It had to be done didn’t it? I loved the original Wonderstruck.. sorry LOVE.. so much that I knew I had to have the new Enchanted version, I just can’t believe it’s taken my so long to buy it! I finally have it now though so a review is job one. I only received it in the post this morning (I’m writing this on Monday because if I wasn’t super duper organised I’d never blog at all) but I think I’ve worn it long enough to write up at least my initial feelings. First of all I spritzed it straight out of the box and hated it. I thought it smelled soapy and just I guess not what I expected after the first was so sweet and fruity, I was disappointed but it has dried down to a totally different scent. I think the initial notes that hit me were white musk and florals which are not my cup of tea at all but the vanilla and woody notes came out later which has left it much more my kind of fragrance. I’ve never experienced such a flip that way around before, I’ve loved a perfume and smelled it again later and hated it but one has never changed on me from hate to love.. bizarre. If I’d tested it in Boots I would never have bought it so I’m glad I took the plunge and ordered sight unseen.
Already I think this is lasting longer on my skin than the original, I usually can’t smell that on myself after half an hour but this is much better.. although I once read that the perfume for you is the one you apply and then can’t smell yourself, only others can smell it on you.. have you heard that? The bottle is identical, holographic with the detailed golden lid but red this time, they will look cute next to each other on my dresser. Available online here priced £21.00 for 30ml
So it’s another win for me, I really like it but it was a grower so if you don’t love it straight away then wait a while.. you may find it changes on you too
I’m currently trialling some very exciting new products from Color WOW and I thought I’d share them with you. The brand was created by the co founder of the John Frieda company so you’re already interested, right? Well just wait, it’s formulated to address problems to specific to frizzy and blonde hair.. that’s me on both counts! The idea is that by using these products you hair colour can WOW 365 days a year and gimmick or not they hooked my in there.
The colour security shampoo and conditioner were nice but didn’t feel like anything special in my hair, whether they are keeping my highlights look fresher for longer I don’t know but I’ll keep using them in the hope that they are. The Brass Banned (clever, huh?) correct and perfect mousse was something I wasn’t sure I’d use.. I like the idea that it’s violet toned to minimise brass but I never used mousse that often.. however since I’ve had it I’ve made the effort to use it every time I blow dry may hair and I’ve seen a difference in the staying power of my style without the feeling of any product in my hair at all.. so if you’re scared of the icky sticky texture as I was this was a very pleasant surprise. Lastly the Root Cover Up for blonde hair.. this is so exciting it might deserve its own post but it’s basically an eyeshadow for your roots
Don’t you just hate looking at your scalp.. yeugh.. anyway I packed it on here because I wasn’t sure how well it would show up in camera but as you can see the golden powder has done a darn good job of disguising my roots on the left.. it looks a bit odd in this picture but it’s an extreme close up, it actually looks very natural from a regular angle but obviously I would use less day to day. If you’re a bottle blonde this is definitely something that could save your hair between colouring and perhaps even put off doing your roots for a little while longer than usual. A great little compact to keep in your bag that’s for sure!
Overall Color WOW is an exciting new brand that I’m very excited to see more from, online here
How gorgeous is this colour? I was recently browsing I believe it was Fragrance Direct.. one of those sites anyway.. and I was drawn in to their OPI sale, they had bottle for as little as £3.99 so there I was filling my basket and cross referencing swatches on google images when I realised that at least 2 of the shades I was going to buy I already had in minis and had never worn them.. the shame! I often pick up the mini sets when the new collections come out but a lot have gone unworn and do you know what I think the problem is? They’re not named! They have names of course as they’re just miniature versions of the big bottles but the minis don’t have names written on them and I am just that shallow that the name of a polish will make me want to wear it. Hands up how many of you will reach for something called Cute As A Button over Shade 6.. exactly! It adds a little fun and when you have as much choice as I do the less interesting ones get pushed to the wayside. I am determined to get through my minis now and swatch them all but you have to start somewhere so here we are with I Have A Herring Problem. It’s a dusky blue with a light glitter running through it that gives it this starry night dimension that I love. It wore well, these pictures were taken two days in and you can see the edges are wearing but no really chipping is happening yet. The glitter while visible doesn’t make it a task to remove which is a huge thumbs up in my books as much as I love glitz I hate sitting for hours trying to get it off but this is perfect.. So.. what would possibly have gone it’s whole life unworn is finally featured in a blog post and I actually really like it.. will definitely be worn again
First and foremost, these aren’t mine.. I wish they were and I’m tempted to buy myself a pair but they’re a gift for my long suffering husband who puts up with my many trips to Boots. As I’m planning a luxe purchase for myself very soon I decided to buy him a little something special too. As I write this he hasn’t seen them yet and I know for a fact he will say I shouldn’t have bought them but I know he will appreciate them regardless of his initial horror at the price.. we’re Primark folk! Anyway.. that’s not why you’re hear, you want to hear about these freaky folding glasses, right?
I first saw them online and thought they were a bit of a gimmick but perhaps good for those with small children as they tend to bend the unbendable where as these are designed to fold very small. I wasn’t sure about the durability and most importantly whether they would fold up while you were wearing them so while we were shopping last weekend we popped in to the Sunglass Hut and took a look at them. I made Lee try them on of course.. sly but in doing so he did spot the astronomic SH price #fail so when I do give them to him I will have to be clear I got a much better deal. They feel really well made and even when folded they’re pretty robust, definitely not as flimsy as my many highstreet pairs so I decided they were worth the money and bought them. I can’t yet tell you he loves them of course but I had a go with my makeup free face (apologies) and once the Louis Vuitton dust has settled I may make a sneaky purchase and get a pair of my own.
I never thought I suited the Wayfarer style and always go for the Aviators but I just can’t buy designer Aviators.. they would surely break within half an hour, no? This was something I asked twitter recently and surprisingly many of you told me they too are very durable but if I was going to buy myself a pair they would have to be sturdier than fine metal.. I’m just a clumsy person. Luckily Lee is much more careful and in our new care he has a nice little sunglasses case built into the roof on his side so he will finally have reason to use it!
The gap for the hinge is very tight so when you’re wearing them it’s not visible unless someone’s seriously inspecting your face (why?) yet they collapse and put away in this tiny square case.. madness! The Sunglass Hut are selling these for £170.00 but I got Lee’s for £130 from Very.co.uk here and you can definitely get them for cheaper still but when I’m spending £100+ I like to know the retailer and am always nervous buying from places like Amazon so I bought from Very who I basically buy everything from because you get Boots points… and I just realised I didn’t sign in to get them for these DAMNIT!
Hey Guys! Today’s video is a little different, I haven’t run a giveaway on my channel/blog for far too long so when Spa Seekers offered to give one of you lucky lot a £200 voucher to use on a Spa package I jumped at the chance! They offer a great range of treatments and various spas up and down the country so there’s something for every budget but why not enter the competition and be in with a chance with getting one (or several) for FREE?
Visit www.spaseekers.com to pick your choice of spa break package.
You must make a video and tell us what would make your ideal spa break, where it would be, who you would take with you and why.
The video title should be ‘My Ideal Spa Break Would Be..’Upload your video as a video response to mine here or tweet me your video link @msbudgetbeauty using the hashtag #spaseekerscomp and including ‘my ideal spa break would be..’
You will have to have a YouTube account to enter
Must be a resident of the UK and aged 18 or over
The competition closes on 19th June ’13 at 6pm GMT
The winner will be chosen at random and notified via their YouTube inbox as well as in an announcement video
The winner will have 7 days to claim their prize or another winner will be chosen
You can read the FULL T&C’s here but that’s the general gist so go and upload a video and enter now! Most smart phones have YouTube capabilities now so you don’t even necessarily need a computer to enter! Don’t forget to tweet your entries using #spaseekers, I can’t wait to see them! To upload your video as a video response to mine click here and go to add a comment, the option will then become available!
Although it’s not a publication you can pop to your local shops and buy I’m still very excited to have been featured in this months Pure Beauty. It’s a subscription magazine which is really for those ‘in the industry’ but it’s also available for FREE online here, how awesome is that? So if you’re ever low on reading material or just fancy a peek you can go and take a look at their latest edition. I actually really like their ‘new in’ section and am now desperate to try the Stop Hair spray that claims to minimise hair regrowth.. it’s pricey at £39.95 for only 125ml but if it works to cut down how often I shave my legs (currently every day *sigh*) then it’s worth every penny!
Anyway, off topic. You can read this months Pure Beauty online here