Hooray for cheap make up!

Tuesday, 29 June 2010
First of all I want to say a massive THANK YOU to all my followers! I can't believe I have over 70, so exciting!

Okay, so on with the blog! Today I went to Boots and had a little spend on some make up. I'd been lusting after a look at the new limited edition 'Precious Metals' collection by 17 and also wanted to get my mitts on some Barry M lippy (which unfortunately wasn't there - sigh). I did however get a couple of bits from the 'Precious Metals' collection as well as some Collection 2000 lippies and a few freebies!



First up - the 17 goodies. I'd seen a lot of talk in the blogging world about the limited edition collection and had already decided from reading various blogs that I had to have the bronzer...



I thought I'd show you the swatches as I haven't had a go with it just yet - but from what I can tell it will make for a gorgeous glow - and could probably be used as eye shadow as well (if you're into your neutrals - which I am). I was tempted to get the 'Precious Metals' eye shadow palette as well but it is pretty much identical to the bronzer, so I thought I'd save my pennies and use the bronzer for both; I think the colours will look gorgeous when mixed together for a bronzer or lovely on their own as eye shadows! The bronzer is £4.49 which I don't think is too shabby!

Next up from the 17 'Precious Metals' collection is the lipgloss. Now, I'm not usually a fan of lipglosses - I find them too sticky and far, far too sheer. This is no different - I was drawn to it as it apparently contains 'gold shimmer' but I saw nothing of the sort on my lips. The colour, although very striking in the packaging, is pretty non-existent on the lips - and I find it too dark for me. It was £3.79 and I definitely wouldn't buy again - but who knows, it might just be my taste!


The good thing about purchasing both products is that it got me a good old 17 freebie. They tend to include these every once in a while if you spend more than £6 (which I did) and I was quite impressed with this one. Along with the packaging being really cute and kitsch, it actually contains some pretty nice products. An 'Ultimate Volume' lipgloss, a waterproof mascara (it's supposed to be a 'travel kit') and a nail polish.


The nail polish is a lovely colour, and although I tend to find 17 polishes chip quite easily, they are pretty opaque and so quick to apply. I haven't yet used the mascara but I'm not hoping for miracles - I do however think it's rather handy if you are going away as a waterproof mascara really is a must. The lipgloss is something that really surprised me. As I said earlier, I've never been the biggest fan of lipglosses, as I'm all for the bright, bold in-your-face colour, which usually isn't the case with glosses. However, this one has left me wondering if I could become a convert; it's a lovely colour and I don't find it sheer at all - it also wasn't too sticky and therefore gets a big thumbs up from me!

The 17 'Ultimate Volume' Lipgloss in 'Pink Ice'

Also - something worth a mention with this freebie is that it comes with a 100 points coupon when you spend over £5 on 17 products - always good if, like me, you are an avid advantage card points collector!

Next up are a couple of lipsticks by Collection 2000 I spotted after perusing the 17 section. As you'll have seen in a previous post, I've found Collection 2000 lippies to be really good quality and long-lasting - therefore I had to get myself some more!

First up is from the same collection as my beloved 'Bubblegum' lippy - the 'Lasting Colour' collection. If 'Bubblegum' is anything to go by, this lipstick should last really well. I'd seen it before but thought perhaps it was a bit risqué - it's called 'Pink Shock' and really is very bold and bright. However, I love love love it on. It's just such a gorgeous bold colour - perfect on a night out with toned down eyes to make it all about the lips. It was a bargain at £3.49

'Pink Shock' from Collection 2000's 'Lasting Colour' Collection

The second lipstick I got from Collection 2000 is one of their 'Crystal Gloss' lip colours, in 'Baby Crystal' and seriously it's beautiful. It's just such a glittery, shimmery, sugary pink. It reminds me of Barbie or something - seriously sparkly and girly. I love it. I think it was about £2.29 - seriously cheap!

'Baby Crystal'

Finally is my last freebie. I got it as if you spent over £4 (I think) on Collection 2000 you received a free Pure Gloss Sheer Lipgloss. I should have known when I saw the word 'Sheer' that I wouldn't get on well with it - however the colour I chose (Candyfloss) looked simply stunning in the tube. On, not so much. Again it's just too sheer for me, but I can't really complain as it was a freebie.

Pure Gloss in 'Candyfloss'

Ah, the joys of cheap make up and freebies! What do you think to what I got? Have you come across any make up freebies recently?

My puppy! :)

Thursday, 24 June 2010
Okay, so today has been very exciting! I bought my very own puppy :) he's absolutely adorable; right now he's snuggled up in a ball sleeping like a baby. He's a Malchi (half Maltese, half Chihuahua) and I love him to bits already. I've named him Rory, and I really hope you girls like him! He's 10 weeks old and absolutely tiny. Here's a pic I took of him in the garden earlier today :)
What do you all think to him? xx

Topshop Haul :)

Tuesday, 22 June 2010


Hello everyone! Today has been an absolutely gorgeous day - it's been so hot! Me, my mum and my sister took a shopping trip in the sunshine, and I stumbled on an accessories sale in Topshop and managed to pick up a fair few bargains!



First up I got this gooooorgeous bag. I'd been lusting after it for ages, and so when I saw it sitting on its own with a £20 sticker I had to buy it!! Originally I think it was £38, so I think I got quite a bargain! It's covered in a glittery floral design and is pretty big so will fit a fair few bits in.


I also got this cute little travel card holder to put my rail card in. It was £2.50 in the sale (originally £5) and it matches the bag so I had to get it!


I saw this daisy crop-top in Topshop a while ago, but didn't buy it and ended up really regretting it. So when I saw the last one in my size I had to buy it. It was £28 and the picture really doesn't do it justice. I might do an OOTD with it sometime soon; I think it looks really summery and would look great with a body con skirt and some gladiators!


As soon as I saw these earrings I had to buy them. They're so cute and pretty! They were a bargain at £4 (originally £8) and I love them.


I got these cute button earrings for £2.50, again they were half price and originally £5. I think they're really different and they were the last pair so I snapped them up!


I wanted this necklace ages ago as it's just my taste, but I didn't get it as I decided I had too much jewellery! This has gone out of the window now after stumbling over all these sale goodies! I love this necklace (basically because I love anything involving bees and butterflies) and it was only £4.50, originally £9.


Sorry the picture of this ring isn't the best, the macro on my camera was being difficult! I love this ring as it reminds me of Peter Pan or something; it's a pretty rose with leaf detailing all the way round. It was £2.50 (£5 originally).


I absolutely adore this bracelet. It is covered in holographic glitter which sparkles in all sorts of different colours and has a floral pattern all the way round. I'd never seen it before and had to have it -it was half price at £5.

Overall I'm extremely happy with my purchases! Has anyone else been on a spending spree recently? What do you think to what I bought?

Bargains from Boots!

Sunday, 20 June 2010
Hey everyone! I just thought I'd do a little blog on some of the A-MAZ-ING bargains I got the other day from my local Boots. Now, just to let you know - the things I got were all clearance items, so I'm not entiiiiiiiirely sure if they will be this cheap everywhere else (I went to the other Boots in my town and only a couple of them were - so it's a bit hit and miss really!). All the products I got are haircare items, as they were pretty much the only items on clearance (by clearance I don't mean they were hidden away in a grotty corner titled 'Clearance' at the back of the shop - they were where they usually are but with clearance prices on the shelf label thing - so keep a look out!) Okay, so I'll stop rambling on and show you the goodies I got!

All of these goodies came to under £10. I know, ridiculous! My sister came with me and bought pretty much all the same products - we cleaned out the shop! I'd definately recommend having a look in your local Boots every now and again for fab hair bargains, I was so pleased with mine!
First up I got a diddy take-away sized Lee Stafford Flat Iron protection mist. It was only 49p and I love Lee Stafford products so had to have it!

I then stumbled over to the Aussie hair area and saw a few of their products were on clearance too. I grabbed these two products (Dual Personality Aussome Volume & Conditioning Mousse and Volume & Gloss Hairspray) for a teensy £1.19 each. I love Aussie products (mainly because they smell delicious) and have used the hairspray and it's REALLY good for getting big hair.

I then spotted this collosal pot of 'Naked Rescue' Intensive Repair and Renew Hair Treatment for a bargainous £1.15 (originally £7 something! - at this point me and my sister were literally fighting eachother over all the cheap cheap products) but we both managed to grab one of these each. I've heard a few good things about this brand so hoping for good results. It doesn't have the nicest of smells but I can't complain if it does my hair some good!

I also managed to get hold of some Elnett Hairspray for 88p!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I know, bargain of the century or what. I was so pleased with this, a full 200ml for such a bargainous price. Brilliant. At this point me and my sister had very chesire cat-like grins (she also managed to grab the last one). We both also got the last two Umberto Giannini Love It Straight Heat Protection Mists for just over a quid. Needless to say we were both squealing with delight and scrambling around for baskets to put all our precious goodies in.

Finally we got our hands on a few more minis, this time from Trevor Sorbie. Also only 49p each, I was really chuffed with these as I've been wanting to try them for ages to see if they va-va-voom my hair. I shall let you know if they do! I got the shampoo, the hairspray and the leave-in conditioner. These last two are a bit boring. Just some a basic shampoo and conditioner but I got the Garnier one for 33p!!!! And I think the Herbal Essences was around 80p.

Overall I think I got some absolute bargains, so definately think it's worth having a good look about every now and again! Boots are also giving out £2 off professional haircare after every £5 you spend in store at the minute - not that I need it after purchasing all these!

Has anyone else come across any fab bargains recently?

FOTD and HOTD :)

Tuesday, 15 June 2010
Hello my lovely followers! Just thought I'd do a face of the day as well as hair of the day today as I got a bit curling wand happy earlier and so have a rather spirally-curled barnet at the minute!


And here's a couple of scary close-up eye pictures to get a better look at my eye make up!

I had to put this picture up as I think it really shows how good the PRIMARK (shock horror) Whip Lash mascara is. I love it.

Unfortunately this pic really doesn't do the Sleek shadow justice!

FOTD:

Face:

  • Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in Sand
  • Benefit It Stick Concealer
  • Technit 'Hide It' Concealer Palette
  • ELF High Definition Powder
  • Primark Happy Couple Blush/Bronzing Duo
  • Primark Tinted Love Highlighter

Eyes:

  • A pale gold (base) and a slightly warmer gold eyeshadow (outer corners) taken from Sleek's Storm Palette
  • Collection 2000 Fastliner
  • Primark Whip Lash Mascara (amaaaazing mascara)
  • 17 Eyebrow Pencil in Brown

Lips:

  • Collection 2000 Lasting Colour Lipstick in Bubblegum

HOTD:

I used my Babyliss Conical Wand to create lots of spiral curls. I actually prefer how the curls look a day after I've curled them, as they look looser and more natural. I thought I'd let you see what they look like straight away though. I used John Frieda's Frizz-Ease Moisture Barrier Hairspray to hold the curls in place.

Hope you like! :)

My Soap & Glory Addiction!

Monday, 14 June 2010

Okay, so I recently decided that I'm becoming addicted to Soap and Glory products. It wasn't until I had a look at alllll the products I had that I realised I've been addicted to it.... forever. Seriously, I can't stop buying it! I love love love all their products. And it's easy to understand why; when you look at their reviews they are pretty much all five stars! I just love everything about them; their packaging, how they smell, and most importantly - the effect they have! I think you need to take a look at this picture to understand the extent of my addiction to everything S&G:

Ridiculous I know, but I can't help but want more! Seriously, if you've never tried the brand I'd go for it. I don't think you can go wrong. I thought I'd highlight a few of my favourite products from my modest *ahem* collection.

Scrub Your Nose In It - £7.00

One of my favourite ever Soap and Glory products, it makes my skin feel amazing. It's basically a face scrub and mask in one; I use it as a scrub and it leaves my skin feeling so soft and fresh. It claims to 'help refine large pores and blemishes' and I think it most definately does the job. Although it's pretty pricey, I think it's worth it and I would buy it again.

Flake Away - £6.50


This is the best exfoliator ever. It smells like heaven in a tub and contains shea butter, sugar and peach seed extract. The sugar really helps to exfoliate dead skin cells and I find it's great for getting rid of stubborn old flakey fake tan. You get a massive 300ml tub which I think it's brilliant for the price, and if you love the signature Soap and Glory smell you'll love this product.

The Daily Smooth Moisturiser - £8.00


I heart this moisturiser. My holy grail moisturiser is usually Palmers Cocoa Butter but I think this is just as good if not better. I suffer from really dry skin and this always does the trick - my skin always feels deliciously smooth after using it.


The Fab Pore Facial Peel - £5.99


Now I wouldn't recommend buying this if you already have Scrub Your Nose In It. I bought this product first and loved it, then bought Scrub Your Nose In It and although I love that product too, they are very similar; you can tell buy the smell of them. The Fab Pore Facial Peel is however, a face mask and not a scrub, and does have really good effects. It does the same as the scrub, refining pores and making skin feel really soft. So basically, it's probably worth buying Scrub Your Nose In It as opposed to the peel, as the scrub can be used as a scrub OR a face mask.


Supereyes Supereyes Eye Gel - £7.99


Although this isn't strictly one of my favourite S&G products, it does stand out to me as being something different. It's quite simply an eye gel that is meant to instantly lift bags under the eyes using 'swift-lift technology'. Now I've used this a few times and have sat at the mirror staring at my bags wondering when it's going to take effect.... but you CAN feel it working. It tingles as soon as you put it on and once it's dried I think it does make a difference, all be it a subtle one. I think that after I've applied my makeup I see the difference more, and so I am glad I bought the product, but if you do buy it, don't expect amazing results.


I could go on and on about all the Soap and Glory products I love, but I'd be here for hours. Instead I thought I'd write a quick list of some of the other products and what I like about them:


- Girliglo/Flirtigo - Lovely spray-on moisturising body mist. Smells great and is brill for when you can't be bothered to smother moisturiser everywhere.
- Hand Food - Great hand cream that really does moisturise, as well as smelling lush.
- Sexy Motherpucker Lipgloss - I think everyone adores this product - I just love how it makes my lips tingle!
- Easy Glistening - Sweet almond dry oil body gloss that makes your skin SPARKLE.

Ooh and just a heads up - Boots have lots of Soap and Glory goodies on offer at the minute - I'm very tempted to purchase the Soap and Glory perfume!!

Image courtesy of Google Images

Is anyone else a bit of a Soap and Glory addict? Are there any S&G products I haven't mentioned that you'd recommend?

Makeup gallore!

Wednesday, 9 June 2010
Okay, so I apologise for the lack of posts recently - I've been a busy busy bee! However, I did have a fab shopping trip yesterday and I couldn't resist showing you all the lovely make up I bought and what I think to it. This could be a rather long post.

First up, I went to Superdrug to check out their '2true' make up range. I'd heard good things about it, and at £1.95 a pop you can't really go wrong. They also do a great 3 for £5 offer which I couldn't resist. Here's what I got:



2true French Manicure Nail polish in 'Delicate Pink'
2true Glossywear Lipstick in shade no. 4
2true Eyeshadow Dazzler in shade no. 8

Okay, so the French manicure nail polish is pretty boring, I haven't actually opened it since buying as it was a kind of 'What do I get to make this three for a fiver?!' situation, and I could do with a new French polish. However, the other two products I love. First up, the lipstick. I ummed and ahhed over which shade to get, deciding on no. 4 as it seemed the most striking and I loved the sparkle to it. It's a gorgeously bright raspberry pink, with glitter and sparkles (which I love). Here's what it looks like:



So definately thumbs up for the lippy. The other fab buy I got from the 2true range was one of their eye shadow dazzlers. I spent ages looking at them (seriously, all the shades are gorgeous) but settled with this glittery pink number (shade no. 8 - no they don't have names - slightly annoying):


Just look at the sparkle on that!

My next stop was Boots. Recently they've been doing a 3 for 2 make up offer across all their make up (okay, so not the premium brands - we can't have it all) and I was in need of some more lippy so I headed straight for the make up displays. I'd been lusting after a nude lipstick as they seem to be very en vogue at the minute, and I was drawn to the new (rather snazzingly packaged) Mirrorshine 17 lipsticks. I ended up getting one in the Beehive, a kind of nude-peach colour. Here's what it looks like:


I'll admit, when I got home and tried it out I was kind of disappointed. I mean, it pretty much matches the colour of my lips. I'm not entirely sure what I was expecting - nudes aren't exactly the boldest of colours - but I thought it would pack a bigger punch than it does. However, it is SUCH a moisturising lipstick. Seriously, it's ridiculously soft and shiny and really feels like it's doing your lips some good. Therefore I don't regret buying it, despite the slight colour disappointment. I think it was around £3.50.

Next I stumbled across another new range of lipsticks from Collection 2000 - their 'Lasting Colour' range. I tried out a few of the colours and my gosh they are so vibrant! I bought Bubblegum, a gooooorgeous bright pink colour that is the shade of... well... bubblegum. It cost again, around £3.50.This is most definitely my favourite purchase. It is really opaque on the lips as well as being shiny and it doesn't have that nasty cheap lipstick smell - it smells like bubblegum! This is another reason I'm in love with the product. I cannot recommend it enough - I actually think I prefer it to my MAC Viva Glam Gaga. They are very similar products, except MAC's is lustre and therefore needs a good few coats whereas Bubblegum doesn't. It also has such good staying power - even after eating and drinking! I love it. I've already been complimented on it twice!


The last thing I got in the 3 for 2 make up offer was an eye shadow from 17. I'd bought this shade before and loved it but smashed it on the floor about 3 days after purchasing it -I was NOT happy! The shade is Funfair and it's a lovely pink colour with gold tones in it. Here's what it looks like (I think it was £3.50 as well!):


I then went to New Look and bought a few of their Stargazer eye shadows. I don't know if anyone's familiar with the brand, but I think it's great. Their prices range at about £3-£5 and the quality and range of their eye shadows is brilliant. I bought three of the eye dusts (I think they are around £3.50 each - I used a 20% off voucher though) and I'm in love with them. I got shade 11 (a kind of orangey gold - probably my least favourite but it is really shimmery), shade 9 (a rusty kind of antique looking gold - perfect for highlighting the outer corners) and shade 29 ( a deep purple). All of the shadows are shimmery and beautiful - I actually think shade 9 is an almost identical colour to that of MAC's Woodwinked (kind of wishing I hadn't forked out the £11 for that now!) and they all have great staying power. Definitely worth checking out if you haven't already.

Top - no. 11
Middle - no. 9
Bottom - no. 29

Last but most definitely not least, I wandered into WHSmith and bought a copy of More! Magazine for a mere 80p (apparently a WHSmith exclusive - they're still £1.50 everywhere else!) as I heard from the lovely Louise in one of her blog posts that this weeks More! was giving away a FREE (yes, that's right, free) Barry M Dazzledust. Now I LOVE Barry M's Dazzledusts, and actually nearly went mad buying them last week, so I was so pleased when I heard about this offer. I mean, a Dazzledust for 80p!? I got shade 53/Chocolate - a lovely chocolately brown with bronze tones in it, which I think will look lovely on the outer corners with a gold/bronze as a base. I went back and bought another More! after this, so I hope to go get another free Dazzledust pretty soon! Just thought I'd let you girls know about the WHSmith thing - so we can all go mad on 80p Dazzledusts!


Has anyone else gone a bit mad on make up recently? What do you think to the things I bought?
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