Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Things I've Spent My Pennies On : May

Seems I've been going a little overboard with shopping lately!

I didn't really realise until I gathered it all up and thought, 'um… oops?' but what better way to make me feel less guilty; than to make a pretty blog-post about it, because that totally justifies it all, right? … I hope so!

After aimlessly browsing ASOS, I decided to pick up this New Look Crochet Ditsy Cami (£12.99 - was £10 with 20% off, score!). It seemed cheap and cheerful, but super pretty & perfect for the (hopefully) warm weather that's on its way. Paired with jeans and a cream, lightweight cardigan I think I'll get a lot of wear out of this! 

After mentioning that one of my May Mini Goals was to grow my nails (which is actually happening!) I figured retail nail therapy would aid that process - that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it! Baring in mind, I have never in my adult life been up-to-date with nail trends or have bought anything other than polish for my toes, I was like a kid in a sweetie shop at the Essie stand! After MUCH consideration (I'm sure the assistant thought I was nuts) I opted for Essie Eternal Optimist (£7.99). Mainly because I loved the name, but also because it is very much a 'me' type of shade. It's a gorgeous pale, pink blush that seems to just about go with everything! I love it! 

As it was 3 for 2, it would've been rude not to pick up a couple of other nail products… You know, to "help". I was debating getting two more Essie polishes (I can see this becoming an addiction) but Barry M Prickly Pear (£3.99) caught my eye & I thought it would be a good way to test out purple shades without committing to a more expensive polish. I haven't tried it yet, but it does look lovely! 

To finish of the Boots raid, I opted for Bourjois Instant Dry Nail Drops (£5.99) after seeing it that very morning on ViviannaDoesMakeup… Talk about influential blogging! I used this for the first time the other day, after applying two coats of Eternal Optimist and… Wow. This stuff is AMAZING! I'm clearly no nail expert, but my nails were literally, no exaggeration, dry in seconds. It also helps to keep cuticles moisturised too, which is great for a nail n00b like myself. 
Make-up wise, I feel I was fairly restrained (hah!) and picked up Revlon ColourBurst Matte in Elusive (£7.99) and Maybelline The Falsies Flared (£7.99). I think we all know by now that I love me some Maybelline the Falsies, but as the shelves were still empty, I decided to opt for the 'Flared' version and I'm kind of disappointed with how different it is to the original. It doesn't thicken the lashes as well and has some bizarre scent that reminds me of hayfever nasal spray... (yup!) The Revlon Matte crayon is also something I'm not too convinced by, although I think it's a personal preference with matte products - I just don't seem to get on with them!

MOAR beauty purchases came in the form of EverInMay's blog sale… I do love a good blog sale. I couldn't resist giving the Stila Custom Colour Self Adjusting Coral Blush a try for £5 & Mac LE Lipstick in Private Party (£9) is pretty much my ideal shade; very similar to Plumful, but a touch darker *insert heart eyed emoji here* Charlotte still has a few items for sale if you're interested, you should have a look here

Okay, stepping away from cosmetics, I invested a little dinero into my art supplies. I was plodding along with some old sketchbooks but you just can't beat new stationary for inspiration - am I right, or am I right? I had my eye on the Moleskine Watercolour A4 Pad (£14.99) for a long ass time and I just thought, seeing as I'm quite enjoying painting at the minute, I would go ahead and buy it. The quality is excellent and the paper isn't too grainy, yet holds the water well, so I'm really looking forward to experimenting in it! I also spotted these Daler Rowney Watercolour Brushes (£7.35) and as my paintbrushes are looking a little worse for wear, I thought I'd add them to the basket! I love Daler Rowney for well priced, quality art supplies & these have not disappointed! 

Finally (phew! thanks for sticking with me, if you've read this far, you're a trooper) I bought a Canon Camera Remote (£5.99) because I have wanted one for the longest time and never really knew what to go for, but as this was ridiculous cheap, there was nothing to lose! I'm very happy to report that it does exactly what I need (focuses, triggers camera with a two second timer) and there will hopefully be no more blurry selfies & 'ootd' post - hurrah! 

What have you been buying lately?
xo

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  1. Ooh the blush looks SO pretty and the instant dry nail drops sound amazing! Waiting to nail polish to dry is one of my least favourite things ever!

    Jennie xo | sailorjennie.com

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    1. It's an interesting one! You definitely need to be light-handed with it, but the colour is really pretty on! An supposedly my 'perfect' coral :) the nail drops are just plain crazy, I don't even know how they work but they're nothing short of a miracle! xx

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  2. I love that shade of the Revlon lip balm and I'm DYING to try those Bourjois nail drops. I saw Vivianna's review of it as well and now I want it even more! xx

    Katy | www.littlemisskaty.co.uk

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    1. It's a very pretty shade, just wish they had it in their gloss or regular range! :) I highly recommend the nail drops (look at me, advising nail products haha!) xx

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  3. I haven't heard of the nail drops before (clearly falling behind on my VDM stalking) but they sound brilliant - a fair bit cheaper than Seche Vite too; definitely going to check them out. And the original Falsies formula, I haven't tried a Maybelline mascara in yonks but you've sold it to me (I'll steer clear of the flared version though!) x

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    1. I can't comment on Seche Vite or even compare them to any other, but I was sat with my mouth open in amazement after I put it on, haha! Possibly even said 'they can't be dry… oh yes they are!' to myself. xx

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  4. That cami is actually very very pretty! Love all your picks :-)

    Best of Beauty Hacks| The Conscience Fund

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    1. Thank you! I think so too, especially for £10! The material is lovely and soft as well, which is always an added bonus :) xx

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  5. Those nail drops sound really interesting, I never have the patience to wait for my nails to dry and always end up smudging them! That Essie polish looks absolutely lovely, and that blush aaaaah.
    xx

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    1. I'd highly recommend these nail drops then :) I was very sceptical but I just couldn't believe how fast it worked, I was washing up within minutes of doing my second coat (living la vida!) xx

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  6. That Essie polish looks such a gorgeous shade. I've never heard of those nail drops before, but I think I'm definately going to have to try them..ah such is the power of blogging! xx

    Sarah// A Sunday Smile

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    1. Thanks Sarah :) they're really awesome little things. Possibly my new favourite discovery! xx

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  7. It's too bad the MAC lipstick is limited edition because it's gorgeous! Hopefully I can find a similar shade available at MAC. xx
    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

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    1. I think Plumful is very similar! :) although there might be something closer. It's a very pretty colour! Xx

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  8. your post has been linked in my may favorite blog posts ^^ ♥
    http://itsrozee.tumblr.com/post/87517660050/best-blog-posts-of-may

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