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Monday, 31 March 2014

My Recent Beauty Purchases

This month I have been on one too many shopping trips and yet again came back with waaay too many beauty products than I intended to, what a shock right? Not. I'm completely rubbish when it comes to money and beauty products, I'm thinking of putting myself on a spending ban in April but there are so many new releases come tomorrow. What is a girl to do? 

Anyway I thought today I'd share with you what I've been purchasing over the last few weeks.
My Recent Beauty Purchases
My Recent Beauty Purchases
 Superfacialist Tea Flower Pore Purifying Clay Mask
I am loving face masks at the moment and the Superfacialist range by Una Brennan caught my eye on a trip to Boots. I looked through the whole range but the only face mask that appealed to me was this as it contains salicylic acid which is a vital ingredient for congested acne prone skin. I haven't used it as of yet but I'm hoping it does my skin the world of good. Let's hope!

SEVENTEEN Instant Glow Shimmer Brick in 'Pink Bronze'
I swiped this onto my hand just the once and fell in love. They do have another shimmer brick in 'Gold Bronze' but this shade looks just as good. It's such a beautiful shade. I haven't had the chance to try it out yet but I'm going to be using it as a highlighter throughout the Spring and Summer.

Natural Collection Blushed Cheeks in Sweet Cheeks
There was an offer to receive 50 extra points on my Boots advantage card  so I decided to pick up one of their blushes in the shade 'Sweet Cheeks'. I have been onto the Boots website but it doesn't appear to be selling this shade for some reason but you can pick it up in your local Boots store.  I'm looking forward to trying it out.
I was running out of this so I decided to repurchase another. It's a must in my skincare regime at the moment. This is my 3rd purchase and works great for ridding my skin of all the dirt that is lurking underneath the surface.
My Recent Beauty Purchases
My Recent Beauty Purchases
Rimmel Color Rush Balms in I Want Candy and Make Me Blush
As you may know Rita Ora has her own collection of both nail polishes and colour rush balms in a variety of different shades. I am a huge fan of Rimmels Colour Rush Balms so I couldn't contain my excitement when I seen the new shades that had been released as part of Rita Oras collection, eek. I picked 2 of them up in the shades 'I Want Candy' and 'Make Me Blush'. They're both pretty pink shades and I can't wait to wear them.

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Pink in the Afternoon
 I admit the picture doesn't do the lipstick much justice but I had to pick it up after the numerous mentions of it on Alix's (I COVET THEE) blog. I swatched it just the once and added it straight into my basket without hesitation.

Revlon Colorburst Lipgloss in Orchid
I haven't worn a lipgloss for as long as I can remember, maybe when I was back in secondary school and I haven't worn one since. Maybe it's that horrible sticky feeling on the lips that put me off. Anyway, I was just looking through the makeup aisles and swatched through the whole range of Revlon Colourbust Lipglosses and the shade 'Orchid' just looked so pretty so I picked it up. I'm yet to try it out. Let's hope it doesn't make me feel like I'm 15 years old again.

Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Unapologetic
 I absolutely love the Colorburst matte and lacquer balms so I had to buy another one in the form of the matte balm in the shade 'Unapologetic'. It's a very vibrant pinky/coral type shade and it's so in your face which can scare people off but I personally love it. I am looking forward to using it more often, it looks perfect for this Spring/Summer.

What have you been purchasing recently?
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Thursday, 27 March 2014

Makeup Mistakes | Do's and Don'ts

Makeup Mistakes Do's and Don'ts
Today I thought I'd do a very different post for you. Last month on one of the #bbloggers chats the topic was about our makeup fails and my oh my I have had way too many to mention so I thought I'd compile a list of my makeup do's and don'ts to prevent you from making the same stupid mistakes as my younger self. I'm not claiming to be some kind of expert at all, It's just something I have learnt from my own experience.

Makeup DO's 

1. Use a Foundation that matches your neck. You can either get someone to colour match you or apply a little bit of the foundation to your neck or near your jaw to see if it matches in the natural light.

2. Use a foundation brush to apply your foundation because A. It doesn't contain a lot of bacteria like your hands and B. It gives your foundation the best finish.

3. Blend, Blend, Blend, whether it's your blush or foundation, you don't want it to look like you've just slapped it all on and then left with the 'clown face' or the dreaded line under the jaw, urgh.

4. Use the colour wheel to determine what eyeshadows will suit your eye colour. My green eyes suit shades such as purple, pink, orange, red etc.

5. Deep clean your makeup brushes. This is a biggie! Makeup brushes collect dirt, oils and bacteria. You don't want to spread that on your face do you? I clean my makeup brushes at least once a week.

6. Take it easy on the face powder. It can appear cakey and emphasize your pores rather than make them appear smaller.
7. Define the brows! There are so many ways to do this nowadays. You can get them tinted, waxed or threaded and you can use powder and brow pencil or both if you wish. I shape my brows at first plucking all the unwanted hairs and then apply powder and eyebrow pencil.

8. Apply concealer underneath or on top of foundation to hide those nasty blemishes or cover the redness under the eyes or on the cheeks.

Makeup Don'ts

 1. Don't mismatch your foundation. I'm sure we've all done this at some point or another. I know I did! My foundation used to be at least 1-2 shades darker than my actual skin tone. As you can imagine it looked terrible.

2. To prevent the clumpy 'spider lashes' only apply at least 1-2 coatings of mascara.

3. Do not apply concealer or foundation on the lips. You probably already know this by now but I actually used to think it looked good but it didn't. Use a nude lipstick instead for a more natural look.

4. Do not overdo it with black eyeshadow, it can appear tacky or too dark for a daytime look(leave it for the night time). That was my mistake, aha.

5. One of my pet peeves have to be overplucked eyebrows. Do not over pluck them, your eyebrows are supposed to frame your face.

6. Don't overdo it with your eyebrows whether you draw them on thin or thick it can look really harsh.

7. Do not apply foundation or powder over dry skin as it can emphasize the dry patches. Exfoliate twice a week and moisturize beforehand for a better, smoother finish.

8. Don't apply too much foundation. Less is definitely more no matter how much you feel you have to cover.

 What are your makeup do's and don'ts?
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Wednesday, 26 March 2014

theBalm Frat Boy Shadow/Blush | Review

theBalm Frat Boy Shadow/Blush
I have once again got a new makeup obsession but this time it is not a lipstick, nuh-uh, I've become somewhat obsessed with blushes over the last few weeks and I've fallen head over heels for one in particular, theBalm Frat Boy Shadow/Blush. I first discovered it on one of my favourite bloggers/youtubers(I COVET THEE) favourites videos a few weeks ago and I knew there and then I had to purchase it. It took me a while to make the purchase but I eventually got it (it got delivered on my birthday, what a great surprise!) and I've been using it ever since.

theBalm Frat Boy Shadow/Blush has a great 8.5g of product and it's very versatile, you can use it either as an eyeshadow or a blush but I much prefer to use it as a blush. It is a very natural peachy/pink shade with absolutely no hint of shimmer whatsoever, it gives my very fair skin a lovely subtle, healthy glow. I can imagine it suiting anyone with a different skin tone. theBalm Frat Boy Shadow/Blush is also paraben-free and talc free which is great for people with even the sensitive of skins.
theBalm Frat Boy Shadow/Blush theBalm Frat Boy Shadow/Blush Swatch
It's also amazingly pigmented, you only need a very light dusting of it on the cheeks and you're good to go. A little really does go a long way. It's a very powdery blush so you need to tap a little of the excess blush off and then apply it onto the cheeks to prevent those dreaded clown cheeks.

 In terms of the lasting power of the blush I'd say it lasts for quite a while. It stayed put all day until I took my makeup off which was after maybe 8 hours which is incredible.

The packaging is very sturdy and made out of cardboard and comes in a 'sleeve' just like there other blush products but I think it looks very unique. I do find that the cardboard packaging makes it look a little cheaper than other brands and gives off the distinct impression that it's low in quality which it really isn't. It also has a mirror intact which makes it great for travelling as you can just pop it on as you go along and use for touch ups if you wish. I absolutely love the little line along the packaging, 'so little men, so little time', it's incredibly cute.

You can purchase theBalm Frat Boy Shadow/Blush from Feelunique here for £16.75

 Have you tried theBalm Frat Boy Shadow/Blush?
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Sunday, 23 March 2014

Beauty Products on Trial #1

 Over the last few months I have been on my fair share of shopping trips, both online and offline and I have a few new beauty products to try out over the next few weeks. I thought I'd show you a few of those products that I am trialling at the moment and give you my initial thoughts and impressions on them.

Beauty Products on Trial
Beauty Products on Trial
Beauty Products on Trial

 Aussie Miracle Recharge: Take The Heat
I ran out of my Aussie Take The Heat Leave In Spray and I couldn't find it in Boots or Superdrug(gutted!) and then I spotted this on the shelf. It's a lightweight conditioning spray and heat protectant in one, preventing your hair from getting heat-damaged before straightening, curling or blowdrying. I am yet to try this out but I am hoping it does what it says on the bottle. I will keep you up to date about this product at a later date with a full review.

As you probably already know I suffer from breakouts on an almost daily basis so I thought this would be the perfect primer as it contains the vital ingredient for my skin, tea tree oil. On the bottle it says 'pores look smaller, skin feels purer and smoothes, primes and instantly mattifies'. I have used this a few times before applying my foundation and I can't say I've noticed my pores appearing smaller at the moment but my skin feels soft and supple and looks less oily creating a great base for my foundation. So far I am happy with it, I will keep you up to date with a full review in the near future.

Pearl Drops Beauty Sleep Overnight Serum
I first came across this on Makeup Magpies blog post and I was instantly convinced that I had to buy it and a few weeks later I did. I have a few little white marks on my front teeth due to having braces and a jaw operation that fixed my awkward teeth and nothing I've used has made them less noticeable. I'm envious of those that can afford expensive teeth whitening treatments, I love the look of whiter teeth and mine are just not that, well, white. I've used this at least 3/4 times so far after brushing my teeth before bed and after at least 2 days of use I noticed a difference. I still noticed the marks on my teeth but not so much as before and my teeth were noticeably whiter and looked so much better. Look out for a full review of the Pearl Drops Beauty Sleep Overnight Serum over the next few weeks.

This mask has been raved about sooo many times in the blogging world so of course I had to purchase this. It's a clay based charcoal mask that draws out all the impurities under the skin leaving you with much clearer skin. I have used this 2 times in the last 2 weeks and I have to say I'm impressed. When I applied this to my face it dried so quickly and it actually felt like it was doing something to my face. I left it on until it dried(10-15 minutes) and when I rinsed it off, oh my, it felt good! It felt amazing and my skin looked very clean and fresh afterwards. A full review to come next week so keep an eye out for that ladies(or gents).

 Have you tried any of these products?

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Saturday, 22 March 2014

MAC Saint Germain Lipstick Dupe

My MAC lipstick collection has been growing over the last few months and the other day I thought I'd try out one of my new MAC lipsticks in the shade Saint Germain. It's a beautiful baby pink shade with blue undertones and in an amplified cremesheen formula. I applied it to my lips and I thought it looked extremely familiar to my coveted Collection 2 Lasting Colour Lipstick in the shade Bubblegum.

I have worn the Collection Lasting Colour Lipstick in Bubblegum religiously for 2/3 years, repurchasing it several times and I was sooo surprised at how alike they looked on my lips.

MAC Saint Germain Lipstick Dupe
 Left; MAC Saint German Right; Collection Lasting Colour in Bubblegum

MAC Saint Germain Lipstick Dupe
 Collection 2000 Lasting Colour Lipstick in Bubblegum

MAC Saint Germain Lipstick Dupe Swatches

As you can see in the pictures above the MAC Saint Germain Lipstick is a teeny tiny bit darker than the Collection lipstick but apart from that they do look incredibly similar in colour, they are both very cool toned baby pinks.

The main difference between both of these lipsticks are the price and formula, the MAC lipstick is an incredibly moisturising creamy formula and the Collection lipstick is a mix between creamy and matte on the lips. The Collection Lipstick is only £2.99 in both Boots and Superdrug which is a great price considering the MAC lipstick costs a pricey £16.50.

I really recommend the Collection lasting colour lipstick in 'Bubblegum' highly! It is a must have in my makeup stash and an incredible dupe for MAC Saint Germain.

Have you tried this MAC Saint Germain Dupe?

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Wednesday, 19 March 2014

My March Beauty Wishlist

As always my wishlist is growing and growing, I blame all these new releases and my endless reading of my favourite blogs. I only purchased 3 products in the 3 for 2 at Boots a few weeks ago and I've been resisting buying anymore ever since but boy oh boy do I want some more. I'm a complete makeup junkie and I love nothing more than purchasing new makeup, especially lip products, that's my weakness. What can I say? It makes me happy!

 When I first started blogging I had at least 10 lip products and now I have maybe 30-40, oh dear! I think I may be in need of a makeup rehab soon. Do they exist?! They should for all of us makeup addicts out there, aha.

As soon as I get money I'm trawling online through MAC, Feel Unique, Look Fantastic. You name it, I've been through it. Blogging is so bad for my bank balance but I keep telling myself it's for my blog. Such a great excuse right? I'd rather buy new makeup rather than new clothes but I have to try and restrict my spending on beauty products as I am in need of some Spring/Summer clothes.

Anyway, here's a few things that I've been lusting over lately! You can take a look at my last Wishlist here to see what I was lusting over in January if you're interested.
March Beauty Wishlist

The Clinique Cheek Pops have been highly raved about by so many of my favourite bloggers since they were released. I've came across so many positive reviews and swatches and they look so pretty. I'm so tempted to purchase them all but I love the shades 'Peach Pop' and 'Plum Pop' the most. I think I'll have to purchase them soon!

I got a free sample of this when I made a purchase of Origins Clear Improvement Mask and I tried it and fell in love with it. It made my face feel so soft, hydrated and it smells so lovely like oranges. I love it so much that I now want to purchase the full size.

I haven't tried anything from Illamasqua but I am so tempted to buy their Glamore Lipstick in the shade 'Luster' after seeing a few blog posts and pictures of my favourite bloggers wearing it. It's a very vibrant bubblegum pink shade, it looks so pretty. I need this in my life, I adore bright pink lipsticks and this is just screaming BUY ME.

YSL Flower Crush Palette in 'Rosy Blush'
 I first seen this beauty on Milly Naomi's post about it here and fell in love with it instantly. How could you not? It has a flower etched into the blush, it looks so beautiful in the palette and on Milly. It is a little pricey at £42.50 but I think it will be worth the purchase.

What are you lusting over this Month?

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Monday, 17 March 2014

Mothers Day Gift Guide

Mothers Day Gift Guide

As you probably all know it is getting closer to Mothers Day and there is nothing I love more than seeing my mum and grandma smiling and getting spoilt on the day after everything they do and have done for me, my sisters and brother growing up.

Mothers Day is such a lovely way of showing your Grandma, Mother or Mother in Law how much they mean to you and boy do they deserve to be spoilt so I have put together a gift guide for you all to give you some ideas of some great gifts for those amazing women in your lives that hopefully they'll really love.

I have picked lots of different gifts from various different price ranges to suit every budget.

Mothers Day Gift Guide
Mothers Day Gift Guide

1. Yankee Candle Homewarmer Jars

2. The Bodyshop Mini Shower Gift Tray Collection

3. Mother's Favourite Child Mug

4. Sanctuary With Love Limited Edition Gift Set

5. Sterling Silver Mum Locket

6. LUSH Mum's Goodies

7. Me to You 16 Inch Mum in a Million Cushion Soft Toy

8. Mothers Day Hamper

9. Cath Kidston Pembridge Rose Saddle Bag  

10. Elemis Essential Skin Wonders Collection 

11. Thorntons Mothers Day Collection 

12. Marc Jacobs Daisy 50ml Gift Set 

What will you be purchasing for your Mum this Mothers Day?

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Sunday, 16 March 2014

My Drugstore Concealer Duo

My Drugstore Concealer Duo

I am not one to splurge on high end concealers. I'd rather spend my money on something I know is entirely affordable and works well for me and I've found two amazing drugstore concealers that are both of those things. They come in the form of Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer and the highly raved about Collection Lasting Perfection Ultimate Wear Concealer. I have used these concealers together for the best part of 3 months now and I have no intention of changing them at all just yet.

I use the Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer for under the eyes and the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer to conceal those nasty blemishes.

My Drugstore Concealer Duo
My Drugstore Concealer Duo
My Drugstore Concealer Duo Swatches

I have been using Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer(£5.49) in the shade Ivory for the last 3 months now ever since I bought it a few days after boxing day and it is aaamazing(if I do say so myself). It completely transforms my dull under eyes- it has an anti-fatique effect which highlights the under eyes and brightens up the whole under eye area. The concealer doesn't look cakey under the eyes at all which I have struggled with on many occasions with other concealers which I love. It is a little orangey for my liking with the yellow undertone but that's not a problem, I just blend, blend, blend. I only use this under the eyes and not on my blemishes as it tends to highlight them rather than conceal them.

I use the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer(£4.19) in the shade 1 Fair on my spots, redness and acne scars. I have used it for about two years now and nothing quite conceals those horrendous flaws like this little beauty does. It's a little orangey like the Rimmel wake me up concealer, it's not as dark but it's the closest shade to my skin tone. This concealer blends in like a dream and it has incredibly high coverage- it covers every single imperfection possible without looking cakey, unless you were to apply it onto broken skin. As you can see in the photos the writing on the packaging has rubbed off which I hate but Collection has now upgraded their packaging.

Have you tried any of these concealers?

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Friday, 14 March 2014

Rimmel Glam'eyes Day 2 Night Mascara | Review

Rimmel Glam'eyes Day 2 Night Mascara

I hope you're all enjoying the beginning of Spring, the weather has been pretty amazing lately, the sun's been shining and the birds have been singing, it's one of my favourite seasons, along with Summer obviously. Today has been pretty dull though, it's quite cold, meh. Bring back the sun already! I can't wait to start putting those wooly jumpers away. I will have to do some more clothes shopping soon for this Spring and Summer. I can't keep wearing Jeans forever can I? I cringe at the thought of wearing jeans in the sweltering hot weather, urgh!

Anyway, moving on today is a review of Rimmels Glam'eyes Day 2 Night Mascara in the shade Black.

It's an oldie but a goodie! I've used this for the best part of maybe 1 to 2 years without using any other mascara. Before purchasing the Day 2 Night mascara I was using Rimmel Extra Wow Lash Mascara which I was completely obsessed with at the time, nothing compared to it until now.

Rimmel Glam'eyes Day 2 Night Mascara

This mascara is undoubtedly the best mascara I've used(yes, I've said that a lot about other mascaras I've used in the past) but if they discontinued it I would be disappointed and I think I'd have to stock up. It's that good!

 Rimmel Glam'eyes Day 2 Night Mascara has a very interesting concept compared to other mascaras on the market at the moment. It has 2 'magic' caps at the top, one for lengthening the lashes and another for volumising with just one brush. The main purpose of the mascara was to use the lengthening cap for the day and the volumising cap for the night to create different looks but I use both of them as I  absolutely love long volumized lashes whether it is the day or night.

Rimmel Glam'eyes Day 2 Night Mascara
Rimmel Glam'eyes Day 2 Night Mascara

The packaging isn't exactly appealing to the eye but I love the two caps at the top, it looks very different to other mascaras I've used in the past, it looks quite interesting as it's such a different design and concept. I find that the mascara is a teeny bit bigger than the 'normal' sized, slimmer mascaras on the market but I don't think it's a problem. The mascara wand is a normal sized brush packed with fibre bristles and you can really control it, it's not very tricky to use.

I use the length cap first and the volumising one second and what a difference it makes! The length cap defines and lengthens the lashes to a great extent and it looks amazing, it really widens and opens up the eyes. I used the volume cap after and it made my lashes look really full and thick without looking clumpy. The mascara is wet and actually dries quite quickly, it's not incredibly liquidly, it's just perfect. Even through the summer months and the rain it has stayed put throughout the whole day so it has incredible staying power. What more do you want?
The mascara has 9.5ml of product which has lasted me for maybe 4-5 months which is incredible and it currently retails at £7.99 from Superdrug.

Overall I absolutely swear by this mascara, it really gives the 'false lash' look without the clumpiness and it really volumizes and defines the lashes creating 2 amazing looks with just one mascara.

Have you tried this mascara?

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Thursday, 13 March 2014

Spring Inspired Lipsticks

It is of course Spring which means I am digging out those beautiful bright lipsticks from my makeup drawers, eek! A bright, bold lipstick always seems to brighten up my day and my complexion, it's by far my favourite beauty product. I absolutely loveee a bold lipstick, I have way too many and I am in fact a self confessed lipstick obsessive. You can never have too many lipsticks right? I have got a huge collection of them and I have even more on my wishlist to buy, I can never leave my Boots store without picking one(or 5) up.

This Spring there are two highly popular lipstick shades at the moment ranging from a lovely bold pink to a vibrant orange. 

 I have put together some of my favourite lipstick picks that are absolutely perfect for Spring with the lovely Pink and Orange shades from both the high street and high end.

Spring Inspired Lipsticks

1. Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in 'Showy' (not necessarily a lipstick but I love it!) (link here)
2. YSL Rouge Volupte Shine in 'Fucshia Storm'
3. Maybelline Color Sensation Vivids in 'Fuchsia Flash'
4. Nars Semi-Matte Lipstick in 'Schiap' (link here)
5. Collection Lipstick in 'Pink Shock' 
6. MAC Lipstick in 'Candy Yum-Yum' (link here)
7. Lime Crime Candyfuture Lipstick in 'Countessa'
8. Illamasqua Glamore Lipstick in 'Luster' (link here)
9. Hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Creme Lipstick in 'Fever'

Spring Inspired Lipsticks

1. Illamasqua Glamore Lipstick in 'Soaked'
2. Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids in 'Electric Orange'
3. Tom Ford Lip Color in 'Wild Ginger'
4. Revlon Colorburst Lipstick in 'Coral'
5. MAC Lipstick in 'Morange' (link here)
6. Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in 'Mischievous'
7. Butter London Tinted Balm in 'Apricot Sunraya'
8. Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Color in 'Excentrique'
9. Topshop Lips in 'Infrared'

 What are your Spring Lipstick Picks?

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Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Spring Polishes | Pretty in Pink

Spring has finally arrived so what better way to celebrate than getting out those bright, bold polishes and treating yourself to a lovely manicure? Pastels are an absolute must this spring with the pale polishes hitting the catwalks, ranging from pretty pinks to violet to gorgeous mint greens.

Pink is my absolute favourite colour for Spring (yes I'm an absolute girlie girl) and I love a pink polish, whether it is the Summer or Winter, it cheers me up and makes me feel good. I admit I am more of a bold, out there kind of girl when it comes to nail polish but I am really loving the toned down pastel shades too.

I have picked out some of my favourite pink polishes for this season from both the high street and high end.

Spring Polishes Pretty in Pink

1.  Essie Nail Polish in Fiji

2. Estee Lauder Pure Color in Narcissist
3. Nicole by O.P.I in At Least I Pink So 
4. Rimmel 60 Seconds Nail Polish in Ring a Ring O'Roses 

5. China Glaze Go Go Pink Polish

6. Revlon Nail Enamel Pink Nude

7. Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Loella

8. Models Own Nail Polish in Pastel Pink

9. MAC Nail Lacquer in Saint Germain

What are your favourite Pink Nail Polish Picks for Spring?

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Monday, 10 March 2014

My 20th Birthday Haul

My Birthday Haul

As you all probably know from my previous posts it was my Birthday over a week ago on the 28th february and I turned the big 2-0. I know it's not exactly 21 but it's still a big deal right? I'm not a teenager anymore but it doesn't mean I will grow up anytime soon(unless I really have to of course).

I had a lovely day, I spent the day with my boyfriend(who wasn't my boyfriend at the time) and then came back home and chilled out watching a bit of telly(yes, I'm lazy but it was my birthday!) and my parents laid out a lovely buffet of food which was absolutely yummy! My grandparents and my aunty and uncle paid a little visit and stayed for a while, I don't really see them as often as I like so that was great.

Anyway enough about that, let's take a look at what I got for my Birthday shall we?

My Birthday Haul

 I have wanted this for a long time now, it includes great makeup tips, tricks, techniques and she also talks about fitness, haircare and skincare etc. Lauren Conrad is such a huge inspiration to so many girls, she's just unbelievably beautiful! If you don't know of Lauren Conrad then where the hell have you been hiding? under a rock? She used to be in one of the most famous reality shows in the US(The Hills) and she's now gone on to write at least 6 more books, amazing! I bought the Lauren Conrad Beauty Book from Waterstones for £14.99 but it's since been raised in price to £16.99.

My Birthday Haul
This wasn't actually bought with my birthday money, I happened to have a little bit of money left so I picked this up from The Bodyshop(for such a bargain price may I add). As I am a 'Love your body' member and it was my Birthday month I received an email for £5 off my order and I got an additional 10% off on top of it. The Japanese Cherry Blossom Body Butter was actually £13 but when I went into the store it was on offer for half price which meant I only had to pay a small payment of just £1.35 for it. Amazing right?
My Birthday Haul 

I wanted some new dvds so I picked up 3 different ones; So Undercover, The Hospital and Girl Most Likely. I absolutely love horror films! I don't know why but I do so that's my reason for picking up The Hospital, although I wouldn't really recommend it to anyone unless you can see past the disgusting sexual scenes- I couldn't even watch past the first few minutes of it. I absolutely love Miley Cyrus as an actress as well as a singer, she just cracks me up in 'So Undercover', I personally quite like this film. And finally, Girl Most Likely! I watched this at the weekend and oh my, I love it! I personally think it's quite funny as well as cute.

My Birthday Haul

I walked straight into Accesorize and walked out within the space of maybe 5 minutes with these beauties in hand, aren't they lovely? I figured I needed some new jewellery and I just fell in love with the necklace and bracelet. They each cost £15 which may be seen as quite expensive for what they essentially are, but they're super pretty, I just couldn't leave the store without them.

My Birthday Haul

Have I ever told you guys that I have a slight bag obsession? It's not as bad as it used to be though when I was younger. Man, when I was at least 12 I think I must have had at least 30 bags at one point. What 12 year old girl needs 30 bags though? Me, clearly. I have calmed the obsession down a little to the point where I now have at least 5-6 bags. Anyway, I did a little online browsing and came across the River Island sale and this beaut of a bag popped up on my handbag radar. It was cut down from £80 to £40(heaven!). It looks absolutely stunning with the quilted detail at the front. It also has a detachable makeup bag too!(say what?!) and it's mahoosive! I can't really put into words just how much I love it but what a bargain eh?

My Birthday Haul

I actually received this New Look Purse from my aunty and uncle as a Birthday gift and I absolutely love it. I am guessing my aunty chose it for me, she knows me so well! I love the chain on the front. I needed a smaller purse so it was like she read my mind.

My Birthday Haul

Aren't these flowers just gorgeous? These landed on my doorstep on the day of my Birthday and it was such a huge surprise. I received these as a gift from my lovely friend Karan which was so thoughtful, I've never had flowers on my Birthday before.

What was your favourite thing in my Birthday Haul?

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Thursday, 6 March 2014

A Mini Haul | Feel Unique, MAC and Superdrug

Mini Beauty Haul

Oh my, the last week has completely gone over my head and I've been maybe a teeny weeny bit lazy since I last blogged. As I must have mentioned a billion times it was my Birthday on Friday so I said goodbye to my teen years and I turned 20, argh! After all the excitement and seeing my family I neglected my poor little blog. I've been completely rubbish with my blog lately, I even said in the new year I would try and blog more frequently but I've completely failed there but I'm determined to post at least two to three times a week for now on.

Let's see how that works out eh?

Anyway a few days before my birthday I decided to have a little online shopping spree so today I thought I'd share with you what I bought. 

Mini Beauty Haul
 theBalm Frat Boy Shadow/Blush | Feel Unique

I have been lusting after this for a while ever since it was mentioned on one of my favourite bloggers/youtubers favourites video. It looks so natural and so so pretty, it's even better that it's a multi purpose product. You can use it both as a blush or eyeshadow. I've used this once and I'm impressed with it already. Anyway, I will be doing a review on this beaut soon so keep your eyes peeled for that ladies.

Mini Beauty Haul
MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in 'Let's Skate' | MAC

Yet again, this is another product that I have been lusting over for a while. In fact, I actually put this on my Birthday wishlist(which you can see here) hoping that I'd receive it for my birthday but I decided to buy it before. Luckily no one bought it for me for my Birthday, phew! It is a gorgeous baby pink cream shadow with a little bit of glitter, it just looks so stunning.

Mini Beauty Haul
Mini Beauty Haul
 MAC Pro Palette Refill Pans | MAC

While browsing through the MAC website I ended up dropping two of their pro palette refill pans in Nocturnelle and All that Glitters. All that Glitters(bottom picture)is pretty popular among bloggers or youtubers and it looks so pretty when swatched(this was my reason for picking it out) and I am happy with my decision, althought it wasn't a snap decision. I was going through so many swatches and pictures of a variety of different shades until I came to a decision. The other shade I picked out was Nocturnelle(top picture), it is a beautiful purple shade although it may look a little pink in the picture it isn't like that in reality. I haven't tried it yet but I'm hoping it will look lovely and make my green eyes pop.

Mini Beauty Haul
  Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balms | Superdrug

Last but not least, I made a little purchase on the Superdrug website and picked out two of Revlons Colorburst Laquer Balms in Demure and Coquette for just £5.99 with their Save £2 offer. I have a few of Revlons Matte Balms but I didn't have any of the Lacquers so that was my reason for picking these out. I tried these the other day and I'm already impressed at how pigmented and moisturising they are, like wowee! Incredible.

What have you been hauling recently?

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