Saturday, May 14, 2011

A Mini Haul...

Thanks to a Debenhams Beauty Club bonus, I managed to pick up a Chanel nail polish that I've been lusting after for ages...

Chanel Particuliere

I have wanted this must-have shade for ages, but my local counter has always been sold out. As I had a £15 bonus, it only cost £1.35. Result!

This is how it looks after 2 coats. This shade is an example of "good Chanel"... opaque and glossy in one coat. I decided to apply 2 to intensify the colour, but the lady on the counter showed me how it looks with one coat (which she was wearing) and it looked great.

After trying to track down Particuliere for ages - and failing - I bought the much-hyped about dupe:

Mushroom by Barry M...

For me, this is not a dupe. The colour is too dark, it comes out streaky and comes out far more brown than Particuliere. Thankfully it was only £2.95 so it wasn't an expensive mistake!

I also got a bottle of Seche Vite Top Coat, which is another nail product I've been after for ages...

I got this from Boots and it cost £9.14. I looked at it in Sally's where they charge £9.99, so if you're looking to get it a bit cheaper (and earn Advantage Card Points) then get it from Boots : )

I've heard great things about this top coat and it frequently gets top reviews in all the glossy magazines. I love trying different top coats & base coats and am pleased that I've finally got this one in my (ever-growing) collection!

Lastly, I got 2 hair products in Boots...

I was inspired by Milly from Pearls & Poodles to get the Frizz-Ease 100% Shine Spray. She said that it leaves hair glossy & shiny and it certainly does! I alternate my Bed Head Headrush Shine Spray with this one and a light mist is all that's needed.

As I was out of dry shampoo, I also picked up a new Batiste one with a hint of colour. I chose the one for darker shades of brunette (for obvious reasons!) and it's such a good idea. As it's a large can it should last for ages and it was a bargain at just £3.05.

I only got a few things this week after splurging on Liz Earle Skin Essentials, NARS Sheer Glow foundation and a Clarisonic (oops!). I've got my eye on a bottle of Jo Malone Orange Blossom Cologne, so that's at the top of my "must purchase" list ; )

Have you treated yourself to anything this week? x


  1. I love the chanel nail polish! I actually have an elf one in smokey brown which is surprisingly similar!

    With regards to the Seche Vite topcoat.... I bought mine over a month ago and after I came across a warning about it online. Apparently it contains chemicals which may cause birth defects and reproductive harm, and well I thought it was a joke but then I checked on the bottle itself and the warning is stated on there too!

  2. @Carla... oh my god! thanks for telling me - I didn't know that!! I didn't see that on the packaging, so I will have a look. I'm surprised it's sold :S
    I haven't used any elf nail products so I might give that a look :) x

  3. Very nice! Particuliere is such a nice color. And as with all Chanel nail polishes, this one looks stunning.

  4. I have this Barry M Mushroom nail paint and to be honest, it's not one of my favourites. ;)

  5. Ohh, that Chanel nail polish is LOVELY!! x x

  6. Great haul!! Seche Vite is great!
    And Particuliere? Hands down my favorite nail polish - EVER! I love love love it! It's such a gorgeous color and it really goes with absolutely everything! Congrats on finally being able to get your hands on it! =D

    Andrée xx

  7. @Rainy Days and Lattes... I do love a Chanel nail polish ;) x

    @Mademoiselle Lala... same here - the colour is so streaky & nothing like Particuliere *boo hiss* ;) x

    @Alisha... it is, isn't it? *strokes the bottle* haha! :) x

    @Straight Up Glam... thanks hun :) I was pretty thrilled too! I would have cartwheeled, but the department wasn't big enough, lol ;) x

  8. I love the Particuliere. Think it's my favourite of the ones that they've done over the last few seasons.Although I do like the look of Mimosa even though it's completely different!x


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