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Saturday, 26 January 2013

Haul: No7, Models Own and much much more!

On Friday morning I woke up to my bank account looking plump and healthy after my very last pay cheque (boo.) I decided that I was going to go out in style. I passed a lot of it onto my boyfriend to cover some bills and to put some into savings. The rest was for me to spend on things that would make me happy. Queue teen movie style shopping. I've grouped the items into purpose.
First up, Skincare:

From L-R: The Body Shop Absinthe Hand Cream (sample), The Body Shop Mango Lip Butter £4, No7 Beautiful Skin Eye Make-Up Remover £8.50, No7 Beautiful Skin Hydration Mask £12.50, No7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Balm £9, Nivea Daily Essentials Express Hydration Primer for Dry & Sensitive Skin £4.99

I tried out the Absinthe hand cream in store and really liked it. It has a light nettle scent that's really refreshing. It's thick and smooth and also comes in a hand butter which I'm quite curious about. I'm glad the assistant gave me this because I'm going to try and collect the little pots and one day mix Sleek Pout Paints in them (I WILL HAVE THEM ONE DAY!) The Lip Butter is my Holy Grail. I just finished up my Dragon Fruit one and it's lasted me absolutely ages and smells divine but I really wanted to try something new. It has a slight shimmer and more of a neutral tone to it which means I'll probably be able to wear this during the day more than my other one. Here's hoping. No7 Eye Make Up Remover is to serve as a replacement for the body shop cucumber cleansing milk which I find leaves a residue behind on my skin. Ick. I'm really excited to try the Hydration Mask. I've read some reviews and they all sound really promising. I suffer from dry patches of skin so this should help. Cleansing Balm is again to try and help my dry skin. I currently use the body shop aloe foaming facial wash, which I do love and recommend to anyone with sensitive skin, but I'm hoping this will give my skin the extra push it needs for moisture. I asked the #bbloggers a week or two ago during the chat to recommend a primer and the Nivea Express Hydration cropped up a lot. Since it was only £4.99 in Superdrug I couldn't really say no.

Nails:

From L-R: Models Own 3 in 1 (clear,) Golden Peach, Blooming Pink, In the Navy, Juicy Jules, Blizzard £5 each, Revlon Liquid Quick Dry £6.49

So I went a little crazy on the Models Own offers in Boots. I've never tried them before but they seem to be really highly rated by a lot of bloggers and I absolutely love the colours I picked up! The only one I've used so far is Blizzard which you can see here with Illamasqua's Caress. I've been a bit nail varnish mad recently and I think I'll be doing some collection posts soon which I'm excited about! Revlon Liquid Quick Dry is a product that goes on after the top coat to speed up drying time. It contains oils and vitamins which (apparently) help your nails stay healthy. I saw this and I was like omg if this works it will change my life. I'm one of those people that is just terrible for getting smudges and indents in my manicure. I've tried this once today and so far I'm pretty impressed. it definitely helped give me a rock solid mani. I'll give it a few more tries and review soon!

Hair:

Colour B4 Hair Colour Remover in Extra Strength £11.99 each

Eye wateringly expensive. I resent paying full price for anything so this was a struggle for me. I've been thinking about doing this for over a year now and I've finally decided to buy the stuff and take the plunge. The issue is that I'm currently trying to grow out my chemical-laden coloured hair and I can't deal with the bizarre colouring any more. It's dark blonde/light brown at the top, dyed brown in the middle, and auburn at the bottom. It could look a lot worse but I'm very aware of it and that's all that matters to me. By no stretch of the imagination do I think I'm gonna be blonde again afterwards but I'm hoping that this will make the divides less noticeable. I will definitely let you know what happens!

Miscellaneous:

The Body Shop Amazonian Wild Lily EDT 50ml £15, Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer in Light £4.19

I'm always on the hunt for another perfume that I like and I gave Amazonian Lily a spritz on a whim and fell in love. It's very fresh and light and the floral notes aren't overly strong. I dislike exptremely sweet/floral perfumes and I wasn't expecting to like this. Perfume scents are very personal but if your tastes are anything like mine I urge you to give it a try! I bought this with 40% off. £9 for a perfume! Bargain. Believe it or not I've never tried the Collection Concealer.  I have the illuminating touch version and I really like it, but I needed something a bit heavier for pigmentation issues. I swatched the fair shade but it is very very pale. I think Light will do nicely!

So that's everything! I did also snag a couple of the Apocalips today but it was after dark so no photos I'm afraid! I'm sure you'll see them here soon enough.

Have you tried any of the products I bought? What do you think to them?

Lauren

45 comments:

  1. I'm hoping to pick up the No 7 Eye Makeup Remover with some vouchers I've got as I heard it was really good. The Collection Concealer you won't be disappointed with and I'm on the fence with the Apocalips I have ... lovely shade but very drying on the lips :( xx

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    1. Don't you hate it when you press publish before you've finished? Lol.

      Was gonna say you have a lovely blog and I'm now following!

      Louise x

      Confessions of a Secret Shopper

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    2. I've tried it once and it's really lovely! Quite an oily texture but soaks in fast and feels moisturising and gentle :) will review soon. thank you so much! xxx

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  2. I recently purchased the No7 Hydration Mask and love it so far!

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    1. I've heard really good things! Glad you like it :) x

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  3. Very jealous of your little shopping spree :)
    I've used that colour b4 thing and was pleasantly surprised. I read lots of people said it left their hair a bit of a ginger brassy tone and mine was a little brassy straight after but after a few washes it was fine.

    It really did strip a lot of the dyed colours I had on my hair and was much closer to its natural colour not that I could even remember what it was haha :)

    Nailthelook.blogspot.com

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    1. That's fantastic news! I've been dying it with permanent colours for years because I'm an absolute fool :| I hope it works for me too :) x

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  4. Oooo you got some lovely items! I've literally put myself on a spending ban and well see how long that lasts! Hahah i love all the models own nail polishes! : D
    Hareem x

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    1. good luck with your ban! I'm on a massive spending reduction now myself :( haha. Me too cant wait to try them out :)! x

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  5. Aaah, you got some gorgeous things! I really love the Beautiful Skin range, although I USS the ones for oily skin :) lovely polishes too! xo

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    1. I hope it works for me :) thank you x

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  6. Nice haul! Can't remember what one feels like :(

    I've never tried any No7 skin care products, they're a bit out of my budget range, but a lot of bloggers have said good things about them.

    The Colour B4 stuff is brilliant. It stinks though, so beware of the eye watering! I hope it works well for you though, even though it stripped my hair of dye, it left me looking a lot ginger-er than usual!

    I really want to buy one of the Body Shop's perfumes, their vanilla spray is gorgeous!
    Laura x
    http://pale-girl-reviews.blogspot.com

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    1. awh :( I'm sorry Petal. I actually got it on 3 for 2 and used a £5 off voucher so in the end it wasn't too bad :)

      I've heard :( awwh gingers are cute!

      I love the body shop :) great value stuff and always good offers on x

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  7. One he'll of a haul!! Your models own nail varnishes all look or gorgeous. I really want to get a Body Shop lip butter, used to love them. The mango one must be amazing!

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  8. Oh god, trying to leave a comment with pesky auto correct is an absolute nightmare! Ha, I meant hell and so gorgeous! Xx

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    1. haha sure is! I love the lip butters they are the best thing that ever happened to my lips :') it smells gorgeous! x

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  9. Love this!
    Great blog!
    Check out mine sometime if you'd like xoxo
    AIMEROSE BLOG

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  10. Great haul! I'd love to see the results of the colour remover! xo

    chloesway.com

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    1. Should be doing it soon! Just need to get some good photos of my hair as it is at the moment. Need my boyfriend to do it but I haven't seen him in daylight for the past three days :( pesky work x

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  11. I have been looking for that primer in superdrug for weeks and I have never found it yet. Obviously a rubbish superdrug :(

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    1. If it means anything there was only a couple in mine :( seem to be super popular :) x

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  12. Girl got your shop on! I need to get my hands on some Models Own! Looks amazing! Such a bummer about your hair! Cant wait to see how it looks after you go through with the hair dye. Good luck!

    xo

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    1. sure did :O absolutely! It really is a mess haha can't wait to get it sorted out x

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  13. ABSINTHE HAND CREAM?! Good luck with stripping your hair x

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    1. yep! Whole new range at the body shop. Surprised I haven't seen any bloggers post about it yet. It smells quite nice :) my boyfiend wants one now haha! He's getting the beauty bug from me haha. Thank you :) x

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  14. I've tried the ColourB4 to go from a dark ish amber auburn brownish kind of colour, back to my natural red hair, and whilst it didn't complete strip the colour, it took a lot of it away - So I waited a couple of weeks, and did it again, and got terribly close to what nature gave me - so thumbs up on the product from me!!!

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    1. sounds fantastic! Hope I have your luck :) x

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  15. Great haul lovely, hope you enjoy the Models Own nail varnishes :D I love the Boots offer on at the moment, a great excuse to treat yourself :)

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    1. me too! I hate paying full price haha. Always shop around :) x

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  16. I would love to see a full review of the hydration mask, I have some horrible dry patches that no scrub nor moisturiser can seem to get rid of. Lovely haul!

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    1. I am exactly the same! Looks so awful under foundation. I've had some nasty comments from people when I was in my teens about it :/ I'll have a few tries with it and will review soon! x

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  17. Wow, thats a great haul, lots of products there I would love to try! Let me know when you use the Hydration Mask, I've been looking for something like that for a while :)

    I also need that quick-dry top coat! I smudge my nails EVERY time without fail :( boo.

    Lyndsay ♡
    Fizzy Peaches

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    1. I sure will :) haha I hope it helps me. It worked fairly well yesterday but we'll see ;) wanna give it a real run x

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  18. the last time i saw my natural hair colour i was 13, and i used colourb4 just as it came out around two years ago when i was nineteen and it took me straight back to my natural colour, couldn't love it more. great haul, i'm super jealous!

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    1. that's amazing! I dyed mine brown when I was 14. It was an amazing change at the time but I wanna know what I look like blonde now haha. x

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  19. So jealous of your little shopping spree adventure!! Maybe once I'm out of school (years from now) I'll be able to do the same haha...

    Cassie
    thriftthick.blogspot.com

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  20. I'm so glad you've pointed me in the direction of this primer. My usually fine skin is being annoyingly dry right now, so I'll definitely pick this up next time I go to the city!

    I've used colour b4 twice now - beware - it has a 99% chance of sending you a coppery colour, so I suggest you buy some silver toner shampoo (savers do it for £2, boots for around £4) to help - and don't be tempted to redye it for a few weeks - it just goes back to the colour you tried to correct. Good luck! xxx

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    1. mine's always so much worse in the Winter! I hope it works for you :)

      Thank you so much for the tips! I'll definitely get some toner :) thank you xxx

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  21. I have the nivea hydration primer and i really love it!
    You dont need much to cover your whol face which is good as it means the product will last longer and it makes my skin feel less dry and soft

    It is a great beauty investment!

    www.amberlee6309.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. thank you for the tips! I've never used primer before so I was wondering exactly how to go about it haha. Haphazard slapping method probably ;) x

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  22. I wish things like their hair dye excited in the US, it would have been nicer than bleaching my hair to get all the red dye out. I can't wait to see the review on the primer!

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  23. The Nivea primer is an essential for me but I use it more like a day cream than a primer; for me it doesn't have a huge effect on how long my make up lasts unfortunately x

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  24. Lovely haul!! Would really like to hear what you feel about Nivea hydration primer. Loved all the Model's Own nail polishes that you picked up. I am a big fan of their nail polishes.. and am going to pick up juicy jules on my next trip to models own store.
    A post on Model's own bottle shop : http://glittercloud.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/models-own-bottle-shop-at-westfield.html

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