Prairie Charms Pizzazz Box: Enchanted Edition

Today, it is with delight that I share with you all the latest Prairie Charms Prairie Pizzazz subscription box. Last month I had the pleasure of showcasing the Luau Party themed box which was full of amazing tropical themed goodies. I am delighted to reveal that the theme this time round is 'Enchanted.' I was super excited when I saw this as I knew the box would be filled with pieces right up my street and I'm so happy to say I wasn't disappointed at all.

While I loved the last box I received, the Enchanted edition was on a whole other level. Every single item within was something I could easily have chosen and purchased myself. Not a single dud! From the gorgeous hair accessories, to the skull shaped gingerbread wax melts, I've not had a parcel this exciting in a long time.

My box included: 
Seraphina Velvet Knot Wrap
Luna Leatherette Hair Bow
Anya Butterfly Headband Duo 
Hazel Custom Knot Tie Pack
Hermione Wand Necklace
Pandora Evil Eye Bracelet
Solace Midi Ring
Rosalie Quote Card
Merida Candy Skull Wax Melts
The Sweet Hostess Sugar Swizzle Sticks

The first thing I saw when I opened the box was the Seraphina Velvet Knot Wrap and I actually squealed with delight. I've been wanting a headband like this for the longest time and not only do I have one at last, but it is the perfect shade of pink. The velvet it's made of is stretchy in itself, so there's no wire or elastic in it which makes it super comfortable. What a bonus! 

The second thing I laid my eyes upon was the Luna Leatherette Hair Bow. The gorgeous metallic pink shade immediately caught my eye and I resolved to start wearing top knots to work again! Back when I worked in Superdrug I used to wear my hair up frequently and decorate it with some glitter hair bows (also courtesy of Prairie Charms!) and now I'm feeling inspired to do the same with this shiny pink wonder. 

Should I ever get bored of wearing bows in my hair, I now have the option to dress it up with butterflies instead, thanks to the Anya Butterfly Headband Duo. This purple glittery butterfly headband means I can take a break from all the pink should I so wish, but it's also three products in one! The butterfly is actually a detachable clip, so can be worn alone, or attached to the headband. Finally, the headband can also be worn on it's own too. So great, so versatile and definitely something my hair accessories collection was lacking. 

The Prairie Charms knot ties are seriously great and the Hazel Custom Knot Tie Pack is no different. I love how gentle the hair ties are and the way they can easily jazz up what would otherwise have been a boring pony tail. They can also double up as cute bracelets!

The jewellery included in this edition was also particularly top notch. My favourite piece has to be the Hermione Wand Necklace, it is just so seriously cute. I am really happy I got a mint green one as it's one of my favourite colours after pink and purple, and as much as I am obsessed with all pink everything, it is nice to have some different options every now and again. The Solace Midi Ring is super adorable and the Pandora Evil Eye Bracelet is very delicate and will make a great addition to my existing wristwear.

One of the surprise stand out items of the Enchanted Prairie Pizzazz Box was the Merida Candy Skull Wax Melts. I admit they are sooooo pretty that I have yet to burn these, but man, they smell delightful enough anyway. The gingerbread scent definitely gets one's sweet tooth going, so the delicious Sweet Hostess Sugar Swizzle Sticks were a very welcome addition to the box. The information revealed that these can be stirred into drinks to make them sweet but I chose to eat it like a lollipop. Soooo worth it. 

Finally, tucked away at the bottom of my box was the Rosalie Quote Card. I cannot begin to express how delighted I was to see one of my favourite quotes: she believed she could, so she did, emblazoned on a decorative card. I want to get this framed and display it somewhere prominent in my flat.

See what I mean? This box was perfect. I am now eagerly looking forward to receiving the Christmas 2015 box! Watch this space!

FOTD: Silvery Smokey Eye with Red Lip

Products Used: 
Arbonne Primer
Arbonne CC Cream
Arbonne Mineral Foundation
Arbonne Bronzer
Arbonne Highlighter
Urban Decay Eyeshadows in Shellshock, Lovesick and Smokeout (Vice 2 Palette)
Arbonne Liquid Eyeliner in Black
Arbonne Pencil Eyeliner in Black
Arbonne Lipstick in Runway Rouge

As I mentioned in Monday's post, I recently had the pleasure of spending the weekend in London. Now why was I in London? To see Wednesday 13 of course! One of the best things about going to see my favourite music artist, besides seeing the man himself obviously, is the fact that it's the perfect excuse to go really overboard with black eyeliner! I absolutely love doing makeup that leans towards the goth side of things and naturally, I just had to share that passion with you all today.

I started off by prepping my incredible winter base. After my skincare routine, I use a generous two pumps of the Arbonne Primer to really smooth over my skin and hydrate it ready for the heavy products I use at this time of year. While I adore both the Arbonne CC Cream and Mineral Foundation, neither of them are quite heavy enough for me at the moment. Together though? A match made in heaven. My skin is always horrendous at this time of year and using two of my favourite foundations together gives me the coverage I really need and desire. 

Once my base is out of the way, I ever so lightly added the Arbonne Bronzer and Arbonne Highlighter to my face. I wanted to keep myself relatively pale, but I also wanted to emphasise my cheekbones. With the minimal contouring out of the way, it was time to move onto the best part: my eyes! After applying a primer, I applied the lovely silver shade, Shellshock, from the Urban Decay Vice 2 Palette all over my eyelids. I then took the matt black shade, Smokeout, and blended it into my crease. To make it all a bit darker and smokier, I blended the slightly glittery black shade Lovesick onto the outer corners of my eyes. To finish it off, I did a nice thick flick of liquid eyeliner on my top lip and outlined the bottom in pencil eyeliner, slightly smudging it for a nice grungey look. Of course, I also used my beloved Arbonne It's a Long Story mascara to finish the eyes off.

I had wanted to wear false lashes with this makeup look to really give it some oomph but the only ones I had available to me were some seriously cheap and nasty eBay ones I've had for ages. Sadly I am really out of practice at applying lashes and these ones are pretty damn difficult to begin with, so I gave up on them and moved onto lipstick. Initially I had wanted a deep purple, but as the top I was wearing was red and black, I went for a red lip with Arbonne's Runway Rouge lipstick. This shade is sadly not available anymore, but if you were interested, I will let you know which shade in the new range of Arbonne lipsticks (even BETTER than the originals) is close. 

Overall, I am really happy with this makeup look and super excited for my next chance to wear it again. Funnily enough, I actually saw Wednesday 13 two nights in a row this time, so maybe, just maybe, I've got another gothic makeup look to show you next week...? 

What I Wore: A Walk Round Coate Water

I'm Wearing:
Beret: H+M
Jacket: Boohoo
Blouse: New Look
Trousers: Miss Pap
Scarf: Gift

Arbonne Primer
Arbonne CC Cream
Arbonne Mineral Foundation
Arbonne Bronzer
Arbonne Highlighter
Urban Decay Eyeshadows in Dope and Strike (Vice 2 Palette)
Arbonne Liquid Eyeliner in Brown
Arbonne It's a Long Story Mascara

One of the things I really want this little blog to be is a reflection of real life. I find that so many outfit bloggers only show outfits because they've been paid to, or they think it looks good but then don't actually wear that outfit outside the house. On this blog I promise to show outfits I actually wear, whether it's the clothes I wear to work or the clothes I wear on the very rare occasions I *gasp* socialise.

Of course, that also means sharing outfits that, well, look awful. In the past I've shared a few dud outfits and sadly, today is one of those. In my head, a cream shirt, 'leather' pants and some leopard print accessorising was a great idea, but sadly, that didn't translate into real life. It's a shame, because each piece in this particular outfit is great on its own, they just weren't meant to come together.

Thankfully, my rubbish outfit didn't spoil the day I had. On Sundays, I quite like to walk Genghis the shiba inu round Coate Water in Swindon. It's a really lovely walk and a great way to fit fresh air and exercise into my weekends. At the moment, it's particularly lovely due to the autumnal colours and scenes everywhere. It has been really mild in my part of the country so far, despite it being mid-November and for that I am very, very grateful. 

I'd also like to think that this terrible outfit is redeemed by my makeup. A month or two ago I finally invested in Arbonne's Brown Liquid eyeliner after enjoying the black one so much and it's not a decision I regret. I think it makes for lovely daytime wear and really enhances the green in my eyes.

Lush Haul

A couple of weekends ago, I had the absolute pleasure of staying in London for a long weekend and naturally, I had to make what can only be described as a blogger pilgrimage to Lush Oxford Street. It has been a long time since I've bought anything from Lush and as you can see, I went a little wild. I went in for two products: I was desperate to try the Cosmetic Warrior Fresh Face Mask again and my feet were in agony, so I wanted some kind of magical foot lotion too. Unfortunately, once I got going, I couldn't stop. It has been so long since I treated myself to something...!

I Bought: 
Cosmetic Warrior Fresh Face Mask
Go Faster Feet Foot Lotion
Damaged Hot Oil Treatment
Don't Look at Me Fresh Face Mask
Mint Julips Lip Scrub
Rehab Shampoo
Tea Tree Toner Water
Sparkle Toothy Tabs
Ultrabland Cleansing Balm
Retread Hair Conditioner

For the past two years of my life, I have exclusively been using Arbonne skin care. DO NOT GET ME WRONG, I still love Arbonne with all my heart, but every now and again, it's really nice to have a change, particularly when my skin is totally freaking out right now. I think that's why I went so overboard when I really shouldn't be spending on non-essentials right now - I was just so excited to have something different in my life. 

Cosmetic Warrior, Ultrabland and Retread are the only three products I bought that I had tried before. Cosmetic Warrior is one of my favourite facemasks of all time and my skin really needed a treat, whereas Ultrabland is one of my favourite cleansers of all time. Retread on the other hand, I actually seriously disliked but as I was buying the Rehab shampoo, I wanted a conditioner too. Retread was described as its perfect partner so I decided to give it one more chance in case the last time I tried it was a dud. 

Not only is my skin rebelling against me at the moment, but so is my hair. It's been a while since I really pampered my hair with a luxurious treatment and I was really intrigued by this oil on a stick offering. 

While I was hovering around looking for Cosmetic Warrior, I was asked if I wanted to try any more face masks. The woman who asked was so lovely and friendly I just had to say yes and next thing I knew, I was sat on a chair having every single face mask on offer gently massaged onto my hands and arms. A few seriously piqued my interest, but in the end, it was this gorgeous bright blue mask which I chose: Don't Look At Me. It reminded me of Ocean Salt

As I said, a foot lotion was one of the two products I had actually intended to buy. Walking round London in my creepers really was not doing me any favours, so I wanted to say sorry to my feet. This certainly did the trick! 

Previously I've been a huge fan of the Bubblegum Lip Scrub, but it has been quite a while since I've had that or any similar products. I did pick up the Santa Lip Scrub for consideration, but in the end went for this minty delight. I have no regrets.

I've heard so many great things about this shampoo, I just had to give it a little try. It smells seriously great. 

Traditionally my skin has never got along with Tea Tree, but it smells so delightful and on paper, sounds perfect for my skin. I looooove toner sprays and I simply couldn't resist this one. 

Probably one of the strangest products I have ever come across. I really love these little guys though. I can't wait to do a full review of them!

Over the coming weeks, I will be doing full reviews of everything I bought as I've been trying everything out for the past few weeks.

I really, really enjoyed my time in the store. It's so well presented and the staff were great. In many Lush stores I think the staff can be quite over bearing and almost a little creepy but here I felt so at ease, welcomed and like help was on hand if I needed it. I'm heading back to London in December and I think I will have to take another look round!

Have you been to Lush Oxford Street?