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Thursday, 26 March 2015

Time Bomb Skincare

I love discovering new brands - particularly when they end up really impressing me. This was the story when skincare brand Time Bomb kindly sent me a selection of their products to try. The brand itself was one I'd never heard of before, but their vision is radically simple - they've created a collection of powerhouse formulas and breakthrough innovations developed to help women of all ages 'stop the clock'. As my 28th birthday looms ever closer, this range sounded like just the kind of skincare I needed to inject into my routine, and I couldn't wait to try them. 

First up I tried the Powerball Intensive Moisturiser* which I loved. It's designed to act like a super surge of water to defeat dry, dehydrated looking skin - it floods the skin with a blend of 21 natural hydrating agents that act to refill and retain water in the skin. It's recommended to be used pre-serum, however I found this to be so rich and moisturising that I didn't need to follow it up with a serum (it was actually so intensely hydrating that my skin didn't need moisturising the following morning either). I'm not usually one to talk about packaging, however I love how this product is presented - it's sleek and fun so gets top marks from me. 

Next up was their Complexion Cocktail with a shot of Chlorophyll* which has also turned out to be a real winner. There are three of these 'cocktails' on offer which include different shots tailored for specific skin woes. The shot of Chlorophyll is a modern day tonic, specifically designed to detox, soothe and smooth skin that looks rough, dry, uneven or broken out due to pollutants and unhealthy diets. It combines two types of Hyaluronic Acid with a shot of Chlorophyll to calm the skin and restore an even tone. It has a water-like formulation so I've found it works best for me when applied with a cotton pad onto my face. I don't use it daily, but once or twice a week when I feel my skin needs a bit of a boost, as it gives a really lovely glow to my skin that's noticeable even the next day. 

Last but not least comes the Take-Off Time Cleansing Cream*. Time Bomb believe that in order to have fresher, younger looking skin, the key is in cleansing and buffing the skin and not just simply washing it. Their Cleansing Cream is engineered with dermatological grade crystals that gently lift away the top layer of grime and dirt on the skin to reveal fresh, smooth and glowing skin beneath. I can notoriously be quite lazy when it comes to cleansing and whilst I've removed face wipes from my regime, I'm equally trying not to become totally reliant on my Bioderma micellar water either. I've really enjoyed using this as a cleanser as I like the exfoliating properties it contains, although it's very gentle. Unlike a lot of cleansers I've tried, it doesn't contain any drying properties so leaves my skin feeling fresh, clean and dewy. 

I've been thoroughly impressed by Time Bomb's range of skincare and am definitely keen to try some of their other products. They can be purchased from the Time Bomb website, or from Selfridges. 

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Origins Original Skin Renewal Serum + Giveaway

Whilst John Lewis is probably best known for stocking the latest products for the home, it also stocks a plethora of beauty and skincare brands too. Whilst living in London means I have access to most shops out there, for those that live further afield - being able to visit a John Lewis to stock up on the latest beauty and skincare products really helps when other stores aren't in your area.

John Lewis recently got in touch to see if I'd like to try the new Origin's Original Skin Renewal Serum* that is currently being stocked in store and online. The serum has been designed as a skincare solution to address dull skin and visible pores and it promises to restore a glow to the skin in 5 ways:

  • De-stress with Persian Silk Tree, helping skin to restore it's elasticity. 
  • Smooth roughness with texture refining chestnut seed extract.
  • Remove dullness from skin and restore glow with Willowherb.
  • Shrink pores and reduce oil with Algae. 
  • Minimise flaws and blur imperfections. 
As an avid fan of many of Origin's products, I was excited to try this serum and so far I've been really impressed with it. It's a light-weight serum that doesn't feel too rich on the skin but still maintains super moisturising properties. One of the first things I noticed results wise was how lovely and soft it left my skin, but also how radiant it made me look. I don't really struggle with large pores so can't comment on size difference, but have definitely seen that my skin looks brighter and more refreshed.

The Origin's Original Skin Renew Serum costs £32 and can be purchased here.

The really exciting news is that John Lewis also kindly sent me a second serum to giveaway to one of you! The giveaway will be open to the UK only, and will run for 2 weeks. You can enter using the rafflecopter below.

Good Luck!

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Advertising on Tea Party With Alice

As of April 2015, I will be offering the chance for other bloggers and businesses to advertise on Tea Party With Alice. There are three packages available which will run from the first day of the month until the last. Payments will be paid via Paypal and will be served on a first come, first served basis.

If you are interested in any of the packages, please email me on or tweet me @tpartywithalice.

Queen of Hearts Package - £5 (One available)

  • Top of the blog buttons in my side bar (250x250)
  • An individual #FF on Twitter every Friday of that month inc. a link to your blog.
  • A linked mention to your blog at the bottom of every post in that month.
  • The first and biggest paragraph in my 'Lovely Advertisers' post that month. This will give you the chance to introduce your blog/business and include your social media links.

Mad Hatter Package - £3 (Four available)

  • Blog button in my side bar (200x200)
  • An individual #FF on Twitter every Friday of that month with a link to your blog.
  • A paragraph in my 'Lovely Advertisers' post that month. This will give you the chance to introduce your blog/business and include your social media links.

Cheshire Cat Package - £2 (Five available)

  • Blog button in my sidebar (200x200)
  • A group #FF on Twitter every Friday of that month.
  • A mention in my 'Lovely Advertisers' post that month.

Stats are available on request.

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Little Things To Make Your Day Better

We live in a fast paced world and as a result can spend too much time complaining about what we don't have, and not enough time appreciating all those little things in life that help to make our day, week or year that bit better. I for one am guilty of this, for many years I saw myself as a 'glass half empty' kind of girl and spent too much time focusing on the negatives rather than embracing the good things in life. To counteract this, here is a list of all the things that make me smile and ultimately make my day that bit better:

1) When it's not raining outside.
2) Freshly washed bedding.
3) Waking up and coming home from work in blissful daylight.
4) When you can feel that summer is drawing closer and you're getting set for a summer in beer gardens and parks.
5) Turning on your electric blanket before getting into bed (whose with me?)
6) Going for Sunday brunch.
7) Laughing with friends.
8) When you capture the perfect photograph.
9) Getting a seat on the tube.
10) When your house is clean and your linen basket empty.
11) Hot chocolate and marshmallows.
12) Settling down to your favourite TV show or film.
13) Have an uninterrupted bath.
14) When your makeup lasts all day.
15) When you find the last one of your size in stock.

What are the things in your life that make it that bit better? 

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base

It's not often that I rate products as holy grail, but let me tell you - the NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base is top of that list. I am unfortunate enough to have oily eyelids which means that without using an eye primer, my eyeshadow will crease and disappear come lunchtime. I've tried a multitude of primers in the past to combat this, but none of them worked for me. When I tried this offering from NARS I literally rejoiced as my eyeshadow stays in place all day.

I apply the primer to my eyelids every morning to prep them for a day of eyeshadow. It's white in colour but applies completely colourless and dries in seconds. As it's matte in texture, it helps to smooth the surface of the eyelid and bond to the eyeshadow, helping to ensure it stays in place for hours and hours. This product has really been a game changer for me, I'm constantly recommending it to friends and couldn't wear eyeshadow or liquid eyeliner without it.

It costs £19.50 and lasts a lifetime - I've only just got to the dregs of my first tube which I purchased back in October. NARS have really come up trumps with this product, so if you too suffer with creasing then I urge you to give it a try!

What's your favourite eyeshadow primer? 

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Birthday Wish List

This Friday marked just three weeks until my birthday and I can't wait! I've always been a huge fan of birthdays, and as is tradition on Tea Party With Alice, I thought I'd share my birthday wish list ahead of the big day. It's important to caveat that these aren't things I expect people to get me, nor that I'll definitely get myself (I have expensive taste) - they're just a collection of some of my favourite things at the moment. 

As I'm a magpie for anything rose gold or copper - theres naturally a bit of a theme. I fell in love with the new gold macbook as soon as it was announced, and as I'm lacking my own computer at home I've set my sights on it for 2015. Monica Vinader is my favourite jeweller at the moment, her pieces are so unique and this ring is a firm favourite for me. The Copper A is also perfect for my bedroom but sadly Oliver Bonas have run out of stock of the letter A (always the way), but I'm keeping my fingers crossed it comes back soon. 

What do you think of my birthday wish list? 

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Spring Revamp with Oliver Bonas

With the lighter mornings and sunnier weather outside, it seems that Spring is finally arriving in London. With Spring comes the need to clean the home, and generally update and refresh rooms. When Furniture Choice got in touch with me a couple of weeks ago offering a voucher of my choice to update my bedroom, I was delighted. I decided on Oliver Bonas and picked a selection of homewares to give my bedroom a makeover.

Copper and Glass Hanging Frame* - £14
You'll notice a bit of a theme with this haul, as I'm all about the copper at the moment. I absolutely love the look of it and think it looks great in particular in my all-white bedroom. I have wanted one of these glass frames for quite a while, so when I saw this one adorned with copper trim I knew it would be the perfect frame to add something to my walls. I haven't settled on what I'll keep inside it yet so for now I'm just using a spare post card, but I'm ultimately looking for a cool print or a pressed flower.

Copper and Glass Terrarium* - £28
Not one to break a promise, here I am with my second copper based product. I am absolutely obsessed with this terrarium. It's got a gorgeous handcrafted, antique look with a mirrored base and is ideal for using as a lantern for candles, or to display plants which is how I've been using it. It's got a hanging hook so will look beautiful hung near a window so it can reflect the light (although I haven't got that far with my DIY yet!)

Always keen to expand my reading material, I was seduced by the beautiful cover of this book, and it's promises of providing me with great nutrition tips for healthy insides and a beautiful outside. The book provides a user-friendly program for gorgeous looks at any age with a mixture of buzz word explanations, recipes and nutritional tips. It's a great little read which conveniently looks beautiful stacked on my desk too. 

My third and final copper piece (I promise) is this darling mirrored tray with copper trim. It's the perfect size to hold my collection of favourite perfumes and looks so pretty with it's mirrored base. There are two sizes available (medium and large) but I chose the medium as I only wanted a delicate sized tray for my perfumes. I think it's super pretty and adds a sophisticated feel to the room.

What do you think of my Oliver Bonas picks? Do you tend to do a spring clean this time of year?

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