Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Prepping for holiday: beauty and skincare

I was in Belfast last week and bought a couple of things that were absolutely necessary for my holiday. And a couple that were most likely not very necessary at all.... Usually when I buy skincare or beauty items I end up loving one or two items and I'm pleased with the rest of them but this time I love all of them. It's only fair that I say why, really.

Botanics All Bright Hydrating Night Cream
This was a ridiculously lucky purchase. My skin is incredibly dehydrated and my nose in particular borders on wanting to flake all about the place if I'm not careful with the creams I use, so I needed something to hydrate it but that also didn't leave my wallet weeping. Especially if I'm going to a very hot, dry country. My friend saw this and suggested it. This is the best budget night cream I've used, and probably the cheapest too (£3.49).

Una Brennan Super Facialist Tea Flower Pore Purifying Clay Mask
The only downside to this product is the ridiculously long name. Other than that, I love using this. I'm not hugely experienced with masks and I'm not very good with complicated routines either. Luckily, this does not require any specific face-expertise, it only takes five minutes and my pores look a whole lot better. Can't really ask for more.

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer
I've been using a concealer from Burjois the past few months (which I loved) and it was with a heavy heart that I decided to try something new. This concealer is brightening, provides decent coverage (an absolute necessity since I have some pretty insane dark circles under my eyes. Thanks genes.) and costs basically nothing. Good purchase.

L'Oreal Telescopic False Lash Mascara (Waterproof)
A year ago I used a mascara from No7 (which I loved) and then I switched to a cheaper one from Burjois (which I didn't like at all) so I've been looking forward to buying the L'Oreal Telescopic for a good six months or so. Unfortunately I couldn't find the one that all the bloggers rave about. Fortunately I found this new formula and it is brilliant. My eyelashes have plenty of volume. They just have no length whatsoever, so some kind of magic lengthening ability is what I look for in a mascara and this has it. Plus it stays on no matter what I do during the day. Successful holiday purchase.

MaxFactor Miracle Touch Cream Blush
This was, strictly speaking, not a necessary purchase. But I don't own a single cream blush and I've heard so much good about this particular one.... So I caved. It is really pretty and I'm slowly getting better at applying it too. No regrets!

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