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Skincare Spotlight: My (Nearly) Empties

21 Aug

Hi lovelies!

So, I have a confession to make.

I’m a skincare hoarder.

There, I said it.

Fortunately, this little habit of mine only really applies to miniature and deluxe-sized products, but it’s become a poinf of contention in my house, and my sister challenged me not to buy any skincare until I’d used up a considerable amount of what’s in ‘skincare station’, as we call it.

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Philosophy’s Full of Promise is a creamy moisturiser that can sometimes get a little greasy on my oily T-Zone, but is nice to use on my cheeks for a little bit of smoothness or hydration before putting on makeup.

Would I buy the full size?
Not at £50! I think that most moisturisers do similar things unless they’re really something special, so I’m not too attached to this one at the moment.

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Ren’s Keep Young and Beautiful Instant Firming Beauty Shot is a light gel-like serum that you can use before moisturiser or as a standalone treatment on clean skin. You can see in the picture that it can get bubbly, it’s very slippy but I didn’t feel like it sank in particularly quickly.

Would I buy the full size?
I have to cheat on this one, because I actually have a second sample that’s slightly bigger, so I’m gonna use that up and see whether it makes any difference in the long term. If I had to decide now, I’d say no. Another hefty price tag of £36 for 30ml just puts me off.

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Caudalie’s Vinosource Crème Sorbet Hydratante is a light, airy moisturizer with a bizarre texture. It’s not like the few other sorbets that I’ve tried, and it’s more like a moisturizer mixed with a serum. It has a really light, pleasant scent.

Would I buy the full size?
Probably not, but only because I have so many more moisturising products that I like a bit more. This is way more affordable than the other products on this list, coming in at £23 for 40ml.

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GlamGlow’s YouthMud Tinglexfoliate Treatment is a mud mask that you can apply on problem areas in order to give your pores a deep clean, leave your skin exfoliated and smoother and tightens and tones the skin. I have this diddy sample size that got me about three liberal applications to my T-Zone, a slightly bigger pot, and the full sized version of this.

Would I buy the full size?

Yes, yes, yes. This stuff is great for when you’re having a bad skin day, or you just want a pamper sesh. It’s pricy, which is annoying, coming in at £50 for 50g, but the best thing to do is buy the gift sets around the December holiday season, you usually can get a full size lus a few deluxe samples of GlamGlow’s other products.

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Clinique’s Smart Custom Serum is a creamy serum that sinks into the skin instantly, and claims to sort out uneven skin tone and wrinkles. This is the star of the show, in my opinion. It’s the product that I’ve noticed makes the most difference to my skin, and it smells gorgeous.

Would I buy the full size?

I wish. This stuff is on par with Creme de la Mer in price tag. For £110 you can get a 100ml size. *faints* That’s a lot of money for not an awful lot of product. I’m gonna see whether Clinique release any limited edition holiday sets with sample sizes of this, because I need my fix, but I don’t have the cash to throw around on serum…no matter how good it is. 😦

So after nearly finishing off all these samples, I still have this to get through.
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Hope you have a lovely day or evening, wherever you are in the world!

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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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