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Tuesday, 12 August 2014

The Body Shop Haul


I love The Body Shop. Always have done since I was addicted to their Body Butters, Colour Crush lipsticks, and Hemp Hand Cream! I love how their make-up isn't tested on animals and for me the products are a nice bridge between drugstore and high-end.
It's 3 for 2 at the moment in there, so I went a little crazy! I did actually pick up 2 bottles of the Instablur primer as well, but I'm going to do a separate post on that as I didn't get on with it at all (how annoying I bought 2 bottles...)

The four products I've bought and love are: All-In-One Blush in 01 Macaroon, All-In-One BB Cream in 02, Honeycomb Bronzer in 03, and Lightening Touch in 03




Macaroon Blush (01). I first read about this blush on EmTalks' blog where she says it is her favourite blush and used in her everyday makeup routine. I'm so not a blush girl myself, I'm all about bronzer. However, I wanted to try this a lot and I took the plunge and I love it! I now use it every day on the apple of my cheeks and blend it into my bronzer.
The Honeycomb Bronzer (03) was something I originally went to pick up in a search for a replacement of my Benefit Hoola (which I do love but it's expensive and running out!). This bronzer comes in 4 different shades so I had to swatch a few but I decided 03 was the most similar to Hoola and would create the nicest contour look with my skintone. You can see I've used this but brand new it has a full honeycomb pattern to it which is really pretty. It's actually so nice to use as a contour as well as an overall face bronzer, and doesn't apply too much product at once- but not too little either. Very buildable and lasts a good amount of time, plus I love the fact it comes with quite a large mirror and it's over £10 cheaper than Hoola.
The Lightening Touch Touche Lumiere (03) In the shop this is labelled as a 'cult product' so I really wanted to try it. I've been after the YSL Touche Eclait or the Mac Prep+Prime highlighter pen in Light Boost for ages, but thought this could be a cheaper dupe. Adding this on top of a creamy undereye concealer (like Collection's) in a downward triangle shape further rids any bags and illuminates the area leaving you with glowy skin that looks like Kimmy K. 
All-In-One BB Cream (02) I genuinely love this, it feels so much lighter and makes my skin look more glowy and fresh than any other BB cream I've tried. It's quite a weird product considering it comes out looking like a white/greyish cream but when you rub it in, the tiny particles in it break down and it colour matches exactly to your skin tone. I thought I'd be the shade 03 but when I tried the tester it came out a bit orangey whereas 02 was more subtle! Love this for good skin days and it's perfect for summer.

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The Body Shop Haul

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Friday, 7 March 2014

I Spent Too Much Money- A Haul.


Hi lovelies! So I popped into town today just to run a few errands and pick up some nude coloured nail vanish (to look all sophisticated for my job interview..) and next thing you know, Boots has lured me in again with their 3for2 offers. Damn it. To be fair, it's been ages since I've actually spent a bit of money, and I've been at home all this week spending every day doing uni work (-a girl needs a break). Anyway, I obviously couldn't help myself and picked up a few goodies, and they're things i've wanted my hands on for a little while now...


HAUL ITEMS: // VO5 Plump It Up blow-dry spray // L'Oreal Privee Signature Nudes Polish // Jemma Kid Make-Up Masterclass // Dior Addict Lip Glow Colour Awakening Lipbalm // Ardel Lashes- Demi Wispies // L'Oreal Miss Manga mascara // L'Oreal Double Extension Renewal System mascara // Bourjous CC Cream // Eyelure Cheryl Lashes.


Vo5 Plump It Up- This is a repurchase as i've used up my last bottle, and for good reason. For someone who tries anything to get some volume into her hair, this is a bit of a necessity. When I come out the shower, I just spritz some of this on my hair and ruffle it in before I blow dry it. It creates volume but I also don't find it makes my hair greasy like some mousses do (I am a fan of volumising mousse for a night out, but I find they can weigh my hair down on second day hair). It's also a heat protectant as well which is great for those who are trying to get their hair into better condition or grow it like me! Next time I pop to Boots I want to pick up some of the L'Oreal Studio Line #TXT spray as I've heard amazing things about the volume it gives your hair.

L'Oreal Privee Signature Nail Polish- So I have a job interview this afternoon (might do a blog post on interviews) and I basically was on a mission to find the perfect nude polish. Nude nail polish elongates your hands and fingers, making you appear more elegant and chic, not to mention it's quite a spring colour and they go with everything. When I went over to the Model's Own counter to try one of their new gel polish lines, the nude to me looked a bit grey and dreary, and not the peach tone nude I has pictured in my head. Over at the L'Oreal section however, they had a full on nude colours nail bar going on, with about 20 different types of 'nude'. The premise is that they are endorsed by celebrities with different skin tones such as Eva Longoria or Freida Pinto and whatever skin tone you have that most closely matches the celebrity, is the nude that will suit you the best. (does that make sense?) Probably made that more confusing that it needed to be didn't I. Long story short, they're lovely polishes and are around £4. The packaging is VERY basic, but the colour range is great and they're nice and long lasting if you apply two coats. Interview nails = check. 

Jemma Kidd Make-up Masterclass- Literally did not need to buy this...but I'm so glad I did. Now anytime I have any makeup queries or want tips or even different makeup looks, I can refer to this beauty bible. It was £22.50 which is a liiittle steep and probably could have got it a lot cheaper off Amazon (where I plan to get the Rae Morris book), but it's huuuuge and beautiful and I've already learnt loads of tips I can't wait to share with you guys. 

Lashes- I can't help it, I have an eyelash addiction and I buy too many. I think that big fluttery eyelashes really make you look more girly and glamourous. So I bought 2 pairs, the all time faves of many beauty bloggers- Ardell's Demi Wispies, and then I also grabbed the Eyelure Cheryl lashes. The Demi Wispies look so natural as they blend in with your own lashes amazingly, but they also create a really flirty look. I love wearing these for going out in the evening or maybe for a date? Secondly, the Cheryl lashes. I just love Cheryl, I could do a whole blog post about her (I probably will), and the fact she's designed them means I'm drawn to them instantly. I used to always buy Kimberley's lashes but recently they seem a bit tame now i've discovered some really good mascaras. Cheryl's are definitely a bit more dramatic,  and I can't wait to wear these on my night out this Saturday for my housemates birthday! 

Dior Lip Glow- While I didn't officially get this this week, I needed to mention it and squeeze it in this post. I got it as a gift from my mum when the Dior lady at the make-up counter did a makeover on me. I thought it was so cool how it goes a different colour on everybody dependent on the undertones in their lips, so it just enhances them and there is no chance that the colour won't suit you. It tastes minty too and is super moisturising which is great for the cold weather we've been having. At £22.50 it's not cheap but I'd definitely ask to try it out if you happen to be browsing the counter to see what colour it goes on you! It goes a peachy pink on me but on my mum it went more red. A glossy moisturised finish is a winner though. 

Mascara- I really needed some new mascara, and I feel like I go through it like nothing else. Due to the true blogger inside me, I do tend to 'collect' makeup and love trying new ones out, so I had to try the new L'Oreal Miss Manga mascara. This promises volumised lashes like those of a japanese doll/anime/manga character thing..you know the one. I'd read good things about it so I decided to pick it up and give it a go. I'm quite impressed with it so far but not an all time favourite due to it's lack of lengthening properties, a good second coat mascara! I also have decided that the second mascara that I picked up, the L'Oreal Double Extension Renewal System, is so underrated. I remember I loved this mascara so much when it came out a few years ago- back when fibre mascaras like this were all the rage. I loved how one of the ends added so much length as well as conditioning my lashes to enable growth, and the other side blackened them and added volume. NO ONE uses this anymore I swear, and I don't get why. I guess it can be more of a faff and it's not a quick application, but either way I remembered I loved this and repurchased. 

Bourjois CC Cream- This has to be the new 'it' product of Feb/March doesn't it. Every blogger seems to have it and love it. The whole BB/CC Cream thing generally does go over my head (although love Garniers BB Cream for combination skin- absolute winner for the summer) but Bourjois foundations are usually lovely and I like how they're usually yellow undertoned like Bobbi Brown ones. I apply this with my Body Shop foundation brush and use the Jemma Kidd recommended technique (see, the book is useful already!!) of really pressing the foundation into moisturised and primed skin to create a more flawless finish. It's lovely and creamy- the only thing I would say is there is only 3 colour options which is really limiting, and I found that I was probably a mix between the fairest and second shade, but I opted with the second shade, I'll just have to keep on top of my fake tanning! I really recommend this to anyone, especially as the coverage is still light so you can look really natural. 



Michael Kors Watch MK-5676. Featuring Fossil Bracelet and my Pandora.
Ah and finally, I have something to tick off the wishlist, and this watch has been on it for about 3 years I swear! Not a lot to say about it except I'm in love with it, I know i've become one of those girls now who has one- I went into a watch shop to get some links removed so it wouldn't slide off my wrist, and the a lady called Tanya who served me said 'I've seen so many of these watches recently, they're lovely aren't they!' Yes Tanya. Yes. In the picture I'm wearing it with my pandora charm bracelet (it's a bit of a faux pas to mix silver and gold together I know, but it's hard to commit to one!) and my goody-coloured Fossil bracelet that I got from my Mum for Christmas, and I think they go really well together.

So that's it, thanks for reading and let me know if you've tried and like/dislike any of the products mentioned! 

I Spent Too Much Money- A Haul.

Friday, 7 March 2014

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