Tuesday, 5 May 2015

It's a Boy! - Baby Hamper

So, just to make it clear, i am 19 years old and am currently NOT having a baby. This is a little something my boyfriend and i put together for his mum who IS having a baby :) This post is quite different to my normal posts but i do want to venture from my beauty roots and write a bit more about other things and this is where i am starting off! Let me know in the comments below if you like my new post and would like to see more posts as opposed to just beauty :) 

I am super excited, i have younger family members such as cousins and what not but i don't really remember my pregnant aunts or anything like that so its pretty amazing to me, especially because i live with her, so i get to see her little bump grow, its so cute! 

back to the hamper- i decided to create a little basket hamper thingy which would be from me and my boyfriend which had a few 'key items' so to speak of things she might need as soon as the bundle is born. I opted for Johnson's products for washing and bathing as to me, you can't really go wrong with Johnson's for babies, or adults for that matter, i do love a good sprinkle of baby powder when i get out of the bath, oh and the smell, who doesn't love that smell seriously? 

So i got three bath products and a shampoo one which all have the little red sticker which says 'no more tears' to reduce the risk of crying babies if the product gets in their eyes. From right to left (because i like to be different) we have Johnson's baby shampoo which is a honey yellow shade and smells literally like i would expect babies to smell, failing that it smells sort of citrus-y and honey-like i suppose and its also the smell of the yellow baby oil i believe. 

Next we have the the Johnson's baby bath which can be used everyday as it is so gentle. It is a pale blue in colour and smells similar to the baby shampoo but much softer and more floral as you would expect a bath product to smell, this super fresh little bottle is so natural its 'as pure as water' and its balanced pH means it is super kind to baby's skin. 

The chunky purple bottle contains Johnson's baby bedtime bath which says that it has 'been proven to help your baby sleep better' and what new mum doesn't want a baby which has a peaceful nights sleep? i happen to love this product myself as it smells divine. I don't quite know what it has in it as it doesn't state the exact aromas on the ingredients list but i love it anyway! it does state however that it has 'Natural Calm' in each bedtime product which is a blend of relaxing aromas to help you sleep.

Lastly we have Johnson's baby top-to-toe bath which has such natural properties that it is not only ideal for both bath and hair but it is suitable for baby's first bath. The fragrance of this product is a very subtle version of the baby shampoo with a pump lid which helps with the amount of product you get out of the bottle. Again it is pH balanced suitable for everyday use and the pale yellow colour is personally very suitable for new babies! 

I picked up this little fellow from John Lewis but i seriously couldn't resist him, yes i know I've genderised it but just look at its little face! JELLY CAT products are quite expensive for what they are but i wanted the new arrival to make my toy his favourite! Its a little orange giraffe with a ribbon mane and tail. It also has the cutest bell inside which rings delicately if that makes sense, so it isn't too harsh on the baby's ears as it is suitable from birth.  This chime chums giraffe which i have called Henry lead me to buy the next product which is a bashful bunny soother in white.

This baby comforter is super soft and if i could get away with it i would buy one for myself! the texture and material is literally comforting and i'm so glad i picked this up. Also from JELLY CAT it was quite expensive for what it is but i think it was worth it for the little one as it is also suitable from birth. A simple square of material attached rather cutely to a white rabbit makes it a toy and a blanket in one, perfect. 

The next three products were a bit basic for me to do a whole paragraph on their own so i decide to put them together and write about them as a whole as they are what i would call baby basic essentials. So firstly we have a twin pack of baby bath sponges which are super ideal for the Johnson's bath products i brought and it also means that they could be more gentle then using your hands as they are softer for baby's skin. Next i got a brush and comb set from Tommee Tippee which are used to comb and brush baby's first locks (if they have any!). Finally Bepanthen is a Nappy Care Ointment cream which helps protect your baby's bottom from nappy rash, so i picked a tube of this up as an alternative to Sudocream as it is specific for this need. However i reckon a pot of Sudocream will be purchased at some point as it is just amazing at covering all general itches, rashes, cuts and bruises so it would be definitely worth picking some up for when baby starts to grow. 

This next product is a little hard to see without a baby actually wearing it. It is a super adorable faux fur cream hooded shawl, the material is super cosy and soft and i just think this is perfect for after a bath all snuggled up! so cute and very lovely quality. The ears just make this product for me as it has little bear ears which are so so cute. I do really want one for myself though as it is so so soft i just can't help saying 'so' because it is just so!

This is the last item i brought for the hamper/basket thingy and it is this adorable two piece set for 0-3 month old's. This set is from Sainsburys and i got half price without even knowing it was on sale which was definitely an added bonus! The little jogging bottoms are ideal for newborn's so they can wriggle around and still feel comfy and they are stretchy, ideal for a nappy to sit inside. The jumper which matches the joggers is the same pale blue with a white car printed on the front which just screams baby boy to me! it also has three little buttons on the left hand side of jumper which are also a pale blue and little elbow patches on the sleeves which just gives added cuteness! 

Thank you for reading this super long post guys, i hope you enjoyed it! let me know in the comments below if you did! 
Lots of Love,
Sam x

Monday, 27 April 2015

BOURJOIS eau de gloss - Cosmic Shimmering Gloss

Hello hello hello! so, another beauty product today - sorry if its not for you, or you're getting bored of these...- and it is the Cosmic Shimmering Gloss by BOURJOIS in the shade 21 - cappuccino ice. I believe this product is new and hasn't yet come out yet? let me know in the comments below if you've heard of this product or if it has come out and i just haven't seen it out in shops! 
BOURJOIS products always look rather appealing to me, they tend to have very desirable names, colours and packaging so i was sort of dissapointed with this product on first impressions when it arrived 
OK, so forgive me if you like this but i just think its a bit plain... the random plastic top is a bit pointless and i just think it doesn't do the company justice at all. Plus it was a nightmare to photograph because of the holographic label! I suppose the colour of the lip gloss doesn't help the packaging's boring appearance, 'cappuccino ice' isn't exactly a thrilling colour either . 
Anyway, enough of the negativity. As i mentioned in my previous post i'm not a big lip gloss wearer, mostly because i don't like the sticky over glossy look on my lips i prefer a matte classic look, however i noticed this shimmering gloss was 'non sticky' or so it said, so i decided it was at least worth a try. Now, who thinks i hated it or was pleasantly surprised?? 
It really looks nothing like you anticipate it to look like! its smooth, glossy yes but i can look past that, it isn't sticky and it is more like a top coat for lipsticks? or that's what i would use it for. 

The colour is very subtle and almost nude, the shimmer isn't over the top and i like the consistency even though i'm not a glossy person. Sassy maybe but not glossy haha! i did half expect a thick brown blob to just ooze out the end but nope, no brown in sight, so i'm not too sure where the cappuccino comes in. 
Excuse the oddly shaped lips but i wanted you guys to see just how subtle this gloss was, its not in the slightest bit brown and actually just adds a little sheen to your everyday makeup look. I have to say, if i hadn't been sent this lip gloss it wouldn't have been one i chose in store due to the packaging. Additionally, due to the paleness of the colour i think this product would suit any skin tone due to its ability to adapt to your lip colour. 

Well, thats my review for today i hope you liked it :) Let me know in the comments below and be sure to follow me on bloglovin 


Monday, 13 April 2015

New Lipstick | First Impressions

I'm not really a lipstick wearer, i think it makes me look like i'm trying too hard to look good for the local supermarket cashiers, which by the way i'm not. I would love to pull off a signature Taylor Swift bright red lip, or even a subtle nude would make me into a lippy wearer right? I think 'Clown' every time i even attempt lipstick thinking i am much too pale, much too petite which makes me look younger than i am and much too me. I mean lets be honest, how ridiculous is that... 'much too me' but yet i'm the one thinking it! 

Anyway, i wanted to stretch my arms away from the glossy nail varnishes and past the pretty eye shadows and into the unfamiliar surroundings of the lipstick. Little story for you here; i walked into Boots, went to each independent countery thingy (please someone comment and let me know what word I'm looking for here) and browsed. I had no idea of what i was looking for, only that i wanted a colour- great start- and i wanted a long lasting, pigmented colour as well. So i continued to browse and picked up a few colours sampling them on the back of my hand, like you do. I must have had about 30 different shades and consistencies of lipstick on the back of my hand, and to conclude the story, i ended up with three favourites. I love a happy ending... 

So I brought two Rimmel lipsticks and a Revlon Colourburst Matte Balm, if you would like to know more, keep reading :) 

 The first Rimmel lipstick is mauve in colour and i would say fairly neutral as it suits all skin types. It is called ASIA and it is in the number 077 from the Rimmel Lasting Finish range. 
 The swatch of the lipstick is that it is very soft and easily appliable and has a slight sheen to it, which makes it very moisturising. I really like this lipstick due to the depth of the colour and the neutral element of it. Looking forward to using this one! 

The second Rimmel Lasting Finish lipstick is called ALARM in the number 170. It is a vibrant red and like ASIA is very soft and rich in its colour.

 As i have previously mentioned i have always wanted to pull of a Tay Tay look and i think this is the winner red for me as i am quite pale in my complexion with brunette hair a little pop of colour will hopefully brighten me up a bit if i can be brave enough to wear it! 

 Different from the first two lipsticks i brought i opted for this Revlon Colourburst Matte Balm in the shade 205. I was rather intrigued by this one as the swatch made it out to be very lipstick like which i liked but i hoped it wasn't too glossy as i'm not a big lip gloss fan. 

 I have tried on this lipstick and i was quite impressed to say the least, the balm element is very much present in this product as it smells slightly spearminty and gives a lovely nourishing feeling and even makes your lips tingle a little bit! 

I am looking forward to trying all of my lipsticks out and i hope thats not just round the house! All three are very rich in colour and are good quality which i am super pleased about. 

What are your favourite lipsticks and why? Are there any others you think i should know about? Let me know in the comments below! 

Loves, Sam x

Monday, 30 March 2015

Upcoming Events & March Favourites

Hello Lovelies, so today is Monday (crying) but i do have many exciting things happening this week which i am so so looking forward to! firstly, i am going out into town on Thursday night, first night out in forever! seeing all of my beaut friends who have returned home from Uni will be so nice cause I've missed them all loads! so i might post a few outfits on here if that's something you guys would want to see? Lemme know in the comments below or feel free to message me directly on Twitter/Facebook or through Email :). Secondly i am going away over the Easter weekend to Chapel St. Leonard's for Easter Sunday and my birthday on the bank holiday Monday! So lots of trips around Chapel and surrounding areas :) i will be posting a 'checklist' on Wednesday for you all to see :) and i will be taking lots of photos of outfits and locations for y'all to see so you can enjoy it with me! :)  
So diverting from all the smiley emoticons lets get on to my beloved March favourites! 
1. Because its March and spring is supposed to have sprung i kind of felt as though flowers of some sort had to be part of my favourites as i have been loving these ones particularly because of their pretty colours and because they do look a bit different compared to your ordinary bunch of flowers. 

The combination of tulips, daffodils and hyacinths give the bouquet a spring wildflower sort of feel which i love as it looks like i could have picked them! 
2. Ok so for me, along with this spring-like weather comes dry dull skin which is rough and makes me feel ugly so, i brought this Vaseline intensive care moisturiser which as you know its my March favourites i have been loving. I brought it with the belief that because i love those little Vaseline lip tins that this would work wonders as well and it does! it smells so fresh, makes your skin so smooth and sinks in straight away meaning you don't have to walk around 'air drying' before you put clothes on, and the best part is, it doesn't cost a bomb!

3. Next we have a mascara which i have mentioned recently in my 'Benefit Collection' post, and its the Benefits Roller Lash mascara. I expressed why i loved it so much in that post but i just feel like it is so lovely for spring as it isn't too heavy, if that makes sense? its light and lengthens and lifts and for me its perfect for subtle spring looks. 

4. My fourth favourite, is an intense read. Its very graphic, personal and a truly well written book and i love it, not for its content, but for the author being so completely honest and open when writing this book and the way in which she writes, which i just give her so much credit for. 

I Understand that this is not everyone's idea of light a nighttime read, but i read this out of interest and because i think its important to listen to stories and not just the nice, happy ones. 

5. I have always been a ballistic person when it comes to Lush, mostly because i love the colour changes and the sparkly surprises when you lob your newly purchased bath bomb into your Sunday night bath however this month i have been loving the bubble bars, I've cheated a bit here because I've not actually used Ultraviolet (below) before but hey, bubble bars might be converting me in to a bubble person pretty soon. 

So there it is, my march monthly favourites! i hope you liked today's post guys and it has made you think of your monthly faves, let me know what you think and whether you have any favourites you'd love to share! 


Thursday, 26 March 2015

Benefit Collection

Hello my lovelies, today i thought it'd be nice to review one of my favourite make-up brands seen as though i am doing my absolute best to keep on top of my blog posts for you lovely lot! 

I do have more than one Benefit product here as these are the products most recently given to me and i like to have more than one product sometimes, so it gives you guys a chance to spot something you may want to buy yourself :)

First up is 'the PORE fessional' primer, it has a smooth and creamy consistency, and has a little tint to it which helps even out your skin tone and of course cover up your pores before applying your foundation. I have to say, its hard for me to find good primer and i mean good... most of them cake on my skin and just sort of patch on my face if you understand what i mean by that! its because my face is neither dry, nor oily, nor normal its a bit of all three really so its hard to find a perfect match. 

Next are my two beautiful mascaras which are titled 'BAD gal lash' and 'Roller Lash'. Personally i prefer using these two products together, BAD gal gives the dark definition with its wide and thick bristled wand and Roller Lash adds the curl and extra length with its skinny separated bristled wand, they are wonder mascaras! As you can tell by the picture i only have the miniatures but i prefer them as i can wiggle their little wands in between each and every lash. Roller Lash also has a gorgeous rose gold lid... oh my. 
High Beam is a beautiful silky smooth liquid that shimmers and shines just like a pearl effect nail varnish but for your face! its tinted pink and is just lovely, i love it what more can i say? apply it to your light contour spots for a subtle pink dewy glow. It comes in a cute lil pot with a screw on lid with a mini brush attached to it, so no more tapping the bottom of your bottle lightly, carefully, trying to encourage the right amount of liquid out. Its all done for you! its 'Beamiful' (see what i did there, oh yes.. i'm good)

So now we are left with Boi-ing in shade 02 accompanied with Eye Bright. Those of you familiar with Benefit products know that Boi-ing is a concealer particularly good as concealing dark under eye circles.. however, as much as i hate to say this, it just doesn't like my skin type at all... i'm pale and most of the time have dry skin which means it just sits there on my face, its quite difficult for me to blend it in and it is a tad too dark for me! Eye Bright does lighten it up a bit and this as a stand alone product is wonderful! it definitely  does what it says on the tin, well, box... :) 

Let me know what you thought of today's post guys and feel free to message or comment with any questions or queries! 

Loves x

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Mini Primark Shopping Spree!

Hey Guys!

So its been a while.. i am sorry its been a difficult time for me at the moment so blogging just sort of had to take a back seat in my life. 

Any who i went shopping yesterday with my beaut sister and as you can probably tell from the labels it was a successful trip to Primark!

This NEVER normally happens... i like Primark but i never really buy anything. I mostly browse, pick things up and them put them back in a random place because lets face it.. the ques in that place are longer than those at ASDA on black Friday! So this time  i brought things :) 

The crochet top picked out by my sister is one that Zoella actually brought on her last Primark haul video. I didn't think much of it at first sight but actually trying it on, its surprisingly flattering and doesn't look like something your Nan knitted for next doors dog. I am very into stripes at the moment and thought this would look nice with some black skinny jeans or maybe a skater skirt.

The shorts in the top right are just a plain navy blue runner short, now, i brought some like this from Top shop last year and thought those were reasonably priced.. no where near these bad boys as these were only £3! I like their simplicity and i love comfy shorts in 
summer so these were a win win! The shoes in the bottom right were a little pricey for Primark i thought as these rocked up at £8 but having said that i brought them because i loved them and to be fair you aren't going to find summer flats cheaper than that. 

I have actually always wanted to pull of the flower headband or crown as they are sometimes referred too, so when i went in i tried a few on.. i found that the big flowers really made my head look pea-sized and teeny but the smaller daintier ones actually didn't look half bad! hence why i picked this little beauty up with small pale pink roses dotted across the band with small green leaves in between them. 

Again scrunchies are another thing i wanted to be able to pull off so i picked up this cute pair which has one plain white one and another which is blue with small daisies on it. i feel like accessories are my weakness as i never really accessorize and i feel like i should? so hopefully what I've picked up is a good starting point :).

Finally i picked up these sunglasses... i love the big bug-eye ones which look so cute and fun but they just make me look even smaller then i am so i opted for these, which are a tortoise shell design (let me know if it isn't that i am not too sure!). I chose these because i felt like they would go with a lot of outfits and because of their colour I'm not being too boring going for a plain black or white. 

So, that's it! a long post for today guys, let me know if you have any questions/queries anything like that i would love to hear from you! :)


Thursday, 29 January 2015

Ecotools Retractable Foundation Brush

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I know its been far too long since i wrote my last post (sorry, sorry, sorry) its not very often i get to pick up new beauty products to try out!

I am really looking forward to experimenting this year with new make-up brands, new colours, new tools, more diverse products and using my favourite brands more. So... todays post is a bit of a new start, i thought this new product i had purchased seemed fitting. It is new to me but not new to the market and its the 'ecotools retractable foundation brush'.

i have never brought from this brand before as personally i think it is a little over priced BUT i did buy this product as a special offer item (£2.50!?!? i know...AMAZING supposed to be £9.99) and so i figured if it was a product i loved i wouldnt mind purchasing more of their products.

Its been so long ive almost forgotten how to type...
first impressions of the brand are good, its economically friendly and animal cruelty free which are always good in my books. It has this cute little bag which is green in which you can take your retractable foundation brush on your travels.
The brush itself is super soft and i quote "shaped like your fingertip to apply foundation with precision" i love this... its chunky and yet travel size, delicate yet durable and it comes with a lid thats bottom-of-handbag-fluff-proof perfect!

its application is easy and streak-free even as a small sized brush and its bristles dont detach themseleves and try to become part of your face. Its a beautiful shade of bronze and i am very happy with my BARGIN FIND if you would like to know more be sure to comment/like or message me on Twitter/Facebook,