Bargain Beauty Haul and some of My Current Beauty Faves.


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Hey hens how was your weekend?

Mine could have been better tbh – I mean I had a cracking start to it on Friday with champagne drinks and a helluva view of London at Vertigo (check out my instagram pic here – jealouuuus!) but things quickly escalated and I eventually found myself convincing strangers (read: new BFFs) I’d met in the smoking area (I don’t even smoke!) of another bar that we should all go to a nightclub at 4am.

NEVER A GOOD IDEA.

I then had the painful realisation on Saturday afternoon that I’d lost my debit card and had to call my bank and confirm that it was in fact me buying a round of drinks at 6am in Egg rather than some other absolute rascal card-thief. I was also too hungover to go to Gay Pride (boo!) and then dropped and smashed my phone on the way to the tube. FML.

I spent the rest of the weekend in the foetal position on the sofa watching Love Island and Big Brother eating beige food and wondering why my selfish boyfriend wasn’t immediately on the first plane back from Vegas to take care of his poor hungover little hunny. I mean really – since when is a lads holiday more important than me?

So yeah – my weekend could have been better. I mean, it wasn’t that bad reaaaallly but having to wait five days for a new bank card is a bit of a bloody inconvenience – like, who the hell carries cash anymore?!

Anyway…this post isn’t about the ridiculous, irresponsible behaviour of an almost 29 year old, it’s about beauty products and some bargain beauty products at that.

Y’see well before my wild Friday night antics (back when my head was still on my shoulders and I wasn’t trying to re-enact the London version of the hangover) I found myself moseying around the shops thanks to the mid-season sale and inadvertently ended buying a shit-tonne of beauty products.

Some were things I’d needed / been hunting for, for a while and some were spur of the moment why the heck not buys (see, being impulsive can sometimes be a good thing?). And I as I haven’t blogged in what feels like a decade I thought I would pull my finger out, take some pics of the products and throw them into a post for y’all to enjoy in a kinda beauty haul / current beauty favourites mash up.

So let’s get to it shall we?

Mane ’n Tail Shampoo & Conditioner

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Starting with Mane ’n Tail – my shampoo & conditioner brand of choice at the moment. I came across them somewhere on the internet – YouTube or a blog or something like that, and everyone was basically hailing it as the hair growth shampoo / conditioner du jour.

And OBVIOUSLY I was like…eww ma ghaaad I need this shampoo / conditioner combo in my life because FFS my hair does not effing grow and oh woe is me will I have ever have hair like Rapunzel or nah?

Then I forgot all about getting my hands on them (probably got distracted by a sequin catsuit tbh) until I randomly came across the bottles in Urban Outfitters and bought a shampoo and conditioner for £10 each which turned out to be daylight fucking robbery because Liberty’s sells them for a mere £7 a bottle.

Yup, if you can bloody well believe it, Liberty’s was the cheaper option than Urban Outfitters and on top of that you also get the sassy purple Liberty’s bag to carry them around in which in turn allows you to pretend you bought something much more expensive like an Alexander McQueen scarf for £350 rather than just shampoo & conditioner. Double win.

Anyway…the products themselves are, in my opinion, bloody marvellous! I swear my hair has grown so much since I’ve been using this brand and I feel like they’ve kept it in pretty good nick too despite the lashings of bleach I recently had put through it.

Of course it’s a *bit* weird that Mane ’n Tail was originally created to use on horses but then let’s be honest horse manes are the ultimate #hairgoals. Long, thick, shiny – who doesn’t want hair like that?

Scent wise, neither the shampoo nor the conditioner really smell of anything much but that’s not to say it’s a bad thing; it’s just a subtle clean smell rather than an overwhelming stench of dragon fruit and lavender from the outta Hebrides. The shampoo is very lather-y which I really like however the conditioner always feels a bit like I haven’t used enough but then I do have really thick hair so I need a lot of product to cover it.

Anyway, smelly or not smelly, lather-y or not lather-y; I am totally sold on the brand because my hair was almost down to my boobs (the longest my hair has ever been) the last time I had it cut and that is the ultimate mermaid hair dream.

I should probably add that as well as using Mane ’n Tail shampoo and conditioner I’ve also laid off blow-drying and straightening my hair a lot which is prob another big reason my hair has grown BUT still this shampoo & conditioner is THE ONE and this is the fourth time I’ve bought it so obviously it’s a gudden.

Get yours HERE.

& Other Stories Eyeshadows

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I don’t think I’ve bought an eye-shadow since 2002 but something came over me when I was in & Other Stories last week and I ended up heading to the till with not one but TWO green eyeshadows in hand.

Okay so one of the eyeshadows in the picture above looks gold but I can assure you it’s actually a pale light green.

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See?

Alright so now it looks silver and I might need a bit of practise on my swatching but you’re just gonna have to trust me on this one. Both eyeshadows are green and this isn’t turning into another blue / gold dress internet melt down – k?

Anyway the reason I ended up buying these little rascals was two fold.

One they were 50% off so only £3 each and two because I got me some beautiful (if I do say so myself) green eyes and heck, girl, you should make more of them.

So I figured if these little huns came home with me then I could get a bit creative with my eye makeup and dab a bit of the dark green colour on the outside of my eye and along the top AND bottom parts of my lash line and then dab the light green colour on the inner part of my eye to y’know open them babies up. (<<< that’s right isn’t it? Makeup artists can you confirm that I’ve got this the right way around????) and then everyone will be like daaayyyyum girl – yo eyes be looking so fly! Or something less American that that because lol we’re not in a movie.

Or y’know my eyes will be so enchanting that I’ll be able to hypnotise people into doing stuff for me or getting me cool free shit etc etc.

Anyway I gave the ‘look’ a quick go a couple of Friday’s ago before heading out to a theatre show in a cemetery with the bf (we know how to pardddaaaay!) and he basically lol’d in my face when he saw my eyes like haha what on earth have you done that for. Thanks boo, not exactly the reaction I was looking for.

I think he was just a bit shocked to see me looking so beautiful and so I’m gonna ignore his reaction and wear this combo again although probably in Bali (I’m going in September) when I’ve got a shexy tan and my freckles have made their annual appearance because I reckon I’ll look just dandy.

Also how chic is & Other Stories branding and packaging. So Scandi cool.

Check out their beauty range HERE.

& Other Stories Botany Tangelo Lipstick

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Another thing that found itself on the way to the tills with me in & Other Stories was this beautifully bright lipstick.

Y’see about a year ago I really got into my lipstick. It started when Hannah Gale mentioned that a make-up artist told her that orangey / red lippys suited green eyed girls and so of course ole’ green eyes over here thought she’d give it a whirl a bought a red lipstick from Topshop in shade Infrared.

And I love it. Well sort of. I love it when my lips are nicely moisturised and lipstick ready. Not when they’re dry and chapped and the lipstick looks gross.

ENTER this darling 50% off & Other Stories lipstick in shade: Botany Tangelo.

It’s pretty much the exact same shade as Infrared only it’s almost like a lip-balm as opposed to a lipstick. This means it’s hella moisturising and you don’t have to have perfectly hydrated lips to wear it which is like, ideal for me because oh hey there cracked planes of the sahara desert, oh no wait, that’s just my flakey feckin’ lips.

I’ve not worn it ‘officially’ yet – only when I was doing some tidying up the other weekend but instead of tidying up I was just picking things up to put them away and then putting them on instead. So there I was in a skanky old t-shirt & leggings with no make up on bar a slick of this lipstick (might have had a bindi on too) and once again my boyfriend laughing at me, honestly that guy.  – but I’m looking forward to sassy summer nights wearing this bad boy on a rooftop somewhere in London with cocktails OBVS.

Here’s another link to the & Other Stories beauty section in case you can’t remember how to get there using the link above  HERE.

Lush Buffy Body Butter

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So, somewhere between the ages of 18 and 28 the skin on my arms and legs just decided to stop playing ball.

I used to have the SMOOTHEST skin known to man and then at some point it all went to shit and I noticed these horrible little skin bobbles on the upper part of my arm and the top of my calves and I was like FFS as if it isn’t enough that I’m now dealing with back fat and cellulite, now, NOW you want to give me bumpy arm skin too. Cheer body.

So I did a bit of online research and self-diagnosed the bumps as Keratosis Pilaris and this time I think my diagnosis is spot on. Unlike the 23343 times I’ve had mumps, appendicitis, glandular fever and that one time I thought I was developing motor neurone disease and had to leave the office because I was this close to bursting into tears (turns out my thumb was *probably* just twitching because I was just wildly hungover and had been using my phone too much).

For the lucky gits out there who haven’t heard of Keratosis Pilaris before then it’s basically when your body produces too much keratin and this blocks the hair follicles all over your skin which in turn produces those adorable little bumps…see my diagnosis is definitely correct!!

So anyways, I did a bit more looking around on the internet and came across several blogs, articles and the like saying that this Lush Buffy Body Butter was the ONE for smoothing your skin, particularly if you suffer from the dreaded KP.

So I went into the Lush store on Oxford street and an overly enthusiastic but very nice shop assistant directed me to the back of the store where his colleague gave me a demo of not only the Buffy Body Butter but also Rub Rub Rub body scrub which was nice if a bit weird to have a stranger caressing your hand in the middle of a busy shop.

Anyway, as soft as the Rub Rub Rub made my skin feel I still left with a bar of the buffy body butter because it’s also really moisturising and leaves this kind of dewy sheen on your skin. Some of you will HATE that finish, others will love it as it sort of makes feels like you haven’t washed the product off properly.

I’ve been using the buffy every other day (ish) for the last week or so and I’ve definitely noticed an improvement on my arms and legs. I should note though that if you rub the buffy directly onto your skin it is quite harsh but I like feeling like I’m properly scrubbing so for me this is a win. And as I’ve already mentioned it is very moisturising which then also saves you time when you’re out of the shower as I don’t feel like you have to then put a separate body lotion on.

 So yeah great scrub that I’ll definitely be buying again and I reckon I’ll be packing it when I go on a holiday to use daily as it will, no doubt, leave you with a cracking tan thanks to the exfoliation and moisturising element.

Get yours HERE.

Dr Paw Paw Balm

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I got a tester of this product a couple of months back when I attended the It’s in Your Dreams product launch at Shoreditch’s Box Park – I know right, look at me all sassy and London gal about town attending launch events and getting goody bags.

Anyway the girls at It’s In Your Dreams swear by this product as a means to stick glitter on your face and if you don’t know by now, my sister and I are OBSESSED with sticking glitter to our faces. We will literally use any opportunity we can to add some sparkly powder into our lives and mainly on our cheeks but up until the second before we went to the It’s In Your Dreams launch, had been using basic old Vaseline to do this. Cute.

Therefore when I saw these large tubes of Dr Paw Paw on sale in Topshop I HAD to upgrade and snap up a couple. I mean at 50% off I would have been mad not too.

The balm can also be used on cuticles, hands, elbows and heels. Personally though I wouldn’t use this on my hands as a hand cream as it just feels far too oily and bleugh not about that greasy hand life. It is ideal as a lip balm but I get that it’s not-in-the-sale price of £7 is pretty punchy. That said, it is a big tube so it’s kiiiiinda worth it.

Oh and for those of you who hadn’t worked it out yet (me included) Paw Paw is short for Papaya which is obviously found in the product and helps to aid skin repair, provides anti-inflammatory properties and adds moisture. It also has Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice in it which is a desert plant with amazing abilities to absorb and restore moisture. It contains more than 200 different plant constituents that promote glowing, youthful looking skin and hair…and DISCLAIMER I definitely copied and pasted the last two sentences from the Dr Paw Paw website.

Anyway I’ve obviously been mainly using it to stick glitter to my face which it works perfectly for AND I’ve been thinking about doing a tutorial for how I do my festival glitter face…anyone wanna see that or nah?

Get a tube for yourself HERE.

7th Heaven Manuka Honey Peel Off Face Mask

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Last but not least on this list of beauty buys is this peel off 7th Heaven face mask in manuka honey which I picked up for a flippin’ pound and made me feel like I was 13 once more. Not because of what it did to my face but because peel off face masks from Superdrug were THE sleepover must have aged 13 AMIRIGHT?

I don’t know why I went for honey but I think I think I was just looking forward to the peel off aspect of it. Anyway I put this on, on a Saturday afternoon at the same time as my homemade home-mask – bleugh do NOT do the one off pinterest that tells you to combine egg and coconut oil because no matter how shiny it makes your hair that won’t outweigh the fact that it smells like egg…even after 2 washes.

Anyway it was a nice mask, it definitely made my skin feel soft. It was EXCEEDINGLY fun to peel off, although not the bits I accidentally got in my hair line. Fucking hell OUCH. and it was cheap as chips!

I’ve done numerous 7th Heaven face-masks and I think they’re great value for money. They’re also cruelty free and don’t test on animals which is always a bonus.

More info and to see the other masks they do, head over to the website HERE.

So there you have it, my mini beauty haul / beauty favourites mash up. I never really think of myself as someone who’s particularly into beauty products but I guess I am a bit of a typical girl when it comes to these things. I love a little pamper session and I am also easily lured into the hype of a product…coffee scrubs I’m looking at you!!

Have you got any amazing beauty recommendations? Feel free to send them my way, the older I get the more help I could use tbh…

Thanks for reading!

Harry xx

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