Impromptu, unsupervised, non time-limited shopping trips are dangerous. That is the lesson I learnt recently as I headed out to my local shopping centre to buy shampoo. Why I would do that when there is a supermarket around the corner from me that sells my preferred shampoo I will never know. OK…who am I kidding, I know exactly why I went there…and this happened! Oh and PS…when I say ‘local’ shopping centre…I actually got on a train to get there! 😉
Despite my very best efforts to use up the existing products in my makeup and beauty collection, I remain a sucker for a new product or a product I have heard a lot about and just need to have in my life. I have resigned myself to that fact that I will never be cured of my addiction, so to make me feel better about it I am sharing my new finds with you!
I picked up another pack of invisibobbles that appeared in my recent monthly favourites, this time in hot pink! I love these bobbles…they stop kinks in my hair and don’t pull. I can use them for pony tails and messy buns and sleep in them…I just love and highly recommend them.
I am currently all about chemical exfoliants. As my skin ages and becomes more fragile, abrasive scrubs are no longer my friend. The First Aid Beauty facial radiance pads (x60) are a new find for me. First impressions = I have used them for a week and so far so good! They are quick and easy to use and I can apply everything I need to over the top without a problem. They are a little pricey for my liking but fortunately Nip + Fab do a very similar product for almost half the price! I know which one will be on my shopping list when these run out!
L’Oreal Professional Volume Architect thickening blow-dry lotion volume 3. A few spritzes on wet hair at the roots and one quick blow-dry later and you are good to go! First impressions = My hairdresser put this in my hair and it poofed my limp, flat, lifeless hair up enough to warrant me spending a pretty penny on it. I will be buying it again when it runs out…but not from the salon as it’s cheaper online.
Boots Soltan Dry Touch Face Suncare Cream, SPF 30. I plan to add this into my skincare routine as the weather is getting sunnier, probably on weekends when I am more likely to be in the sun for more than a nano second. I have SPF in my foundation and/or moisturiser but thought this would be a good extra for days out in the sun…it’s supposed to be mattifying too which is never a bad thing for my oily T. I haven’t tried this yet…but the Boots Soltan products are usually good so I have high hopes.
Maybelline Colorsensational Lipstick in the shades 158 Power Peony, 418 Peach Poppy and 168 Petal Pink. First impressions = Hmmm…I am not totally convinced. Every time I put it on I take it straight off and apply something else. In the tube they look gorgeous but I have found the colours apply streakily and they are neither sheer nor opaque. Of the three colours, Power Peony (the purple one) is the most consistent in terms of formula but the colour is just not vibrant enough for me.
Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet liquid lipstick in the shades Frambourjois and Pink Pong. First impressions = Go out and buy these immediately…all of them…now! They are amazing! One-swipe opaque matte colour that dries down quickly and is easily freshened up after a few hours with a small dab of lip balm. The colour lasts and lasts and wears well through eating (tested on a Thai meal and a pizza). I am totally impressed…although don’t layer it up or your lips will shrivel up like a prune!
Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution lipstick in the shade ‘Amazing Grace’. In its beautiful shiny golden packaging and unusually-shaped squareish-tipped bullet, what’s not to love about this product? It manages to be creamy and moisturising yet with a matte finish all at the same time. How, I will never know but what I do know is that this lipstick gives me a reason to get out of bed on a weekend! First impressions = I love this lipstick so much and feel it’s totally worth the hype AND the price…but be warned, it is not cheap and as soon as you put it on you will want to buy more! Don’t say I didn’t warn you! 😉
Bourjois Happy Light Primer Matte. This primes and preps my skin keeping oil under control whilst still feeling like my skin is moisturised and supple. First impressions = Brilliant on my combination/oily t-zone skin and it makes my foundation last all day. I love the feeling of this primer, it sinks in fast and is not siliconey (is that a word?) in texture, and for the price it’s just awesome! For those non-matte lovers do not despair…it also comes in a ‘luminous’ formulation.
Smashbox Step-by-Step Contour Stick Trio. These are not cheap and being slightly scared of cream products as they are not altogether my friends, I haven’t tried using them yet. However they are supposed to be super easy to use, if the advertising is to be believed. I’m not totally sure why I bought them if I am honest…I think I was swept away by the hype and shiny new boxes on the display in Boots. My mission this weekend is to try these out, so watch this space…
Rimmel Match Perfection Fix & Perfect Pro Primer. This primer has a lot of claims, but don’t they all! On this occasion and in comparison to some high end primers, I think many of its claims are warranted. First impressions = Cheap as chips and really quite effective. It has a creamy feel, as opposed to the silicone feel of some primers, it helps keep my oily t-zone under control and helps my foundation last all day. Another highly-recommended drug store primer.
MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in the shade Fashion Boost (bright purple). I have this lip pencil in a variety of colours. I love love love them all and cannot shout about them enough. The range of colours is fabulous, the pigment is great and the staying power is second-to-non. A great liner and base for a purple lipstick which stops feathering and bleeding and makes it last.
That’s all for now folks. I still haven’t bought that shampoo so I might have to re-visit my ‘local’ shopping centre again soon…*ahem*…!