Saturday, 31 December 2016

Jewellerybox.co.uk at Christmas



Firstly, I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! December seems to have slipped by and the festive season is coming to a close. This A/W Jewellerybox.co.uk introduced their new packaging along with a collection of adorable Christmas trinkets. Each piece has a darling design, including stars, snowflakes, snowmen and Santas. You can choose from sterling silver, rose gold and yellow gold pieces from pendants to stud earrings, charms to bracelets, you can't help but treat yourself. There is currently discounted prices on the range so you can be ready for Christmas 2017!

Tamara x

Sunday, 27 November 2016

#BloggersXmas 2016


Last weekend I attended the second annual #BloggersXmas event hosted by the lovely Jasmine and Kirsty of Soeurs de Luxe. It was a lovely afternoon of networking and festive fun with fashion and beauty bloggers alike. It was a fantastic opportunity to meet with brands, take part in amazing competitions and sip on tea cups of hot rum punch with friends!

Monday, 21 November 2016

October Instagram


Good eggs | Greenwich park | Night of moods | TRACEss17 | Pumpkin heads | Sunday snuggles | Out out | Piggin out at Porky's | Pumpkin spice cupcakes | Messy braids | Private Psycho screening | Halloween night in London



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Sunday, 20 November 2016

New In: The Body Shop Beauty

*PR sample

With the A/W season in full swing, The Body Shop has introduced a generous selection of new lip liquid and eye colour stick shades. I was lucky enough to choose two products to try for myself to create make up looks for every day wear and to get party perfect.

My favourite of the two is the Matte Lip Liquid in shade 'Windsor Rose' which is a blushed nude and although it is darker than I expected this has been lovely to wear day to day. This shade compliments a 'no make up' make up look but also works wonders with a smokey eye for night wear. As this is a mattifying product, it does dry the lips a little so I would recommend to apply a balm beforehand. The colour is buildable to your preference and sits in place beautifully. 

For the Eye Colour Stick I chose shade Siberian Quartz, which I imagined to be more of a rose gold but is in fact more like an amethyst purple. Needless to say it is gorgeous and brings out the colour of my eyes. Like the lip liquid, it's lovely partnered with a dramatic smokey eye and gives a touch of magic to the lids.



Explore what's new in store and online here

Tamara x

Saturday, 12 November 2016

Limited Edition Red Sparkle Multipurpose Soothing Balm

*PR sample

If you're looking for the perfect lip colour for the festive season, then look no further as Dr Paw Paw has something extra special! This is the Limited Edition Red Sparkle Multipurpose Soothing Balm, it gives the lips a gorgeous tint with a touch of gold glitter whilst giving intense hydration. The product is non-sticky and glides onto the lips effortlessly, great for on the go application. As this is multi-use, it can be used on the apples of your cheeks or to give a glow to your d├ęcolletage. It's also made with natural ingredients that provides the skin with nourishment and care.

So make your pout glisten like a bauble, mwah!

Tamara x

Monday, 31 October 2016

Other ways to use your make up brushes

I'm all about multi-purpose products and discovering new ways to use everyday items. Did you know there are more uses to your make up brushes other than putting on your face?

FACE MASKS
Using a flat foundation brush to apply a face mask takes away the hassle of getting product all over your hands, the sink and if you're anything like me the entire bathroom! It allows a smoother application to ensure you spread the mask evenly over the face so that none goes to waste. Once you're done, simply rinse the brush ready for next time!

FAKE TAN
I find self tanning such a tedious task especially when trying to get an even application all over my body. Generally I use a tan mitt for large areas of the body but for my face, neck, hands and feet I use a buffing brush to give a flawless finish. I find this really helps blend the product between my fingers and toes as well as spreading evenly over the ankles, collar bone and around the nose. It's also much more convenient as you can wash the brush as and when you need to, unlike a mitt which I often have to repurchase and replace. 


Let me know if you have any other uses for make up brushes, I'd love to hear them!


Tamara x

Friday, 28 October 2016

Halloween at LUSH

(Left to right)
Lord of Misrule bath bomb - £3.95
Boo bath melt - £3.50
Pumpkin bath bomb - £3.95

Lush certainly knows how to celebrate Halloween and I have picked three frightfully cute products to enjoy over the spooky holiday. Every year I always pick up my favourite bath bomb, 'Lord of Misrule', which has a spell binding fragrance of patchouli and vanilla. Hidden within it's green exterior is a surprise of popping candy and purple bubbles. 'Boo' is a darling addition to the range which melts effortlessly into bath water leaving a soothing aroma of ginger oil and mimosa with a soft touch of rich cocoa butter. The last of my terror trio is the new 'Pumpkin' bath bomb, a vibrant orange ball of both sweet and spice with vanilla and cinnamon. This cheeky faced fellow is sure to bring you warmth and comfort on a cold, dark night!


Will you trick or treat at Lush this Halloween?

Tamara x

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Trace Publicity SS17 Press Day

Last week I was invited to Trace Publicity's SS17 Press Day which showcased previews of fashion, beauty and lifestyle brands. The evening was hosted across four floors with an exclusive look into next seasons collections, sure to get any fashionista excited for 2017!


REVOLVE
Revolve is an online retailer with over 500 fashion brands including Free People and Marco Jacobs. With a selection of high quality fabrics and prints, you're sure to find the perfect pieces for your next S/S wardrobe.

Monday, 17 October 2016

September Instagram


Canary Wharf views | #GreatFire350 | Dalston nights | Farewells | #SOFragranceReveal | Courtyard cinema | Tall Ships Fireworks | Afternoon Tea | Cheese and Wine tasting | Mirror Maze | Model Market | Flat white love | Class photo | Bloomsbury Bowling | Karaoke



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Sunday, 16 October 2016

EverGlaze Extended Wear Nail Polish

*PR sample

The arrival of Autumn means a change of colour - for the nails that is! Now that we have transitioned into the colder months, these three shades of EverGlaze Extended Wear nail polish are just perfect for A/W. 'Taken For Pomegranate' is a deep shade of red with a hint of shimmer, perfectly festive for everyday wear but chic enough for a Christmas party. 'Fig-ure It Out' is a daringly dark purple that adds a bit of drama to the nails and finally, 'NY Slate Of Mind' is a grey tone with a blend of multi-colour specks of glitter sure to sparkle through the night.

All three polishes apply wonderfully and have fantastic pigmentation with one to two coats. They're durable in wear and also dry incredibly quickly. I'm already really impressed with EverGlaze and would love to explore the range further.



Tamara x

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Lovisa Choker

Lovisa 'Love' choker - £7.50


On a recent shopping trip I came acrossAustralian jewellery boutique, Lovisa which had a huge selection of accessories. There was everything from gold and silver collections to unique beaded staple pieces.Whilst browsing I absolutely fell in love with this gem stone choker and I just had to have it. It has a simple black band with gold detailing but what caught my attention the most was the white and black marble stone. It's comfortable to wear and completes any outfit, it's so versatile in that it can be worn with a slouchy jumper and jeans or dressed up with a LBD and heels.

Tamara x

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Dove Purely Pampering Nourishing Lotion

Dove Purely Pampering Nourishing Lotion - £4.70*

Now the colder weather is drawing in, it's so important for me to keep my skin moisturised. In the Summer I like to use coconut oil for my body but with the arrival of Autumn, I wanted something more comforting. This Dove Purely Pampering Nourishing Lotion is wonderfully soft on the skin and smells absolutely divine. Enriched with magnolia and pistachio cream it's a dream to apply, especially after a hot bath at the end of a long day. It does have a slightly sticky texture which I didn't expect but it does absorb well into the skin. This lotion is perfect for a self pamper session especially when you just want to relax and unwind.


Tamara x

Friday, 16 September 2016

#SoFragranceReveal


On Monday I attended the #SoFragranceReveal Press Day, held at London's IceTank to celebrate the launch of So...? Fragrance's new Body Mist range. Exclusive to Superdrug stores, these six brand new scents are sure to excite your senses with blends of aromatic floral and sweet fruit notes.

(Left to Right)
Vanilla Milkshake, Fresh Musk, White Petals, Floriental, Watermelon and Fruity

Vanilla Milkshake - A base note of vanilla with a playful mix of peach and plum.
Fresh Musk - A floral blend of jasmine and lily with top fruit notes of peach and mandarin.
White Petals - A base note of white musk complimented with bergamot, freesia and lily of the valley.
Floriental - My personal favourite! A creamy base of caramel topped with pear, apple, freesia and violet.
Watermelon - A sweet blend of watermelon, red berries and apple blossom with a base of sugar candy.
Fruity - A juicy mix of mandarin and peach with a subtle note of cedar wood.


The evening was filled with Summer feel good tunes, delicious themed mocktails, vegan canapes and adorable cupcakes!


Press and beauty bloggers alike sampled the new fragrances and enjoyed gorgeous manicures and endless fun in the floral photo booth.


Thanks so much to So...? for inviting me to this preview night, I had a lovely time. If you want to discover these new scents, the Body Mist range will be available in stores from Monday 26th September retailing at an affordable £3.99 each.



Tamara x

Thursday, 8 September 2016

The Body Shop Fresh Nude Cushion Foundation

*PR sample

The Body Shop has always been a favourite of mine for all things bath and body but I have never thought to venture into their cosmetics range. This week I have been testing out the new Fresh Nude Cushion Foundation, a light weight, pillow soft base for the skin. My shade is 'Malawi Beach 03' which is a perfect match for my summer tan. Overall there are five shades to choose from but admittedly this is quite limited. I found this foundation gives sheer coverage which is perfect if you want a minimal make up look, although it is probably buildable to your preference. The consistency doesn't weigh down the skin and it feels barely there.

The only thing I wasn't too keen on was the applicator, I much prefer to use a brush when it comes to foundation. I like to buff in my base rather than pat it on, just to ensure an even complexion. Needless to say I'm quite impressed with this product and I will definitely consider more of the make up pieces The Body Shop as to offer.


Tamara x

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

July Instagram


Fridays at the Thornhill | GDIF | Sunsets on the heath | Street art | Pimms & strawberries and cream | Piercings | Foodies Festival | Lunching at Dishoom | Frank's with the girls | Birthday cakes for Merran | Drunken sailors | Shoreditch nights




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Monday, 29 August 2016

Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Nail Paint in Blackcurrrant

Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Nail Paint - £3.99

For a while I had fallen out of love with painting my nails. I could never decide on a shade and I didn't have the time or patience to remove and reapply. I also decided to let my nails breathe as months of red varnish had stained them terribly.

Until now I had never dared to go dark with my nails, I always thought it would age the appearance of my hands or look a little too grunge for me. But, I then discovered Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Nail Paint in Blackcurrant and I was pleasantly surprised. The colour is a very deep purple, almost black, buildable with every coat. It actually compliments my tanned skin really well and I think it suits shorter nails much better. The only disappointment is that it does chip rather easily despite an additional top coat and I have found I need to reapply after two days or so. This colour is really versatile with an edgy chicness to it and I can't get enough of it!

What's on your nails right now?

Tamara x 

Saturday, 20 August 2016

Scrub Love Mint Temptation

*PR sample

If you've been reading my blog for a while you'll know I'm a huge fan of coffee scrubs. Coffee scrubs work as an amazing skin exfoliant and cellulite buster. Recently I discovered Scrub Love, a UK company that makes organic, fair trade scrubs. Each pouch is packed with natural, ethically sourced ingredients that treat the skin. 

I've been using the 'Mint Temptation' scrub twice a week to buff my body to rid dead skin, I also like to massage the product into areas that I want to tighten and firm. The consistency of this scrub is so much softer than scrubs I currently use, which can be a little harsh on the skin. This particular scrub contains Peppermint oil which gives a refreshing burst and I love how it leaves a cool tingle on my body. Application is a little messy but expected, although I have found this scrub doesn't stain the bath tub which is great! 

Each scrub retails between £11.95-£13.95 and are available in original and coconut. If you haven't converted to coffee scrubs you must try Scrub Love, they don't use parabens or preservatives and are against animal testing :)

Have you joined the #ScrubClub?

Tamara x

Saturday, 6 August 2016

So...? Rio Body Fragrance

*PR sample

Oh what I'd do to be in Rio de Janeiro right now..but hey at least I have a fragrance that will keep me in a feel good mood this Summer. The So...? Rio body fragrance is a fruity yet daring scent with vibrant notes of pineapple and mango. This is the perfect spray to take on the go to give yourself a spritz of Brazilian vibes no matter where you are. It's small enough to slip into your handbag and is super affordable at just £1.99 at your local Superdrug store.

So..get spraying and let's Samba!

Tamara x

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Lee Stafford Coco Loco Blow & Go Genius Lotion

Lee Stafford Coco Loco Blow & Go Genius Lotion - £6.99


On the hunt for a new heat protector for my hair, I came across Lee Stafford's Coco Loco Blow & Go Genius Lotion. What instantly caught my attention was the key ingredient of coconut which, if you know me well enough - you'll know I absolutely love! This is a multipurpose product for the hair, not only does it protect your locks it conditions, strengthens and softens.

To apply I squeeze a small amount on to my palm then massage gently into my hair from the middle down to the ends. This product is to be used on towel dry hair before styling. I can't get enough of the scent of the lotion, it smells gorgeous and lingers through the day. My hair doesn't feel weighed down or sticky and instantly feels smoother. I will definitely be repurchasing this and would recommend it to anyone this summer.


Tamara x

Monday, 11 July 2016

Bourjois Rice Powder Java

   Bourjois Rice Powder Java - £9.99

This is a rather overdue post - I had purchased this product quite a few months ago but have only recently been using it in my make up routine. This is the Bourjois Rice Powder Java, which had been released to celebrate the brand's 150th birthday. The powder itself is a cult product dating back to 1879 and is still popular amongst beauty junkies today!

I have been using this as a finish to my base to give a smooth, matte complexion. The powder is incredibly light on the skin and is pleasantly fragrant. It's transparent in colour and does not over power my skin tone. Although I have found this product doesn't dry out my skin, I can't guarantee it would set well on those with dry skin types. I also love the classic packaging, it would look so perfect on the vanity table of a french boudoir.


Tamara x

Sunday, 10 July 2016

June Instagram


Pizza Union | #mycalvins | Windsor | Dishoom with Pops | Vodka Revs | Patisserie | I Heart London | Peonies | #BloggersBall | Father's Day | Junk Yard golf | GDIF


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Tamara x