Tuesday, 30 April 2013

My First Ever...GlossyBox!

Hi Everyone. I know you have probably all seen the April GlossyBox by now, but I just had to show you what I got in my box, because it was my very first and I absolutely love it!

Like I said this is the first ever GlossyBox that I have got. And I am still really excited about it. I love all of the contents and as for this special one off design, it's lovely! I am so pleased I eventually got round to subscribing and I can't wait for my next box to arrive. On to the contents:

Essie Nail Polish in Eternal Optimist - 

As well as getting my first ever Glossybox, this was my first ever Essie Polish. I was over the moon when I opened the box to find this little beauty staring back at me. I've wanted an Essie for such a long time but with the price tag it carries and the fact I don't have a counter where I live, meant I have been holding back. When I first saw Eternal Optimist, I wasn't exactly blown away. But after trying it on I fell in love, its a gorgeous dusky rose pink and it looks lovely even on my small broken work worn nails! I'm very impressed!

Sleek Blush in Flamingo - 

Once again my town doesn't stock Sleek. Superdrug did have it years ago but I wasn't as into make up back then so I only ever tried out the Kajal Eyeliner, which by the way I loved. Since falling more in love with make up, I am devastated that I didn't try out more Sleek products when it was so easily available to me and I've been wanting to get my hands on quite a few of their things, the blushers being one of them! I received this one in the colour Flamingo which is a gorgeous bright bright pink. I haven't tried it yet but it looks super pigmented and I can't wait to wear it. It reminds me of a Barry M blusher I had years ago, which I think may have been called Raspberry! Non of my pictures did the colour any justice so I advise you to look for swatches online or try it in store yourself if you are interested.

A-Derma Intense Repair Lip Balm - 

This lip balm is gorgeous! It's made with a 100% natural active ingredient, Rhealba Oat Milk, which leaves your lips incredibly smooth. It is meant to provide your lips with a long last protective film that leaves them nourished and soothed, and it definitely does! I apply this every night before bed and wake up with really soft lips. It's slowly knocking my beloved Carmex off the top spot!

Nip + Fab Dry Skin Fix Body Butter in Coconut Latte - 

I haven't actually used this body butter yet so I can't really comment on it, but the smell is delicious!! It has a coconut smell to it which for some bizzare reason reminds me of Play Dough from when I was a kid! I can't even stress how much I adore the smell of Play Dough so I loved this as soon as I smelt it! I have high hopes for this product, its look really thick and moisturising. I will get round to using it one day and let you know my thoughts.

Yves Rocher - So Elixir Purple Perfume - 

I'm so rubbish with scents its untrue, so I will give you the description provided in the leaflet you recieve with your GlossyBox - 'an intoxicating and magnetic fragrance, which boasts a unique infusion of Tuberose, Vetiver and Patchouli culminating in a floral-woody elixir' in all honesty that makes no sense to me whatsoever! All I can say is, it's a rather deep dark smell that I wouldn't usually go for. But in actual fact I really like. It would be perfect for a night out!

So there you have it my very first GlossyBox. I absolutely loved it and I am so excited to get my hands on next months in the next few weeks! What day are they usually delivered does anyone know?? I have very high hopes for it! And am definitely sticking with my subscription for the foreseeable.
Much Love Gemma xo.

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Tangle Teezer

Hey Everyone. Last week my lovely boyfriend got me the Tangle Teezer for my birthday :) I've been after this for ages, since reading raving reviews about it on countless beauty blogs. Needless to say I was over the moon to receive it on Wednesday!

Recently I have been doing anything I can to try and get my hair to grow and apparently this helps majorly. Because of the different sized bristles of the Tangle Teezer it is meant to effortlessly detangle hair without the pulling and tugging you get from regular brushes. I 100% agree with this claim, this brush effortlessly takes out any knots in my hair and even with hairspray in, it doesn't tug and hurt my head while I'm brushing!

I've also noticed a decrease in the amount of hair in my brush after use! Which will hopefully help with hair growth in the long term. The shape of the brush is something you have to get used to. After using brushes with handles for years this is really strange, but it fits well into the hand and is really easy to use. After only using the Tangle Teezer for a week I can't really give you any more details. All I can say is this, so far I love it!! This brush makes detangling so much easier and leaves my hair soft and smooth. I haven't used any other brush since I got it. And hopefully it will help with my hair growth. I'll keep you updated!

Have you tried the Tangle Teezer? If not I strongly advise investing in one! £10.99 may seem a bit steep but I definitely think it's worth it!
Let me know your thoughts.
Much Love Gemma xo.

Saturday, 20 April 2013

Lancome Ombre Absolue - G40

Hi Everyone, I'm back :) but honestly don't know how long for, my laptop charger is buggared and I am undecided on weather to replace it AGAIN (i got a new one about a month ago and its now broke!!) or just start fresh with a brand new laptop. So until I save money and decide what to do , I'll be using my brothers charger whenever I can, meaning blog posts could well be few and far between! I'm sorry!!
Now I've cleared that up I want to show you my one of my latest eyeshadow purchases.

I first set eyes on this Lancome Ombre Absolue in shade G40 a few weeks ago when I realised it was on sale for £8.50 down from £17 in Debenhams. I swatched it and fell in love. First of all its tiny and I can't imagine I would ever have spent £17 on it! But the colour is to die for!! It's really hard to explain and looks so different on every skin tone and in different light but to me its a mix of silver grey and a slight khaki colour! And when I swatched it, it was the most gorgeous sparkly color I have ever set my eyes on! Now I'm not always a fan of shimmer but I just had to have this! Don't ask me why I was just drawn in as soon as I saw it, and bought it as soon as I had money! I haven't actually used it yet so I can't tell you much more. But I had to share it with you. If you have it please do let me know your thoughts, and I will keep you updated with use!

Much Love Gemma xo.

Monday, 8 April 2013

March Favourites

Hi ladies, Every time I do a favourites post I always say to myself, next month I'll post this before the second week of the month but I just can't seem to do that so here I am on the 8th April eventually telling you the products I was loving in the month of March.

My first favourite product is an extremely popular one from Soap & Glory -

Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Scrub - I had been after this product for such a long time after hearing so much about it on blogs and falling in love with the scent on a trip to Boots. For months I pondered over weather to buy it or not, but never did! Eventually back in February I bought it, although I didn't use it til last month. I absolutely fell in love with it after the first use. The smell is even more amazing with use, its a gorgeous mix of brown sugar and lime, that for some reason reminds me of Coca Cola. It also does a fantastic job of exfoliating your skin leaving it super soft and smooth.

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo - When I bought the Sugar Crush Scrub I also purchased the infamous Effaclar Duo, that has been dubbed as the must have product for problematic skin. I won't go into too much detail, as I am planning on dedicating a full post to this product. But it really did start to work for me last month and has become a staple in my skincare routine.

And finally my favourite makeup items from March

Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine in Lychee - I love the new Gelly Hi-Shine formula from Barry M. They are fully opaque in 1 or 2 coats and are super shiny without the use of a topcoat. Lychee was my first colour from the range and I love it. Whenever I wore nail polish in March (if your a regular reader of my blog you will know that this isn't actually very often) this is the one I chose, its a beautiful beige nude that works well even with my super pale skin tone. You can read my review of this here!

Nivea Raspberry Rose Lip Butter - As you may or may not know I love anything Raspberry flavoured/scented and this is no exception! I bought this on a whim one day and have been using it most days ever since. The smell is gorgeous. And the formula is lovely and creamy that leaves my lips really soft. It isn't as good as my Carmex lip balm but when my lips are slightly dry I apply this to give them back a bit of moisture. It also slighty tints my lips a very light pink which looks really nice on days where I don't want to wear a lipstick.

YSL Volume Effect Faux Clis Mascara - I have been using this mascara constantly since I got it and it's my favourite out of all the mascaras I have tried so far. Although it's on the pricey side it is really good. It gives amazing length and volume to the lashes and looks fantastic on a night out without the need for false eyelashes. If you would like a more in depth review, feel free to ask!

Once again I actually found it really difficult to come up with a decent amount of products to feature in this post. Because I really haven't been finding any new products that really take my fancy. I hope you enjoyed reading about these 5 little gems though.
Sorry for the lateness again.
Much Love Gemma xo.

Friday, 5 April 2013

Beauty Wishlist!

Hello again lovelies, I've decided to do a little wishlist post for you all today, because recently all I've really posted is my 10 Day You Challenge and I still haven't got round to taking any pictures. This will probably be a long list and I doubt I will ever purchase it all, but its nice to hope for lovely things isn't it?! :) lets get started.

1. Sleek Face Contour Kit - I've wanted this for ages! Everyone seems to have it and raves about it, I currently use the Bourjois chocolate bronzer to contour and I really don't like it, and even though I have my Dior Rose Diamond for a highlight, I think this would be better to use on a day to day basis. And its all in one container, which is always more convenient :) My Superdrug doesn't stock Sleek anymore for some bizarre reason so I'll have to get it online instead and hope the light palette matches my skin tone!

2. Macadamia Flawless Cradle - I think I might have first saw Macadamia Flawless on thesundaygirl's blog and it really appealed to me. It's a cleansing conditioner that comes out of the can as a foam then lathers to a lovely thick cream which is great to both shampoo and condition the hair. I actually hate 2 in 1 shampoo and conditioners but this is apparently amazing so I really want to try it. Whilst looking on feelunique.com I spotted this cradle that comes with the Flawless cleanser (100ml), a 30ml Macadamia Oil and an Oil Infused Comb. If you bought all the products separately it would come to £46 but this cradle is £21.88 which is an absolute bargain and I love the look of that comb!!

3. MAC Lipsticks - I have my eyes on a few MAC Lipsticks at the minute, which are Rebel, Velvet Teddy (only because it's apparently Megan Fox's go to nude and I am in love with that woman) Costa Chic (thanks to a recent post by Kayleigh from CoutureGirl) Candy Yum Yum and Chatterbox. If you can't tell I love MAC lipsticks and really want to start a collection!!

4. Origins Clear Improvements Mask - My skin really annoys me with its huge clogged pores (sorry that sounds vile!) and apparently this is a wonder product for both these problems. So I want to try it out! At £20 though its a bit steep so I still haven't took the plunge and bought it.

5. Emma Hardie 2 Piece Cleansing System - Again the Emma Hardie Natural Lift & Sculpt Moringa Cleansing Balm is meant to be amazing and I really want to try it out. You can buy this cleansing set including the balm, a face cloth and Aromatherapy Infused Rose Hip Exfoliating Seeds for £38 on QVC  and I really want it!

6. Urban Decay Palettes, Naked, Naked 2 and Naked Basics - Since the first Naked Palette came out I have been dying to get my hands on it and each time a new one comes out I want that as well. They all  look like amazing palettes and I can't choose which one I would prefer so I want the full collection. #typicalbblogger :P

7. Enrapture Extremity Heated Rollers - I have the Enrapture Totem Styler which I absolutely adore! And these look just as good. I really enjoy adding volume to my hair with velcro rollers and these look so much better, at both volumising and curling your hair quickly and easily. I really want to try them out.

8. Illamasqua Speckle Polish in Scarce - Ever since the I'mperfection came out I have been eyeing up these bird egg inspired polishes! I've never seen anything like them before, they look like a really interesting and different polish. I would of course get this beautiful pink colour 'Scarce' because I am obsessed with anything pink :)

9. L'Oreal Powder Tecni Art Super Dust - I've only heard this product mentioned once, and that was by Tanya Burr so I immediately wanted to try it out! It apparently gives the most amazing volume to the hair and I love nothing more than voluminous hair! But for over £10 I am a bit hesitant to try it out. Maybe one day!

Hope you enjoyed this slightly different post. If you have any of these products please do let me know what you think of them. And if you want to check any of them out click on the name of the product which will take you straight to the website you can buy them from :)
Much Love Gemma xo.

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Montagne Jeunesse Mud Pac Face Mask

Hi Girls, I feel like I haven't done an actual Beauty post for so long now, So I've decided to tell you about the Face Mask I used on Wednesday when I had a bit of a pamper, (you can read about that HERE.)

The Mud Pac mask is my 6th from Montagne Jeunesse. And I really do like them, They are perfectly sized sachets that give enough product to cover the whole face. And for only £1 each (from Wilkinsons, they vary from around £1 -£3 depending on where you buy from) they are really good value for money. This one does exactly what it says and gives you a really deep pore cleanse. After applying this and then removing after 15 minutes, my pores were clear and my skin was really soft. It didn't irritate my skin at all and was lovely and relaxing as I sat there with it on my face. It dries like a clay mask and I weirdly like the feeling of not being able to move my face properly when it is completely dry. The only thing I was disappointed with was the colour of the mask itself. From the picture on the front of the package I was expecting a bright turquoise green colour but instead was greeted by a light milky green! Non the less it worked, so in the end I wasn't too fussed. I would definitely repurchase this a long with my other favourite, the Hot Chocolate Orange mask.

 (an amusing picture of the mask on my face and the colour that I was so disappointed with)

If your after a cheap deep cleansing mask I would recommend going out and finding this. Or having a look at the other masks in the range if your looking for something else. They are fantastic :)
Much Love Gemma xo.

10 Day You Challenge. Day 10 - 1 Picture Of Yourself

Hey Everyone, I did it, This is the last day of my 10 day challenge and I've actually completed it in the allotted 10 days.No late posts, no missing days or anything. I'm proud of my little self haha. So here's the last 10, a picture of me.

I haven't had my picture took on my own for absolutely ages, and don't really want to use a picture with other people in it without asking their permission and I really can't be bothered to do all my make up just for this post (i'm sorry) so here's an old webcam pic from this time last year!! 

I can't believe I've posted that haha. Nevermind. Hope you have enjoyed this challenge, I have, I'll be on the look out for a new one to do soon.
Much Love Gemma xo.

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

10 Day You Challenge. Day 9 - 2 Songs

Hi Girls, I can't believe I've done so well with this challenge. I haven't missed a day yet! And tomorrow is the last day! So proud haha. Here's day 9.

1. My favourite song of all time is Eminem - Sing For The Moment. I was distraught when I found out it isn't actually his song but I love it all the same! Eminem is my favourite artist and I can not wait to see him for the second time this Summer :)

2. I have 2 favourite songs at the minute, I cant choose between the two of them, Charlie Brown - On My Way, and The Saturdays and Sean Paul - What About Us. I love both of them.

This is quite possibly my shortest post ever! I'll be back tomorrow with the very last day of this challenge. Thanks for reading.
Much Love Gemma xo.

Monday, 1 April 2013

10 Day You Challenge, Day 8, 3 Films

Hi Darlings, I'm not hungover like I thought I would be today! I'm so happy :) I had a great night last night and am having a lovely chilled out Bank Holiday today. Hope your all having a great Easter as well. Here's Day 8 of my challenge.

1. Like yesterday my top has to be all of the Twilight films, I absolutely love both the films and the books. I'm gutted the Saga has come to an end now.

2. The first Taken film, I love it. It has to be my all time favourite film, I don't normally like action films but adore this one! It's amazing and it still has me biting my fingernails even after seeing it countless times.

3. When I was younger my favourite film was The Parent Trap (the one with Lindsay Lohan) and I still love it now. It reminds me of my childhood and brings back loads of memories! I think I might watch it later on.

That was short and sweet! Only two more to go and I've completed the challenge. It's been a good one :) Hope your enjoying it as much as me.
Much Love Gemma xo