Tuesday, 26 January 2016

It's been a long time since I've posted really splurged on a big drugstore haul. When I first started getting into makeup, I remember every time I got paid, I'd go down to Boots and blow it all on pretty coloured lipsticks and new foundations. That's definitely a thing of the past, as now I have my student loan, and feel like a millionaire (for the first few weeks) and prefer to spend my money on high end products instead - they just feel so luxe, and look really good on my Instagram feed. However, I really felt like going down to Superdrug and testing out some new stuff - I wanted to try the Mary-Lou Manizer from the Balm, and buy some new eyelashes. Of course, I got sucked into their fancy new sparkly counters, and ended up with a whole basketful of random makeup I definitely didn't need. But least I get to tell you all about it!

At the MUA counter I saw these and was instantly smitten, mostly due to them being dirt cheap. There's just something about makeup that's under a fiver that makes me thing "wow, I need to have that". I was interested to try the Pro-Base concealer, as I have a lot of redness around my nose, and really bad dark circles. Unfortunately, this wasn't even worth the £3 it cost. The colours are all really creamy, but they just melt into the face and have no colour payoff. Then, if you add foundation after, it just clings to it. Also: this could just be me being silly, but it's really hard to open.

The Pro-Base powder reminded me of YSL's new powder in their spring collection, which is why I picked it up. It's okay, but I think it's more of a gimmick. I didn't notice any magical colour correcting abilities, but I am going to keep using it, along with my Laura Mercier powder.

Purple. Lilac. Violet. My new obsession. Mostly lilac, which I will post on later. I wanted to get my hands on some purple eyeshadows, so this Bourjois quad seemed perfect to create a nice smokey eye. The Makeup Revolution eyeshadow was only a pound, so straight into the basket it went. 

Honestly, I don't know why I bought the lipstick!! I don't want to wear it. It smells a bit funny, and I don't think the colour will suit me. I might give it a go, and then give it to my friend who has a much darker skintone, because I know it would definitely look amazing on her.

Unfortunately the shadows don't swatch too well (Bourjois are the top three, the bottom is the Makeup Revolution one in the shade Insomnia) but for the price, they're a good start to my purple collection.

This lilac nail polish from Lottie was a bit of a gamble - it was £5.99 which is more than I usually care to spend on brands I don't know, but I love it! It's super shiny and long wearing, and my favourite colour ever. 

The Bourjois crayon is in the shade Mauve Baroque, and I bought this because I saw Gabbie (velvetgh0st) recommend it. I've never really tried eye shadow crayons like this, just because I'd feel a bit weird drawing on my eye, and I feel like I'd be the one to poke my eye out. I can't wait to try it though, since it's a really nice dusty rose shade.

As you can see from the swatch, it's really pigmented and has a nice bit of shimmer in it. 
Don't judge the tattoo. 

Miss Sporty blush. We've travelled back in time - I'm in Year 7, I've just done my eyelashes with blue mascara, my lips are covered in foundation, and I'm piling on Miss Sporty blush. Just kidding, but Miss Sporty is definitely that kind of brand, right? But I saw this and the geometric pattern just made me want it. It's actually a really nice pink colour with a bit of shimmer - it's subtle on the cheeks, as it's not too pigmented, but I really like the look it gives. It's a hidden gem in the midst of middle school drugstore beauty products. 

I got the Bourjois lipstick for free with my other Bourjois products, in the shade 40. I don't think the colour suits me either, unfortunately, but it's a really nice lipstick. Does anyone else find that they watch everyone else find the perfect lip colours? I feel like everything looks nice on everyone else and horrible on me. I don't know what my perfect shade is!! I do like a good red, but I can't wear that everyday. I'm enjoying Mac Modesty at the moment, but sometimes I feel like I look a bit dead. Pale girls with dark hair, send me your recs!

I really like highlighters in this white shade, and this one from Makeup Revolution is super cheap, super glittery, and super good at highlighting. I don't prefer it to my Mary-Lou Manizer (spoiler alert) but if you need a cheap highlighter, or maybe one for touch ups when you're on the go and you don't want to risk breaking your proper one, I'd recommend this.

Finally, I picked up these two cult beauty products...finally.

I love the Mary-Lou Manizer. I can't say much else. Everyone loves it. Go buy it. Please.

As for the Dipbrow Pomade, where has it been my whole life?! I love this too - although I got the shade dark brown, and I think I need a lighter one. Still, I'm making it work, and absolutely adore it. If you've ever put it in your Beautybay basket and taken it out, like I did a hundred times, just go and put it back in and seal the deal. You won't regret it.

Thanks for reading & I hope you enjoyed my haul. Have you tried any of these products?

- Charlie CP xx


  1. I got the Mary-Lou Manizer and Dipbrow Pomade in December and am now fully obsessed!