Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Lazy Beauty Reviews: BROO, Clinique, Benefit, Boot No7

Hey, it's that time again where I tell you about the beauty stuff I'm using that I like. The first one, which I was most excited about, was this Korres eye shadow that Marianne gave me:


ONLY IT'S BEEN DISCONTINUED BECAUSE OF COURSE IT HAS. Internal tantrum time. Ugh. I love this shadow! It's such a good highlighter for under the brow and inner eye corner and it's magic is that it's golden rather than frosty white. Want it? You can't have it. Sorry. I'm a jerk. (I will say, Korres makes nice products overall. Have you tried the Lip Butter?)  Okay, okay, here's something you can actually buy:

Stay Don't Stray

I got a mini size of Benefit's Stay Don't Stray and started using it because it claims to be a primer for eyeshadow and concealer. I know I can use regular eye shadow primer under my eyes but it always seems to make my skin look dry and crepey. No good. This stuff isn't drying at all and it definitely helps my concealer to stay longer. I generally only use it on my eyelids if I'm just wearing a little bit of highlighter eyeshadow and eyeliner because the tint in it makes my eyelids look smooth and more uniform. I don't know that it beats Urban Decay Primer Potion for serious eye shadow priming, but it's good stuff for a simple look. 

Clinique Super Strawberry

I got this Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in Super Strawberry as a Sephora perk or bonus or something. It's not a color I would've picked for myself but it's ended up being something of a workhorse for me this summer. It looks nice all by itself but it also layers really well under lip gloss or helps to tone down darker lipstick shades layered over it. It's definitely moisturizing and I love the twist-up fatty pencil. Makes it really easy to apply.

Broo Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner

I got samples of the BROO Hydrating shampoo and conditioner in my Cyclebox a while ago and put them in my samples-to-use box where they sat for months. Recently I've been trying to cut down on ye olde silicone usage (I think it's making my ends all dry and tangly) and dammed if it isn't in EVERY freaking product I use. I dug out my Living Proof Perfect Hair Day 5-in-1 again (decent and silicone-free) and discovered that BROO products have no silicone. I used the samples up and looked around for more because this stuff is GOOD. It smells lovely (warm and vanilla-y), makes my hair super happy and legit has beer in it. Oh, and it's not crazy expensive! I mean. I've ordered full size bottles and will report back.

No7 Melting Gel Cleanser

In an effort to make my super fancy Sunday Riley cleanser (and my slightly less fancy Clinique balm cleanser) last longer, I went looking for something good but not so crazy expensive. I'd been using Cerave Hydrating cleanser as my cheaper option but it turned on me and started burning my face out of nowhere. I've used it forever! Ugh. Anyway, I found this No7 Melting Gel Cleanser at Target and I've been really impressed with it. It feels expensive and cleans my face without stripping or drying out my skin. $10! not bad at all. I've liked pretty much everything I've tried from the Boots No7 line and I always forget about it.

That's it! Now please tell me what products you've been digging lately. 


  1. I've been using a ton of different products lately in an attempt to not looks so haggard. My winners lately have been the Ole Henriksen African red tea cleanser, Tarte Marucuja oil and eye cream, and NYX cream blush. I also really love the Tarte 24/7 eyeliner, but it runs out so quickly and it's expensive.

  2. I like Supergoop CC cream - using it in place of foundation. It has a mineral sunscreen and it wears well. The only thing: it only comes in 3 shades, so it won't work for everyone.

  3. I look forward to hearing about the shampoo and conditioner after you've used them for awhile. I may have to try them! I've been avoiding silicones as well but it's so hard to find good shampoo and conditioner without them.

  4. I just started this skin care routie you follow about 3 weeks ago - less than a week later I got poison ivy and the oil transfered to my FACE from my shirt. It was awful. But I kept up with the skin care and I am very pleased so far. I am glad I switched from the Lush Celestial moisturizer to Neutrogena Naturals multi-vitamin night cream. I haven't pulled the trigger on anything super fancy yet. I don't wear makeup daily - I mean it's a special event if I put on BB cream. I have heard great thigns about the Boots No7 Line as well so I'll be checking it out this weekend. We will also be looking into the BROO shampoo and conditioner.

  5. Boots No 7 is a fancy drug store brand here in the UK, and it drives me nuts that it's so much cheaper in America.


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