Monday, 3 January 2011

A Bit Of A Haul

So today I actually feel a little bit better - I managed to get out of bed, wash and dry my hair and venture to the shops for an hour. After two days of being in bed it felt so nice to have a long hot shower, and have nice, clean hair! I still look a little puffy so I had to apply some makeup, but it really was the bare minimum, just so I wasn't so self conscious. I decided to go to Boots to buy some bits to cheer me up. A lot of the stuff I bought was on the strenght of reviews, either from other blogs or the Boots website, and a lot of it was on 3 for 2 offer. I was so stupid though, I bought a few bits from No7 and it wasn't until I got out of the shop I realised I had a £5 off voucher, oh well! I also went to Savers and Superdrug just to stretch out the trip.

No7 Total Renewal Micro-Dermabrasion Exfoliator 75ml

I never really been happy with my skin, and after 3 days with a cold it's been left looking particularly dull and lifeless. I've been for quite a few micro-dermabrasions in my time, and while they are lovely, £55 a go is a bit much for me at the moment. So on the strength of 28 out of 32 5 star reviews on the Boots site, I bought this. It is supposed to even out skin tone and leave skin softer and more refined. I'll do a proper review of it after I've used it for a couple of weeks.

No7 Beautifully Balanced Purifying Toner for Oily to Combination Skin 200ml

I haven't used a good toner for ages. They always made my skin look more oily and I wasn't a fan of them. However, I've read in a lot of blogs that No7 is very gentle on the skin so I though I would give this a go. I try and use product at night only so I don't get build up during the day. This bottle is huge, and I was suprised it was only £8. Hopefully it will work!

No7 Quick Cover Blemish Stick

This was my third product in the No7 3 for 2 offer. I already own about 3 different concealers, but to be honest, none of them are giving enough coverage. I wouldn't usually spend so much on a concealer, but, after Fee from Makeup Savvy made it her best concealer of 2010, I though I would give it a go. Just from applying a swatch to my arm I can see the lovely creamy texture that my other concealers don't have. My main problem is my under eye area - other concealers seem to hightlight dark circles so I'm hoping this will cover them up. The tube looks so nice aswell.

Max Factor Lasting Lip Tint

I'm not much of a lipstick person - I wore a bright red when I dyed my hair dark brown, but that didn't last long! And in the summer I might wear a nice pink colour, but I ususally focus on my eyes. I saw this Max Factor Lip Pen advertised on the back of a magazine, and I was intrigued! After trying all the colours, I decided to purchase No3 Pink Princess. It's quite a bit darker than it looks on the Boots website, but still light enough for me. It really is like colouring on your lips with a felt tip pen, but because the tip is small it gives a bit more prescision. Once applies the colour is lovely - more of a tint/stain than a full on lipstick; I will definately be using more of this product.

Ecotools Bamboo Deluxe Concealer Brush

Seeing as I bought a lovely new concealer, I thought I would buy a lovely fresh concealer brush to go with it. I chose this brush by Ecotools; mainly because of the price; but now that I've opened it, I'm very pleased with the quality! The brush head is super soft, and I love the wooden handle, compared to a lot of brushes I own with plastic handles.

Neutrogena Visibly Clear Blackhead Scrub

I'm not going to talk too much about this! My skin needs pepping up after the holiday season and this works!

17 Candy Collection Nail Polish

Sherbet Lemon, Pink Lemonade, Clear

I bought these to start looking forward to Spring! I'm so ready for some warm weather now and I think candy coloured nails are the way to go. My old Barry M clear nail polish is getting a bit old now and these were on 3 for 2 offer so I picked up a new one.

St Moriz Instant Self Tanning Mouse Medium

This was reviewd by Selina of Flying Saucer so I thought I'd give it a go! I have been using Dove Summer Glow Moisturiser, but this has to be applied every day and it gets a bit sticky and time consuming. This is basically a rip off of St Tropez, but seeing as I'm not a fake tan expert, I thought I'd start with this and see how I go. You can't really see from the photo but there is a small brown stain under the foam, so I guess it works fast as I only put it on for a few seconds to take the photo! I will probably save this for the weekend as it has to develop over a couple of hours. Once I have used it properly I will do a review.

Make Up Academy Lipstick Shade 12

Thats right. One Pound! Ok, I admit I'm a bit of a latecomer to MUA, but the display my local Superdrug has always looked so manky I never bothered to look. But today when I went in it looked all shiny and new so I had a good old peruse and picked this lipstick. I'm not going to spend a fortune as I don't really wear it. This shade is quite nice, it's very sheer and pink, more like a bit of a lip gloss, but definatley something I can wear day to day. It doesn't seem to be too drying either but I have yet to leave it on for a long period of time.

Make Up Academy Nail Polish Shade 18

I also picked this because of the cute pastel colour, to match my other nail polish purchases.
Their nail polish selection was quite massive, so if this turns out to be any good I'll be going back to get more!

Phew! This post is massive, congrats if you've read it all! My next post will be a lot shorter, promise!


  1. Nice post :) Did you do a review on the No7 toner? I'm gonna have a look through yer posts to see. I haven't yet found a toner which isn't too strong for my skin (combination) would love to know how this one works.

  2. @smoosh_kissxx - I havn't yet, but I do have a No7 post planned for next week so a review will be included's a very good toner though, I can really recomend it :)


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