Last week I took a trip to Boots and Superdrug and walked out with several new bits and bobs that I haven’t tried before, so I thought I’d share them all with you and let you know how I’ve been getting on.
I’m a big fan of Ruth Crilly’s blog A Model Recommends as are we all, and have been wanting to try her dry shampoos for a while now. I’ve been a Batiste girl all my life, but there’s no denying that they do leave a hell of a lot of residue in the hair and I sometimes feel like it’s not doing a great deal. I picked up the new Active formula of Colab in Superdrug, and it has changed everything. The active formula is supposed to be more robust than regular Colab dry shampoo, which means it does leave a little more residue. Compared to Batiste though, this stuff is a miracle. It leaves my hair looking refreshed and feeling clean in a way other dry shampoos don’t and I’m in love. There’s also very little residue at all, so in the regular dry shampoos is must be non-existent. The only downside to this product is that I find myself using quite a lot of it on my hella greasy hair, but as it’s pretty cheap (currently reduced to £2.66 from £3.99) this doesn’t bother me. Come winter when I’m less sweaty and gross I’ll be trying out the other formulas.
I’ve always applied my liquid foundation with either a beauty blender or my fingertips, and consdering the amount of beauty blenders (and money) I go through I decided it was time for a change. I decided to have a go at applying with a foundation brush, but not being sure that I would like the method and finish I didn’t want to spend a small fortune on a MAC 190SH (I like a short handle) I thought I’d start out with a budget version. I picked up the Superdrug Foundation brush for £3.99 and it’s not bad for that price! I’m really liking applying my foundation with a brush, although I’ll probably still hang onto my beauty blender for a while. As brushes go, this one is okay, but while cleansing I was worried about losing fibres in the process as the whole thing didn’t feel particularly well made. It’s serving its purpose for now though, until I can save up for that MAC brush!
I’ve been avoiding thinking about my makeup brushes and the bacteria that undoubtedy lies within, and comforting myself with the knowledge that I mostly use a beauty blender and my fingertips anyway so it can’t be that bad. As I decided to give applying my foundation with a brush a whirl I finally conceded that it was time I gave everything a good clean. I’m kind of poor right now so didn’t want to splash out, which is the main reason I picked up this particular cleanser. You simply spritz the brush a few times then massage the cleanser into the bristles with a clean tissue, and it does work pretty well. It’s nothing fancy, but it seems to do the job.
My last pressed powder ran out a while back, and with the arrival of summer and even more sun cream than normal I’m really feeling the need for a powder to take some of the shine off. I’ve used this powder before and it does the job beautifully while only costing £3.99.
Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Lipsticks
I’ve been loving my MAC Patent Polish in Clever lately, and enjoying the moisturising effects of it being slightly glossy. Since most of my lipsticks are very much on the matte side of things, this is something of a revelation. I’d heard good things about the Soap and Glory Sexy Mother Pucker range and decided to see how they compare. I bought the Gloss Stick in Pink Punch and as I didn’t fancy any of the other colours available I’m afraid I also picked up the Matte version in Ember Red – I just really love a matte lip! Both of the sticks are highly pigmented, which wasn’t actually what I was after but I’ve found myself liking the colour payoff. The gloss isn’t too sticky and the shade is really flattering and I’ve been wearing it quite a lot. It lasts fairly well for a gloss stick and I’m enjoying wearing it. The matte stick however didn’t impress me as much. The formula felt almost plasticky and didn’t feel great on the lips, but the colour was lovely and vibrant. It does need a lipliner with it though, as it wears off pretty quickly. At £3.50 each though, that’s not half bad!
So those are the few bits I picked up in Boots and Superdrug! I was also after a cheap contour shade for pale skin; I’m thinking more grey than brown, but had no luck. If anyone has any suggestions, hit me up in the comments!
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