Soooo, I accidentally found my way to Boots and Superdrug last weekend and I bought a few bits and bobs that I thought I'd share with you all.
I'm going to start off with the Superdrug side of things. All the things that I bought from Superdrug are skincare related with one nail care item thrown in.
The first thing I picked up was Superdrug's Detoxifying Dead Sea Mud Mask. I picked this up because I read a review of it here on Lauryn's blog and she made it sound fabulous.
I have used this twice already and wow, I'm impressed. It really cleans out your pores and leaves your face feeling soft and refreshed.
The mask is the typical mud mask colour, a sort of greeny-brown. It smells really refreshing and the smell does linger on your skin for a little while after, but it's not overpowering or anything.
The next product I picked up whilst in the skincare aisle was the Deep Action Nose Strips. I have purchased these about 4 times now and they never fail me. They are about a third of the price of Biore pore strips and they work just as well, if not better.
They apply the same as Biore strips. You just dampen your nose with water and leave it on until it's stiff. These really clean out your pores and you see all the grime from your nose on them when you've pulled them off (yuck, I know).
Whilst there, I also grabbed another Witch Blemish Stick as my current one was running low.
If you've been reading my blog for a while, you'll know how much I love this so I'm not even going to write about it here as I did a post a while back all about it. I'm just going to say one thing, buy it.
Once all 3 skincare items were securely in my basket, I headed over to the nail care stand as I was looking for a nail strengthener. Being a nail biter, I was on a mission to find something that would grow my nails back, and make them stronger. And I found just that with the Sally Hansen Maximum Growth nail varnish. Of course, in the shop I had no idea how good it would be, but Sally Hansen are a brand my granny has sworn by for years, so I thought I may as well give it a try.
The nail varnish looks has a pink tint to it but when applied to the nails you can't see it at all. I've had this on since the night after I bought it, I reapply it every second night, and after just one week my nails had grown longer and stronger than they've ever been. I'm delighted with how well this has worked so far and I will continue to use it religiously.
Next I paid a visit to Boots, and it was 3 for 2 on all cosmetics.. uh oh.
I was like a vulture swooping down on its prey and I had a good idea of what I wanted.
The first thing that quickly made its way into my basket was the Maybelline Baby Lips in 'Cherry Me'. I have been wanting this for ages, and I'm glad I finally picked it up.
From how it looks in the tube, you'd expect this to be super pigmented but it's not. That isn't a bad thing at all though because it's perfect for the days where you can't be bothered with bright lipsticks or just the days where your lips need hydration but you still want to have colour on them.
I really love this colour and I've already worn it a lot. I may have to accidentally on purpose purchase a few more from the Baby Lips range.
Then, another lip product somehow made its way into my basket alongside my Baby Lips.
As it's Winter and bold, berry lips are very much the trend, I thought I would hop on the bandwagon and get my first berry/plum coloured lipstick. The lipstick I chose (after genuinely swatching about 30) was one from Collection's Gothic Glam collection in the shade 'Seduction'.
As soon as I swatched this, I knew it would become a firm favourite of mine. It is so so so pigmented, and it lasts ALL DAY. I wore it from 7am-8pm one day, with 3 meals and numerous snacks throughout the day, and at 8pm, this looked the exact same as it had when I first applied it. Impressed? YES.
When first applied this lipstick is really glossy but I find that it dries to a sort of matte finish and it really doesn't budge.
This is my new favourite lipstick and I'm so glad I picked this little gem up.
The final thing that ended up in my basket was a blush. I've never owned a blush, so this was a first for me. I decided to go for a cheaper option as I didn't want to get an expensive one and then end up not liking it.
The one I got was Natural Collection's Blushed Cheeks in 'Peach Melba'.
I read about this blush absolutely yonks ago on someone's blog and I've had my eye on it ever since seeing it.
This blush is a really nice, natural peachy pink colour which when applied gives a really natural look. I haven't worn this much yet but I'm sure I'll get more use out of it in the New Year.
And that is all for my Boots & Superdrug haul. Please let me know if you would like to see full reviews of any of the products mentioned. Or if you've tried any, let me know also:)