14 May 2014

Haul: Stocking up at Boots

Ahh Boots, you do it to me every time.  I can never just pop in for the one thing I needed, and your 3 for 2 offers get me every time.  Resistance is futile, so I stocked up on a few essential re-purchases and some new goodies to try out.  

The re-purchase here was my good old, can't be without, hydraluron from indeed labs, and the newbie is the retinol reface skin resurfacer from the same brand.  I'd not read much into this one before I bought it, but heck 'skin resurfacer'?  That sounds like exactly what I need!  I've not started trying this yet, but when I have I'll certainly share my thoughts on it.  

From Soap & Glory I decided I needed to try the new orangeasm body wash, but I'm sad to say that so far I'm disappointed with it.  It just didn't smell they way I thought an orangeasm should - surely it should smell like the most zesty, fruity, most orangey-ist thing ever?  Sadly not, it smells quite floral and a bit blah really - silly me for buying it without sniffing it first.  I might grow to like it though - when I first whiffed sugar crush that wasn't what I had conjured up in my head either, but that one eventually became a favourite.  

As warmer weather is sporadically here, I needed to get myself some new powders to try in the defence against shine.  I picked out the one heck of a blot and kick ass powder (I've used the kick ass concealer before).  So far I think I prefer the finish Kick ass gives, but both are generally pretty good - they're not cakey and are properly translucent.  Neither keeps me shine free all day without touch ups of course, but nothing I've ever tried does! 

Some more re-stocking of my favourite budget micellar water - Garnier micellar cleansing water - and Boots' own double-sided cotton wool pads.  I won't buy any other cotton pads if I can help it - these ones are a nice big size and they're sturdy - they don't dissolve and come apart mid-use and they don't leave annoying bits of fluff on my face or even worse, in my eyes!

These handy hair products are firm favourites too.  I've been using Lee Stafford's blow dry your hair faster spray for maybe five years if not more - it does exactly what it says on the tin and I hate blow drying my hair without it.  A newer favourite which I'll keep re-stocking unless something better comes along the Elvive extraordinary oil serum.  I think I rambled about this one not long ago - I've tried the version for coloured hair and the spray one now, but the original version is best for me.  The only think I don't like about this is that it costs £10 for 100ml and doesn't last all that long - because I wash my hair every day, I have to re-purchase it about once a month.  

And lastly for this haul I picked up the three new Barry M gelly nail colours in these gorgeous spring colours which remind me of sugared almonds.  Left to right they're huckleberry, sugar apple and rose hip.  I've been wearing these loads since I got them, they're perfect colours for right now, and as I'm also obsessively alternating between wearing my mint and baby blue blazers, these co-ordinate beautifully.  Thank goodness for 3 for 2 because I couldn't choose between them!



  1. I'm getting obsessed with the Barry M Gelly nail paints!



    1. Me too, I must have at least ten shades now if not more!

  2. Now that's a proper haul and great mix of products :o) Xx

    Makeup by Candlelight

  3. Nice picks dear......amazing haul......xoxoxo....^_^


  4. I think I need to give the Lee Stafford Blow Dry Spray a whirl - I hate blow drying my hair, I get so bored!

    Beccy // Bluebell & Bumpkin

    1. It'll change your life by about five minutes a day, probably! :)

  5. I definitely need to get my hands on more Soap & Glory makeup, especially the ones you purchased here! I'd love to try the Kick Ass concealer too. Would you say the Garnier cleansing water is the best? Also, I love the shades of polish you bought! Haha, I just love everything in this post! xx


    1. Ah thank you! I think Bioderma is the best, but of the budget alternatives I've tried from the high street, I like the Garnier one.

  6. Fantastic haul - I love a good Boots 3 for 2! I love the Barry M gelly nail varnishes, I can't stop buying them - I think I've accidentally doubled up on some colours!

    Sharon xx
    Beauty, Miscellany


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