A Guide; To Shopping in Vegas

If I did anything well in Vegas it was most definitely shopping. So here’s my guide to the best items to spend your dollar on, and where to do it!

North Premium Outlets;

Sunglasses Hut, Michael Kors, Kate Spade New York

The Cosmetics Company Store, Perfumania, BareMinerals, Elizabeth Arden

Aldo, Converse, Nine West, Vans, Steve Madden, Nike

Levis, Calvin Klein Underwear, American Apparel

What I bought; Elizabeth Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant, Ray Ban Aviators, Bobbi Brown Lipstick in blusher and Concealor Kit, Michael Kors bracelet, Burberry The Beat Perfume, Armani Mania Perfume, Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturiser.

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Sephora;

Oh how I wish this gem of a shop came back to the UK, I used to love browsing around the isles. Luckily I got to relive those memories and oh how I did more than browse; I bought the Urban Decay Naked Palettes 2 AND 3 : ), Fresh Sugar Lip Scrub, Benfit They’re Real Mascara, Benefit Speed Brow, Hourglass Ambient Lighting blush in diffused heat

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Bath and Body Works;

They had a deal for two x three wick candles for $22 – I bought Marshmallow Fields and Vanilla Pupkin Marshmallow. They smell so yummy.

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Unfortunately I found that the clothes seemed to be of a similar price, if not more than home, which is why I would advise spending your hard earned cash on cosmetics.

Oh and I also bought this little guy…

He sits in pride of place on my bed and is sooooo soft!

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Searching for the most perfect studs ;)

Oh how I wish this meant what you’re thinking!

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Photo by Jim Wright for Mens Fitness Magazine

But no, earrings dear, earrings!

I have had my ears pierced for a long time, I think I was 8 or 9. I then had my cartilage pierced, twice – or helix as shown below. Honestly I have no idea on the correct names so thought this diagram may help explain my waffle.

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I also got my second holes done around 10 years ago, however, they’ve never really took, by this I mean that any earrings I wear tend to really irritate me; either they make me itch, or they pee me off royally whilst trying to sleep.

Granted I’ve never gone out of my way to get some really decent earrings that would hopefully not cause this reaction.

Until now, and boy-oh-boy am I fussy. I knew that I wanted studs, gold or rose gold studs. They needed to be nickel free (hopefully this will help), and not too large – I think my second hole is a little too close to my first, which means that larger earrings collide with my first really simple gold ball studs (booorrrinnnggg). I also knew my budget; I was willing to spend up to £100 – which is very unlike me! I remember spending £19 on a pair of silver hoops when I was about18/19, and I thought it was ludicrous – and that was with a birthday voucher! BUT I really want this relationship to work out, so I knew I needed to invest. However, then came the tricky part, trying to find a pair that met the above criteria, and that basically warranted the money – I didn’t want a plain pair that cost silly money, but I also didn’t want something that looked all blingy.

Ergghh the search was painful. I looked everywhere in Vegas – but they all seemed to be diamond $500 dollar disaters – no thanks. I looked in Thomas Sabo – again nothing that interesting, or they were just too big. I looked on every jewellery site I follow on instagram, searched through Asos,  even looked on the Argos website (oh the shame)! Then one morning whilst checking through my emails, I saw that Ella Gregory off of the fab Coco’s Tea Party had included a company called Astrid and Miyu in her ‘Monthly Top 10’ feature.

I thought I’d have a nose round the website and as soon as I clicked on the studs category there they were, by they I mean around 20 pairs that I wanted, all of which cam in silver, gold, or rose gold. Uh oh!

In the end I picked these beauties…

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Hamsa Hands in Rose Gold

How pretty are these?! AND they were£39. Granted not a steal, but less than half the price I was considering. I’m completely in love with them and cannot wait for them to arrive!

I also couldn’t resist this ring…

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It’s soooo pretty and dainty! This is called their Zodiac Ring – in Aries with a diamond – woooo! Also £39.00

Just to add to my luck you get 10% discount if you sign up to their newsletters.

I’m actually thinking I may have to go on another little spree as I seriously LOVE everything on the website – my next purchases maybe…

All photos taken from the Astrid & Miyu website.

Go take a look and I challenge you not to want EVERYTHING!!!

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My over and overs…

There may be nothing new or unique about this blog post, however, realistically no two will ever be the same. You buy, wear, showcase what you like, what you love, what you need, and ultimately what works for you.

So on that note the following are my beauty must haves (with a sneaky lil’ fashion obvs snuck in there for good measure)…

My Top Beauty Products

  1. Benefit They’re Real Mascara – I received this as a sample in one of my Birchbox’s – twice actually, and then went out and bought the full size version twice also. This one just seems to work for me. Usually I can’t stand the plastic wands, and when I went to try out the sample I wasn’t expecting much, but it lengthens and holds my lashes curl perfectly.
  2. Clinique Liquid Eyeliner – you may remember this post, where I described all the problems I faced with numerous liquid eye liners. And ended up going back to the clinique one that I’d been using for years, one that I’d had to buy at the airport because they didn’t have a MAC stand. It simply just stays put, all day! What more can you ask for!?
  3. Decleor Face Mask – I also mentioned this one in another post, here. I saw Millie Macintosh use it in a video, bought it instantly and haven’t looked back. The perfect surge of moisture for dry skin!
  4. H&M Leggings – just a staple! £6.99 and you can’t see through them – perfect! Not Pictured.
  5. Body Shop Hand Cream or Soap and Glory Hand Cream – these are the only hand creams I’ve used where you can actually start to see an improvement in the condition of your skin. Not just a quick fix!
  6. Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream – everyone needs this in their lives! No matter where on your body, or how how dry your skin is, this little miracle will sort it out! First time users may think it looks, feels and smells quite odd, but after a while you’ll love it! Honestly it’s as simple as that!
  7. Mavala Cuticle Oil – I’ve always suffered terribly with dry and flaky cuticles – sexy! I new I needed something that would remove the excess and moisturise them at the same time. Ask your mum and she’ll tell you that Mavala is the best brand of nail polish she used to use, and she’s right! This oil is so fab and makes even the scruffiest of nail beds look neat and tidy.
  8. Beauty Blender – I bought the models own one initially and it’s THE perfect tool for blending concealer, without removing it. Birchbox then came up trumps in their last beauty box at exactly the same I was about to repurchase – score!
  9. Benefit Hoola Bronzer – you know the answer to this one, the most perfect, non-shimmery, colour to get the best cheekbones ever! I forgot to include this in my photo – I got it ready and everything – sad face!
  10. Mac Lipstick – Blankety – THE most gorgeous nude ever! Not too shiny, not too matte, not too dark, not too light. Just right!
  11. Perfumes – Alien by Thierry Mulger and Armani Mania by, well Armani – go smell them and you’ll understand! Just so yummy, and lasts ages, making sure I smell awesome all day/night long!
  12. The Body Shop Coconut Body Butter – smells good enough to eat, and moisturises pretty darn good too! I get left with a sheen that makes me look all glowy, but it doesn’t feel heavy or sticky – yes please!

Finally something that may not be an item that I buy over and over, a decent pair should last you a while, but I would not, could not ever be without Eyelash Curlers – they are A MUST!

What couldn’t you live without? Do you have anything that you would run to the shops for as soon as you realise that you’ve just used the last drop?

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