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.
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.
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.
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.
I’ve always loved miniatures and there have been so many times I’ve had a Re-Ment set in a basket and not got it, so when I saw the Pokémon Terrarium Re-Ment Set on Plaza Japan for £29.41 with cheap shipping I had to get it. I love the terrariums I’ve seen on Etsy but they’ve always been a bit more expensive, a lot of them seemed to be more than this for one, and I liked the mix of Pokémon in this set.
They’ve done four collections, number five is available for
pre-order, and this one is the second one. It’s got some of my favourite Pokémon
in there with Articuno and the Sandshrew and Cubone one is so cute. It comes
with six different mini displays inside clear pokeballs. All of them are from
the first generation of Pokémon except for Togepi but it’s been in Pokémon so
long I always think it was.
I’ve always meant to do empties posts, I just tend to find
that I go for ages without having any and then within a week everything I use
regularly is finished. I love reading or watching them when other people do
them as it shows what you actually use and like rather than a review of
something you’ve been using for a few weeks or days.
As I’ve been organising my wardrobe, I’m only part way at
the moment, I’ve ended up getting all the random stuff that got thrown into
this basket I got for empties so now it can finally be used as I wanted it to
be. I didn’t plan on it being overflowing before I did my first post though! I’ll
try to keep them shorter, maybe after every ten empties, I didn’t realise how
much was in there until I emptied it earlier! As there are so many I’ll try to
keep them short and I’ll link to any I’ve done reviews on so you can see more about
I always used to think that the unicorn themed brushes were
a bit of a gimmick but then I bought the heat sensitive spooky set from Unicorn Cosmetics and I was converted.
I’ve had my eye on some of their sets before but as I mainly do eye looks and
don’t use that many brushes for other things there would always be ones I didn’t
want. Then I found the Class
of ’86 Brush Set that has seven eye makeup brushes in it for different
things and I had to have it.
I got this in the sale but at full price on their website it
costs £24.99, which isn’t a bad price when you think of how many brushes you
get. It comes out at under £4 a brush and you get a little pencil case style
bag with it which is so pretty and definitely reminds me of Saved by the Bell.
I’m so tempted to keep pencils in it and have it out on my desk.
I recently bought two of the three starter Pokémon from Loz Diamond Blocks and when I saw the original Nanoblocks version of Bulbasaur on the Plaza Japan site I had to add him to my order. I’ve wondered what the difference would be between the two brands and it seemed like the perfect chance to compare the two. As far as I know Nanoblocks are the originals and a lot of their designs have been made in the Loz range.
The main difference between the two, in the past anyway, was
the price and how hard it is to get a lot of the Nanoblocks sets here in the UK
from a trusted seller. The Plaza Japan prices aren’t all that different to the
Loz blocks here in the UK but then you will probably get hit by customs so that’s
something to consider if you wanted to order any of their Nanoblocks range,
they do have a lot of them to choose from though.
Last week was a bit of an odd week, I started out with one
of the bugs going around and ended up with sinusitis so sorry for a lack of
posts last week. I’m hoping the antibiotics will kick in and everything will go
back to normal this week as I actually have the next four weeks worth of posts
planned and some of them photographed. Starting to feel organised finally! And with
the final deliveries from my post Christmas orders arriving last week I thought
it was time to do a post on everything I got.
I think it’s about a month from my first order but some of
them took a while to get here and I thought I’d put everything in one big post.
It’s a big mix of everything from home and beauty to nerdy figures and some are
full price but I wanted to get them with Christmas money from relatives. If
anything is still available I’ll put a link to it and I’m pretty sure that most
of these will be getting their own review posts so if there’s anything in here
you want to see first then please comment and I’ll move them up the list.