Look Fantastic Beauty Box: August

Hey Sweeties,

Another post, another apology but if you read this post (here), you’ll know why everything went a bit crazy last week and why I am posting this review a bit later than expected; the September box’s arrival being imminent. Hey ho!

Moving on. The August box is probably my favourite so far as I was beginning to get a bit frustrated with the contents of previous boxes but I think this is always the risk with beauty boxes; while they’re a great opportunity to try new brands, how many new brands do you really need to try, particularly if it’s the same types of products over and over?

August Look Fantastic Box

L-R bottom: bellapierre Cosmetics Shimmer Powder; Alterna Haircare, Caviar CC Cream; Beauty Works 10-in-1 Miracle Spray

L-R top: Eve Lom Cleanser; Rimmel Wonder’Full Wake Me Up Mascara; Omorovicza Budapest Queen of Hungary Mist.

Rimmel Wonder'full Mascara

I was so excited to see this Rimmel Wonder’Full Wake Me Up mascara in the box, the packaging is stunning and it was the first product I tried. Unfortunately, while its not terrible, it’s not the best and certainly nothing that’s going to make me convert from Maybelline’s Lash Sensational mascara as it doesn’t achieve the definition or hold a curl like my current favourite does. I also really dislike the size and shape of the applicator which is most of the problem I think and was the main element that made my heart sink when I opened it for the first time. What is different about this mascara though, is the waft of cucumber you get when you open it and that’s not something I have experienced previously.

I was pleased to see the Eve Lom Summer Ready Complexion Cleanser, although I am unfamiliar with the brand, I enjoy finding new cleansers and this one is (or feels) really oil based and on application, you can really feel it working but it doesn’t -for me- melt off my makeup in the same way The Body Shop’s Camomile Cleansing Butter does. Again this isn’t a flaw as makeup is still removed, but I am just throwing it out there for a comparison as for me, the one I currently use for that really deep feeling cleanse is hard to beat.

10-in-1 Miracle spray

I have really enjoyed using the two hair products in this month’s box -the Beauty Works 10-in-1 Miracle spray and the Caviar CC Cream but of the two the one from Beauty Works is my favourite as it contains Argan, Linen Seeds and Macadamia oils so my hair feels super nourished after using. The only thing I would say against it though is that it’s not really a spray, there is a pump which you use to dispense product from it into your hand, to then apply into your hair, so you don’t (and can’t) spray as the name and description would suggest. But this genuinely is a minor flaw against all the other perks.

I have yet to try the bellapierre Cosmetics shimmer powder as although it looks gorgeous, it looks very shimmery so not something suitable for the daytime I feel, or at least for work. The Omorovicza Budapest Queen of Hungary Mist is also something I haven’t tried a lot of yet but first impressions are good and something I’ll continue to use and try out.

Have you guys tried anything in this box?

Until next time x

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My Makeup Collection: Lips

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It’s time to show you all another area of my makeup collection, having already shown you my; foundations, blushers & eyes bringing us now onto, lips. Here goes…

Makeup collection

The collection! Note: the glosses in the top left compartment aren’t usually kept there, I’m not that messy 😉

I touched upon my makeup storage a while back now (here) so it’s probably time I did an update post soon, but for the purposes of this post, my collection of lip products are for the most part stored on top of my dressing table in organisers from TK MAXX and Muji.

All the glosses seen in the left on the top organiser are normally kept within my dressing table as I find I hardly use these ones, but they’re still useful to keep on hand for when I do. Essentially my core collection consists of lip liners, lipsticks and a couple of glosses as I will talk you through below.  Continue reading

How to Achieve a Summer Glow

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One of the key things we look forward to when the summer begins to kick in, is that summer glow. The cold winter months and shorter days means we can’t get outdoors, so our body, skin and mind feels sapped of enough daylight and energy; this is why we love heavier food and cosy nights in during this time.

As you guys know, I love keeping active and the summer months of longer days and warmer weather provide the perfect opportunity to get yourself outdoors in the fresh air catching up with friends, playing sport or even just going for regular evening walks to stretch your legs after a day in the office. By taking some exercise, you’ll increase blood flow and the fresh air will plump your skin and body with oxygen that will do wonders for how you feel and look.

Summer walks

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Beauty Review: Too Faced Foundation

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Following my delight at being bought and totally loving Too Faced’s Pink Leopard Blushing Bronzer (review here) last Christmas, you can imagine my delight at finding one of their foundation powders in my old haunt, TK Maxx (admittedly, a little while back now). Prior to purchase I had no idea what this product was like but I knew that I couldn’t let go of it and to the till it went.

Too Faced Foundation Powder

Too Faced Foundation Powder

Probably the key thing that attracted me most was the packaging which I just love and is the same as the Pink Leopard bronzer; a very appealing, sit in your hand, embossed plastic compact. What is different about this one though is the additional internal layer separating the product and the application pad. I love the addition of the mirror inside the lid too!

Too Faced Foundation Powder

I’ll be honest in saying that for me, this is not an everyday foundation because the coverage is too light. That being said, this product is ideal for the weekend when I am not going anywhere too special, or, after the gym if I am going somewhere afterwards, albeit just for coffee, where I prefer to make my face look a bit fresher. One thing for sure though is that this product is great for the summer.

As I mentioned, the coverage is light but this is not said negatively, my daily foundations are all liquid based because that is how I find I gain the best coverage that I need. To apply, I use a combination of my Real Techniques buffing brush and the supplied pad, although I prefer to use a brush in all honesty to achieve a consistent, well blended result (as modelled above).

Overall, I am delighted I found this foundation and it just reinforces that I am definitely keen to pursue more from Too Faced. 

Until next time x

A Spritz of Zoella | Review of the Zoella Body Mists

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Going back to last year when Zoe ‘Zoella’ Sugg (who? see here) released her first collection of products, although I of course had a look at them in Superdrug, I resisted purchasing. That was until recently when Zoe released her second collection, ‘Tutti Fruiti’ and I think where I felt her products weren’t really my thing originally, this collection actually made me want to investigate further. To be fair however, I still haven’t really gone mad but I did go into store thinking I would purchase her ‘Let’s Spritz’ body mist and the body scrub but what I actually came out with was both her body mists.

Zoella body mists

Let’s Spritz & Blissful Mistful

So what do I think?

Well for £8 a bottle, you really can’t go wrong and the only thing I would say could be improved, is how long the scent lasts but that isn’t a criticism, that’s a secret hope that the team behind Zoella will see demand for a proper fragrance in the future which I think would be well worth Zoe’s time creating and releasing.

Scent wise, I spritzed these a few times in store trying to work out which one I preferred and why I ended up coming out with both as although I prefer the original scent (which will probably be the one I continue with), her new fruity scent is great for summer and one to jump on now (while its summer, duh).

Zoella Body mists

The packaging is spot on! I love the shape and the chunkiness of the bottles and the attention to detail on the back -on ‘Let’s Spritz’ it’s a pretty lace design, and on ‘Blissful Mistful’ it’s spots, both of which are slightly ruined by Superdrug’s need to put impossibly difficult to remove security stickers on everything! I do also love the chrome, metallic coloured lids.

It’s an odd thing really as with over 8 million subscribers, Zoe has a lot of people to cater for and satisfy but her predominant fan base are young teens and this is her market, at least for now. This is why, for the most part, her products aren’t really supposed to attract me and on many levels they don’t, but I am of course still curious. However, if I was in my young-mid teens (& not ridiculously close to turning 28 years old!), I would absolutely be all over Zoe’s products because they are not only affordable, but are good quality and a great intro into beauty and skin care; I really am so jealous of those young girls who can look up to Zoe like they would their fashionable older sister.

Have you guys tried any of Zoe’s products?

Anyway, I hope you’re all having a great week and I’ll be seeing you again soon!

Until next time x

Some New Beauty Bits | Haul

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So someone has been a bit spendy lately and I wish I could say it was just on beauty bits.. (cough, fashion haul coming soon, cough!), so I thought I would show you my latest purchases; some of which are repurchases as well as some completely new ones.

Boots beauty haul

L-R: L’Oreal True Match foundation in C2, Rose Vanilla; Collection Lasting Perfection concealer in shade 2, cool medium; Rimmel Lasting Finish primer; Rimmel London Lasting Finish by Kate lipstick, shade 45; Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara; Baptiste dry shampoo in Oriental; and finally (right at the top) Revlon highlighting palette in 020, Rose Glow.  Continue reading

Look Fantastic Beauty Box: July

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I’m now month two into my 12 month subscription of Look Fantastic beauty box’s (see June here) and I’m excited to show you inside this month’s box: July.

Look fantastic beauty box July

Look fantastic beauty box July

L-R: Monu firming fuji facial oil; Balance me pure skin face wash; Lord & Berry Nude ultimate lip colour pencil; Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse oil; Trilogy Everything Balm; Kebelo Clarifying shampoo.  Continue reading