June 21, 2016

a UK drugstore beauty haul | the travel diaries.

Hello there!

I did another drugstore dash, but this time to a drugstore in the UK! While traveling around England, I wanted to see the sights and make some memories. But I also really wanted to buy a few goodies, including some UK beauty products. Some of the products are cult favorites, and others are items that I wanted to test for myself. Since I've already tried all of these items, I thought I would also share a few short reviews of the products as well.

1 // W7 In the City Palette [Natural Nudes] // The packaging of this palette is so cute! It looks like a miniature version of the Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette. The six shades are all matte, and they blend quite well. However, the pigmentation of these colors is a bit weak. The colors are nice for blending, but none of the shadows would stand out in a look. I don't know if I would recommend this palette, but if you look soft eye looks this palette might be a good one to try. {rp 8.00}

2 // Soap & Glory Wonderbronze Blush Brick [Sundaze] // UK drugstore products are really doing amazing things with their packaging. Soap & Glory products are seriously adorable! This blush has a myriad of shimmery and metallic shades, from a bright white to a deep plum. Once blended together these shades create a gorgeous blush that looks really beautiful on the cheeks. I am not normally a "blush person," but this one is really natural and glowy. I think it will be a really perfect blush for the summer. {rp 11.00} 

3 // Barry M Nail Paint [Vintage Violet] // I have always wanted to try Barry M nail colors, and this purple shade is really beautiful. It is a mauvey-purple with a grey undertone. The formula of this polish is really smooth; after two coats it is completely opaque. It also wears a long time and looks lovely for almost a week. If I had the opportunity I would grab a few more. If you're in need of a few new colors for your nail collection, then I would highly recommend picking up a few of these polishes! {rp 2.99} 

4 // Collection Lasting Concealer [002, Cool Medium] // This concealer is incredible. Basically life-changing. It has a salmon undertone that completely obliterates dark circles and makes blemishes almost invisible. It is slightly thick, but it blends really easily and wears all day. I have been wearing this concealer in intense summer heat, and it has not melted off my face or separated as a result of the scorching sun. The best part? It is super inexpensive, so you can use it daily and keep picking it up as you need it. {rp. 4.19}

5 // MUA Eyeshadow Palette [Undress Me Too] // This palette is a total must-have for anyone who wants to build up their eyeshadow collection without spending a ton of money. This palette inspired me to buy three more palettes from this range, because the pigmentation is amazing, the colors blend seamlessly, and the shadows wear all day. And for only four pounds, you really can't go wrong!      {rp 4.00} 

6 // Bourjois Smoky Stories Eyeshadow [Upside Brown] // This palette was something I wanted because I had heard great things about Bourjois shadows, and because I wanted to try something from the range anyways. This quad comes with three shades, two of which are somewhat similar brown colors, and one of which is a gold-toned beige. I liked the pigmentation of the shadows, but I found that the colors themselves weren't spectacular. Though I was slightly underwhelmed by the three brown and beige-toned shadows, the shadow in the middle, called the "light touch," was amazing. It's a type of topcoat that had a rich gold sparkle in it. I have been using it as a inner-corner highlight, which looks amazing with almost every eye look and is perfect for a night out. I love my inner-corner highlights, so this shadow is perfect for me. However, this palette was slightly overpriced, and I do not think that it is worth the price for that one shadow, no matter how cool that shadow is. I think it might be worth a pass. Try the MUA palettes instead! {7.99}


7 // Sleek Contour Kit [Medium] // This is such a cult-favorite, so I knew that I needed to buy it and try it. I grabbed the medium shade because I wanted a darker bronzer for summer. It blends really well and looks gorgeous! The contour shade is completely matte, but the highlight has quite a bit of shimmer, but no glitter. It has a golden undertone to it which I think would look amazing on those with darker skin tones. For me, however, I think that a highlight with pink undertones is more flattering. Nevertheless, the duo is fantastic and definitely worth the money! {6.99}

8 // MUA Bronzer [Sunkissed Bronze] // Can you tell that I'm obsessed with bronzers? I grabbed this one because I heard it was really nice. I cannot believe how inexpensive MUA products are, and how high quality the range is! This bronzer is really lovely; it has a bit of an orange tone to it, which doesn't look muddy, but gives a really soft glow to the face. This bronzer is also completely matte, so you don't look like a brown disco ball. If you are interested in testing out some highstreet bronzers before you invest in a more expensive contour, this one might be a good one to try!

I am so excited to continue using these products! I haven't bought makeup in a while, so it was nice to  refresh my collection and try something new. 

What other new makeup products should I try?

xx BB