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Super Drugstore Stocking Fillers for Ladies

If you’re anything like me, you’ll find it increasingly difficult to come up with ideas for stocking fillers as each year goes by. It’s really important to me that people don’t receive presents for the sake of just having a present; it should always be something people might want or like, or don’t even know they might want!  
My Mum, Nana and I contribute to a great big stocking for each other every year, so it can be hard to think of new ideas. Yesterday, I took a trip up to Superdrug for a bit of a stocking filler smash and grab (without the stealing) and I thought it might be helpful to share with you some items which make great stocking fillers but wouldn’t necessarily be traditionally considered for a Christmas present. 

  
This is something I’ll probably put in my own stocking: the B. Eye Shadow Brush, which looks lovely and soft, as well as big enough to blend out your shadow. It would probably be great for concealing too. At £3.99 and with good-sized packaging, it ticks the stocking stuffing box, whilst being a great present.

 

Imperial Leather; Stocking Filler Ideas
Imperial Leather Shower Gel
 
Shower gel is another great filler product. Most people use it, and they certainly know someone who would use it even if they themselves have a bath every day. It might be a bit of a boring present, but it will at least be useful (which, let’s face it, we start to appreciate as we get older) and if you can find an exciting scent or texture, even better. 

 

Superdrug Stocking Fillers
Superdrug staples
 
Beauty staples….I happen to know my Nana can’t be without this Vitamin E Intense Moisture Cream and my Mum keeps complaining about having dry elbows so I’ve picked a pot up for her as well. 

Nail polish remover pads are so handy for anyone who might ever wear nail polish, so a great, cheap little thing to throw in there. I always seem to be running out!
This GOSH Eyeliner was for me to replace one which has stopped sharpening, but you can’t really go wrong with a kohl liner as a little extra, and it’s always an intriguingly shaped present to open. And you currently get a free smoky eye palette when you spend £10 on GOSH in Superdrug (one present for you, one present for me….)!

Makeup Stocking Fillers
Makeup Revolution Palettes
 
I have to admit that eyeshadow palettes are a bit of a guilty pleasure for me just now – so many pretty pigments. However, I’m a big believer in sharing the love, so if you’ve bought something and loved it, why not buy one for someone else?  These are getting towards the pricier end of stocking filler territory but there’s still a 3 for 2 in Superdrug so it sort of evens out. The Makeup Revolution Beyond Flawless palette is one of my favourite things just now, but the Flawless palette has a slightly broader range of colours for people who might not be so comfortable with the concept of 50 shades of nude. 

I also picked up the Makeup Revolution Iconic Pro 1 palette for my Mum, as she tends to wear a lot of purple shades so I thought this might introduce her to the 21st century and no make-up make-up. Plus it comes with a brush, and it’s in that crucial £5 bracket. 

Other things I’ll probably pick-up at some point or which might be suitable for a sister or friend:

  • Hair bobbles 
  • Hand cream
  • Face masks
  • Hairspray or dry shampoo
  • Bath bombs/bath salts/bubble bath 
  • Body lotion 
  • Vaseline or lip balm
  • Nail polish
  • Lipstick or lipgloss
  • Blusher, bronzer or highlighter 
  • Your favourite primer or setting spray 

I wouldn’t recommend gifting a concealer or foundation (no matter how badly you want to share the wonder of Collection concealer) as you are very unlikely to be able to correctly match their skin tone!

Let me know if this has helped any of you out or if you have any ideas for me!

Empties

This is the first empties blog I’ve done, so please bear with me! I seem to take ages to get through some things, whilst using others like they’re going out of fashion. 

   
Firstly, a moment of silence for my fallen Benefit Dandelion. This has been a constant chum, giving the prettiest pink blush flush, but finally I’ve rubbed the pan clean. Sad, sad, sad. I can’t decide if I’m going to buy another one or if I’m too old for it now, but either way it’s too pink for Winter so I’ll try to find something new for now. Any suggestions welcome! 

  
I’ve also finished a tube/bottle (?!) of this old workhorse. I’ve been a big fan of Max Factor Colour Adapt for many years, after s friend suggested it whilst we were out shopping. I always buy it in Creamy Ivory, which is the palest shade they seem to stock in Boots, even though it isn’t all that fair so really pale ladies would struggle with this range. Nevertheless, it’s good value, fairly long- lasting if you prime and set, and it has the most glorious velvety texture which was the reason I fell in love with it in the first place. It can be quite gathers over dry skin if you combine it with a concealer, but that doesn’t bother me too much as when my skin is as winter dry as it is just now, there’s no getting around that for my eye area. 

  

 Moisturiser. I can’t get enough of this stuff. I think I’m going to keep using the night cream above, at least in the winter, as although it’s not as thickly moisturising as I’d like it to be, it’s the best moisturiser I’ve found so far that doesn’t sting when I have really dry, irritated skin in the winter. Not a nice wake up call!
Although I’ve used the Replenishing Rich Moisturiser for years, I’m not convinced it’s doing all that much for me. Basically I but it because it’s usually quite cheap and I know there are no perfumes in it to irritate my skin, but I think I should be doing better at my age! Recommendations welcome! 

  Shower gel isn’t something I’m too loyal to. I like buying and trying out new ones, and browsing the aisles to see all the new colours, scents and textures these guys are trying to flog us. I’m quite lucky in that my skin (apart from my face) doesn’t seem to respond positively or negatively to whatever I choose to wash with so I generally have my pick. Ok, I generally pick what’s on offer. I prefer something citrusy or somehow zingy, and always a gel rather than a cream or a milk; far too namby pamby for the working week. The bottle I’ve just finished up is a basic Radox “feel revived” mandarin and lemongrass shower gel. Inoffensive, but not particularly exciting.

  
This, as you may know, is a range I’ve been struggling to get my head around (boom) since I started using it. I never seem to use up shampoo and conditioner at the same rate, so I’m on my first shampoo and second conditioner (they’re crafty, those 3-for-2s). I love the scent and the creamy way it applies to the hair, as well as the generally feeling that avocado oil and Shea butter must be good for your hair. This morning is the first time since using these that I’ve thought that might be true, as my hair has been so so dry with no sign of a comeback, even after switching from Frizz Ease. I probably won’t buy these again, but they were worth a shot, and they do give your hair a lovely scent. 

The 5 Best….Christmas Party Essentials (Collab.)

I’m so excited about this post. It all started a week ago, and here I am putting together my first ever collaboration post. It’s all thanks to Beautyandthelook for getting us all together, so thanks Siobhan! She basically gave a shout-out to anyone who fancied joining in and she was kind enough to include me. 

We’ve had some great Twitter chats as well; it’s been a pleasure to (virtually) meet you girls and discover your lovely blogs.  Anyway, we’re all posting right now on the same theme: top 5 Christmas party essentials, with office parties just around the corner. I’ve linked all of their blogs at the end of my post, so please check them out; it’ll be so interesting seeing everyone’s take on the same theme. And then there’s the glitter…..

  

 1. Metallic/Sparkly Nail Polish 

  

I always seem to find myself planning for Christmas parties at the last minute. I ordered some dresses online on Thursday in the hope that at least one of them will do, as I did last year, and the year before. So much stress. Anyway, once you have your clothes, shoes and accessories sorted, my first bit of game time preparation is to spend time filing and painting my nails. I’m one of those people who never leaves enough time then either chips their polish or falls asleep when it’s still tacky and wakes up with dents. 

Anyway, a glitter or metallic nail polish is essential for a Christmas party in my opinion! As I dont know what I’ll be wearing yet, I thought I’d share my favourite polish from last winter, which is the Barry M Aquarium Collection Nail Paint in Persian, which is a beautiful irradescent purple/bronze, which turns more bronzey if you add a clear top coat. It gives you a really beautiful metallic sheen which moves with the light. Perfect for a party!

  

2. Your Best Deodorant 

This is sort of self-explanatory, but I think deodorant/anti-perspirant is an under-reviewed area of beauty. I suppose it does tend to be cheap enough to warrant buying without research, but even if your wallet doesn’t feel the pain of a bad product, I reckon the embarrassment factor of being let down by your deodorant should really warrant a bit of research!

In my experience, office parties tend to either start straight from work, or give you a short amount of time to get ready before go time. My employer’s head office is in Edinburgh, so we all get shipped through there for the Christmas party. Normally we get to finish work at about 3 to meet the taxi to leave at about 5. I only live 10 minutes away from the office now, so I have the luxury of going home to shower and change, but I’ve had many experiences of fighting with the other girls for time in the loo to change, straighten my hair and reapply my makeup. In those cases, you need your deodorant to hold up all day as well as all night.

 

This one is my favourite, the Soft & Gentle 48 Hour Protection Anti-Perspirant Deodorant. I’ve used this for years and years. I’ve just noticed that it also has an anti-white mark formula, which may have been added somewhere along the lines after Sure started pushing their white and black situation. Anyway, I love this deodorant. I always pick up the Wild Rose and Vanilla scent, but I think there are around 4 to choose from. This gives me good day-long protection with a really natural scent. It doesn’t feel too powdery and it doesn’t really smell like a deodorant. It’s a big win in my book, and essential to keep you feeling and smelling fresh until you crawl home in the small hours. 

3. The Perfect Blusher 

The obvious inclusion in this post would be the perfect sparkly eye shadow. I’m going to be controversial and miss that out of my top 5, as I don’t necessarily think it is an essential for everyone. Depending on your look and what you’ll be wearing, you might feel more comfortable keeping your eyelids subtle and neutral. Provided you line your eyes well and choose a bombshell of a mascara, the shadow isn’t all that important.

What us essential, however, is a good blusher to give you a healthy, just in from the cold flush about the cheeks. Blusher is also a great product for dialling up your make-up from daytime functional to party time glamorous. 
  

This MAC Mineralise blush in Petal Power is just beautiful. It’s the perfect peachy pink, plus it has the most beautiful goldy shinmer to dial it up for Christmas, meaning you don’t necessarily need to highlight as well (although I’m pretty sure I will). 

4. Good Mascara

So even if you haven’t gone all out on the glittery shadow, you really need a bit of drama about the eyes for your Christmas party. This is a slight cheat, as I’m including 2 products here as one item, but given they’re both from L’Oreal, the price of 2 is still less than a lot of single high end mascaras. 

The two I recommend are L’Oreal Telescopic and L’Oreal Voluminous, both in extra black. Day-to-day, I’ve been using the voluminous on its own, for a great daytime look which gives plenty of frame to your eyes. However, trust me, the Telescopic really makes all the difference when you want to take it up a notch. It’s unbelievable at adding length to your top lashes, I was sold the first time I tried it, but it does leave them looking pretty leggy, so the voluminous is great for plumping them out. Use a couple of coats of each on your top lashes, but go slowly if you don’t like clumping. I haven’t been using the Telescopic on my lower lashes though, as I already have pretty long lower lashes and that would just be bizarre! 

 

The only problem here is that apparently the Telescopic has been replaced by the Telescopic Falsh Lash Effect, so we’ll have to see how that goes down when it’s time to replace this one.

5. Make-up Setting Spray 

Now what’s the point in spending all that time perfecting your make-up if it’s going to wear off by the time you get your Christmas dinner? That’s where setting-spray comes in. Use this one by MakeUp Forever if you’d like (but it’s £18 for the full-size) but Urban Decay has a couple of great ones as well. They are both pretty pricey though so I’m trialing the new MUA Pro-Base Fixing Mist (£5) today. Fingers crossed it holds!   

So there we have it! My 5 best Christmas Party Essentials. Hopefully you’ve got the bug now and will enjoy reading my fellow collaborators’ posts as well! Have a great Christmas party! 

Read these ones now!

https://beautyandthelooksite.wordpress.com/

https://manikui.wordpress.com/

https://karmabeauty87.wordpress.com/

http://jenniwren7.wordpress.com/

https://jessinthecrowd.wordpress.com/

https://thefreshwabisabi.wordpress.com/

https://bunniesblanketsandbandanas.wordpress.com/

https://50shadesofvanity.wordpress.com/

https://paigealiciabeauty.wordpress.com/

https://jessicaelizabiz.wordpress.com/

Unfortunately, Becca-Louise wasn’t able to get her post up for reasons outwith her control, but please check out her blog anyway!

https://beccaalouise.wordpress.com/

Double Superdrug Haul

Superdrug has had a pre-Christmas 3 for 2 on all cosmetics for the last couple of weeks. And I’ve tried so hard to be good…yet failed….a little. I went in to restock my Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer and a new blusher but of course they had sold out! So I just had to buy some new things instead…and then go back again the next day (and I still haven’t managed to get my hands on that concealer!).

  
I can’t give you a first impression of a few of these products yet, as I’ve been feeling under the weather and just haven’t found the time or energy to try them (Rimmel Glam’Eyes Professional Liquid LinerMUA Pro-Base Fixing Mist or “Wave Creating Sea Foam“) but I figured I might as well share in case any of you have tried them and have any thoughts.

I’m slightly scared to try the fixing spray or Sea Foam on a working day because I like to get ready in the morning, fix everything in place, then not touch anything until I get home (unless I have a client meeting) so I don’t want to risk losing longevity on my face, or ridiculously bad hair for the time being. And I don’t wear liquid eyeliner to work. 

      

My MaxFactor Colour Adapt foundation is my true love. I’m sure I’ve told you this before, but I just love how velvety it feels on my skin. Whilst it can look quite orange on your cleansing wipe at the end of the day, I’ve never noticed it looking orangey on my skin. I use Creamy Ivory, being a pale Scottish girl, and have always felt it to be a good match.

My only criticism is that the way it is packaged makes it very hard to shake up, so you inevitably get left with a thick, dryish paste as you get near the end. When that happens, I just mix in some heavy moisturiser or primer to sheer it out a little. 
  The eye is immediately drawn to this little beauty, again by MaxFactor. It’s called Creme Puff Blush and the colour is called 30 Gorgeous Berries. It looks like it’s trying to be a MAC Mineralise blush, but it is nevertheless beautiful. I picked this up because I was looking for a deeper berry shade for the Autumn and Winter. 
  
Whilst the colouring of this doesn’t disappoint, it’s definitely not as long lasting as higher end blushets, and it doesn’t really offer that gilded sheen you get from MAC. It’s a good budget option if you’re happy to reapply throughout the day. 

    
On that note, it applies as though it is really pigmented when I put it on with my Real Techniques Blush Brush, and it’s very hard to blend out with such a soft brush, so I tend to use my Lottie Kabuki to buff it in. 

I picked up a Collection Illuminating Touch because they had the colour I wanted and figured it would tide me over. I don’t normally like these click through brush style concealers, and I’m still not convinced, however the product inside is acceptable as long as you dab it on with your finger after squidging it onto your face. It does seem a little sheerer than the normal tube, which it probably needs to be for this packaging, so I probably won’t buy this again once I get my hands on the real deal (plus a spare). 

  
The final item I’ve actually been testing regularly is the L’Oreal Lumi Magique Primer Pure Light. To be honest, I’m not getting much from it, and don’t think it justifies it’s full-price price tag of £9.99. 
  It looks really glowy when you pump it onto your hand, but it just doesn’t seem to be doing anything for me once it’s made it onto my face. I’ve tried it both as a pure primer and mixed into my foundation and I don’t feel it’s giving me the dewy glow I was after. Has anyone else had any success with this guy?

That’s all from me today – let’s see if any of these make it into next month’s favourites!