How I spent my Birthday + Manchester Haul! (Blogmas, Day 7)

Hi my lovelies!

I’m back with another blogmas post! I’m getting pretty good at this blogging every day malarky, even though it’s taken lots and lots of prep and post writing, brainstorming etc. Today’s post is all about how I spent my birthday last week, and what I bought while I was in Manchester!

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Okay, so every birthday for the past four or five years, I’ve taken the day off and gone to the christmas markets in Manchester, just me and my mum. It’s a tradition now! This year was no different and off we went bright and early to catch our train. It’s about 45 minutes into Manchester from where we live, but it’s worth the trip to do some serious shopping and have that ever so lovely mulled wine (or amaretto hot chocolate, yum!) before having some food!



We always hit all the stalls, and manage to get lost every time trying to find our way to the town hall and Spinningfields and we stuck to the tradition this time but with a twist as we found our way there quite easily, but then couldn’t find our way back! Our time was mostly spent browsing the stalls and trying to keep warm – we didn’t get much from the markets, but my mum bought a beautiful silver ring at the Affleck’s pop up in the town hall (and I would have bought a dress if they had it in my size)


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A Rather Successful Trip to TK Maxx – Mini Haul!

Hi my lovelies,

Happy Friday! (Or is it Fri-Yay?!)

Is is just me, or has TK Maxx massively stepped up its game recently? All I used to find were damaged palettes, ten million nail polishes and the odd gem that is actually really good. They seem to have had somewhat of a beauty and makeup overhaul over the last few months, and I’m finding more and more bargains in my local store!

So here’s what I picked up from TK Maxx on my last trip. Spoiler: I saved a ton of money!


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Beauty Bay Makeup Haul!

Hi my lovelies,

You guys know I can’t resist a sale, so I caved yet again and bought a few things I’ve had my eye on from last week. They had a bank holiday sale (£10 off a £50 spend), so I definitely took advantage of it! Here’s what I ended up with! Let me know in the comments if you’d like to see a full review of any of these products!!

Also, apologies for this post being incredibly late, I have had zero time to blog over the last week or so. Rather than post something I wasn’t happy with, I decided to put it off until I could give you guys a well written post with some good pictures that I hope you’re used to from me. I’m definitely going to try and schedule blocks of writing time in the future, so please bear with me!


Onto the haul!

So what did I buy?

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Huge Colourpop Haul!

Hi my lovelies,

So you may have seen the news that Colourpop started shipping worldwide recently, and to me that meant I could finally put in an order from a brand that I’ve been lusting after for ages now! My order finally arrived, and so here are all the lovely goodies that I ordered! I decided to try out a bit of everything, so grab a cuppa, because this haul is massive! Also, how cute is this little handwritten thank you they sent in the box???


So what did I order?


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Drugstore Beauty Haul! Ft Sleek, Garnier, L’Oreal and Grounded Coffee Scrub!

Hi my lovelies,

I thought I’d use this post to share with you a few beauty products that I picked up in the last week or so! It’s mostly skincare (mostly face masks, actually), and you can pick up all of these from the drugstore, so they’re nice and affordable too!


Face Masks – I went a little overboard here, I can’t help myself when it comes to face masks!

face masks

  • Hydraluron Moisture Boosting Masks

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Mini Clinique Haul and Free Summer Gift!

Hi my lovelies,

You probably all know by now that Clinique is my absolute fave beauty brand, so I thought I’d share with you all today a couple of things I bought from my local Clinique counter a couple of days ago, and talk about their free summer gift (because who doesn’t like free things!).

I nipped into town to do a little shopping and head into Debenhams for a much needed Clinique purchase as I’m almost completely out of my holy grail eye makeup remover – their Take The Day Off for Lids, Lashes and Lips! I trust this more than anything else to budge the unbudgeable waterproof mascara that comes out in summer for me!

What I bought:


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Mini Makeup Haul! Ft Makeup Revolution, Sleek and Maybelline!

Hi my lovelies,

So this post is going to be all about the mini Superdrug haul I did online last week! I think every UK beauty blogger took advantage of Superdrug’s 3 for 2 across all their makeup in April, as it’s such a fantastic deal! If you missed out, don’t fret as Superdrug often has some pretty great offers online and in store!

Onto the haul!


Makeup Revolution

A brand I’ve heard loads of good things about is Makeup Revolution. I have super sensitive skin and eyes, and usually avoid cheaper eyeshadow palettes, as they can sometimes cause a reaction in my skin. However, I’ve heard SUCH great reviews of this brand that I knew I had to try them out! After a good google search and some Youtube watching (thank you, Tati!) I decided on the Affirmation Palette and the Mermaids Forever Palette. After seeing the range of shades and the pigment when swatched, I decided I needed the two of these in my life! These are just £8 each so such a bargain!

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Big Beauty Haul! Ft Clinique, NYX, Lush, Revlon & Eyelure!

Hi my lovelies,

I know what you’re all thinking, two posts in one day, oh my gosh Jess what happened to you!

So this post is a tad late, but over the easter holidays I went on a big shopping trip to the Trafford Centre (Basically a giant mall for those of you not familiar), and I picked up loads of things and spent way too much money!

I thought I’d tell you all about the beauty goodies I spent my hard earned wages on, so here we go! Let me know if you want to see the other things I bought, including clothes and homewares/lifestyle stuff!


I bet you’re all bored with my adventures into Clinique at this point, but I have an addiction and it’s not going away. Look at all these goodies I got, aaaaannnd I only paid for two of them! I’m part of Selfridges Clinique By Invitation scheme, which is basically a reward system for loyal customers, and I got my first reward gift! If you can get over to a Selfridges, check it out because it’s well worth it if you like Clinique!


What I purchased: Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Charcoal Face Mask – If you’ve seen my Instagram you’ll have seen my masked up face with this on the other day! My skin has been a little dull and broken out lately, and I’ve been eyeing this up for a while, and finally bought it! I think i’m going to add this into my weekly routine, because my skin was great after using this! I also purchased one of Clinique’s new Pop Lip Laquers, which if you know me by now, I’ve been wanting one ever since they were announced. This is essentially a liquid lipstick with a lovely glossy finish but the pigmented colour of a lipstick! I have the colour Wink Pop which is a lovely light pink shade that’s going to be a fab colour for spring and summer as we move into lighter makeup tones!

What I got for free (yes, free!)

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Manchester haul and Mum’s birthday present!

Hey my lovelies,

So it was my mum’s birthday back at the end of December, and I got her two tickets for Cats at the Manchester Opera House. Naturally she took me along with her, and so off to Manchester we went on Saturday!


Cats was… well it was kinda weird. I’m still trying to figure out what happened at the end – have any of you seen Cats before and can shed some light on the topic for me? It was quite odd, but I did enjoy myself. The musical was pretty dance heavy and the actors were great!

We also went into the city earlier in the day, did some shopping, and grabbed some food before the show! So I thought I’d show you a little of what I purchased!

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High End Haul – January Sales edition!

Hi everyone! I’m back with another haul post!

This one is all about the higher end stuff that I bought in the sales, or just with the little bit of spare cash I  had from christmas presents etc. I did a high street version of this post, the link to that post is HERE and the video link to that one is HERE if you want to look at the more affordable items I bought, but this post is all about the higher quality products that I bought.

Let’s start with some Clinique, as it’s my favourite brand for beauty.

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