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20/12/2013

Blogmas Day 20: Supporting Independent Retailers–Queens Hairdressing Rothwell

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A couple of weeks ago Barclaycard contacted me regarding their new Freedom Rewards card, this is just like a regular rewards card except that you earn points wherever you spend money rather than just in certain stores. It also rewards every single purchase, no matter what the value – you can also earn double and triple points at some major retailers. Sounds great doesn’t it?

Barclaycard are championing independent retailers with the Freedom Rewards card, and sent me a £50 voucher for a local shop of my choice. I chose my local hairdressers, Queens, as I’ve always wanted to try it out there and never have before. I thought it would be good to support an independent salon in my home town as it’s nice to support home-grown talent rather than huge chains. I usually get my hair done by a mobile hair dresser in my Mum’s kitchen so going to a fancy salon was a proper treat for me! I chose to spend my voucher on a Cut & Finish by the Young Stylist in the Salon, Morgan – I wasn’t really sure what to expect but it really was a fab experience. I had a consultation before having my hair washed, blow dried, cut and styled and everything was perfect. I was in the salon just under an hour and it was a brilliant way to wind down after a busy day at work. I still have some money left on my voucher and I’m planning to treat myself to a cut in a couple of months too. You can’t really see in the picture as the light is so poor at the moment, but my hair was so shiny and sleek. I had a tiny bit off the ends and few layers put in around the face, I’ve also now got a bit of a side fringe too (I will update this post with a better image once I get one).

I would really recommend checking out your local independent salons as the service I experienced at Queens was impeccable, and I assume it would be similar in your local hairdressers too. It’s really nice to support smaller businesses and I’m sure that they appreciate new customers too!

Would you rather go to an independent salon or a chain brand for a hair cut?

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17/12/2013

Blogmas Day 17: London Christmas Lights

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Oxford Street

I popped down to London last night and I spend quite a bit of time wandering around admiring all the Christmas lights. It was raining so I didn’t get a chance to head over to Covent Garden and see the Christmas tree but Oxford Street was looking fabulous. I really love Christmas lights, they make me feel all warm inside and excited for the big day!

Are you a Christmas lights fan?

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16/12/2013

Blogmas Day 16: Love Me Beauty Box December Reviews

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Love Me Beauty – December Edition 2013*

A week ago I received my December Love Me Beauty box and over the past week I have been trying out each of the products. I have been really impressed with a few of the products this month and have really enjoyed using them. It’s this aspect that I love most about beauty boxes, as I get to try out products I would never usually be able to.

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Lord & Berry Intensity Lipstick in Glazed Pink - £12

This lipstick isn’t typically a shade that I would go for, I’m not really a fan of nude lipsticks. I did enjoy wearing this though and it’s perfect for a work lip when I’m not in the mood for something more exciting. The formula is nice and it has a glossy finish which makes it easy to wear.

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Headline Colours Nail Polish in Quicksand - £9

I really love this nail polish, it’s a deep brown-grey shade and is lovely for wearing to work. It has a hint of purple in there too, which you can see in some lights. I felt quite grown-up and classy when I was wearing this colour on my nails. The formula is amazing too, one coat and my nail was covered, it has a nice glossy finish too so no need for topcoat!

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Rodial 5 Minute Facial Sample - £7

This facial mask was really amazing to use, it sets whilst it’s on the skin and makes everything feel nice and tight. Once you wash it off your skin feels very clean and rejuvenated. Any redness appears reduced and my skin feels a lot smoother. I will definitely be using this again and think I will keep an eye out in TK Maxx for a full size version.

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Lord & Berry Kiss Proof Lip Liner in Romantica - £7.50

This lip liner is a gorgeous bubble gum pink shade with a hint of lilac, I think it will be perfect for summer worn under other lipsticks or on it’s own. It is VERY matte and drying so I would advise lots of lip balm underneath if you’re going to wear it alone. The staying power of this lip liner is amazing, I popped this on at around 1pm and it was still on when I had a bath at 9, I had also had a nap during this time and drank lots of water as I wasn’t feeling well.

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S5 Vitality Mask Sample – Around £6 *A Love Me Beauty Exclusive*

I’ve only used this once and I don’t think it’s enough time for it to have worked effectively as I didn’t see any real changes in my skin after using this. My skin felt soft and fresh and I think with more use it would make a difference in the texture of my face.

Have you tried out any of these products?

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15/12/2013

Blogmas Day 15: Christmas Party Make-up

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Christmas Party Make-up – December 2013

I’ve been to two Christmas parties this year and this is the make-up that I’ve worn to both of them, the first was a meal out with my boyfriend and his colleagues and the second was a 1940s night at a local tea room with my old workplace. I went for quite a fresh look with the skin, using Revlon’s Nearly Naked foundation and a little Benefit High Beam along the cheekbones. On the cheeks I’m wearing a touch of Benefit’s Dandelion blush, but not too much. The eyes are MAC’s Paint Pot in Painterly and winged liner using the L’Oreal Superliner, on my lashes is Barry M Lash Vegas mascara. My eyebrows are the Maybelline liner and mascara featured in this post. My lips are NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella, this is my new favourite lipstick – beautifully matte and a rich blue toned red shade.

P.S. My brows don’t look as orange in real life.

Have you been to any Christmas parties this year?

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14/12/2013

Blogmas Day 14: Work Nails

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Capsule Nail Wardrobe: Work

As I’ve mentioned before I recently started a new job and now work in a more professional atmosphere, this means that even my nails have to look the part. No bright colours or glitter. Super boring, eh? I thought I’d put together a little capsule nail wardrobe of work appropriate nail colours for anyone else in a similar situation. Muted neutral tones and pastel shades are allowed so I’ve picked out five of my favourites.

Deborah Lippmann - Modern Love

Deborah Lippmann – Modern Love

Modern Love is a pink toned neutral greige shade, it looks perfect on my nails as it seems to warm my hands up a little bit. I’ve received compliments when I’ve worn this shade to work, the perfect neutral.

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L’Oreal Colour Riche – You Are Worth It

You Are Worth It is a lovely blue-toned grey shade, I love the way it looks on my nails. It’s more blue than grey and is perfect for cooler weather.

OPI - Mermaid's Tears

OPI – Mermaid’s Tears

Mermaid’s Tears is the perfect pastel turquoise shade, it’s quite muted and again there is a bit of grey in there to calm it down a little. It can appear quite bright in some lights but I’d still say it was work appropriate.

Barry M Nail Paint - Lychee

Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine – Lychee

Lychee is a true beige shade, almost like a sand colour, it’s a little too light for me but I do like it and I think it would look fab on others. It also looks amazing with a bit of glitter on top (at the weekends obviously…).

Revlon Scented Polish - Strawberry Cream

Revlon – Strawberry Cream

Strawberry Cream is one of my all time favourite nail polish shades, it’s a lovely creamsicle shade – pink but with peachy undertones. It’s fresh and bright without being too garish, it makes me happy when I see my fingers typing away with this on. It’s also scented and has a very subtle strawberry fragrance.

Which nail polishes do you wear for work?

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13/12/2013

Blogmas Day 13: Gift Guide for Boyfriends

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Today my lovely boyfriend Jamie has written the Blogmas post as he is a boy and know what boys want! I have a really hard time thinking up gifts for the boys in my life, not only my boyfriend but my brother too! Here’s what he suggests:

PlayStation 4 

The end of the last gen saw a strong resurgence from the PlayStation brand, which has been adding tremendous value with the PS+ service, on top of that it features less of the gimmicky home entertainment stuff of the Xbox One, I truly believe PlayStation 4 is for the gamers, and thus forth, I want one!

Cards Against Humanity

Looks like great fun with a group of people and a few drinks trying to make the most absurd responses to the situation with your given cards.

Dr Martens Jadon Boots in Cherry Red

I do have a soft spot for Dr Martens, these are a modern take on the classic stompers (I think!)

Kevin Hart - Let Me Explain (blu ray)

My current favourite comedian, it’s always good getting a comedy DVD to watch with the family at Christmas.

Gig Tickets - Dan Le Sac vs. Scroobius Pip 

These shows are in February, and a great start to the new year, you need to have a look in the mirror if you don’t like either of these!

Gallows Show Poster

I have a few Gallows show prints, the art work they use is quite unique and makes for a different kind of band merch for the occasional collector, beats getting a generic Metallica shirt!

What will you be buying your other half this year?

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12/12/2013

Blogmas Day 12: NEOM Blogger Flash Sale

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NEOM have just launched a special flash sale for Bloggers, offering 20% off their amazing selection of products for 24 hours only. Perfect timing for buying those Christmas presents. I thought I’d list my top five NEOM products to give you an idea of what to buy, I think I might have to pick up a few things for the last minute gifts I’ve forgotten.

1. NEOM Christmas Wish Candle - £42

The perfect Christmas scent, I’ve been burning it whilst I wrap my presents and it creates a wonderful festive atmosphere. It’s spicy and sweet and incredibly rich smelling, feels very indulgent too. Check out my review here.

2. NEOM Invigorate Organic Reed Diffuser - £35

This is amazing, we have one on our stairs and it makes the whole of the upstairs smell beautiful. It’s fresh and invigorating, perfect for clearing the cobwebs after a long day at work. Review here.

3. NEOM Complete Bliss Hand Cream - £20

My favourite hand cream of all time, the Moroccan Rose scent is lovely. It smells sweet and floral at the same time, it sinks in quickly and leaves your hands feeling baby soft. Review here.

4.NEOM Real Luxury Organic Body Scrub - £32

Another favourite of mine, I tried this last year and loved it. It’s quite an oily scrub so it leaves your skin feeling so smooth, the sugar scrub is quite intense but it really does a good job at ridding any dry patches. It also smells amazing, a definite treat for bath time. Your legs will feel and look incredible after using this product. Review here.

5.NEOM Organic Bath & Shower Indulgence Set - £19*

I’ve been testing out these little bath and shower oils over the past week and oh my! They are incredible, they make the bath water so silky smooth and the scent fills the room. There are three different scents included in this little kit: Real Luxury, Tranquility and Complete Bliss. Complete Bliss has been my favourite so far, I can’t get enough of that rose scent.

The link to the flash sale is: https://www.neomorganics.com/bloggerpromo.html

Have you tried NEOM yet?

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11/12/2013

Blogmas Day 11: Christmas Gift Wrap

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I’ve just spent quite a long time wrapping up some of my presents and thought I’d share my gift wrap this year, I’ve gone for the traditional brown paper and ribbon look. I’m really loving the simplicity of it and the hand-stamped labels are pretty cute too. There are so many pretty ribbons around this year that I couldn’t resist picking a few up to give my gifts a unique feel – I really like the black one even though it’s not very festive.

I bought the plain red and black ribbon from eBay for varying prices and the striped ribbon from Wilko for £1! The tags are also from eBay but they have some similar ones in Wilko too. The brown paper is from a huge roll we bought for parcels about 2 years ago, still going strong!

How are you wrapping your gifts this year?

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10/12/2013

Blogmas Day 10: Gift Guide for Dad

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Christmas Gift Guide 2013 – Dad

1| Canon IXUS 240 Digital Camera - £129.49

2| Fred Perry Cable Knit Scarf - £38.50

3| Morphie Juice Pack Phone Case - £69.95

4| Ask The Missus Chelsea Boots - £74.99

5| The Sopranos Box Set - £40.50

Is everyone else’s dad as difficult to buy for as mine is? I never know what to buy him. He has everything he needs and wants and he can never think of anything when I ask him for ideas. I thought I’d go for a range of gifts that I think my dad would like, and I might have bought him one of the things above. The camera is something I know he’d love, it’s techy enough to impress his friends but not too complicated to use – the Canon camera’s are amazing quality too and this one is touchscreen too. The phone case will be a useful gift for when my dad is working in London, we all know how fast iPhone batteries drain when you’re google mapping your way around the capital – it looks pretty swish too. A DVD box set is always a winner, and my boyfriend thoroughly recommends The Sopranos. The boots will look fab with a casual outfit but are also smart enough to wear out for festive meals in posh pubs, I love the shade of these boots – they’ll look amazing with dark wash jeans. The scarf is a classic, it’s a lovely knit and the Fred Perry logo will appeal to my Dad – he loves a designer label. I can imagine him wearing it to a football game in the cooler months.

What are you planning on buying your Dad?

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09/12/2013

Blogmas Day 9: Love Me Beauty Christmas Edition–Menu 1

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Love Me Beauty – Christmas Edition – Menu 1*

It’s time for another Love Me Beauty box, yay! I’m feeling really poorly today and this made me feel a little bit better when I got home from work. I do love opening up a fresh beauty box, even though I chose which box to receive I’ve often forgotten what’s in it when I receive it so it’s still a surprise!

If you’re unfamiliar with Love Me Beauty, there are three boxes to choose from each month each with 4-5 products in with a mix of full size and sample size things. The box costs £10 + P&P and is available any where in the UK with a letter box! It’s really nice to pick which products you receive each month as there are no nasty surprises; you get to choose. I really like this aspect of the Love Me Beauty box as it’s what has put me off other sample boxes like this, I want to make sure I’m getting my money’s worth and not being left with a box of things I don’t like.

This month I chose Menu 1 and it includes:

  • Lord & Berry Intensity Lipstick in Glazed Pink - £12
  • Lord & Berry Kiss Proof Lip Liner in Romantica - £7.50
  • Headline Colours Nail Polish in Quicksand - £9
  • S5 Vitality Mask Sample – Around £6 *A Love Me Beauty Exclusive*
  • Rodial 5 Minute Facial Sample - £7

Total = £41.50

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Quite a nice little box there, not their best but still a nice range of products to try out. I’m excited about giving the masks a go and the nail polish will be the perfect shade for work.

I will be testing out each of the products over the next week or so and will do a post next Monday with mini reviews of each item. Keep an eye out for that one.

This month Love Me Beauty are offering 20% off for new subscribers up until the 10th January, you just need to use the code: LMBBB20

Have you subscribed to Love Me Beauty yet?

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