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In the past week I have accumulated 4 new primers, now although I am a sucker for primers I feel this is slightly over the top, even for me! However, 2 of them are samples and were free so you know, that makes me feel better haha! 

I couldn't pass up trying the much raved about Nivea Men's Post Shave Balm. I've heard so many people say this works as well as, if not better, than high end primers and you get 100ml for around £5 which is a bargain. I've only tried this a couple of times, but keep your eyes peeled for a review! Now I was given these Benefit primers for free by a lovely girl on the Benefit counter, as they didn't have the Porefessional primer sample alone so instead I got an extra, which was kind of her! 
Finally I picked up the Collection Primed & Ready Mattifying Pore Minimising Primer (wow that's a mouthful) as it's a new addition to Collection's range of primers and I chose it because of the added Witch Hazel. Similarly to the Post Shave Balm I've only tried this a few times so watch out for a review!

Have you tried any of these primers yourself?

I can't help but make mental lists of makeup I want, and today I'm sharing the drugstore edition. As much as I'd love to splash out on Hourglass, Laura Mercier and Urban Decay it's not practical as I'm a student on a budget! However, drugstore wishlists are more realistic for me and there's a few products I'm lusting over.

I recently read Adrienne's review of the new Collection primers over on her blog (which you can read here) so I knew I had to try them. Along the theme of primers, this NYX Honey Dew Me Up primer caught my eye as it looks different, and the bottle would also look pretty on my desk ha! I'm also intrigued by L'Oreal's Fixing Mist as it's just been released here in the UK and I've seen Youtubers and Bloggers from over seas raving about it. I've read quite a few positive reviews about NYX's Contour Kit and how it's also suited to pale skin tones which is perfect for a pale gal like me. Finally I noticed that Bourjois released a new concealer that sounds like it would be moisturising as well as providing coverage, perfect combination (on paper at least). 

Have you bought anything from the drugstore recently?

We've all been there when we wake up late or our beds are just too cosy to climb out of and you realise you only have a few minutes before you need to run out the door. Well, this makeup look is the one I go for when I only have 5 minutes to get ready. I swear by all of these products and would recommend them all to everyone!

L'Oreal Infallible Primer (post) is my go to primer at the moment as it provides me with a smooth base for my True Match Foundation (post) and increases the longevity of my makeup too. I've also been using the ELF Eyebrow Kit (post) for years (obviously not the same one!!) and I love it. It comes with a gel and powder, but I've used all the gel so using the powder. Finally for my face I like to use the Soap and Glory Solar Powder which I bought just after Christmas and have been loving it since. I'm really pale and it doesn't look orange on me which is great.

For my eyes I keep it really simple and apply the Maybelline Colour Tattoo in On and On Bronze (post) all over my lid and then follow that with a few coats of my current favourite mascara, Maybelline The Rocket Mascara (post).  

I said I keep my eyes simple, but lips are even quicker. I just apply the Primark Lip Liner (post) all over my lips. Unfortunately these don't have shades or numbers but this is a 'my lips but better' colour.

What are your fail safe makeup products for when you're in a rush?

p.s. I'm 21 tomorrow and it's so scary (but also exciting!!).

In a two days I'll be turning 21, on Thursday to be exact. It's quite an odd feeling, I'll technically be a 'real' adult (even though that was also meant to happen when I turned 18) and I don't feel like I'm ready at all.

I don't really know where this post is going but in my head I'm sort of just screaming that I can't believe in almost 21?! Haha! I remember being in school and thinking 21 year olds had their lives together and were organised, knew what they were doing with themselves etc where as half the time I can't find a pair of socks to wear!! 

I'm going out with my friends and boyfriend the night before my birthday and then going to an indoor trampoline centre on my actual birthday which I'm looking forward to. I'm also going home this weekend so I can see my family (and cats) and go for a meal which will be lovely!

Any advice for me turning 21?! (Haha, what an odd question to leave my post on). 

I've had a really lovely weekend so I thought I'd share a few photos with you. 

1 // My boyfriend and I found a cute little cafe in town called La Vita Caffe and I had the biggest and delicious breakfast. Best way to start a Saturday in my opinion. 

2 // We went for a walk around the common and it was really pretty and a nice way to spend some of our Sunday free noon. 

3 // I don't think you can read it properly but it says 'Titanic - the new version'

4 // Shrimp and Burger is amazing, that's all I have to say. I had the Louisana without cheese this time (I usually have a chicken bun) and it was so tasty. 

5 // Coffee with the cute cafe mentioned previously. 

6 // And again another snap from the cue cafe that it appears I'm a little obsessed with haha! 

What did you get up to this weekend?

I'm always on the look out for a bargain and I've found a few ways to save money on beauty products and today I'm sharing those with you. I find that if you look around a little you can find such good bargains in Poundland and Primark and I'm all for that. 

- Deodorant 
- Shower gel
- Shampoo & Conditioner - I even found Lee Stafford shampoo and conditioner in my local shop the other day!
- Nail Varnish Remover
- Cotton Buds
- Toothpaste

- Cotton pads - (they're only 50p a pack!)
- Tweezers
- Eyelash Curlers
- False Eyelashes
- False Nails

I will add, with the beauty products I buy from Poundland, they are all brands such as Colgate, Dove, Simple and Nivea etc. This is why they're such a bargain as you could find the same products in Boots, Superdrug or Tesco but Poundland is a fraction of the price.

What beauty products do you save money on?

I love mascara as I feel it's the one product that really changes how I look. I remember quite some time ago there was a lot of hype around Maybelline's The Rocket Mascara but I only started using it in December when I mentioned it in my December Makeup Mixup. I've loved it ever since. 

I've been really impressed with the volume that this gives my lashes, as well as lengthening them at the same time. I can't fault the formula as it lasts on my lashes all day without flaking or smudging. As you can see from the photo above, the brush is quite big and plastic, but I'm not particularly fussy when it comes to mascara wands. The bristles vary in length which I think enables the wand to get to all of the lashes and coat them.

Overall, I've been loving this mascara and I actually quite like how the packaging stands out in my makeup bag and brightens it up.

Have you ever tried The Rocket Mascara, or any other Maybelline mascaras?