Brand Focus: Sweet Cecily’s!

A couple of weeks ago Ana mentioned a brand that I had never heard of, Sweet Cecily’s. There are many things I loved the sound of when I researched this brand and the all contributed towards me making a little order! I thought I’d tell you all more about the brand today and the things I like about it and also a mini review on the two items I purchased! Sound good?

Why do I like the brand?

  • They are based in Whitby! Whitby is a place where I have made plenty of fantastic memories and always makes me think of my Grandparents who used to take me there. We always walked along the beach, had fish and chips at the Magpie and bought rock to take home with us, the seaside town is very close to my heart. Therefore, when I heard that the brand was based there, I had to support it!
  • They hand make all their products! There is something lovely about knowing that someone has lovingly made your products for you and that it wasn’t just a giant production line!
  • They don’t test on animals! As I have been a veggie for the last 6-7 years, it’s always nice to hear that animals weren’t used for testing for cosmetic reasons, I think it is very uncalled for!
  • They don’t contain Parabens! I’m not gonna lie and pretend I know what parabens are, but I’ve heard it’s better for you if they aren’t in your products, so woo hoo the coast is clear here!
  • Their packaging is so cute and kitsch! I’m a sucker for packaging, enough said.

What did I buy? 

  1. Elderflower & Almond Hand Cream £6.95 for 50ml – I love the texture of this product, it is quite thick and luxurious feeling and I love how it comes in a little pot rather than a tube! The scent did get a bit of getting used to as I wasn’t too sure at first, but now I quite like it! It’s really hard to describe actually but it is quite a sweet scent but not too overpowering. I think the reason that I was unsure of the scent at first is because we are now so used to scents that are formulated in a factory to smell exactly what they say they are, however when you are using all natural ingredients, the scents will naturally be slightly different!
  2. Mojito Flavour Lip Balm £3.25 for 10ml – When this arrived, I was pretty shocked at how small the tin was, however after using it for a couple of weeks, I haven’t even made a dent in the product! A little does go a long way and it keeps my lips lovely and moisturised! I found the texture a little bit strange as the more I rubbed my finger in the pot, nothing seemed to be happening however I soon realised that there is still product on your finger but it is a lot thinner than vaseline for example. I quite like this factor actually as it doesn’t leave a greasy film on my lips! Finally, the scent is delicious! It’s so fresh and both minty and zesty at the same time, a perfect mojito scent!

Overall, I am really please I tried and supported a small company in a town I adore. If you decide to pick up anything from Sweet Cecily’s let me know as I’d love to know what some of their other products are like!

Much Love

xoxo

P.s This post wasn’t sponsored in the slightest, I just wanted to share a unique brand with you lovely lot!

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The Travel Diaries: Budapest July 2015

As summer is quickly drawing to a close, I thought it was about time that I wrote my very over due post about my trip to Budapest last month! I have been spurred on to do this as I have FINALLY booked my main summer holiday with tom, round of applause please! We are going to Venice for 4 days and then on to Crete for a further 6, I am literally so looking forward to it! So this bring me to another quick issue, I will need some blog posts to be scheduled for those 10 days, is there any posts you’d really like to see here or is there anyone that would like to do a guest blog post? If you have any idea leave them in the comments please and if you’d like to write a guest post, then please email contact.therosebeautyfiles@gmail.com. So, back to Budapest, I will split the post up into the 2 main days that we were there and will also pop a few links to restaurants and our hotel incase you are interested.

Thursday 16th July 2015 

We arrived in Budapest in the early evening, the flight wasn’t too long and we arrived a little early which is always good! If anyone is thinking of going to Budapest and is needing a transfer to your hotel then definitely check out Airportshuttle HU, they have a booth in arrivals so you don’t have to book it in advance. It is definitely the cheapest and most convenient option that we found and the service was very well organised and professional.

Our hotel was the Hilton Budapest in the Castle District which was absolutely perfect for our stay, it was a 5* hotel but we managed to get a really good deal so it was not 5* prices when we went! The Castle District is beautiful, you get amazing views over the whole of Pest and the Danube. There are lovely restaurants near by and loads of fantastic sights to see! What struck us was just how clean the entire district was, there was no rubbish anywhere and all the buildings and pavements looked like they were cleaned every day, not something you can say about many cities nowadays!

Friday 17th July 2015

Whilst we were staying in Budapest, they were having a heatwave, and when I say it was hot, I mean HOT! It was 38 degrees celsius every day we were there which made sightseeing quite uncomfortable! We decided to go out in 2 hour bursts and then come back to cool down and refresh before going out again. We managed to cram absolutely loads into one day and I think we saw pretty much everything we wanted to which is always a good sign!

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The first thing we saw was the Matthias church which was situated next door to our hotel conveniently, it is a beautiful church, even if you are not into religion, you cannot deny how amazing the building is. It has a fantastic mosaic roof that is really striking and sparkles when the sun shines!

From the Matthias church, we headed to the Fishermans Bastion which is right next to the church.IMG_0906 It provides some fantastic views over the city and the architecture is brilliant. There are a couple of places to grab and ice cream and cool off nearby but it is quite busy during the day with people wanting to take advantage of the amazing photo opportunities!

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Seeing as we were staying in the castle district, we obviously had to take a walk along to visit the castle! The castle and the palace are right next to each other so it’s great if you are short on time and want to cram in as much as possible. The palace has a ‘changing of the guards’ procedure and certain times throughout the day. This is something you should try and see if you get the chance as it is completely different to the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace, as it’s quite a formal routine they have to go through and in that heat, I had a lot or respect for them standing there all day! The palace and the castle are both really amazing buildings and definitely worth a wander round the outside, it’s another great photo opportunity and a lovely bit of history.

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We couldn’t stay in Buda forever, so we decided to take a trip over the river to Pest. We decided to take the funicular railway down the hill as it was quite a walk otherwise! I would definitely recommend this mode of transport, not only does it take no time at all, but it is a really lovely historical thing to do and is something you might not see in too many places any more! IMG_1003We took the railway up and down but you can just take a one way trip if you prefer. At the bottom of the railway is the Chain Bridge which is one of the most famous bridges in Budapest and connects the cities of Buda & Pest and offers great views up and down the Danube when you take a walk over it. IMG_1015

We wanted to take a stroll along the Danube and sat and watched the boats going by and could see the Matthias Church and our hotel from down on the other side which made them look even more grand. Along the banks of the Danube is the incredible memorial ‘Shoes on the Danube’ this represents the Jews who were killed by fascist Arrow Cross militiamen in Budapest during World War II. They were ordered to take off their shoes, and were shot at the edge of the water so that their bodies fell into the river and were carried away. It represents their shoes left behind on the bank. IMG_1022It is really shocking to see the amount of shoes that are there and shows the struggle that Jewish people were having across the whole of Europe, not just in Germany & Poland. It is definitely worth a visit! Just along from this memorial is the Budapest Parliament building which is such a stunning building! We didn’t go inside although you can go inside for free if you are a European Citizen I think but just remember to take your passport with you! IMG_1029

After all this sightseeing, we were absolutely shattered, so we headed back to the hotel to get ready to go out for dinner. Both Tom and I love Italian so we found an Italian nearby that served lovely, cheap food in a garden like setting with live singers which was the perfect ending to a great day! The restaurant was called Riso and serves lovely pizzas and pastas! If you are in the Castle District, you should definitely give it a try!

Saturday 18th July 2015

We wanted a more chilled day today in comparison the busy day we’d had yesterday. We headed off to the Gellert Baths for a bit of relaxation. Budapest is famous for it’s baths and this was something I had been told buy numerous people, was a must visit if I was in the city. Gellert Baths is one of the oldest in Budapest and is beautiful! It is so well run and is perfect for both hot and cold days as it has an outdoor pool with a wave machine, and heated indoor pools. We haven’t got any pictures of the baths as I thought it was a bit weird to take photos inside a swimming pool however there are plenty online if you want to see what it was like! The outdoor pool was perfect for us seeing as it was so hot outside, it allowed us to cool off and made it feel like you were on a lazy holiday rather than a city break. There was no chance to get a sun lounger however, we really didn’t need it, we just lounged in the pool and enjoyed the sun!

Inside there are pools ranging in temperature from 31 degrees to 38. It is so lovely to sit there in the warm thermal baths and just chat and have a relax! One of the rooms inside the building has an incredible glass roof that can be opened on hot days, it is honestly the strangest thing to see the whole roof come off an old building! One thing that Tom and I tried was the steam room which is 50 degrees in temperature! I found it a bit too hot and I think Tom did too! We were both wearing contact lenses and all the steam was making them go a bit strange so we didn’t last very long! It is suggested that after the steam room you dip into the plunge pool which is literally about 10 degrees and is absolutely freezing! I only managed to get up to my knees but Tom was brave and did go all the way in.

We spent the best part of our day here and then just wandered around the district for the rest of the afternoon. We found a fantastic restaurant for dinner which funnily enough was directly opposite our hotel. It was called Speiz and the food was amazing, it served some traditional dishes like Goulash Soup but then catered for all tastes, including me the picky vegetarian, in the form of Mushroom Tagliatelle which was simply incredible! We also had some of their homemade lemonades which are definitely worth a try!

We headed home the next day and despite it being a short trip, I feel like we managed to cram a lot in to a small time. I would definitely recommend a trip to Budapest as it is such an incredibly beautiful city with so many things to see! IMG_0981 I will definitely do another travel diary for Venice and Crete so keep your eyes peeled towards the end of September/early October for that! Thanks for reading!

Much Love

xoxo

50 Things That Make Me Happy!

I realise that I have been a little bit rubbish at keeping up with tag nominations recently and for that I am sorry, however, the lovely Karen from Confetti & Curves nominated me to do the 50 Things That Make Me Happy tag and I felt like I could do with some positivity in my life so here I am! I am a bit of a pessimist but there are quite a few things that make me really happy and I thought I would share them with you all today!

  1. My Family – This kind of comes as standard but they mean the world to me!
  2. Tom – Who could resist his beautiful beardy face!?
  3. Receiving Parcels in the Post – Honestly, I’m like a child at christmas and always go running to the door with a little squeal!
  4. Dogs/Puppies – I love their happy little faces and the love that they just seem to ooze!
  5. Driving – One of the only things to calm me down during anxiety is driving, I love the sense of freedom and independence it gives me.
  6. Baths – Who doesn’t love a good long soak in the bath?! All warm and snug with loads of bubbles, perfect!
  7. Snow – I get ridiculously excited when I see flakes of the white stuff falling from the sky, I just love everything about it!
  8. Hot Chocolate – I love drinking this on winter evenings after uni, all snuggled in bed like the grandma I am!
  9. Holidays – I love going on holiday and having a good old relax, sun sea, sand and swimming, what more could you want?
  10. Finishing your last exam – Nothing can beat that feeling!
  11. Taking Your Bra Off at the End of a Long Day – It’s like your shoulders are breathing a sigh of relief!
  12. Shaving Your Legs – Particularly if you’ve been meaning to do it for ages, surely it’s not just me who makes everyone touch my legs for the net day?!
  13. A Clean Fresh Bed – This is honestly the making for a great night sleep, it is just the best!
  14. Reading a Good Book – I love getting stuck into a story and that feeling of not being able to put it down is great!
  15. Baking – I love making cakes and the smell is so good!
  16. Eating Outside – This is one of my favourite things about summer!
  17. Pay Day! – Speaks for itself really, everyone likes a bit of money!
  18. Cuddles – I am a massive touchy feely person and a hug speaks a thousand words for me!
  19. Photographs – Capturing moments is really important and looking back on them is even more special!
  20. New Stationary – (Sorry Karen for stealing this one!)
  21. Waking up and realising it’s the weekend!
  22. Waking up before your alarm – Being able to go back to sleep for another hour is like a blessing in disguise!
  23. Taking the Roof off my car – Particularly with music playing and sunglasses on!
  24. Reading Comments from my Blog – Please leave me them, they make me so happy!
  25. Working – Now not all jobs, but I do love working at my current job, it’s nothing exciting but the people I work with are amazing!
  26. Uni – I never thought I would write this, but it really does make me happy!
  27. Baby animals – They’re just so bloody cute!
  28. Waking up after a long lie in and counting how many hours sleep you’ve had.
  29. Parking perfectly first time – I am now the master of parallel parking. Just Saying.
  30. Beating Google Maps’ Estimated Journey Time – I am not competitive but this makes me very happy!
  31. Having a really good laugh – They say laughter is the best medicine and all that!
  32. New Makeup!!
  33. Chocolate & Sweets – My dentist doesn’t agree. Bitch.
  34. PUGS – Anything with pugs on it, cards, bedding, doorstops (I am honestly not listing everything I own with a pug on it…)
  35. Waking up to great Weather
  36. Coffee – (Decaf obviously)
  37. A really great Cocktail – You know when you find that perfect combo that you think, yep, this is the only alcoholic drink I ever want to have in my hand from now on… until the next one!
  38. Yorkshire – Maybe it’s because my grandparents live there but I adore it so much!
  39. Fresh Bread – From the shop or homemade, I’m not too fussy.
  40. Coffee Art – You know when people make patterns in the foam of a cappuccino?! It is like the gift that keeps on giving.
  41. Giving presents – I love to give someone a gift I have thought long and hard over. I love seeing their reactions.
  42. Solving a hard maths equation – sad I know but it has a great sense of satisfaction.
  43. Finishing Work or Uni for the day – Kind of contradicts what I said earlier but I love being at home too!
  44. Days in Bed – In my pyjamas, with a film on and only getting out for a wee or to get food. Perfect!
  45. Music – I love listening to all kinds of music and I really do vary my playlist to tie in with my mood.
  46. Checking your phone to see loads of notifications – It makes me feel popular hahaha!
  47. Being organised.
  48. Friends Who are Honest – I love people who are straight talking!
  49. Meeting New People – I love making new friends!
  50. Seeing Tan Lines Form – You know that first day on holiday when you come in to see tan lines? I love that!

I hope you’ve liked this slightly different post! Thank you so much to Karen for nominating me, I have really enjoyed doing this post! I’m not going to nominate anyone in particular but rather anyone that needs a boost of positivity in their lives and wants to give this a go. Sometimes sitting back and thinking about all the great things really improves your mood! Would any of these make their way into your favourites?

Much Love

xoxo

P.S If you read number 24, please leave me a comment!

P.P.S Number 51 would be if any of you scrolled back up to see what 24 was!

Review: Bourjois Java Rice Powder

Hello Everybody!

Sorry I’ve gone a bit AWOL the last few days, but I took a well-earned holiday up to see my grandparents in Yorkshire with Tom. We had a lovely long weekend and I feel thoroughly relaxed and I have enjoyed some quality time with some of the most important people in my life. My Mum’s parents are like second parents to me and there is nothing I wouldn’t do for them so getting to spend a few days with them has been absolute bliss! So, now I’m back home with a big, awakening bump, I thought it was about time I got round to reviewing another one of those lovely products I bought a few weeks ago…

In my haul the other week, I picked up one of Bourjois’s oldest make up products, their Java Rice Powder. Now, I have to be honest and say that when I bought this, I had absolutely no idea what I was supposed to use it for, but being the makeup junkie I am, I thought that if it had been around over 150 years, it was worth a try anyway and in the basket it went! IMG_1097Bourjois says:

‘The delicately scented feather-light powder boosts skins radiance, smoothes the complexion and sets make-up. One transparent shade suits all!’

Sounds good right!? I have also read that this can be used either as a setting powder for all over the face or a highlighter, to pin point the radiance to the high points of your face. So far, I have mainly been using this as a highlighter as there is a fair amount of sparkle to this, however I never seem to really notice this on my skin, maybe I am just applying it very lightly! I am intrigued to try it as an all over setting powder though as I do like the effect it gives when I have used it recently!

Packaging – The packaging of this is so cute, it has been designed to look quite retro, like the original packaging may have looked and I absolutely love it! It has a twist lid which comes off to reveal a split divider so the powder doesn’t all fall out. When you twist the divider, a series of holes appear meaning that you can tap a little bit of powder to the surface then shut it again to prevent it all from falling out. I think this is quite a nifty little idea to include, particularly as this powder is ultra fine in texture! I do find that some powder still manages to find its way out of the divider when it’s shut, however the twist lid on the top prevents it all from spilling into your makeup bag. On the packaging front, I would give this a 9/10.

Price – I find Bourjois to be a very reasonably priced brand and this product is no different, it retails for £9.99 for 5g, which sounds like not a lot of product, but you really do only need a tiny amount at a time. Boots always have some sort of offer on for Bourjois so it’s worth keeping your eye out for those, whether it’s three for two or a gift with purchase offer, there’s always something going on to give you more for your money!

Product – The first thing you will notice about this product is the smell, its has a very noticeable fragrance to it in the pot, however, this thankfully doesn’t translate to the face. I do like the smell though, I can’t quite put my finger on what it reminds me of but its quite a delicate scent. The powder sweeps onto the skin very nicely and doesn’t look cakey and doesn’t break your foundation up which is a massive plus point for me. As I said previously though, it does have a little bit of shimmer in which can be a little bit too ‘illuminating’ if applied with a heavy hand. I have used this as a highlighter and I do like the subtle shimmer for that although I am a little hesitant to apply it as a setting powder. I apply this under my eyes, along my cheekbones, down my nose and on the very centre of my forehead and I don’t feel like the shimmer is too much for that. I don’t feel like this is holy grail material and I think this will be a one-time purchase for me as I would like to try similar powders, however, for the money, you can’t really go wrong; one colour fits all and the powder is very light and does give your face a bit of illumination which is nice. If like me, you are looking for something to throw into your 3 for 2 offer, then definitely consider this product as it is a little bit of makeup history!

Have you tried the Bourjois Java Rice Powder? What do you think of it if you have? I hope you are all enjoying your summers and I am aiming to try and post a bit more frequently, however, I don’t want to promise things that I won’t be able to keep so I am just going to keep posting when I have the time. Thank you for reading!

Much Love

xoxo

Cohorted August Beauty Box! 

So today something rather exciting happened, I received my first ever beauty box! That’s right, last month I finally got my hands on the infamous cohorted box on a preorder and it’s been a long wait since then! 

So what did I get in this months lovely box?!  

 

  • Bare Minerals Soft Focus Face Brush – I was really pleased to see this in the box! It is incredibly soft and I can’t wait to see how it applies my foundation! I have also never tried anything from Bare Minerals!
  • Bare Minerals, Bare Vitamins Skin Rev-er Upper – This can be used like a primer and it claims to extend the wear of foundation which sounds good to me. I’ve tried it on the back of my hand and it’s so smooth! It’s also a really decent size bottle! 
  • Laure Geller Baked Impressions Eye Shadow Duo – I got this in the shade Fine Wines and they are absolutely beautiful! They apply really smoothly and are velvety in texture! The colours are gorgeous and matte, one is a light pinky shade and the other is more plum in colour. I will definitely get lots of use out of these! 
  • CARGO Eye Colour Quad – Again these are lovely wearable shades and the texture feels lovely! It’s a great little palette to take away when you are short on space, and I have always wanted to try something from CARGO! I will try and do a look with this in the future so you can see the colours better! 
  • Molton Brown Relaxing Yuan Zhi Body Cream – This was the cop out product of the whole box for me and will be the one thing I’m not excited to try. It smells a bit old lady ish for my taste as its rose and vanilla based, which is a shame, but it’s the lowest value item of the whole box so I’ll let it slide. 

Overall I am really pleased and I think I will be buying next months box too! What do you think of this box? If you don’t know, this box is priced at £19.99. + P&P and has a contents value of £66. I don’t know whether I full agree with that valuation, but it is definitely worth more than I paid so that’s a good thing in my book! 

Much Love 

Xoxo

Review: Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation

Okay, so over the years, it’s felt like the world and it’s mother have been speaking about this foundation and I thought that it was about time I gave it a try. This is a bit of a revelation for me as I am a bit of a high-end advocate! So in my recent haul, this was one of the items I picked up and I though I would give you the low down on what I think!

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So firstly, this foundation retails for £9.99, which is very reasonable in my opinion, particularly when my beloved Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua is priced at £33! This comes in 8 shades which seems quite a small selection to me! I am quite pale and I wear the second lightest shade, Vanilla. I feel like if you are quite dark-skinned, you will struggle to find a shade that matches. I feel like this foundation has more of a yellow undertone to it than a pink undertone, which suits me fine as I have a natural yellow undertone too, but it’s something to bear in mind when looking for the right shade!

The packaging is quite substantial and efficient, it has a pump which is always a good addition, and it’s housed in a glass bottle. This is not too great for travelling but in all the years I have been travelling with foundation, I am yet to have a bottle smash in my makeup bag whilst travelling. Famous last words I know…

Bourjois claim that this foundation gives a ‘Radiant and flawless complexion for up to 16 hours’ and uses ‘a fruit therapy formula to enhance your complexion’. I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t tend to wear foundation for 16 hours, but I do find this to be very long lasting on my skin, without looking cakey or dry. It applies very smoothly onto the skin and leaves it looking very healthy and glowing with a great amount of coverage. I would say though, that this does have quite a strong scent to it, it must be all that ‘fruit therapy’ going on inside the bottle, however, this scent doesn’t linger very long on the skin which is a good thing in my opinion! You don’t want people to ask what perfume you’re wearing and you have to reply ‘oh it’s not perfume, it’s just my face’!

The nice thing about this foundation is that Bourjois have used more natural ingredients to try and enhance the foundation. It has Apricot for radiance; Melon for hydration and Apple to ‘protect your youth’. Now I agree with the radiance and hydration aspects, my face does look glowing and radiant when I wear this and has a perfect level of hydration, no dry patches and no oily t-zone, bingo! As I’m only 20, I can’t really vouch for the ‘protect your youth’ statement but to be honest, I think that’s a load of crap. How can putting apple into a foundation do anything to help you stay youthful and I absolute hate the phrase ‘protect your youth’. Other than that though, I can’t really find many faults! I find it wears beautifully and evenly throughout the day and the first time I wore this to work, I was asked what makeup I had on within 10 minutes of arriving. That must be a good sign right? My colleague said my skin looked really even and healthy so I am really happy that this has translated to other people too! Here’s a picture of what I looked like on that day, I am wearing the foundation with no primer or powder:

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As you can see, it is a pretty good colour match for me at the moment and my skin does have quite a subtle glow about it which I really like! I would say this is a medium coverage foundation which is probably the most I like to wear on my skin. This does not feel thick or paste-like when applied to the skin, and a little really does go a long way. One to two pumps covers my whole face nicely!

I was a bit worried about this foundation when I swatched it on my hand as it looked a bit shimmery, but this really does not translate onto the skin at all, so much so that I am starting to wonder whether it was something else that was shimmery as it does not have that effect on the face at all! I hope you liked this review! Have you tried this foundation at all? If so what do you think of it?

Much Love

xoxo

Pay Day Collective Haul & First Impressions!

So my first pay day, since starting work full time for summer, arrived the other day and the extra boost of money to my bank account may have encouraged me to get a little bit spend happy. Another thing that contributed to my spending spree was the fact that I’ve just finished my 5 night shifts at boots, which meant that on my break I could browse the shop completely uninterrupted. Very very dangerous territory! My view is everyone deserves to have a few treats, so today I am sharing with you my pay day collective haul!

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So, first up, lets talk about the priciest item in my little splurge, my Chanel Chance Eau Vive Perfume 50ml! Now you may have remembered in my June Empties Post that I finished off a sample of this and I absolutely loved it, it was the first Chanel perfume I had ever tried and liked and so I finally took the plunge and bought it! This retails for quite an eye-watering £55 however I managed to get it for £43 by taking advantage of the Boots 10% off fragrance offer that was on and also using my Boots discount. This is a lovely summer fragrance and to say it is only a EDT, it lasts like most other EDP’s! Very happy bunny over here!

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Now I am fully aware that I don’t talk about drugstore beauty much on this blog and that is simply because I do prefer high-end products as I feel they are much better quality, however, as a student, the price does sometime get a bit much, particularly when you like trying out new products as often as I do! Therefore, I did a little drugstore beauty haul one night at boots, using up some of my points and making the most of the brilliant three for twos that were on offer! So first up then, L’oreal:

  • L’oreal True Match Foundation in Golden Ivory – This has been so highly talked about in the blogging world that I wanted to see what all the fuss is about, I have used it once so far and was content with how it looked but not blown away as of yet! I am going to do an individual review on the majority of these products over the next month but I want to give this a good try before I make a decision as it did seem to look better as the day went on. IMG_1088
  • L’oreal Miss Manga Mascara – I picked this up on a bit of a whim as I was one short on my 3-for-2, but boy am I glad I did! I don’t think I’ve been so impressed with a mascara in a very long time! If you follow me on twitter, I posted a picture of my eyelashes with this on the other day so make sure you check that out!
  • L’oreal Infallible 24hr Foundation in 120 Vanilla – Of the two L’oreal foundations I feel like this is my favourite! It wore so well throughout the day and the colour match was pretty good actually. To be honest, I matched myself pretty well to all the foundations but this one did seem to leave my skin looking especially lovely! A little goes a long way with this and after one try, I am eager to put it to the test even more! IMG_1090_Fotor

Being the beauty spend-a-holic that I am, I wasn’t satisfied with one 3-for-2, so I meandered over to the Bourjois counter and a few things may have just slipped into my basket…

  • Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation in 52 Vanilla – I know what you’re thinking, why on earth do I need another foundation?! Well I wanted to try more drugstore items to be featured on this blog and in FOTD posts, so blame the blog! Again, I have worn this once and I have been pleasantly surprised by it, within 10 minutes of walking into work yesterday, I was asked what foundation was on my face as it looked lovely. That’s a good start in my books! IMG_1092
  • Bourjois Bronzing Primer – Now a little while ago when Nicola and I went on our little post exams shopping trip, we went to the Chanel counter and tried the Soleil Tan De Chanel and fell a little bit in love. However, when we heard the price, neither of us could justify spending that amount of money! So, online I went in search of a good dupe and I believe I have found it! Both of us have picked this up and I for one am very very happy with it! It also smells delicious too! IMG_1094
  • Bourjois Poudre De Riz De Java – Apparently, this was the first product Bourjois released over 150 years ago, and I thought, if it’s not been discontinued over all those years, it must be a good’un! It’s an illuminating skin highlighter that helps to set makeup at the same time. It is very finely milled and has a lovely scent to it!IMG_1097The final thing I picked up from Boots, was yet another base in the form of the Rimmel London BB Cream Matte now if you’ve either read my latest empties or my BB post then you’ll know that I am seriously impressed with this product! Coming in at only £6.99, how could I turn down the opportunity to pick up another bottle?!

As I’m sure of you have realised already through blogging, it’s very easy to get enticed into buying products and Ana’s post featuring Sweet Cecily’s, was no different. After a little bit of tweeting, I finally decided on two products from their range, the Elderflower & Almond Hand Cream and the Mojito Flavour Lip Balm. What I like about the brand is that all the products are handmade in Whitby, which is a place that I love, and also that they are made with more natural ingredients. I loved the idea of supporting a small independent company from somewhere I love and for just over £10 delivered, it would have been rude not to! IMG_1098

The final beauty splurge was done on the Zoeva website! I am putting the purchase solely down to one person, Lauren! Her post made me fall a little bit in love with this palette purely from the picture! I am of course talking about the Zoeva Cocoa Blend Palette! I have never tried anything from Zoeva before but after reading that post, it was simply meant to be that this was my first item from them! There will be a full post on this to come as I am yet to play with it, but the colours are just dreamy! I have swatched it and I can say that these are so so pigmented and soft! I couldn’t believe it really for the price!IMG_1100 I couldn’t find this palette on BeautyBay so I bought it from Zoeva directly and bought a couple of their brushes to make up for the delivery charge. The brushes I got were the Petite Stippling Brush as I wanted a brush for cream blush and my new cream bronzer, and also the Luxe Soft Crease Brush.  I love that the brushes come in little ziplock bags, which are just perfect for taking your brushes away with you! They also sent me two sample sachets of their eyeshadow primer in pearl, so I will have to see if I like them too! The brushes are incredible soft and remind me a little bit of the texture of the Lamora brushes I always rave on about!

The final thing I bought was the lovely Marble MacBook case you can see in the picture! I love the look of marble (as you can probably tell from all my photos!) so I just had to pick this up when my old faithful case got a crack in it! I only paid £15.98 for it but it does seem to be very popular as they have put the price up on Amazon! Here’s the link if you are interested! I love how this can also double up as an on-the-go photo background for my blog, so really, it’s a win-win!

Okay please don’t tell me off for my little spending spree; I feel like I’ve just been working so much recently that I have neglected my blog a little bit so I needed a few new items to motivate me a bit more! I am really happy with everything so much, which is a great outcome for me! Have you tried any of these products before? If so, what did you think of them? Also, which product would you like to see reviewed first?

Much Love

xoxo