Sunday, 27 January 2013

The 'whoops I spent £60 in Boots before pay day' haul

Yep, I've been naughty and got carried away in Boots! I don't get paid until Thursday so I shouldn't have been spending but it's done now and I got some pretty good things...

Dainty Doll by Nicola Roberts (Girls Aloud) is a brand that creates cosmetics to enhance pale skin tones. As I struggle to find foundation pale enough for my skin, I've often thought about buying something from this range. Yesterday in Boots I noticed they had a third off the price of Dainty Doll cosmetics so I decided to take the plunge and purchase the Liquid Foundation. There were four shades and I chose the lightest - Very Light 001. I'm thinking this looks slightly too light but the Light shade looked a bit yellow. If it's too light I can always add a drop of slightly too dark foundation to make the perfect colour!

I ended up picking up some other Dainty Doll bits since they were on offer! I went for the Concealer in the shade 001 Abracadabra. It's a creamy concealer in compact form that's suitable for covering dark circles as well as blemishes. My final Dainty Doll item is an eyeshadow in the shade 002 Treat Her Like A Lady. It's a natural taupe shade that I'll wear for work. I have to say, I was rather tempted by the blushers and lipsticks too! 

Here is a link to the Dainty Doll products on the Boots website if you're looking to pick some products up while they are on offer!

My next purchase was from the Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids collection. I've seen these on a few blogs and when I saw them in store I knew I had to buy one! I could only see three shades so I chose my favourite which was 910 Shocking Coral. I'm very impressed with the super pigmented formula and beautiful colour.

It was buy one get one half price on selected Maybelline Cosmetics and I saw a lip product I hadn't seen before - Super Stay 24 Hour Bold Matte. It's a dual ended lip product containing a fab matte liquid lip colour and a conditioning balm to be applied on top. I bought the shade 810 Peach Cocktail, a gorgeous pinky peach colour.

My final purchases were much loved products that I found last year and had to repurchase. I've spoken about the L'Oreal Volume Million Lashes Excess mascara a lot recently and I have a full review here so I won't go on about it apart from to say I LOVE IT! The Lumi Magique concealer does a great job at making my dark under eye circles a lot less noticeable and I got both of these products for £15 as Boots had an offer on selected L'Oreal products.

I'll hopefully be writing more in depth blog posts on these items so let me know if there's anything in particular you want me to review.

Have you tried any of these products? Let me know what you've been buying lately or for those of you who are doing brilliantly on your spending bans - what goodies have you rediscovered from your stash?

Saturday, 19 January 2013

What I've been using up lately: Empties #1

I think I wrote one "empties" post last year but I've decided to blog more regularly about the products I've been using up. Hopefully it will actually encourage me to use up more products as I have a tendency to keep buying products when I have stuff left! 

I always use up a lot more skincare, body and hair products than makeup as you can see from my photos! 

I bought some of the Christmas products from Lush back in October including this small bottle of Ponche shower gel. I was attracted to the refreshing orange scent as it seemed like it would be a nice product to use in the mornings to wake myself up for work! This shower gel contains tequila and I ended up using this product one hungover morning and put myself right off it! I couldn't really use it after that without feeling queasy so I gave it to my fiance when he'd ran out of his usual shower gel. 

The next two shower gels, Philosophy Sweet Talk and Origins Ginger Burst were purchased during the Boxing Day sales as I got them at bargain prices. Philosophy Sweet Talk is a gorgeous, girly pink, thick gel that can be used as a shampoo, shower gel or bubble bath. I only ever used it as a shower gel but you only need to use a little to create lots of lather and it smells like sweets! I really enjoyed using this but I think this particular scent was limited edition and I don't really like having the full size versions of the shower gels as I get bored easily and start wanting to buy others for some variety! The Origins Ginger Burst had such a beautiful scent. It was a mixture of ginger and citrus. The shower gel didn't produce a lot of lather but I think that is probably due to the product being free from lots of nasties such as parabens. I still felt lovely and clean after using the product but I won't be paying £18 for a full 200ml size as it's quite a lot to pay for a product that would only last me about 2 weeks!

I picked up the Sanctuary Hand Wash along with some gifts I bought at Boots on 3 for 2 and I'm glad I did as I really liked it. It has that classic scent you get with their other products that come in the orange packaging. After using this I often wondered what the nice smell was around me and then realised it was my hand wash! At just over £4, it's more expensive than your regular hand washes but it contains mango and aloe vera to stop your hands from drying out. It was quite a thick, moisturising gel which I enjoyed using. I would definitely repurchase this.

I love it when Boots have Lee Stafford products on offer such as 3 for £12 as I often make a few purchases! The Breaking Hair Conditioner was one of the products I bought last time but it's the only one I've used up so far. I'm not sure if this helped stop my hair from breaking to be honest as I think I wash my hair too often which makes the problem worse! This conditioner was quite thick and I felt like it did a great job at putting moisture into my hair which helped with reducing tangles. I absolutely love the scent of Lee Stafford products too! My fiance always comments on how nice my hair smells when I use them. I will probably repurchase this product next time it's on offer as I have quite a few products in my stash at the moment!

Bioderma Crealine Solution Micellaire is one of those holy grail products a lot of bloggers seem to love so I just had to pick some up when I went to Paris last year. I don't wear foundation on a regular basis so I pretty much only used this as an eye make up remover. Although when I did try it for removing foundation, I used about 5 cotton pads worth and my face still felt dirty! I don't rate it much as an eye make up remover either. It felt like you had to rub quite hard and I still had slight panda eyes after using this. I was forever wishing the bottle would end as I didn't want to waste it since it's quite expensive! I've recently been able to go back to No7 Eye Make Up Remover and I felt so relieved as it's so much better.

The Clarins HydraQuench Intensive Serum is a product I enjoyed using last year. I used it as a day serum before applying moisturiser and it did a great job at hydrating my skin, leaving it with a silky smooth finish. Its quite a light, thin product that feels like a mixture of water and oil rather than a serum like Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair. This was £40 but it lasted me around 7 months using it every morning so I think that's pretty good. I'm not sure if I'll repurchase item simply because I love trying lots of different skincare and I have a new Origins serum that I've just started but I would definitely recommend this product as I think it's fab.

I won this sample size of the Elemis Pro-Radiance Cream Cleanser from a giveaway on Beauty in the Mirror but I've used it before and I forgot how much I loved it. Its like the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish in the way that you apply it to a dry face and remove with a hot, damp cloth but I think this one is so much better. I was actually using the Liz Earle one just before I went back to this and I thought Liz Earle was good but I instantly noticed the difference when I went back to Elemis. It's so thick, creamy and luxurious and leaves your skin so soft and moisturised. It helped clear up some spots I had and along with an Elemis toner I started using, I noticed my moisturiser sunk in a lot better. I'm already using a full size bottle of this as I asked for a set with it in for Christmas. This is super expensive at £29 for 150ml but I really think it's the best cleanser I've ever tried.

L'Oreal Volume Million Lashes Excess mascara has been mentioned a lot on my blog and it was my favourite product of 2012! It's the best mascara I've ever tried and if you want to read my review click here. I would definitely repurchase this as I love, love, love it!

Another L'Oreal product that I love is the Lumi Magique concealer pen. I didn't love it at first and stopped using it but when I went back to it I realised how great it was. It did a great job of lightening my under eye area and concealing some of the darkness. It didn't completely cover my dark circles but I think it's one of the better concealers I've tried. It blends in nicely and doesn't crease after wearing it for hours. I tried to repurchase this over Christmas but my local Boots had ran out of the light shade unfortunately. There was a great free gift that I could have had for spending over £15 as well but I missed out as I was waiting for the concealer to come back in stock!

Hope you enjoyed reading about my empties :) Next time I've collected a decent amount of empty products I'll do another post. 

Link me up to your empties posts so I can see your thoughts on what you've been using up. Also let me know if you've discovered any great products lately or if there is something you wish you hadn't bought!

Friday, 11 January 2013

Review: Elemis Gentle Rose Exfoliator

I thought I'd start off this year's blogging with a post about an exfoliator I've been loving since I got it for Christmas. If you're a regular reader of my blog you will probably know that I quite like a bit of Elemis so I was pretty excited to try this Gentle Rose Exfoliator which I got in a set from QVC

This isn't your typical facial exfoliator as it doesn't have scratchy, grainy particles. This is a silky, smooth gel that contains lots of Jojoba beads to gently remove dead skin cells without stripping your skin of moisture. As the name suggests, it contains rose which isn't one of my favourite scents but I actually love this. It feels so soothing on the skin and the scent really relaxes me. 

After using this I don't feel the need to apply moisturiser straight away but when I do apply it, it sinks in like a dream and I can't stop touching my face as it's really soft. When you add a product to your routine that helps to enhance your existing products, you know you're on to a winner!

This exfoliator is so gentle you can use it every day if you wish and it's suitable for all skin types including mature, sensitive or dehydrated. I tend to use this twice a week as I like to save it for a treat rather than overuse it in my routine. It's something to look forward when I fancy a little extra pampering.

With an RRP of £27.00 for 50ml it's on the pricey side of things but with all Elemis skincare I really think it's worth the money. If I ever deviate away from Elemis and try other products, as soon as I start using Elemis again I totally notice the difference and my skin starts feeling and looking better within a few days! 

If you are interested in buying this product it's currently on Feel Unique for £20.48 which is a great saving!
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