Wednesday, 18 January 2012

The Body Shop order

At the weekend, The Body Shop had yet another offer on, and I couldn't resist. I know I wouldn't have bought these products if it wasn't for the offer, so I haven't really saved any money, but I don't care! The offer was 'spend £30 and get £10 off your order, spend £40 and get £15 off your order or spend £50 and get £25 off your order'. So you could have spent £25 and received £40 worth of products, or spent £25 and received £50 worth of products. Hmm guess which one I went for! The total of the products below would have came to £50.25, but I only paid £25.25. It was also 'buy one get one half price' on skincare, so I saved even more.

Strawberry Gift Bags - £5 each in the sale (originally £10 each)
It was stated that the offer excluded sale items, but that wasn't the case! So I roughly paid about £2.50 for each of these. I really recommend checking out The Body Shop gift sets after Christmas. When they're in the sale, they're a complete bargain. I bought one for a birthday present and one for a Christmas present (I'm on the ball!).

Tea Tree Foaming Cleanser - £4.50
I love foaming cleansers, so thought I'd try this one. With the 'buy one get one half price' and 'save £25' offer, this worked out to be around £1.12.

Vitamin E Face Mist - £7
This is one of those products that isn't a necessity and I wouldn't pay full price for, but thought this was the perfect opportunity to try it. This is going in my bag for those hot days.

Vitamin E Moisture Cream and Vitamin E Intense Moisture Cream - £9 and £11
I prefer pots of moisturiser to tubes, even if they are more unhygienic. I moisturise my eye area in the mornings, before I apply concealer, and I always reach for a pot.

Pomegranate & Raspberry Body, Room & Linen Spritz - £6
This is in a glass bottle! It feels so fancy. I also love the oddly long, thin bottle. It smells fresh and fruity, without being sickly. The only downside to this product is that the scent doesn't last that long.

Strawberry and Mango Hand Cleanse Gels - £2.50 each
These smell delicious! Like the body butters. They're not too expensive either, so I want to buy the coconut and pink grapefruit varieties next.


Tuesday, 17 January 2012

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Iced Mocha

Price: Around £3.65, including P&P, from joy017 (great eBay seller)
NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils can be used as bases, eyeshadows or eyeliners. Iced Mocha is a shade that works well for all of these purposes. It is light enough to be used as an eyeshadow, yet dark enough to define your lower lash line. The pigmentation is fantastic and formula is so creamy, it glides on effortlessly. Iced Mocha has a pearlescent finish and reflects light well, so really brightens up your eyes. I usually use it on my lower lash line, but if I do wear it as an eyeshadow, I have to wear a primer underneath because I have oily eyelids.  If I want more definition, I apply a taupe eyeshadow over the top, on my outer lower lash line, and then Iced Mocha acts as a base. Would I repurchase? Yes, I want to purchase French Fries and Yogurt next :)

Sunday, 8 January 2012

More sale purchases

In this post, I mentioned that very little caught my eye whilst sale shopping and I only purchased some Lush and M&S products. Since then, I have acquired a few more items from the sales.

Accessorize slippers - £9 down from £18.
I needed some new slippers and I love anything navy, so couldn't resist!

New Look bras - £5 down from £15 and £4 down from £12.
The longline bra makes your boobs look great! It looks like something Rihanna would wear. However, I don't think I can wear it as a top like her because the lace detail will tell people it is a bra. 
The only things I don't like about these bras are the straps. The front half of them are just material, so they cannot be tightened much.

Snow Globe soap, Ice Blue soap, Satsumo Santa bath bomb, Candy Mountain bubble bars and Cinders bath bomb.
I ordered more products from Lush because I wanted to stock up before the sale ended. Apart from the Ice Blue soap, which was £2.95, everything was half price and cost no more than £1.48. I ordered by phone because the sale was no longer available on the website. I will be ordering by phone in the future because they have more products available that way and the staff are so friendly!

Cacti, yeah!

If you didn't already know, I like cacti and have ten on my windowsill. I don't like the huge ones you find in the desert though - just the household sized ones :)
I really like these two photos, so thought I would share them with you!

Ooh, pretty. My cacti seem to flower all year round!

This is one of my favourites. I think he's known as a Cleft Stone cactus (well, similar cacti come up when you Google that). He's currently growing two more 'leaves', which you can see in the middle.

Accessorize Merged Baked Blusher in Sensation

Accessorize Merged Baked Blusher in 5 - Sensation

5 - Sensation and 2 - Starlet

5 - Sensation and 2 - Starlet

Price: £5 from Superdrug or Accessorize
I'm very fond of Accessorize blushers and have been wearing Starlet for months, so when I noticed there were new shades available, I spent a good five minutes swatching them (which annoyed my sister a great deal because she wanted to go to another store). I settled on the shade Sensation. It's a warm pink, and like the other shades available, is packed with finely milled shimmer to give your cheeks that healthy glow appearance. I've compared Sensation to Starlet so you can see how warm the shade is. The pigmentation is subtle, like the other shades, but you are still able to notice the colour on your cheeks. The only negative aspect to this product is that it can sometimes come across as too shimmery.

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