Sunday, 27 December 2015

TK Maxx Beauty Haul

I hope everyone has had a great Christmas.  I will be posting my Christmas sales haul and gifts I got for Christmas soon, but wanted to do a quick post on my last haul before Christmas.   It's been awhile since I have had a good shop at TK Maxx.  I went the other week and they had some great beauty products for sale so I couldn't resist.  

I bought the following:

Nails Inc Winter Wonderland Nail Polish Set £12.99.  
Nails Inc Winter Wonderland Nail Polish Set
This set includes:

  • Buckingham Square - Gold Glitter Flakes Special Effect - 14ml
  • St Georges Square  - Glitter Special Effect Top Coat - 14ml
  • Trafalgar Square - Red Glitter Special Effect Top Coat  - 14ml

OPI Fifty Shades Of Grey Mini Nail Polish Set £12.99. 
OPI Fifty Shades Of Grey Mini Nail Polish Set
This set includes - left to right:
  • My Silk Tie
  • Dark Side of the Moon
  • Romantically Involved
  • Embrace The Gray
  • Shine For Me
  • Cement The Deal
All 3.75ml

2x Nail Inc Corrector Pens £3.99 each
Nail Inc Corrector Pens
Stila Smitten with Kitten Make Up Set £12.99.  
Stila Smitten with Kitten Make Up Set
This set Includes:
  • Deluxe Eye Shadow in Kitten - 1g
  • Deluxe Lip Glaze in Kitten - 1.5ml
  • Deluxe Convertible Color in Kitten  1.4g
James Read Tan Maximiser 200ml £9.99.
James Read Tan Maximiser
Ciate Orange Choc Pot Fragranced Nail Polish Remover 30ml £2.99.
Ciate Orange Choc Pot Fragranced Nail Polish Remover

I haven't had such a good shop in TKMaxx for ages so I'm really pleased with this haul.

Have you bought anything good from TKMaxx recently?

Leighlee

I bought these with my own money.

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

LA Drugstore, Nordstrom, MAC & Duty Free Haul

I did some major beauty shopping on my recent trip to LA and I have already posted about my Sephora Hauls here and here.  I also bought some things in the drugstores, Nordstrom, MAC and at the airport, so I thought I would do a post about those purchases.  The drugstores that I visited were Walgreens and CVS.

I would really like my teeth to be whiter, so before going to my dentist for professional whitening I thought I would try out some toothpaste which I believe is stronger that the products you can buy in the UK.  I bought Aquafresh Extreme Clean and Rembrandt Intense Stain  for $8.99.
LA Drugstore, Nordstrom, MAC & Duty Free Haul
I visited Nordstrom at The Grove and I wish I had spent more time in there as they had some amazing gift sets.  I bought the hard to get in the UK Lorac Pro Palette for $42.  This is a great palette with a nice mixture of matte and shimmer shades. I will definitely get so much use out of this palette.
LA Drugstore, Nordstrom, MAC & Duty Free Haul
These are my drugstore purchases.  I bought a EOS Visibly Soft Lip Balm Sphere in Coconut Milk, a Maybelline Baby Lips Moisturizing  Lip Gloss $4.49 and Maybelline The Falsies Push Up Drama Mascara $8.99. I love the EOS balm, it really does keep my lips moisturised.  The Maybelline lip gloss gives a sheer wash of colour and is not sticky at all.  The mascara immediately made my eyelashes look longer with just one coat.
LA Drugstore, Nordstrom, MAC & Duty Free Haul
I was also tempted to add to my MAC lipstick collection, so I picked up the shade Twig which I think is a wear anywhere, anytime sort of shade.  I love it.
LA Drugstore, Nordstrom, MAC & Duty Free Haul
Finally, I picked up a couple of Clinique products at LAX at duty free prices.  I bought Clinique Moisture Surge Face Spray and Moisture Surge Overnight Masque.
LA Drugstore, Nordstrom, MAC & Duty Free Haul
Sorry I couldn't find my receipts for all the products so I've just listed the prices of the ones I have.  I will post reviews of some of the products once I've tried them.

Leighlee

I bought these with my own money.

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Beauty Advent Calendars Days 14 - 20

Another week closer to Christmas, less than a week to go and I have a week off work.  Could it get any better.

Here's days 14 - 20 of my Advent Calendars (see what else was in the calendars here and here).

In the Clarins Advent Calendar I received (clockwise from top):
  • Anti-Fatigue Serum - 3ml
  • Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Base - 10ml
  • Toning Lotion - 10ml
  • Eye Contour Gel - 3ml
  • Anti-Pollution Cleansing Milk - 10ml
  • Exfoliating Body Scrub - 8ml
  • Extra-Comfort Anti-Pollution Cleansing Cream - 5ml

Clarins Advent Calendar
In the Kerastase Advent Calendar I received:
  • Keratine Thermique Smoothing Taming Milk - 50ml
  • Bain Satin 2 Exceptional Nutrition Shampoo - 30ml
  • Masquintense Exceptionally Concentrated Nourishing Treatment - 30ml
  • Chroma Captive Shine Intensifying Mask - 30ml
  • Bain Therapiste Balm-in-Shampoo Fiber Quality Renewal Care - 20ml
  • Masque Therapiste Fiber Quality Renewal Masque - 30ml
  • Elixir Ultime Sublime Cleansing Oil Shampoo - 80ml

Kerastase Advent Calendar

 Finally, this is what I received in the M&S Advent Calendar:
  • Percy & Reed Volumising No Oil Oil - 30ml
  • Roger & Gallet Hand & Nail Balm - 30ml
  • Rodial Dragons Blood Sculpting Gel - 15ml
  • Swell Ultimate Volume Masque - 50ml
  • Crabtree & Evelyn La Source Moisturising Soap - 25g
  • Autograph Ultra Shine Twist-Up Lip Colour -Nude
  • L'Occitane Verbena Shower Gel - 75ml

M&S Advent Calendar

I really love the products from these Advent Calendars.  Find out which is my favourite Calendar and product next week.

Leighlee

I bought these with my own money.


Saturday, 19 December 2015

Bourjois Free Gift When You Spend £15

There are some really good free gifts with purchases (GWP) in Boots at the moment including Revlon, Max Factor, L'Oreal and Soap & Glory.  I picked up the Bourjois GWP which is free when you spend £15.  Spending £15 on Bourjois goodies is easy as I love their nail polish removers, so I stocked up on those.
Bourjois Free Gift When You Spend £15
 The free gift is the Rouge Glamour Box Set which contains:
  • Smoky Stories Quad Eyeshadow in Upside Brown (Worth £7.99)
  • Volume Glamour Max Holidays Mascara (Worth £5.99)
  • Rouge Edition Velvet Liquid Lipstick (Worth £8.99)
  • So Laque Ultra Shine Nail Polish (Worth £5.99)
Bourjois Free Gift When You Spend £15
This GWP is worth nearly £29 and I think it's perfect for the Christmas Party season.  It's available until 29th December 2015, or until stocks last.

Leighlee

I bought these with my own money.

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Sephora Haul Part 2

I recently spent some time in LA and bought loads of things at Sephora.  You can read about my Sephora Favorites  Box Set Haul here.   I also bought loads of other stuff and this post is about all the individual items that I bought. There's quite a lot of things, so I hope that you are sitting comfortably.

Deborah Lippmann Undressed Shades Of Nude Nail Polish Box Set.  This set includes 6 mini bottles 8ml each (Flesh For Fantasy, Totally Nude, Born This Way, Bare It All, Natural Woman & Skin Deep)  This cost $34 (value of box is $72).
Deborah Lippmann Undressed Shades Of Nude Nail Polish Box Set
I bought these 4 Sephora Fiber Masks for $6 each.  I bought the ultra moisturizing & brightening Rose Mask, 2 of the anti-aging & smoothing Lingzhi Masks and a moisturizing & soothing Lotus Mask.
Sephora Fiber Masks
I bought 7 Sephora Sleeping Masks for $4 each. I got moisturizing & smoothing Lotus Mask, the ultra moisturizing and brightening Rose Mask, the nourishing & balancing Honey Mask, the toning & firming Ginseng Mask, the anti-aging & smoothing Lingzhi Mask, perfecting & brightening Pearl Mask and finally the anti-fatigue & energizing Pomegranate Mask (this one is not in the photo). They are all 8ml.
Sephora Sleeping Masks
 This is the Josie Maran Bohemian Waves Argan Hair Mist $22 for 112ml.
Josie Maran Bohemian Waves Argan Hair Mist
I also bought:

Sephora Haul
I have to admit that I bought the Tony Moly Blackhead Steam Balm because of the egg shaped container. It cost $18 for 30g.
Tony Moly Blackhead Steam Balm
As it was my birthday while I was in LA, I also received the Sephora Beauty Insider Birthday Gift which was NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella & Satin Lip Pencil in Rikugien.  I thought this was a great free gift.
Sephora Beauty Insider Birthday Gift

So that's my haul from Sephora.  I can't wait to try everything out and review them for you.  If you have a Sephora haul, leave your links in the comments below.

Leighlee

I bought these with my own money.

Sunday, 13 December 2015

Beauty Advent Calendars Days 7 - 13

Wow another week closer to Christmas day, I can't believe it's so close.  I've opened up another week of my Beauty Advent  Calendars and wanted to show you what I got in them (see the previous weeks here).

  • Take It All Off Genius Eye Make-Up Remover - 30ml
  • Super Model Body - 15ml
  • Multi-Miracle Glow - 15ml
  • Magic Night Cream - 15ml
  • Mini Lipstick in Penelope Pink
  • MATTE REVOLUTION Lipstick in Red Carpet Red which is not pictured as I gave it away to my sister as red is not my colour.
Charlotte Tilbury The Book of Makeup Magic
 In the Clarins Advent Calendar I received:
  • One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser - 5ml
  • Moisture Rich Body Lotion - 8ml
  • Instant Light Lip Balm Perfector - 01 Rose
  • Eau Dynamisante - 15ml
  • HydraQuench Intensive Serum Bi-Phase - 3ml
  • Wonder Perfect Mascara - Wonder Black 
  • Mission Perfection Serum - 3ml
Clarins Advent Calendar
I bought the Kerastase Advent Calendar when it was reduced to less than half price (£37.60 instead of £80).  It's worth £125.  Here's what I received in the first 13 days:
  • Discipline Bain Fluidealiste Smooth in Motion Shampoo - 80ml
  • Reflection Bain Chroma Captive Colour Radiance Protecting Shampoo - 30ml
  • Densifique Bain Densite Bodifying Shampoo - 80ml
  • Nutritive Lait Vital - 20ml
  • Nutritive Bain Satin 1 Exceptional Nutrition Shampoo - 30ml
  • Nutritive Masquintense Exceptionally Concentrated Nourishing treatment - 30ml
  • Nutritive Nectar Thermique Polishing Nourishing Milk - 50ml
  • Elixir Ultime Beautifying Oil Cream - 50ml
  • Elixir Ultime Beautifying Oil Masque - 30ml
  • Elixir Ultime Sublime Cleansing Oil Shampoo - 30ml
  • Resistance Bain Force Architecte Strengthening Shampoo - 30ml
  • Resistance Masque Force Architecte Strengthening Masque - 30ml
  • Resistance Ciment Thermique Resurfacing Strengthening Milk - 50ml
Kerastase Advent Calendar
 Finally, this is what I received in the M&S Advent Calendar:
  • Rituals Zensation Organic Rice Milk & Cherry Blossom Foaming Shower Gel - 50ml
  • Pure Super Grape Day Cream - 30ml
  • Filorga Time-Filler Absolute Wrinkles Correction Cream - 15ml
  • Neal's Yard Frankincense Nourishing Cream - 25g
  • Josh Wood Full Bodied Shampoo - 50ml
  • Diego Della Palma The Lipstick - full size
  • Mio Liquid Yoga Restorative Bath Soak - 53ml
M&S Advent Calendar
Overall there is a great selection of products for me to try out and very few that I won't actually use.  I still think the Clarins products are on the tiny side, but again they did make clear what you were getting in the calendar prior to purchase.

Leighlee

I bought these with my own money.

Saturday, 12 December 2015

Sephora Favorites Haul

On my recent trip to LA I spent alot of time browsing in Sephora in the Hollywood & Highland Centre.    In a way I'm glad that we don't have a Sephora in the UK as I spent a fortune.  I know we can order from Sephora online, but nothing can beat the thrill of being in an actual Sephora store throwing everything into my shopping basket.  My only disappointment was that they didn't give out any samples while I was there which I seem to remember them doing in the past.

Sephora does really good value box sets and here's the ones I bought.

Sephora Favorites Skin Wonderland - $68 (value of box $228)
Sephora Favorites Skin Wonderland  Box Set
 Here's what's in the set:
  • Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter in Apricot Vanilla - 59ml
  • First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream - 28.3g
  • Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist - 30ml
  • Fresh Soy Face Cleanser -20ml
  • Clarins Shaping Facial Lift Wrap -15ml 
  • Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliator - 15ml
  • Caudalie Divine Oil - 15ml
  • Ren Keep Young and Beautiful Instant Firming Beauty Shot - 10ml 
  • Sunday Riley Good Genes Lactic Acid Treatment - 10ml
  • NUDE Skincare ProGenius Omega Treatment Rescue Oil - 10ml 
  • L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream - 10ml
  • Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation - 7g
  • Algenist Complete Eye Renewal Balm - 7ml
  • Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Medi-Spa Peel - 1.5ml 
  • Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Pure Retinol Express Smoothing Eye Mask - 2 sheets
  • SK-II Facial Treatment Mask - 1 mask
Sephora Favorites Skin Wonderland
Sephora Favorites Brow Raising Medium/Dark Brow Wardrobe - $40 (value of box $102)
Sephora Favorites Brow Raising Brow Wardrobe Box Set
Here's what's in the set:

  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel - 2.5ml
  • Anastasia Beverly Brow Wiz in Dark Brown - 0.085g
  • Benefit High Brow Pencil - 2.85g
  • Kat Von D Tattoo Brow in Medium Brown - 1ml
  • SEPHORA COLLECTION Compact Mirror
  • SEPHORA COLLECTION Tweezers
  • Smashbox Cosmetics Brow Tech Gloss Stick in Brunette - 0.2g

Sephora Favorites Brow Raising Brow Wardrobe
 There is also a step-by-step tutorial included.
Sephora Favorites Brow Raising Brow Wardrobe Box

I was really pleased with my purchases.  There was also a primer and a cleansing set which I was tempted to buy but I managed to restrain myself. They are such good value though so they are hard to resist.  I'm going back to America next year so I will get my fix of Sephora in 2016 as well, so I'm looking forward to that. You can read part 2 of my Sephora haul here.

Leighlee

I bought these with my own money.


Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Harvey Nichols Free Goody Bag Worth £270 When You Spend £150

I just wanted to let you know that Harvey Nichols have a great gift with purchase worth £270 when you spend £150 on beauty online or instore.  There are 24 products included.  You can find the full details here.  It's a great chance to stock up on some high end beauty items.
Harvey Nichols Free Goody Bag Worth £270 When You Spend £150
Here's what's in the goody bag:
  1. Rodial Stemcell Facial Oil 
  2. Nuxe Crème Fraiche Moisture Mask 
  3. StriVectin AR Night Eye Cream 
  4. Revitalash High-Def Tinted Brow Gel 
  5. Agua De Colonia Body Lotion 
  6. OLEHENRIKSEN Empower Moisturise 
  7. Bliss 24 Heaven Body Balm 
  8. This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray 
  9. James Read Dark Tan Face 
  10. Trilogy Rosehip Oil 
  11. Deborah Lippmann Nail Lacquer 
  12. Liqilift Wrap
  13. Dr Hauschka – Mix of trial Bath Essence, Hand Cream, Clarifying Day Oil 
  14. Beever Rich Repair Mask 
  15. Masqueraide 
  16. Konjac Sponge 
  17. Moroccan Oil Hand Cream Fragrance Originale 
  18. SHOW Beauty Volume Mousse 
  19. Macadamia Shampoo 
  20. Environ Body Starter Kit
  21. Swissdent Extreme deluxe 
  22. Mane & Tail 
  23. Blinc Eyeliner 
  24. La Coupe Organx Coconut Macadamia Deep Treatment Sachet 
  25. Harvey Nichols Beauty Bag
Are you tempted to take advantage of this great offer? Let me know what you buy.

Leighlee

Sunday, 6 December 2015

Beauty Advent Calendars Days 1 - 6

I bought 3 Beauty Advent Calendars this year, Charlotte Tilbury, Clarins and M&S. Here's what was in each advent calendar in the first 6 days.

Day 1 - Goddess Skin Clay Mask - 15ml (worth £9)
Day 2 - Charlotte's Magic Cream - 15ml (worth £21)
Day 3 - Wonder Glow - 15ml (worth £14.44)
Day 4 - Nocturnal Cat Eyes to Hypnotise - On The Prowl - 2.5g (This and the mini eye pencil below retails for £29 for the set)
Day 5 - Rock N Kohl Iconic Liquid Eye Pencil - Supernova - 0.8g
Day 6 -Lip Magic - 5ml (full size worth £25)
Total Value £98.44

I am really pleased with the first 6 products in this box as I have wanted to try most of them and the eyeshadow, whilst not necessarily the colour I would have chosen (see swatches below), is a great colour for the party season.
Charlotte Tilbury The Book of Makeup Magic

Nocturnal Cat Eyes to Hypnotise - On The Prowl & Rock N Kohl Iconic Liquid Eye Pencil - Supernova

Day 1 - Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch - 4ml (worth £7.06)
Day 2 - Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil - 2ml (worth £2.13)
Day 3 - Instant Eye Make-Up Remover - 10ml (worth £1.52)
Day 4 - Instant Concealer - 5ml (worth £7.17)
Day 5 - Super Moisture Balm - 5ml (worth £2.90)
Day 6 - Tonic Body Treatment Oil - 2ml (worth £0.80)
Total value £21.58

I probably would not have bought the Clarins Beauty Advent Calendar without the GWP items that came with the order as the sizes are pretty small (although in all fairness to Clarins, they did list the contents and sizes of the items included in the calendar).  I think deluxe samples would be more appropriate to include than the free samples that you can get with every order, but as I said I was happy with the freebies that came with the calendar, so I can't complain.
Clarins Beauty Advent Calendar

M&S:
Day 1 - Philip Kingsley Elasticizer Geranium & Neroli - 40ml (worth £8)
Day 2 - Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream - 15g (worth £6)
Day 3 - Cowshed Grumpy Cow Uplifting Body Lotion - 100ml (worth £6.67)
Day 4 - Pur Volume Vixen Mascara - 4.8ml (worth £9)
Day 5 - Leighton Denny Renovate Nair repair Cream - 10ml (worth £13)
Day 6 - Nuit Parfum  EDP - 15ml (worth £7)
Total Value £49.67.

This is the best value calendar by far and has already surpassed the £20 that I paid for it.  
M&S Beauty Advent Calendar

All in all I'm pretty happy with these calendars. Charlotte Tilbury is my favourite, followed closely by M&S which is a great value box.  Clarins is the only one that I kind of regret buying, but it is nice to get a chance to try out more of their products.

Leighlee

I bought these with my own money.

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Bath & Body Works Haul

It feels like such along time ago since I returned from LA and I still haven't managed to post any of my hauls yet so I thought I would start with one of my favourite stores over there Bath & Body Works.  They always have some great deals on so I did buy alot but it is such a great store I just can't resist.
Bath & Body Works Haul
I bought 2 Room Sprays - Caramel Pumpkin Swirl and Pumpkin Pecan Waffles. Yes I did go to LA close to Halloween so alot of the items I bought did have the Halloween theme.  These were $7.50 each or 2 for $11.
Hand Sanitiser - Japanese Cherry Blossom. This is my favourite scent from Bath & Body Works. $5.
Wallflowers Home Fragrance Plug and Napa Valley Sunset FragranceIve never tried this before so I'm looking forward to using it. $4.50 for the plug and $6.50 for the fragrance.
Bath & Body Works Hand Gel
I bought 10 mini Anti-Bacterial Hand Gel in the following scents - Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin x2, Purrfect Potion Pumpkin, Pumpkin Pecan Waffles x2, Pumpkin Cupcake x2, Honolulu Sun, Fresh Sparkling Snow & Japanese Cherry Blossom (not pictured).  I may, just may have got carried away with the Halloween theme here but they smelled sooooo good. $1.75 each or 5 for $6.
Bath & Body Works Car Air Fresheners
Finally I bought some Car Air Fresheners & 2 Holders in Pumpkin Apple, Pumpkin Cupcake, Pumpkin Pecan Waffles & Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin.  Ok even I had forgotten how much stuff I'd got with a Halloween theme.  Air Fresheners were $3.50 each or 2 for $6 or 4 $10.  The holders were $5.50 each.

I can't wait to try all this stuff and report back.  Let me know what you recommend from Bath & Body Works as I'm going back to the US next year so I'm starting my wishlist now.

Leighlee

I bought these with my own money.