Sunday 17 March 2013

Mini Beauty Haul

After discovering Fragrance Direct last weekend I couldn’t resist treating myself to some amazing discount beauty and fragrance products and had a mini splurge. I was excited to find my parcel had arrived in the week and couldn’t wait to try the products.

First up I ordered the Carolina Herrera 212 VIP Eau de Parfum. I love buying new perfumes and this one smells lush and at the price of £26.99 Fragrance Direct sell it at the cheapest price I have seen so I added it to my bag. It’s quite a strong but sweet fragrance so you don’t need to use a lot and I also love the cute handbag-friendly sized bottle and glam gold packaging.

I was hoping the site sold Bourjois Healthy mix foundation as I have read so many great reviews about it on other blogs, but unfortunately they don’t stock it so I opted for the Bio Detox organic foundation in colour Beige 54 £2.99 (RRP £10.99). The foundation provides great coverage and has a lovely matte texture. Sometimes foundation can be quite oily on my skin and leaves a shine but I didn’t find that at all with this one. The only downside is I was expecting there to be a pump but there isn’t so it is quite hard judging how much to use, but to be honest I can let this slip because of the great price!

 I was disappointed to find the Bourjois Mineral Matte Make-up brush 99p was actually miniature and not suitable for applying my face powder which is why I purchased it. I think the picture is mis leading as it makes the brush look much bigger and it doesn’t state the actual size in the product description. I guess the price of 99p for a full sized make-up brush is a little too good to be true!

I have been looking for a baby pink nail polish after lusting after the OPI Pinking of you nail lacquer but not wanting to pay the full price for it, so when I saw the W7 Nail Enamel in baby pink priced at just £1.25 I decided to try it. Of course I am not expecting the quality to be as good as OPI but due to it being a fraction of the price I am willing to accept that. The polish does need a good few coats to prevent the colour looking streaky but overall the polish goes on well, drys quickly and the colour does look very similar to the OPI polish. Result!


I have never tried a Dainty Doll product before and have only heard good things about the brand so I decided to order a lipstick in shade 003 It’s my party. The packaging is slick and looks expensive although price is anything but at just £1.99 (RRP £12.50). The shade is darker than the picture on the site shows and also darker than I would normally wear, the colour is more suited for a night out as opposed to day-to-day wear. The texture is creamy and glides on to lips nicely – it is also quite moisturising which I like as I cannot stand lipsticks that dry out lips. I would recommend this brand especially if you are a fan of Rimmel lipsticks as I found this one quite similar.

Have you tried any of these products or purchased from Fragrance Direct before? What did you think?
 Holly xx

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