Currently Loving #3


No- Makeup Makeup

Real Techniques Blush Brush £9.99

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush £9.99

Real Techniques Deluxe Crease Brush (part of the Starter Set) £21.99

L’Oreal Nude Magique Eau de Teint Foundation in Porcelain £9.99

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Fair £4.19

Bourjois Happy Light Primer in Matte £10.99

Revlon Lip Butter in Macaroon £7.99

MAC Lipstick in Syrup £15

Bourjois Java Rice Powder £9.99

Bourjois Delice de Poudre Bronzing Powder £6.99

Urban Decay Naked Basics £20

I’ve been wearing very natural looking makeup at the moment- so not the most exciting of posts but I have been loving all of the products I’ve been using. A lot of these are new (which you might remember from one of my more recent haul posts?) and I’ve been using them pretty much every single day since I bought them. *I’ll be updating my favourites soon for a more Spring-esque look, so if pastel colours are your thing then stick around for my next ‘Currently Loving’ post.*

I’ve been starting out with the Bourjois Happy Light Matte Primer, which is lovely because it’s not too intense but it keeps most of my natural oiliness at bay. I’ve then been buffing on some Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer with the Real Techniques Deluxe Crease Brush on just the areas where I tend to have redness and spots- using this brush with the Collection concealer gives a really natural looking but full coverage finish, which makes a perfect base for the L’Oreal Nude Magique Eau de Teint Foundation. This foundation is very light coverage but it’s so easy to build, and it literally will not go cakey. When this was first released I was adamant that I didn’t want it, but now I’ve tried it it’s definitely one of my favourite foundations. It feels like a very light powder on the skin, but looks like absolutely nothing while still giving me a little bit of coverage. I’ve even looked at this in natural sunlight with one of those horribly unflattering magnifying mirrors and it’s honestly invisible. My only problem with this is that it’s ever so slightly too dark, but I can get away with it because I normally only use one or two drops. I blend this foundation in with my fingertips, but I like to just double check that everything is blended with my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. 

At this point in the makeup application, everything looks a little bit too matte, so I’ve been using just a teeny, tiny bit of the Bourjois Java Rice Powder on the high points of my face. It leaves a really pretty, natural looking sheen- nothing too sparkly. Next, I’ve been using the Bourjois Delice de Poudre Bronzing Powder very lightly around the outside of my face with a Real Techniques Blush Brush, just to put a little bit of colour back in my face after using the high coverage concealer. I love this blush for bronzer, you can read all about that here, if you want.

For eyes, I have literally just been dabbing W.O.S from the Urban Decay Naked Basics (review) palette all over my eyelid to hide the redness or veins, and then I’ve been using Venus to highlight my brow bone and inner corner. Very lazy, but it just makes everything look that teeny bit more perfected. For my lips, I either use MAC Syrup which is a beautiful, neutral plum colour or a Revlon Lip Butter (reviewin Macaroon. Both are really pretty natural colours, which just give a little bit more than most my-lips-but-better shades.

What do you use for no-makeup makeup looks?

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Top 5 Under £5


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I tried to narrow it down to five things- I really, really did.

Maybelline Baby Lips£2.99– photo:Cherry Me- The Baby Lips lip balms have been the buzz of the drugstore beauty world for a while now, so if you haven’t had a hundred reviews of them shoved down your throat then where have you been hiding? The tinted balms in particular are wonderful, and they’re almost always on three-for-two at Boots and Superdrug. It’s not a question of ‘have you tried them?’, it’s more of a ‘how many of them are kicking around in your handbag?’. 

Natural Collection Lipsticks– £1.99- photo:Raspberry- I’ve written about these quite a few times before, but I honestly cannot get over the quality of these lipsticks. The colour, the lasting powder, the price tag- it’s all good.

Natural Collection Blush- £1.99– photo:Peach Melba- I love this blush so much- it’s the only shade I’ve tried but it’s really pretty, easy to wear and goes with everything. It’s surprisingly pigmented, too, and another one with a double-take price tag.

Rimmel Stay Matte Powder- £3.99photo:Transparent- I’m not normally one to go crazy over powders, but this one is pretty damn good. It sets everything nicely, controls oils and I don’t think I’ve ever heard a bad review.

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer- £4.19photo:Fair- This concealer is truly incredible, and it’s one of the few items I actually own a  back up of. It’s incredibly pigmented and long lasting and the lightest shade actually matches my skin tone *screams*! The packaging and shade range of these has very recently been changed, so I’m going to have to do some Superdrug swatching very soon.

Rimmel Scandeleyes Waterproof Kohl Liner- £3.99photo:Black- Easily the best eye liner pencil I’ve ever tried. Enough said. I definitely need to get my hands on some of the other colours, because so far I’ve only used Black.

Maybelline Color Tattoo£4.99– photo:On & On Bronze, Metallic Pomegranate- These cream eyeshadows are truly incredible. They’re easy to use and the colours are oh-so pretty! I just wish the UK shade range was a little bit better. I really want to try Barely Branded and the new nude collection, preferably without Ebay’s painful shipping rates.

Barry M Nail Polish£2.99/£3.99photo:Pomegranate, Nude Vanilla- At this point on my blog I feel like I should mention that I am not sponsored by Barry M. I seem to be crying over the perfection of their nail polishes every other week, though, so I would understand if there was some confusion. Pretty much every single nail polish of theirs that I’ve tried has been stunning, and if you type ‘Barry M’ into the little search bar on my blog then there will be more than enough nail polish swatching goodness to keep you mildly entertained for at least a few hours.

What are your under £5 favourites? I’ll be doing a £5-£10 favourites post soon-ish, too, so any recommendations in that price zone are definitely necessary at the moment for, ahem, research.

Real Techniques Brushes | Review & Collection


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Why has it taken me so long to get around to writing this post? I love Real Techniques brushes, and I’ve built up quite a collection over the past few months, so I’m going to attempt to type up a bit of a review.

Warning- I apparently cannot move my thoughts to the keyboard today so this could be a bit of a mess.

Flawless Base Brushes

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Powder Brush- I love using this brush with setting and mattifying powders, which need to cover a large surface area and don’t need to be precisely applied. It’s super soft and the bristles aren’t too dense, so you can get a light but even coverage of powder.

Buffing Brush- This one is great for quickly buffing in liquid or powder foundations. It has quite a large surface area and very dense bristles so it’s perfect for building foundations to medium/ full coverage.

Expert Face Brush- I use this one for buffing in liquid foundation too, but I actually prefer it to the Buffing Brush. It’s slighter smaller and more of a domed shape, so you can be more precise with where your foundation goes. 

Contour Brush- This brush gives a really precise but blended effect, which is great because I’m bloody useless with contouring. I find it works better with powder products, though, because the bristles aren’t very dense.

Pointed Foundation Brush- My least used RT Brush, purely because I don’t like the whole ‘painting on foundation’ thing. I’ve used this with powder to set under eye concealer a few times, though, and it works quite nicely for that.

Detailer Brush- Quite nice for concealing small areas, but again, not really one that I reach for. 

Duo-Fibre Face Brush- This brush is perfect for blending away harsh blush/ bronzer lines. Honestly, I think it’s pretty useless for applying products, but when used on already-applied-makeup it gives a really flawless, airbrushed finish. 

Perfected Finish Brushes

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Blush Brush- This brush is awesome, it’s a really unique shape and I think it’s perfect for kind of three-shaped-bronzer (do you know what the hell I’m talking about here? Sorry). I’ve used it for blush too, but I find it’s a little bit too soft and that makes the colour quite difficult to control. 

Multitask Brush- This brush is my current favourite for powders. It’s a great size, so you can be precise but still cover a large surface area, and it seems to pick up the perfect amount of product.

Stippling Brush- My ultimate favourite for foundation. I’ve mentioned before that this brush seems to hide any spots and even out my skin, while still keeping coverage to a minimum. The bristles are quite sparse (when I bought this, I was expecting it to be denser than the Buffing Brush, but it’s actually much flimsier) so it’s awesome for blending, too.

Setting Brush- I use this one for setting under eye concealer because it’s tiny, but still a really nice domed shape. It’s kind of a very, very small version of the Blush Brush, and it’s perfect for precisely applying setting powders or highlighter.

Duo-Fibre Contour Brush- This ones nice for a really, really light contour. It doesn’t pick up much product and it blends like crazy, so I also quite like it for very light blusher.

Enhanced Eyes Brushes

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Deluxe Crease Brush- If you ever go for a concealer-only look, you need this brush. It’s perfect for blending small amounts under the eye and around the nose and works like a tiny Buffing Brush.

Base Shadow Brush- This brush is nice for a really blending in a really soft, barely-there crease colour. I find it’s a little too rounded to apply darker all-over-lid shadows, but with lighter colours it works fine.

Essential Crease Brush- I think that this brush is kind of the better version of the Base Shadow Brush purely because it’s slightly smaller, which means it’s easier to apply colour and blend at the same time. 

Shading Brush- This one’s the perfect size and shape for applying colour all over the lids. It’s super soft and picks up the right amount of colour- love!

Brow Brush- The thickness of this brush is almost exactly the same thickness as the thinner end of my eyebrows- so it’s not the best for filling them in. It’s also way to thick for eyeliner, but it can be useful for doing a really defined crease colour or shaping the outer-v for cat eyed eyeshadow.

Accent Brush- Perfect for highlighting the tear duct and brow bone.

Pixel Point Eyeliner Brush- I love this one for pin point concealing, but I personally think it’s way to thick to be an eyeliner brush. It might be good for blending eyeliner, though?

Fine Liner Brush- Again, not one I’d really be able to use for eyeliner, but it’s great for very precise concealing. 

Duo-Fibre Eye Brush- Great for blending your finished eye shadow for a really perfect finish.

*My Favourites— Expert Face Brush, Contour Brush, Blush Brush, Stippling Brush, Deluxe Crease Brush, Essential Crease Brush, Shading Brush, Duo-Fibre Eye Brush.*

All of these brushes are amazing quality, don’t shed, are incredibly easy to wash and they’re all synthetic and cruelty free. I love the colour coded handles, too- they’re so pretty! Real Techniques are amazing and they’re so affordable- I honestly don’t feel like I need to try out any other more expensive brands (looking at you here MAC).

I hope this was helpful! What do you think of Real Techniques Brushes, and which ones have you tried? I’m really excited to get my hands on the new retractable ones (I think they’ll be so useful for throwing in my makeup bag) and the Miracle Complexion Sponge.

Real Techniques Sam’s Picks


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Look what just arrived on my doorstep! Aren’t they pretty? I’ve been wanting to get my hands on these brushes for so long. I actually ordered them from Escentual forever ago, but there was a problem with shipping or something. Anyway, they’re here now and I literally cannot wait to start using them. The set exclusive looks so lovely, arghh!

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The Real Techniques Sam’s Picks Collection contains 6 brushes- the Multitask Brush, the Setting Brush, the Buffing Brush, the Pointed Foundation Brush, the Essential Crease Brush (set exclusive) and the Fine Liner Brush. They’re all amazing quality, and, of course, they look absolutely beautiful.

I’m going to be doing a review/ collection type post of my Real Techniques brushes very soon, so keep an eye out for that if you’re interested!

This set is available from feelunique.com for £29.99 and escentual.com for £25.40.

New Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Nail Polish | Spring


Eeeeek! I am so obsessed with these nail polishes and now there are three more! The new shades are pale, pretty pastels (very Spring appropriate) and are sticking to the Gelly Hi Shine fruity names, except now they’re a little more fancy. Intoducing- Sugar Apple, Rose Hip and Huckleburry (£3.99 each, currently 2 for £6).

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Sugar Apple- pastel green. When I first saw this, I thought it was an exact dupe for Mint Candy Apple, but Sugar Apple is actually much more blue and much more vibrant.

Rose Hip- pastel pink. This colour is absolutely beautiful, easily my favourite, and I think it’s the one I’m most likely to reach for. It’s definitely the palest pink I own (not including off-white pinks…This is too complicated) but it’s still very bright, if that makes sense.

Huckleburry- pastel blue. Another beautiful one, but then again I will literally say that about any pale to medium blue nail polish. This colour is slightly more muted than the other two, but it still has a brightness to it that you don’t normally get from pastels.

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Rose Hip (middle finger), Huckleburry (ring finger) and Sugar Apple (little finger) worn with Barry M Matte ‘Nude Vanilla’.

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These colours are so difficult to photograph! They’re so different to other pastel nail polishes (which are normally a white base with a tint of colour) I’ve tried. These shades kind of look like really, really pale neons. Does that make sense? They’re so beautiful, even more so in person.

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As much as I love the new colours of these nail polishes, I have to say I’m not a huge fan of the formula, or the quality. It actually pains me to write that, because all the previous Gelly Hi Shine nail polishes (and I do mean all of them) have been perfect- opaque in one or two coats, fast drying, long lasting- the whole lot. But these new shades seem completely different. They’re incredibly streaky, they need at least three coats and they take freaking forever to dry. You might be able to see in the first few swatch photos that there are little prints on my nails? Well, those prints are from my pillow, when I was sleeping, ten hours after painting my nails. WHAT?! Also, I’ve been wearing ‘Rose Hip’ for 24 hours now, but already two of my nails have chipped. To be fair I am terrible with my nails, and as I’ve mentioned before, I use them as tools and I type a lot- but I still expect at least two days of perfect nails.

It’s really infuriating, because I wanted to love these so much!

What do you think? Will you be trying these? I think I’ll keep using these, to be honest, because even though the quality isn’t great I do really love the colours. Which is your favourite?

Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Complete Collection

New Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Nail Polish | Summer

Barry M Silk Nail Polish | Review & Swatches

This is my 100th published post! 

Lip Colours | Spring Favourites


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Revlon Lip Butter ‘Juicy Papaya’, Revlon Lip Butter ‘Sweet Tart’, MAC ‘Sunny Seoul’, Natural Collection ‘Sorbet’, Maybelline ‘Baby Lips’, Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick ’20’, Bourjois Shine Edition ‘1,2,3 Soleil’, Maybelline Color Sensational Popstick ‘Crystal Pink’, Soap&Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick ‘Fuchsia-ristic’, Benefit ‘Coralista’

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Revlon Lip Butter ‘Juicy Papaya’ £7.99 (review)

Revlon Lip Butter ‘Sweet Tart’ £7.99 (review)

MAC ‘Sunny Seoul’ £15

Natural Collection ‘Sorbet’ £1.99 (review)

Maybelline Baby Lips ‘Pink Punch £2.99 (review)

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Rimmel Kate Lipstick ’20’ £5.49

Bourjois Shine Edition Lipstick ‘1,2,3 Soleil’ £7.99

Maybelline Color Sensational Popstick ‘Pink Crystal £7.20

Soap&Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick ‘Fuchsia-ristic’ £8 (review)

mini Benefit ‘Coralista’ £14.50

 

What are your favourite Spring lip colours? I love this year because I get to wear all my pretty peachy pink shades. 

Lip Colours | Autumn Favourites

 

The Body Shop Seaweed Skincare | Review


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Seaweed Pore Cleansing Facial Exfoliator £9.00 ‘Oil-balancing polish to deep cleanse pores and reveal smooth skin’. The scent of this exfoliator is somewhere between beachy and soapy, and I really don’t know how to describe it but I definitely like it. It’s smells far better than Lush’s Aqua Marina cleanser, in case your wondering, so don’t let the idea of seaweed flavoured skincare put you off. This exfoliator is quite harsh so I’ve only been using it once or twice a week, but when I do use it, I find it leaves my skin really soft, much brighter and far less oily. I absolutely love this and I’ll definitely be repurchasing it!

Seaweed Ionic Clay Mask £12– ‘Purifies, cleanses and controls excess oils’. This has been my first experience with clay masks (I’m not sure why, since I’m constantly complaining about having oily skin) and I absolute adore it. I’ve been using this every three days and my skin is definitely more in the ‘normal’ zone because of it- always a good thing! Like the exfoliator, this mask leaves my skin really soft and brightened, and the only thing that I don’t love about it is that because it dries, it’s kind of a pain to get of your face and sometimes the lid gets stuck. Apart from that, I think this mask is brilliant and I am completely obsessed with it.

Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream £10– ‘Moisturises dry areas, controls excess sebum and shine’. I’ve been using this moisturiser every single day since I bought it, and I think that pretty much says everything. I’ve never really liked the idea of moisturisers because of my oily skin, and apart from my occasional obsession with The Body Shop Tea Tree Moisturiser, I never really bothered. Apparently, this Day Cream has changed that- it’s hydrating (because even oily skin can be dehydrated, which is kind of confusing), soothing, and though it’s not 100% matte, it does leave a kind of natural, satin finish that’s nothing like the oiliness I get from other moisturisers. Love!

Have you tried any of The Body Shop’s Seaweed range?

Featured in The Body Shop hauls here and here, and Currently Loving #2.

Barry M Silk Nail Polish | Review & Swatches


Look at this lovely pastel fabulous-ness! Barry M’s Silk Nail Polishes are probably the prettiest collection they’ve released and I am completely obsessed.

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Meadow, Mist, Heather, Blossom, Pearl, Truffle £3.99– such cute names!

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Meadow is pale green which is opaque in three coats. This colour is lovely in the bottle, but on my nails it’s my last favourite purely because pale green isn’t that great against my super pale skin.

Mist is a really beautiful light blue, which is fully opaque in three coats but personally I prefer the look of two. One of my favourites in this collection, but I will honestly fall in love with any blue nail polish.

Heather is another favourite- pale purple, with the same opacity as Mist. I love this colour but I’m not sure how often I’ll reach for it, I always forget about purples, for some reason.

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Blossom is absolutely beautiful. It’s baby pink and opaque in three coats (again, I prefer the look of two) which I really love on my skin tone.

Pearl is the best name, really, because that’s exactly what this nail polish is. It’s pure white, and opaque in three coats. Not my favourite, but probably lovely if you’re tanned.

Truffle really surprised me and is my absolute favourite of the collection. The colour’s a really difficult one to describe, because in some lights it’s a silvery greige, and in others it’s a golden champagne colour. Opaque in two or three coats.

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Truffle

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How would you describe this colour? In these photos it looks almost like a pale brown (Truffle is actually a very good name) but it’s definitely got more of a duo-chrome to it in real life.

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*Sorry about my disgusting nails, particularly my index finger. Do your nails ever do that thing were they kind of peel off?! It sounds so disgusting, but mine do that all the time, which is strange because they’re actually pretty healthy.*

From left to right: Pearl, Blossom, Heather, Mist, Meadow.

I’m not sure if you can tell in these photos, but the finish of these nail polishes is absolutely beautiful. They’re frosty, pearly and almost matte. They’re quite sheer, too, and you can see in some of my photos (particularly with Truffle, which I only used two coats for) that you can still see the line on my nails. I actually really like that with these polishes, they kind of give a soft, barely-there effect on your nails (the nail equivalent of tinted lip balms?) which just looks really neat and polished. They also dry really quickly, so you can do two very thin coats of any of these colours and be out the door in under ten minutes.

These last two or three days on me without chipping, but I’m not sure that’s the best test because I do a lot of typing and I’m the worst offender for using my nails as tools. They could possibly last longer with a topcoat, but obviously that would ruin the pretty effect. I don’t think even a matte top coat would work, because these are kind of a satin finish. Petition to change the names of these to Satin, instead of Silk? Silk isn’t really the first thing I think of when I see them, but how pretty is the packaging?!

Will you be trying any of these? They’re buy one get one half price at Superdrug at the moment, and I think they’re such a great take on the pastel-nails-for-Spring trend.

Superdrug Purchases


 

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It’s been a while since I last went crazy with Superdrug sales, so I thought it was about time I placed an order. Also, there are new Barry M Nail Polishes! You might have noticed I’m utterly obsessed with them, so of course I had to order all of these ‘Silk’ ones. And have you heard that there are three new Hi Shine Gellies being released in, like, two days?! I think we can expect to see a review of those on my blog very soon (hopefully). 

Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Nail Polish | Complete Collection

New Barry M Gelly High Shine Nail Polish | Summer

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Aren’t the beautiful? Swatches and review soon. 

Barry M Silk Nail Polishes– Truffle, Pearl, Blossom, Heather, Mist, Meadow, £3.99 (buy one get one half price).

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L’Oreal Eau de Teint Foundation– £9.99- Porcelain- I’ve heard really mixed reviews of this. When it was first released I was completely decided that I did not want it. I was wrong, and so far, I think I kind of like it. It’s way to dark (this is the lightest shade, of course) but I’m planning on buying Illamasqua Skin Base in White asap, so I’ll hopefully have a real opinion soon. 

L’Oreal True Match Foundation– £9.99- Natural Ivory- The shade range for this foundation is so confusing. This shade is the lightest neutral (as far as I can tell) and it is a tad too dark, but again, I’m working on it. I’ve heard a lot about this foundation recently, so I have pretty high hopes for it. I love it when a drugstore product gets randomly hyped up by everyone all at once. 

L’Oreal Lumi Magique Primer– £9.99- I’ve heard loads about this recently too! I am determined to fall in love with L’Oreal makeup. 

Rimmel Stay Matte Primer– £5.99- This has been released fairly recently, and I’m a little obsessed with primers at the moment (can you tell?). A lot of Rimmel is two-for-£9 at the moment, too.

Rimmel Scandeleyes Micro Liner– £5.49- Black– I love felt tip style eyeliners, and since I’ve just used up my lovely Maybelline Eyestudio Precise Liner, I thought I’d give this one a try. I really love the other Scandeleyes liners (there might be three of the black one in my makeup drawer at the moment, shhh) so I’m hoping this one will be good.

Bourjois Java Rice Powder– £9.99- I’ve been trying to decide whether or not to buy this for so long purely because I didn’t know exactly what it was. Turns out it’s a kind of brightening finishing powder (possibly more about that in a review or something soon) and I’ve only used it once, but so far, I think I really like it. It’s a re-release from 1879, too, which I think is really cool, something to do with Bourjois’ 150th birthday last year.

Bourjois Happy Light Primer- £10.99- Matte, Luminous– I’ve been so obsessed with the idea of the Happy Light range since it was released, but the foundations all looked really dark, so I’ve decided to try out the primers! I’ve barely looked at these two yet, so I don’t have much to say except that I am in love with the packaging (and all Bourjois packaging). 

Have you tried any of the things I’ve bought? And are you as exited as I am for the new Barry M Gelly nail polishes?!?

Chocolate


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Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette £40 (£39.50, £40.50) (review)

Bourjois Delice de Poudre Chocolate Bronzer £6.99

Palmers Lip Balms (Favourite Lip Care) £1.99

Palmers Lip Butter (Favourite Lip Care) £2.99

Vaseline ‘Cocoa Butter’ Lip Balm £1.99

The Body Shop ‘Chocomania‘ (haul

Lush ‘Cupcake’ Fresh Face Mask (haul) (review£5.95

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