Sunday, 26 June 2016

My big fat Graze bargain!

 While food isn't something I typically post about, I was so happy with my recent Graze order that I had to share! I recently read Tattoo Tealady's post on the new Graze shop - on which she included a 40% off code (Tattoo40). Graze have recently moved away from simply providing snack boxes, and now sell a wide range of multi-packs, share sized bags and ingredients. The shop is already reasonably priced, so with nearly half off I couldn't resist but stock up on snacks!

The first thing I was drawn to was these snack sized multipacks, prized at £5.99 for six packs! Meaning that with the amazing discount code you got 6 snack boxes for just over £3.50! I picked up Peanut Butter Pretzel (which is actually on offer making it £2.40 for 6!), White chocolate blueberry bagel dip, Campfire Smores (I kid you not, the salted Carmel milk chocolate buttons are the best things I've ever tasted) and Marvellous Macaron. 
On top of that I also picked up a couple of the sharing bags, including Jaffa Cake  and Jam Doughnut. These are normally priced at £2.99, meaning they were around £1.80.
Personally I'm really happy with the bits I picked up at the Graze shop! They have free delivery when you spend over £10 making this even more of a bargain! Have you ever tried anuthing from Graze? Whats your favourite product?

Monday, 6 June 2016

Twenty One

May was somewhat hectic! I finally finished my law degree, moved house, started my new job, and turned 21! I've done a birthday post every year since I was 17, so figured despite the busyness, 21 should be no exception to this rule!

As you can imagine, I received a whole host of ‘21’ themed gifts, although my favourites include this spotty wine glass, 21 fame and pot of dreams!
I was very limited for suitcase space so was super grateful to receive this mini Summer Berry Yankee candle, along with some strawberry scented tea lights. I also received a few beauty bits including a Shiny Happy people gift set from lush, the layer cake soap in particular smells incredible, and two lovely perfumes from Gucci and Diesel.

Finally received enough wine to start my own cellar (my friends know me well) along with money to help decorate my new bedroom – It looks a tiny bit like an Ikea showroom right now, so I may pop up a post showing you around very soon!

Saturday, 12 September 2015

Urban Decay De-Slick Review

I’ve never been bothered by the idea of setting sprays. Personally I do not suffer from over oily skin, so they just seemed like an unnecessary step in the makeup routine for me. However when I received this Urban Decay De-Slick (£9.00/30ml) In my Selfridges Summer beauty box I had to give it a go. If you’re unfamiliar with the concept of setting sprays, You simply spray the product on after you have your desired make up look and the idea is that they ‘lock’ your make up into place. I find that when using De-Slick, I normally use around two sprays to cover my entire face and it dries pretty damn quickly. I think the thing that surprised me most about this product is the way it actually enhanced the look my makeup. I found that Urban Decay’s De-Slick really helped to set my makeup into the skin and really gave that ‘airbrushed’ look. For example on days were I’ve been a little bit too generous with my powder this almost helped to mask those powdery areas and gave off a more natural look.
As for staying power this stuff is pretty damn impressive. On days were I’ve been wearing De-Slick I find that I have so much more make up to remove at the end of the day - It’s so impressive to see so much more foundation on my cotton wool!

Once an unnecessary step has really become a must for me, and I will be picking up a bigger size when mine runs out! Have you ever tried a setting spray? which would you recommend?

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Worth the investment? | Bold Metals Flat Contour Brush Review

 Bold Metals Flat Contour Brush Review
Admittedly, I wasn't blown away when I first caught wind of the Real Techniques Bold Metals range last year. Personally I've always valued the fact that Real Techniques are able to offer such high quality brushes at  a reasonable price point and felt like the Bold Metals range really contradicted this idea. However, When I spotted the flat contour brush In a blog sale recently,  I wanted to see how these brushes compared to the original line.
 Bold Metals Flat Contour Brush Review
The appearance of these products is probably one of the biggest differences between the lines. While the original collection had a pretty standard brush design, the Bold Metals range are unlike anything else on the market and stand out from the crowd, complete with different metal finishes depending on the type of brush. 
However while the look of these brushes imply they are somewhat more expensive the quality certainly does not! While you would think a name such as ‘Bold Metals’ would imply that the brush handle is made from some form of metal it is in fact plastic (albeit weighted) and the further towards the point of the handle you get the more hollow it appears.. I almost feel that if you applied the right amount of pressure near the end of one the handle would snap instantly. While the handle quality may be disappointment enough, the brush handles also chip extremely easily making the final look a lot cheaper than the brushes retail price. And the bristles? Dare I say they aren't half as soft as previous Real Techniques brushes.
 Bold Metals Flat Contour Brush Review
Now here’s where things get complicated, as despite my many issues with this particular brush I have fallen head over heels for it! Personally I thought that something so small could not possibly be any good at blending but oh my, I was wrong! The dense design of this brush and my Makeuprevolution blush stick in matte Malibu (£5.00, Superdrug) make a dream team. In fact my non-existent contouring skills are suddenly working wonders, my best friend even commented on how slim my face looked recently. I love that the size of this really allows me to work the product into my cheek bone and control where the product is going.
 Bold Metals Flat Contour Brush Review 301
So would I pay £22.00 for this? Surprisingly yes. While the handle is chipping away and I am forever scared that I will somehow snap the plastic handle, nothing has beaten the effect this brush has had on my makeup routine. 

Friday, 21 August 2015

Selfridges summer beauty box

In the months I took away from blogging, I really missed beauty boxes, so was really happy to discover this gem from Selfridges while I was in a spendy mood. The £40 box boasted an amazing £176 total value, so I couldn't wait to get my hands on it!
STARSKIN Instaglam foam peel perfect (£7.00/Full Size) - This 'pre-dosed' puff is designed to vanish dead skin cells to reveal radiant looking skin. Personally I love trying more unique beauty treatments and will enjoy putting this one to the test. 

STARSKIN After Party Brightening (£8.50/Full Size) - This sheet mask claims to intensely energise, boost radiance, even skin tone, correct dark spots and smooth skin texture. 

CAUDELIE Grape Water (£6.00/Full size) - I love water mists so this one from Caudelie is a welcomed addition promising to refresh,moisturise, tone and sooth the skin.

CLARINS Eau des Jardins Smoothing Body Cream (£29.00/200ml | Sample Size worth £14.50) - I'm yet to try anything from Clarins so cant wait to put this body cream to the test.

JAMES READ Day Tan (£22.00/50ml | Sample Size worth £11.00) - To Be honest I'm not a massive tan fan, so this is the product I'm least excited to try although I'm sure I'll find a use for it.

RODIAL Dragons Blood Sculpting Gel 15ml (£79.00/50ml | Sample Size worth £23.70) - I've heard a lot about Rodial so look forward to putting this to the test. The retail value of this is massive considering the tiny 15ml sample size so I cant wait to see how this compares to cheaper creams.
NAILS INC Gel Nail Varnish in 'Chiltern Street' (£15/Full Size) - I've owned other nails inc polishes in the past so look forward to seeing how this gel effect one compares.

ILLAMASQUA Lipstick Luster (£19.50/Full Size) - While I like the Illamasqua lipstick I have I'm not a fan of the shade given in this box so will probably pass this on.  

NARS Orgasm Lipgloss (£19.00/Full Size | Sample Size worth £9.75) - I'm yet to try anything from Nars so cant wait to use this! I cant say I rotate towards lip glosses although will make an exception for this.

URBAN DECAY Setting Spray (£9.00/Full Size) - While I was excited to try my first Urban Decay product I didn't expect to love this quite so much.. expect a post very soon!

RIBBAND Ribband Sorbet (£6.00/Full Size) - I guess hairbands are handy, although personally I would not pay £6 for this pack.

EYEKO Fat Eyeliner (£12.00/Full Size) - I love a good felt tip eyeliner so this is a very welcomed addition and I look forward to putting it to the test.

TANGLE TEEZER Original Blue (£11.00/Full Size) - I love my tangle teezer so was excited to see another as mine has seen better days!

So there you have it, everything in my Selfridges summer beauty box! Sadly this has sold out online although I'll be looking out for other Selfridges beauty boxes! What's your favourite item in the box?

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Makeup Revolution | The One Blush Stick in Matte Malibu

The One Blush Stick -Matte Malibu makeup revoultion
When I saw these blush sticks from Makeup Revoultion I knew I had to get my hands on the shade 'matte malibu', as I figured it would make a great product for contouring. The one blush stick comes in eight different shades which you can view here, although this is the only shade I own from the collection. They're all housed in the same sturdy black packaging which allows you to twist up the product to apply directly to the face. Matte Malibu as its name implies is a matte bronze shade that I love using on my pale skin. I found the formula to be both creamy and bendable, however the product itself is extremely pigmented so I'd recommend a light hand and a dense brush when it comes to application. Below is the amount I tend to use on each side of my face blended out with my Real Techniques bold metals contour brush.
The One Blush Stick -Matte Malibu
I really love the effect this gives my skin, and can see it lasting ages as I use so little of it at a time, At just £5 this is a complete steal, and can be found in selected Superdrug stores or online over on the Makeup Revolution website. I cant wait to try more from the range and will be certainly trying more of these fab blush sticks. Have you tried anything from Makeup revolution? 

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Boots Haul | Making the most of your advantage card

 About a week ago I popped into Boots and was rather pleased with the bargains I managed to find. Store offers along side advantage card deals meant I saved over £15 on my purchases, received £4.44 back in points and bagged a free pair of sunglasses.

Bourjois Happy Light Primer (£10.99/15ml | Currently on 3 for 2 offer) - I'm all about that glowly look so when this primer offered a luminous complexion and hydration I knew I had to give it ago. I've used it a couple of times now and so far so good, although I'll update you guys once I've had the chance to properly put it to the test!

Bourjois 123 Perfect Foundation (£10.99/30ml | Currently on 3 for 2 offer) - I have absolutely adored every foundation I've tried from Bourjois, so I figured I'd give this one a go. I look forward to trying it as my current Bourjois foundation is on its last legs.

Bourjois Volume 1 seconde mascara (£9.99/12ml | Currently on 3 for 2 offer)-  Since I brought these products on 3 for 2 I got this mascara free, along with a free pair of sun glasses. I've never tried a mascara from Bourjois before so look forward to seeing if it matches up their other products

Batiste Stylist Smooth it Fizz Tamer (£4.49/200ml | was £2.99) - As a lover of their dry shampoo, I was ecstatic to see that they have expanded on the line now offering a range of other hair related products too.  I picked up this fizz tamer and will be reviewing one I've had a chance to test it.

Barry M Sunset nail paint in 'Do it like a nude' and '' (£4.99/10ml | was 2 for £7, now buy one get one half price) - I love Barry M polishes so really wanted to try their knew line, I love both of these shades and will writing a blog post on the pair shortly.
As I had used the Boots App to load offers to my advantage card I received an extra £2 off of my total for buying two make up products, and 400 points (worth £4) for spending £20 in store.
Not too shabby if I do say so myself, have you bagged any bargains recently?