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.

Packaging:
 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.

Price: 
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.

Performance:
*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.

Details

Easy-to-remove
Contains Provitamin B5 and Serin, ingredients known for their lash-conditioning benefits
Water-resistant
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

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

What's In My Kawaii Box March?


Woohoo my March Kawaii Box arrived and once again I couldn't wait to open it.  I subscribe each month to Kawaii Box and it costs $18.90 per month and that includes free shipping from Japan. I love this box as it contains super cute items and I've never been disappointed with a box. I love collecting all of the accessories and stationery and trying out the different candy that they pop in the box each month.

Here is my review and unboxing of March 2015's Kawaii Box. 


Here's what was contained in my box this month. In your box you get a card which adds a nice little touch each month and written on it this time says, "You can't spell cute without u."


Here are all my items which were contained in the box. Such a lot packaged into the little box!


With the candy this month I'm really please to receive a Kracie kit. This one looks as though it's a marshamallow like candy which you dip and twist into crystallised pieces of sugar candy. 
I've not tried a green tea Kit Kat before so this little sample is great to receive to taste.


Onto the accessories. I absolutely love the pastel cube bracelet. It reminds me a little of dolly mixtures and is just my cup of tea. I like the lollipop hair clip although I think it's suited to someone younger than me, although I am still a child at heart. 
I also really like this white diamond travel tag as I don't currently own anything like this.


Next I received a little candy charm which looks a little cheap and smells of strong rubber. I also received this little Kawaii raccoon which is a cutie. 


In the box was a great quality pair of chopstcks and four stationery items this month. The pen will come in handy to use everyday and I absolutely love the galaxy print case. I really want a ring in a galaxy print cabochon.

I received Birthday stickers this month which are lovely too and will be great for decorating envelopes, letter or popping into Birthday cards. I also received a Hello Kitty esque pair of glasses eraser.

Another good box this month and my favourite items are the Kracie candy kit, the Galaxy print case and the pastel bracelet.

Love Laura xoxo

Thursday, 19 March 2015

What's In My Glossybox For March 2015?


Oooooo my Glossybox arrived just after lunchtime again and I was excited to find out what was inside it. I forgot to mention before that the editor has now changed and the boxes seem to be much improved. Lots of full sized products have been appearing and the quality has upped its game too.

Glossybox, if you've not come across it before, is a beauty subscription box that costs £10 per month plus p+p. It works out cheaper if you pay for your subscription in advance but I just pay for mine monthly. Inside you find a selection of beauty samples and brands that you may not have heard of before. I love these type of boxes as it'l like receiving a Birthday surprise each month.

Let's take a peek at what I found inside this month's box.......


Here's all my products for this month. Straight away I just loved it. It has a varied selection and I will use absolutely everything this month.


First up are these Dove Advanced Hair Series- Youthful Vitality Shampoo & Conditioner. 
As I had my hair balyaged, the blonde has damaged my hair again so anything that helps is a bonus. I've tried other Dove conditioner samples before and they was good so hopefully this new one will be too. Their deodorant definitely does not work for me at all. It lasts around one hour on me and then I start to become unfresh!

Full sized for these would be £5.99 for 250ml so it'll have to be amazing for me to repurchase these.



Ooooo finally a polish in a colour that I love. There were far too many reds that I received in the past and I don't even like red.
This ncLA - Nail Lacquer in the shade, 'Like.... Totally Valley Girl' costs £13 and is their best selling shade. It's also free from toxins too. I've not heard of this brand before so it's a chance to discover something new. Love the shade name. It reminds me of Clueless of Sweet Valley High!



I've not tried many Essence products before so this Lash Princess Volume Mascara will be perfect for me to try out the brand. I love the name of the product as I want princess lashes. This has a cobra head shaped wand to create length and volume which is what I look for in a mascara. It costs £3.30 which is a bargain price.


My lips have been so chapped just recently. I have tonnes of lipbalms and glosses but none that seem to be doing the job of nourishing and caring. Sigh. I love Carmex and I've not tried one of these Moisture Plus Ultra Hydrating Lip Balms before. I like how it gives a berry sheer tint to it too. Hopefully the Vitamin E and Aloe will make my lip in tip top condition. This is more expensive than their other lipbalms and comes in at £4.49.



Finally I have a NAOBAY - Moisturizing Peeling is essentially an exfoliator to remove dead skin cells and to brighten your complexion. At first I thought it was going to be one of those peel off face masks that my mum used to have when I was a little girl. I was feeling the nostalgia and then I realised it wasn't. Oh! This is a full sized product and costs £13.71. It looks like the sort of product you would see in a spa with the crisp whiteness and wood effect. It's from a Spanish brand and is marketed as an organic peeling milk.

So that's my Glossybox for March.

My favourites this month are the Carmex, Mascara and pink nail polish.
What did you get in yours?

Love Laura xoxo

Friday, 6 March 2015

Vivabox Perfume Samples Review


Vivabox is a perfume sample box with a twist. You try out seven well known perfumes, choose your favourite scent and then use the enclosed voucher inside the box to exchange it for a full sized perfume at The Perfume Shop. The box costs £37.99 plus £3.99 for postage and packaging.

I think that these are a great idea to test out perfumes that you haven't tried before or to send or receive as a gift when someone doesn't know what perfume you like. 
Perfumes can be hard to buy for people unless you know them really well as they are so different and suit different personalities. 

I have quite a few favourite perfumes and have a collection of samples already from various beauty boxes so I regularly wear a variety of perfumes. This is a really great way of knowing what scents wear well and discovering new ones that I may not have tried before. When trying these, I used a different sample perfume each day to get an idea if I liked it or not.

The seven different perfume samples that are contained in the box are;

Hugo Boss - Boss Ma Vie Pour Femme EDP "A fresh green feminine scent that wraps you in a floral blanket of freesia and rose."

I say;
The little vial is hard to open as it's one of the old style ones that you have to pull off the lid and it contains a plastic stick which you use to dab to your pulse points. I have tried this perfume before and I would wear it on a night out. It reminds me of sophistication and is feminine. If I trade my voucher for this one I would receive a 30ml EDP (Eau De Parfum.) I like it but I don't absolutely love it.

Caroline Herrera 212 VIP EDP "Are you on the VIP list? This explosion of bergamot, vanilla and musk is full of attitude."

I say;
This is too strong for me and has a kick of sweetness. By looking at the notes contained in this I would have thought I liked it but sadly not. It must be the musk and gardenia that is too much for me. It makes me pull a face! I could have swapped the voucher for a 30ml EDP but I won't be doing for this one.

Jimmy Choo- Jimmy Choo EDP "A modern fruity chypre with sensual sweet toffee at its base."

I say;
I didn't even know what chypre meant so I went off to Google it. It means that it belongs to a family of perfumes with citrus top notes. This has a strong fragrance which is also sweet. It lasts a long time but it's one that  don't want to keep on smelling. Again this is just not me. It's too grown up and even though I could get a 40ml EDP, I won't be using my voucher for this one either.

Nina- Nina Ricci EDT " An enchanting floral with mouthwatering notes of  red toffee apple, praline, vanilla and citrus. Simply magical."

I say;
Nina Ricci was the first perfume that I bought with my Birthday money when I was thirteen years old. This perfume is therefore nostalgic to me and when I sprayed this it took me back to when I originally had. I remember it being a green bottle with a pink lid and I liked it so much that I didn't want to use it in case it ran out! I can use my voucher for a 50ml EDT of this and I'm thinking of getting it. I really like it now as much as I did back then.



Paco Rabanne Black XS EDT " A sensual mix of cranberries, black violet and vanilla- this is for girls who like to bend the rules."

I say;
Again , not for me. It's too strong and doesn't match my personality at all. I could have used the voucher for a 50ml Eau De Toilette but I won't be doing for this one.

Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy EDP "Feeling flirty? Try an enticing floral gourmand scent containing juicy notes of mandarin, wild berry and caramel."

I say;
Oh Juicy Couture you can do no wrong in my eyes. I already have the Eau De Parfum of this one and I love the scent. I can exchange for a 30ml EDP for this scent and I'm torn between getting this one or another option. Do I get this one again so that I have two of them? Mmmmm decisions decisions.

Kenzo- Flower By Kenzo "Packed with a cornucopia of vibrant, floral notes, including parma violet, Bulgarian rose and wild hawthorn."

I say;
I saw the ingredient parma violet and immediately thought of sweeties but again this scent just isn't for me. It's just not got the mixture of notes that work well for me so I won't be getting this perfume either. Too strong for my nostrils!






I think I'm going to go for either the Juicy Couture or the Nina Ricci options. After searching on The Perfume Shop for the Nina Ricci it costs £39.50 for the 30ml EDT and The Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy is priced at £34.50 for 30ml EDP.

With at least four of the perfumes you are getting the equivalent value of the box for the others they are priced lower. Therefore this box is not one where you think that it's a great bargain but it's great to either get a chance to sample a few perfumes that you already had your eyes on or great to give as a gift.

Would I purchase for myself? No as I would just go to a department store and spray the testers to see if I liked a particular scent. I might buy it as a luxury gift for someone but I think I'd just rather find out what scents they like and end up saving myself a little money too.
Did I like receiving this as a gift? Yes I did as I thought it was exciting to have the little perfumes to test out to see if I could find a new favourite and wear a new scent every day. I have found my love again for an old favourite and confirmed my love of Juicy Couture.

Love Laura xoxo