Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation in 402 Bronze:
I've been going for some sun beds (naughty me) in preparation for some parties I'm going to over Christmas, so the only foundation that matches me is my MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NC40 which I no longer like. My skin isn't perfect, but I only get the occasional spot which I can easily cover up with concealer, so I've been recently drawn to lighter coverage foundations. I've seen Youtubers like Tanya Burr and Fleur De Force mention the Rimmel Match Perfection foundation in recent videos so I thought I'd give it a go. Luckily, the Asda that I work in has a Rimmel counter and it is only £4.98 which is £2-3 cheaper than in Boots or Superdrug, plus I got my staff discount which took it down to about £4.50. It claims to be a 'Light Perfecting Radiance Foundation' which I definitely agree with - it matches my skin tone perfectly and gives me a glowy finish.
Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream in Medium:
My second monthly favourite is also a base. I have been eyeing this BB cream up for months, after seeing Youtuber Carli Bybel rave about it in one of her videos. But the one thing that put me off was the £27 price tag. Boots were having one of their points events where you got £12 worth of points for every £50 you spent, so I thought it would be an ideal time to purchase it. I was matched to both Light/Medium and Medium, but I opted for the darker so I could wear it with a tan. It's supposed to be a 5-in-1 BB cream able to prime, perfect, protect, hydrate and control oil. One big plus to the product is that it has Smashbox's primer in it which is supposed to be amazing. The first time I wore this product I knew it was going to be one of my all time favourite products. It really does control oil - no matter how much powder I use with other foundations, I normally find myself with an oil slick down my nose throughout the day - but not with this BB cream! After wearing it for over 8 hours, it still looked as good as it did when I first applied it. Yes it is expensive, but I believe it is worth every penny and will definitely repurchase.
Maybelline New York Brow Drama in Dark Brown:
I've never bothered that much with my eyebrows, accept from filling them in with an Estee Lauder eyeshadow. I find that brow sets are mostly always fairly expensive so I have just stuck to the same thing. However, on a trip to Boots I came across this and for £4 something, I couldn't say no. I still use the eyeshadow to fill in my brows, I just use this product to set them in place and it works wonders.
L'Oreal Lash Architect Mascara in Midnight Black:
I am definitely guilty of mascara hoarding. Apart from my L'Oreal Telescopic mascara, I rarely repurchase the same one twice in a row. I thought I would give this one a go, and have fallen in love with it. It's very volumising and does give some length too, plus I think it's quite comparable to the finish of Lancome Hypnose Drama. L'Oreal mascaras do seem to be the best for me, they are more on the expensive side of the highstreet range being £10+, but I do think you get what you pay for.
L'Oreal Color Riche Lipstick in 461 Scarlett Creme:
Around the Christmas period, Boots start doing gift with purchase for certain brands. If you spent over £15 on L'Oreal you received a gift box worth £28. Normally they fill these boxes with absolute rubbish, but for the most part the one I received was really good! In it I received this Color Riche Lipstick in Scarlett Creme which is the perfect festive red colour. It has a really creamy texture and a slight glossy finish to it. It has good longevity, but failed to remain on my lips after I ate a huge amount at Wagamamas on a Christmas shopping trip. It's definitely one of my favourite red lipsticks, and the fact that it was free makes it even better.
L'Oreal Color Riche Nail Polish in 401 Rouge Pin Up:
This was also included in my L'Oreal gift with purchase. It's also a lovely pillar box red colour ideal for Christmas, plus it applies really well only taking 2 coats for a nice opaque finish.
Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette:
After my 'Shopping My Stash' blog post I have managed to get so much use out of this palette. I'm training myself to wear more eye shadow in the day time, plus I have had a few nights out where I've created some lovely looks with the palette. After seeing some reviews on the recently released Naked 3 palette, I will no doubt be purchasing that too with Christmas money in the New Year.