Monday, 29 December 2014

Back to work OOTD

Evening all!

I hope you are all okay after THE most depressing Monday of the year- back to work after xmas festivities.. huge sad face :(

Although I love my job most of the time it is hard getting back into the swing of things... even just getting dressed in something other than your PJ's is a chore!

Heres the outfit I donned for today's cold weather...





Love this dress.. its really comfy and warm with a jersey lining and long sleeves. The pattern is really simple off white circles and there is a hook and eye fastening at the back of the neck.


River Island Extra long Cardigan (£15 River Island sale)

Something I feel I'm going to get tons of wear out of- it will look great with high waisted jeans and my roll neck top!
Here are some similar cardi's if you cant find this one in your local RI store-








Minimal effort made on the makeup side of things today- it is Monday after all!


My staple shoes this winter are chelsea boots- so easy to wear and they last so long- my favs are the ones I have from Dorothy Perkins-




Have you found a snuggly cardi that I could add to my collection?

XOXOX



Friday, 26 December 2014

Boxing day OOTD

Afternoon all!

I hope you are all having a lovely festive season- I've had a lovely time at my brothers place this year with all the family.. lots of food and some brilliant presents.. very lucky girl I've been!

You may also notice that Tea and Blush is now a .com and a few changes to the layout/design of my logo etc.. all a gift from my bro!


 Just thought I'd do a quick post to show you one of my other pressies... a poncho/cape from Zara.

Its so comfy and snuggly- I highly recommend picking it up in the sale- I think it will be something I wear for many winters to come.










Cape from Zara- now on sale for £39.99
Black Chelsea ankle boots from DP- now on sale for £20
Faux fur hat from TheFaux Fox company £10
Black bag from Primark a few months ago £10

What lovely gifts did you get? I'd love to see them!!

XOXOX




Sunday, 21 December 2014

WAH xmas nails (@Lamberts Yard, Leeds)

Happy Sunday everyone!

Earlier this week I was invited to go and check out WAH nails pop up shop in Leeds.  They are locate within Lamberts Yard independent concept store just off the main shopping street in Leeds city centre.



They have been in the space since late November and are there until 2nd January so get down there quick if you need some xmas or NYE nails!









Last weekend I was treated to Shellac nails at Hudson and Wood in Sheffield by a good friend of mine so although I'd already got my nails looking pretty WAH promised me they would put some xmas finishing touches to them for me...  Heres my nails before any festiveness was added-


The lovely Ivy (how festively named are we?!) was on hand to get painting when i arrived. She showed me a few of the designs and I chose to have cute little candy canes.



Ivy firstly used the WAH 02 white nail art pen to draw cane shapes (all free hand!) then used the WAH 01 black nail art pen to add the striped detail... it took a while but we and Ivy nattered all the way through so I didn't really mind. She has a very steady hand but I guess with practice it gets easier!

Once all the canes were dry she applied a topcoat to fix them into place and heres the finished result...


 How cute are they?! I've had lots of comments this week about them and people have been surprised when I tell them they are done free hand! Ivy has major skills!

Here are a few other designs she's done recently for her clients (all pictures courtesy of Ivy's Instagram @Nails_by_Ivy )






Here are a few of my favourite designs that I spotted on a display in the pop up shop-




Prices are from £25!

If you don't manage to make it to the popup shop tin time WAH also have their flagship store in Topshop London and you can buy all your WAH products from Boots- the range online has varnishes, tools and the pens Ivy used on my nails.. have a look at the products here.

Have you visited WAH or tried any of their products?

Thanks to Ivy and WAH for the lovely xmas treat!

xoxoxox



Monday, 8 December 2014

December 2014 Birchbox

Evening all,

Thought I'd share with you my first impressions of this months December Birchbox!

My box arrived this morning- rather early for once... and what a nice way to brighten up my monday morning!

This months theme is "Put on your party shoes!" a collab box with accessories extraordinaire Sophia Webster.  The box itself is decorated with beautiful,what i like to call, chintzy jewels.



I love the collab boxes as they have a bit more of a treat feeling about them- this one on first impressions hasn't let me down.

So I opened up the box to this lovely view-


Me and the Mr have a strange little routine on the day my box arrives... he enjoys the element of surprise to the box idea (NOTE- Birchbox please bring out a regular monthly mens box!!) so he opens it and hands me the items one by one so that i can enjoy each item. He's one of those people who, if it was his choice, he'd wake up on xmas morning and not open any presents until lunchtime and do it slowly- one for mum, one for dad, one for me..and so on... I HAVE NO PATIENCE for that but thats why we work well together :) anyway.... so once he's handed me an item the first thing i usually do is give it a sniff; regardless of whether its a fragranced product or not and have a quick test. Im obsessed with smells so if something smells yummy i'm usually bought in by it!

Heres what I had the pleasure of sampling.. slowly.... (I didn't sniff the first two items.. .)


Sophia Webster  Purse £25- Love this cute little coin purse- I love pastel colours and I'm not offended by a print here and there. Good quality fabric and love the contrasting striped detail on the back.. - Mr's comment-  "something you can put all your bloody bank and loyalty cards in"- we quite often have the 30 second panic of lost bank cards at Tescos! I do have a purse of course but a huge one with too many places to lose stuff in!


Models Own Amethyst NP177 Nail polish (Full size!) £5- Some nice sparkle for the festive season of course! I must admit I'm not usually taken by glittery varnishes- I feel I'm a little too old for sparkles but I do quite like this one. Its a matte finish deep purple with tiny specks of silver and purple glitter.  My only dislike to this product is the lid. Yes I'm weird but I'm sure someone else out there has this irrational dislike too... the lid is COVERED in a velvety fabric.. velvet goes right through me so I had to ask Mr to undo the lid for me. Am i weird? 


Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil (2.5ml sample- full size is £16.50)- This teeny little box contains a teeny little pipette bottle of Rosehip oil. I've tried it today on the back of my hand and it leaves your skin feeling lovely and soft. The smell is very subtle but has a bit of an christmassy smell to it- just googled it and Rosehip features in lots of xmas potpourri so thats probably why it reminds me of my favourite time of the year! It says on the packaging to use all over- from your face to feet.. Im going to keep this in my handbag for those times when my skin is screaming out for goodness!
Really happy with this sample- something I wouldn't usually buy but glad I've got an opportunity to sample!

Eslor Firming Collagen Day Cream ( 10ml sample- full size is £50)- Wow thats a pricey moisturiser! I'm planning on starting with this stuff tonight so haven't got any views on its effectiveness but I did a quick google and saw its been in *cough* Glossybox before- their subscribers reviews make the product look very promising-

"Best day cream ever"

"My new fav"

"Started using this product and within two days my face looked so much firmer whilst being smooth and moisturised"

So this little pot of what sounds like magic has a lot of promise! I'll keep you updated if it turns out to be the answer to all my beauty wishes- who doesn't want smooth, moisturised and dewy looking skin eh!



Electric Hair Hydrate Shampoo (30ml sample- full size £17.50) Smells.. shampooey.. its hard to pass comment on this as I haven't used it yet! The sample size is a bit teeny.. I like to sample things at least for 2-3 washes before I spend anything substantial on products when it comes to shampoo- my hair doesn't agree with lots of different shampoos .. so I'm not sure how I'll get on with this. Probably about 2 washes at a push but i'll give it a go.

Eyeko Fat Eye Stick in Smoke(full size £8) Not sure I'm taken by the name.. but the texture of this creamy thick crayon appeals to me.  I've tried it out this evening on the back of my hand and washed my hands a few times and its still there.. immediate points from me. I have issues finding eyeliners that don't d-r-i-p down my face by lunchtime! The info cards in the Birchbox provide a tutorial for smokey eyes using this fat stick (sounds so weird).. perfect for the office xmas party!

Last but not least... one of my all time favs from Benefit- a cute mini sample of Highbeam- I've already got a full size of this and I know a lot of you probably have too. We all love it yes?! This little one is handy to pop in your handbag for a night out- I don't like taking my full size out as I'd either A)smash it in my bag leaving a pretty, shiny but sticky mess behind or B) lose it in a drunken state.

So what do you think of this months samples from first impressions? Im happy.. although a little xmas choccy wouldn't have gone a miss Birchbox.. I love the edible lifestyle samples!

If you haven't signed up already what are you waiting for?? Use this link to get some £'s off for both of us- a little xmas pressies for us both!

Its my birthday next week so keep an eye on my blog for more posts about some of the lovely gifts I receive.. I know I like being nosey at gifts so thought I'd share mine with you!

xoxoxxo