Whilst I’ve been away from my blog, I’ve been hitting the shops. Retail therapy is the best, right?
I love seeing other peoples’ beauty hauls, so I’m really excited to be doing one myself!
All prices accurate at the time of posting
In Boots, I’d found the Rimmel Only 1 Matte Lipstick in “Trendsetter” (£6.99|$9.37) but the formula was too dry, so I was on the hunt for something similar but creamy.
I ended up in MAC because their lipstick range is massive and popular for all the right reasons. I left with “Cherish” (£16.50|$22.12) which is a satin finish and a 99% shade match to the Rimmel lipstick.
Back to Boots on my hunt for the perfect beige-toned nude lipstick, I also picked up the NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream (£6|$8.04) in the shade “Abu Dhabi”
…and L’Oreal’s Matte Lip Paint in “Babe-In” (£6.99|$9.37). Very similar colours, but there’s always something different, isn’t there?
I’m constantly drawn to nude and mauve lip products! Whilst I was at the NYX counter getting the above, I also picked up the Liquid Suede cream lipstick in the shade “Soft-Spoken” (£7|$9.38). I heard this is less drying than the Lip Lingerie range.
I spotted the Rimmel Lasting Finish lip liners (£2.99|$4.01), so grabbed “Spice” which works so well with all my nude lipsticks, ha! It’s also fantastic on it’s own.
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I went into Kiko one day and found the Smart Fusion Lipstick in “433” (£3.90|$5.23) – this is a weird one. I haven’t figured it out yet… It’s super creamy and hydrating though.
I somehow also ended up in Primark, and I left with a lip liner pencil I don’t think you can sharpen. It was only £1 ($1.34) though.
Having tanned over summer, I needed a slightly darker foundation. I’d seen the Rimmel Wake Me Up range floating around the internet, so decided to give that a go. I originally picked the foundation up in “Classic Beige” (£8.99|$12.04) but it was pink as hell, so I went back for “True Ivory” (doesn’t sound like a tan colour at all…) which was a better match, but still too pink for me. Moral of the story: I suck at colour matching my own foundation.
To go with the foundation, I also got the Wake Me Up concealer in “Ivory” (£6.49|$8.70) – the lightest shade, great for brightening & highlighting.
Because one concealer isn’t enough and I clearly have a problem, I also got the Bourjois Healthy Mix Concealer in “Light” (£8.99|$12.04).
I had a lot of Boots points to spend, so I decided to try out a travel size Benefit Porefessional primer (£10.50|$14.07). I doubt I would have got this if I couldn’t pay with my points; I think it’s a steep price for 7.5ml. The full size version is £26 ($34.83) – I honestly doubt I’ll ever go for the full size unless it works miracles.
And because, as previously mentioned, I have a problem.. I also got the NYX Pore Filler primer (£11|$14.74). I want to see how this compares to the Porefessional, considering the price difference.
Finally got my hands on the L’Oreal Lash Paradise mascara! (£11.99|$16.08). Although it’s called “Lash Paradise Extatic” here, which confused me at first. It was discounted at Boots when I got it, but I don’t remember how much I paid..
My last Maybelline Master Precise Liquid Eyeliner dried up because I hadn’t used it since Jan/Feb, so I got a new one (£5.99|$8.03).
I’m in need of many eye brushes, so I got 2 fluffy blending ones to start me off – one from Kiko (£10.90|$14.60) and one from NYX (£9|$12.06). The Kiko one was on sale for around £7 ($9.38). When actually applying eyeshadow, the Kiko one is quite prickly. I’m keen to try more NYX brushes!
Brown eyeshadow makes me happy and the only brown I owned was in a palette I didn’t want to travel with, so I picked up the single Smart Colour shadow from Kiko (£2.50|$3.35) in “Matte Cocoa”. Nicely pigmented, blendable and easy to wear – I love it.
I was browsing NYX eyeshadows and spotted the singles (£2.50|$3.35). I left with the last one in “Flustered” ..just couldn’t let anyone else have it.
Skin & Hair Care
Okay, we’ve reached the final category. I’m sorry to everyone and my bank account that I have no self control when it comes to buying beauty products.
The 2 in 1 Neutrogena mask/face wash retails for £3.79 in the UK($5.08) but when I was in France, they were on sale for around 2€ (£1.75|$2.35) so I bought one. Cheapest face mask of my life.
I’m a sucker for The Body Shop. I picked up the Drops of Youth Liquid Peel initially (£18|$24.12), because it’s supposed to help fight the negative effects of pollution on the skin.
…And then I ended up getting the new Japanese Matcha Tea Pollution Clearing Mask (£17|$22.78), because these masks are always excluded from promotions but I had a 20% discount code specifically for it. Ended up paying £13.60 ($18.23).
After hearing so many things about Lush face masks, I ended up getting one. Obviously. I got “Don’t Look At Me” (£7.50|$10.05) which has exfoliating particles and also helps with hydration. I personally don’t like the fact that it has to be kept in the fridge and it expires after a month, but it’s been nice to try.
I’ve been loving The Body Shop’s Peppermint Foot Rescue Cream for months now, so thought I’d try the scrub version (£7.50|$10.05)
When I was in Sephora a few months ago, I got a sample of this Rituals hand balm (£9.50|$12.59). It smells divine and isn’t overly greasy, as many hand creams are. It’s very thick, but you don’t need much! I expect this to last ages.
Last but not least, I wanted to buy something for my hair, because I honestly don’t look after it as well as I should. I’ve tried OGX shampoos/conditioners in the past and enjoyed them, so I got their Coconut Oil Hydrating Mist (£6.99|$9.37). This is supposed to help prevent breakage, and it smells divine.
If anyone made it to the end – congrats and thanks 🙂
Is there anything on this list you’d like to see a review on first? Have you tried any of the products? Done your own beauty haul recently?
I honestly don’t have a blogging schedule atm, but I’ll be back soon.
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