Beauty Haul #3, the Summer Edit - August

by - Sunday, August 16, 2015

I do have the tendency of going out to window shop and ending up with huge bags full of stuff but this time I fought back the urge. Having a certain budget allocated to the things I had to buy for my holidays - did I mention I'll be heading back to Greece by the end of the month? - meant my spending allowance was noticeably smaller, so I focused on buying the products I needed first and then see what else I could add to my shopping basket without breaking the bank. I'm happy to report I managed pretty well. I also know I'll be coming back to grey skies and rainy evenings, so the August haul is not as vibrant as the previous ones (June & July), sorry!

  • Olay Regenerist Advanced Anti-Ageing Serum: First thing I absolutely HAD to buy was a facial serum. I had run out of one and the three days it took me to survive without were horrendous - I still can't believe I was completely unaware of their existence a few years ago. Taking care of my skin is one of my top priorities. Having good genes helps a lot but it's not enough, especially at my age, so in order to cover all my needs I opted for Olay Regenerist, the advanced anti-ageing formula. Why Olay? Because the serum is incredibly lightweight, absorbs really fast, smells oh so good, offers more product than others (50ml compared to most serums on the market that come in 30ml bottles) and although it contains silicone it still doesn't make my skin pores feeling clogged. Pat on the back for this choice here, I'm more than happy with my purchase!

  • La Roche-Posay Serozinc Sulfate Solution for Oily, Blemish-Prone Skin: I have to admit I jumped on the bandwagon with this, there was too much hype around it from soooooo many bloggers I follow I was starting to wonder if it's the stuff legends are made of. Truth is it's actually three ingredients in this mist you can use as a toner or a refreshing spray over your make up: water, sodium chloride and zinc sulfate. And the reason why everyone is raving about it? The zinc. It's all about the zinc and its abilities of drying out blemishes and preventing oilyness. It also soothes razor burns. Why haven't I purchased this earlier on? Why? Just go purchase it. 

  • Nivea Double Effect Eye Make-up Remover: I know there are many people out there using the same makeup remover for their face and eyes, but after having years of suffering from conjunctivitis on my back I prefer to use something less intense for my sensitive eyes. For the last year or so I have been using Boots No7 Beautiful Skin Eye Makeup Remover and have been happy with it but I have to be honest, £8,50 for a highstreet product of its type seems a bit overpriced these days, especially when the market is full of competitors. I have been looking for a replacement some time now so when I stumbled into this Nivea one I felt like I had to give it a try. More than happy I picked it up, does exactly what my older one does plus it's half the price! Good job there Nivea, have a thumbs up!

  • Úna Brennan Superfacialist Neroli Firming Illuminate Eye Cream: If you follow my Facebook page then you know how excited I was when I discovered this brand. Úna Brennan is an affordable skincare brand that bloggers here in the UK swear by (thanks Caroline Hirons!) and it's so easy to find in your closest Boots store. Most famous of her products is the Vitamin C+ range but my needs dictate anti-ageing so Neroli was the perfect fit. Has a subtle floral scent and works a treat for my eyes, plus it's ophthalmologically tested, mega bonus if you're a sensitive case like myself. 

  • Revlon Colorstay Concealer: Seriously, I had three concealers and they all decided to run out at the same time! Off to Boots I go to save my self the embarrassment of showing how blue the skin around my eyes can be on certain sleep depraved days. I'm thinking of buying what I already love but the temptation of trying something new is way too big to resist, so I venture down the aisles until I reach the Revlon stand. Their concealer has a doe foot applicator and slightly reminds me of Nars. But unfortunately I was wrong here. After using it I can attest it's better to cover blemishes than to use around the eye area. It covers really well and didn't really go cakey (much!) but it creased under my eyes, so I would avoid it if your on the lookout for an under eye concealer. Nice sleek packaging though.

  • L'Oreal Nail Polishes in "101 - Opera Ballerina", "201 - Rose Paradis" and "865 - Jean and Tonic": Yes to nude coloured nails not just for the summer but throughout the year. Yes especially to colours you can use for a classic French manicure - 101 Opera Ballerina is just perfect for that! And definitely yes to textures, more so when it looks like you've coated your nails with your jeans (favourite fabric of all times maybe?). I'm a sucker for nail polish. I'm even a bigger sucker of the L'Oreal ones. I believe 5ml is more than enough when you buy nail varnish, don't you think? I mean, who manages to finish a bottle before it starts going bad? I know I don't!

  • Barry M Metallic Liquid Eyeliner in "03 - Lime": Are you wondering why I bought the lime eyeliner instead of the black one? It's simple. I love the colour and when applied correctly it makes my eyes pop. Plus I have a plethora of black liners. And it was the last one on the shelf, standing its ground. I just had to. It dries fast and stays put, which is exactly what I wanted. What's left now is to make a stunning smokey eye with it.

The Summer Edit has come to its end, but don't worry, the Autumn Edit is on its way. And if you're missing the summer time already then maybe draw a big sun on a cardboard, pin it somewhere and put a picture you've taken at the end of each big ray. That way you'll keep smiling even if it's raining cats and dogs outside your window, right? 

Until next time, 


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