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QVC Tili Box Review

Beauty box subscriptions aren’t anything new but loving, using and enjoying every, single item inside is pretty rare. If you have been left feeling a little jaded in regards to such concept in the past, I urge you to try out QVC’s Tili Box: Try it, Love it and trust me you will; with full sized items and luxurious samples from brands you will more than likely want to explore, this may just be the best £20 you have spend this month. Let me show you what is inside the current drop…

QVC Tili Box Review

First of all let’s talk about the physical box – beautifully presented with plenty of tissue paper and stuffing to ensure your newly acquired goodies land on your doorstep in plenty of time, all in a gorgeous coral shade. I should mention that the colour of packaging various each edition (February’s box was green and who knows what August will bring) but the good news is that they are sturdy and lend themselves to re-purposing rather well – a quick Pinterest search should give you ideas galore.

Here is what is inside the fourth edition of the Tili Box:

QVC Tili Box Review

1 x Alpha-H Liquid Rose Gold (50ml) – A limited edition version of the cult beauty classic that is Liquid Gold but with a gentler formulation. This glycolic acid base enriched toner features an array of aromatic botanical including: rose, sacred lotus and orchid petals. The idea is that you use this a few times a week to gently exfoliate, brighten and refine the skin – if you enjoyed the original you will love this.

QVC Tili Box Review

1 x OPI Fiji Collection Nail Polish (15ml) – You will receive one of eight from the new spring/summer 17 Fiji collection nail polishes in a full sized bottle. I unwrapped the super pretty and ready for Spring shade, OPI Suzi Without a Paddle (pastel blue) and can’t wait for flip-flop season to really make the most of the subtle pastel shade.

QVC Tili Box Review

1 x Vita Liberata 10 Minute Tan (20ml) – a quick and easy self tanner that is infused with rosehip and neroli extracts and can offer results in just 10 minutes. Great for those in a rush but also those who prefer a golden based tanning product.

QVC Tili Box Review

1 x Erno Laszlo Cleansing Oil and Cleansing Bar (15ml and 17g) -You’ll receive one of the following kits: Firm: plumps and firms the look of your complexion; or Hydrate: helps to restore moisture to your skin I have the firming duo which contains a duo phased cleansing oil which makes light work of removing even the heaviest of make-up and a nifty cleansing bar for a luxurious yet easy double cleanse method.

QVC Tili Box Review

1 x It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream (4ml) in Medium – Admittedly the shade won’t suit everyone but you will be blown away by the formula. This glides onto the skin offering moisture, comfort and a great level of coverage – I am obsessed and will be purchasing a full sized bottle. If that’s not enough the formulation is beautifully created with hydrolysed collagen, peptides, niacin, hyaluronic acid and vitamins A, B, C and E, to offer more than just a base product.

QVC Tili Box Review

1 x Julien Farel Vitamin Shampoo (50ml) – a wonderful shampoo that is enriched with hyaluronic acid, panthenol, and vitamins B, C and E to strengthen even the most weakened of hair types.

1 x Julien Farel Vitamin Conditioner (50ml) – the perfect partner to the above shampoo – a great conditioner that deeply nourishes without weight.

QVC Tili Box Review

1 x Ultrasun Face SPF30 (25ml) – a broad-spectrum, lightweight, non-greasy, once a day formulation that is suitable for sensitive skin and the perfect base for applying make-up on top of. My second favourite product in the box behind the CC Cream.

QVC Tili Box Review

1 x Benefit Roller Lash (3g) – This mascara needs no introduction, everyone loves it and for good reason: the one of a kind brush both lengthens and curls the lashes in one quick move, allowing you to skip traditional lash curling methods. You need to try this.

QVC Tili Box Review

1 x Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser (30ml) complete with a muslin cloth – a cult classic and for good reason, this soft, creamy cleanser that is enriched with rosemary, chamomile, eucalyptus and cocoa butter quickly melts off all forms of make-up, dirt and grim as well as exfoliating the skin.Everyone should try this at least once to discover the magic of it for themselves.

There’s no denying that the contents are wonderful and truly a snip for the price of £20 but what further sets the QVC Tili Box apart from others is that it is a subscription free process: you can dip in and out of the boxes whenever you like and are never tied to a rolling subscription plan. This means you will never, ever be stuck with a box you don’t want – pretty great huh? Also each and every product inside any Tili Box can be found in full size on the QVC website, meaning you don’t have to trawl the internet looking for your favourite new find – it couldn’t be easier.

I must warn you that the QVC Tili Boxes sell out pretty quickly so get it while you can via QVC here – link.

This is a sponsored post, all thoughts and opinions expressed throughout are my own.

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Yankee Viva Havana Collection

Yankee Viva Havana Collection

I’m sure just about everyone has a travel bucket list? Topping my countdown of places I’d like to one day visit is Cuba – namely Havana; this has been the case since I was a little girl and first saw glimpses of the brightly coloured buildings on some, long gone, travel programme. I’ve of course yet to book said trip and have no immediate plans but the newly launched Yankee Viva Havana Collection is slowly but surely convincing me that there is no time like the present.

Yankee Viva Havana Collection

I was not at all shocked that the Yankee Viva Havana collection features a Mojito (coincidentally my favourite cocktail) fragrance but was pleasantly surprised that the other three scents seem less typical, and in my opinion fairly well researched. This launch doesn’t appear to be as “themed” as others – by that I mean we don’t have four fruity/floral/whatever fragrances but rather an array of options inspired by the country as a whole. In my opinion this is not just clever but inclusive as not everyone likes one particular fragrance category and by selecting one of each (a fruit scent, a floral scent, one for foodies and one unusual choice) there is something for everyone.
Yankee Viva Havana Collection

Along with the four mini jars from the Yankee Viva Havana launch, I also own a box of the Cuban Mojito Tealights and a large jar of the scent Viva Havana – to say I’m hooked is an understatement. If you are on the lookout for a new fragrance or two for the warmer nights, let me point you in the right direction:
Yankee Viva Havana Collection

Yankee Cuban Mojito – this smells exactly how you’d imagine: fresh, zesty, with just the right amount of lime and mint. Technically yes, this is a fruity scent but the mint prevents it from ever becoming sickly – basically if you enjoy the drink of the same name, this is the candle for you.
Yankee Viva Havana Collection

Yankee Delicious Guava – if a typical fruit based scent is what you crave, I’d imagine this will be more suited to your needs. I don’t personally think Yankee’s incarnation of Guava yields all that true to life but it is pleasant none the less. Weirdly I find this sweet scent to remind me a little of the old school style, pink, Herbal Essences Shampoo and Conditioner, which is weirdly one of my favourite bath and body products ever.
Yankee Viva Havana Collection

Yankee Tobacco Flower – a sweet yet musky, floral concoction that is unlike anything I have ever tried by Yankee. Yes it is a floral based scent but it is refined, unusual and dare I say it, it has an expensive feel…well as far as scent goes, Yankee packaging is fairly run of the mill in my opinion. I can’t comment on how close to the real Tobacco Flower this scent happens to be, as to the best of my knowledge I have not came close to such bloom.
Yankee Viva Havana Collection

Yankee Viva Havana – this is the trickiest scent to place as it has been created to mimic a city I have yet to visit, so I can’t personally vouch for its validity. What I can say is that this is the most “masculine” fragrance of the four: a strong, slightly smoky (go figure) and ever so slightly, spicy nod to one of the most famous locations in Cuba. After a quick Google search, I have found out that the top notes of this scent are: sandalwood and vanilla. If you tend to gravitate towards gentlemen lounge type home fragrance products, this is the one for you.
You can find the entire Yankee Viva Havana Collection via Lova Aroma £1.59 – £23.99 – link.

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The Marc Jacobs Splashes are Back!

Marc Jacobs Splashes Review 2017

Yes ladies and gentlemen, the soft and ever coveted, light fragrances that are Marc Jacobs Splashes are back once again, and I for one couldn’t be more excited.

Marc Jacobs Splashes Review 2017

Hear me out: I live in Scotland, a place not exactly renowned for its tropical climate and as such, I do associate wet weather with the Spring months – we don’t have the term April showers floating around for no good reason but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Yes dear readers, I enjoy the rain, especially when the showers are light and leave the air smelling fresh with an earthy combination of wet soil and surrounding greenery. It’s a sensation and scent explosion that I find difficult to mimic, well that was until I tested out the Marc Jacobs Splashes for myself. Four, beautifully created scents that evoke the newness of the season in numerous aspects, and offer new yet non-fussy insights into refreshingly (they aren’t called Splashes for no reason), clean ready-to-wear fragrances.

Marc Jacobs Splashes Review 2017

The Marc Jacob Splashes are technically Eau de Toilettes but are intended to be worn fairly generously – think of them as a mature, incarnation of a body mist – spray on generously and enjoy the uplifting, refreshing tonic. As all four options are delicate, you don’t run the risk of ever overdoing it (or suffocating all that is near to you), yet they have the prolonged wear time, that so many of us crave. I deem these to be casual fragrance options: a wardrobe of four softened splashes of notes, that are effortlessly cool and ready for the day – be that work, play or brunch.

What I personally enjoy about the Marc Jacobs Splashes is that each fusion, captures a different aspect of Spring: Cotton – like freshly washed, air dried linen with notes of jasmine, cotton flower, musk and bergamot. For a non- fruity yet bright, sensory choice we have Cucumber – which of course contains a strong presence of cucumber combined with Freesia and musk. The fruity creation of this collection is Pear: bright, bold and not at all tart with hints of Pear, gin and woody accords. Last but not least we have the aquatic yet light, scent of Rain: with freshly cut grass and tropical rain accords, whatever they might be.

Marc Jacobs Splashes Review 2017
This is an old photo from last year, of my first two bottles – they are in storage and I’m not currently able to get to them so please excuse the sudden and dramatic photo quality change.

The wonderful aspect of this small curation of scents is that they are truly adaptable: each can be worn alone, layered with other options within the collection (Cotton and Rain particularly fuse well together) or combined with your current favourite fragrance. Although perhaps not to everyone’s taste (then again what is), I would say that the four Marc Jacobs Splashes are entirely universal (the bottles have been so well designed in this aspect) and are as at home on a female as they are male; Rain in particular has a fairly masculine presence and does happen to be my personal favourite.

At the moment, I can not say with absolute certainty if the Marc Jacobs Splashes are limited edition or are gearing towards a permanent position but they are currently available online in various locations which may suggest the latter?

In the U.K you can find the Marc Jacobs Splashes via Superdrug £38/100ml – link

In the U.S you can find the Marc Jacobs Splashes via Sephora $62/100ml – link

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