Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Small Cosmetics and Accessories Haul

Hello everyone, for some reason I haven't felt like actually filming a haul so I thought (because I'm trying my hand at blogging) I will write a blogpost on the makeup bits and bobs I've acquired recently. Anyone else feel like every time you go to Boots/Superdrug you end up at the counter having spent practically double what you intended to spend ... no? Okay, well it might just be me haha *looks guilty*. There's also some Topshop items thrown in for good measure ...
Oh and be prepared for a lot of pictures, hope the quality is okay.




Avene is a brand that along with La Roche Posay I always, always feel drawn to when I hop down to Boots. I've tried a few of their products before but nothing has stopped me in my tracks for me to go 'wow'. I have however recently re-purchased their 'Extremely gentle cleanser' due to my extremely (no pun intended) temperamental skin, and also the product above, the 'Skin recovery cream' which claims to calm sensitive and irritated skin ... yes you guessed it, that's what drew me, as it basically sums up my skin at the moment. I was out yesterday buying these things and (some of you might have heard me say this on BlogTV) I had a horrid spot which I'd over dryed (yuck) by the side of my mouth (yuck again) and every time I opened my mouth, boy oh boy did it hurt! So I popped some of this on the dry areas of my skin where acne medication had dried it out, and I woke up this morning to find that the skin there has healed! Hoorah! It's not tight feeling and it's soft to touch ... so my friends I have high hopes!


Next contender is a new lipstick that I had absolutely no intention of buying but am sooo happy I did, and it's 'Peach-stock' from the new MAC, 'MAC me Over' collection. It's a satin finish, but to me it feels more like a creamsheen, which I'm in no way complaining about because they're my fav's :P Now, how can I describe it, it's a peach-y, brown-y ... nude-y ... yeah you get the drift, basically everything I love in a lipstick all into one. It doesn't make you look like a corpse and the peach undertone looks lovely with a warmer eye look.



Nail polish is a weakness of mine, and Topshop, let's face it makes some pretty lovely colours which at £5 to me make 'Toppers' a high contender for best nail polish prize ... more for their unique choice of colours rather than longevity, creamy-ness etc. So I give you 'War Paint' which is given absolutely no justice on the photos above because it's much more neon in the bottle, but on the nail looks more like a delicious watermelon colour.



Back to MAC, (no unfortunately I haven't saved enough items to bag me a free lippie, and yes writing this did make me giggle) I bought an eyeshadow, something that I'd like to say I haven't done in around 6 months ... mainly because I went through a massive phase of asking for eyeshadows from Santa (lol) and then feeling I had everything I needed. So, what made you get 'Texture' you may ask ...



Well, it's an orange-y, warm toned brown with very slight shimmer that caught my eye whilst shopping in Westfield with the lovely Grace from the 'UglyFaceOfBeauty'. My eyes are hazel, which can sometimes look more green or brown depending, but I love it when they pick up an orange/brown tinge, and so bought 'Texture' in the hope that it will enhance this.


I promise next time my blog post will be more organised, but for now we're back to envisaging me standing there 'umming and arring' in Boots at their brush selection. I've never been one for using 'the tools God gave me' ... those being my hands, for makeup application just because I have this weird thing where I think my hands harbour millions of germs and oils, blah blah (I'm not OCD just mentally challenged when it comes to some things) and so I love makeup brushes, but will admit that since the days back in high school where I used to buy brushes from H&M, I have never again bought a 'lower end' makeup brush. What a snob, I know. So back to the subject at hand, the perfect concealer brush is something I have been searching for, and although I've been happily content with my 224 by MAC, it leaves something to be desired. This is where the 'Ecotools deluxe concealer brush' fits in, in the hope that it will fill the void my 224 has left. I still use my 224 don't get me wrong but there's just something a bit 'meh' about it.


I think facial buffers are great, and happen to really dislike facial scrubs, more so because I'd rather skip yet another product that could potentially aggravate my skin, so I love using buffers in conjunction with my cleanser. I am accustomed to buying the one from 'The Body Shop', but Ecotools in boots was on 'Buy one, get one half off' so I bought their facial buffs (two for £2.99). What made me make the plunge is the fact that the buffer has two sides, one more abbrasive and the other gentler.


Not sure if this is translated in the two picutes above, but I used both sides last night and this morning and loved it! I use the rougher side on areas that are acne free, and that were dry (due to over drying acne medication, such as the horrid dry spot described earlier) and it made my skin feel very smooth, and I find it to be less abbrasive than The Body Shop version, maybe because it's made from 'loofah', supposedly a vegetable. The second side I used on my acne areas that I didn't want to be too tough on, and it feels like a soft pillow on your skin it's so soft! So I shall keep you all updated, but again high hopes!




Then we come onto the naughty purchase. All I have to say on the matter is this lipstick has been on my list for a long, long time and I love the packaging... and yes I felt guilt after purchasing. It's the YSL Rouge Volupte in #1 Nude Beige. *Stares at beauty*.


Two rings that made it in my 'basket' are these two. Now, the eye freaks me out but that's why I love it (£5), and the skull one is cute and for £1 couldn't be passed up!

For those who made it this far thank you for reading! Love you lots, xxx

101 comments:

  1. Lovely blog! And I really want to shopp now hahaha. xxx

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  2. Please keep us informed as to how you like the ecotools concealer brush. Im very intrigued since we can get it over here in Canada. :D <3

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  3. Soo a sweet Blogg.

    Follow my Blogg too =)
    http://pinkiglam.blogspot.com/

    lg AnaLin

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  4. love your haul purchases, especially the YSL lipstick - so envious! facial buffers are amazing i find they do a better job than exfoliaters x

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  5. hi hunny, well,seems u had a real nice shopping lately, u bought really lots of great things! i liked the peach nude mac lipstick and the eco brush (which i have and it wooooorks really great yes!)what i found strange it was that u bought a red varnish,if i can well remember u def dispised red nail polishes on u, u said tons of times. hope u like this; it seems to be a cute color. honestly,if i can tell my opinion, it looks great on ur nails. and what i found "scary" ;) is the eye-ring. :) lol. well, at least it's something new to see. i havent seen them here in Italy. also on nobody's fingers. seems to be cute. then we'll see it on ur next vids i hope.
    well, enjoy ur new items, take cre, many kisses from Florence,

    lots of love
    Juna.

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  6. 2 things: i meant "take cAre" (sorry my keyboard needs to be cleaned) and apologize for maybe too loong comment--im always so long-winded- and sorry my english really sucks, but i started learning it just 2-3months ago.and alone, not in school. so bear with me.(this expression i learnt it from u!u said it in some videos :) im learning lots of english thanx to ur vids+blogs--but this u already know,from my email. bye dear xxx love u.
    a kiss to Alessandra! dont forget!
    bye,see u soon! (in ur vids+blogTV+here,etc)

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  7. I recently got the ysl lipstick too in faubourg peach 30. I love colors 1&2.. I like to be "safe" per se with lip colors.. Even corals can be a tad intimidating at times.. But this color is gorgeous :) I think it would look rather nice on you. I loveeeee your videos btw. I legit get too excited whenever you upload.. Is it weird that I read this post in your voice?? HAHAH

    Glad you're blogging as well now (:

    xx

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  8. A YSL lipstick is definitely on my wish list as soon as I have money! I'm such a sucker for packaging haha.
    Also love Topshop nail polishes, I think they get overlooked too often!
    x

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  9. Hi,

    I just want to let you know that you inspired me a lot when it comes to make up :)

    And seeing the background, I'm so into aztec print because of you x

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  10. Barbara .. I love your haul! I saw the Eco-Tools brushes at Boots, really wanted to try them! Hopefully another time :)

    http://beaut-ingsandbeyond.blogspot.com/

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  11. I love the eco-tools concealer brush, it's really good for packing the concealer on - and boy, do I need that!
    love the nail polish, too!
    Veronica xx

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  12. love your blog!check out myn?ive mentioned you a few times on ther.looool xxx

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  13. love the lippy :)

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  14. Oooh those rings look so cool :) and the nail polish is gorgeoussss

    www.offhandbeauty.blogspot.com xxx

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  15. When my skin goes totally hypersensitive crazy Avene's Tolérance Extrême Anti-irritating Soothing Cream is amazing. http://www.avene.co.uk/Soothing-Cream. Skin Recovery Cream is good as well, but the Tolerance version is fantastic.

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  16. I bought that ring for the exact same reason! 'it's creepy - therefore i want it!!"
    Also those YSL lipsticks are gorgeous, you won't regret it! I've actually got a YSL lipstick collection post a few posts down on my blog :)

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  17. Absolutely love the blog, I must say I ve seen your videos too, and you have amazing style that I really really like!!! So inspiring.
    Also you are gorgeous. Keep up the blog work, cause you're doing so well and got a new follower ;)
    xoxo
    Tamara
    www.theglamandglitter.com

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  18. I love your videos! You're one my very favorite actually!! So nice to see you have a blog as well!

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  19. http://prettyallthetime.blogspot.com/2011/08/hooray-for-ombre.html

    Here is where I actually mentioned you and your ombre hair last month! I told you I liked you! :)

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  20. I love the look of the mac lipstick this will definietly be my next purchase. I brought a YSL lipstick too and i get this huge grin on my face whenever i see it in my makeup bag as the packaging is just gorgeous! I find that because the formula is so soft and moisturising, It runs down pretty quick. So I will be saving this for best :)

    http://thecosmeticcrave.blogspot.com/
    Joselin
    xxx

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  21. nice stuff =) i always get tempted at the avene counter but have yet to make my first purchase, is there anything you would recommend aside from the cream you got.. i also have oily skin

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  22. really love the rings! but here in germany is no topshop in my town :(

    hope you will go on with your blog :)





    http://nobody00m.blogspot.com/

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  23. I love the idea of the facial buffers! I've never tried them but might have too after hearing you rave about them. Love your blog and your youtube I've been a subscriber for a while.
    Maryam xx
    http://musingsofamaniacxoxo.blogspot.com/

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  24. That lippy is just beaut!! I might go and purchase that lovely colour :) xxxx

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  25. I'm a big fan of your youtube channel! Welcome to to the blogging sphere, looking forward to more blogs of you!

    Follow me too!
    http://jacqlibrawrites.blogspot.com/

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  26. Love your videos and I just put up a post about where I got Estee Lauders Double Wear for £18, and I know you are a fan. Check it out if you fancy! So glad you are doing blogs now as well. xo

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  27. The eye is so freaky but with the right outfit it would be amazing! i love it! x

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  28. loving the lipstick and the nail polish!
    love that you're blogging now

    BreezeyBee Blog

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  29. Hi, Barbara! I you'r subscriber in youtube in the non creepy way. I haven't idea that you have a blog too I'm very devoted blogger and I really like you'r videos. Now I'm happy that I can read a little more about you too :)
    Sorry for the "amazing" English :D
    Tsveti

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  30. I absolutely love that nail polish shade! Really pretty. xx
    www.lucyalexloves.blogspot.com

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  31. ur amazing.wow loving the nail polish : D xxx

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  32. I really wanna try the rouge voluptes! Have you looked at cheapsmells? Im thinking of buying loads from them cos they're so much cheaper!I'm not affiliated with them btw i just love the site!

    tallshopaholic.blogspot.com

    p.s. love the blog and vlog!

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  33. I LOVE that nail colour!

    http://hatboxbeauty.blogspot.com

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  34. Have to say love your youtube and blogs, you have great style. Keep it up! xxx

    http://beauty-blissed.blogspot.com/

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  35. I didn't realise you had a blog until your most recent Youtube video. I wanted to say that your videos are entertaining, informative and personable. Great work!
    www.thefabulousmission.blogspot.com

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  36. Heya guys, check out my first blog!
    Lemme know what yaall think!!!



    http://usagirlielondon.blogspot.com/

    xx

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  37. YOU HAVE A BLOG NOW?! I'm so excited :D You seem like such a mellow person from your youtube vids. Looking forward to the future blog posts, lovely.

    orarose.blogspot.com

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  38. I love eco tools products, please please please keep us updated on the concealer brush! :))

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  39. that eye ring is gorgeous! so jealous, i've searched for that in every topshop near me and none of them have it :(
    love your blog :) x

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  40. Wow, 'Warpaint' by Topshop is such a nice colour! I want haahaha. Love your blog by the way, and your video's xxx

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  41. I am so happy to have found your blog. I subbed your YT channel a very long time ago and didnt realise you had one!
    Funny youve blogged your favs cause I did my first ever YT video and recorded mine to be different. Really like the look of the lipsticks. I have 2 ysl and I adore them, lovely consistency to them and of course colour. Youve really got me intrigued in topshop nail varnish!

    Liz
    http://aspirationsofglam.blogspot.com/
    xxx

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  42. Please Barbara, put some more outfits pictures on your blog!!! I am subscribing a lot of blogs, but your style is amazing I love you!!!
    I am watching your videos as well :)

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  43. Hey Barbara!

    I love your youtube videos but i love your blog even more! Your style is so similar to mine! Love it!

    luulhussein.blogspot.com

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  44. I am new to youtube and think you need a channel to post comments there? Anyway, I think your style is rubbing off on me as I purchased a "granny aztec" sweater in a thrift shop today for 2 dollars! Will feature on my blog soon.

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  45. Hi Barbara! I found your blog through your youtube channel :) keep blogging because I love your videos, and your blog is so interesting so far!
    I am an italian girl, and I've just discovered that you lived in Italy (your Italy vlog is so interesting!)!
    :)

    ps: in your 25 question tag video you look like kate middleton! or in any way, you remind me of her! :)
    xx

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  46. i love ecotool brushes! theyre actually amazing in quality and affordable.
    Just found your channel and I have been watching your videos for the past 3 hours lol.
    xx

    therefinedrepository.blogspot.com

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  47. More posts please Barbara!!!

    Please check my blog

    http://ishinelikejewellery.blogspot.com/

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  48. love your channel, blog.. and all !
    im your new spanish follower :)
    xoxo from spain love
    www.mrolez.com

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  49. I saw your skincare routine video - the latest one - and noticed you use a bunch of products that I use or have used so I thought since I was struggling with pretty much same problems - acne and what not to give you my thoughts. Since I don't have you tube account couldn't leave a comment there but forgot to check if you had a blog, so now I did and I'm leaving a comment :).

    This Avene cream is great (used it) but only for some time. Your skin will get used to it soon and it's not recommended to use it for long time. Better idea is to find moisturizer cream that is not! for acne prone skin. Those will dry you out! I used bunch of acne products and my skin was flaking severely. My dermatologist said use only plain moisturizer that's not made for acne (so I use for combinations skin F1 from Skeyndor F1). I did that - my face is great (knock on the wood). What also helps is Uriage cream Hyseac A.I. It makes your marks from blemishes go away a lot quicker! And the clenser I'm on my 3 or 4 bottle now, but I use it as make up remover with cotton pads, and for clenser actually I use from LRP Effaclar
    Purifying Foaming Gel. That's my skincare combo + Adafferin. My face is pretty much clear now.

    Hope you don't mind my long comment :)

    nena.

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  50. hey, i love your videos and your vlog :D

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  51. I like the colour of the lipstick :) love your videos on youtube :)

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  52. I could spend forever looking at Avene and La Roche Posay products, and thankfully they never irritate my skin like some other brands do. I never understood why nude beige is called nude beige lol its much more of a pinky nude to me...atleast on my lips!

    http://ohsofabulousdarling.blogspot.com/

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  54. Please start blogging again! I hope you haven't give up. :)

    http://lipsticksandmascara.blogspot.com

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  55. False lashes giveaway at: http://lipsticksandmascara.blogspot.com

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  56. Would love to know what you think about the Ecotools brush, I have just ordered some and hope they're good, usually use Ruby and Millie ones but they could be better!

    http://faithlessmusing.blogspot.com/

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  57. heya Barbara, you have been the first blogger I ever watched (& still the best) I recently discovered your blog and its just as good as you videos! I don't yet have the nerve to get in front of the camera, so instead have done a blog, I'm new at all this so there's gonna be some hiccups along the way I also love your hauls! (this one is a fav!) xxx

    http://pandaeyezbeauty.blogspot.com/

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  58. Come back with more posts please Barbara!xx

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  59. I really need to try some Topshop nail varnish! I love painting my nails and this colour looks lovely! How many coats did it take to get that colour?

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  60. I love your youtube channel and this !
    Also i awarded you for the kreativ Blogger award as i love your blog, see my blog post for the info :) xo

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  61. thats a gorgeous lipstick colour! also, i really like your youtube channel!

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  62. girlie I ADORE YOU <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

    AND I REALLY MEAN THAT :)

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  63. I like your hair and your videos on youtube :-)

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  64. Love Love Love your video Barbara so I cant wait for more blog posts! You're absolutely gorgeous and good luck with uni, I just graduated and I'm so glad the hard work paid off!

    please check out my blog guys and comment and follow if you like what you read! :D

    xoxox

    www.es-jaymakeup.blogspot.com

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  65. hi love the blog I have subscribed would love if you could take a look at mine Im new to this got some new posts up

    http://loveallthingspretty.blogspot.com/ xxx

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  66. You bought some great things, and (as a subscriber on your Youtube Channel) you can surely do blogpost as well! Very interesting stuff!

    Greetings from Denmark
    Christine

    http://christinewsblog.blogspot.com/

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  67. I used to use Avene's self tanner for my face. I have extremely sensitive skin and it worked great for me! Great haul!

    http://beauty-twist.blogspot.com/

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  68. I awarded you a versatile blogger award :D

    http://loveallthingspretty.blogspot.com/

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  69. i love your youtube Barbara! I'm glad your blogging again. Please could you check mine out?

    abigailhanley.blogspot.com

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  70. Love your Videos and I'm very happy about this blog. (; Thank you for your many inspirations and ideas. <3

    http://unique-eva.blogspot.com/

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  71. love your blog barbara, come back! xxxx

    blackeyebeauty.blogspot.com

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  72. I was eyeing up that eye ring for so long! Its lushhh, great blog by the way!

    Jazz xo

    http://jazzreallyloves.blogspot.com/

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  73. I am glad your starting to blog again! I have just started blogging again. I made my blog then didn't know what to write about and just forgot about it. But I have rediscovered how awesome blogging is. I wish there was a topshop in Atlanta.

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  74. http://thepersianbabe.blogspot.com/

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  75. http://lifeismymakeup.blogspot.co.uk/

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  76. great blog! Im now your newest follower :)

    http://beautay.blogspot.ca/

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  77. I got the same MAC lipstick in Creme D'Nude. The texture is awesome indeed and those nude colors are perfect for Spring/Summer :)

    I love your videos a lot(especially your ombré one and skincare routines)and you seem like such a beautiful person inside out!

    xxxx

    Chahinez

    www.allomonchat.blogspot.com

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  78. I absolutely love the first mac lippy you were talking about, it looks the lippy Taupe by MAC which I love!!!

    spicetime@blogspot.com

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  79. loveee the colour of that nail varnish!! may have to go out and get some! xx
    niamhssblog.blogspot.co.uk

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  80. I am a big fan of ur youtube. great job as always. xo

    fromheadtoheels.blogspot.com

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  81. I love this post omg! You had me reading the whole way through, and I am going shopping soon, so I am definitely going to purchase some of these items! Thankyou barbara! xo

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  82. I love that eye ring so much! I have a matching ear cuff which is equally creepy and cute andit was only £1.69! Details are on m latest blog post if your interested>>> www.georgiaparislondon.blogspot.com. xxx

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  83. I looove the MAC eyeshadow!! ♥

    New follower here!

    ♥,
    Shari
    The Misty Mom

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  84. Hi there, i would love it if some of you would come over and check out my blog at gracealicebeauty.blogspot.com - I love Barbara's youtube and blog and hopefully this is reflected in mine and you will like it as well. I just did a review on the Babyliss Big Hair if you want to have a look. Thanks x

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  85. Great

    http://layukaloca.blogspot.com.

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  86. I love the red nail varnish its such a pretty coulour http://thepocketsizedbeauty.blogspot.co.uk/

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    I would like to invite you to check out my blog , where I am sharing urban chic looks and style ideas every day and supporting social and sustainable fashion brands . I would be very honored if you fin it interesting and become my reader.Thanks for your time ¡
    XX Luba

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  88. great blog ! Would you like to visit my blog ?

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  89. Hello The Persian Babe,

    I'm also taking the freedom of leaving you this comment because I'm currently working on a fashion-related dissertation for my MSc. I'm doing a survey about the perception of young women towards today's fashion luxury brands, and if you, or any of your lovely reader, could take 5 mins and complete it, that would help me a lot :)
    Here is the link of my survey: https://fr.surveymonkey.com/s/2SQNKSV
    Thank you very much!

    Lou ♥
    Ps:Love the Aven products, always work wonders on my dry skin!

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  90. I'm obsessed with painting my nails at the minute, I love rimmel nail varnishes and 17 nail varnishes the best! Check out my recent post I've just bought the necklace you had bought in your last haul,!

    http://fashionandbeautybible.blogspot.co.uk/

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  91. Really great reviews!! I love mac products:)

    www.magdalennes.blogspot.com

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  92. Haha your like me, i end up getting loads of things i didn't intend to! X

    Marianne x. www.beautiful-in-essence.blogspot.com

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