Friday, 31 July 2009

Soap and Glory Haul + New bronzer and top!

After hearing that Boots had 1/3 off on ALL Soap and Glory products, I went a little crazy. Thankfully, Boots is the bestest shop in the world and I ended up with an extra 300 points (£3) on my advantage card from this little lot. A little something from Prestige also happened to fall into the basket.Super Eyes - Moisturising Eye Gel

I haven't had an eye gel before. In the past I've mostly used a cream and didn't find it to be too inspiring when it came to lifting my eye area. This particular gel has fine-line-fighting tripeptide, caffeine, pro-vitamin pathenol and Aloe Vera juice. Sounds good, looks good, and I'm very excited to try!

Make Yourself Youthful - Rejuvenating Face Serum

This smells like oranges. Yum Yum. It really smells good enough to nibble on. You apply this after cleansing and toning and before moisturising... and it has the benefits of anti-wrinkle peptides! Despite not having any wrinkles, I do sometimes find the odd fine line, which saddens me hugely. I'm praying this will solve my fine line sadness. The formula has Shea butter, sweet orange peel oil, ginseng and botanical soothing extracts. I still can't get over how nice it smells :)

Mist You Madly - Fragrant Body Spray

Soap and Glory make my favourite body sprays of all time. They're perfect for spritzing on after a shower (to save on the tres expensive eau de parfum!) and before bed. Mist You Mady smells as amazing as I hoped it would, with notes of Bergamot, Blackcurrant, Magnolia, Freesia, Vanilla and Musk! Plus the bottle looks very pretty.

Glam-A-Lot - Fragrant Body Spray

"Fresh Flowers layered on a Woody, Vanilla Musk base". This is divine. It makes me feel happy and la di da. The woody-ness of it is gorgeous, and I can't stop sniffing! With both body sprays, the fragrance lasts for a long time which is a bonus that other body sprays lack.

Prestige Skin Loving Minerals Sun Baked Mineral Bronzing Powder in 'Glam Tan'

I've heard a lot of good things about Prestige's bronzers, so I decided to pick one up. Unlike MAC MSFs, this isn't full of glitter. It has a gorgeous shimmery effect and it's the perfect golden bronzy colour on my fair skin. I'm looking forward to playing around with this, as I lack a selection in the bronzing department.

And finally, I fell in love in River Island. I don't venture into River Island very often, because they usually tend to stick to garish colours (e.g. fluorescent pink) which I'm frightened of. But I had time to kill so I popped in and I found this:
It reminds me of the sort of thing All Saints (one of my favourite shops!) sells, but at about 75% less monies. I love the fact it is fitted around the top and waist and then flares out around the back and hips. It also has ruched sleeves at the bottom! I love all the little touches. I'm happy.

Thursday, 30 July 2009

EOTD - Smoky Blue

Nothing special, but I wanted to find a daytime non 'in your face' way to wear my freebie (The Body Shop blue eyeliner!).

  1. Urban Decay Primer Potion
  2. Maybelline Lash Stiletto
  3. The Body Shop Eye Definer in 'black' - on upper waterline, and lower lashline.
  4. The Body Shop Eye Definer in 'brilliant blue' - on lower waterline.
  5. Nina Ricci black liquid eyeliner
  6. MAC eyeshadow in 'meet the fleet' - on upper lid blended into:
  7. MAC eyeshadow in 'aria'
  8. MAC eyeshadow in 'pure energy' - on inner corner and brow bone.
  9. (the darker brown) MAC eyeshadow in 'fake' - outer corner.

Mini Frugal Haul

As university draws closer, I have to retrain my shopaholicness into a more frugal variety! Today, I did exceedingly well! I even had money left over for a blueberry crumble muffin (perhaps this wasn't exactly re-educating my spending, there wont be any blueberry crumble muffins in September =( ).

From left to right:

  • James Brown London, Intensive Mask for Hair - Free with Marie Claire magazine!! It smells delicious. Apparently Kate Moss and James Brown work hand in hand. The smell reminds me of The Body Shop's Shea Butter Body Butter!

  • The Body Shop, Eye Definer in 'Black' and 'Brilliant Blue' - Free with InStyle magazine, these are due to be released in store on the 20th of August. The pencil is lovely and creamy and glides on really easily. I've always wanted a blue eyeliner and never got round to purchasing one, and now I have one for free plus a magazine to read!
  • MAC, Liquidlast Liner in 'Powerplum' - I admit, this was not a frugal purchase, but I fell in love with the colour and I was afraid I'd never see it again if I didn't buy it there and then. Let's quickly move on. (The photo doesn't do the colour any justice, it is much more metallic plum in real life! Note to self: fix photo lighting).
  • Collection 2000, Hot Looks Fast Dry in 'Dynasty' - After seeing this on I knew I had to have it, plus for £1.75 it beats OPI any day. Nearly. It's the perfect lilac cream and it looks good with very nearly anything.

John Frieda - Go Blonder Shampoo and Conditioner

Magazines, television, blogs, supermarkets - it's everywhere! So of course, being subjected to it on a regular basis, I gave in and bought the pair in Superdrug for £6.46 (currently on offer!). Never mind the fact I'm bordering brunette.

John Frieda's website claims the duo gradually lightens your hair to "achieve a magical sun-kissed sparkle". Sounds good to me. Especially as it is suitable for daily use. It also smells delicious; a citrusy fresh and summery scent.

The only tiny issue I have is the packaging. The shampoo looks nearly identical to the conditioner, meaning you have to double check if what you are holding IS what you think you're holding. But that's a silly issue that is easily managed by using one's eyes.

Before and after photos opportunity number 1!