Sunday, 19 November 2017

Beauty : Glossybox November 2017

As if by magic, another month goes by leaving us one step closer to my favourite month of the year... December! This month November's Glossybox embraces everything Hygge, (The Danish word for cosy) by including 5 full sized products that are set to comfort the cold winter evenings. This month's box includes a sweet scented lip balm, shower gel and a charcoal face mask. What more could you want from a cosy night in box! 

This month's box design is back to the classic pink and black, which if you have read my previous reviews is my favourite design! So let's take a look inside...

Greenfrog Botanic - Natural Bodywash Relaxing Geranium and Peppermint | £8.95
I will admit, when I saw a body wash was included in this month's box I wasn't that excited. There always seems to be a shower gel included in most gift sets, so I have a cupboard full of them. I did give this a try and I genuinely like it, which trust me is a shock! The ingredients included make it sensitive to skin, hydrating, soothing and very very calming. It's now placed in my gym bag where it will stay until its finished! 

Beauty UK Cosmetics - Contour Powder Brush | £6.99
I love it when brushes are included in Glossybox as they always end up being one of my favourites! This brush in particular is designed to be used with powder and is shaped to create the perfect contour. The brush makes application easy and blends the product onto your face to create a smooth appearance. This brush also makes it easy to apply the right amount of highlight. It's a big thumbs up from me! 

SportFX - Candy Floss Moisturising Lip Balm | £4.99
If you're anything like me then you too probably have a whole drawer full of lip balms in all shades and colours. With that being said, I love trying out new flavours and scents. This lip balm may just be my favourite of them all. My favourite sweet treat, if it's being sold anywhere, is Candy Floss. So having Candy Floss in a lip balm form is 100% me! Scent aside, I have noticed such a difference to the texture of my lips after using this balm. I have been applying it lightly with my fingers before work and can still see it at the end of my shift. 

Collection Cosmetics - Define and Perfect Eyebrow Powder in Blonde | £4.19
Oh I do love a brow product, especially when it's as good as this! I've been an avid Benefit Goof Proof brow girl wearer since it was released. So finding a new brow product that gives me similar, if not the same results can only be a good thing! One of the things that I like about this product is the thin applicator. It allows you to create thin lines on the brow which defines them smoothly but perfectly. I've worn this on its own with a little bit of brow mascara, but the directions also suggest applying on top of other brow products to set them. 

Boots - Charcoal and Willow Bark Sheet Mask | £2.50
I love applying a face mask on a Sunday evening, but hate the mess of them. Since the creation of the sheet mask I haven't used much else. This mask is applied over cleansed skin for 15 minutes before being removed. The leftover serum is then massaged into the skin to moisturise the skin. I am yet to try this mask, but it's next on my list! 

Overall I am really happy with all the contents in this month's box. I will be honest, it's not my favourite box I have ever received. However the contents are all products I will find a lot of use out of which makes it perfect for me this month. The little sneak peak of December's box makes me so excited for Christmas and I can't wait to receive it. 

Until next time, 

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Lifestyle : Vision Express Festive Frames!

When I first started my blog back in 2013, I had no idea that I would have had the amount of opportunities to work with brands that I have admired for years. As soon as I saw that Vision Express where holding their first Blogger event I knew it was something right up my street. As a 24/7 glasses wearer I couldn't have thought up a better blogger event for myself than this! So I was extremely excited and very grateful to have been invited down to the Oxford Street Vision Express store for the #FestiveFrames event. 

My appointment was at 2pm, however we were advised to be there 15 minutes early, like you would with any opticians appointment, to make sure everything ran smoothly. After handing over my latest optical prescription to the team, we were given the opportunity to have a 10 minute style consultation with celebrity stylist Gemma Sheppard who helped me find the perfect frame for my face. I am generally a wayfarer shaped glasses wearer so I knew going into the event that I wanted to try something new. I was even more excited to find out that Vision Express would be gifting us a pair of glasses with our prescription, so what better time than now to try out something now! Gemma tried various different styles on me and we both settled on a gorgeous pair of tortoise shell cat eyed glasses. Something very different than my normal pair, but I love them! 

Another exciting part of the event was the makeup consultation with a makeup artist and beauty expert who created a look to match my chosen glasses. I will admit that I felt a little bit out of my comfort zone here as I was thrown into the deep end by having my consultation and makeup application filmed. I'm yet to see the video so fingers crossed it all looks okay! The makeup that was applied was also something I probably wouldn't have chosen to do on myself as it consisted of darker colours and black eyeliner. I loved how it looked when completed and know I will try to do this myself throughout the festive period. 

As the event finished I was handed this cute little christmas present box full of gifts as well as a super dry water bottle as a thank you for attending the event. I was really not expecting this as the gift of a pair of glasses chosen specifically for me was enough in my eyes! (I have inserted a little image below of everything I received in the goody bag!) 

Overall I had such a lovely time at the event and love all of the new frames that Vision Express have available for the festive period. As much fun as I had, I just wanted to make a note of how important it is to have an eye test done. You can see so much about your health through your eyes, and its alway's good to have an up to date prescription. I am so excited for my glasses to arrive, and you best believe I will be Insta-gramming them once I collect them! 

Until next time, 

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Lifestyle : I'm officially a graduate!

I'm officially a Graduate!

I didn't realise how odd that would sound until I wrote that sentence down! Getting to the point to be able to speak about finishing uni has been a miracle in itself, and trust me I didn't think I would actually make it this far at all. There were many a time I thought about quitting, and many a time I wondered if it was worth it at all but I am so pleased and proud that I pushed forward.

Last Thursday my family and I made our way up to the O2 in London to attend my graduation ceremony. It was such a weird experience seeing my classmates after such a long time, and it was even weirder to see everyone formally dressed! I didn't take too many photographs, but I wanted to just share and document this moment in my life. That's one of the things I have found most enjoyable about writing this blog, being able to look back on the special moments. 

Until next time,

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Beauty : Bloggers made me buy it!

I love being a part of the blogging community. The support bloggers have for each other is unlike anything I have experienced before and it's always nice keeping up to date with all the latest posts about the new in within the beauty world. One of the many things bloggers are great at doing is unknowingly selling products to me. I often read reviews on products and know that I need to try it out too. This has led me to purchasing a whole array of different products, some I liked some I didn't, purely based upon others reviews. I thought today I would share some of these purchases! Please let me know down in the comments if you have any products that you also purchased thanks to reviews, I don't want to feel alone in this!

Real Technique Makeup Brushes
I don't know if I should properly admit to this... but before blogging I probably owned one or two face brushes and no eye brushes whatsoever. Real Techniques was a brand that I saw being mentioned constantly on both Youtube and in blogposts so I knew that I would have to try them out for myself. Spring forward 3 years and now pretty much all of my brushes are from Real Techniques and I regret nothing. Plus, who doesn't want colour coordinated brushes?!

Urban Decay Naked 2 Eyeshadow Palette
I remember, back in the day, seeing this palette being mentioned in everyone's favourites posts and knew I wanted to try it out for myself. I think this palette may actually have been the first eyeshadows that I ever tried and was one of the reasons I fell in love with makeup! Still to this day, this eyeshadow palette is one of my absolute favourites and the shades are still my favourite formula! Over the years I have also been gifted/purchased a couple of the other Urban Decay Naked palettes, but personally nothing beats this! 

Kylie Cosmetics Lip Kits
I mean we can't have a 'bloggers made me buy it' post without mentioning the Kylie Cosmetics Lip Kits. By this point the kits have been raved about, slated and Instagrammed far to many times than I can count. I jumped right on the band wagon when they were first released and have purchased many of the kits and lip glosses for myself. At the time the formula of these kits were nothing like anything else you could buy! But do I still love them? Probably not as much as I did. I've found that over time the product loses its moisturising finish and leaves the lips feeling rough and dry. With all that being said I still use them on occasions that I know I want to wear that specific colour for, and I'm sure I will try them again in the future. But for now, I'm going to leave my Kylie Cosmetics lip kits in my makeup drawers!

Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil
This brow pencil was another product that was obsessed about a couple of years ago that I knew I wanted to try out for myself and it really hasn't let me down. Two years later and I still use this pencil every single day when doing my makeup. The pencil allows you to lightly apply product to the brow whilst defining and styling them too. Personally I am yet to find a product that works as well as this and I agree 100% with all the other reviews! 

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water
I have seen so many mixed reviews over this product. For me I find it works perfectly in removing makeup including waterproof mascara, but I understand the reviews which say they feel their skin doesn't feel 'clean' after use. When micellar waters first came onto the beauty scene the Garnier brand was the one main product that was constantly spoken about. I've been using it for the last couple of years and am happy with how it fits into my skin care routine! 

Garnier Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask
After reading so many positive reviews over these face masks I knew I wanted to try them out for myself. The reviews I had seen all claimed that the face mask worked well with their skin leaving it moisturised and soft for the next couple of days. It goes to show how different skin tones can be, as I had a completely different response to this mask after use. I found that it left my skin feeling sore and I also broke out in spots a couple of hours after use. The more annoying thing is I purchased three of these! So I'm going to have to see if anybody else in my family want to give them a go. Such a shame as I had such high hopes for it! 

Collection Sheer Loose Powder
When the days of 'baking' your makeup began, one product that was constantly mentioned was this and honestly, I can see why! Not only is this product cheap and affordable, but it also works well in setting your makeup to a matte finish. It makes me laugh to think of all the 'new' makeup techniques that have come about in the last couple of years but this is certainly one that I do thanks to all the bloggers I follow!  

Maybelline Erase Eye Concealer
I always find it such a task finding a concealer that works perfectly for my skin tone, this product by Maybelline is perfect! I first saw this in one of Zoella's tutorials and thought I would try it out for myself. After many failed attempts of finding it in store (thanks Zoe, I guess lots of people wanted to try it too!), I finally found the correct shade for me and have been loving it ever since. I love the applicator and I love how blendable it is for the under eye. 

Well there we have it, a selection of my products that bloggers made me buy! I hope you enjoyed this different style of post! Let me know what products you were persuaded to buy thanks to our lovely blogging community! 

Until next time,