The Free Gift Theory: Clinique


OK, so, I’m casually walking around Boots or Superdrug, when BAM, buy one get one free, or BAM, free gift, or BAM, 3 for £10. I hate them. I HATE THEM. Which is annoying, because I also love them, because It’s FREE MAKEUP. But I end up buying way more stuff than I actually need.

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This is what I bought the other day, when I went shopping to get a BB Cream. Clinique have this offer going on where you can buy one skincare and any other item and you get a free gift, and it’s a reallyreally good free gift. Just want to start off by mentioning the citrus-y make-up bag everything comes in-

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IT’S SO CUTE. I did a post about my make-up bag the other day, but yeah. This is my new make-up bag. ISN’T IT PRETTY?

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This is actually amazing, the only things here that I actually payed for (I know, I know, they’re so overpriced I actually payed for all of it) are the Clinique Chubby Stick in 08 Grandest Grape which I love. If you’ve read any of my posts before you’ll know I’ve been obsessed with these for ages, and I actually love them. It’s not one of those really depressing things that you REALLYREALLYWANT and then you buy it and it’s crap, they’re actually amazing. The only fault  with them, especially with this dark colour, is that it’s quite difficult to apply. The end is kind of pointed like a crayon, which means you literally have to colour your lips in, but I think when I’ve used it a few times it’ll be fine:) The skincare item I bought was Redness Solutions Instant Relief Mineral Pressed Powder, which looks amazing. I haven’t used it yet, but you apparently just dab it on your skin to get rid of redness, which is great for me because my skin is awful and I go bright red, so I’ll let you know if it’s any good. Hopefully my mom won’t decide it’s rightfully hers and steal it before then, though. 

The contents of the free gift:

Ironically, it actually contained a chubby stick. It’s a mini version in 06 Whoppin’ Watermelon, which is nice but I don’t like it as much as my grape one because my lips are naturally quite dark, so this doesn’t show up unless I spend two hours making my lips look lighter first. This kind of defeats the object of why I wanted a chubby stick in the first place. I love lipsticks that you can just apply quickly before you leave the house which I can’t do with light colours. It’s lovely all the same, and I will use it, but I prefer lipsticks that stand out, otherwise I don’t really see the point. Also, correct me if I’m wrong, but watermelon is, ahem, RED. Not sheer pink. 

The gift also came with High Impact Mascara in 01 Black. I hardly ever wear mascara, so I’m not sure how much use I’ll get out of this, but the brush looks OK and the formula seems fine, but it’s got nothing on my Avon one. Honestly, best mascara ever. It also came with Quickliner for Eyes in 01 Intense Black, which is actually amazing. It’s in kind of pencil form but it looks like liquid liner when you’re wearing it, and it’s really easy to apply. I only have one problem. I’ve used it once and it’s pretty much run out. Well, it hasn’t, but it’s obviously not one you can sharpen, and it won’t twist or anything so I can get the rest of the eyeliner. Am I being really thick here? Is there some really obvious way to get it to work? PLEASE HELP ME. 

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I’m so confused. By the way, I’m not sure if you can tell by this, but the packaging feels really cheap. I’m not sure if that means this is a sample, and you only get like a tiny bit of eyeliner with it, because the packaging says ‘not for individual sale’ so I’m not sure if you can buy it. Leave me a comment if you have any ideas.

It also came with Moisture Surge moisturiser, which is gorgeous, and I think I’ll be buying it in full size when it runs out. It’s one of those formulas that goes on like liquid and then feels like powder. It’s a really nice light moisturiser and you really don’t need a lot of it. There was also All About Eyes serum which is supposed reduce puffy eyes and dark circles. Not sure how useful this will be to me, but it’s a really nice formula like the moisturiser, and I’ll definitely give it a go. 

The last thing that came with the gift that I’m pretty exited about is the Rinse Off Foaming Cleanser. I hate taking my make-up off with make-up wipes because they’re just so bad for your skin, so this is cool:) I’ve been using my No7 one a lot recently but there isn’t much left, so this is good. My mom’s used this before and says she loved it actually:) Me and my dad got this gift for her about a week ago for her birthday,  and she wanted the full size version of this cleanser as the skin care part but we got the wrong one (oops), and we got her the full-size foundation that she had as a trial a while ago. 

My BB Cream-

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I can cross this off my Spring Wishlist now!:) I’m not going to say too much about this because I want to do a full review of it because I realised I only ever do like big group type reviews. 

Other random stuff I got yesterday-

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Dry shampoo! I have a real love/hate relationship with this stuff. But look how nice the bottle is? I’m embracing the pink. I’m growing up.

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Bandeau tops- I think the rest if the world bought these about a year ago but I’ve only just got round to it, basically only because I’ve decided they’ll be pretty useful for when I go on holiday:)

Thanks for reading, leave me a comment if you have any sort of idea about that bloody eyeliner-.-

I HAVE A CLINIQUE CHUBBY STICK. WOO.

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The Lush Post no.3


Solid Perfumes

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I really don’t know how I feel about these, which is probably not what your looking for in a review-er, is it? On the one hand, they (mostly) smell lovely and when I wear them people are like ‘mmm, what’s that smell?!’ and on the other hand, I view them more as ‘scents’ than perfumes. That doesn’t even make a little bit of sense does it. Right. The Lush Solid Perfumes are scented exactly like Lush bath products (see Karma range) which means that when you wear it, people don’t think ‘ooh, what a nice perfume’ they think ‘ooh, she’s just had a bath and used Lush’.

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If you don’t mind smelling like you’ve just had a bath (arguably not the best way to phrase that, because that isn’t really a bad thing) then these are pretty awesome. If you’re the sort of person who likes to have your perfume with you when you go out, these would be easier (and safer than a glass bottle) to transport. They only weigh 12g (which is good, because I’ve had mine for a year and I’ve barely dented them, they go a long way) and would easily fit in a makeup bag or pocket. The smell is really strong, I put a little bit of Imogen Rose (not my favourite, but more on that later) on my wrists before I started writing this and it’s practically choking me with it’s ros-ey-ness.

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There are fourteen solid perfumes in the range and you can purchase them here. The prices range from £5-£10, which is actually a really huge difference for the same amount of product. Saying that, they’ll probably last a lot longer than £30 bottle of perfume if you like the smell enough for it to be your ‘everyday’ perfume.

I’ve just remembered I did a perfume post the other day, but I didn’t include these. Clearly I did that on purpose. Ahem. Moving on.

1. Karma. I rambled on about Karma in the last Lush Post I did, which you can read here, if you’re interested. I really like the earthy, hippy kind of smell it has. It’s really hard to describe, get yourself into a Lush store and see for yourself.

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What I really like about these, is that if you can see the colour on your wrists, you’ve used to much. You basically swipe it across your pressure points, and it won’t leave you with an orange splodge, and there you go. It dries really quickly too, so you’re not going to get any on your clothes.

2. Love. This is actually my favourite one. It’s not too overpowering and it smells kind of sweet-but-strong, if you know what I mean. Man, how the hell do you describe a smell that doesn’t smell like anything else? That’s like asking someone to describe a colour.

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This one reminds me of a soap that’s been discontinued, I think it was called Lovebirds, ironically (or not, if they did that on purpose). This would be a good one to try first if you’re not sure you’ll love the smell of solid perfumes, it’s quite mellow for a Lush product.

3. Imogen Rose. This actually does smell like roses. The shock. I normally can’t smell anything vaguely rose like in rose-scented things, but I can with this.

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This is described as ‘a delicate floral’ on the website. DO DELICATE FLORALS CHOKE PEOPLE? DO THEY? Yeah, it’s not delicate. There’s a nice story behind it though, one of the Lush designers made it for his daughter. Have a look on the website.

Most of these Solid Perfumes are available in an actual perfume form from Lush as well, I’ve never tried them, but I think that kind of defeats the object of Lush’s unique selling point- it’s portable. I’m not overly thrilled with these perfumes, but they’re nice all the same, especially if they have you favourite Lush range in a perfume. If they had Honey I Washed The Kids, I might reconsider. Even years later, that soap still holds a special place in my heart for being my first Lush obsession.

I went shopping again…


This post comes to you from my bedroom, where I am sitting, in my pyjamas, eating ben&jerry’s cookie dough ice cream, a disney movie I haven’t seen yet paused at the titles on lovefilm, blogging about shopping and make-up. And it’s friday tomorrow. Life does not get much better.

You know how in one of my posts about a week ago I said I wouldn’t buy more jewellery? I lied. I got another 20 pairs of earrings. And I’m not even a tiny bit sorry, because they are beautiful. Like seriously beautiful. I also got more nail varnish. And make-up. And books, bringing my total of un-read books on my book shelf up to a respectable 41. I’m so happy:)

Earrings-

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<3. <3<3<3<3<3<3<3. These were £10 from Claires (which is only 50p a pair, so it’s not too bad) and I literally love every single pair (apart from the weird pink spike and the eye. Ew) and I’ve wanted a pair of crosses for ageees. I can change my second piercing tomorrow so this is my little celebration. I’m still trying to decide if I should have my thirds or my cartilage done next. My trivial little problems;)

My new nail varnishes-

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barry m 299 blue moon 17 rock hard nail effects 399 maybelline colour show 299 182 solar flare

I got the Barry M Blue Moon shade that I’ve wanted since I got Mint Green! Happy days;) these are my holiday colours, I just need to think of a funky nail art pattern to include both of them now. The bright orange one on the right is Maybelline Color (gosh people, colour has a ‘u’) Show in 182 Solar Flare (£2.99). I’ve seen quite a few magazine ads for these and I love the range of colours. Super cheap too so I think I’ll be obsessing over those for a while. On the left is Seventeen (honestly, it’s not a number anymore apparently. Well gosh) Rock Hard Nail Effects (£3.99) in Blue and Black. They’re supposed to be matte, but they actually just look like I’ve sprinkled sand on my nails and painted them black. But that’s cool, because I like it.

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Not sure how well you can see on this picture, but it’s pretty cool. I always cut my nails this short when I paint my them a dark colour by the way, it just looks better;) but anyway, I saw an advert for these nail varnishes a while ago, but I wasn’t exactly in love with the finished look. I picked up these today because I liked the colours, and then I realised they were textured, but I thought I’d give it a go anyway. I really like them. Really really. Sometimes it’s nice to have perfectly neat nails, but these are kinda edgy. It’s really difficult and messy to apply to be honest, it gets everywhere and it doesn’t really look vaguely neat until the second coat is dry (takes a while) but it’s worth it. If you have a helpful person near you, get them to apply this for you, because I had some serious trouble. Normally I’m fine with painting my right hand, but what I can only assume is sand in the formula makes it difficult to apply. There’s a orange-y colour aswell, I WANT IT. 

New skincare stuff!-

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That’s another tea tree/witch hazel stick (lovelovelovelovelovelovelove) because I go though one of those every month, and that’s a little book of oil-absorbing paper. Sounds weird. My face gets quite oily on my nose and forehead and my mum was talking about these a while ago, saying that she had them when she was my age, but she didn’t know what they were called or if you could still get them. So when we found these, I was like OMG I HAVE TO HAVE THEM. I haven’t tried them yet, but they seem like a really good idea. You basically wipe your face with them when it feels oily and it, ahem, absorbs oil. I think they were about £3.99.

Eye make-up-

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This is a purple Bourjois eye palette for my mum and a bright blue eye pencil, for me. I know what you’re thinking. I already have two blue eye pencils. You would be right, but this one is like turquoise and it’s more like an eye shadow crayon than an eye liner pencil. It’s pretty:D

Lipsticks-

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This is, without out a doubt, my favourite lip product EVER. It’s so perfect. It tints your lips, but not in the felt-tip way a lip stain does, and it doesn’t just leave a brightly coloured line around your lips. It feels like you’re wearing nothing, non sticky, feels like a lip balm for about five minutes and then you can’t even remember you’re wearing it, and it makes you look like you have a naturally amazing lip colour. LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE. I’m definitely going to be getting the other colours, it’s perfect.

Foundation-

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Yes, I know, not a real foundation, but I thought I’d tell you about my very surreal experience in Boots today. Me and my mum we’re just looking at nail varnish when we were approached by a very peppy looking Clinique lady. My and my mum are both very similar in that we hate people. People scare us. We believe it is socially unnacceptable to approach strangers, so we’re both just standing there, concentrating on nail varnishes, very much hoping that peppy Clinique lady is actually looking at someone behind us. She wasn’t. She walks over to us, hands us two little jars and says ‘come and get your perfect foundation match tested! You’ll get a free five day sample!’ Until she said ‘free five day sample’ I was thinking NO PLEASE LEAVE US ALONE, WE’RE GOOD PEOPLE but the idea of free make-up over powered my people phobias. My mum was, at this point, too terrified to speak, so I was all ‘Aw, thanks, what a lovely idea, we’ll be over in a minute!’ with a fake smile that was probably terrifying. We waited about five minutes (so as to not look like we just wanted free stuff) and then walked over, were we were questioned about our skin types. It was pretty mortifying, I’m pretty sure I went bright red as soon as I said ‘I have quite red skin’ as if I needed to demonstrate. Awkward. Anyway, after about ten minutes of foundation application and several ‘you’re so pale!’ comments (thanks love-.-) we were handed our little pots (now filled with our ‘perfect’ foundation). Mum’s was a pretty good match, but the pales shade was about three shades to dark for me. Peppy Clinique Lady tried to convince me it wasn’t, while my mum stood behind her with one eyebrow raised. It was fun. Anyway, this is going on for the next few days, so if you’re not a pale freak, go and see what your perfect shade is. I think this is pretty much Clinique trying to fight back against the No7 Perfect Match Foundation thing a while ago. Also, if you buy two Clinique products you get a free make-up set, which is cool;) 

I realise that isn’t a very dramatic story, but it was pretty overwhelming for someone like me;)

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AHHHH, FANCY. And still in their plastic, classy. This is the Maze Runner series which I’ve heard mixed reviews about but I’m still exited to read, and a ‘best of paranormal YA’ set which I think is the four first-in-the-series books. I’ve been exited to read Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick for a while now, so YAY:D

 

The Soap&Glory Post


I got my first Soap and Glory stuff about three years ago, but at the time, I had just been introduced to Lush and Honey I Washed the Kids soap, so everything else bath-stuff-wise kinda took a back seat. But, when I realised about 6 months later that I wasn’t completely in love with Honey I Washed the Kids soap, I discovered that in the real world, Soap&Glory is just as awesome as Lush. Here’s my full collection (minus my Soap&Glory make-up, which I’ll show you at the end)—

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If you’ve read my blog before, you’ll know I’m not a huge fan of all things pink and pretty, but I actually kind of love this packaging. The whole brand has a kind of retro-girl-power theme to it, and some of the captions on said packaging are bloody hilarious.

Face Soap* and Clarity

*for the chemistry sticklers who may scrutinize the ingredients list, we will readily admit: this is not technically a ‘soap’. NOPE. This is a high-tech, non-drying, foaming facial wash, formulated with complexion friendly non-drying easy-rinse surfactants.

(Try and form a relevant pun out of that, we dare you). Dictionary be damned, it will do a bang-up job at washing your face.

Just a little example of what’s on the packaging of Face Soap and Clarity there for you.

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Aaaaah, fancy. This is Scrub ’em and Leave ’em, Clean, Girls, Foam Call and Face Soap and Clarity.

AND MOVING ON.

These are the separate pictures of my collection, because they came in different sets (note: some of the above are not pictured in either of these sets because they were purchased separately. It’s lovely having a constant 3-for-2 sale at Boots, but it doesn’t help the fact that I’m trying not to buy loads of stuff that I will never get round to using).

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This was all part of the ‘Best of All’ gift set, which is huge. They normally reduce the huge sets at Christmas (I got this for £30 instead of £60) and it comes in a Soap&Glory fabric ‘bag’. Come to think of it, I’ve only ever seen the huge sets at Christmas, so maybe that’s the only time they sell them, but anyway, they’re great, so keep an eye out for them. I can’t remember what the one the year before last was called, but that was really cool to. This set included Smoothie Star, Peaches and Clean, Hand Food, Heel Genius, Clean on Me, Sugar Crush, The Righteous Butter, Thick and Fast Mascara and Punch Bowl Sexy Mother Pucker Lipgloss (the mascara and lipgloss aren’t in this picture, they’re going to be in the make-up picture in a bit).

The next set, which was also for Christmas, is called Small Wonders, which is filled with, as you may have guessed, small, travel size products.

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This is: one of those scratchy body puff things, mini Hand Food, mini Scrub of your Life, mini Righteous Butter and mini Clean on Me. These are really cute, and I’m saving them for my holiday.

Soap&Glory Make-up…

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That’s Thick and Fast Mascara, Sexy Mother Pucker (see my review here) in Candy Gloss and Punch Bowl, and Crazy Sexy Kohl Eyes set, which is five eyeliners (black, brown, purple, green, blue) and three eyeshadows (black, mauve, taupe).

I pretty much have nothing bad to say about any of this stuff. I love the whole Soap&Glory range, and to be fair, there isn’t a huge range of scents, but everything smells distinctly Soap&Glory-ish becuase it sticks to about three different ‘flavours’ and I’m pretty sure I would know it anywhere. If you want to know if you like the smell of Soap&Glory before you start buying loads of it, I’d try one of the body mists (see first picture), Mist you Madly or Glam-a-lot. They’re both a lot sweeter than the rest of the stuff, but a lot of the bottles say ‘scented with Mist you Madly’  and you can kinda get an idea of which ones to buy, depending on which scent you liked. I think that Soap&Glory is really well priced- one bottle goes a long long long way, hence my huge collection (the pictures above don’t show the items of have two or three of;0).

You can buy Soap&Glory at http://www.boots.com

And this is the official website- http://www.soapandglory.com

Let me know what you think!

The Jewellery Stand Tour


Pretty exited about this post;) can’t believe I didn’t think to do it before. I am a self-proclaimed obbsessor (obbsesser?) and my jewellery collection has slowly crept up over the years. I was lying in bed last night looking at my collection and thinking ‘woah, i’ve never worn half of this stuff’, so I decided that if I blog about everything, it might remind me to, yuno, STOP BUYING NEW STUFF AND WEAR WHAT I ALREADY HAVE. 

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The actual stand is from Paperchase, but I’m not sure if they sell it any more. You can get really great jewellery holders at http://www.amazon.co.uk and http://www.claires.co.uk. It doesn’t look like much, does it? You were expecting something more spectacular. I’m sorry. But this is a lot for some one who’s at school five days a week, were wearing anything more than a watch is pretty much punishable by death. Honestly, it’s ridiculous. You’d think I’d bought a gun to school. I wear my ‘watch’ on a necklace chain;) Ha.

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Aren’t they pretty? I actually barely ever wear these, I can’t be bothered to spend three.freaking.hours. trying to put it on with one hand. Alrighty, so, the clunky looking brown one is actually a jesus bracelet, which everyone at my school went mad about, and I’m afraid to say, that in my year-7 moment of madness, I bought one of these in every single colour. This brown one is my favourite though. Did anyone else have one of these? Did yours leave colourful squares on your wrists for days too? Of course, it’s two years later, and I would never consider buying one thing in every colour anymore. Ahem. Moving on. The two silver bracelets on the left are actually real silver, both from my aunt over the years. I really love these, but i’ve only ever worn them a few times out of fear of losing them. The gold one with the driving-test charms is from Claires and the one with the Pandora style beads is from The Little Bag Company, which is a really small shop and literally everything is under £5. The chambella style one is a fake and it was about £15 from an online shop. It’s really heavy and too big. I’ve never worn it.

Next up- rings. Rings are a new one for me, I’ve never really worn rings before but I recently realised I love them.

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The three camp-looking ones at the back are from Claire’s a while ago, and the four little one’s used to be my mum’s. Those are the one’s I wear whenever I can because they’re so pretty.

Necklaces- these are all either gifts, from Primark or from Claires. Most of them are from Primark actually, about a year ago they had a really good selection and I was just like ‘I HAVE TO HAVE THEM ALLLLLL’ and then I just stood there like a madman wrestling with tangled chains and shoving them in my basket. I also sent a pretty evil scowl to anyone who dared to even look at one of the necklaces I like. If you are one of those people, I am very, very sorry.

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This ladybird (ladybug?) was a gift when I was a baby. I’ve never worn it, because I’m always worried the chain will snap. It’s a really beautiful necklace though.

And finally-earrings. If any of you have read my other posts, you’ll know that I love earrings (my latest Primark haul included 15 pairs of them) and I’ve got two sets of piercings and I’m hoping to get my thirds and cartlige done.

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My cartoon-y pairs there from about three years ago;)

And that is my jewellery. Thanks for putting up with me and leave me comment;)

 

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