I think I have finally finished my Christmas shopping and I am just after a couple of extra bits and stocking fillers but thought I would share some ideas I’ve had so far.

I’ve been very impressed by Superdrug’s Christmas Stocking offerings this year for both men and women, and actually looking at the photo above now, a lot of it did come from Superdrug. They have great makeup bags, pom poms, affordable MUA palettes, affordable bath bits from Sweet Snuggles and Zoella, as well as the Sweet Shop Jars which I have made my way through rather quickly.

Onto hand creams, I honestly think hand creams are Christmas essentials, most women use hand creams, they’re perfect for any age and affordable. They work as great stocking fillers or smaller gifts for people you don’t know too well. Patisserie de Bain have great affordable hand & body lotions but if you’re looking for something a little fancier, then the tinned hand creams are great. The Body Shop tin comes with a nail file or alternatively the Vintage & Co hand cream is affordable but a really good size.

Another great option that every girl needs are hair accessories, hair clips and hair ties. Kitsch do some really cute options but my whole family are loving Invisibobbles and they’re much cooler than normal boring old hair bands so I’ll definitely be throwing some in for them.

Other great affordable options are lip balms like the Dr. Lipp one, The Body Shop Body Butters and face masks such as the Starskin sheet masks- great for some post-Christmas pampering.

Then you have the obvious socks and chocolates, I personally like my stocking to always have a few useful/must have bits like socks as well as fun beauty bits.

What do you most look forward to finding in your stocking on Christmas day?

primark pr pro

Although I hadn’t tried anything from the original Primark PS Beauty range I was still pretty excited to try the new PS Pro range. It’s their more premium makeup range which they claim is  their ‘first high performing beauty range’- big claims so naturally I had to put it to the test.

The press release said ‘Pro is a high quality, advance and technical range aimed at those of us who want to take their makeup regime to the next level’ but since everything was under £5 I was really excited to try it all so here are my thoughts…

primark ps pro corrector primark pr pro lip primer primark ps pro eyelinerThings to skip…

Concealer Palette- just too dry!

Longwear lip Liner Pen- Lip pencils are pencils for a reason, I just don’t understand why you’d use a pen.

Lip Primer- Literally awful, it just broke!

Liquid Eyeliner- Basically like applying your eyeliner with a blunt crayon as it’s so fat.

primark ps pro green correctorThings to consider…

Longwear CC Corrector- There aren’t too many affordable colour correctors out there so it’s great that this one is so easily available. I found it too green on me and made my skin a little cakey but I think it might actually work on someone that has a lot of redness.

Miracle Pencil- Great nude pencil to highlight cupids bow,  inner corner of the eye or line the bottom lash line.

HD Eyebrow Pens- Not too sure what’s HD about them, bare in mind that they’re a little warm, so skip these if you like your brows achy like I do. If you do pick these up then be sure to use a light had and build up your brows slowly as they can look a little unnatural.

Finishing Powder- nothing groundbreaking but it’s nice and does what you want it to.

HD Mascara- It’s a little clumpy but it does add volume and lift, not my favourite mascara but definitely not the worst!

primark ps pro foundation review primark pr pro lipstick primark ps pro primerThings to try…

The foundations- I’m not saying this is as good as Chanel and Nars but it’s also 1/6 of the price at just £5. It has decent coverage, better than highstreet shade range and I think would work particularly well on dryer skins.

Illuminating Primer- I can’t really comment on the other primers as I haven’t tried them but the illuminating one if surprisingly good! I don’t think it really prolonged the longevity of my makeup but my skin look more radiant and healthy with this on.

Lipsticks- The lighter shades are beautiful and would highly recommend but if you don’t like non-matte bold lips then avoid these as they aren’t matte.

Pro Universal Lip Pencil- If you like to keep quite a minimal makeup bag then this is a great product to go for and actually a product which is quite difficult to find from other brands.

Lip Glosses- I find that all glosses fade so there is rarely any reason to spend extra ££ on them, again I like nude glosses but would happily wear any of these.

Overall, the range is a little hit and miss but since everything is under £5 you can experiment without a huge investment which is great! Have you tried anything from the new PS Pro Range?

I managed to resist buying the L’Oreal La Palette Nude, even after hearing so many rave reviews as I don’t really need any more palettes but when L’Oreal sent me it I definitely let out a few squeals.

Being from L’Oreal this is a really affordable palette perfect for any beauty lover on a budget, 10 neutral shadow shades for under £15! The packaging is nice; sleek, secure and perfect for travel with a good size mirror. Theres a nice range of shimmers and matte which is really important for me. Formula wise I think it’s really nice but it’s definitely no Urban Decay Palette, the shimmery ones are really creamy, smooth and pigmented but the matte ones are a little bit lighter in pigmentation and not quite as soft. As I only typically use the mattes in the crease I don’t actually find this to be a problem but if you like them all over the lid than it’s something to consider, especially on darker skins.

It’s a beautiful palette but there are a few way I think it could be improved, there are only four shimmers which I think is a shame as they’re much better quality than the others and there are also a couple of shades that I wouldn’t wear and that I almost don’t think fit the palette. That said I’ve heard that the original La Palette Nude in Rose Gold has a few more shimmers so would potentially work a little better. 

I have a few other drugstore palettes that I never reach for but I think this is one that I may keep and use from time to time. If you’re on a budget and looking a palette that offers more options than the typical quad or just want a palette to experiment with without have to invest £35+ then I would still say this is worth have a look at and considering. 

What is your favourite eyeshadow palette? Have you found the perfect drugstore one?

If there is one thing I like to splurge a little on it’s skincare, as I think it usually does the job a little better but there are a few drugstore products I absolutely love and reach for as much as my highend lotions and potions.

Garnier Micellar Water, £3.33
 I actually hate almost every miscellar water I have ever tried, they dehydrate my skin but the Garnier one doesn’t affect it at all so it’s my go-to when I want to remove my makeup before cleansing or need to touch up during the day.

The Body Shop Vitamin E Face Spritz £8.50
This has to be my favourite travel friendly face spritz as it comes in a lightweight plastic bottle but its great to set makeup and I just love the calming scent during a stressful day or in the evening. This product always comes on holiday with me as I find it to be the perfect refreshing product on a hot day. 

Super Facialist by Una Brennan Intense Moisture Mask £8.99
When my skin if feeling dehydrated and a little irritated than this is the mask I always go for as I find it hydrates my skin whilst adding a beautiful glow too. I love that it is also very fast working, within 5 minutes my skin is rehydrated and ready for makeup. 

Embryolisse Lait Creme £12.99
This is the perfect basic moisturiser when I want a no-fuss product that will still leave my skin looking great, it’s probably a little too heavy for an oilier skin but works great on my normal/dehydrated skin. 

Superdrug Clearly Youthful Blemish Treatment Gel £6.99
A recent addition to my skincare regime, I apply it before bed on any blemishes that may have come up during the day and the blemish would have almost completely disappeared by morning. 

Would love to hear your picks too…

Last year saw the launch of Sam’s Pick of Real Technique brushes and this year with Nic joining Real Techniques they have realised her picks. In my opinion Real Technique Brushes are my absolute favourite and I recommend them to everyone, I just wish they had been about 6 years ago when I was starting my own brush collection. I remember always wanting good quality brushes but simply not having the money as a sixteen year old to afford MAC and I am so happy to see that they have made a core tool of the trade so affordable to everyone without compromising on the quality. 
In Nic’s picks there are five brushes all with a beautiful silver, sleek looking handles; three of which are exclusive to the set. The two brushes which are already available are the Duo-Fibre Powder Brush and the Base Shadow Brush. If I had to pick a least favourite it would probably be the powder brush as I found it shed a little and isn’t very dense but still works perfectly for a light dusting of powder, blush or bronzer. In contrast my favourite is the base shadow brush which is perfect for adding depth to the eye but equally is great for blending, packing on colour or even buffing in concealer. 
The set exclusives are the Cheek Brush, Angled Shadow Brush and the Eyeliner Brush. The cheek brush is quite dense allowing you to build colour quite quickly and the perfect tapered tip allows it to be used for contouring. The angled shadow brush is designed for crease work but I found it worked just as well to apply a light wash of shadow and the eyeliner brush is perfect to add a flick to liner or even to apply shadow under the lash line. 
Although this probably isn’t the most essential Real Techniques set, it’s a beautiful addition to any make-up lovers collection. They are limited edition so it’s worth ordering them sooner rather than later to avoid being disappointed.
They retail for under £30 (which is pretty amazing for 5 quality brushes) from LookFantastic, Feelunique and other Real Technique Stockists.
Which Real Techniques set is your favourite? 

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