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Birthday Haul/Presents

29 Aug

For my birthday last month I got given some Sephora Gift Cards (DREAM.COME.TRUE) and I also booked myself in at M.A.C on my Birthday to get a makeover so I could redeem the cost on some Semi Precious collection items and have my make up all done nicely for dinner that night. Cos if you can’t spoil yourself on your birthday… then when can you hey? Oh and talking about spoilt… I think I did pretty alright don’t you think? On top of my gifted Sephora goodies and self-gifted M.A.C makeover (I redeemed the Rose Quartz MSF, some falsies and Creme Cup, and my Mum bought me the Hint of Sapphire mineralise eyeshadow), I also got the new Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation (thank you Boyfie), the Babyliss Pro Jumbo Conical Wand (thank you sis), Lancome Hypnose Mascara (thank you besties) and a Free Philospohy Shower Gel in Vanilla Birthday Cake (thank you Sephora for my free birthday gift)!

Check my swag yo!

My Birthday haulage/presents include:

  • Sephora Pencil Sharpener
  • Clarisonic Replacement Sensitive Brush Head
  • Nars Matte Lipstick in Carthage
  • Benefit to-go set including Stay Don’t Stray, Erase Paste and Creaseless Eyeshadow
  • Nars Blush/Bronzing Duo in Orgasm/Laguna
  • Givenchy Peach Gloss (free sample)
  • M.A.C Rose Quartz Mineralise Skin Finish
  • M.A.C Hint of Sapphire Mineralise Eyeshadow
  • M.A.C Creme Cup Cremesheen Lipstick
  • Dr Jart+ BB Cream (free sample)
  • Caudalie Paris VinoPerfect Day Perfecting Fluid (free sample)
  • Urban Decay Naked Palette
  • Guerlain Terracotta Skin Healthy Glow Foundation in 02 Brunettes (free sample)
  • Ole Henriksen truth revealed super creme spf 15 (free sample)
  • Clarins Instant Smooth Line Correcting Concentrate (free sample)
  • Shiseido Urban Environment UV Protection Cream spf 35 PA+++ (free sample)
  • Kate Somerville Trial Pack (free sample)
  • Alterna Bamboo Smooth Kendi Oil (free sample)
  • Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation x 3 (free sample)
  • Urban Decay Quickie Afterglow Glide on Cheek Tint (free sample)
  • Bulgari Jasmine Noir (free sample)
  • Kate Walsh Boyfriend (free sample)
  • Philosophy Shower Gel in Vanilla Birthday Cake (free birthday gift)
  • Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation in Shade 04
  • Lancome Hypnose Mascara
  • Babyliss Pro Jumbo Conical Wand 32mm – 19mm
Sephora haul was done online at www.sephora.com (Sephora does not take Australian Credit Cards nor does it deliver direct. I was fortunate enough to have my boss over in the US that had a US CC and address, and he forwarded it on).
M.A.C Semi Precious items and lipstick from M.A.C counter at Myer.
Illamasqua foundation from www.illamasqua.com (they ship to Australia).
Lancome mascara from David Jones (and picked up the Gift With Purchase).
Babyliss Pro Conical Wand from Price Attack.
I love that you get so many free samples with Sephora online (I had to split the products up into 3 x $50 gift card purchases so I got 3 x the free stuff)
If you can, Sephora hauls are the best – they have so many good brands and the US retail prices are like half what we pay here in Australia.
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Sugar and Spice and all things Nice

3 Dec

Yay! Christmas is fast approaching (22 sleeps till Christmas, SAY WHAT!?). At the shops on the weekend I got to choose an early Christmas gift so I made a beeline for The Body Shop to see what awesome smelling gifts they had in store, and they did not disappoint! Upon entering the store, they had the New Limited Edition Christmas season range on display out the front and the Spiced Vanilla range caught my eye nose (as I am a sucker for anything vanilla scented). The range also includes Cranberry Joy and Jolly Orange.


Even after browsing and smelling the entire contents of the store, my mind was made up. I WANTED the Spiced Vanilla goodies. Nothing compared to THAT SCENT! It’s sweet in an exotic way and it should come with a Warning: “Please refrain from licking/eating these products, they are not edible even though you may think otherwise”.

Spiced Vanilla Body Lotion (250ml, $22.95) – A lightly fragranced body moisturiser containing Community Fair Trade Sesame Oil. Delicately fragranced with the deliciously sweet scent of vanilla with a hint of spice. All the goodies in the christmas range include Community Fair Trade ingredients. The body lotion contains Community Fair Trade Sesame Oil, The Body Shop buy this Community Trade sesame oil from the Juan Francisco Paz Silva Co-operative. Their trade helps the 275 members receive a sustainable income.

The lotion is very light and easy to apply (which is why I opted for it over the body butter) and comes as a pump pack (WIN!). This baby resides on my bedside table and I am constantly slathering it on because it smells A.W.E.S.O.M.E! It’s very moisturising (from the sesame seed oil and cocoa seed butter) and it absorbs quickly so you aren’t left with any oily/sticky residue. I can’t stop using this, it’s everything you could want in a body lotion. The only bad thing? That it’s Limited Edition. Waaahhhhhh! 😥

 

Spiced Vanilla Body Scrub (200ml, $27.95) – Delicately fragranced with the deliciously sweet scent of vanilla with a hint of spice. Leaves skin exfoliated and smooth. Contains Community Fair Trade Honey. The Body Shop use Community Trade honey from Ethiopia. Their trade enables African beekeepers to practise traditional beekeeping, using hives handcrafted from locally sourced materials. This method helps promote strong, healthy bees and deters logging.

I love The Body Shop scrubs and this one is right up there! The product is very gritty and it sure does “scrub”. I recommend using a pair of exfoliating gloves with this product as all the gritty pieces will get lost in a loofah and your hands, while they could be used, probably just won’t cut it. Anything  bad? Not with the product itself, but it is quite tricky screwing the lid back on when you have exfoliating gloves on, AND they are covered in product.

 

Spiced Vanilla Lip Balm (15ml, $9.95) – Delicately fragranced with the deliciously sweet scent of vanilla with a hint of spice. A moisturising balm with delicate shimmer and Community Fair Trade Beeswax to leave the lips soft and smooth. The Community Trade beeswax is supplied by Guide D’Espoir in Cameroon. It comes from hives handcrafted from locally sourced materials in the remote Adamaoua region. This traditional method of beekeeping helps promotes strong, healthy bees and deters logging.

I originally wasn’t going to get a lip balm, but the sales lady said it was really good and now I’m so glad that I did – because IT IS REALLY GOOD! It smells divine, it’s ultra moisturising and it leaves a slight shimmer on your lips. This balm has taken over from my beloved Paw Paw ointment (thought I’d give her a little rest as she works overtime the poor thing). And a little bit goes a looooong way (be careful not to apply too much) so I foresee this tin of vanilla-ry goodness will last forever and will be sitting on my work desk for awhile.

So if you find yourself wandering aimlessly around the shopping centre, like myself, trying to think of an awesome christmas gift idea, then head to The Body Shop for a bit of a looksie (seriously, even if it is just to smell the range, it’s so yummy). Not only will the recipient love it, you will be helping The Body Shop in its support for community fair trade, and I think that in itself is a glorious thing… the excellent body products you get as well? Just icing on the Christmas pudding really!

 

[Image Credit: The Body Shop]

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