Thursday, 20 November 2014

Discounted Beauty with Direct Cosmetics

Discounted Beauty Direct Cosmetics

Hello there lovelies! I hope you're all doing really well. I thought today I would share with you a fantastic website that I recently discovered, Direct Cosmetics. I had never heard of this particular website before but I am completely thrilled to have discovered it. So what is Direct Cosmetics? Well, Direct Cosmetics is a brilliant beauty website that sells discounted beauty products from both high end and drugstore brands, ranging from makeup to skincare to fragrance. Now surely there's nothing better than that? Especially for those beauty obsessed ladies like myself. It's definitely worth taking a look through the website as it may just save yourself a few pennies. Some may even say it's rather similar to the popular Fragrance Direct. 

I was able to choose a few items from their vast range of beauty products, and so I thought I would share my thoughts on them with you.

Clinique Moisture Surge

Clinique Moisture Surge Skin Fortifying Hydrator- 15ml
This is a moisturiser that I had heard about several times in the world of blogging and never thought to try it out until I discovered it on the site for a measly £5 for a travel size 15ml tub. Although unboxed, it is unused and full. The Clinique Moisture Surge is a gel based, oil-free moisturiser and can be applied day or night. I've applied this overnight and woke up with lovely, supple skin and it is not at all heavy on the skin which is something I loathe in a moisturiser. 

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains

Admittedly lip products are my weakness, lip crayons in particular. In fact I already have quite a collection but I have never tried the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains before so I decided to choose two of the shades from the range, Cherish and Lovesick. They are both beautiful pink shades, Lovesick being the deepest pink and Cherish, almost a light, baby pink shade. The Revlon Balm Stains are incredibly pigmented, especially 'Lovesick' but I find Cherish to be ever so slightly lighter. They glide onto the lips smoothly, leave a beautiful sheen and feel very nourishing. At £1.99 it's an incredible saving of £6.00 as they retail for £7.99 in local Boots and Superdrug stores. Unfortunately though, these are the only shades that they stock from the Just Bitten range.

Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream Nourishing Lip Balm

I have always been intriqued by Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream and so thought now would be the perfect time to test it out, especially as it's approached that time of the year again. I have been suffering from the dreaded dry, cracked lips and I do wish I could say positive things about it but I was sadly left disappointed. It sat on my lips overnight, didn't sink in and left a film on my lips which of course doesn't look very attractive.

Agent Provocateur Bubble Luscious
I am a bath person through and through and I especially love a bubble bath. The Agent Provocateur Bubble Luscious unfortunately doesn't leave the bath as 'bubbly' as I would've liked. I poured quite a bit of the bubble bath underneath running water and within minutes the bubbles had disappeared. Rather disappointing to say the least but the scent is rather lovely and leaves my skin feeling soft.


Have you purchased anything from Direct Cosmetics? 

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Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Fragrance Direct Christmas Gift Guide | My Top Picks for Her

It's finally November which can only mean one thing, the countdown to Christmas Day and the beginning of our Christmas Shopping. My favourite time of the year. This year I'm not actually going to be christmas shopping for my siblings, only for the partner, my nephew and my soon to be born niece, purely as I have my little man due 2 weeks after Christmas and we're saving up. That doesn't mean I can't help you with a little Christmas shopping though.

 Fragrance Direct is an incredibly popular fragrance and beauty website that always have astounding offers and discounts, especially during the festive season so what better way to help you than to put together my Top Picks for the lovely ladies this Christmas.

Fragrance Direct Christmas Gift Guide

Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream Gift Set 50ml
This fragrance gift set is definitely one to have on your wishlist this year, if you haven't already. The Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream Gift Set contains a 50ml bottle of Daisy Dream, a 75ml bottle of body lotion and a 75ml bottle of shower gel. Daisy Dream is the newest perfume launch from Marc Jacobs and believe me when I say the scent is completely divine I really mean it. It's feminine, fruity and floral. As for the perfume bottle, well the detail is intricate as always, oozing charm and elegance with daisys embodying the bottle. What more could you want for Christmas honestly? Especially as it only costs £46.99, baring in mind that the 50ml bottle of Daisy Dream costs £43.99 separately. Yes I know it's only a £3 saving, but a saving nonetheless and don't forget you'll also receive two Daisy Dream scented body lotion and shower gels with this so it's great value for money.

Paris Hilton Eau De Parfum Spray 100ml
 One of my favourite perfumes of all time. A big statement, but very true. I first purchased it for Christmas when I was at least 14 or 15 and I have gone through various bottles of this. The Paris Hilton Eau De Parfum Spray 100ml is another fruity, floral scent that I can only describe as being 'memorable', purely because it's one of those perfumes that brings back lovely memories. The scent lingers on the skin for an astounding 5-6 hours after spritzing and has a beautiful aroma of apple, peach, ylang ylang, peach and so much more. The Paris Hilton Eau De Parfum Spray costs just £18.99, and for 100ml you really can't complain. It's definitely one to wear through the year, whether it be day or night, summer or winter. A beautiful scent overall. If you're looking to purchase for your partner, wife, sister, niece etc, this will be a great Christmas present.

Urban Decay Naked 2 Basics Palette
If it's a nude eyeshadow palette that you're looking to purchase for your sibling or partner then look no further than the newly released Urban Decay Naked 2 Basics Palette. Packed with 5 cool toned, matte shadows that can be used for multiple use, as a transition shade in the crease, as an all over the lid colour and a liner, this is bound to make your partner or siblings swoon if they were to receive this. I sure would. This palette can be used for everyday use, for daytime looks and the night too. At a discounted price for just £18.99, down from the original RRP price of £22.00 I can guarantee you(or the person your buying for) will not be disappointed, not in the slightest.


Milkshake Christmas Trio Gift Set 300ml
Does your partner, wife or sibling enjoy great quality haircare? Then why not purchase the Milkshake Christmas Trio Pack. This Gift Pack contains the Milkshake Integrity Nourishing Shampoo, Conditioner and Incredible Milk all for just £24.99. I imagine this Gift Pack will last them for months as they each contain a generous 300ml helping of product, bar the Incredible Milk which contains just 150ml. By purchasing this Gift Pack you will also save yourself £5.00 in the running as the RRP is £29.99. Overall, a fantastic gift for your loved one. I'm sure they'd get plenty of use out of it and enjoy it just as much.

St Moriz Mini Bronzing Collection in Dark
The Mini Bronzing Collection from the popular St Moriz is the way to go if your other half or sibling loves a little bit of a glowing tan. It contains cute mini  sizes of the Dark Bronzing Mousse, Ultra Moisturising Body Lotion and Exfoliating Body Scrub for a measly £4.99. What's not to like? This Bronzing Collection will help on the way to produce the most beautiful bronzed glow, as if you've been on holiday for a few weeks. 

MAC Lipstick
 Fragrance Direct has recently started stocking MAC products, yay! A MAC lipstick is in every beauty lovers collection. I have at least 6, in different shades and finishes. They are extremely luxurious, have amazing pigmentation and most importantly feels beautiful on the lips once applied. Should I mention that they are discounted, down to £13.99 from the original £15.50 you'd normally have to pay via the MAC website. Not bad eh? You can't put a price on a great quality lipstick though. Any beauty addict would be astounded to find one of these in their stocking, I'm sure of it.


Impulse Handbag Essentials Gift Set
The Impulse Handbag Essentials Gift set contains all us ladies beauty essentials for the body, hair and lips, bar the odd makeup product we pop into our bag. It includes the Very Pink Impulse deodorant(which smells sooo good!), a Vaseline Rosy lip tin and 100ml of VO5 Ultimate Hold Hairspray for £3.99. Who wouldn't be happy to receive this for Christmas? It will definitely come in handy. A great stocking filler.

Radox Relax Ducky Gift Set
This Radox Relax Ducky Gift Set is a great bath and body gift set for whoever enjoys a good soak in the tub. It contains the Relax Bath Soak, Moisture Soak and a flashing light up duck. What more do you need to create a relaxing, fun atmosphere? Both of the Bath soaks smell really lovely and will make them feel relaxed within seconds. And the light up duck? Well, surely you can't be too young nor old to have one of them. This Gift Set will sure make them 'quackers'. You can purchase this gift set for just £4.99. There is also another Radox Gift set with different bath soaks and ducky if you don't think this one will 'float their boat'.  

So..? Mini's Galore
Deodorant is an everyday essential and this gift set of 4 fragranced sprays from So...? would be a great stocking filler for that lovely lady in your life. Yes, deodorant may be a little typical for a christmas present but will undoubtedly last for months and will never be wasted. I have used 3 of these mini sprays and they all smell wonderful. They are great to just pop into your handbag on the go. For £3.99 you can't go wrong.


Will you be purchasing anything from Fragrance Direct for a Christmas Gift?

 
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Thursday, 6 November 2014

Week 29/30 Pregnancy Update

Week 29/30 Pregnancy Update

It's been a while since I last updated you all with my pregnancy. It's been speeding by.  I honestly feel like I have lost track of the time over the last few weeks. I am finally in my third trimester, 30 weeks and 2 days along today. 

You would imagine at this stage of my pregnancy that I would have plenty of symptoms. Thankfully I haven't been suffering with many of them. I was worried about sickness coming back and admittedly it has but on at least one occasion and I'm hoping that's the end of it but I very much doubt it. I have also been suffering with a bad back which is understandable as I have to carry some extra weight(the baby, obviously). It's so so difficult to get in a position where I feel comfortable. I'm constantly lying down and sitting back up, and as for sleeping? Well that's even worse as that's when the little one is most active. Thankfully, I'm not suffering from the dreaded swollen feet just yet, phew! However, I have recently discovered I have stretch marks, not on my stomach just yet, but in an area you wouldn't expect to get any, my butt. Now what's that all about? Haha. I also have some slightly visible stretch marks on my thighs too. It seems that my trusted bio oil is not doing anything for me anymore. Gutted! 

So what else has been happening over the last few weeks? Well at 28 weeks I had yet another midwife appointment and scan and all seems well and good. Little man was weighing out at a good, healthy 2lbs and 15oz. I also had my whooping cough and a flu jab on the same day. Yes, that's painful! A jab in each arm? Well, you can imagine my arms were in pain. I could barely lift my arms up, haha. 

Me and Josh have decided on our boy's name, in fact we agreed on it months ago and I absolutely adore it. All is to be revealed after he's born though. Can you contain your excitement? haha. He has been so so active, it almost feels like he's getting excited and doing a little dance inside my belly. I'm constantly getting jabbed in the stomach by what feels like a little hand or foot. It is so adorable! Me and my sister had a cute little moment just a few weeks ago when she felt what I can only describe as a kick or a jab. He's moving so much that I panic when he's not moving, haha. 

We also have some exciting news! Me and Josh had a house viewing 2 weeks ago and are due to move into our very first house next Friday, eek! We have both been getting a bit spendy, buying bits and pieces for the house. I can't resist picking up a few homeware pieces and beautiful little trinkets. We also have our family helping out with bits and pieces to make our new house a home, which I am so appreciative of. 

We have so much to be excited about and look forward to, moving into our very first house together, christmas and of course, welcoming our little man into the world next year. I imagine the next few weeks will fly by again. On the downside though, when we move into our new home we'll have no internet and no tv so I'll be struggling to keep the blog active.

Enjoy your week!
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