August Empties

So with August over I want to share with you my empties from this month and tell you a bit about them, whether I liked each product and if I would repurchase. I like reading these posts because it is great to get a final verdict on a product rather than an opinion after a swatch or couple of days trial. So without further ado, here are my August empties!

First up is the Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Noir Eau de Parfum. I purchased this little gem in the Boots sale after Christmas, so I think I got the set half price, which was an absolute steal! I love the berry scent of this fragrance and I think it is a great every day kind of perfume that I wear to work and when I’m just out and about. I would definitely repurchase this either on sale or for the full retail price because I think the scent is gorgeous. I also love the packaging, the bottle is so girly and looks lovely displayed on a dressing table, so I will be sad to get rid of it now it is empty!

Next up is the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo cream. If you saw my previous blog post where I reviewed three wonderful products from the La Roche-Posay Effaclar range, you will know that I absolutely adore this product. It has done wonders for my skin and I think this will forever hold a place on my dressing table. I have already repurchased another tube so I can confirm this is a true favourite!

I have sadly hit the pan on a great little concealer from Seventeen, Phwoarr Paint. I use this concealer to hide dark circles under my eyes and for the price, I think it is pretty good. It is not as good as higher end concealers I have used, but I think it is a good dupe for Benefit’s Boi-ing Concealer. I have actually repurchased this concealer already as I think it is a fab budget beauty product.

I found this small sample pot of the Nivea Soft Refreshingly Soft Moisturising Cream hiding in the back of my bathroom cabinet a few weeks ago, I must have got it from a Nivea Set at some point, but I forgot just how much I love this moisturiser. It is a great multi-purpose product that can be used on the face, body and hands so would be the idea product to take on holiday or to a festival. The cream smells absolutely amazing and leaves my skin feeling so soft and hydrated. I am definitely going to pick up a full sized version next time I’m in town.

Lastly, I finished up MAC Fluidline in the shade Blacktrack this morning. This is my go to eye liner and I use it everyday. It is highly pigmented and I find it stays on all day due to the gel formula. As long as you use a good brush, the gel applies really smoothly and evenly on the lid. While this product lasts for ages, I do find that it starts to dry up a little bit over time, which is a shame. I’m not sure if gel liners from other higher end brands do the same, but I’d be interested in giving them a try. I have already repurchased this liner because I wear it every day and I hate risking that I might run out of an every day essential!

How many empties have you collected this month? Do you use any of these products?

September Must-Haves

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There are so many things on my wish list this month, but unfortunately I am pretty strapped for cash right now so they are going to have to remain wishes… but a girl can dream right? I thought I would show you just a few of the things that I am lusting after this month.

I absolutely love this dress! Ever since the new Great Gatsby film came out earlier this year, I have been obsessing about anything remotely 1920s, and this flapper dress is beautiful. I love the intricate Art Deco style bead work and the scalloped hemline, it creates a new (or old!) take on the LBD. For £95 it is a little bit pricey, but it is so pretty that I think it is well worth the money.
I have been on the lookout for a new concealer for ages, I often find it difficult to find a balance between price and coverage as I am on a tight budget at the moment. However, I swatched this in Boots on Monday, and for such a low price, I thought that it had a very nice level of coverage. The concealer is a cream texture that is very pigmented, so on application to the skin it covers any blemishes. I have freckles on my hands, and the concealer completely covered them, so I imagine that it would work wonders on dark under eye circles and spots. I think this is great value for money and I would have definitely bought it there and then if they had ‘fair‘ in stock.
I am a huuuuge fan of MAC lipsticks and I have been lusting over this gorgeous pinky/purple hue for a while now. The lipstick is very blue toned, so I think that this is a great colour to liven up darker Autumn/Winter outfits. These lipsticks have great pigment, last for hours and are very moisturising on the lips, so I know that this will be worth it I have just had my birthday and was kindly given a MAC voucher, so I think this shade will have to be one of my purchases!
I have been after a new pair of winter boots for the last couple of weeks, and I have been trying to find some Chelsea Boots, but I just haven’t found the perfect comfy pair yet. So in the meantime I have found this lovely pair from Topshop which I think would be great to go with most Autumn and Winter outfits. I love suede, but I always worry about ruining it if I get caught in the rain, so I think I will probably end up opting for a leather pair, but I still love these boots too… decisions!!
I have been after a new bag for a few months, but I have been biding my time hoping I land my dream job so I can treat myself to a nice designer number…but sadly that hasn’t happened yet, so I am going to go for the next best thing: Zara. I love Zara bags, I always think they look a lot more expensive than they actually are. I really like the boxy look of this bag and think it would be perfect to team with any outfit this Autumn, and for only £29.99, I think this is a steal!
So those were my September Must-Haves, now I just have to get my hands on them….
What do you think of my choices? What are your September Must-Haves?
Laura

Seventeen’s Off The Wall Graffiti Nail Effects

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I am a huge fan of all things nail art, but sometimes I just don’t have the time to dedicate to creating an intricate pattern, so for busy times I think it is great to have textured nail polish on hand to create interesting, yet quick eye-catching nails. I bought the Seventeen Off The Wall Graffiti Nail Effects polish a couple of months ago because I absolutely love the way it looks in the bottle, but I have only just got around to trying it out.

I bought the polish in Monochrome, but my sister bought it in Bluetone,  a glittery blue version, and it looks amazing for a night out. Personally I would use a coat or two of black nail polish underneath to make the white flecks really pop, but it is personal choice. The polish goes on really evenly and one coat is enough (as long as you shake it up) because there are lots of bits in there!, I did have a couple of sparse patches, on one or two nails so I touched those up with another coat to make sure the flecks were dispersed fairly evenly.

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The only thing I don’t like that much is there are some long strands of black glittery bits in there which kept hanging off the tips of my nails so I ruined a nail trying to pull it off! But because of the nature of the polish the tiny bit of damage to the paint isn’t really noticeable, so I would definitely wear it again. The polish is a bargain at £3.99 from the Seventeen stand at Boots or online here and for such a low price, it is well worth trying it out.
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Have you tried Off the Wall Graffiti Nail Effects? What did you think? Are there any other textured nail polishes that have caught your eye this season?



Laura