A Belated Birthday Money Haul

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I mentioned in a post recently about how I’d received a Debenhams gift card (post here) from my brother for my birthday, as well as some birthday money from family… But that I hadn’t spent it yet.

Well after a crap week, a trip to A&E, and some resting in bed, I decided if I was feeling up to it I would take a trip to town with my boyfriend and do some much needed therapy shopping… and eating.

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It’s not technically something I bought with birthday money, but I wanted to give the item, and my friend a mention. My friend Claire (over at All Mouth, No Spoons) offered to sell her Jeffree Star liquid lipstick in Unicorn Blood to me earlier on this week, and when she said for £10, I jumped at it straight away! She knows how much I love Jeffree Star’s lipsticks, and bless her she knows my skin tone well and that it would suit. It was nice to have a natter with her for a while when I went round to her house to buy it. I’m sure I’ll be meeting up with her soon, and doing some collaborative posts in the future!

Our first stop of for the day was to Yakinori, a noodle, bento, and sushi restaurant. There are two in Birmingham, one in Grand Central, and one in Selly Oak by Birmingham University. I have to say hands down it is some of the best katsu curry I have ever had, and let me tell you I’ve tried a lot from various Japanese restaurants… So I’m kind of a pro now at this taster stuff. Joke. 😛 It really did set us up though for the day, and we didn’t feel hungry at all after that. We intended to get some more sushi from there on our way home, but that never happened.

So we went into town to do some shopping, parking was a pain but it wasn’t SO bad and town was actually quieter than we originally thought it was going to be, due to people being paid and such. It was good though, nice and quiet just how we like it.

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Our first place to go shopping was Nostalgia Comics. It’s my favourite place to go if I want to do some much needed geeky shopping. They stock comic books, manga, Pop Vinyl’s, various figures, I could go on. You get the gist of it by now, they stock a lot of nerdy stuff. We went in to get some comic books and manga. My boyfriend was on the hunt for more Deadpool comics, and I wanted to try and get some new manga to read. My boyfriend kindly offered to buy me some manga, my choice being the Sword Art Online Progressive series, which started not long ago. Nostalgia do a 3 for 2 offer on most manga, and these were on the deal too. They weren’t cheap in my mind at £9.99 each, but meh. They’ll keep me happy for a while!

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I loved Nostalgia Comics anyway, but after yesterday I love them even more. When my boyfriend purchased his goodies, the woman serving us put some free Deadpool goodies in too! She gave him a beanie, a sleeping mask, and a badge. I said, “Oh wow I’d love the beanie!” To which my boyfriend replied, “No I bagsied it!” I said aww and obviously looked sad, so the woman asked if I wanted a hat too! I said yes of course, and only when I had a nose at the hats a while later did I realise she gave me a full set of goodies too. What a legend! The beanie hat is so damn comfortable and baggy, it’s definitely going to be worn to death.

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Next stop was Debenhams, where I decided I would either use the whole £50 on my gift card, or just half of it. I ended using all of it! On things I really wanted mind. The first thing I picked up is this adorable fox dress by H! by Henry Holland. I LOVE foxes so I couldn’t pass picking this up. I went and tried it on, and it was just perfect. The fit, the length, and especially the print. It has a nice little cut out above the boobs as well, which is a nice change. For £28 I thought this was a bargain, and that’s full price. I’ll wear this loads throughout the year.

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As well as that I picked up a new product by Benefit, the POREfessional: matte rescue. I can’t wait to try it, and have had my eye on it since it releasing in America a while ago. I’ve heard nothing but positives about it too, especially for people who have oily skin. I have an oily t-zone (which I HATE!) and whilst the POREfessional does help it, it doesn’t help it all day. This wasn’t cheap at £21.50 but to be honest, it’s a huge tube and a little bit does go a very long way, so I don’t mind spending that much. I’ll be writing a review on this in the future. The woman who served me at the Benefit counter was amazing too, she gave me a couple of free samples, which I can’t wait to try!

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Finally I made a stop off at Victoria’s Secret, the shop I mainly wanted to go to town for. Since my friend Poppy introducing me to the store back in December 2014, I have loved their bras. It is like my boobs are on air, and they’re loving it! However, my first bra from there is damaged, two more I bought aren’t the right fit for me, and a duplicate/replacement I bought of the first one is just wearing away from overuse (oh dear…), so I decided it was time to buy a couple of new ones. I’m so glad I did! I always get my bras from upstairs in the PINK section, but this time I opted to try the Victoria’s Secret section downstairs, and I’m really glad I did. I picked up a gorgeous red bra that I liked the look of and waddled to the changing room to try it on. I asked Gemma, the girl who served me if I could try it on and be measured as I was concerned that I may have gone down a bra size. She said yes, not a problem and helped. She said I was still the same size, and that the bra I had picked up fitted perfectly. To be honest, I felt pretty damn good in the bra I picked up, and I loved it so much I picked up another one but in a nude shade. I can’t wait to wear them next week now. I’ve missed having a comfortable bra! The only problem with VS though, is the price… These made me want to cry when they came to £77.50… But meh they last quite a long time, and they feel comfortable, so to me it’s worth every penny.

So that was everything I picked up from town with my birthday money! I have bought some little bits and pieces up this month, but I’ll feature those in a separate post me thinks. I really need to stop buying things now. 😛

Have you picked up any nice goodies after pay day on Friday? Make sure to let me know in the comments down below!

Until next time all, take care and I hope you’ve had a great weekend.

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Fancy A Free Ciaté Nail Polish & Caviar Pearls?

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Then I’m here with a quick post (very quick post seeing as I took the pictures for these on my phone instead of on my digital SLR…) this morning to tell you how! On your way to work or even on your lunch break pop into your local shop that sells magazines and pick up a copy of Marie Claire because they’re giving away not one, but two Ciaté nail polishes in their July issue, one being a nail polish and one being a jar of their caviar pearls.

The magazine costs £2.50, but it’s usually £3.90 so you’re also getting this issue £1.40 cheaper than you usually would if you’re a regular reader of this magazine. The Ciaté polishes retail for £10 a set so you save so much money by getting these free in Marie Claire!

I heard about this from a July freebies post over at  mybeautynotes blog yesterday morning and thought I would have a look at all the magazines offering said freebies. The Ciaté freebies caught my eye the most and I looked in about five different shops before I got my hands on the colours that I wanted!

I couldn’t resist not making a post about this just incase anyone wasn’t aware about the Ciaté freebies.

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There are six sets to pick up in store and whilst I was on the hunt for two, I only managed to find the one I was after, which was the Starry Night set. The other set I wanted to pick up (or will attempt to find later on today) is Purple Rain.

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As I mentioned above I picked up the Starry Night set which contains Ferris Wheel nail polish, a gorgeous creamy light blue polish and Frost Yourself caviar beads which are dark blue, light blue and silver beads.

I’ve never tried the caviar beads before, by any brand so I am rather excited to give these a go soon!

I can’t wait to try these out the weekend and for £2.50 I know I’ll be picking up another one of these sets!

I know I’ll be reviewing these in the future, so keep your eyes peeled. 😉

Have you picked up Marie Claire yet with your free Ciaté nail set? If not, WHY NOT?! If you have however which set did you pick up? Leave me your replies in the comments down below.

Just a quick one for today all! Hope you’re all well, gimme the weekend!

Until next time, take care and see you soon.

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#VintSetFest goodies *warning image heavy again*

Hello again, as I mentioned yesterday my VintSetFest post was going to be split into two, the first one being about the event itself and the second being about the awesome goodie bag you received when attending the meet up, as well as the stuff I bought and made (yes made!) at the meet up too.

As well as stands selling amazing little bits and pieces and making your make up, nails and hair look pretty, there was also a crafting stall there, where you could make something of your own for free. Yes, completely free!

I decided to give it a go and instead of just making one thing, I decided to make two.

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You had the choices of making a sunglasses case, a collar and a bracelet, I decided to go for the collar and bracelet. I wanted to go back to make my best friend a bracelet too but by the time I went back, they were getting ready to leave, which was a real shame.

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The first I decided to make was a collar, as I was one of the first people to sit down and have a go at this there was plenty of materials and such to choose from.

I decided to go for a white-collar and cover it in studs. I was going to cover the whole thing in studs, but it took long enough just to apply 5, so I left that idea out. The ladies who were working at the craft stall were lovely and extremely helpful! They came over to everyone one at a time as the stall began to get busy, ensuring and making sure that everyone was getting on okay. I’m really pleased with how my collar turned out, and although I’m unsure of how I’m going to wear it yet, I WILL be wearing it throughout the autumn and winter season as I think it’ll go well with grunge and punk outfits.

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The second thing I decided to make was a bracelet. These were easy to make and can be made at home, which I liked. You gather together three different materials, cut them to the desired shape and size, put together and sew the top of the bracelet to create one of the tassels. Then putting the sewed side underneath something heavy, you begin to plait the materials together, as tight as possible. It was fun to make one of these and even though it’s chunky, it looks awesome! I’m going to start making these with little pieces of thread to wear like surf bracelets for when autumn and winter come along.

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Sadly, not every thing was free but I didn’t mind for the prices I paid for these things.

I picked up two bracelets from The Vintage Set and Love Without Measure. The black and silver peace sign being from Love Without Measure and the green and gold bird one being from The Vintage Set, which was also a special edition bracelet for VintSetFest, so I knew I had to pick one up while I had the chance! They were both £4 each and I haven’t stopped wearing them since buying them.

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Macadamia Hair were at the event selling some of their products for less than they would on their website, so I thought I would pick up one of their No Tangle Styler Brush for £10. Although it is retailed on their website for £9.95, I got a free sample of their Deep Repair Masque and a 10ml bottle of their Macadamia Healing Oil Treatment. So I got quite a bit for my money, which was nice.

I love this hair brush so much! It’s just like a Tangle Teaser, but it has a handle so it’s a little easier to use. I’ll be writing a review about this in the near future, so keep your eyes peeled for that!

I also picked up a 75ml can of Catwalk Work It hairspray, as it was only £2.50 and I thought it would give it a go for such little money! I can’t wait to use it when I start making my hair curly and wavy again.

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Finally onto the goodie bag that I received when I arrived at the event! It was so generous of them to give goodie bags away and I can tell you, for my first one it was amazing! Full of things I know I’ll enjoy trying out and possibly buying in the future. I know I’ll be reviewing most of them, for sure! I’m going to make sure to talk about everything I received in my goodie bag, just so you guys know what amazing products I got.

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L-R: Neal & Wolf Ritual Daily Cleansing Shampoo & Daily Conditioner. Both for all hair types. Macadamia Deep Repair Masque. Goody Good Stuff Sour Koala Gummy Bears. Halo Eye Make-Up Remover Pads.

Neal & Wolf Ritual Daily Cleansing Shampoo & Daily Conditioner. This stuff sounds amazing and right up my street for the type of shampoo and conditioner I would choose to use on my hair. I can’t wait to try this stuff out and as it’s for all hair types I won’t have to worry I’m using something wrong on my hair type.

Macadamia Deep Repair Masque. My hair could do with some repairing lately as I haven’t had time and I’m not lacking funds to go and get it trimmed, so I’ll definitely be giving this a go soon on my hair and as I received a free sachet of this with the brush I bought, I can give it a couple of goes, or maybe even give a sachet away to my Mom or a friend to try as well.

Goody Good Stuff Sour Koala Gummy Bears. I didn’t expect to get sweets in my goodie bag and I’ve been fighting off the urge to eat them before making this post on my blog. I offered them to my boyfriend late last week and he declined. What a silly boy because these taste delicious! I’ll be checking out this company for what else they sell, as I’m trying to diet right now and these sweets will be perfect to help me ween myself off of Haribo.

Halo Eye Make-Up Remover Pads. As regular readers will know, I don’t wear make-up… Well apart from lipstick and nail polish, that’s all. These won’t be much use to me, but I know they will be for my Mom and maybe to me when I next wear a lip stain, as I only find that make-up removers can get them off clean without scrubbing for ages.

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L-R: Argan Oil Healing Shine Treatment and Intense Deep Conditioning Hair Treatment. Macadamia Oil Revitalizing Shine Hair Treatment and Hydrating Deep Conditioning Hair Treatment. Keratin Protein Smoothing Shine Oil and Smoothing Deep Conditioner.

Argan Oil Healing Shine Treatment and Intense Deep Conditioning Hair Treatment. This stuff sounds like a spa treatment for my hair! It strengthens dry and damaged hair, which is what I need right now due to this hot weather we’ve been having lately, and as I mentioned above, it’ll help my split ends that I need to get trimmed off ASAP. I had a sniff of the oil and it doesn’t smell amazing, but it isn’t unpleasant either. I’ll soon see what it’s like when I pop it onto my hair.

Macadamia Oil Revitalizing Shine Hair Treatment and Hydrating Deep Conditioning Hair Treatment. This isn’t as appealing to me as the Argan Oil, but it still sounds really good and will would work wonders over the cold winter months when my hair is getting damaged from being under hot and cold, over and over. The oil smells absolutely amazing! It smells like sweets and I really can’t wait to use this on my hair soon.

Keratin Protein Smoothing Shine Oil and Smoothing Deep Conditioner. This stuff will help my hair loads with its split ends until I can get it cut and even after I have, it’ll continue to keep my hair strong and prevent it breaking. The oil smells really nice, it reminds me of oranges and lemons. I can’t wait to try this one out either, although I’m going to wait until after I get my hair trimmed to try it.

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L-R: Green People Sun Lotion in SPF 15. Little White Lie Tanning Lotion in Lighter.

Green People Sun Lotion in SPF 15. This is an organic sun lotion, which i think is a really nice idea! I’ll be using this on my face while we have some nice weather to enjoy. It smells like lavender and isn’t heavy on the skin at all, thus it doesn’t take too long to rub into the skin and sink into the skin too. I’m excited to try this out!

Little White Lie Tanning Lotion in Lighter. I won’t be using this, nope not even on my pasty white English legs. Why? Well why not? I hate self tan, if you want a tan go out and get one. I can sympathise with people who burn as soon as they enter the suns rays, but for people who can get a tan, go and get one if you want one that bad. I’m sick of seeing people resorting to fake all the time and plus it looks orange and horrible, even when done properly. I’ll be giving this away to my Mom to try out.

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L-R: Polaroid Contacts Pod Pre-Filled Contact Lens Case. Dylon Fabric Dye in Navy Blue.

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Polaroid Contacts Pod Pre-Filled Contact Lens Case. Oh how I wish I wore contact lenses right now, even if they were for a cosplay or for Halloween, as it looks like this contact lens case is going to be wasted, unless I find someone who will give them a good home. Either way this looks amazing and if and when I do wear contact lenses, I think I will invest in one of these.

Dylon Fabric Dye in Navy Blue. I really can’t wait to try this fabric dye out! I wish I could have got a different colour, as out of everything bloggers received in their goodie bags, this was the only thing that was different from each others. But I can’t complain, this stuff will be fun to try out and I’ll probably try and do some dip dye with some shorts, t-shirts and cardigans.

I completely forgot to take a picture but I also received a Carmex Lip Balm Tube, which was really nice to get and since VintSetFest, I’ve used it everyday! I’m hooked on this product and not only will it be featuring in my July favourites, it’ll also be getting a review in the future. It’s just that good!

So that was everything I bought and received at VintSetFest.

I can’t express how much I loved this meet up and I can’t wait for next year to do it all over again, as it did so well, I would be very surprised if they didn’t do another one next July.

I met a couple of lovely girls there too, but sadly didn’t exchange details, but I hope through writing my two posts, that they’ll find me here and say hello (I won’t bite!).

I want to thank The Vintage Set and Tiger Bam who organised the event, got everyone involved and sent out all the invitations to beauty bloggers alike!

I’m really pleased to have been a part of it and excited to attend more blogger meets in the near future.

Did you attend VintSetFest? If you did let me know in the comments!

Until next time, take care and continue to have a good week.

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