Last weekend I saw myself back in Southampton for some important business. That business being I needed to go shopping. Oh yeah, and I had a job interview.
But I don’t want to jinx anything so I’m not going to talk about it.
The city centre was so packed, of course I had to go on market/food/sale day. Tip: Always look like you can knock someone over who gets in your way at any minute.
So, I walk down the precinct with my “Kanye West face” on and had a plan. If you don’t know what “Kanye West face” is, it’s when I put some heavy Kanye West music through my headphones, stare straight ahead and wear a pout. It works at night, dark alleys and walking past old ladies…
With all this walking fiercely I had to pop to Boots to get some blister plasters, whilst I was there this (elder) lady came up to me and said “do you shop here?” I shrugged and said “sometimes.” She said “well you can have these then” and gave me two vouchers for £3 off any No7 Make up purchase and £5 of No7 Skincare. I felt like she practically handed me money, although I have never bought any No7 products. Well it was as good a time as any.
I must have spent a good hour walking around, swatching, talking and having stuff slapped on my face. Well not literally slapped. I finally plucked up the courage to ask one of the ladies at the No7 counter and had my face “matched” with a Matched Made device which paired me with “Cool Vanilla.” I didn’t want to commit to buying the foundation so she gave me a sample to try at home. We’ll see…
I did however use my vouchers and picked up No7 Beautifully Matte Make up Base.
I had run out of my favourite Rimmel Stay Matte Primer and after hunting the Rimmel display, and even naughtily pulled out the stock drawer at the bottom whilst no-one was looking, I couldn’t find any. I saw my No7 voucher in hand and thought YES. This was my opportunity to try something new. I tried the tester on my hand and rubbed it around, it instantly turned my skin a blurred matte. I was amazed and automatically reached for the sealed tube behind. Watch this space for a road test!
I also picked up in Boots the No7 Beautiful Skin Deep Pore Purifier.
You may well have noticed that I do love my face products. Anything that claims to purify my pores deeply make me want to buy it. When I sampled it in store, the tube had just a hole at the top like most tubes, so I was cautiously surprised when I opened it to find this “massager” head. I was cautious because because the previous product I tried, the Garnier Pure Active Exfo-Brusher Wash, made me break out so badly I wish I never laid eyes on it. Only the future will tell how well this performs…
Finally in Boots I took the plunge and bought Gimmie Brow from the Benefit stand after the “MUA” made me look like I had light brown cartoon brows!!!
I wanted to try the Gimmie Brow before I bought it because it’s quite expensive and to be honest, it’s not that big of a product. The lady took my previous perfectly sculpted brows to apply the gel(is it a gel?) and we both agreed that it was okay but not full enough. She suggested that I try BrowZings wax and powder because I have a noticeable chunk of brow missing after a phase when I was 15 that I deeply regret. This was where I thought she might as well got a brown calligraphy pen and drew it on. I decided that I prefer the more natural look of the gel, the one that made my brows look like actual hair.
After finally making it out of Boots, I went opposite to the Hunger Games arena that is Primark.
I bought a gorgeous lipstick in the shade “Berry Blitz.”
It wasn’t that berry-ful(if that makes sense?) but it’s still a gorgeous colour and has a quite good pigment.
I also bought a similar colour lipstick in that shade “Suspense.”
This shade is a bit darker and is an awesome fall colour to take you into winter.
I saw this Velvet Matte lipstick crayon in the shade “Wine” and for £2 I had to have it.
I wanted to specifically buy some eye shadow for a change so I picked up a nude quad compact.
I see what you did there Primark…
Have you found any gems lately? Have you tried any of these beauties? Let me know!