Friday, 24 October 2014

My Little Box October Edition Teams Up With Diane Von Furstenberg For A Exclusively Designed Box


My Little Box by Diane Von Furstenberg is a box exclusively designed by the famous American fashion designer best known for her wrap dressed.

The box which is sturdily designed has a cute image of a lady wearing a leopard print dress chatting on the phone. No stone has been left unturned and even the sides of the box have a fantastic zany black and green pattern.

Inside we firstly come across a illustration from Diane advising that we should be the woman we want to be. It shows what I believe is a depiction of Diane sprawled across a desk in front of some of the worlds most famous sky scrapers. Wise words from a wise woman.

October's magazine which is themed around fashion and the iconic wrap dress gives you a exclusive interview with Diane, a glowing makeup tutorial,tips on how to give body to your hair and even a tutorial showing you how to wear a scarf.

So now you've got a little insight about what October's box is all about here's a glance at what treats are in store.



Leopard print scarf
Diane Von Fustenburg's influence reigns heavily on this box, and none more so then in this exclusive leopard print scarf. This gorgeous scarf is packaged so carefully in its own little box and includes a diagram on several different ways to wear and use the scarf.






A Kiss from Diane
If you love your accessories this cute little kiss pin will take pride of place on your coat. This bold lip pin is bright enough to draw a few eyes but small enough that it can be easily hidden away if need be. It's a cute little bit of jewellery that's actually quite different to what you would find on the high street.









Eau Micellaire Demaquillante My Little Beauty 'Micellar water'
You've had a long hard day, and been hard at work for most of it. Now you've dragged yourself into the bathroom an see in your reflection that you haven't even taken your makeup off yet. It may be a pain when the last thing you want to do is wipe your makeup off but spending one minute with My Little Beauty's Miscellar water will actually remove your makeup, and use its orange and aloe vera properties to smooth even the most sensitive skin. It's refreshing and easy to use and so much nicer then piling into bed with your makeup still on.











L'Occitane Vanilla Hand Cream
You may not realise it but you probably use your hands all. day. long. Whether you're typing, holding your shopping bags, touching your phone, clapping or even doing your buttons up you're using your hands. Your hands do so much for you and it's about time you gave something back. The lovely vanilla scented cream helps to nourish and restore your hands, leaving them soft and supple. Perfect for preventing your hands cracking in the cold weather that's yet to come.
Go full size for £8.00 at L'Occitane









Keratase Paris Lacque Noire Fixing Hairspray
Like your clothing and your makeup having good hair speaks volumes. To get hair that's just on trend Lacque Noire hairspray offers extra strong hold that's versatile and dries quickly and
invisibly, keeping your hair in place.
Go full size for £12.80 at Look Fantastic





Final Thoughts
October's Very Paris themed box is great for reminding you of the great products to hail from our nearest neighbour. Whilst the box is very cute and packaged beautifully I have to say the products didn't really set my excitement alight. I have to say I am disappointed, especially compared to last months launch box but every beauty box can be hit and miss. It certainly has great potential and is definitely a box to watch.

Goto My Little Box  to subscribe.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

My Little Parisienne Box Is One Of The First My Little Box To Hit UK Soil


My Little Box is the brand new beauty box that comes all the way from France.It began life 5 years ago as My Little Paris, on the rooftop of a building close to Montmartre. The newsletter which was originally sent to a few friends, spread the word about secret Parisian addresses, the idea spiraled and word soon spread building up a community of 1.5 million readers. From that point the brand didn't stop and after writing three books, they launched My Little Box. With 80,000 subscribers already in France My Little Box have finally launched in the UK. The beautifully illustrated boxes include must have beauty products including those from their own in house beauty range My Little Beauty, fashion and lifestyle accessories, my Little World magazine, illustrated goodies by Kanako and lots of other surprises.

I first saw this box on someones blog and loved how cute they looked. You can subscribe for £11.00 a month plus £3.95 postage and packaging which is a little bit more expensive then our UK friends but it depends on what you're looking for in a box.

My Little Parisienne Box is one of the first My Little Boxes to hit UK soil. The box is themed around the romantic city of Paris, including a array of treats straight from the imaginations of the creators Fany and friends. Featured on the box's imagery is a lady enjoying a coffee in a cafe with a copy of a French newspaper.

So what's inside?


Stickers!
The surprise gift is a set of Paris themed stickers that give you a bit of Paris to stick everywhere, be it on your phone, your fridge, your notebook, window or even your computer. The male sticker almost looks like a certain Robert Pattinson, would you agree?

Notepad
My Little Carnet is a cute little notebook that not only tells you the story of the brand but it also gives you room to jot down your dreams to your hearts consent. It even has a ribbon to keep it tightly shut.

Geek is the new chic laptop case
This cute polka dot themed laptop case is perfect for giving a fashionable new home for you to transport your laptop around. Whilst the material isn't exactly strong, as long as you don't go bashing your laptop around (which I'm sure you don't!) it'll be perfectly safe.

Encased in a adorable bow themed drawstring bag were the following beauty products:


Laura Mercier Foundation Primer
This award winning primer is just what I was hoping to see in a beauty box. The primer is the perfect compliment to your foundation, allowing your foundation to be applied properly and avoiding any embarrassing makeup lines. Even if you don't want to wear foundation you can wear the primer alone to give a fresh and natural glow to your skin. Perfect if you're running late and don't have time for your morning makeup sesh.
Go full size for £29.00 at House of Fraser


Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Purpose Dry Oil
Parisian women are famed for their gorgeous silhouette and glowing skin. The secret to their style is actually a lot closer to home then you might think - it's all down to Huile Prodigieuse Multi-purpose dry oil.

The oil which has a unique and sensational smell can be used on your hair, hands and anywhere else to give it a silky feel and not to mention a gorgeous scent. The secret is no more, you better snap it up before everyone else does!
Currently on ofer at Essentual for £18.28! (RRP £28.00) 


Stylo Lumiere My Little Beauty
This cute little pen packs a lot more power then you might think. Encased within is a complexion brightening formula that can be used for a foundation quick fix, eyeshadow primer or even a boost to your tired 6pm complexion. Its velvety texture will ensure it applies like a dream.
Available for £11 from My Little Beauty.

Final Thoughts
All in all my first impressions of My Little Box are good ones. Beauty boxes often have a lot to prove when they first launch with the pressure of many existing brands with thousands of followers. With a existing backing My Little Box is proof of its success and I can only see that rising in the UK. The items in the box are super cute and I can see myself actually using them, especially the complexion brightener and primer. Tres bien!

Monday, 20 October 2014

October's Birch Box Supports Coppafeel In Aid of Breast Cancer Awareness Month


In today's modern world we're only too aware of the number of cancers affecting young women all over the country. This month is breast cancer awareness month and what could be a better time for Birch Box to raise awareness of the fantastic charity Coppafeel, set up to raise awareness of breast cancer.

Whether you've been personally affected by breast cancer or know a family member or friend who has I'm sure you all realise how important it is to raise awareness of this horrible disease. If you don't know what symptoms to look for, Birchbox include a check list on what changes to look for in your boobs which might just save your life.

Along with the usual bite sized treats, October's box includes a cute pink lipstick pen and a 14 day planner to set and achieve goals, try new things and tips on using this months products. It's all about working it and being motivated to tackle whatever these Autumnal days bring.

So now I've given you a insight into what October's box is all about I bet you're dying to know what's inside!

All is revealed...

Cattier Pink Clay Face Mask
This face mask is packed with aloe vera to illuminate your complexion and soften skin. To use simply apply a thick layer over your face and neck for 10 minutes, making sure that you avoid your eyes and lips.
Go full size for £4.25










KMS California Hair Play Playable Texture Spray
Do you love playing with your hair but can never get the style you desire? This multi-functional spray can be used to prep, style and set your finished look. You can use it on wet hair as a prep spray for blow drying or styling or on dry hair to add volume and restyle.

Go full size for £15.50.








 

Shaveworks The Cool Fix
We've all woken up the next morning to find horribly inflamed razor bumps or ingrown hairs caused by shaving. This ingenious cooling gel helps to treat ingrown hairs and razor bumps helping to reduce redness after removal. You can use this AM and PM until the irritaiton completely fades.
Go full size for £11.00











Pixi by Petra Shea Butter Lip Balm
This little lip balm not only nourishes lips with the infused shea butter, it also gives you that litle hint of colour that you so desire. Apply to your lips from the bullet and to build colour simply layer it up and work it.
Go full size for £8.00



 




Meaningful Beauty Glowing Serum
This product is the brain child of Dr. Sebagh and Cindy Crawford and is designed to add the radiance back to your complexion. It also helps to reduce ageing. Win, win I say! Use in the morning before moisturising or anytime for a quick pick me up.








 

Birchbox Lipstick Pen
Love your lipstick? Now you can even write with one! This fun, lipstick shaped pen can be easily popped in your handbag  or makeup bag to tick off your goals one by one.
If you don't have one, you can buy one online for £2.50.

If you liked any of these products you can get their full sized counterparts at Birchbox. You'll get free shipping on this months brands as long as you spend a minimum of £10.00. 







3 Ways You Can Support CoppaFeel!
1. CoppaFeel want you to share a image of you 'copping a feel' with the message I copped a feel! #coppabirchbox @coppafeelpeople @BirchboxUK. By taking part Birchbox will donate £1 to CoppaFeel! Just think if you can get all your friends and family involved you'll be raising so much money for taking part in a little fun.

2. You should check your boobs every 14 days, ideally after your period as your boobs are less lumpy then. It only takes 5 minutes to check but if you need a reminder text BOOBS to 70300 for a free reminder every month.

3. If you're aged 18-35, have been diagnosed with breast cancer or had a breast cancer scare and would like to help young people become champions of boob health by sharing your story you can become a CoppaFeel Boobette. You'll get to tell youngsters what happened at schools, work places, youth groups and more. Visit coppafeel.org/boobettes for more information.
 

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Top tips on how to be a savvy shopper!




Cashback
You've probably all seen the adverts in the magazines offering you cashback when you buy products online. You might think it's just a ploy or a scam to get you to spend money and fear you won't actually get anything in return. I can confirm it's all genuine, and you really can get paid just for doing the shopping you need to do.

Sites like Topcashback and Quidco offer money back on food, fashion, insurance, travel, hotels and lots more. Top offers include £168.00 to kit your home out with the complete Sky bundle, £105.00 for Plusnet broadband and lots more.

When I was struggling with paying for the vital things in life getting cashback gave me the opportunity to set a little money aside and use it for special occasions like birthdays or Christmas which I couldn't otherwise afford.  

Voucher codes
I've always hated having to pay full price for things and when I found there were actually regular voucher codes available to help soften the blow I couldn't believe it. Nights out to restaurants like Zizis and Beefeater were suddenly affordable as I could get 10% off or one main meal free. The codes even worked online and what would be a £100.00 shop got transformed into £80.00. The extra money I saved went a long way and helped to fund a luxury holiday to Greece for the whole family.

I found the best sites were Voucher Codes and Money Saving Expert

Competitions
You may wonder how competitions fits in with being a savvy shopper but I can assure you it does have some logic. There are many free competitions available on the internet, and even on your tub of butter that gives you the opportunity to win a product you could never afford or a holiday to Florida you could only dream of. Having entered competitions for several years now I can only vouch for the positiveness it has brought to my life. Free ipads, trips to Paris and Ireland, shopping vouchers and even a movie premiere bring so much happiness to my life and my families, but also helps me to save money I would have spent otherwise. Instead of saving months for that Ipad I won it, and it only spurs me on to try and win more. If I don't need the prize I can sell it on Ebay and use the funds to feed my family, or even put it aside for some treats for them.

The best sites to try are The Prizefinder and Moneysavingexpert

Surveys
Companies all over hte country are dying to get your opinion and there's no better way to do it then through survey panels. The surveys which are completely free give you the opportunity to tell companies what you think of electricity, water, beauty products, food and so much more. Every survey you do gets you points or money which you can put towards shopping vouchers, gifts or a monetary value through Paypal. Every reward is a treat for my family, whether I can buy them new clothes or put the money aside for Christmas or their birthdays.

Since the birth of the internet I have managed to save so much money and really become a savvy shopper. At every corner there is a opportunity to save a bit of money with a voucher code or even make some with a easy survey. It's so easy to do and is so rewarding in the long run. 


Friday, 17 October 2014

Sure Compressed Cotton Ultra Dry Antiperspirant review


The Gloss
Sure Compressed antiperspirant uses motion sense system to compress 250ml of product into a 125ml can. The product is dermatologically tested and alcohol free to allow for comfortable wear.

Designed to last for 48 hours the Motion Sense system helps to protect you when you move.

The lowdown
I have used quite a few of these compressed antiperspirants before and I'm still on the fence as to whether they last as long as their bigger counterparts. It has quite a fresh smell and didn't leave any white patches when applied. Later that day I still smelt fresh and didn't experience any wetness the entire day.

A excellent antiperspirant that really does the job by keeping you sweat free and smelling good all day.

I give it 5/5

Advantages

There's currently a offer on where you get 2 Sure deodorants for just £4 at Boots
  • Keeps you dry all day
  • The product is long lasting and I still smelt fresh later that day
  • Small handbag sized product which can be easily whipped out on the move

Disadvantages
  • None that I can see