Monday, 15 April 2013

Beauty Haul

Hello beauty babes! I hope your Monday has not been too mundane, just think the worst day of the week is almost over and were another day closer to the weekend :). For those of you who follow me via Instagram (you can find me on there, my name is sunshinesprkle) will know that I took a shopping trip in Cambridge and I though it would be the perfect opportunity to make the most of the Boot's 3 for 2 offer before it runs out, which I think was today? As I'm sure all your all aware that the offer was across all their makeup and cosmetics, which is by far my most favourite offer that Boots has to offer and it's just rude not to take advantage of this and stock up on much needed beauty bits. I know how you all love reading a good haul, so I thought I would share with you all the things that I picked up. As you can see from the pictures I went a little lip product crazy and swayed towards everything that was in pretty pinks, which must be my one of my favourite colours for Spring. I love the change in seasons as it's the perfect excuse opportunity to change things up a little in your makeup routine, don't you think?

The first thing that popped into my Boots basket was some of the famous Revlon Lip Butters. Like most of you, I simply adore the Revlon Lip Butters just because the colours are beautiful and the way they moisturise and hydrate your lips is heavenly. I know Strawberry Shortcake (a soft baby pink shade) is a firm favourite amongst you beauty bloggers, but for some reason I've never gotten around to getting my mitts on it. Whenever I go shopping for lip products I always get excited by bright lip colours as I do love my brights and always forget to pick up much more wearable daytime shades - So I thought it was about time that I picked up Strawberry Shortcake for those days where I want to wear something a little more subtle and I after wearing it only once, I already love it. The next shade I picked up was Wild Watermelon which is one of the new Lip Butter shades, and if I'm honest was the whole reason why I headed straight over to the Revlon counter first. I've been finding it extremely difficult to get hold of these fab new colours. Admittedly after seeing swatch after swatch popping up on beauty blogs I had every intention of picking up all the four shades, but the Boot's in Cambridge only had Wild Watermelon in stock - Which is good for me as this was the one that I was most excited to try out. Wild Watermelon is a gorgeous pink toned red and I think it's such a pretty and perfect shade for Spring - Definitely watch out for a full review on this beauty!

Sticking with lip products, I've been a right eager beaver to try out the Maybelline Vivids, I've seen these being raved about in quite a few YouTube videos and they sounded like great lipsticks. As you know when it comes to lipstick I'm a bright kinda girl, and the Maybelline Vivids are all about the brights and I love how neon they are. I know in the US they seam to have a lot more shades than the four that were on display in Boots, but the colours that I had to choose from were super pretty when swatching them. I was tempted to pick up all four, but decided to play it safe and just try one to see how well I got on with it first. Out of all four shades I swayed towards Shocking Coral the most, which as the name suggests is a coral shade, which is shockingly bright - Think bright neon! The coral shade of this lipstick does lean towards the pink side, which is a huge plus as I find that coral shades can be a little difficult to pull off. I wore this on my lips on Sunday and have to say I loved it, so be expecting to see a full review on this ladies.

I've heard a lot of good things about the L'Oreal Rouge Caresse Lipsticks, and have heard they are  fairly similar to the Revlon Lip Butters - A lips product which is very sheer in colour, but equally with great colour pay out and one that is very hydrating all at the same time. I actually had no intention of buying this, until my mum came over with a swatch the Rouge Caresse on her hand, which made me shout out loud 'OMG, what product is that there' and she popped the L'Oreal Rouge Caresse straight into my hands, which immediately got placed into my basket. The shade which I fell in love with was 06  Aphrodite Scarlet, which is another pink toned red (see a theme going on here). I realise that this looks really similar to all the Wild Watermelon shade I picked up, but trust me its very different when you compare the two and I just had to have it... Again this colour lipstick deserves a full review, so watch out for one coming up soon.

I've been meaning to pick up a bright pink lip liner for the longest of time, as the one I was currently using is coming to an end. I always see Beth (Birds Words) rave about these inexpensive lip liners in her posts and as she is a huge lippie fan, I take her word completely on how good these are. I decided to get the shade in Dark Pink, as I think that this will work perfectly with a lot of my bright pink lipsticks and it seams that I'm going to be wearing a lot of pink on my lips over the next few months. I wanted to pick up the red shade too, but Boots were all out of stock :(

When it comes to eye liner, I am a huge fan of the gel ones as I find them the easiest to apply and their staying power is usually next to none. Currently I've been using the one from L'oreal and while I think it's a fantastic product, the liner itself is just not quite 'black' enough for me, if you know what I mean. When I'm wearing a liner I want it to be extra black for a dramatic effect, so when I saw the swatches from Kayleigh's (Couture Girl) Review of this gel liner, I was sold on it. It sounds as though it applies like a dream and looks fabulous on - Perfect and I can't wait to try it out!

Another lip product!! I thought seeing as I've been buying so many lipsticks recently, I needed to even things out a little by treating myself to a lip gloss - It feels like forever since I last bought a lip gloss just because I've been using so many lip products that give your lips that glossy effect anyway. I decided to pick this one up from Maybelline as I just loved the colour, I picked up the shade Coral Blush, which is just a pretty pinky coral and thought it would be a perfect shade just on its own, or fabulous to pop over some of the other lip products I've been using lately for that extra glossy shine. I've not tried this yet, or read any reviews, so I really hope that this gloss is not too sticky as it feels fairly thick. I have to say it did look ever so pretty when I swatched it, which is it's main reason for finding its way into my shopping basket.

This mascara from L'Oreal is a re-purchase as it has to be one of my most loved and favourite mascaras. In my last beauty haul I picked up the new L'Oreal Flash Lash Flutter mascara, and I'm sad to say that I'm really not getting along too well with it. I've really been really missing my L'Oreal Volume Million Lashes as its the perfect mascara for me - I love how it it gives you dramatic lashes full of volume if a few easy strokes from the wand. If you would like to see how this looks on and read just how much I love it, you can take a look at my full review here.

What happened to my nail polish ban I ask you? I clearly have no control when it comes to pretty polishes, but seeing as I have a few new lip colours to try out, I wanted a polish that would look perfect with my new lip shades. Is anyone else a big beauty geek like me and loves it when your lip and nail colour coordinate beautifully? I've been loving the formula's of the Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine polishes and really wanted to pick up another one to add to my nail polish collection. Papaya is a gorgeous peach/pink shade which I know is going to look just lovely on the nails. I know I've said this before, but I think this is a perfect Spring Shade, and perfect for those days where you are feeling ever so girly.

Revlons Nail Enamel in Bubbly is a really pretty warm pastel pink which I think will look just lovely on your nails. I have a lot of baby pink polishes, but I love how pastel this one looks and its a bright pastel pink which is just what I've been looking for. I am a big fan of Revlon nail polishes, as the application of them is fabulous and I love the way the bottles look and the colour payout on them are always pretty good. I have high hopes for this one and look forward to showing it off in a NOTD post.

While I was in Boots, I ended up speaking to one of the Boots girls on the L'Oreal section and we were having a right good chin wag on all things beauty related. The conversation came up about Bioderma arriving to the UK and I asked her if Boots were going to be stocking it, as I've still not managed to get my beauty mitts and \i'm desperate to see what all the fuss is about. For those of you wondering, the lady said she didn't know yet, but was hoping as much as me that it would be coming to my most loved shop. Anyway, the lovely lady who was a huge fan of Bioderma, told me that L'Oreal had recently come out with a dupe that is basically the same thing - An all one one solution that will dissolve makeup, unclog pores and tone your skin all at the same time. Like Bioderma it has that water like look and feel to it which makes me ever so excited to try this out, as the only makeup removers that I've used in the past have all been oil based. This one from L'Oreal was also used loads backstage at Fashion Week, so it must be pretty good. It was also on offer for £3.00 in Boots, which makes this a bargain. For those of you wondering, I didn't pick up three of these to make the most of the offer, but thought I would get one for my mum and sister to try too :)

It's that time of year where we start to show off a little more skin, and this only means one thing - Having super soft skin and flawless tans. I have always been a massive fan of the original Palmer's Cocoa Butter and have been using it for years as its just a great everyday moisturiser. I love the way it feels on my skin, the smell is amazing and I find that it does an amazing job at prolonging your tan. It feels like forever since I had one of these bottles taking pride of place on my beauty shelf, so I thought I would pick one up again seeing as fake tanning is now becoming a weekly thing for me. I also decided to pick up the Palmer's Natural Bronzer as this has to be my most favourite gradual tanning moisturiser - I find that no other compares to it. I usually fake tan once a week, and every other day or so will apply a gradual fake tanner to top my colour up. This one from Palmer's leaves your skin looking beautifully bronzed and it doesn't have that off putting tanning smell either. I plan on doing a full review on this and featuring in a 'Favourite Fake Tans' post.

Like most of you I am a huge fan of the Batiste dry shampoo and their tropical scent has to be my favourite and they only one I ever pick up. I love the coconut smell as it just reminds me of holidays and leaves your locks smelling oh so fresh. This beauty buy was a repurchase and a must, as my hair cannot live without a bit of dry shampoo.

Again this is another repurchase as I love anything from the Aussie 3MM range - The conditioners always smell amazing and just work wonders in your hair. Long hair is pretty hard to maintain and keeping it in tip top condition is not an easy task I tell you - I love Aussie for having a 3MM which is made just for long hair and it really does work a treat! 

So that's everything that I picked up, I think it's fair too say that I'm all stocked up on beauty bits for the time being, that's until something else catches my eye that is! But I really do need to start saving now for my holiday so I'm going to have to try my very best to put a firm hold on my spending, easier said than done right?

I would love to know what you've been treating yourself too lately and your thoughts on any of the products I've featured in this post.

Lot's of Love



  1. Oooooh what a beauty of a haul babe!!! I love everything you bought obviously! I've gotta try the Barry m lip pencils they get so rave reviews. I love your spring themed pictures they look amazing :))) xxxxx

  2. Ooh you picked up lots of lovely things, I'm definitely going to pick up the shocking coral lipstick and palmers gradual tanner, they are at the top of my pre holiday list :)

  3. Ahhh thanks for the mention honey - I hope you like the liner as much as I do :) love all the other bits you picked up too so I look forward to your reviews! <3 xxx.

  4. I love revlon lip butters and the maybelline gel liner! I'd love to try the gelly hi-shine nail paints and volume million lashes too:) I didn't know l'oreal had a version of bioderma (I'm desperate to try it too!), so I'll have to keep an eye out for that!xx

  5. I love haul posts, we've brought quite a few of the same things recently! XX

    Hannah, Glitter And Sparkle

  6. I have the eyeliner and I agree, the gel liner is so much easier to put on I find! I got mine in a boots 3 for 2 offer aswell so it was a bargain! I got the Maybelline Vivid lipstick in the same shade in the offer aswell, I love bright lipsticks, that one stayed on alllll night, one of my favourites :)

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  8. I love that Aussie conditioner, it's an absolute lifesaver! Smells DIVINE too!

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  9. Great haul :) love the Revlon nail polish.

  10. Grrr i wish i was tan so i could pull off those lip colors!!

  11. Just discovered your blog and I am in-love! :)) Great haul and I definitely need to get the Wild Watermelon Lip Butter; it looks fab! <3 Both nail polishes are to die for as well! :)


  12. Ohhhh we don't have the L'Oreal Micellar Solution in Australia yet. I want it now!!!!

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  15. Amazing haul, love the lipsticks, such summery colours!
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  16. I'm a huge Aussie fan, they're conditioners are always fab, I use a leave in one of there's and it smells heavenly. I really want to try L'Oreal Skin Perfection 3 in 1, didn't know it was on such a good offer in Boots!

  17. gorgeous lip colours! xxx

  18. Need to try the lip butters out! Heard so many good reviews about them.

  19. I was thinking wow she was keen on the l'oreal water haha, thought you'd grabbed yourself 3 swee of you buying one for your mum & sister too!i have it and I think it's lovely & such a bargain :D
    Love the Aussie conditioner too.great haul xx

  20. i love wild watermelon <3 i hauled all 4 new shades and this is my fav of the bunch

  21. Great haul! I love the Coral Maybelline Lipstick!


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