Boxing Day Sales: My Picks

dicembre 26, 2013

sale picks
This Works Dream Believers Duo // Diptyque L'Ombre Dans L'Eau Eau De Toilette // Laura Mercier Petite Baked Eye Colour Bonbons Amethyst Trio // Laura Mercier Body & Bath Luxe Quartet Crème Brulée // Shu Uemura Takashi Murakami Collection S Curler // BareMinerals Perfect Ten READY Multi Face Palette // Stila Color Me Pretty Convertible Lip Cheek Palette
Early morning wake-up calls suck, especially during the Holidays but what wouldn't I do for some beauty bargains? Happy Boxing Day everyone! Let the sale begin...

As usual SpaceNK is the best place for amazing post-Christmas deals. With extremely limited stocks, early birds get the best ones of course and I was able to snatch some great sets early this morning - both for me and some upcoming birthdays -, but there're still some interesting bargains going on. This Works set are great value for money at regular price but during the sales they become absolutely irresistible. I picked one from the Sleep range for myself that now appears to be sold out but a similar duo is still going strong on the website: the Dream Believers Duo (was 20£ now 10£) features two pampering products to make falling asleep easy peasy even on the most stressful days. I'm a big fan of the Sleep Balm - also on sale on its own - and that Dream Cream sounds delightful as well.
It seemed rude not to indulge in some incredible Laura Mercier gift sets, especially when those super yummy fragrances are involved. The Laura Mercier Body & Bath Luxe Quartet Crème Brulèe (was £60 now £30) had my name written all over it, along with a couple of other kits that will make my beauty addicted friends extremely happy. Crème Brulèe is my favourite scent from the Bath & Body range but I'd be lying if I said it was easy to resist to the other fragrances in the sale section. This set includes 150g sizes (regulars are 300g) of the Honey Bath, Scrub and Body Soufflè along with a gorgeous scented candle that will send you straight to sniffer heaven. Purple lovers will adore the Petite Baked Eye Colour Bonbons Trio in Amethyst (was £20 now £10); I know I did. This charming mini-palette contains three wet-dry shadows perfect for day and night looks and it's hardly a bank breaker. It basically jumped in my cart on its own volition.
Finally I must have spent a good five minutes cursing the shipping restriction rules because I had to put the Diptyque L'Ombre Dans L'Eau EDT (was £68 now £34) back on its virtual shelf. I've never seen such a huge discount on these fragrances; I get teary-eyed just thinking about it. Sob.

Moving onto Beautybay, I made a little hit-and-run purchase when I saw the Stila Colour Me Pretty Convertible Lip Cheek Palette (was £19.68 now £15.86) in the middle of the sale bunch. Although it's not a massive save, it appears to be sold out everywhere else and since I had it in my Christmas wishlist I couldn't let the chance slip.
I also flipped through Feelunique very quickly this morning and the BareMinerals Perfect Ten READY Multi-Face Palette (was £39 now £29.25) ended up in my cart right away. I still haven't clicked the checkout button yet but I'm seriously contemplating the purchase. The shades are absolutely stunning and so utterly me I'll probably end up buying it by the end of the day.

Last but not least, Selfridges has gone all out with the sales this year. If you haven't purchased it full price before the Holidays like yours truly here did and therefore you're not currently mentally-kicking yourself in the shins, the Shu Uemura Takashi Murakami Collection S Curler (was £20 now £13) is definitely worth a look. More on it later on the blog but I'm seriously loving it for my stubborn outer lashes.

Hope you had a lovely Christmas and an even better Boxing Day sale shopping.
Did you manage to grab some amazing deals?

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On My Wishlist This Week #18

dicembre 05, 2013

Christmas wishlist
Stila Color Me Pretty Lip & Cheek Palette // Bumble & Bumble The Tousled Two Step Gift Set // Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil // Nails Inc. Gel Effect Polish in Porchester Square // Wayne Goss Limited Edition Christmas Brush // Shu Uemura S Curler
001 Although I currently own enough cream blushes coming out of my eyeballs, the Stila Color Me Pretty Lip & Cheek Palette (£19.50) looks like a must have for any blush fiend, like yours truly here. I already dipped my paws in a couple of shades and I really love the moisturizing formula and the dewy, healthy glow it gives to the skin.

002 After years spent obsessing over perfectly smooth and straight locks, lately I've been enjoying a grungier, effortless look and lots and lots of volume. Of course it's not a serious big hair-talk if it doesn't involve Bumble & Bumble and two of their best-selling products: The Tousled Two Step Gift Set (£27) features the phenomenal Bb. Texture (starting from £10) and a special edition size of the Thickening Hairspray (from £7.50), another favourite of mine. A great value for money and two of the products I can't leave without in one gift set? I'm in!

003 Chilly weather and snowfalls in November set my dry skin-alarm off. Better suit up and include one of the Clarins Face Treatment Oils (£30) in my skincare routine. I have my eyes on the Blue Orchid one, specifically created to fix dehydrated skin and fight dullness and lack of radiance.

004 I seriously can't wait to put my mitts on the gel version of my favourite nail polish of all time. I've seen many rave reviews about how awesome the Nails Inc. Gel Effect Polish (£14) in Porchester square is and frankly I'm curious to find out how one of the best polishes on the market has been improved.

005 If you read my previous post about my monthly favourites, you'll know how much I'm loving my Wayne Goss brushes. Just a few days ago the Limited Edition Christmas Brush (£50) popped up on Love-makeup, looking uber soft and oh so fluffy; it had me weak at the knees right away and I'm already dreaming to pet it like the softest kitten. I do have issues, I know.

006 Apparently the new Shu Uemura S curler (£20) isn't just the cutest curler on the market; it's also great to squeeze natural lashes into the fake ones so they look perfectly blended, and to curl even the shortest inner and outer lashes. And if the ultimate curl wasn't a good enough reason to lust, this super cute limited edition Takahashi Murakami charm shattered that bit of reluctance I may have had. I need it.

What's on your Christmas wishlist?

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November Favourites

dicembre 01, 2013

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette // Caudalie Instant Foaming Cleanser* // Wayne Goss Makeup Brushes 01, 02 & 03 // Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette The Golden Goddess // MAC Lipstick Plumful
Happy first of the month! We can officially start obsessing over Christmas - yay! -, which also reminds me I'm running awfully late on my gift shopping. Typical.
Anyways, the past month has brought some wicked beauty products to the table and here are my most played picks.

During the month of November I did the unthinkable: I put aside my beloved Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder (£34) in Diffused, but only because I got my mitts on the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Wardrobe (£50). This swoon-inducing limited edition palette features three shades of the famous illuminating powders, plus a deluxe sample of the best-selling Veil Mineral Primer (£52), which is definitely worth a try. Dim Light is a neutral peachy beige that looks great dusted all over for an amazing glow; Incandescent Light is exclusive to this palette and it's a lovely pink-ish opalescent highlighter that gives a stunning fairy-dust glow to the cheek bones; Radiant Light is the most subtle and believable bronzer I've ever tried and warms up the complexion with a golden beige luminosity without actually adding too much colour. It's like a million dollars face all in one palette, so convenient and a great value for money. Gotta love such a pretty bargain!
Next up on the breath-stealers lineup is the Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette The Golden Goddess (£38), aka the one that blew me out of the water at first touch. The shades included within the palette are color-coded for fail-safe application and comprise a creamy pale gold, a taupey-grey shade that reminds me of MAC Satin taupe and Patina mixed together, and a sultry warm bronze, plus a pop shade made of antiqued-brass glittery goodness. The regular shades are unbelievably soft, buttery and so easy to blend. Both pigmentation and longevity deserve a praise on their own, and the '20s inspired brown and rose gold packaging is an absolute head-turner.
At 38£ it doesn't come cheap but it's worth every single penny. Actually, it's so amazing my finger could have accidentally slipped on the checkout button and I may have bought more.

At last, my lip color of choice at the moment is MAC Plumful (£15), an easy to wear plummy pink that goes pretty much with everything and adds a bit of a sultry, autumnal vibe to every look. I find the formula slightly different from the usual Lustre one, less glossy and a whit thicker, but just as comfortable. It lasts quite well and fades nicely to a dark pink stain.
On to skincare, at the end of October I went to the Caudalie store opening and I was gifted the Instant Foaming Cleanser (£13.50)* and I've been using it non stop ever since. I'm completely obsessed with this range and the sage and grapevine scent, which is refreshing and extremely pleasant to use on the skin. The light foam melts away any impurity and makeup residue, leaving the skin squeaky clean and uber soft, without any tightness or drying feeling. Even if I'm only half way through the bottle, I already know that it's a definite re-purchase.

I have three new brushes I've been testing out in the last few weeks and my love for them can't simply go unnoticed. They're all part of the Wayne Goss brush range, available esclusively on Love-makeup.co.uk and Beautylish for the US. Brush 01 (£30) is a blend of goat and synthetic fibers, which smooth on foundation effortlessly. Those bristles are absolutely brilliant for dry and sensitive skin because are extremely delicate and pack on a flawless coverage without bothering the skin underneath. Brush 02 (£25) and 03 (£20) are made of uber soft, luxurious squirrel hair. I don't believe in powdering the whole face and 02 is absolutely perfect for pinpoint powdering around the nose and under the eyes. The lightly tapered shape fits perfectly under the cheekbones for seamless contouring and is excellent to dust highlighter over the high points of the face and blush right on the apple of the cheek. 03 is hands down the best blending brush I own; it fits right in the crease and blends even the darkest shades to a pixel-perfect gradient in just a few swipes.
I'm extremely tempted to collect them all. Has anyone gone bankrupt over makeup brushes before?
What have you been loving last month?
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