Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Online Shopping Haul!

Just have a bit of a mini online shopping haul today for you :)! 

Vivienne Westwood inspired Orb PurseeBay - £12.99 (inc P&P)
Courtesy of Victoria's wonderful eBay findings! She's brilliant at finding designer inspired items for bargain prices, she posts all her findings on her tumblr: here

Ear Cuff with Mini Cross Stud - ASOS - £6.00 (£5.40 with my student discount!)
Love love love this! I haven't got an ear cuff and I've always wanted to get one but thought It might look a bit OTT on me but It's actually really simple and pretty :) 

Matte Lipstick in Pink Pout - Revlon - £2.99 (RRP: £7.49)
Ok so I actually got this for quite a bargain ! Bought it for £2.99 from an online website called BlushCosmetics.com (they've now ran out of stock) and the delivery was around £2 something and made it about £5 in the end so I still saved myself a couple £££!

 I first saw this lipstick on Gracie's youtube channel as one of her favourite Drug Store lipsticks, so thought I'd give it a try! I have to say I quite like the colour but with me being so pale it seems to make me stick out like a sore thumb, whereas I saw reviews saying this was quite similar to MAC's Angel (which I love) but I think it just makes a huge different because the Revlon lipstick is 'Matte' so it's more pigmented than the MAC lipstick being 'Frost'. 

Studded Black Sandals - eBay - £8.98 (inc P&P)
Have to say this is definitely the bargain of the week! I've been trying to find a replacement for my gold stud sandals for ageeees now, 'cause mine are reeeeally old now and have fallen apart twice already haha :') Been browsing eBay for a while too and just haven't found any that have taken my fancy, but then I found these the other day and I've just fallen in love! I wanted to make sure I got a pair that were covered in studs, so these are perfect :) & such a bargain price aswell! 

3-Pack Triangle Stud Earrings - Urban Outfitters - £5.00 (sale)
Urban Outfitters recently had a Free Delivery promo on their website over the Bank Holiday so I had to make the most of it and buy something! I'm just loving triangular jewellery at the moment and this was a great thing to see in the sale! You get 3 pairs of studs in gold, bronze/copper & silver. Really like wearing one of these studs with my ASOS cross ear cuff ! 

Hope you enjoyed this post!


Saturday, 27 August 2011

Wash & Glow! Glossybox - August 2011

So I received my August Glossybox a little while ago and have been having a go with some of the products!

This month's edition is circled around 'Wash & Glow: High performing products for easy-going girls' 

They wanted to do a box all around making the most of your natural beauty basically! 

I think I was pretty lucky with what I got in comparison to other people's boxes I've seen in the blogging world! 

So here's the box :) It was already opened when I took the pictures this time that's why the bow looks so badly done haha.

The info for the products I got this month..

And here's what I got :D 

Daniel Sandler Jumbo Jet Mascara - 15ml (Full Size) priced at £14.75
I'm quite glad I got this actually because I saw other people get the 'Baby Jet' version from Daniel Sandler which was aimed at people with short lashes or who wanted to use it for their bottom lashes, but my lashes are naturally quite long so I wouldn't of gotten much use out of 'Baby Jet', This however, I quite like, I don't think it will be one I constantly use but I found it does give quite a 'natural' extended lash look, It doesn't look clumpy in any way, It works really good on my bottom lashes, but doesn't make my top lashes 'spider like' long, which is what I normally like :P I think this will come in handy if I'm wearing a really dramatic eyeshadow look and want to calm it down with a more natural looking mascara. This is a full sized product you get also!

Rebel Nails Nail Wraps for Toes - Full size priced at £7.99
Yet to try this out, But I can't say this will be used very much, I'm not a massive 'nail' person, and this was a bit disappointing to get something like nail wraps for 1. Toes and 2. in a Brown paper bag colour. I'm intrigued to try these out but I think they'll be too big on my teeny nails haha. Meh, so yeah, Can't say much about this having not tried it, but I did see someone on YouTube get these horrible multi-coloured toe wraps in their August Glossybox, think I'd rather have the paper bag ones! This is a full sized packet. 

KMS Hairstay Style Boost  - 200ml (Full size) Found on linked website for £6.99
The company describe this as 'Primer for your hair', It's supposed to enhance any product you put on after this, I've tried this once and tried using my Umberto Giannini Sea Salt Spray after using this, to see if it made the curls any better, and to be honest I didn't really see any difference, This product is reeeeally strange though, when you put it on your hand it instantly cools it, it's like proper ice cold it's freaky! and it also 'crackles' like popping candy, it's odd! Not sure I like this, but you do get the full sized product! 

Ahava Deadsea Water Mineral Body Lotion - 40ml Tester (Full size 250ml priced at £22.00) 
 I have to say I quite like this product, It smells really really good and I used it after I had a shower before going out and made my legs & arms feel really silky smooth! I don't really wear body lotion but If it smells this good I probably would be converted!  This is a sample size!

Murad Time Release Acne Cleanser - 30ml Tester (Full size 200ml priced at £29.00)
I'm quite excited seeing this in my box, I'm terribly spot prone, so I was hoping Glossybox would finally put in something worthwhile to help clear up my skin!  I can't really review this yet, I've used it once, But as most spot treatments are like, You normally have to wait a little while to see the results! After using this It kind of reminded me of Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish, It gave a nice clean feeling after use, Doesn't smell like chemicals, and I think it's quite a good little sized tester as you don't need to use very much! I will have to see how I get on with this and see if it's good enough to buy the full sized product! 

That's all for today folks!


Saturday, 20 August 2011

Recent Buys!

Here's a few recent buys for you :)

I love this, it's sooo snug, so soft and really over-sized, they also do this in a mid-pink colour. It has little sparkly bits which isn't too in your face, just the right amount!

Triangle over-sized earrings - Topshop - £6.50

Been wanting triangle shaped studs for agesss now and I do love these but they are really heavy so not sure if these will be used enough! 

Multi-coloured double finger ring - Topshop (in store only) - £1.50 (sale)

You can't tell much by the picture but this ring kind of has a glass/crystallised layer which is multi coloured when you move it it's like pinks and greens etc.! Hard to explain! But I got this for a bargain from the Topshop sale down from £10! 

Small black stone ring (style 5) - LLYMLRS shop - £4.00

Love this little ring! It's adjustable and I love the detailing on the border, I love the jewellery from LLYMLRS also, she does some great stuff! 

I've been wanting a cream blush for ageees, and didn't really like any of the colours from MAC but I'd heard many great things about the Topshop ones so I thought I'd buy one! I've used it a few times and I think It's a lot easier to put it on with a brush because it blends better for me then, and it's SUCH a nice colour, only downside I think is that it doesn't really seem to stick, and because it's a cream I think it takes off my foundation layer a little bit D: 

Grunge glamour tousled salt spray - Umberto Giannini - £5.61

Tried this out for the first time yesterday and I'm actually pretty impressed with it! I've been looking for a replacement sea salt spray because I think they've discontinued my vo5 one that I love so much :( & This one gave quite tight waves which was a nice beachy look. I would recommend!

That's all for today folks! 


Thursday, 11 August 2011

L'Oreal Summer Free Gift!

So I went to Boots after work today to pick up a order collection I'd made online for some more sea salt spray for my hair :P

Decided to have a browse and stumbled upon this beauty! L'Oreal are doing a free gift offer where If you spend £15 you get a free 'summer colour' gift box of goodies! 

These are the lovely items that came inside the box! 3 full size products and 2 samples (reminds me of a Glossybox haha)

What you get:
Infallible Brush Foundation in Golden Beige (sample) - £12.99 (you also got a £2 off voucher to buy a full size version of this foundation!)

From what you may be able to tell via the links, they don't have any of these colours of the full size products, and I've had a little google and the only place these colours are showing up are the Australian and New Zealand L'Oreal websites! 

This has to be my FAVE product of them all, I don't like it as a eyeshadow as I prefer Matte colours on my eyes, but this is a PERFECT highlighter, it's sooo shimmery without it looking tacky and the colour is just gorgeous! When it's swatched it just reminds me of a more amplified version of Soft & Gentle Mineralize Skin finish by MAC! So annoyed I wouldn't be able to be another one after this one runs out! 

Here's the item's I bought to get the deal!

I have yet to try this out on my face but I have swatched a few times on my hands and my godddd, it's so soft! I got my mum to try it out aswell and she agreed how soft it was! When you first apply it it's thick like a Cream like Nivea for example, and then when you blend it in it starts to work it's magic and becomes totallyyyy 'un-cream like' and it really soft and a PERFECT base for foundation, I really hope it's as good as it feels on my hand and it's worth the price tag! 

True Match Blush in True Rose - £7.69
I actually have already had many of these in the past, They were my constant blushers before I went mad about make-up a few months ago when I started my blog! I had the shade 'Rosewood' previously and decided to opt for a more 'baby blushed cheeks' shade so I bought True Rose, also have yet to try this out (as I bought it today) but I've tried the swatch out on my hand and it looks so pretty! Plus I know the quality will be awesome because I've had plenty of the same blush before just a different colour! 

Just to go off subject now, I wanted to show you my amazing cross bangle that arrived in the mail early this morning, luckily before I left for work as I had to sign for it! 

I got it from ASOS for £5.40, I had a 10% discount code and it was originally £6.00. I've seen this a few times on the website and constantly been tempted to purchase but never got around to it! and so I finally took the plunge and got it, It's so dainty, simple and cute, I love it :) 

and this is what it looks like on :)

Hope you enjoyed this post! 


Monday, 8 August 2011

Massive E.L.F Haul!

So I've posted recently that I would be doing a massive ELF Haul so here it is! I'll try not to ramble too much, just going to put some pros and cons for what I have tried out so far, to keep it short(er) and sweet! As a lot of you may know, ELF recently did a 50% off, so I went a bit mad, so yeah i bought a lot.

Kabuki Body Brush - £3.00 (£6.00)

Pros: Soft, silky feeling, picks up product well, buffs in nicely
Cons: Bit big for a face brush but only because it's a body one, face kabukis were sold out :P No shedding as of yet so not really anything bad!

Mini Eyelash Curlers - £1.75  (£3.50)
Yet to try out, had a little go, feels weird being half the size of a normal one but i think it will be good to do sections, you can get more focus on certain areas that way! 

Small Brush Holder - £2.50 (£5.00)
Can't do much of a review on it, it's a brush holder, does the job and looks all sleek with the matte black and the ELF logo :)

 Angled Eyeliner Brush - £1.75 (£3.50)
Yet to try out, First impressions: Looks great for cream/gel eyeliner, the fact it's angled and has such a fine nib/end I think will work well to do a winged eyeliner look.

Bamboo Angled Blush Brush - £2.75 (£5.50)
Pros: super soft feel, great for contouring from being angled, no shedding (yet)
Cons: None! kind of wish it was a bit bigger but besides it's perfect, and also environmentally friendly :)

Bamboo Foundation Brush - £2.75 (£5.50)
Haven't tried yet, but it feels really soft & is also eco-friendly like the angled blush brush.

Dark Navy Nail Polish - 75p (£1.50)
Yet to try out! I love this colour SOOO much though!

Mint Cream Nail Polish - 75p (£1.50)
Pros: Gorgeous colour, Opaque and easy to apply without showing the nail underneath, works wonders with the Matte finisher polish
Cons: Think it might chip easily but I can't really tell because I bite at my nails so it's probably my fault! :P

Pros: Very easy to apply, sets straight away, leaves a lovely finish
Cons: Also not sure on whether this allows the nail polish underneath to chip easily or not but no cons besides that! 

Make-up Mist & Set - £1.75 (£3.50)
Yet to try out! Not sure If I will use this much, The reviews aren't bad on Makeupalley; 3.9 out of 5!

Professional tweezer - 75p (£1.50)
Pros: Slant provides easier access to pluck hairs, Sturdy design, Not too sharp that when you accidently grab the skin it hurts horribly! 
Cons: Quite hard to like 'grab' hairs because it's quite stiff so i'm trying to make it a bit more loose, and also blunter than i'm used to but this is a bonus for me! (see pros)

3pk Oil blotting sheets - £1.75 (£3.50); 

Soothing Aloe
Yet to try out.

Clarifying Tea Tree
Tried one on my forehead, It blots the oil well and I did notice a difference.

Rejuvenating Green Tea
Yet to try out.

Mineral infused primer - £3.00 (£6.00)
Pros: Seemed to keep my make-up on quite well, went a whole working day from 7am (when applied make-up) til 5:15 (finished work) and my face was only a little bit oily, but not patchy and my make-up had not decided to go walk about! Really soft when it dries after you apply.
Cons: Feels quite wet when you go to first apply, and feels like it will never dry, Does still make my skin a little oily which my 17 Primer I always use doesn't really do so it's still 2nd best I think!

High definition powder - £3.00 (£6.00)
Pros: Extra soft, Blends in well with my skin tone (as it gives a white cast but i'm super pale anyway), Leaves a matte looking finish, hides a bit of oilyness
Cons: Does not work for me as a setting powder, it seems to remove my concealer if I put this on top of it, BUT I did see someone review this, had the same problem and then tried it out as a primer and loved it so still have hope for this yet! 

Pros: Beautiful colours, Applies and blends well
Cons: I've only used two of them (the 2 on the right, top and bottom) and the top isn't very pigmented, had to apply a few layers, but can't give a full review as not tried the whole palette.

Eyebrow kit in Medium - £1.75 (£3.50)
Pros: Already got this but in Ash, This colour is much much better, applies colour well, Double ended brush is perfect for both the gel and powder.
Cons: Thought this might of been too dark when I first got it and tested on my hand but wore it today and was pretty impressed, I have just plucked my eyebrows so I don't know whether that contributes but it looked nice anyway :P

Eye widener - 75p (£1.50)
Yet to try this out but read awful reviews on this, Actually asked to swap this for the Shimmering eye pencil in Iconic Ivory but they didn't get around to doing it because of the madness from the 50% discount, If it's bad it's only a loss of 75p so not a major issue! 

Haven't tried this out yet but as some of you may know I have a massive obsession with Eyeko's Grafitti Eyeliner Pen, It's the best eyeliner product I've ever bought haha, But I thought I'd try ELF's because it's cheaper and they stated it had a finer nib, and this is trueeee, I held the two next to each other and if you're scared of eyeliner then this is a good starter for you, the nib is really thin and I even got one of these for my mum because of that reason as she tried my Eyeko one and the end was too bulky for her! Also helps that the ELF one is waterproof! 

Matte lip colour in Coral - £1.75 (£3.50)
Pros: Gorgeous unique colour (for my lipstick collection), Opaque, applies easily and because you draw it on you can do it nice around your cupids bow
Cons: Haven't tried it long enough to find out, It's a little bit crackly on me, it's not as glossy as Eyeko's lip pens so if you smush your lips together it can cause a crease/line so you have to keep an eye on that! 

Matte lip colour in Natural - £1.75 (£3.50)
Yet to try this on my lips so I don't know about the colour besides the swatch I've done but I imagine the application will be the same as the Coral one (above)

Have only tried a little on my lips but haven't had a thorough look at it, from my swatches it's clear there is definitely a tint to it but I don't think it shows up on my lips, It just kind of reminds me of a Vaseline that's slightly tinted so, not incredibly amazed but I haven't tried it enough yet to see properly! 

Lipstick in Seductive - 75p (£1.50)
Not tried out on my lips but swatched and colour was NOTHING like the swatch on the website but I have heard that about a lot of ELF stuff! It's a nice enough colour but I doubt it will be used very much as it's not really my colour! It's not a matte lipstick but more of a glossy lipstick from what I can tell by how it felt swatching it on my hand.

Swatches of lip products :)

Pros: Good for a highlighter, Nice shimmery gold finish which isn't too overwhelming
Cons: Not good as a bronzer, I'm really pale (NC15) and it was still too light for me to be a bronzer, Also didn't think it stayed very long

Pros: Nice shade of colour with the mixed in gold shimmer
Cons: Sorry to anyone who loves this but I found this dreadful for application! The colour looked beautiful swatched & I was so excited but I was applying and applying with my blush brush and it wouldn't show, the glittery/shimmer would show, but not the actual 'blush' part, Ended up having to scrap the idea and put on MAC Melba blush instead! Also the packaging it awful, it takes me donkeys years to get into the blusher! haha, i've had to leave it halfway open ! 

Swatches of blush & bronzer

This post took me absolutely forever to write so hope you enjoy!


Sunday, 7 August 2011

A few items this week..

Primark Cross Necklace - £2.50
one of the jewels are missing :(

H&M Black/Dark Grey Oversized Jumper (already have this in blue: here) - £14.99

Primark Burgundy Stripy Sheer Back Oversized Tee - £8.00

H&M Leather & Fabric Duo Bracelets - £3.99 (in store only)

H&M Chunky Gold Square Ring - £3.99 (in store only)

VIPXO Black Leather Bracelet - £3.00