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Tuesday 30 September 2014

Love Me Beauty Box | September 2014

Hello My Lovelies, 

I hope you are all doing really well! It is that time of the month again where I bring you the latest Love Me Beauty grab a cup of tea and lets see whats inside this months box shall we! This is the fifth instalment I have received after trying the subscription box out for the first time in May 2014. My opinions have remained the same every single month and I honestly think they are a great goodie box to receive as a treat or even as a gift. 

First off you might be thinking something is a little different...Love Me Beauty have recently undergone a re-brand. I absolutely loved everything about them before but I am just a little bit obsessed with the new Silver and Rose Gold detailing on their new packaging...I mean you guys know my obsession with Rose Gold! The overall look now is very chic and luxurious with the new box packaging and drawstring bag inside which can both be reused for your own pleasure. They will make perfect beauty storage in any makeup collection. There is a little side of me though that misses the bright and fun colours of the previous boxes with the little menus...but change is good and I am excited to see what future boxes will look like and include. 

Another little change is the contents every month. Where as before you would have the option to choose out of three menus, Love Me Beauty have now developed a new concept which allows subscribers to create their own beauty profile with the option to choose exactly what goes into you box with credits. Like the boxes, the website has had a little re-vamp also. When you sign up to the website you will be directed to a section where you will need to answer a few beauty related questions about your preferred makeup item, skin type, hair type and colour etc which then allows Love Me Beauty to give you a range of suggestions which will best suit you. The website then generates you six credits to pick the exact contents of your box. Overall, most items are worth one or two credits depending if they are sample of full sized, so this could potentially mean you could walk away with a minimum of three products or a maximum of six. It also tells you when your credits are next due to renew and you can start the next month all over again...for example, my boutique next opens on 5th October. 

I know that seems like a lot to take in but I assure you it is super easy and extremely exciting using the new website and concept. The only thing that has remained the same for Love Me Beauty is the boxes value. It still costs only £10.00 plus an additional p&p charge. 

Percy & Reed Eau My Goodness Shine & Fragrance Spray 50ml | RRP 100ml £22.00

The first product is this Percy & Reed Eau Goodness Shine & Fragrance Spray. Is it  fragrance? Is it a shine spray? This nifty little product is actually both and I have to say it is such a lovely product. This is the second ever Percy & Reed product I have tried and to be honest the first time round I wasn't that impressed as it smelt a little funky. However, say that I have completely been converted with this product and this airy green, delicate fragrance evokes a glorious almost floral scent. This is the perfect dual-purpose jewel that not only makes your hair smell beautiful but also adds a dazzling shine. 

Now, when I was putting my box together on the Love Me Beauty website I was under the impression this was going to be a full sized product in the box. No matter, this is still a great 50ml container that would be perfect for travelling and throwing into your handbag. A full sized bottle (100ml) is £22.00 which is a little on the pricey side alone but included in this box is an absolutely bargain even for the 50ml size. 

Malin + Goetz Grapefruit Face Cleanser 29ml | RRP 236ml £25.00

Malin + Goetz is a completely new brand to me so I was excited to give it a try. What drew me to the cleanser essentially was the grapefruit just sounded so lovely. After doing a little research I discovered that Space NK stock this brand so it must be some magical stuff! According to Malin + Goetz this is a gentle cleansing gel that purifies the skins without drying, leaving everything perfectly balanced, hydrated and blemish-free. Sounds pretty perfect right?! 

This foaming gel is Malin & Goetz's #1 best selling product and uses natural grapefruit extract and amino acid-based skincare agents to deeply cleanse skin without the need for harsh chemicals and drying detergents. Suitable for all skin types (what I love to see) the Malin + Goetz Grapefruit Face Cleanser  is ideal for those with sensitive or rosacea-prone skin, gently but thoroughly purifying without stripping the face of its vital natural oils. The naturally antibacterial grapefruit works to prevent breakouts and blemishes, leaving skin looking clearer and more radiant. 

This is a 29ml sample product but I do love these as they are perfect for travel and for the girl on the go. Sample sized products are also great at trying out a product without the commitment of purchasing full size and being disappointed down the line and wasting money. 

Oriflame The One 5-in-1 Wonderlash Mascara | RRP £8.95

Oriflame is a brand that has been around for many years and they recently re-launched their 5-in-1 Wonderlash Mascara and it is an absolute gem. I have used an Oriflame Mascara previously and I have to say it was pretty good. I do have more well-loved favourites but for an everyday mascara with no fuss this would be the perfect one to give a try. I have to say the brand house some great products and for £8.95 you are getting a great deal in a £10 beauty box! 

Anatomicals Oi! You Throbhead Headache Relief Balm 20g | RRP £4.00

Firstly, what a fun name this product has! I think this was one of the products I was most excited about this month purely because I suffer quite bandy with headaches and I am always on the hunt for the next best product that will help relieve the pain. I have seen the brand prop up a few times whilst browsing through so I was excited to finally give it a try in this months Love Me Beauty Box. They are well known for their bright colours and pretty cool packaging, not to mentioned the provocative attention-grabbing names haha. I love love love how the formulation is enriched with peppermint and lavender oil to create this soothing balm. I have been using it constantly since I received the box and I think it is a product I will definitely be repurchasing. 

One thing I have to say is your hands can get a little messy after using this bad boy and please be careful not to rub your eyes after (guilty) as it is not pleasant. Never-the-less I love how it is perfect for the girl on the go, compact and easy to travel with. A little goes a long way with this little beauty so it will last you forever and for £4.00 I think that is pretty darn good. 

I hope you all enjoyed taking a peek through this months Love Me Beauty Box! What did you think? I think this is only the start of a fabulous new look on the Love Me Beauty brand and I am super excited to see what they include in the future. If you like the look of this months box you can still get hold 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
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Thursday 25 September 2014

Frank Coffee Scrub & Macmillan Coffee Morning

Hello My Lovelies, 

I hope you are all doing well? You might have seen that I am not so chirpy at the moment due to having surgery and feeling really poop but I really wanted to get this post up for you all because it is for such a great cause. I was recently contacted by Macmillan Cancer Support and I literally jumped at the chance of working with them as soon as I saw the name Macmillan. More than 1 in 3 people in the UK alone will develop some form of cancer during their is something that will or has affected us directly or indirectly and needs to be beaten once and for all. Macmillan's annual World's Biggest Coffee Morning is back and this year cult coffee scrub Frank Body is on board to encourage beauty junkies to get behind the fundraiser which lat year raised £20million, to help ensure no-one faces cancer alone. 

The very first Macmillan Coffee Morning took place 24 years ago and thanks to the brilliant baking skills and generosity of millions of fantastic fundraisers; Macmillan has raised over £113.5million to help those affected by cancer. This year's event takes place on Friday 26th September, which people across the UK set to get together with friends, colleagues or neighbours to hold a coffee morning and raise money for Macmillan. I know a handful of people who are arranging Macmillan Coffee Mornings this year which are set to take place Friday 26th and Saturday 27th. Unfortunately, due to my recent surgery I am unable to attend any events this year but I will be donating like I do every year and throughout the year. 

Like Macmillan, Frank understands that a good coffee morning can do us all the world of good. So to inspire fundraisers ti give their skin a treat in preparation to Coffee Morning, they're encouraging people to try their all-natural, organic, vegan and animal friendly coffee scrub in the shower before they take on the hosting duties. The Frank Coffee Body Scrub has been something I have seen prop up around the blogging and vlogging community a few times now and I have always wanted to give it a try. Frank uses only the freshest ground robusta coffee beans in their scrubs, so whether you're looking to prolong a summer tan, polish your pins or soothe a range of skin conditions such as stretch marks, eczema, acne and psoriasis - Frank believe their coffee scrub is sure to be an instant hit. 

Prices at only £11.95* with free world wide delivery, the coffee scrubs are available in three variations - sweet almond and orange, coconut and grapeseed or cacao, which are all sure to leave skin feeling supple and invigorated. the highly concentrated caffeine in Frank products is thought to stimulate blood-flow and circulation, which is particularly effective in reducing the appearance of cellulite. I had the opportunity to try out the sweet almond and orange variations and oh my goodness it was such a glorious scent. You could really smell the fresh coffee beans with hints of sweet almond with a handful of orange! It is the perfect scrub to use all year round as the scent is sweet and fresh for the summertime but also fall and winter appropriate. 

For more information on how to host your own Coffee Morning head over to the Macmillan website where you'll be able to register to host a Coffee Morning, find celebrity recipes and hits and tips on how to make your Coffee Morning one to remember. 

I hope you all enjoyed this post! Have you given Frank Coffee Scrub a try before or would you consider it? Also, will you be getting involved in this years Macmillan Coffee Morning? 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
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Tuesday 23 September 2014

Jewel Candle Sweet Cupcake

Hello My Lovelies, 

I hope you are all doing well and are having a great week so far. I am having one of those weeks which I am sure I will pluck up the courage to talk about with everyone really soon. Until then, there is nothing I love more than when I am feeling low than burning a candle. It is not secret here on my blog how much I love candles and I have stocked up on quite a few to get me through the upcoming fall / winter months and for when our house developments are finished (which should be very soon). 

I was recently contacted to see whether I would like to give Jewel Candles a try. I literally jumped at the chance as I love love loveeee candles and who doesn't love the added extra bonus of receiving a gorgeous piece of jewellery with your candle too?! I know I would haha. Burning a candle has never been so exciting! I am in love with everything about Jewel Candle from the packaging, the yummy scent and the bonus of receiving a beautiful piece of jewellery whist burning your candle. It looks gorgeous out on display and would make the perfect gift for anyone! 

A little bit about Jewel Candle themselves. According to their website they are the only high quality scented candle of it's kind, which incorporates genuine 925 Sterling Silver jewellery worth up to £250. A piece of jewellery is hidden in your Jewel Candle scented wax and comes to the surface after the candle has been burning for 10-15 hours. 

There is an array of gorgeous scents and variations on the Jewel Candle website, however, I decided to give the Classic Edition Sweet Cupcake Scent a try in the larger jar which offers a beautiful ring. If a ring does not take your fancy you also have the option to opt for the Classic Edition smaller jars which offer a beautiful set of earrings. Also, at the moment they are offering a Limited Edition collection which offers both the ring and earrings variations, however, minus the outer jar packaging. These look more rustic and you are able to place them in your own candle accessory. Finally, they also offer a Sweetheart Collection which would make the perfect romantic gift...guys I hope you are reading this! In the Classic Edition you have the option to choose between True Love, Passion Fruit, Happy Birthday, Pink Cherry, Cookies & Cream and of course Sweet Cupcake which I decided to try. Sweet Cupcake like scents are my some of my favourites and I love burning them all year round. You can tell the candle is of great quality because after around 20 minutes my room was completely full of this glorious yummy sweet cupcake scent. 

True to the candles description it did take a good evening to burn down to a good position where you could grab your jewellery package. I was a little naughty and couldn't wait until it floated to the surface haha. The package was a little messy to be expected but I simply ran it under the tap with a little hand soap and it was as good as new in no time. The ring itself was very much protected with the outer foil packaging and then a clear sealed bag. The ring itself is absolutely gorgeous. It is not something I would have typically chosen for myself but that is the beauty of these types of something new a try and being introduced to something new. I love how the silver and blue really compliments each other and instantly it almost reminded me of Kate Middleton's Engagement ring (just way smaller with less diamonds haha). 

I am not 100% sure what my rings worth is as it could be anything up to £250. I was thinking of going to have it reviewed and valued by a family friend who is in the jewellery industry just out of curiosity. I mean to me it doesn't really matter at all as I am very content with my beautiful ring and yummy candle but it might be something to consider as a send part of this review for you all. The size itself fits my middle left finger perfectly! I was a little worried as I have quite small fingers and the size included in the candle could have been any random size. However, as if it was fate this ring fits me beautifully...yay!

Overall, I am absolutely in love with my Jewel Candle and beautiful new ring! I think they would make the perfect gift, special treat or stocking filler for anyone from your best friend or someone in the family! I hope you all enjoyed this post! I would love to know your thoughts on Jewel Candle. Would you give them a try and if so which scent and candle would you give a try? It you would like to browse through the Jewel Candle website you can do so by clicking 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
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Tuesday 16 September 2014

MeMeMe Cosmetics Brand Overview

Hello My Lovelies, 

I hope you are all doing well? Long time no blog I know but I am back from being MIA and ready to bring you lots of new postings. 2014 has been a big year for me and with graduating I went a little bit OTT and booked lots of exciting things for the summer...I hope you will forgive me haha. 

A little while ago I was contacted to see if I would be interested in giving MeMeMe Cosmetics a try. I literally jumped at the chance as I always love trying out and discovering new makeup brands. The brand was not completely new to me as I had heard about it throughout the bloggersphere but this was my first time giving the products a real try and so far I am really impressed. I thought I would bring you a kind of brand overview on some of the products I was sent to give a try. If you like these types of posts I will try and post a few more for you guys featuring some other new and well loved brands of mine! 

Firstly, a little overview about the brand themselves. MeMeMe Cosmetics are owned by Lifestyle Aesthetics, a UK specialist provider of Cosmeceuticals, Beauty & Hair Care solutions globally. Since taking ownership of the brand in 2009 they have been working hard to transform MeMeMe into a loveable boutique range. They have been inspired by the ancient Greeks influence on civilisation, the Renaissance and the Bohemian spirit who are all full of adventure, wander-lust and free minded people. They pride themselves in offering affordable luxury within an electric range of handbag essentials, on trend editions, classic lines and gift collections as individual and versatile as their customers and believe in going the extra mile in everything that they do. 

This is one of MeMeMe's bestsellers and after giving it a try I can see why it is a favourite. You can give your lashes incredible length and definition with this specially formulated mascara with fibre-lash technology to create high impact lashes every time. Hopefully you can see the little fibres in the close up picture of the wand...they really do cling to your lashes to help create length and volume. One coat gives you the perfect day time application but I would say you need to layer it up a few more times to get a more evening appropriate false lash effect. P.S after applying three coats the formula didn't clump on me...always a plus! 

These are another best-selling hero product that MeMeMe offers and it is ideal for adding the perfect amount of colour to your cheeks and lips. I love using cheek and lip tints as you can really pull a makeup look together keeping shades similar but also because you can layer up a powder blush over the tint to really intensify the look and achieve a rosy glow. Cupids Kiss is a gorgeous candy floss bubble gum pink shade which would compliment an array of different makeup looks. Also how adorable is the name?! I am a sucker for packing and cute names...anyone else?! 

As soon as I saw the Eye Sweep Precision Eye Definer was a felt tip eyeliner I knew we were going to get a long just fine. I am obsessed with felt tip liners and I find they are so much easier to use when creating the perfect cat eye look. They are what gave me confidence to give winged eyeliner a try! The precision tip applicator allows ultimate control so that you can sweep an eyeliner look evenly and effortlessly in minutes. 

How gorgeous are these shades?! I haven't got many baked eyeshadows in my makeup collection so I am excited to give these a proper try and experiment using them wet and dry. All of the shades look like they will compliment each other amazingly and when swatched come out gorgeously pigmented. I feel you could definitely create a Kim K inspired sultry smokey eye with this gorgeous palette. 

Another product where I am obsessed with the name, packaging and shades! This multipurpose tint for cheeks and lips is the perfect handbag accessory and ideal for touch ups on the go. A combination of two blendable shades, they are perfect for adding a quick flush of colour to instantly brighten your complexion or lips. An added bonus is that these multipurpose tints are enriched with jojoba oil to moisturise your lips and skin. I also love how you can use either shade individually or both together to create a bespoke shade for you! My only quarrel is after a few uses it might become a tad messy but I am quite good with keeping my makeup tidy and clean so we shall see. 

This instantly reminded me of the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Bricks and at £9.99 a whopping fraction of the price with practically the same effects. Oh how I love finding dupes! Shimmer stacks are an absolute essential tool for every makeup collection...I use highlighters every single day as i find they really pull a look together and make my skin glow. You can let your inner goddess shine with this ultimate fusion of 5 shimmer powders in an array go nude and golden shades. This multi-purpose product can be used on cheeks and on the eyes for a highlight. 

I hope you all enjoyed this post! I really loved trying out and discovering a new brand, I honestly believe I have found some new treasure. Everything is great quality, extremely affordable and would make a great gift or addition to any makeup collection. Since trying out the products I have been using the Shimmer Stack daily and I have thrown the Boho Balm in my bag for touch ups throughout the day at work when I need a little pick me up haha. 

I would love to know what you think about MeMeMe Cosmetics and the products featured in this post. Would you give any of them a try? If you would like to check out any of the products you can do so by clicking 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
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