Sunday, 29 September 2013

Sweden Haul & Sephora Giveaway

If you've read my last two blog posts you'll know that I've spent a few days with my family in Sweden and it goes without saying that I had to do some shopping too while I was there. I had great intentions of only getting products that I can't get hold of here in the UK, and to be honest I managed to stick with that quite well. At the end of my stay I had a nice little collection of things to bring back to the UK; Some Isadora products, some clothes and accessories and of course a little bundle of joy from Sephora, since I don't get to visit Sephora particularly often.

But let's start with some hair products - I was so happy to find Macadamia products in one of the hair care shops that I got a rejuvenating shampoo and a moisturizing rinse in the smaller size, which is just perfect for trying something new. I did a review of the deep repair masque and the hair oil a while back and since I was very impressed by those products I'm now very excited to try these new ones. I will of course come back with a separate review of them in a little while.
One of the most popular brands in Sweden is Isadora, and they have amazing shades and products at very affordable prices. the nail polishes are in the same price range as Barry M and the other makeup products are about the same as Maybelline. I know that you can get Isadora products in other countries, but for some reason we don't have it here in the UK and there's not even a decent selection online. So if you know where to get hold of Isadora in the UK - please do let me know! So based on that, I stocked up on some of the things that I'd seen lately. I got a few different nail polishes - a gorgeous lustruous opaque purple, a browny olive bronze and a sky blue shade in a textured formula that reminds me of Zoya's Pixie Dust, and if you've read my blog previously you know how much I love this sugar crusted concept, so I'm really looking forward to trying this.

I also got a palette (yes I know... not another one) with only matte shades in gorgeous soft neutral greys and pinks - LOVE it, a lovely bubblegum pink gloss chubby stick for lips, eyeliners in a dark metallic olive green, a metallic steel blue and a nude eyeliner for the lower waterline for a neutral bright eyed look and again I'll let you know more about them once I've had a chance to try them properly.
On to clothes and accessories and I got a nice, woolly soft cream round neck long line jumper from H&M that I know I'll be wearing a lot with leather leggins and I also got a cute shirt from Mango. When I first saw it I thought it was just black dots on a cream background, but as you can see in the photo it's actually a little cat (or possibly fox) face with green eyes. It's adorable and even though it's quirky, it can still be worn for work with a black blazer for a fun touch. In Mango I also got the brushed steel necklace which has little stones on it in grey and cerulean blue. Since I love statement necklaces I just couldn't resist it and I'll probably wear it with the cream jumper and grey leather leggings - I'll keep you posted and if you have other styling tips, I'd love to hear them!
 
Now we come to the batch from Sephora, where I picked up some items from the Sephora body care collection that I had tested a very long time ago, and regretted not buying when I had the chance then. But I wasn't going to miss out again and I got a smoothing body scrub, a moisturizing body lotion, a fragrance spray and two bath tablets in the most amazing Mango scent ever. I know that the Body Shop has a very popular and nice Mango range, but for me it lacks that soft musky richness of a genuine mango smell. The Sephora collection scent is nothing like that; it's juicy and zesty but at the same time delicate, soft and sweet without being sickly - it's truly delicious and I've already worn it a few times since I came back, getting lots of compliments for it.

I have been planning a giveaway for a while to celebrate my first 100 followers both on GFC and Bloglovin, and since I love these products so much I thought I would give one of you the chance to get the same mini pampering set in Mango from Sephora. To my international followers - I'm really sorry, but unfortunately this giveaway is for UK only but I am planning on doing an international giveaway at my next milestone which is 200 followers.

A big thank you to everyone for following me and for all of your lovely comments, and don't forget to enter the giveaway below! Good luck!


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66 comments:

  1. What an amazing haul, i LOVE that palette. The colors look like great daily shades.
    Good luck to all those who have entered the giveaway. :)
    xo
    www.cestunejolievie.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you so much, I'm really looking forward to trying it and I'm so pleased that all the shades are MATTE - yeeeaaay! Xx

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  2. Nice giveaway dear and wish I could enter. Thanks for your comment on my blog tonight!
    New follower here and I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend!
    xx Easy Outfits, by Pip

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    1. Hiya Pip, thank you so much and hope you'll come back and visit again soon! Xx

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  3. Well done on the milestone hun. I've always wanted to visit a Sephora I hear all the raves on peoples blogs. This is a fabulous haul and a equally fabulous giveaway. Bet it smells heavenly.

    Kate | A British Sparkle xx

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    1. Hi Kate - thanks a million! I hope you'll enter, the mango smells fantastic! Xx

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  4. I loved reading this post. I always enjoy seeing what finds they have in other places. That palette looks beautiful! I'd love to see swatches. I love that necklace. Mango is not for me but I am sincerely excited for you that you get to enjoy it. I know what it's like when you find something you truly enjoy. Great haul! Thanks so much for sharing. <3

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  5. Great haul. I love Isadora products but they seem to be cheaper in Sweden than they are here in Germany so I only buy a product from Isodora once in a while. I have a similar palette like the one you bought. The shades are all matte and I love this palette a lot. I bet you'll love it as well.

    allthingsglitterandbeauty

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    1. Hiya Amelie - that sounds great! I love matte eye shadows and it's so unusual to find a palette that only has the matte ones. Do you know of any good online stores that sell Isadora that ship to the UK? Xx.

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  6. I love everything that you bought! Congratulations on 100 followers by the way!

    Beth | BeautyBubbles xx

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    1. Thanks a million, that's really nice of you! Xx

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  7. I love the necklace you got, and the little foxes/cats are so cute.
    I can't wait to go to Sephora when I go on holiday at the end of the year :)
    Thank you for the giveaway!
    Mia
    www.prettyeclectic.co.uk
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    1. Hi Mia thank you so much, hope you'll visit again soon! Xx

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  8. You really looked like you had a fab time away. So glad you did :-) I have heard of Sephora before seeing the products is great! Great post :-)

    Rachael x
    All The Little Things x | Rachael McClenaghan

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    1. Hiya Rachael and thanks a million for visiting! I did thank you, it's always nice to go and see your family and to visit your home away from home :o). Xx

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  9. Fantastic haul! I always love to hear about popular brands in other countries! That palette has a beautiful selection of colours. The jumper looks comfy and that cat shirt is amazing. I love a good shopping spree!


    Sharon xx

    Beauty, Miscellany

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    1. Thank you so much - I thought it was quite a nice little mix :o). Have a great Sunday! Xx

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  10. Love everything you bought :) We have Isadora here in Ireland but I've actually never tried anything from the brand! Wish I could enter your giveaway.. oh well, maybe next time! xxx

    overdosedemaquillage.blogspot.com

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    1. Ahh - I'm so sorry, but this was a bit too bulky and heavy to send internationally. But there will definitely be more chances very soon! Xx

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    1. Hello Wajiha and thank you so much for visiting. Joined your blog and hope to see you here again soon :o). Xx

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  12. I love the shirt, the print is so cute :) xx

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    1. Hi Sadie - thanks a million, I just couldn't resist it :O). Xx

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  13. Congratulations on 100 followers! This is such a lovely giveaway, thank you! xx

    Fernanda @ Ferdie's Beauty Finds.

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    1. Thank you so much, that's really nice of you :o). Xx

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  14. I'm loving the necklace - I absolutely love statement necklaces too. Congrats on the 100 followers - and is such a lovely giveaway :) xxx

    www.yasbeyou.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. That's so nice of you - thank you very much, hope to see here again soon! Xx

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  15. that palette looks so pretty! the colours are really feminine and classic :)
    xx

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    1. Ah - thank you! I'm so pleased with the palette and look forward to doing a review of it soon :o). Xx

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  16. The H&M jumper is SO CUTE!!! Such a lovely giveaway, very generous of you! :)

    http://www.blogthiswithhannah.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. That's so lovely - thank you very much and don't forget to enter :o). Xx

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  17. You're hall is amazing! Like I want everything there! Awesome post!
    Congratz on 100 followers!

    http://evithefashionista.blogspot.ca/

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    1. Thank you so much, that's really nice of you! Hope you'll visit again soon! Xx

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  18. Congratulations for the 100 followers!
    Your new things are amazing.

    Kiss, Nati
    http://iampoliticallycorrect.blogspot.com/

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    1. Hello Natalia - thank you so much, it's been so much fun with the blog :o). Xx

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  19. I love the eyeshadows' colors! <3 Thank you so much for your comment, what about following each other?

    memoiresdecouture

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    1. Hiya Charlotte, thank you so much for visiting and for leaving a comment! I follow you on bloglovin' and GFC and hope you'll visit again soon :O). Xx

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  20. Ahhhh I'm so jealous about your Sephora haul! Why oh why do we not have one in the UK? I know we used to have one years ago but it wasn't doing so well. However more folks are now into beauty and skin care, more than ever! I can see it doing well if they bought it back!

    Halima

    Fashionicide | Manchester Fashion & Beauty Blog |

    xo

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    1. Thanks for visiting! I know - it doesn't make sense at all, but fingers crossed it'll change one day :o). Xx

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    1. Thank you for visiting - I'm so excited about trying these out :o). Xx

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  22. thank you so much for your love! <3
    followed back! :)
    keep in touch
    xoxo
    Cecilia

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    1. That's so lovely of you - thank you and hope to see you back again soon! Xx

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    1. Thank you so much, I never could say no to a good palette! :) Xx

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  24. I love mango so much, I'll have to try out the scent from Sephora, I had a body butter in mango from them before and it was delicious!

    writingwhimsy.com

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    1. For me this one from Sephora is even better :o). Xx

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  25. i just saw that polish brand on another blog! that's crazy as i'd never heard of it before today!!

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    1. What a coincidence :o), but it is a really lovely brand - I hope I can give you a review of one of the items already next week :o) Xx

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  26. That eyeshadow palette is so gorgeous, love the shades! They sound like a great brand :) xxx
    frecklesandflawsbeautyblog

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    1. Hi Emily, thanks for visiting - yes it'll be fun to try :o). Hope you'll visit again soon :o) Xx

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  27. I'd love to hear what you think of the Macadamia Shampoo and Conditioner really want to pick them up myself soon! x

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    1. I was so impressed by the other products so I do have high hopes :o). Looked at your pictures from Spain - looks amazing, hope you had a great time and that you'll visit again soon! Xx

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  28. Your so lucky i'd love to go to Sweden! got some gorgeous stuff :) x

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    1. Hiya Becky! Thank you so much, that's really lovely of you :o). Xx

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  29. Amazing haul, everything looks lovely! I absolutely adore the Sephora Bath and Body Range, I always try and get something when I go to France, you should definitely try the body butter they do next time, it's really lovely! My absolute fave is their Peony range, the mini fragrance is my favourite perfume ever, I really wish they sold them in a full size bottle! The mango looks lovely too, I just love the packaging! xx

    www.peonyandpeach.blogspot.com

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    1. Oh I agree, the Peony was a light delicious scent as well. If I had a Sephora here in the UK, I'd probably be in there every week searching for something new :O). Xx

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  30. beautiful blog dear!!❤❤

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    1. Thank you so much, that's really nice of you! Follow you and hope you'll visit again soon :o). Xx

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  31. Great haul! I loved the nail polishes and the eye shadow palette.

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    1. Thanks for visiting and for leaving such a lovely comment. I've tried one of the nail polishes today and I'm soo pleased with it - look forward to doing the review :o). Hope you'll visit again soon! Xx

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  32. well done on the big milestone! Thank you for following me on twitter I just LOVE your blog!!

    Check out mine if you get the chance!

    www.SunshineMalone.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Hello Rohini, thank you so much, that's really nice of you! Following you as well and hope you'll be back here again soon! :o). Xx

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  33. Thanks for posting this! Got some Isadora nail varnish in Germany and haven't seen any since - I am just going to their website to spend a small fortune! :)
    theemeralddove21.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Sounds like a great idea to me - hope you'll share some of the stuff you got with us :o). Xx

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