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Friday, 17 July 2015

Cohorted Beauty Box | July 2015

Cohorted Beauty Box July 2015 review
Cohorted Beauty Box July 2015 review
Cohorted Beauty Box July 2015 review
Cohorted Beauty Box July 2015 review
Cohorted Beauty Box July 2015 review
Cohorted Beauty Box July 2015 review
Cohorted Beauty Box July 2015 review

So July brings with it another well sought after beauty box from current beauty box royalty, Cohorted. I'm going to tell you right away my opinion so you can choose if you'd like to read on or just look at the pictures? 
Not for me! I didn't enjoy this box and was left displeased with the contents but please remember that it's simply my opinion and you may have loved July's box. We're all different with different tastes but please read on to find out why I'm being so harsh.

Cohorted started off with a bang. Like seriously they blew beauty boxes up and they've been so popular they have literally broken the internet or at least the Cohorted system several times, not to mention the many people left disappointed each month that they haven't been able to get a hold of one of the boxes and for good reason! The brands and contents inside were unbelievable and for such a reasonable price, £19.99

For me, the hiccup in the quality of boxes came last month when I posted my beauty box unboxing video and I wasn't all that taken with the contents, finding them to be quite repetitive and just generally disappointed with the box. I had already pre-ordered July so hoped that it would pick up again the following month but no, I'm afraid that I've been left more dissatisfied this month than last. 

The contents are in my opinion quite boring. My favourite item being the St Tropez tan although in all honestly I just don't get gradual tan, its like you start to build it up then shower it off? Yeah, not for me but this was the item that I was most excited for, the rest left me feeling a little meh. Nail polish when I don't use nail polish, Gucci Guilty shower gel which are the annoying extra's in perfume gift sets and finally a 'high end' makeup set? Not my cup of tea, I think I'd still reach for my Urban Decay over this any day.

Woo! That last paragraph was rough wasn't it? But it's how I feel and whilst I don't like to be so negative on the blog I'm afraid it's the truth. I appreciate that somebody who enjoys the contents will feel completely differently to myself and believe others may be incredibly happy with the goods, I can see this being a perfect box for teens this month or perhaps somebody just finding themselves starting to really enjoy beauty and trying out products. 

Am I expecting too much? Perhaps, but I think when standards have been set it's quite difficult to come down from them and have nobody notice. I feel I need to say something positive so that I'm not being way too critical but I'm struggling and can only hope that plenty of these boxes have found their way into hands of people who are going to enjoy them and cherish the contents. 

I apologise if I've upset anybody with my honesty and hopefully Cohorted will turn this around and bring out a more desirable box next month. After all, they need us to be honest so they know what needs to change or if things are going great then to keep them up! 

How did you feel about the contents of the July offering? Did you manage to pre-order August's box?

Lots of Love



Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Zara Sale Picks and Haul #ZaraSale

Waiting for the Zara sale was actually unbearable. 
You see, only recently have I discovered how reasonably priced Zara clothing items truly are. I previously assumed that Zara was an expensive, high end store full of wonders that would simply destroy my bank account should I even take an innocent glance and for that reason I shyed away.
How I finally came to the realisation that I was in fact wrong, very wrong is irrelevant and all you need now be aware of is that Zara is fast becoming my favourite online shop. Not only for myself but more importantly the kids!

It goes without saying that whilst I was there, in my element, browsing the pages of this majestic website I accidentally managed to place things into my virtual basket and without thinking twice I'd checked out and sat back wondering if this was real? Had I really managed to pick up such beautiful pieces for such a little amount?

My Zara obsession soon began after receiving and being delighted with each and every single item. I placed yet another order two days later. This was June.
I then began to realise that other shops were starting their Summer sales. Fast as I could I was back looking at the now familiar homepage of Zara but no sale.

My impatient self began googling previous years sales and their start dates, I even turned to Twitter wondering when this would start. I was saving hard and ready to shop!

Days, possibly weeks and what felt like months passed and I seen it, that one tweet from a fellow follower announcing the start of the sale!
I added so much to my basket that I received the notification that I'd exceeded my basket contents allowance. Two checkouts later and I was sitting all smug that I'd gotten my hands on items adorning my wishlists at superb discounts.

Whilst I have returned some of the items and placed yet another sale order these are my final sale picks that I've been happy with and decided to keep.

Zara Sale Picks and Haul #ZaraSale
Zara Sale Picks and Haul #ZaraSale
Zara Sale Picks and Haul #ZaraSale
Zara Sale Picks and Haul #ZaraSale
Zara Sale Picks and Haul #ZaraSale
Zara Sale Picks and Haul #ZaraSale

I've also picked up a selection of other bits and pieces that I've decided to store away for various people's christmas presents! I know, I know, I start early. What can I say! Obviously so long as the clothing is fitting for the Winter season then the Zara Sale is a perfect opportunity to prepare and begin the festive buying.

Zara Sale Picks and Haul #ZaraSale

So whilst I've picked up a nice selection of items I can't help but carry on checking the sale and what's still available. Unfortunately this means that I've got nine items sitting in that darn virtual basket, just waiting to be perfectly boxed and sent here, to me.
Wish me luck!

Lots of Love



Friday, 10 July 2015

Zoeva Rose Golden Vol. 2 Eye Brushes Set

Zoeva Rose Golden Eye Brushes Set Collection Vol.2 Makeup Brushes
Zoeva Rose Golden Eye Brushes Set Collection Vol.2 Makeup Brushes
Zoeva Rose Golden Eye Brushes Set Collection Vol.2 Makeup Brushes
Zoeva Rose Golden Eye Brushes Set Collection Vol.2 Makeup Brushes
Zoeva Rose Golden Eye Brushes Set Collection Vol.2 Makeup Brushes
Zoeva Rose Golden Eye Brushes Set Collection Vol.2 Makeup Brushes


Need I say much at all or should I let the pictures do the talking? I could, but then what's the point in this post right?

These brushes are dazzlingly beautiful! 

There are no two ways about it. Simply the most desirable brushes available to buy! Just look at the colours, the detail, the quality!

Still, they may be the prettiest brushes in the whole universe but how do they perform? Sure they may look the part but after all they are designed for a purpose and no matter how delightful to look at, if they aren't fit for purpose then there is no point in owning them right?

I've put each brush to the test. I've tried them out in numerous different ways and created a few different eye makeup looks and they are incredible. So soft and light, they are able to blend, buff and apply eye make up like a dream.

I've given these a couple of washes already as I'd used these to apply make-up to a client for her Prom and I'm happy to reveal that these dainty looking bushes have withstood everything they've been faced with exceedingly well so far. There's been no shedding or staining as of yet. My main concern with pristine white brushes was whether they would come up as bright and fresh after using dark eyeshadows however they've come up incredibly well and stand prettily among my brush collection!

I previously owned the original Rose Golden collection that Zoeva produced and with that set came a couple of eye brushes so I was already expecting a set of good quality brushes and they've lived up to all of my demanding expectations.

I can truly say that I'm deeply in love with the new Rose Golden Vol. 2 collections that Zoeva have produced. They are a brush brand for me that are pleasurable to own and use. Zoeva produce high quality brushes with an extremely reasonable price tag, I don't think you can get much fairer than that? I would go as far as to say that with the effort put into the designs, appearance and quality, Zoeva could well be my favourite or should I say holy grail brush brand. Each brush I own from Zoeva has it's purpose and I've not yet come across one that I've been disappointed with. 

The Zoeva Rose Golden Vol. 2 Complete Eye Brush Set is available from BeautyBay for £56.95 which equates to £4.74 per brush!

£4.74!! Really!

What are your thoughts on Zoeva's recent Rose Golden offering? Do they have you as weak at the knees as me?

Lots of Love


Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Tyler's First Playdate

I didn't begin blogging or vlogging Tyler and Tianne from when they were babies and I sincerely wish that I had. I feel it would have been the perfect place to note down all the firsts. Tyler's 3 year old and he's had his fair share of firsts that are now past history and unfortunately I can't relive them through Dear Twans, With Love but I have come to realise that there are still many firsts to come, I may not have recorded them all but at least I can record the rest, his future firsts!

What better first to begin recording than his first ever playdate. Now don't get me wrong he's had other children round to play before but never had an actual nursery friend that he, himself has invited over. 

I feel so overwhelmed about the whole situation, not Tyler having friends over but just because he's three. I simply don't want to feel like he knows as much as he does. He's growing up so fast as it is but rather than simply playing with all the other children or fighting with them he has this real life best friend, that he's picked all on his own! These two children have chosen each other to be friends and best friends at that. Tyler is always talking about George and what they get up to at nursery but how? Why? Why George and for George why Tyler? Surely at three you just get on with everybody well and don't single somebody out to become close too?

I'm elated that he has friends and has found somebody to be so close with but I don't fully understand what a three year old is capable of as he's still my first so therefore to me he's so young and it's far too early to choose friends all of his own?! It's another of those unbelievable moments where you suddenly realise just how far he has come on and how the expression growing too fast really comes into play.

I'm awed at just how special this moment truly is and how being at this age is actually so incredible and it's proven that I underestimate his knowledge of the world and his own personal self.
I'm immensely proud of Tyler and the friends he has chosen, George is a lovely little boy and I really believe thy they will grow to be such great friends!

And that leaves me with one last thing to say... Today I've recorded Tyler's first playdate!

Tyler's First Playdate
Tyler's First Playdate
Tyler's First Playdate
Tyler's First Playdate
Tyler's First Playdate
Tyler's First Playdate



Lots of Love