Going Coco-Loco for Wilko's New Fruits Range

Thursday, 7 August 2014

My cousin recently treated me to a gorgeous oil burner featuring a range of wax melts. I went straight for the coconut melts at the bottom of the box; I just can't get enough of that fresh and fruity scent. What about you? I blame it on my long-enduring love of the good old Bounty bar.

If you're a fan of coconut, too, you'll no doubt love one of the latest offerings from everyone's favourite budget beauty brand, Wilko. The shop has released a new 'Fruits' range, featuring a collection of temptingly fragrant products.

Of course, I went straight for this range (below), which combines coconut and vanilla. Take a peek:

Wilko's new Fruits Coconut and Vanilla bath and body range

Coming in at just £1.50 each, these products offer great value for money - with the loot above costing a mere £9. Not bad for six items, I'm sure you'll agree. 

The first thing I noticed was how simple and sleek the packaging is; nothing really gimmicky, just clear bottles and subtle fonts. Perfect for those who like a contemporary look in their bathroom. 

So, what did I think to the products themselves?

The fragrance, while it may be a little overpoweringly sweet for some, was just right for me - coconut-y enough with a nice hint of vanilla.  
Wilko Fruits Coconut and Vanilla Fragrance Explosion Body Butter

I'll be honest and say these aren't necessarily products that will wow you, but they're certainly blimming good value for the money, with generous-sized bottles and lingering scents. Favourites of mine included the not-too-gritty body scrub, and the bath foam, which bubbled up nicely for a nice relaxing dip.

The shampoo's not too bad either, but the conditioner won't yet be replacing my old faithful - Pantene.
Wilko Fruits Coconut and Vanilla Fragrance Explosion Shampoo

Have you tried anything from the Wilko Fruits brand? I recommend you take a look; for less than a tenner I don't know where else you'll get six full-size beauty products. Give them a go and let me know what you reckon?

Introducing... France's Take on Beauty Subscriptions: My Little Box

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Beauty subscription boxes are one of my all-time favourite things to receive in the post. Back when I was a subscriber of Glossybox, I loved the element of surprise it brought - something you rarely get with other packages. As, let's face it, nine times out of 10 you tend to know what it is that's coming through the mail.

So when I heard about a brand new beauty subscription service from French company My Little Box, I was interested on getting my hands on it.

The latest box - an appropriate summer-themed one - contains a gorgeous selection of products, some non beauty-related.

The gorgeous My Summer Box packaging

The branding for the box was spot on, with pretty pastel shades and good quality packaging. The box itself contained some mini magazines (all in French, mind) and some really cute stickers to slap on your luggage before your hols.

Unboxing: The contents inside

Probably the most surprising item for a box like this was the sweet mint green pineapple printed scarf - a real treat amongst a sea of boxes which usually just come brimming with beauty products alone.

Elsewhere, the brand treated us to a mini Essie coral-coloured nail polish, a good-sized fig scented shampoo, and a really nice exfoliating scrub for the face - all which came inside a pretty cotton drawstring bag.

A pretty mint green pineapple printed scarf

The cotton drawstring bag (above) contained all the beauty goodies inside

Will you be checking out My Little Box? (why does that sound rude?!) It's a lovely, well-designed website, which if you can read French, probably contains some great little articles, too. Well worth a look!

Until next time...

Disclaimer: My Little Summer Box was sent to me for review consideration. I have not been paid to write this post, neither am I affiliated with the brand in any way. All opinions are my own and 100% honest, as always.

Affordable Summer Essentials from House of Fraser

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Now I don't know about you, but House of Fraser has always been my go-to shop for something fancy. If I've got a wedding/Christening/big birthday coming up, I'll head to straight to the department store, safe in the knowledge I'll be able to pick up a gorgeous dress, or beautiful clutch.

The store hasn't, until now, always been on my 'must shop' list when I need, say, a handbag for work, or a new pair of sensible flat shoes. Sure, it's somewhere I'll happily go to browse the latest make-up must-haves, but somehow I always up up in Boots, where the beauty treats work out that bit better value thanks to my trusty Advantage Card.

Good news for people like me, then: people who are just after something that bit more affordable. House of Fraser has recently branched out to include items from high street retailers like Dorothy Perkins, Jane Norman, and Warehouse among its online shelves of higher end pieces.

Naturally, I just had to have a look at the site and pick out a couple of things:

Dorothy Perkins yellow satchel 

My bag collection, in fact my wardrobe in general, was practically crying out for a spot of cheery colour. So when I spied this vibrant yellow satchel (a bargain at £22) from Dorothy Perkins over on the House of Fraser site, I just had to snap it up.

I have something of a thing for statement earrings at the moment, so I headed to the jewellery section of the site and picked up this vintage-looking pearl-esque beauties from Jane Norman. Are you a fan?

Like sites like ASOS, House of Fraser is now a one-stop-shop (quite literally, really) for all your fashion needs - both high street and luxury. Perfect if you're looking for a new outfit for an upcoming event, eh?

I'm not always a fan of hitting the high street to get caught up among other frantic shoppers all trying to cinch a wedding guest dress just days before the event itself, so this is ideal.

Will you be checking out House of Fraser and its new high street offerings? Seen anything you like the look of?

Disclaimer: This post has been written in collaboration with House of Fraser. I have not been paid to write this post, neither am I affiliated with the brand in any way. All opinions are my own and 100% honest, as always.

Win: A Pair of Shoes from Cloggs.co.uk!

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

If you're looking at your shoe collection and thinking it needs a refresh, you're in luck! Today on A Lauren to Herself I'm bringing you a chance to grab yourself a pair of shoes - any pair you like - from Cloggs.

The site is an absolute haven for shoe lovers - they don't call it the 'Home of Footwear' for nothing, let me tell you. They have everything from these stunning white and floral print Ted Baker heels (below), to those stylish white ankle boots with cute wooden heel (also below).

But the great news is, if you win this here competition, you have your pick of the site. You could go for cool and comfy Converse, killer heels or casual flats. It's entirely up to you. You'll have £60 to spend, which makes you free to have a nosey around the site, picking your favourite pair. Heck, you could even get two pairs for that!

So, what do you have to do to be in with a chance of winning?

Rules of entry are simple, just see below. And don't forget to let your shoe-loving pals know, too. You could even enter on behalf of a friend and really make their day if you're lucky enough to win. Go for it - and good luck!

How to Enter

* Subscribe to my blog via Bloglovin (link in the right hand side bar) or find me on Facebook

* Leave a comment below telling me why you'd like to win the shoes

* Enter before noon on August 8

A winner will be selected at random via an online random number generator on or after the closing date and the lucky person will be notified soon after.

Ready to Bare All?

Monday, 28 July 2014

Oo-er. I don't mean like that - you saucy lads and lasses, you. But what I am on about is getting those pins out; perhaps exposing a bit of mid riff - that's right, holiday time is here. Even if you're not off to foreign climes, you can kick back and relax in the garden and enjoy the super hot temperatures we've been treated to lately.

According to George at ASDA (not the man, the brand - although I'm sure there's more than a few Georges who work at ASDA!) there's plenty of choice when it comes to choosing what to pack for your summer hols.

I'm bringing you this post in association with the supermarket, as the people behind the shop tell me there's plenty of gorgeous summery prints to tempt you this summer, with tropical-esque garments a plenty.

You'll find tropical prints and bright shades on everything from tops, dresses and bikinis, with the Latin spirit from the World Cup having a real influence where summer clobber's concerned.

Here's some pieces to look out for...

Vibrant summer staples from George at ASDA

Now, anyone who knows me will know I rarely wear pink, but there's something about this summery selection (above), which just transports me to a gorgeous tropical isle. Fuchsia pink doesn't work so well with my pale skin, but I've always thought vibrant shades like this the epitome of summer, and I love this crochet bikini top from ASDA above. In fact, take a look around the ASDA site, as you'll spot plenty of bikinis from George I'm sure you'll want to throw in your suitcase ahead of your summer hols.

This palm tree pencil skirt is perfect to pop on with that bikini top, and who can resist those coral jelly shoes for a spot of nostalgia. I used to live in jelly shoes like this as a kid, and I'm toying with the idea of getting another pair. Never mind that I'm now in my 30s. Groan.

Whether you're heading to Ibiza for a fun boat party, or relaxing here in good old Blighty at a quaint spot like the Chocolate Boutique Hotel, you'll be glad of these beautifully bright summer pieces.

Have you checked out the range at George at ASDA yet? Seen anything you like?

Disclaimer: This post has been written in association with George at ASDA. All views and opinions are my own, as always, as well as 100% honest.
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