11 April 2013

Mini Haul

I've picked up a few new things recently so I thought I'd do a mini haul post to share with you folks, let's face it, we all like a nice haul post!



































So, just after one year of blogging I finally caved and purchased what I class to be a high end product; this being the REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask at an rrp of £30. I picked this up in Edinburgh a few weeks ago after bravely stepping into Space NK...now I say bravely because let's face it, it is so expensive in there and I do feel a little out of place however, it was a really nice experience and the lady that helped me was so nice and even gave me a sample of the Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation to try!

After seeing so many posts about Essie Mint Candy Apple I really did want something similar however I didn't want to buy an Essie polish at £8. Luckily Bourjois have a new collection out, with this being the So Laque range of which the gorgeous mint green nail polish called Amande Défilé is part of. It captured my interest straight away as I think it looks pretty similar to the much raved about Essie polish.

Next up is the Palmer's Gradual Tanning Moisturiser. Now, I quite like being pale but even I must admit I was looking like a ghost, so after seeing this on blogs by Kate and Amy I decided to bite the bullet and pick it up. It smells really nice but after a while that fake tan smell does appear however in my opinion it isn't too overpowering as I’m not left hanging my head out of the window once I’ve used it.  Now I do find that for a gradual tanner it did give me quite a glow after just the one application therefore for me one application is more than enough.  I really do like this product therefore I know I'll be using it a lot more now spring is finally on the way. At £5.35 it is really affordable so if you're a bit too pale for your own liking then give this a whirl!

Another item from Bourjois is a lipstick from the Rouge Edition range in shade 03 Pêche cosy. I'm really embracing peachy/coral tones at the moment and I have to say I really like it! I picked this up after being very indecisive over them for a few weeks, eventually I caved and I'm glad I did. I think it's pretty moisturising and not at all sticky in any way. They're also pretty pigmented so therefore I have a good all round lipstick here; thumbs up to Bourjois! These lipsticks cost £7.99 which I think is a good price for such a quality lipstick, I really do like this product.

Last up is the VO5 Dry Shampoo; this is evidence of me breaking the mould here as I normally always buy Batiste. I've used this and whilst I do like it and I really like the smell I'm not so sure I will buy it again over Batiste as for me it doesn't seem to give as much 'lift', if that is the right word to use here as the Batiste dry shampoos. I will persevere though as I haven't been using it that long therefore I may yet change my mind however I will admit it isn't love at first spray. This retails at £3.59 which is more expensive than Batiste too.



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  1. Great haul! I love that mint colour! I've just bought a mint nail polish from MUA, so spring like!

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    1. I've seen the MUA one, it does look really nice :) xx

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  2. I honestly think that this Bourjois mint polish is prettier than the Essie one.. so you made a fab choice! I am dying to try that REN mask though, it sounds amazing xx

    Gemma ♥ | Miss Makeup Magpie

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    1. Woop thanks Gemma! :)
      I really like the mask so far, I can see a difference :) xx

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  3. You must have read my mind when you got these! I'm desperate to try the mask, the butter and the shampoo - I just keep forgetting when I'm out :(

    Dusterknuckles | Fashion // Beauty // Lifestyle

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    1. Pretty sure I still prefer the Batiste, although the VO5 one does smell really nice :)

      The mask is great but crikey it is expensive, I will use it sparingly! xx

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  4. Great haul! Mint Candy Apple is kind of over-hyped in my opinion. Don't get me wrong, I love the colour but the formula is difficult to work with. Glad you were able to find a cheaper dupe :)

    xo, alison*elle

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    1. Yes I have an Essie polish which is awful to use, I'm very glad I picked it up from TKMaxx rather than paying £8 for it.

      It is a fantastic dupe I think :) xx

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  5. Hope you enjoy the Ren mask, it's a favourite of mine and I really want to try a couple of others - the Clearcalm mask looks good.
    I know what you mean about SpaceNK, I want everything when I go in there, but at the same time the prices make me feel sick! I tend to avoid it really as it's just a tease!
    Mel x

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    1. I'm really enjoying it, I can't wait to try a few more products by them :)

      haha yes, SpaceNK is fantastic but so expensive. I would love to win the lottery and go in and buy a few things without worrying about my balance :) xx

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  6. Oooh I might have to pick up the Palmers self tanner, it sounds very interesting and is a lot cheaper than St Tropez :-)
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    1. I've never tried St Tropez but to be honest I have no desire to as fake tanning really is not my thing. A cheap one like this will do for as often as I would want to use it :) xx

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  7. I always feel super awkward in expensive stores too- i feel like they know i'm an impostor haha. i like splurging here and there on nice products too- sometimes they really are worth it ;)

    xo Marlen
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    1. Marlen this made me literally laugh out loud! I feel like an imposter too! xx

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  8. The Palmer's Self tanner sounds fab! The Bourjois nail polish is a gorgeous shade, too - mint nail polishes are my absolute favourite!!

    Jesss xo

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    1. It is so nice Jess, I love it :) I quite like a few of the other shades from the new collection too xx

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  9. Great buys hun! The nail polish is such a beautiful color! <33 Need to get the Palmer's Self tanner; it sounds lovely! :))

    XO,
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    1. Thank you :D ooo yes you must try it! xx

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  10. The mint green polish looks really pretty, it's definetely a shade that I'd want to try. I use the VO5 Dry Shampoo and think it works really well - one of the best I've tried xx

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    1. You should pick it up, there is always some kind of offer on :)
      I think it works well it's just the effects of it do not last as long for me compared to Batiste. I'm glad I've tried it though :) xx

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  11. I have heard Kate rave about that gradual tan too! It seems to be amazing. Lovely mini haul :)
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    1. I did for such a long time, there are a few other products I would love to try :) I may ask for some for my birthday :) xx

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  13. I love the REN products! I have the pore minimizing mask and it is really good! :)

    xxx

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    1. That is one of the products I would like to try! :) xx

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  14. I love the colour of the lipstick, I really want to invest in an orange lipstick for summer! xx

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    1. You should :D it is a lovely shade, I really like it :) xx

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  15. The lipstick looks gorgeous really needing a gorgeous orange for summer!

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    xx

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    1. Pick it up Leigh! :D Revlon have some nice ones out too xx

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  16. I love the Palmers tan! It never goes orange

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    1. Nope it was a nice colour on me :) xx

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  17. You've picked up some great things which I would pick up too! The lipstick looks a great colour, and I love the coco butter! xo

    Hannah, Glitter And Sparkle

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    1. Thank you Hannah :) I really like the coco butter tanning lotion, a nifty little find this year I think xx

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