Saturday, 22 February 2014
A couple of weeks ago I went to my local Boots store on a mission to pick up a few items I'd read a lot of good things about and wanted to try out. I came out with a mixture of things I needed, things I'd wanted to try, and things I decided to purchase kinda spur-of-the-moment - so here's what I got!
Firstly I went to find Una Brennan's Super Facialist Rose Hydrate Intense Moisture Mask. I get pretty dry skin and sometimes feel like I need an extra hydrating boost in addition to my serum and moisturiser, so wanted to give a moisture mask a go but also didn't want to spend a crazy amount of money on one. I already use the Tea Flower Clay Mask and have been really impressed with it, so wanted to stick with the Una Brennan range as it seems to be great quality and super affordable. After a reading a few good reviews of the Rose Hydrate mask, I decided to go for it and so far so good - I have only used it a couple of times though but after continued use I'll do a full review, along with the Tea Flower mask. I also picked up the Garnier Skin Naturals Pure Active Intense Spot Roll-On as I've had a few painful, under-the-skin blemishes recently. This is a product I've used before and I really like it, it has a nice cooling sensation when applied to the skin - great for when your blemishes are angry and irritated. I find it also helps to fade existing blemish scarring and prevent it from occurring. It's a product that gets some mixed reviews, but I find it works for me.
Next I picked up a few makeup items - something I find hard not to do whenever I'm in Boots! I got a couple of Rimmel products, the first being one of their much raved about Apocalips Lip Lacquers, in the shade 'Celestial'. It's a kind of muted mauve-pink shade that leans slightly nude/natural toned - a pretty standard shade for me to go for, and as I hadn't used a formula like this before I thought it would be best to stick to what I know! Having used this a few times now I can say that I'm seriously impressed - it's a gloss that you apply with a usual wand applicator but it sets into a lipstick-like formulation. It is also super pigmented but can be dabbed onto the lips for a less intense look, and I found that it lasts a pretty long time on my lips too! I've already gone and purchased another couple of shades so a full review of all three can be expected on here soon. The second Rimmel product I got was their Glam Eyes Liquid Eye Liner, as my usual Barry M one is becoming hard to find in stores and was not available in my local Boots or Superdrug - they only seem to have the metallic black one for some reason. I've used this quite a lot and I have to say that I don't love it as much as the Barry M one, but it's still a good liner. It's super black (no 'actually a really dark grey' disappointment here!) and has a really fine brush so is great for being very precise and getting in close to the lash line. Again, full review in due course.
I also wanted to get the Seventeen Pwhoarr Paint Heavy Duty Under Eye Concealer, as I'd read that it was a good dupe for Benefit's Boi-ing. Although meant for under the eyes, I wanted to use this concealer on my face to mask blemishes so I got the shade 'Medium' instead of 'Fair', as the lighter shade would have just highlighted blemishes instead - not what I'm looking for! Used this a fair few times now and I'm pretty impressed, it looks completely the wrong colour for my skin when swatched on my arm (super orange!) but is somehow a really great shade for my face, and a full review will be appearing soon.
Lastly, I purchased the EcoTools Bamboo Airbursh Concealer Brush (couldn't find on the Boots website, but is on Feel Unique here). I was just browsing the beauty accessories section as I usually do, and I don't normally pick up anything from that aisle unless I'm specifically looking for something, but ended up looking at this as I don't particularly like patting in under-eye concealer with my fingers and it looked like it could be gentle enough to use in that area. It's a small, rounded brush and not flat like a typical concealer blush - more like mini round-topped buffer. The bristles are really soft and it's perfect for using under the eyes, much better than fingers in my opinion! It makes it really easy to blend concealer and achieve perfect coverage, as you can get such a small amount of product onto the bristles and then gradually build until you're happy with the finish.
Have you tried any of these? What drugstore/hightreet beauty products have you bought recently?