Wednesday, 21 November 2012

GlossyBox: Stocking Fillers

AYUURI Sandalwood Face Cream

Despite the fact that I really dislike the smell of Sandalwood I have been using this face cream, not only does it leave my skin really soft it also keeps the appearance of my face matte. My skin is usually very oily when I wake up in the mornings but since I began using this cream before bedtime there has definitely been a reduction to the shine on my face the next day. This is a generously large sample so I will get a great amount of use out of it. 

BURBERRY Burberry Body Eau de Parfum

I'm a little undecided as to whether I like this fragrance or not, it's not at all what I expected it to be. Scented with rose, cashmeran and green absinthe this is a very sultry perfume probably better suited for the older woman, in my opinion. Ideal for evening wear say for a dinner date or cocktails and compliments the Winter season very well. I really like the bottle design of the perfume, it's very sophisticated and is a perfect size to keep in my handbag. 


Another body butter to add to my box of lotions and potions, this is a very sweet, fruity lotion that soothes and nourishes my skin with cocoa butters and mango. I have been applying this straight after bath time to give my body a good old pampering in the evening. I wouldn't purchase the full sized product out of choice as I have many other favourites that come at a cheaper price. 

NAILS INC Kensington Caviar Top Coat

It would have been nice to receive a nail colour in my box nevertheless I am sure I will make use of this top coat from Nails Inc. This is a very small sample so will only do me good for a short while however it will come in handy especially when I'm experimenting with nail art techniques. 

DERMALOGICA Daily Microfoliant 

I was very intrigued when I first used this product as it's not like any other skin care I have used before. This is a rice-based powder that you apply onto wet hands to create a paste like substance which is then massaged into the skin and rinsed. The powder itself is very similar to baking soda which can also be used on skin as a home made cleanser. After using this product I didn't notice any dramatic results to my skin so I am not so sure I would depend on the full sized tub which retails at a harsh £38.50.

Tamara x

Tuesday, 20 November 2012


I absolutely love Lush, have done for years, and since I don't often visit the store I decided to stock up on some bath time goodies on my most recent visit. 

(Clockwise from top left)

CINDERS Bath Ballistic £2.25
This ballistic is a real treat this Autumn/Winter, perfect for a hot bath at the end of a chilly day. Scented with Cinnamon, Orange and Almond oil this bath bomb fills the room with gorgeous aromas and leaves my skin soothed. This product does tint bath water so be cautious of any stains around the tub. 

SO WHITE Bath Ballistic £3.20
'So White' was the first product I chose as I was instantly drawn to it's fragrance of Neroli and Bergamot. This snowball like bath bomb melts in the bath until it's pink centre fizzes into the water giving an instant pop of colour. 

CANDY MOUNTAIN Bubble Bar £2.45
A deliciously sweet bubble bar that creates the bubbliest of bubble baths! This has always been one of my favourite scents found in LUSH products because it's just so yummy. Just crumble under a running tap for a bath as soft and fluffy as candy floss. 

YUZU & COCO Bubbleroon £2.95
This Bubbleroon has a macaroon like appearance (hence the product name) with a blissful smell of shea butter and is enriched with Bergamot and Coconut oil. After using this product I couldn't help but notice just how soft it had left my skin. My only criticism would be that I found that the bubbles created by the bar weren't as long lasting compared to 'Candy Mountain'.

PHOENIX RISING Bath Ballistic £3.20
I believe this is a new product so I was eager to give it a try, it is a beautiful purple sprinkled with gold shimmer and smells very indulgent. Drop the ballistic into the tub and it bursts with aromas of cinnamon, cocoa butter and organic oils giving a vibrant blackcurrant tint to the bath water. 

Tamara x

Friday, 9 November 2012

Chanel Beauty

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour - £18.00
Chanel Levres Scintillantes Glossimer - £21.00

I received these Chanel gems from my team at work as a leaving gift and I was so chuffed as I've not yet owned a single item of Chanel make up. This nail polish is in shade 18 ' Rouge Noir' which is a very deep, dark red wine colour so perfect for this season. Two coats creates an intense, classic look on the nails.The only small thing I would have to criticise is the width of the applicator brush, it's a little on the thin side so it takes a quite few strokes for a full even coat. I'm not usually a lip gloss kind of girl but the Levres Scintillantes Glossimer in 164 'Plaisir' is a little delight, although it doesn't give a tint to my lips it does give a soft, subtle glaze and it isn't ridiculously sticky compared to most glosses I have used before. Both products are presented in such recognisably chic black and gold packaging and are examples of pure quality make up. 

Tamara x

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

SheSaidBeauty November Box

ANDREW BARTON Hold It Right There Surefix Grips and Ponybands

I always seem to misplace (lose) hair bands and hair grips so these ones by Andrew Barton will come in use I'm sure. Lucky for me I'm a brunette and I don't think these products would settle well with blondes or redheads since they are brown and would look rather odd to wear and they generally have an unusual appearance anyway. The ponybands are super strong however with my thick hair it is a struggle to stretch the band wide enough so would probably work better for smaller pigtails rather than one entire pony tail. The grips are pretty average but always a necessity when creating high up do hair styles or a simple messy bun. 

WELEDA Wild Rose Smoothing Night Cream

This is my second or third Weleda product that I have tried as a sample and once again I'm fairly impressed.  This is a gentle night cream which settles lightly on the skin but I can't say there's a noticeable scent of rose in fact I've actually found every Weleda face cream I have used has had the same fragrance. Nevertheless I have applied it before bedtime every night this past week and have no complaints. 

REDKEN Smooth Lock Shampoo & Conditioner 

Redken is probably my favourite hair care brand and if only the products were more affordable then I'd most likely purchase them regularly. I knew instantly these sample sachets would give a great result and that they did! My hair literally felt like I'd just left the salon it was so soft and tamed which lasted until my next wash although I'm gutted that I only managed to get one use out of these samples. 

MAKEBELIEVE enchance Luminize Skin Highlighter

Embarrassingly I only have a couple of highlighters and I don't even use them so I definitely plan on using this one by Makebelieve - a brand I have not till now been aware of. With a few festive plans ahead in the next couple of months I would really like to wear this highlighter to add a glow to my face despite the freezing temperatures we've been putting up with. The product is a gorgeous glistening champagne shade and is small and compact to fit perfectly into a make up bag or clutch. 

YARDELY Royal English Daisy Eau de Toilette

Admittedly I'm not a huge fan of Yardely fragrances, judging by what I have tried previously, however this Daisy scented eau de toilette is pleasant and fresh to wear. Personally I think it's better suited to wear during Summer days of sunshine so I will probably hang on to it to use next year. This is not a product I would choose to invest in for myself but possibly to give as a gift. 

MURRAYS MANOCURE Matchbook Nail Files

These darling little nail files are sure to come in handy to pop into my bag for any fix ups I may need out and about. They have an adorable pink stripped pattern and come as five per pack. 

Tamara x

Saturday, 3 November 2012

Water Marble Nails

I'd seen this tutorial on the GlossyBox blog a while ago and have since wanted to try it out, if you would like  to give it a go with step by step instructions follow the link below. This was really easy and fun to do, definitely allows you to be creative with colours to give your nails a groovy psychedelic twist.

You will need:

Cup of water (must be room temperature)
A white or light coloured polish for a base coat
Three colours of your choice
Nail varnish remover
Cotton buds
Clear polish to finish

I also found this video tutorial very useful:

Tamara x

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Victoria's Secret Coconut Passion Hydrating Body Lotion

Victoria's Secret Coconut Passion Hydrating Body Lotion - price varies

This divine product is a gift from the 'in-laws' (the boy's parents) and I absolutely adore it. Despite visiting the Victoria's Secret Bond Street store a couple of months back, I didn't actually get a chance to purchase anything what with all the rush of Vogue Fashion's Night Out so I was delightfully surprised when I was handed this beauty. This is the Hydrating Body Lotion in 'Coconut Passion' and I'm aware that there is a whole variety of scents to choose from. The lotion has a gorgeous fragrance of Vanilla and Coconut which are two of my many favourite smells and I've enjoyed wearing this on my skin as it is enriched with extracts of Aloe and Grapeseed along with Vitamins E and C which are so nourishing. The product has the perfect consistency, not too heavy or too delicate and doesn't leave any oily residue. It's perfect for applying after a hot bubble bath and is definitely suited for a self pamper fact that's what I'm planning to do right now!

Tamara x