Glossy Box May Review | BEAUTY

This month I received all 3 beauty subscription services over 2 days. Glossy Box, Birchbox and My Little Beauty. Due to so many things to try, I have been quite late in uploading my reviews! Luckily for me, this is the last one to review, so I hope you all enjoy it!  I was so excited when I first saw the box because seriously, look at it! How pretty is it! I loved the doodles on the front and immediately started colouring it in. I received the London box and it was fun to spot all the landmarks that I already know, since I live about an hour away from London!

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20160509_123903I have to include a picture of the packaging because I thought it was just so well done. I would not normally link the colour green with London, but I felt that it worked really well. When I studied the front of the box a bit more, I noticed that there is actually a lot of greenery in there. Tree’s, bushes, parks etc so I guess it all does match together!

So this is what I received inside:

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REVLON ALL IN ONE MASCARA

FULL SIZE £9.99

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Every month, we know of one product that we will receive in the box. This time it was the new Revlon mascara. There were a few choices to pick from but I went for the ultimate all in one. This promises to give volume and length. I picked it because the wand is quite unique looking. It is very small with the smallest bristled I have ever seen on a mascara wand before! I will say that I was not expecting much, as Revlon are not my favourite drugstore brand. I always find that the products just don’t work. I am happy to say that is not the case for this product. As the wand is so small, it gets product through every single lash, which is an issue I normally have with other mascaras. I found that my lashes looked much longer and more even as well. It did clog at some points, but I find that clumpy mascara looks better sometimes. I don’t like my lashes to look like spiders and I don’t felt this happened. I won’t say it’s the best mascara out there – my favourite is still the Lash Sensational from Maybelline – but it’s easy to remove and so easy to apply.


BEE GOOD ENHANCING MOISTURISER

TRAVEL SIZE (FULL SIZE £23.50)

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I don’t really have a lot of love for creams but this may have come at the best time for me. For some reason, I am suffering with dry skin underneath my eyes, so I need a moisturiser that will not dry my skin out. This one looks good and promises to plump, smooth and soften the complexion! I wish I had tried it out, but I just have not had the time yet. I will report back though, if it works! I also really liked the sample size. You only need a pea sized amount, so this tube should last quite a while!


ABSOLUTE NEW YORK

FULL SIZE £4.93

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As soon as I saw this product, it reminded me of the NYX matte lip creams. I used to buy the Collection Cream Puffs as well, if anyone remembers them? They looked like this product, but cheaper. This particular colour is Rumba and it is quite different to what it looks like in the photo. It is quite a peachy colour and appears even lighter on the skin. I found that with brown skin, it does not work AT ALL. It sort of looks like my lips disappear and blend into my skin? The actual application and formula is lovely. It is very matte, but not drying straight away. I think I am going to purchase a lip liner and it may help with the colour. I have tried mixing it with a darker colour and that also works, but it dries out quite quick.


CETAPHIL GENTLE CLEANSER

SAMPLE SIZE (FULL SIZE £8.99)

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This is quite a practical product. A skin cleanser which is nourishes the skin and removed make up at the same time. You massage it into the skin and then rinse or remove with tissue. The most disappointing thing about this product though, is the size. It is a sample size, which is fine, but at the back it says Free Sample. This is now the third time Glossybox has sent samples which anyone could get free from a make up counter. It really makes me angry because we pay for the box! Yes, great, this product is £8.99 full size but the fact is, we did not even receive a sample size. Instead, it was free. It’s just annoying and they need to sort it out.


HAWAIIAN TROPIC SATIN PROTECTION SPF 30

TRAVEL SIZE (FULL SIZE £13.99)

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Last but not least, a sun cream! Well, it’s not full coverage but it is quite a handy product to include in the box. This is so handy for the weather now as we get a few days of sunshine and then it is back to normal rain again. Regardless, we still need to be protected from the sun on all days, so I am quite happy with this.It doesn’t smell bad, like a lot of sun creams do and it disappears into the skin quite quickly.


OVERALL

This has been a better box that what I have previously received. That goes from the actual design of the box, to the products inside. Both of the make-up products have been used regularly and I will use the other 3 creams. If Glossybox keep sending free samples though, I think I will unsubscribe, as it is not worth the money! I forgot to mention that they did send a packet of Proper Corn, which was a bit random and odd. I didn’t eat it, in fact I think my husband did, as soon as he saw it. Just thought I would mention it!

Until next time!

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My Little Dolce Vita Box | BEAUTY

This box was the first of my subscriptions to arrive in the post and I was pleasantly surprised at how early it was! Normally, it is the last. Since I received Glossy Box, Birchbox and My Little Box all literally in the same week, I have been delayed in posting reviews! Nevertheless, here it is. My box is the Dolce Vita box, although I am a little confused, as other people have received a Ciao Bella box?

Anyway, onto the contents of the box:

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20160507_132037First thing I spotted was this little box. Very cute and very intriguing. I tried to guess what was inside the box before opening it and thought that it might be a scarf. I wasn’t too far off as it’s a turban! These are pretty trendy and look quite cute if you wear them the right way. What I loved was that at the back of the box, you get a few different styles and ways to tie it up, in case you were stuck on ideas. This would have been perfect if not for the actual print. It doesn’t really look good in the photo’s and actually looks worse in real life. I couldn’t find anything to match with it. Other than that, it is actually quite comfortable to wear!

I was so excited when I opened the next little box. Inside was a ring! It’s only £12 but its such a beautiful design and adjustable. I immediately popped it on my finger and I love it because it looks good with my gold thumb ring. I am so happy with this product as it is worth the money. It looks good, it feels quite sturdy and I am sure it wont make my finger go green! Also, this is so much better and more practical than those horrible bracelets sent out a few boxes ago. Onto the beauty pouch!

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I love seeing what products are sent out in the pouch as they usually contains some really good make up items. First thing was this moisturiser. At first I was quite happy as I really do need moisturiser for my legs. It is prices at £8 which is not a lot of money, even though it is a small tube. Then I realised that its a self tanner, so it will make your legs darker in some form. I am already tanned – permanently tanned, I would say, as I am brown-skinned. Therefore I don’t really think this will be a good idea. Having said that, I never wear clothes that reveal my legs, so if I tried it and it did tan them, no one would see? Might be worth trying, just to get the moisture back in them!

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Next up is this beautiful box, which contained body oil! It actually smells so amazing and is quite practical to use. After a shower, whilst your skin is still moist, simply pat it all over. It does cost £16.90 for a 50ml bottle, which I do think is quite over priced for oil. I was looking forward to using this and then realised that it contains Almond Oil. The story of my life, as I am allergic to nuts, so I can’t use it. Still, I am sure one of my sisters will be happy to trial it out!

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Last thing is this cute little perfume sample. It smells so incredible. Really fresh with a hint of something sweet. I have not actually applied it yet, so I don’t know how long it lasts but it costs £69 for a 50ml bottle! For that price, it better stay on the whole day. I will have to trial it out and report back but I think it was a good addition to the box!

OVERALL

I thought this box was a bit of a mixture. The only thing that I will always use is the ring. The beauty products were all really good ideas actually but out of all 3, the perfume is the only one I would wear. The turban would have been a good product if it was in a nicer print. I don’t think this was the worst box, but we have had better products before!

Until next time!

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Birchbox May Review | BEAUTY

Out of all the beauty subscription boxes I receive, Birchbox was the one I was most excited for. I have only been subscribed for 3 months but so far it still has had the best products – both value wise and preference wise. Good things to come to an end, as I found out with the May box.

Before I get into more detail, this month’s actual box design was quite cool. You could scratch off the top with a coin (like a scratch card!) and underneath is the design. On top of that, there was a competition. If you found words underneath, you could win a holiday. Unfortunately, I didn’t win, but with only 2 boxes containing the prize, it was slim chances! (In my haste, I forgot to take a picture of the box before I scratched it all off!)

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The magazine was interesting once again. There was information regarding how to use one of the products, full details on the contents of the box, information regarding the competition and products that the staff really enjoy.

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So this is what I received in the box:

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Spectrum Collections Sponge

RRP £4.99 (this is full size)

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This was the only product I knew that was included in the box and it met my expectations. I have recently been loving beauty blenders and was actually going to buy one before I saw the email from Birchbox. It’s a pretty cool colour, but that’s a given as it’s a Spectrum product. I am quite happy with it. You would think that all beauty blenders are the same, but this one is so much better than the ones I have used before. It cleans so well, it applies concealer so well and the general shape is better. Really happy with this product.


Philip Kingsley PK Prep Polishing Balm

RRP £18.50 (sample size)

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This is quite an intriguing product. At first, I thought it was a cream but then after reading the information on the card, saw that it was actually for your hair. You basically apply it on fly away hair and dry ends to smooth it down. The thing I love the best about this is that it can be applied on damp or dry hair, meaning it is so much easier to use! I’m not sure if I was meant to get two of them, but they are exactly the same thing.


Vasanti Brighten Up! Face Rejuvenator

RRP £26 (this is sample size)

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I honestly hate getting creams in boxes, especially ones for the face. Even more so, I hate them because 9 times out of 10, they contain nuts. Sure enough, this product has coconut in it and since I am allergic, I won’t be able to use it. It’s a pity as it sounds like a really good product. All you do is wet your face, apply this and massage in a circular motion and then rinse it off. It is meant to be used after cleansing and just seemed like a good product.


theBalm cosmetics Stainiac in Beauty Queen

RRP £10 (this is a sample size)

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I am not a fan of lip/cheek stains as I just find that they don’t work. I received one in my very first Glossy Box and it didn’t do anything. I was quite intrigued by this one, as it’s from theBalm cosmetics and their products are amazing. I thought I would give it a try and see what happens. I applied it on my lips first and saw that it faded away. I thought that maybe this is meant to happen, so I finished the rest of my make up and had a look at my lips at the end – no difference. Maybe I am applying it wrong, but this product will not be used again.


Puriskin Resurfacing Cream

RRP £13.99 (sample size)

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Another cream and sure enough, another product containing coconut. Again, this product looked quite interesting. It is a calming cream that will soothe the complexion. You are meant to apply it on dry skin, blemishes, etc. I have had a lot of dry skin lately so this would have been great but I cannot use it, due to the ingredients.


Vita Coco Coconut Oil

RRP £9.99

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OVERALL

I really lost money with this month’s box. 3 products contained coconut and 1 didn’t work for me. I guess the hair polishing balm will be used but even that is a sample size. The only product I absolutely loved was the sponge and that was £4.99, so I overpaid for the box.

I am aware that coconut is really good for the skin and hair. I know that so many companies use it in their products because it is actually good for you. I am just irritated with the fact that Birchbox will not cater to allergies. They claim that it’s difficult with the mass produced boxes, but come on. If you know 10 people are allergic to coconut, it is not difficult to add products to their box that don’t contain it.

I mean, in the beauty profiles, you advise your skin type and colour. If they can sort between that, why can’t they add allergies to the list?

Anyway, rant over. I will have to see what the next box brings. Sometimes you do get a box that isn’t worth it and the last 2 boxes from Birchbox were really good, so I will give it another try.

Until next time!

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April Favourites! | FAVOURITES

BABY

FIGURES

E is 18 months old! How crazy is that. She’s walking and babbling away, so of course her playing skills have changed as well. She now absolutely loves playing with little figures. I purchased the little In The Night Garden set half price, at Tesco. We have lost a few characters somewhere, but she loves playing with them. She also loves Twirlywoos, so I purchased the figure set for her. She is quite funny to watch, as she likes taking the figures out of the box, lining them up, then throwing them back in the box! I like to use my Glossy Boxes to store the figures in.

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SHOES

Another favourite for E this month is shoes! She absolutely loves her shoes. I feel like I may have mentioned this before in a previous favourite, but I will do it again. She likes to put her own shoes on these days, even though she can only get them over her toes! She has a few pairs and picks the ones that she wants to wear herself! It is very cute and girls always like shoes!

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MAKEUP

Ardere Cosmetics Concealer

I have actually done an in depth review on this product but I am loving this concealer. I don’t think I will change it up now – although I always say that! It’s the Ardere concealer by Amena (Amenakin or Pearl Daisy as you might know her) and it is amazing. The coverage is so good and you don’t feel like you are wearing any product! I will say though, if you don’t set it in place with a powder, it doesn’t last long, but as long as you do that, this concealer is amazing.

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CLOTHING

Pointless Blog Hoodie

If you read my blog a lot, you know that I love watching Alfie Deyes aka Pointless Blog on YouTube. He simply uploads daily vlogs, games and challenges over his 3 YouTube accounts and has also been releasing merchandise. I think I will be doing a review on that soon, but for now this hoodie HAS to be included in this month’s favourites. I literally wear it everywhere. It doesn’t matter if I’m wearing a dress or something that the hoodie does not match with. It is so comfy and warm. I love the sleeves as they have this soft lining at the end which just clinch the material in at the end. It is a simple grey hoodie and even after washing it, the colour has remained the same. Awesome product, I know it will be worn for months.


HomewareYankee Candles

I think I included a candle in a previous favourite blog, but recently, they have been a staple in my home! My husband bought 2 for Mother’s Day and I love them both. One is almost finished and the other I light in the bedroom, but have had to move over to the lounge as I didn’t have any more candles left! When I first smelt the scent, I felt it was a little “bathroom-y” My husband even said that all the candles smelt like they were meant to be used in the bathroom. I tried it out anyway and over time, the smell changed! The red one is a sweet berry type of smell and it is strong enough to smell nice. It is not overbearing. The orange one is much sweeter, but it’s that type of smell that you might not smell it whilst in the room, but if you leave and come back, the lovely smell hits you! Candles have been a huge favourite this month.

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TV Geordie Shore

I am a huge reality TV show fan and Geordie Shore has been back this month. In all honesty, it is such a load of trash but I love it anyway. It’s a reality TV show, based on a few people being thrown in a house together in Newcastle. They go out, drink, sleep around, fight etc. I really enjoy it because I have become invested in the characters. I am sure it is scripted in some way, like most reality TV, but people like Charlotte Crosby act the same in the show as she does in real life. Well, I follow her on YouTube and she is the same crazy funny girl there. It’s quite entertaining, so I am being honest and including it!

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Made In Chelsea

Speaking of reality TV (by the way, I do watch normal TV as well!) Made In Chelsea is also back! Now this I can normally miss an episode (even a series) and not be bothered, but the new season is a little crazy! This is a fully scripted Reality TV Show, filmed in Chelsea, London. The show follows a whole bunch of rich kids/adults and its the normal reality TV nonsense. Relationships, fighting, etc. It is so different to Geordie Shore, in the way that they live their lives. They are born into money and talk a bit posh but at the end of the day, when they fight, the ugly side comes out. Still entertaining and totally worth watching. Kensington is pretty beautiful actually. I stayed in a hotel there once and the buildings are stunning! I live around an hour away from London.

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