Thursday, 20 September 2012

Glossybox September 2012

So the September Glossybox arrived yesterday and it is about Rising Stars. 

The box was designed by Maggie Li and I have to say that I absolutely love the design. 

At this point I'll have to say excuse the poor photos. My camera isn't playing along nicely today and some of them are quite blurry but anyway here is the box.

and this is the full contents

L'Oreal Mythic Oil Colour Glow Oil.  This is a full size product @£15.95 for 125ml which is a quite substantially sized bottle plus a couple of sachets which are shampoo and conditioner.  The box of the Colour Glow Oil says - Radiant oil for colour-treated hair; contains a blend of linseed oil and cranberry oil.  Instantly absorbed for a lightweight feel and finish, it leaves colour-treated hair feeling nourished and protected and looking smooth and glossy.  I have to say I'm really looking forward to trying this because my hair is heavily coloured and bleached and goes like straw at times. It smells gorgeous.  I'll be reporting back on how these go.

Rodial Glamoxy Snake Serum and 5 Minute Facial.  2 sachets of each.  It looks as if that is how they are sold as 10 sachets of the serum are £29 so I have £5.80 worth of sample and 10 of the 5 minute facial are £10.95 so £2.19 worth of sample. Although the info card does show a bottle of the product so maybe it is available in other ways. The blurb says - Glamoxy Snake Serum is a revolutionary product with instantly visible results, helping to reduce the appearance of frown lines and wrinkles.  5 minute facial is a triple action resurfacing gommage clay mask. I am quite excited to try this and test the 'instantly visible results'.

Olay Regenerist Wrinkle Relaxing Complex 7ml. The full sized 50ml is £29.99 so this works out at £4.19.  It is a generous sized sample.  I know from past experience of doing market research for Olay that this is their standard sized sample. No sachets with less than one application with Olay. You get to actually test it over maybe three applications which is a good thing.  I do like their products so I'm looking forward to this one. Blurb says - Instantly helps smooth the look of fine lines. Over time, helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles.  Another one that says instantly!

Balance Me Wonder Eye Cream 7ml - Full size is 15ml and £20 so this works out around £9.30.  Blurb says - A triple action cream designed to soothe tired eyes, smooth away dark shadows and reduce the appearance of fine lines.  I did actually receive this in another beauty box a few months ago and I have to say I do like it.  I'm not sure whether the claims are true about dark shadows etc but it does sink in really well and the eye area feels nicer (when I remember to use it) so I will definitely get use out of this one when my other runs out.

  Last thing was Lady Gaga Fame Fragrance 1.2ml - £25 for 30ml so this is worth about a quid. It's weird stuff as you would expect from Lady Gaga. For starters it's black but turns clear once you've had it on for a few seconds.  I definitely wouldn't recommend spraying it when you are wearing anything light coloured.  The ingredients have a bit of a twist - tears of Belladonna (erm yeah OK), Crushed heart of tiger orchidea with a black veil of incense pulverised apricot and the combinative essences of saffron and honey drops.  After reading that I have to say I was expecting a quite strong scent but in actual fact it is very delicate and if I'm totally honest it didn't last very long on me at all.

So my verdict on this box - I really like it.  I feel like I've got my moneys worth and that they are all products I will use. 

Crafty Creatives

Crafty Creatives is a box full of craft goodies each month with a theme.

I joined last month and that box was a nautical theme. This month is an oriental theme. There is a lot of stuff in these boxes. Most of it I'm having to think outside the box to use it and time hasn't been on my side so far but as soon as I find that extra hour in the day I'll have a go.

Anyway this is a spoiler of the oriental box from this month.
It comes nicely packaged

There is always a stunning art card just underneath the wrapping which has the box contents on the reverse. This month it was a fish design

and a little look at what was underneath

and all the contents which includes a gorgeous piece of red fabric

How much I'll use, apart from the fabric, I really don't know because oriental isn't my cup of tea. It's a nice selection if oriental is your thing (we won't mention the peel offs).

Thursday, 13 September 2012


Yesterday we had crazy rain.

Those clouds knew it was school pick up time as they dumped their torrential load. I bet they were having a good laugh at everybody soaked to the skin.

This was the view from under my brolly

but it soon cleared up to produce an amazing sunset

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Sunday, 2 September 2012

Getting The Ass Into Gear

you may or most probably may not have noticed my absence from the blogging world recently.  I have no explanation other than sheer laziness.  I could blame the school holidays and all that entails with 4 kids of which 2 are autistic but I'm not going to.  It is my own couldn't be bothered itis.

I had a bit of a sort out enforced by scrounging a new kitchen cupboard off my sister that she was getting rid of and came across an album from one of those classes you start and never finish (yes you know what I mean you scrapbook person).  This was one where we took photos and documented a certain day each month, in this case 25th, and scrapbook it.  The album was from 2008 and I had a bit of a heart stopping wake up call in the form of my bathroom scales from early 2008.  I now weigh over 2 stones more in weight and if I'm totally honest I am disgusted as at that time I documented that it was too much.  It is and I don't have any excuses.  I could sit down (yes that contributes a lot to the weight gain) and blame it on so many different factors, the main one being my ankles.  I could blame my youngest starting school and me having one less walk to make each day but you know what they are just that - EXCUSES. Yes I've got a bad ankle and I can't do high impact exercise at the moment but I can walk.  I have to walk to school twice a day and to town but other than stand in the park with the dogs I don't do much else.  That is something I have sat down (yes sat down again and it doesn't help) and realised I really need to do more of. I should take the dogs for longer walks for their benefit as much as mine and I will.  I will be taking the pedometer with me too.

Eating is another thing that I really need to rein in.  Portion sizes are getting out of control and I eat way too much crap.  It helps that my wonderful other half is on a bit of a health kick at the moment so he is definitely my inspiration. If he can do it then so can I. 

As for the ankle - I've been seeing a physio for a few weeks and he has gradually increased the exercises I have to do.  There have been times that I have been in more pain than before physio and I began to wonder whether it was ever going to feel better.  One particular exercise I stuck with but it proved too much and he told me to drop it but replaced it with a different one involving a thera-band which is hard work but I am already feeling the benefit.

During last night I got a cramp in my calf though and today it is quite sore but I'm not using it as an excuse.