Saturday, 27 July 2013

July Favourites

It is that time again to share with all of you the products which I have been loving for the past month, I have a mix of some beauty favourites as well as some random favourites to show you all!

Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Ultimate Wear Concealer - 1 Fair LINK
It took me a while to jump onto the beauty bandwagon with this concealer and wish it didn't take me so long. You do need to be careful when choosing the right shade as there is about 4-5 shades difference between 1 Fair and 2 Light. However, it gives amazing coverage underneath foundation and blends effortlessly

L'Oreal Super Liner Perfect Slim LINK
I usually use liquid eyeliner on a day to day basis and the one felt tip liner I have tried I didn't get on very well with. I picked this up about a month ago now, after finding out it is Zoe Sugg's day to day eyeliner, and I find it a lot easier to use than the other felt tip liner I had! Compared to liquid liner, this isn't my favourite as I feel it takes a little more time to apply and to create the perfect line

Maybelline The One-by-One Volum'Express Mascara LINK
If you have been reading my blog for a while then you will know that I am a massive fan of this mascara! As soon as I got my sample of Benefit's 'They're Real!' I really didn't turn back to this and preferred the Benefit mascara. I was unable to spend the £19.50 to buy the full size Benefit mascara and turned back to my trusted One-by-One by Maybelline. I have been using this throughout the whole of July and can definitely see once again why I loved it so much in the first place :)

Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Skin-Brightening Moisturiser SPF 15 LINK
I had heard of Aveeno as a brand but never decided to try any of their products. I saw this moisturiser used by Ingrid (missglamorazzi) multiple times and picked it up at the beginning of July and have used it every morning underneath my makeup ever since. I find it to be a lot better than the other moisturiser I have with SPF and have been enjoying using it a lot! It feels a little thick at first but soon after feels very light on the skin!

Zara Eau de Toilette - Black Amber Special Edition
Zara is my new go-to place to look for new perfumes as they have some lovely scents which are very affordable. Black Amber is the most recent one I purchased and I got the 15ml bottle to see if I really liked the scent all that much. This perfume has a very lovely scent and at first it reminded me a little of walking next to the beach at night in Jávea but then reminded me a little of Summer all blended together into one scent (I am the worst person when it comes to describing scents!)

Zara Messenger Box Bag - Lime Green LINK
I have absolutely been loving this neon yellow bag I got from Zara at the beginning of July. I wear a lot of monochrome very often and wanted a neon bag to help brighten up my outfits, especially in Summer! I found this one after seeing it on one of Zoe Sugg's Instagram posts and then in one of Lily Pebbles' videos and purchased it in the sale. I has a lot of room inside and is definitely a Summer staple for me this year!

Candy Crush Game
I bet I'm not the only person who has become a little addicted to the Candy Crush game recently! At the moment I am on level 102 which compared to some people I know isn't the best but I am still ahead of a lot of others. I have actually started seeing the candles in my sight occasionally and like others I did have a dream about candy crush meaning breaks from playing it have been needed!

Robbie Williams and Olly Murs 2013 Tour
At the last minute my mum's friend pulled out of going to this tour with my mum and my sister meaning I had the opportunity to go and I'm very happy I did! Olly Murs was actually the support act but sung pretty much his entire 'set' of songs, both him and Robbie as well as the look of the stage and arena were amazing, one of the best nights I've had in a while :)

The X Factor 2013 Live Auditions - Wembley Arena
One of my friends won 11 tickets to see some of the live X Factor auditions last week so she invited me and another 9 people to go to London for the day to watch the perfomances :) As The X Factor is one of our case studies for our A2 Media Studies course in year 13, my school allowed us to go to help us with the course next year whilst looking at the cameras which are used and how the programme is put together and filmed before being broadcast on TV :)

Thank you for reading!
What have you been loving throughout July?

Sunday, 7 July 2013

Haul | Birthday, Beauty and Fashion

Recently it was my 17th birthday so I thought I would share with all of you what I was given and what I brought with my birthday money. For all the products I purchased, I have provided links and the prices but not for my birthday presents as I don't think it's really appropriate to look at the prices :)

L Plates, Theory Test DVD, Broadchurch DVD
I missed the Broadchurch episodes when they were been broadcast on ITV apart from a little clip from the final episode. I immediately wanted to watch the full series and asked for the DVD for my birthday. It is a really good programme and recommend it to everyone!

Driving lessons, money and gift cards
Now I'm 17, I can finally start driving and was really happy to get some driving lessons for my birthday! I also got some money from a variety of people and a MAC gift card and a gift card for The Body Shop from a few of my friends

Ted Baker Porta Embellished Collar Shirt - Nude Pink
I have had my eye on this for a very long time now and it went into the sale at the perfect time. I love the rose gold detailing on the collar and the style is different from anything else I have seen before.

Real Techniques Powder Brush
I actually got this the weekend after my birthday whilst shopping in Cambridge, I mentioned it to my mum as I didn't have any big and proper powder brushes that I was particularly fond of and brought it for me :)

Accessorize Owl Necklace
I tend to wear the same necklace every day and don't often branch out because it means a lot to me. One of my friends brought this for me for my birthday and means a lot because of the owl which was my Nan's favourite animal.

The Body Shop Chocomania Gift Set
One of my friends got me a gift set with a cream shower loofah, Chocomania body butter and a Chocomania shower cream. These have a gorgeous smell and like the rest of The Body Shop products, are amazing quality!

Everything is Going to be OK [Missing from main image]
I am a massive fan of quotes and am always looking online for more. I saw this book on YouTube a while ago and new it was perfect as it is full of quotes and are all able to pick you up on a bad day.

Rimmel Stay Matte Powder - 001 Transparent £1.99 (RRP £3.99) LINK
This is definitely the best powder I have used and thought I would pick up another when repurchasing the concealer and I had almost finished my current powder

Zara Eau de Toilette - Black Amber Special Edition 15ml £4.99
Zara perfumes are incredibly affordable and the range of scents are lovely, I took a look at the ones in stock in Lakeside recently and decided to pick up the small bottle of this scent - very summery and brings back a flood of memories from holidays in Spain

Maybelline 24hr Colour Tattoo - 65 Pink Gold £4.99 LINK
Out of all the colour tattoo shades, this caught my the most recently because of the pale and neutral aspect of it compared to the rest of the shades available :)

Sinful Colors Professional Nail Polish - 1103 Island Coral £1.99 LINK & 831 Hottie £0.99 LINK
I was purchasing the Aveeno moisturiser and remembered I had a voucher for when you spend at least £10 so decided to look at this brand as I have heard good things about it. I picked up 2 shades because of their buy one get one half price offer - both perfect for summer!

L'Oreal Super Liner Perfect Slim £3.49 (RRP £6.99) LINK
I tried the Maybelline felt tip liner and wasn't much of a fan and when back to liquid liner but I recently picked this up to give felt tip liners another go to branch out my collection

Revlon Lip Butter - Juicy Papaya £7.99 LINK
I was definitely late to join the hype for these lip butters but didn't really see any shades I wanted to try out. I saw this in the collection of new shades and it looked perfect for spring and summer

Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Ultimate Wear Concealer - Fair £4.19 & Light £2.09 (RRP £4.19) LINK
This is another product I was late to join the hype on and originally picked up the shade Light but there wasn't any testers available to took a guess as it looked fairly pale in the tube. After trying it, it was far too dark and went back to purchase the palest shade.

LUSH Grease Lightening Spot Treatment £5.95 LINK
I have had my eye on the Origins super spot remover for a while but couldn't afford to spend £12 on it so decided to research the LUSH spot treatment and read a lot of positive reviews so decided to pick it up recently in Lakeside :)

LUSH Tea Tree Water Toner Water 100g - £3.95 LINK
I have been loving the Botanics rose water toner and purchased the No7 toner when I ran out because I had a discount voucher. I'm not sure about that one and think it has been breaking me out and this also has a lot of positive reviews so picked it up at the same as the spot treatment

Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Skin-Brightening Moisturiser SPF 15 £9.99 LINK
Another product I saw being used on YouTube and wanted to try out a different moisturiser underneath my makeup but wanted something with SPF because of the current heat. The 'evens out skin tone' claim caught my eye the most and decided to give it a go.

Simple Anti-Blemish Moisturiser £4.99 LINK REVIEW
This was a repurchase and have been using this for a while but can't find anything else I really wanted to try at night.

Super Facialist by Úna Brennan Tea Flower Deep Clean Pore Purifying Clay Mask £8.99 LINK
I saw this in a Boots haul on YouTube and had been looking for a face mask to try out. I can't purchase the Úna Brennan range in my local boots store so I picked it up when shopping in Cambridge.

Zara Linen Stripe Top £7.99 (RRP £19.99) LINK
Whilst looking in the Zara sale for a few tops I had my eye on, I saw this and thought because it's quite thin and long that it would be perfect to wear around the house and especially in this heat!

Topshop Petite Cute Kitty Print Tee £16 LINK
I tend to go for the same style and found this which was different to anything else I have and thought it looked really cute so decided to pick it up :)

Ted Baker Donnah Crew Neck Tee £27 (RRP £39) LINK
Yes... another Ted Baker top... (blame the sales!) Anyway, I saw this in store but my size wasn't in stock and went out of stock online before I could order it. Luckily I found it in Lakeside and was different to anything I have and different from the basic colours I normally wear

Ted Baker Jamilia Collar Swing Top - Black £30 (RRP £59) LINK
Another top I have had my eye on for a while and was saving slowly to purchase it and then luckily it went into the sale and purchased it before it went back out of stock again!

Zara Messenger Box Bag - Lime Green £19.99 (RRP £25.99) LINK
I tend to wear a lot of monochrome, especially because I only wear dark shades on my bottom half because I'm not too much of a fan of my legs. I have a lot of black and white tops and needed both a new bag for the summer something to brighten myself up. I saw this in the Zara sale and purchased it for a bargain. Very spacious and excellent quality!

Looking back through all of this it's starting to make me feel a bit guilty and it's definitely time for me to start trying to save some money!

Thank you for reading and hope you found something that caught your eye :)
What have you been buying recently?
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