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Latest Purchases #86 – US Drugstore Haul

I ended up buying quite a bit of make-up and skincare items when we were on holiday so decided to split them into a Sephora Haul (coming next week!) and a kind of high street/ drugstore one. I tried to stick to brands that either aren’t available in the UK or products that I hadn’t seen on the shelves in Boots or Superdrug before. I think I was fairly restrained as I could have added a lot more into my basket!

First of all, not strictly a US purchase but one I used every day on holiday after buying it in Duty Free. This perfume from D&G is my first perfume from the brand and I really like it. I’m rubbish at trying to describe scents but I thought this was fruity and summery and every time I smell it now I think of our holiday.

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Next, a few bits I picked up in Bath & Bodyworks. I love this shop and if I wasn’t so worried about our luggage allowance, I would have treated myself to some of their candles too. I always have one of these scented hand sanitizers in my handbag so picked up some new scents – I picked some lovely summery ones but the ‘Napa Valley Sunset’ is my favourite as it is wine-inspired!

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Some Essie nail varnish next and I managed to narrow this down to three new shades; Chillato (a pastel pistachio – I blogged about it here), Where’s My Chauffeur (a turquoise-blue) and Golden Nuggets (a gold glitter).

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Another nail product from Sally Hansen, the Salon Effects Nail Stickers. I have tried these before and they are really good. They sit on your nails just like nail varnish and I loved this cool geometric pattern.

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Some lip balms next and the first one is from from Eos in Coconut Milk. I really like the formulas of these and the little egg shape it comes in!

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I also picked up a Burt’s Bees Rose Tinted Lip Balm. I thought this would be a chunky colour stick but the cardboard packaging was just for show and it’s just a regular little stick. There isn’t much colour pay-off from this but I always find this brand to be good quality so look forward to using this.

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This seemed a fun product next from Chapstick with a double ended, duo-flavoured stick.

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I wanted to try a few things from the brand Milani and read glowing reviews of their baked blushers. I picked up Corallina which is a beautiful rosey coral pink with a gold shimmer running through it. I think it looks beautiful although the lid cracked in my suitcase so I won’t be taking it in on my travels. I noticed a rattling sound when I picked this up and found a little mirror and brush underneath which is quite handy. I have swatched this and it is very glowy so can double up as a highlighter too.

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I also bought two eyeshadows in different formulas. Bella Cappuccino is a satin matte formula in a warm, medium brown with a hint of golden shimmer. I wasn’t sure what ‘satin matte’ would be like (surely it’s one or the other?!) but it’s actually a perfect description for this formula. I wouldn’t say this isn’t hugely pigmented and is slightly on the chalky side but a good ‘base’ colour for me.

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However, Bella Bronze is a different story! This is a metallic eyeshadow in a deep bronze with a beautiful coppery shimmer. The formula of this is so soft and buttery and it blends really well too. Of the two, I would definitely buy from the metallic range again.

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Another brand that we don’t get in the UK but has some real gems is Wet n Wild. I decided to try out one of their mascaras and there was so much choice! I opted for Megaplump and will let you know how I get on.

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I also picked up a blusher in the shade Mellow Wine. It may be a tad on the dark side for me – I will have to apply this with a light touch! This also contained a little brush, although like the Milani one, it doesn’t feel amazing quality.

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People seem to go mad for the Wet n Wild eyeshadow palettes so I picked up a small one named Silent Treatment. It contains three eyeshadows, embossed with ‘browbone’, ‘crease’ and ‘eyelid’ to use all three together – very handy for those less confident with a smoky eye. These are lovely eyeshadows although the darkest shade is a bit glittery so more of a night time look for me.

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I also wanted to try a lip product from this brand and am really into chunky lip pencils at the moment so picked up a Megaslicks Balm Stain in the shade Red-ioactive (I love the name!) This is so pigmented and although it applies with a gloss, after that has faded you are still left with a really strong wash of colour – I like this a lot.

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Carrying on with the lip products, NYX is another brand that was on my list to try so I bought one of their butter glosses in the shade Peach Cobbler – maybe it was just for the name?! This is a pretty peachy coral colour sitting somewhere between sheer and opaque and as it is a gloss it gives a very lush finish but is a tad sticky.

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Finally, a little trip down memory lane with a good old faithful mascara. I saw this at the till for a couple of dollars so thought why not?! It was only when I opened it that I realised I had picked up the shade Royal Blue. However, coloured mascaras seem to be having a bit of a comeback worn at the tips over black mascara so I shall give that look a go with this mascara.

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Phew – I am so excited to start using these items and seeing which ones will make it into my daily routine! x

My Bedtime Beauty Routine

I often wonder how ‘professional’ beauty bloggers manage to give something a really good and honest review when they seem to use about 5 different products on their face morning and night and are constantly trying out different foundations and face masks.

I have a fairly standard evening beauty routine that I have honed over the past year or so, testing out the odd new product here and there and this current one works for me at this time of year when my skin is on the dry side from the constant central heating inside and cold winds outside.

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First of all, I tie my hair back (it’s just about long enough!) and use my beloved Liz Earle ‘Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser’ with a soft muslin cloth to remove most of my makeup. There is a reason why this is such a cult product and although it is a bit pricey it’s one that I repurchase as soon as it has run out. Saying that, I have bought another couple of these cleansers to try out soon to see how they compare.

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After drying my face I cleanse again using Clinique’s Take The Day Off Cleansing Milk. The reason I don’t use this alone is that I find it stings slightly around the eyes. This may just be me as I have quite sensitive eyes, but it’s a lovely fresh formula on the rest of my face.

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Next I tone using B. Pure Micellar Water, a dupe for Bioderma and a fraction of the price too!

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I use a serum next. I really like the Vitamin E one from The Body Shop but I have several from recent Birchboxes I am trying to use up and currently apply Matriskin’s Collagen Serum. I love that this comes with a little pipette and I feel like a scientist applying it!

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Despite having put this product on last for years, I then apply an eye cream or gel. Apparently, applying this before the night cream means it is ‘sealed in’ better to work its magic. I am using a festive Frankincense and Orange Blossom Eye Gel from a little shop in Bath and I love how cooling the gel feels at the end of a long day.

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Next I moisturise. I am currently finishing off my tub of Rose Co Rose Water which I reviewed here. I love the rose scent it leaves on my skin and it is a great moisturiser.

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A bit of lip balm and that it is it for the face. I like these Roll-on lip oils by The Body Shop and have a few different flavours.

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I finish off with some Burt’s Bees Cuticle Cream and then a hand and foot cream – I’m currently using Hand Food and Heel Genius both by Soap and Glory.

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Once a week I have also been using this Body Shop Vitamin E Moisturising Mask. I really like that this is just like a thick cream that sits on the skin rather than a clay mask that dries and makes you feel as though you can’t move your face.

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Of course, there are the occasional, lazy days when I do reach for the face wipes but on the whole I have been trying to be good and do the coveted ‘double cleanse’ and I have to say my skin is feeling rather good because of it!

What is your bedtime beauty routine? x