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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes

Hourglass ambient lighting blush swatches and review
Hourglass ambient lighting blush swatches and review
Hourglass ambient lighting blush swatches and review
Hourglass ambient lighting blush swatches and review
Hourglass ambient lighting blush swatches and review
Hourglass ambient lighting blush swatches and review
Hourglass ambient lighting blush swatches and review
Hourglass ambient lighting blush swatches and review
Hourglass ambient lighting blush swatches and review
Hourglass ambient lighting blush swatches and review
Hourglass ambient lighting blush swatches and review
Hourglass ambient lighting blush swatches and review
Hourglass ambient lighting blush swatches and review
Hourglass ambient lighting blush swatches and review
Hourglass ambient lighting blush swatches and review
Hourglass ambient lighting blush swatches and review
Hourglass ambient lighting blush swatches and review
Hourglass ambient lighting blush swatches and review
Hourglass ambient lighting blush swatches and review

There aren't quite words to describe the true beauty of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes. I'll keep this post short and sweet and let the pictures do the talking, a picture is worth a thousand words after all.

I only own one single other product which may compare to the elegance of these blushes however I simply cannot bring myself to swatch it yet... so more on that at a later date.

Hourglasses Ambient lighting blushes are all about pristine packaging, desirable shades and flawless powders that create a soft focus dimensional effect.

With my favourite being Ethereal Glow and the other end of the scale being Mood Exposure all the blushes are perfect and although I have a least favourite that doesn't by any means mean I don't like the blush I just prefer the others as they are more wearable daily for my skin tone.

The lasting power and colour payoff is impressive considering they are all swirled with the sheerer Ambient Lighting powders and only one, Ethereal Glow, requires building up to a more desired shade. Colour payoff's also gentle and soft resulting in flushed cheeks with a glow unique to each blush.

I can't fault a single quality and do believe they are worth every expensive penny. They just last and last. I've used them daily and have done so for about 6 month and not a single dent is showing in any of the powders. 
As I said they are quite expensive which although worth it could also be the products only downfall but as the saying goes you get what you pay for, it's very much true in this case. 

I've gifted one or two of these in the past as I really do love them so much and believe that most  people who try them will adore them too.
They really are very special products and it took me awhile to finally acquire all six but I rarely find myself reaching for other blushes whilst these are in my drawer.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes are available from SpaceNK for £28.00 each.

Have you tried anything from Hourglasses Ambient Lighting range? The Ambient Lighting powders are next on my ever growing wish list.

Lots of Love




Sunday, 14 September 2014

The Glamour Beauty Power List 2014 | Latest in Beauty



Beauty boxes seem to be everywhere at the moment, Look Fantastic recently released one, French company My Little Box is now available in the UK, the usual subscription boxes, limited edition Philip Kingsley boxes from You Beauty Discovery and Latest in Beauty's newest arrival.

I love a good Beauty box. I prefer to know what's inside though before purchasing, it offers a choice and a knowledge of whether we will enjoy the contents and saves the disappointment that an ok box can bring. Latest in Beauty are one off boxes so no subscription required and you can always see whats inside before making the purchase. They usually also carry plenty of stock so there are less disappointed beauty enthusiasts who didn't manage to snap one up in time.

If I could only choose one place to get my beauty box fix from it would no doubt be Latest in Beauty every time. The boxes they manage to drop on us at affordable prices and great value are second to none. Great brands and new releases are often featured in the boxes and great collaborations with the likes of Glamour and British Beauty Blogger mean that these are often untouchable and perfect every time.

The latest release is another Glamour box and yet another winner. With brands such as Laura Mercier and Philip Kingsley and with a range of products including cosmetics, haircare and skincare it's appealing to most.


The Glamour Beauty Power List 2014 contains:

Liz Earl Hot Cloth Cleanser & muslin cloth 30ml.
This is most definitely a well known and favourited product. I hear such fantastic things about this all the time and I'm really pleased to finally try this out. It's thoughtful that the muslin cloth is included and it's a really good trial sized product.

Eyeko Eye Makeup Remover Wipes 10 wipes.
Whilst this isn't the most exciting product included it's a nice extra and won't go wrong. I'm sure these will be used up at some point and they are nice to have on hand for convenience.

Philip Kingsley Daily Damage Defence 60ml.
I'm a big fan of Philip Kingsley's Elasticiser and I'm yet to anything else from the brand so this will be a great insight into some of the other products on offer. Another useful product and again a great sized sample. 

Laura Mercer Foundation Primer 30ml.
This is actually my third primer from Laura Mercier and I've received all of them in Beauty boxes previously. They seem to be a popular choice to include but I can see why. I love the primers and really like to have back up's so another is welcome in my collection. They do a great job with most foundations that I've paired them with and provide a smooth and fresh base for make up application.

James Reed Sleep Tan Mask 25ml.
I keep overlooking this one and if I'm honest I've already put it with the rest of my tan collection, probably not to be seen again until a special occasion. I said in a previous post that I'm not much of an all seasons tanner so not sure when I will get around to trying this. It's a great idea though but scares me slightly of what I may wake up looking like? ... moving on. 

Bourjois Volume 1 Second Mascara Full Sized.
I've noticed previously that Latest in Beauty like to add mascaras into their boxes and quite often they can be quite new releases. This is great for trying out newer products and weirdly shaped new wands that we wouldn't perhaps head straight towards in Boots or such places and as mascara doesn't have the longest usage life then these are useful for replacing what we should possibly have thrown away already.

Maybelline Stripped Nudes Lipstick Full Sized.
I seen this and thought straight away 'backup'. Nothing appealed to me to be honest. Just the fact it was a nude lipstick but the packaging was plain, we were offered an Illamasqua lipstick in a recent box and the fact it was Maybelline. Nothing against Maybelline lipsticks but often the better ones are usually from Bourjois or L'Oréal, in my opinion and I'd often overlook them. But I can now happily say that I was wrong. Totally wrong. The lipstick is flawless. It's great coverage with a beautiful finish and it has staying power. I love this and would repurchase tomorrow. It also smells divine!

Glamour Magazine Annual Digital Subscription.
I'm still unsure as to whether this costs anything or the subscription is free. I signed up and haven't had to pay anything for this month's issue but on the Latest in Beauty website it says that you receive an annual subscription discounted by 62%. That would have me thinking there is still a small fee to pay? As I said I'm not sure but still a great magazine and a welcome subscription that will help to pass away any free time nicely. 

Latest in Beauty's Glamour Beauty Power List 2014 can be found here for £15.99. 
There are a few discount codes that I know of at the moment, worth a try but can only be used once each per account. 10OFF for 10% off and 15OFF for 15% off.

What's your favourite box at the moment? Are you a Beauty box fan? If so are there any you would recommend?

Lots of Love




Friday, 12 September 2014

Debenhams #Sharetowear Co-Buy

Just a quick post to let people know about an amazing co-buy happening at the moment.

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Debenhams have teamed up with Buyapowa to bring a great saving to everybody who gets involved. 

Basically whats happening is that you buy a gift card here for £15.00, automatically your £15.00 gift card will turn into a £26.00 gift card for you to spend at Debenhams and the more people who join the more your gift card is worth. There aren't many left and soon they will be worth double what you have paid if enough people get involved.

This is just a brief post to let others know so for the full information and terms etc head over to the co-buy and take a look.

If your following me on Twitter you may have already seen me tweet about this and how it may be a good idea to get involved as it may help towards starting your Christmas shopping? I know I said the C word but it's coming and it's coming fast, just an idea but nethertheless whatever you choose to spend it on it's nice knowing you've got a great deal and I hear that it's also valid on Debenhams Beauty hall! 


2 Days left and only 83 gift cards available....

Get your's here now.

UPDATE, All of the #sharetowear vouchers are now sold however do keep an eye out for the next event to grab an exciting deal.

Lots of Love



Look Fantastic Beauty Box #LFBeautybox

Look Fantastic Beauty box #LFBeautybox
Look Fantastic Beauty box #LFBeautybox

Amazing brands, Fantastic Box, Lacking in excitement?

I'm not going to lie. I wasn't blown away. In fact I may be the only person so far that is slightly, slightly disappointed with the #LFBeautybox?

I've tried three out of six products contained in the surprise box and two of the three that I hadn't tried were a shampoo and conditioner. That left only the Jurlique product to be enthusiastic about. I wanted to write a great review on a fantastic selection of products that came with a fun and worthy surprise element however I'm left wondering if the element of surprise is what left the box lagging slightly?

You see I had high hopes. The contents of the box were a huge secret right up until delivery day when the blogger world went crazy posting about what the box contained. There were no spoiler's, no clues.  It was all kept hush hush. By keeping such a secret, the surprise and anticipation as to what was in the very first Look Fantastic Beauty Box was huge. I was expecting fireworks jumping out of the box along with colours and a nice variety of products.

What the box did contain was an amazing brand selection. From well known and higher end brands that many people love very much and others who will get to try them out for the first time. If these products are new to you then the box will be much more desirable however for me personally there were no fireworks, no eye catching colours and not much variety.

I'd have liked there to have been a bigger "wow" factor upon opening considering it was the first box. Having said that I believe that the box is worth every penny and I have already pre-ordered October's offering in hope that there will be a different assortment of products.

Contents of the #LFBeautyBox in order of favourites first.

Jurlique Herbal Recovery Advanced Serum. 15ml.
A brand that I have heard much about yet to try any products. The most exciting item for myself as it's completely new to me. A nice sized item to truly see what the product has to offer.

Kérastase Nutritive Shampoo and Conditioner. 80ml & 75ml
It's hard to say whether this is my second favourite as a shampoo and conditioner isn't anything overly exciting however it's another brand that I haven't yet had a chance to try but again heard so much about. I guess I'm finally glad that I'm able to give it a go but still I can't shake off not being excited about them.

thisworks Deep Sleep Pillow Spray. 5ml
I love this spray. I was lucky enough to pick up the full sized in a sale once so since I have this it's nothing new yet a great product. It's a small sized item although there is plenty in to give it a good trial and will do nicely for travelling.

Caudalie Divine Oil. 15ml
Again love the brand however not the product. I've tried a sample sized Divine Oil before that I received in a Birchbox and whilst I wanted to love it ever so much I was left disappointed and reverted back to my usual oils. I love other products by the brand but this wasn't for me.

St Tropez Bronzing Mousse. 50ml
St Tropez is my go to self tan. I use it. I love it. Why my least favourite item in the box? I have plenty of self tan left over from Summer. I like to tan but I'm not an all seasons tan kinda girl. I like to tan for special occasions or for wearing shorts and skirts but not for everyday and I can't help feel that it wasn't the right time to put self tan in a beauty box? It's coming up Autumn. A few month ago and this would have been a perfect sample to include but I simply feel that unless you're a huge tan lover then this may be left sitting until a more convenient time? I may be wrong but just personal opinions.

Like I said, I wanted to love this box and for it to be everything I had hoped but for me it just wasn't a winner. For others it will be an amazing box and I think that like most surprise boxes it's just a matter of opinion. I'm not going to give up on Look Fantastic's offerings yet though and I would like to try a further few boxes to really get a feel for what they are offering. In terms of beauty boxes and compared to others on the market I think it's a great box and the brands included really help to shoot this up there with the best on offer at the moment.

You can pre-order October's box here at Look Fantastic which will be released 4th October. I'd be quick if your interested though as September's box flew out of stock pretty fast. 

What did you think of Look Fantastic's first box? Have you pre-ordered October's?

Lots of Love



Sunday, 31 August 2014

OOTD | Cookie Cool


Kids OOTD, Childrens OOTD, Outfit of the Day
Kids OOTD, Childrens OOTD, Outfit of the Day
Kids OOTD, Childrens OOTD, Outfit of the Day
Kids OOTD, Childrens OOTD, Outfit of the Day
Kids OOTD, Childrens OOTD, Outfit of the Day
Kids OOTD, Childrens OOTD, Outfit of the Day
Kids OOTD, Childrens OOTD, Outfit of the Day
Kids OOTD, Childrens OOTD, Outfit of the Day
Kids OOTD, Childrens OOTD, Outfit of the Day

Looking stylish and casual Tyler enjoyed playing outside riding his bike.

I love Tyler to look cool and modern while still being able to play out and do what he loves most in the garden. Recently I've been looking for the perfect joggers that he can wear anytime, anywhere. Finding a pair that were warm enough for the coming Winter but still affordable became my priority and it wasn't long before I found exactly what I was looking for. It didn't surprise me that Next would be the place and as promised arrived the following day. Now having three pairs, two grey and one navy we can be sure that Tyler will be warm and comfy during the coming milder months.

Comfy joggers which are lovely, soft and warm give Tyler freedom of movement that jeans sometimes restrict. Dressed up with a polo t-shirt and collar give more of a casual smart appearance though joggers can also be dressed down for daytime comfy wear. A statement jumper perfect for a mild day gives the right amount of attitude whilst hightop trainers and a fun snapback complete the look, keeping it young and fresh.

OOTD:
Cookie Monster Snapback - Next 
Jumper - Next
T-shirt - Next
Joggers - Next
Hightop Trainers - Next

Lots of Love




Friday, 29 August 2014

Disappointing products #1

Disappointing Products

Whilst many bloggers don't like to write "bad" or "negative" reviews as I'm sure many will understand that it may not be fair to slate a product quite simply because it didn't work for them as it may just work for someone else perfectly, it's still nice to be in the know of what didn't work and why.
I'll admit that when I personally see a Disappointing Products post pop up in my Bloglovin' feed I scroll straight to it. I thoroughly enjoy seeing what hasn't worked for others and their reasons and find them really interesting especially if I too share the same views. It's sometimes refreshing to see a change in tone and for that reason I've decided to share what didn't quite work for me and more importantly why.

Disappointing Products

Palmer's Coconut Body Butter


I love the smell of Coconut. I'm currently hunting for the perfect product with the perfect holiday scent of Coconut. This isn't the one. I'm a huge fan of the Palmer's Cocoa Butter and believe it saved my skin whilst having my two children. I purchased this from Boots, walking around and the images of Coconut attracted me like a magpie to sparkles. I had a quick smell in-store and loving it I purchased the body butter and the body scrub to match. Once I got them home and upon using the body butter I couldn't believe this was the same product that had smelled so lovely back in-store. While the scent is appealing in the packaging, when applied it's one of the most artificial scents of Coconut I've ever smelt. It's unpleasent having it on and the smell most definitely sticks around. The Coconut Body Scrub however is a winner and I really like it but the Body Butter, I can't even use this one up.

Disappointing Products

Laura Mercier Brow Pencil


I'm not loving this for the reason it's just like a pencil full of brown wax. What was I expecting you ask? Well I've only tried one brow pencil before as I tend to use the powders but I once purchased Mac's Eye Brows pencil and loved it but found it rather expensive for the amount of product it contained. I really enjoy Laura Mercer as a brand and hoped that this would be a nice alternative to the Mac version seen as though I managed to pick it up in a sale. Unfortunately it's far too waxy for my liking, it doesn't apply smoothly, doesn't create a natural brow and great clumps of pencil/wax end up attaching to my brows which takes forever to resolve. It's hard to blend and if I try and brush through it all once I'm done for a softer look it just removes most of the product anyway. I think for my personal liking I will be sticking to more of a harder pencil next time or my all time favourite brow product the Benefit Gimmie Brow.

Disappointing Products

By Terry Cheek to Cheek Blush - Cherry Cruise


No, just no. I did not love this one bit, I tried and my goodness I tried hard but nothing, no love at all. I tried using this product in so many different ways but in the end it's come down to this, me having to write about such a beautiful looking idea in a negative way. I do however love the packaging and everything this is from the outside but it stops there. I had such high hopes for this but perhaps that was the problem. It's quick drying which leaves an unappealing stain on the cheek if not quickly "blended" and if this is applied after foundation it means having to start again to reverse the mess made. Also have you tried applying this to the face with the cute glass dropper inside? Well it runs down the face and again makes a mess, I even tried applying to the brush directly and then onto the face but it had mostly dried and still didn't find it to apply very naturally. Just to top it all off the colour is bright, unnaturally bright and hard to blend. For me it's not worth the large price tag and feel Benefit's similar offerings do a much better job.

Disappointing Products

Michael Van Clarke - 3 More Inches range


I'm slightly do I don't I with this one and my reasons being that I received the travel set as a gift for Christmas last year and fell head over heels in love with every product in the little set. I really thought it was my holy grail haircare range and so I went ahead and purchased the Box Set containing all 3 full sized times only to be left oh so disappointed in them. You see it started with the smell, the full sized were completely unscented whilst the travels had a beautiful salon scent and after a few uses and my hair becoming a big knotted dull mess, I'd had enough and actually emailed Michael Van Clark's company to address my issues. I received a reply and they stated that the larger products indeed were scentless however the formula should be the same and in the future they are looking into bringing these out with the scent as-well. As far as I'm concerned if the full sized are scentless then an ingredient somewhere is obviously excluded and therefore the formula is different? However not being an expert I can't be sure of this but that's what it would suggest to me anyhow. I think it was down to the difference that left a change in my hair although I was told it must have been due to a change in my own personal circumstances, which I thought was slightly discourtious as nobody knows my  hair better than myself and had it been due to my circumstances I am aware that it may have made a difference. So I loved the travel sized but feel as though they aren't a true representation of the more expensive full sized which I would have believed to have been the same. 

Disappointing Products

Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara 


Why hello old friend, remember when we were madly in love and no other mascara could come between us? Yes, 4 year ago it was devotion, I fell hook, line and sinker for this mascara and it's big barrel brush. I'd happily have told you that if I could only use one mascara for the rest of my life, this would be it! Fast forward a few years and goodness knows how many other mascaras and I eventually got around to repurchasing. (Mascaras come and go and then I was given another brand and slowly my original Max Factor dried up and whilst using another I didn't have a need to repurchase at the time.) This has to be my most disappointing product simply because there was such fondness once upon a time. I will not use this now, at all. What changed? I have no idea. All I can remember was the big barrel brush and how it could make my eyelashes touch my eyebrows when I looked up. Now it does absolutely nothing for me and I may as-well have just had my lashes tinted lightly. There is no length, no volume, and a whole load of smudging on my face. This is even the waterproof offering. It's hard to remove though which may be a bonus for some... but not me.

I hope I haven't sounded too downbeat although I quite enjoyed getting some of the above off my chest. Hopefully it's been interesting for you to find out what hasn't lived up to my expectations and I'd love to know if you share the same views about anything mentioned.
Are there any products you've found disappointing lately?

Lots of Love



Monday, 25 August 2014

The Shopaholic in me...


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If you're here looking for a review you're not going to find it, I do write reviews, please check my archives and look out for future posts but this post is more serious than a review. This post is opening up to the world and realising that I have a shopping addiction. No, not a "I love beauty so that makes me a shopaholic" addiction but a real and scary one that has gotten out of control and now I'm having to try and deal with it.

Ive always loved to shop, many people do. The thrill of finding a bargain and knowing just how much we are about to save or simply lusting after something and the feeling inside when we are finally able to say we own such item. Shopping can be a social experience that many enjoy for time spent with family and friends. But what happens when that desire to shop becomes addictive? For example, if you're feeling down and you purchase a nice new item for yourself, you feel better right? Don't get me wrong that feeling doesn't stay around for long, but in that moment when you have handed over hard earned payment for whats in your trolly basket and your able to hold that item or wait for that all important delivery to arrive, it's magical. Placing that item in it's new home, be it wardrobe, dressing table, kitchen, wherever it belongs and taking a step back to admire it... but then the reality starts to sink in. The dread of how much has just been spent, the euphoria now over. Now in it's home the item no longer has a brand new appeal to it. We own it now, simple, boring and so we start again on the hunt for our next item or saving.

This scenario may happen to many people who simply make "normal" purchases on an occasional basis, but this, this was happening to me 4-5+ times per week. I am a shopaholic. I enjoy spending money to own materialistic things. I love to shop and I live for finding sales and saving money on items. The problem you ask? I am a Shopaholic who cannot afford to be spending the amount that I was. I am a Shopaholic who covers feelings and emotions with buying new things. I have an addiction and I now face having to overcome this.
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Let's put this into perspective. You don't really appreciate an addiction until you see the damage. Now I am not claiming to have gone far enough that there is no way back and I appreciate that there will be many who are in a much worse situation but this is bad for me personally. Last week alone I managed to rack up a bill of £240.55! In the last two weeks this was £425.25. Last month cost me £858.41! Now if we look at what this year so far has cost me. £3167.40!

I reached a point recently where I began to feel guilty about hitting the checkout button, I became embarrassed every time the postman came round and hid around the door hoping it didn't need signed for. I got to a first name basis with more than one delivery driver and still it didn't keep me from the dreaded checkout stage, it didn't stop me throwing money away like paper. Why? because it became an addiction. The feeling that came with opening a perfectly packaged parcel fresh from the postman outweighed any guilty feelings that I had. The good feelings won! I felt the guilt more often then the good feelings but it still didn't stop me because the good feelings were just so worth it. No not everything was from Loreal! But in all seriousness it had got out of hand, I couldn't afford to be spending like this. Those figures above are simply items. Those figures don't include petrol every week, they don't include food shopping or the course that I have to pay monthly for. That's simply for items of a beauty or fashion nature.

I got into debt, luckily for me is wasn't a debt with charges or interest but still nethertheless it was a debt that was getting bigger and bigger, that I was paying back each week only to take more out of the next time. It wasn't my money but money that I should have been looking after. I wrote down every single time that I took out of it with full intention to put back and since the money wouldn't be touched for at least another 16 years I knew I had the time to replace every last penny. I finally decided enough was enough when I finally looked at my bank statement to realise that I was over£200 into the minuses and I couldn't face taking such a lump sum from my "sources." The thing is though that small payments add up and although I've thought I was getting a saving and snapping it up before the offer passed, I was also adding up the final bill and without realising was into the thousands.

I eventually told my fiancé when I couldn't replace the money and my efforts of paying it all back were poor as I didn't have the will power to overcome it alone. He never realised before quite how serious it was becoming, he knew I liked to shop as most girls do but since I was hiding all evidence from him there was no reason for him to be concerned.

I dreaded the moment that I told him, he works hard and appreciates all the income that he has worked for and so I knew that telling him wasn't going to go down lightly. Luckily, he didn't shout or scream but asked calmly how much I owed. We added it up together and it came to just shy of £2000. Whilst he certainly didn't approve nor was he amused in the slightest he stayed calm and told me as it was going to be ok from now on. He replaced all of the money, for which I have to pay him back weekly as that way he can have more control over my spendings and see that I pay back what I've spent.

I'm now on a strict spending ban but has it stopped me? No, not yet, not quite. Whilst I'm no longer getting into debt for my spending I am able to "afford" my purchases this week but the thing is I'm trying and I will continue to track my progress for everybody to see. It's not easy overcoming an addiction but with time and support I believe that I can put an end to it and learn to shop wisely and make better decisions in the future. Bring the fun back into shopping occasionally and enjoying being able to treat myself once in a while. Buying as much as I was, it stopped being fun. I never stopped loving shopping and I don't think I ever will but the guilt took away the fun.

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I kid you not that as I write this post Yodel has just pulled up outside with another box addressed to me.

So far however I have made one purchase in 7 days and although none would have been better it's definitely an improvement. I'd like to say a big thank you to Dan for helping me out, his support and love have been a much needed source and now he is in the know I believe that with his watchful eye I can't finally begin to pay back what I owe and dare I say it, begin saving?


Has anybody else let their shopping get out of control? I hope this has inspired you if you too have felt that your shopping has perhaps become too much.

Lots of Love