Boyfriend’s Beauty Buys


So I wasn’t too sure what to call this post but I’m pretty happy with the title. I decided I wanted to do a beauty post but wasn’t too sure what (and I’m pretty broke) so I  thought I’d have a little fun. I sent my boyfriend to Superdrug with £20 to buy me some new makeup to do a full face with. I thought this would be a fun way to try out some new products and to see what he’d pick if he was put in that position.

I feel I should say as well Superdrug had some great offers on including 3 for 2 on makeup and 10% student discount so all of the makeup purchased came to £14.99 (not bad at all, aye?)


It was an interesting experience to say the least. He came out with a foundation, eye shadow palette, liquid lipstick, liquid eyeliner, mascara and a nail varnish. When I asked him why he chose these items he said ‘they were pretty cheap and some looked cool’ – just what you want from makeup, aye? He also said ‘I didn’t know what other stuff you put on your face other than this’.

I’d not previously used any of the products he had purchased me for so it was fun to try out. I’m going to talk about the different products and show how they looked when I used them on my face.

So, here it goes.

Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation (Ivory) – £5.99

This one felt really nice on my fingers when I first tested it so I felt hopeful but as soon as I applied it to my face I hated it. It had a really thick consistency and just felt really heavy on my face. This one kind of reminded me of Maybelline’s dream matte mousse that was all the rage when were in school. I felt like this product was already starting to go streaky on my face as I was doing the rest of my makeup. I don’t know if I wasn’t applying it right or what but I just didn’t like how it felt on my skin at all. Also the shade was way too dark for my skin (I tried to get a picture but it wasn’t showing up great on the camera.

MUA Bright Eye shadow Palette  (Silent Disco) – £4.00

You can see from the swatches on my arm that some colours are more pigmented than others, I definitely found that some seemed to have better colour pay off than others. I did find the palette itself quite difficult to open, not sure if this is the packaging or just the one that I purchased but it’s got a very stiff clasp. The eye shadows themselves did feel a little chalky and a little hard to blend but after building the colour and persisting with the blending I did really like the end result. For £4.00 I think this palette is actually really good, the pigment in the colours that I used was surprisingly good.

Miss Sporty Studio Lash Liquid Eye Liner (Extra Black 001) – £2.79

I wasn’t too keen on the applicator of this liquid eyeliner, it was just sort of a really long bit at the end to apply the eyeliner with (not sure what the technical word I’m looking for is hehe). I felt like there wasn’t enough product on the applicator either so when I applied it, it looked a little thin on my eyelid but after building it up a bit it wasn’t too bad. This eyeliner was okay for the price, I’d say one that’s good for beginners that want to experiment with makeup.

Miss Sporty Fab Lash Mascara Curved (Black) – £1.99

I was actually really surprised by this one. For the price I was expecting it to be either really clumpy or like a watery formula but I have to say that I was really digging the way it made my eyelashes look. They weren’t all clumped together and they actually looked really long and voluminous (even in the picture you can see how long my lower lashes look). I’m very impressed with this mascara, definitely worth trying it especially if you’re on a budget.

MUA Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquer (Splash) £3.00

I don’t know what possessed him to buy this shade (Splash) out of all of the ones they had but guess it just makes it a bit more exciting. At first I was really excited about this one, even though the shade is out there I had wanted to try a blue-y toned liquid lipstick for a while. I feel like I already knew what was going to happen before this even touched my lips. I did really like the shade but it was so drying, it just clung to my lips and made them feel like sand paper (and it was so difficult to get off).  Also for some reason it just went everywhere when I was trying to apply it.

Barry M Molten Metal (Blue Glacier) – £3.99


Love nail varnishes and especially love BarryM nail varnishes. I haven’t tried it on all my nails yet (only on a couple) but I do love this colour and have had a very positive relationship with BarryM’s nail varnishes in the past.


I really hope you enjoyed reading this post and that I didn’t ramble on (too much). I really enjoyed writing this post and thought it was such a fun thing to do. Would love to hear what you thought about it and if you would ever consider doing the same.


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  1. August 30, 2017 / 8:50 pm

    He honestly didn’t do too bad of a job! I really like the way the mascara looks on your lashes, it would definitely be worth the two quid 😀

    • August 30, 2017 / 9:24 pm

      I know right, he did alright to be fair 😸 thank you, yeah I really liked it! Was so surprised how good it was for the price 😻

  2. August 31, 2017 / 5:06 am

    Love what you did with the eyeshadow!!

  3. August 31, 2017 / 7:03 am

    Grace what a great idea for a post, it made me chuckle at the thought of him carefully choosing the items for you x. You did a fab job with those eyeshadows, pretty xx

    • August 31, 2017 / 10:44 am

      Thank you, It was really fun to do 🙈 I know bless him, he was feeling clueless but did well x thank you Kerry xx

  4. December 28, 2017 / 3:29 pm

    That’s such a cool idea – I wonder whether I can persuade my boyfriend to do it too? I think it’s a great way to try out new things and he did well with the mascara and nail varnish 🙂

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