Sunday, 21 September 2014

Can £1.00 Skincare Products Be THAT Good? Derma V10.....

All of us beauty lovers love a bargain, whenever the pound shops bring a new brand in we get excited and stock up, but what about the beauty brands that are in these shops all the time that may get overlooked?

Derma V10 is a brand I have used before, when I attended an event a while a go I was given some products to test out and to be honest after I had used them I forgot about the brand, recently however I have used a few products from Derma V10 which is found in most Poundlands/Poundworlds/Home Bargains etc.....

All of their products in the shops above are £1.00, but can they really be any good at that price?!?!

I thought I would share my thoughts with you on some of the products.

Bodylishuss Body Butter.
Q10 Innovations Day Cream.
Q10 Innovations BB Cream. 

I am a BB cream addict and I love trying different brands, the boxed BB was very different to what I am used too. Inside the box is a generous tube of product, the packaging is, well, cheap looking but for £1.00 does that matter? The shade I picked is shade light, and on opening the lid this is where I became disappointed, the shade is so dark/orange I was considering not putting it on my face, however I will say it blends lighter than expected but if you are fair skinned this is one to steer clear of!

The application is easy and it does cover blemishes, but my oily skin didn't really like it. Worth £1.00? Yes if your skin isn't oily and has a bit of colour to it.

I don't usually use day creams, if my skin needs a pick me up in the morning I usually use a flash balm but I was interested to try this. It says that it's suitable for all skin types and after trying it I can definitely say it's good for my oily skin. It also claims to be a good base for makeup.....surprisingly it is!!! It soaks in almost immediately and leaves my skin hydrated and makes applying makeup really easy. The packaging again is very 'plasticy' however I can definitely overlook this as I really really love the product! Worth £1.00? YES!!!!

Bodylishuss Body Butter is a product I have repurchased so it's no surprise I am going to rave about it. It's the same size as The Body Shops body butter (which cost around £12 each), it's thick, creamy, soaks in to the skin leaving it silky smooth and smells divine, they come in several scents, my favourite being cocoa and almond! Worth £1.00? DEFINITELY!

With these products I really do think it's worth trying them without writing them off as 'rubbish' because they are so cheap, I have found some fabulous products and yes, some not so fabulous, but at £1.00 each it's worth the risk! Derma V10 have a huge range online and in some shops and I will continue to test them out.

Have you tried any Derma V10 products?

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Makeup Revolution.....

I am extremely late on the Makeup Revolution hype!

Makeup Revolution are a new brand to hit our Superdrug stores, they have been online for a good few months now but when I recently went to Superdrug the brand new stand was there waiting for me! I am trying to save money at the moment but I did pick up 2 products.

Makeup Revolution Lipstick in shade Vamp Shade RRP £1.00.

This is a fantastic shade for Autumn/Winter, a deep berry, the consistency is lovely and moisturising and lasts a good few hours without a top up!

Makeup Revolution eyeshadow in shade.....Eyeshadow Base  RRP £1.00.

I love the packaging of these single eyeshadows, they are really sturdy and huge in size for the tiny price tag. I picked this shade as I always use a neutral shade as a base and this will last me quite a while!

I am going to get my hands on some of the blushers and palettes in the next few weeks so keep your eyes peeled for more reviews!

Have you tried Makeup Revolution yet?

Sunday, 14 September 2014

For All You Dog & Cat Owners: Pawesomebox.....

Here is a little bit of a different post today, most of us have tried one or many beauty boxes but if your an animal owner like me would you treat your pet to a box of things that make them happy?

 There are three things in life that give me great pleasure, buying new beauty products, eating delicious food and my gorgeous little dog, Darcy! So when the people at Pawsomebox* contacted me to see if Darcy wanted a box of goodies I of course said yes!

Pawsomebox is a new monthly subscription box for dogs and cats (the cat version is called Purrfectbox) which costs £19.90 per month.....

"Every month, you can gift your pooch a surprise with goodies specially adapted to its woof, size, breed, age and preferences. We pick out only the best, natural and high quality treats, goodies and hygiene accessories... All in the Pawsomebox!"

I opened the box with Darcy who was extremely excited to get some post and I was pleasantly surprised by what was inside!

I won't list links to each product but as you can see she got toys, treats even a product to keep her ears clean...bringing beauty in to the post ha!

She absolutely loved everything and as you can see she got a little bit too excited with the soft toy which didn't last long at all, but this is not through the quality, she likes to rip up anything given to her that is soft!

I would definitely use Pawsomebox again, and think it's a cute gift idea for any pet lovers out there!

Would you treat your little angel to a treat like this each month?


Saturday, 13 September 2014

Balance Me & Marie Claire Reader Events At Debenhams.....

Balance Me have teamed up with Marie Claire and Debenhams to bring us 4 in store events and one of these events will be in my home town of Chester (hurrah for us northerners!!!) and as a massive Balance Me fan I will definitely be attending!

Tickets to the event cost £10 each and you will be given the opportunity to test out the products and you will receive a goodie bag worth a whopping £75.00, as well as this you will receive 15% off all purchases on the night, fantastic!

The events will take place in London, Leeds, Chester and Cardiff.....

30th September – Oxford Street
2nd October – Cardiff
8th October – Chester
9th October – Leeds
Tickets will be limited so if you want to go to one of these events, you can get your ticket HERE.
Will you be going?
Monday, 1 September 2014

August Empties.....

I say this every time I write an 'Empties/Favourites' post at the end of each month....where is this year going? Seriously, I cannot believe it's September already but in a strange way I am very much looking forward to Autumn/Winter this year.

I haven't used too many products up this month but I have discovered and rediscovered some gems!

Birds Of Paradise Eau de Toilette 100ml £16.50 - I don't know about you but I hate using my expensive perfume for everyday wear so when I discovered this perfume from M&S I was extremely happy with it, it smells just like CKin2u, the summer fragrance from Calvin Klein and the scent matches the staying power of CK! I won't repurchase this year as we are approaching Autumn but if it's still around next summer I will definitely be grabbing another bottle!

Advance Techniques 360 Nourishment Moroccan Argan Oil 30ml RRP £5.50 (currently on offer for £3.30) - This oil smells amazing, does exactly what you would expect from an oil, smoothes, speeds up drying time and helps with frizz without weighing hair down, I will definitely be repurchasing!

Balance Me BB Natural Perfection Cream 40ml £26.00 - Full review HERE.

Collection Sheer Loose Powder 20g £2.99 - This powder has honestly lasted me forever! I prefer loose powders to compacts when applying my makeup to set everything in place, it blends well, gives a matte finish without being too powdery? Make sense? I'm sure you know what I mean!

Clinique Powder Blush in Sunset Glow £22.00 - Again, this product has lasted me a lifetime, I use it mostly everyday for work and it really does last ALL day, the shade suits me perfectly, would I repurchase for £22.00? I'm unsure, I do adore the product but I do think that Sleek's blushers match the staying power of this one and are a fraction of the cost.

B Lengthening, Defining and Volumising Mascara £9.99 - This mascara didn't really wow me to be honest, it's an OK everyday mascara but I have used others for similar prices that are much more suitable for my lashes.

MAC Lipstick in Modesty RRP £15.50 - This is a product I rediscovered this month. I bought this some time ago and it fell to the bottom of my makeup drawers and I forgot I had it, this month I have been using it so much, its THE perfect everyday shade that would suit most peoples skin tone, this is one of the very few lipsticks I have used right to the bottom and I will definitely be repurchasing. I don't think I got round to doing a full review of Modestly so I have swatched it below for you.

MAC Modesty.

Have you tired any of these products? What have you been using up this month?

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Apocalips In Poundland.....

Today I had my usual weekly browse in Poundland, I remeber the days when each week there would be a new brand on the shelves that we all got excited about but recently I have been disappointed until today! 

I have seen Rimmel in Poundland many many times but today I spotted lots and lots of their Apocalips Lip Lacquers.....

There were 2 shades to choose from but at £1.00 each it was an easy decision to grab them both! Apocalips are still in Rimmel's collection and they usually retail for around £6.49 each, however I have a feeling these shades are being or are already discontinued. The shade names are not on the packaging but they are a bright barbie pink and a scarlet red.

I am extremely late on the band waggon with these lip lacquers, they never really grabbed me? I have swatched them many times in Boots and Superdrug and I always thought the pigmentation was absolutely amazing but with the light and creamy texture I didn't think they would last long at all, how wrong I was.....


The texture is very different, it's not a lipstick but not a gloss, somewhere in between but without the sticky feeling of a gloss, it's really smooth and creamy! As soon as I bought it this morning I have been wearing it and the staying power is fantastic!


I love the texture, I love the colour pay off and I love how extremely easy they are to apply!


Have you tried Rimmel's Apocalips? Have you spotted them in your local pound shop yet?


Monday, 25 August 2014

Balance Me VINTAGE Sale - Bargains Galore.....

Those of you that have read my blog for a while will know that one of my all time favourite skin care brands is Balance Me. The lovely team sent me an email about their VINTAGE sale where they have some amazing offers on! This sale started yesterday so be quick if you want to grab some amazing bargains with up to 70% OFF.....

Balance Me Wonder Eye Cream is one of my all time favourite eye creams and you can pick up this duo including the Wonder Eye Cream and a Facial Expression Filler for a tiny £15.00 RRP £33.00!

Skin Confidence Collection is now £10.00 RRP £27.00!

Super Toning Body Hamper is now £8.00 RRP £17.75!

There are lots lots more offers and bargains to be had and I think these would make amazing gifts (if your super organised and thinking about Christmas these would be fab) or just a bargainous treat for yourself!

Head over to Balance Me's Vintage sale HERE.


Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Book Club #1.....

I am a huge book lover, when I find a good book I just can't put it down. I go through phases of reading non stop and other times I can go for months without reading a book. 

Recently I have been ploughing through books so I thought I would share with you my favourite author at the moment.

My latest read was called 'Wedding Night' by Sophie Kinsella.

I am a typical girly girl when it comes to books, I like a bit of romance, comedy and a good old twist in the story and Sophie Kinsella does this in all of her books perfectly! She is most know for her 'Shopoholic' series but she has written a host of other books too.

Above are my three favourite (that I have read so far) of Sophie's books and Wedding Night was read over two days....

"It's all gone wrong with the man Lottie thought was Mr Right. Then out of the blue she gets a call from her first love. She decides it must be Fate, and rushes off to marry him and rekindle their sizzling Greek island romance.

Lottie's older sister can't beleive she's doing something so crazy. No more Ms Nice Sister, she's stopping this marriage. Right away! And she'll go to any lengths to do so....."

Some people will think this is your typical predictable romantic book, which in places it is, but I found myself falling in love with a character in one chapter and hating them in the next. It kept me hooked from start to finish and is writen chapter to chapter by each character so you can follow the story by each of their point of view! 

If your like me and like a laugh a page romantic book that you can get lost in then this is a must-read. The best place I for finding books is Tesco, who do new releases for £3.85 or 2 for £7.00, or if you aren't too fussy about new releases get down to your local charity shop and have a goold old rummage.

Have you read any of Sophie Kinsella's books?