Thursday, 30 June 2011

E.L.F cosmetics 50% off Haul

As a lot of you may know E.L.F cosmetics recently had 50% off online when you spent over £25 to celebrate getting 200,000 likes on their Facebook page, so of course I had to take full advantage of that and buy lots of goodies. Having never shopped from them before and Leanne (LeanneLewisUk) saying how impressed she was with the E.L.F products she had purchased  I was excited to try everything out. The things I purchased are...

  • Nail polish in Sunset £0.75
  • Nail Polish in Smokey Brown £0.75
  • Eyeshadow Primer £1.50
  • Lipstick in Nicely Nude £1.75
  • Kabuki Body Brush £2.50
  • Bamboo Powder Brush £2.75
  • Bamboo Complexion Brush £2.75
  • Studio conditioning Lip Balm in Nice and Natural £1.75
  • HD Powder £3.00
  • Small Angled Brush £1.75
  • Studio Makeup Mist and Set £1.75




My order arrived very quickly and at first glance I'm pretty impressed with nearly everything I ordered. The quality is really good for the price, especially the bamboo brushes which I absolutely love. The only things that disappointed me were the Kabuki body Brush as I found it to be very rough and scratchy which is just the bad quality of the brush so I'll be sending that one back. And the Lipstick as it was a different shade to what i had expected, however I do like the formulation and although the colour isn't what i had hoped it is sill a lovely shade. I think it's safe to say I'll definitely be ordering from ELF again very soon. 

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

New Look and Home Bargains Haul

In the town where I live a new shop has opened called 'Home Bargains' so I popped in to have a look. It's like a really cheap English version of Lidl, when i say cheap i really mean cheap, they have bottles of Pepsi and 7up in there for 39p, madness! I picked up some St Moriz Tanning Mousse in Dark for £2.99 and a TRESemme value pack containing Deep Cleansing Shampoo and the Instant Refresh Dry Shampoo for £3.99




I then went to New look and bought some White Linen trousers for £20 which are going back because the sizing is absolutely awful. Hopefully I'll be able to swap them for a different size. I also bought a black 'Twill Lux Blazer' for £24.99 in a size 12 (another example of bad sizing, as I'm a solid size 10). I have one in cream that I bought about a month ago and I absolute love these blazers. I could buy one in every colour if I had enough money. They're great to wear with a casual outfit to make it look a bit smarter but also work well with a dressy outfit to dress it down slightly. 


sorry for the bad quality, black is notoriously bad
 to photograph and this is the best i could do
 


Right now in New Look if you spend over £35 you can choose a free pair of sunglasses. As I'd not long bought a pair of sunglasses from River Island that I really liked I decided to pick up a pair of aviator ones which are completely different to any other pair I own. I had been wanting a pair for a while and had planned to get some cheapy ones in Primark so this deal worked out in my favour. 




If you want to take advantage of the new look offer then i would head there quickly as it expires on Monday 27th June.

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

New Looks Bad Sizing!

I would of titled this post 'Moaning Monday' but it's Tuesday so that idea went straight out the window, just like my cat did. Yes that's right, my poor little kitty fell out of a 1st floor window yesterday and hurt her paw and back leg. I've been nursing her with painkillers (prescribed by the vet) and lots of cuddles.

Poppy's swollen paw

Anyway, back to the title of this post. Today I noticed a hole appearing in my linen trousers, which I wear when it's very hot weather as they're nice and airy and I don't have to get my lilly white legs out. So I decided to go to New Look and buy some new ones as I knew i'd forget about the hole in the 'Bum' area and wear them out by accident. Two minutes later I did just that and left the house in my holey linen trousers with my underwear exposed to the world, doh! 

My current pair are about a year or so old now, they're a size 10 and from New Look. So I bought some that are exactly the same without trying them on, not thinking anything of it. When i got home I put them on to find they were far too short and wouldn't even do up. What?! They're exactly the same size and my old ones haven't stretched as they're now tighter than they used to be on me. 

Here are the old ones in a size 10..
(sorry for the bad quality, my cameras focus was playing up)



And here are the new ones in a size 10..





There's a huge different between the two sizes! And there I was thinking for the last few months that i'd put on weight and gone up a dress size. No, the shops have just decided to make their clothes considerably smaller. This sort of thing makes me so angry, some girls would be really bothered by the fact they are now a size 12 instead of a size 10 and would go to extreme measures to get back into a 10, when really they haven't changed shape or size at all! I'm not impressed New Look and I'm sure other people aren't either. I'd love to hear everyones thoughts on this. 

Friday, 17 June 2011

TIGI S Factor Smoothing Lusterizer

Recently i've heard a lot of people mentioning TIGI's S Factors smoothing lusterizer and from what I had heard it was the exact thing I had been looking for and it has not disappointed me. 

You can apply it into wet or dry hair and leaves it feeling silky smooth and super shiney. The product itself contains a slight shimmer which is not noticeable in your hair, but it's what gives it that lovely shine. It also smells AMAZING, almost like strawberries and cream sweets, yum. I have very oily hair and usually find I have to wash it every other day at least but after using this I have found that by days 3 my hair is not at all greasy and still really soft and clean feeling. I've even put some in my extensions to make them blend with my shiney hair as there was quite an obvious difference. 




I absolutely love this and will definitely be buying more when mine runs out. I bought mine for £10 on Ebay but it's available on cheapsmells and feelunique 


Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser

I remember when I first heard about the product, I instantly wanted to buy it. But with me being the crazy money saver I am I had to wait until I could justify it. Very quickly more and more people were raving about it and I had no idea it was such a big favourite of nearly every beauty youtuber and blogger so after a day of deliberating I finally purchased the Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser starter kit from the Liz Earle website for £13.25 + £3 postage, this includes a 100ml pump bottle of the cleanser and 2 muslin cloths. With my order I also received a free Instant boost skin tonic sample, which I haven't tried out yet. 


here are all the goodies that came in my package 


It has a minty but fresh smell and has quite a thick consistency which I like as it goes onto the skin nicely and gives your skin a really good cleanse.  It was really easy to remove with the muslin cloths and the heat from the cloth made my face feel very refreshed. Straight afterwards there was no real difference, but when I woke up in the morning I did find that my skin tone was noticeably more even and a lot of the redness that I have across my cheeks had gone, yippee. I'm not really prone to break outs but recently I've had a few so I didn't know how this would react with my skin. I'm very pleased that this hasn't given me any at all. I haven't noticed my skin feeling any smoother but my skin is generally a good texture anyway and it could be something that happens after a lot of uses. 



Overall I'm really impressed with this so far and I'm looking forward to trying it out more to see the results over a longer period of time. This was my first ever Liz Earle purchase and I'm really impressed with their service, it's such a lovely company that's worth checking out. 

Monday, 13 June 2011

Benefit Freebies in Glamour Magazine

I'm a bit late on the Glamour magazines benefit freebie bandwagon but I had a really hard time trying to find them. As you probably all know Julys issue of Glamour magazine came out on Thursday including some travel sized Benefit freebies. So, after searching in all my local supermarkets and W H Smiths with no success I managed to find it very surprisingly in the little news agents inside Center Parcs where I work. 



I picked up High Beam and Posie Tint but didn't get Bene Tint because quite simply, I would never use it. I knew these products weren't full size, in fact they're only 4.0ml but I was still surprised at how small they were. But for £2 a magazine you can't go wrong. 





Having never tried either of these or any other Benefit products i was excited to see what the fuss was about. High beam was exactly what i was expecting, a very nice, easy to use, Highlighter that looks amazing on the skin. However i was slightly dissapointed with Posie Tint, which i found to be quite tricky to use as you have to paint it on and leave it for the tint to show up/dry out which leaves you with the finishing result. But i found that it didn't leave that blended look on the cheeks and was quite uneven, this could come with practice though. i would say it's much better suited to a lip tint.  


Benefit High Beam

Benefit Posie Tint

If you haven't already then i would head to the shops quickly as these are sure to be sold out very soon.

Thursday, 9 June 2011

Magazine freebies.

Right now there are some great freebies coming out with magazines in the UK so today I went into town to stock up. I Managed to pickup Red Magazine which comes with a free Jemma Kidd lipgloss, the June issue of Instyle magazine with a free Nails Inc nail polish and Julys issue of Instyle magazine that comes with a £5 Bodyshop giftcard. Unfortunately i couldn't find Glamour magazine ANYWHERE, which comes with some great Benefit freebies. 




Unfortunately because i'm a serial nail biter and i currently don't have my acrylic nails on i can't show you the nails inc polish on my nails. But i have been able to use and swatch the Jemma Kidd lipgloss which i love! 




They had a choice  of three colours, a light pink, a carol and a red. As i have very pigmented lips the only option for me was the light pink. This is a very pigmented lipgloss and definitely tones down my naturally bright red lips and leaves them looking a very nice creamy pink colour. The staying power is very good and it doesn't leave you with that nasty stickiness that some lipgloss' leave. 




i love this lipgloss and considering you pay £3.80 for the magazine and lipgloss (which is worth £14!!) you really cannot complain. This is such a great offer and definitely worth buying. Hopefully my search for a Glamour magazine improves so i can do a post about my Benefit goodies soon. 

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Headkandy and Foxylocks Review

I've been wearing Hair extensions for about 4 years and over time they've gradually got longer and longer so not many people know that they're not my real hair. After getting through several sets from various hair shops in my local area I felt like I needed some extensions that were good quality and would last! 

With hair shops being very hard to find and very confusing once you do find them I took to the internet to find out what extensions were the best. I soon came across Foxylocks Extensions and Headkandy Extensions. After doing a lot of research and watching every review video on youtube I decided to purchase Foxylocks extensions first. 

Foxylocks Facts and Figures

  • 20 inches
  • Remy Hair (the cuticles are carefully aligned from root to tip giving you the best quality hair extensions)
  • 160 grams of hair
  • £74
  • 10 piece set (Full head): 
    One x 8" wide with 4 clips
    One x 7" wide with 4 clips
    Two x 6" wide with 3 clips
    Two x 4" wide with 2 clips
    Four x 1" wide with 1 clip 




My Foxylocks extensions arrived very quickly, I ordered mine in 'Darkest Brown' as that was the colour that best matched my hair. I was worried that they would have an obvious red undertone but after they arrived I could see they didn't have that. They were not as soft as I had expected, I personally think other reviews had over exaggerated their softness, but don't get me wrong these are still very silky. They blend with my hair very nicely and the clips always snap shut perfectly and grip to my very fine hair really well. I slos found these extensions very comfortable to wear with not itching or pulling. 

I took great care of these extensions using heat protection sprays and washing  them when needed but after 4-5 months of everyday wear they have become quite tatty and I find I need to brush them more often than I should. Curling them has become virtually impossible as they are too unmanageable. However I do put this down to the fact I wear them everyday and that they were my first set of good quality extensions. They have now become the set I wear on lazy days or if i'm having my hair up, which is fine with me. 

The next set I decided to purchase was the Headkandy Extensions as I had heard a lot of great things about them and had again done my research.

Headkandy Facts and Figures

  • 20-22 inches
  • Remy Hair
  • 180 grams of hair
  • £79.99
  • 10 piece set (Full head): 
    One x 8" wide quad weft (4 wefts sewn onto one) with 3 clips
    Two x 6" wide with 3 clips
    Five x 4" wide with 2 clips
    Two x 1.5" wide with 1 clip 


 The section on the right contains a sample piece which you
 can try before sending them back if you need to


These extensions also arrived very quickly, i ordered them in the colour Espresso  - Darkest Brown. These are more of a copper toned dark brown so I was a little worried they wouldn't bend with my hair, fortunately you can't notice it when they're in. As I would of preferred these extensions to be on the longer side, I measured them, they are just 20 inches but I did expect that. These extensions are incredibly soft, more so than the Foxylocks ones. The clips snap in easily but I do find that they don't hold as securely as the Foxylocks extensions and that they are not as comfortable to wear, mainly due to the quad weft being rather itchy. These extensions also come numbered so you can easily know where to put them by looking at the boojklet that also come with them, although I personally prefer to put them in my own way.

However so far I would say that I prefer the Headkandy Extensions over the Foxylocks mainly due to the quality of them, and not to mention that you get more for your money with Headkandy. As they are still quite new I haven't been able to test them out over a period of months but once i do I will update you all on my thoughts. 

Left - Foxylocks, Right -  Headkandy

Monday, 6 June 2011

Grazing

I know a lot of bloggers have done these kind of posts but Graze really is worth a rave. I have been buying these boxes for a few months now and I love them. I've never been a big healthy eater but when i discovered Graze boxes i thought it was time try something new.

Each box costs £3.49 with free delivery and you get 4 different things inside your box, you can choose what day it comes, how often you want it to come and you can even have it sent to your work place! You can also choose what you have in it, you don't like nuts just go onto the Graze website and 'Bin' all nuts, easy! 



This week I had in my box.. 
  • Fruit and seed flapjack - Yum!
  • Bakewell tart mix - Yum!
  • Very nori-sh rice crackers - My fave! 
  • Love mix - Yum! 

Over time i've worked out what things I do and don't like and now every week my box arrives I always like what is inside. Use the code 7JGYCDV to get your first box Free and your second box half price! 
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