Welcome back, it's been a minute since I last posted. I've had some family things to sort out and I was struck down by the sick bug, I'm feeling much better and things are starting to look up..
So, I recently turned 24 and although I was poorly I was still determined to go shopping and treat myself in hopes it'd make me feel a bit better (retail therapy is the best medicine) I thought I'd create a little haul for you guys featuring all the pretty things I picked up for my birthday and distract you from the fact I've approached mid twenties.
SIDE NOTE: This post is not me bragging, just a collection of items I've wanted for a while.. I'm extremely grateful for all the kind birthday wishes, gifts and love. Shout out to everyone who made my birthday a little more special, I love ya x
FootwearUsually, I'm not one for footwear, I tend to wear the same old shoes week in week out, that being said I thought it was time to get myself some new kicks. When I saw these trainers in H&M I instantly fell in love. They're a casual shoe, something I'd wear just out and about and I'm obsessed with that blush pink colour we're seeing everywhere. They're super comfortable and an absolute bargain at £19.99, how could I saw no?
Anyone who knows me well knows I'm a huge Nicki Minaj fan and I was super excited for the launch of her new perfume "Trini girl" I was kinda hoping I'd get this around Christmas time but the price point at that time was quite high so I waited for an offer and I managed to bag this 100ml bottle in superdrug for 20 quid (RRP £40) The scent is described as a juicy cocktail of exotic fruits and coconut, absolutely perfect for the warmer months ahead.
Every year I always get a new pandora charm for my birthday and Christmas, this year was no exception. I walked into the store with absolutely no idea which little gem to pick. I had a little flick of the mini catalouge and decided to get the panda. We own a black and white fat cat and sometimes we call him "little panda" so I thought it would be a great idea to add it to my collection.
Moving onto cosmetics, I asked my twitter followers for suggestions on what new products to pick up. I had a lot of responses and took their advice, managed to pick up quite a lot of new things to try and some old favourites too. I can literally spend hours wondering around the drugstore browsing all the cosmetics and skincare, there seemed to be some good offers on and I took full advantage.
Real techniques miracle sponges are now a must have in my collection so I got myself a pack of two for £7.49 instead of the usual £9.99! If you haven't tried this sponge, where have you been?
L'Oreal had a 3 for 2 offer on and when you got 3 products you could get a free make up sponge. The three items I chose were the Infallible foundation in shade "10 porcelain" the Infallible fixing mist and my trusty true match powder in "Rose Ivory" I'm yet to try the sponge but I'll be doing a separate post on high street beauty sponges soon.
Because NYX is one of my favourite high street brands and I needed to add another soft matte lip creme to my collection, I went for the colour "London" which is a stunning everyday brown nude. Also noticed they had the colour correcting palette back in stock so I picked it up to try it out and see if it's worth the hype.
So many people recommended I tried out the Two Faced "Better than sex" mascara, I've read loads of reviews online raving about it. Obviously I couldn't ignore the hype and picked up the waterproof one for myself, I'm yet to test it out but when I do would you like a first impressions? I got this from Debenhams for £19 (I didn't even know my local Debenhams stocked two faced in store, danger alert)
Another product I picked up was the collection lasting perfection concealer in "Fair 1" I think every man and his dog knows about this concealer so we'll say no more.
A product that's new to me is the Pixi by Petra, endless silky eye pen. I won this item in a giveaway and was pretty excited about it. The shade I have is Opal Overcoat, which is a beautifully pigmented pale pink shimmer. I've used it once of twice across my lid and lasts super long without breaking down or crumbling. Impressed!
Last few items I got are the MUA single eyeshadows, I own a few already and I'm obsessed. Keep your eyes peeled for a blog post on the collection soon!
Lastly I picked up some skin and hair care items, some are new to me and some are constant repurchases.
The Garnier moisture bomb sheet mask has crept into my skin care routine and works so well to tackle my dehydrated dry skin. It works well to nourish deep down and prevent my skin from becoming flaky and yuck.
I'm not one for overly fancy hair care routines, I know what works for my hair and I stick to it. Exploring new haircare always tends to leave my scalp dry and irritated, that's why I always repurchase my L'Oreal Elvive extraordinary clay shampoo and conditioner. It never fails to leave my hair feeling super soft and clean.
During the winter months my lips get really dry, sore and cracked. I've tried multiple lip balms but the one I keep going back to is from The body shop. It's the Cocoa butter lip care stick and currently it's the only thing that stops my lips becoming sore, not to mention it smells amazing!
Another product from The Body Shop I love is the body butters, the Cocoa one sinks deep into my skin and leaves it feeling silky soft for days. More to the point, who doesn't want to smell like chocolate?
While browsing the skin care in boots I saw they had an offer on the Soap and glory facial washes, I already use the vitamin D face was with my cleansing brush at night time so I thought I'd try out the poreless face foam. I'm a sucker for Soap and glory products and I'll be going a big Soap and glory giveaway when I relaunch my blog and go self hosted. Let me know if that's something you're interested in!
Lastly, I thought I'd mention another item I won in a giveaway, it's the Revlon super 10 hair mask which is meant to have 10 real benefits including strengthening damaged hair, giving amazing shine and anti frizz. I'll let you know if all the claims are true.
So, that concludes my birthday haul,
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