If you read my last post, you’ll know that I’ve been having a pretty shit year. My love of makeup went on the back burner this year, so when I decided to give myself a little pick me up, I realised I was so out of touch with what was happening with UK drugstore brands. I wandered around Boots and Superdrug and packed up my little basket full to the brim of goodies to try out and blog about. So, without further ado, keep scrolling to find out what I treated myself to!
Firstly, I picked up two of the Kiss Gel Fantasy press on nails, one white stiletto style with glitter, and the other a gorgeous burgundy “squoval” nail with gold glitter. I’m so bad at growing my nails, so I always buy press ons when I want to feel a little extra glam. On the end of the aisle in my Superdrug they had rows and rows of these own brand makeup blenders, at only £1! So obviously I had to get those too. My Superdrug has also recently got the Zoella range in store, so I’ve finally been able to get a whiff of her Body Mists. I loved a few of them, and then found this little trio at just £14. The trio contains miniatures of her original Blissful Mistful, the Lets Spritz, and the newer Sweet Inspirations.
I’ve had one of these Freedom Pro Contour Sticks before, and stupid me left the lid off of it and it dried out. I love the versatility of this, I’m a bit of a novice with cream products but this eases you in nicely.
Next up, eyeliners. My little sister is inexplicably good at eyeliner, and swears by using a “proper” liquid liner, so I thought I’d try the Collection Fast Stroke Eyeliner. To be honest, I’ve pretty much only ever used felt tip eyeliners, so I’m a bit intimidated by this little thing. I am excited to see if it’s any easier though. Then I saw the Rimmel Wonderwing. I’d seen adverts about this supposedly making it easier to do cat eye wings, so obviously I needed it – I’m not one to pass up help in that department. Topping it all off is the L’Oreal Le Kohl in Midnight Black. Nothing exciting here. Just a pencil eyeliner.
I’ve been seeing a lot of bloggers and gurus rave about stick foundations, so I was happy to see a drugstore alternative to some higher end brands. I grabbed Revlon’s Photoready Insta-fix in Vanilla, and I’m excited to give it a go. My skin is a bit dry at the moment, so I might have to wait until that calms down! Back in Rimmel’s camp, they’ve brought out some matte liquid lipstick in their Stay Matte range! Yay! I picked up three shades; Pitch Black, Blue Iris and Mocha. I’m so excited to see a black, matte liquid lip in the drugstore, and I have very high hopes for these!
I would just like to take this opportunity to say that I think Superdrug are killing it with their brand selection, I find it so much more fun than Boots!
My local store has recently gotten Tanya Burr cosmetics, and I’ve seen great reviews of her Birthday Suit palette. The shades are beautiful, and very wearable. I also picked up an old faithful, Rimmel’s Stay Matte Translucent Powder. L’Oreals Matte Lip Paint in Nude on Fleek (come on, L’Oreal?!) is another newbie to the drugstore. This is a gorgeous colour, but there’s a bit of a funny smell to it. Still, it looks creamy so I’m interested to see how it performs.
Next up are two foundation mixers – Lumi Drops by Gosh in the shade Vanilla is a beautiful illuminator with a slight golden tint. Possibly my favourite item in this whole haul is the MUA Custom Colour Foundation Mixer in Lightening Warm. It’s a drugstore version of the oh so expensive high end white foundations, and I’ve tested it out a bit already, So far, so good! The Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless is another product I’ve seen people rave about, and I do love me a matte foundation. This one will have to wait a while due to my poor dry nose!
One of the things I was most excited to pick up was the #ProArtist Freedom Naked Lipstick Palette. It has 24 nude shades, 8 of them matte and the rest sheer. I love these types of palettes, especially for travelling, so hopefully I will get loads of use out of this.
Do I really need to comment on the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer? Hands down the best drugstore concealer. End of. MUA have recently brought out a range of smaller palettes, and I got the matte one (am I predictable yet?).They’re mostly neutral shades, but two have a dusky purple colour tint to them, which I’m very in to at the moment. I’m looking forwards to seeing how these hold up against other MUA palettes I have.
Well done if you’ve stuck it out until here, I’m aware that this has been a lengthy one! Last two products, I promise.
The new Max Factor Healthy Skin Harmony Foundation was an afterthought for me. Superdrug had 3 for 2 on, but I am glad I picked it up. It’s marketed as being “better for your skin than no foundation”, which is an interesting concept to me. I’ve never met a Max Factor foundation that i didn’t like, and I’m sure this will be no different.
Lastly, but by no means least, Makeup Revolution’s Luxury Banana Powder. Now, I’m going to be honest. I have no idea what this does. No idea where it goes. Or how I’m supposed to put it on. But, I don’t have one and so thought it best to get one. I think it goes under the eyes? Who knows.
And so that’s that! Possibly the biggest haul I’ve ever done on this blog, and probably my longest post to date. Seriously, if you stuck it out right down to this bit, you deserve a freaking medal. Gold star for you.
Have you been shopping recently? Or tried any of the products mentioned? Let me know!