Valentine Gift Guide

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Love it or loathe it Valentines Day is a little over 2 weeks away! If you’re looking for some cute gift ideas for your Valentine you’ve come to the right place.

I love celebrating different holidays and occasions but we don’t go crazy with gifts for Valentines so if you’re looking for something super luxe, you may be disappointed!

One of my favourite treats to myself is a new nail polish and Valentine’s Day is a perfect time to give yourself a little boost and there’s always a fun heart themed collaboration to get! Essie and Barry M have some gorgeous pinks and reds available at Boots

Essie Valentines Collection in shade Unwrap Me

Barry M Kingdom Come exclusive shade to Boots

You can pick up such cute little items, even in your local supermarket, these little Mary Poppins cuddlies were from Morrison’s and only £3.99 each. Phil and I both love the movie so it was a cute little buy for us.

Goddess bath bomb , Unicorn horn bubble bar and Peachy bath bomb

Another fave of mine is Lush , they always have a fab collection around Valentines Day and the Peachy bathbomb launched last year is one of my faves thanks to its amazing scent!

Another thing we do is try to pick things that really connect to moments in our relationship like our wedding song. We chose All of Me by John Legend for our first dance and Phil got me this cute mug a few Valentines ago and it’s one of my faves.

The cutest Mug from Sainsbury’s

Flowers are always a winner for me, but don’t think it has to be roses, personally I just love getting any flowers but spring flowers like tulips and daffodils are some of my faves and really affordable. If the person in your life has a favourite flower, treat them to that instead of spending over the odds on roses!

Whatever you end up doing this Valentines make sure you spend it with someone you love 💕

Asos Date Night Beauty box

ASOS have hit it out the park again with a fab Valentines themed beauty box for just £12!

Coming in a gorgeous leopard print box it has everything you need for a date night or a galentines catch up! Billed as a skincare, feel good, makeup and haircare box to brighten up your month and it’s certainly done just that for me!

First up Nip+Fab Primer Mask with hyaluronic acid to prep and hydrate your skin for a brilliant base. I really love this brand and I’ve used quite a few things from their skincare and makeup ranges. It’s got amazing reviews online and I’m excited to try this. This is £6 and available at Superdrug and other online retailers.

Next is the Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder. I keep hearing great things about this and I’ve been excited to try it. This came in the glow formula and is designed to keep you looking fresh and bridge the gap until summer comes! This has a nice light shimmer to it, works well and is really fine powder, it kept my foundation and concealer in place and I’d definitely recommend it. This is £32 for the full size product, this is a sample mini size is is worth approx £2

Also included is a gorgeous sugary pink gloss from Barry M appropriately named Sugar! This gloss is vitamin-infused and moisturises as well as giving beautiful glossy lips. I really like Barry M as a brand they have a lot of great products I especially like their nail polish. This is £4.99 available direct from their website as well as other online retailers. 

Coco & Eve hair masque has strengthening properties to repair and provide some much needed TLC to hair. My hair is super dry and frizz prone so I use a lot of serums and masques like these to keep it in check.

This is a pretty small size and as my hair is quite long I focused on just the problem areas of my hair which are the ends which due to colouring and styling are the main places damaged. RRP for this in the full size is £34.90 available from their website Again this is a small sample size – enough for one use so would be worth approx £8.80

Finally it’s the Ciate Fierce Flicks Liquid Liner for those cat eye lined eyes you want for Valentines looks.

This has a really fine nib and reminded me a lot of their stamp and drag eyeliner which was out a while back which I really liked. It’s the pen style liner which is what I personally prefer and it gives a nice neat finish. As with the stamp and drag liner it lasts really well and it usually retails for £15 which means this alone was worth the price of the whole box!

I’m loving the products I tried so far and will give an update on the hair masque once I’ve had the chance to try it.

In total the products in the box are worth £36.79 making this another brilliant ASOS beauty box!

If you want to purchase a box visit ASOS and search beauty box. They sell out super fast so be quick!

ASOS x Pixi Beauty

I got this beauty box a while back and purposely waited to post a review as I really wanted to give the products a good try and see what difference they made to my skin.

Pixi is a London brand most famous for their skincare and face tonics, the Glow tonic being the most familiar.

The full contents of the box

There are four full size products and one sample size.

The sample size is the most well known and iconic product from the Pixi Range their Glow Tonic. This is the smallest item in the box and I’ve actually used this before. It’s perfect for popping in my travel bag. The tonic itself is amazing for blemish prone skin. I don’t use this everyday as I find it too drying for my skin type but if I feel like my skin has turned oily or I’ve got any spots it’s brilliant for getting them in check sharpish! The recommendation when using Glow Tonic is to use once a day, either morning or night to give your skin a deeper cleanse. The RRP for this size is £5

The Rose tonic is a full size product and my worry with this was that it would be too perfumed. It manages to get a perfect balance of rose scent without being overpowering which I love. It contains hydrosol and can be used morning and night for a calming skin effect. This has now become my everyday toner as it’s lovely and light. The usual price for the full size of this is £18 for the 250ml bottle.

The Rose Flash Balm again not overpowering in scent and a really lovely moisturiser for dry skin. This is designed to be used as either a mask treatment or a primer to brighten up your skin. I’ve really liked using it on no makeup days as a primer, it’s really made my skin feel great and definitely helped throughout the winter months! RRP for this is £6

Next is the Pixi lip lift max in sheer Rose , I really liked this colour and it had a nice non sticky texture. As with most gloss products it’s not particularly long lasting but I would definitely repurchase in another shade.

It has a peptide lip plumper, which you can feel working on your lips from the second you put it on! It’s a really nice formula that doesn’t dry out your lips. The RRP for this product is £12

The last product is the Endless Silky Eye one. It a Kohl type eye pencil there’s not much to say about this, it’s a basic for your makeup bag, applies nicely and lasts well. It’s long wear and has a creamy texture which glides on and smudges nicely if you like that look. This is priced at £6

The box was £15 this time from ASOS but still incredible value as the total value of the products was £47 !

If you’d like to know more about Pixi Beauty and their beauty/ skincare ranges visit pixibeauty.co.uk or any of your usual online beauty retailers

ASOS face and body box January 2020

As January starts I’m all about getting my skin on track and ready for another year. I’d been looking for a new cleanser and came across the ASOS face and body box which this month was a collab with DECIEM and packed with goodies from The Ordinary and NIOD.

I have a combination type typically but lean toward a dry complexion if I am having a Psoriasis flare up and I’m always on the hunt for products that suit my skin but don’t break the bank. Having tried a few things from The Ordinary before for blemishes I was keen to give some of their other products a try and at £15 for this box it seemed like a perfect time to have a try! Side note I actually got my box for £12 as I got a 20% off promotion over New Year from ASOS, making it even better value for money!

Anyway let’s dive into the contents! There are five products altogether to cleanse, hydrate, protect and make your skin glow, definitely a January must!

First up is the Squalane Cleanser, which is part of the reason I wanted the box. It’s designed to remove makeup and keep your skin moisturised. As I lean toward a dry skin type typically this works brilliantly for me, I think if you have oily skin it could be a bit much for you. These type of cleansers are emoillent style and you warm a bit of product in your hands to melt into an oil before rinsing your face with warm water. The RRP for this is £5.50 which is an absolute bargain in my view.

Next up is NIOD Multi-Molecular Hyaluronic Complex (try saying that a few times fast!) Essentially it’s a hydrating serum type product which is aimed at keeping your skin “plump and healthy” as it says on the card. You use this after you cleanse and apply to the whole face. It’s got antibacterial and anti inflammatory properties and is targeted at getting those fine lines and wrinkles in check. As I’m getting older I’m now finding a few fine lines, especially around the eyes so anything that can help is welcomed! It’s a nice light serum and hasn’t made my face feel congested like some other serums have in the past.

I love all the packaging for these products, even though it’s a basic design it kinda reminds me of a lab or something! The RRP for this is £25.

Another product from NIOD included is the Photography Fluid Opacity 12%, described as light-reflecting , hue correcting and topical photo-finishing to create a glowing complexion in seconds. This is a serum type product to put under your base or wear alone and has a similar packaging to the previous serum. It’s got a beautiful opalescent look to it and blends really well. The key ingredient they list in this is “Patented dragonfruit chromatic refractor” for radiance and to help reduce fine lines. It’s a nice formula but I don’t know I’ve seen much difference apart from it being a nice redness reducer and I think I’ll have to use it a bit longer to report back on whether it helps the fine lines!

RRP for this is £20.

Finally the last two products are both from The Ordinary, the Natural Moisturising Factors + HA and Salicylic Acid 2% Masque.

The masque has charcoal and clays to make your skin brighter and smoother and take care of any blemishes. As with a lot of charcoal products this is black in colour and is a rinse off formula which you leave on the skin for about 10 mins before following your regular skin routine. I’d maybe use something like this 1-2 times a week if I was having a breakout or you could just dot on problem areas if you felt the rest of your face wasn’t needing the masque.

RRP is £9.90 for this one.

The moisturising factors is designed to keep your face protected and moisturised and includes that very popular ingredient hyaluronic acid to really plump up the skin. I really like this as it’s light and not greasy but very moisturising, definitely good for a dry complexion, possibly too much for oily skin. At only £4.90 RRP this is a great moisturiser and at a purse friendly price.

Altogether the contents of this months box were worth £65.30 if you’d purchased them all separately.

The ASOS Face and Body box is available each month priced at £15 with a different theme each time. Each box comes with a card describing the products and helping you make best use of them. Just visit http://www.asos.com at the start of the month and search beauty box, make sure you are there early as it very often sells out quickly!

I’ve really enjoyed the products in the box and I will report back on the difference in my skin texture in a few weeks when I’ve had a better chance to see the results.

Glossybox January 2020

This month Glossybox has a theme of Sleep and Refresh aimed at getting us revitalised and take on the year ahead with some no makeup makeup essentials.

First up is a clear brow gel from Model Co whic has an RRP of £14. Not much to say about this it’s quite a nice product for when you don’t have much makeup on to set your brows in place and just make them look a bit more groomed. Likewise you could use it over a brow pencil and set the colour. Having used it a few times I quite like it, however it seems a really small tube for £14 and it is a full size which has been supplied with the box.

This Strawberry booster was the sneak peek in the December box and doesn’t disappoint. Made from (what else?) strawberry seeds and fatty acids omega 3 and 6, it’s a really nice oil to hydrate your skin. BYBI have had a lip plumper product in Glossybox before and are a brand that pride themselves on being eco-friendly, vegan and natural ingredients. I tried this directly on my face as a night serum after cleansing but you can also mix with your day cream or foundation for extra moisture as recommended. RRP for this is £12 which seems a really good price for the size of the bottle and quality of the product. It’s a dry oil, so doesn’t feel really greasy when applied and my skin feels really smooth on using it for a little over a week.

A product often included in these boxes is a face mask, I really like trying different ones and this is something I haven’t seen before. The Beauty Pro CBD Oil infused mask. Infused with cannabidiol, it’s meant to have anti-inflammatory properties and helps to reduce blemishes. I’m really excited to try this as cannabidiol is an ingredient which is growing in popularity and I want to see if it lives up to the hype! This has an RRP of £5.95 which is not bad for a sheet mask like this.

Continuing with the skincare theme is a Micro-Derm Regenerator from Context. This is an exfoliation and cleansing product to remove those dead skin cells and reveal brighter skin. I really liked this, it has a nice clean smell and is quite a gentle exfoliating cleanser. My skin definitely felt softer and refreshed. It’s also got a blend of macadamia, sunflower and jojoba oils with vitamins A, C and E to further protect your skin. The RRP for this is £6.50 as it’s a deluxe mini and not a full size product. For the full size it’s £27.

I wasn’t that thrilled by this next product if I’m honest! Tweezers are a great staple to have in your beauty kit, especially with the emphasis on eyebrows in beauty right now and they do pair with the brow gel in this months box. I think for me I’d rather have had something different but you’re not going to like every single item! These have an RRP of £15.50 and are a decent pair of tweezers.

A little additional item included in this months box was this Nakd Salted Caramel fruit and nut bar. I’ve bought these bars before (the lemon drizzle and blueberry muffin flavours are a fave) but I haven’t tried this flavour. It’s always nice to get a little extra in your box and it being January I think it’s nice it wasn’t chocolate after all of the Christmas excess! It was a really nice flavour and I’ve actually gone and purchased a full box of them for future snacking! These bars are usually 75p each or around £2 for a box of 4 in most supermarkets (mine were from Tesco).

I pay £11.75 per month for my Glossybox including shipping but there are lots of plans available on their website www.glossybox.co.uk

In total this months box was worth £54.70 which is fantastic value again from Glossybox, although I don’t think I’d have ever paid £15 for a pair of tweezers in my life!

As always I’d love to know your thoughts and if you’ve tried any of the products !

Glossybox December Merry Metallics

It’s beginning to look a lot like New Year….. especially when you get a box like this from Glossybox!

Decembers theme is Merry Metallics and as expected it’s full of gorgeous sparkly makeup! This month has 5 full-size products, each better than the last!

First up is Sweet Rhubarb & Raspberry Showergel from Original Source which smells amazing. I really like their products as they are great for my sensitive skin and always have beautiful scents. The RRP is £2.30

Next is a loose powder pigment from Steve Laurent in the shade Rose Gold which has the most amazing shimmer and shine to it! The guide with the box has a few ideas on how to use including using a wet eyeliner brush and applying along the lash line. I think this will be a fab look and can’t wait to try it! The RRP for this is £14.60

The eye products in this box are the star of the show and the LA Splash Golden Gatsby Faux Mink Lashes are no exception. As you’d expect these are designed with party time in mind and look really pretty. RRP is £9.75 for these.

The final eye product is the Bellapierre liquid shadow in the shade Eye Candy. This is so highly pigmented ! It’s designed not to crease or smudge so will definitely be putting this to the test over Christmas and creating some new shimmery eye looks. RRP is £20 for this.

Swatches of all the beauty products

And last but not least we have a lip stain from L.O.V The Fateful range. This claims to be long lasting and smudge proof but has a gloss finish. It’s really nice and adds a lovely pop of red colour. I really like red lip colour and I haven’t had a lip stain for a while as I’ve been into the matte trend so it was nice to try a glossier shade for a change. It’s got a Hyaluronic Filling Spheres (fancy!) designed for plump your lips and moisturise. RRP for this is £7.99 which is actually a lot less than I thought it would be.

I pay £11.75 per month for my Glossybox including shipping but there are lots of plans available on their website www.glossybox.co.uk

In total this months box was worth £54.64 which is fantastic value. Lots of gorgeous metallic treats for some really Christmassy looks!

Glossybox November Winter Warmers

November 2019 Winter Warmers edit

A bit later than normal but here’s the low down on the Glossybox Winter Warmers box for November.

7 items in this box including two delicious fruity teas from OffBlak. I liked the Brighten Up one best which has a lovely berry flavour, a perfect winter warmer for this cold weather.

First is the Mudmasky Leave-Me-On Winter Mask which has an RRP of £43.50! Like lots of people I get really dry skin in the winter and often experience psoriasis flare ups at this time of year. So I was I intrigued by this leave on face mask and whether it was up to the task! It’s a really nice light formula and I felt it made my skin feel much softer.

Another winter essential for me is hand cream. This Rituals handbalm is so moisturising, you really only need a tiny bit as it’s so rich. As with all Rituals products it smells amazing and has sweet almond oil and Indian rose. This has a RRP of £9.90

Cetaphil is one of my favourite brands for gentle skin cleansing and moisturising. It’s also great value this mini is worth £1.10 but a full size bottle of the same product will only set you back £8.99. Cetaphil helps create a barrier to seal in moisture for your skin and is so gentle and non drying. If you suffer from dry skin definitely give this a try.

This beautiful glow mist from Kandi Cosmetics is designed to be a shimmery primer applied after cleansing and before foundation. I was a bit unsure of this, although it looks gorgeous in the bottle, I was wary of looking like I’d been rolled in glitter! However it’s incredibly light and works brilliantly under makeup to give a nice soft glow. I haven’t tried it as a setting spray which is the other way you can use it but I think this would also work well. This has an RRP of £20.

I love Hask products having used a lot of their hair masks which are great when you colour your hair alot like me! This hair oil is a repairing formula and has argan oil to restore your hair. I’ve been using this on my lengths and ends, it’s been great for giving my hair a nice sheen and avoiding that straw like look at the ends! This has an RRP of £2.49

And finally a little extra treat in this months box was these delicious fruit teas from OffBlak. My favourite is the Brighten Up tea which is forest fruit and ginger flavoured. They were a lovely extra treat and taste amazing. They are £0.84 each or £9.98 for a box.

The grand total for this months box is…….. £78.67!

I subscribe to Glossybox for £8.50 plus postage and packing which in total is £11.75 so definitely well worth the subscription fee once again.

I’m looking forward to the December box and there’s also a limited edition box coming for December which more details will be released about soon.

Glossybox is available by visiting http://www.glossybox.co.uk