An Unexpected Revlon Haul

On Friday I popped into Boots as I wanted a new lip-shade and matching nail polish for a wedding I was attending at the weekend. I headed over to the Revlon counter as I’ve previously loved their Ultra HD Matte Lipstick range, and I wanted to see what they had to offer in red. I ended up picking up the Ultra HD Matte Lipstick in Passion and picked up Revlon nail polish in Valentine to match. As I paid for them, the lovely lady at the till explained that because I’d spent £15 – I got a free gift!  Not expecting much (as these promotions tend to be full of sample sized products which I would never use), I was surprised to be handed a small box with 4x full-sized Revlon products inside…


Included in the box was; a Dramatic Definition Mascara, Photoready Insta-Fix Highlighting Stick, Super Lustrous Lipstick in Sassy Mauve and a Nail Polish in Vixen along with money off voucher for a foundation or primer – all worth £34. The think the idea of the promotion, in association with Michelle Keegan, was to have your full make-up look covered for the season.

I think you will have to agree that Revlon are offering quite a fabulous free gift. It’s a great chance to be able to test out some Revlon products which you might of not even considered before. I’ve actualy been wanting to try their mascara for a while, so it was a nice surprise to receive a full size-bottle. Plus the nail and lip shades are really nice classic shades which I think will suit nearly everyone. 

So, what was just treating myself to a new lipstick and nail polish, turned into a mini Revlon haul with 6 products! Thought it was worth posting, because if you were planning on making a Revlon purchase it might be worth heading to Boots to lay your hands of some beauty freebies!

Are you a fan of Revlon? Have you tried any of these products before?

My First Birchbox – Nov Tatler Edition


Birchbox have been around for a couple of years now but I’d never given the subscription a go myself. If you have never heard of Birchbox before, it’s a monthly beauty box subscription which comes with 5 beauty samples for you to try for £10 per month (plus £2.96 P&P).

I was a Glossybox subscribers when they were first released but when I moved house, I ended up cancelling my subscription rather than carrying it over to my new address. Not because I didn’t like the concept (I loved it!), I just needed to save the extra money for rent! It’s taken me a while to try another similar subscription but when I saw how pretty the Tatler Edition box was, I decided it was time to sign up again.


November’s Birchbox is in collaboration with Tatler magazine and comes in this beautiful peacock design. In my box I received; Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar Primer, Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle Leave-in Conditioner, Marcelle BB Cream Golden Gold Illumintor, Nuxe Creme Prodigieuse Anti-Fatigur Moisturising Cream and a Brow Shaping Set from Ecotools. For signing-up to Birchbox this month, I also got a free sample of the bbrowbar Drama Mascara. I really excited to start using these samples as these are actually type of products I will use.

I have already used the Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle Leave-in Conditioner and I love it! It you a previous reader of mine (A Little Bit of Lippy) you know I used to post Sample Sunday reviews – these might need to back a come back as I continue my subscription with Birchbox!

Are you a subscriber to Birchbox – What are your thoughts? Have you discovered any new beauty favourites? Would love to hear your thoughts!

Bath Fizzer by The Body Shop


Recently when I popped into The Body Shop, these sweet-like bath treats caught me eye. The Body Shop have now released their own take on the bath-bomb craze – Bath Fizzers. I believe these are fairly new as I haven’t seen these before, but for one £1 each, I picked all four scents to try.


First of of all, I love the packaging theme. In a sweet-style, these fizzers come individually wrapped in bright colours and you pop them in a little stripy paper-bag like you’re having a pick-and-mix. Currently there are four scents to chose from; Frosted Flower, Candied Plum, Berry Bliss and Vanilla Delight and they all smell really lovely. When you open up your little sweet paper bag, the smell strangely reminds me of Pez Sweets (anyone else remember these!). I wouldn’t recommend eating them though!

The first one I’ve tried was the Vanilla Delight. After running a nice, warm bubble bath, I dropped the fizzy cube in the tub. These are obviously not going change your bath water a magical colours like a Lush bath bomb, but they do however have a slightly fizz in the water as they dissolve plus they make your bath smell amazing! Controversially, I’m not always in the mood for a Lush bath bomb. The aftermath is sometimes a little messy – leaving your bath stained with bright colours or glitter which you have the scrub clean and not really able to wash your hair (well I tend to avoid it) due to the oils they put in them. I really like the no fuss of these Bath Fizzers, they make a perfect additional to a warm bath. 

Have you tried The Body Shop Bath Fizzers?

Top 5 Autumn/Winter Nails


I absolutely love Autumn, its my favourite season! Not only can you start wearing warm coats and accessorize with scarves and wooly hats, you can put the pastel nail colours to bed and bust out the dark, wintery shades. Here is my 5x favourite nails polish for this wintery season –

OPI in Lincoln Park After Dark – I’ve had this bottle for years but it’s still going strong. It’s a gorgeous deep purple shade which almost looks black from a distance. I love this colour, especially for evening looks.

Barry M Matte in Crush – I love a red in any season, but once the weather gets colder I like to opt for a deeper red shade. I also love a matte effect and this shade looks lovely and autumnal.

Rimmel in Give It Some Welly – This is the newest shade in my collection and since picking it up in Boots, I’ve not worn anything else lately. I love how grey nails look nice, clean and chic. Plus I still really love the 60 second Rimmel formulation, and at only £2.99, you can’t go wrong!

Essie in Chinchilly – Every season needs a nude shade, and this is my favourite during the Autumn/Winter months. Although this isn’t a true nude, it’s more of a “greige” (grey and beige) with a slight purple undertone. It just makes for a perfect neutral colour throughout the season.

Topshop in Lucas – This polish has made a few appearance on stephisays. Topshop released a denim polish range a couple of months ago and I ended up picking up Lucas and Leigh, Leigh was the lighter of the two so perfect the summer season but now that it’s turned a bit colder, I’m loving the darker shade – Lucas.

What’s your favourite Autumn/Wintery nail polish?

This Works Sleeping Partners Duo


It’s becoming a quite regular occurrence to browse Homesense during my lunch break, as my office is situated 2 minutes from the Brighton store. Apart from becoming an expensive habit, I actually discovered a few bargains recently in their beauty department. My most recent find is This Works Sleeping Partners Duo containing the Deep Sleep Pillow Spray and Deep Sleep Night Oil. This set was already a bargain at £30 (rrp) when the products inside was worth £41, however Homesense were selling this set at £20(!!) so I just had to pick it up!

I’ve heard a lot of good things about This Works products, but the one product that kept catching my eye was the Deep Sleep range so I was thrilled to find this set and try it out. Anyone who knows me personally, knows I love my sleep generally falling asleep on the sofa most nights but my trouble is staying asleep. I’m that kinda of person, who will wake up in the middle of night stressing about all the things I need to do at work or for the wedding, or thinking about the most randomest things. The thought of having something that will calm me at night, sounds like the perfect remedy.

What actually is it? Both these this works products contain provencal lavender, vetiver and wild chamomile scents to help soothe and calm the mind before having a peaceful, deep sleep. The Deep Sleep Pillow Spray can be used to spray around the room or on your pillow to help you relax before going to sleep. The Deep Sleep Night Oil nourishing body oil which absorbs into the skin with the same calming scents to help you feel relaxed.

Does it work? I actually think it does. I love the scent of lavender as it instantly reminds me of being in my nan’s garden – she was was florist and a very keen gardener. Plus her favourite colour was mauve,  so her garden was always full of lavender – so I’m a little bias when it comes to thinking lavender is quite a relaxing scent. I first of all tried the spray before I went to sleep. The scent was quite strong, so there is no need to over spray with this product but it was quite nice to be able to smell it throughout the night in case if I did wake up. The fiancé however, is not a fan of lavender so actually hates me using it as a room spray before going to sleep, so I tend to just use one spray on my pillow (on the side furthest away from him…) but it still does the job. I’ve only used the oil twice, both times when I’ve had a pamper evening. After having a relaxing bath, I would use the oil mainly over my pulse points (where you would usually wear perfume) and I found myself so relaxed that when I tucked myself in bed to read a book, I was actually asleep within 15 minutes.

So apart from the fiancé not loving the smell so I’m needing to use sparingly, I really love both of these products. If you’re looking to add something into your night-time/pamper-routine, I would definitely recommending trying these.

Have you tried any of the This Works Deep Sleep products yet? What did you think?

A Superdrug Haul

When it reaches payday, one of the first shops I always go into is Superdrug to top up on my toiletries and beauty essentials. It’s the type of shop you go into for one item and always come out with a basket full – new products you want to test, items that are better than half price or something you’ve been meaning to pick up for ages.

Nailcare was my first port of call when recently going into Superdrug. I really wanted to pick up a bottle of the Sally Hansen Advanced Hard As Nail polish after borrowing some of mum’s a couple of weeks ago. My nails have been recently so weak due to a lot of gel manicures, and maybe not necessarily removing them correctly and whilst staying with my mum, to protect my nails I applied one layer on the Sally Hansen Advanced Hard as Nails. I then noticed after one week that my nails were starting the grow and snagging much less. I was sold, and instantly wanting to get a bottle for myself. Whilst also in the nail aisle, I also picked up a few nails essentials to keep in my desk at work just in case of any nail emergencies –  Quickies Nail Varnish Remover Pads, nail clippers for any snagged nails and emery boards to keep a couple at work and one in my handbag.

I then visited the skincare aisle – one of my favourite aisles! I needed to pick up some more Nip & Fab Glycolic Fix Night Pads (which I’ve previously raved about!) and these were ‘better than half price’ at £6.45 (usually around £14 per tub). It was a shame there was only one tub left on the shelf otherwise I would’ve stocked up on couple! I then picked up my all time beauty essential – Blistex Relief Cream for lips. I’m never without a tube of this stuff in my makeup bag because it’s the only thing that will heal my chapped lips. Whilst walking down the aisle I also noticed the Garnier Moisture range. I’ve already picked up the night cream previously (more on this on a future post) but I hadn’t been able to lay my hands down on the tissue mask so grab one of these as well!

The last items in my basket was a tube of toothpaste and hair ties. The Oral B 3D White Luxe Glamourous Shine toothpaste is my favourite toothpaste at the moment and this was also on ‘better than half price’ so I picked up a spare for my bathroom cabinet. I also picked up a mountain a hair ties – 70 hair bands to precise! Anyone else’s hair ties seems to go missing all the time? Hopefully these will keep my going for a while haha! I also picked up some spiral hair bands which claim to not damage or tangle your hair. I’ve seen a lot of these types of hair ties before, so wanted to try them out for myself out.

Do you love a trip to Superdrug? What usually on your basket?

Shine Hair Group Blogger Event


A couple of weeks ago I attended the Shine blogger event. If you haven’t heard of Shine, it’s a great hair and beauty salon found in Brighton’s North Laines on Gloucester Rd and myself along with some other amazing bloggers were invited along for the launch of their Shine Shampoo Bar. I unfortunately couldn’t attend the event for very long as my lovely fiancé surprised me tickets to see Breakfast at Tiffany’s at the Royal Theatre Brighton on the same night but I was able to stick around for 45mins.

After being greeted by Lisa and the lovely staff at Shine when I arrived with the wonderful Holly from (we went for amazing hot chocolates before the event), I was treated to a lovely hand massage by Tracie who is one of the beauty therapist. It was sooo lovely and relaxing, especially after a day at work. Tracie was really lovely and she informed me about all the beauty treatments which Shine have to offer, which I might need to find out a little more soon.


Steve, the stylist at Shine then demonstrated some key hair looks for autumn/winter. I was only able to stay for the first look but  Steve showed us how to do a gorgeous knot braid. It looked really fab and it didn’t take very long at all. I’ve been having a practice on my own hair, and once I get the knack of it and can do it as beautifully as Steve did, I will share a photo.


When I had to leave, I was given a gorgeous goody bag which contained the newly released Shine Shampoo Bar. This bar was created by Jonathan who is the owner of the Shine salon and has after 30 years experience in hair. I’ve not used a shampoo bar before, so I’m really excited to try this out. It smells great with Ginger and Lemon scents and also comes in the biodegradable packaging, which is really refreshing to see. As the packaging is so easy to travel with, I’m saving to use this bar on my next weekend away. Along with the new Shine Shampoo bar, there were also some Aveda goodies – Aveda Botanical Kinetics skin toner and some more hair treats with Aveda Invati products.

Thank you for the invite Lisa (@lisaven)

What are you favourite Autumn/Winter hair looks?

A bit of a Personal Update

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It’s been awhile since I wrote a blog post. I gave myself a little break because there been so much going on in my personal life, so I thought it would be a good idea to get back into the swing of blogging with a personal update –

Planning a Wedding – probably one of the main reasons for not blogging so much lately. Any spare time I get in the evenings, I’m trying to put my concentration to wedding planning. I have been really laid back about the whole wedding planning thing – much to my family and friend’s frustration! If I have a pound for every time someone said “haven’t you sorted that yet?” or “you should really get on a sort that out”, I would be able to pay for the entire wedding, no problem! We get married in April, and admittedly we are a bit behind and getting everything sorted, but it’s because we have had so much going on with our changing jobs. I’m going go into more detail about my wedding planning thoughts and updates on a future blog post, but what I can say is that I honestly didn’t realise how much detail goes into planning a wedding!

New Job – As some readers may know I have been working in London for the past year, and although I loved my job the commute was a little too stressful for my liking. I then found a great opportunity a little closer to home, right in the middle of Brighton and I changed my job about 6 weeks ago. I now currently work in a fantastic digital agency called Net Natives, working as their new Direct Media Buyer and Planner. As all new jobs go, it does take awhile to get settled into a new routine which is also been why I’ve been a little preoccupied. Everything is going well though and working closer to home means I get more spare time in the evening to enjoy life again – no more 4hrs a day spent on a train for me!

Got some new wheels – My amazing fiancé, surprised me by getting me my own little Smart car. Ash, my fiancé works for Mercedes and he began his role selling Smart cars which meant he got to drive around a variety of Smart cars for his company car. I fell in love with them and kept saying, as soon as I start working closer to home I would treat myself by getting a little Smart car so it would be easier to get around. Knowing full well I wouldn’t bite the bullet and get one (I struggle to treat myself to anything that costs a lot of money because I always think it can go to something more practical) he ordered me one and I’m so glad he did. I love my little car now and it means I can go out and do so much more for myself. I love her so much, I’ve called her Suzie 🙂

Slimming World – as you know if you’ve read any of my Slimming World Sunday posts, I’ve been doing Slimming World now for just over 4 months. I’ve currently lost 1 stone but it’s been a very, very slow process with a lot of ups and downs. With the new job and a better routine with more time in the evenings, I’m finding slimming world a little more easier to stick to. Fingers crossed, I can get a bit closer to my target over the next couple of months. I’ll keep you updated!

Concentrating on me! – Overall there has been a lot going on in my life at the moment, and rather than feeling overwhelmed to try and doing everything half heartedly, I’ve decided I need to put myself first. Take some time to truly think about what I want to do and achieve. For example with blogging, I didn’t want to write anything for the sake of it just to get a post live – at the end of the day ,why would anyone want to read something I didn’t feel passionate about! Which is why I took the conscious decision to take things one step at a time and make sure I’m doing things that make me feel happy!

Hopefully that gives you a little update about me, but what have you guys been up too? Hope you have all been well and I’ll see you very soon with another blog post soon!