This month’s My Little Box is an Energy Box. This is perfect for all of us kick starting our new year’s fitness regimes. I have to admit mine has stayed the same as last year, a bit of cross training, a bit of hot yoga and a bit of weights. Works for me!
So inside the box were several treats as always including a little magazine, a calendar and a sports bag.
Also included were a few beauty items all in a lovely cloth drawstring bag. I am getting quite a collection of these bags which is great as they are so useful for travelling!
So first is a energising face and body spritz from the Little Beauty range, also a Talika day moisturiser.
Finally a dark red Nails Inc nail polish in Tate.
I got this dress in the Gap sale (reduced to £32.99) and I just love it. Its called the Splatter Fit and Flare Dress. The cut is really flattering, I love the material which is both stretchy and form fitting and the dress has pockets – perfect! A great purchase!
Worn with Clarks Kendra shoes.
I had a very quick look in at the Zara sale and although I wasn’t expecting to find anything I found two absolute gems! I love it when that happens!
First is the beautiful dress (£15.99 reduced from 29.99). I love the print and the shape is perfect. It has a zip down the back and two black ribbons attached to the back that wrap around as a belt. Also it has pockets – major bonus points!!
Its a great work dress but also perfect for an evening meal out. I am really pleased I spotted this.
Next I found this gorgeous midi skirt in rust (£9.99 reduced from £29.99). The material is silky and the length really flattering. I love that it has pockets too!
Worn with Clarks Kendra shoes and a leopard print roll neck top from Topshop (£42) – recent online purchase!
I asked Santa for this Hourglass Blush Palette for Christmas and I was lucky enough to get it. I think it is limited edition and was about £55. This palette features three blushers Incandescent Electra, an exclusive, limited-edition shade in a cool peach, Luminous Flush, a champagne rose and Mood Exposure, a soft plum colour (left to right below).
I tried really hard to photograph these blushers on but it was for some reason impossible to get a good photo of the colours.
I do have a post on the far right colour (Mood Exposure here) and this is what that looks like on me (below).
This picture below is Luminous Flush which is much prettier than in this picture and very natural looking.
And this one is Incandescent Electra which is the most scary looking shade but is actually quite subtle on. It again didn’t photograph well but it is a lovely colour.
I do love all three shades and even mix them together which also works well. The packaging is gorgeous and these blushers are such good quality, I am definitely very pleased with this!
I recently had a manicure in a salon and they had these CND Vinylux Weekly nail polishes on sale there (2 for £20). I decided to give them a go. The top coat is meant to act like a gel topcoat keeping your manicure gooding for at least a week. You can use the topcoat over any nail polish but I decided that I loved this grey colour (101 Asphalt) so much I had to get it too.
The polish is applied without a base coat and exposure to natural light activates the “ProLight Technology” to give week-long wear. So you just apply two coats of the nail colour followed by one coat of the top coat.
Well the finish is certainly lovely and shiny but I have to be honest it didn’t last any longer than my usual nail polishes. Having said that I really like the formula and the grey is just so chic!
I gave in and decided to get myself the much talked about This Works Sleep Plus Pillow Spray (£25). I found a 20% voucher and went for it and I am so glad I did.
I don’t know how this stuff works but just like the name suggests – THIS WORKS!! I spray this lightly on my pillow just before bed and the next thing I know its morning! No waking up in the middle of the night staring at the darkness!
Not only does this smell amazing (Lavender of course) but supposedly as you move in your sleep it releases more scent to keep you sleeping – genius?!
Whatever the magic, it is working for me and I loved it so much I recently also got the 250ml size below of the original version (this is huge and great value at £30 – especially when I used a 20% voucher again!) I will also definitely be taking the smaller with me now whenever I travel.
I would highly recommend that every night you give your pillow a good spritz with this and you will definitely drift off and wake up to a lovely new day everyday!
This is the final installation of my three-part high-street cleanser reviews (see here and here for the previous two). This one is about the Boots Botanics Organic Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm (£8.99).
This is a full-on balm made from shea butter, rosehip and jojoba oils. The consistency is thick and oily (see picture below) so you need to rub between your hands to melt it first. You definitely have to use a hot cloth (or flannel in my case) to remove the cleanser as it doesn’t dissolve in water.
The smell of this is lovely and makes me think of old apothecaries (or at least what I imagine they smell like)! I love using this in the bath, letting the heat of the bath steam my face before massaging in the cleanser and letting it sit for a while. I then use my hot flannel to remove it and then leave the hot flannel on my face like a lovely spa treatment. I often do a double cleanse with this cleanser as I find it very therapeutic. It also works – i.e. all my makeup and mascara comes off easily.
As a final note about all three cleansers I would say that this is definitely my favourite of the three for an evening full cleanse. It has the feel, smell and results of something far more expensive. My second favourite would be the Superfacialist by Una Brennan Vitamin C+ Skin Renew Cleansing Oil because it has become part of my morning routine and is so different to anything else that I would normally use in the morning. The Sanctuary Spa Polishing Hot Cloth Cleanser is also really really good but as I said in my review I would probably buy the Liz Earle on given how similar they are.
I am so impressed with my high-street trio of cleansers. When I started thinking about winter cleansers my immediate thought was that I would have to spend loads to get the product and results I wanted – well I was wrong. These three cleansers really show how amazing high-street skincare is!