Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Glossy Box; July 2012

Firstly, let me apologise for being pretty slack literally since the sun has been out, my whole laptop and everything i do on it has been neglected. Sorry :(

This month i got two Glossy Boxes. I got my normal monthly sub, and i ordered another one, simply because they ran an offer, where you could get either a Harrods box or Eco box completely free! I chose a Harrods box, and I'll show you what i got in that in a different post, but now i will show you what i got in both my Glossy Boxes from this month.

Somethings i think appear in all the boxes this month and these are;
Jelly Pong Pong, Lip Frosting;
This is a multifunctional creamy gloss, it can be used as a lip tint or on the cheeks. Personally, I'd never use it on my cheeks. The consistency is to much like lipgloss, thick and i was going to say sticky, but it isn't. More errm, greasy? That makes it sound disgusting haha, but really, it just isn't the consistency of a product I'd want to put on my cheeks. In both my boxes i got the shade or rather flavour Irish Cream Pavlova, now i was expecting this to smell like baileys, that is what Irish Cream is right? But its smells insanely sweet, it reminds me of Hubba Bubba, do you remember that? The most sweet synthetic strawberry scent i think I've ever smelt. Surely a better name would be Strawberry Pavlova? I dunno...

The other product that appeared in all the boxes was a 'bonus' product and this was a trio of Elizabeth Arden samples, from the new (i think) Visible Difference Gentle Hydration range. Each set contains a Gentle Hydrating Cleanser an Optimizing Skin Serum & a Gentle Hydrating Cream SPF 15. I think its a nice little set to try the products out, and if you present the GB card at an Elizabeth Arden counter in Debenhams, you get a free deluxe sample

So onto what other products i received, i got a nice mix this month and i was really pleased with both boxes.

Bex London, Londoner Urban Fragrance;
There are 4 perfumes in this range, all inspired by unique characteristics of London, I got W1X.
The scent of this reminds me of my gran, not in a bad way. It brings back memories, its almost the scent of her old house in Liverpool, which she hasn't lived in for nearly 16ish years. It reminds me of some weird like popurri, that were wooden balls. But anyway, the actual smell, its kind of a musty florally smell. Its definitely not a perfume i would wear, I don't particularly like the smell, it just evoked some memories. strange. The perfume has a blend of Rose, Jasmine, Iris and violet along with a woody vanilla base

Paul Mitchell, Awapuhi Moisture Mist;
This product claims to 'give thirsty hair and skin the moisture they crave' I like that its a multi use product that you can use it on hair or skin or both. There aren't many instructions with the product, so I'm not sure if you spray it on wet or dry hair. I shall experiment with both and see how i get on. I'm pleased with this product as, I'm currently on the hunt for my hair care saviours. Curly hair is naturally drier than other hair types. I was unimpressed with my last Paul Mitchell product, so lets see if this on can change my mind.

Monu Cooling Eye Gel;
I've actually already swapped this product, as i knew it was something I'd never get around to using. The card states that the gel instantly revives and tones tired eyes and reduces puffiness and dark circles. This being something i don't really suffer with, I'd rather it went to a more loving home.

Nuxe, Huile Prodigieuse;
I'm so so so pleased i got this product. I really nearly bought one while i was in France, then instantly regretted not getting one once i got home. Though this is just a small sample, it'll be enough to get a feel for the product, and I'm hoping to work super hard and save up to go to Paris at some point within the next year. You can use this dry oil anywhere face, body or hair which is great. I'm loving hair oils these days and i love using a body oil when I'm going out as they leave a lovely sheen especially with a tan! I'd really like to try the one with little gold sparkles in aswell at some point.

Collin Resultime, Regenerating Collagen Gel;
This product is pretty perfumed, but it smells really quite nice. Its like a powdery floral scent, almost a comforting smell. The actual product comes out as a thin gel and smooths in really well, it left my skin beautifully soft. It can be used in a thin layer as a serum before moisturiser or in a thicker layer as a face mask. I'm really looking forward to trying this product out properly.

Awapuhi Wild Ginger, Texturizing Sea Spray;
I love love love sea sprays, i think they are my favourite hair product. My hair has a natural curl, and sea spray just give it that little bit extra curl and definition. I love the smell of this product, it smells just like ginger beer, which isn't surprising, as it is wild ginger scent. I hope the scent lingers, as i know some hair products smell scrummy, but the scent doesn't last. I cant wait to try this.

Monu, Extra Rich Night Cream;
My skins bee going crazy the last couple of weeks, for the first time every my skin decided to become quite oily. But its now gone back to its dry dry ways, I'm thinking perhaps from all the sun? So I'm glad i received this its meant for very dry/dehydrated skin. I personally think you can go for a slightly richer than normal cream for night time, as you don't have to worry about applying make up over it or anything. It contains all kinds of essential oils and also Royal Jelly, so i imagine it smells really good. Monu products tend to have nice scents to them. I haven't taken the seal  off of it yet, as I'm currently half way through a different night cream, and i don't want this one getting oxidised or anything before i get around to using it.

Last but not least, Kryolan, Satin Powder Sparkling Eye Dust;
Kryolan aren't a new brand to me, i in fact have quite a lot of their products. My whole university make up kit was put together from Charles Fox in Covent Garden and was made up of all Kryolan products. I don't however have any of the satin powders so this will be a welcome addition. The colour i received SP 555 a gorgeous shimmery copper, such a versatile colour. Its really well pigmented and blends beautifully. It seems pretty buildable aswell, so you can get a nice wash of colour or build it up and get a nice block colour.

And that concludes my two July Glossy Boxes, sorry if its been a bit long i hope you've managed to reach the end of the post!
My apologies again for not posting in well over a week now. Life seems to have been a bit hectic. I actually started writing this post ages ago. I got some great news on Friday (27th) that i no longer need to use my crutches quite so much and i can resume semi-normal life, i just have to take it a bit easy on my ankle. but I'm so happy they don't have to break it again. Now I've started back to work, and I'm frantically doing some uni work for a re take at the end of August. So please accept my apologies if my posts aren't as constant as they should be.

I hope you all liked your glossyboxes this month? I was very pleased with both of mine.

Lots of Love


Friday, 20 July 2012

Braun Silk Épil 7

I was lucky enough to be selected by 'Savvy Circle' to trial, the new Braun Silk Épil 7 Epilator. 
Within the Silk Épil 7 range there are 3 different models;
7181; For legs. Wet & Dry.
7381; For legs & body. Wet & Dry
7681; For legs, body & face. Wet & Dry.

For the project we were supposed to receive the 7381 model, but we were lucky enough to get the 7681 model.
Braun are well known for their epilators, I'd personally say its one of the products their most well known for in the female beauty industry.

I'm a complete epilation virgin, i usually stick to waxing or shaving (my legs) So i was pretty excited to try this project and thought it would be a great opportunity of my blog & my readers to follow me on my journey to see if i can be a epilation convert.
I'll start the journey off by telling a little bit about Braun Silk Épil 7.

Model 7681 comes with 5 extra heads. All the models in the range come with with a pivoting head that has high frequency massage rollers to help maximise skin comfort. The other heads included are;
Shaver Head
Trimmer Cap
Sensitive Area head (for bikini & underarms)
Efficiency cap (maximises skin contact for faster epilation)
Facial Cap ( for extra precision)

The benefits of using The Silk Épil Wet & Dry include;

- Closer grip technology to remove even short, fine hairs for a better alternative to waxing
- Softlift tips to lift flat lying hair
- 40 tweezers
- Can be used in bath or shower for gentler epilation
- Pivoting head curves and adapts to body contours
- Dermatologically recommended
- Cordless and rechargeable for anytime, anywhere usage
- Easy to use and convenient
- Long lasting smooth legs for up to four weeks
- High frequency massage maximises skin comfort
- Smartlight highlights the skin, so short, fine hair won't be missed

Each epilator from the Silk Épil 7 range comes with a packet of the new Olay Pre-Epilation wipes

'Designed to work with the Braun Silk Épil range, pre-epilation wipes will prepare your skin for epilation, working to minimise discomfort. The cooling properties in the wipes have been specifically formulated to relax your skin. Use the wipes before you epilate, and see if you notice the soothing effect.'

Epilating is a fast, efficient and cost effecting hair removal system. Epilation can remove even the shortest hairs (0.5mm) whereas with waxing the optimum hair removal length tends to be between 4-6mm. 
 "Works To Remove Hairs As Small As a Grain Of Sand - For Results Wax Can't Match."
With epilation you wouldn't get that prickly regrowth that you tend to get with shaving. Epilating is convenient as you can do it wet , in the bath or the shower or dry. The warm water of the bath or shower can also help increase the comfort of your experience.
The Braun epilators are rechargeable so there's no worry of running out of AA's and once you have an epilator you don't need to buy anything else, no spatulas or paper wax strips, saving you money in the long run.

Another great fact about epilation is the more you do it, the less your hair will also grow back. It has been proven in dermatological tests that ongoing epilation reduces the amount of hair growth. What could be better right?!

So, join me on my epilation journey to see if i can be converted from, the wax pot & razor to the epilator.

What hair removal method do you use?

Lots of Love


Thursday, 19 July 2012

Lush; Space Girl

Lush's Space Girl bath bomb, is one of their cheaper bombs in the range. Costing £1.95, its a good sized bomb, in shape of either a planet or a UFO i can't decide which it is. They have a light coating of red/gold glitter on.
They also contain Grapefruit, Bergamot & Almond Oil, I don't know exactly what it smells of, but its sweet and yummy. The bomb also contains 'Space Dust' which is popping candy, and i didn't know this before, but to get the full effect you need to put your head under the water, apparently. Though i could still hear it from above the water.

The actual bath bomb is a fair size, its not huge, but it also isn't tiny. it didn't take to long to fizz away, and left the bathroom filled with a lovely sweet smell, and the water a gorgeous lilac/purple colour.

Compared to some of their other bath bombs, this one may seem a little bit boring. The popping candy is a nice twist though and its very reasonably priced.
I would definitely purchase this one again.

Have you tried out Lush's Space Girl?

Lots of Love


Wednesday, 18 July 2012

I'm On a Mission...

That's right a mission, To Fight The Frizz.
Having curly/wavy hair frizz is a major issue and recently since getting my hair cut its really started to annoy me, i just cant seem to get my hair to look nice, with out the dreaded frizz.
So i thought I'd bring you along on my journey, or trying to combat frizziness.
I've got a selection of products, some I've purchased, some I've received in beauty boxes and some I've swapped on Beauty Box Swaps for.
So here are the products I am going to put to the test...

*Missing from the photo; Andrew Collinge Design & Shine Salon No Frizz Gloss and Percy & Reed Hydrating Mask

I'm going to try everything possible to help my hair get in better condition which hopefully will help stop it getting so frizzy.
I've also got a few products that are supposed to help combat frizziness.
I'm going to be using 1 frizz-free product at a time, I'll try them out for a suitable length of time or until the product runs out, as some of them are only sample size. I will then do a review on each product and whether i think they helped my hair or not.
Along side that, i will be using a mask treatment once a week as i think one of the factors of frizzy hair is poor condition, hopefully keeping my hair hydrated with also help keep it frizz free.
So, that's my plan for the next well probably the next couple of months
here goes....

Lots of Love


Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Sunday Is Pamper Day

* I was meant to post this on Sunday, but never got round to it, so apologies for the late posting! *
Sunday is always my pamper day. Its usually quite a lazy day. We very occasionally have a roast, but not very often in my house (much to my disappointment) So Sundays are spent lazing around, watching whatever films happen to be on TV.
Late afternoon becomes pamper time, I'll have a bath usually using a Lush product, and just relax and read a couple of chapters of whatever book I'm reading at the time, that or I'll set my phone up near the bath, and catch up on any TV programmes I've missed.
Once I'm done in the bath, I'll give my skin a good pamper. I always try and use a face mask. I love lush face masks. But I'll use whatever mask I've got around.
I'll occasionally use a hair mask/masque? but that doesn't always happen, though i want to get in the habit of fitting on into my routine, I'm on a mission to get my hair in better condition.
If i have time or perhaps the patients that night, I'll paint my nails. Though that doesn't always happen.
This Sunday i used the following products;

Lush; The Comforter Bubble Bar
Lush; Love Lettuce Face Mask
Percy & Reed; Totally TLC Hydrating Mask

All of which i will write a review on.

Is Sunday your pamper day?
what do you do to relax?

Lots of Love


P.s this is something i think i'll try and do every sunday, just a little round up of how i spent my lazy sunday afternoon, and what products i used to pamper myself with. what do you think?

YaY, I Won!

I was lucky enough to win, the lovely Charlotte's (Carlottas Beauty Spot) blog giveaway.
Her blog is full of great posts and product reviews. I love the photography on her blog, her pictures are also so well lit and clear! I highly recommend checking it it out here.
So i bet you're all dying to see what i won, I'm SO excited about it....

So, my prize included; Maybelline Illegal Length Fibre Extension Mascara. This mascara claims to give an instant lash extension effect with no flakes. I cant wait to try it! and one of my best friends has come down on holiday today, so I'm sure it'll get plenty of use this week!

I also got, not one but TWO Revlon lip butters, you may know from previous posts i am in love with Revlon lip butters, they're fast becoming my go to lip product, and if i remember rightly from the competition post these colours aren't available in the UK? (please correct me if I'm wrong) the shades i got are, 001 Pink Truffle & 085 Sugar Plum. I love the colours, and i think these products will also get a lot of use this week!

L; 001 R; 085

My final part of the prize was something I've had my eye on since it came out. Sleek, I-Divine Ultra Mattes Palette, there is two versions of this palette a darks and a brights. I got the darks, which I'm really pleased with as i think the colours in this palette are a lot more wearable than those in the brights. I love sleek palettes, and I'm beginning to get a little collection. The colours are so pigmented and they blend like a dream. They are velvety smooth, I also love the packaging, its really 'sleek' and reminds of the MAC 'build your own' palettes.

Top Row

Bottom Row

Charlotte was also kind enough to slip in a little card congratulating me on my win, which i think was a lovely gesture, as it makes the win a lot more personal and shows she had really put a lot of effort in to the prize.
I couldn't be happier with my prize, products I love, products I've been lusting after and a new product to try. I cant wait.
I'll try and do a FOTD or at least review the mascara etc.

A massive THANK YOU to Charlotte for such a generous prize! And make sure you head over to her blog (link at the top) and say hi!

Have you won any blog giveaways recently?

Lots of Love


Saturday, 14 July 2012

Lush; Geophyzz

This bath bomb was a strange one. I received it in a swap so didn't really know much about it. On the website there are a lot of mixed reviews, some people not liking the smell, or what it actually does in the bath.
I personally didn't find the smell that bad, though with mine it wasn't very strong and i think possibly it may have worn off, as I've had it sitting around in my room for a while. once in the bath i could barely smell it, so i definitely think it had worn away.
The scent, is meant to be like a pine/mountain/forest fragrance. It contains Cypress & Sandalwood Oil as well as Pine & seaweed Absolute.

a surprising element of the bath bomb is the fact it contains Hawaiian Sea Salt, and not like unnoticeable grains of salt, ohh no, this has like chunks of rock salt in it. I didn't realise this until i got in the bath, and was like 'What The..?!' i should have taken a photo of what this looked liked, it was crazy, they looked like chips of glass, i worried a minute that they were, and my bomb had be sabotaged haha. they do eventually dissolve away. But if you don't know they're in there, its a bit of a shock.

The colour of the bomb is kind of muted green colour, so it doesn't really change the water that much in colour.

I'd probably buy this bomb again, just so i can see if a fresh one makes any difference with the scent, and next time I'll definitely be ready for the rock salt at the bottom of my bath.

Have you tried the Geophyzz ?

Lots of Love


Friday, 13 July 2012

The Deadly Illamasqua Sale

So, Illamasqua have a sale on at the moment. Prices start at just £5! I tried my hardest to not even look at it, but i just couldn't do it, and before i knew it i had 3 things in my basket and i was checking out.
I've wanted to try illamasqua foundation for a while, their skin base foundation has load of great reviews, though none of these were in the sale. There were so many things i wanted, but this is what i decided on,

I spent AGES reading reviews and watching YouTube videos on the foundations that were in the sale, which were the Rich Liquid Foundation, The Light Liquid Foundation, The Cream Foundation & The Powder Foundation. I ended up going for the Light Liquid Foundation in shade 210, which is for medium skin with neutral undertones.

The colour on my face ended up being ever so slightly to pale, but believe it or not, i actually have a bit of natural tan at the moment. So this foundation will be the perfect colour when my tans faded a bit.

This foundation has a really nice scent to it, it smells a bit like cake/vanilla. It isn't an over powering scent and it doesn't linger, but i quite like it.

It blends really nicely and gives just enough coverage with out being or sheer, and its buildable so the coverage is variable, depending how you apply it. when i tried it out, i used the ELF studio stippling brush, which left quite a sheer finish. I really really like this foundation. if you are going to buy it in the sale, i would recommend, either if you live near a store going in and getting matched or if you don't, google swatches and try and work out your undertone.
The foundations are £10 in the sale.

I also picked up a concealer if the same colour, i used it under my eyes and just around my nose a bit, it looks great with the foundation and blends really nicely. A little goes a long way, so i can see it lasting a while.

Its quite a thick consistency, it's like solid in the packaging. but it blends out nicely and doesn't look cakey.

The concealer cost me £5!

The last thing i picked up was something i saw at IMATS and totally regretted not buying while i was there, i was so pleased to see it in the sale.
It was the Illumine Oil in Volt, which is a body oil/highlighter that has amazing blue/violet iridescent shimmer in it, its just insane. If you ever go into an Illmasqua you need to swatch this.

I tried to get a photo that did it justice, it really is beautiful. Its got an amazing tropical fruity scent to it as well.

look at those sparkles! It blends onto the skin beautifully and gives a really nice subtle sheen, but when it catches the light its truly gorgeous all iridescent and shimmery.
I love love love this product and it only cost £7.50

When you check out with Illamasqua you are given the option to add two freebies to your basket, you can pick the latest catalogue or a sample of their fragrance 'Freak' or you can pick both.
I chose both, though i already have a copy of their catalogue i like to keep one for best and the other to go into my inspiration folder.
and i picked the perfume sample because i adore their perfume, i love the smell of it and have about 4 samples that I'm savouring.

I would highly recommend checking out the Illamasqua sale, there are some serious bargains! And loads more stuff than what i picked up, they have a load of their lip glosses and eye pencils and also face powders and brushes. As well as there liquid metals, which i did put in to my basket but removed, though I'm slightly regretting that.
so go look, and tell me what you cant resist buying, I'd love to hear.

Lots of Love


Thursday, 12 July 2012

Dermal Royal Jelly Mask

The Dermal Royal Jelly Collagen Essence Mask, is the first sheet mask i have ever tried and i LOVE it.
It was a really peculiar feeling, but the results were great.

A lot of the information on the packaging is in Chinese/Japanese so i don't really know a lot about it.
Royal Jelly provides all kinds of nutrition to tired and troubled skin, it helps the skin remain healthy and soft. The mask also contains Vitamin E and Collagen, which help keep the skin healthy and bright as well as plump.
The great thing about the sheet mask, is there's very little mess. Once you're done you just peel it off and the excess left on the skin you just tap or rub in and you're good to go.

How weird does that look? haha, it was the weirdest feeling ever like putting a cold soggy sheet of paper on your face. I think it'd be nicer if it was warmed up first. I left mine on for about 30mins though the suggested time is 15-20mins.
I could feel the results as soon as i took it off, once the excess was rubbed in. My skin felt baby soft and so refreshed.
I have no idea where to purchase these, as i got it in a surprise swap. So i may just have to have a scout around the Internet for some more. I'd love to try some different kinds.
if you know where to get these, please comment and let me know or email me or something.
They are amazing!

Have you tried sheet masks before?

Lots of Love


Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Lux Box; June or July?

Now i don't know if I'm getting confused, or I started off wrong to begin with. according to my previous posts, this should be June LuxBox, But according to the date, this would be July? I think looking at the website, this is in fact June. Am i just confusing myself? Are you all confused now?

Anyway, what ever month it is, here is what I got in my box...

First Aid Beauty, Daily Face Cream.
First Aid Beauty have featured in beauty boxes before, i think GlossyBox and people either got a body cream or a body wash. Now we have got a face cream, the great thing about FAB products is they literally contain nothing, no parabens, no chemicals, no colourants and no perfumes, they are great for sensitive and eczema prone skin. We got a 30ml sample which a great sized sample, to be able to truly test the product out, and decide whether or not to buy the full size (60ml) which costs £15.00.

Green People, Eco Eye Trio
In my box, i got the shade earth, which are the perfect colours for a neutral smokey eye and great daytime colours. Green People are known for their organic products I love their suncream. So initially i was quite excited to see this, as i didn't even know they had a make up range. I really like the colours, though the pigmentation isn't great they are buildable. But the one thing i really don't like, is the smell. I cant even explain it, but the eyeshadow really smell bad. I don't know if i maybe got a bad one? but i don't think I'd be able to use it, as I'd be paranoid other people could smell it. The RRP of this product is £18.40

Murad, Time Release Blemish Cleanser
I won't go into this to much, as i actually got this product in another box. I'm thinking about trying it out, as recently I've noticed my skins a bit more oily and I've had a bit of a break out. so more on that at another time.
we got a 30ml sample which retails for £5.50

Kelly Edwards Skincare, Exfoliating Cream
I love this about LuxBox, they always include at least one brand that's not so well know (or perhaps it is well known?) I love the look of this product, its quite a thick cream, with little particles in that aren't to harsh, but rough enough to feel like you're getting rid of the dead skin. it also smells really nice, as its packed with natural oils. The product is also suitable for vegans, which i think is always a benefit, even if you aren't vegan. we got a 15ml sample pot and the full size (50ml) retails for £12 on the website (kellyedwards.co.uk) you can also purchase a 5ml sample pot for £1.50, if you'd like to try it but not commit to a full size.

Delicious Teeth, Tooth Cleanser
This is one of the full sized products we received, and its so weird i was only looking at theses in boots not that long ago, so i was pretty excited about this. Tooth paste is a refreshing change to get in a beauty box as well. These toothpastes contain everything you'd expect/need from a toothpaste. Fluoride & Xylitol and also Sodium Bicarbonate to make your teeth extra white, the other great thing about them is that they are flavoured with blends or essential oils. I got the flavour garden mint, they are also available in English Peppermint, Brazilian Lime and Sicilian Lemon. I'd love to try the Sicilian Lemon flavour.
Really enjoying using this toothpaste, the flavour isn't to over whelming, and it leaves your teeth feeling nice and clean. RRP £3.99/100ml

That's this months LuxBox, again I'm really pleased with this box. It never seems to disappoint.
What did you think of this months box?

Lots of Love


Saturday, 7 July 2012

I've Gone Elf Crazy!

The initial reason for this massive order, was to buy things to go into 'beauty boxes' for my friends birthdays. I like to buy things throughout the year, so when a birthday comes around i have an array of things to pick. BUT, i ended up buying a lot of stuff just for myself. I only ever order from elf when they are running a promotion (which seems to be every weekend) quite often, it'll be free gifts (which is my favourite) they often do free shipping codes and other discount codes.
At the time i ordered, they were doing a free mystery gift, up to the value of i think £12 and one lucky order over the weekend got a £50 voucher. (which i wasn't lucky enough to receive.)
So here's what i ordered.

- Matte Nail Polish Top Coat
- Eyebrow Stencil Kit
- Blending Eye Brush (one of my favourites)
- Eyeliner Brush
- Duo Eyeshadow in Mocha Swirl
- Tinted Moisturiser in Honey
- Waterproof eyeliner pen in Black
- Studio Matte Lip Colour in Coral
- Lip Lock Pencil
- Studio Blush in Peachy Keen
- Studio Powder Brush
- Daily Brush Cleaner

My free gift was a Mineral Moisturising Lip Tint in Cherry.

a couple of the things i got were doubles, the eye blending brush and the studio powder brush, just because i really like these.
I also got a studio matte colour in Coral, i already have it in Praline and really like them.
I've wanted to try a matte top coat for ages so got the elf one as it was only £2.50
The eyeliner pen was only £1.50 and I've wanted to try one for a while just to see how i get on with them if i like it then i may get them in different colours.
The lip lock pencil seemed like a great product, i think its meant to be like a lip liner, so it stops your lipstick bleeding out. But its just a clear pencil, so there's no worry about having to match it to your lipstick. Genius!
I got the tinted moisturiser just to try it out, its was only £1.50 so a complete bargain, but its was completely the wrong colour, which is the only probably with buying foundation and such online.
I'm loving the studio blush, i did originally buy this to go in the box of goodies for my friends but i couldn't help myself and had to swatch it. It'd be perfect for Summer, if we ever get one! i reckon it could be used as a highlighter or even an all over face powder, its has a lovely glow to it and the peachy colour is only really obvious once its built up. Its a really gorgeous colour. I also really like the packaging, i think perhaps trying to go for the Nars look, its really sleek and feels alot more expensive, but comes in at a pocket pleasing £3.75

So out of the whole order the only thing that's actually gone in to my birthday box is the Eyeshadow duo. Which like the blush i was tempted to open up and swatch for myself. but managed to refrain.

L-R, Tinted Moisturiser, Eyeliner Pen, Studio Blush, Lip Tint.

Here are a couple of swatches of the things i bought, the only thing missing is the Studio Matte Lip Colour, because I've already started wearing, and have managed to leave it in the car!

Have you bought anything from ELF recently?

Lots of Love


Thursday, 5 July 2012

She Said Beauty Box; July

Juuullllyyyy. Yes its already July? Is anyone else shocked by this? Where is this year going? My She Said Box turned up with no trouble this time. I have to say, i think this is possibly my favourite She Said so far. Everything i got in it, excites me. This month, and I'm pretty sure its the first time SSB have done this, there were 2 variations. The box i received and another one that contained a Miners Blusher/bronzer and Some Eyelash curlers from the The Vintage Cosmetics Company.
So, here's my box.....

Miners Cosmetics Love Phat Liner; Miners Cosmetics is a brand I'm not overly familiar with. Though i think I remember it from when i was younger, as one of those brands that was aimed at the younger audience? I don't see it in any of the shops around where i live, where can you actually buy this brand? The pencil itself, it feels quite cheap, i also think the packaging looks quite cheap. But that doesn't always mean poor quality. The actual product is actually nice and soft. Often with the cheaper ranges of make up eyeliner pencils can be quite hard and scratchy, but this one is OK and actually quite creamy. It smudges quite well, i know some people like this from an eyeliner.
This is full size and retails at £3.99

LaylaD Honey Moisturiser; I've not heard of this brand before, but i love honey and anything including honey. I love the scent of this cream, its not a synthetic honey smell, but i a proper natural honey scent, like you're smelling a jar of honey. Honey is great for the skin, and is a natural healer, and very nourishing. The cream also contains Coconut oil. I cannot wait to try this cream! Its a really good sized sample as well, 15ml. So I'll be able to get a good idea of the cream and whether it'll work for my skin, the full size is quite reasonably priced as well at £12.99 for 50ml.

Murad Time Release Blemish Cleanser; This is the product I'll probably get the least use out of, mainly because i don't often get blemishes. I'll get the odd one now & again, but nothing worth writing home about. Though saying that, since I've had my fringe cut in I've found my forehead has got a lot more oily, probably from the curtain of hair that now covers it. So, i may try this out i may not. who knows. I like Murad products i took their exfoliating cleanser away on holiday with me and really loved it, this anti-blemish one has a similar texture, so i don't know. if i try it I'll let you know, if i don't, then i wont. 

Stylefile S-File; This strange looking file was created by Tom Pellereau, who won The Apprentice (i think 2 series ago, 2010?) The purpose of the Stylefile ingenious shape is to follow the nails natural shape, making it easier to file your nail. My mum has already swiped this, so i can't give my own opinion on it. But my mum is extremely pleased with it. I believe this has taken over her favourite boots nail files. She she shape also makes it easier to hold while filing. I'd say she'd highly recommend these. This is also full size and they retail for £4.49 (and supposedly, according to the box, will last for 12 months!)

Freeze 24-7 Ice Crystals Anti-Aging Prep & Polish; I don't really know what to write about this. The card basically just says; "A powerful resurfacing cocktail that retextures and refinishes skin for a vibrant and fresh new glow" it may just be me but 'A powerful resurfacing cocktail' sounds lethal?! I can imagine putting it on, and its just melting my skin away. haha. we got a 1.2ml sachet, so hopefully it won't do to much damage with that. The full size is £35.00 for 70g

Eden Natural Nail Polish Remover; I like the idea of this product, nail polish remover seems like a pretty harsh product. So having a natural variant is interesting. It smells really nice to, like limes. It claims to 'remove nail polish quickly and gently, whilst nourishing and moisturising nails and cuticles. I plan to change my nail polish today, so I'll try this out instead of using my Bourjois remover.

The bonus item in this months box was a Debenhams Beauty Club Reward Card. I didn't have one of these, so i guess its a useful bonus item? Though I'm pretty sure, the majority of people that 'want' one will already have one? There was a reason why i didn't have one, because i always buy my beauty products from boots (because i get staff discount) There isn't any harm in registering it, and putting with all my other cards in my purse, you never know. One day i may purchase something from Debenhams beauty section, are there any Debenhams exclusives? I have to say, (and I'm not just saying this because i work there) But Boots Advantage card is much better, With Debenhams beauty club, any purchase up to £25 you get 1 point per £1 any purchase over £25 you then get 3 points per £1. Boots advantage card, no matter how much or little you spend, you will get 4 points per £1, boots also very often have points offers and are great at sending out vouchers. I also recommend using the points Kiosks in the larger stores, there is usually some really good vouchers on there!
So there we go, that's my little boots plug, haha. I am in no way dissing Debenhams at all. It is after all my mums favourite shop.

I am pretty pleased with my She Said box this month, and it remains one of my favourites.
Were you happy with the contents of your box?

Lots of Love


Wednesday, 4 July 2012

June Empties

This isn't just any old empties post. I thought I'd mix it up a bit today, and show you other things, not just beauty products that I've finished. I'll start with the usual though...

Clarins, Extra-Firming Body Cream; Didn't particularly love or hate this product. Quite liked the scent. I wouldn't complain if i was given it, but probably wouldn't purchase it myself.
L'Oreal Kids, Very Berry Strawberry Conditioner; I'm pretty sure I've mentioned this before, but basically I get allergic Dermatitis on my scalp and i don't know what it is, but something in some shampoos & conditioners trigger is, I find, children's shampoo is pretty good for not irritating my scalp, and i actually really enjoyed this one, it made my hair lovely and soft, and smelt like strawberries. I probably would purchase this again.
Lolita Lempicka Fragrance Samples; I'd never heard of this range, until i got in a glossybox, I wasn't wow'd by the scents, but i did enjoy trying them out. I wouldn't purchase these.
Comfort Zone, Tranquillity Cream; I really enjoyed this cream i loved the scent of it, and it left my skin lovely and soft I probably wont be repurchasing this, but only on the grounds that i have a million an one body lotions to get through.
Comfort Zone, D-Age Body cream; again really enjoyed this and like the other left my skin nice and soft. Wouldn't repurchase, for the same reasons.
Oral B, Pro Expert, Clean Mint Toothpaste; This is my favourite toothpaste, i love love love the taste of it and it leaves your teeth and mouth feeling amazingly clean and fresh! Definitely will be repurchasing this.
L'Occitane Divine Cream; I have a couple more sachets of this to use up, I did enjoy the product, wasn't wow'd by it, but I'll get a better feel for it after I've used up the other samples.
Comfort Zone, Good Night Kit; I'm so pleased to have finally finished this, I was getting a bit bored of it. I didn't notice any significant change in my skin and I'm glad to finished it. Won't be repurchasing this.

So that's my empty products.

These 3 products aren't empty but i shan't be using the any longer;
Paul Mitchell, Round Trip; Isn't really doing anything for my hair and i realised i was only using it for the sake of using it. So I'd rather stop using it and use something that will benefit my hair.
Soap & Glory, Super eyes, Super eyes; I've literally just got the name of this product! (lol) But anyway, I'm not using this product any more, as i found it was quite stingy when i used it, which wasn't a pleasant experience. Now I'm not dissing S&G at all, they are in fact one of my favourite brands. This product just simply wasn't suitable for me. As its still very full, i will probably try and pass it on to someone who will get some use out of it.
Decleor, Aroma Cleanse; Decleor is another brand i quite like, so this is in no way a reflection on the brand as a whole. This product just left my skin very dry and sore. Already having quite dry skin I didn't appreciate this cleanser leaving it even drier than normal. I probably give this to my mum, she has quite oily skin so she might appreciate it.

Other things I've finished this (last) month....

Four, Yes FOUR books. That's like a book a week! But realistically, i actually start Chris Moyles last summer! So that ones a bit of a cheat. Also, you probably know from my last posts I went on holiday the other week, and i don't know if i mention this, but it rained ALL week. So i flew through James Corden, One Day & Fifty Shades of Grey. The latter two i actually read in 1 day each. I just couldn't put them down. I'm planning on watching One Day (the film) when i can get hold of copy, and i cant wait to read the rest of the Fifty Shades trilogy or see the film when it does eventually come out.
I'm currently reading the Hunger Games, even though i have already seen the film.
I really enjoyed all four of these books, I've only lately gotten into autobiography's, but it has to be of someone i actually like other wise i just cant get into them. Any recommendations?

So there we go, my June Empties with a twist.
Have you finished any books lately? or products or that matter?

Lots of Love