Tuesday, 28 January 2014

January Glossybox

So its time for another monthly Glossybox post and this will actually be my last. I have now unsubscribed from Glossybox as I'm just not finding them that exciting anymore. Don't get me wrong, the products are still great most of the time but when this turns up on my doorstep, I'm just not that bothered anymore which is a shame, but I figure I have been receiving Glossyboxes for well over a year now so it makes sense. 

So onto this months box. First thing I wanted to mention is that I do really like the makeover Glossybox has had. The box looks a lot classier now and the little details such as the ribbon is really cute and a nice touch. So, what did I actually receive this month?

Balance Me Super Toning Body Wash. Balance Me is a brand I have wanted to try for a little while now so this is something I'm looking forward to testing out. The fact that is a toning product is just a bonus. This mini bottle is meant to target any areas that need a little tlc which is brilliant and its actually proven to work. I can't wait to try this and this product also smells amazing!

Vaseline Essential Moisture Lotion. I have actually used this product before and I really liked it. However, I've since found moisturisers that I like even more so I will probably save this for when I go away. Its the ideal size for travelling so its still pretty useful.

Anatomicals Under Eye Patches. This looks awesome and something I know I will use. When I'm feeling tired these will be perfect for when I just need a boost to make me feel and look more awake. I really like this brand too and this is no doubt going to be something I will probably repurchase at some point.

Yu-Be Moisturising Skin Cream. This is yet another one of those multi use creams that can be used for so many different things. This is meant to be a cult brand from Japan so I am pretty excited to see what its like. I have very dry skin so this should so work wonders however, it also claims to be great for all skin types which is nice to know. 

The Vintage Cosmetic Company Floral Slanted Tweezers. This was really exciting to see when I opened my box as a gel can never have too many pairs of good tweezers. I have used Tweezerman tweezers for so long but I never want to leave them in my bag incase I lose them. They aren't the cheapest thing in the world! So these will be super useful and they are also really cute, the floral design is lovely!

So thats what I received in my Glossybox this month. Overall, it wasn't a bad set of products but nothing that was going to make me want to continue with my subscription I'm afraid. I think I will kind of miss getting a box full of goodies every month but I think I am ready to try something new.

What did you think of this months box? Any other beauty boxes you think I should try?

Luci xo

Sunday, 26 January 2014

Maybelline Baby Skin

Hey everyone! Really sorry about the lack of posts the last few days but I just haven't had a spare minute to actually sit down and get stuck into blogging. Anyway, todays post is on something I have wanted to try ever since I saw it advertised in an American magazine and thats Maybelline Baby Skin.

Now I do have very dry skin so I can normally go without a primer when I apply my makeup and I wouldn't say my pores are big at all which is worth a mention before I tell you what my thoughts were on this product. So first up, the packaging is similar to Baby Lips and is super cute and fun. Its something that definitely catches your eye on the shelf and I am a total sucker for anything like this. As for the actual product itself, it looks like its quite thick when it comes out of the tube but its actually really soft and easy to apply to the skin. Its completely clear and has a lovely texture.

When I first applied this to my skin I was really impressed, my pores looked blurred just like it said and left my skin feeling really smooth and pretty flawless considering I hadn't actually applied any make up yet. Applying my foundation afterwards wasn't necessarily any easier but did create a lovely finish as it didn't leave me with any dry patches at all. This product doesn't claim to make your make up last any longer so I was quite surprised to find that it actually helped in that respect. That was an added bonus for sure. :)

So overall I think this product does what it says. It makes pores look blurred, a lot smaller and creates a nice base for your foundation. However for someone like me with dry skin, its not something I feel like I need on a regular basis. If I wanted to make my make up last longer for an event or something, there are primers that I prefer. Having said that, if you have quite oily skin, this could be the perfect product for you without having to spend a small fortune.

Have you tried Maybelline Baby Skin before? What did you think?

Luci xo

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

L'Oreal Miss Manga Mascara

Hey everyone! So I recently picked up a few new things to try when I popped into Boots and this mascara was one of them. It was a totally random purchase and something I literally saw on a display and just liked the look of it. I had never heard or seen it before so yeah, a complete impulse buy! However, after using this for over a week now I can safely say that I am so happy I bought it.

So first up is the packaging. Its so pretty and totally different from anything I have ever used before. The hot pink and black colours make it stand out and the metallic style lid is super girly too. This mascara is also really light to hold which makes doing my lashes a lot easier and the fact the wand is really bendy helps a lot too! Its got this little join that allows you to move the wand up and down, left and right without having to actually do a lot. The brush itself, as you can see in the photo, is a little different too. It has all the larger bristles at the bottom and then it graduates into a point at the tip, which makes doing your bottom lashes a total breeze. 

As for the product itself, I love it. Its a gorgeous black shade that is very intense which is perfect for me, I like my lashes to be as dark as possible. Its also available in other shades too and a waterproof version for those of you that want something a little different. It glides onto my lashes easily and doesn't leave them looking clumpy or leave any smudges throughout the day. I like my mascara to last all day without me having to constantly reapply and this does just that, as well as giving my lashes a gorgeous curl to them too.

So if you are after a new drug store mascara and fancy something thats going to create beautiful looking lashes in no time at all, then this could be for you. 

Have you tried this mascara before? What did you think?

Luci xo

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Jo Malone Candle

Hey everyone! I hope you are all well and having a fantastic weekend. It was my birthday yesterday so I have been having a great time, spending it with family and friends and getting super spoilt. I can't believe I am now 24 yeas old! Its scary! Anyway, todays post is on a sneaky little purchase I made the other day. I have been eyeing up Jo Malone candles for such a long time, I just think they are gorgeous and the scents are just amazing. As you all probably know, I am a huge candle junkie and I can't actually get enough of them. To me, there is nothing better then being all snuggled up with a candle flickering away in the evening. Its just all cosy and perfect. So I finally decided to splash out and treat myself to one.

I went for the scent 'Vanilla and Anise' as vanilla is probably one of my favourite smells. Its so comforting and can be quite subtle at the same time. Jo Malone describe it as 'create an ambience that is compelling to the senses, sensual and soothing'. Its basically got a lovely hint of vanilla to it and a slight hint of spice. To me, it just smells divine and I can't wait to actually light it. 

I think the entire packaging is stunning and really makes the whole thing a little more special. You also get a set of Jo Malone matches with it too which I think is a lovely little touch and would make the entire thing a great gift for someone. If you fancy splashing out on a candle then I would recommend these for not only the scent but at how gorgeous they are to look at too. They just looks so elegant.

Have you ever tried any Jo Malone candles? Any other Jo Malone products I should take a look at?

Luci xo

Friday, 17 January 2014

Tom Ford Lipstick | Spanish Pink

Hello ladies! Todays post is on yet another lipstick I have added to my ever growing collection and this one is pretty special. I have longed for a Tom Ford lipstick for the longest time and I finally decided to just go for it and purchase one. They are pretty pricey at £36 and thats one of the reasons I never bought one until now. However, I can say that its actually worth every single penny!

So first up, the packaging is just gorgeous and looks really expensive, (as it should do for that price). Its just a lovely classic style and I love the gold detailing and the TF embossed on the top, its just so beautiful and makes me want to show it off at every opportunity. The shade I went for is 'Spanish Pink' which is a really pretty nude/pink shade with an almost peachy tone to it. Its the perfect go to shade that you can wear with a natural look or with a dark, smokey eye. Its a super versatile shade and something I have been looking for in a lipstick for a while.

As for the formula, this lipstick is just a dream. Its got a lovely soft, buttery texture to it which makes it easy to apply. It gives a full coverage and is also very pigmented which I love. The only thing I would say is that because its such a soft lipstick, it doesn't seem to last as long as some other lipstick brands but to be honest, its not a huge problem for me. It doesn't take long to just reapply when you get a spare minute.

I can safely say that this won't be my last Tom Ford lipstick purchase at all. Despite the price tag, this lipstick is amazing and well worth the money. I can't wait to save up for my next shade. :)

Have you ever tried Tom Ford lipsticks? What shade would you love to get your mitts on?

Luci xo

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Mini Boots Haul

Hey everyone! So I got paid before the weekend and just like always, as well as spending its on some new clothes and bits and bobs, I also had a little splurge in Boots too. It happens every single time, I don't seem to be able to walk into a Boots store and leave empty handed. So I picked up a few essentials as per normal and then got totally distracted and ended up down the make up aisles where I found all these lovely things..

Maybelline Baby Skin. I have heard so many great things about this product and as soon as I saw it there on the shelf I just had to pop it straight into my basket. I'll probably do a separate post on this and share my thoughts once I have used it a few times. I am really excited to give it a go though and I really hope its worth the hype. I have been looking to try a pore eraser for a while now but I wanted one that was wasn't going to break the bank and this could be it. :)

L'Oreal Miss Manga Mascara. This was a total impulse buy. I just saw it on display when I was making my way to the till and just had to have it. (Those displays work on me every single time!). I am a huge fan of mascaras and love trying them all out and this one promised big 'manga style' lashes. Again I will probably do a separate post on this once I have given it a whirl.

Essie Polish in 'Sable Collar' and 'Toggle To The Top'. I have been wanted theses shades since something like November and I couldn't find them anywhere! So when I saw the Winter 2013 collection staring back at me I was beyond happy. I settled on just two of the shades even though I loved all of them and I can't wait to wear them. They are beautiful winter shades that will look great with everything.

Invisi Bobble. This just caught my eye and I was so intrigued I thought I would try it. Its meant to be a hair tie that won't snag or break your hair. I am not entirely sure how this actually works and it looks totally random, like some sort of keyring but never mind! Its worth a try and it was so affordable I won't even mind if it doesn't do the job. 

L'Oreal Elvive Nutri Gloss Shampoo. I just needed a new shampoo and this just looked so pretty in the bottle I was pretty much sold already. However I did want something moisturising that made my hair look a little less dull and this is meant to do just that. The fact its sparkly is just a bonus. :)

So thats what I picked up in my latest trip to Boots. Do you ever find you get slightly carried away like me? Have you tried any of these products before? What did you think? I would love to hear about it. :)

Luci xo

Saturday, 11 January 2014

Sanctuary Spa Goodies

Hey everyone. Its the weekend at last and that means I can finally relax, do a bit of shopping and just have some quality me time. Its very well deserved as I've had a super hectic week at work. Anyway, today's post is on a couple of Sanctuary Spa goodies I received in my Christmas stocking. I have always wanted to try Sanctuary products and occasionally I'll get hold of a sample or maybe get a little something in my Glossybox so I was super chuffed when I unwrapped these little goodies.

The products in my stocking were a foaming bath soak and a body soufflé which were both equally amazing. The Foaming Bath Soak smells amazing and is lovely and moisturising on my skin. You get a lot of bubbles out of this which is good and it left my skin feeling super soft and smooth. I also really liked the fact that its gentle on your skin. I don't always like things that can be a little harsh as my skin is quite sensitive. Moving onto the Mande Lular Body Soufflé, this product is amazing! The scent is absolutely gorgeous and lingers on my skin and has a lovely whipped cream consistency to it which makes it feel super luxurious. My skin has never felt so soft and I will defiantly be repurchasing this when my little tub runs out.

After using both these products, I now know I want to try some more of their range. I've been having a little look on their website and there are so many things I'd like to give a try. I think I'll be ordering something soon. :)

Have you tried any Sanctuary Spa products before? What did you think?

Lots of love
Luci xo

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

MAC Nocturnals Lipgloss Collection

Hey my lovelies, hope you are all well. Today I wanted to do a post on one of my Christmas presents from my sister which is one of MAC's Nocturnal gift sets. Every single year, I spend ages looking at all the gift sets MAC have to offer. They always do beautiful brush sets, eye kits and lip kits and they always have gorgeous packaging which makes me just want them all that much more. Well this time around they also did some super cute mini sets that they named Nocturnals that I just fell in love with.

I knew I had to have one of the lipgloss sets and the one my sister chose had to be the best of the bunch as far as the shades go and how wearable they are. The one I received was the Coral gift set and these shades are beautiful. In the set you get a Dazzleglass and three Cremesheens which is a great deal and they are a cute mini size, so super practical when it comes to throwing them in your handbag or clutch. They are also in the limited edition packaging with the gold, white and black top to them which gives them a slightly more expensive look.

Onto the actual shades... So first up is Moth to Flame which is described as a 'sheer neutral beige with violet pearl' and its really pretty. This is the ideal shade when you just want a slight hint of colour and a bit of sparkle. The sparkle is quite subtle though and I find this lasted on my lips for quite a while. On the Scene is described as a 'pink with pink and white pearl' and is a gorgeous pinky peach that has a lovely smooth finish to it. This is super wearable and one of my favourites of the four but its lasting power isn't as great. Moving on to Star Quality and this is described as a 'bright orange coral' however I would say that once this is applied, it looks more like a hot pink which suits me just fine. Its the perfect pink for when you want a little pop of colour and has a lovely finish on the lips. Lastly is Night is Young which is described as a 'bright red cream' and something I had been wearing an awful lot over the Christmas period. Its just a stunning red shade and lasts for hours without losing too much colour. This has to be my favourite of them all, for sure. 

Overall, like all MAC lip products, these glosses are gorgeous and are great quality. The formula is amazing and the fact that they last for a good few hours makes them worth their price tag. Unfortunately the gift sets are no longer available to buy which is a shame but you can still get hold of Moth to Flame as it is actually part of their permanent line. I highly recommend it!

Did you get any of the MAC gift sets for Christmas? What did you think?

Luci xo

Monday, 6 January 2014

My 2013 Favourites

Hey everyone! I have finally got round to posting my 2013 favourites at long last and I am pretty excited as its my first yearly favourites post ever. I found it pretty hard to decide on what I have really been obsessed with the past year but I managed to narrow it down to a few much loved items. I did think about grouping them into different categories and then posting them separately but decided against it. I think I would have been here forever! Anyway.. onto what I have been loving in 2013.

Favourite Foundation. MAC Face and Body. I just adore this foundation and have been wearing it pretty much all year round. i am a huge fan of MAC foundations anyway and have every single type in my make up drawer for every occasion. However, this has to be my favourite. Its lovely and light but still has a fairly good coverage. It gives my skin a lovely flawless finish and doesn't cling to any dry patches and lasts for hours. I actually did a review on this here if you wanted to take a look.

Favourite Concealer. MAC Studio Finish Concealer. This has to be my all time favourite and something that I honestly couldn't live without. It conceals pretty much everything and is lovely, creamy and super easy to apply and blend into my skin. Its also the perfect size pot to take with me everywhere and I love the classic MAC design to it. 

Favourite Powder. MAC Prep and Prime Transparent Finishing Powder. Every single morning I use my MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural powder which I adore but for during the day, this is what I have been turning too. Its absolutely perfect for getting rid of any shine on my skin but isn't too heavy and can be applied numerous times throughout the day without my skin feeling cakey. Its something that I love and take it in my bag wherever I go.

Favourite Bronzer. Nars Laguna. As you can see from the photo, I use this a lot and I have never found a bronzer that even comes close to this. Its the perfect shade for me as it doesn't make my skin look muddy or too orange. It is also pretty matt so it ideal for contouring my face too. This has to be one of my all time favourite products for not just 2013 but forever. I love it.

Favourite Nail Polishes. Essie 'Thigh High' and 'Fiji'. I included two polishes as I wear totally different shades whether its Winter or Summer. During the colder months I have been loving Thigh High as its such a gorgeous, deep red that looks brilliant once applied. I also love the fact it has a very subtle shimmer to it too. When the sun is shining I love wearing Fiji as its the perfect creamy pink. Its so pretty and is easily one of my favourite nail polishes to date. 

Favourite Primer. Urban Decay Primer Potion. I wear eyeshadow an awful lot and I like to it last all day long without any creasing. This little tube is what makes my eye make up last all day and night without fail. Its just brilliant and a product I think every one should serious think about owning if they don't already. I just rub this into my eyelid and then I good to go. My eyeshadow glides easily over it and I know my eye make up won't budge at all.

Favourite Eyeliner. MAC Kohl Power Eye Pencil in 'Feline'. This is easily the best eyeliner I have ever owned. Its a super deep black that doesn't smudge and lasts for hours on end. I wear black eyeliner every single day as I feel it can really finish a look off so I was super happy when I tried this the first time. I love it.

I didn't include my favourite eyeshadow as it would be every single shade in my MAC Pro Palette. If you fancy taking a look at what shades I currently own then take a look at my post I did on it here.

Favourite Lipstick. MAC Lipstick in 'Hug Me' and YSL Lipstick in #29. It should come as no surprise that I couldn't choose just one lipstick as I am a huge lipstick junkie. I finally managed to narrow it down to just two and that was very difficult! First is Hug Me which is a gorgeous flesh pink shade that I always turn to if I just want a hint of colour that looks really pretty but is subtle. Of course I had to include my YSL lipstick as not only is the packaging absolutely stunning but its the perfect pink shade that looks great when I want a pop of colour. I also love the formula as it glides onto my lips without clinging to any dry patches I may have.

Favourite Lipbalm. Flexitol Lip Balm. Okay, so this isn't the most attractive product in the world and the packaging is pretty basic but this product is a total miracle worker. One of my sister's work colleagues mentioned how since she had used this her lips had been in fantastic condition and weren't dry or flakey anymore at all. I had been suffering with very dry, chapped lips for a while and thought it was worth giving it a try myself. Wow, just wow. This product is a-maz-ing and something I couldn't live without at all anymore, I would seriously panic if they ever stopped making this as my lips are now in great condition. I can wear any sort of lipstick now even the matte ones and there are no dry patches at all. This product is easily my holy grail lip balm without fail. 

Favourite Moisturiser. Clarins Daily Energizer Cream. I have been using this moisturiser now for over a year and I really love it and can't see myself using anything else in the foreseeable future. Its just a lovely, thick cream that sinks into my skin and leaves it feeling soft and smooth. It doesn't make my skin greasy and combats my dry skin perfectly. I just really love Clarins skincare so much.

Favourite Hand Cream. Garnier Intensive 7 Days. This is a pretty amazing product and hardly costs a thing. I hate having dry hands in the Winter (or any other season for that matter) so I apply this to my hands every single night. The result? Lovely smooth hands all year round. I love the fact that this hand cream isn't greasy or anything so you don't get that horrible slimy feeling after you have applied it. The other thing I love about this product is the scent. I got the honey version as honey is a smell I can never get enough of.

Favourite Hair Product. Sebastian Thickefy Foam. This is a great product and something I have been loving and using a lot. It just gives my hair needless volume and makes my hair appear a lot thicker than it really is. I actually did a post on this here if you would like to see the full review.

Favourite Hair Spray. Loreal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray. This is something I bought fairly recently as I was getting so fed up of fly aways when wearing my hair in a pony tail. I saw this in Boots and thought it sounded pretty good and was worth a try. Now I love it. It actually works and much better then a regular hair spray. I don't know whats in it that makes it work so well but its really tamed all those annoying fly aways I used to get. I will be repurchasing this thats for sure.

So thats it for my 2013 favourites. Im sorry I didn't include many hair products, I just totally forgot which is so awful of me.. I might do a separate post for them if I get a chance. :) What are your 2013 favourites? Anything you think I should try?

Luci xo

Saturday, 4 January 2014

Instagram Diary #4

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My beautiful new coat * Cute quote * Boxing day lunch * Onesie selfie * Christmas dinner - yummy * My Christmas sweatshirt * Sister selfie * Tiffany bracelet * Gorgeous Kate Spade purse * Carnaby Street lights * Christmas tree * My baby, Skye * Chocolate every day * New winter hat * My new favourite album * Christmas Costa cup

Hey everyone! I wanted to do another Instagram diary before I take too many photos in 2014. So this is basically the last one that is full of 2013 photos. They are mainly all from December with a few from November thrown in. So starting from the top, I bought this gorgeous coat the other day and I am totally in love with it! Its just the perfect shade of grey and I love the leather detailing on the collar. I just can't wait to show it off. Then I have this very colourful quote which I think is really true  and something I am aiming to achieve this year. The next few are from Christmas day and Boxing day such as dinner, my sister and I doing the standard Christmas selfie, me in my super cute reindeer onesie and of course, a shot of my Christmas jumper. I just loved the sparkle reindeers! I then wanted to include some presents that I received for Christmas like my stunning Tiffany bracelet and gorgeous Kate Spade purse. I love them both so so much! I then have a snap of Carnaby Street's Christmas lights which are so pretty and our Christmas tree this year. I love putting our Christmas tree up, its so much fun and really gets me in the festive mood. :) I had to include a photo of Skye at Christmas time with her red velvet collar which she soon gets sick of but she just looks so adorable in it! The last one from December is my advent calendar, I think you are never too old for a chocolate advent calendar and everyone should have one. 

The last few are from November and they are of me posing with my brand new wooly hat, my new favourite album which is One Direction's 'Midnight Memories' which I have been listening too non stop (I am a 1D fan and I am not ashamed) and lastly is Costa's Christmas cups which I think are really cute. :)

So thats my Instagram Diary. I hope you enjoyed it and if you fancy following me on Instagram then that would be lovely. 

Luci xo

Thursday, 2 January 2014

Its 2014! My New Years Resolutions

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Happy New Year to all of you! I hope you had a fantastic beginning to 2014. I can't believe its the start of a new year already, 2013 went so quickly! Today I wanted to do a quick post on what my new years resolutions are. I always try and make some every year and I nearly always give up within the first week or so but this year, I really want to try and stick with as many as possible and I figure if I write them down here, then it gives me a little more incentive to do so.

1. Find a job I love. I really want to find a new job thats a little more me this year. Don't get me wrong, I don't hate where I work at the moment but I am ready for a change and a new challenge and what better time to start looking then the new year. I just want to be able to wake up and look forward to going to work and doing something I like. I know its going to be difficult as a lot of things that I class as 'dream jobs' are nigh impossible for me to get into but I am going to give it my best shot. 

2. Get toned and become healthier. I am pretty sure I say this every year but this time I am really going to try. I just want to be a little more healthier and get toned up. I'm not fat by any means but I would like to look a lot trimmer and toned and work on my muscles a bit, I am beyond weak!

3. Drink more water. This is also about being healthier as I think I drink about 2-3 glasses of water a day which is appalling! Its not good for me at all and I must be so dehydrated all the time which is probably why I get lots of headaches and my skin is pretty dry. This is something I really want to work on this year.

4. Say yes more. I need to say yes to so many more things. I don't want to miss out on any exciting opportunities because I am too scared to give anything a go and instead of saying no because I am too tired or something I want to push myself to say yes and have a good time. 

5. Learn the piano. I have wanted to learn how to play the piano for years and I have finally decided that now is the time. I am going to try and self teach myself and see how I get on. I am not particularly musical but I am not going to let thats stop me. It should be pretty fun and who knows, I could have a talent I never knew about or at least develop a new skill.

6. Give blood. I kept meaning to do this last year but never got round to it. This year I want to do it at least once. Its so important to give blood as people need it all the time and the fact that I could change peoples lives is an amazing thought. 

7. Hypnotherapy for flying. I am a pretty terrible flyer and have been for years and years but I really want to see if I can do something about it and I heard that hypnotherapy can really help. Its something I want to look into and see if it could work for me.

8. Donate to charity. Lastly I want to make a bit of a difference, even if its just donating a a few pounds every month to a charity. Charities need donations all the time and its something I really feel like I want do. 

So thats my eight new years resolutions for 2014. I am hoping to stick to at least half if not all of them but we shall wait and see. Have you got any resolutions this year? What are they?

Luci xo