I find myself every now and then just going through Boots (UK Drug Store) looking for new beauty finds. It a great high street store to find a new treasures from make-up, beauty to hair and vitamins and food. There is always a deal to be had to, whether BOGOF or using your advantage card to get points – but be careful, I have also seen this deal leave me with a much heavier basket than I was expecting. You also best to hit one of the larger stores, which will have a wider range of make-up and beauty brands.
First item in my haul, is something that I have been hearing about for a while, Micellar Water. I have always struggled to get off my waterproof mascara, always ending up looking like a panda in the morning regardless of what cleanser I am using. So on my search I came across Garnier Oil Infused Micellar Water. I bought the oil-infused version (there is a numerous options even just within the Garnier range) as it was for dry and sensitive skin, and is said to get rid of even waterproof make-up. Give it a shake to mix and put some on a cotton-pad and you are away with the fairies – is super gentle and refreshing but none the less also very effective. I typically use it as the first step in the evenings to get rid of my make-up and that horrid layer of grim on your skin (I will confess when it has been a long day and don’t have the energy for my full beauty routine, I do feel comfortable enough it being my only step). It isn’t perfect, with full powered waterproof mascara it isn’t always enough to remove, but really helps start the process. I would recommend people having micellar water for days when you just need to wipe it all away without being too harsh on your skin. I will definitely repurchase.
The other day, I ran out of my basic blemish cover-up. I just needed something that would act a little like plaster where you put it on to patch up and form a layer to put on your foundation on. I came across Rimmel’s Hide the Blemish Concealer – which literally said exactly what I need it on of the tube. It was part of a deal, so thought it was worth a try. It does have good coverage and is a good tone, but it isn’t anything magical, but couldn’t expect it to for only £3.99. It gets the job done, and a good stand-in whilst I search for a better concealer.
Now, I can’t tell you how excited I was to find one of my favourite US brands now being stocked in Boots – EOS. I had just run out of my healthy stock from last US trip. These little egg shaped lip balms, are great. They come in so many interesting flavours from vanilla, strawberry to mint and pomegranate and they really do taste and smell like the actual flavours – I have tried most of them and I still haven’t found an absolute favourite yet. They are great for just sitting on your desk, in your handbag – I have one in both locations. The shape means they are so easy to apply without any mess, they make you lip really hydrated and soft without instantly feeling like you need to reapply to keep up the effect. They also last a really long time, I can have one on the go for months – so don’t get put off by the price – thing of it price over time. I also have to say they look really cute.
Another great America brand now in Boots is the Wet Brush – this brush is a beauty blogger must have. As someone with curly long hair, I can’t tell you how smoothly this brush goes through my hair, without pulling out most of my hair. It come in a variety of colours and sizes. I actually need to go and get myself a new handbag/travel size. As the name suggests, they are made for when you have just finished washing your hair and you need to detangle – this brush glides through and causes hardly any breakage. It is also very easy to clean, so with good maintenance will last you a good while. My only issue is that it does come in so many colours, it was very hard to pick just one.
Lastly, a product I got on a whim. I have been hearing about, as I am sure you all have as well, is launching of new cushion foundations from the designer beauty brands to the high street. Basically it is a sponge filled with foundation which you then use a sponge or brush (or your fingers) to push down on to release the foundation – creating a more even layer of liquid foundation. Therefore as there was a deal on with 3 for 2 beauty, I thought I would give a cushion foundation ago. I was in a smaller store and the only one in my shade was Maybelline Dream Cushion Liquid Foundation. I have been using it now for a few weeks, and I have to say I have really been enjoying it. You just open up the flap to release the foundation sponge – I discounted the supplied sponge and use my beauty blender to apply. It is so easy to use, you get a really good coverage which I was surprised and it also feels lovely and light on the skin. I can now see what some of the fuss was for, I had feared that it would dry out quickly and would barely apply anything to the skin but it exceeded my expectations. Again, I don’t know it will become my go-to foundation, is very good when in a rush and need to just apply foundation quickly, so it might become a good handbag staple for reapplying. I also might try a few others, now that I can agree that I like the cushion foundation concept.
I doubt this will be my last Boots haul, so if there is anything you could recommend I try next time I should try, just let me know in the comments.