Thursday, 26 March 2015

New In My Beauty Cabinet | Spring Drugstore Beauty Haul

So...a little shopping trip happened! I can never resist buying new make up when Boots do their mega 3 for 2 offer! As I needed some other bits from the drugstore I popped in yesterday to fill up my basket! Keep reading for a drugstore haul and to see what made it home with me...

My Boots Haul
What did I Buy?

Real Techniques - Bold Metals Collection // 200 Oval Shadow Brush // £15.00
Love the look of these luxe new brushes from Real Techniques. I'm a huge fan of the original line (especially love the Buffing and Expert Face Brushes), so I'm curious to see what the brushes from this more professional and luxurious collection are like. I've heard good things about this blending brush from other beauty bloggers and YouTubers, so thought I'd give this one a whirl first!

Eco Tools - Complexion Collection // Skin Perfecting Brush // £7.99
This is a small buffing style brush, and is recommended for use with BB and CC creams. I saw Lily Pebbles and Fleur de Force recently apply base using small similar brushes in their videos, with beautiful results, so I thought I'd try this brush out, as it looks lovely and soft and would enable me to get into all the nooks and crannies of my face. It even looks like it could be good for buffing in concealer under the eyes.

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water // Combination & Sensitive Skin // £3.33 (normally £4.99)
I already use and love the normal skin version (pink bottle) of this micellar water, and think it's a total dupe for Bioderma (and more readily available), so I thought I'd give this combination and sensitive skin version a go. It's great for removing all kinds of make up and gently cleansing your skin.

Collection // Eyes Uncovered // Nude Bronze Eye Palette // £3.99
I picked up the 'Nude Bronze' version of this little eye palette, it also comes in Nude Grey and Nude, and at £3.99 I think it's a right bargain! You get six shades in a handy, portable palette, and at first swatch, the colours seem extremely pigmented. Saw these being raved about by Amelia Liana, Fleur de Force and Essie Button, and fancied giving them a whirl myself! With the current Boots 3 for 2 promotion, you can buy two of the palettes and get the third free! #Bargain

Maybelline // Dream Flawless Nude Foundation // £8.99
I'd previously picked this foundation up in the shade 'Sun Beige', which ended up being too dark for me, so this time I picked up one shade lighter, 'Fawn', in the hope I can mix up the two shades to get a customised shade for my skin tone - fingers crossed! I like the pipette style applicator, and it seems like a nice lightweight, spring foundation too. One to report back on!

Maybelline // Forever Strong Super Stay // Gel Nail Colour // £4.49 each 
Another product that Amelia of Amelia Liana has been raving about, apparently as the name would suggest, it's a super long wear formula! I picked up two spring ready shades - Mint for Life - a zingy mint green and Rose Poudre - a gorgeous nudey pink. Gonna slick these onto toes and fingers respectively this weekend!

L'Oreal Paris // Color Riche Exclusive Nudes // Barely Greige by JLo // £6.99
I'm addicted to nude lipsticks! I just can't seem to resist them at the moment - they are the perfect your lips but better sumthin sumthin for anytime wear! I already have (and love) the shade 'Barely Golden' by Eva Longoria, which is a pinky nude, and I always hover over buying this shade by JLo, which is a more muted nude, so this time I went for it. I love the creamy, pigmented formulation! They do smell a bit like the Parma Violets sweets, but I don't mind that!

Burt's Bees // Hydrating Lip Balm With Pear and Coconut // Revitalising Lip Balm With Blueberry and Dark Chocolate // £3.69 each
You can never have too many lip balms (or maybe you can if you're an addict like me!). I love having a variety of scents and flavours to reach for, and really love these Burt's Bees' lip balms. I'm currently enjoying the nourishing Mango variety. I have previously used up the Pear and Coconut version (it's one of my faves) but I haven't tried the Blueberry and Dark Chocolate flavour - so I'm excited to try it! I love the texture and formulation of these - they're really moisturising without being greasy, and chap stick application means you don't have to stick your finger in a pot.

L'Oreal Paris // Lumi Magique Foundation // £10.99
Coming out of winter into Spring, I've still had quite dry skin, so I thought this hydrating, glow giving foundation might be just the ticket! It's meant to give a 'lit from within' type glow, so I'll let you know the verdict once I've tried it out!

La Roche-Posay // Toleriane Ultra Soothing Care for Face and Eyes // £12.75 (normally £17.00)
La Roche-Posay's Hydraphase UV Light is my usual and ideal moisturiser, but as I've just run out (and so had Boots!) I opted to try a different moisturiser from the range. I went for the Toleriane Ultra Soothing Care for Face and Eyes. I haven't tried it yet but it claims to be an ultra soothing fluid which combines La Roche-Posay thermal spring water with Neurosensine, a strong soothing agent that targets the signs of skin irritation. Looking forward to giving my dry, sensitive and thirsty skin a big old drink with this!

There we have it! Excited to try everything!

What have you bought from the drugstore recently?

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

DIY Five Second Personalisation | Anya Hindmarch x Chaos Fashion 'Sticker Shop'

I'm the biggest fan of monograms and personalisation. There's nothing chicer or more fun than personalising your items with your initials or motifs, to make them truly personal to you. Historically, monogramming was used to identify personal belongings or to sign your work, and I guess I love it for the same reasons, as well as the fact that it's a further creative expression of your personality.  Monogramming and personalisation also has strong connections with travel and exploration and I love to travel! The dream is a stack of personalised Louis Vuitton luggage - one day!

Louis Vuitton Monogrammed Luggage...The Dream!
It's relatively easy to personalise or emboss items such as handbags, wallets, passport covers, notebooks, phone cases and more these days. Companies such as Smythson, Aspinal of London, Louis Vuitton and Anya Hindmarch (and probably many more), all offer this service on their items.

Travel companion | Love my personalised Smythson travel wallet!
Embossing, monogramming and personalising can all sometimes take hours, days or weeks to complete, and when you want instant gratification, the waiting game isn't fun! That's why I love the Anya Hindmarch x Chaos Fashion view on personalisation, entitled simply 'Sticker Shop'.  Taking inspiration from Anya's own schoolgirl version of personalising via stickers, the two brands have collaborated to launch 'Sticker Shop', handcrafting a variety of stickers in leather, thus enabling you to 'sticker up' your bag, notebook, phone or anything with stickers. There's the full alphabet as well as fun expressions and callouts, all in bright coloured leather. I remember these launching just before Christmas and I remember making a mental note to look into them. I then promptly forgot until I spied them on The Frugality during fashion week, and Alex 'inspired' me to take the plunge! I chose to play it safe and go for my initials. The stickers arrived today, and I thought why wait! I took the understated route and stickered up my classic black leather tote bah from H&M. See the results below. I love it! As Alex advised me, 'Choose wisely and be brave!' as these stickers are designed to adhere permanently to wherever you choose to stick them! I love the fact that you can transform an old or forgotten piece into something truly personal in five secomds flat!

Anya Hindmarch x Chaos Fashion Sticker Shop Stickers, £35 each

Trying on the sickers for size on my black leather tote bag from H&M, similar here

The finished result - I love it!
Check out the Anya Hindmarch x Chaos Fashion Sticker Shop here. My design was inspired by The Frugality's designs below!

The Frugality's awesome Gap clutch

Love this!
What will you choose from the Sticker Shop?
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