Beauty

Glossybox May 2016

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Another month & another pretty parcel arrives from Glossybox brimming full of beautiful treats from new discoveries & old favourites. This month instead of the signature pink box subscribers were treated to an illustrated design of an urban destination. There were four different designs by Omy depicting London, Paris, New York or Berlin and as you can see I got New York. The brains (and beauties) at Glossybox thought this would be a great idea because city breaks are now just as popular as beach breaks. The products in this month’s box were included because Glossybox thought they’d be the perfect essentials to keep your complexion healthy, hydrated & protected (as well as beautiful of course!) while you explore the sights of the city. I’ve been a subscriber to Glossybox for almost a year now & this is definitely one of my favourite collections so far.

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I’ll start off by talking to you about the Revlon mascara. A few weeks ago Glossybox subscribers were given the choice about which one of the five new Revlon mascaras they’d like to receive. Each mascara is designed to help achieve a different look. This new mascara focuses on particular desires for lashes including: volume, definition and length. I opted for length as this is what I desire most from my mascara. I will say that I think Revlon missed a trick by not having a mascara in their new range that focused on curl as this is something I also look for in a mascara. Revlon’s Super Length is a luscious lengthening formulae that glides on easily & builds quickly for a dramatic look. Super Length features Revlon’s trademarked Lash Stretch brush which features long bristles designed to deliver plush length and a tapered tip to catch & coat even the shortest lashes. This blackest black formulae doesn’t clump and manages to stay put without smudging or flaking (huge thumbs up!) This particular formulation isn’t waterproof but that is an option if you choose to pick this up. As it’s a blackest black formulation you can expect the colour to be a bold jet black shade. I found the brush easy to hold & it’s texturally pleasing too with the bottle having a matte texture and the cap with a sleek shiny texture.  I’ve really enjoyed using this mascara as it delivers great results really quickly. This mascara and the rest of the Revlon collection is available at Boots stores & online at http://www.boots.com Enjoy 3 for 2 on Revlon products plus also save £2 on Revlon’s new Ultra HD Matte Lipcolour  until 8th June 2016.

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I’m a huge fan of a nude lip so I was delighted to receive Absolute New York’s Velvet Lippie in Toasted. It’s a beautiful nude shade & I’ve completely fallen in love with this universally flattering shade. It features a creamy buttery soft texture that glides onto lips easily. This product delivers a slick of highly pigmented colour that sets into an on trend matte finish. I would advise that you apply a lip balm before or after using this product because it can feel a bit dry on the lips. While this formulation doesn’t last as long as a stain it still has a decent staying power for a high street product and priced at just £4.93 this lippy is a total bargain! This is a great option for all you nudists out there (nude lipstick fans that is!) and if you love a bargain too then you’re in for a treat. Just be prepared to reapply during the day or on a night out (it’s small enough to fit in your clutch). Available from http://www.absolutenyproducts.com On the second picture below is me wearing this product.

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When you’re packing to go on your summer holiday or city break one of the most important things to take apart from your passport, plane tickets & money is a suitable SPF. However SPF is something that seems to get overlooked all to often and this has a very negative effect on our skin, especially as the sun gets hotter over the Summer months. That’s why Glossybox included Hawaiian Tropic Protective Dry Oil with SPF 15, so you no longer have an excuse to forget your SPF. This product will keep skin healthy as it’s protected from the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays. This clever multi-tasking product helps to prolong that sun kissed glow with it’s water resistant formulae. The blend of cocoa butter, coconut oil and vitamin C nourishes the skin so it keeps skin looking smooth and hydrated with a soft glow. With a coconut scent this product smells so much nicer than your standard sun cream and does so much more too. This is a great all rounder & my new summer essential. Get 20% off any Hawaiian Tropic purchase using the code GLOSSYSUN until 10th June 2016.

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I’m a big fan of Bee Good products because they’re made in Britain and all of their products contain NO parabens, synthetic colour, mineral oil, silicone, SLS or SLES. These are all unessential ingredients that often find their way into skincare products and have no benefit to our skin at all. Bee Good are award winners too and have featured in some of the worlds best publications. The Bee Good Youth Enhancing Plump & Firm Moisturiser is a rich creamy moisturiser suitable for all skin types especially mature, ageing and dry skin. This intensive daily moisturiser promises to plump, nourish, smooth and soften your complexion and leave it looking bee-autiful (sorry for the pun). I have combination oily skin so this product wasn’t really designed for me but I did find it good for my dry cheeks, neck and jawline. You can feel and see the plumping action working very quickly. The natural fragrance is really beautiful too with the scent of hydrating honey, antioxident rich propolis and raspberry seed oil which is rich in moisture boosting essential fatty acids. Hyaluronic acid helps the skin to keep hold of moisture thus helping to plump and soften the appearence of fine lines. Concentrated algae tightens and strengthens the skin. I love that this moisturiser doesn’t feel sticky and is absorbed into the skin quickly. I can’t really comment on whether it improves the appearance of wrinkles or not because I don’t really have any yet.  It’s a good choice for those worried about the first signs of ageing. Use the code MAYGLOSS to save £5 when you spend £15 or more at http://www.beegood.co.uk until 30th June 2016.

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The last but by no means least product in this box is the Hairon Zero Crease Hair Tie. These hairbands are very similar to Invisibobble hairbands, which is the brand that I already use but I’m always happy to try new ones. The clever spiral design of the hairband means it won’t leave annoying kinks in your hair & ruin your style. The smooth finish of the band also means it won’t cause friction and frizz. I think these hair ties are great and I feel lost without them. I have one living in each of my handbags so that I always have one with me incase I need to tie my hair up while I’m out. After many uses you may find that your Hairon band stretches and comes out of shape but to get it back to its original state just placed it in a bowl of warm clean water and it should go back to normal. These hair bands are great for everyday use and they last a long time. I’ve used loads of them and I’ve only ever had one snap but I do have really thick wavy/curly hair.

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Subscribers were treated to an extra treat this month…a bad of lightly sea salted Proper Corn popcorn. Yum! I love popcorn so this was a very welcome surprise for me and at only 43 calories a bag I didn’t need to feel guilty about my midweek treat. They’re ideal for when you’re watching films at home, in lunchboxes or even for a picnic. They’re a great treat without all that nasty fat and calories. I’ve had these before and I’ll definitely be buying them again.

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If you’re tempted to subscribe to Glossybox’s monthly beautybox service then check out http://www.glossybox.co.uk Boxes cost £10 each plus post and packaging.

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed the post! Are you a Glossybox subscriber? What did you think of this months box? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

Kate x

 

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Beauty

Clinique Beauty Box

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The excitement bubbled away inside me when Latest In Beauty’s email hit my inbox last week; The British Beauty Blogger Clinique Edit II is here it exclaimed & my fingers were twitching to get clicking. There was no way I was missing out on this box. The contents looked far too good. I didn’t want to feel annoyed at myself for missing out on yet another sell out beauty must have so as soon as I could I ferociously tapped away on the laptop & secured my box.

If you’ve used Clinique before then you’ll know why I was so eager to get my hands on one of these boxes. Clinique use science to bring us innovative products that deliver results fast. They are famous for their 3 step skincare systems which have different formulations for different skin types. The 3 step system was created in 1968 and it was the first ever dermatologist created, allergy tested, 100% fragrance free collection of beauty products ever marketed. The 3 step system is a daily cleansing, toning, exfoliating & moisturising regime & this Clinique box contains products from this range.

This is what my beautiful Clinique box contained:

  • Full Size Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara in Jumbo Jet (black)
  • Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion + (very dry to dry combination) (15ml)
  •   Liquid Facial Soap (Mild) (30ml)
  • Superprimer Universal Face Primer (15ml)
  • Take The Day Off Remover For Lids, Lashes & Lips (30ml)
  • Full Size Sweet Pots Sugar Scrub & Lip Balm in Red Velvet
  • Aromatics in Black Fragrance (4ml)
  • Clinique For Men Face Scrub (15ml)
  • £10 off voucher & invitation for a free sample of foundation

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I’ll start off with one of my favourites: Superprimer Universal Face Primer. I liked this product so much that I used my £10 off voucher to purchase it from the Clinique website. I’m a huge advocate of using a primer under your makeup as I really believe it makes your makeup last so much longer. If you don’t use a primer already then this is a great one to start with as it covers all bases. After applying this product my skin felt much softer & smoother plus my foundation looked fresher for longer as well as lasting longer. This primer is oil free, lightweight and colour correcting. In the Superprimer range there are also primers that target specific skin concerns such as redness & dull skin. I opted for the anti redness Superprimer as I suffer with rosacea. As I was so impressed with this universal Superprimer I really can’t wait for my full size anti redness Superprimer to arrive. I’ll let you know how I get on with it & if it helps with my rosacea.

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Another one of my favourite products in the box was the Sweet Pots Sugar Scrub & Lip Balm in Red Velvet. Sweet pots contain a lip scrub & lip balm conveniently in one pot so that you can exfoliate your lips before applying a hit of sheer colour. I’m rather shy when it comes to red lipstick but I love this shade because it has a hint of red without being too loud & it suits all skin tones. I found that the lip scrub wasn’t as exfoliating as some lip scrubs that I’ve used before but it did definitely make a difference. My lips felt much softer & smoother after using the scrub plus using the lip balm straight after the scrub delivers an extra hit of moisturisation as well as a slick of sheer red colour. Pretty sweet!

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I’m a mascara junkie so I was thrilled to discover a full size mascara that I hadn’t tried inside my box. The Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara is a great all rounder. I’m very impressed with this mascara. The wand is great for ensuring no nasty clumps make their way onto your pretty lashes. It’s a jet black shade so it really will make your lashes take centre stage. The oversized volumising wand takes your lashes from fine & faint to bodacious and bold. I found the rich colour was easy to build upon so it was easy to get the look I wanted, whether that was a big dramatic look or just a pretty daytime flutter. This mascara is ophthalmologist Tested & allergy Tested plus as with all Clinique products it’s 100% Fragrance Free.

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On the left are my lashes with the Clinique Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara on and on the right are my bare lashes just so you can see the difference

 

Moisturising is an essential part of any beauty regime no matter what skin type you have. The Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion + is one of the brands most popular products & has won awards including the UK’s number 1 moisturising brand. It’s become a cult product in recent years with beauty editors, bloggers & customers alike going crazy for it. As I have combination skin the sample I received would probably be better suited to a dry skin type but the lotion was great for the dry areas on my cheeks & neck. I’ve used this product many times before & actually own the full size product in the combination/oily version. I love this product. It really does live up to the hype. It tackles dry areas quickly leaving a matte smooth & soft finish. Skin feels so much softer & springy plus looks smoother & glowing after application. This new formula helps strengthen skin’s own moisture barrier so more moisture stays in.

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If I had to pick one step I’d say that cleansing is the most important part of your regime. It should be done twice a day (morning & evening) to keep skin in tip top condition & keep those pesky spots at bay. Clinique’s Liquid Facial Soap Mild is gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin types. I have very sensitive skin & suffer from rosacea and I found this cleanser was fine for my skin. It’s 100% fragrance free so it won’t cause your skin to flare up. The texture is very similar to liquid hand soap and this is one of the reasons that it’s not my favourite cleanser. Don’t get me wrong I do really like it but I think I must prefer a creamy or thicker texture in a cleanser such as Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish, Bee Good Honey & Propolis 2-in-1 Cream Cleanser or Clinique Redness Solutions Soothing Cleanser. One of the great things about this cleanser is that it’s mild enough to be non-stripping and leave skin lipids intact.

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Take The Day Off Makeup Remover For Lids, Lashes & Lips is another iconic product from Clinique. It’s especially useful for removing waterproof makeup such as mascara, eyeliner or lip stains. The formula loosens long wearing makeup in a way other removers cant, leaving you to gently swipe the makeup away with a cotton pad. It’s suitable for contact lens wearers too. I found this product did exactly what it said on the bottle. It removed all of my makeup without any trouble, even stubborn mascara that normally leaves me with panda eyes (not a good look!) It’s a great size bottle too, perfect for weekends away. It feels a bit greasy when you first apply it but don’t worry the formula dries quickly without that sticky feel.

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Now I come onto the fragrance in the box Aromatics in Black. It has a deep fruity floral scent with a kick of spice that makes it perfect for nights out & sophisticated occasions. It’s definitely the perfect companion to an LBD (little black dress) & some sparkling jewels. It’s a great size to pop in your clutch too. While I really love the scent I can’t say I think too much of the packaging. The packaging is far too simple & boring for a high end perfume in my opinion. Some may like the simple look but I like my perfume bottles & boxes to be eye catching & a bit different from all the other hoards of fragrance on the market. Put it this way I’d have never looked twice at it in a shop but I’d have missed out on such a gorgeous scent. The scent is not very sweet at all it’s a much darker smell. Very elegant & would suit all ages. Love the scent but boring packaging.

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The final product in the collection is Clinique For Men Face Scrub. My partner hasn’t started sampling this product yet but I’ve had a play with it and I’ve found that as it only has a slight minty smell there’s nothing to stop us girls from using it too. It’s a really great exfoliant and you can instantly see the difference after just one use. The scent of the product makes you feel refreshed and wide awake. It makes a great little treat for your man plus you’ll notice the benefits on his skin too! Win win.

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Overall I’d say this is one of the best beauty boxes I’ve ever bought as every single product in this box was of some use to me & I really liked them all. The box cost £20 and I bought it from http://www.latestinbeauty.com but unfortunately they all sold out pretty much straight away but you can sign up to their emails or keep an eye on the website as new boxes are launched all the time & as this box has been so successful I imagine they’ll probably do another edit. These products are also available individually from http://www.clinique.co.uk

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Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed it and please comment below if you managed to get this box or let me know your favourite Clinique products.

Kate x

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