Tuesday, 31 March 2015

March in Instagram

1. A catch up with Amy was had with shopping in Southampton and lunch in Ebb & Flow.

2. I went to the Instyle & John Lewis Best Beauty Buys event which you can read about here - John Lewis & Instyle Best Beauty Buys 2015.

3. Festival Place in Basingstoke held a Fashion Blogging event all on body shape and dressing correctly for our own. We had the most amazing goody bag to take home with us too!

4. A cloudy Sunday in Southampton was spent with my favourite blogging girls in Ebb & Flow eating Afternoon Tea and having a huge catch up.

5. I had a Michael Kors purse sent through from Harvey Nichols and I can't stop looking at it! I just need the Saffiano bag to match now.

6. Thierry Mugler also surprised me with my own personalised bottle of Angel Gravity and my very one star gift pack. 

7. My sister, Emily and I travelled up to Milton Keynes to spend the weekend with our best friends, a night out was planned, alcohol was drunk and silly photos were taken.

8. My sister has also FINALLY upped her make up game and proudly sent me this photo a couple of weeks back.

9. Easter came early with a surprise package from Degustabox UK and Lindt. 


Monday, 30 March 2015

March Empties

  •  Garnier Simply Essentials Cleansing Wipes
  • Soap & Glory Scrub 'Em & Leave 'Em
  • Lush Cosmetics So White
  • Lush Cosmetics Dream Cream
  • Liz Earle Botanical Shine Shampoo
  • Paul Mitchell Dry Shampoo
  • Along Came Better Scrub 
  • Dream Dots 
  • Colab London 
  • Batiste Floral Dry Shampoo
  • Cloud 9 Magical Duet
  • Caudalie Serum
  • The Body Shop Lengthening Mascara
  • Smashbox Photo Finish Primer 
  • Lancome Bi Facil 
  • Decleor Samples
  • Baby Lips Hydrate 


Saturday, 28 March 2015

The Saturday Night Outfit

Every now and then I feel the urge to get dressed up and go out with the girls, I'm more of a home bird now so it doesn't happen too often as I'd much rather be in my converse than six inch heels. Last weekend was a friend's leaving party so off I tottered to Oxford Street in Southampton for a night of shots and dancing.

Sunday, 22 March 2015

John Lewis & Instyle Best Beauty Buys

A few weeks back I attended the Instyle & John Lewis Best Beauty Buys event in West Quay Southampton. Tanya and I went along after a quick coffee in Ebb & Flow for a talk on all things beauty by Cassie Steer, Instyle's Beauty Director and Catherine Scale, acting Beauty Assistant. We were greeted with Champagne and Canapes by the staff at John Lewis and were given the chance to have a wonder around the room and talk to beauty specialists from Liz Earle, Clarins and MAC Cosmetics. 

Friday, 20 March 2015

Ebb & Flow // Southampton

For months I'd been walking past Ebb & Flow in Southampton saying I had to try it and just never got round to it so when Amy from amzyinwonderland.blogspot.co.uk and I spent the day walking around in the sunshine and shopping, we made it our mission to go and try it out. We went in on a Monday afternoon while it was relatively quiet which meant we had the chance to have a real catch up and take advantage of the free wifi. Ebb & Flow sort of has a serve yourself vibe which I loved. You just go up and help yourself to whatever from the fridge while grabbing a menu on the way. 

Amy and I filled up on pink lemonade in mason glasses with paper straws while we waited for our huge flatbreads and sweet potato fries. I had the pulled pork while Amy went for tomato and mozzarella. Both the flatbreads were so yummy and we've already arranged to go back again in a few weeks with the rest of the girls. I can't think of anywhere else in Southampton like Ebb & Flow, its cute, quirky and if you pictured your perfect instagrammable lunch hangout, Ebb & Flow would be it.

If you're in Southampton and want to try something different with fab food then make sure your next stop is Ebb & Flow. I could easily spend hours in there with my favourite girls, drinking coffee and trying out more of the menu. Have you been to Ebb & Flow before? What were your thoughts?


Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Yves Rocher Sérum Végétal Wrinkles and Radiance

Turning twenty five made me freak out about my skin so if you saw a crazy lady swiping all the skincare in a shopping basket in Boots, that was probably me. I haven't quite found my go to routine yet, I'm a bit of a skincare floozy. I jump from cream, to serum, to different brand and then back to where I started again so when the Yves Rocher Sérum Végétal Wrinkles and Radiance* set landed in  my hands I couldn't cleanse my face quick enough. 

I unfortunately didn't get on very well with it and it irritated my skin a little so this was kindly passed on to my Mother who was just as excited as I was with it originally. The set comes in a good sized travel case, and both creams are full size. The day and night cream is suitable for all skin types and smell really good. The balm like texture soaks into the skin well and the few days I used both creams my skin felt smoother and plumper, it's just a shame I couldn't continue with it. My mother has been using the set for the last few weeks and has said she's noticing a difference already. Her skin looks glowing and it's subtly starting to smooth out faint lines. 

If you're looking for something to help with a quarter life crisis, a gift for someone special or just to start or change your own skincare routine then Yves Rocher would be a fab place to start. There's such a wide range of skincare that there is something for everyone. 

*PR Sample

Friday, 13 March 2015

Festival Place Blogging Event

Last Friday I was invited along to a blogging event with Festival Place in Basingstoke. Jessica and I drove up from Southampton to meet Tanya and Jess where we met the Festival Place team and some more bloggers in Giraffe for an evening of styling tips and learning to dress for our body shape.

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Maxfactor False Lash Effect

Whenever anyone asks for recommendations on high street mascaras I always recommend False Lash Effect. I've been using this mascara since it came out five or so years ago and it's probably the only make up item I've repurchased more times than I can remember. Maxfactor is my go to for most make up items if I need a cheap fix as they really do have some fab products. I recently reviewed the Maxfactor Facefinity All Day Flawless foundation on Annie Writes Beauty as it's my cheaper option when I don't have any MAC Cosmetics Studio Fix Foundation.  

False Lash Effect comes in the deepest black shade but I'm currently using a brown one as I find it makes my eyes look bluer alongside brown eyeliner. It has a wide, stubby wand with little plastic bristles to help comb and separate each and every lash. The tip of the wand really helps to get the corner lashes without making them clump but I do find it a little difficult to coat my lower lashes as mine are quite long. This does come in a waterproof version but I don't like waterproof mascaras so just use their standard ones. I don't get any smudging or marks with this mascara though even after a fall day at work, I can usually got straight out after work without having to touch up or clean around my eye area.

I'm not one for wearing false eye lashes anymore, I just can't be bothered so something like False Lash Effect is my best friend. I've been wearing it alongside Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash to add extra volume and curl and it's my perfect pairing. False Lash Effect retails at £11.99 which some may think is quite pricey but Maxfactor always have offers on in Boots and sometimes you can pick them up for £7.99 in Superdrug. 


Monday, 9 March 2015

Lush Cosmetics Easter Preview

Last week I went along to Lush Southampton for their Easter Preview night with some of the blog girls. I love this time of year with Lush, first comes the January sales then Valentines, Mother's Day and Easter, I'm just there handing them my money. Rosie and the team laid on drinks and were bursting with information on all their new seasonal products and the new Gorilla perfumes. 

After having a good old sniff of all that was new and a quick squidge of the new shower jelly Pot O' Gold, I grabbed a basket and filled it to the brim. I hadn't picked up any Mother's Day bath bombs yet so I bought Bubblegrub, Mother Superior, Rose and Secret Garden then moved onto the Easter bath products to buy Golden Egg, Hoppity Poppity and Fluffy Egg. I'm well and truly stocked up and have an over flowing basket of products again! Have you picked anything up from the new season launches yet? What's been your favourite product?


Sunday, 8 March 2015

March Birchbox in Collaboration with Habitat

There's nothing I love more than when my monthly Birchbox falls through my letterbox. It's the little box goodies that is guaranteed to put a smile on my face but I must say I wasn't blown away by this months. The March Birchbox* is in collaboration with Habitat which was one of my favourite homeware stores before they pulled out of Southampton. The theme is 'Do try this at home' and is all about refreshing your home, getting rid of that clutter you've been meaning to and just have a sort out. Something I've been doing recently as we finally have the new wardrobe up! Also inside this months box is a 20% discount code for Habitat in store and online.  

This month you were able to pick which Benefit mascara sample you received in your box, be it They're Real, Bad Gal or Roller Lash. I left it up to fate and had Roller Lash in my box. I've been using it non stop since picking up last months Elle so I will definitely get some use out of this sample. Tan Organic was a nice surprise, I had a full size bottle sent through last month and am yet to try it so I'll probably trial the sample first so time to get my tan on!

Philip Kingsley seems to be a regular occurrence in recent boxes but I haven't had a double yet. This months was a sample of the Smooth Cream which smooths, shines and protects frizzy hair. The cream has a light fragrance and it did a fab job keep any flyaways in check. Janjira is a new brand to me so I was quite interested to try it. My skin is really sensitive at the moment and seems to be reacting with everything and this did not help. The grains were quite harsh and my skin felt pretty sore after the first use. 

The last three items were a little notebook, a book sample and a perfume sample so nothing really exciting. I usually love Birchbox but this months wasn't great. It was just a bit samey and I expected a bit more from a collaboration with Habitat. April's box is looking to set the bar high again and I'm pretty excited about a certain sample. You can sign up in time for the April Birchbox on www.birchbox.co.uk for just £12.95 including P&P.

*PR Sample

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Marc Jacobs Perfume Collection

I've been pretty open about my addiction to Marc Jacobs perfumes, I share the pretty bottles on Instagram and drool longingly at the new collections so it was only fitting that I posted my MJ perfume collection on Annie Writes Beauty. The Marc Jacobs Sorbet collection launches today so before I buy the two latest releases I thought I'd show you my current collection. My love for Marc Jacobs started with Lola, a dark and flirty scent I've been wearing for five years, I'm on my third bottle now as I usually wear this through the Winter months. You can read my review of it here - Lola by Marc Jacobs. I also have Oh Lola! but it's not one of my favourites. I picked it up really cheap in the January sales a couple of years ago and had to add it to the collection!

My second bottle was the original Daisy which then was swiftly followed by Daisy Eau So Fresh and a limited edition bottle of Daisy from the 2012 Sunshine collection. All the Daisy perfumes have notes of Wild Strawberry, Violet Leaves and Ruby Red Grapefruit among other notes to make them all different. My last bottle from the Daisy line was Daisy Dream which was released last Summer. It's the most beautiful bottle and scent. I did a review of it back in September last year - Daisy Dream by Marc Jacobs.  I can't wait to see what's added in the future.

My last two bottles are Dot and Honey. Dot was based on Marc Jacob's love of Polka Dots and contains notes of Vanilla, Jasmine, Dragon Fruit, Coconut Water, Red Berries and Orange Blossom. Honey is happy go lucky scent which was my go to Summer scent last year and has notes of Pear, Mandarin, Honeysuckle, Vanilla, Peach and Apricot. As soon as I have the perfumes from this years Sorbet collection I'll be posting them on here so keep a look out. I'd love to know if there are any Marc Jacob perfumes that are your favourites too. 


Monday, 2 March 2015

March Wishlist

March Wishlist

I've mentioned before how much I love Polyvore and making mood boards of make up products and homeware to lust over so I thought as I hadn't posted one on Annie Writes Beauty since the end of 2014, a new wishlist was definitely on the cards. The above product colours have all blended quite nicely on the board and scream Spring! Marc Jacob's newest collection Sorbet has been on my wishlist for around two months now. Daisy and Daisy Eau So Fresh are due for release in a couple of days time on the 4th of March and even before I've smelt them, I know they'll be sitting on my dresser sooner than you can say new perfume. 
There are three base products I've been wanting for a while now too. The first one is the Star foundation by Dior. I've been trialing this since November on and off and I love it so much. It makes my skin look poreless and it glides on, fixing my base for the whole day. Next up is the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow palette. I have seen this on numerous blogs and wishlists, the reviews are fantastic and it's so beautiful plus I might get my contouring in check with this palette of golden goodness. Lastly is Hervana by Benefit Cosmetics. Dandelion was one I recently bought and Hervana is second on my list. It's a pretty pink, mauve blush and it couldn't be more my shades if it tried. 
Is anything on my wishlist on yours too? What have you been lusting after?
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