England beauty shoplog

England beauty shoplog

Two weeks ago I hopped on a plane to visit my friend Alison in England and one thing we did when I was there was shop. I do not dare counting the number of Boots and Superdrugs we went into, myself being the main instigator. Of course I had to figure out the UK drugstore beauty offerings and when I was in London I also splurged some money on some more high end make up. Today I’m letting you have a look at everything I bought.

I managed to pick up a bit of everything. I got plenty of things on sale as both drugstores had several discounts on. But there are brow products, nail polishes, face products, cheek products, lip products and even a few tools. Let’s have a closer look as the picture above was taken right after I unpacked everything late at night.

Real Techniques Bold Metals 200 Oval Shadow & 201 Pointed Crease

I had to try and find the Real Techniques Bold Metals brushes of course. They were quite difficult to find and it seems as if only the bigger Boots stores have them in stock as well. So I had to really hunt these down and I finally found them in Manchester. The Bold Metals are slightly more expensive than other Real Techniques brushes and I can’t wait to try these.

Ecotools Eye Enhancing Duo Set

Part of the tool offerings in UK drugstores is Ecotools. A brand I have heard of before and which is sold in Holland, but a bit difficult to find. I thought these would be handy as travel brushes, because I never want to take any full sized brushes as I find it such a hassle. These are short and double-ended so I’ll finally be able to do some more elaborate eye looks when I am traveling.

Nails Inc The New White White Horse Street
Orly Tangerine Neon
Barry M Speedy Quick Dry Eat my Dust, Stop the Clock, Pit Stop
Barry M Gelly Hi-shine Fondant, Huckleberry, Kiwi
Next Glitz & Blitz Bling Top Coat

You know I had to stock up on nail polish when I was in the UK as Barry M is one of my favorite nail polish brands. And when there is also a buy one get one half price deal on I’m all ears. I also picked up a Nails Inc polish which is a more high end brand which I still wanted to try. The Orly polish was just so fun and bright and I am thinking it will be a great toe nail color. I picked up the Next glitter on a whim, but a rose gold/ copper glitter is one I did not own yet.

Sleek Face Form in Fair
Make Up Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter Peach Lights
Rimmel blush in Pink Rose

For cheeks I didn’t go too much overboard. I bought the Face Form palette as I was curious to try it out and the bronzer actually looks really nice and light. I spotted the Rimmel blush on a whim and thought it would be a pretty every day color. Finally I bought the Make Up Revolution highlighter as I heard a lot about it from blogs. I already used it a few times and this color is really pretty on my skin.

Rimmel Lasting Finish Nude foundation in 010 Light Porcelain
Rimmel Wake Me Up concealer in Ivory
Rimmel Radiance BB cream in Very Light

Face product wise I went with a bunch of Rimmel products. For one because Rimmel is cheaper in the UK and their range is so much larger. In Holland, the lightest shade available is 200 Soft Beige in most foundations which is much too dark. But in the UK they also do the lighter shades, so I picked up the lightest shade of foundation and a newly launched BB cream. The Wake Me Up Concealer is not even available here, so I’m curious to try that.

Collection Eyes Uncovered Nude palette
MUA Elysium eyeshadow palette
L’Oreal La Palette Nude Rose

Of course I had to pick up some eyeshadow too. I’m a true eyeshadow junky and I knew there were a couple of new eyeshadow releases. The Collection one is very pretty and the shadows seem to be of a great quality. I had heard quite a few raves about the L’Oreal palettes and after a browse I opted for the Rose palette as it has some very pretty taupe shades. Finally, I bumped into this pretty MUA palette that seems very similar to the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette.

Soap & Glory Archery Brow Tint & Brow Pencil

I even picked up some brow products. I truly had to stock up on my favorite Soap & Glory eyebrow pencil. And I first couldn’t find it and then I found out they do two different types. So now I have one with a tint on one end and a pencil on the other and then I also have the pencil with the spooly, which is my favorite. I still have to review it, but this has been a game changer for my brows.

Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm Unapologetic
MUA Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquer Kooky, Atomic, Reckless
Collection Cream Puff Moisturising Lip Cream in Fairy Cake

On to lips! I got some lip products from Revlon, MUA and Collection. I had been eyeing up the Revlon Matte Balms for a while, but it is a brand that is hard to come by and so I hadn’t really tried any yet. Make Up Academy have released these super pigmented lip lacquers which looks so good in a swatch and I can’t wait to try these on my lips. Finally, Collection also has a liquid lipstick out and I was taken by the name and the color straight away.

Illamasqua Ore pigment
Illamasqua Scandal matte lipstick

I went to London for the day and paid a visit to the Illamasqua counter in Selfridge’s. The ladies there were super nice and so I went away with two different products. When the MUA applied Scandal on me, I immediately loved it as it looked gorgeous. Then the eyeshadow pigment will not become an every day product, but this color is so amazing and when applied wet it is even more stunning.

MAC Mehr lipstick
MAC Soar lip pencil
NARS Audacious lipstick Bette

Then I also visited the MAC and NARS counters. I created a MAC lipstick wishlist a while ago and so I wanted to check some out. I came away with a lipstick and a lip pencil, both of which aren’t on my wishlist, but both colors are stunning, look great on me and go really well together. Finally, I bought a NARS lipstick. I really wanted a dark red lipstick and this is the best option I found.

Kiko mixing medium
Kiko cream eyeshadow sticks 19 & 38

Just around the corner from Oxford Circus is a Kiko store. I went in to pick up some more eyeshadow sticks, because I already own one and love it. I also found two more out there shades, which I decided not to buy as I wasn’t sure when I’d wear electric blue and bright teal. So I opted for a charcoal grey and a pretty taupe instead. I also bought some mixing medium and I hope that will make life easier when I try to use pigment eyeshadows.

Maybelline Baby Lips lip balms

Last but not least, I had a few pounds left when I was at the airport and so I wanted to use them up. I also had some badly chapped lips due to airconditioning and I had packed up my lipbalm away in my luggage, so I decided to use my last pounds to buy some lipbalm. Maybelline was doing a 3 for 2 deal on their Baby Lips lip balms and so I picked up two from the Dr. Rescue range in a minty flavor and a coral tint and one from the regular range in a more hydrating formula.

That’s it! Did you make it to the end? Of course my question to you is which products you’d like me to review first. You can expect reviews to be rolled out in the next few weeks. I have been rather busy, but I have already started testing some products this past week. I will try to get the first review up this coming week.

Which item would you like me to review first?

Travel report: England 2015

Travel report: England 2015

Today is the last day of my May holiday and for this one single week off, I actually managed to do some traveling again. I went to England for 5 days this week, the main purpose? To visit my friend Alison. We met years ago through Backstreet Boys and she came to Holland to stay with me nearly 2 years ago. We hadn’t seen each other for as long, so when Alison let me know that I could come to stay at her place last summer, we decided to make plans for me to come over. I stayed with her in Stoke-On-Trent, we visited both Llandudno in Wales and Manchester and on my final day I traveled down to London before I flew back home.

Alison & myself on the summit of The Great Orme.

Day 1: Traveling, Victorian parks & food shopping.

On the first day we decided to have a relaxed day. It was raining for most of it any way, so Alison just took me around her neck of the woods and showed me some of the Victorian parks and buildings in her town. She lives in an area known as The Potteries, which is where tons of British ceramics originated. Think, Royal Doulton, Royal Stafford and Wedgewood pottery. There are still a few kilns standing, but the factories are now mostly gone. The towns are scattered with perfectly manicured Victorian parks with tennis courts and tons of blossoming trees. It was pretty despite the rain and freezing wind.

After some walking around we grabbed lunch and went for some food shopping at ASDA. We grabbed some bits for breakfast, but we mostly ended up getting tons of sweets for me to try, because I don’t know them. We bought flapjacks for breakfast, caramel shortbread (both were delish), custard creams, malted milk biscuits, ginger nuts, chocolate pretzels, Cadbury caramel nibbles, pear drops, assorted mints, sherbert lemons (because: Dumbledore!), Horlicks chocolate malted milk and sour patch kids. We also bought some chewy candy for me to try. By now I’ve managed to sample them all and there are a few things I really don’t like and a few things I love such as the custard creams, ginger nuts, sherbert lemons & pear drops.

Day 2: Potteries Museum & Art Gallery & Fort Green Hall

Fort Green Hall

The Potteries museum & art gallery

The second day was still a quite chilled out day. We took our time getting ready in the morning as the museum wouldn’t be open any earlier. We went to visit the Potteries museum in Hanley. They house a massive collection of ceremics, as well as a replica of a WWI trench, the Stafford Hoard and some natural history on local English flora and fauna. Afterwards we visited an original Tudor style house: Fort Green Hall, where I got my inner Henry VIII to come out. We decided to call it a day at a very early time as we were knackered from all the wind and rain from the day before and because we knew day 3 would be a long one.

Day 3: Llandudno

Conwy Bay

On Day 3 we caught a very early train out of Stoke. We were set for Llandudno: a traditional seaside town on the coast of north Wales. It is a town that despite the tourists has not succumbed to commercialization as much and really still have a true Victorian character including a pier and little shops here and there.

Because it was the May Day bank holiday weekend, the town had a fair on as well as the Victorian extravaganza. We spotted some traditional Victorian underground toilets and went to have some food at a small tea room for lunch.

As we were waiting for the parade to start, we spotted a bird display with some owls and a falcon. We stood and snapped some pictures and found a spot for the parade.

The parade was Victorian themed, but there were also some old timer cars and buses as well as people in Victorian dress that were part of it. Most of the vehicles however ran on steam and we saw anything going buy from teeny tiny one no bigger than a wheelbarrow and massive steam engines that look that they were ones train engines now re-purposed for use on the road. There was a lot of noise and a lot of steam, but it was fun to see all these old machines still running.

Then we moved on to the pier, but before we got there we had to play some games in the arcade, true English style. We paid some penny slots, did some air hockey and then I spotted a Dance Dance Revolution machine. I had always wanted to try it. So I grabbed my chance and played a game. That was so much fun as you can see in this picture here.

We walked up and down the pier had a look around and then went for some ice cream at the bottom of the Great Orme: our next destination.

We took the tram up to the top of the Great Orme. The Great Orme is a small mountain that provides you with some stunning views. You get up there by foot, cable car or the Victorian tram. Since our feet had started to hurt and we are both afraid of heights, we opted for the little tram.

Once there, we were treated to some stunning views. It had gotten cloudy by then, but there was still a pretty play of light over the ocean. We went back down, grabbed dinner and went back on the train.

Day 4: Shopping in Manchester

Alison told me that Manchester would probably be the best spot for some serious shopping. So we took the train and that was quite eventful as we were stuck on the train for 1.5 hours because of a tree which was on fire and hit the electricity wires. Virgin Trains was great about it though and they passed out free water, a chocolate wafer and thermal blankets. We also got some free food and Alison even got free cake as she had jokingly asked for it on Twitter and then the man from the concession on board the train came round to give her some. Once in Manchester we opted to go the Arndale Shopping center, where we hit up Boots, the Lego Store, New Look, Lush, Topshop and Waterstone’s.

Some of the food on this trip. I didn’t just eat candy, but I came close! We went for pizza at Pizza Hut after shopping, had Chinese for dinner on Day 1, Fish & Chips in Llandudno and we also had a cupcake and a sandwhich as well as ice cream when we were there. I also tried some Victorian style Rose Lemonade which was really tasty.

Day 5: London & Alexander McQueen

On my final day in England, I left The Potteries and hopped on a train to London early in the morning. I really wanted to visit the Alexander McQueen exhibition at the V&A so I decided to squeeze it in. The train + a flight home from London cost as much as a flight back home from Manchester, so why not? I loved the exhibition and after being left in utter awe over what one man could do with clothes and accessories, I went to Oxford Street and paid a visit to Selfridges and the Topshop flagship store as I had found a pair of jeans in Manchester, but they didn’t have my size.

I flew back home completely knackered and it has taken me three days to sort of recuperate. I managed to pick up quite a few make up bits, which I will be showing you in a shoplog next Saturday. So until then, stay tuned to see what I got from Boots, Superdrug and Selfridges.

Enjoy your Sunday! What were you up to this week?

UK & Beautygloss party shoplog

UK & Beautygloss party shoplog

On Monday you could read I attended the Beautygloss party and that I went to the UK on a study trip. Both occasion of course made excellent opportunities to shop for some beauty products. Here’s what I got from Boots, Superdrug, Primark, and the shops at the party. I went on a major lipstick binge! I will simply show you what I got and I will indicate where I got it in the picture description.

Missha Perfect Cover BB cream in No. 13 Bright Beige

My favorite BB cream! At the Beautygloss party there was a stand from a European BB cream shop. When I read that I knew I had to visit their shop. I purchased a sample size of this stuff from Ebay last year and loved it. It is not made for dry skin, but I simply use a day cream underneath and it works fine. They also had one which was specially for dry and dehydrated skin, but that felt so wet, and I’m no fan of that. So I decided to stick to this. You can read my review here.

Dr. van der Hoog face masks in Amazing Avocado, Fabulous Fruits, Funny Figs and Crazy Cranberry

My favorite brand for one time use face masks in Dr. van der Hoog. I already knew the avocado and cranberry versions as I’ve tried them before and loved them. They also had a few which I didn’t know, so I decided to give them a shot.

Square paddle hair brush (Primark)

I love my hair brush but it’s getting a bit old, plus I don’t have a big big hair brush yet. This will be a good addition to my ever grown collection of hair tools.

Sally Hansen hand cream

Free bee after getting a manicure at the Sally Hansen stand at the Beauty Gloss party.

Konad and Niju face masks

Another free bee! I won this set of face masks from Enchantra, a Dutch online make up store at the Beauty Gloss Party. They are mostly sheet masks which I had never used before. I tried the Aloe Vera one last weekend and really liked it. Very moisturizing.

Barry M  nail polish in Blueberry, Papaya & Pink Sapphire glitter, Angelica nail polish in Spring Break, Golden Rose Jolly Jewels in 105 & 106


Barry M  nail polish in Blueberry (no. 1), Papaya (no. 2) & Pink Sapphire glitter (no. 20 – on the right), Angelica nail polish in Spring Break (no. 19), Golden Rose Jolly Jewels in 105 (no. 4) & 106 (no. 3)

Rimmel Kate Matte lipsticks in 101 and 111 Kiss of Life

At the Beautygloss event, there was a Rimmel stand where you could get your make up touched up. It was near the end of the day and I was eyeballing these two pretty lipsticks. Both matte and absolutely gorgeous. I tried the lipstick when they touched up my look and loved it so I bought it along with this pinky nude color.

Rimmel Apocalips Lip Laquer in Apocaliptic

I fell in love with this raspberry color the minute I saw swatches. I just new I had to have this, but at more than 10 euros I thought the price quite steep. That’s why, I bought mine in the UK rather than the Netherlands as Rimmel is cheaper over there.

Topshop Rio Rio matte lipstick

Another red lipstick! Somebody stop me! The minute I saw this orange-toned red in Topshop I was drawn to it though. I have no clue whether it will look nice on me, but we’ll see. I love how bright it is and it’s matte. Matte red lipsick = <3.

Maybelline Vivids in 902 Fuchsia Flash & 903 Hot Plum

When I saw UK and US beauty gurus talking about these I immediately wondered when they would be introduced over here. I haven’t seen nor heard anything about these being introduced any time soon tough so when I wasn’t sure which color to get I simply went with both. When swatched they are pretty similar, despite the color in the tube, but the effect when you wear this is very different.

Revlon Lip Butters in Strawberry Shortcake and Wild Watermelon

Another one of those: I wished these were easier to find where I live type of product. Revlon is available in the Netherlands, but nowhere close to where I live. And that’s a shame, because I love love love these things. I bought one in Berry Smoothie in the US last summer and regretted not getting more. For spring, Revlon put out some new colors so I went with the pinky red and a more neutral tone. These butters condition your lips while giving it a bit of color, yet they are much more than just a colored lipbalm as they actually have some staying power. Best of bought worlds.


Rimmel Kate Matte lipsticks in 101 and 111 Kiss of Life

Rimmel Apocalips Lip Laquer in Apocaliptic

Topshop Rio Rio matte lipstick

Maybelline Vivids in 902 Fuchsia Flash & 903 Hot Plum

Revlon Lip Butters in Strawberry Shortcake and Wild Watermelon

Collection Lasting Perfection concealer in no. 1 Fair

Ah yes, of course I couldn’t leave the UK with THE cult make up product: the Collection concealer. Apparently this is one of the most long lasting, easy to blend concealers on the market. I am curious to try it and at 4 pounds, it really won’t be an issue if it’s bad.

Maybelline color tattoo in Lights in Purple

Another thing we don’t have: a big range of color tattoos. Luckily, most of the colors available in the UK are also the ones we have over here, but one color instantly stood out. A frosty purple-y blue, dare I say: periwinkle blue (my favorite color for all things make up this spring). Plus it turns more blue or more purple depending on how the light hits it. Oh yes, it’s duochrome to make things even better. You can imagine my joy at finding this.

Sleek Laguna Palette


Another you-cannot-leave-the-UK-without-buying-this product: a Sleek eyeshadow palette. Now this is my 8th Sleek palette I believe, but I simply can’t get enough of them. And can you spot those seagreen and purply-e blues? Yes, I think you are catching my drift. And I was in the UK anywayz, saves shipping costs you know ;-).

That’s all I got from the party and the UK drugstore. I think I need help with my new found lipstick obsession. What’s your opinion?