Over the past week or so I’ve been in and out of a shops and have ended up with a few bits worth sharing. Kiko, H&M, Boots and TK Maxx were all hit up with just a few pieces in each that weren’t worthy of their own haul.
The day before jetting of to Valencia I had a little time to kill before the big drive down to the hotel. I popped into TK maxx after seeing a few good TK maxx/tj maxx/winners hauls recently and I’d not been there in a while. I was super tempted by a Illamasqua eye palette which was so cheap but I didn’t think I would get much use out of the colours. So I stuck to two things, the Brush Works complexion sponge (£3.99) which I want to compare against the Quo ones I have from Stashy and Chris @ Five Zero. I’ve already had one of these which I thought was the perfect dupe but got them muddled, so this time they will stay packeted until I manage to measure and photograph them side by side!
I spotted several Makeup Forever items which had mostly been opened but there was this gloss which I saw hidden at the back which looked un touched. I loved the cherry red shine and whilst I’m not the biggest gloss wearer I thought I might get some wear from this, and I’ve been desperate to try red lips more. At £5.99 it was cheap too!
Just one item from H&M – I was killing time whilst waiting to fly home in Valencia after our flight was cancelled the day before and the hotel we were put up in was next door to a massive shopping center. My case was literally bursting at the seams so I bought two things – a plain grey tshirt to change into and polish called intergalatic which was reduced to just 2 Euros. I think I’d been eyeing this after seeing it in a haul from Stashy (if it wasn’t her it was someone else) and it looked like it was being discontinued so I grabbed it whilst I could!
Whilst wandering to find a toilet in the shopping centre to change into my new tee – I noticed that Kiko had a sale on so naturally took a wander in. I picked up two of their water shadows which I’ve not tried before but heard great things about, I resisted yet another peach shadow – although I was really tempted but picked up two shades. One was reduced to 4.40, the other was 8.80 – I thought they were all on sale until I got to the checkout but never mind, I was sold by that point with an arm full of swatches. Annoyingly one either got damaged on the way home – or it was damaged when I received it.
I spotted that the Real Techniques Brush collections had gone on sale (I felt like I’d been waiting for this day for about 6 months) at half price at £10.99 a set and I had triple points for RT purchase over £15 meant they were a great bargain too. I find I can’t have too many blush and fluffy shadow brushes so this set will be well loved.
I also picked up the Natural Collection brow gel in dark brown. I’m planning on pitting a few cheaper budget options against my new beau Benefit Brow and this was one of the ones I chose alongside another I already have. At £1.99 it’s no great loss if it’s terrible!
These didn’t make it to the main shot as I nipped into Boots the day after I’d finished it as I’d seen something online I really, really wanted to try – the new Real Techniques Bold Metals Diamond Sponge, I’ve been planning a Beauty Blender sponge show down and this will be the final one I’m going to compare against one another. Literally brand new.
In my last Boots Loyalty points I featured this Tame and Frame Brow Pomade from NYX, which I was enjoying using and testing as my first brow pomade, but I left it in Valencia or it fell out of my case somewhere along the way (I had a lot of case drama whilst away!), so I picked up another.
I also ordered this in my last Boots Points haul, but it arrived all dried up and I requested a refund which I got, but when I went back into store to return they didn’t stock NYX in that particular one so I couldn’t replace therefore it didn’t feature in the haul. The NYX vivid brights have been making waves across the blogging community and I wanted to give the bright liner shade a try, I picked up the shade indigo, which is a perfect halfway house between a blue and purple.
I also spotted these new makeup brush wipes from Eco Tools which had me intrigued as I’d never seen them before. Given my current brush spot cleaner from NYX was absolutely terrible I thought these might be worth a try. First impressions though (I’ve not even tried them) £6.99 for 25 wipes = Pricey, I already have high expectations!
That’s all – I told you there was only a few bits. Here’s to being good until September as we’ve just booked a spare of the moment trip to Milan, and I want some pennies for some italian makeup momentos! I do have my regular beauty boxes on their way (+ 1 more I couldn’t resist), but other than that I’m trying to be good now!