More shopping Mrs T?
I know it wasn’t long since I did my ‘Sugarpill haul’ but I was meeting up with my very dear friend who I used to work with and we decided to take a trip into Manchester for a spot of shopping and lunch, how could I refuse that proposition?
As many of you might know, Manchester is a makeup addicts paradise, with its vast array of department stores housing makeup counters by the dozen. However, I chose to stick strictly to the drugstore for this shopping trip and headed straight for Primark and Boots.
First stop was Boots and there was only one reason I wanted to go there, for the Nyx counter. Living in a town in Greater Manchester that has not been blessed with its own Nyx stand I have only three options if I need to get my Nyx fix. The first one is shopping online, which has its downfalls; you have to pay for shipping online unless you get your order to above £50 (£30 if you go direct and use the Nyx site), this means I give myself an excuse to overspend when I only need one eyebrow pen.
Another option is to buy online and pick up in store but that would involve taking my son with me and that could prove costly as he expects a gingerbread man and a fruit shoot from Costa and I then get lured into getting a Caramel Latte Frappuccino, which is probably the equivalent of my daily calorie allowance.
So I took the final option of using my Manchester trip to buy my holy grail eyebrow pencil; the Nyx Micro Brow in Ash Brown. I had run out and was trying to use up my Elf eyebrow pencil in the meantime but I love the Nyx pencil so much I had to get it again. I was going to splurge and get the Anastacia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz when I was doing my Beauty Bay order but after reading reviews on them both it seems they are pretty much the same, with the Nyx one being slightly more waxier with I prefer to the ‘softer’ formulas.
I also decided to take the plunge and get the Nyx Pore Filler which I have had my beady little eyes on for a while, mainly because my pores have got to be one of the most annoying things when I do my makeup. I am hoping this will help smooth things out and will help with the application of my foundation.
Then I made my way into Primark, somewhere that has me hooked from the start due to its unbelievably cheap items. I was after their PS foundation as everyone has been raving about it but unfortunately, I have yet to find it in my shade, probably because it is the shade that most people are picking. I did take the moment to fully stock up on makeup blending sponges. My favourite makeup sponge is the Real Techniques original blending sponge but they can prove costly so I have been trying other alternatives. The Primark sponges are a winner for me as they are now too hard, I hate blenders that are too hard because you feel like you are beating your face with a tennis ball.
I thought I would pick up both shapes of sponges to see which I prefer and then I came across something very strange indeed, silicone sponges. The idea of these sponges intrigued me, with the promise of makeup application without losing any excess product, I will have to give you a review on them once I get the chance to try them out.
I also saw these metallic lip pencils in the PS range and I had to grab them, I did not really care for metallic lipsticks until I got Mercury from my Lime Crime Haul and it has affirmed my love of all things shiny, I am a magpie at heart. They currently are available in these two shades (I could not see anymore around) which are Dark Berry (a plum) and Star Crush (rose gold colour). Both these shades are perfect for the upcoming autumn months.
The last thing I picked up was a mascara, I have a very bad habit of every time I go makeup shopping I pick up a budget mascara in the hope that I can find that ‘holy grail’ product. I did have a mascara I really liked from Essence (Forbidden volume) but unfortunately, they stopped making it so I am back on the hunt.
I picked up the mascara in the Candy pink range, I have their normal volume mascara and I am not impressed with it, but it was only £1 so I thought that getting the slightly more expensive £2.50 one would maybe have more success. I have tried the mascara once and so far so good, the wand is a plastic/rubber one which is not my favourite but I will persevere and see how it goes. I do not think it will become a holy grail mascara but it will do an acceptable job for now. If you have any suggestions for a holy grail mascara, please let me know in the comments.
The final thing I purchased I did not get from Boots or Primark, neither is it makeup, but I had to share it. I was looking around a book/art supply shop at the time and this immediately grabbed my attention and indeed my heart. The slogan is absolutely perfect for me and the phrase is so true; I have always been considered a bit ‘weird’ and it was something that used to get me down, but as time has passed I have learnt to come to accept myself for who I really am and embrace it, so bring on the madness I say.
What purchases have you recently made that you really adore, I would love to hear about them in the comments.