A Clarins Haul

Clarins Haul 2Clarins are a brand I’ve been wanting to try properly for a while now. I have had so many products from their range on my ever growing wish list for so long now so when Escentual had an amazing 25% off everything on their website I took it as the perfect opportunity. If that’s not an excuse for a haul then I don’t know what is! I have been trying out my products for a couple of weeks now and I thought I would give you all my first impressions but it is safe to say I am pretty happy with all my purchases.

As soon as I heard about the 25% off there was two products that struck in my mind that I had to pick up. The first being the Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil in 01 Honey. This is a product that I’ve been so looking forward to trying since it was released earlier this year as part of the Spring collection. This oil was so popular when it first launched that it ended up being sold out everywhere for so long which explains why it took me so long to pick this up. The Oil is essentially a part skincare part makeup hybrid, offering lips nourishment and moisture whilst providing a clear sheen over the lips that works alone or over another lip product. I am not the biggest fan of sticky glossy formulas but I thought this would be lovely as a lip treatment for when my lips need a little hydration. It is super comfortable on the lips and really doesn’t feel overly sticky or heavy.

The other product I had my eye on was from their skincare range namely their One Step Facial Cleanser with orange extract. I had seen this product mentioned a couple of times by a few bloggers/YouTubers and the convenient cleanser seemed right up my street. Whilst I adore my Liz Earle cleanser, sometimes I need something that will take seconds for when I have limited time in the morning and this fits the bill perfectly! There are a few types of this cleanser although I picked the orange extract one which works with all skin types and it feels so refreshing on the skin which is great for those early mornings. I’ve not had a lot of use out of this yet as my early morning uni days are soon to arrive but I do really like this so far.

One of Clarins most popular makeup products is their Instant Concealer so obviously I had to pick it up and see what the fuss is all about. This liquid concealer is completely different from anything I’ve used before. Unlike my usual doe foot applicator product, this comes in a squeezy tube with an impressive 15ml of product. The concealer has a super thin consistency so it’s really lightweight but still offers good coverage. It is the perfect concealer for under the eyes, it blends so easily and feels weightless which is perfect for me as I am not a fan of thick concealers in the under eye area. This is a concealer that I think I will grow to love for a long time!

Lastly, I also picked up one of the Ombre Matte Cream to Powder eyeshadows in the shade 04 Rosewood. I had seen these eyeshadows numerous times and I had always wanted to try one out for myself. After a long debate about shades I picked up Rosewood which I expected to be of a light brown shade although really it appears more as a dark taupe-y brown colour. The colour isn’t something I would really usually go for but it works really well as a transition shade for in the crease. The formula is nice, it has minimal fall out and has a nice velvety texture although if used alone I do find it takes a little work to apply smoothly so I think I will be keeping it more as a crease colour which works better imo. The packaging though is so beautiful, in-cased in a cute clear pot with a mirrored lid, it looks super pretty!

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Fab Giveaway over on Claire’s Blog who just hit 500 followers and 100 subscribers!



I promised that i’d do a beauty giveaway when I reach 500 followers on my blog and 100 subscribers on my YouTube channel. I managed to hit that target a couple of days ago, so here it is!



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Giveaway Time: Win a MAC Lipstick of Your Choice!

Fab giveaway alert run at The Rose Beauty Files, check out her blog for details on her awesome giveaway for celebrating 100 followers!

100-followersLast night I went to bed with 98 followers and this morning I woke up and I had hit the 100 mark! Thank you so much for following me, I am so happy that so many of you are actually interested in reading my little blog! MAC-Fantasy-of-Flowers-Lipsticks_Fotor_CollageAs promised, I have decided to do a little giveaway to say thank you to everyone for following! This is my first giveaway so bare with me as I’m not entirely sure how I want it to to work, but I’ve come up with some rules:

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My Benefit Cosmetic Giveaway!

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Firstly I just want to thank each and every one of my followers. Especially the people that I now consider friends within this amazing little community we have here! It’s nice to feel apart of something and feel appreciated for what you do. I didn’t realise when I started this blog in May that I would have the reaction I’ve had. It started out as something to do while I was going through a rough time, now it’s something I look forward to doing.

Some of you may know that a couple of weeks ago, I said that when I reached 200 followers that i would do a giveaway. I’ve been racking my brain to try and think of a product that everyone would like… But then I thought, why not let them choose? As benefits is a big brand that everyone loves with amazing quality items, I thought i…

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Spring Mood Board

Spring Mood Board

Alice Olivia lace top

Topshop pants

White sandals
$49 – newlook.com

Sport watch
$33 – newlook.com

MUGLER perfume fragrance

Burberry lip treatment

Eos lip treatment
$9.88 – austique.co.uk

Ilia beauty product
$33 – conranshop.co.uk

Essie nail polish

Summer at the Beach

Summer at the Beach

Quiz floral print dress
£30 – debenhams.com

Warehouse floral swimwear
$11 – warehouse.co.uk

Warehouse floral swimwear
$11 – warehouse.co.uk

Dolce Vita platform wedge sandals
$140 – heels.com

Tkees multi colored shoes
€65 – colette.fr

TOMS gold shades
$139 – toms.com

Charlotte Russe printed hat
$13 – charlotterusse.com

Clarins sun care
$38 – saksfifthavenue.com

Nail polish
$6 – jacob.ca

Stripes Vs Spots

Stripes Vs Spots

Tommy Hilfiger dress
£90 – houseoffraser.co.uk

Oasis dress
$70 – oasis-stores.com

Jane Norman dress
£45 – janenorman.co.uk

Quiksilver dress
$45 – quiksilver.com

Wal G dress
£38 – bankfashion.co.uk

Miso dress
£25 – republic.co.uk

£25 – debenhams.com

H M dress
£25 – hm.com

Tory Burch top
$225 – net-a-porter.com

Sonia by Sonia Rykiel top
£206 – farfetch.com

Alexon blouse
£30 – houseoffraser.co.uk

Dorothy Perkins cardigan
$27 – dorothyperkins.com

Miss Selfridge top
$35 – missselfridge.com

£16 – republic.co.uk

J Crew skirt
$118 – jcrew.com

$66 – topshop.com

Miso jeans
£15 – republic.co.uk

H M skirt
£13 – hm.com

H M skirt
£3.99 – hm.com

Charlotte Olympia pumps
$875 – bergdorfgoodman.com

Madewell flat
$98 – madewell.com

Paris Hilton pumps
$95 – heels.com

Chinese Laundry ankle booties
$95 – heels.com

Not Rated sandals
$45 – dsw.com

Brahmin shoulder bag
$295 – brahmin.com

Orla Kiely wallet
$105 – endless.com

Betsey Johnson handbag
$78 – nordstrom.com

$34 – nordstrom.com

Kate Spade hat
$78 – katespade.com

Kate Spade hat
$78 – katespade.com

Talbots scarve
$60 – talbots.com

ASOS sunglasses
$22 – asos.com

Dooney & Bourke Flap Wristlet
$58 – dooney.com

$30 – allyfashion.com