I got the No7 Nude to Night Palette as a free gift with
purchase a while ago, it’s an all in one face palette with six eyeshadows, a bronzer,
a highlighter and a blusher. It seemed like the perfect travel palette so I
took it away on holiday with me to try out, then didn’t actually wear any
makeup. I’ve been playing around with it quite a bit since to see how well they
If you buy this full price it’s £25, which isn’t a bad price
when it comes to No7, their standard blushes come in a 3g pan and cost £9, this
one has 3.2g of the bronzer and blush and a 3.8g pan for the highlighter so
those three alone would probably cost more than this. It’s also nice and
compact and would actually work for travel without being so small that it’s
hard to use the face products with a standard brush.
I do love a good beauty box, they can be a great way to try new products in a way that’s larger than the tiny samples you get for free. Debenhams have a Beauty Discovery Box, with seven travel sized products in it, for £35. At the moment there is an offer where if you buy a beauty of fragrance product then it’s half price. I can’t find anywhere that says that it’s got a minimum spend and I spent just over £20 and got the offer.
The seven products included cover hair, skin and makeup and
include products from Too Faced, Kat Von D, Clarins, Clinique, Smashbox, Murad
and Aveda. I have to say that the Too Faced mascara and the Smashbox primer are
the two that I wanted the most, and pretty much cover the cost of the box at
half price, but I am looking forward to trying the others. As with any of these
beauty box posts I do, this is pretty much first impressions, unless I’ve
already used the product in the past, and I’ll add up the total of what
everything would be worth separately to see if it’s worth the money.
With our holiday a week away there were some bits I needed to get and some finishing touches I had planned for my room over a year ago now that I hadn’t bought so I decided to finish off both in one go. There’s a mix of home, beauty and fashion from TK Maxx, Matalan, Boots and Primark so there really is a bit of everything in this haul, or maybe that should be hauls.
All this holiday shopping has definitely got me feeling summery, even if it’s cold and wet here in the UK at the moment!
Recently No7 released their HydraLuminous Moisturising Foundation and concealer, along with a range of skin care products. These are all supposed to help people with dry skin and the foundation is supposed to help to improve your skin over time, like an additional skin care step within your makeup routine. If you’re thinking of trying it I’d recommend giving it a go soon as, at the moment, it’s on an offer where everything in the range is £10 so you’d save £5 off the RRP of £15 on this foundation and more on some of the others.
I wouldn’t normally buy a foundation without testing it
first but I know that their lightest shade, Calico, is a pretty good match for
me and I have drops that can lighten or darken it if the colour match was a
total failure. The idea of a medium coverage foundation from a company that my
skin gets on with and also works for dry skin sounded too good to be true so I
had to give it a try.
It feels like it’s been a while since I last posted, it’s
probably not been all that long but I think I needed to step back and life sort
of took over. I’ll do more of a post about it soon but blogging was getting
stressful, which is not what I ever want it to be, and this break means I’m
actually looking forward to posting and have all these ideas. Anyway, onto the
I recently decided that I wasn’t really going to do many
hauls, but as I’m going away to Fuerteventura in April I had so many things I wanted
to get ready for that or that were on my list to buy after the no-buy February
and my general decluttering that I felt like I wanted to share with you guys
what I was getting. This is all from Boots and most of it is actually Soap and
Glory but I am so ready for these summer products that I got a bit excited and
may have bought almost everything in their new scent that they released in February.
It did help that almost everything that I bought was in a mix and match three
for two at the time so I got a few of these things free.
This is a bit late, it was meant to go up last week but apparently my scheduled post didn’t even save. Anyway, after the sales of January I decided to have a no buy February. We’re going on holiday in April, though it was originally going to be in February, and I bought a lot of things at the end of January for this so I wanted to save a bit for some spending money too.
I did set a few rules, the main one being this was for beauty and fashion except for the Red Nose Day t-shirts. I get one every time they release them and they were Disney this year so I had to get one. I did plan on buying a couple of things for my room, some final things for organising my wardrobe space and some plant pots that I’ve been meaning to get for over a year now, but I ended up getting none of them so I thought I’d do a post that has everything I bought in February, or rather everything that isn’t an essential thing that I bought in February, and I think I did pretty well!
I have heard so many good things about the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion but it always seemed expensive to just give it a go even if it is some wonder product as I’ve had so many failed acne treatments that I thought it might just join the pile. Then I saw this set in the Beauty Bay sale with two Mario Badescu products, the Drying Lotion and the Buffering Lotion and thought I’d give it a go. Both of these products are cruelty and paraben free.
From the description on these two lotions they’re aimed at
targeting different types of acne, or different stages in acne anyway. The
Drying Lotion basically does what it says and uses a combination of
ingredients, including clay, to sit on the skin overnight and dry out any
spots. The Buffering Lotion is supposed to help large under the surface bumps,
to calm them and reduce their appearance.
I was intrigued to see how these two would work and if the
Drying Lotion was the wonder product everyone seems to say it is as, at nearly
thirty, I still haven’t found the perfect products to help my acne prone skin
when it’s having a bad time.
You may be aware that I love Harry Potter, I’ve loved the
books for years and so when I saw these gorgeous hardback versions of the
original scripts for the Fantastic Beasts movies I had to get them. I should
probably say now that I haven’t actually seen the second one yet so reading the
script book was basically a whole book of spoilers for the movie for me. I’m
going on a plane soon so hoping they have the second one on there, it’ll make
the four hours go a bit quicker.
These two books are the original screen play scripts for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Fantastic Beasts The Crimes of Grindelwald. If you don’t know, these are the two movies based in the Harry Potter universe about Newt Scamander and set about fifty years before the Harry Potter series starts. He wrote the book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which is one of the books in the Hogwarts reading list. The original Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them book was released for charity in the UK and there have been a few variations since, all of them including this written by JK Rowling.
I have a feeling that most people who buy these will
probably be doing it to be part of a collection, like me, but I am going to
include a bit of a review of them anyway. Don’t worry, no spoilers for the
storyline at all and I’ve made sure that photos of any pages are early enough
that they won’t give any storyline away or just don’t have any text on them.
I’ve been working on decluttering for the past couple of
months, I’ve actually been pretty good and my cupboards look so much tidier. I’ve
been sorting out my makeup recently and realised how much of the stuff I was
keeping is just not me at all, or at least not any more. I’ve actually counted
up how many things are in this declutter post and there’s fifty three pieces of
makeup or accessories that are going! I didn’t realise I had that much!
I did start this off with a little review of each of them,
but when you have fifty three to get through it would be so long, so instead I’m
just going to link to any that I’ve already reviewed on here and say why I’m
getting rid of them. I have to say there are a few that I never thought I’d declutter
but they’re so old that if I did decide to reach for them I don’t think they’d
do me any good. I have a new rule; if it smells like wax crayons, get rid of
I’ve been trying The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter for a while to see if, and how, it worked for me. I saw a lot of posts about this range when it was first released but not seen much since. It’s designed for sensitive skin and is a cleansing balm. I haven’t had the best luck with cleansing balms but I wanted to give this a go as it’s specifically for sensitive skin. As with all products from the Body Shop it’s cruelty free.
This is a fair sized tin, it contains 90ml, and is a lot
flatter and wider than most of my skin care products. This costs £10 but the
tin lasts ages, a little does go a long way and I can see this lasting beyond
the twelve months it says it has for using it up, for me anyway. My skin is
sensitive, acne prone and dry or combination and it isn’t normally a fan of
cleansing balms but I was interested so thought I’d give it a go.