UK Makeup Haul

open-flat-layOh golly, you all know that when I went to Europe I had to hit up the quintessential UK based drug stores – Superdrug, boots, Kiko and of course oxford street Lush.  I didn’t get the chance to go into Selfridges (next time) but I wasn’t really going to buy any high end makeup anyway. Naturally I did a bit of shopping and tried a few items from each of these places. I realized I forgot to take a photo of the Natural Collection mascara but I also bought that. I also wanted to note some interesting differences in the makeup trends between London and Aberdeen. London I found it to be a lot more of a lighter base but I think this could be attributed to the fact that it was 40 degrees celsius so I too was wearing barely there makeup. In Aberdeen I noticed that makeup was a lot more full coverage. I thought it was so interesting because obviously both places had equally beautiful looks but I thought I would note that before hopping into the haul.

blushes

solar-bronze

Let’s start with the face products that I purchased. At Boots I got the Soap and Glory solar bronzer. It’s a beautiful sheeny bronzer with highlighter in it so it warms up the skin nicely while also giving that summer glow. As soon as I bought this I literally used it everyday on the trip. I really liked the idea of this bronzer because I saw ttsandra use it once and was always curious about it and finally found it in Boots. Second at Superdrug I bought the B. collection (Superdrug exclusive) lip and cheek tint. So this is something that I wanted to be a bit creamier. It’s a bit waxy in texture but I will still use it because it gives a beautiful glow to the skin you just really have to work quickly with it. Not for beginners. I also got another blush, mostly because of the packaging, from the Kiko store in Aberdeen. That store is beautiful I tell yah. This blush is from their gold rush collection and the shade is 02 coral because I love me a good coral blush. It’s a glowy blush which is my personal favourite formula of a blush.

lush-highlighter

I also bought a highlighter from the Lush oxford street store. It’s like a little brick of pretty glitter. To be quite honest, it’s not like a normal glossy highlight, this is all shimmer that packs a punch and doesn’t last all day. I also got a radiant face base from Kiko in hopes it would be similar to the Laura Mercier one I’ve previously swatched. Since I haven’t tried that one I guess I can’t compare. So far it’s nice, but nothing similar to what I was hoping.

barry-m-dazzle-dust

Kiko-radiance-face-boost

I also bought the Natural collection volume mascara in brown (which was an accident) and I haven’t opened it as I’m trying to use up my others first. I also got the classic Barry M dazzle dust which I tried once but it was a hot ass day so it kind of just creased and didn’t really play well with the primer I used. I am going to try this again for sure because it’s beautiful gold bronze shade.

concealers

The final two items were concealers. I put these two in a separate category then the face products because these are two hyped up concealers that I just had to try. The Collection lasting perfection concealer – I haven’t tried it yet so this is a literal haul and the Makeup Revolution concealer of which I got the last one in my shade and the others were sold out. I haven’t tried either yet but will report back when I do.

Have you tried anything new lately?


Blune Day 17: A Wee Drugstore Haul

Friends, I did a thing and it involves makeup, body care and superstore aka I went to get toothpaste and this happened. The body care items I got earlier this month at shoppers, I basically keep them in business. The makeup stems from the fact that I needed toothpaste. I bought the Toms of Maine whole care toothpaste because it’s my favourite cruelty free toothpaste! I bought a few bits the other weekend just for some testing purposes and also as a foundation backup for my graduation day (which I didn’t end up wearing, makeup to come in a post later this week).

Tom's whole care toothpaste

I was super curious about the Joe Fresh neutrals palette and alas broke down and made it my fourth palette of the year! I know it’s an odd choice, but I have been into super light washes of colour on the lids. I love all the shades and this also seems like it’s the perfect travel palette size!

I also picked up the wet ‘n’ wild photofocus foundation, I should say I don’t wear foundation everyday yet I own quite a few. I kept hearing about this on Full Coverage podcast and I was curious. It is great. But it smells like paint, which isn’t a surprise because it was only $7 but it is easily sheered out and has great coverage. I recommend moisturizing well beforehand to because it has the tendency to cling to dry patches

Essence Luminizing Primer, Joe Fresh Eyeshadow palette, Wet n Wild photo focus foundation

wet-n-wild-photofocus-foundation

The Essence primer Fresh and Fit glow pore minimizing primer. That is a mouthful.  Okay this was an impulse purchase. I have never seen this before and decided to try it out, it was only $5.99 which is kind of suspect ingredient wise but so far it’s okay! I don’t notice a noticeable radiance. The search for a cruelty free glowy base continues! I’ll use this up but it’s nothing super exciting!

The scrub of your Life and Nivea in Shower body lotion

Nivea in shower body lotion

I also got two body care items which is always fun! I got the Soap and Glory scrub of your life body exfoliator and the Nivea in shower body lotion. I was curious about both because it’s the summer and I really didn’t feel like putting on cream after the shower because my apartment is very sweaty. Honestly i think it works! I have been noticing my skin is softer and more hydrated! I enjoy the convenience of having it the shower and not having to do anything after. The Soap and Glory exfoliator is great, but its not Lush exfoliator both in scent and in effectiveness. I like it, I am going to use it on the daily of course, and its a beautiful not too artificial scent. If you are looking for something that smells summery and is a good exfoliator for the summer this could be a good one for you! 

Have you picked up anything new lately?