Sunday, 18 January 2015

Naughty Selfridges & Sephora Haul

I know January is the time to stop the spending and start the saving but I just had to take advantage of the 10% off at Selfridges last week, lets face it, it's not a lot but when they do any kind of discount you have to grasp it with both hands and place your order. So let me show you what goodies I picked up, I may have also bought a few things from Sephora so I'll bob those at the end too, phew lets do this thing!
Naughty Selfridges & Sephora HaulNaughty Selfridges & Sephora Haul
Mac Cherry Lip Liner (link)
Mac Prep & Prime in Light Boost (link)
Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon in Amber Haze (link)
Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Love Liberty (link)

Oh what a surprise more lip products, haha I just can't help myself. I had to try one of the Charlotte Tilbury Matte lipstick's and choosing the right shade was a quest in itself. Ultimately it was between Glastonberry and Love Liberty and I eventually went with the latter. I intentionally went online for the lipstick so everything else are spur of the moment purchases, oops. I will definitely report back on how I find everything!

Now lets move on to Sephora.
Naughty Selfridges & Sephora Haul
Naughty Selfridges & Sephora Haul
Sephora Favourites The Great Cleanse (link)
Too Faced Five Star Favourites
Sephora Triple Action Cleansing Water
Philosophy Iced Gingerbread & Cookie Set 
Sephora Nano Lip Liner in Plum

I seriously think I check the "New In" Sephora section more than any other online store and as soon as I saw this new set it went straight in my basket. You may have noticed by now, maybe not, but I have a bit of a cleanser problem. Ohh and a "mini" problem.

The Philosophy set was in the sale so that's how I'm justifying that, but oh my do they smell fantastic. The Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara was high on my wishlist and this set was a little cheaper than buying the full size. Does anyone else love trying out new mascaras? It's a great feeling when you find a keeper.

Samples:
Tarte Gifted Mascara
Sephora Rouge Infusion (100 Point Perk)
Living Proof Style Extender
Tarte Amazonian Clay Blusher
Clinique Tinted Moisturser

Staying on the mascara track, I found a code for a free deluxe size sample of the Tarte Gifted mascara which I was very excited about as I actually had one already in my basket, so that saved a bit of money. I wish other beauty sites would get in on the deluxe sample action, come on guys!

Right, now after all that I'm getting back on the saving train. Did you guys pick up anything from the Selfridges "sale"?

XOXO Claire
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Thursday, 15 January 2015

How To Remove Glitter Nail Polish?

Even though the Christmas/party season is over there's no rule that says you can't wear a bit of glitter to get through a dull Monday this January. Now hands up, who gets a bit carried away layering on the sparkle? Yeh thought so, Do you always regret that decision when it comes to removing it? Ditto I'm the same. Luckily thanks to a little technique I've been using recently, the whole removal process is a hell of a lot quicker and I had to let you guys in on the secret.
How To Remove Glitter Nail Polish?
How To Remove Glitter Nail Polish?
How To Remove Glitter Nail Polish?
The tools you'll need in your quest for glitter removal:
  Tinfoil (300 mm wide)
Nail polish remover
5 Cotton Pads
Scissors.

The first step is cutting a strip of tinfoil that's just a bit wider than your nail bed and then cutting that into 10 rectangular pieces. I find that using the 300mm wide is enough to do both hands with just one strip, obviously everyone has different size nail beds but mine are quite wide so it should be enough, if it's not just cut another strip.

Next you need to cut 5 cotton pads in half, I found using whole ones a little wasteful and the excess material got in the way. Starting with the thumb, saturate a piece of cotton pad with nail polish remover and place it over the nail. Follow by wrapping a piece of tinfoil around the cotton pad and twisting it at the end to make it secure. I like to do one hand at a time as I found it quite difficult to make them as tight on the other hand.

Another tip is to make sure your hands are warm (which I know at this time of year is not the easiest) but it's not quite as effective if you're hands are like ice.

I normally leave the tinfoil on for around 10-15 minutes, time can vary depending on how many layers of glitter you have on, but the longer the better. When the time comes for removal you shouldn't have to rub too hard, the majority of the glitter should be on the cotton pad. It's so satisfying to see it just right come off, then you just repeat the process for your other hand.

After everything is removed I like to wash my hands just in case any left over residue is on my nails, (remover in the eyes = not good!) Lastly I sometimes like to use a nail oil just to rehydrate the nails and help keep them in a healthy condition. I also like to do this whole process in the evening, so my nails get time to breath overnight.

Hopefully you glitter lovers found this helpful. Do you have a special way of removing glitter nail polish?

XOXO Claire
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Monday, 12 January 2015

A Dupe Of The "Topshop Mine Boots"

Boots are a winter essential, I love how the perfect pair of boots can go with pretty much any kind of outfit. In the early autumn a whole new boot trend emerged, gold heel detailing. Here are the infamous pair from Topshop, if you haven't seen them Link. As soon as I saw them online the boots addict in me started yearning, but at £80 they aren't the most affordable option. Luckily though I may have found a cheaper alternative..
A Dupe Of The "Topshop Mine Boots"
A Dupe Of The "Topshop Mine Boots"
Boohoo Molly Harness Strap Plaque Trim Boots £30 // Link
I think you'll agree this pair from Boohoo are pretty similar, even down to the buckle and heel detailing, obviously the main difference is that the Topshop pair is real leather, but for me as long as they are comfy and well made, the material isn't such a big deal. Where do you stand on the leather vs pleather debate?

The heel is a little higher than I normally go for in a pair of boots, but once I break them in I think they will be quite comfortable. I only discovered Boohoo a few months ago but I've been really impressed, especially as they have a trendy plus size section. Good job Boohoo!

What do you think of my find? Are you a Boohoo fan?

XOXO Claire
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