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Category: Department Store

Bluewater Haul

liz earle nars bourjois

So a few weeks ago I took a trip to Bluewater Shopping Centre in Kent and picked up a few things.

Recently, I have been so impressed with my skills of not falling to impulse purchases and so all of these products I fully planned to buy before hand.

I also had my first experience in a Space. NK store which I loved! My new favourite beauty store hands down! The staff were super friendly and I felt really at ease. It sounds silly but I often feel out of my depth in some big department stores where the counters almost appear to laugh at your inexperience with their brand. But I loved Space N.K for being open and inviting! Big thumbs up!

Anyway, I picked up my cult favourite Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish with the skin tonic along with a travel kit for summer! I took out the two mini sizes of the moisturiser and the brightening mask for myself as I probably wont be using them as much when I travel. However, I will be purchasing the full size of the mask as I love it. After a few uses I can see a difference in the clarity and tone of my skin. I picked these beauties up from John Lewis.


My first NARS purchase also happened on this trip in Space N.K and I am so happy it was a bronzer. I have been meaning to purchase my first bronzer for so long but never had the guts too. I have very pale skin so I always thought bronzers weren’t for me. Anyway, this beauty did set me back £26 but it is great for really warming up my skin tone without being muddy or orange. If you are in the market for your first or a new bronzer I would definitely consider it. There are some great drugstore alternatives which I will write a blog post on as soon as I get my hands on them.

The Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation was also on my list to purchase. At £9.99 I think it is a great buy for anyone who loves a dewy, healthy finish to their skin. My only problem with this product is that it is a tad too dark for my skin. I love the consistency and how it looks and the coverage is great and lasts a good amount of time. I will definitely be repurchasing this but in the lightest shade.


Spring Skin Routine



Even though the weather is refusing to show any signs of heating up I thought I would encourage it by talking about a spring skin routine. I chose a cleanser, foundation and a setting spray for this post as I think these three really compliment each other well


La Roche- Posay Rosaliac Micellar Make-up Removal Gel – £12.00 (Boots)

I wanted to chose both a make-up remover and a cleanser as these products can really make or break skin during the spring and summer months. Whilst the weather in England is not exactly Cannes right now I know that a simple, light and purifying cleansing gel is a nice break from a heavy winter cleanser such as my Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish. This cleanser can be applied with either a cotton wool pad or fingers (I prefer the latter) and can be massaged into the face and then wiped off. It removed all of my make-up and left my skin feeling extremely clean yet not tight or stripped. This particular cleanser comes from their line of skin care for redness-prone, sensitive skin which is perfect for me! I love the texture and finish it gives to the skin which makes a perfect base for product number 2!


No.7 Beautiful Skin BB Cream Normal/Dry – £12.95 (Boots)

This BB cream is a wonder worker on most skin types and even covered redness around my cheeks from acne scarring. It has a build able quality to it which means it is adaptable to my skin for when I need more or less coverage.  As with most BB creams and foundations it has an SPF of 15 making it perfect for sunny days but doesn’t leave the skin overly dewy. Because I wanted a natural looking finish I loved the fact that it leaves a very light sheen on the areas you want.


Urban Decay De Slick Oil Control Make-up Setting Spray – £19.50 (House of Fraser)

Setting your foundation is an important step for anyone looking to keep their make up looking good all day. This step could easily be skipped if you do not have particularly oily skin or are one of those lucky few whose make up magically stays put in all weathers (we know who you are 😉 ). Anyway, this setting spray is a costly but a must have step because it avoids the powdered finish most setting products give. If you want a dewy yet natural looking finish perfect for spring then this is your hero product!



New Years Eve Beauty Must Haves


It’s that time of year again where we all want to look our best whether going out or seeing family and friends. So here are my must have beauty products to ensure you look your best!

Laura Mercier Moisture Supreme Foundation

This foundation is incredible at transforming your complexion and making your skin glow whilst also including great moisuturisation which for the winter months is essential. Wear with your favourite primer and you will have a lasting complexion which wont look shiny in photo graphs.

John Frieda Liquid Shine Perfecting Gloss

I received this as part of a gift for Christmas and have been really impressed by it. Unlike other glosses which are sticky and can weigh your hair down this is incredibly light and has a fantastic coconut scent. I use it when my hair is still wet and when I curl my hair it keeps it looking soft yet shiny. Perfect for new years eve when you want your hair to look its best.

Real Techniques Brushes

I cannot emphasise enough how great these brushes are. They are make-up artist quality with a normal price tag. I have here the expert face brush which has the orange/bronze middle and is great for foundation or setting powder and I have the stippling brush which is also great for foundation but probably more appropriate for a tinted moisturiser. Get these from Boots and these will make your foundation look flawless.

TAG! What’s in my make-up bag?

I love tag’s and was inspired to do this one by a blog I follow Cleane, Tone and Weigh In (
whereby we take a peek into each others make up bags to see what secrets are kept inside. I love the idea of this as I am always curious to see what products people adore or swear by on a daily basis. So here we go:
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Wise Summer Beauty Spending Plus A Mini Dilema

It’s pay-day time again for most of us and as it is summer I am eager to rush out to the stores to purchase or re-purchase items which I’ve been craving. But, as a university student as well I’m all to aware that wasting away my pay cheque is not a good idea so I need to spend wisely. Buying staple items which I know work and spending less on products I want to try on a trial basis is my main aim. So before I grab my car keys I have decided on making a list:

As you can see I have been having a little debate over whether or not to buy a Concealer Kit from Benefit which includes a primer, erase paste, brushes and concealer products or just go for the full size concealer they do. There is quite a price difference and I want to make this a good decision as I want to really like Benefit products. So if anyone can help make this decision easier for me you are welcome!

However, I have decided on some products which I have tried and tested and know that they are worth the price tag since I do not want to waste money on a few cheaper but possibly regrettable purchases. The La Roche Posay Effaclar Foaming Gel is my must have summer facial wash, it cleansers, purifies, mattes, and reduced any spots and oil. It lasts for a really long time too which for a daily use product is great. The Clinique Mascara as I said in my Seven Deadly Sins of Beauty Tag I received free in a magazine and as long as the formula and brush has not changed in the full size I am positive that I will be fine with this purchase. This leaves me with money for clothing and other necessities but I wanted to make a blog post that speaks to you the reader. We all know that the economy is not great and although I am not one for pessimism we do need to make smart purchasing decisions even on brands we would do anything to own. So don’t be afraid to purchase a great staple product from a brand, as long as you do you research- either trial it out from a sample or a free bee or read read read the reviews. There is no full proof guarantee for any product but doing your research will not hurt.

Take A Break?

As it is now the summer and for those with families the children have broken up from school for the year and it is now the summer holidays. Deciding what to do in these months of (fingers crossed) sun we can chose to do many different things. For me personally it is a time to let go of stress and focus on myself. As a history student I have been opened up to a whole new world of studying and one of these new studies has been social history. I have been fascinated with how holidays and time off began and what people of the first ‘summer holiday’ thought to do in this time off. For England, the nineteenth century was one of change and development of the Industrial Revolution beginning in the late eighteenth century. Working hours increased but there was a general understanding that an emphasis on the nuclear family was necessary for England and therefore more children went to school and the weekend, bank holidays took on a new meaning.

So what does this all have to do with beauty? Well by the early 20th Century the world saw the rise of fashion brands such as Chanel (1909)  and Dior (1946). Now these brands were and still are high end brands, names which probably never left the lips of an average family in Industrial Britain. Women of the eighteenth to nineteenth century would rely on natural products and home made beauty recipes. Some interesting ones I have found including face whitening creams including milk, lemon juice and white brandy!!

I love how the women of England and indeed throughout Europe had their own ways of re-creating a cheaper version of the expensive lotions and potions sold to the upper classes. It makes it all very real when walking into a department store now and be able to think of the journey these amazing high fashion brands have gone and how they have inspired others to join in the world of beauty!

Seven Deadly Sins of Beauty Tag

I’ve seen this tag everywhere on YouTube and on blogs and so I am so excited to finally be able to do the Seven Deadly Sins of Beauty Tag.

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