Friday, 17 October 2014

Glossybox October Unboxing

I love this Pop Art edition for Glossybox October and there were four different colours that were sent out. I love this pink coloured one that I received.  Glossy no longer send a magazine or product card out in the box anymore as it is all online now. I think this is great for saving the environment but I've got used to looking at my little card to read about the products contained inside.

I've received my last two boxes since moving promptly and I'm really happy with them but unfortunately still haven't received my August box even after many e-mails and calls. 

Here are the contents of my box this month and I like what's contained inside.

First up is this Yves Rocher, Quelques Notes d'Amour perfume. This perfume is a little too mature for my taste but I'll still wear it for work everyday. It's a decent sized sample so it will last quite a while too.

I received a full sized Ciate Paint Pot in black which is perfect for Halloween or as a sophisticated monochrome look to pair with black and white. 

I received a So Susan Flutter mascara which is full sized too. I love wearing mascara as it really opens my eyes up so it's great that I've received another one to use. I loved Jelly Pong Pong products and this is the same company. I wouldn't necessarily purchase this product after it's run out as it's too expensive.

I'm excited to try this Nuxe mask out. I've got more into face products just recently and probably because I have so many to use up. I like the sound of Creme Fraiche as it sounds good enough to eat.

 This Rimmel BB cream will be handy to use too and it contains SPF 15 which is a great property to be included. The shade may be a little too light for my skin tone though.

Finally I received this Etre Belle lip peel which I don't really feel to keen on using. I don't like the thought of skin peels. Is this just me? Probably because I've never used anything like this before.

I think that's it a high quality selection of products this month and this is one of my favourite box designs to date. I do still enjoy getting a box of beauty products through the post every month as it's exciting.

My favourite products this month are the Nuxe and the mascara.

Love Laura xoxo

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Haunting Halloween Shades with BeautyUk

Hi everyone,

Today I have some Beauty Uk make up which would be great shades to use at Halloween. I enjoyed trying out these pieces and I think these would be perfect for a sultry vampire look ie Morticia Addams. I absolutely love that film(s) and I haven't actually seen it in years. Think it's going to be a must see for me this Halloween. 

The pieces that I received above are the *Compact Face Powder in Number 2 , *Black lipstick in the Shade No. 13 Darkness, *Glacier Gloss in shade No 10 'Plum and Have A Go' and finally the new *Eyebrow kit.

The Compact face powder was a dream to use. It has a built in applicator puff and mirror and would be great to take in your handbag. I thought Shade 2 would be too light for me but it was actually a good match. The powder was really easy to sweep across my face and it felt smooth and easy to achieve a subtle cover up. It provides a light coverage and I was pleased with the results. This retails for £3.99.

The '*Darkness' lipstick would be fantastic to use at Halloween. The formulation is wet which makes it very easy to apply and two swipes give you an opaque colour. When tested on the back of my hand it was easy to build up the darkness and there was no dragging or pulling, it just glided on. You get plenty of product in the tube and it has a decent lasting time too. The lipstick is £3.49 which is cheap and cheerful and will last a long time.

This is not a shade that I would have chosen myself in Plum & Have A Go but now that I've swatched it and worn it, I think it's a perfect berry shade for Autumn and Winter time and I really like it. The gloss feels slightly sticky but is great quality and has good lasting power. For £2.99 it's a bargain price and is a versatile shade.

The *Eyebrow kit  is a compact case which includes three shades of powder, wax, tweezers and an angled applicator for £3.99. The wax was smooth to apply and I chose the medium shade of brown to fill in and shape my brows. I've never actually used a kit like this before as I prefer my eyebrows to  be natural but found it easy to use. The powder was simple to apply but you have to have a steady hand and know the desired look that you are aiming for. This kit would be useful for an everyday look or as a Disney villain for Halloween with exaggerated brows. For me I still prefer my natural brows as they stood out too much for my liking. The colour was strong and lasted well but I need a lot more practice at how to actually apply it and look good!

On my lips, I applied the gloss first and then added a little black lipstick and blended.

What are you wearing for Halloween?

Love Laura xoxo
*PR items sent kindly for review.

Friday, 10 October 2014

What's in my Kawaii box September?

I love love love this subscription box. I look forward to it arriving each month. This is the second box that I have received now and I love it just as much. 
I love the added touches and the whole girly-ness of it all. Look at the handwritten note that you get too.

When I first opened the small cardboard box this is what I saw inside it. The tiny box is jam packed with kawaii goodness. Just looking at all this makes me happy.

Here are all of the goodies that I received inside for approximately £11 ($18.90/month) I've just converted the dollars to UK pounds and it's saying £7.42 what an absolute bargain!

First up is this little notebook which has a strong resemblance to Boo the dog which is named the 'Lucky Bear' This will be used for taking notes and possibly blog ideas. Or maybe I'll use it for writing down things that make me happy.

How cute is this little donut charm? I received the lilac one and I've seen on Instagram that these varied in colour.

This is my favourite item in the whole box. I think that this pink alpacca 'Al Pacasso' is the most adorable item ever. What a little cutie!

I could use these shoe laces in my pink converse to change them up a little. Look at the little pink polka dot mustaches!

A little cat phone plug that you put into your phone. This would be upside down on my iPhone though as my plug is at the bottom of my phone.

I've never tried these little loom bands before so I was excited to fin a box of them in here. These have been all the craze and I'm quite creative so it'll be good to learn how to make the different items.

Oh these little biscuity sticks were absolutely delicious. They were sweet and kind of vanilla flavoured. Would definitely buy these again and you got lots in the little box as they are really thin.

This ice-cream squishy is great to squash. It feels so good! The little sprinkles drop off easily though.

Is this a card holder? I like the colours used. These are two of my favourite and I love them together.

Love this hairband. It's something that I would wear as I love hair accessories and bows.

I also love this nail wheel full of different fruits. I have one very similar to this but this has more variety inside it.

Overall - I adore this box and can't wait for next month's offering.

Love Laura xoxo

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Batiste Floral Essences Review

*Batiste Floral Essences is the newest scent of Batiste that I have been using regularly on my hair. This little floral beauty is an essential to me inbetween washes to eliminate grease at the roots, add some oomph and add a freshly-washed-perfumed aroma.

On the 9th September, Batiste was the official hair care sponsor for Charlotte Ronson's S/S 2015 collection at New York Fashion Week. Backstage the lead stylist used Batiste on each of the models' hair to create an airy, natural look.

This Bright and Lively Floral Essences has top notes of water blossom with a heart of melon, peach and orange. The base notes consist of violet, muguet and rose.
The heart notes are what makes me love this scent as usually I steer towards fruit rather than florals.
The scent of this Floral Essences one is a lot more fresh and vibrant than the Batiste Floral dry shampoo.

I highly recommend Batiste dry shampoo to be used on hair in-between washes. I have a range of different scents and have used Batiste since they first arrived on the market. Even though my hair is now brunette, I find that if you spray far enough away and then either scrunch/ brush through your hair then it doesn't leave the white marks.

As soon as I've sprayed this on my hair, I'm good to go. Before these were invented it was either a case of washing hair more regularly (which really dries my hair out) or wearing a hat! (I still only like pom-pom beanie hats!)

At the moment there is half-price off Batiste products at Superdrug so you can buy this can for only £1.49 for 200ml.  We all know that I love a bargain so with that price it's time to stock up!

Have you tried this new scent?

Love Laura xoxo
*PR item kindly sent for review.

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

BeautyUk Pink You've Had Enough - Nail Polish Review

Pink is my favourite colour for more or less everything. I just can't get enough of it. When I saw this shade, *Pink you've had enough on BeautyUk's website, I wanted to try it. It does look a more coral pink on the website but in real life it's more of a bright Barbie pink instead. 

I went through a stage of having bare nails whilst I moved house and when I got back into a routine I found that painting my nails makes me feel that I've made an effort and instantly makes me feel dressed up.

The brush and consistency of this polish made it really easy to apply to my nails perfectly and I loved the glossy finish. It has a mostly smooth finish and only one coat is shown in the photos. Two coats are needed for a even look.

I used this polish on a bright sunny day and it was perfect for this type of day. I would still wear it on dull days and with monochrome too so that it adds fun.  
I absolutely love this colour and it really stood out ( especially against my Mickey Mouse pants which are super comfortable!)
The wearability on this without a topcoat was two days on my nails which is great as polish usually chips on the same day with me.

The polishes are affordable too at £2.99 per bottle.

Do you like pink shades?

Love Laura xoxo

*PR item kindly sent for review.

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Autumnal Monochrome

It's that time of year again where the days grow chillier and the temptations of the hot chocolate and assortments of lattes beckon me. Every year I search for the perfect Autumn/ Winter coat that will predominantly keep me warm but also be stylish and compliment many outfits. 

I wore this outfit to go to Glasgow Hydro on Sunday to watch Still Game. I love watching the box set of this show as it's hilarious. It was so surreal to be sat there watching them act on the stage. They were so brilliant it was just like watching them on television. Apparently Biffy Clyro were in the audience too at the same time as us but I only found this out after the show was finished and we had got home!

I spotted this *Only Jessie Wool Coat in charcoal/black and instantly knew that I could make this work for day and night time. It would look great over a simple jumper and jeans or dressed up over an evening dress.
The coat has 50% wool which will ensure I stay snug on the coldest of days and is fully lined. It has a full zip fastening to keep out the cold and duffle toggles for a stylish finish. It has two decent sized pockets which are handy for storing my gloves in. The design of the coat, when zipped right to the top, ensures that the winter wind doesn't reach your neck.

The fit on this jacket is perfect. It states that it's A-line but on me instead of just hanging straight it goes in at my waist and out at the hips which makes it appear instantly dressed up. I always choose a size up in coats as they tend to fit me better that way so with this I'm wearing a size 12 which if you're ordering it would be a size L 12/14 (UK)

I love the added detail of the tartan hood as it compliments the charcoal really well and is perfect for Autumn and Winter time.

Underneath I'm wearing the Naberay Tuxedo jumpsuit from Rule1 Store which is a change from what I usually go for (bright coloured neons or pastel prints.) The jumpsuit fitted me really well and my coat added the perfect finishing touch. I still had to add a bright coloured necklace though from Primark as I had to show my personality even with a monochrome outfit. I chose to wear simple dolly black patent flats as I didn't think it would be practical to walk around in heels. 

I've not owned anything from the brand 'Only' before but I would highly recommend this coat for the exceptional quality, perfect fit and stylishness.

What winter coat have you chosen?

Love Laura xoxo

*PR item sent very kindly for an honest review.