December 09, 2014

Mini Christmas Haul

P1020267 P1020274 P1020272 P1020273P1020236P1020268 P1020276I'm not a fan of the word 'Haul' as I think it suggests that I have bought loads of things, which in this instance is not the case. However, when I went Christmas shopping on Monday with my sister in Cardiff I did pick up a few things for myself (naughty!). Not everything in the post is beauty related but I thought I'd write about them anyway. I took about 3 trips into Superdrug during the day, I'm not a good decision maker.

Revlon ColourStay Foundation in '180 Sand Beige' - I have wanted to try out Revlon ColourStay foundation for a long time but always forgot about it when I ran out of my Garnier BB cream and therefore never got around to it. ColourStay is separated into two categories, for oily/combination skin (me), and Normal/Dry. I swatched a colour which I thought was close to my Garnier BB cream and lucky enough the second shade I swatched was a close match to my skin. The Colourstay foundation claims to be a matte, 24 hour long lasting foundation and I agree. When applying the formula to my skin, I used the Real Techniques expert face brush and it felt quite thick but blended well into a matte finish. I wore it all day, for around 9/10 hours and it was still matte with a lovely finish and had not oxidised or separated on my face. It has great long lasting power and I think it is a great foundation for £12.49 (30ml). The only downside to this foundation is that although it has glass packaging which I appreciate it does not come with a pump and therefore it is quite difficult to gauge how much to pour onto the back of your hand without producing a lot of wasted product.

Revlon Colourburst Matte Balm in '205 Elusive' (no available link at - I was lucky enough to get this product free on an offer they had in Superdrug (spend £10 on Revlon and get a free Colourburst Balm). I had been wanting another matte balm after I bought '245 Audacious' a lovely bright orange back in the summer. I decided to go with Elusive as it is a soft wearable pink which I thought would be a great everyday colour. I love that they provide a matte finish, which aren't drying on lips and they have the added bonus of smelling minty fresh! These matte balms normally retail at £7.99 each.

Rimmel Lasting Finish Colour Rush Balm in '110 Make me Blush' - I picked up another of these balms after originally trying another of Rimmel's lasting finish balms called 'Rumour Has It'. I really like the finish of these colour sticks as they provide a slight glossy look and feel very moisturising. These balms retail at £5.99.

Real Techniques Shading Brush By Sam and Nic Chapman (£6.99) - I had yet to buy an eye brush from real Techniques (I own their powder brush, stippling brush, blush brush and expert face brush) and seen as though they were offering 3 for 2 in Superdrug I thought I would treat my sister with the shading brush and blending sponge at the same time. I'm yet to use the eye shading brush but if it is anything like the other real Techniques brushes I have used it will be fantastic quality which produces fantastic results.

Lush Reindeer Rock Soap (£3.10 for 100g) - I adore lush cosmetics and whilst in the Cardiff store I picked up a Karma Bubble Bar (£3.25 each) as I adore that scent and then was drawn towards the soaps as I love smelling them all. I came across this soap which I think smells of sweeties and the vimto drink. I used it in the shower this morning for the first time and I just can't get over how amazing it smells. I definitely recommend trying it if you haven't already!

So, they are a few things I picked up whilst I was shopping in Cardiff. Not all beauty but I think its always nice to see what other people have bought when they go shopping. Hope you enjoyed my post and let me know if you have tried any of these products and what you think. I'd be interested to know what your favourite soap from lush is too?

Emma x


  1. I love everything you bought! I have the real techniques brush and it is amazing!

  2. I can't wait to try it, all my other Real Technique brushes are fab so i'm excited!

  3. I've been dying to try one of those Revlon ColourBurst Matte Balms! The colours are so gorgeous! :)


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