Friday, 30 December 2016

Lush The Comforter Bubble Bar

Hi guys,

So if you know me, you know I love a Lush bath. I picked up this bubble bar (my first) a couple of weeks ago and I adore it.

First, the colours are amazing and the smell is unreal.

It is called The Comforter and that is how I would describe the smell - very comforting. Plus, your bath goes pink. Nuff said, right?





Anyhoo, the bubble bar differs from the bath bombs as you can use it quite a few times. I have got about 3 uses out of it so far and reckon another 2/3 to go. It is gorgeous.

Definitely a thumbs up from me and a recommendation!

Can you recommend any for me for future buys??

Rachael xox

Thursday, 29 December 2016

Glossybox November & December

Hi,

So after recently trying out the Birchbox subscription, I decided to try a second subscription box. I decided to go for Glossybox after seeing so many great boxes with other bloggers.

I am loving Glossybox - I feel like it is more ME than Birchbox with the different products. 

November Glossybox



Products

111Skin
Bio Cellulose Facial Treatment Mask
RRP £20

Wilkinson Sword
Quattro for Women Raspberry Rain Disposable Razors
RRP £5.69

Nanogen 
Root Boost Hair thickening spray
RRP £9.95

De bruyere beaute
Jumbo eye pencil in Bubble 07
RRP £15

Ruby Professional
Large Tapered blending brush
RRP £8

December Box


Definitely the best one out of the two!!

Products

Essence
Light up your face luminiser palette
RRP £3

Lipcote
Browcote (used this, amazing!)
RRP £6.99

Gosh Copenhagen
Mono eyeshadow in Sand
RRP £8.99

Revlon
Nail enamel in Gray suede
RRP £6.49

MDMFlow
Semi Matte lipstick in Bossy
RRP £18


So, as you can see I have a LOT of products to try out and review. I am very happy with my choice of subscription boxes!

Do you subscribe to a monthly box?

Rachael xox




Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Birchbox October, November & December

Hi guys,

So I decided to give my Birchbox subscription a good three months before I wrote my thoughts/views on products & the service. 

So my first month was October. October was the star sign box and my theme was Air because my star sign is Gemini! It actually glows in the dark if you hold it near the light too! The subscription is £10 per month and you get it delivered straight to your door!


Products

Lord & Berry (pictured below, oops!) FULL SIZE
20100 Maxi Matte Crayon lipstick in Intimacy
RRP £12

Monu Professional Skincare
MonuSpa Rosewood Reviving Mist
RRP £19.95

Aromatherapy Associates
Revive Body Gel
RRP £25

Manefit FULL SIZE
Beauty Planner Sheet Mask
RRP £1.99

Number 4
Fluoro5 Elixir Restore & Repair Oil
RRP £18

Birchbox
Eyebrow brush
RRP £1.99


The November box was a collaboration with Tatler. This gorgeous box was a peacock feather print design.


Products

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics
Lip Tar Primer 
RRP £15

Marcelle 
BB Cream Golden Glow Illuminator
RRP £25.50

Nuxe
Creme Prodigieuse
RRP £21

Beauty Protector
Protect & Detangle
RRP £18.50

Doux Me
Pure Spring Mist
RRP £16


December box so far has been my favourite. The colours are beautiful and the products are amazing. The top pops off on this one rather than the previous drawer top so ideal for make up brush or stationary storage.


Products

Ciate London
Fierce Flicks Eyeliner
RRP £15

Laqa & Co.
Eyelighter in Co-Pilot
RRP £10.50

Benefit Cosmetics
Porefessional Matte Rescue
RRP £21.50

Percy & Reed
Perfectly Perfecting Wonder Balm
RRP £18

Starskin
Eye Catcher 
RRP £8.50



So, I haven't used all of the products yet - just a select few but so far so good. The thing I love about these beauty boxes is the vast amount of different products and brands that I have used that I wouldn't necessarily have bought either due to price or because its an unknown brand. It has also been good as I have wanted to buy a couple of replacements for other products and I have got a couple within the box that are suitable!

So, if you are looking for a variety of beauty delivered to your door every month, subscribe now!

Have you got a beauty subscription box??

Rachael xox



Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Deck the halls ....

Hi guys,

So I wanted to share with you my new Christmas decor for this year. Last year, I was all about the red and white and my tree featured little stockings, mittens and love hearts. 

This year, due to the house move, I have gone for a traditional rustic Christmas. Think logs, snow, hessian, owls and wood. 


























I have felt like this year, all of the decorations have been last minute purchases and I am looking forward to picking more and more pieces up during the year.

We decorated the outside of the house too - we have a mini tree lit up with fairy lights and then some icicle lights that drape along the garage. Our neighbourhood is filled with so many fabulous lights that I have serious envy but will be going out to purchase some more!

How have you decorated your home? What is your favourite colour scheme?!

Rachael xox

Monday, 19 December 2016

My Luxury Christmas Wish List ...

Hi guys,

We all have that fantasy of winning the lottery or becoming a mega rich movie star/author/actor etc. or at least I do. I think we all think about what we would spend that first little bit of guilt-free pennies on. So, this wishlist really is all about what I would buy myself for Christmas (or like to get as a gift), if money really wasn't an issue.


The Alexander McQueen neck scarf
£245
Net-a-Porter

I have adored this style of scarf for years and could totally imagine 101 different outfit options with this. Leather jacket & skinnies, skater dress and pumps, tied around a handbag. If I suddenly come into a big lump of money OR find a very good bargain on Ebay, this is definitely one of my first purchases!

Gucci Holdall 
£815
Net-a-Porter

Although my lottery purchase dream luggage is the entire hard and soft Louis Vuitton monogrammed luggage, this Gucci holdall is also on my list. I can just imagine weekend's away in my vintage sports car with this in my boot toting my designer clothes! Eek!



Drew by Chloe
£1230
Net-A-Porter

There is just something about this bag that pulls me right in. Actually, I suspect it is the multiple somethings; the chain, the clasp, the stud details. I have been in love with the Chloe brand since the Paddington emerged when I was 16. I coveted that handbag so much so that I bought a couple of dupes but also a real version too. 

The Drew is stunning - so me! However, I could never justify paying that much money for this type of handbag.


Shearling Jacket by Balenciaga
£2590
Net-A-Porter

I mean, do I need to explain this one?!

I love a shearling jacket but this one i just absolutely unreal. Everything about it is stunning and I adore it. However, cost per wear really does not translate, not when you have a mortgage to pay, a house and car to run and plan on taking 2-3 holidays a year. Oh well! *puts an extra lottery ticket on*. 
Christian Loboutins 
£795
Net-A-Porter

I actually have a pair of loboutins. Just plain black and I adore them (but hardly wear them). That is what makes me think I would probably hardly wear these shoes. So, this is why they do not currently have shelf of honour in my wardrobe. However, if money wasn't an issue, these beauties would definitely be coming home with me!!




Frends Headphones
£140
Net-A-Porter

I actually own three or four pairs of headphones that do the job but I watched a Youtiuber (think it was Zoella) "what's in my hand luggage" vid and they featured these as apparantly they're super comfy and soft and ideal for long haul flights for sleeping in. I think I may buy these anyway. I would have bought them by now if money wasn't an issue but I am actually thinking in terms of future proofing my ears. I know, it sounds pathetic to me too - any reason to splurge haha!


Gianvanita Rossi Boots
£995
Net-A-Porter

I adore these boots. There is nothing like a knee high black boot to get you through Winter. I have lots of beautiful boots. I think they are definitely the piece in your wardrobe that you need to splurge on. However, nearly £1000 would be better spent on mortgage payments than boots. Boot envy!


Dyson Supersonic Hairdryer in fuschia
£299.99 
Boots

I am obsessed with this hairdryer. I am floored by the technology and my extensive research has just made me 100% sure that this will be my next purchase. I know its £300 for a hairdryer. However, I have probably bought a hairdryer a year for the last ten years, amounting to at least £600. See where I am going? My hubby would die if I turned up with this hairdryer and unfortunately for me, I have talked about it that much, I know for definite he will recognise it straight away. As soon as this is in any type of offer, I will be snapping it up straightaway!


YSL jumper
£915
Net-A-Porter


I first saw this jumper on Julia Engel at Gal meets Glam. If you haven't checked her out, then please do so. I lover her style and all her photographs are inspiring and beautiful. This jumper was a definite stand out for me. A massively hefty price tag but worth it for those shoulders and that bow, right?!



I think this post has made me realise two things. 

1. I need to get off Net-a-Porter and live in the real world

2. I probably sit and daydream far too much about winning the lottery.

Oh well!

Have you got any super splurges you would do if you won the big bucks?!

Rachael xox

Sunday, 18 December 2016

New Year's Eve Style Ideas ...

Hi guys,

I wanted to share with you my top picks for style at New Years. Traditionally, we have a family party at New Year's for ease but we all still like to get glammed up to see in the New Year!


1. Sequin top - £35 River Island
2. White dress - £37.50 Dorothy Perkins (avoid if red wine drinker)
3. Navy dress - Asos £28
4. Nude fitted dress - Missguided £20
5. Wine coloured maxi - River Island £60



 
Maxi satin skirt - £20 Missguided
Tulle skirt - £40 Asos
Ombre sequin playsuit - £65 Asos
Tulle Midi skirt - Missguided £28





1. Bow back tulle skirt - £50 Asos
2. Bardot dress - £28.25 Dorothy Perkins
3. Metallic Midi Skirt - £28 River Island
4. Printed midi skirt - £ 42 ChiChi at Dorothy Perkins
5. Berry bardot dress - £22 ChiChi Dorothy Perkins

I am absolutely adoring this bow back skirt right now but I think it has to be sequins for New Years.

Let me know what you will be wearing for NYE.

Rachael xox

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Saturday, 17 December 2016

Gifts for Guys ...

Hi guys,

So I have created this little guide to what to buy for the man in your life. Men are quite hard to buy for, especially granddads (well mine is anyway!!).


Immerse Plus Virtual Reality Headset £30 River Island
Christmas Jumper £12 George
Reese's Cup & Frying Pan Pancake Set £10 Debenhams
Fifa for PS4 £44 Asda
Knitted cardigan £18 Asda
Wally jumper £15 Asda
4pk avengers glasses £10 Debenhams


Haynes Roadside Survival Kit £30 Debenhams
Loreal Barber Shop Kit £24 Asda
Batman mug £4 Matalan
Subbuteo colour change light £20 Debenhams
Star Wars mug £6 Matalan
Batman Batwing drone £80 Debenhams
Superman Mug £4 Matalan


Have you last minute shopped?!!

Rachael xox

Friday, 16 December 2016

Gift Ideas for teenage girls ...

Hi guys,

I have put together a little guide to gift for teen girls! I adore all of these products myself but I feel like they're a little bit young for me now! 


1. Lip Balm set - £6 Matalan
2. Bath fizzers - £8 Zoella at Superdrug 
3. Nail polish set - £6 Matalan
4. Colour in cup - £6.99 New Look
5. Light box - £18 Superdrug
6. Cup & ear muff set - £14.99 New Look
7. Unicorn hottie - £10 Matalan
8. Flutter flower lights - £7 Matalan
9. Me to you mug & sock set - £6 Matalan

Some beautiful little things for your loved ones!!

Rachael xox



Gifts for her ...

Hi guys,

Need some last minute inspo for your mum/grandma/girlfriend/friend/sister etc?

Well, here are my top picks for Christmas gifts for the ladies! (Or for me in the boxing day sales!!)


1. Garnier Beauty Set - £9 Asda
2. Notebook set - Joules - £6.95 John Lewis
3. Maybelline Baby lips - £7 Asda
4. Paris handbag - £10 Asda
5. Kat Von D Makeup set - £19.50 Debenhams
6. Fluffy slippers - £14 River Island
7. Nails Inc Paint in a Can - £10 Next
8. Zoella plant pots - £10 Superdrug
9. Katie Loxton Candle - £20 John Lewis



DKNY Be Tempted Perfume - £40 Boots
Tanya Burr Defined Palette - £10 Superdrug
Notebook - £6.99 TK Maxx
Burt's Bees Tips & Toes Gift Set - £12.99 Boots
Never Stop Exploring keyring - £6 M&S
Breakfast Face Masks - £6 Boots
Penguin Heated Ear Muffs - £8 Matalan
Tanya Burr lipgloss, highlight & contour - £10 Superdrug
Alphabet jewellery dish - £4 Matalan


Heated Owl - £19.99 Next
Selfie Light - £15 River Island
Elizabeth Arden Gift Set - £29 Debenhams
Bark Tealight holder - £9.99 TK Maxx
Postcards for Penguin set - £9.99 M&S
Zoella 4pk scents - £9.99 Superdrug
Perfume & body lotion - £12 Next


Costa Gift Set - £28 Debenhams
Wishbone Necklace - Oriella London, TK Maxx
Coffee Syrups - £12.50 Debenhams
Harry Potter trivial pursuit - £8.99 M&S
Joules hare cushion - £24.95 Joules
Big Bang Theory Trivial Pursuit - £8.99 M&S
OPI Kerry Washington gift set - £14.50 Debenhams
Glitz watch - £28 River Island
OPI Breakfast at Tiffany's - £14.50 Debenhams


Rhubarb & Gin Liqueur - £18 John Lewis
Maybelline Colour Show Nail Polish - £7 Asda
Loreal Beauty Set - £12 Asda
EcoTools Brush Set - £15 Superdrug
Clarins Gift Set - £10 Debenhams

What have you bought for the female in your life?!

Rachael xox