Being the stationary obsessive that I am – just have a quick look at some of these posts if you need more evidence – I carry around a notebook with me at all times. In it I jot down ideas for blog posts, to-do lists, budgeting bits and, most frequently, my beauty wishlist. I add to my wishlist all the time but most frequently I find myself adding item after item while reading through other beauty blogs or watching vlogs on YouTube.
Now normally I manage to exercise a bit of self-control when it comes to making my wishlist dreams a reality but during a recent trip to Boots, I threw caution – and budgeting – to the wind and swept up a whole heap of blogger-inspired purchases.
Diving straight on in with one of my biggest skincare enablers, the lovely Caroline Hirons who is responsible for two products in this haul. First up, the Vichy Normaderm Night Detox (£15) which Caroline hailed as the ‘new’ La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo. An overnight treatment which promises to reduce shine and tackle blemishes, I’m hoping it will work wonders on my spot-riddled skin. And while I honestly never thought I’d feature a Clearasil product on this blog, any product that gets the OK from Caroline is OK with me and into the basket went the Clearasil Ultra Rapid Action Pads (£3.59). Full to the brim of brilliant acids, I’m hoping that these will prove to be a great drugstore dupe for the First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads. Watch this space.
The last skincare recommendation comes from Lily Pebbles whose glowing review of the Sanctuary 5 Minute Thermal Detox Mask (£10.50) was all I needed to whack that bad boy in my basket. I’m such a huge fan of clay-based face masks and this one is just brilliant. Warming, soothing and super speedy, it’s a real winner. As is the Barry M Gelly Nail Paint in Sugar Apple (£3.99) which I managed to finally lay my hands on after seeing it being modelled by Zoella in a recent video (I’m going to assume that’s why it was sold out almost everywhere I looked!).
Following on from last week’s post about my concealer addiction, I added yet another one to my already-massive stash thanks to Amelia Liana who spoke so highly of the Vichy Dermablend Corrective Stick (£15) that I couldn’t resist picking one up. And thank goodness I did because this concealer stick is ace. Blends like a dream, covers all and it’s seriously long-lasting. Last up is the sweetest-smelling product of the bunch and comes in the form of the Fudge Urban Crisp Pear & Sweet Vanilla Dry Shampoo (£5.99), courtesy of a recommendation from Fleur de Force. I haven’t had a chance to put this through its paces but I can confirm that the scent is just incredible so I’m desperately hoping that the actual product proves equally as brilliant.
And now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to take out a loan…