28 November 2012

Christmas party prepping products

Nice bit of alliteration there. I've been loving all the Christmas related posts lately, SO excited for Christmas! A few weeks ago a little black box arrived at my door which included some party prepping products from Holland & Barrett. I always enjoy getting ready to go out & thought it'd be nice to share with you some of the new products I've discovered!

Miaflora Coconut Oil £6.99 for 207ml
I hear a lot of bloggers rave about coconut oil, celebs such as Miranda Kerr & Gwyenth Paltrow are also big fans. Did it live up to the hype? Well, I tried it as a moisturiser  i used it in the shower, i used it like a hair mask and i also mixed it with sea salt (apparently Jennifer Aniston does this!) to make a body scrub....it's such a versatile product it's been brilliant at battling the winter elements.It's definitely worth a try, if you don't like it you can always add it to a korma...
Fat Metaboliser currently half price -£5.49 for 120 
So if your having trouble getting into your LBD for Christmas this is suppose to offer some aid. It combines a unique formula which contains vitamin B6 to contribute to normal energy yeilding metabolism as well as protein and glycogen. This should be used whilst exercising and eating a low-fat diet. Normally retails for £10.99 but is half price right now!

Holland & Barrett's Skin, Hair and Nails Formula £3.84 for 60 (on offer)
I've always been intrigued by supplements & whether they really do work. I've been trailing these for a couple of weeks now & my nails do feel stronger. I can't tell yet if they've has an effect on my skin or hair but i'll keep you updated! The caplets contain vitamin A, vitamin E and  selenium. These normally retail for £7.69 but are on offer till the 5th Dec - be quick!

As well as the products pictured above, some other of my essentials for getting ready are Xen-tan Absoultue Luxe, tangle teezer, benefit they're real and my Jemma Kidd eyelash curlers!

I thought it's only right to include a few of my favourite Christmas dresses - I love dress shopping, after spending waaay to long looking at dresses online i've chosen my top 3 favourites for a bit of party dress inspiration! 1,2 & 3.

What are your go to products for getting ready? Let me know if you've done any Christmassy posts lately, i love reading them! Also, i've got some DIY present tutorials coming up so keep your eyes peeled :)

25 November 2012

what's on my bedside table?

I read a couple of these posts a few months ago and decided things had to change. My bedside table is really just a dumping ground for junk that has no where else to go, so i made it my mission to keep it clutter free & looking nice.

I'm one of those weird people who enjoys taking of their make up so it's been quite nice to add some extra beauty products to my night time routine! The products i have always chop and change so i get better use of things but i'll always have some hand cream, body lotion, facial oil and vaseline to hand!

Dr Organic Manuka Honey Nail & Hand Cream
Dr Organic is a brand sold in Holland & Barrett & I have to say it's one of my favourite skincare brands. This hand cream a very moisturising but not at all greasy. Just what i need to get rid of dry hands & cuticles. I don't really like honey but this smells so goooood!
Aveda Foot Relief
I normally forget about my feet, so having some foot cream on my bedside table reminds me to moisterise before bed. I love this one from Aveda because it has a herbal formula which gently exfoliates and nourishes my feet - perfect after a long day.
Burts Bees Milk & Honey Body Lotion
I don't know about you but my skin seems to be a lot drier now winter has arrived. At an attempt to fight off parched skin I've been moistening every night with this body lotion. It has a rich formula without being to heavy and sinks in quickly.
Liz Earle Superskin Concentrate
I don't like to use a facial oil every night as they are quite heavy, i use this once or twice a week to rejuvante my skin. It has a lovely relaxing aroma to it and doesn't feel greasy.
Good old vaseline, This is one of my all time favourite products. I like to use it on my lips to get them super soft and i also apply some to my eyelashes as i find it helps them to grow longer. Someone said on twitter, sorry i forgot your name!, that they use it on their eyebrows to keep them full so i've been doing that lately! 

Ta-da, that's my pre-sleep beauty routine, after that i get my comfy slipper socks, get a cup of tea & catch up with my favourite blogs. lovely :)

What's on your bedside table?
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22 November 2012

Gift Idea - Butter London Holiday Lips & Tips

I don't know why but I can't wait for Christmas! Here's my first gift idea post, I love it when bloggers post gift guides, they find such good stuff! This cute gift is from Butter London. I've never tried the brand before but I can now confirm - I'm impressed.

The Lips & Tips set comes with a matching nail lacquer and lip gloss. I have the shade Rosie Lee which is a lovely glittery pink with flecks of silver. It can be quite tricky buying make up as a presents but I think this set is a safe bet. The shades are very wearable and elegant and the nail varnish is long-lasting. The lip gloss has a  nice vanilla scent to it too. I love the quirky product packaging and square nail varnish bottle! Will be purchasing some of the nail varnishes from their Christmas collection.

The Lips & Tips set retails for £21.00, which I think is quite pricey but it still works out cheaper than buying the two items separately! You can purchase Butter London from Harvey Nichols & www.butterlondon.com

Looking at the other Christmas kits Butter London do, my absolute favourite has to be the Holiday remover kit (below) which includes three scented, yes SCENTED nail varnish removers. How cool is that?

What's on your beauty wishlist this Christmas? I've got a few more gift ideas coming up including some DIY ones! 
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12 November 2012

The Fragrance Shop Discovery Club

The Discovery Club is a new idea where you get sent a box of the latest fragrance samples to try at home. I think this is such a good idea for fragrance lovers or even if you don't like choosing perfumes in shops. Boxes are sent out quarterly and include five samples, discount vouchers and an information booklet. All comes packaged in a little blue box. The five perfume samples in their first box includes Hugo Boss Nuit, Paco rabanne Million, Ralph Lauren 2, Lancome La Vie Est Belle and Swaroski Aura.

I always have trouble choosing a new fragrance so the discovery box would be really helpful! I think it would make a cute gift for a fragrance fanatic too. Also, the little sample sizes are perfect for popping in my handbag.

The Discover club retails for a very reasonable £5 per box, it's sent out quarterly & you can cancel your subscription at any time. For more information have a look on The Fragrance Shop's website here.

With the success of beauty boxes I think this idea will do well. I know a lot of people aren't keen on receiving perfume samples in beauty boxes, but what do you think of the Discovery Club? 

2 November 2012

Top 6 favourite blog posts in October

If there's anything i love more than writing my blog, it's reading blogs. Saying that, i haven't posted in a while now, you need to be in the right mood & have something to say! I love coming home, putting the kettle on & catching up with my favourite bloggers. I thought it would be a good idea to share with you some of my favourite posts from last month. Hopefully you'll discover some new bloggers & maybe get some inspiration for what to write about :) I've never done this before so let me know what you think....
1. My easy, soft & bouncy curl tutorial - This Chicks Got Style
I've been wearing my hair this way lately & it's a nice change! If you like Rosie Huntington-whitelyesque hair you'll probably like this easy step by step tutorial.
2. Collection Illuminating Touch Concealer vs YSL Touche Eclat - Non Optional 
I love a high end dupe & i've been wanting to try out touche eclat for agesss! So I was excited to see if Nicola had discovered a drugstore dupe. I wont tell you if she found a good one, you'll have to check out the review ;) I did buy one of them after reading it...
3. Glowing Skin Makeup Tutorial - Gh0stparties
I always envied Kate's glowy make up look so couldn't wait to see what her secrets were! I've added a few make up products to my wishlist after watching her tutorial & will be giving this look a go.
4. DIY Christmas - Make Your Own Wrapping Paper - JetleyMess
SO excited for christmas! Loved reading Jade's cute tutorial on how to make your own wrapping paper. I've bought all the bits and bobs I need & will be attempting to make my own tonight!
5. Beauty Spends in September - Ramblings of a Beauty Bird
I think this is such a great idea for a blog post to actually write down how much money you've spent on beauty products that month. I'm a bit reluctant to do this but love having a nosey & what people have been buying!
6. Vintage Mixed Prints - Style Peaches
I actually love this girls style & i love that you never see her face! She really deserves more followers so go check her out :)
Have you discovered some new bloggers? x
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