Monday, 1 October 2012

Massive MUA Haul

After telling my work collegues that I would not spend anymore money on makeup for the month, I crumbled.  I crumbled hard...

Oh dear! Looking at it here still makes me frightened! Luckily these products turned out to be cheap as chips. MUA Makeup Academy is a brand from the UK that pride themselves on creating effective, good quality cosmetics at very affordable prices. They have recently extended there range with some professional palettes and other bits and bobs, but nothing excedes the price of 4 pounds! So you can see, I really HAD to purchase some things to test them out. I NEEDED too... see how I try and justify it?

12 Shade Undressed Palette £4

12 Shade Poptastic Palette £4

These palettes were dangerous for me because I wanted all of them. I finally settled of these two. Reason being, one is nutral and great for everyday, but I still get my extreme colour fix with the other one. Let the experiments begin! I'm loving the bright pink colour in the Poptastic palette. It's mental!

Because I purchased two palettes, I was eligible to get this one below for free. Yes please! Thanks MUA!

 24 Shade Immaculate Collection Palette

As you can see from my swatches, the pigment of the eyeshadows is quite incredible. When I saw the price, I thought that if I only got one great colour from the palettes it would still be a bargain. Turns out that I am quite impressed so far. There is also a good mixture of matte and shimmery colours in ALL of the palettes, which is lovely and they are all very easily blended and workable. 

Swatches from the Poptastic Palette

I also purchased this separate eyeshadow below beacause the colour looked really pretty. It has a beautiful texture and is really buildable especially when I use it over my MAC paint pots. It also looks fantastic over my Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Pomegranate Punk. The colour just pops like crazy! 

 Pearl Eyeshadow Shade 25 £1

Onto some important eyebrow products now. Firstly, I got an eyebrow pencil (not pictured) from the brand because the latest one that I bought from Rimmel London was ridiculously light for me. I'm not a huge fan of eyebrow pencils and like to use the powders much more, but I couldn't really go wrong when it was £1! It has a neat little comb on the end too, which is handy for travel I guess. I also got a brow kit from MUA. It has two brow colours, a brow-bone highlight colour, a setting gel, tweezers and a double-sided angled brush. I'm very impressed with this kit, although I use a different brush with it that holds the powder a little better than the one provided. Also, very sad about this because this one is so SO cheap and I recently just bought a similar one from Benefit which turned out to be incredibly expensive. Not cool!

Brow Kit £3

For my cheeks I purchased this mosaic blusher. It's pretty but it is very light. I think this will look much nicer on tanned skin for the summer.

Mosaic Blusher English Rose £2.50

And last but not least, some lip products. I got this really cute lip balm which has loads of product in it and a lovely pink tint. It feels nice on the lips and looks super cool, like one of those Valentine's Day sweets. It's hard to lose in my handbag because it's so big too! 

Love Heart Lip Balm-Hot Lips £2

And I could not help myself, so I bought more lippys! For £1 each, you can't really say no (justified haha). I bought a pink and red one. They feel moisturising on your lips and are so pigmented it seems like a joke that they are so cheap.

Lipstick Shade 6 (left) & Shade 13 £1

I'm so impressed with this brand and frankly, I'm glad I broke my spending ban promise. These products are wicked and to all you readers from overseas, just know how lucky you are to have such easy access to cheap cosmetics because in Australia it's not so. 

Hope you enjoyed reading about my cheap little finds. I will be sure to use some of these products in my upcoming video tutorials.


Have any of you guys found any cheap products that turn out to be amazing? Let me know, comment below!


  1. Its holly! i didnt know you blogged!

    So many palettes of colours! So glad I found your blog ill be following more closely for makeup tips!! Xx

  2. i did an MUA haul post recently too! their love heart lip balms are really good, as are the eyeshadows! didn't care for their beauty balm foundation though

    from helen at // @thelovecatsinc

    ps. enter my new giveaway to win a dixi arrow bracelet. it's worldwide :)

    1. i was contemplating about getting the BB cream, but if it's no good I won' bother! Thanks for the heads up!

  3. I bought my first MUA goodies the other month and I absolutely love them! Reading this post just makes me want to buy more haha :)) The undressed palette is one of mt faves, as well as Shade 15 lipstick (I can't remember the exact name) The eyebrow palette and blusher look AMAZING! I'm definitely going to invest. Really good review :))

    Found your blog on the Beauty Bloggers Club blog hop and I've followed! :)) love it!

    Terri xo -

    1. I love MUA now, converted for life! thanks so much for the follow, will check your blog out too x

  4. I have nominated you for Liebster Award check out my post for the rules/questions :)

  5. OMG how I wish they sold MUA cosmetics here in the US these Palettes look so pretty and the lip balm is awesome thanks so much for sharing this :)

    Found you blog at the blog hop, really cool blog keep up the good work :)

    1. thanks so much leslie! will check yours out also :)

  6. Oh wow, ive never tried MUA but the shadows look sooo pigmented! And that lip balm is so cute!! Ill definitely have to have a little look at my local MUA stand now!


  7. hi there! I saw your blog on Beauty Blogger Club, and I'm now following you via GFC... :) I hope you would also join my blog link exchange....

    hugs and kisses:)

    1. thanks for following! I will check your blog out now x

  8. lovely palettes! would you like to follow each other in gfc? let me know!

  9. Stay away from the lip boom it's awful :(
    I’m also running a giveaway so would love if you could enter!