Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Weekend Beauty Haul

I got home from my holiday in Spain last week (sob) and was absolutely shocked by just how cold it's now turned in the UK! My poor skin didn't know what had hit it, so on the weekend I knew a beauty trip was in order.

As per usual, pretty much the whole of Boots was on a 3 for 2 offer. Such a pain because sometimes I only need 1 thing but I think to myself, well if I just buy one more thing I can have something else for free! Sigh, that's marketing for you.

Anyway, that's what I picked up. I don't suffer from dry lips too often but as I've started to wear more lipsticks, it's important to me to keep my lips nice and soft, so I picked up this fruity smelling Blistex lipbalm. It works a treat and I can feel it tingling when I put it on, so that must be a good sign!

The handwash at work is particularly brutal and so I always keep a hand cream at my desk, but I've been having problems with my nails recently so when I saw this Vaseline hand cream was good for nails too, I knew I had to get it. I honestly can't describe in words to you just how amazing this cream smells. I find myself putting some on even when I don't need to, just so I can smell it!

Obviously, once I had 2 things in my basket I just had to find my freebie, and you can never have too many face wipes around. I find these great for when I'm really tired on an evening and can't be bothered with filling the sink and having a proper wash. That makes me sound like a right tramp, hah!

What have you bought from Boots recently?

Sunday, 4 November 2012

NOTD: Sally Hansen Salon Effect Nail Wraps

Today I have something a little different for you. I love to paint my nails, but I love a bargain just as much, and that's what I want to show you.
Looks pretty cool huh? Okay, confession. I didn't paint these. Heck, I can't draw a straight line with a pencil, let alone a nail brush! No, these are actually Sally Hansen Salon Effect Nail Wraps.

I saw on a few British blogs I follow that you can sometimes find some great things in Poundland, and that's where I got these from! Just £1 they cost me, and I can't wait to go back to get some more. Unfortunately these were the only patterned ones I could find in Birmingham, the others were plain.

Here's a close up for you. Ignore any wearing or chips, I've had these on for 3 days now. If you've never used nail wraps before, you really should, they are so much easier to use than you think. These came in a box of 16, which is an odd number, but they all vary in size. I found the biggest size to be too big for my thumb, and the smallest to be just a tad too small for my pinkie.

Basically, all you need to do is select the right size for your nail, peel off the protective plastic backing, then peel the actual wrap off. It's super thin and sticky so be careful with this part. Then, you stick it down onto your nail, smooth it all out and fold it over the edge of your nail, then use the special file that comes with it to remove the excess. That's it! No topcoat needed, and to remove them you just use normal nail polish remover.

Sadly, I can't find the box that mine were in but I did a quick Google search and here's what they look like. It's just a small little box that fits in the palm of your hand.

So, what do you think? Is this something you'd like to try? Or have you used these before? I'd love to hear from you or see pictures of your nails with these wraps on them.

Until next time!

Friday, 2 November 2012

Glamour Magazine December 2012

Long time no see girlies! I'm not feeling very well today so I'm having a 'stay in bed feeling sorry for myself' kind of day. I've already sat through 3 hours worth of Gossip Girl and so I thought I'd make use of the time and do something more productive, like blogging! I got Glamour magazine on my way home from work yesterday and I just can't keep quiet about it...

So, I don't normally buy magazines, I follow a fair few blogs now which keep me up to date on the latest beauty products I need, and I get newsletters from all the shops I can afford to buy from love so I'm in the know on that too.

However, I am but a girl and the offer of a free, full size, Nails Inc varnish is just too great for me to say no too. Plus, Glamour is so much cheaper than other similar magazines at a bargain £2, how can you really turn it down?!

When I opened it up, the first thing I noticed was a few bulky pages as I flicked through. I came across these 3 samples stuck to some of the pages! These are Nivea Express Hydration Primer, Rimmel BB Cream and Max Factor Face Finity Foundation.

I only have 1 primer in my collection at the moment which really doesn't agree with my skin, and to this date I still haven't really found a foundation that I really love, so I can't wait to try all three of these out. I'm fairly sure the primer and foundation are on offer in Superdrug at the moment so that'll be handy if I decide to buy one.

Um, I have a confession to make. I couldn't make my mind up which of the 4 colours I liked best, so I bought two magazines so I could have both of my favourites! The pink one on the left is called Elizabeth Street and the red on the right is St James.

I don't wear a lot of pinks so I'm really looking forward to trying out Elizabeth Street and maybe creating some super girly nail art with it.Will you be picking up Glamour magazine this month? Or have you done so already? Which polish(es) did you pick? I'd love to hear from you!
Until next time!