Saturday, 30 June 2012

June Empties

Hello hello lovely ladies.

Oh my, my June empties are over flowing the big cosmetics bag I keep them in until the end of the month. I've managed to use up a whole lot of products this month!

One. Essential Balancing Conditioner from Superdrug.
I bought this out of sheer curiosity. It costs around 40p for 500mls and I wanted to see if it did the job. To make a short story shorter, it doesn't. It has the consistency of the water and it was almost impossible to get a handful of it in to your hair without it dripping between your fingers. Simply put I wouldn't repurchase, not even for 40p.

Two. Dove Colour Balance Shampoo.
Special bonus of hair dye all over the front! I really like the Dove shampoos and conditioners, they can be quite pricey but this was on offer for £1. I have repurchased this a lot of times, but only when its on offer!

Three & Four. Sure Deodorant.
I actually won these a while back on the lovely Gems blog Flutter & Sparkle and I can hands down say it was the most useful thing I've ever won. I won four in total so I'm only half way through. The scents are really sweet and floral which I really like, and as I like Sure I would probably repurchase.

Four. Soap & Glory Breakfast Scrub.
I've used up a of Soap & Glory this month! Breakfast Scrub is a beautiful scrub, my absolute favourite. It's really quite expensive at £9.50 a tub, but you can get it for a couple of quid from eBay. I've already repurchase, as I found a brand new tub in a charity shop for £2 which I was pretty chuffed with! 

Five. Soap & Glory Butter Up Body Butter.
This is an old style body butter from Soap & Glory and I'm gutted they don't sell this any more. It's an incredibly thick body butter designed for intense moisturizing, great for elbows and feet.

Six. Soap & Glory Fab Pore Facial Peel.
This product. What can I say. I hated loathed it. First of all it's not a facial peel and I'm not sure why they call it that! It's more of a creamy face wash with little beads in it. Every time I used it it left my skin feeling incredibly tight and uncomfortable. It's £8.00 and no I wouldn't repurchase. 

Seven. Garnier Soft Essentials Foaming Cream Wash.
This was an O.K product. Although it worked quite well and left my skin feeling soft it didn't feel particularly clean because it was cream based. I also thought it would smell floral, but the scent is more P.V.A glue than nice bouquet. I don't think I would repurchase.

Eight. Superdrug Cotton Wool Pads.
A staple in almost everyone's bathroom draws. These are fairly soft and yeah they worked, but I've recently discovered that Lidl does a much bigger pack of pads that are much better quality (one side quilted the other smooth) for 54p so I am going to be stocking up on them instead! 

Nine. Lush You Snap The Whip Shower Scrub Bar.
I love Lush, but this product was a bit of a let down. It smells amazing, like blackcurrant squash and the scrub was quite nice if its a little rough, but it melted so fast I almost didn't get to use it. The second the water hit it, it almost started to fizz like a bath bomb. I only managed to get a handful of uses out of it. It costs around £5 so I probably wouldn't repurchase unless they changed the formula.

Ten. Pantene Sachet.
A freebie in a magazine, as I already like Pantene I knew I would like it. Pantene is another shampoo I would buy when its on offer but it's a little expensive at full price.

Eleven. Mudd Face Mask.
I was a little surprised by this product, as it looks like a brown face mask but it's actually green. It has a weird sensation as unlike most face masks it actually dries rather than stays wet so it had an odd tightening sensation. After I washed it off it left my skin feeling incredibly soft and clean. I think they cost around £1 each so I would definitely repurchase.

Twelve. Prada Candy Sample.
I was offered this in Debenhams and gladly accepted, you know I love my freebies! It's a nice scent but not completely my things so I doubt I'd purchase the full sized.

Thirteen. 3x Agent Provocateur Samples.
These were sent to me in post after finding a freebie give away online. Two of the samples were just ok, nothing special but I really liked the E'au Provocateur sample (the pink one in the middle of the box) and I would love to buy the full sized at some point, you know, when I learn to magic money!

Fourteen. Hello Kitty Facial Tissues.
I picked these up in good old Poundland a while back and they were really lovely and soft, I will be repurchasing in the near future, a long with a whole heap of other Hello Kitty goodies that Poundland offers. 

Fifteen. Body Shop Leg Gel Sample.
I was given this with a purchase I made a while back, and I have to say it's a pretty pointless product. It vaguely smells of mint, and when rubbed on to the leg it just kind of felt sticky. Highly doubt I'd purchase the full sized product.

Sixteen. Figs & Rouge Balm.
I am so glad to be rid of this! After I initially quite liked it for using as a cuticle balm, during the hot weather (who remember that?!) it melted, and when it reset it clumped together leaving the product feeling like just grease. I applied it to my feet every day until it was gone because I just wanted rid! I really won't be repurchasing! 

Seventeen & Eighteen - Yankee Tarts.
I still love my Yankee tarts as much as I first did! I know there not realllllyyy beauty items but still thought I'd include them. Vanilla Lime was very disappointing, the scent only lasted about 2 hours (they should last for 8 hours) but Fruit Salad was extremely nice, the scent lasted a long time which I'm happy about as its an old discontinued tart I bought from the Swindon outlet so it would be difficult to get another! 

Phew! That's a lot of empties! 

What have you ladies used up this month?


Friday, 29 June 2012

June Favourites

Hello lovely ladies.

Another month has come and gone & I have no idea where it went! Not many favourites this month, but they are good ones!

Just four favourites this month from me.

One. Sleek blush in Rose Gold.
Originally reviewed here, this sat in my make up bag for a little while after I got this as I was unsure that the colour suited me, but since buying my Real Techniques brush the colour applies 100x better and I have used this almost every day this month! 

Two. Essie in Ballet Slippers.
Another product that I've worn for almost the whole month (taken off and put back on!). I fell in love with this polish when it was still only available online or from Harvey Nichols. But as I had heard it was going to be available from Boots at some point I decided to wait and save myself £2. It's a really gentle muted pink, fantastic for every day but also lovely for layering glitter over. 

Three. Body Shop Satsuma Shower Gel.
I've mentioned before that I love the Body Shop Shower Gels, especially the Satsuma one, but I do tend to get bored of the scent of my shower gel usually when its around half full, but I still like this one as much as I liked it the first time I used it, a winner in my books!

Four. L'occitane Hydration Cream.
I received this product free with May's Glamour and I really like the cream. It absorbs really quickly in to the skin and doesn't leave any greasy residue, it's pretty much all round perfect. I will actually have to consider buying the full sized when this product runs out, which I think is pretty pricey! 

What are your favourites this months ladies? If you do a post like this one leave me a link, I love being nosey!


Thursday, 28 June 2012

Essie Mint Candy Apple Review & Swatches

Hello lovely ladies.

One of the things I mentioned I picked up during my Boots summer points haul was Essie Mint Candy Apple nail varnish. I'm a Essie junkie, ever since it first hit Boots & Superdrug I've known at least the next 6 I want to buy. Mint Candy Apple was right up there as one of the first ones I wanted, its a gorgeous pastel green colour which is perfect for summer, so here's my little review of it.

I personally love the little bottles that Essie comes in, as most nail varnish bottles are round the square shape really stands out. I also really like the embossing on the bottle, just looks really cute.

The brush is (apart from the colour) my favourite thing about the Essie nail varnishes. It's very wide and flat, making it easy to apply quickly and smoothly. I wish all nail varnishes had this brush as I much prefer it to the regular rounded brush.

As you can see it applies to the nail (ok fake nail) the same colour as it is in the bottle, another thing I love about Essie, what you see if what you get. I applied two thin coats to the nail, but you can get away with just one coat as the formula is quite thick and applies smoothly. 

Overall I'm really pleased with this nail varnish, but then again Essie can do very little wrong in my eyes. The price is a little high which is the only reason that I don't have more of them, but the second these go on offer, expect to see a lot more!

Essie retails for £7.99 from Boots or Superdrug.

Have you tried any of the Essie nail varnishes? If so which do you recommend?


Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Sleek Pout Polish Peach Perfection

Hello lovely ladies.

Sleek are a brand that even though I only really found out about recently, have become the first stand I check out in Superdrug. They have an amazing range of colours and are very reasonably priced. As I've been trying to get more in to lip products recently the Pout Polishes have been getting a fair amount of my attention.

Peach Perfection is the most subtle of the Pout Polishes, a really soft subtle pink. 

On the website it comes under lip gloss but it's labelled as a tinted lip conditioner. On the surface it looks a lot more like a lip balm or conditioner than a lip gloss, but the proof is in the pudding, so what does it feel like?

The Pout Polish feels a looks a lot more like a lip balm than a lip gloss. It has a creamy texture so it's not sticky at all. The colour is not particularly pigmented, so much so that I think I could of gone for a darker pink. It also rubs in really well and leaves my lips feeling soft, so I think it is definitely a lip balm. If you bought this thinking it was more of a lip gloss you would be dissapointed.

I personally really like this product but I can see why they get quite mixed reviews. If your like me and prefer lip balm to gloss it's probably a good one for you, but if your a gloss fan who likes a strong colour. 

These retail for £4.30 each.

Available here from Sleek online or from Superdrug. 

Have you ladies had any products from Sleek you've just loved? I'm looking for recommendations.


Tuesday, 26 June 2012

The Ooops I Did It Again Haul

Hello lovely ladies.

Yesterday me & my other half popped to town to get some frozen yoghurt and then head to the big tescos to do food shopping. That was the plan, frozen yoghurt & food shopping. Yep. Then this somehow happened...

As I got off the bus to head to Angel Berry I was suddenly enticed. Almost every shop had a massive sale sign in the window advertising various percentages of reductions. Surely a quick look couldn't hurt? Could it? COULD IT?!

The Body Shop.
I know, I know, I only recently bought the Satsuma Body Mist! I have a problem! The sales assistant spotted my sniffing them whilst holding my phone and came over and said "Did you know if you download the Voucher Cloud app there is a 40% off voucher" well, as I already have that app installed (which I check every time I'm in town!) I was at the till paying before I even knew what I was doing! With 40% off it only came to £4.20, which is pretty good for 100mls of spray.

Harvey Nichols Food Hall.
My boyfriend is American born, with half his family still living in California, so he loves all things American, especially food.  He spotted this on the shelf, he grabbed it and told me it was amazing, as I've never tried it I'm excited to try it! I also realised that Harvey Nichols food hall actually has cheaper American food than the sweet shop just around the corner, this was £3.65 but in the sweet shop its around £5! They also stock a lot of my favourite American sweets at much less, so I'm pleased I realised!

Paperchase is a dangerous shop for me, I tend to want just about everything! I had had my eye on this Fred & Friends Scubber Duck for months and months, but could never quite justify £8 for a nicely shaped scrubbing brush as I could get a boring one in Poundland. When I saw he was reduced to £4 I snapped him up! I am looking forward to him brightening up my shower! 

Forbidden Planet.
This was a bad, bad idea. I just can't control myself in Forbidden Planet! I am an avid fan on surprise boxes, I'm also a massive fan of Kidrobot, so these little, very expensive, keyring surprise boxes always get me! I was very pleased that I got the waffle, as I was eyeing him and the toast keyring up! The Mario Mushroom cherry sours tin was an impulse buy as it was right buy the till and on offer from £4 to £2.50. I should learn to stay away from Forbidden Planet when I'm in a "It's only money!" mood!

I love L'Occitane but it's a shop I own very little from, mainly due to the price being just out of my normal reach. So when I walked past & saw a SALE sign in the window, I was in there faster than my cat runs when he smells chicken. After a quick mull around I spotted these little gift bags in a pile right in the corner the cosmetic bag caught my eye as I think it's really pretty, but the main reason I picked this up was because it has a good sized sample of the Creme Divine in. Creme Divine is an incredibly expensive anti ageing cream, which retails for a staggering £65 a tub. I tried this whilst in the shop and it felt amazing, so I was really pleased to see it included in one of the bags, I'm kind of hoping I don't actually like it as I couldn't afford a full sized one! Also included was a 5ml Pivoine Floral perfume in a cute little bottle, a Cherry Blossom 15ml hand cream, a 30ml Essential Face Water with spray top that smells amazing and of course, the cosmetic bag. The shop assistant also kindly threw in a couple of samples and some sweets! This was reduced from £28.00 to £12.20, I'm really excited to try all these products!

After the above shops I managed to pull myself away and get down to business, the business of food shopping. Whilst browsing the World Food aisles I came across this massive tub of Kool-Aid. Just when I thought my bank balance was safe! Individual sachets of this are sold in a sweet shop in town for £1.20 and I've been eyeing them up for a while, as I remember really liking it last time I was in town. This huge tub was around £3.60, which will last forever!

So, that's it! My name is Jade and I'm a shop-a-holic. This will be the last one for a while as I've blown way to much money, orrr so I say now!

Have you ladies been enticed by the sales?


Sunday, 24 June 2012

Kitten Capture Of The Week

Hello lovely ladies.

It's that time of the week again, time for a kitten capture of the week!

I'm Tuna and I have a lovely silhouette & I love to sit behind the blinds, but I always leave my tail poking out so my humans can see me! I see lots of birds but I'm not sure if I like them or not! 

Hope you ladies are having a lovely weekend with this sudden nice weather!


Saturday, 23 June 2012

Weekend Wantings

Hello lovely ladies.

Does anyone else find themselves spending at least part of Saturday browsing the internet for things you know you can't really afford? Well that's me, every weekend. So here's what has got my attention today. 

One. Nars Orgasm Blush. £21.00.
I have wanted this for months and months now, I've swatched it every time I've been at a NARS counter but I've always walked away empty handed, as I currently have 5 blushers on the go and I think that is more than enough! I've promised myself if I can finish two of the blushers I will purchase it! 

Two. Tonymoly Cats Wink Mascara. £6ish / Various.
This one is a bit of a cheat, as I have just ordered it! Tonymoly are a Korean brand that have THE CUTEST cosmetics and skin care. This mascara spoke to my inner cat lady in a way that couldn't be ignored. There are various ways of ordering this, but I opted for a vetted eBay seller, but more of that coming up when I receive it, be warned there could be a lot more Tonymoly products on this blog soon!

Three. Osco Acrylic 3 Draw Storage. £11.99.
I am so bored, bored BORED of using a make up bag for my make up. It's overflowing and I forget which cosmetics I have and use the same things near the top. I've seen a lot of blogger and instagrammers using acrylic storage and I think it looks fantastic, really neat and you can see everything, I think this will possibly get a sneaky order as well.

Four. Essie Pink A Boo. £8.50.
I've spoken of my love of Essie before, but this one looks particularly special. It's a soft baby pink with a rainbow shimmer. Every swatch I've seen of it has been lovely and I'd love to own it, but I have far to many Essie polishes for the time being, so this one will have to wait!

So that's what I'm lusting after this weekend, have you ladies been eyeing anything up?


Thursday, 21 June 2012

Want Free Stuff? My Guide On How To And Where To

Hello lovely ladies.

As I mentioned in yesterdays post, I love deal and bargains. But there is a special price I love more, free. If I can, I won't spend a penny if I don't have to. I am in no way an expert on how to go about this, but I thought I'd share a the ways I find freebies and competitions. Oh, and these are a handful of the freebies and wins I've received recently.

The first thing you will need is time, not a huge amount of time, but a little. I probably spend about 10 minutes every morning checking the new freebies that have come up over night. You could probably spend all day searching for and entering competitions and freebies but I find it best to just do a quick search and enter so it's not frustrating if you don't win or can't find any freebie giveaways.

Freebie Newsletters.
The easiest and quickest way to be alerted to new freebies is to sign up to a freebie news letter. I personally have signed up to Magic Freebies and they post the least scam giveaways (more on that later) and even host their own giveaways.

Once your signed up to a newsletter, most of them will have a click through link to where the freebie or giveaway is being hosted, and 9 times out of 10 it will be a Facebook page, it will also involve you liking the page, and then depending of if it's a giveaway or a freebie you will enter your details and wait to see if you've run or as usual it will just come in the post. Occasionally you will also get instant wins, such as this Fab Ice Lolly Pass The Parcel game, one of the prizes is a Fab Lolly print iPhone case that looks pretty snazzy. Another tip would to be not to "unlike" a company after the giveaway has ended, because often they will run another shortly. 

Everyone loves a good magazine freebie, sometimes on and in the magazine. But magazines website tend to run the best giveaways I've seen. Glamour often run month long giveaways, with a different prize every day (which is how I got the Murad cleanser), this month its a Body Shop daily giveaway running until the end of June. They also don't notify you if you've won so it will just arrive in the post, which can be a lovely treat.

I know it strikes fear in to the heart of most of the population of Britain, but ask! Ask for a sample! Foundation and skin care counters in places like Debenhams usually are equipped to let you take a sample home with you, as are perfume counters (but that does depend on if they have a sample of the perfume your interested in). The best shop for samples I've ever come across is Lush, where bar the bath bomb, they will let you take a small pot of it home to try. I do know a lot of people hate to ask for samples, and it can feel a little cheeky to ask but I've found some of my favourite products from samples I've been given, but also found ones I thought I'd like but hated and then I've been extremely glad I haven't spent out. Its good to remember that the reason that companies give out samples in the hope you will buy the full sized product, so it's a marketing technique for them and a great way for you to find out what you like.

Scams & Spam.
It would be a lie to say that there is no risk with entering giveaways and competitions, and my advice if it looks too good to be true, in the style of "Instant win an Apple Mac" where you win every time, it is. They will either be a complete scam or you will have to ring a number to claim your "prize" which will cost anywhere between £5 and £20 a minute and they will keep you on the phone for a long, long time. I tend to use the rule of thumb of if I have heard of the company, I will enter, if not I'll pass. It's also a rule that you should never, ever give out your password, and if it asks for it it's a scam. 

Spam however is the real downside of entering any competitions and freebies. Most of the competitions you enter you will need to supply a valid email address, and a lot of the time they will pass those details on to third party companies, resulting in you getting emails for penis enlargement and so on. I personally don't but a lot of people have a second email address for entering competitions, but be careful because you will occasionally you will need to reply to a winning email to have your prize sent. I personally just move them all to my spam folder, as anything genuine will come through to my main emails. 

So that's my guide to how and where to get freebies, I hope it was helpful in any way?

Silly question, but do you ladies like your freebies? 


Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Boots Summer Points Event Haul

Hello ladies.

I think its probably obvious to anyone that has read my blog even just for a few days that I love deals & offers. Love them, can't get enough of them. So when I found out that Boots was doing a summer points event in which you would receive £7.50 in points for every £30 you spent today I was all over it. I tried to get a good mix of things I needed and things I wanted as £30 is right at the top of my budget to blow in one go, so I wanted to make it count! 

One. Sensodyne Pro Namel Gentle Whitening.
This one was certainly a need, not a want! I was given a sample of this at the dentist after I asked about having sore teeth recently, and although I'm happy it works, I am not happy about the price! Full price it's around £4.40 which is a lot as I used to buy whatever goodish toothpaste was on offer at the time! 

Two. Aussie Miracle Hair Insurance Leave In Conditioner.
This was a need / want. I have very nearly ran out of this and it's the best leave in conditioner I have ever come across, it doesn't leave any horrid build up in my hair, which is always a plus in my book! 

Three. L'oreal Volume Million Lashes. 
This was a want but very loosely a need! I needed a new mascara, My Chanel mascara sample has ran out finally, and whilst I do love it, it costs around £25, which try as I might, I just can't justify for a mascara. My Benefit They're Real has become completely dried up and has become horridly clumpy which I'm not too impressed with as it isn't that old! This would came recommended to me by the lovely Ali, as I only like the spikey brushes, not the fluffy ones (if that makes any sense!).

Four. Essie Nail Polish in Mint Candy Apple.
This was a want, definitely a want! I love Essie polish, I think it's a wonderful formula, a good brush and they are all just lovely. I've seen so many lovely swatches and reviews on this polish I decided to give it a nice home in my collection!

Five. Montagne Jeunesse Peel Of Passion Mask. 
Another want, but I was trying to bump up my spend total! These are lovely to use, and I like having a few in the house in case my skin takes a turn for the worst! 

So, apart from some Skittles (which didn't quite make it to the picture!) that's it! Now I just have to decide if I should keep my points for something bigger, or spend them now, probably on another Essie Polish!

How do you ladies spend your points? Little and often or save them up?


Monday, 18 June 2012

Golden Rose Famous Shimmer Brick By Sue Moxley - Bobbi Drown Rose Gold Dupe?

Hello lovely ladies.

Bobbi Brown are one of those companies that I've always lusted after, but never bought anything from. I had eyed up the Bobbi Brown shimmer bricks for years, but at £30.50 each, I just couldn't justify it, so when I spotted the Famous by Sue Moxley Shimmer Brick in Superdrug I couldn't hep notice the unbelievable similarities.

I was suprised by how tatty the outside packaging was, all the mirrored edges had rubbed away but its whats inside that counts, yes? Personally I really don't like the packaging, it all looks a little tacky, something I would expect from a cheaper brand than Famous.

(image via Bobbi Brown)

As you can see, the colours of the two bricks are so utterly close it's almost unbelievable. As for packaging I much prefer the Bobbi Brown, much cleaner and a lot less tacky. 

The brick is called Golden Rose, and the Bobbi Brown is called Rose Gold, again, so very similar!

I swatched the top 4 colours on my fingers so you could see some of the colours. I really like the pink colours but I was a little unsure of the browns as I am so pale bronzer and so on never looks quite right on me. 

When I swirled it together and applied it to the back on my hand I was instantly disappointed. The colour is way way to dark for my skin, which is a shame as I really wanted to like it. I think I will be using the pinks alone and avoiding the browns. For reference I have the very palest skin tone, I can never find foundation to match my paper white skin!

But is it a dupe? The colours are extremely close but the pinks in the Bobbi Brown are deeper and it helps balance out the bronzing of the brown. But for £7 I think it's as close as your going to get without shelling out £30.50 for the Bobbi Brown. 

Have you ladies tried anything from Famous? Any recommendations?


Sunday, 17 June 2012

Kitten Captures Of The Week

Hello lovely ladies.

I know I missed last weeks kitten captures, but Tuna had has his injections the day before and was feeling less that chirpy, and as I had got no good ones during the week it seemed mean to go pointing a camera at him, but this week he seemed to have an opinion on what he thought of having his picture taken!

Every time I tried to take his picture he got a good hold of my camera strap and had himself a nice bite. Silly kitten!

Hope you ladies have had a good week!


The Body Shop Sale Bargains

Hello lovely ladies.

The Body Shop is fast becoming one of my favourite shops, one of the many reason for that is they always have fantastic offers or sales on. This month they are having brilliant sale, so here's my top 3 ultra sale bargains. 

Total cost for these 3 products? £4! 

Raspberry Ripple Shower & Bath Gel. Was £4 reduced to £2. Ok, so I have countless shower gels sitting in my bathroom, but this smelt so lovely, like freshly blended raspberries and I think that The Body Shop shower gels are one of the best around, perfect consistency between thick and runny so you use just the right amount every time.

Japanese Cherry Blossom Puree Body Lotion. Was £3 reduced to £1. I love the Japanese Cherry Blossom scent, and these little 60ml bottles are great for taking on holiday.

The Body Shop Nature's Minerals Eye Dust in shade 1. This by far was the biggest reduction, reduced to from £10 to £1 (marked wrong on the sticker) I kind of walked past the little bowl of these as I wasn't sure what they were, but when I walked back past I noticed a glittery dust on the bottom of the bowl, and when I picked it up I saw it was an eye dust, and it is just beautiful, a really pretty silvery white colour, similar to a Barry M dust. For £1 how could I say no?!

So those are my top sales buys! Have you ladies picked up any good bargains recently?