We'll start off with magazines - I only purchase two magazines myself this month and both came with some lovely free gifts - first of all in Elle I got a 75ml tube of St Tropez Gradual Tan Everyday Body Moisturiser. I went for the shade Light /Medium but I believe you could also get the Medium / Dark variation x I haven't tried this yet but I really like gradual tanners so it will be nice to try one out at the higher end of the spectrum.
This months issue has a cute little travel skincare pack from REN as a cover gift. It contained a 15ml Vetiver Hand and Body Lotion, a 5ml Active 7 Radiant Eye Gel, and 15ml tube of Hydra-Calm Global Protection Day Cream - a really nice assortment and a great way to try out some new products.
Mummy Lou was her usual angelic self this month and she also picked me up a few other magazines which also came with some freebies x This months Marie Claire came with a free full sized Avon mascara, there were 3 to choose from and the one I got was the Avon Super Shock Max Mascara
I've got another Avon mascara to review for you guys so I think I'll review this one as well and do a comparison post :)
Mummy Lou also kindly treated me to two copies of this months Glamour magazine which contained freebies from skincare company Balance Me x The two products I got were the 50ml Balance Me Pure Skin Face Wash and the 10ml Balance Me Rose Otto Intensive Lip Salve :)
The final magazine Mummy Lou got me was this months Cosmopolitan, I'm not a regular Cosmo reader if I'm honest but this month's Red featured a discount coupon and it had a good freebies - a full sized Missguided nail polish - I think there were 3 shades to choose from and the colour I went for was Misstify - a hot almost neon pink.
As well as the magazines Mummy Lou was also kind enough to pay for my Avon order - ok she had an ulterior motive - she wanted to try one of the nail polishes and the lipgloss lol - I got 3 colours from the new revamped Colortrend range from left to right - Green Morph (Mummy Lou's choice), Blue Morph, and Blue Royale which is a sparkling suede polish.
At the time we placed the order there was in offer in the brochure were you could get a lipgloss from the range for 99p instead of £3.75, Mummy Lou loves her pinks so she picked the shade Start Up Pink - now that it's here though she isn't as sure because it's a little bit brighter than what it looked in the brochure so I have a new lipgloss ;)
The final thing we got from Avon was a nail polish from the Speed Dry + range, the colour I went for was Modern Mauve,
It looks like sort of pale dirty nude in the bottle but it has the most amazing pink flashes on it and I can't wait to try it x
Enough of the gifts I did actually but quite a few bits for myself this month, first up ebay - I sold an awful lot of my blog sale and via ebay thins month, and whilst I was a good girl and transferred most of it to my bank account, I did treat myself to a few bits from ebay x First up scarves, there are so many gorgeous scarves on ebay especially from sellers in the Far East. First up this super cute bunny rabbit / Fifi Lapin esq scarf
I love this it is soooo cute and came to just £2.49 including postage from this seller x I've seen a few of these on ebay in different colours including a grey and a pink x
The second scarf I got was this massive black one which is covered in white stars - I had something similar to this a long time ago but I lost it and always wanted another one.
Again this comes in several colours and I got this one for the massive amount of just £1.39 including postage from this seller x
I've also gone a bit jewellery daft on ebay this month and I've picked up four pieces from both overseas and UK sellers - first up a couple of necklaces including this one that I've been stalking for sometime.
As soon as I saw it on ebay I knew it reminded me of something I saw in Bazaar magazine and it does, what do you think ?
Yes the Van Cleef and Arpels, Alhambra necklace, which retails at an insane amount of money. No this one isn't real gold or onyx but I'm still loving the look. This retailed at £2.35 including postage from this seller x
Sticking with the black and gold tone, I also picked up this geometric triangle necklace
It on quite a short chain so you could definitely wear it alongside other pieces - it was only £1.91 from this seller x
The other two jewellery items I picked up this month were both rings and were both from UK based sellers - first up this silver tone stretchy flower cluster ring
Almost a silver tone and crystal bouquet it's mounted on a silver tone beaded and elasticated band.
I've seen a few rings like this around and they were all more expensive than this one. This was £2.98 with postage from this seller x
The final ebay jewellery purchase I made this month was another ring - Again it's elasticated and it features tiny silver tone beads and a little silver tone star charm
Again I've seen a few on the high street like this most notably from Lola Rose, but again the prices were pretty prohibitive, whilst this one isn't real gemstone or silver, it's still super cute and I can definitely see myself picking up some more designs from the same seller x It cost £2.20 including postage from this seller x
My final two ebay purchases this month came from the grand old US of A, and from a seller known to a lot of you beautyzone2007. I've bought so many polishes from this seller of the years and I would thoroughly recommend them. The two polishes I got this time were from Color Club - first up a metallic blue / green shade 914 Masquerading
and finally a colour I'd wanted since the year dot - 871 Wild At Heart.
Sticking with the beauty theme I also picked a couple of bits from Boots using my Advantage Card Points - nothing overly exciting just a couple of essentials
First up these amazing cotton wool pads -I watched a video from the lovely Zoella and I knew I had to give these ago - from the Baby range, these are Extra Large Cotton Wool Pads - because there bigger and a bit stronger you seem to use less of them - a little bit more pricey than bog standard cotton wool pads but well worth the money imo.
I also picked up a bottle of the new Boots Botanics Soothing Eye Make Up Remover, The minute I head that the Botanics range was being revamped I contacted Boots Customer Service to find out what was happening to the original Soothing Eye Make Up Remover which I loved (read a review here). Not a problem they said, the product was just being repackaged erm not true! The remover is a different colour and the ingredients list is completely different. I've heard that a few people have had reactions to this but thankfully I've only used it a few times but so far so good, no stinging or watering, it does some to leave the eye area a little greasier but I can live with that - but Boots please get your facts right it's a DIFFERENT PRODUCT!!!
My final purchased this month have all been clothing related - the summer (Ha Ha) sales are in full swing, it might seem as though I've bought a lot but believe me for everything I've kept I've sent 2 back! First up Dorothy Perkins,
I got this cute sleeveless blouse in a lovely coral colour - I got it for £15 and it had been £25.
The rest of the bits came from Next - I personally don't buy a lot from Next through the majority of the year I find the majority of their stuff just too pricey for what it is. However come sale time I'm first in the queue, not outside the shops at 4am you understand but I get my VIP slot online as soon as it goes live. I've bought quite a few bits but again I've sent most of it back. I'm still waiting for a few bits to come so I'll probably show you next month if I decide to keep them x
The main bits I got were tops - to be honest I buy more coverings for my top half than I ever do for my bottom half - first of this pretty navy sleeveless top, with a contrasting fabric bow which was £6.00
then this plain grey vest, which comes with a contrasting floral scarf which was also £6.00
This cute grey striped t-shirt was also £6.00 - the distressed gold foil heart says "Forever"
and the final top I got was this black and cream colour block vest which was also £6.00 - very Chanel in style
I also got some undies which I'm not going to show you ;) and a couple of bits of jewellery including this long line floral necklace
and this cute little china teacup :)
So that was my pretty substantial July haul, If you have any questions on anything I bought please leave me a comment, oh and let m know your favourite purchases from July too x