Tuesday, 29 November 2011

'Postcards From The Past' Win a Trend With River Island!

River Island is celebrating its Autumn/Winter Collection by offering their fans the chance to 'Win a Trend' from the collection with the Postcards from the Past App!

River Island are offering 5 fans and followers of their Facebook Page the chance to win all 9 of the items hidden within the postcard.

I was lucky enough to be sent a pair of stunning wedges from the Hustle trend to share with you all.

As soon as i opened the box from River Island i literally couldn't stop staring at the wedges...they really are beautiful and will look amazing over the festive period for lots of Christmas Parties. I am a huge fan of River Island and especially their shoes. They may be a little more pricey than other stores but they are made beautifully and will last you a really long time so they are totally worth the money!

To enter the competition all you have to do is head over the the River Island Facebook Page and click on Postcards From The Past App which will take you to the image above.

Try and find all 9 items and you will be entered into the competition.

What a fun and exciting competition with some amazing prizes...i highly recommend you head over and enter..you never know you may be one of the lucky ones ;)

Good Luck!!!

Do you love River Island? Are you going to enter?

*Pr Sample

I'm a GlOSSYBOX Ambassador & November Box ♥

Above picture of all the GlossyGirls kindly taken from the GLOSSYBOX Facebook Page

Last Tuesday night i very excitedly trotted down to Waterloo to meet up with the GLOSSYBOX girls for a night of Champagne and fun on the London Eye in the beautiful night sky.
I am now a GLOSSYBOX Ambassador along with lots of other gorgeous bloggers and we were all invited down for a Welcome Party. Being a GLOSSYBOX Ambassador means there will be lots and lots of exciting things happening over the coming months and it also means i will receive a free GLOSSYBOX to try a week earlier than its due date. Although i am being the box sent for free and what with being an Ambassador for GLOSSYBOX this will not effect my opinion of the months box i will still be totally honest with my reviews which i have always been anyway...but i just wanted to clear that up in case you were wondering. 
Getting the months box a week earlier means i can use the products lots before you guys know what they are then the day the box is posted out to you all i can give good, honest in detail reviews of the box and products.

It was a splendid evening catching up with some old and new beauty girls, drinking lots of Champagne and tucking into some delicious canapes. We were lucky enough to have 2 rotations on The Eye which meant we got to have a lovely chit chat with the GLOSSYBOX team and to be filled in with what is coming up over the coming months,one of which i will mention at the end of this post and all us GlossyGirls got to meet each other and have a good catch up! I have only been on The London Eye once about 4 years ago but during the day so i was pretty excited to have a whirl on the wheel during the evening. It has a totally different feel to it and i would totally recommend having a ride at night ;)

I really do admire the GLOSSYBOX team they were all an absolute pleasure to meet and they all even knew our names and blog names, now that actually means a hell of a lot as it can be quite tricky keeping up with us lot that is the blogging community ;) The GLOSSYBOX team i felt was a community in themselves and they all work their little bums off to keep their subscribers happy and to keep new and interesting products coming each month. Such a great team and such a great company. A huge thank-you to you all for such a wonderful evening and thank-you for inviting me! I absolutely love being a GLOSSYBOX Ambassador! 

Now onto the November box

If you are unaware of what GLOSSYBOX is you can take a look at their wesbite here...www.glossybox.co.uk however just a quick run down...the idea behind GLOSSYBOX is you pay a monthly instalment of £10 with £2.95 p+p charges and you get sent a gorgeous box filled with 5 carefully selected samples one of which will be a full size product. Its a great way to try new products and especially in the comfort of your own home. If you don't like surprises and like to pick your own products then maybe this isn't for you. I have only mentioned once box on my blog before so i just thought i would explain what GLOSSYBOX is in case you have been living under a rock for some time ;p

So let me share with you the products in the November Box.

Just to mention again products can differ from box to box.

Dead Sea Spa Magik Bath Salts
Monu Sooting Touch Recovery Balm
Illamasqua Freak Eau De Parfum Sample
Nail Rock Nail Wraps
FC5 Cooling Foot Creme

Now i know there was a lot of controversy surrounding this months box..it really does bug me as i think a lot of people really don't get the idea of GLOSSYBOX. I'm not going to go on a huge rant about it as i could go on forever but just to point out i have never ever been given perfume samples at a department store or perfume house and i wanted to try the Illamasqua Perfume way back when it was released so i was pretty damn happy to see it in this months box. 

I was trying to pick a favourite from this months box but i literally love nearly everything. The only product i'm not too keen on is the FC5 Cooling Foot Creme, i actually love foot creams and was really interested to try this when i saw it in this months box...the only problem is i can't stand the scent of it at all!! It has fresh kiwi cell extracts in it which i instantly thought it would mean it would smell amazing however it really doesn't and to me smells far too strong its too much to use.

I know a lot of people were moaning that Nail Rocks Nail Wraps were in the box again but i really like nail wraps and use them a lot and can never have too many in my collection so i was thrilled to see these.

The Illamasqua Freak sample has made me put the full size on my Christmas List...its totally different to anything i wear which is why i think i love it. It is a real winter homely scent and one i will love wearing over the festive period. It is also great that with GLOSSYBOX you get a 20% off code when purchasing a full size which is going to please my boyfriend when he sees it on my Christmas List :)

The Dead Sea Spa Magik Bath Salts really really interested me as soon as i saw them. I must admit i haven't used them yet as i am not a huge bath person but i am going to have a pamper night soon and definitely use them. They say they alleviates dry and flaky skin conditions, helps improve and soften the skin, minerals attract and retain moisture to help maintain a healthy complexion, relieves aching joints and muscular pain and refreshes,relaxes,soothes and produces a feeling of well being. Wow so so soooo much, think i am going to love them!

Now onto the last product and an absolutely amazing one...the MONU Recovery Balm. This is a gentle balm suitable for all skin types to provide immediate relief to sensitive or stressed skin. It is a light easily absorbed cream with soothing Cucumber, Elderflower and Mallow Extracts. MONU say this helps stressed skin to sooth ans skin reactions are sudbued. The natural barrier and lipid content of the skin is improved. Skin is naturally protected. You use this every morning after cleansing. The scent is amazing, the formulation is amazing and it leaves the skin literally silky smooth. I have really really been enjoying using this over the last 2 weeks and i think my skin has been loving it. You got a generous 50ml sample which should last me a good amount of time but i think i will have to purchase a full size once i have finish...damn you GLOSSYBOX this is what you do to me...make me bankrupt lol!

Overall i am really happy with this months box...i was a little sad that i didn't receive the Philip Kingsley Elasticizer in my box as this is something i have wanted to try literally forever but hey ho i got some other amazing products in my box and 2 i plan on purchasing full sizes of so for me GLOSSYBOX has been a winner this month as i have got to try some new products i would never have tried before and loved them so much which in my eyes is what GLOSSYBOX is all about!

His 'n' Hers

Now remember earlier i told you i had some exciting news...well GLOSSYBOX for MEN is here!!
A quarterly box containing7 deluxe samples from essentials like shower gel, shaving foam etc and some extras like styling products, serums and fragrances.

I know my boyfriend is pretty excited for this to be released and i will have more on the box for you over the next few weeks so keep an eye out for that.

Do you love GLOSSYBOX? Were you happy with your box this month? 

Thursday, 24 November 2011

'do they know it's Christmas time at all'

I never normally get totally into the Christmas spirit as i have to work Christmas Day but this year i am feeling ever so festive so i thought i would merit this with BarryM Red Glitter Nail Paint....oh what a imaginative name!!

This is quite a finely milled glitter polish but very thick in consistency so only needs two coats but can look a bit thick and awful. Took a lot of effort and cleaning up to make this look nice and festive. It dries matte which i didn't like so i just added a super shiny top coat to make it look extra special.

I went on the London Eye last night and had a quick mooch around the Christmas Market with the GlossyBox clan which i will be blogging about soon and thought this nail polish was perfect for the occasion.

I do love this nail polish...not so much the application and I'm sure i will feel the same about the removal however for the festive period it is perfect and will sure cheer up my Christmas Day at work boooo...anyone else have to work Christmas Day?

Do you like this festive nail polish? Do you like BarryM Nail Paints?

Monday, 21 November 2011

Berry Christmas ♥

Last week a lovely surprise dropped through my letter box from Sleek Make-Up...i do love it when they do that...thanks guys!

Inside the package was this gorgeous gift box containing a Christmas Edition Gift Set....
 The Berry Collection!

The collection will be limited edition and available from the 23rd of this month...it is going to sell out quick so be sure to pick yours up asap as you wont want to miss out on the collection. 

The Berry Collection is made up of a True Colour Lipstick in Cranberry, Blush in Fenberry and a Khol Pencil in Mossberry. All are full sized products and have their own warm shade of berry for a vampy kick of seasonal colour.

The colours are not going to be to every ones taste as they are quite daring. Each product from the collection are true matte shades.

The pink toned lipstick in Cranberry is definitely one for those who want a statement stand out lip and not one for the faint hearted!

The blush and eye kohl i think would work perfectly if you have a darker skin tone. Unfortunately the colours just didn't work for me and the eye kohl is just the wrong colour to work with my eyes...it makes me eyes look dark,bruised and very red...not a good look.

The stand out product for me is 100% the lipstick...although it is matte and slightly drying i love the colour for the coming winter months and think it will be perfect for the Christmas/Party season!

Like i just mentioned the lipstick is matte so i like to team it with a lipgloss and i luckily have THE perfect shade in my lipgloss collection.

17 Very Berry!

Perfect hey...it seems the berries were meant to be together.

The lipgloss is the exact shade of the Cranberry Lipstick meaning they look seriously amazing together adding a bit of true glam to the vamped out lips!

Below are some pictures of me wearing the True Colour Lipstick in Cranberry!

The Berry Collection will be available from Superdrug Stores and online for £9.99

This will make a perfect Christmas gift and although the colours are not for everyone i think it will sell out.

What do you think of the Collection? Are the colours for you?

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Celebrating 50 Years of Lipcote!

I am pretty sure you have all heard of Lipcote..the cult product which has now been around for an amazing 50 years holding many lipstick colours in place for those luscious lips throughout the day!

I remember getting my very first Lipcote when i was about 15 or 16...back then i wasn't really a huge lipstick fan more of a lipgloss but being a true make-up fanatic i picked one up anyway and gave it a try...i loved it and could see why so many other ladies out there did too. The only problem was it was very drying on the lips.

Luckily for me and all the other lipstick geeks out there Lipcote has had a bit of a make-over with the packaging and the scent of the product..which is now Vanilla mmmm you all know how much i love Vanilla. With this make-over i think the formulation has much improved as its now not at all drying and the new scent makes it a joy to wear and keeps my lipstick in place all day even after eating a scrumptious jammy dodger from Gosh Patisserie.

Last night a few of us lipstick mad girlie's took to twitter to enjoy a Lipcote party and share our experiences of the cult product and to get together to celebrate 50 Years of Lipcote.
I road tested Lipcote at work...i was at work for 6 hours and wore a pink lipstick and i am proud to say after eating my lunch and coming home and pigging out on the Gosh Patisserie cake my lipstick was still in tact. It had slightly disappeared around the edges however the colour was still definitely there. I think if i had worn a lip liner this would have helped as well. I really enjoyed the twitter party and seeing all the gorgeous colours some of you had created so i cant wait for the weekend so i can try out even more colours and use my Lipcote once again.

A BIG Happy Birthday to Lipcote and a BIG Thank-you for saving us from our lipstick disasters...I'm sure many of you have ended up with a red moustache when show casing your favourite red lippe!!

Lipcote is available from Boots and Superdrug nationwide and is priced at a mear £3.49..you really so need a Lipcote in your make-up bag, you wont be disappointed!

Have you ever tried Lipcote?
What did you think of it?

*This was a sponsored post through Handpickedmedia

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Stacey Solomon 'Smile' Perfume ♥

I know they get a lot of criticism but i personally love celebrity perfumes...i am a huge perfume fan and most of the time celebrity perfumes are super cheap and smell amazing so you would be silly to pass them by really.

Stacey Solomon was a massive hit on the 2009 X Factor shows and she then went on to be crown Queen of the Jungle on I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here...she has now written her own book, busy doing lots of presenting jobs and has now released her own fragrance called 'Smile'

I spotted this on The Perfume Shop website a few weeks ago and added it to my never ending list of perfumes. Slightly confused as to why there hasn't been bigger hype around it as it smells pretty amazing!

Whilst shopping in Savers my beady eye saw this for only £14.99 when the RRP is £19.50..i instantly knew it had to be done and i did something i have never done before..i bought this without using a tester, i was completely in the dark of what it smelt like until i got home ripped open the box and took a good whiff lol.

Well what does it smell like??


Who doesn't love Vanilla for the winter months?

In fact it smells pretty similar to THIS well actually no not pretty similar...identical!!
Don't ask me how i even know that haha!

Heart Notes
Vanilla Orchid, Rose, Jasmine, Plum

Top Notes
Mandarin, Black Pepper, Lemon

Base Notes
Sandalwood, Cedar, Vetivert, Patchouli, Amber, Musks

When your first spray the perfume it is quite a deep musky scent with an ever so slight hint of sweet floral but once settled on the skin it is a deep woody Vanilla scent that sticks around literally all day. For only £14.99 you would expect to have to spray this at every opportunity throughout the day however once sprayed in the morning it lasts all day with that gorgeous winter vanilla scent.
I haven't had this bottle long and i know its not going to last me long either it is a 100ml bottle but i see myself needing another bottle by Christmas.

I also absolutely love the bottle so girly and bright and something i would have totally expected from Stacey.
I love the white bottle as this is something i have never really seen from a perfume bottle before and the pink bow really does top it off.
The only thing i don't like is the picture of Stacey..i don't really think it looks like her and as its black and white it really does stand out but really to be honest i didn't buy it for the box although it is really cute the way it is a window box.

Like i said earlier there hasn't been much hype around this perfume and i really think there should be. If you get the chance definitely give it a try and see if you like it.

Its not going to be to every ones taste and i am normally a sweet perfume kind of girl but if you like Vanilla i am pretty sure you will love this...i certainly do and it will definitely be the scent of my winter!

Do you like celebrity perfumes?
Have you tried this yet?

Saturday, 5 November 2011

John Frieda Anytime Volume Refresher

A Little OMPH Whenever Wherever!!

As you all know i recently got my hair cut back into a bob and love my hair to have lots and lots of volume as the style suits it much better so i was so super happy when this dropped through my letter box recently.

This new Anytime Volume Refresher is deigned to refresh styles by absorbing oils for a fresh full look but not only that it recreates volume at the roots for hair that is falling flat. My hair falls flat literally all the time..i can spray my hair with hairspray at the roots and walk out to my car and it will straight away be flat grrrr so frustrating but lucky for me this Anytime Volume Refresher has saved my flat limp hair. The spray is so lightweight that if you find that other dry shampoos/refreshers weigh your hair down with so much product then this will be perfect for you.

I spray this into my roots lightly and rub it in to give looooads of OMPH and to absorb any excess oils...i do suffer with oily hair and my new fringe looks soo rubbish unless it it washed everyday so this is really saving me and keeping my style fresh for 2 days which really helps with being back at work. Also i will just add this does come out white and talc like so really have a light hand with it so you can go back and add more because if you start out with loads you will be pretty much stuck as you cant take it out lol Always start with small sprays then add more where needed.
To help this as well just make sure you shake the can vigorously!!

It doesn't have a particular scent its just smells pretty much like hairspray but fresh hairspray!

It is a anytime refresher and i love it so much i do really like to spray it throughout the day however being back at work means i cant take liquids or aerosols through over 100ml...this is 125ml which means it has to stay at home which is pretty sad as me and my hair do really love it.
 Saying that for at home and out shopping it is a nice handbag size i do just wish eventually they will release a small travel friendly size.

I love the colour of the packaging and genuinely love the John Frieda Luxurious Volume Range...i will be reviewing some more products from the range soon so keep an eye out for those.

Have you tried this yet?
Do you think it sounds fab?

Friday, 4 November 2011

MUA Professional Palettes...Review & Swatches ♥

I am sure you are all aware of the amazing palettes from the MUA Professional range.
They are great value at only £4 for 12 eyeshadow...total bargain for amazing pigmented colours!

I have 4 of the palettes and i am going to share them all with you today.

Also just wanted to say sorry again for the slightly rubbish lighting in my pictures...how are all you bloggers dealing with the rubbish lighting and it getting dark so early now? I hate taking pictures with flash so have no idea what to do...advice would be much appreciated..thank-you please ;)


Glitter Ball

Starry Night

Heaven and Earth

As you can see each palette is packed full of stunning seriously pigmented colours. Each palette has mostly shimmer shades but not at all glittery so its not too much. I know some of you would love some matte shades mixed in but to be honest i am a shimmer type of girl so personally love them all!!

I know there was so much hype around the Heaven and Earth palette when it was first released and i am still totally hyped on it..i swear by this palette for a daily basis as i can use every shade for a simple neutral smokey eye or even an all over colour with the lighter shades on a lazy day. Its the perfect travel companion as it has every colour you possible need if you are a neutral girl all packed into one palette.

Starry Night is also my favourite palette for a grey smokey eye for a night out. The colours arent too deep and dark which means you can have a very subtle grey smokey eye or build up the colour for it to be a bit more intense.

All colours are also great to use as an eyeliner with an angled brush!

All the colours are so creamy and don't crease at all.

For only £4 a palette you can really build up your collection of eyeshadows for such a bargain price and have the chance to play around with colours you wouldn't normally choose to buy. I can 100% say that there is a colour and palette for everyone as they have really thought about the colours in each palette.
If your only looking to get one palette and you want to play around with colours then i would definitely say the Glitter Ball palette is perfect. There is 2 shades for a neutral eye, 5 perfect shades for that dark grey sliver smokey eye and a mix of greens, purples and pinks for you to play around with.
Of course my favourite is the Heaven and Earth palette and if you are a neutral girl id go for this one but to try something new the Glitter Ball palette is spot on!

I'm still so shocked at how amazing these palettes are and i am sure there will be one in my make-up collection forever more ♥

MUA Cosmetics is available in Superdrug stores and online here

Have you tried MUA?
Do you love their Professional Range?
Have you tried any of these palettes?
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