When I lived in London, I went to Boots at least once a week, even if I didn’t have anything that I wanted. I find it really fun to casually browse aisles full of high street makeup and other beauty knick knacks; my friend Angela would tell you that whenever we went out on a weekend, especially if we happened to walk past the amazing Boots store at Piccadilly Circus, I would ask to go in to have a quick look.
Last month, I went back to London after a holiday in Spain to attend my graduation. I had a list of things that I wanted to get from the UK and was really looking forward to doing some major damage at Boots. Unfortunately, the only time I got to step into a large Boots store was when we were in Newbury. We spent a great amount of time in there because it was really cold that day, and like many small English towns, there wasn’t much to do or see in Newbury in the winter except visit the high street.
Essie Lilacism; Essie Mint Candy Apple; Rimmel Pro Matte Finish
I think I had around ten nail polishes that I wanted to get from Essie, but only bought “Lilacism”, which is my favourite colour and my previous bottle had dried out, and “Mint Candy Apple”.
Apart from those two colours, I also bought two bottles of Rimmel’s Matte Finish topcoat. I don’t know if it’s just me, but I find it really difficult to get matte topcoats in Singapore. This one from Rimmel is incredible, and cheap too! They make my nail polish last for at least a week without chipping, and the broad brush makes application really easy.
The other thing that I was really excited about is the Tangle Teezer. I don’t own a single brush or comb, much to the surprise of my dad when he asked to borrow one when we were out one day. I told him I didn’t have a comb, and my sexist dad said, “How can a girl not have a brush or a comb?”, a comment that didn’t bode well with me, but I won’t go into that.
The Tangle Teezer works like a gem — it brushes and untangles my hair without causing much breakage. I used to comb my hair with my fingers and would pull out a sizeable chunk of hair whenever I did it, so I am very pleased with this brush.
Soap & Glory body butter and hand cream; Limited edition L’Occitane hand cream in Mango Flower
I hadn’t intended to buy any L’Occitane hand cream, but my hands were really dry in Barcelona and I happened to see this at a duty free shop so I bought it. As for the other two, Boots was having their usual 3-for-2 promotion for Soap & Glory products, so I bought two travel-sized hand creams and one travel-sized body cream for only £5. Sephora sells the hand cream at S$7 each, so this was a very good deal indeed!
My sister got their Super-colour FabuLipstick Powdercoat Matte (what a mouthful!) in Pom Pom, a really nice burgundy shade, and I really regret not getting one too! The colour is very pigmented, the lipstick glides on smoothly, and despite being a matte lipstick, it doesn’t dry out your lips at all! A really fantastic product, but our Sephora stores don’t carry Soap & Glory lipsticks, at least not the ones I’ve been to.
Rimmel Stay Matte powder and MAC cremesheen in ravishing
Last but not least, at the top of my shopping list was Rimmel’s Stay Matte powder. I first used their powder in 2011, when I went to England for the first time to do a summer photography course in Poole/Bournemouth. I have an oily T-zone, and this powder helps to keep my skin matte for a really long time.
The very last thing I bought on my trip during a stopover in Dubai is MAC cremesheen in ravishing. It is such a lovely colour and is currently my favourite lipstick to wear! I usually apply a little on my lips and rub it in because if I just apply it full-on, I find the colour a bit too bright for me. Apart from the one time I wore MAC russian red out, I haven’t been brave enough to step out in another bright-coloured lipstick.