Search This Blog

28 August 2015

Beauty Haul & First Impressions

I've collected a range of new beauty products since the start of the summer so instead of showing you the products the day of purchase, I thought I'd use them for a couple of months then share them with you to let you know how I've been finding the products so far. This haul is from various trips to both Boots and Superdrug over the past month or two.


The Maybelline Master Sculpt is my first ever contouring/highlighting product and I've been using it every day to sculpt my cheek bones and to highlight underneath my eyes and down the middle of my nose. I don't have much luck when it comes to bronzers/contour kits as I'm extremely pale and the sets are either too dark for my skin tone or barely show up. The light/medium shade is the only shade I've found to compliment my skin tone perfectly and I'd definitely re-purchase this product again in the future.

Having typical Scottish (pale) skin, it's a struggle finding a concealer that matches my skin tone perfectly. After finishing the L'Oreal True Match concealer, I realised it wasn't the best shade for me and was really yellow on my skin, which I didn't particularly like. The Maybelline FitMe concealer is of the same thick consistency as the L'Oreal concealer, except the palest shade is more suitable for my skin tone. I use the shade 01 light and although it is still slightly too dark, I've been using it really sparingly and it still does a great job in covering any imperfections. I'm still on the hunt for a good coverage concealer that matches my skin tone perfectly, but the FitMe concealer is one of the best I have tried so far!

I don't own many expensive beauty items, but I thought if I was to slightly splurge on a product, it would be on a good quality foundation. I purchased a Bare Minerals foundation and I'm in LOVE with it! I have extremely acne prone skin and I haven't broken out majorly since using this product. The shade (Fair) matches my skin tone perfectly and I love the coverage it gives. After battling with acne over my teenage years, I was left with quite a lot of acne scarring and this product covers absolutely everything. The only down side of a powder foundation is that is does tend to cling to any dry patches, so I probably wouldn't recommend it if you're prone to dryness.

I would also recommend pairing this product with a primer as it can begin to disappear off my face at the end of the evening if I wear it for a full day primer-less. When I purchased the product, the lady at the Bare Minerals counter applied their primer to my skin before the foundation, but the smell was so terrible I couldn't bring myself to purchase the primer too. If anyone has any good primer recommendations (with no horrible smell), please let me know!

I was on the hunt for a pale eyeliner to wear on my lower waterline. After seeing mixed reviews for shade recommendations online, I decided to buy both a nude and white eyeliner.

As I am very pale, the nude shade doesn't suit me at all. It is very orange and makes me look a bit ill when worn on my water line! I love the white eyeliner though, it really defines my eyes and makes them stand out.

I will find another use for the nude eyeliner, but if you're pale skinned and looking for an eyeliner to make your eyes stand out, the white shade if definitely the one to go for!

I'm always trying out new waterproof mascaras and after using the Max Factor Masterpiece Max mascara on my lower lashes for years, I thought I'd give the Masterpiece waterproof version a try. Firstly, the wand is not the same as the Masterpiece Max mascara. The bristles are a lot thinner which makes it harder to coat every lash in one swipe. It's a very wet formula and takes a while to dry, which I find quite irritating. The mascara is also quite difficult to remove compared to other waterproof mascaras I've tried in the past.

I had such high hopes for this mascara, but the formula is a bit sloppy and the wand doesn't compare to the Masterpiece Max. Max Factor - please release the Masterpiece Max in a waterproof version!


I purchased the CoverGirl Lash Exact waterproof mascara in the beauty section of TK Maxx. After hearing raving reviews on the Lashblast mascara over the years, I thought I'd give a CoverGirl mascara a try. I love the wand and the mascara does a great job in making my eyelashes look very volumised. It is, unfortunately, very difficult to remove, so I've only been using it when I know I can spend a fair amount of time properly removing the mascara as it requires a lot of soaking and scrubbing!

This is actually an angled eyeliner brush by Barry M, but I've been using it with an eyeshadow to fill in my eyebrows. I don't really tend to shape my eyebrows when i fill them in, but the bristles on this brush are quite firm so it does a great job of filling in any sparse areas with ease. This brush is now a staple product in my eyebrow routine.

I purchased the Maybelline Masterduo liner on a whim in the duty free section of Brussels South Charleroi airport last month. I wish I looked at the reviews beforehand, because it really is a terrible product and I definitely wasted my money.

The nib is thin and forms into a ball point at the end, which I don't really understand. It is difficult to apply and the formula smudges and even cracks in places during the day. I'm extremely disappointed with this product and will be sticking to my Soap & Glory Super cat liner from now on!

The Maybelline Eye Studio gel eyeliner is my first ever gel eyeliner purchase and I'm really impressed with this product. The brush makes the product really easy to use and I love the glossy finish. Gel eyeliner application certainly doesn't come naturally and I'm still trying to master winged eyeliner, but I've been loving using this product so far.

The first line is the Maybelline Masterduo liner. The finish is very glossy, but I find it extremely hard to achieve a straight line with the awkward nib.

The second line is the Maybelline Eye Studio gel eyeliner. Using a brush to apply the product makes it slightly harder to achieve a thin line, but with a bit of practice, I love how this eyeliner looks. I also find it to be long-lasting - it managed to endure a trip to the gym and swimming pool!


I purchased a Charles Worthington hair masque as it was on offer in Boots. I have long hair which can get quite dry at the ends, so I rely on a hair masque weekly to help my hair stay strong and smooth any split ends. This product smells amazing and the tub has lasted about two months. I much prefer masques in tubs as I find there's so much more wastage in a bottle and the product is a lot more difficult to dispense.


As I was purchasing travel products for my holiday, instead of a mini batiste dry shampoo, I thought I'd give Ruth Crilly's COLAB a try. I picked up the London fragrance and it works a treat! I'm definitely going to pick up a full sized bottle when I'm in Superdrug next.


A lot of my friends rave about coconut oil, so I couldn't resist trying it myself. I bought a small 125ml tub from Superdrug and I'm really impressed! I'm not sure if all coconut oil products are like this, but the oil in this tub is difficult to use without letting it melt for a few minutes in the sun or under hot water.

I let the tub sit under the tap for a couple of minutes to melt slightly, then I dip cotton wool pads in the product to remove my eye makeup. It works wonders getting rid of waterproof mascara. I'm yet to try it on the ends of my hair, but I have high hopes as my eyelashes always feel and look really nourished after use.

When this product was first released, it was a real struggle getting my hands on it and was pretty much sold out everywhere in Edinburgh! I finally purchased a bottle and I really love it. I'm not a fan of standing in my bathroom after a shower waiting for gradual fake tan to dry - so this product really stood out for me.

A thin layer all over gives a streak-free, healthy glow. It does have that typical fake tan smell afterwards, but I usually let it work overnight and wash again in the morning to get rid of the smell. The only downside to this is the price and bottle size - if I used this all over my body weekly it would make tanning quite expensive in the long run.

I'm a huge fan of Zoella and after hearing she released a new Tutti Fruity product range, I had to give at least one of the products a try. The fizz bar smells amazing, but unfortunately doesn't produce any bubbles at all and I was slightly disappointed. I probably wouldn't re-purchase this produce, but the price is really reasonable and I got 4 lovely smelling baths out of it!

Have you tried any new products recently? What new product ranges are you desperate to try?

No comments:

Post a Comment

Thanks for your comment and for sharing your thoughts - I read and appreciate every single one of them x

Copyright @ Alix Staines.