#FOTD Monday Playing Catch Up

Got load’s done today and I’m starting to catch up with myself on the blogs, plus actually got some work done, I even began to take that washing pile I wanted to bury my head in this morning and I painted my nails!!

Wore different eyeshadow again today in my mission to wear a different colour each day for a week. Today an icey pale pink, minky mauve and deep purple all Dior, plus a touch of liner and mascara then framed brows with hd brows pallette. I like it it goes with my pale pink spotty shirt nicely, well I think so anyways..

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Also got to try 2 new make up products from my November Glossybox (Beauty Box Blogs coming tommorow) they were Burts Bees Lip Shine and Lollipops Eyeliner, both of which im loving!

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Monday Manicure #ShareACoke OPI CocaCola Red

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Soooo today I received an amazeballs Birchbox I’m working on the blog for it but at £10 plus p&p this one is so jam packed I’m pretty sure it will sell out quite fast, you can get yours by subscribing here

Anyways I used the gorgeous and intense Coca-Cola Red from the OPI Coca-Cola Collection, this is limited edition (just like my bottle pictured) and so vivid, bright and glossy. I’m in ❤

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As with all OPI polishes the pro-wide brush and perfect consistency ease application giving an even coverage in just two coats. I am a good girl so of course used base and top coat!

What do you think? What nails you rocking this Monday? Post your thoughts & share your links below, I’d love to see yours
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A Bright Lip Balm on a Sunny Winters day

My lips suffer in the winter and what with the confusion my skin is currently going through, battling cold, winds and rain then a day like today that is warm and sunny! That’s why I was super pleased that in October’s Birchbox I got this gorgeous little number from Pixi a lip balm with cute packaging and colour whilst conditioning!

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A kiss of colour perfect to brighten anyone’s day whilst the nourishing shea butter and protective vitamin E leave moisture locked in and colour on the lips for hours!
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There are 6 shades to choose from I love the one I have in Ripe Raspberry for its burst of brightness but I really want to try the other two shades and loads more from the Pixi range now!

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The October GlossyBox Sneak Peek

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You all know I adore getting my GlossyBox through the door, well this month thanks to Antonia Maricondas Beauty Bloggers workshop I got it early! And this morning I have been having a play ..

Être Belle Cosmetics
This is one strange sensation it’s like having sugar on your lips from a doughnut and trying not to lick them. It almost feels like idealist micro-d exfoliator from Estée Lauder, like it warms on the lips in a similar way. Whilst strange to begin with, the after result is superb my lips feel silky and I keep rubbing them together where they are so smooth.

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My lips aren’t something I really suffer too much with but even so the difference I think is clear in colour, lip line and the little dryness I did have eliminated, so I’m impressed.

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The product says it delivers:
“Up to 54% more lip volume and smoothing wrinkles without injections.
Pure hyaluronic microspheres smooth quickly and effectively deep wrinkles around the lips and restructure the lip volume. The lip contour is replenished and redefined”
From my pics and how soft my lips are I would say its ticking all the boxes on an instant cosmetic basis, only thing I can’t find online or on packaging is how often to use, not sure if its too harsh daily maybe once or twice a week???

Nuxe Crème Fraîche de Beauté Mask
So I used this after jumping out the shower and left it on whilst I pottered getting bits for the day ahead ready.

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On first application I’m not a lover of strong florals and I find the smell a little overwhelming and old smelling, but I soon adjust and enjoy the smoothness of application. I can feel my skin lapping this up and it is a far cry from the caked feeling of clay masks. It’s paraben free, with 90% natural ingredients including 8 plant milks, Aloe Vera Sap & salicornia (known for its antioxidant and whitening properties).

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I’m not blown away but it’s a great product that i would recommend and a clear difference can be seen in my skin after its application.

Ciaté London Paint Pot in Talent Scout

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I love the ease of application of this gorgeous purple shade, the brush makes it glide on easily and within two coats I have a gorgeous strong, rich and glossy colour. Very impressed with application and how quick it dries, I will keep you posted on its durability.

So Susan Flutter Mascara

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I was all kinds of excited for this mascara as I love So Susan Blush, but as a mum I need a mascara that does it all thickens, blackens, lengthens, curls and lifts because if I’m in a rush I only apply 4 products and I expect them to all be make me look awake and ready to take on the world!

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This mascara for my little lashes didn’t lengthen and curl enough, the colours rich and the brush is nice (although also coloured in my eyelids!) but it wasn’t ticking all my boxes. I did follow the directions of applying twice (ironically the second coats to lock in my curl) and I know I could curl my lashes but as above mummies need a multitasker not an extra job!

Rimmel London BB Cream Matt

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Ok so what it says it does “The multi-tasking 9 in 1 perfecting make up cream” so I looked further into this 9 because to be perfectly honest I’m not that impressed. “Minimises the appearance of pores” yes it has done this “mattifies and controls shine all day.” No my nose is more shiny then my regular foundation and so far everything is what I use good primer for.
“Smoothes and soothes skin.” Could do but my skin is smooth and sothed after skincare anyway and again it feels the same smooth application of a primer.
“Conceals dark circles and helps prevent blemishes.” Haha I have some dark circles to beat my 8 month old baby is teething and night times are fun, but no I don’t feel my minor blemishes are covered enough and you can definitely see my bags! 😦

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As for 9 in 1 couldn’t actually find the rest, I just got the quotes above from the descriptions on most shopping websites selling this product and I can only break it down to 7 at a push!

Yves Rocher Quelques Notes d’Amour l’eau de Parfum

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I love the sample size bottle we have received of this lovely fragrance, I’m actually going to give it to my mum because it has my dads initial R on and my mum loves special little things like that. The scent itself a combination of romantic notes of Damascus Rose, Patchouli & GuaiacWood, it’s not to overbearing perfect for day to day wear, is distinctive and fresh.

So I got spoilt with a collectors edition Glossybox, 4 full size products worth a total of over £55 and two smaller testers too pretty awesome for £10 plus p+p a month, you can subscribe here to get delightful indulgent treats delivered to your door, monthly xoxo

Week three FOTD Mondays Make Up

So sorry folks I skipped yesterday, if I’m honest after my big Lil dudes 7th birthday Saturday, I was left feeling like I’d been hit by a bus!!

Anyway start of week three and here it is today’s face looks like this

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And used these
Foundation Dior Forever 200 extreme wear flawless make up, a friends saw my post raving on the sample o got so gave me this for having her nails done 🙂 I still love it!!
Bronzer Dior old Bronzer 030
Eyeshadows a peach coral from Dior with a mix of too faced shades lightly blended to outer corner
Eyeliner Lord & Berry 1001 kohl Eyeliner
Mascara Rimmel London The Max volume flash mascara
Lipstick Yves Rocher Sheer Botanical Lipstick Marron Glaze

FOTD Saturday and it’s my eldest boys BIRTHDAY!!

This is super short and sweet today I’ll update with all products and links properly tomorrow as today is one of the most important dates of the year… My Finleys Birthday! His 7 and we have an awesome day planned he even helped me with my face of the day photos for today… 

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Some fun and silly faces with my big Lil dude! He likes helping me with work…

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FOTD Friday

Hey beautiful people it’s Friday…  It’s the start or a new month..tommorow my eldest son is 7!!…and next week I get to be bridesmaid for my bestie I’m so excited it’s going to be AwesomeAugust!

Sorry for delay in today’s post last minute party planning because the venue I was planning to use cancelled and sorting my tax credits which is well confusing.com anyways.. Make up I have some on my face, this is what I used today and then under is what I look like before (ahhhhhhh 😨) and after 😜

Products used
Primer MAC Prep and Prime Skin Base I’ve been loving this for weeks and you can get a free tester at the moment as they are giving them away again on their Facebook page
Foundation Arbonne Perfecting Liquid Foundation same as yesterday love how this and Bronzer just easy and quick to grab and go together
Bronzer Arbonne Bronzing Powder
Eyeshadow Alima Pure loose luminous shimmer Eyeshadow in Chai

Ok so the next two products Christie git in her Glossybox (my boxes made her subscribe lol) and now we try each others products it makes it even more exciting…

Mascara Tarte Lights Camera Lashes 4 in 1 Mascara available through qvc this mascara is ok Christie loves it I’m not blown away bit it does have added benefits of being dermatologist tested and clinically proven to increase appalearance of lash volume
Lipstick Bella Pierre Cosmetics Lipstick in Mandarina I adore the texture of this lipstick in the Ruby shade I have and love this is a gorgeous summer blast of brightness and I adore it not an everyday shade but definitely one to start the month with boom

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A bright start to the month? What have you got planned to make your August Awesome?
xoxo

Special Delivery July Birchbox

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As always a cute Birchbox with a varied selection of lovely products, although mainly hair and body products meaning I can’t actually show the results in pictures, just waffle a lot about them!

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Balance Me Wonder Eye Cream
I adore the smell of this range and love the richness of this cream that disappears into skin, dark shadows are diminished by the chamomile & Cucumber oils and witch hazel, using ring finger to pat gently around the area cares for delicate skin, prevents dragging (which causes wrinkles) and the patting motion increases circulation and lymphatic drainage aiding the cream in helping hide the bags.

Weleda Nourishing Shampoo
I used this once, I’m a person who picks by my sense of smell a lot and this is not a smell I would be picking my hair to smell like, in fact it’s rather gross. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t do what it says on the tin or that someone else wouldn’t think it’s totally gorgeous, I just can’t use it long enough to find out 🙂

Gilchrist & Soames
A nice fresh citrus fragrance, this luxury light foamy sea kelp mineral foam also contains therapeutic marine nutrients. I used this as a shower gel, was alright but would probably be much more luxurious in a bath (but I’m a mum, a blogger, a writer and running a beauty room baths are just that a luxury a 5 minute shower and even then it’s normally the 5 min someone turns a tap on or needs the loo!)

Whish Lavender Body Butter
Moisturises skin perfectly leaving it feeling rich and nourished without having to apply too much product, it smells nice of lavender, not something I’m head over heels for but its subtle and fresh, plus my skin isn’t left feeling greasy, woulf recommend.

Ultra Dex
Retardex rebranded, sensible huh!?! Unusual lifestyle essential included in this months box, but I love it. The clean mint flavour is sugar and alcohol free. It’s perfect for me before clients or meetings to just have a freshen up, especially as I drink so much tea I’m always worried I’ll have teachers breath! This handy spray pops straight in any handbag or make up bag, or handy to have in the car.

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Laqa & Co Lip Lube
I love this I’ve used it so much since receiving this box, the colours perfect for summer, it’s quick and easy to apply, perfect for my handbag, soft in texture and featured in a few blogs already! (5 minute make up, Face Of the Day)

Like the look of Birchbox then subscribe through me here we both get £5 to spend in the Birchbox shop, you can earn extra just by answering surveys on the products you recieve. I have now got  £30 to spend I’m going to treat myself to a gorgeous Laundry & Co perfume I have fallen in love with!
xoxo