Smartsun UK Wristbands.....

Summer has finally made an appearance here in the UK (although it does keep teasing us and throwing in the odd rainy day, surprise surprise) and that means I have to go and buy myself a big bottle of SPF 50 sun cream as my skin is extremely delicate, I burn instantly! I usually apply my cream first thing and top up as I think I need it throughout the day but I usually don't top up as often as I should as after a sunny day my skin almost always has a red tinge to it! So, how often should you top up your sun cream......

I was recently sent samples of a new UV indicator wristband from Smartsun UK* said to be perfect for children, the beach, outdoor activities, sport etc.

"The Smartsun wristband changes colour depending on whether your safe to stay in the sun, should reapply suncream or should avoid the sun for the rest of the day. 

Comfortable and discreet to wear, the Smartsun wristband helps to keep you and your family safe in the sun."

These bands come in packs of 5 and cost £4.99, they are a one-use band with a UV indicator which measures the amount of UV radiation you are exposed to in the day. If the band stays it's original yellow colour you are safe to stay in the sun, if the band turns beige it's telling you it's time to top up your suncream and if the band turns pink it's indicating to avoid any more sun.

I do like the idea, especially for on holiday but there a couple of reasons I am not too keen on this product, one being the look of it, I feel it's like I am wearing a band to an all inclusive hotel on holiday so not the most aesthetically pleasing wrist band and also the way it is fastened (see picture below), it slots into itself and doesn't feel like it would last long, especially on a child's wrist! 

So, in my opinion, I wouldn't purchase these but I really do like the concept behind them, especially for while you are on holiday. If you would like to try out these wristbands you can buy them HERE.

Would you use a product like this?


Fleurelle Illustrations - Beauty On Paper.....

Last week I was lucky enough to win a giveaway from the lovely Emily who is behind Fleurelle illustrations - never heard of Fleurelle Illustrations? If not you are missing out on beautifully amazing, original and affordable artwork that make amazing gifts or a treat for yourself!

Emily says 

"I create custom artwork using my love of beauty and fashion as my inspiration. If 

I can't have alllll the YSL lipsticks, I'll just have to paint them instead!

I love that I can create something that will be enjoyed and treasured in someones home!

All of my pieces are sold as originals, not prints, so all pieces are individual in their own way!

I welcome custom orders and original ideas!"
Below is a sneak peek of what Emily creates - you can check out her Facebook page HERE, it is definitely worth a look through and a like! I am always 100% behind supporting talented individuals making their hobbies/dreams a reality.

I won a beautiful drawing, I have no words as to how outstanding the detail is and my pictures do not give this picture the credit it deserves!

I also bought another piece from Fleurelle Illustrations but can't photograph this as it is a small gift for a friend! The pictures came well packaged and I couldn't be happier with them, all signed by the beautiful lady herself - Emily.

I am going to be a regular customer as I think these beautiful unique pictures, framed, will be an original gift for any friend! One thing Emily will also create, which I am very interested in, is custom bridal portraits and as I am getting married in the near future I will definitely be ordering one of these, find more information on her Facebook page (HERE).

Have you been to check out Fleurelle Illustrations Facebook page? What pieces do you love?


Cottage Holiday - North Wales.....

I am currently sat in a lovely little cottage in North Wales (booked through Sykes Cottages), and the weather has taken a turn for the worse - Met Office have promised me a nice day tomorrow - so I thought I would share with you some pictures of what I have been up to!

If you haven't been to North Wales before....why not?! It's a beautiful part of the United Kingdom which really does have something for everyone, you can find lots of local things to do and attractions HERE. I have come with my partner and my dog, Darcy, for lots of walks, food and much needed chilling out! 

The cottage we are staying in is tucked away from any roads but a two minute walk to the beach, not too far from a small town called Harlech (which has a fab castle) it is the perfect location for coastal walks and mountain trails which is perfect for us and it is very central to many things to do in North Wales.

The beaches in North Wales are absolutely beautiful, some are sandy and are pebbled beaches, our favourite beaches are Benar beach, Harlech beach and Pensarn beach, all of which accept dogs on designated sides which is really important to us being dog owners, Darcy does not like to miss out on the beach!

 Tuesday was a fabulous day so we had a beach day at Pesarn beach playing in the sea, and I hate to admit it as I usually look after my skin really well, but i got burnt it was that hot *slaps wrist* ALWAYS wear SPF even when it's cloudy, that pesky sun can come through! 

I am currently collection shells to fill a glass jar I have in my bathroom so that was my aim for the afternoon, collect lots of pretty shells - this has Pinterest written all over it!

Yesterday we had a trip into the Snowdonia National Park to climbs up some hills......this was not my favourite thing to do as me and hills do not get along but we still had a lovely day, Darcy found a mountain pool to have a swim in which gave us a very quiet evening as she was shattered!

Wales is a truly beautiful country and one thing I love to watch at the end of a gorgeous sunny day is the sunset, and luckily for us our cottage boasts beautiful views, as well as a gorgeous walk to the local pub where we can watch the sun set on our way back after a few well deserved drinks after all of the walking!

THE most exciting part of this holiday is yet to come, I am visiting a potential wedding venue here in Wales on Friday!! Very exciting!!

Have you even visited this part of Wales? Where is your favourite UK holiday destination?

This is not a sponsored post, the links above are to help you if you are interested in a trip to the area. 


First Try Of Origins Skincare - My Thoughts.....

Origins is a brand I have never used, I have always wanted too, however with the products being higher end I haven't got round to buying anything. 

With skincare I want to be able to sample the products for a week or so before paying a lot of money, I obviously want to know and feel what the products is like so I was extremely excited to try these products out! 

I have extremely oily skin and now the weather is warming up this just gets worse! Oily skin is said to be dehydrated skin, so over the years, I have tried lots of different moisturisers but there has never been one product that has stood out and I have bought over and over again, that's not to say I haven't enjoyed using different moisturisers but I haven't found 'the one'!

I recently ordered a sample pack of the Clear Improvement Charcoal Face Mask (sample pack with 4 pods is £5.00 - full size 100ml £23.00) and with this ordered I received lots of samples and so far two of these products I have really enjoyed using!

Clear Improvement

When environmental pollutants, dirt and debris get under your skin, its waste-filtering system gets jammed, pores get clogged, skin looks cloudy. Nature's complexion clean-up crew in Origins Clear Improvement® gets to the bottom of skins overcast condition and clears the way for it to act its best. Activate Charcoal acts like a magnet to draw out pore-cloggers, White China Clay absorbs environmental pollutants, Lecithin dissolves impurities. Without all that "stuff" down there, skin "breathes a sigh of relief."

Clear Improvement®

This face mask is really nice, after using it my face felt extremely smooth, soft and oil free without making my skin dry which some 'oil-combating' products do! You use this product once or twice a week as a deep treatment to unblock pores and help oil prone skin. 

It doesn't have a huge scent to it which is good for people with sensitive skin, it dries really quickly so no fanning your face and waiting an age for it to do it's job and it washes off really easily, no need to scrub at your face to remove all of the residue! I will continue to use it up and make a decision whether to splash out on the full sized product, but so far so good!

The next sample I have been trying is.....

Drink Up Intensive

Origins Drink Up™ Intensive Mask makes skin feel smoother and hydrated
Skin depends on water for its youthful functioning. But all day long, skin loses vital moisture. And the busier you are, the more it loses. This intense moisture replacement mask deeply quenches compromised moisture reserves and builds a reservoir for tomorrow. Japanese Seaweed repairs skin's barrier to prevent future dehydration and signs of premature ageing.

Drink Up™ Intensive

Well.....I had read some amazing reviews about this product and some not so great reviews - I have to say, so far, I love it! It smells really citrusy so I doubt this would be great for people with sensitive skin, my partner hates the smell but I just love it! 

I have been using it about 2 weeks now (which I know isn't a huge amount of time) and I have noticed less oil, I am not completely oil free but hey I am only starting out, and I love the way my skin feels each morning. You apply this product before bed and I wipe my face with clean wipe in the morning before applying any makeup. I am so glad I got to test this product before forking out £23.00, I think I will invest in this product!

Have you ever tried Origins products?  What are your thoughts?


Freebie Friday.....

Hi all, it's been a while!!! 
***I will post a seperate post with a catch up over the weekend***

I have found a few freebies recently so thought I would share them with you guys! 

1. Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation - 10 day sample link - just enter your email address and take the email with you to any Estee Lauder counter and they will colour match you and send you on your way with a sample, I love Double Wear and have reviewed it HERE.

2. The Tanning Shop Lotion link - Sign up to The Tanning Shop's newsletter and as a thank you they will send you a sample of their lotion (scroll to the bottom of the homepage to sign up).

3. Skin PEP link - Skin PEP are offering you a whole choice of samples, from face serums to collagen drinks, just enter your details and they will email you a code to redeem and you don't pay any postage! I received my freebie with 5 days! 

4. Aveeno Daily Moisturiser link - Fill in your details on their Facebook page and your sample will be with you really quickly, mine cam within a week.

5. H.O.Ds 3D Lifting Cream link - Simply fill out your details!

6. Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Cream link - Fill your details into the Bare Minerals Facebook page and your will receive a voucher to take to your local counter for a free sample.

7. H&M £5 Voucher - Take your old clothes (not minimum amount) to your local H&M store and they will give you a FREE £5 voucher to spend in store or online, and if you sign up to their newsletter you will receive 25% off too! This ends of the 15th June so be quick!

8. Gloves In A Bottle link - This is meant to be a brilliant hand moisturiser, fill in your details for a sample.



Benefit b.right Radiant Skincare Set.....

I am a big fan of some of the Benefit makeup range and I know many of you are too, but I had never tried the skincare and have wanted to for a long time however I didn't want to fork out for a product or products I hadn't tried. 

With skincare products I like to try them over a short period of time before making a decision....this is why I hate skincare sachets with a passion, how can you tell if something works and is good for your skin after one application?! Anyway that's another story! 

So when I received this gorgeous set of mini Benefit skincare products for Christmas I was over the moon! 

Benefit b.radiant Skincare Set RRP £14.50 (I think this is a total bargain!)

Inside the set you receive 6 mini Benefit skincare products to test out! You get:

~ Benefit b.right Foamingly Clean Facial Wash 8.9g (FS RRP £17.50)
~ Benefit b.right Moisturize Moisture Prep Toning Lotion 8.9ml (FS RRP £23.50)
~ Benefit b.right It's Potent! Eye Cream 3.0g (FS RRP £25.50)
~ Benefit b.right Total Moisture Facial Cream 8.9g (FS RRP £28.50)
~ Benefit b.right Triple Performing Moisturising Facial Emulsion SPF 15 PA++ 8.9ml (FS RRP £21.50)
~ Benefit b.right Refined Finish Facial Polish 8.9g (FS RRP £18.50)
*FS - Full Size*

I have been using the products since I received the set and I am really impressed so far, the scent of all of the products is a light fresh fragrance which isn't overpowering at all. My two favourite products out of the set are the Total Moisture Facial Cream and the It's Potent Eye Cream.

Total Moisture is really luxurious feeling, nice and thick but soaks in really quickly without leaving skin greasy and I have noticed my skin feeling a lot softer and more radiant, I will definitely be investing in the full size version of this!

It's Potent really brightens your eyes, if you suffer from dark circles or bags this will work wonders for you however I think if you are looking for more of a wrinkle buster I would stick to my usual favourite eye cream from Balance Me (Wonder Eye Cream).

You can pick this set up from any Benefit counter or if you want FREE delivery you can buy from Feel Unique or if you a Debenhams beauty card holder you can get FREE delivery there!

Have you tried any of Benefits b.radiant skincare range?


Round Up: Favourite Posts of 2014.....

I recently read on one of my favourite bloggers blogs (Vicki who writes Let's Talk Beauty) a round up of her favourite posts she had written in each month of 2014 and she kindly let me pinch the idea to share with you! It's great to look back on older blog posts and see what I was loving or up to each month in 2014! If you want to look at each post please just click on each picture and you will be magically taken there ;)

JANUARY: Bargains Galore Shopping Haul.....

Febraury & March I took a little blogging break while I had lots on my plate, so off too....

APRIL: Prarie Charms Hair Accesories.....

MAY: TAG - Old Beauties.....

JUNE: Skinny Tan Gradual Tanner.....

JULY: Real Techniques Travel Essentials Kit.....

AUGUST: W7 In The Buff: Urban Decay Naked Dupe.....?

SEPTEMBER: Getting Ready For Autumn: Boots At Bargain Prices.....

OCTOBER: Lush Christmas Is Here.....

NOVEMBER: NARS Blush Dolce Vita, Worth The Price Tag.....?

DECEMBER: Obligatory Favourite Beauty Products Of 2014 Post.....



GIVEAWAY: 5x Pawsomebox.....

If you have read my blog for a long time or you follow me on Instagram you will know I am a dog owner of my gorgeous girl Darcy, I love my dog to bits and a while back I was sent a box of goodies for her from the lovely people over at Pawsomebox which I reviewed HERE if you want to check out the contents at the time.

Now this is not my usual beauty based giveaway but when I was asked if I would like to give my dog lover readers the chance to get their hands on a Pawsomebox for their pet via a giveaway (as I know many of you are doggy owners too) I thought it was a fab idea! 


(Darcy with her Pawsomebox!)

Pawsome box is a monthly subscription service.....think Birchbox or Glossy Box except for your dogs!!! Each month you receive a tailored box to suit your dog! When signing up you create your dogs profile and the Pawsomebox team will select products to send you, this service costs £19.90 per month.

So, if you would like to get your hands on a box to give to your beloved pooch all you have to do is enter via the rafflecopter below. Once the giveaway ends (8th Jan @ 7:00pm), if you are a lucky winner I will contact you via email and I will need you full postal address sent over before 10th January as this is the deadline for the new January boxes!

Good Luck!