Wednesday, 27 July 2011

I'm baaack!

Hi lovelies, not sure if I've been missed really but I've been on my holidays to Thailand and have returned to a TON of work to catch up on as well as blogs so thought I'd do a quick catch up post and share some holiday photos with you (yes I am that person who bores people with holiday snaps!). I'll be back with more posts soon, work schedule permitting.

LoubouLush x

Thursday, 7 July 2011

Holiday Packing

I think I've nearly finished the packing now though no doubt will unpack and repack again just once more to make sure. I had intended photographing everything but I over pack to the point of it being shameful so could bring myself to show you all the random stuff I'll be bringing.

I did think some of you might find one of my purchases in particular interesting though so thought I'd give it a mention.

I will be bringing an array of toiletries with me (quite what I'll need them all for when I'm lying sweating by a pool I'm not sure) so liked the idea of putting some things into smaller containers to reduce the bulk. This caught my eye the other day in Paperchase and I thought it looked like a great buy. However on noticing the £7.50 price tag I just couldn't bring myself to buy it. Don't get me wrong I love Paperchase for its gorgeous bits and pieces and am known for a splurge or two there but to me it just seemed a bit steep.

Then a couple of days later I was queued up in Primark and saw this:

Now I was a bit dubious about the quality but for £1, yes 100 pennies I thought I don't have much to lose!

The set has a see through bag, a small funnel, some labels, 3 bottles and 3 small tubs.

Now it isn't perfect. So far I've discovered the bag doesn't stay closed very well (might just be a bit hit and miss with them I reckon). This hasn't been a big problem as I have a collection of make up bags which I can store the containers in. I was most worried about the bottles/tubs staying sealed. Although I obviously haven't been away yet I have filled two bottles and two tubs with stuff (bottles - conditioner and shampoo, tubs - foundation and hair serum) and left them on their side/upside down and so far, so good. If I have nay issues I'm sure you'll hear me moaning when I come home again!

All in all I think it's a fab little find for £1. I've already bought loads of toiletries in miniature or I'd have bought more of the Primark packs and sorted my own.

What do you think? Would you use something similar for travelling with or have you given these a try too? I'd love to hear your thoughts :)

LoubouLush x

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

NOTD Barry M Block Orange

Hi lovelies. It's been a wee while since I did a NOTD so thought I'd give one a go today. Today I am wearing Barry M "Block Orange" NP 301.

Now I like a nice coral and a nice red but I fancied doing something more orange today and here we have it! It does what it says on the tin (ok bottle). It is "block orange". It is a good solid orange shade. The quality and drying time is good though as I've found on some similar paints/polishes it takes a good few coats to get a true "block" colour. The photos show 3 coats (plus one clear basecoat) and to be honest I can still see a little white showing through on the tips. I'll be changing the colour again in a day or two so didn't bother with a fourth coat but being honest I'd probably prefer a heavier coverage.

It IS Barry M though so at £2.99 I'm not too concerned about using four coats worth of polish though waiting for each to dry isn't always ideal.

Orerall a nice fun, summer colour and one I'll be getting a bit more use of before the summer is out. What do you think of it? I know it isn't for everyone but as a statement kind of colour I'm quite taken with it.

LoubouLush x