22 September 2012

Lush Gorilla Vanillary Perfume review

My favourite scent EVER has to be vanilla. So when I found out LUSH had re-worked their lovely vanillary perfume range, it made me very happy! The range now contains Fair Trade gourmet vanilla beans which are skillfully transformed into their vanilla absolute. I thought the scent was a lot richer,darker than other vanilla perfumes out there; It smells like real vanilla, not the synthetic kind. The scent seems a lot more grown-up, it's very strong when you first apply it but leaves a lovely sweet scent after a few minutes. It has hints of burnt caramel and jasmine - i just want to eat it! Fans of 'snow fairy' will probably like this. I found it lingers on the skin for a while, normally half way through the day I'd top up. The size is perfect for popping it in my handbag. I love that this product also comes in a solid stick, balm, mini spray or bottle. 

RRP £12.50 for the spritzer, if you wanted to test it out first LUSH sell a little sample sized spray for £2.75!

Have you tried any Gorilla perfumes at LUSH?
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18 September 2012

Bargain haul - Boots and Dorothy Perkins

Hello nice normal people.
As we've started to say bye to summer (did we ever say hello?!) I've been loving seeing what new products are being launched and what's on trend. Also my favourite thing about September is that most shops do double student discount! I've only bought a few things this month but got some pretty good deals!
I don't normally shop in Dorothy Perkins but they were advertising that they did a 15% student discount so I had a little look inside. I spotted these two beauties and had to buy them. They also do student discount on sale items so I paid £8.50 instead of £10. No bad as they retail for £28!
I had a No7 voucher so decided it would be rude not to use it! I wanted a new lipstick so I went with 'Pink Whisper'. No7 do so many lipsticks it took me ages to decide on one. Also, I asked last night on twitter what nail varnish shades you were loving at the minute and lots of people recommended Essie polishes, and in particular 'Bikini So Teeny' which is a lovely light blue. I spotted a similar shade at the No7 counter called 'Minty Fresh'. I picked up some face wipes for my sister, i much prefer using a moonie!) as I didn't really need any of there skincare products; but buying three items meant me getting the nail varnish for free as all No7 is on 3 for 2 at the minute, happy days!

What have you been buying lately?

14 September 2012

A/W trend: big brows

Does anyone else wish eyebrows didn't need plucking? It's one of those things I don't look forward to but I
guess you have to if you don't want one eyebrow. Bold brows are BIG this season(literately), they dominated S/S '12 catwalks and looks like they are here to stay this winter and also Spring next year! Models at NYFW such as Zac Posen, Marc Jacobs and Jason Wu were all sporting big bushy brows. I'm kind of glad about this as it means we can step away from tweezers/wax/threading for a bit whilst out brows grow out! 

My go to brow kit lately has been this beauty from Japonesque. The contents come nicely packed in a little pink case which is handy  for travelling. My favourite item from the set has to be the brow powders. I've always used a brow pencil but since discovering this kit i much prefer powders. The palette comes with two mini brushes, i normally wouldn't use brushes which come free with products but the quality of these are excellent. I like the little stencils that come with the kit, yet to try them out! The clear gel is very handy as my eyebrows never seem to stay in place.

The Japonesque brow kit retails for £21.00 and £1 is donated to Breast Cancer Awareness Research. Available from HQ Hair website.

Will you be trying the bold brow trend? What are your favourite brow products?
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11 September 2012

How much is your face worth?

Yep another 'How much is your face worth' tag - I've seen a few of these lately! I have never done a tag on here before but it's been really interesting to see how much people are willing to spend on make up. I've seen some crazy prices from £300 to under £50. Hoping all mine comes to under £100!

MAC Pro Longwear - £24.00
GOSH concealer - £4.99
MAC Select moisturecover - £14.50
MUA Undressed Palette - £4
Benefit They're Real* - £18.50
MUA Lip Boom in Doin good* - £4
Collection Shimmer Shade in Blushalious & Way-To-Glow - £3.99 each



TOTAL - £77.97

Phew. I can cope with that amount. I spend the most on my foundation because I think it's important to get the base right. My mascara is VERY expensive but I love it and probably will purchase it when it dries out. I don't wear lipstick everyday, sometimes I'll just use a lip balm. If I don't want a full face on I'll pop on some mascara & a bit of concealer. I use two concealers because my under-eye dark circles are quite bad! The Undressed Palette is brilliant, the shades are so pretty & neutral - in the photo above I'm just wearing the lightest shade all over my lid. I've missed out highlighter as I only wear it once or twice a week; but my go to one is Benefit Sunbeam. Just lately, I've had the urge to but loads of new make up! Maybe because of the new season and new make up trends? I haven't bought anything yet but let me know what you've been loving lately ;)

Would love to know how much your face is worth?!
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