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Sunday, 5 July 2015

Nailbox | UK Monthly Nail Polish Subscription

Calling out to all nail polish lovers! If those monthly subscription beauty boxes didn’t hit the nail on the head for you, Nailbox*, the UK’s only monthly nail polish subscription box could be what you are looking for... 

The innovative nail subscription box launched earlier this year and contains five items including 3-4 full sized ‘on-trend’ nail colours, treatments and tools, that get delivered straight to your door. So how much does it cost? A Nailbox subscription costs as little as £13.50 (per month) with free delivery. The box itself is a little uninspiring, but with that being said, the Nailbox has been designed so that every penny goes on the contents of the Nailbox, opposed to the packaging. And with box brimming with well known nail polish brands including Tanya Burr, Essie, Orly, Nails Inc, Rimmel London, OPI, Revlon & China Glaze - who can complain? 

This subscription Nailbox is perfect for those who like to keep on top of the latest nail trends and those who frequently buy nail polish, as this would be a more affordable option with the added element of surprise. And if a monthly box of nail polish isn’t quite enough, all Nailbox subscribers are entitled to 15% off every order at nailpolish.co.uk

What do you think of Nailbox?
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Friday, 3 July 2015

Pamper Evening Essentials With Victoria Plumb

With the stresses of everyday life it’s important to take some time out to de-stress, detox and indulge in some well deserved ‘me time’. I for one can’t afford a day at the spa especially not on a regular basis, so instead I like to set aside some time and pamper myself in the comfort of my own home. So, ladies grab your favourite beauty products, draw a hot bath and sit back and relax. It's Friday after all! 

BATH BOMBS & BUBBLES
Let’s start with the essentials. There is nothing better than a hot bubble bath, the kind of bath where if I haven’t lost a couple of pounds by the time I get out, the long hot soak was a failure! And it’s safe to say that no pamper night is complete with a bath bomb, or bubbles. For bubbles I recommend Soap & Glory’s Calm One Calm All* (£6.00), a stress-battling softening bubble bath. The formula includes built-in body lotion and it pretty nice too. If you fancy lying under a blanket of bubbles and bathing in pink water I recommend The Comforter Bubble Bar (£4.75) from Lush. And how can I not mention Lush bath bombs? The feel-good fizzies, full of beneficial ingredients. Avobath* (£3.35) from Lush as the name suggests, contains avocado and olive oil to help tackle dryness and it smells fresh like lemons, mmmmm...

READING MATERIAL
When was the last time you read a book, or a decent magazine article? I don’t know about you, but working in marketing & having my little blog means I spend a very large amount of my time online, reading emails, tweets, blog posts and Facebook updates. And although a Netflix binge can be very satisfying, there is nothing quite like losing yourself in a great story, or engaging in an interesting magazine article. It is the best way to let your worries slip away (well for now anyway), not to mention reading will better your writing skills. 

AT HOME FACIAL 
Being a beauty addict I do tend to chop and change my beauty products quite frequently, but there are a few products I reach for above anything else when my skin is in need of a bit of TLC. Before I dip into the bath, I like prep my skin and soften the sebum with my at home facial steamer. Then whilst relaxing in the bath I like to apply my trusty Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask. If you're a regular reader of BBA you’ll know that I rate this mask highly. If you’re yet to try this mask and a little hesitant of the price, try the Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask Pods*, you get four in a pack for £5.00 - they are perfect for travel too! But remember to pick a treatment specific to your skins needs, for instance if my skin is feeling hydrated I will opt for my GLAMGLOW Thirstymud Hydrating Treatment which smells delicious and leaves my skin feeling super soft. 

BODY PRODUCTS
Towards the end of my bath I like to get down and gritty and exfoliate my body. Exfoliation is a must if you want smooth, even toned skin. Exfoliation is key to a long-lasting tan, helps free ingrown hairs and helps your moisturiser penetrate better. My current go-to scrub is the Champneys Spa Indulgence Distant Shores Body Scrub £10.00. But remember to scrub before you shave and lock in the moisture post-scrub with your favourite body moisturiser. 

CANDLES 
And finally, don’t forget to do it in the dark and switch off those lights! A candle lit bath really helps to set the mood, making your home, well, more homely. And not only do candles smell great, candles are very calming - perfect at helping to drain your tensions away. And if you’re anything like my mum you’ll have a stash of candles & tea lights just calling out to be lit! I’m personally a big fan of Yankee Candles, especially their Mango and comforting Fluffy Towels* scent - which smells incredible! 

Ps. A big thank you to Victoria Plumb for sending me such a beautiful pamper basket. 

How do you like to pamper yourself at home? 
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Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Beauty Tips / Get Summer Ready With M&S

Beauty Tips / Get Summer Ready With M&S

With temperatures expected to rise above 30C today, it’s safe to say the countdown to summer is well and truly over. It’s here. And as the skirts get shorter, I’m sure that for many, you will feel a slight twinge of panic at the thought of baring all. But no fear, I have a few summer beauty products to help you with your seasonal beauty overhaul, all thanks to Marks & Spencer

I love a multi use product and this luxury cult oil from Nuxe doesn’t disappoint. The lightweight formula is a unique combination of 95.2% natural ingredients, including 30% precious plant oils and vitamin E. It has a lovely light exotic fragrance and although it’s oil, it doesn’t leave you looking or feeling greasy. Spritz into your moisturiser, mix it with your foundation, or spray directly onto the skin and into your hair. When applied to the skin it instantly leaves a golden sparkly sheen (you wont look like a disco ball) and the vitamin E leaves the skin feeling really soft and moisturised. This dry oil is the perfect product to emphasise your tan - hello bronzed goddess in a bottle!

It’s a given that exfoliating and moisturising are a must in the summer months. And for just £15.00 you can renew your skin with the Rituals Discover Hammam Set. The set includes a foaming shower gel, body scrub and body cream. The sea salt scrub is intense and has a sensuous, spa like scent with ginger and eucalyptus. It leaves my skin feeling buffed to perfection and helps to kick cellulite to the curb. Once dry, follow up with a body moisturiser and you’ll have pins ready for a pair of shorts! 

It’s a no brainer to ramp up your SPF, but how about treating your skin after basking in the sun? New to the Ultrasun range, the Overnight Summer Skin Recovery Mask slowly releases hyaluronic acid and powerful brown algae activies, to deliver long-lasting hydration and overnight, anti-agign care for your skin. The formula is incredibly fast-absorbing and lightweight with a non-greasy texture. This recovery mask is great for those with very sensitive and dehydrated skin as its free from perfume, mineral oils, emulsifiers, silicones or alcohol. This product offers a targeted solution against the damaging effects of the sun, reducing sun damaged cells by up to 40% and I can’t stress how important it is to protect your skin. 

Ever wondered what those bumpy, red lumps are on the backs of your arms? Keratosis pilaris (also known as chicken skin) is an inherited condition (thanks mum and dad) in which dead cells and excess keratin build up around hair follicles, clogging pores. So whats the fix? I have found a couple of products, including a bestseller from Bliss the Fatgirlslim Arm Candy which is clinically proven to reduce redness and is formulated with lactic acid which helps to exfoliate dead skin cells and help the skin adsorb moisture. It smells clean and minty and is easy to apply with the massaging applicator. Once massaged into the skin, there is an immediate reduction in redness and with continued use my keratosis pilaris has improved. The only thing I dislike about this product is the subtle shimmer it leaves on my arms, but I can look past that. This product is priced at £34.00 but Marks & Spencer currently offer this product and a Bliss tinted body spray in their Arm & Leg Bundle Gift Set for £32.00.

Cult body-oil-turned-body-wash the Nuxe Prodigieux Shower Oil has quickly become my new favourite shower buddy and it's the perfect alternative for those who can’t afford the dry oil. The Nuxe Prodigieux shower oil is a pleasure to use, its creamy, iridescent texture gently cleanses and moisturises leaving a satin finish on the skin. This shower oil is certainly one to pack for your upcoming holiday. 

What’s your favourite summer beauty product? 
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Friday, 19 June 2015

5 Thing To Do This Weekend

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 Cheers to the freakin’ weekend! That’s right, Friday is among us and following my usual Friday routine, singing along to various playlists on Spotify (including a little Mariah Carey) and sipping black coffee in the hope to stay awake past 9:30pm, I have complied a small list of 5 things to do this weekend...

#1 GO TO THE CINEMA
After a lot of laughs this weekend? Well, grab a ticket to see “Spy". After watching “Jurassic World" last weekend and feeling a little underwhelmed, myself and my Ben decided to watch “Spy”. The movie follows Melissa McCarthy who plays a desk-bound CIA analyst who volunteers to go undercover. And it’s a howler! The witty humour throughout left my cheeks sore and my abs all a little tighter, as I laughed along with the rest of the audience. The all-star cast included Miranda Hart, Rose Bryne, Jude Law and Jason Statham - who stole the show. “Spy” is directed by Paul Feig who directed both “Bridesmaids” and “Heat” and I would go as far to say “Spy” is just as funny, if not more so, than the likes of “Bridesmaids”! 

#2 SPRING CLEAN YOUR BEAUTY STASH
I’m sure we all have one too many open mascaras, sun cream that is at least a year out of date and clear mascara that’s looking anything but clear. So when was the last time you have a good beauty clear out? Read my post all about makeup expiry dates, along with tips and tricks here. And don’t forget your makeup brushes, grab a bar of Simple Soap and get to work ladies!

#3 START READING A NEW BOOK
I love getting wrapped up in a thrilling storyline and getting lost amongst a good book. This weekend take the time out to buy a new book, or make a start on the book that’s currently sitting on your shelf unturned. On my recent trip to Rhodes I read two books one of which was called ‘I Let You Go’ by Clare Mackintosh. ‘I Let You Go’ has fast become one of my favourite books. Read within 24 hours, ‘I Let You Go’ left me with the biggest book hangover; the inability to start a new book because you’re still living in the last book’s world. Highly recommend! 

#4 GO FOR A RUN
As the majority of you snooze away under your duvets and tuck into your breakfast this Sunday morning, I will be running around Victoria Park for the Nike Women’s 10km London raising money for The British Heart Foundation in memory of my Granddad. If you follow me on Twitter you may be aware I’ve been loving a good run gone 9pm. 6 months ago I was 2.5 stone heavier and couldn’t walk up the hill home without becoming out of breath. Running is a great way to get and stay fit. If I can do it, so can you! I’m sure I will update you all with a beetroot faced selfie once I cross the finish line and if you would like to help me raise money for such a worthy cause, you can text KNOT90 followed by £1, £2, £3, £4 or £5 to 70070, or visit my Just Giving page - thank you

#5 SHOP THE SALES
Why is it a week before payday my inbox becomes inundated with summer sale emails? So life can be a little unfair at times, but I’ve had a little look (how could I not?!) and the ZARA sale has much to offer from stripy skirts to leather bags, the TOPSHOP sale on the other hand is a little disappointing as within 24 hours it has been raided and little of what I like is available in my size. Feel Unique are offering up to 50% off, which I have currently resisted, but I have a feeling the bareMinerals base I’ve been lusting after might just make it into my online shopping basket by the end of the weekend! 


What are your plans for this weekend?
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