I like to think I champion all beauty brands – from drugstore to high-end – but recently I’ve been hitting the MAC store and Esteé Lauder counter a little too frequently, so I decided that I needed to show Boots some love. With £30 worth of points saved up and lots of deals going on, I ended up turning my little shop into a mini haul. Here’s what I bought, and after trying and testing the products, I can’t recommend them enough:
I’ve never tried the Dove Summer Glow Nourishing Lotion before, so I grabbed this one as soon as I saw it, especially as it’s the Medium to Dark version. I’ve used light gradual tanners before and they don’t seem to do anything for me! I’d heard amazing things about this and it definitely lives up to the hype. I’ll use this on top of the fake tan I use to keep a summer glow throughout Spring.
I’ve tried samples of the Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser before but never actually picked one up, so I decided it was time to try the full-sized product! It’s very similar to the Esteé Lauder Matte Perfecting Primer that I’ve been using but it’s a fraction of the price at £6.99! This primer gives a soft, satin feel and matte finish, and will really help your foundation to glide over your skin. I might advise choosing a more hydrating primer if you suffer with dry skin though.
I’ve been using the Soap & Glory Kick Ass Concealer for a few months now but I recently hit pan and had to replace it. This three-piece flaw camouflage kit is incredible and I cannot recommend it enough. At £10, the kit includes an under-eye brightening concealer and a darker blemish concealer, but it’s the translucent powder that seals the deal for me. It completely covers my dark circles and redness without looking cakey.
Who can resist a ‘Buy 1, get 2nd half price’ offer? Not me! I picked up this Maybelline Dream Pure BB 8-in-1 BB Cream with the Baby Skin Primer and it’s a great alternative to foundation at the weekend. I chose the oily skin variety as I never know whether or not a product will slip in my T-Zone (I’m normal-combination) and it is definitely long-lasting but the finished is definitively matte. I’d like to try the normal edition too.
As if Boots hadn’t tempted me enough, there were offers across all of the cosmetics brands, so I grabbed the Soap & Glory Solar Powder Mix-and-Match Multi-Shade Bronzer straight away. I’ve wanted to try more of the Soap & Glory products for ages and this bronzer only came to £5! It’s a gorgeous compact that opens to reveal two sun-kissed bronzers with the S&G logo embossed onto the product as an illuminator – perfect!
Lastly, I picked up my old favourite (and slightly more expensive) Vichy Dermablend Fond de Teint Fluide Correcteur in Nude 25. I started using this foundation as a concealer after I watched YouTube & No7 beauty guru Lisa Eldridge feature the product in her Acne cover-up tutorial. The high-coverage foundation gives great results for blemish cover-up and is also kind to your skin. I swear by this product and have been using it for years.
What have you been splurging on recently? Let me know of any wonder products you’ve spotted in your local drugstore!