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Sunday 29 June 2014

Love Me Beauty Box | June 2014

Hello My Lovelies,

I hope you are all doing well and had a fabulous week! I got back from my vacation last week and I am already missing the sunshine! I havent been feeling myself the last few days but I really wanted to get back into blogging as I had been slacking ever so slightly whislt be away haha. I have another fun Love Me Beauty post for you all today, so grab a cup of tea and lets see whats inside this months box! Last month I wrote my first post about the Love Me Beauty subscription boxes and I honestly think they are a great goodie box to receive everything month. I would have loved to get this post up for you sooner but the box arrived after I left for my vacation, however, you still have plenty of time to pick up this months box! 

If you are unsure who Love Me Beauty are, they are a monthly subscription box prices at only £10 per box and every month they contain five product from various beauty and lifestyle brands which can be seen on their website here. Each month, you will receive an email to let you know that the boutique is open an that is when the fun begins. You can head straight over and choose between the beauty box menus available. Each menu will have 1 to 2 star products and 3 travel sized samples. You can sign up for one month, 3 months, 9 months or even 12 months and you can cancel your subscription at any time. You even have the option to skip a month with no charge if nothing in that months box takes your fancy. 

There were three menus to choose for this month again and I decided to go for menu 2. Last month I opted for menu 1 so it literally comes down to what takes your fancy in the menus. I was literally so torn this month but I finally opted for this box because it had a different shade of polish in from last month and a cute brow palette. In comparison to last months box which contained a mixture of beauty, stationary and food products, this months solely contains beauty goodies. 

Beauty UK High Brow Kit | RRP £3.99

When deciding which menu to choose I think the brow kit really stood out to me as I am constantly on the hunt for the next best eyebrow product. I have really been getting into brows recently so now i have another palette to experiment with. Beauty UK say that you can get get HD brows instantly with this compact eyebrow grooming kit which comes with three powder shades (great to get the perfect brow shade), a colourless wax and some handy miniature tweezers. I think for £3.99 this would be a great alternative product for the Benefit Cosmetics Brow Wiz palette, Chanel brow palette or even the HD Brow palettes. 

NYX Cosmetics Nail Polish in Compulsive | RRP £3.00

When I saw that Love Me Beauty had included a NYX product I was pretty excited. I know you can get NYX in the UK quite easily now but i remember the days when you couldn't and I would long for some of the items from the collection. The photo does not do the polish justice but Compulsive is a very deep purple shade which could be a possible dupe for Chanel's iconic Rouge Noir. Within the beauty menu the nail polish selections were called 'exotic' so i was hoping for a more bright and vibrant colour but never the less i do love this shade and to be fair I will wear any shade polish any time of the year if i like it haha. NYX say that one coat of this pro-favourite polish is all it takes to transform your hands from ho-hum to haute stuff! Get salon quality manis and pedis without the need to leave your house. 

Urban Veda Purifying Daily Facial Wash | RRP £7.99

Urban Vede is a brand I am not completely familiar with but never the less I am always up for giving any new product a try. This miniature facial wash is completely adorable and is perfect for travelling and short breaks away. This daily facial wash has been naturally formulated to cleanse and purify the skin. It helps to clear blackheads, excess sebum and clear toxins with antioxidants for a clear complexion…well that sounds pretty darn good to me! 

Model Co Eye Define Eye Pencil in Black | RRP £9.00

I have heard of the brand Model Co but shockingly I have never tried anything for them before so I was so intrigued to give the brand a try this month. The eyeliner stood out to me because I use eyeliner on a daily basis and I think you can never have too many in your makeup collection. I am constantly on the hunt for a pigmented and creamy eyeliner so I can't wait to give this one a try. Model Co mention that this is the must have tool for intense, long-lasting colour. The eyeliner comes complete with an inbuilt sharper which I absolutely love, it makes travel and makeup on the go so much easier! 

Montagne Jeunesse Hot Spring Sauna Masque | RRP £1.00

Hands up if you love relaxing with a face mask! I do! I absolutely love relaxing with a face mask especially on a Sunday afternoon to re-coop and get myself ready for the week ahead. I have used countless face masques from Montagne Jeunesse in the past so i can't wait to give this hot spring sauna masque a try. This particular mask is bursting with nutrients, the ground volcanic spring powder and chopped ginger which combined opens up pores for a super deep cleanse. The Montagne Jeunesse masks are extremely reasonable and are perfect for girly pamper sessions or to add to add into a beauty goodies box. 

Additionally to the beauty goodies, the box also included a Happy Birthday leaflet as it was Love Me Beauty's 1st birthday! Being a birthday box I had high hopes to find some fabulous items in the box and I came away really happy with the content. Finally, additionally to the birthday leaflet there was also a leaflet from Flavourly which I believe is a monthly food subsciription box similar to what Love Me Beauty offers, so it was lovely to be introduced to some new subscriptions and services. If you want to know more about Flavourly you can check out their website here

Those are the goodies included in this months box, what do you think? I have to say i do really love the concept of the box and the way it arrived to me all packaged and colourful again this month, it is lovely. For £10 i think you can't go wrong for a box full of goodies to try, you might find your next holy grail product! This months contents doubles the £10 figure so you really are getting a great deal. Yet again, I already can't wait for next months box to be released! If you like the look of this months box you can still get gold of one for yourself to try here.

Like always lovelies, if you have any questions, requests or if you just want a chat you can contact me on my social media or leave me a comment below. I love hearing from you all and i make sure to read every single comment…they really make my day!

Lots of Love

*PR Sample

Monday 16 June 2014

Benefit They're Real Push-Up Liner & Remover

Hello My Lovelies,

I hope you are all doing well! I have been away in Spain now for five glorious days and i am loving being carefree now university is finished and making the most of the sunshine. Even though i am away on vacation I can't keep away from my blog and you lovely lot haha so I thought I would talk to you about some new Benefit Cosmetics releases. The Benefit team very kindly invited me to their new product launch back in May and i couldn't wait to share the new releases with you. 

They're Real mascara is the UK's number 1 best selling mascara and an ultimate favourite of mine. Before i jetted away i saw that i had three tubes in my everyday makeup bag that i was trying to scrape every last drop out of them. I don't know what it is but there is something so special about They're Real Mascara and i always make sure to have backups on hand. When there were rumours about Benefit extending the line i think the beauty community literally lit up and I for one was extremely excited! Whilst at the event the Benefit team gave me an incredible goodie bag including the new They're Real Push-Up Liner, They're Real Remover and of course the ever so famous They're Real mascara. Amongst these makeup goodies were some fabulous press items which can be seen in the images cute is the memory stick and the eyeliner flash key chain?! If you want to see more pictures from the actual event then head on over to my Instagram @SophiaMeola

Benefit They're Real Remover | £14.50*

The Benefit event was based around making eyeliner application #CriminallyEasy and was represented around a prison theme which i think is quite fitting giving the orange and black packaging! Keeping with the packaging i love how the trio all match and as you can see they are forming a lovely little They're Real family! I always love how Benefit always make their packaging so sleek and easy to travel with or throw in your handbag on the go. Attention to detail is everything and i think Benefit have got it down to a tee! 

Benefit They're Real Push-Up Liner

The Benefit They're Real Push-Up Liner has been in development for over 5 years and has been said to be the worlds first ever lash hugging gel eyeliner in a pen form. It is something completely unique and innovative and it is a complete game changer throughout the beauty industry. The Benefit team began studying the evolution of eyeliners: wood pencils, pot gels, felt tip pens and created a truly unique eyeliner that would make eyeliner application #CriminallyEasy

For years i would skip applying eyeliner because i could never get it looking right, even or neat (makeup problems) but i have recently grown to love a select few of eyeliners that really work for me with a specific technique. Saying all of that, it still can be a timely process and knowing that Benefit have released a new innovative Push-Up Liner with a AccuFlex™tip sounds so exciting to me. I do love applying an eyeliner with a flick to my eyes as it is quote flattering with my eye shape. Broken down the development of the AccuFlex™design is based around three things; the 'soft custom angled tip' which draws an easy line, even on the curved surface of your eyelid and makes it so much easier to draw wings. The 'flat wide guard' that gently pushes lashes aside so you can get closer to the lash line and finally the 'wide base' which aids in providing a more stable application. The new Benefit They're Real Push-Up Liner is the perfect balance between flexibility and stability which makes application easier and more forgiving with exceptional control for the perfect line. 

Additionally to the incredible technology and innovation behind the product, the eyeliner has an extremely long lasting formula just like the mascara...YAY for staying power! The formulation is a super pigmented matte black gel liner that once dried does not budge. Obviously, the one issue you may have with the liner being so long lasting is of course the removing process. If you love They're Real Mascara then you will know how tough that is to remove also, so that brings me on to Benefits next new release...the Benefit They're Real Remover!

Benefit They're Real Remover

Just like the Push-Up Liner the Benefit They're Real Remover is an innovative product which has been designed to remove They're Real products with more ease, with less rubbing and less time. The They're Real Remover is a creamy eye makeup remover which looks like a pretty generic formulation when squeezed out of the tube. I have used creamy makeup removers in the past but i have to say i much prefer liquid formula's and Micellar waters, however, i always switch up my makeup removing products so i will use anything that does the trick and makes removing my makeup so much easier and less time consuming. 

Just like any other makeup remover, simply squeeze out a dime sized amount onto a cotton pad and apply to your eyes. I prefer to hold the pad over my eyes for a few seconds first to let the product sink into the makeup to dissolve the particles quicker with less rubbing on my eyes. I have tried the remover with the They're Real Push-Up Liner and Mascara duo and also with other makeup brands and i have to say it is a nifty little product that makes removing your makeup so much easier. The They're Real Remover lifts away long wearing and waterproof mascara and eyeliner with it's powerful yet gentle formula...If you are a lover of the They're Real range then you might want to take a peek at the new They're Real remover. 

Overall, I have to say i am in complete love! The Benefit They're Real Mascara, Push-Up Liner and Remover make the ultimate dream team when it comes to eye makeup application and removing. If you like the look of the new They're Real Push-Up Liner it is available to purchase from the 27th June 2014. The They're Real Remover release date is yet to be confirmed but keep your eyes peeled as it could be soon!

I hope you all enjoyed this post! I absolutely loved heading down to London for the event and being introduced to the new Benefit makeup goodies. I would love to know what your thoughts are on the new releases. Would you give them a try?

Lots of Love
*PR Sample

Monday 9 June 2014

Hugo Boss #SuccessBeyondTheGame

Hello My Lovelies,

I hope you are all doing well! I have a rather exciting post for you all today in collaboration with Hugo Boss. Now being June Fathers Day, the World Cup and in my case my Dad's birthday is just around the corner so i always like to be prepared. I thought i would talk to you all about the new Hugo Boss BOSS BOTTLED.UNLIMITED campaign that they are running with Joe Hart. So, this is a post for my male readers, or the perfect gift inspiration for those of you who might be still looking for the perfect gift or special treat. Hugo Boss is a favoured brand in the Meola household and is one i have been brought up with and absolutely love.

Inspired by the BOSS man's determination and drive for success, BOSS BOTTLED.UNLIMITED. is the energizing new scent from Hugo Boss fragrances. This limited edition fragrance is inspired by the endurance required to succeed, with combination of the rush of adrenalin when a goal has been reached. Celebrating that exhilarating sense of energy that comes with achievement, BOSS BOTTLED.UNLIMITED is an instant invigorating boost. Being limited edition it is only available for a short time, however, it is set to be the scent of the summer packed with the World Cup excitement and Joe Hart being the global ambassador for the scent.

BOSS BOTTLED.UNLIMITED contains carefully selected and uncompromising ingredients to create a fresh and modern take on a classic masculine scent. With invigorating freshness, enduring energy and aromatic masculinity it provides a motivational boost. I have to say when i first sprayed the fragrance i instantly loved the scent. The formulation is inspired by vibrant green notes and it has been created with a striking blend of refreshing and electric mint with evergreen citrus, combined with juicy pineapple and woody notes...sounds so yummy! The packaging is very simplistic and chic with the pure white bottle and green accents. I think this is a scent so many people would enjoy and it would make the perfect treat!

Representing the male fragrance is Hugo Boss' global ambassador England's Goalkeeper Joe Hart, who is looking rather dapper in the campaign pictures and #SuccessBeyondTheGame video. As a master of his profession through determination, ambition, dynamism and a confidence in his ability, Joe Hart shares his views on success, how to achieve it and how to sustain it...

“To succeed, you have to be committed to what you do and love what you do. I’m really passionate about my job and give it my all. I’m so lucky that I’ve always had a team around me that have helped me get to where I am today – family, friends, and coaches. You have to take every opportunity possible and you just have to keep going, keep improving and constantly moving forward.”

Hugo Boss challenged Joe Hart to tie a tie in the quickest time possible and now they are challenging everyone else who wants to take part. Below is the Joe Hart Tie Challenge video and he managed to tie his tie is 7 seconds. Below is also my challenge video and i got a little creative with iMovie yesterday. My challenge video features Papa Meola (his first ever appearance on my blog) who managed to tie his tie in 8 seconds! Dad loved getting involved and we really had fun with it...we actually got the 8 seconds on the first attempt! You can see a snippet of the challenge over on my Instagram @SophiaMeola.

If the challenge sounds like something you would like to get involved in then watch both of the videos and join in with the #SuccessBeyondTheGame challenge. Hugo Boss want to see if you, your partner, friend or Dad can go against the clock and beat Joe Harts 7 second attempt. The shortest time on my blog will receive an unsigned bottle of the BOSS BOTTLED.UNLIMITED fragrance and then the shorted time overall amongst a few other blogs will win a Joe Hart signed BOSS BOTTLE.UNLIMITED fragrance. If you want to get involved post your responses and make sure to utilise the hash tags #SuccessBeyondTheGame and #BossBottledUnlimited were possible. I can't wait to see your entries!

I hope you all enjoyed this post! If you liked the sound of the fragrance then you can pick them up in-store or online at Debenhams or Boots. I loved getting my camera out and filming, I would love to start making more videos but we'll see haha! It's something really different and a way you can get involved and hopefully win something. Like always lovelies, if you have any questions, requests or if you just want a chat you can contact me on my social media or leave me a comment below. I love hearing from you all and i make sure to read every single comment…they really make my day!

Good luck with the challenge! 

Lots of Love
*Sponsored Post

Tuesday 3 June 2014

Models Own Vacation Nails

Hello My Lovelies,

I hope you are all doing well! I am off on vacation this week so like usual i have tones of appointments to go to and get vacation ready haha. Yesterday myself and my Mum went to have our nails done and i thought i would share the nail polish combination that we went with…yes we got matching nails!! In honour of my vacation i decided to go with something quite bright, fun, girly and sparkly. I didn't realise until we were on our way to the nail bar that i grabbed two of my favourite Models Own polishes and it turned into a double Models Own Mani! 

I am sure i have mentioned this before but we tend do bring our own nail polishes to the salon especially if there is something new we want to try. Our nail salon has a huge collection but sometimes it can be too overwhelming so we always come prepared. Shades was a new nail polish that we picked up last week in Boots whilst stocking up on some last minute vacation goodies. Blizzard is a shade you are probably sick of me showing you now as i am literally obsessed with it…this is a brand new bottle and no word of a lie i think i have gone through around five since first discovering it! 

As you can see from the pictures above Shades is a gorgeous coral pink shade that just screams summer. You can see the colour really well in the pictures but i would say it is so much brighter in real life. Shades is part of the first-ever 'Polish for Tans' collection by Models Own which has been designed to enhance and compliment a natural tan. They have brought out five essential summer shades to highlight golden skin from sunrise to sunset. According to Models Own these tan-enhancing neon-pastel shades are the perfect combination of muted brights which are perfect for your inner beach babe…so i am literally hoping it will help me look even more sunkissed on vacation haha. 

When i was in Boots last week the new Polish For Tans collection literally stood out to me, i though all of the polishes were gorgeous but one in particular caught my eye and i couldn't resist adding it to my basket. Shades is very similar to China Glaze's 'Flip Flop Fantasy' which is one of my all time favourite polishes. After the application i would say they are very similar and could be a great dupe.

I know what you are thinking…Sophia you have mixed a summer polish and a winter polish together! Well, Blizzard is an oldie but a goodie for me, i literally add it on top of all of my favourite nail polishes…when in doubt I will always add glitter! Blizzard is one of five of the magical polishes released in the Wonderland collection which consists of gradients of subtle to dense glitter. Blizzard layered up will literally add a snow storm effect to your nails but i find that one simple coat does the trick for me as it is so sparkly and intense. 

Blizzard has to be by far one of my all time favourite sparkly polishes. It has chunky glitter in the formulation which i absolutely love and i am really regretting not stocking up whilst Models Own had their 50% off sale! Looking back i have paired this glitter with so many different nail polish combinations; pink, mint, red, white and so many more. I think this polish has gained holy grail status!

On this occasion we applied two coats of Shades, one coat of Blizzard and then a top coat to lock everything in. I opted to add the glitter on top not only because it looks pretty and i love it but i know it will last my entire vacation away without chipping (touch wood). I have packed a nail polish bag to bring away for peace of mind but when applied it's not going anywhere haha…you just need to make sure it is completely dry before doing anything otherwise you will get smudges because there is so much product layered! 

I hope you all enjoyed this post! I would love to know your opinion on the polish combination. Like always lovelies, if you have any questions, requests or if you just want a chat you can contact me on my social media or leave me a comment below. I love hearing from you all and i make sure to read every single comment…they really make my day!

What are your favourite nail polish combinations? Would you give this one a try?

Lots of Love
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