Unboxing, Reviews, Beauty

Fantastic Looking August

Yes, it’s that time again! I almost said that time of the month but… you know. It just sounded wrong somehow. Anyway, I thought it’d be nice to take a little break from all the serious writing I’ve been doing here recently and explore my oh so pretty beauty box. So let’s get to it.

Firstly – I’m starting to believe Lookfantastic can’t do wrong with their monthly box designs. It’s gooooooooorgeous blue with golden writing saying ‘Global Glamour’ in the middle of the lid. I love it a LOT.

Secondly – the products this month… There’s the mandatory Elle to keep up with everything that’s going on in fashion, beauty and the world of empowered women. As for the products, I’m actually actively using nearly everything in it at the moment. So I guess you could say it’s been a roaring success with me.

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Korres, Moisturising Body Milk in Bergamot Pear. I love it. I love it soooooooooo much. It’s quite lightweight so it absorbs well, it smells incredible and leaves my skin so soft. I can’t wait to buy it again and buy it in other scents as well. LOVE IT!

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Gatineau, Gentle Silk Toner. Another product that’s already half gone. I’m not sure if I love it because I didn’t currently have a toner already or because it’s actually that good. Probably the latter. It smells quite strongly of.. something. I can’t really put my finger on it, but it smells clean. Plus it’s a light pink colour. Very pretty.

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Lottie London, Balm Ball Lip Hydrator in Strawberry Shortcake. It does actually smell a bit like strawberry shortcake. I’m quite impressed. I like the shape of it – it’s very cute and quite different from my other lip balms. I have been using it quite a bit since I got it. Maybe that’s more to do with the smell rather than the adorable shape of it though.

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Lord & Berry, Magic Brow Pencil. You know when there’s the word ‘magic’ in a product name you expect it to be beyond this world and make you believe in fairy tales, witches and wizards? Just me? Well, let’s get one thing straight – it’s a brow pencil, not a magic wand. I do like it for what it is however. It suits my eyebrow colour and is very easy to use.

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Mane ‘n Tail, Shampoo & Conditioner. I don’t know if it’s actually horse shampoo or not, but I like the smell of it. I think it reminds me of nettles. Or something else green and fresh smelling like that. It does what shampoo and conditioner are supposed to do – clean my hair and make it all soft and swooshy. As swooshy as my newly shortish hair can be, that is.

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Skin79, Super Beblesh Balm SPF 30 PA++ BB Cream. I don’t have a clue what any of that means. But it comes in a pretty pink tub. It’s quite lightweight, making it perfect for those days when you don’t really need any (or just very light) cover, but want something to brighten your face up a little.

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That’s it! It feels like a LOT. Once again I’m absolutely in love with a few of the products – yay for finding new favourites! And I didn’t dislike any of them. So that’s good.

Keep it up, Lookfantastic!

G.

Food, Reviews, Unboxing

More Food!

Oooooooh yes. This is actually my July Degustabox, but as I only got it when we got back from our holiday during the last couple of days of July, I decided not to rush it and instead try as many things from it as I can before writing about it.

I have to say I’m very pleased with the contents of this box. There’s a wide range of different food stuffs and there should be something for everyone. Also, I love it that even though the box is great value for money, the items in it are still very much affordable. So it’s not like trying out luxury products that I’m never going to repurchase, but instead it’s finding new items that I could buy again! Love it.

  1. Frylight Cooking Spray With Avocado Oil £2.99. I already use Frylight oils for frying, but hadn’t tried the avocado one yet. They’re a range of 1kcal cooking sprays that make frying quite a bit healthier.
  2. Maille Dijon Original £1.99. They’ve included a recipe (Maille Dijon Original Fillet Steak) that uses this. I haven’t tried it yet, but it looks easy to make and yummy.
  3. OLOVES Healthy Olive Snacks 2x £0.99. Loved them. They were seasoned with chilli, garlic and oregano. I wouldn’t have expected them to be quite so nice provided the type of packaging, but they were lovely and would be a great addition to a lunchbox .
  4. Crafted £1.80. I got the Mango & Passionfruit one. It’s quite sweet, being a juice, but also refreshing. I quite liked it.
  5. Blossom Hill Spritz £4.99. You can choose whether you want your box to include alcohol or not. I currently have mine including it so I got a bottle of this very fresh and summery wine in my box.
  6. Rowntree’s Randoms 30% Less Sugar £1.29. They were really nice. I’m loving the less sugary versions of things and if you can make sweets that are essentially pure sugar less sugary then I’m all for it.
  7. Weetabix Additions Coconut & Raisin £2.99. I haven’t tried them yet but am very much looking forward to it.
  8. Merchant Gourmet Simply Cooked Red & White Quinoa £1.99. Again one thing that I haven’t tried yet, but am excited to try.
  9. Ryvita Thins Three Cheese £1.89. Oh my delicious goodness. They were sooooooo nice. I think they were one of my most favourite things in this box actually. I could’ve devoured the whole thing if I didn’t have to share. I guess I should be glad that I did have to share though haha.

Overall I’m very happy with what I got in there and am eagerly looking forward to my August box.

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(Also if you’re now thinking it’s something you would like to try then I’m more than happy to share my invitation link which gives you £7 discount for the first box, making it £5.99, and some points for me!)

I’ll go get some more of those three cheese thins now. Or maybe not… I probably shouldn’t.

G.

Books, Reviews

June Books

I really need to think of something more creative for my book post titles. Then again, this way it’s very clear what this post is about. Hmm. I’ll think on it.

Anyway, in June I read 3 books, bringing my total to 18/30. Very happy with this. Reading is one of my favourite activities anyway, but this reading challenge is that little extra push that I sometimes need to prioritise it over other things that I could be doing.

June started off with the first book that I’ve ever bought just on Kindle. Cry Baby (Callum Doyle #4) by David Jackson. My thoughts after finishing it were ‘I’d give it 3/10. It kept me reading but it lacked … body and soul. Like going to a bonfire but only seeing smoke – no fire or embers, and sure enough you can see some interesting shapes forming from the smoke but that’s not what you went to see. There were a couple of interesting turns but nothing to make me go “OOOOOOOOOOOOH!” or “I can’t believe this unforeseeable twist of events just occurred!” Soooo yeah. Easy read but predictable and.. stuff.’ Overall I was glad to have supported the author by buying his book, but I’m also glad I didn’t pay more for it as I’d have felt a bit robbed.

The second book I read was Killers: Britain’s Deadliest Murderers Tell Their Stories by Kate Kray. I picked it up on a charity sale as it looked interesting at the first glance. Well, it pretty much says it in the title – the author interviewed a series of murderers about their offences. I must admit that some of those stories were quite compelling. However I couldn’t help but think of them as just stories. I did some research on a couple of the people mentioned in the book and it’s like night and day. I understand that some of the articles on the internet would be telling the other side of the story, but you can’t really argue with hard facts. The hard facts that the killers themselves didn’t mention or the author decided to leave out, thus making the stories quite a bit lighter, perhaps even trying for sympathy. Overall not one of my favourite books.

Luckily things started to look a lot brighter with my third read of the month. The Bands of Mourning (Mistborn #6) by Brandon Sanderson. You probably know that I’m quite a fan on Brandon Sanderson’s books by now and that I’m reading my way through his series. I found Bands of Mourning such an enjoyable read that I was absolutely devastated when I found out that I’ll have to wait for the next book in the series to come out. So many loose ends, so much to look forward to. It’s still one of the very few fantasy books that I know where technological advances are happening, but where somehow the author still manages to keep the magic alive and as an essential part of the story. Loooooved it. The main characters are so lovable – they’ve got their flaws and quirks, but that only serves to make them even more interesting and, well, lovable. One of the characters especially really shone in this one. I’m talking of Steris – the organisation and control nutter. I found so much of myself in her that it really made me laugh and even feel better about myself. We’re both just being really prepared, that’s all. Now I’ve just got to wait for the next one…

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I’m glad I finished June with The Bands of Mourning as it would’ve otherwise been a rather bleak month! I don’t even know how those crime and mystery books came about, but I do like to mix it up with different genres.

If you’ve got any reading recommendations for me, fire away 🙂

G.

 

Beauty, Reviews, Unboxing

The Glossiest July

Oooooooooooooh how I love this month’s Glossybox. No intro, just straight to business. Love it. I’ll even go as far as to say that one of the products in this box has given me the confidence to do my own wedding makeup. I was a bit hesitant about doing it as I still consider myself a beginner, but this thing… This may just be the difference between looking like a glowing bride and a haggard old, well, hag.

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Another beautiful box that I’d love to upcycle somehow. Seriously – any ideas, please let me know!

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Bellapierre Cosmetics, Banana Setting Powder, RRP £25. I decided to jump straight to the best stuff. This is the product I was talking about. You’re probably thinking I’m way overselling this, but I kid you not – it’s amazing. I have very dark under eyes (thanks mum!) and I’ve always struggled with covering them. When I use concealer it gets really cakey, when I add powder it gets powdery cakey. And even then it doesn’t actually cover the circles! So when I saw this setting powder, I thought I don’t have anything to lose and tried it. It works like a charm. I put my makeup on this morning, have been doing housework, took a nap and it still looks good! So impressed. I’ve tried a couple of setting powders before and I don’t know what I was doing wrong but they just didn’t do it for me. This one does. Big time. Thanks! (Plus it’s got ‘Banana’ in its name.) http://www.bellapierre.com/uk/banana-setting-powder.html

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CuteBalms, Macaroon Tint Balm in Crushed Berry, RRP £5.99. If dark pink and soft lips are what you’re after then this cute macaroon could be for you. It’s got a light sweet scent and is easy enough to apply. I like it a lot and will probably be getting it in other flavours as well. https://www.cutebalms.com/

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Papanga, Spiral Hairbands, RRP £4.99. I was a bit sceptical when the spiral hairbands first made an appearance. I thought someone had taken a phone cord and used it to put their hair up. I’ve gotten a bit wiser since and now know that they’re in fact actual hairbands and they’re amazing. They don’t get stuck in my hair, they hold everything in place and I’ve yet to break one. I’ve got a LOT of hair and therefore everything I’ve just mentioned is truly spectacular and I’m very happy to have received more of these little beauties in my box. You can never have too many! http://www.papanga.com/en/spiral-hairbands/

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Spectrum Collections, Small Fan – A10, RRP £4.99. I’m never too sure what to do with the fan brushes. It feels very nice and I used it to brush the excess powder off after using the banana stuff, but I’m not sure what else to do with it. Highlighting perhaps. I’ll give it a go anyway. https://www.spectrumcollections.com/

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MONU Professional Skincare, MONUspa Soothing After Sun Lotion, RRP £19.95 for full size. It smells so lemony and fresh, exactly what you want after spending a day in the sun. Love it and can’t fault it in any way. Very lightweight but you can feel it’s really hydrating. It’s also the only sample sized product in this box, but even the sample size is really generous. https://www.monushop.co.uk/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=281&search=after+sun

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Overall I must say I absolutely loved this month’s Glossybox! I think it’s one of my favourite ones so far actually. Just the brush I’m not too sure about yet, but everything else has already found a place in my makeup bag.

Excited to see what they’ve got in store for next month!

G.

Beauty, Reviews, Unboxing

Fantastically Pretty in July

Hellooooooo! It’s time for another beauty box post. I feel like it’s only been a couple of days since my last one, but the arrival of all the new boxes begs to differ! I feel like I’m especially excited for the July ones as now I’m really thinking ‘I could use this on my wedding day,’ when rummaging through all the new products. (Less than a week to go now!) Here goes…

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First of all – how pretty is this box! I can’t wait to take it into everyday use. I mean, I haven’t decided how I’m going to do that yet, but I’m sure I’ll figure it out. If you have any ideas, let me know 🙂

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Jelly Pong Pong, Bare Necessities Highlighting Pencil. It’s a 4 in 1 illuminator, waterliner, concealer and base. With its pretty pinkish hue I see myself using it for waterlining and maybe for some eye shadow/liner works.

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MoroccanOil, Hydrating Styling Cream. It’s a leave in cream to eliminate frizz, add definition and shine, while argan oil conditions and hydrates the hair. I tried it out this morning and quite liked it. It smelled really nice and left my hair gorgeously shiny. And with that being one of my life goals, I was quite pleased. I don’t think it’s actually one of my life goals. But hey, let’s just go with it alright?

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Hot Makeup, Large Bronzer. I did NOT realise how pigmented this was so I just swished it on, as you do, and my jaw dropped when I then looked like I’ve spent a full week frying in the sun. So yes, I shall endeavour to be a bit more light handed with it in the future. Other than the huge colour pay off (which is actually a good thing), it did look nice with a gentle shimmer.

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Cowshed, Chamomile Refreshing Toner With Spritz Cap. Love it. I used it to remove the excess bronzer I’d swooshed on and it was SO refreshing. It felt almost minty. Will definitely bringing that with me for the day after the wedding.

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Mimitika, Sun Cream. Well it’s something that I’ll always need and even though the pot is quite small, I think it’s going to last me a loooong time. So the compact size just makes it easier to travel with. It’s meant specifically for face, has high protection (SPF 50) and promises to enhance tanning.

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Regenerate, Toothpaste. I mean… Again something that most of us probably use. This one is very glittery looking though. As in, it looks like something unicorns use to brush their teeth. It doesn’t really taste of anything. But you know, I’ll probably use it as it’s convenient travel size. Plus it’s so shiny!

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Imedeen, Advanced Beauty Shot. It tasted verrrrry lemony. I didn’t mind getting it in my box, but I wouldn’t buy it myself as I don’t see much point in it to be honest. I mean, I love fruit anyway so I’m already getting my vitamins and stuff. It also didn’t smell nice.

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That’s it! That’s my July Lookfantastic beauty box. Overall I loved the contents of it, except for a couple of smaller additions. But hey, I can’t like everything in every box. I got a couple of things I’ll be taking with me when getting ready for the big day and some things I’ll be using the day after.

I call that a success.

G.

Food, My life, Reviews, Unboxing

New Box!!! Omnomnom ;)

In my previous post (or a couple of posts back, I can’t remember) I mentioned that I’ve subscribed to a new monthly box and that it’s quite a bit different from the beauty boxes that I’ve been getting so far. Well, a couple of days ago I finally received the first one of those boxes and I’ve been itching to share it with you! I have to tell you though, in some ways I wish I’d have waited a month before placing my order (you’ll see why in a moment), but I was just too excited to try it out.

Tadaaaaaaaah! Degustabox!

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Yes, apparently you can also subscribe to food! The reason why I wish I’d waited a month is because I really need to be good with snacking and stuff before the wedding so I’d fit into my dress haha. But it has been another example of the tiny amounts of willpower I have actually found from somewhere because I haven’t yet devoured everything in the box. I’m rather impressed with myself.

Firstly, the box itself is soooooooo cute! Secondly, it’s really well packaged. I think my food felt really safe and snug in there. Thirdly, you get this pretty little leaflet that tells you what you have in the box and on the other side there’s a recipe – this month it was ‘Beer can chicken on the BBQ’. And last but not least – all the fooooooood. Oh my goodness me.

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There’s a bit of everything and I’m not going to go through it all in detail as I haven’t actually tried all of it yet. However I must say that I really like how there’s a couple of light bites (Mango with Vanilla Yoghurt Fruit Chips + Superfood Fruit Bar) in there, a few organic bits (Berrywhite Organic Drinks), some slightly naughtier snacks (Haribo Summer Frenzy + Walkers Pure Butter Shortbread Scottie Dogs) and actual cooking ingredients (Capsicana Brazilian Chilli & Coconut Quick Cook Sauce + Schwartz Authentic American Flavour) as well as drinks (Westons Cider + Eisberg Sauvignon Blanc Alcohol Free Wine). It’s got something for everyone, I think and I can’t wait to actually dig in there in a couple of weeks! Gobblegobblegobbleomnomnom.

So far I’ve had the ciders which surprisingly enough I really liked. I’m usually not a big fan of appley apple ciders, but the addition of rhubarb in one and damson in the other was rather pleasant. Then I also had the Berrywhite organic Lemon & Lime drink, which was quite mellow as it was juice blended with mineral water and I also had the alcohol free wine which again I quite enjoyed and would buy again.

Uhmmmm yeah so that was what I was so excited about. Food. I love food. Unfortunately it loves me back so much that once it’s in my mouth it’s like ‘Yeah, I like this girl, let’s just hop on her hips and stay there until the end of times’. Oh well, I’m sure many of you can relate to this and I’m not alone.

I’ll go and try not to eat any of the goodies now. Or have just one…

G.

 

 

 

Beauty, Reviews, Unboxing

Glossy June

Hellooooooooooooo people! It’s time to find out what I got in my June G-g-g-g-glooooossy box. I must say, you’re in for a treat this month.

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Sleek Makeup, Power Plump Lip Crayon, in Notorious Nude, RRP £5.50. It’s so tingly! Holy cranberries haha. You may remember me saying that nude lip colours don’t really suit me, but funnily enough this one does. One might even say that it’s beauuuuuutiful. Also, it being a lip crayon it’s super easy to apply. Plus the tingling. It’s great! Would definitely recommend.

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111 Skin, Space Defence Bright Eye Lift Gel, RRP £110 for full size. It’s an eye cream. And judging by the price it’s one helluva eye cream. I tried it for a couple of days and really liked everything about it – it was lightweight, absorbed really well and smelled nice. However my eyes have been super sensitive for the past few weeks (possibly because I’ve tested so many eye creams lately?), so I’ve stopped using anything on or around my eyes for a while. I’ll definitely go back to it once my eye situation has sorted itself out though.

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Manna Kadar Cosmetics, Sheer Glo, RRP £22.50 for full size. It’s an illuminator or highlighter or whatever you want to call it or use it for. I used it all over my face (mixed with foundation) one day for that extra glow and dewy look and I must say it worked. It left my face only gently shimmering/glowing, no full on scary alien look. I don’t think I’ll be using this as a highlighter though as I’m just not that good at blending creamy products. If anyone would like to give me tips on that, I’d love it!

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Batiste, Stylist Oomph My Locks XXL Volume Spray, RRP £4.29. Errhhhh, here we go again Batiste. It’s the exact same product I’ve already got from two other beauty boxes recently and I’m sorry but I just do not like it at all. It leaves my hair dull, sticky and covered in thick white powder no matter how little I spray and how hard I try to hide it and brush it out or rub it in. Is it me? Am I doing something wrong? Well, as it is at the moment I’ve got 3 bottles of it now (1 full and 2 travel sized ones), so if anyone would like a bottle, let me know!

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Himalaya (Since 1930), Purifying Neem Face Wash, RRP £3.29 for full size. So for those of you who, like me, just heard of ‘neem’ for the first time – apparently it’s a herb. An awesome one at that. And that’s what you can expect of this face wash. It cleanses. Awesomely. Woosha-woosha.

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Beautypro, Black Diamond, RRP £4.95 for 3. It’s one of those black face masks that you get to peel off! Omg I was so excited to try it and it was great. Just as disgusting as you’d expect. And so satisfying to take off. Yes, I’ll be buying more of this little beauty. Definitely recommend. Just go buy it already. Oh, I forgot to say that it’s got activated charcoal to deep cleanse and balance oil and is to be used at least once a week. Alright, now you have all the info so gogogogo get it!

This was my box and I loved it (mostly). Some brilliant new finds and additions to my bathroom drawers and makeup bag. Makeup drawers actually. I only really use my makeup bags when I’m travelling. Hmm. So many questions, so little brain power to ponder.

G.