Monday, 29 June 2015
The Love Me Beauty Box is a slightly different take on the tradition beauty box. You of course get a selection of branded products to your door, but you’re instead given credits to use as you see fit to truly personalise what you receive. This bespoke system allows you to get the beauty pieces you really want in your collection, and if you run out of credits, you can always pay to add more at a discounted subscriber price. At a mere £10 a box, plus postage and packaging, you’re getting a total bargain!
This month’s box features heavily on the big hitter range. You’ve got Elemis, a London brand that is so luxurious, I’ve only ever tried a few products. The British Botanical Shower Cream is filled with soothing lavender, chamomile, geranium and palmarosa for a rich aromatic experience that reminds me of hotel stays. For the bad sleepers, this one is a wonder to use right before bed! The Pro-Radiance Illuminating Flash Balm works to give a little radiance, while the Pro-Collagen Marine Cream Ultra-Rich is ideal for those with drier skin. A tube of Green People Vitamin Fix 24-Hour Cream is chock full of vitamins, minerals and fatty acids. I’ve been using this as a base before applying my foundation, and it’s dealing with the heat splendidly. My eyes were drawn to the Realine Beauty slim-line box when I first unzipped the daringly cute bag (seriously though, how awesome is it?), being white and rose gold with a well designed logo. The Frown Line Patches look a little daunting, but easy enough to apply and, left overnight, make my skin feel refreshed. Time will tell if they work to un-furrow my brow, as I sure don’t want any Gordon Ramsey going on in my later years…
I also got some lip goodies, which never fails to put a smile on my face. The boldest of which being Ofra Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in the shade Palm Beach. Seems quite fitting considering I now live in California where the palm trees are like lavender bushes to the UK. The colour is a fair dupe to MAC’s Candy Yum-Yum, just with a much runnier consistency and I’m forever fretting that it’ll smudge. It just doesn’t seem to dry… Whereas I’ve fall head over heels for the Lord & Berry Crayon Lipstick offering in the shade 20100. It’s unlike anything I would ever pick up in store for myself, but gives me flashbacks to my pre-teen days and coating my lips in whatever Rimmel or Seventeen product I could get my hands on that was nude/beige enough to wear all year round. Now I’m a ‘grown-up’, I can see this colour for the sophisticated tone it deserves and I’ve already been wearing it around the house. The formula is shiny and moisturising, it’s hard to take it off!
If you sign up and use the exclusive code adrienne20, you’ll bag a hefty 20% off your first box. Which is worth it for the cute bag alone! I know that there are some Nails Inc Gel Effect Polishes up for grabs for 2 credits each, but as my parcel was international, they couldn’t be sent to me. Soho Place is a colour I’ve got my eye on…
Friday, 26 June 2015
I’m jetting off on an impromptu trip to Vegas with the fiancé for our friends 30th birthday. It’s going to be crazy hot, somewhere up in the high 30s, which means looking after my skin. I tan well, but am prone to sunburn if I don’t prepare with vigilance. When I found out the Beauteque Beauty Bag for June was all about Aloe, it was like some divine sign that I had to have it in my life.
The BB Bag is a monthly subscription service that gives you an electric mix of 7 - 8 full size products from both Eastern and Western cultures. What drew me in was that it wasn’t all just makeup and skincare, but they also offer fashion and lifestyle products too. I can sense these being wonderful gifts for family and friends, as everything is so different than what you can pick up in store.
My mother introduced me to the benefits of aloe products, hailing them her ‘skin saviour’ when it came to her psoriasis. It wasn’t long before I was using them myself as they soothed my dry skin unlike anything else I could get my hands on. Who doesn’t like a plant that gives them a healthy does of vitamins A, B, C and E? The first thing I spotted were the sheet masks, having never tried them in the past. I’ve already used one, but will be popping the other in the fridge for a bit before I use it as an extra treat. I’ve been using the Aloe Soothing Gel as a nourishing cleanser, buffing my skin with the Silicon Massage Pad and removing any ‘ingrained’ dirt that manages to escape my usual routine. The Nature Republic Smoothing Aloe Emulsion had me confused at first, but after replacing my nighttime moisturiser, this has worked wonders to keep any ‘bags’ at bay. The Nature Republic Body Cream will be a staple after the shower in the hot desert, as my skin is prone to cracking even in normal temperatures. Plus, I smell good enough to eat afterwards! Finishing up with the Welcos Aloe Vera Smoothing Gel Mist has been the best of the bunch. Not only is it great as a ‘pick-me-up’ after a day in the sun, but I can’t get enough of this in my hair. it tames fly aways, injects some much needed moisture back in and smells incredible to boot.
Signing up is a quick and easy process, with subscriptions ranging from month to month at $24 or reducing in price for an entire year at just $22 a bag. I’ve tried out a fair few subscription services over the years, and this is the only one I’ve felt gives you such good bang for your buck as everything is full size. I’m already wondering what will be in next months bag, as I’m excited to try out some makeup samples from brands I’d otherwise not be introduced to.
Wednesday, 24 June 2015
It’s been a little while since I’ve properly done much to the blog, so I thought I’d update you all on the current goings on in my life since I was active. It feels good to be writing again, even if it might be somewhat sporadic while I find my footing once more.
As a lot of you may know through Instagram and Twitter, I’m getting married! It’s a fairly crazy social media story that led to this point, but I must precede it with being so utterly happy that I want to burst. It’s the most wonderful feeling. Clayton makes me strive to work harder, be a better person and makes me feel good despite my insecurities. We met about 3/4 years ago on Instagram, I can’t recall if I’d liked one of his pictures or if it was the other way around, but it definitely started a connection where we’d comment back and forth every so often. After my breakup, I was more than a little broken, and Clayton messaged me out of the blue using Instagram inbox, and we clicked so well that we exchanged phone numbers. All harmless fun as he lived in sunny California and I was stuck in drizzly Oxford, yet the conversation was engaging and I felt more alive when I spoke with him. Suddenly I got a panic feeling after a few weeks of talking to him that this could potentially be a catfish situation—MTV has ruined me! I sent him a picture with his name on, and I was relieved when I received one back with my own. From there, we Skyped most days for hours, he would be the first thing I’d think about in the morning and the last person I’d text before I went to sleep. The 8 hour time difference was the hardest part, but we made it work. I already had a flight booked to Florida to see some friends, but they were going to be busier than I anticipated, so I made a few adjustments to my schedule and would be spending 2 weeks with him, arriving at San Francisco airport in October of last year. Those 2 weeks were perfect, and it was only a few weeks before he was making his first trip out of the country to visit me. He spent 10 days with me and my family, and I made sure to pack as much into the trip as possible. We went to London and even got to explore Paris for a mini-break. When he went home, I was crushed, I knew it would be a good while before I’d see him again.
Fast forward to February of this year, and I had organised to make full use of my 3 month VWP to stay with my best friend in North Carolina and see more of California and the rest of America with my boy. He thought I was getting a greyhound bus from NC to CA, arriving on the 16th of February. I had in fact booked a flight in to surprise him for Valentine’s Day, and his best friend help organise everything to get him there without suspicion. The re-uniting was amazing, and we went on to just enjoy each others company for a while before travelling around.
Unfortunately on March 4th his Newfoundland dog, Beau, got hit by a car. This shook us both up a fair bit, and put a stopper on our travelling plans. Luckily, Beau recovered from the collision, but is still going through rehabilitation to get his front left leg to work below the shoulder. It was after this life changing event that we both decided we couldn’t be without each other. The rest is fairly sweet history, but Clayton very beautifully gave me a surprise proposal on Saturday in front of all his friends and family while we were enjoying a BBQ. He’s so kind and caring, knowing that I never got an official proposal, so him dropping to one knee made my heart flutter and filled me with such joy.
It’s going to be hard living without seeing my family for a good while, but we plan on making as regular trips back to the UK as we can. I’m still riding on a high from all the excitement, and we’re both looking forward to a bright and happy future together.