Category: Beauty

Glossybox September 2013 – The London Edition

This is my second Glossybox, and as soon as I saw a sneaky peek of the box design a few weeks ago, I couldn’t wait to get it! The Union Jack – London themed box is in homage to London Fashion Week and is decorated with gorgeous red white and blue packaging.

The September Glossybox includes the first ever Glossybox magazine, which I think is a great addition to the contents. I was happy with my contents last month, but was delighted this month!

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Glossybox September 2013 packaging

Glossybox September 2013 magazine

Glossybox September 2013 contents

So here’s what I got this month …..

Elizabeth Arden – Untold, Eau De Parfum 5ml

Full Size £48 for 50ml

I love trying a new perfume, and was really pleased to get this handbag sized bottle of Elizabeth Arden’s Untold. The fragrance is sweet and sophisticated which is perfect for day wear.

Eyelure – Pre-glued Lashes

One Set £5.06

I love Eyelure Lashes and have never heard of pre-glued lashes, so I’m looking forward to trying these. They can be applied straight from the box with no fuss so these sound great. I normally go for more natural feathery lashes, so will see how these look on.

Toni & Guy Hair Meet Wardrobe – Classic Shine & Gloss Serum

Full size £7.19

I have super dry hair and always use a shine serum, so this is a great item for me! I haven’t used any Toni & Guy products for a while so I look forward to trying this.

Be a Bombshell Cosmetics – Onyx Eye Liner

Full size $14

I have never heard of Be A Bombshell Cosmetics so assume it’s an American brand. It claims to be it’s ‘best selling’ eyeliner and having tested it, it seems very long lasting. This is a felt pen type eyeliner and is easy to apply and create glamorous flicks.

Rimmel – Stay Blushed Blusher (004 Sunkissed Cherry)

Full size £4.49

Rimmel is a great British cosmetics brand and I was excited to try this product. I normally use a powder blush, but this one applies beautifully and has a lovely scent.

Glossybox September 2013 contents close

Overall the September Glossybox is full of great products and I would urge you to purchase this one if it’s still available. I can’t wait to try all the products properly and will let you know if any make it into my September favourites.

Glossybox – £10 plus £2.95 p&p

10 Signs You’re Addicted To Makeup

I am most definitely addicted to makeup! I love buying it, wearing it, testing it, eating it….. Okay not eating it!! But I could not live without it.

Comment below if you see yourself in any of the 10 signs below.

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10 signs you’re addicted to makeup

1. You can name every Mac eye shadow. Blindfolded.

2. You know you already have five identical blushers, in baby pink, that you never wear. But this one’s Limited Edition! So you have to have it!

3. You prepped, primed, applied foundation, powdered, contoured, bronzed and added a little touch of blush. Because today, you are going for the natural look.

4. You go to the supermarket for milk, and leave with a bag full of cosmetics three pairs of eyelashes and a tub of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.

5. You own more primers than there are days of the week. Because they’re all different! Right?

6. You trail your fingers along the high end beauty counters, gazing lustfully as you walk by. Because you love them. More than your boyfriend.

7. You bought a 100 colour palette, because you never know when you might need canary yellow or lime green.

8. When someone says “naked” you think Urban Decay, when someone says “orgasm” you think Nars and if someone says “bushy” you’re thinking of your perfect eye brows.

9. Your ideal makeup bag has wheels, and maybe a horse to pull it.

10. You have a favourite lipstick for the gym, doing the dishes and for bed.

August Favourites

Wow! Where has August gone? We’ve been blessed with week after week of glorious sunshine in the UK this summer, which almost seems too good to be true!  My least favourite thing about August has been wasps, (they have been causing chaos everywhere!) but I can’t complain as the sunshine has been amazing.

So without hesitation, here are the products I have been loving this August:

August favourites

Soap & Glory Gloss Stick in Raplumzel

The Soap & Glory Gloss Sticks in Raplumzel, Nudist  and Bashful were my first cosmetics purchase from the ever so popular bath & body brand.  I love all three colours, but Raplumzel really stands out for me as a beautiful wearable plum shade.  I have been applying this lightly during the day to give a flash of colour, then applying generously with a smoky eye for evening makeup.  I can’t wait to purchase some more products from the Soap & Glory cosmetics range.

Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick £5.00

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Soap & Glory Gloss stick in Raplumzel

 

Soap and glory gloss stick in ramplumzel
Lips – Soap & Glory Raplumzel

 

Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette

After religiously using Mac eye shadows for such a long time, I decided to branch out and try some neutral shades from Urban Decay.  I had heard so many good things about the Naked palettes, that I had to test one out for myself.  The Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette is such good value for money and contains six matte neutral eye shadows.  I have switched between ‘walk of shame’ and Naked 2″ for a base shade, and contoured with ‘Faint’ for every day wear.  The eye shadows are really blendable and the packaging is the perfect size for throwing in your handbag.

Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette £20.00

Urban decay naked basics palette swatch
Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette

 

Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Shine Deep Treatment

The hot summer days have really dried out my hair and I have been suffering from uncontrollable frizz.  I wouldn’t say I have completely solved my frizz problem, but the Aussie 3 Minute Miracle conditioning treatment has definitely made a vast improvement to my hair.  You leave on for 1-3 minutes after shampooing, then rinse for visibly smoother and shinier hair.  I would really appreciate any other suggestions for controlling my frizz, so please let me know in the comments below.

Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Deep Treatment £4.99

Essie summer 2013 Collection – Sunday Funday

Being a baby pink kind of girl, I was unsure of how much I would use the bold, bright pink ‘Sunday Funday’ from the Essie summer 2013 collection. BUT! I have not had it off my nails since I purchased it.  I have rotated between the three colours in the mini set weekly, (yes they last a week!) but my firm favourite is ‘Sunday Funday’.

Essie Summer 2013 Mini Collection £12.99

essie shade sunday funday on nails
(Essie shade: sunday funday)

Mac Woodwinked Eye Shadow

Lots of my friends had mentioned Mac’s ‘Woodwinked’ as their all time favourite Mac eye shadow colour, so I had to try it out myself.  It’s a beautiful coppery gold shimmer that looks great blended with a brown.  As with all Mac eye shadows, the pigmentation is brilliant and it blends easily when used with a Mac 217 brush.  Mac’s ‘Woodwinked’ is a very dramatic colour that I have been loving wearing on a night out.

Mac Woodwinked Eye Shadow £12.50

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Mac – Woodwinked Eye Shadow

 

Vaseline Pink Bubbly Limited Edition

Vaseline is a great back to basics brand, which makes products that are cheap and really work.  The Pink Bubbly pocked sized tin of Vaseline smells of turkish delight and adds a hint of pink to your lips.  This has been in my bag all summer, and has been a staple favourite throughout August for hydrating my lips.

Vaseline Pink Bubbly Limited Edition £3.49

Collection Eye Shadow Pencil in Vanilla Sky & Hot Chocolate

Collection is a cheap and cheerful brand that brings out some great products.  These waterproof eye shadow pencils caught my eye, and were a total bargain at £2.50 each.  The Collection eye shadow pencils are really easy to apply, and work as great base colours that last all day.  Just a warning, they need to be blended quickly as they dry fast!  ‘Vanilla Sky’ is a light shimmery ivory and ‘Hot chocolate’ is a gorgeous deep coppery brown.

Collection Eye Shadow Pencils £2.50

collection eye shadow stick vanilla sky and hot chocolate
Top – Vanilla Sky, bottom – Hot Chocolate

 

I love beauty recommendations, so if you have a product you have been loving this month please let me know in the comments below.

Glossybox August 2013 – highflyers

I’d heard beauty bloggers talking about Glossybox a lot, so looked it up to see what all the fuss was about. I love discovering new products so thought Glossybox was a great concept. I filled in a questionnaire after subscribing, so that the box contents can be tailored to my wants and needs. I am curious to how much effort is put into sending people personalised boxes but we will see!

My first Glossybox is the August highflyers box, and when it arrived I couldn’t wait to open it. I love the baby pink box and will use it to store all my nail polishes that are scattered all around my home. The contents of the Glossybox were tied neatly with a pink ribbon which was a pretty touch to the presentation.

I love the highflyers concept for the August box with brands from all over the world.

Glossybox august welcome

Glossybox august packaging

Glossybox august leaflet

Glossybox august contents

So here’s what I got…..

Sweden – Emite Make Up

Eyelash Curler, £20

I was delighted to get a new eyelash curler as my current one is looking worse for wear. This one seems like it is built well and was very comfortable when I tested it.

USA – Tresemmé

Keratin smooth concentrated treatment shot, £1.49 for full size

With the heat wave we have had in the UK, my hair has really dried out so am looking forward to trying this. It claims to turn your hair into summer goddess glory!

UK – Jelly Pong Pong

2 in 1 shadow liner, £10.50

I have never heard of Jelly Pong Pong so am curious to where you can buy this. At £10.50 RRP its gearing towards the price of Mac/Urban Decay/Benefit so I expect the quality to be good. I got the dark green shadow which is nice and shimmery and blends well.

Brazil – Oceane

Makeup remover pen, not yet available in the UK

I have never thought about purchasing a makeup remover pen before. I normally dab a bit of makeup remover on a cotton bud when I mess up, but this seems great. Really handy to keep in your makeup bag , especially if you sneeze just after applying mascara!

India – Urban Veda

Radiance day cream, £7.99 for full size

Urban Veda is a brand new skincare range founded on ancient Indian principles. It says it has been formulated to naturally combat pollution. The texture is nice and light but the smell is very strong and fragrant. Not sure if I would be brave enough to put this on my face due to the smell.

I will give all the products a good try and let you know if any of them are worth purchasing. Overall I love the August Glossybox and think the value for money on this one is good. Looking forward to the next one!

Glossybox – £10 plus £2.95 p&p

Urban Decay – Naked Basics Palette

I always tend to steer towards Mac Cosmetics  when I want a new eye shadow, but as I had heard such great things about Urban Decay’s palettes I decided to treat myself.  The Urban Decay Naked Basics palette looked perfect for my needs, as for everyday wear I love a matte neutral shade.

Urban Decay naked basics palette

Urban Decay naked basics palette

Urban Decay naked basics palette

I love ‘Orb’ by Mac, which I use daily for a base and found that Urban Decay’s ‘Walk of Shame’ was a good match for this.  I also love ‘Naked Lunch’ by Mac which I have also run out of, and Urban Decay’s ‘Venus’ is a good match for this.

Some of the colours in the swatch below are hard to see, but this is the beauty of this palette.  The light neutral shades are perfect as eye shadow bases.

Urban decay naked basics palette swatch

This little palette is great value for money in comparison to buying single eye shadows and has a handy mirror in the lid.  I can see myself using all of the colours regularly, but my favourite has to be the light shimmery Venus.

Urban Decay – Naked Basics Palette £20 from Debenhams

Benefit Cosmetics – Benefayre: Give & get gorgeous!

On this bright Sunday afternoon in Cardiff, I got to enjoy the fun of Benefits Benefare – a pop-up fayre, in aid of the charity Refuge.  It was very pink, very girly and took me right back to my childhood!

Benefit Benefayre

Benefit Benefayre

Benefit they're real booth

Benefit hello flawless booth

Benefit pore fessional booth

Benefit photo booth

Benefit hook a duck

Benefit hook a duck

Benefits Benefare included a photo booth, shooting gallery, tin-can alley and my favourite – hook a duck!  I had a go and won a sample of Benefit’s Cha Cha Tint, which I am looking forward to trying as the mango colour is really summery.

Benefit cha cha tint

Benefit cha cha tint

Great event for a great cause.  Thanks Benefit!

Top 10 beauty products I could not live without

top 10 products I could not live without

Most of the products below I have been using for years and years, and I really could not live without them! Well… I just wouldn’t leave the house without using them!

top 10 products I could not live without

1. Tangle Teaser (£10.20)

The tangle teaser brush was recommended to me by my hairdresser. It looks like something you would brush an animal with, but it really is great. It brushes through your hair with ease, and doesn’t pull on any knots. This is great if you suffer from tangles and can be used on wet or dry hair.

2. Real Techniques Powder Brush (£12.99)

I love all of the Real Techniques brushes and would also recommend the ‘expert face brush’. The large powder brush is super soft and great for applying my Mac studio fix powder quickly. I clean this regularly using the Mac brush cleaner and it still looks and feels as good as the day I bought it.

3. E45 Lipcare (£2.49)

E45 offer great products for hydrating the skin. My favourite has to be the E45 Lip Care, which I apply generously every night before I go to sleep, and throughout the day if needed. I have suffered from dry lips since a baby, and applying this daily stops dryness altogether. It doesn’t have a scent and looks great used with lipstick to give a glossier finish.

4. John Frieda Frizz-Ease (£6.29)

As its summer, and hair can get really dry and damaged I am using the extra strength version of John Frieda’s Frizz-Ease. This is a classic product that really works and always leaves me with shiny glossy hair. I apply about 4 pumps after washing and conditioning and I can really notice the difference in the condition of my hair.

5. Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat (£8.08)

I discovered this top coat by Seche Vite a few months ago as it was recommended on so many beauty blogs. I apply it over a clear strengthener and two coats of nail polish, and it’s dry to touch within a minute. I battled for ages with applying nail polish, for it to still smudge or dent after drying it for ages, but this product truly is amazing. It gives a super glossy finish and makes my nail polish last for about a week.

6. Mac Brown Down Veluxe Eye Shadow (£12.50)

Brown Down is one of my favourite shades of eye shadow from Mac, and I picked this one out as a ‘could not live without’ because of its versatility. For my every day makeup I use this colour to contour the eye, line with a Mac 266 brush, and to also fill in my brows. The colour is a beautiful deep brown and would suit any eye colour.

7. Tweezerman Mini Tweezers (£12.50)

These mini slanted tweezers from Tweezerman are great, and pull out the smallest of hairs. I use them daily to get out the odd few re-growth brows out. It takes seconds and means I never have to spend ages grooming my brows. They come in an array of bright colours, so are easy to find when rummaging through your makeup bag.

8. Max Factor Masterpiece Max Mascara (£9.99)

I have used this mascara for many years, and occasionally will try a new one, but nothing works better for me than Max Factor Masterpiece Max Mascara. It separates the lashes and gives a dark, full, lengthening finish. It makes your lashes really defined and never leaves them dry and clumpy.

9. Johnson’s 24hour Moisture Hand Cream (£2.09)

As well as the dry lips, I also suffer with dry hands, which get super bad in the winter. I have tried countless hand creams, but Johnson’s 24hour Moisture Hand Cream is the only one which dries in quickly, and is non greasy. In the winter I apply generously before going to sleep, and in the summer, just using a little can make all the difference to your hands.

10. Mac Studio Fix Powder (£21.50)

I first bought Mac’s Studio Fix powder about 12 years ago and have used the same shade (NW25) ever since. I do occasionally use other more coverage foundations, but always go back to this one. I never use the sponge provided as this gives me too heavy a finish, but dusting it on with the Real Techniques powder brush takes seconds and gives a light coverage. Mac studio fix is great for oily skin, and can also be used over a liquid foundation to set your makeup.

Essie Summer 2013 Collection

Essie summer collection 2013 mini set

I absolutely love Essie nail polishes, and if applied well with a good base and top coat it will last me a week.

My go to Essie colour is ‘Fiji’, a soft pale pretty pink that dries opaque.  I think I love it so much because it reminds me of my wedding day, and really compliments any skin tone.

As it is summer, and we have had an actual summer in the UK! I decided to try out some of Essie’s new summer 2013 collection.  I spotted a mini set which included ‘naughty nautical’ a shimmery blue-green, ‘sunday funday’ a bright orangy pink and ‘full steam ahead’ a pearly lilac purple.  This set was only £9.99, which is amazing value as the brushes are the same size as in a normal size bottle (instead of the mini brushes some brands use, which take much longer to apply).

Essie summer collection 2013 mini set

Essie summer collection 2013

Essie summer collection 2013
(L-R: sunday funday, naughty nautical, full steam ahead)

I love these three colours, and my favourite has to be ‘sunday funday’ which I tried out immediately.  As I said before, I was pleasantly surprised that these mini bottles had a full size brush, so took me a matter of a few minute to apply.  The colour is so strong that I could have got away with one coat, but for optimum colour I always apply two.  I don’t normally wear brights on my nails, but loved the way this shade was almost neon, and such a feel good colour.

essie shade sunday funday on nails
(Essie shade: sunday funday)

The camera didn’t quite pick up the true colour, which isn’t quite pink, orange or red, so definitely go and check it out in the shops if this is your thing.

Soap & Glory Gloss Sticks

Soap and glory gloss sticks lids off

Whilst watching Fleur De Force’s latest YouTube video yesterday, I noticed how gorgeous her lip colour was, and hastily scrolled to the info bar to find out she was wearing the Soap & Glory Glosstick in Raplumzel.

I hadn’t yet tried any of the Soap & Glory cosmetics, so was excited to see if they were as good as their bath and skincare products.  As with their other products, the gloss sticks are cheekily named; ‘Sexy Mother Pucker’ and claim to give a 3D volume lip shine.

I picked out my favourite three of the five shades they come in (Nudist, Bashful and Raplumzel) and took them home to try.

Soap and glory gloss sticks  Soap-and-glory-gloss-sticks-side

Soap and glory gloss sticks lids off
(L-R: Raplumzel, Bashful, Nudist)
soap and glory gloss stick swatch
(L-R: Nudist, Bashful, Raplumzel)

I love the packaging as you can chuck them in your handbag and know that the lid is going to be secure.  They are as they say, super glossy and have good pigmentation.  As with other glosses you would need to reapply regularly, but as they taste so good I don’t mind this!  I would say they were half way between and lipstick and a gloss, and because of the crayon shape, they are easy to apply without a mirror.

Soap and glory gloss stick in ramplumzel
Trying out shade: Raplumzel

Overall I love these and will probably go back and buy the other two shades.

£8.00 each, available in Boots the chemist