When I was back in the UK last month I made a beeline for Boots and Superdrug to stock up on some of my favourite British beauty essentials. Once upon a time I would have been thinking the reverse – daydreaming about drugstores and Sephora before any trip to the States. Now that I’m lucky enough to have them on my doorstep, I’ve realised that, actually, the UK has some pretty darn good brands that I’m missing out on over here.
Here are a few beauty bits and pieces that I picked up on ‘holiday’, along with a few copies of my beloved British ELLE magazine:
Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvets in Ole Flamingo and Hot Pepper
Mmm… liquid lipsticks, my make-up vice! I haven’t found Bourjois anywhere in the US (I think you can order it online but it seems to be double the price) so these babies were first on my list of bits to buy. I’ve heard great things about them and they don’t disappoint! I’ll definitely be picking up a couple more the next time I’m in the UK, so let me know your favourite shades.
Batiste Dry Shampoo in Tropical
Until an Ulta Beauty appeared in San Francisco two weeks ago, Batiste was hard to find, so I picked up my favourite scent when I was back in the UK. However, it now has competition as I also picked up a little travel-size…
Colab Dry Shampoo in New York
I’ve heard great things about this Dry Shampoo so I wanted to pick up a little can of the stuff when I was back in Blighty, to see how it compares to Batiste. I’ve heard that it doesn’t leave that irritating white residue like Batiste can, so I’m looking forward to giving it a whirl.
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Cool Medium
A bargain multi-tasking concealer that is perfect for under my eyes and any little blemishes. I do actually have a tube of the lightest shade, Fair, to work through, but I wanted to try shade no.2, Cool Medium, as despite my best efforts, I’ve developed a natural tan from living in California.
Sure mini deodorant
Americans don’t seem to be big on aerosol antiperspirants/deodorants, especially miniature ones, and I like to keep one of these dinky deodorants in my bag for trips to the gym and freshening up throughout the day, so I took advantage of a classic 3 for 2 offer in Boots – happy days!
Bourjois Healthy Balance powder in Light Beige
Another product that I’d heard great things about, and since I don’t have a face powder at the moment I thought I’d pick one of these up. I wasn’t expecting it to smell of anything but it has a delicious peachy scent and goes on to the skin so smoothly, which is ideal for warmer days when I don’t want to look super-shiny.
Original Source shower gel in Lime
I’m so unimpressed by the shower gel offerings in the drugstores over here, so I made sure to bring back a couple of bottles of Original Source goodness. The lime one is my favourite scent – there’s nothing quite like starting the day smelling like a packet of green Jelly Babies.
For our next visit I’ve got my eye on the Una Brennan Super Facialist range and restocking my Neal’s Yard Remedies stash – are there any other British beauty essentials you’d suggest I stock up on?