The Haul: Boots, Topshop, Zara & River Island.

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

This week my poor bank account took quite the thrashing after a couple of days of shopping. For once, the majority of my money didn't go on clothes and actually was spent in a big Boots shop. Here is a peek at what I purchased!

BOOTS (and Topshop)

Revlon Lip Butter in Strawberry Shortcake; Bourjois Colour Boost Lip Crayon in Peach on the Beach; Soap & Glory Glow All Out Luminizing Powder; Topshop Illuminating Bronzer; Stila Convertible Colour in Lilium; Maybelline 24hr Colour Tattoo in On and On Bronze; Soap & Glory Sit Tight Intense XS Gel; Maybelline Dream Touch Lumi Concealer in 02; Rimmel Eyebrow Pencil in Hazel; Bourjois Magic Nail Polish Remover; Origins Ginzing Moisturiser; Elnett Heat Protect Styling Spray in Volume; Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray.
Other than the Maybelline Concealer, these were all products I was trying for the first time. There are some pretty cult products in there such as the Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray, Stila Convertible Colour and the Bourjois Magic Nail Pot, but I also managed to squeeze in some relatively new releases like the Bourjois Lip Crayon and the Origins Moisturiser. I haven't used any of these products enough to give a proper review yet, but I plan to review all of them in time, so if there is anything you are desperate to hear about, leave me a comment!


Topshop Mom Jeans in Bleach Acid Wash; River Island Kimono (not on site); Zara Chunky Heels (sale); Zara Asymmetric Dress (Sale). 
Like I said, clothes was not a huge haul but what I got I love. The Mom jeans have been on my list forever and I love them. I am currently experimenting with the best way to wear them since I have the shortest torso ever. They do look amazing with the kimono I picked up from River Island though, and the heels from Zara, which I am obsessed with. My final purchase was this dress from Zara. I have been wearing less and less dresses this summer, mainly because I can't find any that I love. This Zara one has changed that for me though, the asymmetric detailing at the hem just makes it a bit different. Outfit posts coming soon hopefully! As with the beauty items, anything you want to see first let me know with a comment!

As for now I shall go back to saving money and give my card a little break!

Current Base #1

Saturday, 13 July 2013

Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Concealer in 02 Nude; Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Light; No 7 Protect and Perfect Foundation in Calico; Real Techniques Buffing Brush (part of the core collection); Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in 003 Peach Glow.
Since reviewing the No 7 Protect and Perfect Foundation a few days ago, I realised I have never done a post on my base products and since one of them is quite a new addition, no time better than the present!

After moisturising in the morning, the first thing I reach for the No 7 Protect and Perfect Foundation. I have done a full review on this (here) if you want a more in depth description but I would say that it is light to medium coverage and leave a nice dewy finish. I apply this with the Real Techniques Buffing Brush (what else?) and really work it into the skin. The next product I apply is Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Concealer for my undereyes. This is one of the best dupes for YSL Touche Eclat Radiant Touch Highlighting Pen and it is a fraction of the price. Next up for blemishes is a cult product, the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer. I just dab a small amount of this on blemishes and pat in with my finger. My final product is the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder. I originally wanted this in the transluscent shade, but I found later that it made my skin look slightly ashy so this shade is perfect for me really, as it just gives a little more colour. I then apply the rest of my make up, which will be in a post soon! 

What are your current base favourites?

No 7 Protect and Perfect Foundation and No 7 Match Made Service

Sunday, 7 July 2013

No. 7 Protect and Perfect Foundation
 I can admit that I have always been a bit of a foundation-phobe. With skin as pale as mine, I have had more mishaps with foundation than I can count, to the point where I packed in wearing it all together. I recently re-entered into the arena of face bases with the Garnier BB Cream - not bad, but not amazing - but with a wedding to attend in August I knew I needed to sort my face out.

I'm sure you will have seen the adverts for the No 7 Match Made service, where a beauty advisor will electronically pick the correct shade of foundation for you. Now, I must say here. This did not work for me. The lady said I was the second lightest shade and then upon application I was very much not. But all was saved when she matched me to Calico. I do think that the service works most times, for example my Mum had no problems with it, but I would advise fair skinned girls to try it in store before buying it.

Moving on to the foundation itself. I asked the beauty advisor for a foundation that would make my skin look dewy but that would last me a long day, and she recommended this one straight away. This foundation is a light to medium coverage, contains SPF 15 and is hypo-allergenic - and that's just the beginning. Over time this foundation also claims to give you younger looking skin, as it contains the same ingredients as the Protect and Perfect Serum, so prolonged use is meant to be an advantage. Being only 19 I don't know how much I can comment on the anti-ageing effects, but the flawless radiant finish is something I have definitely noticed. I would definitely recommend this for anyone looking for a long lasting foundation, with a dewy, radiant finish. At £16.50, it is one of the more expensive foundations by No 7, but even then it's hardly breaking the bank and just think of all the Boots points!

Current Loves #2 - Cleansing Duo

Saturday, 6 July 2013

Soap & Glory Face, Soap and Clarity Facial Cleanser; Soap and Glory Peaches and Clean Facial Cleanser.
Okay, so it seems that all my current loves are from Soap & Glory, but I was desperate to try tell you about my new cleansing duo, so I couldn't help it. On a recent splurge at Boots ton their 3 for 2, I picked up these two lovelies, which I had been waiting to purchase for a while but wanted to wait for the new packaging. I'll address the new packaging first... Soap & Glory have become well known for their 50s pin up style branding but have recently decided on a more stripped back - but still colourful - look. I personally love it, and I haven't even seen the whole collection yet. I believe it is only changing on skincare, so your body and make up favourites may stay the same.

Moving onto the products themselves, I have started using Face, Soap and Clarity in the mornings as it really wakes up the skin. It is a gel textured cleanser with tiny microbeads in, that really gets your skin ready for the day. Peaches and Clean is my new night time cleanser, as it does a brilliant job of taking off make up at the end of the day but still giving your skin a nice clean. It also smells AMAZING and the pump makes it even better. What I really like about both of these products is that they actually tell you how much of the product you are going to need (Face, Soap and Clarity is a grape sized portion and Peaches and Clean is 2 pumps). Overall I am really glad I purchased these two products and I would really recommend them to anyone with normal skin.

What are your favourite cleansers at the moment?


Monday, 1 July 2013

So today, July 1st, marks the end of GFC. I have read so many posts asking people to follow on Bloglovin' so I apologise to add to the large amount, but if you enjoy what you read then please please please follow me on Bloglovin'. Just click on the banner on the top right. It's a flashing Eiffel Tower. You can't miss it. 

Big Love.