Sunday, 19 October 2014

Review | My Little Box October 2014



A couple of days ago, I received my second edition of My Little Box. And it's a good-un.

Last month I reviewed the first ever edition of the UK's MLB and I was so impressed, I couldn't wait to get my hands on the next box.
Each month has it's own theme, and while September's was more of a "welcome-to-all-things-french" kind of box, October sees the Parisienne company teaming up with the absolute icon that is Diane Von Furstenburg!


Micellar Water by My Little Beauty, 150ml for £18

Each month there is a lovely make up bag filled with 3 products and decorated accordingly to the theme of the box.
The first beauty product I pulled out was from MLB's own beauty range My Little Beauty.
Micellar Water is similar to Nivea's Cleansing Water which I got in last months GlossyBox, and have been using most days, and so far I've been very pleased with it.
My Little Beauty's feautures Aloe Vera and orange extract for softening and smoothing the skin. It's refreshing after a long day and can be used to removed make up and as moisturiser on even the most sensitive skin.
And there you go! Glowing Skin!


Shea Butter Hand Cream by L'Occitane En Provence 30ml for £8

Next up was a trial size version (10ml) of a gorgeous vanilla scented hand cream by L'Occitane.
Now this is a company I have heard of many times but have never got round to trying any of their products. (I don't have an excuse I'm sorry) However, I wish I had!
This is probably one of the best hand creams I've ever used!
The balm leaves your hands feeling so nourished and ridiculously soft. The actual full sized product is 20ml more than I recieved in the box, but it's still pretty easy to just throw in your bag- even if you are the owner of a real teeny-tiny bag. 
Plus the smell is just delicious. 


Lacque Noire hairspray by Kerastase 300ml for £19.50

The last product in the beauty bag is a extra strong hold hairspray by Kerastase. 
Now, I've never been a big fan of hairsprays. I've always found that 1) they were quite sticky and 2) didn't really hold my hair in place for very long. So I figured it was a waste of my time and money even attempting to use them.
Lacque Noire is from Kerastase's Couture styling rang. It's extra strong hold dries very quickly and even holds your hair in place ALL DAY! It leaves your hair looking shiny, healthy and just all round gorgeous.
Also note that if you feel like making a change to your hairstyle in the middle of the day, the spray can just be brushed out and reworked!
I have finally found a hairspray I like!



The final two products in this months box are are both exclusively designed by Diane Von Furstenburg.

If you don't know DVF (I'm not sure you can do fashion without her!) she is basically a designing legend. At 26 she created a simple yet beautiful wrap dress and BOOM catapulted her into the fashion spotlight. Her designs are still as popular now as they were 40 years ago.
I literally squealed with delight when I saw that MLB had collaborated with her.

First up is an adorable little brooch featuring the brands signature lip logo. there isn't a huge amount to say on this other than it's really cute!

Then we have a beautiful scarf which I believe is only available through October's box. (Correct me if I'm wrong!)
The scarf can be worn in so many ways -a few of which are shown in the magazine/packaging- and its simple black and white print can go with almost any outfit you wish.

So far I have been so impressed with My Little Box's uniqueness. And I'm hoping they continue to create such beautiful boxes each month.


And let's be honest, I am ridiculously excited to go out and show off my brand new DVF scarf!
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Listening to: Forever Ends Here- Oceans Away.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Right Back At It Again.



Wow.
I've gone a month without blogging again.
I don't know. I've not been myself lately, I won't go into detail.
I've spent some time in Brighton -been to a few concerts.

The 1975 were fantastic as always. I saw them at the Alexandra Palace in London with my brother. My brother had never seen them before and I had never seen them at a venue that holds more than 300 people. Ally Pally holds over 7,000. And they had TWO sold out shows there.
I am incredibly proud of them. Considering the first I saw them was 4 years. they were supporting One Night Only in a tiny club in a corner of Brighton. Me and my 2 friends were the only ones that knew them and the only ones that were interested in them.
Now they're selling out huge venues in the capital.

The following day we travelled to Brighton to see some of my favourites- The Maine. A band who are to ridiculously talented for their own good.
Nick Santino was supporting and it was kind of strange seeing perform solo (I've only ever seen him in A Rocket To The Moon) but was fantastic none the less.
Also supporting was Lydia, a band who I've heard of but only know one song of. They were very good and I enjoyed their set immensely.

A week later we went back to Brighton to see The Vamps.
I saw them supporting Mcfly last year (see here and here) and they have a similar approach to their live shows as McFly do, but with their own twist.
Supporting was E of E, a band who I've seen supporting multiple people throughout the year. I won't talk about them too much as I like to focus on the positives on this blog. I guess I just don't really like them all that much...
Next was Luke Friend. I raved about him on my "Ones To Watch" List and supported him all throughout X factor last year. He's going to go far. I can feel it.
Also supporting was Nina Nesbitt. I know the name but none of her songs. She was very good through and would highly suggest checking her out.


Well this is very wordy and not very picture-y. That's not a word.
I posted a few videos on my instagram page here.

I'm sorry i've been gone. Like I said I haven't been feeling myself. And the blog posts I do write, I delete because I really dislike them.
But October's here now, which means Halloween and an endless amount of Tim Burton movies. So I'm kind of in my comfort zone.

I have a couple of beauty reviews coming up soon! I promise they'll be up within the next 2 weeks!


Much love.
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Listening to: Citizen- Speaking With A Ghost.


  
              The Maine-We'll All Be (Feat. Nick Santino & Lydia)                              The Maine- Into Your Arms

 
The Maine- Vanilla

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Review | My Little Box September 2014 (UK Launch)

My Little Box -September 2014

About a year ago, a friend of mine introduced me to beauty boxes. Glossybox, and Birchbox were the two she liked best and therefore, recommended them to me.  I decided to try them out and at first I really enjoyed receiving them each month.
However, after about 6 months or so, I started to become less impressed with what I was receiving and I wasn't really using the products.
I still have a cheeky peek each month to see what people are getting from them -but very rarely do I decide to order that months box.

When I first started thinking of cancelling the beauty boxes, I looked online to see what other monthly subscriptions were available. That's when I came across My Little Box.
At the time (this was maybe 6 months ago or so) they only delivered to France and I think a couple of other countries in Europe....now they've brought it overseas to Britain!

Friday, 5 September 2014

Fireflies & Make Believe.


 Wednesday was my 21st birthday. I'm not sure how I'm 21 already nor how I made it, but I am and I did.
I had a day off work Wednesday as well, so naturally it meant a trip up to the capital was in order

 When we got there, we travelled straight to Oxford Circus to visit Liberty and Carnaby Street.
A brandy Melville recently opened up on Carnaby and I love their clothes so I had a little rumage around.
After a quick look around Regent Street and a starbucks, we travelled to Camden.


Camden Market is a part of London I've never visited before, but so many people told I would love it up there that I figured I needed to go.
My friends were right of course -I did love it.
I got lost -literally lost- in all the weird and wonderful gothic-y hippy stuff they were.
If you've ever been to Camden, you will know that its basically one massive maze of market stalls. We got so lost we ended up spending about 5 hours there.
If you're into things that you won't find anywhere else, Camden is the place to go.
I picked up some cool, unique bits for myself. And we also found this little photobooth whilst there.

After Camden, we got the tube down to Covent garden to go get some pizza before making our way home.

In all, I had a great 21st birthday. I'm not sure how I made it and I still feel like I should be about 15.
I also still look about 15 cause once again it's the time of year when all the customers ask if I'm back at school or college yet. It's always funny watching their faces when they find out my real age.
To be honest, it's got  to a point where I'm surprised if someone doesn't think I'm 15.

Much love.
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Listening to: 5 Seconds Of Summer -  Long Way Home (Live at Itunes Festival)

Saturday, 16 August 2014

"You Will Skate Between Stars And Surf On Clouds."


Original Photo: Glen E Friedman

It's been about 24 hours since I heard the news that Jay Adams had died. And I'm still waiting for someone to tell me it's some kind of sick joke, that it's all a lie, that he's fine and surfing some big-ass waves somewhere. I don't think that anyone's going to tell me that though...

The second I watched Dogtown and Z-boys I was hooked. I wanted to know more. I needed to learn about these crazy kids from Venice. Their way of life had (and still does have) me obsessed. Then the Lords of Dogtown film came out. Which I've watched more times than any of you need to know. 

Jay Adams, yeah, he was the one that interested me the most.
I'm not sure why. But whatever it was, he had a massive impact on my life.

He made me face my fears by picking up a skateboard and teaching myself to skate. Ok, so I'm no where near the best skater -but he made me realise its ok to fall and get hurt, just to get straight back up. 
Hell, if he hadn't existed skateboarding probably wouldn't either.
He changed the world when he was still a teenager.

He didn't care about the whole commercial side of skateboarding.
He just had this total Fuck You attitude to that side of things.
I think that's pretty cool. And I also think that's pretty rare.
Especially now. Everyone seems obsessed with that part of life. 

I don't want to live like that. 
Jay didn't. He did what he loved and his love was enough. 

It's not just skating though.
He taught  me to be this weird wacky-ass kid and not give a shit what people thought. 
You know, just do what you love and not give a damn.
That it's ok to listen to punk music, to pull crazy rat faces, to not be like the other kids.

I hope there's some empty pools up there for you to skate, Jay.
And thank you. For changing my life. For everything.
I hope to live a life full of love and spontaneity, and be as unpredictable as you were.
You crazy kid.

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Good Vibes, Love & Happiness.




Last night my family and I attended one of my cousins wedding. It was an absolutely lovely evening.
Saw so many family members, some I haven't seen in a really long time.
Everyone was so happy and completely full of love and of course, my cousin looked beautiful in her dress. 

Naturally I took my polaroid camera. I think I only took a couple of photos on my phone/camera -most of them were done through this beaut.
I have the instax 210 and it's literally the best thing I've ever brought. 
I've posted polaroids on here before, but I've never really mentioned how great a camera it is. 
As you can see, the quality is pretty fantastic and I love watching the photos develop, especially when it's at something as memorable and special as a wedding. Everybody loved it and the newly wed couple even took a couple home with them as they were so happy with how the pictures turned out. (I'll do a review on the camera as a whole one day)

It was a perfect evening. Full of good vibes, love and happiness. There were no arguments or disagreements, no problems, and everything was done so beautifully.
I'm so happy for the bride and groom as it seems they were made for each other. And I hope they have a long and wonderful future together.

Much love.
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Listening to: Well, actually watching The Inbetweeners.

Monday, 4 August 2014

We Used To Be Half Alive...

Original Picture: Sammy Roenfedt With Reference to this drawing: AdoraChloe

Last night I finished my watercolour painting of the lovely Hayley Williams of Paramore.
It took me about 6 hours (give or take) and I'm still not sure how I feel about the "daydreaming" lyrics being there but I am still super happy about it. #
Hayley's quite possibly my favourite person to draw/paint and I've done multiple pieces over the years.
I think it something to do with her hair.

I've been super busy at work this week, but I have got a couple of reviews for you all, which will be up over the next 2 weeks. 

Much love.
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Listening to: The Honeymoon Suite- Calm Your Little Passions.