Spending Ban | 8 days to go…and a little slip up!

Spending Ban | 8 days to go…and a little slip up!
So I am 23 days into my May spending ban, started by the lovely Kat from Tales Of A Pale Face. How have I done so far? Well, it seems that May is the month of sales  – Illamasqua and The Body Shop are just two brands that I can name and it took a lot of willpower to divert my attention away from them! I actually went into town with my Mum during the Illamasqua sale and I am not sure if you’d count this as cheating but she bought me a couple of things I liked whilst in town.. I didn’t ask her to, she just did…Oops!

Nevertheless, I mention in the title that I slipped up and that I did – to the grand total of £3.80 (thanks Danniella for reminding me of the price!). The only thing I have bought all month is a copy of Marie Claire magazine which I have already read & recycled – just because it had this beauty included as a freebie:
This month, Marie Claire were giving away free Avon products and it is no secret that I love a good old Avon lipstick – see a rave review here. I knew I shouldn’t buy it and I did try to persuade my Mum to purchase the magazine for herself and give me the freebie – to no avail – so I had to bite the metaphorical bullet and make it mine!

The colour is called Smitten Red and I absolutely adore it, it actually feels like I have finally found the perfect red for me! I will be posting a full review very soon in a guest post over on Lisa’s blog so be sure to check it out!

If you’re on a spending ban, how are you doing?

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Holiday Makeup Bag – The Contents

Holiday Makeup Bag – The Contents
Just a quick post today, showing you what I’m taking away for my four day weekend down in Camber Sands. Literally can’t wait to get away for a couple of days, maternity leave is great when you can think of enough things to do – not so great when you’re bored senseless! Of course, baby will soon be taking up the majority of my time in the not so distant future, so I really shouldn’t complain about boredom – I won’t know the meaning of the word very soon!
Fear not however, I have scheduled a few posts for you whilst I’m away, ranging from a guide to boosting your Boots Advantage Card points, to my top five blogs to follow right now, to a little Christmas gift guide. Enjoy!
For now, lets take a look at the goodies I am taking away with me:
Top Left: Simple Kind To Eyes Revitalising Roll On, Rimmel Moisture Renew lipstick in 250 Glamourous Pink, Rimmel London Stay Matte foundation in Ivory
Top Right: Samples from the September Latest In Beauty £1 beauty box – Natura Organics Rich Nourishing Shampoo & Conditioner, Skin Doctors EyeTuck and Mary Kay Timewise foundation in Ivory
Bottom Left: My trusty Sex And The City compact mirror from Boots, Lush Colour Supplement Multi-Purpose base colour in Light Yellow, my as-yet-unopened Avon Extralasting mascara in Black
Bottom Right: My ‘Holy Grail’ product Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream lip protectant, Avon ColorTrend PencilPlay eyeliner in Black, Collection 2000 lipstick in 3 True Moisture, Avon Treu Colour eyeshadow in Emerald, MUA lipstick in Shade 2
As yet, the only items I haven’t tried out are my new mascara (present from my Nan) or the samples from the beauty box. I’ve been waiting until this week to use them, because I thought that it would be fairly easy to take some sachet samples (also, read a great post about how to sample haul from Yu here) with me rather than a whole washbag full of stuff. However, since I have a makeup bag jam-packed full with the stuff above, I think I pretty much failed on the ‘packing lightly’ thing.
Look forward to my reviews of the samples & the mascara upon my return… can some samples from a £1 beauty box be all that great?
What do you carry in your travel makeup bag?
I’d love to know!


This is my FOTD, or rather FOTN, from last night.
I had planned to take a picture of my face in all its madeup gloriousness (gloriousness, yeah right…) last night but being the ditz I am, I totally forgot.
So please excuse the fact, I have just cropped my friend out of my picture & used this picture instead:

Eyes: Simple Kind To Eyes Revitalising Roll On (obviously not visible, but wearing it all the same!)
Avon Long Lash mascara
Avon True Colour ‘Emerald’ eyeshadow
Face: Rimmel London Stay Matte foundation in ‘100 – Ivory’
Lush Colour Supplement ‘Light Yellow Multi Purpose Base Colour’  (free from More! magazine a while back)
Lips: Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant Stick SPF 15 (as always)
Collection 2000 lipstick in ‘True Moisture’ creme
Have you done a FOTD today? I would love to see it!