Sally Hansen Nailgrowth Miracle (£9.99, Boots)
I was dreading moving flat a couple of weeks ago, not because of all the packing and general strenuous activity but because I was fearing my nails would break. They were already peeling so I smashed down to Boots to get my hands on some strengthener. Not sure if the bold growth claims are true but it has definitely stopped any inevitable breakage. Fast drying and glossy too, it looks great on its own or under nail varnish.
Dr Lipp Original Nipple Balm For Lips (£11.50, Space NK)
I’ve lost count of the amount of times I’ve proffered this to my manager and him politely declining while looking quite frankly, disgusted. Thick and luxurious, this sorted out my chapped lips in no time. I just try not to think too much about what lanolin actually is because it makes me feel a bit ill.
Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water (4.99, Superdrug)
A superb happy medium between the elusive and expensive Bioderma and rather average L’Oreal. It takes off the bulk of my makeup, prepping it for the second stage of cleansing. It won’t take off every scrap of eye makeup but it’ll give it a jolly good go. Jumbo bottle at a not-so-jumbo price, this is a winner in my eyes. The packaging doesn’t leak all over the shop either (I’m looking at you, L’Oreal) meaning the bottle will last ages.
Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm Standout (7.99, Boots)
Yes, I know these are old news but I have just got round to using these. I bought a bunch of these in a bit of a pay-day frenzy and didn’t use them for weeks. I’ve been using Standout the most for night time looks. Creamy and easy to apply, this highly pigmented blue-toned red is a true joy to wear, and I always get compliments when I have it on. As long as you avoid eating slippery Japanese food, you won’t get too much awkward fading but I’d keep an eye out just in case.
Soap & Glory Bright Here Bright Now (£12, Boots)
Again, I bought this months ago and didn’t start using it properly until recently. If your skin is on the drier side, this, mixed with foundation will give you a beautiful, nay, ethereal glow. I cannot get enough. I’m quite heavy handed with it as my dry skin can take it, I use a little in the day and a lot for night to give my skin a Victoria’s Secret angel effect. I just wish I had the body to match!
Accessorize Baked Blush (£5, Superdrug)
I reviewed this a while back (here) but it kind of got relegated to the back of the drawer. Anyway, it was rediscovered and I’m liking it even more this time round. It’s pink with a gold sheen to it, making it perfect for summer. It’s so subtle and easy to wear, I’ve barely used any other blusher this month.
Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara (£18 for the full size, Boots)
I received a sample of Smashbox Full Exposure mascara when I bought a couple of products and, being the hoarder that I am, kept this for ages without using it. Oh my, what a mascara. In terms of volume and length, this is one of the best I’ve ever used. The wand is HUGE and really grips the lashes. I LOVE this and will be buying the full size version.