Tuesday, 31 July 2012

The Body Shop Treats and Discount Code

The Body Shop and their offers! I think they have the best offers around, and because they're so frequent, I never pay full price for the products I want. The offer this time was 'spend £50, get £25 off' and 'free delivery on all orders'. So, basically, the products were half price. I took advantage of this deal the last time it was on - You can see the goodies I bought then here. I do think The Body Shop is overpriced, so I always wait for an irresistible deal.

The first item I added to my basket was the Coconut Beautifying Oil. After trying the Palmer's Moisturising Body Oil (Review can be found here), I wanted to try another, and I knew the coconut scent would be delicious. This is £9 full price, which is so overpriced, especially since you receive 100ml of product (Unlike Palmer's 250ml). However, a body oil does go a long way, so I still think this product will last for a decent amount of time.

Next, I bought the Coconut and Mango Body Mists. Again, you receive 100ml of product. These are £7 full price. They smell amazing! And, to my surprise, last for a few hours. I was going to buy some of their new floral sprays, but I prefer fruity scents, so knew for definite that I would like these.

I also bought the Mango Body Butter, along with the Sweet Lemon Body Butter. I normally favour Boots Extracts body butters, because they're cheaper, but these worked out to be even cheaper with the offer. You can buy mango body butters from many brands, but sweet lemon isn't as common, so I was most excited about receiving that one.

To make it up to £50, I also bought some Organic Cotton Pads (£2.50 full price), but didn't feel the need to photograph them. I was going to buy a soap to make up the total, but I know I'll use and finish the pads. Finally, as a freebie, I received a 60ml bottle of the Rainforest Volumising Conditioner.

I've just been on The Body Shop's website and there's another offer on! For 40% off your online order, use code X451. This offer ends at 12pm on the 1st August (Tomorrow!). Happy shopping!

Sunday, 29 July 2012

Palmer's Moisturising Body Oil

This is the first body oil I've used. In the past, I thought body oils would leave me oily and do very little moisturising. I didn't know why someone would favour one over a body butter. Everything I thought was incorrect. I am really enjoying using this product and have already bought another body oil! I use this after I've had a shower and I can moisturise my entire body and get dressed within a few minutes. The scent is delicious, like most of Palmer's products. However, this is much more delicate than their other Cocoa Butter Formula products, so if you find them overwhelming, you'll probably prefer this scent. It absorbs into the skin incredibly well - Some of my body butters leave me more oily than this does. Just like the product claims, it leaves my skin silky soft. This feeling lasts all day, as does the scent (The scent is very subtle, remember, so it doesn't overpower my perfume). You receive 250ml of product, and a little goes a long way, so this should last a while.

Like most Palmer's products, you can purchase this from many stores. Superdrug and Boots are selling it for around £5.10, but if you would like to get your hands on this product without leaving your home, Feel Unique is selling it for £5, with free delivery.

If you cannot tell from my review, I would recommend the Palmer's Moisturising Body Oil!

Saturday, 28 July 2012

Beauty Buys

Hello! Despite having a beauty blog, I rarely buy a lot of beauty products. I only buy necessities, such as concealer and mascara. Recently, however, I have bought more beauty products than usual. As you can see, I have already been using these products (I couldn't wait!) and will have some reviews up shortly. 

So, where shall we start? The three pots with brown lids, on the near left, are Boots Extracts Fairtrade Brazil Nut 50ml pots. I won all three on eBay for £3.84, including P&P. I already own a small pot of the Brazil Nut body butter (as well as a handful of other scents) and love it. It's similar to the Cocoa Butter scent, but a lot better, in my opinion. 

I had a trusty Boots No7 £5 off voucher, so decided to try the No7 Beautiful Skin Hot Cloth Cleanser. Without the voucher, it is £10, so I only paid £5 for it. You get more product than you do with Liz Earle's variant and it's a lot cheaper. It removes my make-up well and leaves my skin slightly soft, but it doesn't leave it as soft as Liz Earle's. I'm not too bothered though, seeing as it's much more affordable.

Next, I bought the Palmer's Moisturising Body Oil. You can buy this from Superdrug, Boots, Feel Unique, Amazon etc for around £5. Before this, I had never used a body oil because I thought it would leave me oily, like the name suggests. Oh, how very wrong I was! It sinks in to the skin incredibly well and leaves me less oily than a body butter or lotion would. It leaves your skin silky soft, just as it claims to. A more in depth review of this will be up shortly.

Did I need any more shower gel? No, I have bottles and bottles of the stuff. But I just had to buy the Nivea Water Lily & Oil and the Sunny Melon & Oil Shower Gels. These were £1.24 each (half price) from Boots. They smell divine!

I bought the Cutex Nourishing Nail Polish Remover from Superdrug a while ago, so cannot remember the price. It's between £1-2 though. This is my favourite nail polish remover. It removes nail polish well, but it's the scent that keeps me repurchasing. It's slightly more subtle and sweet than your average remover, and doesn't make me feel sick.

As I said, I rarely buy beauty products, especially hyped up make-up items, so it was out of character for me to buy the Revlon PhotoReady Cream Blush in Flushed. I bought this from Superdrug for £5.99 (normally £7.99). You get a lot of product - 12.4g! The shade looks vibrant and slightly scary in the pot, but it's very natural looking, once applied to the skin. It feels... satin-y - A lot different to the NYX cream blushes. I suppose this is because it has a cream-powder finish. 

Whilst in Superdrug, I also picked up the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Lovesick for £5.99 too (normally £7.99). I love fuss free lip products, so stains are my best friends. A lot of people are describing Lovesick as being a hot pink shade. I think it leans far more purple than that. For that reason, I bought the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Sweetheart from eBay. I had to buy this shade from America because the UK doesn't have it. It annoys me that the UK always has limited product shades. Anyway, I paid £7, including P&P from America, from this seller. I think that's a pretty good deal! It took just over a week to arrive. Even though Sweetheart is more pink than Lovesick, it still leans cool toned/purple-y. I wish Revlon brought out more shades - A warm pink would be great.

Lastly from Superdrug, I bought Barry M's Pink Silver Glitter Nail Polish for £2.99. I wrote a post about it here. It's a beautiful shade and has changed my mind about glitters.

So, there you go! I hope you enjoyed this post. If you would like me to review any of the products above, just leave me a comment.

Monday, 23 July 2012

Pyjama Haul




£3 each



Most of my pyjamas are from when I was about ten years old, so I thought it was about time I bought some new ones! Everything above is from Primark. I absolutely love Primark for pyjamas. How cute are the bunny/woodland creature bottoms? And the rose ones are just beautiful. The red striped ones are 3/4 length and look great on. I just wanted some plain pyjama tops, so I bought some t-shirts from the normal section. As you can see, I bought light and girly colours. My pyjamas have always been pink and white, so it would feel weird buying other colours. I already own the thick, long sleeved pyjama top and love it, so bought another. Lastly, I bought a vest top. It is specifically a pyjama vest top, but I'm also going to wear it under my clothes. It has hidden support, so it's opaque and will hide my bra lines.
Toodle pip!

Saturday, 14 July 2012

Collection Cream Puff Moisturising Lip Creams

Bare lips, Cotton Candy, Fairy Cake

Cotton Candy, Fairy Cake

Bare lips

Cotton Candy

Fairy Cake

Woaahhh, look at my bare lips! The camera certainly picks up my freckles. I didn't even know I had that many on my lips. Also, my mouth area really isn't as hairy as these photos imply! *sigh*
Anyway, I'm not a big lip product wearer. I don't like the feeling of having products on my lips and I usually cannot be bothered to reapply them. That's why I like lip stains. These Collection Cream Puff Moisturising Lip Creams are light on the lips and last for a couple of hours, so I love them. I've actually had them for a few months (And I have an NYX lip cream, which I will also be reviewing soon), but I'm only just reviewing them now. At least I can give you an informed review! You apply these lip creams like you would a lip gloss and then they dry to a matte finish. They are creamy and take a minute or two to fully dry, so you can blend them in and sheer them out, if you want to. I really like the matte finish - I feel too made up if my lips are glossy. People with dry lips tend not to be fond of matte lip products, but you can always wear a lip balm underneath (I do this sometimes and it doesn't affect the colour).
These lip creams are only £2.99 - Yay! I would like Collection to bring out a few more shades. A berry colour would be great. NYX have a larger shade range, but they are a little more expensive for us living in Britain (Around £5-6, including P&P from America though, so they're still cheap). I'll talk more about them in another post!

Have a good day!

Friday, 13 July 2012

Barry M Pink Silver Glitter


Natural light

Barry M's Pink Silver Glitter is my first glitter nail polish! You see, I'm not the greatest fan of glitter nail polishes - A lot of them are too chunky for my liking. However, I really like this particular one. The colour is subtle, leaving the glitter to do the talking (Sometimes, a bright colour and glitter can be too much). The glitter particles in this polish are small, dense and spread evenly, so it only takes three coats to completely cover your nail. What I also love about this polish, and most glitters, is that you do not have to be careful when painting your nails - You cannot see dents and smudges like you do with creme finishes.
This nail polish gets a thumbs up from me! What glitter nail polish would you suggest I try next?

Saturday, 7 July 2012

Goodbye, Shadow

Shadow, our gentle, kind hearted dog, was put down today. She was 15 years old - The same age our old Jessie was when she died. Her health wasn't holding up. She kept coughing, messing herself and found it hard to walk because of her legs (She would regularly collapse). She still had her appetite though and she had these moments where she would play and have fun, so we thought her life was still worth living. Today, we decided that she was struggling too much, and it was best for her to be put down. I'm glad she died with us around her, instead of dying alone in the night. She lived a lot longer than we expected her to. 5 years ago, she had to have an emergency operation and there was a large chance that she wouldn't survive. However, she pulled through and when we got our current Jessie, she went back to playing and being a puppy again. In October of last year, I thought she wouldn't live for much longer. However, she carried on living for 9 more months. She was an incredible dog. She didn't have a bad bone in her body and let the cats rub in her face, even if she wasn't fond of it. Even though we saw her death coming, it was, and still is, incredibly hard to let go. I hope she enjoyed her life and died peacefully. I love you, Shadow. Rest in Peace.

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

New Things!

I said in yesterday's post that I didn't think I was going to buy anything any time soon, so just posted about the few things I did have. Well, I went shopping today haha. I set out to buy t-shirt bras, vests and some sandals and/or dolly shoes to go with my new brown shorts. I didn't get any of those things, but I'm still happy with my purchases.

New Look - Balconette bras - £12.99 and £11.99

I love these bras! They're so pretty. I don't normally spend over £6 on bras (I either buy mine from Primark or buy them when they're in a New Look sale), but I thought I'd treat myself (Again...).

H&M - Cardigans - £9.99 each

I love my H&M cardigans, so couldn't resist these colours. Most of my cardigans are blue, so I wanted to branch out. The green/teal one is a lot brighter in real life. I don't have many warm toned clothes, so I also picked up a peach one. I just need a red one and a pink one now :)

H&M - Flower hair clips - £1.99 each

I've started to clip my fringe back and clips like these look really pretty in. I already have the cream ones in pink, and love them.

Accessorize - Pearl necklace - £4 (Half price)

Obviously, I couldn't resist Accessorize's half price sale - I just had to pop in! As I was leaving, I saw this necklace. My last pearl necklace broke a couple years ago and I haven't worn one since. At £4, I think the necklace is still overpriced though.

Time to eat my extra McDonald's double cheeseburger! Thank you for reading!

Monday, 2 July 2012

Summer Bargains

Hello, all! I feel like I haven't blogged about my beauty or clothing purchases for a while, so thought I'd show you the things I've bought in recent months. As you can see, I haven't bought much at all. This is because I've been buying books, crafts and items for my room. Also, if I have bought a beauty product, I have shown you it in a post already, so didn't feel the need to include it in a haul. As I was gathering the above items, I realised that all of them are appropriate for the Summer months, and all but one of them was bought with an offer.
Let's start with the Superdrug order I placed over a month ago. Superdrug had an amazing offer on the sun lotions (I know they don't come under the 'beauty' category, but I still wanted to include them). Selected products were half price and then buy one get one free. They also had free delivery, so I just had to order! So, for the Nivea Sun Invisible Protection Spray and the Nivea Sun Spray, I paid £7.15, including delivery. Around £3.50 per bottle is a bargain, considering they're between £12 and £15 each when they're full price. I've tried them a couple of times and like them. I'm really not fussy when it comes to sun lotion though. As well as the sun lotions, I bought the Simple Kind To Skin Sun Kissed Moisture Cream for £4. I've used this a couple times a week for a month and I really like it. It gives me a subtle, natural glow and makes me look healthy.
The next order I placed was with ASOS. I bought Models Own Fluro' Orange nail polish for £3.50 in the sale (I blogged about it here) and a skinny, lilac waist belt for £3, which was also in the sale. I was unsure what size to get, but I bit the bullet and went with a small. The smallest hole on the small belt is perfect, so I'm glad I'm not any slimmer! I also bought some other things, but they're for a birthday present.
The last item I bought, which arrived this morning, are these New Look chino shorts. These were an absolute bargain! They were originally £17.99, but were in the sale for £5.40. Then, I had my student discount and a free delivery code, so altogether, I paid £4.86 for them. They fit perfectly, just like all of my other New Look shorts. I can't wait for the sun to come out now.

So, they are all the beauty and clothing items I have recently bought. It's not much, but I didn't have the patience to wait until I bought more things to blog about them.
I'm off to make cheese straws (The recipe will be up shortly). Thank you for reading!

Sunday, 1 July 2012

Nails of the Week!

Natural light. It doesn't quite look like this in real life - My camera couldn't handle the colour! This photo makes it look like a yellowy orange, but it's actually a true orange.

Flash. This is a better representation, but it still doesn't capture the polish extremely well. Just imagine an orange highlighter!

This is Models Own Fluro' Orange - Oh how I love it. I had been umming and arring whether to get it for ages, so when I saw it in the ASOS sale for £3.50, I couldn't resist! I'm surprised at how much I like it. I think it's because I've been wanting to paint my nails a bright colour for a couple of weeks and this satisfies my craving. It took 2-3 coats and dried quickly. It dries more matte than your average nail polish, but it still has enough shine to look 'normal'.
I want to try a few more neons now! I've wanted China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy for a while, so I may just bite the bullet and buy it.

What neon nail polishes do you like? Leave me your suggestions!

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