Sunday, 18 December 2011

'Christmas is Coming' China Glaze Party Hearty!

It is officially a week until Christmas!!! Hands up who is excited??

I thought it was the perfect time to dig out my favourite crimbo sparkly nail polish...

China Glaze Party Hearty!

I used a gold base just from 17 then applied around 3 layers of Party Hearty. Three layers is quite a lot but its not the most opaque thick glitter but never the less i still loves it and think i now have the perfect Christmas nails.

What are you wearing on your nails this Christmas?

Saturday, 17 December 2011

Soap & Glory Big Splendour ♥

Every year good old Soap & Glory release a fantabulous gift set that usually sells for better than half price at Boots for one week has become a little tradition of mine to get a gift set each year from the Boots at my work with my Christmas Vouchers i get from my employer. They give us £25 World Duty Free vouchers which we can spend anywhere in Terminal 5, i now always choose to wait to spend mine on the great offer Soap & Glory always have to offer.

This year it is the BIG SPLENDOUR!!

'The second you saw it on the self, you could tell it was The Gift Of The Season, a real Big Splendour'
SoOoOoOo True

This year all the uh-mazing products are housed in a huge gorgeous make-up vanity/case. It is absolutely huge with a zip pocket and a draw string bag inside to keep all those beauty products you take away with you in place. It is a really nice material which will be easy to wipe clean and the bow on the zip totally adds something special to the bag!

Now onto the good bit....

Wow look at all that goodness.

Yep you guess it all the products are full size products which means this gift set is an absolute totally humongous bargain...

Originally £60 but for one week only it is £25!!!!!!! Shocking i know!

Clean On Me
Calm One Calm All

Face Soap and Clarity
Pulp Fiction

Hand Food
Heel Genius

The righteous Butter
Off Your Face Wipes

Mist You Madly
Sexy Mother Pucker Candy Gloss

I cant wait to start using all these stunning products.

They really are some classics from Soap & Glory so its amazing.

In the new year i will for sure be reviewing each let me know if there is anything specific you would like me to review first :)

This offer has now unfortunately sold out online however do head down to your nearest Boots stores as they literally have stocked the stores out to the brim with these bags of goodness so you may just be in luck.

Did you get this years Soap & Glory Offer?
Do you think its the best one yet?


Friday, 16 December 2011

Japonesque Amazing Brushes ♥

I have some amazing new brushes to share with you from an exciting brand breaking through into the UK!

Japonesque is a leading make-up accessories brand and have been creating beautiful brushes and other exciting products like tweezers and eyelash curlers for over 25 years. 

They have a huge celebrity following from the likes of Demi Moore and Hilary Duff. Japonesque brushes are made with the very finest craftsmanship and come in a variety of styles and hairs from high tech synthetics to luxurious natural fibres.

Japonesque has now hit the shelves at Boots stores and John Lewis Department stores.

I have 4 of the travel brushes and i can't wait to share them with you.

Japonesque have a huge range of brushes from the pro range to travel range and i was sent 4 brushes from the travel range. Don't be put off by the travel range though as they still feature all the same qualities as all the other brushes they just simply have shorter handles.

The angled eyeliner brush and brow/lash comb have now become staple brushes used in my daily routine to create the statement brow i love. The angled brush in the most perfect size and is really dense meaning you can create great shapes easily!

I actually swear by a small smudger brush and use one everyday from M.A.C so i was happy to see this one from Japonesque. If i am totally honest my new Japonesque brush has totally taken my M.A.C brush place..its much more softer and not so dense meaning you can blend so much easier and its not as harsh. I use this brush to run eyeshadow along my lower lash line so you definitely need a soft brush for they eye area and this Japonesque ones works just perfectly.

Now i think i have saved the best till last here...the travel powder brush is truly the most amazing powder brush i have ever used. I absolutely love using this when applying my is such a soft brush and its domed shaped which means it doesn't pick up too much product just enough to give a flawless finish. My usual powder brush does pick up a lot of product and doesn't distribute it evenly like this brush. It is the most perfect size to fit in my make-up bag. I will just say i had a little problem with shedding when i first used this brush however once washed for the first time it is now perfect and doesn't shed at all.

Travel Powder £29.25
Travel Smudger £14.75
Travel Angled Eyeliner £12.75
Travel Brow/Lash Comb £9.75

When it comes to my make-up addiction i can happily say that this doesn't include brushes. I have a few nice ones from M.A.C, Inglot, Sleek, and Elf and don't like to spend too much on brushes as i think you can still get fab brushes out there for a little less of the price, which is why i love Japonesque. It will be so nice to pop into Boots to pick up any new brushes i need for a great price. I don't think they are high street prices i think they are a little more like 'highend' drugstore prices however for the quality of the brushes and them being available on the high street i think they are great..could i say high street anymore?? ;p

Japonesque is now available in most Boots and John Lewis stores and online HERE

Do you like the look of these brushes? Do you think Japonesque is an exciting brand?

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

A Shatter Nail Polish Which I LOVE ♥ OPI Blue Shatter

I know i am way behind on the old shatter polish phase but to be honest i never quite joined the bandwagon fully, i got some shatter polishes and liked them but never 'loved' them so they ended up never being used again..until i came across this amazing OPI Blue Shatter!

I instantly knew from the bottle that i was going to love it so i painted my nails with it tonight i had to tell you all about it right away. Yes it is just a shatter polish but the blue is the most stunning bright ocean shimmery me its so different to any other shatter polishes i have seen. I actually spotted this is my staff shop at!!

I have teamed it with a bright coral pink colour and i think it works perfectly!

Also i know these nails aren't exactly Christmassy but i just love the combo and will be pretty happy showing this off at work tomorrow ;p

What do you think of this colour?
Do you still like shatter nail polishes?

Monday, 12 December 2011

December Special Edition GlossyBox

I have literally been bursting with excitement to reveal this months GlossyBox with you all and i have had it since Friday..its been a long weekend :p

I think you all would have noticed by now but this months GlossyBox is a special edition Christmas box and its not in the signature dusty pink box its RED! I absolutely love the colour its so bright and glossy (no pun intended ;p) and to me feels a lot more luxurious plus its always nice to have a change and mix it up a bit.

Now the November box was Part 1, the foundations for the Christmas boxes and now the December box is the fun and sparkly one..the one to really get you in that festive mood and to really sprinkle on the glitter.

To me this box has been seriously thought out as it contains an array of items you 100% need for a Christmas Party!

Shall i just stop waffling on and get to the products???

Ok then...

Cargo Cosmetics Classic Lip Gloss
I believe there will be 5 different shades shared around everyones box and the shade i got was Paris...perfect name and perfect shade. A rosy pink with a slight shimmer. Such a beautiful lipgloss, glides on effortlessly and leaves the lips silky smooth and not with a huge sticky mess like most lipglosses. The perfect handbag/clutch size as well.

Deborah Lippmann Razzle Dazzle Mini Nail Varnish & Stripped To Go Sachet
A deep purple pink colour jam packed with huge amounts of small finely milled that will take an age to take off but you just cant stop wearing and staring at. Lucky for us also included in a handy nail polish remover finger mitt. I haven't used this set yet as i don't think i will get away with the colour at work so keep and eye out for a NOTD soon.

FAB Face Cleanser
This really is a FAB i am on a roll with these aren't i?? Ok i will stop now! Seriously though this is such a gentle, mild cleanser which is suitable for all skin types. It removes surface oils, skin toxins, make-up, dirt and grime. It is also said to reduce redness and skin reactivity with regular use..i haven't used this enough yet to really see that happening but this this generous sample size of 1.0 oz I'm hoping in the next few weeks i will see a different. It is also paraben free which is always a bonus!

Nouveau Lahses Noir Mascara
Now I'm sure you are all so intrigued and excited about this because i know i was. A mascara in a GlossyBox?? I think this is an exciting first!! This mascara is said to be a quick drying flake free formula for dramatic volume from just one application with excellent staying power. For me personally it did give me dramatic volume but not from just one application, it took two but that's OK as i always use two coats of any mascara. It was definitely flake free and the brush itself is doesn't clump mascara on it and its a nice medium sized brush. It was quick drying and the staying power was great. I also love the classy black metal packaging which i just realised being the fabulous blogger i am didn't take a picture of..please forgive!! I will do a separate post for you with pictures if you like.

Rituals Foaming Shower Gel
I did wonder why this months GlossyBox was so super duper heavy and it was because of this bad boy. A full size Rituals Foaming Shower gel. Again i believe everyones will be different as there is six available but i got the Yogi Flow Indian Rose & Sweet Almond Oil. I was really happy with the scent i got as i love anything scented with almonds. This does exactly what it says on the tin..a unique foaming shower gel which leaves the skin silky soft and smooth. My boyfriend was happy to see this in the box and quickly snapped it up to join his cosmetics in the!!

Now wasn't that box amazing?? A real mix of everything make-up, nails and skincare everything you need to prep yourself for a night out and with that added bit of sparkle!!

Once again i am really happy with my GlossyBox this month and i really cant wait to see what new amazing boxes they bring out in the new year.

Well done for an amazing year GlossyBox hope you all have a great Christmas and here is to the New Year!

What did you think of this months GlossyBox?
Has it set you up for the perfect night out?

*Being a GlossyBox Ambassador means i do get sent the box for free and a little earlier than the subscribers but i have said it once and i will say it again this does not influence my review is always 100% honest!

Friday, 9 December 2011

A Day Trip To The Benefit Head Office ♥

A few weeks ago i was beyond excited as i was up at the crack of dawn to jump on a train to head to the land of TOWIE otherwise known as 'Essex' to take a look around the Benefit Head Office.
I have been a huge fan of Benefit products for as long as i can remember and have dreamt of actually working at the Benefit head office for a while too so to be invited down was really a dream come true. So off i headed to Liverpool Street to then 'relax' on a kid filled train to Chelmsford..damn leaving at 8am with so many school children around (i must be getting old as they were really rather irritating lol)
I arrived in Chelmsford and did a very London 'thang' and flagged down a taxi...damn being used to living in London as i looked like a right fool when the guy shouted 'im on a job already' oh god the embarrassment haha!

Anyway i finally made it to the bright pink bubblegum offices of Benefit!!

Exactly how i imagined it was full of girly character and filled to the brim with Benefit Cosmetics...god only knows how the men in the office cope :p

We were treated to some delicious breakfast before being taking through the new Christmas products and gifts sets.
We were also given a sneak preview of two new products which look seriously amazing which i can't wait to share with you soon!

Whilst we were there they had a live twitter feed on a massive screen so we could see everyones tweets to Benefit and also our own so of course i had to be done..i had to appear on the famous wall haha. You may even spot yourself on there ;p

I had such an amazing day meeting the Benefit team, walking round the office, scoffing our faces with food and writing a poem for the founders...yes that was pretty crazy, then to top the day off we were sent home with an amazeballs goody bag with some exciting products and even a Benefit necklace..crazy i know!!

The office was totally how i expected and so much more (they even have an office dog awwww) I hope i get to return again one day...thank-you so much to all at Benefit for such a bubblegum pink filled morning, i was in a daze for the rest of the day!

What do you think of the Benefit Head Office?

P.s i will share with you in a few days one of the Benefit Christmas Gifts which you may have already spied in the pictures :)

Thursday, 8 December 2011

adorn your iphone in a beautiful phone case...

That everyone needs.

I have been keeping my eye out for a new iphone 4 case for a while now. I was recently in Westfield White City and spotted they have a new Cath Kidston store so of course i had to pop in..which is when my beady eye saw this beautiful case.

I absolutely love this case and think its really 'me' The gorgeous bird print really makes it different and pretty special. I think my phone loves living inside it ;)

It is a little pricey at £24.99 but i think its totally worth it and would make a perfect Christmas pressie.

Sorry i have been away a while and that this post isn't beauty related but everything with resume to normal from now on :)
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