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22/06/2015

Glossybox - June.

Is it just me or are Glossybox dispatching their boxes earlier? I remember they used to come around the third week or so but now they're appearing at the start of the month. Or at least this one has.

As we're approaching better weather Glossybox have bought us 'the festival edit' box*.


Glossybox - Flash Tattoos
£6.50
I'm not a massive fan of the temporary tattoo trend. Mainly because I have permanent ones of my own. But these are perfect for the festival season and I love how metallic these are.

Halo - Fragrance Free Facial Wipes
£1.20 / 10 wipes
If you don't have access to running water for your normal makeup removal routine, these are an alternative. They're refreshing but I'd only use them if it was absolutely necessary. I've managed to wean myself off wipes.


Kueshi - Anticellulite Booster
£14.55 / 150ml
I've tried a few Kueshi products in the past and I've really liked them all. This is no different. Whilst I don't know if it will live up to claims of helping with cellulite. But it smells lovely and fresh and is the perfect moisturiser to get your legs summer ready.


Monu Spa - Rosewood Reviving Mist
£11.95 / 50ml
In the warmer weather face mists can be really helpful in cooling you down and helping you feel refreshed. This reviving mist is perfect for that but I'm not a fan of the scent it carries. It's got zesty lemon which I like but I dislike the rosewood and geranium.

Essence - The Gel Nail Polish - Electriiiiiic
£1.71 / 8ml
This polish is like no other colour I have. It's the perfect royal blue creme. It goes on pigmented and smooth in one coat but I always like to follow it up with a second just to smooth out any imperfections.
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I think this box is the perfect selection of bits to take with you if you're off to any festivals this summer. Whilst it leans more towards the skincare side of things and I generally prefer more makeup bits, this was a nice little box.
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Price:
£10 (plus p&p) per month
Subscriptions also available with discounts

Where to buy:
www.glossybox.co.uk

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11/06/2015

Disney x Vans Young At Heart - Villains Authentic.

There isn't anything that will get people more excited than when two fabulous brands collaborate to produce something even more brilliant. That's what happened when Disney teamed up with Vans to create a fun filled collection - Young At Heart.
The collection has everything from lace ups to slip ons, pull overs and backpacks. With a whole host of characters - Minnie, Mickey, Donald Duck and Winnie The Pooh, just to name a few. So there really is something for everyone, even the little ones.


As soon as I saw these on the Schuh website I knew I needed them in my life. There's a little bit of Disney magic in everyone but with that of course comes the villains. These actually remind me a little of the M.A.C Venomous Villains collection from way back in 2010.
Of course when I noticed these were exclusive to Schuh, both instore and online. It wasn't long before there were in my basket and I was checking out.

One thing I will say on shipping is that it was extraordinarily fast. I placed my order late Friday night, around 10PM and selected standard delivery as it was free. Just after 7:30AM on Monday morning I was being rudely awakened by the postman delivering my beautiful new shoes. They were in my hands before I'd even received the texts that I had slightly later on telling me when they would be delivered. Fantastic service.

The shoes are printed with four fabulous female villains - The Evil Queen from Snow White, Ursula The Sea Witch from The Little Mermaid, Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty and Cruella De Vil from 101 Dalmations. There's a couple of different shots of each and they look fierce in all of them. I especially love how they included The Evil Queen holding the poisoned apple, one of my favourite things from Snow White.

The fit is extremely true to size, more so than my other pair of Vans which fit a little bigger. Even though both of them are size 5s. They're really comfy and easy to wear. I love pairing them with both leggings and skirts or dresses.

When I put these on I feel like an evil queen of some sort. If you're into the darker side of Disney, these are definitely worth checking out. I think the majority sizes for these are sold out online but you can use the online stock check to locate them in a store closest to you.
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Price:
£52

Where to buy:
Schuh (exclusive)
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09/06/2015

Michael Kors Jetset Zip Around Purse - Aquamarine.

Michael Kors is one of those brands that seems to divide people, you either love it or you hate it.

Everyone seems to love Louis Vuitton but I can't abide it. I dislike the monogram print and it's one of the most (usually badly) faked brands out there. I'm just not a fan of it but it's down to personal preference and I know many who adore it.


I opted for the aquamarine saffiano leather. The colour is a little out there and not to everyone's taste but it's my absolutely favourite colour. So when I saw Michael Kors had relaunched it for this season I had to check it out in person and I wasn't disappointed.
Some months ago I made my way to Harrods to purchase a bag, I had a colour in mind - heritage blue but I wanted to check it out in person. Online it looked to be a gorgeous bright blue shade, somewhat similar in colour to this but a little darker. Upon seeing it in person I was extremely disappointed. It was clear that the online images had been brightened and in person it looked surprisingly dull. I went all that way and I was determined not to leave empty handed so after much deliberation and back and forth, I finally settled on a colour which I'm sure I'll post about at some point.
It also comes with silver hardware, rather than the usual gold. As it's such a cool toned blue I think the silver goes well with it. Plus I favour silver as it's what I wear.

Saffiano leather was invented by Mario Prada and was once patented by Prada but it's now been used by many power brands. The texture is pressed onto the leather by a machine and then given a wax treatment which gives the leather it's sturdy and durable finish. It has a distinct cross hatch design to it which helps keep the leather resistant to stains, scratches and also makes it water repellant.

Again, saffiano leather is one of those things that divides people. Some prefer it for it's low maintenance over calfskin. But others feel it looks too plasticky and prefer buttery soft leather.
I've always read about how you need to be extremely careful of the Chanel lambskin. It's a very fragile leather and not one that is suitable for everyday use. Whilst it's a classic finish, it's easily marked regardless of how careful you are with it.

Anyway I'm getting slightly off topic. One of the things that drew me to Michael Kors and it's range of leather goods was the saffiano leather. I like something that I can use everyday without fear of it being easily ruined. With saffiano I don't have to baby it too much.

The purse itself is on the larger side. There is a smaller version that comes with a wrist strap but it had barely any card slots and I just didn't really feel like I'd get on with it well. I like purses that are a little more roomy.

It has 2 bill slots on either side of the purse with 4 card slots on each side. The majority of the back card slot is made from the material lining. It has a section of leather on the top so that it looks seamless. I'm not sure if I'm explaining this at all well?! But because of this I find that the card slots can easily fit two cards in each if you so desire and I don't feel like they'll stretch and become loose. This happened with my previous Marc Jacobs wallet, which I was not best pleased about! It's also not extremely tight so that it's hard to get your cards out.
Then you have two pockets which I usually stick my receipts in and the zipped coin compartment in the middle.
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Though this was a rather luxe purchase, I don't regret it at all. Some may say that it's a ridiculous price to pay for a purse. But I see it as more of an investment. I recently bought a purse from Boohoo for around £10. It was ok for a few weeks but the quality just wasn't there. Instead of repurchasing new ones every couple of months I'd rather pay a little more for something that's going to last.

It's not in a timeless classic colour but I love it regardless. It's my favourite colour (hello, it matches my blog!) and it really brightens up my day more than a plain colour like black would.

Overall I adore the quality of the leather. It's a really great size, the inside doesn't feel too cramped and I love how durable the leather is. I cannot recommend the saffiano highly enough. It really is perfect for everyday use.
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Price:
£125

Where to buy:
Harrods, House Of Fraser and Selfridges
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07/06/2015

Blogging - Six Years On.


If you'd have asked me back in 2009 when I started this blog, where I see myself in 6 years. I probably wouldn't have said still blogging. At the time it was one of those things that everyone was jumping on. Some people stuck at it, others didn't.
Things have changed drastically since it all began. It seems like it's more of a numbers competition. People fight to get the attention from brands just to get something for free. I'm not saying it's all bad of course because if it was, I wouldn't still be here.

Whilst my blog hasn't rocketed in terms of numbers like Zoella, or whichever bloggers people are fawning over now. They are numbers which I've worked for and though they may only be a drop in the ocean to some, mean absolutely everything to me.
I think that's been one of my biggest downfalls over the years. I've constantly compared myself to others. It's something I do throughout all aspects of my life and I don't say this to garner attention but I always feel like what I do is never good enough, especially for others. I think just recently that I've learnt that what others think about me is more of a reflection on them than it is me.

Over the past few years I definitely feel like my blog has improved in terms of photos and the way I write and review things. It's so cringey to look back at old photos, what was I thinking? Though I'm sure we all have those moments.
My posting schedule at times has been a bit sporadic and I feel at times it's had a negative impact on things like readership. Writing can be hard if your heart isn't it and it shows in your writing.
I've been rather open with my battle with depression, perhaps a little too much. But it's definitely something that has put a hold on me writing as much as I would like as I struggle to find the right words. I've recently found scheduling a specific time to write posts just for the blog has made a massive difference in getting things done. It's really helped me refocus.

I can't believe it's been six years since I started my blog. It feels like so much longer than that but at the same barely any time at all.

Happy 6th birthday to my little slice of the internet. It's been good and I can't wait to see what happens in the coming years.
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05/06/2015

My Little Provence Box.

For May the theme for My Little Box was 'Provence'. In 1976 L'Occitane was founded in Haute-Provence so it's only natural that this is what it includes.


My Little Doll Provence Magnets - £6
These magnets are really cute and a bit of a throwback to being younger. I definitely had magnet sets like this before. Or the paper version where you'd cut out clothes to dress people up.


Embroidery Cuff - £15
This is such an interesting idea and one I've not seen before. The idea behind it being that you can stitch any pattern you'd like on the cuff, using the threads provided.
I haven't given this a go yet because I don't want to mess it up. As I don't wear gold, I have someone in mind who will get more wear out of this than me (I hope).


L'Occitane - Verbena Body Lotion 
£20 / 250ml
When I first got my box I opened the soap first and fell in love with the scent. So I was pleased to see this body lotion shares the same light, zesty citrus fragrance.
This body lotion is light and absorbed easily into the skin, leaving behind a subtle perfume. It doesn't feel at all greasy and leaves no residue behind.


L'Occitane - Verbena Leaf Soap
£4.50 / 75g
The verbena soap contains crushed verbena leaves that help to lightly exfoliate when washing. L'Occitane say this has a non-detergent cleansing base so won't dry out your skin like most soaps tend to.
Again it has a light citrus scent that is refreshing and clean. Definitely one for the summer.


L'Occitane - Mer & Mistral Shower Gel
£12 / 175ml
This is described as a summer holiday in a bottle. They wanted to make 'sea' meet with 'breeze'.
It results in a really fresh, clean scent that isn't too offensive. 

L'Occitane - Roses Et Erines Hand & Nail Cream
£14 / 75ml
I've never been a fan of rose fragrances. Whilst I don't hate this as it's not too strong, I'm not in love with it. It contains rose extract so it's not an artificial scent and it's light on the skin.
The cream itself is very thin and sinks into your hands ridiculously quickly. I do find it leaves somewhat of a residue behind but that can easily be rubbed away.


My Little Beauty - Eyeshadow Crayon
£9 / 1.5g
This eyeshadow crayon is a medium, metallic brown. The light just bounces of it. It's extremely pigmented even with just one swipe across the lids. It works well with both neutral dramatic looks.
What's more is once it's set it doesn't budge at all. It's also somewhat waterproof. When I first swatched this on my hand I scrubbed my hands twice and it was still there. It has some serious staying power. Perfect if you're in a rush and need something all day. Just pop it over the lids, give it a quick blend, finish with mascara and you're done.
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I really feel like My Little Box pulled this theme out of the bag. Everything goes so well together and really represents the idea they were going for.

Whilst the L'Occitane products are all sample sizes, I think they're perfect if you go away and you don't want to take too much with you. They're all products I wouldn't have necessarily tried had it not been for receiving them in this box. I think that's the great thing about these subscriptions, though they can be hit and miss. You get to try out some wonderful products that you maybe haven't heard of or never even thought to try.
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Price:
£11 (plus p&p) per month

Where to buy:
www.mylittlebox.co.uk

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03/06/2015

FitBit Flex.

For the longest time I wanted a FitBit One but I'd read reviews of people losing the tracker because it'd popped out of the holder, without them noticing. Two years ago FitBit released the Flex and I was unsure as to whether it was as accurate as the One. Being that it's on your wrist, is it a true representation of how many steps you've taken?

Since then FitBit have come out with 4 more wristband trackers. There's also the Nike+ FuelBand, Jawbone Up, Garmin Vivosmart, there is a ton of different ones to choose from. All with different uses so it's best to have a look at what you feel will fit in best with your lifestyle.

With all these brands releasing wrist trackers it seems that they are seemingly accurate and really rather popular. Just lately everyone seems to be jumping on the FitBit hype and it wasn't long before quite a few people I know had them. So I decided I was going to bite the bullet and ordered one.


I opted for the pink as it's one I'd seen in person and really loved the brightness of the colour. When first buying a Flex you'll receive 2 wristbands. A small which is suitable for wrists 5.5" to 6.9" and a large which is suitable for wrists 6.3" 8.2". So whether you have tiny or large wrists, it's probably going to fit you. I prefer to wear the large band, with 2 holes free as I find this to be the most comfortable.

You slip the tracker into the back of the wristband and you're good to go. FitBit say the battery life is around 5 days but I've found I've got more than a week out of a charge. It just depends on how much you're syncing it or setting alarms.

It's easy to charge, just pop it out of the wristband and into the charging dongle that you plug into a USB port and when all lights are flashing it's fully charged. It usually takes a couple of hours.

The Flex tracker has 5 LED lights on it's display. Each one represents an increment of 2,000 steps. 10,000 steps is the daily recommended amount so once you hit all 5 lights you'll be notified with a vibrating wristband. To this day it never fails to make me jump because it usually happens when I list it expect it. If you're curious of your progress you can tap the wristband twice and it will light up and flash on the 'level' that you are currently on.

On the first day of using my FitBit I kept my iPhone in my pocket throughout my shift at work. Both the FitBit app and the steps app on the iPhone health section registered almost the same amount of steps.

The FitBit Flex can also be used as a sleep tracker. Just simply tap a few times on the band and you'll be in sleep mode. You'll see 2 lights flashing back and forth to alert you of this. In the morning just rapidly tap again to make sure you're out of sleep mode before you start your day. You can check how restless you were, how many times you woke and how much sleep you actually had using the app.

It's also completely waterproof so you can use it to track water activities. I wore it in the shower once and decided not to again. Condensation can cloud up or collect in the little window which I find annoying. Nothing a cotton bud won't clean out but I'd just prefer it not to be there to start with.

So what else does the Flex do? Firstly you'll want to download the app, if not you can access it in your browser. It should look a little something like this ...


The FitBit dashboard has a number of options on the home screen that you can rearrange and delete, depending on what you're more interested in. Not picture is also the option to see how much you weigh, calories eaten, a food plan (if you choose to have one) and how much you've drank. This will help you to find out exact number of steps or how restless you were through the night.

The tracker syncs wirelessly via bluetooth. I always keep my bluetooth switched off on my iPhone, as to save battery life. So I manually sync it as and when I need to. Usually at the end of the day or when I'm curious as to how long before I 'level up' to the next light.

If you have the FitBit Aria scales they also sync up with the app so you don't have to manually record your weight changes.

One of my favourite things about the Flex is the silent alarms. I must admit I was apprehensive to use them at first as I feared sleeping through it. So just to be on the safe side I set my usual alarm on my iPhone for 10 minutes later. The way the silent alarm works is by setting it on the app for the time which you require and it will gently wake you up with no sound, just vibrations. It's the strangest thing. I get irrationally angry when I hear my phone start jingling away so it's a really great option. Though I still like to set my phone alarm just incase. It's also useful to use throughout the day if you need to remember things such as to take medication at a certain time.


One of the great things about FitBit is the social side of things. Regardless of which model you have, you can add friends on the app and use it to cheer or taunt them. I personally only ever use the cheer. No one wants to be taunted for having a lazy day, right? You can send messages to a group or to an individual. And one of the best things is the challenges.

There are currently 4 to choose from:

Goal Day - Get your game face on and commit to fit by doing what it takes to hit your daily step goal

Weekend Warrior - Add a little winning to your relaxing weekend by taking the most steps on Saturday and Sunday

Daily Showdown - Use your determination to take home the win is this fitness face-off by taking the most steps in a day

Workweek Hustle - Reach your goals and up your step cred by taking the lead in this Monday to Friday step bender

Each challenge allows up to 10 participants to join. Showing each others progress throughout the entire challenge. Once the challenge is finished you have 12 hours to sync your steps before the winner is crowned and given a little cup (as above).

One of the other great things (also above) are the badges you're periodically rewarded. These are stored on your profile for yourself and others to see. I think it's a really nice touch to know just how far you've walked.
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All in all I love my Flex and I don't regret buying it one bit. Since I'm nearly always on my feet at work it's interesting to find out how many steps I take in a day. Although it drastically drops on my days off but hey! That's what days off are for.

I think since getting my Flex it's made me challenge myself a little more. I find myself pacing at work, rather than just standing still - just to get my steps up. If it's not raining I will get off the bus a mile before my house, purely because it's easier to walk than from the station as it's all flat. And of course it's also just to get those extra steps in. I've become competitive with those in my friends list to beat their daily goals. I want to be top of the leaderboard!

If you're looking to get more active or already are and you're curious about your daily activities, I can't recommend a FitBit highly enough. The pricier versions can measure other things such as heart rate so it's worth looking into which model would be best for you. Once you start using it I can guarantee you'll easily become addicted!
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Price:
£50 - £80 depending on where you buy

Where to buy:
Argos, Amazon, Sainsbury's, Very and a host of other retailers
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01/06/2015

Patisserie De Bain Sweet As Cherry Pie Hand Cream.

Is it just me or did May go past extremely quickly? I blogged a lot less than I intended to but I'm hoping in June I can post every other day and get back to a proper blogging schedule, regardless of my full time job.

Anyway! I'm always on the look out for new hand creams, especially ones that have a wonderful scent to them. I always have at least one permanently in my handbag and another in my locker at work. With the rest dotted around the house.


Just recently I came across the Patisserie De Bain collection from Rose & Co. I've always seen them online but wanted to see what they were like in person. They currently have five scents to choose from - Strawberry Cupcake, Sugared Violet, Cranberries & Cream, Lemon Bon-Bon and Sweet As Cherry Pie.

I knew I wouldn't be that bigger fan of the former 3 so it was between lemon and cherry. I quite liked the lemon, it had a slight sherbet scent to it but after a while it reminded me of kitchen cleaner.

Sweet As Cherry Pie is perfect. It has a rich cherry scent with just a smidge of vanilla. It reminds me somewhat of a bakewell tart, delicious!

You barely need any effort with this cream. Just a quick rub of the hands and it'll sink right in without leaving any residue or greasiness behind. Which makes it perfect when you're on the go. It'll leave your hands feeling extremely soft and smelling rather delicious.

The packaging stands out amongst the plain white tubes that most hand creams seem to come in. So if you're looking for a new hand cream, I can't recommend these enough. Not only do they look cute and smell amazing, they're really great at keeping your hands in tip top condition.
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Price:
£3.99 / 50ml

Where to buy:
Superdrug
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