Wednesday, 31 July 2013

ELF Haul: July 2013

For some reason in the years I've spent obsessing over beauty products and buying anything and everything, I'd never bought anything from ELF ( before. That was until an email came through for a 60% off sale! Well that was it, I was straight on the website ordering away. It was their biggest ever discount so how could I refuse?!

I only received my order today so I won't be reviewing any of the products in this post but I thought I'd show you what I bought and let you know that the sale is still on if you're wanting to buy anything. The code for UK & EU customers is 600713, and 600714 if you're in Italy. The minimum spend is £25.

I bought the HD Blush in Diva, a hot pink shade. It wasn't my first choice of colour but others were sold out and I fancied trying one of these blushes after seeing them on a few blogs. It's a bright shade that I'm not sure will go with my pale skin but I thought I'd step out of my comfort zone and try it!

I'd always fancied buying one of the Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powders as it looks like a dupe for the NARS version. I went for the shade St Lucia as it didn't look too dark for my skin. I'm pretty impressed with the packaging, it's really sturdy and has a nice big mirror in the lid. It's bigger than I expected too!

I spotted the Eyebrow Lifter & Filler in a light shade and thought it seemed like a nice product to try so that was straight in my basket. As you can see below it's a double ended pencil with a filling in colour for the brow and a highlighter for the arch. It also has a handy sharpener in the lid.

I've almost run out of my Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion and I haven't been looking forward to replacing it. It's not the most exciting purchase and it's not that cheap either! I'd been thinking about trying one of the new shades rather than the original one and when I spotted the Eyelid Primer in a Champagne shade I thought it was well worth a go instead of splashing out on an expensive version!

I'm into crayon style products at the moment so I am looking forward to trying the Jumbo Eyeshadow Stick in the shade French Lace. I'm hoping this champagne gold will be good for a quick and easy daytime look.

I also added to my ever increasing collection of lip products! I spotted the Lip Balm SPF 15 in a range of shades and wondered if they would be like the Revlon Lip Butters so I added the Peach colour into my basket. It looks like a nice vibrant colour so I'm hoping some of that transfers on to the lips. 


For a while I've been wanting to try the Matte Lip Colors as I've seen those on a few blogs too. I always thought I'd pick the shade Coral when I eventually got round to buying one but I surprised myself and chose Natural; a dusky pink colour.

Yep, another crayon product went into this order. This time the Jumbo Lip Gloss Stick in the shade Flirty & Girly. It's quite unique as it's a dark, sparkly pink. It looks like a good night time colour. 

My final item is the Mineral Lipstick in Nicely Nude. It's a nude, browny-pink colour and it's not my usual style but I fancied something different.

Overall my first impressions of this order are great. The packaging isn't the most amazing but I haven't exactly paid high end prices for these products so I'm not too bothered about that. My order came to a total of £15.05 and that includes £2.95 for the delivery so I think I got a lot for my money.

I'll be looking to review some of these products on my blog but I'd love to hear if there are any particular products you want to see a review of first. 

Have you bought any products from ELF before? What are your favourites?


Tuesday, 30 July 2013

July Favourites 2013

It's been a while since I've written a favourites post but as I've been loving so many products in July, I thought it was a great opportunity to write one. In fact, I think I will go back to doing monthly favourites posts as they are some of my favourite posts to read so I'm hoping you will like reading mine.


A real theme in my makeup this month has been peachy-pink as I think it looks great for the Summer. My favourites from this category are both new purchases that I've been enjoying using. First up is the MAC Blush in Royal Sunset from their All About Orange collection in June 2013. I generally buy shimmery blushes so I was quite pleased to add this matte one to my collection. I love the colour of this too, it goes so well on my pale skin. MAC normally repromote their limited edition products so hopefully if you like this, it will available again soon in another collection!

The Bourjois Color Boost in Peach on the Beach is a crayon style lip product I'd been lusting after for around a month before I caved in and bought it! This is a super glossy, pigmented lip balm/stick hybrid, similar to the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains. I think this is my favourite shade and formula of all the lip crayons I've tried. The Bourjois Color Boost range is quite limited compared to other similar products with only 4 different shades but I like each one of them and would be tempted to pick some more up!

Other makeup I've been loving this month includes the MAC Paint Pot in Let's Skate. This is my very first Paint Pot actually and I can't believe I haven't bought any before now. I'm certainly in the market for some more shades! Let's Skate is a pale, pearlescent, long wearing cream eye shadow with flecks of gold and pink shimmer in it. I absolutely love this colour and could sit looking at swatches of it on my hand all day long. On the eyes, the colour payoff isn't quite as good and it can look a little patchy. I was quite disappointed with this but then I remembered that most people use Paint Pots like a base for other eyeshadows so I decided to add another of my favourites - the Bellapierre Shimmer Pot in Deja Vu, a lovely shimmery peach loose eyeshadow over the top of it and the result is stunning. It creates a beautiful sparkling soft pink shade that looks amazing in every light and lasts all night! I'm totally loving this combination and have rocked it on two nights out this month.

I've swatched all of the makeup mentioned in this post below, including the fab combination just mentioned so you can see the pretty shades properly.

I've neglected my Models Owl nail polishes for a while in favour of my recent Essie and Barry M Gelly additions but when I was looking for the perfect match to go with a bright coral dress I bought from River Island, Models Own Pink Punch was the obvious choice after a little swatching session. This is a stunning neon pink with hints of orange and it looked fab on my nails. I'm so glad I've rediscovered this polish so I can get plenty wear out of it during the Summer.

Something I've been into this month is wearing a top coat nail polish. I've never bought any of these myself but I received a generous sample of the Nails Inc Caviar Top Coat and I've been using that to make my nail polishes last longer. I didn't even realise this would help my nail polish dry faster and the glossy finish is amazing. It's also great for making your nail polish rock hard which is fab since I always end up with smudges and fingerprints in my polish if I've added more than one layer of colour!

The La Roche-Posay Dry Touch Gel-Cream 50+ SPF was my first ever purchase from this brand and I'm highly impressed with it. It is such a great sun protection cream for the face. It doesn't leave my skin looking or feeling greasy and it doesn't clog up my pores either. I've never had any sunburn whilst wearing this product and I burn easily! I would love to try more products from La Roche-Posay now.

I mentioned the L'Oreal Skin Perfection 3 in 1 Purifying Micellar Solution in yesterday's empties post but just to reiterate, I find this much better than Bioderma, which was a let down for me. This removes my eye make up really well and I just love it! It's replaced my usual No7 Eye Makeup Remover.

I tried a sample of the REN Invisible Pores Detox Mask this month and it's a mask I'd been wanting to try for ages. I managed to get 2 masks worth out of this 5ml tube and I was amazed with the results. I have a few large open pores on my face and this actually closed them up and left them invisible! It really does work! I'm definitely tempted to buy the full size of this. I just wish I didn't need to save for things at the moment!

My final favourites of the month are body products. Whilst in Schipol Airport on my way back from Amsterdam, I spotted a Victoria's Secret. Having seen so much about their fragrance mists I just knew I needed to buy one. I sprayed so many of them on my arms and most of them were lovely but I settled on Endless Love; an apple blossom and ylang ylang scent. This is such a light, fresh and fruity but slightly floral scent. I've used this a lot in July instead of wearing perfume. It's just so refreshing to spritz this all over your body and it's not too heavy. I'll be pretty gutted when this bottle runs out as I won't be able to replace it! I've seen such a good deal on the USA website where they sell the mists at 5 for $30, such a bargain considering I paid 14 Euros for that one bottle! I wish I could buy 5 at that price! If anyone knows of any reputable eBay sellers who are selling at a reasonable price, I'd love to know :)

The Body Shop Strawberry Beautifying Oil has been a great product since I've been getting my legs out for a change! It's a lightweight dry oil that I've been rubbing on my legs to add lots of moisture and create a nice sheen to the skin. This fragrance smells so good and the bottle is lasting me ages since you don't need to use much at a time.

What products have you been loving this month?

Monday, 29 July 2013

What I've been using up lately: Empties #4

It's been three months since my last 'empties' post so I've accumulated quite a few empty bottles since then! It's time to dish the dirt on what I've been using up.

As always, it's shower products that I've used the most of in this post. I was very lucky to win a set of five Imperial Leather Shower Gels/Creams from Lucy over on Beauty and the Blogger so I've enjoyed using these up. They are all very thick and lather up nicely so they lasted around 2 weeks each. Due to their creamy texture, they don't strip the skin of moisture at all which I always like in a shower product. They have some lovely fragrances too. My favourites were Citrus Burst; a gorgeous lime and kiwi scented gel and Oriental Calm; a slightly spicy aroma with cherry blossom and vanilla bean in the cream format. I would definitely purchase these again being only £2 or less from Boots.

One of the other shower gels I used up is the Soap & Glory Whipped Clean Luxe Cream Wash Shower Butter. At £8.00 from Boots, this is more of a treat body wash but I think it's worth every penny. It's very softening on the skin with it's cocoa and shea butters along with various oils so it's not too bad if you skip the moisturiser after showering with this. It smells divine too with it's pistachio, almond and vanilla scent. This is the second bottle I've used up and I've got a third one ready to use as I received one for my birthday! The fiance knows me so well. 

The Philosophy Christmas Cookie 3 in 1 shampoo, shower gel and bubble bath was a cheap purchase I spotted after Christmas in the sales so I had to pick it up. It smells really nice but I've mentioned before on my blog that I actually get really bored of these 480ml sized bottles as I constantly like to try new products. I was forcing my fiance to use this up with me so I could move on to something else!

I think I picked up the Ted Baker Body Spray whilst it was on a 3 for 2 offer as I didn't know what else to get but I really enjoyed using this product. It has quite a spicy, sexy fragrance consisting of rose, sandalwood, raspberry and vanilla that I sometimes used in place of perfume. There's something rather refreshing about using a body spray especially when it's hot and you can spritz yourself with a cool mist of fragrance. 

I picked up the travel size version of the Umberto Giannini Incredible Body Volume Conditioner for Big Hair for my Amsterdam trip along with the matching shampoo (haven't quite used that up yet). I didn't think much of this conditioner to be honest. It provided a little bit of moisture to my hair and didn't weigh it down but that's as far as it goes. It certainly didn't make my hair big or anything!

Probably a bit of a weird one but I swear by Mitchum Advanced Control Anti-Perspirant so I'm forever buying these. My favourite scent is Pure Fresh as, well, it smells fresh! Other anti-perspirants such as Sure aren't strong enough for me but this is perfect. They last me ages as well which is great considering I often pick them up on a 2 for £4 deal at Boots!

A while back I fell for the Bioderma hype and was left feeling a bit disappointed. I don't often wear a full face of makeup so was mainly using the Bioderma Micellar Water for eye makeup removing purposes. I didn't really feel like it did a good job at easily removing this makeup. When I was on the market for a new eye makeup remover to replace my usual No7 Eye Makeup Remover, I spotted the L'Oreal Skin Perfection 3 in 1 Purifying Micellar Solution. At a small fraction of the price of Bioderma, I decided to buy this and I'm really glad I did. I've found a new favourite makeup remover in this product. It removes all of my eye makeup with ease and it's only £4.99. I've also tested it on a full face of makeup and it performs really well. I've already repurchased this and got it even cheaper as it was on offer. Thanks again Boots!

The sachet of Amie Spring Clean Cooling Clay Mask was from a beauty box I won from Gemma at Flutter and Sparkle around Christmas time. To be honest, I didn't expect great things from this mask with it being a cheapy but I loved it. I really liked the scent, it was like lime ice pops! It left my skin feeling clean, refreshed and surprisingly it didn't dry it out as I expected it would with it being a clay mask. I would definitely pick up more of these.

I bought the Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm whilst in Paris last year (May 2012) so it lasted me really well as I used it most days. I think this is one of the only lip balms I've ever finished so that proves how much I like it! It has the most beautiful citrus scent and it's quite a thick balm that provides moisture like no other. Seriously, since this ran out my lips just haven't been the same no matter what other products I use. It's quite expensive for a lip balm at £9.50 but I must have decided to repurchase at the right time as I've managed to get a bargain from the Nuxe site and only paid just over £5.00!

I tried a sample of the REN Hydra-Calm Cleansing Milk and whilst I thought it was a nice product, I wasn't super duper impressed with it. It had a nice herbal scent and left my skin feeling soft after use but I wasn't blown away with the results so I won't be repurchasing this. There is absolutely nothing wrong with it though.

The Body Shop Chocomania Body Butter was a fun product to try as it smells so good! It has a really sweet chocolately scent and it moisturises the skin nicely without leaving it too greasy. I would definitely like to try this again in the future but for now I have the strawberry one to keep using up!

I've declared my love in the past for Elemis toners. They are the best toners I've ever used and I must have repurchased them around 5 times now. My favourite is the Apricot one but I enjoyed using the Rehydrating Ginseng one as a change. I love the way they have a spray dispenser so you can spray directly on to the face to cool your skin down or spray on to a cotton pad and sweep across the face. They are alcohol free so are kind to the skin and they are a nice extra cleansing step before my moisturiser. They really prepare my skin to absorb all of the moisture I'm about to give them!

I bought some products from the Superdrug Naturally Radiant range as I'd seen a few bloggers raving about them. They were really cheap so I wasn't expecting too much but I actually quite enjoyed using the Brightening Hot Cloth Cleanser. It's pretty much like the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish as it is a cream cleanser that you rinse off with a muslin cloth and it had the same softening effects on my skin. I did actually notice a brightening effect on the skin too. My skin looked a lot clearer and my spots were reduced. The bad thing I noticed was that it had a cheap men's aftershave type of scent to it! Overall it's a decent cleanser but I prefer the luxurious Elemis Cream Cleanser but to be fair, there is a massive difference in price so thumbs up to Superdrug for producing this.

I won't say too much about the Elemis Gentle Rose Exfoliator as I have a full review here but I really loved this exfoliator for it's gentle formula but powerful results. It's pricey but it's worth it for some extra pampering when you need it.

The No7 Eye Makeup Remover has been a staple in my skincare collection for years as I'm often picking up another one when Boots are giving out the £5.00 off No7 vouchers. As I mentioned above I've recently replaced this with the L'Oreal Micellar Water but I still think this is a fab product. It has quite an oily formula that is great for sweeping off tough mascara and leaving the skin quite nourished. I will never say never to repurchasing this in the future.

The final empty is a sample of the Vichy Normaderm Tri-Active Cleanser I received in a GlossyBox. This was a pretty generous sample at 50ml so it gave me a good chance to see how I felt about this one. The Normaderm range is targetted at spotty skin and I haven't really bought a product like that for years as they tend to strip the skin and leave it very dry so I was plesantly surprised when I discovered this product isn't like that at all. In fact it's very gentle and the packaging says it's suitable for sensitive skin. This product can be used as a cleanser, exfoliator or mask and I've used it as all three. I think it does a great job at helping get rid of spots and it really leaves the skin feeling clean and smooth. I would use this again in the future but I probably won't repurchase it at the moment as I like trying new things too much!

Well that was a long post! What have you been using up lately?

Sunday, 28 July 2013

Soap & Glory Pulp Friction Review

I've tried quite a few Soap & Glory body scrubs now and the latest one in my shower is Pulp Friction. This one comes in a generously sized 250ml squeezy bottle, my favourite type of packaging for the shower as it makes for easy dispensing! Apologies for the state of the bottle but at least you can tell I've used it! 

The scent of this product is the Soap & Glory 'Fruitigo' fragrance or if you're not familiar with that - it consists of frozen yuzu, organge oil, green fig and jungle pomelo essence. Yeah I'm not sure what some of those ingredients are either but I can tell you that they make for a very fresh, floral scent with a hint of fruitiness. 

There are two levels of scrub within this product, there is a very fine, gritty textured scrub that I'm guessing is the pumice and some pink 'vitaminballs' that remind me of jojoba beads. The combination of these two provided my skin with a thorough exfoliation that left my limbs feeling super soft and the skin felt really refreshed. Something I haven't mentioned yet is that on contact with water this scrub actually turns rather foamy as if it has a bit of body wash in there. I really like this aspect as it makes the product really easy to remove. Often scrubs tend to be on the oily side and can leave residue on the skin but there's none of that with Pulp Friction.

I say this every time I try a new Soap & Glory scrub but... this is my absolute favourite body scrub now! I will definitely repurchase this in the future once I've worked my way through some of the other products I have. This product costs £8.00 from Boots which I think is reasonable since you don't exfoliate your body every day so this lasts for a few months. I love it when Boots have 3 for 2 deals on Soap & Glory as it's such a great way to try something new when you can pick up something extra for free!

Have you tried this scrub? 
What is your favourite body scrub?

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Review: Lush Jumping Juniper Shampoo Bar and Jungle Solid Conditioner

Back in May I posted a Lush haul on my blog that included the purchase of a shampoo bar and solid conditioner. I'd developed a horrible greasy patch on the back section of my hair that didn't seem to wash away so I decided I wanted to try a more 'natural' product to see if that would rid me of the grease.

Lush shampoo tin, Jumping Juniper Shampoo Bar and Jungle Solid Conditioner

I'd done a little research before entering a Lush store so I already knew that their Jumping Juniper shampoo bar was the one targetted at oily hair. The key sebum-banishing ingredients in this are rosemary, lavender and various oils including juniperberry, lemon and lime. 

I didn't intend to come out with a conditioner but I thought what's the point of continuing to use one full of harsh chemicals when I'm trying to change my shampoo so I bought the Jungle Solid Conditioner. The softening ingredients in this product include cocoa butter, avocado and banana.

I was so glad I bought this combination of products as they left my hair feeling really clean but still hydrated. The dreaded greasy patch was gone after one wash and they gave a lovely herbal scent to my hair that lasted for hours too. As well as the greasy patch, I already had oily hair that I need to wash every day and these products kept my hair clean for longer. I didn't stop washing my hair daily but I really could tell the difference in my hair so I definitely recommend these products if you are looking for products that allow you to wash your hair less frequently. The conditioner isn't the most nourishing one I've ever used but it gave the right level of hydration to my fine hair without weighing it down. 

I normally get quite an itchy, irritated scalp and end up having to use Head & Shoulders a few times a week between other shampoos to calm my scalp down but when using these products my head has been itch free without using my trusty H&S!

These products are pretty long lasting as you only need to rub them on wet hair a few times to create a lather or condition the hair. After two months I still have a few tiny pieces of my shampoo and conditioner bars left but they would have lasted even longer had I not moved to a different flat. What I mean by this is, you need somewhere dry to store them otherwise they decrease in size due to staying wet. If you have a large shower cubicle or a shower over the bath, it's easy to keep them dry. Now that I have a tiny cubicle with no shelf to put anything on, the bars stay under the water flow constantly washing them away :( I did buy a shampoo tin to keep the shampoo bar in for this reason but I don't really like the design of it as the soap doesn't really fit in properly so I ended up using a soap dish which did the job just fine (when you have somewhere dry to store it!).

I would definitely repurchase these products and I think I would quite like to try another shampoo bar so if anyone has any recommendations please let me know.


Monday, 22 July 2013

Favourite SPF Products

Protecting your skin from the harmful UVA and UVB rays is a must all year round but I have to admit I'm guilty of only really doing it during the Summer. I have super pale skin that I tend to have covered up most of the time but it's been far too hot to cover up lately so I've had no choice but to cover myself in SPF to stop myself from being frazzled.

I burn really easily but I haven't been getting burnt at all with the products I've been using so I had to share them with you!

First up is my facial sun protector and it's the La Roche-Posay Dry Touch Gel-Cream in SPF50+. I first heard about this through Bright Town Girl who has a fab blog post on SPFs so you may want to check that out here. I'm absolutely loving this product as it doesn't leave your face feeling or looking greasy one bit. It actually leaves my skin feeling like velvet! This product is suitable for sensitive skin so it's definitely worth a go if your skin is easily irritated by other SPF products. As this product is made by a great skincare company, I feel like it's doing my skin some good and I haven't had any spots when using this either despite it being quite a thick cream.

The body product I've been loving is the Boots Soltan Invisible Dry-Touch Transparent Suncare Spray. Have you noticed the Dry-Touch theme here?! I also have this product in SPF50 which is essential for me. This product is dispensed from a spray nozzle in a very fine mist over the skin. It's best to hold this quite far away from the skin and spray a generous amount on to the body. If you get the distance right, you are left with a gorgeous sheen to the skin but not greasy and you shouldn't need to rub it in. I'd say the consistency of this product is similar to a dry oil and it's quite nourishing on the skin. I really like this as it's easy to use, just spray and go! 

My final product is the Boots Soltan Head & Hair Dry-Touch Transparent Suncare Spray in SPF30 which seemed to be the highest SPF I could find in this one. It has a similar consistency and format as the body version but the bottle mentions that it has added conditioners to counteract the drying effects of the sun. I spray this one over my parting to stop my scalp from burning and it really helps since I don't do hats! The only problem with this one is that it can leave the hair looking a bit greasy especially if you touch your hair once you've applied this. The best thing to do is spray this on to the head from as far away as you can reach then don't touch your hair. To be honest I think I'd rather have slightly greasy looking hair than a burnt scalp so I don't mind too much! I'm happy with this product for that reason but if you've found a hair/scalp protector that isn't greasy at all, please let me know :)

Hope this post has been helpful. I'd love to hear any of your SPF recommendations too.

Sunday, 21 July 2013

Birthday Presents and Haul

As I mentioned in my previous post, it was my Birthday on Thursday. I can't believe I'm only 2 years away from 30 now! The time is just flying by! Anyway, I thought I'd show you some of the lovely gifts I received and what I spent my birthday money on. For those of you who don't really like haul posts I'm looking to do more review style posts as I need to cut down on shopping and I know it would be great for you to read my opinions on products once I've tried them rather than just seeing what I've bought and not hearing anything more!

I've never had a pair of ghds before as they are pretty expensive but my fabulous fiance bought me a pair of mint green ones from the candy collection. They are so good as they just glide effortlessly through the hair and I love the colour so much!

I was really pleased to get some Soap & Glory body washes as I really enjoy using them. I'm looking forward to trying the Scrub 'Em and Leave 'Em body scrub too as I love Soap & Glory body scrubs but haven't tried this one before! 

I'm not usually a big fan of Dior perfume apart from Miss Dior as I find them too powerful and old fashioned but I'm loving the Dior Addict Eau Delice I received. It's very floral but sweetened with cranberries so it's more sophisticated than my usual sweet scents but not too granny-ish either!

My last and very generous gift from my fiance is this beautiful Guess watch. I don't normally wear watches so when I start to wear this, I will probably be staring at my sparkly wrist all day! I was very spoilt and I'm super grateful for what I received.

My brother got me these sweet treats, he knows me too well! I'll almost feel bad eating the bear! Hehe. The Reese's Peanut Butter is going to be so good as well. I can imagine myself just sitting with a spoon and eating it out of the jar! Oops!

Now on to what I bought with my birthday money...

I spotted this bag in River Island a few weeks ago and I really like the bold colours so I decided to go for it. I fancied a new bag for work and it's not bad for £40.00.

Speaking of bags, I also needed a white one for a night out I'm having next weekend so I snapped this one up for £12.99 in H&M. I really like the tassel and the different textures.

It was time for a new purse as the zip on my current one was starting to jam all of the time so I couldn't shut it properly. As I had a £50.00 voucher from work, I only had to add £25.00 to get this DKNY purse. It's the most expensive purse I've bought to be honest but it will last me quite a long time and it's something I will use every day so I decided it was worth the price tag. I was super tempted to buy a Michael Kors one though!

The last part of my haul is some jewellery which I rarely buy! I wanted some nice dangly earrings to wear on my birthday night out so that's where the silver ones came in. I've been really tempted to buy some rose gold bits lately so when I saw the bracelet I knew it was an essential purchase! I bought the hoops to match, even though I haven't worn hoops for years! I'm hoping they will look good. The gold bangles are for my night out next weekend even though I probably have a ton of random ones lying about somewhere, it's nice to treat yourself to some new ones :)

Thanks for reading my haul post. Is your birthday coming up soon? What are you hoping to receive?


Saturday, 20 July 2013

Pre-Birthday Haul

I had a little spend in Boots prior to my Birthday on Thursday so I had to share my purchases with you! I was fairly good and got quite a few products I've been wanting to try out for just under £30.00.

As you may have seen on my blog before, I've been liking the Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paints so I picked up a few more of those. I went for Blue Grape and Passion Fruit, both lovely bold colours for the Summer. I managed to get a free Limited Edition Nail Paint for spending over £6.00 on Barry M too. There were two highlighter pen type shades, a pink and a yellow so I went for the pink as I don't have many of those in my collection (Ha! Who am I kidding?!).

I had lusted after the Rimmel Salon PRO polishes for a while and decided to get a few of those whilst they were on buy one get one half price. I chose one of the 'Kate' shades in Hip Hop and one from the regular line in 'Cocktail Passion'. I tried Hip Hop on Thursday night and was pretty impressed with it. I was able to get away with one coat of it and it looked opaque and shiny.

My most exciting purchase was the Bourjois Color Boost in 04 Peach on the Beach. I saw these new crayon style lip products in Superdrug about a month ago and was able to resist but I just couldn't stop wanting this shade so I HAD to have it when I saw it on 3 for 2 in Boots. It's the most perfect peachy coral shade and I love the way it's so pigmented and shiny. 

Wearing Bourjois Color Boost in Peach on the Beach

On one of the Bourjois promotion stands I saw some beautiful new shades of their Effet 3D Glosses and the shade 56 Rose Dynamic really stood out to me. It's another coral colour and it seemed ideal for my birthday night out. This lipgloss is so nice to wear as it has a balm finish rather than being sticky. It's fairly pigmented for a lipgloss and to top it all off it's got a gorgeous rosey scent too!

Wearing Bourjois Effet 3D Gloss in Rose Dynamic

When Bourjois brought out their Rouge Edition lipsticks a while back I wasn't too bothered about them but whilst on my peachy lip mission, I spotted the shade 19 Corail en Vogue and I thought it would be a great chance to try something new. It's got a nice formula in the way that it glides on smoothly and doesn't seem drying but due to the shade I chose, it can look a little patchy on the lips and show up any uneven skin. I'm looking forward to trying this again when my lips are in better condition. 

Wearing Bourjois Rouge Edition in Corail en Vogue

Hand swatches L-R: Bourjois Color Boost in 04 Peach on the Beach, Bourjois Rouge Edition in 19 Corail en Vogue and Bourjois Effet 3D Gloss in 56 Rose Dynamic

As if the 3 for 2 deal on Bourjois wasn't enough, they are also offering a free pair of sunglasses with this deal too. They are actually quite nice and you get a spotty case with them as well.

Hope you enjoyed reading my haul post. Have you been hauling lately? Let me know what you've been buying and if you have a link to a video/blog post feel free to send me that too :)
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