Mini High Street Haul


Drugstore Haul

I know what you are thinking, I thought UmbrellaMonday was on a spending ban, and you would be right, I just had a few moments of weakness, and it was my birthday weekend so thought what the hey I’m gonna treat myself. And I could have gone ALOT more crazy….so you could say this is really proof of my self restraint…. : )

It all started with a trip to  Boots pick up a Sleek blusher but the store in town doesn’t have a stand for them, so ended up browsing what else was on offer. Picked up a few things from brands I rarely buy from.

Grabbed the Collection Bronze Glow Ultimate. I am naturally very pale so always been a little scared of bronzer, as in the past they have been far too dark for my skin. As such I have been very loyal to my BodyShop Bronzer since I discovered it offer lighter shade options. Anyhoo I swatched this in store and am hopeful it will give the sunkissed glow promised.

Next, I grabbed a few Revlon products, I wanted Colourburst Lacquer Balm and after much deliberation picked 105 which is a lovely soft/subtle pink. It was two products for £10 in Boots, so I figured I might as well get something else. Picked up Revlon Lash Potion, Mascara, which should have been £9.99 so bargain to get it for just a few pounds. I haven’t opened this yet as few mascara on the go I want to finish, but will let you know how I get on when I do.

I also popped to the Yankee Candle Store as I wanted some scented tea lights- went for Summer Scoop which is lovely Strawberries and Cream scent- perfect for summer. I wanted the tea lights as I picked up the cutest set of 4 Sherry Glasses for £3 in a charity shop  which will make the nicest candle holders. Tried them out this evening and  they look fab on my mantle-place, they will look even better come the dark winter nights.

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The Sherry Glass now candle holder

Talking of charity shop finds, I also found a total bargain of a dress. Brand new with tags navy blue lace party dress from Dorothy Perkins for only £6! I shared a pic on instagram (Umbrellamonday is my user name) if you fancy a noisy.

What have you been buying lately? Are a charity shop bargain lover too?

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Umbrella Monday Chats #2


Pride & Prejudice Quote Frame

Hello again, I’m back for a quick weekly catch up. Last week started off the with watching the Queens Baton Relay pass through town, really looking forward to the Commonwealth Games, I loved attending the Olympics so high hopes for Glasgow 2014.

Rest of my week was quite quiet, on Friday night I went to an Art exhibition with my friend, all very cultural and sophisticated- lots of free fizz too! I fell in love with one of the paintings, far out of my price range though. I wish I was one of those people who had money to spend of fabulous art…maybe if I spent less on make-up! : )

It was my birthday at the weekend, so a year older and all that. Had tea with my family one night- Thai food which I love. Then on Sunday an afternoon cocktail (or two) with the girls before meeting the boyfriend off his plane for a fancy tea for two. I was a very lucky girl and got some lovely gifts, I did pop a few pictures on Instagram (see sidebar) if you follow me there. The above picture is from one of the awesome homemade gifts my friends made me, framed Jane Austen quotes. I had seen similar on Etsy that I wanted and they decided to make for me.

I have never done this before but I was thinking of having a guest post (or two) on my blog at the end of the month. We could perhaps do a blog post exchange or something similar. Is anyone interested?

Finally my cat wanted to say hello! (excuse the phone photo)

Cat picture

 

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NOTD: Essie Naughty Nautical

Essie Naughty Nautical

I am in love with Essie nail polish at the moment, the last few colours I have bought in particular are so lovely and lasted ages on the nail. Essie’s Naughty Nautical has been on my nails for my birthday weekend, it is lovely lagoon/mermaid green with a hint of shimmer. It paints on well and still looks great which is a miracle for me as I seem to chip my polish so easily.

Off out for a birthday cocktail with my friends shortly, then dinner with the boyfriend, should be a good day!

What’s on your nails at the moment?

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Sleek Pink Lemonade Blush Trio Review

Sleek Blush

I have heard much chatter about Sleek and particularly their blushes recently.  Blush is an beauty product I have not explored or experimented with that much over the years especially compared to my bulging collection of lip/eye products. This is something I want to change and I thought a Sleek Blush by 3 would be a good starting point.

Sleek Blush- Pink Lemonade

Pink Mint, Macaroon, Icing Sugar

After much deliberation at the Sleek stand, I went for the Pink Lemonade trio, with two  powder blushes and a cream. Love the name of each shade, together they are a wonderful fairground of pink yum. First up there is Icing Sugar, my favourite of the three with a  frosted golden coral pink. Macaroon is the cream blush shade in a classic medium pink. It blends well but be careful in application as it is very easy to apply too much on first application. (although fixing it was pretty easy). Finally, Pink Mint is a beautiful shimmery pink which I really like, but you will see from the swatches it might not be the best of itself against my pale pale skin. It seems to get bit lost against by Scottish whiteness but for work I like a subtle colour. I have layered this colour over the others for a nice effect- adds shimmer and warmth.

Sleek Blush Pink Lemonade Swatches

Package wise it is a nice size for a trio, very portable with a good size mirror which is handy if you are doing your make-up on the move. Overall, this is a great wee trio especially for the price!

What Blush would you recommend for me to try next?

 

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Pretty in Pink Lips

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The summer sunshine (long may it last) has inspired me to break out the pink lipstick.  Pink is one of my favourite colours, bright vibrant pink the best of all. I love a pink lipcolour when wearing  my big sunglasses  as they give colour while my eye-make-up hidden away. If you are interested I did a post on my new (well newish now) Fendi sunglasses which I am completely in love with. The 5 product pictured are the Pinks I have been reaching for (apart from this week of course as I am on a limited Shop my Stash challenge)

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In no particular order, I have Natural Collection Moisture Shine in Pink Orchid. If you aren’t sure about a bright pink lip this is a fab one to try as at around £2 you don’t risk much if you don’t love it/wear often.  It has a slight metallic undertone which I won’t usually go for but it works here.

An other favourite of mine is Revlon Just Bitten Kissable in Sweetheart. This is the first of the crayon lipsticks I bought and I really like the easy application, especially in the heat . It also smells of lovely minty goodness, definitely the best scented lipstick in my collection.

My love of bold lips does get curbed on work days- not sure my workplace could handle it or maybe I just need a bit more confidence to pull it off. For work days I gravitate to my Chanel lipsticks which provide a softer pretty pink lip. I know I have said it before but I do love Chanel packaging, it so elegant. The two pictured are Aventure which offers high shine and Magnolia a  rosier colour.

Finally, the newest pink in my collection  is Sleek Gloss Me in Rose which provides a high shine pink with an almost rosegold shimmer undertone. Sleek is a new brand to me, I have heard lots about it and a recent offer in Boots finally got me to part with my cash. Impressed so far. Minor point but I really enjoy the square packaging, stops it rolling away- so simple yet so haandy when applying make-up on the move!

What is your favourite pink lip products?

Oh Happy Canada Day to any Canadians!

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