Friday, 24 October 2014

You Beauty Discovery Box October 2014

Do you remember me telling you about my You Beauty Discovery Box back in September? (you can find it here). 

The deal with the You Beauty Discovery Box is:

It's cheaper - just £6.95 including P & P
You get a choice - you pick two products out of a list of ten. I like having a choice.
You get some freebies on top of your choices.
You get discount codes from some the brands in the box. 
It's all about discovering new brands - and I've found loads. 

Well back in September I was pretty impressed that I'd bagged myself two Pixi products for just £6.95. But things have got even better. The Pixi products - as fab as they were - were minis. October saw some full time versions making their way to me. 

So, what did I go for?

I couldn't resist the Halloween features - I love Halloween. Anyway... Have you spotted them??

Yes, that's right I got a full sized Crabtree & Evelyn Nail Lacquer in Petal Pink worth £6 AND  a full sized Illamasqua Glamore Lipstick in Buff worth a whopping £18. Then the freebies/samples this month were Cowshed Anti-Ageing Perfecting Night Serum - a full bottle is worth £48, but this is just a little sachet. And there was also a bottle of Gold Collagen. The price of the full sized products alone would be £24, which is considerably more than the £6.95 I paid. I think I got away with quite a bargain. 

So, starting with the freebies:

Gold Collagen is an anti-ageing liquid beauty supplement that contains hydrolysed collagen. There's different types depending on the treatment. Personally I'm not sure how I feel about this concept, but if you fancy giving them a try use the discount code DISCOVERY5 before October 31st.

Cowshed is a wonderful British brand, I've received some their products in my discovery boxes before - and I love them. They're fairly pricey though. Now, I'm the right side of 30 so I tend not to worry about lines, I'm not sure if this is something I would buy for myself at this point. But I'm looking forward to trying it. Now, if you fancy buying this yourself  if you buy before October 31st you can use this code PNSCOW to get a free skincare starter kit with every anti-ageing perfecting night serum bought. 

And the ones I chose:

Illamasqua Glamore in Buff - I'm loving this. It's fast become my go to lipstick. It's probably my most expensive make up item in my collection. As soon as I saw I had the chance to bag this beauty for £6.95, and still get something else, I just had to. I spent ages refreshing the page trying to get this. Now, the shade was a complete risk, as I had no idea what would arrive. But buff is lovely. See my full post on it here

And Crabtree & Evelyn's Nail Lacquer, again the colour was a complete risk, but I'm so happy with what arrived. I'm yet to try it out, but I can't wait. Petal Pink looks to be a fantastic shade. I'll do a full review when I've had the chance to do my nails!

So what are you waiting for? Grab yourself a box here

Have you tried the You Discovery Box yet?

What's your favourite Subscription box? Is it worth it?

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Lincoln Blogger's Club: An Update

Well, we're getting closer guys. Under a month to go, and I finally feel like things are starting to come together.

Date: Sunday 16th November

Time: We need to be at our first venue for 1pm, so perhaps we could meet at 12.30pm near by. Or the bus/train station depending how you're getting here? Let me know what you guys think.

Venue: First of all we're going to Lush. The lovely ladies there (is it in the job description to be super nice if you work for Lush?!) are going to put on a few product demos for us, and have offered to colour match us for their make up. I'm particularly excited about this as I've never tried any Lush make up!! The demos will more than likely be their Christmas products. Snow fairy anyone?

Then, as it's about a month before Christmas I thought we could maybe do a spot of Christmas shopping, before heading to Rock Paper Scissors. I don't know if you guys are familiar with this venue, but it's quite unique. It's a shop, cafe and crafterie. They run drop in craft sessions, and also classes on topics such as Crochet, Knitting, Embroidery, Sewing, Lampshade making, Paper Crafts and Gardening. Sounds fab doesn't it? As it's a Sunday we'll have the place to ourselves. The girls have very kindly agreed to put on some afternoon tea. There is a price per person (I'm waiting on an answer and will update this the moment I have it), so I will need you to confirm your attendance so they can make the right amount of food. You don't need to pay in advance though, there's no deposit, it'll just be paying for the food on the day. 

Brands: I am in talks with a couple of companies who'd love to come and talk to you about their brands. 

I may have a few surprise samples/bags for you guys too. 

How to confirm your attendance: Please email
Places will be on a first come first served basis, and I felt email was the fairest option as I can log the dates/times a bit easier. There's a limit of 20 attendees I'm afraid. 

I'm also planning a blog post once you've all confirmed your attendance. I will share your details so we can all see one another, and read each other's blogs before the event - and at least that way we'll know who to look out for. If you don't want to be included in this, please let me know in your email. 

Also, some of the brands I'm working with have asked for your email addresses. Please let me know in your email whether or not you're happy for me to share this.

Hashtag: For any tweets on the day, or in the run up, please use #lincolnbloggersclub I have made my PR contacts aware of this, and they'll be looking out for us. 

Facebook: There is a facebook event page, you can find it here.

Ps. The view, in case you were wondering is from the roof of Lincoln Cathedral. Well worth doing the tour if you can cope with heights. 

I really hope you can all make it. 

Monday, 20 October 2014

Monday Musings: Why I don't read fashion magazines, but love #fbloggers

I wanted to try something a bit different and give you more of an opinion piece. In all honesty my motivation is a bit selfish, as I'm trying to cut my spending and looking at ways of blogging without buying so much new stuff! But not only that, I want to branch out a bit. There's a lot more to me than the beauty products I buy, and I want to show you some of the other things in my life.

So, today I thought I'd talk to you about why I don't buy fashion magazines. I'll let you in on a secret - it's not because I don't love fashion. I do! I used to want to be a fashion designer, and looked into studying fashion courses at uni. Thing is I'm crap at the technical/sewing side of things...anyway I love fashion. I love clothes. I love shopping. So why on earth don't I buy the magazines?

Because they mess with my self image. It took me a while to realise it but they do. I used to buy minimum of one magazine a week, often more. I loved looking at the new trends, and where to get the best bargains. I loved imagining myself in that dress, or picking out which of my shoes would go with that outfit. Who doesn't?

But, I gradually began to realise that every time I put the magazine down I became more critical of myself. Punishing myself for eating that biscuit. Hating myself for not having a stomach as flat as that models. It happened over time, not after just one magazine! But it got to the point where I started a food diary. I was a perfectly healthy size 12. I was basically writing this diary to track everything I ate - and feeling bad for every single mouthful. If I wrote down anything, I'd already lost the challenge I'd been setting myself. It's stupid looking back on it now. And it took stopping buying magazines for a few weeks when I was a bit skint to notice I didn't feel quite so bad about myself. So I left it a bit longer, and I felt less bad about myself. And you know what...I cut them out completely. I saved myself a few quid each week, and I felt a crap load better about myself too. Win win. 

But I missed the fashion. It's been about 5 years since I dumped the magazines. My love for fashion never wavered. And here's where you fashion bloggers come in. I love blogging. I love the blogging community. I'm trying desperately not to do fashion blogging too often, as it won't be good for my bank account! But I love love love reading fashion blogs. Outfit of the day posts. Wishlists. Or outfit boards. You really feed my fashion cravings, without making me feel fat or ugly. The blogging community is so supportive and welcoming. And what's more, it's real. You guys aren't airbrushed. You guys aren't borderline anorexic. You're real people, wearing clothes. You're all shapes, sizes, and ages. And you're not forcing diets and exercises down my throat. And you're way more varied and creative in the looks you creative than any magazine I've read. 

So essentially I love fashion bloggers. Leave me your links guys :)

Looking back, that food diary was weird. So were some of the websites I found myself on. I'm in no way suggesting I had an eating disorder or anything like that. But my attitude to food, and to my self image wasn't healthy. I don't think it was particularly extreme or anything, and I soon pulled myself out of it. Stopping reading those magazines helped rather a lot. But if you're finding yourself tracking your food intake, or worrying about your weight - or even hating yourself and how you look you should probably speak to a medical professional about it. I'm not in a position to offer you advice, but they can. They know what a healthy weight is, and how to get you there. They can even prescribe you gym membership in some cases. The point of this point wasn't to highlight any "issues" with myself, but instead celebrate all you wonderful fashion bloggers. How you're the fantastic, confidence boosting, real life alternative to those airbrushed models and celebrities. I'd rather read your posts than glossy magazines any day. 

What do you guys prefer the magazines or the bloggers?

Have you felt your self confidence sinking after reading magazines?

Leave me your comments - I love reading them, every single one. 

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Soap & Glory Christmas Gift Wishlist

Now, Christmas is a long way off, I get that. Personally, I don't think about Christmas until December. However, I have to admit, I was in Boots recently and I got completely sidetracked by their Christmas gift selection. In particular the Soap & Glory offerings, I just had to share them with you...

How pretty are they? I'm pretty sure they're 3 for 2 at Boots right now as well. 

So, what would I pick, well apparently just 4, which is weird. I think I'd have to pick two more...

Anyway. we have:

Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Crayons Gift Set RRP £16
This contains three of the lip crayons that sparked my love of lip colour. Shades included are Bashful, which I already own and adore, it's a lovely pink shade, my lips but better. Then there's Fushsia Ristic, which is a bright pink shade. And Raplumzel, which I'm particularly keen to get my hands on as it looks to be a fabulous berry shade - ideal for Autumn/Winter. 

Next up there's the Glamour Push Gift Set RRP £20
This is apparently the must have make up kit. It contains Glow All Out highlighter powder, Supercat eyeliner pen - I swear by this pen! Thick & Fast Mascara, I haven't tried this particular one, but I love the HD version. There's a Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Laquer, that I'm yet to try. And then three eyeshadows - Aubersheen, Taupe Cat and Smokin'. There looks to be plenty here to create a few looks. 

Then there's The Perfect Ten Gift Set RRP £16
This is a limited edition palette. I need this in my life - fact. There's some seriously wearable shades - Soap & Glory's answer to Naked. If I could only pick one set, it'd be this. 

And last, but definitely not least Your Own Sweet Lime Gift Set RRP £10
I love love love love Sugar Scrub. It's basically a mojito for your body as far as I'm concerned. It gives me serious rum cravings, but perhaps that tells you more about my drinking habits than anything. Mojito in the bath anyone? Bliss. 

What would you choose?

Do any of these float your boat, or would you pick something else?

Is it waaaay too early to think about Christmas?!!

Friday, 17 October 2014

Elf vs Illamasqua

Now I happen to think that dupe is a word used faaaar too often in blogging world. So, I'm not going to say it. But, I would like to show you the similarities between a lipstick from elf and another one by Illamasqua. 

Putting them next to one another it's hard to spot the difference isn't it? If you're a fan of either brand you might be able to guess which is which by the packaging. The elf range comes in a matte black tube, whereas the Illamasqua is a lovely glossy black. But in terms of the shade, they're pretty close right?

But how do they swatch?

The elf one is the one to the left, and the Illamasqua to the right. To swatch fairly I swiped three times with each lipstick. Though, in all honesty I think if I'd have swiped slightly less with the Illamasqua then the colours would have been very very similar. So, that suggests the colour pay off is better with the Illamasqua, but then again for £18 you'd expect it to be. 

On the lips these two don't look that different. The Illamasqua swatches quite dark, but it's not as intense on - well it can be, it depends how you layer it. Both of them need reapplications throughout them day, perhaps less with the Illamasqua, but neither go a whole day without a touch up - at least they don't on me. I honestly think for £5 the elf option is a great budget alternative. 

What do you guys think? Fairly similar?

Which would you invest in?

Have you tried either of these?