Saturday, 30 November 2013

GlossyBox: Wishlist


VICHY Idealia Life Serum
I have been using these samples daily upon my skin, usually in the mornings after cleansing my face and before putting on make up. The consistency of the product is so light and gentle on the skin it has been a pleasure to use. The philosophy behind the serum is to protect against everyday damage from pollution, stress and poor diet. My skin is left feeling wonderfully smooth and if it wasn't for the rather high retail price I would most definitely purchase the full size product. 

EMITE MAKE UP Micronized Eyeshadow
You may notice that this product is missing from the photo above and that is because I had to immediately dispose of it. As much as I hate to waste unused products, this eye shadow had completely exploded all over the content of my GlossyBox, covering everything like black soot. The packaging that withheld the shadow was clearly not suitably designed and I knew keeping it would only result in a disaster on my cream carpet. Aside from the catastrophe of this product I'm not particularly found of mineral make up anyway so this would have most likely have ended in my stash of shadows to be forgotten. 

YVES ROCHER FRANCE Hand Cream
I adore the 'Sexy Pulp' mascara by Yves Rocher and the 'So Elixir Purple' isn't half bad either so I was expecting that I'd take to this hand cream too. I've noticed my hands are becoming much dryer in the colder weather so this came at the perfect time. The product as a very sweet fragrance of cocoa and raspberry, not at all close to my usual preference of floral, and it's literally like opening up a box of chocolates each time I smell it. The cream is moisturising on the skin and is the ideal size to keep in your hand bag when your on the go.

ELEGANT TOUCH Rapid Dry for Nails
I totally get how this was a smart idea, however I must admit I can't say I will be reaching for it that much..if at all. This is to be used upon wet nails to ensure that they dry within 60 second which of course is a life saver for those who are prone to smudging. I personally own a fair few polishes that are formulated to dry within one minute which defeats the need to use this spray, nevertheless I have found the product adds a slight added sheen.

B. COMPLETE Long Lasting Nail Polish
I'm constantly painting my nails, experimenting with new shades and brands whenever I can. This is my first introduction to B.Complete polish and I'm a little gutted I didn't receive a shade that was more me and the consistency is a little thin. I do however approve of the applicator brush as it is large enough to make application effortless.


Tamara x

Empties of the Month

(Left to Right)

BOURJOIS Magic Nail Polish Remover
I knew the day would eventually come when this would run out (sad face). This has saved me so much time and hassle especially in the morning rush. Nail polish is removed in seconds, simply by dipping each finger into the pot. This product has been such a hit, I have recently noticed other brands competing with a similar concept. My nails are left feeling conditioned after every use and the product itself has a delightfully sweet fragrance.

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Christmas at Lush

Golden Wonder- £3.50
The Christmas Penguin - £2.95
Luxury Lush Pud - £3.40

Christmas at Lush doesn't ever disappoint. Every year there is a wonderful selection of classic favourites and new festive treats to indulge in. On my last visit I picked up these three products, two bath bombs and an adorable bubble bar. The first bath bomb,Golden Wonder, is in the shape of a present and dazzles with golden sparkle. The general scent of this product is Orange and Lime, so this is perfect if you prefer citrus aromas. Once placed in the tub, Golden Wonder bursts into a fabulous blend of colours and glitter, creating an almost cosmic display. I must admit it was heartbreaking to see my little Christmas Penguin crumble into water but he did make my bath incredibly bubbly and has lasted me four baths! Created with Bergamot and citrus oils, this product fills the room with a pleasantly warming scent. The Luxury Lush Pud is probably my favourite of the three. Although it consists of similar ingredients to The Christmas Penguin I found it had a much sweeter undertone. It gives bath water a vibrant tint of purple/pink which reminded me so much of Ribena - but of course without the added taste of blackcurrant. 

Golden Wonder
Luxury Lush Pud


Tamara x

Friday, 15 November 2013

Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Nude

Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Nude - £3.99

I've been on the hunt for the perfect nude eye liner for a while but it seemed like an endless search, I just couldn't find one! At last I came across this one from Rimmel which is exactly what I have been looking for and lucky I found it because it was the last one on the shelf. It was quite possibly Barbara who mentioned she used nude liner for her eyes and ever since, I've wanted to try it for myself. Nude liner undoubtedly makes the eyes look naturally larger and more awake which has been a saviour for early mornings. Before using this product I was using a simple white Kohl liner but found it gave too much of a 'sixties' look and nude is definitely a more subtle shade. The pencil has a creamy consistency that sits on the water line with ease without becoming irritable. This is a great, affordable liner that I am sure will last me through to the new year!


Tamara x

Monday, 11 November 2013

This Works: Black Spice & Myrrh Candle

This Works: Black Spice & Myrrh Candle - £25.00 £14.99

'Tis the season for scented candles and this one is just perfect for cold nights in. Yankee candles seem to be everyones favourite but I have recently discovered that This Works have some gorgeous scented candles too. I do find it hard to justify spending so much on candles and honestly I am happy enough with my cheap and cheerful Primark ones but I couldn't refuse this one that I came across in TK Maxx, along with a selection of different fragrances to choose from. The key notes of this scent are black spice and Myrrh but there is a delightful touch of Cinnamon, Cardamon and Clove which I find gives such a warming, festive feel to the room. This candle has a burning time of up to 40 hours and the aromas fill the air wonderfully without becoming over powering.


Tamara x

Sunday, 10 November 2013

L'Oreal Paris Elnett Satin Heat Protect Styling Spray

L'Oreal Paris Elnett Satin Heat Protect Styling Spray - £3.99*

I have neglected my hair terribly in recent months, I needed to get my act together and be more sensible when it came to heat styling. About a week or so ago I picked up this new heat protect styling spray by L'Oreal Paris which was on offer at the time and figured I might as well see how it performs. This product promises protection from heat of up to 230 degrees and guarantees to maintain straighter hair for up to three days - which initially I thought was quite a bold statement. To my surprise this product has really turned around the condition of my hair, just after one use I noticed how sleek my hair appeared and how much smoother it felt. Even after sleeping with my hair in a tight bun through the night, my locks remained just as straight as the day before! The spray is light weight and doesn't feel sticky, it also has a really nice fragrance that lingers all day. This product is also available for creating curled or waved hair styles. 


Tamara x