Five Fabulous Beauty Finds for Spring

As it’s the beginning of March, I thought I’d tell you about my favourite (and fabulous) beauty finds for spring. Some have been in my make-up arsenal for a while, whilst others are complete newbies, but I’m seriously loving all five…

1.  Barry M Chisel Cheeks Contouring Kit

I bought this from Boots yesterday and at £6.99 I thought it was a great budget introduction to the art of contouring. I had a little play this morning but am going to watch some YouTube tutorials in the hope of really getting to grips with this beauty phenomenon. Any advice will be most welcome!

2.  Vaseline  Lip Therapy Queen Bee

I got this for Christmas inside my Zoella guinea pig make up bag (guinea pig themed blog on the way very soon). It smells great and is the perfect solution for chapped lips. I’ve also been dabbing a little over the top of my red lippy for a glossy finish.

 

3.  Barry M Brow Kit Shape & Define

Another Barry M bargain – I love the price and quality of Barry M products, not to mention the wide range. This brow kit is a fab alternative to the pricey HD Brows kit. I can’t quite remember how much this kit cost as I’ve had it a while – you can probably tell from how battered the box is – but it was around £5. It contains a gel, a dark brown powder, a light highlighter, brush and mini tweezers!!

 

4.  Revlon Professional Uniq One

I’ve been using this for about 4 years now and I buy it directly from my hairdresser. I used to have very bleached white hair and this stuff is just fantastic for conditioning and detangling. It’s a fantastic all in one spray and a little goes a long way. All you need is a few sprays on wet hair and then comb it through to distribute.  Easy peasy!

 

5. London Butterflies Body Butter Soufflé

This came as part of my February Birchbox and I included it in my list because it smells utterly divine. I’ve been smothering it on my elbows so that when I start fake tanning, I won’t get any dodgy patchy bits! It absorbs really well and the scent lasts for ages.

What are your favourite beauty buys for spring?

Clothes Show Live 2014 Beauty Haul – Part 1

If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll be aware of how I excited I was to be visiting the Clothes Show Live this year.  I’d never been before so I decided that this was the year to treat myself to a ticket.

There was so much to see I highly doubt I saw it all.  In fact, I keep seeing posts on social media from the stalls I missed…nevermind, there’s always next year!

The highlight of the day for me – besides the shopping – was the Fashion Show.  The staging was incredible and the choreography of the dancers/models fitted perfectly with the clothing, styling and music.  I loved every minute of it and could have quite happily sat through it all again.  I was really lucky as my seat was only a few rows back from the catwalk, meaning I was close to the action.

Over the next few days, I thought I’d blog a few of the things I bought.  As I’m a MASSIVE Barry M fan, I decided to start with my lovely goody bag from their stall.  These goody bags cost £10, which I thought was reasonable based upon the number of items in them  (I often pick up three nail varnishes for £5 from Superdrug and the goody bag contained six).

I wouldn’t have chosen some of the items or colours in the bag but it’ll encourage me to try new shades and products to see if they suit me.

The goody bag itself was one of those brightly coloured cardboard bags you can sling over your shoulder and it will make a great present bag for Christmas!

Inside the goody bag, the cosmetics were packaged in a nice quality pink faux-leather case with stud detailing on the zip pull.

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Barry M goody bag

I liked the fact that, despite being heavily weighted in favour of nail products (which Barry M do so well), there was a range of eye and lip products too.

barry m 2The nail varnishes are (from l to r):

  • Atlantic Road Textured Effect
  • Pink Sequin Effect
  • Black Sequin Effect
  • Silver Multi Glitter
  • Limited Edition Gold Glitter
  • Magnetic Burgundy (front, top photo)

For the eyes, there is a Trio Eyeshadow palate in metallic browns, glittery white Dazzle Dust (no. 8), glittery grey Dazzle Dust (no. 91) and a Matt Supersoft Eye Crayon in green (no. 6).

The lip products consist of a Glossy Tube in pink and a Lip Lacquer Crayon in an orangey-red shade (no. 3).

I’m going to be trying out the different products over the festive season (what better time for all that glitter?), so if you would like see updates I’ll be posting them on Twitter.  I’d also love to hear from any of you who have tried and liked or disliked any of them.