As soon as we arrived in London, I stopped at Boots and Superdrug to pick up toiletries for the trip. I don’t bother bringing these things because it saves space in luggage (and gives me an excuse to go and poke around Boots, haha).
I bought the Ogx shampoo and conditioner which is what I normally use at home but decided to try the Argan Oil of Morocco shampoo and Brazilian Keratin Smooth conditioner instead of the usual Coconut Milk. Both were nice, particularly the conditioner – it left my hair feeling very soft and well conditioned. I still prefer the Coconut Milk formula but these travel sized options are great for trying out other versions without committing to the full size. I’ve never actually seen the travel sizes in Canada.
I couldn’t find any Bioderma micellar water for makeup remover so decided to give the Garnier Skinactive one a try as it’s blatantly packaged to look like Bioderma. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that it’s very similar! I don’t think I’d be able to pick the difference in a blind test to be honest. Given the affordable price point, I’m giving serious consideration to switching over to the Garnier version.
Boots had 3 for 2 on Bourjois and I needed some concealer and mascara so got those + an eyeshadow. The new Blur the Lines concealer is really fantastic! It’s a cream in a bullet format but as soon as you apply it, the concealer turns into a beautiful powder finish. I was really loving this until people started to comment on how tired I was looking. Now hang on a minute….I know I’m not getting as much sleep as before but how bad did I look? It then occurred to me that perhaps the concealer wasn’t doing as great a job as I thought. After flipping back through some photos, I realized that the concealer was settling into fine lines and looking dry and that was making my under eye area look older and tired. Unfortunately this product didn’t turn out to be suitable for me after all which is disappointing because it’s such a nice formula. This would be very well suited to normal to oily skin types. The mascara however did turn out to be a big success. I love the 3x magnifying mirror on the side….so much that I went back for another! The eyeshadow is a pretty silvery mauve colour but a little too shimmery for every day use so I will save this for an evening over the holidays.
On a side note, Bourjois is a fantastic brand! It’s owned by Chanel and there is honestly very little difference between some of their products like a couple of the foundations. I suspect that a few formulas are the same but obviously the Chanel packaging is much more luxe so you pay for the name and the lovely packaging.
One product that has been on my UK beauty list for a while is the Max Factor Creme Puff blush. I picked up the shade Nude Mauve. Funnily enough although this product isn’t available in Canada, look at the label to see where it’s made! Yes, right here in Canada! Cover Girl is our version of Max Factor but they don’t have the same products available. Also I’ve always felt like Max Factor has a bit more of a grown up, higher quality feel to it. It’s possible that the formulas are the same but Max Factor has a bit more appealing packaging to me personally and the Cover Girl spokespeople tend to be on the younger side.
I was originally going to do just one post on Boots and Superdrug but this started to become the world’s longest post ever. So I’ve decided to split them into two which is also great because if you were thoroughly bored by this then you may want to completely avoid part 2, ha!
Hopefully I haven’t bored anyone though and for those who may have enjoyed this, stay tuned for part 2 on Wednesday!