January ’16 Favourites

New Year, new monthly posts! I love doing these so much, and always look forward to writing a new one at the end of each month. I’m not changing the way I write these at all, and will stick to the same format that I usually do. My favourite five products of the month. This year I’ll try not to repeat any products, but if I do alas, it just means it’s an amazing product!

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  • Lush The Comforter Shower Cream. (link)

This is a shower cream I received in one of the many Lush gift sets I got over Christmas and my birthday. I have a couple of bottles of these so I decided to start using one as a nice treat. It smells so delicious, and I already know I’ll be buying a huge bottle in future. It smells just like The Comforter bubble bar and is really strong. The scent lasts on the skin most of the day, which is great! When I first used this it didn’t foam up that well, but since then it has been great. This has been great to use before I start early shifts at work, as it really does wake me up. My boyfriend seems to really like this as well!

  • The Body Shop Africa Ximenia & Salt Scrub. (link)

I picked up this beauty in the Boxing Day sales, and I really do love it! I can see picking this up over and over again as it is just an amazing body scrub. I actually used it on my boyfriends back whilst he had a bath to give him a massage, and he loved it. It leaves your skin feeling silky smooth, and you don’t need a lot as it’s super thick and goes a long way. Due to the ingredients it leaves a lovely smoothness behind that only a body lotion could do. I intend to keep the pot it came in too so I can try to create my own coffee scrub. I recommend this if you have dry skin like me, as this is perfect!

  • Marc Jacobs Decadence EDP. (link)

This is a perfume my brother bought me for Christmas, and it was by far one of the nicest gifts I received! My brother always picks the best perfumes and this is probably the best he’s ever bought for me. I tried this out whilst I was on holiday and I loved it so much. I didn’t buy it though as I thought, “No I have enough perfume!” and it’s a good job I didn’t considering my brother bought me this before/during my holiday! I honestly can’t describe the scent as it’s such a unique one, very masculine smelling in my opinion. It reminds me of Illamasqua’s perfume to be honest! This is by far best fragrance by Marc Jacobs and I wish he would make more like this. I’ve been wearing this quite a lot throughout the month. I love it so much.

  • Aromi Beauty Liquid Lipstick in shade Miss Mauve. (link)

I’ve gone a little liquid lipstick crazy recently (honestly I really have!) and this is one of my recent purchases, and also one of my favourites. I reviewed it recently, which you can check out here. This is a gorgeous mauve shade, which feels so comfortable and creamy on the lips. Due to the light shade it’s really wearable too, and one I have found myself reaching for for work when I fancy wearing something nice. If I fancy anything OTT and awesome, I’ll always go for my Jeffree Star shades, or MAC. I would love to try more Aromi Beauty lipsticks in the future. This one is just perfect, and I’m so glad I picked it up when I did as it’s currently sold out on Cocktail Cosmetics website!

  • Laura Geller Matte Maker Invisible Oil Blotting Powder. (link)

This was one of my Christmas presents from my mom, and it was very much appreciated as I was in need of a new face powder. I think she knew that, which made this even nicer. I have been using this to set my The POREfessional by Benefit and it works really nicely with that to help keep my face matte for most of the day. I could probably do with taking this to work so I can powder during my break… But meh I’m too lazy for that! I just love this powder, and I recommend it as a finishing powder for sure.

So those were my favourites for January! Wow the first monthly favourites has come and gone already. I can see this year flying by already, I can’t believe it’s February now.

What products did you love during January? Make sure to let me know in the comments down below.

Until next time, take care all!

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Boxing Day Sale Haul

I can’t believe how fast the past couple of weeks have flown by! It only felt like yesterday that we were celebrating Christmas, than New Year, and yesterday it was my birthday. I have so many posts I need to write-up, but I’ve just been so busy with the celebrations, as well as work, and spending time with loved ones. So in hindsight I’m only just able to write about what I picked up in the Boxing Day sales! I have so many posts to get sorted, so please be patient with me over the rest of the week as I’m busy with work all weekend.

I mentioned in a post on Christmas Eve about what goodies I was contemplating or had even already bought in the Boxing Day sales. One of the main things I bought caused me so much hassle I nearly rang customer service and had a massive bitch out at them… But I was calm and collected (surprising for me in situations like this!) and I got the problem sorted. That item I shall talk about first, to get it out-of-the-way.

  • Topshop Two-in-One Velvet Cord Playsuit – £60.00 (link)

It took a while to get this playsuit to my home, and safely in my wardrobe but it was definitely worth it! As I mentioned on my post-Christmas Eve, I had my eye on this playsuit during my holiday, as I saw it being advertised in a magazine. When I got home I got onto the Topshop website as soon as I could, and was sad to see it was sold out. So I had a look in some stores, and they had sold out too. I scanned Depop and eBay, but everyone was charging a fortune. So on Christmas Eve I had a look on the Topshop website again and there it was, back in stock! So with my student discount, and a £20 gift voucher, I ordered it. It cost me £34 instead of £60, which I was really happy about.

However, I soon encountered a few issues when it arrived… 1. It was too small, which was pretty upsetting to be honest, for obvious reasons. No one likes feeling like a fatty! 2. The playsuit arrived damaged. Something had ripped the bag it was packaged in, which had gone through to the playsuit itself and caused it to rip and be covered in mud. 3. It hadn’t even been packaged properly and was clearly one that had been sent back and re-sold to me. I’m not a snob by all means, but damn at least make it look presentable! These were all annoying, and frustrating issues, so as soon as I could I emailed AND tweeted Topshop about it with complaints. The complaints department fobbed me off with the email I received by saying, “Sorry you better take it back to a Topshop store to be looked at, and exchanged.” which made the situation even more annoying than it already was. I was going to make a complaint about it, but it’s past now and I have my new playsuit. However, the people who I spoke to via the Twitter page were amazing! They offered me some compensation by saying I could have free express delivery, AND 10% off. I asked if I could still use my student discount on the playsuit, and they said yes! It was incredibly generous of them, especially considering I only paid £28 for the playsuit in the end, including my £20 voucher and 20% off.

So I am now the proud owner of this playsuit and I cannot wait to wear it out soon. I intend to dress it up with some knee-high socks, and some flats for a cute Japanese school girl look. I might just throw my fedora on for good measure.

  • New Look Back Ribbed Cold Shoulder Long Sleeve Top – £8.99 (link)

Sorry I don’t have a picture of this… 😦 I originally ordered two t-shirts from New Look, but I ended up returning the one as it didn’t fit properly. It was extremely annoying to be honest, as on the picture online on the model it looked like a normal length. But when I got it and tried it on, it was more like a crop top. This is due to me having boobs… Big ones at that. The t-shirt was rolling up whenever I lifted my arms in the air. Once again, like the Topshop playsuit it left me feeling less confident about my weight and body, and more like a potato.

However the t-shirt I kept fit beautifully and I’m wearing it right now to be honest. I’ve been after a cold shoulder top for years! Since I first saw my friend Faye (HI FAYE!) wearing one back when I first met her nearly three years ago (wow time flies!). So I’m glad to finally have one of my own. I expect a fashion addiction to start-up soon, especially as I now have my eye on other cold shoulder items from New Look… This wasn’t in the sale, but it was still a bargain at £8.99 and they come in four different colours too! May have to pick up that burgundy one soon.

  • The Body Shop Frosted Plum Shower Gel – £2.00 down from £4.00 (link)

I wanted to try this shower gel all over the Christmas period that it was out in store, but I never got around to it… I was trying to save money, and use up products I already had accumulated in my cupboard. As Christmas loomed I found most of my shower gels had gone, and I needed more. So I thought, “sod it for £2.00 it won’t break the bank!” so I ordered it. It’s a lovely shower gel, that with a little it goes a hell of a long way! It has a fruity, yet floral scent to it which I really enjoy, but my boyfriend doesn’t like. I wish I had picked up the Frosted Apple scent now, but hey ho. Can’t have them all (well I could… It’s still available to buy…)!

  • The Body Shop Africa Ximenia & Salt Scrub – £7.5o down from £15.00 (link)

I have used this body scrub since buying it, and wow it is amazing! I don’t think there will be any body scrub to top this and that is just after one use. This is a very thick scrub, which is more like a wax consistency (it isn’t wax!) and a little bit of it really does go a long way. I’ve hardly touched mine. I already know I will be repurchasing this scrub as it has really helped my skin already, and it smells amazing too! I can’t wait to review this in the future. Even at £15.00 this is definitely worth the money.

  • Boots Soap & Glory Get A Smooth On – £17.50 down from £30.00 (link)

I popped into Boots to get some essentials for myself, but I ended up picking up this gift set after having my eye on it for a while. I was close to ordering this online when I ordered my Christmas Eve Yankee Candle but I wanted to be good and not order too much. I eventually decided to pick this up for various reasons, the main one being that I needed a new weekend bag desperately! It’s a gorgeous silver holographic bag, which is pretty roomy to be honest. I used it for New Years when me and my boyfriend went to our friends for the evening, and everything fit in there perfect. I also love the Sugar Crush collection by Soap & Glory, and so does my boyfriend who has been using the shower gel loads since I bought this set. I’ve used the shower gel, and the body scrub before but never the body spray, and buttercream until now. I love the spray, and have been using it for work.

  • Boots Yankee Candle Large Jar in Christmas Eve – £10.99 down from £21.99 (link)

I’ve been after this candle for years, probably 6 or 7 years now… Boy has that flown by! It was a complete steal at £10.99, and I was tempted to buy another Yankee Candle too as they had Christmas Cookie and Snowflake Cookie for the same prices, but I left the last two as my boyfriend admitted he had bought one of them for my birthday (you’ll find out soon which!) so I just bought Christmas Eve. I can’t wait to burn it soon.

So that’s everything I picked up in the sales! I don’t think I did too bad in hindsight. I did buy some goodies from Lush, but that’s for a separate post coming up soon, so keep your eyes peeled for that.

What did you manage to pick up in the sales? Make sure to let me know in the comments!

Until next time, take care all.

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Christmas Eve Shopping!

As many of you will know (or might not if you are hiding under a tinsel covered rock) Christmas sales start early now, instead of starting Boxing day they now start Christmas Eve. Soon they will start in October! It’s my day off work, so whilst lying in bed watching a movie I decided to order myself a few goodies from the sales. I tell a teeny lie there as I have one item here that wasn’t sale, but I saved £26.00 on it. I’ll go into more detail on that.

As well as what I have managed to pick up so far (which isn’t much but my bank account is crying) I’ll also be sharing some things I hope to pick up in the next couple of days.

The top row is items I have bought, and the bottom items I hope to pick up. Enjoy!

Boxing Day Sales

  • Topshop Two-in-One Cord Playsuit – £60.00 (link)

I’ve been after this playsuit since my holiday, as I saw it being advertised in a magazine. I just fell in love with it, and knew I had to have it. When I got back to the UK I searched for it online and had zero luck, it sold out pretty quickly due to it being worn by a singer (can’t remember her name, nor the band she sings in) as well as by a model (again don’t know her name). So when I was out doing some last Christmas shopping last weekend I asked in Topshop if they had any in stock, to which I was told no, and there wasn’t any left in Birmingham either. Gutted! I was just browsing this morning online and I found it! In my size! Sadly this isn’t in the sale, but I do have my student discount which saved me £6.00, as well as a £20.00 gift voucher from a customer at my old job gave me as a leaving present, so I snapped this beauty up for just £34.00! I’m so glad I have managed to pick this up! This being said, there are a lot of negative reviews about this, mostly to do with the zip being faulty… I’m hoping I’ll be lucky and be sent a decent one. If not this will either need to go back, or I’ll have to fix it myself. Either way a very pissed off Nat will be down to Topshop! I really want 2016 to be the start of me dressing up again, as lately I haven’t given much of a damn, just throwing on a pair of baggy jeans, a baggy t-shirt, baggy hoodie, and my Vans. Which isn’t necessarily a bad look, and I feel lovely wearing this… But I always gain loads of compliments when I dress nice. So why the hell not? I hope to have my first 2016 lookbook featuring this dress, for my birthday.

  • Boots Yankee Candle Large Jar in Christmas Eve – £10.99 down from £21.99 (link) (Yankee Candle link)

I’m just going to quickly vent some mild frustrations at this purchase… Yankee Candle’s UK website actually have this down at £8.80 in the sale… It isn’t much money no, but still it is annoying. However, this isn’t annoying if you want to pick up this deal, as Boots have sold out! Yankee Candle still have some of these left which is good. It was a choice between Christmas Eve, Christmas Cookie, or Snowflake Cookie. I know I have one of the last two for Christmas as I got my boyfriend to choose which one I was going to buy. I cannot wait to burn this now, I’ve been after it for years!

  • The Body Shop Africa Ximenia & Salt Scrub – £7.50 down from £15.00 (link)

I quickly went past this whilst browsing what The Body Shop had on offer in their half price sale. I need a new body scrub so I thought I’d have a look over it. I recently bought a peach and lemon body scrub from The Body Shop and it is safe to say, they were rubbish! The lemon one somehow got into my hair and ruined it for about a week! Leaving it feeling like it was constantly full of hair gel. Not impressed! So I checked out the reviews for this one, and they were all positive, so I added it to my basket! It comes in a really lovely resealable jar too, which I’ll be using to make my own coffee body scrub in future.

  • The Body Shop Frosted Plum Shower Gel – £2.00 down from £4.00 (link)

I really like The Body Shop shower gels, they’re a real treat for me so whenever they have their shower gels on sale I always pick one up. Frosted Plum is a scent that has appeared back for Christmas after a long time of being M.I.A. and I cannot wait to try it. I don’t think I’ve given it a sniff in store either, which is a surprise to me, especially seeing as I’ve been into The Body Shop loads recently. This will be nice to use for winter before work.

These are some of the things I’m hoping to pick up when they go into the sale, or what I’m still contemplating picking up.

  • Lush Sweet Christmas Gift Set – £35.50 – not yet in the sale (link)

This was on my Christmas wish list so I’m keeping fingers crossed that I’ll get it, but even if I do I’m hoping I’ll manage to grab one (or maybe two) in the Christmas sales at Lush, alongside some other bits and pieces. I pretty much want everything in this box. It contains: Magic Wand Reuseable Bubble Bar, Rose Jam Bubble Bar, Yog Nog Bath Bomb, Luxury Lush Pud Bath Bomb, Tooth Fairy Tooth Powder, The Comforter Shower Cream, and Snow Fairy Shower Gel. Alas if I don’t pick this up, I’ll be buying some other goodies instead: Snow Fairy Shower Gel (the BIGGEST bottle!), Salt and Peppermint Bark Shower Scrub, Yog Nog Bath Bomb (at least 5!), Star Dust Bath Bomb, Bar Humbug Bubble Bar, Christingle Body Conditioner, So White Bath Bomb (at least 5 again!), and Father Christmas (again, at least 5!). Realistically I don’t want to be buying THAT much, or spending that much either really. I’ll be picking up what I can, and whatever I think will last me until next year.

  • eBay Baggy Cargo Pants – £29.99 (link)

When I was a teenager and starting to really come out of my shell and discover who I was, my fashion tastes developed quickly too, and I always wanted a pair of baggy cargo jeans. The rocker and alternative girls at school wore them, and I wanted to as well. My parents reused to buy me such jeans, but my brother bought me a pair, Levi’s too! I wore them for years, but as I got older I lost a lot of weight and they didn’t fit me anymore. Not just that they were battered from wearing them so much. I would love to own another pair for lazy days to pair with a tight fitted t-shirt. The next two I’ll be talking about would go perfect with this pair of pants. Also, I know these aren’t a sale item, but meh… It’s my blog! 😛

  • New Look White Stripe Contrast Trim T-Shirt – £5.00 down from £9.99 (link)

This t-shirt reminds me of something from the nineties. It also reminds me of Ernie from Sesame Street, and I don’t know why! This would look great dressed up and down! For £5.00 I can see me picking it up, as I could do with some new t-shirts. I find myself gravitating to the same ones and I wish to change that.

  • New Look Black Ribbed Cold Shoulder Long Sleeve Top – £8.99 (link)

I have been after a t-shirt like this for YEARS! Only now have I managed to find one exactly how I pictured it in my mind. The only problem I have with cold shoulder tops is if you don’t have an awesome top arm tattoo to show off it renders it pointless… But alas I still want one and even though it isn’t sale, I can see me buying this too. £8.99 is a pretty good price for what it is to be fair.

So that was my choices and purchases for the Christmas sales! I also cannot believe it’s Christmas Eve. This Christmas has passed us by really quickly and soon enough it’ll be the New Year!

Have you picked anything up in the sales? Make sure to let me know in the comments.

Until next time, take care all and have a MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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