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On Sunday I decided to indulge, yet again, in one of my favourite hobbies – thrifting – and got up bright and early to go to two car boot sales in Leicestershire. In particular I was hoping to find some bargainous clothes to add to my spring/summer wardrobe, and though I came away from the first car boot with nothing (how disappointing!), the second was a veritable treasure trove of fashion! For the grand total of just £4.50 I managed to get a waterfall cardigan, a thin knit jumper, a t-shirt, and my absolute favourite find of the day, a pair of wedge shoes.
Z Black and grey striped waterfall cardigan £1.50
Next Thin knit black jumper 50p
River Island Skeleton heart t-shirt 50p
Truffle Black velvet wedge shoes £2.00
I’m really pleased with this little thrifty haul, and I’m looking forward to styling each item in outfit posts in the near future. Which is your favourite piece?
Welcome to the latest UK Avon brochure, Brochure 2! Brochure 2 is a special one as it brings you Avon’s January Sale early with their Pink Kiss Sale. Click the image below to be taken straight to this exciting brochure.
The Pink Kiss Sale offers up to 75% off your Avon favourites – from make up and bath and body to jewellery and designer watches, it’s all discounted and it’s all amazing value for money. As usual, I will list my Brochure Highlights below, but believe me when I say this brochure is a highlight in itself!
What to look out for…
- Page 2 – Buy one choose TWO free on all Avon hand creams.
- Page 12 – ALL Ultra Colour Rich Lipsticks just £2.99 each, choose from shimmer, satin and metallic finishes.
- Page 14 – Glimmerstick Eyeliners for only £1.99 each, and SuperShock Max Mascara for a bargainous £3.99!
- Page 22 – Your Special Pink Kiss Offer! Spend £9.95 across the brochure and take advantage of incredible savings on selected fashion items, including Avon’s gorgeous Sassari Cape and French Connection sunglasses.
- Page 38-39 – Buy one choose one half price on all pyjamas, slipper boots, robes and other nightwear.
- Page 57 – Introducing Avon’s NEW Petal Impressions Nailwear Pro+ nail varnish, in six pretty floral shades, just £3 each (RRP £6).
- Page 78-79 – Buy one choose one free on all Colortrend lip gloss and lipstick.
- Page 121 – Avon Breast Cancer Crusade socks, baking set and pin badge, all £2 and under with proceeds going to charity.
- Page 129 – Introducing NEW Soft & Smooth Facial Hair Removal Cream, with an introductory price of £2.50 (RRP £4).
- Page 138-143 – 5 for £4.99 on Senses Soap and Shower Gel, Bubble Bath and Naturals hair products.
- Page 144-147 – 3 for £4 on Naturals kid’s and bath and body products, Simply Delicate and On Duty Deodorant.
- Back Page – Dazzling Diva Mascara better than half price at £2.99!
And of course, there are many, many more fantastic bargain offers to be found – the whole brochure is one big sale!
If you would like to place an order with me, you can visit my Personal Online Brochure here, or by clicking the brochure image above, and either submit your order through the brochure or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Postage is charged as standard second class Royal Mail prices, and orders will be posted on or after December 4th 2012. Visit my Order Avon From Me page for more information.
A couple of weeks ago I ran out of my usual Avon foundation and I realised that I didn’t have any spare in my make up drawer. Since my Avon delivery was a little way off, I nipped in to town to pick up a cheap foundation to use in the mean time. I headed straight for the MUA stand in Superdrug as I’d been wanting to try their Professional Matte Foundation for a while, and I picked it up in Shade 1, ‘Soft Sand’, for £2.
‘Soft Sand’ is a light, natural shade which would suit most fair skin tones, but there are three other shades in the range for medium and dark skin tones.
The tube states that the foundation has ‘A creamy texture that blends beautifully for that perfect velvet finish and long-lasting matte complexion’. Though the foundation is creamy, it is also a lot thicker than I’m used to. At first I was worried that it would look caked on because of its consistency, but it does in fact blend beautifully to give amazing coverage. I took some photos to demonstrate how well it covers…
The top photo shows a small burn scar on my left wrist which has left a pinky-brown area of discolouration on my skin. The bottom photo shows the same area after being covered with a small amount of MUA’s Matte Foundation. As you can see, the foundation is a very good colour match to my skin tone, and the scar is hardly visible at all. If you ask me, that’s impressive for a £2 product! The foundation gives the same coverage on any blemishes on the face, and it even covered my sunburnt nose this morning. The coverage lasts a while too, a good 5 hours or so before any touch-ups are needed, which is fair for a budget foundation but in an ideal world I’d like it to last a little longer.
One of the things that drew me to this foundation was the fact that it is matte and claims to offer a long-lasting velvet finish. I suffer from an oily T-zone (especially during the summer months) and I don’t like the shine that the oil creates, so I am always looking for ways to minimise the shine. MUA’s Matte Foundation, as you would hope, does give a matte complexion, and it keeps most of the shine at bay. I wear powder on top of my foundation which often needs reapplying throughout the day over the oily areas, but I only need to reapply it once whilst wearing MUA’s Matte which is a definite improvement.
Overall, I think this is a great product. For £2, the quality is fantastic and it does what it says on the bottle. I will definitely be repurchasing this – once again MUA save the day!
As my regular readers will know, earlier this week I reviewed No7 Stay Perfect Nail Colour in ‘Violetta’. Since I had another £5 No7 voucher to spend, and I was fairly impressed with ‘Violetta’, I decided to add yet another nail varnish to my collection and went back to Boots to pick up ‘Totally Teal’ for £2 (rather than the usual £7).
Since I’ve recently reviewed Stay Perfect Nail Colour, I won’t go into too much detail about this one, as the consistency, drying time etc are the same as ‘Violetta’. What I will say though is this… I know I moaned about the flimsy brush last time, but now I’m used to it I found the application of this a lot easier as I now know how to control the brush properly. Because of this, the application was quick and neat – the brush is wide so you can apply an even coat in one stroke, which results in very little mess!
‘Totally Teal’ is a very pretty shade, sort of a deep bluey green that reminds me of the sea and mermaids. I have to say though, it goes on a lot darker than it looks in the bottle, which is slightly disappointing as it isn’t as bright as I had hoped. I still have a soft spot for it though, and I think it would like great as a pedi. It is definitely one of the more conservative nail shades that I own, but I’m looking forward to incorporating it into some aquatic nail art designs!
I took my own advice and did my mani a long time before bed this time, and it stopped the fabric imprints appearing on my nails. The varnish hasn’t stayed looking neat for long though… The picture above was taken this morning, and you can already see wear on the tip of my little finger nail. Since then, six more of my nails have chipped or scuffed, and I’ve been wearing it for less than a day! Not good.
Though I like the shades in the Stay Perfect range, I wouldn’t pay the full £7 for them. I’d rather spend a fiver on a Models Own polish as I know they’re great quality and good value for money as they last a long time. If I get any more £5 No7 vouchers though, they’ll probably go on more nail colours.
As I’m sure my fellow UK beauty fans will know, Boots are currently giving out £5 No7 vouchers. I’m not sure how much you have to spend to get one, but I received mine on a less than £10 spend. I’d never tried anything from the No7 range before, so after spending quite a while browsing the full range, I decided to use my voucher to get this Stay Perfect Nail Colour in ‘Violetta’ for £2, instead of £7. The bottle boasts that the nail varnish has ‘Pigment Rich Colour’, so obviously I had to put this to the test!
I first used Violetta late last week on top of Avon’s Mineral Fix, which I’ve been using lately as a base coat (I’ll review that at a later date). The brush is soft and wide which made application smooth and barely streaky, and the handle is a good size to hold which should give you more control over it. However, the stem of the brush is quite flimsy so it was actually fairly difficult to control at first. Also, the neck of the bottle is long so by the time you pull the brush out most of the varnish has dripped off, so don’t be shy about loading it up!
I really love the colour of this nail varnish. It looks like quite a deep blue at first glance, but you soon notice that it has a gorgeous undertone of pinky purple, which looks really luxurious. You also get completely opaque coverage in two coats, and to be honest one thick coat would probably have been enough, so it definitely lives up to the ‘Pigment Rich Colour’ claim!
The nail colour seemed to dry quickly, but the tackiness lasted a lot longer than I expected it to. I applied this an hour or two before I went to bed, which I thought would be okay, but when I woke up the next morning I noticed that my nails had fabric imprints on them from my sheets! Not impressed. Having said that, it did have lasting power. I removed this a few hours ago after three days of wear and it had only chipped a little bit, despite the fact that I spent all of today cleaning and gardening.
My overall thoughts on this Stay Perfect Nail Colour are mixed. The shade is beautiful, and the pigmentation is fantastic, as is the lasting power, but the fact that I was left with imprints on my nails is slightly disappointing! The brush could also be improved. I won’t let those things put me off though… I’m already planning on buying ‘Totally Teal’ tomorrow with my other £5 voucher I probably wouldn’t pay the full £7, but for £2 you’re definitely getting a bargain. I guess I’ll just have to get used to the brush and apply the varnish earlier in the day so it dries properly!
Which No7 Nail Colour shades do you own? What do you think of them?
In February, just in time for Valentine’s Day, MUA launched their lovely little Love Hearts range of nail varnishes and lip balms. The nail varnishes come in six pretty pastel shades and the lip balms in five. I have been reading so many positive reviews about the Love Hearts products so I thought it was about time I tried one out and contributed my two pence worth too, even if I am a bit late! So, in my recent MUA haul I ordered the Love Hearts Lip Balm in ‘Hot Lips’ for £2.00. The balm comes in a very generously sized 10g pot which is amazing for the small price tag, but I wouldn’t expect anything less from the wonderful MUA!
As you can see, the packaging is very cute! It looks just like a giant orange Love Heart sweet which reminded me of when I was child, and each different shade has its own name and colour. I chose this shade as I prefer fairly dark lip colours and this is the darkest one in the range. It is a glossy, pinky red and is actually quite heavily pigmented for a balm, so it tints your lips well.
This is another of those products where a little goes a long way. I found the balm ‘melted’ onto my finger quite quickly despite its solid appearance, but it wasn’t greasy at all. One fingertip of balm was enough for both lips but I used a bit more for good measure. It feels smooth and nourishing on your lips and the creaminess lasts quite a while. I did notice that once the balm had worn off, the tint remained, which surprised me as I find that’s not usually the case with tinted balms.
The one thing that disappointed me slightly about the Love Hearts Lip Balm was that it didn’t actually smell like Love Hearts! I expected a product based on a sweet to have some hint of the sweet within it, but it didn’t at all, which is a shame really. BUT it does have a vanilla scent to it which I love so it was redeemed somewhat
Overall, I am loving this Love Hearts Lip Balm and I would definitely buy it again. If you want one for yourself, they’re available in most Superdrug stores and online via the MUA Store.
Have you tried any of MUA’s Love Hearts items?