Kylie Cosmetics – Real vs Fake

Due to the sheer size and scale of social media it is hard to escape the reach of brands, Kylie Cosmetics is one of the biggest, with 13.9 million followers on Instagram alone! With this huge influence and a few personal recommendations I decided to give Kylie Cosmetics a go for myself!

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However, living in the UK poses a slight problem with Kylie Cosmetics – finding the right place to buy it. This actually should be easy as Kylie Cosmetics is the ONLY place you will find genuine products – at a cost. (the sneaky customs charge is a bit of a pain, I wasn’t expecting the extra £15 charge from Royal Mail saying it couldn’t be delivered as customs hadn’t been paid – Kylie Cosmetics really needs to solve this as its unfortunately a common problem, although in the small print in FAQ they do warn you, a tad sneaky in my opinion still – it should be made clearer at checkout!)

If cost is a problem there are a lot of similar products at cheaper prices, or even fake versions of Kylie Cosmetics. Here you need to be careful, fakes are after all fakes, with trusted brands you at least know whats going into the product! Although, I actually decided it would be interesting to buy some fakes and really see if theres that much of a difference…

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Me My Suit and Tie – Guest Review

The following review is written by a good friend of mine (Kirsty) who has recently tried out the Me My Suit and Tie and volunteered to write a review for it which I could publish for her on my blog! With that in mind, the floor (or page) is over to Kirsty;

So Me My Suit and tie, seemingly a great concept! the idea of getting different items every month that quirk up the month in the office, to bring a smile to your day with the promise of a new tie and colourful matching socks and a variance of other items you may need. So to start with, the ordering process was pretty simple, on the website memysuitandtie.com, they offer a monthly or bi-monthly subscription and the first month is an amazing half price at £15 with the code MMST at checkout!

Delivery however wasn’t great, the box was a bit damaged and I had to contact them several times to receive it initially as they were having issues with their distributor, this didn’t help me remain positive regarding their service, but I did eventually receive the box about 10-13days late.

The box itself was a very classy black making it feel semi-luxury although I was very disappointed that it didn’t have anything inside to let you know the months theme, or about the company, hints to the next month, literally nothing to make it feel like a continuing box and absolutely no personal touches. In my box, which I bought as a gift for my boyfriend was a knitted purple tie to match spring colours and a matching pair of socks of good quality! They also sent metal branded collar inserts a nice change from the plastic ones you usually find in most shirts. It also included a purple berry pin, this was a bit random, a bit cute but felt a little strange although usable. The box was finished with a purple and white pocket square which if you were going for an event like a wedding could be a nice summery touch.

Overall it is probably a nice gift and definitely worth the price for the first box but hard to think about being an ongoing customer with a £30 price tag, no visibility on what you may be receiving (although some months have definitely had £30 worth; including belts) and no personal touches, I literally could go to a shop like Debenhams and buy a tie, so why would I use them regularly? A tough but honest review! Definitely would recommend getting the first box, just as £15 is a great price for the contents and its a bit quirky. Hopefully they continue to improve as they expand as it’s definitely a worthwhile treat concept.

Boxcitement – July review

My second subscription box this month was from Boxcitement, another one to tick off my long list!

Cost – £18 for a one-off. Price does drop for 3, 6 and 12 month subscriptions. There is free postage so you only pay for the box! Always good, so no hidden postage fees! They also do the options of completely one-off special boxes, like their thank you and mystery boxes!

What do you get? – The best way to answer this is “all sorts” – stationary, sweets, accessories, wall art, jewellery, cards, craft bits! Its such a varied box! Each month has a different theme with contents to match that theme. Check out some of their previous boxes here!! Their name really does sum up their boxes as each one is exciting, all look great fun!

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PawsomeBox – July Review

With looking for lots of different subscription boxes I couldn’t wait to try out a pet one, so this month I went for Pawsome Box! My parents have a 3yr old cocker spaniel, so I went on the hunt for a dog subscription box. There are a fair number on the market but I decided to go for Pawsome Box after seeing some good reviews and photographs.

Cost – The one-off price is £19.90 per month, as with many subscription boxes you do get a bit of a discount if you pay one-off amounts for 3, 6 and 12 months.

What do you get? – Each box contains 5-6 products. This varies from toys (soft and chewy), treats, accessories, health products. All of these are said to be high quality with the average retail prices for each box being over £30. You specify the size of your dog during the subscription phase along with hair length and type so the boxes are suitable for your pet!

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Dolls House Renovation

I haven’t really done much on my blog over the last couple of weeks so thought I’d write something about a little project I’ve started, or rather re-started!

Over 11 years ago my parents bought me a rather fancy dollhouse kit which I started to build with my dad. It was great fun and something I always enjoyed playing with, even though 11 years later it still wasn’t completely finished, mainly missing a set of stairs and the upstairs walls/decorations. Recently with our house move looming I’ve been wondering what to do with it, I do like it as a piece of furniture as it is something rather unique. With this in mind I decided to renovate the whole house, not just finishing it but giving the whole house a much more modern look. A lot of dollhouses are very victorian in style but I’d prefer to create something a lot more up-to-date. I also wanted to try to do it on a small budget (as much as possible).

The first step in my renovation was planning what I wanted to do. Originally the house layout was as follows; ground floor – kitchen and living room, first floor – master bedroom and bathroom, second floor – completely open, just one bedroom/playroom space.

Keeping in mind my modern theme I wanted to re-do the second floor – move the master bedroom up, add an en-suite and create an extra room which could become an office/music room. The original bedroom on the first floor could then become a spare/guest bedroom. Really I just wanted to create the ultimate show house!

With my plan in place I then headed off to B&Q where my mum and I walked around the wallpaper section picking out suitable samples for the dollhouse. This is a bit cheeky but a budget is a budget! I managed to get a good number of samples trying to imagine what each room would look like. You can buy specific dollhouse wallpaper online, but looking for something ultra modern, B&Q has the most up-to-date styles (and samples are free). I  bought some square dowel rods to create two new sets of banister rails and a 9mm thick A3 piece of MDF. As a great tip I’d recommend finding the “cut-offs” section in B&Q, the MDF piece was only 50p, the prefect size for what I needed!

Since then I have re-shaped both sets of stairs, cut out the correct sizes for the stair openings and filled in landings. This was the more challenging part, making sure I got all the dimensions correct so it would fit properly. I have also started to re-wallpaper and re-floor (also with wallpaper) some of the rooms. I have a selection of before and after photos below to show the current progress.

Above: Living room – before and after. Walls and floor have both been redone. Floor is actually a stripy wood effect wallpaper which looks great for flooring! Overall it looks a lot more fresh and airy. The wallpaper is also slightly glittery which really helps brighten the whole room.

Above: Kitchen – before and after. Again floor is wallpaper, looks perfectly like large kitchen tiles! The kitchen is also a lot brighten than before getting rid of the dark flooring. I haven’t put the table and chairs back in yet, I’m going to attempt to repaint them to make them lighter. For this room I still need use some white paint on the ceiling to get rid of previous glue marks. I will be getting a new light at some point.

Over the next few weeks I hope to have the main decoration finished. To this date the whole project has only cost £2.60, this however will start to increase as I begin to look for new lights and furniture for the house. I am greatly pleased with the work I’ve done so far, its really starting to look much better!

Candy Coat – Box #2

Candy Coat review number 2! Although slightly accidental as I didn’t mean to subscribe for another month so soon, not at all disappointed that I did though, great mistake!

Cost – £13 +£2 P&P, not changed since last month!

My Box – In this months box I received the usual nail art tools, very similar to my previous box, but you can never have enough files or art sticks! Secondly I received a toe/finger separator, which will be great for toes! Next there was a lollipop themed foot file, I have never used one of these before so it will be interesting to see how it goes! Finally the three colours received are great, and different shades to last time! the middle pink/purple one changes colour with temperature which is super cool and fun!

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Why having a clear out is so refreshing…

Anyone who knows me well will know that I have just finished university and am in the process of looking for my own rented house along with currently moving house with my parents. It’s actually rather useful that we are all moving as its making the three of us (my parents and me) have a very large clear out of our current house.

Over the last few days I have spent a lot of time in our loft going through what feels like endless boxes! I have also been doing the same in my bedroom with all my draws and cupboards. Together we have all found a lot of stuff which we no longer need, many of it has just been forgotten as its been out of sight.

Although it can be hard “getting rid” of stuff which has personal meaning, I find that it is rather refreshing! Its nice going back over memories of things but also clearing out gives a great sense of looking toward the future, starting a new chapter. It also makes me feel much more like an adult!

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