Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Two-month spending ban & pre-ban purchases

I can't believe I'm doing this, but I am actually going on a spending ban. That means no new nail polishes, no MAC Baking Beauties collection, and no pretty blushers for me for 2 months.

But it will all end on the 5th July, which will be a few weeks before the exciting London bbloggers meet up. It also helps matters that I am doing the ban with three lovely, supportive bloggers who are as addicted to all things make-up as much as I am.

Joining me will be:
Sasha from Ramblings of a Beauty Bird
Poppy from Let's Drive Far Away
Rachel from Beauty Queen UK

And part of the reason I'll be doing this ban is because I have so many products to test and review. This includes all of the gorgeous bits and bobs pictured above, which I've written more about below.


First up we have the make-up purchases, which I got from House of Fraser (in the sale!), Escentual (not in the sale...) and Space.NK (definitely not in the sale...).

On the left is the truly gorgeous NARS & Pierre Hardy tangerine and gold blusher in Boys Don't Cry (£30). Then sitting next to that is everyone's high-end go-to bronzer Laguna by NARS (£23.40), which I have used a few times now and can confirm it is really lovely to apply and gives a natural, golden glow to my face.

Below that is my first NARS Thakoon nail lacquer in Ratin Jot (£12.60), which is such a pretty pink. I couldn't resist investing in that one!

And finally I bought the Guerlain refillable Noir mascara (£32.40) because I just love Guerlain make-up and skin care.


Then we have my favourite type of products - skin care - which I bought from Escentual, Dermacare Direct and House of Fraser.

On the left is Effaclar H by La Roche-Posay (£8.05), which is a fab hydrating moisturiser. I got a few samples of this after having my laser and chemical peel procedure done last month and fell in love with it. However, Boots weirdly doesn't stock it! But I got my fix from the trusty Escentual.

Then in the middle is a repurchase of the SkinCeuticals Blemish + Age Cleansing Gel (£32), which I absolutely love. I've never been so pleased with a cleanser and this one works its magic every day, especially with the VisaPure electronic cleansing brush. I think I've really converted to gel cleansers now - they feel lovely on the skin and I always finish up refreshed and clean.

Finally in the skin care bunch we have the Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask (£18), which smells incredible!


Finally we have the stunning fragrance Le Petite Robe Noire from Guerlain (£37.80), which I also got from the sale at House of Fraser. I fell in love with this immediately when I got a sample with my first purchase at a Guerlain counter - it's just such a classic 'smell me now' fragrance. I've only worn it twice so far and I'm seriously addicted.

What do you think of my pre-ban purchases? xxx


  1. Wow great pre-ban haul hun xx


    1. Hehe thanks lovely! Think I went a bit crazy but all the products are amazing x

  2. fab haul! That should help keep you going through your spending ban :) x

    1. Definitely! Got enough blusher for 100 of us haha thanks hun x

  3. Great haul and fantastic products! I LOVE the look of the Nars blush, it's beautiful!! Good luck with the spending ban, personally i could never do it, I'm a beauty junkie/addict and Rehab is the only place for me!! Lol ;)
    Lou xx

    1. Thanks sweet - the NARS blusher is to die for. My bank balance needs it and my sanity haha. I'll see you in rehab x

  4. I know you think this is mental but you CAN do it! Stay strong - its one of the BEST things I have ever done and even though its ended now I think about my beauty spending differently now. I am not as eager to buy things just "for the sake of it" - I hope this feeling will stay with me for the long term.

    Good luck babes xxx

    1. Awww thanks lovely you are the best. I can see why it was a great thing to do and I really need to take a step back and look at my spending! xxx

  5. Ooh nice pre-ban haul! Good luck my love, we can do it!! :-) xx

  6. Wat a lovely haul , love everything u bought :)

  7. Wow great haul! I've got my eye on Laguna! X

    1. Thanks hun! It's well worth it. Looks quite dark but when you put it on your face it blends in so nicely x


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