Sunday, 18 December 2016

Last Minute Beauty Gift Ideas

The Balm Nude'tude Palette
If you have a huge beauty fan in your life that doesn't already own this, I think it would make such a lovely gift. Its a little more on the pricey side costing around £30 , but if you have someone in mind that loves a nude smokey eye I think this really would make a special gift.

Superdrug Fruity Trio Strawberry & Raspberry Set
A fail safe Christmas gift is a bundle of bath and body products, especially when they are already boxed up it makes a great little gift. This fab little set* comes complete with a bath puff, shower gel and body cream, and costs just £2.50 from Superdrug and comes in a variety of different scents.

Shadow Switch
Being a beauty blogger, I am always eager to see new products on the market, especially when it comes to make-up removal and makeup brush cleansing - two tasks which I do not enjoy! I was contacted recently by a brand called Beauty Essentials who specialize in lots of different beauty products. They sent me Shadow Switch*, which is a product designed to quickly clean your eyeshadow brushes so you can use them multiple times when applying your makeup. I haven't really seen anything else on the market like this and think its a pretty nifty idea, and think it would make a pretty cool gift for a beauty fan, especially if they love a smokey eye as we all know how annoying it is when you use the same eyeshadow brush while creating a smokey eye - it can get messy!
This product is currently available to buy online from Amazon here, but will soon be available on their UK website too.

Seventeen Sparkle and Shine Lip Gloss Collection
One of my go-to budget beauty brands has always been Seventeen at Boots. In fact, I remember writing about their Dazzle Dusts in one of my first blog posts back in 2012. They always do gorgeous and really inexpensive gifts at Christmas time that could be perfect for your sister, bestie, cousin, secret santa, or anyone that loves their make-up really! This Sparkle and Shine Lip Gloss Collection* includes six pretty lip lustres; there is a selection bright pinks, nudes and corals so something to suit all and a great way for someone that perhaps wants to get into make-up can try out different colours. The lip glosses are really good quality considering the teeny tiny price ticket too.

*Includes some PR samples*

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Testing: Facial Wax Strips

I've decided to start a new mini series on my blog, testing new (to me) products and beauty tricks that I've never tried before. If you have any suggestions on what types of testing reviews you'd like to see here, let me know!

Jolen Face Wax Strips blogger review, Jolen Face Wax Strips review

Wax strips are nothing new to me, I have been waxing my eyebrows at home for the past four Years. I find wax strips really easy to use, very effective and very inexpensive. I've never before tried facial wax strips though, so this was my first time testing them out. The product I've been testing out over the past few Weeks are the Jolen Wax Strips. I know hair removal is sometimes seen as a taboo subject to discuss, but I'm here today to shed my thoughts on a product I've always been really intrigued to try, and figured, if I am eager to hear more about these types of things, maybe you are too?

The Jolen Facial Strip Wax aim for a 'quick and effective method of removing unwanted hair from the face'. Included in the kit are 16 individual wax strips, already shaped and suited for the upper lip.They state that they are suitable for sensitive skin, and are enriched with chamomile and grape seed oil.
The strips themselves are already pre-coated which is definitely the best part about them in my opinion - I do not want to be messing around with hot wax.

Does it work?
Jolen claim for their wax strips to last up to four weeks. It has been around three Weeks or so of me first trialing them, and I do agree with them here. I really liked the strips as the instructions are easy to follow and the strips are already cut into shape. They do remove even the shortest hair.

Did it hurt?
I wouldn't say using this method is painful or uncomfortable for me, but we all have different pain thresholds. My skin didn't feel irritated after using this and it didn't cause a reaction to my skin. It left a slight redness, which disappeared after two hours or so.

Would I use this product again?
Yes, I would actually. I think the Jolen wax strips work really well and are incredibly inexpensive costing just 90p! They are available in store at Primark - I definitely recommend you to check them out.

*PR sample. All views my own, as always*

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Vans X Toy Story

Something you may or may not know about me is I live for the Weekends... when I can sit blissfully watching a good old Disney film in my PJ's! I'm a big fan of both Disney Classics and Disney Pixar movies (honestly, I have no preference, I know, wild) and with Toy Story being possibly my favourite film ever?!... when I found out they were collaborating with Vans I did a little dance.
I picked this pair because I love a bit of cow print and I thought they were adorable. I actually felt so excited wearing these for the first time. I live in Vans, so them being Toy Story themed, and having a little cow print on them made me feel like they were made for me!
I love some of the others in the collection too, particularly the little bo beep pair, they are so cute!
Are you a Disney fan? Would you rock these?

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Out of the Ordinary Gift Ideas

I like to think outside the box when it comes to buying gifts for other people. Don't get me wrong, I love a good old gift set, but you know when you find a gift for someone that catches your eye and you think, 'wow, that would be perfect for her!' and beam with pride knowing how much they will enjoy it, I love that feeling! I have found a few really great gift ideas I wanted to share with you that I think are really interesting and a little bit out of the ordinary.

The Gourmet Chocolate Pizza Co. Chocolate Pizza

Chocolate...Pizza... a match made in heaven, right?! I think this is a great alternative to a selection box for that chocolate fiend in your life. I tried the flavour Crunchy Munchy*, which was full of biscuit, fudge and scrumptious chocolate swirls. It tasted absolutely delicious. The brand have a huge selection of different flavours, as well as an option to personalize your pizza too. The Gourmet Chocolate Pizza Co also sell chocolate pizza slices in a range of flavours at only £2.20 each, which I think would make great stocking fillers or little gifts for friends. I have already ordered a few of these to pop in to stockings.

Executive Pens Direct Engraved Pen
I don't know about you, but in our house we definitely have a pen fairy that steals all of the pens whenever we need them. I am a bit of a stationery nerd too so I love a nice pen, and I would absolutely love to receive a gift like this beautiful engraved pen . This particular design is called the Parker Urban Fashion Ballpoint Pen* which is pink with a chrome trim. It is such a beautiful item, and is very high quality, too. There are tonnes of other pens at Executive Pens Direct that you can personalise, as well as some useful and novelty gifts, which are all available on their website. I think this is a gift that anyone would appreciate, it looks super sophisticated and is a really special, yet practical and useful gift.

Ellie Bean Prints A4 Print
If you are a bit of a bookworm you may already recognize this quote. I am all about quotes to live by, they really do brighten my day and prints like this one can really personalise a room and make it your own. This print* is from Ellie Bean Prints in A4 size and is really good quality. I plan to fill one of the walls in my room with framed prints of inspirational images and quotes like this one. I think makes a beautiful gift. Ellie Bean Prints have a huge range of other prints and card that you can personalize too.

Friction Free Shaving Subscription Service

Now, you're probably thinking 'Hmm that is odd, why would you include a razor in a gift guide?!' I have a logical explanation. This handy subscription service sends you a high quality razor and razor heads from only £3 per Month. I think this is a brilliant gift idea for someone that maybe has everything, or maybe, if, like me, absolutely hates spending their money on razors 'cause they're so expensive, this would make a great gift. I can vouch too that the razors are really good quality and leave my skin feeling super soft with no irritation whatsoever.How ideal, too, knowing that you don't have to go out and buy a razor for a whole year!

Personalised Tree Decoration

Why not treat someone to a personalized tree decoration? These kind of gifts always go down well with family and friends. It is something they can use every Christmas. I particularly love this cute gingerbread family design. I bought this from a local shopping centre, but you can find similar here or even have a go at making your own.

House of Wonderland Jewellery Club Subscription
A lot of the ladies in my life are big fans of costume jewellery so I know this would make a great gift for them, in fact this is something I would love to receive myself. I love the surprise aspect of subscription boxes, not knowing what you are getting is all part of the fun, and treating someone to this kind of gift as they'll receive a lovely bundle of gifts once a Month. The HOW Jewellery Club Subscription* would make a perfect gift for someone that loves a bit of fun or loves to jazz an outfit up with cute jewellery. The best part about the subscription is that the jewellery you receive is unique and aren't part of the House of Wonderlands current ranges.You could either treat someone to a subscription, or order one yourself and split up the jewellery items and gift them to friends. I will be writing a full review of this Months jewellery in a separate blog post (which will include more images and info) very soon, which I will link here once the post is live.

Laptop Sleeve
Practical and pretty, those are two words I think sum up this next gift very well. This stylish laptop sleeve 'Grace'* from STM Bags is perfect for those on the go. This sleeve has a super soft lining to keep your laptop protected and safe.  It is like a safe fluffy jumper for your laptop! I love the sleek and stylish presentation, and how this can fit easily into a bag, and your laptop being super protected as you go about your day. You can even match your laptop sleeve to your clutch and your handbag as STM stock those in the same design too. This beauty is available from Amazon or Currys online here.

Mickey Mouse Chalk Board
I think this would make a lovely gift for someone special, particularly if they're a big Disney fan! You could even add a sweet message to the board before wrapping it up. I like gifts that are really useful, and I think this would be one of those gifts that you probably wouldn't pick yourself, but actually find it really handy to add notes to, and it just looks adorable, doesn't it!? This costs only £2.50 at Primark.

*Post includes some PR samples*
As always, my post is 100% honest & my own opinion.

Monday, 28 November 2016

Stocking Stuffers For Beauty Lovers

Are you looking for stocking fillers for someone that loves their beauty? I have it covered. I've found a few little goodies which would make the perfect stocking contents for any beauty fan. Don't forget to add the chocolate coins!

Everyone loves a lip balm, don't they? These super cute Jelly Belly Lip Balms* make great little gifts. There are a range of flavours to choose from (my fave is Coconut!). These super cute lip balms are available in store at Claires. Jelly Belly also stock some pretty cute little gift sets too such as this Merry Kissmas Set, which would be a lovely little gift to open on Christmas Morning.
If you know a girl who loves their contour and highlight, you can't really go wrong with the Sleek Strobing Souffle*. Designed to add a gorgeous glow to the complexion, this is perfect for parties and nights out. This new product from Sleek's Rockstars Collection is one you don't want to miss out on.
I always carry a little mirror in my handbag for lipstick touch ups, and I think this Cath Kidston Pocket Mirror in the Rose Paisley print makes a great little gift for pretty much any girly girl really. It is both useful and super pretty!
I'm a big fan of Lush's Christmas goodies, but only recently discovered this amazing product which is the Lush Buche De Noel Fresh Cleanser. The scent is a real treat, not to mention it being an amazing cleanser which brightens and hydrates the skin. I think this would make a great gift for someone that enjoys their skincare, or maybe someone wanting to try a fresh cleanser for the first time, as this is a great product to introduce someone to fresh skincare.
I picked up these PS PRO Premium False Nails in the White Aurora Design from Primark for my Sisters stocking. This design is so pretty and perfect for Christmas festivities, and they only cost £3!

Sunday, 20 November 2016

My Latest Lust List

It has been over a Week now since I last blogged and I already feel so behind and out of the loop. I've been finding it difficult keeping up with blogging just recently, but I reminded myself blogging is a pastime for me and I should enjoy writing and not feel like I have to put a post out just for the sake of it. So that is what I'm doing :) I'm back today with a good old favourite of mine; a wishlist. I'm currently trying to stick to a spending ban (if you follow me on Twitter you will know I am failing miserably) but that doesn't stop me from lusting over pretty things! With the run up to Christmas in full flow now, I really don't have the extra pennies to keep treating myself, so I've popped them onto this list here, so that I can come back here in a Month or so and treat myself to something special off my list.
What are you lusting after this Month?

Monday, 7 November 2016

The Best Lashes and Nails for a Natural Look

Impress Nails

When it comes to false nails and lashes, I'm definitely no pro at application but I do love having long eyelashes and pretty nails, so it is an ongoing progress for me to achieve it. One of my favourite pamper things to do is to get acrylic nails put on at a salon, but this isn't always an option as it can be a little bit pricey if you have your nails done often, which isn't really something I can commit to; so buying false nails to put on myself at home is a much more affordable way of doing things for me. I'm pretty rubbish when it comes to nail glue and all the rest of it, so I do tend to reach for stick on nails like these Impress Nails. I love these as they stay on for a reasonable amount of time; which for me is usually about a Week or so. They are so easy to apply and come with a little nail file too and lots of extra nails in-case one does fling off. I personally love a simple manicure look, however Impress nails are available in tonnes of pretty designs and colours. I think they are great for every day or for a special event. They last well and look professional. I like this style as they are not over the top and not too long which makes them ideal for work and day to day.
The Kiss Acrylic French Nails are just as good, they come with a really good nail glue and are easy and quick to apply onto your own nails. I think these last really well for a reasonable price, I would definitely recommend these as they are a great alternative to going to a salon.

To perfect my manicure I do tend to find manicure sticks useful, my cuticles aren't in the best condition so these Kiss manicure sticks are an essential for me.

I have really straight and short eyelashes, so if I am going somewhere special false lashes are always a good idea for me. I tend to stick with individual lashes as I feel they don't look too over the top, I have been wearing the Kiss Haute Couture Trio Lashes recently which are so easy to apply and they stay on well too. 
Although I prefer individual lashes, I have tried this pair of lashes recently from Kiss in the style 'Hot'. They are very natural and have a tapered end to the lash. I have found these much easier to apply onto my lashes compared to other false lashes I have tried before. The glue included in the pack is also quite good. They feel really light and not too heavy, which is something I tend to find I struggle with when wearing lashes.

What lashes and nails do you recommend? Have you tried these before?
Impress Nails and Kiss Lashes and Nails are available at ASDA and Boots.

*PR sample*

Saturday, 29 October 2016

Project Spending Ban... again

I remember not long after I started writing my blog, I spent a few Months on a spending ban and documented it here. My splurging on myself is getting a little ridiculous at the moment and with Christmas just around the corner, I really need to reel it in a little and start making plans for the things I actually need to buy in the next few Months.

Last time I did a spending ban I think I was quite strict with the rules, hopefully I wont have to be so strict with myself this time but I do have a few guidelines for myself so hopefully I wont stray away!

  • Bills and other commitments e.g. phone, gym membership, car & petrol will be paid as normal
  • An occasional treat is allowed (but only once or twice a fortnight, and I'm talking a coffee or a meal out, not a clothes shopping spree!)
  • Clothes shopping is pretty much banned. I recently stocked up on my Winter clothes and I really don't need to buy anymore clothes!
  • Only essentials to be bought for myself. So toiletries and the food shopping? YES. A new handbag? NO.
  • I need to save my spending so I can finish my Christmas shopping! 
Hopefully I'll be able to stick to this for a few Weeks, I'm hoping to stick to it for about six or seven Weeks, wish me luck! (I'll definitely need more than luck).

Friday, 28 October 2016

Herbalife Skin

When it comes to skin care, I love to try out new products but I do tend to stick to what I know. My skin care routine consists of a day cream, a night cream, a cleanser, toner and a face mask and that is about it, I like to keep it simple really. I was recently contacted by Herbalife to see if I would like to give some of their skin care products a go. Always up for a challenge I of-course said yes, having heard only good things about Herbalife before.

I have been using the Herbalife Skin Protective Moisturiser, Replenishing Night Cream and Purifying Mint Clay Mask in my usual routine, but Herbalife do have a full line of skin care products including cleansers, toners, eye cream and scrubs, as well as a one week results kit , which includes pretty much everything you need skincare-wise for seven days.

The moisturiser has been what I use first on a morning, I haven't really noticed too much difference from using this product compared to the moisturiser I was using before. It does leave my skin feeling smooth and hydrated, and is also SPF 30 which is great for the warmer Months in the Year to keep your skin protected.
The night cream has been great applying just before bed. It sinks well into the skin without feeling too heavy or greasy on the skin. I wake up with great skin and my face feels soft and super moisturised, I would definitely recommend this night cream to pretty much anyone.

My favourite product out of the three has to be the Mint Clay Mask. I love a good face mask, so they are always a product I look the most forward to trying out. Herbalife claim that this clay mask improves the appearance of pores after just one use, which is a pretty big claim so I was interested to see how I got on with it. Having been using it for a good few Weeks now, I have to say my skin has improved and I think it is thanks to this product. This leaves my skin feeling soft and the pores on my skin don't look quite as noticeable anymore, which is great!

Overall I am pretty impressed with the products I have tried. Have you tried any Herbalife products?

*PR Sample*

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Time for a Tea Party

I love a good tea party. Ever since I was young, this was always what I wanted to do for my birthday. Rent a room out for a disco? No thanks. A cinema trip and a McDonalds? No again. I loved having people round for tea and cake, nothing has changed there. Any excuse for afternoon tea and I am all over it! I threw a little tea party recently; trying to make the most of the last of this weather, and had a lot of fun.

With GBBO hitting our TV screens recently, it inspired me to get a little gathering together and host a little tea party with a few sweet treats. I could have probably made some cakes myself but I was strapped for time. If I get some more free time next time I will definitely be getting my bake on and hoping my guests love whatever crazy concoction I make! (on second thoughts, maybe I should stick to buying them).

I absolutely love the beautiful party ware from Talking Tables. With a mix of products from two of their ranges; Truly Alice and Truly Scrumptious, they perfectly fit my tea party theme. Everything is such good quality and I'm so impressed with it all; in particular, the bunting and garland - so cute.

I can't decide which bunting is cuter - the lampshade garland or the floral fabric bunting?

How gorgeous are these paper cups and straws?! The pretty napkins are almost too cute to use, just look at the detail on them.

The BEST cake of them all. Coffee cake!

I love these cute Party Picks, they would be great for canapes.

These Cake domes make a perfect addition to any tea party, I just popped in some mini chocolate short bread bites in these but you could put pretty much anything little in these to make them look like a great showstopper at the table! They could even make great little gifts or favours.

Are you looking for cute partyware for a wedding, party or get together? I can't praise Talking Tables enough; they have a huge selection of products to choose from and something to suit pretty much any theme.

*includes PR samples*

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Lush Dashing Santa and Golden Wonder Bath Bombs

As you have probably noticed from my blog as of late; my Lush addiction gets a little out of control when its the festive Season. I am a little gutted to see that one of my two favourite Christmas themed bath bombs isn't back at Lush again this Year, and thought I would give you a little run down on why I love them so much.

Sadly, Dashing Santa hasn't seemed to make an appearance at Lush this Autumn/Winter and I am so gutted. It is a fruity scented bath bomb which reminds me of satsumas, it is one of those Lush products that you wish you had limited amounts of. Its definitely one of my all time favourite Lush products, I hope they bring it back at some point.

Golden Wonder is available to buy at Lush again which I'm super pleased about. It gives a gorgeous display of colour when popped into the bath, leaving you with a deep green/blue coloured bath water. It smells very fresh and zesty so is perfect if you really like lime or citrus scented products like me.

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Cath Kidston X Disney Haul: Winnie the Pooh

I'm quite a big Cath Kidston fan, so when I heard they were collaborating with Disney I was super excited. The first Cath Kidston X Disney collection was Winnie The Pooh, which is actually one of my favourites, so of-course I had to buy something from the collection. The collection is limited edition, so the majority of their items in this range are now out of stock. It is obviously a very popular collaboration,  as I believe that most of the items were out of stock online within a few days.

I fell in love with the Bramley Sprig print, I think it is so pretty and ditsy. I love small floral patterns so knew I wanted something from this print. I picked up the bag and the cosmetics bag. The bag is great as it is reversible so you can take your pick from the Bragley Sprig Print or the Balloon Spot print. It makes a great day bag and fits all of my essentials inside. I really didn't need another make-up bag, but I just couldn't resist this one and being as it was only £10 I knew it would house my makeup perfectly.

Are you a Cath Kidston fan? What is your favourite print?

Monday, 10 October 2016

Super Nude Lips for a Pastel Unicorn Princess

Hair: Colour Addict Spray in Hair Chalk in Lilac*
Top: Primark  | Skirt: New Look
Lips: Sleek Eau La La Lip Liner in Lingerie* & Sleek Lip VIP Lipstick in Icon* 

The title of this post is just a bit of fun really, although I would love to be a unicorn princess. I think I would make quite a good pastel princess, and, well, I think my inner spirit animal is definitely a unicorn. 

Sleek are one of the best brands for good quality lipsticks with a reasonable price tag in my opinion. I am all over the nude lipstick look (a little late to the party, but better late than never right?) and I've found three brilliant lip products to create a gorgeous nude lip. 
Sleeks' Goodnight Sweetheart collection includes this gorgeous new lipstick in Icon. It is a gorgeous deep  nude pink. The formulation of the lipstick is half matte, half velvet, and is super pigmented. I've worn this throughout the day and its lasted so well, even after eating and drinking it is still in place without any fading after several hours. 
The lip liner which is perfect to pair with this lippie is the Eau La La Liner in Lingerie. Being a slightly darker pink/brown nude, it matches really well with Icon, as well as the Sleek Lip Crayon in Notorious Nude - a true nude lip product which stays well on the lips and has some great staying power. It is so creamy and even gives a little tingling sensation when first applied to the lips. This is going to be my go-to lip crayon for Autumn/Winter. 

*Post includes PR samples*

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Lilac Hair Don't Care

When I was a teenager I dyed my hair so much. I loved experimenting with colour and loved the vibrant bright reds, electric purples and neon blues. Dying my hair so often left my hair in very bad damage and it definitely needed a lot of TLC. I still have the coloured hair bug and dye my hair every eight Weeks or so, but do miss that fun with trying different colours, so I was super excited to try the Colour Addict Spray in Hair Chalk. I opted for the shade in lilac, as my hair is currently a reddish-brown, I thought the lilac would go well.

I absolutely love the outcome of the product. Depending on how vibrant you like the colour, you can spray in as little or as much as you like. I really enjoyed adding the hair chalk to the ends of my hair and adding highlights through my hair. As you can see from my picture I really like the subtle hint of colour, but I think it'd look great all over the hair as a solid colour. I love that it washes out so easily. I think the colour is gorgeous and it is so much fun being able to add a pop of colour to my hair in seconds, without the worry of damaging my hair and staining the bath towels!

*PR sample*

Sunday, 2 October 2016

Lush Honey Bee

I like to live dangerously sometimes and post two similar blog posts back to back, I know, such a rebel.
I seem to be a bit of a Lush fan girl at the moment and I can't seem to shake off me wanting to go in the store every time I walk past my local store. I picked up Honey Bee bath bomb on my latest visit and as I haven't heard much about it in the blogging world I thought I'd give my two pennies worth.

I love that this is oh-so lightly scented of honey and not over-powering. It isn't a magical bath bomb by any means; there is no beautiful display in the bath, just yellow tinted bath water. I found using this bath bomb very relaxing and my skin felt really soft afterwards. I think this bath bomb leaves the skin feeling pretty moisturized too which is great. I really like the results on my skin after using this bath bomb, it is definitely one I would recommend for a good pamper but perhaps not the first one I would pick.

Saturday, 1 October 2016

This Is Halloween... at Lush

Who doesn't love a good old Lush haul?! My favourite time of Year for Lush shopping is definitely Autumn and Winter... I am your typical stereotypical beauty blogger and will admit that I know Christmas is near when my bathroom is cluttered with bottles of Snow Fairy and various festive bath bombs and bubble bars from Lush. I usually wait until they bring out their Christmas stock before I let myself go crazy in store and buy everything a few essentials, but I spotted a few Halloween/Autumn bath bombs that I did not want to miss out on, so here we are.

I love a good spicy scent so of-course I just had to indulge in both of Lush's pumpkin - scented goodies that they have to offer this Autumn; those being the Pumpkin Bath Bomb and the Sparkly Pumpkin Bubble Bar. The Sparkly Pumpkin Bubble Bar creates lots and lots of bubbles, as well as smelling I love that this doesn't leave an array of glitter in the bath too - bonus. Pumpkin smells deliciously like Halloween and left my skin feeling super soft afterwards.

I also picked up the Autumn Leaf Bath Bomb, which I have since gone back to my local store and stocked up on as I like it so much. It leaves a gorgeous red and yellow display in the bath water, that just screams Autumn. It smells fresh and slightly leaf-crunch scented.

Have you visited Lush this Autumn yet? Let me know what you're lusting after.

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

August Degustabox

Fancy treating yourself or someone else to a Degustabox this Month? With my discount code BLDEG15 you will get £7 off your next order. Lets take a peak inside the August box shall we...

Treats in this Months box included something I have never seen before; Willy Chase's Fit Popcorn in Apple Cider Vinegar flavour. These taste really good - just like crisps, but popcorn! The Snackers Flame Baked Mini Crackers were another great savoury treat that are perfect for a mid-afternoon snack.

Useful Cupboard Items
I am a huge cereal fan (particulary like muesli and granola) so the Dorset Cereals Bircher Mix really didn't last long! I enjoyed this mix but haven't yet tracked it down in my local supermarket, but it is my new fave so I am sure I will find it somewhere. The Oloves were something I was not keen on in the box as I am not an olive fan, but I am sure someone else in the house will enjoy them. We received lots of treats from Geetas, including curry pastes and mango chutney. I only discovered Geetas through Degusta and its a brand we always buy now. Clippers Green Tea is an item we always have at home so it was a nice surprise to receive a different flavour in Lime and Ginger. The Nutripots are very satisfying and filling which I was surprised about, I will have to look into what other pots they sell. The Capsicana Mexican Cook Sauce is possibly my favourite item of all time that I have discovered from Degusta - I adore mexican food and this is an amazing item I will definitely be scouting out when I am in the supermarket. I also used the Tabasco Sweet and Sticky BBQ Marinade and Sauce in a chicken recipe recently as a marinade and it has a great flavour.

In terms of drinks this Month, the alcohol option was the Mahou Beer which I am told went down well! I also received the Get More Multivitamins sparkling lemon and lime drink which was refreshing, and the Botanicals Sparkling Jasmine and Lime drink which I have yet to try.

Degustabox: Website 

*PR sample*

Sunday, 11 September 2016

The Best of: Sleek

It is no secret I am a big fan of budget beauty brands. Of-course, I do love to delve into the luxury beauty world too from time to time, but I am that kind-of person that tightens the purse strings a little bit and tries to find duplicates or cheaper alternatives to the high end brands. One brand in particular that I love is Sleek. Their products are incredibly affordable; but this does not reflect in the product- their products are just as good as the next high-end make-up brand.

Their eye shadows in particular are of a very good quality, with the shadows being highly pigmented, soft, creamy and easy to blend. I will continue to recommend Sleek's eye shadows until the end of time! A firm favourite eye shadow palette of theirs is the Storm palette; a favourite of many I believe. I love the neutral shade range as well as a few shimmery greens and blues. This is definitely a palette I reach for on a regular basis.
Another product I think is amazing from Sleek is their corrector and concealer palette. I am not a concealer or corrector pro by any means, but this palette works like magic to hide my dark circles, conceal any pesky spots and, best of all, the powder included in this nifty little palette ensures a long lasting coverage.

What are your favourite Sleek products? Do you have any recommendations?

*PR sample*