But I've been pleasantly surprised the last few times I've been in. There's a really good range of brands with a lot of shades available. I went in for some Co-lab dry shampoo and some eyeliner - naturally I came out with twice as many things!
Co-lab Extreme Volume dry shampoo
I've heard so many good reviews of Co-lab's dry shampoos. I was excited to try one that didn't leave a white powdery residue, making me look prematurely grey. I was restrained enough to keep using the stockpiled Batiste dry shampoo I have, but when I learned that Co-lab has a volumising range, I knew I had to get my hands on it. I don't know how this compares to their non-volumising range, but I'm seriously impressed by it. The Extreme Volume range gives a good amount texture and hold, giving the hair a nice piece-y texture while still soaking up greasiness. The fact that it sprays on clear makes it much quicker and easier to use - no more asking my boyfriend if there are white patches on the back of my hair.
£2.49 for 50ml; available at Superdrug
Rimmel 60 Second Super Shine nail polish
£2.99 for 8ml; available at Superdrug and Boots
Bourjois Smoky Stories eyeshadow in Rock This Khaki
I'd been after a green eyeshadow for a while but had never found the right one. I wanted a deep, matte khaki shade. I finally found it with the darkest shade in this Bourjois palette. Although I bought it for one shade, I've found the lighter matte shades really lovely. The shimmer shade is a bit of a let down - the glitter gets all over the place and it's not very pigmented. However, the texture of the three darker shades rivals high-end shadows. They're smooth and buttery and they blend wonderfully. As you can see from the photo, the darker two shades have a brown base, which makes them less 'full on' than a lot of coloured shadows. As someone who usually sticks to brown and bronze shades, these remind me of how wearable coloured shadow can be. The dark greens look amazing with a plum lipstick; a soft dusky pink will look great with all of them.
£7.99; available at Superdrug and Boots
Collection Fast Stroke eyeliner in Black
After Kate of gh0stparties gave this eyeliner a great review (and looked so amazing in it) I'd been wanting to give it a try. It's one of the most foolproof liners I've ever used (the other being Rimmel's Scandaleyes Micro Eyeliner, which has a tiny little nib but dries out quickly). After using crayons and felt-tip style liners for a long time it was strange to use a liner that actually feels 'wet' on the lids. It does take a little while to dry, but once it's set it doesn't smudge or flake. The liner is a dark, dense matte black and the little nib is wonderful; it has just the right amount of flexibility, drawing a smooth, precise line.
£2.99; available at Superdrug and Boots
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