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Earlier this week I went on a big beauty haul in Manchester. I had amazingly won a £500 gift card with Manchester Arndale and even though I split it with my family, it meant I could go on a splurdge. I had been eyeing up a few items beauty and skincare wise from Boots, Superdrug and Urban Outfitters. So I had a good idea of what I wanted, as well as wanting to explore a few new products


On to the haul.

Firstly I went and treated myself to a new pair of Vans. It’s been a while since I actually bought any as I’ve been wearing Converse and Nike’s for a while now. I’m not a shoe person but I love their old school platform shoes. They give me a little bit of extra height (and considering I’m 5″2 I need it). The thing with vans I find them to be so versatile that you can dress up an outfit or down depending on what you’re wearing.

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When it came to beauty and skincare I then went to Urban Outfitters and picked up the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion. It’s been on my list for weeks especially since seeing Gemma using it over on her Insta stories and on her blog. I also nipped in to get the Pixi Glow Tonic but they were unfortunately sold out. It is a seriously small bottle so for the £16 I’m hoping it works wonders on my spots.

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Next I popped over to Superdrug. Good grief, that store is always packed full of people making it extremely hard to get to what you want but after the struggle is real, I managed to weave my way through and pick out some old loves and some new starting with Maybelline’s Total Temptation Mascara. I went in initially to pick out an old favourite but ended up picking this as the wand looked right up my alley. From it’s cute packaging to it’s fluffy wand it drew me in straight away and I can’t wait to try it out properly.

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On the stand next to it was Revlon and I picked up a foundation I loved a while back which is the FOUNDATION. It’s just the perfect medium foundation for my skin that’s matte but not drying matte. I picked up the shade 200 Nude. It’s the perfect medium for my skin between when I fake tan and when I’m not wearing any tan, so I can bronze it up or lighten my highlight areas.

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As I initially went in to try and find the highly hyped up Revolution foundation and concealers, they unfortunately were sold out of pretty much everything and I was unable to pick them up. However I spotted the Revolution Re-Loaded Palette in Iconic Vitality. What stood out to me was the magenta pink shade in the palette that I have since tried and absolutely love. A complete bargain at only £4!

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Every single time I go to Superdrug I always always always pick up the Tea Tree Deep Cleansing Mud Mask. It’s one of the most refreshing mud masks I’ve ever used and it makes my skin feel AMAZING afterwards. For 99p it’s seriously such an underdog in the beauty world. I can assure you, I promise, you wont be disappointed. I just wish they did it in a bottle version because I would be buying it in the bulk.

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While I was there I had a gander at the hair dyes because I’ve been craving a new hair colour. I think it’s the sort of craving’s when people buy new shoes or handbags or whatever takes your fancy. I change my hair. Normally towards summer I go for a pastel pink, but I’ve really been feeling violet and lavender shades recently. So I picked up this Colour Freedom in Indigo Night. It’s a bright purple that if you tone out turns to a light purpley-grey. If you noticed on my Instagram, I’ve already posted a picture of what it looks like on!

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Bondi Sands is probably my favourite fake tan at the moment and it smells like coconut and not biscuits, can it get better than that? I picked up another bottle of this in Ultra Dark as I’m halfway through my current one and I like to make sure I have a back up. It’s the perfect fake tan colour for me as it goes dark but not orange.

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After I finished in Superdrug I made a quick stop to Boots where I picked up a new bronzer by Makeup Obsession in Dark Tan. I’ve bought it for when I’m not wearing fake tan to bronze up my face.

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Last but not least I visited the NYX counter and picked up this lipliner in Nude Beige. I’ve been on the search for a medium brown lipliner for a while. That’s because I like to line my bottom lip to make it accentuate when I’m wearing lipstick. It also looks like a lovely colour to use for fake freckles which makes me really excited.

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So that’s it! I tried to find bits that I wanted and they weren’t there. Honestly not a lot was catching my eye so I didn’t spend up. I can’t wait to go back and have another browse and pick up a few bits again.


Are there any beauty or skincare products you’re dying to try out? Let me know below!


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  1. Emma
    April 13, 2018 / 12:53 pm

    I bought the Mario Badescu drying lotion for my sister’s birthday present after seeing it in Gem’s post too haha! So tempted to buy another bottle for myself though, it’s a miracle worker!
    Emma |

    • April 14, 2018 / 4:08 pm

      I tried it last night and it seems to work really well, a couple of spots that were starting have dissapeared. Now I’m not calling it magic, but where did they go?!

  2. April 13, 2018 / 3:27 pm

    Oh I think I’ll try Bondi Tan! Sounds amazing x

    • April 14, 2018 / 4:07 pm

      I love it! It fades well also which is a bonus for me because I don’t have time to sit scrubbing it off for ages! x

  3. April 13, 2018 / 6:57 pm

    The Mario Badescu lotion is a dream, it may be a small bottle but you dip a cotton bud in and it goes such a long way so unless you don’t use it properly it should last you months and months!

    • April 14, 2018 / 4:06 pm

      I tried it last night and woke up and one of my spots that was appearing looked a heck of a lot better. Such a good recommendation, glad I picked it up! x

  4. April 14, 2018 / 11:12 pm

    Great Post! I would love to try Mario Badescu drying lotion as it sounds so good.
    Sarah X

    • April 20, 2018 / 3:04 pm

      It’s really good! It pretty much zapped a couple of my spots away overnight! x

  5. April 15, 2018 / 12:20 am

    That mud mask sounds amazing. I am definitely going to pick it up next time I go to Superdrug! x

    Jordan Alice

    • April 20, 2018 / 3:05 pm

      Honestly, I love it so much it’s my favourite ever!

  6. April 15, 2018 / 11:29 am

    That drying lotion sounds amazing! I need to get some! I love Vans too, I live in vans and converse in the summer 😍 X

    • April 20, 2018 / 3:07 pm

      I love it! I think it actually works amazing and me and you same sister. As well as my office style Birkenstocks, perfect summer shoes!

  7. April 15, 2018 / 2:38 pm

    I love this haul – you picked up some good bits! I love the Bondi Sands Ultra Dark tan and Revlon Colorstay Foundation, these are some of my top used products. I really want to try the Mario Badescu lotion too xx

    • April 20, 2018 / 3:08 pm

      It’s such a good tan isn’t it?! I put off trying it for so long but I’m glad I tried the lotion finally!

  8. April 15, 2018 / 9:25 pm

    I want to the try the Mario Badescu lotion! Revolution makeup is my go to if I am looking for a cheaper alternative, it’s brilliant stuff xx

    • April 20, 2018 / 3:10 pm

      Makeup Revolution is such a good brand isn’t it for the price! I was just having a good nosey and I love that palette some of the shadows are amazing!

  9. April 16, 2018 / 8:22 am

    I have the Revlon foundation for oily skin and omg its the best foundation I have had in YEARS. Colour? Perfect. Stay? Perfect. Everything. Perfect.
    Much love, Caitylis x x

    • April 20, 2018 / 3:28 pm

      I’m so dissapointed with it. I’m not sure if it’s just the one I bought, but the foundation is so matte and it’s never been matte. Going to have to check what my old bottle is because it’s so odd! x

  10. April 16, 2018 / 9:54 am

    I must try that facemask!

    • April 20, 2018 / 3:34 pm

      I honestly love it so much, it’s probably my all time favourite mask just because it’s so quick easy and cheap! x

    • April 20, 2018 / 3:42 pm

      I love it honestly such a lovely fake tan and I even got asked what perfume I was wearing today whilst I was out and about! It’s the tan, it smells like coconut. x

  11. May 7, 2018 / 9:10 pm

    That drying lotion sounds great! Spots are a massive pain in the a*se for me!! Please let us know how you get on with it I’d love to know! 🙌🏻💖

    • May 26, 2018 / 10:28 pm

      It’s been great, it’s took down so many spots for me to non existent and helped treat a couple of worse ones! So so good.

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