Recent Purchases

I have recently become a home-owner and finally made that transition from thinking I was an adult to actually being one, so in an attempt to be more frugal I have been purchasing items which I feel have been more of a necessity over the past few months, please note that my definition of the word ‘necessity’ can change on a regular basis (there’s being frugal and being happy, and I will always choose the latter).

Having fallen in love with Anastasia’s Dip Brow Pomade for the past 4 months, I was eager to try the recently launched Brow Definer pencil.  I wanted something that would be quicker to apply then dip brow but could also be used alongside it to create those extra defined and slightly more dramatic brows. Initially, I was a little sceptical and this was mainly due to the application of the angled pencil, it’s take a little getting used and doesn’t have as much precision as dip brow applied with a brow brush, but after a week or so of practising I was soon getting into the swing of things and can safely say that this will probably be my make-up bag staple.  If like me, you prefer a more natural brow using your natural brow shape then I would suggest going a shade lighter with the Brow Definer, depending on the amount of pressure you apply I have found that sometimes my brows are ever so slightly darker then what I would prefer.  Anastasia also released a Brow Wiz pencil that compliments the definer which I am eager to try, especially as I have read that they are the perfect pairing – watch this space.

 

Admittedly, at a bargain price of just £5.25 I bought this on a bit of a whim while searching for an everyday primer suitable for my blemish prone, sensitive and oily skin.  Having recently fallen out of love with Benefit’s Porefection mainly because of its silica texture I wanted something lighter that made my skin feel hydrated.  Overall, the product is definitely hydrating and suitable for my skin type but its job as a primer is somewhat limited, it creates a moisturised base but doesn’t make foundation last any longer nor does it create that flawless base that you’d normally expect from a primer.

 

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Garnier 2in1 Makeup Remover

As part of my evening skincare routine, I like to have that squeaky clean feeling, especially after wearing makeup all day.  I was looking for something that would be gentle enough to leave my skin feeling clean whilst also removing every bit of makeup left before I cleansed, and moisturised.  Garnier’s offering definitely removed every trace of makeup and didn’t dry my skin out, the oily base left me feeling  bit nervous in case I had any breakouts but overall I cannot fault it, it does exactly what it says and is perfect for my sensitive skin and at a bargain price of £2.59 I will definitely be repurchasing.

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Recent Beauty Buys

Over the past few weeks I have purchased a fair few beauty buys, I am not entirely sure what spurred the splurge but it’s definitely changed my skincare and makeup routine for the better.  I have also had some great advice from 2 wonderful friends (Luci and Gabi) who have tried and tested numerous makeup and skincare products and provided their invaluable feedback which also contributed to my decision to buy these particular brands.

First a foremost I need to mention that my skin has always been super sensitive and blemish prone, although it can be oily it also has dry patches so I have to be careful to get the right balance of oil control and moisture – the joys of combination, blemish prone skin!

La Roche-Posay Toleriane Dermo – Cleanser

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First and foremost I have to mention that I am a huge fan of this French skincare range.  Every product I have bought so far has been gentle on the skin and results have been noticeable within weeks of use too, I also find that the products last a long time so are excellent value for money too.

Pros

  • A lightweight creamy consistency which can be used on dry or damp skin.
  • Leaves the skin feeling hydrated and moisturised

Cons

  • Doesn’t remove all traces of makeup especially waterproof mascara or lip-stain
  • There are better products that do the same job much better

Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel

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Pros

  • Gentle on the skin and leaves the skin feeling healthy without stripping moisture and over drying
  • A little really goes a long way with this so it’s great value for money
  • Works really well with Effaclar Duo Moisturiser, it actually leaves the skin looking healthier and you can see the results within a week or so

Cons

There are no real cons with this product and if I were to be incredibly fussy then I would say that it doesn’t foam as much as I would like it to especially because it does describe itself as ‘foaming’.  Aside from this I love it and will definitely re-purchase.

The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil

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Pros

  • This is a miracle make up remover – it gently dissolves all traces of makeup without stripping the skin
  • 1 pump goes a long way and when used without water you can really see the makeup coming off
  • Leaves skin feeling smooth and soft and although it is an oil based cleanser it works really well on acne and blemish prone skin

Cons

  • You do need to follow this up with a face wash especially because it is an oil based cleanser, this isn’t really a con but I thought it was important to mention.

Benefit The Porefessional

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After using Lorac’s ‘I’m So Sensitive’ Soothing Face Primer for the best part of a year and being very impressed, I decided to take advice and go for something that is readily available in the UK.  I was pleasantly surprised with this, it feels like silk when you apply it on the skin and makes your make up last all day.

Pros

  • Feels amazing on the skin and a little goes a long way with this primer which is an added bonus
  • My make up lasted all day without shifting – normally I find that by midday my face starts to go shiny but was pleasantly surprised when I began to have a more of a dewy feel to my skin.
  • A plus point for me was that Benefit makeup is readily available in the UK, this may sound odd but I have picked up so many brands from the US and Hong Kong in the past and found it such a pain to try and find the brands in the UK without paying hefty import costs.

Cons

There really aren’t any cons to this product, but if I was to be really picky then it would be good if they stocked a larger sized tube of the primer.

I have also made a few makeup purchases recently which I am really pleased with so watch this space.

In the mean time if you have any new products that you’ve used, I’d love to hear about them

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A Quick Charlotte Tillbury Discovery

A few months ago I decided that I was in need of some retail therapy and found myself browsing the make-up counters of Selfridges.  I love makeup but I am also incredibly loyal to the brands that I have used for years, which in turn means that I don’t explore different brands as much as I should.  I was drawn to the Charlotte Tilbury counter mainly because the counter was big, round and shiny – you’d never knew I worked in marketing!

After exploring different shades of lipstick, bronzers and blushers, I was approached by an eager assistant who couldn’t wait to show me the Brow Lift pencil.  Having never been a huge fan of eyebrow makeup I have to admit I was really impressed.  – the pencil tip has an angle that makes application easy (even for beginners like me) and comes with a brush and shade tool.  My eyebrows have never looked so good.  Seriously, its perfect and creates such a difference.

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Festive London

Last week I had the pleasure of visiting Central London for no other reason then to absorb the Christmas spirit.  Having lived a  1.5 hour train journey away from the big smoke for pretty much all my life, I never seemed found the time to visit during Christmas time.  Me together, with the hubby, spent 5 days roaming around Chelsea, Bankside, Covent Garden, Kensington, and Shoreditch.

As both of us are huge foodies we packed in a lot of amazing eats as well as frequenting markets, art galleries, shops and plenty of mulled wine along the way.

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Harrods Christmas Shop

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My favourite french macarons – Laduree at Harrods. My husband kindly modelling our purchase.

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On our way to Saatchi Gallery along a tree lined square.

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Liberty of London Chocolate Shop

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ChoccyWoccyDooDaa in Carnaby Street

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The Wallace Collection

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Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland

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Brunch at Edwins

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Brunch at Edwins

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Borough Market

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Borough Market

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Ice rink at Natural History Museum

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Ice rink at Natural History Museum

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A few recent purchases

The past few weeks have been long and busy, as a result I’ve found myself mastering the art of retail therapy on numerous occasions, purely for therapy of course.  I’ve recently become so reliant on online shopping I forgot how enjoyable physically going shopping can be, provided you make a purchase and don’t frustratingly walk around stores hoping to see something you like. Now that Autumn is round the corner, it’s great to see fur, thick jumpers, tights and boots, don’t get me wrong I love the sun but there’s something really exciting about Autumnal fashion.  I’ve also found myself running out of make-up, this is a novelty for me because I am a self-confessed make-up hoarder.

I have a penchant for collecting Autumnal jumpers, when I saw this one in-store I was drawn to it’s floral print, casual tailoring and soft material instantly, furthermore I happened to stumble into a Mango store on a 30% off shopping event – bonus.  I shall pair this little beauty with dark jeans and brown boots.


I am a huge fan of NARS blushers, I picked this exclusive product in the US over the summer and was delighted when I re-discovered it in the bottom of my make up bag – you can wear whichever colour suits the occasion or blend them all to create a dewy pop of colour on the cheeks.


This was a cheeky purchase I made for ‘therapy’ purposes of course.  The colour is incredible, however, the lip pencil does make your lips to dry out even after applying copious amounts of gloss, however, the colour does last all day – I guess you win some you lose some.


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