The GLORY of  E L L E


today i purchased E L L E 's March Edition, which has the beautiful Alexa Chung on the cover, it costs £3.90. This month you get a freebie! (yaaay) .. Soap and Glorys Thick and Fast Mascara (full size) worth £10.

soap & glory

Soap and Glory Thick and Fast Mascara False Lash Effect Mascara Superjet Black - This false lash effect mascara creates amazingly, longer, fuller, fabulous lashes. Featuring SUPERFILL False Lash Fillers, SHINE AMPLIFIERS, and NOFLAKE24 technology.

E L L E also give you a £2.00 Off any Soap and Glory Cosmetics at Boots Stores.

Theres also lots of funky and gorgeous fashion in this months issue too.

my drawing (above).

So if you want a new mascara or to try out a Soap and Glory product for the first time pick up this months  E L L E !


February's GlossyBox

Look what i got yesterday! ...

... i will admit i was rather dissappointed with this months box but i know other people would've loved their GlossyBox.

This box was inspired by London Fashion Week, which i thought they wouldve had a quirky design on the box to make it different but Oh Well.

Contents in my box ...

Duwop Venom Gloss in Buttercup -
If beautiful shine with stunning color and the Venom tingle is what you're looking for, Venom Gloss delivers. Blending that same spicy concoction of cinnamon, wintergreen and ginger with skin softening ingredients like jojoba, avocado and sunflower oil, beeswax for protection, and green tea for soothing, Venom Gloss gives you full, soft, hydrated lips.i've wanted to try Duwop for a long time and now i had my chance! i LOVE lipglosses so this was right up my street. it does say it tingles and thats no exaggeration!

Dr Bronner Magic Liquid Soap -
 Unlike any you’ve ever used. A combination of organic extra virgin coconut, olive, jojoba and hemp oils, together with pure essential oils, creates a unique soap that cleans effectively without being aggressive and produces a velvety-lather that leaves the skin silky-smooth and refreshed. i was dissappointed with this as in my previous box i have recieved soaps. Let me try something else! this was my full sized product.

Paul Mitchell Round Trip -
Adds weightless bounce and detail to curls and waves.
 Also never tried Paul Mitchell's products but im looking forward to this as i like curling my hair.

BM Beauty Pure Mineral Eyeshadow in Dusty Road -
Check out our four beautiful collections of BM Beauty 100% pure mineral eyeshadows. There's a collection to suit every mood. From the day time natural look of an Earthy Princess to the sultry sophistication of Starry Eyed Glamour.BM Beauty mineral eyeshadows are free from parabens, synthetic dyes and fragrances, fillers, bismuth oxychloride, nano particles and animal products. None of our products are tested on animals and we are proud to say that we have BUAV approval. BM Beauty mineral foundation is also suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
 i have used mineral eyeshadows before and i really like them, i do wish i got the pink colour that other people got in there boxes as thats more my shade.

Como Shambhala -
Full of energising essential oils, Invigorate Lotion is a light moisturiser, perfect for the morning, just after a shower or bath to really wake you up and ready you, even on Mondays... COMO Shambhala Invigorate Lotion has a beautiful, unisex aroma of Eucalyptus, Geranium, Lavender and Peppermint and comes in eco-friendly packaging.
yet another body lotion ... another item i recieved in previous Glossy Boxes in different brands.

However i was intrigued by this little card ... 

... What will be the mystery box?!?!

ill review my products further once ive tested them!



Umberto Giannini Beauty Secrets 'WOW your Beautiful' Hair Kit

I got this from boots at Christmas time, for £18.00, and ive been giving it a good run before reviewing it. i have previously tried Umberto Giannini's' Sleek and Chic Go Straight Shampoo and Conditioner, but i have to admit this is so much better!

the kit contains ...

Pure Beauty Shampoo 75ml

Intense Beauty Conditioner 75ml

Catwalk Beauty Hairspray 200ml

Instant Beauty Silky Soft Leave-In Conditioner 200ml

... In a Limited Edition Beauty Bag

Umberto Giannini Pure Beauty Shampoo gently cleanses the scalp whilst hydrating damaged ends to restore and revitalise your lovely locks.Umberto Giannini Intense Beauty Conditioner boosts the hydration of your hair and penetrates the hair strands to meet the hair's moisture needs. This indulgent conditioner leaves hair soft, silky and damage free.
The Shampoo and Conditioner leaves your hair soft, shiney and subtle. Everyone lkes a good shampoo and conditioner that 'does the job right' so i suggest you try this combo. The full size bottle costs around £5-£6, Boots currently have a 3 for 2 offer on this brand.

Umberto Giannini Intense Beauty Conditioner boosts the hydration of your hair and penetrates the hair strands to meet the hair's moisture needs. This indulgent conditioner leaves hair soft, silky and damage free.
Umberto Giannini Instant Beauty Silky Soft Leave-in Conditioner, this product is FANTASTIC! Spray in before Bed or during the Day (better results at bedtime) it gives lasting volume and leaves hair refreshed. this full size costs £5-£6.

Umberto Giannini Catwalk Beauty Hairspray leaves your hair glossy with a flexible yet firm finish.
Umberto Giannini Catwalk Beauty Hairspray costs £5-£6. i had previously heard rave reviews on "Umberto Giannini's' Back Comb in a Bottle", so i wondered if this would be of the same quality. my hair was held up all day so if you have and 'exaggerated' style that needs 'fixing' this product is ideal. However careful not to use to much as it can get a wee bit sticky.

so there you have it Beautilious kit for your hair!

P.S watch out for my giveaway coming soon!!



well happy valentines day ladies .....
as  always my man SPOILT me! this year he had no help from his mother (so im well proud of him)
i was at work and i had just finished telling the girls there wouldnt be anything special this valentines since we were 'just doing cards', when my deputy manager walked through the door with a huge black box from interflora and said "its for you".  

a bouquet a red roses.

when i arrived back to his  after work he gave me the sweetest wee card he had picked out...
he even wrote his own little verse inside! Too give it a more personal touch x

i got a compare the meerkat alexander toy as i think theyre so sweet (i already own two other ones) and taken out for a meal.

getting glammed up! ...

i wore a red dress from h&m, black court shoes from newlook and a black cardigan from F&F.

makeup ...

an essential for any screen goddess, illamasqua matt helps create a flawless shine-free base. for use under foundation or on its own, this proffessional cream formula contains uva and uvb filters and gives skin an even matt finish.prepare to impress.
it costs £19.50 for a 30ml tube. it comes out as a white creamy formula but applies evenly and you get a better result using a foundation brush rather than your finger tips.i really liked this primer it took away the shiney look i sometimes end up with and kept my make up on longer! worth it girlies!
Luxurious flawless coverage with a weightless feel. suitable for sentisive skin. wont clog pores. oil free!
it costs £9.99 for a 30ml tube, however Boots usually do 3 for 2 offer. i get this in beige linen 50. i am quiet pale skin so i wanted a foundation that looks natural and flawless and this little highstreet beauty does the trick! i like it because its very light and you can build up the colour. a little amount goes a long way but id definetly recommend wearing a primer underneath just so it lasts longer throughout the day without needing touch ups.
Provides a powder and makeup. can be used as portable make up or finishing powder over make up base. matte finish, non-comedogenic.
it costs £21.00 for 10g i use colour matte beige. offers flawless coverage although it doesnt last along time.

gives cheeks and brows a subtle, radiant sheen.
it costs £9.00 for 22g. you get quality for your money with these face pearls. they are great for highlighting and also giving a lovely subtle glowing colour to your cheeks and it can be built uo to your liking.

illuminate radiate make your face come alive with the colour and drama of Illamasqua Powder Blusher. Colour-intense and highly pigmented, use it to shad, brighten, enhance and define the shape of your face. Be bold, be daring, be the centre of attention.
it costs £16.50 for 4.5g. i use the colour kiss. would definetley reccommend this blush as its vibrant and long lasting.

bring a room to its knees without saying a word. each of these glorious colours makes a statement that is as individual as you are. highly pigmented, these long-lasting colours ensure all-night intensity. experiment and be bold.
it costs £15.50 for 2g. i have this in lestat and synth. these eyeshadows need no introduction, i used the lighter colour upto my brows for a two-toned look.

a liquid pen style liner that provides the ultimate precise, bold line in a rich, deep carbon black shade. goes on fluidly in one steady stroke to any style any fashion of eye line.
it costs £15.00 for 1g. very precise and great colour love it!

Mac Lipstick -
colour plus texture for lips. stands out on the runway. simmers on the street. what made MAC famous.
it costs £13.50 for 3g i wore Milan Mode - its highly pigmented, creamy and lasts all day!

this costs £50 for 50ml bottle. this perfume has such a gorgeous smell which isnt over powering. the bottle is so pretty id reccommend this to anyone looking for a fab new fragrance.

(click links to take you to website)

We went to a gorgeous italian called ~ La Favorita in Edinburgh which we went to on our first date back in 2009. we recieved a complimentry cocktail on entry and we then had a 3 course meal and drinks. i tried their innocent passion non alcholic cocktail and it was very yummy! after we got the bill we recieved two little balls which when you opened them they had a heart chocolate inside! really nice touch to the end of the meal, i'd recommend anyone to try this restaurant as the staff are very socialable and friendly and the food is gorgeous and it doesnt take long for it to arrive!

 i had a fabulous Valentines day how did yours go? xx



So CUTE!!!

all you girlies out there that are egar fans of towie will want to get your hands on one of these cute little or large bags!
Claire Barrat designs these individually hand painted bags these retail from £44.99 and i think theyre well worth it!
stars such as Amy Childs, Kerry Katona, Michelle Keegan and Chloe sims all have one.

Large Bag - £54.99 Natural coloured jute shopper which measures 40x33x17.5cm which has rounded handles to comfortably carry over your shoulder ....
... can stand on its own
... this size is what celebrities own
... designed to your own specification
... includes rosette bow and 'hand made with love' charm at bottom of handle
... swarovski crystals and plenty of sparkle and glitter
... each bag has own production design number

i will be ordering mines soon, just waiting for the large one to come back instock ...
...Will you be ordering yours?


J'adore Chanel

" in order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different " - Coco Chanel

the key role in having good make up is having good tools to apply it with.

i have invested and been giving chanel make up tools, i wouldnt go back to my former cheaper branded ones as these little beauties are worth every penny!

Recoubre cils de chanel - Precision Eyelash Curler*

this product was easy and simple to use to give you those desired fuller, longer lashes. these retail for around £24.00.  They come in a cardboard box which contains the curlers and two refill pads for the actual 'curling' component. The refill pads cannot be purchased separately. I was a little disappointed with fact there was no velvet pouch or container of some sort to store these in. I think Chanel should have included a presentation box or something similar as even their face powders come in small velvet pouches! A storage solution would make it much easier to travel with these eyelash curlers and add to exclusivity of the item. however i cant fault these for quality as they are amazing and suprisingly lightweight!

Pinceau Fond de Teint No6 - Foundation Brush

I really love this foundation brush, the head is three different colours as it different textures of bristles. chanels brush gives you a flawless look with few brushstrokes visable. i got mines from harvey nichols it cost me £30.00. It comes in a velvet pouch stamped with the chanel motif presented in the standard chanel carboard outer packaging.

Petit Pinceau Paupieres No15 - Small Eyeshadow Brush *

this eyeshadow brush retails for around £22.50, it comes in a velvet pouch stamped with the chanel motif presented in the standard chanel carboard outer packaging. this brush applies perfectly and is great for blending eyeshadows to create different effects.

Pinceau Levres Retractable - Retractable Lip Brush*

this brush retails from around £21.00, it comes in a velvet pouch stamped with the chanel motif presented in the standard chanel carboard outer packaging. this brush gives you precision with a capital P! although i do wish the bristles were a little bit fuller but i still enjoy using this as i feel that it applies lippie marvelously. you own any chanel makeup brushes or another brand how do you feel about them?

... as always stay pretty powerful xoxo


Liebster Blog Award

i recieved this award from Mary who writes Beauty Bits & Bobs . thank you for giving me this award mary i really appreciate it! :) xoxo

the rules of this honour are....

elect 5 winners with less than 200 followers

here are my winners ....

1. haylee
2. sheri
3. amelia
4. zoe
5. helen

... well done lovelies xoxox


The Versatile Blogger Award

this is my first blog award and i was very excited when i found out ...

... i had been awarded by Tia who writes Bellezza Babe, thank you very much Tia i really appreciate it :) xx

rules of honour ...

1. thank the person that nominated you with a link back
2. tell 7 things about you; and
3.Pass this on to 10 newly discovered blogs and let them know theyve recieved the award.

Thank you Tia, this award means alot to me, im new to blogging and this has gave me the confidence that i may actually be doing this right! x x

7 things about me ....

1. im learning to drive (beware im often on the wrong side of the road!)
2. i have a wee pupino called archie, hes a red working lakeland terrier
3. i love to shop (too much sometimes) especially online i like the buzz of waiting for parcels to arrive
4. i like making new friends
5. i like trying new products
6. clarins, clinque, nars and illamasqua are among my favourite brands atm
7. i love weekends when i cuddle up and watch movies with the boyfriend, best times.

the bloggers i have decided to pass this award to are ....

2. jessicca 
3. steph
4. sarah 
5. rina
6. anika
7. jordan 
8. vanessa 
9. grace
10. hannah

well done girlies xoxox


Benefit Bene-Babe!

The Ford twins Jean and Jane began creating cosmetics in the late 70s after achieving success as commercial models & makeup artists. So Benefit Cosmetics was born ...

.... I really like Benefit makeup but sometimes i go to my nearest beauty counter and just buy something because of the glam packaging even if ive not tried samples or read reviews, thats my flaw!

At christmas Benefit launched cute little gift ideas, i purchased 'Project Flawless' which is in a cute box which can be used as a picture frame ...

What it is:
A four-piece makeup kit featuring Benefit's top sellers.

What they say it does:
This set is the most flawless gift of all, featuring a watermelon-pink blush, an ultra-shine lip gloss, a do-it-all mascara, and a radiance-boosting luminizer, all tucked inside a brilliant, collectible box.

This set contains:
- 0.25 oz Girl Meets Pearl (pearly golden pink)
- 0.14 oz A Little Bit BADgal Lash Mascara in black
- 0.17 oz Ultra Shines in Foxy Lady (diamond rose)
- 0.28 oz Bella Bamba (watermelon pink)

what i think about 'Project flawless':
Yeh really good value for your money - the set cost me £18.50 from asos which was cheaper than buying Bella Bamba on its own rrp £23.50.

products -

Bella Bamba -

The only item i have used before was bella bamba, i love bella bamba's bright pink tone with golden undertones i wear this everyday, i purchased this again in June in duty free whilst going on holiday and i still have some left! if you like bright pink blush for your cheeks buy bella bamba as its great value and lasts a good amount of time before you need to touch up or re-apply.

Girl Meets Pearl - 

It is a primer its a great luminator and highlighter, i found my make up lasted a little while longer than when not wearing a primer, my baby size ran out but i wasnt entirely confident in buying the full size product. im still on the hunt for the perfect primer.

Badgal Lash -

I have basically no lashes so when i try mascara i look for ones that enhance what i have and create longer fuller looking lashes, very hard to please me haha ... although i liked the mini Badgal this will just be in my bag incase i ever need to use some mascara i wont be purchasing this as at £16.50 a pop i dont think it fufills its ' extra full lashes... then flutter away' credential. it just seemed like any other mascara to me.

Ultra Shines Lipgloss -

I was really excited to get this little pink number in 'Foxy Lady' i really like my lipglosses and i have purchased this in 'Spiked Punch' and 'Dancing Queen' (dancing queen goes fab with bella bamba blusher), after one coat this lipgloss is shiney and even! Great £14.00 spend!

Other Purchases ...

That Gal *

'That gal' is another of Benefits primers, it is one of the top sellers. Basically you twist the base until the silky pink primer disperses, the primer is distributed on the top, you apply with fingertips onto the face.
the smell is the best bit about this product its fresh and really sweet. Wearing without foundation it gives you a healthy glow which many people complimented me on. Although i do feel this was a waste of money as it didn't last entirely long, no more than one month.

Some kind-a gorgeous*

i got this foundation in medium, this product smelt nice and also came in a nice packaging with a compact mirror however the product started to disappear quickly I had been using minimal amounts for about a month it has nearly run out, I think this product should have more quantity so the price would not seem as expensive also, after a few days it made my skin dry around certain areas, i wouldnt be buying this again as it doesnt seem worth the price (£23.50).

Boi-ing Concealer

This covered all spots, blemishes, uneveness and redness,when my foundation won't cover it, I use the medium one and it is perfect. It looks lovely and natural and actually stays on. It keeps all redness hidden, but I would recommend it for under eyes (dark circles) it covers them right up!

Hoola Bronzing Powder
I was recommended by a friend to try this so i eventually decided to buy it ... i dont get the whole idea about bronzers as im afraid ill apply it to heavly or end up looking as though i belonged in Charlie and the chocolate factory...
I am very fair skinned, and have always had an issue with bronzers being way too orange on me but I think it's the perfect bronzer to give the skin a healthy glow. I like that it's matte, it can double up as a contour too.
I like to mix Bella Bamba with my Hoola, I first apply Bella Bamba to give my cheeks a nice rosey glow, then I sweep Hoola on top in order to give me a bit of a bronze affect too!
Nowadays, I never forget to put bronzer in my make up routine :)
Also, it has the cutest little box packaging, and it comes with a good quantity of product.

Georgia Blusher

georgia is a discontinued blusher from benefit but you can still get your hands on it through Ebay, When applied, it gives your cheeks a nice glow. It is not extremely pigmented, but it goes on well, and is packaged in a cute box. i didnt really like this blush just as its too peachy for my liking i like more pink blushes than peachy ones.

Dallas blusher*

i have just swapped Georgia for Dallas with, ive not really had a chance to try this so ill review this with other benefit products at a later date ...

Hervana blusher
im switthering whether or not to buy this it looks quiet light but there again i could be wrong ... have you tried Hervana blush yet ?