11 March, 2016 Boots Haul: Maybelline, Rimmel, No7 and More!
Today’s haul is a big one, and it’s not great. Granted, some of this stuff is lovely (and I’m really enjoying it), but for my first full Boots Haul EVER on my blog, it’s a little sad. I do try my best to be as positive as possible on my blog (after all, who wants to bash something and waste time, when I can be raving about the wonders of serums), but today, I’m probably going to have a little moan. I hope you stick around.
Sometimes I walk into Boots, armed with my Advantage card and special coupons all folded neatly in my wallet, and I just want to SPEND. There have been a few launches from some of my favourite affordable brands, including Rimmel and Sanctuary, that got me really excited. The first counter I targeted though, was Maybelline…
First up was the Maybelline Dream Velvet Foundation (£7.99) in Nude. Retailing for £7.99, this affordable foundation seems like a souped-up Dream Matte Mousse – aka, teenage makeup heaven. The texture is cooling, and I love the air-whipped formula, although the shades lean fairly orange. Coverage is excellent, and looks beautiful on application. After an hour though, oil starts to seep through, meaning I’m topping up on powder constantly. The next purchase was my trusty Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara, also for £7.99. I’ve been having a love affair with Maybelline mascaras for a while now, and can always rely on this for volume, length and fabulous curl.
The second counter I visited as part of my Boots Haul was Rimmel. I remember the Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder in Silky Beige as being the powder of my youth, but when I got home and applied this, it was like pressing talc to my skin. It didn’t make much of a difference in controlling oil, and the pan is quite impractical for travel. Although it’s super cheap at under £4, it’s still not worth the money. My lipstick choice was the Rimmel The Only 1 Lipstick in Naughty Nude. This is an odd one, in that the formula is uncomfortable emollient and greasy, yet drying at the same time. The price is decent at £7, and the colour is a really lovely rose-nude. It would be a perfect dupe for MAC’s Mehr, if the formula were better (and more matte).
For skincare, I picked up the new Sanctuary Spa Moisture Burst Facial Wash for £8. This cleanser claims to be moisturising for a comfortable feel post-cleanse, which is odd when the first ingredient is SLS. Totally my mistake for not checking. It’s really uncomfortable on the skin, and feels pretty cheap. I was expecting more of a balm-like texture, but in this instance, I got what I paid for – a soapy lather, and an artificial rose scent. A reliable favourite is the Sanctuary Spa Shower Oil, which retails for £7. It’s so luxurious, and I constantly have a backup (read my full review here). It’s the perfect product to shave with, and is slightly warming upon contact with the skin, which adds to the whole spa-like experience.
I’m really happy with what I picked up from No7. Grace from That Grace Girl inspired me with this blog post, and I made sure to buy a No7 Airbrush Away Pore Minimising Primer for £16.50 with my £3-off voucher, and a No7 Precision Lips Pencil in Nude for £6.75. Both products came highly recommended, and I’m enjoying them a lot. The primer is similar in texture to my beloved Make Up For Ever Smoothing Primer, but slightly more hydrating. It sits well under foundation, and easily blurs pores, minimises shine, and smoothes out dry patches. The lip pencil is the perfect tawny pink shade, with a creamy and long-lasting formula. I can see why this gets raved about so much!
My last purchase is probably the worst, and I’m only mentioning this because as an artificial blonde, it can be such a pain to find toning shampoos on the high street that actually work. The Lee Stafford Bleach Blonde Shampoo (£6.99) has a thick, unyielding consistency, never lathers fully, and it doesn’t ever feel like it’s been rinsed out properly. Normally with violet/toning shampoos I notice at least an increased brightness in my bleached sections, but with this, my hair just felt limp and tacky. I’d definitely suggest you avoid this, and either stick to your colourist’s recommendations, or choose a more salon-quality brand.
So, that’s it for this rather negative Boots Haul. I bought all these products myself, so it’s a little disappointing to have to bin some of these (in the case of the Rimmel powder and the Lee Stafford shampoo).
Cheer me up by sharing your recent purchases from the high street below, and make sure to let me know if you’ve tried any of the above products from my first Boots Haul on the blog!
With love and grumblings,