British Beauty Blogger Dream Box Post 1!!

Well hello there, my lovelies! I have a little bit of internet drama recently which means I have rather a glut of posts for you. I’ll do my best to stagger them a bit for you, so my blog will be quite busy over the next few days!

More on that later…

First of all, as promised, a quick review of some of the wonderful products from the Dream Box, a Latest in Beauty and British Beauty Blogger collaboration, which sold out astonishingly quickly, so I feel like a very lucky lady to have managed to get hold of one!

The products I’ve chosen to highlight today are those which are make-up based and that I have been using on a pretty much daily basis.

Makeup Revolution Awesome Eyeshadow & Eyebrow Palette – £4.00

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As you can see, I’ve really been impressed by this palette. The variant is called ‘Disappear Tomorrow’ and is made up of lots of lovely earthy neutral tones. There are four variations, and this is definitely the most muted, with ‘Sticks and Stones’ looking like the most exciting, all available on Makeup Revolution’s webstore. I haven’t really used the two large eyebrow powders at the bottom, but I have tried all of the 14, yes, 14!!!, eyeshadows. These shades are well pigmented, and last quite well over an 8 hour period. I didn’t experience much slippage apart from with the four creamy shimmery glittery shades, which did end up coating my under-eye area with glitter! There is a good mix of tones here, enabling a great smoky eye as well as a more restrained daytime look, and the shades compliment each other really well, so you can create some quite striking combinations. Included are two little brushes, which I haven’t really used, but I’m sure would be quite handy on the go.

 

 

  REN Satin Perfection BB Cream – £26.00 for 50ml

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I’m afraid I can’t swatch this for you, as I loved it so much that it’s, er, all gone already! I’ve never really bought into BB creams, but I am a true convert to REN! This applies beautifully smoothly, and really blends down, so that it evens out skin tone without it looking as though you’re wearing anything. An added bonus is the SPF, as even on grey days when you wouldn’t think of breaking out the sun cream it’s important to be protected against those powerful rays. I haven’t repurchased it yet, available here,  but I will be doing so as soon as I get paid as it is quite pricey for me. REN has a lovely alliterative philosophy of ‘performance, purity, pleasure,’ which I feel is completely lived up to in this product. It performs exceptionally well, maintains the ideal of having no hidden nasties in its formula, and is a delight to wear.

  Bourjois Cream Blush – £7.99

2014-06-13 12.52.36Never having used a cream blush before (to be honest, blush has never really been my thing), I was a little dubious as to how my relationship with this product would pan out, but, almost predictably, I was pleasantly surprised. I received the shade Rose Tender, and was initially terrified by the bright line of pink gracing my cheeks. However, this blends down absolutely fabulously, and I believe that anyone could use any shade of this product and achieve a great effect through blending. I’ve gone from almost never wearing blusher to applying this on a daily basis – it has to be an absolute favourite of mine now, and it’s currently 2 for £14 across the Bourjois range at Boots!

 
Essie Polish – Hide and go Chic! – £7.99

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I have quite a lot of pink shades already, but as I’ve never tried an essie I was still quite pleased to receive this pastel baby pink, ‘Romper Room’. It’s a great glossy shade, would look fantastic with a tan, and applies really well, with two coats being sufficient for full coverage. It impressed me a lot with its survival skills, as it stayed un-chipped as I took about and thoroughly cleaned the glasswasher at work without marigolds! When it did start to go, I lost the entire coat on my nail at once, instead of  it chipping away, so I was quite pleased with that, as I absolutely hate scruffy nails. Now, I don’t exactly wear this every day, but it is going to be a shade I see myself using a lot over the summer months – wouldn’t it just look great wrapped around a cocktail glass? Mmmm, I can taste it already!


Okie dokie, so that’s my first set of reviews based on the Dream Box! There will be more! Also coming soon is a review of this month’s Birchbox,  and Love me Beauty Box, which have literally just arrived, and of course GlossyBox. I also have a post prepared on a little something different – Not Another Bill. This is a fab subscription service for unusual and spectacular presents to drop through your door! Also, I am preparing my post for a Liebster award, as I have kindly been nominated by the lovely Clare and Katie, both of whose blogs I really recommend!

Keep your eyes peeled over the next few days, you’ll be hearing quite a lot from me!

What are your thoughts on the products I’ve reviewed? Leave me a comment!! xx

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Birchbox May 2014: Harper’s Bazaar

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This has to be my favourite beauty box of all time. When the theme was announced it was obviously going to be a very good box, but what I received really exceeded my expectations and has firmly cemented Birchbox as my absolute favourite beauty box provider. Needless to say, the box itself is beautiful and a delight to receive, but the products this month really are absolutely fantastic.

Liz Earle: Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser & Muslin Cloth ~ £5.50 – 30ml

This is the cleanser that everyone’s been talking about, and having used this for a few days now, it’s easy to see why! It has a fantastically refreshing scent, and leaves my skin feeling clean and clear. Just the ticket! Within the box it was wrapped up with the cloth in a cute little crepe paper package, which was a really sweet touch. Including a product  like this, winner of 100 awards and counting, is exactly why I love Birchbox: the quality and desirability of the products seems to be consistently high. The leaflet that accompanies the product suggests that 100ml is enough for 30 days, so I am hoping to get over a week’s worth of trialling out of this. This is a really good amount to test out whether the cleanser is something I want to go away and invest in.

Benefit: They’re Real! Mascara – 3g

This is a really dinky sample size of the much lauded mascara, and I’m so happy to have received it! I have a lot of mascaras to trial at the moment, and so far none of them have been exactly right for me. It’s a shame, as I hate feeling like I’m wasting a full tube if I open it and end up only using it occasionally during it’s limited lifetime. I haven’t actually had the opportunity to trial it yet, but I’ll let you know when I do find that mascara of my dreams!

 

Aromatherapy Associates: Revive Morning Bath & Shower Oil – 3ml

The first thing I have to say is this smells absolutely delicious. It was one of those products that I felt really conflicted using, as I wanted to save it for a special occasion. However, curiosity got the better of me, and I found myself relaxing in a grapefruit scented bath before I knew what was happening. This is a lovely product, totally refreshing and invigorating, and my skin felt beautifully soft after use. My only complaint is that my sample yielded only one use. Guess I’m just going to have to get my hands on a full-size…

 

Beauty Protector: Protect & Shampoo and Protect & Condition – each 30ml

Beauty Protector is not a brand I was familiar with before this box, but as my hair is probably my favourite feature, I’m always excited to discover new haircare products. These are daily use products that claim to offer shine and protection. They have a very sweet, almost candyfloss-like aroma, which is very different from the products I normally use, so was a nice change. I have to say, they didn’t do a very good job of moisturising my hair, but then, I tend to use other products on it as well as my regular shampoo and conditioner, which I did not do here, as I wanted to see what these products were like on their own. They did give my hair a nice shine though. I don’t usually wash my hair daily, but I think these would have been great when I was travelling in Italy last summer and really needed to wash my hair everyday. They seem to be quite gentle on the hair, which soothes my fears of damaging by over-washing a little.

Soigné: Pomegranate Nail Lacquer ~ £11 – 10ml

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Wow, just look at that packaging! The brand name translates as something-along-the-lines-of well-groomed, and how the product itself lives up to that! Sleek and elegant indeed. A non-toxic nail polish is always a welcome addition to my collection, and I was really happy with the results you can see above. Pomegranate is the perfect summer red, and is super easy to apply, thanks to the well shaped brush. Not only that, but I could probably have gotten away with only one coat and still experienced the fantastic depth of colour and complete coverage I gained from two. In addition to this fabulousness, I actually find the polish to be really hardwearing. After a long shift in the pub, only the tips of two of my fingers had chipped, and had done so only very slightly! Fantastic! I will definitely be acquiring some more of these polishes.


 

So all in all a pretty rave review of this month’s Birchbox! There are still a few days left for you to subscribe if you’ve been on the fence, but personally, I just can’t wait til next month!

How about you, what was your favourite product? What shade of nail polish did you receive? Leave a comment!! xx

 

British Beauty Blogger and Latest in Beauty Dream Box

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Eeeeeeeeeee!!!! I was so excited when my BBB and LiB box dropped onto the mat on Saturday! Here is a picture I took the moment the lid came off – as you can see, it is absolutely jam packed!! I really want to go through the fabulous collection of products in this box for you, but as it is no longer available, I’ve decided to split it up into several smaller posts. That way I can give you a better account of each product, instead of first reactions.

So, to build up the anticipation, here’s what was included in each box:

Bourjois Cream Blush
Bee Good Honey & Wild Water Mint Cleansing Water
La Roche Posay Thermal Spring Water Spray
Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick Kisses
Elemis Treat Your Feet Foot Cream
Essie Polish
Kneipp Herbal Baths
Janjira Hand Wash
Makeup Revolution Awesome Eyeshadow & Eyebrow Palette
Roger & Gallet Gingembre Rouge
L’Occitane Immortelle Divine Lotion
Benefit it’s potent Eye Cream
Ren Satin Perfection BB Cream
Lola Kabuki Brush
Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

Wow! That somehow all fitted in a box! There are so many fantastic products here, many of which have already become firm favourites. Can’t wait to tell you more!

What were your first impression of The Dream Box? Leave a comment!!

xx

Love Me Beauty: May Menu 2

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Hello, folks! Just finished my last piece of coursework for the year! Now just have my dissertation to write… Gulp!  This year has been one heck of a rollercoaster, but something that’s always cheered me up is my monthly box from Love Me Beauty. For just £10 +p&p (£2.95) you receive a box of goodies that you’ve pre-chosen from a set of menus which mix beauty, bodycare, and lifestyle options. Don’t like a month’s menus? It’s absolutely no hassle to skip. I love the surprise of blindly opening a beauty box, but the feeling of anticipation I get knowing my box is on the way is just as good!

The box itself isn’t that fancy (hence why I haven’t pictured it above), but I’ve never had a box arrive in anything other than perfect condition, and it does save on packaging.

So, what’s in the box this month?

Tea Pigs: Rooibos Crème Caramel ~ £0.65 (per teabag)

This is a beautiful, indulgent cup of tea that feels like it’s giving you a hug from the inside out. It’s also caffeine free, which is great as I’ve been drinking it before bedtime. Rooibos supposedly has many health benefits, so it’s nice to feel like I’m being a bit decadent and giving my body something too.

Suti:  Trial Pack in Cleanse Balm, Purity Balm and Fabulous Foot Balm

Now, I haven’t put a price down for this as you can buy it from Suti’s site for £6.50, where it actually has more in it! I love the smell of the cleanse balm, which melts gorgeously on the skin. I thought it smelt a bit like a lemon tart, which is my favourite! I can’t say I’ve noticed any particular change in my skin, either for the worse or better, though.The foot balm also feels wonderful, and it’s nice to treat my feet with summer on the horizon (maybe?)

GO Stationery: Pocket Notebook Set in ‘Tulip Garden’ ~ £5 

These notebooks are so cute! I actually received a slight colour varient on the set I received, so as you can see above, it’s more green, black and pink than the blue and pink version shown on the website. Perfect size for a handbag, great for jotting down ideas on the go! I love that my box has included these this month, even if they aren’t strictly speaking beauty. Beauty is an inside and out thing, so letting the creativity flow in some gorgeous little notebooks fits the bill for me.

Raw Skincare: Natural Lip Balm in Ginger ~ £1.98  

I must confess to not having heard of raw skincare before. This is a great little lip balm, however, so I am keen to find out more! I am definitely a lip balm fanatic (I even make my own!), but I’ve never had a ginger one before, which is what drew me so strongly to this menu option. It moisturises my lips well, and although ginger can be quite a strong flavour, the lip balm isn’t too overwhelming, and I actually find it quite uplifting and refreshing.

Nail Girls: Nail Polish in ‘Nude Pink’ ~ £13.50  

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This is a lovely summery colour that I’m sure I’ll get plenty of use out of! I’ve already worn it a few times, and it’s lasted quite well, although I don’t think it’s up to heavy wear (it was no match for the busy bar I work in). I found this easy to apply, and two coats were enough to give an even coverage. It took a little longer to dry than I’d expect, but it dried with a lovely sheen, so overall very pleased to have received this!


 

There we have it! I really enjoyed May’s box. For me it was the perfect mix of body, beauty, and treats! I already can’t wait for next month’s box!

What did you think of your LoveMeBeauty Box this month? What menu did you pick? What was your favourite item? Leave a comment! xx

Vaseline: Spray & Go Body Moisturiser

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Cocoa Radiant ~ £4.99

Hi guys! So, I know I’m a little late to the party on this one, it’s been on the market nearly a year?, but I’d seen a few reviews of Vaseline’s Spray & Go popping up recently, and was intrigued to give it a whirl. I can be pretty lazy when it comes to moisturising, especially  as I don’t really like getting my hands covered in lotion and making everything I touch greasy! I also have a tendency to skip my moisturiser if I’m in a rush, and then really regret it later in the day! Therefore this seemed like the perfect product for my minimal effort and mess approach.

It is really easy to use, and if you move quickly the layer of lotion is light enough that it doesn’t even need rubbing into the skin. Of course, if you hold the canister steady, you can build up the amount of product anywhere that you feel needs some extra attention. I really enjoyed the cooling sensation of spraying this onto my skin, particularly my back, as it made it feel a bit tingly! It’s also great for making sure you get even coverage. I tend to whack a load of product on my palms and just rub it over my body until it’s gone, which I’m sure is much less efficient. It has a nice light feeling, not greasy at all, which my skin has no trouble absorbing.

My skin certainly feels soft and smooth, but I don’t think I’ve been using this product long enough to say whether it’s had any lasting beneficial effect. Novel as the delivery is, I can’t really see it being substantially better than any other moisturiser, well-applied.

I bought the Cocoa version of this product really because it was the only one my local store carried, but I’m glad I did because the smell is absolutely divine whilst being pleasingly subtle. I don’t know whether it’s just me associating different products, but it really reminds me of the flavouring of the Cocoa lipbalm Vaseline do.

I would definitely buy this product again, as it’s a reasonable price and makes moisturising that much quicker and easier. I don’t think I’d use this as my only moisturiser, – I like to indulge every now and again! –  but for those busy mornings it means my skin still gets its fix without making me late.

Have you tried Vaseline’s Spray & Go? Are the other scents as nice? Do leave me a comment and let me know!! xx

GlossyBox May 2014: Fifty Years of Superdrug!

Image  After a shaky few months at GlossyBox, May seemed to be a month to look forward to, with the promise of an exciting collaboration and plenty of full-sized goodies! I’m writing this after reading various other blogs, and I have to say, some of the boxes do look fantastic! Mine wasn’t on the great side of things really, but here goes!

As ever, the GlossyBox packaging is really gorgeous. I love this light, colourful theme, though I did like the teaser illustrations they released on Facebook quite a bit more. How cute would a box with little birds on it be!?? I liked seeing Lucy Mecklenburgh on the cover of the magazine, as I do have a bit of a TOWIE obsession, and think she’s absolutely gorgeous! On to the important stuff!

Superdrug: Large Doughnut Ring ~ £3.99 (Though actually on sale at the moment)

Never used one of these before. Don’t think that sort of style really suits me, thought I will give it a go! It’s my colour, but don’t think I’ll get that much use out of it. I will apologise profusely if I fall in love with it!

I Love Cosmetics: Strawberries and Milkshake Shimmer & Shine ~ £1.29 – 15ml

So that’s my attempt at a swatch. I had to build up a lot of gloop on my arm even before the camera would pick it up! I hate this. Actually hate. There is almost no colour, a tiny bit of shimmer, and it’s super sticky. The worst part? Cheap plasticy smell and taste. It felt like I was literally putting poison onto my body. Ew.

Solait: Illuminating Facial Bronzing Cream ~ £2.99 – 100ml

Now, feel free to call me a snob, but my first reaction was – £2.99!? This can’t possibly work! I’m not really into facial bronzers, and I’m not intending to try it out until I don’t have to be in work the next day… Just in case! I will let you know if it  actually turns out to be a miracle potion.

L’Oreal Paris: Volume Million Lashes Black ~ £10.99

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I have a feeling that this is supposed to be the product that makes up for the kinda poor showing I’ve had so far. I have so many mascaras at the moment it’s going to take me a while to get round to this one. It’s not something I would pick up myself, so I’m interested to see what it’ll be like.

B.: Quick One Coat Professional Finish Nail Polish in ‘Precious’ ~ £4.99 – 8ml

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I was originally skeptical about this polish, but I’ve been wearing it for a few hours now, and it’s really grown on me. The colour is lovely (I’m wearing just one coat, as per instruction!, in the photos above), the coverage is great, one coat dries fairly quickly, and I’ve yet to see how much it can withstand! I can feel this becoming something I’ll use regularly, particularly to add a wee accent to a pastel manicure . I think the colour is supposed to be bronze, but I’m in fairly soft lighting at the moment, and it’s a lovely rose gold.

Sample! Garnier: Oil Beauty Lotion ~ £4.99 – 250ml

Body lotions are something I receive quite a lot of, so initially I wasn’t too excited by this. Then I read that it’s infused with argan, almond, rose and macadamia oil, something with which I’ve become a little bit obsessed with as of late, so this seems perfect! The smell is absolutely gorgeous! I used it a few hours ago, and I can still smell it on me, which is great! I would definitely not wear a perfume over this scent if I were just out and about! It applied beautifully, with a very light, non-greasy feel, and seems to have a slight shimmer? If I ever manage to run out of lotion I would definitely buy this – heck, I might even just go out and get some anyway!

Sample! GHOST Fragrances: Eclipse ~ £33 – 50ml

This perfume has quite a citrusy-fruity head, and a lovely musky amber base. I would say it’s quite a mature scent, and I do quite like it. I think I’d be quite happy to receive this as a present, though I never usually buy perfume for myself.


 

Well, that’s that! To be honest, I was fairly disappointed with this box. I expected a few more exciting products than something I could just wander into a shop and buy off the shelves. I think I might give GlossyBox one more month before I cancel. There were a few good products in here, but I’m really not happy to spend so much money on things I’ll never use. Oh well!

How did you find your GlossyBox? Did you receive anything different? I’d love to know! Leave a comment! xx