This Week: In Bruges

Another week, another amazing city! I'm beginning to feel just slightly like a jet setter.. although eight hours on a coach and a rather woozy ferry ride didn't feel too luxurious at the time. A few little breaks that have been in the pipeline for a long time all seemed to have fallen within the same two months and honestly, I'm absolutely exhausted!

A Skincare Update

When I last posted about my morning and evening skincare routines back in March I promised to keep a more regular update on any changes to my regular line up of products. Since then a handful of new finds (and some golden oldies!) have been introduced and others substituted out completely so I decided it was about time to dedicate a video to my favourite subject!

A New Favourite Cleansing Balm

If there's one skincare product I enjoy the most, it's a good cleansing balm. The feeling of throwing a rich, oily layer right on top of make up and watching it melt away while indulging in a quick facial massage isn't a bad way to spend five minutes in the evening and makes the tedious step of taking it all off a little more bearable.

Paris Beauty Haul

When I found out I'd be taking a trip to Paris last month not only did I start planning the sights to see and places to go, but also which beauty products I wanted to pick up on our brief visit. From the lure of the French pharmacies, stocked to the brim with amazing skincare brands and a fair few products that are almost imposs

This Week: Cake at the Seaside

Before I start waffling on about cake, I just wanted to say a huge thank you to all those who commented or tweeted me about yesterday's post. You truly warmed my heart and I feel so lucky to have such wonderful, understanding readers who have left me feeling refreshed, full of positivity and ready to start a new chapter of I Covet Thee.

November 28, 2011

Tweed




Dress: Dorothy Perkins
Coat: New Look
Necklace: Forever 21
Nail Wraps: Nail Rock via Glossybox


I love this time of year when its so cold outside the more layers the better, but now its getting dark so early it's becoming hard to take good outfit photos, so sorry for the lack of them!

I finally found my perfect winter coat in New Look this week. I've wanted a blazer style coat for a while now and had my heart set on this one from Topshop, but when I tried it on it absolutely swamped me! Luckily though I saw this almost identical one for a quarter of the price and grabbed it right away.

The nail wraps I talked about in my last post are still going strong, although the urge to peel them off is getting to me! I was a bit sceptical when I first saw these but after trying them out they really do last a long time and look great. The only problem is I think I change my nails too often to not get bored of having the same thing on them for so long!

Finally, I announced the winner of my Models Own giveaway on Twitter earlier today. Thank you so much to everyone that entered and well done to Sophie who won!


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November 22, 2011

November GlossyBox



Illamasqua Freak Eau De Parfum / Nail Rock Designer Nail Wraps / Philip Kingsley Elasticizer / Dead Sea Spa Magik Delicate Boosting Mask
Arbonne Ultra Hydrating Hand Crème

Glossy Box Time again and two products really stood out for me this month. I let out a little scream of excitement when I saw the Philip Kingsley Elasticizer, which I received a sample of in my Feel Unique box back in August. I fell in love with it then but couldn't bare to part with over £20 for the full size, but now I have another wonderful sample to tide me over for the next month or so. Since I tend to backcomb my hair to within an inch of its life on a daily basis, its usually not in such a brilliant state. I've invested a lot of money in hair masks and treatments in the past, but the Elasticiser is the only one I've ever noticed make a visible difference.

I let out a bit of a sigh when I saw nail wraps making their second Glossy Box appearance, (remember the hideous neon yellow ones?) but after deciding to give them a go last night I actually really like them. Awful quality twitter photo here. They were pretty easy to put on, just like stickers really, but the ends are a bit scraggly and have already started to peel. I put a few layers of top coat over them which seemed to stick them back in place so hopefully they'll last a week as the packet claims. Another downside is you only get enough for one full set of nails. A couple of odd sizes got left over which I suppose could be used as an accent nail but for nearly £7 a pack I think its a lot to pay for something thats definitely not going to last very long!

Overall, a bit of a blah box again. I hope Glossy Box start including more make up as I've got six months worth of skin care samples I've barely made a dent in sitting in my bathroom cupboard now. Looking forward to the special Christmas box in December though so fingers crossed!

November 15, 2011

17 Magnetized Nail Varnish



17 Magnetized Nail Polish - Lilac & Gun Metal

Can I just start by saying what an ordeal it was to get these nail varnishes! Every time I went into Boots they were either out of stock or all the bottles had been opened and used. Aren't people lovely. However, I finally walked in one day and they were there, freshly unpacked and ready for me! I wanted to get all the colours really but talked myself out of it in the end because as lovely as these are, I'm not sure how often I'm going to wear them.

Along with the rest of the blogging world I've been lusting after the Nails Inc Magnet Effects polish for so long now, but really couldn't justify the price. These from 17 we're only £5.99 which I thought was a much better price and probably not a whole lot of difference in the product.

I got Lilac and Gun Metal which I'm wearing together here. Photos don't really do the effect justice as in real life its pretty amazing. I worked out after a few failed attempts that the easiest way to apply is to paint a thin layer without using the magnet, let it dry, then do a second coat and quickly hover the magnet over the nail for a few seconds. You have to work pretty fast with these before they dry so it takes a bit of practice but I love the end result, so unique. I hope they bring these out in other colours. I'd love to see some pastels!

November 13, 2011

Benefit Lipscription



Dr Feelgood Lipscription Buffing Lip Beads & Silky Lip Balm

I've become a bit of a lip balm hoarder at the moment and can't seem to stop myself buying them despite having millions. Benefit's Lipscription has been around for years, but after someone at work telling me it was going to be discontinued I felt I had a duty to buy it.

I've never seen an actual lip scrub before so that really intrigued me too, especially as in the winter months my lips tend to suffer from a lot of chaps and dryness. It feels quite strange buffing away at your lips with an exfoliator but the results are lovely. The lip balm is beautiful too, definitely a new favorite knocking Blistex Relief Cream, which pales out my lips far too much, off the top spot. You only need the smallest ammount of this and its the perfect balance between moisturising but not greasy.

Next on the list of lip balm purchases has to be the Lush Whipstick, after seeing Charlene's post about it. Belgian chocolate for your lips? Amazing!

November 04, 2011

500 Followers Giveaway - Now Closed



It means so much to me that so many people take the time to read my little blog, and seeing all your lovely comments makes it so worthwhile. As you probably already know, the Models Own nail varnishes are some of my all time favourites, and I thought I'd give you the chance to win six of their glitter polishes as a big thank you! From left to right, the colours are: Mixed Up, Juicy Jules, Magenta Divine, Disco Mix, Scarlet Sparkle and Emerald City.

Rules:
- To enter, comment below leaving your name and email so I can contact you
- You must be a follower of this blog
- Open to all readers, international too!
- There will be one winner chosen by random.org
- Giveaway ends at midnight on Sunday November 27th
- Winner will be notified the day after

Extra entries:
- Write a separate comment below linking me to either:
- A tweet about this giveaway
- A mention in a blog post
- (or both!)


As well as that, I'd also like to give you all a 50% discount code for Covet Jewellery which will be valid until the end of the giveaway. Just enter the code GIVEAWAY50 at the checkout, and good luck to you all!