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GlossyBox: September 2013

18 Sep

Hello lovelies!
I received my first GlossyBox in the post yesterday and I am SO excited about it! This month the theme was ‘London Edition’, probably to coincide with LFW, and my oh my, the box was beautiful!

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Toni & Guy is a brand that I’m pretty familiar with, but I haven’t tried this serum yet. It’s full-size (I think), has a nice, hair producty-scent, and is not so liquidy that it slides off your fingers before you get it on your hair. Will definitely have to try it with my hair actually ‘done’.

ImageThis little perfume sample is unlike many of the samples that often are included in beauty boxes. It’s like a sample that comes in a coffret, rather than a teeny tiny spray bottle that doesn’t really give you an idea of whether you want to buy the full size or not. Don’t get me wrong, those teeny-tiny bottles, I welcome them with open arms, but this is so much better! Elizabeth Arden is a luxury brand that I wouldn’t necessarily venture to of my own volition, but this floral scent is super light and feminine, perfect for transitioning into autumn. GlossyBox also have given every person who receives a box a free skin consultation and a free body moisturiser to match the perfume. I think they get me. I just like the freebies. 😉

ImageDefinitely heard the hype about this product! When I opened the box, my friends were over and the name did illicit a few giggles from them, I must say. Something like this is perfect for the colder months because my lips get really chapped) minds out of the gutter, people) and it’s a really intense, nourishing formula. I did a little extra research on the ‘Dr.Lipp’ brand, and it’s medically tested to be one of the safest products on the market in terms of allergies and it is also helps to heal things like burns and eczema, which makes this not only a handy product, but for some people a confidence-boosting one. Burns or eczema in places that are easily visible can reduce people’s self-confidence and make them feel anxious or nervous in public. Something that helps that gets a big thumbs up in my book. The sample is small though, so you would have to buy a full-size relatively quickly if you decided that you liked it.

ImageSome lashes for me are probably not the best thing as I am a. very very very bad at applying them, and b. very picky about what I wear. However, these ones are super nice, very subtle, relatively easy to apply (I think I need more practice) and have not bothered me since I applied them at about 11am. They look so natural. I did cut them into half-lashes to get more than one use but they would only need a little trim for most eyes I think. I like that GlossyBox included a brand that I knew too!

ImageThis is a liquid eyeliner from the US (I thought this was the London box?!) brand ‘Be a Bombshell’. It’s a basic, black felt-tip liner. I will say one thing a little bit negative about it… The nib of the liner is so big! When I applied it to my upper lash line it felt as if it was covering my whole eye. It produces a pretty thick line as a result. I think it’s pretty cool that GlossyBox included a US brand that isn’t readily available in UK drugstores, but I think there are other liners from the UK market that impress more. That being said, I understand that GlossyBox makes deals with companies that are not always familiar with us in the UK, so I’m willing to give this baby another shot. 🙂

The total value of this box was £27.81. Approximately. I had to do some dollar converting.

So that’s my GlossyBox! The first one! EEEEP! I’m excited to get my next one and keep testing out these products, I don’t know about you, but there’s something about samples that just excites me! I did hear that some people got a Rimmel ‘Stay Blushed’ blusher or an HD Brows kit, but I think that the variety in boxes makes it more of a surprise! 

Today I’m just going to Skype my friend Kent who’s getting ready to return to the UK for her last year at Uni here (she’s in the US at the mo, so jel…miss you Kent!) and get prepped for going back to work tomorrow. It’s been a bit of a rough week in to be honest, so hopefully it gets a little better. Posts about my recent trip to Prague and a little FOTD coming soon!
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bareMinerals ‘Bright and Beautiful Kit’ in ‘Light’.

27 Mar

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I recently ordered for the first time from feelunique.com and picked up this bareMinerals kit that included a huge 8 FULL SIZE products from bareMinerals for….£22.85. Oh yes. 8 full sized high-end products for £23. I was shocked too. Let’s get into the products! (This will be a picture heavy post!)

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Prime Time Brightening Foundation Primer – £17.85 for 30ml
feelunique.com

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Swatched in natural daylight.

This primer is nice, it reminds me of a thinner version of Benefit’s ‘The Porefessional’. I do have a problem with the packaging though, as the nozzle squirts product out at such a force that it actually went all over my face as I was trying to swatch it. I know it’s going to go there eventually, but I want to control the amount a bit better! This could just be my bottle though.

Total so far: £17.85

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Prime Time Brightening Eyelid Primer – Roughly £60 for 8ml
All websites offer only 3ml for £16, which comes out to £5.33 per ml.

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Swatched in natural daylight.

I LOVE this primer. It’s beautiful! It’s a champagne colour, easy to blend out and in lovely packaging. bareMinerals doesn’t actually sell this in the size it came to me in. This is 8ml, and the ‘full size’ on the website and feelunique is apparently 3ml. I don’t have a problem with that! The amount you get is amazing. This is gonna last me a while! 🙂

Total so far: £77.85 (!!!!!!)

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Original Foundation SPF15 in ‘light w15’ – £25 for 8g.
bareminerals.co.uk and feelunique.com

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Okay, this is not my skintone. I don’t think that the company thought this through, because this is INCREDIBLY yellow and not really light at all. I don’t mind though, as I do my friends’ make-up a lot and my friend Emily has more yellow-toned skin that’s a little darker than mine. However, beware if you only need this for yourself. Try to pop into a Boots that sells bareMinerals and do some swatching. If you have pink tones in your skin though, this probably won’t be for you. It’s nice to blend though, and very finely milled and soft.

Total so far: £102.85

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Mineral Blush in ‘Vivacious’ – £19 for 0.85g.
bareminerals.co.uk and feelunique.com

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Oh this is yummy! This is a perfect rosy pink blush, very nice to apply and would probably suit all skin tones. It has shimmer, not glitter, and again, is very finely milled. I love the packaging too.

Total so far: £121.85.

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Eyecolour in ‘Alive’ – £14 for 0.57g.
bareminerals.co.uk or feelunique.com

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Okay well this is ridiculous. Definitely not a shade I would use all over my eyes, like they are suggesting. The ‘deep’ shade selection of the Bright and Beautiful kit actually had a beautiful bronzey coloured shadow, which I would have appreciated a lot more than a magenta-pink. That said, it’s the same situation as the other two, very soft and fine, nice to apply.

Total so far: £135.85
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Swatched in natural daylight.

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Big & Bright Eyeliner in ‘Plum’ – £13 for 0.35g.
bareminerals.co.uk or feelunique.com

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This eyeliner is a lovely, creamy consistency and it glides on to the waterline or tightline and smudges nicely. I actually love the colour too! It’s a plum shade, but one that isn’t too far away from black, so only someone very close would notice. It’s a nice way to start experimenting with colour if you’re afraid to wear it around the eyes! I know that I’m a sucker for black liner and neutral shadows, but you never know what might work. This looks lovely.

Total so far: £148.85
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Lipgloss in ‘Lollipop’ – £14 for 4.2ml.
bareminerals.co.uk or feelunique.com

This is so nice! It’s a very sheer, medium pink gloss with subtle silver flecks. I say flecks because they’re definitely not glitter, just shiny. I’m not too fond of the smell, but I like the feel of it on my lips. It’s quite sticky, not as sticky as a Bourjois or Mac lipgloss, but getting there. It also has a brush applicator, rather than I doefoot, which I like. I wish there were more brush applicators on lipglosses!

Total so far: £162.85
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Swatched in natural daylight.

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With flash at night.

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Limited edition dual-ended brush – not available.

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This is a nice brush. It’s not really anything special, but it’s nice. The pencil end is not as dense as I want it to be, and the shadow end is perhaps too dense, but they do a nice job, and I always love to add to my brush collection.

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So…for all of that separately it would have cost you £162.85.

THAT IS MENTAL.

I’m really glad that I picked this kit up. It’s still in the ‘Outlet’ section on feelunique.com, so if this caught your eye, run, and I mean RUN, and pick it up. You won’t be sorry.

Do you own anything from bareMinerals? What would you love from this kit?

Christie xoxo

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Review: Eye Spy a step out of my comfort zone!

14 Jun

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A few weeks ago I bought two eyeliners from the MUA at Superdrug line, where every standard product on sale is £1. The ULTIMATE budget make-up line, wouldn’t you agree? When I got to the stand, I bought two completely different liners for me, and probably for lots of you too, as I know I always ended to stick with blacks and browns before, but no longer will I sit in my makeup rut. I bought a matt white colour and a shimmery green.

Forest Green-3.5/5
I bought this colour on a whim, and whilst driving home I wondered what possible look I could incorporate it into. In the end, I paired it with a champagne colour and let it do the talking on my waterline and upper lash line. It’s really lovely, pretty creamy, easy to use, good colour payoff. And I got a few compliments on how it looked with my blue eyes. 🙂 One problem is if you want long lasting colour on your waterline, that’s not what this eyeliner is going to give you. It did stay for a good six hours or so on my upper lash line (with a primer) before it smudged a bit. At £1, it’s hard to pass up, and it comes with a little sharpener for those on-the-go-unsharpened-eyeliner-crisis-moments(I’ve never had one of those either, but the possibility is now eliminated 😉 ).
Snow White- 3/5
Although this colour is also nice, I bought it in order to widen and brighten my eyes on my waterline, as it’s not a colour that you would often (or ever) use on your upper lash line, but it’s creamy and you get good colour payoff. It’s great for brightening inner corners, but as for sticking to your waterline, forget it. That’s where the budget buys stop giving you results. However, a reasonably more impressive white eyeliner is Barry M’s Eyeliner Stick in White, which does actually stay for a good few hours!

Are there any eyeliners that you’d like to try that are a little out of your comfort zone?
Don’t forget to smile. 🙂
Christie xoxo