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Monday, 15 September 2014

Car Boot Beauty Booty #6


Here's a little 'bonus' Car Boot Booty post from the weekend. We weren't actually planning on going to the car boot sale this week as we had checked the weather forecast and it looked like some rain would be likely. But since we were going out anyway and the weather was cloudy but dry, we decided to drop by the car boot sale as it would only mean taking a slight detour. And while we were there, I did manage to pick up a few nice beauty bits and bobs so I'm quite glad that we did decide to go to the car boot sale after all!

Rose & Co. Beauty Salve Collection
Rose & Co. Beauty Salve Collection

Rose & Co. Beauty Salve Collection 


The first thing I bought from the car boot sale this week was this lovely lip balm set which originally comes from a vintage gift retailer based in Yorkshire and the set retails for £10.00 full price but this was just £0.50p. It is brand new and it contains three lip balms, all of which are still sealed. The flavours included in this set are: Sweet Vanilla Salve, Cherry Kiss and Rose Petal Salve. Each pretty tin contains a very decent 10g of product.

 Anatomicals eye, eye, eye, eye, eye, eye love you very much eye care kit
 Anatomicals eye, eye, eye, eye, eye, eye love you very much eye care kit

 Anatomicals eye, eye, eye, eye, eye, eye love you very much eye care kit


I picked up this cute little Anatomicals set which I think is either barely used or perhaps even totally new. I did sanitize the eye creams just in case they had previously been used though. The thing which really drew me to this set is that it includes the No old bags allowed eye gel which is one of my favourite eye gels (see my review here) as well as some other goodies that I haven't tried before. I picked up the whole set for £0.50p. I've listed what's included in the set and how much they usually cost when bought individually below. 

No old bags allowed eye gel 15ml £3.49
Eye cream we all scream 15 ml £4.49
Puffy the eye bag slayer mask £2.50 

Sanctuary Spa Tanaka Bath Powder
Sanctuary Spa Tanaka Bath Powder

Sanctuary Spa Tanaka Bath Powder 

This is a really unusual product and one that I suspect is now discontinued or was perhaps only ever a limited edition product to begin with. This is a lightly foaming bath powder that contains Tanaka Powder, Organic Lemongrass, Passionfruit Oil, Sandalwood and Patchouli Essential Oils. I really like the packaging and the only Sanctuary Spa product that still comes in this type of glass jar and metal clasp packaging is the Salt Scrub. There is a generous 400g of product in here and it looks practically full to me so I should be able to get a fair few baths out of this. I couldn't resist almost immediately having bath with this and I must say, it is wonderful!


No7 Stay Perfect Eyeshadow in Wheatsheaf
No7 Stay Perfect Eyeshadow in Wheatsheaf

No7 Stay Perfect Eyeshadow in Wheatsheaf 


This eyeshadow line from Boots has been slightly re-packaged recently but nevertheless, this shade is still available to buy and it retails at £7.00 but I got this for £0.20p and it looks new. I've actually owned this eyeshadow before and I liked it so it's nice to have another one to play with again!

 Have you picked up and thrifty beauty bargains recently?

Hanna x

 


Thursday, 11 September 2014

Review I Lancome Hypnose Mascara


It's not very often that I choose to own a high end mascara. They're typically a product that dries out or expires within only a few months and I'm happy to admit that I don't like having to repurchase expensive items all that frequently. 

This Lancome Hypnose Volume mini mascara in Noir is really something that I've been impressed by recently and you might have seen this featured in my August makeup and beauty favourites blog post (see the post here).


This mascara is a mini version with 2ml of product whereas a full-size version contains 6.5 g and usually retails for around £20.50. I think this is definitely at the pricier end of the mascara price spectrum but there are sometimes gift with purchase offers and makeup sets which provide better value for money. This mini mascara actually came as part of a mini Lancome Travel Makeup set which contained a mini pencil eyeliner, juicy tube lip gloss and bi-facial eye make-up remover.

Lancome Hypnose Volume Mascara in Noir
Lancome Hypnose Volume Mascara in Noir
Lancome Hypnose Volume Mascara in Noir

Lancome Hypnose Volume Mascara in Noir Eyelash Close Up
Lancome Hypnose Volume Mascara in Noir Eyelash Close Up

This is definitely one of my favourite mascaras that I've tried to date. It's really quick and easy to use and gives fantastic length and volume, even in just one coat. The formula is quite thick but neither too wet or too dry which makes it very easy, and not at all messy, to work with. It's super buildable and it's possible to build up quite a dramatic false lash effect. The shade Noir is a very black colour indeed which also helps to increase the dramatic effect. The brush is quite large and is of the traditional bristle variety. The bristles are relatively long and perhaps surprisingly, the brush is said to contain 1,000 bristles. The brush certainly does a good job of separating and evenly coating lashes without clumping. 

I really like the way that this feels on my lashes as so many other mascaras make them feel dry and hard which means they are more likely to break or snap. Whereas this mascara makes my eyelashes feel soft and flexible and it contains silicone, glycerin and Vitamin B5 to keep lashes feeling supple. This stays on my lashes all day without smudging or flaking but it's easy to remove with my regular water-based eye make-up remover. 

This is expensive at full price, but I think it is actually worth the money if you are looking for something special from your mascara and are willing to splurge a little.



Lancome Hypnose Volume Mascara in Noir on my eyelashes
Lancome Hypnose Volume Mascara in Noir on my eyelashes

Have you tried any pricier mascaras that you think are worth the money or any you think aren't?

Hanna x

 



This post contains a *PR Sample
All opinions within this post are honest and my own, as ever!

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Car Boot Booty #5

Car Boot Booty #5

Car boot sale season may be nearing the end for this year but you really wouldn't know that judging by today's beautiful weather and impressive turnout. Once again, buyers and sellers were up early and the car boot sale was absolutely booming this morning. 

I managed to pick up some lovely makeup bits today which I was super pleased about and a lot of the items I purchased were not only current makeup releases but also brand new and sealed which is always a massive bonus. 

Maybelline Dream Pure BB 8-in-1 BB Cream in Light, Super Stay 14hr Lipstick in Always Plum 260 & Revlon Colorstay Smoky Shadow Stick in 205 Atomic
Maybelline Dream Pure BB 8-in-1 BB Cream in Light, Super Stay 14hr Lipstick in Always Plum 260 & Revlon Colorstay Smoky Shadow Stick in 205 Atomic

I got all of these three makeup items for £1. 

Maybelline Dream Pure BB 8-in-1 BB Cream in Light RRP £6.99 Boots  

This is something I'm really excited about as I've only tried one other BB cream before which was the one from MUA and although it was nice, it didn't massively wow me so I can't wait to see what this one is like. It's actually in the shade light which is perfect for me and it's designed for oily skin. My skin type is combination but I do often like to use oil free face products designed for oily skin as I find these usually last much better on my skin throughout the day.

Maybelline Super Stay 14hr Lipstick in Always Plum 260 RRP £6.99 Boots

The packaging looks more like a gloss but this is actually a lipstick which claims to have 14 hours wear time. I shall be putting this to the test and I doubt that it will last anything like that long but it still sounds like a promising product and the Plum colour is spot on for Autumn.

Revlon Colorstay Smoky Shadow Stick in 205 Atomic RRP £5.99 Superdrug 

I don't normally like these kinds of cream shadow sticks as I find that they don't last that long or have great colour pay-off but this one from the Revlon Colorstay line should be one of the best around for longevity and pigmentation. I have high hopes for this!
 
Avon True Colour Eyeshadow Duo in the shade Enchanted Forest
Avon True Colour Eyeshadow Duo in the shade Enchanted Forest

 Avon True Colour Eyeshadow Duo in the shade Enchanted Forest

I picked up this Avon True Colour eyeshadow duo which retails for £6.00 from Avon and I picked this up for a mere £0.20p. This is a nice little mirrored compact which is always handy and the eyeshadow is velvety soft and pigmented. It's practically new so I'll just sanitize this with a quick spray of Isopropyl Alcohol and it'll be almost as good as new again! 

OPI Nail Polish in Wocka Wocka, Sally Hansen Color Wear Maximum Adhesion Base Coat & L'Oreal Paris Color Rich Nail Polish Femme Fatale 403
OPI Nail Polish in Wocka Wocka, Sally Hansen Color Wear Maximum Adhesion Base Coat & L'Oreal Paris Color Rich Nail Polish Femme Fatale 403

I got these three nail polishes for £1.

OPI Nail Polish in Wocka Wocka from the 2011 Muppets Holiday Collection

This is almost three years old but it's a genuine OPI nail polish and since nail polish is packed with all kinds of chemicals and preservatives, it can last for ages and ages so I'm happy with this. The consistency actually seems to still be very good and whenever a nail polish starts to get thick or gloopy, it can always be revived with a little drop or two of nail polish remover.

Sally Hansen Color Wear Maximum Adhesion Base Coat

This is a interesting product as I don't have any other base coat products at the moment so this will be a nice one to try. I often find that when my nail polish chips or peels, it takes a layer of my actual fingernail with it so I'll be interested to see if this can help with that problem.

L'Oreal Paris Color Rich Nail Polish Femme Fatale 403 RRP £4.99 Superdrug

This nail polish is a current release and is sold in a lot of places for around £5 so this was a bit of a bargain as far as I'm concerned! This is a popular nail polish line although I must say that I think the L'Oreal nail polishes are ridiculously small for a full size product! 

If you read my last car boot booty post (here), you may have seen me mention a mini strawberry Body Shop gift set that I picked up for £0.40p but forgot to photograph. So, as I promised, here is a photo of that little gift set I got from the last car boot sale. 

The Body Shop Mini Strawberry Gift Set
The Body Shop Mini Strawberry Gift Set

Have you been car booting recently? 

Car Boot Booty #5
Car Boot Booty #5

Hanna x

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Saturday, 6 September 2014

August Makeup and Beauty Favourites

August Beauty Favourites Featuring Soap & Glory, Organic Surge, Natural Collection, ELF Cosmetics and Lancome

Here are some of the makeup and beauty products I've been loving throughout August. As you can see, ELF Cosmetics and Soap & Glory Skincare have been getting a lot of love from me this month! 

If you want to see what I was loving last month, you can check out my July Makeup and Beauty Favourites post here.

August Beauty Favourites Makeup
August Beauty Favourites Makeup

The Boots Natural Collection Pressed Powder in Ivory (see my review here) is something I've been using a lot this month and as you can probably see, I've already hit a fairly sizable amount of pan but I do confess to using a lot of powder! I've tried a lot of budget pressed powders and I have to say, this is one of the best around for the price in my opinion. The Lancome Mini Hypnose Mascara in Black is a bit of a treat for me as I rarely use a high end mascara but this one is really good. It lengthens, thickens, defines and separates lashes and lasts all day without smudging or flaking. It also feels soft on my lashes and is quick and easy to remove with eye makeup remover. The e.l.f Baked Blush in Pinktastic (see my review here) is a permanent feature in my makeup routine and has been for a long time! This stuff just lasts forever although I have made quite a bit of a dent in this product now after many months of usage. This may be described as a blush but for me, this is definitely a frosty silver toned champagne pink highlighter! I've been using the e.l.f Contouring Blush and Bronzing Powder for a really long time too and it's still something I've been enjoying a lot this month. This duo does make a lovely combination but as you can see, I've already used a lot more of the blush than the bronzer which is strange as I've been using them both simultaneously! I'm now focusing on using just the bronzer which is really nice for contouring with as its not too orange nor too dark and it's completely matte.

August Beauty Favourites Featuring Soap & Glory, Organic Surge, Natural Collection, ELF Cosmetics and L'ancome
August Beauty Favourites Featuring Soap & Glory, Organic Surge, Natural Collection, ELF Cosmetics and L'ancome

I've been enjoying Soap & Glory bodycare lately and their Butter Yourself Moisture Lotion is lovely. It's very rich and hydrating yet still light enough to absorb within a minute which means no time wasted waiting for a body lotion to dry before getting dressed! The zesty citrus scent is very refreshing and this smooths my skin leaving it feeling instantly perked up and hydrated. I've also been carrying around the mini Hand Food Hand Cream in my hand bag which is a lovely rich hand cream that has that typically Soap & Glory rose scent. It soaks in beautifully and leaves my hands moisterised. The Organic Surge Blissful Daily Moisturiser (see my review here) is something else that has been a favourite of mine for quite a few months and in fact, I've just used up the last tiny bit of product that I had left. This lasted for a really good amount of time as I've been applying this in the mornings on most days for a year now! This is a hydrating mosituriser that is light enough to wear under makeup even if you have combination skin like me.

August Beauty Favourites Skincare
August Beauty Favourites Skincare

What are your favourite August Makeup and Beauty products? Let me know in the comments below or tweet me @MissBeautySaver 

Hanna x

 

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Review I MEME Skincare Box





This is my first ever Memebox and I have to say that I am super excited about it as I've never tried anything quite like this before. If you aren't familiar with Memebox, they are a Korean non-subscription based beauty box service. They offer a huge variety of themed make up and beauty boxes on their website at any one time. You can pick out which ever box you like the most to order but there is still a big element of surprise as you don't find out what's in the box until it actually arrives.
  
This Memebox is the Special Skin Care Box #9 and is absolutely packed with products. It contains five full-size products as well as two sample products. 

Let's start off with the two sample products as that's what beauty boxes are traditionally known for. The first sample is the Nasarang Rose Balencing Toner which contains natural rose oil. This is quite unlike any toner I've ever tried before as it is much thicker in consistency and feels almost like a serum. It also claims to contain whitening and anti-wrinkle properties which I wouldn't typically expect from a toner! It has a subtle rose scent which is pleasant although the sample is quite tiny at 5 ml. Unfortunately, I don't think I'll be able to gauge how well it performs properly based on this size but I'll enjoy using it none the less. A full-size version of this product is 50ml and retails for $58. The equivalent value of this sample is $5.80.  

The second sample that the box contains is the Verikos Advanced Power Tightening Cream which is enriched with lotus flower water, collagen and peptides and is designed to fight the first signs of ageing. This does have a very pleasant lotus flower fragrance and the consistency is light and gel like. Even though this is another tiny 4ml sample, I feel like I will be able to try this out a little more effectively as I will concentrate this around where I have the most fine lines. A full-sized version of this product is 75ml and retails for $36. The equivalent value of this sample is $1.92.
 
Nasarang Rose Balancing Toner and Verikos Advanced Power Tightening Cream  MEME Skincare Box
Nasarang Rose Balancing Toner and Verikos Advanced Power Tightening Cream 

The next item I'm going to talk about is this Boscians Cycle Repair Wrinkle Spot Cream. This product is designed to be used on areas where there are fine lines or wrinkles. As I'm only 25, I don't have a great deal to worry about in the wrinkle department just yet (Thank Goodness!) and this product is actually predominantly recommended to be used around the eye area where most of us have a few fine lines to take care of anyway. This smells very perfumed which I do find pleasant although perhaps not ideal for a product designed to be used around the sensitive eye area. But I have to say, to my surprise, this doesn't sting my eyes at all although if some of the product actually got into my eyes, that probably would be a different story! This does feel very nourishing and I'm going to really enjoy using this particularly at night as I prefer to use an eye gel during the day. This product is full-size and at 15ml it retails for $24.

Boscians Cycle Repair Wrinkle Spot 15ml
Boscians Cycle Repair Wrinkle Spot 15ml

The next product in my Memebox is this Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence. This contains byproducts from both bees and snails which admittedly doesn't exactly make it sound appealing but luckily I'm an open-minded girl so I gave it a go! Bee venom has actually become quite a popular ingredient within skin-care recently but I've never tried anything that has snail secretions in before. The consistency is that of a light and watery gel that's quickly absorbed. I've tried this product a few times and my first impressions are that it's actually very inoffensive compared to what one might expect from a product such as this but I haven't tried it enough yet to give an opinion on how well it actually performs. This is a full-size product at 60ml and it retails for $18.  

Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence 60ml
Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence 60ml

The next product is this Dewytree Tea Tree Porest Powder In Toner which contains extracts of green clay and tea tree for treating blemishes. This is also designed to close up any enlarged pores which is something I've actually been noticing on my forehead recently. This feels like a gentle toner and I do always include a toner in my skin care routine and I've almost finished up my Apivita Tonic Lotion (review here) so I will be in need of this toner very soon! This is a full size product at 200ml and retails for $26.

Dewytree Tea Trea Porest Powder in Toner
Dewytree Tea Trea Porest Powder in Toner

 This is the fourth full size item in my Memebox and it's another Dewytree product. This one is the 7 cut extreme serum. It's free from lots of nasty ingredients like parabens, mineral oil and sulfates and is designed to be gentle. This has a slightly oily consistency but it's still light enough to be absorbed rather easily and there is a subtle citrus fragrance. The whitening aspect is a little bit off putting for me personally but rather than lightening the skin, this seems to be designed to help with freckles, dark spots and uneven skin tone. I do have a lot of red marks from where spots have been which never seem to go away so I will be interested to see if this can help with that. This product is 30ml and retails for $41.
 
Dewytree White Dew 7 Cut Extreme Serum
Dewytree White Dew 7 Cut Extreme Serum
 
This is the fifth and final full size product in my Memebox and it could be a case of saving the best until last. This Secret Key Super Plumping Jelly Cream is a very uniquely textured product that contains ingredients from super foods including blueberry, orange, almond, broccoli, pumpkin and salmon eggs - yes, salmon eggs! Again, this isn't exactly the sort of thing I would expect to find in a face cream but I'm sure there has to be some kind of method behind this apparent madness! I have tried this cream and once again my first impressions are surprisingly favourable. The jelly texture is very light yet hydrating and there is something of a fruity scent to this product that I appreciate. I haven't tried this enough to give give my full verdict yet, but I think I will probably enjoy using this a lot especially now that my Organic Surge Blissful Daily Moisturiser (review here) is all but used up now! This is 50ml of product and retails for £77.


Secret Key Super Plumping Jelly Cream 50ml
Secret Key Super Plumping Jelly Cream 50ml

Korean skincare is said to be some of the best the world has to offer and the products I've tried so far from this box certainly differ from all of the Western-style skincare that I've ever tried before. This selection of Korean skincare does seem to have the most curious selection of ingredients I've ever come across in any skincare products before. The interesting textures and sheer variety of non-chemical ingredients make for some very intriguing new products to try out! 

I also think that this Memebox represents great value for money as the retail price for all of the products combined is $193.72 whereas the box itself only costs $29.99. My box only took a few days to arrive which was fantastic considering it was shipped all the way from Korea! 

Let me know if there are any products that you would like to see a follow-up review of!

If your interested in trying a Memebox then there are plenty of discount codes around including this one which will get you 5% off any order until the end of August: 3SG6A7.

MEME Skincare Box Review #9 Contents
MEME Skincare Box #9 $29.99 + $6.99 P&P (Total = £22.31 GBP)

What do you think to about this Memebox?

 Hanna x




 


This post features *PR Samples
All opinions are 100% honest and my own!

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Car Boot Booty #4

Car Boot Booty #4


Another week has passed and as luck would have it, I seem to have acquired some more bargain beauty booty from the local car bootie! 

Today, the sun was shining and it was a gorgeous warm day with a nice cooling breeze, perfect car boot weather, so it'll come as no surprise to report that there were a lot of buyers and sellers up and out this morning. 

 I'm very happy with what I got today and there were also quite a few other nice bits and pieces around that I passed up on because I'm running out of space for all of these lotions and potions!

Car Boot Booty #4 Natural Collection Passionfruit Body Spray and Body Lotion
Car Boot Booty #4 Natural Collection Passionfruit Body Spray and Body Lotion

 The first bits that I picked up today were these two little products from the Boots Natural Collection range. These are both Passionfruit scented and seem to be almost new. They were £0.10p each. 

Car Boot Booty #4 Next Just Pink Moisturising Hand Cream
Car Boot Booty #4 Next Just Pink Moisturising Hand Cream

Then I picked this Next Pink scented hand cream. I already have the Next Pink perfume which was a lovely Birthday gift from my BF. The fragrance is a fresh, floral and fruity scent which I really enjoy so this hand cream will compliment that really well! It was also £0.10p and is brand new.

Car Boot Booty #4 Ted Baker Soap
Car Boot Booty #4 Ted Baker Soap

This Ted Baker soap was a cheeky little purchase and was another £0.10p bargain!

Car Boot Booty #4 Wild Rose Hand Cream SPF 15 100ml
Car Boot Booty #4 Wild Rose Hand Cream SPF 15 100ml

This Body Shop hand cream is a huge 100 ml tube and I have already used this before and know that I really enjoy it! This is practically new and retails for £11 on The Body Shop website. I picked this up for £0.40p.

Car Boot Booty #4 Nail Colour Wheel
Car Boot Booty #4 Nail Colour Wheel

This pack of 10 nail colour wheels is probably one of the most random yet appropriate beauty bargains that I've found at a car boot sale to date. I've been wanting to get some of these for a while so I can do nail polish swatches and practice nail art. I picked them up for £0.25p.   
  
There was also a little Strawberry Body Shop Gift Set that I got for £0.40p but I forgot to photograph it so I'll include that in my next Car Boot Booty post.


Have you been to a Car Boot sale recently? 

Hanna