Monday, 19 October 2015

What is in my handbag?

As I have promised you last week, today I would like to share what do I carry in my handbag. Personally I love to watch on YouTube "what is in my handbag" vlogs and find them not just interesting, but useful. I think what ever you have in your handbag, can describe you as a person. Looks like I am a minimalist even in this.

I don't collect bags, but I have three I love and would find my life inconvenient without.  

- Casual. I have this black backpack from the Red Herring. It is comfortable (with a toddler), but elegant with a cute bow and a stylish weave cut. Beautiful thing to wear every day. I bought it a year ago from the Debenhams and it is with me in and out ever since.

- Going out. This is my "star"! I bought it same time as backpack, but I wear it only on special occasions. Lovely tan bag from Nica. I like the design and tiny details. Another pros is that it can fit enough of everything a girl needs.

- Summer time. Well I would call it only that, because I wear it only during hot summer days. I always wanted a vintage look bag. I got it from the Primark, so it isn't as pricey as bags above. By now I know that price is not everything. I like the look and feel of it. Brilliant for going outs, walks in the park or for a trip to a seaside.

My recent additions are two jute shopper bags. I have one with the lovely green daisies pattern all over and another one with blue and yellow check pattern. Both got a handy zip. I used jute bag with daisies during the summer time and checked pattern jute bag is with now. It suits better with the autumn clothes. 

You can find similar jute bags on MWgift(s) on eBay, just click here to have a look.

What is in my bag?

Most of the time I have same items in my bag. If I change a bag, I just transfer what is important to a new one and back.

1. Purse. I have two: one for notes and cards, another for coins. I don't like big wallets, so this is the best way for me.

2. Card holder. I am using it for all the advantage cards I have. To keep them in one place, not all over the bag. Plus I tend to put any useful coupons in there, to stay on top of the shopping game.

3. Oyster card. I use public transport almost daily and this is a necessary little thing to have in the handbag if you live in London. I keep it in this cute card holder from Cath Kidston.

4. Mobile. Another item I can't go out without. Being a mum I need my mobile constantly on me. Whenever I forget it at home, I feel more tense and worried. I got this Samsung J recently. I like its big screen and it has enough space for all the apps I need. Does decent photos as well. 

5. Home keys. Well, you can't leave them at home for sure! I have small shell from India on them and a Dove coin for shopping trolley, plus some fobs of advantage and library cards.

6. Cosmetic bag. I got this one from my first and last Birchbox, they had really nice samples that month and I couldn't resist it. I don't really carry cosmetics with me. I do my make-up in the mornings and usually don't need any touching up during the day. 

But here are my cosmetic bag must haves:

- Shine control papers. I have current ones from the Superdrug. I mentioned them before, they do job lovely and not too expensive.
- Lip balm. I got this lovely lip balm from Lollipops. It came in the July's Glossybox and I am just in love with it. Nice texture, it isn't sticky, has gentle scent and does the job. What else would you want?
- Small hair brush. I have a Kent Natural Shine Range Procrupine brush. It has beech wood handle, natural bristles with nylon mix. Glides perfectly through long hair, doesn't pull and leaves them soft and smooth. I like it so much, that I would like to buy a big one for my dressing table.

7. Pocket tissue. Well, you never know when you will need one.

8. Mouth freshener. Just in case I feel like I need some. I have always or chewing gum or Tic Tac in my handbag.

9. Umbrella. I have this cute small umbrella from Cath Kidston. It fits in casual and going out bag perfectly. I like the pattern and surprisingly it is a strong umbrella for a windy London. I have it for a year now.

10. Headphones. To listen music on the go.

Two items are missing from my bag: small mirror and a hand cream. I will need to replace them asap.

Here is my hand bag story - not a perfect one, but personal. What do you have in your handbag? Is there something, you can't go out without?

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Glossybox - October 2015

My October Glossybox has arrived on Monday nicely in time for my Birthday. I had time to open my beauty treats, try them and even use some of them. So I can share some thought on the items today. Here is my October Glossybox.

A lovely selection of skin care and cosmetics this month. Not the first box to include all five full sized beauty products, but I think it is the best Glossybox I got so far. I am actually already using two cosmetics and I am sure the rest will follow shortly.

1. Talika Photo-Hydra Day. A sneak peek from the last month. Light and fragrance free gel. It absorbs instantly into the skin, leaving it soft and smooth on touch.

Photo-Hydra Day according to the official website, infuses light energy to the cells and promotes the steady hydration of the skin throughout the day: featuring Hydra Photo-Beauty, an amino-acid that recreates the beneficial effects of natural light on skin cells activity. Very interesting indeed!

Photo-Hydra Day boosts intra-cellular hydration, optimises extra-cellular hydration and supports the rejuvenation of the skin. Cream contains Mango butter: a strong natural moisturiser. Mango butter is reach with vitamin A, C and E known for their action against free radicals. A "Yes" from me!

2. Lanolips Golden Ointment Dry Skin Salve. This salve is made from the ingredients used in burns healing in leading hospitals worldwide. A 100% natural mix of Lanolin, Manuka Honey and Vitamin E. It is perfect for extremely dry, rough, itchy and unhappy skin. 

Reminds me of one of my DIY Beauty creams. It is oil based salve. Probably not the best packaging option, because salve is in the solid form. It melts divinely on the skin, but such hard work to get it out from the tube. Smells like honey - delicious! 

According to the website this intensely rich ointment will nourish and soothe extremely dry skin leaving it silky soft, dewy and healthy. Can be used all over the body, including hands, legs, arms - and it is also a wonderful lip conditioner.

3. Jelly Pong Pong Fairy Lashes Curl Mascara. Cruelty free mascara with a very good ingredient list. I haven't used mascara for months. But when I saw the consistency and the brush, I just couldn't resist.

 Mascara dries quickly on lashes, so no smudging. The best quality of it, is that mascara separates lashes and coats them evenly. It gives you dark lashes with about a mascara look. I am in love with it at the moment and wonder if I have found a perfect mascara with the more or less natural formula.

I haven't tried a dramatic look with it just yet, but according to the website you can achieve it with this mascara. Have you tried it before?

4. So Susan Haute Light Highlighting Pencil. Another natural cosmetic item from my box this month. I tried this brand before and can tell you that pencil is the best. I remember that mascara was staining my lids and took forever to dry, lip colour selection was a bit too dry for me. But this highlighting pencil is good! 

It is an ivory shade pencil with the creamy texture. I use it to highlight inner corner of my eyes and  the bottom water line. This highlighting pencil is made with white Truffle extract and Eyeseryl peptide to help reduce eyebags and increase skin elasticity. You can use it in the usual areas required highlighting, like brow bones, cheek bones, centre of your nose and the cupid's bow. According to the official website it is also a shadow base for colour that last.

5. Nicka K Airbrush Blending Sponge. Finally I got my own beauty blender. Being not a full on make-up girl, I doubt I would spend my money on one. But nerveless I am glad to have it and will give it a proper use for my special occasion's looks. 

Blending sponge is firm, but soft on touch. I like the shape of it, can see it reaching in all those tiny places for even, flawlessly fresh look.

Amazing box! Have you tried any from above? 
Do share your tips about hot to care after a beauty blender. How to wash it and the likes?

Monday, 12 October 2015

MWgift(s) - October Update

September was an amazing month for me and my project - MWgift(s). Along with sales on eBay, Amazon has surprised me with some sales too. I had the pleasure to learn the selling side of it. I plan to up to date my online selling review just before end of the year, that will give me enough time to get all the experience.

In new stock area, it was a quiet month. I have posted only one item on eBay last month - a jute bag. It is unisex checked patterned jute bag with a zip closure. Very actual in UK from October, due to introduced plastic bag charges. 

You can find it in three colours:
1. Red and Orange
2. Blue and Grey
3. Burgundy and Brown

I will have new stock delivered by end of October, so I expect November to be a busy month indeed. Stay tuned to my page on eBay and Amazon to be first to see the new selection. 

I am preparing a blogpost about what do I carry in my handbag. Look out for it later this week and I will add photos of my own jute bags for you to have a look at. I think they are great, eco-friendly, but yet stylish bag to carry out and about.

Happy shopping everyone!

Friday, 9 October 2015

Nails Inc Battersea Park - Review and Swatch

My September Glossybox surprised me with the Nails Inc Battersea Park nail polish. It is a beautiful and just the right shade for this autumn. After my big beauty clear out, it is a welcome addition to my nail polish collection.

It's awesome! 

I love the shade (grey-green, khaki), gloss and consistency. I am sure it will be used a lot by me this autumn/winter. Alas, it isn't a long lasting polish. On the second day I had a big chip on one of the nail tip and a slight wear off on the rest. I believe work and motherhood affect the nail polish lasting abilities. So, I won't keep it against the Nail Inc. I would like to give Nails Inc Battersea Park 4 stars out of 5.

A stunning shade for autumn to play with. Have you tried it yet?

Read more:

- Big beauty clear out part one and part two.

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Beauty Tip of the Month - October

I have a tiny beauty tip to share this month. I thought each girl or a boy need to know this. 

Monday, 5 October 2015

Big Beauty Clear out - Part Two - Cosmetics

Now it is cosmetics' turn. I have more than I thought it is possible, some due to Glossybox and most of them still in dates, so will go to the new home for some love. Some, sadly will go to the bin.

Let's go through them with the short reviews. I haven't done any swatches to share. All of them are mentioned before, just browse for cosmetics in the search bar.

Bourjois Paris.

I have few items from this brand and all of them from free gift set I received when I bought few items before Christmas last year. Proves the point - don't be tempted with the gift. Bourjois Paris Smoky Eyes Trio Eyeshadow is in right shades of grey, but they are too shimmery for me. I tried to use them few times, but they sadly looked like a smudge on my eyes and the way to shiny. I will give Bourjois Smoky Eyes Trio Eyeshadow 4 stars out of 5. Maybe not my shade, but they were not easy at blending.

Bourjois Paris Rouge Edition Lipstick in Beige Trench. A lovely shade, but I just didn't like the consistency. Tried to use it with a lip balm and with out, it just highlighted all lines on the lips I never thought exist there. Maybe it is a bit to dry for my taste. I can give Rouge Edition Lipstick only 3 stars out of 5.

Bourjois Paris Volume Glamour Max Holidays Mascara. This one is a lovely volume mascara in a small tube with a very big brush. I don't use a mascara in my daily make-up any more, so it is getting old without any use now. Still, it is a good and affordable volume mascara to look for, I will give it 5 stars out of 5.

Bourjois Paris Delice de Poudre, I got it in the lighter shade. Used actively two summers ago now. I think I had more tan when, ever since it is too dark for my skin. Gives me that orange undertone none wants on the face. But I can tell you it is decent light bronzer, with pleasant fragrance and in a cute chocolate style case. 


MeMeMe Eye Line Pencil in Clay. Got is from the Glossybox in January. It is just not my shade of brown, makes my eyes look really tired. I haven't used it much to rate, only can say it isn't soft and doesn't glides with ease.

MeMeMe Lip Glide in Playful Peach. Again not my shade at all and I didn't like the consistency a bit too drying on my lips. Used only once to test, so no rating for it either.

Lollipops Make Up Eye Pencil Black - Goodbye Moon. Again not my favourite eye pencil, not enough soft to glide easily and I don't like to press or drag eye pencil on my lids. Not being 30 and a bit plus.

But after all this negative eye pencil's saga I got one I loved a lot - Lavera  Grey Eyeliner. It is truly soft, glides well, contains natural ingredients (I use it on my water line), perfect grey for my eyes and complexion. This is my number one eye pencil so far. I will give Lavera Grey Eyeliner 5 stars out of 5.

Revlon Lipstick. it is one of Revlon Colorburst ones, but I don't have a shade for you. Not to worry much, I couldn't even find it on their official website. Not a surprise, it is time for it to go. This was one of the lipsticks, which didn't dry my lips out. I shall have a look at new Revlon lines in my next shopping.

There few more cosmetics left I hardly used, but I think they are very good - sadly not my shade or my kind of thing. Jelly Pong Pong All Over Glow - beautiful highlighter in a liquid form. I planed to give it a go in the summer, but never actually did. Do not want it to go off, so it is going to a new home. 

Nickak New York Colorluxe Powder Blush in Romantic shade. It is so beautiful cosmetic product, but a little bit too pink for me. I love the texture, scent and it has a super cute packaging. 

Burt's Bees Lip Shine. Well, I have nothing against the colour, but this lip shine is too sticky. I hate when my hair get stuck to my lips on the go. A natural lip gloss, but a "no" for me. 

I think I haven't left anything out. Now I collected everything from skin care and cosmetics to give into new care.

And here are items to put into the bin.

Do you check your bathroom and beauty cabinets regularly? Do you prefer to keep cosmetics and toiletries or it is easy for you to let go, if it is a wrong one?

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Big Beauty Clear Out - Part One Skin Care

Season has changed and I presently am in between of my beauty routines. I set myself a task to finish beauty products I have now and to prepare myself for the cooler months ahead with new beauty routines. I will post you with them as soon, as they are in full swing.

At the moment, I have something entirely else to share. I went through my beauty items and pulled out everything expired (click here for cosmetics shelf life guide) or about to expire in few months time, but I don't use for any kind of reasons.

Amazingly, even with my conscious approach to shopping this year, I got a lot to share with you. Some of these will go straight to the bin, some I will give away to be used before they actually expire. And I have promised myself to review my conscious shopping list to avoid that much waste in the future. Click here to read a current one.

I will divide this post into two parts: Skin Care and Cosmetics. I have sorted everything in groups too: skin care, cosmetics, items to to pun into the bin and items to give away. 

Big beauty clear out - Skin care 

Sadly I couldn't finish in time my Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate oil and Pai Kukui and Jojoba Bead Skin Brightening Exfoliator. Both are natural skin care products with 6 months shelf life once opened.

I used Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate oil as a serum before my night cream. It has a lovely texture and gentle scent. Always left my skin soft and well moisturised. I would like to give it 5 stars out of 5. Would be nice, if Pai could offer a smaller bottle. I hate to waste something so nice and precious. 

A very helpful lady on Pai website's chart provided me with it's ingredient list. Have a look:

Rosa Canina (rosehip CO2) Seed Extract, Rosa Canina (rosehip CO2) Fruit Extract, mixed tocopherols (natural vitamin E), Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract

According to the Pai, they use both the fruit and seeds from the Rosehip and extract via CO2 supercritical extraction so it's super concentrated.

I have mixed review of Pai Kukui and Jojoba Bead Skin Brightening Exfoliator. I had days I loved it and and days I thought it felt strange on my skin. Exfoliating beads are tiny, but you can feel them on your skin so much. I loved the scent, but hated the packaging. I noticed that Pai have changed small pump bottle for a squeezy one. That is great, because pump was the way too stiff. Made me work hard each time I wanted to use the exfoliator. 

Here is the ingredient list for you to have a look:

Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil -Sunflower Oil, Glycerin -Organic Derived egetable Glycerine, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Aleurites Moluccana Seed Oil, Kukui Oil, Prunus Armeniaca Kernel Oil, Apricot Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius Seed Oil, Safflower Oil, Persea Gratissima Oil, Avocado Oil, Hydrogenated Castor Oil (and) Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil - Jojoba Beads, Sucrose Laurate - Sucrose Laurate, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Fruit Water - Orange Fruit Water, Boswellia Neglecta Oil - Frankincense Oil, Litsea Cubeba Fruit Oil - May Chang Oil, Tocopherol - Natural Vitamin E

Overall I would like to give Pai Kukui and Jojoba Bead Skin Brightening Exfoliator 4 stars out of 5. I will ignore the packaging, but can't ignore those beads - they are not as gentle as I would like them to be. But this is one of the best natural exfoliators I have tried so far. I told you - a very mixed review.

Let's move on to Amie Spring Clean Deep Cleansing Mask. Another natural skin care product I used this spring/summer time. I found it is a way too refreshing and indeed deep cleansing to take on into the autumn/winter skin care routine. Mask has 12 months of open use, so I plan to give it away to somebody who likes mint scent and tinkly feel on the skin. 

Here is the ingredient list:

Aqua (Water), Kaolin, Zinc Oxide, Glycerin, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Steareth-2, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Cyclohexasiloxane, Steareth-21, Xanthan Gum, Octyldodecanol, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Menthyl Lactate, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract, Citral, Limonene, Geraniol, Linalool, Disodium EDTA, Citric Acid, CI 19140 (Yellow 5), CI 42090 (Blue 1).

I will give Amie Spring Clean Deep Cleansing Mask 4 stars out of 5. I am not sure it is suitable for the sensitive skin types, due to the peppermint. But over wise it is a lovely natural face mask to use once a week. I though it was wonderful and amazingly refreshing after a long, hot day.

St.Ives Invigorating Body Scrub. I am really not so good with the large tubs! This body scrub lingered on my bathroom shelf for far too long. It is time to let it go, but not without a review. Originally bought for my foot care, but was used all over the place in general. Exfoliating beads are large enough to give a good rub on a tough skin and formula is gentle enough not to damage the skin in process. I wouldn't use it more than once a week through. 

Here is the ingredient list:

Aqua (Water), Juglans Regia (Walnut) Shell Powder, Glyceryl Stearate, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Zea Mays (Corn) Kernel Meal, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, PEG-100 Stearate, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Fruit Extract, Cetyl Acetate, Polysorbate 60, Ceteareth-20, Acetylated Lanolin Alcohol, Carbomer, Phenethyl Alcohol, PPG-2 Methyl Ether, Glycerin, Triethanolamine, Methylisothiazolinone, Parfum (Fragrance), Limonene, Linalool, CI 77891

I would like to give St. Ives Invigorating Body Scrub 5 stars out of 5. Pity I need to let it go. Plan to make a small jar of Natural Body Scrub myself, so keep an aye for DIY Beauty.

Now, the Castor Oil for my DIY Beauty is opened for longer than 3 years and it is time to put it into the bin. I think I will need a smaller bottle of Castor oil in the future. It is such a lovely, vitamin E rich oil to use for hair, lashes and eyebrows. Read here about Castor oil properties and beauty benefits.

Part two with expired or no longer needed cosmetics is coming soon! 
Do you keep an aye on expiry dates of your toiletries? Share your tips with me in the comments below?

Saturday, 3 October 2015

September Beauty Haul

I've been a very naughty girl ignoring a simple heat protection spray. Luckily I have used my hand made hair serum until now. Coconut oil and essential oils I used to make it do have heat protection properties. But even that wan't enough, because I have noticed by end of summer, my hair ends got dry and brittle.

I paid a visit to a hairdresser this month and to keep my fresh cut in a good condition and to help my hair to grow better, I bought two new hair care products from Toni and Guy: Prep Heat Protection Mist High Temperature Protection and Shine Gloss Serum.

I think my hair are in a need of professional technology along with the natural hair oils I use to cope with the modern pollution. Tony and Guy Prep Heat Protection Mist helps protect against damage and breakage caused from heat styling and conditions hair for a softer, smoother finish. Shine Gloss Serum is suitable for all hair types. Helps control frizz and static with an ultra-smooth shine and alignment. It is perfect after blow-drying to seal cuticles, condition hair and tame fly-aways. I think a perfect couple to add into my hair care routine this autumn, will post you soon with an update.

Here are the other beauty treats from September.

Got new tube of concealer from Miss Sporty. It works well with my skin, so I have decided to keep it up longer. Click here to read the full review of Miss Sporty Liquid Concealer

Few days ago I did a big autumn beauty clear out, (post will follow shortly) and I got another beauty replacement  - Lavera Organic Soft Eyeliner Pencil in grey. I have mentioned it before, that this is my favourite natural eyeliner. It came with samples of Cranberry and Argan Rich Day Cream. I am in search for a new face moisturiser to use during cooler months, looking forward to try these samples.

And the last, but not the least - Superdrug Spray Bottle. I got it topped up with my face toner and I use it every morning after the shower. Such a simple and refreshing treat.

I think my Glossybox subscription satisfies many of my beauty needs and I noticed that I wait for the box to arrive each month now before venturing into the shops. October is my birthday month, so I am sure I will have something nice to share.