Origins Zero Oil Deep Pore Cleanser & Super Spot Remover

Thursday, 23 May 2013

I've always been a fan of Origins. Okay, so considering I've only ever tried a couple of products I can't really call myself a fan, but its a brand I've always been intrigued by and the few things I have tried I've completely adored. There aren't any Origins counters around where I live, so whenever I am nearby one I will, without a doubt, be stood for absolutely ages gawping at all the amazing products. I just love the mantra behind Origins and the fact they make products that really work and never fail to deliver.

If there is one range from Origins that gets me seriously excited, it has got to be the Zero Oil range. I suffer with really oily skin and spots so the products in this range are ideal for me. I was recently sent an couple of products from the range to try; the Deep Pore Cleanser and the Super Spot Remover.

First up; the Deep Pore Cleanser. Now, I was a little apprehensive about using this at first, only because I've been using Simple's Exfoliating Wash religiously, and whenever I stop using it I seem to break out. Luckily though, this didn't happen when using the Zero Oil Deep Pore Cleanser, which is a plus point straight away. The cleanser is your basic face wash, which lathers up a bit when in contact with water, but not a lot, which I like. It contains Saw Palmetto and Mint which gives it a really fresh scent and make it really refreshing on the skin. It gently exfoliates but the thing I love most about this product is that it contains Salicylic Acid, my absolute favourite spot-fighting ingredient. I've been using this wash for a few months now and I absolutely love it. It has cleared up my skin SO much and my oil is much less of a problem. My skin hasn't looked this good in such a long time and I definitely think its down to this cleanser. My pores look reduced and I've definitely see a reduction in blackheads. It's a tad pricey at £17 but I think if it continues to keep my skin looking this good I will definitely repurchase.

The Super Spot Remover is such a buzzed about product, and its clear to see why. Although you only get a tiny little bottle of product, a little really goes a long way with this treatment and it completely does what it says on the tin. I love using this just before I go to bed by dabbing a little bit on any pimples or spots I have and when I wake up in the morning the difference is incredible. It is slightly drying, and I have noticed it can sometimes dry out my skin a bit too much, but for the results it gives I really can't complain. You can feeling it getting to work as soon as you put it on - a sure sign of a good spot banishing product. I will definitely be repurchasing this product when it runs out, but I think it will last me a fair while as like I said, a little really goes a long way. It retails at £13 a pop which is pretty steep, but I don't mind paying it as the product works so well.

Overall I'm really, really impressed by these products, and Origins can do no wrong in my eyes. I'm definitely going to be checking out more of the products from their Zero Oil range as I'm already hooked! Are you a fan of Origins? Have you tried any products from their Zero Oil range?

Operation Mermaid Hair

Wednesday, 22 May 2013
 (L-R) Viridian Beauty Complex* & Oil*, Batiste Dry Shampoo, Moroccanoil*, Naked Rescue Hair Treatment, Lee Stafford Hair Growth TreatmentHerbal Essences Beautiful Ends Split End Protection Cream, Lee Stafford Root Boost Mouse Spray*

Okay, so I know my hair isn't exactly short, but I'm getting a little bit obsessed with making it grow. I know I know, it's easy to just buy some extensions and whack them in for a bit of length and volume, but I want full-blown, NATURAL mermaid/Rapunzel hair. I'm not asking for much, right? 

So, I've decided to make it my mission to achieve this. I'm pulling out all the stops to get my hair growing again - for some reason it just seems to get to a certain point and stop - so unfair. I've mentioned it before on here but I'm cutting down on washing my hair and have stopped back-combing it altogether, but now I've decided I need to really make an effort to nourish it and get it growing again. 

So, I've started 'Operation: Mermaid Hair'. I sat down, worked through all my hair products and picked which ones I will be using to get my hair long and healthy, so I thought I would go through them for you. 

Viridian Beauty Complex & Oil: They always say it's important to work from the inside out, so I've decided it's high time I started taking vitamins and supplements to get my skin, hair and nails looking and feeling great. I've tried taking vitamins before and as I'm really forgetful (and lazy) I completely failed at it. However, I put this on my bedside table so every morning when I wake up, I take them - without fail. It's working so far! I'm pleased with the Viridian Vitamin tablets so far, but I'm not so keen on the oil. I find it difficult to take as it's obviously a liquid oil which I don't use on a daily basis. If you have oil on your salad etc. though this would be ideal, I just prefer taking the tablets.

Batiste Dry Shampoo: As I'm drastically cutting down on washing my hair, Batiste Dry Shampoo is a complete essential to me now. I tend to get greasy roots fairly quickly so I always use this to spruce my hair up a bit. Plus, it's great for adding volume. I've tried tonnes of dry shampoos in the past and have to say Batiste and Timotei are my firm favourites.

Moroccanoil Treatment: I blogged about this a little while ago so if you want a full review check that out here, but I have found this SO crucial in getting my hair in a decent condition. My hair feels so much softer using it and I've definitely seen an improvement in hair growth. 

Naked Rescue Hair Treatment: I think using a deep treatment mask at LEAST once a week is so important if you want your hair to grow. As I'm trying to wash my hair once or twice a week, I always use a deep conditioning treatment. This one from Naked Rescue is great, although I'm not sure if you can get hold of it anymore. I always leave deep conditioning treatments on for either five minutes in the shower if I'm in a rush, or for an hour whilst I potter about/read a book (outside of the shower, obviously). Deep treatments always leave my hair feeling super soft and strong. 

Lee Stafford Hair Growth Treatment: I've been using this Hair Growth Treatment off and on for years now and although I've never seen much of a difference to my hair, I keep using it on the pretence that it might actually be doing something. Maybe. 

Herbal Essences Beautiful Ends Split End Protection: Split ends are my biggest bugbear when it comes to my hair, and they are often what causes my hair to break off, and thus, not grow. I absolutely love the Beautiful Ends products by Herbal Essences and this is a really cheap, quick and easy way of looking after my split ends. Love it. 

Lee Stafford Big Fat Root Boost Mousse: Because I've given up backcombing to help get my hair in a better condition and most importantly, to get it growing, I've become a little bit obsessed with using this. It is seriously AMAZING at giving my hair volume and I actually wonder where I've been without it. You just squirt the mousse straight onto your roots, comb it through and blow-dry and voila - hello big hair. 

What products do you use to encourage your hair to grow? Will you be following my lead with 'Operation Mermaid Hair'? 

Summer's in the Air and Baby Heaven's in Your Eyes: Floral Sunnies

Tuesday, 21 May 2013
Left: Missguided Sunglasses - £9.99
Right: Choies Sunglasses* - $27.99

You know me, a sucker for anything remotely girly, floral or even slightly novelty. I mean, life is too short to buy serious sunglasses, right?! Recently I've become a little obsessed with all the amazing flower-adorned sunnies that are on the market. After seeing some pretty peepers on Tumblr or somewhere, I quickly scouted out possibly places to get my hands on some, and luckily Missguided and Choies came to the rescue. 

I got the pair on the left with the floral detailing over the top from Missguided, and I really love them. They are seriously cute and girly and go with so many of my Spring/Summer outfits. The pair on the right were a slightly pricier version from Choies, but just LOOK AT THEM. They're AMAZING. After searching high and low I am so glad I came across these beautiful sunnies because they are seriously stunning. 

Okay, so the flower detailing around the edge can get annoying, and I'd be lying if I said that none of the flowers have fallen off (a few fell off the Choies pair, but I think they'd come all the way from China or somewhere so I can kind of forgive them) but you can't deny that these beauties are pretty unique and will certainly turn heads over the summer. I am absolutely in love with them and have a feeling I will be wearing them constantly over the next few months. That's if the sun decides to come back, of course. 

Are you loving floral sunnies? I've spotted some similar pairs in Primark if you are looking for cheaper alternatives! 

Pamper your Pooch with John Paul Pet

Monday, 20 May 2013

As much as I love pampering myself, there is nothing I like more than pampering my gorgeous dog Rory. Okay - so he doesn't really approve of it. Rory absolutely despises baths, detests being sprayed with anything and likes very much smelling like the scruffy little pup that he is. However, as he likes to spend a great deal of time snuggling up on my bed, I like to keep him squeaky clean. Also, I like to think that although me and my pup are notorious for looking a bit on the scruffy side (especially where hair is concerned) we actually scrub up quite well. 

I am a massive fan of Paul Mitchell haircare, and I recently discovered one of the co-founders actually has their own pet haircare line, John Paul Pet. So, when me and Rory were given the chance to review John Paul Pet's Grooming Kit we both (well, okay, me) jumped at the chance.

As Rory hates baths so much, I felt like these products would be the perfect alternative for him. Although he hates pampering of any kind, his main gripe is with water, so the fact water isn't involved in using any of the products in the Grooming Pack gets his thumbs up (if dogs had thumbs... I digress). In the Grooming Pack (which is for both dogs and cats by the way - we all know moggies aren't a fan of the wet stuff) you get a bottle of Waterless Foaming Shampoo, a bottle of Oatmeal Conditioning Spray and a Custom Grooming Brush - everything you need to get your furry friend looking (and feeling) a million dollars. 

A key thing for me when it comes to doggy grooming products is smell. Let's face it, even if your pet might be looking fantastic, if they're on the pongy side, it's never very nice. So, what do I make to the smell of these products? In a word; delicious. Honestly, if they sold a perfume that smelt like this, I would buy it. To be honest, once I smelt these products I debated using them myself, they smell so damn good. They smell amazingly like almonds and marzipan and all those gorgeously sickly sweet things, most of which make up my favourite scents. As soon as I started using the products on Rory I fell in love with their smell and was immediately sold. If you're looking some products to get your pooch smelling nice, get these. You will NOT regret it. 

As well as smelling totally and utterly gorgeous, the products in the Grooming Pack definitely work wonders. The Waterless Foam Shampoo gently cleanses without being harsh, whilst the Oatmeal Conditioning Spray made Rory's hair so soft, smooth and fluffy, giving it a fab conditioning treatment. The Custom Grooming Brush could be mistaken for a normal hair brush, yet it does a brilliant job of detangling hair as well as helping to work the products into the skin. 

Overall I am ecstatic with the results the John Paul Pet Grooming Kit achieved, and I will most definitely continue to use these products on Rory. I think he is very thankful for the reduction in baths using these waterless products has incurred, so everyone's happy! The best thing is? John Paul Pets products, like Paul Mitchell, aren't tested on animals. Happy paws all round! 

What grooming products do you use on your pets? Do you like treating them to posh pampering products?

Collective Clothing Haul

Sunday, 19 May 2013

Apologies for not popping a proper post up this weekend but I thought I would show you my latest Collective Haul video, after you all loved my last haul so much! I just want to say a massive thank you to everyone who has subscribed to me - I'm nearly at 1,000 subscribers which is crazy! Let me know what videos you would like to see in the future and I really hope you enjoy! 

Also - for anyone who wants to know the lipstick I'm wearing in the video is the amazing cheapy MUA one I got in my Drugstore Haul a bit ago - it's SO nice. 

Guerlain Rouge Automatique in Shalimar Review

Friday, 17 May 2013

I really don't think there's anything better than treating yourself to a expensive lippy. I am always lusting over the premium makeup counters lipsticks and glosses, trying out a million on my hand before I bite the bullet and purchase one, going away feeling a little giddy, a little guilty and very very luxe.

Unfortunately there are some brands my local department stores are lacking, including Guerlain, so I'd never had the chance to try anything until recently. I have to say, I'm head over heels already. I was recently sent this Rouge Automatique lipstick in Shalimar and it is such a stunning colour, perfect for day or night and completely moisturising and silky on the lips. I don't think I own any colour quite like this (the nearest I can think of is Full Fuchsia by MAC) and it's the perfect deep fuchsia-pink that I honestly think would suit any skin tone. It's such a versatile colour and it feels like it's going on sheer to begin with but then reveals a gorgeously pigmented colour. This is because it has a second-skin like texture which makes it so light on the lips, you wouldn't even notice you have it on. I love how it feels on my lips and that it doesn't leave my lips looking (or feeling) caked on, but wonderfully hydrated and light.

Another thing I love about this lipstick is the packaging. The amount of times I've lost a lipstick lid dropping my lippy in a rush in the morning - this is no longer a problem with this nifty (and frankly beautiful) casing. With one hand you can quickly slide down on the packaging to reveal the lippy inside. I love this unique idea and it adds a bit of a novelty to applying my lippy!

Overall I am SO impressed with this lipstick and I'm already lusting after other lippies from Guerlain. You really cannot beat a prestige brand when it comes to buying a timeless lipstick like this one. J'adore! 

Begin Again

Thursday, 16 May 2013
Playsuit*: Lavish Alice
Floral Headband: Crown & Glory
Shoes: Primark
Necklace: Topshop 
Watch: Michael Kors

I've been meaning to blog about this stunning velvet playsuit from Lavish Alice for absolutely ages, but for one reason or another I never got around to it. Better late than never though right? The weather hasn't been the warmest lately (nice weather lasted long didn't it!?) so I decided to wear it today as it definitely deserves a bit more wear. It's a gorgeous deep wine red colour that I absolutely love and is I think it would still look fab with bare legs if things decide to turn a bit warmer. I paired it with thick tights (as it's pretty chilly out there) and my goooorgeous Primark studded flatforms, adding some rose gold jewellery to finish it off. I couldn't resist popping my Crown and Glory floral headband on too to complete the outfit. 

There are SO many gorgeous things on Lavish Alice right now, they seem to be heading in a bit of a new direction and I must say they get my approval! I'm completely in love with this dress, although I'd have to wear it with a vest underneath as I'm not one for showing my bra (despite how booby this outfit post may be, eep). 

Just had to say a massive THANK YOU to everyone who has been commenting and liking and subscribing to my YouTube channel after my recent Primark Haul went up. I'm so glad you like it! I have another haul video coming up over the weekend so I hope you all enjoy that too! 

Barry M Texture Nail Effects

Barry M Texture Nail Effects* in Station Road and Atlantic Road

I'm a huge fan of Barry M nail paints, and in particular love the fact that their Nail Effects have lead the way in the nail art world. They've recently been releasing a plethora of new Nail Effects polishes, all of which I'm really excited about. I was recently sent a couple of their texture nail effects to play around with, so I thought I would pop a little review up to let you guys see what I thought to them!

The colours I received were Station Road, a gorgeous, sunshine yellow, and Atlantic Road, a pale sea blue shade. Both the colours are really pigmented and pack the punch that all of Barry M's fab nail paints do. They only need a couple of coats to get a gorgeous solid colour, and then all you need to do is wait patiently whilst the nail effects start to work.

The idea behind these Nail Effects is all about texture - similarly to the Nails Inc. Concrete polish I blogged about a little while ago, these polishes dry to leave a really texturised, interesting finish. If you're not a fan of not having smooth nails, these polishes definitely won't be for you, but in my opinion they're fab for spicing up your nail collection and adding something a bit different and fun.

The polishes last well and I'm really impressed with them. For £3.99 each I really don't think you can go wrong, so these are definitely worth checking out if you're debating embarking on the textured nail trend.

Have you tried Barry M's Texture Nail Effects? What did you think?

Queen Bee Salon Review

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

If you read my post on SalonSpy.co.uk, you'll know that I recently started working with them on reviewing salons in my local area. So, last week I hotfooted it over to Queen Bee Salon in Scunthorpe for the pleasure of receiving a couple of treatments, courtesy of SalonSpy.co.uk

I was booked in for a facial with Kylie and a cut and blowdry with Jenny, and I was so excited at the prospect of having a pamper whilst checking out the salon. When I arrived, I was given a really warm welcome, was seated and given a skincare form to fill out as my facial was first on the agenda. The staff waited patiently whilst I filled things in, and once done I was lead up the stairs to the beauty salon area. I have to say, I was completely blown away by how stunning the salon itself is. It was decorated beautifully, with a deliciously decadent decor, and was by far the prettiest salon I've ever been to. 

I was shown into the treatment room, which again, was completely stunning, and made myself comfortable whilst Kylie had a look over my form and decided which facial would be best for me. At Queen Bee Salon they use Darphin products, which I've never used before so was really looking forward to trying something new. The Darphin Customised Facials are great because they are bespoke to your skin needs, and I was given the Stop Shine Purifying Facial, which was perfect for my oily, acne-prone skin. 

I have to say, the facial was completely luxurious and relaxing; I've only had a couple of facials before in the past but this was most definitely my favourite. The lights were dimmed and candles were dotted around the room, as well as relaxing music playing in the background. It was a really thorough treatment, which Kylie was extremely knowledgeable in, and she talked me through the products whilst filling me in on the Darphin brand, all of which I found really interesting. Essential Oils were used which smelt completely amazing, and I was given a gorgeous massage whilst the products worked their way into my skin. The face mask I was given during the facial was unlike any I'd ever had before; the mask was applied, followed by sheets which Kylie had previously asked if I would be okay with as anyone with claustrophobia might find them a bit unsettling, but I was fine and found the treatment really soothing. I was given an arm and hand massage whilst the face mask worked its magic, and once the facial was over I was given as long as I wanted to get up and go into the next room to sit down and wait to be called for my hair to be done. I was given a glass of water (a must after a facial) told to sit down and relax whilst being shown some of the products that were used for me to try out on the back of my hand, both of which felt amazing. I was handed over a 'Personal Recommendation' booklet with all the product details of what had been used, as well as instructions on application. I had a little read through this and then Jenny came to collect me to have my hair done. 

I was lead downstairs to the hair salon area, which was just as lavishly decorated as the rest of the salon, and took a seat in the hairdressers chair whilst Jenny asked me what I would like doing. I am really precious about my hair, so I stated I only wanted a little trim as I'm growing my hair out, which Jenny completely understood. I felt entirely at ease with her and whereas I am usually extremely nervous about getting my hair cut, Jenny reassured me she would only take off a tiny bit which put my mind at rest. I was taken over to get my hair washed and conditioned, and then lead back to the chair where Jenny talked me through the products they use. Queen Bee Salon uses only the best Bumble and Bumble hair products, which I was really excited about as I've never used them before. I explained to her that I love big hair, so she got a selection of Bumble and Bumble Thickening Products to use on my locks. She took no time at all to give my hair a nice subtle trim (no huge piles of hair on the floor here - phew!), and then proceeded to blowdry my hair. I'd never previously understood why people go to salons purely to have a blowdry - until now. The blowdry Jenny gave my hair was absolutely amazing - she explained she would give my hair lots of bounce and flicks at the end, and she carefully sectioned out my hair and worked her magic, blowdrying the sections, applying the thickening product and gripping my hair in place to allow it to set. Once done, she ungripped my hair, brushed it through and applied a bit more product, and I was utterly amazed at the result. I have always, always wanted to achieve that Hollywood, Cosmo-Cover, big bouncy hair look with loose waves and loads of volume, but I've never been able to do it. Jenny transformed my hair and made it look exactly like that - almost as if she'd read my mind. I was totally ecstatic with the results and really wish I'd taken a picture now, as I really doubt I'll be able to recreate the look at home! Once done Jenny handed me over a booklet with all the information on the products she'd used, and I left the salon feeling like a million dollars. 

Overall I am SO impressed with Queen Bee Salon. The treatments I had were completely amazing, and left both my skin and my hair feeling and looking gorgeous. The staff were lovely, the atmosphere was great and the decor was divine. The products they use are the best of the best and this completely shows in the results I was given after the treatments. The facial would have been £42, which I think is a great price, especially as my skin is now looking the best it has in ages - no word of a lie. The cut and blowdry would have been £45.00, which is more than I would usually pay, however I would most definitely pay this to have my hair done there again as my hair seriously has never looked so good as it did walking out of the salon! I have to say, hand-on-heart, that Queen Bee Salon is the best salon I have ever been to and I would not hesitate to go there again. It's a complete hidden gem and I am so happy I was given the opportunity to go there and receive these fantastic treatments - I was most definitely treated like a Queen! 

All the reviews for Queen Bee Salon on Salonspy.co.uk are fantastic and I can completely see why. You can follow Queen Bee Salon on Twitter here or 'like' their Facebook page here

*As stated above this was a complimentary service on behalf of SalonSpy.co.uk however my thoughts and opinions on the service are 100% genuine as always.*

Spring Nail Shades

Sunday, 12 May 2013

I am obsessed with Spring nail colours. Don't get me wrong, Autumn/Winter nails are fun and everything, but there is just nothing better than Spring pastels and Summer brights. I am a Spring/Summer girl at heart; both S/S fashion and beauty get my heart fluttering more than anything wintry ever could, so I thought it only right to do a little round-up of some of my current fave Spring nail colours. 

Models Own Beth's Blue: Whereas most lilac polishes tend to be that same, pale lily-verging on pink hue, Beth's Blue is a beautifully unique lilac-blue shade, which screams Parma Violets and looks totally delicious on the nails, especially with a summer tan. I always go back to this shade when rummaging through my polishes for a lilac; you just can't beat this beautiful bluebell.

Bourjois Sunny Sunday: This new yellow shade from Bourjois is a seriously summery, mango yellow that is an absolute dream to apply. It comes with a really thick, high-quality brush which makes application a pleasure and the finish is seriously shiny and glossy - it gives such an amazing gel-like effect. Definitely love this polish for brightening up my talons! 

Models Own Jade Stone: Although I am a huge fan of minty green polishes, this jade hue from Models Own is always a winner during the Spring months. It's a really gorgeous muted jade green, that lasts brilliantly, as I find with all Models Own polishes. It's one of my most-loved polishes and I especially love using it to make the leaves when I'm doing floral nail art, as it's the perfect middle-of-the-road green. 

Revlon Sea Shell: Spring wouldn't be complete without a creamy coral shade to add to the mix. This new shade from Revlon isn't the easiest to apply, but once a fair few coats are on the finish is divine. I love how it is a true coral-pink that is totally reminiscent of seashells at the beach. Really love this shade. 

Estee Lauder Narcissist: I gushed about this nail lacquer a little while ago when reviewing the Heavy Petals collection, and I'm still seriously addicted to the shade Narcissist in particular. I think this shade is the definition of a Spring nail shade - it is a sickly sweet candy pink - the best kind of pink. 

Barry M Blueberry Ice Cream: I don't think a nail polish line-up would be complete without an offering from Barry M, so I just had to sneak this Blueberry Ice Cream shade in there for good measure. I love all of Barry M's 'Ice Cream' polishes, but this simple sky blue is totally understated and pretty. I particularly like wearing it with stripes or polkadots added in white for a more nautical feel. 

What are your favourite Spring nail picks? 

Primark Haul

Friday, 10 May 2013

I went a bit crazy in Primark the other day and just had to film a Primark haul. I did end up taking SOME of these things back (but kept most of them, shh) as I spent far too much money - oh well! 

I'm trying to get back into filming more often so if you have any video suggestions/ideas do let me know! Enjoy! 

Sweet Like Cinnamon

Thursday, 9 May 2013
Crop Top: Missguided 
Dungarees*: Karma Clothing
Shoes: Primark
Necklace: Disney Couture
Watch: Michael Kors
Bracelets: Various

Okay, so I'd be lying if I said I wore this outfit today. I actually wore it last weekend, when the weather was MUCH warmer and sunnier than it has been the past couple of days! 

I'm obsessed with my new dungarees from Karma Clothing - I've wanted some pink dungarees for absolutely ages and these are a steal at £14.99. They're pretty thin and light so they'll be perfect for when it hopefully) goes back to being sunny and warm again. I just had to pair them with another current obsession of mine - my bargain £7.99 Missguided tie-dye crop top. I really like pairing dungarees with crop tops at the minute, they seem to go together so well and really work the whole nineties trend thing. I still don't have my dream pink high-tops but I think my trusty Primark nude studded loafers work with the outfit pretty well (for now). 

I've been a bit spend-happy lately so I will be uploading a few clothing hauls on my YouTube channel in the coming days. Sorry I've not uploaded for a while, I've been struggling for inspiration lately but I'm hoping to get back into the swing of things soon! 

I really, really love this outfit, and I hope this summer is a hot one so I can wear outfits like this everyday! Are you looking forward to summer and summer outfits? 

Living for the (Bank Holiday) Weekend

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

I haven't done a lifestyle-y type-post in a while, so this one is well overdue. As you're probably aware, last weekend was a Bank Holiday - the best kind of weekend - and not only that, it was a scorcher too. If there are two things that make me happy, it's weekends and hot weather. So, as you can imagine, I had a pretty good weekend.

Me and my boyfriend had a jam-packed weekend; we went shopping and sightseeing, watched the beautiful sunset one night and couldn't resist taking some snaps, spent lots of time chilling in the garden with Rory, had a BBQ and explored the woods whilst getting some pretty shocking sunburn. It was a glorious weekend and lots of icecream was eaten, summer tunes were played and lots of walking in the sunshine was done. I love weekends like this - I swear sunshine makes everything a million times better.

What this weekend made me realise is that there are so many secret hideaways on your doorstep where you can get some pretty beautiful snaps. I don't claim to be any sort of photographer, but my boyfriend is pretty nifty with a camera and I'm so impressed with how some of the pics he took turned out, I just had to share them with you. We spotted the beautiful horse whilst on the way home from shopping, and I had to stop the car to pop out and say hello. It looks like a unicorn, right?! Then on the drive home we stopped to watch the sunset, which was seriously beautiful and such a nice thing to do with the weather as it is. The next day we explored the woods and had a BBQ (which was amazing, veggie BBQs FTW) and I got to debut my Primark floral pinafore. Totally love it although I've decided pinafore playsuits are a bit of a pain, but I love it so I can forgive it for that.

Did you have a good Bank Holiday in the sunshine? Let me know what you got up to!

Mini Drugstore Haul

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Recently I've been trying my hardest to save money and cut down on spending, which has meant beauty splurges have kind of gone out the window. However, I do think it's fine to treat yourself every now and again, even if you're trying to save, and even better if you can do it whilst only spending a tenner and hunting out the bargains. I popped into Superdrug the other day and just couldn't resist getting my paws on a few of their cheapy makeup bits; Superdrug do such a great range of uber cheap make up collections; you've got MUA, Beauty UK, Collection 2000, Barry M, Miss Sporty, to name a few. So, I thought I'd show you guys what I bought for just over £10 when I was in Superdrug the other day, and what I think to the items I got so far. 

Beauty UK Blush & Brush in Rustic Peach: This blush caught my eye as it is my signature coral shade, with gold shimmer throughout. When I tried it in the shop I was really impressed with the colour pay-off so I just couldn't resist getting it. After trying it at home a couple of times I am so happy I got it. It's a really lovely coral blush and gives me a gorgeous summer glow, which for £2.99 you can't really argue with. So glad I got it and it's definitely up there with my favourite blushes (although I have quite a long list!) 

MUA Eyeshadow Palette in Going for Gold: I am a complete magpie when it comes to gold eyeshadows. They are my absolute favourite so when I see an eyeshadow palette laden with gold hues I just have to stop and stare. This one was no different. I've always been a fan of MUA's eyeshadow palettes, after repurchasing their 'Heaven and Earth' palette several times I think their shadows are really great quality for the mere £4 you spend on a palette. So, when I saw their 'Golding for Gold' palette I had to have it. Apparently it was made in conjunction with the London Olympics but it's passed me by until now. I'll admit, I was a bit put-off by the fact there are several silver shades which seem to have snuck onto this palette (surely it would have made sense to pair it with bronzes?) but other than that I really like the look of it. There are a couple of very bright, in-your-face gold shades which most definitely aren't for the faint-hearted, but I thought they were really interesting colours that you don't see often, and they reminded me of tropical holiday vibes so I thought 'Why not?!' They might look ridiculous on the eye for all I know, but only time will tell. If MUA's other palettes are anything to go by, I'm going to be suitably impressed with this little baby. 

MUA Lipstick in Juicy: Another MUA purchase. When I saw this lipstick on the shelf I immediately picked it up and had to swatch. I was really amazed at how pigmented it was and as it is the perfect pinky coral, for a quid it had to be mine. I've since tried it and despite it having that signature cheap-lipstick smell and feel about it, it actually is really, really lovely on the lips. The formulation is moisturising and the colour pay-off is great, as well as being long-lasting. It's such a gorgeous colour that reminds me of several coral MAC lippies I have, so for £1 it is a seriously bargainous purchase. Love it. 

Johnson's Face Care Daily Essentials Oil Balancing Cleansing Wipes: Okay, so I know wipes are a skincare junkie's worst nightmare, but I actually find them really really handy. I wear heavy foundation and I always wear eye makeup, so it kind of goes without saying I need to remove my makeup with something before properly cleansing it. I find these wipes are great at removing my makeup and also leave my skin feeling really refreshed. They're targeted at oily skin which is great, but they also do them for other skin types, as well as a special 'night time' one that is scented with lavender - mhmm! These are currently on offer in Superdrug for £1.52, I only ever get them when they're on offer as I think they're around £3 to buy normally! 

MUA Nail Polish in Lush Lilac: I'll be honest, the main reason I picked up this nail polish originally was because the packaging reminded me so much of Essie nail polishes, which I adore. But, after trying it out, I am SO happy I got it. For £1, it is an absolute bargain. It's a really gorgeous, pale lilac with a hint of pink, which is going to be so perfect for over the summer. I love pastel nails so this totally gets my vote. I only saw a tiny selection of colours in my local Superdrug but I really hope they have a bigger selection as I would love to invest in more! 

I hope you liked my little mini haul! Have you been buying any beauty bargains recently?
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