Nars Illuminator in Orgasm Review


Ahh I have been so excited to share this review with you since day one of trying it. It is the Nars Illuminator in Orgasm. I received this sample size in an order a while ago, alongside my Narsissist Cheek palette - another love of mine.

Nars describe the product as "a collection of light-reflecting liquids that glide on to refresh and enhance  the complexion with shimmering incandescence. Deceptively sheer, decidedly luminous."

I would say that this is actually a pretty accurate description, it describes exactly what the product does. The illuminator is a golden mixture, of which you can instantly see the light-reflecting liquids. It kind of shimmers in the light but appears very scary at first sight. But, don't let that put you off - as you can see from the third image it blends out leaving no sign of colour on the skin. Even though it looks very shimmery from my photograph, possibly too shimmery it really isn't. It just adds that extra bit of glow to your skin, something I love in a product. Best of all, the glow lasts all day.

As to how to use it, the Nars Illuminator has a few uses. It is great to use as a highlighter, especially on the tops of your cheek bones. However, my favourite use has to be mixing a pea sized amount with my choice of base. You instantly see your foundaton become more glowy, and this reflects onto the face in a gorgeous manner.

So, what do I think? I actually wasn't expecting to love this product as much as I do. I have been using it daily for about six weeks now, and only have a few uses left. I featured it in last months favourites, and can still firmly say I love this product. I will definitely be purchasing the full size as soon as I can.

Have you tried any of Nars Illuminator's? Does this sound like it could be for you? 

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Brush cleaning - where to start?


Brush cleaning, the one task of makeup that is so soo easy to skip out on. When was the last time you cleaned your makeup brushes?

This was a task I used to forget and be lazy with. That was until I started buying some more expensive brushes. I wanted to look after them, and realised this involved cleaning them unfortunately. Just remember it does only take a few minutes when you do decide to do the clean. I'm going to provide a quick, simple guide I go by when I clean my own brushes.

To start with all you need is four things. This includes a brush cleaner - I like to use Johnson's baby shampoo as it is gentle on my brushes, whilst still giving them a thorough clean, a cup/container of some kind, kitchen roll and your brushes of course.

4 simple steps:
1) Place a pea size amount of shampoo/brush cleaner in your cup, and top this up with luke warm water.
2) Start washing your brushes. Gently swirl them around in the water until the brushes turn to it's original colour.
3) Squeeze any excess water out of the ends of the bristles by lightly squeezing them together. Dry off the ends with a kitchen towel, again your can lightly swirl your brushes on the towel.
4) Leave them to dry overnight, and they will be fresh and ready to use again in the morning.


Yey for clean brushes, so how often should you be cleaning them? I've always gone with the basis of every two weeks, but if you miss a week I wouldn't worry too much. I normally wash mine every three-four weeks.

The only other point I would like to make about brush cleaning is a daily brush cleaner is a great investment to use inbetween washes. If you're not sure what this is, it's a brush cleaner that you just spritz on your brushes, dry them off, and they are ready to go instantly - voila.

Do you clean your brushes regularly? What do you normally use to wash them in?

Caudalie Beauty Elixir review.


Following on from my last post on the Caudalie Divine Legs, I thought I'd share another new favourite of mine from the brand, the Caudalie Beauty Elixir.

It is described as a beauty elixir which "smoothes features, tighten pores and provides an instant burst of radiance to the complexion," which acts as an "anti-dull complexion treatment."

A much loved blogger favourite, but how does it live up to its name? Instantly upon using I noticed my skin had added radiance, something I love in a product. My skin appeared brighter, and I would definitely agree the product adds an instant burst of radiance to the complexion. My pores also appeared to have shrunk and features felt and looked smoothed over.

An additional bonus is the amazing smell of the product. It's kind of minty with a tang of something else mixed in if that even makes sense, I apologise for my rubbish description. This to me feels like it awakens my senses, and just makes me want to use the product even more.

I love using it as a final step in setting my makeup, but also as a refresh for during the day. As I said previously this product awakens my skin, something useful for a long day. I can also see it being great as an instant cooling feeling on the skin on those hotter days. Another way of using this product is as a toner. A couple of sprays and your pores are tightened, and your skin feels lovely and fresh to carry on with the rest of your daily skincare treatments.

So, what do I think? I absolutely love this product, so much so it has started to become a handbag staple. I can definitely see me loving this for the foreseeable future. If you haven't yet tried this I definitely recommend giving it a go, you won't be disappointed.

Caudalie Divine Legs, could this be the perfect alternative to fake tan?


Caudalie Divine Legs is a tinted body moisturiser, and a great alternative to your typical fake tans. I think I might have explained before but I seem to be allergic to the DHA's in fake tan, the key ingredient to creating that gorgeous tan, meaning I can't really use them unless I want my skin to flare up. With that in mind I decided to purchase the Caudalie Divine Legs on a complete whim. I had been looking at the product on and off for a while, but wanted to try a sample size before investing in the full size.

LookFantastic describe the product as "enveloping skin in nourishing moisture to give legs a luminous, golden glow." I couldn't describe Divine Legs better myself. The product feels like it lightly moisturises my skin, whilst adding a hint of colour. My skin is left slightly darker, but it is probably more subtle then say a fake tan, with the addition of a slight glow. I have photographed the before and after below, weirdly the right leg is before, and the left leg the after result.


The only thing I wish, is that this product was more long-lasting; it washes off in the shower. However, the product doesn't fade throughout the day, and the effect stays until you decide to wash it off, and even then washes off easily not leaving your skin streaked or patchy in any way.

So, what do I think? I love this product, and more than that, that I've managed to find an alternative to fake tan. Yes, it doesn't last as long as some tanning products but 1)it doesn't have the typical fake tan smell, and 2)my skin likes this product, so definitely a winner for me.

Also, even though the product is called Divine Legs it can actually be used all over the body, not just on the legs. I will definitely be purchasing the full size once this sample is all used up.

If you're looking for an alternative to the typical fake tan, then this could be your one. A full 100ml size can be picked up for £26.00, and the sample 25ml size for a mere £7.00.

What do you like using to give you that summer glow?

The skincare post.


Seen as I haven't made a skincare post yet I thought it was about time I did. My regime for both the morning and evening are pretty similar, so I thought I'd include them all in one post.

In the morning I like to start with a quick clean using the Garnier Micellar Solution to get rid of any dirt, and wake up the morning sleepy eyes. Following this, I move onto the L'Oreal Radiance Revealing Exfoliator. I love how gentle this is, perfect for everyday use. It immediately brightens up my face. I then move on to my beloved Boots Botanics All Bright Cleansing Toner giving my skin a quick tone before moving onto serums and creams. I have been using the Avene Soothing Hydrating Serum both morning and evening to add a bit of extra moisture to my skin. My skin's quite sensitive and can sometimes appear slightly red; this is a product which I have noticed has really helped with that, both instantly and on a more long-term basis. Next I pop a bit of Dirty Works Eye Cream under and around my eyes. I love the light reflectors built into this product - I can instantly notice a difference. Lastly, I pop on my choice of moisturiser for the day which is The Body Shop Vitamin E Illuminating Moisture Cream. Every time I try a different moisturiser I always seem to go back to this one, again it has those super-fine light reflectors I love within. This all leaves me with a lovely luminous base to start the day.

As to my evening routine, this is pretty similar. The main difference is, I use a more thorough cleanser, and a different moisturiser. I normally use The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter* to start the process. I love the way when I apply this I can feel and see my makeup instantly dissolving beneath. This gets rid of all traces of makeup, including waterproof mascara and gel eyeliner, and leaves the skin lovely and soft. Following this I sometimes give my skin a quick once over with the Garnier Micellar Water, and then apply my Boots Botanics All Bright Cleansing toner. Again, I then use my Avene Soothing Hydrating Serum to hydrate my skin, and help lock in moisture. Next I use my Dirty Works Eye Cream to ensure my eyes are lovely and moisturised. Lastly, I love using the Benefit Total Moisture Facial Cream as my night cream. This isn't actually specified as a night cream, but I find it works best used in this way for my skin. The cream is quite thick, sinks in easy and always leaves my skin looking more awake in the morning, always a bonus.

I have been using these products for a while now, and I am really enjoying them. They work perfectly together, and leave my skin happy.

What are your staple skincare items?


*free sampling.

Posts in relation to this blog post:
Boots Botanics All Bright Cleansing Toner review: http://itsablondiiething.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/boots-botanics-all-bright-cleansing.html
Dirty Works Eye Cream review: http://itsablondiiething.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/dirty-works-eye-cream-review.html
Benefit Total Moisture Facial Cream Review: http://itsablondiiething.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/benefit-total-moisture-facial-cream.html

Newly released: Instablur!


The Body Shop Instablur* is a product I have been so excited about since I heard about it being released. The product is a primer, and designed to perfect your skin to leave you with a flawless base. It is said to have five purposes; 1) shine control for 12 hours, 2) reduce the appearance of pores, 3) hide blemishes, 4) complexion unifying, and 5) make-up extending. This all sounds amazing to me, I mean who doesn't like a bit of perfecting of their skin?

I have been trialling the product for a couple of weeks now and have to say I am impressed with the results. On a twelve hour day, I have been finding any oil to be kept at bay, and this is without using my everyday powder to set everything. My pores are reduced immediately on application, and my skin appears smoother. This to me makes the application of my makeup far easier as I am applying to a smooth base. I don't really have any blemishes currently, so can't comment on that, but the wear of my makeup is extended through use of this as a base.

As to the texture, this is quite hard to describe. It reminds me of the Garnier Perfect Blur primer, a silicone light base. I'm actually not too fond of this texture, but if you can get your head around the odd feel the product does actually sink in easily.

So, what do I think? I am currently loving this product. Instablur does what it says on the tin. My skin appears more flawless, in turn improving the look of my base. If you like the idea of a flawless finish, then this is definitely one you might want to give a go.

It is available from today, both in-store and online.

What's your favourite primer? Does this sound like it could be for you?

*free sampling (see my disclaimer)

The Pink Lip


Pink is a colour I'm never really sure on, I've never been a pink girl, but have been trying to convince myself to try more pink lip colours. I think they look amazing in the summer, and is a nice alternative to the typical summer coral lip.

In aid of persuading myself I found the Bourjois Paris effet 3D lipgloss in shade 23 Framboise magnific in my stash. My immediate reaction was 'ooh, a lipgloss, this is likely to be softer on the lips.'

On to the lipgloss itself, I think I may have found the perfect bright summer pink lip colour for me. The colour is still a bright pink, but it has glitter in it alongside a lush shiny finish. This means the finish is far softer, and less in your face than a brighter pink lipstick may be.

As to the formula itself, it is paraben free, and 92% of the formula is made out of hydrating and nourishing agents to help keep lips moisturised for 8 hours. I'm not sure I agree with the 8 hours, but the gloss definitely isn't sticky and does leave the lips moisturised when first applied.

What I love about this lipgloss as well, is it is designed to plump up the lips creating volumnous lips, hence the 3D in the product titling. The Bourjois Paris effet 3D gloss definitely does this.

All in all, this was an impressive find, and I didn't even need to purchase. I can see it being a firm favourite throughout the summer months.

What do you think of pink lips? Would you prefer a lipstick or a gloss in Spring/Summer?

My little Nars splurge

I'm not really sure I can class this splurge as little considering I spent £50.50 on two items, but my justification is I have wanted these products for literally forever. Yes, the two products I purchased were the much raved about Nars radiant creamy concealer, and the Nars sheer glow foundation. I also managed to get hold of a pump for the foundation as I really disliked the idea of a foundation and no pump, especially with a foundation at this end of the price scale.


Nars Sheer Glow foundation. This is a foundation I have been debating over purchasing forever, and when I spotted the shade I believed I was I had to purchase. I went for the shade Fiji, but did the thing you should never do and matched myself up online. Luckily my guess from swatches seems to be pretty suited to my skintone, but I'd always suggest getting a foundation match before purchasing. I'm sure you have all seen this foundation mentioned plenty of times, but it is a foundation said to give a "glowing, natural radiant finish." I've only had it a day so far, but so far so good. The sheer in the titling is misleading; the foundation actually provides pretty good coverage creating a lovely, even, radiant finish. I also love how light-weight it feels on my skin. The product stayed put for the entire day with no touch-ups. I will be writing a full review after I have tried this product for a little longer.

Nars foundation pump. I actually ordered this off of eBay purely because the only place I seemed to be able to track it down was on the Nars website itself, and I ordered the other products elsewhere so didn't really want to pay postage. I don't quite understand why Nars don't include an option with this already included, a pump is a neccessity in my eyes. Either way, I am so glad I purchased this. There's not much to say other than it does it's job successfully. It also has a stopper if you twist the pump one way to stop the product spilling everywhere. This is perfect if you need to transport the foundation anywhere.

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer. Another Nars product which is much raved about in the blogosphere, and I have wanted for a long time. I swatched in-store a while back, and happened to be the shade you can never get ahold of, vanilla. That aside, this shade is in stock currently. Nars say the product has a "luxurious and luminous finish" and "evens skin with lightweight to high buildable coverage." Again I have only had this product a day, but I was impressed with both the lasting power, and coverage. It instantly covered up my dark circles, and brightened the eye area. The concealer lasted all day. The only thing I did notice is that the concealer feels slightly thicker than I expect when applying, but you can't notice this once it is all set. So far I can see why this is raved about so much, and think I could be on to a winner. I will let you know shortly.

Have you used any Nars products? What did you think, and is there anything else by Nars you think I should try?

OOTD - Outfit of the Day #3

Top - River Island, Skirt - Primark, Tights - New Look, Boots - River Island
Top - River Island, Leather jacket - New Look
Boots - River Island
Woo, I haven't done on outfit of the day for a couple of weeks, so thought it was about time I did I new one. It's kind of a smart casual wear for me, but I do love my skirts and dresses.

The top is from River Island, and cost me a mere £6. It is made out of a lovely light weight material, perfect for layering. What I love about this particular one is the way it falls; I find lots of these tops just go out on me rather than around my body shape if that makes sense. They come in a range of colours, and I have just noticed that River Island are now also selling longer versions as well for only £10.

The skirt is from Primark, also costing me £6 - as you can tell this outfit was a bargain. This is a fake leather high-waisted skirt that looks relatively authentic. It again feels lightweight, and isn't a heavy material to wear.

I can't not mention the tights, these are from New Look and are actually woolen inside, amazing. I think they also cost me around £6, but I actually purchased them in the winter months. I love how whilst it is still a bit cooler outside, they allow me to wear more summery outfits without freezing myself.

On to the shoes, these were from River Island but sadly in the sale so might be hard to get hold of. They were roughly £20, and are of a suede material, with a scrunchy leg warmer style top.

Last up is my beloved leather jacket. I actually think I've had this for over a year now, but it is from New Look and I know they do many similar style jackets. It cost me around £24.99, and again is light weight so great to layer up. I can even fit a thick wooly jacket under it if I wanted.

The Body Shop Honey & Oat 3-in-1 Scrub Mask review


The Body Shop honey & oat 3-in-1 scrub mask is one I've wanted to get my hands on for a long time. I may work at The Body Shop, (read my disclaimer at the bottom of this post), but this product has been out of stock for so long that I had to search high and low, and ended up getting it from another shop.

The product states it will "cleanse, polish and moisturise in one," which explains the 3-in-1 titling of this product.

As to the mask itself, for some reason the texture surprised me. It is kind of similar to a thick moisturiser with added granules within it, but on your skin feels like a regular mask. I left it on for the usual 10-15 minutes, then preceeded to take the mask off. As I took it off using a damp flannel, you could feel the granules taking action. This was the exfoliating stage of the mask taking place I believe.

"Ahh, I have a face mask on."

The end result? My skin was lovely and smooth to touch.

So, what do I think? I believe the mask does exactly what it says on the tin. It cleanses, polishes and moisturises the skin. The only thing I will say is I felt like I still needed a moisturiser, so I wouldn't skip this stage just because the mask does it.

All in all, I love the mask and I am so glad I finally got my hands on it. A great weekly treat that leaves the skin lovely and smooth. It also smells gorgeous, which is a slight bonus for anything going on your face with a smell in my eyes.

What's your favourite mask?


-Just a little disclaimer, I do work at The Body Shop and receive discount but all products mentioned on my blog unless otherwise stated as free sampling have been purchased using my own money. I would have purchased them without discount, and happily paid the full price. All opinions are purely my own and in no way a reflection of The Body Shop. I genuinely love some of their products so want to share these with you guys as my readers. Please read my disclaimer page for more information.

Lazy day tag

 
Seeing as it's a Sunday today, I thought the lazy day tag would be a perfect fit. I've been working the last two Sundays, so I am hoping this one is a tad more lazy. I spotted this on a new blog discovery of mine, over at Louise Robertson's blog.

1) Hair products? If I'm being lazy this will pretty much involve me either popping my hair in a bun, or clipping it off of my face. I might pop a bit of dry shampoo through my hair as well.

2) Makeup products? If I'm staying in and not really doing anything I probably won't bother with makeup, just a simple cleanse and moisturise. If I was to pop any on, my essentials would have to be some kind of base, concealer and some mascara.

3) Outfits? This depends on where I am, either trackies and a top, or just some leggings and a top probably.

4) Tea or Coffee? None, hot chocolate lol. I have tried many of times, but can't seem to convince myself to like coffee in any format. Teas okay, but still prefer a hot chocolate, with marshmallows and whipped cream :).

5) Snacks? Chocolate and cookies, anything that's bad for me?

6) Pampering items? On a lazy day I love to have a nice hot bath, pop a face mask on and probably paint my nails.

Ahh, and that's the end of it. I hope you are all enjoying your lazy Sundays, and reading about mine. I tag everyone reading this post.

April Empties.


Another post on last month's empties, what did I reach the bottom of this time?

First up is The Body Shop Cranberry Joy body butter. I puchased this way back in The Body Shop's January sale, and have only just gotten to the bottom of it. I have loved their body butters for years as I find them to be really moisturising on the skin, and plus love the range of smells they do. This one obviously smells of cranberries, and is from their Christmas range, and a range I always seem to pick an item up from every year. I love how it surprises me how long the tub actually lasts, every time I purchase their body butters.

Boots Botanics All Bright cleansing toner replaced my regular Garnier toner since they changed the formula. I won't say too much as I have recently reviewed the product, but it is basically an exfoliating toner. It helps encourage cells to reproduce quicker, leaving the top layer of the skin lovely and brightened, hence the range name. I have been loving how you really notice the effect with this product. Just remember if you pick this one up, the toner increases the skins sensitivity to the sun so make sure you're using SPF.

Schwarzkopf biotin' volume shampoo is a shampoo I picked up when it was first released on offer. I have heard good things about the brand, and wanted to switch my shampoo anyway so this was the perfect option. I find this cleans my hair ensuring it looks lovely and fresh. It does add a little bit of volume to my hair, but I wouldn't say masses. What I love about this product though, is that I can easily get away with not washing my hair for two days rather than every other, if I need to be quick with my shower in the mornings.

Garnier 2-in-1 Express eye make-up remover was purchased purely because I needed a new eye make-up remover. I love how easily it removes all my makeup, even when I've gone a little bit heavy on the lids. However, I found this to leave quite an oily residue so it's not one that I think I will be repurchasing.

Not that this is in the picture, but it was an empty I couldn't just skip mentioning, I just lost the empty bottle. The Garnier Micellar Water is a micellar water I have been using on an everyday basis. I found it quickly and efficiently removes my make-up, but not only that, it's nice to use as a quick freshen up in the morning. It feels like barely anything on your skin, and is my favourite micellar water which I've tried to date.

The Body Shop Vitamin E Illuminating moisture cream. I love the way this instantly brightens up my complexion in the morning. It has illuminating reflecting particles which help aid this, and no matter how many other day creams I try I always seem to go back to this one. I think this is my third or forth pot of the product.

Dirty Works eye cream. I won't say too much as I literally reviewed this in yesterdays post, but I picked this product on a whim purely because I needed an eye cream and was in Sainsburys. I love how easily it sinks in to my skin, and has actually had an effect in helping calm down my dark circles. If you missed the full review, I will link it down below.

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer. A product raved about in the blogosphere, but this was actually my first purchase of the product. I love the way it instantly conceals my dark circles, my only problem with it is it's slightly too light for my skintone, but not enough for me to not make a re-purchase. It definitely deserves the hype it recieves, especially considering the price is only just over £4.

Lastly is the Benefit Total Moisture facial cream. I purchased this in a samples set along with all the other Benefit skincare items, not expecting much but ended up falling in love. I use it as a night cream, and have been yet to find the perfect one, but I think I'm finally onto a winner with this one. It really moisturises the skin, and leaves me with a lovely bright complexion in the morning. Have you guessed, I like products that brighten my skin and complexion haha.

And that's the end of last months empties, what have you used up recently?


Posts in relation to this blog post:
Boots Botanics All Bright cleansing toner review: http://itsablondiiething.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/boots-botanics-all-bright-cleansing.html
Dirty Works eye cream review: http://itsablondiiething.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/dirty-works-eye-cream-review.html
Benefit Total Moisture facial cream review: http://itsablondiiething.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/benefit-total-moisture-facial-cream.html

Dirty Works eye cream review.


Dirty Works is a brand you find in a place where you do your grocery shopping, not exactly the place you look for a new beauty product. The brand is sold in Sainsburys stores, and has a similar feel to Soap & Glory products packaging wise. I picked up this eye cream a while back on a whim when I was being lazy, but this is actually my second tube of the product so they must be on to something if it's repurchase worthy.

The packaging states the product will "reduce eye puffiness and dark circles" and that it is "boosted with a proven tightening peptide and stimulating caffeine". It also states that the eye cream "helps improve stimulation around the eye area."

All of these claims sounded great to me when I saw the product originally, but I didn't really expect much from it at only £5. However, I was surprised.

This eye cream feels lovely and light on the delicate eye area, and sinks in with ease. It has light reflectors within it, which immediately adds a subtle brightness to the under-eyes.

I have been using this product morning and evening, and have really noticed a difference with my dark circles. They do seem to have faded amazingly. I can't comment on the puffiness side, as my eyes don't tend to get very puffy if I'm honest.

So, what do I think? Well, as I said this product has surprised me. I have definitely noticed visible results according to it's claims. The product does exactly what it states, and what I wanted. So if you're looking for a new eye cream, perhaps have a look at this one. I am definitely thinking about looking into what else they sell in their skincare range as well.

Also, a little side note for all those with sensitive eyes, this product is fragrance free.

Sping/Summer haul

Now the weather is finally starting to get brighter, and the sun is out longer I went on a little shopping spree for a few new bits for the Spring/Summer seasons, and thought I would share it with you guys. It was mainly an online order from New Look, but also includes a few bits I've picked up recently in town.


I thought I'd start with the essential every girl needs to own - sunglasses. I have been stealing my boyfriends rip-off Ray Bans recently constantly, purely because the shape suits my face perfectly. They aren't too large, something I find many sunglasses to be, and weirdly suit me. Unfortunately I can't afford a pair of real Ray Bans so have been on the lookout for a dupe. This was when I found this pair, they are pretty much the same size and style to the ones I keep stealing. What's better is they only cost me a mere £1 from Primark. I really liked the colouring on these ones as well. It's a mix of Spring colours all placed together, perfect for those sunny days.


The first clothing item that I just had to have was these black skorts from New Look. I have wanted a pair of skorts for a long time, but it was a case of finding a pair that not only fitted me, but I also loved. This was when I finally eyed up these skorts in my size. I tried them on and fell in love immediately. I'm a bit iffy with wearing shorts, but these are lovely and light weight, without clinging to my legs. I think they will be perfect as it starts to properly warm up; being black they will also go with anything. They cost £17.99, and come in a range of colours. I really want the coral pair as well, but haven't managed to track them down in my size as of yet.


These two dresses are also from New Look. I seem to wear dresses like literally all the time, and thought these would be perfect to add to my collection. The dress on the left costs £14.99 and is a skater style dress. I love the way it fits, and widens at the hips making my hips appear wider than they actually are, always a bonus.

The dress on the right also cost only £14.99. This one is of the bodycon style, and it was the colour that attracted me - I couldn't resist. It helps make my fairly pale toned skin appear a tad more tanned, but I also think the colour would look perfect with a tan. The only thing I will say is try it on, as the dress is tiny compared to normal sizing, I had to jump a size up. I can see this being a firm favourite during the summer months.


The first top is simply a basic coral coloured strappy suntop. It cost me £2.99, again from New Look. The colour is perfect for Spring and Summer, and will easily brighten up any outfit.

The second top is from Primark. I really liked the colour and the detailing at the top of this top. It isn't a style I usually go for, but I like the idea of just chucking this on with some leggings and a belt. It's definitely a nice easy top to wear. I can't quite remember the price, but I think it cost me around £5.

On to the last top, I chose this for the pretty detailing of flowers all over. It just adds that something extra. This was again from New Look, and only cost £7.99.


Hidden at the top of the picture is a gorgeous chunky beaded necklace. This costs £7.99 from New Look. I thought it would be the perfect necklace to brighten up any outfit. I absolutely love the coral pink and mint green beading, and can see myself popping this on continuously throughout Spring and Summer.

Next up is a complete bargain. These high-waisted cream-yellow coloured jeans I found in the sale in River Island for just £10. I brought these alongside some lush sandals also from River Island, which are featured in my last OOTD post. I love the pink detailing around the edge of the jeans, and think these will be perfect to wear on those slightly cooler days, paired with a crop top.


Ah, my last clothing and favourite clothing purchase of this Spring/Summer haul. This dress was from New Look. The top part of the dress features a fitted mesh design with sequins, the back part of this section is see-through mesh. The bottom part is slightly quilted skater styled. I wasn't sure if this would fit me, but I am so glad I went for it as amazingly it fits me perfectly. I can see this being a favourite, constantly on me. It would look perfect with a dainty necklace, and a pair of sandals. As to the cost, this surprised me considering the design, it only cost £19.99. Another bargain I think.


What girls Spring/Summer haul can go without a few shoe purchases? I will start off by saying I am shoes obsessed, and could buy soo many, but these are the ones that made the cut this time.

I have wanted a pair of gladiator sandals for over a year now, but haven't found any I really liked. This was when I spotted the pair on the left in Primark for £10. The colour is a muted coral, and the shoes also include a slight subtle wedge at the back. The other thing I love about these is they are so comfy to wear, even to drive in. Definitely glad I found these.

Next up is a pair of jelly sandals. I have actually had my eye on the Topshop version in pale blue but wasn't sure on the price, when I spotted these on the New Look website for £14.99. They don't sell a pale blue version, and my next favourite was these coral ones. They are of course plastic, and feature a heel at the back.

Lastly I needed a new pair of flip-flop styled sandals. I wanted a slip in pair, as I'm too lazy to be dealing with buckles constantly. These cost me £15.99 from New Look. I actually spotted these in Bristol a few months back and have been trying to track them down since, with no success. Then I saw them in stock online so had to make an order. They are nude coloured, and will be a perfect everyday wear that will match pretty much anything.


Last up in my haul was this suitcase purchase. It reminded me of one from River Island I saw a while ago, but about half the price. This cost me £14.99 from Primark, and was purchased to replace my broken mini suitcase. I can't see it being big enough for a holiday, but I spend most of my weekends when I'm not working at my boyfriends and find a suitcase the easiest way to bring everything I want. It is quilted design, with an expandable handle. The suitcase also has that wonderful expanding zip section on it.

And, that is finally the end of my haul. I don't normally find that much from New Look to buy (bar shoes), and as you can see a lot of my purchases were from there, and I have to say I am quite impressed, especially with the price.

I hope you have enjoyed this haul, and had a good bank holiday weekend. What have you purchased lately?


Posts in relation to this blog post:
OOTD #2: http://itsablondiiething.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/ootd-outfit-of-day-2.html
LookFantastic Beauty Haul: http://itsablondiiething.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/lookfantastic-haul.html

NOTW #3


Ah, so I've just painted my nails ready for this weeks nails of the week. My choice had to be Rimmel's violet swizzle polish from the Sweetie Crush collection. It was a difficult choice between a nice Spring colour and this one, but I haven't tried this since purchasing and really wanted to see what the result was.

As the name suggests this nail polish collection leaves a look of crushed candy on your nails, in whichever colour you choose. It actually looks pretty cool when applied. This one is a gorgeous glittery lilac colour on the nails with a hint of pink. It kind of leaves a bumpy texture, which must be the crushed sweets representation.

I actually love the result, and will definitely looking into purchasing the rest of the collection, especially the blue version (which was the colour I was supposed to purchase in the first place, oops). It is another perfect nail polish for the Spring season, with the extra added touch.

This week I also finally purchased the Seche Vite fast dry top coat, so will be interested to see if it does actually make a difference to the chipping/lasting time on my nails.

What's on your nails this week?

Benefit Total Moisture Facial Cream - the dream moisturiser.


The Benefit Total Moisture Facial Cream is a moisturiser for the face designed for normal to dry skin types. It is part of the b.right! range alongside a whole array of other skincare products.

Benefit say the Total Moisture Facial Cream "provides concentrated and long-term hydration," which "contains exclusive tri-radiance complex to help develop the skin's reserves of water." It "absorbs quickly for visibly radiant skin."

So, does it live up to these claims? When using this cream, my skin immediately appears brighter and more radiant - something that impressed me from day one, and still does. I believe it does provide long hydration. I have been using this facial moisture cream at night, and wake up with smooth hydrated skin. I wouldn't say the product sinks in immediately, but I don't see this as a problem, in fact I like it. To me this means the moisture is being fed into my skin throughout the night leaving it with a lovely dewy glow.

 

As to the texture of the cream it is relatively thick, and feels luxurious on the skin. It doesn't feel heavy in the slightest, which is surprising as it doesn't sink in immediately.

As you can see in the first photo I originally purchased a sample sized version of this cream, purely because I've always been curious about Benefit's skincare products. I then noticed that they're designed to promote radiance as part of the b.right range, and that's what made me take the plunge. I mean, who doesn't want brighter skin? It's definitely something I always like in a product.

When the product I arrived I didn't really expect to love it, but ended up reaching for it every day. I love the way I wake up with a glowing face - it makes me feel like using the moisturiser has actually done something. Coming near to the end of the pot I actually got scared of running out, and had to make a purchase immediately.

So, what do I think? I am still loving this product, and use it on a daily basis unless I swap to my overnight mask. If you're looking for a product that not only provides moisture, but also radiance then this is definitely one I suggest you try.

What are you're favourite night creams?