Wednesday, 26 September 2012

She Said Beauty Box - September 2012

So it's been a good few month's since the last time I tried a beauty box in fact I think the last one I had was the Glossybox from June.  You know the one, it had that make-up brush included (now one of my cats' favourite toys) along with some other things that I promptly gave away/never touched again.

I was pretty disillusioned with the whole idea of beauty boxes after that one but was tempted to try She Said Beauty for a few reasons.  A: I came across a discount code for a 3 month subscription, B: I'd had a couple of the beauty boxes before and liked them (in fact I don't know why I stopped them) and C: I'd seen consistently good reviews of She Said Beauty from other bloggers.

Now for reasons unbeknown, my September box took quite a long time to turn up but as per their reputation, She Said Beauty were fab at answering my queries and were more than willing to send a replacement box.  When the box did turn up I was very pleased with the month's theme (Skincare September) and rather happy with the contents too.  Here's what came:

Ginerva Green Tea Whitening Marvel Gel - Not a brand I'd ever tried or heard of before, but I'm always keen to try something new.  According to She Said Beauty the gel is a gentle but effective exfoliator.  I'm looking forward to trying it next time I have myself a facial day.
Collection Primed & Ready Smoothing Make-up Primer (Full size 18ml) - I know a lot of people aren't keen on getting high street products in a beauty box but when it comes to Collection I definitely don't mind as they've been doing some great products recently.  I've used this primer a couple of times since I got the box and it's really made my foundation smoother to apply.  The only gripe I have is that it seemed to highlight a bit of a dry patch I had on my cheek (when I really needed to exfoliate).  I'd still use it use it semi regularly though.
Collection Fix Me Up Long Lasting Make-Up Fixer (Full size 18ml) - Haven't tried this yet, but on my next night out I'll definitely give it a go.
DHC Deep Cleansing Oil (Full size 30ml) - I was really excited to see this cleanser included in the box.  I've wanted to try it for a while now as it has a great reputation for removing makeup.  Here's hoping it doesn't disappoint.
Amie Spring Clean Cooling Clay Mask (Full size 15ml sachet) - As my skin tends to lean towards dehydrated at this time of year I wouldn't use a clay mask on it, but my fiance (who has oily skin) definitely would so I've donated this clay mask to him!

Now, this She Said Beauty box came with a rather random "SSB Treat", a bag of PopChips.  Whilst unexpected, they definitely weren't unwanted and made quite a good 1 Weight Watchers pro point snack.  I don't think I'd welcome something similar in every box though.

Overall, I'm really pleased with this month's box and am looking forward to getting the October 2012 box.

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Diet & Exercise Update

I really feel like this post would have been better prefaced with 'Lack of...' as I haven't been doing much of anything recently, but maybe that would have been a bit defeatist of me.

I've had an excellent excuse for being a lazy sod when I think about it, what with moving house and having a very busy time at work.  I've been getting home on a night thoroughly exhausted and ready for a big plate of food and a good snooze.  Of course this has meant I've fallen off the wagon with the diet and exercise routine in the most spectacular style, but now I'm ready to pick myself up, and claw my way back to it.

As usual it really needs to start with the diet for me, so I've gone back to Weight Watchers today, got myself weighed (not too much damage done) and am psyched and ready to start again.

Exercise could be a little trickier to get started with though, I already cycle to work and back every day, and I don't live near a good (and reasonably priced) gym anymore, so I'm a bit stuck for ideas at the moment.  I will have to get my thinking cap on before my instinct to hibernate for the Autumn and Winter kicks in.

What's your favourite type of exercise in the colder months?

Sunday, 9 September 2012

My new home....

For the last week or two I've been living in an absolute pigsty, and not just because of my naturally messy tendencies.  No, my fiance and I have been packing up our things to move house.

I actually can't believe how much stuff we had squirreled away in various nooks and crannies, but over a few days it all got wrapped and packed ready for the big move.  Wrapping my makeup and skincare stash was obviously quite a big concern, but I had a traincase that I'd almost forgotten about and was able to pack it all away safely.

Anyway, yesterday the big move came, and we got all of our things safely to our new home.  I'm so excited to be living in this new house finally, and my fiance and I are glad to have some more room for to live in and to be able to have people over.

Over the next few days we've got various workmen coming to sort broadband (mine) and sky TV (his); and once that's sorted I've got some major home related shopping to do.  I can't wait!

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Liebster Award!

So yesterday the very sweet Lucy from LucyLoves nominated me for a Liebster Award, a recognition of up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers.  Before I get into the questions and rules, I just wanted to say thank you to Lucy and I'd definitely recommend you check out her blog here.

The Rules
1. Each person tagged must post 11 things about themselves
2. They must also answer the 11 questions the tagger has set for them
3. They must create 11 more questions to ask bloggers they have decided to tag
4. They must then choose 11 bloggers to tag with less than 200 followers
5. These lucky bloggers must be told
6. There are no tags backs

11 Things About Me
1. I have 3 cats at home, I think it's too many but I love them all!
2. I very rarely drink, but when I do I like a good bourbon.
3. I don't have a middle name, my mam thought they were old fashioned.
4. I grew up in Newcastle.
5. When I'm angry (or drunk) my geordie accent can return in full force.
6. Jim never fixed it for me to become a mermaid like I wanted, damn it!
7. I love Joss Whedon, creator of Buffy and many more works of genius since.
8. I watch far too much TV and way too many films.
9. I caved and created a Facebook account a couple of years ago but I've never used it.
10. I reread some of my favourite books at least once a year.
11. I'm addicted to peach iced tea.

Questions from LucyLoves

1. If you have any, when did you buy your first high-end product and what was it?
My first high end product was a Bobbi Brown lip gloss many moons ago when I was about 15.  My mum took me for a makeover at the department store she worked at, and so my obsession with makeup began.
2. If you had to take two beauty products to a desert island, what would they be?
An SPF/tinted moisturiser and eyeliner.
3. What is your most favourite place to shop?
Selfridges in Manchester, it has everything a girl could need,
4. What is your favourite season? Why?
Autumn, because there are still lovely bright sunny days but it's much more comfortable and i can wear my scarves again!
5. What was your most used nail varnish in August?
Mint Candy Apple by Essie.
6. What one superpower would you like to have if you could?
I'd like to be super intelligent, can't imagine there's anything you couldn't do, or you'd just go nuts.
7. If you could buy one beauty product right now, regardless of price, what would it be?
A Clarisonic.  I've wanted to try one for a while but just can't justify spending that much money on one.
8. Would you rather... Get all of your clothes bought for you for the rest of your life (anything you want) but never be able to wear makeup again... or get makeup bought for you for the rest of your life, but have to wear very basic unflattering clothes?
Oooh a hard one.  I think I'd have to get the makeup bought for me, because at least my face would look nice :-)
9. What is the one type of food you couldn't live without?
At the moment it's Japanese style.  Love Wagamama and their Katsu curry.
10. Would you move to anywhere else in the world if you could?
Without a shadow of a doubt!  I'd love to live in New Zealand or Canada.
11. What is your most listened to song of all time?
Probably This Old Heart of Mine by the Isley Brothers.  It's one of my Mam's favourite songs, I've heard it thousands of times and it always brings back good memories.

Questions for my nominees
1. What is your favourite high end and high street brand and why?
2. What is your favourite high end and high street product and why?
3. Heels or flats, and why?
4. What's your favourite book?
5. What's your favourite perfume?
6. Do you have any pets?
7. What's your favourite blog?
8. Bright nails or dark nails?
9. If you could pursue any profession what would it be?
10. What is your favourite thing to eat?
11. If you could travel to another country to buy clothes or beauty products, which country would it be and why?

And finally, my nominees are...
1. Beauty School Drop-in
2. KateLily Daze
3. Jenny Loves
4. heyit'slulu
5. littlebitofbeautyy
6. MissFashion1994
7. Sam Teeeee
8. Daisycakes
9. Confessions of a Canadian Wallflower
10. Henriette Capulet
11. Lipsticked Louise

I hope all my nominees enjoy doing this tag :)

Monday, 3 September 2012

August Favourites

Only my second favourites post, and only a couple of days late!  Here's what I've loved in August...

Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil, Lush Eau Roma Water, Figs and Rouge Coco Vanilla 100% Organic Balm
Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil - I reviewed this lovely light golden oil a few days ago, here.  I wouldn't be without it now but can't wait to try other Trilogy products.
Lush Eau Roma Water - Despite having lots of toners to choose from in my skincare stash, I often find myself reaching for this toner.  It's really gentle and I find the addition of rose water in particular to be very soothing on my skin.
Figs & Rouge Coco Vanilla 100% Organic Balm - It was the smell of this that I fell in love with initially, but it's the effectiveness that keeps me coming back for more.  The texture of these balms is strangely grainy when you first apply them but this melts quickly on the lips leaving you feeling very well moisturised.  I've used this on dry skin on my elbows and legs too and couldn't fault it.

MAC Studio Sculpt SPF15 Foundation, Avon Supershock Max, Nars Bronzer in Laguna and Real Techniques Brushes
MAC Studio Sculpt SPF15 Foundation in NC25 - I only bought this foundation a week into August but I've used it almost every day since then.  The gel texture was a bit weird at first but I've got used to it now and really love it.
Avon Supershock Max - I'm completely in love with this mascara and I've already bought a back-up.  I have reasonably long lashes already, and while using this lengthens them slightly, it's the volumising effect that's kept me using it.
Nars Bronzer in Laguna - I actually can't even describe how much I adore this bronzer.  It's perfect for contouring and for just warming up my face a touch when I'm feeling a little pale.  
Real Techniques Brushes - It's impossible to pick one outright favourite from my collection of Real Techniques brushes.  I use them probably five or six of them every day and the others come into play fairly regularly too.  They wash beautifully and dry so quickly, they're pretty much perfect to me.

Essie Nail Polish in Mint Candy Apple, Barry M Nail Paint in Aqua Green, Model's Own Hedkandi Nail Polish in Ibiza Mix
Essie Nail Polish in Mint Candy Apple - My go to summer shade, even in the lacklustre summer we've just had!  A couple of coats and my nails feel fabulous, it looks great with a tan too!
Barry M Nail Paint in Aqua Green #285 - I haven't worn this for ages and just found it in my nail polish drawer again a few weeks ago.  I wear it only one way, on an accent nail over Essie's Mint Candy Apple.  It looks pretty awesome.
Model's Own Hedkandi Nail Polish in Ibiza Mix - One of the items I won in the lovely wifelifebeautyxo's recent giveaway (I posted about it here).  I've only had this polish a short time but I'm completely smitten, just look at all that chunky glitter!

So that's all there is to my favourites for August 2012.  What were your favourite products of the month?

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