Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Beating the January blues one purchase at a time

Firstly, apologies for the quality of these pictures. Have you seen the daylight lately? No, me neither.

January, it’s probably the one month of the year you shouldn’t shop. We’ve overspent in December and we’re stocked up form Christmas but there’s something about this miserable month that makes me want need to shop! It’s also the perfect month to spend those loyalty points “earned” Christmas shopping for others and weigh in the Christmas gift cards.

Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage SC3 £26 here

There’s a reason this features in every makeup artists’ kit and I’m about to find out why! It’s been on my lust-list for a long time thanks to Queen Lisa (Eldridge) who used this in just about all of her makeup tutorials, so I weighed in my Birchbox loyalty points, which by the way are easy build up if you complete the monthly surveys. I’ve had a quick play with it and the texture is very stiff/solid, which is strange but man, do they pack a punch. As if by magic I developed a nasty spot on my chin the next day and with this and a bit of pin-point concealer – spot be gone! A full low down will follow soon.

OPI Avoplex Cuticle Oil to Go £9.60 here

So this ended up in the same Birchbox order because I had £30 of points to redeem. I’m a big fan of OPI Avoplex but it is a tad annoying the way the oil runs down the fingers. The on the go version has more of a gel like texture which is applied with a handy pointed brush. In the handbag it goes!

Liz Earle Botanical Fragrance  No 15 £49 John Lewis

I have wanted this perfume since the minute I smelt it. The girl at the Liz Earle counter was smelling ah-maz-ing and I thought it was Tom Ford Vanille and Tobacco (which I adore but could never justify the £145 price tag). When I asked her, turns out it was Botanical Fragrance No15. I decided then and there I’d save my points up and go back when I had enough. Fast forward around 6 months and I finally had the points I needed, £50.02 to be precise. I will say I’m a little confused. The bottle in the store is cream and opaque, but when I opened my box the bottle is clear? Still, it smells exactly the same, which is wonderful and intense and sexy and... yep, I love it. I don’t however love having 102 Boots points.

Liz Earle Brow Brush & Liner Brush £12.50 John Lewis

I didn’t go looking for another brush; it just caught my eye whilst I was paying for the perfume. I’ve nailed my Dipbrow application – Anastasia Brush no.12 is perfection, but I’ve been struggling for a powder counterpart. The MAC 266 brush used to do the job but lately it hasn't been giving me the precision I've needed. I wanted something smaller – step forward Liz Earle Eye & Brow Brush, which is smaller and has firmer bristles.

Rapid Brow Eyebrow Enhancing Serum £37 Boots

I may have been growing my eyebrows back for what feels like an eternity, but no matter how hard I try, some stubborn patches will not grow back. Praying, PRAYING this works! Will report back... in up to 6 weeks!

L’Oreal Elnett Heat Protecting Spray Volume £3.99 on promo Boots

Confession time, until now I have not been protecting my hair from heat. I know, bad beauty blogger! I also cane the mousse as it’s the only thing that really adds the oomph. I picked this up in the hope it would do both. To really put it to the test I used it without the mousse and it definitely added plenty of volume. Next time around I used it before the mousse and wow, full on volume PLUS heat protection. Winner, winner, hair aint getting thinner! 

The good news is, only a few days of January left. Have you been shopping through the January Blues?



  1. I think I've shopped more this month than in the last few months of 2014 combined!! Will have to put myself on a ban for February!

    1. So glad I'm not the only one :) We're nearly there! x

  2. The only way to get through January is to continually purchase! And despite my lack of funds from Christmas I have spend way too much. Fingers crossed for the serum too!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

  3. I totally understand how you feel! It's been so gloomy lately here in Michigan and combined with the snow and cold it can really dampen your mood. That's why I've been shopping a little more too lol. I've mostly been drugstore shopping but I've picked up soo much stuff so far this month. So much!

    Follow me to Fancieland!

  4. After reading your blog and seeing the rapid brow, I decided to buy some and give it a go as my brows over the years have been over plucked and I have to say that I I do think this stuff works, I've been using it for just three weeks and they look a little fuller than they did before so fingers crossed!

    1. I'm so happy it's working for you. It's made such a difference to my brows.. I'll do a full review once I've completed the treatment x


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