Amy Antoinette - A Motherhood & Lifestyle Blog: April 2013

16 April 2013

Glossybox - The Pearl Lowe Edition

It's been a long time since I've received a Glossybox impressive enough to inspire me to blog about it, but April's edition features a collaboration with Pearl Lowe and I love each and every item in this month's box, and it's no wonder as it's inspired by all things vintage and floral. The box alone is beautiful to look at and I'll be keeping it out on display in the bedroom. As for what's tucked away inside the box, it's filled with lovely things...

Essie Nail Lacquer in Cute As A Button
I love this vibrant, coral shade. It's the perfect colour for spring and as the weather improves it'll look great paired with a tan and some pastel outfits.

Crabtree & Evelyn Somerset Meadow Hand Therapy
I always keep a hand cream nearby so I was delighted to find such a pretty one from Crabtree & Evelyn - a brand I haven't tried before. The soft meadow scent is ideal for this time of year and it's highly nourishing with its macadamia nut oil, shea butter and vitamin enriched formula. I'll be purchasing the full size when it's released into stores on April 29th.

Nip+Fab Dry Skin Fix Pistachio Sundae Body Butter 
I love a good body butter so this was another welcome addition. I've been wanting a pistachio scented product for a while and had been considering the pricier Laura Mercier range, so this arrived at just the right time. This whipped body butter gives long lasting hydration to the skin - which is just what I need to sort out my legs after six months in hiding!

Illamasqua Medium Pencil in Elate 
I received Elate, a true white which is always handy to have to brighten up and widen the eyes. The creamy texture glides over skin easily so there won't be any tugging on the delicate waterline.

Yves Rocher France So Elixir Purple
The 5ml sample of this floral fragrance arrives in an adorable dinky purple bottle - a refreshing change from the ubiquitous tube style spritzer in cardboard. The scent itself is lovely, a light floral aroma with hints of woodiness. I'll be placing my heavier scents aside in favour for wearing this Tuberose and Patchouli elixir during the spring months.

I really love this month's limited edition box. The selected products all fit the 'Spring Fever' theme perfectly and I'll be putting all the products to good use, and the peachy floral box just makes it all the more enjoyable!

Glossybox costs £10 per month plus £2.95 P&P

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Eucerin Even Brighter - Final Thoughts

For the past 8 weeks, I've been trialling the Eucerin Even Brighter skin care range, which has been specifically designed to treat hyper-pigmentation and enhance natural radiance by evening out skin tone. My skin was desperately in need of being perked up, it was looking dull after a long winter so these products couldn't have arrived at a better time. The Eucerin Even Brighter Day and Night Creams are luxuriously thick and creamy, and have done a great job of keeping my skin thoroughly hydrated. I was prone to dry patches on my forehead and around my nose and these have been cleared up nicely, meaning makeup applies much better with a more even finish. 

A combination of the three products has also worked wonders on stubborn post-spot blemishes, something which I've always struggled to combat. Whereas previously it would take months for these blemishes to disappear after a breakout, with the use of this range I've noticed a difference in just a week. Overall, my skin looks brighter and more even, so I feel confident in having more makeup-free days. As for treating hyperpigmentation, I was focused on minimising one particular sun spot which I've had for years. I haven't been quite as regimented in applying the Eucerin Even Bright Spot Corrector twice daily as I had planned, but even so, I have noticed a subtle difference in its appearance. For best results Eucerin recommend using the product over a period of 12 weeks, so I'll be continuing to do so in the hope of further improvement.

I can also announce that the winners of the Eucerin Giveaway are - Jemma, Laura and April - an email has been sent to you and I hope you enjoy the products!

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14 April 2013

Shabby to Chic - Upcycled Nest of Tables

As a fan of upcycling second hand furniture, I'm always on the lookout for potential shabby chic transformations. I spotted this nest of tables in a charity shop for just £5 and I knew they'd look lovely with a coat of a paint. This was one of the more quick and simple upcycling projects I've completed - all it took was two coats of eggshell paint and cutting some Laura Ashly fabric for placement under the glass tops and it was finished! The smaller table is ideal for providing some extra space for drinks and nibbles when we have guests, and then it can be tucked away when it's not in use - perfect when you're short of space!

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2 April 2013

Olivia Burton Big Dial Rose Gold Watch

Despite being a big fan of rose goldI'd yet to acquire a watch in the soft pink tone, so when I spotted a beautiful Olivia Burton watch on my Instagram feed, I knew it was the perfect item to satisfy my longing for a new rose gold spring/summer accessory.

After a bit of searching online, I ordered the Big Dial watch from The Dressing Room (the only store where I could find this particular model), where I was pleased to discover that UK delivery is free and first time customers receive 10% off, so the already very reasonable £62 price tag was brought down even further. It arrived in a cushioned watch box a few days later perfectly packaged inside a pretty gift bag, which I eagerly unwrapped to reveal the oversized face and slim wrist strap.

I love the pairing of the rose gold with a grained mink leather strap - it creates a very understated, chic look which I'll be able to pair with any outfit. The small details such as the embossed Olivia Burton logo on the inside of the strap and the little bird motif on the back of the watch make me love it that little bit more!

Olivia Burton Big Dial Watch is available to buy from The Dressing Room

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