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New In Beauty: January - Drugstore


New drugstore products are one of my favourite things to try because you don't have to spend an arm and a leg for good quality products. So today I am going to show you some of the things I've picked up recently and my thoughts on them.

First let's start off with Maybelline. Now the base products never really match me or appeal to me, the shade range doesn't go light enough and so I tend to skip out on them. But I have heard so many different things about these that I just had to give them a try.
Up first is the Maybelline Dream Velvet Soft-Matte Hydrating Foundation in 01 Natural £7.99, this is a very unique foundation, because it claims to be matte, yet hydrating, which was the main reason I picked it up. The foundation itself is pretty thick and mousse-y but when blended into the skin it provides a velvety soft finish, not too matte, but not dewey or illuminating. I like the packaging, and although the shade range sucks, with a few drops of the The Body Shop Lightening Drops it's not too much of a problem. This was released with the Maybelline Dream Blender £4.99, which is extra, this is basically a mini beauty blender on a stick, and it feels quite tough and not bouncy so it's definitely not supposed to be a Beauty Blender dupe. But it says to use the sides of the sponge for the cheeks and forehead and then using the pointy tip for around the nose and eyes. I don't think this is worth the £4.99, I wouldn't go out and buy it again and I don't think I will ever use this, but hey, it may be good for some of you, just not for how I like my base to look.
Update: This Dream Velvet Foundation makes my skin super oily, and I don't even have oily skin. Plus it breaks down after a couple of hours so it doesn't look as flawless as when you first apply it. Even if I set it, it just doesn't work for my skin unfortunately. 

Maybelline also came out with their Super Stay 24 Makeup-Locking Setting Spray £6.99 and I didn't get on very well with this. At first it seemed to spray out big drops of water that then made my makeup look terrible but after the first day of wearing this, it broke me out in tiny red bumps all over my cheeks, chin, jaw and nose so I haven't used it since as they were so painful and red and irritated that I just didn't want to risk it again. So I won't be using this, anyone who gets on okay with this then let me know, but this is definitely a thumbs down.
I also picked up the Maybelline Face Studio Blush in Pink Amber £4.49 which looked very interesting and I hadn't seen it before, I don't know if they have just changed the packaging, or brought out new shades, or if it's a new line of blushes, this is a really pretty light peachy pink shade and it's fairly matte although it doesn't look dry and it's pretty pigmented and easy to blend. I really like this and although I don't think I will get any of the others, this is a great drugstore blush for under a fiver.

I don't have many drugstore primers, and the last one I tried from Rimmel didn't blow my socks off, so I was reluctant to try this, but I wanted to see what it was like as it's fairly new. So this is the Rimmel Fix & Protect Makeup Primer £6.99 which says it prolongs the wear of makeup but it can also be used to create a fresh smooth canvas, or as a brightening protective shield for a no makeup day as it has SPF 25 which is always a good thing to have in winter or summer. I haven't used it long enough to see if it improves my skin's texture but I will certainly let you know if I notice any visible changes. 

I am an avid believer of drugstore skincare, and although I have my high end favourites, there are some real gems at the drugstore. So when I saw these two new moisturisers from Garnier I got very excited. First is the Garnier Skin Active Moisture Bomb Super-Hydrating Antioxidant Day Moisturiser £7.99 which is great for dehydrated skin, as it is super hydrating yet incredibly light-weight which makes it great for wearing under makeup. It has UVA/UVB Protection SPF 10, and it also protects the skin from external aggressions. Suitable for sensitive/dehydrated skin, this is a great day time moisturiser and the fact it illuminates, smooths and has anti-ageing properties in there too is incredible. I love how my skin feels using this. The packaging is simple and effective, in a nice pump, bright blue bottle so no risk of losing it in your makeup bag, and it's just great for travel.
I also picked up the night time equivalent, the Garnier Skin Active Moisture Bomb Super-Recharging Antioxidant Night Gel-Cream £7.99 and this is in a pot which isn't the most ideal packaging choice but at least it's plastic and not glass. This is slightly different. This re-charges the skin overnight, hydrates up to 10 layers of skin and re-plumps to enhance your youthful complexion. You barely need any so this tub will last a long time, and I love how it makes my skin look and feel, and how radiant and luminous my face is in the morning. I am totally in love with these two products and I will keep you updated on how my skin reacts to these over the next few weeks/months.

On to more makeup now and the Bourjois City Radiance Skin Protecting Foundation in 01 Rose Ivory £9.99 caught my eye as soon as I saw it on the stand and although my luck with Bourjois Foundations is questionable, I just wanted to try it out and see how it was for a drugstore product. I was going to get the Air Mat as well but I put that back when I found the Maybelline one but maybe I will try that next month. This is quite a thick cream consistency which isn't what I was expecting at all but the packaging is nice and simple, slim, great for travelling again. The shade range still sucks, so I have to use a few drops of the The Body Shop Lightening Drops so it matches me. What really stood out to me is that this is an anti-pollution, brightening effect foundation which has radiance-boosting pigments to give a fresh and even, luminous finish. This shade is Ivory Rose which you would think would be quite pink toned, but it's not that noticeable, especially on my neutral skin.
I also spied the Bourjois Radiance Reveal Concealer in 01 Ivory £7.99 which I have seen nothing about, but I was very intrigued and thought I would give it a shot. It's still pretty dark for an Ivory shade, but I can make it work - enters the TBS Lightening Drops again. I really like the packaging of this concealer, it's very dinky and small with a doe foot applicator which is always my preferred method of applying concealer. What I really like about this is that not only is it hydrating with hyaluronic acid in, (they claim 24 hours, but I don't wear makeup for that long) it's also illuminating which is great for under the eyes. I find most of the illuminating concealers aren't all that illuminating but this one definitely is and I am really pleased with this. Has anyone else heard of this or tried it?

Finally is the Freedom Pro Studio Brush Shower £5 and you may have seen that I picked up the Brush Bath from Freedom which I really love, so I wanted to try this out as a spot cleaner for my makeup brushes. The ingredients list is kind of scary but it's great for it's anti-bacterial properties and generally just cleaning the excess makeup off of the brushes. I assume this can be used for makeup sponges too?

That's it for this New in Beauty January edition. It was a long one I know but some of these products really did work out great and I have my eyes on other launches coming out so keep your eyes peeled for more posts like this.

Have you tried any of these products? What were your thoughts?

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