BEAUTY HAUL + REVIEW // LUSH & SUPERDRUG // DRUGSTORE MAKEUP // NATURAL BODYCARE



Most likely due to the beautyphile in me, I find that there is something so calming about scanning the drugstore beauty stands to find which new mascara or lipstick will adorn your face next. The purpose of it being to transform yourself into someone new if you wish to - or to bring you back to yourself with a familiar and comfortable look created with fresh, unused products.

This month, all of my daily makeup and beauty items hit pan at a similar time, so I decided to treat myself to some new products instead of replacing them like for like. I also popped into Lush for a new body wash, I feel pretty smug that I managed to make a 1kg bottle of The Olive Branch last almost a year...with daily use! Completely unintentionally, and quite mindlessly I have since realised that a large portion of these products are actually from L'Oreal, an upper tier drugstore brand I don't normally sway towards. Perhaps I've graduated to another product level... I'm a long way since my Sabrina's Secrets days! Whatever the reason, I've been trying them out, some good...some not so good but more on that later.

Base + Brows
L'Oreal Infallible Foundation Stick - £8.99 at Superdrug

I love stick foundations, the easy of them make it so ridiculously quick and easy to simply draw some lines on your face and blend them all out for coverage. They are particularly good for areas you want to even out, for example, if you have redness around your nose or dark circles, but don't want a heavy duty foundation masking your skin. The L'Oreal Infallible Foundation Stick is good, in fact, it's really good. The creamy, blendable formula is available in a number of shades and flattering undertones. It's pretty long lasting too and provides a matte finish, without looking chalky. Use it as a foundation, a concealer or a contour product, it really is super versatile.


L'Oreal Paris Brow Artist Genius Kit (Medium to Dark) - £9.99 at Superdrug

I'm always keen to try new brow products and I'd say brows are the area of beauty where I am most fickle. The latest brow kit I've been trying out is the L'Oreal Paris Brow Artist Genius Kit in the medium to dark variant. Firstly, the packaging on this feels really high quality and the contents include a mini pair of tweezers and a small spooley - perfect for when you're on the go! The pigmentation of the powder and settling wax isn't too warm and covers sparse areas of the brow nicely. Nothing to write home about, but a nice little brow set all the same.


 Eyes + Lips



L'Oreal Paris Volume Million Lashes Mascara In Extra Black - £10.99 at Superdrug

So many people have recommended the L'Oreal Paris Volume Million Lashes Mascara In Extra Black to me, I've lost count how many tip-offs I've had. One thing that those waxing lyrical about this mascara all have in common, is that they all say your lashes will be insanely lengthed and volumised. They're not wrong either, this mascara is full throttle. The brush is comprised as a number of long and short plastic bristles which you can use to really dig deep into the root of the lashes whilst separating them and adding thickness. I'm not sure about the mascara's claims of being extra black, I'd like to compare it to another in the line, but it is pretty good and I'd be keen to try the 'excess' variant next time.



L'Oreal Paris Infallible Single Eyeshadow Paint - £5.99 at Superdrug

First up I must add that this shade is an excellent dupe for the Rosie for Autograph Cream Eyeshadow stick in the shade 'Sparkle and magic' which retails at £12.50. But what has to be noted is just how awesome the formula of the L'Oreal Paris Infallible Single Eyeshadow Paint is. It's creamy and pigmented and slides onto the eyelid in just one stroke, no mess and no slipping around. This liquid to powder formula has extreme staying power. Honestly, once this stuff is one...it really isn't budging for quite some time! I have the pewter coloured paint and it doesn't half make bluey/grey eyes pop.



L'Oreal Paris Infallible 24HR 2 step lipstick in 'Ever Nude' - £9.99 at Superdrug

Perhaps I picked the wrong shade but the formula for this long-wearing matte lipstick is AWFUL! Sure, when it comes to matte lipsticks, a level of dryness is to be expected but my word, this is lip bobblingly terrible. The balm side is however GORGEOUS and provides a really beautiful sheen to the lips, I have been using the duo for that balm alone. I've tried applying the lipstick a number of ways but always end up with a weird purple line around my lips with the colour moving around - any tips on how to get this working are more than welcome!


 And from Lush...

Plum Rain Shower Gel - £19.95 for 500g at Lush

When it comes to my preference of shower products, the more citrusy and herbally the better. I've never been one for sugary, sweet fragrances and that's why Lush' eye wateringly potent formulas really hit the spot for me. I love 'The Olive Branch' but was tempted to try a new fragrance. When I inhaled the sweet and punchy aroma of 'Plum Rain' I was unsteady on my feet, consumed by this utterly beautiful aroma! I actually look forward to my nightly shower, just to apply this deep purple goodness!


Lush Bewitched - £4.95 at Lush

My favourite seasonal bath bomb is back! The Bewitched bubble bar. Firstly, how sweet is this gorgeous little cat and secondly, the blurb about it on the Lush site makes me want to give their copywriter a massive high five! I'm hoping that this is a lucky cat, god knows I need it but it is SO divine I cannot even tell you. The bergamot oils and blackberry sums up Autumn in a scent. Not to mention how soft it leaves the skin post bubble bath.



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