Sunday, 21 October 2012

What's in my October GlossyBox?

I've done it again haven't I? I haven't posted for over a week, massive slap on my wrists. Luckily my October GlossyBox arriving reminded me that I do have a blog, and that I do need to post on it.

As you can see from above, this month we are back to the normal pretty, pale pink boxes.

This month, the theme of the box is DIY Beauty, and I'm back to loving GlossyBox this month, the products are back to their normal standards. So the DIY theme is products that would help to achieve a cosy and indulgent night in, creating a spa experience and pamper yourself.

You will also notice, that instead of the usual cute GlossyBox stick that holds the tissue paper together, we have a cute GlossyBox Supports Breast Cancer Care sticker. This is in support of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Every October box that is sold, GlossyBox are donating 10p to Breast Cancer Awareness. 

The usual info card. I'm going to go back and look at my other info cards, because for the first time ever, I have noticed there is writing on the back. Maybe I was just always too excited to get to the products. Surely I cant be the only one that has never noticed this.

Aaaaah pretty.

So, first product is up.
Anatomicals Don't just clean it woman,scrub it Body Scrub- A pink grapefruit body scrub that buffs with a bravura sense of charm and wit. RRP £3.49 for 200ml Sample I received is 75ml to find out more about Anatomicals and their products.

Olay Regenerist 3-Point treatment Cream fragrance Free- Olay Regenerist's award winning, best selling moisturiser. RRP £29.99 for 50ml. Sample I received is 7ml.

Visit for more information.

Skinetica Anti Blemish- A unique solution for clearing skin blemishes, showing results in 2-3 days. Kind to skin with no side effects. RRP £6.99 for 100ml. Sample I received is ???? There was no ml amount on the sample, I would guess it's between 7 and 10ml but I could be wrong. I'm not sure if there is enough in there to get 2-3 days use, so I'm not sure if I would be able to see the results but I'll give it a good go.

It says on the card to visit for this product but I think this may be a typo, so instead I would suggest going to for more info on these products.

Yves Rocher France Moisturising Cream Lipstick Couleurs Nature in Framboise- Perfect coverage from the first application: a smooth, supple luminous film covering the lips. RRP £14.50 for 3.7g. This was a full sized sample.

Isn't the colour of this gorgeous? Although it is a bit too bright for me. My face and red lipstick do not mix, which is a shame but hey ho. I didn't swatch this because I may give it to someone who can show it the love it deserves.

And finally.......
Dr.Jart Premium Beauty Balm- This Dr Jart+ BB cream provides high SPF40 protection with anti-oxidants. A slightly glossy, low coverage cream which helps fight ageing. Particularly suitable for those over 30. RRP £24 for 40ml. The sample I received is 15ml.

I have been loving BB creams lately, I have quite uneven skin tone and love how well they cover that up. When DR. Jart's BB cream first comes out of the tube it looks a little dark, but it spread evenly and blends well with my skin. I like that it is specifically for sensitive skin. However, 'suitable for those over 30', I think GlossyBox are trying to prematurely age me :D.

I couldn't creepily smell any of these products this month as my nose is feeling the Winter a little too much, but hopefully I can smell the Anatomicals grapfruit scrub soon.

I am back to being happy with my GlossyBox and think they are entitled to have 1 or 2 months every now and then where they don't live up to our expectations. I would have loved to have got the Sally Hansen nail Polish that some others got instead of the lipstick, just because it would have been something I would have got some use out of, but I'm not complaining.

Hope you are having a lush weekend.


Thursday, 11 October 2012

NOTD: 3 Stripes, you're out

Of course I wanted to use one of my new Barry M polishes for something, and I have been trying to incorporate things into my Mani's that I haven't really done before. One of those things happens to be striping tape. Although I have used striping tape to get straight lines in Mani's, I have never actually had them as part of the pattern/design so this was my first attempt.

So this is Barry M Mushroom and on my ring finger is Barry M Foil Effects Gold.

And I was very happy with this one, well, that is until my top coat bubbled :(. These pictures were taken after the top coat spoiled it a bit, but you can still see that it looks pretty cute. 

It's quite an Autumnal Mani don't you think? I really like this colour combination and I'm so glad I have added Barry M Mushroom to my collection.

I'm not sure what I want to try next that's new to me, but I'm hoping to get in a water marble soon. I already have the colours in mind that I want to use and have it planned out in my head, whether or not it will go to plan is a different matter.

Any suggestions as to new things I can try? let me know by commenting or email.


Sunday, 7 October 2012

My buys this week

These aren't all purchases this week, a few items have been given to me but I wanted to share them.

It seems that I am becoming a little bit of a Barry M stalker. I love their Nail Paints and when I saw they were having their 'Buy 2 items and get a web/croc effect for free' in Superdrug stores, I had to take advantage of it.

Earlier in the week I bought Red Glitter, Spring Green and got Web Effect for free. I wanted the red glitter for quite a while but other colours and glitters got in the way and were bought instead. Then I bought the Spring green because this green is gorgeous and I am running out of my Rimmel Green Grass.

I have never bought any of these effects polishes before but loved the thought of a Halloween specific one. Plus, I thought that it would look really good over yellow, kind of pumpkin-ish.

Then, yesterday, we went shopping and Hubs left me at Superdrug, his mistake, not mine. So I went in to see if they had any different polishes to my local store. And I ended up grabbing iridescent Pink (how lush is that one), Mushroom (perfect autumnal brown) and Black Croc effect.

Also this week, my friend bought me Magnetic Cosmic Glow and Jewel Glitter Gold Mine, just because she loves me. Again, I have never tried the effects ones before but I tried this the day after she gave it to me, and it worked really well. However, it may take a bit of perfecting to get the chevrons straight and centred. But I really like this. Of course, I love the Jewel Glitter as well, you know how much I love glitters.

I bought a bottle of Bys Glow in the Dark nail polish for Halloween Nail Art. I have been looking into glow in the dark polishes and from what I could tell, this one seemed to be the best. It arrived the next day and now, each night, I have this glowing bottle by my bed. I'm in love. 

Winter is coming and I get chapped lips a lot. I like to have quirky lip balms, one of my favourite current ones is the Cherry Coca Cola. These ones are the Swizzels matlow Lip balm set. They are Double Dip, Drumsticks, Rainbow Drops, Refreshers and Double lollies. They all smell exactly like the sweets they are name after, which basically means they smell lush. They don't unfortunately taste like the sweets, but they are flavoured, just a mixture of Strawberry, Vanilla and cherry.

I bought this Montagne Jeunesse Face mask pamper pack for a girly night in with my friend. I got this from Morrisons, a pack of 5 face masks for £3. Bargain.

And finally, this was given to me by my Mother-in-Law. She had bought it for me a few years ago but it has gone missing in the depths of her house and she just found when re-decorating and stuff. Its so cute and fits in perfectly with my collection, I prefer all the black and white images of Marilyn. It just has 2 images of her at a window and a little list of her movies.

Well, those are my buys this week. I am looking for a new top coat and Seche Vite seems to be a good choice, do any of you use Seche Vite or are there any other top coats you would recommend? Sound off in the comments.


Friday, 5 October 2012 Blogger Challenge: Fantastic Gifts from £35 or less

I was invited to this fun blogger challenge by, in which I need to choose 5 gift ideas from around the web. I love 'window' shopping on the web and because it is coming up to Christmas, it is the perfect time for this challenge to be about.

The rules

  • Write a blog post with at least 5 different gift ideas from around the internet. Each gift must cost no more than £35.
  • Include a link to our website which points to
  • Let other bloggers know they can enter by pointing them to this page.
  • Send your entry to
if you would like to enter or find out more about the challenge, head over to their competition page here.

So here is my entry, I put a LOT of thought into this and because I love quirky/geeky items, I wanted to kind of stick with that theme for my entry. So where else should I start but Think Geek.

Please click source under any photo to be taken to the item sale page.

Portal Bookends $29.99 (approx £18.53)


How cute are these? I would love to have these on my bookshelf at home and these were definitely number one on my gift list as I'm sure a lot of people I know would love these too. Although, with the amount of books me and hubs have, I'm not so sure just one set would be enough for us.

Superhero Caped Socks $9.99 each (approx £6.17)


Sticking with Think Geek for the moment, we have these amazeballs superhero caped socks. Now, what Christmas or Birthday is complete without the gift of socks and with these, we can turn the faked thank-you's and disappointment into pure, unadulterated awesomeness. 

Not only that, I could even buy all 3 and still be within my gift price range of £35 and they also do superhero boy shorts here, if you're interested.

Star Wars: The Jedi Path Manual £7.92


The Star Wars Jedi Path manual is the perfect gift for the Padawan in your life. 

'This ancient training manual, crafted by early Jedi Masters, has educated and enlightened generations of Jedi.

It explains the history and hierarchy of the Jedi Order, and what Jedi must know to take their place as defenders of the peace in the galaxy from mastery of the Force to the nuances of lightsaber combat. A single copy of this manual has survived. It is now passed on to you...'

(in childish whiney voice) I want this. (followed by foot stomp and pouty face)

POW comic book headband $25 (approx £15.86)


This gorgeous creation is from seller TheDollCityRocker on Etsy. This would go perfect with the caped Superhero socks, obviously with some clothing of any description in between, would look a bit weird with just a headband and socks on, but what you do in your own time is none of my business =D.

I would buy this for, well, myself, and any other quirky/ geek girls I know. It would look adorable on pretty much anyone.

Models Own Mirroball Collection Box Set £20


As a full blown addict to nail polish and a lover of glitter polishes, I had to get this in there. I know these are currently sold out but this would be the perfect gift for most people I know. This box set includes 5 nails polishes with hand cut glitter (oooh) and a top coat. Pretty much everything you need for a week of nails, who needs a base colour with such gorgeous glitters?

Well, that is what my entry consists of. One thing I have learned from this challenge is that, when it comes to non clothing items, I don't really have as expensive taste as I thought. Not one of my gifts were at the £35 mark, in fact, none of my gift choices were over £20. Makes it cheaper for me to get all these gorgeous items for myself, mwahahaha (evil laugh too much? yeah I thought so)

Don't forget to head on over to to check out there website and maybe do an entry of your own.

Also, I would love to know/see if you have any of the items above, did you buy them for yourself? Were they a gift from someone? Or did you buy them as a gift and keep them for yourself? Let me know in the comments.



Thursday, 4 October 2012

NOTD: Breast Cancer Awareness Mani

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, where everything turns pink. Not only do i love pink, but Breast Cancer research and awareness is a major thing all over the world and breast cancer affects millions of people around the world every day, whether this is directly or indirectly.

Breast cancer is now the most common cancer in the UK and it is thought that at least 1 in 8 women in the UK  will be diagnosed at some point in their lifetime.

In 2009, 48,400 women were diagnosed with breast cancer in the UK, which equates to about 133 women a day. But it isn't just women who are at risk of this. In the same year 370 men were also diagnosed with breast cancer.

Although more women are surviving breast cancer than ever before, research and awareness is still needed, so keep an eye out for various Breast Cancer Awareness items on sale, most are available all throughout the year, for example, the pin badges and keyrings, but there will be a few more items around this month.

Here is my Breast Cancer Awareness mani.

And while supporting this cause, don't forget to keep checking yourself as early detection is often key, and check out one of my favourite campaigns, Feel Your Boobies.

Feel Your Boobies uses media and other unconventional methods to remind women everywhere to check (feel their boobies) as often as possible. Check out their About Page for an inspirational story and to find out more about them. Or follow them on twitter @feelyourboobies.

Hope you liked my post, simple but to the point.


Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Barry M Jewel Glitters- Amethyst and Pink Sapphire

Oh Em Gee. I am in love with these polishes. I kinda knew I would be from the moment I saw they were coming out, of course, I had to confirm it for myself. So, on Wednesday, I popped down to my local Superdrug, and purchased just 2 (yes, I managed to stop myself from buying them all), Amethyst and Pink Sapphire.

Amethyst was the one right at the top of my 'Had to have' list. This looked absolutely gorgeous and had the undertones of purple that I love so much during A/W.

But I wasn't entirely sure which one I wanted to get along with this. It was such a difficult choice, mainly because I would have bought Ruby Glitter, except that my Superdrug didn't receive Ruby in their delivery and so the choice was back on. Pink Sapphire looked really pretty and as far as I could remember, I had never had a polish with glitter bars in it. So this was my 2nd buy.

Now, I'm not sure if it is just me, but I did notice that these Nail paints had a somewhat stronger odour to them than the normal Barry M Nail Paints. Not overwhelming, but still noticeable.

Amethyst is a clear base with small different colour glitters of which I can see are Gold, Purple, Aqua, Magenta and what looks like either Black or Navy Blue.

The colours show really well in this bottle shot, not to mention how lush it looks.

The Glitter spread really well and I didn't get much dragging at all. In these images I used just one thick coat of the polish, and as you can see with Amethyst, the glitter is not sparse.

The polish seems to keep the same formula as the other Barry M nail paints and dried very quickly, even when I added a second coat the drying time did not disappoint.

Once it had dried, it was extremely gritty as with most glitter polishes and one coat of topcoat was not enough so I would recommend 2 coats.

I put this on my nails on Thursday and it did not start to chip until Sunday evening which I was very impressed with, tbh, that's the longest I have kept a polish on my nails, but it was so pretty, I just couldn't bring myself to remove it until it started falling off itself.

Pink Sapphire is again a clear base with a mix of tiny and largish pink hexagonal glitter with holographic glitter bars.

Again, this is just one coat, but as you can see, Pink Sapphire has spread a little more sparsely than Amethyst.

I did get a little bit of glitter draggage with this one, but nothing a little push with the finger couldn't sort out. I love the holographic glitter bars in this polish, especially when the sunlight hits them directly as you can see in the pic above where I am holding the bottle.

Bonus, this one did not finish full on gritty, there was a little bit of grit, but not much and one coat of topcoat would deffo sort that out.

The only thing I wish, is that I would have tried Pink Sapphire on Black. I used a base of Rimmel Lasting Finish Sandalwood on both. I also think that Amethyst would have looked better over a nice vampy purple, but at least this way you can see the bits of glitter.

I shall be buying the rest of the Jewel Glitters range because they are gorgeous, and hopefully my Superdrug has all of them in stock now.

I will try my best not to be a Blog absentee from now on.

Are any of you loving the fact that we are already getting wintery weather as much as I am?