboration post came up! You can follow Joyce here and here.

I’ve never actually posted an anti-haul before on the blog so that’s what we’ll be doing today. Feel free to leave in the comments what products would be in your anti-haul! ⬇️⬇️⬇️

Please note that I do not own any of the images. Each image belongs to its brand respectively.

Suqqu Pure Color Blush – retailing at £34

I can’t quite remember when I first heard about this brand – I think quite possibly via makeup artist Lisa Eldridge’s YouTube channel. One of the quirks I absolutely adore is the Japanese names of each shade. That is just so authentic to me! I find the colour choices quite refreshing too – they’re not the typical pinks and peaches that you would find in a blush. I’ve got more than enough blush though, to last me this decade which is why I’m giving this the skip sadly!

Dior Backstage Face & Body Foundation – retailing at £29.50

Here’s the thing: at some point last year, I became a bit of a foundation fiend and started really focusing on my base and getting it right to the point that I was collecting foundation samples from makeup counters. I still have some samples unfinished and unused whilst all at the same time, have bottles of foundations which could do with some more loving. This is probably one of the more affordable options at DIOR but I’m going to give this a pass since I’m pretty content with my foundation collection at the moment and have firm go-tos that I’m not looking to change any time soon.

SK II Facial Treatment Essence – retailing at £74

Every year this is in my saved lists but never actually in my online shopping basket. I just can’t justify spending £75 on a single skincare product! If I hate it (which is highly unlikely but hypothetically speaking), it’s a waste of money. If I love it, then to hell with my bank account. I don’t know if it’s a dupe or not, but I’ve been content with using my Missha Time Revolution Essence. To be honest, I just want to check out what’s so special on the pitera ingredient more than anything.

Tatcha Water Cream – retailing at £90*

*price is rounded up to the nearest £ after currency conversion

There was a time when Tatcha was on the radar for a lot of beauty influencers. Much like SK II, I just can’t justify spending so much money on one single product. I have to admit though that the ingredients list for this moisturiser sounds top-notch which just as well considering the price. Still, that doesn’t quite persuade me enough to buy the product in full because £90 is rather steep for me. Not having this product readily available to me makes the decision 100 times easier!

Surratt Artistique Blush – retailing at £30

I first heard about this blush through Stashy’s now-retired blog. Since then, this blush has been on my imaginary to-watch list. Realistically though, I’m in no sheer need of purchasing it (but then again, when is there a need to purchase makeup when you have a daily collection?!). I haven’t swatched the formula so I have nothing to hold onto but looks-wise? Surratt Artistique Blush looks attractive for sure. It’s sleek and definitely something you can chuck in your bag on the go. I fear I might only want it for its looks though which is why I’m giving it the pass.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Ghost – retailing at £75

Ah….Hourglass! They’ve recently made Becca available in my local John Lewis and in some ways, I am waiting for them to make Hourglass readily available for me too. The packaging and pan designs look stunning for a start. I just don’t know if I can make full-use of the whole palette – probably not. For example, I adore my Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette but I seldom use the eyeshadows. I have also wondered…if not for the marble effect, would I even be as interested? Yes, I am admitting that I probably just want this as decoration on my dresser.

CHANEL Soleil Tan De Chanel Bronzing Makeup Base – retailing at £40

I never used to be into bronzing. If you couldn’t already tell from this post, I am a blush fiend all the way! However, since owning a Charlotte Tilbury full-face palette, I think I have been converted. Unlike much of the other products in this list, I have actually had this product swatched on my face at a Chanel counter. There is just something really satisfying about this texture as opposed to that of a powder. The product is huge though which cost-wise is great but I’m already finding it so hard to finish a lot of products in my collection – let’s not make things more difficult shall we?

Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base – retailing at £44.50

I adore Bobbi Brown packaging like no other. It is just so classy and has Bobbi Brown written all over it without being kitsch or tacky. This product has been on my to-try/to-buy for years but I’ve never gotten round to it probably because I just don’t need it. I view it more as a classic product that’s encouraged to be in people’s kits but eh, I’m happy with my moisturiser and primer choices these days. Also, I have combination/oily skin so you can say that all bases are a risk to take up if not water-based. I’m sure it’s a good product but just one I no longer see myself buying.

FYI – you can read Joyce’s anti-haul post here.


By the time you read this post, I will be at my best friend’s wedding playing bridesmaid! (Yes, she’s getting married on Halloween. No, it’s not halloween-themed.) If you do respond to this post, I’ll get back to you in a couple of days’ time.

Thank you so much to Joyce for collaborating with me! It’s been super fun talking to you and I look forward to another future collaboration.

Do you want to collaborate? Hit me up on my socials and let me know!

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8 Comments

  1. Everything is so expensive in the UK, I can understand why you hold off on these things. I can’t believe the Tatcha Water cream is 90 pounds. Translated today, that would be $116 USD, when it only retails in the US for $68 USD. That’s basically double the price!

    Stashy also turned me on to the Surratt blushes (I actually bought my first one with her when I visited Toronto)! Definitely one of my top 3 blushes in my collection, the powder is just so silky smooth and finely milled. I have to say though, it’s not travel friendly unless you tie a hair tie or something tightly around it (I travel with it and I have to do this). The lid slides right off super easily, it would definitely slide off in a makeup bag..

    • That’s good to know about the Surratt blush! It’s also one of those things that if you accidentally drop it, you could potentially be dropping money and end up breaking the damn thing too.

      You’re right about everything being expensive in the UK. I’ve been shopping with my eyes lately and I swear a couple of makeup items have raised price…

  2. Hey, Hoiyin~~~Thank you so much for the collab too!!! 😀 *LOL* It is hilarious that we both somehow mentioned Stash wahahaha Yes, we absolutely should do more collab. It will give us motivation to continue blogging 😉

    Okay, maybe this won’t help you, but SKII essence pitera is kind of like a drug for your face. You get result from within the first week of use. Once you stop, that’s when the bad rebound happens. It is very easy to get “addicted” to it. After using it for a while, the skin gets thinner and some sensitivity may develop. Anyways, this stuff stinks. The smell is really unpleasant. Stay strong and don’t buy.

    Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit is a total collection piece~~~ wahahaha I have the same problem~~ keeping makeup for “happiness but not for use” too wahahahha

    • Hahaha the way you described the SKII essence made me think of ramen noodles and the MSG seasoning packet you get with it. Random I know – don’t ask. But that is good to know and makes me not want to buy the product so much.

      There are just some things we like to put on our beauty table to prettify things right?

      Thanks again for the collab, was interesting to see our lists! Good to know that I’m not the only blush fiend around.

  3. AH! There really is never a need to buy new makeup when you have so much but, both of these blushes on your list are SO gorgeous. The Chanel bronzer sounds really nice, too!

    • I really do love blush a lot! It’s what got me into makeup actually. But I already have some blush palettes single blush colours collecting dust so I’ll save myself the hassle.

      Thanks for reading!

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