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Glossybox... Hype worthy or Bin worthy?.

Thursday, 17 January 2019

A few years ago I signed up for a Birchbox subscription (you can read some reviews here) and the majority of the products I received we're okay but there was only the odd few that really excited me and then turned out pretty expensive once I looked. I ended my subscription because I just didn't feel like the last few boxes I got were worth the money.. So why have I signed up for another subscription box?.


Well, I saw Glossybox hyped up when I actually had Birchbox but I naturally just expected the same kind of thing from them so I never actually bothered signing up for it plus I was pretty skint as well and couldn't exactly afford the extra going out a month even if it was only £10, I already have Apple music poaching my last £10 monthly. I recently signed up after getting a tad envious of my friend's boxes arriving monthly. I read good reviews both on their website and on blogs and decided to go for it. I also noticed you can earn credits through both referring friends and reviewing products and you can spend these on Feel Unique which I just think is such a nice gesture.

My first box


So my first box was actually the December box, I ordered just in time for that box and I'll receive my January box in a couple of weeks. First impressions are that the boxes are really insta worthy, nicely packaged (looks like a lot of care has gone into it which is so lovely). The products inside are decent sizes and there's a full-size Huda liquid lipstick which has immediately caught my eye.

Huda Beauty Liquid lipstick in Venus 



Huda has changed the game with this lipstick; It's unlike anything I've tried before. The lipstick doesn't budge at all, I apply this before a 10-hour shift and it's still going strong by the time I'm home with absolutely no touch ups what-so-ever. The shade is such a pretty nude and I'm applying it daily. I love how easy it is to apply, it doesn't have to be chucked in my bag because I know it's going to stay all day (that's a lot of trusts there) and it doesn't dry my lips out.

Mystic Black Novex Hair mask


I haven't tried this one yet (I'm going to give it a go tomorrow) it sounds really promising though. The mask doesn't include any; Parabens, Petrolatum, silicons or sulfates which is really good. It does, however, contain Baobab oil which is known for its moisturising properties. I'm really excited to use this and I really hope it lives up to its promises. The sample size is 100g so you get enough for a few uses as well.

Beauty pro Detoxifying bubbling cleansing mask with activated charcoal


Bluddy hell, that's a little bit of a gobful. I thought this was one of the 'cloud' masks (that's what I call em) that you see everyone using that foam up and upon your face... I was kind of wrong and right. It's a sheet version of that mask (How is that even a thing?). I like the idea of this pore clearing mask but I couldn't stand the feeling of it, It didn't fit my face so I squeezed the liquid out of it and massaged this into my skin and it just tingled so much, Like my skin looks great but I wouldn't go for it again purely because of that tingling.

Nip & Fab glycolic scrub fix


This is something I was really excited about getting in the box, I've always wanted to try Nip & fab so this was perfect. The scrub promises to refine, brighten and renew skin as well as reduce acne from the first use, I can't wait to give this a go.


Trifle cosmetics Praline Palette



This little palette is so cute, there are 6 shimmer shades that you can use either wet or dry, I've used this dry so far and the pigments really good, there's only 1 shade I wouldn't necessarily use which is the deep purple but I know a lot of people would use this shade. This palette is cruelty-free, vegan gluten-free, hypoallergenic and doesn't contain parabens or phthalates. 

Hype worthy or bin worthy?


Overall I'm thoroughly impressed with my first glossy box, I have my next subscription on the way and that should arrive Friday. I'm more than happy to keep my subscription going and would thoroughly recommend. Its a really good way to find new brands you love or switch up your make-up collection which is what I'm after doing. 

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Embracing my short nails

Thursday, 10 January 2019

I'm a self-confessed 'nail picker' I've never been one to bite my nails but I just constantly pick them. I've always lusted over long pretty nails and obviously, it's never really happened for me, no matter how much Sally Hanson I apply. I did have acrylics for a good 6 months but even in that short time my nails grew weak and were quite 'thin' underneath from me re-glueing them when they were flying off at work (I work in a shop so things like delivery will ping them off and snap them). I am going to try and grow my nails out a bit maybe using a habit tracker but for now (so far I've gone about 5 days & I'm pretty proud) I'm embracing my short nails. I was recently sent the Butter London patent-gel top and tails set and I am so, so thrilled with it.


This set is a healthy alternative to a gel manicure which is perfect for getting salon-worthy nails at home, damage free. The set contains a Butter London Patent gel flawless top coat as well as a flawless base coat they both protect your nails from chips and nicks (one thing that drives me mad is having completely chipped nails one day after painting them). This set is also formulated to take care of your nails and strengthen your nails, It includes Vitamins E, A, C & B5. The set is perfect for those of you who are impatient because the polishes dry quickly for a long-lasting gel-like manicure.



Every mani' needs a splash of colour, the Butter London Patent shine x10 nail lacquers are exactly what you need for this. These polishes have a 10-day fade resistant wear using shock resistant polymer technology. It also has a curved brush applicator which makes application easier and quicker than your standard nail polish. The finish to these polishes is gel-like with just natural, light rather than you having to use a lamp. The polishes include bamboo extract to protect, smooth and strengthen nails, they're vegan and gluten free and they don't include any; formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, DBP, Toluene, Camphor, Ethyl Tosylamide, Xylene, or TPHP to any of their product formulas.




I'm really impressed with the set and my nail polishes are lasting so much longer when using the base and top coat and I thoroughly recommend it. I used the set along with a couple of Avon nail polishes and I'm so happy with the results!.


Have you tried anything from the Butter London?.

Everything you need to know about the Urban Decay Backtalk Palette

Thursday, 3 January 2019

Guess what ya gal got for Christmas? A palette she didn't even know dropped (some beauty blogger). My boyfriend picked out the Urban Decay backtalk palette and I'm genuinely quite proud of him for it. As I said I didn't realise this dropped, I didn't really see much hype about this one, to be honest, but I've done my research and it says it came out in March I think so I'm surprised I haven't seen much about it. I thought I'd share my thoughts with you here.


Packaging



As usual with Urban Decay the packaging is stunning. It's travel-friendly, the palette itself is the standard naked size, but that's thinner than most of my other palettes and having the blush and eyeshadows stacked in one place you can cut down your makeup bag when needed. The palette also has a detachable mirror which is perfect for travel as well (I generally didn't know this happened and freaked thinking I broke the palette). The palette itself is joined with a sturdy magnetic clasp and that's also how the mirror attaches. The palette itself has 4 pans of blush and 7 pans of eyeshadows.

Eyeshadows




As I mentioned, there are 7 pans of shadow. Every Urban Decay palette I've owned have always been the highest quality so I expected a lot from this palette. The shades are nudes and you could create day and night looks with this easily. The shadows are really good quality the same pigment, creaminess and colour pay off as I was expecting based on my other Urban Decay palettes, I will say the eyeshadows are better than the highlights for sure though.

Blushers & Highlights




I have mixed feelings about this side of the palette.I love the blushers but I feel like I was expecting it to just pop a little more, They're not sheer but they're just not as pigmented as I expected from Urban Decay. However, saying this I don't really use blushers and it's really easy to over-do it on them but I feel like they've played it safe here because you can always build it up, so thinking of it like that I do like them. There are 4 shades; a medium pink nude, a light pink shimmer, a peachy pink shimmer and a mauve. I generally think this palette is really versatile for skin tones which I love.


I'm generally so happy with this palette, It's definitely one of my new favourites in my collection.




My goals for 2019

Sunday, 30 December 2018

I'm not about to be one of those 'new year new me people'. Like that's not what this post is (just before you go to click off it). Looking back on my 2018 it was a hectic year and I didn't really do much other than work, whilst everyone else enjoyed themselves and whilst this is great for the bank and the boss, I do wish I got out a little more (only a little because you know, massive introvert). So I thought I'd share my 2019 goals with you here and we can all just lol over the fact that I'm probably going to forget about 90% of these goals.

Livin' my best life - can it be summer yet?. TAKEN FROM MY INSTAGRAM

1. I am going to stick to my flipping newsletter this year!, I'm currently designing a template for it as well so it'll be fresh each month, I was struggling to find content but I think I've cracked it now. They'll be sent out monthly, I'm hoping on the 30th of each month so starting with the end of January, I'm not going to give too much away with it so you'll have to sign up to get a sneak peek of it. You can sign up for that here.

2. I really want to get more practice in, in terms of make-up, I do feel like I'm slowly improving but I'd love to be able to boss a cut crease by the end of this year without looking like I've headbutted a palette.

3. I'll try my hardest to publish at least one post a week. This was definitely something work got in the way off, I went over a month without publishing at one point. Working nearly every day and then playing 'catch up' with everything else on days off just left me with no time. This year I'll be making sure I have more time to do the things I enjoy.

4. I'm ever so slightly, maybe thinking of doing some exercise (did any of you collapse then, or?). I haven't done any for about 4 years and it's bad when you start to miss doing it but don't get your hopes up. I was thinking of joining a local running club and I'm dragging one of my friends along with me.

5. Following on from that I'm going to try and just eat etc a little better (I know, first exercise and now this, my organs are in meltdown right now). I've pretty much messed up my eating schedule like a lot from working constantly, sometimes it's too busy for a break so you don't end up eating until like 5 and when you do it it's just whatever you can grab because you're so starving. Now obviously, I'm not going to be able to change the hecticness of my workplace but I can make better choices and instead of grabbing a share bag of Doritos and a dip I'm thinking I can take some light meals to work like pastas and salads. I also got a slow cooker for Christmas so I'm really excited to start using that (next level adulting) and having it on whilst I'm at work ready for dinner when I'm home.

6. SELF CARE. Again with not having much time I wasn't really giving myself  'time out'. This year I want to be able to just chill a little more. My plan generally is to give myself at least 2 full days off a week and I want to be able to just take at least one of those completely to myself. I got some really nice bath sets for Christmas and I also picked up a couple of bits from Lush just before Christmas so I'm hoping to make my way through those bits.
So thankful to live in such a pretty place. Again, from my Insta

7. Again, SELF CARE but this one in a slightly different way. I feel like in the last couple of years I've been able to finally put myself first more but I'm still getting there with it. Basically, I'm really sticking to my guns on the work front this upcoming year, I'm going to learn to say No a little more. If I don't want to work I won't but most importantly I don't want to feel guilty about saying no which I do feel like I've worked a lot on in the last couple of months so I just want to keep that up. I also feel like I'm generally starting to appreciate myself more which I'm honestly so happy about because honestly, I'm a massive people pleaser and I always want to keep everyone happy. I'm not being like a bellend about it but I'm just like so what if someone doesn't like me (for example) don't caré and I'm so proud of myself for that.

8. I want to get out more. I really want to be able to just book some time of work (even if it's just for a day trip) and travel to some new places through the summer, I really want to make the most of living 5 minutes away from a beach as well. I'm going to try and organise my planner with the following;
  • 1 day out with friends,
  • 1 night out (hahaha who am I kidding, we'll do this one every couple months),
  • 1 day to myself,
  • 1 day where just I can just go out with me and Jamie where we can go on day trips etc,
  • 1 brunch with friends.
I found this idea on Pinterest and I really think everyone should try and Include them in their diaries.

9. In terms of my blog I'd love to work with some more brands in the upcoming year, I've dipped my toes into doing this over the last year and I enjoy it so, so much. Whenever a brand emails me I literally act like a 6-year-old on Christmas day, I've put so much work into this blog so being able to collaborate with brands and watching it blossom into something generally makes me so proud, You can find out how to work with me here.

So as usual, I truly hope I can stick to these and I'll look back on them next year and let you know how I've got on with them. What are your goals for 2019?.





Blogmas so far & Moving house

Sunday, 23 December 2018

Here we are again!, I fully intended to be doing these posts weekly but here we are, In my defence - I'm moving house (yes this close to Christmas I'm dumb, ok?). So blogging has sort of just gone down like a lead balloon so far, on top of generally just having no time at all, I had so many plans that have been bulldozed over by essentially the move but anyway, Here's Blogmas so far. I'm so excited to be getting back into the festive spirit. I did want to do 'Vlogmas' but I don't really have a decent enough camera or editor so I'm going to merge the two - usual posts but with mini vlogs and time-lapses added in (I'm really treating you here).

Evergreen Tree on Apple  | Winter walks

There's been a few weeks of rain (she says like she doesn't expect that from Cornwall) but the other day was literally so lovely which was actually moving day (I'll chat about that in a sec) so we was really lucky, so we had a lil walk beforehand and it was actually so, so nice.




Evergreen Tree on Apple  | Decorations 


So, I made a lil timelapse of me putting the tree up which was hella stressful and even before the move I had to take it down and re-do it countless times because generally, it just didn't look right (I like my tree to be perfect). I only waited 2 days after the move before whacking my tree back up because I thought if it wasn't done then, it wouldn't have been done at all which was right because it's been non stop around here with decorating. Luna has, of course, ruined my tree daily since it's been back up. Oh, the joy of cats and Christmas trees.

Evergreen Tree on Apple | Exciting news

Earlier on, as myself and Jamie were heading into town we got a phone call from a landlord, offering us a flat. We've been after one for a while and this was just completely out of the blue (We applied for it in September but someone else took it - it's now come back up!). We're absolutely thrilled; we view it at some point over the next couple of weeks!). We've started packing and whilst I'm going to miss our little cosy flat (I've cried a lil' ngl) I'm excited about a new chapter.

Evergreen Tree on Apple | The move itself


So today is the first day everything in the new place is put away in its place, I've popped my tree up and slowly started with glossing. The last tenants didn't leave this place in the best state so the last few days has purely been scrubbing and using buckets worth of Detol on literally everything. There's still plenty to be getting on with as well. However, I've spent a good 3 hours today sanding and glossing (one door) and I'm making a start on giving the place as much TCL as I can to make a house a home. 

10 beauty gifts under £15 and giveaway

Thursday, 6 December 2018

It's the most, wonderful time of the year which can only mean one thing, manic present shopping. Every year I find myself scouring blogs for gift guides to save me the hassle of 15 hours scrolling through Superdrug, Boots, ASOS, Beauty bay and 50,000 more online stores. I also like to see where people are shopping and what gifts they have their eyes on (I'm nosey, okay?). I'm going to keep this year under a  budget of £15 and I have a little giveaway for you as well. A little gift that you can either re-gift or treat yourself with, I'll talk about it a little at the end of the post. 



Skincare 

Who doesn't love a good gift set?,  they're always my go-to for if I'm a bit stuck on an idea. So I've had a little scourer through my fave sites and I've found a couple perfect sets. 



*Burt's Bees | A bit of Burts bauble:

I absolutely love Burt's Bees and this year they've smashed it out the park with their Christmas range. The 'Bit of Burts' bauble is absolutely adorable at under half of our budget for £7, it includes a lip balm and a cuticle cream which our 100% natural which is perfect if you're shopping for someone with sensitive skin and it's an adorable little stocking filler or secret Santa. You can grab this from Holland and Barrett for  £7. This adorable little gift will be included in my giveaway, I'll chat about that at the end of the post.

Bayliss and Harding | Festive feet gift set:

Every year, I get at least one set from Bayliss and Harding and I'm always so happy with it. I absolutely love the brand and the gifts are super affordable!, I've picked out one of my fave gifts from them which was the 'festive feet' gift set. It comes with a pair of fluffy socks (who doesn't love a good pair of fluffy socks), some foot scrub salts and a moisturiser and it all smells absolutely gorgeous. It also won't be breaking your bank at £4.29 from Amazon.

Bayliss and Harding | Fuzzy Duck winter hand wash & lotion:

Sticking with Bayliss and Harding  I've picked out this fuzzy duck hand duo set for you and guys, it's adorable. The duos always come on sturdy trays which is nice and they always look great on display. This packaging is literally adorable, the scent mulberry and Christmas tree's which just sounds mouth-watering. you can grab it from Amazon for £8.

Soap and glory | the zest of time gift set :

Soap and glory is another that always springs to mind during gift shopping, they have the lovliest products and they just knock it out the park every year, I've picked out the 'Zest of time' gift set which is one of my favourite scents (Sugar crush). I've got my eye on this for myself, you can grab it form boots for £10.

Fragrance 

 Fragrance can be a tricky one to get right, so I've picked out a couple of scents I think a lot of people would like. I absolutely love all these personally, what's your fave perfume?.




*Missguided | Boy tears:

I've tried the Missguided perfumes before and they honestly didn't disappoint, they were all I wore until essentially they ran out, I absolutely loved boss babe and it's actually still on my Christmas list for this year, so as you can imagine I lost my tiny mind when I saw they had mists out now!. I generally can't express enough, that this is my fave new body mist. I literally use this daily and it's constantly in my bag. I feel like it's the perfect daytime scent, I love the packaging like it's so cute and the complete Instagram dream. I also love the name of it (it's so thank u, next). you can grab this for  £10 at Superdrug.

Ted baker | Sweet treats:

Jamie brought me this as a gift once and I just fell in love with it, it's such a gorgeous, dreamy scent. I literally used it up so quickly it's unreal. It smells quite sweet, but it's not sickly and it's perfect for daily use. You can pick it up from Boots for £13 (Currently on offer from £18)

Make-up 




Here's the section for all you beauty lovers. I've picked out a few of my favourite make-up sets for you and trust me it as hard to stick to just 10 for this gift guide altogether, I found like 40 gift sets for beauty alone. 

Sleek | Ultimatte gift set:

As soon as I saw this in Boots last year, I grabbed one for myself. £4.50 for 4 mini sleek matte lippies bargain. I love the Sleek lippies for so many reasons so this to me is an ultimate bargain. This particular set comes with two metallic lippies and two mattes. You can grab them from Boots. 

Soap and glory | full house gift set:

If you couldn't tell already, I love Soap and glory, I won't keep rambling on about them but I came across this gift set on boots and I'm literally going to grab it for myself as soon as I can. In this set, there's the thick and fast mascara, the mother pucker lipgloss and the crazy sexy khol. You can get this from Boots for £10

Revolution | Soph x palette:

The perfect gift for any makeup lover, This palette is full of bold shades and it's absolutely perfect for the festive season. The pigment is amazing and the palette itself is just so pretty. The vibrant colours and the great quality of this for £10 from Superdrug, you can't go wrong. I wrote a full review on this here.

Giveaway 





I'm going to be giving away the Burt's Bees bauble to one of you lucky guys!, It's in the scent coconut and it's a lovely little gift, you could treat yourself with it or wrap it up for someone else!. You can enter the rafflecopter below to get involved. 


t&cs - UK ONLY, ENDS 13TH DEC, IF WINNER CAN'T BE CONTACTED WITHIN A WEEK THIS WILL BE REDRAWN, GOOD LUCK LOVLIESS X.

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