Wednesday, 14 August 2013

July Haul

Happy August Amigos!

I've been absent from the blog for way too long so today marks 
my return. I mean like proper return, the sort where I schedule posts and take photos as I go. Rather than... procrastinating like it's going out of fashion!

And mind I really do procrastinate.

Hence my July Haul being posted on 14th AUGUST *shuffles awkwardly and avoids eye contact* so without any further delay (friends is on the telly and my attention span is struggling) lets delve straight in to my rather tame month of buying.

SBC 4 Piece Arnica Cleanse, Calm & Soothe Collection

So this little set was bought from QVC (who do not sponsor me by the way... although perhaps they should seen as all products in this haul were ordered from there unless stated otherwise!) 

I hadn't tried SBC prior to this but the brightly coloured gels have always caught my eye. Yes that's all it takes!
 So three gels with three different promises, Arnica for aches, pains and reducing
 bruising, Propolis for dry chapped areas and Aloe Vera (Hello Vera. sorry!) for calming and soothing.
I'm really liking these and the aaaah feeling when you slap that aloe gel on after waxing, delightful!

The cleanser hasn't had a look in yet as I've already got about four other brands on the go!
Smells nice though.

Decleor 4 Piece Skin Radiance Collection

Right if I had done a 'monthly favourites' post then Decleor's Aroma Confort Gradual Glow Body Milk would so be featuring!
It's a gradual tan that is ultra moisturising and leaves skin silky soft. There's no heavy depositing either so no weird white triangles where you bend your arms (just me? oh!) and the colour is super natural and oozes radiance. Utterly gorgeousness!
What I would say is the pump dispenser is SHITE as it doesn't automatically pump back up so it's a nightmare when you're frantically applying post shower. I guess the fact that I love it so much despite the problems dispensing speaks volumes about how amaze the product is.

The Aromessence Nerolia is an award winning exlixir that is 100% natural, I'm just about to introduce this into my daily routine so I'll let you know the results.
Also contained in the set was Hydra Floral Moisturiser and Hydra Floral Mask which I'm yet to sample... cute lil bottles though!

The Tans 

Eeeee such a tanning floozy me... one can never have to many in the stock cave though.

Leighton Denny Sunbelievable Set, Hightlight Me, Bronze Me, Accelerate Me and Tan Me. You can read and SEE my amazing results with Tan Me HERE
The He-Shi Instant Bronze I actually won from the lovely Grace  in a twitter comp, I adored it so much I obviously ordered more! Ideal for instant non streak colour... haaaaalllow bare legs!

The Toners

So the first half of July I was without a toner would you believe? It would seem I  only stockpile nail varnish, cleansers, make up, moisturiser, tans, conditioner, well pretty much everything other than toner. Not only do I not keep stocks replenished I also systematically forget to buy it each time I'm in boots or where ever!

La Roche-Posay Soothing Toner is something my husband chose upon receiving an "urgent" text from his easy going wife to "go to boots and get a toner, a decent one not cheap" bless him he is often instructed  requested to buy the Pore Effaclar Duo so I guess he stuck to the brand he knew was deemed acceptable by me! 
I have to say it ain't rocking my world, I mean it's OK and my skin hasn't reacted badly but I'm not too sure what it's doing for me other than being 'step 2' of the old routine?

Clarins Exfoliating Toner

I'd heard much love about the Clarins Exfoliating Toner so I thought hey this could be our time to start a new relationship (seen as my boat wasn't floated by the aforementioned toner) So off I trotted to Fenwicks and parted with £25 cute ones for this coveted number. As I was paying, the lovely helpful Clarins girl asked if I knew how to use the product. I was all like "uh-huh course I do" *smiling and thinking OBV it's a toner, ammma beauty blogger y;knaaaa*. 
what I actually should of said is "no sorry, I'm not too sure" BECAUSE (as you all probably know) unbeknown to me, it ain't no toner, it's a liquid exfoliator that use at night twice weekly. 
I was home by the time I realised therefore missed another opportunity to buy a decent toner. 
All was not lost though and no regrets as my skin looks so much fresher and brighter the mornings after using it.
 AND due to me having little to no self control I've been slapping this on at least five times a week because more is more right? 

Benefit How To Look The Best At Everything

This kit is sweetness personified. I actually have a vision of how I want my bedroom to look which is totally inspired by the Benefit Make Up Counter! Thinking a vintage, retro and kitsch sort of feel, I'll let you know when I get round to doing it! (Judging by the rate I churn out blog posts I wouldn't be holding your breath)

Upon opening this little book you find all the potions and powdery magic to create a poreless flawless complexion. 
Ooh and a mini They're Real too!

Laura Geller Magic Of Colour Collection 

I bought this from QVC (who'd of guessed) and I was well hyped for this collection airing. I was sharp off the mark with ordering too, and I tapped the app at like a minute past midnight (it launched at zero hundred hours) and it was a good a job I did as Porcelain had sold out by 10.30am!

I'd never tried Laura Geller make up but she comes highly recommended and I've heard it said her baked products rival Mac's. GAUNTLET DOWN.

Ooh and I also ordered her Spackle which is her lingo for primer, I actually meant to order the champagne shade but in my haste I ended up with bronze. It's worked out well as on good skins days I use it alone with a touch of highlight... good to go!
(the champagne shade has since been ordered too... oopsie!)

Leighton Denny 8 Piece Colour Collection

How lushy are these colours though?  My favourites are most definitely Paparazzi which is the ultimate red, Femme Fatal which is a deep glossy khaki green and Get Your Cote which is the most beeeeeeowdifal blue from the Riviera Collection.
These lil babes also came complete a wrap around leather pouch, which to my bitter disappointment wasn't a belt I could wear around my waist! Think I'd envisioned striding around like a celebrity hairdresser or make up artist 'on set'.
Such delusions of grandeur me.
L-R paparazzi, honey trap, femme fatal, little thief, get your cote, bubblegum, angel dust, sophisticated
Barry M

I'm a bit of a nail snob and I likey my brands and willingly pay the price for things that are quality and work for me... think leighton, nails inc and opi and we are on the same page.
BUT the Barry M Gelly Paints have continually called my name so hey I obliged... I bought Prickly Pear and Lychee from Superdrug and I must say I have mixed reviews and intend on blogging all about it!
Oh and Nail Art Pen, because it was 3 for 2 and pink was the only colour left.

lychee and prickly pear

Tangle Teezer

I can't love this enough, I have long long long wavy/curly hair that tats easily when wet and this just fixes it!
 I also have two sons that have rock star hair and this makes my life easier and theirs less painful!
I've ordered two more as can't be dealing with the world ending stress when it goes AWOL... "CIARAN WHERE'S THE TANGLE TEEZER" can be heard in my house each evening at approximately 6pm!

I've ordered it in blue for the boys and in zebra print for spares because I'm em... ?classy! (ha)

So there we have it! July done and dusted. Not a huge lot in comparison to other monthlies BUT my August pile is already looking terrifying!

Any thoughts? Anything you love or loathe? Or fancy trying? Ooh and any toner recommendations?

Look forward to reading your comments, lots of love

k xxxxxx

ps shortlisted for a cosmo... best new beauty blog, button to vote under profile pic :) thank yoooou xxx


  1. thats some size haul :D hah

  2. Wow you bought a lot of cute things <3
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  3. I love your hauls so much! The Benefit kits are always so great and I love the idea for the theme for your room! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD 

    1. Aw thank you, I'm so pleased you enjoy them :) xxxx

  4. You always have such impressive hauls! :) You got some great things, love all the nail varnishes and the tangle teezer is AMAZING what a life saver! x

    1. I know I'm truly loving the tangle teezer, can't believe it took me so long to get one xxx

  5. You've been busy haulin' :) Love the love of the Leighton Denny shades, must try that brand soon!

  6. Lovely buys :)! I don't know what I'd do without my Tangle Teezer haha. I've been using Lush's Breath of Fresh Air toner lately and I'm loving it :) can definitely feel it refreshing and rehydrating my face rather than just being another step xx

    D Is For...

    1. Aaaah the wonders of the tangle teezer :) thanks for the toning tip, I'll get one when I'm in town cxx

  7. Ooooo the first things (sorry it's a super long haul and I'm on my phone so therefore can't click off and go back up to get the name) gel things look so cool! I didn't know aloe Vera was good after waxing thanks for the tip! But OMG I read this and envisaged you saying every little thing, even the little "I'm a beauty blogger yna" as you do! Haha makes me miss your crack bless me. Oh and yeah once again super jealous of your haul you know how to shop guuuuurl xxxx

    1. Haha aw Faithy this comment made me laugh so loud!!!! You are hilaire xxx

  8. Ahhhh I'm in awe right now! Love the look of the Laura Geller products although I always have a little giggle at the name spackle

    1. I pressed return too soon... Such a flooze! Am I the only one who thinks Spackle is a funny name?! xxxxxxxx

    2. Haha the language of Laura! Xxx

  9. On many products dear. I hope see the review soon. Now I´m following you in GFC and Bloglovin´I hope your follow me back in both!

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  10. i swear our bathrooms/dressing rooms are literally carbon copies of each other. just ran out of that la roche toner... didn't love it either. won't repurchase. the clarins one tho... yes it's kinda liquid goldesque but i use it as my first toner of an evening (i double tone). love it.

    sun believable... lush colour but doesn't last on me. liking the tan accelerator tho... just as a moisturiser cos it's a gel so it's quick.

    i take SBC aloe on holiday (and have done for the last 6 years!) as my first step after sun then follow with proper moisturiser (usually elemis milk bath if ur interested... it's the BEST moisturiser after sunning yasel). be careful tho with some SBC stuff... read the ingredients... the arnica has a canny bit of alcohol in i think. i do like propolis tho. i've had a few tubs of that cos it's antiseptic so i use it if I've got scratches from dogs/bushes/general dog walking related injuries. ALSO after shaving... use a couple of drops of the ABC tea tree oil to moisturiser (u got it in the TSV a while back)that cools and heals. it's amaze.

    love spackle... used to prefer smashbox primer but LG is my fav now. also the highlight bit of her blusher... i need it in full size. fuck that, actually i need the supersize version. it's BEAUT!

    also... i have a compact animal print tangle teezer for my handbag. we are D&G classy petal, not bet lynch.

    sozzles about the novel comment... just had an iced soya frap with an extra shot. i'm wired.



    We are totes qvc-ers in a scary way though! thanks for sbc tip as I never bother reading ingredients.
    When I said Laura came highly recommended that was by you!
    Ps craving a Starbucks now xx