Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Kawaii Wonderland December Lucky Bag Unboxing and Review


Lucky bags, Christmas and Kawaii make me happy and as soon as Shell's Lucky bags from Kawaii Wonderland became available, I snapped one up.
Look at how beautiful the gifts have been wrapped . I love the white polka holographic paper and the additions of the adorable unicorn sticker, tinsel and Christmas card. I thought about keeping it for Christmas day and then the thought left my mind and I opened it up ha ha!

 

Inside the Christmas card is the most adorable and miniature gingerbread man I have ever seen in my life. Definitely keeping this little fella! What a lovely touch to write a Christmas card too.


So inside of the wrapping paper I found all of these goodies. Some had been wrapped up further to add more suspense. Already the amount of cuteness had me squealing with glee.


 After further unwrapping the gifts, this is what I found. All of these fabulous Kawaii goodies crammed into the parcel.


First up are the 'other' items. I absolutely adore this ice cream face cloth. I mean look at the packaging. I don't even want to unroll it and use it, it's that sweet!
Look at the toothpaste squeezer. I've never seen one of these before but as soon as I saw it I loved it. This should get every last squeeze of toothpaste out of the tube whilst looking super cute at the same time.



Onto the sweeties. Maoms are one of my favourite sweets as they are delicious. I love the red and white strip candy cane and lollipop too as they add the festive touch.
In the red packet are panda cookies. Which I've not yet eaten and I'm not sure why (Goes off to munch the biscuits!)


Here's what stationery goodies I received:

Look at the adorable Bourbon-like biscuit pen. I like how it's got the little chain attached so I can pop it onto my keys or pass for work.

The 'My Weekly Schedule' will be great to keep me organised as I'm a very visual person. You can add notes on this to see your week at a view and use it as a to-do list or for events or blog posts.

The cast postcard is beautiful and I may just use that as a picture for decoration.

I love Rilakumma and post it notes always come in handy. Look at him sunning himself on his deckchair whilst I've got the heating on and fluffy socks.


A pair of happy and sad pandas. These are cute with their large eyes. Why is the panda sad though?


These fruity stickers have to be my favourite in the whole of the goody bag. Fruits with little faces that are puffy. Love, love, love them. I need to decorate something with these like a craft box!

Finally I received this little notepaper to write on.

I love bits and pieces like this. I'm super happy with the Christmas lucky bag that Shell from Kawaii Wonderland put together :)

Love Laura xoxo

*Nothing to disclose.

Lisa Jane Designs Ltd - Mermaid Sea Bracelets

I love discovering new shops and items, especially when I find things that I adore. 
These picks that I found are from an up and coming business woman named Lisa Jane Designs Ltd. Her website will be launching in early Spring 2015 but I thought I would show you my favourite pick of bracelets before they are launched.  Each piece is made to order or as a bespoke piece.

These remind me of Mermaids which I absolutely love. They have an ethereal sea quality about them and are all hand made with semi - precious stones, hand painted ceramic or glass beads finished with silver or gold plated findings. 
As with Art pieces everyone interprets them differently and you make look at these pieces and think that they mean something personal to you which is what makes bespoke pieces special. I'm not sure on prices as they are not quite ready for the public yet but they have inspired me to get crafty and maybe make a scrapbook of sea art and Mermaids.

I love owning quirky pieces that appeal to my Fairytale and mystical nature


I love the sea green and blue beads on this one with the added mix of the diamante bead and silver-shell-like pieces too. 


Lots of sea blue semi precious stones have been used on this one with a mix of sea shell like  beads.


These are not necessarily colours that I choose to opt for but there is something about them being used together that intrigues me. It's like chameleon paint that is eye-catching.


Finally, my favourite pick. Again this reminds me of a Mermaid but also of a fairytale princess. The pink and golds together look stunning and it looks exceptional quality.


Do you like these pieces? Have you seen any other Mermaid-like jewellery pieces?

Love Laura xoxo
* Nothing to disclose :)

Text Santa To Raise Money For Charity with ITV This Christmas


I love Ant and Dec they are hilarious!

 "Text Santa is ITV’s annual charity fundraiser appeal, raising money and awareness for six UK based charities each year.
Our aim is to improve the quality of life for vulnerable people in the UK by inspiring, engaging and empowering the nation to make a difference at Christmas time.
We are proud to say that when you make a text, phone or bank donation to Text Santa, it will be split equally between our six charities. 100% of what you donate gets passed to the charities as soon as we receive it. So by March, each year, your money is already helping to make a big difference.
All Text Santa operating costs including staffing and the programme itself are funded directly by ITV as part of our corporate giving, and not from our corporate partners or your contributions.
We’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has got involved to date for their brilliant support and help in raising £15 million for charity."
Text Santa is on ITV this Friday the 19th December.


The six different charities that Text Santa are raising money for are; 

There are lots of ways that you can get involved too such as donating in person, by phone ( 0300 123 60 60 ), online or by text .

Lots of different companies have partnered up to help ITV and there is a range of merchandise to buy too which you can check out here.

One of the partners is The Hut and the following merchandise can be purchased on their website.





Ben Mosley's Art page is here.




Love Laura xoxo



*All images belong to ITV and the The Hut.
Nothing to disclose.
It's been a year today grandad. I carry you in my heart.

Saturday, 13 December 2014

My W7 Make Up Advent Calendar - Days 1-12


Happy Saturday everyone.

I am so productive today already. I have completed a lot of to-do things before I have work later on and then a Christmas party to go to straight after!

I was over the moon to have won this W7 advent makeup calendar from W7 themselves. I have witnessed the explosion of the variety of advents that are now available and think that they are a super exciting and brilliant idea. I still have a Milky Bar chocolate one though as you can't beat the original chocolatey ones. Yum!

I really loved the look of the Benefit one ( My favourite make up brand) The Body Shop one and the Yankee Candle one too but I spent my money on Christmas presents for other people instead and couldn't really afford an expensive calendar. So you can imagine I was so excited to have won one of these calendars filled with a different make up treat for each of the 24 days of Christmas.

I've not owned any W7 make up before so what a brilliant way of being introduced to a range of their products all at once.


On the reverse of the Advent calendar it has a spoiler of all of the different treats that you're going to find inside so don't peep if you want it to be a surprise! I'm naughty as I just can't resist. Although having said that I haven't opened the calendar doors unless it's for that specific day.


The calendar opens up like a book and behind each one of the easy to open doors, you find your treat. The numbered days are all in order so they are easy to find.


Here are days 1 and 2.


On the 1st December I opened the door to reveal this gorgeous shade of eyeshadow. I've started to wear more of these bronzey colours as I've got older as they make blue eyes stand out. 
On the 2nd day I received this gold glitter polish which is super Christmassy. I needed two coats of this and was pleased that it lasted a few days.
On the 3rd I received a mini lipstick which applies smoothly and I love the pink shade. I will wear this to work to get my use out of it.
On the 4th day, I received the silver glitter polish which I was pleased with again as it's perfect for this time of year.


The container is quite cheap on this and the lid popped out and fell on the floor. When swatching, the powder feels velvety and required a few swipes to build up the colour.  I will apply this with a quality eyeshadow brush to see if it makes a difference.


I love the shade of this pink lipstick as it's like a Barbie pink candy colour. It applied smoothly and evenly which is great. I'm not keen on the lipstick tube but I suppose it fits into the calendar being a mini.


On the 5th day of Christmas I received this deep pink sparkly glitter polish which is more me. I love glitter polishes as when they start to chip you can just apply more to make it last longer as it just blends in.

On the 6th day, I received this little tube of foundation. After swatching I found that it has a pink undertone and is too dark and bronzey for my skintone. It did however blend really well.

On the 7th day I received this neon pink polish which I love. The colour is so me and what I would buy if I saw it in a shop.

On the 8th day I received this stunning iridescent glitter pot which reminds me of mermaids and I want to bathe in it! I absolutely love this so much.






On the 9th day Of Christmas W7 gave to me this gorgeous pink holographic glitter pot which is just beautiful and uber mermaidy again.

On the 10th day was another hot pink polish which is similar to day 7 but this one is even more neon.

On the 11th day I received this coral lipstick, which again, I love and can't wait to wear.

On the 12th day of Christmas I received a clear lip gloss which I don't really wear but I may add it to a matte lipstick to make it more smooth when applying.


So that's my 12 days of Advent treats with 12 days to go :)

Do you have an Advent calendar this year?

Love Laura xoxo

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Glossybox December 2014 Unboxing


Oh Glossybox, Oh Glossybox. My lovely little Glossybox!

I was so excited to receive the Glossybox December version as they are usually the best one. Let me first of all mention the box as it's absolutely gorgeous. I love the little snowflakes with the print of the Glossybox ribbon all around it. Inside the box, the tissue paper matches and you get a beautiful ribbon tied into a bow.
Now unfortunately they forgot to put me in a card which details all the products so that makes it a lot harder as I've had to research for all of the prices and product uses. Sigh!



Inside the box this month is a very impressive four full-sized products and one sample size. None of these items scream out to me Christmas though. Do they to you? I think I was maybe expecting sparkly nail polish, perfume and lipstick. Anyway, expectations aside, the products are actually fabulous.


I love, love, love Anatomicals brand. They are so quirky and the marketing people are genius as the text on the products is hilarious. The slogan is 'We only want you for your body.' Ooooh your roody toodies Anatomicals. Well I will gladly give it to you if this spot zapper works. I like how it has two ends and one is for the day and one is to apply at night. This retails for £3.50 but you can get it from ASOS or Amazon for cheaper.

"Zap! Zap! Zap! Gets that chap."


Next, I got this Skin Pep - Anti ageing 12 hour defence serum sample.  This retails on Amazon for £29.99 for 30ml and I received 7ml. I don't get excited over skin products but I will use it. 

                           

Oooo I love lip balms and this is one that I've not heard of before by the brand #LipGlam. This retails for £9.99 and is full size. Although it states lip balm, it actually has multi- uses and can be used as a cuticle ointment, split ends smoother, lipstick & mascara primer, eyebrow balm, to soothe rashes and for dry skin relief. Wow, what a lot of uses. I've just applied it to my lips as they get so chapped in this weather. It feels so smooth and like it actually works rather than just coating the lips like some other lip products do. A big thumbs up to this one.



I then got a bellapierre coral cheek & lip stain which retails for £12.99. You can get it in a pink shade too which looks fabulous. 
"Unlike traditional stains that are hard to apply, this oil-free Cheek and Lip Stain will finish off any look with great ease and is super blend-able. Available in Pink or Coral."


I love hair products so I'm pleased that I got these TRESemme Renewal Hair and Scalp 60 second treatment shots. You can buy these from Boots for £5.50 and they are included in the 3 for 2. These are said to nourish your scalp and they renew your hair. I can't wait to try these out.


So that's what I received in my December Glossybox! What do you think?
My favourite items are the #LipGlam and the TRESemme as I am excited to see the results on these two products. I was initially disappointed that there wasn't anything Christmassy inside but the products more than make up for that.

Love Laura xoxo

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Degustabox Review and Unboxing- November's Winter Box


I was so excited to receive this Degustabox. I had so many beauty boxes in the past with similar products in and I needed a change. I absolutely love food so the fact that this box arrives every month with between 9 and 14 different items to try out, I was sold. The subscription costs £12.99 per month with VAT and postage included which is the same price as one of my beauty boxes. I've noticed that rather than stashing beauty items away, I actually ate and drank most of these items very quickly as I was excited to try them.

So onto my review:-

The items arrived well packaged in a cardboard box and had a layer of bubble wrap and brown paper with a stickered logo for presentation. As I looked and lifted each item I was pleasantly surprised by it all and ooooh and aaahhhhd! There's not one item in here that I thought that I wouldn't try.


First up are the drinks. Here we have;

Montano which is, "an elegantly crafted Italian cider made from the apples grown in the foothills of the Trentino region of Northern Italy."

I was really pleased to find alcohol in the box and I love fruity cider. This actually tasted so strong though. It was so strong that it tasted like beer and was hard for me to drink. I gave it a good go though ha ha! I would prefer it if they had a berry or a strawberry variety of this as I'm not too keen on apple cider. It reminds me of being a teenager (ahem!)

Price:- £2.79 

Would I buy it again? No it's too strong!

Pip  Organic Cloudy Apple "is a family run, London based business that produces an award winning range of pure organic juices and smoothies available in a range of take home, grab & go and children's formats. Following environmentally sustainable principles and made from 100% organic fruit, all of our drinks are not from concentrate and contain NO added sugars, water, preservatives or additives. Pip, Pip Hooray!"

This cloudy apple juice is absolutely scrumptious. It's deliciously real and I drank it when it was freezing cold. The bottles are small and I could have done with a larger bottle as they're that delicious. One 200ml bottle contains three organic apples and some added vitamin C and that's it!

Price:- £1.50 per bottle and I received two.

Would I buy it again? Yes if I was out and about and was picking some lunch up for on the go.

Cool Dawn Recovery drink "is a herbal detox drink that helps to prevent and cure hangovers. It presents a complex and unique combination of citrus and liquorice flavour. Contains no stimulant ingredients and is not carbonated. We recommend to have one full cold and shaken can towards the end of the night and another one in the morning if still needed."

I took one of these to work for my break as I thought they meant that they would revive you and give you more energy. I shook the can well and previously kept it refrigerated. I took a mouthful and really did not like the taste of the mixture. I love liquorice and I love citrus but it reminded me of medicine unfortunately. I tried again with another sip but down the plughole it went!

Price:- £1.49 each and I received two cans. One is still in the fridge. My other half can drink it!

Would I purchase again? No I would not. I can't drink things that I don't like the taste of no matter how intriguing they sound.




Sample present- Drink Me Chai's "award winning Spiced Chai is the original flavour that was inspired by Amanda Hamilton's travels to India. A blend of exotic spices, milk and sweetened tea the product is a just add water or milk for that taste of India in an instant."

I haven't actually tried this yet. I received two of these previously already in another box but even though I love coffee lattes, I'm not really a tea lover unless it's a regular breakfast tea with plenty of milk. I'm not too sure of the spices but I will try it out.

Price:- 33p approx.

Would I buy again? Only if I love it. They do a chocolate, vanilla or a mango option too which I am more inclined to try out.

Branston Caramelised Onion Chutney " Create the perfect dining experience with new Branston chutney! Caramelised Onion works perfectly with any after dinner cheese and bread, and the distinctive taste of Mediterranean tomato goes well with smoky meats, cheddar and biscuits. Available in-store now, the delicious, versatile range is set to become an everyday staple."

I've not tried this out yet but it will be perfect for Christmas to have with a selection of cheese and crackers. It sounds delicious and is sure to add flavour. There's also a recipe card included in the box to make a cheese, spinach and caramelised onion quiche which sounds delicious.

Price:- £1.50

Would I buy it again? This jar will probably last a long time so maybe I will buy another one in six months time or for the following Christmas.



Now onto the yummies! 

Lindt- Lindor My Melting Moment " Lovingly crafted by the Lindt master chocolatiers. Lindor My Melting Moment allows you to melt away in a moment of pure bliss. Elegantly wrapped the snowflake shape is filled with irresistibly smooth melting Lindor milk chocolate."

I received five of these and they were shared in the same night that the box arrived. Lindt create absolutely delicious chocolate and these were a decent size too for a treat. The chocolate was smooth and moreish.

Price:- These retail at 65p each and I received five of them.

Would I buy them again? Yes as a present for others.

Kettle Chips- Stilton & Port " Back by popular demand, Kettle Chips is reintroducing two of its most loved seasonings as limited editions for Christmas. Salsa and Mesquite was one of the original seasonings when the brand first launched in 1988; it combines tomatoes, chillies, peppers and the aroma of barbecues. Stilton & Port is a rich and distinctive flavour which brings together the creamy notes of Stilton cheese with the sweetness of port wine."

I received the Pork & Stilton flavour in my box and I was really pleased with these. I love Kettle Chips but have never tried either of these two flavours before. The crisps are very moreish and creamy tasting. They are excpetional quality.

Price:- £2.19

Would I buy them again? Yes but probably in one of their other flavours. I'd maybe buy this especially for Christmas which is what their intention is.






Finally I received some cooking ingredients to use when making meals.

Kent's Kitchen- Stir in Flavour Shots- Fajita " These flavour shots are a brilliantly quick and easy way to jazz up diced meat or prawns. These clever gel shots coat the meat or prawns whist cooking and add a delicious taste to enhance meals. Perfect for wraps, with rice or jacket potatoes, on a salad or even to coat pasta."

I love fajitas so I'm rally pleased that I received these flavour shots. I've not got round to making them just yet but I bet they are delicious!

Price:- £1.85

Would I purchase them again? Maybe I will if they taste delicious.

Holy Cow Curry Sauces- " Authentic Indian curries are made from all natural ingredients, no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives. We are gluten free and suitable for vegetarians and coeliacs."

The two sauces I received are the Korma and the Madras which are perfect for me and my fiance. I've bought the rest of the ingredients for the curries and I am going to make them one night this week.

Price:- £1.69 each and I received two.

Would I purchase again? Yes if they are delicious. I love how they are made with all natural ingredients.


Overall:- I really enjoyed my first Degustabox and will continue to subscribe. I liked lots of the different products inside of the box and I was very impressed that the total amount of the contents added up to £20.94 (or £21.27 if you add the bonus Chai sachet too.)

What I think could have been made better:- As it was a December box I would have like to have seen more festive products inside the box such as mini mulled wines, mince pies, yule logs etc however I understand that there are all different people to cater for too.

Also the grammar needs to be edited in the product description handout as there are commas and full stops misused or omitted at times.

Have you bought Degustabox before? What do you think of the products I received?

Love Laura xoxo