Drugstore Beauty Haul

Seeing as there are several new products that have graced our drugstores recently, I thought I would go and check them out for myself. There are also a few other things I picked up, that I was either repurchasing or that I just wanted to try that aren’t new releases.

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The first thing that I couldn’t wait to buy, was the Max Factor Voluptuous False Lash Effect Mascara. The wand “wonder brush”, on this mascara really intrigued me as it is very different to any of the other mascaras that I own. I was slightly reluctant as thicker wands, like the Maybelline Lash Sensational create clumpy looking lashes, which I’m not a huge fan of, so I tend to stick to thinner wands, like Benefit Roller Lash. However, I was SO wrong! I have been using this mascara for a few days now and it does not make my eyelashes clumpy looking at all. It gives my lashes length and volume, as well as combing and separating them, which I absolutely love!

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Something else I was super excited to try out was the Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lip Colours, and seeing as they were on a 3 for 2 at Boots, I couldn’t not buy them. I am trying to venture out of my comfort zone of nudes and dark berry toned lipsticks, so I bought a variation of shades; Seduction, Devotion and Passion. I am yet to find a matte, liquid lip colour that ticks all of the boxes so I am really interested to see the formulation of these products and how well they last on the lips – I’ll keep you posted!

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left to right; seduction, devotion, passion.

The next thing I picked up was the Revlon Colorstay Liquid Eye Pen in the shade 01 Blackest Black. I bought one of these months ago, used it a few times and then completely forgot about it! So, as I was rearranging and sorting through my makeup collection, I came across this and forgot how much I loved it! The one I had in my drawer had dried out so I went out and bought another one. Actually, Superdrug had a buy one get one half price, so I bought two – oops. This is the perfect product for creating a cat-eye flick, it is so quick and easy to use! I am forever buying and trying different liquid eyeliners and this one is definitely in my top three, along with the L’Oreal Superliner and the Soap and Glory Supercat.

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I headed over to the Rimmel stand as I wanted to repurchase the Rimmel Wake Me Up foundation in the shade True Ivory. This product gives the skin a healthy, radiant glow. I always use this during Spring and Summer as I don’t like to use anything too heavy as we head into the warmer months. This also has a really hydrating formula which is great if you have any dry areas as it doesn’t cling to them! I would really recommend this if you’re looking for a lightweight foundation to create a glowing complexion.

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As Rimmel was on a 3 for 2, I thought I’d try the Radiance BB Cream. It is in orange packaging too, so I am assuming it’s part of the same collection as the Wake Me Up foundation. In the Summer, or just when I don’t really feel like wearing foundation, I like to use a BB cream to even out my skin tone and to give it just a little bit of coverage. Also, if I want to give my complexion a particular finish, then I tend to mix a foundation with a BB cream as they tend to be a bit more hydrating and radiant. I am really looking forward to trying this out!

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The last thing that I picked up was the Rimmel Match Perfection 2-in-1 Illuminating Concealer in the shade Classic Beige. This is a product that I have never really noticed before, but I have seen several Bloggers and Youtubers talk about it recently, so I thought I would give it a go! I really struggle finding a concealer that does the job properly, without breaking me out, so fingers crossed this is the one!

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I hope you enjoyed this post! Let me know if you have tried any of the products before and what you think of them, or if you know any products that you think I should try! Also, I hope everybody had a lovely Easter!

Links and prices below;

Max Factor Voluptuous False Lash Effect Mascara – £9.99

Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lip Colour – £8.99

Revlon Colorstay Liquid Eye Pen – £6.99

Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation – £8.99

Rimmel Radiance BB Cream – £6.99

Rimmel Match Perfection Illuminating Concealer – £5.99

February Favourites

As February is a shorter month, my favourites are going to be short and sweet!

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I have recently rediscovered an old favourite of mine, the L’Oreal Glam Bronze bronzer in the shade 00. This was one of the first bronzers I used and it never disappoints! I seem to have forgotten about this bronzer ever since I started using Hoola by Benefit. This bronzer is such a lovely shade and gives the perfect, natural glow. I also love that this bronzer is matte, making it a lot more subtle and natural in comparison to other bronzers and it doesn’t leave the skin looking muddy! This is definitely an oldie, but a goodie.

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The Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturiser is my next favourite. I received a Liz Earle gift set for Christmas and immediately fell in love! I have used up the samples and repurchased the full sized products. My favourite has to be the moisturiser; it is so rich and creamy and really hydrates my skin. This has become an absolute must for my skincare!

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A primer that I have been loving is the Flawless Brightening Primer by Barry M. Barry M is usually a brand that I associate with nail polish and have never really looked at their other products. But, I am so impressed with this primer! It really does brighten up my complexion and doesn’t leave my skin feeling too oily or greasy and keeps my makeup in place all day!

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I have also been loving the L’Oreal Lumi Magique Concealer in the shade Light. This is a concealer but also works well as a highlighter. I think this is really similar to the Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat, but with a bit more coverage. This is perfect for covering up dark circles and brightening up my eyes!

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This month, I have fallen completely in love with the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. I never used to be a fan of makeup sponges or beauty blenders for applying foundation as I preferred to really work and buff the foundation into my skin, but I have been really enjoying using this. It is better for more of a light coverage finish and leaves the skin looking so smooth and flawless. It is also incredible for blending in concealer too! This has definitely become a staple for my makeup routine.

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My final favourite is the new shampoo and conditioner from the Tresemmé Beauty-Full Volume range. I must admit, I was a bit reluctant in using these because you condition before you shampoo, BUT… it is amazing and it really does make a difference. My hair is so much bouncier and shinier and I am obsessed with it!

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I hope you enjoyed this month’s favourites, let me know what you’ve been loving!

Links and prices below;

L’Oreal Glam Bronze Bronzer 00 £8.99

Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturiser £20.25

Barry M Flawless Brightening Primer £5.99

L’Oreal Lumi Magique Concealer £8.49

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge £5.99

Tresemmé Beauty-Full Volume Shampoo £4.99

Tresemmé Beauty-Full Volume Reverse System Pre-Wash Conditioner £4.99

 

Boots/Superdrug Haul

I didn’t actually intend on buying THAT much to end up with me doing a haul post. My aim was to buy one or two drugstore foundations because I feel like I have so many high-end foundations and not enough drugstore. I also feel like I get stuck in a bit of a rut in terms of foundation, so I wanted to experiment and venture out of my comfort zone a little bit. I ended up buying four, yes, four foundations… amongst other things.

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First of all, I went into Superdrug as I was after the new Bourjois City Radiance foundation. However, Bourjois had a buy one, get one half price, so of course I HAD to buy something else. Because I was purposely after new foundations, I picked up the Air Mat foundation as well. I have heard such great things about Bourjois foundations and I have been trying these out over the last few days and I am really enjoying using them so far.

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Also from Superdrug, I picked up the Makeup Revolution Ultra Contour Palette. I wasn’t necessarily looking for one of these, but it looks such good quality and I hadn’t got anything else like it in my makeup collection so I thought I’d give it a try. Makeup Revolution is such an affordable brand and this palette cost just £8! MUR is also supposed to be really good in terms of dupes and cheaper alternatives for more expensive products. I am really impressed with the packaging of this product and from doing several swatches, the powders seem really pigmented!

Now, onto Boots. I wasn’t planning on buying any more foundations, BUT, Rimmel had a 2 for £10 and I couldn’t resist. I knew the formulas of these foundations had been improved and I have heard amazing things from both of these products so naturally, I wanted to try them out. The foundations I picked up were the Lasting Finish and the Match Perfection. The Lasting Finish has a much higher coverage and the Match Perfection’s coverage is a lot lighter, so I thought it would be good to get both as they are completely different formulas. Both of these foundations have SPF 20 (bonus!), and I got them both in the shade 100 Ivory.

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The next thing was a repurchase. This is the L’Oreal Lumi Magique Concealer in the shade Light. This is so similar to the Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat, however the L’Oreal version has slightly more coverage, but also works lovely as highlighter. If you don’t want to splash out on the YSL version, I would definitely recommend this as a cheaper alternative! I tend to use this to brighten up my under eyes and to highlight the tops of my cheeks.

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Something else I didn’t need, nor was I looking for, but I came across the Seventeen Define and Conquer Contour Kit. Seventeen isn’t really a brand that I have thought of or paid too much attention to before, but as I was looking at the stand, they seem to have some really lovely products that are so affordable! This product caught my eye in particular as the packaging looked luxurious and the compact appeared very NARS-like as did the inside of it. It has a big mirror and the powders look really good quality and seem to be quite finely milled so they wont appear too heavy when applied to the skin. I also like the fact that the highlighter is matte as opposed to shimmer, which I do prefer. I got this in the lighter shade.

I have never really been a massive fan of lip gloss. I just find that so many of them are sticky and uncomfortable. However, my friend recommended these two to try. The darker shade (401 Amen) is matte and the lighter shade (103 Protest Queen) gives a creamy, satin finish. Both of these products are so comfortable on the lips and the lighter shade looks great alone or on top of nude lipsticks!

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On to hair products. I have seen these products all over YouTube and other blogs and I was dying to try it out! This is the new Tresemmé Beauty-Full range. The thing that intrigued me about this, is that you condition before you shampoo. The idea of this is that it keeps all of the volume in your hair and doesn’t weigh it down; step 1 is the Pre-Wash Conditioner and step 2 is Shampoo. I am so excited to start using this and it was buy one, get one free!

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That is everything from my Boots/Superdrug Haul. Let me know if you have tried any of these products or if you can recommend anything you think I would like!

Links and prices below;

Bourjois City Radiance Foundation £9.99

Bourjois Air Mat Foundation £9.99

Makeup Revolution Ultra Contour Palette £8

Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation £7.99

Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation £7.99

L’Oreal Lumi Magique Concealer £8.49

Seventeen Define and Conquer Contour Kit £5.99

L’Oreal Lipgloss’ £6.99

Tresemme Beauty Full Pre-Conditioner £4.99

Tresemme Beauty Full Shampoo £4.99

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Everyday Makeup Routine

Today, I am going to be talking you through the makeup look that I have been loving throughout the months of Winter.

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Firstly, I use the L’Oreal Mattifying Primer. I find it so hard to find a primer that actually does the job properly, but this definitely does! This primer really helps to keep my makeup in place all day and helps control oil and shine.

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The foundations that I have been loving are NARS Sheer Glow in the shade Fiji, and Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua in B20. Both of these foundations give the complexion a very fresh, glowy finish which I think is really important at this time of year as it so easy for skin to look dry. NARS Sheer Glow has a bit of a higher coverage than the Vitalumiere Aqua, so the foundation that I use depends on my plans for that day. To apply my foundation, I use the Zoeva 104 Buffer brush. This brush is flat and applies and blends foundation perfectly, buffing it in until there are no lines or creases. For today, I am going to be using the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua.

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Next, I use my much loved Collection Lasting Perfection concealer in the shade Fair 1 under my eyes to cover up any dark circles and to make me look slightly more awake. I use the same concealer in a slightly darker shade, Medium 3 to cover any redness and blemishes that I may have. I use my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge to blend in my concealer, I find that this just blends my concealer in that bit better than a brush and gives it a nicer finish.

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Next, I use the MAC Studio Fix Powder to set my concealer under my eyes and on my t-zone. To apply this, I use the Real Techniques Bold Metals Brush 100. I absolutely love this powder, it keeps my makeup in place all day and really helps to control oil and shine. I also really love this brush, it is so soft and is perfect for applying powder.

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To contour, I use the Clinique Contour Chubby Stick. I apply this to the hollows of my cheeks, either side of my nose and along my hairline. I then blend it in with a beauty blender and this just gives a bit more depth and definition to my face. I then use Benefit’s Hoola Bronzer. I go over all of the places that I have contoured to help set it and to add even more definition to my cheekbones. I do this with me Zoeva Luxe Sheer Cheek brush.

I then use my Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat in the shade 01 to highlight my face. I apply this to the tops of my cheeks, down the centre of nose and on the middle of my forehead. I also blend this in using a beauty blender, and this just makes my skin look a bit more awake and glowy, without it looking oily and shiny.

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For my eyebrows, I use my Soap and Glory Archery Pencil in the shade Brown & Out. This is great for creating hair-like strokes and makes eyebrows look a lot more natural. I then use the Maybelline Brow Drama in the shade medium brown to help set and keep my eyebrows in place.

Nine times out of ten, I will be wearing gold eye shadow. I usually use Urban Decay’s Half Baked, but I have also made a fairly new discovery and this is Mac’s eye shadow in Amber Lights. I have SO many gold eye shadow shades but I just could not resist this one! It is quite a dark, rusty golden shade with hints of shimmer running through it, but nothing too heavy. There is no fall out and it blends really well, I apply this using my Zoeva 234 Luxe Smoky Shader brush as it makes it really easy to pack the eye shadow on. This looks lovely on it’s own, but I usually pair it with Smog from the original NAKED palette. I apply this into the crease using my Zoeva 231 Luxe Petite Crease brush and this just adds a bit more definition to the eyes. I then take the Zoeva 228 Luxe Crease brush to blend it altogether to get rid of any harsh lines.

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Now, this next bit usually depends on how late I am running in the morning! This is the cat-eye flick. I love a good cat-eye, and to do this, I use the L’Oreal Superliner Perfect Slim. I start from the inner corner of my eyes and work my way outwards and flick my eyeliner the opposite way to draw on my flick and join it up with the rest of my eyeliner. I love this eyeliner because it is super thin and is great for precision!

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One of the (many) mascaras that I have been using recently, is the Yves Saint Laurent Babydoll mascara. I absolutely adore this product! It is a thin, plastic brush which makes it perfect for grabbing every lash and really gives you that false lash effect. Plus, the packaging is beautiful!

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Now, for lips. This is the one thing that changes on a daily basis, it just depends on my mood that day. The lipsticks that I have been reaching for the most recently, is Persistence by Mac and Glastonberry by Charlotte Tilbury.

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And those are all of the products that I use pretty much every day! I hope you enjoyed this post, and let me know what products you use every day!

Links and prices below;

L’Oreal Infallible Mattifying Primer £7.99

NARS Sheer Glow £31

Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua £33

Zoeva 104 Buffer Brush €16.80

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer £4.19

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge £5.99

MAC Studio Fix Powder £22

Real Techniques 100 Bold Metals Brush £25, now £20

Clinique Contour Chubby Stick £19

Benefit Hoola Bronzer £23.50

Zoeva 127 Luxe Sheer Cheek €14.80

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat £25

Soap and Glory Archery £10

MAC Amber Lights Eyeshadow £13

Zoeva 224 Luxe Smoky Shader €8.80

Urban Decay NAKED Palette £38.50

Zoeva 231 Luxe Petite Crease €8.80

Zoeva 228 Luxe Crease €8.80

L’Oreal Superliner Perfect Slim £6.99

Yves Saint Laurent Babydoll Mascara £25

Mac Persistence £15.50

Charlotte Tilbury Glastonberry £23