My Sephora.com Order

1 October 2014

Sephora Order Haul UK L'amour Josie
When Sephora announced that they would be shipping to the UK back at the end of February, the blogging community went a little bit wild. I managed to resist placing an order until last pay day, when I figured it was finally time for my first Sephora.com order.

First up, a quick note about the logistics of ordering. Sephora have reduced their delivery fee to the UK, so now if you spend over £75 (pre-tax) then delivery will cost £6. Once you get to the payment stage of your order a 20% tax will be added to your costs, in line with UK VAT. This ensures that there are no extra import fees once you receive your order. You can sign up online for Sephora's Beauty Insider service to accumulate points in exchange for miniature products. Lastly, I placed my order on a Sunday evening, and it arrived at my home address the following Friday lunch time via UPS, which I thought was prompt for an international delivery.

Now on to the good stuff: what I ordered. I'm already a big fan of the Sephora Pro Airbrush range, so decided to add their #57 concealer brush (£15.60) to my collection. This is basically a mini buffing brush which is perfect for blemishes or under the eyes. The other tool which I opted for was a Beauty Blender (£12.97). Now I know that these are available over here for a similar price, but it just made sense to get my Beauty Insider points for the purchase. For skin care, I decided to try out a mini tub of GlamGlow (£12.35), which worked out at half the UK price.

My makeup purchases were all ones which aren't readily available in the UK. The Tarte Amazonian Clay foundation has quickly become my favourite base since I bought it in Vegas back in May, so I opted to give the Maracuja Creaseless Concealer (£15.60) a go in the corresponding shade. So far, it's love. Bite Beauty is a brand which is fairly new to me, I invested in their Luminous Creme Lipstick in the shade Cava (£15.60), a beautiful lilac toned nude. For my final purchase I couldn't resist the Sephora travel section, adding a mini of the new Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravaganza (£7.80) mascara to my basket. 

My first Sephora.com order was simple, fast, and I'm happy with all of my purchases. I might have already started adding products to my basket for order number two...

A Blogging Break

18 September 2014

Some of you may have noticed that I've not been blogging as much as I normally do as of late. 2014 has been a pretty big year for me, with the latest hurdle being that on September 1st I was diagnosed with a painful and chronic disease. It's not in any way life threatening and I appreciate that there are a lot of people dealing with far more serious medical issues, but my condition is completely draining and most of the time leaves me in almost constant pain. 

Although this is a life long condition with no cure, my consultant is confident that she can get the pain under control through a combination of medication and surgery, which would be a big step towards me getting back to normal. I've started taking three new types of medication (one of which leaves me feeling sick all the time on top of everything else), so unfortunately blogging has fallen to the bottom of my to do list.

I've taken the last few days off work to give my body chance to rest and adjust to the new medications, and am hoping to have some very minor surgery over the next couple of days.  I love blogging, but I don't have the energy to put posts together right now, so whilst I'm getting this current bout of illness under control I've made the decision to be absent from the posting scene. I'll be back soon though, and will be sure to keep up with everyone's posts for a little light bedtime reading in the mean time.

Josie xxx

MAC Rebel Lipstick

10 September 2014

MAC Rebel Lipstick Review L'amour Josie
Ahh MAC's Satin Lipstick in Rebel. A lipstick so lovely that I bought it twice (after my sister "borrowed" the first one). Now that we're well over a week in to September - and thus Autumn - Rebel is the perfect, pretty shade for the season.

In the bullet, Rebel looks to be a seriously dark, vampy lipstick. However, in reality it swatches as a lighter, purple toned red. This lipstick is the perfect shade for girls who want to give berry lips a whirl, but are a little intimidated by how dark they can be. I've been loving anything purple on the lips, and Rebel falls nicely in to that category. As much as I wish they did, classic red lipsticks don't work for me. However, Rebel has enough of a pinky-blue undertone for it to flatter my colouring. 

Rebel is formulated in MAC's satin finish, meaning that it's long lasting and looks semi-matte when applied, but isn't as drying on the lips as a matte finish. The colour wears really well; after about four hours of wear you're left with a light berry stain on your lips which is a task to remove. There's a reason that this is one of my favourite lipsticks - it's just good - so I'd recommend Rebel for anyone who's looking to add an Autumnal twist to their makeup.
MAC Rebel Lipstick Review L'amour Josie Swatch

My First Tiffany & Co Purchase

10 August 2014

For as long as I can remember, I've dreamt of owning something from Tiffany's, and these earrings have been on my wish list for the last five years or so. At the end of May this year I flew off on my second trip to Las Vegas with my sister, and after a little bit of peer pressure from her, emerged from the Tiffany's store in the Bellagio  with these beautiful Return to Tiffany Mini Heart Tag Earrings.

There is something about the duck egg blue packaging of Tiffany's jewellery that feels very special, no matter what it is that you're buying. Despite purchasing one of the cheapest items in the store, the sales assistant took care to package them properly, and tie that infamous white ribbon around the little blue box. Since purchasing these earrings I've only dared to wear them once, but I've spent a lot of time admiring the beautiful box and pouch which they're enclosed in.

The Return to Tiffany Earrings are sterling silver, hence the 925 engraved on the hearts, which refers to the quality of the silver used. They're marked with the classic "Please return to Tiffany & Co New York" motif - which I love - and even the butterfly backs are marked T&Co. The heart shape gives these earrings a softer, more feminine edge, as they're quite a plain design in comparison to some of Tiffany's more exquisite items. These earrings are actually much smaller than I first imagined they'd be (around the size of the nail on my little finger), meaning that they sit really nicely and discretely on the ear lobe.

Although I won't be splashing out on any more Tiffany & Co purchases any time soon - it's way too far out of my price range - I'm so happy with these earrings and really glad that I finally invested in them after so long. I'll definitely get my use out of them over the years, and think they'll add the perfect finishing touch to many an outfit.

*Disclaimer: This isn't a showy off post. My Mum and Dad kindly gave me some dollars to treat myself with whilst I was away, and this is what I opted for. I definitely don't make Tiffany & Co purchases every day!* 

#DLPBloggersTrip - Get Involved!

9 August 2014

Aside from makeup/clothes/food, if there's one thing us bloggers seem to love, it's Disney. Disneyland Paris is probably my favourite place in the world, so when the lovely Kayleigh (@blogofshadows) came up with the amazing idea for a bloggers trip to Disneyland Paris, I instantly signed myself up. Along with Kayleigh, Amy from Cocktails in Teacups (@teacupcocktails) and Amy from Paintpotted (@paintpotted) we've started to put together what (I think) could possibly be the greatest blog meet up ever - #DLPBloggersTrip

The Details

So far, we're looking at going via Eurostar and staying in Hotel Cheyenne in the Disneyland Paris Resort for one night. Both myself and Amy have stayed in this hotel before and rate it - it's cheap, but has that Disney magic, and is in walking distance of the park.

We're looking to go on Wednesday 26th November (two weeks after my birthday!), returning on Thursday 27th November. Because of the date, the park will be decorated for Christmas, making it even more magical! It will be a jam packed 48 hours, but so much fun. Basically it's gonna be a giant blogger slumber party in Disneyland - what could be better?

We're still working on prices etc, but so far we're looking at around (most likely under) £200. That might seem like a high price for two days, but it includes Eurostar travel, a nights accommodation in Hotel Cheyenne, breakfast the following day and two days park tickets, so actually you're getting a lot of bang for your buck!

We're hoping to organise a little surprise or two, but need to start getting everything booked, so if anyone is interested in signing up then please let us know as soon as possible. Leave a comment below, drop one of us an email, or tweet us @lamourjosie @blogofshadows @teacupcocktails & @paintpotted. This trip is Kayleigh's baby, but I'm so excited to be involved. I can't wait to be back in Disneyland, and meeting some fellow bloggers who've become really good friends. Our policy is the more the merrier, so hopefully you'll be joining us! 

For now, enjoy a few more photographs from my last trip to Disneyland last December.

Josie xx