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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!

Superdrug Autumn Bargain Haul

I actually shopped in Superdrug the day before I filled up my Boots Haul basket, but I wanted to try a few of the products out a bit more before I shared these with you, and they were all bought with autumn in mind! 

  
I actually came out with what I went in for (sort of) which has to be a bit of a win! 

1. Makeup Revolution Beyond Flawless Palette – £8.00 

This guy is my biggest autumn success story so far. 

  
So many pretty, blendable shades (32 in all). There is quite a bit of fall-out, but I’d say if that’s the worst problem with it you can totally deal in exchange for this ridiculous range of pretty shades, in shimmers and mattes. I particularly love Zorba, Spice and Brunette, but the range of looks you can achieve with this is mad. I’m wearing a combination of Cocoa, Teddy and Immaculate today and think it might be my new favourite subtle plum neutral. Buy it! 

2. MUA Glitterball Palette – £4.00

  
I’m not really reaching for this pallette as much, although I really love the two green shades and the plum. At £4 it’s worth having, even if you just want to pick out the odd colour to blend with other products. Use your own brushes though!

3. Collection Sheer Loose Powder in Translucent – £2.99

   
This is a hardly pigmented sheer loose powder. It’s light and fairly finely-milled, so it’s great for setting your foundation without adding colour. I’m still working on the best way to get it onto my brush though – the packaging doesn’t work very well. It comes with a flat puff applicator but powder needs a brush!

Oh and apparently it contains vitamin E!

4. Maybelline Colour Tattoo 24hr in Pink Gold and Metallic Pomegranate – £4.99 (but on buy one get one half price)

 
Whilst these are beautiful, they’re a little glitzy to use every day. That said, they are great in a hurry. The key is not to overthink them. I chose these two colours because they effectively give you a crease colour and base colour which compliment each other really well, and they work perfectly in that way. I’ve seen a lot of Youtubers using these as a base for an overall smoky eye (using On and On Bronze, which I just can’t get my hands on!) but they are gel-cremes so blending in dry powder shadows is beyond difficult. Still, they get a thumbs up!

5. MUA Undress Your Skin Shimmer Highlighter – £3.00

  

This is another lovely low-cost find. It’s very well-pressed so the powder is lovely and creamy and doesn’t give you fall-out. Whilst it appears very pale in the pan, it gives a beautiful goldy shimmer on the skin. I’m still working out the best way to apply it, but a finger and a brush seems to be working for me. The only question is longevity – you may need to reapply through the day or night.

6. Collection Precision Colour Lip Liner in Clover Pink – £1.99

This wasn’t expensive, but don’t waste your money. It is so hard and dry that it’s almost impossible to apply. 

  

7. Gosh Velvet Touch Eye Liner in Rebellious Brown – £4.99

I was slightly disappointed in the quality of this but I am still using it fairly regularly. It’s only subtly brown which is nice for the autumn but it’s slightly dryer and harder than I’d like whilst still being prone to smudging despite being waterproof. That said, as a water line liner, it has great staying power and is a gentler contrast to a neutral eye than a cold black kohl. It’s not really worth the money though. 

Let me know your favourites this autumn!

June 2015 Favourites

This is a bit of a new departure for this blog but given I’ve only been blogging for 6 months I’m not really sure I can positively say that I have a particular direction to follow (except that you guys seem to prefer cake recipes to anything else!).  

 So, I’ve been thinking about all the things I’ve bought or enjoyed this month which have been a big hit with me. To be honest, the only real fail has been the L’Oreal La Pallette Nude eyeshadow pallette, although I’m persevering with it. I just find it really hard to blend the shades together and they are also quite unpigmented, so the glittery shades I apply last overpower the mattes, instead of marrying into one beautiful whole. On the plus side, the shimmery shades are pretty, it comes with a nice brush, it’s a good base for other shadows and it was only £14.

In the last few months specifically I’ve really been stepping up my game in terms of trying to get into some healthier routines before the ageing process really gets its claws into me, so water, love yoghurt, continuing with fruit, vegetables and exercise and being stricter with my skin care routine have all been really important to me. 

  
Starting with beauty products then! This purple Lottie London Kabuki Brush is the softest loveliest thing for applying an all over setting powder or bronzer and for blending in your blusher once you’ve applied it. It was also relatively inexpensive, though it was a birthday gift. 

I’ve always suffered from dark circles under my eyes so have been watching alot of beauty vlogs to pick up some tips in this area. It was suggested by Carli Bybel that an eye cream can really help to restore plumpness to undereye skin as well as giving your concealer something to cling to so I thought I’d give it a try. I’ve been a big fan of the cheap and cheerful Vitamin E range in Superdrug so decided to try this Nourishing Eye Cream out. So far so good, though I can’t say I’ve noticed a huge transformation so might just stick with all over moisturiser and try to catch some more Zs. It’s in a really handy little tube and only costs £2.99!

This Benefit Blush in Dandelion was the first Benefit product I bought, although I’ve been using the Hervana shade recently. As it has almost run out, and as it’s supposed to be summer, I rummaged around and pulled out this old faithful again and I have been pleasantly surprised. 

I went through a phase last year of being totally obsessed with nail polish, buying any new colour I could get my hands on. However, I have since realised that skin tone is key in picking your colours so I’ve dialled my manic buying back a little. I bought this 60 Seconds Super Shine Rimmel nail polish in two colours, but this is my favourite. It’s called 430 Coralicious, and is a lovely bright orangey red that is perfect for summer. It does have white an old fashioned finish, being shiny, but slightly glossy nails are actually ok as long as they don’t look like gels. 

Finally, the Rimmel Glam’Eyes HD shadow pallette. I’m afraid I don’t have a colour description, but the range itself is great. I also have a silvery, grey version which has a shimmery ochre shade in the centre. These are brilliant for creating a good blended eye look without needing to pack too many different products if you’re out and about, though I did use a different brush to apply these. The pinks give a more subtle look, but that’s what you want for day time really. 

 Right, I think that’s quite enough to deal with in one go so I’ll bid you goodnight and return with the other things tomorrow! 

Update: I’ve just realised this is my 50th post! Thanks everyone who has liked, followed and commented so far. I’d love to hear some of your summer favourites!