Friday, 25 July 2014

TAG - The Good, The Bad, The British

Photo: EnchantedIvyGifts.co.uk
I was browsing my subscription videos on YouTube and I saw that EssieButton uploaded a new TAG video called The British Tag, and after watching it I decided I wanted to do the TAG too. I believe this TAG was created by BeautyCrush, so all credit is awarded to her.

1. How many cups of tea do you have a day & how do you take it?
I drink around three cups of tea a day and I take mine with one small sugar and a bit of semi-skimmed milk. Tea is also the only hot drink I like.

2. What is your favourite part of a Sunday roast?
My favourite part of a roast is the vegetables. I love kale & leak and broccoli! My Mum’s gravy is also to die for.

3. What is your favourite dunking biscuit?
I don’t dunk biscuits anymore, but when I was younger I loved dunking Bourbons. If I was to dunk a biscuit now, I would probably choose either a Rich Tea or plain Digestive.

4. What is your quintessential British pastime?
I love visiting ruins/medieval sites of history. The most recent one I visited was Gunby Hall & Gardens and it was a beautiful day! I always feel very relaxed when I visit them and I wish more of those types of sites were cared for better.

5. What is your favourite British word?
I don’t really have a favourite British word, but one I use a lot is ‘twat’.

6. Explain Cockney rhyming slang!
Cockney rhyming slang is where common words are replaced with rhyming phrases, to make the words sound more fun and different. An example would be Apples & Pears, which means stairs. I don’t get why this type of slang exists, but it does nevertheless.

7. What is your favourite British sweet/treat?
I don’t eat as many sweets now (try not to); as I used to, but I love Cadbury’s Dairy Milk chocolate (Oreo bar/giant buttons). I eat more chocolate than sweets, but I do like Bubblegum Bottles. They are not really one branded sweets, so you can really find them anywhere. Haribo do them and so do Tesco.

8. What would you call your British pub?
I would probably be more likely to open a restaurant or a hotel, but I think the name The Sailor’s Arms stands out, seeing as though I live by the sea!

9. Who is your number one British person?
I think it should be the Queen or Prime Minister, but I am in love with the Game of Thrones actress, Emilia Clarke. She is amazing as Daenerys Targaryen! I hope she does not become the series villain at the end!

10. What is your favourite British shop & restaurant?
I love British drugstores, such as, Superdrug and Boots and I mostly shop for make-up in them. My favourite restaurant is a local place called Wolfies Wine Bar. It is not a chain business, but the food is gorgeous and their prices are reasonable. For a chain of restaurants, I really like The Harvester, but I haven’t eaten in one for years!

11. What is your favourite British song?
When I was younger I was really into British pop bands like, Steps and SClub7. I would have to say at the moment, my favourite old-ish time British song is After The Love Has Gone by Steps.

12. Marmite?
YES! I like it on toast and when I was younger, I used to have it in my sandwiches (just with butter).

TAG you’re it!


Friday, 11 July 2014

Birchbox - July 2014

This is my second ever Birchbox (arrived yesterday) and I was interested to see if it beat last month’s box. I got another free lifestyle extra, so I am assuming you get one every month! Here is what I received this month:-
Models Own Nail Polish in Sparkler
| £5 – ModelsOwnIt.com |
This is my first ever Models Own nail polish and it is from the Fireworks collection. It looks like a very pretty top coat, but I’m not sure if I would actually use it. Only time will tell!

Balance Me Wonder Eye Cream
| £20 (15ml) – BalanceMe.co.uk |
I have owned a lip balm from this brand before and this eye cream does sound interesting. I will give it a go because I am always on the lookout for a new/different eye cream.

LAQA & CO Lip Lube in Menatour
| £14.95 (full size) – LAQAandCO.co.uk |
I have never heard of this brand before and this product looks very interesting. It is a cute mini size and the colour is a bright purple. It is not something I would typically wear, but I will give it a whirl!

Benefit The Porefessional
| £24.50 (22ml) – BenefitCosmetics.co.uk |
I already have this in a full size and smaller sample size, so I will never run out! I haven’t actually got around to trying it yet, but I LOVE Benefit products.

Whish Three Wishes Body Butter™ in Lavender
| £14.50 (150ml) – WhishBody.com |
This brand is new to me too and I’ve said before, I really dislike body butters! This one smells nice, but I will just not use it.

Filosofille 4 Sided Nail Buffer
| Free Gift |
This is the lifestyle extra for this box and it is a sweet addition. I will probably not use it, so I have given it to my sister.

The selection I received this month is kind of boring, June’s box was definitely much better! I will still get use out of the items, but they are not as exciting as the ones from the last box. I am staying subscribed for now though because I saw a teaser for the August box and it looks promising for now!

What are your thoughts on this box?

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Graze #10

I have another Graze box post for you today. I am thinking of stopping these posts soon because it is starting to feel compulsory and I need to post more relevant beauty related content.

A closer look at my treats.
Graze’s Popping Corn ‘Lightly Salted’

I have tried this before and it is really nice and not overly salty. You get quite a bit of corn in the bag too, even though it is a small packet.
Lightly Toasted Pistachios

“Whole pistachios toasted with a little salt”

I have had this packet before too and I just love pistachios!
Tomato & Basil Pizza

“Basil crunchini, cheese cashews & mini tomato breadsticks”

This is my first experience with this packet, but each snack has been in other packets I have tried before. The crunchini is very nice and it’s just like croutons. The cheese cashews are nice and I do still really like the tomato breadsticks/baguettes.
Herby Bread Basket

“Basil baguettes, garlic crostini and oregano rice crackers”

I have also had this packet before and really enjoyed it again! The basil baguettes are really yummy and remind me of a pizza base. The crostini are also really nice and remind me of crusty bread and they are not too garlic infused, but slightly salty. I also love these types of rice crackers and the oregano really complements them. They also taste quite sweet.

Overall I was slightly disappointed with this box because I have already tried each snack before and I was expecting at least one packet that I haven’t had before. The box was yummy though and I would say all four packets were my favourites this time. I was thinking of unsubscribing, but I was offered a free box and a guarantee of there being at least one packet I haven’t tried in my next box!

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What is your favourite snack from this box?

Friday, 27 June 2014

Birchbox - June 2014

I have seen of a lot of YouTube videos of Birchboxes and I just decided to try one myself, seeing as though this box looked quite good and I thought it would make a change to having Glossyboxes.
When you open the outer packaging, there is a small cardboard box inside, which says Birchbox on it. When you open the box, you see the literature that comes with every box, including a product list. Underneath the literature, the products you get are packaging in a canvas pull string bag, this month’s bag is green like the Brazilian flag because the box is kind of football themed.
When I opened the bag, I was amazed to find that I had got some star products (beautyblender & theBalm cream). I was only expecting to get one or the other! The OPI polish also comes in a small mint coloured cardboard box inside the bag. Here is what I received overall this month:-
Beautyblender Classic and Blendercleanser Solid Kit
| £26 – BeautyBlender.co.uk |
I have heard about this sponge ever since it came out, but it is not a new thing. I always thought it was expensive for a sponge, and I still think that but it is cute and the cleanser soap smells of lavender. I am interested in trying it and you can use it wet.

OPI (Mini) Sand Nail Lacquer in You’re So Flippy Floppy
| £13.95 (set) – OPIUK.com |
I can’t lie, I was expecting it to be full size, but the mini is so cute! It is an eye catching colour and it is the sand formula. I did try it and if you wash the pots without gloves, the sand soaks off your nails. I probably won’t use it often, but it is a good edition to the box and it has a funny name!

CAUDALIE Vinoperfect SPF15 Day Perfecting Fluid
| £38 (40ml) – UK.Caudalie.com |
I haven’t tried a lot from Caudalie, but this product sounds good and it smells quite nice. I am excited to give it a try.

NAOBAY Body Radiance Lotion
| £14 (250ml) – Naobay.com |
I have never heard of this brand before and when I read the product card, I was expecting it to be a sample sachet but it is actually a small tube. I don’t like body lotions/butters in general, but I will try this and it does smells lovely, just like fresh lemons!

theBalm (Mini) How ‘Bout Them Apples? Cheek & Lip Cream in Pie
| £26 (6-piece-palette) – theBalm.com |
I have seen the full size palette before and I was interested, but I knew I would hardly get use out of it. So I am very excited to have a very cute small sample of one of the shades. The shade I got is called Pie and I am happy to be able to try it.

BIRCHBOX Brazil Inspired Keyring
| Free Gift – BirchBox.co.uk |
The key ring is described as a lifestyle extra and it is a very sweet edition. I currently have it attached to my house key.

Overall I am very happy with my box/bag and I got a great mix of products. The product I am most excited about is theBalm cream in Pie. I will definitely be keeping my subscription to see what the July 2014 box/bag has to offer.

What are your thoughts on this box?

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Make-Up Storage ENVY! #2

Photo: GiesenDesign.com
I have done a post similar to this before and it really gets me thinking about how I will organise things when I get a place of my own. When I say things, I really mean my beauty related products!

I watched Elle Fowler’s make-up collection video a long time ago and I fell in love with her vanity set up (picture above). It is a gorgeous shabby chic/French inspired and white piece of furniture and I just have to have it! My newly decorated bedroom was finished in May, so I currently have no plans to buy this beauty, but it is definitely on my want list for my own place in the future.

I change my mind all the time about organising my current room, but I know for my own place, this piece of furniture has to be there.


How do you store your beloved beauty products?