Thursday, 20 November 2014

Beauty Bits | Debenham's Beauty Card

I've always loved a visit to the Debenham's beauty halls. It just puts me in a happy mood to wonder around and try and test the makeup and perfume from some of my favourite designer brands. Constantly adding to an ever growing wish list of products, both scribbled down in my little notebook and on the laptop for when i've got a spare 5 minutes to have a peruse of the online store.

I was lucky enough to be able to tick a few things of said list recently and i'm thrilled with my picks. The first product I chose is one i've been lusting after for ages. Estee Lauder's Modern Muse is beautiful and classic in both the bottle and the scent. with it's mixture of floral and fruity tones, and notes of jasmine, honeysuckle and exotic mandarin, this is definitely my new favourite perfume and I love wearing it. Estee Lauder always pay such fine attention to detail with the scents used in their fragrances and this one does not disappoint.

One of my favourite high end beauty brands has to be YSL, and one of my all time holy grail products is of course, YSL Touche Éclat. I've had a few of these throughout my makeup wearing years and I always feel like my eyes look bright and instantly more alert when wearing this amazing concealer. Especially since becoming a Mummy, this little beauty has definitely helped to hide my dark circles after a sleepless night or two! So because i've always been such a big fan of this product, I thought i'd give one of their foundation a try. I opted for the Forever Youth Liberator Foundation, I've heard such good things about this and read some rave reviews so I really wanted to give it a try. I've only used it a couple of times so far so I'll hold out on a full scale review, but so far, it's a hit! It's got good coverage and helps to brighten my complexion when my skins a little bit dull and not at it's best.

What items are on your Debenham's beauty wish list? If you're planning to treat yourself any time soon, or, in fact get someone special a gorgeous gift this Christmas, be sure to get yourself a free Debenham's beauty card, you get perks such as 3 points per £1 each time you use your card, free online delivery, free samples and in store makeovers, email updates on new products and a chance to win competitions and try out new products as a VIP Panellist via their twitter and Facebook pages.

I'm off to add to my list!...

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Saturday, 12 July 2014

The Baby Shower

Last weekend was my baby shower and it was honestly one of the loveliest days of my life! It was so special to be surrounded by the people closest to me and to see how excited everyone was for our new, little arrival. I know it sounds cheesy, but it made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside!! Everyone arrived at my Mum & Dad's house for about 2:00pm and the celebrations began!

My Mum is so excited about the birth of her new grandson, and she asked me quite a few months ago if she could throw me a baby shower. I know they're more of an American tradition, but they seem to be getting more popular in the UK and I thought it was such a lovely idea. So since then she's been in full on party planner mode (I secretly think party planning is her calling). She arranged a lot of it herself and spent weeks making decorations and planning how it would all come together.

 She also called in the help of a lovely lady called Ami who owns an online baby shop called Beebies Baby Store. They sell everything from cots and prams to baby gifts and clothes. We recently purchased babybowbow's cot bed from there and couldn't be happier with it! She has also recently added baby Shower hosting to her list of services, and she very kindly offered to help host mine as her  first one!

Ami is honestly such a lovely person, and a really inspiring business women and, together with her friend Donna, from Donna's cupcakes who created our gorgeous cupcakes for the day, helped set everything up, provided more pretty decorations and gift bags for the guests and ran all the baby shower games (which were so much fun!) I'll leave a link to her website and also to the baby shower packages she offers here. If you're in the Kent area and thinking of throwing someone a baby shower, I would 100% recommend her).

I'd also like to thank Ami for being so generous and gifting me a Poddle Pod for buba when he arrives, and my baby Shower maternity dress which was SO pretty and comfortable.
The decorations and food were amazing, My Nan got some lovely sandwiches and macaroons as they wanted to go for a vintage tea party theme, and milk bottles were filled with cloudy and pink lemonade which seemed to go down very well! Donna's cupcakes were gorgeous and we even had a candy buffet which was one of the cutest things ever. Everyone got their own blue and white striped candy bag to fill with yummy sweets!
I have to mention the amazing baby shower cake that Mum & dad got from a company called the Candy Cake Company. It is honestly the most beautiful cake i've ever seen and the Babybowbow tag, rocking horses, 'BOY' baby grow and peonies and roses (my favourite flowers) were such special touches. Mum was so excited for me to finally see this cake, but it was far beyond anything I could have imaged. I definitely will be ordering our wedding cake from here! Not only did it look stunning, it tasted SO GOOD! It had a chocolate layer and a vanilla layer and it was delicious. 

I also wanted to make sure to include a big, big thank you to some lovely companies that sent such thoughtful baby shower gifts. A lovely viewer Rebecca got in touch with me about her mother in law's business called Polly's Card Craft and asked if they could make me a Nappy cake. I was so overwhelmed by the beautiful creation! I almost didn't want to take it a part, but it was so much fun looking through it all and seeing what all of the little flowers and butterflies were made of! The amount of wash cloths, socks, blankets and scratch mitts it contained was amazing. It's so, so clever and was also full of nappies which will really come in handy. Rebecca has also kindly offered a 10% discount code off all nappy cakes with the code DOLLY10, so if you're thinking of buying one for a Mummy to be, these are really special.
I also receive this lovely baby bouquet from Corporate Baby. I show this in my Baby shower video (coming soon!) in a bit more detail, but again, it's such a thoughtful gift, filled with pretty roses and little socks and baby grows! I can't get over the cuteness, and I think any Mum to be would really appreciate such a beautiful present.
The day went so fast, and it was lovely to spend time with all of the people I love. Baby and me were well and truly spoilt, and it was lovely to open all of his gifts with everyone but I honestly didn't expect to be given all of the wonderful presents I did. To any family or friends reading this, you really should;t have be Rikki and I are so, so grateful. I didn't want to include all of the family/friends photos in this post just incase anyone didn't want to appear on the blog! But I will honestly cherish the memories of this day forever. Thank you for sharing this special day with us! Also I just wanted to thank my lovely Mum who had a few sleepless nights organising the day! I couldn't have asked for anything more. You made it the most perfect day.

I wish all of you guys could have been there too, but i'm not sure you all would have fit into my Mum & dad's bungalow!
And finally, to the person it was all for: We can't wait to meet you little man!

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Sunday, 15 June 2014

My Vinted Experience

Some of you might remember a post I did a few months back about a new website called Vinted. It's a new way of buying, selling and swapping clothes, and you can browse through and find the things that you want.

I had a really good experience of selling through Vinted. Out of all the items I listed, I only have a couple left on there which I think is really good. The only thing to keep in mind is, if you have active items on there and you don't regularly check it, someone could have bought and be waiting for an item without you realising. (This happened to me but luckily the Vinted team are quick to respond to any issue you have!)

The only down side to selling on Vinted, is it can be quite a lengthy process in order to get the money you've earnt from selling your clothes or accessories. You need to get a 13 digit code from the post office reciept each time you send an item and type this into the Vinted website. You then need to wait until the buyer marks the item as received and then you can withdraw the money from your Vinted account to your bank account. This takes about 5 working days. The good side to this though, is that both parties are covered, as you have proof you sent the item, and the buyer doesn't have any money taken until they receive their items.

I also bought an item for myself from Vinted to see how that side of things worked.

It was a simple process, you just had to enter your card details like you would for purchasing almost anything online. You can even use the money in your Vinted account if you've already got funds from selling items on there. I'm really pleased with this pretty blue and yellow dress, originally from H&M.

It you'd like to check out Vinted for yourself then visit the website, or download the app, either for iPhone or android. And check out my Vinted page!

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Saturday, 14 June 2014

BOSS Bottled | Unlimited

So I don't know about you, but my life is currently being over taken by the world cup! Football fever has officially taken over all the men in my family! So you can imagine, my Fiancé Rikki was rather pleased when he received this limited edition BOSS Bottled Unlimited fragrance to try, as the global ambassador is one of his favourite football players, Joe Hart.

I've never actually reviewed a male fragrance on my blog before, but it got me thinking how important it really is to like your partners choice of fragrance, or even your Dad's, brothers or friends for that matter as you're the one that also has to smell it!

Boss Bottled. Unlimited is the perfect mix of fruity, and fresh. it's a really invigorating scent & Rikki loves it. It has top notes of iced violet leaves & heart notes of pineapple which initially gives the fragrance a light, fresh scent, and base notes of sandalwood & musk which, once it warms up changes into a more masculine, woody fragrance.

This would make a fantastic Father's day give if you're struggling to find something fitting, as it would suit men of all ages, and it's a great one for any footie fan to!

Watch global ambassador Joe Hart taking on the tie challenge below and then challenge your Dad, brother or significant other to see if they can beat his time of just 7 seconds and post it on instagram with #sucessbeyondthegame.

Rikki was also challenged to do the tie challenge and you can check out his impressive tying skills on my Instagram page here!

BOSS Bottled. Unlimited is available here Eau de Toilette 100ml £55.00 Eau de Toilette 50ml £41.00

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