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Showing posts with label beauty. Show all posts
Showing posts with label beauty. Show all posts

Sunday, 15 February 2015

A home made beauty box

cosmetics gift box

An embarrassingly long time ago (hey, I've had no internet, okay?), my blogger pal Angelica (who blogs over at One Little Vice) made me my very own beauty box. When she presented it to me, I nearly cried in the middle of the tropical luau-themed bar where we were attending a Bloggers Love event. Not half an hour before, I'd accidentally strode into the middle of a catwalk scenario where lean, sparkly women were gliding up and down a makeshift runway. My hair was a wild wintery mass of windswept fuzz, I had three bags with me, and I was bundled up in an enormous duffle coat. Some guy shouted at me and I retreated into the first secluded spot I could find, which happened to be the behind-the-bar area. Someone was wiping a crate of glasses, and shot an accusatory glance at me as if to say, "Trespasser!"

I found Angelica and Charlotte (better known online as Ch-ARGH-ley) and we became a three musketeers (or perhaps three Macbethian witches) kind of gang, setting up camp in the far corner of the event. Charley got her hair done by the lovely folks at Umberto Giannini (who gave us some great styling products to test out, which really came in handy over the holiday period), and Angelica gave me this little black box...

The box itself was recycled from a subscription beauty box she'd received in the past, but instead of the customary couple of sample products you normally get in this kind of box, this one was completely stuffed with amazing treats. Some of them were makeup bits she no longer wanted, such as the Body Shop Honey Bronzer, or the NYX blush (which I think looks more like an eyeshadow, personally). Other products were samples she had acquired over time. I was especially excited to try out the Kiehl's Midnight Recovery serum, and I squealed with delight when I saw the Demeter Fragrance Library perfume. I've wanted to own one of these for years now. These days, you can buy a selection of them in Boots, but back in the day, you had to ship them from America without ever having smelled them.

It was such a treat to be given so many lovely products, especially by someone who REALLY knows their shizz when it comes to cosmetics. Angelica is the kind of person whose opinion I trust a lot when it comes to beauty stuff. Yeah, a couple of the products are second hand, which might gross some people out, but it's all stuff that can be cleaned and it's not like she's a stranger off the street, offering me a gummy old eyeliner. A lot of beauty and fashion bloggers end up with way more products than they can feasibly wear, and often a really good quality product won't agree with a particular person, so I think that gifts among friends are a fantastic way to sort this out. I'm thinking of planning some kind of clothes swap party at some point, to get rid of a lot of clothes and accessories that I don't wear anymore. I'd much rather see my friends enjoying my old things than feel guilty when I see bundles of my unloved clothes in the bottom of my wardrobe.

lanolips flatlay

As predicted, I loved the Demeter perfume (which smells fresh and grown up), and the Midnight Recovery oil was super luxurious to use, although the jury's out on the skin benefits. I found it quite difficult to tell which products have been working for my skin lately, as I've changed up my whole routine (which is another post for another day, I think). The Korres lip butter has a gorgeous pinkish tint to it, and the cherry blossom l'Occitane shower gel has an addictive fragrance. I've had an excellent time trying all of these products out, and I'm so grateful to Angelica for giving me the chance to try out being a beauty blogger for a brief moment. I'm definitely not turning this blog into a beauty blog - I don't think I'd be able to do this full time, but I'm sure there's room for a leeeetle bit more beauty chat here. After all, messing about with makeup and fun moisturisers can actually be quite enjoyable. My teenage self would be very confused if she heard me say that, but there you go - character development.

cat interrupting blogging

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

What to pack for a short city break

in-flight essentials

I'm sure you haven't failed to notice that we've been on our anniversary minibreak in Oslo... It's not like I've been posting about anything else! Anyway, as I mentioned in my airport fashion post, as far as I'm concerned, the holiday begins when I'm packing my bags. There's something so exciting about the anticipation involved. What will we do? What will I need?
So I thought I'd share just a few of my favourite things to pack for a very short "city break" - this is by no means all that I brought with me - just a few bits and pieces that I thought would be worth sharing! I took these photos as the morning sun streamed through the window of our attic hotel room, and Dan was shaving his face in our tiny ensuite. At the very end of the post, I'll let you know where everything came from, so stay tuned! And don't forget to watch our Oslo vlogs, if you haven't already!

minibreak packing list
holiday pyjamas
minibreak beauty kit
holy grail holiday project
Headphone tidy - Yesstyle - Cute if not super useful...
Portable eyelash curler - MUJI - Use this very carefully as it is quite different from a normal eyelash curler!
Hairclip - Boots - Useful in-flight and for putting on makeup.
Tea dress - Dorothy Perkins - See previous post! This is a great casual date dress.
Plastic travel pouch - MUJI - All my liquids were in here because we only took carry-on luggage.
Analogue camera - Pentax - This used to be my mum's camera!
Light pyjamas - Primark - The top has one of those useless 'built in bra' things, but if you can get past that ridiculousness, it's great. And the trousers are super comfy. I'm wearing them right now.
Makeup wipes - Boots - makeup wipes are perfect for short breaks and carry-on luggage holidays.
Eyeshadow duo - Bare Minerals - Again, this is tiny and great for a 'basics only' approach to packing!
Dehydrated sheet masks - MUJI - OMG these are amazing. A splash of water or toner and they unfurl into sheet masks to refresh your face. Dan and I both used these in the evening before our little dinner date.

What are your packing essentials? What should I take with me next time I go away? Let me know in the comments, and I'll be sure to respond! :)

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