Boots Haul & First Impressions | Reviews-Day Tuesday

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Despite me saying to myself that I wasn't going to buy any more beauty products this month I somehow ended up in Boots the other day and came away with a couple of makeup items that I REALLY REALLY NEEDED (sarcastic face).  I've used everything a couple of times now so thought I'd show you what I bought and give you my first impressions / mini reviews.

Maybelline Baby Skin Primer - £7.99
This is the main thing I went in for as my Benefit Porefessional is about to run out and I was really keen to try this, especially after my friend Lynsey raved about it in her latest video.  So far I'm impressed - it pretty much lives up to the name and gives you baby soft skin, smoothing out your pores and imperfections.  It has a clear thick silicon gel consistency and is a pretty decent dupe for the Smashbox Photo Ready Primer which I've used and loved in the past.  I know silicon based primers aren't for everyone, and I've heard about people breaking out when they use them so obviously if that's you then I wouldn't recommend this, but otherwise I encourage you to give it a go!

Maybelline Dream Touch Lumi Concealer (ivory) - £6.99
I fancied trying a new brightening concealer for under my eyes and the packaging of this looked very similar to the L'Oreal Touche Magique which I used to use all the time so I thought I'd give it a go.  I have a few issues with it though - firstly, the lightest shade "Ivory" is far too dark so it doesn't quite give my undereyes that highlight I was hoping for.  Secondly, it seems to crease really easily, so all in all not that impressed.

Maybelline Dream Touch Blush (plum) - £6.49
Maybelline had a 3 for 2 offer on and as I'd bought the primer and concealer I scoured the counter looking for something else I could add and settled on this blush.  It has quite an oily texture, reminds me a bit of those cheap tinted lip balms that I used to use when I was young.  The colour is quite sheer so it can give you a hint of colour or can be layered up to give a stronger look.  I'm on the fence so far, need to try it a few more times before I can give a proper review.

Bourjois Rouge Edition Lipstick (peche cosy) - £7.99
I kind of regret buying this as now that I have it home I realise that the shade is a pretty decent dupe for the Topshop Whimsical lipstick which I still have half a tube of, so it doesn't really add anything new to my collection.  In saying that though it has quite a decent formulation and doesn't dry out your lips or flake so I don't dislike it, I just don't *need* it.

Models Own Blusher Brush - £8.50
This one is easy - I wanted to buy an angled blush brush as I haven't used one before and this is was the only one in Boots so I bought it.  I'm happy with it so far - the bristles are nice and soft and it picks up the product well.  Not much else to say!

Tipped Wavy Hairpins for Thick Hair - £1.89
This is a bit of a fail - I bought these to use with rollers as I thought that my normal hairgrips wouldn't be thick enough but actually these are faaar too wide so they don't hold the rollers at all and just fall out.  I don't have any use for these at all now as my hair is pretty fine so if any of my real life pals want them give me a shout!


  1. Loving the items in your mini haul. I'm one of those that don't get on with silicone based primers, unfortunately they do nothing for my dehydrated, flakey skin. I love the colour of the lipstick, would love to see some swatches of it.
    Laura x | Life and Lipstick

  2. I'm about to run out of The Porefessional too, think I'll need to give the Maybelline Baby Skin a try! There's a couple of things I need to get from Boots but I've been avoiding it for weeks as I just know I'll end up buying loads of makeup I don't need haha! x

  3. The Bourjois lipstick looks so pretty! Although I'm definitely like you, I really don't need to add any more pinky peaches to my collection!

    Catherine, xo // Lady Liquor Vintage