Monday, 23 December 2013

Weihnachten


Hello!! Well, 2013 is almost at an end with Christmas only a couple of sleeps away!! This past month I snuck away to Berlin with my boyfriend!! We had a lovely little weekend away and the Christmas Markets there blew the socks off anything I've seen here in the UK! We were King and Queen tourist, racing around the city trying to squeeze in as much as we could!! I picked a few things up in the airport which I've mentioned in a previous post! After getting back I conquered the mammoth task which is Christmas shopping, managed to have a three separate Christmas dinners with friends which has been amazing - I always find this time of year great to get together with those you hold close! I also popped to the cinema to see Gravity which is a must see!! I hope you all have a lovely Christmas and 2014 starts off with a bang and is even better than 2013!!

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Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Soap & Glory's Yule Monty Review

A lot of people have varying times as to when it is time to truly celebrate Christmas. For some it's the Starbucks red cups, the Coca-Cola advert being aired or the first window on your advent calendar. For me, it's when the enormous Soap & Glory hamper goes on better than half price at Boots (and upon looking it all up, their website too!) Boots' star gift's run Friday-Thursday, so last Friday I had the day off and made a special trip to pick up my Christmas treat and was happy that there was still a mountain of these by the door. Emma and I both sing the praises of S&G and this is the third year we've bought it. Each year the products and bag design change slightly (This year Boots are sporting a special edition bag designed by Jonathan Saunders!) I wanted to write about the 9 full size products you get and what I thought about them!!

Under the tree! The Yule Monty's RRP is £60 but is currently on sale £27

Products L-R The Righteous Butter, Butter Yourself, Hand Food, Sexy Motherpucker XL,
Thick & Fast Mascara, The Scrub Of Your Life, Heel Genius, Sugar Crush Body Wash, Peaches & Clean.


Hand Food 125ml
An all-time favourite of mine, I've definitely used up my fair share of these!! You can never go wrong with this hand cream. A great all-round product for keeping your hands soft and lovely. Great for this time of the year, as well as in the depths of summer as it is not greasy at all and sinks in wonderfully!

The scent of this is bloody heavenly. Super sweet and citrusy scent which if this were a drink, I would drink it all the time!! I think this is the perfect addition to your morning shower routine!!

This body butter I think it their most popular, it does a great job of making your skin super soft as well as making you smell absolutely delicious!! This is in their 'Original Pink' scent family which I think smells lovely and girly!!

Emma unfortunately didn't get on with this product when she tried it (find the review here) but I believe after inspecting both the old and the new bottles it has been reformulated, so I am going to still give this a whirl and report back!!

A nice all-round foot cream, it is advised that you slather this on before bed and wear socks which is a great little tip to make your tootsies nice and soft, it smells nice but not too overpowering which is an added bonus!

I'm currently using and loving this smoothie star moisture lotion, (read my autumn winter favourites here) but when I've finished that up I will be happy to use this as it is a similar formulation but a different scent.

I've used up a whole tube of this before and it is great if you are after lovely soft skin it is very easy to apply and to wash off in the shower, a lovely little treat!

I love that Soap & Glory are adding in some of their make up to their hamper, as I'm a big fan of their line. Last year they included the same mascara and I enjoyed using it! It is a volumising mascara with a very large brush!!
This plumping gloss is not for the faint hearted, and even comes with a mini warning on the back! It is a nice universal shade and I'm sure would look great on anybody who is after that nice big pout!

Also in the hamper is some samples of their new serum - make yourself youthful - as well as a voucher for facial skincare to spend in Boots. I'm excited to put this to the test as I enjoyed  using the Soap & Glory skincare which I have used previously, and I think the voucher is a nice added touch. Out of all the hampers that Boots offer at this time of year this one is definitely my favourite. Soap & Glory are a brand I go back to time and time again and I find that the products are always the perfect mix between quality and value. Snapping at this deal was a no-brainer for me as these products sold separately amount to £72.50, which shows a nice saving even at the £60 RRP for this hamper, let alone saving £45.50, getting a lovely little bag and some vouchers/samples!! As you can see Christmas has well and truly come early for me, scour your larger Boots stores to see if you can still get your hands on this great deal!!

I hope you're having a lovely Christmas time!
Have you been naughty and bought yourself any presents?
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Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Alice's Black Friday/Duty Free Haul!

Everybody loves a bargain and although Black Friday is a deep set tradition is the states, I've noticed slowly but surely it becoming a thing here too. There were fights at my local Asda, and everything! I must admit, I definitely did not plan on picking up any of this stuff, but when opportunity knocks, a girl just can't turn a good deal down. So when I popped into the centre to pick up some last minute bits for my trip to Berlin (if you follow me on Instagram, you're probably sick to death of my weekend in Germany!) I was overwhelmed with as much as 50% off, and so I joined the bargain hunters to see what I could find! I thought I'd also include the beauty bits I picked up in the airport as I love spending my leftover currency on duty free high end beauty bits!



I have been eyeing these beautiful shoes up for a good while now, with these also being an Office exclusive, I was delighted to see Office offering 20% off online and in store, giving me that final push to take the plunge and fork out for them. I haven't bought a pair of winter boots yet this season, and I don't have any shoes in this colour, yet they fit fabulously into my wardrobe, in my eyes, a brilliant purchase!


Linea Cross Body Bag - RRP £40 I Paid £20
Upon writing this post this bag is now permanently half price, which is great, as I think this is an absolute steal!! This bag is just my style, and a fab day/night bag with a surprising amount of room - lovely!!


Bobbi Brown Corrector in Porcelain Bisque RRP £18.50 I Paid £16.60
House of Fraser were running a 'Brand Event' with the majority of things being around 40% off, although it went as high as 50% off. Unfortunately the discount in the beauty hall was only 10, but I still picked up this much hyped product which has been working for my dark circles!!

I had quite a few Euros left over after my trip, so I decided to treat myself to this well loved mascara which I got in waterproof, as I currently don't have a waterproof mascara!! So far I've found this mascara is really transformed from a good mascara to a amazing one when you use eyelash curlers (I'm currently using Eyeko's) and is also a bit of a pain to get off, but then most waterproof mascaras are!

Elizabeth Arden's Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant RRP £20  I paid 7.99 (approx £5.75)
Now I've had a bit of trouble finding the exact product I bought online, this lip protectant is in a tub, whereas online I can only find it in stick format, so my comparison prices may be a bit off!! Either way this is a lovely lip balm which is great for this time of year, keeping my lips nice and hydrated!!

So after a bit of savvy shopping, I've saved myself a whopping £57.65 - which is a hefty sum! There's two other shops I'd love to give honourable mentions to if you're looking to be saving money over this festive season - American Apparel and Boots. I'm on AA's mailing list and have been sent some fairly good deals by them recently, including percentages off, free products after a minimum spend as well as money off after a minimum spend, the offer I took them up on was £10 off when you spend over £20 in store - which could mean up to half off! Boots are also doing their classic 3 for 2 present deal, as well as a different star gift each week (which runs Thursday to Thursday), a 12 days of Christmas deal which changes daily, deals on perfume, points deals on high end beauty AND a lot of gift with purchases with their drugstore make up! So I'm sure you'll be able to find something which tailors to you or your loved ones for a great Christmas gift!!

Have you been eyeing up any deals recently?
Go wild on Black Friday or Cyber Monday?

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Monday, 9 December 2013

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas


I am certainly in the Christmas spirit and it is safe to say I have already had my fair share of Christmas food and drink. This month I have been selling some old clothes, shoes and bags on eBay in a serious Christmas clear out as well as enjoying cosy nights in and developing a new love for candles like the old lady that I am! I also got to tag along when one of my best friends took her daughter to see Santa, which was the cutest thing ever!

How are you getting in the Christmas spirit?
 

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Alice's Autumn/Winter Favourites 2013

Now December has crept around I thought I would chat about some products I've been loving since the months have been getting colder. I've definitely switched out some products and found/rediscovered some gems suitable for colder climes! Be this beauty, haircare or body products, I've been using a lot of lovely things these past few months! I've also thrown in some fashion favourites and a random favourite too as I thought they'd be fun addition!

L-R Maybelline's Fit Me Concealer, Model Co.'s Party Proof Lipstick in Kitty, Lush's Mint Julips,
MAC's Viva Glam and Rech Technique's Setting Brush.

Beauty

I received this lippy in a beauty box a couple months ago and I'm in love with it. One of those great no-mirror-needed pinky nudes, that I can use on a daily basis to pull my look together! It also smells amazing!

I never have any buyer's remorse when I buy from the Viva Glam collection as the entire line donates all of the money you pay to helping out those living with HIVAIDS, which is a brilliant cause!! That aside this has been my go to red this season, it is such a nice, and dare I say it, glam red!

This puppy has become a handbag essential of mine more or less since I bought it. It ticks all the boxes for me, fuss free, super blendable, a nice amount of coverage and cheap so if it goes AWOL, I wouldn't have waved goodbye to my hard earned money!

A cult favourite. After misplacing my popcorn lip scrub I decided to invest in the Mint Julips version, and I love it!! Perfect for a nice bedtime exfoliant or to prep for a bold lip colour... and did I mention it tastes like after eights? Delicious!!

I have a new found love for this beauty and it is now my go to concealer brush! As someone who can get lazy with their make up, I have found this slightly larger brush blends in concealer flawlessly and effortlessly which I love! Both Emma and I are big fans or the Real Tech line but this brush in particular has absolutely wowed me recently!!

Head & Shoulders' Apple Fresh Shampoo

I am a big lover of products which do what they say on the tin. Come rain or shine (or in this case, cold) there are some products which you can turn to that just get it done. Although not the most glamourous product, head and shoulders is one of those. When the temperature really dropped I noticed that I was getting an itchy scalp and some dandruff (super cute, I know!)  However, after stealing my Dad's bottle, low and behold, Head & Shoulders sorted out within two washes, problem sorted. A cheap, dependable product!!

L-R S&G's Smoothie Star, Avon's Hand & Nail Cream, S&G's Brekfast Scrub,
Burt's Bees' Almond Hand Cream, Nivea's In Shower Body Conditioner.
I recently did a full review on this product which you can read here - I just thought I have to mention it again because I love it so much - now a staple in my shower I can't see me not ever using this product. Simple and effective!!

I think there are very few bad things you can say about the entire Soap & Glory scrap range but recently I have been particularly liking The Breakfast Scrub. The scrub smells like maple syrup and I find it a little bit thicker than the rest of the scrubs that they offer so it has been brilliant in helping me tackle winter worn skin.

Another product I recently returned to is S&G's Smoothie Star. I have a gigantic bottle of this with a convenient and hygienic pump on top to pump out the perfect amount. This contains a whole bunch of nourishing ingredients and smells delicious too!

This is definitely not a handcream to throw in your bag and go but I have been loving it for an extra special treatment when I go to bed. This product has a really thick consistency and leaves a bit of a residue and boy does it moisturise and nourish your hands!!

Yes, that's right to hand creams in one favourites post. This one sinks in a lot faster than the Burt's Bees hand cream and also works wonders on my nails which have been getting particularly brittle this season.


I can't say how much I love my Dr Martens I've had mine is seven years and they have never failed me. If I were ever to you recommend a shoe to you to invest in, it would be these. I have taken them to festivals, on hikes and walked around entire cities in them and they barely look worn. In the colder months these are the saviours of my feet, keeping them nice and warm and looking stylish too.

Tartan
I'm a big lover of tartan all year round but I'm particularly happy that he is in season. I think it's really easy to style and can completely jazz up an outfit and I just really enjoyed wearing it. I've picked up a couple pieces and am looking to find some other gems!

Random



Arctic Monkeys - AM
A bit of a random one but I have been absolutely loving the Arctic Monkeys new album. I've been playing it start to finish non-stop since I first listened to it and I have the hard copy on my Christmas list. I just think overall it is a fantastic album and definitely worth a listen!!

What are your views in loving this month?
Have you written your Christmas list?

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