Sunday, June 30, 2013

London & IMATS Makeup Haul Plus a little Giveaway (Closed)!

I promise this will be the last London related post on here. I know I've been harping on about it since I came back but I seriously had so much stuff to write about. This post is going to be a Beauty Haul showing you guys what I picked up whilst I was in London. Looking at my purchases now I did buy quite a bit but I know that I'll actually use the stuff I bought which I know can't be said for some past purchases.
First off I'll show you what I got at IMATS! To be fair I didn't buy too much. I bought a couple of bits from Crown Brush, I seen so many good reviews on their brushes I knew I wanted to check them out. I bought two palettes, their 28 Nude Eyeshadow palette (which you can win, details below) and their 10 pan blush palette. I also picked up five of their brushes on the day, I'm not too sure what type of brush they are as they have no names. It's kind of annoying but who knows they could be amazing makeup brushes and redeem themselves. The total for these purchases came to £78 which I wasn't expecting. I think it's kinda pricey for what I got to be honest but other than that I'm happy with my purchases. My only other purchase at IMATS was Make Up Forever's HD Foundation, again a product I've heard tonnes about.  I made such a good saving on this product, at IMATS it was £20 but in Dublin it retails for in and around €38. I got it in the shade 117 which is the perfect match for me and so far I'm really happy with it. I don't think it would be a foundation I'd use on a day to day basis but definitely for special occasions. I haven't really tried too much from Make Up Forever as I feel its a bit on the pricier side of things over here. Who knows after trying this I may pick up some more bits from them really soon! 

When I seen Benefit's Matthew Williamson The Rich is Back palette online I knew I had to have it. We do have a huge Debenhams in town but with saving for London I decided to save my money and buy it when I got there. I do have a few Benefit palettes in my collection which are all fab but this one just caught my eye, I'm in love with the retro packaging. All the shadows in the palette are very wearable, I could even see myself using the turquoise shade over the Summer months too, I just hope we start getting the nice weather soon. This palette was £26.50 which I guess is a bit on the pricey side of things but I know I'll get so much use out of it. It's also Limited Edtion so I doubt it will stick around for long. When I was in Debenhams on Oxford Street they literally had three left in stock. I came upon the store Liberty by a complete accident when we got off the Tube. Of course I snuck in with Paddy for a few minutes to have a look around their Beauty Hall which is heaven! I bought two miniature Bumble and Bumble products, their Prep and Thickening Hairspray. I've never seen the mini products in Dublin so I decided to give them a go. I always find it better to go for the miniatures instead of the full size products as if I don't like something I know I won't have wasted a lot of money. Both of these products came to €12.50 which I thought was rather good! I haven't tried too much from the brand but so far I'm really impressed with these two products. I signed up for a store card while I was in the store, I have no idea why considering I'll never use it as I live in Dublin. Another brand we can't get our hands on in Dublin is KIKO Cosmetics. I popped into their store in Westfield Stratford and it was so busy as they had their Sale on. I haven't heard too much about this brand so I was looking forward to trying some bits. I bought two products that were in the Sale, the Sun Bronzing Blush and Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow. I wasn't planning on buying the latter but the lovely Sales Assistant sold it too me at the til. They literally don't budge, I went for shade 28 which is a flesh toned. I think it will be great under a neutral eye. I also picked up KIKO's Night Balm which is a nourishing treatment for the lips. Mine have been extremely dry lately so I'm hoping it works magic! All three products came to £16.20 which didn't break the bank. If I end up liking these goodies I'll definitely pick up some more bits the next time I'm in London.

The only other shop I went to in Westfield Stratford was of course, Victoria's Secret! Here in Ireland we always seem to be the last to get big name stores opened on our shores so I couldn't wait to pop in and have a shop around. I ended up buying just beauty products, their beauty section is huge! There was so much choose from, I literally loved nearly every scent I tried. I finally decided on their Lemon Escape Gift Set and Love Spell Fragrance Mist. All of these products smell amazing! The minute I sprayed Lemon Escape Paddy insisted that I bought the fragrance. I think it was probably his favourite scent in the whole shop. I decided to go for the set as you get the body spray, body lotion and shower gel housed in a gorgeous makeup bag. Lets be honest here I did fall in love with the makeup bag just a little so that probably played a big part in my final decision. I was also drawn towards their Love Spell Fragrance Mist, it has a gorgeous peachy scent! Plus it comes in purple packaging which is indeed my favourite. For daytime I do love fragrance mists as opposed to perfumes over the Summer as they are much lighter on the skin. Lastly in Stansted Airport I picked up the Rockin' Body Perfecting Cream. This was one of those "Getting Rid of my Sterling need to buy Stuff" purchases. Lets be honest we all have them when we go on holidays. I was really surprised that the Victoria's Secret in the Airport stocked so much considering it was the size of a shoe. This came to £10.83, not a 100% sure how much it actually is in stores. Again this smells really nice , it's basically a body illuminator which I think will look rather nice over tan.


Paddy bought me some bits and bobs while we were in London. He picked me up this gorgeous Beatles Abbey Road teddy which is so cute. I have a couple of teddys from when I was younger with badges/pins from different countries my family and I have visited. Whenever people go away they always bring me back a couple. As you can see I've already stuck a couple of London badges on there. I'm actually scared to count the amount of badges/pins I have as there are so many. Paddy also got me two books, The Devil Wears Prada and the new sequel, Revenge Wears Prada. I've heard so much about the original book so I can't wait to give these two books a read very soon.
Now for the giveaway, I was quite lucky to have been able to buy quite a bit whilst I was in London last weekend. Thank god I checked in a bag or I wouldn't have been able to bring any of it home. Saying that my suitcase was nearly over the 15KG limit which I was indeed stressing out about all morning! I've decided to give away the lovely Crown Brush 28 Neutral Colour palette which you can see in the first picture on this post. Of course I opened it to show you guys what its like in person but I haven't touched any of the shadows! If like me you love neutral shadows this will definitely be up your street. I do love it myself but I do have quite a few neutral palettes already and I thought it would be nice to give it away to one of my lovely readers!!

Entering this giveway is simple as I don't want to go down the route of a million rules and such.
Here's what you have to do!

Follow All-Made-Up on Bloglovin' which you can do here , let me know in the comments if you have done so.

For an extra entry you can tweet - I've just entered @AllMadeUp21 International Giveway for a Crown Brush 28 Neutral Eyeshadow palette #bbloggers

Lastly comment on this post telling me what your favourite beauty products are for the Summer months.

Closing Date - Sunday 7th July @ Midnight. Winner will be notified on Twitter

Worldwide Giveaway (wherever I can send post too!)



UPDATE - The winner of the Crown Brush 28 Nude Palette is Chloe ! Congrats!

That's all you have to do guys easy peasy! I really hope you enjoyed my London/IMATS Haul, if you where at IMATS too I'd love to see what lovely beauty products you picked up.

Laura<3

18 comments:

  1. Great prize! I love bright nails for summer - neon pinks, corals, etc. Fingers crossed! :)

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  2. London sounds so brilliant! Following on Bloglovin as Chloe Power, tweeted at https://twitter.com/_ChloePower_/status/351483051727011842 & for summer, I think a good skincare routine & some mascara (loving Maybelline The Rocket) is ideal!

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  3. Looks like you had a great time and got some great stuff i loved IMATS so much!!

    www.andrewjamesblog.com

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  4. oh my, that palette is absolutely gorgeous. this summer i cant be without coral blush and white nail polish. and i follow on bloglovin as myrna1981

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  5. Followed you on bloglovin, my name is "Sheri Wong"
    And I love the covergirl outlast foundation due to the matte finish for summer!

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  6. I already Followed you on bloglovin as Sadi

    I tweeted here : https://twitter.com/Sad20ful/status/351561475464237056

    My favourite summer beauty product is MAC Studio fix powder plus foundation :)

    email: sadia.latif10@gmail.com

    Thankss alot

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  7. nice haul lady! Sounds like you had a fun trip although I do have a wee bit of sympathy for your other half lol! Mine would be like a divil if I brought him makeup shopping ;)

    Im following you on blogloving as rachelle 16 and I tweeted the giveaway too xx

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  8. Fab haul! :D Im determined to go to IMATS one year, it looks so much fun haha! :) I've followed your blog on BlogLovin as katyroberts391 and I've also tweeted the giveaway, too! :) x

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  9. Fantastic haul, I've never been to London! I tweeted (https://twitter.com/Shannairl/status/351715271582552065) and follow on Bloglovin' as Behind Green Eyes or Sharon Leavy (never know which comes up). For summer months a good SPF is an essential product for me, and I love Catrice's BB Cream and Korres lip butter x

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  10. Followed you on bloglovin as Clare Donna

    I tweeted : https://twitter.com/claredmj/status/351746523660435456

    My favorite summer beauty product : Benefit porefesional

    email: claredmj@gmail.com

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  11. Woah. So many great purchases Laura. I would have loved to attend IMATS. It looks like heaven for a makeup junkie like myself but unforch I live in Ireland like yourself. Should we start a protest to bring it here aswell? haha :) I always hate how expensive the cosmetics are over here when we convert the prices to other currencies like dollars and pounds. But rant over, the Crown brushes looks great. I've read nothing but good reviews about them. I'm pretty jealous over here.

    I'm such a devoted lover of neutral eye shadows so thanks for this opportunity.
    I followed your lovely blog on bloglovin: Slave to Vanity

    I tweeted here: https://twitter.com/dianejoaquin/status/351750488737333248

    My fave summer beauty products have to be: Avon Nail Enamel in Viva Pink 9such a gorgeous pink and looks great with a tan), Revlon Colourburst lip gloss in Sizzle, Revlon Just Bitten Kisseable Balm Stain in Love Sick and Revlon PhotoReady Cream Blush in Pinched. Can you tell I love Revlon? :)

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  12. Sounds like you had a ball Laura! And spent a fortune!

    Followed you on bloglovin' and will tweet you in a mo, but for the summer I love, love, love highlighters, dewy foundation, coral nails, electric blue eyeshadow or burnt golds and SUNCREAM obvs, not that there's much need for it here....

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  13. I am super jealous of your goodies, the Benefit palette sounds brilliant!

    I follow via Blog Lovin' - emsmixedbag.

    Em

    x

    Em’s Mixed Bag

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  14. My super favourite is Clinique CC cream, it's so much lighter and lovelier to wear than a foundation!

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  15. Great giveaway. It was so lovely to meet you at Imats, and the model!! Really nice to but a face/person to a blog. I am loving orange colours for summer, so a lot of peach cheeks and lips :)
    xx

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  16. followed on bloglovin: http://www.bloglovin.com/indxmandylouis
    tweet: https://twitter.com/itsgermanotta/status/353458212881702912
    email: the_umbrella_of_glass@hotmail.com

    I use BB cream, coral lipbalm, bronzer and a nude makeup (with naked 2 or naked basics)

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  17. I followed - bloglovin.com/chantellevex
    Tweeted - https://twitter.com/chantellieve/status/353978816982548480
    My favorite products are coral lipsticks! x

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