Sunday, 31 March 2013

March Favourites!



Skinetica Anti Blemish Solutions - £10 - Read a review here.
Revlon Lip Butter in Red Velvet - £7.99 - Read a review here.
Clean and Clear Deep Action Cream Wash - £3.50 - Read a review here.
Simple Age Resisting Eye Cream - £6.99 - Read a review here.
Molton Brown Valbonne Perfume - £65 - Read a review here.
Nick Chavez Plump n' Thick Hair Mist - £13.90 - Read a review here.

Saturday, 30 March 2013

Revlon Lip Butter in Red Velvet

 

Boots are having 3 for 2 again!!! Yay!! I'm so excited because these days I seem to only buy cosmetics when this sort of sale is on. As soon as I saw the poster in store I just knew that I had to go and pick up some of the products i've been craving to try out.

I knew that Revlon had released some new shades and limited edition lip butters this season, so it was my sole mission to swatch them all and see which one I wanted the most. 

I really loved Pink Lemonade but there were so many other products that I wanted to try out that I stopped myself from getting that colour. However I did pick up this gorgeous, vampy red in Red Velvet.

 

I'm not overly sure as to weather this is a spring shade or not. I would have thought that it would have been better suited as an Autumn/Winter release. Either way, I'm not letting that prevent me from picking it up. I absolutely adore how dark the colour looks on the tube. Having tried a couple of the lip butters before, I know that this is the easiest way to wear a bright or darker bold lip. After all, these formulations keep your lips moisturised and the colour stay is brilliant. If it does start wearing off, all you need to do is touch it up and you're ready to go again. You don't have to worry about applying lip balm and having your lips chap throughout the day.


This is exactly what I hoped Revlon's Black Cherry lipstick was going to be when I was looking for a gorgeous Oxblood colour last year. I'm glad I've found this now though. As they say, better late than never.

There's not really much more to say on the matter, as everyone knows about these butters and loves them from the previous shades that were released. But I would say that if you love dark lip colours, or want to try it out without making too much of a commitment to it, these products are the way to go.


Here are the other shades which have been released recently. Which is your favourite?

Source - Musingsofamuse

Friday, 29 March 2013

Skincare Routine



Today I wanted to share my morning and evening skincare routine with you. I figured that I am making a bit of a series of it this week, so I may as well continue the trend and finish it off. After all, it has been over a year since I last shared my skincare routine and it has changed quite a bit since then!

When I went to uni, I realised that using expensive products was a bit of a nightmare. Sometimes I couldn't afford them or couldn't buy them locally. That's why I love that the majority of the products I use now are cheap, easily accessible and effective.

I use these products in the morning and evening to remove my makeup and keep my skin clear and blemish free. I take the eye cream and moisturiser from the bedtime routine and use this in the morning as well. Otherwise, this is what I use when I'm in the bathroom.

Taaj - Micellar Cleansing Water (£16) - I discovered this product in my Joliebox and absolutely fell in love with it. I have repurchased it twice and will continue to do so because it works a dream for me. It removes my makeup effortlessly - even mascara. I feel confident that I have removed all of the product on my face because the cotton pad stays white when it has all been removed. I really recommend you try this if you haven't already or you like the Bioderma Cleansing Water. For a full review of this product, click here.

Clean and Clear - Blackhead Clearing Daily Scrub (£3.99) - I have been using this product for years now. It has been the one product that helps to keep my skin clear without drying it out. I'm not overly fond of the thin texture of the scrub, but when it does it's job you can't really complain. I was using this in my skincare routine over a year a go and it's not going anywhere. If you want to check out my previous skincare routine, you can click here.

Clean and Clear - Deep Action Cream Wash (£3.50) - This is one of the newer additions to my skincare routine. I have been using this for around 3 weeks but I absolutely adore it. It is the smoothest, softest cream wash I have ever used. When you wash it off it gives your skin the tingly, clean feeling without any of the tightness you can get from other products that are similar. I really enjoy using this and alternating it with my Blackhead Clearing Daily Scrub so that I don't over exfoliate my skin.

Skinetica - Anti Blemish Solutions (£10) - This is another new addition to my skincare routine but I am using it religiously and really love the results. I reviewed this a couple of days ago, so for a full review click here.

Simple - Rapid Action Spot Zapper (£5.49) - This is one of the best spot treatments I have come across. It has a roll on application which feels very soothing to the spot and contains zinc to dry out the breakout out. I find that this is really effective the earlier you catch the spot. I still like my Clean and Clear Advantage Spot Gel but this just pips it to the post. For a full review of this, click here.

La Roche-Posay - Effaclar Duo (£13) - Finally we have this awesome product. I don't use this every day. However when I have deep cystic acne coming through this works a dream. It helps to prevent it getting worse by breaking down the sebum to clear the area. For a full review, click here.

What products do you swear by every day? Let me know in the comments below :)

Thursday, 28 March 2013

Boyfriend's Birthday Haul!



Hey all! Today is a little bit of a different post. It is my boyfriend's birthday so I thought it would be nice to share with you what I bought him. There is also a cheeky present from my parents that snuck in there too.

I thought this might be interesting for you if you have a boyfriend, brother or dad's birthday coming up soon and don't know what to buy them. This might give you an idea as to some potential presents that they might like.

Either way, it's always nice to have a nosy isn't it? :P So I hope you enjoy. I'll pass you on to the boyfriend now so he can tell you a little bit more about each item :)



And here's a picture of all of the presents after carefully opening all of the neatly wrapped paper above. It seemed like such a shame after all of the effort that Helena had obviously gone to!



This is a lovely wallet from Paul Smith that I have been wanting ever since I saw one online. My current wallet has unfortunately started to fall apart, so it's time to replace it, and this is the perfect replacement! I was surprised that Helena managed to find one as most places seemed to have stopped selling this particular design! I'm glad that she did though, because I love it! The eagle eyed amongst you might notice that the pattern matches the wrapping paper, subtle hinting there gf?



Being a Knicks fan, I've been wanting a jersey foreverrrr! For those of you that don't already know, we're going to NYC this summer. I was intending to buy a jersey whilst I was over there, so this was a great surprise! It's customised with my birthday number and surname on the back and it's awesome! Now I just need the weather to get better so that I can shoot some hoops on my drive!



This washbag from Osprey is another item that I've been wanting for a very long time! It's quirky being shaped like a Rugby Ball, but is also of great quality leather and will be perfect for all of my away jobs when I'm at clients!



These Chelsea boots have previously featured in one of my Weekly Wish Lists. Helena being the awesome girlfriend that she is, picked up on that and bought me some for my Birthday! These will go nicely with some jeans and a leather jacket.



As you may have noticed from my Wish Lists, I seem to have an addiction to tees with a little chest pocket. This long sleeved tee will be great for slouching in when I'm cotching at home.



Helena originally bought 21 Jump Street, however I'd already bought it between her buying it and my birthday. Never a good idea to buy things guys! It gets you into trouble.. Anyway, so I suggested Hangover 2 as it was one of the first movies that we saw together and I haven't seen it since then so there was a hole in my rather large film collection.



Finally, we get round to this cologne from Ralph Lauren. It's a great fresh scent that will be perfect for the summer and was a present from Helena's parents.

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Skinetica Anti Blemish Solution



I've seen this product on a bunch of blogs I follow recently. People were always raving about how much they loved it that I really wanted to give it a go. You know how it is in the blogging world - as soon as a product gets a lot of positive coverage, everyone feels compelled to buy it. Although this does happen to me, I wanted to use this product for different reasons.

I always strive to find products that will help me achieve clearer skin, as I mentioned in my Bedtime Routine post yesterday. Therefore when I saw that there was a cult beauty product which was specific to my skin type, I absolutely had to give it a go.



Skinetica Anti Blemish* helps to sooth, calm and clear any active breakouts whilst also preventing further breakouts in the future. It is really gentle on your skin. It doesn't dry it out or have any of the nasty side effects with some other products will give you. This is a huge bonus as it never looks nice to have dry and flaking skin. It is absolutely impossible to get a nice finish with your makeup when your skin is like this too.

When I first tried this, I simply couldn't get past the smell. It has a really, really strong scent that is probably one of the most unpleasant smells I have ever come across. Even though this was the case, I decided to give it a try regardless as I'd heard so many good things. If it truly did do what it said on the container, I would be more than happy to ignore the terrible smell. After all, it doesn't linger on your skin. It is just the initial application that doesn't smell very pleasant at all.

I've now been using this for around 2 weeks and I absolutely love the results that I've seen. My skin is clearer and I have had no breakouts since applying this to my skin. I tend to use it on my chin as I get the most active breakouts here. This has helped to reduce spots that were there previously and in some cases even get rid of the spots all together. I have had a few white heads come up but they were gone within a day. This product even helps to reduce cystic acne which is really lovely as I tend to suffer with this the most.

This product is not a two second fix by any means. However for a long term solution of getting rid of and preventing break outs, this is your baby. I would definitely suggest trying to get past that potent smell and giving it a religious try for a couple of weeks to see how it works for you.

I know that on their website they offer samples which last up to three days. These are free but you have to pay £1 postage. For a full size version like mine, it would cost £10 which I think is an absolute bargain for a product that truly works and leaves my skin feeling clearer.

Have you tried this product? Let me know what you think about it in the comments below.

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Bedtime Hydration Routine



After I have done my skincare routine in the bathroom, I like to retreat back to my cozy before and finish off by thoroughly moisturising all of my skin. This is a new thing for me as it has taken me a while to try out different products and combinations to find out which ones work for me.

Finding your perfect routine is not a two second job. People are often under the assumption that you will pick up a bunch of products from your local supermarket and your skin will be perfect. This just isn't the case - or at least not the case for most!

I have invested a lot of time into finding the right products that work the best for me because my skin is important. I don't tend to wear a lot of make up to begin with. Therefore having nice skin is essential in my eyes. I don't want to clog up my pores by putting product after product on my face, so finding products that prevent me from doing that is a huge bonus.

I don't have clear skin by any stretch of the imagination. However I have managed to produce a complexion that makes me feel at ease with the little amount of make up I do put on. I use it to feel a little boost of confidence. I know that people don't look at me and think that I've got it caked on. I often get told that people have noticed I don't wear a lot of makeup and that's ok with me. It's what I want. I just use that little bit to make me feel comfortable. Then I have the extra products for the option to beautify myself for different occasion if I wish to.

Basically, it's all about clear and beautiful skin for me. I don't have this by any means. I have acne scarring, the occasional break out, hyper-pigmentation and the rest of it. But I have found certain products that work well for me and I stick to them.



A skincare routine will be coming soon, but for now I wanted to show you what moisturisers I use to help keep my skin feeling hydrated. I learnt the hard way that if you have oily skin, you still need to moisturise like the rest of the human population. All you need to take into consideration is that there are different types of hydration you can seek. You have to find the products that are designed for your skin type and use them in areas you feel appropriate. For example, there is no rule book saying that face moisturiser needs to be applied to the entire face. Just apply it where you need it. Mix and match and find the perfect combination for you.

Now, enough of me jabbering on. Here's the products I use, with a little summary below:

Simple - Age Resisting Eye Cream - This is the newest addition to my bedtime routine. I have gone years without using anything under my eyes, but after noticing a few fine lines I wanted to invest in something to stop premature ageing. When I say a few fine lines, I don't mean anything more than what a normal 22 year old would have. I just mean that it's better to prevent them before they occur, which is why I picked up an anti-ageing product instead of any regular joe eye cream.

I never realised that the skin under my eyes needed moisture. However I have noticed huge advantages to using this cream. My concealer now goes on smoother and doesn't look dried up and sometimes cakey. It has also helped with minor lines too. It makes me skin feel puffed out and therefore reduces the look of lines which is really lovely.

I have a long way to go before I find the perfect eye cream I'm sure. However I wanted to show you the one I'm starting off with to give you an idea if you're looking to start using eye creams too.

Mac - Mineralise Charged Water Moisture Gel - I have been using this for a long time now and have completely fallen in love with it. I have tried many moisturisers on my skin but this is the one which works the best for me. The gel consistency is perfect as it creates a different kind of hydration.

I apply this to my forehead, nose and tops of my cheeks, which is where I feel I need the most moisture. For a full review of this product, click here.

Fresh - Sugar Lip Treatment in Rose - I received this in my Birchbox and absolutely love it. I am a huge fan of lip balms to start with but this one really makes my lips feel nourished.

I would normally like to use this during the day as it gives your lips a lovely rosy tint. However I have so many balms that this one has been rehomed on my bedside table. I really enjoy using it just before bed so that I wake up with a super soft pout. For a full review of this product, click here.

Blend Collective - Concentrated Hand Cream in Sandalwood/ Frankincense/ Cedarwood and Neroli - I love this hand cream. This is by far the most moisturising hand cream I have ever come across. It takes a while for the product to soak in, and there is an extremely strong fragrance that comes with it. However I don't mind this so much because I haven't found anything that works remotely like this. It is the perfect last little touch to a truly hydrating bedtime routine. For a full review on this product, click here.

Monday, 25 March 2013

Birchbox Review - La Sultane De Saba Body Lotion



Here is another product which I received in my March Birchbox. I am a huge fan of body lotions ever since I discovered my holy grail Yves Rocher Repair Lotion. Therefore I was extremely excited to give this product a try.

I've never heard anything about the brand before. However, after doing some research I understand that  La Sultane De Saba have many spas in France where body care products and candles are used and sold. All the items look absolutely divine on their website so I'm more than excited to try this lotion (£26.50) out.



I find it so annoying that the body lotion has been put in this long, thin plastic tube. It is sometimes difficult to get the product out and I feel that it will be hard to use all of the sample up without wasting some. Having said this, I understand that the full size products come with a pump which makes sure that this won't be an issue.



The consistency is pretty standard. The lotion is reasonably thin and therefore applies to the skin extremely easy. It takes zero effort to massage this product into the desired area. I tested this out on my legs and I found that it absorbed in seconds and left no greasy residue. The smell was also very pleasant. It reminds me a little bit of baby lotion - almost powdery. I think I can sense a hint of shea butter but I'm not sure about that as it's not listed on the ingredients.

After immediate application I couldn't really feel any difference to my skin texture. Normally when I moisturise after getting out of the shower, my skin feels supple and nourished. But I just did not get this feeling at all. It was almost like I hadn't applied any product whatsoever.

I decided to only use this on one leg so that I could compare later results to the leg that hadn't been moisturised. What did I find? Absolutely no difference whatsoever. Both legs felt exactly the same and I was left wondering what the point was of even applying the lotion in the first place.

This leaves me completely bemused. I have never used a lotion before that seems to give me no benefits. It's safe to say I'm confused.

Personally I wouldn't use this product again. I simply can't comprehend how it made no difference at all. I think that I will be sticking with my Yves Rocher or Di Palomo Body Butter if I want my skin to feel some deep hydration.

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Health App - iDrated!



I first came across this app when I was watching Beautycrush's YouTube channel. She mentioned that she had started to use an app which helps to measure how much she drinks every day. I thought that this was a brilliant idea as I am probably the worst person when it comes to remembering to drink. Therefore I went in search for this magical helper and found iDrated.

It's free which I was extremely pleased about, as I didn't know how well I would get on with it and didn't want to end up forking out money for nothing.



 

The set up wizzard takes all of a few seconds and then you are ready to go. All you need to do is swipe down on the screen to add how much you've had to drink. You are then given a percentage of how hydrated you are which is represented by the water level rising in the lady to the side.

The app also gives you alerts to remind you to drink more which I think is quite a good idea. However you can turn this off if you don't want this addition.

Finally the graph shows how much you've had to drink over the last 7 days. The more you drink, the more likely you are to get a bronze, silver or gold medal which is represented below. As you can tell, I'm still pretty rubbish at drinking the 2litres you are recommended to drink daily. I tend to get about 50% hydrated by the time i'm heading to sleep which is actually more than I thought, so that's something I guess. Atleast this app makes me aware of how much more I should be consuming so that I can do something about it. After all, as a huge beauty fanatic I know that I should be drinking plenty to flush all the toxins out of my body and keeping my skin clear. But frankly who really drinks enough?

Do you have any cool and helpful apps that you use on a daily basis? Let me know in the comments below :)

Friday, 22 March 2013

Book Worm #14 - The Secret of Ella and Micha by Jessica Sorensen

After ripping through my books like crazy at the beginning of this year, I have slowed down tremendously now. This was not expected. However I have now come across some books that I have been able to get into.

I figured I'd wait for the third and final book in the Delirium series by Lauren Oliver, which was meant to be released at the beginning of this month. Unfortunately this was put back until yesterday and therefore I decided to invest in another one of Jessica's books to fill the void.

This is the second book I've read by this author and I really do enjoy her writing. There are moments when I find the way the story is written to be a little immature, in the sense that I can't relate to the characters very well. However these moments are fleeting and don't really deter from my enjoyment of the story lines that happen to be very meaningful and often serious.

Ella is trying to run away from her past - literally. Life in Vegas is different from her small town village back home. The people are rich and the lifestyle is a complete change. Ella embraces this as an opportunity to alter her personality and become a new person - someone who's mum didn't die at a young age and who's father isn't an alcoholic. But no matter how far she is from home, she knows she has to return. The school year is coming to a close and it's time to face the demons that haunt her and the people she left behind - including Micha. 

Micha's life has been hell the last 8 months, not knowing where Ella is and if she's safe or not. But now she's back, there's no way he is letting her go again. She seems different. She's not the hardcore, mouthy girl she used to be and this confuses him. It becomes his sole mission to bring the old Ella back and make her realise that she can't run from the past or from her feelings any longer.

I really enjoyed reading this book. Sometimes I find that books can be a bit of a chore to read and that's what can stunt my reading all together. But this book did not feel like that at all. I was excited to read on and there were moments when I absolutely couldn't put the book down (or should I say my Kindle).

I liked the mixture of a deep story line with the intense romance between Ella and Micha. You get completely caught up in their relationship and will them to get together and help each other.

I think that this would be a great read for 16-21 year old. I'm 22 and I found this marginally lacking in parts. Having said this, there wasn't anything that would stop me going and purchasing the follow up to this book, which is what I plan to do when it is released around May this year.

I'm also really excited for the follow to The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden which is the other book I've read by Jessica Sorensen. Unfortunately it's not being released until early next year. This is so frustrating as the end was left on a cliffhanger and has left me craving more from their story.

I'm now reading Requiem which was released yesterday. I'm sure it will only take me a few days to buzz through it all. Once that finishes I'm going on to my favourite auathor, Jane Costello's, new book The Wish List  which comes out on April 11th.

What are you reading now? Is there anything you recommend? Let me know in the comments below.

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Birchbox Review - Molton Brown Valbonne Perfume

 

This has to be one of my favourite products out of what I received in this month's Birchbox. I know that a lot of people don't like getting samples of fragrance in their beauty boxes but I actually really like it. I am a huge fragrance fanatic and therefore finding new scents is so exciting for me. 

What I find really special about this perufme is that it can suit a wide range of age groups. Often you can find that fruity and sweet scents are more suited to a younger audience, whereas more musky and deeper scents are aimed at the more mature adult. However I find this to be a fragrance which is grown up enough for an parental figure, whilst still being fruity and light enough for someone in their 20's.

 

I'm always terrible with describing fragrances so I find that knowing the notes helps a lot. These are mentioned in the picture above but I will pop them here too:

Top Notes - Bergamot and Dewy Orange Flower.
Middle Notes - Provencal Mimosa, Rose and Deep Purple Orris.
Base Notes - Vetiver and Leather.

When I read that there was going to be base notes of leather I thought that was really strange. I'm not sure that I have come across a fragrance before which uses that scent. However I can assure you that you won't start smelling like your couch. The leather isn't as noticeable as you would think.

It is probably the primary fruity and floral notes which you smell immediately that attract a younger audience. Having said this, I know that I like my perfumes to have a bit of depth to them - something a little more sexy and sultry for an evening out maybe.


So now we've gone through the niceties, lets get down to the nitty gritty.
Source: BirchboxUK
It's marketed for £65 for 50ml. Now I think that is quite expensive really. I know that Molton Brown is well known and has a lovely line of good quality products, but I can buy my signature Dior perfume for that price. I'm not sure I regard Molton Brown to be designer. But maybe I'm wrong. 

Either way, I really wish that it was more affordable as I would like to buy this for my mum, as her birthday is around the corner. I may try using some of my Birchbox points to get money off and therefore make it a little more accessible. But saying that, you don't always have that option.

Did you receive this in your Birchbox? Did you like it? Let me know in the comments below as I'd love to hear weather you agree with me about it suiting all age groups :)

I realised this month that some people are getting different things in their Birchboxes in comparison to me. This is a bit disappointing as I now feel like I'm missing out on a bunch of great products that I would have liked to try out too. However I guess that it's the luck of the draw and you are sent items which are matched to you by your beauty profile. Still, when someone else gets RMK and Sanctuary products and you get brush cleaner, you start to wonder :P

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Talon Tuesday!


I know it doesn't feel like it but Spring starts tomorrow! Can you believe it?! Probably not if you are one of the unlucky few who have had yet another douse of snow! 

Either way, I thought it was about time to start digging out my bright colour polishes and giving them an airing. This is when I came across Cute as a Button by Essie in my collection. This is one of the most famous polishes by Essie but I've personally only worn it once and that was last summer. Therefore I thought it was only right that I chose this pretty, vibrant coral as my base for today's look.

I also rediscovered my Topshop Nail Paint in Razzmatazz. Ironically both were bought for me by my friend Becky who appreciates my complete addiction for all kinds of polish.

Tips never go out of style which is why I decided to try out this look. I think it is really pretty and the colours really compliment each other.

I sealed this look with some Seche Vite Top Coat. I find that Essie polishes are extremely slick and shiny - almost like gel nails. However if you blow on them whilst drying I find that it can diminish the glossy finish. Applying one layer of this fast dry top coat locks in the shine and also helps prevent chipping.

What do you think of this look? Let me know in the comments below :)

Sunday, 17 March 2013

Percy and Reed Volumising No Oil Oil



Glamour is giving away a range of different Percy and Reed haircare products with this month's magazine. They did something similar last year whereby they gave away slightly different products which I haven't even tried yet. However when I saw this cute little bottle I just had to have it. It appealed to me a lot more than any of the other items that were on offer this time.



Even though I don't have fine hair in the slightest, I still wanted to give this a go to see how it worked for me. I was more intrigued by the volumising part of it as I am continuously on the look out for haircare that will give my locks body that rivals Cheryl Cole.



All you have to do is work a couple of drops through your towel dried hair before blow drying. It is meant to keep your hair smooth, sleek and shiny whilst nourishing and repairing every strand.

You could also use this product to get rid of fly-aways by applying a little with a brush to prevent frizz.



I don't really find that this 'oil' has a particular scent at all. What I do find is that a little goes a long way.

Unfortunately this product doesn't give me much volume whatsoever. I also don't find that my hair is overly shiny after using this - no more shiny than usual I should say. I just don't find anything that makes this product worth while using. It doesn't really give me anything that my shampoo and normal haircare routine can't give me. I know of better products that help to reduce fly-aways and frizz. To be honest I had to use other products to create the look I wanted because this just wasn't doing the trick.

Overall I'm not bowled over by this and wouldn't find myself rushing to use it again. It's not horrible to use. I just don't see any benefits with it either.

This is aimed at thinner hair so maybe that's the problem. If you've tried this and liked it, please let me know in the comments below.

Friday, 15 March 2013

March Birchbox!


I think Birchbox might be feeling a little bad about having such a hiccup with their February box. After having to wait til the last day of the month for my last box, I find myself not only getting the March box earlier than usual, but also getting it delivered in double-quick time.

But you know me. I'm a true lover of Birchbox. I've wanted them to start doing boxes in the UK ever since they started and now they have, it's going to take a lot to put me off!

So, let's see what I got in my prompt March box :)


(1) Beauty Blender - Cleanser (Full Size £22) - One thing we've learned from our beauty role models? You must clean your tools. This cleanser prolongs the life of the beauty blender and all your make-up brushes. Get a head start on your spring clean.

My Opinion - This is perfect timing. I am just running out of my Mac Brush Cleanser. Now I can move onto this and see how it compares. It's thicker than the Mac version but thinner than a shampoo would be. Overall I'm happy to try this and hopefully it leaves my brushes feeling really clean!


(2) Beauty Blender - Sponge (Full Size £24) - Beloved by make-up artists and celebs alike, this ingeniously-shaped fuchsia beauty tool enables you to create a flawless finish with your foundation and concealer. 

My Opinion - This is so cool! I'm so happy I now have one of these because I've heard a lot about them. I don't normally like using sponges to apply my foundation. However I am happy to try this for blending out liquid foundation around my nose and generally making it look more flawless. Hopefully this lives up to the huge expectations I have for it.

 

(3) Laura Geller Beauty - Inkwell Waterproof Gel Liner (Full Size £24.50) - This smooth long-wearing gel eyeliner comes with a handy brush that makes it super-easy to apply. Jojoba Oil and Vitamin E are among the skin-loving ingredients.

My Opinion - No way! Laura Geller! If you've read my blog recently you will know that I reviewed the Bronze n Bright Bronzer by Laura Geller. When I wrote that review I stated that it was quite hard to get hold of in the UK and that it wasn't that well known. Next thing you know, you're getting it in your monthly beauty box. Who knew! Anyways, this looks like a lovely product. I don't tend to wear coloured liners but I'm hoping that this purple shade will bring out the blue in my eyes. The hidden brush looks fantastic and feels like great quality. Overall, I'm extremely happy with this.


(4) Molton Brown - Valbonne Fragrance (Full Size £65) - Known for their gorgeous lotions and shower gel scents, Molton Brown's fine fragrance collection is predictably heavenly. Valbonne combines notes of bergamot, dewy orange flower, rose, vetiver and leather for a sophisticated scent that will take you from day to night.

My Opinion - I used to be a religious user of Molton Brown shower gels. But as you know, times change and people move on. It doesn't mean that I'm not still a lover of their products and think the scents are great. This is why I was happy I received a perfume by them in this months box. I am a HUGE perfume addict, so naturally this was the first product I tried out from the box. I love the scent! I think that it is really suitable for a range of age groups. As the description says, I think that it is a great transitional scent from day to night. I got my mum to smell this as she loves Molton Brown too but doesn't tend to get along with many perfumes. She seems to really like this so I might be getting her a bottle for her birthday next month. But shhhh, don't tell :P


(5) La Sultane De Saba - Body Lotion with Argan Oil (Ful Price £26.50) - Inspired by ancient beauty rituals of the Orient and Asia, La Sultane de Saba's body lotion with rich Argan Oil skins into skin with ease, leaving a delicate scent. Divine.

My Opinion - Oooer, I've not heard of this brand before. It's always nice to discover new products in boxes like these. I love using lotions on my skin after the shower so I'm definitely planning to try this out tonight. I'm not getting a very specific scent from the lotion in the bottle. It seems to smell like a bog standard lotion, with maybe a hint of Shea Butter which is funny since this isn't included in the ingredients. Either way, I shall try this out and get back to you :)

 

(6) Yu-Be - Moisturising Skin Cream (Full Size £19.50) - Don't let the primose colour fool you - this multi-purpose medicated moisturiser is made of tough stuff. A bestseller in Japan since 1957, the comforting camphor scent magically disappears about a minute after application, but leaves you with super-soft skin.

My Opinion - This is obviously another brand that I haven't heard of. I'm a little bit skeptical about using this - only because I'm so loyal to my Mac moisturiser and don't tend to find other skincare products that work extremely well for me. Either way, I will give this a test and see how I go.


(7) Lindt - Lindor Heart Tin filled with Chocolate Truffles (Full Size £2.99) - Treat yourself with the irresistibly smooth Lindor Truffles, made with passion by Lindt Master Chocolatiers.

My Opinion - Everyone knows of Lindor. Everyone loves Lindor. It's a winner in my eyes. I just wish there were more truffles inside!

And that's it guys :) Hopefully if you got this box, you were just as happy as I am with its contents. Let me know in the comments below.
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