Thursday, 27 September 2018

Huge Girly Poundland Haul

Gotta LOVE a Poundland haul! It has been ageeesss since I last stepped in store, I remember going in the other day for some Cadbury cookies but I didn't see much. Last week (two trips), however I walked away with two three bags full of make-up, stationery and some lifestyle bits. Other items included were biscuits and home ware items but I wanted to include only the cuter things that I picked up so sit back, relax and you might want to grab a cuppa for this post because it's a very photo heavy post!

I love those chocolate buttons with sprinkles on top that you find in pick n mix stores and when I saw these in store, I knew I had to buy these! These are pink and white chocolates that are shaped like unicorn horns, with sprinkles on the end. These are pastel pretty and super delicious!

This was a random purchase, though it is aimed at kids I just couldn't resist this, a perfect little DIY activity to do on a rainy day. This kit contains everything you need to make the most cutest doughnut bag ever! I think I will make a step by step guide on this and share it here on my blog! I can't wait to make this!

I needed a new lip balm and I have not yet tried the Nivea lip butters. I saw this on in store and I immediately put it in my basket. It has a lovely coconut scent and it's super moisturising too. I'm glad I picked this up. In Boots/Superdrug it's sold for £2.09-£2.29 so it's worth picking it up from Poundland instead.

This mascara caught my eye, I think it was the super cute monochrome packaging. This mascara is from a brand called OG - Outdoor Girl and from the reviews I have read online, it seems to be a really good mascara. I have seen it being sold online for £1.50 and nearly £5 on ebay! I will have to try this out and definitely report back.

I could not believe my eyes when I saw Lottie London polishes in the cosmetics section. I looked through all of the packets and initially I picked up two, a lovely grey colour and a black with gold shimmer running through it but then once I found out that these were worth £5.99 each I went back and picked up four more shades! They're all so stunning and I love them all, a total bargain! Six polishes for £6 instead of costing me £35.94!!! *gasps*

A pack of six washi tape for a £1?!! I own only two but I can clearly see it becoming into a collecting obsession. What a cheap and pretty way to decorate your stationery. There were 3/4 packs to choose from but I chose the one that had more floral print in it. I think I need to get more!

I always make sure to check out the Make Up Gallery stand which is Poundland's own make-up brand and I already own and love so many of their nail polishes. There were some new shades in store and I picked up this beautiful peach shade. I really like their formulations. It dries really quick and it has a lovely shiny finish.

Candles are a must, I always end up buying these cute/novelty chupa chup scented candles. They're actually strong in scent which is a plus. You cannot go wrong with these. I opted for the strawberries and cream scent, it's a beautiful pastel pink too!

Lastly while browsing the party aisle I came across this big beautiful bag of confetti! JUST LOOK AT IT!! Why I bought it though? I have no idea... maybe I can use it as a photo prop? but I just couldn't leave it there. Think it's time I got creative with my photos so this will definitely liven up a photo or two.

Phew... so these are all of the things I bought at Poundland recently! What did you like the most? I would love to know.

Monday, 24 September 2018

Lush Christmas 2018 My Top Girly Picks

The only collection from Lush that I actually look forward to is the Christmas collection. Simply because they release such a vast amount of products and they just happen to be extra sparkly, which I LOVE!
This year, Lush have released a super adorable line of products and as well as bringing back the ever popular and loved Shoot for the stars, golden wonder, butterbear and Snow Fairy, I was super excited to see some of their newest products and this year did not disappoint! I have chosen 5 products that are new and if I was to buy anything from Lush this year, it would be from this fabulous bunch!

From L to R:

Princess Bomb Bomb/ Bath Bomb £9.95 each 
Well isn't this the show stopper of the whole collection, I literally gasped when I saw this online. It is on the pricier side but I really like how this looks. It's actually two bath bombs that you are supposed to use together. This is one of the bath bombs from the mini range, there are two others, a snowman and a santa. This bath product promises to de-stress and comfort you. A perfect treat to use before bed or as a little pick me up.

Snow Fairy Body Conditioner £8.95 each
Not gonna lie but I added this into my top five simply because it's pastel pink and has some added shimmer in the product too. A well loved scent at Christmas, but this body conditioner is said to really condition the skin, thanks to the added Avocado and Mango Butter. This will really lather up to create sweetly scented bubbles. 

Perle De Sel/ Bath Bomb £4.95 each
If there were any classy bath bombs out there then this would be it! I REALLY love how this one looks, it literally looks like glistening fresh water pearls! This bath bomb has it all. It will relax, pamper and sooth you. The rose absolute will sooth and tone while the added sea salt will gently cleanse the skin. This sounds so dreamy, I will definitely be picking up one... or two!

Candy Mountain Yule Log/Bubble Bar £3.95 each
Looks like they have redesigned this one, who remembers the white swirl around it? I think I preferred that design but this is back and with the added fair trade Cocoa Butter and Shea Butter this will definitely moisturise and soften the skin intensely. The vanilla in this means it's perfect for you if you are into sweeter scents, the pink colour also looks vivid and amazing.

Cheery Christmas/ Bath Bomb £3.95 each
To finish off my top picks I added this bath bomb into my list, a super pink bath bomb with added Sicilian Lemon and Blackcurrant scented Buchu to uplift your senses and instantly change your mood. This sounds like it will be popular bath bomb this year. Again, I am loving the pink, the added shimmer and the snowflake design finishes off the product nicely.

What are you loving from this year's collection? View the whole range here! - Click on the sparkle emoji! 

Monday, 17 September 2018

Girly Pamper Session *The Proper Way*

A weekly pamper session is a must. No questions asked. Pamper sessions are a great way to unwind and to let yourself renew and prepare for the busy week ahead. Now there are normal and small pamper sessions where you just chuck on a face mask and your're done, and then there are the proper pamper sessions where you go all out and do the whole routine. This is exactly what I am going to share with you, From products I use to what I choose to snack on. It's all covered in this post.

I first light a candle and then I like to pick and choose all of my products and lay them all out. I usually start off by picking a face mask from my beauty drawer. I keep all kinds of masks, mud masks, peel off masks and lately I have been collecting and loving sheet masks so this time I opted for a Korean brightening sheet mask. I then choose a nail polish. Though it can be hard at times, I opted for a cute bubblegum pink from Essence Cosmetics. Nails painted and face mask on...

I then get comfortable and write in my diary and this is usually accompanied with a huge bag of pick n mix sweeties! I wait for my face mask to do it's thing and wait for my nails to dry so what better way to kill time by jotting down some ideas or writing down what happened during the day.

Once I let my nails dry properly, I then apply my lotions and potions. A good night cream, eye cream and lip balm. I am currently loving the Burt's Bees night cream, Estee Lauder eye cream and my trusty rose nivea lip balm. Both creams work really well together and I wake up with dewy and fresher looking skin. Don't forget a hand cream too! I always keep one on my bedside table. I'm currently loving Soap and Glory's hand food.

Now this will really tie up the pamper session nicely, I received the cutest little parcel from Naomi who owns the Superpeach boutique and they have the cutest and the most unique looking lingerie, ever! I was lovingly sent a pair, the Maria* is a gorgeous black pair of knickers. It's all about the little things, I really loved how she went all out there with the packaging. The knickers were wrapped in light pink tissue paper which was adorned with a white bow and there were some white synthetic rose petals for extra cuteness. The Maria has a floral print that is covered in lovely black frills and is finished off with two satin black bows. If this doesn't scream class then I don't know what does. These are super comfortable and super stretchy, perfect for lounging in! Superpeach also stock a fabulous array of items that would make a perfect gift for someone or for yourself. They have got it all! From cute hair accessories to stationery and keyrings. Each item is beautiful and it's great because everything is in one place.

It's important to slip into something that will make you feel that extra bit special, all I need now are some pink silky pyjamas! I guarantee that if you do this whole routine once a week, you will automatically feel great and be ready to take on any task. 

What do you like to do in your pamper session? comment below!

*this post was in collaboration with Superpeach, thank you so much for my Maria knickers, Naomi! I am obsessed with them!

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Travel Beauty Essentials

It's always important to pack those mini essentials so that you can travel with ease. I always spend a good 15 minutes to check that I have included everything in my handbag. I thought that I should share three new essentials that I have been loving lately.

My beauty essentials and extras checklist:
Deodorant/body spray, paracetamol, hand sanitiser, headache balm stick (this is a must!) chewing gum, lip balm, a small selection of make-up products including a dark lipstick because you just never know where you'll end up going, hairbrush, mini toothpaste and toothbrush, my personal favourite is the Arm and Hammer simply natural toothpaste* a pack of Femfresh wipes* and lastly a good ol' can of dry shampoo* and you can't beat Batiste, I LOVE the tropical scent!

Batiste Tropical Dry Shampoo 50ml // £1.50* Available at Boots and Superdrug
A great and easy way to freshen up your roots in between washes. I love how easy this is to use and it gives really good volume to the hair too. The scent is very summery and smells of coconut! I have the full size too which I keep in the bathroom but this is the ideal size for on the go. I definitely recommend keeping one of these!

Arm and Hammer Simply Natural Toothpaste 25ml// £1.30* Available at Boots and Superdrug
I already use and love Arm and Hammer but having a small version sure helps. Keeping toothpaste with you is always a good idea, some places may not already keep a toothpaste so it's good to be prepared. This one gently cleans the teeth but leaves it feeling super clean coupled with a dazzling shine.

Femfresh Freshening and Soothing wipes 10pcs //£1.59* Available at Boots
I have never tried these wipes from Femfresh before and what was I doing without it?!! These wipes are PH balanced, super gentle and helps to deodorise and freshen you up down there... Great to have at home, work and to carry around with you. You will instantly feel refreshed and with the added soothing mallow and anti-bacterial calendula, you know it will do the job just fine.

What are your must have beauty travel essentials?

Sunday, 9 September 2018

Luxury Online Shopping With Harpak*

We all need a bit of luxury shopping here and there and I have found the place to go to for all your luxury and high end items. I was recently contacted by Harpak to work on this very special collaboration and I honestly love the idea behind this new website, Let me fill you in on all of the details!

Harpak Home Shopping LTD is a British online department store and they have this sparkling new website that sells a selection of high end items. From clothing to home ware, they have got it all in one handy little place. Products are updated weekly and new brands are added every month. Their aim is to help you find the best price and quality match the products too! 

Using the website was a breeze, all of the items are categorised well and with clear photos and swatches (make-up) I was able to choose my chosen items easily and quickly. The website itself is simple but straight to the point without any fancy fonts or colours. I personally love the design since it's not too fussy nor confusing. I particularly like the fact that there are so many brands/items to choose from in one place! I also like how they have added homeware and food and drink into the mix since that is very different and unique. I would recommend Harpak to all because it is innovative, it's easy to use and not forgetting to mention free shipping on all orders!!

I was given £50 off on my total order and since I love make-up I immediately browsed the cosmetics collection and there I found two YSL items that I just needed to get. This was one brand I had been meaning to buy for a very long time and I easily found two items that I know I am going to love! I went for the YSL Rouge Pur Couture in 53 Beige Promenade* and the YSL Volume Effet Faux Clis Mascara in Noir* Once I ordered my items I was given confirmation and the delivery was within 2-3 days which is not bad. The make-up items were packaged well in a black package and my shipping information was inside a gold envelope. Everything was presented well and I was really impressed.

Lastly Harpak produces a Throw Your Stone magazine which has been distributed online but due to amazing feedback they will now publish the magazine and it will be distributed in and around London to start off with! This magazine contains articles from contributors all around the world and the topics can include business, travel, culture and life. A magazine to inspire us all thanks to the unfiltered millennial perspective. I read the article 'Experience is everything' and it made me realise that we have so much beauty surrounding us that we don't even take a chance to look around and that without a mobile phone! Have a flick through here - link

What are your thoughts on Harpak?

The items* were gifted to me in exchange for a feature/review

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Givenchy NEW Le Rouge Mat Lipstick in '329 Rouge Stiletto' Review

Looking for THE only red lipstick that you'll ever need? Meet Givenchy's latest offering, the Le Rouge Mat range.
This promises high coverage coupled with an intense colour pay off and they were not kidding! I was blown away at the pigmentation. The photos really do not do enough justice. This is one lipstick that you really need to swatch and see for yourself.

Product description:
Rich in dense pigments, the ultra-mat formula of Le Rouge Mat Lipstick glides on to dress lips in velvet.
Colors and contours the lips – mat meets radiance with a velvet texture on the mouth. Pure pigments result in an uncompromising finish with high coverage, precise definition and a non-drying, comfortable feel. The look is edgy yet sophisticated.
Luxe leather casing encloses a deeply glamourous lipstick in a spectrum of seven intense shades.

A stunning black casing and the colour can be described as a vibrant and typical Parisienne red. I wore this once out to dinner and it seriously made me feel so classy and timeless. This is not an everyday lipstick for me, it is something I would save for special occasions.
It feels super luxurious and a definite must have in your collection.
The bullet is really well designed because when you apply this onto the lips, the application is very neat and you really don't need to line your lips with a liner since I was able to colour the contours of my lips with easy strokes and it really looked so tidy. This also does not tug, this really does apply like a dream.

The formulation is matte but I feel that it gives more of a velvet finish, it is very comfortable to wear thanks to the really good formulation which makes this a moisturising lipstick.
One swipe literally gives enough colour. Rouge stiletto* is a very classic red that is flattering on all skin tones so you really do not need to worry if it will suit you. The price is steep but I seriously think that this lipstick ticks all of the boxes, a wise investment that you will not regret.

Available online and in department stores / £28

What are your thoughts on this red lippie?

This post contains a sample*