UK Box Swap with Cats for Life

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It’s been a while since I blogged hasn’t it? So this post is a good way to ease me back into it. I know your probably sick of me saying I am busy at work, but it’s true! Topped with an untimely visit to A and E, a horrible cold and the landlord deciding to replaster the house we stay in, I’ve been pretty busy. I move department again in a few weeks time, so looks like the 12, 14 or even 16 hour days could be a thing of the past for me. I really love my current department and although this past 2 weeks have been insanely busy I will be really sad to leave. I’ve enjoyed getting stuck into different things. The replastering of our house came at the totally wrong time and there is just stuff everywhere. It’s horrible. It’s even a struggle to sit down at my computer and write this post.

Anyway, I arranged this box swap with the lovely Jordannah back in the new year and we had originally planned to do the swap in March/April time around Easter. We ended up delaying it as Jordannah was on holiday for a few weeks and before I knew it, it was June! I actually got my box a few weeks before Jordannah, even though I posted her box before she posted mine. Her boyfriend ended up forgetting to take the box with him, so poor Jordannah had to wait over 3 weeks to get it from him! I felt pretty bad for her, but eventually she got her box, so we agreed we would show you all what we got!

I was so excited when I opened the box by the sheer amount of things she had managed to cram into our budget. I felt like my box was a little lacking in comparison. I couldn’t wait to rip off the cute orange and red tissue paper and see what was in store. And boy I was not disappointed! Jordannah also included a really cute little cat postcard – we both love cats. I thought the yellow cards that were stuck onto each of the little bundles explaining why she included things was a great idea.

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Skincare

Vichy Idealia Smoothing and Illuminating Cream

‘I had too many of these Vichy Serums lying around so thought you would love one!’

Thanks ūüôā Jordannah! I had seen Vichy on so many blogs as it seems a staple product in those monthly subscription boxes but had never tried anything myself. This little 3ml tube will be fabulous for taking on holiday as it won’t eat into my liquid allowance too much. I’ve put this away in my drawer of holiday sachets, so hopefully it wont be there too long before I get to use it!

Montagne Jeunesse Chocolate Masque

‘And who can say no to a chocolate face mask?!’

I love Montagne Jeunesse Face Masks. I actually have a tube of the chocolate and orange face mask, which I love and I imagine this one will be pretty similar. Mmm chocolatey.

Simple Kind to Skin Refreshing Facial Wash Gel

‘And to a bit of simple. Everyone needs some in their life!’

I knew I would forget to photograph something in the bundle. Sorry. Simple is not a brand I am hugely familiar with – I’ve tried a couple of things and I know it is super affordable and gentle on the skin. This wash is soap free and unscented. I’m going to let my other half try this one out too as he has really sensitive skin. This didn’t dry out my skin, or leave it feeling tight.

Garnier Moisture Match Illuminating Light Lotion

‘Hehe, this is the item I had to break into the box, to put in! I love this moisturiser, it’s by far the best drugstore one I’ve found.’

I am so glad that Jordannah delayed sending the box to put this in! Love it so much. I think it is probably the highlight of the box for me. It smells delicious, kinda citrusy and it so light on the skin. After using this my skin feels amazing and soft and not at all greasy. Applying makeup after this is a dream. I am in love. Thank you so much!

Halo Eye Make-Up Remover Pads

‘I really love Halo as a brand and these make-up wipes are really good.’

I haven’t tried these out yet as I generally only use make-up wipes when I am feeling lazy. The packet is so compact that these would be good for a weekend away when you want to keep stuff to a minimum.

Hair and random stuff

Hair and random stuff

Hair and Miscellaneous

Beauty So Clean Wipes

‘I also put in some Beauty So Clean wipes to clean beauty items like lipgloss and lipstick.’

What a brilliant idea these wipes are and I will definitely make full use of these. More often than not I am cleaning up palettes and lipgloss, so this will be a much more hygienic than a tissue.

Batiste Original Dry Shampoo

‘For hair I love Batiste. Its a life saver.’

This can is so cute and compact and would be perfect for a festival. I don’t use dry shampoo as a shampoo, I tend to use it more for backcombing. Once my current can is finished, I will be giving this a try.

Tresemme Hair Shot

‘I also got a little hair conditioner shot for a little pick me up.’

I could really do with this right now, my hair is an absolute mess! Thanks for including this Jordannah, you must have read my mind. Once the replastering is done in my house, I will be having a pamper session, so will whip this out then.

Maybelline Baby Lips in Hydrate

‘For lips I’ve put in my all time fav baby lips – I’m already on my second.’

I’m surprised Jordannah has managed to go through one of these already! I haven’t tried this Baby lips before, but I have the Mint one which I love the smell of, but don’t find too moisturising. Hopefully since this one is actually targeted to moisturise the lips that it will far better.

Makeup goodness

Makeup goodness

Cosmetics

Collection Cream Puff in Cotton Candy

‘These collection Lip Puffs are great too! I chose a pretty standard colour just in case!’

They are actually amazing. The colour is perfect for me and compliments my skin really well. I love the idea of these, they dry to a matte finish but apply like a gloss. I managed to get around 2-3 hours wear from this and it did transfer a little when eating and drinking. One thing I noticed was that it required good lip preparation before so that my lips didn’t look flakey and liney.

Natural Collection Blushed Cheeks in Peach Melba

Ah good old natural collection. I used to love natural collection when I was in school as everything was so affordable. I was pleasantly surprised by how pigmented this blusher is and how smoothly it applies. This colour is really natural looking, so perfect for those no makeup days.

Collection Bronze Glow in Terracota

‘ I got you my all time favourite blush and bronzer so you can try out some contouring.’¬†

I am a bad beauty blogger. I don’t contour. I wear blusher and sometimes bronzer and I guess you could say I sculpt my cheeks a little, but I never contour the jawline, hairline or nose. Lets give it a bash with this matte bronzer shall we?

Seventeen Phwoar Paint

‘I bought you my fav concealer of the moment, it says its for under eyes but works great on blemishes too.’

I’ve seen this on a few blogs and have been intrigued. I am the queen of dark circles, so really need something heavy. I haven’t actually tried this under eyes yet as I am worried it will crease, so need to wait for a day when I am not leaving the house but it is fabby on spots. So creamy and the colour is an okay match for my skin.

Collection Fast Stroke Eyeliner in Black

‘I really love the collection liquid eyeliner – it’s so easy to do a cat eye with.’

When I saw this I turned away and groaned. I am so useless at liquid eyeliner as my hands are so shaky, so I thought I would just make a mess. I wasn’t wrong. So much mess. Anyway, Brittany from the Beauty deputy had a cool technique to use tape to mark off your area for a flick. I’m gonna get some masking tape and try this out. In terms of formula, I don’t really have any other eyeliners of the liquid variety to compare to, but it seems quite wet, drying to a semi matte finish. I will report back if I successfully manage a flick.

Alima Eyeshadow

‘I also put in a little loose eyeshadow I had but never used. I know you love eyeshadow more than me!’

Awh this was very sweet to get this included. The colour of this is hard to describe, a kinda grey-brown shimmer. I’m going to review this soon as I had never heard of the brand.

Notebook, pens and brush roll

Notebook, pens and brush roll

Food and Non-Beauty Stuff

Brush Roll, Notebook and Gel Pens

Cute notebook

Cute notebook

Couldn't resist a close up of the pens

Couldn’t resist a close up of the pens

Brush roll

Brush roll

Ah how cute is the brush roll?And she hand made it! I was scared to use it incase it gets dirty, but its washing machine safe! Once my house is back in order, this will take pride of place on my dresser. The notebook with the stitched on dolls was a cute addition too. And the swirly gel pens took me back to my childhood.

Food :)

Food ūüôā

Haribo, Mikado, Eton Mess Chocolate and Necklace

I already ate most of the strawberry haribo as I opened them at work and shared them with people. The mikado were amazing – ¬†never tried them before. I’m ashamed to say that me and the BF ate the whole box in one sitting. #Piggies

Has anyone else ever down a box swap? Big thanks to Jordannah for agreeing to do this swap with me:)

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Two identical pairs of GHDs – One pair is 6, the other 4

I was asked¬†absolutely ages ago by Brittany from the Beauty Deputy to do this TAG, but at the time I was struggling to think of things. I’ve finally got around to doing it now. Sorry for taking so so so long Brittany, I only noticed this sat in my drafts box when I was having a total blog re-organisation. I really need to start being more organised. At least my blog spring clean has helped me realise how many posts I still have to write up…

Greed: What’s your most expensive beauty item?

Singularly, I think it is probably my GHD hair straighteners.  I am so bad I have 2 pairs. Is that wrong? And they count as a beauty item right? Collectively it has to be my nail polish collection.

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Some of my more muted eyeliners – I’ve had these a few years

Wrath: What item do you have a strong love/hate relationship with?

Oh I suppose this has to be eyeliner. I love eyeliner with smokey eyes for a night out, but I think that if I wear it daily it accentuates my dark circles. Especially black eyeliners! Also my application is a bit sucky. I do have these ones that I quite like, especially the white one for giving a brightening effect.

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One of my OPI nail polish cases

Gluttony: What brand takes up most of your collection?

Oh gosh, OPI for sure. I love OPI. I want them all. I’ve recently developed a thing for Urban Decay and Sleek though, so watch this space.

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One highlighter I quite often use, but probably not properly

Sloth: What product do you ignore the most due to laziness?

Highlighter and countouring. It just seems like so much effort. And I am too lazy to bother.

Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer and Soapn and Glory Thick and Fast|theLittleScottishCorner

Two recent additions to my stash. Very good additions

Pride: Which product gives you the most confidence?

Hmmm. Difficult. Either concealer or mascara. I rarely don’t wear either of them.

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Lust: What item is at the top of your list?

Marc Jacobs Dot perfume. Or the Honey version. I will take either.

Envy: Which makeup product/look looks great on others but not on you?

Liquid eyeliner and bright lips. There is a girl at work who wears awesome liquid eyeliner in a lovely little flick. It just looks like cow pat on me. Red lips wash me out majorly and I just don’t suit it. Oh well.

I’m gonna tag a few of my favourite bloggers to do this tag (if you haven’t already), but would love for anyone else who wants to do it:

Does She Now

Think.Love.Makeup

Beauty As I know It

Little Bit Soph

Erin Louise Hunt

What are your makeup/beauty sins?

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Manicure Monday #7 – OPI Pinking of You and More than a Glimmer

OPI Pinking of You and More than a Glimmer

OPI Pinking of You and More than a Glimmer

So technically it’s Tuesday, not Monday but I was far too tired yesterday. I didn’t get home from work until just before 9 and then had to eat etc, so just didn’t have the time. Sorry bloggers. I’ve also been feeling a little demotivated for the past few days, not so much blogging but life in general. A few things got said to me last week at work – both by people I consider friends and a manager. It just left me feeling a little kinda like “Is that really how people see me? Do people really think that?”. It’s really daft to get upset about, as they probably didn’t mean for it to upset me, but I am really a sensitive soul. It was mostly about positive sexism towards female engineers and also how it must be difficult for me in a male dominated environment. These are 2 things I never think about until people bring them up and then the awkward turtle comes out to play. Anyway, enough of my rambling an onto the pictures and review.

More than a Glimmer in the bottle

More than a Glimmer in the bottle

I got this set of 2 OPI polishes in TK Maxx for around ¬£13. I am a sucker for OPI and a sucker for pink. This was a winner. This was released last year for breast cancer awareness, so OPI donate a pound. Pah. A measeley pound; I suppose it is better than nothing, but I’ve decided to save more and donate to cancer research regularly. I lost my Granny to cancer when I was 8 and it terrifies me that 1 in 3 of us will know someone with cancer. So at the moment, I’m donating only ¬£3 a month but it is better than nothing. And no, I didn’t do the no make-up selfie. One look on my facebook page and there is plenty of no make-up photos. I also don’t do selfies, although I do have one coming up on the blog when I can get the courage…

Close up of Pinking of You

Close up of Pinking of You and More than a Glimmer

Cinderella Hand after 2 days

Cinderella Hand after 2 days – showing minor chipping

Pinking of You and More than a Glimmer again

Pinking of You and More than a Glimmer again

The formula of Pinking of you was not the best. It was quite thin and watery, drying streaky. As a result this was a 3/4 coater. It took an age to dry, but the result was a lovely glossy, Barbie pink. More than a Glimmer is the showstopper here. It is a very pale and milky pink, with different coloured hex glitter. The formula is far too sheer to wear alone, so I layered it over Pinking of You. I think the result was stunning. I also think pinking of you would look great in a jelly sandwich. Drying time for this one was great, within 5 minutes. Pinking of you dries to a matte finish, so I skipped the topcoat. I got a full 5 days of wear with only minor chipping. Massive winner.

Have you tried OPI and would you wear this combo? What’s your spring polish of the moment?

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You Beauty Advent Calendar Day 24

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Sorry for the really bad quality photo, but to be honest your not missing much! It’s a bag of pink tinged salts, but oh my gosh! It is these beauties which have been making my calendar smell terrific. It’s just a lovely herbal/aromatherapy scent. Therapie Roques O’Neil are a brand I had never heard of, but I am excited to try these salts out. Apparently the 100g bag is enough for 2-3 baths, which in my tiny eco friendly bath tub is probably about 8 baths. I realised just how small it was when I visited home and my boyfriends parents and had a shower and to me, it was like standing in the grand canyon! Anyway, these little babies smell delicious and will be getting a full review for sure when I try them out. I can’t wait! Apparently it contains a blend of essential oils to detoxify. Mmmm.

I hope you enjoyed my little snippet posts every day and have  lovely Christmas.

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Elemis freshskin Skincare Part 1 – Discovery Set Review

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It has been a stressful couple of weeks for me and as a result, my skin is suffering more than normal. As a result, I have really stepped up my game in terms of moisturising and reduced the ammount of make-up I am wearing to give it a chance to clear. Again, apologies to anyone who has already read this as I am trying to post all my previous posts from a shared blog on here so I have everything in one place.¬†A few months ago now, I purchased the Elemis freshskin discovery kit available from¬†Superdrug for ¬£18.99¬†(I LOVE that Superdrug are branching out into slightly more luxury brands, Nicole OPI, Crabtree and Evelyn et al). It is also available at the likes of feelunique, lookfantastic and Debenhams so do shop around for offers. Since then I have repurchased the kit, as I think it is a fantastic price for the contents, which last for ages even though they are small tubes. I found that these lasted me around a month of daily use. For those of you who haven’t heard of Elemis, it is a British Spa brand and is towards the luxury end of the scale. The Pro Collagen Marine cream retails for almost ¬£100 (yikes) and as gorgeous as that is, I doubt any teenager or twenty-something could afford that (unless of course you are blessed with a multi million pound fortune, which sadly most of us mere mortals are not.) Anyway, many beauty salons offer Elemis products and I have had an Elemis facial before which was lovely and relaxing. Early this year, Elemis released the freshskin range, targeted at the teens to 20s age group. The idea is the range offers luxury skin care at affordable prices, encouraging young people to look after their skin. What do Elemis say about the freshskin range?

‘Being young is all about having a packed life and that’s just how it should be.
freshskin has been specifically designed for the needs of a young skin.
Skin will appear brighter and more radiant whilst the freshskin Skin Clear range targets problem, oily and blemish prone skin.
Every¬†freshskin¬†product is formulated with naturally active ingredients which have been specially chosen for their ability to help cleanse, exfoliate, moisturise and target the problems of a young skin.’

As mentioned previously, I suffer from both oily and dry patches, so have tried products from both ranges and will review more from the freshskin range in another post. I think this range is fantastic, it is free from so many nasties: Parabens, SLS, SLES, DEA, Mineral Oils, Artificial Colours and Silicones. This ethos runs across the whole Elemis brand, not just the freshskin range, so as your skin matures you can move on to their more ‘grown up ranges’. The discovery set contains five products: a 30ml Peachy Perfect Gentle Face Wash, a 30ml Skin Glow Exfoliating Face Wash, a 15ml Softly Softly Daily Moisturiser, a 15ml Dreamy Sleep Night-time Moisturiser and 3x7ml Deep Clean Purifying Face Masks (only 2 are shown in the picture as I used the third one already and a review will follow shortly).

Peachy Perfect Gentle Face Wash

Everyday facial wash, available from Superdrug for £11.99 for 100ml.

‘Hydrating chicory extract, conditioning elderflower and skin-awakening lemon leave the complexion beautifully soft and glowing.’

This face wash is nice and thick and comes with a handy pump dispenser so you can get just the right amount. I find this is not too drying and is gentle enough to use around my eyes. It has no smell when you pump it out the tube, but once you foam it up with warm water, it smells really fresh and peachy. It lathers up well and does leave my face feeling clean, although sometimes I am left wanting something a little stronger for my oily nose which is why next pay day I want to try the purifying face wash from the range for oily skin.

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Skin Glow Exfoliating Face Wash

Facial exfoliator, available from Superdrug for £11.99 for 100ml.

‘With a deep pore cleansing action, this exfoliating facial wash contains cherry powder and jojoba beads to gently polish and refine skin texture. Enriched with mandarin and aniseed to soften and condition, leaving skin bright, clean and more radiant. ‘

I never knew this contained cherry, so I am glad that it didn’t flare up my skin due to my weird allergy. This also contains sweet almond oil, which for me is the main scent that I can detect when using it. I do get a small whiff of mandarin, which is nice. This scrub is quite smooth in comparison to others I have used, but does a great job for an everyday scrub. It gently exfoliates away my dry patches and helps unclog pores too. I do feel that I could do with a rougher scrub for once a week use. I am on my third bottle of this so far, I just love it.

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Softly Softly Daily Moisturiser

Everyday moisturising cream, available from Superdrug for £19.99 for 50ml.

‘Enriched with seaweed extract, this light and non-greasy daily moisturiser helps protect and moisturise. Rosehip seed oil and sweet almond oil deliver soothing and softening qualities ensuring the skin receives and instant hydration boost. Skin is left revitalised and more radiant. ‘

This also contains geranium, lavender and English chamomile and therefore is quite strongly scented. If you like your moisturiser to be scent free, this probably isn’t for you. The smell is not overpowering, it very much reminds me of the oils they used at the beauty salon and when I apply it I find it very relaxing. The formula is quite thick, but not overly so and as you can see in the picture (its the one on the bottom) it has started to run slightly. I find that this really does soften my skin and my face is honestly so soft after use. I didn’t apply it today and wow, my face felt like sandpaper in comparison to normal. The moisturiser does not leave my skin oily and I usually leave this to soak in for 10minutes whilst eating my cereal. I NEVER want to be without this baby.

Dreamy Sleep Night-time Moisturiser

Overnight replenishing cream, available from Superdrug for £21.99 for 50ml.

‘Specially formulated with a powerful liposome complex of Vitamins A,C and E, this intensely hydrating night-time moisturiser improves skin radiance while you sleep. Blackcurrant seed oil and barley extract help to further refine skin texture and increase skin smoothness.’

This smells much the same as the day cream and has much the same effect. The only difference it is a bit thicker, as you can see in the picture (it is the one on the bottom) and probably much more moisturising. I do find that I wake up with soft skin, however if you are tight for cash, I would say the day cream would do just as good a job if you have normal or oily skin. This is probably only essential if you have dry skin.

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Overall, I love this range, my only criticism is the price. Although in my book ¬£20 for a moisturiser and ¬£10 for a face wash every 3 months isn’t much, I know that when I was 13 earning ¬£20 a week from my paper round and ¬£24 every Saturday in my local flower shop, I¬†would definitely not have forked out for this. I think Elemis have targeted the wrong age group, unless any mums or grandparents are kind enough to purchase this for birthdays, Christmas etc. Look out for my review coming up on the face mask, serum and eye gel.

Gosh that was a long post wasn’t it? I hope you enjoyed reading this and I would love to hear¬†your thought on the freshskin range. Have you tried any Elemis products or are you tempted to purchase this kit now?