There are some makeup and beauty brands that I couldn't get hold of in France, and that I've had the chance to try in the UK. I feel like here you've got so much more variety in terms of beauty brands, that's so unfair! But now that I've tried quite a few products available here, I thought I would do a post to share my favourite discoveries.
~ Batiste Dry Shampoo: I know everybody has already heard of this brand of dry shampoo, but I still had to mention it! Batiste has several ranges and prices so that it is easy to find exactly what we want. I usually stick to the basic dry shampoo, and I love the cherry scent - but the oriental one is also great. Dry shampoo is really useful when you don't have time to wash your hair, and Batiste dry shampoos do the job very well!
~ Mattifying Gel Cream, Botanics (at Boots): I had heard good things about the Boots skincare range, so I decided to try out this face cream, targeted at oily skins. I'm quite impressed with it, especially because it does make the skin look matte straight away! The gel texture doesn't seem really moisturising at first, but it is enough for my type of skin. You did well, Boots!
~ Stay Matte Powder, Rimmel: as I've said before, my skin is quite oily so I'm always looking for a good powder that will help my skin stay matte during the day. I've tried many powders and I've never been entirely satisfied with them; until I found the Stay Matte by Rimmel! It mattifies the skin for quite a while, I apply it in the morning and usually I just touch it up a bit in the late afternoon and I'm good for the day! It comes in several shades, but it's really not a foundation so you won't feel it on your skin at all. Great powder if you struggle with oily skin!
~ Lasting Perfection Concealer, Collection: again, a product that we've all heard about. And I can understand why! This concealer is really good at hiding imperfections and areas of redness on the skin. It can also be used as a dark circle eraser, although if the dark circles are too... well, dark, it probably won't be enough to cover them completely. However for the price (not even £5), it is well worth the try!
~ Facefinity All Day Flawless Foundation, Max Factor: I know this is an American brand, but I've discovered it in England because it is not sold in France - so I thought I would include it in this post nonetheless. I fell in love with this foundation, which I mentioned in my current favourites post recently. I love that this foundation helps evening out the skin and covered imperfection, but that it doesn't feel weighty on the skin. It stays on all day, and is good for oily skins because it is light and has quite a matte finish I'd say.
~ Barry M Nail Polish in 'Rose Hip' & Barry M Basecoat, Topcoat and Nail Hardener: I love Barry M especially for their nail polishes, and I've bought many of them because how could I resist them?! They are easy to apply, dry quite quickly and stay on the nails for a few day without chipping. The colour range is amazing, and new ranges are brought out quite regularly. The 3-in-1 base and top coat is great and super cheap, I'm at my second bottle of it and I'll surely buy it again!
What are YOUR favourite British brands and products? I'd love to have opinions and advice on new products to try out! :D