Monday, 13 April 2015

£15 High Street Challenge | April

£15 high street challenge April
It's that time again for my next instalment of my £15 high street challenge! I was planning on upping the budget to £20 this month, since I needed to return £5 of goods from last months' haul - but what with e.l.f closing down in the UK I'm not confident it'd all work out, get to them and get my money back, so I'm just going to keep hold of it - maybe I'll sell it in a blog sale? :)

This month my haul was from - they had a 3 for 2 offer on where you get the cheapest item for free which is how I was able to get 3 decent products for my £15.  If you're not familiar with why I started this challenge, it was because when looking back at my 2014 posts, I realised nearly all of them were PR samples.  I wanted to bring items I've bought myself back to the blog, but since I'm on maternity pay I needed to keep the budget down (hence the £15).  My goal is to find 3 pieces of makeup on the high street for about £15 each month.  If you want to see my previous months' challenges, just have a look here.

April challenge purchases

After seeing a lot of people talking about the new L'Oreal Infallible foundations, I thought I'd give them a go - I love reviewing foundation (that and mascara are my favourite to review).  I've also had my eyes on the Maybelline Coloursensational Elixir for a long time and decided to pick one of these.

If you're one of the many people who requested an Essence haul for one of these, don't worry - I've taken what I earned from my mummy blog last month (only a little bit) and put it towards a decent-sized Essence haul too which will be on here in the next few days, as well as individual reviews.

Here's what I picked up:

L'Oreal Infallialbe 24hr Matte foundation in 10 Porcelin - £6.99
I'm a big fan of matte foundations but I do struggle to find one that really works for me - my Makeup Forever HD foundation is the closest I've found (it's seriously amazing!).  Since this arrived on Saturday, I have worn it once (yesterday) and well, I'm not sure how I feel about it just yet.  Obviously this is just a first impression, but it did highlight dry skin, I wouldn't say it was very good coverage - it classes itself as heavy but I'd say it's much lighter than that.  It also didn't set that well (something I often find with L'Oreal foundations).  But, 6+ hours after applying it, a little creasing aside, it looked pretty decent.  It's not a patch on my Bourjois Radiance Reveal Healthy Mix foundation, I think this one makes me look older, but I'll give it a few more go's and see what it's like.

L'Oreal Infallible 24h Foundation in Vanilla - £9.99
My biggest mistake here was picking the 2nd lightest shade, it's too dark, I should have gone with Porcelin (the same as the matte foundation) as that is the closest.  That aside, I will still give it a go and see what it's like, it'll just have to be on days when I don't leave the house :P  Maybe these are more contenders for blog sale stuff?  I'll be back with a full review of all of these over the coming weeks.

Maybelline Coloursensational Elixir in 710 Rose Redefined - £6.99
For ages now I've seen people talk about these, some love them, some not so much.  For me this was more of a 'this will look pretty with my other lipsticks' purchase - I love the packaging and I didn't realise that the colour you see there is plastic, I thought it was the actual product, but sadly it's not. Ah well! We'll see how I get on with this - what do you think of the Elixirs?

Overall it came to £16.98 (not including delivery) as I had one of the £6.99 items for free. Not bad really - but did I pick well!?

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