02/24/15

My Little Box February 2015

Hey Guys, So probably by now you are aware of my love of beauty subscription boxes. I love the surprise every month of not knowing what treats await you. I have come across a company called My Little Box. It is a French company that “is a hand-picked and beautifully designed box of fashion, beauty and lifestyle surprises. With accessories, products and other goodies created exclusively for you and based around a different theme every month, each box promises to delight the lucky recipient”.

So lets see what I have received this month.

My Little Box February

My Little Box February

This Months box is Themed around ‘My Little Frenchie Box’.

My Little Box February - Terrybly Kohl Pencil - Loreal Paris Brow Artist Shaper

By Terry – Terrybly Kohl Pencil £23 – This is a waterproof eye-liner that is incredibly pigmented. It is super soft and easy to use. It is fused with a sparkly glitter to create eyes that kill. Whatever your look, it creates a super glamorous look.

Loreal Paris – Super Liner Brow Artist Shaper – £5.49 – This is a 3-in-1 eyebrow pencil that will help create the perfect shape. One side has the coloured pencil to draw and intensify your brows, the brush allows you to manipulate your rows to the correct shape and finally fix them in place with the clear waxed based formula. This is a perfect all in one to keep in your handbag.

My Little Box February - My Little Beauty Complexion Enhancer

My Little Beauty – Complexion Enhancer – Glowing skin £9.50 – This brand is the ‘My Little Box’s own brand. This is a all in one complexion enhancer that is suitable fro all skin types and shades. its anti-oxidant rich edelweiss extracts will protect your skin and leave it feeling soft and smooth. Wearable under foundation or on its own.

DHC – Blotting Papers £4.00 – Now these are a god send to me, I suffer daily with oily skin and it can leave my confidence very low. All you have to do is Blot on your skin and the oil is extracted without lifting off your make-up. They come in a beautifully packaged card sleeve to protect them and of course look great in your handbag.

Now for the Lifestyle Product. Each month a different lifestyle product is included.

Pot of Messages – £6.50 – Hiding is this little pot  are special surprises just for you – 28 messages that will brighten up your day. These are perfect for those bad days when you just need a pick me up. Also how cute is this?!

My Little Box February - Smartphone Case

Smartphone Case – £16 – This is a Classy mini pouch where you can keep your bank card, tickets cash etc with a touch of elegance and also protect your phone.  I think this is absolutely gorgeous and I will be using this daily.

So as you can see My Little Box is an amazing array of beauty and lifestyle products. At just £11 per month I think this is a steal and I look forward to next months edition.

Have you Tried My Little Box? xxx

02/16/15

GlossyBox February 2015 ‘Love’ Edition

Hey there, sorry for the delay in posting my review of the February Glossybox, Life has been a little here at home. So this months theme is based on ‘Love’, and comes in a limited edition print box which is really cute. It is tied with a pretty pink ribbon and a free mini pack of Lovehearts are inside, all in the name of Valentines day. So lets take a look at what I got;

GlossyBox February 'Love' Edition

GlossyBox February ‘Love’ Edition

Quite a full box this time around and an impressive 5 full size Items which is definitely a winner already in my eyes.

Wilkinson Sword Hydro Silk

Wilkinson Sword Hydro Silk

Wilkinson Sword – Hydro Silk £9.99 – Now personally I don’t consider razors a ‘beauty’ item but they are definitely essential in a woman’s grooming routine. So after the initial disappointment, I was happy to have this in my box. Costing £9.99 it costs the same as the entire box so everything else is practically a bonus. The Hydro Silk has been ”specifically designed to hydrate your skin more than any other razor, whilst giving you an incredibly close shave to help make your skin feel happy”.

Royal Apothic Tinties Lip Butter

Royal Apothic Tinties Lip Butter

Royal Apothic – Lip Tinties Lip Butter – Coral $14 – Now this little Lip balm was last months sneak peek. And I have to say it is even more pretty in the flesh. I have it in the colour ‘Coral’, which is a cute peachy red tone and the packaging is beautiful. A very classy glass jar with a golden lid, this will look fab on anyone’s dresser or make-up table. This has to be one of my favourite products in a GlossyBox so far.

B.Defined Eyebrow Kit

B.Defined Eyebrow Kit

B.Defined – Eyebrow Kit £4.49 – Now I love when I receive a palette of any kind in my box, It makes me feel like I am receiving a little bit more for my money. I have heard of B. before, they are a brand exclusive to Superdrug and offer products at a competitive rate. I own a few bits already from their range so was happy to see this in my box. Now although not overly expensive, It does offer two eyebrow colours, a highlighter and a setting gel as well as an applicator and a large mirror, so this is definitely value for money.

Marsk Mineral Eyeshadow 'Fifty Shades'

Marsk Mineral Eyeshadow ‘Fifty Shades’

Marsk – Mineral Eyeshadow – 50 Shades $22.50 – Now I have previously received Marsk Mineral Eyeshadows in my boxes before, They are amazingly pigmented eyeshadows that last a long time as only a tiny amount is ever needed. I am a little disappointed in the colour though, It is called ‘Fifty Shades’, a nod to the film that has just been released. This isn’t a problem, but I already own the colour ‘Foiled Again’ which to my naked eye is the exact same colour.

So Susan Rose Quartet Lip and Cheek Tint

So Susan Rose Quartet Lip and Cheek Tint

So Susan – Rose Quartet Lip and Cheek Cream – £8 – I am a huge fan of the So Susan Brand, I have had mascaras, eyeliners, concealer quads in the past and have loved them all so again, overjoyed to see this. It is a cute little quad palette for blusher or gloss in 4 adorable shades of pink. Although it comes with a mini applicator, I was a little disappointed that there was no mirror on the palette so not all that practical for your handbag, but seeing as though this is just gorgeous, I am willing to work around it.

So there you are guys, This has got to be one of my most favourite boxes ever. I loved everything in the box and will use every product. I am still yet to be disappointed by GlossyBox.

If you are interested in signing up for GlossyBox, Please use Referral Link http://www.glossybox.co.uk/referal?CI=MTY2NDY0

What were your thoughts on this box?

02/10/15

You Beauty Discovery Box February

Hey Guys, So Februarys You Beauty Discovery Box has just landed on my doormat and I am eager to show you what I received. This months theme was ‘Red Carpet’. This coincides with the BAFTAS and Oscars, and You Beauty Discovery offers products for skin and hair that make you feel as glamorous as the celebrities.

You Beauty Discovery Februarys Box

You Beauty Discovery Februarys Box

So as You can See in the photo, One of the freebies on offer this month was a small box of Lindt Lindor Chocolates. These are my all time favourite chocolates. I am on a very strict diet for a few weeks – only allowed to consume 800 calories (which is soooo hard) but on Valentines Day I will be giving myself a day off and will enjoy these. The second freebie of the month was a Bare Minerals Brightening Foundation Sample (not Pictured). Now, On the website it looked as if you would receive a sample bottle when in reality, they sent out a small sachet (like the perfume wipes you get on a postcard) There is not enough for one application only a swatch which was very very disappointing.

Proto-col Moisturising Facial Gel – 20ml £9.50 – This is a luxury daily moisturising gel with a blend of the highest quality ingredients to hydrate your skin to leave it feeling soft, smooth and supple. The collagen nourishes the skin and plumps fine lines and wrinkles. This gel helps to keep skin looking glowing and healthy. Now I chose this because the cold weather recently has made my skin very dry and dull, A lot of moisturises I have used and am currently using contain too much oil and leave my skin feeling greasy. I am looking forward to testing this.

Josh Wood – Light Brown Blending Wand – 28ml £12.50 – Now I chose this purely out of intrigue. I have never encountered a product like this. It is a non-permanent hair dye wand that instantly blends away grey regrowth in a few easy steps, allowing you to have great looking hair between salon visits. I think this would be great for root touch ups  for nights out and everyday use. As it is only a 28ml bottle, I don’t see it lasting very long.

So for £6.95 a month with free p&p it is definitely worth its cost. I am a little bored of all the skin care products that have been available month after month as I enjoy the odd cosmetic product now and again, but that is not a bad thing and I am sure make up will soon be available.

What are your thoughts on You Beauty Discovery?

02/6/15

Giveaway! – A Pair of Rhinestone Bow Earrings

Hey there guys, it’s time for another Giveaway! How would you like to win a beautiful pair of Sparkly Rhinestone Bow Earrings. These are small but perfect for glamming up that plain outfit or for complimenting something a little dressier. The multi-coloured rhinestones are perfect for the upcoming Summer months. These cute earrings are 2cm x 1.8cm in size and are made from gold plated alloy.

So fancy winning a pair for yourself? Simply follow the rules below for a chance to win.

Rules:
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  • There will be one winner
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  • The giveaway will run from Friday 6th February 2015 until Friday 6th March 2015 12:00am GMT (One month)
  • Once the giveaway is over I will contact the winner directly via email. Once an email is sent the winner will then have 48 hours to reply before a new winner is chosen.

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Good Luck xxx

02/1/15

Valentines Day Wish List

valentines wishlist

1. Thomas Sabo Silver Leaf Ring     2. Michael Kors 3 Coloured Ring     3. Swarovski Coloured Crystal Bracelet     4. Thorntons Personalised Alphabet Truffles     5. Thomas Sabo Glam and Soul Ring     6. Hotel Chocolate Valentines Gift Bag     7. Swarovski Crystal Heart Pendant     8. Interflora Single Kiss Rose     9. Swarovski Butterfly Pendant

To be honest, Up until now, I have never been a fan of Valentines Day. Not for any particular reason other than I have never really celebrated or embraced it. My Ex-Husband didn’t believe in the day and thought of it as a commercially created day designed to scam naive people of their hard earned cash – Therefore I NEVER received a gift of any sorts in over 9 years together. I sort of understood his reasons but it would have been nice to be spoilt just a little on one day of the year. As I would talk to friends and browse social media, I would be inundated with stories of mass romantic gestures for Valentines day and I would start to resent not only the people involved (pure envy, it wouldn’t last) but also the day itself.

So you can imagine my surprise that 3 years on, my boyfriend, the father to my beautiful daughter, starts dropping hints about what I would like for this day gift-wise. He is organising going out somewhere (I have no clue but guessing it is a meal), but said I could pick a gift or two to mark this day. I didn’t know where to start as I have never received anything so didn’t know what was ‘appropriate’. I have searched the web and have come across a few pretty things that I will pitch to him.

Now I have mostly chosen jewellery as I don’t own a single piece (I know, weird right?). I loved the 2 coloured Michael Kors Ring, it is elegant with a hint of fun too. The Crystal Heart Necklace and the Butterfly Necklace are pretty and feminine and I think they would glam up any outfit day or night. I came across a designer called Thomas Sabo and fell in love with the Leaf Ring and Glam and Soul Ring (I have to say this is my all time favourite and am secretly hoping for this one. The Swarovski bracelet is just beautiful, the colours are fun yet classy. I am a pure chocoholic and couldn’t resist picking a couple of Valentines gift sets from Thorntons and Hotel Chocolat. And Last but not least a Single Red Rose screams Love and Romance, understated in quantity but makes up for it in sentiment.

What is on your Valentines Wish List?

01/30/15

Valentines Gift Ideas for Him

Valentines Gift Ideas For Men

1. Noughts and Crosses Beer Drinking Game      2. Romantic Jigsaw Piece Keyrings      3. Hotel Chocolate Extreme Adventure Dipping Set      4. Mens Titanium Ring      5. Romantic Outfit Gift Box      6. Jack Daniels Gift      7. Personalised Coordinates Bracelet      8. Personalised Playlist Cassette Print      9. Suspender Basque and G-String set     10. Personalised Soulmates Print      11. Sensual 5 Senses Gift      12. Grow a Girlfriend Novelty Item

 

So Valentines Day is looming and the hunt for the perfect gift starts. Are you like me? I struggle to find a suitable gift for my boyfriend that he will like and that will say ‘I love you’. All I end up coming back to is buying him a Computer game (he is a huge gamer) or an item of clothing. This isn’t acceptable for valentines day, It is supposed to emit feelings and thought. So whilst looking for inspiration, I have come across these items.

The Noughts and Crosses Drinking game is a fun way to get a little tipsy together. The beer mugs make it a ‘manly’ gift. I love the personalised Jigsaw Piece Key rings these are a simple token of affection. Now the Hotel Chocolate Dipping set is a tasty way of sharing this gift, Who knows it could always get a little naughty. Now jewellery is a hard thing for a man, Unless he has a particular style or favourite piece, it is difficult to get it right. If you are looking to get jewellery, I personally suggest something simple like this Titanium ring. If gift boxes are your thing why not purchase him a complete outfit and suggest he wears this for a night out you have planned, or fr something simpler, instead of a box of chocs, why not a box of his favourite tipple (in miniatures). The Coordinates bracelet caught my eye as it is a really nice way of documenting the day you met and where you met. Why not make him a personalised playlist and have it printed to display or a beautiful ‘Soul mates’ Print to decorate his study. If you are feeling in an Amorous mood, this sexy Basque is sure to get him a little hot under the collar. Now the Sensual 5 senses gift is my personal favourite and this is what I am planning for my other half, 5 boxes, 5 Senses and a gift to represent them i.e. (these are my ideas) Hear – an itunes gift card so he can buy his favourite album – Sight – a sexy lingerie set that he can look at and enjoy – Smell – His favourite aftershave – Taste – Some beautiful chocolates to enjoy – Touch – a Massager and Oil so we can enjoy this time together.

And if all this fails, Why not buy a ‘Grow your own Girlfriend set’ so he can replace you lol.

What are your thoughts for Valentines Day?

 

01/28/15

Review: Lipcote Lip Sealer

I never used to wear lipstick, I was quite afraid of receiving any attention – That comes with having low self esteem I suppose. I was always scared that I wasn’t doing it right, had on the wrong shade or just looked like a fool. Recently I have re-discovered my confidence and feel empowered to embrace my femininity. It is amazing what a a little lipstick will do to a woman. I would generally buy a pretty coloured lipstick, love the shade, wear it once, think that I look ridiculous and in the drawer it went, never to be seen or worn again. Even if I did brace the outside world wearing it, my lips would dry up and after a good ol’ cup of tea, my beautiful lipstick had gone.

After finding my renewed confidence I didn’t want to give up. I have been Kindly sent a bottle of Lipcote Lip Sealer to try out.

Lipcote Lip Sealer

Lipcote Lip Sealer

First Impressions are that I love the packaging, the Lipcote Lip Sealer came wrapped in white tissue paper with printed lips and the brand name. The cardboard packaging is really chic and retro, the Website has the Similar retro-chic design.

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Lipcote – At the start of a full day

The sealer itself is in liquid form and comes in a little glass bottle with a nail varnish – like brush applicator. To apply, you just dab a little on the top of your chosen applied lipstick, wait for it to dry and you’re ready to go. As you apply, it does tingle slightly, As I have sensitive skin and lips, it almost felt like it was burning, I was a little concerned but don’t worry, this is normal and the tingle goes away pretty quickly. It dries almost instantly and you can go about your day  right away.

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Lipcote – After a full day

After a full day of drinking tea and water, I noticed only a minimal fade in my lipstick, it did wear off more when I ate but that can be expected, But I may just need to be more careful.

Overall, Would I recommend this? Definitely! A little goes a long way (Lipcote claims that this small bottle lasts over 100 applications), and at less than £4 a bottle, that is pretty good value for money.

Have you tried Lipcote? What are your thoughts?

01/25/15

Recycle GlossyBox DIY Tutorial

With all of the beauty box subscriptions I have, I have accumulated a ridiculous amount of empty boxes laying around. They are too good a quality to just throw away. You can use them in a whole different array of ways but why not recycle them into something useful and practical?!

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Now if you are like me, due to these beauty boxes I have soooo much make-up and beauty products laying around on my desk, some of which I am not ready to use yet i.e. Foundations or mascaras that will dry up if opened and not used. Now, I have seen a few of these tutorials knocking around on pinterest but I thought I would do one of my own to show you just how easy it is to make.

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What You Will Need:

4 GlossyBoxes (Complete with lids)
Sharp knife or scissors
Strong Craft Glue or superglue
A Ruler
Some Ribbon – why not recycle the ribbon in the glossyboxes?
And a little bit of time…..

Recycle Glossybox DIY Tutorial

Start of by taking one of your Glossyboxes and carefully cut off the four sides, this will leave you with a square that will be the base of your drawer set.

Recycle Glossybox DIY Tutorial

Next Take 2 of your Glossybox lids. carefully cut off one of the long edges off each one. These will make up the sides of your drawer sides.

Recycle Glossybox DIY Tutorial

Now, glue one of the short edges under the base as seen in the picture, Repeat with the other side

Recycle Glossybox DIY Tutorial

Recycle Glossybox DIY Tutorial

Now, take your 3rd lid. Cut off the shorter edges completely, but only cut off the pink edges on the longer side (I have used a limited edition box as I accidentally damaged one. Plus I like the colour combo). This will be the back of the drawer set.

Recycle Glossybox DIY Tutorial

Glue the 3rd lid to the side panels as shown. It is starting to come together now.

Recycle Glossybox DIY Tutorial

Take the 4th Lid, turn upside down and glue to the top of the unit, Slide in the remaining boxes and that’s it! Your Done!

Recycle Glossybox DIY Tutorial

You can embellish however you like. I have recycled the ribbons that come from the boxes to make pull handles, cover the inevitable gap at the top and add a delightful bow. I rather like it.

Recycle Glossybox DIY Tutorial

It is unbelievably spacious  and ridiculously easy to make. This genuinely took me 30 minutes to make.

Have you any ideas on how to recycle these beauty boxes? Please Share….

01/23/15

Giveaway!!! – Laura Ashley Imperial Bloom Luxury Hand Care Gift

With the weather getting colder by the minute, it’s time to dig out the dry skin products – hand cream included. I have recently come across the Laura Ashley range of skincare and cosmetics and I have to say I LOVE them.

How would you ike to get your hands on a Beautiful Laura Ashley Imperial Bloom Luxury Hand Care Gift Set?

Well you can… The set is Presented in a re-useable gift tin decorated with Imperial Bloom print, this hand care gift set includes hand and nail cream with shea butter, cuticle balm with vitamin E, softening hand soap and pretty printed emery boards.

The Set contains: 50ml Hand Cream, 15ml Cuticle Cream, 60g Soap And Nail File In A Tin Case

Laura Ashley Imperial Bloom Gift Set

Rules:
    • To be in with a chance of winning the Laura Ashley Hand Care Gift Set, enter via the Rafflecopter widget below
    • Those using multiple accounts to enter will be completely disqualified
    • There will be one winner
    • The giveaway is open to UK only.
    • The giveaway will run from Friday 23rd January 2015 until Friday 13th February 2015 12:00am GMT (One month)
    • Once the giveaway is over I will contact the winner directly via email. Once an email is sent the winner will then have 48 hours to reply before a new winner is chosen.

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01/20/15

Primer Comparison – Budget vs High End

Face Primer ComparisonI have always suffered with oily skin for as long as I can remember. After applying make-up and doing all that I can to even out my skin tone, a couple of hours later my face is shiny and oily to the touch. I heard a lot about primes but but just took them as another way for cosmetic companies to cash in on a ‘miracle’ product that essentially does nothing. That was until I was sent a sample sachet of the Smashbox Primer from a freebie website – now I’m hooked! I have been trying out numerous Primers for their suitability in very different price brackets. Here are my comparison findings.

Primers: High-End Vs Budget brand

Primers: High-End Vs Budget brand

First off is the SmashBox Photo Finish Primer – What I consider to be the holy grail of primers. It claims to ‘Create the perfect canvas for foundation application….. fills in fine lines and pores to help skin appear visibly softer’. To be honest I couldn’t agree more. I love the texture and feel of this primer. It is silky and smooth and easy to apply – I use on my t-zone and blend outwards. You can actually see a difference when applying foundation, it seems to glide on smoother and sit on the skin rather than sinking in. The SmashBox primer keeps the oil at bay for around 5-6 hours thus increasing the longevity of my foundation. Retailing at £25 for a 30ml tube, it isn’t cheap but worth the splurge.

The Mac Prep & Prime is a ‘ultra fluid lotion formulated with special effect silicons – calm and smooths the skin, and blots away excess oil’. I feel that this product is superior to most primers I have tried. It is not silicone based like most, instead it is a thin white liquid that spreads evenly over your skin creating a smooth surface for foundation. It absorbs quickly and can be used instead of moisturiser. For me this kept the shine away for approx 5 hours before the oil broke free. My skin didn’t feel clogged or heavy and it did what it set out to. Mac Prep & Prime retails at £21 30ml tube, Not the most expensive but still pricey.

Now the Benefit Porefessional is different to other primers as the texture is more of a balm. It claims to minimise pores which is an added bonus for my skin as sometimes is find foundation ‘cakes’ and ‘pool’ in my pores. It smoothed out and evened my skin with a balm-like coat. Once applied my foundation looked (almost) flawless. Apparently you can apply this over make-up but that is something I haven’t tried yet. This primer also contains Vitamin E which is perfect for my sensitive breakout-prone skin. The oil was kept at bay for an impressive 6 hours. I love this product. Costing £24.50 22ml Tube it is by far the most expensive but worth it.

Primers: High-End Vs Budget brand

Primers: High-End Vs Budget brand

I have fully reviewed the Gosh Velvet Touch Primer previously, to read in full Click Here. I am a fan of the pump like packaging but prefer squeezy tubes as I feel you can out every last drop of the product. The Gosh Velvet Touch is a silicone based primer. The texture and consistency is very similar to the SmashBox primer, just not as thick. It is very light when applied and doesn’t feel heavy on my skin. The oil control is ok, but my t-zone started getting oily after 2-3 hours. It provides a nice base for foundation but isn’t the best for preventing oil. At £7.99 30ml it is decent value.

I have previously reviewed the Body Shop Moisture Primer, to read in full Click Here. This primer is almost like a moisturiser that a primer. It did nothing to prevent the oil build up but as a moisturiser I love it. It has a slight pink tone that blends into your skin nicely and feels refreshing. This retails at £12 25ml tube.

The Makeup Revolution Primer is a budget brand that normally I love but on this I feel disappointed almost let down by this brand. The texture is that of an oil, it is think and sticky and does not improve when blended. After applying my foundation this primer appeared to ADD oil to my skin rather that prevent it. At £5 15ml it is cheap but in this case you definitely get what you paid for.

I have previously reviewed the Maybelline Baby Skin Primer in Full. To read please Click Here. This primer is transparent with no tint and completely odourless. It appears thick when squeezed from the tube but becomes thin and easy to blend when applied to the skin. my pores appeared blurred with this primer and provided a velvety base that enabled my foundation to glide on effortlessly with no streaks or patchiness. I feel that this is the closest to the SmashBox Primer you will achieve but for a much cheaper price of £7.99 22ml tube. It helps to banish the shine on my face for approx 3-4 hours – pretty good really.

Overall I set to see if paying more really does get you more, and Sadly in this case I would have to say Yes it does. I enjoy a bargain as much as the next person and am always looking for a great deal, but the high end brands out performed the budget brands. If you have a specific skin concern like myself (oily skin) then it really does pay to pay more. That being said, I now use the Maybelline Baby Skin on a daily basis as it is perfect for everyday wear and doesn’t damage my bank balance, and I save my more expensive SmashBox and Benefit Primers for special Occasions.

 What is your favourite Primer?