These monthly haul posts are my favourite beauty features to write, not least because you folks often share your recent purchases in the comments section and I’ve discovered some amazing products as a result. As a rule I tend to feature my “top” five i.e. my favourite buys and the pieces I would definitely recommend.
The make-up or skincare that doesn’t work for me I simply don’t mention, what’s the point? Certain potions and lotions may work super well for someone else and I wouldn’t want to put a big old shopping prevention cloud over something you’ve been coveting for a while. That was until today however, because when a product is given more hype than the latest Apple technological feat and is toted as a “game changer” I expect it to be something rather special. And it wasn’t. At all. I’m starting to think that perhaps I had a duff one, or that I’m using it like a right div.
Benefit They’re Real Eyeliner £18.50
Might as well start with it then, a genuine review of the gel-liner-in-a-pen breakthrough “lash hugger”. It didn’t hug my lashes, I couldn’t really even make it draw a line at all without dragging my delicate eyelid skin, and even then the line was uneven and wobbly. When I tried to remove mistakes with a cotton bud the liner didn’t budge. Yet the liner flaked throughout the day?! The chunks that fell off were sizeable and thus irritated my contact lenses. It also wasn’t very black, more an unflattering washed-out charcoal grey.
Oh dear. Please tell me you have had more success?! My Soap and Glory Supercat liner is a third of the price and infinitely better quality. Go figure.
Real Techniques Sam’s Picks Collection £29.99
Every beauty blogger on the planet seems to have at least one of sister make-up guru duo Pixiwoo’s brushes. I was sort of fascinated, especially as they are so reasonably priced – could they really be better than my MAC/Bobbi Brown/Nars offerings? Well I’ll be honest, I’ve not used them all yet (I’m not sure I even know how, must watch the youtube videos!) but the buffing brush (shown on the first image) is very lovely indeed. My powder goes on super smooth and unless my peepers deceive me, it lasts longer too.
I’m particularly excited to try the setting brush and the multi-task brush sounds very useful. Guess where they are from? Yup, Feelunique.com (really must stop looking at this website, I buy something every single time I dare take a peek).
Bobbi Brown Miami Pink Rich Lip Colour £19.00
I know I know, how many coral pink lipsticks does one girl require? Well you absolutely NEED this one folks. I love the rich lip colour formulation (all creamy and opaque without being slide-y) and the “Bikini Pink” shade in the collection is an all time favourite of mine. This shade is new for summer, a bright statement hue that works for day or evening. I wear it with a pop of peachy blush and a wash of yellow gold on the eye.
They seem to have sold out in most places but John Lewis still have some in stock as I write.
Clinique CC Cream £28.00
There are a lot of these BB and CC creams on the market at present, it does all get rather confusing doesn’t it? This particular tube boasts that it is “formulated to enhance skin’s natural radiance, offers instant hydration benefits and provides daily sun protection to prevent first signs of ageing”. I can’t vouch for the last claim but it certainly does make you look glow-y (without being glittery), is non-drying and evens out your skin tone really rather well indeed. Winner.
The SPF 30 is a welcome addition too, perfect for warmer climates when you don’t like the feel of anything heavy on your skin but just need something. Clinique CC cream is available at John Lewis as before.
Max Factor Lipfinity in Just Bewitching £10.99
I used to use a Lipfinity years ago – in some kind of pretty nude pink hue until they went and discontinued the bloody thing (why do they do that?!). I think I might have even used it as a base coat for my wedding day, so amazing was the longevity of wear. I haven’t bought one since, mainly because the colours on offer were not my cup of tea. Until recently that is.
Guess what? They now do a rather fabulous coral! This one is a more orange/peach (just in case you thought I was in fact completely bonkers to have 98 shades exactly the same….) and for when I don’t have time for touch ups it is the perfect no-smudge option.
Lipfinity is available at Superdrug.
Please PLEASE share your June indulgences with me, either as a note in the comments section or on instagram – tag your pics (I especially like to see faces with the stuff actually on!) with #RMSbeautyhaul