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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

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My Top Products: April

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Well we’re a few days into a shiny new month and I’m really looking forward to getting my hands on all of my May Beauty Boxes! While I wait I thought that I would take a look back at all of the products that I tried out in April and round up my absolute favourites. So here they are!

Lord and Berry Crayon Lipstick in ‘Kiss’ (featured in my April Glossybox,
RRP £10.00)

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I was really pleasantly surprised with this lip crayon. It is a departure from my usual style and I was really impressed with both the shade and the longevity of the colour once applied. Check out the other shades available and buy from http://lookfantastic.com

The Konjac Sponge Company Konjac Facial Sponge (featured in the Selfridges Agender Beauty Box, RRP £7.99)

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I was delighted to add this to my skincare routine after being impressed by the results when used alongside cleanser. I have also used it without any product and it does a great job at deep cleansing. Get yours at
http://feelunique.com

Wonderlight Luminizer + Brightening Base (featured in April’s So Susan Lip Love Bag, RRP £11.95)

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This is a fantastic multipurpose product to conceal, prime and brighten your skin. It is available in 3 different shades at http://sosusan.com

Percy & Reed Dry Instant Volumising Spray (featured in the Tatler Best Of British Birchbox, RRP £14.00)

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This product is amazing at freshening up lank looking hair and giving fine hair some real oomph. Available through the Birchbox online shop http://birchbox.co.uk

Ciaté Paint Pot in ‘Red Hot Chilli’ (featured in the Tatler Best of British Birchbox, RRP £9)

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This polish applies like a dream, provides smooth, even coverage and is long lasting and chip proof. Check out some of the shades available at http://lookfantastic.com many shades are reduced at the moment!

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipsticks (widely available, RRP £8.99)

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My love affair with Rouge Velvet continues…yesterday I picked up the darkest shade in the collection, ‘Grand Cru’ from a local Superdrug store. Check out multi-buy make up offers on http://boots.com and http://superdrug.com to get yourself a bargain.

Milani Illuminating Face Powder in ‘Beauty’s Touch’ (purchased as part of my haul from http://beautycrowd.com, £8.00)

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Who could fail to appreciate the beauty of this powder compact? It was it’s stunning looks that first attracted me to it and now I have given it a try I am delighted to say that it succeeds in giving your face a lovely healthy flush and glow.

So they were my top picks for the month of April and I will be continuing to use all of these products from now on. Stay tuned for loads more exciting Beauty Box and product reviews in the next week including the British Beauty Blogger Clinique Edit, the Naturismo Make Up Discovery Box and my next hauls from http://beautycrowd.com and http://makeuprevolutionstore.com

Glossybox: April 2015

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April’s Glossybox is a special Iconic Hollywood Edition, featuring a beautifully designed box (complete with an inspiring quote inside the lid) and a line up of products which promise to help you feel confident, glamourous and basically just all-round awesome.

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Firstly I have to say that the box really is very pretty and the quote by Elizabeth Taylor really made me smile. Did the products inside give me something to smile about too? Read on…

The first product I was drawn to was the Lord and Berry crayon lipstick:

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This is a nice chunky lip crayon in the suitably Hollywood shade ‘Kiss’ which is a bold orangey red. As soon as I began applying it I was struck by how strong the colour was. I expected a pencil to be quite easy to apply but I found myself having to take extra care to stay within my natural lip line and then fill in the rest of my lips evenly because the colour was so powerful. Mistakes are going to show up! I am used to using lip products with applicators that allow the product to glide on quite effortlessly so this was an eye opener for me. Never the less, I was really impressed with the end result and the colour lasted impressively through a mid afternoon nap, several glasses of water and the homemade burger that I ate for dinner so in terms of longevity this pencil is definitely a winner! I have seen Lord and Berry products popping up in quite a few Beauty Boxes lately and based on this product I would welcome the opportunity to see what else the brand offers.

I decided to go for full-on glamour and trial the Pop Beauty Kajal Pen at the same time as the lip crayon:

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This eyeliner is in a universally useful ‘Sooty Black’ shade and comes complete with it’s own smudger on the end for an effortless smoky eye effect. I had much more success with this liner than the others that I have tried recently due to the softer, creaminess of the Kajal pencil. It glides on easily in a strong, smooth line for a simple but striking effect or can easily be smudged and blended to add dramatic colour to your entire lid. I layered an old grey e.l.f cream eyeshadow on top to create a bold wet-look smoky effect which I will definitely replicate for my next big night out.

Next up is the Color Club Nail Lacquer in ‘Barely There’:

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This really is a true nude shade and would make a lovely speedy alternative to a French manicure for everyday understated nails. You could use one coat for a nice transparent sheen if you are a pro with nail polish application but I had to apply a second coat just to neaten mine up since i’m far from an expert! The second coat resulted in a more matte look and a nice beige colour. Still nice and natural but a little more noticeable. I will definitely try a full application of this lacquer soon once I have buffed and filed my nails in preparation. The shade might just be subtle enough to get away with at work!

Next up I gave the Nougat London Soothing Bath Pearls a whirl:

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They looked adorable in their sweet little organza bag and as a lover of a long soak, I was looking forward to the luxurious and pampering experienced that was promised on the label. However, after following the instructions and sprinkling a handful into my warm bath they just dissolved into nothing and I couldn’t really tell they were there! In hindsight I realise that my interpretation of a ‘handful’ was probably a bit stingy (the instruction card within the Glossybox suggests a tablespoon full) so it was probably entirely my fault that they didn’t have the desired effect! I will just have to try them again this evening to get a better idea! Either way though, bath pearls are more of a gift item in my opinion so I probably wouldn’t rush out to buy any more for myself anyway.

The final item in my box was Darphin Exquisage Beauty Revealing Cream:

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I have noticed that many of my latest Beauty Boxes have contained anti-ageing skincare products which may be due to the fact that many of the box companies ask you to complete surveys in order to determine what kind of products you would be most interested in then tailor your box selections to your responses. Having turned 30 last year it is actually quite sweet that they are trying to help me grow old as gracefully as possible! Anyhow, I am always grateful for the opportunity to try a sample from a luxury brand whatever it may be, so I was excited to try this out. I slathered it on before bed last night and again this morning underneath my BB cream eagerly waiting for my beauty to be revealed. Unfortunately as the morning progressed all that was revealed to me was a slightly blotchy, uneven looking skin tone and patches of irritation. To add insult to injury the wrinkles around my mouth looked more pronounced than ever! Granted, I had a rubbish night’s sleep and did a bit of a rush job of my minimal make up at 6.20am before I left for work but I still expected more promising results than this. My skin is quite sensitive and I think that I just reacted badly to it personally, it may work miracles on other people! The cream was lovely and thick but it did absorb really well into my skin so if you do get hold of one of these samples and you don’t have sensitive skin yourself I think it’d definitely be worth a try!

Glossybox is a monthly subscription service that costs £13.25 a month including P&P. If you are unhappy with the product or service you are free to unsubscribe at any time. Check them out at http://glossybox.co.uk