Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Hey cowboy

I'm totally and irrevocably in love with these studded ankle boots from Zara.

I'm trying to justify a pair of heels to myself in a northern winter, I fear they wouldn't get worn much, but they are just so gorgeous.

Saturday, 25 August 2012

Joliebox - August

For some reason it seems like forever since I received my last Joliebox, so I was quite happy when it appeared at the door this morning. I'm pleased they're delivering with a courier now rather than royal mail, the tracking number provide prior to delivery is very helpful!

Dr Bronner's, Pure Castile Soap Pillows
these all in one soaps loved by the a-list cleans and revives from heat to toe
Phil Smith Be Gorgeous, Dry Clean Revitalising Dry Shampoo
this dry shampoo blitzes oily roots and leaves fair feeling fresh and clean
So Susan Cosmetics, Lip Cushion
a sheer gloss to tint and moisturise chapped lips
So Susan Cosmetics, Wide Awake Face Palette
a palette of skin enhancing colour tools to give you a summer glow
Joliebox, Leather Hair Styling Lace
a leather lace to create endless updo's

I'm quite happy with this months box, I'm sure I'll use everything in it, except maybe the leather lace as I wouldn't know what to do with it!
The Lip Cushion smells like strawberries, it's d'lish. Having a toddler, I'm a massive fan of dry shampoo so looking forward to trying a new one. I haven't heard if the soap pillows before but am keen to try them. Not so sure about the wide awake palette, it seems a little 'tween' make up, like it would come free with the Sugar magazine, but I'll give it a whirl!

Do you subscribe to JolieBox? Are you happy with this months selection?

Mel x

Monday, 20 August 2012

A Norwich Week

Finn and I had the bestest week in Norwich, we did so much in 10 days, I won't write about it all so I'll just include a little collage of our time down south.


Prairie Charms

I was recently contacted by the lovely Stephanie at Prairie Charms to take part in their recently launched 'Project Blogger' which offers 50% off their products. The discount still enables them to donate a minimum 10% to the charity they support, GOSH and their 'Kiss It Better' campaign.

After having a little look at their website I jumped at the chance. I chose two bracelets, one named "all imaginable futures" and the other "this day with never happen again" the fact that the bracelets had names really appealed to me and it gives them their own sense of character. To my joy they arrived beautiful packaged, I love buying myself things that arrive wrapped like presents!

One was a set of two, a gorgeous cream bead bracelet with a gold bow charm, the second a black bead bracelet with a feather charm. These look lovely together and really work well with any outfit.

The second, my favourite, is brown wooden bead bracelet with a lovely little elephant charm.

I love to wear these stacked up with a few other bracelets but they look equally as good worn on their own. I like the fact they are quite fashion forward.

I do think the postage charge is quite steep, overinflated postage is a huge bugbear of mine. I paid £2.99 2nd but could have paid £3.49 for 1st when the postage charge was actually 69p. That miffed me off slightly.

Prairie charms are currently offering free p&p and 35% off so its definitely worth a look on their website to see if anything tickles your fancy, I have my eye on the Florence ring.

Prairie Charms are also on Twitter so you can keep up with their latest news & offers.

Do you own anything from the Prairie Charms range?

Friday, 3 August 2012

Absence makes the heart grow fonder

Please excuse my absence over the next couple of weeks. I'm going home on Sunday and I bloody can't wait. I'm super duper excited to see all the beautiful people I've been missing for months and to see my family!

Traveling with a toddler isn't easy and I'll be driving back by myself. it's about 5 hours drive so I'm setting off at 7pm and driving through the night, if I'm lucky he'll sleep the whole way and go straight into his cot at the other end. Wish me luck.

Planning this trip has been like a military operation, I don't have time to breathe but that's the way I like it.

I'll post again when I'm back to the grim north! Eeeeeeeepp I'm excited, can you tell?!

Mel x

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

They're real! A review

When I went to the Trafford Centre with the lovely Clare from kisses n smiles I had my eyebrows waxed at the Benefit Brow Bar.

We had a little make over by the equally lovely Sam, I asked him if I could try out the new They're Real! Mascara out, he told me that one was being sold every minute and it was due to become the UK's best selling mascara.

I tried Bad Gal years ago but it really irritate my eyes so I had to stop wearing it, luckily They're Real! is a completely different formula. I've totally fallen in love with it.

What they say;
Why we love it

they're real! lengthens, curls, volumises, lifts & separates. Our jet black, long-wearing formula won’t smudge or dry out. A specially designed brush reveals lashes you never knew you had!

What else you need to know:94% saw dramatic length & volume*
90% saw base-to-tip curl*
94% saw visible lift*
100% saw long-wearing results

Naked (ooer!) lashes

One Coat

Two coats & liner

I bloody love it! It lifts, curls and separates fantastically.
I don't think they look false but they certainly look better than they do with any other mascara.
 I've read a few reviews that say it clumps with a few coats but I haven't found that, nor have I found it difficult to remove, a few swipes with my Bioderma Crealine and it's gone.

They're Real! retails for £18.50 for 8.5g

Thought I'd also post a quick photo of Finn showing his support for Team GB whilst watching the Olympics.

How have you been showing your support for Team GB?