GlossyBox: October 2011 Box

My October 2011 GlossyBox arrived bright and early this morning, but due to having a driving lesson, I was delayed by a couple of hours in opening it (if you are a subscriber, no doubt you will understand how painful it is to have to wait and see what surprises this wonderful box contains!)

This month’s box celebrates two things – firstly, cult brands and products, and secondly the release of the 6th GlossyBox! And in celebration this month’s box includes 6 products instead of the usual 5, as well as a thank you gift.

So without further delay, the contents of my October 2011 GlossyBox:

  • Dermalogica Beauty Bag – To say thank you for all the support, the GlossyBox team have included this as a gift. Its waterproof and compact, and Im sure I will be using it on my travels when you only need compact products on hand.
  • Dermalogica Age Smart Renewal Lip Complex – The bonus 6th product in this months box. A lip treatment to be applied twice a day to restore your lips. My lips are rather dry at the moment due to the change in weather, and after application, my lips do feel more soft and smooth, without any sticky left over residue, as it is more of a cream than a balm or gloss.
  • Leighton Denny Expert Nails in Babydoll – This months first full sized product. I’ve never heard of Leighton Denny, but as the shade is a neutral pink, I will be trying it out.
  • Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof eyeliner in Moray – This months other full sized product. I tend to stick to using only black eyeliner pencil, and this shade comes across as a grey/olive, with bits of glitter! So in a way this may be stepping out of my comfort zone, but as I’ve always been curious of coloured eyeliner and the application with the smudge stick seems easier, I will certainly be using it!
  • Dermalogica Age Smart Multivitamin Power Recover Masque – I was really hoping that this months box would contain a face mask, and so Im over the moon, that I will be able to trial a product from this cult brand. The masque aims to help skin recover and regenerate, with vitamin’s A,C E & F.
  • Dermalogica Age Smart Multivitamin Thermafoliant – This is described as a powerful skin polisher, with unique thermal technology. Im hoping it will polish my skin and leave it clear and shine free.
  • Robert Piguet Eau de Parfums – My box contains a bag of three sample perfumes from this Parisian designer – Fracas de Robert Piguet, Visa de Robert Piguet and Calypso de Robert Piguet.

Overall, I think its great that this months box contains products from two big brands (Dermalogica and Stila), as they are known for their quality, and personally although I’d heard how amazing they are, I’ve just been too lazy to step out of my comfort zone! Hopefully, if these products work wonders for my skin, then I may purchase them in the future…afterall isn’t that what GlossyBox is all about? I think its also a lovely surprise to have an extra gift and product in this months box, especially since no one expected it! The only thing I am disappointed in is the nail paint and the sample perfumes, I would have perferred some sort of hand cream/treatment instead of the nail paint, and one bigger sample of one perfume. Having said that, I still plan to trial and use them all, so well done to the GlossyBox team for a another lovely box!



October 17, 2011 at 12:47 pm Leave a comment

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour 475 Dragon

Like most girls, I enjoy painting my nails and adding either a little finish or a little oomph to my style every so often. I’ve never really had the courage to attempt nail art, because I don’t think it’s really ‘me’, so I tend to stick with classic shades, and when it comes to a classic, every girl needs a red!

No matter what I always have red on my toes, and early on this year I felt a bit bored with the usual high-street brands (and let down in quality) and decided to venture out into the Chanel teritory. I’ve been a fan of Chanel cosmetics for a while now, but I had never really looked at the nail paints. Shocking I know, especially considering every time a new shade is released it instantly sells out and has its own waiting list! So off I went in search of my perfect red – something not too bright, but still shocking. Wearable on both my fingers & toes…..

….and this is what I found:

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in 475 Dragon. For years I had heard how amazing Chanel nail paints were, not just because of the colours and waiting lists mentioned above, but because of the actual application and consistency of the paint. I have to say this is probably the most easiest nail paint I have ever applied! I’ve never found it easy doing my own nails, but I do believe that to some extent it does come down to the quality and consistency of the paint itself. Don’t get me wrong, there are some more value priced brands out there, that will do the job just as well, but Chanel nail paints are definitely worth every penny, especially when it comes to a classic shade that you knew you will apply time and time again.


October 14, 2011 at 2:55 pm Leave a comment

Birthday Wish List

1) Macarons from Macarons & More

Macarons & More

2) Square Toe Black Patent Leather Pumps by French Sole

French Sole

3) Silk and Lace Top by The Kooples

The Kooples

4) Ankle High Knitted Collar Boots from the Limited Collection at M&S


  5) Pearl Earrings from

Tiffany & Co

Tiffany & Co

6) Silk Lace Panel Blouse by Raoul (via Flannels Fashion)

Flannels Fashion


October 5, 2011 at 3:50 pm 2 comments

Traffic Light Pasta

Even though the British weather has been absolutely glorious for the past few days, I’ve been feeling a bit down and stuck in a rut, and craved a bowl of comfort!

A stir-fry, some type of curry or a casserole – I wasn’t so sure on what to make. All I knew was that I wanted something comforting, hearty and quick. So with a heavy head I decided to raid the kitchen and ended up making the following Traffic Light Pasta – the name is basically due to the red, yellow and green colours of the dish.

What you will need:

400 – 500g of Penne pasta

Olive oil

Around 7 Spring onions

2 Fresh green chilli’s

2 Large clove’s of garlic

2 Tin’s of chopped tomatoes

6 Sticks of asparagus

1 Green bell pepper

A handful of green garden peas

A handful of sweetcorn

2 tsp of freshly cracked black pepper

2 1/2 tsp of salt

1/2 tsp of red chilli powder

A pinch of garam masala

2 tsp of thyme

What to do:

Begin by chopping the spring onions, fresh green chilli and garlic. Once chopped add to the pan with some olive oil, and begin to saute on a low heat.

Once the spring onions, fresh green chilli and garlic, begin to soften add the chopped tomatoes and stir. After around 2 minutes add the freshly cracked black pepper, salt, red chilli powder, thyme and pinch of garam masala. Cook this base on a high heat for around 3 minutes, stirring in between, and then reduce to a low heat and cook for a further 7 minutes.

Whilst the base of the sauce simmers away, dice the green bell pepper and asparagus and add to the sauce, along with the garden peas and sweetcorn. Continue to simmer on a low heat.

Boil the pasta and once the vegetables become tender, add two tbsp of the pasta water (this will thicken the sauce), followed by the boiled penne to the sauce. Stir and cook for a further 3 minutes.

And serve!

*Some people with lighter taste buds may find the above seasoning too hot. If this is the case, simply add only 1 fresh green chilli – it will make a difference!

*Before anyone points it out, yes my green bell pepper is on the soft side, but I do feel that this dish is great if you have any vegetables going over to the dark side, and you need to use them up quickly.

*Yes, that is a whole massive bag of fresh green chilli’s up there – they are a staple in most Indian households, and as you can see often get added to things like ermm pasta.

*Spring onions really do make a pasta dish taste differently, compared to say the standard onion.

*I quite like how the dish has colour, but you could easily mix it up a bit more by adding yellow bell pepper’s.

*If you’re not a fan of chilli I guess you could replace the seasoning with a more authentic Italian mix, such as fresh basil and oregano

*Whenever the sauce is simmering away, always cover the pan with its lid!…otherwise you end up with hot tomato pasta sauce spitting up at you….

*I normally love to sprinkle cheese upon serving, but I couldn’t think of a cheese which complements all the green vegetables – especially the asparagus. So if you do attempt my recipe, do let me know what you think!


October 2, 2011 at 12:58 pm Leave a comment

Sunshine & Colour

Is anyone else finding this last minute burst of an ‘Indian Summer’ rather strange and awkward? Don’t get me wrong, I love the sunshine and the excuse to eat ice-cream like most people, but I was looking forward to bringing out my chunky knits and winter boots, and oh yes the excuse to shop for some new season items! However, I guess we may as well make the most of summer dresses, shades and bare legs before they all need to be put away, and since its the weekend, its the perfect time to clash those brights!

These flowers were bought for the first day of the Hindu festival of Navratri, and whilst they do depict the colour and celebration of the festival, I think they also pefectly symbolise the mini summer we are currently having in the UK.

Bright because of the sunshine.

Fun because of the burst in temperature…….

……and a clash of colours because of the clash in seasons!

Have a lovely weekend all, and a Happy Navratri to those celebrating!


September 30, 2011 at 4:45 pm Leave a comment

Giving a new life to my Mother’s past

Lately, as I’ve been flicking through magazines, and clicking on various fashion & style websites, I have noticed that when it comes to handbags this season, one specific trend is being pushed forward. That trend is of the ‘mini-bag’, the style itself has been on the scene for quite a while, and a few it-bags have had successful mini versions too. So what’s new about them then I hear you ask – well basically they’re being pushed forward as day bags. The idea is that you ditch the oversize, stop carrying around the kitchen sink, and instead only carry your essentials, these being your phone/wallet/keys & lipstick. Naturally.

Well this trend got me thinking, and reminded me of one of the items my Mother gave to me last year. My Mother has a fantastic eye for personal style, and was indeed incredibly stylish in her youth (as she still is now, I should add!), and over the years I have made things disappear from her wardrobe into mine. To some extent I like to think of these things as vintage.

This unknown tan leather purse is about 40 or so years old. Unfortunately my Mother doesn’t remember where she bought it, and although it hasn’t been used to death, it was loved very much by her and now myself.

Personally, its not something I use everyday as I tend to carry alot with me, but on days where I don’t need the kitchen sink, it makes a nice change to use something that has a little history and emotion behind it.


September 28, 2011 at 12:50 pm Leave a comment

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