Beauty Haul

Beauty Haul

Hey all, it’s finally spring so I decided it was time for an overhaul of my makeup bag and skincare regime, out with the old and in with the new. Some of these products are quite new and have been so popular so I had to try them myself.

Firstly I bought the original Flawless palette, I originally planned to get the new Flawless 2 Resurrection palette but A) it was sold out nearly everywhere and B) I decided the colours were a bit warm for me and my pale skin. The original palette boasts a lovely array of both warm and cool colours, some brown mattes for transition colours, champagne highlighter colours and some shimmers which have amazing pigmentation.  I think, despite the recent controversy surrounding the company, I will always be a fan of their products and the value for money (this palette was only £8!).17820569_10154648846424891_1953812797_o.jpg

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Next was the new L’oreal Miss Baby Roll Mascara. I have previously owned the Miss Manga mascara, I loved the formula however the wand itself meant you got lots of product on the lashes which could made them clumpy, the unique design of this new mascara wand prevents this and allows for thinner coats which are build-able. I really rate it and when I bought it , it was on a cheaper introductory price. Bargain!

 

 

17838508_10154648846359891_1054356143_o.jpgMe and foundations don’t have a good relationship. I have still never found my one “go to” foundation, due to my paleness and combination skin, so as new products come out I keep searching. I decided to pick up the Rimmel London Fresher Skin foundation in “Light Porcelain”…obviously. Firstly, I like that Rimmel brave the paler shades as I do find some cosmetics companies end at “Ivory”.  I was attracted to this due to it’s claims of natural finish, SPF and “non-pore clogging” solution… that sort of claim is hard to live up to but I will see. So far I do like the light/medium build-able coverage and the way it applies.

 

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After finally visiting the NYX store in Westfield, Stratford, (which I tell you was like animals in the wild scrapping for whatever they could get their hands on), I needed this new(ish) Lip Lingerie eye tint in “Rose Pearl”.  It creates such a lovely shimmer on the lid, is easily blended and didn’t break the bank.

 

Next is some skincare, following a very bad week at uni, I treated myself to a free full facial at the Liz Earle stand in Boots St Albans ( not an Ad, I just think it’s a fab service). Following my treatment I bought this set which contains their 4 bestsellers in miniature formation, tailored to skin types and it came with a free muslin cloth for the cleanser. I adore the cooling sensation of the tonic, which I have heard so many good things about. I’m always up for “try before you buy” so the idea of trying the products out before paying for the full size is fab.

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Have you tried any of these products?

PS guys don’t forget I’m working with Coconut-lane.com and I have my own discount code – Tamsin20 for 20% Off some of their wonderful MacBook and iPhone cases, jewellery and so much more! ❤️

T x

 

 

My visit to Leeds and Leeds Haul!

My visit to Leeds and Leeds Haul!

Hi all! Hope you are all enjoying our rare nice weather! Today’s post is my first ever fashion related post so please bare with. This week I travelled up to Leeds to help my friend move from Uni halls to her new house which i super exciting and explored the wonderful city. It’s an amazing city for shopping and I loved the many food places!AmT5EYQJwtOaYXdjvggoSBJ517kvZ9VEb2oZQl6f7y9G

We visited a place called The Joint, which is a cool cafe/restaurant based in an old church and styled in a way that I can only imagine is acceptable in such a vibrant place as Leeds.

We also visited the cutest place called the Bakery, a stones throw away for the university campus, and tried THE nicest combinations of sandwich fillings known to man. I tried chicken,sweet potato and bacon and was in food heaven. If I was a student in Leeds I am sure I’d visit there everyday.

Now for shopping, as I live in small Hatfield during term time, I never experience the range of shops that Leeds have.I was loving life as I explored The Trinity shopping centre. Some of my favourite buys include:

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  1. 2 cute crop tops from ARC sale – a shop in which I adoredAnPpsk3M6acYKk0UAwMHsLFlSXb06_ZHaRCFmUo16cDq
  2. A brightly patterened cut out top from New Look
  3. My first ever KIKO eyeshadow in 208 ( one matte and one shimmery purple in one due pot) – the shop had an up-to-50% sale on and i couldn’t resist! -I look forward to trying more of this brand.
  4. Some gorgeous cut-out chunky heeled boots from the Topshop sale!

I already know that I will be visiting Leeds again and my bank account is already shaking at the thought of my next trip. What is your favourite thing about the city?

T x

IT’S SUMMER…. apparently

IT’S SUMMER…. apparently

imagesThis Sunday in the UK marks the official beginning of Summer. It’s time to buy the holiday essentials before I pack for my holiday in April. Here is my wishlist of things to grab:

  1. SPF moisturizer- My favourite is the Garnier Moisture Match Illuminating Light Lotion with SPF20.! It gives my skin a slight glow and protects my skin! http://www.boots.com/en/Garnier-Skin-Naturals-Moisture-Match-Protect-and-Glow-Illuminating-Light-Lotion-SPF20-50ml_1299045/
  2. Hair and Scalp sun protection. One year I got a really burnt parting and every year since I am sure to protect my scalp, I also can’t stand the feeling of frizzled ( .. that’s not a word but we will go with it) hair. Boots do a small spray designed just for both of these issues and I daren’t go out without it when on holiday! Find it here http://www.boots.com/en/Soltan-Head-Hair-Dry-Touch-Transparent-Suncare-Spray-SPF30-75ml_1207168/
  3. Sturdy Sunglasses- Last year I went through 5 (yes, 5) pairs of sunglasses within a 2 week holiday, 3 of which my Dad sat on and broke. This year I am determined to keep them intact with a hard sunglasses case.
  4. Pumice- It’s sandal season and this only means one thing- pretty feet. I don’t have the nicest of feet so it’s nice to take an evening to treat them with a pedicure and a coat of polish.
  5. New Perfume? Well I do have to pass through duty free.. it would be rude not to.
  6. Waxing strips….Yikes. Ok it’s been spring for a while but in the UK it hasn’t exactly been “whack your legs out” weather and my legs aren’t at their prettiest. The best advice I have heard to get the smoothest pins is the shave then exfoliate your legs and then shave again!The new Wilkinson Sword hairy-legs_o_936008Snap is great for on the go ! http://www.boots.com/en/Gillette-Venus-Snap-Womens-Portable-Razor-_1651118/
  7. Waterproof mascara. I tend not to venture out of my flat without mascara on, for the sake of everyone else but the hassle of taking it on and off holiday is tedious.Instead, I take one waterproof with me and keep that on even if it’s not the most voluminous or lengthening. The biggest thing to remember is a makeup remover that will actually wash off waterproof mascara!
  8. New books- The ONLY time I read is by the pool on holiday. I must read 10 books in a week. This year I plan to either make my way through Game of thrones or the Divergent series.
  9. A list of cocktails to try ..I am talking slippery nipples, screaming orgasms and any other filthy cocktails I can find!

It’s 2 weeks until I fly and I am super excited … to do the pre-holiday shop that is! What are your holiday essentials?

T x

The next Clarisonic cleanser?

The next Clarisonic cleanser?

Every beauty blogger would say if they won the lottery, they would buy the (nearly £100) Clarisonic face cleanser.I decided to attempt to try the New No7  one.(yes, IMAG0396 (1)another Boots product, I should get commission for this- f.y.i I don’t 😦 )

My main issue is my pores, I have massive ones basically, on my nose and cheeks. The lovely No7 lady advised me that this would help, she said “Compare how much cleaner your teeth feel after you use an electric toothbrush, that’s how much this product will help”. £20 (with discount RRP “24.95) lighter and face toothbrush intact I had high hopes for this product.

IMAG0398 (2)The brush has two speed settings, the main difference between this and the Clarisonic brush is the fact that it is battery powered. Obviously that can be inconvenient but if this brush works for me, the £80 saving outweighs the cons!

I’ve now been using my brush for 4 weeks, alternating between three products , the perfect combination of brush and cleanser MUST exist right?

I have been impressed with this product, massively! It still hasn’t run out of battery with a use nearly everyday for 4 weeks! I am slowly seeing an affect on pores and am so pleased! I much prefer using this brush to filling a sink and splashing myself (and everything else in the process)

I was advised to change the heads in 3 months and as far as I am aware there are only one type of heads (unlike the Clarisonic) .IMAG0397But at a cheap price I am happy to continue using my cleanser.

A couple of BIG things to consider with this brush:

  • It ISN’T waterproof
  • It is very unuitable for dry skin- I used it on my forehead ( which is where  appear to experience my only dry skin patch and boyyyy was it a mistake)
  • There are 4 (yes, 4) warnings within the packaging to tell users to not put the device near the hairline- I guess in testing there was a lot of knots and tangles!

Overall I would recommend this product to anyone who asked as it can save you doller and does what it says on the packaging. Have you tried it?

T x

Wilkinson’s- BARGAIN BEAUTY

Wilkinson’s- BARGAIN BEAUTY

Whenever I think of the shop Wilkinson’s I am reminded of the last days of summer scrambling to get last minute stationary. I never thought 10 years down the line, I’d be buying beauty products from there. Recently on a visit to the nearest city (living in the middle of nowhere without a wilkinson’s or even a topshop sucks!) I discovered some of Wilkinson’s astonishing deals and had to share some of them with you!

Firstly I discovered that they sell older stock of the brands Rimmel , Max factor, Essence (which is rare to find in the UK as far as I am aware), Collection, Maybelline and Sally Hansen in selected stores. Some items were on different offers which made them cheaper than in some drugstores. Although as Wilkinson’s isn’t a beauty store, they never seem to have the correct/usable testers but you can definitely find a bargain.

Next I found their beauty accessories, most impressive was their own brand 88brushes and applicators.I found a dupe of the Beauty blender at half the price and even more surprising dupes for the Real techniques brushes, even with the recognizable gold handles. There is a huge range of brushes including stripling  brushes, contour brushes, slanted eyeliners brushes and so many more.I didn’t buy any of them as I am trying to put myself on a makeup-buying ban at the moment (cue poor student comment) 9however they have some amazing reviews on the website. I feel like when I suddenly win the lottery or an extended overdraft some of these brushes will be on my wishlist to try.

Next (at this point I’m running down the aisle practically throwing my money around) I find Wilkinson’s extensive range of their own brand skincare range. There are two types, SKIN and Kiss. SKIN reminds me of the sort of ranges you’d find in Boots. There is cleansers, washes, scrubs, moisturizers and any other product you need all in different skin categories. I went for a pore minimizing face scrub (for just 95p may I add!!) which I have been using with my new N07 Face cleansing brushnj (Review to come soon) – what was that I said about a spending ban?And have found it just as good as some branded scrubs I have. The Kiss range is more fragrance based beauty  such as light-reflecting Primers and face masks than industrial moisturizers and cleansers. The cute packaging enticed me straight away ( what can I say? I just love pink!)

Please let me know if you’ve tried any of these Wilkinson’s Product! I loved finding these products and I hope letting the cat out of the bag about these product can save some people some money!

T x

subUrban Decay?-

subUrban Decay?-

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Left to right: Naked, Devotion, Shy, Fiery, Lavish, Dreamy, Tranquil, Exposed, Reveal, Wink, Obsessed, Corrupt.

So by now I can only assume that everybody and their dog owns an Urban Decay Naked palette of some sort, apart from me. As a very poor student (how many IMAG0273times have I mentioned that now?), I use decent palettes at a much more reasonable price, one of my faves is the MUA Undress Me Too palette which cost me somewhere between £3-£5. I am using a generic picture from the MUA website as i may receive complaints about the state of my own if I was to post a IMAG0272picture. A few of the shades on  the palette are basics which I use everyday. These are some of my faves:

Naked–  This matte beige colour is a great for creating an evenly-toned lid.

                                                               

                                                                   Shy- This is a shimmery beige and is great for highlighting under the brow or down the bridge of the nose.

Lavish- This is a great transition colour for any smokey eyes- I find cool toned browns for this purpose so hard to find.

Reveal-This is a cute shimmery rose gold for a subtle shimmer or really blendable for an intense shimmery smoky eye.

Believe me when I say this isn’t exactly a dupe for any of the Naked palettes, these aren’t the most pigmented shadows  I have ever encountered ( especially the Corrupt-disappointing for anytime you really want a dark smokey eye) but with some eyelid priming and layering they do alright. Anyway, in my past experiences all you need is some fab eyes for the first hour of a night out (for any IG photos or potentioal new profile pictures) but once your home and you look in that mirror, the £30 extra you paid for the UD pallete will no longer be able to help you honey!

T x

Pink hair a la Frenchie from Grease

Pink hair a la Frenchie from Grease

CaptureFor Christmas i received the cutest little bauble set which contained a small bottle of a Bleach london dye and hair tie. The usual price for the bottle is £5.00

I have been wanting to try the Bleach London range for ages but now I have been left dissapointed. The colour I received was Rose and was excited to try a baby pink dip dye. I have had pink hair a few times,mostly it was raspberry coloured pink but I always preferred it when it had faded to a baby pink.

I did as the instructions said and waited the amount of time and when i had finished drying my hair I had cute baby pink ends thanks to my badly bleached white blonde ends. I got loads of compliments on it when I put it up in a cute little pink bun!Unfortunately after just one wash no single trace of pink was left, despite the bottle stating it is meant to last 2-10 washes- I didn’t even have time to take a picture of it! I would give the colour high scores but to go to all that effort for one day of colour just doesn’t seen worth it, next time I will stick to my XXL colours – who do amazing bright colours but little in terms of pastel colours.

If anyone has any suggestions on how to get better results, let me know as it did come out a cute colour

T x

Don’t believe everything you read on the internet- skinmiso review

Don’t believe everything you read on the internet- skinmiso review

IMAG0307I am sick of scrolling through pages of rubbish on my facebook nowadays (why didn’t someone stop me from like a million facebook pages when i was 13?) however when i came across one post advertising Skinmiso blackhead remover kit i thought maybe i’d found something remotely interesting. I read up on a few reviews about the korean face kit( which consists of a 2 stage nose mask and “silky essence”), there were many good reviews with step to step how-to-use guides .I searched and found it to be quite cheap on ebay and ordered myself it.Please don’t remind me how much of a bad student I am – I already know 😦

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I scared a few flatmates in the process.

It arrived surprisingly quickly and although all the instructions were in Korean (how annoying)I was very excited to try it, for around £15 I received 4 of both stages a tube of the silky essence as well as a free sample of BB’s all-in-one cleanser which was nice. In all the reviews I’d read people had said that after the first nose mask,which you leave on for ten minutes I should see the sebum come out of any bleak heads (gross, I know) and you should be to remove it with an ear bud(which I believed was meant to come in the kit) or the Skinmiso black head remover which could be bought separately however I haven’t really noticed anything like that, just a sticky nose from such a sticky strip.The probably only good thing about the kit is the silky essence that it includes, it has the consistency of a primer and blurs out skin similarly to the popular Porefessional by Benefit which i will probably use under my make up for a while as it is a decent size tube.

I am now on my 4th week of the treatment but am not very impressed in terms of any long term reduction in black head appearence and still have what some call a “strawberry nose”:(

If anybody knows of any good products to help relieves the little buggers I’d love to hear from you!

T x