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GLOSSYBOX - November 2018: Beauty SOS

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It's November and that means it's officially birthday month, and yes it's totally a thing. I love November and especially as this month's gorgeous beauty treat from GLOSSYBOX and their Beauty SOS box. This month's box is jam packed full of must have essentials that come to your rescue, and this time of year my skin suffers badly trying to battle the elements. This month even includes something a little extra so you can smell absolutely gorgeous for party season. This little box will most definitely come to your rescue if you have a night out, a Christmas work party or you need a boost in the morning, GLOSSYBOX have you covered. This month there is two full sized products from Huda Beauty and Stylondon Beauty and a few cute deluxe minis too. 


If you're new to Glossybox, it's a monthly subscription box that comes packed with both full sized products that cover all areas of beauty from skin care, hair, nails, makeup and everything else in between from brands we all love to those new discoveries that we wouldn't normally get to try if it wasn't for Glossybox. Each box costs £13.25 per month and contains contents that are always over the cost of the box. In a nutshell, you get a box full of goodies all for that monthly price.


Huda Beauty. Liquid Matte Lipstick in Girlfriend. RRP | £18

Huda Beauty’s Liquid Matte lipstick collection are among the most sought-after liquid lipsticks because of their high quality, amazing shade range, and affordability. You can trust Huda Kattan’s taste and expertise on this one, so you know you’re getting your money’s worth. So to see this in my box made me squeal a little as it's completely gorgeous! The lightweight formula glides on a thin coat of color that intensifies as it sets to a matte, transfer-free finish with amazing staying power. This shade 'Girlfriend' is the prettiest nude I've yet to find and it doesn't wash me out at all, so for all you ladies looking for that perfect, subtle nude shade, go and try it out.


Context. Micro-Derm Regenerator. RRP | £27

A two-in-one cleanser and gentle exfoliator enhanced with the same crystals used in professional microdermabrasion treatments. Soothes and purifies skin as it effectively cleanses. Polishes and removes dead skin cells. Powerful antioxidants combine to protect cells and fight free radical damage. Plus, it’s in a handy 30ml bottle that fits perfectly in your handbag to use every morning, no matter where the night takes you. I would probably recommended applying it once a day by gently massaging the gel onto your wet skin, by using slow circular motions to lather the exfoliating particles deeper into your skin – it’ll polish and remove any dull and dry cells. When you’re done exfoliating, rinse thoroughly with warm water. You can then apply moisturiser. It's been a lovely addition to my skincare routine. 


STYLondon. Eaton Eyeshadow Palette. RRP | £10

OMG! This is the cutest palette and what gorgeous shades! Perfect for party season. You have nine high quality shades in this palette which include 6 metallics and 3 mattes. The shades are highly pigmented and blend really well on me. I love the red and bronze metallic shades most. This is a nice sized palette for a purse of make-up bag too. The eye shadows are mineral based, paraben free, animal cruelty free, high pigment, eyeshadow palettes with added Vitamin E. These shades are super soft, easily blend-able powder and you can create some of the cutest autumnal and Christmas looks. 



Your Good Skin. Balancing Skin Concentrate. RRP | £17

Restores & maintains skin's natural balance. This little gem has been designed to improve the five signs of healthy looking skin; skin texture, skin tone evenness, radiance, moisture levels & oiliness. Simply use two pumps into the palm of your hand and dot across your cheeks, chin and forehead then gently blend together. You only need a couple of pumps to cover your full face so this bottle will last over another couple of uses. After using it morning and night for a week I started noticing my skin feeling softer and looking brighter. The laughter lines and fine wrinkles around my eyes started smoothing over and my large pores were less noticeable.


Living Proof. Restore Mask Treatment. RRP | £10

My hair really struggles in the colder weather, anyone else? Seeing as it's birthday month just means I have a few excuses for a mask treatment or two. I will enjoy pulling that birthday card a few nights a week. This deeply conditioning mask treatment repairs dry, damaged hair by nourishing each strand, leaving hair visibly healthier, stronger, and shinier. This is 100% the best hair mask I have ever used. This hair mask stopped breakage, moisturised my hair so it was no longer brittle and dry. Holy grail of hair products! I will try and use this hair mask once a week to get my hair in a healthy condition again. 


Chloé Nomade. RRP | £47 

I adore everything from Chloé, the Chloé Eau de Parfum is one of my favourites. This one is like nothing actually own. A combination of oak moss and freesia that captures the spirit of a woman open to the beauty world. I love it! It smells fresh and light. Not too overpowering and perfect for day wear in the office or on a weekend patio. It would be a lovely alternative to my normal scents especially when I feel like mixing it up.

Beauty SOS boxes have sadly sold out, but subscribe now to receive a classic GLOSSYBOX for £8 using the code: NOVEMBER

Disney On Ice Dream Big Tour

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I have a confession and I am sure I am not the only one, but I love Disney, like actually love Disney. A love for Disney is something that never really goes away, if anything it grows. Whenever I think about Disney it takes me back to my childhood and the fond memories of love, magic and fairy tales. Now that I have my own daughter I want the magic to continue. As a child I would love nothing more than have cuddles on the sofa with my parents and sister on Sunday afternoon to watch Disney films, and this is something that I really enjoy doing with my husband and daughter. Even at four years old she knows a thing or two about being a Disney fan as we are making our way through the collection of classics. I think that's what I love about Disney is that it's for all families of all ages, there is something for everyone. My daughter is in complete awe of the Disney princesses, one in particular is by far her favourite. Princess Rapunzel! 
So you can imagine our excitement when we found out that Disney On Ice is back this year with their Dream Big Tour. Fairytales and Legends are full of magic, enchantment and adventures and going to see Disney on Ice would be an adventure that we couldn't miss out on. There is something truly magical about watching your child's eyes lighting up and being completely in awe of their smiles and giggles meeting their favourite characters. However, I couldn't wait to share our next adventure with her, I know that going on the Dream Big tour is going to make her year.  

Disney On Ice Dream Big 

For the first time in Europe, join fearless Moana and the greatest demigod that ever lived, Maui, on an action-packed voyage to restore the stolen heart of Te Fiti, live on ice! Get tangled up in Rapunzel’s hair-raising quest to see the floating lights. Travel to mountainous Arendelle with Anna, Elsa and Olaf in a dramatic retelling of the sisterly love that saved a kingdom. And discover the strength, bravery and kindness that inspired generation after generation with Jasmine, Ariel, Aurora, Belle and Cinderella. Plus, arrive early to join a special 90th birthday celebration in honour of Walt Disney’s ‘True Original,’ Mickey Mouse.


We cannot wait for our little adventure to go and see Disney on Ice Dream Big in Nottingham later this month. I know it will be a show that you will not want to miss, so go and book your tickets now and make their dreams come true. Our review will be coming soon, so don't forget to come back. 

And don't forget to dream big.... 


A Birthday Hamper for Him.

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October is always a really busy month for us with birthdays, Halloween and all the pumpkin madness. And November isn't any different. It's just as busy, just as crazy and full of family birthdays, including yours truly. November has become to be known as birthday month, it's definitely a thing by the way. However, this year we have a very special birthday as my husband is turning 30! And with a birthday comes a cute birthday gift guide.


You might have landed up here to find the best gift options for your husband or boyfriend, but I think it can quite challenging getting something for the men in your life. They never know what they want! It's so frustrating. If they do want something, they end up buying it weeks before their birthday and just as you're about to unleash your inner 'how dare you?' stare you remember it's their birthday soon. So what do you think a thirty-year-old man would love for their birthday. Do you think an Xbox game, a tipple or socks? Perhaps not socks because let's face it Christmas is coming so they will be more than equipped. As it's my husband's 30th I thought that it would be a cute idea to get him a computer game and a couple of other gifts to go into a little hamper. 



The Fragrance

Now this is a gift that you can't go wrong with, so if you're looking for inspiration for a fragrance get him something that he hasn't tried before. Head over to the closest fragrance shop and enjoy a spritz or two. Both my husband and I had a rare morning together the other week and we headed into town for breakfast and we ended up in Debenhams and had a spritz off and ended smelling amazing. My husband loves Paca Rabanne or Hugo Boss but seeing as it's birthday and I wanted to fill his basket of treats I picked up this Firetrap one for less than £15 for a gift set, so I couldn't really go wrong. 

The Tipple

Well you can't really celebrate turning 30 without a tipple or two. The Summerton Club is a premium spirits subscription service. You can choose from a monthly, bi-monthly or quarterly subscription where you will receive a beautifully-aged bottle of whisky, brandy or rum delivered directly to your doorstep. The perfect gift for my husband for his 30th birthday. I love that these are not ordinary bottles you will find at the supermarket, each bottle is carefully selected and that extra bit special. Some bottles aren’t even available to purchase in the UK yet and all deliveries sent out are worth more than the membership fee. The Summerton Club pride themselves in not only providing great value for money but a taste experience that any drink connoisseur will appreciate and love.


The Style

When it comes to the men in our life we have to consider their personal style. I adore this Globenfeld Super Sport Metal Men’s Watch they will most definitely stand out from the crowd and get noticed. Globenfeld have designed a Super Sport Series to improve on its overall toughness and masculine style. Featuring a 51mm case, adjustable stainless steel comfort band, and scratch resistant mineral crystal glass make it large and noticeable yet durable and comfortable without being too heavy or disruptive. Extra sports features give you the practical functions to go along with your sophisticated sense of style. You’ll look and play the part in the boardroom, on the track, and everywhere in between. Now my husband is pretty picky when it comes to his clothes. But I guess being with him over ten years you could say that I have got to know his style a little and I have found the perfect t-shirt for him that I know that he will love. This Dobell Navy Peacoat is perfect for those causal looks but can be great for a smarter look with chinos for a date night. Dobell is a great place to discover so many great brands at brilliant prices.



The Gadgets

Most men love gadgets, so this is sure to be a safe bet for sure. Nextbase, the leading provider of Dash Cams offer a great range of products that would be a great idea for any drivers in the family. Regardless of the popularity of Dash Cams as a gadget, the 112 model is affordable, effective, a great gift to buy any driver. The 112 is compact, easy to use, and records stunning 720p HD footage. It boasts a variety of features. The Four Element Sharp Lenses, made with four layers of glass, delivers clear images and the photo mode allows you to take still images for further evidence. It small and compact and can be easily stored snugly into your car. What's more, for Nextbase are offering up to 25% off all of their Dash Cams at the moment. 


The Unusual Ones

I absolutely love unusual and quirky gift ideas and I found a couple that were perfect ideas to add into my husband's birthday hamper. Box Of Favours is a gift box full of favour cards with a tongue in cheek contract to sign. The concept is simple. You give someone special a Box Of Favours when they give you back the card you fulfil the favour. Think of it as a box of I.O.U’s. The box is beautifully presented in a high quality dark blue-purple box with luxurious gold font and inside you will find The Contract, and The Favours. I really love this idea and thought it would be a cute gift to get him, my favourites are 'breakfast in bed' and 'a big cuddle'. I am left wondering which ones he will choose and what kind of ones he will add. As well as these I have added in some Personalised 'It's Prosecco O' Clock' Gummies Jar, just to tickle his taste buds. This little jar can be personalised with a name in uppercase of up to 12 characters as well as a little message below. These alcohol-free bottle gummies are soft and can be enjoyed at any time of the day, and they taste pretty good too.


So there we have it. A little birthday hamper for my husband, just to make his birthday that extra special. We are escaping for the weekend to celebrate both of our birthdays and I know that we will enjoy some time away relaxing in a hot tub and going for lots of autumn walks.  I cannot wait. So what do you think of his birthday hamper?

The post contains gifted items, but as always my words are my own. 

Spooktacular Halloween Trail

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I adore this time of the year as there are so many great things to look forward to such as cosy evenings, pumpkin spiced lattes, pumpkin picking and of course all things Halloween. Our family don't go trick or treating, in a traditional sense. Some parents are against the idea of Halloween and trick-or-treating for both general and specific reasons. It varies from the idea of it being a celebration of the dead to the safety of asking for sweets and treats from strangers. Not many people like trick-or-treaters and don't always answer the door so that's why we go to a local Halloween Trail. It's safer, we don't pester people for sweets and those taking part are guaranteed a treat or two along the way. So today I thought I would share a our spooktacular evening at the Halloween Trail. 


Our local Borough Council and the Vancouver Quarter have teamed up to celebrate Halloween with a special trail around the town. The trail was in the main town centre and started at 3pm where children and their parents were invited to collect a special Halloween map before making their way around Some retailers even handed out sweets as we made our way around to find the clues. At the end of the trail after we collected the all the clues we handed our maps in to get a bag of sweets. 






This year on the trail there was something a little different. As went went in search for our clues, at each location we found some wicked fairytale characters including Cruella De Vil, Maleficent, Gaston from Beauty and The Beast, Captain Hook and Mother Gothel from Rapunzel. And with the baddies came the heroes and princesses too. It was such a great evening, and definitely not your typical trick-or-treating.

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