Sunday, 13 July 2014

Summer Blog Sale 2014

It was time for another clear out! 


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- No returns, items sold as seen

The Items

- Usage described accurately
- Most are new/lightly used and just in need of a new home!

If you're interested in making a purchase please contact me at with a list of the items you'd like, your Paypal email and your location. If you are in Europe or your parcel is heavier than 750g, I won't invoice you until you've confirmed that you're happy with the shipping.

Giorgio Armani Maestro Foundation in 6.5 - 80% remaining £14

Philosophy The Present Primer - 75% remaining £6

Urban Decay 24/7 Concealer Pencil in ATF (NC30) - used 3x £3

Clarins Extra Firming Lip & Contour Gentle Exfoliator - 85% remaining £2

MAC Dubonnet - 75% remaining £4 - PENDING
MAC Freckletone - 70% remaining £4 - PENDING

Rimmel Kate Moss Lasting Finish in 05 - used 1x £2
Rimmel Kate Moss Lasting Finish in 08 - used 2x £2
Rimmel Kate Moss Lasting Finish in 19 - used 3x £2

Rimmel Kate Moss Lasting Finish in 20 - used 3x £2

Bourjois Effet 3D Action Baume Gloss in 06 - swatched £2
No7 High Shine Lip Crayon in Tickle - used 3x £2
Rimmel Apocalips in Big Bang - swatched £2
Wild About Beauty Creamy Lip Color in Astrid - swatched £2
L'Oreal Collection Privee Color Riche in Eva's Nude - 90% remaining £2

OR all 5 items for £8

YSL Glossy Lip Stain in #22 - used 1x £10

Wet'n'Wild Eyeshadow Trio in The Gilded Age - lightly used £3

ELF Lot - £4
ELF Chic Confetti polish - used 1x
ELF Green Machine polish - used 1x
ELF Brightening Eye Color in Butternut
ELF HD Blush in Superstar - swatched
ELF tinted lip balm in Coral - used 1x
ELF Moisturising Lip Tint in Pink - used 3x

OPI Underneath the Misteltoe - used 1x £4
OPI Live and Let Die - used 2x £3
OPI Lincoln Park After Dark - 80% remaining £2

OR all 3 for £6

OPI mini - Don't Pretzel My Buttons - used 1x 50p
OPI mini - Nein! Nein! Nein! Okay, Fine! - used 1x 50p
OPI mini -Unfor-greta-bly Blue - used 1x 50p
OPI mini - Suzi and the 7 Dusseldorfs - used 1x 50p

Essie A Crewed Interest - used 1x £3
Essie Navigate Her - used 2x £3

Both for £4.50

Bourjois 1 seconde in #20 - used 2x £1
Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Commander in Chic - used 1x £2
Collection Hot Looks 60 Seconds in Twilight 50p

Nails Inc mini - Belgravia Gardens - used 1x 50p
Nails Inc mini - Primrose Hill Gardens - used 1x 50p
Nails Inc mini - Hampden Court Palace Gardens - used 1x 50p
Nails Inc Motcomb Street - used 1x £2
Nails Inc Luminous Metallic Red - used 1x £1.50

NARS Candy Darling mini - used 1x, boxed £2

American Apparel Office - 80% remaining £1
Maybelline Color Show in Superpower Blue - used 3x 50p
Sinful Colors Exotic Green - used 1x 50p
No7 Paradise Love - used 2x £1
Barry M Gelly in Watermelon - used 2x £1

Bourjois So Laque in Rouge Escarpin - used 1x £1
Clinique A Different Nail Enamel in pink shade - used 1x, mini 50p
Rimmel Kate Salon Pro in Jazz Funk - used 1x £1
Rimmel 60 Seconds in Sun Downer - used 1x 50p 

Thanks for looking!

Monday, 17 February 2014

NOTD: Barry M Gelly in Watermelon & No7 Starshower

Barry M No7 nail polish

This was a NOTD I found languishing in my many draft posts. I decided against posting it as I was left feeling a little underwhelmed with my first roll of the dice with Barry M's Gelly polish. In hindsight I think my expectations were just a bit inflated and I did love this manicure combination. 

Barry M Watermelon swatch manicure

Watermelon was a bit tricky to apply and didn't look as glossy as I was expecting but I've since tried two or three other polishes from this range which do look very glossy so perhaps this is just a bit of a dud in that regard. The shade is something I've struggled to find elsewhere; it's darker and more green than a teal but it's not super green either. I think it would suit most people and it doesn't look too outlandish. The wear time on this polish wasn't great either; it chipped within a couple of days. At under £4 it wasn't a bad buy but if you already have a similar shade, I wouldn't be rushing out to pick this up. It does make a nice pedicure colour too - that's what I've got on just now.

Starshower was a random purchase but I've grown quite fond of it both as a general manicure colour and as an accent nail against deeper jewel type tones. I like it especially next to Watermelon because I feel that it 'lifts' it a bit. Application and wear time with this polish are both much better. No7 polishes were never a product I rated previously but I picked this up for £3 with a voucher so it's definitely worth a look!

Have you tried any of Barry M's Gelly polishes? Let me know what you thought!

Stace xx

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Blog sale page updated!

Hi guys,

How is everyone? I've been doing a little beauty spring cleaning.

If you're in the mood for a Sunday bargain then check out my updated blog sale page. Even if you're reading this and it's not a Sunday you should have a look anyway! There's some new MAC, NARS, YSL and plenty more (like the below GORGEOUS Deborah Lippmann polish)

Click on the link in this post or at the top of this blog to get to the page.

Thanks for looking!

Stace xx

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Wishlist Wednesday: Budget Friendly Candles

Everyone loves candles, don't they? I've been a dedicated Yankee Candle fan for several years now but recently started looking into cheaper alternatives (including some great options at Primark, believe it or not). What I really look for in a candle is a scent which will fill the room and a good burn time. I prefer candles which come in glass jars as I like how these look when the flame is flickering. This post includes some of the more budget friendly candles I've got my eye on. These would make great Christmas presents if you're feeling like sharing the candle-love.

Lily-Flame in Wild Jasmine

I have it on good authority that these candles are pretty great. Midnight Jasmine is one of my all time favourite Yankee scents so I'm keen to try something similar from another brand.

Shearer Candle in Amber Noir

This is one of Shearer's best selling candles - they describe it as a heady, warm scent which is right up my street. 

Shearer Candle in Orange & Cinnamon

This is slightly more expensive than the tin candles from this brand (it's still only £7.20 though) but the scent is orange and cinnamon; who can say no to that?!

Made in England in Red Cherries

Okay, so the packaging on this isn't as beautiful as I'd like but it has a burn time of 65 hours and only costs £8.99. I'm keen to see how it compares with Yankee Black Cherry which is one of my favourites.

Country Candle in Moroccan Blush Rose

How pretty is this packaging? I think this would be a lovely bedroom candle in the spring/summer time. It's only £5.20 too!

All images and links are from Casa Candles - this isn't a sponsored post, they just have the best prices I've seen for most of these candles. Let me know if you'd like a review of their service when I place an order (note that I've said 'when' rather than 'if'!)

What is your favourite purse-friendly candle brand?

Stace xx

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Real Techniques: Expert Face brush vs Buffing brush

Close up of Real Techniques face brushes

When Sam Chapman of Pixiwoo fame joined forces with Real Techniques to create a brush line, it instantly took the beauty world by storm. They're good quality, accessible, cruelty free and most importantly, affordable. During the past couple of years I've tried out the majority of brushes from the line and until very recently was of the opinion that the Buffing brush was my absolute favourite. Then I discovered the Expert Face brush and the battle for my brush-loving heart was well and truly on.

Real Techniques Expert Face brush and Buffing brush

Real Techniques brush comparison

The Buffing brush has a lot going for it. It has a nice lightweight handle and soft bristles which are fairly densely packed. The top of the brush is slightly domed. I use this for blending in concealer on large areas, foundation and cream blushes. When applying foundation it can be used in a stippling fashion to get a bit more coverage or in a buffing motion to blend the foundation seamlessly into the skin. The main downside to the Buffing brush is that it's only available in the Core Collection of brushes which costs £21.99. I wasn't a huge fan of the other three brushes in the set. Had I found a use for the other three brushes, this would be a great value set but unfortunately that wasn't the case.

The Expert Face brush has a more ergonomic shaped handle, which I like. Initially I thought it looked a little small but I haven't found that to be an issue. The brush head is smaller and the bristles are more densely packed. I use this brush slightly differently to the Buffing brush; I tend to almost 'paint' my foundation on and then buff it in rather than using a stippling motion.I find that I get more coverage from my foundations when using this brush. I use the Expert Face brush exclusively for foundation but I suppose it could be used for cream blush, contour and highlight products too. It's certainly a good size to deal with the more precise placement of contour and highlight. Aside from being a brilliant brush, the Expert Face brush is also available on its own, priced at £9.99.

Synthetic bristles in Real Techniques brushes

The Winner?

I think it's quite clear that for me the Expert Face brush wins in terms of performance and value. That doesn't mean I'll be dismissing my Buffing brush, however. I will continue to use this for foundation and I do prefer it for concealer under my eyes as it's softer on the delicate skin. I'll also continue using it for cream blushes. If it was possible to buy both brushes separately, I'd still want to own both.

Just a heads up; Love Make Up is running a limited offer for a free Expert Face brush if you pick up the Sam's Picks kit. 

Are you a fan of Real Techniques brushes? What's your favourite brush for foundation?

Stace xx