Saturday, 28 December 2013

What I Got For Christmas 2013

Hello lovelies! 

I hope you all had a brilliant christmas. Mine has definitely been the best one yet! This year I received so many lovely gifts from family and friends, and I'm extremely grateful for every single one of them. 

I noticed that a few bloggers have written a post about what they received, so I decided I'd do a quick one to. I'd just like to point out that I'm in no way bragging or trying to make anybody jealous, it's just a little bit of fun and something extra to write about! 

This year I got a few bits of clothing, my favourite being a beautiful tiger print scarf from my aunt, that I'm in love with. I also received a hello kitty onesie (my first ever one!), a cream knitted jumper from Primark, and a lovely soft blue jumper with a jewelled neckline from Topshop. I'm very appreciative of these gifts especially, as buying clothes for a plump pregnant woman is quite the task. 

Babyliss Boutique Loose Waves Hair Tong
Sean was well aware I really wanted this hair tong, as I wouldn't shut up about it when Christmas crept a little closer. I was thrilled when I unravelled the wrapping paper. It's the same tong Tanya Burr uses to create really gorgeous natural waves, and she always looks beautiful, so you can't possibly go wrong. I've got a lot to thank Sean for!

Basket Full of Beauty Goodies
Shannon and James spoilt me to death this year! I felt so guilty not being able to spend as much on them as they did me. I love any kind of beauty product, so they got it spot on. In the basket was a bottle of Dove go fresh body wash (it smells delish), Nivea's 2 in 1 cleanser & toner, some Dove Hand Cream, a pot of rose & almond vaseline, a Lush bubble bar (smells like bubblegum, mmm), some Max Factor make up, Rimmel nail polish and finally a bath scrunchie. To top it all of, it was wrapped in the nicest holly tissue paper, I'd very much like to know where they got it from. I'm sure I'll get plenty of enjoyment from using these luxuries, so thanks very much guys! 

I'm the biggest book worm. Seriously, hand me any book you like, and you won't see me for another year (I get that engrossed). I will read most genre's, but fantasy is my absolute favourite. Sean's mum and dad bought me the new Bridget Jone's hardback, which I've wanted to read, as I'm a big fan of the films. They also bought me the entire set of hunger games books, which have just been re-released with new shiny covers. The Hunger Games: catching fire was amazing! I highly recommend it if you haven't seen it already. Sean gave me the latest installment in The Vampire Diaries series, which I read more out of habit than actual fondness for the story. But I love the TV show (go klaroline!). 

Real Techniques Powder Brush & Stippling Brush
I swear by Sam Chapman's line of make up brushes. The quality is amazing and they are more affordable than most other brands on the market. I was in desperate need of a powder brush, and once again Sean answered my prayers by handing me not one, but two brushes on Christmas day.  I own both sets so far, and I'm slowly building up a nice collection. 

New Clinique Eyeshadow Quad 
Mum and dad bought me one of Clinique's new all about eyeshadow quads in the colour 'Going Steady', a set of the most stunning purple shades. I haven't had the chance to use it yet, but it will be perfect for New Years Eve. I'll definitely get plenty of wear out of it. 

Limited Edition Essie Festive Fingertips Gift Box
I've turned into a bit of a nail polish junkie, which is weird because I'd never been much interested before, now I can't get enough. Whenever someone buys me a new polish I get all giddy and excited, so you can imagine how I felt when I was handed Essie's limited edition set. It includes 4 beautiful Christmassy shades. I ran straight to the bathroom to paint my nails ready for Christmas dinner. It was love at first sight. 

Dorothy Perkins Necklaces
James and Shannon also bought me two large statement necklaces. These look great paired with my stretchy black dress and all my plain tops that need jazzing up a bit. I feel so sophisticated when I wear them (I'm anything but haha).  

Of course I received mountains of chocolate from everyone, who doesn't at this time of year? I've eaten so much of the stuff recently, and as much as I love it, I think I need to cut down. Therefore I'll be sharing mine with my sisters this year, just to take some of my guilty pleasures away (haha). I'm currently sat munching on some Ferrero Rocher as I write this...woopsie. 

Obviously it's not possible to show everything, so I'll take this opportunity to thank everyone who bought me a gift this year, and for putting in so much thought to make my Christmas so special. 

What did you get for Christmas this year? 

Do you have a favourite present? 

Friday, 27 December 2013

I Lushed My Virginity

Hey guys! This little post was something I was planning to write before Christmas, but sadly I never got round to doing it. But I decided to write it anyway, as I'm missing Christmas and can't believe we have another year to wait for all the festivities. Though it is sad, I can look forward to Easter, and the birth of my first ever baby boy. The mere thought of spending Christmas with him next year gets me super excited. Not all is lost! 

Moving on...I'm a little embarrassed to say that not so long ago I was a Lush virgin, and by 'Lush' virgin, I mean I'd never tried a single one of their beautiful soaps, bath bombs, butters or skincare products. Shameful...just shameful! So just before everyone was beginning to get excited about Christmas (yes it was that long ago), I took a trip into the Lush shop in Oxford, and bought three things. Now I've developed a serious addiction. 

The three things I picked up are all highly fragranced, but to me thats the best thing about Lush products. The santa head bath bomb is an old product, which they bring out exclusively every year. I thought he was jolly good! The golden wonder bomb has been out for quite some time also and is very popular with the ladies. Admittedly I grabbed it because it was gold and shiny (gah!). The melting snowman is the new addition to the Lush family, and isn't he just the cutest thing ever!? He even has real chocolate drops! There was no way I was leaving without him. 

Anything with santa on is a must have. After all, it doesn't get much more festive than the big guy himself. The idea behind this bath bomb is that it looks and smells like Christmas, what more could you want at this time of year? On the outside he's a very girly pink and white colour, but when popped into the bath, he turns from red to pink to dark green. It was a bit strange and I kind of felt like I was washing myself in a bath full of bogies, which put me of (just a tad). I was also expecting to see glitter like last years, but it seems they must have removed it. I can't say I'm not disappointed about that, as I think it would have worked well with the green, and stopped it from being too overpowering.  On a good note he smells delicious! It's a very citrusy smell, like oranges. He cost me £3.25, which is okay, but with Lush I do feel like your paying more for the name, than what the products are actually worth. 

The melting snowman bath melt is just adorable! Although mines now lost an eye and half of his nose, so probably not as adorable as he once was. Because he's a bath melt, he's a little more luxurious than the other two, and better for your skin. He is filled with lots of christmasy scents such as cinnamon, clove, patchouli, benzoin, lime and sweet wild orange oils. But the good news doesn't stop there! His body is made from moisturising body butters including shea and cocoa, leaving you with super soft skin. I haven't used him yet, but in all honesty I kind of don't want to, he's just too lovely. It would be like murdering a friend. Well...not quite but still I'd feel bad. I've read that he turns the bath water a milky white, so we can all bathe like Cleopatra at the height of sophistication. You don't have to use him all in one go either. You could probably get at least two baths out of him, so it's well worth the £1.12 I paid.

The golden wonder bath bomb looks so unbelievably luxurious. The fact that it's shaped like a present, does make you wonder what's inside. When you shake it you can actually hear rattling from the inside. It's such a tease. This thing is covered from bottom to top in gold shimmer. I tried desperately not to coat my canon camera in the stuff when taking the photos (that was an epic fail). I do love a good old bit of sparkle though, especially at Christmas, so for me it's an instant winner. It contains ingredients like sweet orange oil, cognac oil and lime oil and smells like fizzy champagne perfume (oh lala). It should be noted that this bath bomb is not for a quick bath as it's humungous, and has many layers. When popped into water it turns lots of different pretty colours, and releases a handful of small gold soluble stars. This bath bomb does contain alcohol, but for those of you who don't want that, there is now an alcohol free version available online. This is now priced at £1.75 and I paid £3.50. Bum. 

Lush now has a sale on so I highly recommend going in and bagging a few bargains for your bath times. I'm glad I 'Lushed' my virginity this year, I will certainly be going back for some more nice treats very soon I'm sure. 

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, and are all looking forward to the new year like me! 

Are you a Lush virgin? 

What are your favourite Lush products? 

I'd love to hear about them and am open to all recommendations :)

Monday, 16 December 2013

Life Update & First EVER Baby Haul

Hey everyone! So here it is, what you've all been waiting first EVER baby haul! Sit back, relax and enjoy the video :) 

Amyloo x

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Christmas at Boots: Feel Good

Hello there friends! Christmas is approaching fast this year, even faster now I've got a baby on the way. We'll all soon be sat around the table stuffing down our turkey dinners, spending quality time with our loved ones, and scrambling to open all the lovely gifts we've received. But around this time of year, I just can't resist splurging some money in one of my favourite beauty and cosmetics stores: Boots. I couldn't help but notice all the brilliant offers they have on every single year, for all us beauty obsessors. If you shop at boots often, you'll know what I'm talking about. I thought it would be nice to kind of praise them for being so amazing, and to show you guys some of the products I picked up recently. 

What I bought: 'Collection Work the Colour Eyeshadow Pencils'.

Tbh Collection's (previously called Collection 2000) eyeshadow pencils were never really on my list of things I wanted to buy, but after seeing them on Samantha Chapman in one of her recent videos, I was quickly drawn to the beautiful colour range, super pigmentation, nice blend-ability and the fact they're so much easier to apply than regular shadows. The pencils are £3.19 each and I bought two, which meant that I received a free gift for spending over £5 on 'Collection' products. I picked up the shades 'Hot Chocolate', a nice warm and shimmery brown, and 'Vanilla Sky', a pearlescent cream. I love anything that sparkles, so I'll be wearing these all throughout the Christmas season. 

What Boots gifted me: 'Collection 2000 Super Size Mascara'. 

This free gift was really handy for me personally, as I was in desperate need of a new mascara. My old one had started to dry out and crumble all down my face! I'm not particularly fussy when it comes to mascara, so it didn't matter that I'd never tried Collection's 'Super Size Mascara' before. Let's face it...everyone wants super thick, voluminous lashes, and I'm guessing this won't be the answer to my prayer's, but I'm happy I've got something substantial to use. It is true however, that you must go through all of the uglies before you find your prince charming, so perhaps I shouldn't be so quick to judge. Plus it was free! So no complaints there. This mascara usually costs £2.99 and comes in two different shades of black: 'Black' and 'Ultra Black'. 

What I bought: 'No7 Instant Radiance Foundation' and 'No7 Match Made Concealer'. 

I've never been much interested in No7 products in the past, so I was surprised at myself when I realised I'd bought home two items. Foundation and concealer was at the top of my list, and after reading positive things about both of these products, I eventually decided to get colour matched with No7's new electronic system.  My skin gets very dry during the winter months, so the lady suggested I try their 'Instant Radiance Foundation', which claims to give a medium coverage and brighten up dull skin. When she put it on my face, my skin turned silky smooth. This combined with my 'Oilatum' moisturiser will work a treat. I'm still not too sure on the 'Match Made Concealer', although it's a very creamy consistency, which is always good. I came up as the colour 'Calico' on the system, which is the lightest shade they sell. The foundation is a measly £12.50 and the concealer cost £7.50. Boots were offering a free gift when you buy any two No7 products. That's a bargain!

 What Boots gifted me: 'No7 Glamour Gift Box' (Worth £29).

There's nothing like a good gift box to cheer you up, I love them! This one from No7 is really nice as it has a little bit of everything. The set includes No7's 'Extreme Length Extend Mascara' in 'Black' (£12.95), their 'High Shine Lipgloss' in 'Whisper' (£8.50), 'Stay Precise Felt Tip Eyeliner' (£8) and finally a 'Stay Perfect Eyeshadow' (£7). I believe they are all sample sizes, though you still get a generous amount of product. I'm obsessed with the mascara's bright green wand, the eyeliner has a super fine tip, which is great for precision, and both the lipgloss and the eyeshadow are beautiful colours. Considering how much the box is worth, I think it's amazing they give it away for free. I can't wait to use these babies up! 

All in all I bagged some really great finds, and if you haven't yet been down to boots this season, you should probably hurry to grab the best deals. I'm not sure how much longer the offers last for, but they're still active on the website. If you'd rather order online but are worried about paying for postage and packaging, use the free click and collect service to your nearest store, boots will contact you when your order is ready to be picked up (easy peasy). 

I'd just like to point out that Boots have not contacted me and are not sponsoring me at all. Everything I've written in this post comes from my adoration for the brand. 

I hope you've enjoyed reading this post as much as I enjoyed writing it, and I wish you all a wonderful christmas!

Do you love shopping in Boots? 

What's your favourite cosmetics store? 

What products have you picked up recently? 

Bye! :)