08/28/14

Review: Pet Shop Bowl Goody Box

Hi Guys, So recently I was sent a small Goody Box from the nice people at Pet Shop Bowl to review a few random items.  Pet Shop Bowl are a a reasonably new company that specialises in Subscription Pet Food Services. They are an eco-friendly, inexpensive online pet food store dedicated to excellent customer service.
Watch my unboxing video Here:

This is the box that I received:

Lilys Kitchen

Lily’s Kitchen Grain-free Lamb with Peas & Parsley Dry Dog Food – 1kg – £ 6.29
http://www.petshopbowl.co.uk/dog/lilys-kitchen-organic-lamb-with-peas-parsley-dry-dog-food-1kg/

Made with freshly prepared grass-fed lamb, fruits and vegetables,  it is a plentiful source of all the essential vitamins and minerals. Lovely Lamb is naturally low in fat. My Female Staffordshire Bull Terrier is an extremely fussy eater with a sensitive stomach. When her stomach was a little off (which always happens periodically) we like to keep her primarily on dry food. This Lilys Kitchen Lamb dry dog food was gratefully received and readily eaten. My dog Fran, is in her later years and is starting to feel the old age creeping In. I was particularly impressed at the low fat credentials of this product and happy in knowing I as feeding my dog a healthy nutritious meal.

almo nature dog

Almo Nature Bio Pate for Dogs 3 x 100g, 1 x 300g – £0.56 – £1.12
http://www.petshopbowl.co.uk/search.php?q=Almo+Nature+Dog+Bio+Pate&x=0&y=0

 Almo Nature Daily Menu Bio moist dog food contains organic by-products of top quality. The consistency of the product was that of a meatloaf or pate. They come in a variety of flavours suitable for the most discerning of palletes. Although my dog Fran ate these, she prefers chunky pieces of meat so took longer than usual to devour these. 

Pooch and Mutt calm and relaxed

Pooch & Mutt Calm + Relaxed Grain-Free Pocket Treats – 40g – £0.99
http://www.petshopbowl.co.uk/dog/dog-treats-chews/treats/natural/pooch-mutt-calm-relaxed-grain-free-pocket-treats-40g/

CALM & RELAXED dog treats are natural, ethical, low-calorie, gluten-free, hand-baked mini-bones that dogs love. They include lamb, chamomile and l-tryptophan. These treats contain  L-tryptophan which is essential to form serotonin, the ‘feel good’ neurotransmitter. I recently used a couple of these before a visit to the vet to have some polyps removed from Fran, She is an anxious dog and although she was still slightly nervous and shaky, she did not cry or urinate and shake to the extent she has previously. They also did not make her drowsy or docile just less stressed. They are handy size for keeping in your handbag.

Kong Classic

Kong Classic Dog Red Large – £8.58
http://www.petshopbowl.co.uk/dog/dog-toys/rubber-toys/kong-classic-dog-red-med/

The KONG Classic has been the gold standard of dog toys for over thirty years. Our super-bouncy, red natural rubber compound is perfect for dogs that like to chew. Fran enjoyed playing with this, You place some treats inside and let your dog play with it until the treats fall out. With my dog being a Staffy, the treats were immediately removed and eaten. The rubber treat is a hard compound and touch to chew (although Fran did end up ripping pieces off after a couple of days). I think this would be ideal for smaller dogs but comes in a variety of sizes to suit.

Almo Nautre Cat

Almo Nature Classic Cat Pouches 55g – £0.52
http://www.petshopbowl.co.uk/search.php?q=Almo+Nature+Classic+Cat&x=0&y=0

Almo Nature Classic Pouch is a great tasting, complementary wet cat food with with no additives, artificial preservatives, taste enhancers or colours. My 2 cats Isabelle and Oscar are not cats to be fussy when it comes to food, I have made sure of that, and these Almo Nature pouches proved to be a hit with both cats, Isabelle preferring the meatier varieties and Oscar preferring the fish varieties. They are perfect size for a single meal and make meal times simple and less messy.

jolly moggy laser pen

Jolly Moggy Laser Cat Toy – £3.49
 http://www.petshopbowl.co.uk/cat/cat-toys/jolly-moggy-laser-cat-toy/

“Laser cat toy which beams a light for cats to chase offering hours of interactive fun! Cats will leap, jump, stalk and chase the light. Easy to use on/off button and batteries can be replaced.” What more can I say, My cats loved playing with this, it is perfect to inject some exercise in to their day when for instance it is wet and raining and your cats refuse to move. It is a simple idea with simple packaging and really affordable. I was particularly impressed that the product came with extra batteries for the price.

I just want to say thank you to again to the Kind people at Pet Shop Bowl for donating these items for me to review. I have thoroughly enjoyed testing these products out on my pets and will be a future customer.

All of these items and more can be purchased from Here 

 

08/22/14

Review: Ofra Eye Shadow ‘Sublime’

One of the problems I have found with eye shadows is that the colour of the eye shadow on the packaging never quite lives up to its promise when it is applied. Whether its a problem with poor pigmentation intensity or the staying power of the product, I struggle to find something I can put on in the morning and it still be there at lunchtime.

Love-Me-Beauty Ofra Pressed Eyeshadow 'sublime'

Ofra’s eye shadow does both. I tried the eye shadow in ‘Sublime’, a Pink eye shadow with a golden shimmer. I am very impressed with this product. It is suitable for sensitive skin and eyes which is perfect for me, and is infused with natural sun protectors (handy for summer).

Ofra Eyeshadow sublime

Ofra Eye Shadow Sublime Swatch

The first thing i noticed was the beautiful packaging, it feels really high end and durable, I am no worried about throwing it in to my handbag when travelling. To me the packaging is reminiscent of MAC packaging. There is also a small handy mirror inside the compact-type eye shadow which is perfect for travelling.

The shadow can be used wet or dry providing a bolder look for a more intensity. It is super blendable, applied lightly for a more subtle hue and built up to make a more dramatic look. You can produce a day to night look with just one colour which I love. The versatility of this eye shadow is outstanding.

There are 40 colours in this range, some with primer, loose shadows, eye liners and gels in an array of colours so you’re guaranteed to find something to suit.

The Ofra Eye Shadows retail at $15 per shadow, but for a 4g eye shadow you are getting your moneys worth.

This Eye Shadow (and others in the range) can be bought from HERE

08/20/14

GlossyBox August 2014

Here is What I received in Augusts Edition of GlossyBox:

GlossyBox August 2014

GlossyBox August 2014

This is the 3 Year Anniversary of GlossyBox so each box contained an extra gift. The first item I received was:

kryolanKRYOLAN – Highlighter Cashmere – Full size £12.95. I am very happy when I see full sized products. This highlighter is exclusive to Glossybox. It is a versatile lightweight cream with a gloss finish, providing a velvety shine. The colour is a sheer creamy pearl colour and feels amazing.

Figs and Rouge

FIGS & ROUGE – Mini Hand Cream rrp £6.95 80ml – This is a 20ml sample tube but deinitely big enough for quite a few applications, It is in the scent Mango and mandarin giving it a lovely citrus smell. This is enriched with Shea butter, natural antioxidants and algae extract for indulgent skincare.

Yves RocherYVES ROCHER – Pink Nail Polish 3ml – BIRTHDAY BONUS – Mini Polish with maxi colour, part of a palette of nude glamorous shades, It is slightly shimmery and highly pigmented. Perfect for day or night

Philip KingsleyPHILIP KINGSLEY – Elasticizer – Originally created specifically for Audrey Hepburn, this pre-shampoo treatment delivers elasticity, manageability, bounce and shine without weighing down or coating the hair. rrp £38 for 250ml

lalique

LALIQUE - L’Amour – 2ml Sample – rrp £67 50ml – I am always grateful for perfume samples, this has a lovely floral fragrance of rosebuds and bergamot, I do wish the sample was a little bigger but it is perfect size for your handbag.

essence

ESSENCE - I Love Extreme Volume Mascara – Full Size – rrp £2.79 – This is another full size product, although not the highest of brands or most expensive of products, I am always happy to see mascaras in my boxes as they are (to me) a staple in anyones make up bag. I havent opened up the mascara to show you the brush as I am fully about opening before using them, as i have found they tend to dry out quickly.

Overall I am VERY happy with this box, I will use every item in Augusts GlossyBox. For the £10 you pay, you are definitely getting your moneys worth.

If you are interested in signing up for GlossyBox Please click here

http://www.glossybox.co.uk/referal?CI=MTY2NDY0

And accumulate points to redeem for free boxes.

See You Soon xx

08/18/14

GIVEAWAY: Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish 50ml

Hi Guys I have decided to giveaway a favourite product of mine to thank you all for your kind support.

Liz-Earle-Cleanse-and-Polish

I am giving away a Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser 50ml With Muslin Cloth, Brand new and sealed, purchased just for you guys.

“Our original, multi award-winning hot cloth cleanser quickly removes daily grime and make up to leave skin clean, soft and radiant”

The Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser can be bought from Here and retails at £9.25

To enter Please complete the instructions below. The Giveaway will end on the 9th September at 12am. Good Luck! xxx

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08/18/14

Review: Make Up Revolution Flawless Pallet

When I saw the Flawless pallet I was completely in Awe, I love the different neutral tones this pallet offers. It is a mixture of mattes, shimmers and glitters. The pallet provides all the colours you will need to produce a subtle, fresh daytime look to a dramatic, glamorous evening look.

flawless pallet

The Pallet is packaged in a pretty Rose Gold coloured cardboard box, I am drawn to anything shiny and thought this was a really adorable touch.

flawless Pallet 2

When opening the pallet you are met with 32 Panned eye shadows in an array of neutral hues, absolutely perfect for any time of the day or night.

The eye shadows come in a sturdy black case, (feeling a lot more quality than the £8 you are paying). I was surprised at how durable the case was, and inside is a Large mirror, perfect for on the go.

There are a great choice of matte colours in this pallet. In my experience, I have found it difficult to find a good quality matte shadow. The darker shades were a little powdery but I was expecting that as the high pigmentation in darker colours make them powdery and cause a little fallout when applied. The shimmery shades were soft and silky to touch when applied with fingers. The shimmer shades looked slightly different when applied but i suppose it all depends on your skin tone. The shades are easily blendable and can be built up for more intensity.Makeup Revolution Flawless 3

At £8 for a 32 eye shadow pallet, it works out at about 25p per colour which in anybody’s book is great value for money.

A couple of the shadows were a little chalky and a bit powdery but nearly all worked well together. With a mix of high pigmentation colours and subtle shimmers this pallet is extremely versatile.

The Make Up Revolution 32 Eye Shadow Pallet is great for beginners, not sure on what products to buy, or for professionals wanting to add a quality product to their collection.

All in all I think this is another awesome release from Makeup Revolution and I can see myself getting so much use out of it as there’s just so many shades to play with and so many looks that can be created, I’ve even been forward thinking of just how stunning these shades will look in Autumn, ekkk! So if your looking for a good quality neutral eye shadow palette that contains lots of shades that’s an absolute bargain Make up Revolution have got you covered.

The Make Up Revolution Flawless Pallet Can be Purchased From Here

08/18/14

Love-Me-Beauty Box August 2014

Hi Guys, I have recently signed up to a Beauty box subscription from Love-Me-Beauty. These are a monthly subscription service and cost £10 + p&p. I am already signed up to the Glossy Box Subscription but I thought I would try this one out as it slightly differs from other boxes. Love Me Beauty will send you an email to let you know when the ‘Boutique’ has opened. This means you get to view the 3 Menus of products available and choose which you would like that month. This means you have a little more control over what you receive.

I like the fact that the contents come in a disposable cardboard box. I love the Glossybox boxes and tend to keep those. If these were in a nice box I guess I would start to get over run a few months down the line.

Love-me-beauty box August

Love-me-beauty box August

I selected Menu 1, This is what I received:

Marsk eyeshadow

MARSK – Mineral Eye Shadow – ‘You’re toast’ – rrp £14.49.  This is a 100% natural, mineral based loose powder. It has an amazing creamy texture and is highly pigmented. I used a tiny bit of powder for the swatch and it blended out incredibly. It is a small pot but from what I can see, it will definitely go a long way.

A La Carte Eyebrow Definer

A LA CARTE – Smudge-proof Eyebrow Definer – Blonde – rrp £23.  It has a precision skinny tip for painting individual hairs. You can also create semi-permanent body art with this pen or use as an eyeliner.

Oriflame Ecollagen wrinkle cream

ORIFLAME – Ecollagen Wrinkle Correcting Eye Cream – rrp £16.95. This is a powerful lightweight ecollagen eye cream which help stimulate collagen production and re-plump wrinkles from within.

Mirabella pencil

MIRABELLA – Lip Luster Liner – ‘Bashful’ – rrp £10.50. This is a sheer brilliant lip liner and is easily blendable. It contains Aloe Vera which keeps lips soft and application comfortable. It is long wearing and gives a shiny finish.

So as you can see, The total of the box is in excess of £60!!! Not bad for a tenner. I love the idea of the LOVE-ME-BEAUTY box. I like the little bit of control you have over your box and even when you know what’s coming, It is still very exciting to receive.

If You are interested in signing up Then please Click here http://lovemebeauty.com/join/841725

Accumulate points, invite friends, complete surveys and receive a FREE box.

08/17/14

Samples and Competition Wins 17/08/2014

Hi Guys, He is a Summary of this weeks Samples and Competition Wins:

Samples and Competition Wins

Samples and Competition Wins

The 2 Handwriting pens Were from contacting Supreme Pens www.supremepens.co.uk asking about their products. The Colouring pens were from O2 Priority Moments at WhSmith. I received Small sachets of skincare products from contacting Sophyto and Lavera asking to try their products. The Lenor Unstoppables were from http://www.supersavvyme.co.uk/ The delibakies Sample was from a promotion on Asda’s Website. The Vagisil Intimate wash sample was from a Promotion on Boots website. The £10 Argos Card was from redeeming my points at Shop and Scan https://www.shopandscan.co.uk I contacted Douwe Egberts asking for samples or vouchers so I can try their products and they kindly sent me £4 worth of coupons. and I received 45 x 2 teabags with 50p each off coupon from Tetley Tea Estate. The Carnation Cream was from Love Brands on Facebook, and the Hipp Organic Vouchers from Signing up to their baby Club.

08/16/14

Review: Make Up Revolution Eyeshadow – Chocolate Deluxe

I have heard a great deal about Make up Revolution from friends, on YouTube and Blogs. I thought I would bite the bullet and buy a couple of pieces. When I saw the Make Up Revolution 5 Piece Baked Eye Shadow Pallet in Chocolate Deluxe and I absolutely fell in love with it.
Make Up Revolution Bake Eyeshadow Chocolate Deluxe
It is even more beautiful in reality. I chose the pallet ‘Chocolate Deluxe’. The pallet consists of a Creamy Peach Colour, A Pale Pink, A Coppery Brown, A Bronze/Brown and what is already My favourite shade the bottom left colour, It is a Peachy Red tone with a Golden Shimmer, I have a feeling it will be my go to shade for summer.

The colours are super blendable, with the lighter shades being perfect for a daytime look and the darker shades for a more dramatic evening look. I love the colour combinations in this pallet, each shade can be built up to produce a more intense colour.

I personally like to use all the colours together to create one pretty look but I’ve also been combining them with other shadows in my collection and I find them to work equally as well.

The size of the pallet is perfect for travel and handy in your handbag.

Each colour is highly pigmented providing a quality look and each has a bright shimmery look to them. The colours are easily blendable and colour can be built up to provide a more dramatic look. The eye shadows can be used either wet or dry for subtle daytime wear to an intense evening look. I love that you can get so many different styles out of such a small pallet, and at only £2.50 i is a real must have.

The only downside I found was that I needed to wear an eye shadow primer as the colour can crease and wear off after a few hours, it can easily be blended back in with a finger but the colour will fade. Also being so shimmery, the eye shadows can be a little powdery and fallout onto cheeks when applied, messing up your makeup.

Overall a really pretty, versatile, affordable pallet perfect for your handbag.

More information at Make Up Revolution Store

 

08/15/14

Review: Sleek Face Contour Kit

Now I am completely new to contour kits. It is only recently I have ventured into sculpting and highlighting my face, I have a round face and feel I need more definition. I still need a whole load of practice but feel I’m starting to get the hang of it. When I got into sculpting and highlighting  i wanted a good quality product that wasn’t going to blow a hole in my bank balance. After reading numerous blogs and reviews I ventures for the Sleek Contour and Blush kit.

Sleek Contour Kit Pallet

This pallet comes in 3 shades, Light, Medium and Dark. I chose the light shade which has a nice pretty pink blush for your cheeks.

Sleek Contour kit with Blush

I adore the packaging, It looks and feels like a high-end brand. It doesn’t feel at all cheap and is very sturdy and durable. It also had a handy, good sized mirror.

The contour colour is a matte chocolate colour which adds a lively warmth to my face. The colour is highly pigmented so you have to learn to be very light handed when applying this so not to cause brown lines on your face. The highlighter is a gorgeous shimmery peachy gold colour, it isn’t too pink that would look off on paler skin. Again this is highly pigmented. The shimmer/glitter has been finely milled so the shimmer is not bulky or obvious on your face. This gives your face an inner glow when used on your cheekbones.

Sleek face form palette swatches

I felt the staying power was good, It lasted approximately 4-5 hours on my Oily-prone skin before needing a touch up.

Positives

The Contour Kit comes in 3 different shades to suit your skin tone
The contour shade isn’t muddy and when applied lightly looks natural
The highlight shade adds a natural glow to skin
It is long lasting
The packaging is classy and durable
And both shades have high pigmentation
The price – definitely affordable.

Negatives
The packaging can be too sturdy sometimes and a little stiff to open.

Overall, if you are just starting out in highlighting and contouring your face (like me) Then I highly recommend you check out the Sleek Contour Kit. It is amazingly goo value for money and excellent quality.

The Sleek Face Contour Kit can be bought for £9.99 from Here

08/13/14

D.I.Y. Make Up Organiser Tutorial…. 2!

This second organiser is more of a shelving unit, used to display and organise Lipsticks, Nail Polishes, even sample items that would normally be hidden away.

DIY Make Up Organiser

I use the hidden compartment to hold Eyeshadow Pallets but it can be used for a whole host of things.
These organisers can also be adapted to be used for Storing Craft Items, Jewellery, even DIY items.
Both projects cost me a total of £3 as the only thing I had to buy was some thick card.

Materials

DIY Make Up Organiser

The first Thing you need to do is gather all of your materials  you are going to need:
Thick Card Stock – I used 2mm chipboard but you can use regular cardboard or mountboard, foamboard or a few layers of regular card.
Decorative Paper – I used various Wallpaper samples, 1. because they were free, and 2. because I liked the patchwork element I had going on, all papers were from a hand painted theme so was very similar in pattern just different colours.
Craft Glue – Any decent glue is good, I used UHU Glue as it is very strong and dries remarkable quick (it can be messy to use) and can be bought from most Poundland shops.
A Ruler,
Craft Knife – (or scissors depending on thickness of your card)
A Pen or Pencil
Masking Tape or Clips – to hold items together whilst glue dries.

Preparation

You will need to draw out all of the shapes needed onto your card stock,

DIY Make Up Organiser

there is no right way of doing this, its just a case of measuring from sides and corners and draw. I ended us using approximately 9 A4 sheets of cardstock in total. I could probably have saved a sheet if a planned the shapes out better. I have drawn a diagram of the shapes you will need. Please Note: the diagram is NOT to scale, its for demonstrative purposes only.

DIY Make Up Organiser
Next, Cut out all of the shapes carefully.
Once all of the pieces were cut, I mocked up the organiser using masking tape to make sure all of the pieces fit together. Depending on the thickness of your card, you mat need to trim pieces to make them fit tighter.

DIY Make Up Organiser
I then Covered all of the pieces in wallpaper (or patterned paper) making sure to leave a little extra to fold over onto the back so I had no exposed edges.

Assembly

Lay the Base Board right side up on a flat surface and glue the Backboard (B) along the back edge. Also glue the Side Pieces (A) on either side of the Baseboard and the Backboard. Hold them in place with masking tape.

DIY Make Up Organiser
I laid the piece down on its back at this point, Glue the Small Shelf (C) in place on the right hand side of the organiser, making sure that it is at a complete 90 degree angle.

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When dry glue the Small Shelf Dividers (D) in place to make 3 equal sections, You don’t have to be precise.

DIY Make Up Organiser
Next, position the Larger Shelf (E) under the Dividers (D) and glue in place.

Once dry you can add the Middle Divider (A) in to place. This has now formed all of your shelves on the right hand side.
On the left hand side, Glue the Small Shelf (C) into place (you may need to trim to fit depending on thickness of your card), making sure its equal with the right hand side.

DIY Make Up Organiser
Last thing is to add the Semi Divider (F) below the Small Shelf (C) and You’re DONE!

DIY Make Up Organiser
Be proud of yourself!!