Friday, 29 January 2016

Christina Aguilera Perfume

Christina Aguilera's perfume has been on my wishlist for some time now, ever since I sampled it in a magazine a few years ago, however it wasn't untill I was in B&M the other day that I decided to buy it.

This was Aguilera's first fragrance and was released in 2007, but the scent and design of the bottle are clearly very popular as it's still readily available in both  30ml or 50ml sizes. The delicate lace design on the bottle makes it feel really feminine and sexy and the shape of the bottle is really comfortable to hold. 

The smell is light and fresh with floral and vanilla tones and is quite a 'grown up' scent I think, but unfortunately, it doesn't last very long and becomes almost unnoticeable after about an hour. It's still not my favourite perfume but I've been wearing it now for about a week (and I love that my scarf now smells of it!) 

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Healthy Magazine and Beautiful Lashes mascara

I'm a little bit addicted to magazines. Shameful! But I stumbled across one in the supermarket that I hadn't seen before and I gave in to temptation. Every month I buy Women's Health magazine so when I saw Healthy magazine I thought I'd give it a try and see whether it was on par with my usual.

This month's edition came with a choice of two free gifts; a mascara or a lipgloss. Although I should probably point out now that I saw this exact magazine in Holland & Barrett the other day and it didn't come with any free gifts, so it seems there are two editions of this magazine!

I picked up the magazine with the mascara by Beautiful Lashes. I love the dual textured tube and the fact that it is cruelty free but if you're looking for a thickening or lengthening mascara then this one isn't for you! The wand is quite basic and so doesn't really coat the lashes very well, but for this reason it makes a fantastic daytime mascara when you want the 'barely there', natural look! It's also not waterproof.

The magazine itself has some great articles in it, particularly the story about Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). I suffer from SAD myself and so it was really interesting being able to read about it and relate to everything that was being said.

The recipes inside look so good and are really easy to follow. It goes to show that healthy food doesn't have to be bland and boring! 

There's also a section about wearable tech, such as the wristbands that can be worn to monitor your daily activity. I'm still not completely sure if I trust these, but I like reading up on other people's views and the hints and tips page got me thinking! 

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Hampton Court

On Sunday, my bf and I decided to go to Hampton Court Palace. It's somewhere that we've both been itching to go to, yet neither of us have ever been. Since tickets are half price at the moment if you book online, we decided to go - be warned though, just because the entry is half price, expect to pay over the odds for parking and food! The palace was originally built by Cardinal Woolsey but became famous for being the palace of King Henry VIII. 

Once we had parked up, collected our tickets and received our audio guides, we made our way rom the central courtyard to King Henry VIII's kitchens. I started listening to the audio guide but to be honest I always lose interest or get distracted so I gave up on it before we'd even left the first room. My bf on the other hand always listens to the guides in full so I just rely on him to filter out the key bits of information for me.

The kitchens were huge and were situated in an outbuilding with high ceilings and large open fires. The chefs would regularly cook for 600 people - and could even cater for banquets of up to 1,200 people - so it's not surprising that the kitchens were so large! 

This is Elizabeth I's hot chocolate kitchen!! She actually had a personal hot chocolate maker!!

We then decided to stop off for some lunch at the cafe, and ate in Queen Elizabeth I's privy. She intentionally had her kitchen and privy away from her living area so that she would not be able to hear or smell the food cooking! We both had baked potatoes; my bf had chilli con carne and cheese and I had ratatouille and cheese!

A French horn recital was taking part in the Chapel so we decided to sit and watch the performance. Unfortunately I wasn't allowed to take photos, sad times!

This room was designed by Henry VIII for Jane Seymore. Henry VIII was very keen on architecture and every time he married, he would add their family crest to the brickwork somewhere in the building.

How to play Fox & Geese:
The game is played by two unequal sides. The first player is in control of the FOX , trying to destroy the geese, while the second player controls thirteen GEESE trying to trap the fox so that it cannot move. The FOX can move one space forward, back, left or right (but not diagonally) and can KILL a goose by jumping over it if the space behind the goose in empty. The GEESE can only move one space forward or to either side but cannot jump.

I have no idea who scratched their hand-print into the stone window ledge, but they had massive hands!

The palace also had an area commemorating the Georgians. When they invited guests to banquet with them they would decorate the tables with centrepieces made from starched linen.

I'm the same height as the mannequin on the left, which is quite tall for a female in those days!

After we left the house we decided to trek around the infamous Hampton Court maze and take a stroll around the gardens. As it's January it was quite cold and so we didn't stay for too long!

The palace is located right next to the River Thames.

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Glossybox: January

I'm a new-ish subscriber to Glossybox, having received my first box last month. This month I thought I should write a review on the beauty box and give you a sneak peak as to what was inside...

The box itself is baby pink in colour with a simple black logo on the lid. When you open the box, you are greeted by such beautiful and perfect ribbon-wrapped tissue paper. It was so beautiful that it seemed a shame to open it! Anyway, after carefully pulling at the strings of the bow and peeling back the tissue paper, the goodies inside were revealed. This month's box contained a face mask, eyeshadow, cell repairing serum, lipstick and a beauty blender. As with most subscription boxes there is also a handy little guide, telling you all about your new products.

The first item in the box is a dermo defense face mask by Unani. This is a herbal based mask that cares and protects for your skin. It's also great for sensitive skin! It's a clear jelly that is designed to be used once per week for approximately 10 minutes.

This product is probably my favourite in this month's box. This is a cellular repair serum by Madara, which claims to plump and hydrate the skin. The fact that it's slightly green in colour really helps to even out red patches and leaves the skin glowing. It's quite a watery formula, but leaves my skin feeling really soft.

Glossybox have included one of their own products in this month's box in the form of an eyeshadow in the shade 'Glossy Mauve'. I don't usually go for berry coloured eyeshadows but this is great for creating a smokey eye with wine coloured lipstick! The pigmentation isn't very strong but it leaves behind a lovely silvery shimmer.

The Teez Cosmetics Oasis Gem lipstick in the shade 'Coral Onyx' isn't really my colour, but with a layer of tinted lipgloss over the top, looks quite pretty. It has a smooth, creamy texture and the pigment is really strong. I absolutely love the funky packaging but I have to point out that I'm a little bit disappointed with the fact that the actual lipstick keeps falling out of the tube. 

Lastly was a 'Shine Airbrush Blending Sponge' by Nicka K. I'm already using an egg shaped beauty blender from the B. range at Superdrug and I much prefer this method of applying foundation than the brush, partly because I don't really like my foundation to be too thick and also I find that it gives a nicer finish, so I am actally really pleased to be receiving another one because, although they can be easily cleaned, it would be nice