Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Glossybox, Anniversary Edition

Glossybox, Anniversary Edition pink packaging
Glossybox, Anniversary Edition contents sheet
Glossybox, Anniversary Edition girly pink packaging with black ribbon
Glossybox, Anniversary Edition beauty contents
Glossybox, Anniversary Edition Lolita Lempicka perfume sample
Glossybox, Anniversary Edition Si Lolita perfume sample
Glossybox, Anniversary Edition Apivita face mask sample
Glossybox, Anniversary Edition hair oil sample
Glossybox, Anniversary Edition Noble Isle shower gel sample
Glossybox, Anniversary Edition handmade eyelashes review
Glossybox, Anniversary Edition balloon and Glossybox mirror

Lolita Lempicka Eau de ParfumSi Lolita, APIVITA express beauty masks,
I'm going to start by saying, I adore this month's box -- so so much more than April's.  When I first opened the lid, I fell in love with the wrapping inside... cute little illustrations of cupcakes, bows, lipstick and mirrors. I love the whole colour scheme of this box too - peach/pale pink and black.  This month, Glossybox have pushed the boat out a little bit with their design due to it being a big celebratory month for their one year anniversary -- congratulations guys!!

I've got to say, I was thrilled to bits when I found Lolita Lempicka perfume in my box! - for those of you that are regular readers of my blog, this perfume was featured in 'Weekly wishlist #3' after using up my previous samples.  Until I get a new job, these samples will be rationed out very carefully as the full-size version is slightly out of my price range at the moment.  I received Eau de Parfum & Si Lolita (the second one is new to me and I'm excited to try it out!).  Also, for a limited time only, you can receive a gorgeous free Parisian shopper with any Lolita Lempicka purchase of 50ml and above from House of Fraser (in store or online) -- so get on it ladies!

I am always open to trying out new shower gels and bath things, so the Noble Isle sample was a lovely treat.  The scent of it is quite tangy upon first smell but I'm sure it will dilute somewhat once it is used under the shower.  Similarly, I love to receive new hair goodies, so the Berber oil will be interesting to experiment with  (I have never used any form of oil so this will be an experience!) -- The oil I received is an Argan one with a beautiful sweet-scent.  I just opened the lid to see what it smelt like and the first thing that came to my head is 'pick and mix' - yum!  Like with the oils, I am yet to experiment with the facial mask but mine comes with a scent of orange so I see a theme running through these items with their very refreshing aromas.

I don't think any girl would turn down a set of false lashes so the Eldora ones were a win/win featurette.  Although I am still yet to use my lashes from the 'She Said Beauty box', the Eldora ones are more for a night out in my case due to their thickness.  They are handmade and also come with glue so this is an added bonus.  The lashes I was sent are style 'B168' and retail at £4.25 for a set.

Lastly, how cute are the mirror and balloon in this box?  The mirror was a little extra something from the Glossybox team in celebration of their anniversary.  Likewise with the balloon -- the idea behind this is to blow up the balloon and take a photo of yourself holding it, which can then be Tweeted/Facebooked for them to see.  It's a cute little way of the Glossybox society teaming together! -- I will be doing this over the next few days on a not so 'make up free' afternoon!

Oh, before I forget!  For those of you that are following me on Twitter, I said earlier that I would be posting a photo of my nails of the day for you all to see.  This morning, my gorgeous Technic Carnival nail varnish arrived and I couldn't resist trying it out.  I was already sporting some silver MUA nails (shade 11) so I applied one coat of Technic followed by my O.P.I nail envy.

Have you tried out any of these products before?

Liz Earle Goodies

Liz Earle product packaging
Liz Earle product packaging
Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser review
Liz Earle Muslin cloth for Hot Cloth Cleanser
Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser starter kit
RRP £14.25

A little while ago, I entered a giveaway over on Claire's lovely blog and much to my surprise, I received an email over the weekend telling me that I had won the Liz Earle set that was up for grabs -- fabulous!  It's been a number of years since I lasted used Liz Earle and I was wanting to re-introduce it to my collection recently and I have now been given the opportunity.

I received the 'Cleanse & Polish' hot cloth cleanser, which is incredibly delicate when applied to your skin.  Over the recent months, I have developed numerous skin complaints (mostly on my chin area), and I am currently on tablets for three months to try and settle this, somewhat.  I have trialed lots of different cleansers/toners/facial creams and nothing has seemed to do the trick, so I have opted for the tablets as a last resort -- but I am hoping that the Liz Earle cleanser will help my skin to go back to how it used to be! Fingers crossed!

Due to the trial & error with recent facial creams (prescribed by the doctor), my skin has become very sensitive -- something that it didn't use to be.  So now I have to be reasonably careful about what I actually apply.  The Liz Earle cleanser has always been a care-free application for me, and it has a very refreshing scent to it too.
The cleanser contains naturally active ingredients such as eucalyptus and cocoa butter for smoother, clearer skin.

How do you use it?

Cleanse daily morning and night using this two-step process:
Step 1: Massage one or two pumps onto dry skin over face and neck twice a day.
Step 2: Rinse the pure muslin cloth in hand-hot water and wring out before gently wiping off the cream. Rinse and repeat.
Splash face with cool clean water and follow with Instant Boost Skin Tonic and your choice of moisturiser.
For those of you interested in purchasing Liz Earle products, they are available over on their website.


Monday, 21 May 2012

Harriet Gray Illustration

Giveaway bundle from Harriet Gray*

Over the weekend, I was treated to some fabulous news, that I had won the giveaway over at the amazingly talented Harriet Gray's blog.  This is my first ever blogspot giveaway win and I am absolutely over the moon with the little goodies that I received earlier on this morning!

Harriet Gray is a freelance illustrator, based in the UK.  She works predominantly in pencil, with the occasional addition of watercolour, charcoal and crayon --  I absolutely love the raw edge that pencil illustrations hold.  Her 'fascinations include faces and hair, science, nature, the quaint, the unusual, the beautiful, and not so beautiful... and things that don't always make sense', as she states on her website -- all of her inspirations are very evident when looking through her portfolio, and she beautifully manages to connect all of these ideas in her illustrations.

I've always wanted to receive post wrapped in parcel paper -- it's the little things in life that make me happy but I think that it gives the contents a really creative/vintage feel.  The package was sealed with one of Harriet's illustrations which made me even more excited to tear open the paper and see what was inside :)!  The original prize was one of her adorable cat print purses (all handmade - illustration, print and purse!) and she very kindly added some other little designs too.  As I'm hoping to move out within the next year, I am going to be framing her artwork to put up around my flat when the big day arrives!  All of Harriet's artwork can also be found on her website.  If you, too, are interested in owning some of her illustrative work, they are available to purchase from her Etsy shop!

Monday, 14 May 2012

She Said Beauty Box, May Edition

She Said Beauty Box May Edition
She Said Beauty Box May Edition with pink packaging & ribbon
She Said Beauty Box May Edition contents sheet
The Vintage Cosmetic Company 'Kitty' false eye lashes
She Said Beauty Box May Edition sun tan lotion sample
Kim Kardashian perfume rollerball sample
Kim Kardashian perfume rollerball sample from She Said Beauty Box May Edition
Natio soap sample from She Said Beauty Box May Edition
Snowberry skin care from She Said Beauty Box May Edition
Inika Lip Whip in Peach from She Said Beauty Box May Edition
Inika Lip Whip in Peach sample from She Said Beauty Box May Edition

The Vintage Cosmetic Company false lashes, Green People SPF 15 with tan accelerator,
Kim Kardashian Eau De Parfum, Natio Lotus soap trio, Snowberry 3 sample gift, Inika certified vegan Lip Whip

I have been finding myself struggling to decide which beauty boxes to purchase each month -- should I stick with Glossybox or try something new?  I wanted to find something slightly different to review and found the 'She Said Beauty' box which was being offered with a 25% discount when using a code for the first purchase -- I found the code on an eBay advert which popped up in my sidebar whilst doing a little spending.  Not only was this discount going in my favour, but the box originally only costs £9 (cheaper than Glossybox) with £2.95 delivery.

I was very pleasantly surprised with the items I found in my box -- I haven't fully utilised all of the bits I received from Glossybox and I feel like this box's contents will be far more helpful to me.

I was so happy to find out that I my box contained false eyelashes -- I usually buy mine in sets of ten for £1 on eBay so it was nice to see some slightly more expensive ones that I could use.  The packaging of the lashes is gorgeous, very much in-keeping with the brand name, 'The Vintage Cosmetic Company'.  The lashes that I received are in the style, 'Nancy' -- four other styles can be found over on the link provided.

I know we don't really have the best of weather at the moment but I'm going to store this sun tan lotion away until my holidays (less than three months to go!) -- I am incredibly pale and I have experimented with lots of gradual tan moisturisers so it will be interesting to see how this compares.  It claims to have been clinically proven to speed up your tan by 25% so fingers crossed!

Green People currently have an offer running throughout May -- at purchase 100ml sun lotion, 100ml sun and sport shampoo and 100ml sun and sport conditioner to receive a free bonus of 100ml aftersun worth £8.99!

I must admit, I am no Kardashian fan, so this was the least exciting of all my products that I received.  I will give it a little bit of praise, however, as the scent is actually quite nice... I will wear it purely because I think the perfume's fragrance is refreshing.

I am yet to use my Natio soap (as my box arrived earlier on today) -- I received the White Lotus bar.  The soaps from this trio interestingly contain mind calming, mood enhancing scents which are used during yoga (news to me as I have never experienced yoga before!).  I'm looking forward to testing this product out.  It is also quite large despite not being the full size, which normally costs £8.

The Snowberry 3 sample gift was a bonus feature in May's box -- the skin creams contain a rich fusion of the purest and finest active ingredients from New Zealand and remote places of the world.  I am always one for finding new types of skincare -- I have fairly sensitive skin so I'm hoping these will work well for me.  The samples include: nourishing rich day cream (anti-aging), bright defence day cream no.2 (combination skin) and intensive renewal face serum (anti-aging).  These samples are very small so they will most likely only occupy one or two uses.

 Last but not least, I received an item from a familiar company - Inika.  In my last Glossybox bundle, I was sent an eyeliner by Inika as part of the eco-friendly theme.  This time, I have been sent a full size vegan Lip Whip in the shade, 'peach'.  The peach colour is probably the best one that I could have found in my box -- I personally always tend to go out with bright lipstick on (mostly my red Kate Moss one).  Inika claim that their Lip Whips are perfect for creating luscious polished lips the natural way.  Similarly, my eyeliner I received from them had a creamy texture which really stood out to me in a good way.  Amazingly, this product is worth more than I paid for my whole She Said Beauty box which makes this such a fab treat!  The full size Lip Whip that I received retails at £14.30.

Going by the May box, I am more in favour of continuing to subscribe to She Said Beauty than Glossybox -- the items are much more appropriate for every day use in my case and the cheaper price is great too!  I am yet to receive my Glossybox for this month so I will make my decision later this month about which one to continue to purchase!

Sunday, 13 May 2012

L.A. Candy by Lauren Conrad

After reading lots of reviews recently, I impulsively bought Lauren Conrad's book -- I know that I am many years late in getting round to reading this, but I only considered it for the first time a few weeks ago.  I must admit, I hadn't read the reviews carefully enough and assumed that this was going to be a book about her career and life whilst being on the hit show, 'The Hills' (I know, it does state 'novel' on the front cover).  Anyway, this book isn't far off...  the characters in the novel seem to represent the cast members of the television show and the kind of lifestyles that they were accustomed to.

Most of the reviews that I read were from people who had recently been away on holidays, whom had packed LA Candy in their suitcases for a little read on the beach -- they claimed that it is a book they couldn't put down once they started to read.  It is quite more-ish, once you get over the frequent 'OMG's and 'WTF's throughout the pages.  I have got past my initial reactions to seeing those abbreviations scattered  about the text, and I am now around half-way through this book.  I am hoping to continue to read the rest of LC's collection -- especially looking forward to reading her latest book, 'Beauty', featuring her favourite tips & tricks that she has picked up on along her way.

I don't want this review to be a complete spoiler for anybody reading my post, so I won't go into much more detail -- but I would recommend this to anybody who has an interest in fashion PR, or even just those of you that used to enjoy watching The Hills over on MTV.

Has anybody else read any of Lauren Conrad's novels?

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Dotty Dolly Collars

Dotty Collars and cute packaging
Dotty Collars and cute packaging
Dotty collars and cute packaging
Handmade collar from Dotty Collars with pearls and scallop design
Handmade collar from Dotty Collars with pearls and scallop design

I have been on the lookout for a collar recently but a lot of the online stores are charging fairly high prices for theirs which had put me off buying one sooner.  Last week I was reading through one of my favourite blogs and stumbled across a post about hand-made collars.  The lovely, Jade, over at Dotty Dolly has been creating her own collection of gorgeous collars, lots from vintage fabric, meaning that they have an element of rarity about them.  I saw her advertising some beautiful floral ones on twitter and decided to ask if she was selling the pearl-detailed collar that I had seen in her DIY post and to my pleasant surprise, she was!  I was absolutely shocked when she said that the collar would only cost £7 including delivery (most online stores are selling theirs for anything between £18 and £35!).

I mentioned in my latest wishlist about how much I had been wanting a pearl decorated collar and I could not wait for this one to arrive.  It only took two days to get here and I was over the moon with what I found in my parcel -- the wrapping was to pretty to rip open (Vivienne Westwood paper!).  The collar looked just as elegant as I remembered it looking in the post I first saw it in.  I cannot wait to dress up my work clothes with this little garment and I can definitely say I will be purchasing another collar in the near future.

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

I'm Supporting, Are You?

Next London Olympics Blogger package
Next London Olympics Blogger package
Next London Olympics Blogger package
Next London Olympics Blogger package with scarf
Next London Olympics Blogger package with scarf
Next London Olympics Blogger package with scarf

ParalympicsGB Scarf Small 50cm x 50cm, Next, £5*

With the Olympics fast-approaching, Next have proudly set up the 'I'm Supporting' campaign, in conjunction with Next's official Team GB and Paralympics GB Supporters' Scarves.  They have produced two different designs for the scarves - garments that have been designed to be worn as a symbol of our pride, excitement and involvement for the Olympics.  The scarves are not just a fashion accessory, they have a very great meaning behind each design, representing the 900 athletes of our greatest team.  For every participative purchase, all profits of the item will be donated to the British Olympic Association - helping British Olympic and Paralympic athletes deliver their best performance at London 2012 and beyond.

I received the ParalympicsGB scarf.  The Lion face has been hand-painted for this design and powerfully reflects the quote, 'ice in your mind, fire in your belly', descriptive of the drive and determination within our Great British Athletes.  As I touched upon earlier, the designs have a greater meaning behind them than first meets the eye.  On my scarf, below the wording 'our greatest team', you can see 60 hands.  These hands represent the athletes' sixty million supporters.  I am wearing this scarf to show my support and will continue to do so right up until and throughout the Olympics -- will you be wearing yours?
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