Magazine Freebies – ‘January 2019’

Hi Everyone

So hard to believe it is already ‘January 2019’ magazine freebies time (a little reminder for any new followers, that magazines always are dated a month in advance i.e. you get the January issue in December).  Freebies this month not quite as exciting as last months but still nice.

Harper’s Bazaar= £4.70 – A Free 50 ml Jo Hansford Expert Colour Care Masque worth £12 with this months magazine.

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Subscription offer this month is 12 issues of Harper’s Bazaar for £29.99 plus receive a set of Dr Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Intense Glow Pads worth £30 FREE with the subscription as well, see below.   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.

Tatler = £4.90  –  The Organic Pharmacy Lip Balm worth £13 FREE this month with Tatler.

 

 

Subscription offer this month is 12 issues of Tatler for £12 and a FREE Prismologie Rose & Rose Quartz Hand & Cuticle Cream worth £30, see below.   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.

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.

Hope you have a good week.

Take care.

Best Wishes Liz xx

Magazine Freebies – ‘December 2018’

Hi Everyone

Sorry this post is late but I have been away in Australia and not long back home long but as so many lovely freebies this month thought I would let you know about them while they are still available.

Harper’s Bazaar= £4.70 – Choice of 3 shades of Leighton Denny nail polishes worth £12 each I chose the Creme de La Creme neutral shade.

Subscription offer this month is 12 issues of Harper’s Bazaar for £18 and a FREE Jurlique Rose Moisture Plus Moisturising Lotion worth £32, see below.   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 = £4.20 Free Rituals Soothing Hand Balm (worth £9.50) with this months magazinelove Rituals hand balms, feel and smells so so good – delighted to get this one.

No free gift with subscription this month but  usually an offer on so just keep checking online for more Free Gift with subscription offers

Elle = £4.40  – a Bella Freud Close to the Heart 10ml spray fragrance worth £19 with this months magazine – good size and so cute but fragrance is not for me although name is perfect as reminds me of fragrances my precious Mammy and Granny used to wear sometimes.  Still a nice gift to give to someone if you know they like this fragrance.

Subscription offer this month is 12 issues of Elle for £18 and a FREE This Works Sleep Plus + Trouble Shooter Spray (120ml) worth £35, see below.   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.

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

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.  Regular posts to start v soon again.

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

Best Wishes Liz xx

Magazine Freebies – October 2018

Hi Everyone

Last month was not a great month for magazine freebies, however there is at least one this month.   As always I will update post when or if there are any further magazine freebies throughout the month.

RED = £4.50 – FREE Nails Inc Nail Polish 10ml worth £11 with the magazine this month choice of 3 shades, a nude, a taupe and a red – ‘Victoria’ – I chose this colour as I had it before and do like it, although I have too much nail varnish.

Subscription offer this month is 6 issues of Red for £9.99 and a FREE Rodial Gift Set worth £60, see below.   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.

Harper’s Bazaar= £4.70 – FREE Miller Harris Rose Silence Fragance,  10ml spray worth £13 – comes in lovely box and bottle is so cute as well.

 

Subscription offer this month is 12 issues of Harper’s Bazaar for £18 and a FREE St Tropez Gradual Tan Tinted Duo worth £30, see below.   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 = £4.20 normally but I got it for £2.50 in WHSmith – Choice of 5 Body Shop handcreams,  30ml worth £5 free with this months magazineI chose the coconut fragrance.

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No free gift with subscription this month but  usually an offer on so just keep checking online for more Free Gift with subscription offers

Elle = £4.99  for it and a copy of Cosmopolitan  – a 25% River Island discount card with this months magazine in-store – I got this for my daughter as I received my Subscription copy and there was a 30% discount card with it.

 

Subscription offer this month is 6 issues of Elle for £9.99 and a FREE Benefit Cosmetics Makeup Duo worth over £22 mini high beam mini hola, see below.   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.

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

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

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

Jeans for Genes Day & 2018 Limited Edition T-Shirt

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A short post to let you that the Jeans for Genes 2018 Limited Edition fashion t-shirt is now available to purchase on  the Jeansforgenesday.org website for £20I am just after purchasing mine as I do each year.

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What is Jeans for Genes?

Jeans for Genes is an appeal dedicated to raising funds that will help children suffering from genetic disorders.

Who does Jeans for Genes help?

The money raised on Jeans for Genes Day funds a range of initiatives that improve the quality of life of children affected by genetic disorders – please see the Jeans for Genes Day UK site for more detail.

How it happens in the UK

In the UK, one day every year – this year Jeans for Genes day is on Friday 21st September 2018 – everyone is asked to throw out the usual dress rules, jump into their jeans and donate a sum to help this cause. The appeal also come up with ideas to raise extra funds, such as competitions and quizzes and  through their clothing including annual limited edition fashion t-shirts.

2018 Limited Edition T-Shirt

This year Jeans for Genes have teamed up with the Kingston School of Art to bring us our latest limited edition fashion t-shirt.  The t-shirt, illustrated by winning designer Chunchen Liu, takes its inspiration from a pile of jeans, thread and a rivet to form the pattern and twist of a DNA double helix

 

The T-shirt is £20 and comes in women’s sizes UK 8/10 to UK 20/22 and men’s sizes S to XL – all sizes still available at time of posting.

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The quality of the t-shirts is usually excellent and I am sure this year will be no exception.

As I said last year I would definitely recommend visiting the Jeans for Genes Day website to learn more about this great cause, then by purchasing this t-shirt  or any of the other beautiful products on the site you can also be a part of Jeans for Genes day through supporting this excellent cause.   You can wear this year’s Limited Edition t-shirt any time not just the 21st September 2018 – I still wear previous years t-shirts.

Thank you for taking the time to read my post – much appreciated.  Look forward to any comments you may have – if you are not already a follower would love you to follow my blog too – would mean a lot.  Will have more posts up tomorrow and during the week.

Take care and enjoy the remainder of the weekend.

Best Wishes Liz x

Credit – inserts Jeansforgenesday.org.

 

Magazine Freebies – ‘July’ 2018

Hi Everyone

So many magazine freebies this month already – the best month for a while and looking good for next month as well.    As always I will update post when or if there are any further magazine freebies throughout the month.

RED = £4.50 – A FREE Ren Clean Skincare Evercalm Global Protection Day Cream (30ml), worth £17 with the magazine this month.  There are a few fragrance sample ‘slips’, inside magazine as well.

 

In addition there is Rodial Eyeliner and Lipliner set (worth £36) FREE with next month’s edition of Red, August edition  – on sale 3rd July 2018.

Also currently when you subscribe to Red you will receive a FREE ‘This Works In Transit Skin Defence SFP 30 Daily Moisturiser’ worth £29 and 12 issues of Red for £35.99 (more expensive than usual for subscription offers but still saving 33% on normal cover price) – 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.

Tatler = £4.70 – A pair of Sunglasses free with this months magazine (choice of 3 colours) I chose the tortoiseshell version and they do look good & feel very comfortable on, just not sure how long-lasting they will be.


 

Also currently when you subscribe to Tatler you will receive a FREE Verso Hydration Serum worth £79 and 12 issues of Tatler for £12 – 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.


Harper’s Bazaar = £4.70 – A FREE ‘Jo Hansford Intensive Hair Mask’ (50ml), worth £12 with the magazine this month.  There is a fragrance sample ‘slip’, inside the magazine as well.

In addition there is Bamford Skincare Set (worth £32) FREE with next month’s edition of Harper’s Bazaar, August edition  – on sale 4th July 2018.

Also currently when you subscribe to Harper’s Bazaar you will receive a FREE ‘Malin Goetz’s New Revitalising Eye Gel’ worth £38 and 6 issues of the magazine for £19 – 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.

There also will be / is a FREE Benefit Cosmetics Mascara Sample (choice of 3) with this month’s Elle Magazine (see photo below):

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Also for anyone who is able to get the Northern Woman magazine (a NI magazine) £2.50 – there is a FREE 4ml Dr Lipp Nipple Balm,  (this is a great multi-purpose balm), with the June / July issue.

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

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 tomorrow and / or beginning of week.

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

Best Wishes Liz xx

Magazine Freebies – ‘May’ 2018

Hi Everyone

As advised last month this is going to be a better month for magazine freebies, although my local shops have not some magazines in yet which I think may be due in part to the Easter holidays.    I will update post when they arrive (maybe later or tomorrow) or if there are any further magazine freebies throughout the month.

ELLE = £4.40 Free Nails Inc Nail Polish worth £11 – choice of 3 shades (red, light pink or a grey/lilac colour) or a base coat, as I have so many nail polishes at the moment I chose the base coat although do like the look of the 3 shades especially the pastel ones.

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Subscribe to Elle for £9.99 for 6 Issues by Direct Debit and you will get a free Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro in Rouge 400 (worth £29)  with the subscription, (see photo below for detailsdo like this lip ‘maestro’ already as was lucky to receive a sample directly from Giorgio Armani to try  – always usually an offer on so if this particular offer has finished just check online for other offers.

 

Marie Claire  = £4.20 FREE Elemis Pro-Collagan Marine Cream (15ml), worth £28 with the magazine this month.

 

No free gift with subscription this month but always usually an offer on so just keep checking online for more Free Gift with subscription offers.

 

RED = £4.50 Rodial Glamolash Mascara XXL (Full Size) worth £24 FREE with this month’s magazine.

 

No free gift with subscription this month but always usually an offer on so just keep checking online for more Free Gift with subscription offers.

 

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

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.    Intend to have more posts up early next week.

Thank you and take care – hope you have a great weekend.

Best Wishes Liz xx

 

Review: March 2018 Gambettes Box/Bag

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Sorry it has been longer than I expected since my last post, with work and being at so many fantastic beauty & fashion event over the last 2 weeks I have not got a chance to post until now.

I v kindly received the *March 2018 Gambettes Box  last week, my second ‘box’ – though came in a bag this month.  You can read what I thought of my first box via the link here. This month’s box is in collaboration with Patricia Blanchet.

The Gambettes Box  is a subscription service; delivery of two surprise pairs of quality tights to your door every month.  Box costs £13.90 a month (inclusive of international shipping), you can pause / cancel  your subscription at any time and currently  if you decide to sign up for your first box you also get the option to sign up to their newsletter as well to enable you to get 20% off your box.  When you sign up you just need to select your size and then your first Gambettes Box should arrive within 3 weeks.   After that, you should receive your Boxes between the 15th and the 25th of each month.

 Background

From Autumn through spring, the Gambettes Box will arrive in your letter / mailbox every month with two surprise pairs of tights. In summer, when bare legs are in season, Gambettes enter into vacation mode and stop your shipments till autumn.  You can find out more details on my first post via this link or even more about the Gambettes service via the link  here.

This month we again received two pair of tights, information cards and all came in a beautiful drawstring bag.

 

We received the following two pairs of tights this month:

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Black Haute Voltige Tights – 20D – 90% Polyamide & 10% Elastane (made in Italy): – love the rectangle pattern but just takes a bit more work to make them look ok on, pattern even etc – do feel and look good though when you get them adjusted. 

 

 

Black Spectacular Spectacular Black Lace Tights 35D – 92% Polyamide & 8% Elastane (made in Italy): – love this design my favourite out of the two pairs – see photo below, excuse the shadows but look great and feel so comfortable on as well.  Love the feel of these tights and look just as good after hand washing, no pulls either.

Magazine Freebies – ‘April 2018’

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As we know the last few months have not been great for magazine freebies and this month is unfortunately no exception as only a FREE discount card so far which I have detailed below – however as usual will include details of any freebies below and when / what free gifts are available if you are considering subscribing as well.    I will update post when I see or if there are any further magazine freebies throughout the month:

ELLE = £4.99 (for a 2 pack, includes a copy of the April Cosmopolitan as well) – Free 25% off (full price items) Warehouse card, which you need to register first, to use online or in-store – useful if there is something you wanted to get anyway.

 

 

Subscribe to Elle for £9.99 for 6 Issues by Direct Debit and you will get a free St Tropez Gradual Tan Tinted Duo (worth £33)  with the subscription  – (see photo below for details) – always usually an offer on so if this particular offer has finished just check online for other offers.

 

Also states there will be a Nails Inc Polish FREE with next month’s Elle – May edition, loving the look of the 3 pastel shades (should be on sale 4th April).

 

In addition although no FREE gifts with Marie Claire (£4.20) this month, (however there are a few sample sachets inside the magazine) it states there will be an Elemis Pro-Collagan Marine Cream (15ml), (details below) worth £28 FREE with next month’s magazine – May edition (should be on sale 5th April).

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

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.    Intend to have more posts up later today  and / or during the week.

Thank you and take care – hope you have a great week.

Best Wishes Liz xx

Review: ‘Gambettes’ Box Subscription Service & February 2018 Box

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I v kindly received the *February 2018 Gambettes Box last week to try, my first box.  I was delighted when I was approached by the company as was so disappointed last year when My Little Box, which is connected to the Gambettes box (French box), decided to stop shipping their boxes to the UK as just loved receiving that box each month.

The Gambettes Box  is a subscription service; delivery of two surprise pairs of quality tights to your door every month.  Box costs £13.90 a month (inclusive of international shipping), you can pause / cancel  your subscription at any time and currently  if you decide to sign up for your first box you also get the option to sign up to their newsletter as well to enable you to get 20% off your box.  When you sign up you just need to select your size and then your first Gambettes Box should arrive within 3 weeks.   After that, you should receive your Boxes between the 15th and the 25th of each month.

Background

From Autumn through spring, the Gambettes Box will arrive in your letter / mailbox every month with two surprise pairs of tights. In summer, when bare legs are in season, Gambettes enter into vacation mode and stop your shipments till autumn.  They also state the following:

  • The deal: two to three times a year, they will send us a super high-quality, super-opaque pair of tights in classic black.  The rest of the time, they will send us something a tad more original.
  • Most of the pairs we get will come in black.  Occasionally, they  will also collaborate with big name designers like Diane Von Furstenberg, Inès de la Fressange, and Courrèges.   Love the sound of this.
  • Come rosé season (i.e. June through August) when it’s too hot for tights, they will hit ‘pause’ on our subscription and stop taking out payments until September.

It also states within the Terms & Conditions that some months, the Subscriber may receive a swimsuit and / or other textile products, at the same price as his/her current subscription instead of the regular monthly 2 pairs of tights, which sounds super exciting.

You can find out more even more details about the service via the link  here

 

I was really excited to receive my first box as I love all different types of tights but especially different versions of black ones – as just so versatile.

 

Everything comes in a cardboard exterior illustrated box with ‘Gambettes Box’ embossed on it in red writing and inside there are three cards; an information card and two lovely illustrated cards for February.

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 The following two pairs of tights are included this month:

Black Ajoure Patterned Tights – 50D – 90% Polyamide & 10% Elastane (made in Italy): – love this diamond style pattern as this just adds that little bit extra and also feel good as well.

 

‘Jane’ Plain Plum Tights in 60 D – 93% Polyamide & 7% Elastane (made in Italy): – love this colour and 60D are usually look lasting as well.  These would be perfect with so many outfits.  Could be worn with so much and any colour i.e. Navy, Grey, Brown, Black etc.  Again have not got a chance yet to wear but feel so good really silky feeling.