Sally Hansen Love

Do you want a range of colours that are pretty chip-resistant which come at drugstore prices? I thought you might.

Let me introduce you to the world of Sally Hansen. I’m sure lots of you are already familiar, but I’ve only welcomed these top-notch polishes into my vanity cabinet about six months ago.

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From the very first application, I instantly fell in love. I have never found another nail polish which glides on so easily. Gone are the days of peeling off dried polish from my cuticles. One stroke of these leaves a highly-pigmented, stay-all-day colour.

My favourite range from the brand is their “Complete Salon Manicure” which comes as a very reasonable £6.99. It boasts seven benefits in a bottle, including growth treatment and a gel shine finish. I rock the shade “All Fired Up” which is a gorgeous, orangey-red. I have been asked at work whether they are professional and shellac – so that’s all the endorsement needed!

I also use the nail strengthener and fast drying topcoat but, in all honesty, you could easily go without these.

What are your favourite nail polish brands?

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L’Oreal Paris Nude Magique Cushion Foundation

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This has to be one of the most highly hyped products of 2016. I watched my favourite vloggers receiving their samples long before it hit shelves and I for one could not wait. A few months after its release, is this a firm favourite in my makeup routine?

The answer is no, sadly. There is nothing particularly bad about it, I just find myself reaching for it much less than anticipated. Turns out I still use my regular liquid foundations despite the convenience of a sponge and applicator in one tidy package. The one time this comes in handy is on the go. I keep this in my bag for those nights out, work day top ups or unexpected post office pub trips.

I would say this is medium coverage but is very buildable. I have the shade porcelain which is a good match for my pale skin, but there are better matches out there for me. I would say L’Oreal could make a huge improvement by including darker shades so every skin tone is catered for. They did make huge leaps forward with their True Match range earlier in the year and it would be nice to see all products/brands following suit.

But would I repurchase? Probably not. I don’t think I have the need for such a portable foundation when I use so little as it is. It’s a fine product, and perfect for so many, just not needed by me. And at £14.99 it is on the pricier side for a drugstore piece. I prefer to spend a little bit more on a higher end liquid foundation that will stay in place all day, leaving these products redundant.

It will be interesting to see if this a gimmick that will pass with time or whether more brands will take up the cushion trend. Have you tried any of these products? Where do they sit in your makeup routine? I’ll be very interested to hear about your experiences in the comments.

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On a side note, I am selling lots more items on depop including makeup bundles. Check out my store here.

 

B. Pure Sensitive Micellar Cleansing Wipes

STOP PRESS! I have found The One. I’ve looked far and wide, met some promising candidates, but finally had that “this is it” moment when these gorgeous cleansing wipes from Superdrug reached my face.

Yes, I’m talking wipes here, what were you thinking?! Look, I know these products are frowned upon by many skincare experts, but I use them in the initial stage of my multi-step skincare routine and my skin is blemish free (without bragging). We all have different skin that each has different needs, but I find these convenient and time saving.

 

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I use wipes to take makeup off BEFORE cleansing with a proper remover and/or micellar water and/or cleanser. Sometimes all four. Sometimes only two.

That’s not to say these aren’t effective but it is important to double cleanse: the first step is to remove makeup and the second to actually clean your skin.

I have tried similar products from Simple, Olay, Nivea, Garnier – even Primark – but nothing beats these. It demonstrates that drugstore own brands can be just as good as the prominent players in the skin care industry, producing their own holy grail candidates.

Unlike the dry and flimsy nature of some of these brands, I find the Superdrug version have the perfect balance of moisture and roughness.  Thanks to the addition of micellar water, these wipes actually remove even waterproof makeup and not just smear it around your face!

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B. Pure Sensitive Micellar Cleansing Wipes retail for £2.99 from Superdrug and are currently two for one, so hurry!

Do you love the convenience of facial wipes or are they a big no in your skincare routine?

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#DrugstoreWeek: My current highstreet beauty faves/routine!

Bleurghhh. It’s that dark, dank time of year where everyone is sick. Apologies for the lack of posts so far in 2016 as I have been suffering with a bad cold/chest infection/sore throat thing.

But that’s enough about me. It’s drugstore week! And here are my current high-street beauty favourites…

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Let’s start with the face. I thoroughly believe in the power of a primer and adore the Rimmel London Lasting Finish Primer which is £6.99 from Boots. This is very a lightweight primer which absorbs quickly – leaving my face ready for whatever I choose the throw at it.

After this I apply the Collection Perfecting Minerals Foundation (Light To Medium) but this has sadly been discontinued. I include it here because I finishing it up and have yet to find my replacement!

I love the built in brush application and it does not cake onto my fine lines – which are slowly appearing as I quickly approach the big 3-zero. You may still be able to grab this online from places like Amazon/eBay but please help me find the equivalent product! I tried the L’Oreal True Match Powder Foundation but the packaging frustrated me so much by leaving stray powder over my clothes and carpet. Not good. It may work once decanted into an empty jar but until I have one spare I will not touch it.

Moving onto brows I have a product that is technically not drugstore but it is highstreet, so I don’t count this as cheating! If you haven’t checked out the beauty range from H&M then you are really missing out on some top notch products that come at a very reasonable price tag.

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This eyebrow pencil  has replaced the trusty Soap & Glory archery as my ultimate brow product and it’s only £2.99! They come in a range of shades and personally I find the colours offered match me better (I use espresso brown) and look more natural than the Soap & Glory archery. I set this using the transparent Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Mascara (£4.99, Boots).

Eyes are pretty straightforward: I start by applying the No7 Stay Perfect Smoothing & Brightening Eye Base (£7, Boots) followed by the Makeup Revolution Eye-Shadow Palette Flawless (£8, Superdrug; pictured at the top of this post). This is excellent value with 32 highly pigmented, versatile shades. I am still exploring my options with this palette so use different shades depending on my mood and the occasion.

I always follow with my signature cat-eye using the Rimmel London Exaggerate Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner (£5.29, Boots),  Rimmel Soft Khol Kajal Eye Pencil (jet black, £2.99, Boots) and the L’Oréal Paris Telescopic Mascara (£10.99 Boots).

For lips I love to moisturise using the Rimmel London Lip Conditioning Balm by Kate (£2.99, Boots) for simple days. I am lucky in that my lips have a nice natural shade for those neutral days and so lip-colour is not a part of my everyday beauty repertoire. If I am feeling a bit more adventurous and am going for some colour, I begin by prepping my lips using this primer from H&M (£7.99) which really acts as a good base.

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My current fave is the tinted lip butter from Revlon in the shade Peach Parfait  (£7.99, Boots) as it is a subtle shade that also provides moisture – perfect for the cold, winter months. I also am enjoying Flutter Kisses from NYX in their high voltage range (£5.50, Boots). This is again a subtle shade – your lips but better.

What are your drugstore favourites? Can you recommend any buys for my low-end (but not low-quality) collection?

Wrap up and stay warm people.

xoxoxo