March 3, 2013

An Unplanned Beauty Haul #3

I should really be banned from shopping. Period. Some days I go into a store with no intention to buy anything, I end up well... buying a whole lot of things - today was one of those days.

I received three 20% off coupons from my boss to spend at Marks & Spencer on either beauty, clothing or accessories. You can imagine that I didn't need to do much thinking on where I'd use the coupons for. Exactly, I went for beauty. The coupons were due this weekend and I let myself to pick one thing, and that would be it. First stop: Westfield White City. I love this place and especially on a lazy Sunday. It's full of great shops and "the Village" is lovely to stroll around as it is full of gorgeous boutiques and brands I'm not able to afford at this very moment. I initially just wanted to drop by M&S, get my stuff and leave, but House of Fraser lured me in before I even stepped into Westfield. Taking a quick glance on the make up counters, the Aveda part caught my eye. As you all might know, I've been struggling with my hair a lot recently and my hair loss has gotten a bit less since this week. I was running out of my shampoo anyways, so I just wanted to look, orientate and maybe grab a few travel/trial size products with me to test. The SA was very lovely and to keep a long story short, I walked out with the Aveda Scalp Benefits Shampoo and Conditioner and the Brilliant Damage Control Heat Protectant, which I've stupidly forgot to include in the picture. Scuzi. 

I managed to not go into any other store before reaching M&S in Westfield, but their beauty section was very disappointing. Literally nothing I'd be willing to spend my money on, so I didn't. Knowing that Marble Arch has the biggest M&S in London, and that it's just a few tube stops away, I went there - which I maybe shouldn't have done.

The beauty section in their Marble Arch branch is great, obviously nothing in comparison to Selfridges, Liberty's, House of Fraser, John Lewis, etc. But the brands they did have were just the ones I've been looking at for a long, long time. I already had my mind set on getting the REN Clearcalm 3 Clarity Restoring Mask, which I've tried in the past before and blew my mind. What I didn't plan was getting Glamglow Mud Mask and Philip Kingsley Elasticizer. I got both in the smaller sizes, as I want to try them out first and see what the hype is all about. I have to be really honest, I thought the Glamglow pot would be bigger, the box certainly is very misleading and almost 3 times as big as the pot itself. Don't know if I'd purchase the pot if I'd known. Anyhoo, I'm looking forward to try my new beauty goodies. And gosh, someone please lock me up coming weekend. I should not step into any store anytime soon... Seriously.

What have you bought lately?




  1. I would love to do a review on the REN Clearcalm 3 Clarity Restoring Mask, I have also heard good thinks about Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask.

    Hazel X

    1. You should really try it, the mask is amazing ;-). Haven't tried the Renewal Mask yet, but it's on my list! x

  2. I looked at that excact shampoo today at Sephora, but didn't buy it, because they are a bit expensive. I had an allergic reaction to a shampoo a few weeks back where my scalp just burned, so I think I need to start using sls-free shampoos! I hope you will do a review of the Aveda products! :)

    I have contemplating buying the REN mask for weeks. It sounds really good. How did it help your skin? did it make it more clear, brighter or?

    1. Ugh they are really expensive, so fingers crossed they help! Will definitely do a review on the Aveda products I got, just have to try them out for a while before I can write up my thoughts on them. :-). I love the Clearcalm Mask, it's the best I've ever tried. In fact, so much I've repurchased it - and that doesn't happen that often with me ;-). It clears the skin and minimizes blemishes (in my case) without overly drying it. It's full of naturals, doesn't contain nasties, highly recommend it! Maybe hop by a counter and ask for a sample to try it out? x

    2. I will totally get a sample of it. Sounds amazing! :) I often find those "get-clear-skin-after-one-use"-type clay masks to be soooo drying. Nothing worse than that tight feeling afterwards!

  3. Ohh my, girl.. you did such a lot skincare shopping! ^_^ hehehe.. Ik ben ook gek op skincare producten.. aahh :D However I've never tried any of those products before but they sound amazing. I really need to get out NL to pick up interesting brands!! *sigh*
    xx en fijn weekend!

    1. Ugh tell me about it ;-). They do sell REN at Skins and I know that Philip Kingsley and Aveda are available online (with shipping to the Netherlands) if you're really desperate for the products ha ha! x


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