13 January 2015

My January Beauty Haul (and your chance to WIN!)



With the January sales in full swing I thought it was about time that I treated little old me to some beauty goodies. As the Mr says, I always put everyone else first, so I needed to make myself priority for a change. My normal routine pre 2015 would pretty much just involve a face wipe to remove makeup, a blob of moisturiser with the occasional mask or scrub when I felt I was being naughty and neglecting my skin. Turning 30 this year (oh.my.goodness) and starting to worry about lines and wrinkles gave me even more reason to fill my basket!




Benefit - How To Look The Best At Everything 
This lovely set, which looks like a book, includes 4 miniature sized products, a brush, mirror and a small guide on how to use them. Parting with £25.50 seemed like quite a lot initially for something so small but after several recommendations I'm so glad that I did. The Boi-ing duo (in 01 and 02),
Porefessional and Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow (in "I'm Pure 4 Sure" Ivory) create a wonderful base for your face and really help to smooth fine lines and hide imperfections. I then use the Hello Flawless powder (in "I Love Me" Ivory) to set my makeup once complete which keeps it in place all day.

There are several sets available which suit the majority of skin tones and I opted for the light version as I'm certainly in need of some sunshine. When these products run low I will definitely be purchasing the full size versions of both the custom powder cover-up and brightening makeup.



Rimmel - Special Eyes Precision Eye Liner Pencil
I've used Rimmel pencils since I was a teen as they have always been great quality and value. I decided it was about time I replaced the small stump I had remaining at the bottom of my makeup bag for a brand new one though; there is only so much you can use that sharpener and when the lid is longer than the product itself it's a sure sign I need to go shopping! It's straight forward to apply and I use it on my lower lash line for amazing definition. I sometimes use it on my brows too as it's a near identical shade.

Bourjois - Liner Feutre
I've always had a pot of eyeliner instead of a felt-tip pen but this is easier to apply, quicker and less messy. It drys instantly so there is less chance of smudging and it provides an all day look with no need to reapply. I literally put it on first thing, usually flicked out for a cat eye effect, then wash off before bed with no touch ups required during the day. It's low cost and I imagine it is going to last quite some time. It's a smokey eye essential.



L'oreal - True Match Foundation
This provides great coverage without feeling heavy and it blends in really well. I went for a shade up from my natural tone to provide some colour and warmth to my skin and it seems to do the job really well without looking orange. A little goes a long way and I pop a pea size amount on each cheek and rub it out towards my jawline, spreading a small amount down my neck too to prevent any obvious makeup lines. The pump action top makes it easy apply and it provides a smooth finish, even more so when used with the Benefit set mentioned above.



Bourjois - Shine Edition Lipstick
I NEVER wear lipstick so this was a first for me. I usually stick with a natural look of balm or clear gloss but I felt it was about time I was brave and added some colour to my look. My lips are naturally quite a nice shade but having seen so many beautiful festive tutorials and images on Instagram over the past few weeks I wanted to take the plunge. I actually purchased several lipsticks from this range but 27 'Oh My Doll' is my favourite so far in quite a vibrant pink. I apply it sparingly as I don't want anything too bold having not really worn it previously and it glides on nicely with no stickiness and lasts a good few hours at a time despite eating, drinking and chatting as usual!




Boujois - Cream Blush
The Bourjois powder blush pots which come complete with a brush have lurked in the depths of my bag for some time and regulalry make an appearance but I was tempted to try the cream version as I can apply it with my fingers. I also find I can create a more dramtic look with better precision when using my hands so this was the preferred option for me. It's really creamy in texture and you only need a tiny bit to add colour to your cheeks. I love the variety of shades available and the fact I don't need a separate compact to apply as there is a mirror in the lid.

Image from the website

Younique - Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes
This was a product I'd heard about briefly before but hadn't decided to purchase, mainly due to the price tag. At £23 it is a high end mascara but with a few friends being amazed by the results I decided to make an order via a blogging friend who is also a presenter for the brand.

Having now used it daily since it arrived and being more than pleased with the difference it makes to my eyes and overall look, there is no going back! The Transplanting Gel is applied directly onto lashes or on top of your ordinary mascara, whichever you prefer, and then you add the natural fibers before sealing with the gel once more. It's really easy to do and it dramatically increases the length and thickness of my lashes for a false lash effect! It's incredible and you can even build it up further for a more exaggerated look.






For your chance to win a Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes of your own you can enter via the Gleam entry form below.
Leaving a comment is a mandatory entry method but there are bonus entires available also.
The giveaway ends on 11th February 2015 at 11.59pm GMT.

Good luck!


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196 comments :

  1. I love Clinique's tinted moisturiser with added spf - I wear it all Summer for a glow and protection x

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  2. I think my favourite is anything by Mac - if I had to choose it would be their mascaras :)

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  3. I like my MAC Flamingo lipstick

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  4. I love mascara

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  5. I've always wanted to try the benefit sets <3 and that mascara looks amazing!

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  6. I love the look of these but as a mum of 3, can't warrant spending money on more expensive, better quality makeup when there's nappies to buy, so this would be a nice treat...

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  7. ive wanted to try the mascara since i first heard about it but your right £23 is a lot of cash.....

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  8. What a fantastic giveaway,all these products sound fab,I've wanted to try this mascara for a while you did a great review on it and I've heard other great reviews but as a mum of four the price is a big put off as I don't really get to treat myself.

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  9. The benefit set looks great :)

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  10. I like Olay Regenerist Luminous Skin :) my new go to moisturiser!

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  11. I love my MAC Sunny Seoul lippy :) x

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  12. I haven't got a favourite product BUT as I haven't found a mascara which I particularly like, I really would like to try the Yonique mascara!

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  13. The Benefit - How To Look The Best At Everything set looks perfect for me. Now I am just wondering where I can get one from :)

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  14. This looks fab would love to try it out <3

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  15. I always used to buy Rimmel eye liner, but I haven't bought one for ages now that I'm out of my gothic phase! The mascara set looks great though!

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  16. Some lovely items! I have the Bourjois liner and I love it.
    I love Clinic bottom lashes mascara, it's fab! x

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  17. i love Boujois clear lip gloss, if im in a rush, as long as ive got my gloss on, i feel loads better :-)

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  18. sk-ii facial treatment essence

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  19. Just incase my first comment didn't go through: I love two things, my mascara and lipgloss and it enhances my eyes and lips just that little bit more. My skin loves my new prescription moisturiser and it sorts out the dryness I get on my t-zone and my skin feels smoother because of it.

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  20. Mascara mascara mascara - you can go out wearing no foundation, hair a mess, but if you eyes look great, you'll feel great :)

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  21. Maria O'Sullivan14 January 2015 at 17:51

    maybelline 24 hr superstay lipstick - it really works, can eat, snog and wake up next morning and its still there!!!!

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  22. I love my Clinique skin care products.

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  23. I wouldn't be without my weleda seathorn handcream - so soothing and softening (and smells gorgeous to boot!)

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  24. I love ysl make-up

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  25. The benefit set looks great love benefit

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  26. My favourite product is probably Baby Lips. Its so good at sorting out my lips

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  27. Bourjois mascara x

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  28. My favourite is Liz Earle Sheer Skin Tint - it makes me look that little bit healthier.

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  29. My eyebrow kit - somehow I always feel more put together with them done!

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  30. the eyebrow kit, mine are soooooo wild!!!

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  31. my no7 highlighter

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  32. Estee Lauder double wear foundation

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  33. awesome giveaway !
    my fave beauty product has to be my maxfactor false lash effect black mascara, ive tred expensive mascaras and find they never live up to good old maxfactor ! :)

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  34. my avon eyeliner/eyeshadow pencil

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  35. I love my Rimmel Scandaleyes eyeliner pen and my Urban Decay Naked 2 eyeshadow palette.

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  36. I love my Illamasqua eyeliner and wont go anywhere without it.

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  37. i love benefit products!

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  38. I love benefit products. Can't wait to try the fibre mascara!

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  39. love the fibre mascara

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  40. Aldi's Q10 moisturiser is great and only 1.99

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  41. B. Flawless foundation. The best I have ever used!

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  42. My favourite beauty product is my Mascara. I always look unwell without it.

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  43. Nars Audacious in Raquel!

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  44. My pocket size tin of cherry vaseline

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  45. Max Factor Masterpiece mascara, but I'd still like to give this one a try x

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  46. My fav is L'Oréal Paris Volume Million Lashes Mascara

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  47. Tinted moisturiser.... two jobs in one

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  48. Vaseline! It has so many uses.

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  49. Touch Eclat - essential when you have a small child!

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  50. Mine is Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish

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  51. my lip cream, keeps my lips nice and moist in this horrible cold weather.

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  52. Allison sullivan24 January 2015 at 10:36

    My daughter loves Mac foundation.I use body shop bb cream its so fab for my skin and hides blemishes on my chin very easily with very little cream

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  53. My black liquid eyeliner makes me feel glam!!

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  54. Lipstick - even with no other makeup on it makes me feel better!

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  55. No 7 Protect and perfect serum does wonders for my skin.

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  56. I am allergic to parabens so its a bit of a beauty nightmare! However my go to skin saviour and makeup love is Dermalogica 'Skin Perfect Primer'. Also a huge fan of Urban Decay 'Naked' palettes. Currently using' Naked 3' at the moment. xxx

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  57. i love avon always on the point eyeliner

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  58. love pixi lip balms so nice have a tint to them

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  59. night & day cream

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  60. I like alot of things. Limecrime, MAC, NYX, Maybelline, [some korean brands]

    Hey, do you like korean beauty/skincare products? Low prices & ship worldwide including UK! Here's the link; http://www.wishtrend.com/?a_aid=lilmonster2013

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  61. I Love MAC ,,, but only use it on special occassions as its to expensive for me lol

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  62. I love my Estée Lauder mascara but it's so expensive I only use it for going out

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  63. I would really love to try the mascara

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  64. My favourite one is Benefit Creme Eyeshadow :) I could not apply any normal eyeshadows without applying that one first. I love to use it on its own as well :)

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  65. I love benefit and always love to try their new goodies.

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  66. Tinted moisturiser - at least it makes you look alive! thanks georgina.jacobs@blueyonder.co.uk

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  67. christian dion foundation is gorgeous

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  68. Mascara is my must have product, my eyes look dead without it lol my favourite at the moment is Rimmel. I do love to try out new mascaras and products though. The mascara featured looks lush I would love to try it.

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  69. Clinique Smart Serum as it makes my skin look and feel radiant

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  70. clarins beauty flash balm-always makes my skin look fab.

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  71. I rarely wear makeup, but my favourite ever is Chanel's rouge noir nail varnish.

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  72. My favorite beauty product has to be Dermacol foundation. It's great for a big night out, fancy dress party or event. It's full coverage but doesn't break out my acne-prone skin!

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  73. I would love to try the mascara please! Can't afford extensions now! This looks the next best thing 💖👍

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  74. I love Benefit pore professional

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  75. I love Cliniques tinted moisturiser, it has a lovely texture & doesn't sit on top of your skin.

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  76. love any kind of nail varnish! as long as it's bright x

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  77. It's a lovely comp. I love my lippy...feel naked without it! Also a touch of mascara always helps me to look more awake!

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  78. Max Factor BB cream is my go to x

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  79. Charlotte Rawlins7 February 2015 at 20:44

    Mac fluid line

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  80. The Benefit how to look your best at everything set looks fab, i like how the powder keeps your make up in place all day, i think i might have to treat myself to a set for my wedding day xx

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  81. I love Benefit's eye cream and the boi-ing!

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  82. Olay Total Effects moisturiser.

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  83. My favourite is the old faithful YSL Touche Eclat :)

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  84. My favorite beauty product is my cover up.

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  85. They're real Benefit mascara!

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  86. my favourite beaty product is liquid eyeliner

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  87. Witch tinted moisturizer.

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  88. I couldn't live without my mascara.

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  89. My MAC Hello Kitty blush. I don't know what I'm going to do when it runs out!

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  90. Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliners - amazing.

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  91. Bourjois healthy mix foundation- couldn't live without it.

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  92. the benefit set looks great! - leanne w

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  93. Lipstick, always feel cheerful with it on

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  94. Maria Jane Knight10 February 2015 at 14:42

    Carmex lipbalm

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  95. concealor - works wonders on the bags under my eyes

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  96. Benefit's Porefessional. It blurs my pores better than anything else I've tried.

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  97. Mascara is the one product I can't be without

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  98. Olay Regenerist Replenishing Cream

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  99. For me it has to be Maybellines latest matt lipstick, I wore it for my wedding day and it was amazing and so long lasting

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  100. Clinique Superbalm lip gloss.

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  101. I love rimmel stay blushed in sunkissed cherry, brilliant stuff!!

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  102. My Revlon foundation

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  103. My favourite is Aveda Shampure shampoo :-)

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  104. I adore my benefit high beam. It makes me look human on even my roughest days and add's a real touch of glamour to my make-up.

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  105. Lily Lolo mineral foundation

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  106. Concealer

    trevor Linvell

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