Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Winners of my Witch concealer giveaway

Thank you all for entering the giveaway! The winners are:
1. Sophie!
2. Cat
3. Kirsti x
4. Summer Loren
5. Kate (new winner)
6. Lisa
7. KatBeautyAddict
8. Shlynbin
9. CHARfmb
10. Radiant Make Up

Congratulations! I've emailed all of you. Please reply by Friday or I'll have to choose another winner.

Someday Summary - Tuesday

Hello! I finally have enough to talk/write about for a Someday Summary post! My life has been awfully boring these past few weeks.
  • Since my last Someday Summary, there have been a few changes on this little blog. I have a new header, a blog button and on my 'About me' page, there are some photos of me (finally!)
  • I want to say 'finally' again in this point but I've already used it twice... *thesaurus time*. Stuff it. I finally have my provisional license! It's been a year and a half, but better late than never, right? Admittedly, I primarily got it so I have some form of ID to buy alcohol. All I need now is money and friends, and I'm good to go ;)
  • My health... is not good. Well, atm it is, but if I carry on the way I am, it won't be. I don't eat breakfast, don't eat healthily, don't drink water (less than a cup a day) and I don't exercise. I've been telling myself I'll drink water and/or exercise everyday for the past week. This week, I WILL. I promise.
  • Now for a topic that always comes up - My future. If I get into Uni, I'll go, but I'm not excited about it. The fear of meeting new people and how hard the work will be is all I can think about. I'll do it for the first year and then see if it's for me. If I don't get into Uni, I'll either go college or get a job. At the moment, a job sounds more pleasing than Uni, because I find people my own age more intimidating. Whatever option I choose, I'm going to have to meet new people and while I find it terrifying now, I know it will benefit me in the future.

Here are my new shelves! They're not finished yet and only have one coat of paint, but you get the idea. My main wall is bright turquoise, so I want to paint these shelves bright orange, purple and lime green to contrast and add some colour to my white walls. These are going to hold my nail polishes and my make-up/beauty station will sit underneath.

Awww, how cute is Shadow? She's very old so I'm trying to treasure our moments together. In this photo, you can also see Jessie's tail, Mia's tail and Jacks in the bush.


Thursday, 21 July 2011

Liz Earle Botanical Essence No.1

Price: £40.35 for 50ml

I'm not at all cultured in the perfume department. I've never had a 'proper' one - I've only ever had bottles under £10 that are very sweet/fruity. This product is completely different to anything I've had. Not only is the scent different, but the ingredients too, with them being natural.
I like the packaging a lot. It's simple, elegant and represents the perfume perfectly.
The scent is strong and the first thing I smell is lavender, which I absolutely hate. Lavender makes me feel sick. On the skin, this scent dies down and begins to smell more citrusy (from the beragmot and mandarin), but not enough for me to say I enjoy it.
When my sister smelt it, she said "that smells of old people" and when my mum had a sniffle, she said "eeww lavender". We are all used to sweet/fruity fragrances and have never had anything like this, so it's hard to get used to. Also, we all hate the smell of lavender and unfortunately, we cannot get past that.
I love that the perfume is packed full of natural ingredients and hope that my nose will start to appreciate the scent.
This would make a great gift for those ladies who do prefer more complex scents, as it combines floral, herbal and citrus notes. 


Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Giveaway! CLOSED

Hello my lovelies!
Who wants to win a Witch Anti-blemish Liquid Concealer? I have 10 up for grabs! Yes, 10!

'Witch Anti-blemish Liquid Concealer is specially formulated for oily/combination skin. Enriched with antibacterial actives, it helps target spots and blemishes while smoothly covering them helping you to achieve a clear looking complexion instantly. Providing medium coverage and a natural matte finish, the lightweight formulation is also suitable for use under eyes, and great for reducing redness around the nose. 
Available in two shades, light and medium, to suit most skin tones.

The rules:
  • You must be a follower/member of Affordable Treats.
  • UK only.
  • If you are under 16, please make sure your parents are OK with you receiving the prize.

How to enter:
  • Simply leave me a nice comment!
  • Include your email address in the comment so I can contact you if you win!

      Extra entries:
  • For an extra entry, follow me on Twitter and tweet the following: ' Want to win a Witch Anti-blemish Liquid Concealer? @Louu8D is giving away 10 here: http://affordabletreats.blogspot.com/2011/07/giveaway.html ' If you do this, be sure to include your Twitter name in your comment below.

This giveaway will be open for a week. You have until 12pm Tuesday 26th July to enter.
I will select 10 winners using random.org.

Good luck!

Sleek True Colour Lipsticks

Stiletto, Papaya Punch, Coral Reef, Peaches & Cream, Barely There, Liqueur, Baby Doll, Fuchsia, Amped, Mystic.

Stiletto (Matte)

Papaya Punch (Matte)

Coral Reef (Sheen)

Peaches & Cream (Sheen)

Barely There (Sheen)

Liqueur (Sheen)

Baby Doll (Sheen)

Fuchsia (Sheen) (Slightly more pink IRL)

Amped (Matte)

Mystic (Matte)

Price: £4

My cheeks hurt from all the smiling, my lips hurt from wiping off all the lipstick and my brain hurts from going through 200+ photos, but I'm finally showing you the Sleek True Colour lipsticks!
These lipsticks are incredibly pigmented and last well, especially the matte shades. I prefer the sheen formula, just because it's easier to apply, but if you want your lipstick to last longer, the matte shades will be great for you.
Most of the lipsticks in this range are bright, which doesn't appeal to me because I don't wear such daring colours. I prefer natural pink (aka boring) shades.
My favourite would have to be Liqueur, because it is the most natural, everyday shade. I also love the colour of Coral Reef, but don't have the confidence to wear it! The shade I hate the most would have to be Baby Doll. It makes me look dead! Trust me, the photo is making it look a lot better than it actually is.


I won these in a competition.

Saturday, 16 July 2011

Sleek blushes

Clockwise from top left: Pixie Pink, Flamingo, Rose Gold, Santorini

Same order as above

Price: £4.30

In the pan, the formula of these isn't the best. For example, Pixie Pink and Flamingo are chalky and Rose Gold and Santorini are hard and grainy. However, these qualities do not transfer onto the skin. As you can see, the swatches above are not at all chalky or grainy. All of these blushes are pigmented and blend well. They are also affordable, which is always great!


Thursday, 14 July 2011

Nails Of The Week - OPI Lucky Lucky Lavender

This is the first Nails Of The Week post I've done in nearly two months! I stopped painting my nails during exam period and have only just started wearing polish again.

This is OPI Lucky Lucky Lavender. It's a combination of pink & lilac and I absolutely adore it. I wouldn't say it's lavender, like the name suggests, because I imagine lavender to be more purple.

This polish reminded me of Barry M Boots Limited Edition; one of my all time favourite shades. Here is a comparison:
Barry M Boots Limited Edition is on my ring finger and the rest are painted with OPI Lucky Lucky Lavender. As you can see, the Barry M shade is darker and more purple toned (Although, IRL, the difference isn't as drastic as the photo suggests). Not a dupe, but they're certainly in the same colour family.


Monday, 11 July 2011

Liz Earle Eyebright Soothing Eye Lotion

Price: £9.70 for 150ml

'A gentle herbal lotion to soothe and refresh tired, puffy eyes and remove light eye make-up. Naturally active ingredients include; the herb eyebright, witch hazel, aloe vera and cornflower to cool, soothe and revitalise tired eyes.'

I have to agree with the claims of this product. The formula feels colder than room temperature, like water from a cold tap, which instantly refreshes my skin. You get 150ml, which is a lot for an eye product, so you can also use this over your entire face because there is plenty of it. If you just want to use this on your eyes, you can purchase the 50ml bottle, which costs £4.85.
A few days ago, I deliberately made sure some of the product went into my eyes (the things I do for this blog...) (don't do this at home kids) to see if it irritated them in the slightest. I'm happy to say, I could feel no burning or irritation at all.
As well as cucumber and cold tea bags, this is also good for pampering sessions. Just cover some cotton wool pads in the product, lay back and relaaxx.
Although this is refreshing, I won't be using it everyday because I don't see it as a staple in my skincare routine. I haven't noticed a difference in the appearance of my eyes. It's one of those products that is nice to have, but isn't a necessity. 


Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Jergens Naturals Daily Moisturising Body Moisturiser with Acai Berry - Perfect for the Summer months

Price: £5.10 but currently half price (£2.55) at Boots.

I normally prefer body butters over lotions because they tend to be more moisturising and richer in scent. However, I like this just as much as the body butters I own. It is light and the scent is subtle, making is perfect for the Summer months.
The product absorbs into my skin fast, which is just what you need during the Summer because you do not want to feel sticky in hot weather. The scent is subtle and refreshing, which is different to the scents I usually go for; strong and sweet. However, I thoroughly enjoy it. The light scent of berries lasts all day too :)
Like with all moisturisers I've come across, this one moisturises my normal skin well. I'm not sure how well it will perform if you have dry skin though, but they have other products in the range to cater for that.


Monday, 4 July 2011

Shop and Schwarzkopf got2b prizes

Underwear - £3.50
Hot air balloon necklace - £6
Blush in Starlet - £2.50
Stickers - 87p each

Accessorize currently have a 50% off sale, both online and in store. I ordered the above online and would have bought so much more, but a lot was out of stock. I really like the underwear! I can see some people hating them, but ah well! I've been thinking about buying the blush for a while so when I saw that it was half price, I popped it in my basket. I think it's on sale because they have new blushes and bronzers coming out, including duos. I love Accessorize stickers! I have a few other packs in adorable designs. I've had one on my phone for a year & a half and it's still going strong!
I went in store today and my store had tons of half price goodies, but nothing caught my eye.

Remington Pearl curling wand - £25.99

I wanted some new curling tongs and was asking people on Twitter about the Babyliss conical wands. Many liked them but in the end I decided to go with the Remington Pearl ones. I like the brand and have heard great things about the Pearl range (I really want the straighteners!). These also come with a heat protective glove. I'm going to use them on my sister's hair for her prom on Thursday, so will show you the results!

Lenny Lamb chocolate - £3.50 each
Chocolate truffle bar - 75p

I won a competition Glamour held on Twitter and the prize was a load of Schwarzkopf got2b products. Because they were late sending the prizes out, I was allowed to choose a LIVE hair dye. I chose Cyber Purple because my mum dyes her hair that colour. They're also sending me a Powder'ful, which didn't arrive with the rest of the products because of short supply. If you would like a review of anything, let me know!

Oh and, sorry the photos are shoddy! I don't know what is up with my camera these days!


Friday, 1 July 2011

Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic and Skin Repair Light Moisturiser for Combination/Oily skin

Hello lovelies!
I was kindly sent the next two steps of Liz Earle's Daily Essentials. You can read my review of the Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser here.

Instant Boost Skin Tonic - £11.75 for 200ml

'This heavenly floral-scented, non-drying toner refreshes, soothes and brightens your skin. Gentle and alcohol-free, it also adds a fine layer of moisture.'

This is so, so refreshing. It also comes in a 'spritzer' (a spray) bottle, which would work wonders in the Summer to freshen up. Some toners sting when you apply them but I haven't experienced that with this. This refreshes my skin, which is nice, but I haven't noticed it having any other benefits. I find it difficult to see physical changes with toners.

Skin Repair Light Moisturiser for Combination/Oily skin - Pump and tube packaging - £17.60 each

'Light and gentle, this easily absorbed moisturising lotion is ideal for combination, oily or problem skin.'

This feels light on the skin (it is called light moisturiser, after all). What I mean by that, is that it doesn't clog my pores and sit on my skin. It absorbs into my skin well, which is important for people with oily skin because you do not need any extra residue sitting on the surface. 

Both of these products, along with the cleanser, are good to use all year round, but especially in the Summer because the regime is so light and refreshing.


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