I recently posted photos from the London Drugs beauty event I attended. Not only was it one of the most stunning events I've been to, but I was lucky enough to leave the event with some amazing goodies. I've been testing the products out for the last few weeks so I could tell you my thoughts on them. I'm not a beauty blogger but I know what I like, what I don't like, and what it's like to purchase products I never end up using. Hopefully this helps you when you are in the beauty isle. Up first is Maybelline New York!

1. Fit Me Shine-Free Foundation (in classic ivory 120): "Our first gel stick foundation with an anti-shine core. Fresh gel foundation blends to a flawless matte finish. Lightweight powders in the anti-shine core instantly dissolve excess oil"

This was the first time I've used a gel stick foundation and I was pleasantly surprised. It was really easy to apply the correct amount and it felt really lightweight. My skin is on the drier side so I didn't really need the anti-shine core but if you're looking for something to combat shine I think this could do the trick.

2. Color Whisper (in who wore it red-er 45): "Pure color pigments suspended in a weightless gel.
No heavy waxes or oils"

I am not afraid of a bold lip and I thought this was a really great red for summer. The colour was bright and it had a nice shine to it.

3. Volum' Express Falsies Big Eyes Mascara (in very black): "Revolutionary dual-ended Mascara for 360° all around Lash Glam. Two brushes specifically designed for top and bottom lashes. Special quick-dry formula holds lashes in place"

This mascara quickly found a home in my makeup bag. I was not blessed with long or thick lashes and it's something I've always hated. I love any mascara that helps me add volume and length to my lashes without adding clumps. The two brushes on this wand has made it a new favourite.

4. Eye Studio Master Smoky Longwearing Shadow Pencil (in black smoke): "Mastering the smoky eye has never been easier. 2 simple steps: 1) Draw thick line 2) blend with expert smudger ultra saturated pigments in a creamy blendable formula"

This pencil also became a quick favourite. The thick pencil could be intimidating but the smudger definitely helps. It's such an easy way to create a defined eye but if you prefer subtle liner this one isn't for you.

5. Eye Studio Color Tattoo Pure Pigments Loose Powder Shadow (in never fade jade 5): "Only our color-boost pigments create powerful color intensity. Our no-mess sifter guarantees easy application. Stays put up to 24 hours. Dare to wear explosive color."

I haven't been wearing bright eye shadows recently but if you are, this powder shadow seems like it would be a great  addition to your makeup bag. The pigment is really bold and it really seems to stay on for a long time. I didn't test it out in very many weather conditions so I'm not sure how it would do in a humid heat, but it didn't come off my hand with just water (it just needed a face wash) so I think that says something.

These Maybelline products are (or will be) available in the London Drugs beauty department. Oh, and I'm a horrible sister who hasn't shared any of these products (yet) with my sister... happy Jessica? ;)


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