My New Zealand Beauty Purchases

A couple of days ago I wrote and featured photos from my trip up the Sky Tower in Auckland, New Zealand. Amazingly I didn’t take lots of photos just several videos and a few pretty pictures here and there but I am terrible for forgetting to take photos all the time. I can’t be a good beauty blogger and not explore beauty products whilst on my travels so today’s post is dedicated to some of my beauty buys all the way from New Zealand. I actually bought so much bulky stuff that getting my suitcase closed again was a task on its own.

First up was my Dermalogica Clear Start products that I purchased after having my facial. I love these products and am gutted I have never indulged in them before.

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Next up is the L’Oreal Ever Strong sulphate free shampoo and conditioner. I haven’t tried this stuff before but I always looking for shampoo and conditioner that is more natural but also keeps my hair strong. I can’t wait to test this stuff out as my auntie swears by it.

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Next up is a brand I have never come across as they only seem to ship to the US, Canada, Australia and France. The range is Formula 10.0.6. I purchased the Absolute Dream clean cleanser with cucumber and grape and also a breakout calming mask. I also purchased another set like the one below as they were a bargain price of around £5-£6 each and I couldn’t resist trying them out.

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Just as above here is the 2nd set I purchased featuring another cleanser, a moisturiser, a mud mask, some pore strips and overnight spot minimizing patches. I cannot wait to test all of these products out and I absolutely love the packaging on them. I will be sharing my findings over the next couple of months.

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Last up was a freebie for signing up to one of the beauty stores newsletters and it’s the Lipidol Facial Oil which naturally helps to remove makeup and dirt from the face without stripping the skins natural oil barrier. I am a bit wary of an oil based product however I am looking forward to testing it out and writing about it.

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Keep your eyes peeled over the next few months as I test and review all of these fab products. I am going to try to do a 30 day review on most of the products to get honest opinions and findings so you can get an accurate reflection of the product.

Thanks for reading

Laura x

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Recent Bargains

Lately I have been putting myself on a continuous spending ban in order to save as much money as possible for buying my own place. I will be honest and say I have still treated myself to the odd thing and thought I would share some of my recent bargains that I have found with you lovely lot.

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First up I went to Boots to purchase another Bleach London Dip Dye Kit which normally retails at £7. I noticed the kits were on offer for £4 instead so I snapped up two of them so I don’t need to buy another for a while. I am going to use one of the kits this week to re-blonde my hair and then probably won’t do it again for a few months or so as it lasts really well.

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Next up I was browsing round the F+F sale at Tesco in York last week and saw they had some of their summer range on offer. I grabbed a bikini top and bottom that would go well together and for a bargain £3 each, I cannot complain. They will be perfect for my holidays this year.

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Lastly in the F+F sale again, I noticed these gorgeous mosaic tile printed bohemian style trousers. They only had them in a size 6 which normally wouldn’t fit me but because they have a stretchy waistband, they fit perfectly. They were on sale for a bargain £8 and I couldn’t resist again for my holidays later this year.

Overall I have hardly splurged a great deal but everything I have bought will be used/worn. I am still trying to save my hardest and will be sharing some of my best tips in August on how to be a kick-ass saver, so keep your eyes peeled.

Thanks for reading

Laura x

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Mexico – A Dream Holiday

This post is rather late since I actually visited in September 2014 but I only started the blog itself in December and it felt too wintery to blog about travel at the time. Since it’s a slow January I thought I would write about the amazing destination of Mexico.

Bob and I decided to book the holiday way back in February 2014 and had to wait a grueling 7 months until we actually got to experience it. We went into Thomson travel agents one Sunday morning and spur of the moment booked it. We travelled on the amazing new Dreamliner plane which had mood lighting in the cabin as you took off. (Silly me forget to get the camera out quick enough at the time, but here are a couple of pics of it)

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We stayed for 14 nights at the beautiful resort of El Dorado Seaside Suites by Karisma in the Riviera Maya. We chose it because it was well known for having good food and also is adults only! It was about 1 hr 30mins from the airport which was a nightmare as customs takes forever to get through but once at the resort we were greeted with a cool towel and a mocktail. The rooms were beautiful and although we didn’t like the positioning of the first room they were quick to move us to one more suited.

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The food was amazing and had so much choice. We visited all the restaurants and also indulged in the room service several times. There is a Mexican, Italian, Mediterranean, Asian, Sandwhicherie and a gourmet pub. The Asian was one of our favourites as the sushi and curry was too die for. The Mexican was beautiful too and very authentic but the Gourmet pub stole the show. We ordered 4 courses on our last night and enjoyed tapas style food. YUM!

As part of the holiday we went on what felt like a trip a day so we could experience as much as possible. Bob took the majority of the photos on his GoPro Hero 3 Black edition and it was worth purchasing as the picture quality was fantastic. I have included some of my naff photos and some of the good ones I have but I’m thinking of doing a follow up post of photography from the holiday soon anyway. The trips we did were Chichen Itza and swimming in a cenote, Xcaret eco park, Contoy Island day trip, swimming with Whale Sharks, Xel-Ha and also Bob did his PADI scuba diving advanced open water qualification out there. There are so many things you can do in Mexico so it’s definitely worth spending 2 weeks there, some of which can be found here.

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The holiday was an absolute dream and we are so grateful that we got the chance to go there before we purchase our house and have no pennies. I would thoroughly recommend the El Dorado Seaside Suites and the whole of the Karisma chain as they pride themselves on fantastic service and can certainly say it was oustanding.

Where have you all been that was once in a lifetime?
and Can you recommend anywhere to me for my future travel plans?

Thanks

Laura x

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