Beauty Bits & Bobs

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

It's been a while since I had a beauty binge. I convinced myself earlier this summer that I had way too much makeup and beauty products, and it would be criminal to spend any more money on bits I really didn't need. 

It wasn't until I decided to do a clearout and got rid of so much stuff, that I realised my beauty and makeup drawers felt naked. Lol! So I compiled a wishlist of things I needed and wanted (we all know there's a difference between the two) and I've made allowance every now and again to buy things off the list! :)

On this occasion however, I felt I needed to treat myself, so here are some things I picked up on my most recent beauty binge!
(Hint : Click on the Prices to take you to where products can be purchased!)

Simple Kind To Skin Refreshing Facial Wash Gel, £3.25

The packaging honestly says it all. This facial wash is so beautiful and my skin really does feel refreshed after using it. I was a huge fan of this wash before I tried Neutrogena's Pink Grapefruit Wash, and whilst I still like that one, I feel I need this goodness in my bathroom to use every now and then!
FYI : This doesn't foam as it contains no foaming agents, and I know we all think that a facial wash (or any type of wash) has to foam in order to 'work', but trust me, it's not the case... it's a psychological thing! 


CAUDALIÉ Beauty Elixir, £32

I learnt that CAUDALIÉ is a term used in French to describe the finish of wine: so the finer and higher quality a wine is, the more CAUDALIÉ it has! Hmmm, nice! :)
I often get quite Pore-y (if that's a word), and I was on the look out for a product that would help in smoothing out the appearance of my pores, and so decided to give this one a go! It smells divine!
I spritz this all over my freshly washed face, just before my moisturiser, and the finish is quite pleasant! It can also be used during the day as a refreshing spritz which is handy. And oh, look at that pretty matte glass bottle!


Pure Jojoba Oil, £10.79

I think this is one essential oil that every girl should have in her bathroom cupboard. It's multipurpose nature already sits well with me! If you look in the ingredients list of many great moisturisers and conditioners, you're bound to find it listed in there somewhere! For those who don't know, Jojoba oil is perfect for adding moisture and softness to your skin AND your hair.

How I use it for my...

It softens the skin to make it feel and look supple.

~ Moisturiser : For particularly dry areas, I massage the oil into the skin.

It helps to balance natural oil production (sebum) and is very good for dry, brittle hair.

~ Quick Hair Treatment : I rub a teaspoon of the warmed oil all over my hair and sit for a few minutes, then rinse, shampoo and condition.


L.A. Colors Nail Polish, £0.99/ea.

Some lovely colours for Autumn and only 99p each! Awesome!
L-R : Live, Tropical Storm, Cactus, Dark Brown, Berry


L.A. Colors Lip Pencils, £0.99/ea.

I really needed some lip liners (A Plum and Orangey Brown), so when I spotted these and swatched them, I really liked them. The texture and colour pay off are really great!
L-R : Sienna, Smooth Plum


L.A. Colors Baked Eyeshadows, £2.99/ea.

These eyeshadows are so vibrant and pigmented, so it was an easy buy! I can't wait to do looks featuring them!

Titan, a shimmery golden palette...

Equinox, a neutral palette...

Venus, a vibrant purple...


**All L.A. Colors purchases were made in a store called Beauty Base, Westfield Mall!**


NARS Eyeshadows, £16.50/ea.

Being a fairly new NARS fan, I thought it necessary to add these two beautiful colours to my collection! :)

Outremer, a Vibrant Blue is perfect for those days I want to make a statement with my makeup! Perfect with a soft peach cheek and nude lips.

Galapagos, a Smokey Brown with hints of Bronze and Gold. Gah, i'm in love with this eyeshadow, and to be honest, I haven't come across anything like it! It's a real beauty, and it will be taking it's place up there with my top Smokey Eye Look picks!


Spot something you like? ;)


Aisling said...

OOoooooh I am loving a lot of the pieces you picked up! I think the NARS eyeshadows are definitely talking to me though, the pigment of Outremer is incredible!! Droooool! x

Jane Alisa said...

I love the bright blue Nars eyeshadow. xoxo

Toks said...

Aww, that's such cute swatching with the lip liners. The eyeshadows look really beautiful. All the products look fab and your photography is amazing! :D

Kasia M said...

I also have some L.A. nail polishes - maybe it is not the greatest quality, but it's super cheap. Besides, I usually remove the polish after 2 or 3 days, so I won't eve have time to chip. I love the NARS eye shadows! Amazing colors. :)

funkiichiicka said...

Hi :)

Where did you get the LA Colors nail polishes from, please?

Thanks X

Shirley said...

Thanks for your comments! :)

@Funkiichiicka : It's stated in the post love! x

B said...

Ohmigoodness, that purple palette is super pigmented and quite lovely!!! I can't find LA Colors anywhere in the States. Such a tragedy.

Lerina Melissa said...

Wow, that blue is gorgeous!

Channing said...

Please do a tutorial of that colbolt blue Nars eyeshadow! Please! I love you in Nia And Gracies video.


LaaLaa Monroe said...

loving those Nars colours sweetheart xoxo

Barby1923 said...

Onigosh, that NARS blue e/s is simply divine.

RaeSaysRelax said...

that jojoba oil is heaven sent... i need to get me some ASAP

I BLEED PINK said...

I am loving that blue e/s, please do a look with it soon!!

Lilia said...

I love jojoba oil as well. I use it as a face moisturizer after a I wash and use a toner. It's inexpensive and natural--always a plus :o)

Shani said...

I want to try that face wash, but they don't sell it in the US. It looks like it would feel really good.

And I love using Jojoba oil in my hair. I use it as a hot oil treatment.

Black Butterfly said...

I just found out about Outremer and girl, I. Am. In. Love! Now if only my wallet would understand my newfound love affair!!!

Tanii said...

I love this nailcolors ad the eyeshadows!xx Tanja

Ms.Karla said...

I love the Galapagos colour!! i've been looking for a colour like this and the closest i've found is maybelline's Golden Halo single colour which is more golden :)

Ms.Karla said...

I love the Galapagos colour!! i've been looking for a colour like this and the closest i've found is maybelline's Golden Halo single colour which is more golden :)

MsNana_ said...

the nars eye shadow looks stunning x
first time on here
your pictures are amazing x

MsNana_ said...

btw i use the simple face wash and it is amazing x

Sd said...

greta buy!! i soo wanna try the facial wash gel!

Courtney said...

I'm honestly very surprised by the LA Colors shadow. This is a brand that typically ends up in the dollar store or is looked at as a brand for teens. I'll have to check it out!


drealziggy said...

i love the nail polishes....wish i had lovely nails like follow my new blog

Dolly Daydream said...

Great post, those NARS eyeshadows look A-mazing!

Bernadett said...

your nails look very good :D

Ly said...

I love the two eye shadows from Nars. The colors are so pigmented.


Sher said...

great buys Shirley,love everythn
I love Nars products&Simple skincare too

Miss Chapman is LOST said...

That NARS electric blue eyeshadow is amazing! The simple face wash looks like one to try too :)

Tree said...

Galapagos....oh Galapagos....I HAVE to get Tht ASAP!!!! Great picks!!

Alina said...

I stumbled upon your channel and blog on youtube and really liked it.
I used to live next to the London Westfield and actually also picked up a L.A. Colors nail varnish but I dont like it. It starts coming off after a day, even with base and top coat.