Wednesday, 20 November 2013

November 2013 Glossybox VS Birchbox review

Its that time of the month again. Either to waste my money or get some great products for a reasonable price. I've started to compare the boxes as when January comes I'm going to cancel one in the aim to save some money (ha its a good joke that). Glossybox has always been my favorite in the past and I'm now, how do you say, on the fence.

Glossybox £12.95 (Inc P+P)
Theme: The Wishlist

As always inside the box was the product information card and magazine. 
Left to Right:

1. Yves Rocher France Hand Cream- Raspberry scented moisturizer. Smells beautiful but gave me a rash within 5 minutes. Cue sad face.
Full size- £1.95 for 75ml

2. B. Nail Polish in Sea Foam- Contains Vitamin E and Oils for extra care. Nice colour but not really fitted for A/W.
Full size- £4.99 for 8ml

3. Vichey Idealia Life Serum- Vichy claim to have the miracle cure for dull, tired and lifeless skin. I have used this for several days and I can honestly see the difference, very impressed.
3x 3ml tubes- £29.50 for 30ml

4. Emite Micronized Eyeshadow- "Micronized" is a new word in my beauty book. In plain English I can tell you that this eyeshadow is silky smooth and velvety. Not the colour I would of chose but I'm sure I will get some use from it.
Full size- £16.80 for 1.48g

5. Elegant Touch Rapid Dry For Nails- This is a spray that drys nails in 60 seconds. I've tried a similar product before which didn't work that well, so I am interested to try this one.
Full size- £3 for 125ml

Overall box total: £35.59
Glossybox rating 3/5

Birchbox £12.95 (inc P+P)
Theme: Icons

1. Pukka Herbs Tea- I received three different flavours of tea as the lifestyle product. I dont drink tea but these lovely flavours are tempting me.
3x tea bags- £2.29 for 20 bags

2. Laura Mercier Body Butter- Beautiful moisturiser smells strongly of shea butter which gives this a huge thumbs up for me. Also contains Jojoba, Grape seed oil and Aloe vera. 
Full size £26.00

3. English Laundary Parfum- You know what I'm going to say how dare Birchbox send a perfume sample that I can get free over the counter. On this occasion I really don't care. I love the scent, the packaging and the number of products received just made this lovely.
10ml spritz -Full size £47.00

4. Chella Highlighter Pencil- Brightening pencil helps to add glow to accentuate areas you wish. The pencil smells....well...... like a pencil. There you have it the worst description ever wrote in a blog post. I found this very creamy and cant wait to try it out properly.
Full size- £15.95

5. Weleda Replenishing Oat Shampoo- More Jojoba coming my way in a shampoo this time. Helps to nourish and repair breakages.
Full size £8.95

6. Birchbox Sharpner- Nice little extra, has two holes for different size pencils.
Full size- £3.00

7. Lila'lli Line Define Fill- I should of swatched this for you but hey ho I didnt. The colour is a beautiful Turquoise shade. I love blue eyeliners so this is right up my street.
Full size- £10.00

Birchbox Rating: 4/5

Do you get a beauty box? If so which one? Which box would you choose?

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Bagpuss, slippers and a large coffee #thewinterproject

For this weeks #thewinterproject I wanted to share with you wonderful people about my perfect night in accessories. When the nights turn dark and the heating needs cranking up I love nothing more than snuggling on the sofa with my favorite things.

1. Fleece Pj pants- I picked these up from Asda last year and if you don't own a pair there is something seriously wrong. I cant sleep in them but there amazing lounging pants. I'm one of those people that likes to be pretty natural in bed saying that I don't think back in the day when dinosaurs roamed and people beat there chests just for fun that they owned 50 pairs of primark funky girls boxers. So maybe not that au-natural.

2. Slippers- Ow god I own that many pairs of slipper socks and slippers that I have lost count. I find them lying around in draws and bags. I have the most amazingly cold feet so a pair of snugly slippers for me is a must. I pack them in my handbag for when we go to peoples houses. Yes I'm 23 and carry slippers in my bag.

3. Christmas film- My all time favourite Christmas film is Miracle on 34th Street. Starring Mara Wilson who most famously played Matilda. Me and my partner were talking about this the other day as we don't think there is one person who after watching the film didn't sit for hours perfecting there magic powers. Anyway Miracle on 34th is amazing, Mara is such an inspiring child actress that I think she melts any heart.

4. Hot water bottle- You know that a Bagpuss hot bag is sooooo cool. I got this for Christmas a few years ago, Yes it was on my Christmas list. On these cold night its lovely to snuggle up to a hot bag or bottle.

5. BISCUITS- ummmmm biscuits!! Don't think there is much else to say but "LETS GET DUNKING"

6. A very large mug- I love my Cath Kidston mugs, if its coffee, tea or hot chocolate you like make sure its a Large!

7. Candle- I find nothing more relaxing than a beautiful smelling candle. I love this one from Lily Flame. Its a perfect run up to Christmas smell, this one is Comfort and Joy.

8. Face mask- When relaxing us girls like to beautify our self's even more. A face mask is the perfect skin drencher. To cure dry winter skin. This one I received in Birchbox and smells of apple strudel.

9. Lip balm- Nivea caramel creme is my favourite winter lip saviour.

10. Last but not least a lovely warm fire whether it be coal, wood or some groovy gas. Keep toasty warm this winter.

P.S can all my old followers please re-follow my blog. I've lost everyone when messing  around this afternoon and quite frankly want to cry. I have lost all followers and blogs I followed and would really like to follow everyone back so I have something to read when I'm hibernating in bed in the morning. Thank you in advance :D

Clare a very stupid person that shouldn't of been allowed to play with buttons!!!

Monday, 18 November 2013

(Warning) The facts: 10 things you learn as a blogger

A few things I think all bloggers learn at the beginning. 

1. It's a lot harder to create a blog from scratch than it looks.  With HTML's, fonts and URL's ?!?!? 

2. Your not going to be a millionaire tomorrow. Earning money is not really an option, if your not starting out for a hobby don't bother. 

3. Coffee and biscuits will be your best friend when thinking up daily posts. 

4. Time? You need a lot of it. 

5. A perfect picture will not be taken in the first shot. 

6. Writers block is a real thing. (I seemed to have caught this ugly disease at the minute)

7. Choose your name wisely because it rules the content you can write about.  

8. Creating social media icons will be your fear forever. 

9. Patience is definitely a virtue. 

10. Even through all the above It's an amazing job where you can meet some really lovely people who love and share your interests. 

Brutal but true facts about blogging. Although hard work I think most people agree blogging is a fun and creative way to get your voice heard. Go easy and take each step at a time.

What truth have you learnt?

Friday, 15 November 2013

Week Four Seasonal Lovings: Superdrug Vitamin E hot cloth Cleanser review

My skincare routine seemed to be working really well for me in Summer but as the months got cooler my face has slowly turned into a flaky mess. This whole series is to try and find the best of the drugstore/highstreet products out there for dry and sensitive skin. 

This week I wanted to talk to you about Superdrugs Vitamin E hot cloth cleanser. I haven't tried one of these type's of washes yet as I don't think they are the best remedy for acne prone skin, which mine is. Acne prone is usually the wrong wording more acne always for me. 

I have been trying this now for around two weeks. You can purchase it from Superdug for £4.99. The price is very genorous for the 200ml you receive and muslin cloth. The first thing is the divine smell. It reminds me of Shea butter very natural
With a hint of sweetness. The texture is also very similar to that of a light body butter. I have found this very moisturising and cured my severe dry patches within two days. I use this nightly to remove any left over makeup and to exfoliate the skin. I have however found this has broken me out slightly but as time has gone on my skin seems to be getting use to my new routine and thriving from the moisture and added vitamins. I would really recommended this for a little skin TLC this season. The price is sensational and the products even better.

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Barry M- Christmas looks

Each week I'm going to be looking into one specific brand to show you the products I love or the beautiful things they offer. Last week I shared my favorites from Revlon have a look at those here.

I do feel it is eventually time to start a few Christmas posts, don't worry it wont be daily! I love Christmas colours. I think it is the one time of the year when no one judges you for wearing half a pot of glitter on your eyelids. 
Barry M I find to be a great brand for colours, there daring and it shows. In truth I don't own enough of there products for the price and the product quality. Here's my run down of some of my most festive products (I've already added a few to my want list)

Santa Claus
1. Nail paint in Raspberry (NP273) 
2. Lip paint in Pillar box red (LP121) 

Tinsel Town
1. Metallic eyeliner in Gold (MLE5) 
2. Gold glitter nail paint (NP339) 
3. Fine glitter dust in Yellow gold (FGD10) 

Christmas Tree
1. Dazzle dust in Emerald (DD72) 
2. Green nail glitter paint 
3. Single pressed eyeshadow in Green (E6)

Jack Frost
1. Super soft eye crayon in Blue (EC4)
2. The royal textured collection in White pearl (TNP8) 

What colour will you be rocking this Christmas?

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

British bloggers Q&A's

Join #BritishBloggerSelection

Ellie from The little vintage camera has started a lovely project to get British bloggers involved with each other. She has taken a lot more relaxed atmosphere to the series, instead of certain days and times you have the freedom to do the weekly posts when your ready. If you would like to take part and are British then click on Ellies blog name which will take you to her page leave your blog address and email for her to get back to you. This post is for the participants/followers to all get to know each other.

Question One: Why do you like blogging?
Blogging for me is a secret hobby. I love the people in my life very much but if they saw my beauty collection or heard me rave about products for hours on end they may think I was a little strange. Writing a blog gives you the opportunity to talk about what you enjoy to people who want to hear it. I'm honored every time a reader leaves a comment or follows my blog. 

Question Two: How did you come up with your blog name?
When I first started blogging I felt I had so much to talk about that I didn't want my name to be pinned to one area of blogging. I wanted a name that said a blog for everything thus One stop savvy shop was born. 

Question Three: Where from the UK do you come from?
I live near Manchester.

Question Four: Favorite colour?
I honestly don't have a favorite colour. I have a secret favorite pattern though, leopard print but shhhhhh. 

Question Five: Do you like Lana Del Ray?
Random question but yes I do she's different and reminds me a little of Kate Bush. 

Question Six: Hidden Talents That You Have?
Pretty lame but I have double jointed thumbs! If I could pick a talent for the the day I would love to be able to opera sing. 

Question Seven: Celebrity Crush?
David Beckham and Pierce Brosnan

Question Eight: Favourite Blog Of All Time?
Mikhila at Miss Budget Beauty her blog and videos are brilliant. She's down to earth, doesn't claim to be an expert and deserves a medal for her awesome ramblings. 

Question Nine: What made you want to join #BritishBloggerSelection?
I thought it would be a great way to get to know other bloggers in the UK. 

Have you signed up?

Monday, 11 November 2013

Product of the week review: E.L.F Brights Palette with swatches

I bought this palette by E.L.F in a big haul a few weeks a go. See what else I bought here. This palette is the shade Brights. I paid only £2.50 for it in the sale so wasn't expecting much. It has 32 different eye shadows from cream to black and mattes to shimmers, which works out at under £0.08 per eyeshadow. Bargain if you ask me.

You could of knocked me down with a stick the first time I used this. Impressed just doesn't cover it. I am not going to sit here and say all 32 shades are amazing because there not but I am really happy with around 95% of them. Most of the colours are (dreaded word) highly pigmented. This has now become my go to palette which I can easily wear everyday. There is a colour for every event in here. I use E.L.F's eyelid primer with these and have not found any creasing. It is a great way to quickly expand your eyeshadow collection without breaking the bank. The palette comes in two other colours Natural and Everyday which you can buy here for £6.00.

What products have you been pleasantly surprised at? Any recommendations of palettes you have tried?

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Smile Sunday: Week in Pictures

This week me and my family have joined in the Bonfire festivities. We also took a trip to Blackpool Illuminations before the famous lights got switched off for this year. Although cold on both occasions we had some really lovely nights as a family. 

What have you been up to this week?

Saturday, 9 November 2013

Haul: What I bought this week

With November starting and December quickly drawing on us. I thought it would be best to stop spending. Fat chance! So I've tried to just rain in it a bit, tried being a very appropriate word. 

T K Maxx 

It seems that T K Maxx has recently brought in all there Christmas clobber. The shop is now filled with a collection of luxury gifts, fluffy boots and colourful toys. It is my most highly recommended one stop shop for presents buying or treating yourself. 
Anyways back on topic, because of the new stock there is now a clearance (cue hunting out hidden credit card) Honestly I was very good and controlled my urges. 

Left to right:
1. For everyone Candle in Candy corn £4.00
2. Holly and cranberry candle £3.99
3. KG by Kurt Geiger studded pumps £9.00!!
4. Ciate paint pot in shade Kiss chase £4.00
5. Ciate paint pot in shade Pepperminty £2.00


Amazon is my favorite "saving" website. All the things I desire and of course need, genuinely tend to be cheaper here and very often free postage. 

1. Gelly by Barry M in shade Grapefruit £3.99
2. Real techniques face brush £6.66
3. Skinetica facial care £8.99

The Body Shop

I love the body shop for amazing smelling products. There shower gels are one of my favorite products so when they threw a 40% off already sale priced items. I had to order something.

1. Strawberry shower gel £4.?? (sorry I cant remember) for 750ml
2. Grapefruit shower gel £1.80 for 250ml
3. Raspberry shower gel £1.80 for 250ml


I had some points collected from my Birchbox subscription and I had been really loving the sample of this I received last month so I had to buy some more.

1. Dr lipp Nipple balm for lips £11.50 
Read my review on this product here

What have you bought this week?

Thursday, 7 November 2013

The best of Revlon #theonebrand

When the #thesoproject ended I was really sad to see it go. I'm one of those strange people that likes schedules and thrives with pressure. So when I saw a few people starting new project type series's I had to join. This one was started by Polkadella (click on her name to read about the peolpe taking part) and is a focus on a particular brand each week. This week is Revlon.

I have a few products from Revlon but there is two in particular that I love. Both you have probably seen hyped up by beauty bloggers and I have now become one of them. I don't class Revlon typically as budget, which is what I am all about but you can find it at much cheaper prices than the drugstore/highstreet online. I've hunted out the best deals I've found and purchased from.

Revlon Colourstay in shade Buff

I was really late to jump on this band wagon but I am really glad I finally did. I have super dry skin and need foundations that make my skin look flawless not flaky. This foundation works most of the time but on my worst days it can stick to places I would rather not be highlighted. What I do love about this foundation is how long it lasts. I've been wearing this in the most gruesome of weathers for hours on end and i'm very happy to stay my face looks as flawless as when I left. I save this for those day that I know I will either be beaten by rain or crawling home to my bed after a long day. As anyone who reads my blog regularly will know i'm honest and like to make sure I've pointed out my loves and hates of products.

Revlon Just Bitten in Charm 

I have no hates with this product just full wholesome loves. This one is a lovely nude peach shade, quite sheer but I find it works in any season. The scent is slightly minty and refreshing. I find this really moisturizing and nourishing on my lips, a great in between of lipstick and balm. I bought this at an absolute steal of a price. Find the link above, highly recommended and at this price you just cant beat it.

This is all my Revlon collection (I think)

Whats your favorite products from Revlon?
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November on a budget Wish/Want list

I was going to do a spending ban this month with Christmas looming round the corner but I thought there was no point in fooling myself. The day I go a month without spending a penny............. well it wouldn't happen so here's a budget want's to try list instead. I've hunted out the cheapest of these well hyped products. Enjoy xoxo

1. Sleek blush in shade Rose gold 
2. Collection perfection concealer
3. MUA lipstick (not sure on colour yet)
£1 here (and on 3 for 2)
4. Loreal skin perfecting cleanser
£3.99 here or two for £5
5. (Still wanting) Gelly Barry M nail polishes 
6. Revlon Just bitten kissable balm stain in Lovesick 
7. Loreal velvety touch toner
8. Real techniques Face brush

What is on your want list old or new?

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Week Three Seasonal Loving: Don't judge me I ate the lip balm!!

Number three of the seasonal loving's series. Find week one here and week two here. I don't know about you but I have a little bit of an obsession with lip balms I have lost count of how many I actually have in my collection as they are scattered around my bags, coats and draws. I don't seem to be able to walk past a new brand or scent with out it some how appearing in my basket like magic.

In the picture above is my current faves. I know there favorites as when I change coats and bags they follow with me. I have the Nivea Caramel cream on my bedside table and the other two attached to my hands.

The Nivea lip butters are really creamy and moisturizing. They smell amazing and taste quite good too. I know that may seem strange but I hate those balms you apply to your lips and the scent/taste seems to stick in the back of your throat in an unpleasant way. I may be the only person that has experienced this. An example of one I own is the Shea butter body shop balm. Yuck!! I know some people may hate these butters as they don't sink into the lips quickly. Which is why I use them as more of a long nourishing treatment e.g before bed or after exfoliating. I would reccomned when your next at the drugstore/pharmacy you give these a good sniff. As the smell alone is good enough for the £2.25 price tag. You can buy them here in four different scents.

Another balm that has sneakily made its way into my loves is Dr lipp Nipple balm for lips. It started its life in labour wards for new mothers who were breast feeding. It has now become one of the leading brands in lip care. I received this in last months Birchbox and on first view was disappointed with the sample. I know, I know don't judge a book by its cover. I now adore this stuff. Its a strange texture, really thick and hard to get out of the tube. But once you start to apply it melts into more of a liquid. It has no real scent to it which is strange for me but what I love is the time it lasts on the lips. I feel it moisture's my lips for hours. The other bonus is, I love applying this on top of a lip stain. It has a beautiful non sticky glossy finish creating beautiful ready to be kissed lips ;D I've just ordered a full size tube to add to my collection. You can buy it here for £11.50.

Which lip balms are you loving this season? Any you would recommend I must try?

Monday, 4 November 2013

Product of the week- E.L.F Lips Stains

Hello Savvy shoppers and welcome to November. So the product I have been really loving this week is the E.L.F lip stains. They are amazing quality for the price. At only £2.50 each there a steal. I've had a bit of a fetish for E.L.F recently and have been making my way through all there products. These are by far the best product I have tried so far from them.

I purchased Crimson crush and Petal pink. Crimson crush is a beautiful blood red colour and lasts all day. Petal pink I find on my lips to be a lovely pink, the type of pink you wish your lips were naturally.

I know a few people hate stains for the dryness they create on the lips. I have quite dry lips normally and these do not create any further problems. The lushess thing about a stain is the fact I can moisturize my lips all day with a favorite lip butter or balm and it doesn't effect the colour on my lips. So I actually find my lips to be more moisturized , Big smiles.

Unlike some stains I have tried these don't have an after taste. A plus for me. My lips feel and taste as natural as they did before.

My only down side to these and it is minor is the fact they need to be stood upright before use but for me that is no wear near a deal breaker. I just wanted to be honest with you guys.

What products are you loving this week?

Blogging from iphone on the way to the Blackpool illuminations :D

Sunday, 3 November 2013

Snap happy on holidays

Last week me and my family went to Devon on a family holiday and I just thought I would share with you a few of my favorite pictures from the week. I'm biased but my little girl always makes me smile with that cheeky grin of hers. 

Where's your favorite holiday destination? What makes you smile?

Friday, 1 November 2013

What I packed in my travel bag

Me and my family packed up some of our belongings last week to go to the lovely Devon. As it was an England holiday I had no restriction's, well I say none but there was two adults, a toddler, a dog, pram, travel cot and hundred bags all to fit into a 1ltr Corsa. Soooooo maybe some restrictions.

So for face products I kept it to my favorites. There's nothing worse than going away with new products and hating them. Foundation I took Revlon's Colourstay in shade Buff, it's a little light for me but the next shade is too dark. So I choose Casper over ummpa lumpa. I took my kick ass concealer by soap an glory, a big love in my life. Thirdly was my matte powder by Maybelliene, this is fab for travelling as the packaging is a lot more robust than others. Two blushers were packed MUA Lolly and E.L.F baked blush in Passion pink. Lastly I packed my MUA bronzer which I use for contouring. It's lovely and matte which is hard to find on the high street. 

Eyes and eyebrows next. I packed my E.L.F brights palette, which had lots of lovely shades to see me through the week. Two eyeliners, one liquid by Be a Bombshell and one pencil by JVG. My very trusty mascara by Soap & Glory. For eyebrows I took my E.L.F eyebrow palette in Medium. 

Lips I tried to keep these to a minimum. However not shown in the picture is the four lip balms I also packed. What's a girl to do when you can't decide? So I packed two lip stains by E.L.F, watch out for the review on these. Revlon just bitten in Charm, Kate Moss lipstick in 02, E.L.F matte lipstick in Nearly nude, Maybelliene baby lips in Pink punch and Dr balm Nipple balm which I use as a really good moisturizing gloss. 

Lastly I took three nail products a file which as you can see my darling daughter ate, yes I repeat my daughter ate. Nail varnish remover pads from Superdrug, these are lovely and handy for travelling and my trusty Ciate paint pot in Hoopla (Check out my nail tutorial using this shade here

What's in your trusty make up for travelling?