Friday, 22 August 2014

V Festival // Lifestyle

Today's post is something a little different but I thought I'd share with you. This time last weekend me and 2 of my friends were wondering the arena of V festival all hyped for tomorrow to see some of the biggest names in music at the moment. 
On the Friday night there wasn't that much on at all and after trying and failing at all the things on we finally found the arena open that had all the 16-25 year old's partying to well known dance songs. My favourite kind of scene. So we spent the rest of the night in there with a lovely group of lad's who were very lovely and seemed to think we were 20/21! This ended at 11pm and we made our way back to the tent to prepare for what the next day had ahead for us. 
The Saturday was where it all began, when I sit and think about how many people we saw that day I really do question how we fitted it all in along with a toastie and rissotto break! From what I can remember we saw, Matt Richardson, Jess Glynne, Sam Smith, Nina Nesbitt,Train, Chic (Nile Rodgers), Rudimental, Tinie Tempah, Lily Allen, Jason Derulo and to finish off the night, that semi-famous band from the other side of the pond, The Killers. All I can say was you haven't experienced Mr Brightside until you've heard a crowd of 1000's scream it, trust.  Yep that was just in one day. I have to say for some reason this night we were so so tired and just clocked out straight away, apart from when Hope thought someone was in the tent, false alarm.
The finally day of action, Sunday, was another jam packed day of music goodness and maybe a small bit of food. This day we saw, Fuse ODG, All Saints, George Ezra, Tom Odell, Kaiser Chiefs, The Strypes, Miles Kane, Blondie, Bastille, Ed Sheeran and for me the whole reason to put V Festival above all overs, Mr Justin Timberlake. This night however I feel the Vodka kicked in a bit more as we made some more males friends and attempted to do shots with them but sadly ended up on our own doing shots. Have to say good way to end off the weekend. I shall leave you with a few photos including what I have to say is the most hideous selfie of me  have ever seen. I promise I looked better than that throughout the weekend. I shall re-join you at the end.

So you made it, you may have already seen this photos on Instagram if you follow me @alishaleighb_ cheeky plug). Personal highlights for me were of course Tinie tempah along with Rudimental ( no surprises there) also the Kaiser Chiefs were just amazing really hit it out of the park. Another two to watch are Jess Glynne and George Ezra all I can say is they are both bloody brilliant. The headliner that stole the show for me was definitely Justin Timberlake I mean that man can just do it all and back, honestly an incredible singer/musician and all round performer. 
I have to say this past weekend I so got in the festival vibe and can not wait to do it again next year, maybe attempt a few more or try and work at some. If you are considering doing it then do because it has been one of the best weekends and even though the sun wasn't shinning don't think I have ever laughed/smiled so much in my life. But that may also be down to the two lovely girls I got to spend it with so shoutout's to them @hopepurcell13 and @smithface02 (go follow them on twitter). And that's the end, if you'd like me to put a few posts up about festival fashion or makeup or even hair then comment below! Along with your experiences of festivals and who you've seen! 

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

A haul from boots more recently // Haul

I realise the title suggests this haul is recent, for a normal person yes it is, however the fact I'm a massive shopaholic means there is a massive haul to come that well is going to take some time to prepare. But today is focused on this  boot's haul where I did go a little cray and felt the need to buy a lot of stuff that was on the never ending lust list from the drugstore. I just went with the motto, want it buy it. Never a good one trust me on that after feeling my much lighter purse. Yolo, ouch the worst phrase ever but sometimes too true.
L'Oreal is just the devil for me because it's defiaitly my one true love and want it all however it ceratinly is at the higher end of the drugstore and is a bit more splurge. Yolo. So the first thing I picked up is this bronzer/highlighter that can be used as a contour or just to warm up the face lightly. I also picked up two hyped up products the first being the l'extraordinaire liquid lipsticks,  I picked up the shade rouge soprano, a cute red. I also picked up one of the mono eyed shadows that everyone has been going crazy for however I am struggling to see why maybe I just picked up a duff colour.
Next is two essie polishes. I adore the formula, brush and colour selection of essie polishes trust me if I could own the whole stand I think I would. I always seem to buy nail polish even though I honestly do not need anymore! But these two colours I just couldn't say no, on the left is Splash of grenadine and on the right is Cute as a button. Both of which are beautiful and are perfect for the summer season I can really see why splash of grenadine is a cult favourite so so good.
Oh collection always such a gem in boots, I have brought so many lasting perfection concealer it's shameful however it is so worth the money provides such a high coverage and well it's a must for anyone. The only thing I will say is it can be slightly drying so make sure you put on a good moisturiser underneath. Secondly is another repurchase my favourite felt tip eyeliner, gives such an intense black eyeliner and is so easy to apply if you are new to the whole eyeliner scene a strong recommend from me. It's also dirt cheap!
I'm not quite sure why everything is in duo's in this post but hey ho. So another two products that have received some very loving reviews and have been strongly recommended. First is the Revlon highlighting palette in rose glow, looks a bit like a Bobbi Brown shimmer brick right? I do love this and have found it to work either just as a conventional highlight or can work all over to provided a natural glow. I also made a cheeky purchase from Soap and Glory and I can say I am in love, I can not get enough of this eyebrow pencil/felt tip. It gives such a natural look but can be built up to give such a strong brow game, all I can say is just go and buy one.
Finally is a fab product from Bourjois, these rouge edition velvet's are something created by the heavens. They stay on all day, they are matte, they don't dry your lips out and come in such good shades (since I have also purchased hot pepper). The two above are Frambourjois and Peach club, I have included swatches to prove that they are indeed different colours and look different on, please trust me!
Wow some money was spent and I'm still not satisfied, there is still more I feel I need. This is bad very bad however it makes me happy so I suppose it can be acceptable. What have you been buying from the drugstore recently? 

Sunday, 17 August 2014

July Birchbox // Beauty Box

july birchbox
So by now I will have seen the Killers and now be getting excited about seeing the man himself, yep Justin Timberlake. That man is heaven. However more importantly it's a sleepy Sunday and we are sadly on our last day of our Birchbox week. Yep this is July ... 
First thing actually doesn't count towards the products in the box just a cute little extra and its this coconut water with a splash of lemonade in. I tried a bit of this and just couldn't work out whether I really like it or not, defiantly an odd taste but worth giving a go as it is very refreshing.
So the first actual product is from that high end brand again. I love baths as many of you may know so getting anything to put in my bath from these boxes is such a perk for me and when it smells as fancy and good as this then well no one can complain. Bit of advice for those of you that don't have baths, you can put this on the floor of your shower as its ruining for well a heavenly experience! 
Right they say don't judge a book by it's cover however I find it hard not to with this product I really thing the purple tube looks cheap and like something I would have used when I was 9. Moving that aside it does have a relaxing lavender smell that doesn't smell too grannyish but I feel this may go to my mum instead. Body lotion in a box doesn't quite do it for me.
Oh balance me I don't I've ever payed for one of your products however that pleases me a lot as they are always so good to use and have such great results! A full or near full size of eye cream is always welcome by me as I am the queen of dark circles under my eyes as I never seem to get that much sleep. So please eye cream do wonders for me!
Is it just me that feels like this box is full of brands that pop up in beauty boxes a heck of a lot. However weleda is a brilliant German brand that some top notch celebrities swear by and I mean if it's good for them and their perfect hair,skin and face well it's good enough for me. I'm actually quite excited to give this ago and well shampoo normally doesn't get me that excited.
Finally product and I just wish I got the other colour so badly because I LOVE the product, being a huge fan of the glossy stick concept it isn't hard to win me over the whole crayon thing. However this purple is just so pigmented that I just can not pull it off to my disappointment and this is coming from the girl that wears bright red casually. Oh well i'm sure I shall find a way!

So that's it, the week is done and boy has it been hard writing a post everyday. I can not promise that this will continue however I am aiming to get 2/3 post up a week as well as focusing on my A2 studies so it might be a tight squeeze. But hopefully I will be more organised like this week and just keep a lot of posts in draft so I can get them up more regularly! Thank you to anyone that has been reading my small space on the internet and I hope to really get stuck back into the blogging community!

Saturday, 16 August 2014

June Birchbox // Beauty Box

It's the weekend!!!!!!! Tonight I get to see THE FREACKIN KILLERS, so but I can not play that cool, far far to excited for it! However that is not what we are hear to discuss. June's Birchbox was a sort of special edition with the bag that resembles the Brazil flag because of the world cup. I think the aim of the box was to incorporate brands from around the world. Hmm ... ( also an FYI a product is missing because at the time I took the photo's it was in my shower, its a silk and honey hair mask)
So first product is from a brand I have very good things about and it originates in France however I'm sure it is stocked in boots these days. Basically it is meant to be a good moisturizer and having dry skin means that anything that says moisturizing makes me want to layer it on my skin so good start.
Next product is from Spain and a natural & organic brand, Birchbox you do me good. A body lotion however is neither a hit nor a miss, I mean it's nice to have however it's nothing special or exciting to try especially when there is no scent at all to it. I mean it all does the same job.
Next is another French brand that I see circulating the beauty boxes often however I have used products from them and have enjoyed them so I keep an open mind. When I opened this lipstick I was so excited to see a beautiful coral shade, however I re-read the card to see it was sheer. I love a pigmented lipstick however I have worn this a few times and it does give a natural coral colour to the lip's and has changed my mind slightly on sheer lipsticks.
Final product is from the USA and is a brand I'm sure we've all heard of yep OPI. I have done a post a year ago or maybe 2 about OPI's and I do have to say I like them however they do carry a price tag that maybe I'm not so fond of however this pink is a cute colour and I can deffo see me wearing it!

That wraps up the June box, I found it okay, I mean there was nothing wrong with it at all however I just didn't get as excited as maybe some other boxes I had received in the past. Do you see where I'm coming from?

Friday, 15 August 2014

May Birchbox // Beauty Box

One more day to the weekend and by now I shall be at V Festival with my girlies eek so exciting! So yes all these posts are scheduled but hey that's fine just means I've had more time to perfect them! So Friday gives us a very exciting box from May that was a collab with Bazaar. Can we just take a moment for how pretty this box is, please, anyways we should focus on the more important things ie what's inside!
We have seen the brand beauty protector before and if i'm correct some of their products are Birchbox exclusive so I have a feeling we might see a few more pop up again. However they are a nice brand and this set is suitable for all hair types and I mean everyone washes their hair right? 
Again we've seen Benefit before however I am not complaining because this mascara is out of this world and that't not just me following the blogger hype. It genuinely deserves it, after winning award after award this really does wonders to everyone lashes the only problem is getting the thing off! However I do feel everyone should give this mascara ago and this is defiantly the perfect way to do so!
A brand I haven't heard much about but after being in this box I suddenly seem to hear loads and loads about. It's a lovely nail polish and I saw some other colour's floating around that would have been so much better however it's still good and I will find a way to embrace the sheer nail polish a little more.
Yep you saw that correctly. A sample size of that cleanser that even people on Mars are using and writting outstanding review about. I have to admit I squeled a little bit when I saw this. I've been dying to get on this hype and see truly what all the fuss is about over this cleanser. I think it's so good as well that they included a muslin cloth with it so you can get the full experience. 
Final product is so little and cute! I'm so happy to get this because at first when I saw it I was annoyed at yet another perfume sample however I was surprised to Aromatherapy in a Birchbox. I can't wait to the colder winter months to pour this into my bath and well have the bath of my life and all that  stress leave my muscles. Ooo.

I'm so chuffed that this collab was a success and wasn't just an excuse to send petty sizes of crap no one has heard of yes I'm looking at you Glossybox. But honestly I think at this point it might be fair to say this has been my favorite box so far. Bold statement to end on there. 

Thursday, 14 August 2014

April Birchbox // Beauty Box

Today we make it into the beginning of spring with April's Birchbox, I also make it over half way through the week. Time flies ay, today's my results day so fingers crossed to future me on those, I'm sure we shall be able to judge what  got from my tweets @takecarealisha (cheeky plug there). However back to the box, no theme this month as such so lets just get cracking ... 
First product and if I'm honest when I first grabbed it I honestly thought it was a another bottle of shower gel. However fear not for the first time in beauty box history we have got a full sized shampoo! I think full size's of things like this are just better because something like a shampoo you need to try for a long period of time to begin to see results. This smells so lovely and like I would want to put it through my hair. Also well done Birchbox for including a product suitable for all hair types!
Next product I'm a little puzzled by, first of all I will say how chuffed I am that it is organic I always love very natural products. But I just have no clue how to use this, I've read some things that say use this to cleanse and some to moisturize and some even say it's a healing balm. However in all honesty I really don't have a clue. So I feel maybe a little experimentation maybe needed to find the best purpose of this for me.
Love love love this. Such a clever idea of a sample, the full size is a pallet of size so they sent out a small size of one that would be suitable for most skin tones so people can test the formula and well fall in love. The balm has such quirky packaging and some amazing products for pretty reasonable prices, I'm always so happy to see them in boxes and especially in the Birchbox store for me to buy with my points *insert smirk face emoij*
Another make-up product, so defiantly a thumb's up from me. I've started to hear quite a lot about Lord & Berry and have been intrigued to try their products so I'm glad to receive an item that I know a lot about and will be able to put to the test. Again a nice black eyeliner would be great for any gal or maybe guy.
Final product of this box is such a pretty nail polish, you got given the choice at the beginning of the month which colour you would like and obviously I choice this stunning shimmery baby blue. Such a pretty colour and just apply's nicely, 2 coats and you're ready to go.

I was so impressed with this months box and just was excited to try everything out. I guess the best thing was it was all things I could use with a strong mixture of brands and products to make a strong box.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

March Birchbox // Beauty Box

It's day 3 and we've managed to trot into the month of March. The most exciting thing about this box was that it was created with the huge designer Lulu Guinness. The products them selves where choices of her's and the box had a cute slip cover over it. I love when Birchbox does these collab's because in all honesty they are normally the best of the boxes! Now lets have a good ox what is inside shall we ... 
Every girl always needs a handy bit of hand cream on the go and well this is just the cutest little one. The smell is divine, I've never smelt anything like this or as good to go on my hands. Not just having pretty pink packaging and a beautiful scent this product also performs well by sinking into your hands quickly not leaving you with a greasy feeling.  It's a well known and top notch brand so it's just a great sample to receive. 
Another time seeing benefit but I am not complaining. It such a good brand which is high end but still within an affordable bracket. The best thing is their samples, I feel unlike some other brands they do really represent the product you'll receive. This is no exception, such a good make-up product to include because it appeals to a lot of people and you can't be disappointed with the shade you get. It's a great eye primer leaving your eye make up in place for a good chunk of the day. A bit of advice, a small bit goes a long way.
Yay, another brand  have heard of, I really do like receiving brands I've at least heard of because I feel like its worth the money of the box. Korres is such a lovely brand and if you've never tried or used any of the products then it is a serious must. Using natural ingredients and the Greek background makes for some luxurious goodness. Again the smell of this is just on point and I can't wait to try this product out but if it's like any other Korres products then wow.
The final product (apart from the stick of rock) is this perfume sample from English Laundry. I'm not the hugest fan of perfume samples but I suppose I can let this one slide as the rest of the box is so on point. My mum adored this scent however I found it very old womany, however it must appeal to some people.

So that's the end of this months box and after tomorrow we shall be half way through this week.  All  all it's going very well lets just hope there is more goodness to come. I just hope you are all enjoying my little series.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

A haul from a while ago // Haul

I feel it is embarrassing to say how long ago I brought this stuff however I had the photo and all of the things are still available so I thought it would be fine to still write a cheeky little haul post about it all. We shall start with the benefit items, I purchased Big Easy in 03 and That Gal. I went in to just have a feel of big easy as I have wanted to try a BB product for quite a while and thought this could be a good step into it. I was sucked in further and ended up also buying that gal after being shown how well it combined with benefit's other primer, the Porefessional. 
After feeling a bit lighter after saying goodbye to that money I quickly ran into Lush to grab my all time favorite toner Breath of Fresh Air. Literally can not get enough of it. 
Finally I popped into boots while the 3 for 2 was on to grab a new concealer, as the the Collection one was out of stock I went back to an old favorite Rimmel's Wake Me Up. As i'm hitting up V Festival in a week's time I thought I'd spice my boring same old face of make-up and try a blue eyeliner just to add a simple bit of colour. As I said before 3 for 2 was on so I had no choice but to buy another item which was the Maybelline 14hr Lipstick in Coral. Such good staying power for a nice everyday lipstick (it doesn't look as bright on, trust me).
So that's it, but don't you worry I have another haul coming Thursday and by that point I will have been to Oxford street in London so plenty of more goodies to come!

February Birchbox // Beauty Box

Day number 2 and we move lovingly on to the month of February. Again another exciting box and mix of brands. After this month I started collecting those bags the products come in such a genius idea of a way to package it. Very chic and not tacky at all. Instead of me rambling about the packaging shall we just move on to what was inside.
A lovely brand, with the face of Alexa Chung to it. Who doesn't love a simple black eyeliner that anyone could give a go and gives a good intense black colour. I absolutely love this pen style of eyeliner I find them so easy to work with and I'm able to nail the cat eye nearly every time. 10/10 of product and if you look at the price, well it's worth the box alone.
Everyone showers so who can complain about getting a new shower gel to try, especially when the brand is as chic as this. Normally found in the high end hotel rooms and now in my bathroom this shower gel lathers beautifully and has such a musky scent that could appeal to both men and women alike. Thumbs up here.
Another product that's meant to do it all in one while not infecting your skin with any artificial nasties. I love organic products purely for the appeal of the ingredients that are put in and all the natural cure for skin issues. I find they tend to work better than the fake stuff and leave the skin with a good glow. Another top notch product.
Another full size, defiantly spoiling me there. Leighton Denny polish are so so so good, the colour pay off, the application and most importantly the longevity of them is just out of this world. I like the fact I received this black colour because it won't go out of trend and can have so many uses in terms of nail art.
Final product, and it's so cute and small. It's a beautiful smelling hair oil that claims to not just nourish those dead ends, oops, but also protect them against further wear and tear they may suffer. A little goes a long way with hair oils so I'm sure I'll be able to get many goes out of this!

So that's day 2 concluded and the end of February, this was another consistent back that had the amazing range of products/brands. Another thing to point out is how these boxes make their money back up, easily, a definite worthwhile investment.

Monday, 11 August 2014

January Birchbox // Beauty Box

What do you know it's the first day of my massive cover-up scheme for being lazy. It's the January Birchbox! This was the first box I received and I was so chuffed with everything that was inside, really had got my money's worth, with a good mix of brands I knew and loved as well as one's I'd never heard of. Lets go through them one by one shall we. Also I have linked all the products the Birchbox store so you can see the price etc.

This little balm claims to basicaly be everything in one. It can be used to cleanse and remove all the make up off your face, as your daily cleanser or just as a general healing product. All the ingredients are 100% natural so no nasty's in here. All in all a cute little sample that I just haven't got round to trying!
Being the UK's number 1 selling primer, it's not to have heard of this product. I am already a huge fan of this primer and was so chuffed to see it in my Birchbox, a travel size is never a bad thing in my opinon. I love the silky feel this gives my skin to allow my foundation to just glide over. Little insider tip, if your skin isn't looking as glowy and fresh as you'd like then mix this with a bit of Benefit's That Gal for the most amazing base. I'll let you have that one for free!
This is just an nice hand cream really. Its ingredients are all natural  and organic to make it a little special from anything normally avaliable however to me hand cream, ie they are either good or not. This one falls nicely into the good category and makes a perfect little handbag size. Not the most exciting of products however nothing wrong with it.
I'm a huge face mask girl, I love the feeling they give to my skin and the deep cleanse they can offer is to die for. As I don't have the most fixed of skincare routines I'll happily try anything especially if it claims to give this dry skin some well needed nourishment.
Yep, it's that cult beauty product that is loved by all including many famous faces. Such a great product to receive in a box, just enough to see whether you do truly like the product and decided whether you will splurge which I think in most cases is a definite, yes, yes and a yes.

As you can tell I really did love January's box, such a good mix between all different types of products and brands, nothing to complain about here. So that ends day 1 roll on day 2!