Wednesday, 13 December 2017

December Outfits | Festive Vixen

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Hi Darlings!
December is finally here and to be honest I am shocked at how fast 2017 has been! It doesn't seem that long ago when we were preparing for 2017 now it's going to be 2018, the years are going by so quickly don't you think? So far this month we have put up the decorations, wrote some cards and I have sorted out some of the Christmas presents. This year we aren't going to my mums house for Christmas but for new year instead so I will be making all the food this year which will be a change but something I am looking forward too. 

Fashion wise this year I have stepped out of my comfort zone more times then ever and I am so glad I did. I wore this beautiful jumpsuit from LOTD at a wedding and my goodness it boosted my confidence so much and I got so many compliments wearing it. I love the how it shows my figure and  also the detailing on the chest. The boots are just gorgeous too with the gorgeous faux suede and also block heal, it goes perfectly with the jumpsuit.
december outfits festive vixen
This month I will hopefully be adding more festive outfit posts because I do enjoy posting them whenever I get the chance especially when they are party themed. I wore this jumpsuit combined healed boots and also a black cardigan. 

I also have some pyjamas from Primark that I just love and I will be posting about them in the next week because they are just beautiful. 

Black Lace Up Front Jumpsuit - was £20 now £10


What are you wearing over the Christmas period?

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Tuesday, 12 December 2017

L'Occitane Almond Milk Concentrate | Review

Hi Darlings
The first time I ever seen a L'Occitane shop was way back when I was about 18 when one opened in the Metro Centre in Newcastle and I remember thinking back then that the shop looked beautiful and all of the skincare products looked divine. Since that day I had always wanted to try their products and I am glad out of all the products the first I tried was this one which is 'Almond Milk Concentrate'.  Basically its described to help fight against skin slackening. 

L'Occitane not only sell this cream they also sell a variety of products including; Skincare, Haircare and Fragrance. The use high quality and natural ingredients including; 200 botanical ingredients with a quarter of them being organic. For more info check out their sourcing of their ingredients on their website here
£42 


Fragrance
Almond

First Impressions 
The box actually looked far too nice to open and I honestly regret not taking a photo of that too because it looked lovely with a nice retro design on it. The box was also very sturdy that you could tell there was a quality product inside. 

The jar itself is just simply lush as its in a glass bottle with a screw lid. I love the detail on the glass as it makes it look like a nicer product. The product inside looks so soft and as soon as I opened it I could smell the sweetness of the almonds. 

Uses for Almond Milk Concentrate 
This cream is made to help make the skin feel firmer and also too give a satin like sheen. It can be used on various parts of the body after cleansing by applying a small amount to hands and apply in circular motions. It has advice on how to use the product on the website and also areas to use it including stomach, arms and buttocks. 
My Thoughts 
I honestly can't rate this product enough and I would 100% buy it again in the future because it works beautifully and smells divine. I applied this to my chest, legs and my arms and honestly after a month of using it I could tell the difference with my skin, it feels so much softer and hydrated. Once its on my skin my skin feels like it's getting a moisture boost that lasts all day and also the scent is just gorgeous that half the time i don't bother wearing a perfume because this smells lovely on its own. 

I loved this product mostly on my chest and bum as its perfect for softening the skin and keeping skin hydrated especially in the colder months. I can honestly say this cream has worked better than any other moisturiser I have tried before which is a good thing and also a little bit of a bad thing because this cream is a little bit on the steep end at £42. 

My partner is training to be a wrestler and he loves to use this on his arms as it helps him relax after training or going to the gym. He has told me its his favourite cream that I have tried on him so far. 

Pros
  • Firms Skin
  • Hydrates 
  • Helps protect skins elasticity 
  • Stimulates cellular renewal 
 Cons
  • A little bit on the expensive side 

Have you tried L'Occitane products before?


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Monday, 11 December 2017

December Glossybox | Review

december glossy box uk
Jiggle bells, jingle bells jingle all the way! Santa is on his way.  In exactly 2 weeks time its going to be Christmas and we are so excited "YAY!" It's not long until my kids finish school ( next Thursday) and I really need to get my skates on and get all of my Christmas shopping as I am nowhere near finished yet. The main thing is I know what I need to get its just finding time haha. Anyway's back onto today post. 

Today I got my December Glossy Box and honestly I was so darn excited to open up the box because I knew fine well the box would be decorated beautifully and I was defiantly not disappointed. It has to be one of the most stunning boxes I have got this year. The box has a green and black design with the  golden writing "mince pies, starry skies" and inside the box didn't disappoint either....
december glossy box review
Inside the box the products are nearly wrapped in black tissue paper and tied together with a golden ribbon finished with a bow and a Glossybox sticker. Inside the box is golden shredded paper with all of the products and the amazing thing about this months box is all the products are full size and you get a wee chocolate treat, merry christmas I say. 

Whats in this months GlossyBox?
Profusion Runaway Eye Collection | RRP £3.75 (full size)
I have never tried this brand before but this palette looks stunning. The shadows are described as bendable and can be used as an eyeliner too. This palette includes a small applicator and the palette looks great for day to night looks. I am excited to giving this palette a try, keep a look out for future updates on this on my Instagram. 
Ecodenta Extra Black Whitening Toothpaste with Charcoal and Teavigo | RRP £4.49 (Full Size)
Charcoal has to be the star ingriedient of beauty products this year; from face masks to toothpastes, it has to be said its a wonderful product. Unlike many charcoal toothpastes this doubles as a teeth whitener and also a product that helps clean teeth. Use twice daily as you would any other toothpaste. 
Naobay Equilibria to Milk Cleanser | RRP £15.99 (Full Size)
This is a golden gel transforms to softening cleansing milk on contact with water. Ingredients include olive oil and sweet almond oils which helps hydrate the skin. To use this you simply apply to your face taking particular attention to the t-zone and then apply warm water than lather and wash off. 
Steve Laurent Precision Tip Eyeliner | RRP £18 (Full Size)
I will honestly never tire of wearing eyeliner so getting this in this months box has got me all excited, I can't wait to give this eyeliner a try because its a brand I have never tried before and I just love the copper design packaging. 
Laqa & Co Cloud Lips | RRP £12.79 (Full Size)
I just love the rose gold packaging with this! These lipsticks are highly pigmented and apparently feel as light as a cloud on the lips, I am so excited to try this because it's a new product for me. 

For 20% discount off your first box use the following code: MELISSA-R28

What do you think of this months Glossybox? 

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Saturday, 9 December 2017

December Primark Haul

Hi Darlings!
Tis the season to be JOLLY! Damn I sure am feeling festive at the moment, I am not usually this excited for Christmas but this year I am more excited than ever before. I have my decorations up with lots of sparkle and brightness ready for the big day and also to bring in the New Year. I love Primark all year round but I wanted to go for some home products and to see what xmas products they have. 

During the week on my partners day off we decided to go Christmas shopping while the kids were at school. We managed to get a few bits and decided to visit Primark since it wasn't that busy compared to usual when its very busy and the queues are massive. There are lots of new clothes and homeware that looked amazing that I kinda wish I bought more but we were peckish for our lunch at that time so we kinda rushed our way round the shop and paid for what we found in the time we were in there. 

Next time we go we are defiantly thinking of getting the grinch pyjamas and duvet cover for our bed because it looks fab and sometimes my partner likes acting like the grinch as he isn't the biggest fan of Christmas as he thinks its too commercial! I also want to spend more time in the home isle as I am trying to redecorate my flat to perk it up.
december primark haul
 I just love the pyjamas and lingerie at primark and I think out of all the clothing I have I would 100% say most of it is either pyjamas or lingerie LOL, terrible I know! I defiantly know the reason why that is; its because I just love how conferable pyjamas are and I love how sexy I feel when I wear nice lingerie and for me the good thing about shopping here is that they are affordable.  I have noticed that the amount of retro/sexy lingerie has increased so much this year at primark, I just wish they made larger sizes especially for bigger boobs because mine are always trying to escape.

As for homeware I just love the bedding at primark and the cushions; I got a big pink cushion called blush which has a gorgeous copper design on it. I also got my a copper basket to store mine and my partners collection of perfumes in because the perfumes I have are usually over my dressing table, this keeps them much more organised.

I will be taking photos of the pyjamas another day and I will be posting about them in the very near future so keep a look out for that because they are so stylish and look gorgeous.
primark home haul
above; blush cushion with copper design (£7)
What we bought
  • Batman Pyjamas 2x (£10) for my son
  • Mens oversized jumper (£10) for partner
  • Mens socks (£5) for partner, can never have too many
  • Drawstring bag (£3) for my partners lunch at work
  • Long sleeve top (£3) for my partners wrestling classes
  • Blush Cushion (£7) for my sofa, love the design  
  • Copper storage basket (£5) for my perfumes
  • Silky pyjama shorts x2 ( £5 each) I love shorts for bedtime 
  • Silky pyjama top (£5) LOVE this, it looks very sexy 
  • Silky dressing gown (£12) I have wanted one of these for ages
Check out what I got in my latest youtube video! I would love if you could subscribe and give the video a thumbs up! 😘

Have you been to Primark lately?


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Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Yankee Candle Black Coconut | Review

Hi Darlings!
I just love candles and even more so when it comes to Yankee Candles. I started to love Yankee Candles about 4 years ago now when I ordered a large french lavender candle which smelt divine and ever since then I have lost count of how many I have used. I usually buy my candles online or in shops for discount prices or look in TK Maxx. I was very lucky to find this one in TK Maxx for £14.99 because its been on my candle wish-list for absolutely ages. 

Yankee Candle is an American company which was founded in 1969 and since then they have gone from strength to strength to the company we all know and love today.
yankee candle black coconut
Available online and in Yankee Candle Store and selected stores
Yankee Candle Black Coconut  
Prices from £1.79 - £23.99

First Impressions 
I just love the large jars because they last such a long time (usually 110-150 hours) They also have lovely designs on them and this one is no different. It has a beautiful tropical scene with palm trees and gorgeous sunset; damn I need a holiday its been far too long since my last holiday abroad .

 As soon as I opened the candle I could smell the rich coconut scent with cedar wood and island blossom. The combination of them is just divine and very refreshing.

My Thoughts 
After being lit for 20 minutes I could smell coconut in most of my flat. It has a beautiful tropical scent that is so fresh it makes me want to go on holiday abroad in the very near future (damn I need to save up LOL). I have used this candle for over 4 months now and have used it at least 3 times a week and its just under half left which is just amazing especially when I only got it for £14.99; I just love it when I get a bargain.

Its from the Fresh scents family and OMG it sure does have a lovely fresh scent to it and to be honest I love to combine it with spicy smells such as cinnamon as they work so well together.

Even though I don't usually buy Yankee Candles more than once because I like trying new scents, I am defiantly considering getting this again because its just that lush.
yankee candle black coconut review
Pros 
  • Burn time of between 110-150 hours
  • Different sizes to choose from including car air fresheners
  • Fresh tropical scent 
  • Looks lovely
Cons 
  • None; wish I bought another hahaha

What is your favourite Yankee Candle at the moment?


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Tuesday, 5 December 2017

November Favourites

Hi Darlings!
November was a super quick month for us and I honestly can't believe its December already and its almost 2018! Where on earth has the time gone?

Last month I had a fair amount of beauty favourites and I have put them altogether in this post to tell you on why I loved them. I thought this kinda post would be different because it has been so many months since I last did a beauty favourites post, it was about time I wrote one don't you think?
november favourites
Collection Primer & Ready Illuminating Setting Powder (RRP £3.99)
This setting powder contains silk which gives the skin a naturally radiant finish and helps to keep makeup in place all day. I love how much of a glow that this setting powder gives, it sets my foundation beautifully and gives my skin a beautiful radiant glow.

Urban Decay Beached Bronzer in Sunkissed (RRP £22)
This is the first bronzer I have ever tried and I just love it. I used this to contour my face and my goodness it does a wonderful job at it. The bronzer is super soft and gives a lovely natural matte finish  which I just adore. The compact has a beautiful tropical design and it is a generous size and comes with a mirror

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara (RRP £19)
I was so lucky to win this in a competition a few months back because I have been wanting to try this for ages now. The mascara wand is a hourglass shape which makes it so much easy to apply the collagen rich product to the lashes. The wand helps separate the lashes individually and also curl them too. Defiantly my favourite mascara I have tried to date.

Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette (RRP £39.50)
I was extremely lucky to get this for my 27th birthday because I have wanted to try urban decay palettes for ages. I just love these shades at the moment because they are very warming and match my winter wardrobe and my red lipsticks. I just love how easy they are to blend and the fact it has a very useful double-ended makeup brush.
november favourites
3INA The Highlighter 201 (RRP£10.95)
As Marilyn Monroe once said "diamonds are a girls best friend' this rings true for me because my goodness this highlighter has a shine that makes my cheeks sparkle and glow like diamonds, honestly this is up their with the best highlighters out there. I love to use this on my cheeks, cupids bow and the tip of my nose.

Kat Von D Lock-It Hydrating Primer (RRP £24)
Primers are something that I only started using at the start of the year and ever since then I never wear a foundation without one. Primers are amazing at smoothing the skin ready for a foundation and keeping foundation on the skin longer. This primer is water based and smells amazing, reduces pores and soothes the skin perfectly ready for my foundation.

Kat Von D Lock-It Liquid Foundation (RRP £27)
When it comes to foundation I prefer a more full coverage because I love the way it looks. I use 2 pumps of this foundation to cover my face and it blends perfectly onto my skin with my real techniques makeup sponge combined with the primer above. For a more full coverage foundation its long lasting and doesn't crack after a long day.


What are your favourite products this month?

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Monday, 4 December 2017

Lush Secret Arts Jelly Bomb | Review


Hi Darlings!
It sure does feel like winter now doesn't it? I love baths so much more during the winter as they are a great way to warm up especially when I take a bath with my partner. Lush brought out a new range of bath bombs a few months ago and they are called jelly bombs and they come in 6 different varieties including this one called which is called 'Secret Arts'

Lush as we all know is a mostly bath product originated store and they have lots of cruelty free products too choose from. All the products in Lush are vegetarian friendly and many of them are also vegan too. 
lush secret arts jelly bomb
£4.95 
Cruelty Free
Vegan

Fragrances
Brazilian Orange Oil
Cinnamon Leaf Oil 
Almond Essential Oil


First Impressions
I got this for my birthday off my partners brother as he knows how much I love Lush and he knows Ive not tried the jelly range so getting this was a lovely surprise. I just love the design of this jelly bomb as it has Harry Potter vibes - don't you think? 

I have always been tempted to try Hex-Bomb bath bombs because they have gothic vibes too them but I think that Secret Arts defiantly has witchy gothic vibes too it. 

As soon as I opened the box with Secret Arts in it I was taken by how lovely the scent was. It had a beautiful spicy/citrus scent. 
lush secret arts review
My Thoughts 
When I put this into my bath it was so much different to all of the other Lush products I have tried before. Usually Lush bath products melt or fizzled as soon as they hit the water but this was more like a slight fizz and once it started to melt bits of jelly went on-top of the water.

After a few minutes in the water it revealed a pink centre that fizzed into the water much faster than the outer shell of the jelly bomb. It didn't melt completely until me and my partner picked it up and broke it into pieces in the bath.

The scent wasn't as strong as I was expecting and to be honest that was very disappointing as I was looking forward to smelling the fragrances altogether.

After I took the plug out of the bath it did stain the bath quite a bit and it took a fair bit of scrubbing to finally get it off my bath and not only that the jelly actually blocked my plug until I  poured hot water on it.
Lush secret arts jelly bomb
Rating 
6/10

Pros 
  • Soft on skin 
  • lots of sparkle 
Cons
  • Can stain bath a little 
  • Not very fragrant
Have you tried Lush Jelly Bombs before?




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