Friday, 30 December 2011

Sale Purchase

Afternoon lovelies!

Surprisingly I only made one, yes one(!) sale purchase this year which comes in the form of the Marc Jacobs Oh, Lola! perfume set!

As i was up bright and early on Christmas Day, I kid you not i was awake from 3! I ordered this set when i finally went downstairs (along with a Vera Wang Princess set for my Mum!) from Selfridges.  
I have wanted this perfume for as long as i can remember because i have a small bottle of the normal version of Lola and the pink bottle and flowery lid of Oh, Lola! made me want it even more! However, I usually cannot justify spending such a lot of money on perfume for myself. This set originally cost £50 which i would no way spend (cheap skate alert!) However come Christmas day, it was knocked down to half that price, at a more purse friendly £25! This is when i snapped it up!

It comes with a 50ml Oh Lola! Fragrance and a shower gel and body lotion. All housed in a gorgeous, reusable pink box! I'm so glad i held out and managed to bag this half price!

It smells amazing! Very similar to Lola but a little bit lighter (& a much cuter bottle!). 

Aside from this, and with Christmas money in hand i haven't actually bought anything else in the sales! Have you managed to snap anything up in the sales?

Thursday, 29 December 2011

A Year In The Life Of...

Evening dolls!

As 2011 is quickly coming to an end i thought i would put up a 'year in the life of' post to go through the things i have been doing in my life through the past year, both in my personal and blogging life! 
January saw me go to London for IMATS with 2 of my favourite girls in the world Carla and Paula. We spent the weekend shopping, eating, drinking yummy cocktails, meeting up with friends and of course IMATs. It was such a great start to the year and one of my favourite weekends. I also bought a couple of products from the MAC Stylishly Yours & Cham Pale Collections. I also went to see Usher in concert! Yeahhh man! 
February was the month that saw me go and see Jason Derulo in Leeds and also meet Shontelle which i blogged about here. It was definitely a highlight of the month! I also got some gorgeous Valentines Day goodies from my wonderful boyfriend. 
March was the month of my Birthday and saw me turn the grand old age of 22! Around the time of my birthday i went to see Westlife in Liverpool and Justin Bieber in Manchester for a couple of days away each time! Aside from this, at the end of the month I handed in my dissertation at University, Finished 4 years of Uni life and also flew across to Dublin in Ireland for a city break with my Boyfriend for a lovely few days. All in all, it was a busy month! Definitely one of the greatest months of the year!
April was quite a quiet month as it was officially my Summer holidays! I attended the Gentry Grooming Event in Manchester where i brushed shoulders with some of the people from Hollyoaks and spent the night with some truly amazing friends! Blogging wise i reviewed the wonderful Sigma brush kit and also showed you the contents of my Louis Vuitton Handbag!
May was a busy month blogging wise! It was the month that i joined Handpicked Media which was a real achievement for me and my blog! I was also sent and reviewed the first ever Glossybox (I cant believe how much they have taken off in just a few months!). I went to Tenerife for a week with my boyfriend for a last minute week in the sun then came home and attended my Uni ball! 
June saw me jet off for a week in the sun to the Greek island of Kos with my girls! One of the best weeks of my life! Sun, sea and cocktails with my bestest friends made for a truly brilliant time and lots of memories were made! It was also the month that Sleek MakeUP brought out not one but two make up collections aswell as the Oh So Special palette and i showed love for drugstore brands such as Jelly Pong Pong, mememe and Eyeko.
In July i acquired a gorgeous new Michael Kors Watch (for the bargain price of £54!), i also showed you a couple of my new, summery purchases. I also reviewed the lovely Xen Tan Dark Lotion Absolute Luxe which is a fake tan that i still absolutely love and showed you my Top 5 MAC Lipsticks. Oh and i GRADUATED! 
August was the month that i went down to London for a couple of days for my little sisters 21st Birthday. She didnt have a clue what we had in store for her and packed so much into a couple of days! We went to see The Lion King in the West End, went to the Hard Rock Cafe, had a champagne flight on the London Eye, sipped lots of cocktails and even went to the Ice Bar! It was such a super night away! Blogging wise, I divulged into my Illamasqua Cream Blush Collection (which are still my favourite blushes FYI!) and showed you my first Week In Photos. I also went to Liverpool over night to celebrate my 6 year anniversary with my boyfriend! August was the busiest month blogging wise with a whopping 22 posts! 
September was the month that saw me start my first ever full time job after finishing University and saw me juggling my blogging, work and social life for the first time! It was difficult but i still managed 20 posts in my first month of employment! I attended the Illamasqua Theatre Of The Nameless event in London and met some wonderful fellow bloggers! It was a time of beauty boxes and i blogged about both the Boudoir Prive and Glossybox beauty boxes. 
October was the month that my little bloggy turned 2! Aside from this, I went to see Katy Perry in concert in Newcastle and partied Geordie Shore style afterwards! Me and my friends rented such a gorgeous apartment for the night and had such a fab time away! I also blogged all things Inglot, MAC, Sheer Cover and Lush.
Novemeber saw me attend not one, not two but three concerts! I was lucky enough to go and see Tinie Tempah, Britney Spears and Rihanna all live in concert! Absolutely amazing! I also made the trip down to London for the Aussie-Versary VIP Party with a few lovely ladies! I also blogged about this wonderful River Island Cardigan and treated myself to this gem. 
So here we are, December! Its been such a whirlwind year! December was the ultimate month of beauty boxes! With me reviewing the Carmine, Joliebox and the Christmas Glossybox. I attended the store opening of the beautiful Illamasqua Store in Leeds which was an absolute pleasure to be invited to! I met up with some wonderful bloggers, drunk champers and given a very generous goodie bag. Christmas was spent with my lovely family and i blogged about my Christmas Gifts! Myself and Carla also went to Milton Keynes to stay with Paula and try on some beautiful Wedding Dresses! 

So there we have it! A year in my life! I am really looking forward to what 2012 has in store for me, both through blogging and in my personal life! I hope you enjoyed reading and thank-you if you got this far! 

Thank you so much to each and every one of you for following, reading and commenting as always. It has been a pleasure sharing my life with you all and i enjoy blogging now, just as much, if not more than when i first started!

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year.

Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Christmas Gifts

Evening lovelies! 

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays one and all! I hope you had a wonderful time over the festive period! I spent Christmas with the ones i love and had an amazing time. 

I wasn't sure whether or not to do a 'Christmas Present' post but as its a post i love reading myself (through pure nosiness) i thought i would give a sneak peak into some of the pressies i received!

It is safe to say i am absolutely thrilled with everything i received from my wonderful family and friends! I also received the usual christmas bits such as pyjamas, underwear and lots of money that i am still unsure what to spend on!

Did you all have a lovely festive period?

Saturday, 24 December 2011

December Glossybox: Christmas Gift Guide Part 2

Hello honeys!

I received this Glossybox completely out of the blue a couple of days ago and it was such a surprise! After seeing so many blog posts on this months amazing Christmas Glossybox i was so tempted to sign up, as all the combinations of boxes looked fab! So you can imagine how happy i was when the boyfriend brought this home to me!

The products in this months special Christmas Part 2 Glossybox are housed in a gorgeous, patent bright red box which makes a pleasant change to the usual pale pink box. 

If you are unfamiliar on the Glossybox concept please visit their website here or view my other posts on previous Glossyboxes here
♥ Blink & Go Hi-Definition Mascara ♥
This is a full size 8g mascara that in itself retails for £14.99 so on its own this is pretty much worth the price of the box! It claims to give 'Longer, thicker, sexier' lashes and 'Give your natural lashes a stunning flake-free, waterproof boost'. The Blink & Go Hi-Definition Mascara is one i have always read rave reviews on and i was so happy when i spotted this in the box, such a fab addition! 
♥ Cargo Cosmetics Classic Lip Gloss ♥
Again, a brand that i have heard of before but never ventured into trying any of their products. Ive said it time and again but im not a massive lipgloss fan myself although if i had to chose a shade it would be one like this. Its a gorgeous pale peach with a hint of shimmer. It isnt full size but a good sample size gloss, perfect to pop in your clutch on a night out. A full size version of this lipgloss retails for £13.50. 
How stunning is this polish? and the mini size bottle is too adorable! Deborah Lippmann is a brand i have used, and adored in the past. Her well known 'Happy Birthday' Polish has been a fave of mine for a while but comes with a hefty £16 price tag for a full size bottle, so this smaller bottle is more than useful. I also received a Deborah Lippmann 'stripper to go' wipe that retail for £14 for 6 so in itself this is worth over £2. 
♥ MeMeMe Seventh Heaven ♥
This is a 10ml sample of the Mememe seveneth heaven which is a luxurious moisturising facebace which i am looking forward to giving a whirl underneath my make up. A 30ml pot of this would set you back £15 making this sample worth around £5. 
♥ Rituals Foaming Shower Gel ♥
Shower gels are forever needed and always come in useful so i was happy to see a huge bottle of this nestled inside my Glossybox. The scent is Indian Rose & Sweet Almond Oil and i do love foaming shower gels as they double as a shaving foam which is always a bonus! It is full size 200ml and retails for £6.50.

For me, this is possibly the best box Glossybox have done and i think it beats the first box! It has a happy medium between skincare products and make up with a nail polish also thrown in! I can hand on heart say that i will use in each and every thing in this months box. 

Have you subscribed to Glossybox or plan to?

They now do subscriptions of 3, 6 or 12 months which would make a perfect gift for beauty lovers who like trying new products!

Christmas Eve, how exciting! Merry Christmas Cherubs! 

Friday, 23 December 2011

December Christmas Joliebox (Boudoir Prive)

Hello cupcakes, 

You may already be aware but if not Boudoir Prive have joined together with French Beauty Box Joliebox to create Joliebox UK. It will still cost the same price as Boudoir Prive at £10 + £2.95 P&P per month and you will still receive the same amount of products, the only change really is the name (obviously) and also the box is now black instead of pale pink and has a lift of lid instead of a magnetic one! (Oh and the nice packaging you receive inside is slightly different too! :))

I recently received the December Joliebox and as i do most months, wanted to share with you my beauty box thoughts. 

I really love the packaging, the contents are housed in a black box with pull of lid with a circular 'Joliebox' logo on the top. It is quite a bit smaller in size than the Glossybox or Carmine boxes but i like it. Open it up and you are met with a bright pink ribbon, white tissue paper and white paper packaging. It also includes a card with all the product names and descriptions of whats in the box! 
The products are all nicely packed together and this months includes 5 products plus 2 bonus products (Christmas treat maybe?) 

Onto the goodies..
One of the best things i thing ive ever seen nestled inside a beauty box ever! I am totally late on the crackle/shatter nail polish bandwagon and a little embarrassed to say that this is my first one! However, if i had to chose a colour to crackle with it would have been gold, totally festive and will look equally as good (If not better!) on its own! This is a full size (15ml)  bottle and would set you back £10.50 on its own!  
♥ New CID Cosmetics I-Gloss Lipgloss ♥
New CID are doing the rounds at the minute as they featured a lipstick in their November Carmine box. This is the I-Gloss light up lipgloss in Baby Doll which is a gorgeous pale pink. It has the light and the mirror and is a full size 6.2g lipgloss that would cost £16. 
♥ Yon-Ka Vital Defense ♥
Yon Ka is a brand that i have personally never heard of. This is a small 5ml sample of their anti-age vital defense. It is a creamy white consistency with a nice herbal smell that reminds me of Liz Earle products. I found the Yon-Ka Vital Defense to buy in the UK here for £40 for 50ml making this 5ml sample worth around £5. 
♥ Jane Iredale 24 Karat Gold Dust ♥
Jane Iredale is a brand ive never heard of myself but after a quick google search i have found that it is a mineral cosmetics company based in the US. I have the bronze shade of the 24 Karat Gold Dust shimmer powder and it is a full size 1.8g product. It can be purchased in the UK from here for £11.
♥ Mitchell and Peach Shower Wash♥
I really loved the look of this Mitchell and Peach shower wash. The bottle reminded me of something that you would receive in swish hotels sat beautifully in the bathroom. The bottle looks like glass but is infact sturdy plastic with a screw top lid. It has quite a strong, heavy scent of English Honey, Vitamin E & Wheat Proteins and it is a 100% natural fragrance made in England. This is a 50ml small sample and a full size 250ml bottle retails for £20 making this worth around £4. It will look lovely sat on my bathroom shelf! 
If that wasnt enough!..Bonus Products
♥ Joliebox Concealer Brush ♥
Not much to say about this, other than its a white, short handled concealer brush that has sturdy bristles and will be very welcome amongst my other brushes! A nice added bonus, thank you Joliebox! 
This is a nice little 20g metal pot full of loose green tea flavoured with lemon and lemon grass. Im personally not too keen on green tea (although i have forced myself to drink it in the past!) but i am willing to give this a whirl, especially with a name like 'detox' im sure it will come in handy after Christmas! 

Overall, this box is worth around £45 if you were to buy all the products individually which makes it a good price of just £10 per month plus postage. I know for sure that i will definitely get use out of the OPI, it is the definite winner in this months box for me, along with the New CID lipgloss! 

Fab box all round! Merry Christmas everyone! 

Tomorrow, Christmas Glossybox! 

Thursday, 22 December 2011

Last Minute Gift Ideas: Neom Luxury Organics Set

Hello ladies, 

With Christmas only just round the corner i thought i would share with you a last minute gift idea by Neom Luxury Organics.
For those that may have never heard of Neom they are a company that provide a range of organic luxury bath, body and home fragrance products. Their promise is that their products contain no synthetics, no petrochemicals, parabens, SLS or PEGS and that only pure essential oils and the finest organic ingredients are used. 
This is the complete bliss hand wash & hand lotion collection in Moroccan blush rose. 
You get large 250ml size pump-bottles of both the hand wash and the hand lotion in the gift set.

The hand lotion is a rich blend of Vitamin A & E packed shea butter, Macademia nut oil, rosemary leaf and pomegranate. It has 95% certified organic ingredients and 5% natural ingredients. 

The hand wash is to protect hands and is a deep yet gentle organic hand wash. It is packed with soothing Aloe Leaf Juice, Chamomile flower & apricot fruit extract. It has 71% certified organic ingredients in it and 29% natural ingredients. 

Both Products are packed beautifully inside a gold box, with a ribbon and a bow with lovely red rose print on the inside and out. The back of the box states the contents inside, what they include and how to use them. Along with all ingredients. The scent of both products is wonderful and has a real pungent rose smell and they come in pump bottles which is always a bonus, these would love lovely in your bathroom!

This would be a perfect gift for ladies who love luxurious organic products or as a treat for yourself. 

This set is available to buy on the Neom Organics Website here for £27 (down from £32). 

Iris Apfel For MAC

No i didnt know who she was either! But after a quick google search i found she is a 'fashion icon', shows how much i know really about fash! And if you did know who she was, high five to you! 
Iris Apfel, former interior designer, businesswoman and fashion icon has teamed up with MAC to bring us the Iris Apfel collection and the first collection of 2012. It will be an online exclusive, so not available in store and contains pink and orange toned lipsticks & lip pencils, dark smokey shadows and nail polishes amongst other things.

''A colour collection inspired by a rare bird who has always been ahead of her time,
Mrs. Iris Apfel. Subject of her own exhibit at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and
larger-than-life star in Barneys New York windows, Apfel boldly mixed flea market finds with hate couture, decades before doing it was considered de rigueur.
M·A·C presents Lipsticks, Beauty Powder and Eye Shadows with as much fabulous flair and joie de vivre as the woman who helped create it.''

A run down of the products in the range.

Pink Pigeon Bright cleanest pink (matte)
Scarlet Ibis Bright orange-red (matte)
Party Parrot Bright red-pink (matte)
Flamingo Light milky bright coral (lustre)
Morange Loudmouth orange (amplified)
RRP: £13.50
Entertain Me Clearly orange
Embrace Me Vivid pinkish fuchsia
Redd Clearly red
RRP: £10.50
Silver Gull Blue grey with sparkle (velvet)
Robin’s Egg Mid-tone teal (matte)
Diamond Dove Deep grey brown (matte)
Early Bird Bright coral (matte)
Howzat Deep grey with silver sparkle (satin)
RRP: £11.50
Bad, Bad, Black Black
RRP: £14.00
Taupe Mid-tone dirty taupe
RRP: £11.50
Ebony Soft black
RRP: £12.50
Too Chic Soft peachy cream with fine shimmer
RRP: £13.50
Oriele Orange Bright orange coral (crème)
Toco Toucan Bright blue fuchsia (crème)
Sandpiper Ceamy pale stone beige (crème)
RRP: £9.00

Available EXCLUSIVELY on in January 2012.

Anything catching your eye? I am liking the sound of the pink pigeon lipstick, although not so sure of the matte shade! May have to take the gamble and order! 
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