Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Things I'm Loving Right Now

Hello everyone! I thought I'd talk about some of the beauty and non-beauty bits and pieces I've been enjoying recently. :)

Beauty favourites

The Body Shop Mango Eau de Toilette
I got this within a gift set of other products in the Mango range from The Body Shop and have liked the whole set, but this has been my favourite. Something about this perfume just perks me up in the morning - it's very sweet, but not overwhelmingly so. It's quite a summery scent, but still great for all year round. And it's very affordable at £8.50 for 30ml. Not much else to say except I'd definitely recommend giving this a whiff next time you're in the shop!

Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde Mascara 
I have this in this pretty 'retro summer' limited edition packaging, which doesn't seem to be available anymore, so I've linked to the original one. This mascara is actually nearing it's 6 month use by date, which is a shame as I've really enjoyed using it! It's not quite as good as Maybelline's Lash Sensational Mascara (which I reviewed here). But it's still a great product, giving me beautiful length and volume with very little time or effort needed. (Which is good because as you can tell from the name, it does promise giving you volume in one second). It's a little expensive for a drugstore mascara at £9.99, but it's included in offers quite often - there's a '3 for 2 on Bourjois' offer on at Boots at the moment.

Dior Addict Lipstick in Spring Ball Extreme
I got this ages ago, using birthday money after my 21st birthday. I didn't use to wear it very often (don't really know why - I guess when you have high end things you want to treasure them more often or something, but really their expensiveness is all the more reason to get your money's worth and use them!) but lately I reach for this a lot - it's a gorgeous peachy-pink. There's a good swatch (not mine) of it here alongside 'Spring Ball'. You can also see one of those freaky close ups of my lips with it on here:

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat
I won't go on about this too much as I talked about it in my last post, but I've used this for a few weeks now and I'm loving it! I'm not sure at the moment whether it's better than the MAC Prep and Prime Highlighting Pen in Radiant Rose that I used up, but we'll see. ;)

Non-beauty favourites

Chocolate: Golden Eggs 

Holy crap these are good. When I saw Alice Anne from Annie Writes Beauty rave about these on Twitter, I knew I had to try them. I am now officially hooked - you wouldn't have thought chocolate eggs could get any better than Mini Eggs, but I actually prefer these. The only problem is that I pretty much buy a packet every time I go to a shop, ie they may only a pound a bag but I'll probably go broke soon haha.

Wait a second: will we still be able to get these after Easter?! :o

TV: Happy Valley
Image credit: BBC (please don't sue me Beeb)

This programme isn't my usual pick - I don't really go for depressing crime dramas, especially ones with gore. (Don't be fooled by the name, it's an unhappy valley.) The first series was good, but this second series (which ends tonight!) has been even better. It's gripping television and you can just lose yourself for an hour and enjoy it. It's a shame the series is ending so soon, but at the same time I'm really excited to see how they'll tie up all the loose ends. And considering how good it is and how high the viewing figures are, they're surely going to make a third series right? I hope so! Definitely give it a watch if you're looking for a great drama to sink your teeth into.

Cereal: Curiously Cinnamon by Nestlé

I know what you're thinking: 'Really, Sabrina? A cereal?! Are you mad?' but this deserves a mention because it's the best non-chocolatey cereal I've come across. This is the kind of cereal that I just can't help but snack on if I'm really hungry and waiting for my dinner to cook...I have even been known to take some in a sandwich bag to snack on at work. Trust me, this is a really great way to start your day. I also think it's really great value when bought from Asda as it's only £2 for this large box, which will last you a while (or not in my case, because I keep snacking on them).

Book: The Humans by Matt Haig

I haven't read a lot of this yet, but so far I'm really enjoying it. It's by the same author as Reasons to Stay Alive and Matt also follows me on Twitter - hi Matt if you happen to be reading this (which is unlikely but there we go). The start of this book was absolutely hilarious and it's quite unique to anything I've read before. Here's a synopsis:

After an 'incident' one wet Friday night where Professor Andrew Martin is found walking naked through the streets of Cambridge, he is not feeling quite himself. Food sickens him. Clothes confound him. Even his loving wife and teenage son are repulsive to him. He feels lost amongst a crazy alien species and hates everyone on the planet. Everyone, that is, except Newton, and he's a dog.

What could possibly make someone change their mind about the human race...?

What beauty and/or non-beauty things are you loving lately?

Sabrina xx

Friday, 4 March 2016

I'm back with a Boots Haul!

Boots haul
*sorry about the bad photo, it was taken at night time

Hello everyone, so I'm back after many months...many people won't be bothered but if you do want to read my excuse explanation then I'll leave it at the bottom of the page, otherwise read on! 
So, the other day I went to Boots, and stuff happened. I was actually going in there intending on buying the famous YSL Touche Eclat - despite being on a budget. I justify this because ever since my MAC Prep and Prime highlighter ran out I've missed using a pinky brightening pen under my eyes and wanted to see what all the fuss was about with Touche Eclat (I actually did buy it once ages ago from Cheap Smells, now called All Beauty, as it is slightly cheaper on there, but I barely recall if I liked it or not because it ran out suspiciously quickly. I should really have chased them up about it at the time because it makes me wonder if I had a dud).

My other excuse is that I've not bought myself new makeup in ages (basically just mascara and concealer late last year when both of the old ones were running out) and so when you think about it that £22.50 (it was on offer at 10% off) was probably what I would have spent on random stuff anyway if I hadn't decided to stop buying more makeup items I don't need, because I wasn't running out of those things at all (lipsticks, eye shadows, blushes etc). Plus, you've got to treat yo self once in a while, right...?

Fun fact: this video was posted on my birthday.

Anyway yes - the lady at the counter didn't need to sell this to me much at all. One odd thing was that she told me it was a concealer but I'm not sure this is true - I mean, as I understand it, you use it under your eyes to brighten, not conceal. I fully wasn't expecting this to cover up my dark circles, just to really help cancel out the darkness under my eyes and help make me look like I've had my eight hours (when really I've been writing blog posts at half midnight).  
Another thing that was tempting me was that I had these vouchers from boots to boost my points - these are great as they're easy to redeem and you can get loads of points quickly. So when I did this haul I gained about £9.50 worth in points! Another way I boost my points is through the offers on the app, which are sometimes better than the coupons they send in the post. For example, I have a coupon left to get 200 points when I spend £20 or more before 15th March, but another one on the app gives me 400 points if I spend £20+. So obviously I'll go with that one, and before 15th March I'll head back to Boots to get some more things, mainly essentials as like I said I don't really need any more bits of makeup! The app can be a bit glitchy but if you don't have it you can still access the same offers under your advantage card account page on Boots.com.

But yeah, YSL Touche Eclat is one of the most iconic makeup products of all time and sometimes it's just nice to own a beautifully packaged, top quality luxury beauty product. So I don't feel too bad about buying this, but if I repurchase it, it will probably be using my points!

I've used it a few times and really like it so far, I get terrible dark circles so anything that makes me look more awake is a winner. I might do a full review in the future, so let me know if that's something you'd be interested in! 

The next thing I bought was a Soap and Glory Foam Call Bath and Shower Wash. These body washes always smell amazing and are a nice treat (not that they're expensive at £6.50, but this is a fair amount to pay for a shower gel) and I got 200 points for buying a soap and glory product. I haven't tried this particular one before but I'm pretty sure I'm going to enjoy it, these are great products.

My Garnier Micellar Water was running low so I decided to try out Nivea's offering in the micellar water trend - the Daily Essentials Sensitive 3in1 Micellar Cleansing Water, which I've also heard good things about. It's currently half price at £1.84, but I wouldn't really buy it full price as it's not as good value for money as the Garnier one, which gives you twice as much product for not much more money (it's also on offer quite often).

Staying on skincare and another points offer was to buy a Boots Skin Clear product - they do a lot of offers around this range and in taking advantage of them I've ended up with so many spot sticks! I decided to try out their Deep Clean Daily Face Wash, which was only £2.99. Reading reviews before I bought it I could have sworn some people said it had beads in it, which I wasn't too keen on - I wouldn't really want to use an exfoliating wash once or twice a day, it's too harsh. But it doesn't have any beads - I don't know if they might have reformulated it since these reviews were written? But anyway so far I'm liking this. I've heard that foam washes aren't that great for the skin as they can dry it out but to be honest I like using them, they give you more of a feeling of having a squeaky clean face than milky/lotion type cleansers like Soap and Glory Peaches and Clean do (don't get me wrong I like that cleanser a lot, but it doesn't make your skin feel as clean as foam washes do). 

In case you wanted to have a looksie inside

And another skincare item I bought, again from Boots' own brand range, is their Boots Essentials Cucumber Moisturising Cream. To be honest when I picked this up at Euston station a while before I bought this other stuff I just needed a new moisturiser and couldn't be bothered to look up loads of reviews, but the ones for this seemed promising. It's aimed at all skin types, so I knew it wasn't going to do anything special, but I'm really enjoying it - it's refreshing to use, not too heavy, and makes my skin feel nice and soft. The only thing I don't like is that it takes ages to sink in to my skin, so if I'm getting ready in the morning and want to do my foundation it's a little annoying if the moisturiser hasn't finished sinking in. But yeah, I wasn't expecting anything too fancy from this but I quite like it, and you can't go wrong really at £1.50. I think quite a lot of people have tried the eye cream in Boots' cucumber skincare range, but I'd recommend this too if you're looking for a good, cheap, basic moisturiser. 

My excuse for being a bad blogger:
I'm not sure if I've mentioned it before, but I have a bit of an obsessive personality. Not that I get hooked on drugs or anything like that haha, but I get periodically obsessed with things like songs, chocolate/sweets/snack types, and makeup. When I stopped blogging it wasn't just because I'd slightly run out of ideas and couldn't afford to keep buying new products all the time (this is another thing - there shouldn't be too many hauls, because I really want a holiday and living in London now is expensive!) it was also because I just wasn't all that bothered about makeup anymore. And if I'm not interested in or passionate about it, I don't think it would make for a good reading experience for you (and writing experience for me) if I forced blog posts just for the sake of it. Besides, moving to London was quite a big change last year, so I had so much on my mind with my new job and everything that blogging and makeup and beauty just sort of got sidelined. So apologies if anyone has missed my blog (doubtful, but thanks very much if you like my blog that much!). I don't know how often I'll blog from now on, but I have a few posts in mind, and I'm getting a bit back into beauty, so we shall see. ;)

Hope you enjoyed this post! Have you tried any of these products? 

Sabrina xx

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