22 December 2014

Small blog note

I am really sorry that my blog has gone silent but coping through Flu at the moment.
Hopefully you are all well and normal service will resume soon and I'll update my advent posts.

x-J-x

18 December 2014

Day 18 advent calendar

So, thankfully with this post I am up to date with my advent calendars even though I am feeling like I should sleep all the time. I hope you all feel better than I do at the moment and like these posts.
So, here are my day 18 goodies:

Day 17 advent calendar

Another day. Another lot of goodies for my advent calendars.
And another day of a horrid cold.
But paerhaps these goodies will cheer me up...

Day 16 advent calendar

Sorry, I am two days behind on my advent calendar but I will catch up today hopefully. 
This is day sixteen of my advent calendar and has a nice selection of products.

17 December 2014

Memebox superbox #78 dirty gal

For me this an infinitely special Memebox.
Mid September I started to speak on Makeuptalk about wanting a dirty girl box, the name originating from watching way too much Frasier growing up... thanks mom.
I wanted a box where you could get dirty before you get clean.
I then went on to email them to request a box with the Dirty girl name and actually naming a product that appeared in this box.

It could all be a coincidence that this box appeared for purchase a few weeks after the email and Makeuptalk discussion or it may be due to that.
I'll never know but either way this is a great box and I will never know either way.
Welcome to the dirty gal box.

15 December 2014

Day 15 advent calendars

Another day, five more doors and today is okay but another day that doesn't really blow me away but at least there are no accessories today and the tea light smells nice.

14 December 2014

Day 14 advent calendar

Today's advent calendar picks are a bit meh for me today but all are useful to me, but one, and I like opening the calendars as it is exciting and I knew that eventually I would get a meh day. Unfortunately it is going to be that day today.

Memebox superbox #70 thumbs up bloggers picks (the thumbs down psychic bloggers box)

It has taken me a very long time to review this box mainly because it has taken me a long time to simmer down since I received this thumbs up bloggers box.
In September some bloggers, myself included, received a survey from Memebox asking about our favourite products.
This box was supposed to constructed from that and we all looked forward to it but when we received this we received what seems like a 'ignore the bloggers, put in leftovers box'.
The main thing that points to that is that some of these products were only in the memeboxes after the survey was filled in and sent back. Not really a smart move on memeboxes part.
So, I bring to you the 'thumbs down psychic bloggers memebox'.

Memebox December Code

I am a bit late to put my code this month but my code to get $5 off $30 (not including p and p) is V6FAQ0 and if you use my link here you also get additional money off at $100 ($5) and $100 ($10 instead of $5)
Thankyou for reading.

x-J-x

13 December 2014

Day 13 advent calendars

Today was another great day in my advent calendars and unlike yesterday I will use all of these products and there is a great selection for me to use.
For skincare to makeup to nail care there are useful products a go go.

Day 12 advent calendars

I hope you forgive me for being a little behind but we spent today and yesterday swapping two bedrooms in our house so Edward could get a big boy bedroom.
So I had no internet on my company for two days so now I am catching up.
And here I bring you yesterday's advent calendars.

11 December 2014

Day 11 advent calendar

I have been having a few good days and I knew that a bad one would come and today is the day.
Don't get me wrong, all but one can be used but no real wow products today.

Birchbox December 2014


Another day another box but this time I won't get the rage I got with Glossybox as this one has really pleased me with fair size samples and full sized products from luxe brands and a full sized exclusive coin purse.
A real happy Christmas box from Birchbox.

10 December 2014

YET don't worry heart beating mask

For my second mask in my 5 masks in ten days I have used the YET don't worry mask sheet heart beating mask. This is to add moisture to the skin and to make it feel soft and healthy.

Day 10 advent calendars

Wow, into double figures with the advent calendars already and getting ever so close to Christmas. Where is the year going?
Another great day in advent calendar land though as you can see when you look at what I received.

9 December 2014

Memebox global #17

Memebox globals generally are the creme de la creme of the memeboxes.
So I was quite surprised to receive a global which was more like a leftovers box than a really good global like most of the past ones were.
For me, these are the showcase memeboxes and were actually the first on the market so this is even more disappointing than if it was a themed box.

Day 9 advent calendars

A better day than yesterday today and today other than the tea light surprising me a little, as it wasn't pink or white or red, all the items are fab and huge size samples for the formats that they are and I am really happy.

8 December 2014

Glossybox UK December 2014


I have to admit that when my box arrived I saw the outer box and thought it was a beautiful box but as soon as I opened it I saw the contents and that was where the festive feelings ended.
How this is this the Christmas box I have no idea but to be honest as soon as I saw the contents I cancelled my subscription.

Memebox Special #66 petit treasures

To balance out Apple mojito there is this box. 
I knew that this box bundle was a risk but despite them being only $19 each I was optimistic and I certainly never expected the bundle to contain a box which contained four low ticket items and that the scent boxes would blow this box out of the water. 
But I'll show you why I am so irritated by showing you what I received.

Day 8 advent calendar

Day seven was fab yesterday and today it looks like another so so day as although I will use it all there is nothing which really jumps out and bites me.
But at least I will use it all.
Now to show you what was in my advent calendars:

7 December 2014

Memebox Special #67 blackout

The second box in the bundle with the apple mojito is the Blackout box and it isn't necessarily a bad box but it isn't amazing. 
It has only four items and I wouldn't have purchased it if I had known that it was best suited for oily skin and dyed hair.
With dry hair and skin I am well aware that there is a good chance that products from this box may well dry my skin out even more so are totally inappropriate for me.
But I'll show you what there is because for other people this may be a great box for the $19 plus p and p price.

Day 7 advent calendars

I had a particularly bad day yesterday so everything is going up a little later than expected but hopefully no one minds too much.
Thankfully, though, this isn't too delayed and it is a good day in advent calendar land. Plus I get to shop on someone else's money so, for the most part, I am very happy.

6 December 2014

Day 6 Advent Calendars

Day 6 and we are back to a meh day and tbh I am really starting to get irritated that the candles have no names on the bottom of them due to the reasoning that  if I loved one and wanted to order one online it would be impossible.
But back to the calendar and away with the grumpiness.

Memebox Special #65 Apple Mojito

I know that they aren't releasing many, if any, boxes at the moment but back when I ordered this box they were still releasing a lot of boxes. So many, in fact, that this box was part of a trio set. 
These were also the first $19 boxes that they had ever released too and unlike it's two baby brother, which I will review next, this one is very good value.
It has five items and although some are repeats it is actually a really good box.

5 December 2014

Holy Grail Bath Oil

Somethings are just amazing and for me this is the first product that I have ever come across at this price range, maybe any price range, where I could not do without it.
Usually I am a take it or leave itgirls in terms of products but this is a product that if I am having problems sleeping always does the job of relaxing me and helps solve my insomnia.

Memebox Special #54 miracle masks

Memebox unboxing posts are a bit behind so I am spending the next week catching up, well hopefully, on my older boxes and although these will be unboxings they will at least give you idea of what was in the boxes... just incase they relaese more..... although at the moment the releses are alow and sparse.
But back to the box.
This is the Miracle Mask box, although I am not sure where the miracle is.

Day 5 advent Calendars

It's the fifth of December today and I am seriously wondering where the time is going in the last few years. My baby boy is three now and for me it was only just last Christmas.
Christmas feels too soon but I suppose at least Christmas means advent calendars and today I am really happy about that as today's products are amazing.

4 December 2014

Lip Glam review

When Birchbox sends product in my Birchbox most get used and I like them. 
But occassionally I get one that I am completely in love with and this is one of those products I will be buying more of in the Birchbox shop.

Sally's box Delight Panthenol Hydrogel Mask

I have quite a few sheets masks stashed so when Genie from Geniesfavouriteproducts, who I know from MUT, suggested that we do a #maskgeniechallenge which involves using 5 masks in 10 days I was completely on board with that suggestion.
This will be my first mask for that challenge.

Day 4 Advent Calendars

Day 4 was one of the best days so far and I am so so happy with what I have receieve today. All five products can be used, even if you one does have the strangest texture.


Yankee candles advent Calendar
This is in a pink shade  and to be honest I have stopped trying to guess the shade. It is sugary sweet though so it will be a nice scent to have in my bedroom.


The body shop advent calendar
Frosted Cranberry Shower Gel
I have this already as I bought a cranberry gift set from the body shop and I really love the scent. 
I had handwashes in a similar scent last year from their boxing day sale and really loved them so I am really happy to have this to bath in.
Such a beautiful scent.
Yummy.


Youbeauty advent calendar
Essie Nail Lacquer in Ignite the night 13.5ml
I love Essie nail polishes as they are a fairly good in terms of not chipping so receiving one in a nice glittery shade which doesn't look too childish but is fab for the festive season. 
Add to that that these can be quite expensive and this product is an all out win.


No.7 advent calendar
Youthful Eye Serum 7ml
I have tried this under my eyes this morning and for me it is a little more of an eye cream than a serum
For me, serums tend to be gel or a lighter in texture but this feels quite heavy and almost gritty in texture.
A very odd thing from a serum/cream and doesn't make me desperately want to use it but I will use it eventually.


Benefit advent calendar
Benefit Stray don't stray Light Medium
This is a eyeshadow and concealer primer in a shade (Light Medium) that is just perfect for my pale skin. this has a silky texture and blends nicely into the skin and will be great to try out.


Hard one today as everything is so fab but my top 5 are:
1. Youbeautydiscovery
2. Thebodyshop
3. Benefit
4. Yankee candle
5. No.7

Roll on tomorrow.

x-J-x

3 December 2014

Look Fantastic December 2014

My Lookfantastic box has arrived this morning and for me is a bit of a slow burner as when I first looked at it I wasn't terribly in love but the more I look the more excited I am with this box.
There are seven items and it is excellent value.

Day 3 Advent Calendars

Day 3 of advent bought better luck for me as the calendars were kind and I will use all five items.


Yankee Candle calendar
Spiced Orange tealight
I assume that it is a spiced orange candle as there is no label on the bottom but orange is the dominant scent.
Smells spicy and fruity and beautiful.


The Body Shop advent calendar
Cranberry soap
I thought this was strawberry on my youtube video but I think it is the Frosted Cranberry scent. I think I might be coming down with a cold hence the confusion.
This is a nice soap and I will use it on Edward in the bath but in general we don't use bar soap as it can be drying on the skin.


Youbeautydiscovery Advent Calendar
Molton Brown Orange & Bergamot Body Wash 30ml
I am not sure whether I like it or not as the bergamot seems to dominate a bit too much in my opinion. Will try it in my bath though and see what it is like.



Benefit Advent Calendar
They're Real mascara 3g
I already have a sample of this and it is nice but not amazing as I prefer  hourglass shaped wands as they seem to curl my lashes best and this one is long and thin with short stubby bristles.


No.7 Advent Calendar
Eye Colour Brush
This has soft bristles and looks okay but doesn't really scream quality at me but I will use it and it is nice to get in an advent calendar.
However I am not sure if I would buy it in a shop.


Today was hard to decide as all will be used and are pretty much equal but I like some slightly more so my order is:
1. Benefit
2. Youbeautydiscovery
3. Yankee Candles
4. The Body Shop
5. No.7

Lets hope tomorrow is even better though as I am forever the optimist.

x-J-x


2 December 2014

Memebox Special #63 Skincare Elixir

When I think of skin elixirs I think of serums and essences and ampoules so what I received in this box was surprising and when I saw the spoilers I wasn't too happy but having it here I quite like it.
This box had five items in it that ranged from twenty to forty four dollars and there was no filler products in here so that it is good.
Also all of them but one seem to show English ingredients either partially or in their entirety which is great as I am trying to find products that are not going to dry my skin out.
Now to show you what there was in the box:

Mio Double Buff

As part of my latest in beauty Dream box II box I received the Double Buff exfoliator.
I have to admit that I wasn't sure what I would think as I have never used an exfoliator which was purely an exfoliator before, my Soap & Glory cleanser had exfoliating beads in it, so I was wondering whether this would be too rough on my skin.
But below are my thoughts.

Day 2 Advent Calendars

So, I am back with day 2 and after another bad night's sleep this is another early morning opening but I am at least having better luck today even if one is still disappointing, sigh.
But I'll stop yabbering on and show you what I received.

1 December 2014

Memebox Superbox #73 F/W Natural Makeup

I seem to be bouncing back and forth between old and new Memeboxes to review and today I will review one that I only received a few hours ago and this is the fall/winter natural make up which arrived with my Skincare Elixir box.
It has six items as listed below:

Day 1 Advent calendars

I really enjoyed doing my Advent Calendars last year so I have done them again this year.
I am shocked though that it is December because I am really wondering where the year went... but, anyway, back to Day 1 of the advent calendars.