Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Valentines Gift Ideas from ToxicFox

With Valentines Day just around the corner I thought I'd share some gifts that were kindly picked out for me from ToxicFox.co.uk. The first gift I received was the Bomb Cosmetics Strawberry Patch Bath Bomb Gift Box* which I personally think is the cutest gift ever! Wrapped up in a Strawberry printed paper, the candy colour scheme & the red bow tied around the box compliment the bath treats hiding inside. It's filled with a mini pastel bath bomb, a big bath blaster, a floral bath buttercup and a cupcake shaped bath mallow adorned with a Strawberry, plus a slice of soap. The Strawberry scent isn't too sickly or overpowering either, it's just the right amount of fruity sweetness with a a likeness to Strawberries & Cream. It's a perfect gift for me as I'm obsessed with pretty bath related products, as most of us bloggers seem to be! 

The second gift was a Selfie Stick, (a pink one!) which seemed to be the most popular Christmas gift of 2014 according to my Social Media feeds over the festive period! It also seems that you either love them or hate them & I'm actually really pleased I've been able to try one out because we took it over to our friends house at the weekend & managed to get a few group shots of us & our puppies which would never have happened without it! They're a bit of a fun & provide the perfect opportunity to snap selfies whenever & wherever, I can't wait to take it to Paris & get a selfie with the Eiffel Tower haha! 

If you're a bit last minute like me & are still trying to find a Valentine's gift then ToxicFox might just be able to help you out! The Valentine's gift section contains lots of different categories to help you pick out the right gift, my favourite being the romantic section! They're offering 10% all orders with the code 'TFLOVE' & if you place an order today it should arrive by Thursday! 

L x

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Wednesday, 28 January 2015

American Food Haul

I don't really share many food posts over on this little blog of mine, which is quite surprising considering my huge amount of love for it! When I lived in London I posted a review of The Breakfast Club in Spitalfields & whilst I was scrolling through old posts for inspiration & ideas I remembered how much I'd enjoyed putting together that piece & made a note, both mental & on my iPhone, to document more foodie things which brings me to today's post, an American food haul! 

One evening after Dom had picked me up from work we stopped off at Tesco to pick up something for tea & I was also keen for him to show me the American food aisle that I mentioned in this post. I let the excitement get to me a little too much & even Dom didn't manage to restrain me from spending a slightly silly amount on a certain box of cereal... I did only intend to buy some poptarts as I wasn't expecting to be faced with so much choice, but never mind! It seems I have developed a slight obsession with Peanut Butter recently so naturally I had to buy the Peanut Butter flavoured M&Ms as well as Reese's Puffs. Reese's Peanut Butter cups are my downfall at the moment, whenever I'm buying lunch I can never resist picking up a pack! Reese's Puff cereal is a 100 times better than I anticipated which makes me feel less bad about paying £5 for it, eating it by the handfuls whilst sat in bed is my favourite way to enjoy it haha. The Wrigley's Extra Dessert Delights Mint Chocolate Chip Chewing Gum is something I've seen quite a lot over on Instagram so I was excited to discover it sitting on the shelves amongst all the other American foods. The Strawberry Marshmellow Fluff was actually Dom's pick as he had never tried it before, I prefer the original version though. Finally, last but not least I actually remembered to get the one item I went in for, poptarts, Hot Fudge Sundae flavour! I've been super jealous of America having all these different flavours of gum/m&ms/poptarts that I'm glad I can experience a few of them now without having to fly across the Atlantic Ocean first!

When we get our own place again I definitely want to share some of my favourite recipes, not just cakes & sweet treats but also savoury options like the risotto I seem to forever be cooking & a chicken dish I love to cook on special occasions/when I can be bothered making the effort! Look out for them in the near future (:

L x

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Tuesday, 27 January 2015

January Favourites

I'm so excited (& probably a little too eager!) to type up this post today, not only because it's the first monthly favourites of 2015 but because it contains products I've lusted after for so long that I finally got my hands on over Christmas which well & truly live up to the hype around them! 
Lets start from the top of the photo, the first item being the Rose Gold Zoeva 102 Silk Finish brush (which is slightly out of focus, apologies but I'm still getting to grips with my shiny new camera!) I am completely obsessed with using this brush to apply my foundation. It's quite dense with a rounded head which makes blending & buffing a complete dream. It makes my foundation appear seamless & I just love it so much! In fact the whole set is amazing, so keep an eye out for a full review soon!
Next is a skincare item from Soap & Glory, my favourite drugstore brand when it comes to both skincare & bath products. I picked the Fab Pore 2-in-1 Facial Pore Purifying Mask & Peel on a complete whim when I was feeling really fed up of my skin & in desperate need of a 'quick fix'. I haven't read any reviews on this but I think it deserves so much more recognition! Soap & Glory state that this is going to be your new favourite mask & it's true, it's definitely mine! I've been using it once a week to shrink my pores & improve the general appearance of my skin. It gives my skin a new lease of life, it feels a million times better, my pores are virtually invisible & my blemishes seem a lot calmer. Its £10 a pot but theres always offers on S&G stuff so I got it for about £8, it's well worth it!
NARS Sheer Glow Foundation is a base product that I have wanted to try out for SO long, but I was always put off by the price tag so when my Mum offered to get it me for Christmas I jumped at the chance. Honestly, I wish I hadn't waited so long to try it! I've had so many compliments when I've been wearing it & it's completely rekindled my love with applying makeup. You know when you have those 'meh' days because your skin is looking blah & you can just tell your makeup isn't going to sit right? Well this completely transforms my skin, it's a miracle in a bottle & is definitely up there with my other fave foundation, YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat. I'm always so nervous to splurge on high end makeup incase I don't like it, but sometimes it's worth the risk! 
Another product from Soap & Glory has made it's way into my January Favourites, this time something from their makeup range. I feel like I've been waiting forever to buy the Archery 2-in-1 Brow Filling Pencil & Brush, literally every time I went into my local Boots it was always out of stock... I even sneakily opened the drawer underneath the stand to see if any were hidden but to my disappointment there wasn't! Last week I ended up going over to Liverpool where I got drawn in to the huge Boots & to my delight the S&G stand was fully stocked so I grabbed the archery pencil in the shade 'Hot Chocolate' & trotted of to pay for it without even thinking twice! Even though this has only been in my life for a short while it's changed my eyebrow routine for the better, quick short strokes, a brush through with the spoolie & my brows are filled within a minute or so. The colour is a perfect match too & my brows don't seem to disintegrate throughout the day either!
My most-loved fragrance of the month is Daisy Dream by Marc Jacobs. I have a couple of MJ perfumes plus some mini handbag versions so when Daisy Dream was released I knew it would eventually end up in my collection. Everything from the bottle adorned with daisies & the light, fruity, floral scent is lovely & right up my street. I've been spritzing it ever since Doms parents kindly surprised it with me (love that my "in laws" know me so well!) & I can't get enough of it! It's such a Spring/Summer kinda scent, as are most of the MJ fragrances, so it's nice to spray this when the days are dull & be reminded of the warm Summer days that are ahead of us, hopefully!
I always have what seems like a 101 lip balms on the go at once & usually just grab whatever is closest to me but this month I've been choosing the Burts Bees Peppermint Beeswax Lip Balm more often than not. I find Burts Bees to be one of the most nourishing lip balms, they're filled with natural ingredients such as Coconut & Sunflower oils plus lots of vitamins & essential fatty acids to condition, soften & hydrate. The Peppermint flavour is really refreshing & tingles a little bit, which to me is a sign it's working!
Tigi Catwalk Oatmeal & Honey Nourishing Shampoo* & Conditioner* have been my hair washing products of choice this month. If you've read my blog for a while you'll probably be fed up of me mentioning how dry my hair can be but seriously it's getting to the stage that it now forms dreadlocks if I don't brush it straight away after washing!! I'm forever soaking it in Moroccan Oil & using various other products that lock in moisture, whilst I still love all of the previous products I've used it's good to switch up your haircare routine every now & again! It's a nice change to have a shampoo/conditioner that doesn't have a fruity scent, the Honey & Oatmeal provide a comforting kinda smell, think breakfast & porridge & you're on the right tracks and the best thing is that the scent lingers around, I love it when you get wafts of a scent all day long! It definitely helps to tame my hair as it always feels silky soft during & after I've washed it, I hate shampoos that make your hair have that weird squeaky clean feeling whilst you're rinsing out the product. The gift pack is currently only £14.50 which is pretty good considering individually they would normally retail between £24-£30.
What are your January Favourites?
L x

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Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Pond's Institute Skincare Giveaway

You might remember way back in August I featured a few bits from Pond's Skincare, the Cold Cream Cleanser & the Eye Contour Cream. Well now I'm giving one of my reader's the opportunity to win themselves a selection of skincare products from the Pond's Institute range, plus a really cute & exclusive Lily Lilybet washbag that I stupidly forgot to include in the photos! 

Cold Cream Cleanser - This cleanser is one I reach for most evenings, it's gentle yet really effective at removing the days makeup & giving my skin a good clean. It's also really affordable & a small pot lasts absolutely ages!

Hydro Nourishing Cream - A moisturiser containing Hydro-elastine and Vitamin-E to ensure moisturised, nourished & left looking radiant. 

Nourishing Anti-Wrinkle Cream - I've not actually used this product yet, although skincare gurus say it's never too early to start using anti-wrinkle products so perhaps I'll have to give it a go! The White Tea Extract, Vitamin B3 & the UV Protection all work together to increase skin's natural protection against leading causes of ageing, they also help to reduce the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles and improve the skins overall texture.

Triple Action Moisturiser - Again, this is another product I've not tried however this is aimed at mature skin so I'll probably pass this on to my Mum. The Triple Action is intended to keep the skin looking youthful by reducing wrinkles, age spots & make the skin appear firmer.

Eye Contour Cream - My favourite product from the range, I don't go a day without applying it both morning & night! It soothes & softens the skin around my eyes as it feels like velvet & contains lots of essential nutrients to help protect the skin.

Makeup Artist Arabella Preston has created a video showing you how to achieve a party look, using Pond's skincare to ensure your skin is prepped before applying makeup. Have a watch & let me know what you think!
What you can win:
1x 50ml Pond's Institute Cold Cream 50ml
1x 50ml Pond's Institute Hydro Nourishing Cream
1x 50ml Pond's Institute Nourishing Anti-Wrinkle Cream
1x 50ml Pond's Institute Triple Action Moisturiser
1x 15ml Pond's Institute Eye Contour Cream
1x Lucy Lilybet Washbag

The giveaway will run for 10 days from 20th January 2015 until 30th January 2015 & is open to UK entrants only, sorry!
Good luck (:

L x

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