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Tuesday, 20 March 2012

My Saturday bargain shop!

I love reading about these on other blogs, so I though I'd do my own :)

Saturday was a good day shopping-wise!

Here are the items I came home with:

Will start with the chocolate...mmmmmm chocolate! This was FREE! Courtesy of Hotel Chocolat and their amazing Facebook competition! (Also courtesy of the lovely girls over at Facebook's Beauty Box Swaps who made me aware of this competition!) I came away from the ridiculously expensive shop with a £26 Easter Egg (For my lovely boyfriend which he claimed, so not on the picture!) A £28 box of Signature chocolates and an Easter Egg Selection, worth £12 - so not bad for free!

Then, the shoes....mmmmmm shoes!!!! I headed into New Look's sale shop in Birmingham and came across these beauties for £13. After another rummage, I found a handbag I was after for £8! Both are still full price in the store so I was chuffed! I'm trying to inject a bit of colour into my wardrobe at the moment, so yellow and sky blue will do nicely ;)

Then, No7! One of my favourite brands...

I'll start off by saying I have a lovely best friend who happens to work in Boots, and sssshhhh, uses her discount card for me when I'm with her. I'm not sure of the exact discount amount though.

So firstly, armed with my £5 off voucher, I picked up:
  • No7 Beautiful Skin BB Cream for Normal / Oily Skin (£12.95)
  • No7 Triple Protection Tinted Moisturiser (£12.00)
  • No7 Perfect Light Loose Powder (£11.00)
  • No7 Stay Perfect Eyeshadow in 'Wheatsheaf' & 'Truffle' (£8.00 each)

The first three items I used as a 3 for 2, and I used a voucher as well, which made the cost just under £20, then with my friend's discount = £16 - bargain!

The BB cream is quite nice, but doesn't provide as much coverage as I would have liked. I'm also still slightly oily only a few hours after applying it. The tinted moisturiser I haven't tried yet, but have heard good reviews about it - hence the purchase. The powder I also haven't tried yet, but generally I 'get on' with No7 products.

I went in later with another voucher, and again after that (Joined another queue!) and purchased the eyeshadows at around £2 each :) They're a beautiful colour; and the 'Wheatsheaf' also doubles up as a cheek highlighter.

So roughly £20 for my No7 haul; add on my shoes and bag = £41....not to forget my free chocolate which should have cost £66!

So not a bad shopping day ;)


Friday, 16 March 2012

This week's loves....

What I have discovered, and LOVE this week:

Garnier BB Cream - Miracle Skin Perfector

This adds a lovely glow to your face, and although it doesn't cover all imperfections, my skin certainly looked a lot better! Seen as I only use mineral make up now, it was a nice bit of coverage beforehand. I used the shade 'Light' which was perfect. You can pick up some samples below by clicking the link & reading all about the product :) Superdrug has this on offer at the moment for £7.49. Boots stock the item at £9.99 but there is also a 3 for 2 offer on.

My second love this week is:

The Balm - 'Frat Boy' Blush

I purchased this after hearing a lot about it. The colour is a lovely rosy pink which I have found to stay-put all day! It has no shimmer, so produces a very matte, natural finish. It will last a long time too as you only need to use a small amount :) The packaging is lovely too (Which always has an impact on whether I buy something!) I picked up mine from Ebay as the official site is American. However, the Beauty Box that introduced many to Frat Boy is listed below as a stockist.


Updated list & a few new items!

*Indicates new product


No7 Beautifully Matte Foundation in ‘Blonde’ – Used Twice
No7 Stay Perfect Foundation in ‘Blonde’ - Used Twice
17 Super Wear foundation in ‘Fair’ – Used Once
Elizabeth Arden 8 hour skin protectant (50ml) & lip protectant set *
MAC Volume, Length & Curl Mascara (Used once)
Sephora light touch highlighter in light beige*
Maxfactor smokey eye effect used once.
KISS False Eyelashes – Natural lashes x2*
Estée Lauder soft smudge black eyeliner pencil. Used once never sharpened.
Studio makeup lipstick in tender pink - swatched.
MAC ‘Dark Soul’ pigment (Used a few times but still almost full)
Vinies Luminous Skin Mask sample (Opened, smelt & lid put back on lol)
Sephora eye shadow ‘Catherine no3’ (Used once)
Sephora eye shadow ‘Aspen Summit no23’(Used once)
Rimmel Stay Glossy Lipgloss in ‘My Eternity’*
AVON Anew lash transforming mascara & serum (Used once)
Calvin Klein lip glosses in cocoa sheen and mica*
Accessorize eyeshadow pallet. 1 colour used, 2 more swatched. No applicator.


Elizabeth Arden 200ml 8 hour body moisturiser *
Make Believe Self Tan Lotion 30ml*
Make Believe Gradual Self Tan 30ml*
Mitchell & Peach Shower Wash 50ml*
Bamford body wash*
Bamford body lotion*
Nails Inc ‘Piccadilly Circus’ 10ml*

Monday, 12 March 2012

Another of my favourite brands: Sephora

I've always loved the brand Sephora, so I was really annoyed when they closed all their UK stores :(

I found the brand very high quality, but also very reasonable in price! That's why on my trip to America last year, I found myself in their shops more than once! I have to say, America have some amazing prices for beauty products! Or maybe we're just that expensive here in the UK?!

This is my current Sephora collection:

& I have to say how cheap everything was over there :(

Sephora Color Buildable Cover Complexion Kit

I picked up this set for $22...

Look at all those products for $22!! A little primer, concealer, concealer brush, mineral compact foundation, powder brush and a double sided sponge...whew!!!

The primer is gorgeous! Not oily and really holds the foundation in place. The concealer is thick but covers beautifully (It claims to be able to cover tattoos, but I don't have any to test on!), and the foundation, wow! Only thing that covers my sometimes nasty skin, I tell you!

The other products I have were part of a $7 set - where the hell can you get mascara, lipgloss, eyeliner, eye makeup remover and primer in a set for $7?!

I think I can safely say that I'm in love with Sephora! I wish they would bring their stores back to the UK, or better yet, take me to America?!

Best make my products last :(

Sunday, 11 March 2012

Finally! Got the fake eyelashes on!

The False Eyelash struggle....

Well, I struggle so much with fake eyelashes that I generally go through 1-2 pairs when attempting to put them on, then I just give up! I used to be able to do them fine, but lack of practice has left me with my finger stuck to my eye on more than one occasion!

So, I picked up these little beauties and thought I'd give them a try:

They're not the usual style or thickness that I'd prefer, but to be honest I didn't think I'd get them on anyway! However, the little strings actually do work and hold the lashes in place until they're set! Ta-da!I'd definitely recommend them for people who struggle to get them on and to stick, unless it's just me!?

The brand is: KISS and they do various styles in these lashes, so I'll definitely be investing in some thicker, more glamourous ones for nights out :) Yay!!

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Leonor Greyl Huile De Palme

Leonor Greyl Huile De Palme

I received a sample of this little beauty in a previous Boudoir Prive/Joliebox.

It's a strange little item that hardens when it gets cold, and transforms into an oil when it heats up.

"Leonor Greyl's Huile De Palme is a detangling, softening, protective and beautifying oil for the hair. Huile De Palme regenerates, softens and protects your hair from sea water, chlorinated pool water and aggressions from the sun. Hair is left softer, lengths and ends are well nourished. This product is designed to be used specifically for dry, very dry or damaged hair. However, it can also be used on all hair types if the product is distributed appropriately. Other benefits include: Waterproof - While swimming the hair is protected from contact with water to a temperature of about 77°F. Thus Huile De Palme stays on the hair in low water temperature. Prevents Dryness - Water moisturises keratin, sun strips natural moisture. Hair becomes dry, dull and split ends appear. Regenerates And Softens - The oils formulated in this product have been selected for their softening and regenerating properties. Before shampoo it detangles and softens the hair. Combined with Leonor Greyl's Creme aux Fleurs, this oil can be used as a conditioning treatment to restore health to the most damaged hair. Ideal for: All Hair Types, Sensitive, Dry & Damaged Hair." - Amazon.co.uk
"This product should always be used prior to applying a treatment or a shampoo. This formula uses botanical oils that facilitate detangling while nourishing the hair. Apply Huile de Palme evenly to dry lengths and ends, brush hair to ensure even distribution. The oil should be left on for up to 10 minutes or all night if desired and then use the shampoo suitable for your hair type. The perfect blend to protect and restore damaged lengths and ends." - Leonor Greyl

& there you have it! My hair is very dry at the ends, and often very lifeless! I use this treatment about once a month due to only having a small sample at the moment. Last time I used it, I applied it and left it overnight and shampooed out in the morning. My hair was left very soft and a lot more manageable. I'm definitely going to buy a larger bottle to test it over a few months.


Jolibox - Cheapest I have found - £24

Monday, 5 March 2012

Perfect Skin....

On the hunt for perfect skin - I will make it my mission!

I'm almost 26 years old for God sake, a few wrinkles here and there I'll cope with, but stop with the oiliness and spots!! I'm not fifteen!

I have various products to try so let's hope by Summer I'll have cracked it! (& hopefully I'll find a cracking foundation to hide myself with until then!)