Tuesday, 18 August 2015

What's In My Prairie Pizzazz Festival Box?

The Prairie Pizzazz box created by Prairie Charms is a new subscription box that was launched to bloggers first and is now rolling out. Bloggers got to choose the first theme which was Festival and I was slightly later to discover it so the options had already been chosen. The people behind this box are one the most friendliest and efficient at customer service that I have ever come across so a glowing recommendation for that. 

Festival theme was a perfect choice for this time of year so I was excited to receive my box . Unfortunately due to my box getting lost in the mail , I ordered in May and received it in late July. 
I paid for the entirety of my box which was £25. It's a higher price than I pay for other subscription boxes but with it being quarterly and for the amount that you receive inside , I decided to go ahead and purchase one.
I love the surprise elements of subscription boxes and Prairie Charms offer you a personalisation by asking you what colours you prefer and what sorts of designs you like . I stated that I loved pastel colours, pink, glitter, unicorns, bows and hearts.
So let's see what I received inside... 

The box was packaged beautifully with the polka dot gold and white tissue paper and inside were lots of festival themed accessories, jewellery and a few lifestyle items included too. I loved how they had included lots of sequins Inbetween the shredding too . A lot of thought has gone into the production of this box.

Lifestyle items :
 Five stripy pink and white straws which I love as I have the Kilner jars and I'll use these for either pink lemonade or cocktails . The colours are just me too so these are fab . 
I then received some pink and white chevron sweetie bags which are an excellent size and I think I may use these at my wedding . I already have some blue ones but they are a lot smaller than these.
Two sheets of pastel masking stickers which I'm not sure what I'll use them for yet but I need to get my blogging planner back out and perhaps use it to decorate that . 
Creamy crunch popping corn . I love that there is a food item that you can make inside the box and I love popcorn . I've not actually made it myself before especially in a saucepan so that should be fun *sets off all smoke alarms in the house*

Hair accessories:
I love hair accessories and these are my favourite pieces in the whole box . 
Pink butterfly hair slide which is super delicate as one of the wings has just fallen off and something that I would choose myself . 
A cute twist bobble/ bracelet . It doesn't have elastic so it won't hold my hair on its own so would need to go over the top of another bobble but I love the little twisty ears on the top. It's not necessarily a pattern that I would choose for myself but once I've got it out of the packet and popped it onto my wrist I'm warming to it a lot. 
Big blue hair bow . Now this wasn't a favourite when I saw it as I would've preferred a pastel colour but this shade will actually suit my hair colour. I do like teal and will wear this underneath my messy bun . 
Pack of three hair ties . I love , love , love these and that's because the pink one has gold unicorns on it which are my absolute fave. I love the colours of the other two also and I'll use these often. These are my favourite item of the whole box. 
Floral / Azteccy hairband. I love hair bands and have a drawer full of them . This is not one that I would choose at all because of the dark colours and pattern but with a black outfit I think this will look fab. 

Bead bracelet . I quite like the bow but I don't like dark colours and the black and purple beads are just not me so I'll be gifting this to a friend. 
Tassel necklace . Again, not something I would ever choose myself and I'm not really keen on it as it's not my style or colour unfortunately . 

Nail accessories and metallic tattoos:
Four tiny gold and silver temporary tattoos which are all the rage at the moment . I have the double infinity and a heart and stars pattern which I like . 
Nail stickers in pink with hearts , arrows and chevrons.

So that's everything from my Prairie Pizzazz box . Would I buy it again ? Yes I have a mystical bag arriving which has been delayed :( and the new Luau party box on its way too! Yay ! 

Love Laura xoxo 

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Withcraft Couture - Katarina West - Book review

I love reading and enjoy the pure escapism from the world. I love books that capture my imagination, that inspire and are a delight to read so when I spotted *Witchcraft Couture by the author Katarina West, I was intrigued to read more. 

"Oscar Pellegrini is a talented fashion designer with a deadly enemy: his own critical mind. He destroys much of what he designs and has been drifting for years, gradually retreating from the fashion business he loves but holding on to his dreams of success.

A chance meeting with a former girlfriend triggers a creative crisis so deep that Oscar escapes to Russia, where he drinks and despairs like never before. Just when he thinks he has lost everything he discovers a magical machine that turns ordinary outfits into irresistible sartorial triumphs. Oscar takes the machine back to Italy - and before he knows it, he has become famous for his designs, and celebrities and socialites are fighting to be first to wear his gorgeous garments.

But the happily-ever-after ending for the fashion messiah turns into a nightmare when his dresses acquire a life of their own, gaining energy and evil as time goes on. Haunted by his creations, a dark secret he is no longer able to hide, Oscar finds himself fighting for his life and sanity, and searching for the answer to a question he never knew existed. 

Is there such thing as stolen genius, and if there is, can it turn against the very person that stole it?"

I chose to read this book as I like anything to do with magic and this book encompassed fashion as well. The only other book that I can think of which is of similar connections is the 'Emperor's New Clothes,' which I read as a child and intertwined with the thinking of 'is it all in your head?' 
The author Katarina is an intelligent, well cultured and friendly person whose writing in this book is highly descriptive. The characters, places and events are described in great detail with an impressive array of vocabulary. 

It did take me quite a while to finish this book as different events took precedence in my life. I would say that the book was medium paced whereas I prefer a fast paced book that I can whip through easily. What kept me hooked was the wondering of what the magical machine was going to do and how it was going to end. 

The book gets you thinking at the end which is a favourite technique of mine. Is the Sampo (magic machine) real or was it actually Oscar's talent after all which created the garments? Can the belief
that you're not good enough at something be directed elsewhere so that it seems as though someone or some thing else has created the magic? The fact that Oscar's friend Ben writes a letter at the end which gives a contrasting point of view throws the whole of Oscar's mind set in doubt. 

Was it magic or talent? That is the question.

Love Laura xoxo 
*Item sent by the lovely author to review :)

Friday, 22 May 2015

Sticker Fashionista - A Year In Fashion Review

Hi everyone ,

Today I have a fashion sticker book to show you that my mum bought me from the Clothes Show Live in Birmingham.

This is the 'Sticker Fashionista. A Year In Fashion," Which retails at £8.95. 

Did you ever have one of those paper doll books where you could colour and cut out the outfits ? I absolutely loved those as a child and still I am interested in fashion and creating outfits today. I coloured them in with my 100 pack of felt tips and spent hours on them. 

The author , Kelly Smith, is an Australian illustrator who has worked for clients such as vogue, Net-A-Porter and H&M. 

What they say; 
"Follow the fashionista through the highlights of a stylish year on the catwalk and in couture at Cannes, on the ski slopes and in a bikini at the beach. From deciding on the dream wedding dress to choosing comfy colourful knits for the cold, summer bargain hunting to frocking up for a party, have fun dressing the models in this beautiful sticker book.

With over 150 reusable stickers, this book is a must for fashion lovers of all ages."

The book features life-like, detailed illustrations of  models through an array of events and seasons . The paper used is of great quality and therefore this book will last. The paper has been chosen wisely so that the stickers can be reused.  

The stickers are arranged into events so that they are easily located and they can be found in the centre of the book. 
Stickers can only be placed onto certain models depending on their stances. 
You can put the stickers onto the event models or there are additional models on the front and back inside covers. 
The stickers were easy to peel off from both the glossy inside covers and also the paper used throughout the book . If you were to use the stickers a multitude of times then they would start to become  tarnished and worn as, after I stuck them a few times, you could tell they were becoming used by the edges curling a little. 

The book mentions designers throughout  which are well known and has rhetorical questions to get you as a reader involved which adds an interesting edge to the book.
The book, to me, has a wide audience as children would love playing with this and so would people who love fashion regardless of age. 

To make this even better I would have left some blank sticker pages and blank outfits so that they could have been coloured in and designed by myself. 

I thinks it's a fun book that would look great on a coffee table and is one of those pieces that you can return to again and again whether you have a spare 5 minutes or 20. 

Love Laura xoxo 

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Kawaii Box April 2015 Review and Unboxing

It's that super cute time of the month where my Kawaii Box arrives. Here's what I found in my April 2015 box.

My box this month was packed with lots of little treats.

Look how adorable the little face is on this love pen! I absolutely love it, it's just so cute.

I've had Hi- Chew before and they are moreish. These ones are orange flavoured and won't last me very long! Yummy!

Here I got some French decorative tape in a roll which is pretty. I need to think of a DIY activity that this would be great for. I love the vintage flowers on the box.

I received these polka dot envelopes which are very different. I love writing and receiving letters so will write one to my friend Kelly and send it in one of these. They would also be great for putting gift vouchers inside for presents for people.

Let's just take a moment to appreciate the absolute adorableness of this little pea squishee! I'm in pea heaven right now. This little guy is adorable.

I don't really use badges but the little face on this one is so sweet.

At first I thought oh it's a nail clipper and then when I tried to get the plastic off it wouldn't budge. So I thought oh maybe it's a hair clip instead and proceeded to try and clip it in my hair! ha ha ha! It fell out and yes it is a nail clipper after all.

This little diamond beauty matches the luggage tag that I received in my previous Kawaii box. I love the style of this.

I got another pack of stickers this month which are always well received. These are cute but just a little bland for me.

I love the lace effect on these stickers. They are to be used for decorating cups.

Some more post it notes which are in three shapes in this pack.

And finally a bow hair clip which I've never seen before. I use kirby grips in my hair to clip the front section back so hopefully this will look cute.

My favourite items this month are the little pen with the adorable face, the pea squishee and the Hi-Chews.

Love Laura xoxo

Library Of Fragrance - Baby Powder and Thunderstorm Review

Hi everyone!

Remember on my Birthday wishlist where I included Library Of Fragrance scents? Well I was over the moon to receive the *Baby Powder and *Thunderstorm scents. You can buy 2 for £25 from Boots and I really want the fresh coconut and mango ones now after spotting them on the website.

The concept of these perfumes really intrigued me as I adore anything quirky and the thought of having a perfume that smelt like an everyday item, of which some are abstract, appealed to my nature.

 The packaging to me is clear and simple. I like the use of a coloured box so that the scents are recognisable. It reminds me of the game Monopoly with their coloured property cards. The bottles are very plain and I would have liked to have seen something more quirky to go alongside the scents.

The perfumes are available in the UK from Boots and are price at £15 each or two for £25. This works out at £12.50 a bottle which I think is a great price and I may have to buy two (or four) very soon.

*Baby Powder and *Thunderstorm are two of the most popular scents in the collection. I couldn't wait to try these so I sprayed Baby Powder on myself and spritzed my other half with the Thunderstorm. I could not stop smelling these!
Baby Powder smells exactly the same as.........baby powder and it's a gorgeous powdery baby smell which I'm very happy to smell of. 
The 15ml spritzer tubes will actually last me quite a while so I'll get many a spray out of this.
After spritzing the Thunderstorm on my other half it was like a dawn of recognition and an awe of discovery! We both agreed that that would  be what a thunderstorm smells like and it was a very wearable scent. I loved it on him.
The scents last a good few hours and then they can be topped up as I did so that I continued to smell lovely. I didn't find them overpowering at all, they had the perfect strength.
I want to sample them all!

Here's what the brand Demeter have to say about their products from their website here;

"The Library of Fragrance products are produced by New York-based company, Demeter Fragrance Library Inc.
Originally established in 1996, Demeter set out to create fragrances that captured all the wonderful smells that surround us every day, but are too often under appreciated in our busy, pressured, multi-tasking world. The first three scents belonging to the collection – Dirt,Grass and Tomato – were launched at Bergdorf Goodman in New York City. With the brand quickly gathering a loyal cult following, the concept soon expanded to include an even broader range of smells – no matter how odd or unusual – and scents such as Gin & TonicBaby Powder and even Play-Doh began to populate the library.
Today, Demeter’s head office remains in Greater New York, whilst the 20,000 square foot factory is located in central Pennsylvania. Everything the company sells is made in this factory, enabling the brand to continue to specialise in unique fragrances and the kind of labour-intensive, short-run, hand-bottled production that makes it possible to carry such a diverse ‘library’ of products.
Scents are now created by Demeter’s CEO, Mark Crames, who has been running fragrance companies since 1986. His creations include the top-selling Baby PowderPure Soap and Clean Skin and he continues to travel the world looking for inspiration for great, new Demeter experiences.
Today, Demeter’s products are sold in over 35 countries – from Paris, to Moscow, to Hong Kong. There are over 300 unique fragrances in The Library of Fragrance collection – 101 of these are available in the UK via this website, with a carefully curated selection of favourites available exclusively at Boots."
Love Laura xoxo
*PR items sent very kindly for me to sample.

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Beauxoxo Glitter Bow In Pastel White- Review

I absolutely love this White Pastel Glitter Hair Bow from Beauxoxo and won this just before Christmas in a giveaway that Georgie was running. It took me a good while to choose from the colour range of glitter bows as there's so many beautiful choices. I finally decided on the white pastel bow as I thought this would be more versatile and go with absolutely everything. I'd love one in each colour. The bows retail for £5 each and there are smaller ones available too for £3 each.

Beauxoxo is an online boutique which sells a wide range of handmade, stunning, hair accessories. Owned and created by the lovely Georgie, Beauxoxo was created in 2010 and has flourished. A new children's range is going to be added soon too. 
Georgie's blog 'Dreams That Glitter xoxo' is one of my favourites. Great detail and effort is given with each blog post and the writing is very eloquent. I love Georgie's book reviews and her haul posts too as she is very inspirational. Not only are her photoshoots amazing quality, her communication is friendly and vibrant too.

The packaging is very well thought out and I love the whole concept of the brand. My favourite collection has to be the Glitter Heart Hair Bands .The whole styling of the model down to the sequinned, glitter make up, pink dip dye hair and the I'm Your Present Sweetheart earrings are just perfect.

The glitter bow is exceptionally well made and fastens at the back with an alligator clip. The glitter has no fall out either so no matter how many times you wear it, it retains its full sparkle.

I have worn the bow in two different ways. Here at a Christmas party, I pulled up the front section of my hair and secured it at the back of my head. The bow stayed in place all night and was really comfortable.

I love wearing my hair up in a messy bun too and wear the bow just underneath.

Overall- I would highly recommend this glitter bow as it is excellent quality and a good price for a beautiful handmade bow clip. 

Love Laura xoxo

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara Review

Benefit has got to be one of my favourite make up brands ever. I love the whole retro vibe, packaging and new releases that the company comes up with. I absolutely love the styling of the new salons that have popped up and the the design of the bar that they had before Christmas too.

I bought Elle magazine as it had Benefit make up free with it and not only that it was their new release of the Roller Lash mascara. The full sized version of this mascara costs £19.50 usually so for the price of the magazine it was a great way of trying it out for much cheaper.

I have tried out all of Benefit's mascaras before and this is the one that has stood out the most to me. I love the idea that it lifts and curls your eyelashes as I want long fluttery lashes.

The sample size comes in a small 3g tube and has a regular lid rather than the pink roller of the full sized version. The mascara wand is also black on this version rather than pink which is a shame as I love the retro roller version.

The brush has been designed so that it hooks the eyelashes and the little spikes ensure that it catches many lashes in order to lift. 

 What Benefit say about Roller Lash;

"Why we love it!

It’s a roller for lashes! The eye-opening Hook ‘n’ Roll™ brush grabs, separates, lifts and curls…while the instant curve-setting formula holds for 12 hours.
Curl Power!
97% said it visibly lifts lashes* 
87% said it gives long-lasting curl* 
94% said eyes look more wide open* 
*consumer panel survey on 31 women after 4 weeks

How to apply

Gently wiggle the wand from base of lashes to tip. Repeat across your lashline, making sure to catch every lash.


Contains Provitamin B5 and Serin, ingredients known for their lash-conditioning benefits
Ink black
Satin finish 
8.5 g Net wt. 0.3 oz.

Beauty tip

For super curl AND length, apply roller lash first to curl & lift your lashes then layer they’re real! lengthening mascara on top. It’s sexy drama beyond belief!"

Here's my lashes without mascara on and they are quite curled already naturally. They are blonde on the ends too which are more noticeable when mascara is added as they are longer than they look.

This is one coat of the Roller Lash mascara and I found that it was really easy to apply and curled my lashes. It makes for a wide eyed look and is my favourite of Benefit's mascara so far. I love the black shade and found that it lasted the whole day without any smudges or crumbling.
I wouldn't say it was super easy to remove as some mascara remained and smudged under my eyes but after a second wipe it all came off.

Overall, I love this mascara and would buy the full sized version of it. If you are looking for a mascara that curls your lashes then this is the one whereas if you're looking for length then I would try the They're Real mascara instead.

Love Laura xoxo