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Tuesday 3 May 2016

An "It's Almost Summer" Haul

There was a strong hint of Summer there one of the days recently and as I sweltered in my Winter coat and sunglasses (cause you can never be too well-prepared in Ireland), I was lured into a Boots by an offer of buy-one-get-one-half-price on every make-up brand and sure you can imagine what happened next. 
(I bought all of this stuff, is what happened next.)

First up is this very pretty bronzer/blusher from Maybelline in 09, Sun Tropics. Dream Sun features two matte products in one to provide your skin with a nice warm glow. So far I'm really loving the bronzing part- it's subtle enough that you won't look like you've been tangoed but can be built up for extra contouring. I love that it's shimmer-free cause I do prefer a more natural looking glow. That pinky/coral is a very pretty design but the colour pay-off isn't fantastic. You definitely need to really work your brush in there to get a good result but either way, I quite like this one and I do think it's handy for travel etc. 

Maybelline Dream Sun

Bourjois recently brought out City Radiance; a foundation with SPF30, radiance boosting pigments and an anti-polution screen. This is actually my second tube! I haven't even finished the first one but I love it so much I said I'd get it, plus it worked out nicely with the offer that was on (the concealer, below!). I'll do a proper review on this soon cause I need more space to rave about it but for now, if you have somewhat dry skin, need a light daytime foundation that makes you look really well, then, look no further!

Bourjois City Radiance

The offer on Barry M could only for me, be used on their nail polishes, which I love and tend to stock up on every Summer, thanks to their fab range of pastels, neons and nudes, all of which look great with a tan! 
So, these two are both new; Coconut infusion contains a blend of Coconut water and oils to hydrate and nourish nails, as well as leave a glossy finish. I got the shade Flamingo, because I couldn't not get a shade that tropical with that name! I've so far only worn this on my toe nails and it's holding up well there. The colour is a lovely smooth, creamy pastel and is indeed nicely shiny. 
Mani Mask is a major favourite though. I've again, only worn this once but it held up well on my fingernails and leaves such a gorgeous finish; semi-matte that takes care of your nails and makes them look super healthy and classy too! Two of my friends that saw my nails immediately wanted to buy a bottle for themselves! I got the shade Birthday Suit, which is a nude but there's also Bashful; a baby pink that I may need to pick up too...

Barry M Coconut Infusion Mani Mask

I was actually originally just looking for this newbie from Bourjois; Radiance Reveal Concealer and then of course, I bought ALL the things. This is really good. It's designed to correct, illuminate and provide 24hour hydration so from that you can decipher that it's ideal for under the eye. It's a similar product to the Nars Creamy Radiant Concealer except that this is much lighter. If you liked the Nars but felt it settled in fine lines, this may be a good alternative for you. You may find yourself compromising slightly on coverage (I think nothing really beats the Nars) but this is a very good alternative and well worth trying- I really like it so far.

Bourjois Radiance Reveal Concealer

The Maybelline Instant Anti-Age Eraser Eye is a repurchase. I'm just finished one of these bad boys and would recommend buying the light one whenever you see it as they tend to sell out pretty quickly! I will do a proper review on this one too because it's really excellent for concealing under-eye dark circles. 

Maybelline Instant Anti-Age Eraser Eye

Have you tried any of these? 
Anything catching your eye?


  1. I like that City Radiance foundation a lot, the texture is lovely! I've been loving their CC cream again lately, lovely and light and surprisingly good match for my still-winter-white skin. I'll definitely check out that Bourjois concealer, love the packaging! Clearly the most important part.... :/

    1. For some reason I found the Bourjois CC cream a bit too yellow for me. I know they run yellow anyway, base wise but I found this more pink toned. I'd love the CC otherwise!

  2. I'm dying to try the City Radiance foundation - what is the coverage like?

    1. It's light enough but I like it for daytime, it really does add radiance!

  3. That Maybelline bronzer/blush is gorgeous! I still need to try that Maybelline concealer! xx


  4. Love the Barry M polishes, I really want to try the Mani Mask ones. And that Flamingo one is beautiful looking, I love a good coral for summer!

    1. Oh the mani mask is so lovely! Wish I could wear it all the time but not allowed in work :(

  5. Definitely want to try the City Radiance!!

  6. I want that Bourjois concealer and the Maybelline needs to be re-hauled. Love the look of bronzer/blusher the coral looks so summery! x