Monday, 21 July 2014

Monday Manicure: Leighton Denny 'Where's my Limo?'


Happy Monday! Thought I would share my new favourite polish that I have been sporting on my nails over the past week. This lovely chic off-white pale grey shade is 'Where's my limo?' by Leighton Denny part of his new AW14 collection out in October. This polish is long lasting, chip resistant and high gloss. I have certainly put the longevity to the test as I moved house last week and I'm so impressed that my nails are still perfectly polished and there are no chips what so ever!

Leighton Denny Nail Polishes are priced at £11 each and are available from Marks and Spencer. What do you think to the off-white nails trend?

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Free Pedicures at Scholl Express Pedi Beach!




Pop down the the Scholl Express Pedi Beach at Westfield White City London (Shepherd's Bush) this weekend for a free pedicure! Scholl are treating shoppers to a free express pedicure using the latest Scholl Velvet Smooth foot care range on their pop up  sandy beach. The official ‘feet’ of Scholl, Abbey Clancy opened the sandy beach yesterday and the beach will run until 6pm on Sunday 20th July. No need to book in just line up! 

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Burt's Bees Pop Up Hive Lip Balm Amnesty



Have you heard the buzz? Burt's Bees Pop Up Hive in Seven Dials, Covent Garden has extended its opening until mid-July, following unprecedented demand! 

The Hive will be holding a Lip Balm Amnesty, with every visitor who brings in any old lip balm can swap it for a FREE brand new tube of the best-selling Burt's Bees Rejuvenating Lip Balm with Acai Berry worth £3.69 (no purchase necessary), packed full of free radical-fighting antioxidants and vitamins A, C, D & E. If that's not enough to draw you in, the store is packed with Burt's Bees amazing range of natural beauty and gift wrapping services. 

46 Monmouth Street, Seven Dials, London, WC2H 9LE 

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

GLOSSYBOX Stars & Stripes July 2014




GLOSSYBOX has gone stateside with a special edition 'Stars and Stripes' themed box this month. The box showcases the best transatlantic beauty discoveries from brands across the pond. Inside the box...

Carmex Lip Balm (*full size* worth £2.69)
Loved by celebrities and makeup artists all over the world, Carmex is the original lip balm and the only way to soothe dry, chapped lips. This handbag staple contains menthol, camphor and beeswax, lips are nourished, conditioned and protected from the elements all year round. 

Color Club Glossy Seal (*full size* worth £5) 
Colour Club nail polish is proudly made in New York with only non-toxic, cruelty free ingredients. This shade Glossy Seal has been exclusively formulated for Glossybox. 

Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes 4 in 1 mascara (worth £9.50)
I've heard so much hype around this mascara so I'm very happy to receive this mini version to try. It is claimed by many to be their hero mascara with conditioning properties that helps to lengthen, curl, create volume and healthy, longer lashes all in one. This 4-in-1 mascara is dermatologist and clinically proven to increase the appearance of lash volume! 

Bellapierre Cosmetics Mineral Lipstick (*full size* worth £20)
This cult American favourite is formulated with natural waxes, mineral pigments and antioxidants including Vitamin C and Vitamin E, providing long lasting colour and protection against the sun. I adore the orangey-red shade 'Mandarina' I received and look forward to trying however, it seems very expensive for a lipstick!

Absolute New York Perfecting Eyeshadow Primer (*full size* worth £2.50)
This oil-free, ultra creamy formula evens skin tone around the eye area and keeps eyeshadow crease-free and colour-true for a lasting look. This is not a brand I'm familiar with and don't tend to use eye primers so I shall pass this onto a friend to try. 

This month's box had a nice selection of products and I loved the American theme, four of five were full size. I have totted up the value of the products and it comes to roughly £39.69 which for £10 (plus £2.95 P&P) is not bad! I am most pleased and excited about the mascara and lipstick! You can find out more and order your own GLOSSYBOX here. 

What do you think of this month's GLOSSYBOX? Did you receive anything different to mine? Are you a GLOSSYBOX subscriber?


Monday, 14 July 2014

Starbucks Cookies & Cream Frappuccino


Last week I went along to the gorgeous Nailberry Salon in Fulham to celebrate the launch of Starbucks bottled Cookies & Cream Frappuccino. I enjoyed a Cookies and Cream themed luxury facial and manicure from KatyandTaty team at their exclusive pop-up "frapp-spa".

The facial used Lavera products and included a fresh face mask made from pure coca, oatmeal, almond oil and fresh sour cream. The chocolate mask was specially created for the event and when applied to my face it smelt so delicious that I did try a little (it was edible) and it tasted as nice as it smelt! The luxury facial left my skin feeling plumped up, glowy and super soft afterwards.

After my facial I was treated to a vanilla inspired manicure that featured a specially made sugar and vanilla hand scrub made with almond oil and vitamin E and that also smelt so good I had a taste of that too! I went for Nailberry's own brand Iced Mocha nail polish to go with the cookies and cream theme.

The new Starbucks Frappuccino Cookies and Cream is a delicious blend of Starbucks Fairtrade coffee and fresh milk with the taste of cookies and cream that you can enjoy on the go or at home. Starbucks Bottled Cookies & Cream Frappuccino is available now priced at £1.79.

Have you tried a bottled Starbucks Frappuccino? What are your favourite flavours?

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Product Rave: Water Wipes




My sister has 2 children and she is currently nearly 6 months pregnant expecting twins! There are so many new products on the market since her last pregnancy 5 years ago and she is conscious of using natural and organic products where possible on delicate babies skin. 

I went shopping with my mum recently and baby wipes were on offer for £1 so she decided she would bulk buy ready for the new arrivals! The ones she selected were for babies with sensitive skin and when I pointed out these wipes contained ACETONE (nail polish remover) on the ingredients list she was horrified! I'm sure you wouldn't wipe nail polish remover on your own skin never mind a baby's delicate skin! I'm shocked that these are allowed to be sold with such harsh ingredients and marketed as being suitable for 'sensitive skin'.

I've noticed a lot of hype about Water Wipes being the 'world's purest baby wipes'. They are suitable for newborns and babies of all ages with sensitive skin and help to avoid nappy rash, dry skin and eczema. They are non greasy, extra soft and recommended by midwives free from preservatives as they contain none of the ingredients typically found in other wet wipes. They are expensive for what they are basically 99% water and 0.1% grapefruit seed extract but they are much kinder to the skin, and many of the parent reviews said they cleared up their child's eczema, so in my opinion they are worth the extra money. You can buy them from Boots priced £2.50 or Superdrug for £2.39 for a pack of 60 wipes, or you buy 25 packs in bulk from Amazon and they work out cheaper.

Have you tried Water Wipes? What did you think? 

Saturday, 7 June 2014

BRAZILIAN BIRCHBOX JUNE 2014





This month's BIRCHBOX has taken inspiration from the World Cup and is filled with top players from across the globe. This month's box included an added bonus of a BIRCHBOX Brazil-inspired Flip Flop keyring. Birchbox helps you find beauty and lifestyle products that you'll love. It is a monthly subscription service, that you pay £10 per month plus postage for 5 luxe samples delivered to your door presented in a nice box and drawstring bag along with a mini magazine that is packed with editors tops and tricks. You can cancel at anytime and they offer a money back guarantee!  

Embroylisse Lait-Creme Concentre
I'm extremely pleased to receive this cult French moisturiser that soothes skin with natural ingredients. This moisturiser can also be used as a hydrating mask. 

Silk + Honey Shea Butter Hair Mask 
Deeply nourishing mask protects and softens hair, while fortifying its elasticity. It smells delicious! This is a brand I have not discovered yet so I am excited to try, as since taking out my micro ring extensions a few weeks ago I'm trying to get my natural hair back in good condition.   

OPI Nail Lacquer - The Brazil Collection
A vibrant mini polish in the shade 'Toucan If You Try' inspired by Brazil's tropical rain forests and sandy beaches.  This is a fab shade for Summer for both hands and feet!

BEAUTYBLENDER + BLENDERCLEANSER SOLID
An ingenious egg-shaped make-up sponge to ensure a flawless base plus a solid soap to clean it. This is a very generous full-size sample, I used to use a beauty blender sponge but I think I threw it away as it became a bit manky so I'm pleased to have another!

CAUDALIE DIVINE OIL
A delicately fragranced dry oil that sinks in fast, hydrates skin and leaves a silky sheen. A little of this oil goes a long way and its handy to have a small bottle for travels.

Visit Birchbox to find out more and you can get free delivery on your first box with the code NEW14Are you a BIRCHBOX subscriber? What do you think to this month's contents?  

Monday, 19 May 2014

HARPER'S BAZAAR + BIRCHBOX MAY 2014




BIRCHBOX have collaborated with Harper's Bazaar magazine this month to create a special selection of products selected by their beauty director, Sophie Bloomfield. I received the themed Lulu Guinness Birchbox in March and after all the hype I found the box disappointing.This month's box however is one of the BEST beauty boxes I have received to date - it's a nice selection of products all of which I am excited about and will use! 

Birchbox helps you find beauty and lifestyle products that you'll love. It is a monthly subscription service, that you pay £10 per month plus postage for 5 luxe samples delivered to your door presented in a nice box and drawstring bag along with a mini magazine that is packed with editors tops and tricks. You can cancel at anytime and they offer a money back guarantee!  

Benefit Cosmetics They're Real Mascara
Jet Black formula adds both volume and length to lashes without clumps. This is my current favourite mascara and its great to have a travel size tube!

Soigne Nail Polish in Cerise 
Non-toxic polish that comes in classic range of colours and very chic packaging! I have not heard of this brand before and I'm looking forward to trying! 

Aromatherapy Associates Revive Morning Bath & Shower Oil
Invigorating and refreshing blend of pink grapefruit, rosemary and juniper berry softens skin and uplifts your mood for a reviving start to the day. Sophie said its one of her must-have products for beating that post-flight sluggish feeling. I absolutely love this brand, although the products are pricey they are good quality, luxurious and a lovely treat.  

Beauty Protector Protect Shampoo & Conditioner
Sulfate free formula to nourish, strengthen and protect strands. This is another brand that I have not heard about but I'm excited to try! These are the perfect mini size to take in hand luggage if you are travelling light on holiday. 

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser
This cult cleanser leaves skin perfectly cleansed and prepped. It is a cleanser that I have been using on and off for years and they have won over 100 beauty awards. The mini tube is great for travelling and comes complete with a muslin cloth to gently exfoliate the skin. 

Get The Harper's Bazaar x Birchbox May Box! & you can get free delivery on your first box with the code NEW14Are you a BIRCHBOX subscriber? What do you think to this month's contents?  

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Concoction Personalise & Blend your own Shampoo!


Concoction is a new beauty brand that allows you to mix up and customise your own personal haircare blends - I reviewed Concoction before it was launched over two years ago! Concoction has been inspired by the Art & Science of cocktail making, and uses mixology technology to create 'ShampYou' individually customised to YOUR hair type and colour. You choose the fragrance and choose the shots to create your own personal blend. 

Each blend is individually personalised by specially trained mixologists; consisting of a 'base blend' and two concentrated 'SuperSerum shots' using a blend of natural extracts, vitamins and scientific actives. Knowing that hair can have multiple care and nutrition needs, Concoction has created a prescriptive system that delivers multiple benefits simultaneously. Each blend is paraben and silicone free plus it delivers intensive conditioning properties and an ionic system (detangling, anti-static and frizz reducing). There is an incredible 256 individual blend combinations that can be created. 

Concoction is leading the trend in DIY (Design it Yourself) beauty, giving customers a bespoke, fun, personal and highly interactive experience. As a new business start-up they have recently launched a crowd funding campaign to help the brand become more established. By supporting the campaign you can be involved in the next generation of new products and get to try your own ShampYou at a discount plus your bottles will be personalised too! 

ShampYou + 2 shots normally costs £14, but thanks to the campaign you can purchase your own personalised shampoo for just £10 including free delivery! If you fancy mixing up your own personalised ShampYou like mine and help 'mix up' the next concoction of products then you can visit www.concoctionclub.com.

Saturday, 21 December 2013

GLOSSYBOX December 2013

It's been ages since I last posted about GLOSSYBOX,  in fact I have been very slack in posting full stop this year since moving to London but I am trying to get back into the swing of things. 


When I arrived home on Tuesday, I was greeted with the December GLOSSYBOX. This month's themed box was 'Festive Treasures' and as usual the products came packaged in a limited edition red box with candy cane print tissue, green shredded tissue and sticker to fit with the theme. What's in this month's box.....



BEAUTIFUL MOVEMENTS COSMETICS Nude Lip Gloss (worth £6) 
I haven't tried many products from this range but I like that the range is cruelty free and all natural and free from toxins and parabens. This is a Jojoba rich, non sticky nude lip gloss perfect for the party season so much so Kimberly Wyatt former pussycat doll says its her perfect nude lipgloss!

WILKINSON Sword Intuition Naturals Razor (*Full Size* worth £6.49) 
A razor! Not exciting or very glam but a basic and party essential when baring bare legs that we all need to use! This is a 3 in 1 razor that lathers, moisturises and shaves.  

MAYBELLINE NEW YORK Volum' Express Colossal Smokey Eyes Mascara (*Full Size* worth £7.99)
With collagen and kohl effect pigments this mascara plumps lashes for a smokin' hot look and creates the perfect smokey eye. I haven't tried this mascara before but I do like volume and a large brush so this sounds right up my street!

SECHE Nail Lacquer  (*Full Size* worth £9.95)
The nail polish I received was in the shade ' portobello' and it promises pure colour saturation in one  I like the Seche Top coat as it helps any polish stay chip-free the longest but I haven't tried any of the seche colours so will be interested to see how long these last!

RITUALS Miracle Balm (*Full Size* worth £10)
This luxuriously rich hand balm was specially developed to soothe and calm dry, rough hands, leaving a divine floral scent. This can also be used as an overnight hand mask.


This month's box was jam packed and contained a good mix of products, four of five were full size, although I would have liked to see more 'gifty' items with it being Christmas. I have totted up the value of the products and it comes to roughly £40.43 which for £10 (plus £2.95 P&P) is not bad! The box also came with a new GLOSSYBOX magazine which is an added bonus! I am most pleased and excited about the mascara and miracle balm! You can find out more and order your own GLOSSYBOX here. 

What do you think of this month's GLOSSYBOX? Did you receive anything different to mine? Are you a GLOSSYBOX subscriber?

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