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Monday 8 July 2013

Last Minute Holiday Buys

Evening my little cupcakes.  I hope you've all been enjoying today in the sunshine - it's sure been a scorcher i tells ya! I arrived back from London late last night so it's fair to say I've been absolutely cream-crackered all day. For those of you who don't know, I've been on a trip with uni to a big exhibition for 6 days and it's been so exciting to be showing my work - I've had lots of good things come from it including interest in my children's book and potential jobs for the future/placements for summer - I've even had my work featured on a very well known graphic design site so to say it's been successful is an understatement! I'm grinning like a cheshire cat right now (and a very tired one at that...that'll teach me to wear wedges for 10 hours straight ;)).  There's no rest for the wicked though - I jet off on holiday in the early hours of Tuesday morning, so I'm currently in the process of unpacking one case and packing another (nightmare! my floor has never seen so many carrier bags and clothes!) - I definitely feel as if I'm ready for a holiday - I really need to recharge my batteries. Anyway,  I took a drive down to the nearest retail park last week to pick up some last minute bits for my holiday as I won't have chance tomorrow and I thought I thought what better thing to do than show you what I picked up... Everyone loves a holiday haul right?

| St Tropez Self Tan Dark Mousse |

Call me high maintenance, but one cannot simply arrive in a sunny country looking like a milk bottle on legs.  Whenever I go away, I fake tan beforehand so that I don't stick out like a sore thumb once I arrive.  St Tropez is my go-to fake tan. I find the mousse so easy to apply and fuss-free and I like the colour it gives.  I've never tried their dark version before but I thought I'd give it a whirl. I've since tried it and I have to say I think I prefer the normal version - the dark just looks a bit too muddy on me.  I can usually get away with not washing the guide colour off the normal version if I'm going out, but with this one I absolutely have to make sure it's off before I pop out as it looks too much. Oh well - atleast I've tried it.  I'll still use it but I much prefer my St Tropez normal mousse. 

| Tangle Teezer Travel |

I cannot live without my Tangle Teezer - me and that hairbrush are like the ultimate little dream-team and without it i simply can't function and my hair has a mardy.  I travel quite a bit, so I figured I'd whack the travel version in my basket.  It's really handy because it's slightly smaller and has a little protective case so that the bristles don't get damaged in your suitcase.  I took it to London with me and it was a little life saver - it kept my hair from throwing it's toys out of the pram and going all frizzy on me! Just what you need if you're a fellow traveller like me.

| Sanctuary Pore Refining Toner- Travel Size |

Ahh mini products... Every time I go away I relish shopping for mini bottles of stuff.  They're much more interesting and cute than normal sized bottles of stuff!  Sanctuary do some lovely skin care and this is my favourite of the bunch - their Pore Refining Toner.  It keeps my skin looking and feeling fresh and gets rid of any cack (Cack - be gone!) If you're in need of a good toner then it's worth trying this one. I loves it.

| Bourjois Bronzing Primer & Maxi Delight Bronzer |

I really tried not to get sucked in by Bourjois new summer offering. I failed.  Their new bronzing range is really tempting and as soon my holiday was booked I justified grabbing their bronzing primer as I've had my eye on it for a while.  It's said to be similar to the infamous Chanel Bronzer so we will see if it lives up to those claims (i own both so I shall be testing on holiday!)  Their products were on offer so I picked up the Maxi Delight bronzer too.  It's flipping huge. Honestly, the photos don't show the size but it's almost bigger than my head (slight exaggeration there...) I have a review coming up shortly of these 2 - I'm really liking the Maxi Delight at the momento.

| Charles Worthington Mineral Hair Rescue Masque |

My hair is partial to a masque or two.  I picked this one up for my jollydays as my hair tends to get a bit straw-like in the sun. Being blonde it often has the tendency to look really brassy too so I always pick up a conditioning treatment to use half-way through the holiday to refresh and revive my poor little frazzled ends. I really liked the sound of this one.

| Soap & Glory - Archery Brow Pencil |

I've never really tried Soap & Glory's make-up offerings but really wanted to give their eyebrow pencil a whirl.  It has a pencil on one end and a brush tip on the other that works more like a pen.  I really like this so far although I have to say the colour is really light. Now, I'm not a fan of a 'scouse brow' but I do like my eyebrows to look defined and the blonde version is possibly a touch too light - but I still like it anyway as the pen works as a great base for my HD Brows.  Nevertheless, I'd definitely buy one of these again - i really like it so far.

| Batiste - Conditioning Mist with Argan Oil |

When I saw this I had to grab it.  I'm a big fan of Batiste and I'm also a big fan of conditioning hair oil so the two combined was just a must-have! I often smooth a bit of oil over any frizzy-bits after I've styled my hair so this sounded like the perfect finishing touch without the risk of over-doing it with the oil.  I haven't yet tried this but I really cannot wait to give it a spritz - It's such a good idea and something that I haven't really seen on the market yet.  Thumbs up Batiste - you have pleased me.

And so that's yer lot! I have a few reviews coming up involving some of these products I'm sure - but these are just my first impressions.  I'm currently in the middle of packing my suitcase so wish me luck with that - I'm always always overweight with suitcases - give me a weight allowance and I'll bloody well use it (and more!).  Any tips on efficient packing for a girl who loves to take everything including the kitchen sink will be welcome...

Have you tried any of these products?


  1. I use the soap and glory brow pencil all the time! I love it :)

    Lucy Cole | A UK Fashion, Style and Beauty Blog

  2. Will have to check out that Batiste dry conditioner! :)

  3. I really really want to try the tangle teezer out!

  4. Fab haul :) + one of my favourite parts of going on holiday is the excuse to buy miniatures of everything! I love S&G makeup, their liquid liner is the best x


  5. That little tangle teezer is so cute! I love the print! I too use my tangle teezer all the time so I may have to pick up the travel version myself!
    Lovely Notions

  6. Can't wait for you reviews on the Bourjois bronzers! I own the Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel but for some reason I'm tempted by the bronzing primer too!

    A beauty, food and life blog by Izzi

  7. The leopard print Tangle Teezer is just adorable! Great purchases lovely! xx

  8. I haven't seen the smoothing mist before, didn't even realise Batiste had more than dry shampoo! x

  9. The tangle teaser is amazing! Best buy I've gotten recently (I have VERY knotty damaged hair) and the St Tropez dark tan is amazing and lasts quite a while!
    JShannon Beauty, Style & Life

  10. I really want to try the bronzing primer. Have a great holiday :)

    Water Painted Dreams

  11. I love tangle teezers, that leopard print version is adorable, I'm looking forward to your review on the maxi bronzer, I've been tempted to pick it up.
    Rosalie x

  12. I'd love to try that tangle teezer, and the pore refining toner sounds great too!

  13. I've been like this for the past week too getting my last bits for going to Newcastle on Wednesday & so excited to just get away from work & chill & have cocktails :D
    I've found some complete bargains for going away & going to be sharing them before & after Newcastle probs :P
    But have a fantastic time away on holiday Beth :D enjoy :D so jel haha

  14. That toner is really lovely and refreshing! I think you'll like it :)


  15. Wow.. cannot wait to get my hands on the batiste conditioner! The dry shampoo is a godsend on lazy sundays but can leave the ends of my hair a little.. crispy? This could be the answer! Thank you for vringing this to my attention :)

    Love your site, thank you to the lovely Cosmo blog awards for the introducton! I have so many of these products already we have VERY similar cosmetic tastes..

    rachelle xo

  16. I do loves me a little pre-holiday haul! Congratulations on the success you've been having with your design work recently too, sounds exciting and you definitely deserve this holiday to chill!

    Pretty much everything you picked up looks amazing and you're not alone in being drawn to mini toiletries. That Batiste dry conditioner looks like a curious little one, need to see if I can track that down! xxx

  17. Love your blog design.. so gorgeous! I'm a fan of Batiste but haven't tried the conditioning mist, sounds really good though

    Olivia xxx
    Beauty from the Fjord

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  19. I love the bourjois bronzing primer! xx

  20. I have been resisting temptation with the Bourjois summer range for a while now but it wont be long before I give in!! x

  21. ahh I want the bourjois bronzing stuff so badly, looks so good! x

  22. I love St. Tropez and can't wait to see what you think about the Bourjois Bronzing Primer! Love your beauty product picks for the holiday.

  23. Ohh I will have to try the Batiste conditioning mist! I adore Batiste products so I have high hopes! :) Can't wait to see your thoughts on the Bronzer Primer, I was thinking of getting it for my holiday as well!

    Have a wonderful time lovely! <3

    Andrea | RosyChicc

  24. Have a lovely holiday :D

    The Charles Worthington mask sounds nice, I need to take care of my hair more!
    Amy x
    A Little Boat Sailing

  25. That Batiste conditioning mist sound really interesting, I must try it! :)
    Hope you'll have amazing holiday xx

  26. Love the haul! I use lots of these too, I just posted an OOTD from my vacation if you're interested. :)



  27. I use my tangle teezer every day !!! You should defo try out invisibobble they are great and don't damage hair either been using them all week and I'm in love.

    I blogged about it on my blog too



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