Tuesday, 21 July 2015

UK Beauty Haul

I recently went on a three-day jaunt to the UK to attend a graduation. Despite having close to no time for anything and it being an extremely short trip with a lot to fit in, I of course found time to raid the isles of Boots and Superdrug, as well as have a traipse through Duty Free before catching the flight back home.

Since I'm currently living in Zurich, I can't get my hands on the UK drugstore brands I used to take for granted, such as Rimmel London, Barry M and Sleek. Benefit is another brand that isn't readily available in Zurich, so I made sure to have a look at their stand too.

 From left to right: Rimmel '43', Rimmel '107', Rimmel '45', Sleek 'Dare'.

First off, I got four lipsticks. Do I really need to add to the bounty of lip products I already own? No. Has that ever stopped me before? Hmm, no.
Following a friend's rave-recommendation, I decided to try a few of the Rimmel London Kate Moss lipsticks. All three of the shades I bought from the range were infuriatingly hard to get ahold of. The two nude shades I got are from the new Rimmel Nude Collection, shades '43' and '45'. Although they look fairly similar in the bullet, 43 is slightly more of a brown nude, whilst 45 is more pink. One thing I noticed straight away with these lipsticks is that they have a fairly strong fragrance to them, different to the other Kate Moss lipsticks. So if heavily scented products aren't your thing, you may want to give these a miss! The last shade I bought from the Kate Moss range is the classic '107' which I have, no word of a lie, been searching for for the last year, whenever I got a chance to visit the UK.
Finally, I got a lipstick from Sleek in the colour 'Dare', a browny-red matte shade. The Sleek lipsticks are just so cute and tiny that I can never resist picking one up! I haven't given any of these lipsticks a full road-test yet, so stay tuned for a full review soon.

From left to right: Barry M 'Pole Position', Maybelline 'Surreal', Barry M 'Lap of Honour'.

I also picked up three nail polishes, two from the Barry M Speedy Quick Dry range, and one from the Maybelline Super Stay 7 Days Gel Nail Colour (isn't that a mouthful of a name?!). The two from Barry M are the shades 'Pole Position', a pale mint green, and 'Lap of Honour', a pastel lilac. I have tried colours from this range before, they are opaque after two coats and do what it says on the tin: dry completely within a few minutes. The last polish is 'Surreal' from Maybelline, a gorgeous blue that I've had my eye on for a while but couldn't locate in Zurich.

Another Sleek purchase was one of their new Crème to Powder Blush shades in 'French Rose'. I am a die-hard fan of Sleek's blushers, they're affordable, have a vast shade-range and great staying power. This blush is no exception; it blends into cheeks without disrupting your base and leaves a soft, powder finish.

 Sleek 'French Rose'.

Last, but most certainly not least, after pottering around the Benefit stand in Duty Free, I happened upon the 'Do the Hoola' kit and didn't look back. I love Benefit's makeup-kits as they contain a good selection of minis, making it much easier to try a product without going the whole hog and splurging on a full-size product. They're also great for travelling! (Says the girl who leaves the country around twice a year). The kit contains minis of the following: (from left to right) Ultra Plush lipgloss in 'Hoola', They're Real! mascara in black, Hoola bronzer, Dew the Hoola liquid bronze and Benebalm. 
Whilst I'm already familiar with the mascara and Benebalm, the rest are new additions to my stash so I'll keep you posted on how I get along with those!

So that's it, my first haul on this blog. It wasn't huge amount but I'm definitely pleased with my finds. Now to start the real challenge: trying to fit this lot into my overflowing makeup drawers!


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