Sunday, 18 February 2018


I've FINALLY got my blogging mojo back and I thought what a better way to kick off a new year (yes, I know we're like two weeks into February) of blogging than with a haul?

This is more of a mini haul, because I managed to restrain myself and I'm trying to stick to a budget, but they are things I've tried and tested over the past couple of weeks...

From left to right: Collection Illuminating Primer Apricot | Palmer's Coconut Formula Hand Cream | Lasting Perfection Concealer Correction | Nailene Acrylic Sculpture Kit | Rimmel Insta Contour Stick | Rimmel Wake Me Up foundation | Rimmel Wake Me Up concealer | Revlon Colorstay Brow Pencil.

(N.B: Please note I purchased the above products from Superdrug so the RRP is what I paid from that shop - unless otherwise stated.)
Collection Illuminating Primer in Apricot (RRP £4.99)

I'd been looking for a primer that didn't make my skin matte - I'm really not into matte skin, at the moment, I'm all for that dewy-skin look and I think this starts at the base. I'm feeling like Collection is highly underrated. I used to buy it when I had a tenner to spend in town as a teen, but I really have enjoyed this primer. I picked it in apricot because this shade really suited my skin and really gives a natural glow to skin, while reducing my pores and it set a really good base for my foundation.

Palmer's Coconut Formula Hand Cream (RRP £1.49)

I LOVE Palmer's body butters and I LOVE coconut - so where can I go wrong with this? I couldn't I love this, it's always tucked away in my handbag and I constantly make an excuse to use it. It's deeply moisturising and really soothes my weather-battered skin (my hands can get dry when running). I liked it doesn't leave a sticky residue on my hands and the scent is lovely. However, if you're not a fan of the coconut aroma, the scent isn't overpowering, but it is there, so I would steer clear if you don't like it.

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer Correction (RRP £4.19)

I suffer from eczema and, the all too frequent, red spot, so a green corrector has been a make-up bag staple since I discovered it ten years ago, but I'd really only used the pencils or creme's - so to try a liquid was new for me, and I really liked it. I've been dotting it around any red areas, on top of primer, then blending, before applying my foundation. It really hits the spot with neutralising red tones and spots. Once again, I think Collection has drawn me back in a decade later.

Nailene Acrylic Sculpture Kit (RRP £5.99 in Bodycare)

I love getting my nails done, I don't  love spending £25 - £40 on getting them done. So, I thought I'd see if I can do my own - I can't. Ok, that's not fair, yes I can and this was a fairly easy-to-use kit, but where I lack co-ordination and a steady hand, it's fair to say I'll be recruiting help to do them for me next time. Though, in order to save £20+ a time it's handy little kit.

Rimmel Insta Contour Stick in medium (RRP £6.99)

I envy the teenagers of today that can instantly become supermodels with a million how-to videos online. Long gone are the days of dodgy blue eye shadow, dream matte mouse (two shades too dark), over-lined eyes and stick-glossed lips. No, none of them have had the struggle with make-up we had and definitely have it much easier working out what looks best on them and how to sculpt their faces to bring out their features - something I've had to learn in my adult years. So I'm always on the lookout to make this step easier - enter, the contour stick. You simply pop them and blend away.
This little duo is fab, I'm able to sculpt my face easily - it's so easy to apply and blends like a dream - when it runs out I'll think I'll definitely be repurchasing it and it comes in three different shades - bonus.

Rimmel Wake Me Up foundation in classic beige 201 (RRP £8.99)

Again, I'm all for a dewy-look with my skin at the moment, I really think it brightens up these horrid Winter day, so I was on the look out for a foundation that had good coverage, didn't make my skin matte and wasn't expensive. This is when I decided to venture back to Rimmel. I've tried this before, but only in a paler shade, so I wasn't sure how I'd feel about a more tanned shade. But lo and behold, this easy-to-apply liquid left my skin feeling soft and was comfortable to wear all day - whilst leaving me looking awake, refreshed and, frankly, less ill than I've been lately. I'm truly impressed.

Rimmel Wake Me Up concealer in classic beige (RRP £6.49)

For me, this concealer is a tried and tested, proved product that I have bought time and time again. And this time, was just a repurchase. I love this to dot on and blend, and I don't have to worry about it leaving matte patches all over my skin. I also love to use it as an under eye concealer- I have quite sensitive eyes, so it's proved to be quite gentle - and to sculpt my brows. It's one you could use with any foundation - though it doesn't have a huge range of shades to choose from.

Revlon Colorstay Brow Pencil in soft brown (RRP £6.99)

I have such a love/hate relationship with my brows - some days they do as they're told and I love them, the rest of the time they're a pain to contend with. I'm always on the hunt for new brow products to try, test and see if they'll help even my unruly brows. I loved the shade on this particular pencil, when I tested it it passed my rub-off test, then when trying it on my brows it had some really good staying power. I liked the fact I could really create precision brows, yet keeping a natural look and shape, I prefer.

So this was my haul - I would love to know if you've tried these products and what you think of them. I'd also love to know if you got some similar products you could recommend to me?

Ciao for now,

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