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My Little box by Fleur de Force

Another My Little Box has arrived! and I couldn’t be any more excited about this one!

This time the vlogger Fleur De Force has collaborated with my Little Box creating this special Christmas edition.

If you are a b/vlogger lover you most probably known Fleur de Force, but if you don’t, I strongly recommend you to check her channel, she’s been one of my first inspirations in the blogger world and I actually had the pleasure to meet her in a blogger Masterclass that I attended , where she was one of the collaborators.

On that Super blogger masterclass, we were probably over 100 people and she (together with other collaborators like Rocknrollbride) was kind enough to see each one of us and answer any of our questions, I think she is really natural and definitely, as I was mentioning before, a huge inspiration.

On this edition of My little box I’ve got:

  •  A post card, I’m actually putting each one of them (of each box) in a frame and I’m hanging them on the wall, I think they are so beautiful and looks great!
  • My Little World magazine, with plenty of DIY tutorials, an interview with Fleur and much more!
  • A head band by “Make my lemonade”.
  • Masking tape, gift tags and wool yarn to DIY before Christmas.
  • Inside a beautiful bag with a print that says: “Do all things with Love”:
  1. L’Occitane, Inmortelle precious cream, I was actually very happy when I saw this cream, because I’m a big fan of this brand, their products are amazing and you can choose from anti ageing, body oils, hand creams…etc as their range is huge!
  2. My Little Beauty lipstick, I love the colour Coral and it feels like a gloss but with a big pigmentation.
  3. Cowshed body lotion, the smell of this cream is just amazing!

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By the way! the countdown for Christmas has begun…just 7 days left!

Have you bought all the presents already? I still need to short out most of them, and my family is arriving next Tuesday, so I better hurry up…every year is the same, I tent to leave everything for the last minute and then I get super stress! wish me luck! icon wink My Little box by Fleur de Force

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Artist Studio 2014 Auction

Designers and artists have customised a special backpack for an online charity auction on Worlds AIDS day, the auction started on the 1st of December and its main objective is to help and give awareness for HIV/AIDS.

The DAA (Designers Against AIDS) started in 2004 by the non-profit organisation Beauty without Irony and is an organisation that fights for the acceptance and equal rights of seropositive people in the world.

The auction will close on the 21st of December at 12pm and here are the 16 designs, (hurry up because you’ve only got 6 days left!):

  • KRJST, Belgium:  “We only hear about HIV through the past. Our generation needs to understand that it is something real and bring it back to the reality of today.”

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  • Manolo Blahnik, Spain: “I really hope people will be inspired by my design. I feel very honored to be a part of this project and to help support such a worthy cause.”

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  • Walter Van Beirendonck, Belgium: “I am very happy to support Designers Against AIDS as much as possible. Keep on dreaming the world awake and play it safe! Big hug, Walter.”

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  • MSGM, Italy: “My hope is that this project will help people better understand the importance of safe sex and help people affected by AIDS to live free of prejudice.”

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  • Tim Coppens, United States: “The focus on HIV and AIDS has faded but nevertheless the problem is still there in a very big way. It’s a huge cause and it’s important to support it.”

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  • Antoine Peters, Netherlands: “My reason for joining EAST14? It’s for a good cause! It’s fun to create and it’s an honor to be part of this selected yet diverse group of creatives.”

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  • Lala Berlin, Germany: “AIDS is becoming more and more important these days. It is a touchy subject for all of us, so all of us should take action!”

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  • Jean Paul Gaultier, France: “I believe the condom is the greatest piece of clothing ever invented. My message to everyone is simple: ‘Protect yourselves!'”

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  • Henrik Vibskov, Denmark: “It’s great that people can now live a long life with HIV. But AIDS is still a huge problem. Safe sex and proper information are very important.”

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  • Christopher Lee Sauve, United States: “There’s been a decline in spreading awareness of HIV/AIDS since the 80s. It’s important to create strong messages through art & fashion.”

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  • Gaspar Yurkievich, France: “Until we find a vaccine for HIV, safe sex is the only way to avoid AIDS. But practicing safe sex doesn’t mean you can’t have fun!”

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  • Sybilla, Spain: “There is still a lot to do when it comes to HIV prevention. More research is needed to help everyone concerned: both patients and caregivers.”

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  • Elio Fiorucci, Italy: “We cannot afford to be blind, not even for love. Loving and being loved is the greatest luxury but it also means mutual respect.”

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  • Scooter LaForge,United States: “I still believe that safe sex is best. I see people contract HIV all the time because of one minute of unsafe sex. It is simply not worth the risk.”

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  • Christopher Shannon, United Kingdom: “HIV treatment has come a long way but that’s no reason to be blasé. I’ve known many people with the disease and I’ve seen the devastation it causes.”

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  • Chris Janssens, Belgium: “I’m very grateful to be a part of this project in support of Designers Against AIDS, because it is so important to control this terrible disease.”

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Ultimate party season checklist

The ultimate party season check list

Christmas only means one thing…party! and with all the Christmas parties coming up, we better be ready for each one of them!

Let’s start with our Very.co.uk party season check list!:

  • Give your look that must-have hint of sparkle with embellished earrings.

This “Petal Jewel Earrings” are so beautiful and the best accessory for a special event, can use them for an evening look or with a casual look to add that chic touch, plus is on sales now at just £7! Petal Jewel Earrings

  • Serve up spiced winter cocktails for a seasonal twist on traditional party drinks.

You don’t need to be an expert to create an amazing cocktail, there are many easy recipes but my favourite for this season is the Pomegranate Martini!

  1. 2 fluid ounces citron vodka.
  2. 1 fluid ounce Cointreau or other orange liqueur.
  3. 2 fluid ounces pomegranate juice.
  4. 1/2 fluid ounce lemon juice.
  • Wrap up warm on your way home with a glam Faux fur coat.

Faur fux coats are a big trend this season and I absolutely love this one in particular from River Island Faux fur coat.

  • Get ready for the big day with a cosy Christmas jumper. It has to be done!

For me the perfect occasion to wear this kind of jumpers are either for a casual office Christmas dinner or for an excursion day, for example to Winter Wonderland! My favourite  Christmas jumper has to be that one! I’m totally pro Team Rudolf icon razz The ultimate party season check list

  • Deck your nails with glitter for a fabulously eye-catching finishing touch.

This Nails Inc Winter Lights with a mixture of red and gold sequins will light up any of your looks!

  • Find your classic LBD and team it with that statement coat.

I like to wear a lot of sparkles during Christmas, as on this season is all about lights and glitter, that’s why this Rochelle Humes collection mini dress is my perfect choice! and I absolutely love the open heart detail at the back!

  • Write that hopeful letter to Father Christmas- you’re never too old!

Plus it will be a “life saver” for your boyfriend ;).

  • Snuggle up after a girls night out and watch your fave festive film.

Each season they come up with a new festive movie, but for me, those two films are a must watch every Christmas, I can’t tell you how many times me and my besty have watched the Notebook and each one of them is as excited as the next one!

  • Set the tune with a cheesy song or two -“Last Christmas” anyone?.

It has to be Mariah Carey “All I want for Christmas is you” is the perfect song to start any Christmas party!

  • Whizz up a few detox smoothies for essential post-party pick-me-ups.

As you probably know I’m a huge fan of detox juices and this recipe is my favourite detox breakfast juice for an after party:

  1. 4 carrots.
  2. 4 apples, I use red ones because they are sweeter but it doesn’t really matter which colour you choose.
  3. A bunch of blueberries.
  4. A bunch of raspberries.
  5. 1 Kiwi.

This detox juice will bring you “back to life” straight away and you don’t need to use any additional juice or water, because the apples already contains plenty of natural juice, so is 100% healthy! I use Phillip Juicer is just amazing, you don’t need to peel or cut anything, just straight away to the juicer!!

So this is it! after the ultimate party season check list from very.co.uk you are ready to be “the hostess of the mostess“! icon wink The ultimate party season check list

Happy Sunday Beauties!

 

 

 

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Pilates perfect body

I used to go to the gym but now between work, the blog and an Online Marketing course that I’m doing I literally have no time left…so I decided to try one of this promising 10 minute solution dvd’s that a lot of people is talking about and now I know why…is just absolutely amazing! it really works!

If you have a busy schedule but still want to do exercise (as much as you can) this dvd is just the perfect solution.

You will find millions of this 10 minute solution but after trying a few I definitely recommend you this one, at least is the one I like the most.

This dvd in particular focus in Pilates and is divided into 5 different routines:

  • Pilates perfect arms.
  • Pilates perfect belly.
  • Pilates perfect buns & thighs.
  • Pilates perfect silhouette.
  • Pilates perfect stretch.

If I don’t have much time I’d choose the perfect silhouette routine because is focus is the whole body and not just one area, but I normally end doing two routines (which is just 20 minutes) so I will combine it with perfect belly and during the weekend I try to combine the 5 of them for a complete 50 minutes routine.

The good thing of this dvd is that you can customise your own workout by programming the routines in the order that you want.

The exercises are easy to follow and as the 10 minutes pass so quick you always end up doing another one because the difficult part is to start , but once you are in the mood you want to continue.

If you prefer to focus in one part of your body only, there are many different dvd’s like “Blast off belly fast”, which the idea is the same, 10 minutes work out split in 5 different routines, but on this case the work out is focus just on the belly.

Do you also have a workout dvd? If so, let me know which ones are your favourites please!

Today I had an office Christmas dinner so I better increase my work out time if I want to survive to the season! icon razz Pilates perfect body

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Happy Birthday to me!

First of all I need to apologise to you guys as I was unable to do my post last Friday, as my Birthday was yesterday a friend gave me a surprise and came to visit me for the weekend and he arrived on Friday that’s why it was just impossible for me…

Anyway I’m finally back and I actually have a lot to tell you since last time!!

So yesterday was my Birthday and this weekend I’ve been extremely spoiled, in the pictures I put some of the presents that I’ve got, which are:

  • Make up Store brush soap, I mentioned to you this product in one of my previous post (How to clean your brushes) as, in my opinion, is the best product to keep your brushes clean, very easy to use and I love the smell!
  • River Island bag, I absolutly love this bag, is quite big but to be honest I normally wear a lot of things in my bag, like my make up bag, a magazine (or two, depending of the day of the month, as at the beginning of the month is normally the release of most of my favourite ones like www.company.com) a notebook to write any ideas I have for future posts and depending where I’m going even my macbook, so space is very important for me when choosing a bag and this one is not only spacious but is also really nice!

Talking about the bag, I think that it could be interesting to do a post about what I have in my bag, it can be a bit chaotic, specially now that I’m doing an Online Marketing Course through a distance University (UNED) so at the moment my bag is full of books, notes, etc…  but maybe you guys enjoy it, what do you think?

  • H&M Bandeau Jumpsuit in coral, really nice for many different occasions and great for any future Christmas events coming up and the best part is that is extremely comfy!
  • Tickets to see Shakespeare in Love, which I absolutely recommend it! the actors were just fantastic and it was like coming back on time and see one of the reals shakespeare representation! really nice.
  • Ice Skating under the London Eye, I don’t really know how to skate but with all the blue lights, the music and the London Eye just right behind us made it a super romantic experience.
  • Greek dinner in one of our (my boyfriend and I) favourite restaurants, there are probably thousand out there but this one in particular is just beautiful and the food is amazing!

I told you, I’ve got really spoiled ;)…I actually love that day of the year!

And if that wasn’t enough today we did our Secret Santa in the office and I’ve got  a Laptop Manicure Salon so cute! now you probably understand why Christmas in one of my favourite seasons of the year!

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I’m going to have my sleep tea and straight to bed to see if slowly, slowly I manage to recovery before the weekend arrives again!

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour palette

I was in the search of this palette for a very long time and I finally got it!

I think a good contour look is the base of any make up, but always remember not to bring it to the extreme, otherwise it would unnatural and personally, I think, the most natural your make up looks, the better you’ll look.

The Anastasia Beverly Hills contour palette, has been an on and off product since they released it, as most of the time is sold out, I purchased mine in Sephora, there’s no Sephora in UK but I ordered it online as they delivery worldwide and let me tell you, it was my first purchase online in Sephora and I absolutely give it both thumbs up! it arrived in less than a week! the delivery charges are a bit pricy but if you compare prices the total cost is worthy.

Also, you’ll notice in the picture that there are some other products from “make up forever” and a few samples…well as I’m a huge Sephora’s fan (as for me is the perfect shop)  they sell most of my favourite brands, like Benefit and Nars and they normally have quite good offers, you’ll not find MAC in a Sephora shop but normally where there’s a Sephora, there’s a Mac just besides (at least is like this in Italy and Spain).

So as I was telling you, because I’m subscribe in Sephora, they got me this super cute mini make up kit from Make up Forever with a small mascara and a nude brown lipstick with a Happy birthday message on the box, I mean, how nice is that?! (you also normally get 3 samples every time you buy anything).

This contour palette is just the best contour kit I’ve ever seen, it contains 6 shades, 3 for highlight and 3 for contouring and the shades are:

  • Highlighters:
  • Vanilla: which is a matte highlight, I like to use it as a finish powder.
  • Banana: one of the most famous ones and I must admit that is my favourite one, is also a matte highlight.
  • Sand: this shade is a shimmery highlight, great to use when your contour is finish just to give that special touch to your look.

- Contours:

  • Java: great to define your features.
  • Fawn: this is my favourite contour’s shade, it has like an ash tone that make you contour look extremely natural.
  • Habana: is the darkest shade and if your skin tone is medium to dark is also great to use as a bronzer, is kind of like the upgrade version of Hola bronzer form Benefit, in my opinion.

If you’ve never used this palette, one thing you should know is that is really pigmented, so you just need to use a small quantity, last all day and it does not go patchy at all.

The palette is also magnetic, so if one of the shades is finish you can always buy a replacement as they sell them as individual shades as well, which is great if you finish one of the shades as you won’t need to buy the whole palette again just the color that you need or even a replacement with a different shade that suits you better (Anastasia has created a selection of 21 contour shades that you can purchase individually).

With this palette you’ll be able to create one of the most requesting looks of the time, which is the Kim Kardashian one, and is not that expensive, the whole palette cost $40 and each individual shade is around $8, so if you were wondering what to ask this Christmas here you have a very good option!

Tomorrow I’ll be posting some contour looks created with this palette in my Instagram and Twitter account so you can see the finish results, let me know what you think!

Just 2 days left for my birthday weekend!

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My top Skincare products!

Today I decided to share my skincare products with you, because I think is very important to take a good care of your skin, specially at the end of your twenties as is all about preventing!

I know that some of the products I use are a bit pricy, but trust me, they worth every single penny!

I bought all the products in Boots, that’s why is so important to keep an eye for any offers as what I do is try to get them when they have the 3×2  in any skin product, (Tip: mix the most expensive products of your choice together as they will always discount the cheapest one) like this you will end up saving up to 30% of the total price! icon wink My top Skincare products!

Obviously you need to choose your products base on your skin, what works for me, might not work for you. My skin is mix to oily and lately I’ve been noticing the starting of blue circles under my eyes, which I ‘ve never had before, so that’s the reason why I combine all this products before I go to sleep:

  • Simple cleansing facial wipes

I start my routine with this wipes to remove my make up, they are my must have! I’ve been using them for a long time and I just love them, removes even waterproof mascara, is just amazing.

  • Clearasil rapid action gel wash

After the wipes I was my face with this gel, I make sure than any “left over” from my make up is gone, this gel is great for combine to oily skin, like mine.

  • Bioré ultradeep cleansing pore strips.

I like to use them every two weeks, more or less, the package contains 6 of them so it will last you a moth ( I normally do it on my boyfriend’s nose as well), so for both of us a box a month is perfect!

You need to make sure that your skin is perfectly clean before using the strips and also that your nose is wet, then place the strip on the nose and wait for 15 min, I just love to see the amount of blackheads that is coming out! (I know is kind of gross but somehow I love it! call me weirdo! icon razz My top Skincare products! )

  • L’oreal youth code

A very important thing to keep in mind is to check, when choosing a product,  the range of age that the product is focus on, as it has no sense that you get an anti wrinkle for a range of age between 50 to 60.

  1. I first use the eye cream to prevent dark circles and bags under the eyes (it is extremely important to make sure that you have completely removed any make up left before starting applying the cream).
  2. Night cream & serum together, I mix a few drops of the serum together with my night cream and I promise you that in the morning your skin will feel flawless!

And for the body I use:

  • Bio-Oil

I just put a few drops in my body lotion and mix it up, this oil is just amazing to use as anti stretch marks, anti wrinkles..etc

I will do another post of  my morning routine with my favourite products, I hope you find this one helpful, don’t forget to share with me the products that you normally use!

Have a lovely Sunday evening beauties!

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