Monthly Archives: July 2015

My Little Box: July 2015

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July brought another My Little Box packed with charm and useful products. The theme for the month was Road Trips and the box contained cute additions of a travel organiser and a diary and pen as well as some road trip essentials stowed away in the familiar little pouch. Here’s a closer look at the products:

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water

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You’d have to have been living under a rock not to have seen this product around before! Micellar waters and gels are popping up all over the place at the moment, but this one by Garnier is one of the original products and remains a really popular choice. I’m already a religious user of this stuff but the usual 400ml bottle is quite cumbersome to cart around with you on holidays or weekend breaks so I was delighted to find this mini format in the box. Micellar water is a quick and easy way to cleanse and remove make up using just a cosmetic pad, so it is an ideal product to take on overnight stays or to festivals. It lifts away the day’s make up, dirt and grease without the need to rub, and it is gentle enough to use on all skin types including sensitive skin.

Essie Nail Polish in ‘Haute in the Heat’

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I was slightly disappointed to receive the same shade of this Essie polish that I got in my Cohorted Beauty Box a couple of months back, but after reading other reviews online from subscribers who had received a nasty brown shade, I am grateful that I have at least got a shade that I like! Essie is a quality nail polish brand and when you apply two coats of this along with a top coat for extra protection, it is pretty durable.

My Little Beauty Summer Sorbet After Sun Body Gelēe

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What is a road trip essential that is often overlooked? After Sun Cream! I am definitely guilty of heading out for the day and underestimating the power of the sun’s rays, particularly on overcast days, so having an after sun product to hand if you do get caught out is a godsend. Even if you have used adequate sun protection during the day, UV rays can still dry your skin out so this light and cooling gel is great for adding some much needed hydration to your skin. It smells lovely too. Bonus!

Travel Organiser

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Diary

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The added extras in this month’s box are this useful little travel organiser and diary and pen. The travel organiser has sections inside for you to keep your passport and tickets safe and in one place, and the little pad and Bic pen (complete with stylus; how very modern!) will allow you to jot down any observations or musings you may have whilst you are off on your travels. As with most months, I am not sure whether I will actually use these extra items much, but they all add to the overall charm and presentation of the box. I am in awe of how much thought goes into creating the whole package every month and that is definitely what keeps me hooked, even on months when the products aren’t all to my taste.

My Little Box is a subscription service costing £14.95 per month. For more information visit http://mylittlebox.co.uk

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Glossybox: July 2015

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Life seems to have got in the way of my blogging a bit this month and I have been quite lax with my posts, so over the next few days I will be blogging like crazy to squeeze the last few July box reviews in before my August deliveries start arriving! I think one of the reasons why I wasn’t particularly eager to write this Glossybox review was that it didn’t really excite me that much. I find this strange considering I have mostly read glowing reviews from other subscribers online. Each to their own I guess. Maybe it’s the fact that I don’t know much about any of the brands featured which meant that nothing really stood out to me at first. I have now decided to cancel my subscription and the upcoming August Glossybox will be the last one that I will receive and review. I need to cut costs somewhere and after looking back at the contents of the last few boxes, Glossybox stood out as the box that I could stand to do without.

Well let’s not let negativity completely cloud this post, here’s a closer look at the boxes contents…

The July box has a French theme, so the brands showcased all hail from France and are presented in the very cute wash bag that you can see in the picture above. If I’m honest, this was probably my favourite part of the box this month. The items inside are nice, but they failed to really wow me. Here they are:

Noxidoxi Enhanced Serum Base

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I am yet to be won over by any serum enough for it to make its way into my regular skincare routine, but admittedly this one does sound useful. Applied underneath moisturiser, the serum claims to hydrate both the skin’s surface and the deeper layers, and provide a cocktail of antioxidants and anti-inflammatories to protect the skin. It did leave my skin feeling smooth and soft, but my moisturiser does that anyway and at £33.46 for the full-sized product, this is not a purchase to be made lightly. I am currently using the Clinique Super Defense Moisturiser which provides a similar level of protection for your skin with an added SPF so I don’t feel that a serum such as this is needed personally.

Lollipops Lip Balm Délicieuse

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This is a nice creamy lip balm with the added bonus of protecting the lips from UV damage. It comes in an easy to apply squeezy tube and has a lovely light cupcake-like scent to it. I’ll definitely toss this into my handbag to use over the summer months.

Teoxane Cosmeceuticals Perfect Skin Refiner

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I am partial to a specialist, skin perfecting treatment such as an intense face mask or exfoliating product, so this skin refiner appealed to me. It contains hyaluronic acid to plump and hydrate the skin, and glycolic acid to help resurface it. The instructions on the accompanying card suggest beginning by using it every other night due to it’s potent ingredients and warned that you will feel a mild tingling at first. All in all, the instructions made the product sound a bit daunting and since I have reasonably good skin anyway, I have yet to try it out. The fact that my skin is also quite sensitive to certain products put me off as well. I feel that something like this may end up doing more harm than good so I think I will steer clear of it. At £70 for the full-sized product I can’t really afford to like it anyway!

Yves Rocher Comme Une Evidence Eau De Parfum

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Next to the travel pouch, this was my favourite box addition this month. The scent is light, floral and slightly musky which is my preferred kind of perfume anyway. It was quite long lasting and I kept getting whiffs of the different notes in it as the day progressed which was lovely. The bottle has no spray top so the perfume is a little tricky to apply, but i’m still really impressed. This is the only one of these products that I would be tempted to purchase the full sized version of, (the lip balm is full sized anyway) and since it is currently priced at £17.90 for 50ml or £25.50 for 100ml at http://yves-rocher.co.uk it is a bargain for an Eau de Parfum.

Well that’s my thoughts on the July Glossybox. I will be sad to give up any of my subscription boxes but my spending is becoming a little out of control at the moment and I need to trim the fat somewhere!

Glossybox is a subscription service costing £13.25 per month. For more information visit http://glossybox.co.uk

You Beauty Discovery: July 2015

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This is the second offering from my newest Beauty Box subscription, You Beauty Discovery. You Beauty is an affordable £6.95 per month and is different to other subscription boxes because you get to choose 2 products to sample from a shortlist which is available at the beginning of each month, meaning you get to sample products that you are really interested in. You Beauty also throw in a couple of bonus treats, one of which usually being some sort of food item, which I seem to get unnaturally excited about! Here are my two picks for July, and what I thought of them:

Nip + Fab Body Slim Fix

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I have seen Nip + Fab products around before and have always been interested in them, but reluctant to part with my money since I was unsure whether they would really work. When I saw this sample of their 2-in-1 Body Moisturiser and Toning Gel it seemed the perfect opportunity to see whether it would work for me before committing to buy. The tube advises applying the gel post workout or after a hot shower but since I have been slacking on the fitness front lately I can only comment on my post shower impressions! The gel has a pleasant scent and absorbs well into the skin. I particularly focused on my thighs and upper arms since they are my main problem areas and I really can see a little improvement in my skin tone and texture. I have been using this alongside the Balance Me Super Toning Body Polish which I received in my Glamour Summer Edit box so it is impossible to say whether one is doing a better job than the other, but for now I am happy with the effect that I am achieving using both items and I will continue doing so. The full sized 200ml version of this product retails at £14.95 but is currently on offer at http://superdrug.com for just £7.45 so I think its definitely worth purchasing!

Lola Nail Polish in ‘Stone Grey’

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Perhaps a strange choice of shade for mid summer, yet this deep Stone Grey varnish really appealed to me. Two coats provide a high gloss, gel-like effect and it is pretty fast drying. I am building up quite a collection of nail polishes at the moment and though I don’t actually get much chance to wear them, I find myself regularly lusting after new shades and brands. Unfortunately I can’t comment on how hard wearing this polish is since I had to remove it again quite quickly before work, but I am more than happy with both of my choices this month and feel that my subscription fee was well spent.

The box also contained a sample sachet of Emma Hardie Protect & Prime, a pack of Nairns Muesli Breaks Oatcakes and a 50ml tube of St Tropez’s new In Shower Gradual Tanning Lotion.
I am on a constant mission to find the holy grail of skin correcting, priming face creams so I welcomed the opportunity to try this one, and the Oatcakes were quickly devoured and found to be delicious but the real star here was the amazing In Shower Tanning Lotion.

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I prefer a gradual tanning product since my skin is prone to dry patches and I sometimes have trouble with products going on unevenly so its nice to be able to start subtly and build up a nice colour. Also, disasters are easier to get rid of! You know you are getting a quality product with the St Tropez brand and it’s so easy just to tack on an extra few minutes to your daily shower routine in order to build up a natural looking golden tan. I have been applying it to my legs and it works really well.

So, another impressive box from You Beauty Discovery. I look forward to receiving my August Shortlist email!

You Beauty Discovery is a monthly subscription service costing £6.95 per month. Find out more at http://youbeautydiscovery.co.uk

So Susan Lip Love Bag: July 2015

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The So Susan Lip Love bag is definitely one of my top subscriptions and this month’s bag was a particularly good one. I love that this subscription is all about the make up, and So Susan and Jelly Pong Pong are great quality, cruelty free brands so these bags always represent great value. Here’s a closer look at the goodies that I received in July’s bag:

So Susan Lip Dome in ‘Mango’

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I received one of these plumping lip tints in a darker shade last month and I was pleased to see another one this month. This is a lovely orangey red shade that really brightens up your face. It can be layered for a more intense colour, feels comfortable on the lips and smells lovely too! As I have mentioned in previous posts, these lip tints aren’t that long lasting, but the crayon-like design allows for easy application of touch ups.

Jelly Pong Pong 2-in-1 Eyeliner & Shadow

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This is a great time saving 2-in-1 eye pencil in a universally suitable shade of brown. Application is smooth without dragging and it can be used to create bold lines, or easily smudged for an all over wash of colour. A nice staple to have in your make up bag!

So Susan Liquid Powder Shadow Palette in ‘Radiant Glow’

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I received another of these cute little palettes in a previous bag and it has become one of my go-to products. This one is just as impressive. The shadow colours are quite muted and subtle, yet most of them contain a bit of shimmer and look really pretty when applied. I particularly love the shimmery white shadow, which looks amazing when applied to the tear duct and blended on top of any of the other shades on the lid.

Jelly Pong Pong Glow Getter Luminizer Gel

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I love the nail varnish style presentation of this highlighting gel! The dinky little bottle can be easily stowed away yet it will last you for quite a while because you only need to use a little of the product in order to achieve a healthy glow on your cheek and brow bones. This would look great paired with a good bronzer to give your skin a really healthy, sunkissed glow.

The bag also contained the usual bonus gift, this month’s being a ‘stay connected’ ring, which you can see in the main image. Unfortunately the ring is a bit cheap looking and isn’t really my style of jewellery anyway so I will probably end up binning it but the bonus items are certainly not a main draw of the bags so I am not really bothered that I won’t be getting any use out of it. Other than that, I thought that this month’s line up of products was stellar, and they will definitely all become regular features in my make up bag!

Subscription to So Susan Lip Love costs £14.95 a month. For more information on the subscription or on any of the individual products featured, visit http://sosusan.com

Birchbox ‘Birchbag’: July 2015

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There’s nothing like some fresh new make up and skincare products to shake up your routine during the warmer months and with Birchbox’s latest offering they’ve gone one step further and even given their traditional box a revamp! July sees your samples displayed in a lovely bright ‘Birchbag’, perfect for toting around your holiday essentials. Overall I am quite happy with my samples this month, although I am envious of a couple of things that I have missed out on after looking at pics of other peoples’ bags on Instagram! Oh well, here’s a closer look at what I received:

Soigné Nail Lacquer in ‘Menthe’

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I have been receiving a lot of nail polishes in my boxes lately, though most have been bright shades so I was pleased to see this dreamy pastel one in the bag. At first glance it looked blue but when applied it looks more of a duck egg bluey green. This may be the perfect shade to complement my dress at my friend’s Lake Garda wedding next month! The polish itself is easy to apply due to a quite large, quite flat brush, although you definitely need two coats to build up a decent colour and even coverage. It really is a pretty shade though!

Unani Aloe Vera Gel

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Aloe Vera gel in it’s purest form is known for it’s soothing properties and while I suspect this is far from it’s purest form, there are still benefits of using products such as this one. Great as an after sun treatment to soothe and moisturise skin after a little too much UV exposure, it can also be used to alleviate the itching caused from eczema or as an after shave balm. I have a big tube of pure Aloe Vera Jelly which I use for these things so I don’t see myself needing this product as an essential part of my life, but the tube is much more portable so I will keep it around for when I go on my travels.

Benefit Cosmetics Dream Screen

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Quite honestly I didn’t want to like this product as much as I did. Sun Protection is essential, especially on your face, and Benefit have come up with a lightweight but heavy duty sunscreen formula with SPF 45 that also manages to look and feel invisible on your skin! This means no waiting around for ages for your cream to sink in and no walking around with a greasy looking face for the sake of protecting your delicate skin from the sun’s harmful rays! Although the product is excellent, I have to pick and choose what I spend significant money on and where I can cut costs and in this case I don’t feel like I can justify £25 on a 45ml bottle of this stuff when the Eucerin cream that I received in the Glamour Summer Edit box was great and costs £10 less for 50ml.

POP Beauty Eyeshadow Trio in ‘Peach Parfait’

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Summer is definitely a great time to experiment with a lighter make up look, particularly when your go-to smokey eye will more than likely end up halfway down your face if you attempt to stick with it whilst abroad! These three shades are perfect for creating a softer and more subtle look, whilst really opening up and brightening your eyes. They have a slight shimmer but are not too full on so they are great for both daytime and evening wear. The dinky little pallette is very portable too so you can sneak it in anywhere, even if you are short on space. All in all, a nice little product.

Indemne Eau de Genie Spritz

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This spritz is intended to be used alongside your usual cleanser to give it an extra boost and leave your skin clean, soft and glowing. A facial spritz certainly helps to leave your skin feeling soothed and refreshed, although if you are using a good cleanser and moisturiser anyway, I’m not completely sold on the fact that you would need this product as well. It is suitable for all skin types and I always welcome the opportunity to try things that I wouldn’t usually, but on this occasion it hasn’t really left a lasting impression on me and I won’t be rushing out to spend £11.20 on the full sized product!

Spa to You Nail Buffer

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Here is where my bag envy comes in, having seen countless pictures of people displaying the beauty sponges that they received in place of this nail buffer. Don’t get me wrong, these are useful little things, but so much so doesn’t everyone already own one? They can be picked up in just about any budget chemist for a couple of pounds so it just didn’t feel very special to me. I have been wanting to try out a beauty sponge for applying my make up for some time but I wasn’t sure that I wanted to splash out on an original Beauty Blender so receiving an alternative in my bag would’ve been great. Oh well I’ll just have to keep an eye out for a cheaper alternative to purchase myself!

So there you have it, my July ‘Birchbag’. I love both make up products and the bag itself and I welcomed the opportunity to try the Benefit Dream Screen so all in all I’m still a happy bunny! I am also excited that once I complete my reviews for this month’s offerings on the Birchbox site, I will have amassed points worth £20 to spend in the Birchbox shop! Maybe I could treat myself to the Dream Screen after all…

Birchbox is a monthly subscription service which costs £12.95 per month. For more information or to subscribe yourself visit http://birchbox.co.uk

Look Fantastic Beauty Box: July 2015

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After failing to be wowed by the last couple of Look Fantastic Beauty Boxes, I was beginning to think that I had found a definite contender to ditch so I could try to curb my expensive Beauty Box habit…then I unwrapped these little treasures! With a great mix of face, body, hair and make up products there is sure to be something that appeals to everyone, with some new brands to explore alongside some more established ones. Here’s a closer look at the box contents:

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Purpose Dry Oil for Face, Body and Hair

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Regular blog readers will know two things about me. Firstly, I adore Nuxe products. Secondly, I received the gold shimmery version of this oil in the May Look Fantastic box and I loved it. I mentioned in that review that this standard oil version was also available and I would consider buying it as it is cheaper. Well I didn’t get round to buying it but now I won’t have to for a while! The oil is great for nourishing and softening the skin, so I plan to use this non-shimmery one on tough areas such as my elbows, as well as applying a layer to my face whenever my skin is feeling particularly tired, dry and stressed out.

Balance Me Pure Skin Face Wash

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Balance Me is a regular brand on the Beauty Box circuit and that is fine by me. I have had the opportunity to try several great products from their range without ever having to buy any of them individually! This face wash is suitable for normal to combination skin. I usually err on the side of caution when trying new face products and go for ones for sensitive skin, but since Balance Me use 98% natural ingredients in their products and because I have tried other products from the brand before, I felt safe using this. It’s a no-nonsense, water based cleanser that is simply applied with your hands and removed with warm water so it is great for chucking in your wash bag for overnight trips or for using to quickly remove make up and grime when it’s late and all you want to do is get to bed. The sample is a generous 50ml size so it will last you quite a while too.

Monu Skincare Firming Fiji Facial Treatment Oil

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This firming facial oil looked great and I was really excited to try it until I read the usage instructions and they said that it was unsuitable for nut allergy sufferers! I have used products containing nut derivatives before and been fine, but I have also suffered a reaction before so I am always wary. The fact that the product expressly advised against me using it was enough to convince me not to which is a shame. For those of you not cursed with a nut allergy though, this oil claims to be all you need to firm and tone tired or dehydrated skin, and is suitable for dry or sensitive skin types. Sounds great!

Kebelo Clarifying Shampoo

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Now here’s a novel idea! This shampoo is billed as the ‘ultimate detox’ for your hair and should be used once or twice a month to deep cleanse, rejuvenate and revive your locks. I often think that my hair suffers from the fact that it is almost constantly up in a ponytail for work, only being let down to be quickly brushed then scraped back again! Every so often it’s nice to feel like I am giving it a little treat, which is why I am a fan of occasional hair masks. The idea of a shampoo which will work in a similar way to revive and restore tired hair is a new concept for me but one that I am excited to try! Unfortunately the shampoo advises that it may lift colour slightly and I am planning on dying my hair tonight, so I will be waiting a couple of weeks before I give it a go.

Trilogy Everything Balm

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Coincidentally, I was actually considering purchasing a pot of this from Naturisimo when I was browsing the site a couple of weeks ago! This soft balm melts on contact with the skin and can be used anywhere on the face or body that needs a bit of a moisture boost. It is particularly good on chapped lips, dry, cracked heels and the rough skin on elbows. I have been using it on the dry patches on my knees to try and smooth them before attempting to apply some fake tan at the weekend and it is working like a dream! At £12.50 for a 45ml pot it’s great value if you are in the market for a multitasking product like this, but this 10ml pot should last me quite a while anyway.

Lord and Berry Nude Lip Liner

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Make up products have been depressingly thin on the ground in some of my latest boxes so I practically jumped for joy when I saw this offering from a brand that I really like, Lord & Berry. I was in the market for a new lip liner and the fact that this is a nude shade means that it’ll work with a number of lipsticks from my collection. The pencil doesn’t drag and the formula is creamy and smooth. I used it alongside my Bourjois Rouge Velvet Lipstick in ‘Beau Brun’ and it complemented it perfectly, making the end result much neater and long lasting than it would be had I not used the liner.

Well that rounds off what was largely a very impressive offering from Look Fantastic. Just as I began to doubt them, they managed to reel me back in!

Look Fantastic Beauty Boxes are available at the beginning of each month and can be purchased as and when you want them, without the need to subscribe. They are £15.00 including P&P. Get yours at http://lookfantastic.com

Latest in Beauty: Capital FM Best of Summer Box

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Latest in Beauty have done it again! I received this fab box a couple of weeks ago but I chose to prioritise my monthly subscription reviews over this one since it is still available for you to buy now if you like the look of it! It contains a great mix of the quirky and essential to keep you looking your best over the summer, whether you have an exotic holiday planned or are off to a festival. As always with the Latest in Beauty boxes, this one, compiled by Capital FM offers tremendous value for money and gives you the opportunity to try out some familiar brands as well as others that you might not have come across before. Here’s a closer look at the contents:

Carmex Moisture Plus Lip Balm in ‘Berry’

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I haven’t opened the packaging on this lip balm because I already own one and I want to save this. This also means that I have enough experience with the product to give you an honest review. It’s a great size for popping into your handbag to keep your lips moisturised throughout the day whilst also providing a sheer red tint to add a bit of interest without looking too OTT. It is a really flattering shade and the lip balm itself gives your lips a slight tingling feeling that you will already be familiar with if you have used any other Carmex lip balms. I love this and it’s always in the handbag that I take to work so I can slick some on whenever my lips start to feel a bit dry.

COLAB Sheer & Invisible Dry Shampoo Paris Floral Fragrance

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A dry shampoo spray is an absolute festival must-have as well as being handy during a particularly hot and sweaty day to freshen up your hair in the evening if you don’t have time for a shower before heading out. The fragrance is quite pleasant although you can still detect an underlying hairspray-like smell. At £3.49 for a 200ml can this is a similar price to the best known dry shampoo brand Batiste, but i can definitely see advantages with the Colab spray. This one is billed as ‘invisible’ and you don’t get the chalky white look that you can sometimes get with the Batiste sprays if you accidentally spray them too close to your head. My hair was also easier to style afterwards. My main problem with the Batiste sprays is that they seem to produce a tremendous amount of static, and once you attempt to brush your hair it seems like you are brushing the product straight back out again.  I like to keep a can of dry shampoo in the house as a standby and since Colab and Batiste are both sold in Superdrug, I can definitely see myself reaching for the Colab next time I need to stock up.

Dr.Organic Organic Dead Sea Mineral Bio-Plasma Mud Mask

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I have used this mask a couple of times since receiving the box and the main thing that struck me was the fact that it feels quite uncomfortable, almost painful while it is on your face. The first time I applied it I was tempted to take it off again before the 10 minutes were up because I was worried that I was having an adverse reaction to it but I kept it on in the end and after I had washed it off there were no side effects. I can’t say that I noticed a huge improvement in my skin afterwards but one of the mask’s properties in that it is oil-regulating, and I don’t really have a problem in this area anyway. I’d love to see some anti-ageing and rejuvenating effects though, so I will continue using this generous 100ml tube once a week as suggested to see if it has any lasting positive effects.

Fudge Urban Art Spray in ‘Violet Haze’

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Another product clearly aimed at the festival goer, this coloured hair spray is not really my thing but I gamely gave it a try anyway. Even on my mid-brown hair the violet colour showed up quite well, so I would imagine it would look really striking if you were a blonde. In spite of the fact that I wouldn’t usually go for a product like this, I couldn’t help feeling a bit disappointed that I didn’t have lighter hair so it showed up better! It would definitely be a cute, hassle free summer look as you just spray in then wash out.

Hawaiian Tropic Satin Protection Ultra Radiance SPF 30

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Hawaiian Tropic is a well known and trusted sun lotion brand which provides protection from both UVA and UVB rays. All of their sun products have a lovely, coconut smell and this lotion is absorbed easily into the skin without leaving any oily residue. The boxes contain either SPF 15 or SPF 30 variations and I was glad to receive the latter as I have fair skin and am prone to burning and sunstroke. This 100ml bottle complies with cabin baggage guidelines so it would be perfect to take on a short trip. Plus, the smell is just divine!

I Love…Perfectly Peachy Bath & Shower Crème

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This was a lovely smelling, rich and luxurious feeling shower crème. I really liked it so I was quite disappointed that there was only a 10ml sachet included in the box. I love… supports CoppaFeel though, so I suppose they would appreciate you going out and buying the full sized product in order to support the breast cancer campaign! It is available exclusively at Boots stores and http://boots.com and costs just £2.99 for a 500ml bottle.

Malin & Goetz Cleanser, Moisturiser and Lip Balm Trio

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I’ve got to admit that I haven’t tried these little miniatures out yet, simply because they are the perfect little set to take away on a short break and I have one coming up this weekend. I have looked at a few reviews of the individual products and they seem promising so I am looking forward to giving them a go.

MUA Mega Volume Mascara

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I was a bit puzzled when I applied this to be honest. I just have no idea where the ‘mega volume’ description came from! The brush is quite large but it has small plastic bristles which don’t actually seem to coat with much product, therefore it takes at least two coats before you can even really tell that you’ve got mascara on! After building up a few coats though, it gave a  feathery lash effect which I did like. It is waterproof too which is a major plus point for the summer. All in all it is an OK mascara, just don’t buy it as a ‘mega volume’ product!

MUA Eyeshadow Pallet

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This collection of bright eyeshadows is perfect for creating fun summer looks. There is a mixture of matte and shimmer shades and they have reasonably good pigmentation for a budget brand. I combined the gold and violet shades for a striking effect. The pallette is quite compact considering it contains 12 shadows, so it is reasonably portable if you want to take it away on a short break or day trip.

Nails Inc Gel Effect Polish in ‘Soho Place’

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Apologies for the state of the paint job and of my thumb in this pic, its not the fault of the polish! Anyone who has read my blog lately will know that I have already received a couple of these Nails Inc polishes and I love them. This is a great greeny-blue shade which is perfect for the summer. I imagine that it will look great on toenails by the pool or at the beach! This is actually a very similar shade to the Essence gel polish that I received in my June Glossybox and the difference in quality between the two brands is definitely apparent. Nails Inc polishes are quite pricey but in my opinion they are worth the money. They have become one of my favourite brands lately.

Well that’s it for this jam-packed summer box. At just £17.95 it really is great value for money and through it I have discovered great new brands like Colab and I love… whose products I will be going on to purchase. I also have a good supply of make up, hair and skincare products to keep me looking my best throughout the rest of the summer!

For more information on this, and other one-off Latest in Beauty boxes, visit http://latestinbeauty.com

So Susan Lip Love Bag: June 2015

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Like My Little Box, So Susan was also hit with a supply issue last month, meaning that I only received my June Lip Love bag a couple of days ago. I’ve had time to try the products out now though and there are some beauties here. I won’t have to wait as long for my July bag now either. Yay!
Here’s a closer look at what was included in the June bag:

So Susan Lip Dome in ‘Blackcurrant’

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I received one of these Lip Domes in a different shade a few months back and they are great to slick on when you’re in a hurry. They provide quite a strong matte colour whilst also being hydrating and giving your lips a slight plumped up look. The formula isn’t particularly long lasting so touch ups are required throughout the day but it feels comfortable on your lips so that isn’t really a problem. I like the rich berry shade as an alternative to the girly, sometimes sickly sweet summery colours that I have seen around a lot at the moment.

Jelly Pong Pong Bare Necessities Highlighting Pencil

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There always seems to be at least one highlighting product in the Lip Love bags every month! This is a great multipurpose crayon can be used as an eyeshadow base, waterliner and concealer as well as a general highlighter so it is a useful addition to your make up kit. It is emollient based so it blends into the skin easily and is good for disguising light blemishes and dark circles. It is also good for giving you a fresh faced, wide eyed look when used as a waterliner.

Jelly Pong Pong Paradise Pigments Lip/Cheek Cream in ‘Cake Pop’

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This lip and cheek cream looks disconcertingly vivid in the pot but you only need a small amount on both lips and cheeks to provide a pretty splash of colour. I applied it with my fingers and coloured my lips first, only adding the product to my cheeks when there was only a little left on the end of my finger to ensure that I didn’t end up looking like I’d been slapped in the face! It has the formula of a lip balm so it is easy to blend into your skin. I quite liked the effect of using the same shade on both my cheeks and lips when it was subtly applied and it is a hassle free way to get a nice fresh faced look in no time at all.

So Susan Cashmere Blush in ‘Rose Chiffon’

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This clever powder blush feels like a cream upon contact with the skin, and can actually help minimise the appearance of large pores and absorb excess oil leaving your skin looking glowing and flawless. This shade is subtle enough for everyday use and really does feel great on your skin. My only problem is that I have received a lot of various blushes lately and I am not a particularly big fan of them. As blushes go though, this one is a goodie and as always with So Susan, the packaging is gorgeous so its definitely a product that I wouldn’t mind being seen with!

Also in the bag this month is a pair of Infinity Drop Earrings. So Susan regularly include an accessory or item of Jewellery as an extra little subscribers gift. The earrings are a cute coral colour and although I’m not exactly overwhelmed by them I might get some use out of them with a pretty sundress on a sunny day.

Well that’s it for the June bag. I am continually impressed with the quality of So Susan and Jelly Pong Pong products and as a make up lover it’s great to receive a subscription that is entirely make up based, particularly when a lot of my other subscriptions have been lacking in that department lately. The only problem is that some of the products are starting to feel a bit repetitive. I appreciate the same product but in a different shade, like the Lip Domes, but multiple variations of blusher month after month will definitely start to get tiresome soon.

For more information on the Lip Love subscription service, which costs £14.95 per month, or on individual So Susan or Jelly Pong Pong products, visit http://sosusan.com

My Little Box: June 2015

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Well after a longer wait than usual for this month’s box due to some sort of supply issue I finally received My Little Box a week or so ago. I have to say that it has all the usual charm of their previous offerings so it was worth the wait!
The box contains a hair, make up and beauty product plus an accessory and some quirky lifestyle pieces to put a smile on your face. Let’s take a closer look:

Kérastase Smoothing Taming Milk

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L’Oréal Kérastase is I tried and trusted haircare brand and an anti-frizz/humidity taming milk is just the thing for balmy summer days when your hair just doesn’t want to cooperate! Simply smooth through the length of towel dried hair then blow dry as usual to provide a layer of heat protection as well as dramatically reducing blow drying time and leaving your hair smoother and less susceptible to humidity. Miraculous! My naturally fine and curly hair is usually a nightmare in warm, dry weather so I eagerly gave this a go. It made my hair noticeably smoother and really did cut down on drying time! The remainder of this 50ml sample will definitely be coming on holiday with me next month!

Loved by Sarah Lavoine Nail Polish

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No summery box would be complete without a nail polish in a dreamy, bright shade and this Ocean Blue one is beautiful. In keeping with the Riviera box theme and specially designed by box collaborator Sarah Lavoine (who also designed the sunnies) this polish will add a fresh, nautical look to your finger or toenails. The polish is easy to apply and gives good coverage with a single coat so it could be a time saver if you leave your nails to the last minute before a trip away! My only problem at the moment is that I have received so many gorgeous polishes lately. It’ll be tough to decide which shade to go for when I go off on my hols!

My Little Beauty Sailor Scrub

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What better product to get your skin ready for those flesh baring summer outfits than a body scrub? This generous sized bottle from My Little Box’s own brand My Little Beauty has you covered. I will be using this once or twice a week after showering to ensure that any dry and dead skin is exfoliated away, leaving a smooth and even surface for tanning!

Sarah Lavoine Sunglasses and Plant Pot covers

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The quality of these sunglasses goes beyond the usual magazine freebie or cheap Primark pair. They are a really chic shape, have a nice deep purple rather than black plastic frame and have a nice dark lens for complete sun protection. They also come with their own cleaning cloth which is handy if like me you can never seem to find one when you need it! I was really impressed with them and wouldn’t hesitate to wear them, were it not for the fact that I need prescription sunglasses due to my poor eyesight. I’ll definitely be passing them on to a friend though!

The plant pot covers are definitely one of the more unusual products that I have seen in my boxes! Saying that though, its all part of My Little Box’s charm and what sets them apart from other subscription services in my opinion. The idea is to jazz up your plants by placing the boring plastic pot inside one of these cute watertight covers. I think its a sweet idea and if anyone has beachy themed decor in their bathroom or conservatory then these would fit in perfectly. You could also use them for covering other things such as pencil pots. I have an idea of getting a pot for all of my make up brushes and covering it with the large cover to add a bit of interest to my dressing table.

Well that’s it for the June box I hope you liked taking a peek inside. If you liked what you saw check out http://mylittlebox.co.uk for details on the upcoming July box and information on how to become a subscriber. The boxes cost £14.95 per month.