It happens to the best of us - you're out one day, innocently wandering the aisles of Boots or John Lewis or House of Fraser in search of something inherently dull such as headache tablets or cushion covers, when suddenly your feet begin propelling you in the direction of the beauty stands and the next thing you know your bank account is weeping and you're desperately trying to conceal lipsticks under the food shop in case your other half starts judging you.
Well, Jon knows my beauty habits only too well so I'm not afraid of incurring his wrath by showing you this little haul. To be fair, it did accumulate over a series of weeks and shopping outings (it makes me feel better relaying this information, okay?) But anyway, this is what I have bought recently...
Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit (£24.50) and Creamy Corrector (£19.00)
I cannot believe I have survived so long without this corrector. The MUA in John Lewis tried it out on me and I was instantly smitten! I have this in the shade Extra Light Bisque and it just brightens up the whole eye area, acting as the perfect base for concealer. The concealer is rather good - not quite deserving of all-time favourite status, but it works well with the corrector to hide my sleepless nights. This combination did set me back about £40 but it was worth it for the corrector alone - I can see myself repurchasing this!
Bobbi Brown Long Wear Even Finish foundation (£31.00)
Spurred on by the corrector and concealer success, I decided it was high time I dipped my toes into the Bobbi Brown bases (not literally - come on). The MUA recommended this for my oily skin and the colour seemed a good match so I purchased. After two weeks of use I am still not in love with it - I find it tends to sit on the skin and it definitely doesn't beat my all-time fave Estee Lauder Double Wear for longevity. After a few hours it starts to become very visible on me which I really don't like! I have started using it with a different primer and powder (after the MUA advised I would not need powder!) and it fares slightly better but I will probably not repurchase after I use it up.
Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick in Peach Club (£8.99)
Bourjois Happy Light Matte Serum Primer (£10.99)
Ah, now these are a classic consequence of the Boots offer signs... I was all set to head to the tills with some very basic purchases when the Bourjois stand caught my eye and suddenly I was adding these two to my basket! I already have one of the lipsticks in Frambourjoise but this peachy red shade is really appealing to me at the moment. I also adore the longevity - they last for a good few hours on the lips and leave a nice tint as they fade. The primer was a necessary (!) purchase induced by the Bobbi Brown foundation as I was searching for a base that would work alongside it. I tried the Luminous version during last winter and really liked it, and so far I have been quite impressed by the matte version in terms of durability and how it makes my skin feel after application - perfect for hot summer days!
Lee Stafford Bleach Blondes Shampoo (£6.49) (not shown as it is currently in my shower...)
This was 100% caused by hair envy - one of my colleagues walked into the office last week and her hair was mesmerising, so when she mentioned it was down to this purple shampoo I made a mental note to track it down! As you know I am not blonde (obvs) but do have random bits of blonde left on the ends of my hair which have slowly turned a bit orange, so I'm hoping this will help them wake up a bit as I am trying to give my hair a bit of a bleach break at the moment. Fingers crossed!
Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess fragrance (£47)
Loads of bloggers wax lyrical over this limited edition perfume but it had never really appealed to me until earlier this year - I even recall trying it last summer and hating it on me. A few weeks ago I strolled past the Estée Lauder stand in my local John Lewis and sprayed it again on a whim - and suddenly I was hooked. I finally got my paws on it earlier this week and am just so obsessed. It smells of coconut and sunshine and holidays - I can't get enough of it!
So that sums up my purchases over the past month or so - I will have to show some restraint for the next few weeks as I'm off to France again in August and am planning a little pharmacie splurge!