Beauty Haul: TK Maxx

 

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When you say TK Maxx (in the US TJ Maxx) you don’t necessarily think “that’s where I’ll get my make-up from“. So imagine my surprise when I went wandering around the store and came out with some cracking finds! I am talking Stila, Elizabeth Arden and Eyelure retailing LESS THAN HALF PRICE!

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I’ll start with the Eylure Double Lashes. These are by far the best falsies on the market! Easy to use, no mess, no fuss and fantastic glue! I wanted these to darken my eyes and give a really dramatic look (mid twenties crisis, anyone?) and these beauties set me back £1.99. Yep, you read that right. The RRP is £5.99. I am already winning at life!

Next up: Elizabeth Arden Double Density Volume Mascara.

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I was practically giddy when I found this! I usually find that when I come across something too good to be true, it usually is. I picked this up thinking “I bet it’s some shade of brown“, being the girl that sticks strictly to the blackest black, I couldn’t believe my luck – it was black! I had to snap it up at £5.99! This retails in Boots, Debenhams and the likes for £21.00. Now I know you can get this off some obscure websites for £7, but honestly I like to know where my make-up comes from so I generally stick to stores I know. I love this mascara, it glides on and stays put all day with no flaking.

Finally, Stila Perfecting Concealer.

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Now this I think was my best find. I did have a “moment” when I realised the only shades available were Shade C (too light) and Shade H (far too dark). I almost slumped away in disappointment, until I tried mixing the two on my hand – et voila! The perfect shade for my skin tone! This stuff gives amazing coverage, and the shades are actually ideal for me to contour, win-win situation for me! I snapped up these baby’s at £2.99 each, RRP is usually £15 each! #bargain

So for those of you adding up, the original retail for this little haul should have been £56.99, but thanks to TK Maxx I spent just £13.96.

If that ain’t a bargain, I don’t know what is!

Have you found any serious bargains? Please share below – any excuse to shop!

– love Carla x

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#TBT: 10 years after High School

It wasn’t until a classmate posted a photo on Facebook of the Moorside High School Prom DVD that we all realised it had been ten years since we left the school gates for the last time.

That prom happened on 20 May 2005 and we have been out of secondary school for twice as long as we actually spent there. Yep, we’re officially old.

What’s scary is it doesn’t even feel like that day was a decade ago, but a lot has happened and whether we like it or not, we are now full-blown adults.

There have been A-Levels, first loves, first legal nights out, graduations, holidays, jobs, mortgages, marriages and babies, but I know deep down we’re all still that same bunch of 16-year-olds who really don’t feel any older…

Class of 2005 – here’s to the next ten.

– love Stef x

The £2 Primark Sequin Dress

Yep, you read that right – I bought a dress for £2. Now do you see why my love for Primark is so strong?

I even wore it to a party for a member of the boyf’s family and it actually looked nice (note there is no photographic evidence as an iPhone still defeats Momma Keeling when it comes to camera duty).

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This very pretty, very simple cream and rose gold dress was just £2 and I really liked it.

I say ‘liked’ because unfortunately the sequins rubbed my poor underarms from the moment I put it on, leaving a sore and angry red rash, which took a couple of days and the application of Sudacrem before it shifted.

But hey, it was £2 people…

– love Stef x

Fashion: Statement necklace love

I love statement necklaces. Because I don’t particularly have any fashion sense, statement necklaces help me to make what I wear seem a bit more… fashion-y.

You all know that I’m near enough Primark’s number one fan, and it’s because of their jewellery more than their clothes and shoes (although I do adore them too). I’ve even started to branch out to other shops, but only when there’s a sale.

I do, however, still look to the mannequins for outfit and accessory styling (don’t judge) or more often than not, I wait until Carla comes to visit me and she basically throws dresses, bags, shoes and the accompanying bling at me.

Anyway, now I’ve divulged my secret shopping behaviour and lack of fashion sense, let’s just look at the pretty ‘gypsy gold’ that turns me into a human magpie shall we…

1. BHS

Statement Necklace 1 - BHS

2. Primark

Statement Necklace 2 - Primark

3. Primark

Statement Necklace 3 - Primark

4. Primark

Statement Necklace 4 - Primark

5. H&M

Statement Necklace 5 - H&M

– love Stef x

The River Island Wedding Guest Dress

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Wedding season is upon us and at the beginning of this month, I had the great pleasure in attending one of my closest and oldest friend’s beautiful wedding.

My only problem came in the form of outfit choice. The only other wedding I’d ever attended day to night was my best friend’s wedding last September, but I was a bridesmaid, so I didn’t have to think about what to wear.

Enter River Island. I ordered this dress over Christmas as it was in the sale, (although technically, the boyf. did actually pick it, not me).

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Turns out he has cracking female fashion sense and thanks to having my wisdom tooth out and being unable to eat for two weeks prior to the wedding, I was able to squeeze perfectly into this rather fitted and rather small for a size 10 dress.

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Paired with some navy Primark heels and a F&F bag, I thought the overall outfit wasn’t too shabby to celebrate a perfect day in.

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Sam, the gorgeous bride looked absolutely stunning, my girls all looked beautiful and even the boyf. scrubbed up well. It’s also safe to say that I’ll be calling on his fashion expertise in future…

– love Stef x

How much is my face worth?

The title of this post runs the risk of immediately provoking several sarcastic responses, but stay with me – it’s not as self-indulgent as you might think.

Makeup is something we near enough all use, and buying the various products comes as second nature – but unless you’re having a blowout beauty splurge, do you know how much your day-to-day face actually costs?

Now, I rarely make that much of an effort, but when I have to leave my bed and actually see people I opt for a minimalist approach:

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So how much does my everyday, minimalist face cost? £129.70 – yep, that’s right over one hundred pounds. Pounds, not pence, not Euros, pounds.

And this isn’t even noticeable, fancy night out makeup. This is bog-standard, I have to look like I care about my appearance makeup…

Let’s break it down:

Simple Light Moisturiser – £1.20

MAC Studio Fix Liquid Foundation – £21.50

MAC Select Cover Up – £15.50

MAC Mineralise SkinFinish (Medium) – £23

MAC Mineralise SkinFinish (Medium Deep) – £23

HD Brows Brow Palette – £25

Avon Glimmerstick Eyeliner – £6

Avon SuperShock Mascara – £8.50

Avon Blusher – £6

I couldn’t even bring myself to include the brushes and tools that are used for fear of taking the total past £150…

Who knew beauty could be so expensive?!

– love Stef x

Poundshop Shopping: Beauty Bargains

We all love a good pound shop don’t we? (For readers not in the UK, dollar store). Whenever I go in I can’t help but peruse the beauty aisle to see what I can grab at a bargain – and stock up on my usual favourites.

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First up, the ultimate staple in any girls beauty cupboard – cotton wool pads. They are a general all rounder – from make up remover, to toner, to nail polish remover. I have used many different brand of these and can never find one I love, until as a last resort I picked up these when I had already finished all of my shopping, but it turns out it was fate. I am fussy when it comes to what I put on my face, and I find that usually there are bits of wool left on my face, in my eyes or stuck to my eyelashes – but not these beauties!

I don’t know if you can tell from the picture, but there are no fluffy bits, but they are still super soft and kind on the skin. I highly  recommend them.

Next up, for the days I just cba to remove my make up properly, make up wipes.  I find make up wipes can be quite expensive and have always turned to make up remover or baby wipes for the lazy days, but they don’t quite remove mascara as well as these, and for £1 who can argue?

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I am sadly at an age where I am quite conscious of my beauty routine, I don’t want to grow old at all, so it’s time to put some preventative steps of ageing in place, and it starts with the eyes. I love a good cooling eye mask, usually the ones you whack in the fridge for 20 minutes before you lie back and relax, but I find I get very bored and last maybe 5 minutes before I take it off.

Until I saw this:

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Now I can read/blog/watch tv and freshen up my eyes! YAY!

Next I came across these Superfruits Refreshing Pads from Clearasil. I have never used them before so thought why not. Now, they smell really strong of alcohol or industrial cleaner, but are surprisingly gentle on the skin.

The individual pads are textured so help lift off grime and dead skin cells. I personally use these in my morning routine as I like to sleep as long as possible so they help to save time. I splash my face with cold water and dry off, then use one of these to freshen up before applying face cream and my make up for the day.

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Finally, probably the number one item in everyone’s make-up bag, good old Vaseline! I have tried every scent/flavour they have ever produced, but I was very excited to find the Limited Edition Paint the Town Red Lip Tint.

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Lip tints I find usually come in a pink shade, which for my darker skin tone just doesn’t work which is why I am uber excited about this. I honestly don’t think it will last too long with me!

And there you have it, a shopping haul that costs £5!

Have you got any bargains from the pound shop? Tell us where and what in the comments 🙂

– love Carla x