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Huge Collective Haul!

5 Feb

Hello lovelies!
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A big haul today. I’ve been shopping too much, but we all know how that goes. My bank account is definitely suffering after all the shopping during December and now January…*cries*
On with the haul!

ImageBenefit’s ‘Hoola’ Bronzer – £23.50

ImageI’ve had a sample size of Hoola forever, I got a big set of Benefit samples last Christmas from my Mum and am still going through a couple of the samples. I figured it was time to upgrade to the full size as I just hit pan on the little sample. It’s a mid toned bronzer, good for lighter skin tones. I can’t wait to be able to use a bronzer brush that’s a good size now! Hoorah!

ImageBenefit’s ‘Stay Don’t Stray’ Primer for Concealers and Eyeshadows – £20.50

ImageThis is the first full-size that I’ve had of this product. I adore it. It’s essentially the only product I can’t live without. Even if I’m not wearing ANY make-up I will gravitate towards wearing this. I’m so excited to have this little beauty in my life. 🙂

ImageBenefit’s ‘They’re Real’ Mascara – £19.50

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This mascara is the bee’s knees in the blogging world. It’s also the best-selling mascara in the UK. Even above drugstore ones. Yeah. I’ve had about six minis and one full size of this, but I was just clinging to my first tube for sentimental reasons. That baby was definitely not usable anymore. I had a little funeral for it as I threw it in the bin. But now I have this beautiful shiny new one. Definitely the best mascara I’ve tried for length and definition.

ImageMaybelline’s ‘The Falsies Volum’ Express’ Mascara – £7.99

ImageI love Maybelline’s ‘The Rocket’ Mascara and so I decided to pick up another of their hyped-up mascaras. Have no idea what this one is like yet. It looks like a wet formula, which I don’t usually hate, so fingers crossed.

ImageMaybelline’s ‘Brow Drama’ Brow Mascara – £4.99

ImageThis was kind of an impulse buy. There was a 3 for 2 offer and I jumped at it, but it’s actually pretty god. I’ve used it a couple of times and apart from the awkward wand, it does exactly what I need it to. It gives a little bit of colour and a nice hold. Yay!

ImageMaybelline’s ‘Color Tattoo 24hr’ in ‘Permanent Taupe’ – £4.99

ImageI was so hesitant to pick this up, but grabbed it at the last minute in Boots in a rush. I used it on my housemate last night and it worked really well on her…we shall see. It’s completely matte and quite full coverage on the lids.

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The Body Shop’s ‘Honey Bronzing Powder’ – £13.00

ImageCult product alert! This has been in essiebutton’s videos for months, and I’ve been tempted every time she mentions it. The Body Shop actually have a pretty extensive make-up collection, and there are loads of shades of this bronzer. My housemate was drawn in and picked it up too. I love it! It’s more subtle than Hoola, which is great for everyday use.

ImageRevlon’s ‘Lip Butter’ in ‘Red Velvet’ – £7.99

ImageThis is my…6th lip butter! (yes I did just count) I’ve been on the hunt for this shade for a while. It’s more vampy than the others I have, and is exactly what I’ve been looking for for a while! It’s gorgeous 🙂

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ImageRevlon’s ‘Matte Balm’ in ‘Standout (Berry)’ and ‘Elusive (Pink)’ – £7.99

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ImageRevlon’s ‘Lacquer Balm’ in ‘Vivacious’ -£7.99

ImageI caved to the hype and I am so not sorry! I love all of these little guys. The matte ones are beautiful, and the lacquer one is such a gorgeous colour. I can’t wait until I can wear that lacquer one every day in the summertime. There’s a colour for everyone, honestly. The UK have literally just got these in Boots and Superdrug, so I know that the US have had them for ages, but it’s a brand new ball game for us over here in rainy England.

ImageTop – bottom: Vivacious Lacquer Balm, Standout Matte Balm and Elusive Matte Balm.

ImageBourjois’ Happy Light Matte Primer – £10.99

I got this in early January on a trip to the cinema with my friend Andrew. I actually purchased it with Boots points, and I love it! It’s a bit weird that I picked up the matte primer instead of the luminous one considering I have dry skin, but I’m so glad I did! It’s such a great base. I’m not a fan of the silicone-y primers like The Porefessional from Benefit or the new Baby-Skin Primer from Maybelline, and this one is more of a gel texture.

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Revlon’s ‘Super Lustrous Matte Lipstick’ in ‘Mauve it Over’ – £7.49

I’m still at war with myself as to whether I like this or not. It seemed like a perfect purchase at the time but is definitely not very me. I prefer corals or vampy reds, and this is like an orangey-nude my lips but better shade. I’m gonna have to wear this for a bit longer to figure out whether I love it or loathe it.

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I was in Boots a few days ago and saw some signs around the Clarins counter that advertised a little bag of samples. I’ve never really inveristigated Clarins as a brand before, but there didn’t seem to be any catch with the samples, just a little skincare consultation. I spoke to the lady (named Catherine in Boots Staines) and she was so lovely. She gave me this little bag of goodies and I can’t wait to test it all out! 🙂

PHEW! That was a long post. I’m mentally exhausted now, and feel more guilty for spending all my hard-earned cash. However, I know that most of these products are gonna end up being real faves of mine. I think that means it’s a win!

Have you picked up anything new from the drugstore lately? There are so many new releases I don’t know where to begin!

Have a lovely day or evening, wherever you are!
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October Favourites + Swatches

10 Nov

Hello lovelies!

Today I’ve got a bunch of products to show you, plus swatches and a little bit of a daring FOTD for me. Stay tuned for that…

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Sleek Blush By 3 Palette in ‘Lace’ – £10

I finally put this palette to use – I love the shade ‘Chantilly’, a gorgeous matte hot coral. Wow wow wow. You have to be careful with these blushes, as they’re so pigmented. This blush palette is going to last me forever. It’s great value and quality. Can’t wait to check out the other Blush By 3 palettes.

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Soap and Glory One Heck of a Blot Mattifying Powder – £12
This stuff has been so so good to me (you can probably tell from the major pan that you’re seeing) – but during October it just shone as a holy grail product. Living without this just doesn’t seem plausible to me, could I possibly go on if I lost it?! Who can tell? It’s totally translucent, works on loadsa skin colours and types, and is affordable. Run to Boots. Run.

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BareMinerals The Next Big Thing Palette (LE) – £29

I first spotted this on Temptalia around six months ago, promptly fell in love and then discovered it was limited edition! I searched high and low for it, including on the Bare Minerals website, and than randomly stumbled across it in the Debenhams sale. I’m pretty sure it was 13.50, which is incredible for a palette of this quality, and the brand’s reputable image only helped me to snap it up. The colours are never usually what I would wear on my lids, but that coral drew me in and ever since, I’ve been falling further and further in love. The gold-y shades are beautifully pigmented, the coral is so so unique on the eyes, and the blackened plum makes a gorgeous liner. I must have used shades from this palette at least ten times during October, and for me, that’s pretty good.

DSCN2306Benefit Posietint – full size £24.50

Just a long-time fave of mine, it’s on my Christmas list and this little deluxe sample has lasted me forever. I love it on my lips the most, but it gives a gorgeous flush to the cheeks too.

DSCN2309ModelCo More Brows in Medium/Dark – £10

This is an exact dupe for Gimme Brow except that it doesn’t get all gross after a couple of uses. It distributes product nice and evenly along the brow and is inexpensive in comparison to the Benefit version. Big ole thumbs up from me!

DSCN2311Estee Lauder Double Wear Brush On Glow BB Highlighter – £23.50
I purchased this on a bit of a whim, and I’m so glad I did. Not only is it a great mutipurpose concealer/corrector/highlighter, but I’ve honestly used it since April EVERY single day (minus lazy days) and it’s still going strong. This is the never-ending product. It’s glowy, long lasting and although it’s a little pricy, I think it’s well worth it.

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Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in 01 – full size £18
The smell of this product is incredible, I just can’t get over it. I heard the hype, I listened, I put it off. Then I saw a little value set in Sephora with a mini for a minimal price. I jumped at the chance. These are so so comfortable, this colour is flattering and the line is well worth the hype.

DSCN2321DSCN2336Aaaaand that’s all of that stuff on my face. With a coral and icy gold eye. Eeeeep.

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So those were my October favourites. Is there anything you’ve been loving lately? Please let me know in the comments and fuel my addiction.

Have a great day/evening, wherever you are!

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May Beauty Favourites

3 Jun

Hello lovelies! Got some favourites to share with you.
ImageFirst up is The Righteous Butter from Soap & Glory. I need all the moisture I can get now that I work outside. This smells divine and the scent lingers, does the job and makes me feel less dry.
ImageThen I have something that I haven’t shared with you yet, my Estee Lauder Pure Colour Lipstick in ‘Tiramisu Shimmer’. It was a freebie with a recent purchase, but it’s absolutely gorgeous and is a great colour to wear when you have a natural makeup work code. It feels lovely on your lips, and I think I’ve worn it every day since I got it.
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I am a serious make-up thief when it comes to my sister’s collection. She never uses her make-up, and I think that’s a waste. So I whipped this one out of her make-up bag. She hasn’t noticed yet, and I’ll buy her a new one when she does! It’s the Rimmel Glam Eyes Trio in Orion. I use the brown mixed with the white for a brow powder. I don’t dye my brows, but I do dye my hair. It’s difficult to pull off lighter brows with darker hair, although the opposite combination seems to be very popular. This powder gives the perfect amount of colour and lasts. It’s a great eyeshadow palette too.

ImageImageAs I mentioned, I work outside, and I found in the first few weeks that my lips were feeling SO dry. I started off with some Carmex, but it felt a little slick for constant talking. This Nivea Lip Balm has been a big hit in my books. I also have the blue classic version, and a pearly shine one, but this gives me a little colour also, which I like. It’s the Nivea Soft Rose Lip Balm.

ImageI’ve also been loving my Real Techniques Blush Brush this month, as it has about three hundred different uses and cleans so easily. I’ve used it for bronzer, blush, face powder and highlight all in one week! Crazy!
ImageImageBeen loving scented things for summer, and so I whacked out my Pink Grapefruit Neutrogena Moisturiser once I ran out of the unscented version. It smells lovely in the mornings and is sinks in nice and quickly. A big hit on the days where you’re in a rush!
ImageThen I have Stay Don’t Stray, which is a concealer/primer from Benefit. Benefit’s my favourite high-end make-up brand, and I literally love this so much that I might have to splash out on the full size. £23.50 eeep! One of those products that you use and just forget about because it’s not very interesting, but it’s definitely an essential. Especially for me, as I have really discoloured, veiny eyelids.
ImageNext up is a shampoo/conditioner combo. I’ve not really spoken about this on here before, but I suffer from something called psoriasis, which is a stress condition that can cause the areas of skin to flake. It’s hereditary, my Mum has it too, but I she has it nearer her neck and I get it on the top of my head. Not great when you have dark hair! Most shampoos just irritate it more, and when my Mum picked the Head and Shoulders Smooth and Silky range up earlier in the year and passed them to me, I thought that they would do the same thing. They have, in fact, really soothed my scalp, and they keep my hair nice and clean + they smell really lovely. I’ve just picked up the citrus ones, and hopefully they also work. I ❤ citrus scented body and hair products.
ImageSo there are my May Beauty Favourites! I would LOVE to know what you’ve been loving for the month of May, so leave me a comment telling me if you’d like! 🙂

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Haul!

23 Aug

Hello everyone!
I wanted to show you a few bits and bobs that I’d picked up over the past couple of weeks. I’ve had enough time to try them out now, so each shall have a little mini-review too! 🙂

Everything in this haul barring the bag can be found at Boots, Superdrug, Primark (instore only) and Amazon.

Accessorize Pansy Print Crossbody Bag- £6.60 in the Accessorize Sale

I saw this print in Louise’s (Sprinkle of Glitter) recent haul, and fell in love with it. She had a little clutch bag, and I looked for it but the Accessorize website is not the easiest to navigate, especially when you click on something and it immediately comes up with ‘out of stock’. Internet shopper’s worst nightmare. I love the size of this bag, the print is fantastic and it was a snip in the sale marked down from £22 to £6.60. There’s something so desirable about anything Accessorize to me, that I jump on the sale bandwagon when it rolls around. Having said all that though, after three weeks of using it, the lining has started to bobble a little bit. I might expect that from a £6.60 bag, but this was £22 originally. I have a Peacocks bag that has served me well for over 2 years and has not bobbled at all. Maybe Accessorize should take a look at that.

NYC Showtime Waterproof Mascara- available from Superdrug

I bought this because I have really watery eyes in the spring/summer and I need a reliable waterproof mascara. I’m impressed with what this does for the price (which I think is £1.99) and it coats my bottom lashes perfectly but it genuinely does nothing to my upper lashes. I feel so bad, because I love NYC products (especially their nail polishes) but I can’t get on board with this. I will definitely keep using it on my bottom lashes though, as it doesn’t irritate them (I’m looking at you Stila Forever Your Curl) and gives a nice smoky black colour.

Neutrogena Visibly Clear Make Up Remover Wipes- available at Superdrug

Oh dear. I bought these make-up wipes on a whim, hoping their price would make them live up to expectations (they are originally over £3, but I snapped them up when they were half price) and I just HATE THEM. These wipes are the first product I’ve ever tried from Neutrogena, and if it wasn’t for the next product (spoiler alert), I would never go back. The moisture on them is unevenly balances, they pull at my skin, the liquid stings my face when I use them (yes, stings) and if you get ANYWHERE near your eyes they burn for ages. Not my finest hour in Superdrug, but I suppose they’re one product I’ve eliminated from buying again.

Neutrogena Visibly Clear Oil-Free Moisturiser- available at Superdrug

Big fan of this moisturiser. It, again was half price in Superdrug and if you spent £5 or more on selected skincare you got 100 points on your Beautycard, which equals to a pound. Superdrug points are kind of more difficult to come by than Boots points, so I’d definitely look out for offers like this while in store. If you don’t have a Beautycard yet, then you’re definitely missing out! I spend pretty much all of my money in Superdrug (my friends and I joke that it’s my second home!) so it’s definitely worth it in my book. This moisturiser is light on my skin, fresh smelling, and most importantly for me in the summer, easy to blend with my foundation. I don’t mind wearing just foundation in the spring or winter, but in the summer and early-autumn, I make a point of mixing my foundation with a moisturiser and blending it into my skin. It saves money because you’re moisturising and getting coverage at the same time, and it’s lighter on your skin.

Natural Collection Concealer in Fair- available at Boots

A cult favourite, I picked up the Natural Collection concealer recently and I have to say I’m underwhelmed…so far. Maybe this is down to the fact that my skin hasn’t been in bad condition lately so I haven’t had any blemishes to conceal, but I actually bought this to try and help out with dark circles around my eyes and discolouration on my eyelids. You swipe it on, and for me,it just does nothing. I don’t even find it buildable, it’s very very sheer and…bubbly. Which is weird. I find that with a lot of products that have hype surrounding them that you can find you talk yourself into loving them. But often there’s a catch. I probably won’t buy this concealer again, as I’m struggling to use it… but I shall persevere. 😦 Sorry concealer, I feel bad dissing you.

Primark pastel sandals- £10

I’m in love with these sandals. I usually wouldn’t spend £10 on Primark shoes, but these were too cute to pass up. The pictures a little blurry, but they basically have three sets of crossover straps, one in a light minty green/blue, one lilac and one pastel baby pink. They’re really comfy and the pastel is going to be in for loads of years to come. I’ve worn them three or four times to far and there’s been no rubbing or blisters, and my feet don’t hurt. I did go a size up as there wasn’t my size (7), but I try shoes on before I buy them and they fit nicely. A nice surprise for Primark! Bravo 🙂

Owl Canvas Bag- £1.50 – other designs available

I’m a sucker for owls (have you seen the Sevenly tees this week?!) and this bag twit-twoo’d me at the tills, £1.50, sturdy, bargain. 🙂

Primark darkwash blue jeans- £7

I love Primark jeans. Despite having to ALWAYS go a size up which is very disheartening, when I do, they fit like a dream. My body shape is a bit odd, I have a small waist, BIG hips and tummy, and slim legs, and they fit me nicely. I often struggle to find jeans that are long enough, but Primark do a Regular and a Long leg length, also I buy the long and they’re perfect (I’m 5 foot eleven). The legs fit mine like gloves, and the pockets are nice too. The price is the cherry on top of the cake, these babies are £7. I’d happily pay up to £30 for them, but Primark can keep them at that price for as long as they want!

Amazon Kindle Generation 4- Available to buy online at Amazon.co.uk from £89

My last item is something that was actually given to me as an early birthday/university present. My birthday is August 31st, and I went on holiday on the 11th, so my Mum gave me this a little early so I could use it on holiday. It’s a Kindle! 🙂 I’m a big reader, so initially an ebook system didn’t appeal to me, but I soon realised how handy this little guy would be. No carrying of hundreds of books to lectures and back! I ended up getting 6 or seven books to plough through for my holiday, but had to get more when I finished them. I’m very grateful, and I cant wait for my 18th birthday to roll around now so I can go out and have an amazing night with my friends! 🙂

Okay! That ended up being a longer post than I anticipated!
I hope you’re all having wonderful days, another post should be up soon!

Don’t forget to smile,

Christie xoxo 🙂

Concealaholic: Bags be gone!

3 Mar

So, I’m ashamed to say that a year ago I never used concealer. Yes, I know, how did I live? How did I go out in the mornings? Well, in retrospect, I’m glad I didn’t, because it allowed me to learn to like my face without make-up. I’m not ashamed to post my non-makeup eye look on here because I learnt to do just that. Here’s a little before shot. Excuse the extremely unruly eyebrows and greasy skin (I just moisturised!)

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However, this glorious invention has since entered my life, and I’ve been searching for the perfect budget concealer for a while. And I think I’ve found the perfect combination.

In this picture, I am wearing the following products.
Gosh Foundation Primer in Classic
Rimmel London Stay Matte Foundation in 103: True Ivory
Miss Sporty Liquid Concealer in 001: Light (applied first with a brush, this is a heavy-duty concealer)
Bourjois Bio-Detox Organic Anti-Puffiness Concealer(phew!) in No. 2- Medium (dabbed gently with my ring finger)
Collection 2000 Pressed Powder in 10: Daydream
Barry M Kohl Pencil in White (along my waterline)
Stila Eyeshadow in Sandra (unfortunately discontinued, but any champagne colour would work!)
Gosh Haute Precision Mascara in Black

Hopefully, this finished eye look gives a better look than the natural one, but make-up obviously shouldn’t be changing your face entirely, it should just enhance your features naturally on an everyday basis.

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(Just a quick note, these pictures were taken 10 minutes apart, with the same facial expression and in the same lighting and place. I find it really obvious when companies take before and after pictures that have been tweaked with lighting changes, or airbrushing!)

If anyone has any suggestions or comments about any of their concealing products or any of mine, then I’d love to hear! Also, if anyone would like a review on a certain product, then just leave me a comment!

Happy weekend, and don’t forget to smile!
Christie 🙂