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.

H&M Stripped SweaterH&M Leggings

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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Battle of the Face Palettes : Sleek Vs. Makeup Rovolution

Drugstore Contour PAlettes

Unlike with other products where I state my first impression and then use over time, which I feel is important with lipsticks and foundations which I have reviewed in the past this isn’t exactly a new product to me. It’s a direct dupe for the Sleek Face Form and my initial impression was more ‘hey this looks exactly the same’. For about a week or so I have interchanged the Sleek Face Form and Makeup Revolution Ultra Sculpt, and I finally feel ready to compare.

Sleek vs makeup revolution contour palettes

Travelling and Practicality

As you may or may not know, I love my Sleek Face Form palette taking it Travelling with me as well as using it for my 6 Product Face. A simple dare I say, Sleek, its compact with a really decent sized mirror perfect for travel, to put in your bag or just to have in your collection. It is also has fairly robust packaging that I doubt will break or crack as its thick tough plastic. It is obvious just from the price point of the Makeup Revolution Ultra Scuplt, the packaging would not be as robust or pretty but it protects in and there is a practicality to seeing the colours through the packaging know as in your collection you know exactly what you are getting. The see through packaging does prevent a practical mirror, there is a small mirror inside the palette but being only a thin strip, I feel as though the mirror is redundant and there might as well not being one. It terms or practicality and packaging, I think the Sleek Face Form Palette is the clear winner but it costs £7.00 more which means it is obvious a greater expense can be spent on packaging. The Makeup Revolution palette is not bad but it’s just not a robust or practical as the Sleek palette.

Drugstore Contour Swatches

Swatches and Colour Comparisons

I have to say side by side the bronze and blush are so damn similar you could get away with either and wouldn’t notice the difference, the only thing different is the highlighter. In both cases the highlight just adds shimmer opposed to lightening everything up, which I know is not to everyone’s taste and I do know people who find it too shimmery it depends what you like. If you prefer more lightening then there are plenty of options on the market.

Use, Appearance and Blendability

I never think about much about applying Sleek Face Form anymore, after having it over a year you simply get used to how much to put on the brush and where your prefer it. It blends so effortlessly that you don’t have to worry about heavy handed adding just the right about of colour or highlight. I love the blush in the Sleek palette but due to the shimmer content it is definitely more of a spring/summer blush or evening blush in the winter months. I don’t always used the blush sometimes simply switching out the blush depending on what I feel like. I love the bendability of this palette and you can blend to make subtle transitions between the colours creating a more seamless look.

The main difference between the two of these is that the Makeup Revolution bronzer is not as bendable, needing a lot more work to blend it out. What I have found works best for the Makeup Revolution bronzer is that you need to build it up tapping off the excess and take time on it, it may seem like more effort but it is so much effort to blend it is a much better route. The blush has less shimmer or glitter in it than the sleek counterpart but it is less pigmented, so it does need building up but I don’t feel like this is a big deal and the reduced pigmentation gives you more options from a slight flush to a pop of colour it is a really diverse blush. Also with the less shimmer it is more wearable in my option for more occasions but I think in either case I am most likely to use the highlight and bronzer, choosing to mix up the blush more.

For colours there is little difference between the two, pick up whichever you want if you like the colour selection. The Sleek Face Form Palette is more blendable while the Makeup Revolution Ultra Sculpt is one where you need a light hand and build it up, so I won’t pick a winner here as this depends on your skill level and preferred method of application.

 Sleek Face Form and Makeup Revolution Contour

Which is Best?

I think if I only had one I would opt for the Sleek Face Form palette as it blends so much easier and it is more practical packaging. Both are great and do the same job, if you are happy to bland and always do your makeup in a proper home set up or if travelling you have a proper area to do makeup there is no reason not to buy the Makeup Revolution Ultra Sculpt. Both are great products and I would recommend both, but I know due to them being so similar you only need one in your collection yet you cannot loose with either of these.

The Sleek Face Form Palette is available from Sleek, Tesco, Superdrug and Boots for £9.99, and comes in 4 shades Fair, Light, Medium and Dark.

The Makeup Revolution Ultra Sculpt, is available from Makeup Revolution and Superdrug for £3.50, and comes in Ultra Fair and Light Medium. Makeup Revolution also do a similar Iconic Pro Blush, Bronze and Brighten Palette which I am curious to try now, highly similar and only £4.00.

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Making the Most of Your Advantage Cards

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We all have a purse full of advantage cards from boots and superdrug to the supermarket club cards but are we all really making the most of these. They all work on a points basis in which the points can have somewhat of a monetary value, so I will cover some hints and tips to making the most of these cards.


boots advantage card

Boots

To me Boots have one of the best advantage card schemes, with regular offers and vouchers as well as earning 4 points per £1.00 spent its fairly generous. Especially as 1pt is equal to 1p you get 4p back per £1.00 you spend it quickly adds up.

First and foremost, make the most of the vouchers you get sent, I received loads back in April and they do not expire until the 9th  of June so I have more than enough time to use them. With things from money off to extra points its well worth taking a look when they come through the post. For example I have a voucher which is 300 points when buying soap and glory bath/shower products which amounts to £3.00 you can get off something else in future. I’m not saying buy the soap and glory or those types of products just because you can get £3.00 back if you don’t like soap and glory but if you love soap and glory it is well worth taking a look at these types of offers.

Also if you haven’t already download the app its free and available for both IOS and Android operating systems, so as well as been able to shop sort out photo printing from your phone you can also link up your advantage card. Upon linking up your advantage card you can not only check your points you can check out offers and events. The really cool thing is there is an offers just for me where you can load up offers directly on to you advantage card so you don’t even have to think about it discounts and points will occur automatically when you use your advantage card at the check out.

boots app

For example I can load up the ‘10% off shower gel or bubble bath’ offer onto my advantage card and then when you buy a new shower gel it will automatically come off when you use it. I just load them all up as I have nothing to loose by doing so.

Spending Points: You can spend Boots points online or in store but the point total must cover the entire value of the product for example if you wanted to get a Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer at £6.49 you need 649 points. There is no par points but its a good scheme and always worth the wait.


Superdrug

Unfortunately Superdrug don’t do vouchers in the same way in that Boots does nor do they have an app but there are more offers in store its just a case of keeping an eye out. Especially within the beauty department with often one line or another having tripple or double points especially with areas such as Superdrug Own Brand Skin Care. A little hint is to keep an eye out and check your receipt as often you can get bonus point vouchers ect and the ones currently in my purse don’t expire into the end of the year.

Spending Points: Unlike with boots you can only spend Superdrug points in whole pounds, but you can use it as part payment. The only problem is that I never seem to save them up always taking a pound off every single time I can get a pound off.


Supermarket

We all know the supermarket cards such as the tesco clubcard and nectar cards, not of interest to everyone but they are quick to apply for and there is no harm picking them up. Before switching to Tesco home delivery for shopping over Asda I am finally earning points on my clubcard as before I only earnt points from my phone contract which is with Tesco. Things like nectar you can earn points on all sorts from bills to ebay so even if you don’t like Sainsburys there is no harm in using it. I’m not fully clear on spending nectar points and there value but tesco have a huge range of ways to spend money from vouchers to money off days out and rail cards, so don’t hesitate to take a look.

Tesco uses clubcards in order to find out customer preferences but it really pays off, initially you’ll get general vouchers but as you use it more the more tailored the vouchers become. It doesn’t take long to get money of items you actually buy and you don’t have to do anything so you might as well go for it.

Also both shops send vouchers if you haven’t shopped there for a while, every six months or so I get vouchers for £4.00 off a £20.00 shop for a few weeks at Sainsburys so I’ll switch for a few weeks to get the most money back and then go back to Tesco. The Sainsburys near me are awful, actually most Sainsburys I’ve been in are awful but if they want to give me loads of money back I am happy to switch.


General Advice

1. Check out the offers in store places like superdrug run limited offers such as tripple points on own brand items which is a massive 12 points per £1.00 so if you want the stuff get it then.

2. If you want items buy them on offer, either extra points or money off its well worth picking items up then to maximise your gains. Funds permitting obviously.

3. Even if you aren’t sure you’ll use them there is no harm in picking them up there is no pressure to use them and they take up very little space in your purse.


Most of us get these cards and never think about them or use them again, or just simply never get the most out of them. What are your hints and tips for getting the most out of your advantage cards?

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Gwenllian Branwen

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