Glossybox as a Valentine's present?

Hmm I am not sure about that but when I think of the number of times the men I know, have failed to pick a decent and usable present for a women, let alone getting the presentation and packaging correct, this seems like the perfect no-brainer!

This particular box for Valentine's comes is more geared towards Skin Care and Bath & Body as compared to Make-up, which again I feel is playing quite safe when it comes to gifting it to someone as women usually tend to be a lot more picky with Make-up as compared to Skin Care and Toiletries.

It goes without saying that it wins full marks presentation with a matte hot pink box.

These babies won me over as I am a huge fan of Clarins Skin Care but they are over priced to be honest so its always pleasant to find travel sized versions of their moisturisers in a beauty box.

Yes I know a lot of people have a slight grudge with Eyeko due to their sneaky shift from a dusty corner in Superdrug to the glamorous Harrods and all that however I am quite indifferent as I never really 'clicked' with the brand so much besides their super cute Nail Paints, which I would still purchase if they were unique enough.

The Skinny Eyeliner in Green is not so much of a unique colour but if its consistency is just perfect to work with and if you're fond of the colour on your eyes, then you'll love it!

Oh and don't forget to glance at Glossybox for Men as well if your other half likes grooming just as much as you!


Cool Romance

Have a look at Orly's Cool Romance Spring collection

Aren't the shades gorgeous? They have tried to create a very gradual transformation from deep, warm, snugly shades to cool toned, subtle pastels. 

The amount of pastel shades I have been seeing in the 2012 Spring Collections, be it Cosmetics or Clothing, is unbelievable. I absolutely love pastel pinks and greens although they don't flatter my skin tone so well but they are super fun to wear and make a style statement on their own. 

Presenting, You're Blushing, Prelude to a Kiss, Jealous, much?, Faint of Heart, Steel Your Heart and Artificial Sweetener

I personally have my eyes glued on Jealous, much? and Artificial Sweetener. Oh and Steel Your Heart. Okay forget it. I like them all! 


Origins Youthopia

After classic moisturisers such as 'Perfect World' and 'Mega Mushroom', Origins have come up with yet another offering and its an extension to their Youthopia range. 

I recently tried out their Youthopia Firming Face Cream and absolutely loved it and had to let you guys know. It's consistency is quite thick but still spreads really well. I feel I need to massage and pat it into the skin well for it to absorb. 

Although it seems rich in consistency, it did not break me out at all. In fact I have had no breakout since the past two weeks which also can be due to this. 

It's primary ingredient is Hyaluronic acid and is known to fill in skin defects and deformations such as wrinkles and fine lines hence avoiding the skin from sagging. 

I fortunately do not suffer from any obvious wrinkles, but I do have a few fine lines around the eyes which bother me sometimes. I believe it  would trigger this as it made my skin more plump and younger looking as opposed to dehydrated and lacking that 'healthy' glow. 

When I first used it at night, I woke up in the morning and I usually do my make-up in the conservatory which has lighting that is less forgiving on the skin than you'd imagine and I noticed I looked more awake and my skin looked glowing, even without any moisturiser at all. 

I immediately gave credit to me having a good nights sleep without any disturbances but then eventually realised after a few days that it was most probably due to using the Origins Youthopia at night. 

I am so tempted to try out their GinZing Eye Cream now as I've heard everyone go gaga about it. It's really a brand that I've always wanted to try but have passed by for some reason but after trying out this particular product, I feel I need to try more! 

Let me know your Origins favourites? 


Valentines with Sisley

13 days to go till Valentines Day and besides the fact that some think the occasion is over hyped (and I don't completely disagree) it is hard to ignore that there will be a fleet of fabulous products in the market at an even fabulous price which I feel should be taken complete advantage of by beauty addicts like us, regardless of whether one 'celebrates' Valentine's or not. 

Hence the blog will be showcasing bits and pieces from brands across the country, high end and drug store, Skin care or Cosmetics, whatever catches my fancy. 

Palette Orchidee is a limited edition highlighting blush available for £60 from 1st Feb for a limited amount of time and I have my eyes glued on this piece. It is surely the highlight amongst all Valentine's Day releases that I have come across. 

The Black Rose Mask is one that tightens and plumps the skin and makes it radiant and glowing providing a post-facial glow especially when your skin is tired and dehydrated! 

Of course the tube is little and the price quite steep however I have seen great reviews of this across the web which might make this baby worth every penny! Plus Sisley is better known for their Skin Care so I wouldn't doubt the results. 

Well I haven't had a sniff of Soir De Lune but from the description I've read so far, it seems mostly Woody and Musky with a dash of Citrusy notes to balance out the warmth.

It seems elegant, feminine yet rich at the same time. I however am in love with the bottle. Isn't the lid so edgy yet beautiful? I don't even want to think how much the 100ml bottle would cost but the 30ml one is reasonable at £50 in my opinion.

This is Sisley's first male fragrance namely Eau D'Ikar and is meant to contain woody and spicy notes keeping intact the simplicity of the fragrance. If you're looking to spend a little extra on a special fragrance for your man this Valentine's, then this would be right up your street.

If you're passing by John Lewis and House of Fraser, give this a sniff for sure.


A great kisser?

Featuring new tinted Lip Balms from Soap & Glory. As the name suggests, they are of course in line with the trillion other pre-valentine launches in the market.

Ingredients contain Mango and Apricot Butter as well as as Pomegranate Extract and Lingonberry Oil and comes in three flavours namely Juicy Peach, Sweet Coconut and Chocolate Cherry respectively.
Don't you just love when brands randomly name a popsicle pink shade Chocolate Cherry?

In fact that's exactly the one that's ticked my fancy as such bright pinks are great for a pop of colour for non lipstick wearers like myself and they also work as a great cream blush if not too greasy as S & G claims them to be.

Available from larger boots at £5 each. I hope they are available at the Liverpool Street one as S & G stands always run out of new products in hours!


Loving this week...Cleansing Gels, Illuminating Bronzers, Tinted Moisturizers & Jillian Michaels!

I absolutely love trying out new body lotions as there are just so many in the market with new brands introducing products almost every week! The newest brand I have come across is Rhodes to Heaven. Yes they are an organic brand yet again but they are different as they claim to be 'green and glamorous' at the same time by bring out multi-purpose and eco friendly products.

I have their Revitalising Body Balm which due to containing Sweet Almond Oil and Geranium smells quite citrusy and refreshing like Liz Earle's No 1 fragrance. 

That balm is not only meant to moisturise but also claims to tone and reduce cellulite which I have yet to notice. It contains a very unique ingredient however called Centenella Asiatica which is a plant protect, heal and boost circulation. I love how it melts into the skin automatically and is perfect for hydrating the arms and legs, especially after a good workout to get the most out of its cellulite reducing ingredients. 

The Nuxe Face Cleansing and Make-up Removing Gel does wonders for my dry and sensitive skin during the winter. I have only started to use this recently but its just so good I had to feature it in my favourites.

It's a soap free formula and the consistency is a thick gel that looks like honey and has a warm and comforting Honey and Sunflower scent to it. It does not foam at all as expected but still manages to get every last speck of make-up off the skin in a minute.

I like to use it in the morning as it leaves skin nice and smooth without leaving it too dry. I have been suffering from extremely dry areas on the face recently and have been resorting to this one as the others tend to dry out the skin even more.

The huge 200ml bottle retails for £12 which is a steal in my opinion!

I was recently sent a tonne of Star Gazer products and the Bronzer is one of them. It's a gorgeous brownish tan bronzer with a lovely dewy sheen to it. Yes its not matte and I like it (shocker!) but its amazing how sun kissed it makes my skin look with the added sheen, contouring at the same time.

It reminds me very much of the Bobbi Brown Illuminating Bronzers that I was in love with when they were introduced but their price tag deterred me from making a purchase. This is very similar to it's Bali Brown shade and am sure retails for a quarter of the price.
And in the era of BB creams, my favourite one still remains Skin Wisdoms Tinted Moisturiser. It's actually quite cheaper than its yada yada yada counterparts in the market and is a lovely light consistency that evens out the skin tone quite well and gives a gorgeous post-facial glow.

It doesn't provide much coverage but it's not meant to like the other BB creams out there. I like to use it on lazy weekends when I want a my-skin-but-better look. 

It's available in the beauty isles of Tesco so definitely give it a try next time you're grocery shopping.

Yes I know, I despised the women initially and let her DVD gather dust since months and stayed loyal to Davina's comforting DVD's. Well they aren't easy either but Davina's so chirpy, doesn't pressurise and most importantly get's tired like a majority of us!

I practised Davina's DVD's for months and it actually did trigger inch loss tremendously and allowed me to fit into size 8 dresses and size 10 jeans however they do tend to get lengthy and repetitive at 30 minutes and I eventually lost interest, gathering back all those inches.

Only to find out that I actually do respond to pressure and love the challenge of breaking my bones for 20 minutes. I have been doing it every day since a week and the jackets and zip tops fit me just like before. I cannot wait to see changes after a month's passed!

Phew! One heck of a long post that was. We'll spread it out into separate posts next time. Just not this weekend fellows.