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So I went to Boots.

Published February 11, 2013 by cakemusicandmakeup

And I spent some points!

So many bloggers talk about Clinique Bottom Lash mascara, and since I always make a total mess of my lower lashes, I thought I’d give it a go. Love a good freebie.

Clinique bottom lash mascara

Clinique bottom lash mascara



Two more non-freebie purchases: Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in Rose 01 and Maybelline Color Tattoo in black. I ummed and arred at Christmas time as to whether I should by a black paint pot from MAC but in the end I bought Constructivist instead. Glad I did now, since this was only £5! I’m looking to recreate Lisa Eldridge’s colourful smoky eye she did in a video here, just got to wait for the right occasion now!

Maybelline and Clarins

I also paid a sneaky trip to John Lewis and got 2 colours from OPI’s Euro Centrale collection – I Saw, U Saw, We Saw Warsaw and Oy Another Polish Joke. It’s not the most original of collections – most new shades I have some sort of dupe for – but these 2 called out to me. I may have to go back for the paler blue, Can’t Find My Czechbook, or pick it up on Oxford St at half term.

OPI Euro Centrale picks

And finally, not part of the (unintentional) haul but an early Valentine’s present from Andrew… the OPI Mariah Carey Liquid Sand minis.

OPI Mariah Carey liquid sand minis



Published February 6, 2013 by cakemusicandmakeup

Man I don’t like the word haul. But I do like these sorts of posts. This sort of goes against my last post of cutting back on the luxuries, but this is actually the only time I have been shopping properly this year so far. It had been a long old week at work and both of us are suffering from colds on the back of another, so we treated ourselves to a day out at Meadowhall in Sheffield.

Shopping at Meadowhall

I think it must be nearly 5 years since I went, and it seemed much smaller than I remembered. Maybe this is because recently I’ve been a semi-regular visitor to both London Westfields, and we had a little trip to Bluewater not long before Christmas. The selection of shops was good though, even if I was thoroughly unimpressed by most of the clothing on offer across the board.

First stop was Debenhams and the main reason for our trip: Illamasqua. The new collection was out, but a few things had apparently sold out already. All the nail varnishes except for the green were gone, but the testers (hurray!) meant I could decide which ones I want. I got the last green one, and having swatched I think I’m going to get the blue and lilac. But definitely not the pink. I was also interested in the lipstick but that had also sold out. The MUA was a bit pushy and tried out the new blusher brush on me, I wasn’t really swayed either way. Maybe I’ll have another go during a London trip at half term…?

Illamasqua Mottle 3

Illamasqua Mottle

Next I stayed in Debenhams and went to Philosophy and got these two bubble baths. Candy Cane was £3.50 and Mimosa £7. Bargain! Although again the staff were a bit pushy. I also got two samples.

Philosophy bargains

I didn’t get anything from Primark, queues were huge! But they have got some nice shabby chic style homewares in at the moment.

Next stop Boots – I got a strawberry Balmi (it’s a bit greasy and I forgot to take a photo!) and one of these Nivea Lip Butters in Raspberry Rose – smells amazing! We also got eyeballed by a snooty member of staff for daring to sniff the lip balms…

Nivea Lip Butter

Nivea Lip Butter open

In Urban Outfitters I got my sister’s birthday present and also a book for me about vintage tea parties.

Style Me Vintage book

Back in Debenhams to Mac – I got a creamsheen lipstick in Insanely It. I was torn between this and Clarins Watermelon, but the Mac was £2.50 cheaper and much more pigmented.

MAC Insanely It 4

MAC Insanely It 2

I also tried BB thickening hairspray in Boots but I can’t say I was overly impressed, especially since it’s about £20! All the volume the stylist put in with it had disappeared by the time I got home 4 hours later!

A satisfying day’s work.