Friday, 31 January 2014

THE TWO WINTER STAPLES


I've been wanting to write this post for many weeks now, so today I finally took some photos. I really should stop procrastinating.

It was last November that both of the purchases occurred, being the scarf and the coat. Since I got them I swear they've never left my body. Let me explain...

H&M Navy Coat - I cannot find this online (unless I'm being really stupid and haven't looked properly) but I paid a small £24.99 for this cosy beauty. It goes with everything, and just sits perfectly. I never bother doing up the buttons because I can just wrap it around myself and it all looks so effortless. It's one of those additions that you can chuck over the worst outfit in the world to make it look Vogue. Maybe I'm exaggerating slightly, but I absolutely love it.

Urban Outfitters Tartan Scarf - The tartan trend was embraced by many this season and I still love to fling this over my neck on those chilly days. It is tartan. but in a more subdued manner. Once again, it goes with 90% of my wardrobe and it looks so 'undone' but still fashionable. I sometimes go for the french-esque look and have one side over my shoulder, but most of the time is hangs loosely and everything seems to fall into place. Just how I like it.

I apologise for posting this as winter is coming to a close, I'm sorry for the dog hairs on my coat and please forgive me for including items you can no longer find online - but I just had to share. It's been my 'uniform' as Vivianna would like to say.

Megan x



Wednesday, 29 January 2014

THE EVERYDAY EYE



Since I got sent some Nanshy brushes, I've been putting them to good use and actually setting myself a little routine for my everyday peepers. Normally I do everything on a whim: a little brown liner if I feel like it, some smokey bronze when I can be bothered and occasionally some eyebrow filling-in occurs. However, now I have gathered the best of the best together and decided have my own little eye ultimate team.

I always like to use a cream base, which in this case is the Benefit Creaseless Cream Eyeshadow in Bikini-Tini. This is longlasting and gives a nice champagne tint to the lids to help adhere everything on top. Plus, the packaging is gorgeous. I then use a Soap & Glory shimmery champagne eyeshadow on top which is from a palette that contains some brighter colours. I absolutely love the shade but it's a little inconvenient (which is why it is not pictured). Can you recommend any champagne coloured single eyeshadows? I then dive in with various crease brushes to try and add some definition. I mainly use Naked2 from the UD Naked Basics and then go a little deeper on a smaller brush with Faint. I do a spot of highlighting with the lighter matte shades on the brow bone and use an angled brush with Venus for the inner corner.

Using the Barry M Blink Waterproof Eyeliner Pen, I *attempt* to do a small, natural wing. Take that with a pinch of salt though, because the majority of the time I mess it up and wish I never tried. For mascara, I use the Max Factor Clump Defy Waterproof which I highly recommend, but forgot to photograph. If I'm feeling a little fancy and have some extra time, I'll dig out the Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara as well.

To complete the look and 'frame' the face, I lightly fill in my brows with an Anastasia pencil in Dark Brown that came with the Lavish palette and pop some clear mascara from MUA on top to set. I don't mess with my brows too much because they're literally my prized possessions, albeit a little uncontrollable sometimes.

Megan x


Monday, 27 January 2014

PIXI SILK NOURISHMENT MASQUE

This little mysterious tub is from Pixi, entitled their 'Silk Nourishment Masque'. I say mysterious, because I purchased this from the Carnaby Street store in a deal with the much coveted Glow Tonic at £20 for the two. Therefore, I have no clue what the price is and I cannot find a single trace of it online. Pixi  -  pretty please make your skincare range more available because this mask should be in everyone's collection. Let the rave review commence...



The packaging on this is minimal but perfect; we all love some shine and glitter now and again but on this item the basics totally work. At this point in the review I'd comment on the price, but as I said, I can't. Please Pixi. I'm begging you.

The 'masque' (I guess a more interesting variation of 'mask') is a thick white cream, a similar texture to Sudocrem, perhaps a smidge thinner. I apply a reasonable layer over my face, leave it for as long as I want (it suggests 20 minutes) and wipe it off with a flannel. Whilst on the skin, it feels very soothing, not at all tight (it sets slightly) and most importantly, doesn't have a scent that burns your eyes. We've all been there with the colourful sleepover sachets.

Once I have removed the mask, which is not at all hard to do, I notice such a difference in my face. The under-the-skin red bumps are soothed, my complexion looks even, feels smooth and in general, more clarified and clear. I just can't get enough of the stuff.

Next time I'm in London, I'll definitely pop into the Pixi store again and take a better look at their skincare. I love the no frills aspect, but not that it is comparable to a unicorn, in that you probably don't believe it exists until you see it. For the last time Pixi, I beg. Please put the skincare range online!

Megan x

Saturday, 25 January 2014

ACE OF BASES


After a lot of trial and error, loves and hates, make ups and break ups, I think I've finally got to grips with my skin's niche and what I look for in a base. I don't object to BB creams or tinted moisturisers - I flipping love them, but recently I've been favouring a more flawless face and an extra five minutes blending, tapping and stippling. To achieve the desired effect, there are some products that have been helping me along:

Benefit Erase Paste - I purchased this, sung it's praises, then ditched it for months only for me to give it another go and find I absolutely love the stuff. A salmon toned concealer, this supposedly counteracts the deep tones under the eyes for an illuminated effect. I delve into the pot, and apply around two layers for almost full coverage for my circles, which are the darkest of the dark. I love this because it doesn't look cakey, and set with powder doesn't crease. Oh Erase Paste, why did I ever leave you?

Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer - I underestimated how lovely this concealer would be as I got it. But, this stuff can compete with the likes of Mac Moisturecover easily. I actually might prefer it to the £15 alternative. The finish is quite dewy, brightening and although not full coverage, I surprisingly still love it. If you're after something natural, try this why it is on offer at £3.50 in Boots. This also works well over correctors and Erase Paste. Do avoid for blemishes though, as the shimmer in this can highlight angry spots.

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer - I have repurchased this a few times because without it I feel lost, like I don't have a staple to fall back on if my skin takes a turn for the worst and I'm stuck for coverage. I don't think I need to say anything else, could I be any more blogger cliché?!

Revlon Nearly Naked - This is a medium coverage, satin foundation that is also very longlasting which I need for school days. I love applying this with the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush, for a skin-like finish. That's why I love this so much - blend it successfully and no one would know you're wearing foundation.

Maybelline Fit Me Powder - I have Rimmel Stay Matte, the usual favourite of most, but I've really enjoyed using this powder instead because it is a little more natural, allowing your skin to have a slight sheen. It's not cakey either - a total pet peeve of mine is an overly powdered face.

So, those are my base choices at current and so far I'm quite enjoying taking my time with the basics. I think if you're going to invest money into makeup, let it be the essentials. It's mostly trial and error which is why it can get so expensive, but there's that feeling of relief when you come across something that actual works. Ah.

Megan x








Thursday, 23 January 2014

KARDASHIAN BEAUTY CABANA BRONZE WATERPROOF PERFECT BRONZER



December 25th last year saw me dip my toes into the Kardashian's beauty line, one of the products being the Cabana Bronze Bronzer which also claims to be waterproof. I suppose we'll see if that's true come summer time..!

The rose gold enormous packaging actually floats my boat. Slightly gaudy I know, but you can't complain about the whopping 15g inside. No rationing with usage on this guy.

The bronzer itself is composed of three sections, each slightly different but all with the same geometric print. In the swatch, you can see each shade individually and then them all together. I give my Real Techniques Blush Brush a good swirl in the pan (how satisfying) and then apply to my temple area, cheek bones and occasionally a light dusting all over, as the colour is pale enough for that to look decent, surprisingly. The shimmer is not too much either, more of a sheen that emits a nice healthy glow. Before, I was more of a contour person, but bronzer really rocks my socks these days. It seems I'm breaking the rules and embracing the beachy skin in the cold weather - what a rebel I am.

Megan x

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

OCCO DALMACIJA NO.1 GENTLE SOFT WAX CLEANSER


You may remember my rather recent TkMaxx skin care haul, in which I purchased many Occo Dalmacija No1 skincare items, one of which I forgot to include, the Gentle Soft Wax Cleanser.

Since the Emma Hardie Natural Lift and Sculpt Moringa Cleansing Balm began its rounds on blogs, I knew I wanted something similar. A product that is thick and luxurious that removes my makeup without irritating my skin, and this does just that. I paid £3 for this tub, which is a weighty glass jar. To buy online direct from the brand's website it is £28.00 for 50ml, which is quite expensive and a factor that has persuaded me not to repurchase again unless I find it at a smaller price. It is designed to 'deep cleanse your skin with a nourishing blend of plant oils.' The product itself is quite oily, but it is easily washed off with water and doesn't leave a sticky film on my face like olive oil does, if you've ever tried cleansing with that. I've avoided foaming cleansers for around 6 months now, and I hardly ever have breakouts nowadays (touch wood). I am literally obsessed with hot cloth cleansers, milks, balms, micellar waters, oils... you name it. That was the main reason I bought this cleanser, as well as to aid my skin in terms of moisture. I also love that the product is '99% natural', so you know you can trust what you are massaging onto your face. There's no more of that tight feeling after removing makeup - my skin feels hydrated and soft, as I love it to be.

This has to be one of my favourite TKMaxx finds so far. I swear all I do is sing the praises of that store, but if you know what you're looking for and do some research, you'll have bargains like this one falling at your feet. I could spend all day in the place - the joys of being frugal!

Megan x

Sunday, 19 January 2014

STILA BREAST CANCER AWARENESS DUO





During my recent order from Stila, I could not resist the Breast Cancer Awareness Palette and Lip Glaze. I'm sure it's a cause dear to many of our hearts, with a 'portion of proceeds' being donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.I'm not sure this was the case as I snagged this in the sale for £3.25, but you can still find the cheek palette easily for £10 which I think is a brilliant price.

The embossed design on the powder is a very pretty touch for the cause. The colour consists of a matte bright pink and shimmery segments, which together leave such a fresh sheen on the cheeks that is longlasting too. I'm sure you can see in the swatches that the pink section is not the most pigmented, but that isn't all a bad thing as it leaves us heavy handed applicators on the safe side from the 'aunt sally' rosy cheeks. With a neutral eye and pink gloss lip, this shade works wonders and really suits my complexion, as I can imagine it would on most. 

The lip glaze is in 'Splendor', a slightly iridescent pink that is super glossy but a teeny bit sticky. Glosses and I have never been the best of friends, especially on windy days but this shade has gotten me to pay more attention to the stuff. This is also quite longlasting due to its tackiness, which is quite a nice thing as you don't have to reapply often. However, truth be told I'm rather lazy on that front and topping up makeup in general.

The cheek palette can be purchased individually for £10 on a range of sites, and the duo for £13 which is instock here.

Megan x


Saturday, 18 January 2014

NO HEAT WAVES

I'm one of those people that'll sleep in the craziest of hairstyles in the desperate attempt to give my barnet some wave or curl. I've tried plaits, buns, bantu knots (I'm sure that's not at all how you spell it), socks, old rags and pretty much anything else you could think of - but not one of those methods worked. I ended up with an uncontrollable amount of tight frizz, a bad nights sleep and the disappointment of the technique failing miserably. That was until, I watched stilababe09's hair routine video and followed her no-heat waves. Hold your horses, it actually succeeded.





I apologise for the slight blurriness of some of these images, but they captured the effect the best. I give it a little added oomph with the L'Oreal #TXT Volumising Spray and that's all. Completo.

I think the pictures do the talking here. The best part is, all I had to do to achieve such waves was section my hair in half, give it a twist and secure it at the top of my head until the morning. It looks slightly Star Wars, but who'll see it anyway?! I've gotten so many compliments and questions about how I did it, so here it is. My current every day style, and I love it.

Thank you Mere!

Megan x


Friday, 17 January 2014

MY FAVOURITE EYELINER

Eyeliner is kind of new to me. I have never really been one to use it, as every single one smudged and I could never get it even enough for my liking - the joys of being a perfectionist. I discovered a very nifty eyeliner recently, entitled the 'Blink Waterproof Precision Eyeliner' from Barry M. At £4.59, it's budget friendly and longlasting too, as I've had mine for a good couple of months and it is yet to dry out, something I was afraid of.




The nib is very fine, slightly bendy but not too much. In my eyes, perfection for an applicator. It does take a little practice to perfect a wing, but for a simple line of the upper lashes, it is pretty much idiot-proof.

Everything is perfect about this eyeliner. It's easy to apply, pigmented, dark, longlasting, doesn't smudge and is darn cheap too. There's not much else I can say really. Try it for yourself and see if you agree!

Megan x

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

REAL TECHNIQUES EXPERT FACE BRUSH


Of all brush brands, Real Techniques has to be my favourite. I love their shape, the fact that they're synthetic, their price point, they do not shed and they're super soft - everything you could possibly want from a brush. I'm yet to own the core collection so to satisfy my cravings for the Buffing Brush. I decided to give the Expert Face Brush a go instead.

This brush is around £9, depending on where you buy. To give you an idea, my mum uses this. I say that as a big thing because if I make my mum try something and she doesn't like it, she won't use it. However, she has been applying her foundation with the Expert Face Brush for over two months now which for her is like a light year. I hope that indicates to you that its a good'un. The size of the brush head and the density is perfect, not too soft or too firm and the bristles are a great length. When I apply foundation using this, I pop some on the back of my hand or swipe some on large areas of my face and proceed to blend, the best part. There's something satisfying about blending, anyone else find that? The finish this brush leaves is very smooth - no streaks here. For concealer this is also a dream, as you can push the product into the skin and the head is not too big to blend around the eyes.

Having a good brush really does do the world of good. I'm yet to own any high end brushes because I think there is not really any need when ones like this are available on the shelves of Boots and Superdrug. Real Techniques - you definitely float my boat when it comes to application!

Megan x

Monday, 13 January 2014

ORIGINS DRINK UP INTENSIVE OVERNIGHT MASK



I had my first encounter with Origins last Christmas, and so far I'm loving the three masks I've tried from the brand. Out of the trio, the one that has impressed me the most is the overnight mask, a thick cream you apply before bed and leave on until the morning, if you can resist the urge not to eat it inbetween because this stuff smells good. Like apricot peachy goodness. I feel the same about Lush. Their products smell so nice I just wish I could take a bite. In all seriousness, don't try that at home - it's definitely not advised to consume beauty products!

On my skin this is like a breath of fresh air. I wake up to a complexion that looks new, bright, fresh, plump, moisturised and all that jazz. I also love that it isn't sticky when applied and doesn't irritate me when I'm trying to sleep. I was worried first hand that it would be uncomfortable to have on my face, like some night oils are, but this certainly isn't the case (ooer poet and I didn't know it, eh?). It is absorbed into my skin nicely and I wake up feeling like a new born. Ok, slight exaggeration, but seriously, this stuff is good.

I think this little green tube will be repurchased as soon as it runs out (or when I can afford to pay £22.00 for another). I'm upping the mositure levels in my skincare routine at the moment and I've noticed such a difference, which I mainly think is down to this and Hydraluron. It feels good to apply products I know are doing some good!

Megan x

Sunday, 12 January 2014

STILA SMUDGE STICK EYELINERS




Stila is a brand I have tried little of, so when I laid eyes on their sale I was well and truly obsessed. This eyeliner quintet cost me £6.25, which is now sadly out of stock in most (if not all) places. I still wanted to share the goodness though, because it seems a reoccuring set every year and *apparently* three of the shades are from the core line. However, I can only find Moray to be permanent in the UK. I hope you don't mind, I was so excited to review these so it's quite disappointing that they're not easy to get hold of.

Each eyeliner is twist up, which is really handy because there's no need to use a sharpener and waste lots of colour. However, the mechanism seems really strange and it takes a long time to surface more product, which I know many people have complained about before. The eyeliner stick feels cheap, very plastic and light. It's a good job that what's inside counts!

The formula of these eyeliners is so creamy, yet it sets quickly and stays put. And I do mean, stays put. They don't call them 'waterproof' for nothing.  The shades are very pigmented, but most importantly, an absolute dream to apply and blend. The colours are as follows:

Moray - an olive golden hue. (permanent)
Tetra - a shimmery medium purple.
Angelfish - nude sheen.
Oscarfish - shimmery bronze (my favourite).
Stargazer - black with silver sparkle.

I think the swatches above do them justice. I was literally mesmerised when I had them on my hand, albeit slightly frustrated trying to remove them a few minutes later! Truth be told, I wouldn't pay £13 for these individually, when you can get Rimmel Scandaleyes for £3.99. However, if you can find this set anywhere for a bargain price, don't hesitate to buy it, or you'll be missing an complete steal!

Megan x

PS. Stila has free delivery on all orders so if something else takes your fancy in the sale, you can look here.

Saturday, 11 January 2014

CURRENT HAIRCARE FAVOURITES

Hair care is the one beauty area I'd say I'm the least familiar with. I always used to love doing my hair with plaits, pigtails and everything in between when I was younger on those creepy doll heads, and on my own hair for school. Nowadays, I prefer to keep it simple. A few items to give it some oomph, then out the door. Here is the quartet that I've particularly enjoyed using recently:



Batiste Tropical Dry Shampoo - I have a love/hate relationship with this colourful can. It does a darn good job at keeping hair fresh, but apply too much and you're left with a white powdery head (come on, I'm not ready to age just yet). I've come to terms with how to use this successfully, in quick spritzes at the roots and a small massage to distribute the product. For now, it's love.

L'Oreal Studio Line #TXT Volume Supersizing Spray - I purchased this in Asda for £2.50 on a whim, after hearing a few good reviews. I'm actually pleased to say, this is a great item. I wouldn't say it 'supersizes', but it does add some wearable volume for everyday without leaving the hair crispy or crusty. I think this may be one of the first volumising hair products I've tried that actually works.


Lee Stafford Blow Dry Your Hair Faster Spray - My absolute favourite thing ever. Since getting this in a Company goodie bag at Graduate Fashion Week, I don't think there's been a hair wash day I haven't used it. If you're looking for an all-round star, this is it. To start with, it 'blow dries your hair faster'. I don't know if that's true, but I do enjoy using it also to keep hair smooth, detangle and heat protect all in one. What a multi-tasker this is for around the £6 mark!

Toni & Guy Shine Gloss Serum - I've been popping some of this on my ends now and again to tame frizz and keep them shiny, and it does a great job at that. It smells lovely and the packaging is great too. Since my Got2b hair oil has been running low, this has been a great alternative.

I'm thoroughly enjoying giving my barnet a little extra TLC recently, and I'm sure my hair feels all the better for it. Now it gets serious... do I go for the recent shoulder length blogger chop?

Megan x

Thursday, 9 January 2014

TRYING A LITTLE KIKO

In London recently whilst celebrating Lauren's birthday, we came across the Kiko store on Regent Street. I've always been curious about Kiko products, as truth be told they aren't coveted massively online. I decided to try two items, both of which were very cheap at £3.90 for the lipgloss pencil and £2.90 for the eyeshadow.




I spied the gloss pencil for the beautiful shade, a nude pink that actually works on my skin tone. Most wash me out but this leaves a muted sheen that I am loving currently. The packaging is very sleek, a matte black pencil with a colour-coordinating end. The only qualm I have here is that the colour range is quite limited, which is slightly disappointing because I love the formula - creamy and non-sticky.

The eyeshadow I decided to try was a cool taupe, which is very good quality (nicely pigmented) considering the price. There was some beautiful bronzes available but I decided to sadly avoid them as I own way too many already. I had a hard job deciding as there was a whole wall full of shadows! The whole store was like heaven. Something I found very practical was the tissues, cotton pads and makeup removers located throughout the store to free us makeup obsessors from the colourful swatch hand.

Overall, I am very impressed with what I have tried from Kiko and the store in London. I really want to place an online order as I'm desperate for more!

Megan x

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

A GUIDE TO CREAM BLUSH

One of my favourite products ever has to be cream blush. For some reason, I have such a soft spot for the stuff and much prefer it to the typical powder formulas, because of the dewy appearance it gives on the  cheeks. Don't get me wrong, I love a good swirl in a powder pan once in a while, but recently creams have been my absolute favourites. From the method of application to the stars of the show, here's what I've discovered during my recent love affair with such product.


Application - There are three tools I use to apply a little rouge. Firstly, the trusty Real Techniques Stippling Brush. We've been together for a year now and I've loved every minute of it's blending glory. You can go ahead and shove this right into the product, give it a little wiggle on the back of your hand to remove excess colour and off you go. Voila - soft focus blush right where you need it.

A new discovery but very much welcomed into my routine, is the H&M BB Cream brush. This baby was £5.99, and for an angled top buffer, that definitely isn't bad. It is super soft and perfect for working around the edges gently, to blur out those harsh lines. Multipurpose describes this perfectly, as it's also great for concealer, foundation and cream bronzer... I suppose we best move on before I go into 1000 word rave about this hidden gem. Seriously, you need one; and not just for cream blush.

The last of the trusty weapons to get my cheeks glowing is the good ol' ring finger . This warms the product slightly too, which means it will blend more effectively. I like to get a quick tapping rhythm going on with my tips, moving up and down the cheek area like I'm playing a piano on my face. Weird, I know, but oh so effective. Gently pushing the product outwards also works a dream if you're doing your makeup in public. The piano method might get you a few strange glances on the train.

Favourites - I'm yet to try any high end cream blushes, but so far the high street has served me very well. My favourites include the £2 range from MUA, of which I own three. The latest purchase was Bittersweet, a peachy pink that has me weak at the knees. I love some good winter plums, but this is so pretty it could not be excluded from this post.

I much regret not snatching up Topshop Neon Rose while I could, but my second choice of Prime Time serves me well. This is a true blue pink, that looks gorgeous combined with a complimentary lip and lashings of mascara. A true 'wake me up' shade.

Lastly for favourites, is Dainty Doll Orange County Girl. I've never seen any cream blushes quite like this shade, for the fact that it contains some Nars-esque gold shimmer. Although this is a little harder to get hold of now, it had to be featured for being so unique.

Extra Tips - I've also learnt along the way that it is best to apply creams first, on top of creams or bare skin. Powder underneath never sits quite right on my face, so if you're using a powder bronzer or highlight, sweep that on afterwards. If cream blushes never last on you, try setting them with a coordinating powder. This will provide extra staying power if your skin is a little on the oily side.

So, that was my ode to cream blush. Hopefully I've inspired you to try a few out and test the waters a little more. I'm willing to share the love on this one!

Megan x

(Perhaps this could be a mini series, is there any products you'd like 'a guide to'?)

Sunday, 5 January 2014

THE SKINCARE REVAMP

I'm sure you've all heard of Caroline Hirons. If not, then where have you been these past months?! She is a true skincare genius with a very helpful blog to guide us all into a blemish free, radiant face. Reading her posts inspired me to get my backside in gear and take good care of my skin. This isn't a review post, more like a 'here's what I hope will get me through the winter' ramble. Enjoy.


Pixi Glow Tonic - Seeing this on the shelves of the Carnaby Street Pixi store made my heart skip a beat. Chemical exfoliants have intrigued me recently, and for £16 this was a good price. I've been using this as a toner, to hopefully keep my skin radiant and healthy looking.

Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask - I got this as part of the Mask Marvels trio from Origins, and although I've only used it a handful of times, I'm already very impressed. I'm really looking forward to using this more often. Plus, it smells incredible, like apricots and peaches and all kinds of loveliness.

Hydraluron - I've had this on my imaginary wish list for a long time, mainly because of my dry skin that just looks dull. I know this is pretty much a cult classic, and although I can see results already, I need the perfect moisturiser to go with it. Can you recommend any?

Occo Dalmacija No1 Gentle Soft Wax Cleanser - I discovered this in TKMaxx for £3, with an RRP of £28.00. This will be my first experience with a balm-type cleanser so we'll see how it goes on this front. It is also contains 95% natural ingredients and 100% natural fragrances - that can't be a bad thing?

The only negative here is that with more skincare comes a lighter purse, and less storage room. Fingers crossed it's all worth it!

Megan x

Thursday, 2 January 2014

TKMAXX SKINCARE BARGAINS


As I do most weekends or whenever I can, I had a browse in TKMaxx a few days ago, one of my absolute favourite things to do, especially with a friend equally as obsessed with finding a good bargain (*cough cough* Lauren). I've found some great things before, such a 3 Deborah Lippmann nail polishes for £8, an Emma Hardie Body Butter for £12 and a scrub for a tenner, a Rodial Glamtox Kit for £12, New CID cream shadows (x2) for £5... the list goes on. I keep Google on hand for some quick research in store, and dig high and low. It paid off, as I really scored this time with some Dalmacija No.1 Occo skincare items...

The first item I initially spotted on the shelves was the Occo  Dalmacija No.1 Intense Hydration Mask. This continues to sell online for £38.00 (it says out of stock on Harrods but was once there), and feels very luxurious in a weighty glass pot. Anything that claims to add moisture to my dry skin proves very intriguing for me. This set me back a fiver... whaaat?!

Secondly, the Protecting Lip Balm. With an RRP of £12.00, this cost only three. I'm not crazy on the liquorice scent, but I'm willing to see past that if it is effective at keeping my lips silky smooth.

Lastly, the Conditioning Face Oil. This has an RRP and still retails at £30 for a bottle, whilst it was priced at £4. Can we have another...whaaat?! I have never tried a face oil before so I was especially excited to discover this, and try it out.

 So my favourite part, the maths bit. I should have spent £80 on the three items. However, I saved £68 and spent £12 on the trio - that's why I love TKmaxx!

Megan x

(Do you like reading these bargain type posts and seeing how much I save? Please let me know as I'll gladly continue to write themas I find bits and bobs!)