Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Arbonne Bronzer [Product Review]

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I've never really been a bronzer girl. Being quite pale, it has always scared me a bit. Throughout university, I did use a Rimmel bronzer on nights out, but I always applied so little of it that there was absolutely no point. Eventually I donated this to my sister and stuck to blush there onwards.

Enter Arbonne (you getting bored of this yet?). Somehow, despite never wearing bronzer, I let Nicola talk me into buying it with one of my business orders.When it arrived, I was very concerned because in the pan, it looks very, very dark - far too dark for my fair tones!

However, the pretty, simple black packaging with the silver Arbonne logo drew me in. It feels very sturdy and I have no worries about popping it in my bag. It fastens nice and securely.

I decided the best method would be to use my E.L.F stippling brush to apply this - something I used to reserve for cream products. Very cautiously, I dab it in the deep brown powder with an ever-so-subtle shimmer to it and then "stipple" it onto my cheeks.

Needless to say, I'm in love. This super soft powder lasts all day long on my skin and it can either be applied super lightly for skin tones like mine or can be totally built up for those who are a bit darker. I like how little you need to use as well, this pan will last forever!

Paired with the Arbonne highlighter, this is one of my favourite cheek products ever. I wear it on a regular basis and adore the lovely healthy glow it gives me. I'm no long scared of bronzer!

What's your favourite bronzer?

Monday, 4 August 2014

A Home Wishlist


So, as I'm sure you're all sick of hearing now, I recently moved into a new flat, house, whatever you want to call it! I believe the technical term is "maisonette" - it's a little too small to call a house, but it's on two floors so flat doesn't seem quite right. My bedroom is actually on a balcony type thing, it's pretty cool and the more I live here, the more I fall in love.

Of course, in typical female shopping addict fashion, now I have my very own little place, I want to fill it to the brim with pretty, but unneccessary, items. I thought I'd put together a little wishlist of "finishing touches" for my living space and hopefully provide some interior design inspiration for you all.

First of all, makeup storage! Although the size of my bedroom means I've had to place my French dressing table dreams on hold, I do have a set of drawers which is host to my mirror and makeup supplies. Currently, my makeup is haphazardly scattered all over the top of these drawers, some of it in a grubby makeup bag, the rest all over the place. I've been beauty blogging long enough now to know that is is essential I get my hands on some acrylic storage and when I saw this particular set, I knew it was perfect for my needs. I've recently dramatically downsized my makeup collection and am hoping it would all fit in a little unit like this now - minus palettes of course.

The second item on my wishlist is this beautiful makeup brush holder. Florals and of course, butterflies are some of my favourite embellishments and I stumbled across this pink butterfly holder on eBay while searching for acrylic storage. It's so cute and would look perfectly at home in my room.

As a typical blogger, I have suddenly developed a huge obsession with my house smelling gorgeous. Not content with a huge peony scented candle from Sainsbury's and two Yankee Candle votives, I'm now after a beautiful oil burner that could potentially house Yankee Candle wax melts as well. Gifts & Pieces is one of my favourite stores to browse at the moment, so I knew it wasn't going to let me down in this department. The pink and white heart design on this particular burner has me sold.

So, while I don't think I've mentioned it all that much on this blog, I am actually a huge fan of Paris. I first went with high school in my first year of sixth form, before going again a few years later with my then boyfriend. I've since fallen in love with the city - so when I saw this Eiffel Tower jewellery dish on my cute, quirky jewellery storage solutions hunt, I knew I had to look no further.

I am also a huge fan of flowers - what girl isn't?! Sadly I'm lacking in the green finger department and maintaining fresh flowers can often get costly. These fake rose bouquets I stumbled across on eBay look so perfect, a great alternative for when fresh isn't an option and would brighten up my living space perfectly. 

No home is complete without artwork in my opinion and with a blog name like The Glitter Vixen, it was obvious I'd have to go for some fox related artwork. A quick search later and I stumbled on this absolutely adorable fox painting. It's so cute, how could I not want this in my house?!

As comfy and lovely as my new cream futon is, I think it really needs some nice cushions to finish it off. I'm not sure exactly what aesthetic I'm going for, but when I saw these floral and polka cushions on Etsy, I knew they were exactly what I was after.

Finally, I've started having guests more and more often now that I've got a sofa sorted and my house looks more like a home than a storage facility but I've noticed something - they never have anywhere to put their drinks. Naturally part of it is due to having no tables in my living room yet, but part of it is I have no coasters either. I spotted these coasters on Gift & Pieces while searching for a nice vase and they look so similar to the cushions I've got my eye, I knew these were the coasters for me.

What's on your home wishlist? 

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Sunday, 3 August 2014

Instavixen #13: #RadicalSelfLoveJuly Roundup

Silly selfie/your idol/positive graffiti/your reflection/a self love date/your best feature/favourite book/draw yourself/RSL meal/#TBT/RSL bible/in your bag/no makeup selfie/get physical/your happy place/favourite quote/your city/inspiring friend/great outdoors/RSL totem/morning mantra/magic/on your wall/gratitude/bedhead/i wish i was/pampering/blow bubbles/mirror wisdom/i love/super selfie!
Hello vixens. I've been a little absent recently, I admit. I didn't really have the best week last week so I decided to take a step away from the blog and recuperate. This week, I've been catching up on all the tasks I failed to do the previous week and getting my life back in order. I'm feeling much better now and although I spent most of the challenge playing catch-up, I thought I'd share the entire set of #radicalselflovejuly photos with you!

READING: Game of Thrones, still! Although I don't read every day like I used to, when I do pick this book up intending on one chapter, it ends up being five! I'm so in love with the way this book is written and it's doing a good job of filling the hole the TV show left in my life.

WATCHING: Charmed and Buffy, of course, but I've also started on season two of Hemlock Grove at last! When it came out, I was still watching From Dusk Til Dawn and I don't like having too many TV shows on the go, so I finished that before starting HG - although I was SO excited for it to come out. Really good so far.

LISTENING: Wayyyy back in January I preordered the new Wednesday 13 Undead Unplugged album and his Dead Meat compilation set full of rarities. I'd totally forgotten about it until it popped through my letterbox on Tuesday. Needless to say I was delighted and these are what I've been listening to!

WANTING: Furniture! Although my little house is looking a lot better these days, I could still do with a few extra pieces of furniture, such as a TV, a stand to put it on and a bit more storage. 

LOVING: The power of the Universe and Manifestation! Ask and you shall receive. This week has proved this to me in one of the best ways imaginable. I'll be going more into the topic of life design soon, I imagine...

How has your week been lovelies? xo

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Arbonne Pure Vibrance Shampoo and Conditioner [Product Review]

Arbonne Products are sold entirely through a network of Independent Consultants. I am an Independent Consultant. If this review interests you and you decide to make a purchase, please use my Arbonne ID when asked for your consultant's ID: 441132670. Alternatively, you can use my Arbonne website. Although I am building a business with Arbonne, my opinions of these products are entirely my own and 100% honest. I could never build a business with a company I didn't wholeheartedly believe in. To read more about Arbonne, click here.

Following the success I had with the Arbonne Pure Vibrance Hair Revitalising Masque, I decided it was high time I scrapped high street hair care and dedicated myself to Arbonne hair care, just as I had done with my skin care. Enter a new shampoo and conditioner duo...

Arbonne's Pure Vibrance range is the newest addition to the company's hair care offerings and it's aimed at colour and chemically treated hair - perfect not just for me, but I suspect most women out there!

I imagine you're all bored of my Arbonne reviews by now, because they all go the same way. I hope you're all able to see it for what it is though - a genuinely brilliant brand and not just my attempts to push some sales!

The Pure Vibrance Lustre Fortifying Shampoo and Fortifying Conditioner are no exception to the rule. Not only do they preserve my hair colour for much longer than any other hair products I've used in the past, but they also leave my hair super soft, shiny and protected. They have been instrumental in the recovery of my hair from years of abuse.

What's your favourite shampoo and conditioner?

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Introducing Operation Supervixen

Last year, I wrote a series of posts underneath the title "Operation Improved Lifestyle." The aim was all about, you guessed it, improving my lifestyle. However, as usual life got in the way and all the amazing plans I had for myself and content for the blog as a result of this got pushed to one side and forgotten about. Not to mention, "Operation Improved Lifestyle" is hardly the catchiest title is it?

Introducing Operation Supervixen...

I'm currently in the process of majorly revamping my life. After weeks upon weeks of being miserable and wishing I could go "home" (wherever that is) I've finally got tired of my own bullshit and I want out.

Last week, I started taking the steps I needed to take to turn my life around and really start loving myself and being alive again. Besides the daily reading of personal development material and forcing myself into a routine that maximises my productivity, I decided it was time to sit down and really set myself some improvement goals to work towards and pull myself out of a slump I've been in for a while.

Of course, in a nod towards the name of this blog and a favourite song, I had to call my new self development programme "Operation Supervixen" and nothing helps me as much as seeing other people overcome their own demons, so I just have to share my progress on the blog.

Over the next few months (few years?!) I'll be making changes to my diet, exercise habits, the way I spend my free time and many more things in an attempt to improve both my physical and mental health. I'll be blogging about the changes I'm making and their success levels in the hopes that I'll help someone else out there too.

For example, I'm currently embarking upon Gala Darling's Radical Self Love Bootcamp (sadly not available anymore) and re-reading her 30 Day RSL Letters from the beginning to keep me focused on the positives over the next 30-days. When I do courses or read books along my way, I will no doubt be reviewing them as part of this series!

My Operation Supervixen Goals...

To structure this new blog series, I've decided to set myself a number of goals and targets to hit, periodicly reporting on my progress.

1) Find myself a diet plan that helps me feel my best physically and mentally
2) Plan an exercise schedule that fits in with the demand of my 9-5 Mon-Fri job
3) Practice counteracting negative thoughts with positive ones to improve my overall mood
4) Use my free time wisely in a way that enlightens and improves my mind, rather than aimlessly browsing the Internet, melting my brain and ensuring my depression and anxiety stay put
5) Work out a way to have a steady secondary income apart from my job in order to provide financial peace of mind
6) Share my discoveries and journey in an active attempt to improve the lives of others around me
7) Quit smoking, because there's absolutely no point in me working on my overall well being if I have the worst habit in the world!

Is there anything in particular you'd like me to cover as part of this series? Do get in touch!

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Instavixen #12: #radicalselflovejuly So Far & Life Lately

What, it's Sunday, againalready?! Well, yes, it is, which is a shame because I'm enjoying the weekend with all its sunshine and lack of work. Ah well, let's catch up with what I've been up to this week and the photographs I've been posting on Instagram for the #radicalselflovejuly challenge! 

Day 14's prompt was "Get Physical" - so of course, I had to photograph my beloved skates for roller derby. Unfortunately I only ever got to skate in my very own pair once before my hiatus, but I love them dearly and can't wait to wear them to death.

Day 15 was all about Your Happy Place. At the moment, I'm not exactly sure where my happy place is (I think it might be my brand new sofa actually...) so I picked my favourite place in Aberystwyth, the sea front! I spent many a troubled day walking round here. Aber is cropping up a lot in this challenge!

Day 16 asked us all to share our favourite quote. I struggled for ages with this one as I adore inspirational quotes and try to collect as many as I possibly can. Eventually I settled on this one. It has always been particularly comforting to me when I'm going through difficult times.

Day 17 was about your city, but I don't actually live in a city anymore, just a teeny tiny town. However, it's beginning to feel a lot like home now and this is the view from my bedroom window. I adore my teeny tiny house!

Day 17's prompt was an inspiring friend. Well, three of the most inspirational women in my life are my sisters and I hope they consider me a friend! Florette often tells me I'm her best friend, but she's three. Even so - I admire Alice because she's not afraid to tell me how it is. Eve inspires me because she's never afraid to be herself. Florette inspires me because she can fall flat on her face and get back up like nothing has happened. I love them.

Day 19 was all about the great outdoors, particularly apt I feel considering the delightful weather we've been having recently! I just had to snap the lovely trees and gorgeous blue skies outside my house for this.

Finally, today is Day 20 and we've been showing off our radical self love totems! Except, I don't actually have one! *sad face* Despite reading Gala Darling's blogs about radical self love for years now, one thing I've never managed to get my hands on is a totem. I had a little look through the tag today on Instagram and I saw one girl, called Emily funnily enough, had chosen a name necklace as her totem. Immediately I knew that I had to get my hands on a custom Sugar and Vice necklace in pink glitter or pink mirror with my name on it! Totem problem solved...

This Week I've Been...

Reading: Game of Thrones, still! However, I have actually read a fair amount this week which is good. I really love the way it's written.

Watching: Surprisingly little actually! I've watched a fair few YouTube videos for the first time in ages but I've also watched two versions of the film Carrie, the 2013 one and the original 1976 version. It would be such a happy film if it ended with her being crowned prom queen...

Loving: having my mum come to visit, finally being the proud owner of some furniture, getting gorgeous smelling flowers, the crazy Sainsbury's shop I did with my free £100 giftcard, going for tapas and the sunshine!

What's your week been like fellow foxes?

Friday, 18 July 2014

Lush Cosmetic Warrior Facemask [Product Review]

First up, apologies for using an image from the Lush website, I appear to have misplaced the photos I took myself, but I felt this review was one I still had to share!

Goodness gracious, it feels like such a long time since the adventure I had to go on to get my hands on this product. When I first went to purchase it, my local Lush store at the time had missed a delivery and didn’t have it in stock. I left with some samples of Ultrabland and had to return at a later date to get it. Needless to say, Lush Cosmetic Warrior was worth the wait.

My interest in this product was piqued during a particularly bad patch of skin-related hell and a little growing Lush obsession I had at the time. I scoured the Lush website looking for the best mask to treat my blemish ravished skin and eventually settled on this one. A quick chat with the lovely lady in the shop confirmed I’d made the right choice.

So, how did it actually perform? I feel like the first thing I have to comment on is how this product smells. One of the key ingredients is actually garlic, and while I personally (weirdly) don’t mind running round stinking of the stuff, I know others do. So, I’m sure you’ll all be glad to know that the overriding smell in this product is actually the tea tree.

One thing I remember being told by the shop assistant is that this mark uses a honey and egg base rather than a clay one. This is advantageous because a traditional clay mask requires you dragging it across your skin, not so nice when your skin is feeling troubled as it is. I must say, this really did make a difference for me. Despite being quite messy, it was the easiest mask to apply and definitely the gentlest.

I really liked the immediate results I gained with this mask. It always eased out any redness I had from particularly angry spots. I also found it be very effective on those nasty, painful under-the-skin spots - it eased the pain and reduced the size.

As this is a fresh face mask, I only gained a handful of uses from it, but over the few weeks I was using it, my skin was always quite happy. It didn’t perfect my skin but it greatly improved it and certainly didn’t agitate it any further.

This is a product that right now, I wish I had in my life (too much to use up first!) and something I would recommend to anyone with oily, blemish-prone and generally upset skin.

It’s also great because unlike some other Lush products I used to use, the ingredients in this face mask are fresh, natural (sadly not vegan though) and there are no parabens.

What do you think of the Lush face mask offerings?