Friday, 19 September 2014

At the weekend we went to the zoo and had an amazing time! We arrived at around 11am and we managed to see all the animals. I'm a big fan of going to the zoo, I find all the animals so cute! (Lame but true!) I took my camera with me and I actually made a little video of the animals! I hope you enjoy 3 minutes of cuteness, something else to cheer you up before the weekend starts! There are some photographs below too! 

Have you ever been to London Zoo? I highly recommend it as a day out!

Thursday, 18 September 2014

This month Karen Millen has partnered with Glossybox to create a London Fashion week inspired box. I have to say that it's been a long time since I've been this impressed with a Glossybox, it makes resubscribing worth while! The box is decorated with a print of the London skyline which is just beautiful, this box definitely won't be ending up in the bin. So what did I get inside?

L'Oréal Professionnel Mythic Oil Rich Oil
One of the spoilers this month was that each box would have a product from L'Oreal Professionnel. In my box I received the Mythic Oil Rich Oil. I've actually tried the original oil before and I'm a huge fan. The Rich Oil claims to offer nourishment and taming for your hair, perfect for my curly locks! It's multi-use too, you can use it before drying or a finishing touch! I cannot wait to try this!

Nails Inc Matte Top Coat
This matte top coat doesn't require any explanation. You simply paint this over any nail polish to create matt nails! It's a full sized Nails Inc product which is fab for a beauty box! 

ModelCo More Brows
This was the second spoiler from Glossybox this month, so most people knew it was coming. Being LFW brows are a hot topic and I for one LOVE trying brow products! ModelCo say you can achieve natural-looking, fuller brows instantly with their brow gel. They say its a quick-dry gel formula which sounds amazing!

Gosh Cream Blusher
I'd actually been considering buying one of these to try as I'd heard a lot about them. I probably have picked a different shade but I'm definitely giving this a go tomorrow!

Skin Pep Brightening Peel and Eye Cream
The last things in the box are these little sachets of Skin Pep's Brightening Peel and Eye Cream. Normally I'd be quite annoyed getting sachets in a Glossybox, but considering the other contents, I'll let this slide. I've never tried anything from Skin Pep before!

All in all, I'm really impressed with this box, mainly because I can use every single item! What do you think of September's glossybox?

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

You Beauty Discovery Box, £6.95

Yes that price reads £6.95, I struggle to believe it myself sometimes! The You Beauty Discovery Box is definitely one of my favourites. It features great products, you get to pick them yourself, it's super cheap and it's fantastic all round. 

TONI & GUY – Glamour Volume Plumping Whip
This month You Beauty are celebrating their birthday, so every single box got a tub of the volume plumping whip from Toni & Guy! You just apply a little bit of this to the roots of your hair, blow dry and you're left with sleek body to your hair.

Crabtree & EvelynEvery box also got two samples of Crabtree & Evelyn tea. You get one sachet of Afternoon Tea and one sachet of the brand NEW Green Tea with Blackberry. I'm yet to try them but I will be shortly, I love trying new tea!
Pixi Tinted Brilliance Balm
This travel sized brilliance balm from Pixi comes in a bright pink shade. Pixi say it's packed full of 'lip-loving ingredients' which both provide a glossy finish and hydrates the lips. The best bit is you do not have to sharpen it, you just twist it up for more product! 

Mavala - Mavadry Manicure Time-Save Fast Drying Nail Polish FinishIf you follow this blog you'll know that I cannot resist a nail product. So when I saw Mavadry, it went straight in the basket. Mavala say that this top coat dries nail polish in a few seconds, prevents flaking and leaves nails with a brilliantly glossy finish! Sounds perfect to me!

If you're interested in trying your very own You Beauty box, you can subscribe for a tiny £6.95 here

Did you subscribe to the You Beauty Discovery box this month? If so what did you pick?

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Benefit Watt's Up Soft Focus Highlighter, £24.50

I've had my eye on the Benefit Watts Up highlighter for a while, I'm a bit of a highlighter junkie! I cannot get enough of trying lots of different ones to find my favourite. Watt's Up comes packaged in a stunning metallic purple tube. You just twist up the product like you would a lipstick, so it's super easy!

Benefit say that Watt's Up is a soft focus highlighter, meaning it's a delicate glow rather than a full on glitter ball look. It actually comes in this stick format which you apply directly to the areas you want to highlight. It's a cream to powder formula, so you can apply and blend it out really easily. I actually have the 'mini' version of Watt's Up which means the stick is small enough to use under your eyebrows, but also big enough for your cheekbones.

I love taking this away with me when I travel, as it's a great highlighter but it also doesn't need a brush or any other products to use with it. The highlighter is beautiful, it's subtle and it's pretty. Just perfect for lots of occasions! 

Monday, 15 September 2014

Rita Ora for Rimmel London - Blindfold Me Blue, £3.69

There's something about blue that I just love! I can't get enough of blue nail polishes, so when I saw this I knew it had to join the collection. 'Blindford Me Blue' is a stunning blue hue which is perfect for everyday use. It's part of Rita Ora's Rimmel collection which was released earlier this year. It's Rimmel's 60 Seconds formula which dries super quickly and has the fabulous brush which is easy to use. The colour is pigmented and you can get a glossy bright colour in two easy coats.

I cannot get enough of Rita Ora's nail polish range, there isn't a dull shade in the set. You can pick them up from Boots here.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

I'm slowly adjusting to being back from holiday, which sucks! We're definitely approaching autumn now, which is actually my favourite season, it's just a little chilly! I had a string of early mornings this week as I've been commuting by train, it takes 2 hours door-to-door which makes for a long day. I actually had my desk assessed at work this week, it turns out I've been sitting all wrong. Which explains my headaches and never ending neck ache! I'm hoping it's going to be the start of a pain free week. We actually went to London Zoo yesterday for my sister's 21st birthday and we had an incredible day! I'll be sharing pictures from our day out on here soon! 

As I mentioned autumn is coming, so I've been preparing for the cold weather! I ordered myself a black parka from ASOS and I can't wait for it to arrive and see what it looks like. I've also picked up a load of travel sized items, as I'm travelling with work again soon. Superdrug still have all their travel sizes on offer for 3 for £3, so I stocked up for very little cost. We've actually picked up a lot of stuff for the house this week too! Chris got me some amazing table mats for the dining room from Homebase, they have owls on them! We also bought some more boring things, like toilet seats and towel rails! They were also from Homebase! 

This week was pretty exciting as the Look Fantastic Beauty Box landed on my doorstep! It was a super exciting box, so much so I've already ordered myself October's box! You can read my review by clicking 'beauty boxes' above. I also shared the contents of my Feel Unique haul, I picked up some amazing items! You can read all about it here. I also shared a review of the amazing Dove Refresh and Care Dry Shampoo, if you think you love dry shampoo, you need to try this! I also declared my love for the Soap & Glory Heel Genius, I can't believe how good it really is!

I hope everyone has had a fabulous weekend! What have you been up too?

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Marc Jacobs Beauty - 'The Lolita' $59

When Marc Jacobs launched a beauty range, I knew it would be a match made in heaven. I'm a huge fan of the perfumes and the makeup screams the same kind of luxury! One things Marc Jacobs have included in the line-up is a range of eyeshadow palettes.

'The Lolita' from Marc Jacobs is a beautiful neutral palette which is ever so fancy! The Lolita comes packaged in stunning shiny, skinny palette which comes in a fabric case and a protective strip to protect the shadows. The seven shadows include everything from an off-white to a matt nude, a metallic glitter pink and a copper sheen. It's perfect because I can get use from every shade, which is rare from eyeshadow palettes!

The colours are beautifully matched to each other, so the palette offers a whole host of looks. You get a choice of metallics, mattes and shiny eyeshadows, so it makes it perfect for everyday use. The eyeshadows are beautifully pigmented, they give your the colour in the palette instantly and they are easy to blend too. Perfect if your a bit of a novice like me! 

You find yourself battling your inner demons with this palette. On one side it's perfect for everyday use, on the other it's so beautiful you want to save it for special occasions. It's definitely a palette that I'll be keeping safe, I don't think I'll be taking it outside the house! It's lovely as a treat to yourself, or as a lovely gift for a friend!

Friday, 12 September 2014

Look Fantastic Beauty Box #1, £14.99

When Look Fantastic dropped the news that they were making their very own beauty box, I wanted to be top of the pre-order list! I'm actually a huge fan of Look Fantastic and use the website all the time. So I followed the link straight away and added one to my basket. I've been waiting patiently for 11 days since but it was ever so worth it. Look Fantastic say:

"Discover a selection of our handpicked, must have beauty fixes wrapped in a beautifully presented box and delivered straight to your door. The beauty box will always include a minimum of six products and offers a selection of skin, hair, cosmetic and body products, catering to every kind of beauty lover."

You get a selection of at least 6 products and for once, all the products are fantastic! I've never seen such a good collection of high end, well-known brands, so lets here about what was included in this months box.
Kérastase Nutritive
I've never tried anything from Kérastase so I'm really excited to see these products in the box. We got two products, the first is Kérastase Nutritive Irisome Bain Satin 1. Kérastase say that the product is formulated for normal to slightly dry hair which is perfect for my permed locks. It is supposed to gently cleanse your hair of dirt, oil and build-up from products. It sounds perfect for me! The second product is the Kérastase Nutritive Irisome Lait Vital, a conditioner which aims to target your driest parts of your hair. What a fabulous pair of products!
Caudalie Divine Oil
The Divine Oil from Caudalie has been on my wish list for a long time! I've heard some pretty rave reviews so I'm glad to have my own bottle to try. This is a multi-use oil that you can use on your face, body and hair.
Jurlique Herbal Recovery Advanced Serum
Jurlique is another brand that is completely new to my collection. I love trying something new! This serum from Jurlique is formulated to reduce fine lines, restore radiance and increase hydration. My skin has been acting a bit weird recently, so I'm looking forward to trying this and seeing what effect it has!
This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray
I love products that help you sleep and this is one I cannot wait to try. This is another product that I've never heard a bad review of. It sounds like utter heaven when you're feeling a little stressed. Just spray it on your pillow and relax. This Works say that 89% of people that try it, fall asleep quicker.
St.Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse
This is the only product that I'm unlikely to try, as I don't use fake tan, it's always a disaster! However, this is an award-winning self tan which I hear so many people rave about!
I'm so impressed with this box that I've already pre-ordered next months box. I hope this is the start of a fabulous beauty box range from Look Fantastic! 

Thursday, 11 September 2014

I'm not hugely adventurous when it comes to tea, but nothing beats an old fashioned cuppa! I was bumbling around my kitchen at the weekend and I came across a sample of Tazo Tea that I hadn't tried yet, so I thought I'd give it a go! I think I actually received this little sachet as a sample in a beauty box and I knew nothing about the brand. So I figured I'd find out a little more about them! 

Tazo take great care and attention when making their tea, ensuring all teas are properly stored and handled. They only sell teas from the most recent growing season an they taste the tea constantly to ensure it's up to standard! They understand that every kind of tea has 'character' which is affected by region and heritage. Therefore Tazo creates 'signature blends' by blending lots of different ingredients to make the perfect taste! 

This is just Tazo's 'Awake English Breakfast Tea' - a classic and my favourite type of tea! It was actually really nice! I like quite strong tea so I had to brew it for longer than I normally would, but when it was to my liking, it was fresh and light in flavour. Tea rarely gives me the boost that coffee does, but this did wonders as a 3pm pickup! I was really impressed!

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Sometimes a girl is lucky to have pretty amazing friends. Especially the type of friends that offer to go Sephora and complete hauls on your behalf? This exact situation happened to me last week and I found myself dipping into my wish list to find a shopping list. So, you have a friend or family member nipping to Sephora? Or maybe you're lucky enough to be going yourself? What should you put on your wish list?! (Thanks Amber for inspiring a blog post!) 

Of course this blog post could go on forever, but here are some of my top picks for Sephora hauling.

Marc Jacobs
I'm a bit of a Marc Jacobs fan, it just so happens that their makeup collection is available in America. I've heard amazing reviews about all of Marc Jacobs makeup collection, but my favourite items are the eyeshadow palettes. I picked up the 'The Lolita' ($59) palette in March, a stunning seven-piece palette. This time I've asked for 'The Innocent' ($39) palette, which is a stunning brown trio!

Rollerball Fragrance

Rollerballs are hard to come by in the UK, which is a shame because they are cheap to buy and super handy for travel. Sephora have rollerballs in almost every single scent and they only cost around $25. My current favourite perfume is the Daisy Dream fragrance from Marc Jacobs (here), but I really want to try Stella McCartney's L.I.L.Y. (here)
Sephora Brushes
Sephora makeup brushes get incredible reviews and I'd love to give loads of them a try. One I have my eye on at the moment is the 'Pro Airbrush' ($34) which is number #55. It's supposed to be amazing for flawless foundation application.

Tarte Cosmetics
I'm a huge fan of Tarte, everything I've tried always impresses me. I've actually asked my friend to pick me up the 'Rainforest After Dark' palette ($38), which is currently limited edition. If you fancy getting your hands on something cult, you could try one of the Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blushes ($26). I have one and I've used it ALOT, it's amazing quality! Something else that gets great reviews is the Airbuki Bamboo Powder Foundation Brush ($26).

Make Up Forever
A brand I really want to try is Make Up Forever! It's only available across the pond and people RAVE about it. First on the list is the HD Invisible Cover Foundation ($42), you can actually pick this up online, but I think I'd need to be colour matched in store. You can't talk about Make Up Forever without mentioning the HD Microfinish Powder ($32) - flawless skin in a single pot! The Full Cover Concealer ($32) gets a lot of coverage from Lily Pebbles, amongst a lot of other bloggers. It sounds perfect and it's actually waterproof!

I actually have one of the Sugar Lip Treatments in a red shade, but the shade 'Tulip' ($22) looks stunning. It sounds perfect for an everyday shade that I could wear to work. They are colour lip balms that instantly hydrates and gives protection of an SPF 15.

Sephora Formula X Nail Polishes
Another product that is raved by bloggers are the Formula X nail polishes ($10.50) that are made by Sephora. They are stunning shades and there are loads to choose from. I have my eye on 'Sky Blue'!

What is on your Sephora hit list?
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