March Beauty Haul

31 Mar 2013

So, I may have been a bit naughty recently and purchased quite a few beauty items.  There have been some very good deals recently making it very tempting to try out some new products, so here is what I have purchased over the last few weeks :)


This month, Escentual had up to a third off their French products, meaning - some very tempting deals.  As soon as I saw Nuxe Reve de Miel was just £6.33, I knew I had to try it.  I was also looking for a new eye make-up remover, so I went for the Vichy Purete Thermale Sensitive eye make-up remover.  Lastly, I purchased the highly raved about Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Primer.  After trying it for the first time a few days ago, it is safe to say I think I am going to love this product.


As you may know, Boots currently have a 3 for 2 offer on at the moment (which is amazing I must say!).  So I couldn't help myself and had to pop in there to pick up a few things.

Firstly, to the hair section, I knew I wanted to try out the Platinum Hair range by Tresemme, so I purchased both the shampoo and conditioner.  The Batiste dry shampoo is a repeat purchase, I have yet to find a better dry shampoo! Also, whilst in Brussels recently, I tried some Olive Oil shampoo in the hotel room and was amazed by the results, so I went on the hunt for some olive oil products and came across this conditioning hair mask.  I also got the Aussie 3 minute hair masks as these have always been a favourite.

Lastly, I bought some Barry M nail polishes before the 3 for 2 offer went live.  I can't wait to try these 2 together as it looks as if they may be a perfect match. I also replaced my trusty collection 2000 concealer and decided to try the Rimmel Stay Matte powder after hearing many good things about it (not pictured).

I am planning on reviewing most of these products, let me know if you want me to review any products in particular!

What are your recent beauty purchases? Have you found any gems in boots?

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Battle of the Highlighters : Benefits High Beam Vs. Me Me Me Beat The Blues

26 Mar 2013

Benefit - High Beam // £18.50
(In all pictures Beat the Blues is on the left and High Beam is on the right) 

In a recent Glossy Box I received Me Me Me Beat the Blues in Pearl Pink. I was instantly intrigued as to how it compares to High Beam as it looked like an exact dupe. As you can see they are both packaged in similar bottles and have that similar pearly pink colour. However, is that where the similarity ends?

Firstly, the amount you get in each product is roughly the same, with High Beam contains 13ml and Beat the Blues contains slightly less at 12ml. High Beam costs £18.50 and Beat the Blues costs just £5.50. For such a large difference in price you would expect to see a large difference in the quality of the product, right?

When first applying the product you can begin to see some differences. High Beam is slightly thicker, whilst Beat the Blues is slightly runny. However, once you blend it in it is very hard to tell the difference. On closer inspection High Beam is more iridescent, but this could be a positive or a negative depending on what exactly you are looking for in a Highlighter.

As for staying power, I tested them both out, one on each cheek and found that High Beam did last slightly longer, but not enough to warrant the high difference in price. I have been a devout user of High Beam for a long time now, but I definitely feel Beat the Blues can give High Beam a run for its money.

Have you tried either of these products? If so what did you think?

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Montagne Jeunesse Passion Peel Off face mask Review

23 Mar 2013

Hello ladies, this post is long overdue now but as the famous saying goes - better late then never.  I have used Montagne Jeunesse face masks for years now, I remember when I was younger I was always attracted to the colourful packaging and that also the fact that they were very affordable.  Even now I always seem to have a few stocked up in my cupboards!

When I opened the Passion Peel Off Face Mask, the first thing I noticed was the smell. It contains a blend of pomegranate and passion flower and is infused with delicious raspberry, grape and cranberry and yes it really does smell amazing! Once I had applied it to my face, I left it for around 15 minutes. In that time it began to dry leaving me unable to move my face which proved difficult but was not really an issue!

Once completely dry it was very easy to peel off and my skin felt so very soft. My skin felt incredibly clean and my make-up applied very nicely so overall I was very pleased. A few notes to point out, you will need to apply the mask quite thinly otherwise it will take a while to dry! Also, make sure to avoid your hair line and eyebrows otherwise it can be slightly painful when pealing the mask off.

One of the things that I really do love about Montagne Jeunesse is that all of their products are suitable for vegetarians and they always look to use natural ingredients making them a very animal friendly company. The Passion Peel Off Face Mask is now available at ASDA and other leading retailers, but you can also purchase it online at the Montagne Jeunesse Website where you can get 4 for the price of 3.

Have you used Montagne Jeunesse Face Masks before? If so, which is your favourite?
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The End of Google Reader

20 Mar 2013

Firstly, I have a new layout thanks to the lovely Abby @ Baggle Web and Design . What do you think? Isn't it lovely? I for one am very happy :)
Secondly, many of you may be aware that Google Reader is coming to an end on the 1st July.  This may or may not also mean the end of Google Friend Connect (GFC) and your blogger dashboard, but this is not too clear at the moment!  I would therefore really appreciate it if you could also follow me via Bloglovin' or Hellocotton just in case GFC does disappear!  Both are great platforms to follow blogs and are highly recommended :)

Make sure you keep following on GFC just in case we don't lose it <3

Send me your links so I can follow you too :)

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L'Oreal Volume Million Lashes Excess Mascara

17 Mar 2013

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L'Oreal Volume Million Lashes Excess Mascara
L'Oreal Volume Million Lashes Excess Mascara // Boots £10.99

Hello girls! I hope you have all had a lovely weekend, mine has been nice and relaxing but as always it goes by so quickly, so it's back to work tomorrow!  Anywho, so I am always trying out new mascaras, both high end and drug store and it is generally pretty hit and miss.  However, the L'Oreal Volume Million Lashes Excess Mascara is definitely a hit.

The L'Oreal Volume Million Lashes Excess Mascara is the new addition to the Volume Million Lashes Mascara family, with the difference being the Excess Mascara has more bristles and is much longer and thinner than the original.  The long brush allows you to apply mascara to the majority of your lashes in one sweep which is great for when you are in a rush.

Overall I am very pleased with this mascara and I think the picture shows how well this mascara applies.  My lashes appear much longer than they really and definitely have a lot more volume.  I have even had compliments about my 'lash extensions' when wearing this mascara, even though I have never had lash extensions before! I also have no problem with fall out which is always a bonus.

Have you tried the L'Oreal Volume Million Lashes Excess Mascara? If so what did you think? What is your favourite drugstore mascara?

Lots of Love

Carissa XXX

Wish List

8 Mar 2013

I thought I would do something a bit different and write a wish list. I realised when doing this that there is so much that I want to try at the moment! So here we go :)

1. The Enrapture rollers have been on my wishlist for a while now, but I never got round to purchasing them as I always worried I would never use them.  However they appear to be on offer most of the time so I will definitely buy them at some point.

2. The YSL rouge volupte is a blogger fave so I really want to try this out. I especially love the look of colour #15.

3. The Prada Lux Tote is one of my most wanted handbags. Unfortunately I think it will be on my Wish List for a while, so my Zara dupe will have to do for now.

4. I have yet to try Kerastase but my hairdresser could not rave about this product enough. Although it is pretty expensive, you only need to use a small bit at a time so it will last the good part of a year!

5. Again, I have yet to try anything from Aromatherapy Associates but I hear such good things about their products that I really want to try their sample set! It's so great way to try out some of their products.

6. The infamous Clarins primer, yet another blogger favourite. I am almost out of my current primer so this will be purchased soon and I have very high expectations!

7. I received a mini sample of the Lancome Hypnose mascara in a Glossy Box last year and instantly fell in love. I cannot wait till purchase it and see if it is just how I remember.

What is on your wish list this month? Is there anything above that you want to purchase?

On another note, this is a scheduled post as I left for Brussels this morning :) I do not have any other posts scheduled but I am back early next week so there won't be too much of a delay.  I hope you all enjoy the weekend!

Lots of love

Carissa XXX

February Empties

3 Mar 2013

I have always enjoyed writing these kind of posts, there is something weirdly satisfying about finishing a product don't you think? So here are my February empties!

Maybelline Instant Anti-Age The Smoother Primer (L)
When I first bought this product it instantly reminded me of Smashbox Photo Finish Prime.  It was so soft and primed my skin perfectly, but unfortunately that's all it did.  I found that my skin would start to look shiny a lot sooner than usual, and my skin is not oily by any means!  This also meant that my make-up did not appear to last any longer than when I do not wear primer.
Would I buy this again? Unfortunately I don't think I will

Benefit They're Real Mascara (R)
This is one of my favourite mascaras.  It is honestly amazing!  I think it takes a bit of getting used to, but once you have perfected how to use the wand your eyelashes will look extremely long.  This is quite a "wet" mascara, and therefore I did find that it would transfer very easily to below your eye and on your eye lid when first applied - so do be careful!
Would I buy this again? Yes, I already have!
The Body Shop Hand Cream : Cranberry Joy (L)
I believe this may be a Christmas special and therefore not available year round, however they do have many other scents available.  As a hand cream it was lovely, my hands were never too greasy once applied and they were left lovely and moisturised.  Unfortunately I found the smell too overpowering.  To get an idea of just how overpowering it is, I would often apply this at work and people sitting quite far began to say they could smell red wine! It is just a bit too sickly for me.
Would I buy this again? I would definitely try out other hand creams by Body Shop, but not this particular scent.

L'oreal Kids Mauo's Sweet Pear Tangle Tamer (R)
As far as tangle tamers go, this seemed to do the job fine.  It had a very sweet scent which after a while was a bit much and so I have moved onto another one to try.
Would I buy this again? I am neither here nor there for this product, so possibly.

Bourjois Paris Delice de Poudre Bronzing Powder

Bourjois Paris Delice de Poudre Bronzing Powder
This powder lasted me for such a long time (as you can see from the photo!) and at only £6.99 it is so worth it!  I purchased this in a lighter colour than usual so that I was able to wear it all year round to produce that natural glow.  It never looked muddy or orange and is definitely one of my favourites.
Would I buy this again?Yes!

Caudalie S.O.S Thirst Quenching Serum (L)
I haven't really got into a routine of using serums yet so I don't think I can comment too much on this product.  I know a lot of bloggers loved this serum, but honestly I can't say I saw much difference.  Don't get me wrong, it was nice to apply, but I am not sure that it left my skin any more moisturised than when I did not use a serum
Would I buy this again?Unsure, I would possibly try another sample size again to make my mind up.

Soap & Glory Hand Food (R)
Yet another blogger favourite, and this time I agree! I wouldn't say it is my favourite hand cream but it is definitely one I go to quite a lot. It contains shea butter, macadamia oil and marshmallow and therefore leaves your hand feeling nice and soft. It has the most gorgeous smell, which I know you either love it or hate it.  I also love the little travel size as it is perfect for on the go.
Would I buy this again? Yes! I already have it in the full size version
Have you tried any of the above? If so let me know what you thought of them and if you would buy them again!

Lots of Love

Carissa xxx
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