Recap the Week – My Interview on Stellar.ie!

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The title speaks for itself – this week’s major highlight was my interview on my favourite Irish magazine’s website, Stellar.ie. The website was launched at the beginning of the month, and #MYBLOGLIFE is a weekly feature on, you guessed it, bloggers. To be featured on the site is one of the biggest things that has happened because of my blog, and it had me smiling from ear to ear all weekend (saying that, I’m smiling now as I write this!)

You can read the full interview here. Please let me know what you think! 

I’ve been so run down and tired the last week, despite sleeping for 10-13 hours most nights. Yep, 13 hours. So after one too many coffees (lattes are my current obsession) and urges to nap during the day, I picked up Source of Life Gold tablets. I’ve taken these before when I went through a period of being really tired and they made such a difference to my energy levels. I got mine in Nourish in town but you can order them online or get them in health food shops.

On Sunday myself and the boy headed out to Dun Laoghaire for the day to go to a market I’ve wanted to visit for months. Although it was rainy and dull out and we were both feeling a bit worse for wear after a late night on Saturday, we said we’d brave it and get the Dart out anyway. The market was on in the People’s Park and oh my God, it was amazing. ( Keep in mind that I’m easily pleased)

There was a band-stand (with no band in it) and stalls selling crepes, coffee, hot food, brownies, coffee and fruit and veg. It started to rain and it was freezing, but we just pulled up our hoods, got a brownie and a hot drink and were in our element. Afterwards, we walked in the lashing rain for 20 minutes in the wrong direction to get to a restaurant and were both soaked to the skin, but it honestly was one of the best days I’ve had in a while. It really is the little things that mean the most. (I’m aware that I’m being a major cheeseball – apologies to those who are lactose intolerant)

I hope that everyone had a great week, let me know what you got up to in the comments below!

Spring Style Staples

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As much as I wish I could say that my spring staples are ripped shorts and pretty white tops, the weather in Ireland just doesn’t permit it. Going outside without some form of jacket is a rarity, and the most my legs get shown is through the rips in my jeans. Saying that, I love spring, and I love the (slightly) lighter clothes that go with it.

I’ve gathered most of these bits into my wardrobe in the last couple of weeks and can’t stop wearing them. What’s even better is that they’re all pretty affordable, and will carry you through to other seasons too. Good thing payday is just around the corner…

Striped T-Shirt Dress  – My most-worn item over the past few months has been a striped t-shirt from Zara, so when I saw this on the Missguided website I was at the checkout quicker than you can say ‘shopaholics anonymous’. It’ll look great with tights and a leather jacket until the weather warms up, and with sandals and a long necklace during the summer.

Sunglasses - As soon as the sun shows its face, I’ve my sunglasses on. They’re great for no-makeup days and, depending on the style, can add something extra to a simple outfit. I got a pair identical to these in Penneys for €3, but this pair are from River Island.

Chambray Shirt - Move over, checked shirt, there’s a new style in town. The chambray shirt is really easy to wear, and is great for layering in spring. Put a lace bralet underneath, or a statement necklace to dress it up.

Chelsea Boots – I’ve worn my pair of chelsea boots so much that the sole literally wore off them. There was no question whether I’d buy another pair, so I headed straight to Office and invested in a leather version. They’re as comfy as Converse, but really dress up an outfit. Perfect with skinny jeans, skirts or dresses – they’ll last through every season.

Ripped Skinny Jeans – Or any kind of ripped jean, really. I literally live in ripped jeans during spring and summer. They’re the perfect alternative when it’s too cold to wear shorts, but still look spring-like. Topshop is my favourite place for jeans, but Penneys have some lovely pairs in at the minute, or you could DIY an old pair yourself.

Pretty Playsuit - For the odd day that it’s warm enough to go bare-legged, a playsuit is perfect. You don’t have to worry about matching it with anything – just throw it on and go. This one from ASOS would look great for a wedding, too, with a pair of wedges or flat sandals.

Trench Coat – The trench coat is the ultimate spring jacket. It’s light enough that you won’t be roasting if the sun comes out, but heavy enough to keep you warm and protected from the rain.  Put one on over a pair of skinny jeans and a plain tee and you’ll look like you spent ages planning your outfit. This one from Mango is currently on sale for €59.95 – a bargain for something you’ll have for years.

Simple But Statement Accessories – I’m all about wearing simple, casual things that you can dress up with accessories. These earrings from ASOS are really unusual and are sure to turn heads, while a few rings stacked up can make the same statement.

Keep an eye out on sites like ASOS and Missguided for easy pieces to wear for spring, they have loads of options to suit every budget and are always doing promotions for students.

Let me know your spring style staples in the comments below, I’d love to hear!

The Real Techniques Flat Contour Brush

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Never before has a brush release made me so excited. The Real Techniques Bold Metals Collection had the beauty world in a frenzy – and when pictures of the Flat Contour Brush emerged, things got a little cray.

The higher price range of this collection, compared to other Real Techniques brushes, made me a little bit unsure. But, when you think about it €28 (the price of this brush) is still more affordable than a MAC or NARS alternative. And, judging by the amazing quality of the regular range of Real Techniques brushes, this luxe range was going to be incredible.

The Flat Contour Brush was the only brush from the collection that I picked up as it’s like nothing I own (and the stunning gold handle sucked me in, not gonna lie).

Literally from the very first use of the brush, I fell in love with it within 10 seconds. I pressed it onto MAC Harmony and lined the brush snugly under my cheekbone, ran it along underneath and bam – the perfect contour. I genuinely couldn’t believe it.

No more uncertainty of where to contour your cheekbones or thinking you’ve over done it, this brush does all of the hard work. It gave a really nice, strong line that I blended out by lightly dusting the brush over it and working the product in in small circular motions.

No matter how big your brush collection is, I highly doubt you’ve anything like this in your stash. It’s definitely worth picking up – it’s basically instant cheekbones, and it’s gold, what’s not to love?!

The Starter Makeup Kit – High End & Budget Versions

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With a dresser bursting at the seams with makeup, sometimes I forget that not everyone has an unconventional obsession with mascaras, foundations and lipsticks, and would be perfectly happy with a small but strong makeup kit. That’s what made me think – what products would I recommend to someone who’s looking to build a core makeup collection that has everything they need? I came up with budget versions for every product, so there’s an option for whatever you’re willing to spend. So grab a pen and paper and make a list, it’s time to go shopping!

Primer - Budget: w7 Prime Magic / High end: Benefit Porefessional – I never used to consider a primer essential, but once I started using one regularly I really saw the difference in how my foundation looked on my skin and how well it lasted. Both of these primers smooth the skin and even out pores, blemishes and any imperfections.

Foundation - Budget: L’Oreal Infallible 24h Matte / High end: NARS Sheer Glow – These are two totally different foundations, but bare with me. L’Oreal Infallible 24h Matte is the only drugstore foundation I’ve ever used that hasn’t broken me out, so it’s the only one I can recommend personally if you’re on a budget. It gives great coverage and as the name says, is matte and long-lasting. I know a lot of people who use L’Oreal True Match Foundation, which is supposed to be similar to MAC Studio Fix and love it, so check that out for another option. NARS Sheer Glow is my holy grail high end foundation as it’s perfect for day and night. It isn’t sheer or glowy, contrary to the name, but gives a really nice amount of coverage and leaves a gorgeous, natural finish on the skin.

Concealer - Budget: Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer / High end: NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer - Both of these concealers are quite similar, in my opinion. They’re great for multi-tasking as they can be used to cover both under-eye circles and blemishes and redness.

Powder Budget: Rimmel Stay Matte Powder / High end: MAC Mineralise SkinFinish Natural - I use powder every single day to set my makeup in place and keep shine at bay. I don’t think it’s necessary to invest in a high-end powder, but MAC Mineralise SkinFinish Natural in Light is my all time favourite. It’s really light and doesn’t look cakey, but Rimmel Stay Matte is a great dupe which I carry in my bag on nights out.

Blush – Budget: Max Factor Creme Puff Blush / High end: MAC powder blush - Being perfectly honest, I don’t think there’s any need to invest in a high-end blush either, especially since the new Max Factor Creme Puff blushes came out. There’s a great selection with a colour to suit every skin tone, and they give a lovely glow to the skin too. However, if you want to splurge, MAC is the place to go. There are literally hundreds of shades to choose from, and the quality is worth the price. (Fleur Power is pictured above)

Bronzer Budget: Sleek Contour Kit / High end: Benefit Hoola - A good bronzer can take your makeup look from dull and grey to tanned and glowy. Dust it all over your face to add some colour, or use it under your cheekbones and temples to sculpt and chisel. The Sleek Contour Kit is especially pigmented and good for contouring, and has a gorgeous highlighter included in the compact.  Benefit Hoola is really pigmented too, and has no orange/red tones so you won’t look like an Oompa-Loompa.

Highlighter - Budget/ High end: The Balm Mary Lou Manizer - I can’t decide whether The Balm is high-end or budget because it’s kinda between both. I got this on feelunique for around €20 and it’s taken over MAC Soft and Gentle as my favourite highlighter. It’s not too shimmery or glittery, but looks lovely when it catches the light. Pop a bit on the top of your cheekbones, your Cupid’s bow and under the arch of your brow for a gorgeous glowy finish.

Eyeshadow palette - Budget: w7 In The Buff Lightly Toasted palette / High end: Urban Decay Naked palette – When it comes to eyeshadow, the Urban Decay Naked palette has everything you need. The original version is my favourite, as it’s all neutral colours that you can use for any occasion. There are 12 matte and shimmery brown/bronze shades, so you’ve loads of choice for makeup looks. The w7 In The Buff Lightly Toasted palette is nearly an exact dupe for the Naked palette, from the colours to the quality.

Cream eyeshadows Budget: Maybelline Colour Tattoo / High end: MAC Paint Pot - Some mornings there just isn’t enough time to put on eyeshadow and use loads of different brushes. That’s when cream eyeshadows come in. Just dip your finger in , pat all over the eyelid and rub into the crease and you’re done. MAC Paint Pot in Vintage Selection is my favourite high end cream eyeshadow, and Maybelline Colour Tattoo in On and On Bronze is my favourite drugstore version.

Liquid eyeliner Budget: L’Oreal Super Liner Perfect Slim – I felt no need to include a high end alternative for liquid eyeliner as the L’Oreal Super Liner is perfect. It’s a deep black colour that doesn’t fade, the formula is quick drying but not too quick drying, and it has a really thin felt-tip pen applicator so it’s easy to use and you can make your eyeliner as thick or thin as you like.

Mascara Budget: Maybelline Lash Sensational / High end: Benefit Roller Lash - I included these two mascaras in a post about dupes, and explained how very similar they are to each other. Maybelline is my favourite brand for budget-friendly mascaras, and Lash Sensational is their latest release. It’s so similar to Benefit Roller Lash – they both lengthen and lift the lashes so much that they look false. The only thing I prefer about Roller Lash is that it’s easier to remove than Lash Sensational.

Brows - Budget: Soap and Glory Archery - Again, there’s no need to put in a high end alternative for this as the Soap and Glory Archery brow pencil is identical to the Anastasia Brow Wiz, for a fraction of the price. The nib on the pencil is tiny, so it’s really easy to recreate brow hairs, and there’s a spoolie on the other end to brush your brows through.

Lip-liner - Budget: Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner / High end: MAC Lip Liners - Can you tell that I love MAC?! Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner in East End Snob is the perfect nude liner for underneath lipsticks or just to wear on its own. There are a good few shades in the collection, but if you’re looking for an exact shade to match a lipstick go to MAC and you’ll undoubtedly find what you’re looking for.

Lipstick Budget: Revlon ColourBurst Lip Butter & Lacquer Balm / High end: MAC Lipsticks - Revlon are my go-to brand for budget-friendly lip products. Their Lip Butters are so easy to wear and are really moisturising on the lips, while the Lacquer Balms are so handy to throw in your handbag and apply on the go. Again, MAC blows it out of the park with their range of lipstick colours, and I think every girl needs at least one MAC lipstick in their makeup stash.

And that’s it – the makeup starter kit! Suitable for all budgets, these products are tried and tested and have firm places in my makeup collection. If you’re investing in anything at all, I’d recommend picking up a good foundation, because it literally is the “foundation” of your look, and it’s very hard to have a nice makeup look if your base isn’t the right colour or isn’t sitting well. However, if you’re lucky enough to be like some of my friends and have fantastic skin, then try and test a few foundations from the drugstore and you might just find something amazing.

As for brushes, Real Techniques has everything you need. I’ll be writing a post about the starter kit for makeup brushes where I include the names of all of the Real Techniques brushes that I love and recommend, but you really can’t go wrong with any brush from Real Techniques. I prefer them over my MAC brushes, and can’t see myself buying any other brushes anytime soon!

Let me know what would be in your makeup starter kit in the comments down below, I’d love to hear!

When You Don’t Take Your Makeup Off…

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It’s worse than blue eyeshadow. It’s worse than a foundation that doesn’t match. It’s not taking your makeup off when you go to bed – the worst beauty sin of all time. It happens to us all at least once in our lives – and it happened to me on Saturday night.

Coming home from my grandad’s 80th birthday party, I truly did not have the strength to take off my makeup. Not even with the easiest of method of all time, a cleansing balm. I hopped straight into bed, dreading the repercussions as my head hit the pillow. No matter what, I always take off my makeup because I know my skin will react badly if I don’t, but on Saturday night I physically couldn’t.

And boy did I see the results yesterday. My skin was dry, blotchy and broken out. It was time to bring out the big guns.

If you find yourself waking up with a fake eyelash stuck to your face, foundation all over your pillow and a cream contour that could make children cry, try this routine to have your skin looking and feeling great in no time.

I started off with the Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm and worked it into my skin. I love this balm because it’s super gentle and really breaks down every bit of makeup on your face, even mascara. It doesn’t strip the skin and leaves it feeling nice and nourished. Using a lukewarm face cloth, I wiped off the remains.

I then went in with Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel. Contrary to the name, this isn’t a gel at all. Once it hits the skin it turns into an oil, and is also amazing at breaking down makeup. I like going in with two cleansers to make sure I get every single bit of makeup off and to deeply cleanse the skin. This product has skin-brightening properties, so it leaves the surface feeling smooth and looking fresh.  Again, I used the other side to the face cloth to remove this from the skin.

Another cleanser? Yep. For the final cleanse, I soaked a cotton pad in Garner Micellar Cleansing Water. This made sure every single last bit of makeup and cleanser was gone off my face and left it feeling refreshed.

To restore the hydration that my skin lost during the night, I packed on some Pestle & Mortar Hyaluronic Acid and left my face makeup-free all day.

Just before I went to bed, I used another cotton pad soaked in micellar water to get rid of all of the grime from the day, and loaded on the Sarah Chapman Skinesis Overnight Facial to make up for all of the damage my makeup did the night before.

Although it sounds incredibly tedious, this routine is surprisingly relaxing when you’re feeling a bit groggy. Three cleansers might seem like they would strip and irritate the skin, but each of them are uber gentle and nourishing.

Make sure you change your pillow the night after you sleep with your makeup on, or else you’ll undo all of the hard work. It’s true what they say, sleeping with your makeup on ages you by five days – and that’s just from all the work of having to take it off the next day.

Recap the Week – Taking Time Off

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After saying I’d get my nails done for months, yesterday I finally booked an appointment in my local salon to get gel nails. No matter what, I can’t beat the horrible habit of biting my nails and it had gotten to the stage where looking at my hands made me wince. They weren’t that bad, but let’s just say that my new long, pink and gold nails are a hundred times better. That’s one beauty treatment I can justify every month.

Despite going shopping twice this week, I surprised myself by not buying a single thing. Not even in Boots or Penneys – who am I?! However, I did manage to order a full length dress on ASOS for a college ball that’s in the beginning of April. I’ll have a full post up of the outfit, so stay tuned.

Last night was my granddad’s 80th birthday party, and it was something that had been in everyone’s diaries for months. My aunt came home from Holland on Thursday for the occasion, and we spent the next few days drinking copious amounts of tea and catching up in my granny’s. It’s not often that every single person in the family is together, so seeing all of the people that mean the most to me in one room last night was amazing. I’m a family gal through and through and it made me so happy to be there with them all. (I’m a big cheeseball, I know)

With today being Mother’s Day, I’m not gonna lie, I had been dreading it for weeks. Although my mam passed away four years ago, it doesn’t really get any easier. Spending the past few days with my family and having a brilliant night last night definitely helped, though. We’d a lovely roast dinner in my granny’s today, and took home some left over birthday cake which I just devoured with a cuppa tea.

As an ode to my wonderful mam, I put up this little piece on Facebook and Instagram:

“Happy Mother’s Day to all of the amazing mammies out there. I’d do anything to be able to be with my mam and spoil her today. I am so thankful to have had such an amazing, beautiful, strong mother who inspires me in everything I do. If I can be half of the woman that my mam was, I’ll be very happy. Much love to everyone who’s celebrating the day, whether you’re spending it with your mam or not <3 I am so grateful to have my amazing dad, boyfriend, family and friends who help to fill the hole in my heart every single day.”

I hope that everyone had a great week, and a wonderful, lazy Sunday!

3 Dupes Worth Buying

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As much as I love a good high-end purchase, I love finding a dupe just as much. A product that’s essentially the same for a fraction of the price – what’s not to love?! While drugstore brands often try to imitate their luxury counterparts, it’s not often that they get it right on point.

I’ve been testing out these three products for the past few weeks and couldn’t help but notice their similarities to some high-end products I own. Being totally honest, if you took away the packaging and just left me with the products themselves, I wouldn’t be able to tell the difference.

First up is the Soap and Glory Archery brow pencil. From the packaging to the formula, this is identical to the much-loved Anastasia Brow Wiz. I’ve repurchased the Brow Wiz twice for around €28 a pop, and picked up the Soap and Glory version for €10 in Boots when I couldn’t wait four days for a Cult Beauty delivery. In my opinion, there simply is no difference between the two. The nib of the pencil is the same, the brush is the same, the formula is the same. Sorry Anastasia Beverly Hills, you’ve been replaced.

They’re in no way similar packaging-wise, but Maybelline Lash Sensational and the new Benefit Roller Lash are similar in nearly every other way. The plastic wand and bristles, the curl and lift they give, the formula – the resemblance is uncanny! However, I find Benefit Roller Lash much easier to remove, so I tend to grab for it more often. It comes off easily with micellar water, whereas Lash Sensational takes a good oil-based eye makeup remover. If you don’t mind spending a bit of extra time taking off your makeup, go for Lash Sensational. If you want to get your makeup off and into bed asap, go for Roller Lash.

Three guesses for which product the w7 Lightly Toasted Palette is a dupe for. Heck, you don’t even need one guess – it’s the Urban Decay Naked Palette. Side by side, the palettes have hardly any difference in their shade offerings, and the quality is very similar. The w7 palette is just as pigmented and blendable as the Urban Decay version, and lasts just as well too. The tin packaging isn’t the most aesthetically pleasing thing I’ve ever seen, but hey, neither is the velvety Naked packaging that gathers dust like no other. If you haven’t yet ventured into the world of the Naked palettes yet, give the w7 versions a try, you won’t know any different.

Let me know in the comments if you’ve tried any of these products before and what you think, or if you’ve found any dupes, I’d love to know!

The Ultimate Luxury Palette

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Ladies and gentlemen, I present you with the Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vita Palette. *heavy breathing*

I can truly and honestly say that this palette is one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen. I’m aware that I sound crazy, but hey – some people like football, I like makeup. I picked up the Dolce Vita palette after many long months of coveting it, and boy was it worth the wait (and the price).

The four shades are buttery, creamy and pigmented. They’re blendable, easy to apply and easy to build up. CT, you hit the jackpot with this one. Thanks to the colour-coding on the back, even someone who doesn’t know what a MAC 217 brush is could create a gorgeous eye makeup look. (It’s a blending brush, btw).

The smoky, gorgeous result of this palette is both a good and bad thing. It’s good because it makes the most stunning eye makeup look I’ve ever seen. It’s bad because no other palette in the world could ever match up to this one.

If you’ve been thinking about investing in a Charlotte Tilbury makeup product, I couldn’t recommend this palette enough. I call it an investment because at €50 it isn’t cheap, but you’ll definitely get your cost-per-wear out of it. Although, don’t blame me if you find yourself in there on a regular basis drooling over the lipsticks and other products. You’ve been warned.

The Brown Smokey Eye Made Easy

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Bare with me – all of the colours in the photo makes it look like this smokey eye will be anything but easy, but you only need four of them.

A few weeks ago I accidentally created a simple matte-brown smokey eye when my usual bronze, shimmery look just wasn’t doing it for me anymore. I pulled together a few of my favourite brown shades and blended and hoped for the best until I was done. The result? An uber quick makeup look that I can’t stop wearing.

Start off with putting some concealer all over your lid, so you’ve a blank canvas to start with. Before putting any product on, I always put a strip of sellotape from the corner of my bottom lashes to the end of my eyebrow to keep things neat and tidy and prevent fallout. Try to take some of the tackiness off the tape by pulling it on and off the back of your hand so it doesn’t tug at your eyes when you’re taking it off.

Dip a blending brush into any rusty, light-orange shade you have. I use MAC Arena (the single pot pictured above) and the MAC 217 brush. Blend it right through the crease, building the colour up as you go along. Then, using a flat brush, pack on a matte, dark brown shade. I use MAC Corduroy (top left in the quad) on a MAC 239 brush. Any dark, matte brown colour will do. Pack it on all over the lid, trying not to get any in the crease. Two or three applications should give a strong colour payoff. Then grab your same blending brush as before and dip it into a lighter matte brown shade and blend it upwards, right through the crease. It’s easier to start with lighter colours and build it up bit by bit. The darkest matte brown shade in the w7 Lightly Toasted palette is what I use, there’s an identical one in the original Naked palette if you have that.

Using an angled eye-liner brush, dip it into a matte black shade and run it tightly along the upper lash line. Again, build it up and smoke it out as you go along. I use the black shade in the w7 palette, which also has an identical shade in the original Naked palette. As for the bottom lash line, press whatever colour is left on the flat brush right under the lashes, and blend it out with the blending brush.

And that’s it – done! There’s not a whole lot of method or steps to this look, it’s really just about building it up and blending it out as you go along. I love it because it looks like you’ve spent a whole lot longer on your makeup than you actually have – nobody needs to know, right? Adding a cat-eye flick, some highlight in the inner corner, a dot of shimmer on the centre of the lid or a load of eyeliner on the waterline can totally change it up too.

Let me know in the comments below what your favourite eye makeup look is or what you think of this look, I’d love to hear!

Beauty Haulin’

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There comes a time when you just have to go to Boots, grab a basket and pray for the best when you get to the till. Last Thursday was one of those times.

A trip to Boots was long overdue, I think November was the last time I had a chance to roam around and set sucked in by all the 3for2 deals. So hold on tight, this is a big ‘un.

My current shampoo and conditioner just wasn’t doing the job for me anymore, leaving my hair greasy, flat and dry after every wash. I always take that as a sign that my hair has gotten too used to the products so they don’t work anymore, and I need to switch it up. I picked up Dove Oxygen Moisture shampoo and conditioner, as I’d never tried hair products from Dove before. So far, so good. My hair feels squeaky clean after every wash and has more volume and lift in the roots.

As for volume, I repurchased V05 Give Me Texture Dry Texturising Spray. I’ve spoken about this a million times before, so I won’t ramble on. All I can say is that I don’t know how I went over three months without having it in my life. It’s good hair in a bottle.

Due to my obsession with my InStyler, I need a really good heat protectant spray. After hearing amazing things about the L’Oreal Heat Protect and Styling Spray from my friend Jen, I had to give it a try. I’m a sucker for the packaging, too.

I’ve mentioned a hundred times before that I am terrified to try drugstore foundations as every one I’ve ever tried has broken me out, but when I saw the new L’Oreal Infallible 24H Matte foundation on promotion for just over €10, I found myself swatching shades and throwing one into my basket. I was expecting to get home and see that the shade I picked up was way too dark for me, but I’m pleasantly surprised that it’s not. I got vanilla and it’s the perfect shade.

Stepping away from the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer for once, I said I’d give Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer a try. I was looking for something more brightening for under my eyes, and this has done the trick. I got the shade ivory and it takes away dark circles in a flash.

Another Rimmel purchase, I grabbed the Provocalips Lip Colour in Kiss Me You Fool. A lot of people say that this is too long lasting, but I wouldn’t mind that as when I wear a red lip, I want it to last all day and not budge. I haven’t given it a try yet, so I can’t comment, but I’ll be sure to keep you posted.

After seeing Barbara from The Persian Babe use Eyelure Exaggerate Lashes in no. 141 in a tutorial a few months ago, they immediately went on my wishlist. I wore them out last week and fell in love with them. They’re not too long or spiky looking, but give loads of volume and smokiness to the lashes. I can see these becoming my go-to lashes for sure.

I’m not much of a nails kinda gal, but had the urge to pick up a nice grey nail varnish. I got the shade carnival from Seventeen, and while I haven’t tried it yet the brush looks really impressive. It was around €3, and there was an identical one from Barry M for €6, so I think I got a good deal.

Last, but certainly not least is *angels singing* the Real Techniques Flat Contour Brush from the Bold Metals Collection. I just couldn’t resist picking it up. At €28, it was a bit of a splurge for a drugstore brush, but Real Techniques are my all-time favourite brand for brushes. If it’s even half as good as it is beautiful, I’ll be happy.

Safe to say that I clocked up quite a few Boots Advantage Points on that visit, but it was so worth it. Sure every product is for research purposes so I can report back to you guys, right?