Saturday, 29 August 2015

Building My Own Selfridges Birchbox

Yesterday morning, after getting back from Portugal the night before, I rushed off to Selfridges to check out the Build Your Own Birchbox Pop Up Shop which has been created to celebrate Birchbox's 5th Birthday!

I had great fun building my own Birchbox and there are some great products and brands to choose from including Elemis, Benefit, Decleor, Nuxe, This Works and more. You get to choose five samples plus a beauty treat where I chose the This Works Sleep Plus Pillow Spray. From the makeup section I picked the Stila Convertible Colour, which I didn't even give a second thought to and the Wild About Beauty Gloss- a few of the other products I have already had samples of in a previous box but there were some good options. For skincare I was tempted by the Embryolisse Lait-Creme but as I haven't tried the Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream I went for that instead. I rarely get excited by body care but I loved the sound of the Whish CC Body Cream and in haircare I choose the Philip Kingsley Elasticizer.

Each box costs £15 which although is a little more than the usual box I think s justified by the fact that you get to pick exactly what you would like inside the box. The pop up runs until the 28th September 2015 in the Selfridges Beauty Workshop but for anyone that can't get to London they will be releasing a exclusive Limited Edition Selfridges Birchbox online on the 10th September with seven deluxe samples!

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Pre Holiday Treatments

Before coming away on holiday I decided to book in for a few pre-holiday treatments, some essentials and some were just little treats.

My first one was at the Clarins counter in John Lewis on Oxford Street, they have a great little section off the shop floor where you can choose from facials and massages, they are each 30 minutes and cost only £25 which I think is excellent value for money and great for anyone that doesn't have much time. I went for the Get Glowing Facial which was excellent but I am very tempted to go back for a massage once I am back in the UK.

A holiday essential is waxing, I went to Wax in the City which is a walk in salon offering only waxing and based on the Kings Road. I would say it was the least painful Brazilian wax I have ever had and I'm a real baby when it comes to waxing. It's a great place to go if like me you always forget to book before hand but I also find they're real experts in waxing and it far less painful.

For my mani/pedi I turned to PRIV an app which allows you to book treatments and beauticians to come straight to your house/office. I'm still not 100% sure if I would want a massage in my own house as I think it may almost take the luxurious and spa like feeling out of it but it's perfect for a manicure/pedicure, especially in the winter when you want to get your toes painted as you won't need to put your shoes on to get home after. My mani/pedi was by Anna and she done a really great job, have it at home meant I didn't have to spend time travelling to and from the salon which was great as I hadn't finished all my packing. I got shellac on my finger nails and normal polish on my toes, as they are mobile they're colour selection isn't enormous but it was enough and I love the colour I chose.

At Heathrow Terminal Two I also made the most of World Duty Free's free mini treatments which are available to everyone. I had a neck and hand massage from Elizabeth Arden, a skin consultation from Khiels and had my makeup done at Nars, they're all really great if you have some extra time to kill before your flight and are looking to try some of their brands. I also picked up a few items in World Duty Free but I have a haul coming soon.

Back in the UK tomorrow so hopefully normal blogging will return shortly, sorry about the lack of posts but theres just not good enough internet in the middle of nowhere in Portugal.

Monday, 17 August 2015

What’s in my shower- Holiday Edition

I haven’t shared my shower routine in quite a while and since I am away and my shower is a little different to what it looks like at home I thought I would share it today. Typically when I am at home in London I like to have a bath daily but when on holiday, a shower is quick and easy plus I feel it prolongs my tan more than a hot bath.

To keep my hair in good condition, I have been using Schwarzkopf Sun Protect Shampoo that has Monoi Oil. It gently moistures and cleanses my hair, keeps it in good condition and maintains my colour too. I’ve been skipping conditioner and instead been using a mask daily; the Bed Head Colour Goddess Mask smells incredible and has been leaving my hair smelling like caramel and feeling really silky, I do think it’s designed more for brightly coloured hair but has been working wonders on my bleached ends too.

I’m not too fussy about shower gel and usually end up using the same one as the rest of the family. We’re currently using the Gilchrist & Soames Shower Gel which although doesn’t have the most summery scent, it does smell really luxurious and relaxing. I’ve been teaming it with my exfoliating glove to keep my tan and skin looking it’s best.

Although I use the shower gel on most of my body, I find the femfresh Everyday Care Daily Gel Wash works best on more intimate and delicate skin as it has a lower pH balance. I find that spending days in wet bikinis isn’t always the best for my skin so I really need something that will care for it and keep it feeling fresh all day long which femfresh Everyday Care Daily Gel does. I also usually have the Every Day Care Freshening & Soothing Cloths in my beach bag if I feel the need to use them throughout the day.

I’ve then been making a special effort to finish every shower with some moisturiser or aftersun, Vichy SOS balm is my favourite but I’ve really been enjoying the Clarins ones too.

Sponsored post by femfresh

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Sure Maximum Protection Stress Control

When Sure heard about my busy last month they offered to help stamp out the stress and get me through the day stress and sweat free. That day I had to attend my boyfriends graduation and then get on a plane to Lisbon before hopefully making my next plane which left only 45 minutes after.

They kindly sent me a kit to get through the day which really helped keep me organised, on time, looking presentable and sweat free. The travel wallet helped keep all my tickets organised both for the plane and the graduation. We were short on time all day therefore the DKNY watch helped keep us on time and I managed to get everywhere on time. The Benefit Primping with the Stars kit was also ideal as the primer and powder all helped my makeup last all day and the size meant I could take them on the plane.

Surprisingly the item that came in the most use was the Cath Kidston bag, it has two size bags; a small clutch like one and a larger holdall which I have used both at the airport and even now on holiday- I can't believe I didn't have one before!

Along with taking the stress out of my bust day they kindly also send me a Sure Maximum Protection deodorant in the new stress control variant. I've used the Sure Maximum Protection deodorant in the past but the new Stress control formula has a really calming lavender and white flower scent, extra moisturisers to help prevent skin irritation as well as twice the protection of the best selling antiperspirants.

Would be nice to have parcels sent to help me through every stressful day...
*This post was sponsored by Sure

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Whiter Teeth with Listerine and Wild About Beauty

I truly believe that smiling is one of the most important things we do daily, not only for our own mood but also to help others through their day and to be a generally more positive person. I try to be a happy, smiley person but find that I need to be confident in my teeth and mouth care in order to do so. I was therefore really excited when Listerine asked to partner with me to help launch the new Listerine Advanced White.

Recently I have discovered Listerine Advanced White, which has been proven to make teeth whiter than brushing alone* and it has become an everyday essential, morning and night. It’s a multi-action mouthwash that is clinically proven to make teeth whiter in just two weeks and although it’s powerful it also has non-abrasive whitening technology that helps lift stains and the essential oils help freshen breath. 

Along with Listerine Advanced White I try to look for lipsticks that will also help enhance my teeth by going for more blue toned shades. Louise Redknapp and Listerine have teamed up and selected shades from Louise’s Wild About Beauty range which also really help make teeth appear whiter and create more #PowerfulSmiles which is great as I often struggle to find which shades will actually enhance my smile. 

There are three beautiful shades, all very wearable. Perfect for the summer there is a blue toned fuchsia pink (Abby), a more autumnal berry shade (Ella) and a beautiful everyday soft pink (Caroline). I love all three shades and find that wearing them automatically makes me more confident and smiley, Caroline is the most perfect everyday colour and hasn’t left my handbag ever since I got it, it’s completely my sort of colour! They all help brighten and boost whiteness but of course your Listerine Advanced White also helps with your favourite lip colour.

Head over to Twitter and share your #PowerfulSmiles with myself (@sabrinalovesyou) for your chance to win one of 5 Listerine Advanced White Vouchers and a Wild About Beauty Lipstick. Pick up your Listerine Advanced White nationwide from August, 500ML: £5.49 RRP

*vs a standard fluoride paste

Listerine provided the product and sponsored the post as part of their marketing communications for the launch of Listerine Advanced White.

Terms and conditions 
1. The Prize Draw is open to residents of Great Britain who are aged 18 years or over, except employees and their families of Johnson & Johnson Limited and its affiliated companies, their agencies and anyone professionally connected with this Prize Draw. 
2. Only one entry per person is allowed. Multiple entries may cause you to be disqualified. 
3. No purchase necessary for entry into the Prize Draw. Entries received after the closing date [of 17/08/2015] 
4. The Prize: Five winners will each receive one Wild About Beauty TM lipstick and a coupon to redeem against one bottle of LISTERINE® Advanced White 500ml or 1L, at participating stores, up to a maximum value of £10. The shade of Wild About Beauty TM is predetermined and cannot be exchanged. The separate information provided by the Promoter as to how to enter the Prize Draw is an integral part to these terms and conditions. 
5. The winner of the prize will be drawn within 28 days of the Closing Date, from all valid entries received. 
6. All winners will be drawn using randomised software or under independent supervision from valid entries and notified by ListerineTeam@redconsultancy.com within 7 days of the relevant draw. If a winner cannot be contacted within 21 days of the draw, the Promoter reserves the right at its absolute discretion to withdraw prize entitlement and award the prize to a substitute winner drawn at the same time as the original. 
7. The Promoter’s decision is final on all matters regarding this Competition. No correspondence will be entered into. Details of the winners’ name and counties will be available from the Promoter on written request by sending an email to: ListerineTeam@redconsultancy.com within 3 months after the prize draw closing date. 
8. At the Promoter’s discretion another prize of equivalent or greater value may be substituted if in all reasonable circumstances the promoter is unable to offer the intended prize(s). 
9. The Promoter retains sole discretion to withhold prizes without liability if in its view a winner is ineligible, the entry is invalid or a winner does not meet the necessary requirements as set out in these terms and conditions. The Promoter reserves the right to withdraw or amend the Prize Draw in the event of unforeseen circumstances or circumstances outside of its control 
10. In the event of circumstances outside the reasonable control of the Promoter, or otherwise where fraud, abuse, and/or an error (human or computer) affects or could affect the proper operation of this promotion or the awarding of prizes, and only where circumstances make this unavoidable, the Promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the promotion or these terms and conditions , at any stage, but will always endeavour to minimize the effect to participants in order to avoid undue disappointment. 
11. The Promoter reserves the right to verify all entries including but not limited to asking for address and identity details (which they must provide within 14 days) and to refuse to award a prize or withdraw prize entitlement and/or refuse further participation in the promotion and disqualify the participant where there are reasonable grounds to believe there has been a breach of these terms and conditions or any instructions forming part of this promotions entry requirements or otherwise where a participant has gained unfair advantage in participating in the promotion or won using fraudulent means. 
12. To the extent permitted by law, the Promoter excludes all liability whatsoever in connection with Prize Draw and the Prizes and in particular does not accept responsibility for entries invalidated by technical problems beyond the control of the promoter or problems with accessing the website. 
13. All internet connection charges and any other expenses which may be incurred due to entering or wining the Prize Draw are sole responsibility of the participant. 
14. Details of participants and winners shall be retained by the Promoter and shared with an agency for the purpose of administering the Prize Draw. Participants may withdraw their consent to the retention of such data at any time by providing notice of such withdrawal to the Promoter. However, the Participants who withdraw their consent in this manner will be excluded from the Prize Draw. 
15. LISTERINE® Advanced White and Wild About Beauty TM are trademarks of their respective owners. The Promoter does not claim any rights in such trade marks and the Prize Draw is not associated with or enforced by any of such trade mark owners. 
16. The Prize Draw, and these terms are governed by English law and are subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts. 
17. By participating in the Prize Draw, participants are deemed to have accepted these terms and conditions. 
18. The Promoter is Sabrina Babo www.alittleobsessed.co.uk

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