My December Favourites

I’ve never actually done a favourites post before, but why not start now? I’ve been using some products this month that I just want to rave about (even if I’ve done so before), so I’ve wrapped them all up into one simple post!

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The cold weather, combined with very hot central heating, leaves my skin completely gasping for a drink! I’ve been slathering The Body Shop Wild Rose hand cream on my hands whenever I can. It’s a nice formula – not as perfect as L’Occitane’s hand cream, but still nice – but what sells it for me is that gorgeous rose scent. It’s lasting without being cloying, and definitely not old ladyish! For more general moisturising, I’ve been liking NSpa Passionfruit body butter – not a very Christmassy scent, I know, but I still like it, and this really does a good job of keeping dry skin at bay.  Continue reading

End of Term Hauling, Part Three: The Body Shop

Have you seen Part One of this haul? If not, start there!

Today I’m showing you what I came home to; a haul achieved in my absence, thanks to some belated birthday presents and my mum’s trip to the Body Shop Outlet at Swindon. So, thanks Mum!

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Yes, that’s quite a lot of lip balm… With the things I picked up from the Body Shop last week, I’m pretty much sorted for body butter and lip balm for a while now! Continue reading

Brilliant Body Shop Deals (with Tiny Haul)

I had a very tempting email this morning from Voucher Codes, offering me a completely FREE Born Lippy lip balm from the Body Shop, so I popped down after lunch to grab one and check out the sale at the same time.

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The sale seemed to be largely shower gels (which I find overpriced even in the sale) and body butters, mostly reduced to £5 – I love these body butters the most of any moisturisers. I know I have two fruity body butters waiting for me at home from my mother’s recent trip to a Body Shop outlet, so I was fairly restrained, and only picked up one in Moroccan Rose. I’ve been looking for something to top up moisture after my Lush Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner, and this seems like it will match really well.  Continue reading

May Empties!

I’m a couple of days early, but my empties box is brimming over, so thought it was about time I got around to the post… Here’s what we have!

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So… that’s quite a lot of things! Some of this I used up very early in the month, so it feels like ages ago – I was surprised there was this much in the box.

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Review: Tony Moly Petite Bunny Gloss Bars

How cute are these?

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These are Tony Moly Petite Bunny Gloss Bars, which essentially means ‘lip balms with a bit of colour in a cute bunny case’, and they are my first foray into Korean beauty products. I saw these on The Black Pearl Blog and knew I had to have them, so I bimbled off to eBay and bought myself a couple for the very reasonable price of £3.73 each. Continue reading

Another small haul

I really went through a make-up buying phase last week – not only did I come back from Bicester with all these pretties from L’Occitane, but Boyfriend popping into Superdrug for shower gel last weekend turned into me buying these too!

IMG_1694IMG_1695Fine, it was inevitable that I’d buy another Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain. I love the formula, and I’ve already raved about it here, so I won’t go over it again – this shade is called Honey, and it’s a very neutral pink which almost makes me reach for the hated words ‘my lips but better’. It’s slightly paler than my natural lip colour, but its sheerness means that it doesn’t look stupidly Barbie-pink on me. Another good addition to my growing collection of these versatile lip products.

I wanted to pick up a pressed powder to temper my foundation with. I don’t know if it’s me getting paler, or what, but all of a sudden my normal foundation seems very very obvious. This was only something stupid like £1.99, and it seems to be doing the job!

Finally, I bought a baked eyeshadow duo from Accessorize, which I really didn’t need. I’d been disappointed by the selection of eyeshadows at the Mac outlet at Bicester – although there were some gorgeous marbled baked ones, they were very battered and not reduced very much (I think around £12 for one?). This caught my eye as being very similar, and it was two colours for £3.95. I love the look of these marbled eyeshadows – I think they look like little planets. How cute would a set of planet themed baked shadows look? Anyway, these are very very pigmented and soft, and I’ve been wearing them all week!

IMG_1698Make up urges somewhat subdued, I nipped over to Lush to grab a Brightside bubble bar before the Easter stock disappears this weekend.

IMG_1690This smells delicious, like bright citrus and spring – it has the same scent as the Sun perfume from Gorilla Perfumes, if you fall in love with the scent of this bubble bar. It’s huge (the size of The Comforter)- I used one-sixth for my bath the other night, and that gave me more than enough bubbles, so this really will last a long time. My one issue is that it turned the water an… interesting shade of yellow-orange, which wasn’t great, but luckily that was mostly hidden by MOUNDS OF BUBBLES!

I did actually buy something else from Lush, the Brazened Honey face mask, but I stupidly left it in the fridge at Boyfriend’s house. I should have it back soon, and then I’ll let you know how I get on with it!

As you can see, I’ve been splurging on beauty quite a bit recently – what are your recent spring finds?

Asha x

Review: Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Crush

DSCF0172I know, these are everywhere on beauty blogs, I’m very behind the times. But since discovering the Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains, I’ve fallen in love! I popped into Boots yesterday and picked this one up with my points, and I’m wishing I’d bought another colour too…

I absolutely adore the formula of these balm stains – I like their lasting power, I like the minty scent, I like the feel of them on my lips (they just feel like balm, not lipgloss). These are so easy to apply and wear that they suit me down to a T: I don’t like having to check my make-up every ten minutes, and I trust these to wear evenly down to the stain, rather than getting that weird ring around the edges. Application of Crush is a little trickier than Romantic (the red balm), since the colour is darker, so I wouldn’t apply this without a mirror as I do with Romantic, and it’s also worth bearing in mind (for both colours) that they do transfer quite a bit onto cups and hands.

Crush is a darkish purple-y pink, which can be layered from a sheer wash of pinkish colour to a block, dark purple. I cannot for the life of me get this to read true in photos: it comes out very very fuchsia in every photo I’ve taken, while I assure you that in the mirror, it’s a darker pink, more of a berry tone. Terrible collage ahoy:

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It’s not ideal for spring, given the darkness of the tone, but would work beautifully for an autumn/winter lip, and to be honest, we’re not exactly having spring weather! I’m glad to have this in my make up bag; it will blend in beautifully with my everyday make up.

Are you a fan of these Revlon Balm Stains? Ooh, and since I now know how strangely these photograph, can anyone tell me if there is a fuchsia/bright pink? Lovesick looked a bit Barbie-pink for me, but it might come out darker like this one does…

Asha x

My shopping week!

So, to start, a Primark haul:

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I’ve been longing for some floaty little tops to see me into spring, with skinny jeans and a cardigan. The flowery one was £8, and the typewriter one was £12, but because there was a makeup stain on the collar in the only size 10 left, they kindly did it for £9. I bought these on Saturday, but forgot that, being see-through and all, I might need a cami to put under them…

…and what do you know, I was forced to return to Primark yesterday to get one.

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On the bottom right you can see the little cream cami I needed (£3)… Plus two new pyjama vests (£2.50 each), two belts with pretty baroque detailing (£2 for two) and a petrol blue floaty shirt, which was reduced to £5 (but miraculously still had a size 10)!

I didn’t, however, find any ballet pumps I liked, which was what I was looking for in the first place. I really, really need a new pair of flats, mine have literally got holes in the toes, because I’m so picky I can never find any I like.

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I also popped into Lush to see if there were any Valentine’s products left, and picked up the Dusk til Dawn massage bar (the funny pointy one, £4.95 but there might not be any left by now!). It smells like a dark citrus, if that makes sense? It’s not brash and cheerful, but quite deep… I also picked up an Avobath (£3.20), having been convinced by the lovely Georgia that it made a good bath cocktail with Rose Jam… I’ll report back!

DSCF0062On Saturday night Boyfriend and I and a few of our friends went to the Vaudeville Rave, which is a sort of steampunk/dapper nightclub party night that is held every so often in Oxford (more on that later, including an outfit post!). Playing at the Rave were The Mechanisms, an incredible steampunk band that is made up of some of my best friends. For some reason I’d never picked up their first album, so I grabbed that for the low, low price of £4 and a promise of some cake to the band members. If you want to check them out, go have a listen to their stuff here, and if you really like them, go support their Indiegogo for their second album here.

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It wouldn’t be a shopping post without a book, and here is A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers, by Xiaolu Guo, which I’ve been wanting to read for ages. I spotted it in The Last Bookshop, which sells everything for £2, so even better!

DSCF0087And finally, we come to my favourite thing I’ve bought this week: Revlon’s Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Romantic, a very bright red (I think it was £6.99). I’d seen these everywhere on the internet, being raved about in comparison to the Clinique Chubby Stick, and I have to say, I’m very impressed! It’s a little more orangey than I’d like: I prefer a blue-red because my teeth aren’t very white, but it looks incredible, stays put for ages, is very moisturising and is so so easy to apply, even without a mirror. I’ve worn it everyday since Saturday and I’m in love with it! I want Crush and Adore, too, now.

That’s my haul for the week, then. Did you get anything nice?

Asha x

Only two weeks left!

It hit me at the weekend that there’s only two weeks left til I’m back in Oxford, which caused a small amount of panic. Despite moving into a far smaller room this year, I seem to be short an awful lot of stuff – cue a quick trip to the shops this morning. I am now the proud owner of:

– One alarm clock which has never jumped from the top of a three foot stack of books and dashed its brains out on the floor;

– A few saucepans and frying pans and knives such, which should hopefully allow me to eat in my new (tiny, shared) kitchen. You only get a kitchen at my college if you move out of the main site into the annexe accommodation, which is why I’m only just getting this stuff as a third year!

– Lots of new pens, dividers, paper to add to my teeming boxes of stationery (I own more post-it notes than one girl could ever use, but can never find a pen that works);

– Sundry other bits and bobs like a new black cardigan, black tights, bathroom scales and a towel to leave at Boyfriend’s house.

But my most exciting find was discovered in Morrisons – apparently it’s nearly Christmas, and the Christmas gift sets are out!

What’s in this pretty tin?

Lip balms!

Essential Care, Milk and Honey, Pearly Shine, and Soothe and Protect, to be exact.

£4 is a crazily good price for these little lovelies – the Pearly Shine I picked up the other day was £2.15 on its own. 4 lip balms might seem to be far too many for any one girl (especially since I just bought a new new one), but I always try to have one on me, so they’ll definitely get used. And the pretty little tin will find some sort of use, either for make-up or little desk bits, I think.

There was also a duo of Dove Go Fresh Shower Gels, in Pomegranate and Lemon Verbena, and Plum and Sakura Blossom which I’d love to try, but I’m trying not to buy any more shower gel til I finish the huge bottle of N-Spa gel I have on the go at the moment… I’ll keep an eye out for that.

Now, tell me, internet, what have I forgotten to buy for my return to uni? There’s always something