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I know, I know I said I wasnt going to buy anymore makeup and start making sure that I used up what I had... well clearly I didnt stick with that and picked up this beaut while having a casual browse in boots. But who can blame me, look at how pretty it is! I couldnt just wander past the stand and ignore it!

This is the No7 Vital Enlightening Highlighting powder which is part of the limited edition Floral Brights collection by Lisa Eldridge, it became avaliable on the 25th January so the chances are if you pop into your local boots you will be able to purchase one!

 Unlike the lipsticks in the collection this powder did not come in a box, however the No7 stands are always immaculate so I knew that there wouldnt be any damages to the product or the packaging be messy so all was good! The packaging itself is really nice, i love the floral details on the top of the compact, Inside houses a large mirror which is a bonus, I really dislike compacts that dont have a mirror in for some reason! If the outside is pretty it's going to mean the product itself is pretty in my books and No7 delivered. Its a gorgeous peach toned velvety powder with subtle shimmer to provide you with the most perfect highlight! I LOVE how it is in the pan, so pretty! I'm a sucker for any makeup product that is a bit three dimensional, so that was a bonus!

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When swatched the highlighter gives a really nice healthy glow to your skin, the shimmer/glitter isnt chunky at all which I find can be a bit of a problem with some highlighters. It's such a versitile product, not only is it great to highlight your cheekbones and under the brows it could also be worn as a subtle eyeshadow. A quick sweep of this across your eyelid and some winged eyeliner and you'd be good to go!

It retails at £13.00 which I feel isnt bad for 10g of product compared to other prices some highlighting powders avaliable. There are some other bits in the collection which are well worth a look at, There is a 5 shade eyeshadow palette, which was mainly neutrals, 2 cream blushes which looked quite bright in the pan but when swatched and blended they werent so scary! Then two lipsticks, one in a bright barbie pink shade and the other was a coral pink. If I'm honest I would have picked up the bright pink lippy as it was so beautiful but I limited myself to the one item as I am trying to use my makeup up afterall!

So will you be picking up this highlighter or maybe something else in the collection (FYI the 3 for 2 offer is on at the moment) I know Charli has already, solely on a text message I sent her! (I'm such an enabler!) To be honest its too pretty to say no to, right?

Much Love

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Items I want to use up/ Hit pan #1

Monday, 23 January 2012

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If you remember my 'Current Makeup' post, I made a point about how I rarely finish any makeup products anymore so I have set myself this task. I have looked through my collection and picked 6 products that I would like to completely finish.  As you can see, I havent completely changed my daily products so I will still keep some items the same and possibly switch them around but when it comes to mascara, highlighting, face/eye primers these will be the only products I will reach for.

Stila Eye & Cheek Palette.

I used to use this palette everyday untill I added Urban Decay and Nars palettes to my collection. It now just gets neglected at the back of my palette stack. I've decided I want to at least hit pan on the blush and maybe one of the shadows, so I am going to use this palette more often.

Eyeko Highlight Cream
I bought this a while ago, so I hope its still okay to use!? I have about half of this tub left. Again it was something I used to use quite often and then other products came along and it got neglected! It is a really nice highlighter for your cheeks so it will be 'bye bye high beam, hello Eyeko!' lol

Dermalogica Lip Renewal Complex.
I'm sure quite a lot of you also have or had this lip conditioner as it came in a Glossy box (I cant remember which month) I've used it once, and as its a small sample I know I will use it up in next to no time!  I basically chose it, as it's an easy product to finish! (possibly a bit of a cop out!)

This face base also came in a glossybox (Decembers) I actually have two of these samples as I got one through the post a week before my GB from MeMeMe's Facebook page! Again its quite a small sample so shouldnt take me long to use up (I will actually use up both samples) I have already used it a couple of times and I do like it. There could be a possible full sized purchase in the future!

Bourjous Volumizer Mascara.
I have a lot of mascara's and I need to make my way through them. Even after chucking out the ones that have dried out I still have a fair few to get through! I'm not actually a huge fan of this mascara, it does make my lashes really clumpy but I want to use it up so I am using it in my every day routine!

Vital Radiance Smoothing Eye Primer.
As you can see I have actually hit pan on this eye shadow primer, which has spurred me on to completely finish it up. Since Mac Paint pots made an appearance in my collection this primer just got shoved in the back of a drawer. As much as I love the paint pots I want to use this up. So this will be my go to eye primer from now on.

So they are the first lot of products I want to use up! I know some will take a little longer than others but that doesnt bother me too much, It just means I may get through more items a bit quicker! So have any of you had a look at your collections recently and realised you need to start using up more of your products? I hope I stick with this as it will be a great achievement to finally use up some make up items rather than hoarding it all!

Much Love
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So on to my second batch of goodies that I picked up while in Dubai. Just like Victoria's Secret, I had heard a lot about Bath & Bodyworks, and when I saw the name in the map of the mall (Yes you need a map to shop there because its so bloody huge!) I made a mental note to go there and have a look!

I didnt go crazy, but in all honesty I really could have! I'm a sucker for novelty scents! Now, I am a big big fan of the Yankee Candles in 'Clean Cotton' they have such a fresh and..well...clean scent. Bath & bodyworks do two different ranges that are of the cotton/linen variety. Firstly they have the 'Fresh Linen' Range, from Slatkin & Co, which I was quite tempted to make a couple of purchases from. But then on the opposite side of the store I came across the 'Sea Island Cotton' range. And I knew instantly that I would be making some purchases!

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So I only picked up two things...well three as one thing was a back up (Yes a back up, because I loved it so much!)  Firstly I grabbed the Triple Moisture body cream. I tried the tester and I was hooked... so I picked up two! With the current exchange rate these worked out about £8 each. Its not too bad as the tubes hold 8oz of product, compared to the Body Shop Body Butters which only hold approx 7oz of product and retail for £12.50 I think I did well there! The second Item from the range was a handcream. I love handcreams. I have so many on the go at the moment, I dont seem to ever finish a tube, anyone else do that or is it just me? Anyway.. I picked this up (the last one on the shelf may I add!) its basically exactly the same as the body cream but smaller! It cost me about £4 for 2.5oz.. Soap & Glory's hand food is about 4oz and costs a little over £4, so S&G kinda win here, but not really beacause....

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At the time, Bath & Bodyworks were holding a lot of offers, their Christmas stock were all BOGOF, but none of those items interested me. When I got to the till the girl at the till informed me that the handcreams were BOGOF, So i went back over the to the stand and picked up another handcream - but as I picked up the last Cotton one I chose one from a different range. I got one from the 'Warm Vanilla Sugar' Range and OH MY GOD WHY DIDNT I SEE THIS RANGE BEFORE. IT SMELLS DELISH!!! Quite literally kicking myself for not picking up some body creams! So as I got this hand cream for free I got 5oz of hand cream for £4 in two different scents therefore I 'won' again this time around! haha.

So they were my purchases of the cream variety! (lol) I do have some more items that I bought to share with you, but I like to keep you all in suspense, so look out for those posts soon! (No one likes to read a crazy long blog post do they?!)  I have to say I will be pretty gutted when these products run out and will definitely be looking to do a international swap with someone so I can pick up some more goodies! Has anyone done one of those before? Any tips? How do you find someone to even do a swap with you!?!

Much Love

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Current Everyday Makeup.

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

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Face :

Vivo Cosmetics Peaches & Cream blusher.
Lacura Concealer Pen.


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Eyes:

Mac Paintpot 'Vintage Selection'
Topshop Gel Eyeliner.

This has been my go to make up for a while now. However I will be honest and today I did swap my Skin Base for the Jemma Kidd Light as Air foundation  as I couldn't wait to try it out! First Impressions? Well I am a bit peeved that the tube isn't full (about a third of it is just air!) I do feel a bit like I have wasted my well earned cash a bit, but hey it may become my HG foundation so we will see. 

If you follow me on twitter you would have seen yesterday that I tweeted about the fact that before I started blogging I never bought makeup items 'just because'. I always waited till whatever product I was using ran out and then of course I would pop to boots and buy a replacement. These days (well since starting blogging) I buy a lot of things because others rave about it and I feel I'm missing out by not having it in my 'collection ' (Hello Light as air, I'm looking at you) or if I find something that in my head is a lower end dupe for something high end that I maybe cannot afford at the time I'll snap it up. I know I'm not the only one that does this!

So it got me thinking, I don't want to label it as a 'makeup ban' or whatever, I just want to look at my collection and start to actually FINISH products rather than just going out and buying something new because everyone says its amazing. I have so many products that If I just used them on a regular basis, they would be finished in no time. I know a lot of girls change up their makeup on a weekly basis and blog about it ( Charli, Lauren, Adrienne) I don't think I will do this as a weekly thing, I may just take a selection of products that I just want to get finished and then use them continuously until I have done so. Of course I will keep you all up to date on this by blogging about it!  :-) So is anyone else going to join me on this little (big) task? Or maybe you are also doing something similar to reduce your collection of makeup? Let me know in the comments!

Much Love
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Like I said in my Twenty Twelve post I picked up a few things while out in Dubai. I could have gone crazy in the mall, but not being 100% certain on the exchange rate at the time, and knowing that my rent and savings were yet to come out of my bank account I had to be sensible with what I purchased! The first place I headed to was Victoria's Secret. I have always watched videos from mainly Youtubers in the US, and seen the odd blog post on some of the beauty bits from Victorias Secret and knew I really wanted to try some bits and bobs, so when I saw the store when we were mooching around the mall I knew I had to go in! The stores werent massive and mainly stocked fragrance items, with the odd stand of accessories and then a table full of knickers! So I didnt have that much to choose from but I did pick up these gems.

[Sorry for the different lighting in all the photos, I hate winter light it makes taking photos so difficult!]
So I didnt go crazy, Now I've worked out how much I actually did pay I wish I had bought a few other bits. First up I noticed a load of cute gift sets featuring a makeup bag, body lotion, shower/bath gel and body mist. They came in a variety of styles and included different scents. I decided to go for the 'Sexy Little Things Noir' Set. I'm not going to lie, I chose this set mainly for the makeup bag - it was just a bonus that I liked the scents of the products that came with it! I roughly paid about £13 for this set which I dont think is that bad at all! The body mist is the perfect size to just throw into your handbag for a quick spritz on the go. I hate having to carry bulky perfume bottles or sprays in my bags as they take up so much room!

The other product I picked up (which wont be finding a home in my handbag as its pretty bulky) is from their 'Pink' range and its the 'Pink with a splash - Warm & Cozy All over body mist'. I saw Ally mention these in her NYC haul, and had to have a look at them while in store. (Ha I just watched the video again, I didnt realise I actually picked up the same scent as her) I'll be honest I would have picked up every scent they had to offer as they all smelt so lovely but like I said I wasnt sure how much I was spending so I only picked the one up! I am awful at describing scents but this is quite a sweet sugary! My rough calculations tell me this came to about £10...which is a lot for a body mist really isnt it? Considering a lot of the time I used to pick up Boots Natural Collection body mist for a couple of quid! hmmm, its probably a good thing I didnt pick up more than one then!

I'm really happy with what I got - more lotions and potions to fill my bathroom up with! (Perhaps I should start up Project Bathroom again!) Do you have any beauty items from Victoria's secret? Keep your eyes peeled for more posts on what I got while I was away!

Much Love




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Twenty Twelve.

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Hello Girlies! Happy New Year! I hope you all had a fabulous Christmas and lots of fun saying goodbye to 2011 & hello to 2012! I've finally managed to get through the back log of blog posts in my google reader! I really enjoyed seeing what you all got for Christmas and how you decided to celebrate new year!

I had a great time in Muscat and Dubai! We crammed so much stuff in that it felt like we were away for much longer than we actually were! We chilled on a beach. Went and stayed over night in the desert, in a camp literally in the middle of nowhere, then went out in 4x4's over the sand dunes which was lots of fun! Tom and I also went out on a dune buggy over the smaller dunes which was equally as exciting!

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When in Dubai I took advantage of two shops that we dont have here in the UK; Bath & Body Works and Victoria's Secret. I picked up a few goodies from both and will blog about them soon! I didnt go crazy but I am happy with what I bought.  We also went to a handbag shop recommended by family members to get a good replica designer bag. I did pick one up and I will also be posting about that too! We did spend most of the time in the Dubai Mall (which is huge!) outside we were total tourists taking photos of the Burj Khalifa which is the tallest building in the world and watched the beautiful fountain display later on in the evening. Away from the hustle and bustle inside the mall, we took a boat ride along the Dubai creek which was nice and relaxing.. but also windy and cold! 

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Back in Muscat I made a couple of purchases in Forever21 as I got a voucher to spend from Toms sister & Andy for Christmas.. Again i will do a blog post on this also (so many posts to do!) I also had my first ever Manicure and Pedicure! (Shock horror) I never really had long nails before so I never went for manicures and to put it bluntly I hate my feet, so why would I let someone else be so close to them to give me a pedicure? I have to say it was an okay experience, apart from when the woman cut my finger when getting rid of my cuticles! Who knew your fingers would bleed so much! The polish didnt last very long either, I had Orly's 'Rage' on my fingers and toes, My toes are still okay ish but unfortunaly the polish was removed after 2 days from my nails! Tbh I dont know if it did my nails any good because right now they are all short and stubby because they broke off! :-( 

My New years was fab, I did get a bit drunk, but once I realised that I was embarassing myself infront of Tom's family I quickly sobered up! We were at the Intercontinental hotel in Muscat. The whole event was outside, which I wasnt expecting at all but it looked amazing. There was a big stage with performances all night, including a Michel Buble tribute act - He sounded just like him it was strange! Food and all alcoholic drinks were free all night (Which you would expect considering how much a ticket was!) So you can see why I got a bit tipsy! Most of my drinks tasted of pure vodka, the coke had vanished! I didnt actually take a full length picture of what I wore (silly me!) But I did wear the h&m dress that Tom bought me and the Republic Miso T bar heels! Which were really really comfy!

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Overall I had a great time with Tom's family and I definitley want to go back to Dubai (to shop) and Oman ( to see Jacs, Andy and Adam) I know if we go to Dubai I will be saving up pennies like a mad woman so I can go crazy buying lots of things! ;-)

So I'll just finish off this post with a little roundup of my new years resolutions/ plans for the blog etc...

As you may or may not know (Im pretty sure I have mentioned this before) I dont eat any fruit at all. This needs to change, so I am going to ease myself in by introducing smoothies into my life! I'm on a look out for a affordable smoothie maker so if you have any recs please let me know in the comments!
Like many others say at the begining of the year. I am going to exercise more/be more active. I hate the gym because I dont like to exercise infront of people plus I pay for membership and then not go! I am going to get back into the shred and Tom and I have thought about getting a wii, and I know you work up a sweat playing those dancing games..so that may be an option.
Again like Im sure most of you have also said in your post, I am going to be more money savvy. This weekend I am going to have a clear out and list things on ebay if I have time. I have so much stuff that I dont even use so I may aswell get some money for it all! When it comes to purchasing things I am going to be sensible and actually think about whether I really need what I am contemplating buying. No more impulse buys!

Blog wise, I am hoping to start doing outfit posts, however this may have to be put on hold until it gets a little lighter, otherwise my photos are going to be so dark! Damn leaving for work when its dark and returning when its dark! There will be a post each week dedicated to my 'few to follow' rather than having links at the bottom of the ins and outs posts on Sundays, Look out for the first post this Friday! :-)

Much Love


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