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23/04/2015

Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm.

I love wearing makeup but one of the things I hated was taking it off. It always seemed like such a chore. Once it's done though, nothing feels better than letting your skin breath.

Quite some time ago Caroline Hirons posted about this and since then everyone seems to have picked up and raved about it. It can often be hard to hold of because it seems to be constantly out of stock. So when I saw it in Boots I just had to pick it up.


Cliniques Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm is a lightweight balm. I've never used anything like this to take my makeup off so I have nothing to compare it to. I use it as my first cleanse, starting with a small amount and warming it in my palms before massaging it into my face, whilst dry. If needed I add a little more, generally depending on how much eyeliner I've been wearing, yano? I then rinse with warm water and follow up with my second cleanse.

It melts away even the most stubborn, waterproof of makeup including any that contain SPF. It feels soft, smooth and silky on the skin, not at all oily and greasy like I imagined. It also doesn't leave my skin feeling tight and uncomfortable like it does after using micellar waters. The balm itself isn't scented which is kind of boring but it means there's no added fragrance oils which could irritate sensitive skin.

I cannot recommend this highly enough. It's one of those products that does exactly what it says. It's easy to use and makes removing makeup so much more enjoyable. If that's even a thing?
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Price:
£22 / 125ml

Where to buy:
Clinique
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20/04/2015

M.A.C Saint Germain Lipstick.

For as long as I can remember I've been coveting M.A.C's Saint Germain lippie. It's one of those cult classics and one of their best sellers that everyone seems to have in their stash.

I realised just recently that I had quite a few M.A.C empties and as I'm sure most bloggers are aware, M.A.C do a recycling programme. Take back 6 empty products and you get a free lipstick. Some exclusions apply such as you cannot return secondary packaging, no samples (includes holiday kits), no accesories and no tools.


M.A.C describe Saint Germain as a clean pastel pink. I would agree, though on my fairer skin tone it looks a little less pastel. I've seen it on those with deeper skin tones and it tends to look a little paler. It's definitely got an edge to it and it reminds me of a pink you'd see Barbie wearing.

Saint Germain is an amplified finish meaning it's super creamy, pigmented and it gives a glossy finish on the lips. You get full coverage and really good colour payoff with barely any effort. Because it's an amplified it does tend to err on the more slippy side when first applied. It does mean that it's not at all drying on the lips though. Since the formula is a little more creamy, wear time lasts between 4-6 hours depending on whether you're eating or drinking. But a quick re application and you're good to go.

If you've been looking for that perfect blue based, Barbie pink lipstick this is the one for you. It goes perfectly with a winged liner look or smokey, neutral metallics.
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Price:
£15.50 / 3g

Where to buy:
www.maccosmetics.co.uk
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18/04/2015

My Little Dream Box.

Ever since I posted about my very first My Little Box, I've been super excited for the next one. Now I have this one, I'm excited for the next. I sense a pattern forming here?

The theme for the April box is dreams.


Delphine Pariente - 'Bonne Étoile' Necklace
£20
This necklace, which translates to 'lucky star' is super dainty. I don't wear gold which is a shame. I wish it came in silver! As it's on a long chord, you can wear it as a necklace or a wrap around bracelet. Whichever you'd prefer.


Stamped With Love - Rotating Stamp & Ink
£8
This is the cutest thing! I've never had a stamp like this, I don't know why but I can't wait to use it. I love the positivity the messages bring. Perfect for journaling or if you have a planner.


Lou Lesage - Lip Balm
£8 / 4g
This actually reminds me of one of the very first M.A.C products I purchased way back when, which is the Tendertone lip balm. It has the same bouncy texture with just a hint of colour. The formula is not too thick and it isn't at all sticky.


My Little Beauty - Repairing Mask For Dry Ends
£7 / 100ml
This little mask seems like a really great conditioner to use when your hair is feeling a little worse for wear. It contains walnut oil and shea butter to soften ends, whilst giving damaged ends a boost. It only has a subtle smell but it's really nice.
I've recently gone back to back to black hair and I'm betting this is going to make it super shiny.

Nominoë - Gentle Foam Face Cleanser
£21.15 / 150ml
I'm going to get it out of the way and say it. The magazine has Caroline Hirons in it, hello skin God! And they included a foaming cleanser. *screams*
I think I found my first product that I won't be using from the My Little Boxes so far.
It smells weird, it reminds me of when I go to the doctors. Hmmm. Apparently it's filled with botanical goodness such as evergreen extract, buckwheat and artichoke.
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As I mentioned last month, I really love how the theme carries on throughout the box. Not just on the outside. Everything is thought about, down to the tiniest of details like the way things are packaged.

I've read countless reviews of many different monthly subscription boxes and honestly, this is the one I would reccommend. I really do adore it. I like that it's not just beauty, you do get lifestyle things in there too.

Already looking forward to finding out what next months theme is and how it all ties together.
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Price:
£11 (plus p&p) per month

Where to buy:
www.mylittlebox.co.uk
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09/04/2015

Lush Tea Tree Toner Tab.

Do you ever come across a product and wonder how you'd lived without it. I found this recently after picking up some toner tabs. I picked them up recently as I was passing through Victoria, mostly out of curiosity.


The way these are used a little bit of a novelty compared to your standard toners. Which was one of the things that piqued my curiosity. You want to get yourself a bowl of freshly boiled water and a nice big fluffy towel. Pop the towel over your head (to keep all the good stuff in), drop the tab into the water and let the steam open your pores and allow the essential oils to be absorbed.

It contains tea tree oil, which is antibacterial and antiseptic. It helps to combat bacteria that causes spots.
It also has fair trade aloe vera powder. It's gentle on the skin and helps to rehydrate.
The last ingredient in these tabs is chlorophyll. It soothes and protects the skin.

I use these tabs after cleansing. I tend to keep my head under the towel for as long as possible to achieve best results. Usually about 5-10 minutes, or when I start to get neck ache. Then I'll use some of the water to get rid of any traces of dirt, pat dry and then pop on some Hydraluron and then my moisturiser.

I've been using them 2 or 3 times a week and I've noticed a difference in my skin. My pores seem a lot smaller and I don't have lots of little pimples. Not usually noticeable to most but I can see them when I use a magnified mirror. These toner tabs teamed with the fresh face mask - Cosmetic Warrior, which I reviewed earlier in April are a match made in heaven. If you have acne prone skin, these are definitely worth checking out. There's not much you can buy for a quid nowadays but these are worth every penny.
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Price:
£1

Where to buy:
Lush
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07/04/2015

My Little Super Box.

There was once a time when beauty boxes were all the rage but that seems to have died down now. I've only ever tried Glossybox, which I'm sent for review purposes.

I watched a couple of review on the newest My Little Box, which is inspired by Wonder Woman (love!). Before I knew it, I was on the website entering my card details for my first box.


Kérastase - Cristaliste Lait Cristal Luminous Perfecting Conditioner
£18.50 / 200ml
I've not had a chance to try this yet but I love that it's paraben and silicone free. Apparently this helps with rebalancing the hairs fiber, whilst softening the hair and improving natural shine.
It's quite a pricey conditioner so I'm curious to see how it leaves my hair.

My Little Beauty - Lip & Cheek Crayon
£11
Each box contains a brand new product from the in-house brand - My Little Beauty. This month it's a lip and cheek pencil. I've only tried it on the lips but it's definitely a colour that's fitting now the sun is making more of a regular appearance. It doesn't come with a shade name but it's a nice peachy coral, that isn't too bright.

Caudalie - Hand & Nail Cream
£12 / 75ml
Caudalie is a brand I've had in many Glossyboxes and I've loved everything I've tried. This is no exception. It's a super light formula which smells amazing, possibly down to the fact it contains orange pulp. It has a really zingy, fresh scent. It also contains organic fair trade shea butter, avocado and olive oil. All for their nourishing properties.
Though the formula is thin, it sinks in really quickly and leaves behind super soft hands. This sample size is going straight in my bag.

Superstickers
£4
These stickers are so cute! With slogans such as 'be your own hero' and 'you're not born Wonder Woman, you become it'. They've really followed on with the Wonder Woman theme and tied everything in together nicely.

Gat Rimon x My Little Box T-Shirt
£29
The shirt, along with 2 other versions. Both of which I love, are available in the Gat Rimon eshop.

My Little World Magazine
In this 65 page magazine, they manage to fit in everything from photoshoots, to interviews with a range of people who do different things such as makeup artistry and photography. There's even interviews with bloggers and having a little nosey into their wardrobe. Not forgetting nail and hair tutorials, and an advice column. Finished off with a couple of recipes, all for good measure.
One of my favourite features is called 'Instabox' in which they showcase, what they call 'the best of Instagram'. It's a great feature to find new people to follow, that you maybe haven't heard of before.
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I might as well get straight to the point, I absolutely love this box. The theme carries on throughout, rather than just being a design on the outside and having no correlation with the contents.
I really feel like a lot of thought has gone into each item. Even though there's fewer items than most monthly subscriptions boxes, the sizes are more generous and things aren't just put in there (perfume samples, minute sachets of shampoo etc) to make it up to the specified item amount.
Even down to the way the t-shirt was rolled in superhero themed wrapping paper and the little pouch that holds the beauty products.

I'm already excited about my next box, so we'll see if I'm still raving about it next month!
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Price:
£11 (plus p&p) per month

Where to buy:
www.mylittlebox.co.uk
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01/04/2015

Lush Fresh Face Mask - Cosmetic Warrior.

It's been a little while since I paid a visit to Lush. But since I had 5 empty black pots, I figured it was time to trade it in for my free face mask. I was in two minds about what to get. It was between Cupcake and Cosmetic Warrior. Since they were sold out of Cupcake, Cosmetic Warrior was the one I opted for.


Let me start off by saying that you shouldn't let the smell put you off. When I smelt it in the shop, all I could smell was the garlic and it kind of put me off. But all the skin benefits for acne prone skin made me decide to get it. When I put it on the scent I smell most is the tea tree. It's only when it's dried and I wash it off that the garlic scent comes back.

This face mask is packed full of ingredients that are really great for the skin. One of the main ingredients is fresh green grapes (yum!). Grapes have a ton of skin benefits including degreasing skin without stripping it of moisture, lightening scars and helping with uneven skin tones.
Next up we have fresh organic free range eggs. The natural vitamin A helps with regulating sebum production, helping to maintain healthy skin. They really nourish the skin.
Honey is a natural antiseptic for the skin and it's suitable for delicate skin. Lush use honey in place of synthetic preservatives.
Fresh garlic is an antiseptic and helps with spots by deep cleansing and reducing redness in the skin.
Tea tree oil helps to keep skin blemish free.

After cleansing, I apply the mask all over and usually end up getting distracted and watching lots of YouTube videos, so I nearly always leave it on for more than 10 minutes. Then I wash it off with hot water and a face cloth, following with my usually tone and moisturising routine.

I love how this makes my skin feel after using it. It eliminates any grease or shiny areas I tend to get on my t zone, without drying my skin out. My skin still feels smooth and hydrated. It also helps calm any redness from spots and helps clear them up. It's getting close to that time of the month and usually I have an outbreak of spots that end up being really painful. But I currently don't have a single spot, just lots of acne scarring.

I couldn't be happier with how this mask has transformed my skin. I've just finished up the last of it and I'll definitely be repurchasing. If you have problematic skin, give this a go!
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Price:
£6.50 / 75g

Where to buy:
Lush
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