Beautiful smelling haul!

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Firstly, I picked up this beautiful vest top from Oasis. It is a gorgeous grey colour (although it is showing up more lilac on camera) with a scalloped edge. This is a beautiful light-weight vest in an unusual colour which I know I will get a lot of wear out of.

I then went in to the body shop to shop for a present for my friends birthday. I did pick up a present for her but I also treated myself! I picked up the Solid Oil for Lips as recommended by FleurdeForce. This is a very oily lip balm (stating the obvious I know). It really does nourish your lips however I don’t think that a lipstick would work on top due to the oily texture. It is definitely more of a lip balm to use on its own. 

In The Body Shop I also picked up their Early-Harvest Raspberry Eau De Toilette. I don’t normally wear the body shop fragrances because they are so fruity and remind me of the kind of scents I used to wear as a teenager. However, this is simply divine. It really does smell of fresh raspberries and I just can’t keep smelling it. There is something very addictive about this scent. 

I did also pick up another perfume! I picked up Britney Spears Island Fantasy. It was one of the offers at the till and it was £15 for 100ml!! Bargain!!! This is definitely a summer scent. It smells like a tropical cocktail with notes of coconut and pineapple. I would’t wear this of an evening but for a day at work it is perfect! 

Clinton Cards had a fantastic offer on their Yankee Candles. I picked up a couple of their large jars for presents but for myself I picked up these two votives in Pink Hibiscus scent. This is a beautiful floral scent with hints of rose. These were 50% off so i couldn’t resist even though I have way too many candles at home!

The last things I picked up were a couple of products from L’Oreal. I picked up another of their nail polishes in Pistachio Drage. This is a stunning colour as is the rest of their latest range. These are fantastic quality and seem like good value, however they work out at the similar price as OPI and NailsInc per ml. That said, the colours are gorgeous and they are always on offer. They were on offer so I also picked up an eyeshadow from the same brand. I picked up the Colour Riche L’Ombre Pure Gel-Infused Eyeshadow in Nude. This is a cream eyeshadow in a beautiful taupe colour. I haven’t tested the longevity yet but it looks promising!

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Elf Haul!

 

 

 

 

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Last week Elf Cosmetics had 50% off all their products so it would have been rude not to!

The first thing I picked up was the clear brow gel. This product has received a lot of hype online so I was excited to try it. I have used it for work the last few days and it doesn’t seem to have flaked at all and has held my brows in place all day so for £2 full price it’s a winner!

I also picked up some of their brushes. I ordered 2 powder brushes and a eye crease brush. These brushes are so disappointing. The moment I opened the packaging I could tell that they were poor quality……. they went straight in to the bin!

I ordered their Shimmer highlighter in Pink. This is quite powdery and doesn’t last for very long at all but for £2.50 full price then it is a good product to use if you are happy to top up throughout the day.

The product that surprised me most was the Maximum Coverage Concealer. Considering that this is only £4 full price it has decent coverage and blends very well. Definitely a product to try if you want an affordable concealer. 

I picked up the Shimmer Eyeline Pencil in Iconic Ivory to use on the inner corner of my eye, however the pencil is scratchy and does not blend very well at all. Definitely not a product to try!

Finally, I decided to add the Tone Correcting Powder to my basket simply because it intrigued me. It is made up of 4 coloured powders: blue, pink. green and yellow. The idea behind the product is great, however the actual product is horrendous. The powder makes your skin look white. Considering that I am a very pale person it is very rare for a product to be too pale for me, so this would be even more horrendous for a person with a medium skin tone!

My verdict…….. I would much rather spend more money on other brands and have decent products than pay extremely low prices for products that are going to go straight in to the bin!!

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May Birchbox

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LIZ EARLE CLEANSE & POLISH HOT CLOTH CLEANSER | Full size £13.25 100ml | Sample 30 ml £3.97 | I have used this product before so I know that it is brilliant and I was very pleased to see that they had included the muslin cloth

SOIGNE BOTANIQUE NAIL POLISH IN CREME AU BEURRE | Full size £11 10ml | It was nice to receive a full size nail polish and the colour looks lovely. I have never heard of this brand before so will keep you posted

BENEFIT THEY’RE REAL MASCARA | Full size £19.50 8.5g | Sample 3g £6.88 | This is a fantastic mascara that I have had before so I am glad to have this sample to use it again

BEAUTY PROTECTOR PROTECT SHAMPOO & CONDITIONER | Full size £14 (Doesn’t say size) | This is a birchbox exclusive brand that is all sorts of nasties-free so I am interested to try this out, however it would have been nice to have a more well-known brand

AROMATHERAPY ASSOCIATES REVIVE MORNING BATH & SHOWER OIL | Full size £40 55ml | Sample 3ml £2.18 | I am really glad to have received this product as I have heard amazing things about their bath oils so am excited to try this out

Overall I am pleased with this months box. It is nice to see come popular brands in there. However, some of the sample sizes are a little bit small such as the bath oil. I like to try products out more than once before deciding what I think of them and the small samples don’t allow for that. That being said, I still look forward to receiving my birchbox every single month

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A very naughty haul!

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I went a bit shopping mad this past week and ended up with this little lot!

First of all the scarf…….. I love the contrast of the grey and bright pink…….. absolutely perfect for spring! I picked this up in Primark for £4!

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Next up is this beautiful nude lipstick. I have been looking for the perfect nude lip but all the ones I have tried haven’t hit the mark, whereas this colour is perfect. This is from L’Oreal Paris’ Color Riche Collection Privee in the colour Doutzen’s Nude. It is the perfect nude that is not too brown but not too pink!

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Boots had 3 for 2 so I also picked up this Maybelline Colossal Go Extreme Mascara! I accidentally picked up the waterproof version and I am so disappointed with this mascara. After I had applied two coats my lashes barely looked different to having no mascara on. Maybe the non-waterproof one would be better!

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The last item I picked up from Boots 3 for 2 offer was this L’Oreal Paris Lumi Magique concealer in Light. I didn’t think that this concealer had very good coverage but I like it for applying over another concealer to highlight the under-eye.

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I have always wanted to try Physicians Formula but it is not normally available in the UK. However, I discovered this in TKMaxx. It was the only product they had by this brand but I am so glad that I found it. The bronzer is lovely and surprisingly it isn’t too orange for my pale skin and the blusher is a lovely coral colour. This product also has the added benefit of having a mirror and small brush underneath. I am definitely looking forward to trying more products from this brand!

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I picked up some more Invisibobble hair bands. I have these in the yellow and they are amazing. They do not dent your hair and they prevent getting tight hairs when your hair is up! If you wear your hair up often then definitely check these out!

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Beautybay had an extra 10% off over easter weekend so I picked up these two summer colours. The pink is from the Brazil Collection and is ‘Kiss Me I’m Brazilian’. The purple is ‘You’re such a Budapest’ from the Euro Centrale collection! These are both must have colours for spring/summer and have a fantastic formula!

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Last but definitely not least, Nails Inc had an 8 piece special collection for only £20……. I couldn’t resist!

From L – R (Top) : Hay Hill, Weighhouse Street, Providence Court, Adam’s Row

From L – R (Bottom) : Palace Gate, Beaufort Street, Kensington Square, St Catherine’s Dock

There is not one colour in this collection that I am not in love with! They are all beautiful colours with fantastic formulas so keep your eyes peeled for some NOTD’s using these beauties!

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Nails Inc in InStyle!

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May’s issue of InStyle magazine came out today only costing £2.50 at Tesco. The free gift with the magazine is a Nails Inc nail polish. There are three different colours so naturally I bought all three!

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From L – R: Copacabana Coral, Sao Paolo Streets, Sugarloaf Sunset.

Copacabana is a red coral colour. It would be perfect for toes in the summer but I’m not really a fan of it.

Sao Paolo Streets is a grey toned nude colour. This is a beautiful colour but is very similar to Colville Mews.

Sugarloaf Sunset is a beautiful neon pink colour. It is almost identical to OPI’s Kiss Me I’m Brazilian so save yourself some money and buy the magazine rather than buying the OPI colour for £11.95!

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The magazine also comes with a code for 25% off at NailsInc.com.

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A late birthday present!

My friend works in a school so we only get the chance to go for lunch during the school holidays, so I haven’t seen her since my birthday. This means I get an exciting late present off her this week! This is normally one of the most exciting presents I receive because she is a makeup junkie like me!

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She bought me a YSL French Manicure set and a L’Oreal Paris Glam Shine in Princess.

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The french manicure set consists of 2 nail polish pens: pink and white. The pink pen has a fluffy brush on the end and the white has a kind of pen nib end. I haven’t tried these yet because my nails are too short at the moment but I love the concept so will keep you posted as to whether they really are as easy to use as they look!

The other product she bought me is the L’Oreal Paris Glam Shine lip colour in the shade Princess. I already own two other shades in these because the formula is fantastic and rumour has it that they are the same formula as the YSL Glossy Stains! The brush is a beautiful teardrop shape that makes it really easy to apply and this shade is going to be perfect for summer! Plus, they smell amazing!

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Nails Inc Floral Effect

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Nails Inc recently launched their Floral effect polish for spring. This is a clear based glitter polish with large flower pieces in it. This colour is called Chelsea Embankment Gardens and has pale pink and white glitter particles with pink, yellow and blue flowers.

This was difficult to apply as the brush doesn’t always pick up a flower but the effect is lovely for spring and really brightens up a manicure.

I would definitely recommend picking one of their floral effect polishes up as I have not seen any other polish like it on the market! Good job Nails Inc!!

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