Oh and be prepared for a lot of pictures, hope the quality is okay.
Avene is a brand that along with La Roche Posay I always, always feel drawn to when I hop down to Boots. I've tried a few of their products before but nothing has stopped me in my tracks for me to go 'wow'. I have however recently re-purchased their 'Extremely gentle cleanser' due to my extremely (no pun intended) temperamental skin, and also the product above, the 'Skin recovery cream' which claims to calm sensitive and irritated skin ... yes you guessed it, that's what drew me, as it basically sums up my skin at the moment. I was out yesterday buying these things and (some of you might have heard me say this on BlogTV) I had a horrid spot which I'd over dryed (yuck) by the side of my mouth (yuck again) and every time I opened my mouth, boy oh boy did it hurt! So I popped some of this on the dry areas of my skin where acne medication had dried it out, and I woke up this morning to find that the skin there has healed! Hoorah! It's not tight feeling and it's soft to touch ... so my friends I have high hopes!
Next contender is a new lipstick that I had absolutely no intention of buying but am sooo happy I did, and it's 'Peach-stock' from the new MAC, 'MAC me Over' collection. It's a satin finish, but to me it feels more like a creamsheen, which I'm in no way complaining about because they're my fav's :P Now, how can I describe it, it's a peach-y, brown-y ... nude-y ... yeah you get the drift, basically everything I love in a lipstick all into one. It doesn't make you look like a corpse and the peach undertone looks lovely with a warmer eye look.
Nail polish is a weakness of mine, and Topshop, let's face it makes some pretty lovely colours which at £5 to me make 'Toppers' a high contender for best nail polish prize ... more for their unique choice of colours rather than longevity, creamy-ness etc. So I give you 'War Paint' which is given absolutely no justice on the photos above because it's much more neon in the bottle, but on the nail looks more like a delicious watermelon colour.
Back to MAC, (no unfortunately I haven't saved enough items to bag me a free lippie, and yes writing this did make me giggle) I bought an eyeshadow, something that I'd like to say I haven't done in around 6 months ... mainly because I went through a massive phase of asking for eyeshadows from Santa (lol) and then feeling I had everything I needed. So, what made you get 'Texture' you may ask ...
Well, it's an orange-y, warm toned brown with very slight shimmer that caught my eye whilst shopping in Westfield with the lovely Grace from the 'UglyFaceOfBeauty'. My eyes are hazel, which can sometimes look more green or brown depending, but I love it when they pick up an orange/brown tinge, and so bought 'Texture' in the hope that it will enhance this.
I promise next time my blog post will be more organised, but for now we're back to envisaging me standing there 'umming and arring' in Boots at their brush selection. I've never been one for using 'the tools God gave me' ... those being my hands, for makeup application just because I have this weird thing where I think my hands harbour millions of germs and oils, blah blah (I'm not OCD just mentally challenged when it comes to some things) and so I love makeup brushes, but will admit that since the days back in high school where I used to buy brushes from H&M, I have never again bought a 'lower end' makeup brush. What a snob, I know. So back to the subject at hand, the perfect concealer brush is something I have been searching for, and although I've been happily content with my 224 by MAC, it leaves something to be desired. This is where the 'Ecotools deluxe concealer brush' fits in, in the hope that it will fill the void my 224 has left. I still use my 224 don't get me wrong but there's just something a bit 'meh' about it.
I think facial buffers are great, and happen to really dislike facial scrubs, more so because I'd rather skip yet another product that could potentially aggravate my skin, so I love using buffers in conjunction with my cleanser. I am accustomed to buying the one from 'The Body Shop', but Ecotools in boots was on 'Buy one, get one half off' so I bought their facial buffs (two for £2.99). What made me make the plunge is the fact that the buffer has two sides, one more abbrasive and the other gentler.
Not sure if this is translated in the two picutes above, but I used both sides last night and this morning and loved it! I use the rougher side on areas that are acne free, and that were dry (due to over drying acne medication, such as the horrid dry spot described earlier) and it made my skin feel very smooth, and I find it to be less abbrasive than The Body Shop version, maybe because it's made from 'loofah', supposedly a vegetable. The second side I used on my acne areas that I didn't want to be too tough on, and it feels like a soft pillow on your skin it's so soft! So I shall keep you all updated, but again high hopes!
Then we come onto the naughty purchase. All I have to say on the matter is this lipstick has been on my list for a long, long time and I love the packaging... and yes I felt guilt after purchasing. It's the YSL Rouge Volupte in #1 Nude Beige. *Stares at beauty*.
Two rings that made it in my 'basket' are these two. Now, the eye freaks me out but that's why I love it (£5), and the skull one is cute and for £1 couldn't be passed up!
For those who made it this far thank you for reading! Love you lots, xxx