Monday, 10 February 2014

City Centre Shopping

A few weeks ago me and Dan headed into the city centre as he had a meeting to attend. I went along as we both had the day off, meaning I went off to shop whilst he did work stuff and then we spent the day in the city together. I didn't actually need to buy anything, but to kill time, I headed into boots to have a look around. Seriously, who goes in and actually walks out empty handed? Not me! I must learn self restraint!I must learn...

Here's what I accidentally bought...


Maybelline New York Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser Lightweight Primer £7.99 Boots

This was one of those products that I wasn't particularly bothered about having, even after all the hype surrounding it, however the blusher (see below) I did want, and Boots had the buy one get one half price offer on, so I thought I might as well try it out. I have to say I was very pleasantly surprised by how amazing this primer is, this transparent primer isn't dissimilar to the Benefit Porefessional Primer in many ways, except for colour. It has a gel like texture, which almost dissolves under your fingers as you apply it to the skin, leaving a smooth, matte surface to apply your foundation on top of. It instantly minimises pores, however I don't feel enough to wear alone, as it suggests you can,it also helps your base to stay put throughout the day. I have really been loving this primer and I don't think I'll be changing it any time soon.

Maybelline Expert Wear Blush in Flash Plum £5.19 Superdrug
(Boots don't have this online so I put the link for Superdrug)

This blush is perfect for Winter, with it's warm tone and silky texture, it's perfect for day or night. I have longed for this blush for a while now, since way before Christmas, but this was another 'hard to get hold of' product on my list. I am really glad that I finally found it, as I usually go for more pink toned blushes, whereas this is quite purple toned, and I think it's good to have a variety to create different looks. The texture means that it doesn't stick to any dry areas but rather sits on top of the skin, as you would expect from a blush and the staying power is pretty good too.

Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm in Elusive £7.99 Boots

If I could have justified the need for each and every one of the new Revlon Balm's, both Matte and Lacquer, trust me, I would have, but if you took a look at my lip colour collection already, you would understand why I had to limit myself to just the one. I had no idea which one to choose, there were far too many new colours, but having already bought a L'oreal Paris Glam Shine Balmy Gloss earlier on in the week, I decided to go for a matte shade. Elusive was the only one that was almost empty, so I thought it must be a pretty good colour and so my decision was made. I love that this colour is a pale pink (see swatches below) and is therefore perfect for everyday wear. It is such a soft balm, and has a hint of mint taste, however make sure your lips are thoroughly exfoliated before applying as it sticks to any dry patches and this is definitely not the look you are going for.


Whilst walking through the centre, Dan, yes Dan spotted the MAC shop and urged me to go in and finally purchase the eyeshadow to complete my quad. Man, was it hard to not buy everything in that shop, but because I had already spent more money than needed, I was actually good and just stuck to the one eyeshadow.

MAC Naked Lunch £10 MAC

I won't talk too much about this as I have already done so here, but this is a great eye colour to wash all over the lid, add Satin Taupe to the crease and you have the perfect everyday smokey eye ( or even a subtle one for night).

I may also have popped into H&M and bought a couple of items...

Kimono £14.99 H&M

I've wanted a kimono for a while but with most of them being around £30 everywhere, and them being a 'fashion' item I hadn't yet justified buying one. However when I saw this floral one in H&M for just £14.99 I couldn't resist! I've already got a fair bit of use out of it, mainly pairing it with a vest and leggings or jeans, with a statement necklace for evenings. I think I'll definitely get my wear out of this and it will see me through summer too, to throw on during the cooler nights.

Longline Cardigan £7 Sale H&M

Sorry about the creases, I pulled it straight out of the bag and photographed it.

I have far too many cardigans but at £7 I thought this was an absolute bargain, it's long line, with full length sleeves and looks great for everyday with jeans, a vest and boots. It's a neutral colour so it goes with almost anything, the only downside is with it being long line, it creases easily and I hate ironing!

Have you been shopping lately? What did you get?


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