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Saturday, 1 November 2014

Recent Buys | Bourjois, CoLab & Botanics

Over the past week or so I've picked up a few bits and pieces from Boots and Superdrug, so I thought I'd just share what I've been buying, as I know I always like having a nosey at people's shopping! Most of these things I didn't actually need but I felt like I'd been quite good spending-wise this month so I've treated myself a little to some things I've been wanting to try for a while.
Recent Beauty Purchases
CoLab Dry Shampoo New York Fruity Fragrance (200ml, £2.32) I'd heard nothing at all about A Model Recommends blogger Ruth Crilly launching a dry shampoo range until a few days ago, whereupon I immediately headed for Superdrug to see whether my local was stocking it. To my amazement, they had the full range, so I had a bit of a sniff and went for New York. The different fragrances within the range are named after famous cities, but as a lover of fruity scents New York was calling my name. This claims to absorb oil with a residue-free finish - sounds perfect! It's also even cheaper than my beloved Batiste.
Bourjois Powder Blusher in 48 'Cendre de Rose Brune' (2.5g, £7.99) Superdrug's 3 for 2 offer turned out to be a bit dangerous on this shopping trip; I had no need for another blusher and only really picked this up because I've not tried Bourjois's powder blushers in the past. That said, I love the packaging, which includes a mirror and a dinky little brush as well as 2.5g of product.
Natural Collection Loose Powder in 'Cool Translucent' (15g, £1.99) I'm almost out of loose powder so this was a kind of necessary purchase! I've been using the neutral version of this powder but decided I'd give the cool-toned one a try to see if it suits my skintone any better. Confession: I'm still not really sure whether my skin is warm, cool or neutral-toned. How do you tell!?
Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream in 'Ivory' (30ml, £9.99) I've only heard good things about this but despite that, I wasn't interested in trying a CC cream at all until I received a sample of a Supergoop! one in my Birchbox. I was pleasantly surprised by that so I decided I'd give a more budget-friendly version a whirl; enter Bourjois! This claims to provide 24 hour hydration whilst correcting fatigue, redness and dark spots, giving a luminous complexion and smooth skin. It also contains SPF 15 which is a winner for me.
Bourjois Happy Light Matte Serum Primer (15ml, £10.99) Primers are another product I can't claim to be short of, but having picked up the CC Cream I needed one more product in order to get a free one... Oh Superdrug. Anyway, this claims to mattify the complexion whilst giving an airbrushed finish to minimise pores; if one primer can mattify my skin and hide my lake-like pores, I am sold.
Botanics All Bright Eye Make-Up Remover (150ml, £3.99) As I mentioned in my Empties post yesterday, I recently finished my staple Garnier eye make-up remover and couldn't find it to repurchase, so I ended up trying something a little different. I've been getting on well with Boots Botanics' All Bright range so this sounded pretty promising, with its claims to remove even waterproof eye make-up, soothe the eye area and condition lashes.
See, I've been quite restrained really...! I'm pretty sure there are plenty more purchases I could have made, especially given that all the Christmas gifts sets are hitting stores round about now. Have you tried any of these products? How are you at resisting the 3 for 2 offers - are you like me, ending up buying two products you didn't really need just for the sake of getting the third free one? What have you been buying recently?



  1. The Bourjois CC Cream sounds amazing. I'm not a fan of BB and CC creams, but I have to admit that there are some of them that are really interesting product! xx


  2. I have never ever tried dry shampoo, the wife has some and I know she wants the CoLab stuff, so at least ive heard of one of your items!

  3. Great buys! I have the CC cream and adore it! especially over a mattifying primer. I am curious to hear your thoughts on the BOurjois primer. I've been wanting to get it but need to go through a few that I have first.

  4. I looked for CoLab today and I couldn't find it anywhere :o(

  5. The primer sounds really wonderful! xx

  6. Lovely picks! Can't wait to see what you think of the Bourjois primer and CC cream. xo's

    Pink Frenzy

  7. I just go the CC Cream in a swap and I really enjoy it! I wish it was easier to buy Bourjois products in the US xx


  8. I really want to try the bourjois cc cream! I heard so many great things about it!


  9. I've only recently been getting into dry shampoos so I'd love to hear your thoughts on the CoLab one. xxx
    Just Emma


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