Today’s post is a little beauty haul from last month of some of the products I’ve bought from Boots & Superdrug recently. Some of them I’ve loved, whilst I was less impressed with others but I’ve been reminded that there are also absolute gems for really cheap on the high-street. Recently, I’ve gotten really caught up in only buying luxury brand make-up like Kat von D and MAC, and whilst their products are usually superior, sometimes you can find something just as good in Boots for less than half the price. The only place where these cheaper brands regularly fall down is their poorly-sourced non-ethical ingredients. One day, I hope to go fully cruelty-free with my make-up but I’m not quite ready to commit to high-end make-up full-time just yet, as I still earn next to nothing in my day job!
Midnight Unicorn Eyeshadow Palette (£6, Revolution, Superdrug)
I bought this to use on a night-out to create one of those Mermaid looks with some fishnet tights, but my friends only allowed us 10 mins to get ready! I ended up throwing some blue glitter on my face, which was just as good though. The colours in this palette are great if you love bright colours like me – the oranges and blues in this palette are a decent dupe for the shades in the Urban Decay Electric Palette. My favourites are the light pink and lilac shades, which are excellent neutral day-time shades for work. This is definitely worth the £6 and I’m sad it’s only a limited edition that I won’t be able to purchase again!
NYX Lid Lingerie Matte in shade Dynamic (£6, NYX, Boots)
I’ve always been a fan of this range, so when I saw that they’d brought out new matte shades, I just had to buy a new one. I went for the light pink, which is my favourite everyday eyeshadow colour, and I got multiple compliments on it the first day I wore it. I love the versatility of these products as they can also double up as lipsticks. Also, you know that horrible moment when your eyeliner smudges on your upper lid AFTER you’ve done your eyeshadow? Not a problem with the Lid Lingerie’s – just dab another layer over the top of the black smudge and voila, perfect eyeshadow again. I think I need every single product in this entire range…..hello, Father Christmas, are you there?!?
NYX Lip Liner in shade Pumpkin (£4, NYX, Boots)
I bought this as a random extra to spend my Boots points on a whim, but it didn’t disappoint. I bought it to use as a lipstick as I adored the pearlescent deep orange shade, and as long as your lips are moisturised, you can’t even tell it’s not a lipstick. You could, of course, put an lipstick over it or a gloss if you wished, but I’m happy just using it as it is. The longevity isn’t great and you will need to change it after eating or drinking, but the NYX Full Throttle lipsticks are exactly the same, so it’s not like I expected some mega staying ability!
Max Factor Miss Baby Roll Mascara (£7.99, Max Factor, Boots)
This is the best mascara I have used in my life, no doubt about it. This was actually a re-purchase this time around, one of only two mascaras I have ever bought twice in a row (the other being Benefit’s RollerLash). Miss Baby Roll doesn’t clump and catches even the smallest hairs in the corner of your eye. It also doesn’t melt onto your bottom lashes given you that panda-eye look at the end of the day either. It’s £7.99, which is kinda price-y for a high street mascara, but it’s better than most other £12 ones out there. That said, one day I do want to compare it to the cult sensation, Better Than Sex mascara by Too Faced just to see how it holds up! This mascara also comes in different colours: teal, blue and purple. I do want to try them, but I’m so in love with the plain black product, I don’t want to be let down by a faddy addition to the range (I mean, who can name a high-street brand who’s created a good quality coloured mascara? MAC doesn’t count).
Garnier Moisture Bomb Day Cream Moisturiser (£5.29, Garnier, Superdrug)
Last winter, I used a very fancy but very expensive Clarins moisturiser to combat dry patches caused by harsh winter air but quickly swapped out to a cheap Garnier everyday moisturiser once the spring months started. Before I discovered make-up properly a few years ago, I used to use a £3 Garnier moisturiser from Wilkinson’s as my only skincare product and honestly, it still does the job. This month I’ve decided to trial Garnier’s Moisture Bomb day moisturiser as I love their Moisture Bomb tissue masks in the same range. This cream is a gel-like consistency and contains hyaluronic acid, which is proven to help skin maintain its fullness and elasticity. At the moment, my dry skin on my face is only just starting, with some flaky white patches on my upper lip and forehead so I will perhaps see how this moisturiser does over December. But, if it keeps massive white flaky patches of skin from blooming all over my face, I’ll have saved myself £50 compared to last winter!
Superdrug Mud Mask (99p, Superdrug Own Brand)
I bought this to give myself a little bit of a treat after a particularly stressful day at work, but I can’t say it did much good. If anything, it brought more spots to the surface which I’ve spent all week trying to combat with my Body Shop Tea-Tree range! It claims to be a relaxing deep-cleansing mud mask with cucumber extract, but I suspect wishful-thinking is actually the main ingredient. I think I’ll give these masks a miss from now on and stick with my usual Lush and Body Shop ones!
And that’s it for today! I hoped you enjoyed this post – what recent high-street bargains have you found this autumn? Feel free to let me know in the comments 😊 See you soon! P.