I’m one of those people who pops into Boots for some cleanser and who comes out with a few cheeky little additions to my make up bag. The boy then gives me a look and I have to be like ‘What? They just fell in there!’ I swear boyfriends can be worse than parents sometimes!
Anyhow, the other week I popped in and as well as my face cream, I came away with a couple of other cheeky purchases: a Super Gel Kit from Rimmel, the Smoulder Kohl from Soap and Glory and the Archer eyebrow kit, also from Soap and Glory. Here’s how I got on…
Rimmel Super Gel Kit – Cocktail Passion – £5.99 for the colour and £5.99 for the top coat
Despite loving having painted nails, I have never shelled out for a set of gel nails. Rather than getting into the habit, I’d much rather keep doing my nails myself. I’ve been quite excited about the recent influx of these so-called gel nail polishes from make up brands, but at the same time sceptical as to how they may work. I’ve gotta say, well done Rimmel – yours is so good! I had read some negative reviews online, but for me, this worked a treat. I prepped my nails by just filing them and painting on a base coat. Then I applied the colour. I am in love with the coral pink, it’s perfect for summer! The colour went on well and I applied three coats. I could have got away with two, but applied one more for luck. Once that was dry, I applied one coat of the top coat. The polish dried relatively quickly, and when I went to bed an hour or two later, I didn’t wake up with duvet imprints on my polish like I sometimes do. In terms of durability, I think it’s great. It lasted for about 8 days before I had to take it off and repaint my nails. I’m going to say that for the price, this polish is definitely worth a shot.
Soap and Glory, Smoulder Kohl – Superblack – £4 (usually £5)
I always wear black eyeliner on my waterline and finding one that lasts longer than an hour or two can be tricky. I was excited to try this waterproof one to see if it fared better. Sadly, I reckon I probably only get about an hour longer with it – but maybe that’s because I like it to be properly dark. It is still there, but it fades to more of a grey black, as opposed to properly black. Perhaps I’m expecting too much from the make up world – let me know if you find a good one! That aside, it applies easily and is also easy to remove – something which can always be harder with waterproof products.
Soap and Glory, Archer Brow Tint and Pencil – Brownie – £10
I wasn’t in the market for a new brow kit, but I made a rash decision and decided that darker brows are needed. As this said it had a brow tint, I thought I’d give it a go. A word of advice, (sounds obvious) but check what colours are available before you buy. I bought Brownie thinking that this was for dark eyebrows, however there is actually a Dark Chocolate shade that would likely be much better for me. However this wasn’t in stock when I bought this and so I assumed that Brownie was the darker colour – wrong! The Brownie brow tint is extremely light. I had to try drawing with it on my leg to see if there was actually any coming out. There was, but I’m not convinced that it adds to my brows. The pencil is better and does add some colour, but no different to my Rimmel pencil that I had used faithfully before it. I do want to give this a proper shot, and so I will be snapping up the Dark Chocolate shade next time I’m out.
Are there any drug store products that you’ve snapped up recently?