A new addition, meet Chip!

Chip at 8 weeks old!

So it’s been a busy time in our house. The end of the school holidays, an adventure to Crete and now a new addition to the house, Chip the cockapoo!

We fell in love with him way back in July and it seems like it’s been ages to wait for him to be ready to come home!

He’s a chocolate brown cockapoo and growing all the time, chewing everything in sight and generally being cute!

He came home with us a week ago now and honestly it’s like he has always been here, settled in brilliantly and starting to master toilet training like a pro!

Chip at 12 weeks

Now he’s settling nicely we can’t wait to start walking him properly once he has his last set of vaccinations. We got him lots of chew toys and different softer toys too but I think he really is ready for a few walks now.

So I’m after any puppy or dog tips you might have, please leave a comment or email if you have any special things you did with your pet!

Glossybox Birthday edition

So this month Glossybox really excelled itself! With a special birthday theme, the packaging alone signalled this was going to be an awesome box!

The sparkly holographic packaging has a millennial pink and rose gold scheme, definitely a box to keep for storage.

Love this pink sparkly box!

Perfectly packaged birthday theme!

August Glossybox

And then… onto the products! As usual 5 products, 3 full size and 2 deluxe mini size. That’s one of the things I love about Glossybox, you do get actual full sized items and not just minis all the time.

The definite highlight of this box is the Huda Beauty Lip strobe which is £17. I got the shade Angelic, which is a gorgeous rose gold, very in keeping with the box theme! The gloss is designed to be worn for a full coverage finish with pink shimmer and gold reflections. It can also be worn on top of your regular lipstick for an added shine effect. I really like the colour and texture of this product. Unlike other lip strobes and toppers it has a good coverage on its own so you don’t have to layer two products.

Next we have the Furr Lashes Rose gold eyelash curler. This came at a great time for me as I was looking at my old Eyeko curler and thinking it was past it’s best! There’s not much you can say about this except it’s rose gold coloured again and it nicely curls your lashes. The eyelash curler is £15 to purchase.

A fab Beauty Pro eye therapy product is included in this box Eye Therapy under eye mask. A cooling eye mask to smooth your under eye area and revive puffy eyes. This has green tea and aloe vera extract with anti-inflammatory properties. It’s also made to reduce dark circles and brighten up your skin. I love eye patches like these as I always feel your makeup looks great after you’ve used them! They are £1.65 for the deluxe mini sample or £4.95 for the Full size product which is a really affordable price for this kind of product. I really liked using these, it was relaxing and my skin felt great and looked more rested.

Next I got an Imperial Leather Foamburst Ultimate Moisture Golden Amber and Coconut Oil. This smells amazing! It just makes me think of holidays with the coconut scent and I like these foam based products as they make my skin feel more moisturised. The amber oil is meant to repair and the coconut oil is to moisturise and hydrate your skin. It’s a perfect size for popping in your travel or gym bag, which is where mine will be headed! This costs £2 for the deluxe sized sample or £5 for the full sized product.

And finally another product I was in need of purchasing! The felt tip liner from Bang Beauty comes in a mirrored packaging and has a thin marker tip for precise eyeliner applications. It’s also waterproof (yay!) and designed to quick dry for a non smudging application that you don’t need to reapply. I haven’t put this to the extreme test yet as I’ve not worn it all day but I can say that it applies really well and doesn’t drag when applying like some others I’ve used. This product sells for £15.75 normally.

Altogether this months box is worth £51.40!

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

Next months has a ‘Delicious Beauty’ theme with food inspired beauty products which sounds very intriguing!

Have you had any great products this month?

July Glossybox Holiday Haul!

I was really excited for the July Glossybox which was summer holiday themed and features products to get you ready for your holiday.

July 2019 Glossybox

Five products are featured with skincare, haircare and makeup, another great mixture! There are perfect sizes mixed in here for popping in your suitcase or toiletry bag too.

Manna Kadar Cosmetics Bloom Mascara RRP £23

First up a full size Manna Kadar Cosmetics mascara in jet black. The first thing about this that struck me was the twisted packaging which I like. It’s designed with a cutting edge wand for fuller and longer length lashes. I have been trying some new mascaras lately so I will give this a go and add into another post for a full review.

Omorovicza cleanser, Palmers Body lotion and Boots face mask

Next we have a skincare trio with cleanser, gradual tanning lotion and a face mask.

The Omorovicza cleanser is not one I’ve heard of before and is a Hungarian brand. It’s fab for removing make up, being a foaming cleanser I find they’re usually good for that. This one is a travel size so will be great to take when we are on holiday.

The Palmers body lotion is called Natural Bronze and it’s a gradual everyday tanner. I’ll have to try this when my skin is not as flared up with my psoriasis. It does smell lovely though and I would love to try it properly.

The face mask is from Boots and I got the peel off one. I have to say it was fun using a peel off mask, a lot of the ones I’ve used lately have been sheet masks. It was fun peeling it off and it has tea tree and witch hazel, I had a few blemishes at the time and it has really reduced the redness and made my skin look brighter. I would definitely purchase again. At full size it’s just £3.50

And finally we have haircare with Moroccan Oil. This is an argan oil product for all hair types and helps with sun damage, conditioning and styling. I use it like a serum on wet hair before I heat style and on my dry hair to keep the lengths and ends looking healthy. I really love Moroccan Oil, it really does the job without weighing my hair down or making it look greasy. I hadn’t used it in a while as I’d been favouring John Frieda Frizz Ease but I think I’ll be making the switch back!

Overall the box is worth £58 this month so well worth the monthly subscription plan of £8.50 plus postage and packing.

The sneak peek for August was a sparkly Huda Beauty lip gloss which I am really looking forward to!

Toy Story 4

Toy Story goodies

So we are massive Toy Story fans in our house. Disney is a huge part of our lives and we were all mega excited to see the new Toy Story 4 movie.

No spoilers but it’s definitely different from any of the other movies and for some a bit emotional. One of my favourite things is the change in Bo Peep which has been well publicised, but I’ll leave it there if you’re still planning a visit! This post is all about some of the cool things we’ve picked up now that most of the Toy Story merchandise has dropped.

Primark Woody cushion

With a discerning 4 year old son and Toy Story mega fan, it was a great time to pick up some cute accessories for his bedroom. This cushion was only £7 from Primark and he loved it so much he insisted on using it as a pillow for his bed!

We also got some bedding and curtains for Daniels room, he’s now 4 and we wanted to make his room a little more grow up for him. Needless to say he loves it! The bedding and curtains are from Dunelm Mill and the curtains have blackout lining, perfect for little ones.

Toy Story Toddler bedding £14 , sheet £6

Toy Story Curtains £45 from Dunelm Mill

Boots UK offer

We picked up some suncream for the summer at Boots and got this free water bottle, featuring none other than Toy Story 4 star Forky. Possibly the most relatable item in the movie is Forky, the toy Bonnie makes from items in the trash. As a mum to a 4 year old we get some weird and wonderful creations brought home from nursery and I love this element of the film showing how creative children’s minds can be.

When the toys take a selfie!

Pizza Planet T-shirt from Primark

I picked up this Pizza Planet T-shirt from Primark for £6 for our family trip to the cinema . We went with a Pizza Planet theme as Daniel loves the aliens, his shirt is from ASDA. Phils is the traditional Pizza Planet logo and is from Amazon.

Toy Story 4 Fan Club!

It was one of Daniels first trips to the cinema and he sat pretty well. You can tell by our faces how excited we were!

Have you seen Toy Story 4 yet?

I’m so looking forward to the Lion King coming up now and now the trailer for the live action Mulan has dropped too it’s an exciting time for Disney fans!

My favourite live action adaptation so far has been Jungle Book so I’m hoping that the Lion King can live up to that!

Quick makeup, it’s all about the base

IT Cosmetics Your Skin but Better CC Cream in Fair

You know what it’s like, sometimes you just need to put on a quick face to do the school run or pop out for a few errands. As much as I love applying my makeup sometimes you just want a more natural look that’s easy to apply.

For a quick makeup day I love this IT Cosmetics, Your Skin But Better CC Cream for my base.

I got a sample of this a few weeks ago and I am loving it. At first I thought the shade, I’m using the Fair shade, was too light and would wash me out. However on applying it truly is as it says, “your skin but better!” giving a good coverage and evening out skin tone.

It’s also got factor 50 SPF so no worries about forgetting that in the warmer weather as the summer goes on.

If you are suffering with facial psoriasis as I do from time to time, it’s very good at covering red patches without drying out my face so ideal if a full coverage foundation makes your skin feel dry. It really does have a hydrating feel which I’ve never had with any foundation.

My go to Primer from Makeup Obsession

Hot 🥵 sticky summer days call for a primer that’s got your base covered! I love this Obsession Makeup primer for a non sticky matte finish which keeps my makeup in place all day. I’m usually busy with appointments and work so I need a good base to get me through and keep everything in place. I don’t want to be reapplying!

My other fave is Obsessions Mega Conceal and Baking Powder. I use shade 4 in the concealer and it’s perfect for dark under eyes, something i always struggle with. The formula is so creamy and gives great coverage thanks to the unique applicator.

The translucent powder is so fine, I like to apply mine with a Real Techniques contour brush to give some control over where I apply. It really helps set my concealer in place and areas where I might normally get shiny.

One of my favourite blush palettes is this Pinky Promise one from, you guessed it, Makeup Obsession! I just love their products right now! A great range of shades depending on your mood.

Finished off with a good mascara and I’m good to go.

I’m currently working through a few mascaras at the moment so will give full verdicts on that in another post.

Getting the basics right for a quick base has been my saviour for feeling my best when I leave the house.

Let me know some of your favourites for a basic makeup look.

Summer Soirée

June Glossybox Summer Soirée

I loved the June Glossybox so much with its Summer Soirée theme! A fab mix of products, which I’ll tell you about and are perfect for natural subtle makeup look. A gold coloured eyeshadow pencil

Meech N Mia Eyeshadow Stick

First is the Meech N Mia eyeshadow chubby stick in gold. This is a really creamy eye pencil that has a striking look on its own. However I think it will be great layered with some palettes I already have especially some of the shimmers in the Urban Decay Naked Cherry.

Avant Pro Perfecting Primer and Hask Coconut Oil Mask

I always love a bit of variety in the box and this months was three makeup items, one skincare and one haircare. My haircare item was the Hask hair mask for deep conditioning. It smelled amazing and left my dry coloured hair feeling silky smooth.

Avant Pro Perfecting Collagen Touché Eclat Primer

My skincare item was Avant, I loved their nightcream which featured in another box. The primer is really lightweight and you don’t need much when applying – a little goes a long way! It’s a great base for your foundation, mine definitely lasted much longer and it also helped with fine lines under my eyes.

Sleek Face Form Contouring Palette

Next up is the Sleek Face Form contouring palette in the shade Fair. This is a three shade palette of matte contour powder, highlighter and blush to add definition to your face. I love the colours, they work really well for my skin tone. Sometimes I find contour powders are far too dark for my face but this adds a subtle definition without being overpowering. The blush and highlighter are buildable and add a nice colour. The palette has a mirror and is a cute little size to pop in your bag for touch ups if needed. Great for experimenting with contour in a subtle way.

The final item in this months box was a Model Co Lip Creme in the shade Peachy Nude. The name really is a perfect description it’s a lovely peach colour and is a matte creme lipstick. Once applied you let it dry for 60 seconds and then it has great staying power. I had some lip liners which matched and I’ve used those with it too, it’s a really good lipstick and one I’m likely to purchase again.

All in all a fab box for June, which in total is worth over £125, across the cost of all the products! I really love the variety I get in Glossybox each month and I seem to find products that I might not have picked up but that are a good fit for me.

Glossybox costs just £8.50 per month plus shipping on their 12 month plan with further details available at http://www.glossybox.co.uk

June Box Products

Avant Pro Perfecting Collagen Touché Eclat Primer £85

Hask Deep Conditioning Hair Mask £2.49

Model Co Lip Creme £15

Sleek Face Form Contouring Palette £9.99

Meech n Mia Eyeshadow Chubby Stix £12.99

Finding Wonderland

I’ve used Nip and Fab skincare before with their Dragons Blood mask being one of my favourites. I hadn’t really tried their makeup range, apart from their brow pencil and decided to get some colour pieces to try as the colour selection is amazing.

I was so excited to try out this eye palette called Wonderland with a mix of gorgeous pink, purple and brown shades.

Nip + Fab Wonderland Palette

Mattes, shimmer and some glitter what’s not to like! The powders blend really well and are buildable, the pink shimmers are quite sheer but if you use a cut crease technique they really show nicely. The matte shadows build nicely so you can do a wash of colour if you want a subtle look or build up for a stronger effect. They last pretty well and there’s lots of ways to combine them for a day or night look.

The palette coordinates perfectly with this copy of Vogue making the picture very disco chic!

I bought the most amazing lip topper from the same range in the shade Pink Rocket 🚀 It’s such a gorgeous sheer shimmer on it’s own and has a really nice texture, non drying. However when its paired with a base colour it really pops!

I love wearing it over my NYX Sliptease lip colour for a shimmer that’s like no other.

NYX Sliptease

Nip and Fab makeup is available from Superdrug, the Wonderland palette is £12.95, lip topper in Pink Rocket is £7.95 . It’s usually on 3 for 2 as well so you can get a bargain to boot!

It’s also available direct from their own website.

What’s in your bag?

It’s a bit of a running joke with my husband that my handbags weigh a ton because of how much stuff I carry ‘just in case’.

I’m a mum so I pretty much always have things like tissues and wet wipes although it’s amazing how many times these end up not being used on my son!

What’s in your bag ?

I had the Soap and Glory advent calendar at Christmas and really enjoyed getting all the mini versions of things like Hand Food hand cream and Original Pink body spray. I was never sure whether the beauty advent calendars were worth it but I really enjoyed mine, and I am still using the products which were perfect for throwing in your handbag.

I’ve always got a lipbalm, nail file and my 4Head stick. I used to carry loads of painkillers incase I got a migraine while out and about, but I’ve found this little stick amazing for keeping the worst of the symptoms at bay and it means I don’t have to take as many paracetamol.

My Minnie Mouse mirror and a couple of lippie options go everywhere too- a gloss and a matte just in case! Really enjoying the lip crayon from my December Glossybox from Doucce Cosmetics in shade Winterberry a gorgeous red which really suits my skintone.

Finally I always have my diary, a pen and a notebook. Yes I still love a paper diary, even though I put all my appointments in our shared calendar on my iPhone as well! Paper chase is one of my favourite shops!

What’s your handbag essentials and is it as weighty as mine?!

Casual Chic

I love when all the little details of a look come together. The weather has been driving me crazy lately so my go to outfit has been jeans and sweatshirts. The great thing is sweats don’t have to look sloppy with so many cute styles that keep you comfy, cosy and on trend!

This one is from the H&M Plus Range and was £24.99 with some beautiful embroidery of little hearts and stars which runs all over the back. I love the details like this which make a simple sweatshirt feel a bit more special! I really like that H&M have reviewed their sizing as the fit is so much better now. I probably could have sized down in this as it is an oversized fit and it’s mega baggy. I really liked the look when it was on so decided to just keep it.

I make no secret that I love my handbags and this Cromia one is no exception. I have a bit of a sentimental attachment as I actually bought it while on my honeymoon in Rome. It’s a really versatile piece with detachable straps and works well for Day or Night. It’s a great size as well, I hate when I can’t fit my purse in a bag! But the thing I love the most is the little studded detail and the fittings round the clasp. They really make the bag pop and give a luxe feel.

Jumper – H&M Jeans- Tu Clothing Bag- Cromia Bags Shoes- Vivienne Westwood

Teamed with a pair of jeans from Tu Clothing and my favourite last season Vivienne Westwood trainers, this look is a perfect blend of high/low fashion. Picking out the colour of the embroidery with the stripe in the jeans and breaking it up with the white trainers makes it an easy to throw on casual look which works for relaxed weekend wear. And ready for any weather changes!

Purple Passion

Do you ever notice how you go round to trends you first discovered years ago?

I vividly remember buying my first lipstick from Miss Selfridge and feeling so cool and grownup. It was bright purple, I thought I was so out there as most of my friends weren’t into experimenting with makeup like that.

NYX Suede Matte Lipstick and Liner in Shade STFU

This NYX lipstick and liner gave me flashbacks to that time and I just couldn’t resist revisiting it as a look! I love that lip liners and lipsticks are designed to go together now and there’s no second guessing whether one will be a good match.

It made for the perfect 90’s grunge style look !

Purple has been my favourite colour forever really and features in lots of things through my life, including my hair!

However it’s a challenge sometimes to keep the gorgeous colour vibrant that my stylist creates at the salon. I have tried lots of different hair colours over the years and currently I’m loving these I💜Revolution Rainbow Shots and Tones to keep my colour looking good! The shots are a shampoo and conditioner which you apply after washing your hair as usual. They are great for keeping your colour topped up without adding lots of build up. The tones are more of a semipermanent colour with much more pigment and are a really good conditioning treatment.

Perfect if you heat style with straighteners, curlers and hairdryers- let’s face it who doesn’t?!

I 💜 Revolution Rainbow Shot and Rainbow Tones

I also recommend Colour Psycho in Wild Purple for keeping things bright and fresh! My hair is bleached underneath to make the colour nice and bright too.

Color Psycho in Wild purple

My last little foray into purple themed products is the one and only Frizz Ease by John Frieda. I just want to say now it’s a happy coincidence that the packaging is purple! As well as being coloured, my hair is really thick and coarse and prone to dreaded frizz whenever it’s humid. So I use a small army of products to keep my hair looking it’s best. I’ve always been a fan of Frizz Ease serum but I recently discovered the Leave in Conditioner.

I’ve recently started swimming and that’s a recipe for disaster with coloured hair but I’ve found using the leave-in-conditioner great for keeping my hair smooth and in check.

Let me know if you’ve got any favourite products, purple or otherwise!