26 January 2016

The De-Stash Files!

I've done a couple of posts before on my de-stash bargains that I'd managed to find and I've decided to make them into a series because they've always gone down well.

So here's the first De-Stash File! These are all things that I've bought in de-stash posts over the last month-ish. I personally use Reddit for this as I prefer it and I know the moderators on the sub-reddit that I use so I feel safer on there. (If anyone needs help with reddit then let me know!)

First up is Illamasqua cream blush in Dixie and Clinique plum pop blush. The clinique blush had never been used and Dixie had been used once (and sterilised by both seller and myself before use). Since I picked these up for £9 each, these were a complete bargain and I love them both! Just be warned that the Illamasqua cream blushes are really pigmented! Do not just stab your brush in and put it on your face like I did because you will look like you've just been for a run in the cold!

Illamasqua Dixie Clinique Plum Pop

Next up is an Indie perfume lot. I'm still trying to figure out which brands I like and which notes work on me, so I'm only buying perfumes from de-stash sales at the minute. If I love any then I'll go back to the seller for a full size. I got Future Primitive Owlett's End full size perfume and this was £4 (£8 direct from seller). I them picked up some Common Brimstone samples in Strawberry Moon, Secret Garden and MGP for 50p each! The seller was lovely and also threw in a free sample of OHWTO solid perfume in I smell like a Witch.

Future Primitive

Next up are two orders from my favourite seller on Reddit. I got Milani matte lipstick in Sangria (£1), Hello Waffle pressed blush in Fanciful (£5) and a Haus of Gloi Pumpkin Queen perfume sample (£1). I would consider this seller to be my friend, we chat quite a lot on there and she always includes extra goodies in my packages. I'd commented that a perfume she had sounded right up my street so she decanted some of hers into a mini bottle for me. The perfume was Solstice Scents Sycamore Chai and is in the little bottle on the right of the picture. 


And finally my latest order from the same seller as above. I got Fyrinnae pressed shadow in Mephisto (£5), Eccentric Cosmetics liquid lipstick sample in Forbidden City (£1) and the Eccentric Cosmetics eyeshadow base sample size in Lust (£1). 

Because this lady is so lovely, she included all of the below freebies across my two orders with her. She either passes on samples that don't work for her, or because we have similar colouring and tastes, she will depot some of her shadows into sample baggies for me to try. She's also based in the UK like I am so she knows how much it costs to get things shipped and sometimes the shipping is just too expensive unless you're buying lots. 

If anyone wants any review posts on these, just let me know which ones in the comments. 

19 January 2016

January Clothing Haul 2016

I know that I don't normally post clothing hauls, but I thought that I would do for a change. I feel like I'm at a strange in-between stage with my clothes. I would usually dress in jeans, converse and then some form of funny/character t shirt. My problem is, that all of the character t shirts at the minute seem really young and most of the other clothing items seem too old for me. So I'm experimenting a little and trying different things which I thought I'd document. If any of you have any suggestions then I'd love for you to share them with me!

I'll start with the few bits that I picked up from Primark.

My favourite shoe style is usually converse or vans (specifically my skateboarding dinosaur pair) but I thought that the mock croc design makes the vans style seem slightly more grown up so I grabbed a £5 pair from Primark. This means that I can try them to see if I would actually wear them before investing in a more expensive pair.

I also grabbed a pair of cute, black dolly shoes for work. I love the wide fit range in Primark because the normal range squishes my toes - plus the wide fit range has cushioned soles! These were £8.

I grabbed a couple of long sleeved tops for layering. These are really stretchy, the sleeves are actually long enough for me and they're only £2.50 each!

I have a habit of putting my nails through my tights on a regular basis so I usually only bother with Primark tights now. I spotted this set of 3 pairs that apparently keep you cool when it's warm and warm when it's cold. Although I'm not sure why you would want to wear 80 denier tights when it's warm out. Plus I think this pack was only around £3.

I'm a sucker for anything Disney so when I spotted the adorable Bambi socks, I just had to have them. These are trainer socks and I didn't actually have any of these so I grabbed a set. This set of 3 was £2.50!

The last thing I grabbed was this set of hangers. I love the velvet hangers because they actually manage to stop my work shirts from sliding off the hanger and onto the floor of my wardrobe! These ones are also super thin which means I can fit more clothes in! This set of 10 was £4.

Now on to ASOS! I also added the unlimited next day delivery for £9.95 to my order because I figured that I only have to do 2 orders in a 12 month period to make my money back. Plus, you get free collected returns.

The first thing I grabbed was a blanket scarf! I've wanted one of these for a while and since it was reduced to £7, I couldn't really say no! It's warm and cozy and I absolutely love it!

Next up is a pair of Rivington High Waisted, ripped knee jeggins that were reduced to £14 from £28. I've wanted some of these for a while, but couldn't quite bring myself to pay full price until I knew how good the quality was! This is my first pair of high waisted anythings and I love them! They're super stretchy which means they don't squish my stomach or catch on my belly bar.

I also got this Moki high neck, sleeveless jumper. I love this so much! It's warm and cozy but it's a little on the big size. I got an axtra small and it's still a bit big, but at least it means that I can pop a long sleeved top on underneath it.  This was reduced from £25 down to £7.50!

Then I grabbed another jumper like the one above but this one is from Brave soul. They look similar, but they're different shades of grey and this one is a slightly thinner knit and this one is also longer. I got this in a size 8 and it's quite big so I'd recommend sizing down! This was reduced from £25 down to £8.

Next I grabbed an Asos turtle necked red and white striped top. This is super comfy! Though the nexk does feel a little tight on me but I think that's because I'm not used to anything being high necked. I got a size 8 and it fits me perfectly. This was reduced from £12 down to £8.

Finally I very optimistically grabbed a crop top. I've been wanting to push myself to try and wear a crop top (with my high waisted jeans) so I picked up one that was in the sale to see whether or not I would wear it. I'll have to wait until it's warmer though! This was reduced from £8 down to £4 and a size 8 fits me perfectly.

Thanks for reading! Are there any clothing items that you would recommend?

11 January 2016

How to depot your Indie samples

I want to feature Indie brands more on my blog. I find that they offer products and shades that aren't available on the highstreet and I absolutely love them!

Quite a few of the Indie makeup brands offer samples which will usually come in a small ziplock bag. I personally hate these, I can never get my brush to fit and I end up spilling half of it everywhere.

I bought a few packs of these little pots from Ebay. They're 5ml pots so they're easily big enough to fit a sample in, plus they look cute. The ones I've pictured below are a different set that I already had, but there are lots of different styles if you look for them. 

Depotting your samples is really easy although I would put a piece of paper or kitchen roll where you are working because it can get a little messy. 

All I do is remove the sticker from the sample and stick it onto the lid of the pot - they're usually the perfect size for this. Then I shake the bag so that all of the sample is in a corner, open the bag and pour into the pot. It's really that simple! You will have a little left in the bag that's stuck to the sides and won't pour out - you can either use this up with a brush or just thrown it in the bin (I do this option because I hate the bags).

And there you go! Samples that are far easier to use and they look so cute in your makeup collection too!

8 January 2016

My best products of 2015

I know that everyone is doing these posts so I'll try to keep this one short, but I thought I'd share my standout discoveries this year. These are all new products that I only discovered in the last 12 months that have made it into my regular makeup routine.

First up is the one I thought I'd hate - Benefit Roller Lash. I tried the They're Real mascara and loved how it looked but hated taking it off so I thought this one would be the same. I picked up a deluxe size from my local Boots to try which was around £9 and I love it! I don't need to curl my lashes at all with this mascara! It lifts, curls and volumises and it's by far the best mascara I've ever used!

Essence All About Matt powder. I picked this up on a whim and now I'm on my third one! This mattifies without being cakey and actually keeps my oily skin mostly matt throughout the day. 

Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer. This concealer is fantastic for concealing my under eye circles. It's very yellow toned which I like (I'm very yellow and olive in summer) and it has light reflecting particles in it which also helps to make the area look bright.

L'Oreal Super Liner (Perfect Slim version). This beat my Supercat eyeliner to be my new favourite. I've been using this for around 4 months and it gives a perfect line, is really easy to do a flick with and it also doesn't transfer at all. This one will be hard to beat.

Bourjois Rouge Edition Matte in Beau Brun. I love the formulation of these lipsticks, they usually last a good 6 hours minimum on me before needing a slight top up so they're perfect for work. I currently have 3 of these but Beau Brun is my favourite. It's a gorgeous brown/red shade that's not too bright.

Rimmel Kate Nude lipstick in 45. This is my perfect nude shade and is probably my most worn lipstick of the year. It's a gorgeous pink/brown shade that adds a touch of colour without being bright. It's perfect for when I don't have time to pick a lipstick and this one usually lives in my bag so I can put in on in the car!

What have you all been loving for the last 12 months? Is there anything you think I should try?

4 January 2016

Benefit Real Cheeky Party

I was very lucky and received the Benefit Real Cheeky Party blush set for my birthday and I thought I'd do a quick review. I've just been on google and it looks to be sold out in most places - but if you ever see it, then it's definitely worth grabbing!

The set comes in a tin (much better than cardboard packaging) and each set contains 4 full size blushes, a full size Hoola bronzer along with samples of the Watt's Up highlighter, They're Real liner and They're Real mascara. Since this set only cost £29.50 from Boots and each blush on it's own would usually be £23.50, I think this set is fantastic value for money!

The set also comes with a little book which gives you ideas on how to use each product along with a few different looks to try. The blushes included are Dandelion, Rockateur, Sugarbomb and Coralista. These blushes smell really lovely too - I can't tell what exactly they smell like but they're very sweet which I personally like.

None of these blushes are heavily pigmented which I really like. I prefer to have a less pigmented blush that I can build up than one that I have to be really careful with. Here are some quick arm swatches.

Left to right we have Dandelion, Rockateur, Sugarbomb, Coralista, Hoola and Watt's up.

My favourite from this set is definitely Sugarbomb which was a big surprise for me! It's never been one that I've looked at and I didn't think it would suit me at all. It gives a lovely glow to your cheeks that isn't too over the top and it's been my most worn shade from this palette. I also love Coralista which is a gorgeous coral colour with lots of sheen in it. 

These are all gorgeous blushes and the set is most definitely worth the money. Although I am contemplating depotting into an alternative palette to make storing them easier. Does anyone have any palette suggestions?