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!
xo

FOTD.

FOTD.
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!
xo