Beauty

July GlossyBox

I’ve been a loyal GlossyBox subscriber for over two years now and in that time I’ve received amazing boxes, good boxes and less than average boxes, but I’d say most were at least good. I was particularly impressed with this month’s offering so I thought I’d share a review with you.

The actual box that the five beauty products arrive in is usually a light pink colour with bold black writing on but I like it when GlossyBox do one off boxes. This month we received a one off box called “Hello Summer”. The design is very simple yet so pretty. I love the font they’ve used.

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The first product I noticed in the box is definitely a new favourite; the Spectrum small fan A10 brush. I’ve used Spectrum brushes before but I’ve never tried their fan brush before & I love it. On first impressions the brush looks so pretty & feels so soft. It looks like the sort of brush a unicorn or mermaid might use. This brush applies highlighter like a dream & now I won’t be able to apply highlighter without a fan brush. The fan brush can also be used for dusting on face powder. One of the best things about Spectrum brushes is that all brushes are cruelty free.

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As soon as I discovered spiral hairbands I was hooked. They are so much better than hair elastics or regular hair bands because spiral hairbands don’t damage or pull hair. Anything that prevents breakage and split ends is a winner in my eyes! I was chuffed to find two spiral hairbands in my box from Papanga as I like to keep one in every bag. I love that spiral hairbands come in lots of different colours.

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After sun lotion is an essential in summer time. We all know we should wear sun cream but sometimes we get caught off guard & after sun really helps when your skin is feeling hot and sore. I recommend wearing SPF on your face daily no matter what season it is to avoid premature ageing but if you do get burnt then the MonuSpa soothing after sun lotion in this month’s box can be used on face as well as body. This particular after sun is suitable for all skin types and contains aloe vera, shea butter and vitamin E. It’s also good to know that this product is against animal testing as well as being considerate to the environment and it’s made in the UK. It’s another thumbs up from me, GlossyBox! 20170719_113656

Lip balm is a handbag essential at any time of year. The Cutebalms macaroon tint balm in crushed berry doubles up as a cheek tint as well as a lip balm. The deep pink shade looks beautiful on the lips & feels moisturising without being sticky. It smells good enough to eat too!

The final product in this month’s GlossyBox is the Bellapierre banana setting powder. I’ve never tried a banana powder before so was keen to give this a go. Powder has made a comeback recently thanks to beauty bloggers and Youtubers who sparked a facination with the baking makeup trend. I’m yet to try the baking technique but will definitely be giving it a go. This banana setting powder has a yellow hue that helps to counteract redness, discolouration, blemishes and dark circles in paler skin tones & creates beautiful highlights against olive and dark skin tones. Sounds like a multitasking hero product to me! I used this product as a finishing powder over the top of my foundation & concealer. This product is a keeper!

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To read my post about the May 2016 GlossyBox copy this link into the address bar: https://kateiscoveting.wordpress.com/2016/05/16/glossybox-may-2016/

 

 

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Look Good Feel Better Brushes

It’s highly likely that every single one of you lovely people reading this has either lost a loved one to cancer or know somebody who has been diagnosed with this horrendous illness. I have lost several family members to cancer and used to nurse people with this illness. Cancer effects every aspect of that person’s life including physical appearance and that’s where Look Good Feel Better (LGFB) come in! 

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LGFB are currently the only international cancer support charity. They provide practical and effective free services for women & teenagers struggling with the visible side effects of cancer treatment. LGFB are dedicated to improving the well being and self confidence of people undergoing treatment for cancer of any type. So far they have helped over 130,000 patients to date.

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So when I saw this gorgeous set of anti bacterial makeup brushes on the M&S website I added to basket straight away! Knowing that my beauty treat is also helping others is a lovely feeling.

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My first impressions of this set were very positive! Here’s some of the things I like about this set:

  •  I love that you get a handy pouch to store your brushes in. This means my brushes are less likely to pick up dirt & will stay cleaner for longer
  • The beautiful burgundy shade of the handles is so pretty and very distinctive
  • The brush heads are so soft. These are probably the softest brushes I’ve ever used (and I’ve tried a fair few brushes!)
  • They’re anti bacterial! This is a great feature for somebody like me who might be (just a little bit) OCD about bacteria & dirt

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I was extremely excited to use these brushes after initially being so impressed. First up I tried the eyeshadow brush & found it much easier to use than my current brush. As the bristles are so soft it didn’t feel scratchy like some can. It was brilliant for creating a smoky eye too. A brilliant blender.

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The lip brush was particularly useful when applying matte liquid lipsticks as I find these harder to apply & you have to be more precise with them than regular lipstick or lipgloss. All of the brushes in this set are easy to hold & feel sturdy.

The gorgeous big fluffy brush is perfect for applying powder foundation, face powder or bronzer. This is the softest brush in the collection & feels so satisfying on the skin.

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The size and shape of the foundation brush in this collection is slightly different to others. Instead of being flat this one has a round tip & has a smaller brush. However, I still found that this brush did what I expected it to do. It was great for blending too.

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After being very impressed with this set myself I wasn’t surprised to learn that it had won two awards in 2015. These brushes are definitely professional quality plus they are fab on sensitive skin (like mine) and they’re cruelty free too! What’s not to love?

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Thank you very much for reading! Let me know in the comments if you have any questions or have tried this brand before.

Kate x

 

 

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