I did a post about the things I took in my makeup bag for travel over a year ago but I thought I’d do another after going away last week. Some of the things I didn’t use but it’s going to be the same things I’m taking away for family meetups and things in the lead up to Christmas so it seemed like a good time to post one anyway. I’m not normally too bad at packing light when it comes to makeup but I was surprised when I unpacked it all how much I took this time. I tend to go for taking only a few kinds of products but a range of colours in them.
I think that most of these things I’ve posted a review for so I’ll link it if I have so there’s a more in depth post on them and proper swatches if you’re interested in them. Almost everything is still available in stores, I think only the eyeliners might be hard to find but I haven’t found any that I like as much, I am on the lookout for a nice soft bronzey or gold colour if anyone has any suggestions though.
For ages I’ve wanted to try some kind of proper mixing medium for foundation as I like the idea of being able to change your coverage depending on how you feel for the day and being able to change a powder into a kind of liquid foundation seemed like a nice idea too. I have tried mixing with moisturisers but it never really worked so something made especially for it seemed like it might work better. Although it seemed like a good idea I’ve not really been tempted but I saw this Beautiful Me Prime and Create Mixing Medium on the Holland and Barrett site when I was making a recent order and decided to go for it.
The thing that made me consider this one and actually get it is the fact it’s a gel like texture and is supposed to give a matte finish. Also the fact that it’s a primer means that even if I didn’t get on with it as a mixing medium it had another use anyway and I’d recently started to use primers so trying another one of them seemed good as I’ve only used the Benefit one before. This product comes in a 25g jar and costs £20 but I got it in a buy one get one half price offer when I got something else with it. For some reason the site has it listed as Beautiful Movements rather than Beautiful Me as the jar says.
I have had this for a few weeks now and tried it with a range of products. I’ve used it as a primer as well as a mixing medium for foundation, blush and eyeshadows as it says on the website. It does also recommend trying this with lips, I didn’t do this as the silky, dry feeling isn’t what I want in a lip product. It a nice feel for a face product but for me not on my lips.
Before this year I didn’t really buy anything in Holland and Barrett, but after finding the Dr Organic Snail gel range I’ve ended up trying other things from there more. I did a small order, mainly to replace the Dr Organic things but I saw some other bits I wanted to try, I did manage to forget the face masks I originally meant to order as they have some really nice sounding ones on there.
Apart from the two Dr Organic things I haven’t tried any of these before and I haven’t actually heard of any of them before doing the search on the Holland and Barrett site. A while ago I did a pot about travel sickness and someone recommended the ginger sweets from Holland and Barrett so I got a pack of them, the chewy ones as they were the cheapest and said they’re for travel sickness. I also thought I’d give some of the hair care products as I’ve always had a flaky scalp and will always try a new thing for that as most of the others don’t seem to work at all. The couple of beauty products are ones I’ve never heard of seen before but I was intrigued by the one and am trying to find a good foundation. It’s a bit of a mix of everything in here.