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GLOSSYBOX May review

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GLOSSYBOX May review

I had my lovely monthly treat turn up at work this week. It’s GlossyBox’s 2 Year anniversary and I think they decided to treat us all with full-sized goodies which I’m very impressed about! They are also running competitions all month on their facebook page to win a different product each day! They’re spoiling us!

My May GlossyBox

4 full-sized products, a sample pot and a free gift of GlossyBox matchbook of nail files… a pretty good haul!

COLLECTION- Fast stroke eyeliner

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COLLECTION FAST STROKE EYELINER IS A FAVOURITE WITH BEAUTY FOLLOWERS EVERYWHERE. ITS SPECIALLY DESIGNED NIB IS FIRM ENOUGH TO CREATE BOTH FINE AND BOLDER LINES BUT NOT SO FIRM THAT IT DRAGS DELICATE SKIN. WITH JUST-THE-RIGHT-CONSISTENCY FORMULA IT MAKES PRECISION LINING SO EASY.

Always enjoy a good eyeliner and this is definitely smooth and it drying quickly so no smudging which is always a plus!

JELLY PONG PONG – Fairy Lashes Mascara

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This is not for the faint-hearted. Our first ever mascara is formulated to make eye lashes flutter & flap. Water-resistant, Fairy Lashes makes eyelashes thicker & curvier while allowing them to be spectacularly soft & light. A truly fabulous effect for the woman who wants to emphasize one deep, intense, seductive look.

A really good size and instantly made my eyelashes look thicker. Will make a fab addition to my make-up bag!

PAUL MITCHELL – Shine Spray TM

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Pamper hair from the inside out with Awapuhi Wild Ginger™, with proven ingredients to restore weak, damaged hair.

Add brilliance to any style with the silicone and paraben-free Awapuhi Wild Ginger™ Shine Spray™. This clean, light mist adds luminous shine and helps protect hair from daily wear and tear making it ideal for heat styling. Natural Awapuhi extract balances moisture for a healthy-looking finish.

Smells a little like a glass of ginger beer but didn’t make my hair go heavy or greasy but there was a nice shine… think this will take a bit of experimenting!

BEAUTIFUL MOMENTS – PRIME & CREATE MIXING MEDIUM

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A true hero product which compliments our range of loose minerals. When combined with mineral powders and pigments, this amazingly versatile product will allow you to create dozens of different make up finishes.
Use under your foundation as a matt finish primer or mix with loose or compact powders to create many different products.
Mix with mineral foundation powder for a long lasting airbrush finish or with mineral concealer for heavy duty coverage. You can also mix Prime & Create with eyeshadow pigments to create an intense finish or as a liquid liner. Other uses include mixing with Beautiful Movements Marble Sparkle eyeshadow to create a cream highlighter or Summer Warmth bronzer to create a bronzing cream. The possibilities are endless!

This was the most disappointing product in the GlossyBox this month. The ‘mixing media’ itself if fab but the container feels and looks cheap and nothing like their website image. Very unappealing.

HEADLINE COLOURS – Nail Polish “Poolside Party”

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Designers are bringing a hint of the desert island to those who have chosen a staycation this Summer. Ripples of Aqua coloured fabric wafted down the runway at Gucci and turquoise blue eyes flashed with Swarovski crystals at Dior. There has never been a more feel-good colour at Fashion Week; against the grey skies of London models skipped down the catwalk with sunny smiles on their faces. Will this colour be the hit of the season? Just ask Chanel…]

LOVE this shade! Been really loving the SS13 nail varnish colours that have been hitting the shops and this is a great shade! Will be wearing this loads I feel!

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Thank you GlossyBox team! Fab box this month!

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Tatty Devine Lucky Dip Box of Awesomeness

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Tatty Devine Lucky Dip Box of Awesomeness

All of us over at the RHCP Towers are in love with Tatty Devine Jewellery so when we heard TD where selling Lucky Dip boxes last week we became slightly obsessed… especially as TD kept teasing us with these  facebook photos…

I decided to treat myself to a large box and was pleasantly surprised…
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I would have loved a big statement necklace but I still think I did pretty well!

My favourite is the Ghost Necklace! It’s currently on sale down from £27 to £13.50

Get your ghoul on. Something about this ghost’s floaty shape and monochrome colours makes it spookily wearable as a necklace. It’ll soon be haunting your every outfit. It’s made from white perspex with inky black eyes finished by hand. Dare we say it, this is a dead good necklace.

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I’ve only been able to find black versions of the earrings online but I’m loving the hot pink! Very simple and clashes amazingly with my hair! I’ve found them for £18 but don’t know what season they are from.

It’s official: bow ties are cool. These perspex bow earrings are laser cut and etched with simple illustrated details to look just like the real thing.

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Originally I wasn’t too keen on this next necklace but its really grown on me. The Enamel Gingerbread Heart Necklace is still on sale on the TD website for £21

Red Christmas gingerbread necklace says Ich Liebe Dich (it means ‘I love you’ in German). This heart necklace is inspired by continental Christmas markets, and makes a cute Christmas gift or love token. Shiny enamel necklace comes on a golden chain. Make it the icing on the cake of your winter outfits.

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My one “statement” piece was this large green Parakeet Brooch. It’s from their 2012 Parakeet collection and was on sale for £36 but can’t see any available online so feel very special. As most people know birds are not my favourite things but I feel I could quite easily grow to love this bad boy – It is in my favourite colour after all!

This beautiful bird is lasercut from glossy emerald green mirrored perspex. The tail feathers hang in a loose sweep and there’s the tiniest purple beak swinging free at the top. You can almost hear the “caw, caw”. Use this brooch to add a glamorous touch

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So two necklaces, one set of earrings and a huge statement brooch with a collective worth of £88.50 (£102 if you don’t factor in the sale) all for £35 … can you say BARGAIN!?

Now I wonder if I can get away with wearing all of them at once?

Our NYE Hogmanay fun!

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Our NYE Hogmanay fun!

The main reason we went up to Scotland for NYE was for their legendary Hogmanay Party! We wanted to do something out of London and have been talking of jumping on a train somewhere and this just called to us!

We rocked up to Edinburgh just in time to see the beautiful Torchlight Procession

The opening event of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay 2012/13 celebrations is the spectacular Torchlight Procession.

The total sell-out  2011 event welcomed over 25,000 people to this world renowned family event. Thousands of torch carriers illuminate the city from the new start position of Chambers Street to the Son et Lumière and fireworks finale on Calton Hill, led by Shetland’s Up Helly Aa’ Vikings and the massed pipes and drums.

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Then came the main event… The Street Party!!!

A party with 80,000 friends beneath the backdrop of Edinburgh Castle and dance your way into 2013 with incredible live music and entertainment, DJ’s, giant screens, outdoor bars and the world famous Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Midnight Fireworks.

We decided to stay at the local talent stage as we weren’t too bothered about the headlining acts! Was a good plan as the 3 bands we saw where fantastic!

I love fireworks and Hogmanay didn’t disappoint! At midnight they set off their firework spectacle (thankfully the weather held off!) Unfortunately I managed to lose my phone so all my photos from the trip got lost but as there was 80,000 odd people there are still photos to admire!

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Was the perfect end to a fantastic NYE! Amazing location, music, friendliest people and fantastic food! What more could you ask for! Will be back for sure!

Our NYE trip to Edinburgh

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Our NYE trip to Edinburgh

The Boy and I decided to have a bit of an adventure for NYE last year and hop of the train to Edinburgh! Neither of us had been before and as we are so close the Kings Cross it was a doddle to get up there… a couple of DVDs and the Walking Dead game on the ipad and we where there!

We had lucked out with an amazing new hotel based in Haymarket so the location couldn’t have been better. We did our usual thing of exploring and finding some amazing bars and restaurants…

The Red Squirrel Bar was our first stop of the trip. It had some amazing guest ales and some very yummy haggis burgers which made The Boy very happy!

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We also had an amazing meal at Maison Bleue down a really cute little street. A great mix of french and Scottish food… nom nom nom

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On the same street we found a fab art gallery called The Red Door Gallery buried between loads of amazing tweed shops! Loads of local artist and fantastic prints… so tempting to buy the whole shop!!

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We also did the touristy thing and explored the castle … It was SO windy and wet but The Boy still managed to take lots of beautiful photos!

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But of course the main reason we came to Edinburgh was for the amazing Hogmanay Street Party…

Time got away from me!

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What can I say… Life, death, work, play… all things that have distracted me from blogging! Hopefully things have calmed down now!

Though if another Limp Bizkit cover band rocks up… I may go AWOL again!

Who knew that a #limpbizkitcoverband and a stolen Fred durst cap could cause such hilarity!! #limpbizkit #voodoo

Who knew that a limp bizkit cover band and a stolen Fred durst cap could cause such hilarity!!