20 Apr 2015

Jewellery Box

Jewellery Box Jewellery Box
To say that jewellery would be one of my favourite things would be quite simply an understatement. From intricate designs found in minimal pieces to chunky statement watches I find that my taste can be far reaching, where, if I'm honest I don't think I fall into one particular category where jewellery is concerned. That being said the only thing I do tend to do is look for assurance that the jewellery I'm buying is the real deal in terms of the metal used; the only reason for this is that I do not like jewellery turning green.

When Jewellery Box got in touch with me back in March I must admit that it was a company that I had not heard of before however after learning more about them and being able to see what they sold I was pretty impressed at not just the range on offer but also the prices.  There's everything on Jewellery Box from rings, necklaces, nose studs, earrings and much more which are offered in various metals such as sterling silver, gold, white gold and rose gold so it's well worth a look if you're in the market for some new pieces.

Jewellery Box

The Sterling Silver and Purple Quartz Gemstone Heart Necklace* at £9 is a pretty little necklace that is relatively discrete yet offers something a little bit different to anything else that I own. It's easily an item of jewellery that could be worn regularly as it's small as I do find that if I have quite large necklaces or pendants then I'm less inclined to reach for them whereas if they're small like this I find that I just wear them all of the time and rarely take them off. The chain on this seems great quality and is super shiny to boot, in fact I really do like this necklace on a whole and have considered ordering the Black Agate pendant as an alternative to this one as I like the idea of that and do feel that it would suit my style a little bit more.

Most appropriate for a few weeks ago when it was Easter the Sterling Silver Bunny Rabbit Stud Earrings* at £4.40 are incredibly cute and have in some way reminded me of when I was younger as I had something similar only in the shape of ladybirds. These are as I said extremely cute and delicate and would make a wonderful gift to anybody, especially someone who is fond of rabbits.

If you're one for wearing sandals in summer then I think being able to add a little decoration to your feet is a great thing to do in order to add something a little special, for me it gives off a typical boho vibe which is a look I absolutely adore! Whether you opt for an ankle bracelet or a toe ring such as the Sterling Silver Laurel Crown Toe Ring* at £4.60 or even both, I think you'll be perfectly set for the sunshine; why not paint your toenails too and go all out whilst you're at it! Here in the UK we don't have sunshine enough as it is so make the most of it whilst you can.

Jewellery is obviously extremely personal to each individual although from my own experience with Jewellery Box I'm quite certain that there is something that will catch the eye of many.

18 Apr 2015

An Ode to Soap and Glory

An Ode to Soap and Glory

There comes a point when I feel as though I need to share with you just how good one particular brand is. It is not very often that I write posts like these because to me it is a big statement to make, however that being said when I feel like my experience has been that good I really do feel as though posts like these are warranted; it feels good to shout about a brand that you love.

Soap and Glory is a brand that I have being using now longer than I have being blogging. I still remember the very first time I was introduced to the brand when my mum brought both me and my sister the Soap and Glory Pink Tote Gift Set at Christmas which was filled the brim with what would soon become firm favourites of mine. From make up to skincare and pampering body treats Soap and Glory really does have you covered with some of the best (in my opinion) products on the high street; they're also pretty affordable too!

The Breakfast Scrub instantly springs to mind as one of my firm favourites as to this day it is still my favourite body scrub. To me it smells utterly incredible like maple syrup which is just one of the reasons as to why I like it so much, it also leaves my skin feeling beautifully smooth and hydrated. Likewise I also think Flake Away is pretty awesome too yet it doesn't get mentioned half as much which I think is a shame because it does the job just as good as the Breakfast Scrub. The only real difference that I have personally noticed is the scent because Flake Away follows the more traditional scent of Soap and Glory which is fruitier in comparison. 

Once dead skin has been buffed away you'll want to treat your skin to something extra nice which is where products such as Butter Yourself and The Righteous Butter come in. Both of these are fantastic body moisturisers that once again smell delightful! I know that I have been through a fair few tubs of The Righteous Butter in the past which is a favourite of mine for the winter time as it is thicker in texture to Butter Yourself. Generally speaking I'm a huge fan of the original Soap and Glory scent where in comparison I'm not too keen on Orangeasm; although having said that I do quite like Sugar Crush! There quite a wide variety of products available now which I think is awesome, of which after narrowing it down Smoothie Star is next on my list.

From the make up range on offer I have tried very little so far however there has been one product that I have tried which has impressed me immensely, so much so in fact that I have already gone out and purchased a backup. The Soap and Glory Archery Brow Pencil* in the shade Hot Chocolate was originally sent to me to try in which at the time I had heard very good things about it but if I'm honest I wasn't too sure how I would personally get on with it. I think purchasing it myself so soon already speaks for itself but if you're looking for a decent brow pencil that looks natural, is easy to use and doesn't cost a small fortune then for £8 it is worth checking out; my only real gripe is that the shade range is too small. 

Whilst in the past I have used the Supercat Liner and loved it, I have recently being trying out the Supercat Fat Eyeliner* which is essentially is the same thing only with a much thicker tip that has a slant to it. This was a product that took me a little while to get used to because the pen is much thicker than I'm used to however once I had got the hang of it I was left feeling pretty impressed. It is just as good as the original Supercat Liner for me in terms of pigmentation and longevity however I do generally prefer a thinner line for my eye liner. If however you are looking for a chunky liner and want to achieve an awesome cat flick in the process then again this is one to check out. Sticking with make up for one moment more I'll mention briefly the Sexy Mother Blusher* in the shade Berry Jamm which is quite a bright pink cream blush at first instance however once applied it is easily blended out to create a soft summer flush to the cheeks. Sadly when I opened this particular one the whole thing fell out of the packaging onto my big white A3 card that I use for blog photographs, uh oh! That was a bit disappointing however aside from that one aspect the product itself is actually pretty nice as it blends out beautifully from what is a cream to powder finish. Personally I really do like this one, it'll be one I reach for in summer a lot although if I could say one thing about this it would be that I would have preferred this to have been in a little pot as opposed to a tube as I do think the packaging could have been designed better.

Finally onto skincare there is a now quite a few products within the line however a stand out to me in the past has been No Clogs Allowed which was one of the very first products I purchased from Soap and Glory back in the day when it still had silver packaging. At the moment I'm giving the Drama Clean Micellar Water* a whirl although if I'm honest this will only be a product I reach for on light make up days because so far I have found that it struggles against heavy eye make up. To be honest for me this is something that I would put into a toner category more so than a make up remover as I found that ultimately it didn't do a good job in that department.

Upon reaching the end of this post I do feel a little sad that I've ended on somewhat of a dim note, yet when I actually sat down and thought about it, out of what must have been almost fifteen different products or more that I have tried from Soap and Glory in over three years I think that only finding one that I wasn't too keen on is actually a pretty darn good achievement. For me Soap and Glory have created a brand that is fun, creative, affordable and accessible in which nine times out of ten the products actually work and do what they claim to do , which is why I ultimately felt that an ode to Soap and Glory was warranted here today.

What are your favourite products from Soap and Glory? I'd love some more recommendations.

Soap and Glory can be found at Boots.

17 Apr 2015

A Little Fine Tuning

A Little Boat Sailing

Today's post has been long overdue, in fact it was just before Christmas last year when I had a little revamp over here on A Little Boat Sailing and opted to find a sleek, professional looking blogger design that wouldn't cost me a small fortune. 

Many of you by now will have heard of Pipdig, a professional blog designer whose designs are modern, sleek and professional, all of which were things that I was looking for; in a nut shell they are pretty perfect. It has been a while now since I picked my design and had it installed for me where to this day I haven't had any real urge to change anything because quite simply I have loved it so much. 

Pipdig offers a variety of pre-made templates for both Blogger and WordPress which are affordable and easy to install. If however like me you're a little bit intimidated by the prospect of installing it yourself then Pipdig is on hand to help you with that too! There's also the option to have a blog design custom made if that tickles your fancy which would allow you to have complete control over a design that would be unique to your blog.

Many of you who have been long time readers on here will have noticed that there has been a little bit of a change in colour scheme overnight. This had been something that I had wanted to do for around a month now in order to add my own spin to the overall appearance because seeing as I had picked out a pre-made template, I chose London Calling, this meant that more than one person could ultimately have the same one. This isn't something I mind too much because like with all of the templates from Pipdig they are customisable. Despite this I didn't want to actually loose the physical design of this template because it works so well for me, it's simple, clean and easy to move around therefore slightly changing the colour scheme and designing my own header like in the good old days seemed like the perfect way to achieve what I wanted.  

For a very long time thinking about my past blog design history I have stuck to somewhat of a blue and purple theme. Recently however I found my tastes veering very much towards monochrome which whilst it is still something that I absolutely love I did feel as though my blog felt a little too formal. Whilst I do remain professional in terms of communication and general day to day ramblings on here I did feel as though my blog didn't represent me as well as it could. Therefore after a few hours and around six different blog header designs later I finally decided to make a few tweaks here and there in order to give A Little Boat Sailing a little spring clean.

I really wanted to share my blog design and the few tweaks that I have made with you because my blog is a huge part of my day to day life yet more importantly I wanted to highlight the talent and hard work of Pipdig. From the get go I felt extremely confident in Pipdig after reading so much positive feedback from others; it was such a blessing to work with somebody who knew what they were doing and could help me achieve what I wanted. For a lot of bloggers it's not just the design that is important it is having the confidence to let someone take control on that front because if I'm honest I would not even know where to start when it comes to designing a blogger template; a blog header is as far as it goes for me!

Overall my experience with Pigdig has always been absolutely wonderful! From swift responses, awesome designs, friendly helpful advice and a professional manner I have always been left feeling confident and delighted with the results. If you're in the market for a new blog design or know somebody that is then I simply could not recommend Pipdig any more even if I tried.

For the record this was not a sponsored post or anything like that, in fact I simply wanted to acknowledge the hard work of Pipdig because, like all good work it should be recognised. 

15 Apr 2015

Clarins Body Care - Your Body Matters Too

Clarins Body Care Clarins Body Care

Over time I have noticed through reading blogs and magazines that there is a huge focus upon the skincare that we apply on our face yet not so much where the rest of our body is concerned. Skincare is something that I'm extremely passionate about, more so than make up would you believe therefore I thought it would be nice to share with you two new products that I'm currently road testing from Clarins.

Clarins are well known for their vast skincare range and beautiful make up products of which in particular the Instant Light Lip Perfectors spring to mind; they're quite possibly some of my favourite products of all time. Whilst their make up products have always left me impressed I was curious to see how I would get on with a couple of products from the body care range.

Firstly the Clarins Renew-Plus Body Serum* is a body moisturiser that can be used all over however it is one that is targeted towards anti-wrinkles therefore it is recommended for age sensitive areas; these consist generally of areas such as the knees, elbows, décolleté and inner thighs. I've being using it all over in order to try it out but I'm probably going to start using it in those areas in particular because at £40 I know I want to be making it last as long as I can. The Renew-Plus Body Serum is light weight, fresh and hydrating on the skin, it also sinks into the skin incredibly quickly which makes it the ideal product for someone such as me who can be more than a little impatient when it comes to hopping out of the shower. The scent of this is really lovely too although it's not over powering in the slightest, it is quite soft and fresh. Ingredients such as Water Lily extract which is rich in Vitamin C helps to eliminate dry flaky skin cells leaving the skin soft and hydrated, Pre-Retinol encourages skin renewal whilst Cashew Nut extract evens skin tone. This product out of the two is my favourite as I can really see and feel a difference in my skin when I use it. 

The next product was something that I was if I'm honest a little bit sceptical about because in essence it is a body wash which is the type of product that I'm reluctant to spend much money on. At £20 this is in my opinion much more than I'd be willing to spend however hear me out on this one because if you're looking for something to treat yourself to for a dash of luxury to your shower/bathing routine then this could be just that. The Clarins Tonic Bath and Shower Concentrate* is a light weight cleansing treatment which when activated with warm water releases various aromatic fragrances of Rosemary, Mint and Geranium. I have in the past never really had anything particularly luxurious when it comes to this type of product therefore I find myself having not much to compare it to, however having now used it I'm much more inclined to treat myself in the future. The scent of this product is beautiful and it seems to last for ages after using it, it's extremely gentle and hasn't irritated my skin in the slightest. Overall it's such a nice product to use once you get home from work and want a nice relaxing bath or shower before you get into your pyjamas. For me this is a product that I'll save for pamper evenings instead of using it every time I shower because for me it's that extra bit special.

Have you tried any of the body care products available from Clarins?

13 Apr 2015

Beauty & Go Bioactive Beauty Drinks

Beauty & Go Bioactive Beauty Drinks Beauty & Go Bioactive Beauty Drinks

For a while now I have been rather curious about the vast majority of juices that are on the market which claim to help us with so many things. From weight loss, to achieving clear skin I have seen them all over the last year or so in which in that time I have read various pros and cons of both. Naturally I'm curious, who wouldn't be? Therefore when I was introduced to the brand Beauty & Go which produces a range of Bioactive Beauty Drinks* I found that I just couldn't say no to the opportunity in giving them a try for myself. 

Founded from two company's bringing together the knowledge of the skincare industry and natural fresh produce Beauty & Go was formed. There's a whole heap of science behind the formulation of these drinks which you can read about at your leisure on the Beauty & Go website. Although for the purposes of this post I'd like to explain what bioactive actually means and what it means in terms of these drinks. 

Quite simply bioactives are substances found within plants and certain foods which when consumed provide health benefits, examples of these consist of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Bioactives are used within Beauty & Go drinks which contain within them your daily requirements of macroantioxidants, vitamins, minerals and other beauty ingredients such as hyaluronic acid.

The Beauty & Go range consists of four different drinks which target different aspects of skincare, those being anti-ageing, vitality, detox and radiance. I had the opportunity to fill out a little lifestyle questionnaire which enabled a nutritionist to be able to recommend me the most appropriate drink for me personally, that being detox. Despite that I have had the opportunity to try out all four of them very briefly in which over the next month I'll be completing the one month detox challenge. 

Anti-ageing - The anti-ageing drink aims to help with skin elasticity, firmness and of course wrinkles. The flavour of this one consists of pomegranate, apple and raspberry by which it also has various other ingredients in such as hyaluronic acid, collagen and vitamin E. 

Vitality - I'd say that the vitality drink was my favourite here by which this aims to invigorate the skin and helps to relieve the look of fatigue. This drink has pineapple, passion fruit and green tea in it along with ingredients such as lemon grass and vitamin B6 and B12.

Detox - As the word suggests the detox drink helps to purifying the skin. Again there are similar ingredients here what with hyaluronic acid and collagen being present. This detox drink also contains cucumber, dandelion, spirulina, zinc, broccoli and artichoke which if I'm honest out of all four that are available it is the hardest to stomach because it has an incredibly strong after taste; it's typical that this would be the one that was deemed most appropriate for me.

Radiance - Naturally the radiance drink aims to help skin look more illuminating and hydrated. The one has a blend of red grape, pear, rosehip and aloe vera which I have to say I felt as though this had a slight spicy after taste to it although I'm not quite sure what could be causing that. Despite that factor it was still quite a pleasant to drink so I didn't mind this one at all. 

To read more about the ingredients within the Beauty & Go drinks be sure to head on over to the website. There is a huge amount of information on there which will enable you to draw your own conclusions where these drinks are concerned.

Over the next month I'll be drinking one of the detox drinks a day in which over that time I'll be keeping an eye out for any improvements in my skin, particularly in terms of it looking clearer. I'm not sure what to expect if I'm honest because I'm a firm believer in you are what you eat therefore without a generally good diet in the first place I can't see that these would make a huge difference on their own.

Have you tried Beauty & Go? You can pick these up exclusively at Selfridges.
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