Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Beauty and Stationery Finds | Wilkinsons

Happy New Year! I hope you've all had a good start to the new year :) I also hope 2018 is finally the year I get ahead with planning a blog schedule (wish me luck!)

I'll admit, I don't really need any more stationery, but whilst on a job away I had gotten ready quite early so I thought why not just pop down to the shops? One of the perks of having the city centre right outside your hotel! Also, on top of that, Wilkinsons was basically empty so early in the morning, so I had the whole shop to myself!

I did have to pay a quick trip to the Essence counter beforehand, for blog purposes of course. Now, in my hometown, the closest Essence counter to me is always half stocked at the best of time, so the sight of a fully stocked counter meant that I was definitely leaving with some goodies for the first time in ages.

My eyes traced the stands for one product in particular, and lo and behold it was in stock. I've always wanted to give the Essence Matt long lasting lipgloss a go, but the one shade that appealed to me most was always out of stock. Now I had my hands on it; 08 The Big Chill, and let me tell you; I am so glad I finally found it. I love the shade, and surprisingly the formula is just as good as the Colourpop ones (in my opinion). The shade is the perfect dusty rose that I find super flattering on myself, infact I can't believe it isn't talked about as much. For all the hype about the Colourpop ones, this is a really nice alternative and frankly, a very cheap one at that. I'll save the swatches of this, so I can compare it with my Colourpop lips post. It retails at around £2.30, although I can't find this particular shade on the Wilkinsons page.

Next, I was in the market for a new eye primer. For some reason, every time I buy a new one it leaks all over my makeup bag, emptying it before I've had a chance to use it. I had heard quite a bit about the Essence I Love Stage Eyeshadow Base, and I was hoping the nude colour of the eyeshadow base would help with cancelling out any discolouration too. You can find it here for £2.50.

The next two products are not from Wilkinsons, but I thought I would just include them too. I picked them up from M&S on a bored, evening stroll. The Nuxe lip moisturising stick was a spontaneous buy because my lips were so dry, I thought it would be good for on the go. It's actually quite similar to my much loved Nuxe lip cream, but I'll save that for a dry lips SOS post I have coming up. Next, I wanted to try out the Pixi Glow Mud Cleanser since hearing about it from two of my favourite blogs; UmmBabyBeauty and Danielle's Beauty Blog. The mini size is perfect for me because I wanted to see how my skin reacts to it first, and yep I just realised I left the price tag on!

Moving onto the stationery finds! Wilkinsons do some amazing pieces, at incredibly inexpensive pieces. I am probably going to start my professional exams soon, so I thought might aswell do it in style haha! Their new Decelerate collection is my favourite, it's where most of my buys came from.

Their exercise books always come in handy, and for a pack of three for £2.50 (here), you can't really complain. Especially, once you see how amazing the cover designs are, sleek grey and marble effect, yes please!

I also picked up another notebook set, which was slightly more expensive at £3.50 for two, but I couldn't really resist the gold lined paged. (I can't seem to find this one on the website)

My favourite finds were these little A6 'Today is Great' marble notebooks (here), with a lovely grey hardcover, for the price of £1.50! It would have been rude not to pick up two! These actually look a lot more expensive than they are aswell, I think they'll be popular with a lot of bloggers too because the quote is quite motivating.

Lastly, I picked up this little rose gold diary for around £1. I know the shiny cover won't be to everyone's taste, but to tell the truth, I'm like a magpie with anything rose gold nowadays.

I hope you enjoyed seeing what I picked up recently!
Have you had any good buys lately?

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