NOTD // Opi Merry Midnight

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Supplies used... 
Orly Bonder Base Coat
Opi Merry Midnight// two coats
CND Speedey Top Coat

If I can remember rightly, I won Merry Midnight in a giveaway and it came all the way from America. It came out with the holiday collection in 2009 and about a year ago it was going for a ridiculous price of £25 on ebay. I really loved this polish so when I saw Orly's Fowl Play in a blog sale for a great price I knew I had to pick it up as a back up. I'll be posting a NOTD of Fowl Play on Thursday so you can see just how similar the two are. 

The two polishes look exactly the same in the bottle but there are some slight differences. Although it isn't too noticeable once the colours are built up, the colour of the first layer of polish is very different. Fowl Play is much more purple where as Merry Midnight is more of a pinky purple. Both have a jelly formula but Merry Midnight only needs two coats whereas Fowl Play needs at least three.

Once opaque they look very similar and if you're not being picky you wouldn't notice a difference. Fowl Play seems to be slightly brighter and the flakies more orange toned as well as having more blue glitter in it.

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Shopping // Lush

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Rose Jam Shower Gel // So White Shower Gel // Dreamwash Shower Smoothie // Ro's Argan Body Conditioner // Rub Rub Rub Shower Scrub // Christmas Eve Bubble Bar // Snowcake Soap // Sparkler Ballistic // Northern Lights Ballistic. 

I made a Lush order for a few essentials and repurchases I was missing in my collection. My eczema has been playing up a bit lately with the change in weather so I wanted to have Dreamwash to use as a soap substitute as well as Ro's Argan Body Conditioner to keep my skin moisturised without feeling heavy and sticky. Another repurchase is the bright blue body scrub which always reminds me of Breaking Bad and the blue Meth. A floral smelling scrub that just works so well.

How could I not resist adding a couple of the Christmas products to my order as well?! Christmas Eve bubble bar is an essential every year as well as snowcake soap. So White shower gel smells just like the apple bath bomb and is a new product this year. This year they've released two bath bombs for bonfire night which I don't think they've done before. I used half of the yellow one last night and it turned my bath yellow, bit odd I must say, but smelled amazing and inside was copper glitter.

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Project Sample Use Up 023

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Therapie Joie Uplifting Bath Infusion // This mini sachet was part of a gift with purchase from Cult Beauty and I don't think I would have tried it if it wasn't. I didn't even know it existed as I hadn't seen it on the CB site before. Although it made my bath smell nice and made the water slightly moisturising, it didn't have the same relaxing effects that the detox salts do so I don't think I'd buy the full size.

Therapie Himalayan Detox Salts // Another pack of detox salts! Can't not have these in my bathroom cupboards and I got this mini pack from Latest In Beauty.

Margaret Dabbs Exfoliating Foot Mousse // Although incredibly expensive for what is essentially a body scrub, I really enjoyed trying this foot scrub from Margaret Dabbs. It was included in a travel/try set along with a few other foot products. Would I pay £18 for the full size? Probably not but I'd buy the travel set again next summer or if I was going on holiday.

La Roche-Posay Anthelios AC SPF 30 x2
La Roche-Posay Anthelios SPF 50 x2 // Technically these La Roche-Posay sun tan lotion samples aren't empty but I've had them for nearly two years now and I don't really like to use SPF that I've had longer than a year as it stops working. I did buy a new LRP SPF 50 this summer which I like.

Thierry Muglar Alien Eau Extraordinaire Perfume // Although I do like and own the original Alien perfume from Thierry Muglar, I think I actually prefer the Eau Extraordinaire version. So much so that I went out and bought the full size simply from smelling this sample in a magazine. The notes are neroli, bergamot, tiare flower, cashmeran and white amber.

balance Me Wonder Eye Cream // Out of all of the eye creams I've tried this one from balance Me has to be one of my favourites. These mini tubes also last a really long time as well so I can only imagine how long the full size would last. It feels quite light on the skin but still very moisturising and I don't wake up in the morning with puffy eyes when I use it. I have another mini tube to use so no need to buy the full size just yet but I probably will.

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Cream //
Despite really liking Estee Lauders ANR I'm not a fan of the eye cream. I was given this mini tub when I bought ANR and was really excited to try it before I bought it and have even considered buying the full size at the same time. I'm so glad I didn't though! It smells like straight up vodka and I didn't find it did anything when I applied it. The only positive thing I can say is that I liked the gel/serum formula but that's it.

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