Tuesday, 25 January 2011

i do love packages!

Today I came home for lunch to find a package with my name on it! I love when this happens, even if it's stuff I've ordered as presents for someone else. But today it was all for meeee :D

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I won Meg's giveaway over at Made In A Cup, for a Model's Own nail polish of my choice! I was so excited when I read my email ^_^

I had chosen Emerald City, as I have no polish even similar to it, it's a turquoise (I wouldn't really call it emerald) glitter and it's just gorgeous. So much so that Meg actually ordered one for herself, which she posted about here.

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I really love this. I know I've not applied it great and the photos are a bit pants seeing as they're in artificial light, but I've chosen three pictures that show the different colours it can look like. I'd say the 3rd picture is most colour accurate right now but earlier I would have said it was more like picture 1. I haven't actually seen it in daylight yet though, so we'll see.

So a huge thanks to Meg for this, it's amazing!

Monday, 17 January 2011

monday

Hello!

This is going to be quite rare for me, a weekday outfit post, but I actually quite liked what I was wearing today so thought I would document it!

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Top: H&M
Cardigan: Primark
Skirt: H&M

Yep, my backgrounds are different, I'm still trying to figure out where's best/easiest for me to stand. I really need a camera with burst mode though! I did get a tripod for Christmas though so that's helped :) I know it still doesn't look great though, it's artificial light and it all seems to merge together, but yeah.

Pretty simple outfit, I think I've mentioned before this is probably about as dressy as I can be at work without feeling overdressed. I like it though, bought the top at the weekend and really wanted to wear it. It has a little pocket detail which you can't really see, and rolled up sleeves with a button :)

Shortest post ever from me I think! Hope you liked, byeee!

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Soap & Glory Pink Big


So for Christmas I was lucky enough to get one of the Soap & Glory Pink Big tote bag gift sets. Obviously this had nothing to do with me going on about it and how good the £60 reduced to £25 offer was!


I'd never actually used any Soap & Glory products before, although I'd already bought some for my mum for Christmas and was looking forward to 'borrowing' them - no need now! What I'll do is talk about each product individually and then do a little summary at the end.


The Breakfast Scrub Body Smoother

This is at the top because I'm in LOVE with the smell. It's gorgeous! The tub says it has the 'new great maple fragrance', but before I spotted that I saw the 'oat, shea butter & sugar body smoother' label and assumed the smell was the shea butter. Either way, it's lovely. I can really feel the scrubbing too, without it being painful. It also looks as though it's going to last for a long time, so thumbs up!


Clean On Me Creamy Clarifying Shower Gel

This was a little bit of a fuss to open (anyone else find this?), but once I worked it out, i found that it lathers up really well, a little goes a long way. This smells good but I'm not really sure what it smells of - just a nice clean smell! Once I was all dried off, my skin still felt soft, which is something I'd never really experienced before. When showing other people they agreed too - my skin feels lovely after using this!


Glad Hair Day Ultra-Shine Super-Shampoo

This does lather up really well, I used a small amount on whole head, and there was no residue afterwards. It also washed out really easy which is definitely saying something considering how terrible the water pressure in my shower is. For some reason I was surprised to see this was clear, I'm not sure what I expected really. The shampoo doesn't smell of much, faintly of raspberry (I'm assuming it's raspberry, as that's listed as an ingredient), but the smell doesn't bother me either way - if the product does it's job I don't care about the smell too much. This leaves my hair noticeably soft, which is something I've never really experienced before. I always go for shampoos that are designed for oily hair and they tend not to add shine/moisture, which hasn't really bothered me before - I've always sort of aimed for dry hair because I'm so paranoid about it being greasy! But with this, it's soft, smooth and shiny without being greasy, which is great!


Scrub Your Nose In It Face Scrub And Mask

My very first thoughts on this were 'it's blue!!'. Once I got over that, it seemed to work well, I could definitely feel the scrub, again without it feeling too hard on my face. My face feels smooth afterwards, although I've only used it a couple of times, and not particularly regularly, so I cant comment on what it's done for my blemishes. I clearly didn't pay enough attention to the tube as I only realised it was also a mask when I was on the S&G site. I've therefore only used this as a scrub so far, and am looking forward to using it as a mask!


The Righteous Butter Body Butter

This does soak in reasonably well but still feels a little sticky/greasy - not sure what the word is, I'm sure you all know what I mean! The tub does say though that this is 'very dry skin formula', which I don't have, so this is probably really good for others, but nothing amazing for me. This reminds me of the Body Shop body butters which I know most people love so I'm sure this would be a winner with most other people too!


Girligo Scented Body Moisturising Mist

My skin does feel really soft just after I spray this but I've only used it so far when I'm not long out of the shower, so I can't be 100% its not the other products that are doing this. Okay - I've just checked the bottle and it is intended for use after a shower. I do also think it looks like it runs out easily.


Super Colour Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Gloss in ‘Pink Apricot’

I like the colour of this, it's not too bright but is still a pretty shade. I'm not really a lipgloss person, I find it too sticky and I don't often want shiny lips, but I was intrigued by the idea of this. I used it a couple of times and at first my thoughts were that the tingling could be a bit uncomfortable. The smell is nice - I think it's chocolatey? - but could get a bit much if I had to smell it all day (I have removed it after marvelling at the tingling both times). The next time I tried it the tingling wasn't as intense and I managed to put up with it without removing, but I was constantly having to move hair from my face which I hated. I didn't really notice much of a plumping effect, which is strange considering how much I could feel it 'working'.


Flake Away Body Scrub

The tub of this actually says body polish which I like the sound of more. I prefer the breakfast scrub - mainly for the smell but I'm not sure what the difference is supposed to be. The tub of this makes a big thing of it getting rid of dry skin - but I don't have 'reptilian' legs so I'm not the best tester for this! It feels like a good scrub though, so I'll probably move on to this when I'm out of Breakfast Scrub.


Hand Food Hydrating Hand Cream

This didn't sink in as quick as I would like but as with the body polish, I don't have dry skin, so this could be part of the reason. Because of this I don't really consider myself as someone who needs hand cream, but I'm sure it would be good for people who need a little extra moisture on their hands. This smells similar to Clean on Me.


Off Your Face Cleansing Wipes

These seemed to work fine but not really amazingly so - I didn't notice much of a difference from the Primark 2 packs for £1 that I usually use. The one difference is that they dp smell nice, but this isn't a pack of perfume so i wouldnt be buying for the smell, which means I probably won't repurchase.


Giant Super Sudsy Shower Puff

All I have to say about this is that it's huge! Unless I've always had small ones before? Photo shows the difference although it is picture next to one that's falling apart - so surely that means it should actually be smaller and tighter (if that's the word)?


Overall I love this set. The £25 price was a complete bargain and so worth it! I think the packaging is really nice, and I like to have all my shower bits matching, which these do :) There isn't a single product I dislike, I'm totally won over by the Soap & Glory brand.


Has anyone else got this/any of the products included? Any other S&G products you would recommend?

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Christmas

First off, happy new year everyone! I hope you all had a good christmas and new year, whatever you did. I stayed at home and to be honest didn't do a whole lot but I've had a good break, and am not looking forward to being back at work!

So I'm going to show some pictures of my Christmas, this is going to be mostly about the gifts, and I'm probably a little late with showing my presents but I'm really grateful for everything I got and wanted to share some of it with everyone!

So here is our tree, it's only 5ft tall (so basically as tall as me!) and I really think we should get a bigger one but my mum insists it's fine :( Check out the cat looking moody! I love him :)

This was my christmas nails, left and right. I know my hands look digusting, I have a terrible habit of picking at my skin and hadn't cleaned up yet either, but I was so proud of these :3

And me, in a hat, at the dinner table. So happy!

I took quite a lot of photos of my presents so this post is maybe a little picture heavy or boring, for people who don't want to look at all the photos!

I didn't photograph all of it for various reasons - I haven't taken photos of any of my clothes because theyve all been put away/in the wash. I didn't bother with the chocolates/sweets as I'm sure you all got them and don't need to see more. There are also other bits that I just didn't gather up to take photos of, but I'm sure I have enough already to talk about.

So my parents got me this hairdryer and this mirror. I'd been needing a new hairdryer for a while, I'd been using an old Glitter Babes one for too long - too cool! I'm not sure about the mirror, it doesn't tilt so I have to position it in a specific place if I want to see myself, but I do like the light

I also got these books. This isn't actually all the books I got but I couldn't find some, and my mum's borrowing some. As you can see, there's a recurring theme - Lauren Conrad, Katie Price, and Karl Pilkington. My boyfriend got me all the LC LA Candy books, and I got another KP biography too.

This is just a single, unexplanatory photo, as I have a separate blog post planned and half drafted about this, but its the Soap & Glory box set that was £60 worth of stuff for £25, you've probably seen it on other blogs.

This is the nail polishes I got (with and without flash - couldn't decide which showed the colours better). I wrote a list of all the Barry M polishes I wanted and I think I did pretty well :D

This is some of the makeup I got, I included the Eyeko polish here as my boyfriend got me a set so I put it all together. One of my favourite makeup gifts was the Nicki Minaj Pink Friday lipstick from MAC, which I haven't got a photo of. I actually only really wanted this because it was Nicki Minaj (big fan!) but I do really like the colour now I've tried it. I'm wearing it in the photo above but I don't think you can really tell.

Extra little bits (again from my boyfriend - I was so spoilt!) were this owl hot water bottle - so cute! - and this DS game which I'm really liking, even though it can be pretty frustrating. I also got some bath bits, which I got bored and didn't photograph properly but there are loads of little bits which all look lovely.

And now for the big one!
I first unwrapped this box...

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Which I opened to find this other box inside..


And inside was this!


Okay, that's a bit of a lie. Inside was another watch but I didn't love it, and due to the price I had promised I'd tell if I didn't. So on boxing day (the day we did our present swap) we went to House of Fraser and I chose the watch I did love, and I'm so so happy with it! I'm soooo grateful, my boyfriend knows how much I like Marc Jacobs and I had no idea I'd get anything like this. I know he'll read this, so thank you!!!

So that was a few of the bits I got, I'm so happy with all of them and I hope people liked my gifts just as much. I had a good Christmas in all, and am a little sad the break is now over :(

For everyone who still has time off, I hate you. (just kidding!) And for everyone who is going back tomorrow like me, I feel your pain.

Enjoy (or not)!


p.s. this was posted in a slight rush towards the end so I'll probably be editing it tomorrow!