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Sunday, 26 April 2015

Drugstore Haulin'.

Okay, so 'drugstore' may be the American term but it made for a snappier title than 'I Spent Too Much in Boots'. I have a gift for finding beauty related purchases I didn't even know I needed whenever I'm in Boots and/or Superdrug. As they're technically pharmacies, something within me can convince myself that I really need that new liquid eyeliner because I'm not perusing the isles of a beauty hall. It's so much more tempting to pop that latest release in your basket alongside your everyday necessities. I tend to have my guard up when I'm at the high-end counters, only indulging in what I really want need.

Like I said, I have a gift. I was in the city centre with a friend who was anxious to get back to work -oh the joys of exam season - and was in Boots for less than ten minutes. I only went in for dry shampoo and came out with a new cleanser, shampoo and conditioner, a liquid eyeliner, a compact powder, and a 'Real Techniques' eyeshadow brush (not pictured here - mainly because I forgot but also because I'm planning on writing a review in coming weeks haha). Phew.
I've been using the L'Oreal Crystal Nutri-Gloss range on and off for a few years now. In all honesty, it's not quite up there with Aussie in terms of making my hair feel super soft and smell delicious but it does the job. And because I'm just that superficial, I don't take much convincing when it comes to buying glittery shampoo - just sayin'. These were on special offer so I picked up one shampoo and two conditions just because I have a tendency to use half a bottle in one go when I get overexcited and want to treat my locks. 3 for 2 in Boots, keep your eyes peeled.
I've been trying to shake up the skincare routine of late. The Body Shop's Cleansing Oil has served me well the past year but it's got to the point where my skin is so used to this product that it doesn't have an effect on it anymore. I wrote about my beloved Sephora Cleansing Wipes and how I finished my last pack at the start of this month and so I was very much in the market for something new. I'd noticed the Garnier Miceller Cleansing Water on my sister's dressing table over Easter and was intrigued. Pair my curiosity with a reduced price tag of £3 and I was sold. I've only been using it for a couple of days but I looove this product. It effortlessly melts away my make-up without irritating my skin and leaves it feeling refreshed. I've personally used another cleanser after this step just to get every ounce of grime off my face - I'm an obsessive cleanser, it's a problem. I can see this Cleansing Water becoming a staple in my nightly routine.
My local Boots at home doesn't have a Soap & Glory counter so it's only natural that I get a little excited when I found a brilliant one here in Southampton. I'm a liquid eyeliner girl at heart but have lacking a good liner for quite some time. Don't get me started on the Benefit 'They're Real' Push Up Liner, that was one hyped-up product which did nothing for me. At just £6 and with some big blogging names singing its praises, how could I resist the Soap & Glory Supercat liner? It'll be put to the test tomorrow for my full day of uni. I promise to report back on this one.
I stand by the fact that this could be considered a necessary purchase - I hit the pan of my Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder last week and had been meaning to pick up another one. I can't rave about this powder enough - in fact, I already did in my 'The Beauty Blogger Made Me Buy It' post. It's sets foundation perfectly without making things look 'cakey', i.e. my greatest beauty pet peeve. The shade 'Vanilla' fits me perfectly, this is a product that ticks all the boxes and has a drugstore price tag.
Which takes me neatly to my final purchase - the one I actually ventured into Boots for. Dry shampoo isn't the most exciting purchase but it's a necessity for me. I was a little bit heartbroken that this super duper branch of Boots doesn't stock the COLAB dry shampoo - a quick Google search later and I think it's exclusive to Superdrug. Sigh. But as I'm such a big Aussie fan, I thought why not give their latest addition a go? As far as first impressions go, the Miracle Mega Instant Dry Shampoo smells amazing. An almost tropical scent, that I can't quite put my finger on - subtle and not too overbearing means this gets a big thumbs up from me. It has combated my greasy roots pretty well but it's left that horrible mattifying texture to my hair that just leaves it feeling more dirty than to start with. Some women love a bit of texture, but for me, there's nothing worse than running your fingers through stiff, almost powdery hair. Yuck. Looks like I'll be making special trips to Superdrug to stock up on the COLAB goodness.

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