Tuesday, 22 April 2014

April GlossyBox ' 14

Yet again the month has flown by and my little parcel of goodies has arrived, I'm pretty sure I say this every month but I have no clue where this year is going! This months box has the theme of sweet treats and looks like spring/summer essentials that everyone will want and need. At first opening I wasn't hugely impressed as there was only one real full sized product and the others did just look a little poor, is this just me? Am I getting too picky? Although once I dug a little deeper I did feel much better about what I got. 

The first thing that caught my eye was the Tresemme Instant Refresh dry shampoo as it was the biggest product in there, I have heard a lot about this as when it was launched a couple years ago it was the big rival to the beloved Batiste. I had never tried it as i'm not a huge dry shampoo user but it is the traditional white powder that absorbs the excess oils in the hair and does have a really nice fruity and fresh scent. I received a MeMeMe make up product too this month which is usually always a good product in my eyes as there is nothing like experimenting with new makeup. I got their Cheek and Lip Tint in the colour Cupids Kiss which I think is an adorable name and really suits the gorgeous pastel ice cream pink colour. However although it looks a great colour in the bottle the colour pay off on the skin is pretty poor. For a tint I would expect much more pigmentation but instead you just get more of a very subtle highlight and glow.

Monu is a company I have regularly received products from in previous boxes and usually have really loved so I was excited to see a massage and body oil from their MonuSpa range, I'm not sure if the spa range is new but I have never heard of it before so was looking forward to trying it out. The oil is their Warming Ginger Massage and Body Oil and is able for use for the body, the bath and for massage too. I love an oil like this that can be used in the bath because like this one they turn your water all milky and really kick off their amazing scent. This oil does have a strong ginger smell so i'm not sure if I would want to use it as a body oil but it would be great for a really uplifting and energising bath, plus it contains calendula, jojoba seed oil and vitamin A and E which are all really great for the skin. Another product I was looking forward to trying was the QV Skincare Gentle Wash as it is a wash for the body, face, hands you name it and is so gentle its perfect for sufferers of eczema and dermatitis. I think I have mentioned before that I suffer with eczema on my hands from my job so i'm really excited to try this out and see how is works. 

The last product I wasn't over joyed with, which was a lip brush from Emite Make Up. This is a brand which I have never heard of before so in a way I guess it is good to have an introduction to a new make up brand however I don't think this is the best product to show them off. Personally I don't think I have ever used a lip brush to apply any products however it does feel a top quality and super soft brush so maybe i'll make the effort to use one now. And that's that, my box for this month. How was yours this month? Or have you tried or want to try any of the products I got? Thanks for stopping by, bye for now.x 

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

April Favourites 14'

I feel its been a while since I have done a favourite's post and as were coming into much warmer spring and summer time I thought I would update you on what I have been loving recently. Firstly a couple of body products, the first I received way back at Christmas time and been loving using it ever since and it is the Soap and Glory Righteous Butter. Firstly this smells amazing like the rest of the Soap and Glory lines do, it is a fairly thick moisturiser but spreads beautifully and sinks in really well too. What I love the most about this is that the smell lingers on your skin for so long you could get away without wearing any other perfumes or fragrances! Amazing! I got this in one of their Christmas gift sets but it can be purchased on its own here for £10.50, its not super budget friendly but still worth a try.

On the subject of perfumes I have also been loving Yves Rocher's new L'eau Moment de Bonheur, this is a fairly recent buy of mine which you can see in my previous Yves Rocher haul here. I have been a fan of their original Moment de Bonheur perfume for a long time and have purchased it over and over again and this one smells just as sweet and delicious but has a lighter fresher smell making it perfect for spring time. I only have one skin care product this month as not a huge amount of my routine has changed however I recently picked up the Olay Instant Hydration eye cream and have been really enjoying using it. This eye cream claims to have an anti wrinkle formulation and is targeted to women over the age of 30, obviously that clearly isn't me but in my eyes there's nothing like starting anti aging products young! It has a really lightweight almost gel/ cream formula not making it too heavy for the eye area, it blends really smoothly and does make my eyes feel really lovely and hydrated. 

I have two make up products this month which I think are real staples for the spring time the first being one of Maybelline's Baby Lips in Peach Kiss, this is one of the tinted balms which gives a light peachy shimmer on the lips which I find is perfect to have in my handbag for a quick application to make me look a bit fresher during the day. It also has a lovely soft formula which stays moisturing and glossy on the lips for a long time and has a gorgeous sweet peach scent too. My second product is a blush from HD Brows which I received in a Glossy Box a while back, firstly the packaging is beautiful in an all black case, it has a mirror inside and best of all a huge pan of the product. This has been my go to blush for weeks and weeks now as it gives a natural rosey pink flush to the skin and has a very gentle shimmer too so it is really great for giving the skin a little lift and highlight. A definite make up staple for me.

To finish off I have two random favourites the first being a cereal, yes I know a cereal what a weirdo. This cereal is from the free from section in Tesco as i'm one of those gluten free ones too! It is their Choco Nut Pillows which even if your not gluten free I would still recommend as they are literally amazing! I feel i'm a little too over excited about some cereal but y'now who doesn't want some crunchy chocolatey goodness first thing in the morning! On a slightly less childish note my last and final favourite of the month is Bones, this is a tv series which I have been catching up on from their box set and I love it. Its all about detective work and solving murders and mysteries all from the evidence left form the victim, it sounds pretty grim but trust me its not, its a real must see. There we have it my current loves in life which I imaging will stay favourites for a little while, what are you loving at the minute? Let me know! Thanks for stopping by, bye for now.x 

P.S a picture before you go of what happens every time I try to take my pictures.. cheeky animal!

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Herbal Essences Intensive Masks

A fairly recent find and love of mine is the intensive masks from Herbal Essences, which I guess you probably got from the title. These masks can be easily found on the high street, in drug stores and most supermarkets too and will only cost you between £3.50 and £3.99! There are 3 different variations of them which aim to provide moisture and hydration for different types of hair and possibly slightly different results!

The first one I tried was the Beautiful Ends which claims to give split end protection to the hair. It contains red raspberry extract which gives it a gorgeous red berry fruity scent which amazingly lingers on the hair after rinsing and drying. It also really does give the hair great hydration and shine. After using this and loving it so much I decided to pick up the other two intensive masks to give a whirl and see if they gave as good a result!

A fairly new range from Herbal Essences is their Bee Strong line which is all about aiming to strengthen the hair which this intensive mask also claims to help to do. It contains honey and  apricot extract which creates a lovely sweet honey almost caramel like scent. Honey is commonly known as a great natural moisturiser so a great ingredient to have in a hair product and it really does feel lovely on the hair. Unfortunately it won't make you or your hair look like Nicole Scherzinger like in the advert but its still pretty damn good. 

The final mask, Hello Hydration is packed full of coconut extract to help deeply nourish the hair. This one smells like a dream, a tropical island, piƱa colada kind of dream. It obviously has a coconut scent but it isn't overpowering or synthetic at all and smells really fresh too. Again the same as the other two masks the gorgeous smell likes to stick around on you hair, which I love! Nothing better than a reminder of how good you smell, right? There you have a little snippet of my new love for these products, they smell amazing, last forever and make your hair feel beautiful too. I might have to try the other products from the lines to see if they live up to the expectations. Have you ever tried these or any other Herbal Essences products? Or any others you think I should give a go? Let me know! Thanks for stopping by, bye for now.x

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

March Empties '14

So its the end of a month, I have used up a bunch of products and I'm going to share my little run down of what I thought of them with you lovely lot. I'm going to start with hair care as I used up a few hair related things this month. Firstly Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Reconstructer this product has been a favourite of mine for a little while, it is a deep conditioning treatment which leaves you hair feeling lovely and soft and smelling great too. Most of Aussie's products smell pretty good but this is by far my favourite, it smells super sweet almost like marshmallows and candy and all sorts of sugary goodness so if you not a sweet fan you may not like it but to anyone else I would definitely recommend this to you over and over.

Another deep conditioner I used up was by Herbal Essences and was their Beautiful Ends deep conditioner, this is used just like the Aussie one after shampooing on the mid lengths to ends of your hair but left on for a few minutes, a little longer than normal conditioner or if you like me much longer. This is my preferred way of always conditioning my hair as I roughly on wash 3 times a week so it doesn't get stripped and 2-3 times a week is the perfect way to use a hair mask like this. Plus you can get both of these for under £5!

Sticking with the hair care theme I also used up my Good Hair Day shampoo from Temple Spa which isn't as purse friendly as it is £8.50 for a 200ml bottle. Temple Spa is predominantly a spa brand explaining the price tag but also shows within the quality of their products as they have a beautiful aromatherapy scent and also are all paraben and sulphate free which is always a plus isn't it? Another Temple Spa product I do love is their Dual Act cream cleanser, this is perfect for combination skin types as it helps to deeply cleanse the skin without being harsh or drying out the skin. It can also be used as either a wipe on and off with cotton pads cleanser or washed off with water and a muslin cloth for a slightly different cleanse and effect. 

A product I always repurchase is the Dove Go Fresh deodorant in Pomegranate and Lemon Verbena, this has a super light and fruity scent which is slightly powdery too which I personally like as it really does make me feel nice and fresh. It says to contain 1/4 moisturising cream with vitamin E and also will provide 48h protection which I don't think I really believe but this is still one of my favourite deodorants I will definitely pick up again. A very spring appropriate product I started using again and used up was my Loreal Sublime Bronze Dry Mist tan, I think this is the perfect time of year to start building a light tan is your a pasty queen like myself and this has to be one of my favorite tans I have used too. Being a spray it is super easy to apply, has pretty much zero drying time and this one actually doesn't have that biscuit fake tan smell! Bonus! My final thing I finished up this month was a box set goody back from Christmas time which is the travel size Soap and Glory Flake Away scrub which fits pretty well with the tanning too. Spring is the time you want to start scrubbing the winter flakes away and ready for some sunshine. This has the typical Soap and Glory scent which I adore and is also a pretty gritty harsh scrubs which might not be for everyone but I really loved using. 

That's all for my little bin of empty goodies this month. What have you used up recently? Have you ever tried any of the things I've used up? I would love to know! Thanks for stopping by, bye for now.x

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Yves Rocher Mini Haul!

Hello there, now what better way to get back into the swing of things then by showing you lovely people what I have recently purchased as that is a thing I tend and love to do! Yves
Rocher is a brand I have loved for a while now, especially for their skin and body care plus they constantly have great offers and deals on which make everything much more appealing to add to your basket. 

The main reason I made a new purchase was for a perfume, their 'Moment de Bonheur' has been a scent I have purchased over and over however they have just released a new spring fragrance ' l'eau Moment de Bonheur' which is very similar as a sweet light fragrance however with a much fresher scent with notes of centifolia rose and sweet apple. I purchased the 50ml bottle which I believe is the biggest size they retail however is currently on offer with a 15ml travel size atomiser for free and is still 45% off! The perfume would normally cost you £38 but for the two they are selling it currently for just £21.50 so if your looking for a new spring scent I would definitely recommend checking them out.

I also picked up a couple bath time accessories with a shower puff loafer which is my go to way to use most shower creams and washes as it provide a gentle everyday exfoliation and helps to make a mammoth of bubbles! However if I wanted a little harsher scrub I would use an exfoliating glove as they are a little tougher and scratchier but really get the job done, they are also much easier to use with scrubs too!

My three final little products I didn't actually buy they were my free gifts with purchase, I think this is a really lovely thing for companies to do because it enables their customers to try other products from them which is great for self promotion but also because the customer i.e me or you might end up loving it and if your anything like me most people will spend that little bit extra to get that little something free too. I received a mini cherry blossom shower gel which smells amazing, a sample purity mask which I'm really looking forward to trying and also a sample of their 'Youthful Glow Foundation' which i wasn't over the moon with receiving but that's the risk you take with random samples and I'm still willing to give it a good try.

And that's my mini haul all done for you, hope you enjoyed a sneak peak into my basket and come back to see some more in the very near future. Everything I purchased and more you can find on thier website here. Thanks for stopping by, bye for now.x