Monday, 30 May 2016

B is For Books

Book haul

book haul
It is very rare that I will indulge in purchasing a book or 7 in this case, I usually download books onto my Kindle where they take up no room on my bookshelf and are all stored together. There is however nothing better than owning a brand-spanking new book and being able to smell the newness as you flick a page. Recently I've been adding a tonne of books to my Amazon wishlist and decided to treat myself to some new reads to add on my bookshelf.

Health, Fashion & Beauty Hacks by Esme Floyd
These are new to Amazon I think and they are really useful books to have on your shelves for learning all tips, tricks and simpler solutions to everyday things. I have already been post-it-noting pages that have some really handy hacks so I might write a blog post on hacks I've learnt from these if you are interested. I am learning some really fascinating pieces of information from all 3 books. These are super easy to read and very interesting to flick through to up your beauty, fashion and health knowledge.

Why We Buy by Paco Underhill
For any shopaholics out there this book could be worth getting your hands on as it a guide to how and why people shop. I haven't read this yet but from the looks of it it's quite a lengthy read that requires your full attention. I was kind of hoping it would be layered out quite simple and not like a novel but, I am excited to read this one and hopefully I will understand more behind why we shop so much! I'm calling it retail therapy.

Eat pretty by Jolene Hart
I've been meaning to purchase this book for absolutely ages and really wish I had because it is so knowledgeable! Firstly the cover is very eye-catching and is definitely a one to have on display. I haven't been able to take my eyes from this book to be honest, I am learning a lot about nutrition and it's effects it has on us. It is very easy to read and understand which is what I wanted, as I find some nutritional information a little knotty and tedious. A really good book with a whole new aspect on nutrition that doesn't sound mind-numbing.

100 Awesome Hair Days by Jenny Strebe/Braids, Buns & Twists by Christina Butcher
I'm not the most adventurous with my hair I usually wear it down, fish plait or in a ponytail so I decided to purchase a couple of books that'll teach me some easy hairstyles to make my hair look less boring. I really want to know how to french and dutch braid so these books are so handy for giving me a step by step guide.

Any books you would recommend??

Thursday, 26 May 2016

A NYX Cosmetics Haul

A NYX Haul & First Impressions
I did it, I finally broken my NYX makeup virginity if we don't include a rather old eye shadow stick. At laaast! My local Boots has opened a NYX stand and my goodness I want everything in site. A part from the hectic, chaos that stopped me getting a proper look, I managed to get my hands on a few goodies I have wanted to try for ages and figured why not celebrate this moment with a lil'old haul.

The first stand I somehow landed towards was lips and this area was definitely the busiest, packed with other makeup-addicts like myself. Despite the low on stock cream liquid lipsticks I managed to pick up a Liquid Suede Lipstick in 'soft-spoken' and a Lip Lingerie in 'lace-detail'. Both of which are a perfect 'your lips but better' shade that instantly gives your lips shape and a lovely finish. I wanted to try some of their Lip Liners so I picked up one in 'vanilla sky' and I have been wearing this every day. To go with this I have paired it with a Soft Matte Lip Cream in the shade 'Stockholm'. I love the lip creams they are insanely matte so I sometimes like to add a bit of balm over them.

Something I have wanted to try for ages is the NYX Matte Setting Spray and finally I got one! Since I have oily skin I like to apply a matte finish to tone it down a little so this was perfect for that. I have tried this twice and so far it's definitely kept my oil and bay, but I may pop in for the dewy spray as well. The last thing I bought which to be honest I didn't really need but I was feeling spend-y was the Control Freak Eyebrow Gel. I chucked my Revlon eyebrow gel out ages ago and have felt bare since, these are great for giving your brows shape and control. 

After that shopping trip I am so excited to try out more stock and cannot wait to play around with my new bits!

What NYX products do you recommend??

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Let's Talk About Hair

Let's Talk Hair
I write about beauty related topics pretty much most of the time on my little blog yet I always seem to float over those uncomfortable discussions about beauty that we deal or have dealt with in the past. For today's post I am going to be talking all about hair from head to toe. Hair is one of those things we have to deal with on a day-to-day basis whether that's growing out your locks or reducing it for a summer holiday.

Once the weather starts to warm up I like to try and get as much sunshine as I can on my legs. Razors are great for quick getaways, but something that I think is worth investing in this summer is a Panasonic Beauty Product. This website has so many amazing epilators, ipls and other amazing summer-body-ready products. I am one of those people who doesn't like to spend a massive amount of time on 'boring' beauty regimes, which is why I think these could be worth it for summer. I am truly obsessed with all these electronic beauty products as I just think they save so much time and are perfect for us lazy girls! An epilator would be great to pop into your luggage for a sunny holiday as the last thing you want to be doing on a hot summers day is spending half an hour or so in the shower removing those hairs!

Over the past month I have been trialing out the QuickMax Eyelash Growth Enhancer which in simpler words is a wand that helps with eyelash and brow growth. Honestly I didn't think this was going to do much but it has proved me wrong. This has made such a dramatic difference to my brows and lashes, more so my brows as I was seeing results a week later. Definitely recommend this if you want to grow out your brows or lashes as it is so simple to use and very effective.

I have always been intrigued as to how hair removal creams work so I decided to try the Inhibitif Hydra Gel. This gel is a plant-based molecule that visibly minimizes hair re-growth from just 2 weeks. You apply this twice a day in areas you want to reduce hair and that's it! Such an easy product to apply and you definitely see results. The results do take a lot longer than what the other products do, but patience is a virtue!

Taking a vitamin everyday is so much easier than applying millions of products to your body. I love the Zipvit's Hair, Skin & Nail Vitamins and I can honestly say they have made such a difference to my hair length. Put it this way I got my hair cut just under a month ago and it has grown out already! These are also really good for strengthening your nails and making a difference to your skin.

Sticking with growing out your locks, I have been taking a spoonful of The Fountain Hair Molecule everyday now to help the growth of my ends. I like to call this my 'hair medicine' as you consume it as though it was dollup of magic. This is a beauty supplement that can leave your hair looking stronger and healthier. This is my second bottle and I can honestly not live without it because it makes such a difference to the length of my hair. You notice results incredibly fast too for all you impatient ladies out there!

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What is your favourite product for growing/reducing hair??

Monday, 23 May 2016

Contouring On A Budget

Contouring On A Budget
It's getting closer and closer to that time of the year where bronzing, strobing, sculpting, contouring and highlighting is in for achieving that healthy, summery glow we all lust for. Contouring is definitely a part of my makeup routine that I cannot leave out unless I am running late, as it makes such a difference to giving your face dimension.

For today's post I am sharing with you 3 contour kits that are inexpensive and easy to get a hold of that will give you that 3D finish.

Maybelline Master Sculpt Contouring £6.99
Out of all 3 contour kits this one is the most practical as it not only contains the highlight and bronzer, but just underneath there is a mirror and a contour brush - perfect for on the go! This contour kit is really subtle but gives a gorgeous shimmer on your cheek bones that looks lovely and glowing. I find contouring with this palette very easy, a little goes a long way and the colour shade is spot on. The little brush it comes with is also very handy and applies the product precisely into your cheekbones without overly doing it.

Sleek Makeup Face Contour Kit £6.49
This was the first ever contour kit I bought so it's lived in my collection for quite awhile now. This two in one kit also comes with a handy mirror that is perfect for on-the-go or to pop into your bag for touch ups. This is great product and again the shades are spot on, I have pale skin so I always reach for the 'light' shades. This one does take a bit more time to blend in so you do have to have a bit more patience. However the highlighter is incredible, I went through a faze of using this highlighter all the time because I loved how glowing it made my skin look.

This is definitely the best palette for price, if you are starting out with makeup I would definitely recommend picking up this one as it is so inexpensive. Out of the 3 this contour kit has more of a thicker texture which is perfect for sculpting. It does require a lot of trial and errors, more errors than trials for me. But once you nail it the results are insanely good! I really like the highlight for my brow bone it instantly makes them stand out and look sharp.

What inexpensive contour palette do you recommend??

Sunday, 22 May 2016

May Degustabox

May Degustabox
After last month's delicious box was such a sucess I was really excited to see what I received in this months Degustabox. This month's box is packed with lots of Spring, healthy goodies that are perfect for eating on a hot sunny day that's if we get one. I absolutely love receiving these boxes every month and to come across some yummy snacks I've not even heard of before!
Kallo Rice Cakes
Kallo Belgian Milk Chocolate Corn Cakes / £1.29
I am a massive fan of rice cakes I think they are such a guilt-free snack to have on-the-go or part of a balanced diet. At only 78 calories per corn cake, these make a delicious snack that satisfies any chocolate craving. You can eat these as they are, with some fruit or even drizzle some honey or whipped cream on them! I have never tried the corn cakes but they taste so good and light! They did leave me incredibly thirsty though and I'd prefer if they came in packs of 2/3 for on-the-go like the yogurt cakes do.

Kallo Yogurt Coated Rice Cakes / £1.69
I always have a pack of these in my cupboard or in my bag as I am obsessed with them. These scrumptious rice cakes are a great alternative to a biscuit. Made with wholegrain brown rice and coated in delicious yogurt. I definitely think if you want an alternative to biscuits or chocolate that you should try these.
Pasquier Croissants
Brioche Pasquier Croissants / £1.80
This is Degustabox's product of the month and it's definitely a good choice! A traditional French breakfast wouldn't be the same without an all butter croissant. These are free from preservatives, hydrogenated fats and artificial colours. I like to heat these up for 2-3 minutes and add butter or even bacon to get me through the morning.
Beloved Nectar
Beloved Dates Nectar / £3.50
Gluten, wheat and dairy free, this unique Date Nectar is 100% made from pure dates and absolutely nothing else. Great as a topping on porridge, pancakes or as an alternative to sugar in home baking. I have porridge every morning and I definitely think things like this can really make it taste less bland. I can't wait to try this with porridge and a sprinkle of chia seeds.
Pechkeks fortune cookies
Pechkeks Fortune Cookies / 2x £1.00
These black cookies are crude, truthful and direct - the glimpse into the future, brutally honest and pessimistic. So you're left with no choice but to take them as a sense of humour. I gave one of these to my boyfriend and I opened the other and they definitely were amusing to read, I think mine said something about having bad luck. I used to sadly keep all of my good fortune cookies in the hope they'd come true!
Get Fruity
Get Fruity / 1x £1.00
Get Fruity is an award-winning fruit and oat bar that has a high percentage of the named fruit making it authentically fruity. These bars contain gluten free oats & virgin coconut oil with no added refine sugars, produced on a nut free side and is 100% natural. To be honest this lived less than 2 hours in my cupboard I had this as an afternoon snack one evening. At first I wasn't sure I liked the taste, but after awhile I got used to it and it reminded me of the taste of a flapjack. These are quite a nice snack to quickly eat or have in your bag.
Wonderful company
The Wonderful Company Pistachios & Almonds / 2x 90p
Not the biggest of fans of pistachios purely because they're quite fiddly to get out the shell, but I do like almonds. I think these mixed together in a little pot are great to have on-the-go. I have already popped some almonds into my tiny lunchbox for when I am on the bus to work or on my break. Nuts are so filling and great as a balanced diet as long as you don't eat loads!
Cranes Alcoholic Drink / 2x £1.90
In original cranberry and strawberry/kiwi these two drinks sounded so refreshing and amazing in my head, but once I saw they were alcoholic I decided to give them another home. I think these chilled in a glass filled with ice whilst you are relaxing in the sun would be perfect.
Jack Daniels Honey BBQ Glaze
Jack Daniels Honey Barbecue Glaze / £1.99
This barbecue glaze is infused with the soft flavours of the popular Jack Daniels Tennesse Honey Liquer, giving the glaze a hint of honey and a delcious, smooth flavour. Create luxuriously sticky, sweet ribs and glistening chicken wings or simple use a dip for wedges or veggies. As delicious as this sounds I must admit I cannot bare the taste of barbecue but I know my brother would absolutely loved this sprinkled on spare ribs. I think this would be so handy to have if you are having a BBQ or a garden party in the summer.
Garafalo Pasta
Garafalo Pasta / £1.99
I always think having a bag of pasta in the cupboard is a great quick meal to make after a long day at work. Garafalo is a corkscrew shaped pasta that is made from only high quality durum wheat. This pasta will come in so handy on those evenings I haven't had time to cook or would go lovely with some tuna as a healthy lunch.
Pomegreat Juice / £1.49
Another great refreshing drink to have on a warm sunny day, Pomegreat harvest pomegranates when they are deep ruby red and bursting with flavour. I had high hopes of this tasting as amazing as the fruit, but unfortunately I didn't like the taste. It tasted too bland and very sweet - nothing like the actual fruit which is a shame.

Overall I really enjoyed this month's box as it was full of great healthy snacks for on-the-go and even some great breakfasts. My favourite is definitely the rice cakes I find these so yummy and more-some which makes me feel less guilty of having!

I would really recommend people who enjoy food and are wanting to try new brands out to give this box a try. Who doesn't love the element of surprise especially with food?! It is like Christmas every month. You always come across some amazing brands and try some yummy recipes too!

If you want to find out what other yummy treats Degustabox send out their website link is here, or you can find them on Twitter or Facebook for more information. 

If you are interested in trying this yummy box out they have kindly sent me a £6 off discount for you all, using the code: BLDEG15

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