Saturday, 21 December 2013

My December 'Festive Treasures' Glossybox

Hello Lovelies,

I received my December Glossybox earlier this week and wanted to share with you what I got this month. The Theme for this month’s Glossybox is 'Festive Treasures' and the Glossybox Team have chosen products for this box to help us get ready for the festive season and keep us looking glam all month.

The actual box this month is different to the usual pink ones and is a lovely red Christmas design  and the tissue inside is red with candy canes on. I think it is really nice when Glossybox have boxes that are different designs to the usual ones and I love this one!

Here is what I got this month…..

Beautiful Movements Cosmetics Nude Lip Gloss - 4ml
This is a lovely nude lip gloss that is quite sheer and would suit a lot of complextions. It says it is non sticky and it isn't as sticky as some lip glosses can be, but I think it feels a little sticky, but it also feels really moisturising. This doesn't really have a scent and I think I would probably like it a bit more if it did. 

Wilkinson Sword Intuition Naturals Razor - Sensitive Care
This razor has a soap bar around the blade that lathers and moisturisers as you use it, so you don't need to use shaving gel or anything like that with it. I have used these sorts of razors before but can't remember whether I liked them or not and I am looking forward to giving this a try. 

Maybelline New York Brow Drama Sculpting Mascara in Medium Brown - 7.6ml
This brow mascara allows you to sculpt your brows to give your a fuller look. If I define my eyebrows I tend to use powder and wax and haven't used a brow mascara before and I am intrigued to try this. 

Seche Nail Lacquer in Scorchin' Hot - 14ml
This is a gorgeous bright red colour and perfect for Christmas time. I already have a Seche Nail Polish that I received in a Glossybox last year and I really like it, so I was really pleased to see this inside.

Bee Nature Natural Soap with Honey 
When I opened my Glossybox the smell of this was the first thing I noticed and it smells really nice. I do not usually use soap because I can find it drying and prefer to use body wash or shower gel, but this one has 'a base of honey and poppy seeds' and it helps exfoliate and moisturise your skin, so I will give this a try. 

Overall I am happy with this month's Glossybox and really like it when you receive full size products and three of this month's products are full size ones. I saw that some people got Maybelline Color Tattoo 24hr Eye Shadows and I have been wanting to try those so I would have liked to have one of those inside, but I am looking forward to trying the Brow Mascara. 

What did you get in your Glossybox this month? Leave me your link as a comment if you have posted about yours.

Thanks for reading :)

Nyss x

Thursday, 19 December 2013

NOTD - Collection Gothic Glam Nail Polish in Dramatic

Hello Lovelies,

Today I have a NOTD Post for you and my NOTD is Collection's Gothic Glam Nail Polish in Dramatic. This is a gorgeous red/brown colour with lots of red/pink shimmer in it. There are three other shades in the Gothic Glam Collection, Phantom (a lovely metallic purple colour), Deadly (a dark green with gold shimmer) and Poison (a shimmery green/blue). 

When I saw this I had to buy it because I instantly loved the colour and think it is perfect for this time of year. It has a lovely big brush which makes it easy to apply and the nail polish is quick thick. I always prefer a nail polish like this that is quite thick because I think it makes it easier to apply. For a really solid colour you need to apply two coats of this.

In the photo I have applied a base coat of Rimmel's Nail Nurse Nail Rescue, then two coats of the Collection Nail Polish followed by a coat of top coat of Rimmel Finishing Touch 3D Plumping Top Coat.

Have you tried any of Collection's Gothic Glam Nail Polishes?

Thanks for reading :)

Nyss x

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

My December 'Winter Wonderland' Birchbox

Hello Lovelies, 

Today I wanted to share with you what I received in my December Birchbox. The theme for this month's box is 'Winter Wonderland' and the Birchbox Team have chosen products for this month’s box that are perfect for this busy time of year when you want to look your best with a bit of added sparkle.

Inside my Birchbox was…..

There were chosen to help you sparkle:

Number 4 Non-Aerosol Hair Spray - 43ml
This hair spray gives you flexible ‘crunch-free’ hold and because it is a non-aerosol hairspray it is better for the environment. I do use hairspray so will give this one a go and see how it compares to my current favourite.

Nail Rock Nail Glitter in Blue - 10ml Nail Polish & 5g Glitter
In this set there is a nail polish and a pot of fine glitter. I love nail effects like this although I am not so keen on the shade I received. I saw that some people received this in pink and I think I would have preferred that colour. Does anyone fancy swapping?

Twistband Hair Tie
This is a hair band that claims to not leave any creases in your hair when you tie your hair up and my hair is always left with creases and bumps when I tie it up so I'm looking forward to trying this. I think these are a good idea but not sure how they fit in the category of ‘sparkle’ other than the colour is slightly metallic looking?

These were chosen to help you shine:

Sin-Care Party Girl Serum - 5ml
This is a detoxifying serum that you apply before your moisturiser to brighten your complexion and it claims to assist 'in reducing signs of skin fatigue due to indulging in late nights and alcohol'. I like the sound of this and am looking forward to giving it a try. 

Lamilou Body Milk with Coco Butter and Rose Water - 30ml
This body milk has a delicate rose scent and I really like the smell of it, although I wouldn't have said it is a winter scent? I will use it though and little samples like this are always useful.

Alima Pure Luminous Shimmer Eyeshadow in Paris
This is a gorgeous shimmery mineral eyeshadow that is a light brown/taupe colour and is just the sort of colour I would choose. I can't wait to try this. 

Also included in this month's box was a $20 gift card (approx £12) for Baublebar, which is a fashion jewellery website that is now available in the UK. I haven't browsed their site before so now I have this gift card I have a perfect excuse to :)

Overall I am quite pleased with what I received this month :)

If you fancy trying a Birchbox, you can find more details here.

What did you get in your Birchbox this month? Leave me your link as a comment if you have posted about yours.

Thanks for reading :)

Nyss x

Sunday, 8 December 2013

A Storage Idea for your old Candle Jars

Hey Lovelies, 

Today I wanted to share with you a little idea of how you can reuse your old candle jars. I love burning scented candles, particularly at the time of year and I think it is a waste to throw away (or recycle) the glass jars when the candle has finished, so I decided to clean some out and use them to store things in, like makeup brushes and lip glosses or anything that fits really :) 

To get the left over wax out, I put boiling water in the sink and sat the candle jars in it. The wax soon becomes soft around the edges and then you can just lift it out with a knife or something similar. To get any little bits of left over wax off I washed them with hot water and washing up liquid with washing up sponge and used a knife to get off any really stubborn last bits of wax. 

I kept the leftover wax and may melt it all together when I have more and use it to make a candle. You can get wicks from eBay really cheap :)

I am hoping I finish burning some more candles soon so I can reuse some more. 

Let me know if you found this useful.

Thanks for reading :)

Nyss x

Friday, 6 December 2013

Nuxe Rêve de Miel Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm

Hello Lovelies,

Today I wanted to share with you something I have been using a lot lately and that is Nuxe’s Rêve de Miel Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm. I was recommended this by a couple of Bloggers on Twitter and when I was ordering some other things from Escentual a little while ago I noticed this was on offer (I think it had 30% off or something similar), so I decided to try it and I am really pleased that I did. 

This has ‘honey and precious oils’ in it, as well as nourishing shea butter which makes it extra moisturising. It is a lovely thick lip balm that feels really moisturising as soon as you apply it and it feels creamy rather than greasy like some lip balms can. I keep this on my bedside table, because it is perfect to use just before bed, so when you wake up your lips are soft, smooth and hydrated. This comes in a glass jar which I think helps makes it feel like the luxurious product that it is.

I have been enjoying using this for a while, but have found myself using it more recently now the weather has turned colder to stop my lips getting dry. This is usually £9.50, which I think is a good price for this and I would buy it again. 

I am sure this is the first Nuxe product I have tried, but after using this I would like to try some more. Do you have any Nuxe products you would recommend or that you have tried and didn't like?

Thanks for reading :)

Nyss x

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Blog Sale

Hello Lovelies,

I have been having a tidy up and found some products that I mostly haven’t used/have only used once, so rather than keeping them in a drawer I thought I would have a Blog Sale so they can go to someone who will use them :)

To make it fair I have listed below some ‘rules’ and information below:

UK only.
If more than one person wants the same item I will offer it to the first person to comment first.
If you want to buy something please comment on this Post, including your PayPal email address and I will send you an invoice via PayPal.
Please pay within 24 hours from receiving the invoice from me.
When you have paid for an item it will be crossed out on here.
Once payment has been received I will try and post within a couple of days.
Items will be sent via Royal Mail 2nd Class and postage will be £2.60 per item. If you want me to use a different type of postage let me know and I will let you know what the price will be.
If you buy more than one item I will weigh them together and let you know the combined postage cost.
Any questions, you can leave a comment here or email me at .
When you send payment please mark as a ‘gift’ if possible.
I have put the condition/usage next to each item.
No returns, so please make sure you know what you are buying (look at swatches online etc if you aren't familiar with something), I don’t want you to buy something thinking it is something else and be disappointed.

This is the first Blog Sale I have done, so if I have forgotten anything let me know :)

Happy Shopping :)

Philosophy Miracle Worker Miraculous Anti-Aging Moisturizer - not used, still sealed - £28 (RRP £46.00)

Philosophy The Microdelivery Peel - not used - £40.00 (RRP £59.00)

Illamasqua Liquid Metal in Electrum - not used - £10.00

Laura Geller Inkwell Waterproof Gel Liner in Purple - not used - £4.00

MeMeMe Cherub's Blush Cheek & Lip Tint - swatched once - £2.00

 Orly Nail Lacquer in Beautiful Disaster - used once - £4.00

Jelly Pong Pong 2-in-1 Eyeliner & Shadow - I'm not sure what shade this is/ - not used, still sealed - £4

Miners Lip Colour in Mulled Wine - not used, still sealed - £1.50

Nyss x

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Wall Stickers

Hello Lovelies, 

I had quite a large blank space on the wall behind my TV between the top of the TV and the ceiling and decided I wanted a wall sticker to break it up a bit. There are so many wall stickers available online and lots that you can have customised. After looking at lots of different ones I found this gorgeous one of a cat sitting on a branch with some birds, which I bought from here.  

You can get this particular sticker in different colours and I chose black because my Lounge is mainly black, cream and teal. When it arrived I wasn't sure how easy it would be to apply to the wall, but it was really easy although because it was quite big I did need someone's help to actually put it on the wall. 

It came with a sheet covering the front and the back of the sticker. Firstly you had to put the sticker on a flat surface and rub the back of the sticker with a credit card to ensure it was stuck to the front sheet. Then gently peel off the backing sheet, which leaves the sticky side exposed and the sticker still stuck to the front sheet. Then you just position it on the wall, smooth over the front sheet with a credit card to ensure the sticker is stuck to the wall and then gently peel off the front sheet. Then once the sticker is stuck to the wall you can rub out any bubbles with a soft cloth. 

I was really pleased how this turned out and would definitely buy something like this again. I quite like the wall stickers that are quotes, like 'Always Kiss Me Goodnight' and 'Live every moment, Laugh every day, Love beyond words.', so might get one of these for somewhere else in the House.

I hope you found this helpful if you are looking for something for your wall and want something a bit different to a canvas or picture. 

Thanks for reading :)

Nyss x