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17/02/2014

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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09/02/2014

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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03/02/2014

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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01/02/2014

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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