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My new monthly treat…

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One of my favourite etsy stores Janine Basil has just started a fantastic hair accessory of the month club which I just jumped at the chance to subscribe to as my GlossyBox has become really quite disappointing.

I’ve previously bought a couple of hairbands from Janine – the Vixen and the KAPOW, but there are just SO many to pick from this really is the perfect solution. I get 8 hair clips and 4 headbands over the year and each month there will be an extra something, which could include a necklace, brooch or maybe even a bonus hair clip!

I was just so excited about receiving my first box this month…

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I got a fabulous exclamation hair clip, a glitter star brooch and a really lovely hand written card which is a sweet touch!

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Best present I ever gave to myself! Fingers crossed this bad boy is in my next parcel (HA)

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Glossybox July Review

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Glossybox July Review

Glossybox’s summer spectacular box got delivered last week wasn’t its most impressive for me. Yes the box was pretty being all blue and beachy and yes it was a nice surprise to get some Green & Blacks mini chocolate bar but none of the products where particularly useful

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Alterna -Bamboo Style Boho Waves Texture Mist

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Get tousled, “just-back-from-the-beach” waves with this weightless mist. Adds texture, volume and healthy shine to all hair types.

Now it doesn’t feel that long ago since I was sent one of these Sea Sprays and I wasn’t really a fan then. I have wavy/curly hair and adding this too it always makes it feel a little bit crispy. Though thinking about it… it may help with move of the vintage styles I’ve been trying out? It’s a nice sample size … just need to find a use for it.

Pukka Ayurveda -Radiance Serum

pukka_serum_800x800_2A wonder serum that will leave your skin feeling fresh and bright, gently fragranced with sandalwood. Suitable for all skin types, even the most sensitive. Aloe vera and manuka honey to soothe and refresh. Gotu kola and lemon balm to tone and brighten the complexion.

This is a nice product – not something I would buy for myself but with the london tube smog my skin can always do with a bit of brightening!

COOLA – Mineral Face Tint SPF 20 Rose Essence

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Keep the sun and environment at bay with this SPF 20 broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen, a tinted, light Rose scented, Titanium Dioxide based formula (for those who are Zinc sensitive) made with 98% natural ingredients.

Another tinted moistrizer. It’s light on the skin and protects from the sun but getting bored with them now!

Ciate – Paint Pots Pocket Money

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Ciaté use a combination of professional and lovingly chosen high performance formulas. Our beautiful and sophisticated packaging encourages an incredibly artistic and effortless nail painting experience. The long handle provides you the best strokes every time. With a dense 250 bristle flat brush, you are guaranteed a flawless even finish. The bottle has been ergonomically designed to sit comfortably in your hand for maximum control. The formula is amazingly pigmented, long-lasting and available in a range of finishes whilst formulated to be easy to apply. And finally, the iconic satin bow as the finishing touch which crowns each polish.

Really pretty full size bottle of polish… shame about the bleh colour! Come on Glossybox whats with all the nude colours? If I’m going to paint my nails why would I want o one to notice!?

Anatomicals – Spray Misty for Me Facial Spritz

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For normal, dry and sensitive skin. This facial spritz with calming lavender and refreshing peppermint extracts, helps to rehydrate and calm skin. Wonderful every day, during flights, at the beach, in the city or in the office

This is the only useful and properly useful in the summer product I received! large-sized sample, smells fantastic and will be a life saver on holiday next week! Doesn’t smudge my make-up about and is really refreshing! Perfect!

Over all not one of the best. Nice enough products but feels like I’ve had most of them before! I would have loved to try the coconut dry shampoo or the nail raps or the face oils – shame! Let hope they pull it back in the next months box.

GLOSSYBOX May review

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GLOSSYBOX May review

I had my lovely monthly treat turn up at work this week. It’s GlossyBox’s 2 Year anniversary and I think they decided to treat us all with full-sized goodies which I’m very impressed about! They are also running competitions all month on their facebook page to win a different product each day! They’re spoiling us!

My May GlossyBox

4 full-sized products, a sample pot and a free gift of GlossyBox matchbook of nail files… a pretty good haul!

COLLECTION- Fast stroke eyeliner

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COLLECTION FAST STROKE EYELINER IS A FAVOURITE WITH BEAUTY FOLLOWERS EVERYWHERE. ITS SPECIALLY DESIGNED NIB IS FIRM ENOUGH TO CREATE BOTH FINE AND BOLDER LINES BUT NOT SO FIRM THAT IT DRAGS DELICATE SKIN. WITH JUST-THE-RIGHT-CONSISTENCY FORMULA IT MAKES PRECISION LINING SO EASY.

Always enjoy a good eyeliner and this is definitely smooth and it drying quickly so no smudging which is always a plus!

JELLY PONG PONG – Fairy Lashes Mascara

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This is not for the faint-hearted. Our first ever mascara is formulated to make eye lashes flutter & flap. Water-resistant, Fairy Lashes makes eyelashes thicker & curvier while allowing them to be spectacularly soft & light. A truly fabulous effect for the woman who wants to emphasize one deep, intense, seductive look.

A really good size and instantly made my eyelashes look thicker. Will make a fab addition to my make-up bag!

PAUL MITCHELL – Shine Spray TM

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Pamper hair from the inside out with Awapuhi Wild Ginger™, with proven ingredients to restore weak, damaged hair.

Add brilliance to any style with the silicone and paraben-free Awapuhi Wild Ginger™ Shine Spray™. This clean, light mist adds luminous shine and helps protect hair from daily wear and tear making it ideal for heat styling. Natural Awapuhi extract balances moisture for a healthy-looking finish.

Smells a little like a glass of ginger beer but didn’t make my hair go heavy or greasy but there was a nice shine… think this will take a bit of experimenting!

BEAUTIFUL MOMENTS – PRIME & CREATE MIXING MEDIUM

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A true hero product which compliments our range of loose minerals. When combined with mineral powders and pigments, this amazingly versatile product will allow you to create dozens of different make up finishes.
Use under your foundation as a matt finish primer or mix with loose or compact powders to create many different products.
Mix with mineral foundation powder for a long lasting airbrush finish or with mineral concealer for heavy duty coverage. You can also mix Prime & Create with eyeshadow pigments to create an intense finish or as a liquid liner. Other uses include mixing with Beautiful Movements Marble Sparkle eyeshadow to create a cream highlighter or Summer Warmth bronzer to create a bronzing cream. The possibilities are endless!

This was the most disappointing product in the GlossyBox this month. The ‘mixing media’ itself if fab but the container feels and looks cheap and nothing like their website image. Very unappealing.

HEADLINE COLOURS – Nail Polish “Poolside Party”

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Designers are bringing a hint of the desert island to those who have chosen a staycation this Summer. Ripples of Aqua coloured fabric wafted down the runway at Gucci and turquoise blue eyes flashed with Swarovski crystals at Dior. There has never been a more feel-good colour at Fashion Week; against the grey skies of London models skipped down the catwalk with sunny smiles on their faces. Will this colour be the hit of the season? Just ask Chanel…]

LOVE this shade! Been really loving the SS13 nail varnish colours that have been hitting the shops and this is a great shade! Will be wearing this loads I feel!

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Thank you GlossyBox team! Fab box this month!

GLOSSYBOX December & January review

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GLOSSYBOX December & January review

The past two months have gone by in a blur of work and being über social but is always nice to have a little Glossy break at work and have a rummage through all the goodies I’ve been sent!

December’s box was amazing!



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In a sliver box with special starry tissue paper it felt like an early xmas present! I got…

Milkshake – Conditioning Whipped Cream

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Using the benefits of nature, milk_shake introduce Conditioning Whipped Cream.

With a gorgeous fragrance of sweet milk, this leave in conditioning foam contains milk, wheat germ and casein proteins to strengthen the hair whilst detangling agents add smoothness, comb-ability and shine.

I havent been brave enough to use this yet as I’m not 100% sure that I want my hair to smell so much like milk shake!? But it is a big sample 100ml so it looks quite impressive!

Rituals – Magic Touch

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An ultra rich, whipped body cream based on nourishing rice milk and the flowery fragrance of cherry blossom. The whipped cream technology guarantees a smooth and easy application, while its rich and velvety formula nourishes and helps strengthen your skin.

LOVE the smell of this moisturizer! Its been living in my handbag and been really useful in this cold weather for my hands!

Anatomicals What A Complete & Utter Glosser – I Never Fake Strawberry Milkshake

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A fabulously fruity strawberry lip gloss that gives long lasting shimmer and shine. The fruity title and language inherent in anatomicals products adds to the enjoyment of this product.

Not normally a fan of lip gloss but it looks and smells really nice!

Seche – Nail Lacquer

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Seche, creator of the award-winning Seche Vite Top Coat introduces its first colour line: Seche Nail Lacquer.  Available in 33 stunning, fashion-forward shades, Seche Nail Lacquer delivers on both style and substance.

The high-intensity colour makes application onto the nail even easier with one stroke leaving a strong pigmented and long lasting colour. Add Seche’s Dry Fast Top Coat for a rapid-dry protective layer that will give nails a gorgeous, salon-finish.

I got this in ‘Chocolat’ which wouldn’t be something I would normally pick up let alone wear but it’s really nice and is a huge size bottle!

Sleek –  iDivine

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i-Divine : Sleek MakeUP’s legendary i-Divines are 12 shades shades of high-quality, super-pigmented eyeshadow, suited to every skin tone.

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The most feminine palette around creates super-sultry looks with shades from every day beiges and peachy hues, to matte browns and shimmering greys.

This was the best thing in the box as it was a full size palate with 12 different shades a lot of them are natural sparkly shades which I have been using everyday! Love it!

I also got a free gift of a glossy brand blusher which is a really cute shade!

January’s box was themed on detox…

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In comparison to December’s it’s not as pretty but once I looked to see what was inside in the info leaflet I was pleasantly surprised…

Elemis –  Skin Glow Exfoliating Face

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With a deep pore cleansing action, this exfoliating facial wash combines cherry powder and jojoba beads to gently polish away dead skin cells and help refine skin texture.

Enriched with mandarin and aniseed your skin will appear brighter and more radiant and left feeling soft and smooth.

 A nice smelling exfoliator which wasnt too rough on my skin! good size sample too!
Monu – Aromatic Mask
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This warming facial mask helps to increase vitamin and mineral absorbtion, on application this mask will help to renew and invigorate the skin.

The content of Beeswax and Coconut oil to soften, nourish and hydrate the skin. This skin is left clear, boosted and radiant looking.

This is a lovely mask and left my skin looking much brighter and happier!

Duck Island Body Lotion

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Paradise in miniature, Duck Island hotel toiletries offer an enchanting retreat from everyday life. The inspiration behind Duck Island comes from the island itself, which was described as one of the most enchanting retreats imaginable. Pelicans have lived on Duck Island since 1664 when King Charles II received a gift of pelicans from the Russian Ambassador; a tradition which still continues to this day.

Stimulating the senses whilst capturing the exotic aromas of the East, our Body Lotion will transport you to the opulence of the Royal Courts of Europe, with the time-honoured and fragrant combination of Mandarin & Bergamot. For centuries, Eastern cultures have long recognised the benefits of infusing nature’s extracts and the rich and exotic, zesty combination of Mandarin & Bergamot was no exception as a new-found fragrance to help both relax and stimulate the senses.

 SUCH a cute little bottle!! Only 30ml but is adorable and smells fantastic!

Premae – Balance Rescue Face Tonique

premaeimageA brilliance toner which mattifies and rejuvenates congested skin. The toner cuts through trapped dirt, excess oil and closes pronounced pores.

This was a bit of a disappointment for me. My sample looked really cheap and the bottle is completely different to the photo above. It feels nice and smells okay just a shame about the bottle!

Jason – Lip Balm

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Prevent Parched lips with this rich, natural combination of moisture-trapping Beeswax, Vitamin E, and Green Tea Extract.

Organic Aloe Vera Gel helps heal, soothe and protect chapped lips while Shea Butter and Sweet Almond Oil moisturize. Leaves lips tingly and soft with peppermint Oil.

This is just what I need with all this freezing weather! My lips usually are so sore and painful in the freezing weather but this has saved them! it smells really strong but not in a bad way!

The free gift this month was a Glossy Dreams eye-mask. a bit random but always nice to have one lying around!

Looking forward to see what February has in store!

GLOSSYBOX November review

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GLOSSYBOX November review

Hurray it’s Glossybox day!!!

I’ve been getting Glossyboxes delivered to work now for almost 6 months and where I thought I would go off them they have actually been pretty fab and I’ve ended up using every sample I’ve been sent!

All you need to do is fill in a quick survey so determined what type of skin / hair / colourings you have and if you wear a lot of make up/ keep it natural or like mixing it up etc so they can personalise your samples a bit better and your good to go. The best bit is that if you fall in love with any products you can generally buy the original product at a discount through its website!

The November box hasn’t failed to live up to the past few months…

I received…

Ayuuri – Indian rose face cream

A beautifully fragrant face cream with Indian Rose, Jasmine and Aloe Vera, it keeps the skin moist and protects from ageing elements. Rose is a wonderful stress-reliever. Used as the main ingredient in our soothing cream, it calms and moisturises the face. Rich in Vitamin C and antioxidants, it protects the skin from pollution. Coupled with Jasmine, it has an irresistible fragrance, and works with Aloe Vera to regenerate the skin

This smells really lovely and isn’t too heavy once its been applied. Normally I really don’t like rose scented things but the jasmine really balances it out. I’m slightly amazed that this is a huge 200ml tube but loving it!

Burberry- Body Eau De Parfum

Burberry Body Eau de Parfum is an effortlessly sensual, fragrance for women, woven with an eclectic combination of refined ingredients. The scent opens with top notes of fresh green absinthe, illuminating peach and delicate freesia; at its heart are floral notes of natural rose absolute and iris, gently blended with warm sandalwood. Its base is made up of woody cashmeran, creamy vanilla, amber and musk notes.

A really handy handbag sized sample of Burberry’s latest fragrance. I normally wear Diesel – Fuel For Life but this is quite nice if a little girly for me. Perfect for when I’m running from work to drinks!

Alison Claire – Mango Body Butter

The Alison Clare mango body butter is made with organic mango and cocoa butters; this contains the anti-aging influence of retinol, antioxidant action from green tea, mango and vitamin E, and anti-microbial protection. Then there’s the rejuvenating action of white willow and citric acid, and calming aloe vera and comfrey. All of these fine ingredients have been selected to smooth and improve your skin.

I quite like this body butter… the initial smell is amazing! It does feel slightly heavy on the skin so not an everyday moisturiser but as it smells so fab I’m very excited about using this one! A great size too at 50ml I can see this lasting for a while.

Nails INC – Porchester Square

The perfect nude nail polish. Chic, fashion forward and ultra glossy this flawless nude is flattering on all skin tones and works with any outfit and for any occasion.

A dinky little colour sample of Nails INC nude polish. Not 100% sure on the colour… I don’t think I would have picked it up on my own but that’s the whole point of these boxes I suppose! Will wait and see what it looks like but could be a nice one for the office?

And the one I was most excited about…. Dermalogica- Daily Microfoliant

Daily Microfoliant® had built a cult-like following over the past 10years – launched as the first daily-use exfoliating product.This gentle micro-exfoliating power utilized Rice bran and botanical brightening agents to smooth skin texture and balance pigmentation for a more even complexion.

My skin never behaves and I have been wanting to try the Dermalogica range for ages so very excited to try this one out and it feels fantastic. It’s a bit weird to get powder that turns to a paste but feels fab and my skin is feeling great! Watch the youtube vid below to see it in action…

Well think I got a pretty good selection and I’m really looking forward to using all of these this month! Any of you guys get a Glossybox? Did you get anything different?