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Sunday 4 May 2014

Birthday Beauty Haul

On Thursday in Birmingham's Bullring shopping centre there was a student event which entitled students to 20% off in most shops, and a few other perks such as goodie bags and live DJs. Since it's my 21st birthday next week, and I'm likely to be too busy with revision to leave the house again before then, I decided to take advantage of the potential savings and treat myself to a few things. Well, I say a few...


Boots actually wasn't offering a discount for students, but there were a few things I needed. As Boots currently have a 3 for 2 offer on most of their make-up I decided to pick up a few things I've had my eyes on.

Happy Beauty Day Benefit Set (contains sample sizes of the Porefessional, Posie Tint and Bad Gal Lash mascara all for £9.95. This is limited edition, so if you want to try out some Benefit products before buying the full size then make sure you pick up one of these asap!).

Quick Fix Dry Shampoo by Mark Hill
Archery Brow Tint and Pencil by Soap and Glory
Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
Real Techniques Shading Brush

The Body Shop

The Body Shop had one of the best deals of all of the shops listed! All students were offered a free Love Your Body card (usual price £5), which entitles you to 10% off every time you shop. However during the event students were given an amazing 30% off. I also got £5 off my spend as it's currently my birthday month so I could redeem a birthday gift. How kind of them!

Vitamin E Nourishing Night Cream
Liquid Eyeliner in Brown
Vineyard Peach Body Lotion
Peach Bath Sponge (nope, I didn't *need* a bath sponge. But look how cute it is!)

Space NK

A 'blogger-made-me-buy-it' product! The first place I headed when I got into Birmingham was Space NK. I loved the By Terry Ombre Blackstar in Blond Opal when I saw it on Zoella's Spring Makeup video. Word of these eyeshadow sticks is spreading like wildfire, so I was conscious of snapping up my favourite shade before it became impossible to get hold of. I was torn between Blond Opal and Frozen Quartz, but in the end I played it safe with the subtle, champagne colour of Blond Opal. These aren't the cheapest after all! I've heard great things about the longevity of the Ombre Blackstars and can't wait to test it out!

Ombre Blackstar by By Terry in Blond Opal


I originally headed into Topshop to pick up their nail varnish in Totally Turmeric, which I've had my eye on since reading Lily Melrose's review. I've never really been attracted to this colour before, but I'm really loving it so far! I half-expected it to look strange on my really pale skin, but I was pleasantly surprised and can't wait to wear it more throughout the summer months. Whilst I was perusing the varnish shelves I came across Mardi Gras. I've never seen a nail varnish quite like this before, and I thought it would look amazing on top of a white/pale shade so I picked it up. Strangely, Mardi Gras scanned through the till at £1 instead of £6 as stated on the shelves. The shop assistant made a remark about it being good value for a varnish and I agreed whilst trying not to look confused. Still not sure what went on there, but I'm not complaining!

Nail Varnish in Totally Turmeric
Nail Varnish in Mardi Gras

And that was everything I treated myself to! If you can't treat yourself for your 21st birthday whilst drowning in revision and tempted by discounts when can you?

Have you picked up any of these things recently?

P.S. Since I don't have much time to focus on blogging at the moment I've decided to take all of my photos for this month's posts in one go. Apologies if you get bored of seeing the same background! I'll also be scheduling my posts throughout exam period, which means that new posts will be up on Wednesdays and Sundays. Make sure you check back then! :)

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  1. That peach sponge is freaking adorable. I'd love to see that nail varnish on as well. I'm pale too so always think yellow will look horrid on me. Review please! :)

    Also, I just wanted to let you know I've nominated you for The Inspiring Blogger Award on my blog :) I love reading your posts and thought you deserved it! x

    Katy | Little Miss Katy

    1. Review coming up later this month! :)

      Wow, thank you so much for the nomination! ^_^ Unfortunately I won't have time to take part during exam period (all of this month's posts are scheduled), but I will definitely pass on the award as soon as possible! :) x

  2. Happy birthday! I think I need that peach sponge!


    1. Thank you! Yes you do. I also saw a happy blueberry! x