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Massive USA Beauty Haul & My Mall Box Service Review

Posted on June 20, 2017

Hi Guys!

If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen my massive US beauty haul that I shared a little while ago on my stories. Over the past few months I’ve been purchasing LOADS of bits and pieces from various US sites and having them sent to my US PO Box address – and I’ve finally got round to shipping them over here.

I’ll just quickly touch on what I’ve ordered – I’ll have full reviews of everything coming up shortly, but if anything catches your eye please shout and I’ll make it a priority –

Stila Magnificent Metals Duo Chromes – These are the three new iridescent duo chrome finish Magnificent Metal Liquid Eyeshadows from Stila – they’re gorgeous! I bought these quite a while ago now and they’re still not available in the UK, so I’m really glad I picked them up.

Clarins 4-Colour Pen – This is actually available in the UK now, but out of stock unfortunately. This nifty little pen contains three eyeliners and a nude lipliner in a click pen style – it’s such an unusual and fun concept!

A Selection of Korean beauty products from MeMeBox – I picked up a load of weird and wonderful sounding products from MeMeBox, including the above Pony Effect eyeshadow palette and Primer, as well as plenty of masks, including bubble masks and magical foaming beans! And I also grabbed som wine themed makeup (as you do) – I’m actually thinking of starting a Youtube channel and trying these products out on there. I think it could be really fun trying them out live on camera. Let me know if you’d like to see that!

Tarte Shape Tape I’d been wanting to try Tape Shape forever, and though they sell it here at QVC, they never had my shade in stock. I picked up the two lightest shades.

Marc Jacobs Enamored with a Twist Set – This was just a real splurge, honestly I’m such a sucker for pretty packaging! As soon as I saw this limited edition set I knew I had to have it! This is a limited edition colourful makeup bag that contains three lip glosses.

Hanacure Starter Set – I think I originally saw this advertised on Facebook, it sounded like a great facial set, and seemed to have really great reviews.

Like I said, please do let me know if you’d like to hear more about any of these products!

So, let’s take about My Mall Box now…

It was actually about a year ago now that I first reviewed the My Mall Box service – and they’ve made quite a few changes and improvements since then. Just to briefly explain, My Mall Box is essentially a shipping service that allows you to purchase items from the US and have them shipped to the UK – where shipping usually wouldn’t be possible from the companies directly.

When I wrote my last review, there were still a few restrictions with My Mall Box, as certain companies don’t (and still don’t) ship to the UK, or even to PO Boxes in the US. My Mall Box have now overcome this hurdle by offering a service that will buy the item for you, and have it shipped to your dedicated PO Box My Mall Box address, before forwarding on to you in the UK. There is a small fee for this service, but it does allow you to pick up items that would otherwise be unable to get hold of. An example of this is Stila. As soon as I tried their Magnificent Metals I was in love, then when I saw the new Duo Chrome shades I had to have them! They aren’t yet available in the UK and the Stila US site doesn‘t ship to the UK, or to PO Boxes in the US. So I completed the Buy For Me option at My Mall Box, sent them payment and they ordered what I wanted and had it delivered to my own ‘box’ at the My Mall Box warehouse, ready to be sent on to me – easy!

This really is such a handy service to have, and I believe this is the only mailing company that offers it currently (but please tell me if I’m wrong). My Mall Box are also looking into offering some really handy additional services and options – such as discounts and deals for regular customers – they’ve told me they’ll be rolling out their new services throughout the rest of the year, so I look forward to finding out and trialling what they’ll be offering.

At the moment like I said above, you can get MMB to ‘buy for you’, and they also have a page on their site where you can compare their shipping rates and fees to other providers, so you can make sure you’re getting the best deal, as well as a calculator so you can check what shipping options are provided before going ahead and purchasing your items.

You can also split a package into two smaller packages, have multiple items opened and repackaged together (to keep shipping costs down) and there’s a very handy FAQ section on the site that literally covers everything – and you can always email their customer services team who are fantastic at answering questions too.

The only thing I would mention to be aware of is it’s worth making a mental note of the restricted items list before making any purchases. Just like the UK, there are certain problem items that they can’t ship – the things that would affect me personally are items like fragrances and candles. This is just a handy thing to know before you place any orders.

If you’re interested in purchasing products from the US, I’d highly recommend you sign up to MMB. It’s easy to use, convenient and cost effective. You can sign up hereand doing so via this link will also give you a credit to your account.

I’d love to hear if you use mail referring services? I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

This post is sponsored by My Mall Box. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

A Few High End Beauty Treats…

Posted on January 18, 2016

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Hi Guys!

Now I love nothing more than snapping up some amazing sale bargains over the Chrismtas period – 75% off you say? I’ll take 12 of them, thanks. But last years sales seemed to be bit underwhelming really, there was nothing with as much as 30% off to catch my eye. So what did I do? Well I did the obvious thing and bought a Tom Ford palette for full price at £64.00, that’s what I did. Of course Tom Ford products never come up in any sales, so I just took the plunge and picked up Nude Dip, which is possibly the most gorgeous eyeshadow palette I’ve ever seen. And while I was in the mood for spending, I may have purchased a few other bits and pieces too…

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All totally necessary of course. I went on a bit of a spending spree in my BBloggers Beauty Swaps and Sales Facebook Group, first picking up the Becca Champagne Pop Highlighter, which is just beautiful. I then got my mitts on the beautiful Becca X Jaclyn Hill Champagne Glow Highlighter Trio too, YESSS! And while I was there I also bought a couple of mini Lorac palettes from the same seller. When in Rome and all that.

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I also wanted to include the most gorgeous perfume that I received for Christmas. This is Neroli Blanc Intense, and It. Is. Amazing. I first discovered this in my first ever Bloom Perfumery subscription packet, and I knew I’d have to get my mitts on it sooner or later!

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I’ve had my eye on Tom Ford’s Nude Dip palette for quite a while. If my memory serves me correctly, this was originally a limited edition product, which was then added to the main line. And I’m SO glad it was. It’s just the most stunning palette. The shades are to die for, they’re just gorgeous every-day colours that would suit pretty much everyone. As you know, this did cost a purse-clenching £64, but I have no regrets!

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Next the Becca Champagne Pop Highlighter (shown in top image only) and the Becca X Jaclyn Hill Champagne Glow Trio. Becca’s collaboration with Jaclyn Hill really has done everything for the brand. People are going highlighter crazy – including myself. I was so excited when I saw somebody was selling the Champagne Pop highlighter (lightly used) in my beauty swaps and sales group, I snapped it up straight away. Then, by some stroke of luck the Champagne Glow Trio Palette came up too, this time brand new and unused. This palette was a limited edition over the Christmas period, and available in the US only, so I’m beyond happy that I grabbed this too!

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I also picked up the Lorac Matte and Metallic mini palettes from the same seller. Lorac palettes have been on my wish list for a while so I thought this was the perfect chance to try a couple of them out – at a very reasonable price too.

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And lastly, I also treated myself to a Sigma Lip Switch in Pink Lotus. This is an amazing light-weight lip gloss with the most intense holographic finish – it’s right up my street!

I’ll be putting together full review posts for these products over the next couple of weeks, I’d love to hear if you’ve tried any of them? xxx

Kiko Cosmetics Haul!

Posted on July 3, 2015

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Hi Guys!

If you saw my post about Cambridge the other day, you many have picked up on my excitement about all the fantastic shops I discovered there! When we walked into The Grand Aracde shopping centre, the first shop I noticed was Kiko – and there was a massive sign out the front advertising 30% off certain ranges too – I was like a kid in a candy shop! I sent my other half off with my little boy to ‘go and do something for a while’ while I ventured in…

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Funnily enough, I was only in the store about 10 minutes (I realised this after noticing my ‘Hey look I’m at Kiko’ and ‘Ooh Kiko purchases’ instagram posts were only 10 mins or so apart) In this short time I managed to pick up a whole bunch of amazing looking products. I knew if I stayed in there any longer I’d have bought the whole shop!

I’ve only fairly recently actually started using Kiko products, if you get a moment please do check out my posts – Miami Beach Babe Collection and Modern Tribes Collection. In both posts you’ll see I was so impressed with the quality of Kiko’s products, I haven’t had a bad word to say about anything I’ve tried so far.

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As I completely fell in love with the blusher from the Modern Tribes collection, and said in the post that I wanted to grab the bronzer too, I purchased The Essential Bronzer in the lighter shade of the two, 200 Warm Melange. It was in the sale at £12.50 down from £17.90, so a complete bargain in my eyes! I love that this bronzer is massive, so you get really get stuck in with a large brush – this is perfect to use all over your body for a summer bronzed look. (On a side note I was a bit disappointed to find somebody had already swatched my bronzer when I got it home, hence the smudged section on the top)

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I also spotted a beautiful looking eyeshadow quad in 100 Color Fever, this was £9.70 down from£13.90, so again another great bargain. I’ve only just realised that I always go for the same sort of shades when I choose small palettes like this, I always seem to be attracted to brown and mauve toned neutral shades, so I actually have a few other palettes that are similar to this. This palette includes four beautiful shades – a light warm shimmery beige, an iridescent light pink / grey shade which I’m having trouble describing! A warm golden brown shimmer and a deep aubergine purple shimmer with tiny blue and purple sparkles. I love that these eyeshadow quads have large squaure pans, so you get quite a lot of product, and the formula is a dream to work with, I’m definitely in love with this palette!

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I also had a little go with their Full Coverage Cream Concealer in the store on the back of my hand, I thought I’d pick this up too and see how it compares to my current under-eye-bag-cover-up favourite Seventeen Phroarr Paint. I chose number 02 to suit my fair skin, and this gives a really nice full coverage matte finish. I’ve started using it under my eyes and it’s doing a great job. I’ll be writing up a concealer comparison post shortly!

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And now on to the lip products! You know I’m a big nude lip fan, so I picked up the Luscious Cream Lipstick in 510, which is a light nude beige and the Crystal Sheer Lipstick in 403, which is a mid-toned muted mauve. These lipsticks were a very reasonable £6.90 each without any discount, which is amazingly cheap really considering the quality of the packaging and the formula of the products. Both finishes were creamy and comfortable on the lips, the Luscious Cream lipstick had longer staying power which was to be expected, but I really love both of them, and the shades are just beautiful if you’re a fan of a natural, nude lip look.

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And lastly, I also grabbed a Super Gloss in 112, which is a high-shine light pinky beige with gold and silver micro glitter particles. This was a complete bargain at only £4.90 without any discount. Again this is another fab product, it’s not sticky on the lips and looks great on it’s own or worn on top of a lipstick. I think I’ll be wearing this out for my friends’ hen party this weekend!

If any of these gorgeous products have tempted you, Kiko’s 30% off sale is still on instore and online, so if you’re thinking of trying out some Kiko products, now’s the time to grab a bargain!

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

Fragrance Direct Beauty Haul!

Posted on March 31, 2015

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Hi Guys!

After a not so great start to the week yesterday, the lovely guys at Fragrance Direct have sent me an awesome box of products to play with, this is just what I needed! I had no idea what to expect so I was beyond happy when I opened up the parcel to find a massive bundle of products from some fantastic brands, including Bobbi Brown, Benefit and OPI. It felt like Christmas opening it up! Here’s what I received –

  • Loreal Extra Volume Collagene Mascara (£4.99)
  • Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips & Cheeks in Powder Pink (£17.50)
  • Calvin Klein Creme Lipstick in Eros (£1.99)
  • Benefit Fake Up in 01 Light (£12.99)
  • OPI Nail Polish in A Roll In The Hague (£3.99)
  • OPI Nail Polish in Baring It All (£3.99)
  • Bobbi Brown Lip Gloss in Buff (£16.00)
  • Calvin Klein Bronzing Powder in Enhance (£2.99)
  • Calvin Klein Creme Lipstick in Desire (£1.99)
  • Calvin Klein Bronzing Powder in Sun Bathe (£2.99)

If you look at the prices you’ll see that all of the products are cheaper than you’d expect, and some are really heavily discounted. I won’t be covering everything today as there’s just too much and this post will take forever to read through, so I thought I’d talk about a brand that I haven’t tried before – Calvin Klein Cosmetics.

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Now to be honest Calvin Klein aren’t really known for their cosmetics, fragrances definitely but makeup, not so much. My first experience of Calvin Klein was when my boyfriend at the time bought a 16 year old me a bottle of Eternity for Christmas that year. That scent brings back good memories!

It’s quite obvious that some of the best bargains in my stash here easily have to be the Calvin Klein products. £2.99 for a bronzer that should be £17.99 and £1.99 for a £13.50 lipstick – talk about cheap as chips! I’ve looked online to try and find some more info out about CK cosmetics, but I think this range is possibly slightly older? As I can only find CK One cosmetics available.

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The Calvin Klein Summer Affair Bronzing Powder is a micro fine bronzing powder that comes in three shades, promising a radiant complexion without exposure to the sun.

I have two shades of this bronzer, the darker one is Sun Bathe and the lighter shade is Enhance. They both have a hint of sparkle and I love that the pans are massive – perfect for getting a big bronzing brush in there! The lighter shade is definitely the one for me, and I think these would look great buffed all over the body for a night out!

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The Calvin Klein Delicious Luxury Cream Lipsticks are described as luxurious, ultra conditioning and give lips a smooth matte finish, and they have a non-feathering formula that protects and hydrates.

I have shades Eros 142 and Desire 149. Admittedly I wasn’t overly keen when I saw the lipsticks before trying them out, but when I swatched them I was instantly impressed with the creamy consistency which gave a semi-matte finish, and the pigmentation was excellent too. These are two lovely shades, Eros especially being a bright red / orange is perfect for Spring. I definitely want to look into stocking up on some more colours! I also swatched the Bobbi Brown lip gloss while I was checking the products out – I’ll have this reviewed along with some more of the products on a separate post very soon.

I’d love to hear if you’ve tried Calvin Klein makeup before? I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

AMAZING HAUL! | Liberty Gift With Purchase!

Posted on September 21, 2014

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Hi Guys!

If you’re a fan of Liberty you may have heard they had a fantastic gift with purchase (GWP) offer that started last week. With a beauty purchase of £150 or more they were offering £300 of beauty goodies for free! Well the thought of all those brand new products to try was just too much for me, so I had to take up the offer! And yes, all these amazing skincare products above were completely FREE! Space NK had a very similar offer shortly after, which I was very tempted to go for but I couldn’t really justify the purchases after spending so much at Liberty!

I know I know, yes, I had to spend £150 to get the goodies in the first place, but hear me out! My original plan was to take this as an opportunity to stock up on essentials… but actually instead I decided to try out some products I’ve been lusting after for a while, so this is how I’ve justified it to myself… 🙂

Firstly though, here’s a wee list of all the freebs…

  • Diptyque Candle in Roses, mini size 70g
  • Hourglass Femme Rouge Lipstick
  • Liberty Rose & Lemon Rind Body Wash 400ml
  • Chantacaille Faux Cils Black Mascara 4g
  • Trish McEvoy Instant Eye Lift 71g
  • Eve Lom Cleanser 30ml
  • !QMS Medicosmetics Hydro Foam Mask 75ml
  • NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Rikugien 1.7g
  • AESOP Coriander Seed Body Cleanser 50ml
  • Laura Mercier Hydrating Foundation Primer 30ml
  • Omorovicza Cleansing Foam 30ml
  • Sisley Gentle Makeup Remover 30ml
  • Anne Semonin Botanical Milk Cleanser 40ml
  • OPI Nail Polish in My Dogsled is a Hybrid 15ml
  • ESPA Love Your Lips Mandarin Lip Balm 10g
  • Aromatherapy Associates Hydrating Rose Skin Tonic 30ml
  • Decleor Aroma Solutions Energising Gel 50ml
  • Khiels Ultra Facial Moisturiser 30ml
  • Malin & Goetz Rum Body Wash 40m
  • Liberty Rose & Lemon Rind Soap 200g
  • Shu Uemura Skin Purifier 50ml
  • REN Micro Polish Cleanser 30ml
  • Margaret Dabbs Nail File
  • Vouchers for hair treatments in store (not shown)

There’s some pretty awesome products in there so I’m a happy bunny! This little lot oughta keep me busy for a while!

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And here are my actual purchases!

I went for the AESOP Alacrity Set, which includes –

  • Fabulous Face Cleanser
  • B & Tea Balancing Toner
  • Mandarin Facial Hydrating Cream
  • Purifying Facial Exfoliant Paste

A 30ml bottle of Molecule 01 and an ESPA Mandarin Lip balm – which without me realising was already in the GWP set, DOH! Never mind, a girl can never have enough lip balms hey!

I won’t go into too much detail about the products as I want to have a chane to try them out properly first, then I’l probably write up some individual reviews for you. 🙂

So what do you think? Do you think this is a good deal? And did you go for it yourself? Let me know! xxx

Jo Malone Mini Perfume Haul!

Posted on August 7, 2014

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Hi Guys!

So as promised, here are my Jo Malone goodies from my recent shopping trip!

Oh how I love Jo Malone, if you’ve never been to a store or counter you must go, NOW! You’ll never feel so pampered and treated. The staff there know their stuff, the products are to die for and just look at the packaging! Ok so let me rewind and start from the beginning. Due to my massive July spending ban (I say massive because it felt like forever) I desperately needed to buy myself something lovely just as a little pat on the back, a well done me type thing. I’ve been coveting everything Jo Malone for a long time, I only have one perfume, Tuberose Angelica which I absolutely love and I was desperate to try more!

I’d seen the fairly new Jo Malone concession at Jarrold Norwich when I went to their blogger event, and it’s just divine. Everywhere you look there’s cream with black edging, Jo Malone’s signature colours, it’s just so pristine and chic looking, you just feel like you’re surrounded by luxury! So I headed to Jo Malone with my chum with the idea that I wanted ‘something’ something summery and fresh, this is all I knew. Most of my perfumes are more evening suited or on the heavy side so I really wanted something a bit lighter for the summer. And so I told the lovely assistant this, who promptly sat me down and offered me a drink of water (served from a large glass jug, full of lemon slices, of course) She couldn’t have been more helpful. I told her what I was looking for, and that I actually really didn’t know what I was looking for, and she helped me choose my perfect fragrances!

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She started off by presenting me with all the lighter scents, about eight if I remember rightly, I tried them all on tester strips and the bottles were pushed forward or back depending on my preference. I got it down to four that I liked! Then, as I said I already had Tuberose Angelica, I tired each of the scents paired with this, crossing over the tester strips so I could try them as if they were layered, which is a great idea as you’re effectively creating a new perfume by combining the two! I got it down to two perfumes this time, and couldn’t actually decide which I liked more so I bought 30ml bottles of both Peony & Blush Suede and Nectarine Blossom & Honey. 😀

Both of these smelled gorgeous on their own, and also paired with Tuberose Angelica, I couldn’t be happier!

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And because the Jo Malone gang are such a lovely lot, they also gave me and my friend a couple of extra samples to try out, in their own tiny box and mini bag too, so cute!

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I almost forgot, I also tried a sample of the brand new Wood Sage & Sea Salt, which is being released in September, I can’t wait to get my hands on a bottle!

I’d love to hear if you’ve had the Jo Malone experience?

I hope you enjoyed my post! xxx

London Shopping Haul!

Posted on June 2, 2014

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Well hello!

Happy Monday all! I thought it was about time I updated you on what I actually bought on my girl’s day out in London. You may have noticed I was saving all the juicy details for another post! I can’t believe It was almost a month ago now that I went! As it was a special birthday treat for us all, I did end up spending a fair bit! (oops)

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So this is my little haul!

I bought these silver chunky Novice Sandals from Topshop, and a couple of necklaces. I love Topshop for shoes and jewellery but often don’t splurge as they can be pretty expensive, and often their shoes don’t fit me very well (due to me being an awkward size 5.5) These have buckles on top and around the ankle though so they fit like a glove, plus they were the last pair in the shop, so it was obviously meant to be! I also saw this amazing Mermaid Makeup Bag and it instantly caught my eye so I had to buy it. I’m pretty sure it’s made of real mermaids…

In Selfridges where we spent most of our afternoon, I paid a visit to the Fragrance Lab where I picked up an amazing bespoke perfume, and I also took a good look around the Food Hall for some gifts for my other half and little boy Fred. I bought Ollie some special chilli crisps and ‘Beyond Insanity’ chilli sauce, as he’s into that sort of stuff. And Fred had a big box of Jelly Belly Jelly Beans.

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I just realised I forgot to show my H&M purchase – a Wraparound Skirt, which was definitely my bargain of the day at only £3.99! So that’s my spending done for a while now… (yeah right, until next time)

I hope you enjoyed my post! xxx