Review: Zohara Shoulder/ Crossbody Bag

Hi Everyone

Hope your weekend is going well.

As you know as well as loving beauty, another one of my passions is fashion which includes all accessories; all types of handbags which I adore (maybe too much lol).  I personally think the right bag finishes an outfit or different handbags gives you different options with the same outfit.   I own a number of bags from different price ranges but when I go to reach for the same bag regularly which also suit so many outfits I know I am going to get value for money for my purchase.   Recently a few of my bags have got more ‘outings’ than others as everything about them has been perfect for the outfits I was wearing; colour, shape, practical as well, held majority of what I wanted to carry.

One such bag which I purchased at the beginning of the year in the sale was from the Zohara range.

Zohara is a Northern Ireland company specialising in Handbags, Purses/Wallets, some jewellery pieces etc, a local company for me which is perfect as makes it even more special when you love their products.  Their bags and purses I would say are at a mid price range full price.

A little bit about the brand:

The Zohara brand which launched in 2016, was born from a struggle for them to find a quality Real Leather handbag at an affordable price.  They wanted to create collections that featured styles to suit the day to day lives of all types of people – the student, the business woman, the mum and everyone inbetween, and for all sorts of occasions – work days, overnight trips, day trips and everyday life. With bag designs and materials selected, their colour palette was inspired by their location on the North Coast of Northern Ireland – rich blues and navy of the breath-taking Atlantic Ocean, warm stony tans and greys, sky pinks, forest greens – aren’t  we so lucky they have this fantastic inspiration on the doorstep.  Zohara have different collections inspired by different parts of Northern Ireland.

This was my first purchase from the range, as had not seen any of the bags in person as like to feel a bag before I purchase it, is this only me? However could not resist when I seen the bag below from their Notting Hill range on their online site at the beinning of this year, as was reduced to half price £74.50 as loved the colour and the style also appealed to me.

I am so glad I did as loved it as soon as I opened the box, colour was even better than expected a beautiful Ochre yellow colour and the quality of the pebbled leather, so soft but still durable, features, tabs, interior was suberb; as good if not better than a lot of the ‘designer’ bags which in most cases you are paying at least twice the full price for, and that is only usually for a v small bag as well, bags of this size could be anything from 3 to x times more expensive.    Although I do have to admit I still do love a number of designer bags especially if you can get them in the sale, designer outlet, lovely treat for that extra special occasion.


So impressed with attention to detail gold hardware is beautiful, it has also kept its colour and love the way Zohara is embossed on the outside, at the front and on the zipper tab on the back exterior pocket.  As there is a detachable adjustable strap can be worn cross body, on the shoulder and also as a clutch.  Snap front closure may take a little bit longer to get used too but does close the bag securely to give it a streamlined look.  There is an interior zipped pocket and two open pockets and fully lined throughout, quality silk feel material as well.  The tassle comes separate so bag can be worn with or without it and you can also mix and match with other bags as different ranges come with different coloured tassles.  I am hoping Zohara is going to start selling their tassles separately as well soon as love having the option to swap between bags, could also just add that finishing touch to an outfit with a different colour.  One of their representatives I have been talking to recently advised this is something they are considering so fingers crossed.

I have used this bag so much, perfect for all occasions; work, events, days & nights out and it still looks as good as the first day I got it or maybe better as when you first receive it boxed the leather may smell a little bit stronger than you would expect but once you use the bag this smell disappears.  As with all light bags with wear it might become slightly dirty rubbing against clothes, your hands even when out shopping however with this particular bag as you can see below if this happens all you need to do it rub gently with a v slightly damp cloth using just water and any slight marks comes straight off, good as new.  However as with all bags I protect and store it away in its dustbag when not in use.

I definitely recommend checking out the Zohara range if you havent already as think you will be so impressed, maybe a bit more expensive than you are thinking of spending but I personally think worth every pound as quality is so good especially if you purchase when an offer is on, like myself.  I  am trying to be good when it comes to purchasing bags at the moment but as Zohara now have 25% off their Rathlin collection online, via link here and the beautiful Bellamiaboutiqueuk stores (staff so friendly and helpful, even if a bag is not for you call in if you can as so many beautiful brands / items)  based in Ballymoney, Coleraine, Derry / Londonderry and  / online via link here also have items from the  Zohara range reduced, might not be able to resist as would love an everyday black or navy shoulder bag.    I am also excited to see the new Autumn / Winter 18 range  in person as seen some photos of the collection at the recent AW18 fashion shows and all the bags looked stunning.

I hope you enjoyed this post – have you heard of the Zohara brand, or ever purchased anything from the range and if so have you been as impressed as me?

Thank you, take care – enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Best Wishes Liz x

Latest in Beauty 10 Year Anniversary ICONS Beauty Box

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The Latest in Beauty new collection beauty box  is now available to purchase while stocks last – hard to believe it is 10 years but this is the LatestinBeauty 10 Year Anniversary ICONS Beauty Box costs £50 (plus £3.95 p&p) but is worth £238 and is a one-off purchase, so no subscription required (stated on their earlier update that as a thank you for our support over the years, LiB are offering us 10% OFF the ICONS box when we use the code ICON5 at checkout- ).   There are a good selection of brands, high quality items included and it is good value as well.

ICONS 1O YEAR ANNIVERSARY EDITION BEAUTY BOX

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The following 13 items are included in the box:

  • OMOROVICZA Illuminating Moisturiser – 30ml;
  • MASQD Blusher Brush;
  • BRINKBROWBAR Intense Kayal Eyeliner;
  • OPI Got Myself Into A Jam-Balaya;
  • COLOUR WOW Dream Coat Supernatural Spray;
  • SMASHBOX Photo Finish Smooth & Blur Primer;
  • STARSKIN The Master Cleanser Detoxing Sea Kelp Leaf Face Mask;
  • STARSKIN Dreamkiss Plumping and Hydrating Bio-Cellulose Lip Mask;
  • RODIAL XXL Lip Liner in Nude;
  • PAULA’S CHOICE Clinical 1% Retinol Treatment;
  • PHILIP KINGSLEY Coconut Breeze Elasticizer;
  • DR DENNIS GROSS Alpha Beta Universal Peels;
  • EVE LOM Cleansing Balm & Cloth.

Good selection of brands / products, mix of full sizes and deluxe sample sizes included in this box, a number of which I have not tried yet which is great but resisting at the moment as I just have so many products to use up first.

I definitely would recommend checking out this box and the other LatestinBeauty box options (site down for a while earlier because of this, so may still be slow, keep trying if you really want one as think they will go FAST though). The other collection boxes are good value as well and all the boxes would be perfect as beautiful pampering treats for yourself or as gifts as well.  As I have said before could also separate contents of box into a number of smaller gifts as well.

Latest in Beauty also have a monthly beauty subscription ‘Build Your Own Box’ which you can sign up to as well and is worth checking out – you can see my earlier post here for more details.   There are a mixture of full size and travel size beauty products you can select from.  As you would expect some products, especially full size items, sell out pretty quickly, however selection of products is updated / refreshed on a regular basis. In addition when you sign up in August you will also get 2 FREE gifts while stocks last; Palmers SPF Lip Balm and a Ciate Liquid Eye Liner.

Hope you found this helpful and would love to hear your thoughts if you have, or are thinking of purchasing this or any other of the current ‘collection’ boxes.

If you are not already a follower would love you to follow my blog too – would mean a lot.

Thank you – take care.

Best Wishes Liz x

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Bath & Unwind Discovery Skincare Collection

Hi Everyone

Firstly sorry for being so quiet over the last few weeks but starting from today / next week will be back to posting on a regular basis every week.

So starting off with a short post to let you know about a lovely beauty offer from Bathandwind.com. Currently they have a Discovery Collection available, (while stocks last), containing products to showcase some of their most loved beauty products.  Costs £60 but worth over £200.

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It is a good value and does contain a lovely selection of skincare brands items, great way to try different brands especially if you have been thinking of treating yourself anyway, also great to see a bag and travel wallet included as well.   From past experience similar collections do not last that long.

Thank you and take care – will have more posts up tomorrow and later in the week.

Best Wishes Liz x

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Review: Feelunique Pick ‘N’ Mix July 2018

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I received my latest Feelunique’s Pick ‘N’ Mix  selection last week.  It has been a while since I got a  Feelunique’s Pick ‘N’ Mix  selection as although love the service and think it is great value, perfect way to try different brands / products, as I have a lot of products to use up, did not see any items that really excited me until this month.

As advised previously you can choose five ‘free’ samples from a selection of samples available while stocks last (one selection of samples per month) – you are charged £3.95 for shipping and handling fees although you can redeem this against any future order  (excluding Pick ‘n’ Mix) via a £3.95 gift voucher you receive in your follow-up email.

As I have said a number of times before  one of the reasons I love this ‘service’ so much is you are not ‘tied’ into a subscription i.e. you do not need to make a selection each month, only when you see items you like, want to try.

This month I was delighted to see / get the following five samples:

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer (1.4ml ) (full size is 6ml RRP £24)– I was so surprised and over the moon to see the size of the sample – it is a deluxe sample size.  Although only one shade available Custard Medium 1 when I seen it, understand it was also available in the Vanilla shade as well.  It does feel lovely and creamy and blends well, a bit dark for underneath my eyes but is workable, though does cover slight blemishes well, does not completely cover them but definitely makes them less noticeable.  I may consider purchasing the full size but not sure at this stage if really any better than my ‘Note’ or ‘Sephora’ creamy concealers which are more reasonably priced.  However delighted to get the opportunity to try and will check out the lighter shade in store as well.  All gone but may still come back into selection;

 


YSL Waterproof Black Eye Pencil (0.8g) (full size 1.2g RRP £24 currently reduced to £17.85 states holographic black so may be slightly different)– another v generous deluxe sample.  If you have been following me for a while you will know I love eyeliners so when I seen this in the selection was so happy.   It is so creamy, so easy to apply, no dragging,  is a true dark black and does last really well too.  You can smudge it at the beginning but you need to be quick as dries v quickly.  This is my favourite item out of the selection and although this will last me ages definitely am considering purchasing the full size as so impressed and may also get the blue in it as well as love the shade;

 

One quick swatch

Ren Skincare & Now to Sleep Pillow Spray (10ml) (full size is 75ml RRP £18 currently reduced to £12.60)- Never tried this before and as I am not a great sleeper at times love trying products like this to see if they help.  I have tried it once and although smells nice not sure if it really worked, need to try for a longer period of time to confirm, though happy I was able to get the opportunity to try.  Still available in the Pick ‘N’ Mix selection at time of posting.

 

Elizabeth Arden City Smart Hydrating Shield SPF 50 (5ml tube) (full size is 40ml RRP £55 currently reduced to £46.75)- I already like this product and if you have never used it before it is like a creamy gel consistency with a slight tint, you use it as the last step in your skincare routine.  I often use as tinted moisturiser with a little bit of concealer over the top if not going out.  Feels lovely on the skin as well – would definitely recommend trying if you havent already.  Perfect size for travelling, weekend away;

 

Living Proof Style Lab Instant Texture Mist (15ml spray) (full size 50ml RRP £14) –  this is another good sample size.  Already love Living Proof products and this smells as good as the rest I have tried.  I have used few times on both dry and wet hair and does seem to help give that beach/ tousled look, does leave you hair smelling amazing as well.   Initial impressions good and may consider purchasing in the future but have a number of similar hair products to use up so may be a while.  Still available in Pick ‘N’ Mix selection at time of posting.

 

So, so pleased with my selection this month, a good variety of brands, generous sample sizes, perfect way to discover new products – think my favourite selection to date although have always been happy with my selections.  I will definitely continue to use the Pick ‘N’ Mix as and when I see samples I want to try or already love. Remember the more generous sample sizes / make up samples  go quickly but as long as you regularly look through the sample choice you should always see something you want to try.  

As always I highly recommend trying this ‘service’ for yourself as a great way to try products for ‘free’ prior to purchasing especially if you make a future purchase through Feelunique to enable you to redeem your £3.95 gift voucher (the charge for shipping & handling fees) (if new to Feelunique you can use my code here to get 20% off your first order with a £5 minimum spend). 

Look forward to any comments you may have – would love to hear if you have used the Pick ‘N’ Mix service already, what you thought of it?

If not already a follower would love you to follow my blog too – would mean a lot.  Will have more posts up v soon.

Thank you – take care and enjoy the remainder of the weekend.

Best Wishes Liz x

Review: Vita Liberata Body Blur

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As I  have mentioned before I have pale skin and although love the results of a number of gradual self tanning products I have  never got into a routine using them as I am just too fussy about tan marks etc but  with so many great self tan brands on the market now this is less of an issue,  a number of them Irish brands which is fantastic and recently I have been kindly gifted products from these brands which I am excited and so grateful for, will post reviews about same when get a chance to use them properly.

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However one product I have been using on a regular basis and is a repurchase is the Vita Liberata Body Blur, instant tan, lovely product by itself or alongside gradual self tanning products to give that bronzed glow.

 

 

About

States:  From their Irish base Vita Liberata created the world’s first odourless tan in 2007 and their unique Odour Remove ™ technology is now present throughout the collection. In 2011, states they became the first completely non-toxic tanning brand free from parabens, perfume, alcohol and all chemicals of concern.   Please see link here  to learn more about the brand and the range of products available.

 

The Vita Liberata Body Blur is described is an instant body makeup that gives the most flawless skin finish and reduces the appearance of imperfections like cellulite and spider veins.

Application:

  • Apply in small pea sized dots along limbs and then blend well in long circular movements. For face and décolleté apply sparingly with fingers or a foundation brush. Wash hands after application.

Packaging and Cost

The product comes in squeezable tube with screw on lid and has a stick-on label with all the details on it; name, size etc, but with prolonged use it does start to come off as you can see in photo above which is a bug bear for me personally (need to see new packaging to see if still the sameRRP is £29.95 for 100ml (unless on offer, some online stores are selling it for less so check around if going to purchase) – would love to see this with a pump applicator as easier to apply however know this could increase cost further and it is quite expensive already.  However there now is a new / mixture of packaging on a number of different online sites so a bit confusing, although have used both versions and have not noticed any real difference same results and colour but just be aware of this if ordering, some packaging does not now state 24 HR wear on it as is one of my issues anyway as if it is very, very warm / wet it will transfer slightly, especially on your arms or legs, so not really 24 hr wear.

I have only seen three shades: Latte Light, Latte Medium, and Mocha, although some sites seem to be showing more or different versions so check around.

Although I have pale skin I do use the ‘Latte’ Medium shade which states was created to give the appearance of flawless skin and is ideal for medium skin tones. The silky lotion gives an instant medium, bronze tint and is suited to a range of skin tones from warm ivory through to deeper, olive shades.  I find as long as I am careful how much I apply it gives my skin a beautiful bronzed instant glow, not too dark.

 

Application and Results

Now on to the application and results, I do use as directed, small amounts and apply on my arms, neck, décolleté, legs and feet but I always sure my skin has been moistured well before hand I love my Kiehls Creme de Corps body lotion as keeps my skin moisturised  all day and does not leave a greasy residue perfect for applying the body blur over just make sure it has absorbed well before you apply it as it will leave it streaky other wise.  It has a creamy formula but you need to make sure you do not apply too much at a time as it leaves it more difficult to massage / blend in, I always apply with my hands making sure they are hydrated well before hand to help application.  I find it blends in really well if you follow these tips and then if you see any missed areas or want a bit more coverage just reapply small amounts on these areas even with a brush. Always leave at least five / ten minutes before dressing as it will transfer slightly but the longer you leave it the less transfer.  I find it does cover thread veins ok but not full coverage although you can build it up to make less noticeable.   I also add to my foundation to add a bit more colour, helps give my skin that extra boost.

I love the natural looking bronze glow / slight shimmer it gives to the skin, like a foundation / silk stockings for the body / face.  I do not apply on my hands until I am almost leaving, if you put some on a brush it is a great way to buff onto you hands, décolleté areas as well.  I also take a little in jar with me in my handbag to reapply when needed when I am out, when I wash my hands.

 

The only slight negatives for me is that it will transfer slightly and you will notice this more on light clothing but does not put me off especially for neck,  arms, and hands as just so easy as gives you that gorgeous instant glow.  It is also quite expensive but it does last ages and as  love results / enjoy using it so much, think it is worth it; and as always I try to purchase when an offer is on .

Few Tips:

  • Make sure your skin is hydrated before applying,
  • Apply small amounts;
  • Add to your foundation or moisturiser for extra colour/glow;
  • If you have particularly dry skin and find it difficult to blend add a little bit of moisturiser to it, mix well and then apply,  it will reduce depth of colour slightly but you can add more with your hand or a good brush;
  • Leave to dry as long as possible before dressing.

I think this the perfect product to have all year round to apply as and when needed to give a boost to your self tan or to wear by itself so a definite repurchase for me and I would recommend trying this product if you can, not only for the results but also because it is so easy to fit into your normal routine. You can just apply, wait five/ten mins or so and then go so no need to worry about that surprise event you weren’t prepared for, were not able to get your self tan sorted in time for – another plus for me is there is no strong self tan smell.

You can purchase from a number of online stores which include, lifeandlooks.com (reduced to £24)Vitaliberata.co.ukCultbeauty.co.uk;  Johnlewis.com to name a few,  however as always check around to see where you can get the best offer i.e. discovery sets, discount off, free gifts with purchase, samples or hopefully if you are lucky maybe all of them.

Look forward to any comments you may have.   Love to hear if you have tried this product before and if so do you like it as much as me.

If you are not already a follower would love you to follow my blog too – would mean a lot.  Will be back soon with another post.

Thank you – take care and hope you all have a lovely weekend.

Best Wishes Liz x

One Insert:  Credit Johnlewis.com

Review: Birchbox UK July 2018

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I received my July Birchbox yesterday and theme of this month’s box is ‘Say Yes to Adventure‘.

Although the box design is still cute this month just not as excited as normal as the tin storage box was so impressive last month.

 

Birchbox is a monthly subscription box which costs £12.95 (inclusive of p&p) per month and 3, 6 & 12 monthly subscriptions are also available.  Usually five personalised beauty treats are included each month.

 

This month every box contains a Full Size Mannakadar Beauty Long Wear Powder, subscribers were / are able to choose either Paradise or Trifecta  (I chose Paradise), a product  / beauty information booklet and the following four products:

 

MannaKadar Long Wear Powder – ‘Paradise’ Full Size RRP £15  this is a beautiful rosey pink shade,  with a hint of glimmer.  Does apply well with good pigmentation and although I prefer a matt blusher it does look lovely on, natural looking and shimmer not too noticeable as long as you do not apply too much.  Only used it for a day so cannot really say how long-lasting it really is but when I try for a longer period of time, if  impressed will post a separate review .

Lipcote & Co Browcote Waterproof Brow Gel- (Full Size)  RRP £6.99  – another full size item which is great.  However I am not a fan as this product has a strong smell which I dislike.  I still have tried it once and although does hold brows well I know I am ‘wearing’ it which I do not like either and as the fragrance is just too much for me unfortunately will not be reusing.

 

What’s in it for me…? Shower Scrub (Sample size 50ml) Full Size is 200ml RRP £7I had never heard of this brand before but do love body scrubs so happy to see this included. The almond oil helps the light granules to glide on your skin and then once you rinse it off it leaves your skin feeling so smooth, hydrated and lightly fragranced.    Although only used once, so impressed with initial results may go on and purchase full size as quite reasonably priced at £7 for 200ml.

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If you subscribe during July you will get a FREE Lord & Berry highlighter stick (worth £15) with your first Birchbox, while stocks last.  You just need to use the code GLOWING at checkout.

Or just in case you prefer money off your box (do not think you can use both) you can get £5 off your first box – (box is normally £10 +£2.95 shipping – you will get for £5 +£2.95 shipping) by clicking  link here and then copy and paste code at checkout to get your discount.    Thank you in advance if you use this link. 

Look forward to any comments you may have – if you have received this month’s box would love to know what you thought, did you receive the same products as me in your box?

If you are not already a follower would love you to follow my blog too – would mean a lot.  Will have more posts up before the end of the week.

Enjoy the rest of the week.

Thank you & take care.

Best Wishes Liz x

 

Magazine Freebies – August 2018

Hi Everyone

This is going to be another good month for magazine freebies.    As always I will update post when or if there are any further magazine freebies throughout the month.

RED = £4.50 – FREE Rodial Black Eyeliner and Lip Liner Set worth £36 with the magazine this month (love this, received a similar set before).  There also was / is a Vichy skincare sample sachet inside the magazine.

Although not showing a free gift with subscription this month, currently you can get 5 issues for only £5 – if this offer has finished by the time you read this, always usually an offer on so just keep checking online for more Free Gift with subscription offers.

Marie Claire = usually £4.20  but only £2.50 this month in WH Smith – FREE Murad Age Reform AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser worth £10.  There also was / is a Vichy skincare sample sachet inside the magazine.

 

Although not showing a free gift with subscription this month, however always usually an offer on so just keep checking online for more Free Gift with subscription offers.

Harper’s Bazaar = £4.70 – A Free Bamford Skincare Set (worth £32); Refining Exfoliator and Moisturising Lotion, both 15mls.

There also will be / is a FREE Bella Freud Makeup Bag (choice of 3) with this month’s Elle Magazine (August Edition) (see photo below) – I have not got it yet as already subscribed to Elle and recently they have been really good and sent any free gifts with subscription copies as well, hopefully will be the same this month – would love the Lips Eyes or Beauty One:

 

(Once again a little reminder for any new followers, that magazines always dated a month in advance i.e. you get the August issue in July).

Hope this helps – any comments / queries please let me know.   If not already subscribed, following my blog would love you to follow, would mean a lot.  Will have more posts up soon.

Thank you and take care.

Best Wishes Liz xx

Beautiful Escape Second Edition Beauty Box

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A quick post to let you know that The Second Edition Beautiful Escape beauty box is now available to purchase for £25, (worth over £70), at macosmetics.co.uk and the associated brands online sites (check which online site suits you best i.e. type of samples available with orders, products you may want to try etc.) while stocks last – this limited edition Beauty Box, contains a number of summer, really any time beauty essentials including a Full Size Mac Liptensity Lipstick in Ginger Rose – colour looks gorgeous.

 

The Beauty Box  contains the following products:

  • Bobbi Brown Eye Opening Mascara, 5ml;
  • Clinique Take The Day Off™ Makeup Remover for Lids, Lashes & Lips, 30ml;
  • Origins A PERFECT WORLD™ Anti-oxidant Cleanser with White Tea, 15ml;
  • Origins GINZING™ Energy-Boosting Moisturizer, 15ml;
  • FULL SIZE MAC Liptensity Lipstick, Ginger Rose, 3.6g;
  • Aveda Shampure™ Body Lotion, 50ml;
  • Bumble and bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Conditioner, 60ml;
  • Bumble and bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Shampoo, 60ml

All come in a beautiful cosmetics bag, love the design – Please see link here for full details.

If there are products you need, wanted to try, or have gifts you need to get – good time to get them if you can.    From past experience similar beauty boxes do not last long.

Thank you and take care – will have more posts up tomorrow and later in the week.

Best Wishes Liz x

Insert photo – Credit maccosmetics.co.uk

Review: Moi-Même ‘Spring’ 2018 Box & Subscription

Although I received my Spring 2018 ‘Nature’ Moi-Même box a while back, my third box, I wanted to let you see what was in it as it will be time for the Summer 2018 box v soon. The  Moi-Même box is a UK ‘seasonal’ box (4 boxes per year) which costs £45 approx per box  (annual subscription) or £49.95 (quarterly subscription), however this is increasing to £50 (approx) and £54.95 respectively from 1st July 2018. Box contains a variety of items (could be clothing, accessories, stationery, skincare, jewellery, homeware, makeup etc. – subscribers may get different colours / designs in different items). Delivery is free for our UK subscribers and costs £14.95 per box for the rest of the world. (full details on subscription(s) / shipping and proposed increase in price can be found at moi-même.co.uk.

As I am not subscribed currently to as many beauty boxes (taken a break from a lot as so many beauty products to use up).  I really enjoy receiving the Moi-Même box as it is much more than a beauty box, contains a range of different items.  

Products come wrapped in tissue paper in a white large magnetic closure box with a personalised sticker on the inner lid.  There are at least five full size items and usually an information booklet included as well but none in my Spring box.

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Included within the Spring box were the following items (photos below):

The Chilly’s Bottle 500ml (RRP £25) I received the Wild Floral Edition design which I love and it came in a matching protective hard cardboard outer case which is perfect. I was delighted to see this included as well as looking gorgeous such a useful product.  The Chilly’s Bottle is a revolutionary reusable bottle that can keep water ice-cold for 24 hours. States keeps hot as well for 12 hours (not tried this yet), is leak proof, not affected by outside temperatures.  I take this with me on a daily basis and it does keep water really cold I also use it for diluted still drinks as well and is perfect.  Although I haven’t as yet, I intend to buy a few more bottles as gifts as well, available in so many different colours, designs – love it so much;

 

M.S.H Scarf (RRP £12) – I received the off white shade with rose gold detail.  Another lovely product, light weight perfect in any weather.   Another product I was delighted to see included this month.


Blonde and Stone Marble Coaster Stand =  (Set of 4 RRP £25) – definitely a quality small stand, love the design and also perfect to using when taking photos of small items as well.  May not be as an exciting addition as other items but still happy to see included as will use.


Siskyn Skincare Oils Organic Rose & Neroli Day Facial Oil (30ml) RRP £42 States is suitable for all skin types but specifically more mature drier skin and gentle enough for the delicate eye area too.  Even though has a rose fragrance, the aroma is not too strong thankfully, so think I will use but havent used yet as already trying a few different oils – however when I try properly, if I think results impressive will post a separate review. 

 

I am Balanced Smokey Quartz Crystal Mist (100ml) RRP £24.50 – This is another reason why I enjoy receiving the box as usually receive number of items you may not have heard of tried before and this is another one of them.  States: Uplifting orange blossom and balancing geranium combine with the healing powers of aloe vera to balance and restore skin’s natural oil balance. Charged with smokey quartz, the ultimate bad vibe cleansing stone, this crystal mist is the perfect energetic pick-me-up for when the clouds just won’t lift or your skin feels a little bleak.  Sounds good doesn’t it?   It has a light ‘spa’ type fragrance and a quite light mist.  I have used as a pre cleanse, primer, to set makeup and throughout the day as a refreshing mist and it does seem to help as refreshing toning mist, just not sure how good it is yet as a primer or to set makeup as not tried for a long enough period yet but do enjoy using it throughout the day, only issue  is it is quite heavy to carry with you in your bag.  Although will keep using not sure I would purchase as not noticed any additional benefits yet, don’t think as good as my normal refreshing mists which are more reasonably prices and handier for your bag as well.


We also received a Packet of Wildflower Seeds as well which was a nice touch.

Review: Skinician Advanced Firming Serum

Hi Everyone

I have told you a bit about the lovely Irish skincare Skinician brand before on my earlier post here; and also let you know about two products I already love and repurchased from their range, the Advanced Time Delay Day Cream and Restoring Night Cream.

So when they v kindly *gifted me their NEW Advanced Firming Serum (above) to try I was delighted especially when they also included a beautiful jade roller with it (sold separately). The Roller is beautiful, so cooling on the skin, feels like a slight workout for the face, neck; benefits include increasing circulation, helping with fine lines/wrinkles etc, I do think helps products to work slightly better, only problem is remembering to use it on a regular basis as with all exercise.

As I have said before I do like Skinician’s sleek but practical packaging – only difference with this product is that they have used a sticker this time for their logo, details etc – I prefer when details are embossed on packaging but then this is a minor thing as long as results are good

1.  Advanced Firming Serum (50ml – £51.95 or 65 Euro) – dermatologically tested.

Described as formulated to help firm skin, reduce the appearance of fine lines and help fight against sagging – sounds good doesn’t it?

Benefits:

  • Instantly tightens, lifts and firms
  • Noticeably reduces fine lines and wrinkles – clinical studies have shown an immediate effect on crow’s feet;
  • Instant, long-term results;
  • Potent Antioxidant;
  • Intensely hydrates and smoothes.
  • Apply twice daily after cleansing before your moisturiser on the face and neck area, avoiding the eyes.  Leave to absorb for 2 minutes before applying moisturiser.
Directions and Results
  • Great to see this serum is in a squeezable tube as well.  It has a v light spa like fragrance with a creamy liquid consistency, not runny and not oily either.  I applied / apply as directed and it smoothes onto the skin without any greasy residue, initially skin does feel a little sticky but within the recommended two minutes this disappears and skin then feels smooth and looks refreshed with a slight glow, skin also feels hydrated, though would not say  intensely hydrating.  Initially when you apply the serum it feels cooling on the skin and I do feel a v slight tightening/firming effect as it absorbs, however this is not as noticeable now I have been using for a longer period so maybe this shows it is working.
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  • You do not need to massage this into the skin as much as some other serums/oils as if you do work at it too much it will start to feel slightly tacky.  I use it all over my face (avoiding the eye area but do put up to top of cheeks where fine lines show as well), neck and decolletege and then follow daily with my Skinician day and night creams and have been impressed with results.  Initially I thought it was quite good but with prolonged use have become more impressed with results.  My skin definitely feels smoother, as long as I get enough sleep, skin also looks brighter, helps give it a slight glow.  I definitely feels it is firming, toning the skin and fine lines do appear less noticeable, though again if I have also been drinking enough water – I am really bad at doing this, trying to improve.
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  • Although I do like the results on my face I think I am even more impressed with results on my neck / decolletege, no product is ever going to put the fine lines on the neck away as you get older but this definitely feels and looks that is making them less noticeable. I feel it works as well if not slightly better than one of my all time favorite products, the Elemis Pro-collagen Lifting Treatment Neck and Bust cream (50ml) RRP £65 (more difficult to get now Elemis have now a neck balm which I personally do not like as well), have been using this one for ages and although prefer the feeling of the Elemis one, the Skinician one is more reasonably priced, lasts longer and as I said think results are as good or may be even that slight bit better.
  • Although more reasonably priced than the Elemis neck and bust cream I understand it is still quite expensive but with the results I have got / seen  and as it does last well, I definitely will be purchasing and recommend trying for yourself if you can especially for anyone who feels they need a little help wants to give their skin a boost.   I think would be great for all skin types as doesnt dry the skin either.  I do use my Skinician moisturiser over the top  and have now also added my ‘hero’ Antipodes Face Divine oil back into my routine as well which gives that additional boost.
  • You can check out, see more from the  Skinician range, including some new and improved products (day moisturisers contain SPF 30 now which is even better) via the link here.

Look forward to any comments you may have.   Have you tried any products from this range before?

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Thank you for reading – enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Best Wishes Liz x

*Gifted for review consideration