Saturday, 18 February 2017

Bioglan Superfoods Raw Bites

I am trying to eat healthier this year.  I am not much of a cook and I like convenience, so I picked up these Bioglan Raw Bites to try out instead of my usual snacks of biscuits and crisps.  Bioglan Raw Bites are free from refined sugars, added flavours, colours and preservatives.  They are 100% natural and each tub contains 2 servings of superfoods.  They are gluten free and Vegan. 

I bought the Cacao + Coffee + Coconut and the Cacao+ Quinoa Raw Bites and they both tasted really nice and satisfied my sweet tooth.  I bought them at Superdrug when they had a 1/3rd off, but normally they cost £4.99 for 140g.  I know that's not cheap, but when you consider how much normal snacks cost then it's not too bad.  They are little cubes of goodness, and you only need a few at a time to satisfy any snack cravings. 
Bioglan Raw BitesBioglan Raw Bites
If you prefer to make your food from scratch, then there is a great recipe on Deliciously Ella's website for Raw Brownies that are just as good, if not better and again are all natural.

Leigh
I bought these products with my own money

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Store Loyalty Cards

I have been using store loyalty cards for as long as I can remember and at the risk of preaching to the converted, I thought I would do a review of the ones that I use and what they offer.
Store Loyalty Cards

Boots Advantage Card – This is one of the cards I use the most.  You collect 4 points for every £1 you spend in Boots.  You also get regular coupons by post or on your mobile app, which give you different offers such as double points, 250 points if you spend £25 or more and 10% off certain products.  Each point equals 1p so if you have 1000 you can spend £10.  You can’t use points to pay for part of an item you do need the full amount.  I love this card, what have you got to lose by collecting points when you are shopping in Boots and then every so often getting free items.


Sainsbury’s Nectar Card – Every time you shop at Sainsbury’s you earn 1 point for every £1 you spend.  You also get money off or additional points if you purchase over a certain amount by logging onto their website or mobile app and adding them to your card.  They also used to print off coupons in store when you shop there but I’m not sure if you still receive them as I haven’t been in a store for awhile.  Even if you only shop there occasionally like me, the points still build up over time so it’s worth having one.  You can collect and/or spend your points at various places including the following:  Argos, Expedia, Virgin Trains and Sky.  Generally 500 points are worth £2.50.

M&S Sparks Card – This card lets you sign up to offers on a regular basis to save money.  You receive 10 points for every £1 spent.  The more points you collect the more benefits you unlock.  I have had 20% offers off different departments in M&S.  They do only last a limited time though.

Pets at Home VIP Card  - You receive coupons from Pets at Home on a regular basis and you can use them to get money off your purchases.  If you ever shop there it’s worth having the VIP card.  You also get a free gift on your pets birthday.  Just be careful as you can’t always use your vouchers together.  It's sometimes best to split up your purchases to make the most of the offers, as the people on the tills sometimes seem to struggle to get the coupons to work.

Subway – You earn 10 points for every £1 you spend.  You can then redeem your points for various items – 100 points for a hot drink, 200 points for a snack, 500 points for a 6” sub and 1000 points for a 12” sub.  Your points soon add up and you can collect double points on your next purchase if you  go back within 7 days.

myWaitrose cardThis is a loyalty Programme that rewards you with free items, money savings on your shopping and the opportunity to win prizes.  There are no points to collect with this card.  I don’t shop in Waitrose that often as I don’t have any local to me so I can’t say how frequent the benefits are.
 
SpaceNK N.dulge Card – You earn 1 point for every £1 spent.  For every £100 spent you receive £5 on your N.dulge card.  If you spend £1000 in a 12 month period you receive £10 for each £100 you spend for the next 12 months.  You also receive a special gift on your birthday which in the past for me has been a free sample size product.  You also get priority access to sales and invites to special events.
 
Tesco Clubcard – You earn 1 point for every £1 spent instore and online.  You also earn 1 point for every £2 spent on Tesco fuel.  There are also other ways of earning points such as surveys and recycling ink cartridges.  Every 3 months you will be sent vouchers based on the number of points you have collected.  You can use the vouchers instore, online or to pay for fuel.  Alternatively you can boost the value of your vouchers up to 4x by using them with Tesco Clubcard Partners such as Pizza Express, Ask, National Express, Europcar, Hilton Hotels to name a few.

Holland and Barrett Rewards for Life Card – You earn 4 points for every £1 you spend and received 150 points when you activate your card.  You then receive coupons when you collect 50 points or more.

Harvey Nichols Reward App – This is a mobile app where you earn 1 point for every £1 spent.  You unlock rewards up to 4 times a year and the rewards are based on your points tier.  You can then redeem your chosen reward on your app.  I must admit I haven’t earned any rewards on my card yet as I have a problem accessing the app for some reason but I would love to know what kind of rewards you can earn.

House of Fraser Recognition card - You earn 1 point for every £1 you spend at House of Fraser in store and online.  For every 500 points you earn you receive a £5 reward directly on your card.  You also receive bonus points on your birthday month and there are exclusive offers and events.

Debenhams Beauty Club Card - You earn 3 points for every £1 spent on beauty, fragrance, beauty services and beauty electrical.  You then receive £5 for every 500 points you collect to spend on your favourite beauty brands.


Superdrug Health & Beautycard - You earn 1 point for every £1 you spend.  You can spend your points in multiples of 100 so 100 points = £1.  You also receive free online delivery (no minimum spend) and a free birthday treat.

The Body Shop Love Your Body Club - Earn 10 points for every £1 spent. You earn a £5 reward for every 500 points you collect. You get invited to exclusive members only events and get sneak previews of new collections.  You also receive a £5 reward on your birthday.

Paperchase Treat Me Card - There are no points to collect with this card.  Some of the treats you receive are receiving 15% off after your first purchase (valid for 30 days).  £5 off on your birthday (valid for 14 days) and when you spend £50 or more (valid for 30 days).

Benito Brow Bar Card - If you like to get your eyebrows threaded, they have a loyalty card which you can get stamped each time you get your eyebrows done and the 8th visit is free.

Hope this post has been useful.  Have I missed any loyalty cards?

Leigh

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Birchbox February 2017

I haven't done a post about Birchbox for a while, but I thought this months was pretty good, so I wanted to show you guys what I received in my beauty box.  I have subscribed to Birchbox (and it's earlier incarnations) for quite a few years now and it's the only box that I have subscribed to nonstop over that period as it's never disappointed me (yes sometimes the products aren't to my taste, but I can't expect every single product to be something that I would buy myself).  Anyways here's what I received:

  1. Spectrum Collections Marbleous  C06 Tulip Eye Contour Brush - Worth £4.99 - I love the look of this brush so definitely glad this was in the box.
  2. Show Premiere Dry Shampoo (worth approx. £5.66) - I have had a couple of products from this brand, so happy to give this dry shampoo a try.
  3. Pop Beauty Bright Up Your Life Eye Shadow Trio in Champagne Mocha (worth approx. £4.65) - I love the 3 eye shadows in this set, they are exactly what I would buy for myself.
  4. Keeome Hydration Therapy Mask (worth approx. £4.83) - I have never come across this brand, but I love sheet masks, so really happy to have this product.
  5. Beaver Professional Daily Moisture Conditioning Spray 50ml (worth approx. £3.83) - Again, I have never heard of this brand, but it's definitely something I will use.
I'm happy with all the products in the box and also excited that the March Birchbox will include a Benefit They're Real! Double The Lip (not sure what shades will be available, but you do get a choice).  I have been wanting to try out this lipstick since it was launched, so roll on March. 

Birchbox costs £12.95 per month and if you are interested in subscribing feel free to use my referral link https://www.birchbox.co.uk/invite/v5lws to get £5 off your first box.

Leigh
I bought this beauty box with my own money

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Challenges for 2017 - Update

I decided to set myself 1 challenge a month in 2017, which is much more manageable that setting 12 for the year all at once (not sure why, but it just is).  You can read my original post here, but I just wanted to give you a quick update on how it went.
Challenge 1 - Completed
My first challenge was to give up chocolate and fizzy drinks cans for 30 days and I am pleased to say that as of the 8th February I totally achieved this challenge.  I usually drink at least 2 cans of pop a day and have at least 1 bar of chocolate, so I am very pleased with myself and I don't plan on going back to my old bad habits.  I will treat myself to a can of Pepsi or Cherry Coke occasionally and also a bar of chocolate, but it certainly won't be a daily occurrence.  Hopefully I may have lost a few pounds as well, but that was not what this challenge was all about.

Challenge 2 - Completed
Challenge 2 is a 30 day no spend on makeup, toiletries and any other beauty items and I am pleased to report that as of the 2nd February 2017, this challenge has also been completed.  I decided to do my no spend straight after the Christmas sales, as I absolutely did not need to buy anything else, so I wanted to make sure that I could not be tempted by any other fab offers that came my way.  Just because the no spend is over, does not mean that I am going to go on a spending spree.  Absolutely not!

Challenge 3
So now I have to think of a 3rd challenge, although I am now a month ahead of myself, but I want to keep up the momentum whilst I am feeling motivated. 

I have decided that I will challenge myself to wearing all of the jewellery that I own.  Not all at once obviously, but just little bits here and there.  I own loads of jewellery, not all big names some Tiffany, some Primark.  I am like a magpie I can't resist bright shiny things.  So over the last however many years I have collected it like it's going out of fashion (which some of it probably is by now), and like a lot of things I buy, I like to buy it more than I like to wear it which is a real shame as I have some nice pieces.  Anyway the challenge is to wear every piece at least once.

Have you set yourself any challenges?  Let me know in the comments below.

Leigh


Saturday, 4 February 2017

L'Occitane Almond Supple Skin Oil

I love using body oils in winter as you can warm them up in your hands before applying the oil to your body.  This is essential while we are suffering these cold wintery nights here in the UK.  I already love to use L'Occitane Almond Shower Oil, so the Almond Supple Skin Oil is a great addition to the body products that I use on a daily basis.  Yes, it is pricy at £34 for 100ml, but we deserve a little treat now and again don't we and L'Occitane quite often do great offers, including free products or discounts when spending a certain amount.
It’s formulated with more than 50% Almond oil and feels rich and smells wonderful, but it’s not greasy and absorbs fully into your skin without leaving a sticky residue.  My skin definitely feels smoother and more nourished after using this oil.  The great thing about this oil is that it is a spray so you can apply it all over your body much easier than oils that you pour directly onto your hands.

L'Occitane does not test their products or ingredients on animals but they do sell to China (source L'Occitane website).


Leigh

I bought this product with my own money


Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Eyelashes by Invogue

I was recently sent some Eyelashes by Invogue* to try out.  I am not an expert in applying false lashes by any means, but I have quite short sparse eye lashes, so I do like to use them for special occasions.  I received a selection of 3 different lashes to try out and I found them easy to apply, the glue worked really well and they stayed in place all day and were easy to remove at the end of the day.
Eyelashes by Invogue

Eyelashes by Invogue
Glamourise#10 give you thicker, fuller voluptuous lashes.  These are totally different to the other two sets of lashes.  There seems to be more lashes, but there are spaces in between the lashes.  There are also some extra long lashes dotted through as well.  These are definitely not lashes I would wear through the day as some of the lashes are very long.  That being said they are interesting and make a nice change to the standard lashes that most of us choose to wear.  If you want super long lashes, then these are the lashes for you.
Eyelashes by Invogue
Glamourise #06 give you long luscious lashes, although they are not too thick and dramatic.  If you want fluttery, flirty lashes, then these are the ones to pick.  I would pick these to wear on a night out, or to wear at an event.  I think they are a little long to wear through the day at work.
Eyelashes by Invogue
Volume #03 are the volumise lashes which add volume and length to lashes.  I love these as they give you long fluttery lashes, but I would happily wear them through the day as well as on a night out as they are not over the top.


The lashes are a bargainous £3.49 each and can be purchased from soinvogue.com.  They offer free delivery on orders over £10.


Leighlee
*I was sent these products to review but the opinions are my own





Saturday, 28 January 2017

Empties - Part 2

Here is part 2 of my empties from the end of 2016.  You can read part 1 here.

These are all the sheet masks, night masks and samples that I managed to use up.  I won't go through them individually, but I did enjoy using all the sheet masks.
Empties
I managed to use up the Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow & Restore Shampoo and Conditioner that I reviewed here.  I also finished the Schwarzkopf got2b mermaid look texturizing salt spray.  Salt sprays work really well on my curly hair and this was a bargain £4.19.  The last hair product that I finished was the John Frieda Full Repair Flyaway Tamer Smoothing Wand that I picked up in TK Maxx for a bargain £3.99.  This works really well to tame my stray hairs.
Empties
I did manage to finish off quite a few perfumes and body mists which I am happy about as I have so many more in my stash right now. 
Empties
I finished off two miniature Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb EDPs that I purchased in Duty Free quite a few years ago.  I really like this scent so would buy it again.  I finished a 40ml Jimmy Choo EDT and already have another one in my stash to use.  Another that I used up was Victoria's Secret Scandalous Fragrance Mist 75ml.  I already have another one in my stash and also the EDP.  I loved the subtle fragrance of The Body Shop Vanilla Body Mist so would repurchase this one as well.  I love Naughty Alice by Vivienne Westwood and this is my 2nd bottle, so will probably buy again in the future.  I really liked the fresh scent of The Library of Fragrance Gin & Tonic and you can read my review here.  The last one that I finished was a 6ml rollerball of Chloe EDP.  I love the convenience of the rollerballs as they are so easy to carry around in your bag. Again, this is another fragrance that I would repurchase.  I love to buy rollerballs in Sephora when I'm in America as they have such a good variety.
Empties
Finally, I have done pretty well using up makeup products. I finally finished 3 nail polishes (Julep Freida, Color Club Put A Pin In It & Nails Inc Magnum Mayan Mystica).  All great colours, but I have hundreds of nail polishes in my stash so I will not be buying anymore right now.  I used up Benefit Roller Lash Mascara (travel size).  Nice enough, but not a favourite.  I also finished quite a few lip products including Buxom Dolly (already have a full size), Korres Lip Balm (a nice subtle colour which keeps my lips moisturised), Rouge Bunny Untamed Tigress (this lip gloss came in a British Beauty Blogger Beauty Box and was a really gorgeous colour), Chantecaille Lipstick in Sardinia (lovely subtle colour with SPF, way too expensive to repurchase), Clinique Chubby Stick in Woppin Watermelon (a bit too subtle a colour to repurchase, but I already have 2 more in different shades), Rimmel Kate Lipstick in shade 08 (one of my favourite lipsticks, fab colour), Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balm (nice, but nothing special), Liz Earle lip gloss in Mallow (a great nude colour) and finally a mini Clarins Instant Light Lip Balm (not a fan).

Wow, I'm really pleased with what I've used up over the last couple of months. With my current spending ban in place in January, I hope be finishing more of my stash this month.

Leighlee
I bought these products with my own money