Monday, 17 February 2014

Glossybox - February.

I haven't been around to blog much lately. I've not been feeling the greatest but I won't go into details. 

I was really surprised to have the 'be mine' Valentine's Glossybox* delivered on a Saturday, right before I left for work. Good timing.

The switched out the regular pale pink box and opted for a lipstick covered one instead, which I think looks cute and suits the Valentine's theme.


Eldora - Eyelashes - H129
£4.50
These are the kind of eyelashes I tend to favour. I've tried others from this brand before and didn't get on the best. But I was still coming to grips with how to use them so I'm excited to try these.

Toni & Guy - Stick It Up Gum
£7.20 / 90ml
This can be used on either long or short hair but I feel it's more aimed at shorter styles. My hair is at that super awkward in between stage currently, where I can't do a lot with it. So I will be passing this onto my auntie who will be super grateful and get more use out of it then I would.
That being said the packaging is super cute and it smells rather nice.


Ciaté London - Paint Pot - Red Hot Chili
£9 / 13.5ml
I got a very similar Ciaté polish in a box last year, Mistress. Which is a red with a strong blue undertone to it. Red Hot Chili leans a lot more orange. I don't tend to wear warm reds so this will also get passed along.

Maybelline New York - ColorSensational Stripped Nudes Lipstick - Naked Brown
£6.99 / 4.2g
Just like the Color Tattoos, Maybelline have released these lipsticks in the US under a different name (The Buffs), along with different shade names and numbers.
Naked Brown really isn't my thing. I don't like browns at the best of times, least of all on the lips so I will be finding a new home for this.


Nougat London - Sparkling Body Shimmer
£14 / 250ml
I was quite surprised that this has a gel like formula. It seems like it would be more like an oil and actually reminds me of Illamasqua's Illumine Oil once applied to the skin.
It comes with a light, fresh, floral fragrance. Whilst the shimmer isn't for everyone, I love a bit of sparkle and I love the scent so I'll be using this up.

Lindt - Lindor Treat Bar
79p
An extra little treat. I'm not a fan of the original Lindor (coconut ones please!) but my dad was rather pleased with this.
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Whilst there seems to be more things I won't be using this month, I do think it had a good variation of things. Plus I just love the packaging!
A pretty good Valentine's box, full of some really well reviewed products.
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Price:
£10 (plus p&p) per month
Subscriptions also available with discounts

Where to buy:
www.glossybox.co.uk
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Sunday, 9 February 2014

New In: Illamasqua Sale Bits.

Every now and then Illamasqua hold a fabulous sale. Where you can pick up a real bargain, with products starting from as little as £5.

The most recent offering of their sale was no different. Except they had the new addition of the fragrance being added to one of the reduced lines. Even better was the fact it was over 50% off and it isn't being discontinued.


I opted on picking up a backup of the Freak fragrance (£25 reduced from £59) because I adore it. But I hate using the one I have as it cost a pretty penny.

I adore Illamasqua cream blush so picked up the only one that called out to me, Promise (£7.50 reduced from £18) a warm candy pink.

Next up were a couple things that had been on my wishlist for ages but I never wanted to shell out the full price for. Intense lipgloss in Galactic (£5 reduced from £14.50). A bit of a crazy colour but I've seen people add the smallest amount to cream glosses to give it a little shimmer and it looks lovely.

Last but by no means least, the black matte lipstick in Pristine (£7.50 reduced from £16.50).
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Illamasqua were even kind enough to offer an extra 10% off sale items.

In total I paid the bargain price of £40.50. If I was to buy all these products now it would cost me the not so bargain price of £108.

Thank you Illamasqua for yet another wonderful sale!
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Monday, 3 February 2014

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer - Fair.

In the past I've always used high end concealers, under the impression that they'd be longer lasting. But I never really got on with them, I just used them because I had to.

I've heard and read so many bloggers rave about the Lasting Perfection concealer from Collection. But can something that costs less than a fiver really be that great? I picked it up when I had a few spare Boots points on my card to see what all the fuss was about.


What www.boots.com says:
Ultimate wear concealer which provides full coverage for up to 16 hours of flawless skin.

For girls on the go, Lasting Perfection Concealer will take you from dawn to dusk and back again, with no need for reapplication. The ultimate wear concealer promises to conceal flaws, imperfections and blemishes again, for up to 16 hours. This skin perfecting, oil free product is also transfer proof and water resistant for full and long lasting coverage. It provides beautiful, blemish-free skin for every waking hour. Available in four shades Fair, Light, Medium and Deep.
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When I started using this I couldn't get on with it. It's a light, creamy concealer with a doe foot applicator. I've been more used to thicker, potted types. But I persisted at trying to find a way that would work best with my skin.
I found that dotting it on with the applicator and blending it in with the Real Techniques deluxe crease brush works best.

It does brilliantly at covering blemishes, acne scarring, redness and just gives you genuinely flawless skin. I was really surprised at how well this photographs too.

As for staying power it really does last. Even if you don't set it without a powder. You can apply it in the morning and go about your day without needing to worry about touch ups.

Whilst the shade range isn't the best, if you can find one that suits you I suggest trying it. It's a cheap concealer but the performance is so much better than any I've tried from M.A.C and Benefit. Would repurchase again and again!
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Price:
£4.19 / 4g

Where to buy:
Boots, Superdrug and Tesco
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Saturday, 1 February 2014

Weekend Wishlist #9.

It's been a looong time since I did a wishlist. I'm not sure why because I've been lusting after quite a few pretty little things.


Many bloggers rave about the quality of Sleek blushes but I've never tried them. I don't tend to have many blushes in general but this looks like a really good everyday palette and something I'd get a lot of use out of.

The white version of this watch has been on my wishlist for the best part of 2 and a half years. At the end of January, after being without a watch for months I decided to finally buy it.
None of the pictures online do it justice but you can see it on my Instagram.

Things that have been on my wishlist forever but the price, ack! The red is so pretty and I will have it in my life one day.

Real Techniques have become a bit of a staple in my routine. The retractable lip brush, although not currently released in the UK, is perfect for keeping in your bag for on the go touch ups.

I know winter will soon be over but I love the look of these boots. Not overly girly, the perfect addition to go with tights and a skater dress.

I challenge any beauty blogger to tell me that they haven't heard of Anastasia Beverly Hills in the past couple of months. Everyone has been going absolutely mad for their Brow Wiz and powders.
The DipBrow is more up my street as it's waterproof. I'm wondering if it's comparable to MUFE's Aqua Brow.

I love the seasonal limited edition jars but I wish they did the Halloween and Valentine ones in a larger jar. They aren't much more than the medium in terms of price but you get so much more burn time.
Sweet cinnamon and vanilla cupcake, yummy!

Marshmallow root, pomegranate juice and vanilla. This sounds like it would smell delicious and it's apparently very sweet. Always go for the Lush sweetie scents.
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Thursday, 30 January 2014

Ben Nye Translucent Face Powder - Fair.

I was questioning myself on what to post next and why I hadn't posted about this little gem. Let me be honest for a moment, base products aren't the most exciting things to talk about. I like colour, glitter and lots of it!

I bought this at last years IMATS and have been using it every makeup application since. So I think it's about time I posted on why it's become such a routine staple.


What www.preciousaboutmakeup.com says:
Ben Nye's famous silky smooth powders easily absorb excess oil and moisture.Can also be used for contouring and highlighting, and adding a gorgeous glow to the skin.

Neutral set - Contains anti - perspirant to counteract shine.
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First of all let's talk about the thing that is probably what draws most people to it. The price per gram. The two previous setting powders I used before this were the Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder and the Mineralize Skinfinish Natural, both by M.A.C.

Ben Nye - £8.15 / 85g = 0.09p per gram
Prep + Prime - £20 / 8g = £2.50 per gram
Mineralize Skinfinish - £22 / 10g = £2.20 per gram

The price difference is a little bit crazy, no? After working out the massive price difference, it's quite difficult to get my head around it! On that front it's most definitely good value for money so it's going to last you a long time.

As I said at the start of this post, I've had this since IMATS in June of last year, I use it without fail whenever I apply makeup and I've barely made a dent in it. I tend to apply a base everyday and I like to set it with this because I have combination skin. It gives me that extra bit of confidence that I won't be looking shiny in a couple of hours.

Ben Nye is a theatrical makeup brand so you know it needs to survive under a lot of pressure. What with those bright stage lights and having to last through the day, amongst many other factors. This powder really does go the distance.

It comes with a screw top that undoes to reveal a sifter. I tip a little into my palm and swirl my brush through it to apply. It's a finely milled powder that has no real colour to it. It applies beautifully to the skin especially with big, soft, fluffy brushes. It feels light and doesn't cake at all. Plus it lasts through the day without need for reapplication.

Whilst it might not be the most travel friendly option it really is such great value for money and really good, long lasting face powder.
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Price:
£6.10 / 42.5g
£8.15 / 85g

Where to buy:
Guru Makeup Emporium and PAM
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Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Glossybox - January.

A new year, brings a new Glossybox. They've ditched the matte box with the logo in the middle. Instead opting to put it in a glossy coated box, with the logo and name in the middle. It even comes with a more sturdy lid - the little things!

To kick off the new year we have the 'back to basics' box*.


Montagne Jeunesse - Passion Peel Off Masque & Blemish Mud Masque
£1.09
I've always seen these but never tried them. I do think they're somewhat expensive for one use, considering you can get masks for a little less than £5 that you can get at least 10 uses out of.
But I've really been loving face masks of any kind lately so I'm looking forward to trying them.


Yu-Be - Moisturising Skin Cream
£13.50 / 33g
Apparently this cream is a multi use, cult product from Japan that revamps your skin as it's loaded with vitamins and glycerine.
It goes on and sinks into the skin easily enough but I can't get past the smell. To me, it reminds me of Vicks VapoRub. An unscented version would be so much better.

The Vintage Cosmetic Company - Floral Slanted Tweezers
£8
Quite possibly the star product of the box. In my opinion you can't have enough pairs of tweezers. I'm sure they have little legs and carry themselves off to goodness knows where.
I'm not big on the design, though I know it's the kind of thing some people love. It's just not my thing but it doesn't bother me enough not to use them, that would just be silly.


Balance Me - Super Toning Body Wash
£10.25 / 250ml
Balance Me is a brand that have appeared in quite a few boxes in the past. Which isn't something I mind as all the products, that I've tried at least, seem to be of really nice quality and work really well.
This toning body wash has a blend of juniper, bergamot, geranium and lavender essentials oils. Apparently this makes it good for any areas prone to cellulite and dimples.
It's a really refreshing scent with just a hint of citrus, perfect to get you going in the morning.

Anatomicals - Puffy The Eye Bag Slayer Wake-Up Under Eye Patches
£6 / 3 pack
I've only just recently tried under eye patches after I started trialling another brand, post on those soon!
These are jelly like patches which feel a little odd when you first take them out of the sachet. But they are incredibly cooling when you put them on.
Anatomicals say they help reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and revitalise the delicate skin around your eyes.
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Overall I think this was a bit of a meh box. It wasn't bad but it wasn't great. Especially after the great end to last year with the festive box. Hopefully Glossybox will redeem themselves next month with perhaps a Valentine's themed box. Who knows?
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Price:
£10 (plus p&p) per month
Subscriptions also available with discounts

Where to buy:
www.glossybox.co.uk
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