July Love Me Beauty Box (& 10% discount code)

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Love Me Beauty box* | £10.00 + p&p | 10% off with my code CG10 | Link

Its July Love Me Beauty box time!! This month I picked menu two from the three available (it was the brow kit that swayed my decision) and waited patiently for it to arrive in the post. Since it arrived, I've had a chance to play around with the products and I have to say - I'm SO impressed! Not only are all the products fantastic quality but most of them cost more individually than this whole box put together. At a combined value of £70ish (I couldn't work it out exactly due to the one sample size), this box is a serious bargain as it only cost a mere £10 plus p&p. Even better, you can get an additional 10% off by entering my discount code 'CG10' in at the checkout. All these fantastic products for £9 - surely that's an offer too good to resist? Here's a bit more about each of the products I received ...

Ofra Pressed Eyeshadow in 'Bliss' | RRP £8.80
I've never heard of this brand before but oh my gosh, this eyeshadow is amazing! As soon as I swatched it I was blown away by the buttery soft texture, intense pigmentation and metallic finish. Its a beautiful neutral gold shade and kind of reminds me a of my all time favourite eyeshadow - 'Woodwinked' by MAC. I can see myself getting a lot of use out of this product!

Lashem Lash Enhancing Serum (2ml sample)
I've never tried a lash enhancing serum before but I've heard great things about them so I'm excited to give this product a go. This is the only sample size product in this months box but because you only need to apply so little of this each time you use it, it should still be big enough to give me a good idea if it works or not. I have quite a bad habit of picking at my eyelashes and pulling lashes out so if this does enhance my lashes like it claims it will, I'll be very happy!

Ofra Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in 'Hollywood' | RRP £11.60
Another Ofra product in this months box is this liquid lipstick in the shade 'Hollywood', a bright fuchsia pink which is right up my street. Much like the eyeshadow mentioned above, this product is fantastic. The pigmentation is second to none and it has a lovely creamy formula. It sets on the lips after application but it still feels comfortable and is very long lasting. If these two amazing Ofra products are anything to go by, I'm going to have to check out other products from the brand!

So Susan Flutter Mascara | RRP £14.95
Another brand I've not heard of but that doesn't bother to me as that's the whole point of beauty boxes - getting to try products from brands I would have never tried otherwise. I've discovered some of my favourite brands through beauty boxes so I don't like it when people turn their noses up at products included just because they aren't from a well known brand - it doesn't make them any less great. This So Susan mascara come in a pretty gold tube and has a thin plastic brush covered in small bristles to allow for really precise application. 

So Susan Dual Brow Powder | RRP £11.95
Another So Susan product in this months box is this super cute brow kit that comes with two different brow powders and a little brush. I'm a big lover of filling in my eyebrows as it gives my makeup that finishing touch and makes my face look more polished - if that makes any sense. I like that these two powders can be used on their own or mixed and matched to create the perfect brow shade for you. They're both quite warm tones shades so they might not be ideal if your brows for an ash undertone but for me, the dark shade works well. The powders aren't as pigmented as the likes of HD Brows or Benefit Brow Zings but as a starter kit if you're just getting into brow products, its great.

The Teashed 4am tea (20 bags) | RRP £3.50
I'm a total sucker for a cup of tea so I'm very happy to see these Teashed teabags featured in this months box. There's 20 bags which is a really generous amount and the tea claims to be naturally low in caffeine so even if you drink it at 4am, you'll still drift off to sleep. The fact its low in caffeine is a plus point for me as I always drink decaf tea anyway. My doctor suggested cutting down on caffeine to reduce my anxiety levels and its definitely made me feel less jittery so if you do suffer with high stress or anxiety levels, I'd definitely suggest cutting it out or at least cutting down to see if it helps. As well as being low in caffeine, this tea is also full of antioxidants so its great for the skin too! 

Extra product: Weleda Sea Buckthorn Replenishing Body Lotion | RRP £15.95
I didn't expect to receive this product in my box but I can't say I'm complaining as Weleda is a great brand and this body lotion is absolutely divine. It has a very citrusy scent which I LOVE and the lotion sinks into my skin straight away leaving no greasy residue behind. I'll definitely be using every last drop of this!

So there we have it, July's Love Me Beauty box. As you can see, this months box is exceptional value for money as the contents of the box would cost around £7o if you were to buy them at their RRP price. I also love that five out of the six products are full sized - there's nothing worse than receiving a beauty box full of sachets or teeny samples. There isn't one product in the whole box I wouldn't use either and for only £9 with my discount code CG10, it really is a bargain! If you'd like to snap if up for yourself, head over to the Love Me Beauty website.

Lots of love,

Staple Evening Dresses | Sophisticated, Sexy, Glam & Classic

Monday, 21 July 2014

If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter I’m sure you’re all aware that my dad is currently visiting the UK from Australia and over the past few weeks, I’ve been spending lots of time with him in various locations around the UK. This weekend just gone was spent in Liverpool and Manchester and the weekend before that was spent in Newcastle, Edinburgh and York so it’s safe to say I’ve been a very busy lady. 
The fun isn’t over yet either as I’m finishing work for a long weekend on Thursday and heading down to London to enjoy some sightseeing before he jets back to Australia on Saturday (boo!). On Thursday evening we’re heading to Gordon Ramsay’s famous restaurant ‘The Savoy’ and I couldn’t be more excited – it’s a very upmarket place and I hear the food is exceptional so I can’t wait to see if it lives up to the hype. I’m also very excited to get glammed up for the occasion as it’s a good excuse to wear a nice dress. I’ve never been before but I can imagine it’s the kind of place where all the women look perfectly polished and the men are suited and booted.

After spending slightly more time trawling through dresses on the internet than I'd like to confess, it got me thinking about 'staple' evening dresses (and the shoes to match - of course!) that would be great to have to hand if a special ocassion were to arise such as a fancy dinner, a formal/prom/graduation or even just a sophisticed night out with friends. I absoloutely love all the ones I've picked and each of them have a different look - sophisticated, sexy, glam and classic. They're all timeless pieces and if I had the money, I'd be buying them all, shoes included, without hesitation!

Starting from the left I picked this navy pencil dress from Little Misstress which is a great brand for evening wear as they have a huge range of formal dresses. This one inparticular stood out to me because of the sheer sleeves and beautiful embroidery. Its very different to anything else I've seen and I think it'd look really sophisticated paired with these nude Kurt Geiger stilletos. Next up is this red strapless dress from River Island and as soon as I saw it, I fell in love. Its quite a sexy dress due to the vampy red colour and sleeveless style but because its not super short, I think it'd still look very classy. Pairing it with these Fashion Union strappy sandals (which are a total dupe for a Zara by the way), an up-do and a slick of red lipstick. Sexy but still sophisticated!

Next up is the glitz and glam look of the bunch - the one with a bit of sparkle. Miss Selfridge are known for their beaded/sequin dresses and this cream and gold 30's feel dress is just beautiful for a special ocassion. It isn't something you'd wear on a regular night out and that's why its so great - it stands out from the crowd and has a definite 'wow' factor. As the dress has so much going on, I thought it'd look lovely with these simple strappy sandals from Mango as the gold strap ties in with the dress nicely. I also think it'd look absoloutely gorgeous with simple hair and makeup to let the dress do the talking! 

Finally I chose this classic LBD - the staple dress that every girl needs in her evening wear wardrobe. This one is from Topshop and I simply adore the eyelash lace detailing around the neckline - it turns a simple plain black dress into something a bit more special. To add a pop of colour, I thought these vibrant sandals from Karen Millen would be perfect but you could also wear it with some simple black or nude shoes if you wanted to keep things simple.
So there we have it, the staple evening wear wardrobe curtosy of Little Mistress, River Island, Miss Selfridge and Topshop. I could have picked way more dress and shoe combos (its SO much fun) but these were my favourites - with these four dresses sitting in your wardrobe, you'd be prepared for any ocassion!!
Which of these looks is your favourite? Are you a sophisticated, sexy, glam or classic kinda girl?

Lots of love,

**collaboration with Little Mistress. All opinions are my own.

Boots Beauty Haul & New Advantage Card App

Friday, 18 July 2014

Boots Beauty Haul, Boots New Advantage Card App, Drugstore Beauty Haul,
As a long time lover of Boots beauty shopping, I was incredibly excited when they contacted me to say they've recently launched a new app that goes alongside their wonderful advantage card to bring Boots customers even more amazing offers than before. They'll still be sending their vouchers through the post throughout the year but now you can get even more great deals with the click of a button - there's everything from personalised offers based on your spending habits and updates on the best current deals they have on offer. You can also shop directly from the app which makes life a lot easier as its very easy to navigate. 

Another thing I LOVE about this new app is the fact is shows you how much money you have stored on your advantage card. Before this app it was always a bit of a struggle to work out how much was actually on there and the only time I ever really knew was when I bought something in store and checked the receipt afterwards.

Here's a little collage of what you can expect the app to look like. Pretty cool isn't it?!

Boots Beauty Haul, Boots New Advantage Card App, Drugstore Beauty Haul,
After telling me all about their amazing new app, Boots said they would send me a voucher so I could put it to use and see how much money I could save using the various offers available. I was obviously more than willing to get stuck into the challenge and when my voucher arrived in the post, I was straight to Boots like a woman possessed, pursing all the lovely makeup counters and having great difficulty in deciding what I wanted to buy. Seriously, I could spend thousands in that place.
So as you can see from the photo at the top of this post, I got quite a lot of new things. I'm not going to talk about them all in greath length or I'd be here all day and this post is more to discuss the new app would be epicly long so I thought I'd just pop a list of the things I bought below with links in case you want to check them out yourself. I'll be doing full reviews of them all very soon too so keep your eyes peeled!

Seventeen Skin Wow Primer | £5.99 | Link
Seventeen Gel Colour Nail Polish | Firefly | £3.99 (bought on a buy one get one 1/2 price offer)
YSL Rouge Volupte Lipstick | No. 34 Rose Asarine | £24.50 | Link
No.7 Pop & Glow Cream Blush Stick | Classic Rose | £9.95 | Link
Collection Eyeshadow Pencils | Vintage Blush & Hot Chocalate | £4.99 each (bought on a 2 for £5 offer) | Link
L'oreal L'Extraordinaire Liquid Lipstick | Fuchsia Drama | £8.99 |  Link
Revlon Photoready Foundation | Natural Beige | £12.99 | Link
Revlon Colorstay Concealer | £6.99 | Link (Bought with a buy one get one 1/2 price offer)
Barry M Gelly Hight Shine Lips | Alpha Bright Red | £4.99
Bourjois double pencil sharpener | £3.49 | Link
Bourjois Java Rice Loose Powder | £9.99 | Link
No.7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Water | £9.50 | Link (bought with a £5 off No.7 skincare voucher)
The Vintage Cosmetics Company 'Gracie' Eyelashes | £6.00 | Link
Bourjois Colour Boost Lip Crayon (not photographed) | Link

In total I spent £125.38 but with all the apps, I got it all for £100 which is how much I had to spend on my voucher. Now although most people, myself included, could never go and spend £100 in one go, if you were to spend a similar amount over the course of a month or two, you could be saving yourself a fair amount of money as well as gaining lots of extra advantage card points. Before I began this little experiment, I had about £2 on my Boots card (it was a brand new card as I lost my old one) but now I have almost £10 thanks to all the offers featured on the app like ‘double points when spending over £20 in one transaction’ and various others. Points do build up quite quickly if you’re a regular Boots shopper and I intend to not spend a penny of mine until Christmas when I’ll be stocking up on their 3 for 2 gifts! Does anyone else do that? 

Will you be downloading the new Boots App? Have you tried any of the products I bought?

Lots of love,