Sunday, 21 December 2014

The Weekly Vlog #7

Last week I decided to spoil myself and buy a new vlogging camera.  I know, I know it's a bit close to Christmas to be buying myself something like that but I couldn't carry around that big old Canon 700D DSLR Camera that I have been doing. The camera I decided to go for was the Sony a5000.  So far I've really been loving it although I'm having a bit of trouble with the bits on the side that you're supposed to add a strap to as they rattle when I'm holding the camera. I might have to tape them down or something as I don't think they are removable.

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Friday, 19 December 2014

Essie Sparkles

When I saw these Essie sparkly polishes glistening at me on the stand in Boots the other day I just knew I had to get one of them for Christmas time.  I don't really own any glittery nail polishes so I thought - what the heck, I'll buy them all! And I have to say I'm not disappointed in any of them.   
A Cut Above is a a pinky tone glitter varnish that is just so pretty and I think I will probably be wearing this one the most.  Summit of Style is a rose gold that looks beautiful over a white nail.  Set In Stones is a classic silver glitter polish that I'm currently wearing on my nails over a nude.  Rock At The Top is a gorgeous gold that I can't wait to try over a black or deep red.
I'm really pleased with the size of the glitter too (does that sound odd?) I feel that the glitter in some glitter polishes is too big but with these there are lots of tiny flecks of glitter with some larger pieces to really add colour.
I've had Set In Stones on my nails now for a week and it hasn't budged so in terms of lasting quality it definitely gets the thumbs up from me.
Do your wear glittery polishes?  Which ones would you recommend?

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Glossybox Unboxing | December 2014

This month I'm trying something different for my Glossybox post - I've only gone and videoed it haven't I?
If you don't know, Glossybox is a subscription beauty box that I really do love receiving through my letterbox each month.  There are 5 full size and sample size beauty products to try each month and it costs between £8.50 and £10 depending upon which subscription you sign up for.  If you'd like to sign up and receive some fabulous beauty products to test out each month click here.

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Tuesday, 9 December 2014

The Weekly Vlog #6

Last weeks happenings are finally edited and all wrapped up in this little vlog.  I finally started my Christmas shopping last week - in fact I nearly finished it too!! Yeay, go me!

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I have so been loving all the vlogmas videos on YouTube at the moment. I'm so nosey and just love seeing what everyone's getting up to.  Do you like vlogmas videos? Who are your favourite to watch? I'd love to add some new vloggers to my watch list.

Monday, 8 December 2014

Selfridges Advent | Day 6, 7 & 8

So I forgot to open my calendar over the weekend so I have 3 doors worth of goodies to share with you today - days 6, 7 and 8. If you don't know I have the Selfridges Enchanted Spells Advent Calendar and I've really been enjoying opening it.  It's my first ever beauty advent calendar and I'll definitely be having one every year from now on. 
I received some nice products in my 3 days - a perfume, a face cream and a serum.
Day 6 was Lancome La Vie Est Belle L'Absolu in a mini 4ml bottle.  I initially didn't know what this perfume was as I couldn't find any markings on it and I didn't recognise the bottle.  But, after straining my eyes for a while I managed to read the teeny, tiny sticker underneath that said Lancôme and I managed to figure it out from there.  As you may know, I'm hopeless at describing scents so I'll just say: I suggest you head down to your nearest perfume shop and take a whiff - it's possibly the nicest scent I've smelled in a while. 
Day 7 was a Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream which I've heard some wonderful things about so I was really excited when I saw this one.  I've never tried a Kiehl's product before but they've always been on my wish lists.
Finally behind day 8 was a YSL Forever Youth Liberator which is a serum for the face and neck.  I've seen the YSL Forever range around but never thought to try it.  This 7ml sample size has a pipette which delivers the perfect amount and it will be a fun little addition to my skincare routine over the next few weeks.  
Have you got a beauty advent calendar? Or do you stick with the good old chocolate ones?
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Saturday, 6 December 2014

Selfridges Advent | Day 5

It's day 5 of advent calendar opening and so far, I've opened some real beauty treats.  Day 1 was my spicy perfume, Day 2 was a Kiehl's cleanser, Day 3 was a Lancôme cream and Day 4 was another Lancôme treat.
Let's see what's inside day 5... 

Todays product is a miniature 15ml Shu Uemura Skin Purifier.  This was a product I'd never heard of so I had to do a little research to find out exactly what it was. I actually thought Shu Uemura only did make-up and had no idea they had a skincare range.

I couldn't actually find much information on the product to be honest.  I'm a tiny bit wiser in the fact it contains liquorice root derivative, amino botanical complex, and depsea water which claims to naturally provide moisture to the skin, enhance the skins transparency and improve the skins quality.
I'm unsure when I would use this product in my skin care routine.  Is says on the website to apply to a dry face and rinse thoroughly with warm water - is this used as a cleanser, after a cleanser? I dunnno? Do you own this product or know anything about it? Let me know in the comments if you know how I'm supposed to use it.
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Friday, 5 December 2014

The (Late) Weekly Vlog #5

I've finally uploaded last weeks fun.  It was of course the one where Christmas finally hit - we went to the switch on of our towns Christmas lights and Sunday was Christmas tree decoration day. 
I'm always curious when everyone else decorates their tree. I like to do mine on the 1st December if possible but as that fell on Monday this year I did it on Sunday 30th November.  Some people complain at me it's too early but I like them up as long as possible.  When do you put your tree up? 

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Thursday, 4 December 2014

Selfridges Advent | Day 4

It's Day 4 of my advent opening and I've gotta say I'm starting to stress a bit about Christmas.  I'm one of those that starts thinking about Christmas at the beginning of November and starts thinking about what to buy people and casually browsing around the internet but I never actually purchase anything for anyone until well into December.  Ah well, it will all get done in the end.  Let's get back to my advent calendar,
So far I've received a few little treasures behind my doors.
Day 1 was a wonderful perfume from Yves Saint Laurent
Day 2 was a facial cleanser from Kiehl's
Day 3 was an anti-wrinkle, firming moisturiser from Lancôme.
We're staying with Lancôme for day 4...

Initially I was quite disappointed to see another Lancôme product today as I enjoy a bit of variety.  The product I received was Lancôme Galateis Douceur Cleanser.  We received a Kiehl's cleanser on Day 2 so again I was slightly disappointed to receive another one.  This cleanser retails at £35.50 for 400ml and I received a 50ml. 

I've heard some good things about this product in the past so I'm looking forward to trying this out.  I've been using the Garnier Micellar Water to remove my make-up and I've really been loving it but it'll be nice to try something a bit more high end. It claims that all foundation, blush, mascara and lipstick will all dissolve on contact - I'm up for a bit of that.

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Selfridges Advent | Day 3

Day 3 of my wonderful Selfridges Enchanted Spells Advent Calendar has certainly not disappointed! I've really been enjoying seeing what beauty goodies lye in wait behind each door and I'm only on day 3.
Day 1 saw a beautifully scented Yves Saint Laurent eau de toilette Opium.
Day 2 was a Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cleanser which I'm really looking forward to trying out.
Let's see what was behind door number 3...

On the door for day 3 it says 'Open the door and reveal the uplifting appearance of youth: skin looks visibly smoother, boosted with moisture,' and when I opened the door I found a little blue tub of cream that I didn't recognise at all.  After further investigation I discovered it was Renergie Multi-Lift, an uplifting, anti-wrinkle moisturiser from Lancôme.

The cream is said to help replenish the surface of the skin with the energy it needs to repair and construct during the night.  I've never tried a really expensive moisturiser, as I tend to stick to products such as Simple, so I'm looking forward to trying this. A full size pot of 50ml retails for £64 and I received a respectable sample size of 15ml.
What did you get in your advent calendar this morning?

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Selfridges Advent | Day 2

It's Day 2 of my Selfridges Advent opening. Behind Day 1 was a spicy, oriental perfume by Yves Saint Laurent which I loved.  I was really looking forward to opening day 2 and I wasn't disappointed... 
Kiehl's is a brand that I love reading about but I just find it too expensive to add to my daily routine (I'm a real bargain, drugstore girl at heart!) and today I received a wonderful Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cleanser behind my enchanted door.  
I am hopeless at a skincare routine and I know, I know I really should make the effort to cleanse so I'm gonna give this a little try and see if it makes a difference to my skin. 
This cleanser is suitable for all skin types and claims to not over dry or strip skin of it's natural moistures.  My skin can feel quite tight after cleansing so I'm looking forward to seeing if this has a different effect.
Have you tried the Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cleanser?  Do you like it?

Monday, 1 December 2014

Selfridges Advent | Day 1

 It's December already! When did that sneak up on me? I love when December hits and the house is all decorated with trees and various other decorations and sparkly lights seem to appear on every window and tree in the neighbourhood.  I've really treated myself this year with a special Selfridges Advent Calendar so I figured I'd do a special Blogmas featuring what I received each day behind those magical, little enchanted doors.  

Behind todays door was a miniature Opium by Yves Saint Laurent which is a scent I've never tried before. I'm useless at describing smells but according to Selfridges website it has notes of  mandarin, bergamont, myrrh and jasmine.  I find it quite an oriental, spicy perfume but with a fruity kinda layer to it.  I really enjoy the smell and will definitely be using up all of this handy little miniature.

Sparky certainly enjoyed trying to have a little sniff of the perfume and just generally getting in the way whilst I was trying to photograph!

What did you get in your Advent Calendar this morning?

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