Vive La France Glossybox

Recently I received my July Vive La France Glossybox, a little late than i expected, but thanks to the Glossybox Customer Care Team, they made sure i received it. (better late than never!)
I was gutted when mine hadn't arrived, weeks after other peoples had. So i got in touch with Glossybox, and i was so impressed with how quickly they responded. So friendly and apologetic (even though it wasn't their fault, these things happen unfortunately!)
Before it arrived, i'd seen other peoples instagram posts, tweets, and a few blog posts, and i had a feeling, that it was going to be my favourite Glossybox i've received so far. Can we just appreciate how gorgeous it looks on the outside?? Let alone the inside!

So when the postman finally knocked on my front door, handing over the beautifully decorated box, i couldn't wait to open it up and see what beauty treats i had inside!!

I was pleasantly surprised when i opened the lid, and found a little note with an apology from the Glossybox team! Not only did i receive the lovely note, i was also gifted with a lipstick! Yves Rocher in the colour mauve. It's so gorgeous and i can't wait to wear it! Thank you so much Glossybox!

Moving on to the rest of the box, I was delighted to find 3 more french finds, all skincare! And a beautiful French inspired travel pouch/makeup bag. (I think she looks like a prettier version of Yzma, from The Emperors New Groove.. See for yourself)

The box includes a noxidoxi enchanting serum base, a serum which hydrates the skin's surface as well as the deeper layers, while a cocktail of antioxidants and anti-inflammatories protect the skin.

The Teoxanne Cosmeceauticals Perfect Skin Refiner has hyaluronic acid to plump and hydrate the skin, 10% glycol acid to help resurface the skin and calming ingredients to reduce irritation.

Lollipops Lip Balm Delicieuse looks lovely, its packaging is adorable, and any lip product i'll benefit from, as i suffer with very chapped lips. The lip balm is described as perfect for the summer, aswell as soothing and softening your lips, it also helps protect them from UV damage.

I've heard of the French brand Vichy, but never tried one of their products, the Aqualia Thermal Light Cream is described as lightweight, which is my ideal cream. It boosts hydration allowing the skin to get on with its natural repair process.

Last (but certainly not least) is the Glossybox Exclusive Travel pouch, designed by fashion illustrator Jamie Lee Reardin.
It's the perfect pouch to keep anything from my skincare, to my makeup in. (It'll come in handy this weekend, i'm off camping!!)

What did you think of your French inspired Glossybox? 
I can safely say this is my favourite Glossybox i've received so far. Thank you again Glossybox!

Charity Shop Bargain

You'd never guess that i purchased this cute orange knit, high necked top from a charity shop, it looks so pricey, would you believe that it cost £3?! YES, £3!!

You can find all sorts in a charity shop, if you look hard enough! I adore hunting around charity shops, it lets me get creative and i get the chance to pair things that i wouldn't normally pair together.

I chose to wear ripped cropped jeans, from eBay (again, these cost me £6!) And my heeled ankle boots are from choice, for £25, roughly.

My bag is from New Look, i bought it just before Christmas, and it really classes up this outfit!
I can't believe i'm not wearing anything from, i think this is unheard of!!

What Am I Reading?

There's just something about snuggling up and reading a book that makes me feel so good.
Especially during the colder months where it's cold and wet outside, and i'm tucked up in bed with a blanket, feeling cosy,  and reading a good book. (with a cuppa tea, of course)

I've just finished reading Alexa Chung's 'It'. If you have an interest in Alexa Chung and fashion, it's a great and very interesting read. The pages are filled with pretty pictures, doodles and memories, and i love a book with loads of pictures to break up the writing. 

I love Alexa Chung and I really admire her style, so reading about some of her icons, and her views on fashion was really interesting. Her look is so effortless, (in the book she explains how looking 'effortless' takes a lot of effort.)
So many people would LOVE to be her, she is just too cool.

I've also been reading Tess of the d'Urbervilles written by Thomas Hardy. Not my usual choice of book, but it's a classic, and i felt like challenging myself.
It's written in traditional English, which is quite difficult to understand at times, and thats why it's so challenging for me, as usually i read a book that's not too difficult to process.

However it's still wonderfully written, and i can't wait to finish it!

What are you currently reading?

Etre Belle Aloe-Vera Moisturizing Gel

I'm going to be honest, and say this moisturising gel did not appeal to me when i first tried it. It has a really sticky texture to the gel, and it didn't spread well over my skin. 

I received this in my May Glossybox, along with the Philosophy moisturiser, so after testing this out for just over a month, i can give you my honest opinion, and wether or not this product was for me..

The full version for the Etre belle Aloe Vera gel, is worth £15.93, considerably less than the Philosophy moisturiser, which is priced at £35.50.
I definitely preferred applying the Philosophy moisturiser, as personally i prefer something creamy, that will spread easily and make me feel like my skin is getting all the love and care that it needs.

Applying the Aloe Vera gel, felt very sticky.. but i have to say, after a few days of using it, i got used to that feeling, and it wasn't so sticky once it had dried, once it was applied it sunk into my skin leaving it feeling very soft and smooth to the touch - with no greasy film over my face. 
It's also really helped to calm the redness on my face. Due to sensitivity, i usually look like i'm sunburnt! (or constantly blushing!) So i was very pleased with how well it helped.

Gel moisturisers are usually better for oily skin, and with combination skin, i wasn't sure how it would react to my very dry nose, but it really helped hydrate it. 

Overall, i would say this moisturiser is a good one to use for all skin types, it doesn't dry your skin out, and it doesn't make it any oilier, definitely a good moisturiser for people with combination skin! It's such a pain trying to find a one that helps with both skin types.

What are your thoughts on this moisturising gel.. if you've tried it?