Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Degustabox - July 2014

I have to admit that I was thinking of cancelling the Degustabox after the July box, not because I didn't like the first box I received, but mainly as I am trying to cut down my spending on unnecessary items.  Having received the July box, I do like the contents, so I will keep going with my subscription for a while longer. Here's what's in the July box:
Degustabox - July 2014
Starting with the drinks I received 3 Zeo Drinks (275ml each) - RRP £1.29 each - The flavours I received were Zest Lime, Peach & Grapefruit Burst and Citrus Crush.  I just tried the zest lime and to be honest it's not very zesty, so I'm hoping the others taste stronger.  

I also received 2 Hornsby's Blueberry Cider (330ml) - RRP £1.25 each - I really like fruit ciders, it's one of my favourite tipples other than Rose Wine, especially on a hot summers day.  I have never tried a blueberry version, so looking forward to trying this one.
 3 Zeo Drinks - Zest Lime, Peach & Grapefruit Burst and  Citrus Crush & Hornsby's Blueberry Cider
I received 3 bags of Portlebay Popcorn (25g) - RRP £0.79 - the flavours I received were slightly sweet & lightly salted (this is my favourite flavoured popcorn and this version was very tasty), crispy bacon & maple syrup (sounds yummy) and chilli & lime.
Bags of Portlebay Popcorn slightly sweet & lightly salted, crispy bacon & maple syrup and chilli & lime
I received 2 Dr Oetkers sprinkles in Eton Mess (25g) - RRP £1.99 - and Violet Crystals  (45g) - RRP £1.29 - I will definitely use these on cakes or cupcakes and with icecream.
2 Dr Oetkers sprinkles - Eton Mess and Violet Crystals
Finally I received 6 sachets from Maggi.  Total RRP £5.44 - 5.54:

2 x Piri Piri Chicken - (40g)
2x Chicken & Leek Potato Bakes - (55g)
1x Beef & Ale Casserole - (36g)
1x Oriental Soy & Garlic Chicken - (30g)

I have to admit that I am not much of a cook, so I have already bought some Maggi sachets in different varieties to try out, so happy to receive these as anything that makes cooking easier is fine by me.
Sachets from Maggi
Finally, I got a Greens & Black's Lemon Bar - (100g) - RRP£2.29 - I have to admit that I ate this straight away, so the photo is of the empty packet.  It's 60% dark chocolate infused with a zesty lemon flavour, which tasted delicious.
Did you get this months Degusta box?  What did you think of the contents?

If you fancy trying a degustabox I would be grateful if you would use my referral link (you will receive a £3 discount off your box and I will receive 50 points on my account) -

I bought these with my own money

Zara Sale Haul

I love the sales. It feels so good being able to buy from shops you love and get things you have had your eye on and not pay full price.  The sales started a couple of weeks ago so I couldn't resist having a look in Zara as I love their stuff and I like to see what I can pick up in the sales.  Here's my latest haul:
Zara Snakeskin Shoes
These cost £19.99 from £29.99.  I love flats as I'm quite tall so I don't tend to wear heels very often.
Zara Black Shoulder Bag
I love shoulder bags and this one was £19.99 (now £12.99) reduced from £39.99 here
Zara White TShirt
This white TShirt was £7.99 reduced from £17.99.  Its a bit crumpled as I dumped the bag in the corner of my room before taking the picture.

Have you bought anything in the sales recently?

I bought these with my own money

Saturday, 26 July 2014

MEMEBOX - The Mask Edition #4

I have seen so many people write about MEMEBOX that I thought I should order one for myself. MEMEBOX is a South Korean Beauty Box Service.  Its not a subscription service, you just order a box as and when you feel like it and they have so many to choose from.  I chose the mask edition, because I like masks and also I thought it would be hard to get items that were not suitable, so the chances of being disappointed were slim.  This box (which is now sold out) cost $23.00 plus $6.99 shipping.  I also had a $10 discount for creating an account and a $3 referral discount which meant that the box only cost $16.99 (Approx £10.50).

I received the box this week and I am really happy with the contents.  The box is quite compact and a really cute pink colour.

MEMEBOX is a South Korean Beauty Box Service
Then I opened it up and it just got better.  Products were just packed into the box and there was a card in English explaining what the products were and how they work and their value.
MEMEBOX is a South Korean Beauty Box Service
The first product is Sua Young Berristure Moisture Cream - 100g (full size worth $40) - this cream is packed with various berry extracts and the Cos 5 Complex, delivering an instant replenishment to the skin.  The collagen capsules included also helps lock in moisture for a more elastic, suppler complexion.   This product can also be used as a wash-off facial pack.  I love the sound of this product and cannot wait to try it.
Sua Young Berristure Moisture Cream
I received 3 SLCosmetic Effects Plus Essence Sheet Masks (Repair, Energize and Waterdrop) (worth $2 each) and 2 When Sheet Masks, Travelmate to help your skin recover from sun, wind and dry air and 10:00 pm is a skin soothing and nourishing mask for the nighttime.
3 SLCosmetic Effects Plus Essence Sheet Masks & 2 When Sheet Masks
The Skin Factory 7 Seconds Morning Sheet 7in1 150g (another full size product worth $39) - ready your skin before makeup in the morning with this 7 seconds morning sheet which works as a toner, an emulsion and an essence all in one. A quick 7 second wipe with this dual facial sheet will give all the effects of a facial massage, and anti-wrinkle serum and a dead skin cell remover.  I am all about a quick fix on a morning as I start work at 7am, so do not have time to do a full cleanse, tone, moisturise, followed by a full makeup application. This sounds right up my street so cant wait to try it.

The Skin Factory 7 Seconds Morning Sheet 7in1
The final product that I received was Purederm Vitamin C Facial Pads (full size product worth $12) - The vitamin-rich orange extracts contained in the facial pads work to soothe and revitalise tired skin and improve the skin elasticity and suppleness.  It's especially refreshing when applied over your eyelids.  

Overall I am really happy with every product in this box and I can't wait to use them all.  I can't wait to receive the next box that I ordered which is the cleansing kit (again this is already sold old).  There are loads of different boxes to choose from at different price points and although you do not know the exact products that will be in the box, you at least know the theme of the box (i.e. cleansing, scrub, makeup etc.), so you can make a decision to buy a box where the theme is of interest to you.

I managed to use a few discounts to order a couple of boxes at a great price. I can't find any discount codes that are valid at the moment, but if you know of any please let me know in the comments below.

What do you think of MEMEBOX?

I bought these with my own money and the link is not sponsored.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Yet Another Primark Haul

I really do find it hard to browse around Primark without buying anything. They have some really nice items and I can never say no at Primark prices. Admittedly the clothes aren't always the best quality, but with a little bit of care you can come out with some really nice things.  I particularly like the shoes, as they are just as good as some more expensive shops and hey if they don't last quite as long then that's ok with me as I get bored quite easily.  

I bought the same shoes in 3 different colours as I love the crossover strap. The cream and black shoes were £6 and the pink shoes were £3.  The shoes all fit perfectly and are really comfy.  What more can you ask for.  They are just perfect for summer.
Primark Cross Over Strap Pink Shoes

Primark Cross Over Strap Cream Shoes

Primark Cross Over Strap Black Shoes
I also loved these cute navy blue patent flats.  Shame they did not have them in other colours as they were only £6.
Primark Blue Patent Shoes
I also bought a couple of small hair donuts and a nail corrector pen for £1 each.
Primark small hair donuts and a nail corrector pen
These black and burgundy retro jogging bottoms were only £7 each.
Primark burgundy retro jogging bottoms

Primark Black retro jogging bottoms
Finally, I picked up a few more false nails as they are only £1 and they offer some really nice designs.

I think I can feel another spending ban coming on soon, so watch this space. Oh and if anyone likes the Candies Nail Polishes and Lip Glosses they were reduced to £1.

I bought these with my own money

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Salt Spray Review - Great for curly haired girls like me

I have curly hair and I have to admit that it's been the bane of my life for many years, yet I am too lazy to straighten it regularly as that requires too much time and effort. I have thought about having it professionally straightened by a hairdresser, but I have yet to find a salon or a hairdresser that I would trust to do this (its hard enough finding a hairdresser that can cut curly hair, let alone someone I want to let loose straightening it permanently).  Therefore, I have spent many, many years searching for products that can tame my frizzy locks.  So when I find products that improve the look and manageability of my hair, then I definitely want to share.

One of the products that I really rate at the moment is salt spray (aka surf spray). When I originally tried these products a few years ago, I was dreaming of changing my curls into a tousled mass of waves.  What I actually ended up with was crispy, crinkly spiral curls.  Not really a good look (or feel!) I am sure you will agree.  So I decided these types of products weren't for me and moved on.

Fast forward quite a few years and I bought a product called Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray and when I used it on my hair I was pleasantly surprised at the results.  I presume the formula's of these products have improved over the years, because I now prefer them to using mousse and hairspray.  They seem to tame the frizz in my hair, whilst keeping the curls loose and long and more importantly, the curls are in no way crispy.

The sprays that I am using at the moment, that I really like are:

Sea Salt Spray Charles Worthington Rough & Tousled Salt Spray & Umberto Giannini Grunge Glamour Tousled Salt Spray
Charles Worthington Front Row Rough and Tousled Salt Spray (£8.75 for 150ml here).

Umberto Giannini Glam Hair Grunge Glamour Tousled Salt Spray (£6 for 200ml here.

If you want to try making your own sea salt spray then check out this youtube video by Pinksofoxy here.

Let me know if you have any recommendations for curly hair?

Anyway that's it for my daily posts this week.  I have had a great time posting every day so I hope you have enjoyed them.  Sadly its back to work tomorrow so I'll be returning to posting every Wednesday and Saturday.

I bought these with my own money

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Paris Sephora Haul

I couldn't resist a cheeky visit to Sephora on my trip to Paris in May (you can read my trip report here).  I don't know what it is about foreign money but it's always so much easier to spend then pounds it's almost like monopoly money (or is that just me?). Anyway who can resist a visit to Sephora.  It was an excuse to purchase stuff I think is too expensive if I was buying it in the UK, but was ok to buy in Paris. Here's what I bought.
OPI Glitter Off Peelable Base Coat & Dior Nail Glow
OPI Glitter Off Peelable Base Coat - 13.90 Euros.  I love glitter polishes and I have a huge collection of them, but I rarely wear them because they are such a pain to remove (even using foil).  I really hope this base coat works, so as soon as I have tested it I will write a review.

Dior Nail Glow - Instant French Manicure Effect Whitening Nail Care - 22.30 Euros.  This product is meant to enhance the natural colours of your nail so the pink becomes pinker and the white becomes whiter which gives the effect of a french manicure and healthy nails.  Who knows if this is true or not.  I'm in the process of trying to make my nails look and feel healthy so I haven't used this yet as I want to give my nails the chance to grow and get stronger, but I can't wait to see if it works as it will be easy to apply and not have to worry about painting my cuticles for a change.
Sephora Instant Nail Polish Remover for Glitter & Sephora Instant Nail and Cuticle Care
Sephora Instant Nail Polish Remover for Glitter - 8.95 Euros.  I always hate trying to get glitter nail polish off my nails, so I picked this up to see if it makes it any easier. Although I guess I may not need it if the OPI Glitter Off works.

Sephora Instant Nail and Cuticle Care - 8.95 Euros.  My nails aren't in the best of condition and tend to peel and break easily so I can't wait to see if this helps.
Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster & Sephora Lash Amplifier
Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster Made to Measure Self Tan - 25.50 Euros.  I really like the idea of adding a few drops of this product to my normal moisturiser to give myself a bit of a tan.  It seems easy and foolproof.  Again, once I have tried it out I will write a review.

Sephora Lash Amplifier - 3.95 Euros.  This nifty little item allows you to coat your lashes numerous times without smudging it all over your eyelids.  There is also a comb at the other end to separate your lashes.

Have you had any good Sephora Hauls lately?
I bought these with my own money

Friday, 18 July 2014

Use it or Lose it Challenge Update

Wow its been a while since I posted my last Use it or Lose it Challenge (my first of 2014).  If you haven't read that post then check it out here.  I basically picked out some products that I haven't used either ever or for quite some time and tried them out to decide if I want to keep them or if I can part with them, as I will probably never get round to using them.

These are the ones I picked for March.  First off are 3 mineral eyeshadows from MAC. They all look very similar so I am going to try them all out and see if they are actually the same or if they are different enough to keep.  They are called Cloudy Afternoon, Snow Season & Mineral Mode. These eyeshadows are all a slightly different colour and make a great base shadow, so I will definitely keep them and try and use them more often.
3 mineral eyeshadows from MAC called Cloudy Afternoon, Snow Season & Mineral Mode
Next on the list is an Illamasqua Powder blush.  Its a coral colour called Lover and I just want to check if it suits my skin tone and also whether it's similar to any of the blushes I use regularly.    In the end I felt that this blush was just too orange and did not suit my skin tone, so I am going to get rid of this from my collection.
Illamasqua Powder blush.  A coral colour called Lover
I picked a NARS nail polish called Purple Rain.  I really like the colour but I find it difficult to apply really dark colours to my short nails, so I am going to give this one a go and see if it's easy to apply, how long it lasts and whether it leaves any staining on my nails.  I also want to check how similar this is to Chanel Taboo which I also own. In the end I decided to keep this polish as it's such a nice colour.  It is similar to Chanel Taboo, but I will make a conscious effort to use them both as much as possible as lets face it they weren't cheap.
NARS nail polish called Purple Rain
I want to try out the Bourjois Bronzing Primer.  I thought this was a good idea at the time (it seemed similar to Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronze Universel), but I need to find out how to apply it correctly as I have never used a cream bronzer before.  It turns out that this is really simple to use and acts as a primer, whilst also giving me a bit of extra colour.  This worked really well under my foundation, so it's a definite keeper.
Bourjois Bronzing Primer
The next item on my list is L'Oreal Nude Magique Eau de Teint Foundation.  I saw loads of blogger reviews on this product and picked it up when it was on offer, but I have never used it.  I don't even know if the colour is right for me. I think this foundation will be perfect come summer (if we have one) so I want to try this out and see if I actually can use it.  This foundation is too sheer for me and does not really do anything to my skin.  I much prefer a creamier foundation (YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat Foundation for instance).  This particular foundation is too watery for my tastes. Its now for sale on my blog sale.
L'Oreal Nude Magique Eau de Teint Foundation
I have also chosen e.l.f. booster in sheer which is a loose mineral powder.  I don't use powder very much so not sure why I even bought this one.  I will try it out and see if it does anything for me.  My skin is quite dry, so I don't have a need for powders as they just end up making my face look even drier.  I favour a dewy finish, so this product will not get used and is on my blog sale.
e.l.f. booster in sheer
Finally, I want to try out Origins No Puffery cooling mask for puffy eyes. Again, not sure why I bought this as I don't really have bags under my eyes, but I will try it out and see if it does anything for my under eye area.  This product basically just gives a cooling effect around my eyes when I use it so although it doesn't make any long term difference it's nice to put on for 10 minutes after a long day at the office looking at a computer all day.  I wouldn't purchase again but I will keep it and use it on at least a weekly basis.
Origins No Puffery cooling mask for puffy eyes
So out of 9 products I'm keeping 6 and getting rid of 3.

It's taken me a while to post this update as I just always seem to have something else to post about, so it just never got done.  I am glad I have set myself this challenge as it is good to use products I have had for a while and ask myself, if I am really going to use it again or is it just going to go to the bottom of the pile never to be seen again. As you can tell if you have been reading my haul posts, I only seem to be clearing out old items to bring in new items so I really should stop doing that, but that's a whole other challenge (I did manage a 60 day no shopping challenge at the start of the year which you can read about in my recent challenge update post here, but 60 days is about all I can manage).  Hopefully I will post a new Use it or Lose it Challenge soon I just need to try out some more products.

I bought all these products with my own money

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Bee Good Honey & Wild Water Mint 3 in 1 Cleansing Water Review

I was lucky enough to purchase the British Beauty Blogger Dream Box from Latest in Beauty which I reviewed here.   I have had the chance to try a few of the products now and wanted to post a review of one of my favourites, Bee Good Honey & Wild Water Mint 3 in 1 Cleansing Water.
Bee Good Honey & Wild Water Mint 3 in 1 Cleansing Water
The info on the website says it is suitable for all skin types.  It dissolves make-up, cleanses and tones the skin and no water is needed.  It's gentle enough to use on the delicate eye area, it leaves skin bee-autifully clean, toned and refreshed.  The active ingredients include moisturising British wild flower honey, brightening red algae and refreshing wild water mint.

This product works really well and is quick and easy to use.  You just apply it to a cotton pad and sweep it over your face.  It really gets all the dirt and grime removed (I must admit when I use this I can't believe how dirty my face is). I sometimes use cleansing wipes and it's clear how ineffective they really are when you use this product.  It has a mild smell which is pleasant and it doesn't make my skin feel tight or sting at all.  I use this every morning and evening and my face feels so clean after I use it.

It comes in a 100ml bottle and is priced at £10 which is on the high side but is well worth it for such a deep clean.    I have nearly used up my bottle and I will definitely repurchase as it's one of the best cleansers I've used. You can buy it here.

Here's some info on the company that produces this product:

Bee Good was born in 2008 by husband and wife team, Simon and Caroline. As an experienced beekeeper for over 10 years, Simon keeps a number of hives in old orchards surrounding his home in rural Hampshire.  It was Caroline’s interest in harnessing the excess honey and beeswax to create natural skincare products which led to the first award-winning Bee Good skincare products; a lip balm and a hand cream; made in Caroline’s kitchen using centuries-old recipes and sold at local Hampshire farmer’s markets.

Have you used this product or any others from Bee Good?  If so what did you think?

I bought this with my own money as part of the Dream Box.  This post is not sponsored nor are any of the links.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Update on My Challenges for 2014

Back in December (if you can remember that far back) I set myself some challenges for 2014,  I haven't really posted much about them since then apart from my shopping ban so I thought I would do a quick update and hopefully motivate myself to complete more of them.

Here's my original list below and I will add an update to each line.
  1. Watch 50 DVDs from my collection and then give them away. I haven't made much progress with this one as I have so much to watch on Sky+ and I have recently joined Netflix.  I have only watched 9 DVDs so far.
  2. Sort out 100 items to get rid of (either sell, throw away or giveaway). This can be any type of item and is all part of the decluttering process. I need to work out how many I've done on this one as I haven't kept a record.
  3. Read 10 books from my collection (I know I am so behind the times, I recently bought a kindle but most of my books are still paperback and take up alot of room). My hope is to finish all the books and pass them on to friends and family. 10 is an achievable target, but I will extend it if I manage the 10 in a short period of time. I have now read 10 and I am going to extend this to 20 by the end of the year.
  4. Read all the old magazines that I have bought in the last year (mainly bought for the free gifts).  I paid good money for them so I am going to read them all.  I will do a count of all the magazines in the house and update this post when I know how many I need to get through.  I've read 16 so far and I am going to set myself a target of 25 by the end of the year (there is no point of putting the total number of magazines I own as its keeps increasing with all the great freebies that are being included).
  5. Finish 100 beauty or toiletry products (I will do empties posts along the way).  This challenge is now complete as I have now finished 106 and here's a link to my last empties post here
  6. Lose 1 stone in weight (I really need to lose more, but this is an achievable target).  This one is still a work in progress. I have joined a gym a month ago so am hoping to see some results soon.
  7. Pay off my credit card debt (I won't post the amount on my blog but I will update how much has been paid off as a percentage).  The debt is not horrendous and was mainly due to my holiday to LA this year, but I have been relying on interest free credit cards for years and I want to spend 2014 living within my means and not putting frivolous items on my credit card. My credit card debt is now on one interest free card and I need to work out how much I need to pay off each month in order to clear it off before the end of the interest free period.
  8. 30 day no spend – after the sales have finished (I can't deny myself shopping in the sales, I am not strong enough), I am challenging myself to a 30 day no spend period, where I can't buy any unnecessary items including makeup, clothes and toiletries.  I have already stocked up on the necessities, so I shouldn't have to go shopping at all during the 30 day period.  I may extend the 30 day period if all goes to plan. This challenge is now complete.  I managed a 60 day no spend Yay Me. I did have a bad start and broke my ban in January when the Boots 70% sale started, but managed to start again and did 60 days.
  9. Earn £50 from completing online surveys.  I have completed this challenge. I'm really pleased with this one as I've managed to get £75 in vouchers so far this year. I wrote a post last year listing some sites that you can sign up to here if anyone is interested.
  10. When the 30 day no spend is up I will adopt a 1 in 1 out policy.  If I buy something that I don't need, then I will have to get rid of 1 similar item. At least that way I am not adding to my stash.  I have failed this one as I haven't kept track of things so this is one I'm not going to complete.
  11. 50km on my exercise bike.  I'm embarrassed to say I'm only on 41km so far at home this year (I do more at the gym but they don't count for this challenge).
  12. Paint my nails a different colour at least once a week and use up 10 nail polishes. As I'm trying to improve the condition of my nails this year I'm not going to complete this challenge.
  13. Sell 100 items on Ebay (this is linked to challenge 2, but I am keeping it separate to keep track of how much I manage to sell next year). All the items sold, will be things that I already own.  I will not be buying items specifically to sell for this challenge.  I have sold 81 items so far this year.
  14. 30 days - no chocolate. I have completed this challenge.  I was surprised that I managed to complete this one as I'm a total chocoholic but I'm pleased I did.
  15. 30 days - no fizzy drinks (chocolate and fizzy drinks are my addictions, so I want to see if I can live without them).  I have recently completed this challenge which was by far the hardest one for me as I love my Pepsi's
  16. Use up 100 samples of beauty products (I am pretty sure I have at least 100 samples of beauty products stashed around the house).  Ive used up 98 so far so nearly there.
I am happy with what I have completed so far this year.  I could have done better but overall I think I have done ok.  I have completed 5 and 3 are nearly there so I'm hopeful that by the end of the year all the others will be complete (apart from the 2 I have mentioned failing above).

Have you set yourselves any challenges this year?  Leave me a comment or a link your posts.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Birchbox Review - July 2014

Its always nice to receive my Birchbox every month, as it's great to receive some new products to try out. This months box theme is Sun, Sea and Sand and here's a photo of the contents:
Birchbox Review - July 2014
I received the following:

  1. Weleda Millet Nourishing Shampoo (18ml - worth £0.84) - this shampoo is for normal hair and mine is dry.  I think it would be useful to put a shampoo and conditioner set in the box rather than just a shampoo, so that you can find out if the set works for your hair.  I definitely need to use a conditioner on my thick, curly hair.
  2. Balance Me Wonder Eye Cream (7ml - worth £9.33) - this is a nice enough product, but the problem is I have about 4 of them already as they have been in every single beauty box over the years.  I am a bit bored of Balance Me in beauty boxes (and also magazines) because it happens too often.  I think Balance Me are hurting their brand by being in so many beauty boxes.  The aim is surely to encourage you to buy the full size product, but it will take me ages to run out of the sample sizes of this eye cream that I already have.  Enough already with Balance Me products in beauty boxes (have I managed to make my point!!!!)
  3. Laqa & Co Sheer Lip Lube Pencil in Bees Knees (travel size - full size product costs £14) - I love the cheeky name of this product and the colour is a really pretty coral pink.  Sadly it's too sheer for me.
  4. Gilchrist & Soames English Spa Sea Kelp Extract Mineral Bath (40ml - worth £1.90) - this looks like the kind of product that you would find in the bathrooms of posh hotels.  It smells really nice, so I can't wait to try it in a relaxing bath. As I have been going through the products I have just realised that the packaging of this product is damaged and it's leaking, so I will have to chuck it as it's making a mess everywhere. UPDATE - Birchbox sent me a replacement product as soon as I emailed them.  Great customer service.
  5. Compagnie de Provence Mediterranean Sea Hand Cream (30ml - worth £5) - I am not a huge fan of hand creams as I always think they are a bit unnecessary when I use body lotions and moisturisers already. That being said, I know I will be able to use it so it's not a wasted product.  I am not keen on the packaging, it's a bit plain, like someone did it on their own computer and didn't put much effort in.
  6. Finally, the Lifestyle Extra is Ultradex Oral Spray (9ml - worth £3.65) - I already have this product, so I know that I will get some use out of it.
Overall this is an ok box, but does not really have a Sun, Sea and Sand theme if I am honest.  I would have expected to see something with an SPF, maybe a sun tan lotion or a self tan. 

If you are interested in subscribing here is my referral link If you subscribe, we will both receive 50 Birchbox points (worth £5). I find that the Birchbox points add up really quickly, as you can review the products that you receive every month. I have used my Birchbox points to get some great products for free.

What did you receive in this months Birchbox?

I bought this box with my own money & no links are sponsored.

Monday, 14 July 2014

The Body Shop Ginger Anti Dandruff Shampoo Review

This is not a glamorous post I have to say, but I suffer from the occasional bout of itchy scalp and I have to say The Body Shop Ginger Anti Dandruff Shampoo is a life saver.  It sooths my scalp instantly and it's a reasonable price too.  I always stock up at The Body Shop outlet shop where you get 40% off if you purchase 4 or more items. That makes the Ginger Shampoo a bargain price of £3.90 for 400ml (full price is £6.50). You can buy it here (make sure you wait for a good offer like 40% or 50% off which happens pretty regularly).

The Body Shop Ginger Anti Dandruff Shampoo

What's your favourite Body Shop product?

I'm on holiday this week so I'm going to try and post every day. See you tomorrow.


I bought this with my own money

Sunday, 13 July 2014

& Other Stories Jewellery Haul

During my recent trip to London and Paris (see Paris post here) I discovered a great store called & Other Stories.  As I was travelling, I only picked up some gorgeous pieces of jewellery, but I could have been tempted by the shoes and bags and some great clothes (and some great beauty items).  I feel this is a store that I will always visit when I am in London (or Paris).  There is only one store in the UK at the moment which is on Regent Street, but you can buy online here and there is a sale on at the moment.

& Other Stories is a brand under the H&M group, but whereas H&M tends towards the casual, & Other Stories leans more toward stylish & chic.

Here's what I bought (I will give the prices in GBP and EUR as some were bought in London and some in Paris - the Paris store is on Rue Saint-Honore which is not far from the Place de la Concorde at the bottom of the Champs Elysee).
& Other Stories silver and gold coloured ring
This silver and gold coloured ring was GBP12 (EUR15) and you can buy it here.
& Other Stories gold and black coloured bracelet
This lovely gold and black coloured bracelet cost GBP7 (EUR9) and you can buy it here.
& Other Stories little silver coloured earrings
These dinky little silver coloured earrings only cost GBP5 (EUR7) and I bought the same in gold below.  You can buy them here.
& Other Stories little gold coloured earrings

& Other Stories silver coloured stud earrings
These silver coloured stud earrings cost GBP5 (EUR7).  You can buy them here.
& Other Stories bronze/copper cube earrings
These great bronze/copper cube earrings only cost GBP5 (EUR7) and you can buy them here.
& Other Stories jade coloured earrings
I love these jade coloured earrings which cost GBP12 (EUR15).  These do not appear to be in stock online, but you can buy the gold coloured ones here.
& Other Stories gold coloured ring
This gold coloured ring was GBP7 (EUR9).  I  love the wavy shape on the outside of the ring.  You can buy this here.
& Other Stories silver coloured ring
This silver coloured ring was GBP10 (EUR12) and you can buy it here.

I love all my purchases and I am tempted to buy some more things in the sale.  Have you ever shopped at & Other Stories?

I bought these with my own money and none of the links are referrals or sponsored.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Degustabox - June 2014

I have seen so many comments about the Degustabox food box, that I finally decided to sign up.  I used a code to get a box for £9.99 (usual price £12.99). Here's what was in the June box:
Degustabox  - June 2014
  • Estrella Damm Spanish Lager (worth £4.00) - not a fan of lager so will give this to someone who is.
  • Elizabeth Shaw Milk Chocolate Amaretto Flutes - these were devine and I probably should not admit it, but the box in the photo is already empty. I did share them with someone though.  (worth £2.59).
  • Urban Fruit Pineapple - these were a nice dried fruit snack.  Again the bag in the photo is empty, as I have already eaten them.  They tasted pretty good.  (worth £1.09).
  • Bear Alpha Bites - Crunchy cereal letters that contain no refined sugar, no salt and no added nonsense.  I am probably a bit too old for alphabet cereal, but then again I am currently working my way through a box of coco pops so maybe not.  (Worth £2.69+)
  • Veetee Basmati & Wild Rice (worth £1.49).  This will definitely come in useful, so happy with this product.
  • Dr Oetker Madagascan Vanilla Grinder (worth £4.99).  I don't bake much (or ever really), but this can be used as a topping on sweet treats, hot drinks and ice cream, so will definitely be trying it out.
  • Lambrini Strawberry (worth £3.29).  This looks like a great summer drink.
  • 2 Be Fast Breakfast on the Go drinks in Banana and Vanilla Flavours.  I am usually rushing around too much in the morning to make breakfast so these will suit me down to the ground (£1 each).
  • Finally I received a sachet of Drink Me Tea:Latte (tea and frothy milk infushion) Earl Grey (no value given) - I don't drink tea, so I will pass this on to someone who will.
Overall there are 2 products that I won't use and the rest I will be able to make use of.  It's a nice way of trying new things, so I will stay signed up for the next box, to see what goodies come my way.  The overall value of this box was approx £22.14. You can sign up for Degustabox here. 

*UPDATE - I have just noticed an offer online for a Degustabox for £8.99 plus free shipping. The code is PROMODISCOUNT.  I can't promise it will work as I haven't tried it, but its definitely worth a shot.

I bought these with my own money

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

You Beauty Discovery Box - July 2014

This months You Beauty Discovery Box is a travel themed box.  I have to say that the options were not great this month, but I am still happy with the 2 items that I picked. Here's what I received:
You Beauty Discovery Box July 2014

I picked Tan Organic Oil Arganic Body Oil (£24.99 for 100ml) - this is a multi-purpose dry oil and I am really loving argan oil products at the moment.  They really do work wonders on my hair and skin, so I am looking forward to trying this out.

The 2nd product that I chose was L'Oreal Mega Volume Miss Manga Mascara (full size worth £8.99).  I like L'Oreal mascaras and this one promises mega volume.  I haven't tried it out yet as I have too many opened mascaras on the go at the moment, but I will report back when I have used it.

Everyone received a sachet of Egyptian Magic All Purpose Skin Cream,  a 2ml sample of Agent Provocateur Fatale Eau de Parfum (which is very sultry and peppery, rather nice actually) and a 50ml Dove Men +Care Pro-Moisture Shave Cream.  I will try this out next time I shave my legs I think.

Other choices this month included:

Archeia Rose Rejuvenating Cream - 5ml
Dr Bonner's All-One Hemp Lavender Pure-Castille Soap - 34g
Abahna White Grapefruit & May Chang Bath Gel - 35ml
Green People Sun Lotion SPF15 With Tan Accelerator - 20ml
Tan Organic Self Tan Original  - 100ml (now out of stock)
Balm Balm Rose Geranium Lip Balm in a Pot - 7ml (now out of stock)
L'Occitane Aromachology Repairing Shampoo & Conditioner Duo - 75ml each (now out of stock)

Another nice box for the grand total of £6.95 including postage.  You can join here.

What items did you choose?

I bought this with my own money

Friday, 4 July 2014

Topshop Haul

I have been doing a little bit of shopping in Topshop recently, so I am going to post about my hauls.  I have to admit to not browsing in Topshop for quite some time, I really don't know why.  Whenever I have popped into the Oxford Street store in London, it almost overwhelms me as it is so big, I usually come out without buying anything as there is just too much choice.  Maybe that's why I have avoided my local stores.  An offer in Grazia changed all that, as they had vouchers in their magazines and I was lucky enough to get hold of a £20 voucher, where you spend £20 and get £20 free. Luckily my sister gave me hers as well.  Admittedly I did go over budget just a smidge, but like I say I haven't been in Topshop for a while, so a lot of things caught my eye. Here's what I bought:

I just loved the jewellery in Topshop and they were a great price.  This set of 5 pairs of earrings cost £7.50.
Earrings from Topshop
 This set of 3 rings (very Pandora like cost £8.50).
Rings from Topshop
I love this sparkly rose gold band.  This was £7.50.
Ring from Topshop
 This cute ring  cost £5.50 (is it a knot, a bow or infinity?  Who knows).
Ring from Topshop
 This lovely rose gold ring was £5.
Ring from Topshop
 This 2 tier ring was £5.00.  I bought one in blue as well.
Ring from Topshop

Ring from Topshop
I also bought some shoes.  These shoes are fugly (if you know what I mean), but I think they somewhat channel Alexa Chungs preppy chic. These were £30.
Shoes from Topshop
I loved these flat slip ons and I even managed to go a size down to what I usually wear (which is a great thing as I normally wear a size 8). These were £30.
Shoes from Topshop
I bought this faux leather bag with rose gold metal accents.  This was £45.
Bag from Topshop
Finally a cute little black and white bag. This was £25.
Bag from Topshop

I definitely think I will be heading to Topshop more often.

I bought these with my own money & a couple of Grazia vouchers.