Friday, 16 August 2013

First impressions haul

Hey dolls! I've purchased quite a few beauty bits recently that I'm currently testing before reviewing thoroughly, and thought it might be fun to write a haul post covering first impressions. I always enjoy reading about peoples' first impressions of new products, especially if those initial thoughts change over time, so here are mine. Enjoy!

Botanics All Bright Cleansing Foam Wash £3.99

I picked this up because I'm in need of a gentle yet effective face wash to use in the mornings and in the evenings as part of my nightly double cleanse. Botanics products are currently on sale in store at Boots, so I was able to get this for about £2. My skin can often appear quite dull so I'm hoping this gel, packed with brightening hibiscus, will lift my complexion a little as well as provide a gentle, soothing cleanse/pre-cleanse. I've used this once so far and immediately warmed to it. It has a subtle floral scent, foams well and leaves my skin soft and not at all tight or dry. So far, so good!

L'Oreal Skin Perfection Advanced Correcting Serum £13.33

L'Oreal's new Skin Perfection range is also on sale at Boots with 1/3 off the usual price (£13.33 as opposed to £19.99) I've been wanting to incorporate a serum into my skincare routine for a long time now but have never been able to find one gentle enough or one targeted specifically towards younger skin on the high street. I can't quite afford a more expensive brand so when I saw this I decided to give it a go. It's aimed at those in their twenties/thirties and claims to 'transform the appearance of skin quality', evening out skin tone and texture while minimising pores, which is exactly what I'm looking for. I've used it twice so far (morning and night) and it has a lovely texture, sinking into skin quickly and making a good base for makeup. I'm looking forward to seeing whether it makes a visible difference to the condition of my skin over time. 

Real Techniques brushes 'Expert Face Brush' & 'Blusher Brush'  £9.99 each

Real Techniques are currently buy one get one half price at Boots (I'm loving all these offers!) so I thought I'd venture into the makeup brush world, starting with perfecting my base. I am so excited about these! I don't have a big makeup brush collection by any means, and I've always relied on my fingers to apply pretty much any type of product, but having bought and used these two brushes I'm a complete convert. I didn't realise just how much of a difference using professional tools makes to how your makeup looks. The Expert Face Brush is incredible; the bristles are dense enough to offer high coverage when applying foundation and when blending concealer. Rather than liquid products sliding around my face, this ensures they settle where I want them to go. Spots and scars are covered so much more effectively than when I simply use my fingers. As for the shaped Blusher Brush, this is a miracle worker for flawless blusher application. One or two sweeps and I look instantly glowing. I can't wait to purchase some more Real Techniques brushes and build my collection!

MUA 1D Oh My Glow Blush 'Rose Riot' £3

I know, I know... I seem to recall tweeting something along the lines of 'I'd rather scoop my eyeballs out with a spoon then buy 1D merchandise' when I first heard about MUA's One Direction collaboration, but I stumbled across a few reviews and the cheek tints seemed to be received particularly favourably, so I had a little swatch and I'm seriously impressed. The pigmentation of this little twist-up cream blush is brilliant. 'Rose Riot' is a natural rose pink colour (duh!) and a little really does go a long way, unlike the awful Revlon cheek tints available in near identical packaging. The texture is initially creamy before settling into a natural powder finish and the product is seriously easy to blend. You can either dab a little on to your cheeks with your fingers or with a makeup brush to give a natural flush of colour.

Revlon Lip Butter 'Peach Parfait' £7.99

Another offer! Selected Revlon products are currently two for £10 at Superdrug. I wanted to try the new Lash Potion mascara and as that costs £9.99 I figured I'd throw in a Lip Butter pretty much for free. Bargain! I've always liked the look of 'Peach Parfait' and I've been using this constantly since I purchased it. I'm a huge fan of the generous colour payoff and moisturising texture, and this is a gorgeous natural peach shade with a slight shimmer. Along with 'Berry Smoothie', this is one of my favourite Lip Butter shades. 

Revlon Eyeshadow & Primer 'Metropolitan' £8.99

I spotted these palettes in US magazines months ago and had been hoping they would drop in the UK. Et voila! I know I should start branching out from neutrals but I can't help it, they lure me in every time! The 'primer' (the big rectangle) feels just like an ordinary eyeshadow texture-wise so I'm not sure what makes it different, but perhaps I'll understand more once I've experimented with the palette fully. Granted, I'm useless at shading and contouring my eyes, so I'm on the lookout for YouTube videos that might help me! Once I've practiced I'll report back. 

Revlon Lash Potion £9.99

This is another product I'd been lusting after for a long time after spotting it in US mags, and I was so excited to pick this up when I saw it in Superdrug. The packaging is gorgeous! It looks so mystical and pretty. Alas... I haven't had a good time with this so far *sobs* The brush is rather large and tends to catch on my lids a lot, meaning mascara smears everywhere, both under and over my eyes. I've found the formula to be quite clumpy and too 'wet', in that it creates a sort of sticky mess on my lashes and doesn't really volumise or lengthen as claimed by the product description. I am so disappointed. I've tried using it slowly and very carefully to avoid eye poke-age but still no luck. It just doesn't seem to work for my eye shape or lash type *major sad face*

Maybelline Baby Lips 'Minty Fresh', Peach Kiss', 'Cherry Me' £2.99 each

Hmm, it seems a lot of the products I end up buying originally feature on my 'seen in US magazines' list! These little balm sticks have caused lots of controversy since their UK release. Are they really any good? Are they overpriced? Are they just like any other lip balm? 
I saw quite a few comments made by beauty editors in various UK weekly magazines labelling Baby Lips as being 'BB cream for the lips' which immediately caused an eyebrow raise. What does that even mean?! 

Yes, these are just like any other lip balm, in my opinion... But that doesn't mean I don't like them! What were people expecting? It's a lip balm, guys. A lip balm. I'm finding them to be very moisturising and I particularly like 'Cherry Me' for the subtle red tint it gives. At £2.99 each these are certainly reasonable and worth the small expense. Although, I did also buy 'Pink Punch' and had a bit of an odd allergic reaction to it (extremely cracked lips and blister-like sore spots around my mouth) but as soon as I stopped using it, the reaction went away. I haven't experienced this with any of the other flavours available, but it's something to be aware of. I've never reacted to a lip product before so I'm not sure what happened, but, 'Pink Punch' aside, I really like Baby Lips and I've been reaching for them often.

That's about it, lovelies! What have you been hauling recently? Have you used any of the above? 

Baci e abbracci, 

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  1. Aww, this is the first review that I've read that's mentioned the "wetness" of the Revlon Lash Potion...Pity, I really don't like wet mascaras :( xx

    Daphne | Peanut Butter and Chocolate Life | bloglovin

    1. I find it really irritates my eyes and makes them water :( I was so looking forward to this mascara! Gah! The hunt for a favourite wand continues... xx

    2. Have you ever tried the One By One Mascara by Maybelline? I cannot rave about it enough! xx

    3. I haven't, I'll have to give it a go! Thanks for the recommendation, I'm so excited!xxx

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    1. I really hope it works! I've got high hopes, and so far I'm enjoying using it. It feels very refreshing and doesn't irritate my sensitive skin, so fingers crossed!xx

  3. I am using the botanics face wash at the moment. It is fantastic.

    Karen x

    1. I'm really enjoying using it, it makes me skin feel so soft and refreshed, plus it seems to remove eye makeup well too!xx

  4. Great post! I definitely want to try some real techniques brushes; it's great they are on buy one get one half price! xxx

    1. I really recommend them, they're well worth the money. I can't wait to build my collection further, the eye brushes look brilliant too!xx

  5. I'd be lost without my expert face brush! That eyeshadow palette looks lovely.

    1. Isn't the Expert Face brush incredible? The new Revlon eyeshadow palettes are lovely, such nice colour collections xx

  6. I love the colour of the Revlon Lip Butter! I may have to buy that now ;) lovely post!
    - Jem x

    1. It's gorgeous isn't it? Definitely my fave along with 'Berry Smoothie'! Do you have any other Lip Butters?xx


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