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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!

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!