Monday, 13 July 2015

Bunny Box - July* | The Best Monthly Subscription Box?

Hi guys

Hope you all are well! Long time readers will know about my little furry companion Karl and his antics but I have noticed that there are quite a few new people *waves* so here is a quick introduction.

Karl is a miniature English Lop (so I'm told) and is 4 next month. He is a cheeky little chap who can often be found hiding where he shouldn't be or nibbling on a slipper.


Rabbit Subscription Box

Karl is a house rabbit who is really spoiled in honesty, I mean, he has a blanket with his name on - he really rules the roost in our house.

Being primarily a beauty blogger I often see beauty box subscriptions and the occasional dog/cat one but nothing for a very spoiled bunny. When I discovered Bunny Box I thought it sounded perfect. After reading up on the company I have discovered that Bunny Box was founded by Stuart Cookney who wanted to buy a box for his bunny, Mr Buttons, but couldn't find any available. A man after my own heart I think!

Bunny Boxes contain natural products that are delicious and more importantly, safe. Each box contains a minimum of 6 items which is worth more than the cost of the individual box. So if you spoil your bun as much as I do it's a no brainer really!

So.. what's in July's box?

Rabbit Treats




I tend to buy all of Karl's treats from the Rosewood Naturals range anyway so I was so happy to see their inclusion in the Bunny Box. In fact he had only tried one of the treats before (Dandelion Delight) so you definitely get a good variety.

Karl's favourite things in this box were the Corn Rattle Rollers, the Ginko Plus and the Dandelion & Nettle Roots - he's not great with crunchy things due to his lack of teeth but they are easily broken so he can manage a little better! 


Rabbit Snacks
Rabbit Toys
Decisions, Decisions

Bunny Box is available as a one off purchase of £15 or you can subscribe for longer (3 months, 6 months etc) and it works out cheaper per box that way. Delivery is really quick too - and free! Karl's box was delivered to our neighbor who was definitely intrigued by it!

If you subscribe for a 3 month Bunny Box plan you can receive a free gift with your order by entering FREEGIFT at the checkout - what more incentive do you need really?

Have you tried Bunny Box? What did you think?

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Empties #20

Hello
The latest five to bite the dust:
  • Avon Raspberry and Hibiscus Shower Gel
  • Sure Deodorant
  • The Body Shop Shea Shower Cream
  • Clearasil Superfruits Cleansing Pads
  • Neal's Yard Remedies Lengthening Mascara

 

Raspberry and Hibiscus Shower Gel - I loved the scent of this, it was really fruity and a perfect start to a morning.
Repurchase: Yes, when there's an offer on.


Mens Anti Antiperspirant - I do sometimes prefer using a deodorant that is targeted for men, especially when I've been using the same one repeatedly. I think this one from Sure smells really nice and keeps you fresh all day. You can pick these up from the pound shop too so that's always handy.
Repurchase: Yes.

Shea Shower Cream - I like to use a shower cream during the colder months, I find them really comforting. I'm a huge fan of The Body Shop and their Shea range is beautiful.
Repurchase: Yes.


Superfruits Refreshing Pads - I've spoken about these before, if your skin feels/looks a bit gross then you need to try them. They are so easy to slip in to an existing routine and they really get rid of those dull skin cells.
Repurchase: Yes.


Lengthening Mascara - This is hands down the worst mascara I've ever used. After applying three coats you still don't get any sort of effect. This isn't even empty, I just need to throw it away.
Repurchase: No.


Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blusher in Blissful | Review and Swatches

Hello

I know that QVC have started selling Tarte products but they are notoriously hard to get hold of in the UK. Luckily for me I have a friend that visits America rather frequently so I often send her armed with a Sephora list. It would be rude not to right?


Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blusher in Blissful
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blusher in Blissful

I thought a good foray into Tarte would be their blusher range, there are loads of them and they are renowned for being long wearing and pigmented. Sold. The packaging of each blusher corresponds to the shade inside which is handy if you have a lot of them in your collection. Blissful is in a round plastic compact which contains a large circular mirror in the lid.

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blusher in Blissful

From what I can gather all of the Tarte pressed powder products are all embossed with the same design which is a nice touch.

Blissful is a "shimmering warm peach", which it totally isn't, it isn't shimmery for one thing. It is quite warm and it is a peachy pink so 2 outa 3 ain't bad! I find the powder almost feels waxy to the touch, I thought it might just be the top layer of the embossing but it still feels like that now, it doesn't affect the application or the longevity but I thought it rather strange.

Anyway, Blissful is a doddle to apply as you can apply it very softly for a more natural look or build it up as much as you like. I tend to go for the natural look and I have never once gone OTT with this blusher. Result. The longevity is great too, it lasts a full working day on me which is all I ever ask for. It probably lasts longer but as soon as I get home I take my makeup off!

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blusher in Blissful Swatch
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blusher in Blissful On

I know I look exhausted there, what else is new?! Since purchasing Blissful I do reach for it most days as it is super subtle and pretty for work. I definitely want some more shades so fingers crossed they have them in Sephora! They are $28 each which is £17.88 as of 18.05.2015 - which is about the same as a Clinique Cheek Pop for reference.

What Tarte products could you recommend?


Sunday, 17 May 2015

The Weekly Ramble #106

Hello

The weekly face:


I swear this has been one of the most trying weeks ever, we've spent so much money and my temper has been so short. I'm glad it's over and I'm glad that I'm off work tomorrow. The plan is to get on top of the gardening but as the weather has been so unpredictable recently who knows?

Karl has had yet another operation the poor fella, just look at that face. He's still a bit off but on the mend! 

I'm taking my Mum out later for a bit of a wonder, not decided where yet but it feels like I haven't seen her in ages.

I'm also going watching Cinderella next week which I'm looking forward to!

 


Thursday, 14 May 2015

Eylure Brow Crayon in Mid Brown | Review and Swatches

Hello

In the eyebrow arena I am pretty much a creature of habit and religiously use my Sleek palette on a daily basis. However, I am always open to a bit of suggestion and for a more natural look I thought I would try the Eylure brow crayon in Mid Brown.

Eylure Brow Crayon in Mid Brown
Eylure Brow Crayon in Mid Brown
Eylure Brow Crayon in Mid Brown
Eylure Brow Crayon in Mid BrownEylure Brow Crayon in Mid Brown

Eylure are a brand that I hadn't tried previously and as far as I was aware they only made eyelashes. The brow crayon is a standard twist up pencil which closes securely. It is the perfect size for throwing in my travel makeup bag.

Eylure Brow Crayon in Mid Brown Swatch

The formula leans towards the waxy side which can make it difficult as it can feel like the tip is dragging rather than gliding. A bit of practice and you soon get the hang of it though. I don't feel like the Eylure brow crayon is a bad product but I'm just not wowed. I think it is because it's just not what I'm looking for in a brow product these days, it's too natural looking for me, which sounds weird I know.  If brow crayons and pencils are your jam you may love this. I of course will use it up (waste not want not and all that) and it is going down at a considerable rate and I've only used it a few times (about 10). A bonus of the crayon is that it does stay put all day, is there anything worse than your eyebrow disappearing on you? I think not.

Eylure Brow Crayon in Mid Brown On

Ha that posey face. I think one of the main issues that I'm having is that my eyebrows are pretty shocking to start with, if you have a lovely full set of brows (that sounded so creepy, sorry!) then this may be just what you need to fill in the odd sparse area, my problem is that most of my brow is sparse.

So, my main piece of advice from this is don't overpluck your eyebrows, you will come to regret it 15 years later when they still haven't grown back.

The Eylure brow crayon is available from Marks and Spencer, costs £6.45 for 0.23g and is available in 3 shades - Brown, Dark Brown and Blonde.


Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Empties #19

Hello
The latest five to bite the dust:
  • Sanctuary Hot Sugar Scrub
  • Botanics Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm
  • REN Clearcalm3 Night Serum
  • Alterna Bamboo Hair Spray
  • Soap and Glory Thick and Fast Mascara
 
 

Hot Sugar Scrub - I wasn't 100% sure about this at first, it's a strange sensation when your body scrub starts heating up of its own accord. I really like this, it is a bit oily, the perfect amount of scrubbiness and has the classic Sanctuary scent.
Repurchase: Yes.


Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm - I'm pretty sure I've tried most of Botanics' products now, and this is a stand out product for me. The balm starts out solid but it soon warms and becomes oily which is great for an evening cleanse. I think the price point is great too.
Repurchase: Yes.

Clearcalm3 Night Serum - The Clearcalm3 range from REN is designed for troubled skin and while I didn't use this religiously I could feel a difference after using. I think REN is quite expensive, but if you have the money I would definitely recommend.
Repurchase: Not presently.


Bamboo Hair Spray - I'm not really a hairspray user, I wanted to use this up though and it does help me to hold a beachy wave throughout the day. Alterna is such an expensive brand so that immediately puts me off.
Repurchase: No.


Thick and Fast Mascara - A mascara is a mascara, am I right? This was okay - I wouldn't pay full whack but it was black enough, lengthening enough and curling enough. I just find them all the same really.
Repurchase: Probably not.


Tuesday, 12 May 2015

LUSH Jungle Solid Conditioner* | Review

Hello

It's well documented that I'm a huge fan of LUSH and their innovative ways, I recently shared Seanik with you and what better way to accompany a solid shampoo than with a solid conditioner?

LUSH Jungle Solid Conditioner
LUSH Jungle Solid Conditioner

Jungle is one of two solid conditioners that LUSH produce, the other being Big Solid Conditioner. Jungle is sold naked (yippee!) and can be stored in one of the shampoo bar tins or on a soap dish, which is how I keep mine.

The scent is a bit of a weird one, people either love it or hate it. I'm more in the middle, I don't love it by any means but it's tolerable. Jungle contains cocoa butter, fresh figs, fresh avocado, fresh passion fruit, fresh kumquat, ylang ylang oil, vetivert oil, cypress oil and cedarwood oil which admittedly sounds delicious, like a fruit smoothie for your hair. I just don't find that it transfers scent wise into what you would imagine, to me it just smells a bit herbal. As cocoa butter is the main ingredient for Jungle it is very conditioning and nourishing.

Jungle is used by warming it up a bit (in your hands, or briefly under the shower) and running the full bar through the ends of your hair. You can't really see it going in so it is hard to gauge how much you need but I have never used too much and ended up looking like a greaseball which was my main qualm. 

After drying my hair it is left super soft and shiny. I recently went away for the weekend and took a mini liquid conditioner with me and it just felt synthetic and weighty compared to Jungle. One of my colleagues has mentioned that my hair looks really shiny and in great condition which is saying something.

I would definitely repurchase Jungle again, mine is lasting forever and it only costs £3.50 which is average for a liquid conditioner. I'm glad I've made the switch to solid shampoo and conditioner and would certainly recommend giving it a whirl.


Sunday, 10 May 2015

The Weekly Ramble #105

Hello

The weekly face:

 
Poser alert. Woops. I only had a 2 day work week this week which is always amazing.

On Wednesday we went to the Trafford Centre to watch the new Avengers film, Age of Ultron. I absolutely loved it! I'm a major nerd anyway but when you have James Spader as the villain I'm always going to be sold. If you haven't watched it yet I would definitely recommend. We also were supposedly going shopping for birthday presents but no inspiration struck so we came home empty handed. Actually that's a bit of a fib, I ended up buying my first two Tsum Tsum's - Thumper and Blossom obviously.

Yesterday we had a huge Spring clean, the house looks well sparkly. I feel like doing nothing today but we are going shopping for housey stuff, the exciting life of a grown up eh? It feels like the weekend has gone super fast, I could totally go for a day between Saturday and Sunday. Or just work part time? I wish.


Thursday, 7 May 2015

Makeup Revolution I ♡ Makeup Blushing Hearts - Blushing Heart Blusher | Review and Swatches

Hello

I swear I'm not on commission for Makeup Revolution, I just think that their releases really knock it out of the park! Recently I spoke about one of their blush palettes but today I will be sharing with you something altogether fancier.

Makeup Revolution I ♡ Makeup Blushing Hearts - Blushing Heart Blusher
Makeup Revolution I ♡ Makeup Blushing Hearts - Blushing Heart Blusher
Makeup Revolution I ♡ Makeup Blushing Hearts - Blushing Heart BlusherMakeup Revolution I ♡ Makeup Blushing Hearts - Blushing Heart Blusher

I think it is more than a little obvious that Makeup Revolution have taken inspiration from Too Faced's Sweetheart Blushes when creating their own Blushing Hearts range, and who can blame them really? Realistically as they looked so similar that was what made me buy Blushing Heart so fair play to them! I know what you're probably thinking, a replica does not equal the same quality. I won't be able to compare like for like as I will not be dropping £24 on a blusher when I can get an identical one for £4.99. Bills to pay and all that.

Blushing Heart is a blusher which contains three shades within the pan, you can use them separately or swirled together, it's always good to have options girls! For this reason I think that the Blushing Hearts are perfect for travel and mine came with me recently on a weekend away and I had no issues with it shattering/making a general mess. Thumbs up from me!

Makeup Revolution I ♡ Makeup Blushing Hearts - Blushing Heart Blusher Swatches
Makeup Revolution I ♡ Makeup Blushing Hearts - Blushing Heart Blusher Swatches

Now I can wang on about fancy packaging until the cows come home but that isn't what really matters is it? The swatches above are as they are in the heart, top being left, middle being middle, bottom being right and the fourth one is a combination of all three. As you can see it is only the bottom/right shade that contains any sparkle so if that's not your thing you can easily avoid it. The pigmentation of this blusher is absolutely amazing and applies like a dream. I just swirl my brush around in all the shades and roll with it. The longevity is astounding too which sometimes you don't always get with a more budget blusher.

Makeup Revolution I ♡ Makeup Blushing Hearts - Blushing Heart Blusher On

As you can see Blushing Heart has really perked up my ghost like pallor. 'Scuse the brows by the way, I was attempting a more natural look (why? indeed).

All in all I would definitely recommend picking up Blushing Heart, it is £4.99 from Makeup Revolution which is available in some Superdrugs. Although not mine, rude.

 

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Bourjois Délice de Poudre Bronzing Powder & Highlighter 55 | Review and Swatches

Hello

I don't know about you (but I'm feeling 22... not really - I'm 25) but once the sun makes an appearance it really accentuates how pale I actually am and I tend to use a bronzer in the Summer months. I'm usually very loyal to the original chocolate bronzer from Bourjois as it is pale for a bronzing product and doesn't make me look muddy or orange. So when I spotted the Bourjois Délice de Poudre bronzing powder & highlighter I thought I would give it a whirl!

Bourjois Délice de Poudre Bronzing Powder & Highlighter 55
Bourjois Délice de Poudre Bronzing Powder & Highlighter 55
Bourjois Délice de Poudre Bronzing Powder & Highlighter 55

The packaging is exactly the same as the normal bronzing powders, a sturdy cardboard which has a magnetised closing which makes it perfect for travel. It is also great for traveling as you are getting two products for the space of one, bonus!

I know people say that it smells of chocolate, it really doesn't. It smells like furniture polish but thankfully that doesn't translate onto the skin.

The bronzer half is as dark as I would be able to go as I'm so pale, what I'm trying to say is that it's still not really that dark. The highlighter half is subtly iridescent but never sparkly and looks gorgeous on the skin. I'm not skilled enough to attempt a contour but I don't think this product would be appropriate for that, more of just adding a bit of healthy radiance to the skin.

Bourjois Délice de Poudre Bronzing Powder & Highlighter 55 Swatch

Bourjois Délice de Poudre Bronzing Powder & Highlighter 55 On 

Bourjois Délice de Poudre Bronzing Powder & Highlighter is £7.99 and available from Boots. Will you be picking this up for the warmer months?