Saturday, 30 August 2014

Birchbox- August 2014

I was quite pleased with my August Birchbox, this months box came with a cute bonus travel cosmetics bag which I forgot to get a proper photo of, as for the others things I got in my box I was happy to see there was a good selection of different kinds of products ranging from make-up, skincare and haircare.

I haven't tried this yet but I've had a couple of other Vasanti products in beauty boxes before and have really liked them so I have high hopes for this especially as it promises brighter clearer skin.

Again I've tried other products from Number 4 in other beauty boxes including their Non Aerosol Hairspray which is fab, this Super Comb Prep & Protect Spray will be really useful to me as the longer my hair gets the more unruly and knotted it gets and at the moment it's pretty long.

I've actually never tried any Dead Sea Spa Magick products but Pete's mom has used lots of their stuff and loves them, this shower gel smells lovely and is the perfect size to take with me to Pete's. 

I don't particularly like BB creams so I didn't pay much attention when CC creams came out and when I opened up these adorably tiny tubes the cream itself looked pretty dark and orange toned so I was pretty skeptical about trying it on my super pale skin. These are self adjusting so they actually weren't too bad and were only slightly darker than I'd usually wear although they were still a little too orange toned for my complexion.

This is just so pretty, Wild About Beauty are a brand I haven't heard of before so I was excited to try this and I was even more delighted when I opened the pot and saw the bumble bee imprint in the eye shadow. I got the shade Aine which is a shimmery light golden brown, it's fairly well pigmented and works nicely all over the lid for a subtle hint of colour. 

As a lifestyle extra this month Birchbox also included a chapter sampler from The Proposal by Tasmina Perry, whilst it's a nice thought I don't read romance novels so this will probably go straight to recycling. 

Overall it was a mixed one this month although I mostly liked the things in my box in terms of the theme 'Away We Go' I feel like there are better things they could have included. 
You can sign up to Birchbox here for £10.00 per month (+p&p).

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Thursday, 28 August 2014

You Beauty Discovery Box- August 2014

I was initially a little disappointed with this months You Beauty Discovery choices as nothing on the August menu particularly stood out to me but once I'd received my box I was really pleased with my August box.

FaceD 3-Luronics Cream Serum 
I have no need of an anti wrinkle cream serum so this will go to my mom.

Jimmy Choo Eau De Parfum and Jimmy Choo Man Eau De Toilette 
I quite like getting perfume samples and trying new fragrances so I was pleased to see this as one of the little extras and Pete will probably like the aftershave.

4 Way Nail Buffer
 The last little extra from this months box was a 4 way nail buffer, I've never bought one of these before but I've borrowed one of my mom's and they really do leave your nails nice and shiny which is really useful at the moment as I haven't been painting my nails as often as usual.

My Choices:

Louise Galvin Sacred Locks Treatment Masque
I haven't tried this yet but I do enjoy a nice hair masque about once a week especially in the winter as my hair can get quite dry and frizzy so it needs a bit of extra care. I haven't heard of this brand before but the masque smells great and I've read some really good reviews of it which say it's quite a light masque that's suitable for twice weekly use and doesn't weigh down hair but leaves it feeling super soft.

Marsk Mineral Eyeshadow in 'Rich List'
I love love love this eyeshadow, first of all it's a beautiful sparkly pale shade of gold that works great on it's own or when blended with one of the shades from my Urban Decay Naked Palette, also the packaging is lovely, really simple but cute. As I said on my Love Me Beauty review yesterday these Marsk eye shadows have surprisingly little fallout for loose shadows, you can get a light dusting of gold if you use a thick brush like the MAC 217 or build up more of a solid colour if you use a damp brush. I really want to try more Marsk eyeshadows especially the shades Mudcake and Cockadoodle.

You can sign up to You Beauty Discovery for £6.95 per month here.

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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Love Me Beauty August 2014 Edition 1

I was a little disappointed by this months Love Me Beauty box menus, I made my decision based on the Marsk eyeshadow shades available and when I received my box I did feel a little happier, although this box isn't the most exciting I've ever received, all the products are decent sizes and mostly things I'll use.

Mirabella Lip Luster Liner In 'Bashful' £10.50 Full Size
I don't use lip liner very often as I tend to find they dry out my already dry lips but this one is gorgeous, the shade is a bright sparkly pink that glides on easily leaving a subtle coat of pink. It's a really good lip liner but I wouldn't buy this myself as I think £10.50 is too much for a lip liner. 

Oriflame Ecollogen Wrinkle Correcting Eye Cream £16.95 Full Size
I wasn't particularly in need of an eye cream right now as I've just repurchased my Origins Ginzing eye cream but this seems great, I love an eye cream that applies with a roller ball as the cool metal instantly depuffs any bags that might have appeared under my eyes. This is an anti-wrinkle eye cream but as I don't really have any wrinkles just yet I can't comment on that aspect of the Oriflame eye cream but it does seem to improve the appearance of my bags and shadows, I'm pretty impressed that this is a full size product as it's worth more than the price of the box by itself.

A La Carte Smudge-Proof Eye Brow Definer in 'Blonde' £23.00 Full Size
I've never really used a pen to do my brows before as I find it a lot easier to get the right gingery shade by mixing a couple of brow powders but this has a slight orange tone to it so I'm going to give it a go especially as it's worth £23.00 and if it's not right for me I'm such my mom will happily take it off my hands. 

Marsk Mineral Eye Shadow in 'You're Toast' £14.49
The Marsk eyeshadow was the product I was most excited about in this month's box, I received a Marsk eyeshadow in this month's You Beauty Discovery box before this box was delivered and I was really impressed with it. I got a gold shade called 'Rich List' which is absolutely beautiful, it has impressive pigmentation and surprisingly little fallout for a loose powder eyeshadow. The shade I chose for my Love Me Beauty box was 'You're Toast' which is a yellow toned copper shade, I must admit I was expecting something a little more brown or rusty from the name but I like the shade none the less and it goes really well with the other gold toned Marsk shadow that I have. I have been really impressed by this shadow and am definitely considering buying more shades from the brand as the quality is fantastic.

 Weleda Sea Buckthorn Hand Cream Sample Size
 This wasn't on the menus for this month's box so I'm assuming this is a bonus product for completing five surveys on my Love Me Beauty account. I received a full size version of the body lotion in this scent in my last box (again a bonus product) and wasn't too keen but the hand cream seems a little less over bearing scent wise and is the perfect size to slip in my handbag so I'm sure I'll get plenty of use out of this now the weather's gotten colder.

Overall a pretty good box this month but I do feel that I have received quite a few lip liners and eyebrow products from Love Me Beauty now and it would be nice for them to mix it up a bit. You can sign up to Love Me Beauty here for £10.00 per month (+p&p).

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Thursday, 21 August 2014

Make-up Revolution Stash- Part 2

Earlier in the week I posted part 1 of my Make-up revolution stash and here is part 2 featuring all the pretty palettes I've bought so far.

Eye Shadow Palettes- £4.00 each
These palettes are such good value for money, the first one I treated myself to was the Iconic 3 it's a pretty good dupe for my all time favourite palette Urban Decay's Naked 3 so I've been using it pretty much everyday for work so I can save my Urban Decay one for my days off. I have noticed that the neutral colours seem to be more pigmented than the brights but if you wet the brush before applying them you can still get a decent colour payoff.

Single Eyeshadow- £1.00 each
Make-up Revloution offer 46 different shades of eyeshadow available individually, so far I've only bought one and I haven't used it very much as I've been using the palettes most days but they seem just as good as the palettes and they have loads of nice neutral colours available.

18 Colour Salvation Eye Shadow Palettes- £6.00
One of Make-up Revolution's latest releases was their range of Salvation eye shadow palettes I instantly fell for the one with pretty sugar skull packaging Dia De Los Muertos. I bought this one in store and there wasn't a tester palette so I just went by the picture on the back of the box, I was expecting a selection of pretty warm tones, purple and wine shades. The actual shades in  the palette are a lot less bright and some are more blue toned than the image on the back suggests, most noticeably Get Out There which appears a very dark violet on the box but is actually a dark aqua marine, I still love the palette but I do think the packaging is  a little misleading and I will make sure to check the actual palettes in future before buying them


I also bought one of thier lipsticks for £1.00 but didn't bother taking a photo of it as I found it to be really disappointing, I went for one of thier limited edition Vamp Collection shades, I think it was 100% Vamp, the shade itself is alright but the formula was just kind of awful. The texture is very greasy making it hard to get an even covering of the colour and if you do get the colour to go on properly it doesn't last very long and transfers really easily.

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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Review: Benefit They're Real! Push-Up Liner


Benefit They're Real! Push Up Liner 

There was a lot of hype around this when it was released back in May, fans of Benefits They're Real! Mascara couldn't wait to get their hands on the new gel liner. I myself don't particularly like They're Real! Mascara I've tried several mini tubes of it which have all left me disappointed so I wasn't overly excited about the release of Benefits new liner especially when I saw its £18.50 price tag. That being said I am a massive fan of gel liners and I use them pretty much everyday so I was interested by the idea of a gel liner in pen form. I decided to save up my Birchbox points and treat myself to They're Real! Push Up Liner when I had £10.00 worth of points meaning it cost me £8.50 which is only slightly more than I would usually pay for my gel liners. 
I eagerly awaited the arrival of my new fancy liner and was quite excited by the time my parcel arrived, the packaging as with all of Benefits products is very pretty and easy to hold. I removed the little orange stopper and started to twist the base to bring the product to the tip, I was a little irritated by the amount of times that I had to twist the end before any product came out I feel like they could have fit quite a bit more liner in the tube.
The liner itself is pretty good it comes out quite opaque and the accuflex tip makes it really easy to get a perfect flick as well as allowing you to get really close to the lash line, it can be a little tricky to twist out just the amount you need and I find that sometimes nothing at all will come out on the first two clicks and then suddenly on the third a huge blob will come out. 
One issue I have is that I find it absolutely terrible on my lower lash line, no matter what I try it just ends up looking clumpy and messy, another problem I've been having is that although it wears well for the first few hours I find that gaps start appearing where it has dried and flaked off, this is especially noticeable on the flick which I sometimes do quite thick so I end up with a little hole in the middle where the liner has come off. 
Overall I'd say this is a decent liner it works really well on the first few uses but after that it does become a little more dry and has a tendency to flake off after a few hours wear especially if you apply it too thickly. I wouldn't buy this full price as I don't think the quality is any better than my usual £7.99 gel liner but I'll definitely get a lot of use out of it.

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Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Make-up Revolution Stash- Part 1

I'm sure you've all heard of the latest bargain beauty brand to hit Superdrug's cosmetics aisle, Make-up Revolution stock a beautiful range of beauty products from as little as £1.00 and it's safe to say I'm hooked. Before the brand hit Superdrug I saw a few blog posts floating around featuring their beautiful £4.00 eyeshadow palettes including their Urban Decay Naked Palette dupes so I ordered myself a few palettes and was so impressed by the quality and pigmentation that I placed another order a a couple of weeks later. Then I saw the stand in Superdrug and knew I was going to keep sneakily growing my collection with naughty lunchtime purchases at work. So now that I have a proper little stash going I thought I'd share with you what I've purchased from the brand so far. 

Eye Dust- £1.00 Each
These are incredible they are super pigmented and amazing quality for just £1.00 each, I especially love Confront which is a beautiful shimmery pink that really compliments the shades in my Urban Decay Naked 3 palette. These are loose pigments so obviously there's quite a lot of fallout when you apply them but if you wet your brush first it's not too bad and I'm definitely going to buy more as they have some beautiful shades I currently have my eye on Hysteria and Antic.

Nail Polish- £1.00 each
I haven't tried these yet so I can't comment on the quality but for £1.00 it doesn't really matter if they aren't the best, I pretty much just bought these to try with my stamping plates as they look nice and dark so I'm hoping they'll work quite well.

Baked Blusher- £2.50 each
Again these are fantastic, I was on the lookout for a cheap blusher for work as I didn't want to keep wasting my Benefit Rockateur Blusher and these completely fit the bill they're quite well pigmented whilst being subtle enough for my pale complexion. All I Think About Is You is absolutely perfect for adding just a hint of colour to brighten up my face 

Part 2 of my Make-up Revolution stash will be up later this week.

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