I’ve never done a haul like this on my blog before – mainly because I’ve never DONE a haul like this before. Buying this much in one day is a total rarity for me! #MinimalistLyf (I’m kidding… I’m not minimalist at all!)
Anyhow, this haul happened for two reasons – firstly, after being on an extended no-buy and running down my collection for ages, I needed primer, foundation, concealer, AND setting spray, all at once. Secondly, I’d decided to go on a shopping trip with my friend Beth (@booochawooocha), and when you go on a spree with someone who’s into makeup and skincare as much as you are, something like this is bound to happen.
Let’s get into the haul, shall we?
The first thing that caught our attention in Superdrug was the B. makeup line stand – it seems they’re discontinuing the entire line to replace it with new products. Everything in stock was heavily reduced, so I picked up the majority of it to try, because I was curious!
I grabbed a B Vivid Powder Eyeshadow in Filigree and the B. Smokey Soft Blendable Kohl Liners in Emerald and Plum – all 49p each. Greens and purples are some of my favourite colours to wear on my eyes!
The B. Brilliant Rich Colour Lip Glosses were £1.99 each – I got the shades Bambi (top) and Hibiscus (bottom). They have a non-sticky formula, are comfortable to wear, and these two have no glitter, just shine. I’ve been wearing these regularly – perfect everyday glosses!
Lastly, I had to grab three of the B. Stunning Vibrant Eye Shadows in Copper (top), Bittersweet (right) and Royal (bottom) – also 49p each. The only one I didn’t get of these that was in stock was a shimmery black, which I would never use. These look so gorgeous and multi-dimensional!
I was in desperate need of a new full-coverage foundation, and Beth (who has tried approximately 4 million foundations) recommended the Revlon Colorstay (£12.99) – I picked 180 Sand Beige, which is a great match for me. Even though it’s quite pricey for a drugstore foundation, I’m really enjoying it so far! With great coverage, brilliant blendability, and great lasting power, it’s everything I’ve been looking for in a foundation.
I also spotted the lightest shade of the Bourjois Radiance Reveal Concealer (£7.99) actually in stock (it never is usually) so took that as a sign and grabbed it! This concealer is hydrating, brightening and has decent coverage, and has made it’s way into many #FOTD posts on my Instagram lately…
Lastly I purchased the Collection Primed & Ready Mattifying Pore Minimiser (£4.99) – another recommendation from Beth – which has acne-fighting ingredients, as well as the Make Up Fixing Spray (£5.99) from the same line (since I needed a new one).
I’ve wanted the MUA Skin Define Hydro Primer (£5) for ages (Beth keeps raving about it) and when I saw it was both in stock AND reduced to £2.50 – well, I’ve never moved so fast! It’s a weird clear jelly but it’s honestly so nice on the skin – so light, refreshing and soft. I’ve also seen @jescapetobeauty talking about the MUA Skin Define Hydro Powder (£3) – when I swatched it in-store, it felt so soft, smooth and hydrating that I just had to have it!
All the Miss Sporty makeup was on 3 for £5, so I thought I’d give it a whirl – I have a Miss Sporty lipstick that I LOVE so why not try more of the line?
I don’t have any glowy foundations so I grabbed the Insta Glow Foundation in 003 Medium (£3.49), and when I swatched the Really Me! Second Skin Effect Foundation (£3.99), it seemed really lovely – unusually soft and blendable for a stick foundation. Lastly I thought I’d try the Miss Sporty Perfect Stay 10 Hour Wear Concealer (£2.99) – I’m always up for trying new concealers!
All Maybelline products were on Buy One, Get One Half Price, and I’d wanted the Color Drama Intense Velvet Lip Crayon in 630 Nude Embrace (£4.99) for ages – it’s usually out of stock when I look. I’d usually grab my fave Maybelline Better Skin Concealer to take advantage of the deal, but Superdrug have recently stopped stocking it, so I had a look through the lipsticks instead. I went with Colorsensational Galactic Mauve 240 (£6.99) – a stunning pinky-mauve with a gold shift.
I was so obsessed with the way this lipstick matched the label, I made an entire Instagram post dedicated to it… It’s the little things…
We got a little distracted from the makeup when we started huffing shower gels… Totally normal behaviour… Anyway, these Treat Me Shower & Bath Soaks were only £1.47 each – pretty cheap considering the size! After sniffing and debating the different scents in the range as if we were at some kind of absurd wine-tasting, I finally settled on Salted Caramel and Honey & Ginger. Looking forward to using these!
This was another recommendation from Beth, and I’ve since fallen head over heels for it – the So…? Vanilla Milkshake Body Mist (£1.97) is part of a new line from the classic body spray brand we all remember from the 90s! I’m not usually big on vanilla but this is a gorgeous, sweet but musky scent – perfect for summer, and actually really lasts well on me. I’d really recommend you trying out some of this line – I’ll definitely be getting a few more from the range, as they’re so affordable and great quality!
I only bought one skincare item from Superdrug – the B. Hydrated Hyaluronic Acid Facial Spritz (£3.95). I’ve been using this a lot lately and figured I’d buy a backup while it was on offer.
The next stop was Boots – we have a huge Boots in the main shopping centre in Nottingham with a brilliant beauty range, covering tons of skincare and makeup brands, as well as a NYX counter (yay!). Beth has been raving about the L’Oreal Hydra Genius Aloe Water (£6.65) so while it was 1/3rd off, I thought I’d give it a try. I really like it so far – it works well both as a light moisturiser or as a layering product. Beth finds it works better for her at night as it feels greasy, but my skin drinks the stuff up, so I often use it during the day too.
Beth also raves about the Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel line for acne-prone skin, so I thought I’d try the Shine Control Day Moisturiser (£3.99). I’ve had good luck so far with the Boots own brand products – as well as their house brands like Boots Botanics and No7, they manufacture world-renowned products (including Liz Earle and Soap & Glory) here at their factory in Nottingham, so they know their stuff!
Lastly I grabbed the Garnier Skinactive Nourishing Botanical Toner with Honey Flower (£2.32) – basically I’m drawn to anything with honey in it so I’ve been wanting to try something from this line for a while.
I’m not sure what it is about gingerbread scented things, but whenever I find one, they have to come home with me immediately. Of course this Burt’s Bees Ginger Spice Lip Balm (£3.99) was no exception! I’ve been making good progress on using up my lip balms lately so I’m hoping I’ll have finished some of my current stash by Autumn – so this will be perfect to crack into then. I realise it may sound insane to buy a lip balm to use next season, but I’m going to blame that on being a beauty blogger… oh, and my insatiable obsession with gingerbread (I even requested gingerbread as my birthday cake last year).
Natural Collection is a super budget brand I’ve never tried, and since I am all about super budget brands, I relented and bought Beth’s recommendation of the Natural Collection Highlighter Stick in Coral Glow (£1.99). It’s a bit dark to be a highlighter on me, but I can make it work, or use it as a blush. The whole range was on 3 for 2, so I also grabbed the Coverup Cream Concealer in Light (£1.99) and the Lash Length Mascara in Black/Brown (£1.99) – which is an absolute gem! It lasts all day and makes my lashes look long and feathery.
These OGX minis – the Coconut Milk Conditioner and Coconut Water Shampoo – were reduced to 63p each, and since I’ve never tried OGX haircare, I thought I’d give them a whirl. I always have some mini products in my stash for when I go on holiday or visit family for the weekend, so these will be great for next time I go away.
We also made a stop at the NYX counter – no makeup shopping spree would be complete without that – and I added to my lipgloss collection with NYX Butter Gloss in Tiramisu (£5.50). This shade looks perfect on me, and I love the scent and formula of this line – I will probably get more in the future.
I also had my first foray into their eyeshadow line with the NYX Full Throttle Quad in Color Riot (£9). This is pretty expensive for four eyeshadows, but that rusty red colour is absolutely stunning…
I’m not exaggerating when I say this photo turns me on. Is makeupsexual a thing? Will this satiate my desire for the Kat Von D Rust Quad? Am I insane? Answers on a postcard.
The next stop was Kiko – I went slightly mad over the nail polishes as they were all reduced. The Mini Nail Laquers were only £1 each – I chose the shades 32 and 30.
I also picked out the Power Pro Nail Lacquer in 29 and the Glitter Metal Nail Lacquers in 001 and 002 – all only £3 each. I’ve been wearing these since and am really impressed with the formula – after 7 days of wear, they’re still glossy and look fab, with only minimal chipping on one nail.
Lastly I bought the Tropic Heat Primer & Fixer – this is part of their summer collection and smells very fruity and fresh, with an amazingly fine spritzer. I can always do with more setting sprays!
Our last stop was an independent makeup store that has opened recently in Nottingham – they stock some brands I’ve not heard of, as well as L.A. Girl and Milani – both harder to get hold of in the UK. The only thing I picked up this time was this RK by Kiss Matte Lipstick in Nude Rose (£4). I haven’t worn it yet, but it swatched smoothly and is highly pigmented.
Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed my monster haul. If and when I review the above products, I will add a link in the post – if there’s anything in particular you’d like to see reviewed, please leave me a comment below to let me know!