Thursday 16 August 2012

August 2012 Glossybox

This months Glossybox came just in time for me, as in just a couple of days I will be going on holiday and sample sized products are perfect to take away with me. This months box ties in with the olympics and includes brands from all over the world.

I was actually really impressed with the products included this month and can’t wait to use them all.

Alessandro – Pro White - Full Size £7.85
This brightening nail polish (from Germany) has an anti-yellowing formula to help brighten your nails. As soon as I saw this I put it on one of my nails and could instantly see a difference. My nail looked brighter and ‘’fresh’’ if that’s a word that can be applied here. I immediately went and painted it over all of my nails and I am really impressed with the outcome. I have never come across a product like this before so it has been a god send.

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil - Full Size £18.50
This cleanser and make-up remover from Japan is a brand I have never heard of before. I am yet to use this product, but I am interested in seeing how it works. It looks oily so I am not 100% sure if it will work for or against my skin, as my skin can be a bit hit and miss with oily products but I am going to give it a go and see how I get on.

Broadway Nails – imPRESS Manicure - Full Size £7.99
I have received a pack of these previously and whilst I think they are a good idea, they don’t seem to last that long on me. I received a burgundy pack, and I think I am going to save them for a special occasion so if they come off after one night it won’t matter as much. This brand represents the USA.

Vera Valenti L’ombre á Paupiére Margarita  - Full Size £3.85
I do love an eyeshadow palette and this mini one (from Spain) is perfect for your handbag for touch ups on the go. Whilst this does not have a huge range of colours, the 10 that are included are just enough to create a few different looks. After swatching them on my hand they appear to be pigmented and seem to stay on the skin.

Lipcote  - Full Size £3.99
I put this on over the glossybox lipstick and at first it really stung and made my lips swell slightly. I thought I was having an allergic reaction but had a quick look on twitter under #lipcote and it seemed a lot of people were also having this reaction. My lips quickly settled and even after having a shower and sleeping, there were still traces of lipstick on my lips, so this product definitely works! I then used it the next day and the stinging was reduced and again, my lipstick stayed on for ages even after eating and drinking. Love this product and so pleased it was in this months box.

Glossybox Lipstick in Glossy Pink - Full Size £9.50
This lipstick is amazing! I love the colour, I think it suits every skin tone. It’s long lasting, especially when applied with the lipcote and the creamy formula doesn’t dry out your lips at all. I will definitely be using this as my every day lipstick from now on! Well done Glossybox.

Really happy with this months box and I have lots of lovely products that I will definitely be trying.


Sunday 5 August 2012

L'Occitane Samples Review

I recently had the pleasure of receiving a lot of beauty samples from the company L'Occitane (thanks to my friend Kelly's excellent advice) and I would ideally love to review them all, however I received so many, I decided to split them up into mini reviews.

The first product I tried out was the Precious Night Cream, as I was writing this up in the evening. This full size product is £49.00 and is one of L'Occitane's best sellers. This cream claims to reinforce skin regeneration, corrects deep wrinkles and improves skin firmness. I mainly wanted to try this to see if it would even out my complexion overnight.

This cream went on really well and was nice and thick, which is how I like a night cream to be because you know it will sink in overnight. I'll be honest it has a strange scent to it, a bit like white emulsion paint but after smearing it on the smell soon went away.

After using this cream, I woke up and my skin was hydrated and soft, thumbs up from me.

That same morning, I also decided to try out a couple of other products. First was the Relaxing Hand Balm at just £12.00 this is a really good price.

 This hand balm is enriched with shea butter and essential oils so not only smells amazing, it's super nourishing too.
It made my hands feel soft and smooth and had a lovely clean scent to it which lasted on the skin for ages.

The third and final product I tried out was the Eau Ravissante Fresh Cologne, at £37.00 full price.

This had a floral scent which reminded me of summer. Not only can this be used as a cologne, this can also be poured into bath water, or soaked onto a handkerchief and used as a calming method, which I think is fantastic.

Overall, I am very impressed with the L'Occitane samples that I have tried so far, and I will be definitely giving the other products a trial in the near future, so stay tuned for future reviews :)


Wednesday 1 August 2012

July 2012 She Said Beauty Box

Hello. It’s that time of the month again (no, not THAT time) where my She Said Beauty box comes through my door. It doesn’t seem like long ago since I received my last box so I was pleasantly surprised to come home to this!

I hadn’t seen any spoilers so didn’t have a clue what to expect. Since looking on the website and at other reviews, it looks as if everyone has very similar products and there isn’t too much variation between boxes, which I think is fair. I have had a chance to use a few of these items, so here is what I think.

White Glo - Professional Choice Toothpaste - Full Size £4.07
I actually already have this at home, so for me this sample wasn’t that exciting. This toothpaste does help to make your teeth whiter over time but you really need the full size item to give you enough to do this. This also tastes powdery so may not be to everyone's taste but I think it’s alright. I’m actually off on holiday in a couple of weeks so this is ideal to take for the week, and saves me buying a sample size.

Balance Me - Rose Otto Intensive Lip Salve - Full Size £12.00
I was slightly disappointed by receiving this product, as I had literally gone out and got glamour magazine last week which contained this same free gift. This lipsalve is alright, nothing special I would say but it’s good to have in your handbag for those times when your lips are dry. I think this will come in handy in the winter.

Redken Colour Extend Radiant -10 - Full Size £19.99
This product claims to provide 10 essential benefits to your hair. I am trying to fade the current dye out of my hair so I don’t want to try this out yet, but I have sprayed it and think it smells nice and feels like it will be light and nourishing. I will be dying my hair soon and will definitely try this product out.

Papier Poudré – Rachel Powdered Paper - Full Size £7.96 for 6 x 20 leaf booklets.
I have wanted to try blotting paper out for a while as I often get an oily t-zone throughout the day. I used this after my foundation in the morning and could definitely tell by the look of the paper that it had soaked up something, unfortunately I think this may have been my make-up. The paper gave a powdered look to the face but seemed to lift some of my foundation away. I will try using this before my make-up to see if that makes a difference, but I think to be honest, this does nothing my normal setting powder doesn’t do.

Absolutely Flawless Nail Foils  - Full Size £1.90 (32 foils)
Before I saw these foils, I saw the little postcard with all 130 designs on. There were a few I liked the look of but I seem to have received one of the less exciting designs. I have used nail foils before and they only lasted a couple of days but these ones are so cheap, I think they will be worth it if they only last that long. I haven’t used them yet, I thought I would put them on for my holiday, so will let you know how I get on.

4711 – Eau De Cologne - Full Size £17.00
When I first opened this, I was telling my mum about all of the products I have received and when I mentioned this she said, ‘’ooh that will be nice I’ve heard of that’’.. I immediately thought oh no, this must be old, and I personally think this is a more mature fragrance. The bottle it came in however, was absolutely adorable and looks cute sitting on my shelf.

Overall, I would say this months box is so-so. There wasn’t really anything that I was majorly excited about, but at the same time I think I will use the majority of these products. Looking forward to next months.

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