Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Body Shop Bullseye!

Having only just recovered from my last Bodyshop haul I was surprised to see that they were having a sale already. Having seen a number of people being drawn to the shop I didn’t think much off it as I was still pretty smug with my last bargains and almost certain that they weren’t going to be beaten. Obviously being a thrifter I’m never one to shun a sale so naturally steered myself in its direction getting more excited as I began to smell the coco butter. Having reached the store it was quite clear why the sale was drawing so much attention as they seem to have out done themselves as shelves upon shelves of soaps, moisturers and body spray had there priced slashed in the name of a bargain. I was so surprised to find out that not only were most of their ranges including their makeup in the sale but there iconic body butters which usually set you back £13.00. They had a mass of variety offering several well-known scents reminiscent of the Bodyshop and each one as tempting as the last. Despite my obvious need to stop buying body lotions and perhaps call an intervention on the matter this was a thrift, and for a thrift I’m happy to bend the rules! I was however, very sensible as despite my need to purchase one of each body butter I resisted which in hindsight was a ridiculous idea as I continue to tell myself ‘they would be fantastic for gifts’. In spite of my resistance this can only be a good thing as although I intended to cover my tracks in the idea of giving them as gifts I’m more than confident they would end up being added to my long line of moistures which drive my boyfriend more insane each and every day.

Knowing that staying strong was the best option I decided to purchase one of the many body butters available and bought this lovely sweet pea smelling moisturiser that came in a duo pot. This was ideal as it has two sides to the moisturiser one that focuses on normal skin and the other focusing on dryer and more delicate skin which in this sunny weather we’re having is always handy.  I’m loving this at the moment as it’s a really soft moisturiser that doesn’t leave your skin feeling oily or heavy. As well as that it also allows you to choose which side you want to use so it’s like having too completely different products. Although the Bodyshop butter usually sets you back £13.00 I was so excited to find out that they were only £5.00 in the sale! These are well made and very moisturising products that I would encourage anyone to try if you haven’t already done so and like I mentioned previously they are also fantastic gifts so definitely an item to stock up on. 

While in store I also found that a lot of the makeup range was in the sale and again at prices that no one could argue with. Although I was beyond tempted in almost all of their range I focused on the eyeliners as this was something I had been on the hunt for, for a while. Reduced from £5.00 I bought this dark brown eyeliner for £3.00 from the Bodyshop range. This eyeliner was perfect as its really creamy and bends well which was exactly what I was looking for. This is also a great product for people who have delicate skin or for those like me who are attacked by pollun for three months of the year and cannot help but cry when putting anything near their eyes! 

For anyone who hasn’t been to the Bodyshop I would most definitely recommend a visit as not only are their products great but their sales are fantastic and shouldn’t be missed!

Thursday, 11 July 2013

Summer Lovin'

Oh god, it's that word again, the word that provokes thousands of people a day to flock to stores around the country as they convince themselves they are so broke this is the only place willing to accept their bank cards. Primark. 

Although many people's lips curl at the thought of wearing clothing from Primark there's no denying its definitely a strong contender in the battle of the high street, and it's certainly not coming last! Over the years Primark has identified key trends and produced them at an affordable price. Obviously due to their low price tags many items are pretty basic but when they get it right, wow they get it right! 
I bought these glasses for £2.50 which if your like me and always misplacing your sunnies is great as theres no problem if you loose them or worse break them. They are also oozing style as round sunnies are definitely in this summer and can transform any bland looking outfit into a fashion frenzy. In spite of their rounded style they don’t shout Willy Wonka which is great, if like me, your condemned with a round chubby face as they are actually quite flattering.

As well as sunnies Primark are also selling denim shorts for £5! Having seen these in store I bought them with the idea of bringing them back the following week as I was convinced they were going to insist on baring my back side to the city of Leeds. Surprisingly they are weren’t ‘hot pants’ at all and are actually a great length and at £5 I couldn't resist so bought myself both the blue denim and white pair! 

This summer Primark are also stocking some great summer dresses which have even got me interested despite my need to cover my legs at all times! I bought this mint green summer dress for £12, which although for me was pushing the boat out, was a complete bargain as not only do I love it but I also wore it to my cousins summer wedding and received a number of complements! This is a fantastic dress for the day time and as a result of the lace detail can be just as complementary in the evening. 

I would definitely recommend for anyone wanting to spruce up their summer wardrobe on a budget to give primark a go as its a key contender for fast fashion on a shoe string! 

Monday, 8 July 2013

Make Up Must Haves...

So this weekend I found myself in the thriving city of Manchester visiting my younger brother who's preparing himself for Future Works film school this September. Although kipping in halls made me massively miss my first year and give me an overwhelming feeling of jealousy towards my brother as he does it all over again, I loved meeting so many of his friends who also shared an interest in film and all had a variety of talents and interests.

While introducing me to a team of friends working on a film with him I was lucky enough to meet a well established make up artist who flew to stardom on YouTube sharing her talents with the world through online tutorials. Anchal Seda began as a theatrical makeup artist which is a science in itself, this gradually escalated to makeup tutorials after she was bombarded by requests on her YouTube channel. Anchal has worked with a vast amount of brands and has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to makeup. She has also most recently become the winner of  the Daily Mix Beauty Bootcamp competition on YouTube presented by Youtube celebrity Pixiwoo. I was lucky enough to collaborate with Anchal while in Manchester and although being a Mac girl at heart she also has a keen interest in high street brands and was kind enough to introduce me to her makeup must haves on a budget!

I absolutely love the products Anchal picked out as being a make up artist she can appreciate and understand the subtle differences between brands and know which is the best quality for your money! Check out what Anchal had to say in the video below and remember to subscribe!