As some of you may have seen on my Instagram/Twitter/blog, I was lucky enough to head off on holiday to Italy with the fam a couple of weeks ago, a trip which required a speedy 20-hour stop over in London. And naturally, in addition to seeing friends and family, a little chunk of said time had to be spent picking up some of my favourite British beauty bits!
My first stop on my whirlwind tour of Boots was the Barry M counter, where I picked up two of the Barry M Speedy Quick Dry Nail Paints, the first in a beautiful muted greige colour, Pit Stop, and the other, a pale mint green, Road Rage. Both colours are just stunning and, while I’ve only had the chance to give the polish a really ‘speedy’ (ho ho) trial, I can confirm that the formula is one of the quickest drying I have ever used.
Next up, I sped on to the Soap and Glory counter, where I managed to snag the last Soap and Glory Brow Archery in Blonde. Hailed as a superb drugstore dupe for the Anastasia Brow Wiz, I was so excited to get my hands on this bad boy and I cannot wait to give it a proper trial. The same goes for the Maybelline Master Sculpt Contouring Palette. Now, I’m pretty sure this is available in the US – or that they at least have plans to make it available – but I haven’t been able to find it anywhere, so thought it best to grab one while I had the chance. Once again it was the last light/medium available, and I have to say – after just a couple of uses – I’m pretty impressed.
Another Maybelline favourite, which I’ve loved for months but have yet to find anywhere in the US are the Maybelline Colour Drama Velvet Lip Pencils. I’m such a massive fan of these and couldn’t resist picking up a couple more to boost my supplies; I grabbed my tip top favourite shade, Keep It Classy, because I’ve worn my current one down to a tiny stub, and a new red shade, Red Essential, to see how it compares with the other red in my collection, Light It Up.
And then last, but by no means least, another long-time favourite, the Max Factor All Day FaceFinity Primer, probably my all-time favourite primer, this has been one of the products that I’ve missed the most since moving out to the US, and I was so excited to get my grubby little mitts on another bottle *does happy dance*.
As you may be able to tell from the rather restrained nature of this haul, I really didn’t have that much time to plan what bits and bobs to pick out – imagine supermarket sweep, in a tiny Boots, during a ten-minute window, and you’ll get some idea of what my shopping situation was like!
Needless to say I’m already planning another (longer) trip home…