Beauty, Fashion

What’s in my handbag?

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We often see headlines shouting facts & figures at us about how carrying too much in our bags is detrimental to our health and specifically to our backs. This is one of the reasons why I started carrying a smaller handbag many years ago & started carrying a LOT less stuff. The other reason was that after my accident I physically couldn’t carry a big heavy handbag anymore. So here’s what’s inside my handbag…

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One of the most important things is my purse. The purse is from Radley & I’ve had it for over 5 years now. I love it so much and I’ll be really sad to see it go when it does eventually give up. The purse has lots of card slots and I’ve managed to use all of them up thanks to my many loyalty cards! Obviously I also keep cash and my debit card in here, which both probably get used more than they should! I always have loads of discount vouchers stuffed in too. It’s safe to say that I’m a sucker for a bargain.

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One of my beauty essentials is my Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream lip balm. I carry it with me everywhere as it’s one of the best lip balms I’ve ever tried. I discovered it after winning one in a competition & I’ve gone on to buy several after that. It has such a moisturising formulation but doesn’t feel sticky plus it’s long lasting too. It’s one of the few lip balms that actually makes a real difference to my lips. The packaging is simple but sleek and it’s really lightweight. The only down side is the price. Unfortunately it is quite expensive but I stock up when it’s on offer.

As well as lip balm I usually carry a lipstick and lipgloss with me too. The shades change depending on my mood and look that day but one of my favourite lipsticks is the Clinique Pop lip colour and primer in 04 Beige Pop. It’s a beautiful pinky nude shade & feels nice on the lips too. The lipgloss in the photo is the Sexy Mother Pucker lipgloss in Rose & Shine by Soap & Glory. The lipgloss is a bit more pink than the lipstick but the two shades go well together. I love the minty fresh scent & tingling feeling you get when you apply this lipgloss.

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Tissues are always useful but never more so than during hayfever season! If like me you find yourself endlessly sneezing then tissues are extremely handy. I picked up a multi pack from Poundland a while ago & they had pictures of Disney Princesses on them; I was thrilled as they satisfied my practical side as well as my childish side that still adores anything Disney!

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The little purse with beach huts on is my pain purse. I use it to hold my painkillers & medication. If you live with a chronic illness you’ll know how important it is to have painkillers to hand at all times. Unbearable pain can strike at any time so it’s important to be prepared! I choose this pretty purse for my pills as it reminds me of happy memories & it’s important to remember the good times when you’re feeling rubbish.

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To my partner & family this isn’t news but I am a little bit OCD about germs & bacteria so I take antibacterial everywhere I go. I know to some this might seem a bit weird but I feel so much more comfortable after I’ve used this gel. This one smells of strawberry laces, so that makes it even more appealing to me.

Now that I’ve started using Invisibobble hair bands I can never go back to using those horrible scratchy things I used to use. Invisibobble hair bands not only look cool & come in a wide range of colours but most importantly they don’t hurt or damage your hair when you take them out.

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As with most millennials I love my phone & I carry this in either my bag or a pocket if I have one. I have the Samsung Galaxy A3 & I love it. It may not be the most hyped up phone but personally I think the camera on it is really good (I take all my blog photos with my phone) plus everything is easy to use. I always carry a pen too as it has proved very useful on many occasions & you never know when you might need it. Keys are also a handbag essential buy there’s not much to say about them!

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Finally, I’d love to talk to you about the actual handbag. It’s so beautiful yet practical at the same time. The bag has 3 different compartments plus smaller zipped compartments too for your phone & keys. The straps are perfect for wearing on your shoulder or carrying in your hand. I don’t currently use this bag everyday as I like to keep it for special occasions. I tend to use it for evening wear & meals out. This bag looks so similar to the Chanel 2.55 yet is just a fraction of the price. I was amazed at the quality of the bag & it has proved to be durable so far. This bag is also available in nude & white and is called Marsaille. To get yours visit http://www.boutiqueofmolly.co.uk and use code KATEISCOVETING20 to get 20% off the entire site!

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What do you have in your handbag? I’d love to know what you buy from Boutique of Molly! Thanks for reading x

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Beauty

Clinique Beauty Box

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The excitement bubbled away inside me when Latest In Beauty’s email hit my inbox last week;Β The British Beauty Blogger Clinique Edit IIΒ is hereΒ it exclaimed & my fingers were twitching to get clicking. There was no way I was missing out on this box. The contents looked far too good. I didn’t want to feel annoyed at myself for missing out on yet another sell out beauty must have so as soon as I could I ferociously tapped away on the laptop & secured my box.

If you’ve used Clinique before then you’ll know why I was so eager to get my hands on one of these boxes. Clinique use science to bring us innovative products that deliver results fast. They are famous for their 3 step skincare systems which have different formulations for different skin types. The 3 step system was created in 1968 and it was the first ever dermatologist created, allergy tested, 100% fragrance free collection of beauty products ever marketed. The 3 step system is a daily cleansing, toning, exfoliating & moisturising regime & this Clinique box contains products from this range.

This is what my beautiful Clinique box contained:

  • Full Size Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara in Jumbo Jet (black)
  • Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion + (very dry to dry combination) (15ml)
  • Β  Liquid Facial Soap (Mild) (30ml)
  • Superprimer Universal Face Primer (15ml)
  • Take The Day Off Remover For Lids, Lashes & Lips (30ml)
  • Full Size Sweet Pots Sugar Scrub & Lip Balm in Red Velvet
  • Aromatics in Black Fragrance (4ml)
  • Clinique For Men Face Scrub (15ml)
  • Β£10 off voucher & invitation for a free sample of foundation

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I’ll start off with one of my favourites:Β Superprimer Universal Face Primer. I liked this product so much that I used my Β£10 off voucher to purchase it from the Clinique website. I’m a huge advocate of using a primer under your makeup as I really believe it makes your makeup last so much longer. If you don’t use a primer already then this is a great one to start with as it covers all bases. After applying this product my skin felt much softer & smoother plus my foundation looked fresher for longer as well as lasting longer. This primer is oil free, lightweight and colour correcting. In the Superprimer range there are also primers that target specific skin concerns such as redness & dull skin. I opted for the anti redness Superprimer as I suffer with rosacea. As I was so impressed with this universal Superprimer I really can’t wait for my full size anti redness Superprimer to arrive. I’ll let you know how I get on with it & if it helps with my rosacea.

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Another one of my favourite products in the box was the Sweet Pots Sugar Scrub & Lip Balm in Red Velvet. Sweet pots contain a lip scrub & lip balm conveniently in one pot so that you can exfoliate your lips before applying a hit of sheer colour. I’m rather shy when it comes to red lipstick but I love this shade because it has a hint of red without being too loud & it suits all skin tones. I found that the lip scrub wasn’t as exfoliating as some lip scrubs that I’ve used before but it did definitely make a difference. My lips felt much softer & smoother after using the scrub plus using the lip balm straight after the scrub delivers an extra hit of moisturisation as well as a slick of sheer red colour. Pretty sweet!

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I’m a mascara junkie so I was thrilled to discover a full size mascara that I hadn’t tried inside my box. TheΒ Chubby Lash Fattening MascaraΒ is a great all rounder. I’m very impressed with this mascara. The wand is great for ensuring no nasty clumps make their way onto your pretty lashes. It’s a jet black shade so it really will make your lashes take centre stage. The oversized volumising wand takes your lashes from fine & faint to bodacious and bold. I found the rich colour was easy to build upon so it was easy to get the look I wanted, whether that was a big dramatic look or just a pretty daytime flutter. This mascara is ophthalmologist Tested & allergy Tested plus as with all Clinique products it’s 100% Fragrance Free.

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On the left are my lashes with theΒ Clinique Chubby Lash Fattening MascaraΒ on and on the right are my bare lashes just so you can see the difference

 

Moisturising is an essential part of any beauty regime no matter what skin type you have. TheΒ Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion +Β is one of the brands most popular products & has won awards including the UK’s number 1 moisturising brand. It’s become a cult product in recent years with beauty editors, bloggers & customers alike going crazy for it. As I have combination skin the sample I received would probably be better suited to a dry skin type but the lotion was great for the dry areas on my cheeks & neck. I’ve used this product many times before & actually own the full size product in the combination/oily version. I love this product. It really does live up to the hype. It tackles dry areas quickly leaving a matte smooth & soft finish. Skin feels so much softer & springy plus looks smoother & glowing after application. This new formula helps strengthen skin’s own moisture barrier so more moisture stays in.

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If I had to pick one step I’d say that cleansing is the most important part of your regime. It should be done twice a day (morning & evening) to keep skin in tip top condition & keep those pesky spots at bay. Clinique’s Liquid Facial Soap MildΒ is gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin types. I have very sensitive skin & suffer from rosacea and I found this cleanser was fine for my skin. It’s 100% fragrance free so it won’t cause your skin to flare up. The texture is very similar to liquid hand soap and this is one of the reasons that it’s not my favourite cleanser. Don’t get me wrong I do really like it but I think I must prefer a creamy or thicker texture in a cleanser such as Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish, Bee Good Honey & Propolis 2-in-1 Cream Cleanser or Clinique Redness Solutions Soothing Cleanser.Β One of the great things about this cleanser is that it’s mild enough to be non-stripping and leave skin lipids intact.

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Take The Day Off Makeup Remover For Lids, Lashes & LipsΒ is another iconic product from Clinique. It’s especially useful for removing waterproof makeup such as mascara, eyeliner or lip stains. The formula loosens long wearing makeup in a way other removers cant, leaving you to gently swipe the makeup away with a cotton pad. It’s suitable for contact lens wearers too. I found this product did exactly what it said on the bottle. It removed all of my makeup without any trouble, even stubborn mascara that normally leaves me with panda eyes (not a good look!) It’s a great size bottle too, perfect for weekends away. It feels a bit greasy when you first apply it but don’t worry the formula dries quickly without that sticky feel.

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Now I come onto the fragrance in the box Aromatics in Black.Β It has a deep fruity floral scent with a kick of spice that makes it perfect for nights out & sophisticated occasions. It’s definitely the perfect companion to an LBD (little black dress) & some sparkling jewels. It’s a great size to pop in your clutch too. While I really love the scent I can’t say I think too much of the packaging. The packaging is far too simple & boring for a high end perfume in my opinion. Some may like the simple look but I like my perfume bottles & boxes to be eye catching & a bit different from all the other hoards of fragrance on the market. Put it this way I’d have never looked twice at it in a shop but I’d have missed out on such a gorgeous scent. The scent is not very sweet at all it’s a much darker smell. Very elegant & would suit all ages. Love the scent but boring packaging.

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The final product in the collection isΒ Clinique For Men Face Scrub. My partner hasn’t started sampling this product yet but I’ve had a play with it and I’ve found that as it only has a slight minty smell there’s nothing to stop us girls from using it too. It’s a really great exfoliant and you can instantly see the difference after just one use. The scent of the product makes you feel refreshed and wide awake. It makes a great little treat for your man plus you’ll notice the benefits on his skin too! Win win.

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Overall I’d say this is one of the best beauty boxes I’ve ever bought as every single product in this box was of some use to me & I really liked them all. The box cost Β£20 and I bought it from http://www.latestinbeauty.com but unfortunately they all sold out pretty much straight away but you can sign up to their emails or keep an eye on the website as new boxes are launched all the time & as this box has been so successful I imagine they’ll probably do another edit. These products are also available individually from http://www.clinique.co.uk

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Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed it and please comment below if you managed to get this box or let me know your favourite Clinique products.

Kate x

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