01 May 2015

My April Purchases

Are you sitting comfortably? Good. Got your coffee in hand? Go grab it - you'll need it; this is a long one!

My first April purchase was a completely unplanned and spontaneous £50 haul on the newly-discovered Neulook/BIOVEA website - a 2-websites-in-1 affair! With a section dedicated to natural/organic brands, I just had to take a look... and place an order! There were tons of brands I hadn't heard of or tried before, so I just couldn't resist. Plus, the 20% off incentive was more than tempting! I managed to chop off a nice £10 from my order, plus I got free delivery (on orders over £39). So, what did I get?
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Desert Essence Coconut Shampoo, £8.85/237ml and Desert Essence Coconut Conditioner, £8.85/237ml (I paid £14.15 for the twin pack)
I'm loving coconut at the moment, plus I haven't tried many natural hair care brands, so I thought I'd give Desert Essence a try. With the use of hair straighteners every other day, my hair needs all the nourishment it can get. With coconut, jojoba, and organic olive oil, these hair products should gently cleanse while softening and smoothing any frizzy flyaways! I'll be comparing these to Faith In Nature's coconut shampoo and conditioner, which I'm currently using.
Aura Cacia Soothing Organic Milk & Oat Bath, £5.75/49.6g
It's been a while since I bought any new bath products, and I've been intrigued by products containing milk, as they are meant to be great for sensitive skin. I chose the helichrysum and lemon balm variety. With less than 10 ingredients, I was eager to try this out on my sensitive skin! Now, the sachet instructions say to empty the sachet into your bath. What, the whole sachet? Surely not? I'd never pay nearly £6 for one bath! I used just half a sachet per bath. It was ok... Didn't really excite or wow me in any way. It was quite a subtle scent and pleasant enough. It didn't irritate my skin. What more can I say?! Oh, I shall not be re-purchasing.
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Badger Organics Vanilla Bean Cocoa Butter Lip Balm, £6.80/7g
I've been eager to try this brand for a while, so as soon as I saw this cocoa butter lip balm with a vanilla bean scent, I had to have it! A bonus is that this is a larger size stick, compared to the usual 4.2g. Packed with anti-oxidants, this contains organic, fair trade cocoa butter, organic beeswax, organic vanilla, and nourishing oils. I think this may be my new favourite lip balm, over-taking my usual peppermint Dr. Bronner's!
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Andalou Naturals Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Brightening Mask, £11.35/50ml
Using fruit stem cell science, this mask gently dissolves dead skin cells on the surface, while exfoliating and resurfacing the skin, helping to even out skin tone and give a smoother texture. This mask contains organic pumpkin puree, pineapple juice, sugar cane extract, vitamin E, and vitamin C, with no GMO’s, gluten, paraben preservatives, petrochemicals, phthalates, sulfates, synthetic colours, dyes or fragrances. I used this the other day as my skin is looking really dull at the moment and the texture is reminiscent of sandpaper! It's got an unusual, earthy scent, but it's quite subtle. More thoughts on this soon...
Andalou Naturals Chia + Omega Radiant Skin Polish, £11.35/58ml
This skin polish promises to stimulate cell turn-over, improve hydration, and give a smoother skin texture, with fewer lines and wrinkles. Walnut powder exfoliates, bilberry fruit stem cells fight ageing, and jojoba and avocado oils moisturise and soften skin. Looking forward to trying this!

Next up was a little haul from Feel Unique.
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Lily Lolo Mineral Foundation in Porcelain, £13.49/10g
I've used liquid foundations for years, and never really ventured into powders. I don't know why, as with an oily T-zone, powder foundation seems like the obvious choice! Out of the generous 18 shades to choose from, I chose "porcelain", as I have really pale skin and find a lot of foundation shades are too orange for my skin tone.
Lily Lolo Super Kabuki Buffer Brush, £14.99
I bought this kabuki brush to go with the powder foundation, as suggested. Using the correct tools with your make-up products can really improve their performance. This brush is smaller than I expected, but the stubby handle and smaller brush head means it is easier to apply and work into your skin - especially around the awkward nose area.
StripEase Sugar Kit, £10
I hate shaving my legs - it's such a chore! Plus, it lasts barely a couple of days before your legs get all prickly again. It's a cruel world. I like getting my legs waxed as it's really effective, the pain is bearable and not all that bad, plus it lasts a lot longer than shaving, plus your hair grows in softer. But, it can be expensive on a regular basis. I wanted to find a suitable alternative, that was just as effective, but could be done at home to save on expense. I decided to try this StripEase kit. This 100% natural, vegan-friendly blend of sugar and water creates a syrup you heat up in the microwave, apply to skin with the provided spatula, and remove with the provided fabric strips. Best of all, the fabric strips are washable under warm water and re-usable! This should be the perfect choice for the most sensitive of skins. I haven't had time to experiment with this yet, but once I do, I shall share my thoughts with you!
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Baylis and Harding Rhubarb & Vanilla Cream Reed Diffuser, £15 £12
I purchased this along with our weekly grocery shop. This blend of vanilla and rhubarb is really lovely and sweet, but not over-powering. It creates a subtle, pleasant aroma in our living space.
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New Look Striped Tote Bag, £24.99
I also purchased this lovely striped bag from ASOS. I wanted a new and slightly bigger bag for our London trip, mainly so I could carry my camera and other essentials around with ease. I love the magenta panelled, monochrome striped front!

I also placed a little order on the Faith In Nature website. I managed to get just over £10 off my order!
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Faith In Nature Coconut Hand Cream, £6.39/50ml x2
I desperately needed more daytime hand cream as my stocks were running low, so I purchased two of these coconut hand creams as they are easily absorbed and non irritating.
Faith In Nature Chocolate Shower Gel & Foam Bath, £5.60/400ml
I love chocolate. Oh, did I need another reason for buying this? With the discount, this was free, so I'm one happy bunny!

Still going strong? If you need to top up that beverage, go do it now - we're not finished yet!
Now we're onto the London trip purchases!
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Harrods Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate, £9.95/200g
I'd wanted to try this for ages! It's really nice, but it's not worth the £10 price tag, in my opinion.
Neal's Yard Remedies Comfrey & Mallow Foot Balm, £13.50/50g
I popped into NYR while in Marylebone and made this purchase, spurred on by my aching feet from all the walking around! It's got an unusual scent, but it isn't overly strong. This is really comforting and hydrating for my feet. Great when used overnight.
Natural History Museum Seahorse Print Scarf, £10
The museum had some lovely items in their gift shops, and I was really taken with their seahorse scarf. I purchased the teal version which is so gorgeous, and perfect for wearing in spring and summer!

I also popped into Primark and purchased a few items:
I was in need of new cardigans, so I picked up a lightweight khaki one for £9. I also got two tops, both of which were just £5 each in the sale! Both tops have a boxy, loose fit and are a medium weight fabric, making them just right for this time of year. I've already worn all items, and here is how I styled one of the tops:
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I have to admit, I had high hopes for the Primark stores in London. I don't know what I was expecting, but if anything, they were even more unorganised than any others I've visited! Every single item I picked up was on a hanger with the wrong size label! Also, I found the most amazing green blazer - like the perfect shade of green - but there was literally one of them and it was about two sizes too big for me. Could I find the blazer (or any blazer, for that matter) in my local store? Nope. The search continues...

What did you buy during April? I'm thinking of imposing a spending ban this month so that we can get back on track with our finances and build up the savings account!

4 comments:

  1. Wow! Sooo much stuff :-) Ha. You've been a busy lady this month! I love the sound of the desert essence shampoo & conditioner, anything with a conconut scent is good with me. I also find coconut works wonders on my hair too! It completely eradicates any dryness. The faith in nature products look amazing too - The packaging is sooo good!
    Claire.x
    www.xclaireabella.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Sure have! :) I'm nearly finished my current shampoo and conditioner, so I shall be moving on to the Desert Essence products very soon! I like to use pure coconut oil as a hair mask every so often and it gives me soft, really shiny hair with less frizz! Awesome stuff. I really like FIN's packing, too! xxx

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  2. I am so loving that striped bag! x

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    1. Thanks, Laura! I'll be sure to feature it properly in an outfit post soon. :) xxx

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