Spring Beauty picks: Umberto Giannini Festival Styling Kit // No.7 Beautiful Skin Make up Wipes // Balenciaga Florabotanica // MUA Matte Palette // DermaVio Seasalt Spray // MUA Extreme Mascara // Hairy Jayne Hair Refresher // Essie Reptile Effects nail polish // Trevarno Overnight Replenishing Cream
Because I subscribe to Glossybox, I rarely actually buy beauty products. I have mentioned before that I'm not the sort of person to change their makeup look very often; I know what I like and I tend to stick with that, though I will try out new products if they are on offer now and again. I have recently got hold of some new hair and beauty items so I thought I'd share them!
A lot of the items I found were on the clearance rack in Boots (class!) I love a good sale; unopened makeup shouldn't go off and so it's a good excuse to try out new colours, styles or products without too much outlay. The first thing I found was the Umberto Giannini Festival Styling kit. This was reduced to about £2.50 I think, and I really only bought it as it had a really nice compact mirror and also a handy comb inside that will be ideal for sorting my fringe out! It also comes with ribbons to rag curl your hair, I don't think I've got the patience to do this and because my hair is soooooo long and quite heavy, it's hard for me to keep curls in it without them dropping out. It also had a quite nice headband in the pack too as well as instructions on the back about how to get cool boho hairstyles. Which are always useful for summer time, I suppose!
The No.7 Beautiful Skin wipes are a forever repurchased item, I always wait for the Boots voucher offer which makes them £2 a pack and then stock up. They aren't harsh and I have sensitive skin, I don't find them drying and they do take makeup off easily.
I have so many perfumes that I really didn't need another but this Florabotanica by Balenciaga was reduced to £17 from almost £50 so I couldn't resist it. It has quite a heady scent which is not particularly floral but it's quite striking and wearable all the same. It also lasts really well throughout the day, it's definitely been my go-to daily fragrance for March and April.
I went to Weston the other week and their MUA section was much better stocked than my local one, so I helped myself to a Matte palette (£3) and an Extreme Lengths Mascara (£2). The palettes are such good value, the shades have great colour payoff and little fallout and I like the wearable combination of colours included. This is a replacement for the 'Undressed' palette I had been using but I chose this one instead as there were a couple of colours in the Undressed palette I didn't like, and I really liked all the shades in the Matte one. Unfortunately, the shade I use to fill in my brows is in the Undressed palette (which, by the way, is a good dupe for the Urban Decay Naked palettes) and I couldn't buy it as a single, and the closest colour match in the Matte palette isn't as good, so I might have to re-buy the Undressed palette anyway just for that one pan. Mind you at £4 it isn't too much of an outlay, even if I don't use a couple of the shades! I also picked up an Extreme Mascara, most of their mascaras are £2 and are really quite good!
The last thing I found in Boots was this Essie Reptile nail varnish which was reduced to £3. It is one of those with a magnet in the lid so when you hold it over the polish it creates a snakeskin effect. It took a bit of practise to get the effect even, but when it worked, it looked so good! I was so surprised that it was in the sale as well, as Essie polishes usually retail at around £9 so it was a total bargain too.
The final three items are picks from my #BrizBlogMeet goodie bag. I was lucky enough to get some amazing products at the event and it's been great to be able to use them all, but a couple really stood out as favourites. First up, the Trevarno Overnight Replenishing Cream, which I actually wrote a whole review post on here. Also, I got some amazing haircare from DermaVio in the form of this seasalt spray, which is a product I absolutely love and use quite often in the summer because it encourages the natural wave in my hair, without the frizz! Secondly was this amazing Hair Refresher / Perfume / Heat Protectant from Hairy Jayne. I'd not heard of this brand before but this product is wonderful. It smells incredible (probably down to the bergamot, geranium and vanilla contents!) and not only protects your hair from heat damage, but also fragrances it with the lovely scent too! I think it's also possible to use it as a refreshing spray if you don't have time to wash your hair, too, but I didn't use it for this purpose. I've actually finished it so no doubt it will appear in an 'empties' post soon! Hairy Jayne is a handmade brand, and Jayne is a real hairdresser who makes her own handmade products, so they are natural and free from nasty unpronounceable ingredients. Read more and buy here!