You Beauty Box - January 2017

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Its a new month so it's that time again where I get to pick what products I want to sample in my You Beauty Box.

If you aren't aware of what the You Beauty Box is it is a subscription service that allows you to choose samples of makeup/skin care products that get delivered to your door with a few extra goodies thrown in too!

I've been a subscriber of this box for a few years now and I believe it is an affordable way to try new products that I would never have even considered trying before.  Some of the products I have tried have now become favorites in my makeup/skincare routines.

As I said above I believe this is affordable and their pricing structure is as follows:

£7.95 = 2 samples
£8.95 = 3 samples
£10.95 = 4 samples

I always go for 2 samples as I find that usually, that is enough for me (although there has been the odd occasion where I wish I could choose more!)

You can change your subscription at any time but once billing has been processed, which is towards the end of each month, you cannot change how many samples you can choose.  So if you log on and see 4 samples you want that month but you've only chosen the samples membership you can only choose 2 samples.

Anyway onto what you can pick from this month:
You Beauty Monthly Discovery Box January 17
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Masque Bar Pore Refining Creme Mask - 15ml
Prevasore Lip Therapy - 5g
Dr Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel - 3 applications per box
Optiat "Pick Me Up" Lemongrass Lifter Coffee Scrub - 90ml
Skinfix Hand Repair Cream - 90ml
Noughty Intensive Care Leave In Conditioner - 150ml
Dr Ceuticals Pumice Foot Scrub - 150ml
Optiat "Feel Great" Mouthwatering Mandarin Coffee Scrub - 90ml
Nip+Fab Glycolic Serum - 20ml
Argan Liquid Gold Multi-Tone BB Cream - 10ml

After a bit of Googling the 2 samples I decided to go for this month are:
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 I've heard positive things about Nip+Fab but haven't got around to trying any of their products yet.  This product had a lot of positive reviews and is an affordable high street product.  I can't wait to try it out and see the effects its has on my skin.  If it works as well as the reviews say I could definitely see it becoming part of my skin care routine. Let's hope it lives up to the hype!
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Optiat is a new company and I chose to try their product as I like what they are doing.  They are a nature-friendly company who transform used Arabica coffee beans into body scrubs (the go around coffee shops in London to get them!).  I've read that caffeine is good for helping with things like cellulite and I really like what they are doing so I thought I'd give this a go.

What do you think of my picks?
Would you have chosen differently?
Let me know what you would have gone for below!

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Hi there... 2017!

Monday, 2 January 2017

Well.. here I am again; giving blogging another go.

2016 was an OK year for me.

I changed jobs again and feel happy what I'm doing. I don't feel so stressed out all the time and don't take my work home with me anymore.

We re-mortgaged the house as we've been in it 5 years now, which is really scary to think about, so we needed a new deal!

And we finally booked flights to go and see my twin!

In regards to the blog I let myself get overwhelmed by the whole blogosphere and ultimately I didn't feel I knew what I was doing so I stopped.  I'm giving it another go and I'm just going to write about what matters to me!  If people like it that's great and if they don't then that's ok too!

This was going to be the obligatory "Goals" post but I don't feel like I want be so prescriptive and write them down in any detail.

I suppose they are the same as always:
  • Be healthy and work on my fitness.
  • Blog!
  • Plan my meals (I'm really bad at this!)
  • Bake more.
  • Craft more.
  • Improve my photography (seen as though I got a new camera for Christmas!)
  • *New* Create my Garden/Allotment
  • Work on creating MY perfect home.
Most of these are activities I find fun, relaxing, and really want to improve my skills in this year. Rather than goals I am looking at these as my recipe for happiness and as long as I plan my time properly (I may make small monthly goals to help me do this!), allow myself to make mistakes and not fear what people will say about those mistakes, I will definitely have a happy 2017.

The quote in the picture really sums up what I want this year to be.  If I approach each day with a positive heart then I will create happy memories and adventures throughout the entire year.

I can't wait to share the journey with you.

Have you set goals?
Let me know what your's are below!
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Motivational Monday - If the plan doesn't work change the plan!

Monday, 29 February 2016

Things have gone a little off course from the start of the year!

I let my new job overwhelm me (it's going great but I let it stress me out and I know I shouldn't!) and when my project was over my body let its defenses down and a horrendous cold in.
This threw me for a few weeks as it derailed my healthy eating and exercise as well as the work I needed to do after the project!

I could barely breathe and I went through a fair few boxes of tissues and drank so much hot juice to ease what felt like razor blades in my throat.

I am my own worst enemy and instead of allowing myself time to recuperate and recharge I plodded on with day to day life, even attempting the gym when I could hardly breathe, and this slowed down my recovery.
I worried about everything that needed completing after the project and went into work the Monday to complete it all but it took me longer than I would have liked as I struggled to concentrate through the cold.
I also scheduled a lot of meetings and events for the week after the project which in hindsight was not the best idea and something I will try and avoid next time.  Everyone else who ran projects that week had the first few days of the following week off and I wish I had too!

So for the next project, which isn't too far away, I need to reassess what I do to make sure I look after myself as well as kick ass at my job!
Preparation is key and I was prepared for this project but let things that were out of my control stress me out.
I also need to make sure I am prepared for how I am going to take care of myself during the next project, which I neglected to do this time, so I don't end up feeling terrible for weeks after when my body gives up on me!

So the quote I have chosen this week is really poignant.
The project at work went really well.  I achieved my goals and created a successful project that was enjoyed by all involved with no major issues arising apart from me stressing out for no reason.
However, self-care took a back seat so I need to reassess my plans for the next project to make sure I take care of myself throughout and try to not get stressed!
My ultimate goal is to create a kick-ass project and to not get ill at the end of it!
I think I'll start planning it now so I can realise this goal!

Have you any tips?
Any words of wisdom to help me in my preparations?

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