Wednesday, 30 January 2013

January Favourites!


(1) Natural Honey Body Lotion - Review here.
(2) Taaj Hand Cream - £10 - Review here.
(3) Dermalogica Precleanse - £25.50 - Review here.
(4) Dior DiorSkin Nude Skin Glowing Makeup - £31 - Review here.
(5) Colour Club Nail Polish in Put a Pin In It - £3 - Review here.
(6) Fresh Sugar Rose Lip Treatment - £29.95 - Review here.

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

BirchBox Review - Taaj Hand Cream


Taaj was first introduced to me by Joliebox. I received a bottle of Taaj Makeup Remover in a box last year that I immediately fell in love with. I have since repurchased this remover twice and it has become a religious part of my evening skincare routine.

When I noticed that I had been given another Taaj product in my first ever BirchBox I was thrilled. I had a good feeling about the brand which is always a good start. A few days prior to receiving the BirchBox, I had actually been looking on shop shelves for a new hand cram that would work well on my nails and cuticles. Luckily I didn't purchase one because then I received this little diamond.

The packaging of Taaj products isn't the most amazing I've ever seen. I wouldn't pick it out on a shop shelf but I think that this hand cream looks marginally better than the makeup remover. I like the metallic writing and crisp white packaging. It's definitely a hygienic way to store the product, rather than a tub. It is also much easier to carry around in my handbag, which is currently where it resides.


It was described as smelling of Cinnamon, which it does but not on it's own. There is a general hint of soap in the background as well which creates a very pleasant aroma. Cinnamon is one of my favourite flavours and scents, so this travelled straight for goal without me even testing the cream properly. Though naturally I went on to do so...

The hand cream is a standard thickness that massages into the hands incredibly well. There is no greasy residue left behind which is one of the first things I look for. Typically this means that the cream doesn't moisturise for very long but I don't find this to be the case. It has been very cold and bitter recently with the amount of snow we've been having. But I don't find that my hands have gone dry which is partly thanks to this amazing cream. The skin on my hands actually looks baby smooth and soft which hasn't really been a noteable factor with other hand creams I've used before. It makes me wonder if Taaj do any body lotions and what they would be like.

I would definitely say this is worth a try if hand creams are your weakness. I don't tend to have very dry skin so I generally don't worry about these products too much. If my skin does get a little tight I reach for my favourite hand cream and away I go. I don't often find the need to repurchase a cream. However I know that if I did, this would be one of my top choices, along with Hand Food by Soap and Glory.

Do you have a favourite hand cream that you can't live without? Please leave your comments below.

Monday, 28 January 2013

Top 3 Nude Lip Liners... So far!

 

This is a bit of a different post for me as I don't really own any Lip Liners. There are probably better lip liners out there that I have not tried yet. However, from my own personal collection, these are the top three ones I would reach for - whether that be because of colour or texture.

First off we have L'oreal Paris Contour Parfait Lip Liner in Rose Vintage. This was one of the first lip liners I ever purchased. I bought it because I really wanted a pretty pink nude that I could wear underneath the lipsticks I owned at the time. I didn't really know too much about what I was looking for so this ended up being a shot in the dark.

Next we have Mac's Boldly Bare. I received this in my Iced Delights Gift bag in December 2011, along with my I Love Winter Lipstick. It was only a small pencil to start with but it has been well loved within my collection. I like that I can spot it in my makeup bag because it's white! Not very often do you find anything in white packaging these days (unless its by natural collection).

Finally we have Elysambre Lip Liner. I wish that I could tell you the colour but it doesn't actually say. I received this in a Joliebox last year and immediately fell in love with it. I like that it has a metallic lid and looks pretty. It's not crowded with lots of different languages all over it!

 

Here's your first look at the colours before you see them applied underneath. As you can see we have a pink, a neutral and then a slightly darker berry nude underneath. I thought that these were a good example of a wide variety of pencils - not only with colours but with brands and prices too.

 

First up and my favourite lip liner of them all is the Elysambre. The pencil is so soft and applies like a dream which makes it so easy to get a really neat application. It also leads to a better colour pay off. The creamy texture makes an opaque finish easy to achieve. The lips were easy to fill in and I found that this was the best base for a lipstick. You can buy Elysambre online at Amazon for around £8 a pop. 

 

Next we have Mac's Boldly Bare. This is another fantastic shade that is pretty soft and easy to apply. It gives a nice coverage and helps to make the colour of the lipstick last longer. It matches beautifully with my I Love Winter lipstick. The only reason it hits second place is because I don't feel the colour pay off was as good as the Elysambre pencil. At £11.50 it is the most expensive of the lot.


Finally we come to my least favourite. L'oreal Paris Rose Vintage is a a lovely colour but it is simply impossible to apply. The pencil is so hard that I have to drag it along my lips to get any colour pay off at all. It's not a nice application process at all but it has made it to number 3 because it is a lovely delicate colour. At roughly £5 it is the cheapest of the lot but I would recommend spending the extra money and going for Elysambre or Mac for a better quality product.

And there we have it. My series on the best nude lips has concluded. I hope it helped some of you discover some new products that you might like to try this S/S. If you want to look back at the other two posts, you can find the Nude Lipsticks here, and the Berry Nude Lipsticks here.

If you have any recommendations for products that could have been included, feel free to post your comments below.

Sunday, 27 January 2013

Saturday, 26 January 2013

BirchBox Review - Fresh Sugar Rose Lip Treatment

 

My first Birchbox arrived this month and I couldn't of been happier with it. Some people are a little disappointed but for me this was an ideal box and there's not a product in there that I don't enjoy :) So, without further ado, here is my first product review from the January BirchBox.

I have heard of this Sugar Rose Lip Treatment before but have actually never come across it myself. Those who know me well will tell you what a huge lip balm fan I am. So automatically this shot to the top of my 'to try' list. I definitely wasn't let down.

 

This balm aims to moisturise, repair and protect the lips whilst leaving a hint of colour. The sugar is meant to help reduce moisture loss whilst leaving them supple for up to 6 hours. The sheer colour is also buildable, so whether you want a dainty flush or a powerful pop, you can achieve it with this lip treatment.


The packaging is absolutely stunning. I love that it has a screw cap so that it doesn't pop off in my bag. I also love the fact that it's metal and heavy. It somehow makes it feel a lot more luxurious. The colour is stunning and although it is marketed as sheer to start off with, there is a decent amount of colour pay off from initial application.

My lips do feel soft and supple for hours on end so over all this lip treatment does its job. It's a great little product to pop in your purse when you're heading out. It will definitely look lovely in the spring months when you want to look fresh faced. I plan on keeping it with me when I go to a few outdoor events this S/S.

If you're in the UK and want to grab yourself one of these, I know that you can get them from Amazon for around £13. I'm not sure if they are available in stores over here or not. I know £13 definitely sounds pricey for a lip balm but I feel you get your moneys worth. It will last a long time because you don't have to keep reapplying it. 

This is one of the best lip balms I've tried. Do you like it? Leave your comments below.

Friday, 25 January 2013

Book Worm #12 - Someone To Love by Addison Moore

If you're thinking this looks like a funny version of Matched by Allie Condie then you'd be right! I got a third of the way through that book and then my boyfriend tempted me with a link to free books on Amazon. Naturally I took the opportunity and had a look. There were 100 free books and 100 extremely cheap books, of which this was one. I ended up downloading 5, but the blurb of this book intrigued me the most. I thought that the cover was a bit odd compared to the description of the book. This one reminds me of Mills and Boon or something. However I am not one to judge a book by it's cover... too much. Haha. So I thought why not, let's give this a go.

Kendall is a sweet young girl, heading off to Garrison for some typical college fun. With her mums line of divorces lingering in her mind, she has always been one to warn off love at the first sight of it. Her V plates are still hanging in pride of place on her mantel piece - but not for too long. At the first party of her College life, she bumps into an unimaginably gorgeous boy called Cruise - aka player 101. They get acquainted when Kendall's homeless status (thanks to a useless stoner 'friend') becomes a huge problem. Cruise takes her under his wing and it's not long before Kendal is agreeing to things she doesn't quite want. She wants Cruise to teach her his player ways. She wants to be the master of seducing any man at Garrison. She wants to have sex. Unfortunately for Cruise, he soon realises that he doesn't want to share her. Unfortunately for Kendall, she realises this too. Neither of them know what the other is thinking.

I fell in love with this book after the first couple of chapters. This reminds me of American Pie but it's 10 times more funny and witty. The language is intellectual and the innuendos are brilliant. The author really does know how to make you laugh out loud.

You are genuinely gripped to the very end. This is one of those books, like Delirium, that I couldn't put down and I didn't want to either. It's a guaranteed must read and if you have a kindle like me, it's only 77p at the moment. Barginous. Go and snap it up - now!

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Top 3 Berry Nudes... so far!



Here we are with the second of my Top 3 Nudes series. If you want to check out my first post in this series about my favourite nude lipsticks, you can click here. Today I'm discussing my Top 3 Berry Nudes. What I mean by this is lipsticks that are very similar to my own lip colour, but give them a bit of a boost to look really gorgeous and pop.

The first one on my list is actually a limited edition Mac Lipstick from a few years back. I Love Winter was released with the Iced Delights Series in Christmas 2011. I originally wanted a different shade but the woman at the counter accidentally sold my mum this one instead. I was annoyed at first but actually it couldn't have worked out better. It's absolutely perfect for my skin tone and matches my lips beautifully. I love that the packaging is a neat, white, glossy tube with some silver detailing. I kind of wish that Mac did some more in this packaging as standard because it appeals to me a little more than the black and silver.

Next we have Rimmel London Kate Moss Lipstick in 08. This was a spur of the moment purchase when Boots were having a 3 for 2 sale. I already had the 01 shade which is a vibrant cherry red. Therefore I knew I liked the quality of the lipsticks but it was all about the shade. I didn't realise that this lipstick was actually going to suit me as well as it does. The packaging is ok. It's pretty standard for a high street brand. I don't love it but I don't dislike it either.

Finally we have YSL Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick in 24. I bought this lipstick when I was in Beijing in January 2012. It was the first YSL product I had ever owned and naturally I was extremely excited to try it out. After swatching it I knew that I liked the colour and I thought the packaging was pretty cute too. I did actually want a different YSL lipstick because the packaging looked much nicer on the other line of lipsticks they were selling. However none of the colours available pulled me in so I ended up with this one.



Again, all the lipsticks look the shame colour but they are slight differences. It's been hard to get a good picture with good daylight because of the heavy snow we've been having. The clouds are laying low and grey which is casting somewhat of a shadow over my photos. Sorry about this. Hopefully you can get a better idea for the colours below.



Here we have the Mac lipstick. I love this shade because it is pretty and pink whilst looking more dark and classic in the shadows. Mac lipsticks smell amazing and have great pigmentation. This is a Cremesheen which is the type of lipstick I have been loving recently. I think this is the most perfect pink rose lip for spring that will help you achieve that fresh faced look. I'm not too sure what a dupe for this may be. Perhaps if you don't have this colour, ask at a Mac counter for a similar shade?



The second one on my list is the Rimmel London lipstick. I absolutely adore this shade and can't believe how well it suits me. Normally when I don't take too much care about picking out a product, I end up with something that doesn't look remotely nice. However this has definitely changed my opinion. It's got just enough of a pink tone to bring my lips to life whilst being very muted and natural. As you can see it is quite glossy and reasonably moisturising. I would apply a lip balm before using this for some added moisture but over all it's fine. Depending on what you are doing, the colour can last for a long while. Especially if you use a lipstick lock product. I would recommend this to anyone who's planning on making a cosmetic splurge in the near future.



Finally we have YSL. This is a slightly more pearly shade which is why it comes in last. I have been preferring creamy colours recently but that doesn't stop this being a wonderful product. The colour matches my lips nicely whilst giving it a little bit of a pop at the same time. It's a light and fresh shade which will go quite nicely in the upcoming spring and summer months. The colour lasts on the lips well and isn't drying at all which is a huge added bonus. The only reason I used to hate lipsticks was because of their drying qualities. A lot has changed since I first tried lipsticks though :)

So here we have it, my Top 3 Berry Nude Lipsticks. I hope that you found it helpful and it has given you some ideas for lipsticks you might wish to try out. The final part of this series will be my Top 3 Nude Lip liners which I hope to get up by the end of this week.

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant and Precleanse



I don't think I have ever tried any Dermalogica products before. If I have, I don't recall them. So, it is lucky for me that I received this Daily Microfoliant set* from Liberty in the post to try! I tend to get a lot of skincare items, whether it be through beauty boxes, my own purchases or a PR company sending me some. I enjoy trying them all out and finding something that I perhaps wouldn't have tried otherwise but works extremely well for me.

My only rule for skincare is that I should realistically use it for around a month to find out if it works well for me. I believe that my skin hasn't gone through it's cycle and may still be affected by a product before hand until this time is up. I like to be able to give a fair and honest review of the new product I try, so I find it's best to give it a while :) I have been using these products for just under 3 weeks and feel that I have got a good feel for them now. I was previously using my standard skincare wash so I don't feel to worried about working through the effects of a previous face wasih.



So here we are. I am excited to review two of the three products in this set. I will reveal why I haven't used the third product last.

First off I have the Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant. I also have tester samples of the Precleanse Solution and Gentle Cream Microfoliant Mask. All of these come in very simple white and grey plastic packaging which wouldn't jump out at me if I saw it on a shelf. However I like that it is simple because it makes me feel like the product doesn't have any added extra chemicals and colours in it, which it doesn't :)



The first product I tried was the Daily Microfoliant. I originally thought that this would be a normal cream/gel/liquid but it turns out to be a powder! Yeah, that was a new one on me too. It actually made the process even more intriguing as it was unlike any other skincare product I had ever used before. The rice-based powder aims to exfoliate and brighten your skin.



All you need to do is wet your hands, and then tap roughly half a tea spoon of the powder out of the bottle. I always find it hard to judge amounts so I used this much or sometimes slightly more.



Then you wet your other hand and massage the two together to make a white paste as shown above. The next stage is to massage this paste onto your face in circular motions for around a minute. After this, you simply rinse it off your face with warm water and dry. Voila.

The first thing I noticed about this product was how huge the bottle is! You get so much product for your money which I think is great. And because you are using such a little amount at a time, it really does mean that this will last you a very long while. I really appreciate the fact that you get your moneys worth. I hate when some brands try to rip you off with giving you tiny bottle that is half full.

The next thing I noticed was unfortunately the smell. I'm sorry but I really don't think it smells at all pleasant. Thankfully the scent didn't linger very long so I would just grin and bare it. As soon as you start massaging the paste onto your skin, you feel the little beads that help exfoliate. These soon turn to nothing and you are left with a smooth paste. When you get to the 40 seconds mark it starts to get a little tough to rub the paste in any longer. It dries up on your skin. When I find that this happens I tend to just wash the remaining product off.

This is when I realise that I'm left with really gorgeous, soft and radiant skin. I was really pleased with the effect this product achieved and actually looked forward to my skincare routine. However, after a week or so my skin started to dry out a little on my cheeks and chin. I have oily skin but recently I have found that new skincare items can make this happen. This is when I grab my trusty Mac Moisturiser and after apply this there is no problem at all.

I would say that this product helped clear my skin a little but it doesn't work as well as other face exfoliants that I have been using for years. I think that if my skin didn't dry out so much and the smell wasn't so promanent it wouldn't be a problem.



After using the Daily Mircofoliant on it's own, I thought I might give this a go to help with the dryness that was occurring. Before having this product I would have never dreamt of using anything like this before on my skin. This is essentially an oil-based makeup remover. As you know I have oily skin and the thought of putting more oil onto my skin was absurd. However I thought that it was worth giving it a go, so here we are with the Dermalogica Precleanse.



You aren't actually told how much to use. Therefore I would use anything between 5 and 7 droplets. The bottle has a tiny whole at the top where you can shake the bottle and product will come out. I'm pleased so far with how hygienic the packaging is.



At this stage I would rub my hands together and then smooth the oil onto my dry face, over my makeup. This process actually felt really nice. It didn't feel to greasy at all which I was surprised with but it also didn't look like it was removing much makeup so I was very skeptical.

Once the oil is applied, you wet your hands and smooth them over your face again which creates a milky texture with the oil. Once your happy you have removed all your makeup you simply rinse your face with warm water and then blot dry. It is recommended that you follow this product with the Demalogica Cleanser but since I didn't have this, I just used the Microfoliant instead.

I am absolutely amazed and overwhelmed by how brilliant this product actually is. I can not believe that it actually removed every single trace of makeup I had on without me even noticing!

When I washed off the oil, my face felt clean and fresh. There was no oily residue left behind and my skin was radiant. I actually tried using my trusty Taaj Makeup Remover afterwards with a cotton pad to see if the makeup actually had all come off. To my utter surprise there wasn't a single drop of makeup left on the pad! I think this was the moment where precleanse and I fell in love. I can not believe how night after night my skin was clear and fresh. And oil on oily skin??? Apparently it's a magical combination.

Would I repurchase this product? Most definitely! I'm so happy I've been introduced to this and I'm glad that I wasn't to scared to try it out in the first place. I would have been missing out on something brilliant!

So last but not least we have the product that I didn't try - the Gentle Cream Exfoliant Mask. This product aims to exfoliate and retexturiser your skin for extreme smoothness. All you do is use it 2-3 times a week for 10-15 minutes each time, alternating with the Daily Microfoliant.

What put me off using this was that on the bottle it says it can make your skin very sensitive. It tells you to try and stay out of sunlight for a week after using this product which sent alarm bells ringing in my head. I might give this a go at some point, just to find out what it's like but it seems a little harsh to me if I need to avoid sunlight for a week. Who knows... I shall put a separate review up of this in future if I decide to try it.

So there we have it :) I am very happy to have been able to try these great Dermalogica products. They were both amazing in their own ways and I have found another makeup remover that I will love for a long time to come. I can't ask for a lot more than that.

If you have tried any of these products, or indeed any other products by Dermalogica, please leave your comments below. I love to hear other peoples opinions on skincare and how it works for them. After all, everyone is an individual and skincare is very personal. What doesn't work for one person might work wonders for another.

If you are interested in other beauty gift sets that Liberty have, you can check them out on their website. They also have some other lovely skincare brands which I am dying to try out :) 

Monday, 21 January 2013

DiorSkin Nude Skin Glowing Makeup



I realise that my friend Becky has already done a post about this foundation on my blog. However, when I received a sample of it in my magazine I figured it was worth a review from my point of view. After all, she has normal/dry skin and I have oily/combo so it could work very differently for the both of us.

Launched in August last year, this product was aimed to be a great lightweight foundation. Whilst having all the properties of being lightweight, it was still trying to give the good medium-high coverage that some of us really need. This is what pulled me in to try it - that and the fact that it's Dior and I'm a sucker like that.

The first thing to note was that the sample came in a decent shade. Light Beige turns out to be the colour I would be matched with which is perfect! Usually these samples are miles too dark and make me look orange. I normally have to try them out when I'm staying in for the whole day so people don't think I've been tangoed. And I can only really get a feel for how the foundation controls my skin's oiliness rather than what sort of coverage it gives me and if it looks flawless or not.




I apply this foundation with my Sigma F80 brush. I tend to use this brush for liquid foundations as I feel that it is better to buff the foundation into the skin rather than paint it on with a foundation brush. The normal Mac 187 that I use for my cream to powder foundation would be ok at a push. But realistically it's no where near dense enough in my eyes and the fibres are miles to long to get some concentrated precision with it. Don't get me wrong, it works marvellously with my trusty Studio Fix Powder Plus foundation and I would never reach for another brush. But in this circumstance, Sigma trumps Mac.



This may seem like an odd picture to show you the foundation on my skin but I'm generally not that amazing at getting a decent photo so please do excuse me. Plus I feel that this is a great representation of the foundation as it's up close and does show you what I really love about this makeup - that it's flawless.

I can't tell you how quickly I fell in love with this foundation. It is absolutely stunning and it makes my skin look great! Immediately my skin started to look immaculate and because it's so lightweight, you could still see the freckles and textures of my skin underneath coming through. I think this is a great testimony to this foundation as it makes you look so natural. It almost looks like a second layer of skin. For a girl that uses foundation to make her feel a little bit more confident, this definitely does the job. Yes it's expensive at £31 for 30ml but if it gives me the feeling I feel then it's worth it. You can actually purchase it for around £26 from Escentuals which is the official online Dior stockist. Why not? Save yourself a bit of money.

But here we have it.. This whole review was meant to tell you if I thought it was suitable for oily skin and not if the coverage and look of it was great. So let me put this to you quickly, as it pains me to say it... After about 6-8 hours of wearing this foundation my skin does get extremely oily. The foundation doesn't absorb anything really so I need to use my Mac Blot film immediately at this time. What's cheeky is that after the oil has been blotted you are left with the picture above - beautiful flawless skin. From that moment on you start to fall in love with it all over again and it's a cycle of love and hate and wishing that the oil was controlled a little better.

Yes I could just blot throughout the day but I'm lazy. I find it annoying to do so when I know that I wouldn't have to if I used a different product. Therefore my conclusion is that I probably wouldn't wear this as an everyday foundation. I would purchase it and use it on occasions where photos were being taken and I wanted a little extra coverage but otherwise it doesn't seem practical. I also worry how well this foundation would stay on my skin during the hot summer months. Would it just look greasy and melt off straight away? Who knows. I tried to set it with a powder the second time I tried it but it simply made no difference. What a shame :(

What would you do if you were in my position? Would you wear it and blot or just keep it for special occasions. Leave your comments below :)

Saturday, 19 January 2013

Top 3 Nude Lipsticks... so far!

 

I am a huge fan of lipsticks that I class as 'my lips but better' shades. Most of the time I wear nude lipsticks or sightly more berry toned ones that give my face a little warmth. So with that in mind, I thought I would do a short 3 piece series on my favourite nude and berry lipsticks along with best lip liners to go with them. With spring coming around, it's nice to try and keep your face looking natural, dewy and fresh and I believe that these colours will do just that.

So first we have Mac Marilyn Monroe Lipstick in Pure Zen. Although this is in limited edition packaging, you can buy this from Mac's permanent line in the normal black and silver tube. Personally I am a sucker for something that's limited edition and absolutely adore the packaging on this. It makes me feel like I have something that's exclusive, which makes using it even more exciting.

Next we have YSL Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick in 11. Although the packaging on this is very pretty, it is also extremely unpractical. As you can see, mine has got scratched to pieces in my makeup bag, which ruins it a little. If I could go back, I would keep it in its box because it breaks my heart every time I look at how damaged it is.

Finally we have 17 Mirror Shine Lipstick in Beehive. The packaging has changed since I bought mine. It is now a lot more classic with a square black tube and a pull out mirror. On the other hand, this packaging is easy to find in my makeup bag. Plus I love the satisfying click that the lid makes when you slide it back onto the tube. Simple things!

 

From this picture the lipsticks all look the same shade. However you will see from the pictures below that they aren't, even if they are very similar in tone. I love that the YSL lipstick has the initials printed on the product. Not only does it look pretty in pictures, but it reminds me of how luxurious the product is. I don't know if any of you feel that too? But I guess that's just how I am. Weird I know!


So, my favourite nude lipstick is the Mac one. It's glossy which helps me to feel really fresh faced. It also has a warmer peachy undertone which helps to bring my face to life. The last thing you want to do is look washed out! At £14 it is in the middle of my price range here. I know that some people would think that it's too much to spend on a cosmetic product but I disagree. Mac is a great, respected brand that sells really high quality product. The lipstick smells amazing and it looks amazing. The packaging is gorgeous and it doesn't dry my lips out. Therefore I think it's worth the money :)

 

Next we have the YSL lipstick which I will admit makes me look a tiny bit washed out in this picture. It is hard to control the light whilst taking pictures during the day, but I would say it is a reasonable representation of the colour. I just don't look as pale as this picture portrays. Haha. I love this product because again, it has a bit of a shine to it. I would say that this lipstick has more of a pearl effect too it. It makes you look really fresh faced and I feel that the colour seems to warm the longer you wear it. It can wear off a little quickly so it's good to keep it in your bag for touch ups. It's the most expensive lipstick in this post at £23.50, which I do feel is a little pricey. However its YSL so I guess you are paying for the name.


Finally we have the high street version. 17 Mirror Shine lipstick in Beehive is £4.79 and is probably the best value for money. The only reason that this comes in third is because it doesn't last very long on the lips, it can come across as sheer sometimes and the packaging isn't as nice as the other two. Having said this, it reaches my top three nudes for a reason! It's a stunning colour that I believe will work well on every single skin tone. It's warm and glossy, plus it makes me feel nice when I look in the mirror and see it. You can't ask for more than that when you're spending less than a fiver!

So there we have it - a round up of the best nudes I own. If you have a favourite nude lipstick that I haven't mentioned, please leave the name in the comments below so that I can go and check it out!

Next up will be my berry nude lipsticks early next week, so watch out for that :)

Friday, 18 January 2013

January Birchbox!!


For those who don't know, JolieBox has now joined with Birchbox in the US and I for one couldn't be happier. I have admired the Birchboxes from afar since there initial inception. I wished that we could get it over here in the UK and now my wish has been granted. 

I can not believe that my box got delivered this morning! The snow is so bad that people are abandoning their cars and my dad who works 20-25 minutes away had a 2 hours journey home. The post men must be really dedicated. They should know that they made one beauty addict very happy this morning! 

Let's see what I got in my first beauty box of the year.

 

So far so good. I'm extremely happy with the look of everything in the box. There are some brands I recognise from previous beauty boxes, which gives me the confidence that I will like what I have received.

 

Fresh - Sugar Rose Lip Treatment - Beauty editors love this delicious treatment, which keeps lips flake-free and soft. Plus, there's built in SPF15.

Hello. Let me introduce myself.. I'm Helena, Lip Balm Enthusiast. I absolutely adore this lip treatment. The packaging is luxurious, the smell is gorgeous and the subtle and beautiful colour pay off is much more than I expected. It includes SPF and is over all the best of everything in one product. This could easily rival my favourite Blistex Relief Cream.

 

KMS California - Free Shape Quick Blow Dry Spray - Save precious time with this dual-phase mist: The top layer detangles and softens hair, while the bottom layer helps it dry faster.

I already own the full size version of this after exhausting the last sample I picked up in a beauty sale.  This is an amazing hair product and now I have a sample size to take on holiday with me in the summer. Happy me. Click here for my review.


Taaj - Creme Mains Delhicates Hand Cream - The latest French import to strike our fancy, this shea-enriched cream has a lovely cinnamon scent.

JolieBox introduced me to my Taaj Makeup Remover which I have now repurchased twice and love. Therefore when I saw I had another Taaj product which smelt of cinnamon (one of my favourite tastes and smells) I thought things couldn't get much better. Hopefully this is going to be an amazing hand cream. A review will follow.


Wei - Jujube age control serum - This light serum uses jujube extract and other Chinese herbs to calm redness and soften the look of fine lines.

Birchbox has conquered another classic problem of beauty boxes - anti-ageing products that I simply won't use. This appeals to me because it reduces redness which is a problem I suffer with. If it sorts out some subtle fine lines in the mean time then all the better!


Coloniali - Deep Body Massage Cream with Myrrh - Made with resin sourced from myrrh trees in North Africa, this will leave your skin feeling revitalised and velvety-smooth.

This seems like a really luxurious product. When it feels like a treat, you tend to enjoy it more. I am very much looking forward to trying this out whilst my boyfriend gives me a back massage :) Hidden advantages to being a beauty blogger :)


Teapigs - Peppermint, Chamomile or Superfruit - Your afternoon cuppa just got more exciting thanks to these yummy whole-leaf tea blends.

This is probably the only product I might not use. Even though I have said this, it still appeals to me in all the right ways. It is caffeine free which is a good start since I react badly to caffeine in tea. If it was one of the other flavours I think I would have enjoyed it. I have tried fruit tea in the past and didn't like it in the slightest. Having said this, I guess I could try it. I don't have anything to lose!

So there we have it! The first Birchbox of this year and over all I am a happy chappy. Lets hope that we start as we mean to continue :)

If you received this beauty box, please leave your comments and thoughts below.
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