Stocking up for Summer: Beauty Haul

It's FINALLY summer and, for once, the weather has been agreeing with the appropriate season. In celebration of this I took to the town and rewarded myself for a hard year at school (any excuse will do really). Hope you enjoy!

First stop on any shopping trip is the MUA stand in Superdrug - no argument.
These are my ultimate lip product of all time and possibly my favourite beauty product of all time too due to their fantastic longevity, pigmentation and texture. I finally managed to pick up two shades missing from my collection: Quick Smooch - a clear but sparkly gloss and Kiss and Tell - a bold berry pink. Now I only need two more (I think) to complete the set - how exciting!
These blushers were released in 2013 but I was never able to get my hands on the shade I wanted (Bon Bon) in Superdrug - until now! Feeling brave I also picked up the bright pink Candyfloss. It was only £1 after all! From swatching, the blushers seem fairly pigmented but were quite powdery in the pan. I tried out Bon Bon on my trip to the Zoo yesterday (have to look my best for the pandas) and was very happy with the apricot hue as it gave my skin a lovely summery glow. The swatch appears slightly more pink-toned than in real life - my deepest apologies.
I love 2-in-1 products (that work) because they save space in storage and also because I'm lazy. Having tried out the product in mid-brown I am very impressed. At first I applied it with too heavy a hand and had a rather drawn on appearance but after blending it out looked presentable. My second attempt was much more successful and I find the colour great for my cool hair because it's not too warm but more ashy. The highlight is also fab because it's nice and creamy with a gorgeous non-disco-ball-like shine. However, will this take over from my favourite eyeshadow for filling in my brows? Time will tell.
My nails have been neglected recently due to breakages but I feel they are now nail-polish worthy. Tatiana is the name of the faery queen and represents all things pretty and girly, hence this very feminine and pink and sparkly glitter nail polish! Phew. As you can see in the (not so good) close up, the glitter reflects lots of different colours giving it a truly magical feel. I can't wait to get this on my nails!
Now onto some non-MUA items!
£4.99 (currently £2.48 on Superdrug online!)
Usually I am all for "embracing the pale" as I am whiter than snow - verging on blue. However, I've seen this gradual self-tanner pop up on a few beauty blogs I follow and as I usually just burn in the sun and have never had a full-on tan, I wanted to see if it would work and what I would look like! I bought both shades; one for fair skin (like me) and one for darker skin. So far I have used the one for darker skin for faster results. Day 1 was good but day 2 (today) I am noticing patchy and streaky areas - not so good! Expect a full review as soon as I have put it through all my testing techniques!
To conclude: a lovely mixture. I did consider numbering each product but I have faith you're capable of matching image to product name (and also I forgot).
I have read about all the fantastic benefits of coconut oil both internally and externally and, with a 3 for 2 offer currently on at Boots I picked up a 100ml pot of the good stuff. However I did just notice it is body oil and contains a few other ingredients which means I probably can't ingest it... Ah well - at least it smells nice.
Spray deodorants make me sneeze horribly so I stick to roll-on/stick nowadays. This may be a little tmi, but I absolutely hate when deodorant just doesn't dry in and you're left with disgusting, slippy wet armpits - bleurgh! I have faith in NIVEA with their powder touch and promised quick drying effect. Fingers crossed.
Lately my hair has been limp, dull and lifeless - I blame summer. Having read good reviews of this mousse I decided to give it a go. In fact, I'll think I'll try it tonight after my shower - wish me luck!
If you've read My 5 Favourite Beauty Products post you will know that I am in love with Blistex - this lip balm in particular. It gives such a subtle but beautiful "my lips but better" rosy tint, smells (and tastes) sweet like strawberries, has SPF and contains lovely vitamins and oils! What more could you want in a lip balm?! Go buy it now!!
This lip balm is another firm favourite of mine due to the absolutely delicious taste. Raspberry/rose/pink lemonade is my favourite drink of all time and now I can have it every day while keeping my lips smooth and soft! The zingy flavour is just perfect for summer and I can't wait to start wearing it again.
The last (and probably least exciting) item in my haul is kirby grips, or hair grips, or clips etc. (for £1.39). I am forever losing all mine no matter how hard I try to return them to their home at the end of the day.
That concludes my little haul - I am very excited to try all my new purchases out and look forward to sharing further thoughts on some with you!
In other exciting news - one half of my hair dye arrived this week!
No, Mairi, that is not hair dye it is Kool-Aid. You drink it not put it in your hair geeeeez.

Actually, non-existent being, it can be both! But don't worry - I'll keep you posted!
What do you think of my haul? And what are your thoughts on fake tan?! I really am interested in your opinions!

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