Saturday, 22 October 2011

Boudoir Prive; October Box

So it's that time of month again, I really can't believe this is the 3rd Boudoir Privé box, how quick does 3 months fly? It's scary! Haha, this month has been an absolute beaut, I think this is my favourite box so far, the samples seem bigger, more relevant and all in all lovely products. It's the first time I've really been over the moon happy about my box, and just as I was beginning to wonder if these boxes were for me, this arrived and won me over!

I can't BELIEVE this box of lovelyness only cost me £10! Such a good deal, and a lot of fantastic products to give a go!

First thing to catch my eye was the Korres Body Butter. Now I'm not going to lie, I love a good body butter, I'm never really without one with my dry skin. This smells so lush and after using it last night I woke up with the softest skin! Definitely a winner and costing £12.50 full size it's probably within budget for a repurchase!

Next is the Studio Makeup Liner Style Pen. I'm pretty sure this is full size and retailing for £12.50, we've already made up the cost of the box and a bit extra! I have been hunting down a good felt tip liner for ages, so this literally couldn't have come at a better time. I can't wait to try this out, I'm really hoping it lives up to my expectations, from what I've swatched it really is BLACK and not a silly grey, so fingers crossed it has good staying power too!

Next are two goodies from Cetuem, who are listed as one of the top 100 beauty brands by Harper's Bazaar (fancy huh?!). I am forever buying face masks, so I can't wait to try out the illuminating mask, and the Créme de lite should be a little treat for my skin used morning and night. Both are said to brighten the skin and eliminate uneven skintones so it should be interesting to see if they live up to it!

Next up a perfume sample, "Siwa" by Memo Paris. Now I never really hold out much hope for perfume samples in these boxes, it's not surprising really when perfume is such a personal thing. However this months offering I actually quite like. It's probably not something I'd repurchase purely because it's REALLY sweet, it's described as "Vanilla revealed by cereal" which as odd as it sounds, it's oddly accurate. You would have to smell it obviously to understand at all, but I'll definitely be slipping this into my handbag!

Next is the Rose & Co Rose Petal Salve. This to me is like a cheaper alternative of the Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream. It's a multi-use product, soothing chapped lips, dry skin, can be used over lipstick or eye shadow, on brow bones or mixed with a shimmer powder to create a highlight. This sounds so interesting and I'm definitely popping this in my bag, such a handy product to have.

Lastly is the Leonor Greyl Huile de Palme, this intrigued me the most when I opened the box because I literally had no idea what it was! It is a pre-shampoo conditioner that promises to soften and nourish dry and damaged hair. Now with having ridiculously long hair, I'm always up for a bit of haircare so I'll definitely be trying this out!

Overall I'm really happy with this months box. The samples are a better size and definitely products and brands I'm interested and intrigued by, the whole reason I signed up for Boudoir Privé. This company are new and there are going to be ups and downs at first, but I'm hoping now the standards set that this is the way it will be from now on, fingers crossed!

Thursday, 20 October 2011

OOTD #018; Leather Legging LOVE!

Jumper; Topshop, Leggings; Topshop Wedges; New Look, Necklace; Primark

I've been updating my winter wardrobe slowly, I had to get a pair of leather leggings! They are so versatile, my favourite way of wearing them are with a massive chunky knit, but I quite like the look with this cropped jumper I have. I've also added some gorgeous chelsea boots and leopard leggings to my collection, I'm still on the lookout for a beautiful cape and the perfect chunky cardi.

What are your must haves for winter?!

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Extremely Late September Favourites!

I feel like I've majorly been neglecting my blog recently, I really haven't had a spare ten minutes, let alone a couple of hours to blog. I should start having more time on my hands soon so blogging should be back to more regularly, but please stick with me! Haha, anyway I know this is incredibly late, but I can't see these things changing anytime soon, I've tried stepping up my make up game recently and trying not to go for the whole "primer-foundation-concealer-eyeliner-mascara-red lipstick" combo that I work everyday, and swapping and changing a bit more, and these are definitely things I've been appreciating this month.

NARS Bronzer in Laguna; This is the love of my life. I've never really been that much of a bronzer girl until Bourjois and their block of chocolately bronzey loveliness came into my life, but I haven't even reached for it since this arrived. I know it's incredibly pricey for what it is, and I'm usually the last person to throw my pennies away but this really is something else, the hype is definitely justified.
Topshop Blush in Flush; This is something that had ended up shoved in my make up draw never to be seen again, but I spotted it the other day and the flame has been reignited, I can't believe I forgot what a beauty this is. I'm not really into massive pink cheeks but this gives such a natural flush to the cheeks (as the name would suggest) that I can't help but reach for it, especially when the winter months come and I look an extra off Twilight.
Eyeko Graffiti Eyeliner Pen; This is the first felt tip liner I've ever tried and it's just so much quicker to use in a morning than my gel liner. This is my new best friend when it comes to a good winged liner, incredibly easy to use and I would recommend it to anyone who wants an easy alternative to liquid liner, which just seems to equal disaster when I try and use it. 
The Beauty Parlour Lip Balm; I saw this stand in Superdrug, and it reminded me a lot of Soap and Glory with the retro looking packaging. I'm a complete pushover when it comes to buying lip balm, I just can't seem to go into Superdrug/Boots without coming out with one. This one smells and tastes like mint, it's just the nicest thing ever! I'm not sure how effective it is as a lip balm, my lips are in good condition anyway at the moment, but purely for the smell and taste it's worth the buy, so refreshing and gorgeous!
Avon Supershock MAX Mascara; This is probably the only favourite that genuinely upsets me, because I love it so much. Sadly every time I use it my eyes water like a bitch, and after one too many days of business men staring while I cry off all my sodding mascara on the train I've had to give it up. It genuinely upsets me because this is a fantastic mascara, and I've never had any problems with other mascaras before so for a while I was convinced it couldn't be to blame. Clearly though it is.
Avon Colourdisiac Lipstick in Red Hot Lips; I've been steering towards the fuchsia side of life late August/early September, but in time for Autumn I've converted back to good old red lipstick, this is my personal favourite, it smells fruity and lasts forever, I can shove this on at the start of a shift and 4 hours later it will still be just as bright and beautiful as it was when I first applied.

I've really been swapping up my face and hair routine too much to write about any products because I haven't used them long enough to form an accurate opinion. 
Hope you're all having a lovely (if not really rainy) week!