Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Haul: Recent Purchases #2

I have made quite a few purchases recently and I thought I would share the most exciting ones with you, which I have purchased from various cosmetics websites.

I bought the Urban Decay Ammo 2 Palette, Maybelline theFalsies Flared Mascara and Roger & Gallet Fleur de Figuier Perfume. The last four items are all from Benefit and they are the Hervana Box Blush, Majorette Blush, Posiebalm and Benebalm.

I am really excited to try everything out and I have made more purchases since these ones and my wishlist is growing by the day! I am trying to contain myself, but so far I have failed!

Purchased anything interesting recently?

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Monday, 15 September 2014

LookFantastic Beauty Box - September 2014

I was shopping on LookFantastic and I came across a page for their own beauty box, advertised for £15. Shipping would be free and the value of the box would exceed £50! There was a limited amount available and it let me pre-order the September box. I was expecting some make-up items, because from experience £50 doesn’t spread very far if you have an expensive taste in cosmetics and thought the box would have less expensive brands included.
The box itself is a lot like a Glossybox, but bigger and it feels more luxury. When you open it up it has the tissue paper and sticker fastening and when explored, reveals the selection of products. You also get product info cards, which tell you a bit about each product. I thought the box would be more exciting, but for an all beauty junkie, it would be a dream box. Here it what you get inside the LookFantastic Beauty Box for September 2014:-
ST TROPEZ SELF TAN Bronzing Mousse (50ml)
| £30.64 (240ml) - St-Tropez.com |
I can tell you straight away that this is a product I will not be using! I don’t use fake tan and I don’t see the need, I am pale and proud. My Sister on the other hand will love this.

thisworks Deep Sleep Pillow Spray (5ml)
| £16 (75ml) - thisworks.com |
I am excited to try this as I currently use the Planet Spa one and I find that they really help. This one does smell slightly different though.

Jurlique Herbal Recovery Advanced Serum (15ml)
| £45 (30ml) - Jurlique.co.uk |
I am always interested in trying new serums and this one smells lovely.

CAUDALÍE Divine Oil (15ml)
| £17.50 (50ml) - UK.Caudalie.com |
I’m sure I’ve had a sample of this before from another beauty box, but I can’t remember for definite. I think I will give this a go this time, as I don’t like the idea of oils for your face, but this product can be used for all over your body and in your bath.

KÉRASTASE Bain Satin 1 (80ml)
| £17 (250ml) - Kerastase-USA.com |
&
KÉRASTASE Lait Vital (75ml)
| £20 (200ml) - Kerastase-USA.com |
I am not interested in these at all! I don’t like trying hair care products and I prefer using 2-in-1 products for shampoo and conditioners. The shampoo slightly interests me, but not enough for me to give it a try.
This is a good box and I am glad that I have tried it. A box like this is mostly wasted on me because the brand/product range is brilliant, but I am a make-up girl and this is what this month’s box lacked! I will not buy October’s box, but I would recommend this service to anyone who loves skincare and hair care products. Knowing my luck October’s box will contain make-up!

What are your thoughts on this box?

Friday, 12 September 2014

AllBeauty.com Haul #1

I have been interested in Real Technique’s brushes for a long time now and I already have one set, but knew I wanted more. I decided to look on AllBeauty to see what prices they were offering and I made a purchase straight away!

I got the Travel Essentials Set, which includes an Essential Foundation Brush, Domed Shadow Brush, Multi Task Brush and a 2-in-1 Panoramic Case + Stand. I also got the Core Collection Set, which includes a Contour Brush, Pointed Foundation Brush, Detailer Brush, Buffing Brush and a 2-in-1 Panoramic Case + Stand. Lastly, I got the Stippling Brush.

I think this is all I am getting for now, but watch this space!

What do you think of these brushes?

Friday, 5 September 2014

Empties #18 - June, July & August 2014

I thought I would do an Empties post seeing as though it has been a while since I have done one. I have mostly used up necessities again, but there are a few extras I’ve managed to use up and get rid of.

This was my first bottle of this shampoo and it is definitely better than the Head & Shoulders one I was previously using. It doesn’t give you amazing results, but it smells nice, is inexpensive and it works for me. I have already got another bottle on the go!
250ml | £1.99

I received a sample of this in a beauty box and the scent is beautiful! You can really smell the figs and mandarin flowers. I am tempted to purchase this in the 30ml bottle, as it is not as expensive as you would think.
30ml | £16

I have used up several bottles of this cleanser in the past and it is my favourite! It smells amazing and it really works for my skin. I already have another bottle on the go.
200ml | £8

I have had this bronzer for around two years and it is my favourite and it lasts forever! It looks really natural and it blends really well. It is still being discontinued, but it was announced in 2012 that Miners would no longer stock it, yet they still sell it on their website! I would say get it while you can, but I can’t see it going anytime soon! But as it is still under threat of being discontinued, it has been on sale for £2.99 since 2012, so grab it for £2 off while you can instead.
7.5g | £4.99

I received this in a gift set last Christmas and it is the 50ml mini size. It has a very light scent, but it is nice. I probably wouldn’t buy this myself, as I prefer Impulse because they have stronger scents.
75ml | £1.70

Dove GoFresh Body Wash in Revive
I got this shower gel in a duo gift set last Christmas and this one is the Pomegranate & Lemon Verbena scent. It smells so divine! It smells very fresh and fruity and it lathers great too. I would consider re-purchasing it.
250ml | £2.40

This candle was disappointing! You couldn’t smell it whilst it was burning and the colour change effect isn’t as good when it’s a plain candle jar. I wouldn’t re-purchase this particular scent!
155g | £7

ASDA Little Angels Baby Wipes (Fragrance Free)
I have used up two packets of these and they are just good basic wipes. I haven’t re-purchased them though because I haven’t been to an ASDA for a few months. Next time I shop in ASDA, I might pick up some more packets.
64-wipes | 87p

Cien BodyCare Classic Anti-Perspirant Deodorant
I have used up a few cans this last few months and it is still my favourite deodorant!
200ml | 75p

I received this as a sample sachet in a beauty box at the same time as the perfume. It smells amazing and it lathered great too! I probably wouldn’t buy it as it’s a little steep in price for a shower gel.
200ml | £9

I got this as a mini in a gift set and it is not bad. It smells lovely and it lathers very well and it leaves your skin feeling so soft. I just wish it was more grainy and abrasive. I do have a full size too from another gift set but when I have used up that one, I will be going back to my beloved Breakfast Scrub!
50ml | £2.50

The shade I used is 010 Light Porcelain and I love this foundation. I have used up bottles of this before and I just can’t use anything else. I also love the matching concealer! I already have a review on both if you are interested.
30ml | £6.99

I have the mini size, which I received in a Glossybox last year. It smells amazing and so fresh. It is a mostly floral scent, but it doesn’t smell old. I haven’t purchased a full bottle as of yet, but I am ever so tempted!
30ml | £35

This was my first time using this type of Listerine mouthwash and it was ok, but the purple version is still my favourite. I loved that I bought the large bottle though because it lasted me a lot longer. I am currently using Corsodyl, but I will be looking for the purple large size of Listerine.
1L | £5.25

I received this in a gift set last Christmas and it is the 50ml mini size. It has a light and fresh scent and it smells quite girly too. It is the least offensive scent I have ever smelt and I would consider purchasing in the future. I just wish these body sprays were as strong as the Impulse ones!
75ml | £1.70

GARNIER PureActive Moisturiser
I bought this to use at night and it was ok. It was very cooling on your skin and the consistency was quite running, so you didn’t need to use much because it spread quite far. It smelled nice (cucumber) and it didn’t really do anything special for me. I would re-purchase it if I really needed a new moisturiser and it was the only one I was interested in at the time.
40ml | £3.50

I really enjoyed this shower gel and I love the Soap & Glory shower gels in general. This one smelled really yummy and it was like you were bathing in popcorn. I may re-purchase this one again, but I still have another Dove shower gel and S&P Sugar Crush shower gel to use up first!
500ml | £6.50

I received this in a gift set last Christmas and it is the 50ml mini size. It has a slightly musky scent, but it still smells very feminine.
75ml | £1.70

Avon Naturals Scented Spritz in Lily & Gardenia
This has a really strong scent and it sounds funny now, but I didn’t think it would smell so flowery! It was great as my room spray, but I won’t be re-purchasing it.
100ml | £3

I received this in a Boots goody bag and it was ok, but it had a strange texture and I only got the sample size so I wouldn’t really notice the effects. Having tried it though, it doesn’t make me want to try the full size.
30ml | £24.95

I might carry on and do these posts every so often when my Empties bag is full. It just saves me repeatedly writing about the same products each month! I am slowly sorting through my make-up collection and I will be doing a blog sale at some point, probably next year now.

What have you used up this month?

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Serial Sampler #2

Today I am sharing another sample, which I received in last month’s Glossybox.

It is L’Amour by LALIQUE and it is a 2ml sample dabber of the eau de parfum. The card packet is quite appealing in a velvet pink shade with gold bordering and detailing.

“A sensuous floral fragrance, a love potion for absolute seduction”.
It smells really nice, fresh and delicate and you can really smell the rose and bergamot. It might be too floral for some people, but I think the other notes balance it out beautifully. I also love the dispenser. It is like a salt shaker and it makes it easier to apply, instead of the vile being open when you take the cap off. I would have preferred the regular spritzer though, but it’s only a sample and the full size bottles have the spritzer.

It is a lovely perfume, but I’m not sure I would buy it in a full size bottle! I love loads of perfumes, but I know the difference between me loving the scent and it being ‘my scent’. It is also quite expensive, so if you are interested in purchasing it, I would suggest checking sites like AllBeauty.com first to see if they have it on sale for a cheaper price.

What do you think of this perfume?