21/11/2013

Beauty Haul | St Tropez, L'Oreal, Rimmel


Hello, hello, hello! 

Last week the most exciting thing ever happened - a brand new, huge Savers store opened directly opposite to where I live, squeeee! For those who don't know, Savers is a drugstore here in the UK that seems to sell just about everything you'd find anywhere else, but at lower prices. Just a 30 second walk away from my front door, I felt it would be rude not to go in and see what they had to offer. This is what happened...

The fact that I needed to buy some hair dye to sort out the ghastly ends of my hair was my excuse for heading over.  My locks had ended up in a sort of faded out/orangey/gingery/blondey mess, and with winter fast approaching, I felt it was due time for a change. But alas, instead of spending a few pounds on a box of hair dye, me and my mum ended up spending over £50 between us on everything we could think up a reasonable excuse for buying, WHOOPS!

Excuse the dodgy lighting but this is the finished result. It looks like the darker bit is shadow but my hair is actually that dark on the ends.
Obviously, my first purchase was this Garnier Nutrisse Ultra Colour hair dye in the shade 4.15 Iced Coffee. My natural hair colour is a mousey brown colour on top, so I decided I wanted to shove this on the ends and go for a reverse dip dye/ombré type of effect. This cost me £4.99, which opposed to £5.49 in Boots, is quite a nice little saving. Every little helps!

Next, surprise surprise I picked up my third bottle of the much-loved L'Oreal Micellar Water (review here) for £2.99 -swoon-. I do believe this retails for around £4, depending on where you get it from, but this is the cheapest I've found it so far!

Everything in the the L'Oreal Skin Perfection range was £2.99 or less, so I also picked up this cleansing milk. It works in exactly the same way as the Micellar Water, but as the nights turn colder I thought this might be a bit more hydrating for my freezing-weather-ruined skin.


Speaking of the freezing weather, my skin not only gets very dry, but very very pale in winter. I'm not one to use fake tan often, but when I do it's usually in the winter when my skin gets so pale, I almost become see-through. I picked up this St Tropez Naturals Self Tan Lotion for £7.99, I usually hate the look and smell of fake tan, however this doesn't smell like fake tan, it's not got any particular fake tan colour, and it's suitable for sensitive skin, so it shouldn't irritate. St Tropez products form part of the higher end of fake tans, this particular one coming in at £16.99 online to £26.99 in stores like John Lewis, so for £7.99 this was an absolute steal.


I needed some tissues for my room as I tend to get a bit sniffly during colder nights, and I LOVE Tinkerbell. These were only 59p so I had to have them. Enough said.

Another simple purchase, I saw this little tube of Sudocrem for £1.49, I use it on my skin all the time and thought it looked much more practical than the huge tub I already have. It's a really cute, portable size and will especially come in handy when I'm travelling or I'm out and about.

I got a Palmers Cocoa Butter Lip Balm (£1.69) partly because I've heard nothing but good things about it, and partly because it smells divine. It contains Vitamin E which I've been swearing by lately for moisturising, and anything that smells like chocolate is an absolute godsend to me. I had a Ben and Jerry's lip balm once and I must have used it all up in about three days, it just smelt and tasted so GOOD. So, if that's anything to go by, I can see myself getting through this quicker than I would get through oxygen.


I finally bought my first Rimmel Kate Moss Lipstick, it's been a long time coming! I used to think that red lipsticks looked awful on me, until I realised that there were far more reds in the 'red spectrum' than I thought. Bright red lipsticks still look hideous on me, but after trying and testing some cheaper lippies to find the right shade, I've since become addicted to darker reds! Savers had the Rimmel deal going where everything was under £5, so I got Kate Moss 107 for £4.98 and I've never been so in love. It's gorgeous and actually suits me, wooo! (If you'd like to see how it looks on, I'm wearing it in my hair dye photos up there -points upwards-).

Obviously not all of this came to £50, that total included all of my mum's bits and pieces too, but we walked away with a huge bag of stuff that would have cost loads more anywhere else. I was so excited to come in and share these bits with you all!

I also don't know if having a Savers opposite my house is a blessing or a curse - as much as I'd love to have some sort of self control, I can see myself getting paid and strolling straight over there to splurge it all on goodies...

xx





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07/11/2013

Review | The Body Shop Divide & Multiply Mascara


In this post I'm going to share with you a product that I have sworn by for years. As you may or may not know, my eyelashes are the WORST kind of eyelashes. Here are just a few things I hate about them:
They're stubborn
Dead straight
 Can't hold a curl for the life of them
 They're blonde at the ends, making them look even shorter 

Thanks for the eyelash gene Dad! Anyway, a few christmases ago I received a Body Shop hamper-type thing with lots of different samples inside, one of which being the Vitamin E Moisturizer (haul post here) which I now also swear by! Also included in this hamper was a teeny tiny sample bottle of their Divide and Multiply Mascara, which I was eager to try. 

I've always known the Body Shop for their body things, funnily enough, but not so much their makeup things. At first glance, this is a mascara that I thought I'd hate, but actually ended up emptying in about 2 weeks, leaving myself longing for another bottle! 

This mascara usually cashes in at £11, which I suppose is rather pricey, but after glancing through my emails, and receiving a 40% off code, I knew what I had to do! Using the code meant I got a full size bottle of mascara for £6 something which I was overjoyed with! Getting it home and trying it out reminded me just why I loved this mascara so much...

First of all, we find ourselves looking at something that claims to divide and multiply the look of our lashes, which is all well and good, but this beauty does so much more than that. It makes my lashes look super long, separated, healthy, and, wait for it, CURLY -gasp shock horror-. I'm not usually a fan of plastic mascara wands, as they just don't seem to agree with me, however after using my Emite lash curlers (which received in a Glossybox and will also review soon because I am very impressed), this little wonder of a mascara manages to keep my lashes nicely curled and looking lovely all day, without a sign of clumping. 

A quick before and after.
To those of you who already have long lashes this wont seem like much, but this is hands down the best result I've ever gotten with my lashes! 
Long story short, I LOVE THIS MASCARA! Honestly, if it can make my troll-like eyelashes look good, it can make anyone's eyelashes look amazing! 

I also really recommend becoming a Body Shop member if you haven't already, as I get emailed through discount codes and really great deals all the time, so if you shop there a lot, or want to try out products without paying full price for them first, hop on over to their website and grab yourself a deal! 


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