Tuesday 28 June 2016

Drugstore mini haul! Maybelline, Sleek MakeUP, Bourjois and more

Hello, beauties! I've been on a bit of a drugstore craze lately, so today I'm bringing you another beauty haul! I love high-end makeup, but these days I see it as more of a special treat, rather than something I'd purchase regularly. I feel that with drugstore makeup there is just so much more to choose from, and the quality is often just as good as premium brands. Since it was my payday last week, I placed a little order with Boots for a few items that have been on my wishlist for a while. Today, I will be sharing with you my general thoughts and first impressions of these recent purchases. Hope you enjoy!

Bourjois Little Round Pot blushers (£7.99)
I know that I'm quite late to the party here, but this was actually my first time trying Bourjois blushers and so far, I'm very impressed! The shade range is amazing and versatile (there are about 18 to choose from on the Boots website) offering both matte and shimmery finishes. The ones I picked up are Rose Frisson (a bright, warm pink with peachy undertones), Rose Ambre (a deep, dusty rose with a matte finish) and Santal (a warm bronze with a hint of shimmer). These are easy to apply and have a very distinct smell to them, which makes me think of roses and heavy powder. They come with a little brush which is handy, although I prefer to use my own brush for these, since the one that's included is a little small. Another lovely thing is that these came with a free pair of sunglasses! I'm not sure whether the offer is still valid, but you can get these if you purchase any three Bourjois products from Boots. Full review and swatches of these blushers will be up soon, but I'll need to pick up a few more shades first!

Sleek MakeUP I-Divine eyeshadow palettes (£8.99)
Eyeshadow palettes are my biggest weakness when it comes to makeup, and after hearing so much about the Sleek MakeUP palettes, I just had to try them! There are countless amounts of palettes available in the I-Divine range, and the ones I picked up are Oh So Special (left) and A New Day (right). Both of these contain twelve wearable eyeshadows, although I feel that Oh So Special is a little more thought-out and has more interesting shades. I especially adore the light shimmery pinks, which I think will be great for creating some casual summer looks. The quality of these is pretty good considering the low price - the eyeshadows are nicely pigmented, although very powdery and difficult to apply evenly. There is quite a lot of fallout, particularly with the darker shades. I'm still quite pleased with these as I wasn't expecting much in the first place, but I'm not sure as to how much I will actually use them. Full review and swatches of both palettes will be up soon!

Maybelline Colour Sensational Blushed Nudes lipstick (£6.99)
I've been absolutely loving nude lipsticks lately, so I'm very happy to expand my collection with these beauties by Maybelline. I think that there are only about four shades available in the Blushed Nudes range, and the ones I picked up are Fairly Bare and Pink Fling. I was impressed with how comfortable and creamy these feel on the lips, although the lasting power isn't particularly good (which doesn't bother me, since they are very easy to re-apply). I'm totally in love with the colours, especially Pink Fling which is a very feminine, subtle, 'your lips but much better' kind of pink. Fairly Bare is a little light, but I still like it and I think that it's perfect for everyday wear. The only thing I dislike about these is the scent - it's artificially sweet and quite strong, and sticks around for a while after application. If you'd like to see a full review and swatches of these, please let me know!

Maybelline Fit Me Matte & Poreless foundation (£5.99); NYX Vinyl liquid liner (£5.50)
The Maybelline foundation was on my wishlist for a while, as it's supposedly amazing for oily skin. I've worn it a couple of times so far, and honestly, I'm not overly impressed. I like how it helps me to control the shine throughout the day, but I have to apply a ton of product to get the coverage I want. It's also not very long lasting - the foundation becomes patchy after about five hours, and it rubs off really easily. I will continue on using it, but I don't see myself repurchasing this again. Thankfully, the NYX eyeliner was a massive hit - I was on the lookout for a new liquid liner that could put up with my ridiculously oily eyelids, and I think I've finally found it! This liner is easy to apply precisely thanks to the thin brush, and it stays in place all day.

OGX Kukui Oil shampoo and Macadamia Oil conditioner (£6.99)
I fell in love with OGX after trying their Moroccan Argan Oil range, so I decided to explore their hair products a little more. I went with whatever had the most positive reviews on the Boots website, and so far, I'm not disappointed! The Kukui Oil shampoo especially smells absolutely divine, and it leaves my hair feeling silky and smooth. The Macadamia Oil conditioner is lightweight and really helps with detangling, although I don't find it as effective as the argan oil one. I also received a couple of free samples from Dove of their Oxygen shampoo and conditioner, but I haven't had a chance to use them yet. Has anyone else tried them? Which OGX conditioner would you recommend?

Overall, I think that this was a pretty successful haul! I'm especially loving the NYX eyeliner, and I'm very excited to experiment with the Sleek MakeUP palettes a little more. I'm also very happy with all the extra freebies (Boots seem to have a lot of tempting offers going on at the moment!), and considering that the entire haul cost me less money than a single Chanel/Dior eyeshadow palette would, I'm very pleased! It really makes me wonder whether high-end makeup is even worth it anymore... It's good to treat yourself to something luxurious from time to time, but overall, drugstore makeup is often just as good and you can get so much more for your money. Would anyone else agree? What are you thoughts on drugstore vs. high-end makeup?


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