Boots/Superdrug Haul…And Some Other Stuff

My favorite store in England, you ask? Harrods? Selfridges? Cool vintage shops?

No. Boots. Hands down.

I know. I have a problem. Whenever I go, it’s a toss up of wether I’m more excited to see my boyfriend, or go to Boots.

I’m half joking.

I kinda know what I’m looking for when I go now, so this time it was mostly stocking up on things I had run out of, but there are a few new finds.


 

I always stock up on Soap and Glory stuff when I visit England. I feel like it’s cheaper there even though I don’t even know what I pay for it here when I get it from Sephora (if they still carry it. I’m not sure). I’m probably crazy, but the fact that it’s always on sale at Boots helps me justify why I buy so much of it. I usually buy a lot more of their products, but I only bought three things this time. THREE. If my Dad is reading this, I’m sure he’s very proud of me.     The scrub and the body wash smell amazing. However, I do think I prefer the Smoothie Star body cream that comes in the tub over the Body Milk I bought. It’s still rich and moisturizing, but my skin has been pretty dry lately so I prefer the thicker creams.


 

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I really should have washed my new bedspread before I took these so it wasn’t all wrinkly. Oops. It’s cute though, isn’t it?

I bought lots of Colab dry shampoo. I really love the extreme volume line, especially when I’m wearing a hair piece or doing an updo. My hair is so slippery and hard to style that the Extreme Volume spray gives it a lot of extra grip and…volume. Imagine that. My favorite scent is the London one, but the Paris floral scent might just take over that place in my heart. I’m not an avid dry shampoo user. Mostly because I’m weird about showering and I have to wash my hair all the time. Germs are everywhere, people. Take showers. As a styling product though, I think it’s awesome. The Luxe Shine spray is worth checking out, although it hasn’t totally won me over yet. I’m not crazy about the smell, but it definitely does make your hair really shiny.

I’m in love with the Vitamin E hot cloth cleanser. It’s so gentle and moisturizing– great for sensitive skin. I don’t remember how much I paid for it, but it was weirdly cheap. So was the serum above it in the picture. It’s just a simple moisturizing serum. It was only about two pounds if I remember correctly. I chose this serum because the one Sali Hughes recommended was still sold out. This one does have an odd, almost licorice scent to it, but that doesn’t bother me. It does what it says on the label which is always a good thing.

The little tube in the picture is just a basic Boots brand cucumber eye gel. I thought it’d be useful to stick in the fridge when my eyes are all swollen and puffy from allergies. Which is seemingly all the time now. Ugh.

This nail polish…I wasn’t impressed. I liked the concept; Nail polish IN A CAN, but ehhh. I’m really picky about my nails. If they aren’t perfect and shiny, I’ll just pick at them and it gets ugly REALLY QUICKLY. If you’re a perfectionist like me, this probably isn’t worth the money; I think it’s about $15 USD. I’m going to mess around with it more (literally-this stuff is messy) to see if I can figure out a better, more perfectionist/OCD-friendly way to use it. Stay tuned.

This is what’s left of my food/candy stash. I’ve been home for a week and as much as I value my readers, I’m not going to avoid eating chocolate just so I can photograph it. Psssh.

YOU GUYS. The cookie shortage in England. It hit me hard, man. This must be what living through the Great Depression was like. I went to the store looking for my  favorite Bourbons, AND THERE WEREN’T ANY. Tragic. Pretty sure I compensated with enough junk though. I’m gonna make it.

 I bought a golden shimmery highlighter from Makeup Academy. I’m not sure if I like it as a highlight. I have a beef with highlighters–which I know in todays IG world is sacrilege. But I’ve yet to find one that actually shows up on my skin without looking like a big frosty nightmare. I usually just stick to my white eyeshadow. This product just sits on top my skin and makes my pores look bigger than they are. I do like it for an inner corner highlight or even as a wash of shimmer on my lids.

I picked up the Chanel CC Cream in the shade “beige 10” since they don’t sell a shade that pale here in the US. It’s a little bit thicker than I anticipated, but I love the fact that it has an SPF of 50. It’ll really come in handy this summer.

The Bourjois foundation is an old favorite that I needed to stock up on. It’s so blend-able, light, and comfortable on the skin. I’m shade 51 Vanille. I repurchased my Bourjois bronzer as well. I think it’s a pretty decent dupe for the Too Faced Chocolate bronzer. They’re a great choice for us pale girls. Super affordable as well. I practically glow in the dark, so I’m not one to spend a lot of money on bronzer. I’ve just accepted the fact that I will never be tan in any way. This light bronzy shade is good for adding warmth to the skin, without necessarily making you look dark- which is what I like about it.

As for the palette, I think I’ll do a full review of it later. I need to mess around with it some more and try out a few different looks. I got it for five pounds at Superdrug. It’s by House of Glamdolls and it’s the “Vintage Doll” palette. For the price, it’s surprisingly good. The blushes are especially lovely and pigmented.


 

 Technically…I didn’t buy this when I was in England. I bought it on sale from Asos a few months ago and had it shipped to my boyfriend’s apartment in Brighton since they wouldn’t ship this specific coat to America. I was glad I had a wool coat when I got there because I went in only a leather jacket (a long wintery, faux leather one lined in shearling…I’m from Chicago so I’m no n00b when it comes to cold weather). As soon as I got to England, the weather turned shitty, cold, and insanely windy. So shout out to past me– Good call on the spending money on a coat thing.

Anyone who says it’s ever warm in England is a LIAR. I’ve been there in all seasons now. You’d think I’d catch on.

 The coat  isn’t available anymore, so sorry to taunt you if you really like it. They do have some similar coats by Mango (last time I checked) but not this specific one!


 

  Last but not least, I got these cool old books for five pounds. The Tower of London is for me, and the short story collection is for a cool book chain thing I’m doing. I’m not sure when the Ainsworth book I have was printed, I know the original was published in the seventeenth century, but the short story book has a library stamp from 1956, which I thought was neat. I’m really into history, especially anything to do with the Tower of London (or anything else morbid and weird). Can’t wait to read it. I know it’s not beauty related- I just thought they were too cool to pass up.

That’s about it for my purchases from this trip. Keep checking back for some in depth reviews!

Schedule Changes

Starting this weekend, I’ll be leaving Chicago and heading up to Wisconsin to start rehearsals for a new show. I’m not totally sure what my schedule is going to be like, so I wanted to give everyone a heads up that I may not be posting quite as frequently. I’m aiming for at least one post a week- hopefully two!- but I have to focus on my ACTUAL job for a while. If you call acting a job. Which it definitely IS, but you’d be surprised at the reaction I get sometimes…But that’s another story for another day.

…It’s already Thursday night. I guess it’s time to start packing. I still haven’t unpacked and done my laundry from my trip to England…This means  I have to stop eating brownies and get off the couch.

No one can ever say that I’m not dedicated to my art

Wet n Wild Liner > Kat Von Dee Liner…Wait. What?

It’s true. You’re not seeing  things. I genuinely believe the $3.99 Wet n Wild ProLine Felt Tip Eyeliner is better than the Kat Von Dee Tattoo Liner.

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It’s jet black, water resistant, doesn’t transfer…and it’s four bucks. What more do you want people? I will say the tip of this is pretty stiff, unlike the Tattoo liner which has more fluidity. It mimics a brush tip more in that respect. I do like the Tattoo liner, and my trusty “trooper” is nearing the end of it’s life. Very dramatic. Sorry. Anyway, after finding this a few months ago, I’m not so sure if I’ll be willing to fork out the extra cash at Sephora for Kat’s liner.

I’ve been a longtime fan of the Wet n Wild liquid liners. I had a slightly traumatic experience with the teal colored one in high school staining my lids, but in a  twisted way the staying power earned them some points in my book.

I’m always on the hunt for the perfect inky black, waterproof, precise liner. As I mentioned in my previous post , I am a fan of traditional liquids with a brush (a tip I read from Dita Von Teese turned me on to MAC’s Liquidlast Liner). But this Wet n Wild one really ticked a lot of boxes. The only reason I even purchased a new liner in my recent travels was because the cap came off in my bag and it dried out. That is the one downfall to this product; the cap has difficulty staying on, and more than once when I’ve gone to pull the cap off, the bottom plastic casing would separate from the lid instead. It is $3.99 though. Keep that in mind. This is a great alternative to the 3ina liner I just bought in London. Cheaper and readily available at home in the States. Just as good, too.

If you’re on a budget, definitely give this one a look.

 

 

 

 

Covent Garden Shopping

PHEW. I’m back.

I had a great time in England and the wedding I went to was a ton of fun, but now I’m back home and it’s time to get to work.

Hopefully this all makes sense. I’ve pretty much had a migraine since I left Brighton. And I’m tired. Forgive me if there are tons of mistakes.

Let’s talk about Covent Garden. Somehow in all my trips to London, I hadn’t been. The Charlotte Tilbury store was reason enough to go. It’s DIRECTLY across from the Covent Garden tube station. So. If you’re there, you HAVE to go inside. It’s obligatory.

I was a little too excited

Anyway, this has been blogged to death, so I won’t write too much about it. I got two small things– a Color Chameleon pencil in “Champagne Diamonds”, lip liner in “Pillow Talk”, and a pencil sharpener that I desperately needed– But they’re things I’ve been eyeing for a while. I was THIIIS close to buying another shadow palette and decided against it. Being responsible blows.

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A little further down the block was the new store 3ina. A super cool, super affordable makeup shop. Really clean and modern with helpful staff…and surprisingly nice products for the price point.

LOOK AT ALL THESE COLORS. SO CHEAP TOO. AHHHH.

 

I didn’t try any face products, but the lipsticks and shadows were really nice. The black lipstick was awesome too, but in a severe lapse of judgement, I put it back at the last minute. GUESS I’LL HAVE TO GO BACK.

I felt a little guilty despite my boyfriends claims that he was fine with staying and shopping, so I didn’t want to stay too long. I swatched a few products and picked up a white eyeshadow– I liked the size of it because I use it for highlighting my face– And a new liquid liner because the lid to my favorite Wet and Wild one (post to come soon…It will blow your mind) got lost during my travels and it dried out.

Charlotte Tillbury gave me two free samples of her creams (the employees, not Charlotte herself, obviously). Sorry for the lighting–Trying to photograph things on a cloudy day on a peely windowsill in Brighton isn’t exactly easy. *Also, that’s a rose petal from the pretty flowers my boyfriend gave me upon my arrival at the train station. That’s right. Flowers AND he spent all day  looking at makeup with me. No. He’s not gay, just the best.
    

THIS LINER YOU GUYS. It passed my test. And I’m dead picky about eyeliners. I prefer actual liquids with a brush usually, but those are getting harder and harder to find, so I’ve slowly made my way over to the dark side of felt tipped markers. This one really stays on. I wore it to the wedding and it stayed on from 7 am till 2 am when I finally took it off without any transfer. I don’t have oily skin though, so I can’t make any promises. The white shadow isn’t anything remarkable, but like I said, I like that I can get a slightly larger brush into the pan since I use it to highlight. I was using a NYX single shadow before and they’re the same size as little MAC ones. This is much better. AND. AAAAND. I only spent about $20. Not too shabby.
 Like I said, these have been blogged to death, so I’ll just say they definitely live up to the hype. I was torn between Champagne Diamonds and the Amber shade, and while I like the one I bought, I feel like the glitter is a little chunky. I don’t dislike it. It’s glitter. Of course I like it. I guess it just wasn’t exactly what I was expecting it to be. I felt like it looked different on my hand. Or I could just be nuts. It’s still good though, and the staying power is insane. The lipliner is a much better match than the Ben Nye one I’ve been using out of my stage makeup kit. So all around amazing products I’d say.

Well. That’s about it as far as stuff I got on my trip goes.

 

Juuust kidding. I spent a disgusting amount of time at Boots. That’ll be in a later post.

 

For now, I’m going to eat lots of chocolate that I brought back with me and try to stay awake since I keep getting up at 4 am every day thinking it’s way later than it actually is. I’ve got a ton of stuff to get done before I head off to start rehearsals for my new show, but I’ll try to get back to a normal blogging schedule.

 

Hm. Actually I might go make scones. Going through scone withdrawal.

 

 

Quick Update

If you read my last post, you’ll know that I’m currently in the UK. I’ve been super busy visiting with my boyfriend and eating lots of Victoria Sponge. And buying makeup. That being said, In  the next week or two I’ll have lots of posts up about the makeup and cool stuff I bought. So in the meantime, check out some of these pictures:

  
   
    
    
    
   

    
 
Anyway, I’ve been having a really fun trip. Excited to get back to regular blogging soon! But first, I have a wedding to go to. 

PS- Follow me on IG to see more pictures of all the cute animals I’ve seen on my trip @willowtschneider