Dubai Sephora Make-up Haul #2

Sephora Haul

I shared the first part of my Sephora Haul from my Dubai holiday in a post early this week and showed you all the Marc Jacobs items I picked up. Here is part two  of the Make-up Haul and  the other bits I picked up- I went a bit crazy I know, think I need to ban myself from any more purchases for a while!

Sephora and Bare Minerals Eye Shadow Palette

First up, I picked up the, Bare Minerals READY Eyeshadow quad: The A List.  I was drawn to this as I love the Bare Minerals Mineral foundation and have not tried the READY shadows before. I also dont don’t have many purple/pink shades so is a bit different for me.

Next, I picked up from Sephora’s on range, Spring in Soho Eye, Cheek and Lip Palette. It has a lovely contract of soft pastels and nudes in a travel friendly container. It has 8 eye shades with 4 lip colours and  a blush tucked in a drawer under the eyeshadows. It looked like a good one to shove in the work make-up bag for use before Friday drinks as it is lovely and compact.

OPI Liquid Sand Nail Polish

So, OPI nail polishes were much cheaper than elsewhere so I was instantly drawn to their stand. I hadn’t tried the Liquid Sand polishes before  but picked up Tiffany Case a wonderful bright blue glitter – everyone should own it! .I loved it so much when I picked up more from the range the next day. Alcatraz Rocks, Get your Number and Stay the Night were lucky enough to be picked.  Also picked up Purple with a Purpose from the standard range.

Sephora Bronzer and Make-up Brushes

Also bought from a shimmer bronzer in Sunkissed bronze from the Sephora range. I have fair skin and this seems to suit me well, bit of colour and a touch of shimmer.

Finally, I picked up 3 new brushes as my collection needed some additions. Got a Concealer brush, a rounded crease brush and a lip brush.

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Not from Sephora but also purchased in Dubai- this time at the airport. Mac Lustre Lipstick in See Sheer and Revlon, Just Bitten Kissable in Sweetheart Valentine.

As I mentioned before I had a great trip and thoroughly enjoyed my shop in Sephora cant wait to use everything!

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day is this next Sunday and I thought I would share a few gift ideas with you. We don’t usually go to crazy on gifts in my family, my mum usually just asks that we all have lunch together.  I do try and get her something though, as brothers can be a hopeless with gift buying so if I don’t- no one else will.

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Dubai Sephora Haul #1: Marc Jacobs Make-up

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Hello! I am back from an wonderful holiday with my boyfriend to the UAE, had such a brilliant, relaxing but fun packed time. We were in both Abu Dhabi and Dubai- I might do a post about the trip if people are interested?

I of course visited Sephora while there, went to the one in the Dubai Mall- which is the best shopping mall ever. I thought I would divide my haul into two parts as I bought quite alot (oops!)and I think the Marc Jacobs products are soo beautiful that they deserve their own post.

I was desperate to take a look at the Marc Jacob’s make-up as you can’t get into in the UK and I love Marc Jacobs Perfume (you can see my collection here) so had high hopes for it.

Firstly the packaging of all of their products is amazing, so simple, sleek yet sophisticated. Each one comes in a little cloth pouch which I haven’t included in the photo.

Marc Jacobs Pressed Powder

My first purchase was the Perfection Powder in Bique which promises to be a featherweight foundation. The case has a huge mirror which I love- will be great for make-up on the go. I have only tried this as a finishing powder so far and loved it.

Marc Jacob Shameless Blush

The Shameless Bold Blush in Reckless is wonderful subtle pink with a slight purple-ish undertone.

Marc Jacobs Studded Kiss lipgloss

This lipgloss  from the Lust for Lacquer in Studded Kiss is gorgeous a beautiful dark berry with a bit of shimmer.  I have only worn in once so far and loved it.

Mark Jacob Lolita

The Lotlita Eye shadow palette caught my attention on a number of blogs and I loved it up close. My lovely boyfriend was kind enough to buy it for me. It holds 7 neutral colours in a slimline case-3 matte/4 shimmer, on a first play with the colours I think it will be a new favourite for everyday.

I suspect that full reviews on all these products will follow. The rest of Sephora Dubai haul will be up on Thursday.

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Things I wish I had for holiday

Things I wish I had for holiday

So you may have gathered from recent posts, I am on my holidays..whoop! Thought I would do a quick wishlist of a few items I owed I had packed in my suitcase for the trip.

These Blue Sandals caught my eye, love my black havianas (they are the most reliable flipflops I ever owned-I literally wore my first pair every day for a year when I was in Australia and they lasted!) but these are soo pretty and nicer with a dress.

The Marc Jacobs bag caught my eye as it would be amazing bag for the beach or perhaps for sunbathing/cocktails on a yacht.

While picking a polish to paint my toes I realized I don’t have a hot hot pink in my collection anymore. I love Essie and this one caught my eye.

I am not a confident swimsuit wearer, in fact I hate it! The dresses included are those I think are perfect to throw on over a swimsuit if you want to go to the bar/leave the pool area. I tend to pop one of these on while sitting on loungers too. I do not tan and would rather look like a  beached whale in a dress then a rather red lobster! (Black/White one, Flowery one/Blue one)

Ever since I had my bag stolen on holiday, I always  travel with a ‘holiday purse’ as replacing everything in your everyday wallet is a very long process and loosing all you wee bits (like ticket stumps etc) makes you cry. I though this Kate Spade purse with ‘Anything to declare’ across the front is beautiful in it simplicity.

Finally, I thought these two passport covers were so pretty. I love passport covers, don’t know why. I do feel that you can only own one at once though and I do have a rather lovely one right now….but maybe for next holidays. Black and White one looks  so stylish, I think the Kate Spade Happily ever after one is technically meant to be wedding related but the unmarried can live happily ever after to no?

Normal service/posts will resume when I am back but hope you like this one all the same even is different from the now.

NOTD: No Room for the Blues by OPI

No room for the blued by Opi Nail Laquer in bottle

Picture of No room for the blues by opi on my nails

Quick nails of the day post today as I am on my holidays! No Room for the Blues  by OPI, is a beautiful bright sky blue which finishes with high shine. I love it, perfect for a holidays nails. I never thought I was a big lover of the colour blue, but looking through my blog, blue nail polishes have been featured alot recently, they must be secretly winning me over. What is your favourite blue polish?

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My Travel Make-up bag

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I’m in Abu Dhabi, heading to Dubai in a couple days. Wanted to share my travel make-up bag with you. I tried- some what unsuccessfully- to limit what I packed as I know I will buy new products during the trip which I will want to use straight away. I am also aware that I will be eating out in fancy places so want to have options with me so I can go with what makes me feel good on any night

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For eyes, I have my sights set on a new neutral  palette so leaving Naked 2 at home for the first time since I got it! Instead I packed, from No7 the Good Earth Trio and Matte Maroon. I also packed Rimmel Scandeleyes in Rich Russett and Color Tattoo in On and On Bronze. Finally, YSL Pure Chromatics 9 which is all I need at the moment for night time eyes. Mascara is my trusty BADgal Lash by Benefit (full review)

As I wear quite bold glasses I don’t do much in terms of eyeliner so just taking a nude NARS and Bobbi Brown Cream Eye liner in Jet.

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Foundation I have packed Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua which I love and is close to being finished so want to use it up. Also taking my YSL Touche Eclat Foundation which is my current favourite. Rimmel Stay Matte as my powder with Collection 2000 Concealer along for the journey too.

Only packed one blush in L’oreal in Sandalwood Pink as I don’t own many and I know I will pick up new ones during the trip- this one is just to tide me over. Bodyshop Bronzer in Light Matte to add colour to my skin which won’t tan (I’m very fair and it is stay white or burn!)

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Brushes are another area I plan to buy new stuff in so just packed my Real Techniques Blush Brush, Powder Brush and Shading brush along with a No7 blending brush and Sephora shading brush.

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Okay, so I defiantly could have packed less lip products but I found it hard to choose and as I have been quite conservative when it comes  o eyes I want to be able to dress up the look in the evenings with a fab lip. Anyway they are very small in the grand scheme of packing…..

Mac Sheen Supreme Lipglass in Sweet Bean, for a natural gloss or to add some shine to matte lips. Urban Decay Lip Junkie Lipgloss in Peroxide and the wee one gloss that came with Naked 2 are also packed. Maybelline Colorsensationbal Shine Gloss in Stellar Berry (Full review) added for bolder red lips.

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Lipsticks I chose a range which would give me natural to dark to bright pink with Bobbi Brown Plum Rose, Chanel Rouge Coco 20, Natural Collection Pink Orchid, Revlon Pink Truffle, Rimmel Electric Plum

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For my travel make-up bag, I use this awesome giant one from Sephora.  It also has compartments for toiletries, a pocket for jewellery  on the back and space for anything else I need in one handy place. It has a hook so can be hung while travelling- handy as I often find hotel bathrooms have limited counter space. I keep my make-up in the middle section as it is detachable so can be easily transported to the best mirror in the room when I am getting ready.

What is your travel make-up essential?

I was going to put up some pics etc of my holiday- not sure if folks are interested tho? Let me know!

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Save the World, No Plastic Bags

Save the World, No Plastic bags

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One of my New Years Resolutions was to be greener. I think part of this is making an effort to refuse plastic bags while shopping. To do this you need be organised and have an alternative way to carry them. So I have been on  the hunt for a couple new shoppers which can be easily stuffed into my handbag when I hit the shops and look fab when used to carry my purchases.  Which one would you pick?
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