Winter Blues & Favourite Blogs.....



Hi everyone!

 Just a chatty post today as some of you may have noticed I haven't posted in a couple of weeks. There is a few reasons behind this but the main one is I have just been so busy! 

With Christmas around the corner I just feel like I have had no time in the day to do anything, I love winter.....the cosy nights in, big warm jumpers.....but I hate the early dark nights, it really makes me feel like I have no time in my day, you wake up, it's dark, you get home from work, it's dark, which doesn't help as a blogger for taking good photos (*note to self, invest in a light box*).

I have been trying to catch up on all of my favourite bloggers blogs and Youtube account at the weekend then once I have done that, it's time for bed again....sheeeeeesh Winter is tiring! I have really loved reading peoples 'Gift Guides' for Christmas and as I am typing this I am still thinking about what gifts I haven't yet got.....It's Christmas in a few days Em, sort yourself out! I am going to try and brave the shops tomorrow!

I have got so much to share with you, I have won a few fabulous giveaways and have discovered some brilliant products so as of tomorrow I am going to try and get myself more festive and make the most of the daylight to take lots of pictures and get some posts written for you! 

I also wanted to share the blogs I have been making sure I catch up on each weekend for the whole of 2014, they are all firm favourites of mine - just click on the picture to check them out if you don't follow them already.....

beautyqueenuk
Rachel writes Beauty Queen UK and is always on the top of my reading list!

Vicki is a Northern blogger like myself and does the best product reviews!

Big Fashionista

Kellie always makes me laugh, her writing is fantastic and she always gives you something to think about!

Beauty Balm

Sandra is always reviewing the most beautiful looking products, from natural products to a bit of luxury.

HONEY GO LIGHTLY

Sam's blog is just delicious, literally! She makes the best food and throws in fashion for good measure.

Enjoy and keep your eyes peeled for a new post tomorrow!

xxx

Perfume At Bargain Prices - Perfect For Christmas.....

If you are planning on buying perfume for somebody this Christmas then before you hit the high street or browse for great deals online you MUST take a look at COSME-DE.com.

I have spoken about this company before (you can read my post HERE) and since being contacted by them a while a go I have become a huge fan of the site! Not only do they have some absolutely amazing prices on top quality perfumes and have a huge range of beauty products from a variety of brands such as.....

L'Occitane ~ Caudalie ~ Clarins ~ Benefit ~ Chanel ~ OPI ~ Weleda ~ Lancome ~ Neal's Yard ~ Moroccanoil ~ Aromatherapy Associates ~ I could go on!!!

They are currently adding 3 perfume samples to all fragrance orders so you can test out some different scents and how could I forget the FREE gift wrapping service too! 

I have spotted great bargains on the website and will be making another order this afternoon, with up to 60% OFF fragrances and many more offers from gift sets, skincare and makeup, it's a beauty lovers dream! Whenever I have used their website I have had my products within 7 days and they are always extremely carefully packaged. See some of the bargain prices below.....


*Marc Jacobs Daisy 100ml RRP £60.00 - COSME-DE price £44.00!!!

Lady GaGa 50ml RRP £31.00 - COSME-DE price £25.00!!!

If these prices aren't enough for you to pop over and take a peek them have a look at this competition they are currently running, top spenders will be in with a chance of winning some great prices and 5 randomly selected customers will win a $25 voucher to spend on the website, not too shabby!

~~~ For Christmas delivery the cut off date is 12th December so be quick! Delivery is FREE on orders over $60 which is approximately £38.00 ~~~


Have you had a browse through COSME-DE.com before?

xxx

Feel Unique Beauty Boxes.....

If you haven't yet heard, Feel Unique have brought out 4 beautiful beauty boxes just in time for Christmas! Each box contains different products from the fabulous Feel Unique range and there is a box to suit all budgets ranging from £14.50 - £39.50 and all of the boxes have a higher RRP price making them great value for money!


Perfect Thank You Beauty Box £14.50 (contents value £18.50 LINK)

All That Glitters Beauty Box - currently on sale for £14.62 will usually be £19.50 (contents value £19.50 LINK)

Hair Heroes Beauty Box £39.50 (contents value £51.20 LINK)

And the final box is the box I chose (which I was very kindly sent this from Feel Unique).....


*Treat Yourself Beauty Box £29.50 (contents value £42.50 LINK)

"Kick back, relax and treat yourself to these indulgently gorgeous beauty treats - after all, you deserve it."

I think these boxes would make a perfect gift and each box contains something different so there is something for everyone! The products come is a sleek black box sealed with a big bow - no wrapping needed! Inside the Treat Yourself box is.....


A Feel Unique rose candle which comes in a frosted glass tumbler and thick box, the look, scent and feel of the box and candle is really luxurious (these also can be bought individually for £12.50). The second item is an item I have used before, REN Moroccan Rose Otto Bath Oil RRP £30.00. I adore this product, just a few very small drops in your bath leaves your skin extremely moisturised and the scent is so concentrated it fills my house every time I use it. The bottle itself is beautiful making it a pretty addition to my bath side products.


If somebody bought me one of these boxes for Christmas I would be extremely happy.....I am now eyeing up the Hair Heroes box as it look absolutely fabulous, hopefully Father Christmas will see that I have been a good girl this year!

Have you heard of the Feel Unique beauty boxes?

xxx

W7 - Battle Of The Mascaras.....

W7 is a brand I have been talking a lot about recently, I love testing out different products and mascara is one of my favourite products to try! My lashes are in OK condition, however when I was 14 (so so so many years ago), I curled my eyelashes with a friends curler and, without me knowing, they had no pads in them, meaning I lost one set of eyelashes, that's right.....I chopped them right off!!! Anyway.....they grew back nicely but as you can imagine I want lots of length to create a false lash effect!


I have been recently testing out two of W7's mascaras and I have mixed reviews.....


First up is *Lashtastic Liquid Lashes RRP (approx) £2.99.

This mascara has been a huge hit for me, the wand reminds me of Benefit's They're Real, the length it gives me is great, not as good a They're Real however for the price tag it does a fantastic job! I am extremely impressed with this mascara, it's easy to apply lasts for a full day at work and gives me the length I want. With the bargain price tag I would definitely repurchase!


W7 *Showing Out RRP (approx) £2.99.

This mascara I had some difficulty with, it has the biggest brush I have come across however it would be great for people who want lots of volume but, I want length and this to me didn't impress in this way. It does hold quite a lot of product making it harder to apply. If you want volume, try this out, but if you want length like me I wouldn't recommend this mascara, I would definitely go for Lashtastic instead.

Have you tried any of these mascaras?

xxx

Made With Love.....

I don't know about you but I am a bit of a card snob! I like thoughtful, pretty, handmade cards and I will happily splash out on good quality cards for special occasions. Now when it comes to Christmas, I buy a big box of pretty cards for friends, colleagues etc and then I spend time looking for specials cards for my close friends and family.

I recently came across a company called *Made With Love who design and make the most amazingly beautiful cards, and not just cards either they source the most beautiful gifts for all occasions!

Welcome to Made With Love - Personalised handmade Greetings Cards, Wedding Stationery & beautiful Gifts & Homewares

"Made With Love Designs is an online boutique and design studio in the UK making personalised greetings cards with a modern twist, wedding stationery to make people 'oooh' & 'ahh' and they also offer an online emporium of pretty things for the home, fabulous gifts & unique and beautiful interiors sourced from around the world".

Made With Love kindly sent me some sample cards for me to share with you and I was not disappointed at all. Cards can be personalised to whatever you would like, making them extra special.....


If you are looking for something special for any occasion, whether that be for Christmas or a wedding you MUST visit this website!

How much do you spend on cards?

xxx

@MWL_Designs

NARS Blush - Dolce Vita - Worth The Price Tag?

I have always been a huge fan of high street brands when it comes to blushers, especially from Sleek! But recently I was sent my first ever NARS blush in shade Dolce Vita.


NARS blushers typically cost £22.50 which for me is a hell of a lot as I have been using Sleek blushers for years which cost £4.59! I actually got this blush from cosme-de.com and they sell them for £21.00 (I posted about the website a few weeks a go which you can read HERE).

(Bottom - NARS Dolce Vita)

I picked Dolce Vita as it's the perfect shade for Autumn/Winter, it has a matte finish and the pigmentation is second to non!! I really didn't think the pigmentation of Sleek blushers could be beaten but how wrong I was! This NARS blush lasts ALL day without any top ups and you seriously only need the smallest amount of product.


I have tried many higher end blushers from MAC to Estee Lauder but NARS is now my absolute favourite brand for the best quality blushers and is most definitely worth the price tag, I can't wait to get some more!

I still love Sleek blushers, and if you are on a budget I would still highly recommend them but if you would like to invest in an amazing quality product NARS is the brand for you!

What is your favourite brand for blushers?

xxx

W7 Beauty Advent Calendar **SPOLIER**

Each year many many beauty brands bring out advent calendars, I always drool over them all but some are very expensive (and one well known one is £125 - £150!!), I just could not justify spending that amount of money on an advent calendar! So when I read that W7 were bringing out their own advent calender I just had to have one!

*W7's beauty advent calendar retails for around £19.99 so really purse friendly, however price does vary depending on where you buy it from, currently TKMaxx are out of stock online but may still have stock in stores! Many places have sold out of this already as it's such good value for money but I have found it still in stock over at thebrilliantgiftshop.co.uk for £22.00 but you could shop around as many places do stock W7 (you can see stockists HERE).


The calender is bright red and very 'Christmasy'! 

If you would like a sneak peak of what's inside scroll down, if not then....don't!!

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Inside you receive 24 treats from mini nail polishes to full sized eyeshadows, you even get the cutest mini lipsticks inside too! Perfect for those Christmas party clutch bags!!! I am very excited to open the rest but I am going to save the rest for December.



Now yes I opened 4 days so we could all have a sneak peak but for those of you who want to know everything inside scroll below, the whole contents is on the back of the calendar.


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Would you splash out of a high end beauty advent calendar, go for a purse friendly one like this or stick to good old chocolate?

xxx

LBD Season Is Fast Approaching - LighterLife Fast.....

With Christmas sneaking up on us pretty quickly I think we all want to look fantastic in our Christmas dresses....not to forgot the New Year celebrations too with yet more frocks to squeeze into, but Christmas is also the time of year where we all like to indulge, roast dinners, three course meals, chocolate, sweets and my favourite Baileys (or any other festive alcohol). 

When it comes to diets I have to say I am pretty useless, I love food and I never restrict myself to what I eat, I eat pretty healthily but I do have the odd binge! I am a dress size 14 and am happy with my size but wouldn't we all love to loose a couple of pounds here and there?

I was recently asked if I would like to try the *LighterLife Fast diet, I instantly saw the milkshakes and thought......

'Not another milkshake for breakfast and dinner diet?!'

I have tried many diets before but they never usually last past a week so when I read the details of LighterLife Fast I thought this would be really manageable.


"The easy way to keep your weight in check. A 5:2 plan for healthy living. Just fast for any two
 days, and eat and drink normally on the other days.
That's it! It's a great way to lose a little weight or to maintain your current weight more 
effectively."

So as of next week I will be 'fasting' on 2 days per week, these can be any days you choose and can be different every week which I think is great as some days you may have plans for meals out, parties etc so you don't have to watch what you eat or drink! 
On your fasting days you can eat/drink 4 sachets of any of the LighterLife Fast selection, Lighter Life is exclusive to Superdrug and can be bought in larger stores or online HERE. There is a large product range, ranging from chocolate bars to curry! I chose.....


Spaghetti Bolognese RRP £8.49
Pasta Carbonara RRP £8.49
Chocolate Milkshake RRP £8.49 

Each box contains 4 sachets, and each sachet is high in protein and packed 100% of your daily RDA of vitamins and minerals so you are getting what you need on those days. I will be posting little up dates of how this diet goes....what the fasting days like? And most importantly what the meals taste like? 

Fingers crossed this will be an easy and manageable way to shed a little bit of excess weight to fit into that LBD!

Have you ever tried or heard of LighterLife Fast?

xxx