Monday, 18 November 2013

Cheap and cheerful Christmas goody

 I LOVE Christmas - everything about it is just beautiful! I wanted something to spruce up my work desk for the festive season, and found this cute little USB colour changing Christmas Tree in B&M, for the modest price of £1.

It is about 20cm tall I would say, and is made of plastic. Connected to it's bottom is a USB wire (which is nice and long - always useful) and it plus straight into your laptop/computer. I think it is so cute and I can't wait to display it on my desk, though I do think I'll give it a couple of weeks - don't want to seem TOO keen!

Do you decorate your work space for Christmas? If so what arr you planning to use to make it look pretty? I'm still on the hunt for some more items so do share your ideas below!

Saturday, 16 November 2013

Glossybox November 2013

I love receiving my Glossybox every month. However Octobers box was a bit pants (perfume sample and some small sachets of skin cream just about sums it up!), so I had high expectations for the November box - and thankfully it did not disappoint.

All five product included in this month's Glossybox..

Yves Rocher Cocao and Raspberry hand cream - FULL SIZE
B Gold nail varnish - FULL SIZE
Elegant Touch Rapid Dry for Nails - FULL SIZE
Emite micronized eye shadow - FULL SIZE
Vichy Idealia serum - 3 x samples
This is an Emite 'micronized' eyeshadow (which I believe just a fancy word for very finely milled), which makes the product really smooth and easy to apply. It is free from oils, perfumes etc. so really great for sensitive skin. The colour I received is a very dark black, which will be great to use when creating the smokey eye look for a night out.

I believe B is Superdrug's own brand of make-up, this is the first product that I have tried from the range. The colour is gold and sparkly, which is great for that little holiday that is coming up soon - what's it called again? Oh yes, CHRISTMAS! The brush is wide which I do prefer with nail varnish, however my only gripe is that to get a completely opaque gold, I found I needed 2-3 coats - not one coat as the bottle suggests.

I am not a lover of hand creams, but I actually think this is my favourite product this month! The hand cream comes from Yves Rocher's new Cocao collection, and this particular fragrance is cocoa and raspberry. It smells absolutely divine! And the smell lingers for a while which is even better - it left my hands feeling baby-soft and has gained a spot in my handbag.

Elegant Touch Rapid Dry for Nails - I am yet to try this out (in hindsight it would have made sense to test it when I used the nail varnish!) but I have high hopes for this product. It claims to dry nail varnish in 60 seconds, which is great when you're in a rush.

And last but not least, Glossybox have included 3 samples of Vichy's 'super serum' - everybody has been raving about this, but to be completely honest I'm not completely convinced. It has a creamy consistency with a slight shimmer, which is supposed to improve imperfections and even out skin tone.
Overall I love the products in this month's Glossybox, not to mention the fact that 4 out of 5 of them are full size! Well done Glossybox, you have redeemed yourself - this month. I'm really looking forward to the infamous Christmas box, which promises great things.
What do you think of the items this month? Did you receive anything different?

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Always Infinity Challenge at The London Dance Academy

Very early on a Saturday morning, I packed up my bag and jumped on the train to London, ready to take part in the Always Infinity Challenge. For those that aren't aware, Always put on an event at The London Dance Academy, for us lucky ladies to have a go at some innovative new sports - Barre Core and Aerial Yoga.
I arrived at the studio and got changed into the complimentary Freya Active sportswear. We then helped ourselves to a healthy breakfast (Alpro yoghurt and granola) and watched a demonstration of the new Always Infinicel sanitary towels. After an inspiration talk from the guest speaker, it was time to get our hearts pumping!
If you are looking for hardcore, fun and fast-paced exercise, then Barre Core is definitely the one for you! The class combines yoga, pilates and ballet, to help tone and tighten every part of your body - be warned, you will ache the following day!
As a fan of regular yoga, I was really excited to try the Aerial yoga, and was not disappointed. This involved using fabric 'hammocks' that were attached to the ceiling, performing yoga moves using your own body weight against the hammock - which included hanging upside down and backflips!
When we weren't taking part in the classes, we were able to visit the Freya Active room, who were offering free bra fittings, as well as a chance to browse and purchase items from the Freya Active range. Did you know that most women are wearing the wrong sized bra?
I had a fantastic day out; I met some lovely ladies from all over the UK, and discovered some exciting (yes, really) exercise classes! I would encourage anybody who has the chance to do something like this, to go for it! We all left feeling energised and motivated, and with a cute goody bag filled with some healthy treats and a few extras.
Have you tried Barre Core or Aerial Yoga? What did you think? If not, is it something you'd like to try?

Hello lovely people! It has been a long time since I posted anything on here, which has been a real shame as I really enjoy updating my blog (hopefully you enjoy reading it too!). Unfortunately life has been getting in the way of my ramblings, but I am happy to say that I am back...for good!

If there is anything you'd like to see in particular, please do let me know and I will try my best to get it on here.

Sunday, 24 March 2013

My daily essentials

Today, I'd like to talk through some of the products that I use on a daily basis. We all have those go-to items which make our lives a hell of a lot easier in the morning, and here are a few of mine;

Tesco Maximum Hold Hairspray - To me, hairspray is a must-have item everyday. Having dry hair, I find that I am quite prone to flyaways, and this 'cheap and cheerful' hairspray keeps them firmly in place!

Boots Tea Tree and Witch Hazel moisturiser - Before the age of about 17, I steered clear of moisturiser, convinced that it would turn my face into an even bigger oil slick. That was until I found this; the gel-like formula is great for oily skin, leaving it feel soft and fresh. Also, the active ingredients are perfect for keeping spots at bay.

Baby wipes - one product I am not fussy about! I don't really mind which brand of wipes I use (though I do have a preference to the Boots Cucumber wipes), baby wipes are great as I seem to live at my house half the week, and the boyfriends for the rest of it. I love having wipes on me to freshen up, they are the perfect multi-tasker - and also work as furniture wipes!

Loreal Extraordinary Oil - I love using a hair serum to add shine and softness to my hair, but this one is so lightweight and smells delicious, it has to be my favourite! At around £10 it may seem expensive, but it lasts such a long time, you really do get your money's worth.

Chapstick - When it comes to lip balm, I tend to get slightly obsessive (I carry 4 different ones in my handbag!), I hate the feeling and appearance of dry, flaky lips so reapply lip balm frequently to keep them soft.

Mascara - This one needs little explanation; on a good skin day, all you need is a lashing of mascara and a slick of gloss and you're good to go!

Rimmel Stay Matte powder - Without this, my skin will be shiny by 10am. I dust this over the top of foundation and it seems to keep me matte for the best part of the day, which is really impressive.

Mitchum roll-on Deodorant - This is a 'gets the job doe' product. It doesn't smell amazing, but keeps me fresh and dry all day. As it's a roll-on, it also lasts for ages.

Distilled Witch Hazel - I use witch hazel as an alternative to a toner; it leaves my skin feeling really clean and fresh, and also helps to prevent spots. The best thing is, it costs under £2 and can be purchased from the supermarket!

So there you have it; my daily essentials. What products do you use every day? Are there products that you couldn't live without?