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June Empties

I have never done an empties post before but I’ve been left with a fair few empty bottles this month so I thought I’d try something different.

I’m a firm believer in looking after your skin so I tend to get through quite a few skincare products each month. This month I have two empty bottles of toner and one empty bottle of micellar water. To remove makeup I usually have a quick swipe of an oil based makeup remover (such as Take the day off by Clinique) then I use a micellar water before cleansing with my trusty Cleanse and Polish by Liz Earle to remove all traces of makeup. No panda eyes here!

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My first empty is the Kind to skin micellar cleansing water by Simple. As a teenager I used the Simple cleansing wipes everyday but now that I’m (a little) older I know that wipes don’t do a good enough job so I switched up to the micellar water. This micellar water contains no artificial colours or perfumes plus it does contain multi vitamins so it’s ideal for sensitive skin like mine. I love how simple yet effective this product is; it’s just as easy to use as wipes but much better for your skin & far more effective at removing stubborn makeup. I use this to help remove eye makeup too as I know it won’t sting my eyes. My skin always feels nice & soft after I use it too. I’ve been using this micellar water for many years now & I won’t be stopping any time soon.

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Liz Earle are one of my all time favourite skincare brands & their Instant Boost Skin Tonic is amazing. I get through a lot of this toner and it’s definitely one of my favourite products. The first thing you notice about this toner is the beautiful soft floral scent. It’s heavenly! The product smells very natural & not of chemicals at all. It is also alcohol free, contains no animal extracts & is made here in Great Britain. Liz Earle are famous for using naturally active ingredients & their tonic contains: aloe vera, calendula, cucumber, geranium and vitamin E. All of these are fantastic for the skin and calendula is particularly good for redness & rosacia. Toner is a great step to have in your skincare routine as it helps to prepare the skin for moisturiser plus it removes the last traces of dirt that your cleanser might have missed. The second toner in my stash of empties is the Calming face toner by Naobay. This toner is an eco certified organic product and it’s not tested on animals. I really like the simple packaging of this toner & the wooden lid fits in well with the brand. For the first two weeks I really enjoyed using this toner & was very pleased that it didn’t irritate my sensitive skin. However, by the third week the toner had gone mouldy! Yuck! I read a few online reviews & comments and it turns out this is quite common. If this product had a better shelf life then I’d buy it again but I don’t feel that two weeks is long enough & the fact it went mouldy was really disgusting.

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When I went to Bristol a few weeks ago to buy a hoover I ended up in Lush (as you do), and I was given a sample of their Curly Wurly shampoo. I was given enough for two applications. My first impressions were pretty good. It smells quite tropical & particularly of coconut. The texture is a bit strange compared to other shampoos as it’s much thicker and has coconut flakes in it. The texture is more similar to a body scrub than a regular shampoo. You need to rub the product into your palms before applying to your wet hair. Once the product is in your hair you will need to rub the product quite a lot as it doesn’t lather like other shampoos do. It’s also better to leave this product in your hair for about 10-15 mins before rinsing. I followed these instructions and I did find that this shampoo worked well for my hair type (thick naturally wavy/curly hair). Next time I’m in Lush I might have to pick up the full size!

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Next up is the Batiste light & blonde hint of colour dry shampoo. I prefer this product to regular dry shampoo as it helps lift my natural hair colour and doesn’t leave a grey residue. Dry shampoo is a beauty essential for most of us on those days when there simply isn’t time to wash, dry & style your locks. I love that Batiste is very purse friendly too!

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Ever since Percy & Reed burst onto the hairdressing scene in 2007 I’ve been obsessed with their products. My absolute favourite is their Perfectly Perfecting Wonder Balm. I’ve got through countless tubes of this product & I couldn’t live without it. This product is a leave in balm that preps & primes your hair ready for all your styling products. It gives you more control & results that last longer. I find this product really maximises definition & helps to tame flyaways too.

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Finally, it’s The Breakfast Scrub by Soap & Glory. My favourite things about this scrub are the gorgeous scent of maple and it’s creamy moisturising texture. This tub lasts for ages and makes a real noticeible difference to the skin. My legs & arms feel so soft & smooth after using this. Generally I use a body scrub once a week after shaving to remove dead skin cells. It removes old fake tan too. It’s perfect for Summer when you have to bare those pins!

Thank you for reading! What products have you finished this month?

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Tili Beauty Box

Beauty boxes are everywhere at the moment and they are seriously big business for the companies that compile them. Chances are if you scroll through your Instagram right now you’ll see several¬†images of these beauty boxes from various companies. Beauty boxes are all slightly different depending on which one you choose but three things they normally¬†have in common are frequency (usually once a month), the fact that they are a subscription service and you don’t normally get to see what’s inside your box until it arrives. That is until the Tili beauty box¬†sashayed onto the scene! With the Tili beauty box new editions are created every¬†few months so you’re not overloaded with products,¬†you don’t have to subscribe as it’s just a one off payment and you actually get to see exactly what will be in your box before you decide if you want to order or not. Sounds great, right?

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The Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish has long been a favourite of mine so I was thrilled to get a travel size edition of this beauty in my box because it’s perfect for holidays and weekends away. You get the muslin cloth too. I love this product because it’s great for all skin types (even sensitive) and you can actually use it on your eyes. It really bugs me when a cleansing product claims to “remove even waterproof makeup” yet states you can’t use it on the eye area. I want my cleanser to remove everything including mascara so if it can’t be used around the eye area then it’s a no from me! Cleanse and Polish not only cleanses the skin thoroughly but as the name suggests it also lightly polishes the skin to remove dead skin cells.¬†Less dead skin cells equals glowing skin!

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If you haven’t heard the buzz about Alpha H liquid gold then where have you been? Bloggers and beauty editors have¬†been raving about this product and there is a limited edition version in the box:¬†Liquid gold rose. The product adds moisture & resurfaces the skin¬†without being too harsh to your skin. I’ve not been using this product long but I really like it so far.¬†My skin feels so clean & mattified after use.

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The It Cosmetics¬†colour correcting (CC) cream is another product that is very hyped & I totally understand why. I already own the full size version of this product & I used it everyday on my holiday¬†as it contains SPF50 and isn’t too heavy on oily skin. The first thing that hits you is the scent.¬†This CC cream has a lovely citrus scent & smells really fresh. The shade that’s included in this box is medium which is a bit too dark for me but I’ll mix my lightening drops with it (thank god for The Body Shop!) This product has full coverage as well as skincare benefits too.

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I hadn’t heard of Ultrasun until recently but I’m really glad I¬†discovered them.¬†Ultrasun produce sun cream & SPF products that contain no perfume, no emulsifiers, no preservatives so they’re suitable for very sensitive skin as well as being water resistant. The product included in this box is an¬†anti-ageing SPF30 cream for face. It’s¬†the perfect size for handbags too.

20170605_145435As you might already know Benefit’s Roller Lash mascara has been a favourite of mine for a long time. If you haven’t seen my post about it then click here. Roller Lash is the latest mascara from Benefit & it’s definitely my favourite. The wand is curved &¬†it’s great for adding curl to your lashes. The formulae is jet black and it really makes your eyes pop.¬†Even though this mascara tube¬†is travel sized the wand is¬†full size, which means you’ll get the same look from this¬†product as you would the full size.¬†This size mascara is great for touch ups on the go too.

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OPI have been one of the biggest names in nails since¬†it’s launch in 1981 and are currently sold in over 103 countries worldwide. I have used OPI before & I can see why they are one of the market leaders. Their extensive range of colours are beautiful & the formulas are long lasting. I received a pretty lilac shade in my box called Polly want a lacquer? from the Fiji collection and I know I’ll get a lot of use out of it!

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When haircare products are included in most beauty boxes they very rarely include more than one product from the range so I was thrilled to receive both the shampoo and conditioner from Julien Farel. Both products are from the anti-ageing vitamin range and they are paraben free as well as being colour safe. The products smell really fresh too.

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Vita Liberata have quickly become one of the cult brands in the world of tanning. I have tried their bronzing powder before & I was really impressed so I was pleased to see another one of their products in my box. The¬†Ten Minute Tan does exactly what it says on the tube. You apply the product to face or body or both, wait 10 minutes then wash off and your tan will appear within 4-6 hours. My only problem with this product is that I’m not too keen on the smell as it’s too strong for me personally.

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The final product in the Tili box is the Erno Laszlo cleansing duo. I must admit my first impressions of this product weren’t good. The bag includes a mini size of the cleansing oil and cleansing bar but the cleansing bar put me off because it looks just like soap. As I¬†have sensitive skin I’ve always had to be very careful about what products I put on my face and soap has always been a big no no.¬†The leaflet inside the bag did it’s best to convince me that¬†despite appearances the¬†cleansing bar is not just soap & is specifically designed for use on the face so I decided to give it a go. You apply the¬†oil first onto dry skin then lather up the soap (sorry “cleansing bar”) and apply it over your skin. The leaflet doesn’t mention if you can use this product over your eyes or not so I didn’t just to be on the¬†safe side. As well as cleansing the skin this product claims to nourish & hydrate too & my skin did feel really nice after using¬†and more moisturised than it usually does. I’d say this product is probably best for¬†dry skin types.

The only thing that would improve this box in my opinion is if the box included a card or booklet explaining the uses of each product just like GlossyBox, LookFantastic and Birchbox do.

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In terms of the actual box the box¬†size is the¬†biggest¬†out of all the¬†other beauty boxes I’ve tried and perfect for storing your beauty essentials. The colour changes with each edition too which I love.

So there you have it that’s all the products inside the current edition of the Tili beauty box. Tili boxes are available from QVC UK and priced at ¬£20.

Here’s some pictures of the last Tili beauty box just so that you can compare & see the consistency of the products included.

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Thanks for reading! Kate x

 

 

 

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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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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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Sanctuary Spa Moisture Burst Facial Wash

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Cleansing your face is the most important part of any beauty regime in my opinion. This is because our skin is exposed to a lot of dirt & grime and if that nasty stuff isn’t properly washed away it can lead to unhealthy looking skin and blemishes. Effective daily cleansing is the first step to beautiful and healthy looking skin. So I’m afraid those face wipes just don’t cut it as a decent facial cleanser, mainly because they have a lot of bad ingredients for the skin in them and the fact that they don’t remove all the grime or make-up either. Time to give up those (not very cleansing) face wipes and switch to a cleansing facial wash. If like me you already cleanse your skin properly with a facial wash then I’m sure your skin will thank you for it and you can give yourself a pat on the back!

You might think this is weird but I actually really enjoy cleansing my skin and have quite a long list of favourite cleansers! So when Sanctuary sent me their new face wash I was pretty excited to try it. First impressions of the product are good, the packaging is simple but pretty and I like the fact that it comes with a headband (this helps to keep hair out of the way whilst you cleanse your pretty face).

On the first application I noticed that the product had a very subtle light scent of roses which I welcomed. The wash lathered well into my skin and I love the bursting beads of jojoba & almond oil that help to keep your skin moisturised. This product claims to have a non-drying effect and work on all skin types. I can’t vouch for whether or not this actually does work on ALL skin types or not but it worked really well on my sensitive combination/oily skin. With a gel texture this face wash feels refreshing and cool on the skin so this would be particularly great in the summer or on holidays. This product is extremely easy to use and fits well in your hand. Just apply a thin layer of the wash all over a dry face (avoiding eyes) then use a damp luke-warm muslin cloth or flannel to wash away the cleanser.

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My only real criticism of this product is that it can’t be used on the eye area which is a bit of a bummer if you want to use this cleanser to take your make-up off including mascara, concealer & eye shadow etc.

I’ve been a big fan of Sanctuary products for a long time now but this is the first facial product of theirs that I’ve tried and I’m pretty impressed. I might have to sample more of their facial offerings (Hehe another excuse to go shopping!)

This Sanctuary Spa Moisture Burst Facial Wash is available from Boots stores, http://www.boots.com and http://www.sanctuary.com and is priced at £8 for 100ml. Boots has a promotion running at the moment (online only) spend £25 or more on selected skincare (including the above cleanser) and receive a free 200ml Soap & Glory Peaches and Clean facial cleanser.

Thank you for reading and please comment with your favourite cleansers or let me know how you get on with this one!

Kate x

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Benefit Operation Pore Proof! Kit

With this collection in your make-up bag pores & oil will be a thing of the past. “It’s a dream come true” I hear you shout and yes it really is great. I’ve been using the Porefessional primer for years now so I’m already a huge fan of this product. It really helps to keep oil at bay as well as disguising my pores. It’s also a great base for foundation or BB cream. Dr Feelgood is good if you have any fine lines you need to hide & it helps to stop foundation from sitting in your wrinkles. The retro packaging is quirky cool. Agent Shine Zero is great for helping to set your foundation & preventing oil. It can be applied throughout the day whenever your skin gets oily. My T-zone gets particularly bad during the summer months so this has been a god send for me.

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Licence to Blot is like blotting papers but in stick form. Personally I found that this product worked best on make-up free skin but did still help with oiliness over make-up. The only issue is that it does tend to take a bit of your make-up off so you may need to re-apply. Shy Beam is a brand new product due for launch in early 2016 but by buying this kit you are getting a sneak peak before the launch. I found this product to be very similar to High Beam but High Beam is shimmery whereas Shy Beam is like a matte version. It’s more of an apricot colour too rather than pink. A tips & tricks leaflet is included. Benefit Operation Pore Proof! is available now priced at ¬£28.50 from http://www.feelunique.com and http://www.benefitcosmetics.co.uk

Kate x

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The Body Shop Spa of the World Collection

There’s an exciting new launch from The Body Shop arriving in August 2015 called Spa of the world. The collection features three rituals: the Relaxing ritual, the Revitalising ritual and the Blissful ritual. The collection is all about providing a spa experience at home. So send your partner to the pub, light some deliciously scented candles and enjoy a night of pampering.

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I was lucky enough to try three products from the range and they were – Japanese Camellia Cream, Dead Sea Salt Scrub and the Himalayan Charcoal Body Clay. I found all of the products to be high quality and beautifully scented. I also really like the packaging as I think it looks sophisticated and exactly like the kind of products you might find at a spa. The only thing I would say about the packaging is that it is quite bulky & heavy so they’re not really ideal for holidays or weekends away. My best product from the trio I tried is the Japanese Camellia Cream and it’s a new favourite of mine. I really love it because it has a truely heavenly scent, it moisturises my entire body even the tougher skin on my elbows and feet and it has the perfect texture (it’s thicker than a lotion but not as thick as the body butter). Also a little goes a long way so it will last ages. I’m pretty sure that when this launches I’ll be in the queue to buy some more of this and maybe sample some of the other products in the range. I was also impressed by the Dead Sea Salt Scrub with it’s ability to remove hard/dead skin so easily without irratating my sensitive skin. This freshly scented scrub has a really thick texture and feels expensive. My only problem with it is that it’s very grainy and things can get pretty messy when you apply this product to the body. However it did exfoliate my skin really nicely and it also left my skin feeling quite moisturised. I’ll definitely be using this scrub again. And Finally the Himalayan Charcoal Body Clay, this product aims to remove impurities from the skin which will then leave the skin looking brighter and feeling softer & smoother. When I first squeezed the product out of the tube and started rubbing it into my skin I was a little alarmed by how intense the colour was. It’s very dark grey and unfortunately it was very difficult to remove from the skin even with hot water and a body puff therefore I didn’t find this product to be very relaxing to use. However it did leave my skin feeling a lot softer and smoother. I’m going to keep using this for now but maybe I’ll apply a thinner layer and be prepared to scrub! ¬†Prices are yet to be confirmed but the full collection will be available from August 2015 onwards in The Body Shop stores and at www.thebodyshop.co.uk

Thankyou for reading. Please leave a comment letting me know how you relax & what your favourite relaxation products are! Kate x

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