Sunday, 12 October 2014

Mini Autumn Beauty Haul

Now I've started working full-time the temptation to just pop into Boots after work or during my lunch break is super strong & I'm lucky that it's only a small store so the financial damage is somewhat limited.

However, when I snuck in last week it was (relatively) guilt-free as I had a couple of vouchers to spend which I'd earned on an online survey site during my three months of unemployment (super glamorous, I know), so I picked up a couple of essentials & treated to myself to two products from the No.7 line, & I thought I'd share with you what I got.

Imperial Leather Pink Peony & Raspberry Body Wash // Was £2, now on sale for £1 - Since I started work I've mainly been showering at night, so I've been gravitating towards a lot more soothing scents, but when I saw this on the shelf I knew I had to have it. Peonies are my favourite flowers & while this isn't a traditional "soothing" fragrance, I do like the fact that it leaves me feeling fresh & clean, plus it lathers up well which makes it feel really luxurious.

Garnier Moisture Match Mattifying Fresh Cream // £5.99 - One of my biggest issues now I'm working full-time is keeping my super oily skin under control, especially since my hours are pretty flexible & I often need my makeup to last from 9am through 'til 8pm. Blotting & touching up with powder can only do so much so I decided to try out this "mattifying" moisturiser from Garnier. I'll be doing a full review in the next few days but so far I'm on the fence.

No. 7 Beautifully Matte Foundation // £13.50 - My oil-control issues definitely weren't being helped by the fact that I was using a pretty lightweight & dewy foundation so I decided to invest in something a bit more matte & full coverage, especially as we're well & truly into Autumn now. So far I've been absolutely loving the No. 7 Beautifully Matte Foundation but I'll be posting a full review soon with all the details, so keep your eyes peeled.

Witch Cleansing & Toning Wipes // Was £2.99, now on sale for £1.99 - I never thought I'd be a face wipes snob but somehow it's happened. I ran out of my old face wipes while we were living with my partners' parents & without a second thought picked up a double pack of ASDA wipes for £1 (what a bargain, I thought). Turns out there was a reason they were so cheap: they were dry as a bone & stank of chemical cleaner. I powered through one pack but by the time I was half way through the second I cracked & threw them away. Enter the Witch Cleansing & Toning wipes which I'm really liking. They're super moist & make easy work of eye make-up; the only slight downside is that they are quite drying but I tend to moisturise after using them anyway so it's no big deal.

No. 7 Match Made Stay Perfect Lipstick in Auburn Whisper // £9.95 - I've always been put off No. 7 cosmetics by the price & had I not had the voucher there's no way I would have picked this lipstick up, but I would have missed out because I'm loving this colour & the formula is amazing. I love a dark lip & could probably get away with wearing a deep plum or wine shade at work but it's just so high maintenance that I'd rather stick to less intense shades. I'd describe Auburn Whisper as a dusty rose shade with a hint of coral & it's really flattering - bright but not so intense that it overwhelms the rest of your look, & definitely not as mature as it looks in the tube. It's also super long-lasting & seems pretty immune to smudging, meaning you can swipe it on in the morning & not worry about it (at least until after lunch).

So that's my mini haul, what products have you picked up recently that you've been loving? Let me know in the comments!

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