Saturday, 31 January 2015

Slimbox by Birchbox February 2015

Happy Saturdays ladies!

From the 2nd February (Monday) Birchbox will be launching a new, slimmer Birchbox aptly named Slimbox. 

The new Slimbox will allow subscribers to opt in for a box that is slim enough to fit through a standard sized post box therefore making the service more efficient than before, as you wont have to wait in for deliveries or have lengthy trips to the sorting office. 

The Slimbox will conain the same value samples as the classic Birchbox but at 3.5cm high, it is much more compact making delivery more simple. New subscribers can choose if they would prefer the slimbox or the classic birchbox and existing subscribers can switch from February. 

I opened it up and was pleasantly surprised with this months contents. I love a mix of lifestyle, hair, body and make up and that is what I received. 
T London - Darjeeling Hand & Body Lotion
This is a Birchbox exclusive which retails for £6.50. It claims to be a soothing lotion that is jam packed with nourishing jojoba and aloe oils. I used this last night as a body cream and it is quite light and thin in consistancy and blends quite quickly into the skin. I love the scent too which is always a bonus! Perfect for Travel!

theBalm Cosmetics - Cindy-Lou Manizer
This is a small eyeshadow shaped shimmery pink shade that adds a glow to wherever needed, so can be dusted across cheekbones, eyelids or anywhere you want a glow. To me it looks like the perfect everyday shade, then can be dusted on the eyelid and worn alone. 

Cynthia Rowley Beauty - Eyeliner in black
Another Birchbox exclusive, this eyeliner looks creamy and from first glance reminds me of the Urban Decay eyeliners. Theres not much more that has to be said about a black eyeliner really, always nice to have and worn by most! I will definitely get some use out of this one! 

Liz Earle Beauty - Botanical Shine Shampoo
My eyes lit up when I saw this little beauty in the box. I love everything Liz Earle, nothing has ever let me down, and the hair products included. I love these little travel sized products, again perfect for the gym or a weekend away. It contains Vitamin E, fruit extracts and shea butter to boost shine.

Caudalie - Vinoperfect radiance serum 10ml
I have tried quite a few Caudalie products, mainly from beauty boxes and I find that they are always handy for having around, especially if you are low or run out of favourite skin care products. Im looking forward to giving this serum a go as it is oil free and radiance boosting. 

The Chia Co - Oats and Chia
This is a little added extra to this month box and one I am excited to try. Chia seeds have always interested me so I am looking forward to giving this creamy blend of wholegrain oats, chia, fruit and virgin coconut oil a go. All you do is add water, stir and enjoy. Perfect for cold mornings at work!

Overall, with all 6 products this months box retails for around £40 as a full size 30ml Caudalie radiance serum retails for £45 and the Liz Earle shampoo is £5.75 for a sample size. All in all im impressed. Beauty boxes still excite me like a kid at Christmas, even after all these years I have never fallen out of love with them. The star product for me this month has to be the Liz Earle Shampoo as it is a tried and tested product and I know I love it.

 I am loving the Slimline version of the classic Birchbox and think its a wonderful concept. Birchbox costs £10 per month, for whichever box you choose and £2.95 for postage and packaging. 

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Thursday, 29 January 2015

George at Asda: Houndstooth Print Dress

Happy Thursday lovelies! The weekend is in sight!

As i was scoping the shelves of my local Asda living recently (predominantly for homeware i must admit!) this beautiful houndstooth dress caught my eye. I have a houndstooth print top that i wear religiously and thought this would look perfect for both work, or play with tights and boots to dress it up a little. I love the 3/4 length sleeves too! At £12, I am quite unsure why i still don't own this and have it living in my wardrobe. I definitely need to go back and make a purchase, for that price it would be rude not to.
I put together shoes and accessories based around the dress that i thought would look perfect with one another.  

Black suede boots are something that I am currently living in, usually with a small chunky heel. They go perfectly with jeans, trousers and tights. I love the gold detailing, leather contrast and tassel on these black suede ankle boots, as well as the chunky, but low heel. For £20 I also thought these were quite a steel! 

George do quite possibly my most favourite tights, which are the 150 denier ones as they are chunky and thick and for £1.50 a pack, they definitely dont break the bank. 

To finish off, I chose this leather look jacket with of course, gold detailing that matches the boots wonderfully. I love the ribbed detail on the sleeves, I think it makes it look much more expensive than the £35 price tag.

Throw on this gold link necklace for £8, to finish the outfit off nicely. I think this is the perfect outfit that can be dressed down for the day with flats or plain ankle boots, and can be jazzed up ever so slightly for an evening look. 

I need this dress in my life. Enough said! I'm making it my aim to be mine before the weekend is over!

Monday, 5 January 2015

Beauty Favourites 2014

Happy Monday!

I thought i would do a make up round up for the whole of 2014 as i thought i hadnt blogged that much or showed you many favourites in that time. For 2015, I would like to get back on board with the whole favourites as they are one of my favourite posts to read.

Back to my faves, some of these products are pretty much obvious, they are make up items I have been using for years that I have raved about probably way too much, but theyre my favourites so worth the hype surely? Most of these products are repurchases and the ones that arent, theyre definitely things that i would buy over and over and over again. Got it? Good.
My all time favourite foundation to the point i dont even see the need to try or buy another foundation ever again, extreme? maybe! But its the NARS Sheer Glow foundation. Ive tried quite a few shades in this foundation, so for in the winter when I am pale or slightly darker for the Summer months. I just love it. Nothing compares in my opinion. I have done a full review before but in short: great coverage, dewy finish, long lasting. Just perfect. At £31 its around average for a higher end foundation and a price that I don't mind paying.
This is just a teeny tiny version but I have gone through countless tubes of this, I even pinched this one off my mum (shh!) It feels so soft and silky on the skin and seems to sink in to any imperfections or lines which as i'm approaching 26, I love. Foundation sits on top beautifully and seems to last just that little bit longer when this stuff is around. 
Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette
It took me a long time to purchase this. Like a seriously long time, the second one was approaching release by the time my indecisive mind had decided this needed to be purchased. The reason it took so long? For years and years I absolutely despised hated matte shades. I was a glitter girl through and through and for me the dullness of a matte shade just bored me. Until i purchased this palette. Other than the second version of this palette, there's nothing else that i now reach for. All the shades are wearable and complement each other and theres even a champagne, shimmer shade that makes a wonderful highlight. 
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural
Another obvious choice? Probably. All i can say is when it comes to finishing powder, I must be keeping MAC in business with the amount of times I have repurchased this. I love the new packaging that comes in a handy, more sturdy compact with the addition of a mirror (even if they have hiked the price up slightly!) Adds coverage and mattes skin leaving it looking less shiny.
Ever since discovering red lipstick, I had that age old problem that Im sure most girls have experienced, what on earth do i slap on my cheeks? The answer to this, for me anymore is lots of bronzing and a glowy cheek. I discovered this Sleek MakeUP Glo highlighter unloved at the back of my collection and it was love at first brush stroke. Its super super shimmery but gives a gorgeous, golden glow to the cheek. 
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown
This is my most recent purchase that has made its way into my yearly favourites but my god its a good 'un. I read so many rave reviews about this product that for £12 I just knew that i had to give it a go for myself. I love my trusty Benefit Browzings, I still do but I still like to dabble in other products, especially when it comes to my brows, every now and again. This stuff is just genius. If i had to describe it to you it is like both the powder and the wax of browzings but combined. It is soft like wax but with an amazing colour pay off and just works through brows beautifully.
NARS Virtual Domination Cheek Palette
I have dedicated a whole blog post to this product but of course it made my favourites. I have not put it down since I bought it. From a highlight, to pretty pink and coral cheek shades, to bronzer. This kit has everything all in a handy travel size set (and has made me fall in love with deep throat all over again - the blush obviously!)
I have used a fair few mascaras this year and commendations go to the Bourjois Volume 1 second mascara which is also incredible, but i always resort back to this and remember why i love it. It is pure black and makes my lashes look wow without looking clumpy. 

So thats it for this year. What are your beauty or make up favourites? Do we have any of the same?
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Monday, 29 December 2014

2015 New Year Resolutions

Hello my lovelies, I hope you all had the most amazing Christmas and spent it with family and friends. I had a wonderful time with my family and boyfriend and looking forward to a few years in Dublin for New Year. 

I seem to set New Years Resolutions each and every year. Do i meet them? In a word, no. I go down the usual route of lose weight, exercise so this year and for 2015 i thought i would document my resolutions. 

This year has been a bittersweet one. I met the man of my dreams who has well and truly made me believe in love again after serious heartbreak 2 years ago, however on the downside i lost my wonderful Dad to lung cancer a few weeks ago, the past month or so has been horrendous to say the least but i can only thank my wonderful friends and family for being so supportive as always. 
I saw this floating around instagram and its from Lauren Conrads blog from last year but i liked it and it really made me think about my resolutions and how i see myself in 2015. 

A bad habit i'm going to break...
To say i write a predominantly beauty based blog my skincare routing is pretty shocking. Im not as young as i was when i started this blog in 2009 and when youth was on my side, im in my mid-verging on late twenties now so should really start focussing on my skin and getting a set and proper skincare routine in place. That means less of the baby wipes when i cant be bothered ensuring i take off my make up every single night no matter how tired i am or how many glasses of prosecco have passed my lips. 

A destination I'd like to visit...
As i said, i am seeing in the New Year in Dublin, Im going away with the girls to Majorca in April and have a trip to Cuba booked in August with my lovely boyfriend. Destination wise, im pretty sure thats as far as its going to stretch for next year however i would love a city break. Maybe somewhere like Amsterdam or Rome. 

I'm going to work harder at...
For various reasons my blog has taken such a backseat the past couple of years. I seem to say it each and every year but i really want to put my all into my blog for 2015 and get into twitter and instagram a little more as i seem so out of reach with the wonderful blogging babes who i have made lovely friendships with. I intend to plan and schedule posts and be as active on here as i can be. 
Another one is trying to worry less and saying yes more!

A project Id like to finish...
Not a project so to speak but I want to do more for others in 2015. I want to volunteer, donate to charity and homeless shelters and help those that are more disadvantaged than i am. 

A class Id like to take...
Im already in the process of this one. When i say that i mean a facebook message has been sent out to my girlfriends asking if they want to take up a Zumba class we started a fair few years ago now, woops. So in the new year i will be donning my skintight nike leggings and getting my Zumba on! 

I'd like to spend more time doing...
The past few months have made me realise the importance of family, and i know full well that i dont see them enough or as much as i would like. So i want to begin by putting other people first, spending time with others and making some wonderful memories that will last forever.
Id also like to spend more time reading, cooking, baking and outdoors and having more monthly me time pampering myself.

A food i want to eat more of...
I already eat too much food as it is. Im changing this one to i need to eat less food! Im much much heavier than i want to be or even comfortable at so i want to get back on the slimming world wagon (how many times have you said this i hear you cry) and maybe even join a class this time? One of my good friends is a consultant so i might give it a go. Again, i need to plan my meals, write up my shopping lists and get properly organised for both work and home. 

I want to wear more...
Dresses, particularaly  in a smaller size! It pains me when i have to reach for a hanger in a bigger size. I used to absolutely live in dresses! Now theres not a day that doesnt go by when i dont have a pair of jeans on! 

What are your New Year resolutions?

Friday, 19 December 2014

Stocking Fillers By Burts Bees

This year Burts Bees have brought out some cute little christmas offerings in the form of the Hive Favourites in Beeswax* and also the Pomegranate version of A Bit Of Burts Bees*, both which i believe would make the perfect little stocking filler or secret santa! 
The Hive favourites in Beeswax contains a 25g Milk and Honey body lotion and also a beeswax lip balm and is available from Boots for £5.99 (With 3 for 2 currently across all gifts). The pomegranate A Bit of Burts Bees set contains a lemon butter cuticle cream, which by the way is one of my favourite products by Burts Bees, it smells lush, and also a replenishing lip balm with pomegranate oil, again retailing for £5.99.

The Burts Bees lip balms have quite a waxy texture to them, as you would expect but the pomegranate scent is definitely my new favourite. Quick and easy to use and perfect to throw into your handbag! 

You can view the whole range on the Burts Bees Website. 

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Online Codes and Discounts

With only a week to go, brands and stores are going wild with discounts and codes, so i thought i would gather them altogether for you and put them in one place so you could get your last minute christmas gifts sorted!

Free UK Priority delivery on all orders and receive 3 luxury travel size products when you spend £50.

Free delivery over £45 and save £10 on orders over £50 with code NLSTRETCH10 

Free delivery when you spend £30 and 25% off everything using code MERRY25

Extra 15% off local deals for the next 2 days using code PROMOLOC15

50% off Nail Varnish in Blizzard with code NAILS50 when you purchase another item. 

Free express delivery when you spend £50 

Free delivery on all orders and 10% off with code CLOUDEXC10

Up to 60% off in the sale and free next day delivery with code TICKTOCK until 3pm

Jack Wills essential weekend bag half price at £32 and No7 the Ultimate Collection now only £37 instead of £75. 

15% off orders over £120 using code ESCENTUAL15, 10% off orders over £70 using code ESCENTUAL10. Free delivery.

£30 off when you spend £150 using code GIFT30. 

Save £6 when you spend £60 with code EXCITED60, save £4 when you spend £40 with code EXCITED40.

Free worldwide shipping on all orders over £75

20% off with code PARTY20

Free standard delivery 

£10 off when you spend £50 on fragrance using code SCENT50. Free delivery.

I will keep updating this post with anymore codes or bargains that i find. Happy Shopping!

L'Occitane Arlesienne Eau De Toilette

Hello lovelies,

Over the years ive made it no secret on this blog that i absolutely love L'Occitane fragranaces (and most of their products pretty much!) and their newest addition is no different. 

The Arlesienne range is the newest collection to hit the L'Occitane shelves which includes a fragrance, shower cream, candle, hand cream amongst many more products.
I am a sucker for sweet smelling floral fragrances and with the three floral notes of Arlesienne being Saffron Flower, Rose and Violet, I was sold from the off! It has top notes of saffron and mandarin, heart notes of rose and lily and sandalwood, violet and tonka bean as base notes. 'The Arl├ęsienne fragrance evokes the woman of Arles - full of mystery, beauty and grace'. 

The bottle is simple, yet elegant. A clear glass bottle with the name scrolled down the front and flowers engraved down the back and a gold lid. The packaging is pink and floral, which fits in with the theme and collection. The fragrance itself, is light, fresh and floral which is long lasting and a pale shade of pink.

The Arlesienne fragrance retails for £39 for 75ml and is available from the L'Occitane Website here.
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