How to Become a Unicorn with Nails Inc

Whilst I was on holiday and even shortly after I returned home, I saw this gift set EVERYWHERE and wondered what all the fuss was about.

I also came back to discover that stores are now releasing all their Christmas goodies, which I’m excited about! Boots and Lush are probably two of my favourite places for Christmas, due to all the amazing beauty products they come out with.

As many of you will know, Boots bring out a star gift every week or so and it’s usually an expensive gift that is brought down to half the price. I don’t know if this was the first star gift this year, but it’s proven to be a popular one so far!

This gift set being the one I’ll be talking about today is one that most got excited about. This being the Nails Inc Beauty of Dreams Deluxe Unicorn Beauty Gift Set. I picked this up last week and I wasn’t going to, but to be honest I felt shit and wanted a treat to cheer me up. It was still half price as well, so BARGAIN!

I won’t be reviewing anything in this gift set and sadly I won’t be swatching anything either, so I do apologise about that.

This set contains 7 products to help you become a glamorous, beautiful, unicorn. You get two nail polishes, two lip products and three face masks. I’ll go into detail about each one, as well as reveal the prices of them if bought individually. I want to show you what steals you get for £20! 😛

  • Sparkle Like a Unicorn Nail Polish Duo Kit – £15.00 (link)

Already this kit is a steal when you consider that just 2 out of 5 of the products cost £15.00! The nail polishes in this gift set are what sold it to me in the first place. I’ve wanted these polishes since they were released not that long ago. You get the 2 shades in here, Rainbow Wishes (iridescent purple) and Dream Dust (holographic shimmer). You can’t buy these polishes on their own and even so if you did they’d probably be £11.00 each anyway. I don’t actually think I can pick a favourite from the two as they’re both as gorgeous as the other! I’ll definitely be reviewing these very soon. Wearing them has made me realise how much I love Nails Inc polishes.

  • Show me the Bunny Sheet Mask – £5.00 (link)
  • Sparkle like a Unicorn Sheet Mask – £5.00 (link)

These face masks are EXPENSIVE! You get both of these in the gift set, £10.00 for two is a lot, but when you think about it, the half price offer makes them sound like they’re free in comparison. I love sheet masks and I already can’t wait to try these, especially the bunny one.

Show me the Bunny is an oil-balancing sheet mask, whilst Sparkle like a Unicorn is an illuminating sheet mask. I have an oily t-zone so the bunny mask will be great to use as a pamper around my time of the month. 😛 Most of all though I can’t wait to take pictures of me wearing these, it’s going to be hilarious!

These are the only products you can buy on the Nails Inc website, the rest appear to be special limited edition items for the gift set(s).

  • Silver Streak Brightening Silver Peel Off Mask.

This is a single use peel off mask which you obviously apply to skin until dry and peel off. I’m guessing it’s silver from the name. 😛 It says on the pod itself that you can use it on hands, face and body. I’m not a massive fan of peel off masks as I get so paranoid that they’ll peel all of my eyebrows off. I want to get a face mask brush soon so I’m going to wait until I get one of those to try this out.

  • Lip Trippin Iridescent Lip Strobe in shade Busy Unicorning.

This is a gorgeous iridescent lipstick that is pink with gold shimmer throughout! It reminds me of the 00’s, which really does take me back to when I was a kid. It’s creamy to apply and feels like a lip balm when applied to the lips. I do have a few issues with it though. Whilst it doesn’t have a scent, when I’ve worn it on my lips it does smell a little plastic. It’s not as bad as I’m making out, but if you’re highly sensitive with smells you may not like this. The other issue I have is that I don’t think it suits me… Sadly. I haven’t looked at properly enough to see how I feel but I do think it washes me out. I’m not a person who suits light shades at all, I’m definitely more of a dark shade gal. Either way I like this though!

  • In a Dream World Iridescent Sheer Gloss in shade Sleep Unicorn.

This lip gloss is stunning and it just reminds me of the lip gloss and lipstick shades I wore as a teenager! It’s an iridescent purple shade that when put in the right light shifts to purple. It looks exactly the same as the Rainbow Wishes nail polish, which would work perfect together at a Christmas party with a little black dress. The gloss isn’t stick at all to wear and feels like a buttery balm to wear. Again, like the lipstick this doesn’t have a scent and shares that same plastic scent, which is a little off putting. This is something I would wear alone or over a darker shade to make it pop.

I keep mentioning that this gift set was half price. I don’t know how long it’s going to be on offer for and to be honest I don’t even know when it went on the offer! This is supposed to be £40.00, of course on the offer it’s £20.00. This is way more than a bargain and to me is more of a steal for that price.

The best part about this gift set for me is definitely the nail polishes, which I know is probably what is making everyone buy this… That and people will buy ANYTHING that can help them towards their goal of becoming a unicorn or a mermaid. 😛

So, what are my thoughts about the gift set? First of all it’s definitely not worth £40.00 in my eyes. £30.00 maybe, but definitely not £40.00. I love it though other than that! This is definitely a gift you would buy for a teenager or someone obsessed with unicorns! It’d also make a really nice gift to get your girlfriends for a pampering evening in. I’d definitely get something like this for one of my friends and me to use on an evening in towards Christmas, or to use before an evening out.

I’m already wanting it pick up another one of these for gift ideas! You don’t have to gift the whole thing to someone! You can always pop one of each item into a stocking for a friend, or even as a secret Santa idea. The possibilities are endless with this sort of thing.

So, for £20.00 would you pick up this gift set? What do you think of the Beauty of Dreams gift set? Make sure to let me know in the comments down below!

Until next time, take care all and I hope you’re having an awesome week.

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July ’16 Favourites

Is it really August now? The past two months have flown by and I’m really gobsmacked about it. It’s due to my house, and now I can safely say that me and Dane have moved in! Hopefully things will start to slow down a little now, and I’ll have more time for my blog. Yay! As I write this I am wrapped up on my new sofa, in my gorgeous new M&S blanket, with a horror movie on… Did I also happen to mention it’s 8am? Oh dear!

Anyway let’s get on with this post! OH and you may have noticed that the background image is now different then how it was before. This is how it should be from now on, due to moving into the house, etc.

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  • Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Scorpio (review here)

I can’t believe I haven’t yet mentioned this shade by Jeffree Star, especially as it is on of my favourite shades to wear! I don’t really get as many compliments on this… So to speak. I usually get, “That looks very gothic!” or “Wow I wish I could rock a shade like that!” I guess the latter is kind of a compliment. It’s a gorgeous grey purple shade and one I love to wear whenever I fancy being different.

  • Maybelline Baby Lips Pop Art in Grapefruit Zing (review here)

I recently reviewed this on my blog and it has seriously been my go to lip product since I bought it. I have been wearing my lipsticks of course, but this has just been handy for when I’m too tired from early shifts at work (getting up at 4.30am is hard work people!) to be arsed to apply liquid lipstick. I get loads of compliments on this too, which is always lovely to hear!

  • Victoria’s Secret Body Mist in Snow Mint

This is an old Victoria’s Secret product and have owned for nearly two years now… Wow a long time! I love using this during the warm summer months as it’s so cooling to just spray onto the skin, especially before work, or if you want to pop out to do some errands. I get nothing but compliments on the Victoria’s Secret body mists and this is no different. Everyone always says how nice I smell, which of course is a great thing to be told! I hope they release these again this Christmas, as they are limited edition. You can pick these up on eBay though, which is always good.

  • The Body Shop Drops of Youth Concentrate

This is a sample I picked up a couple of weeks ago from The Body Shop and it is safe to say that I loved it. It’s one of those products where a little bit goes a long way, and as it’s lightweight and cooling it has been a real treat to use when it’s been hot and clammy. I don’t know if I would pick up a full size of this, but it has left my skin feeling gorgeous. I may have to treat myself to it in the future. It is a beautiful product to use.

  • Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Gloss in Wink Of Pink

Another Maybelline product! I have been waiting for these to hit the UK for quite some time now, and they are finally here. Not all shades that America have mind, which is frustrating. These have been lovely to wear on their own or over the top of Grapefruit Zing. I intend to review this soon as it is such a lovely lip gloss to wear over the summer, and it really does remind me of lip glosses I wore as a teenager.

So those are my favourites for July! Sorry that there isn’t anything mind-blowing on here, but sadly I haven’t been able to really use anything special this month due to house related issues again. Now we have moved in things will start to get more exciting on my blog again, I promise!

What things have you been loving throughout July? Make sure to let me know in the comments down below!

Until next time, take care all and I hope you had a lovely weekend.

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High-End Beauty Haul & A Foxy Surprise!

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Recently my family went on holiday and came back before the weekend. The three weeks they were away for has really flown by, and I was glad to see them arrive home safely.

When they got back they were bearing gifts, as well as with a surprise gift for me. I had asked my mom to pick me up some goodies whilst she was there, which I would give her the money for.

We have a home over in Fuerteventura, one of the Canary Islands, and due to it being a tax-free island it can sometimes work out cheaper to buy beauty related goodies over there, rather than here.

I only have four things she picked up for me, but they’re all amazing, and I couldn’t wait to show them off to you today!

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  • Lancome Juicy Shaker Lip Gloss in shade Mint To Be – £18.00

I already have one of these in shade Berry In Love (you can read my review here) and whilst I didn’t review it with all-stars and positives, I still rather like it for work if I fancy something light, which I can reapply without the worry I look like coco the clown. This is a rather odd shade considering it’s blue, but I love how it reminds me of my teenage years of wearing sheer blue lipsticks and lip glosses. This is just like the name too, it’s very minty and makes my lips feel tingly and feel fresh, which is nice! I can’t wait to rock this over the summer months on hots days out. For a while this was only an exclusive at Selfridges and Lancome’s official website, but it appears to be available everywhere now, although I think it is a limited edition shade.

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  • Chanel Poudre Universelle Compacte Natural Finish Pressed Powder in shade Peche – £33.00

I’m hitting pan on my current face powder, which means it’s time to think about buying something new! I mentioned to my mom that I wanted to get something new, and asked her if she could have a nose whilst on holiday for something fancy for me. She had a look around and found this lovely piece for me! A Chanel powder… Oh my! I wasn’t expecting this! I especially wasn’t expecting it to be a peach shade, I would have thought it would be white. This being said it’s only a subtle colour and doesn’t affect the colour of my own skin in any way. I cannot wait to start using this, it’s such a gorgeous piece to have in my make up collection now, especially with its beautiful velvet pouch that it lives in.

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  • Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in shade Plum Shimmer – £18.00

I own two of these already, Rose Shimmer, and Candy Shimmer, both of which I bought from Fuerteventura last time I went in November 2015. This is one of the newer shades in the lip perfector collection and it is right up my street! It’s a raspberry pink shade, and when applied multiple times it gives a nice dark payoff to it. I will rock this loads throughout the summer, as well as every other time of year! I hope to review them all together soon, so keep your eyes peeled for that.

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  • Chanel Rouge Coco Stylo Lipstick in shade Roman – £26.00

This is probably my favourite item that I bought from the bunch as not only is it a new and exciting product by Chanel, but it’s also such a lovely shade. I wish I could have really swatched a variety of the shades before picking the one I had, but from looking at swatches and pictures from Tempalia’s post over on her blog, I knew I would love Roman. It’s a hot pink shade, and very me! Makes a change from purple shades, that’s for sure. It’s not like your normal lipsticks either, this one has a buttery and moisturising formula which is really nice! The thing I love the most is the tube, which is long and sleek, which as the name states, looks stylish. I cannot wait to review this beauty!

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Finally I have the special gift that my dad got for me! When we went on holiday together in November I eyed up this cushion and fell in love with it. It has a fox on it, how could I NOT fall in love with it?! I don’t know what I’m going to do with it yet… Probably stick it on my bed and use it as a back rest. 😛 It’s huge though, probably half the size of my body. It’ll definitely be nice to use as something to lean on whilst I work on blog posts. This only cost my dad 27.95, which works out to £21.25. Bargain really considering how big it is, I mean look at the picture of it with my hand on top… That is how big it is!

So that’s my little high-end beauty haul! I do not know the prices in euros at this time, but when I find out I will update this post as and when. I hope to review the majority of the goodies mentioned on here soon as well.

Are any of the products I’ve purchased anything you would like to get, or have bought yourselves recently? Make sure to let me know in the comments!

Until next time, take care all and have an awesome bank holiday Monday!

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NYX Intense Butter Gloss in Black Cherry Tart – Review

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I write so many bloody reviews lately! Before I would hardly write any, and now they’re coming out of my ears. Alas I have a review for you today, and yes it’s another lip product. This is an excited review for me today mind as it’s a beauty brand I have been so excited to try for years, and now I FINALLY have the chance to give them a go. As you’ll have already gathered from the title, I’m going to  be talking about NYX today.

NYX has been around for years… Over the pond in the states, where it was founded. It finally hit the UK around Christmas time with Boots having it on offer on their website. More recently however they decided to start moving it into stores, which is deadly for me considering there is a Boots down the road from where I work, and they have a HUGE NYX stand in there.

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I have so far bought two products so far, the NYX Butter Gloss in shade Red Velvet, and this what I’ll be talking about today, NYX Intense Butter Gloss in shade Black Cherry Tart.

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This was one of the first products I swatched on the back of my hand. I am a complete magpie with purple lip shades lately and I honestly don’t know why! It’s a gorgeous dark purple, near black shade and is described as, “deep vamp purple”.

The gloss itself is just as the name of it describes, like butter. It isn’t sticky at all, which I really love with lip glosses. It goes on really easily and creamy, this is probably one of my favourite lip gloss formulas I have come across to date.

Another thing I noticed with this is the scent. It smells just like a cherry tart! You can’t really taste it when it’s on the lips, but you can smell it a little. If you’re not a fan of scented lip products then this might not be for you, but it isn’t a strong scent anyway so I can’t see sensitive noses having a problem with it.

I have a liquid lipstick just like this by Give Me Glow Cosmetics called Bad Gal, you can read my review on that here!

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The applicator for this is your usual doe foot but this one is a bit longer and flatter than your usual ones. This gives you a precise line when lining your lips and feels comfortable on the lips. I use a lip liner with this lip gloss to create a perfect defined line, as well as give it some extra staying power.

I’ve worn it with and without the lip liner underneath for work, as well as days out and about and whilst it looks great either way, I do prefer with the lip liner for staying power.

Of course, as I always do I post some pictures of me wearing said product. I don’t often state this, but I am yellow toned, so you can get a good idea how this may or may not look on yourself.

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I just HAD TO include this picture. Oh the lolz!

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So what do I think of this lip gloss overall? I absolutely love it! I won’t lie, when I swatched this on the back of my hand in Boots I thought it was the perfect dark purple shade, but when I put it on my lips I was worried I had bought a shade too dark for me… However, I am one for bold shades and I continued to rock this until I was fully comfortable with it! I have had many compliments on it, as well as people commenting on how dark it is, but in a nice way.

I love experimenting with dark lip shades, and this one is one I have loved to play and test out over the past couple of weeks of owning it. If you wish to try dark shades out I would highly recommend these butter lip glosses, whether they’re the normal ones, or the intense ones. You can pat them on to create a lighter shade, or even do an opaque look with them.

If you fancy giving these a go yourself you can pick them up in some Boots stores that now have NYX stands, as well as online. They cost £5.50 each and come in 13 different shades, including Black Cherry Tart which is the shade I bought.

So, will you be giving these a go? If so which shade(s) are you interested in picking up? Hey, do you already own one of the intense butter glosses? If so which one(s)?

Until next time, take care all and I hope you’ve had a lovely week, and have just as good a weekend and bank holiday!

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Lancome Juicy Shaker Lip Gloss in Berry In Love – Review

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I have been so damn excited for this Lancome launch since I heard about it before Christmas, so a few Sunday’s ago when I was in Selfridges with my friend Poppy, I knew I had to look at it. They had only been released in Selfridges at the time, and luckily the Birmingham store had them in stock a few days early. I had my eye on tw0o, and left with one of them.

I had my eye on Berry In Love since seeing the press release of the Juicy Shaker’s so I knew this was one of the ones I wanted to swatch on the back of my hand. I also eyed a gorgeous blue shaded called Mint To Be, which I would love to get my hands on as it’s limited edition!

The girl who served me was so lovely, and when I asked if I could try the product she applied it for me, and I really liked how it looked… So I was naughty and bought it. But this is my last treat for a very long time! So… Was it worth it?

I have mostly pros, but a few cons with this product, which I am going to talk about in this review. First of all I have to talk about the packaging.

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How adorable is it? This is probably the first thing everyone is noticing about the product, it certainly was for me! It’s meant to be a little cocktail shaker, and as a huge cocktail making fan (is that even a thing???) I just fell in love with it. As you can see it’s silver, just like a cocktail shaker, and has the Lancome name around it, with the Lancome flower on the top. Not all of the packaging is silver, with the bottom part of the bottle being clear so that you can see which lip colour you have.

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The applicator for this is very different, and I haven’t personally seen anything like it before. It reminds me of a little sweetie due to the cone, and sponge style shape. It was white when I first opened the product, but now it is sodden in the shade I picked up. Like most lip gloss products this has a screw top, which feels nice and secure when you do the top back up.

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As I’ve already mentioned, I picked up Berry In Love which is a gorgeous purple shade, which has some slight purple and blue shimmer running throughout. All the shades are said to have their own unique scent to them, of course depending on the flavour. Mine being berries related, mine smells just like it, and it’s not an intense or strong scent, it’s just light, and perfect. You can’t taste it when it’s on the lips, but depending on the person, you may be able to smell it whilst it’s on the lips. I can smell it a little bit, but it isn’t anything offensive.

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The shade I picked up is also the same shade that Lupita Nyong is wearing in the advertisements of the Juicy Shaker’s.

This isn’t like a normal lip gloss mind, and I don’t just mean about the unique packaging. This lip gloss contains nourishing lip oils such as sweet almond oil, omega 3, and cranberry oil! Meaning your lips don’t just look great, but they’re being nourished too, to make sure they stay in great condition. Due to what the lip gloss contains, it also means that it isn’t sticky or drying.

When you first get the bottle the pigment of the lip colour, and the oils will be separated in the bottle, so you need to shake it up really well to get them both merged together again. There’s a little ball inside that helps mix the two together, and it clicks around when you shake it, which I love! It really adds to the whole cocktail shaker style of the product.

There is both a lot of pros and (in my opinion) a con to this… I’ll go on to talk about the pros first.

One of the pros is how this feels on the lips. I wear glasses, so I hate when you wear a sticky lip gloss, your hair gets stuck in it, and then blows onto your glasses and you’re left with a lovely streak of your favourite gloss. Lovely! But with this it has a texture similar to water to be honest, and it feels really comforting on the lips, and hydrating. I love it for that, as it means if my lips are sore I can still rock a bit of colour whilst keeping my lips hydrated.

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Another pro of this product is how it looks on the lips when applied. It’s nothing intense, which is to be expected with it being a lip gloss. It’s just perfect for spring and summer, for days when it’s warm outside and you don’t want to be caked in make up. Of course I only have one so I can’t compare the pigmentation to other shades. You’re meant to dab the product on with the applicator, and the more layers you apply, the more intense the colour will get. I find that dabbing the colour onto the lips work better than applying it like you would a normal lip gloss in a sweeping motion. I also found the longer I owned the product, the more product the applicator began to pick up, thus more product and pigmentation on the lips.

This is where I go onto the con. This cost me £18.00, and personally I don’t think it is worth that money. If you ask me, the majority of the price is for the packaging and the name, which sucks because I don’t want to be paying for the pretty packaging. I would expect to pay say £12.00-£15.00 for something like this. I know it’s Lancome but I never really remember their products being this much money! For a lipstick, yes, but not for a lip gloss.

Due to the consistency of the lip gloss, it doesn’t stay on the lips all that long. It might leave behind a slight stain, but it isn’t anything special. I’ll apply it before I drive to work, and by the time I’ve arrived there, walked to work, clocked in, got ready, and headed down to start my shift, it’s gone. Which annoys me. It shouldn’t have vanished in all of half an hour!

This being said, I do still really enjoy this product and I’ll probably start to use it over purple lipsticks, such as Rebel by MAC (review here) to give them a bit of a pop and some gloss.

As I’ve already said, I want to pick up the limited edition blue shade called Mint To Be. It’s a gorgeous bright blue shade, which when applied to the lips leaves a clear and slight blue shimmer. It’s great for making teeth look whiter!

Overall this is a great product, especially for young girls and teenagers who are just starting to experiment with make up. I know my mom bought me the Lancome Juicy Tubes lip glosses when I was first starting to wear make up, and I loved them (I still own them… They should probably be thrown away now…). These might be great for women who want a bit of colour on their lips, but if you’re expecting a lot of pigmentation from these, then you’ll be disappointed as these aren’t anything mind blowing… Sadly. These will make for a great present from a summer holiday this year, as I’m pretty sure they’ll be cheap as chips in duty free, and tax free areas.

As I said before, these retail for £18.00 each and are currently available online and in store at Selfridges, and online at Lancome’s website. I’m unsure if they are available in store at Debenhams, but at the time of this post they weren’t on the website. You can pick these up in 13 shades, with one being limited edition.

Check them out here on Lancome’s website.

Now time for some pictures of my Toby jug. 😉

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Will you be picking up any of the Juicy Shaker’s by Lancome? Make sure to let me know in the comments.

Until next time, take care all and hope you’re having a great week.

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Holiday Haul!

Woohoo I’m officially back from my holiday (almost a week to be exact!), and boy was it good. The sun was out most days, and I’m now sporting a gorgeous natural tan. Don’t be too jealous! Whilst I was away I did a little bit of shopping. How could I not take advantage of a tax free island? Would have been rude not to… I didn’t buy as much as I actually thought I was going to, which left me feeling pleasantly surprised. Not only did I buy myself some odd bits and pieces, but I also bought some Christmas and birthday presents too.

The first things I picked up were actually from Birmingham airport. Duty free is always a must have to splurge on before you get on your plane, but this being said I didn’t exactly grab many offers… I won’t lie when I say that I wished I had waited until I had arrived at Fuerteventura to buy the first thing, but no point in crying over spilt milk, eh?

• Dior Blooming Bouquet 100ml EDT Gift Set

I’ve had my eye on this perfume for quite some time now after receiving a sample of it in the post back in the summer. It’s an eau de toilette so it’s a lovely light perfume, and perfect for summer due to it’s fruity, and floral notes. This set cost a purse crying £80.00, which came with a 100ml bottle of Blooming Bouquet, as well as a 7.5ml refill bottle. The refill bottle is stunning, definitely a posher version of a Travello bottle. So for the high price tag, it was sort of worth the money really. I wore this every evening we went out and I loved it. This will probably be my go to scent for my new job, as well as for spring and summer.

• Benefit The POREfessional Face Primer

I LOVE this stuff! It’s definitely a must have for me now since it recently returned into my beauty regime. I’m really low on my first tube so I decided to pick up another one whilst I was in duty free. I used this in the evenings whenever we went out, and due to how light weight it is on the skin, it meant it was perfect when it was still warm outside.Due to this, I would say this is a definite must have for holidays! The airport had a special offer where if you bought one it would cost £20.00, but if you bought the three/four gift set, it was only £53.00! I was really tempted by the special gift set (as you can only buy it at the airport… apparently), but considering how much I had just spent on the Dior perfume, I decided to leave it. Next time my parents fly out I’ll ask them to pick the set up for me and give them the money back. My boyfriend will be jetting out in January for a holiday, so I may even ask him to pick it up for me!

I have to say that one thing I hate about Fuerteventura is how they have a chain of lingerie shops called Women’s Secret, and we don’t! This being said, we can order online from there but meh it’s not the same thing as going in store and going through all the amazing pieces they have on offer. That and it’s cheaper in Euro’s. This being said we now have Victoria’s Secret, and that’s my favourite lingerie shop so I can’t be too sad about not getting Women’s Secret. I only picked up a couple of things whilst I was in Women’s Secret. I didn’t intend on bringing anything back, but alas I couldn’t help myself, and even then I was pretty good. The possibility of bringing back some pajamas really did tempt me, but I left it and just bought loads of knickers instead… 😛

• Hipster briefs (in black, white, and grey)

As you can see I bought quite a few of these knickers… This wasn’t even my intention to be honest! I originally bought a pack of black briefs to keep at my house in Fuerteventura, which I left behind but I loved them so much I just had to buy another pack to bring home with me. This resulted in my buying two more packs, a white pack, and a grey pack. I have no regrets because these knickers are just so bloody comfortable! If there is a pair of knickers sent from heaven, then they’re these. As you can probably see these are hipster briefs, comfortable, and perfect for hugging my curvy bum in all the right places. These weren’t on sale or anything, but cost €12.99 a pack, and you get three in a packet. I didn’t mind paying this price to be honest as I just love these so much, and doubt I’ll find any as good in the UK.

• Mickey and Minnie Mouse knickers

These were a bit of an impulse buy but they were on sale from €12.99 down to just €5.99. Who could say no to that? These are really cute, yet sexy, and comfortable. They’re grey with a picture of Mickey and Minnie Mouse having a kiss and a cuddle on the one side, super cute! I am such an unsexy person when it comes to lingerie, so I choose childish, and comfortable over sexy, and lace any day!

One of my favourite places to shop in Fuerteventura is Correlejo, it’s basically like a smaller version of London (WAY SMALLER) to the island, and thus the place to go shopping. It’s especially a great place for surfing, and the fashion there is the best with the surf, skate, and (surprisingly) snow shops. This is the main reason why I like going there, as there are over a handful of these shops dotted around Correlejo, and although I wanted to go twice to make sure I visited all the shops, I only managed to pop into a couple on one visit. My favourite shop is one that is near the top of the high street as they sell some complete bargains in there, and they’re all high brand names such as Vans, DC Shoes, Roxy, Billabong, etc. So I picked up a couple of t-shirts from there.

• Vans Disney The Little Mermaid Ariel Raglan T-Shirt

I’ve mentioned on my blog in the past how much I’ve loved the collaboration between Vans and Disney. I did really like the look of The Little Mermaid goodies they brought out in the first collection, but not enough to actually pay the prices Vans had things for sale at. When I spotted that this shop were selling one of the Ariel t-shirts with 30% off I decided to snap one up quick. They only had large sizes left and whilst I probably should have tried it on, I decided to get it anyway. There’s nothing wrong with a baggy t-shirt. I’ll be teaming this up with some baggy jeans, denim shorts, and anything really. It’ll be perfect for lazy days, and shopping trips. I picked it up €23.00, bargain! When I tried it on at home, it felt baggy enough that it wasn’t swamping me, which is perfect really. I intend to rock this Christmas Day.

• DC Shoes T-Shirt

Another t-shirt from the same shop. I saw this and knew I had to have it. I didn’t want to worry if I left it behind I would regret it. This is a navy t-shirt with the DC Shoes logo in red, and white. It actually reminds me of a t-shirt my boyfriend owns by DC Shoes which is one of the reasons I picked it up. I love that t-shirt of his, and when we first got together I would constantly ask to borrow it to wear, or tell him to wear it. So it’s nice to kind of have my own version. That’s just so soppy isn’t it? I picked this up in a medium which is the only size they had for this one, I’m sure it’ll fit fine! This was 50% off in then sale so I only paid €13.00 for it. When I finally got this home and tried it on, it fit lovely but has a very odd boxy looking fit on the top half of it. I’m sure this will go away the more I wear it.

I didn’t buy much make up whilst on holiday, which I am somewhat surprised about, but at the same time I didn’t want to buy much anyway. So this being said, I did really good! Although I have three things here, I only bought two of them as one was a gift, but I still wanted to mention it here. These are all things I have wanted for years, so it was lovely to finally treat myself to them.

• YSL Kiss & Blush Soft Matte Colour in shade 3 Rose Libre

One evening when I stayed in I watched the 2014 film about Yves Saint Laurent which I’d downloaded specifically to watch on the plane to or from my holiday. I’m glad I didn’t watch it on the plane now to be honest, as I enjoyed it more during an evening in, whilst chilling in bed. It kind of gave me the push to buy the lip colour which I had nearly bought when I came here in January. It’s a gorgeous creamy lipstick and blush, which reminds me of a creamier version of Collection 2000’s lip cream (in shade Cotton Candy). Rose Libre is a cool neutral rose shade, and one that can be worn all year around, especially in spring! Due to how light it is on the lips this will be perfect to wear for my new job. It’s definitely a shade for wearing to smart events and such. I doubt that I’ll wear it as a blush, as regular readers will know, I don’t wear a full face of make up. This was an absolute steal at just €29.00 considering they cost £28.00! I’m sure I’ll be reviewing this in the New Year.

• Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Protector in shade 01 Rose Shimmer

This is another product that I’ve been lusting after for ages, again since January and even before then! My friend Ali over at (Maliberry Makeup) reviewed this not long ago (link to that review here), which opened my eyes to this shade, as I had my eyes on another shade beforehand. This is a lovely non sticky lip gloss that gives a nice conditioning feeling to the lips, whilst leaving them with a natural shade, this one being a delicate pink shade, which is somewhat bright. These Clarins Lip Protectors also have a gorgeous sweet scent to them as well, an aspect I love in lip products. I’ve worn this to work a few times now and it looked natural and beautiful. It’s going to be a staple for me when I don’t fancy wearing anything dark on my lips. These cost £18.00 in the UK, but I picked this up for just €12.00 which is so damn cheap! I wish I had bought more now I’m back home, but two of these is more than enough.

• Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Protector in shade 05 Candy Shimmer

This was actually a gift from my dad. He managed to snag it alongside another present for me for just €8.00! I couldn’t believe it when he told me, but he’s got a way with words, like myself really when it comes to trying to snag bargains. This is the shade I have been lusting after for years after my friend Poppy reviewed it over on her blog years ago. It just looked like such a gorgeous darker pink nude shade, something I don’t find myself going towards to be honest. It’s more of a peach shade and definitely darker than Rose Shimmer. Like Rose Shimmer, it has the sweetie scent to it, which really gives it a lovely feel overall. I’m going to be wearing these loads throughout the warmer months of the year, as they’re not sticky at all, and are also lightweight.

I didn’t intend on buying any games whilst I was on holiday, but alas I did… Oops!

• Nintendo 3DS games – New Style Boutique 2 Fashion Forward and Cooking Mama Bon Appetit!

I wasn’t going to buy any games whilst on holiday… Even though I was looking for the Style Boutique game the day after arriving. I had downloaded the demo to play whilst there, and I fell in love with the game after finishing the demo. I didn’t buy it until a couple of days before we were due to go home, and I paid hardly anything on it too! It costs £28.00, but over there it only cost me €27.99, which I thought was pretty decent. A day later I went back to the electronic shop I bought the first game from and picked up a Cooking Mama game. I loved Cooking Mama when it first came out, so to be able to play a newer version of the series made me happy, and I paid even less for it than Style Boutique. It only cost me €21.99. I didn’t bring the games boxes back to the UK with me, instead I just bought the game chips with me, which is of course what you can spy in the picture above.

In the part of the island we live in/stayed in they have their market every Tuesday and Saturday from 10am until 2pm, so we had to go and have a quick mooch around before we were due to come home. We went on the last Tuesday we were there, and within an hour we were done looking around, and buying things for ourselves, as well as for other people. I bought myself a little something, and my dad bought me and my mom a few things too.

• Black Baggy Genie Pants/Trousers

This is what I ended up buying for myself. I saw one of the waitresses wearing some pants similar to these, and I fell in love with them, so I knew I had to find myself something similar. These were only €10.00 which is cheap as chips! I wish I had bought another pair now, but alas I left it to just one pair. I wore them loads the last couple of days we were on holiday, and I knew I would be bringing them home with me. They’re pretty thin so they’ll be good if I just want to quickly pop out to run errands, and especially great for summer days, and evenings out with friends.

• Rainbow Scarf

This was another purchase from the market, and one my dad bought for me. He wanted to buy my mom something nice to bring home for her, and the only thing he could think of getting her was a scarf. You could buy one scarf for €7.00, or two for €20.00 so he offered to get me one too. I couldn’t really find much I was after, but when I spotted this scarf I knew I had to have it. I used to love anything with a rainbow pattern on, have done since I was a kid. I don’t know why to be honest. Since getting home I’ve been wearing this scarf for my new job, and it’s really lovely.

• Michael Kors Small Riley Satchel in Navy

I didn’t buy this, but it was a gift from my parents, bought whilst me and my dad were on holiday. It’s an early Christmas present, and I would have bought it myself but it was pretty expensive, and since buying all my Christmas presents before I went on holiday I was pretty skint… This bag was really cheap too, and before anyone assumes it must be fake it is NOT. It is very much real. This originally cost €294.00 but with 30% off it went down to €210.00. This in pounds made it £152.00, a complete steal for a Michael Kors bag, especially when this is meant to cost £260.00 (in John Lewis) it was a really good price! So far I’ve been using it since the last couple of days of holiday, and so far at work and I love it. It’s a small bag, but it fits loads in there, and it fits in all the things I need and that’s it! I picked it up in the colour navy, even though they had it in a nude shade too. I would have loved it in red or purple to be honest, but beggars can’t be choosers and quite frankly navy is gorgeous anyway! I will be writing a post about this bag before the New Year, so keep your eyes peeled for it.

But that is all I picked up whilst I was on holiday! I don’t think I did too bad to be perfectly honest, as I could have bought more. I did also buy some presents for my mom, and a couple of things for my boyfriend, and my friends.

I had a lovely holiday though, and being able to treat myself after graduating from university was really good to do.

I doubt I’ll be treating myself anytime soon… Well maybe not until the Boxing Day sales anyway, or my birthday!

Have any of you bought yourself some little treats at all in the lead up to Christmas? Make sure to let me know in the comments down below.

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

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September Favourites 2015

Goodbye September, and hello October AND autumn! I was seriously loving some products in September and I have been so excited to share them with you all today. So let’s just get on with it!

  • The Body Shop Glazed Apply Bath Jelly.

I know this is a product from Christmas 2014, but I don’t care. I fell in love with this when it first came out, so I picked it up in the January sales. Since then I have used it once in a while as a treat and this stuff lasts ages! Only recently have I used it more than previously and I am really sad that I am one or two more uses away from this being finished. I don’t think Glazed Apple is coming back this year, instead it appears to be being replaced by Glazed Plum… Which I don’t think will be as good but whatever. This has left me feeling lovely and soft after a long soak, and smelling of yummy apples. I hope The Body Shop bring back the bath jellies so that I can pick up the other scents this year.

  • Jo Malone Cologne in Earl Grey & Cucumber (review here).

Ever since getting this thanks to my job, I have loved it and let me tell you, it has lasted AGES! I used this on a shopping afternoon and drinks evening out recently in September and I really loved using it. It lasts ages, smells gorgeous and lady like, as well as just being a complete classic for me now. It’s definitely going to be my scent for my graduation! It’s just a shame it costs so much, but I can see this bottle lasting me years as I only use it when I really fancy it. I don’t go crazy with the bottle otherwise it’ll all be used up really quickly.

  • Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Lip Balm.

If there is a lip balm that I go back to every autumn and winter, it’s this. It’s just so creamy and moisturising and it really does help me when my lips are incredibly dry, which they have been a lot lately. Not only that, but I haven’t been that bothered about wearing lipstick this month and I really don’t know why. I’ve just felt “meh” whenever I look at my lipsticks and end up slathering this on before I leave the house. It’s just perfect, and I can never say anything wrong about it!

  • Garnier Body Intensive 7 Days Softening Nourishing Lotion.

I stopped using this a while ago, only recently remembering that I owned it when going through my beauty cupboard. Instead of using this as a body lotion I’ve been using it as a in shower body lotion, and also to shave with and I don’t care if you’re not meant to do this, because it works really well for me. I don’t get time to apply body lotion after I get out of the shower or bath these days, so I need to keep moisturised somehow. Being able to apply this all over and rinse it off after I’ve used a shower gel is really good, and it leaves me feeling soft and smooth all day! It also smells really nice! For shaving it really does the job, and has saved me using all my expensive shave gel too.

  • Hawaiian Tropic Island Berry Lip Gloss.

I picked this up a couple of months ago and have been using it none stop. It’s a really summery moisturising lip gloss with SPF 15, perfect for holidays, which is why I picked it up. I didn’t really wear any lipstick when I went on holiday so I doubt I will do the next time I go, so this is a great option to wear from day to evening. This smells and tastes delicious, just like island berries and has a light pink/red shade to it. I keep this in my backpack to apply when out on the go. It isn’t sticky which I really like, but due to that it doesn’t last as long as I’d like it to, which is pretty annoying. I picked this up in Asda for £3, but in Boots it retails for for nearly £8, shocker! So if you’re wanting to pick this up, go to your local Asda and pick up a bargain!

So, those are my favourites from September. They’re nothing special, I’ll admit that but they’re essentials to be honest and ones I have been loving this month for sure.

What beauty products are you loving from September? Make sure to let me know in the comments.

Until next time all, take care and here’s to October!

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