Tuesday 10 December 2013

Pound land goodies

Poundland are pulling out all the stops at the moment, the things I have found recenlty have really impressed me. And for only a pound I find it hard not to clear the shelves!

Here is my latest finds in poundland, a few bits from Maybeleine and Rimmel. I had been wanting to try the Maybeleine polishes for a while, I was super happy to see them.

The star of the show for me, I had been eyeing up this beauty for a long time. Its one of those colours I was not sure If I would wear? But I liked the look of.

I keep nipping into poundland now just to see what beauty bits they have! What am I like, hehe.
Jen x

Natural Skincare Haul

I had been on the market for a new body wash, a natural one of course I had no idea Trilogy made body washes, I have read so much about their Holy Grail Rosehip Oil so many times but had not realised they had such a diverse range of other products. What a nice suprise I had, to find such a wonderful product. I also picked up a few samples and trial sizes as well.

Trilogy Botantical Body Wash £14.00 500ml
Since preparing this blog post I am now onto bottle 4 of this beauty. I have fallen head over heels, its the perfect body wash. The formula is fantastic, 2 pumps provides lots of lather its great. I like the pump as well, I tend to tip half the bottle away if there is no pump! The scent is so nice, I can smell lavender in it somewhere I am sure??

Trilogy goodies GWP
I purchased Trilogy body wash and the well known Trilogy Rosehip Oil, this entilted me to this sample pack. I will let you know how I get on with them.

Bodhi Ylang-Ylang Sensual Body Moisturiser £3.99 50ml
I was looking at the sample sized products on the Naturisimo website, I decided to check out the mens section of samples to see if there was anything that caught my eye for my husband to try out. Can you imagine my shock to see all the trial sized Beautiful Bodhi products in the mens section! I know they are all unisex and made for everyone to use, not just for men. If I had not looked in the mens section I would not have known I could pick  up a trial sized product to try. Come on Naturisimo the Bodhi range needs to be available for everyone. Lots of people may be missing out on a wonderful brand, due to your placements.

Now onto the lotion, wow what a lovely scent. I have tried a lotion before from Bodhi and loved it. I used this sparingly as I really did not want it to end. Its absolutley beautiful.

The samples below were sent for free apart from the Caudalie Huile Divine Oil. I love that Oil and thought the smaller sized sample would come in handy for travel. I am most excited about trying out the Trilogy Balm

I throughly enjoy perusing the Nautrisimo website, the hours I spent looking at the wonderful natural brands is quite funny actually. They truly do sell some amazing products, if you prefer goodies with no nasty ingredients this is where you need to look.
Jen x


Just look what I picked up on a recent trip to Bicester Villages CCO, oh how I love it there. I must say it is the luck of draw, thankfully this time was a good day. There was soo sooo many shoppers there, it was hard to get a look in. I had to be quite strong willed to keep my spot! My hubby said grab what you want and I will meet you at the tills. It was like a smash and grab, in and out! I am very happy with my grab, lets take a look.

I am trying to build a nice collection of Mac brushes, so when I noticed this for £11 it had to come home with me. I have never seen this before in the shop, it may be a limited edition or discontinued??

Apparently half is real hair and the other half synthetic. I am not sure what the difference is? Or how it will effect applying make up? Do you?

Now I know these are Limited Edition, I remember seeing these for sale, this was way before I was collection MSF's. I could not resist these, how pretty are they?

Again another Limited Edition product, this is from the Extra Dimensions collection. One swatch was all it took, I am loving these types of shades at the moment. The texture is beautiful, its creamy and buttery all in one.

From the little research I have carried out I think this lippie is still sold in the current range? Please correct me if I am wrong? I thought this was the perfect Autum/Winter shade.

This is quite a dark shade for me, but I am trying to step out of my comfort zone. In fact it looks fab rubbed into m lips rather than a full on application.

Do you like? This picture is true to life, a lovely plummy tone with a little red?? Ohh whats happening to me??

Don't you just love CCO's, it was a good visit this time, I have not been so lucky other times. If you have a CCO near you, I am jealous! Mine is nearly 2 hours away. Its the perfect place to get old collections or discontinued stock, I have even seen items in there that are still stocked, I can never work out why they do that? But I am not complaining.
Jen x


One of the things a love about Twitter is coming across new brands, this is where I came across the natural brand Savonneire. I noticed a few of my friends using there products and felt rather intrigued myself. I had used the famous Liz Earle cleanse and polish previously and liked it but unfortunately it did not like me. I experienced break outs, which left me with extremely sore skin and had to stop using it, what a shame as I really enjoyed the whole cleansing process using a Muslim cloth, I began to hunt down an alternative product, I noticed Savonnerie had the perfect product for me to try. And wow the scent is amazing, you really need to try it for yourself. Of course I had to try their lip balm offering! You know me by now. I like the simplicity of the brands packaging its so natural and rustic looking, I just love each design, also the soft pastel colours used on the labels look so pretty on my vanity, its certainly to my taste.

Daily Facial Cleanser £13.95 150ml*

The product is dispensed through a pump, so there is no chance of wasting the contents, I find 2 pumps is the perfect amount to cover my face and down to my decollete. This is a similar consistency to Liz Earle, a beautiful nourishing cream with Aloe, Chamomile and Camalia Seeds. I like to take my time to massage into my skin, I really like the scent, oh its heavenly, my make up is removed with ease. Then I take a clean Muslim cloth to gently remove the cream, I use small circular movements. My skin feels so soft afterwards. The best part of this experience has been no breakouts, my skin in healing now. I find this product to be soothing and leaves my skin feeling supple and nourished.

Nutritive Lip Balm £4.95*
This balm is 100% natural and works wonders on my dry lips, I also rub a little onto my dry cuticles, it works a treat. it glides onto my lips with ease. Its not super thick, so perfect for daytime. The scent reminds me of liquorice, although the ingredients are Peppermint, Tamanu Oils, Vanilla and Camelia. The boys in my house always want to borrow this one, its different from my usual choice of Rose scents! I like the cute little tin, its perfect for your bed side table. I would love to have a Rose scented balm in this form though, I love the product.

I have really enjoyed trying these products, I like to give skin care a good run before I commence with the laptop tapping! I would highly recommend you take a look at Savonnerie, they have some lovely products I have a long list of other bits I would like to try. They have some beautiful gift sets, that would make a perfect Christmas gift.
Savonnerie prides itself on only using ingredients that are free from Sulphates, Parabens, Artificial colours, Artificial fragrances, Animal ingredients and Petrochemicals. I know this will be of interest to a lot of my friends. Over the past year or so I have become more aware of what I am using on myself and my family.
Jen x

Wednesday 30 October 2013

Skincare haul

This post is all about the repurhcases!!! These products are some that I absolutely love, some I have brought time and time again. Than thrown into the mix are a few samples and a fab free GWP from a fave brand of mine Origins.

I purchased another Botanics cleansing balm, this honestly has to be number 5 or 6! I love this, I did not think I would as I can be quite snobby with my brands to be very honest. And, oh my all time fave bath salts. These are beautiful (if you love rose!) and a bargain if you ask me. They only cost a few ££ and last a few baths, brilliant.

I have made my way through a couple of bottle of 'A Perfect World' toner now and my skin seems to love it. I was without it for a week or so, wow did I see a difference in my skin, a bad difference. I had to make the purchase again and vowed to never be without it ever again. I was offered a choice of GWP, I opted for the brightening range. You get a cleanser, serum and moisturiser to try in a sample size. I also got a small moisturiser in the tub. I was extremely happy to receive it, I have tried it before and what a lovely cream it was. I like to use mine at night time, its quite rich and very nourishing.

I have a few Origins products now, and I am loving them all. Have you tried the brand? Would you like to hear about the ones I love? Origins is a natural brand, they use no nasty ingredients in there products. I really like that, there packaging is nice and looks rather nice on my sliver tray! I have certainly noticed a change in my skin of late, I really need to write a blog post about my usual routine, its changed a lot to say the least.
Jen x

Tuesday 29 October 2013

Stacey's amazing blog sale

I few weeks ago a dear friend Stacey held a blog sale. WOW it was truly amazing, Stacey has impeccable taste in high end products. When I heard the blog sale was going ahead I literally could not contain my excitement. As soon as it went live I made my order, and it was a big one!

Blog sales are a fantastic way to buy products at a reduced rate, or to get your hands on limited edition products you may of missed the first time around. I would always recommend you purchase from people you know and trust. Stacey is certainly one of them to me.

I purchased items from Mac, Urban Decay, Lipstick queen and Stacey so very kindly popped in a few (lots) of goodies. I sat on my bed and cried when the huge box arrived. The mac blushers and MSF were all limited edition items that I had missed the first time around, I could not believe my eyes when I noted them for sale.

Next up items from Dior, Kevyn Aucoin, Guerlain and Bath and Body Works. I have fallen head over heels for this amazing palette from Kevyn Aucoin. I absolutely love the taupe/purple shade its perfect. Again the beautiful Stacey added the 3 BBW hand gels, I had lusted over them for years. I had one sent to me by my friend Meg in the USA. Now I own 4. Happy

Now this is where I felt lost for words, Stacey had added 2 candles from Bath and Body Works. How generous, and so kind of Stacey. I love the scents of both. I wont be burning them, I don't want them to burn away. I have them on display in my beauty room with pride, I take the lids off once in a while and enjoy a good sniff! Both smell incredible.

And there's more!!!!!! EXCITED!!!!! does not even come close, Stacey brought me 2 of her holy grail Sephora make up brushes. I cannot tell you how many times I have swooned over the brushes on the USA website. Oh how I wish that store would come to the UK. I would love nothing more than to spend a day shopping there.

Both brushes came with a plastic guard, I have kept them and when I went away recently they worked a treat to protect the bristles.

I have really enjoyed the Flawless Foundation brush #56 below to apply my sheer foundation, it blends the product into my skin with ease. My base looks perfect after using this brush.

The Domed Crease brush #16 is the perfect tool for achieving the right amount of shade in the crease. I had never used a brush like this before, its now a firm favourite in my make up application.

Stacey if you reading this I want to say a HUGE heart felt thank you, I have had so much fun playing with all my purchases. Most of them I would never of had the chance to own, so thank you. Also I am lost for words at your generosity, the gift box you sent was absolutely like the best Christmas I've ever had. It was wonderful, thank you, so much. I feel like I know you so well, like your an old friend of mine. I love your taste in beauty and well everything I see you have! I do hope one day I get to meet you in person, I would love nothing more than hitting the shops with you. X
If you like high end beauty you NEED to follow Stacey, she fab.
Jen x

Friday 25 October 2013

Inglot freedom system #10

Here's my first instalment of my holiday haul! I could not believe my eyes when I stumbled across Inglot whilst holidaying in the beautiful Gran Canaria. I just knew I had to pick a palette up, especially when I noticed the cost, the 10 pan palette with 12 pans cost 50 Euros!! That's £42.00, a lot cheaper then UK prices. I will explain more about the reasons I got 12 pans a little later. There's always a story isn't there..........

My plan was to pick out 5 warm tones and 5 cool tones, and believe me this was a difficult task! There was literally so many shades, tones and well I did not know where to begin. Then I noticed the 'Noble Collection' and my collection began!

They all come well packing, in a box and then sealed in small plastic holders. The pans are a lot bigger than Mac shadows. I am so happy with my selection.

So here we have my choices, top line are my warm shadows and cool on the bottom. I really feel in love with the cool tones, I have been loving the taupe/purple tones since the lovely Megan sent me a few in our amazing swap. I also added the bright russet shade because I thought it looked similar to the one in the new Kat Von D palette.

Warm shadows  L-R
  • 341
  • 337
  • 357
  • 335
  • 154 (Noble Collection)

Cool shadows L-R
  • 390
  • 344
  • 358
  • 342
  • 153 (Noble Collection)

I have been reaching for this little beauty most days, I feel quite pleased with myself for selecting such a great palette. The shades from the 'Noble Colleciton' are absolutely a dream to use. They feel creamy and smooth, there was 5 in the collection but I only liked these ones. I do hope Inglot bring more out in the same texture/formula.

I was given an extra 2 pans, one more of 153 from the 'Noble Colleciton' apparently I was the only one to swatch the one in store (it had only been out that very day I went in) and I brought the last one. The fab sales assistant said the collection was sold out now and they had no use for the testers. I was also given the multi shadow pan as I spent a lot of ££ in the store. I don't think they had ever sold a 10 pan before?? I picked out the triple pan one specifically for my eye brows, I thought it would be great for blending the right colour together.

Here's a swatch of each shade within the triple pan. Please excuse my funny looking arm, I have just returned from my holiday and I tried my best not to catch too much sun, I really don't want crepe skin as I age, by the looks of things I did not do a great job of protecting my skin. I was wearing factor 30 as well.

Here's my new Inglot palette next to my old one. I could not believe it, when I got home I was sure I had picked out some of the same colours and I hadn't! How lucky was I.

I popped my extra pans into my Unii Palette, along with a few Estee Lauder eye shadows and an old bronzer. The pans attached to the palette without the needs of a magnet.

So here's my thoughts of the eye shadows, I love the 'Noble Collection' the best. I think you may have already gathered that? I do love the others as well but I do find they can be ever so slightly powdery, with a little fall out. The pigmentation is fabulous, and they blend beautifully with my Mac 217. I would most certainly look at purchasing more in the future, maybe on my next trip to Gran Canaria.
Jen x