Sunday, 30 March 2014

Revlon Parfumerie Scented Nail Enamel Collection

After seeing the Revlon Parfumerie Scented Nail Enamel collection a while ago on some blogs I've been eagerly awaiting their release ever since. The cute little bottles looked very appealing, also I was very intrigued by their varied range of scents and colours. When I stepped into Boots yesterday I was extremely excited to see them in all their glory on the shelves.

I'm not sure if my local Boots stocked all 20 polishes as I felt like I picked up most of them but according to the Boots website, the range of 20 is split into the following three categories: Fruit & Floral, Fresh and Sweet & Spicy. See the full range here. They had a 3 for 2 deal on so I ended up choosing 9 polishes.

Whilst swatching the shades I was very impressed with the quality of the polishes. They all applied smoothly and evenly and were opaque in two coats. My swatches from left to right are: Spun Sugar, Lavender Soap, Beachy, Wintermint, Lime Basil, Apricot Nectar, Ginger Melon, China Flower and African Tea Rose.

I'm loving the different textures as you've got regular polishes (Lime Basil, Apricot Nectar, Ginger Melon, China Flower) along with metallic/shimmery (Spun Sugar, Lavender Soap, Beachy, African Tea Rose) and glitter (Wintermint). There also seems to be shades suitable for all times of the year, although I'm especially loving the brights for Summer! I'm probably lacking in the Autumn/Winter shades but there are lots of those colours within the Sweet & Spicy category.

Scent-wise as well as shade-wise, my favourite polishes out of the ones I purchased are all in the Fruit & Floral category and are shown above (plus the Lime Basil one). I love the way each one has a unique scent rather than just smelling the same. The name on the bottle is a definitely a good indicator of the scent too. I can't comment on the longevity of the scent as I haven't tested them enough but I wouldn't mind if the scent didn't last long as I love the colours and formula, the scent is a bonus.

I like the delicate metallic shades of Spun Sugar and Lavender Soap and the Beachy shade would be amazing for the Summer, especially if you have a nice tan to go with it. Wintermint is really pretty and I love the fresh minty scent. 

In case you didn't already know this, I wanted to finish by saying that I'm absolutely loving this collection! The packaging is amazing, I love the colours and the scents are fab too. I'm definitely tempted to pick some more of these up!

Have you bought any of these?
Which ones do you want to try most?

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Recent L'Oréal Paris Releases

L'Oréal Paris have released so many fab new products in the last year or so. My favourites have been their Fibrology haircare range (blog post here), Glam Shine Balmy Glosses (blog post here) and their Skin Perfection range, especially the 3 in 1 Purifying Micellar Solution which I'm now on my 5th or 6th (lost count!) bottle of.

I've been sent some of their recent releases to try out as well as having made my own purchases so I thought I'd do a little haircare and makeup look using some of them. First up, I'm really boring with my hair normally, it's always straight. I never do curls or waves. I'm just not very creative or confident with that sort of thing! Anyway, when I received the #TXT Wave Creating Spray* for heat activated waves on straight hair I was quite looking forward to trying it. I followed the instructions for using this product, which are 1) spray product liberally over damp hair then half blow dry. 2) Twist hair into two or more topknot buns and blow dry further. 3) Completely blow dry the hair whilst scrunching waves upwards. I found that on my hair this doesn't create really defined waves but it is advised to use tongs for defined waves anyway. I do really like the look this creates on my hair though. It really adds texture to my hair without leaving it feeling sticky and it makes it look like I have loads more hair than I actually do. I felt quite glamourous with my hair like this rather than the straight up and down look I normally have.

The Nude Magique Blur Cream* reminds me a lot of the Benefit Porefessional primer it has the same silicone texture along with a tint. I've got the shade for medium to dark skin so I was worried this wouldn't look right on my pale skin but it blends into the skin and doesn't leave a dark colour behind. It leaves the skin feeling really smooth and I think it's the perfect base for adding foundation on to.

I bought the Infallible 24H Stay Fresh Foundation in Porcelain on one of my many trips to Boots during their recent 3 for 2 offer. It's a really good match for my pale skin which is often hard to find in the drugstore so I'm pleased with that. I find this to be a medium to full coverage foundation that will cover redness and spots. The foundation manages to feel quite moisturising on my dehydrated skin yet it has a kind of satin finish. Not dewy but not fully matte either. It feels really comfortable on the skin despite it being quite a thick foundation. My photo includes the Nude Magique BB Powder for Light Skin as I was going to use this on top of the foundation but I found that I didn't need to use it as there was no shine on my skin. Just so you know though, it's a great lightweight powder that doesn't look chalky on the skin and is perfect for setting your foundation and getting rid of any excess shine.

It's quite hard to find a bronzer that suits my pale skin but I was excited when I saw this Glam Bronze Mono Bronzer in Blond Sun*. It's a gorgeous matte bronzer, in a light tone that isn't orange at all. The bronzer is so smooth with a good level of pigmentation allowing you to subtly add some bronze to a light skintone. The compact comes with a brush and mirror on the bottom layer for touch ups on the go.

I love L'Oréal Paris mascaras, I always find they are great on my lashes. In fact, my most read post ever is a review I wrote on the Volume Million Lashes Excess mascara (here if you fancy reading). I was intrigued with the Mega Volume Miss Manga mascara* when it was released back in January but I did read a lot of negative reviews saying it was clumpy or it didn't do much for their lashes so I put off buying it. Now that I've tried it, I'm really surprised with it. I think it looks good on my lashes. It didn't go clumpy, it gave good separation, along with length and a little bit of volume. I find that it definitely gives the 'wide eyed look' it's been created for.

I picked up some of the Color Riche L'Extraordinaire Liquid Lipsticks as part of my HUGE collective haul last month (link) but I hadn't got round to trying them yet when I got my hands on a fourth shade, 301 Rouge Soprano*. I wouldn't normally have chosen this colour so I'm glad I tried it as I think it's a really easy way to get a red lip that's not too high maintenance. These lip products are packaged a bit like the YSL Glossy Stains with a lipgloss style wand making the product so easy to apply. This delivers a good amount of pigmentation with a very glossy finish. I love the balmy texture as it feels really comfortable on the lips. I actually had a severe case of dry, flaky lips when I took this photo and the product hid that extremely well. You totally wouldn't get away with that with a regular lipstick! This is such a nice product and I can't wait to try my other shades now.

So that brings me to the end of my post. I've enjoyed using this great selection of products and I'm really impressed with L'Oréal Paris as they keep delivering amazing products at affordable prices. I'm always excited to see what they are going to release next. I spotted a gorgeous looking illuminator in Boots the other week called the Lumi Magique Radiance Powder and their pastel Color Riche nail polishes are looking pretty good for Spring too!

What are your favourite L'Oréal Paris products? I'd love some recommendations.

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

NARS Radiant Cream Compact Foundation plus FOTN

I've got super pale skin that gets dehydrated and can look a bit flaky when wearing foundation so it's quite hard to find a foundation that meets all of my needs. There is one amazing foundation that I've been loving since December/January so I thought it was time to share this with you. The foundation is the NARS Radiant Cream Compact Foundation and it was first recommended by Gemma from Miss Makeup Magpie. Before this, buying a compact foundation never really crossed my mind. I'm not sure why, I guess I thought it would be quite hard to apply and it wouldn't give much coverage. Anyway, Gemma seemed to love this stuff and being a fellow pale skinned girl, it's good to hear recommendations of foundations that might suit my pale complexion.

Before makeup

I thought I'd start with a 'before' photo so you can see what kind of state my skin is in before I put the foundation on. I have the shade 'Siberia' which is the lightest one and the colour is perfect for my skintone. I apply it with a Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge (Boots £5.99). 1) because Gemma does this, 2) because I didn't fancy getting the NARS sponge dirty and 3) because it gave me an excuse to buy the sponge! This is actually perfect at picking up the right amount of foundation and you really don't need much to cover your whole face. The foundation glides on so smoothly and covers up redness and spots with ease. It has quite a dewy finish which makes your skin look very healthy and radiant. It feels comfortable on my dehydrated skin and doesn't go flaky. It's basically just perfect! I'd say the worst thing about this foundation is that you have to buy the compact (Space.NK £7.00) and the foundation (Space.NK £28.00) separately! I can't fault the actual foundation!

Me wearing the NARS Radiant Cream Compact Foundation in 'Siberia'

I took these photos before my big blowout meal to celebrate my Fiance's new job so I thought I may as well show you the rest of my makeup.

As well as the base products shown in my first photo, I used the shades 'Buzz' and 'Dust' from my Urban Decay Naked 3 palette, Chanel Le Volume De Chanel Mascara, Maybelline Brow Drama in 'Dark Blonde', Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in 'Amused' and the YSL Gloss Volupte in '15 Grand Pepite'. I'm absolutely loving my Tarte blushes so far. Both this one and 'Tipsy' are gorgeous shades with lots of pigmentation. I'm so glad I bought them!

Have you tried the NARS Radiant Cream Compact Foundation?
What is your all time favourite foundation?

Monday, 24 March 2014

Baobella Boutique: Beauty UK Makeup

I was recently offered the chance to try some Beauty UK makeup which is fab as I hadn't tried anything from the brand before so I was excited to try some. Before I let you know more about the products, I just wanted to let you know that they were part of a collection available on Baobella Boutique at a massive discount. Baobella Boutique is an online beauty store that has daily deals on well known brands as well as new brands. For example, when this collection was available to buy, it was being sold for £10.99 instead of £21.95. Looking at 'Today's Exclusives' there are great discounts for brands such as Maybelline, Elizabeth Arden, OPI and more so it's worth checking the site out regularly to see if you can grab a bargain! If you want to know more about how Baobella Boutique works, you can read more information here.

Now, on to the products...

My favourite product from this selection is the Posh Palette in 'Eden'*. As you can see it's a beautiful neutral eyeshadow palette which is a great alternative to the more expensive ones on the market. What I really like about this palette is the mix of mattes and shimmers as well as there being both cool and warm toned shades. There is certainly something to suit everyone in here. The colours are very smooth and pigmented, even the mattes have a great texture, not chalky at all.

It was quite hard to test the CC Cream in 'Biscuit'* properly as it's way too dark for my skintone but I did try it on my face and I found it to be quite a thick, foundation-like cream with fairly high coverage. The addition of SPF30 is amazing as we all need to be protected from the sun. According to the description this has light diffusing pigments to illuminate your complexion, not bad for it's £4.99 RRP.

The High Brow All In One Brow Definition Kit* is a very handy little kit. It contains powder suitable for most eyebrow shades along with a non sticky wax to keep the brows in place. The powders have a good level of pigmentation so you only need a little bit for a lot of definition. The kit also contains a mini angled brush for the application of the product, along with a mini pair of tweezers which means you can easily get rid of any stray brows.

The final product is the Grit FX Posh Polish in 'Shoreditch'*. I'm not normally a fan of textured nail polish but this one is actually quite nice. I really like the metallic blue shade and the grit is quite fine and evenly distributed throughout the liquid so it gives a nice finish on the nail.

I've been impressed with the products I've tried from Beauty UK so I'll certainly be checking out what other products they have. Their website is if you want to check it out.

Have you ever bought anything from either Beauty UK or Baobella Boutique?
Let me know about your experiences.

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Blog sale on now

Hi everyone, hope you've had a great weekend. Just wanted to let you know that I've got a blog sale on here if you're interested.

Happy shopping!

Spring-ready feet

After months of hiding your feet away in big Winter boots, it's no wonder they aren't looking their best when Spring rolls around. I thought I'd put a post together about the products I use to get rid of (sorry!) the nasty build up of dead/hardened skin and pump the moisture back in. Don't worry, there are no foot pictures in this post!

The most effective foot exfoliator I've ever tried is this Scholl Dry Skin Exfoliator (Boots £4.49). It's a thick paste-like formula containing lots of tough scrubby particles which is natural pumice along with some fruit AHA's for extra exfoliation. The instructions say to massage over clean, dry skin and then rinse. I use this slightly differently. I massage a nice big dollop into clean, dry skin but I keep rubbing it in until the lotion almost sinks into the skin but the pumice doesn't. This is going to sound gross but honestly, it's really satisfying... what happens is the dead skin starts to loosen from the foot and it really shows you that the product is working. I obviously advise you to do this over some newspaper or something as it gets really messy. Anyway, I keep rubbing until all of the pumice (and dead skin ewww) is off the foot and I rinse the residue off. You can instantly feel the difference after doing this.

The next step is to use a very hydrating foot cream so that it can soak into the lovely fresh skin that have been revealed. I love The Body Shop's Peppermint Intensive Foot Rescue (The Body Shop £9.00) as it's a thick cream that feels very soothing and it smells really refreshing. It also gets extra points for being pink! ;) You will need to pop some socks on after using this as it is slightly greasy but it's not uncomfortable. I need something really heavy duty on this area so I expect a little greasiness.

Once the cream has soaked in, paint your toenails a lovely pastel shade to get yourself in the Spring mood. My top picks are (clockwise from top left) Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint in Prickly Pear (Boots £3.99), Topshop Nails in Keepin' It Sweet (Topshop £5.00), Models Own HyperGel Gel Effect Polish in Cornflower Gleam (Boots £5.00) and Essie Nail Polish in Mint Candy Apple (Boots £7.99).

Now all we need is some warm weather so we can get our sandals and flip flops out!

Do you have a footcare routine?
Let me know what products you like to use?

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Sorting My Life Out - Weight Loss

As you will have already guessed, this post is going to be about weight loss, something I've never mentioned on my blog but if you follow me on Instagram / Twitter you have probably seen me talk about this.

So there are lots of things I've been unhappy with lately. First off, my weight was a big issue. I've always been overweight, I was always the most chubby out of my friends at school and then I've gradually added up to 3 stone on throughout university and working life. This is largely due to my love of eating out, takeaways and sweet foods. I guess I've always rewarded myself with food, seen it as something to do, something to look forward to, something to cheer myself up with, any excuse really. Over the last few years I've gone on healthy eating and fitness kicks where I've managed to lose around a stone but I wasn't 100% healthy eating as I was going to the gym and was allowing myself treats due to all of my hard work. I managed to do this last Summer but this year has been particularly hard as I've ended up moving jobs several times before going back to where I was at the beginning of last year. I got really unhappy each time I moved jobs, feeling like I was getting further and further away from what I wanted and this certainly made me eat a lot more bad food to cheer myself up as well as spending a lot of money in the shops. I also noticed physical problems like excruciating stomach pains that lasted for hours most days as well as hair loss. These were the main deciders in returning to my original employer!

Starting back at my old workplace in January coincided with a friend joining Slimming World and when she told me all about it, it seemed like a fantastic and fairly easy way to lose weight. I already had it in my mind that this year I really wanted to make a difference to my weight and with the huge weight (ha!) off my shoulders work-wise, I felt like I needed to grab this opportunity. There are definitely some bloggers who I'd been inspired by prior to this as well and I knew how amazing the results can be if you stick to a healthy eating lifestyle. If you're interested, I'm talking about Alice's (Bright Town Girl) amazing transformation, Laura's (All-Made-Up-21) fabulous Slimming World journey, Katie's (Sugarfixxbeauty) weight post and Holly's (twinklelashes) 'How I Lost Weight' video.

I'm in my 8th week of Slimming World now and I thought it would be a good chance to let you know about it, if you're interested. I know a lot of people are liking my food photos on Instagram anyway. I've lost 15 lbs in 7 weeks and I'm so pleased with that as I haven't felt starving on this plan. There are lots of foods that you can eat in unlimited amounts such as fruit, vegetables, pasta, rice, extra lean meat and more. You can even eat things like cheese and bread in small amounts and have a certain amount of 'syns' to use up on things like chocolate. Seriously, I've been eating chocolate pretty much every day on this plan! The key is being clever with your syns and going for smaller bars to get the maximum from my daily allowance. The main change I've had to make to my lifestyle is to cook a lot more from scratch and to cut out takeaways/meals out. I don't remember the last time I've gone 7 weeks without a takeaway! I think because a lot of food is 'allowed' I haven't felt too deprived and I've got in the habit of trying to make my own healthy versions of takeaways. I've enjoyed making food from scratch, it's very satisfying eating a tasty meal that you've created. I suppose the hardest part is changing your food up. I've got my meals that I like to make every week such as bolognese but you need to put in a bit of time and effort in researching new ideas to keep you on track. I've recently found Pinterest is great for this as you can look at the food you like the look of and click on the links to view the recipes.

I've mentioned that I've previously lost a stone and given up and now I'm at that amount of weight loss again but I feel like it's different this time around. Having a weekly Slimming World class gives me a mini goal to work towards each week for starters. Secondly, I normally go gym crazy and have to fit in making healthy meals around this which makes me get lazy as who wants to wake up, go to work, go to the gym, cook meals, have a small amount of time to relax before it begins all over again. I feel like just tackling my eating first is allowing me to stay focused on this and exercise will come later. I am planning on taking up badminton at weekends again but I know I will need to do more than this in the long term. I'm looking to lose roughly another 2 stone on top of my current weight loss so I'm pretty excited about the next 7 weeks to see how much more weight I can lose in that time. It's crazy how I've spent so much time hating myself and it really doesn't take that much time to change things. I'd certainly like to be happy with my weight once and for all before I'm 30, which is next year, aarrrggh! (There are actually quite a few things I need/want to do before I'm 30, hence the 'Sorting My Life Out' title!).

So this post has turned out to be quite long! I was originally planning on talking about some of the recipes I've been trying out but it looks like I'll need to save that for another post. I guess this is an introduction into why I'm on this weight loss journey and how I'm tackling it this time around.

Let me know if you are on a weight loss journey or perhaps if you've got a success story you want to share.
I'd love to know if sharing recipes, packed lunch ideas, etc would be useful to you too :)

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Lee Stafford Oily Roots Dry Ends Shampoo and Conditioner

Lee Stafford has added to his already vast collection of haircare with a new shampoo* and conditioner* designed for those with oily roots and dry ends. As soon as I heard about this range I thought it sounded perfect for my hair! I have fine hair that gets greasy so quickly and has some remaining damage from dyeing it (stopped this 2 years ago and still growing it out!). I also give it a daily beating with straighteners and even though my trusty Lee Stafford Professional Straightening Iron Protection Mist does a great job at protecting my hair, I still need to add moisture into the ends to keep them looking smooth and soft.

This range claims to detox hair, mop up excess sebum on the roots and soothe tired ends. I've been testing the shampoo and conditioner for the last few weeks and I'm definitely impressed with it. The shampoo thoroughly cleanses my hair leaving it squeaky clean (literally!). I hate going a day without washing my hair but I've found that on the second day after washing my hair with these, my roots still feel clean and have some lift to them where they would normally be flat to my head by that time! The conditioner has the perfect consistency and formula for adding a good dose of moisture to the mid lengths and ends of my hair without weighing it down.

Another thing I love about these products is the smell! It's like a really sexy fragrance. It's not too sweet or girly, it's quite musky. It's the same scent as Lee's other products and I often get nice compliments about the scent from my fiance when I've used them.

I think Lee has done a fantastic job at getting the balance right between tackling greasy roots and providing enough moisture to the ends. A lot of products targeted at greasy hair totally strip the hair leaving it looking dull and very tangled. That doesn't happen with these products. My hair is left feeling fresh and looking healthy with this range.

Lee Stafford products are exclusive to Boots and these 250ml bottles of shampoo and conditioner are £8.99 each. They are included in the current 3 for 2 deal if you're quick too!

Have you tried the Oily Roots Dry Ends shampoo and conditioner?
Which are your favourite Lee Stafford products?

Friday, 14 March 2014

My second haul

Yep, Sephora has only been selling to the UK for two weeks and I'm already on my second haul. How bad is that?! I just couldn't help myself and ended up seeing what other goodies I could get my hands on and an even more expensive order was placed. Hide all of my bank cards now please!

If you want more information about shipping and custom charges on UK orders, please check out my first post as there's lots of info about that in there.

I'm not sure what's going on at the minute but I'm buying a lot of foundations. I went through a nail polish phase, then a lipstick phase, now I think it's foundations. I've bought around 6 new foundations lately. I'm not even an every day foundation wearer! Anyway, I've heard good things about the Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation so I decided to buy that in the lightest shade, 110 (Pink Porcelain), and thought I may as well pick up the whole kit with the HD Microperfecting Primer, HD Microfinish Powder and HD Kabuki Brush in. Hopefully these will have me looking flawless!

Carrying on the Make Up For Ever HD theme, I went for the HD Blushes in shades 210 (Cool Pink) and 215 (Flamingo Pink). I really liked the sound of these 'second skin' cream blushes so I did a little research on Temptalia and thought these colours looked great for a pop of natural looking colour.

Without even trying my first Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush purchase, I decided to pick up another whilst making this order. This time I've gone for the shade Amused, a nice rosy pink shade (that looks a little too light/bright in my photo but looks more natural in real life!).

I was quite intrigued by the Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelees so I bought one in the shade Pink Escape, a very dark raspberry shade. It will be quite interesting to see what the texture of this one is like.

I've been looking for a decent brush cleanser and I saw the BlenderCleanser Solid in Anna's February Favourites so this must have stuck in my head and when I spotted it on the Sephora site I decided it could be a good choice. It's like a bar of soap that you can swirl your brush into and rinse away. It seems pretty fuss-free so I'm looking forward to using it.

My last purchase was quite random and I think I spotted it as I was going through checkout and it was recommended to me. Probably in the way that they have little kits and travel size goodies next to the till in their stores to tempt you into making last minute purchases. It's the Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC) Love Bites Duo. This seems to be out of stock on the site now but I thought it was a good way to try the Lip Tars for the first time. This cute kit contains minis of Psycho (bright red) and Lovecraft (shimmering pink-lilac) plus a little brush for neater applications. If Boots had more little kits like this over here I'd be well sucked in to buying them all! Haha.

In my first haul I mentioned that I was restricted in terms of what I could order as Beauty Insider gifts but this time around I was able to get some free items. It looks as though they are always updating the range of free products which I think is fab. For 100 points each I was able to get generous samples of Too Faced Primed & Poreless Primer, Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes! Mascara and GlamGlow YouthMud.

In addition to any Beauty Insider treats, you can pick 3 samples with your order. These samples come in sachet form and again, the range seems to be frequently updated on the site. I chose the Anastasia Brow Powder Duo, Peter Thomas Roth CC Cream and another Phyto Phytobaume Volume Express Conditioner.

Finally, I received a little perfume sample card with a swatch of Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue in. I used to love that fragrance so I'll be happy to reintroduce myself to it.

Prices & Shipping/Custom Fees

Make Up For Ever HD Complexion Starter Kit (link) - £49.97
Make Up For Ever HD Blush (link) - £16.44 each
Tarte Blush (link) - £16.44
Josie Maran Cheek Gelee (link) - £13.91
BlenderCleanser Solid (link) - £10.09
OCC Love Bites Duo (out of stock) - £9.17

Subtotal = £132.46
Shipping = £10.00
Customs/Import tax = £40.03

TOTAL = £182.49

Hope you enjoyed my haul! 
Have you ordered anything from Sephora?

Friday, 7 March 2014

Ordering from plus haul

Last Friday, all of us UK beauty addicts were happy to learn the news that Sephora would now be shipping to the UK. A lot of us have wished for this moment so it was amazing for it to finally happen. I placed my order when I got in that evening and had been waiting excitedly ever since. After stalking the DHL site for tracking information every 10 minutes, I was super happy to see my package had been delivered this afternoon. I thought I'd write a little post to show you my haul and explain a few things about additional costs as I know a lot of people have been confused or unsure about how much their haul will cost.

Important facts about ordering from
  • P&P can vary if you spend under £75. If you spend over this amount, you will get a flat rate shipping fee of £10. It can actually cost a lot more than £10 if you spend under £75.
  • Sephora use a third party called Borderfree (link for more info) to collect customs fees at the checkout to ensure there are no nasty surprises over in the UK. Having received my order, I can confirm there are no additional charges on or prior to delivery.
  • There are restrictions on certain types of products and brands being sent to the UK so you will not be able to purchase these items. These include perfume, nail polish, NARS and Hourglass makeup. You will find out which items are restricted when you are asked to remove them from your basket during checkout!
  • You can receive up to 3 samples of your choice with your order. Again, some of the choices will be restricted so you may be a little more limited in your selections compared to our US friends.
  • Sephora have a loyalty scheme called 'Beauty Insider' where you can earn points on your purchases which translate into very generous free gifts like Laura Mercier primer etc. I found that I wasn't able to add these to my basket though. I'm not sure if this means that I'm not eligible for the Beauty Insider gifts being a UK customer or if the items were restricted. I was unable to use my 161 points earned with this order so I will try again next time I order from them. 
  • Delivery is fully trackable and is sent via DHL. It was quite fun seeing my package making it's way through the USA then from the UK Midlands up to the North. I may be a bit of a saddo though! I received my package one week after I ordered it but there was a weekend in between, I've seen others get their package a few days before me from simply ordering on Friday morning rather than evening.
  • The packaging was very secure and well packed. There were no damaged products despite its long journey over here.

The haul...

As you can tell, I ordered some rather predictable items! I wanted to try things that were mostly unavailable in the UK. I have to say though, a lot of my picks were quite random, these aren't specific products I've been lusting after, I just wanted to try those brands so I picked some things without even reading reviews!

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blushes are one of the most lusted after products that we can't get in the UK so I obviously NEEDED one of these. I've seen a lot of love for the shade Tipsy, a pretty pinky peach shade so that's why I chose this one.

The Marc Jacobs makeup line was released in 2013 and I've been desperate to try something from the luxe brand ever since. I always thought I'd go for the neutral eyeshadow palette but I have a lot of those so thought I'd go for some different things. I picked up the Genius Gel Super-Charged Foundation in Ivory Light which was quite brave considering I have really pale skin and find it hard to get a good colour match! From looking at this in the bottle it looks light enough so fingers crossed. The heavy glass packaging and silver pump get the thumbs up from me. I also went for a LoveMarc Lip Gel in Happy Ending, a bold medium pink shade (that I couldn't get a good photo of in the rush of getting this post online!). This is quite a heavy, expensive looking lipstick with a cool magnetic fastening that makes it easy to replace the lid after use. Love the colour too so I'm happy with these purchases so far!

A while back I saw an American vlogger mention the Josie Maran hand cream saying it was really good and I initially had this in my basket but I had to take it out due to it being a restricted item. I'm not really sure why it wasn't allowed though! Being curious about the Josie Maran brand I decided to buy the Argan Lip Treatment which comes in a super cute pot! The Argan Oil stuff is meant to be amazing so let's hope this is!

I vaguely remembered some rave reviews of the Alterna Caviar CC Cream Leave-In Hair Perfector and saw it in the Bestsellers section of the website so took a chance on it. It's supposed to perfect hair in 10 different ways including softness, UV protection and heat protection. That sounds good to me!

I fancied something from the Sephora brand and couldn't decide on any makeup so when I saw these brightly coloured eye makeup brushes they ended up in my basket. For some reason they looked a lot bigger on the website and perhaps I didn't see the word mini or something but these are tiny! I suppose they would be good for travelling and the little capsule is a good idea to keep them separate from other things in your bag. They feel nice and soft too.

Samples wise I chose a little kit with three shades of the YSL Glossy Stains and a little brush to apply them with. I've never tried the Glossy Stains and I think this is such a great way of sampling the products as I don't really like using lip product testers in-store on my lips! I also got a sachet of Phyto Phytobaume Volume Express Conditioner which I've tried before and love. My final sample choice was the Laura Mercier Flawless Skin Face Polish. I also got a card with information about the Marc Jacobs Honey fragrance with a sample on the back. I thought that was a nice finishing touch to the order.

How much did this order cost me (in pounds)?

Tarte blush (link) = £16.51
Marc Jacobs Genius Gel Foundation (link) = £30.48
Marc Jacobs LoveMarc Lip Gel (link) = £19.05
Josie Maran Argan Lip Treatment (link) = £11.43
Alterna Caviar CC Cream (link) = £15.87
Sephora Eye for color mini eye brush capsule (link) = £8.89
Subtotal = £102.23
P&P = £10
Customs/Import tax = £22.32

Final total = £134.55

Would I order again?

Yes! I think it's a great way to buy brands that aren't available in the UK. It does work out to be pretty expensive so I know this isn't an option for everyone but I am really happy that I can buy from now.

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