Duty-Free Beauty Haul – Urban Decay, Clarins and Yves Saint Laurent

Hey Sweeties,

A few months ago I had a long weekend in Scotland – Glasgow and Edinburgh – and on the flight there and back, I managed to pick up a few beauty items in Duty-Free. Not intentionally mind, but when you see something you like you can’t un-see it, you get me? Here is what I picked up –

Duty-Free Beauty Haul

Duty free haul

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American Beauty Haul feat. Sephora, Macy’s and CVS

Hey Sweeties,

I know it has been over a month since I came back from my Honeymoon to the USA – Boston, Washington DC, and Provincetown on Cape Cod- but getting my energy and momentum back up to renew my blogging schedule has been a challenge, I won’t lie. That being said, I am gradually getting back on it and you can look forward to some posts soon all about where I visited on my recent USA trip so do stay tuned (and follow me on Bloglovin’ or my other channels so you don’t miss them!).

It’ll be worth highlighting here that like my Trek America trip a couple of years ago, my holiday budget was more on doing things, than it was for shopping.

Enjoy!

USA Beauty Haul – CVS, Macy’s and Sephora

American Beauty Haul Sephora

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Spring/Summer Beauty and Skincare Superdrug Haul

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I haven’t done a beauty/skincare haul in forever, I’ve run out of things, sure, but those items haven’t really been repurchased in bulk…. until now. I’d run out of serum, concealer, micellar water, my favourite Stila mascara had dried up, so it was time to get my act together and hit up Superdrug. Usually I would go to Boots, but Superdrug had a couple of offers on that made it more worthwhile to do a little bit of a haul there for a change. So here is what I got… some repurchases and a couple of new treats… and something for my husband (the razors FYI).

My Spring/Summer Beauty & Skincare Superdrug haul-

Superdrug Haul

Garnier Micellar Water

A staple in my evening skincare routine, I use it to remove eye makeup before using the Soap & Glory Peaches n’ Clean 3-in-1 Purifying Cleanser or The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Butter, to remove the rest of my makeup. I’ve reviewed this product here previously.

Garnier Summer Body Moisturising Lotion

Confession: I have NEVER used fake tan, had a spray tan, or used a sun bed. Why? Because I don’t have a problem being a little pale sometimes and to be honest, when the sun is out it doesn’t take me too long to catch some colour. However, following a gloomy winter and not getting a chance to catch any pre-honeymoon sunshine, I fancied giving this gradual tan moisturiser a go.

As first impressions go, it has scored incredibly highly -it smells lovely, easy to apply, absorbs/dries quickly and results can be seen quickly. So far, I would definitely recommend it to others.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara, Intense Black

As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, my favourite mascara to date is the Huge Extreme Lash mascara from Stila (review here) which if you like big thick lashes, you must check it out. However, it is £18 (prices may vary) and sometimes I just can’t spend that on a mascara and this is one of those times. In these situations, I return to the high street’s best mascara -the Maybelline Lash Sensational and I like it in ‘intense black’. Does anyone hate this mascara? I don’t think so.

Superdrug Haul

Superdrug Haul

Oral-B Precision Clean Heads

I purchased an electric toothbrush a couple of years ago but for whatever reason, it until recently remained untouched in its box. I was about to look into selling it on but decided to use it instead and oh my word, why didn’t I use it sooner?! As an ex-dental nurse, I know first-hand that a simple manual toothbrush works perfectly fine, but an electric toothbrush achieves a deeper, stronger clean and arguably can enable better oral health. I purchased some replacement heads so that my husband can use the brush too, and that we have some spare for the cupboard.

Vitamin E Nourishing Eye Cream

My 30th birthday is now on the horizon and with that I know that my skincare needs to be upped to ensure my skin is looked after and get what it needs. One of those steps I recognise I should look into introducing into my routine is an eye cream. I thought I would give this very affordable product a go and so far, so good.

Simply Pure Hydrating Serum

I love serums and I really hate being without one in my skincare routine. I have tried a few so far over the last couple of years and this one I heard beauty journalist, Sali Hughes recommend. It’s an incredibly affordable product (less than £3, I’m not lying!) so I thought I would give it a go myself. So far, it just proves that you don’t need to always spend a lot to get/find good quality skincare.

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer 

I am sure I have spoken about this product before on here in previous beauty hauls and posts. This is a great concealer and one I just always have in my drawer available to use. I have also recently been using the Bourjouis Radiance Reveal concealer which I will also repurchase when I run out.

 

What are your must have skincare and beauty products? And do you prefer Boots or Superdrug?

Until next time x

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Sleek, Barry M and Soap & Glory Beauty Haul

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I feel like it’s been a while since I’ve featured a beauty haul, albeit a small one but as so many of us beauty lovers know full well, from time and again we find ourselves (not accidentally) in our local drugstore. Need I say more? Here’s the damage –

Beauty Haul

Beauty Haul -Sleek Contour Kit

Beauty Haul -Sleek contour kit

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Lush Haul

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When it comes to Lush, I think people fall into two camps -either you pop in regularly, or you resist for as long as possible until you really need to go in because your stocks have run dry. You then pop in thinking you’ll pick up maybe two things, a simple in and out session, you refuse the offer of a basket. But you get distracted, you accept the offer of a basket and before you know it you have it moderately filled and are £20 poorer. This is me.

Lush Haul

Except for one of the (four) items, I purchased three never before purchased items from Lush; one because I liked the colour, and two out of intrigue. Can you guess?

Lush Haul

Lush Haul -The Comforter

If you’re a fairly regular reader of this blog, you’ll know from a previous Lush haul that I love The Comforter; it’s the perfect combination of providing a delicious smelling scent, turns the bath water pink, and best of all provides bubbles! I also like that the bar lasts for a couple of baths as you can break a bit off each time to use.

Lush Haul -Roses all the way

Roses All The Way was too beautiful to resist and with Valentine’s Day around the corner and my wedding not too far behind, I thought it would be the ideal opportunity to introduce some fun elements around the house that fuelled the whole, love is in the air kinda’ thing. This product is a soap that turns beautifully creamy as you lather it on your body.

Lush Haul -King of skin

The second of my intrigued purchases is King of Skin. I have managed to avoid it until now but it caught my attention when in store this time, long enough for me to want to know why some people love it so much. As someone that enjoys more showers than baths, it makes sense to purchase more products that can be used in-shower and I’m looking forward to giving King of Skin a go.

Lush Haul =Yoga Bomb

Finally, sometimes you just need to take it back to basics and enjoy a classic bath bomb. I haven’t tried this one before but it was purchased solely on colour appeal.

What are your favourite products from Lush? Have any of you visited the store on Oxford Street? I’ve walked past it a few times but I am not sure I have the self control to go in yet.

Until next time x

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