The contents of my bag pretty much changes on a daily basis as I have don’t exactly have a 9 till 5 day, plus I have always been the kind of person who has about 500 bags on rotation and is constantly picking up a different one. Well, this was until I received a Cambridge Satchel for Christmas. Since this point it has become my ultimate go to bag, it goes with pretty much every outfit and is perfect size to fit in my essentials. However, this is not time to review this amazing bag (can you guess my thoughts on it already anyway?) but it is time to look at what is inside.
Now as I was saying, my bag content really does change every day, depending on lectures, how long I’m out for and what I am up to. So for this What’s in my bag? tag I just picked up my bag for this specific day and simply had a look at what was inside.
The item taking up the majority of space in my bag was my Hardback Notebook from WHSmith. I bought this years ago and it was left abandoned until I started university where it has become my staple notebook. The floral pattern is so pretty and it is really nice and chunky which is crucial for withstanding my manic note taking ability. I also found a few pens (one of which belonging to my friend, woops).
Next up is probably the most boring thing I have ever had the joy of photographing in my entire life: a water bottle! Anyone who knows me knows I am a total waterholic. Those occasional days where I forget to bring a bottle of water out; I pretty much spend the whole day thinking about how thirsty I am. It’s a bit of a pain as it takes up quite a lot of room in my bag but this is a complete essential item for me as no one wants to hear me continuously moan about being dehydrated.
My sunglasses from Accessorize were also in my bag today which has been a rare sight as of late and I still think I was being slightly optimistic bringing them out in February but hey it wasn’t overcast for once! I have a severe problem with sunglasses, I’m guessing there is something significantly wrong with my face as no pairs seem to suit me. Finally last year I managed to find these ones which didn’t make my nose look too huge or fall off my face. I’m looking for a new pair this year though as these are incredibly lopsided due to them being sat on….
Ever since I mysteriously lost my two pots of Carmex (I’m blaming you Dan Ruth) I have been using this Fanta Strawberry Lip Smacker as an alternative lip balm. And let me tell you this stuff is amazing. I have 6 different flavours, varying from Sprite to Coca-Cola Vanilla and they were part of a Christmas present. These balms are almost edible, in fact I do tend to lick half the product off of my lips, but who can blame me?!
Scattered throughout my bag are various beauty products. I don’t tend to take much make up out and about especially if I’m only going to a lecture because I pop back to my room at various points during the day anyway and can do any touch ups in this time. But I do carry my well-loved Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer as well as a comb (to fix that god damn fringe), somekirby grips and a black hair band, in case of some sort of hair emergency.
Last but not least is my purse from Accessorize. This has been the only purse I can ever remember having, I have really had it for too many years and maybe this is something I need to replace soon. It is also full of coppers which never get used and various store cards. I’m a bit of a card fiend and tend to collect any card going, personal favourites being the Boots and Nando’s ones.
It is that time of the month where all the Glossybox reviews come flooding in and I am too jumping on that bandwagon. However, I am a little late to the party, not just this month (18th is snails pace for a beauty box review), but generally. This is indeed my first ever Glossybox. I have contemplated this decision for months now, maybe even coming up to a year and I have finally departed with my precious £10 a month (plus p&p).
Now this is a pretty good time to start with the box being Valentines and all, so in return I have received the most gorgeous box. I’m sure you’ve seen photos of this a million times already but it simply is so so pretty, and yes I will be wearing the ribbon in my hair. This was going to be a make up storage box, to control the mess that is my make up drawer but how can I possibly hide it away?
And from this point onwards everything pretty much went downhill (and it was going so well…). As soon as I lifted the lid I could tell I had received a perfectly mediocre substandard box. In my pre-box eagerness I had read just about every single review for this months box I could possibly find on the internet and I don’t think I could have let out a louder sigh when I realised what I had been lumbered with.
The first product I picked out was the FatCat Lengthening Mascara by MeMeMe (£7.99). This is the first product I have tried by MeMeMe and if this mascara is anything to judge by, it will be my last. Lengthening Mascaras generally really appeal to me because I don’t have the longest of lashes so I was quite keen to try this product out. However I was really disappointed by this mascara. The product felt really dry and made my lashes look weak and lifeless. Although my lashes felt longer there was absolutely no volume and considering the bottle says ‘Volumising’ I didn’t feel it did it’s job. The only positive I can take is that the colour is very pigmented but doesn’t fall down onto the cheeks, a fairly long-lasting mascara. I would consider picking this up again to try with a full eye of make up but I really can’t see it becoming one of my loved mascaras or anywhere even close.
Next item was the Moisturising Lipstick by Helen É Cosmetics (£8.00). This seems to be a colour which is incredibly difficult to photograph, even the Glossybox pamphlet is completely out. My first glance was an orange-coral colour and from this point I was convinced I would hate this product. Orange tones don’t seem to work on my skin tone at all and I tend to steer clear of them. However when I applied it I was pleasantly surprised.
I’m still not crazy about the colour and not fully convinced it suits my complexion but the texture of the lipstick was a delight. Instantly my lips felt hydrated and the product glided on really effortlessly. This isn’t a lipstick I would choose on a big night out as it really isn’t very pigmented (probably a good thing when you look at the colour) but on a day to day basis I might just reach for this lip product.
Last but not least for the make up products is the Mineral Blush Powder by Micabella Cosmetics (£34.95). Again when I looked at this I was really disappointed, not only with the orange-y colour but with the size. I’d always worried about how big the sample sizes were with the Glossybox and this is certainly on the tiny end. I don’t ask for a bigger size because of greed but practicality. Applying a blusher out of a tub which is the size of a 10p coin is near impossible. I used my Real Techniques Contour Brush and ended up collecting way too much product which just stuck to my brush and went to waste. I can’t see this product lasting long at all which is a shame as I actually quite like it.
The colour was much more subtle than it looks in the pot, a golden glow instead of a brown smudge. The blush also really compliments the Helen É lipstick. The retail price of this product is expensive for what it is and I won’t be purchasing the full size. However maybe it has taught me to explore the orange based blushes rather than ignoring them for pretty pinks.
The next item was pretty….unexpected. A warming body oil, flavoured Mojito with very strange translations on the back. This is a Valentines box and all but I think I’ll give this one a miss and it will be staying in that rather questionable packaging for quite some time.
The final product was a perfume, for her l’eau by Narciso Rodrigeuz (£46 for 50ml). I really didn’t want to receive a perfume. I do like perfume however these are so easy to obtain for free from department and perfume stores and it seems like such a wasted product to put into the Glossybox. I’m also highly selective with perfume and although this had a nice scent, it didn’t win me over and I won’t be rushing to the shops to splash my cash.
Thrown in as a little extra was a heart shaped lolly. How sweet. Overall I was really disappointed with my first Glossybox. It has inspired some ideas and opened my eyes a little to new products however there was nothing which I will be using on a regular basis or that I’m running out to buy full sized. I will continue with my subscription because it looks like I was just quite unlucky as I’ve seen some much better boxes for this month. Hopefully March’s box may contain a gem.
Browsing through my nail varnish collection this morning on a mission to cover my sad and unloved bare nails I found the Ciaté Pom Pom shade. It was actually part of the Caviar Mini Bar set which I received for Christmas (I will do a review on this and the general caviar craze soon). But this collection was my first experience with Ciaté as a brand and I have decided to concentrate on the varnish as opposed to getting too excited with the shiny caviar beads, which is pretty much a summary of my Christmas day.
Pom Pom is a perfect summer nail varnish, possibly a bit hopeful of me wearing it in bleak February I know. I would describe it as a coral, but definitely more of an orange coral as opposed to pinker creamier shades. The colour is vibrant and fun and only took two coats along with a bottom and top coat to get full opacity, with a glossy finish.
I didn’t find the nail varnish went on smoothly at all, in comparison to my Essie nail varnishes which I am in love with but this might be down to the smaller brush on the miniature version. Although once perfected the finish is lovely, already after one day I have noticed a few chips so I’m slightly disappointed with the quality.
I will definitely be wearing this shade again simply because of the gorgeous colour, however I’m yet to be convinced to buy a full sized Ciaté nail varnish.
I first purchased this primer in December, however there weren’t many reviews on it throughout the blogosphere so I went for a bit of a punt (which is rare for me). It promised a ‘light enriching base which illuminates the skin‘ which seemed like too good an offer to turn down. I have now been using this glowing delight for around two months and felt it was time to share my opinion on it.