HUGE 21st Birthday Beauty Haul!

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Huge 21st Birthday Beauty Haul, MAC, NARS, YSL, Hourglass, Too Faced

Last week me and my lovely boyfriend Chris, celebrated my 21st birthday by going on a little shopping trip to the Bullring. I got very spoilt by Chris and thought you lovelies would love to have a nose at what I picked up! I also ordered a couple things on-line as a little treat to myself. I'm very excited to show you all, so lets get started!

NARS Beauty Haul Nars Sheer Glow Foundation, Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer, Nars Blush Deep Throat
The first place I was dying to go to was the Nars counter. I had to pick me up some of the famous Nars Sheer Glow Foundation. I've been itching to try this foundation and I'm so happy I finally have it in my collection. I've just come back from Tunisia so I was a bit worried about getting colour matched, because I'm a little bit more tanned than usual. Originally the sales assistant tried Punjab on me and she thought it was great, but I just wasn't convinced. I could see the difference to my lighter skin tone on my neck and asked for the next shade down. So I choose Ceylan. I haven't actually tried this yet as I'm still not my original colour, I'm just dying to give it a go and tell you guys about it! 
The next thing I knew I had to pick up was Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer. I choose Vanilla for this one for when I'm back to my normal shade. Again the sales assistant wanted me to have a darker shade, does anyone else find that the sales assistant always recommends darker shades that are sooo not you!? This concealer seems to be THE one to go for at the moment, as it claims to do pretty much everything and more you need a concealer to do. It's supposed to create a softer, smoother complexion whilst instantly covering up all those nasties we don't want anyone to see. It also seems to be a great one for under the eyes thanks to it's luxurious creamy texture that will give your under eyes a bit of a brighten up! 
Whilst at the Nars counter, I couldn't resist having a little look at the blushes. Immediately Nars - Deep Throat stood out to me. This is a gorgeous rosey sheer pink, with a little gold shimmer to it. I love the silky texture of Nars blushes and of course the very chic packaging. I haven't tried this one yet either but I know I'll love it. 

Nars Samples
Our sales assistant was so lovely (even though I didn't think too highly about her colour matching skills!). When it came to pay, she had a bit of trouble opening the till and we had to move tills, which we were totally OK and understanding about. She was very apologetic and chucked in all these freebies for me, which I thought was very generous! I got two Nars Make-up Removing Waters, these will be great for travelling or just to stick in your handbag for on the go. 
I also got a Nars Smudge Proof Eye-shadow Primer I'm really happy about this tester, it's a really nice sample size that will last a pretty long while I think. I have used this one and the product is a nice gel like consistency that's easy to apply. I can't wait to try this out more to see if it's a product worth buying. 
The last little freebie I got was a Nars Satin Lip Pencil - Rikugien. This is another really nice size sample, I'd say its probably about half the size of a full product, so that's great! It seems very creamy and smooth. I've swatched it and it's really nice and sheer, so I think this will be lovely for everyday, or you can build it up for a more bold look. All in all I'm very happy with these samples, very generous sizes and I know I will actually use all of them, thanks Nars!

Birthday Beauty Haul Mac Lipstick See Sheer, Chatterbox and Mac Studio Careblend Pressed Powder YSL Rouge Volupté Shine Pink in Paris
The next counter I set my eyes on was the MAC counter of course. I knew exactly what lippy I was going in for after watching one of Essie Button's Top Lipstick videos ( I can't remember exactly which one). I had been meaning to buy these shades for a long time now and never got round to it until now. I picked up MAC - Chatterbox this is a bright pink that isn't too much, it's not your typical bright fuchsia lipstick, it has more of a red undertone to it which makes it so easy to wear. Chatterbox is an Amplified crème finish so it's very creamy and pigmented. I love creamy lipsticks it's definitely and important thing I go for, I can't stand a lipstick that dry's out your lips! It has a gorgeous glossy finish to it also. 
The next lipstick I had on my list was MAC - See Sheer. This is one of MAC's Lustre lippys, so it's very smooth, soft and sheer. See Sheer is a fun red/coral that will add a pop of colour to everyday looks. I love bright lipsticks for all occasions and get more use out of my colourful lippys, than I do my nudes. I think See Sheer is a gorgeous coral that looks so cute and fun on more fair skin girls, because it is pretty buildable thanks to the sheer formula, it's not too much. 
I then decided that I needed a new powder and thought, well I'm at the Mac counter anyway so I'll pick one up. I don't usually impulse buy on things like foundations and powders. I like to put  a little bit of research in first, but this time I just picked one without giving much thought to it. I chose MAC Studio Careblend/Pressed Powder. I was originally after the Natural Mineralise Skinfinish, but the MAC area was a little busy and they didn't have many shades out. I haven't really heard much about the Careblend powder, but it seems very silky and soft so I thought I would try it out. I've used it once and It did the job great. The powder is very finely milled and soooo silky smooth, so it really doesn't dry out your skin. It really helps keep the shine away, I did re-apply during the day but that was a good 5/6 hours later on a hot Summers day, so I'm not complaining! I'm really excited to keep using this and see how I get on. 
The last make-up item Chris very generously bought me was YSL Rouge Volupté Shine - Pink In Paris. Now I'm a sucker for any products in gorgeous, luxurious packaging like these lipsticks. I pretty much bought my first one just because of the beautiful packaging. The first one I bought was Pink In Confidence, I bought this one because it was a pale dusty pink and I thought I could wear it everyday, then realised I hardly wear pale lipsticks. I love bright lipsticks all year round. This is why I chose Pink In Paris next, because it's a beautiful bright rose pink. I've used this once and I loved it, I know I'm gong to get a lot of use out of this one. It's another bright pink that isn't too much, it's more of a sophisticated bright pink lip. Of course it has the girly shine to it that all the Volupté Shine's do.

The last two items I ordered online as a little birthday treat to myself. As I said before I'm a sucker for gorgeous packaging, so it came to no surprise that I fell in love with the Hourglass Ambient Lighting blushes thanks to their luxurious, sleek golden packaging and of course the beautiful marbled powder. I had to get my hands on them. So I ordered myself the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush - Diffused Heat. These blushes give you a natural, lightweight, radiant finish that's very buildable. No two are a like thanks to the advanced miscelare technique, which gives these handmade powders the perfect balance of pigment and powder. Diffused heat is described as a 'vibrant poppy', it's a warm rosy pink with a subtle hint of shimmer and sparkle, perfect for an everyday luminous look.
The last thing that I knew it was about time I had to have, was the new 2014 Too Faced Natural Eyes Palette. I've been wanting this for a while now, and I'm very happy it is now in my possession. To me these are the perfect shades. I love neutral shimmers, champagnes and bronzes so this is the perfect little palette for me. This contains 3 new shades that the older palette didn't have. The shades themselves are highly pigmented and great to work with, much like the Urban Decay shades. To me this is a cuter, more practical Naked palette. I know I'm going to get a lot of use out of this and it's going to be a firm staple in my collection. 

I hope you have enjoyed seeing what my lovely boyfriend treated me to for my 21st, I'm very happy with all my new gifts and can't wait to get using them and most likely do a few reviews for you guys. I'd love to know your thoughts on any of these products and if you have any suggestions on things you think I should try. 

Give-away coming soon
I will be holding my first ever give-away when I reach 250 on Bloglovin', so I'd love it if you could help me get there. I will be giving away one Mac lipstick of your choice and also one YSL Rouge Volupté/Rouge Volupté Shine of your choice, to one lucky winner. 
You will also be able to add more entries by being subscribed to my new YouTube Channel, where I'm just starting out making videos, so I need all the support from you guys as I can get. 

Thank you for reading, I hope you have enjoyed my 21st Birthday Haul.




Glossybox | July 2014

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Glossybox Stars And Stripes July 2014
Glossybox Stars And Stripes July 2014

It's that time of month again when we get a knock on our day and a box of goodies has our name on it, it's Glossybox time! This month's theme is Stars & Stripes (I'm guessing it's because of the 4th of July). We have a box full of bits and bobs from across the pond!

Bellapierre Cosmetics Ltd Mineral Lipstick I don't know if I've been on another planet or something but I haven't heard much about this brand, apparently these lipsticks are a 'cult American favourite' (and so they should be for £20!). I'm interested in trying this as I love the orange/coral shades, I'm totally obsessed with orange lips at the moment! I've swatched it on my hand and it seems really creamy and has great colour pay off. It also smells like some of the MAC and Rimmel Kate lipsticks which are my favourite, so maybe the formula is similar. RRP £20
ABSOLUTE New York Perfecting Eyeshadow Primer Another full size product which is great, but I also haven't heard of this brand before so I don't know what to expect. Never the less I'm looking forward to trying this and seeing how it holds. RRP $4.99
Carmex Lip Balm I'm a sucker for a lip balm so this is a great for me, I can never have too many lip balms lying around! I prefer stick balms so they don't get all icky and neither does your finger, but this formula seems so moisturising and creamy, I'm still excited to use this. RRP £2.69
Color Club Glossy Seal Yet another brand I know nothing about. Apparently this shade "Glossy Seal" has been specially formulated for us Glossies. Well I wish they would have gave us one of their original shades, this one seems a bit dull and dingy for the Summer! I'm not happy about this one, I haven't heard of the brand and I wouldn't use this shade in the Summer. RRP $8
Pur Minerals Dirty Girl Detoxifying Mudd Masque I'm very interested to try this mask, I'm constantly on the search for amazing skincare that's going to sort my face out! This is how they describe the mask... 'Dirty Girl unclogs pores, cleanses skin and gently exfoliates. Pascalite Clay absorbs pore-clogging impurities while Salicylic Acid removes dead skin for a visibly fresher, more radiant complexion.' Anything that is going to unclog my pores, cleanse my skin and gently exfoliate, I am game for. I Can't wait to try this one out. RRP £18 for 120g

Overall I'm not too impressed with this month Glossybox. I haven't heard of most these brands and a lot of people seem to be getting the Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara that I was just about to buy, so I would of loved this one to try out! I seem to have got some less known brands and not much I'm too excited to try. I'm most likely going to stick Glossybox out until I have enough Glossydots for a free box, then subscribe to Birchbox!

Most people would love to try out new brands and see what they have to offer, if you would like to sign up to Glossybox to get a box of beauty goodies every month for £10, you can here www.glossybox.co.uk

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Holiday NOTD | Lose Your Lingerie

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As you may know I have just got back from a lovely 11 days in Tunisia! I was supposed to post this NOTD whilst I was away, but I never got the chance to upload an image before I left. So better late than never, here's my Holiday NOTD.

I went for this cute pastel pink from Rita Ora's Rimmel range. I'm loving this cute colour and I thought it would be a good basic colour that will go with many of my holiday outfits. It's very fun and girly without being too much. I love the flirtiness of the name (I'm a sucker for a cute polish name!)
 I love the formula and also the curved edge brush that comes with Rita Ora's range. I also love the finish it gives with my Seche Vite Top coat. 
If you're looking for a cute holiday nail colour, then this could be the one to go for!

You can pick up Rita's range for £3.69 each at www.boots.com

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