Thursday, 30 June 2011

Mini Elf Haul

 Hey guys! I'm currently over the moon at getting a new camera which means i can FINALLY start putting more time and effort into making my blog posts a bit more informative and interesting. To top it off i got two packages through the post today, one being some storage I'll post about later and the other being my exciting little brown box! And as i have a little time today i wanted to put up a little post on my latest E.l.f haul. 

As you may or may not have known E.l.f were generous enough to have a 50% off everything sale over the past few days for reaching 200k Likes on Facebook. The fact it was a whopping 50% off was a bit of a surprise as they have said in the past that they were unable to have those sort of promotions due to shipping and taxes from importing their stock from America. As you probably know already all of their products are extremely reasonably priced before their sales so after battling with the E.l.f website for about an hour i finally managed to get a little order done. Unfortunately at the time a lot of my favourite products were out of stock but as i needed some new brushes and felt like trying some new things i jumped on the offer!

What i got:
Liquid Eyeliner - Coffee
Waterproof Eyeliner Pen - Coffee
Shimmer Pencils - Boldly Bronzed & Gunmetal
Dramatic Lash Kit
Nail Polish - Golden Goddess

Studio HD Powder
Studio Makeup Mist & Set
Foundation Brush x2
Studio Angled Foundation Brush
Eyeshadow brush x2

I know it's not the most interesting of E.l.f hauls but i have a ton of their products already and can't resist a sale! I'd like to do an Elf collection post as i have so much and review the products i love or hate in more detail as i feel they are very hit or miss!

Thanks for reading and I'd love to see/read your haul posts or videos so feel free to link me them :)

Friday, 24 June 2011

Glossybox has some competition - Boudoir Prive!

 So over the last few months the UK finally got a monthly beauty subscription service and by the looks of it we're going to have some choice too! Boudoir Prive, although i honestly do not know much about this at all looks like it is going to be a similar concept to other brands such as Birchbox or the UK's Glossybox, offering 6 deluxe samples a month for a £10 subscription. I am quite happy about this since I hesitated on ordering the Glossybox and it has been sold out for a few months now. I'm looking forward to hearing more on this and quite possibly signing up myself (hopefully before they sell out this time!).

You can sign up for details on Boudoir Prive here :)

Thursday, 9 June 2011

Edible Beauty

Lush's Bubblegum Lip Scrub.
When i first heard about this product i was a little skeptical. I'd seen it in Lush stores and was offered to try it but dipping my finger in a little pot that lots of other customers had had their fingers in didn't really appeal to me for hygiene reasons. Luckily i got this in a bundle for Christmas from my boyfriend with a lot of my other favourite Christmassy scented products like Snow Fairy Shower gel and Candy Cane bubble bath bar. Until recently this had sat on the shelf as i hadn't really seen the point in it but after checking the expiry date i decided to give it a go! It smells similar to the gorgeous Snow Fairy and does taste exceptionally nice! You use a small amount to exfoliate your lips then lick it off! It is only made of sugar, colouring and flavouring so for £4.75 isn't the best value for money exfoliator but its sure addictive! A little bit goes a long way and I've been using this for well over a month now and i haven't made that big a dent so it would last a long time!

Overall i think it does a nice job of exfoliating your lips and is a bit of a fun novelty product. And if you don't mind paying nearly £5 for some flavoured sugar I'd suggest giving it a go! I probably would re purchase when it eventually runs out because i love the scent and flavour. It does come in two other flavours Vanilla and A Minty Chocolate flavour i believe. These are available at all Lush shops and online here.

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Free Benefit in tomorrows Glamour Magazine!

It's that time of year again! Glamour magazine are giving away free Benefit minis! Last year we were lucky enough to get three full size products, It Stick, Eye Bright and Bad Gal Liner. This year they are giving away mini sized High Beam, Benetint and Posietint valued around £7. The best thing about this is that the magazine is only £2 so you can afford to pick up all three!

The magazine is released on the 9th and can be found at most newsagents! But be warned these will sell out fast! Hope you all manage to get them!

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Hair Haul :)

As I've gotten to the stage where i nearly had to cut open my conditioner bottle to salvage the last few washes from it i realised i was long overdue a trip to Capital. Capital Hair and Beauty is a salon wholesalers where brands such as Tigi, Wella, Loreal and Macadamia are all at a lower price. Sadly you need a trade card to purchase anything from there but if you have a Hairdresser or Beauty Therapist as a friend it's definitely worth convincing them to take you! I generally go 2 - 3 times a year to stock up on Tigi and hair dye as both me and my Mum have a card.

I've been using the same shampoo (Tigi Superstar) and conditioner for for a good two years and as my hair has gone through a lot of stress getting it from black to bright red i thought it was time for a change!

Tigi Bed Head - Dumb Blonde Shampoo and Conditioner:
"Salvage the wreckage with this protein packed moisturizer including wheat, soy, keratin and Pro-Vitamin B-5 complex.  
  • Repairs and moisturizes without adding weight
  • Helps to protect and retain colour
  • Calms static. "

    I've generally stayed away from products that claim to repair or moisturise hair as i do love to have big hair and in the past products have made back brushing or any sort of volume impossible! But on first go with this my hair feels lovely, not heavy or coated. Although i may have to completely forsake back brushing to get my hair back into shape as much as that may annoy the heck out of me! This like all of the Tigi products smells lovely! And for only £14 + VAT was a steal!

    Macadamia Deep Repair Masque:
    "Macadamia Deep Repair Masque is a revitalizing hair reconstructor for dry, damaged hair. A combination of macadamia oil and argan oil along with tea tree oil, chamomile oil, aloe and algae extracts rejuvenate and rebuild the hair, leaving the hair deeply nourished for improved elasticity and shine with long-lasting conditioning benefits."
    This was a little pricier at £13.35 + VAT and can cost much much more in salons and online. There has been a lot of reviews on this product already and i was surprised to say I'm not that keen on the scent. Guessing with the name i was expecting a more subtle nutty fragrance not quite a strong floral one. It's not unpleasant just not what i was expecting. I left this on for about 10 minutes and it did leave my hair lovely and soft without looking limp or feeling weighed down. I'll do a full review when I've given this a thorough test as I'm interested to see if it lives up to the hype!

    Tigi - Queen for a Day Thickening Spray: This has been one of my all time favourite products for years! It smells absolutely divine and does exactly what it says on the tin! Gives your hair lots of volume without making it sticky or heavy! Makes my hair perfect for back brushing (bad i know :P ). If I've used a mediocre shampoo and conditioner i can save my hair with a quick few sprays of this and get a lovely amount of volume back! I love love love this! I think this is just over £6 + VAT. I'd highly recommend checking this one out.

    Crazy Color Hair Dye - Fire Red:
    It's pretty boring for me now since I've been using this colour for way over a year now i love it that much. I use Majirel Mix in Red every 6-8 weeks on my roots then apply this every 2-3 weeks. I know every fortnight sounds like a lot of hassle but the upkeep on bright red hair is a lot of effort. I used to get about 3 applications from this bottle but now i get about 2 since my hairs grown and i have less patience applying it and just slap it on my head! It costs £2.50 but I've seen it online from £1.99. A lot of people use other dyes for vibrant colours but as this one is super cheap and does the job I'll stick to it! Although my bathroom, towels, neck, clothes are nearly always pink! But it does wash straight out of towels and clothes which is a good thing! The other great thing about Crazy Color is that it comes in  a ton of shades! I've been eyeing up the blue for quite a while now  i just haven't got the guts!

    I got some pretty boring things as well like a new hair brush, some clips and some random dye as they didn't have my regular permanent dye in stock! I spent well over £50 in total and luckily i had my lovely Dad and his credit card on hand to get a few bits for me!

    I've also purchased some other random hair products recently which I'll do a rant and rave post on in the next few days!

    Thanks for reading! :)

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