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

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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

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

Melbourne, VIC: Queen Victoria Market

Our time in Melbourne was limited, but it has given us the perfect excuse to return to the trendiest city in Australia!

Our first stop was the huge indoor market, which is definitely a must if you are heading to Melbourne.

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The rows inside are endless, we spent hours mooching about the stalls.

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You will find anything and everything you can imagine, from their very own version of Cath Kidston goodies…IMG_1074  … to antiques and collectables!

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Aboriginal art is heavily featured, each with their own story of who created the artwork and what happens with the money once you have handed it over. IMG_1019

Melbourne just wouldn’t be the same without a bit of the weird and wonderful, and I can safely say I have never seen a bag like these, and I probably never will! IMG_1016

After hours of wandering the stalls, I found my gem, a writer’s dream. Handmade Australian leather bound notebooks. All stunning, and each one uniquely different.

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I just couldn’t leave without buying one – mine’s the brown one on the right 🙂IMG_1025

We didn’t come across the same stall twice, you can literally find everything from handmade shoes to knock off designer handbags and dirt cheap prices.

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Melbourne is known for its graffiti art – the police have even stopped prosecuting, so take a stroll through some of the amazing alley ways and you will never see the same artwork twice – it literally changes daily. (And on the day we went wandering through alley ways we cleverly left our camera and phones in the hotel. Smart.)

But we found a photographer selling his stunning images of said alley ways, and if we hadn’t already reached our baggage limit for our next destination a few of these would have come home with us.

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The Queen Victoria market should be on your ‘To Do List’ if you are even in Melbourne, I just wish we had had more time in the city, but as I said – perfect excuse to return!

Have you been to Melbourne, or are you from Melbourne? Can you recommend any other places to visit?

Check back tomorrow to see the little penguins at Phillip Island!

– love Carla x