Thursday, 26 November 2020

Beauty empties | November '20

It's been a while since I posted a beauty empties post and I've gathered quite the stash of empty bottles ready to go in the bin/recycling, so here's what I though of all the beauty products I've used up recently...

I love... Pink Marshmallow Bath & Shower Creme*

This smells amazing. Sweet and sugary and lovely, and it works really well as a bubble bath if you like a lot of bubbles. It's a decent shower gel too, and there's not much else to say! If you like a sweet scent, you're onto a winner with this. BUY IT HERE

LUSH Snow Fairy Shower Gel

It's coming up to Christmas, aka Snow Fairy season - that beautiful sweet we all love so much. I use it year round because I always stock up in the post-Christmas sale, and I've just finished this massive bottle. It's pricey but sooooo worth it; you can use this as shower gel, as intended, but also as bubble bath AND shampoo, which I do sometimes because it smells so good. Plus it's shimmery. BUY IT HERE

Bubble T Peach Cleansing Hand Gel

Obviously we're all going through hand sanitiser like there's no tomorrow in 2020, and I picked this up in Home Bargains; it smells lovely, and does the trick. It also doesn't irritate my hands or dry them out like some hand sanitisers do, which is a bonus, and it's cheap too. All round brilliance, you just can't go wrong really. They have various other scents, too. BUY IT HERE

Mitchum Powder Fresh Deodorant 

It's just a deodorant, really, and it works. There's not much else to say - you can get it in most supermarkets or home bargs, and it'll stop you being smelly. Good stuff.

Garnier Mineral InvisCool Deodorant 

Another deodorant - this one smells really fresh and again it just does the job to stop you smelling throughout the day. Not much else you can say about a deodorant is there, really?

Herbal Essences Llamaste Shampoo

I think I've featured something from this range in my last three (?) empties posts, so I won't go on, but it's just a really good shampoo. Smells good, leaves your hair feeling clean, really affordable. Tick.

L'Oreal Elvive Dream Lengths Restoring Shampoo

Another shampoo, and I looooove this one. It has that standard L'Oreal scent, and genuinely leaves your hair feeling so so so soft. I've bought the mask to try as well, because I liked the shampoo so much, and I'd definitely recommend this if the ends of your hair are feeling dry or damaged. BUY IT HERE

PS Naturals Cleansing Wipes

I don't really use wipes but these are so good if you really need them; I've not been wearing make up lately with the pubs being closed (meaning I'm solely doing freelance work from home currently) but when I was, these came in handy. I think you get two packs for a quid, but they never seem to have them in stock in my local Primark which is a pain! These are also biodegradable, by the way.

T-Zone Charcoal & Bamboo Nose Pore Strips

I love the concept of a pore strip, though hate that they're single-use. These are probably the best I've tried at actually pulling stuff out of your nose, and they don't leave too much residue behind or irritate my skin. You get 12 in a pack and they're a couple of quid from Home Bargains - don't pay over the odds for these in Superdrug or anything!

Soap & Glory Vitamin C Facial Wash*

I love Soap & Glory for body stuff, and it turns out their facial skincare is pretty decent too. This cleanser is great for a second cleanse and leaves your face feeling soooo squeaky clean without drying it out. It has biodegradable wax scrubby bits in it too, so it'll give you a bit of exfoliation as well as cleansing. It's £8 at Boots and currently on for 3 for 2! BUY IT HERE

If you buy any of these products online make sure you check if you can get cashback (through Quidco or Top Cashback) which is *free money*. Every little helps! Let me know if you've tried any of these bits and what you think, too.

Tuesday, 24 November 2020

The best beauty Black Friday deals

If you're using this time to stock up on some beauty goodies either for yourself or as Christmas gifts, here are the places with the best money-off deals for Black Friday beauty purchases! I've rounded them all up in one place for ease; some of the links are affiliate (meaning I get about 1% commission) but most are not. Hopefully you all get some bargains!!
💋 Beauty Bay - up to 30% off sitewide. I have written a post on my top sale picks too; stock up on skincare, make up, sex toys and more.

🍒 Urban Decay - 30% off sitewide, and 40% off palettes and mascaras. Would highly recommend the Naked Palettes, obviously, and their All Nighter Foundation.

☀️ Look Fantastic - up to 30% off selected products with code EARLYLF. You can get the 250ml Pixi Glow Tonic for just £14.40!!!

👢 Boots - massive savings on skincare, beauty tools, electric toothbrushes and more with deals changing daily.

🦄 Superdrug - various deals on perfume, gift sets and more. Get a free gift set when you spend £15+ on Revolution Beauty too.

💧 IT Cosmetics - 25% off + 2 free samples sitewide; 30% off if you spend over £60, and you'll get a free goody bag too. I could bang on about IT Cosmetics all day - I won't but I highly recommend the CC+ cream and the Miracle Water!

👃🏽 Fragrance Direct - £10 off a £75 spend (code SAVE10), £5 off a £50 spend (code: SAVE5) or free delivery if you spend over £25 (code: FREEDEL). And everything on there is already below the RRP anyway.

👄 Charlotte Tilbury - up to 45% off across the site; loads of gift sets available and you get a free palette if you spend over £95. Can recommend the Eyes to Mesmerise cream eyeshadows and anything from the Pillow Talk range.

💙 La Roche-Posay - up to 33% off sitewide. Discount is applied automatically and you get a free gift with every order. The entire Effaclar range is outstanding.

🍃 Nip & Fab - up to 50% off sitewide including gift sets! So many steals.

🌸 Revolution Beauty - up to 50% off sitewide including special collections. Highly recommend their Conceal & Define range!!!

🌿 Pixi - buy one get one half price on all make up products across the site. Use the code PixiColourBOGO - I swear by their Matte Last Liquid Lipsticks which come in soooo many colours.

If you know of any other amazing beauty discounts let me know and I can add them to this round up - and happy shopping everyone!

Wednesday, 18 November 2020

30% off Beauty Bay for Black Friday - my sale picks

Beauty Bay have a biiiggg sale on, with up to 30% off hundreds of products ahead of Black Friday. I thought I'd share some of my favourite picks in case you're looking for some shopping inspiration...

Firstly, this trio of sprays from Revolution is so cute; they're miniatures, which is always a win - perfect for hand luggage when we can travel again - and you get a really good selection. Niacinamide, glycolic acid and tea tree are all really good for your skin so you can start building a really good skincare routine with these. The set will cost you £6.95 in the sale. Bargain!

Next is three Face Halo make up removers - I have some of these which Anoushka bought for me earlier this year and I absolutely love them, as does my mum. They're great for taking make up off just with water, or you can use a cleanser with them. They're great for toner and stuff too. This kind of thing is ideal if you're looking to reduce your single-use beauty products like wipes/cotton pads, and the 3-pack is reduced to £12.55!

I love the Dose of Colours matte liquid lipsticks - the formula is gorgeous and there's so many colours to choose from. I have the shade 'purple rain' which is a bright purple, but they do nudes, reds and everything in between. With the 30% off they're £12.60 which is a really fair price, I reckon.

My favourite setting spray and one that I've mentioned on my blog sooooo many times is the Gerard Cosmetics setting spray, which comes in a variety of different scents. I prefer the cucumber one but there's peach, watermelon, coconut and loads more to choose from. It really does keep your make up on all day and I'm genuinely obsessed - 30% off is such a good deal too, bringing it to £11.15 - bargaaain.

Next is this amazing gift set from Zoeva; their eyeshadows are some of the BEST, and this set is a steal at £26.60 in the sale. You get the Cocoa Blend eyeshadow palette as well as a highlighter duo, a lip liner and a liquid lipstick. From the packaging to the formulas it's all SO so so good. Buy it now. Do it.

Sexual wellness is a big thing and I love that Beauty Bay sell sex toys now - this My Viv Pebble Personal Massager is under a tenner in the sale as well which means if it's your first foray into this kind of thing, you don't have to spend a lot to love yourself. It looks adorable too. Good job.

I wrote a whole post about dealing with maskne which featured the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion - it's such a good product for getting rid of big pesky spots. It's 20% off right now making it £12.35, so grab it now if it's something you'll benefit from!

Last but not least - everyone loves the Spectrum brushes, and the Marbleous 12 piece brush set is reduced to £45.50 right now. It might seem pricey but you get 12 great quality brushes that also look absolutely gorgeous. The rose gold!!! Such a good deal.

There's 8 of my personal favourite picks from the current 30% off sale at Beauty Bay. Let me know if you pick anything up in the saaaaaale.

Monday, 16 November 2020

More of my fave Etsy finds

My previous favourite Etsy finds post was so popular that I thought I'd do a part two - because why not?! I love that everyone is striving to support small and local businesses, and I know people are getting their Christmas shopping done at the moment so hopefully this gives you some more ideas!

I am absolutely obsessed with this resin art clock?! It's just utterly gorgeous and evokes such lovely memories of being able to travel to warm countries, listen to the waves and drink cocktails on a sun bed. Prices start at £26 for a 20cm clock and I don't think that's too bad for something so beautifully crafted! 

You know I love bees and this necklace is just SO cute - I love dainty jewellery and this is beautiful. There's something so simple and unique about it isn't there? It comes in different chain lengths, and it's £18 with free postage. Love!!!

More bees, this time on reusable cotton pads. A lot of people are trying to be more eco-friendly, and reusable cottons pads are such an easy swap to make. They work just the same as any other cotton pad, but you can just chuck them in the washing machine rather than adding to landfill. Winner. These ones are cute because of the bees, but you can get so many different patterns! Prices start at £6.33 for 7.

Face masks are going to make an appearance in Christmas stockings across the country this year I reckon, and if the mask rule is here to stay then we may as well get nice ones, right? These liberty print face masks are so pretty, and the reviews say they're great quality too. They're £8.49 each and can, of course, be re-used.

With the rise in people working from home, laptop tables and trays are such a great gift idea - or maybe you need one yourself if you don't have space for an office in your house/flat. This one is pink, obviously, but you can get different coloured ones or wooden ones! This is just under £20 so a bargain in my eyes.

If you know me you'll know I adore Gustav Klimt, so this Klimt phone case is right up my street. It comes in all variations of the iPhone and you can get a slim (£7.99) or tough (£9.99) case depending on how clumsy you are. I absolutely love this and might treat myself... 

Wax melts are so popular, and there's plenty to be found on Etsy. I've got a few scents from this seller in my basket right now for different people - they do Snow Fairy, Alien, Flowerbomb and more! They're really affordable and make great stocking fillers or secret Santa presents. Prices start at just two quid, too.

Last but not least, more resin. This resin comb is just beautiful and makes for such a unique present for someone who's into their hair. I just love seeing all the different things people are making with resin!! These are £8 and the seller has loads of colours/designs.

I'll probably make yet another of these posts soon, so let me know if you have a favourite Etsy shop so I can include it next time.

Friday, 13 November 2020

What to watch on Netflix in lockdown 2.0

So the UK is back in lockdown (of sorts) and we're all going stir crazy, so I thought I'd scroll through Netflix and give you my current recommendations in case you're in desperate need of something to watch in between Zoom meetings and your seventh wardrobe clear out of the year...

TV series on Netflix

The Queen's Gambit (it's about chess but trust me it's SO good)
The End of the F***ing world (series 2 just dropped)
The Haunting of Bly Manor (mostly for Dani and Jamie)
Unsolved Mysteries (there's new episodes of this too)
Line of Duty (all 5 seasons are on there and if you've never seen it you're in for a treat)
Vexed (comedy police stuff)
Uncle (witty British sitcom)
Doctor Foster (Jodie Comer and Suranne Jones being brilliant)
The Stranger (ooh very mysterious)
The Duchess (Katherine Ryan being outstanding)
Drifters (hilarious girly comedy)
Scorpion (nerdy action crime drama situation)
Press (fascinating fictional look at tabloid v broadsheet journalism)

Films on Netflix

Rebecca (the new one with the terrible reviews that's actually not that bad)
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (mental)
The Grinch (goes without saying really)
Shutter Island (very gritty)
Agatha and the Truth of Murder (interesting take on a great story)
Angels and Demons (the best Robert Langdon film)
Nativity (it is almost Christmas after all)
The Call (Halle Berry AND Abigail Breslin???)
The Perks of Being a Wallflower (just gorgeous)
Begin Again (very soft)
Orphan (the best horror film there is)

Obviously this is just a small selection but these are my personal recommendations - feel free to add your own in the comments OR tell me what you think about any of these!