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Sunday, 7 July 2013

A (not so) big night in!

A few weeks ago MoneySupermarket gave me £50 to spend on having a 'big night in' & although mine didn't go quite to plan, I ended up having a really lovely time in the end. I had been planning a super lovely night in with Mark with lots of yummy treats, some silly dancing and lots of laughter, but unfortunately he ended up having to work late and I can't lie, I was a little sad about that. Instead I decided to take the £50 (I did end up going a little way over budget, so I think I cheated a little, but ehh I had fun!) and treated myself to a relaxing night in with little Ralphie, because he always knows how to put a smile on my face if I'm feeling a little sad.

So firstly I stopped off at Pets at Home and picked up some of Ralphie's favourite treats, I think these vegetable sticks are like drugs for bunnies because he goes crazy for them and another little loofah bear because he pretty much destroyed the one he had before & he seemed to really love it! He usually hates most toys so if I find one he likes I have to repurchase. These two things came to roughly £5, which is a bargain price to pay for a happy bunny!

I hadn't had a chance to play around with some new make up bits and bobs in what felt like forever because in the mornings I had been in such a rush to get ready I was automatically reaching for products I knew worked for me and I wasn't willing to try something new in case I had some kind of make up related disaster! Over the last few months Jouer make up has been getting a lot of incredible reviews and I had been really wanting to try something from the brand. Although I'm not including these in the £50 night in challenge, I wanted to talk about them because I stared my night by trying them out for the first time. I know the Jouer Matte Moisture Tint has been getting a lot of attention recently so when I was perusing Cult Beauty and I spotted the Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint I knew I had to give it a try. I'm all about products that will help to give a healthy glow to the skin and for the warmer weather I always prefer a lighter coverage, so after furiously googling swatches and crossing my fingers the lightest shade would match my fair skin I placed an order. Of course I couldn't just get one thing so I also picked out the Jouer Cheek & Lip Tint in Honeysuckle and I managed to get free delivery by signing up to the Cult Beauty newsletter so my order came to £45, which definitely isn't cheap so I was expecting great things!

At first I was a little scared the Luminizing Moisture Tint would be a little dark for me as it looked a tiny bit orangey when I put it on the back of my hand, but once I blended it in a little it ended up matching perfectly! I've used it a few times now and I think it's love! The Cheek & Lip Tint in Honeysuckle is a beautiful peachy shade and although I haven't tried it on my cheeks yet, I have used it on my lips. I found it a tiny bit drying but I think with some lip balm underneath it's actually quite nice. So far I think it's quite similar in terms of texture to the Stila Convertible Colours. I must say though, it's teeny tiny and you only get 2g which roughly half of what you get with a lot of blushes, so it's pricey but that's okay. I'm intrigued by Jouer packaging, it's designed so you can link together most of their products and make a custom palette. Unfortunately I don't have any other Jouer products to demonstrate this but I can feel a little bit of a brand addiction coming on, so watch this space. The Jouer Blushing Beauty Collection is currently firmly on my wish list!

On my cheeks I wanted to try out one of the Estee Lauder Pure Colour Cheek Rush blushes♦, which I was very kindly gifted and this is the shade X-Pose Rose. I'm not really sure what I think of the packaging just yet, I like that it has a pump but you have to be careful not to dispense too much product. I love how this feels on the cheeks, it's so lightweight and it feels like it's going to be really long wearing too. I'll let you know how I get on with it once I've tested it for a little longer!

After my little make up testing session was done I wanted to really relax. I had a mini sample of the Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm that I got from What's In My Handbag that I hadn't tried yet, so after removing the majority of my make up with a micellar water, I cleansed my face. I do love a good cleansing balm and I have to say, this is one of the nicest I've tried. The full size is a pricey £46 and I'll need to test it out a little more to say whether I think I would part with that many pennies for it. I ran myself a bubble bath with the Badedas Original Bath Gelee, which I find is incredible at moisturising & soothing my skin, which has been super sensitive recently. I've also heard this is a great one to use just after giving birth so if you're expecting, this is perhaps one to try! After cleansing, as my skin needed a little a bit of a boost, I used the Montagne Jeunesse Dead Sea Mud Clay Spa mask, which is one of my all time favourites.

One of the most expensive treats I purchased was the REN Guerande Salt Exfoliating Body Balm. I've been through an entire tub of this and I loved it so much I couldn't resist getting another. At £20 it's much more than I would usually spend on a scrub, but as a treat it's really beautiful. What I like most about this scrub is how gentle it is, like I mentioned before my skin has been super sensitive recently and this helps enormously because it also gives a bit of added hydration. I gave my face a bit of TLC with the Avene Rich Hydrating Cream & settled down to give myself a much needed pedicure with Essie Mint Candy Apple nail polish, which is one of my all time favourite colours.

After my nails were dry I made myself a mug of hot chocolate, snuggled in my favourite cosy jumper, turned on my sweet little bunny lamp♥ & grabbed my eReader to read a few chapters of my book before going to sleep. So although my big night in perhaps wasn't as exciting as I had first planned, I felt super relaxed and I think it was just what I needed!

Do you like spending nights in sometimes? 
How would you spend your Big Night In?
xoxo

42 comments:

  1. I much prefer nights in to nights out and that sounds like the perfect night in. I would spend mine very similar, pampering myself with new products, drinking tea, eating biscuits and watching a few of my favourite films whilst been all snuggly! : )

    xx

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    1. Comfy nights in are the best sometimes <3

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  2. looks like you had a great night in, the cadbury's hot chocolate is the best! xxxx
    mollyox.blogspot.com

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  3. Ahhhhh - you have just reminded my that I seriously need to do this, as well. Sounds fantastic!
    xo Lillian parisiantobe.com

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    1. It was a really nice way to spend an evening <3

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  4. Bet you had a lovely evening! I also love all of your rabbit items like the lamp and jumper, they're adorable!

    Kathryn x
    enclosedbeauty.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank you lovely, crazy bunny lady over here ;) xo

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  5. Lovely post! Really want to try some of these products now! Love pamper evenings!

    Kelly x

    http://thebellelavieproject.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. I really recommend all of them <3

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  6. You have so many bunny things! I love it!
    Jennifer

    Nature With Nurture

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  7. ah sometimes theres nothing better than a cosy night in!! :) I love the look of the Estee Lauder blusher!! cant wait to hear your thoughts on it :) xx

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    1. It's such a pretty colour, I'm loving it so far! xo

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  8. I think this one's the best 'big night in' blogpost i have seen so far because it's exactly the sort of things i would buy too, and spend the night in with Niki, or Oscar! So many lovely beauty products here, I'd be happier with this than spending £50 on alcohol! x

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    1. Me too, I'm not much of a drinker! xo

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  9. Sounds like you had a lovely night, sometimes pampering and 'me time' is the best. I love nights where I get to pamper myself and not have questions as to why I need six different skincare products from my boyfriend even though he's very understanding that he's not allowed to laugh when I'm wearing a face mask. The little rabbit treat is so cute, my rabbit's fussy too so I might try getting her one of those.

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  10. Aaw, I'm sorry it didn't go exactly to plan, but I'm glad you had a fun and relaxing evening anyway! Little Ralphie is always there to keep you company, and I'm rather envious! I wish I had a little bun companion. xxx

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    1. Aww they make such lovely companions <3

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  11. I really don't know what I would do without my E-Reader on staying in nights! I just wished I liked baths more but they never turn out like the candle lit, bubbly images I get in my head!
    Kerry x

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    1. Ahh you can't beat a good bubble bath! xo

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  12. It looks like you had a lovely night in, sometimes they are much better than nights out!
    I love cadbury hot chocolate too!
    :)
    x

    Emily / Glittery Teacups

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  13. oh my gosh, that bunny lamp is TOO cute. and this is such a fun challenge! too bad it didnt go according to plan, but a little home spa day and reading is good for the soul ;)

    xo Marlen
    Messages on a Napkin

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    1. It was so lovely to relax a little <3

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  14. Aww the buns, they look great. I love nightsin rather than going out. xxx

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  15. I love a night in!! These look like great products!

    -Maddy @ www.BeautyBanterBlog.com

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  16. This sounds lovely. I love that bunny jumper. x


    Melissa
    http://wildflwrchild.blogspot.com

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  17. Aww this sounds lovely. My big night in didn't go to plan either! I was going to have my mum and stepdad over to treat them to dinner but my stepdad had to work a funny shift so I had to improvise at the last minute!
    I love your little bunny lamp! I might have to get one of those for the nursery as it's currently (inadvertently) developing a british woodland theme!
    x

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    1. Aww I think one would look lovely in the nursery <3

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  18. Aw it's a shame your night in didn't go to plan but it sounds like it was lovely and relaxing anyway :) xx

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    1. It ended up working out in the end <3

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  19. I paint my nails too, as I'm so rubbish at doing them, I normally need a good few hours to paint them and then sit there waiting for them to dry.
    Daniella x

    http://daniella-r.blogspot.co.uk

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  20. I love nights in with my mum or just treating myself to a nice bath and some chocolates :) I'm a big film watcher so I normally put one of them on and have a big mug of hot chocolate :) nice way to recharge and relax :)

    Katie xx
    http://katiesworld13.blogspot.co.uk/

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  21. Fab stuff, this would definately make a great night in, I love a good pamper sesh, especially the opportunity to play with new makeup.

    http://rafflesbizarre.blogspot.co.uk

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