November 29, 2014

Beauty box catch - up: Birchbox, glossybox & You Beauty: August - November 2014 ♥

I purchased the August Birchbox right before the September one was due for payment because the folk at the brand were giving new subscribers the chance to pop a voucher code in to receive a free Wild About Beauty palette in Safari Nights worth £29 for free.

I wasn't too fussed about the box to be honest but I thought it was worth paying £12.95 for the box to receive the palette for free.

In the box I received the following which were okay, I'd hoped for the Wild About Beauty eyeshadow some people had received in their box but I sadly didn't get it. However, I've been enjoying the Chella highlighting pencil. It's very creamy and works really well for brightening the brow area. I've swapped the Tommy Guns because it's just not a type of product I would use but saying that, the sample was a fantastic size. 
I will at some point get around to using the Supergoop cc creams and thankfully they arrived in light to medium shades. Plus, the clear bag was used during  my trip to Turkey.

I've used Dead Sea Minerals before and some of the products are a bit hit and miss for me. It's a good size to travel with and smells very fresh. I also received the microderabrasion
which sounds really interesting which at some point I may try.

But here's the free palette. Oh be still my beating heart.. isn't it gorgeous? 

I've not had the chance to create a look yet but I've had a swatch around when I took this photo a long with several others all at once, to catch up on my belated blogging, it seemed very nice anyway.

The range is created with Louise Redknapp and her makeup artist and focuses on natural beauty and wildlife. The packaging is pretty and I'm so chuffed to own this as I've flirted with the idea of owning it before.

On to You Beauty, which is a monthly subscription charged at £6.95, with the difference being you choose two products from a list at the start of each month and then received a few extra treats for free.

I signed up for the very first box over a year ago and enjoyed it but unsubbed then the September box seemed too good to pass up, particularly when I saw that you had the chance to obtain products from exciting brands such as Pixi and Wild about Beauty again.

I managed to receive the Pixi endless silky pencil in black cocoa which is gorgeous and such a me colour. It's very creamy and worth buying a full size as this is a rather generous mini.

Thankfully, I also received a half decent Wild about Beauty lipstick in the shade Maddy which is kinder a brown nude colour. I've been pairing it with a Benefit pinky, apricot gloss to perk it up a bit. The texture of the lipstick is beautiful and I was really interested to get hold of another shade I saw others receiving in Eve which was a coral shade. (I own eve now).

At the start of that October, I joined the scramble to select the best products for that month before they were sold at 7am and was met with no end of website crashes and confusion. However, that point aside..,. If I tell you that full size Illamasqua lipsticks, a pricey serum and Wild about Beauty eye shadows were up for grabs to name but a few, then you'll know why there was such a frenzy.

I received my two boxes as cheekily I ordered two and I was really pleased with my selection.
I received the Illamasqua Glamore shades in Tease - creamy peach nude and Minx a pink, berry brown tone both worth £18.50!

Minx is a very beautiful colour, perfect for the autumn season. I was originally hopeful for the rosepout shade but this shade has taken me by surprise and I'm so happy to own it.
Tease is a little harder to pull off. It's a very light nude which leans peachy. I have tried it and well it isn't the worst. I again added some gloss and dabbed it down to less opacity and it's wearable, perhaps with a smoky or more done up makeup look. I'm pleased to report I didn't find it made my teeth look too yellow looking as some have reported.

The two eye shadow shades I received were Eva and Alana both browns but equally wearable and stunning. One is slightly lighter and cooler whereas the other is darker. I've not yet touched these but the packaging is stunning. I'm starting to fall for Wild about Beauty I must admit.

I wasn't as impressed with the  product selection for November and the current choices for December, so I left it but I did order the November Birchbox. New subs could use a coupon code to receive a free Wild about Beauty palette in DIVINE NIGHTS  rrp £29.

A very quick picture, please excuse the  background, I only received it yesterday and may go into details about some of the  products at a later date. I was really impressed to receive 3 full size products.
I'm excited about the  Dr Jart primer and the pixi balm is stunning; I love it!
My free palette is yet to arrive but I cant wait 

I also ordered the special edition Harvey Nichols  glossybox  for £38.25 on November 17 filled with all those amazing products (below). Unfortunately, it isn't available anymore as it sold out really quickly but I may do a further post. Its contents are worth £150 including brands such as Laura Mercier, Nars, Dermalogica, Benefit and Elemis. 

Just a quick round-up of all the beauty boxes recently, sorry about the picture quality I'm just doing what I can at the moment technology wise lol.

Thanks for reading, I only ever sub for really good value boxes or ones that come with freebies.


Missing in action update ♥

Gosh it feels like forever since I've written a post... I'm sorry about that but my laptop decided to do all funny things and now the keyboard has broken which means some of the key letters and functions no longer work - annoying. I'm currently using my boyfriend's laptop which is also barely working but at least the keyboard types albeit with a massive lag :|

Since my last post, I celebrated my 21st...ahem nah 28th birthday in September by not doing too much really but I received a few treats, cash, cards and I bought the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette for myself as well as a few bargains in town.  Later that month, my boyfriend and I travelled up north for a wedding and also break beside the coast (see picture above).

We spent from Saturday to Wednesday enjoying Tynemouth, Cullercotes and we also visited other nearby spots, including, Alnwick Castle which was the location used for Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films. Unfortunately, we didn't go inside because it was far to expensive but it was interesting to see.

On the way home, which was an over five hour journey, we managed to stop at The Metro shopping centre in Gateshead near Newcastle so I could do a really quick spot of shopping.

Here's what I managed to scoop as well as a couple of house bits in just under an hour.

I bought the Flawless palette from te Makeup Revolution stand for £8 for from Superdrug as it's one I've been most tempted by from the reviews and photos.
I also picked up the vamp lipstick in Rebel for £1 by the same brand as it is supposed to be dupe for Mac's Rebel. I've tried this on and yes I do indeed love it already.

I also bought a couple of essentials from Poundworld including the Manhatten pressed powder which is actually really good and the cheap brow pencil from Bodycare which I've used in the past and it's surprisingly good for £1.19.

In October and early November, the main highlight of the month was travelling to Side near Turkey for a holiday with my mum and sister. It was fantastic and completely bizarre to be spending Halloween and Bonfire Night abroad. I'm still enjoying my slightly out-of-season bronzed glow and smooth skin post-Turkish bath treatment.

I also took part in an mystery Halloween swap box event and was sent a wonderful box of goodies complete with two furry spiders (below).

Since it's been officially cold in the UK, my boyfriend and I have been enjoying Netflix, NowTV and online films at home. We've been addicted to Homeland and catching up on all the episodes of The Walking Dead.

In terms of shopping, I've picked up a few bits here and there, plus a few beauty boxes from You Beauty and the recent Glossybox collaboration with Harvey Nichols which is incredible.

I also did a spot of Christmas shopping on Monday and I was very tempted by all the wonderful beauty gifts. I did treat myself to one or two bits but I can only justify this to myself with the present buying I did for others ha!

Thanks for continuing to follow and hopefully I can regain my blogging mojo plus tackle this technology headache.

Thanks for reading,



September 02, 2014

August swap beauty picks: Benefit, Whitening Lightening, Illamasqua, NYX, Makeup Revolution, Urban Decay & more ♥

During the first weekend of every month a group on Facebook carries out an 'anything goes' swap event. Meaning you can swap any beauty items with others only at that time. Usually it's only beauty box items you can swap and it's not every event I take part, just when I've got a few bits to swap out that I'm not using or enjoying.

In August, I swapped for all the above items with many of the parcels containing additional sweets which have mostly been eaten and extra samples.

Illamasqua Glamore Collection lipstick in cherub RRP £18.50: I absolutely love this lipstick! It's a gorgeous warm coral shade and it's such a 'me' type shade. The pigmentation is excellent as well as the staying power.

Bellapierre mineral lipstick in ruby RRP £20: This is a bright red creamy lipstick which I've yet to wear on my lips. It's quite a bright red which holds a little pink I feel.

AVON sultry lip pencil in red vixen  RRP £7: This quite deep burgundy brown red which will be perfect for the cooler months. It holds quite a 90s vibe to the shade but I liked it when I tried it on. It was easy to apply and seemed long-lasting, maybe a tad drying.

Accessorize lip tint balm in peachy passion RRP £5: As it appears in the swatch, it is a balmy peachy red tint for the lips which is easy to wear and throw in your handbag. The lid is a little annoying as it falls off but other than that; it's a nice product to wear. I'm not sure if it has been discontinued because I can't find it to buy. It does tint a little bit on the lips but nothing very long-lasting.

I swapped for two of the Whitening Lightening color your smile lighted lip glosses from Gerard Cosmetics which are based in the US.

The shades I have are fiji (darkest) and sugar moma (lightest top) and both are super pigmented and hold a creamy sweet scent.
They light up when you unscrew the lid and are supposed to make your teeth appear lighter because of the shades. 

Both are so pigmented; I prefer the darker of the two as the lighter one is a little hard to pull of for my skin tone.

This NYX gloss in mauve mauve RRP £5.50 is beautiful, I've been wearing it quite a bit since I received it. The texture is pigmented without being thick and is the most comfortable texture on the lips. The shade is really flattering and I'd love to try a few more shades of this gloss by NYX.

I swapped for this Bare Minerals bronzer sample in skinny dip and the Be a Bombshell bronzer in tanorexic, both I'm yet to really try.

Finally, I chose this Urban Decay Moondust shadow in zodiac which is absolutely stunning! I've not even swatched or taken it out of the box because it is so beautiful. It's an iridescent, sparkly green shade.

Also, this Bourjois intense eye shadow in shade 2 which is a peachy shimmery colour.

And last but not least, this Makeup revolution single eyeshadow from the neon range in purple. It's actually less neon than expected which is good because it makes it that bit more wearable.

I also swapped for more of the Benefit pore professional samples (7.5ml) as I adore the stuff and have built up a little supply which should last a long time, meaning I won't need to buy the full size. And another They're real mascara. I think I've got about five mini back-ups now :)

I'm not sure if I'll be swapping in September as I've de-stashed quite a bit actually. It's my birthday tomorrow so I might treat myself to a couple of bits this month but we will see as I'd like to try and go on holiday (abroad) just before or after the October half term. We're also going to a wedding in September in the north east and staying in a cottage so that's a British break away but I'm craving some more summer sun before the year is out.

Thanks for reading,


August 25, 2014

Collective haul: AVON, Boots, Birchbox, Essence, Poundland, blog sale & gifts ♥ part 2

Hi, I thought I'd post my part two of my collective haul on this miserable bank holiday Monday.

I found a new AVON representative covering my new area which was good because I'd not ordered since January.
I chose the colortrend lipstick in coral whisper and the colortrend shadow stick in sailor taupe for 2 for £4.
The AVON everlasting eye shadow ink in emerald for £4 and the Tahitian Holiday EDT 50ml perfume for £5 all from campaign. brochure 12.

The packaging and shade of this eye shadow ink is gorgeous but I've not tested how long-lasting it is yet on the eye.

The Colortrend shadow stick leans more brown in my opinion than taupe and is pretty waxy in texture.
I wore it with a base underneath for work and really disliked it. It creased almost immediately and the shade wasn't that flattering. So I doubt I will wear it again which is a shame.

The eye shadow ink I am yet to try properly but the swatch was long-lasting and a pretty colour.

I'm a sucker for coral lipsticks and this is a soft, sheer coral which is very pretty and wearable.

I'd read some good reviews regarding these new Collection lip butter crayons, so I picked two up 2 for £5 in Boots recently.

I chose popping pink and vintage rose being the two shades that stood out most to me.

They smell lovely, apply a dream and are very moisturising on the lips. You do need to reapply after eating and drinking but they're lovely for the price and I'd certainly try some more of the shades.

These days, I only buy a Birchbox if I've already seen what's going to be in them as I can't afford to buy one just with random items each month at the moment.
I really liked the choices on offer in July so bought one for £10 with £2.95 P+P and was hopeful I'd get the Benefit pore professional sample and the LAQA & CO coral lip crayon, which I did.

I've worn this pencil a few times this past week and it's gorgeous! You can build up the pigmentation and it is really comfortable to wear. The shade is a pinky, milky sort of coral colour.

Another couple of items which drew me into buying the July Birchbox was the chance to snap up a sample of Benefit's They're Real mascara and the new They're Real push-up liner for free when you entered a code.

Also, when you signed up to Emerald Street's newsletter, Birchbox sent you a free Benefit sample of the instant comeback serum.

At the end of April (just thought I'd add this as I've forgotten to feature it), I'd seen the spoiler for the Birchbox and ordered one hoping I'd get a good mix from the items on offer but unfortunately, I was left a bit disappointed when I only received four products out of six.
I'd only paid £10 posted which is why I think it happened but I didn't realise you'd only get four products by doing that.
I'd also received the beauty protector three other times, the Laura Mercier cream once before and I really disliked the Color club nail polish shade.

I really like the body cream but have since swapped out the beauty protector and the nail polish. I was also not really impressed with the size of the sample from The Balm's how about them apples in the shade pie. It's tiny but I guess it's big enough to give you a few wears.

I did however, snag a free chocolate offer with April's Birchbox when you entered a code. It was worth £20 and put together by I really enjoyed this and it made up for the box being a bit disappointing.
You could also subscribe to Cocoa Runners and get a choice of chocolate from around the world frequently but I wasn't tempted because it was a bit costly for me, just for delicious chocolate delivered to your door every so often.

I popped into Wilkinsons and picked up these items 3 for 2.
I chose the lipstick in shade 13, the I love stage eye shadow base and the stay natural concealer in shade 2.
The lipstick is a lovely pink shade which would suit most people; it's quite long-lasting and wears really well for the price.
The eye shadow base leans quite deep and orange in tone but it worked fairly well and blended as a base. I'd be wary to use light shadow shades with this product though.
I've not opened the concealer yet but I'm hoping it will work as an under the brow highlighting and shaping type product.

I'd love to buy a few more shades as these lipsticks retail for only £2.80.

I visited my family earlier this month and because I'd not been for awhile, there were still a couple of Christmas presents unopened waiting for me from my granny.
The first contained a cute knitted, scarf, head warmer and mittens set which I adore and can't wait to pull out for winter.

The second gift contained this Fearne Cotton at Boots nail polish set.

I  was in desperate need of a new phone cable so I picked that up one at Poundland, along with the Herbal Essence conditioner and the Bic Lady razors. I also bought these shoes for £2 from £3 in sale as they had a fault on them so I asked for an additional reduction as I didn't really mind about that as they will get ruined at work anyway. The final item I bought was this huge hair doughnut for £1 from Wilkinsons as my hair is really long and struggling to fit in a previous one I bought.

I picked these two L'Oreal infallible shades for a £1 each from Poundland in Nottingham when I visited. Both are stunning shades and I hope I find a few more as I believe they have been discontinued which is why they are ending up in discounted shops.

I also bought a few bits from a blog sale semi recently which included; a Chanel le volume mascara sample, a Stila convertible color cream and lip duo in peony, an Avon colortrend lipstick in coral you later, an Anastasia perfect brown pencil sample and I had purchased something else but an Anastasia covet eyeliner arrived instead which I was refunded for.

This is a gorgeous pinky, neutral cream which can be worn on the lips and cheeks. It suits me far greater than the rose shade I previously owned.

I thought this lipstick seemed a pretty colour. It's long-lasting and a red toned coral shade.

I've been using the brow pencil for a few weeks now, so I've sharpened this a few times. It is quite a natural shade for my darkest brown -black brows. I flip between thinking it's a tad light then other times, thinking it's far more natural than other products I've used. You have to press quite hard but I feel it lasts an awfully long time and it is easy to blend through. I'd be really interested to try the brow whiz product by the brand. I've not worn the black liner but it says it's waterproof and the swatch was hard to get off my hand. I sadly caught the nib with the lid while testing it out on my hand.

I bought this long top earlier this week from Oxfam for £2.99. It's originally by H&M and is a lovely transitional piece I thought.

The next post will probably feature my August swap picks and I also went to a carboot and picked some bits up yesterday so I'm sure I will feature those items soon.

What have you been picking up?




August 13, 2014

Collective haul: Primark, Boots, 99p store, Poundland, MAC, Space NK & more part 1 ♥

I've accumulated quite a few bits and pieces during the past three or four months and as I don't often buy a lot in one go, I thought I'd share a two part collective haul.

I picked up the Sally Hansen Colorfast lip crayon at a 99p store. The pink shade just stood out to me and I thought it was worth at risk at that price. It's really moisturising, adds a lovely day time pop of colour and is as it says, very balmy. It smell of sweet vanilla and it doesn't hold that minty sensation or taste. I'd be interested to try a darker shade. I've seen them on Amazon and Ebay.

I bought the Bare Minerals Marvellous Moxie gloss in show off brand new from a seller on Facebook for just £5 posted. The RRP for the full size is £16! I was really interested to try one of these products and I wasn't disappointed upon receiving it. It's a thick, glossy, gloss which holds a cooling mint sensation. It's a lovely light, baby type pink which I think would suit a lot of people. I'd love to try more of the shades available.

I love Benefit glosses too and bought a mini Benefit one in life on the A list I think it's called for just 90p from a seller online who was having a major clear out. It's a different texture to the Bare Minerals but equally as lovely and pigmented. Not as thick but certainly build-able. I like wearing this one over a lipstick.

I received the Collection Mardi Gras lip balm in orange free at Boots when I bought a Collection Lasting Perfection concealer for £4.19. It's actually nice and smells like fake orange sweets, you know the corner shop, pick-a-mix type.

I bought a MAC eyeshadow in the shade Humid for £9 posted I think from an online seller. I've lusted after this shade for ages as I absolutely loved it years ago.

I bought the two Loreal Color Infallible eyeshadow pigments for £1 each from Poundland.

The infallible shades are extremely pigmented and long-lasting. I've been wearing the coconut kiss shade on a regular basis as a base shade.

I bought a Colgate Max White toothpaste from Boots for £4.50ish and you were able to choose from a choice of three free Nails Inc nail polishes. I chose the above in the shade optic wave.

I also bought the Collection lasting perfection concealer in the shade 2 cool medium at Boots and as stated above, you were able to pick up a free lip balm.

I snagged this mini LAQA & CO Lil' Lip in ring of fire for £1.50 new from an online seller. I'd received the very light wolfman pink shade in a Birchbox and was interested to try another shade. It's very pigmented and minty on the lips.

I bought this Revlon colorburst matte balm in striking from Boots in a 3 for 2 quite some time ago but it really has received some love. It's absolutely amazing and it's staying power is incredible. I should have featured it sooner but I'd urge you to try them if you haven't already done so.

A couple of free samples I received by signing up to giveaways on Facebook.

I bought the Laura Mercier sharpener for £3 and managed to get the full size He-Shi tanning gel worth £17 RRP for free from Space NK plus a free sample from Eve Lom. I haven't had the chance to try this tan yet, I feel a bit nervous to be honest as I haven't used any in years. I've heard it's supposed to be really good though so one day I might brave it.

I needed a new black, smart looking bag and shoes for an interview so I picked the bag up for £9 and the shoes for £10 from Primark. They're not my favourite items but will be just right for that sort of thing.

I bought these nine Jamie Oliver cook books and a Gordan Ramsey one from an online seller for just £10. All were in pristine condition and several are already being utilised :).

I'd always been interested to try a Stila Convertible colour lip and cheek dual cream and I spotted this one online in the colour rose.

Unfortunately this shade really didn't suit me, so I swapped it a month or so back. My skin holds quite a pink undertone and this only made it look worse.

And  finally, for this part, I bought this Wet n Wild trio in knock on wood for about £3 posted on Depop which is online selling app. I've not had chance to use this yet but if it's anything like the other trios, then it will be highly pigmented.

I hope you enjoyed viewing a few bits I've bought and I will share the rest in the next part which will include, a few things from AVON as I've found a rep in my new area,  items from Essence as the brand is being stocked in Wilkinsons and a few more products.

Thanks for reading,




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