Friday, 30 January 2015

#norwichmeet - Blogger Meet Up

Last Monday night was #norwichmeet which was my very first blogger event. It was so nice to meet up with everyone and add some more blogs to my reading/inspiration list! Along with all the lovely people, there were amazing cupcakes and fudge courtesy of River Kitchen, a couple of ladies from the Jackie Hamilton Beauty School doing retro makeovers, and Georgia Shackleton exhibiting some clothes from their Speckled Hen Vintage stall. So many companies were incredibly generous which resulted in this amazing goody bag.

The treats inside...

What you're looking at there is:
Sea Salt and Balsamic Vinegar Kettle Chips
Neal's Yard Minis and Morning After Smoothie recipe
Wild About Beauty Rosewater Illuminating Serum
Paul Mitchell Dry Wash
Neal & Wolf Ritual Daily Cleansing Shampoo and Harmony Intensive Care Treatment
Lisa Angel necklace
Benefit pouch and Make Upper voucher
The Body Shop Satsuma body wash
Chupa Chups lollies
No. 7 lip gloss in Glaze and Match-Made lip service flyer
Lola Lo sunglasses and vouchers
Many other vouchers from other wonderful companies and a leaflet about Women's Aid

I was also lucky enough to win two prizes in the raffle. The first was a selection from Neal's Yard, including Superfood Organic Greens Complex, Beauty Sleep Concentrate, and an Organic Aromatherapy Calming Candle.

The second was some seriously cute little jewellery pieces from Aubergine Fox

There was also a gig after the event, but unfortunately I couldn't stay for that, but I hear it was very good! All the money raised during the night went to Women's Aid, which was over £90.
A huge thank you to the organisers of the night and all the companies involved; a fantastic job all round. Well done to

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

(Very Late) November Glossybox

So first things first, many apologies for my complete lack of posts in the last few months. 
As it turns out studying + illness - sleep = sweet fa getting done, so sorry about that. Now a catch up is needed.
These are the products I got in my November Glossybox.

The first thing in the box was the H2O+ Face Oasis Hydrating Treatment. This is an oil-free moisturiser, so they're speaking my language already. You apply it onto damp skin (but I found it difficult to know just how damp it should be) and leave it for 5 minutes, then massage in the excess. I thought it was nice and light, but I didn't feel much hydration.

Next up was the MONU Skincare Refining Capri Facial Oil, which is designed to balance oily skin and decongest pores. The sample packaging made it a little difficult to get the right amount to use, but a little practice and I got there. This felt lovely on the skin and I liked the fragrance, but I didn't notice any improvement in breakouts and my face felt tacky after a few hours.

Next was the OGX Argan Oil of Morocco Shampoo. This is awesome. It left my hair feeling soft and looking super shiny. It still couldn't deal with my stupid flyaway bits, but I think that's beyond help. The only problem with this brand is the bottles; it's almost impossible to get anything out of them when you get about half way through. Could be a problem for fellow weaklings.

The penultimate item was the Lollipops Eye Pencil in Black. I so wanted to like this. I nearly did; it went on smoothly and had a really rich colour. But it kept breaking. The end fell off 3 times as I tried to apply it, which got on my nerves. Hopefully, I just got a duff one and this is usually a really good liner, but it has made me wary of buying another.

And lastly was the Burt's Bees Lip Shine. This contains apricot wax (who knew apricots produced wax?) to moisturise the lips and leaves them with a subtle colour with full on shine. I didn't find it at all sticky and I really liked the scent, but being a bit of a gloss fiend, this was always going to be my favourite product. 

Those be my thoughts, and I hope the next post won't be quite so late.