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Sunday 30 September 2012

Last Chance To Enter My 200 Followers Giveaway!

This is your last chance to enter my 200 followers giveaway!

This giveaway ends Monday 1st October at 5.01am GMT (12.01am EST).

UK residents only.

Thank you for entering and good luck!

Amie ♥

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Monday 24 September 2012

Instagram Pictures

Lily and her long legs again! | I love Paperchase stationary | Getting the knitted jumpers out already | Roast dinner | Floral bath melts | Popcorn! | Meerkats in the Waitrose paper | Nero and shopping | First ever Forever 21 purchase!
If you want to follow me on Instagram my user name is @amiehaffenden

Amie ♥

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Sunday 23 September 2012

Nails Of The Day | Raspberry

So I thought I would do another nails of the day post with one of my favourite Barry M nail paints! This is Raspberry, a lovely pink toned red which I think is great for Autumn. Here I have 2 layers of this polish to create the opaque and glossy finish. In real life it's a bit darker and I compliments my skin tone much better than a post box red does. If you haven't picked up this nail polish yet, now's a great time because it's such a nice colour for the cooler months!

You can buy Barry M nail paints from Boots, Superdrug and Barry M's website.

What's your favourite nail polish for Autumn?

Amie ♥

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Monday 17 September 2012

Review | Collection 2000 Complete Bronzing Kit

The other day I came across the Collection 2000 Complete Bronzing Kit in Poundland and thought it looked pretty good to try for £1. I don't own many bronzers, and I thought this would be a nice product to try out as it contained 5 pieces of makeup to create a bronzed look. These are: 2 golden brown eye shadows (one light and one darker), a bronze cheek/ lip/ eye cream, a glitery orange lip gloss and a bronzer.

The packaging of this product is really neat and compact. It's not very strong and I don't think it can take a lot of dropping damage. I like the fact the product has 2 layers (you flip up the layer with the eye shadows etc to reveal the bronzer) with decent sized products in. It also includes a mirror which is inside the lid. This makes it a great product to take travelling as you can create a bronzed look from this palette alone. This palette doesn't come with any brushes though, but for the eye makeup and lip gloss, you can just use your finger.

The quality of the actual makeup is okay. I wouldn't spend the RRP of £5.98 on it, but it was a bargain for £1! The darker eye shadow and the bronze cream are nicely pigmented, however the lighter eye shadow and the lip gloss aren't that pigmented, just a bit shimmery. The bronzer is okay, and for lighter skin tones, warms up the face well. It also contains a bit of gold shimmer, so makes the face appear brighter in the light. However the powder products (eye shadows and bronzer) are a bit powdery and do not apply smoothly or blend together easily. I also think you need to wear a primer, or use the cream product as a base, for the eye shadows.

Overall I think this palette would be nice to take on holiday or use during the Summer so that you can create a subtle, daytime, bronzed look to compliment your tan. If the quality and pigmentation of the makeup was a bit better, then this product would be amazing. But for now, it's just an okay product that I will probably get some use out of, but not a lot.

Hope this review was helpful! Have you used the Collection 2000 Complete Bronzing Kit before?

Amie ♥

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Friday 14 September 2012

Mini Haul | Primark & Poundland

Black Studded Clutch - Primark £6 | Revlon Super Lustrous Lip Gloss in 170 Coral Reef - Poundland £1 (RRP £7.49) | Collection 2000 Angelic Eye Palette - Poundland £1 (RRP £4.19)
I had to go to town today to pick up a few more bits for college (which, by the way, is going really well and we start learning treatments next week!), so I popped into Primark and Poundland to see if I could catch any bargains!

The first thing I found was the black studded clutch from Primark. I've seen these around before and read that they are Topshop 'look-a-likes' of the suede clutch bag, which is £32 more expensive! Primark also do a 'blush' version of this clutch, but I have so many light pink clutches that I thought I should get a staple black one. I might go back and pick up the other one though because I think it looks much nicer in the pink colour. The only thing I don't like is that there isn't a zipper compartment in the bag which would be great to keep your money and phone safe on a night out.

Next I got two makeup items from Poundland (again - I'm obsessed). First is the Revlon Super Lustrous Lip Gloss in 170 Coral Reef. This is a lovely semi-opaque coral colour which isn't sticky on the lips and hasn't got a horrible smell. It's a lovely to wear on its own during the day and I think would look great over a lipstick for night! If I see any more colours of this lip gloss, I will definitely be picking them up! 
Lastly, I also found this Collection 2000 Angelic Eye Palette. There are 9 pastel eye shadows which are claimed to "last for up to 8 hours and are crease resistant". I'm not too sure about this as most the colours aren't that pigmented and I feel that you would definitely need a primer. However I'm willing to give this a go, and if you'd like to see a review, just leave me a comment!

Have you got your hands on the studded clutch from Primark? Or are you lucky enough to have the Topshop version?!

Amie ♥

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Thursday 13 September 2012

Instagram Pictures

So my weekly Instagram posts didn't last very long! So I've put the pictures together in this one post. Some are even from before my birthday - whoops!
We went to a Christening | Pretty pink cupcake! | My birthday cake | A note in my card from my little sister haha | Drunk meerkats! | Lily being naughty
My new pencil case | I bought an oven glove for when I move into my new home - whenever that may be | YUM! | Tea and biscuits | Flowers from my boyfriend | Pretty sunset
I'll try and stay on top of posting 'My Week in Pictures' posts! If you want to follow me on Instagram it's @amiehaffenden

Be sure to enter my 200 followers giveaway!

Amie ♥

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Monday 10 September 2012

Giveaway | 200 Followers! CLOSED

On Thursday I reached 200 followers on my blog! I wanted to say thank you by hosting a giveaway! I've never done a giveaway before so this is all very exciting and new to me!
There are a couple rules that need to be stuck to in order to enter the giveaway, plus a few more which can gain you extra entries!
This giveaway will be done through the Rafflecopter widget so that it is simple to enter.
 *This giveaway is open to UK residents only*

The Prizes!
Makeup Academy Lipstick in Shade 7
Makeup Academy Single Eyeshadow in Shade 11
Makeup Academy Single Eyeshadow in Shade 30
Revlon Nail Enamel in 229 Demure
Revlon Sheer Nail Enamel in 017 Scene Stealer

The Rules (Mandatory*).
 Doing each of these rules can gain you more entries in the Rafflecopter widget!
1. You must be a public Google Friend Connect (GFC) follower of my blog. New followers are welcome!*

2. Leave a comment on this post telling me what blog posts you like to see me write/ what ones do you want me to write? Leave your E-mail address or Twitter name in the comment so I can contact you if you win.*

3. You can follow me on Twitter @beautybelleamie.

4. You can tweet about my 200 followers giveaway.
e.g. I have just entered @beautybelleamie 's 200 Followers Giveaway. Enter here: *insert blog post link*

5. You can make a blog post about my giveaway to direct others to come and enter too. Include links to my blog/ the giveaway post and you may use the first 'prize photo' in your post to show the prizes.

6. The winner will be chosen through the Rafflecopter widget.

7. This giveaway is for UK residents only.

This giveaway begins on Monday 10th September 2012 at 5.01am GMT (12.01am EST) and finishes on Monday 1st October 2012 at 5.01am GMT. You have 3 weeks to enter this giveaway!

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Good luck to all who enter! The winner will be announced in a blog post either on the same day or the day after. They will either be E-mailed or Tweeted at to let them know they've won!

Amie ♥

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Thursday 6 September 2012

Haul | Poundland Makeup

Collection 2000 Skyscraper Length & Definition mascara RRP £4.99 | Revlon Scented Nail Enamel in 355 Mad About Mango RRP £6.49
The first two things I found in Poundland were the Collection 2000 Skyscraper mascara and a Revlon Scented nail polish in 355 'Mad About Mango'. The mascara is nice and makes your lashes very black, but because the consistency is quite wet, I find it clumps my lashes together. I probably wont buy this again but it was nice to try for just £1. However, I really love this nail polish! It's a bright coral/ orange and when it's dry, smells of mangoes! I'm quite surprised to see this still on the Boots website, so I feel like I've grabbed a great bargain!
Stila Angel Light Whitening Powder Foundation Refill in Shade B | Stila Tinted Moisturiser in Light
My next Poundland buys were another Stila powder foundation and the Stila tinted moisturiser. I love the powder foundation and it has become my everyday powder, so I'm planning to stock up on these because I'm sure they'll be out of stock soon! I was also able to find the tinted moisturiser in the shade 'Light', so I thought it would be great for summer! It's a light coverage and because the colour is a little bit too light for my skin tone, it feels like it brightens my skin when I wear it.
Sally Hansen Diamond 12 Hour Lip Treatment lip gloss in Flawless (top) & Engaging (bottom) | Maybelline MNY My Lip Balm in 800 A
My final three Poundland buys were lip products! My mum actually bought me the Sally Hansen lip gloss in 'Engaging' (pink) and when I went back I also found it in this orange colour, which is called 'Flawless'. These are nice lip glosses; not too sticky and the glitter isn't rough on your lips. The colour is also quite sheer so are nice to put on top of lipstick. I also bought this Maybelline MNY lip balm, mainly because the packaging looked cute and it was pink and sparkly! I'm not sure if I like this product though, it has a horrible smell and doesn't moisturise your lips. It leaves some glitter but that's about it.
Simple Soothing Facial Toner | Savlon First Aid Wash | Simple Soothing Facial Scrub | Max Factor Xperience Weightless Foundation in Raw Silk 45
These four products actually are from Sainsbury's, but I thought I would include them in the haul anyway! I had run out of face scrub so was on the hunt for my St Ives Gentle one as I knew it was half price in Superdrug, but when I got there, they were all sold out! So I popped into Sainsbury's and saw the Simple range were on a 2 for £4 deal. As I needed some more toner, I thought I may as well try out their Soothing Facial Scrub too. I like the Simple brand, and I've never had any skin issues with using it so I'm hoping this scrub will be nice! I also picked up a Savlon First Aid Wash (which may I add, has gone up by 44p since I started buying it!). You can read about these products in My Skin Care Routine HERE. Finally, my Max Factor foundation was half price in Sainsbury's, so only £4.99! I couldn't resist the bargain so picked up a couple as this is my favourite foundation ever.

Hope you enjoyed the haul!

Amie ♥

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Wednesday 5 September 2012

Giveaway Prizes From Jetley Mess | Possible 200 Follower Giveaway?

Swatch: Straight from applicator | Blended into skin
 I recently won Jetley Mess's Lush giveaway where I could choose any products from the Lush Emotional Brilliance range! I chose a lipstick in the colour Strong which is a bold, blood orange colour. I've never actually bought anything from Lush before (crazy right?) so I was really excited to give this a try! I love the colour, it applies really well and you only need a little bit so the bottle will last a really long time!

Please go check out Jade's blog, it's lovely and she writes great posts!

Also, as I am nearing another milestone, I am thinking about doing a 200 follower UK giveaway
As of now, I'm not sure what the prizes will be, but will definitely be beauty related!

Amie ♥

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Tuesday 4 September 2012

Nails Of The Day | Beach Party

Left to right: Ciate Paint Pot in My Fair Lady, Models Own Hed Kandi Polish in Beach Party and Natural Collection in Crystal Clear
Ring from Accessorize
It may be near the end of Summer, but I still wanted a bright pop of colour on my nails whilst there is still some sun left. I searched for ages to try and find Beach Party (even rummaging through the stock drawers under the makeup stands), and luckily one day I found one left on the shelf at Boots and I was so excited to try it out! I haven't worn this as much as I would like because it's a 'highlighter' shade of orange, completely neon, I shy away from wearing it.

Here I have a nude base coat of the My fair Lady, as without one, this nail polish will most certainly turn your nails a horrible shade of yellow! I then applied 2 coats of Beach Party. Now, I have a love hate relationship with this polish as I find it quite messy to apply. I really have to concentrate when I apply this! As long as you have some cotton buds and nail varnish remover to hand, you should be fine! Finally I put a layer of Crystal Clear on top to keep the polish from chipping.

Does anyone else own Beach Party? Do you like the neon trend?

Amie ♥

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Monday 3 September 2012

August Favourite's

I'm so sorry I haven't been posting regularly, I've been busy with work and have had no time over the weekend to blog. So I'm here with my August favourites!

Makeup Academy 'Undressed' Eyeshadow Palette - this has been amazing! I've used it everyday to wear for work as it gives you a lovely selection of neutral colours that are so easy to work with. I especially like Shade 4 and 7 from this palette. I have a full review of this product HERE if you would like to know some more information on it!

Makeup Academy Lipstick in Shade 16 'Nectar' - if you're a regular reader of my blog, you know that I absolutely love orange! This lipstick is a subtle splash of colour to your lips that could be worn for any occasion. I love the consistency of these lipstick as they're so soft, creamy and smell nice considering they're only £1! I've worn this almost everyday and lives in my handbag more than my makeup bag because I wear it so often. I have a review on MUA lipsticks HERE if you want to know more!

Miss Selfridge Gold Bow Earrings - I bought these earrings ages ago (or they might even have been a present!) but only started to wear them more this month. I like how simple they are, but are bigger than normal studs so can be worn to college/ work or even on a night out.

Nivea Creme - I received this in a giveaway (along with the Soap & Glory body butter in the picture) and I think it's a really nice product. I use this on the driest parts of my body, i.e. my elbows and knees as it is such a rich and thick moisturiser. I love the smell of this too, but I can't quite work out what it smells like! I think I have seen this product in Poundland, so will be cheap to replace when it's run out!

Soap & Glory Travel Size Righteous Butter Body Butter - this body butter is amazing! I love everything about it: the smell, the consistency and the fact it sinks into my skin really well. I like using this all over my body after exfoliating with the body scrub by Soap & Glory. I will definitely be buying the bigger version of this very soon!

What are your August Favourite's?


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