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Xmas Giveaway: JolieBox and BirchBox

25 Dec

Merry Christmas everyone!!! I’ve got something exciting for you all! You may have heard on the beauty scene, of a rumour about a merger between a certain European beauty box, and the original American beauty box….. Here’s a sneak peek at my first Birchbox encounter and I’m giving away both a JolieBox (this one is the November edition) and the Birchbox too!

Here’s our lovely JolieBox which I’ve been a regular subscriber of for around 6 months now:
jolie box box

And inside the goodies are:jolie box nov

Dead Sea Spa Magik Gentle Cleansing Facial Wash

Sparkling Body Milk by Topic Cream

Marvis Toothpaste – Liquorice flavour Italian

Yardley Perfume – Royal Diamond

VAV Manucure Absolute Hand Cream

Jane Iredale BB Cream Sachet SPF 25

beauty box comparison

Little bit of a comparison between the boxes, JolieBox is a more elegant, classic style whereas Birchbox is distinctly more girly and has a Barbie pink sleeve.

beauty box comparison 2

Drumroll please… for the hot pink Birchbox!

birch box 2

Inside the Birchbox is:

birch box

Brightening Cleaser by DDF

Moisturising Lipgloss in Wind by Jouer

Viva La Juicy La Fleur

LIQWD Professional Volumizing Catalyst

Lara Bar Uber Apple Turnover

To enter the giveaway via Rafflecopter and opt in for as many chances as you like. The giveaway ends on Jan 2nd when I will get in contact with the winner via e-mail. Good luck everyone!

(Post competition edit): The winner is….. Helen @MummytotheMax! I’ve sent you an e-mail so let me know your address so I can get your prize out to you!!!

Hope you are having a wonderful festive time!

LDNshopaholic xx

Nails: Ciaté Mini Mani Month

6 Dec

So you may have noticed my excitement last week when I instagrammed my advent calendar… it’s only the Ciaté Mini Mani Month! I know we’re a few days into December now but I think this could still make an epic gift as you get 25 polishes for £38 (full size polishes are usually £9) or you could just treat yourself and open multiple days as soon as you get it!

Here’s the outer packaging:

ciate mini mani month advent calendar

And it opens up to look like this:

Mini mani month 1

The polishes I’ve got so far are Cupcake Queen, Caviar Pearls in Prom Queen (currently only available in Caviar Mini set), Dangerous Affair, Halo and Cabaret.

close up mini mani month

I’m so excited to try out the Caviar Pearls and you’ll definitely be seeing a lot of Ciaté in my Nails of the Week posts! There’s also three exclusive new polishes in the calendar which I’m eager to discover.

What advent calendar have you got this year? I know there are a few beauty ones out there as well as lots of lovely chocolatey ones – yum!

LDNshopaholic xxx

Bonjour Paris

23 Feb


So here are some VERY belated photos from my trip to Paris the week before Christmas (better late than never right?!). We stayed very near the department store Galeries Lafayette, where they had a huge Christmas tree hanging in their beautiful domed ceiling for the Festive season. In their gift section, I discovered the biggest jar of Nutella…. I really wanted it but I decided there wasn’t enough room in my suitcase (sad times)! Outside there was a street pianist, with a proper piano! The music was beautiful and really set the scene.

We did all the sights, Notre Dame Cathedral, The Eiffel Tower, The Louvre… and the pastry shops and the vintage shops! Thanks for the recommendations you sent me on Twitter, I was blown away by the vintage Chanel and Hermés at Didier Ludot:

Paris Outfit of the Day:

Coat: Miss Selfridge

Jeans: Leigh from Topshop

Bag: Mulberry Bayswater

Scarf: H&M

Gloves: Mulberry

Tiger Print Studded Cardigan: Topshop

 I was generally being quite controlled with shopping during my trip, but it all went a bit pear-shaped on entry to Sephora… details in the haul video below!

We watched Amelié whilst we were there, but didn’t get a chance to visit Montmatre (where the film is set) so I’d love to go back when it’s a bit warmer to visit.

Have you had the chance to visit la belle Paris? What are your favourite Paris haunts/shops?

LDNshopaholic xxx

p.s. if you enjoyed this post you will most probably love this post by Becky from Life Style Flash about her recent trip to Paris 🙂

NOTD: Christmas Sparkles

24 Dec

Christmas is upon us! I’m a bit of a sucker for a theme so my outfits of late have consisted of Christmas jumpers, fair isle leggings, a lot of red velvet and my Primark snowman socks! And why should nails be left out? I decided to let them join in by giving them a bit of Christmas Sparkle:

Here’s what I used to create the sparkly nail look:

I started with a coat of Rimmel Lycra Pro in 421 Clearly Clear as a base coat.

I then applied 2 coats of Rimmel Lycra Pro in 391 Celebrity Bash.

Then I added 17 Glitter Top Coat to the top two- thirds of each nail, and used a regular paint brush to add the Stargazer Glitter Shaker in Copper to the tip of the nail and graduated it down towards the base of the nail.I did this for each nail one at a time so that the 17 Glitter Top Coat wouldn’t dry while I added the Stargazer Glitter to each nail.

I finished them off with one coat of Rimmel Pro SuperWear Ultrashine Topcoat and TA DA:

The sparkles don’t fully come across in the photos, but they really are quite dazzling without being too over the top. I love the Stargazer Glitter (also featured in my Accent Nail post):

As you can probably tell I’m also a huge fan of the Rimmel Lycra Pro range, which I reviewed here. I don’t really buy any other nail varnish as nothing else compares!

What have you been wearing on your nails this festive season?

Merry Christmas everyone!

LDNshopaholic xxx