Sunday, 29 April 2012

Duvet Days!

So I've just joined pinterest as i'm having a bit of a duvet day watching films and on the laptop so I thought I'd share my first board with you! let me know if you have pinterest and what you think of it :)

April Glossybox! The Natural Beauty Edition!

So it's that time of month again! The Glossybox April edition was shipped out on wednesday and I received mine on friday so I'm a little late posting this but I didn't want to spoil it for everyone else! This was my deciding box on whether to keep subscribed or unsubscribe so read on to find out what I decided!

So this month's theme was everything spring and natural to celebrate earth day here's what glossybox said:

'With spring in the air, we are proud to introduce our Natural Beauty box; five natural beauty products guaranteed to make you feel your best, look gorgeous while at the same time satisfying the green goddess within!
After all, green in the new black didn't you know?
Get ready to dazzle this season and spring clean your beauty regime with contents of your latest Glossybox. In a limited edition 100% biodegradable box bursting with ethical goodies, indulge in your beauty needs without battling your inner eco-warrior'

First impressions
So initially I was a little worried as the usual black and pink outer box was just plain brown but when I actually opened the box it all made sense! So in celebration of earth day they have put together a box that is natural and doesn't harm the environment which is great! I was quite glad when I opened the box that there was no tube of lipgloss as since I signed up that was all I seemed to get. I was also quite excited to see a few full-sized products as well which is always a bonus!

So what did I get???

Caudalie - Vinosource SOS Thirst-Quenching Serum (full size 30ml - £29.00)

What they said: 'This newly-launched ultra-concentrated serum is extremely natural and plant-based, ensuring your skin never lacks moisture. The deluxe size is also exclusive to Glossybox'
What I'm saying: I was very interested when I saw this product as I've been hearing a lot about Caudalie recently but I couldn't really afford it myself, this sample is called 'deluxe size' which is 10ml so effectively you are getting around £9.60 of product which is pretty good in my eyes! So I have to admit I don't really have a big skincare routine so I don't know how much use I'll get out of this as it says to put on before your moisturiser but I guess if you have dry skin this would be really good for you!
Rating: ♥♥♥

Inika Cosmetics - Certified Organic Eyeliner in 06 Coco (full size - £11.75)
what they said: 'a rich and creamy consistency unparallelled in the world of natural liners'
what I'm saying: A full-sized product, that is makeup, that is in a wearable colour YAY!!! So the main reason I signed up to glossybox was to try new makeup brands that I may couldn't afford or hadn't heard of so this is easily my favourite product! Inika products are Vegan, Certified Halal and Certified Cruelty Free so a super product for any of you eco-warriors! the description is right it is a creamy consistency that smudges nicely but stays if you don't smudge it but the best thing is I was actually thinking the other day that I wanted a brown eyeliner that was a bit darker so glossybox, I don't know how you read my mind but thank you!
Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

Ayuuri - Natural Body Wash in Sandalwood (full size 235g - £4.95)

what they said: 'The Ayuuri Natural skincare range is based on fruit, plant and flower extracts that have long been used in India to enhance skin's natural beauty'
what I'm saying: now there's been some speculation this isn't full size, well it is it's just on the glossybox card it's in grams and on the bottle its in millilitres. so now that's cleared up this bodywash smells like sandalwood, now I don't know if it's just me but I thought that was a bit weird for a bodywash but I do quite like it! not a very luxury product but goes with the theme perfectly.
Rating: ♥♥

Figs & Rouge - Lip Balm in Rambling Rose (full size 8ml - £3.29)
what they said: '100% pure, 100% natural & 100% organic multipurpose balm. excellent for soothing and naturally hydrating dry lips & skin'
what I'm saying: another full sized product! glossybox are finally listening to their subscribers feedback which is really good to see but i worry that perhaps if they keep providing full size it's going to be less and less luxury products because at the end of the day they have to make some money too! At first I was a bit confused by the product because I thought it would have a thicker consistency and ended up getting it all over my finger but the actual consistency is strange, it's smooth but has little grainy beads in it which disappear when you rub it in but very strange at first! I don't really like the perfume taste that it gives you so I think I will use this on my cuticles as it says for body too - overall a bit of a weird one!
Rating: ♥♥♥

Kai - Perfume Oil (full size 3.60ml - £41.00)
What they say: 'our intoxicating signature perfume oil fragranced with Kai's light, intoxicating blend of gardenia wrapped in white exotics'
What I'm saying: so this is around 1 ml of perfume oil depending how full up your vial is, as it is an oil it is very strong! this is the kind of product you literally just touch on your wrists and you can smell all day, to put into perspective an eau de toilette has around 4-10% of the actual scented oil whereas a perfume oil has 15-30% so go lightly! The scent is very good for spring, quite light and refreshing but not really for me.
Rating: ♥♥♥

So overall I rated this box around 16/25 and it has around a £40.00 value so definitely worth the money this month! So will I continue my subscription?? Hmm, I will for another month but I will be closely watching Joliebox as they are the same price and I am tempted to switch! A good box though this month I'm quite pleased with it so hopefully May's box is as good and on time! Apologies for the horrifically bad photographs!

speak soon- becca xx

Saturday, 21 April 2012

Beauty Products Haul!

So as promised here is my beauty products haul, I have quite a lot that I have collected over the past month so some if it I may have already shown on here but I'll go into a bit more detail this time :)

MUA Love Hearts - 22 U R FAB £2.00
So this I have featured in a couple of posts but I really do love this nail varnish, the quality is ridiculously good for £2.00 and it lasted on my nails all weak without chipping! The formula isn't too thin so you could get away with only one coat but I do two just because I like the colour to be strong.

MUA Nail Varnish - Shade 05 £1.00
Again this is a really good nail varnish for such a good price! I am definitely pleasantly surprised by MUA products and I am really loving them which is why there is quite a few in this haul. The colour is perfect for spring as it's a pastel mint colour which is just everywhere at the moment. I would definitely recommend this!

MaxFactor Max Effect Mini Nail Polish - 45  Fantasy Fire £2.99 in Superdrug (usually £3.99)
So this nail varnish has been raved about for a while now so I decided to buy it and although I do love the colour I think you probably need to find a similar colour base coat to go underneath as I found I needed about four coats to build it up but I still wasn't completely sure. One good thing is that it's quite easy to take off for a glitter nail varnish as I find most glitter nail varnishes take forever to take off but this came off quite easily.

Mac Frost Lipstick - Angel £13.50
I've never had a frost lipstick before so I thought I would try one and I do quite like them, this one is very creamy and almost feels like a lip butter. The colour is a really good pinky nude that is perfect for daytime. The only downside is that it doesn't stay on the lip for as long as matte lipsticks which are my favourite.

Revlon Colorburst Lipstick - 075 Peach £7.99
This is a really gorgeous coral colour that isn't too bright so is very wearable, again it's a very creamy lipstick so the colour doesn't last that long but I just fell in love with the packaging of this product I just loved it! I'm not sure if they are still selling this anymore as I think they've replaced it with the lip butters.

MUA Love Hearts  Lip Balm - Kiss Me £2.00
This colour may look a little bit daunting at first but remember it's a lip balm not a lipstick so the actual colour is a lot more muted than this! On the lips it comes out a pinky red colour and it is actually quite conditioning for the lips so is great for keeping in your handbag for when your lips are dry!

MUA Pearl Mono Eyeshadow - Shade 24 £1.00
The colour of this eyeshadow really caught my eye as something different, it's somewhere between a purple and a brown with a slight shimmer and I picked this up for my Lana Del Rey makeup look but I actually really liked it and I've been using it as a crease colour as once it's blended in it's really subtle and I think would work really well as the base colour for a smokey eye.

Gosh Effect Powder - Meringue £2.99 (in the Gosh Clearance)
I can't find the original price for this product but I found it in the Gosh Clearance Stand in Superdrug and actually bought it for my mum as she wanted a new pink eyeshadow. However when I actually tried it I decided to keep it for myself as I loved it, first of all I will say take the little shaker bit off and chuck it in the bin, I spent two weeks trying to use it and couldn't get any product. What you want to do is use a small amount and make sure you tap your brush off before you use it, this really does give an effect which is very shimmery but without being glittery which I like :)

Soap & Glory Thick & Fast Super Volume Mascara £10.00
I'm a little bit disappointed in this mascara if I'm honest, I don't know whether it's just I'm not using it right but I find that it doesn't make my eyelashes look thick at all. It has a very big fat brush made of synthetic bristles rather than plastic and I just find the mascara is quite wet and is definitely not 'fast' drying, I have been trying to use it but I have found myself using an old Lancome Hypnose mascara wand for it which works much better if you have one laying around!

Garnier Fresh Essentials 24hr Hydrating Day Cream £5.09
I got this as I have just run out of my Simple Day Cream so I decided to try something different as this was a little bit cheaper, I chose the grape water one rather than rose water as I have a lot of rose smelling products and I thought I'd choose something different, I don't normally use fragranced face products but I do quite like it as it's quite refreshing and I really like it! It's really moisturising but dries really quickly leaving your skin soft and not sticky which is perfect for me as it will definitely speed up my makeup in the morning as I won't have to wait five minutes for it to soak in!

Garnier Fresh Essentials Eye Make-up Remover £2.99
As I bought the day cream I thought I would purchase the makeup remover too as I've found that using the same brand products, especially on your face can really help fight those nasty breakouts as the products are usually made to work together. This I find does the job really well even on water-proof mascara but other than the fragrance I can't tell much difference between this and the Simple Eye Makeup Remover

speak soon - becca xx

Sunday, 15 April 2012

Clothes Haul

*this is a little disclaimer just to say I'm not bragging I'm doing this post because people seem to like them, this is what I chose to spend my hard earned money on and if you don't like it feel free to read a different post or click off my blog :)*

So these are all things I've bought for Spring/Summer now that the weather is hopefully going to get warmer. I've stolen pictures from websites where I can because I only have your bog standard digital camera and the clothes look a lot better on a mannequin than on me!

MOTO Dirty Raspberry Supersoft Leigh Jeans £38.00
So I've been wanting to get a new pair of jeans for ages that were more summery, I'd never bought Topshop jeans before so I had no idea what they were like. I originally wanted to get a pale pink pair from the petite section as I am really short but I found the colour was just unflattering on me so I picked up this colour which I tried on and loved! I absolutely love the darker turnup at the bottom and they are so soft! I literally do not feel like I am wearing jeans they are super comfy, the shortest leg I could find was a 30 so I'm going to have to take them up but I really love these jeans <3 

Basics Dress £7.99
This may look pretty boring but I thought it would be great to layer up for going out with different belts and jackets although it is extremely figure hugging so be warned! It says it's short but on me it comes a couple of inches above the knee so I plan on wearing heels with it to avoid looking shorter but I imagine on someone 5'6 or over it would probably be pretty short.

Basics 'Tube Top' £3.99
This is just really basic, great for wearing underneath really sheer tops or just tucked into a skirt, basically its a basic because you can wear it with basically anything! (excuse the overuse of the word 'basic')

                                           FOREVER 21
                         Premium Denim Sparkle Vest £22.75 
I featured this in my last post and I am just in love with it!! It's great dressed up with a dress and heels but also for a daytime look with jeans and a vintagey/band t-shirt. I bought this in a Small so I never had a chance of doing this up like the model has but that's why I liked it as it just sits really nicely when it's undone. My favourite buy of perhaps the whole year! Find this here!
                                           FOREVER 21
                                            Butterfly Self Tie Blouse £14.75
This blouse is a gorgeous coral pink colour and is really sheer and feminine which is definitely right for warmer weather as it will keep you cool, I recommend buying a bandeau though to wear underneath if you don't want your bra on show! Find me here!

Parrot Crop Tee £4.00
As it's spring I thought I'd be a bit more adventurous
and get something that might actually show a bit of skin,
this top comes just at my belly button but I suggest
definitely getting a bigger size if you have bigger boobs
 as otherwise it pulls and makes the edges crinkle up. I also
just love the parrots I think they're really cute!  

Espadrille Wedge with Cutout Faux Leather £14.00
I am a big lover of wedges, as I am short anything that will give me a bit of height I love but I find that wedges are just sooooo much more comfortable than heels, £14.00 is quite a lot for Primark but they look like they're quite strong which is good. I actually got these in a wide fit which I didn't notice until I got home but it makes them even more comfy because of the wider base!

Max C London Mint Polka Dot Shirt £16.99
So this was the only item I didn't get at Westfields but I actually got this in my local TK Maxx from the Mod Box Section, I find this is where all the best stuff is for me. This shirt is gorgeous pastel mint colour which is really on trend for this season and it has this panelling on the chest which hides the top buttons. I really love this over a bodycon skirt or black skinny jeans as it just falls perfectly and the sleeves mean it keeps you slightly warmer :)

Hopefully you liked this post, I've tried to provide links to everything but for some items its impossible! I will have a beauty one coming up very soon!
speak soon - becca xx

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Decorated Denim

So I got this cropped denim, sleeveless jacket today and I LOVE it <3 I've wanted one for ages and I found this in Forever21 today, I will show what else I got in a post but I couldn't wait to show this one :) Decorated denim is really in fashion at the moment and the top of this is covered in diamond's (fake of course) which gives it a rocker/biker feel which I love, I can't wait to wear it over a dress or with skinny jeans and heels!
I also popped into mac and got this frost lipstick in Angel as I've been looking for a good nude lipstick for ages and this one is the perfect shade :) (excuse the messy bedroom and cuddly toys in the background - I've not been home long!)

speak soon - becca xx

Monday, 9 April 2012

I'm back from France!

Ooh la la I'm back! Skiing in France was great and I've got a few photo's I'll put up soon if anybody wants to see :) I'm going to westfields tomorrow so i will do a proper post on what i got in the next couple of days but i wanted to do a quick post as I've been away all week. I've finally got round to dying my roots which I'm sure you're pleased to hear and I'm looking into doing something a bit more exciting with it for summer, possibly pink ombre but if you have any suggestions I'd love to hear them! Also I've fallen back in love with my Topshop Rio Rio Lipstick as I'm loving the retro look at the moment :)
speak soon Becca xx