Boots haul + reviews

14 Apr 2012

I adore shopping, and this week me and my bestie had a quick shopping trip into our local town. There were a few things I had in mind to pick up and I wanted to stick to those set products to stop myself doing my usual over spending, and I managed it, hurrah! I've had a couple of days to give everything a little try and wanted to give it all a mini review. And I am sure in the future when I am more acquainted with it all, they will all get a proper review.

A picture of Rimmel Lasting Finish 1000 Kisses Lip Tint in Timeless Tango

I've heard so much about the Rimmel 1000 kisses and read a lot of reviews, all raving about this miracle lip tint. So, after all the hype, I thought I would go take a look and try a few swatches. Originally, I saw them advertised on TV and the colours in the advert looked so vivid and bright, but any I had seen in reviews, seemed to lack that vibrant colour. I thought I would be disappointed when I swatched them and I certainly didn't expect to pick one up and bring it home! But then I swatched Timeless Tango...

Timeless Tango is a vivid reddy pink colour and it stood out from the rest! I like subtle, delicate colours, but I have enough of those in lipsticks and balms. If I use a lip tint I want it to be bright, eye catching and long lasting. And this just really hit the spot! When I first used it in my make up routine, I was a bit sceptical about the felt tip applicator. It felt bizarre using a felt tip to apply colour to my lips. But it's actually super easy to use and went on perfectly! I gave it a good 5-10 minutes to dry and settle down before applying the balm, and I was super pleased with the finished affect! 

The only downside to this product is the promise of 'lasting 1000 kisses'. Now, none of us are stupid, we all know that's an advertising exaggeration. But it makes you believe the coverage will be long lasting, right? Wrong. Although by the end of the day I still had colour on my lips, it was pretty feathery and if I hadn't been trying to see how long it lasted, I would have reapplied throughout the day. Not long after applying I also indulged in a cigarette (don't hate me!), a cup of tea and some brunch. And it was after these three that I noticed the not so long lasting affect.

Either way this is still a product I adore and I can't wait to pick up a few more colours to try out and experiment with! 

A picture of 17 Miracle Matte Foundation

I have terribly oily skin. It can be heart breaking at times when I've set my face up for the day, I like how I've done my make up and my overall look, then a few hours down the line I am soaked in a natural, unattractive sheen. And so I decided, enough was enough. I was going to have to sideline my favourite foundations from Rimmel and MAC, and find a matte foundation that would help me battle this oil-endous problem (see what I did there?)

So I browsed a few brands, but I am a big sucker for packaging and a product that looks good, and the one that grabbed my eye was from 17. The miracle matte foundation boosts that it creates a "matte satin flawless finish and all day shine control" and after swatching it I realised this might just be the answer to my prayers! 

The foundation does exactly as it says. It is easy to apply, quickly mattifies and feels soft, like satin. After wearing it all day I fell in love with it. By the end of the day I still had a matte affect to my make up and only the tiniest visible oily sheen on my T zone. For me, that is a brilliant result! The only downside to this foundation is that one pump gives you a lot of product but not enough to cover everywhere, meaning another pump is needed, which then leaves you with too much! But overall I am super happy with this foundation, and it may just now be my go-to foundation!!

A picture of Soap & Glory Kick Ass Concealer

Thankfully, I don't often suffer from spots and blemishes. But when I do, they come with a vengeance! So I wanted to pick up a concealer that would do the job without being too liquid based like the Elf concealer I had been using. Hayley suggested the Kick Ass Concealer by Soap & Glory and after looking it over and swatching it I fell in love with the packaging, the look and feel of it and the colour comparison to my skin tone. So I dropped it in my basket! 

Unfortunately for me, I have a few spots and blemishes this week, but fortunately, that meant I could try this out! It's pretty easy to apply, with a different product for under the eyes and another for spots, as well as a setting powder. It does go on quite dry and looked a little obvious texture wise when on but once followed by my foundation and powder, neither was visible and it lasted all day! There seems to be a lot in there and I have a feeling this is going to last me a fair few months! It's also the first product from the Soap & Glory make up range that I have tried apart from a mascara I got free with a magazine, and I now want to try a few other bits and bobs out!

A picture of Real Techniques Core Collection Brush Set
So one thing every one just seems to have fallen in love with lately, is the Real Techniques brushes! So I wanted to pick up the core set and see what all the fuss was about! I also picked up the blush brush, as I feel that this plus the core set is enough to get me started. The first thing you notice about Real Techniques is the look of the brushes. The packaging is simple, yet sophisticated. And the brushes look more expensive than they are, which is never a bad thing! 

I've tried each of these brushes out once and some I have fallen in love with straight away, but others I am a bit on the fence with, mainly the pointed foundation brush. I just found it wasn't easy to use, nor big enough. But I'm willing to continue using this brush in the hope I eventually fall in love with it as much as the others. After a few weeks of using these, I will make sure to do a proper review and comparison between these and my favourite MAC brushes! 

A picture of Real Techniques Blush Brush
As well as all of the products above I bought a pack of 10 applicators from Models Own. I haven't used these yet but applicators are pretty easy to get on with regardless! Everything I bought was in the 3 for 2 offer currently on in Boots! 

A picture of Sophia, writer of Tattooed Tealady
Me after trying everything out!