July Empties

Well it is the end of another month already which means time for an empties post. As always there are products that impressed and some that didn’t. Read on to find out more!

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My Week – Here Comes The Sun!

As it seems to have become a regular feature my post today is a little sneak peek at what I’ve been up to with my family this week, as well a summary of the week’s posts.

Monday was a busy day with a meeting in the morning, followed by Playgroup in the afternoon. We barely had time to cram down some cheese on toast for lunch in between. I managed to sit down that evening with a glass of coconut water and finally finish writing about the art project I’d participated in and which had ended last week.

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Introducing Silk + Honey

Silk + Honey is a relative newcomer to the beauty market, having launched in February 2014, but that doesn’t mean the products aren’t impressive. In fact, with the sleek packaging and lovely website you wouldn’t know that these formulas were cooked up in their creator, Sharonda Flynn’s, kitchen.

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When Sharonda very kindly offered bloggers the opportunity to sample her products I jumped at the chance.

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The Hip & Healthy Summer Glow Box

Once again Latest In Beauty have joined forces with founder of Hip & Healthy magazine, Sadie Macleod, to bring their customers an exclusive box of treats to get you looking and feeling your best this summer.

Although this is the second Hip & Healthy box, it is the first that I’ve purchased as I felt this one it had more of a beauty focus than the previous box. The Hip & Healthy Summer Glow Box is very aptly named as it contains things to help you glow on the outside as well as from within.

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Caudalie Divine Legs

As part of their Birchblogger program Birchbox recently sent selected Bloggers a bottle of Caudalie Divine Legs* to review. I was one of the very lucky recipients and, as a big Caudalie fan already with no holiday planned to get my bronze glow, I was very excited to try the product and see whether it was the “sunshine in a bottle” I hoped!

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Coconut Oil – My Top 5 Products

I’ve heard lots about coconut oil recently and how, with its multitude of uses, it is a must-have in your beauty cabinet. With a long line of celebrity fans this natural, hydrating oil is being used as a frizz tamer, skin cream, cuticle oil, cleanser… you name it, someone’s probably tried it!

But what about if, like me, you’re hesitant about jumping on this particular band-wagon and buying a pot of 100% coconut oil? Well fortunately brands have for years been harnessing the qualities of coconut oil and working it into their formulations, so you can get all of the goodness of the oil without the hassle. Just looking around my bathroom and reading the ingredients lists, I found coconut oil in Clinique’s 7 Day Scrub Cream and Aubrey’s Toasted Almond Shave Cream. Today I will introduce you to some of my favourite products that feature this versatile, highly celebrated oil.

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Burnley Cloth Art Project

In a complete change from my usual beauty posts I thought I’d write about a community art project I’ve participated in with artists Lauren Sagar and Sharon Campbell.

Based at Rogue Studios, Manchester, Sagar&Campbell are artists who work in the fields of contemporary visual art and architectural glass design. Their most recent piece of public art is the Chandelier of Lost Earrings, currently on display at Towneley Hall in Burnley.  It is a beautiful and visually stunning artwork comprising of single “lost” earrings that ordinary people sent to the artists for inclusion, many of which have personal stories and memories attached.

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Sharon, Lauren and the Chandelier of Lost Earrings

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Sunday Run-Down

Today, like the previous week, I thought I’d do a round-up post giving you a brief idea of what I’ve been up to this week.

Monday is my most hated day of the week because my husband is back at work and I always feel quite cheated at how quick it comes around. It was the usual routine of a quiet morning followed by playgroup in the afternoon. I also wrote a Battle of The Bronzers post comparing 3 bronzers from my stash.

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Love Me Beauty – July Review

This month I was fairly certain I wouldn’t be resubscribing to Love Me Beauty. Their boxes, which I’d always championed as one of the best around, I felt had slowly been declining in value and the beauty content deminishing in favour of lifestyle items. I was sure this month’s selection would follow down the same route – how wrong could I be!

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July’s boutique has turned out to be one of the best – with a definite focus on makeup from good quality new and emerging brands. It was difficult choosing which menu to go for, but I decided to go with Menu 2. Today the eagerly anticipated box was handed over by the Postman and I delved right in to explore the contents. What are my first impressions? Read on to find out.

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