Friday, 8 April 2016

Drugstore Beauty Haul + First Impressions


Hello friends!

I've recently bought some beauty items from a few high street stores (Superdrug, Wilko, etc) and thought I'd share them with you! I love watching haul videos on YouTube because 1. I'm super nosey and 2. I like to hear first impressions of things I'm thinking of buying.



 1. L'Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Clay Shampoo & Conditioner (Wilko, reduced to £1.80 each)
This is a new release from L'oreal and when I saw these on offer in Wilko, I had to pick them up! I've always enjoyed using L'Oreal Elvive products and this was no exception. I love how thick the formula is and it leaves my hair really soft. Since having my hair highlighted a couple of weeks ago, I've noticed it gets greasy more quickly in between washes and so I'm hoping this will help keep it looking fresher for a bit longer.



2. Nivea Men Sensitive Post Shave Balm (Wilko, reduced to £2.45)
If you're a beauty blogger or a just a general beauty fanatic you've probably heard about the new trend of using this Nivea Men Post Shave Balm as a cheap alternative to a primer. I saw it on the shelf for half price and so I couldn't resist picking it up to try out this bizarre technique. The balm is slightly tacky once its put on the skin and I suppose it acts as a kind of an adhesive for your make-up to stay on your face for longer. I'm kind of rubbish at testing out things like this because I always forget to check the state of my face at the end of the day/night but looking back at photos taken through the night that I wore this, it does look like my make-up is fairing better than it usually does in a sweat-ridden bar/club!

3. Osmo Intensive Deep Repair Mask (Feel Unique, £3)
I feel like my hair needs a bit of a pick-me-up and so I thought I'd try this brand from Feel Unique. I've never even heard of Osmo but it was very affordable and I read some good reviews so I'm giving it a go! I haven't actually tried it yet so nothing to report back so far but I'll be sure to give it a review if I get on with it.



4. Marks & Spencer Two-Chained Necklace (M&S, reduced to £4)
Okay so not strictly drugstore beauty but it's a recent accessory purchase which I wanted to share with you. I couldn't find this on the website (possibly because I picked it up in-store in the sale) but oh my god I love this necklace so much. Confession: I am addicted to buying necklaces. I own so many and wear them all the time but this is definitely already one of my favourites. The semi-precious stone in the necklace is a marble-effect blogger's dream and I love the trend of wearing two chains at the moment. I'd definitely recommend checking out M&S's costume jewellery - it's VERY underrated!

5. Makeup Revolution Iconic Pro Lipstick in You're A Star (Superdrug, £2.50)
I've been a massive fan of Makeup Revolution since they launched in 2014 and I was even lucky enough to be invited to their 2nd birthday in London last month which was AMAZING. I've been on the hunt for a nude lipstick for a while and I'm very happy with this one! I love the packaging (IT'S SO PRETTY) and the colour is perfect. I'm still looking for a slightly darker nude as well so if anyone has any recommendations, hit me up!


6. Collection Highlight & Sculpt Contour Kit (Superdrug, reduced to £2.99)
I love me a contour but in all honesty, I'm rubbish at doing it. I own a couple of bronzers but they're both a little glittery for my liking. So when I saw this new Collection kit reduced from £4.19 to £2.99 I thought I'd give it a go! I love that it comes with a highlighter as well as I am becoming a huuuuge highlight fan and rarely go without it. I'm yet to try it properly but I'm very excited to test it out soon.

7. Essence Longlasting Lipliner in 05 Lovely Frappuccino (Wilko, £1.50)
Fun fact: I've never used a lip liner before! So I thought I'd break the lip liner seal (is that a phrase? It should be) and buy one that I've heard being raved about over and over. I love Essence nail polishes and so I have high hopes for their lip liner too. I'm yet to try it and I'm a little nervous that I'll look ridiculous so let me know if you have any application tips!


8. Kiko Velvet Satin Nail Lacquer in Cadet Blue (Kiko, reduced to £1.40)
Much to my over-excitement, a Kiko store recently opened in Cardiff so I had to have a little snoop around. I saw these bargain nail polishes for just £1.40 so I picked up this gorgeous turquoise colour and also a nude colour. I've tried out the nude colour and absolutely love the finish of it. It's kind of matte but not super matte (great at describing aren't I). It does chip quite easily but for the price I'm happy to reapply after a couple of days if needs be!

That's all for now! I hope you enjoyed my endless ramblings and let me know your favourite recent beauty buys!
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