Poundworld Beauty: July 2015

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Hello!

As you are all very aware by now I love a good bargain, so I thought I would share with you my cracking deals once again.

First up, the Elegant Touch fake nails:

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I get SO excited when I manage to find these as they retail from £6.99 each, so to get all three for £3 is brilliant!

Next was the Sally Hansen Hard As Nails nylon treatment – this stuff is fantastic for strengthening nails.

I use it as a basecoat and you can really feel the difference. It is something I would pay full price for, its RRP is £4.75 in Boots at the moment, so again for £1 I’m well in!

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And finally, probably my favourite part of this haul as I have NEVER seen the full size bottles sell for less than £3 is Aussie Luscious Long Conditioner:

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Any female knows how good this stuff is, and the smell is incredible! I did hunt for more bottles or the matching shampoo but to no avail, but again this was an amazing find!

Head on down to Poundworld and grab yourself some serious beauty bargains!

– love Carla x

Poundworld Beauty Bargains

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As much as I love a pound shop haul, I do get a teeny bit annoyed when I think back to being a teenager, where I spent many hours in Boots looking at the shiny beautiful make-up counters full of things I just couldn’t afford, with no option for bargains.

Pound shops have definitely progressed in the last ten years, and I find that teenagers these days are now skipping the awkward phase of “finding make-up” simply because everything is much more affordable.

Anyway, let’s crack on with the haul:

First up a re-purchase from my last pound shop haul, Clearasil’s Superfruits Refreshing Pads are my new favourite thing!

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I use these after I have wiped my make-up off but before any serums and eye cream. It is amazing for getting up any last bits of foundation I’ve missed and has a textured surface to remove dead skin.

The smell is a little strong but I can deal with that as it has definitely cleared up my skin – I absolutely recommend this!

Next I wanted to try out some new face wipes, and when you come across brand like Nivea, you can’t really go wrong.

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Fragrance-free is always the best for your wipes as I find those that are heavily scented really sting the eyes – not a good feeling!

These are brilliant – they remove waterproof mascara and all of the other lotions and potions I put on my face, leaving it feeling refreshed.

I wandered on over to the beauty counter and after much digging, found an absolute bargain:

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I am a new convert to Rimmel’s Wake Me Up Range, so when I saw these I had to snap them up.

I’ve seen them in Boots (I think) for around £4, so to get two shades for £2 is just bargainous!

I have an olive complexion which means in the winter my skin looks almost grey, and in the summer I am really very brown. So with these, the pink will be perfect for winter and the peach sits lovely under the Wake Me Up Foundation in the summer.

They are very subtle tones, and now I have used them I would purchase them at full price.

Finally, while rooting through a bargain bucket, I did indeed find a bargain, my FAVOURITE fake nails in the best possible finish, pink glitter!

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I have had these before, and they retail at £7.99 a pack so I don’t really need to say any more!

Although these are the sticky tab ones which I find just do nothing for me, I do have my trusty stock of Elegant Touch Nail Glue which keeps them on for at least a week!

So there you have it – a £5 haul that would have a retail price of at least £20, can’t say fairer than that!

Thanks Poundworld!

Have you picked up any good deals lately? We’d love to see them!

– love Carla x

Shopping: The Birthday Haul

My 26th birthday came and went *sob* but at least I got some beautiful gifts. I am a serious lover of candles, make up and all the other typically girlie things you can think of, so when I cracked open this little lot I was a very happy girlie!

 

I am a lover of the Real Techniques brushes, and up until the big day I only owned the Core Collection, so I was SO pleased to unwrap these beauties! They are a perfect mix of brushes, and with the Core Collection, I feel I have a complete set to do my make up, and it makes my morning routine that little bit more exciting.

The lovely purse was courtesy of the bf, and I am in love with the colour! I love a bright purse, and I like that I don’t have a bag in that colour, so things don’t get too match-matchy.

Next the Lily Flame candles, they smell DELICIOUS. I have roughly a million candles dotted around my house and they are mostly of the Yankee variety (see gifts 6 and 7) but I came across Lily Flame and I fell in love. They are hard to come by in the shops but Very.co.uk  have started selling them and I couldn’t recommend them more! They make the house smell incredible, and when the candle has burnt down, just leave the lid off the jar – it is better than any air freshener!

Estee Lauder is one of my favourite make up brands, and the perfumes are just as lovely. Beautiful is one of my favourite scents in my more “grown up” collection of perfume.

Yankee Candle – really need no explanation.

Next, my lovely Ted Baker bag. I have been after a nice casual shooter for a while and this fits the bill. There’s a zip compartment inside for valuables, but my favourite bit is the fact it is wipe clean – my bags don’t generally stay clean for long!

And finally, this is by far my favourite gift:

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I am so very pleased with my new notebook! I have notebook after notebook of endless scribbles and musings, but this is my absolute favourite, courtesy of a Miss Keeling, and although you can’t tell from the pic, it’s embossed gold and is just so lovely!

Well that’s my little lot, and I had a very happy birthday.

– love Carla x

 

Beauty Haul : Boots 2015

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I moved house a few weeks ago, and come the weekend I’d had enough of unpacking/cleaning/tidying. The best way to “blow off steam” and generally procrastinate? Wander the beautifully lit aisles of Boots.

Here’s what I found:

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Rimmel’s Wake Me Up Foundation and Concealer. I know every blogger worth her salt has already talked about this, but I had to throw in my two cents. So I’ll break it down:

My Skin: is generally dry and flaky around the mouth, chin and forehead. Just for funsies, the areas under my eyes a cheeks can get a little greasy. I have teenager skin. I’m 25. I also wear glasses which means generally any product I use cakes around the bridge of my nose where my glasses sit, so I was after something that could tackle all of these issues as well as generally even my skin tone and lose the mahoosive bags I currently sport under my eyes.

Verdict: WHY HAVEN’T I USED THIS BEFORE?!?! Seriously though, the concealer goes on a dream (I use this concealer brush from Wilko) and the foundation is just stunning. The shade I used is Classic Beige – for both items. It doesn’t cake and it really does stay all day. It buffs on very well with the stippling brush from the Real Techniques Core Collection. I am officially a convert! The foundation is currently on offer, original price is £8.99 but there is £3 off selected Rimmel products in store and online. The concealer is £5.49 – I highly recommend both of these products!

Next I thought I would try a new face powder, so I picked up this Flawless Matte Powder from Barry M.

The shade I use is medium, which really does compliment the foundation. Again, no cakeyness and it goes on with a lovely matte finish.

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I was after a nice gel liner as I do like to sport a cat eye a lot of the time. I found this from Seventeen cosmetics and again, there is currently an offer of buy one get second half price, so I thought the Smoulder Gel Eyeliner teamed with a mascara would be the way to get the best bargain, but I have yet to use this yet so I will report back if I like it!

 The Falisifeye HD Mascara is definitely up there as one of my absolute favourite high street mascaras. I don’t know why I haven’t tried this before, but this is definitely going on my re-purchase list! It has a plastic wand that distributes the product evenly, it doesn’t flake or smudge and lasts all day. And, the most important thing for me, it doesn’t sting my eyes! I have very sensitive eyes and can only use certain mascaras as a result. This is amazing stuff and I highly recommend it!

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The last purchase in my little haul is the new Plumpy Topcoat from Barry M. Well, what can I say? I am fairly certain I single-handedly keep them in business. I own every single colour. It’s an addiction. This topcoat does exactly what it says, and a Mani Monday will be coming your way over on our Instagram page – so keep your peepers peeled!

The product goes on lovely and lasts, I think Barry M have the secret formula to perfect nails without a salon price.

Well that’s my little haul, if there is anything you would like more details on please leave a comment below, or if you have any of your own favourites to share please do – we love an excuse to shop!

– love Carla x

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

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