In honour of my most popular blog post of all time, I thought I’d start 2018 off with a big ol’ TAM Beauty haul.
The TAM Beauty site had a big sale over Christmas (at time of writing it’s still going on), so on Boxing Day I treated myself to a pretty large order. Incidentally, the very next day they came out with a dupe for the ABH Subculture Palette, so I ended up placing a second, smaller order anyway…
I placed my orders on the 26th & 27th December 2017, received the shipping notifications on 3rd January, and received both orders on the 5th. Shipping is £2.95 at TAM Beauty, or free on orders over £30, and both come with tracking. Everything is always well packed in lots of bubble wrap, and all my products have always come in perfect condition. All their products are also cruelty free!
I’ll be listing the RRP of each product as well as what I paid – some were on sale while others I paid full price – and linking to each on the website as well, in case you want to go grab your own. Some of these products are also available in-store and online at Superdrug (though not the entire range).
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This is probably my favourite part of the haul, so it seems like a good place to start, right?
One of the ranges that caught my eye last year was their ‘My Sign’ range – I think basing a line around astrology is a really neat theme that I haven’t seen any other brands do! Concidentally I didn’t actually pick the items for MY star sign (I’m a Scorpio), I just picked the ones I like the look of…
I picked up the My Sign Eyeshadow Palette in Fire (£6) – obviously when making a decision, gotta go with the warm tones… There looks to be a good mix of matte and shimmer shadows, and I love the mix of blush tones, purples and coppers – as well as a variety of those very handy transition shades. This line actually reminds me a lot of the NYX Element Palettes – while they look stunning, I haven’t tried them, because £30 for a drugstore eyeshadow palette is a bit of a piss take if you ask me…
Also from the same range I picked out the My Sign Complete Eye Base in Taurus (£5, paid £3.25). These are a really clever little concept in my opinion – you get a highlighter, two brow powders, an eye base and three complementary eyeshadows all wrapped up in a neat little package. This seems like the perfect product for someone who doesn’t want or need a lot of makeup – you could do most of your face with this – or to save space when travelling. I’m hoping it’s good, because there are lots of other lovely colour combos too!
Lastly – and probably most excitingly – I purchased the brand new Re-Loaded Palette in Iconic Division (£4). This is clearly meant to be a dupe for the Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette (with a few extra handy shades thrown in) – this same line also has a dupe for the Modern Renaissance, as well as the Urban Decay Naked Heat and I think the last one is meant to be the Huda Beauty Desert Dusk. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the formula is good – some of those matte shades are so unique and I can see myself using the crap out of them!
I’ve not tried the single pan shadows from Freedom before – but I fancied giving them a go, so I picked out the Freedom Makeup London HD Eye Foils in Burnt (top) and Metallic 2 (bottom) (both £5 – paid £3.25). You get 5 shadows for this price – around the same size as a Makeup Geek shadow – which is a great deal in my opinion! There looks to be some loose shadow inside the boxes but as far as I can see, the shadows are all intact, so I just assume this happened during the packing process. I’m looking forward to giving these a go – they look super shimmery!
Lastly for eyeshadow I got one product from two more lines I’d never tried – firstly the Freedom Makeup London #ProArtist HD Pro Refills Pro Eyeshadow Colour in 09 (£2, paid £1.30). Considering the amount of times that title repeated the word ‘pro’, I’m expecting this to be the most pigmented, blendable deep red I’ve ever tried in my life…
Makeup Obsession is a line with a different kind of custom palette idea – the eyeshadows, blushes, face powders, highlighters, contours, lip products etc all come in an individual case but can be popped out of the outer casing and into their own palettes. They still keep the plastic square packaging when in a palette, and you can pop it back into the original casing at any time. I’m not sure how I feel about this range – it’s definitely unique from other systems on the market, but I’m pretty attached to the freedom and space-saving ability that single pans and magnetic palettes give me – but I thought I’d give a shadow a go anyway, and picked up the Obsession Blush in Honey (£3, paid £0.90). As you might be able to tell, this has caused me some confusion – it’s so orange that I totally forgot it was a blush and photographed it with the eyeshadow section. I must say this looks completely different to the photo on the website, which made it look like a beautiful deep neutral beige – but I’ll give it the benefit of the doubt and try it anyway!
I really rate the skincare I’ve tried from this group of brands, but I’m kind of at saturation point with a lot of my skincare (read: cleansers) right now, so I just ordered the Freedom Makeup London ProStudio Moisture Cream (£7, paid £4.55). Moisturiser is something I don’t end up purchasing a lot of, and as a result I’m often out of it, so this will be a handy addition to the backup drawer. The ingredients include plant-derived Squalene (which is super hyped in skincare right now) and Shea Butter, which was enough to convince me to try it.
I’ve had my eye on this one for a while, so when I saw it reduced, I snagged it! The Freedom Makeup London Peach & Baked Blush Palette (£6, paid £3.90) has six regular blushes in a variety of mattes and shimmers, as well as both a baked blush and a baked highlighter. I’m really digging the variety of shades and tones in this palette – hopefully it won’t get relegated to the face palette drawer and forgotten about (I always forget to go in there!)
I’d also had my eye on these ombre blushes and the sale seemed like a good time to get them – the Makeup Revolution Gradient Highlighter in Peach Mood Lights (top) and Sunlight Mood Lights (bottom) (both £4, paid £1.20). The peach one is actually pink – bit weird, but at least these do look like the photos on the website. I’m interested to see how practical these are, as I’ve never tried an ombre blush before!
Lastly we’ve arrived at lip products – I’m not a huge lipstick girl, but even I find it tough to place an order on TAM Beauty without including any lip products!
I bought the Lip Ultra Nude 2017 Set #LipTrends (£6, paid £4) and was under the impression that they were three nude lipglosses – here’s me blaming the Boxing Day prosecco, but having checked the website, it actually does say in several places on the page that these are all lipglosses. However – the back of the box reads, “This exclusive set contains 1 intense liquid lipstick, 1 nude lip cream and a high shine nude lipgloss.” Dafuq?! If I’d read that on the website I wouldn’t have bought these, as I’m not a fan of liquid lipsticks. Having read the website reviews, the product page, and the box – all which give conflicting information – I’m still not sure what these actually are, so I guess I’ll just have to try them and find out!
I fancied trying their Lip Lava formula so I got three – one is the I Heart Makeup Lip Lava Molten Chocolate in Salted Caramel (£3, paid £0.90), which I expected to be a nude brown, but it’s actually a light coral colour, lol. It does smell a little of chocolate though. The other two were from the regular Lip Lava line – in Unleash and Tremor (£2.99, paid £0.90). One thing I have noticed about these is that they don’t have the shade name on the tubes – that’s a bit irritating, so I will probably label mine!
I was also sent two freebies – I always see people getting free stuff with their orders, but I never have before! – which turned out to be Makeup Revolution Lip Pencils in Integrity and Opulence. I think these shades are either from their lip kit range, or brand new products – as there aren’t currently any listings for single MUR lip pencils on the site. While writing this, I’ve just swatched them on my hand out of curiosity – they’re super creamy and soft, and the lids fit on really snugly and securely with a nice ‘pop’!
Overall, I’m pretty pleased with this haul! I’m looking forward to using the eyeshadow palettes especially and I’ve already got my eye on a few things for my next order..!