Mini Selfridges Haul

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

I've actually been meaning to get this post up for a little while - two weeks to be exact as that’s when I had a little splurge in Selfridges with some vouchers that I got on my leaving do at the my old job. For once, I was pretty uninspired by what Selfridges had on offer meaning I still have a fair chunk of vouchers left to spend so please send your suggestions my way!

Bare Minerals Bare Skin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation £22.10 // Look Fantastic // HERE
As mentioned in my beauty wish list post earlier in the month, I got a sample of the Bare Minerals Liquid Foundation and loved the glow-y look it gave me. My big mistake here was using in the evening a couple of hours before I would take my make up off. I do love the effect of this foundation, but on my oily complexion, it just doesn't last. After a few hours it had sunk into lines I didn't know I had(!) and had left me looking extremely shiny. Perhaps it’s better suited to those with dry skin? I’ll do a full post on this at some point, but so far it’s been a disappointment.

Aesop Purifying Facial Cream Cleanser - £25 // Aesop // HERE
An oldie but a goodie. This cleanser has been one of my favourite discoveries of 2014. This is my third tube of the aromatic cream cleanser and will certainly not be the last. It does a stellar job of cleansing my skin and, because of the high clay content, means it does wonders for my oily complexion. It’s pricey at £25 a tube, but it’s something I wouldn't be without.

What have you bought recently? Is there anything you’d recommend I buy with my Selfridges vouchers? Let me know by leaving a comment below.

Disliked Beauty Products

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Another batch of disappointing products I'm afraid! I put everything I don't like to one side until I've got enough to make a post. I genuinely don't rate these products and would probably suggest you steer clear the too!

Veet Spray On Hair Removal Cream - £7.49 // Boots 
Completely useless is the phrase that comes to mind when thinking about this product. The idea is that you spray the product on until it lightly covers the area you want to remove the hair from, then use the plastic spatula to remove it. You can only leave it on for up to 6 minutes. I tried removing it after 3 minutes - no result, 4 minutes - no result and finally 6 minutes - no result. I just found it to to be a total waste of time and something I won't bother to try again.

No7 Beautiful skin Pore Vacuum Mask - £14.00 // Boots 
I'm so pleased I didn't pay full price for this. Thankfully I used a No7 voucher to get £5, but even at £9 I think this is an incredibly rubbish product. I'll admit that when I picked it up I didn't realise it was peel off (my own fault, I should have checked), instead I thought it was a plain mud mask. I applied it evenly all over my face and waited the allotted time before trying to remove it. All I can say is that it was bloody painful! I mean seriously "oh my god how am I going to get this off?!" painful. It clung to the tiny vellus hair on my face and practically ripped it out. It was just a total nightmare from start to finish.
Sensationail Coral Sunset Gel Nail Polish - £15 // Boots 
Now don't get me wrong, I absolutely LOVE my Sensationail kit. It's amazing and I wouldn't be without it. This shade however, is just terrible. I'm a die hard coral fan so I thought this would be gorgeous and totally up my street. Instead it's just a very tacky looking shade of pink that made my nails look really dirty. You know how some polishes just don't flatter your skin and make your nails look in worse condition? That's exactly what happened with Coral Sunset.

Ole Henriksen Truth To Go Wipes - £25.00 // Look Fantastic 
I can't remember exactly how much I spent on these when I was in America but it was definitely around the $15 mark. I can't get my head around why these have received such high praise. I've been trying to cut out products that have fragrance and these smell so artificial. I'll continue to use them until they're gone, but it's not something I would repurchase and something that I really don't understand the hype for.

Other than these four products I've been quite happy with everything else I've bought recently. I'm making a conscious effort however to use up some beauty products I've got lying around. It's got to a point where I've got far too much and need to do a serious 'project use up'! What products have disappointed you recently?

Autumn Wardrobe Wish List

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Following on from yesterday I decided to do an Autumn wardrobe wish list on top of my beauty one. Autumn is my favourite season when it comes to clothing. I'm not particularly fussed by Summer fashion. Give me knitwear, cosy boots and chunky scarfs any day!

Fedora (Next // £20 // HERE
I've been wanting a fedora for so long and think they make the perfect Autumn accessory. I don't know if I can get away with wearing one yet so I think I need to try one on in store first. I like this one because it's so plain and simple.

Ankle Boots (Clarks // £69.99 // HERE
I practically live in ankle boots during the colder months and am definitely due a new pair. For the past two years I've got my ankle boots from Clarks as they're so incredibly comfortable. I'm going to wait until they have some sort of discount code as they tend to do about 20% off every few months.

Chunky Scarf (Zara // £25.99 // HERE
I think nearly all of my scarfs bar one or two are from Zara. I got a gorgeous grey tartan one from them last year that I'll be digging out. I'm going to buy another one, but in a lighter colour like the one below. I don't know if you've ever bought a scarf from Zara, but they practically double up as a picnic blanket they're that big.
Navy Spot Wellies ( Joules // £3.95 // HERE
I've got an old pair of Hunter wellies that are looking a bit past it now, so I'm thinking of splashing out on a new pair of Joules wellies. I like these because they're my favourite colour, navy, and because I think they look simple, but stylish.

Long Camel Coat (Zara // £159 // HERE
I'm warning you now, don't step into a Zara unless you plan on doing some serious credit card damage. I think Zara do so well in the colder months and I'm drawn to everything in store like a moth to a flame. I've been after a camel coat for some time. It's one of those pieces that has been on my mental investment pieces list for a while. This one is quite pricey, so I'd want to check out the quality in store before buying.

Relaxed Striped Jumper (Oasis // £38 // HERE
I love me a Breton stripe! I like this jumper because it's a little bit different and has a splash of colour. My wardrobe is so monochrome so I'll take any hint of colour I can get. Oasis do really good knitwear judging from the pieces I've bought from them in the past. I've found moths love it though, so if you buy anything from them make sure you put some lavender sachets in your wardrobe!

*Post in Collaboration with Joules