Collective Haul: Skincare & Makeup

I have been MIA for a while and what better way for a comeback than a Collective Haul ft Skincare & Makeup?!  I have been into skincare lately and I have always been into skincare but this time, it’s a whole new level. Since the addition of acid toners in my routine plus the mini heatwave we experienced this summer, I have stepped up my skincare game! The drugstore has some pretty good, effective and affordable skincare products so I have been trying my hands on some new goodies

First Aid Beauty, for the longest time I wanted to get something from this brand, in particular the two items I got: the Facial Radiance Pads and the Vitamin Hydrating Mist, FeelUnique had a sale on these and I had my £3.95 voucher, add to cart!


Mario Badescu Facial Spray & Nyx Dewy Mist– its official, makeup setting sprays are my weakness! This one from Mario Badescu has been on my hit list for a while, I just thought it was more expensive than its actual price, but never looked into it until recently. Nyx Dewy Mist – I must admit, it was a hype purchase because I found out Nyx has a counter in my local Boots and I have a discount card for Boots!


Ben Nye Topaz & Max Blot Powder– I had run out of my pressed powder (Sleek) and wanted something different. I wanted to try the MSF powders from Mac but I wanted something with next to nothing colour. This BLOT powder from Mac is amazing! It has 2% pigment which is next to nothing so it doesn’t add to your foundation – it’s perfect if you don’t like full coverage like myself. It does amazingly well at taking away oil! Ben Nye Topaz has been raved about for a while but I never took any interest in it. My girl from work convinced me, gave me sample then her me her almost new powder because it didn’t suit her well actually she preferred the Sacha Buttercup and the rest is history………………..


Water Sprays- acid toners means neutralisation afterwards and even though my acid toners are not quite strong to require this step I love the feeling of misting my face with fancy water in a can. Caudalie Grape Water & La Roche Posay Thermal Spring Water are re purchases. I decided to try the Vichy Mineralizing Thermal Water too


ColourPop- they finally have international shipping which may not be worth it because you actually have to pay tax. Anyway I got two items from the KaePop collections and two of the satin lips which I actually don’t like




Milani Baked Blushes– even though I wanted my first item from Milani to be their Liquid Lipsticks, I went for the baked blushes. Very shimmery but still nice on


Shea Moisture Mud Mask– ever since I heard of their skincare collection, I have been wanting to dip my hands in them. Living in the UK means I miss out of a lot of goodies but thanks to MyLuxeBeauty, you can get this and other hard to get products here


Mielle Organics Mint Oil– my second bottle of this stuff. I love everything about this and it actually works!Finally, eye care samples I got from FeelUnique and the Naturally Brightening eye cream from Superdrug.


I have been loving the Clearly Youth Serum from Superdrug, second purchase and I really love it! Also picked up the Botanics night cream from Boots


That’s all folks! I can’t wait to bring you reviews on these products! Make sure you follow me on Instagram for all the latest products. I am finally on Snap Chat – itssarahfynn

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Top Drugstore Blushes

I love drugstore makeup! The drugstore actually has some pretty good brands and products that are excellent value for money! Blushes are one of those makeup products that can add or take away from your whole makeup look. For women of colour, we have to choose colours that compliment our skintone without making us look ashy or like a clown.

My top 3 picks for drugstore brands that make a range of colours and are very affordable are Sleek, Barry M and Elf Cosmetics. Between them they have so many colours which are really pigmented and are budget friendly! I have swatched the blushes I own from these brands so you can see them against my skintone.

Sleek Blush by 3 palette priced at £10.00, Individuals priced from £4.49

sleek blush by 3



I love Sleek Blushes because they are really pigmented. In my picture, I only used one swipe! These palettes are also great for travelling, it has a large mirror and a shimmery shade which can be used as a highlighter! The Sleek website frequently has offers going on, be sure to sign up for the newsletter. I bought all of mine in a sale!

Available from Sleek

Barry M, £4.99

Barry M blush 4

I fell in love with this blush after I saw it on one of my girls! A little goes a long way with this blush! Many a times I have been heavy handed and ended up looking like a clown! It’s very affordable too.

Available from Superdrug (if you hurry, Superdrug has a 3 for 2 offer on all makeup!)

Elf baked blush, £4.50

Elf Rich Rose

Even though it’s a blush, I like to use it as a highlighter most of the time. It looks really nice on WOC. I like to apply this wet by spraying my brush with Mix Plus or the Vitamin E face mist from the BodyShop. This gives it a radiant glow and makes it pop! Excuse the packaging, I have had this for the longest time! Elf cosmetics have a lot of affordable makeup so you definitely have to check them out!

Available from Elf

Other honourable mentions

City Colour Cosmetics

Makeup Revolution

MakeUp Academy


What’s your drugstore blush?