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Thursday, 14 April 2016

Boots Haul: 10 Products Under £10

I'm the first to admit I'm a bit of a makeup snob and I always justify expensive products by telling myself that you 'get what you pay for'. So much so that I almost purchased a moisturiser for £110 - I'm totally out of control. I'd say I have more money than sense but I have neither the money nor the sense. So, I set myself a little challenge to purchase a full face of make up with each product costing no more than £10. Obviously headed straight to Boots....
L'Oreal Lumi Magique Primer £9.99
Seriously impressed with this primer - I've never come across a drugstore base with a consistency that works well with my skin, usually they're way too sticky or really drying there's no in between. I can only describe the consistency as a watered down melted marshmallow, in a good way (how amazing are my descriptions of beauty products?!). It felt so smooth to apply and a little bit goes a long way. It created a lovely even base for my makeup and it stayed put until the end of the working day. This has gone straight into my daily makeup bag.

Collection Illuminating Touch Foundation in Ivory £3.99
Completely guessed my shade with this one and surprisingly, it was a great match for me! I'm pale and opted for Ivory which is very similar to MAC NC15. I didn't love this foundation because I much prefer full coverage but can you really be that negative about a foundation for £3.99? This would be great for a light coverage, daily work foundation and I'll definitely still get some use out of it for those 'no makeup' makeup kinda days.

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in Light £5.99
I'd seen so much hype surrounding this concealer so I was excited to try it but I disappointed myself because I opted for the wrong shade. I was really impressed with the creamy formula and it covered my blemishes really well but I couldn't test it as an under eye/highlighting product because it was way too dark for me. If you're pale like me I'd recommend going for the 'Fair' shade rather than the 'Light' one.

Natural Collection Solo Eyeshadow in Willow £1.99
A little bit of creativity went into my highlighter - while I was having a look around for an eyeshadow, I spotted this little glowing, shimmery little beauty that I could double up as an inner corner eyeshadow and a highlighter. The photo doesn't do this justice at all as it's so pigmented and gives an amazing cool toned, silvery glow. Absolute bargain for £1.99 too.

Barry M Chisel Cheeks Contour Kit £6.49
I'm a bit on the fence with this product because it's aimed at all skin tones on the light-medium spectrum and neither of the shades worked well with my skin tone. The first thing I would say is go easy on the brush swirling, you really do just need a little bit. I gave my brush a generous swirl and woah this contour is pigmented, I ended up blending it out for a good 20 minutes after applying way too much (maybe slight exaggeration but y'know). I only used the middle shade and even then my cheekbones were left looking a little muddy.

Seventeen Blush Powder in Damson Wine £2.99
I wasn't fond of this blusher really - out of all of the products this was the only one that I could tell was actually cheap. It was too shimmery for me and it didn't blend out easily which left me with overly rosy cheeks because the product was too concentrated in one area. I like a natural blush and I didn't get that from this one!

Soap & Glory Archery 2 in 1 Brow Filling Pencil and Brush in Hot Chocolate £8.00
I just love this brow product! It's saved me from brow despair after my Anastasia Beverley Hills Brow Wiz ran out last week. The brush is great for combing through the brows initially and the precision from the actual product is amazing. Eyebrows definitely on fleek with this.

Maybelline Blushed Nudes Palette £7.99
I'm not going to go into too much detail about this palette because I wanted to write a separate post with a review and swatches. So, for now I'll just say 12 gorgeous shades in Rose Gold packaging for £7.99. Yes, I'll have some of that, thank you.

Sleek MakeUp Lethal Length Mascara £6.99
The name of this mascara really drew me in because who doesn't want 'lethal length' lashes but unfortunately this product didn't quite live up to it's name for me. It's not horrendous but I didn't notice any volume in my lashes whatsoever and it was pretty clumpy as the product was a little to thick. Thumbs down from me on this one I'm afraid.

NYX Lip Lingerie in Bedtime Flirt £6.50
Definitely one of the best products among my Boots haul and I've been so impressed with NYX as a brand recently. The shade is absolutely stunning and the formula is incredible - it's not sticky or drying in the slightest like other matte lipsticks I've tried out. I'll definitely be adding several more of these to my collection.

All in all, a bit of a mixture of drugstore gems and others that didn't work so well for me but a full face of makeup for a total of  £57.93 is not something to grumble about!

What are your favourite drugstore products? Have you tried any of the products in this post? What did you think of them?


  1. ooooooh i've seen a couple of these products around and wanted to try them out but it's just such a hassle wasting money on stuff that just doesn't fit the ghost-skin tribe, so now I get to scratch the barry m palette of my list! that NYX lip colour is making me want to breach the spending ban though... dammit

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  2. Love the look of that NYX lipstick!

    I LOVE rose gold eyeshadow shades so I'll have to check out the Maybelline blushed nudes palette


  3. The fit me concealer is so nice !!

    Kathy x

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  5. Hey hun - I use the Barry M powders and I've found them to be awesome! I use them to do my version (very rookie) basic of a counter and it works really well! I'm yet to try anything else :') x


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