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Brand Focus | My Boho Jewellery

  • Tuesday, 30 August 2016


I am a huge lover of jewellery and love to dress up and accessorise my outfits using beautiful rings, necklaces and bracelets. I usually opt for quite simple pieces that can easily go with a range of different outfits.

I have recently been introduced to the beautiful and very affordable online jewellery shop; My Boho. They are a family run business with years of experience of selling an affordable range of boho jewellery in the UK. My Boho offers a huge range of some amazing pieces of Jewellery from anklets to ear cuffs, hair pins to necklaces and belly bars to body jewellery. What I also love about Trendy Frog is that whether you are shopping for a boho-beach holiday or a night out, there is something available for you.


I am in love with this beautiful Hamsa Hand Finger Chain Bracelet and it is one of my favourite pieces from the range. I think that it would be a perfect piece of jewellery to take away on holiday with you. It is so pretty and delicate and at only £4.45 it is an absolute bargain! 


This Silver & Turquoise Boho Anklet is such a lovely piece of jewellery that is perfect for summer. It would look amazing with some strappy sandals and a little black dress for a holiday evening look, or paired with flip flops and a long flowing skirt for a more relaxed summer look. At only £4.95, it seems crazy not too!



You can follow My Boho on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook 

Have you bought anything from My Boho?
What are your favourite My Boho Frog products?


Madolyn
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*This was a sponsored post in collaboration with My Boho

Three Hair Products To Create Volume

  • Thursday, 25 August 2016


The majority of the time, when I'm using hair styling products, it is usually because I am trying to create volume. Due to having long, thick hair, I really struggle to create volume from the root as it is often too heavy. I have gathered together three of my top hair products to create volume. 

Redken Pillow Proof Primer*

This Blow Dry Express Treatment Primer is a lovely product to use on freshly washed hair to create volume and make it extremely light at the roots. I have already written a full review of the product that you can read here. Due to the thickness of my hair I usually apply two pumps of this serum on to my palms and then evenly place the product on my roots whilst my hair is damp. I then blow dry my hair upside down to add even more volume. What I love about this product is that it isn't sticky and my hair still has a lot of movement once I've styled it. It is really light and doesn't leave any residue in my hair. 

Bumble and Bumble Thickening Hair Spray

I have harped on about this hair spray quite a few times now on Madolyn Thinks, but it has truly become a staple in my beauty collection. I like to apply this on damp or dry hair to add texture and volume to my roots. It is a water based product which means that once set, it doesn't become sticky and hard like a lot of other hair sprays. It is a little on the expensive side of things, but I do believe that you get what you pay for. I only need to use a small amount to start to notice a big difference and for someone with a lot of hair, that's saying something! 

Lush No Drought Dry Shampoo

I have always loved using dry shampoo in between washes to spruce-up my hair, but I also like to apply it as a thickening agent on the roots of my hair. A small amount of dry shampoo, even on newly washed locks, can add extra volume and texture. I don't like to do this too often however as I don't want too much product build up, but it really does add some much needed volume the day before wash day. I really like No Drought by Lush as it is a powder rather than a spray so you can easily control how much product is being used and really work it into the hair.


What do you look for in a hair product?
What hair products do you use to create volume?

Madolyn
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The Start Of A New Term | Some Great Places To Shop For Stationary

  • Tuesday, 23 August 2016


I am a huge stationary enthusiast and I really miss spending the month of August scouting out all of the best stationary buys in preparation of the start of term. Whether it was for school, collage or university, I got the same amount of excitement on the build up to a new year and a new set of fresh stationary. 

Although I haven't got a real need for stationary items anymore, I still love buying new note books, pretty pens and academic diaries. Even in adult life, I still like to remain fairly organised and I am forever writing lists and I love to use a paper diary as opposed to an electronic one. Having a blog takes a fair amount of organisation as well and so I like to use pretty stationary to keep on track with blog posts. There are lots of lovely stationary brands out there some of which I love to use, others of which I am yet to try, but I will no doubt be continuing with my yearly August stationary shop in preparation for September. 


Paperchase is my go-to shop when I want some new stationary. They have a wonderful range of products and I can often find all that I am looking for within the one shop. They currently have a fantastic 'Back To School' collection suitable for those who like quite quirky stationary that is really fun and friendly. 


I love looking around Waterstones. Although they are primarily a book shop, they stock a huge range of stationary from a number of beautiful brands. They have an extensive range of mid-year diaries, ideal for this time of year, that suit a number of preferences. Whether you want a smart and sophisticated diary or  a funny and cute calendar , there is definitely something for everyone. 


I have been lusting over Rifle Paper Co.'s collection of stationary for a long time. I am yet to buy anything from their range however it looks ideal for any stationary lover. They have a beautiful range of products each with lovely and pretty designs. I love the diaries and calendars that they have on offer which would be brilliant for those returning to school or university this September, or for those that like would like to have some pretty organisation in their lives. 


I love the simplicity of the Muji stationary range. It is really cheap yet they don't compromise on quality and you can get a range of great notebooks, ideal for list making and note taking that can easily be put into your bag and carried around. It has a very clean and fresh style that it suited towards any stationary lover.

Where are your favourite places to shop for stationary?

Madolyn
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The Best Beauty Discoveries Of 2016 So Far

  • Monday, 22 August 2016


I have discovered some amazing products so far this year from a range of different brands. Although I planned to write a post at the end 2016 with a round up of the best beauty discoveries, like a did last year, I thought that I would write about some of the best products I have discovered so far. 



Charlotte Tilbury Lip Products

Although I have lusted over the gorgeous, rose-gold make up by Charlotte Tilbury from quite some time, I only got my hands on some of her products earlier this year. I opted for one of her lip losses in Sweet Stiletto and one of her lip liners in Pillow Talk. I love the combination of these two products for a natural yet classy look as they are very much a 'my lips but better' shade. I also love how universal they are as they can both be combined with many of my other lips products. As well as the beautiful packaging they are both very high in quality and durability which makes them well worth the money in my eyes.  

Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint

I bought this base from Nars when it was first released back in February. It has become my go-to base for those days when I want a lighter base and has been a great companion throughout the summer months. I am a huge lover of Sheer Glow Foundation but the Velvet Matte Skin Tint has a much more matte and natural finish that smooths over imperfections and provides a very even tone to the skin. 

Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel

I am a huge lover of cleansers. Although I love applying make up, I also love taking it all off to make my skin feel really fresh and clean. I normally opt for a fairly cheap cleanser however I thought that I would treat myself to a much more high-end product to see if it made a difference. I had heard a lot about Oskia before I had tried it and as the Renaissance Cleansing Gel was the first product that I had ever bought. I had pretty high expectations but I wasn't disappointed. This oil based cleanser has become one of my favourites. It feels very luxurious, almost like having a spa facial at home. 



Redken Pillow Proof*

I really struggle with creating lasting volume on my roots. With my hair being quite long and thick, the weight often pulls my hair down leaving it a little flat against my head. The Redken Pillow Proof however has revolutionised my hair styling, allowing my hair to be much lighter on the roots which in turn, creates volume. A little pump of pillow proof applied to the roots of damp hair is all that it needed to create voluptuous hair that lasts all day and night.   

Jo Malone Fragrance

I have been wanting to try a Jo Malone fragrance for a long, long time and I was lucky enough to get the Cracker Gift Set for Christmas. With in the gift set was a miniature Blackberry and Bay fragrance that I have absolutely fallen in love with. It is a wonderful scent that is fairly sweet but has been toned down with a mixture of more masculine scents.  It has become my night out, go-to perfume and I think that I will treat myself to a full size bottle pretty soon. 

Dior Self Tanning Creme 

I decided to buy this product after a few beauty bloggers that I follow had recommended it multiple times. It is a lovely self tanner for the face that is extremely natural. I like to apply it once a week, usually on a Sunday, on an evening after I have finished my skincare routine. I find that way that it has over night to sink in a develop and then I wake up feeling very fresh with a natural tan. 



What are your best beauty discoveries of 2016 so far?

Madolyn
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5 Of My Favourite Blog Posts From The Last Week

  • Sunday, 21 August 2016


I would say that I check Bloglovin at least once a day to catch up on all of my favourite bloggers blog posts. I thought that I would introduce a new type of blog post to Madolyn Thinks whereby I share some of my favourite posts that have been published by some of my favourite bloggers over the last week or so. 



I have been reading Rebecca's Blog, From Roses, for a long time now and I love her simplistic yet informative style of writing. With daily beauty, lifestyle and fashion blog post being published it was hard to pick a favourite. However, I loved reading 5 Things I Love To Have But Don't Need. I have found myself wanting to live a more minimalistic lifestyle lately but this post made me realise that we can have things in our lives that we love that we don't necessarily need. 



I have only recently started following Hannah Gale on Bloglovin but I was instantly draw in by her witty and dry sense of humour that is portrayed brilliantly though her writing skills. I particularly loved reading this post of hers earlier on in the week as I am always looking out for hints and tips to improve my photography skills. In this post Hannah offers some really honest and helpful advice when it comes to taking blog post pictures. 



I have been a huge fan of Victoria from InTheFrow for a couple of years and love these make up collection posts of hers. She does a brilliant job of introducing a new collection of make up and her photography skills are on point. The new Dior Skyline Fall 2016 collection looks absolutely dreamy and I would love to try the beautiful eyeshadow palette.  



I am currently in the process of re-arranging my dinning room to try and create a little more space. I want a smaller desk so that it will fit in a little cubby area we have in there and reading this blog post by A Girl, Obsessed, gave me even more inspiration. 



I have just been on an over-night spa trip with my mum and I'm already wishing I was back there. Having this post by The Sunday Chapter pop up in my feed on Bloglovin this week seemed ideal. Angela breaks down the post into different sections and talks about all different aspects to consider when creating a spa day at home such as beauty products and food and drink. 

What have been your favourite blog posts over the last week?

Madolyn
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Everyday Beauty Products For Under £10

  • Wednesday, 17 August 2016


A lot of beauty bloggers that I follow and beauty blog posts that I read feature high-end, premium and expensive products. These look and sound amazing, but aren't always the most friendly buys for my bank balance. Although I am a lover of luxury beauty, I am a big believer in picking and choosing which items are worth the splurge and combining these with more affordable, high-street products. I don't think that it is necessary to spend a huge amount of money on every beauty product. I have picked out seven of my most loved beauty products that are all under £10.



Essie Nail Varnish | Cocktail Bling | £7.99 | Link

Carmex Lip Pot | Original | £2.69 | Link

Maybelline Eraser Eye Concealer | Light | £7.99 | Link

Seventeen Miracle Matte Loose Powder | £5.49 | Link 

So... Body Spray | Rio* | £1.99 | Link

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream | Cannes | £5.50 | Link

Soap & Glory | The Righteous Butter | £10 | Link



What are your top beauty picks for under £10?

Madolyn
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The Importance Of Taking Time For Yourself

  • Tuesday, 16 August 2016



Sometimes in life I think that it is so easy to become wrapped up in work, socialising, and doing what is 'expected' of us, we can easily forget the importance of taking time for ourselves. I think that it is important to do this everyday, even if it means having a quick five minutes to sit outside in the garden with your cup of tea in the morning. It may seem a little selfish but I believe that occasionally putting some time aside for ourselves can have a number of benefits and will make us better people in the long run.

Reasons Why It Is Important To Take Time For Yourself

It gives your chance to expand your horizons, which could be as exciting as learning a new skill or as little as watching an interesting documentary. I think that it is really important to learn new things, have hobbies and discover the world.

Doing something you love or something you would love to try will naturally make you happier. Being happy increases our sense of well-being and will release endorphins that will create a more positive outlook on life.

Taking time for your self can relax the mind and body. This will rejuvenate yourself and make you a lot more productive when going back to work or doing everyday activities. 

When we put time aside for ourselves it allows us to spend some quality time with ourselves, which allows us to gain independence and let us explore and develop our own personalities.


Things To Do To Take Time For Yourself

Practice Yoga
Go for a walk outside
Read your favourite book
Go to a spa 
Get a massage
Have a movie marathon
Do some exercise 
Take some photographs
Learn a new skill
Listen to some music
Have a nice hot bubble bath


Do you like to take time for yourself?
What do you like to do when you have some time for yourself?

Madolyn
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Boots Summer Beauty Event With Clarins

  • Monday, 15 August 2016


Last week I attended a Boots Beauty Event in my local store in York city centre. Boots held a ticketed event after usual store hours in which a few premium brands held demonstrations and gave beauty advice at their counters. It was a great way to get some one on one beauty advice whilst sipping on some fizz with the chance to win a few beauty goodies. 



Whilst I was there I had a more in depth look at skincare range at the Clarins counter. I spoke to a lovely lady at the counter who looked at my skin, listened to my concerns and recommended a whole skincare range based on the information provided. Although she recommended a full skincare routine for both day and night, I picked out a cleanser and toner which I decided to buy. The lady gave me samples however, of the other skincare products that she picked out for me so that I could give the whole range a try.



The samples I received were another daily toner, a day cream and a night oil. Clarins had a special offer on their skincare products and because I bought two full sized products I received a skincare bag filled with a mixture of body and facial skincare products. I had a really fun time and it was such a nice and relaxed shopping experience and I hope to go to another event soon.



Have you ever been to a Boots Beauty Event?
Have you tried anything from the Clarins Skincare range?

Madolyn
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Benefit Cosmetics | Brow Re-Brand Launch Part Two With Glamour & Marie Claire

  • Sunday, 14 August 2016


I love it when brands collaborate with magazines. I think that it is a great way to try products that you wouldn't ordinarily get the chance to, unless you were to buy the product itself. Benefit cosmetics is a great brand for doing this and over the years I have collected a fair amount of deluxe miniatures from their various magazine collaborations. 

Recently, Benefit Cosmetics have launched a Whole New Brow Range with re-vamped packaging for old favourites, more shades and a few brand new products thrown into the mix. Back in June I bought the Elle magazine in which I received a miniature Goof Proof Brow Pencil. You can read about my thoughts on that new launch here. This month however I picked up too new brow products from the Benefit range that came with Glamour and Marie Claire.






Gimme Brow is an old favourite of mine, this product was actually launched when I was working for Benefit. It is a great product that fills out the brow hairs making them seem fuller and longer which in turn, creates a fuller looking brow that seems really natural. This is still available in the three original shades; Light, Medium and Deep, but has been given a re-vamp with the cool silver and pink packaging. With Glamour magazine only costing £2, this was an absolute steal! 



Marie Claire collaborated with Benefit Cosmetics and gave away a deluxe miniature of Ready Set Brow, a new product launch for Benefit that is a clear brow gel, aimed to keep your hairs in place. This is a great product to either be used by itself for a completely natural look, or teamed with some other products from the range as a finishing touch to ensure your brows stay in place. I have really enjoyed using this product as I naturally have quite dark and full bows, so the more natural the better for me. The magazine was a little more pricy at £3.99 but a bargain for a new Benefit brow product none the less.  



What do you think to Benefit's Brow-brand Re-launch?
Have you tried anything from the new Brow range?

Madolyn
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A Lunch Date At Gourmet Burger Kitchen

  • Friday, 12 August 2016



Living in a city centre can have its ups and downs, but having amazing places to eat right on your door step is definitely one of the positive aspects. Last Saturday the boy and I had a lazy walk into the York, trying to find somewhere to feed our rumbling bellies. Neither of us had been to Gourmet Burger Kitchen before so we decided to venture in and give it a go.



I instantly fell in love with the relaxed, American Dinner meets rustic London cafe, feel of the the place. There was a really cool, American Movie-style display board for the daily specials, and pretty little white leaves painted onto the tables. I liked that the decor was simple yet comfortable with an amazing blue colour palette that I would love in my kitchen at home.



The service was really quick and efficient which is always a plus. I opted for the Classic Burger with Cheddar Cheese and a portion of small skinny fries, whilst the boy had a Blue Cheese and Bacon Burger with a side of Sweet Potato Fries and Baconaise - which was pretty incredible. My fries were seriously good and the burger was to die-for! Excellent, high quality meat with fresh salad and cooked to perfection.

Whilst we ate we caught up over the past week and discussed what we would like to do for the rest of the day. We had both been out the night before with different friends so a Netflix binge sesh was definitely on the cards. 


It was such a lovely day we decided to have a slow walk around town, window shopping and people watching. Once our burgers had been digested we walked over to Licc Ice Cream which is an beautiful little ice cream parlour that sells a range of amazing flavours. My Malteaser ice cream was the best and eating it in the sunshine, in the Minster Gardens, was the cherry on top of a perfect lunch date with the boy.


Have you been to GBK before?
Where do you like to go for a lunch date?

Madolyn
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Book Review | Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

  • Wednesday, 10 August 2016


Harry Potter has been, and probably always will be, a huge part of my life. I grew up with the books and I have been absorbed in the wizarding world since I was seven years old. When each new book was released I was one of those crazy people queuing up outside at 12am eager to read the next part of Harry's life at Hogwarts. When the films were released I was just as keen and would become giddy with excitement at the thought of seeing the books come to life at the cinema. When the seventh book came out and I read the last few chapters I felt a sudden dread that I would never get this feeling of excitement about Harry Potter again. The void was filled sightly at the thought that there were still a few more films to be made, but for me, the excitement was and always will remain, with the books. I am a huge fan of the films but for me the books hold so much more and mean so much more to me. When I finished reading The Deathly Hallows I truly felt as though it marked the end of my childhood. I was a month away from turning 16 and starting my second year of GCSEs and so the summer The Deathly Hallows was released, felt like my last summer of being a kid and the beginning of a new chapter. 

As much of a preamble this may seem, I feel that it necessary to write as it intensifies my excitement of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child being released. I suddenly felt as though I was a little kid again when I queued up in Waterstones to pre-order my copy. When I picked it up on the day of release I was so giddy with excitement and I couldn't wait to read it and find out what happened to Harry and the others after all of these years. 

I was a little reserved at the fact that it was a screen play rather than a narrative, non the less, there was no chance I was not reading this book from cover to cover - and boy was it a page turner.

The Blurb

"The eighth story nineteen years later...

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn't much easier now that he is an over worked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and a father of three school-age children.

Whilst Harry grapples with the past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes darkness comes from unexpected places."

The Story

The story begins at Platform 9 and 3\4 when the last book finished, nineteen years after the destruction of Voldemort. The Cursed Child follows Harry and Ginny's youngest son Albus and his struggles at Hogwarts with his best friend Scorpius Malfoy, Draco's son. In an attempt to prove his father wrong, Albus and Scorpius go on a wild adventure in an attempt to change the past, but in doing so cause complete havoc which they must rectify. In true Harry Potter style, the story is based around the importance of love and friendship and has a strong message that darkness can always be overcome by the light.

My Thoughts

Unlike the previous Harry Potter books whereby most scenes revolve around Harry, much of the book is based on a lot of the other characters, therefore, as a reader, you are more aware of the story as a whole, rather than just seeing everything from Harry's point of view.  The plot is very fast paced with lots of small scenes which I suppose works better on stage rather than in a book. I did find myself in parts wishing that there was narrative to provide more information and expand on ideas. However, the script is very well written and considering that it is all dialogue with a few stage directions, I found myself truly escaping into the wizarding world and imagining all of the scenes. 

Although it wasn't exactly the same as the other Harry Potter books, I loved finding out what happened to everyone years after the last book. I would love to be able to go and watch the stage production which is now showing for the foreseeable future in London - I think it would be amazing to see it on stage. 


Are you a Harry Potter fan?
Have you Read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child?
What were your thoughts?

Madolyn
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This post was originally written by Madolyn Blackburn for The Closet | Link 

My little Box Unboxing | July 2016

  • Monday, 8 August 2016


I am such a huge fan of subscription boxes and My Little Box is a perfect little monthly treat to myself that hold a range of lifestyle and beauty products. This is now my fourth box from them and I love how each one is based around a different theme. For July, the theme was Coconut and so, as I'm sure you can imagine, each product was based around coconuts.


I have fallen in  love with this beautiful gold bangle by My Little Box and Stella & Dot. I think that it is so pretty and will be a perfect summer staple. This month's box also included the cutest little passport holder which will be the perfect companion for a summer holiday.


As well as the lovely lifestyle products, there was also four amazing new beauty products to try. There was a little sample of the Rare Blend Moisture Therapy Oil by Ojon which I am so excited to try on the ends of my hair. There was also a mini Coco Rico Hand Cleansing Gel and a Noix De Coco Eau De Toilette sample. From the My Little Beauty range there was a full sized Coconut Spritzer After Sun Spray that I cannot wait to try as I think it will leave the skin feeling amazingly nourished and cool.


Do you like Coconut based products?
have you ever tried the My Little Box subscription?

Madolyn
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