Swing Pocket Jacket – £35* Bonmarche
Today’s post is a bit of a special one in that the star of the show is my mum. I was recently contacted by Bonmarche to ask if I’d like to treat my mum and I immediately said yes as she doesn’t often get herself new clothes so I wanted to treat her to something new.
I picked out this beautiful black swing coat. I really liked the style of it and could definitely see lots of different occasions that it could be worn on but particularly evenings out as I think it’s very chic and smart and perfect for slipping on over your dress. The coat itself is very lightweight which I wasn’t expecting. It’s more of a blazer type material- which although currently seasonally inappropriate- will be perfect as the days warm up.
I like the collar on the coat as it’s quite soft and feminine finishing off the coat nicely. I also really like the length of the coat as I’m aware that like me my mum is very small and sometimes coats can fall at awkward length which is unflattering, but I think this one suits her perfectly.
I’m really impressed with the quality and the style of this coat and I think my mum will get plenty of wear out of it during the warmer months. I had a fabulous day doing this mini photoshoot with my mum and I know she enjoyed it too, she’s really happy with the coat and can’t wait to crack it out, perhaps for her birthday in June!
Mac Lipstick in Rebel – £15.50
After becoming braver with my lipstick choices I decided it was finally time to take the plunge and purchase Mac Rebel, a lipstick I’ve dithered over for quite some time due to my fear of bold lips. Rebel is a mid toned creamy plum colour with a satin finish which makes it really comfortable to wear, but it doesn’t have too much slip.
Rebel is such a unique shade and actually looks a lot darker and more intimidating in the bullet, which is why I think I put off purchasing it for so long, but on the lips it’s a much more of a fuchsia berry colour. It’s definitely a colour that can be worn all year round with the berry tones allowing it to create a vampy Winter look, but also bright enough to take into Spring. It’s also a really pigmented lipstick meaning it’s pretty much opaque in one swipe.
One of the things I really like about this lipstick is that I can layer it up as much as I want, so for a really subtle daytime look I can just swipe it on lightly and pat it in with my finger, or I can make it more intense for an evening out. Despite being one of the more outrageous lipsticks I own – yes I’m that vanilla! I do really like this one as it’s so so versatile. If you’re thinking about picking it up I definitely would as it’s not as scary on the lips and you can really make it work for you!
I received my first Degustabox of 2015 a couple of weeks ago and it’s aptly themed The Healthy Box. Post Christmas is all about getting back on the wagon and eating healthily again so this box has got lots of healthy items to help make that easier whilst adding in little nuggets of naughtiness (I’m looking at you Nutella!) to make you feel like you’re indulging more than you actually are.
Alfa One Rice Oil
I have to say I’ve never heard of Rice oil so I was really intrigued when I pulled this out of the box. I’ve not yet tried it so I’ll be sure to let you know what I think once I do. It’s not actually a bad price either for the amount you receive – much cheaper than the coconut oil I usually buy so I could be tempted to pick this up again if I like it.
Koko Dairy Free
I actually buy this coconut milk every week at the supermarket so I was happy to see this as it meant I didn’t have to buy any that week. It goes so well in smoothies and porridge which is what I mainly use it for.
Previously to receiving this in my Degustabox I’ve never tried anything from Kabuto before but I quite enjoyed this Beef Pho noodle pot. I think I would pick it up again if I wanted something quick for lunch, but I’d also like to try the other flavours in the range.
Sukrin Cake Mix
I love that more and more brands are bringing out alternative healthier versions of what are considered ‘treat’ foods. I have to say I’ve never seen a cake mix that doesn’t contain sugar before but I am really excited to give this a go. This is also gluten, wheat and egg free so is a good choice if you have an intolerance and still want to enjoy things like cakes. I have to say though, it is eye wateringly expensive so I don’t think I’d buy this again but rather make my own version.
I think these are just another version of Ryvita, which I do like so I’m interested to try an alternative and as they are 20% fibre and only 22 cals a slice they will definitely help with my diet.
I tried this low calorie fruit cider at the weekend and it was alright but I don’t think I’d pick this up in the supermarket again, I actually prefer a pear cider if I’m going to drink cider, but it was pleasant to drink so if you’re looking for a low calorie fruit cider give this one a go!
I’ve raved about these drinks each time I’ve received them in past Degustaboxes and this time is no different. I absolutely adore these I think they’re fantastic. I preferred the black tea and peach flavour over the cherry one but they were both still enjoyable. I don’t actually think I’ve seen these during my weekly shop but I might have to look harder as I really do like these.
Mornflake Top Porridge – Nutella and Golden Syrup Flavour
Anything with Nutella in and I’m yours so I was really pleased to see this Nutella porridge in my box, the golden syrup less so as I’ve cut out any kind of sugar at breakfast and I find it far too sweet. The great thing about these pots though is that because the topping is separate you can add as little or as much as you want, so the Nutella one will be a weekend treat I think and I’ll pass on the Golden syrup and have plain porridge another day.
I’ve had piccalilli before so I don’t really have much to comment on to be honest. It’s funny though as I’ve been averse to it for years and just recently I’ve actually come around to eating it again – perfect on a ham sandwich – so I’m glad in that sense as I know it’ll get used!
Clipper Green Tea
I’ve not yet tried these as I’ve just opened the Pukka Green Tea which I received in the Christmas Degustabox (FYI: Fantastic!) but it’s really good that such a generous sample has been popped in the box has an extra gift. I’m not one for green tea in all honesty because I’m not a big fan of the taste, but these have a lemon addition to them so if they taste anything like the Pukka ones then I think I will definitely be enjoying these too!
I think this is probably my favourite box so far, I was really pleased with what I received as there were quite a few items and brands I’d not heard of before. I hope they carry on putting in more healthy items in future boxes.
Tangle Teezer – £10.99
As a girl with fine hair I’ve been embroiled in a lifelong battle to stop my hair from becoming a tangled mess, simply from nipping out to the shops and getting caught in a crosswind.
I hate brushing my hair, simply because it gets so knotty. I get horrible knots at the nape of my neck when I wear it down and I don’t even attempt to forgo conditioner if I want to get a brush through it it’s a nightmare – sound familiar?
I was in the hairdressers last week and after she’d washed my hair she whipped out a Tangle Teezer. I was immediately fascinated as I’d heard good things about this revolutionary hair tool, but I’d never bought one myself as I was sceptical that it could ever possibly work on my ratty barnet. As she brushed through my hair with ease I was gobsmacked at how good it was. My hair hadn’t been cut yet so would have still been relatively unmanageable but it just glided through my hair – no knots, no pulling, no eye watering. After 30 seconds she’d completely detangled my hair and I thought “what is this sorcery woman?!” I was that impressed with it I immediately went straight to Boots and bought one for myself.
I did wonder afterwards whether it was a fluke and her deft hairdressers hands had made light work of it, but sure enough when I tried it for myself on both wet and dry hair I got the same results. I’m actually reluctant now to use other hairbrushes because they just don’t work as well they always snag my hair and hurt whereas the Tangle Teezer makes light work of it all. There weren’t many colour options in Boots when I went and I think I would have preferred a plain black one but I quite like the one I picked up, at least I can always find it as it’s that bright. I also thought I wouldn’t really get on with the shape of it, but it’s actually not too bad and as long as you don’t try and hold it upside down it does fit in your hand quite snugly and not go flying across the room.
If you have fine hair you absolutely need the Tangle Teezer in your routine. It’s probably the best hair tool I’ve ever bought. I promise it’s worth every penny and I’ve all but sacked off every other brush in favour of this, it’s that good!
I’m of the belief that every girl should have some kind of cleansing oil in their routine. I’ve spoken about the DHC Deep Cleansing Oil many times before having both reviewed it in this post and also when I waxed lyrical about the benefits of double cleansing and there’s a reason- it’s bloody good stuff!
Not only is it really good at dissolving makeup before your cleanser, it’s also incredibly convenient if you really want to skip over the whole double cleansing thing. If you’re feeling particularly lazy/tired and you cannot be bothered fiddling about with muslin cloths or cotton wool pads and micellar water, throw a bit of this on your face, quick massage and rinse and you can hop into bed knowing you’ve taken your makeup off and it’s taken less than 30 seconds!
It doesn’t have a particularly strong smell and the ingredients list is pretty short so you’re not putting a list of chemicals as long as your arm onto your face. It also comes with a handy pump so there’s no waste and makes it really easy to use.
Yes at £21.50 it is a little on the pricey side, but despite using mine a few times a week the bottle lasted me a good ten months. Also it’s on sale until the end of the month for £18, so it’s the perfect time to stock up! If I can’t convince you to part with your cash they also do smaller sizes too. If you’re looking for a new cleansing oil to try or you’re venturing into the world of cleansing oils for the first time I’d whole heartedly say give this one a go, it’s a fantastic product and the free samples they send you with your order and year round with catalogues help too!
I’ve been ambling along with the same set of brushes for nearly two years now and I’ve been wanting to add some more to my collection. I’d heard good things about Zoeva brushes so I asked Harry to get me the Vegan brush set for Christmas. I opted for this set over the much hyped Rose Gold Set as I’m not personally a big fan of the whole rose gold trend.
The brushes have vegan friendly synthetic taklon bristles and come in a lovely leather effect clutch. They’re also super soft and feel lovely to use on the skin. I’ve not had chance to use all of them but of the ones I’ve used I’ve been impressed.
Buffer Brush – I absolutely love my Real Techniques Buffing Brush, so I was very excited to try this buffing brush out to see how it compared. It’s denser than the former and a bit bigger too. It reminds me of a cross between the RT buffing brush with the density of the RT Expert Face Brush. I really like it it gives a good finish and is lovely and soft on your skin. I found it does pick up quite a bit of product so perhaps I use a little more foundation than usual to get the desired coverage but other than that I have no complaints- it’s a fabulous brush.
Stippling Brush – I’ve not used this brush yet but again it’s very similar to the Real Techniques Stippling Brush, which I do have to say I don’t get a lot of use out of in all honesty. I think this will probably be one of those brushes I don’t get a lot of use out of, mainly as I don’t wear cream blush very often and I prefer a buffing brush for foundation. However if you are someone who uses a stippling brush a lot, it does look like a good one!
Cream Cheek Brush – This brush’s function is as a blush brush for cream and powder, but I find because of the shape it works really well as a contour brush as well. Again, it’s one of my new favourites as although I have the RT Contour Brush it’s not the same shape as this and I’ve found this one really easy to use and do a good job.
Concealer and Buffer Brush – This brush is really good, it’s quite dense which I wasn’t expecting but it does a good job of buffing in concealer. I didn’t have a brush like this in my collection previously so this is probably one of my favourites as although it’s nice patting concealer in with my fingers, sometimes I want more of an airbrushed finish and I find my foundation brushes can just end up removing too much product.
Petit Eye Blender Brush – This is a decent eye shadow brush, again it’s not really one of my favourites from this collection but it does a good enough job. I find it’s a little too dense and not really big enough when I’m applying eyeshadow, I prefer a Mac 242-esque brush but it’s decent, it’s all down to personal preference really.
Vegan Soft Definer Brush – This brush is very similar to the Mac 217 which I love, but it’s not quite as good. It still does a stellar job when blending out a smoky eye but I did find when I’d been a bit haphazard with the contour shader brush I did have to get out my Mac to rescue the look as this wasn’t quite doing the job. However overall really good brush and definitely one I’ll be using a lot along side my Mac 217.
Contour Shader Brush – I think this is probably one of the only brushes in the set that I’m not the biggest fan of, mainly because I find when I try and use this with a dark shadow in the crease it ends up going everywhere and I looked like I’ve been punched. In all honesty I prefer my Mac 252 brush, it’s easier to use than this one.
Wing Liner Brush – This reminds me of the Mac 208 brush and I’ve used that a couple of times for adding a darker shadow to my lash line so I think I will probably do the same with this brush now. I haven’t tried it out with eyeliner yet so I will have to let you know how that goes.
If you’re in the market for a new brush set or you’re just starting out I’d highly recommend these. They come with more or less all the brushes you need, are really soft and easy to use and easy to clean, plus they’re really good value – You get 8 brushes for just over £50, that’s just over £6.50 a brush! I’d say I probably prefer the face brushes to the eye ones mainly as I find my Mac brushes do a slightly better job, but the Soft Definer Brush and Wing Liner are still really good and the face brushes are every bit as good as the Real Techniques ones which I love!