My Little Box December 2016 – Christmas Edition

This is my second box since being resubscribed and after the November box, MLB most definitely had a level of expectation to upkeep. This box has an incredibly festive feel to it.  This month the hand drawn illustrations have been replaced with a gorgeous festive pattern of holly leaves and sprigs with other festive foliage adorning the box. Likewise instead of the ribbon inside the box keeping everything together, a beautiful green ribbon was tied around the box with a strawberry candy cane. Nice touch MLB!

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When opening the box, you are greeted with a seasonal Christmas illustration with warm and cosy  festive wishes.. “I wish you snuggles under wooden duvets and kisses under the mistletoe”. A very positive and happy note.  The My Little World magazine was filled with fashion inspiration, party prep techniques, a snowy day manicure, how to braid hair and some very useful recipes including a detox fruit shake.  I think I will definitely be investing in making this once we hit the new year.

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The first item in the box which caught my eye was this cute glass jar of salted caramel spread from Tiptree.  Anything that comes in a miniature size is adorable, who’s with me?! This spread tastes insanely delicious.  It would be perfect for dipping breadsticks into although may be slightly sickly on toast.  It’s rich and thick.  I’ve never came across a salted caramel spread before however I’m officially hooked!

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The next food item was this pot of tea leaves by Kusmi Tea.  The flavour is Tsarevna which is a black tea flavoured with orange and spices.  It smells of aniseed and looks interesting however I’m not sure it’s my cup of tea (* no pun intended!) as I am a sucker for breakfast tea… pass the Tetley! The jar has such a pretty design and the lid has flowers embossed on it.

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There were to lifestyle items this month.  The first being this lovely Feu De Bois candle.  It smells light, fresh and pine/forest like.  Perfect for cosy Winter nights in by the Christmas tree.  I love candles so this is a great addition to my collection.

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Next up was a bracelet.  Now if you’ve been reading my blog for a while then you’ll know that I cancelled my My Little Box Subscription towards the end of last year because the lifestyle items became questionable and there was a “cheap” gold metal bracelet where you threaded embroidery thread through.  This bracelet is cute however is not for me unfortunately so I know that this will find its way to the bottom of the drawer never to be seen again.

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The beauty items this month included a shower oil by L’Occitane.  This smells and feels amazing on the skin.  It contains almond oil and smells like almonds.  It feels luxurious and leaves your skin feeling deeply moisturised and silky smooth.  It leaves faint scent on the skin and is the perfect seasonal product.

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Next was the Hyperbole fragrance from Courreges.  I’ve never heard of this brand before and probably wouldn’t be my go to choice of scent and brand.  The fragrance has a zesty spicy kick to it and includes notes of bergamot, white pepper and tonka bean.

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Lastly from the My Little Beauty collection there was the Christmas Melody Duo Smoky Eye palette.  The colours are a shimmery taupey lilac and a darker plum brown with subtle lilac fleck.  I love the taupe colour.  Both are a creamy powder formula making them easy to apply and blend.  Both colours compliment each other well and it’s the perfect size for popping into your handbag.

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I think that My Little Box continues to up their game and it’s evident that as a previous subscriber, the MLB team are continuing to put more thought and effort into their boxes.  I really enjoyed this month’s box, and absolutely loved the November box.  I have high expectations for the January box and cannot wait to find out what 2017 will bring for this brand.

Are any of you subscribed to My Little Box or previous subscribers?  I would love to know your thoughts on this month’s box.

Until next time

Love Hayley xx

Merry Christmas & Seasons Greetings

Hi Lovelies,

I hope that you are all having a truly fantastic day spending quality time with your family, friends and loved ones.  I hope each and every one of you is being truly spoilt and pampered because you all deserve it!

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for continuing to support me and reading my posts.  It really does mean a lot to me and I am incredibly grateful!

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Merry Christmas and Seasons Greetings from Fashion Trinket

Lots of Love

Hayley xx

Liz Earle Skincare Collection – The Botanist’s Cabinet

Hi Lovelies,

If any of you are looking for some last minute Christmas gift inspiration, or some post Christmas pampering for yourself, then you should definitely check out the Liz Earle Botanist’s Cabinet collection.  Available from Boots, both online and in-store, this collection is inspired by the art of a Botanist crafting special blends and storing them in an apothecary cabinet.  Similar to a beauty advent calendar, each compartment is filled with a botanical treat so you can create a skin care routine.  This is currently on an introductory price of £30 before it moves to it’s full price of £60.  The contents are worth much more than £30 and it also includes a full size Cleanse and Polish hot cloth cleanser worth £14.

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The box has a gorgeous design with a magnet closure.  It could definitely become a great place to store items from beauty boxes, makeup etc.  The box contains the following 9 items:

Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser 150ml

2 Pure Muslin Cloths

Instant Boost Skin Tonic 50ml

Deep Cleansing Mask 15ml

2 Sponges

Intensive Nourishing Treatment Mask 15ml

Brightening Treatment Mask 15ml

Superskin™ Concentrate for Night 2ml

The Botanist’s Recipe Guide

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The Hot Cloth Cleanser is a rich and creamy cleanser that effectively removes daily grime and make up including stubborn mascara, leaving skin feeling soft, clean and glowing.  The original version of the product contains eucalyptus oil to purify the skin, rosemary to tone and chamomile and cocoa butter to sooth and moisturise.  Although you may think this is a night time skin care routine, using morning and night you’ll start to see noticeable differences in the moisture levels of your skin.  I’ve also used mine with my Clarisonic after cleansing and using the muslin cloth to remove.

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There are two muslin cloths included and these last for ages.  Of course they go slightly dirty if you are removing a full face of make up however you can wash these in the washing machine as they will keep their shape and texture.

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After you’ve cleansed the skin, it’s recommended that you use the Skin Tonic to boost hydration and radiance.  It is infused with aloe vera, skin soothing calendula, chamomile and cucumber to refresh.  It smells amazing as it has a blend of rose scented geranium, lavender and sweet orange essential oils.

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If you choose to use a mask, pop one on before the Skin Tonic.  This set has a selection of masks which are an excellent size to trial and to tailor to your skin needs before splurging on the full sized item.

If you have oily or blemish prone skin, the deep cleansing mask would suit your needs.  It is delicately scented with rose scented geranium and will clean deep into your pores leaving you skin feeling thoroughly clean.

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If you feel like your skin has dulled down and you want to enhance overall radiance, then the brightening mask will be perfect for you.  This mask contains a radiance boosting blend of camphor oil, witch hazel and aloe vera.  This is a quick fix treatment mask and only needs to be left on the skin for 2-3 minutes before washing off using the muslin cloth.

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If your skin simply requires a pick me up to moisturise, hydrate, soothe and improve radiance then the intensive nourishing mask is for you.  This mask is particularly good when the weather turns very cold and you start to notice dry skin appearing. It contains apricot kernel, borage and rose scented geranium oils.

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The Super Skin Concentrate is a luxurious oil that contains a blend of cranberry, borage and reship seed oils.  The oil is incredibly nourishing revealing smoother supple and more toned skin.  The oil sinks into the skin easily and doesn’t leave an oily film behind.

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The sponges can be used with either the hot cloth cleanser or the masks instead of the muslin cloth for exfoliation and to banish any dead skin cells.

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This is a fantastic gift set and would be perfect for anyone in your life, or for yourself, who is looking to start or change their skincare regime.  As well all know it is important to install an effective skincare routine to prevent signs of premature ageing and to keep us looking in tip top condition.  I would highly recommend this as it’s enabled me to try the Liz Earle brand at a fraction of the cost.

Hope you are all having a great festive season and are being pampered and spoilt. You deserve it!

Seasons Greetings,

Love Hayley xx

Mini Christmas Lush Haul

Hi Lovelies

Hope you’ve all had a fabulous weekend.  Can you believe it’s less than a week until Christmas!! How very exciting. I actually can’t wait because it means I’ll be back home spending quality time with my family in Scotland.

Over the weekend I nipped into Lush to grab a few Christmasy treats because as we all know, the Christmas selection is THE best.  I like to keep my bathroom stocked up with bath bombs as when you open the door, it’s the gorgeous Lush scent that hits you.

Here’s what I purchased:

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I could not resist stocking up on Snow Fairy.  It’s my all time favourite Lush item as the scent is just delicious.  It smells like candy floss mixed with bubble gum.  It’s bright pink with glittery bits.  It lathers well leaving your skin feeling super clean and moisturised.  This year there’s an extra size on offer… 1kg for £21.50.  So now there are 4 sizes – 100g, 250g, 500g and 1kg. I always opt for the 500g which lasts for about 2 months.

Next I picked up a Luxury Lush Pud as the colours are simply gorgeous.  This Christmas pudding bath bomb is scented with tonka absolute and lavender which will destress you and leaving you feeling all cosy and ready for bed.  When the bomb starts to dissolve in the bath, you are left with a kaleidoscope myriad of colour.  It also contains ylang ylang oil which moisturises the skin leaving  your skin feeling incredibly hydrated and silky smooth.

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I also chose the Sakura bath bomb which is speckled with colour however unfortunately it creates a milky colour in the bath which was rather disappointing.  However the scent is lovely and floral.  Inspired by the cherry blossom in Japan, this bomb contains calming mimosa, jasmine oil, lemon oil and orange flower. Although this bomb is available all year round, I like the citrus orangey scent.

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Then finally for the ultimate Christmas bubbly bath, I picked up the Santasaurus reusable bubble bar.  This is so cute and you can use it quite a few times creating bubble baths each time.  It smells fruity as it contains Brazilian orange oil and bergamot oil. This one turns your bath a Christmassy green and is very pleasant to relax in.

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Which Lush items have you been purchasing lately and is there any that you would, or would not recommend?  Pop a comment down below as I’d love to hear your views.

Thanks for reading

Love Hayley xx

Soap & Glory – The Whole Glam Lot – Limited Edition

Hi Beauties

** ALERT**  The godmother of all Christmas gifts has been reduced by 50% at Boots.  It is of course the Soap and Glory Limited Edition The Whole Glam Lot.  Packed with ten of the brand’s best selling pamper items, this year they are packaged in an adorable metal carrier.  If you look closely at the design on the carrier, it’s made up of tiny selfies from Soap & Glory fans across the world, very cool indeed!

So what’s in the box I hear you ask?! Here’s the list of contents:

Sugar Crush™ Body Wash (500ml)

The Scrub Of Your Life™ Super-Smoothing Body Buffer (200ml)

The Righteous Butter™ Body Butter (300ml)

Smoothie Star™ Deep Moisture Body Milk (500ml)

Hand Food™ Hydrating Hand Cream (125ml)

Face Soap And Clarity™ 3-In-1 Daily Detox Vitamin C Facial Wash (350ml)

Speed Plump™ Super Moisture Day Cream (50ml)

Thick & Fast™ High-Definition Collagen* Coat™ Mascara (10ml)

Sexy Mother Pucker™ Lip Gloss in ROSE & SHINE (4ml)

Hand Maid™ Antibacterial Hand Cleansing Gel (50ml)

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Sugar Crush Body Wash

This is a great morning wake me up.  It is a fresh, citrusy and revitalising body wash.  It features a cool capsule to cool and refresh, radiance boosting kiwi water juice and buttercream to moisturise the skin.  It smells delicious!

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The Scrub Of Your Life Super-Smoothing Body Buffer

This is a smoothing body scrub that has a scent that combines fresh bergamot and mandarin, rose, jasmine, peach, strawberry, oakmoss, amber and woody notes. It’s kind to the skin, it’s not gritty and buffs away any dead skin cells.

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The Righteous Butter Body Butter

This is a rich body butter that deeply moisturises the skin.  It has an aroma of leafy greens, bergamot and mandarin, with a floral and fruity middle note that makes your nose tingle a little, followed by soft, sexy, musk, oakmoss, amber and woody notes.

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Smoothie Star Deep Moisture Body Milk 

This body milk is packed with skin softening cocoa butter, shea butter and coconut oil.  It also contains yoghurt, oats and honey.  It is incredibly hydrating and traps the moisture deep into the skin.

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Hand Food Hydrating Hand Cream 

This is a rich deeply nourishing hand cream that is perfect for softening and smoothing hands that are dry or chapped.  It’s a Winter saviour and can be applied as many times as you wish.  It has a delightful aroma of fresh bergamot, strawberries and mandarin, with floral and fruity midnotes, and musk, amber and warm vanilla.

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Face Soap And Clarity 3-In-1 Daily Detox Vitamin C Facial Wash 

This vitamin C Facial Wash smoothes and purifies for super clean, fresh and bright skin.  With complexion-friendly, non-drying, easy-rinse ingredients including natural suer fruit yuzu and ultra soft scrub beads this high-tech foaming facial wash is a multitasking miracle.  It gently detoxifies, polishes and purifies the skin whilst also energising and brightening the skin.  This is one of my go to products as it’s absolutely amazing!

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Speed Plump Super Moisture Day Cream 

This moisturiser is truly fabulous! It instantly plumps moisture from within, smoothes fine lines and wrinkles,energises the skin and locks in moisture for 24 hours.  It gives skin a youthful glow and is the perfect make up base.  It is fast absorbing and contains watermelon extract which is super hydrating.  Have you ever seen a thirsty watermelon?!

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Thick & Fast High-Definition Collagen* Coat™ Mascara

This mascara provides length, definition and volume.  It doesn’t clump, doesn’t flake and last well throughout the day.  It contains collagen to help strength lashes.  The wand makes it easy to apply including those hard to reach inner corner lashes.

Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Gloss in ROSE & SHINE 

This lip gloss has a nice shade however I have to say I’m not overly convinced on the product.  It is supposed to make your lips feel fuller however when applied you get this insane tingly burning sensation that is very uncomfortable.  My lips looked no different except the skin had started to peel later on in the day.  Has anyone else tried this product with success?

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Hand Maid Antibacterial Hand Cleansing Gel 

This is an antibacterial hand gel, perfect if you travel on public transport! It contains natural antibacterial grapefruit extract and has the Soap & Glory signature scent with a citrus twist.

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So there you have it! Impressive right?! These items are full size and last for ages!! This is the perfect gift for anyone who loves the brand or just loves being pampered… now who doesn’t like a bit of “me” time! If you fancy getting your hands on one of these at the reduced price of £30 (original price £60) you better be quick as guaranteed these will fly of the shelves!  You can purchase at boot.com or instore.  This offer is the star gift of the week so will be ending shortly.

Until next time

Hayley xx

My Little Box – November 2016

Hi Lovelies,

So after much deliberation, I have decided to re-start my subscription to My Little Box.  It helped that during Black Friday they had an offer for 50% off for new members making the first box only £7 compared to the usual £14.95.  I stopped my subscription earlier this year as I was finding the content to be rather lame.  My Little Box is different to the other beauty boxes out there as they try to add a selection of beauty and lifestyle items.  It was the lifestyle items that started going down hill, for example they were sending plant pot covers and cheap gold bracelets that you threaded to customise?! Definitely not my cup of tea.  However I’ve been reading everyone’s posts over the past few months and it seems as though My Little Box have definitely upped their game.

Introducing the November box, Goodnight.  This theme of this box focuses on your night time routine, getting all warm and snuggly, having a bit of a pamper session before heading off to catch some zzz’s.  The beauty and lifestyle items follow the same theme which makes a difference and the box feeling more luxurious and exciting.  Each box always contains three beauty items, two lifestyle items, a magazine and a cute print.

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The magazine this month is more editorial than previous booklets and thankfully there are no more silly fold out posters. The box continues to come with an adorable print which is written in French and translated to English.  Some of these make great post cards and educate you around some interesting French facts, people or locations.

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The lifestyle items are absolutely gorgeous.  My favourite being the ceramic jewellery dish in the shape of a moon.  It’s hand made, hand painted and it looks incredibly cute on my bedside table.  It’s a handy little dish to keep your rings and earrings in, especially if you forget to remove them before you jump into bed.

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The second lifestyle item is this gorgeous reversible sleep eye mask.  It feels luxurious and soft.  it’s padded and has an elasticated strap to fit comfortably on your head.  On one side it says “To the moon and back” and on the other it features a moon and star design.  I will definitely be using this and will come in very handy on my next night flight.

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The beauty items did not disappoint either. Inside the super soft fabric bag was a Moonrise makeup removing jelly.  This is by the My Little Beauty brand.  It is a clear jelly that turns milky when it comes into contact with water.  It has a faint green tea fragrance and contains camellia oil.  It is a skin calming pre bedtime cleanse that leaves your skin feeling incredibly clean and silky smooth.  It is 99.5% natural, vegan and suitable for all skin types.

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To follow on from cleansing and removing your makeup comes the Garnier Skin Active Pure Active 3 in 1 Wash, Scrub, Mask.  It’s 50ml which is great for travelling or simply to sample.  It contains eucalyptus extract, zinc and salicylic acid.  It’s ideal if you have oily skin prone to imperfections, visible pores and shine.

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Lastly nestled at the bottom of the bag was the Yves Rocher Accord Chic fragrance.  I’m not one for perfume samples as I tend to stick to the same scents.  I also think it’s taken the space of another item as perfume virals can be picked up for free in any department store.  Nevertheless, this fragrance has pink peppercorn and iris extracts creating a sophisticated evening scent.  It has a slightly sweet edge.  To be honest I would probably pass this one by if I saw it inshore however I quite like the scent.  It’s 5ml so it’s perfect for popping in your handbag.

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I would love to know your thoughts on My Little Box, whether it be on the November box, previous boxes and if you decided to stop/start your subscription.  I am very impressed with this box and have high expectations for their December Christmas box (don’t let me down MLB!!).  Looking forward to future months!

Love Hayley

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Anyone on Instagram?

Hi Guys

If you would like an insight into my day to day photos covering beauty, photography, things on the go and perhaps the odd selfie, you can now find me on Instagram.  Search for hayleytaylor30 and give me a follow.

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Have a great week!

Hayley xx