Amy Antoinette - A Motherhood & Lifestyle Blog: July 2012

31 July 2012

She Said Beauty Box

The latest brand on the beauty box scene is She Said Beauty, and last month I was sent a box to try it first hand. There were all sorts of wonderful goodies tucked away in the turquoise box and vibrant pink tissue paper, and after believing the novelty of beauty boxes had worn off, I was pleased to rediscover the excitement of unveiling a surprise package of products.

Included in the box:

St Tropez Self Tan Perfect Legs - I was delighted to find a full size bottle of this spray on tan. Perfect for leaving legs bronzed and flawless in an instant for a night out!

Let's Go Lashes - I'm always happy to see false lashes in beauty boxes, and these are fluttery and natural looking - just how I like them.

Elemis Tranquil Touch Indulgent Bath Elixir - I love Elemis products, indulgent is just the right word for this Bath Elixir which will be getting plenty of use in the cooler months.

Mischa Barton Whipped Body Shea Butter: Lemon Zest - A generous 65g sized sample, this cute little tub is perfect for travelling and I love the lemon fragrance! The body butter is thick and creamy - ideal for the dry skin on my legs.

Yardley London Royal Diamond Eau de Toilette - Yardley is not a brand I've browsed for fragrance before, but I was pleasantly surprised by the scent of this sample.

Ginvera Green Tea Nude Cover BB Cream - This BB Cream gave a light coverage and evened out my skin tone. I'm always happy to try out BB creams in a bid to find the perfect product for natural days.

Overall, I've been more impressed with this beauty box than any other. There's a good variety of products and I'll be using them all. I've taken a look at their 'product' page on their site and there seem to be all sorts of other gems which have been included in past boxes, including Benefit goodies and Aveda haircare. Sounds promising!

The She Said Beauty Box costs £9 per month plus £2.95 P&P

More information can be found at their website.

9 July 2012

Ted Baker Small Bow Washbag

This may be the sweetest little wash bag I've ever seen! Ted Baker have done it again in creating a gorgeous accessory which will appeal to all the girly-girls out there. The pale pink PVC means this is perfect to use as a wash bag or makeup bag - resistant to spills and easy to clean, although the inside is lined with pink satin which may be more prone to marking. Packing for travelling is always a chore but this cute little bag makes it a bit more bearable!

The Ted Baker Wash Bag is priced at £25 and is available to buy from from House of Fraser and Ted Baker 

6 July 2012

Philips ReAura Laser Skin Rejuvenation

The Philips RéAura Laser Skin Rejuvenation is the latest beauty gadget which I'll be putting to the test. A new light based anti-ageing solution, RéAura’s technology brings a professional programme into a home environment. Developed with the makers of Fraxel laser technology, Philips RéAura is clinically proven to achieve skincare results and encourages a visible improvement in skin's appearance by reducing fine lines, evening out skin tone, smoothing skin texture and reducing age and sun spots. Sounds like the perfect solution to skin troubles! It can be used to target signs of ageing on the face, as well as the neck and chest by boosting the skin's own collagen production. I have a few pesky fine lines on my forehead developing so I'm hoping I can zap them away!

As well as having a consultation with a Philips Skin Expert, the Philips RéAura comes with an instructional DVD and manual to ensure I know exactly how to use it and make no mistakes! It sounds so simple to use so I'm hoping I'll easily integrate it into my skincare routine. I'll be waiting until after I return from holiday to use this, and I'm looking forward to discovering whether it will transform my skin!  

Philips RéAura is available from SpaceNK with an RRP of £799

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5 July 2012

Our New Camera - Canon EOS 600D

Matt and I have finally invested in our first DSLR - a Canon 600D. Initially we were planning on buying the 500D which was on offer, but after some poor customer service from Jessops (and the fact it was out of stock, everywhere), we went for the Canon 600D, and I'm glad we ended up unintentionally upgrading. 

I've always believed you don't need an expensive SLR in order to have good quality photographs for blogging, (something I still stand by - my little Canon IXUS has served me well and I'll still be using it on occasion!) but I thought it made sense for us to invest in a decent camera - to take photo's of holidays, weddings, family etc. 

So, after days of excitement (on my behalf, Matt really isn't into cameras!) we took the plunge. It actually worked out that we spent less than if we'd bought the 500D, as we had the camera price matched at John Lewis and we had a good amount of vouchers to spend. I'm still getting to grips with it, but I'm already impressed with the quality and I love playing about with the depth of field! Any tips, do let me know, I think I must be quite intimidated by such a fancy camera as I keep dreaming about it! (And I must admit I had to turn to a YouTube tutorial just to figure out how to attach the strap. Complete newbie here!)

Here are some of the first snaps I took...

The Canon 600D is available to buy from John Lewis