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Monday, 29 July 2013

July Beauty Buys!

Hellloooo.  Well as it's coming to the end of the month (WHERE is this year going by the way?) .. I thought I'd bring together the little bits and bobs from the beauty world that I'd purchased this month and put them all together in one lovely little post! So here we are!

L'Oreal Studio Matt & Messy Shine-Free Salt Spray 150ml - £3.69 in Boots
I'd seen this in pretty much every magazine I laid my eyes on last month, and given that I love a tousled messy look, I thought I'd give it a go!  Well I wasn't disappointed and I actually keep it in my handbag to top up throughout the day.  It's perfect for when I'm just wearing my hair down and I need something to give it a bit of life.  It instantly picks up the hair and adds volume without looking or feeling stiff/sticky!  I would definitely recommend - it's become part of my daily haircare routine!!

Vaseline 2 in 1 Hand Cream +Anti Bac - £3.49 in Boots (picked it up at half price)
Ohhh I had such high hopes for this product when I seen it on the TV!  When I seen it was half price in Boots I instantly ran out to get this as I'm a bit obsessed with hand cream!  Having a 10 month old baby boy means my hands see so much stress throughout the day (dirty nappies, constant bottle washing etc) which results in my hands really feeling the strain (sorry hands).  I always keep Soap and Glory's Hand Food by my bed and apply it every night without fail, and a Dove hand cream in my handbag just in case I'm out and about with dry hands! So..  this product seemed like a no-brainer, a moisturiser with antibacterial action in one?  Dun dun dunnnn......
Well sorry to anyone who really likes this product (lol) but I haven't been able to get away with it at all!!  I honestly feel as though my hands need a hand cream immediately AFTER I've used it!!  It smells quite nice, but it's really sticky and feels uncomfortable as it's soaking in!  I want to be able to use this up seen as though I've purchased it, but it might have to just go on a journey to the back of my drawer for now! Weep!

The Body Shop Seaweed Clarifying Toner 30ml (Best Seller) - £3
The Body Shop Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream 15ml (Best Seller) - £4
The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Lotion 15ml (Best Seller) - £3
I've never really tried any of The Body Shop facial products before, having often used their shower gels, body butters etc, but after reading a lot of blogs that talk about their skincare range I thought I would give it a go!  What I did like is the fact they do mini versions of their products so that you can try them out first without spending a whole load of cash on something that might not suit your skin!!  There was a sale on that has only just ended, in which I picked up these 3 little beauties, along with some other full sized cult products that my hubby has kindly bought me and put away for me until my birthday next month!!  I've been giving these little cuties a trial in my skincare routine for the past couple of days and so far so good.  The day cream especially - I have noticed a huge difference in the nasty shine I usually get by the end of the day on my forehead!  For anyone with oily/combination skin, these beauties are said to be perfect!

Blink 'Contacts' Soothing Eye Drops 10ml - £3.89 in Superdrug (picked it up at half price)
I was lucky to find this little gem at half price, as I went into Superdrug especially for these as my Optician suggested I get some as I've been really struggling with my contacts during the summer with sore/itchy eyes! All you poor people out there who wear contact lenses will know exactly what I mean.  Right? These drops really work well, and I love the fact you can pop them in at any time .. and you don't even have to remove your lenses.  Instant relief!  Think I'll be stocking up on these!!

Topshop Blush Stick in Sneakpeak (As seen in Vogue) - Was £10 .. Now £5
I'd seen this in a few magazines and never really thought about buying it until I stumbled across it on the Topshop website in the sale (wow, how cheap do I sound, lol).  I thought I'd give it a go, but to be honest I haven't really formed a proper opinion on it yet!  I've only used it once or twice and I think it might be a little bit bright for my liking.  I'll give it a chance though and I'm sure once blended properly it will be a lovely summery colour.  Also, I've read that it can be used for a flush of colour on the lips too - I am all for a multi-purpose product!!  Not sure of the smell though - bit 'old woman' if you ask me!

Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer in 01 Ivory - £6.99 in Boots.
I've read a lot about this amazing new concealer on blogs and heard a lot on YouTube so I was bound to go out and grab it!  I had a voucher from the Boots parenting club (awesome by the way - go have lots of babies, you get loads more Boots vouchers haha) where if you spend £30 you get £5 off, so I grabbed a load of nappies, wipes, milk and baby food that I needed anyway... and then trotted back upstairs to grab the cheeky concealer, got my £5 off so really it was almost free!! haha (love convincing myself into beauty buys).
ANYWAY... I absolutely love this and it has become a part of my everyday routine!! It comes with a twist applicator and a brush (much like YSL's Touché Eclat).  Using it before I apply my foundation or BB cream -  I rub it under the eyes, around my nose, on my chin and anywhere else I have blemishes or dark patches.  It instantly removes dark circles, highlights and makes me look refreshed and awake.  With it's gel based formula, it blends really well without looking cakey like some concealers. Apparently it's behaves very similar to the YSL Touché Eclat but for a fraction of the price!  Can't go wrong!
Huge thumbs up from me!!

Rimmel Lash Accelerator Endless Mascara in Extra Black - £7.99 in Boots
Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer in 101 Celestial        - £5.99 in Boots
***BOTH CURRENTLY 2 for £10 in Boots. Saving £3.98.. aka BARGAIN!***
As you can see, I was a bit excited about that little offer, haha!  I haven't tried either of these and I'd seen a lot of reviews about how great and well-lasting the lip lacquers were.. so couldn't resist, hehe!  Will let you know how I get on when I get round to trying these bad boys out!

Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Lash Extending Treatment Mascara - £21 in Boots
***I got this for £9 on a Groupon deal just last week*** (YESSSSSSSSSSS)
Well, I'm certainly not allowing myself to buy anymore mascaras for a while, I've got 2 to use up and then these 2 beauties from this month!  Love a new mazza!!! I will definitely do a review on this when it comes to using it!

L'Oreal Paris Rouge Caresse Lipstick in 501 Nude Ingenue - £7.99 in Boots
I've been trying to find a nude lipstick for sooo long and finally found this little number.  I have always had trouble finding the right lipstick formula as I find a lot of them to be drying - but not these!!  It feels so soft and leaves my lips looking so natural and moisturised.  Pair this up with just a simple BB cream and a smidge of cream blush and the natural look is good to go! Love love loveee!! <3

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in 825 Lovers Coral - £7.49 in Boots
I have read mixed reviews on this lipstick but I honestly really love it.  They have sooo many colours and I left Boots with both arms covered in swatches - hehe!!  So I eventually chose the shade "Lovers Coral" which is like a shiny coral pink.  Its sooo nice for summer.  It can be built up aswell to be more intense if you so wish! As I said above, I need a lipstick that is really moisturising and these definitely are that.  They are soo so soft.  I'm gonna go back and get another colour - although the Revlon Lip Butters also really appeal to me so watch this space!

What have been your favourite beauty buys of the month?  I'd love to know!



  1. Hey! I have the matt spray and I LOVE it!!
    Would you like to follow each other? Let me know on my blog and I’ll follow you back :) Much love, Sarah x


  2. Yeah lovely I'll head over to your blog now and check it out :) xx

  3. I love the apocalypse lip lacquer too! We have nominated you for a Leibster award! Check out our blog for more details :) x



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