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BeautecoBox - July

July 19, 2013
I was really excited by the products in the BeautecoBox* for July especially because four of the five products are full-sized.. I took a while to decide between the three different menus and settled on Menu Two as I liked the sound of the hair products. I am yet to try any of the products but here is a breakdown of what was in my box;

Neal and Wolf Elevate (full size) - 'Wave goodbye to drab, limp locks and hello to luxuriously thick hair, filled with body. Evelate has been designed to leave hair stronger, fuller and give more control'.

Neal and Wolf Harmony (full size) - 'Harmony has been specially created to repair damaged hair, using a unique combination of intensive conditioners that deliver an instant transformation'. 

Pukka Radiance Serum (10ml sample) - I'm a bit confused by this as the label on the sachets say 'Gentle Cleanser' and there are two 2ml sachets- not the 10ml as described in the leaflet. Nevertheless, I am actually happier with this as a cleanser than a serum as I do love to try a new cleanser!

Art Deco Soft Kajal Liner (full size) - 'The soft kajal liner with natural antioxidants contains a colour intensive mine with a soft, gel-like texture. It can be applied pleasantly soft and is very long-lasting. The liner is ideal for drawing a line around the eyes and perfectly suited for the inner eyelid'

Art Deco Shadow Base (full size) - 'The eyeshadow base with a soft, creamy consistency prevents the deposition of eyeshadow in the eyelid crease and makes the powder eyeshadows highly long-lasting, intense and brilliant. The eyeshadow is being applied easier, distributed better and lasts longer. This way, little particles cannot become loose, making it ideal for contact lense wearers'.

BeautecoBox costs £10 plus P&P and can be ordered from http://beautecobox.co.uk

Sleek Face Form

July 17, 2013

For my sister, Jess' birthday she wanted a few make-up bits - including a bronzer. I knew that Sleek do some great ones and so found a counter. This Face Form set caught my eye straightaway - it is a contouring compact which includes a bronzer /contouring powder (totally matte - always a plus), a highlighting powder and a gorgeous rose gold blush. I bought this set in the shade 'Fair' and it is available in four different shades - light, fair, medium and dark.

My initial thoughts on this compact was that I adore the packaging, and that the blush is very similar to NARS Orgasm. The packaging is so handbag friendly and it just looks classy - actually very NARS-esque which isn't too surprising as I've heard that they are manufactured in the same factory.

This set is just so handy- I really like it and am very tempted to buy it for myself. The stand-out product for me is the blush as it is beautiful. All of the products are easy to apply and relatively long-lasting. It is a great product from Sleek and costs £9.99.

June Favourites: My Top Three

July 14, 2013

♥ Japonesque Travel Lux Bronzer Brush- I have been loving the Japonesque bronzer brush this month. It is super soft but the hairs are packed together which means you have a lot of control when using it. It picks up the perfect amount of bronzer and just applies it so nice and evenly. I really like the chunky handle too.

♥ MAC Omega Eyeshadow - my trusty ELF eyebrow duo came to an end a few weeks ago and so I was in need of a new eyebrow product. I did buy a CoverGirl brow pencil when I was in Florida but wasn't impressed- I much prefer to use a powder on my eyebrows. Omega eyeshadow is the perfect shade for my dark blonde/brown eyebrows (the colour is more ashy in 'real life') and I have been very impressed.

♥ Dr Jart+ Water Fuse BB Cream - this is the best BB cream I have ever used. The weather has finally got warmer and so I've been using this instead of foundation - it is just perfect. It leaves my skin so glowy and lovely, lasts well and just makes you look so healthy. I adore it! Sadly it is running out but I will be re-purchasing.

Organic Surge Eye Gel

July 12, 2013

This Organic Surge Eye Gel* is described as the perfect treat for eyes this summer, with a lightweight gel texture which provides a soothing and cooling sensation. It is an ideal product for irritated eyes which I know has been an issue for a lot of people over the last few months as hayfever has hit in full force. 

In addition to being a cooling gel, it targets puffiness, dark shadows and dryness to brighten and rejuvenate the eye area - one of the hero ingredients is the herb Eyebright (which I've never heard of before!) which is known for reducing puffiness and redness to visually brighten the eyes.

I have gotten into the habit of applying an eye cream or gel every night so was looking forward to trying this to see how it compared to the other eye products that I have been using. My main criticism was that the pump distributed far too much product for an eye gel - you only need the smallest amount and it was just too much. The next time I used it I made sure to use a tiny pump and that worked a lot better. The gel is really cooling and so great for the summer months although if I'm honest it was not anything super special and I do prefer the Balance Me and Liz Earle eye products. Sorry Organic Surge!

The Eye Gel is priced at £8.49 and is available at www.organicsurge.com. It's definitely worth checking out their website as they have a brilliant sale on at the moment.

Weddings, BBQs and Tennis

July 10, 2013

I think that most people in the UK will agree that this past weekend has been a pretty good one. We have finally enjoyed some beautiful hot and sunny weather and it looks to be staying for some time. Chris and I spent Saturday at a wedding in Colchester which was really lovely. The reception was held at the Le Talbooth restaurant and I had the best dessert I've ever had at a wedding - salted caramel brownie with caramel ice cream and hazelnut brittle (mmm!). We then moved to the Maison Talbooth Hotel which has a beautiful pool house and we spent the next couple of hours lounging by the pool - some guests had even brought their swimsuits and took a dip! It was a stunning venue and I'd highly recommend it for a wedding, or even a mini-break.

On Sunday we drove home (encountering a lot of traffic on the way) and decided to have a BBQ. We feasted on portabello mushrooms, corn on the cob, chicken and vegetable kebabs, salads, burgers and sausages. I also tried the new flavour of Pimms- elderflower and blackberry, which was delicious and far too easy to drink. 

We finished the day by watching the Wimbledon final - it was fantastic! Very pleased for Murray and it was so well deserved. Surely we should have a national holiday to celebrate?

Neom Organics Body Oil

July 08, 2013

I'd describe all of the Neom products as indulgent but their Body Oil* has to win the prize as being it's most luxurious offering. Formulated for skin that needs a rehydration boost, these Body Oils (which can also be used as massage oils) are designed to restore and maintain radiant, smooth and supple skin. 

Whereas most body oils are silicone based and so just sit on top of the skin, the Neom oils contain 97% organic ingredients and 3% natural essential oils which are easily absorbed into the skin. They are available in three different scents; Complete Bliss (Moroccan Blush Rose), Real Luxury (Lavender, Jasmine and Brazilian Rosewood) and Tranquility (English Lavender, Sweet Basil and Jasmne). I went for the Real Luxury option which smells divine. 

I really loved using this body oil. I have previously been put off from using them as they often leave my skin feeling a bit sticky and so I have to leave it to absorb properly. With the Neom body oil, it absorbed so quickly and meant that I could get dressed only a few seconds after applying. It left my skin feeling so moisturised and silky and I can smell the lovely scent for hours after use. Really love this! 

The Neom Organics Body Oils cost £30 and can be purchased from www.NeomOrganics.com.

Instagram - June

July 07, 2013

Homemade Victoria Sponge with strawberries and jam - yum// Dinner with my brother and sister for their birthdays// Another Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze// Listography book// This is what happens when I'm left on my own for the day// A lovely surprise from Timotei// Looking at beds in Feather & Black// Charlie chilling out// Slutty Brownies!

Listography - Your Life in Lists

July 04, 2013


I love writing a good list. I write to-do lists, food shopping lists and don't even get me started on holiday packaging lists. I love the satisfaction of ticking off things and feeling organised. Such a geek.

I think I first saw a Listography book mentioned on the Milk Bubble Tea blog (post here) and knew that it was most definitely my kind of thing. I had a birthday voucher to spend last month and so decided to get the Your Life in Lists book - as I'm sure is quite obvious it is a book filled with different types of lists and by the time you've filled it all in, you have a loose autobiography. 

The Listography journals are by Lisa Nola and there are quite a few different ones to choose such as Friends Listography, Music Listography and My Future Listography. I can see myself buying them all. They also make great presents as are something a bit different. 

I bought mine from Amazon and it cost £8.27.


The Body Shop Bronzing Powder and Brush

July 02, 2013

I am in love with the whole look and feel (I have been spending too much time with our creative team at work this week!) of the bronzing products from The Body Shop. They all look beautiful and make me think of sunshine and holidays. 

The Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder* has a honeycomb design and comes in four shades- Light Matte, Fair Matte, Medium Matte and Dark Matte. Above is in Fair Matte and is a perfect shade for giving a subtle glow which can also be built up for a more bronzed look. It comes in a really handy compact and has no sign of shimmer which I always prefer in a bronzer. It is priced at £13 which isn't bad at all for a good bronzer.

I think that brushes from The Body Shop are fantastic and the Bronzing Brush is no exception. It is super-soft (I may have brushed it on my face without any product- for testing purposes, obviously) and uses synthetic hair. The base means that it is really easy to handle and it applies bronzer evenly. The brush costs £16. 

As well as checking out the bronzer range from The Body Shop, it also worth looking at their online sale as they have some great offers on at the moment. I am very tempted to buy their Love ETC perfume as I received this as one of the first blogging events I went to- a few years back now!