Tuesday, 21 October 2014
Monday, 20 October 2014
Sunday, 19 October 2014
First off I apologise for not putting up a post yesterday, but guess what there's going to be two today! I've been trying to keep things quite relaxed on myself with the types of blog posts I've been putting up this week, and what better than to show you my big beauty clear out that I've had this weekend. There's still loads left over but I just can't part with it all! I was really harsh on myself and asked myself "when was the last time I used this?" "is there something similar & better in my collection?" and "would someone else like it more?" (so my mum received rather a large bag of goodies!) Here's the final collection...
My blush/highlighter/bronzer drawer was rammed - but it had been home to my eyeshadow palettes too, so I moved those to a more relevant place as you'll see below and managed to cut down my collection quite significantly. There were a lot of cream blushes that had dried out, plenty of shades that didn't suit me and a whole load of dupes so they all went. It was a bit all over the place before, so I've just organised them by brand now.
Also totally full was my foundation/concealer/powder drawer which had far too many half used products, ones that just didn't match my skin tone and lots that I just didn't use more than a few times to review them. I've still kept quite a lot, but managed to really narrow it down to my favourites.
The palettes have relocated to the eyes drawer where there's now plenty of room. With a ridiculous amount of mascaras that are way too old to be used and loads of eyeliners that I just would never use, I could really make room to pop the products round the outside into the divider and got rid of lots of excess packaging too.
The lips drawer had more eyeshadow palettes too, so they moved and a lot of lipsticks had to go. I've got a lot of outrageous shades that in reality I wouldn't wear out of the house so it was about time they got thrown out too. There's now plenty of room in the acrylic lipstick holders for more, but I think I've got enough to last me for years!
My dressing table ended up being a place where I'd just dump beauty products and it was getting on my nerves. So I cut down my perfume and brushes collection to neaten it all up. The nail polish drawers were also rearranged with all polishes moving into my new suitcase.
The haircare chest was again overflowing, especially after my recent Hairtrade order so I picked out the best of the bunch (which mostly consisted of Tigi and Bumble and Bumble) and tidied all of my hair scrunchies and clips away into this makeup bag.
Moving into the bathroom, there was again so many half used products or ones that my skin didn't agree with so out they went leaving a whole compartment empty!
The body care drawer could barely shut before and although it's still quite full, I kept the products that I knew for definite I'd use at some point and asked all family/friends to not buy any body care sets for me for christmas!
Friday, 17 October 2014
Thursday, 16 October 2014
Wednesday, 15 October 2014
I've won an awful lot over the past couple of months (totalling over £375) and can't believe it, here's everything I've got! (I may have contributed a little to the vouchers to pay for the extra!)
I won £100 Selfridges voucher from Gem's blog (Flutter And Sparkle) and managed to get so much. I knew I wanted to get some beauty bits, but not spend it entirely on that - I think I did really well and got lots for the money. Fortunately everything was in stock that I chose which is really rare, making me one very happy girl. The gift card came so beautifully packaged and arrived by special delivery the day before I'd already planned to go shopping!
I chose: Illamasqua Gleam Highlighter in Aurora // NARS Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base // Chanel Levres Scintillantes Glossimer in 189 Rose Reve // MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Stormy Pink // Cath Kidston Mesy Ditsy Dessert Plate // Paperchase A5 All Change Notebook // Paperchase Cute Cats Desktop Tin // Paperchase Dreamscape Earphones (not photographed as I forgot!)
On Twitter I won this Birchbox Manithon T-Shirt and Models Own HyperGel nail polish in Turquoise Gloss as part of the collab with breast cancer charity Coppafeel - together worth £16.99.
I won this China Glaze nail polish in Choo-Choo Choose You from Charlotte's blog (Lipglossiping) - worth £4.95.
On Twitter I also won this Olivia Burton Mini Dial Mink and Rose Gold Watch and Ciate Shell Manicure in Wish Upon A Starfish - together worth £80.00.
I won £100 Hairtrade voucher from Laura's blog (Love & Liquor) and again managed to get loads. I chose: Redken Full Effect 04 // Tigi Bed Head Masterpiece Massive Shine Hairspray // Tigi Bed Head Candy Fixations Sugar Shock // Tigi Bed Head Oh Bee Hive Matte Dry Shampoo // Tigi Bed Head Urban Antidotes Recovery Treatment Mask // 5 Pieces Brush Set in Blue // Clarins Cleansing Milk Combination/Oily Skin // Orly Bonder // Jessica Custom Nail Colour in Pink Passion // Daniel Sandler Super Gloss in Charming // Daniel Sandler Watercolour Liquid Blusher in Cherub.
My most recent win fits in with my love of home decor and is the book Kitchenalia by Vinny Lee which I won from Sarah's blog (Temporary:Secretary) - worth £30.00.
On Twitter I won a Moonpig Standard Personalised Canvas worth £25.00 - I chose one of the first ever photos that I took of my pug.
Then finally I won a £20 Primark voucher from Hollie's YouTube channel (Simply D0lly). I needed new bags, plus I've been wanting a fedora for a long time so I've now got matching hats and bags (also have this) which makes me very happy. I also popped in a PS Love Stippling Brush into my basket.
Tuesday, 14 October 2014
I recently got to choose a bunch of beauty products from Directcosmetics.com - a website I hadn't heard of before but spotted some products I'd certainly like to put to the test, so below's my picks. I'm always on the hunt for new discounted beauty websites so I'm glad I've come across this.
Clinique All About Shadow Quad* (£5.00) - This cute little four pan palette has excellent pigmentation and had to be mine after I became incredibly inspired by these eyeshadow looks: one, two, three.
Clinique Compact* (£6.00) - Although I knew the bronzer wouldn't be for me, the blush is definitely an everyday wearable shade and the eyeshadows would be suitable for taking a look from day to night.
Nicole by OPI Brightener Plus* (£1.99) - My nails lack in everything so I knew I had to pick up some nail products, the first of which being this one coat brightener that can be worn alone (which I really like as it's just incredibly natural and smooth, enhancing your own nails) or under polish.
OPI Nail Lacquer in Miss You-Niverse* (£1.99) - I've become a big OPI fan and knew I needed some new shades for A/W. All they had was this shade which isn't one I feel I can pull off but still has the same fantastic quality of the brand - a real one coat wonder.
Sally Hansen Color Quick Fast Dry Nail Color Pen in Hot Pink* (£1.99) - Curiosity lead me to opt for this, but it's not great. The brush makes things difficult in terms of application and quality. Unfortunately it doesn't give you a smooth finish, it's pretty messy as it's wide and moves the product as it applies. It does dry quickly, but I've got way better polishes.
Sally Hansen Continuous Treatment Time Released Growth Formula* (£2.99) - As you can see in the swatches above I'm desperately in need of a growth treatment and hopefully this is it. I'm yet to put this to the test but I'm very intrigued to see how much of an impact it has.
Sally Hansen Insta Grip Fast Dry Base Coat* (£2.99) - I'm always up for trying out new base and top coats because nail polish doesn't stick around on my nails as I have such a hands on job, this one has a great name which encouraged me to add it to my basket.
Sally Hansen Airbrush Sun Pre-Tan Exfoliator* (£1.49) - Not that I've tanned in months but I've not found an exfoliator that I'm a big fan of so thought I'd give this a go next time I do decide to prep for a bit of added colour!