Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Sephora Haul - Part 1

Hi everyone, I'm back from my holidays.  I just spent 2 weeks in Los Angeles and had a great time.  I saw a few minor celebs, visited Disneyland and Hollywood and more importantly spent an absolute fortune at Sephora, so you will be seeing a few haul posts over the next few weeks (I have to justify my spending somehow).  I will also be doing a giveaway so look out for that.
Here's my Sephora haul - Part 1. I was on holiday with my sister, so I have included some of her stuff as well, since we will be sharing some of the box sets.
I'll start with some of the holiday gift sets that I bought.
Sephora Favorites Super Stars - cost $75 (approx £50) actual value is showing as $280. This set contains:
- 0.085 oz Anastasia Clear Brow Gel
- 1.7 oz Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray
- 0.50 oz Deborah Lippmann Treatment-infused Nail Color in Cleopatra in New York
- 0.50 oz Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil
- 0.17 oz Nars Blush & Bronzing Powder Duo in Orgasm & Laguna
- 0.12 oz Nars Lipstick in Dolce Vita
- 0.50 oz Origins GinZing™ Refreshing Eye Cream to Brighten and Depuff
- 1.0 oz Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 35 in Light
- 0.016 oz Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner
- 0.30 oz Too Faced Better Than False Lashes Mascara Base & Top Coat
- 0.02 oz Too Faced Flexistretch™ Nylon Fibers
- 0.05 Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Sin & Mushroom
- 0.33 oz Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Rollerball
Tarte Off The Cuff Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush Palette & Bracelet $42 (approx £30) actual value is showing as $110.  This set contains:
- 4 x 0.158 oz Amazonian 12-hour blushes in Dollface (light pink), Dazzled (soft rose), Darling (nude melon), and Crave (pink peach)
- 0.158 oz Amazonian clay bronzer in Park Ave Princess
- Wearable, eco-chic bow bracelet (not shown in photo below)
 Josie Maran Escape To Morocco Holiday Hair & Body Beautifiers $39 (approx £28) actual value is showing as $68.  This set contains:
- 1.9 oz Argan Cleansing Oil
- 0.5 oz Argan Infinity Intensive Creamy Oil
- 0.5 oz Argan Oil Hair Serum
- 0.5 oz 100% Pure Argan Oil
- 1 oz Whipped Argan Oil Intensive Hand Cream in Vanilla Apricot
- 2 oz Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter in Vanilla Apricot
Sephora Favorites BB Buzz $25 (approx £17) actual value is showing as $62.  This set contains:
- 0.35 oz Boscia B.B. Cream SPF27 PA++
- 0.33 oz Dr. Jart Premium Beauty Balm 45 PA+++
- 0.5 oz Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 35 in Light
- 0.34 oz Stila Stay All Day 10-In-One HD Illuminating Beauty Balm with Broad Spectrum SPF 30
- 0.35 oz Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm Multi-Benefit Skin Care Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen in Cream

Dr. Jart+ The Original BB Cream Set $34 (approx £24). This set contains:
- 0.5 oz Renewalist BB Beauty Cream SPF 40
- 0.5 oz Black Label Detox BB Beauty Balm SPF 25
- 0.5 oz Water Fuse BB Beauty Balm SPF 25
- 0.5 oz Premium BB Beauty Balm SPF 45

Peter Thomas Roth 20th Anniversary Kit $35 (approx £25) actual value $138.  This set contains:
- 8.5 FL OZ / 250 ML Anti-Aging Cleansing Gel, - 10 ML / 0.34 FL OZ Camu Camu Power Cx30™ Vitamin C Brightening Serum
- 15 ML / 0.5 FL OZ FIRMx Peeling Gel
- 7.5 ML / 0.25 FL OZ Laser-Free Resurfacing Eye Serum

- 15 ML / 0.5 FL OZ Max Sheer All Day Moisture Defense Lotion

I am really excited to try all these products and I think I got some good bargains.  I will review some of the individual products as soon as I have had a chance to try them.  I have to say I love Sephora, I can spend a good couple of hours browsing and trying all the products.   I spent loads (some are Christmas pressies), but I could have spent so much more.
Have you ever had the chance to go to Sephora?
Coming soon, Marc Jacobs makeup haul.


Sunday, 6 October 2013

Quick Update

I just thought I would do a quick update to let you know that I won't be able to post much in October, but bear with me because I will be doing another great giveaway at the start of November.

I started this blog in May and I can't believe that I have done 50 posts already.  It's been really enjoyable and I want to thank you for following me and reading my blog :)

Take care everyone and see you in November.


Saturday, 5 October 2013

My Phyto Haul From TKMaxx

I went shopping last week and I swear I wasn't going to buy anything but when I saw this bargain I couldn't resist.

I have wanted to try out some of the Phyto hair products for awhile but they are abit on the expensive side so I always talk myself out of it but when I went into TKMaxx last weekend and saw these box sets I couldn't resist.  I bought the following:
Winter Essentials for Frizzy, Unruly hair - Control Frizz and Smooth which included the following:
  • Phytolisse Shampoo - Perfect Smoothing Shampoo 200ml
  • Phytolisse Mask - Express Smoothing Mask 200ml
  • Phytodefrisant - Botanical Straightening Balm 100ml
This box set cost £16.99 rrp on the box is £49
Winter Essentials for Dry hair - Hydrate and Illuminate which included the following:
  • Phytojoba Shampoo - Intense Hydrating Shampoo 200ml
  • Phytojoba Mask - Intense Hydrating Mask 200ml
  • Phyto 7 - Daily Hydrating Botanical Cream 100ml
This box set cost £16.99 rrp on the box is £49
Blowdry Essentials for Silky Straight Style - 3 Piece Starter Set which included the following:
  • Phytolisse Shampoo - Perfect Smoothing Shampoo 50ml
  • Phytolisse Mask - Express Smoothing Mask 50ml
  • Phytodefrisant - Botanical Straightening Balm 50ml
This box set cost £7.99 rrp on the box is £19
I was really pleased with this purchase and will put a review on my blog when Ive tried them out.
Have any of you tried the Phyto range?


Use it or Lose it Challenge October

After the success of Septembers Use it or Lose it Challenge, where I chose 8 products to try to see if I liked them or not (I decided to get rid of 3 and keep 5),  I thought I would pick another set of products to use in October.  For anyone that missed Septembers challenge update the link is here.

The products I have decided to use or lose in October are:

Vanitas Versace Perfume 4.5ml - I received a trial size in a beauty box ages ago and never got around to using it.  I did a post on my perfumes awhile ago and promised that I would use more of my perfumes.

Avon Glimmerstick Diamonds Eye Liner in Smokey Diamond - Another product Ive had ages and not used.  I must admit I have hooded eyelids so I'm not sure eyeliner works for me but I'm going to try a few of my eyeliners in October and see if they are worth keeping.  The other eye liners I will try are:

Elf Shimmer Eye Liner Pencil - I cant find a name on the pencil but its a smokey grey colour.

Avon Super Shock Gel Eye Liner in Black - a basic black eye liner I have used before but I can't remember when.

Ive also got a Avon Glimmerstick Brow Definer to try as well.  Ive had all the above for awhile and I don't think Ive ever used them on a regular basis.

MUA Undressed Eyeshadow Palette - This palette has 12 shades ranging from nudes to metallics which Ive never even opened.  I love buying make up and then just put in away and don't really use it.  I could probably have saved loads of money over the years if I didn't buy stuff I never use.  I chose this palette to try because I used the Urban Decay Naked palette in my September challenge, so wanted to compare the cheaper version against the original.

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 hour Blush in Tipsy - My Canadian friend sent this to me in  swap and I was really pleased to receive it as you cant buy these blushes in the UK.  I think Ive swatched this once at best, Ive got to be honest it does look abit bright for me but Ill try it out and let you know how I get on.

Mac Prep+Prime BB Creme - Another product I have never used. I bought it the last time I was in America.

Tarte Lip Service Limited Edition Lip Surgence collection - 5 Lip Tints.  I have used them a couple of times but not much.  Its a nice gift set I picked up in Sephora and they are similar to Clinique Chubby Sticks.  I need more lip products like a hole in the head, but I just cant resist them especially at bargain prices.  This one was $29 but retail value was $120.  What can I say, it was a bargain I just couldn't resist.

Benefit Benetint Rose tinted lip and cheek stain 4ml - Ive always been abit wary about using this product on my cheeks as it looks very bright, but I saw someone applying it on the train (sorry if I was staring) and saw how she applied it and wanted to try it myself.  Hopefully it will look as good on me.

MAC Eye Shadow in Sable 1.5g - I have used this before but not in a while so thought it was time to dig it out and try it again.  This is  lovely bronze eye shadow.

Anyway those are my products for October.  I will report back at the end of the month.

Have you tried the Use It or Lose It Challenge yet?  Let me know how you got on.


Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Magazine Subscription Freebies

I have seen loads of posts about free gifts when subscribing to various magazines and some of the gifts really make it worthwhile subscribing.  I took advantage of a recent offer to subscribe to Instyle magazine for £8 for 6 issues.  The normal price for the magazine is £3.80, so that's a saving of nearly £15 off the cover price.  The free gift on offer was a Rituals set worth £36.

I have used a couple of Rituals shower gels in the past which I really liked, so I couldn't pass up this great offer.  The set includes:
  • Happy Buddha Foaming Shower Gel 200ml - Organic Mandarin & Yuzu
  • Touch of Happiness Rich, Nourishing body cream 200ml - Sweet Orange & Cedar Wood
  • Good Luck Scrub Sugar Body Scrub 200g - Sweet Orange & Cedar Wood
 I cant wait to try all these products as they smell delicious.
Its definitely worth looking out for subscription offers as soon as the new magazines hit the shelves as they are usually limited to a set number of subscribers. 

Heres some of the offers around at the moment:

FREE ESPA Lift & Firm Moisturiser, worth £38 -  JUST £9.99 for 6 issues when you subscribe to Red Magazine

3 issues of Glamour for just £1  plus Body Shop Honeymania set includes shower gel, soap, body butter & lip balm

Subscribe to Vanity Fair today 6 issues for only £9  and receive a free make-up kit from Benefit, containing a Lash Mascara, Smoldering Black Eye Pencil, Mini Benetint for Lips & Cheeks and a Dr Feelgood Refiner. RRP £46.50.

Zest Subscription 3 for £3 and Free Mamma Mio Arm Kit worth £49.50

Subscribe to Marie Claire - £8 for 6 issues and receive your gift from Trilogy WORTH £35.

Be quick if you want to take advantage of these great offers :)