Whats in the box

Just a quick post to say I have made a small NY resolution. I’m sure most of us beauty bloggers are guilty of having a box (or boxes) full of samples. They seem to accumulate over time and I never seem to get around to using them. I haven’t been getting so many since I cancelled my Glossybox subscription. But I certainly have box full and have made it my mission to make an effort to use up what I have before purchasing new products.

Beauty Samples

Let me know if you have a box of samples that is ever-increasing – I’m determined in 2013 to get to the bottom of mine. So look out for some samples in my Monthly Empties posts.

Try Before You Buy

I love it when companies offer you samples before you commit to purchasing the full size esp when it comes to base products. When you try to colour match yourself in store the lighting is all wrong and you normally have makeup on. I like to apply it myself at home, your base is such an important step to get right & we all apply our foundations differently with different brushes and with the lighting in department stores / shops is so off. It’s hard to tell if it is a good match.

I applied online to try the Maybelline FIT Me Foundation and was sent this great sized sample.

Maybelline FIT Me Foundation

This is a nice light coverage foundation. I have the colour 125 Nude Beige and that’s perfect for my winter skin. I would need a darker shade in the summer. Despite this being quite a sheer coverage it evened out my skin nicely. Maybelline claim ‘Exclusive translucent base and lightweight pigments allow skin’s natural highs and lows to show through.’ 

This is true, I like the lightweight feel to this foundation. It gives enough coverage to make your skin look bright and cover any uneven patches. It makes you look fresh and I like that my freckles are still visible. I hate covering them up. I like this so far – I think it would make a great summer foundation as it is quite sheer but leaves your skin with a lovely luminous finish. I do powder over the centre of my face. But I do that with all my foundations. I hate a shiny forehead / chin.

Nude Beige 125

For a drugstore foundation this has quite a good colour range so that’s great to see. It also has factor 18 sun protection.  The only downside for me is that this isn’t very long-wearing. I’ve combination oily skin and it lasts 6 hours. So that’s not too bad for a drugstore foundation. I haven’t used it yet with a primer so will try that and see if that makes it last a little longer. I am hoping so.

Have you tried this foundation. What do you think? I like finding new foundations – I think this one will be my go to summer base.

Maybelline Chart

When this sample is finished I will be buying the full-sized and I will be trying their concealer too. I will see if the chart they sent with the sample works.

Maybelline FIT Me Foundation is available from Boots £7.99 and also Superdrug for £7.99. Also here is the link to the free sample page. Not too sure if there are any left but you can try.


BarryM Festive Nail Polish

This caught my eye at the till in Superdrug & I just had to buy it. Yes I’m one of those shoppers that’s still shopping even at the till. I just get sucked right in. I think there were a few more of these limited edition Christmas polishes but I didn’t have time to look. This typical festive one drew me in & so it left with me.

BarryM Nail Polish


BarryM Nail Polish


This is jam-packed full of green, blue and red hexagonal glitter in a clear nail polish. It is super festive. I have only worn it once so far as on its own but I have heard it looks great on top of black as a glitter top coat. It makes a great Christmas nail look. This called Superdrug Xmas and it is limited edition so not too sure if it is still available.

BarryM Xmas Glitter Polish


Have you picked up any limited edition nail polish this festive season? I am a sucker for a glitter polish I just can’t resist.


At this time of year I am obsessed with my house smelling festive. I think it stems from growing up in Germany and all the lovely Christmas smells just reminds me of being there. Cinnamon, fig and oranges totally remind me of Christmas and all the spicy smells too. Germany was amazing at this time of year so pretty and of course the markets were such good fun and always made me feel festive.

So I’ve bought a few Christmas candles here and there and have had them burning for a few weeks and I thought I had my house smelling as festive as can be, but it wasn’t until a trip to Next in Manchester where I found possibly THE best smelling diffuser. Now I have never used one of these and wasn’t sure how well the scent would carry around my house. But I shouldn’t have worried as it smells amazing and there is no escaping this Christmas scent. I love it.

Next NOEL Diffuser



Its called the NOEL Luxury Reed Diffuser and it is very aptly named. The liquid is red and even looks festive. I have since popped back & bought loads as gifts. I noticed that they do quite a good range of these and so might grab some non festive ones in January.

Noel Diffuser



NEXT NOEL Luxury Reed Diffuser – £12

What are you favourite Christmas Candles / Diffusers – what would you recommend?