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Glossybox July Review

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Glossybox July Review

Glossybox’s summer spectacular box got delivered last week wasn’t its most impressive for me. Yes the box was pretty being all blue and beachy and yes it was a nice surprise to get some Green & Blacks mini chocolate bar but none of the products where particularly useful

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Alterna -Bamboo Style Boho Waves Texture Mist

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Get tousled, “just-back-from-the-beach” waves with this weightless mist. Adds texture, volume and healthy shine to all hair types.

Now it doesn’t feel that long ago since I was sent one of these Sea Sprays and I wasn’t really a fan then. I have wavy/curly hair and adding this too it always makes it feel a little bit crispy. Though thinking about it… it may help with move of the vintage styles I’ve been trying out? It’s a nice sample size … just need to find a use for it.

Pukka Ayurveda -Radiance Serum

pukka_serum_800x800_2A wonder serum that will leave your skin feeling fresh and bright, gently fragranced with sandalwood. Suitable for all skin types, even the most sensitive. Aloe vera and manuka honey to soothe and refresh. Gotu kola and lemon balm to tone and brighten the complexion.

This is a nice product – not something I would buy for myself but with the london tube smog my skin can always do with a bit of brightening!

COOLA – Mineral Face Tint SPF 20 Rose Essence

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Keep the sun and environment at bay with this SPF 20 broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen, a tinted, light Rose scented, Titanium Dioxide based formula (for those who are Zinc sensitive) made with 98% natural ingredients.

Another tinted moistrizer. It’s light on the skin and protects from the sun but getting bored with them now!

Ciate – Paint Pots Pocket Money

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Ciaté use a combination of professional and lovingly chosen high performance formulas. Our beautiful and sophisticated packaging encourages an incredibly artistic and effortless nail painting experience. The long handle provides you the best strokes every time. With a dense 250 bristle flat brush, you are guaranteed a flawless even finish. The bottle has been ergonomically designed to sit comfortably in your hand for maximum control. The formula is amazingly pigmented, long-lasting and available in a range of finishes whilst formulated to be easy to apply. And finally, the iconic satin bow as the finishing touch which crowns each polish.

Really pretty full size bottle of polish… shame about the bleh colour! Come on Glossybox whats with all the nude colours? If I’m going to paint my nails why would I want o one to notice!?

Anatomicals – Spray Misty for Me Facial Spritz

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For normal, dry and sensitive skin. This facial spritz with calming lavender and refreshing peppermint extracts, helps to rehydrate and calm skin. Wonderful every day, during flights, at the beach, in the city or in the office

This is the only useful and properly useful in the summer product I received! large-sized sample, smells fantastic and will be a life saver on holiday next week! Doesn’t smudge my make-up about and is really refreshing! Perfect!

Over all not one of the best. Nice enough products but feels like I’ve had most of them before! I would have loved to try the coconut dry shampoo or the nail raps or the face oils – shame! Let hope they pull it back in the next months box.

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Spiffing good fun at the Chap Olympiads

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Spiffing good fun at the Chap Olympiads

Last Saturday The Boy and I dug out the tweed and seamed stockings (for me not The Boy!) and headed down to Bedford Square Gardens to be stewards for the day at the Chap Olympiads! To say I was excited was a wee bit of an understatement!

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The Chap Olympiads is an eccentric sports day for Vintage lovers! There where beautiful ladies, dashing gents and tweed as far as the eye can see!

We turned up early and met all the lovely people who are part of the Chap family. They either work for/with the fabulous Chap magazine, have volunteered before or where first timers (like the boy and me). Everyone was so friendly and very well turned out (even in the crazy heat).

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The day’s events started with the Opening Ceremony : the Lighting of the Olympic Pipe. In true Chap fashion Gustav Temple (the Chap’s Editor) took to the stage with the most impressive pipe…
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The games are open to all tickets holders and filled up so quickly! With just under a dozen different events there where a lot to pick from but all with a high level of silliness evolved!

First up the Tea Pursuit! Participants had to do a relay of the stage on bicycles not spilling a drop of tea from the cup and saucer. I didn’t really think through my cream dress and people on bikes with tea but luckily I managed to avoid all spillages. There does seem to be a high level of photos of me looking bossy with a tea-pot but was a great start to the games!

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The silliness just carried on from there…

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Umbrella Jousting

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Well Dressage – With the beautiful ladies from the Vintage Mafia judging

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And the most difficult of all the games… Not Playing Tennis

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There was even some music from The Speakeasy Three – who we saw recently supporting Caravan Place at the 02

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Even though we where working hard The Boy still managed to get some fantastic photos…

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All in all it was a fantastic day and I cannot thank the team enough for letting us come and help out!

Roll on next year!!!

Cocktails, Cakes and Lego Robots? Exploring Drink Shop Do!

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Cocktails, Cakes and Lego Robots? Exploring Drink Shop Do!

I have been dying to finally visit Drink Shop Do so I rounded up some of my favourite arty-farty people and headed over to King cross for some Lego sillyness!

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All the good things I had heard about Drink Shop Do hadn’t been wrong! For a former Victorian bathhouse a 2 min trot from King’s Cross station and the downstairs bar being a former sex shop, the whole place just felt like home to me! The small entrance from the street is deceptive: stairs at the back lead to a giant, columned room, lit by a large skylight window surrounded by huge paper cranes (some with top hats!!!). That leads to the “dome-room” – in which you can imagine a semi-circle of Victorian gentlemen encased, neck down, in steam baths- now with a giant disco ball and fairy lights. As soon as you walk in there is so much to look at and they have a huge list of arty activities to keep you entertained! Ranging from Tea Cosy Knitting to Play With Clay David Bowie Style… after many a email voting for our fav we decided to hit up the Lego Robots evening as we are basically big kids!
The cakes all looked yummy, the cocktail list was full of gin goodness, fun arty things to look at everywhere!

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They have a resident designer and everything is up for sale – from the art on the wall to the chairs and table we were sat at! It keeps the decor constantly changing so each time you visit it’s a different experience! Our table was particularly cute…
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Ms Frank and Ro got down to business ordering tea for two and I had a cocktail and brownie whilst we waited for the Lego!

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Then we got down to the serious business…. building our robot. As we worked out that we had about a decade of years spent doing art degrees between us the pressure was on!

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I was little to no help as I kept breaking/knocking/moving/playing with our robot (and the adorable salt and pepper set!) but we still managed to produce a robot the likes of which will never be seen again!

Let me introduce you to Terrance the time travelling techno-bot…
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We loved it so much we’ve got a plan to come back to do the Paper Mache Monster Mash… I get the feeling it may get messy!

GlossyBox June Review

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GlossyBox June Review

So this review has taken a while to go up partially because I’ve been at Download but partially because Glossybox didn’t send me one of my products so had to wait for them to send me a replacement!

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This is Glossybox’s summer box which was perfectly timed for Download and my up coming holiday! 4 miniatures perfect for my overfull backpack and 2 full-sized products – another pretty fab box.

MONU – Hydrating Moisturiser SPF 15

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Soft focus technology helps to blur imperfections and to correct skin tone. We use Zinc Oxide to provide a physical barrier against the sun’s harmful rays. This provides broad spectrum UV protection with good UVA to UVB ratio. Includes Vitamin E, an antioxidant, to fight free radicals. The best way to stop your face from ageing is to protect it from the sun.
This was unbelievably useful at the festival. The 30ml bottle was perfect for squeezing into my overfull backpack and with the SPF 15 in it when the sun did finally come out it saved my stupidly pale face! Smells nice too!

FIGS & ROUGE- Cherry Blossom

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100% Natural Tinted Lip balms in Soft Cherry, Blush Pink & Shimmer shades.

I’m not a massive fan of lip gloss… a little bit too gloopy for me. This one smells lovely and is all shimmery. In small doses I think I could like this! This is a full-sized product but perfect for the handbag!

NUXE – Huile Prodigieuse® OR

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95.2% of the ingredients in this Shimmering Dry Oil are of natural origin, it is a unique combination of 30% precious plant oils and Vitamin E to nourish, repair and soften your face, body and hair in a single step. Your face and body are left feeling soft and silky. Your hair is supple, soft and shines with health. The sensual golden particles leave a subtle shimmer on your skin and enhance your every move.

This is the product I was missing which I think it could have been really useful for the festival but think it could work well in Italy to stop my hair getting fried! It’s come in a cute glass bottle, easy to fit in my suitcase!

PAUL MITCHELL- Ultimate Wave and Full Circle Leave-In Treatment

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Ultimate Wave™
Beachy Texture Cream-Gel
Secret weapon for creating sexy, tousled beach waves.
Forms, separates and adds loads of texture.
Humidity-resistant for perfectly imperfect frizz-free styles.

Full Circle Leave-In Treatment™
Frizz-Free Curl Therapy
Lightweight conditioning treatment won’t weigh hair down. Do-it-all formula hydrates, detangles and tames frizz. Replenishes thirsty locks and helps protect against damage.

These two little sample bottles are what I am most excited about. My hair and heat are not friends so I’m looking forward to taking these bad boys to Italy and actually having good hair whilst I’m there!

Q – Body Spray

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Q is a collection of lighter, high quality fine fragrance body sprays for wearing everyday.
The female range – Radiance, Balance and Awe – is a blend of fine fragrances and soft sense-active deodorant protection.
Sheer, floral top-notes delicately blossom on the skin evolving into deep warm, sensual base notes for confident all over body fragrance and freshness.

It’s a nice spray. For a full-sized product it will still fit nicely in my make-up bag. Doesn’t smell like Impulse which is always good!

Again a rather nice box! Roll on July’s goodies

My BubbleDogs date with the lovely Ms Frank

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My BubbleDogs date with the lovely Ms Frank

Ms Frank and myself have decided we MUST do more things out and about in London so when she suggested trying out BubbleDogs I jumped at the suggestion… champagne AND gourmet hot dogs, it sounded perfect!

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We were prepared for a wait…which was a good thing as we had to wait for an hour to be seated. The restaurant itself is all exposed brink and trendy ceiling lights (which I’m obsessed with!) located just up from Tottenham Court road (closer to Goodge Street) so is wonderfully central! Once we were called in… we were crammed on a table with other people, made to sit on science lab stools and were pressed up against the people sat at the table behind… lucky the food (and the company) made up for that.

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Bubbledogs, London; image via foodieinberlin.com

We both opted for a glass of pink bubbles and sides of sweet potato fries and I went for the BLT – bacon wrapped with caramelized lettuce and truffle mayo…. TRUFFLE MAYO!  You can quite easily say I was a very happy little mayo addict!

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I also really loved all the BubbleDogs artwork that was up and about inside…very cute!

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I’m sure you can tell that I was so excited about the bubbles and hot dogs (did I mention the truffle mayo!?)  and happily chatting away with Ms Frank that I forgot to take any photos at all… bar this one of the lovely lady below. Thankfully the big wide world of the internet provided the other photos – phew!

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The wait is killer if you’re starving but it’s a fab payday treat and I will definitely be back (did I mention the mayo!? ha) Check out their website here for yourself!

Looking forward to my next friend date with the lovely Ms Frank!

The Girlest Day Out

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Over Easter Blondie and I decided to have a “girly day out” and enjoy London a little… not something we do very often! Food, shopping, a little exploring and a Limp Bizkit cover band … it… was… AWESOME!

Our day started with a coffee stop at The Attendant.

Built around 1890 and mothballed in the 1960s, the Attendant has been dormant for more than fifty years.

After two-years planning and restoration the old Attendant’s office has been turned into a little kitchen and the original porcelain urinals have become an inspired line with green seating to match the original Victorian floor tiles.

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 The Attendant is really beautiful! You can see all the care and work Peter Tomlinson took into converting this disused loo into somewhere with very yummy hot cross buns!

All the photos of the public toilet before the transformation can be found on pintrest

After shopping we decided we must have earned a treat and ended up in The Parlour, one of the restaurant in Fortnum & Mason.

The Parlour Restaurant, situated on the First Floor, provides a gastronomic ice cream indulgence to children (and adults) of all ages. Many of our flavours are found nowhere else in the world.

We went crazy and ordered pink bubbles and the sherry trifle. It was the BIGGEST sunday I’ve seen and waaaay more alcoholic than we where expecting!

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Safe to say we where very happy bunnies by the end of our day out (and a wee bit squiffy)

As if our day couldn’t get any better Blondie cooked up a Mass of tapas and we hit Voodoo Rock over in Angel for some rock cover bands and Limp Bizkit fun!

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Best…Day…EVER!

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!