I had a somewhat disastrous commute yesterday morning. Whilst deeply engrossed in Twitter, I totally missed my train stop and ended up having to get off at the end of the line and getting a train back to my office – What a doofus!
The bus that I had to get goes along The Strand, as it went past the huge Superdrug I noticed that they had a sale on. I’m a bit of a sucker for makeup and pamper gift sets, so I decided to go back this morning and have a mooch through the bargains.
I looked through the sale stuff and was disappointed by what was left so decided not to buy any of the sets. This Superdrug however, has ALL of the lower priced or ‘drug store’ makeup brands that I love in there so I decided to have a splurge on some new makeup instead.
When shopping for makeup, I HAVE to set myself a budget. I have been known to wander into Chanel for a new lipstick and emerge 40 minutes later and £200 worse off, so budgets are essential for this kind of shopping. Being that these are the cheaper ranges of makeup I decided to set a budget of £20 and see what I could find!
So, this is what I brought ….
I love this brand!
Today I brought the i-Devine Ultra Mattes Darks Palette v2 for £7.99. If you have never used a Sleek eyeshadow palette before then I really urge you to try them. I personally find that the matte texture eyeshadows have more of a colour pay off than their shimmers, but if you use a good base then you can really create some dramatic looks.
I have swatched all of the eyeshadows on to my arm and have taken a picture for you, so you can see just how pigmented they are – this is ONE swipe of each shadow so you can really see how intense the colour is!
The lighter colours definitely need a base and the purple was not as bright as I was expecting, but with an eyeshadow base and some blending they’ll be fab.
My favourite Sleek palettes are;
Ultra Matte V1 – Perfect if you like bright colours
Supreme – A limited edition palette of every day essential colours
Acid – For the 80s pop star in you
Primer Palette – Cream colour bases to enhance the colour of your eyeshadow
The other product that I brought from Sleek today is a Blush in ‘Life’s a Peach’ for £4.49
Sleek Blushes are amazing. I have pretty much every colour that they do now and am ever so slightly addicted to them. They are very pigmented (as with most things in the range) and go on the skin perfectly without looking too ‘over the top’ or powdery as some blushers can.
I have to admit that I go to my Sleek blushes over my high end brands time after time. I cannot recommend these enough and when combined with the Sleek Contour Kits which are £6.49 you really can’t go wrong!
MUA – Makeup Academy Professional
This is another brand that I really like.
I am trying some new products from them today, so have decided that I will just talk you through what I’ve brought, how much they cost and then blog again later about what they are like!
MUA Pro Brow Ultimate Eyebrow Kit for £3.50
Included in this kit are;
2 brow colours, a highlighter, a brow gel, mini tweasers and a double ended angled brush. Which for £3.50 is an absolute bargain!!
MUA Lip Liner in Softly Lined for £1 – I needed a pale pink liner and picked this up as it seemed to be the perfect colour for what I wanted. I cannot believe that they can make this product for £1! It even has a pencil sharpener built into the lid!
MUA Pearl Eyeshadow in colour 27 for £1.
The colour intensity is awesome in this shimmery bronzy gold tone eyeshadow. I really do think that this will look amazing on! It is an absolute steal at £1 and having tested the consistency on my hand, I don’t even think it will need a base!
MUA Fur_Effect Nails in Fluffy Bobbin for £2 a deep purple colour fluffy coating for nails! The Link to the website includes an instruction video – I shall see how it goes!
So there you go, my entire haul came to £19.98 but I brought myself a Crème Egg too so I finished off with a £20.63 bill … not bad I thought!!
What is your favourite ‘drug store’ brand or product?