I can’t quite believe it’s already the 4th January! This month seems to be flying by, and it’s only going to speed up when I get back into working full time. I really miss having my acrylic nails since one broke earlier this week and the rest swiftly followed and unfortunately I don’t actually paint my nails when they are so short – I have the weirdest fingers and tiniest nails ever! It’s not going to detract from me opening my Ciaté Mini Mani Month calendar though, as I know that as soon as I can get hold of some acrylic liquid I’m going to have a go at doing them myself!
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I do hope you’re not going to get bored of these posts, but each day brings a new nail varnish! So far we’ve had some very festive colours from the Ciaté Mini Mani Month calendar and I am excited to see what the rest of the month will bring. For today though, let’s stick to day 3 and see what we get… and yes, I know I’m seriously weird opening an Advent Calendar in January but that’s part of my charm!
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It’s quite nice having something to open every day in January. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve never really been the kind of person to get all depressed and mopey after New Year Eve. I’ve always seen a new year as a way for me to hopefully realise my dreams and do something great. Another 365 days to achieve something. That’s part of the reason why we chose to have our wedding in January too, so that we’d have our anniversary and hubby’s birthday to celebrate straight after the Christmas festivities. Anyway, onto door number 2… are you excited?
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Happy New Year Everyone!
Before I started my spending ban (which is going terribly, I must add and if you follow me on twitter you’ll see I’ve turned into a miserable bitch) I did a spot of January Sale shopping just after Christmas. I had been keeping an eye on the price of the Ciaté Mini Mani Month calendar in The Factory Shop even though this was the 2013 version because it retailed originally at over £50. The Factory Shop had it on offer just before Christmas for £20, but I stuck to my guns and voilà the calendar was reduced to a mere £12 a few days after Christmas. It’s still available in some stores, but I don’t know how long this offer will last.
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One of my newest favourite beauty products HAS to be Benefit Cosmetics It’s Potent Eye Cream. I suffer from really bad dark eye circles so I had been itching to give this product a try so when it appeared in my first ever Birchbox, I was extremely excited! Firstly, the packaging is in the usual Benefit style and is really lovely. The cream looks a little bit of an odd colour but don’t let that put you off as it smells and applies like a dream.
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Lately my hair has been quite dry and tangled so I was very eager to give the L’Oreal Mythic Oil Masque a try. When I opened the sample tub, the smell was quite fragrant, yet fresh. Using previous oil treatments I hve always found the scent quite overpowering but that wasn’t the case with this product.
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I get so excited in the beginning of each month as I know that soon I get another box of goodies through the post. I’ve also read a lot of conflicting reviews about different beauty boxes and their contents however I can honestly say that I have always been pleased with my boxes and this month has been no exception.
This month things were slightly different as there was no product guide included. This is Glossybox’s new way of helping the planet and all product information including the Glossybox magazine are now available online. The October Glossybox is now sold out but was designed as a limited edition pop art styled box in different colours.
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This months Birchbox
was in collaboration with Coppafeel! To raise awareness for breast cancer and the symptoms / early signs to look out for. This was my second Birchbox, and I was really excited to see which high end products were inside. If you are a regular reader of my blog you’ll know that I am testing out a few beauty boxes before I make a decision to stick with just one.
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Ok ok, I know… I didn’t even last the month without resubscribing to Glossybox, but if you’re anything like me you’ll agree that once you start getting surprises through the post it’s pretty crap when it stops! So I am, again a Glossybox Subscriber
! I already knew what September’s Glossybox looked like after sobbing over other people’s reviews. September’s box was designed in collaboration with Karen Millen!
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Not so long ago I mentioned that I was cancelling my Glossybox subscription because I felt that the money I was spending (although reasonable) could be better spent elsewhere. I felt like I was missing out on it in September, so I resubscribed without even missing a box and while I was sitting in an outpatients department of a hospital with my mum and wifi access I may have subscribed to Birchbox
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