Wednesday, March 27, 2019

A Mothers Day Gift Guide.

As Mother's day is just around the corner, (it's this upcoming Sunday). I decided to put together this cute little gift guide, but there is certainly no need to panic! It's okay if you haven't bought a present yet! It's also okay if you are incredibly organised and your presents are sorted, but for some who need a little nudge, a mother's day gift guide is essential. It always helpful to have a little bit of inspiration when it comes to treating their mum this mothers day is struck. With this is mind, here I have collected my top choices of present pieces for you lovelies today!

1) Candles Can you ever have too many candles? Yankees are always my go to for a top quality product that makes a great gift. Be sure to look out for Boot's Yankee Candle gift sets they sell around these type of seasonal events.Although you really have to be quick to snatch these up whenever they come into stock as they sell out quite fast. But for the price they go down to can you blame it? For a cheaper alternative Home Bargains do some great jar candles with many options ranging from the most popular scents of fresh linen to some obscure ones like rhubarb and pear which is great for a fresh breeze of spring.

2) Clothes If you know your mum really well, or if you tend to have a similar taste when it comes to clothing, a item of clothing or an accessory is a good alternative to a gift. One of my top picks is certainly this white embroidered dress from Cath Kidston. The swing dress skirt is my favourite part, and the length is a part length for women who don't like showing their legs off as much.

3) Bath Sets Not everyone is able to spend a day or weekend at a spa, (although a spa weekend is a lovely present if you and your mum have the time to spare) however this bath set from Champneys is a good at home alternative. Filled with goodies such as bath soak, shower gel and body butter your mum can feel really pampered in the comfort of her own home.

4) Flowers Who's mum doesn't deserve a bunch of flowers? They are such a lovely present to give, to not only brighten up their day but brighten up wherever they are placed with their variety of different shades of colours.
Top tip! Make sure that when you put flowers in the vase you remove all foliage that is submerged to ensure they last for a good few weeks.

5) Cooking/Baking Books I don't know about you, but I love a good baking session, from baking brownies, to the classic vanilla sponge to a New York style cheesecake. But whatever I am baking i'm always swayed towards my Classic Mary Berry cook books and this Mary Berry baking bible is one of my favourite, filled with a variety of different recipes your mum can spend forever baking all the different goodies. (Hopefully including a few of your favourites so you can eat all her hardwork!).

6) Pyjamas is there anything as good as snuggling up with a cozy pair of pyjamas on underneath a fluffy blanket on the sofa watching netflix? And who doesn't want to treat their mum to a new pair? My top pick are these Topshop Mickey Mouse ones. I love Disney and you can never have too many character themed pjs. My other top pick selections would be the Pyjamas from Cath Kidston and Tescos as they are both filled with super soft quality items.

7) Perfume This can be a trickier one if you are not sure what scent  to go for, but if your mum has a staple favourite thats running out she will love this present. My mums favourite has always been Angel by Mugler. But some other great options that I personally love is Daisy by Marc Jacobs for those that like a sweeter smell, and reminds me of summer holidays. However, a more daring perfume that I know is very popular with our generation is Lady Million by Paco Robanne.

8) Choccies Everybody loves chocolate, need I say more. Some great boxes are Lindor for the luxurious, and my personal favourite that my mum needs to hide from me, Dairy box by Cadburys. Those chocolate boxes are certainly lethal as you never really know how many you are eating until the box is 2/3rds empty.... whoops. 

9) Make-up: Another one that is a great gift if you know what sort of shades your mum likes to wear. This can be a great time to add some more luxury makeup to your mums such as a Chanel lipstick, or a YSL blush, I feel they are the easiest to buy for someone as opposed to a foundation or powder as everyone has different likes and needs for their skin.

I really hope you enjoyed my little mothers day edit, and some of the ideas I have given you become helpful. I would love to know what you have brought your mother for mother's day or what you have organised.

Thank you so much for reading. 
Toodlepip lovelies
Lucy x

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

The Glossybox Edit // March

Hello Beauts, today, I thought I would share with you all the contents of my Monthly Glossybox. March edition. In case any of you lovely readers were not aware of the brand Glossy box and what it entails. It is a beauty subscription box that you receive every month filled with a variety of 5-6 products. The products in the box range from skincare, hair care to cosmetic goodies! You can either purchase a month to month subscription at just over 10 pounds a month, or pay upfront in the range of 6 month, 9 months and to a year, where the cost of it reduces the longer you subscribe for.

Like every month, the box inside is neatly packaged, with a ribbon tying the goodies together underneath tissue wrapping paper. The detailing and effort put into these makes the box feel even more special when you open it up.

Marchs box consists of array of different skincare and cosmetic goodies! Which are always my favourite. Can a girl ever have too much make up? (The answer is infact yes but let's just brush over that reality).

The first product I pulled out of the box is the The Body Shop Coconut body butter. rrp. £6. I may not be the biggest fan of coconut smelling products, although if you give me coconut flavoured chocolate we are talking an entirely different story. But the consistency of this product is a rich creamy texture. It's is definitely moisturizing to the body but I would not say it hydrates the body for up to 72 hours despite what the product labels tells you. Talking about the scent of this for a second, I wouldn't call the 'coconut' refreshing. It more smells like an artificial coconut scent, thus putting me slightly more of the product, however if it was another body butter from the body shop range I would certainly use it in my everyday routine.

Bybi Plumper Lip Balm rrp. £9 When I first applied a pea size amount of product upon my lips just as the packaging instructed me to, I was met with a tingling sensation which must of been the plumping side of the lip balm working. It was certainly not an uncomfortable feeling but unlike other lip balms you was very aware your lips had something on them. Although on the moisture front I really did feel a difference in the feel of my lips as they felt healthy and more moistured than other plumping style lip products I have tried in the past. Once I put lipstick on top you could not at all tell that my lips may of previously been all dry and horrible. Again this is incredibly rare for me as someone who suffers really badly with cracked and dry lips in the Winter and Spring months.

After investigating and trying out the lip balm, I pulled out the Laritzy Cosmetics Highlighter in Utopia, rrp 15.30 pounds. I normally when doing my make up always use a white highlighter  so when I noticed this highlighter was a pink toned one I was very excited to try it. I always prefer a natural style of highlighter that gives you a dewy glow as opposed to a bold line of highlight on your cheekbones. You definitely have to apply a lot more on than you would a white toned highlighter but the effect and quality of the product makes up for this. Although I have never heard of the brand before, with the success of me loving this highlighter, it makes me want to try more products from this brand. In fact, it makes me wish to me more adventurous with different make up brands. If you only buy one thing from this post I throughly recommend this and although it is a little bit more expensive than any drugstore product you get what you pay for.

Liquid lipsticks are something I never venture into. But with my previous statement I certainly will try and give this more of a go. When I pulled out the Bellapierre Kiss Proof Lip Creme rrp £20 pounds, I sighed with disappointment with the colour shade. I'm definitely not a girl who wears darker shaded lipsticks or lipglosses for that matter. But I can fault this lipstick. With it's creamy formula it really does glide across your lips, providing a matte style finish. Another thing I'm not a fan of but adding a small gloss of the Bybi's plumper lip balm turns any lip product into a glossy finish. 

Last but by no means least, we have the Essence Instant Matt Fixing Spray rrp £3 pounds. Fixing sprays for me hands down are the most important part of make up, it holds it in place and helps seal in the make up for that long lasting finish. The same way powder does. Although most days I go for a more dewy glowy look there are those days where a matt finish seems more appropriate, especially being at work.  It keeps my make up in place and with a price tag of only 3 pounds it is definitely within budget compared to my beloved Mac Setting spray and a good drugstore alternative. A must have product for the price. 

Overall, for the price I feel this months Glossybox is worth it, although there has been some better ones in the past with terms of products (Last month I recieved a Huda Beauty Lip crayon which I l o v e), but it is not the worst beauty subscription box ever. 

What beauty product are you most excited to try? And do you think this month's glossy box is worth it? I'll love to hear your thoughts but for now.
Toodlepip lovelies 
Lucy x