Over the last year or so my Boots Advantage Card has been racking up points, that I had hoped to spend on perfume (YSL Manifesto if you must ask), but as I’m a lowly event coordinator with little to no pay left at the end of the month, items I’d usually pay for, have had to take a massive chunk out of my Advantage Card Credit. But never mind, I’ve got a nice heap of goodies to try out and love, which will keep me going through the summer. Happy days.
Aussie Miracle Hair Insurance Leave In Conditioner: As mentioned in my post about the prep, care and maintenance of bleached hair, Aussie is a go-to brand when my hair is in need if some TLC. There is a leave in spray specifically for coloured hair, but as not all my hair is coloured, I was drawn to the utterly delicious Miracle Hair Insurance. The Jojoba seed oil is very nourishing, and this acts as a great precursor to blow dry or styling spray. As I’ve sworn of blow drying whilst the weather’s been so nice, I’m spritzing this all over, then letting my hair dry naturally- I’m left with soft, tousled hair that is conditioned, nourished and beautifully scented. A winning product for hair in a heatwave.
Batiste Lace Dry Shampoo: Having loved the exotic scents of the Coconut Dry Shampoo, I was surprised I was so easily lead astray. But this is, for want of a better description, the least tacky smelling dry shampoo they’ve launched. It does spray a bit too white for my darker roots, but after a good rub and a thorough brush, I’m left with some wonderfully refreshed hair. As a plus, it helps keep my braids stay in place really well!
Garnier Moisture Match Shine Be Gone Mattifying Fresh Cream: I really wanted this to be good. A green tea infused gel type cream claimed to keep my skin matte all day. Oh it did that alright. But the texture was very bizarre, almost slimy. In fact I’d liken it to running dust filled hair gel into your face! The scent was fine, very refreshing, and it was really cool and light, but it felt like the cream was pilling, or had bits in it. Ah, maybe they were the “super absorbent mirco-spheres”. Whatever they were it resulted in an unpleasant experience, and the tube going in the bin after a weeks’ trial.
L’Oreal Plentitude Ideal Balance Cleansing Wipes: HCCing will always be my cleansing routine of choice, day and night, but every now and then, a wipe wins for convenience. With the weather being as it is (currently hovering around 28C), my “normal” skin is edging ever closer to “combination”. A few outbreaks close to my hair line, the usual scattering along the jaw during Shark Week, and a not so normal t-zone, I’ve been using the Cleansing Wipes, in place of my usual Re-Nourishing one which I grab post-work out as a quick alternative to a full on cleanse. Both do an excellent job of removing make up (even stubborn mascara), are mildly exfoliating, and thankfully the Cleansing wipe isn’t too drying, or astringent. A winner.
Botanics All Bright Refreshing Eye Roll On: Probably a result of no sleep, not enough water and genetics, has lead to me having some very sore and puffy eyes of late. The old wives tales of cold green tea bags, frozen spoons and the oh so classy cucumber slices, have done little in helping my sore peepers. Armed with a 20% off Botanics voucher, this was the first thing that caught me eye. No pun intended. I enjoyed using the All Bright range last summer (the night cream is superb, try it!) and as this little gem was packed with hyaluronic acids and hibiscus, my eyes felt cool and refreshed even on the first application. Really helped reduce the puffiness, and I think that those stubborn dark circles are reduced too. Pop this in the fridge overnight for a really refreshing eye treatment.
Nivea Invisible Black & White 48 Hour Antiperspirant: Grew tired of Garnier, and their very wet and over-scented Mineral Roll Ons. Knowing that any antiperspirant I bought had to stand up against my majority black wardrobe, it’s not at all surprising that this came home with me. Barely scented, cream based and gentle on sensitive skin- this is a great product that doesn’t interfere with any perfume you care to wear, or transfer onto black. AT. ALL. As I’ve not got a single white top, I can’t comment on the “no yellow stains” element, but I’m sure it works. Oh. and my armpits are comfy and dry at the end of the day. Another winner!
Dr Jart Water Fuse BB+: This was on my Wish List at the beginning of the year, and I’m so glad that I finally have it. It doesn’t quite last the full day (I’m finding I need to touch up with my Rimmel Stay Matte Powder every now and then), but the coverage is incredible, it goes on like a dream (thanks partly to my Real Techniques Stippling Brush, which was also on my list), and has doesn’t make me look shiny at all. The aloe is great for my skin so I’ve not experienced any breakouts or irritations, which is always a good thing.
Garnier 5 Second Perfect Blur Primer: This has big, grand claims: reducing the appearance of lines, shine, wrinkles and pores, but it delivers on every single one. A soft pink colour, and a very silky texture, this primer goes on beautifully and, as per the press coverage, improves the appearance of skin immediately. My mum recommended this to me a few weeks ago, as a base and primer, rather than as an improver, and it works really well with the Dr Jart, leaving me with flawless, glowing, soft skin.
Will be a good few weeks, or months, before I can managed another decent haul, but for now I have lots of pretty things to play with. Looks like the Manifesto will have to stay on my wish list a while longer…