Friday, 31 October 2014

The Discovery Club: The Perfume Subscription Box

discovery club fragrance shop review

When it comes to subscription boxes, I've tried quite a few whether it's beauty, food or accessories. One thing I hadn't tried was a perfume or fragrance themed subscription box - so of course, I had to try it! The Discovery Club is a quarterly subscription box from The Fragrance Shop, so you can try new fragrances and scents every few months throughout the year, or a one off. 

The Discovery Club box* contains perfume samples, and whilst perfume samples have annoyed me in the past in beauty subscription boxes - I think if the box is advertised as a perfume sample box and it's sole purpose is for you to try new scents then that is absolutely fine. my box contained 5 individual perfume samples (each box contains 5 samples) with a mix of men's and women's perfume to try. You also recieve vouchers in each box, this box contained £30 worth of vouchers that expire on the 30th November - giving you plenty of time to use them on Christmas presents! Plus, the mini sample sizes are ideal for throwing in a makeup bag or handbag, I really hate carrying a bulky bottle of perfume around with me in my bag but sometimes it's nice to have a spritz.

 I do like the concept of this box and whilst I wouldn't want a monthly subscription of perfume samples, I'd be more than happy to subscribe to a box every 4 months for £5. My favourites from this box were the Jimmy Choo sample (mens) and the Jean Paul Gaultier intense which has shot to the top of my 'perfumes to own' list - yes, I have one of those lists.  

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Fabbnails LED gel polish starter kits

One thing I really love about nail polish is that it instantly makes you feel 'put together' and there are so many colours, finishes and designs to choose from. However - we don't always have that spare time to dedicate to an at home mani or to repaint them every 3 or so days once the inevitable chips occur. There are various alternatives but the majority involve booking yourself into a salon and forking over a hefty bit of cash for someone else to create fabulous nails. Fabbnails offer an at home starter kit, designed to give you that long-lasting, salon finish in the comfort of your own home that you can use anytime you want to. No more waiting around for appointments and you can finally make use of your last minute decision to have a night out and a fresh mani! 

The more cost-effective alternative comes in 'at home' kits that help you to recreate the salon finish without the salon price tag. LED gel polish starter kits retail for just shy of £70, which is a fraction of the price of visiting the salon every 2 weeks. These at home kits provide you with everything you need to achieve perfectly painted nails that last for approximately 14 days. Plus, the LED lamps have removable base plates that allow you to apply a pedicure as well, saving another trip to the salon. 

Fabbnails gel polish is a quadruple threat product - giving you the primer, base, colour and gloss in one bottle. This all in one polish lets you repair chips in seconds, which is one thing that average 3 step systems don't allow. The starter kits also include an easy to use pen applicator that makes applying your polish even easier than the traditional nail varnish brush and bottle combo. My favourite shade is tutti frutti which is a vibrant, bright and playful pink shade that would instantly add some colour to your wardrobe. The alternative shade is Passion, which is a gorgeous, classic red shade that is perfect for this time of year. If those shades don't quite float your boat, there are so many colours to choose from that you can simply add to your kit including pretty pastels, jet black and gorgeous purple shades. If you change your mind during the 2 week chip free phase, then you can easily remove your colour using a removal kit specifically designed for Fabbnails gel polish. It's a win-win! You'll also be able to find application tips and removal tutorial videos on Fabbnails website making these a perfect choice for beginners too.

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Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Regener8 Night Cream Review

regener8 night cream review

A good night time skincare product is probably one of my favourite parts of skincare, and probably the only 'rule' I stick to when it comes to skincare. I always apply some form of face cream before bed and my preference is always a thick, creamy night cream that really nourishes the skin. Lately I have been trying out the Regener8 Night Cream* which is designed to moisturise and rejuvenate your skin overnight in order to put back the natural moisture to our skin resulting in soft and smooth skin. The main ingredient in the Regener8 night cream is Hydractin which optimises the water balance of the Epidermis - in other words, it keeps your skin moisturised and hydrated! 

Besides the rather luxurious looking jar it is presented in, which is always a nice feature - the cream itself feels really luxurious and expensive - which is great considering you can pick this up for around £13 from Chemist Direct! It also has a subtle scent, nothing too offensive and no strong chemical or artificial scents that can irritate the skin. It sinks right into the skin leaving your skin feeling immediately soothed and doesn't cause any tightness or redness - so an excellent choice for sensitive skin too. The natural ingredients such as sunflower oil, almond and beeswax all work to nourish and moisturise your skin overnight and it's a brilliant thick, moisturiser that gets to work right away. In terms of it actually doing the job it's supposed to? I'd say it does! I've noticed that my skin does feel less dry and although I have oily combo skin, I often get dry patches on my forehead or cheeks and this has decreased. 

*PR sample - as always, all views and opinions are my own 

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

5 ways to motivate yourself NOW


It's almost scary to think that there are a little over 2 months left in 2014 and before we know it we will be celebrating the New Year. Of course, this means the obligatory making of New Year’s resolutions so that we are armed with motivation and determination for January. Let's be honest; once January disappears so does our motivation - so why wait? Why do we have to wait until December 31st to make a resolution? Surely we can do that at any time of the year - even today! 

So, before 2014 is behind us, let's get motivated. Why not try and achieve some things from your 'to do' list, or change something, introduce something, enjoy something? We don't have to wait for the New Year in fact there are plenty of things we can achieve between now and then if we just take a moment to get motivated. 

Declutter - if you want to make your room/house/life clutter free then start now. That way, by the time January rolls around you'll be on your way. Even making small changes can build up to a big change so it's never too soon to start decluttering. 

Habits - we all have bad habits, so whether we want to cut out fast food, stop biting our nails or change from smoking to vaping or spending less money on clothes, you can kick the habit now instead of later. If it's something you really want to change, there's no need to wait until January. 

Organisation - start introducing more organisation now, lists are your friend and getting organised before the festive season is a great way to make it less stressful. 

Time - if like many you struggle with managing your time and fitting everything into your day then work out where your time is being wasted. Whether it's spending too much time on social media or not spending enough time planning events - sit down and track your time. You'll be surprised how much more time you can gain. 

Fun - it's far too easy to get bogged down with life, and if you're not having fun it's about time to introduce it. If your usual New Year’s resolution usually involves wanting to do more, see more, experience more then get out and do it now. Arrange something fun before January!