Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Budget Beauty

I really fancied treating myself to a few beauty treats but being near the end of the month, funds are lower than I'd like so I had a little mooch around Primark and wondered down the beauty isle. I was pleasantly surprised.

The zip on my make up bag broke the other week so I had been keeping my eye out for a new one and came across this one for just £3. Its a cute oval shape with a soft lining, and when it's opened up fully you can see that it can hold quite a lot.

I absolutely adore this very retro lip treat, Dr Pepper lib balm and gloss. Bargain at £2.50 for the pair! They have a slightly sweet taste and they smell gorgeous. Think opening a bag of Haribo and having a good sniff and your getting there
                                                  Dr Pepper Lip Balm                                     

Pepper Lip Balm plus Lip Gloss

These pack of 4 nail files were just £1, and they come with a case

This 2 in 1 foundation and concealer brush was also £1 and I just love the colour!

Concealer end

Foundation end

I also picked up a travel size bottle of Agran Oil for the bargain price of £2.50. The ends of my hair tend to get quite dry so this stuff helps to keep it super soft

Saturday, 9 June 2012

Wish List

Here is a round up of the things I have seen this week that I would love to get my mitts on!

A - River Island, Seamless Bodycon Dress, £15
B - Linzi Shoes, Lainey in Pink Suede, £35
C - H&M, Double Finger Ring, £3.99
D - Not On The High Street, Biscuit Dunkability Mug £12
E - Love-MakeupOCC Lip Tar, £9.50 each

I was particularly excited about the biscuit mug from Not On The High Street. It has quite a retro look about it and I just love dunking biscuits! Perfect for the office.

The Lip Tar range from OCC comes in 33 different shades so there is something for everyone. With names like Hoochie, Harlot and Strumpet, I knew this was a brand I could get along with!

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Handbags at Dawn

Paul's Boutique. Love it? Hate it? Never heard of it? What's your view. Mine personally is that it is a mid quality, affordable brand with a cute range of bags. However, that's just me and I hadn't really had any reason to think anything else, until today that is. 

#banpaulsboutique was trending on twitter today and my first thought was "why". Dig a little deeper and I found that a considerable sized chunk of the blogging community loathe Paul's Boutique because of the brand association with teenage girls. I was surprised to see that a post by www.britishbeautyblogger.com  discussing the Maisie bag received a backlash including a comment that they were the most hated bags in the UK. Harsh, maybe. It got me thinking though. How many of us would boycott a brand we once loved because a market segment we didn't identify with stared using it?

Personally, if I like something, I'll wear it and not care who else might have the same thing because for me, it's a question of style. My handbag can be more than just an extension of my outfit. If you wear it as the focal point, you'll learn there is more than one way to rock a bag.
And while we're on the subject, I thought I'd share the contents of my bag with you...
My (in my opinion) Gorgeous, Sexy, Maisie

And here is everything I've managed to cram in it today

These are the bits from my make up bag
Moxie Tampon Tin
Sleek Concealer
Nail Files
Clean and Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets (essential for my shiny by 10:00am face!)
Carmex Lip Balm
Blusher Brush
Hand Sanitizer
Garnier Hand Cream
Sleek Blusher
4Head Headache Balm

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

May Beauty Empties

These are all the products I have got through this month
Clockwise from left:
Mitcham Advanced Control Deodorant in Powder Fresh
Maybelline One by One Volum' Express Mascara
Clean & Clear Deep Action Cream Wash
Imperial Leather Hair and Body Wash in Kick Start
Profectiy Mega Growth Daily Anti-Breakage Strengthener
Sleek Foundation in Henna
Boots Brazil Nut & Vanilla Body Butter
Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Liner
Clean & Clear Morning Energy Shine Control Daily Facial Moisturiser

My favourite has to be Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Liner. That one little pot has lasted me just over a year and is great for creating a smoky eye look. It comes with an applicator wand which can get a bit clunky if like me you use it every day, so be sure to give the wand a clean every now and then.