Friday, 11 November 2011

Glasgow Haul: Boots, No7, John Frieda, Soap and Glory Cosmetics, 17, Estee Lauder, LUSH and Primark

(I know the pictures on a slant, but I didn't have the heart to crop out my cat, Cookie).
Okay, I seriously need to stop spending, but what fun would that be to read?
I was visiting my lovely friend John (or J-Lo as he is most affectionately known) at his Uni Halls in Glasgow the other day and thought I might treat myself to a little Haul (any excuse eh?). 

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Here's a more in depth look at what I've blown spent this month's Student Loan on:
 My Boot's Haul, I must have spent over an hour in the store, here's what I got while I was there:

- No7 Illuminated Make-Up Mirror, Was £49.99, On Offer Right Now For £19.99, 
- No7 Concealer Brush, £8
- Free No7 Gift Set and Make-Up Pouch/Purse/Handbag, Worth £31, Free When You Spend Over £22
  Included in the Gift:
  - No7 Stay Perfect Eyeshadow in Starry Lights (Mini, A Light Golden Beige, Perfect all over Eyelid, or as a Highlighter)
  - No7 High Shine Lipgloss in Whisper (A Soft Light Pink with an Intense Gold Shimmer throughout)
  - No7 Exception Definition Mascara Black (Mini)
  - No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Day Hand Cream (Mini)
  - No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Beauty Serum (Mini)
  - No7 Glitter Eye Liner in Mojito (Mini, A Golden Ivy Green) 

Unlike other times I've been in Boots, I wasn't actually in spending just to get the free gift. This time, I happened to see the mirror on special offer, and as soon as I seen it I knew it would be perfect for me. 
Do you ever do your make-up, only to find as soon as you leave the house your foundation is actually 3 shades darker than your skin tone? Forgot to conceal a spot? Or feel like you've sprouted a monobrow, even after tweezing? 
I currently apply my make-up in my full length bedroom mirror, but unless I practically smoosh my face against it, I don't get a good enough close view of face. 
This mirror is double-sided, with one side magnifying, one normal and both sides with an illuminating mirror. 
Although I love it, and it really is a must-have, it shows every flaw, and some I didn't even know I had. I know this is what it's supposed to do, but Jebus, why didn't anyone tell me I was growing a rather fetching Unibrow?
The mirror is on offer at the moment, reduced from £49.99, to a more than reasonable £19.99, (and it plugs into a socket, so you don't need to fork out extra for batteries).

I also picked up a No7 Concealer Brush to apply my new Soap and Glory Kick Ass Concealer (see below), for £8. It is literally the softest brush I own, forget the cats, I think I could stroke this brush all day! 
And, as I had spent £27.99 I also qualified for the No7 Free Gift. The Gift comes in a scalloped 1920's style Prussian Blue Pouch, and the contents are as above. The Hand Cream has been great with the cold weather, as I'm ashamed to admit I didn't even own a Hand Cream, and the make-up will of course be put to good use. There was also a cheeky £5 off No7 Mascara Voucher inside, which will be perfect for when my treasured No7 Lash Adapt Mascara dries up.

The lovely lady at the counter also informed me that although Boots aren't running the £5 No7 Vouchers at the moment, they are giving out a randomized £5 Vouchers for Boots when you purchase anything, including £5 off Electricals. 
So she kindly advised me to pay for my non No7 products first, and I was lucky enough to recieve a £5 off Electrical Voucher, meaning I got a fiver off my No7 Illuminating Make-Up Mirror, making it only £14.99!
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- 17 Magnetized Nail Polish in Blue, £5.99
- 17 Wild Metallic Cream Eyeshadow in Bronze, £3.99
- 17 Wild Metallic Cream Eyeshadow in Midnight Blue, £3.99 (Free on 3 for 2 offer)

You will have had to be living in an Amazonian Rainforest for the past year not to have heard of Magnetic Nail Polish, and even then I wouldn't be surprised if you passed a tribe painting their nails with this stuff! So, I finally caved in and bought 17's version, at £5.99 it's the cheapest version I've seen. 
Superdrug Brand Fashionista have a similar version called "The Saturday's Magnetism Nail Laquer", (funnily enough, fronted by The Saturday's), it's priced at £6, but you have to buy the Magnet separately for an extra £3!

As 17 currently is on 3 for 2 in Boots, I picked up two Wild Metallic Cream Eyeshadow's (Well, it would have been rude not to). 
I tried to pick two versatile colours, a neutral day colour (Wild Nude) and a dark night colour (Midnight Blue). As you can see from photo I had a little swatch and they are very blendable and quite pigmented, but I'd obviously need to wear them all day to give a better test. 
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- Soap & Glory Kick Ass Concealer in Light, £10
- Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation 10-Day Sample in Ecro, Free

You might have seen the Soap & Glory Kick Ass Concealer on my recent LUST LIST. Soap & Glory Cosmetics have only recently launched, and this type of product seemed unique to them. A Compact Concealer Kit with a Salmon skin tone colour for under-eye concealing and a more yellow tone to cover blemishes. Add to the kit a translucent setting powder, a puff applicater and a handy mirror and you've got everything you would ever need for hiding anything you really don't need.

While I was in Boots I also picked up a 10-Day Sample of Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in Ecro. This foundation is much hyped in the Bloggisphere, who doesn't want their foundation to last that little bit longer? We'll see if this sample manages to tempt me into buying the full bottle. 
I was also Uhming and Ahing over the Estee Lauder Make-Up Artist Professional Colour Collection, worth £310, but can be purchased for £50 when buying an Estee Lauder Fragrance. 
I had my heart set on buying before I went in, but for some reason maybe hungover, I just wasn't too fussed for it when I saw it instore. I think it was because none of the fragrances appealed to me. You can't deny it's a great deal, but something just didn't click. If you have purchased the set, or have seen a review please let me know.
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John Frieda: 
All 3 for £10:
- John Frieda Radiant Red Colour Magnifying Shampoo, £5.39
- John Frieda Radiant Red Colour Magnifying Conditioner, £5.39
- John Frieda Frizz-Ease Hair Serum Extra Strength, £5.99

John Frieda Radiant Red is the only range I know specifically made for Red Hair, that is readily available on the High Street, for a reasonable price. It smells like Caramel, and I've used it religiously ever for the 2 years I've been Red. 
The 3 for £10 offer on the John Frieda range came at the perfect time as I was running low and at £5.39 each, you're also making a hefty saving. 
I picked up the Frizz-Ease Hair Serum Extra Strength to complete the deal, I wasn't sure what to choose as my third product, but I thought, why go for Normal Frizz-Ease Serum when you can have Extra Strength?
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Now on to what I purchased in other Stores:
- Love Lettuce Face Mask, £5.50
- Pow Wow Lip Scrub, £4.75
- Cosmetic Warrior Face Mask, Generous Sample, Free

The Love Lettuce Mask was also on this week's LUST LIST, and I'm glad I managed to get it. While I was visiting my friend in Glasgow, we all went out for more than the human body can physically handle a few drinks, and because my skin is sadomasochistic it's deciding to punish me with bad skin for a whole week after. Hopefully this will reduce any spots that are itching to appear at the moment, and remove any dead skin. 
Love Lettuce (which actually doesn't contain any lettuce, not a trace!) is described as "an effective exfoliating face mask which gives normal to oily skin a softened, smooth and radiant glow". It will definitely be featured in FaceMask Friday, so you can expect a review soon.

While I was in Lush, my eye was caught by the Christmas limited edition Lip Scrub; Pow Wow. Pow Wow smells incredibly zesty and fresh and is made with popping candy, yes POPPING CANDY! 
It would have been a crime to leave this on the shelf, not only because it's Willy Wonka Wonderful, but because Winter is playing Havoc with my once soft lips. Not only does Pow Wow leave your lips smooth, it tastes amazing. You only need to dab your finger on the product and you have enough for your lips, meaning it will take years to hit the pan.

This was only my second ever trip to LUSH, and I've really been missing out. 
The staff are genuinely friendly, not at all in an overpowering way, and were even kind enough to give me a (very generous) sample of Cosmetic Warrior FaceMask. 
This sized sample, when used frugally, has enough product for at least four uses. 
And, unlike other stores which shall remain unnamed, are very happy to give you samples, and most of the time, will offer you them without even having to ask.
LUSH is fast becoming my favourite store, and I'm sure you can see why.
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- 2 Pack of Hair Scarves, £2
- Silk Vintage Pattern Scarf, £2
- Leopard Wire Hair Tie, £1.50

A trip to Glasgow really wouldn't be complete without a trip to Primark (Edinburgh doesn't have a Primark yet, though hopefully by the end of the year, it will). 
I won't bore you with my other purchases (PJ's and the fluffiest dressing gown ever), but I thought you may like to see my new Hair Accessories. 
You know I love my vintage styles, these accessories are definitely not for the shy and retiring, hopefully they'll jazz up my dull winter layers.
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I hope you've enjoyed my bargainess haul, if you'd like to see a review/tutorial/FOTD with any of the products then just leave a comment below.
I managed to get two products from my LUST LIST and as Meatloaf says, 2 of out 3 4 ain't bad.
Have you tried anything I've bought? What have you been buying this week?

M x

This post is not sponsored or affiliated with any company. All products were purchased with my own money, and opinions are honest as always.


  1. did you get the extra £12 in vouchers? so tempted by the mirror, i saw it yesterday but thanks for the heads up on the £5 voucher, i think i actually have one somewhere!

  2. Awww what a beautiful cat! Awesome haul, well jel of the mirror and Pow Wow scrub, had my eye on those for a while! xx

  3. Looking forward to read how you find the soap & glory concealer. I'd like to try it myself... :)

  4. @Pretty in Pink,
    Hey Sara,
    I only saved £5 with the electrical voucher, the rest of the money saved through freebies, 3 for 2, offers, and 3 for £10.
    I would definitely recommend the mirror, hope you find your voucher :)

    Thank you, she's a huge poser, she runs to me everytime she hears my camera turn on!
    I love the Pow Wow scrub, can't stop using it, its so tasty. I'll get a review up soon.

    I'll include it in my next FOTD.
    Can't wait to use it, looks perfect, let's see if it works though :) x


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