8/12/2015

Drugstore Haul - Boots and Superdrug



















So many new things have been released in the Drugstore recently, and with my boots advantage card, I couldn't help but take advantage of that and pick up a few bits.  All of these items are from boots apart from the Eyeshadow crayon from Gosh which was from Superdrug so without further ado, let me introduce you to the new additions to my quickly growing collection!

Firstly I got some lashes because I have been obsessed with false lashes for about a year now, I just can't get enough of them and I find they finish a look perfectly! My recent favourites have been the Ardell Demi Wispies, however I find that sometimes they are a bit much especially on a daily basis so I wanted something similar just a bit more natural and wearable. Enter the Eyelure Lengthening No035 Lashes. They are similar to the demi wispies, just a lot less thick and voluminous and not quite as long or winged out at the corners.  They only needed the tiniest bit trimmed off and they last all day without the corners popping off so these shall definitely be repurchased. I also love the new eyelure packaging where they show you what the lashes actually look like when worn which is very useful!

Next up is the Rimmel Lasting Finish Concealer.  This is a fairly new release from Rimmel and I was hoping that this would be a cheaper alternative for the Boi-ing concealer by Benefit which seems to be growing on me.  I'm not sure about this one to be honest, I find that it doesn't blend in, it just awkwardly sits on the skin and looks cakey, as though i have just plopped it on and left it! No matter how much I press it, it just doesn't melt into the skin like I wanted it to and the only way to blend it in is to buff and then I lose the coverage! I will play around with this one a bit more and report back, I'm just not sold.

A lot of people seem to love the Maybelline Master Sculpt Contour Kit so I thought I would give it a go.  I really like the Barry M one but this seems a lot more travel friendly being a lot smaller and coming with a mirror and brush in the little compact. Again, I'm not sure about this! I find it to lack pigmentation and give a natural look, which I suppose is good, but I only contour if I'm going for a dramatic look so to me I suppose it's pointless. It does work amazing for minimal makeup days, but I find it to be an unnecessary extra step that I wouldn't normally have done.  I have tried building it up which works, but to get it to the level I want takes a lot of building which I find to be time consuming and because I'm lazy, it all is just too much effort! If you like very natural looking definition then this may be one to try for you. As I'm writing this, I'm realising that maybe I should have bought the darker one as that may have worked better for me, I may have a look next time I'm in boots!

I also picked up one of the newest releases from Collection which is the Speedy Blush Stick and I opted for the shade 'Tickled Pink'.  This was a Becca Rose enabled purchase after she talked about it in one of her recent videos (i can't think for the life of me what it was, it was probably even a month ago now thinking about it). It has enough pigment that it shows up, but not too much that it looks stupid which I like. The formula is very silky, and it really is so quick to use! I do a swipe on the apple of my cheek and then blend back towards my hairline with my fingers and voila! If you prefer slightly more noticeable colour on your cheeks then they are easily build able.  They leave a beautiful dewy glow to the cheeks and last a very long time, and for the price of £2.99, you can't go wrong. There are 2 other shades of this product so hopefully everyone can find a shade to suit them.

The one product I got from Superdrug was the GOSH Forever Eye Shadow Crayon in Silver Rose.  This is a brand that I am new to but I have heard quite a bit about it so I have high hopes for this product. I saw Gabby from Velvet ghost use this in a tutorial a while ago and it looked STUNNING! She literally swiped it onto her lids and I just sat gazing at my laptop in awe of all its beauty.  I'm yet to actually try this on my eyes, but from swatching it I think it is going to be good.  It provides a sheer wash of colour when blended out but can be built up to create a bright look.  The shade is silver with a hint if taupe which is unlike any eyeshadow that I own and would create a pretty immense smoky eye with dark side from the Naked 3. I can just see it now.....

The only repurchase in this entire haul is the Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara, except this time I am trying the waterproof version as I expected it to be better.  Unfortunately it's not. It doesn't last and smudges under my eyes terribly, and it seems to be much thicker and harder to apply than the original. I am yet to test it in water to see if it is actually waterproof but I think from now on I will stick to the original!

Yet another new release is the Rimmel Nude Collection.  I looked at the whole range and the only shade and product that I felt compelled to buy was the Kate Moss Lipstick in the shade 45.  It is a slightly deeper nude with pink undertones and really is the perfect 'My lips but better' shade. I would imagine that this would work well on most skinniness and from what I can tell so far, the formula is pretty darn good.  It's not at all drying on the lips and leaves a semi-glossy finish on the lips which lasts a decent amount of time. Though it looks quite dark in the bullet, it is easily comparable to creme cup from mac when on the lips and has a slight iridescent sheen which is very flattering.

A very exciting purchase for me was the Fuse Gelnamel Na No Way Starter Kit.  I have been wanting to try gel nails for a while, and my mum always gets hers done so we decided to go halves on this so that we can both save a bit of money and do it ourselves.  We opted for this colour as it is a colour that we both wear regularly so we would be sure to use it. It seems pretty straight forward and from what I can tell, works fairly well. Obviously I am new to this but I will do a thorough post on at home manicures in the future if that is something that you would be interested in!

Last but not least I grabbed the Natural Collection Blush in the shade 'Pink Cloud'.  It was part of an offer I got on my boots app, I think you gained 100 points when you bought a natural collection product so I was definitely willing to give it a go! I am so impressed with this, it is very pigmented and blends like a dream as well as being fairly long lasting! The colour is a light neutral pink shade which would look perfect on pale skin and is something that would look good with pretty much any makeup look all year round. I will definitely be trying more from this range in the future as I am so impressed with this product.

That concludes my penultimate haul, come back on Friday for my final one which will be all about the clothing and shoes that I have purchased recently!  Let me know what you think of these products or which you are most excited to try!

Emily xx