Bonus Boots Haul

Hi guys, I known I don’t usually post on a Sunday but as I missed a post earlier in the month I thought I would do a little bonus post today. I popped into Boots on Saturday just because and decided to get a few back up products for my stash as well as prices and offers being so good. Although I just ended up picking up a bunch of random bits.

Boots haul ft botanics and l'oreal

Boots had deals on all sorts of brands that if you spent £15.00 on that brand you could get a little gift set valuing around £30ish and as I wanted a new eyeliner and possibly a new mascara as a few of mine are on the way out.

L'oreal volume million lashes and infaillable

After always having good experiences with L’Oreal Mascaras i thought i would start there and ended up picking up the L’Oreal Volume Million Lashes So Couture (£9.99). Mainly for the purple packaging but i prefer plastic wands and volumising mascaras so this ticked both boxes.  I also need a new pencil eyeliner so I picked up the L’Oreal Infallible Eye Liner (£5.19), which I love the twist up as I hate sharpening eyeliners.

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As I’d spent over £15.00 I got the Feline Fatale set free which is meant to be worth £29. I have to say the set is fairly worth it despite receiving another eyeliner and mascara then I can stash them for later. In the set there was the Mega Volume 24h Collagene Mascara in Very Black, So Couture Super Liner in Black, Color Riche Eyeshadow Quad in Jungle Jade and Color Riche Nail Polish in Feline Sauvage. This is a really wearable and beautiful set and I look forward to digging into it.

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One last non L’Oreal PAris product the Botanics Micellar 3 in 1 Cleansing Solution, which was on offer and once I’ve used up I’m such a hoarder.

Have you picked up anything good up in boots or any other shops recently, also have you picked up anything good in the Black Friday Sales?

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November Favourites

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November has been a good month for me, starting the month off with a visit from my boyfriend, and signing a permanent contract at my work after a 3 month temporary contract, for a different job role. All in all a great month and I’ve being building up something exciting for December for you guys which you may of seen hints about it over on my twitter if you’ve had a keen eye but I’ve put a lot of work into it.

I decided to ‘Shop my Stash’ earlier this month in terms of eyeshadows making and effort to use products I haven’t used in a while although I do admit they are all similar colours. I broke out my Body Shop Shimmer Cubes for the first time in months and I love it, everything you need in one small palette whether you want a full smoky eye or something more subtle. I love to pair this with the P.S Love Liquid Eyeliner in Black, it’s taken forever for me to get into using liquid eyeliner as I used to be so bad at it opting for shadow and an angled brush which I still love it just gives it a very different look and feel. I’ve finally perfected a very thin line of liquid eyeliner which really helps frame the eyes but it’s still subtle. I picked up the Primark liquid eyeliner so it was cheap if I gave in but this is amazing truly black, easy to use and non-streaky I highly recommend picking it up.

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As it’s fully into autumn and pretty much winter now, it gives me an excuse to break out the darker nail varnishes which I got at totally the wrong time of year to begin with and I can finally fully enjoy them. I’ve also being really loving the darker nail colours but I’ve being loving my Illamasqua Nail Polish in Viridian, it’s a beautiful dark green shade it kind of reminds me of a Christmas Tree with the shine and its beautiful for this time of year. In a complete contrast in budget and colour, I have been loving the MUA Nail Polish in Red Rose. It is such a vibrant and bright red, and considering the £1.00 price point it goes on fairly opaque and it feels kind of festive.

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After a lapse in using face masks regularly in October and I’ve managed to get back into using my face mask and I have been using the Soap & Glory The Fab Pore Face Mask twice a week. I reviewed it back in August  and it really just clears out pores and leaves your skin feeling fresh and clean I feel as though my skin is so much better for using it although I wish that I had taken before and after so I could see if it made a visible difference to my skin but I feel as though there is a visible improvement.

Sometimes it’s hard to get a good night’s sleep and as the days get shorter there is little to no daylight outside my work hours, which means some days I barely have natural light. You’re body gets tired and you just feel drained, and it seems harder to shut off at night as with electric lighting the lighting doesn’t change. So the bags have been growing my eyes and bags have got worse under my eyes. So to freshen up my eyes and reduce the bags I have been loving the Botanical Choice Dark Circle Reducer Sunflower Eye Patches, which are a bargain at £1.79 for 4 sets which is so cheap compared to similar products.

November Favourites face mask and dressing gown

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Totally random other favourite this month, with this grey kind of festive Dressing Gown from Primark, its super soft and fluffy, and was a really good price at only £10. I brought it in a size up so it’s huge, as well as going down to my knees so I’m fully covered, there is also two huge pockets so you can keep your phone or goodies in the pockets. I love this in the morning especially after I’ve had my shower to make a coffee to drink while I get ready. I even hang it over the corner of the radiator so it’s nice and toasty. Don’t you just love autumn?

So what have you being loving this November? Let me know in the comments what you have being loving over November and do you have any festive recommendations for the coming month?

Makeup Declutter

So the other day I mentioned my new method to help me keep on top of my makeup and ensure that I’m on top of my collection in terms of making sure I know as and when products expire. As I had to log all of my products it meant that.DSCF5099

Before: There is some sort of organisation to my makeup, I have a limited amount of space in my bedroom so the draw is my only option, luckily it stops me going excessive with my makeup. But even now I never make the most of all of my makeup, so I will never understand how people have more than I do.

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After: So here’s the after, it is not dramatically different but I feel as though everything is slightly more together than before and as I slim down without owning 5 mascaras and slim down to 1 or 2 this will become easier and easier to manage hopefully

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Things I’m Parting Ways With

So there are a number of reasons why am getting rid of products and I’ve listed them the variety of reasons below as to why they are going but it’s nice to clear some space

Out of Date: Collection 2000 True Gloss Lipstick in 4, Avon Lipstick, YSL Fusion Ink Foundation Sample, Maxfactor False Lash Effect Mascara,

No Longer Use/Never Wear: Pixi by Petra Shea Butter Lip Balm in Coral Crush, MUA Undress Your Skin Foundation in Porcelain, Rimmel London Colour Rush in 020 Tempted, Star Gazer Eye Dust in 18

Wrong Colour: Superdrug Tea Tree Skin Care BB Cream in Light (super dark), Wet N Wild Natural Wear Pressed Powder (too dark/organge/cakey), Mua Pressed Powder in Shade 1 (oxidises)

Other:Tanya Burr Lip Gloss in Just Peachy – I never realised lip glosses only had a 3month life on them, so this is out of date as well, and the colour slightly to pale for me.

So overall I think I’ve done a semi-decent job at throwing stuff out and which my new method of checking as and when product expire which you can read here. I think this is something that will just keep track of itself. I’ve done a lot of decluttering and tidying lately and I think it’s done an awful lot of good. I’ve cleared space, everything has its place and I’ve got rid of 13 items. So not loads but enough for now. So I encourage you to look at your makeup collection and get rid of what you don’t use, some of these will go to friends, some in the bin give unloved makeup a new lease of life or get rid of things that you can.

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Empties #10

Empties #10

Just after I’ve written and empties I seem to then finish everything so I always attempt to space these out somewhat. I don’t know if I should switch to doing these monthly or not but between monthly favourites, collective monthly hauls and then monthly empties I feel like my blog would just feel too repetitive. So just let me know in the comments if I should make this a monthly thing or just make it this semi regular more bi-monthly occurrence.

mkeup empties ft bourjois, collection

L’Oreal True Match Foundation in Rosy Ivory (Sample Size): I’ve owned this in the past and love having the sample size, which lasts ages by the way. I loved it over the summer for travelling, used it for graduation and in between and think this will definitely will be the next foundation I repurchase. Would I repurchase: sure.

Bourjois Paris 123 Perfect CC Cream in Ivory: This was a little bit of a dud, the colour was way too dark despite being ivory and the lightest shade and on its own it can tend to oxidise. Yet the coverage was great so if it’s the right colour it’s probably a great CC cream with a good level of evening the skin tone out. I’ve used it up by using it mixed with other foundations or bb creams especially during the summer and in varying amounts to use it up and make the colour up to match my more tanned colour especially in the summer as even tanned this didn’t match me. Would I repurchase: nope.

Collection Pressed Powder in Ivory: This is my favourite pressed powder ever and I rarely bother to buy anything else, I’m never oily so I cannot comment on its oil control but it thoroughly sets your makeup in place and is actually pale enough. It is fairly finely milled especially for the price point but it doesn’t look cakey. Would I repurchase: always.

P.S Love Egg Shaped Sponge: The sponge is starting to tear and just doesn’t seem to be cleaning properly so it’s time to swap it out again, this has transformed my makeup routine and I absolutely love using it. I usually end up chucking this every three months for a new one but at £1.50 a time it’s what £6.00 a year. Would I repurchase: yes.

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Superdrug Tea Tree Skincare Lemon Facial Wash: Another item which has been in empties before as well as in the odd routine. So I won’t say much it is just a really nice refreshing face wash, great to use in the mornings. Would I repurchase: yes.

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water (‘Handbag Sized’) & Regular Size: After loving the Garnier Miceller Water I thought I would buy the handbag size to take with me on trips and travels, so I could get makeup off properly . I thought this would be great as you could refill it but as it turns out the top doesn’t come off which sucks. This would be great for going away for longer than a week especially as it lasts way longer than that and it’s a great easy to use product. This has lasted me absolutely months well worth it. Would I repurchase: yes.

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water: This has lasted me absolutely months, although I haven’t repurchased it yet instead buying the L’Oreal Micellar Water because I got it with discount vouchers. I love Micellar Waters in general as they take off your makeup thoroughly and I’m super lazy, I use it not only to take off my makeup but as a quick pre-makeup cleanse. Would I repurchase: yes.

Tea Tree and Peppermint Deep Moisturising Hand Pack: As it starts to get colder my hands start to need more moisturising as sometimes they crack, so sometimes they need some extra TLC. Like foot packs which I have talked about before these have moisturiser within like plastic gloves and they are perfect for a bit of pampering but you can still do stuff while wearing them like a touch of blogging or changing the channel on the TV. Would I repurchase: yes.

Macadamia Oil Extract Foot Pack: I’ve had many foot packs in the past so just look back in my empties if you want to know more, they rock that’s all. Would I repurchase: yes.

Laura Ashley Imperial Bloom Body Butter: Thick, creamy and delightfully floral scent and it isn’t overly heavy but it leaves the skin feeling hydrated and soft. The scent lasts all day too but not in an overpowering way, the main issues is that this was a Christmas gift and isn’t readily available but I think I will try other Laura Ashley Body Butter as the formula is so nice. Would I repurchase: yes, if I can find it.

hair empties ft argan oil & batiste

Batise Original Dry Shampoo (Travel Sized): So I brought this over the summer to take on holiday with me, but it’s taken me forever to use as I rarely use dry shampoo. I am starting to think I should switch to only buying travel sized dry shampoos so they take up less space. I definitely think batiste is my favourite dry shampoo although I like the original scent I definitely prefer some of the others like cherry and blush. Would I repurchase: yes probably.

Argan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner: I initially reviewed this way back at the start of my blog way back in the day, and I found it so-so and it spent most of its time sat the bathroom cupboard. But I’ve recently been using it after swimming and it’s really helped my hair stay in good condition. Would I repurchase: undecided.

Theraputics Renergise Shampoo and Renew Conditioner: These are little hotel bottles which I picked up to take swimming with me, really fresh and a good lather. I don’t think I would bother with trying to find these to buy I think I would use them again.

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Ghost Girl Eau De Toilette (sample): I received this lovely sample in the post, and it is absolutely delectable with notes of pear and pomegranate it’s a sweet fruity scent which I adore. I loved having the sample in my bag for the odd touch up and to freshen up throughout the day. The only thing I am not sure about is the packaging which looks cute but is slightly teeny if I dare say, but it smells too good I may crack. Would I purchase: yes.

P.S. Love Anti-Bac Hand Gel: This hand gel costs amazing and it costs £0.60, best impulse buy ever. Always keep an eye on the till stuff at Primark as this is impulsive and useful. Would I repurchase: yes.

Tesco Everyday Value 80 Cotton Wool Pads: So-So not great, but not awful they did the job and were good when I needed cotton wool pads tended to use them for polish removal. Would I repurchase: probably if I needed them.

 

So another empties over and done with, and off to the recycling. What products have you loved and used up recently?

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Peterborough Haul

Peterborough

So if you’ve seen my Day in the Life: Girly Catch-up & Shopping Post you will know I spent a girly day shopping in Peterborough with a few friends and I thought I’d share the spoils of the day with you guys here.

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The first port of call was H&M I needed some new treggings/leggings as I’ve worn my last couple of pairs to death. I’ve never tried their Heavy Leggings (£7.99) before but they aren’t see through and I thought I would give them a go. If they are a dud I will go back to their treggings which are amazing. Also as we are getting into winter I wanted another slouchy relaxed jumper like this Stripped Relaxed Jumper (£9.99), it is super casual so you can slouch around the house. Also you can pair it with a leather jacket and some cute boots and wear it for a causal day out.

Primark Haul ft eyeliner and cami dress

You cannot go shopping without popping to Primark, although I haven’t brought many clothes recently as I’m trying to wear what I have instead of constantly buying clothes I will never wear. However, I did buy a new basic top a Grey Cami Dress (£3.00), I would never wear these as a dress but I prefer the longer length with leggings. These basics are perfect for layering at winter.

I always love the look of mixed, midi and stacked rings but I didn’t want to spend a huge amount until I knew that I liked the look and feel of wearing them. So I thought the Opia Silver Mixed Ring Pack (£2.50) would be a good place to start, Primark has loads of these cute sets I just prefer silver in my jewellery. I picked up another P.S. Love Egg Makeup Sponge (£1.50), these have transformed my makeup application and just make it so much smother and airbrushed looking. I was it every day, and buy a new one every ¾ months as they start to fall apart. I don’t know if the Real Techniques one to lasts longer, so let me know in the comments. The final thing I picked up was the P.S. Love Black Liquid Eyeliner (£1.00), this is actually a beautiful streak free and deep black eyeliner the only problem is I need to work on my liquid eyeliner skills.

Boots ft Rimmel and L'oreal

There were some great offers in Boots, first I needed some more Micellar Water I’ve tried and loved the L’Oreal and Ganier Micellar Water. However with the Boots app providing me £2.00 of L’Oreal Paris Skincare, it made sense to use buy the L’Oreal Paris Skin Perfection Micellar Water (£2.99). I needed a new concealer and primer and I ws comtemplating not repurchasing the Rimmel London Wake Me Up Concealer in Ivory for the 3rd time in a row but with it being on offer for 2 for £10.00 in made sense to repurchase it. I also picked up the Rimmel London Lasting Finish Primer which I have loved using a budget alternative to my bareMinerals Primer.

Superdrug ft my little starteddy cotton pads

Finally some essentials from Superdrug. I wanted to get some softer cotton wool pads so I thought I would go back to using the baby cotton wool pads, which has the bonus of having super cute teddy bears on the pads. I picked up two packs of My Little Star Small Square Cotton Wool Pads, retailing at £1.49 each but as they were buy one get one half price it made sense with such basics to buy two as you know that you will get the use out of both packs and save money. Also I repurchased the Carex Complete Strawberry Laces Hand Gel (£0.99), which smells like a Strawberry Daiquiri which is so refreshing and pleasant when you need to clean your hands.

So that’s what I picked up at my shopping trip in Peterborough, actually getting what I need which is a first especially when shopping with friends.

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Blog Revamp, Have Your Say

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Hi guys, so I am currently in the middle of working on a whole blog revamp I just feel as though it is time to give it a bit of a refresh and just make it look a bit better. Here’s where you come in, I want to know what types of things you want to see on a blog? What type of things do you like aesthetically and what don’t you, after all a blog isn’t just for me it’s for you guys too, as after all blogging is for information, entertainment and leisure purposes?

I have my colour scheme in mind and a few ideas to revamp my header, I know I need to redo my picture as it is getting a little bit dated. So what do you want to see, non-main text headers, a different font style, are there too many headers etc. Let me know what you like on a blog and what you don’t and I will bare this in mind when revamping it although with doing it myself and my skills being so-so I am always learning in the terms of adding new things to my WordPress, but it’s always good to learn new things. So let me know what you want to see?

I am giving myself plenty of time to get things into motion and have decided I will launch the new blog look at the start of 2016, a new year and a fresh new look for my blog just feels right. So let me know what sort of things you like in a blog, or don’t like, appearance wise and I will consider these when doing mine.

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Day in the Life: Girly Catch Up

So I thought I’d do a fun little day in the life, follow me around type deal with a little trip for the day into Peterborough to meet up with some university friends that I haven’t seen in ages. Why Peterborough? With me been back at home in Northamptonshire, one of the girls living in Norwich and one living not too far from Peterborough it seemed like a good middle ground, you can get a direct train from Norwich and I can drive there in under an hour and it’s not too bad to park with loads and loads to do.

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The day started early, with an hour long drive to Peterborough with my friends train getting into town at around 10. Luckily getting in slightly earlier I managed to grab a cheeky Starbucks, with my ol faithful vanilla latte nothing eases a morning in town like a Starbucks latte. Then headed to the train station to meet my girlies to kick off a day of shopping and catch up. It was just so good to finally be reunited after so many months of not seeing the people you got used to seeing daily. We hit the shops for the morning, chatting, looking at cute items in Tiger and covering our arms in so many swatches I am so glad I had makeup wipes in my bag. I also helped my friends with suggestions and working out the best products to use, we share all of our product recommendations and ideas.

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For lunch we popped to the Handmade Burger Company, where I have the Italian Chicken Burger which was amazing. We split two lots of chips between us, and the portions and burgers were huge and it was more than enough food for the three of us especially for lunch. I highly recommend it, there are loads of options in terms of what is it as well as gluten free bread, burgers and pulled pork. The gluten free pulled pork, I am mentioning as my friend is celiac and got highly excited about the gluten free pulled pork. Gluten free food takes slightly longer to cook as it is all cooked fresh upon ordering, not that this is a bad thing and they explained it would only take up to 10 minutes longer. Also small benefit you go up to the counter to order, so can all order and pay separately so is idea for a group of friends, yet unlike the likes of Nandos your food all arrive simultaneously.

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After lunch we did a spot more shopping before popping to Starbucks, grabbed frapps and sitting in the beautiful sunshine by the cathedral. Just chatting catching up and talking about our futures, some teaching, doing masters, travel and work, we are all on such different paths on life but hopefully stay in contact and stay friends further down the road as university days are behind us. When it came to saying goodbye it felt so odd to say goodbye to everyone and knowing you won’t see each other for another month or so.

I had a very good day and once I got in I did nothing for the rest of the evening, preferring to vegetate than do anything more.