Thursday, 21 August 2014

NARS Smokey Eye Kit: A Giveaway.

HQ Hair are letting me give away this beautiful NARS Smokey Eye Kit to one of you and I'm so excited! It has been far too long since I held a giveaway, so this is to say thank you! Thank you for reading. Thank you for leaving such wonderful, thoughtful comments for me to read. Thank you so much for just being there. It means more than I could ever manage to articulate into a coherent sentence.

Inside the box is:
  • a travel sized Wide Contour Eyeshadow Brush
  • a mini Larger Than Life Liner in Via Veneto 
  • a Smokey Eye Palette with three eyeshadows; Madrague, Bali & Mekong. 

To Enter...
♥ You must be a sailboat reader, subscribed via either bloglovin' or google friend connect
♥ Leave a comment on this post letting me know what your current favourite make up product is & a way to contact you if you win (either a twitter handle or email address)
If you'd like an extra entry (not a requirement) tweet about the giveaway including a link to this post - just let me know if you've done this in your comment

Good luck!

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Terms & Conditions...
+ The giveaway will be open until the end of August 2014
+ Open internationally
+ The winner will be chosen at random from all valid entries at the beginning of September 2014
+ If you're underage please have permission from a parent/guardian because I'll need your address if you win
+ The winner must respond to my tweet/email within 48 hours or I will pick another winner
+ Prize has been kindly provided by HQ Hair but it will be posted out by myself with lots of bubble wrap!

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

10 Happy Things | Edition #4

1. The Luminaries. I have serious respect for Eleanor Catton. It's the kind of novel I would love to write, but would never be able to because I'm not that talented. Her ability to weave narratives together is incredible.
2. Banks. She is amazing!
3. Investing in a few new skin care products in the escentual sale. I'm going to try and stick to a routine and stop flitting between different products because these breakouts need to leave my face asap.
4. Beat generation literature. I'm looking forward to exploring it more.
5. This candle. Yep, totally want it just for the jar! Also this fragrance for the same reasons!

6. Finding some stories I wrote and the little books I made when I was really small. I'll have to show them to you one day, they're hilariously terrible!
7. No substitutions on my online grocery order, that's almost a miracle! Nice work, Morrisons!
8. The Penguin Modern Classics collection. Minus the new Charlie and the Chocolate Factory cover, which one marketing ploy too far for me (I don't mind the cover itself, but I think Penguin wanted a whole bunch of free advertising and hey, it worked!)
9. Watching Good Will Hunting and crying and smiling at the same time.
10. Bunny cuddles. Little Ralphie hasn't been very well recently so I've been making sure he gets extra cuddles just because.

What has been making you happy recently?



Now playing: Banks - This Is What It Feels Like

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

August Beauty Boxes | Birchbox, Glossybox, Love Me Beauty & My Little Box.

I'm trying out something a little different for my beauty box posts this month. I'm not sure if this is better or worse than the way I usually do it, but I thought that four individual beauty box posts might have been a little bit...much? I might go back to individual posts next month because I'm sure I won't receive 4 different boxes, but let me know if you do prefer it like this. I've sandwiched them together in one post, so here is a little rundown of some of the beauty subscription boxes from August...


August 2014 Birchbox* (£10 + p&p)

Birchbox* have had some amazing boxes this year and in comparison this one is a little disappointing. I like the summer getaway theme and as always when they settle on a theme they really see it through, so I like that everything is travel friendly. The thing with beauty boxes is, sometimes the selection of products just doesn't excite me, but they may very well appeal to you! In that respect it's always a bit of a risk, but so far I haven't seen a completely terrible Birchbox.

The Wild About Beauty eyeshadow is a beautiful golden shade and I'm really looking forward to trying out the Nude Treatment Oil because at £58 for the full size, I'm expecting some pretty great things! Overall not my favourite box, but there are still some really lovely things inside to try.

+ Number 4 Super Comb Prep & Protect | sample size - full size costs £20
+ Supergoop CC Cream | 2 sample sizes - full size costs £32
+ Nude Omega Treatment Oil | sample size - full size costs 58
+ Wild About Beauty Eyeshadow in 'aine' | full size worth £13
+ Liaison de Parfum 'Resist Me' Eau de Parfum | sample size - full size costs £105
+ Chapter sample of The Proposal by Tasmina Perry | paperback £7.99

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August 2014 Glossybox* (£10 + p&p)

This month Glossybox* are celebrating their three year global anniversary and it seems they're doing exceptionally well, selling 1 box every 12 seconds! The box itself has had a little bit of a make over, the squared off edges makes it really nice to hold. Not really that important in the grand scheme of things, but it's a nice touch I think.

In terms of the contents I think they've had a really good month; the variety is good and everything is a nice size making it really easy to give everything a really good try. My favourite product is the Kryolan for Glossybox highlighter, it feels so creamy and it's the perfect colour for adding that summer glow to the cheekbones. I also really like that the mini nail polish matches the signature pink of Glossybox almost perfectly.

+ Philip Kingsley Elasticizer | sample size - 250ml costs £38
+ Figs & Rouge Mini Hand Cream | full size £3.95
+ Kryolan for Glossybox Highlighter in Cashmere | full size £12.95
+ Yves Rocher Nail Polish in 'Rose' | full size £3.60
+ Comfort Zone Cleansing Milk | full size £20
+ Lalique L'Amour perfume | sample size - 50ml costs £67

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Love Me Beauty
August Love Me Beauty Box* (£10 + p&p)

The August Love Me Beauty* box isn't my favourite, I've definitely seen them do a lot better, but it's not terrible by any stretch of the imagination. I guess it just wasn't that exciting? BUT having said that, everything is full size!

I opted for Edition 1 this month because the Oriflame Eye Cream really caught my attention and I haven't been disappointed by it because it's my favourite product from the box - the roller ball is so cooling and refreshing & I've been reaching for it every morning. The Mirabella Lip Liner is a really beautiful pink with some shimmer and I must admit, I haven't been brave enough to try the A La Carte eyebrow pen just yet because I have a feeling I'll make a huge mess!

+ Oriflame ecollagen Wrinkle Correcting Eye Cream | full size £16.95
+ A La Carte Eyebrow Definer | full size £23
+ Mirabella Lip Luster Liner in 'Bashful' | full size £10.50
+ Marsk Mineral Eye Shadow in 'You're Toast' | full size £14.49

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My Little Summer Box
My Little Summer Box*

France based My Little Box* is on its way to the UK very soon and if this example of the summer French box is anything to go by, I think it might be something to look out for. It's not product heavy with just three beauty samples inside, but it is incredibly well thought out. To go with the summer theme there is a really sweet pineapple print sarong that I've been wearing as a light scarf as well as some colourful stickers. And I don't know about you, but I love stickers!

The magazine is nice added extra. I can't pretend to be able to read all of it (my French knowledge isn't what it used to be!) but it seems to be really well put together, with a lot of consideration behind the content. There are recipes, nail art & hair tutorials, beautiful photographs, easy DIY ideas, and even some word & number games which would be especially fun to do whilst lounging in the sunshine (or sitting in the shade if you're like me!). It feels and reads like a real magazine. I'm very, very impressed with the My Little Summer Box and I'm excited to see what the UK boxes will be like!

+ Miniature Essie Nail Polish in 'Cute as a Button'
+ Pineapple print sarong/scarf
+ HIP Ultra Shine Shampoo
+ Coconut Face Scrub

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Are you subscribed to any beauty boxes? 
Which was your favourite box this month?