Saturday, 25 March 2017

Spring Beauty Haul

So I've now started my new job and whilst I hate that period of being new, where you don't know what you're doing, people's names and feel a bit useless, what I am loving already is being able to have a lunch break. For the past four years I'd worked somewhere where we only had a 30 minute break and there was no where to go in that time, so I never had a lunch break. But now I get a whole hour! The only problem I can see is that on my first lunch break, on a lovely sunny day, I took myself to the shops and spent nearly £40! And not all of that spend was successful..
NYX Blotting Papers
NYX Blotting Papers
I've previously used, with success, Superdrug's own brand blotting papers so thought these would be the same, even though they cost more. They are not, they are rubbish. If you went to school in the 80's like me, you'll remember that we were made to use tracing paper type toilet roll. It was neither absorbent or kind. This is exactly what these papers are like. They are not coated in powder, it's just like rubbing tracing paper on your shiny face. Don't bother. £3.50 from Boots.
Soap & Glory Solar Powder
Soap & Glory Solar Powder
I'm almost at the end of my Benefit Hoola Bronzer and as I've not tried any make up from Soap & Glory thought I'd pick up their Solar Powder bronzer. As you can see it's a half and half. I'm not sure if the lighter side is marketed as a highlighter or just a lighter shade of bronzer but actually it doesn't matter because for me, this doesn't work. Why? For me this bronzer is too light for my medium toned complexion. Also the pay off is pretty rubbish, I had to rub quite hard before I could swatch the product (this was when I got home, sadly there was no tester in store). This would suit if you have very pale skin and want to add a little warmth but for me this will be consigned to my eye shadow or waste of money drawer! £11.00 from Boots.
Soap & Glory Solar Powder
Soap & Glory Solar Powder
L'Oreal Colour Protect Shampoo and Conditioner
L'Oreal Colour Protect Shampoo and Conditioner
I love all of the L'Oreal Elvive shampoo and conditioners but this is my current favourite. Not only does it smell lovely, and leaves a nice scent in your hair, both the shampoo and conditioner are thick and silky and leave my hair feeling glossy and conditioned. I colour my hair every 4 weeks and so this colour protect range is right up my street. £3.50 each for 400ml from Boots.
Rimmel Volume Shake Mascara
Rimmel Volume Shake Mascara
Rimmel kindly sent me this new addition* to their mascara range and it's quite ingenious. It's a shakeable mascara. So every time you use it, shake it, and this keeps the mascara clump free and from drying out, as usually happens when you're half way through a tube of mascara. The mascara comes with a nice fat wand to give good separation and volume to lashes. The brush doesn't cling as well to lashes as I like but I just re-adjust how I apply and use a zig zag motion. This mascara didn't flake or drop down on me and I like the non clumpy volume it gives lashes. £6.99 from Boots or Superdrug.
Rimmel The Only 1 Lipstick
Rimmel The Only 1 Lipstick
I'm a little over liquid lipsticks and matte lipsticks and my lips are quite dry at the moment. I was drawn to this lipstick by the colour - I love a darkish nude and that it is a creamy lipstick, that feels comfortable all day to wear and doesn't leave any dry lipstick lips when it starts to fade. This shade is 760 - Ain't no other. And currently there isn't for me, I really like this. £6.99 from Boots or Superdrug.
Docteur Renaud Plumping Scrubbing Mask
Docteur Renaud Plumping Scrubbing Mask
Being a face mask lover, I was intrigued when Docteur Renaud sent me this Plumping Scrubbing mask* to try. It's a creamy gel mask which you apply in a thick layer. The mask then starts to fizz, which is a funny sensation but not in an unpleasant way, just unusual. Once the fizzing has stopped, you then massage the remaining cream in to your face and then rinse off. The mask left my skin soft and smooth. It's still early days for me using this mask but if you're looking for a mask that contains hyaluronic acid to plump and smooth, here's the link. £35.00.
Real Techniques Setting Brush
Real Techniques Setting Brush
I love this perfectly sized setting brush from Real Techniques so much, that this is my second. There's nothing wrong with my other one, I just don't want to ever be without one! This brush is perfect for blending in concealer, especially under the eyes. I picked this up in the bathroom section of Homesense, so it was a couple of pound cheaper than in Boots or Superdrug and you don't often see it as a stand alone as it's usually part of a set.

Let me know if you've picked up any new beauty products for Spring.

xx



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