Thursday, 3 September 2015

Holiday Beauty Haul

Hey guys, today I thought I'd share with you a little haul of beauty items I purchased whilst on holiday.  Most of these items were actually purchased in duty free and since they were so cheap I thought I'd re-purchase some of my favourites.


 I decided to add a gift from Melissa to this haul as it was given to me just before my holiday and I've been obsessed with it. It's the Bubblegum Lip Scrub from Lush. Again as this was a gift I don't have a price but I'm pretty sure they are around £4

The next items pictured above are the two Rimmel nail polishes, I did take photos of these, however, the colours are so pale they weren't showing up too well in the photos so I decided to leave them out and just mention them instead. The pale pink is 'Lose your Lingerie' and the pale blue is '
I got these just before my holiday but decided to throw them in for this post. They were £3.99 each from my local Tesco. 

My mum kindly bought me another Nina Ricci perfume from the duty free since Its one of my summer favourites and I was running low. I'm not sure exactly how much she paid for it since it was a gift but this scent is easy enough to find being in most perfume departments and stores. I love this scent for summer as its really fresh and fruity.

The first item I purchased in duty free was this Benefit 'How to be the best at everything ' kit. I've been wanting to try some different Benefit products and figured this was the best was to do that. The kit contains; Porefessional primer (already loved this!) Hello Flawless foundation, two shades of Boing concealer, Hello Flawless powder in 'ivory'. 

The reason I like this kit so much is because you get to have a good try of multiple products without buying them all full size, full price. This way, if you don't like a particular product, you aren't as disappointed and you aren't left with a product you don't like and won't end up using.

 I also like that this kit has all the products to do your base face make up-great for those times you are on the go, I simply grab the box and chuck it in my bag with a couple of other products and I'm good to go. The size of the items also save a ton of space in the make up bag when travelling. 

This kit would be ideal for someone new to make up not only for trying multiple items at a good price but also because there is a book inside showing you how to use each product. I paid £21 for this in duty free. Bargain.

This next product is nothing revolutionary in the terms that it's already in every beauty bloggers make up kit, however, this is one of the most used items in my make up bag and mine was looking a tad worse for wear- the Urban Decay Naked2. I won't bore you with the details since its already been done a million times over but I decided to repurchase this palette as you can't ever have enough trusty neutrals in your collection. Again this was a duty free purchase so I got it for £21. A steal, don't you think?

This next item was a new product for me but something I was really interested in trying. I love Shellac and Gel nails, however, my sister and I have a huge reaction to UV lamps, our hands come out I.  All sorts of blisters and awfulness so I had to stop getting my nails done. Going back to regular nail varnish after using pretty indestructible gels is a tad disappointing to say the least. Chips, flaking, waiting for it to dry...who has time for that? I've been on the search ever since, that's when this little beauty walked into my life- OPI Infinite Shine. This product claims to be the non UV lamp needing gel polish. As you can imagine, I snapped this off the shelf so quick the duty free shelves shook, I began sweeping all of the colours off the shelves into my basket, my Mum being the voice of reason, made me put them all back...except for two (rubs hands together in mischievous manner). 

This works pretty much the same as Shellac or Gelish. You need an base and top coat, these came in a pack for £16. You paint on your base coat, wait  2 minutes, paint 2 coats of colour (allowing 2 minutes to dry after each coat), then apply your top coat, allow a further 2 minutes to dry and tadahhh! You are ready to rock those gel nails. 

The two colours I ended up taking home were 'From Here to Eternity,' a gorgeous bright pink, perfect for summer and 'Staying Neutral,' I'm other words, exactly what it saying on the bottle- a neutral, more on the taupey side. 

The next product I got was the Loreal Volume Million Lashes mascara. I'm not usually a drug store mascara type of girl, however, I like to try a new one every once in a while. This one cost me £7.99 in duty free and I have to say it's not bad! I still prefer Benefit They're Real, but this one is good for a drug store mascara. I wouldn't say it adds length to my lashes but they do look thick and full without being clumpy or too wet. 

I hope you guys enjoyed this little beauty haul and I will be back soon with another post. I'm currently in the process of uploading my holiday pictures (and there is a LOT)  if you are interested in taking a look, that should be up within the next couple of days, until then, take care!

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Sunday, 30 August 2015

My Week in Pictures 30/8/15

Hi guys!
I thought I'd share some of the things I've been up to this week, it's been pretty eventful, trying to make the most of the last couple weeks of the Summer holidays whilst also squeezing in a few night shifts!

I started the week meeting a friend for lunch. We went to Dabbawal just off Grey Street in Newcastle which does Indian street food. It was delicious! So reasonably priced too. 

On Tuesday, Nadine and I went to Beamish open air museum with the little ones. I haven't been here in years and I've been desperate to go all Summer. It was such a lovely day, it really is like stepping back in time. We took lots of pictures so we'll be doing a blog post all about our visit! 

 Monday night I had been on nightshift and after walking around Beamish all day Tuesday I was absolutely exhausted, so I took it easy on Wednesday and just took my dog for a stroll in Nothumberland. 

On Thursday I was working, still managed to spend some time with my little pal who watched me apply my makeup in the morning and just had to have a turn!

On Friday I decided to take a trip to Saltwell Park in Gateshead - just 15 minutes away from me but I've never been. It's the most beautiful park I've ever been to and huge. So much to do, we were there around two hours and it felt like we hadn't even touched the sides. Definitely going to be going there a lot more regularly, can't wait to see how beautiful it looks when the seasons change. 

On Saturday I took Molly to the circus! The Netherlands Circus is in Newcastle at the moment and she's only ever been to a circus once, a few years ago. She absolutely loved it, she was sitting wide mouthed at all of the tricks, completely amazed and in awe. 

That's about it! I've been working a lot this week and it's been a bit of a struggle to muster the energy to go out for the day after a night shift but I'm so glad I have because it's been a great week. 

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Saturday, 29 August 2015

Ed Sheeran @ Wembley and London!

Hi guys!
In July I went to see Ed Sheeran at Wembley stadium and spent a few days in London. I do love Ed Sheeran but my main reason for going was just to spend some time in London, I absolutely love London but don't often get the chance to go due to mine and friends' commitments and obviously cost because it's not bloody cheap!

Here's some of the pictures I got while I was there.

We tried to do as many touristy things we could given the short time we were there, so of course we had to go in the London Eye. Luckily the weather was amazing so the views were great.

We also went to some great bars and pubs. Since we went during a little heat wave, my favourite was the ice bar, more for the relief from the heat than the novelty of being in a room made of ice!

And of course the main event! We were so high up I was terrified for my life but the atmosphere was amazing. Also, Elton John came on stage for a couple of songs which was the absolute best part, I love Elton John!

We also went to visit the Tower of London which is like heaven for a history geek like me. Unfortunately we were short on time so we couldn't really explore the place, I'd have liked to do a tour and queue to see the Crown Jewels. I'm definitely going to go back and spend the entire day there!

Obligatory hotel selfie. 

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