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Glossybox – December 2013

Glossybox – December 2013

December’s Glossybox came in a beautiful Christmas-themed red box (I will be re-using this for make-up storage) and the theme of the box was ‘Festive Treasures’. I have voiced my opinions before about Glossybox’s monthly themes, I think they let the whole thing down a bit as I often find that the products don’t really fit in with the theme very well, and this month was no exception. For Christmas time I would have liked to see more sparkle and glitz with jewel-like colours, and something really luxurious and pampering. When I opened my box there was a problem with the Seche Nail Lacquer inside so I had to contact Glossybox customer service to arrange for a replacement to be sent out. I have read bad reviews about the way that Glossybox deal with problems, however I have to say that the service I received was first class, and I must say a big thank you to Kayleigh for arranging to send out a replacement so quickly. Apologies for...

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Posted by on Nov 18, 2013 in Makeup, Skincare | 1 comment

Glossybox – November 2013

Glossybox – November 2013

The theme of this month’s Glossybox is ‘The Glossy Wishlist’, I think the idea is that these are products you might want to add to your Christmas list (although if you’ve just received them in your Glossybox then there’s no need!). There are four full-sized products this month which is great, although in my opinion the choices aren’t particularly luxurious, and another Glossybox magazine too… So, now onto the products…. The first product is a full-sized Cocoa & Pistachio Nut Hand Cream from Yves Rocher. I tried this out as soon as I opened my Glossybox and it has a lovely rich, creamy scent perfect for Winter. It’s pretty much a budget product though and is priced at £1.95 for a 75ml tube. The next product is a full-sized tube of Dry Skin Exfoliator from footcare specialists Scholl. I’m not generally into footcare products and this certainly isn’t the luxurious sort of beauty product I would be adding to my Christmas list! I would have perhaps expected to see...

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Posted by on Sep 23, 2013 in Makeup | 1 comment

Clarins – Joli Rouge Lipstick in Pink Camellia

Clarins – Joli Rouge Lipstick in Pink Camellia

This is the second Joli Rouge lipstick from Clarins that I have tested, this one is Pink Camellia*. I am a big fan of Clarins skincare products, but I have only recently started to try out their make-up range.  My first impression is that Clarins keep it quite safe with predictable, but very wearable, shades and the quality of their make-up products is good. The Joli Rouge lipstick range contains ingredients that help plump and hydrate for full, soft and supple lips, this lipstick has a lovely creamy consistency and applies really nicely both direct from the tube and with a lipbrush. It has a feint fruity strawberry scent which is really nice. Pink Camellia is a dark raspberry pink colour but the texture is lovely and buttery and sheer, so it is very wearable and doesn’t look too bright on the lips. The swatch image above clearly shows how glossy Pink Camellia is. I just love the sophisticated shiny silver bullet tubes too, they look really glamorous (they’re...

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Posted by on Jun 26, 2013 in Makeup, Skincare | 0 comments

Glossybox – June 2013

Glossybox – June 2013

My June Glossybox is here! The theme of this one is ‘Summer Looks’ and it is quite make-up focused with some good full-sized products. I really do get excited when I am opening my Glossybox, I love taking off the lid, untying the ribbon and peeling back the tissue paper to find out what is nestled inside! The first item is a full-sized 25ml John Frieda Frizz-Ease Original Hair Serum which retails at £6.29. I use this product all the time to tame my frizzy hair, so whilst it’s not particulary new and exciting it is well received! The second product is a full-sized Eye Inspire Mono Eyeshadow in Mirage from affordable boutique make-up brand Me Me Me, which retails at £4.99. It is a lovely shimmery coffee brown colour and I think this will work really nicely as an accent colour on the eyes. The third product is another full-sized make-up product, a Waterproof Protective Lip Liner pencil in shade 4 from Helen E priced at £8. I have tried Helen...

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Posted by on Apr 26, 2013 in Makeup | 0 comments

NYC – Appleicious Glossy Lip Balms

NYC – Appleicious Glossy Lip Balms

I have just discovered these Applelicious Glossy Lip Balms from budget beauty brand NYC (New York Color). They are great value and give just a hint of colour making them perfect for those ‘no make-up days’. I went for Pink Lady which is a bright pink colour and Blushing Golden which is a pale creamy beige colour. The moisturising lip balm is the apple-shaped centre section, while the outer portion gives the creamy hint of colour. They have a pleasant, if somewhat chemical-ly, apple scent. The packaging is ok for a budget beauty brand and fairly sturdy. You can see from the swatch on my arm that the colours are extremely sheer, the pink one is my favourite as it is really nice and creamy. The creamy beige one is a little too frosted and shimmery for my liking and shows up any dry skin or creases on the lips, so be sure to exfoliate and moisturise your lips before wearing it (kind of defeats the point of wearing a lip...

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