Frivolous spending is hard to resist these days, the high street has such great products that it's easy to treat yourself. There is always some sort of offer in Boots or Superdrug to temp you, 3 for 2 on all Rimmel Products, Buy on get one Half Price on all Maybelline... but the most tempting of all is when you can mix and match all make-up brands. Oh the possibilities!
So when both Superdrug and Boots had 3 for 2 offers on and I had time to kill, new make-up was inevitable.
So first I nipped in to Superdrug, I'd seen a small selection of the Max Factor Lipfinity Long Lasting Lipsticks (£8.99) in Boots but Superdrug had more shades to choose from.
I picked up a bubblegum pink - 10 Stay Exclusive and a purple looking shade - 55 Eternally Luscious that is actually more pink when on the lips. The gold packaging makes them look a little more high end and they stand out more in my never ending pile of black lipstick bullets.
They are really long lasting and they have great pigmentation too. I reviewed them both here if you want to see how they look on the lips.
I also repurchased the Maybelline Eraser Under Eye Concealer. It is one of the best concealers I've tried. It's been a life saver when I've struggled to sleep, it covers dark circles brilliantly and it brightens the under eye area. It's foam applicator makes it quick and easy to apply too.
Superdrug also gave away a tote bag with the 3 for 2 offer which is really handy to keep with me now that plastic bags are frowned upon.
A couple of days later I popped into Boots for a sandwich and ended up with a couple of treats too. We've all done it!
I needed to repurchase my L'Oreal Infallible 24 hour foundation (£9.99) as it was getting low. This is my 'night out' foundation and it's a pretty good alternative to MAC's Pro Longwear. It's medium to high coverage and claims to have a 24 hour non-stop formula. I have never worn a foundation for that long but it really stays looking fresh all night.
I've never found an eyebrow product I completely love so overtime something runs out I try something new. I'd heard great things about Soap and Glory Archery Brow Tint and Pencil (£10) and powders can be a little fiddly at times so I thought I'd try out this double ended device.... (e-hem)
The 'felt tip' end has such a thin brush it's really easy to add thin lines of the bow tint throughout the brow to fill them in and look natural. The best thing with that means you can be as light or heavy handed as you want to be and have total control over how strong you want your brows to look. The pencil end is creamy enough to sweep over quickly to fill in any gaps and then go over with a spooly brush and you're sorted in no time. You can use either end alone or they work well together too. I've got the darker shade 'Brownie Points' which is a perfect match for me.
9 times out of 10 I struggle to find the perfect 'free' thing. It takes a lot of thought, it needs to be something you kind-of need but also something in the same price range as the 2 items you've already got. I very nearly picked up another mascara thinking 'well I always need mascara' and then I spotted something shiny at the No 7 Stand. At first the No7 Shimmer Palette in Rose (£13.50) seemed a little on the glittery side for me but the lovely lady at the counter tried it on me and it instantly added a lovely warmth to my complexion. I was sold and with the help of a No7 voucher I had myself a little bargain too!
I also picked up the Colour Excellence Highlights Brightener (£7.99) for blondes.
It apparently works to naturally remove product residues and environmental build-up to keep highlights looking as good as new - without harming your hair.
- It is only a one-use product so you apply it a little like a hair dye. I'm hoping it will brighten up my hair a bit as it's a bit dull at the moment.
I'd love to see what you've picked up in the 3 for 2 offers.
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