Thursday, 13 October 2016

Autumn Beauty and Skincare Haul

I recently managed to spend far too much money in Boots, and although I came out with some great bits and bobs it was really bad for my wallet. I went in for a white eyeliner and some dry shampoo, and ended up spending about £40. Whoops.

 I picked up the nude Rimmell kohl scandaleyes eyeliner last month as I wanted something bright for tightlining, and thought white might be a bit harsh.  I forgot to take into account my milky white complexion, and while that eyeliner may have been nude for some people, it definitely wasn't for me.  I looked more than a little ridiculous.  I decided that a white would actually work better with my skin tone, and since these are pretty cheap I picked up the white one this month.



The only other thing I was after was some more dry shampoo, and I wanted something new as I've lately been trying to experiment with brands other than the ubiquitous Batiste. I've tried and loved CoLab in the past, but this time I picked up something from Aussie. I really like this dry shampoo, as I have no issues with that gross white powder you can get, and it seems to give me a bit of extra root volume (always good), but my does hair feel like it has loads of product in it, which isn't particularly pleasant. Even so, I would buy this again.

That was supposed to be it, but of course things got out of control. I also bought this leave-in conditioner for when my ends are feeling a bit dry but it's not ready for a wash.  I couldn't find it anywhere on the Boots website to link to here, which is a real shame because I love this stuff. It's made a real difference to my hair, making it much softer and more manageable between washes. I've linked the closest thing I could find, but if you can find this stuff, I think it's fab.


I wanted to try another lipstick from Soap & Glory after trying the Sexy Mother Pucker Rosy Chic, which I loved so much it appeared in my September Favourites. I chose 5th Avenude, again from the Sexy Mother Pucker range, but had a different experience with this one. It has a strong sweet scent, which always puts me off a lipstick. Fortunately it dissipates quickly, and I do love the pigmented yet moisturising formula. However, the colour isn't really me. When I swatched it on my arm it looked like quite a pinky nude, but it turned out to be a bit paler than my actual lips, which I'm not a fan of at all.  I may try layering it with a slightly deeper lip liner in a similar shade, but I doubt I'll get much wear out of this.


I've needed a new brush for applying blush or highlighter for ages now, and have been getting by with brushes that were all the wrong sizes.  I saw this one, which is Boots own brand, and thought I would give it a whirl.  I absolutely love it! It picks up just the right amount of pigment and applies beautifully, and I'm so chuffed with it. I also love the black and gold design and don't know why more people don't use these.  They're great value for money and easily comparable to Real Techniques in my opinion.


My old Beauty Blender was completely wrecked, but having heard good things about the Real Techniques version I picked up this bright orange makeup sponge try with some of my heavier foundations.  I've yet to try it yet, as I'm trying to use up a YSL one that applies best with a kabuki brush, but I'm looking forward to having more angles on a sponge to get in all those awkward creases.



In general I seem to have about four moisturisers on the go at once, but at last they all seem to be running out at once.  I tried this No7 moisturiser in Boots and really liked the slight scent and how it felt, so I bought it as my new lightweight day moisturiser. I'm still eking out the last few drops from several old ones, so I've yet to really put it to the test but I have high hopes.


I've been after a decent eye primer for ages after finally resigning myself to the fact that the classic Urban Decay Primer Potion and I don't get on. I've tried Benefit, YSL, Clinique, No7 and so on, but this primer by Clarins has finally done it. It's actually a primer for your whole face, but I find it to heavy to use anywhere but on my super-oily eyelids. I prefer Benefit's porefessional for my face, but for avoiding those eyeshadow creases I've found this to be perfect. Since I'm only using this on my eyelids I fully expect it to last for yonks.


Hopefully you've enjoyed this post, and if so keep an eye out as this is part of my Blogtober series where I post every day.  Check out my other posts from this month and see whether I actually manage to even think of 31 topics!


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