Northern Girl on June’s beauty buys

Since moving to London I’ve tried to save a lot of my Primark/beauty hauls for when I’m back up north so when I went back at the end of May I made sure to stock up on what I would be needing for June. 

  • Silicon brush cleaner – Primark 

A little bit hit and miss for me. I’ve always had two different ways of cleaning brushes depending on if it was used for dry or wet products. This doesn’t work as well as how I normally clean my “wet” brushes but it certainly makes cleaning my dry brushes easier so since it was so cheap I don’t mind keeping hold of it.

  • Silicon beauty sponge – Primark

I can’t believe how late I am to the party but I adore this. I’m such a lazy brush cleaner so this is perfect for me. You don’t lose any product like you do in a brush and you can clean and dry it in a matter of seconds. I’ve only used this so far with my lightest foundation so I’m not sure what it’s like for heavy cover, mousse-like foundation but at the moment my foundation brush is certainly on the back burner. My only criticism? Why do you need 2 in a pack? Who on earth is needing more than one of these? Primark are driving me mad with this at the minute.  A year ago you could get a single beauty blender in a pack now, you need to buy 4. I don’t need 4! Sort it out Primark.

  • Beauty sponge – Boots 

My sister taught me how to bake my concealer when I was last home then I got back to London and realised I didn’t own a beauty blender. Since I couldn’t get one from Primark (see above rant) I just picked up this one from the Boots basics range. It does the job but I’d much rather use a proper complexion sponge that this completely flat one. 

  • Maybelline fit me matte foundation in shade 115 ivory – Boots 

This is my holy grail stage 1 foundation which I use when my skin is near perfect and just needs a touch of cover. It took me ages to find a perfect foundation for me so I’ll continue to go back to this.

  • Maybelline erase concealer in ‘light’ – Boots

Probably the closest concealer I’ve ever had to covering my dark circles beating every colour corrector and ‘specialist’ eye concealer. It takes a bit of patience to get the product on the sponge using the twist mechanism which makes it a little harsh on the skin if you’ve not waited enough but that’s honestly my only criticism. It’s super light, super blendable and I won’t say it yet but it may end my concealer search…

  • Nyx frame and tame brow pomade in shade 04 espresso – Boots 

    I’ve obviously seen everyone’s rave reviews about THAT high end brow pomade but as my brows take such little maintenance I simply couldn’t justify the cost. Normally I just use whichever brow kit is on offer but my sleek palette was crumbling to pieces so I figured it was time for new brows. I had actually intended to just pick up another brow kit but I saw this and knew that I just had to have it and I am so so glad I picked it up. The effect is essentially the same as the brow and wax I normally use except it’s in one handy little pot. The only issue I have now is that I need a new compact mirror as my brow kit was the one I has on me constantly.

    I am obsessed with the RCX nails Insta page; from the amazing colours Rachel creates to the therapeutic pourn videos – I can’t get enough. The second I saw the stunning holographic silver I knew I needed it. I also picked up sand & sea as it’s my favourite shade for summer and the only thing missing from my existing nail collection. I love them both so much that they’ll be getting their own full post next week.

    • Sunflower under-eye patches – Primark

        For the price these were a great little pick up. I’ve only used one out of the two sets but as far as first impressions go, I’m happy. The results aren’t like ‘knock your socks off amazing’ but they did slightly improve my dark circles  (they’re pretty beyond help tbh). I quite enjoyed the feeling of a proper pamper session and I’ll certainly be keeping up with them. It may even become a 2-weekly treat.

        What are your recent beauty pick ups? NG x


        1. Sian Reed · June 16, 2017

          I feel like I need to buy a silicone sponge! I like that it’s easy to clean too! Some fab buys here lovely!

          Sian x

          • Chloe · June 16, 2017

            I definitely strongly recommend. So easy to pick up now Primark have them too! X

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