A surprise box from ASOS this October with a charity collaboration supporting Look Good Feel Better. This box was £20 but all proceeds go to supporting the charity which helps people with cancer. They aim to help people with cancer emotionally and physically with workshops on skincare, makeup and grooming designed to help with wig advice, nail care or shaving with scars.
With 10 products and brands like Nars, Charlotte Tilbury, TooFaced, Benefit and HudaBeauty to name just a few this was one not to be missed.
My fave item has to be the Ruby Obessions palette from Huda Beauty, this is full size and worth £27 !
There are a few mini sizes with a Charlotte Tilbury lipstick in the shade Bitch Please and a gorgeous Nars lipcreme in a really vibrant red which reminds me of MACs Ruby Woo in a creme form.
There’s also a full size TooFaced primer which is £29 so this box is well worth the money based on the primer and Huda palette alone.
Alpha H moisturiser, Ouai hair oil, benefit mascara and a Real Techniques sponge round out the box and make this a real top to toe box!
Hey everyone I’m back with another ASOS box! October’s box is themed to haircare and is perfect for the winter weather that’s coming! Let’s jump in and have a look at the awesome stuff in this box for just £12.
First up is Monday Haircare with their smooth shampoo, this is designed to fight frizz and uses Shea butter and coconut oil. First up it smells amazing and my hair felt incredible after using it.
Hairburst mini conditioner has avocado and coconut for strengthening properties and helps hair feel hydrated for longer. This is a great size for weekends away so I think I’ll be keeping it for that.
Ouai is one of my favourite hair brands and this treatment didn’t disappoint! Although this was for fine to medium hair it was still a lovely treatment for my thicker hair and it didn’t feel greasy afterward.
Also in this box is the Camille Rose hair treatment which smells of suncream and holidays (aka coconut!). This is perfect for a weekly treatment and I’ll be dreaming of a sunny getaway this winter while I use it! Great for thick hair and anyone with frizz prone or dry hair.
Last is a heat protection oil from Easilocks which is to apply before drying, straightening and curling to avoid damage. It’s a lovely lightweight oil and I am always up for anything that will help protect my hair from heat styling. I do try to limit the amount of heat I use lately but it’s great to make sure you have the right products to use and stop any damage.
An added extra to tie up your hair in style is this invisibobble sprunchie! It’s a cute linen style material and means you can tie your hair back without the headache. Invisibobbles are like stretchy spirals, almost like a phone cord, they stretch but still hold the hair in place without it being too tight.
And that’s everything in this box ! Amazing value for £12 , but what do you think?
If you want to try and grab next months box in November, I recommend getting the ASOS app and periodically searching for beauty box, from around the 1st of the month. Sometimes they go live on the 1st other times it’s been around the 6th.
If you’ve ever wanted to know the cult beauty products the professionals swear by, this is the box for you! Filled with the ASOS buyers ultimate summer picks this box is a must!
June’s ASOS box is surprisingly still available and I’m not sure if it’s because of the price increase? This box was £20 instead of the usual £12 but was it better value? Let’s run through and find out!
First is a Bareminerals lipstick. It’s a mini size but I really like the shade and I sometimes do prefer the small size in a lipstick as I do prefer gloss and liquid lip products generally. It’s a lovely pink rose shade so it’s a nice everyday colour. Bareminerals is a brand I really like, I’ve been using their face powder and have previously used the lashtopia mascara from them which are both really nice products.
Next we have CeraVe Smoothing cream a moisturising cream to help with rough or bumpy skin conditions like Keratosis Pilaris. This does have 0.5% salicylic acid which gently exfoliates the skin. Because of this it’s not one I can use as it really would irritate my psoriasis so I’ll be passing this on.
These indeed laboratories skin pads are all about exfoliating the skin to get clearer brighter skin and can be used morning and night. I’ve really enjoyed using these and have seen definite improvement in my skin texture, I will be re-purchasing these for sure!
Lift and Define mascara from Revolution I had not tried before. Described as a 5D mascara to lengthen, lift, define, stretch and volumise with just one coat- thats a lot! It’s a black mascara and it’s quite a creamy style formula. I really liked this and I think I probably would buy it again. I had been using Maybelline Sky High but I feel like I don’t get the volume in my lashes like I do with this.
I really like Ouai products and I’ve used quite a few now so I’m interested to see what this is like. The Ouai Detox shampoo is a sample size. Designed to deep clean hair and unblock clogged follicles, with a gentle formula suitable for all hair types. Apple cider vinegar helps strengthen weakened hair and improve lustre by lowering the pH levels of the hair and scalp. I’m hanging onto this until I need to do a clarifying wash on my hair but Ouai is a brand I really like and I use their curl creme and wave spray so I have no doubt this will be great!
Next is a Glamglow Supermud mini, this is 15g and priced at £16. This I’ve had before in another box and it’s brilliant for any blemishes, an ideal mask for treating any small areas. You just apply for 5-20 mins and then cleanse. I’ve had a few breakouts lately and this has been awesome at calming them down.
This Works Stress Check mood manager spray mini which is £15 for 35ml usually. I love these aromatherapy style sprays and this one has Ylang ylang, neroli and patchouli scents which are really relaxing. Created through fMRI brain imaging technology to help modify mood, reduce feelings of stress and restore a sense of calm to an agitated mind. You can mist it over skin, clothes, furnishings or bed linens to help keep your mind clear and positive. I like to use this in my office space and bedroom.
Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream, priced at 15ml for £29.40 is our next item. I love this , it’s quite a rich cream and so I prefer to apply it at night. It aims to improve your skins firmness and elasticity. Elemis is one of those brands where I feel like you really get what you pay for, it’s such good quality and I always feel like I see results from using it.
Invisibobble are another brand which I love, these cord style ties especially, for not ruining your hair and getting tangled like others do in my hair! I was always sceptical before I tried them but they still hold your hair really well and you can also prevent headaches from tying your hair too tight with these. You get three in this pack for £5.99.
In total the full size and deluxe minis in the box cost £88.44 which is great value considering the cost of the box was only £20!
I’d definitely love it if ASOS did more special editions like this every so often, I love trying new products and even at £20 instead of £12 I still think it’s fantastic value for money.
This month ASOS brought us not one but two gorgeous haircare boxes with goodies for giving your hair some tlc. I waited a little while before posting as I wanted to give a better opinion on the products and there were some great ones!
Both boxes were £12 and were designed to really give your hair some extra care, the difference being one was aimed at curly/ textured hair and the other at dry and damaged hair. Being on a bit of a journey with discovering my wavy bordering on curls at times hair , I picked up both boxes as there were items in both I wanted to try.
First is the box for dry and damaged hair with a new product from Frank Body, the Caffeine Scalp Scrub. I love scalp scrubs as they are great for getting rid of any psoriasis flakes and I usually use the Ouai one which is a sugar based scrub. I’ve used a Frank Body Scrub before and really liked it so was interested to see how it would be as a hair product. Surprisingly doesn’t smell of coffee! It actually has a minty fragrance which is really refreshing on your scalp. I would definitely repurchase as it has helped with the stubborn patches of psoriasis I have at the back of my scalp.
Next we have a shampoo from Living Proof the PHD triple detox. I found this quite drying on my hair but I would say it’s useful to have in your bathroom to use as a clarifying cleanse if you have any product build up.
A sample size from We are Paradoxx of their Repair 3in1 conditioner for ends. This was nice but a pretty small sample so I don’t know that I saw a difference with it that wowed me.
I loved this sample of BeautyWorks Argan Oil serum so much, I ordered the full size! First it smells gorgeous and the texture is so light, not sticky at all. It glides into the hair and just takes care of any little frizzy areas or dry sections of hair. I used this when my hair was curly and straight and loved it on both looks.
Olaplex is an iconic haircare range and they just recently launched the No 8 Hairmask. I absolutely loved this sample, again one I went and bought a full size of. I got two applications out of this tube for my hair and it only needed 10 mins to stay on the hair. It was soft and and smooth, literally it felt amazing. I would highly recommend for anyone with dry heat damaged and coloured hair to give it a go.
This second box is aimed at curly/wavy/textured hair and is perfect for me at the moment as I am really trying to look after my hair texture and wear my hair more naturally which is a loose wave/ curl.
So first we have the Olaplex No 3 Hair Perfector, which is full size. The No 3 from Olaplex is to strengthen damaged ends, again I’ve seen a big difference in the look and feel of my hair using this and I’m definitely going to repurchase when this one runs out.
Next is the Shea Moisture Red Palm and Cocoa Pudding which is really aimed at 3A curls and 4C coils so I will pass this along to someone who can make better use of it than me.
The Cantu Avocado Curling Cream I really liked as again when following a curl method on my hair it left it really well moisturised and formed a good wave. This was a full size but I would definitely repurchase.
The last item was from one of my favourite haircare brands Ouai and it’s their Curl Creme. Again this was a really great find and is silicone free and protects the hair as well as adding shine. I loved the texture of this and the way my hair looked afterward. It smells amazing as well and is the same scent as their North Bondi perfume which is a kind of floral scent.
All in all these boxes offered amazing value for money, with 4 full sized products between them and I’ve found some great new products to help with my hair both in terms of damage and texture.
If you want to try and grab next months box in June, I recommend getting the ASOS app and periodically searching for beauty box, from around the 1st of the month. Sometimes they go live on the 1st other times it’s been around the 6th and there isn’t really ever any notice given. They do tend to be a little delayed when there is a bank holiday as well.
This month ASOS brought us the “full package” with everything you need to get ready for Spring makeup and there are some great goodies in this box!
First is a skincare goodie, Charlotte Tilburys Magic Cream. This has the wonder ingredient of the moment hyaluronic acid, rosehip oil and Shea butter to keep your skin hydrated and on point. This is a sample size but enough so that you can get an idea of whether you like it. It’s a nice cream, sinks in really well and it’s quite a rich texture. I personally wouldn’t go back to it purely for the scent, it has a faint rose smell and unfortunately that’s just not a scent I enjoy.
Next is a beautiful light setting powder from a Ciate to set makeup and reduce shine. This is their Everyday Vacay Setting Powder and it is so incredibly fine. It also has a coconut scent which is really lovely and definitely makes me think of going on holiday! It’s a translucent powder as well so no worries about matching to your foundation or equally you could wear this without foundation just to reduce shine on your face if you wanted to have a low makeup day. This is a full size of the powder and is £18 to purchase.
Next is my favourite item from this box, a Morphe 9V Pan eyeshadow palette. This palette is called Vintage Rose and is a collection of nude, dusty rose and browns. A lovely neutral palette which you can create a fab range of looks with. It’s a perfect size for travel as well with a nice selection of shimmer, matte and transition shades, definitely one I am enjoying at the moment and easy to use for every day. This is full size and costs £12.
A travel size is included from Benefit with their new They’re Real Magnet Extreme Mascara, which aims to give a false lash effect. I’ve used the original formula of this before and I really liked it. With this one I found that it flakes quite a bit over the course of the day so although it makes my lashes look great unfortunately as I wear contacts flaking all day from my mascara isn’t great for me so I’d give this a thumbs down. It’s a shame as it does really lengthen and lift but I just can’t deal with the flaking!
Our final item is from Sleek Makeup and it’s a clear lipgloss which will would be lovely to wear alone or on top of a favourite lipstick. The thing I do like about this is that the applicator isn’t made of sponge it’s plastic. So I’m thinking you can easily wipe it off after applying over your fave lipstick and avoid getting a dirty looking applicator sponge.
I absolutely loved this box it is amazing value as it costs just £12 but the value of all of the items was £56.49! My stand out products are the Morphe palette and Ciate Powder and I know I will get a lot of use of them.
What do you all think ? Did any of you manage to get your hands on this box?
If you want to try and grab next months box in May I recommend getting the ASOS app and periodically searching for beauty box, from around the 1st of the month. Sometimes they go live on the 1st other times it’s been around the 6th and there isn’t really ever any notice given.
This month the ASOS beauty box is one of their best yet with a 5 step skincare routine to get your best glowing skin!
With 5 steps to put a spring in your skincare there’s everything from cleanser to SPF in this box with brands including Elemis, Sunday Riley and Caudalie. So let’s dive in !
So Step 1 is cleanser and this is the Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Energising Cleanser. This turns from a gel into a cream and smells amazing. This is a full size and costs £42 to purchase. Elemis is a fab skincare brand and I’m loving this cleanser.
Step 2 is Exfoliator and for this we have an Alpha-H Micro Super Scrub. Alpha-H has been in the ASOS box before and I really like this scrub. It’s super gentle and makes a real difference to the texture of my skin.
Step 3 is Serum and this Oh K! Chok Chok Hydrating Serum mist is one of my favourites so I was really pleased to see this included! It’s packed with Hyaluronic acid and glycerin to give you gorgeous glowing skin.
Step 4 is Moisturiser and is brought to us by Sunday Riley with their ICE Ceramide Moisturising Cream with ceramides and vitamin F to keep your skin super hydrated. This is a mini size and it is a really good moisturiser, my skin felt so good! It’s an expensive brand £60 for 50g but worth it if you are struggling with dry skin as this will sort it right out.
Finally we have Step 5 which is SPF from Caudalies face suncare in Factor 50. SPF is a key step in any skincare regimen and definitely something Im much more focused on than I used to be. SPF is key to preventing premature ageing via sun damage and I think we are all much more aware of this now. This is a really nice formula, lightweight and not sticky. Definitely a good everyday and a high factor which is really important.
Well this ASOS box caused lots of controversy with its release date! I’ve noticed the last 2 months that ASOS have been sending influencers the boxes to review on YouTube and this month they added a countdown to their Instagram. I like a lot of other people took it to mean it would be released at that time and it wasn’t. Following a message from ASOS via their Instagram they told everyone it would be released the following week. However they then released it the same evening and lots of people missed out. It’s a shame as it really is a fab box this month.
The box cost just £12 and with two full size products worth £52 it’s not hard to see why it sold out so quickly! Did you manage to grab one? Have you tried any of these products before ? I’d love to hear your comments !
As always it gets to the start of the month and beauty boxes start getting dispatched. I am loving the ASOS boxes lately for some great brands and themes. This month has 5 products with a Valentine theme in the lovely red graffiti style packaging and a makeup focus.
First is a Spectrum Small Fan brush in a gorgeous green colour that would brighten anyone’s makeup bag! The fan brushes are recommended to apply powder products that you want a light touch with. Usually highlighter and blush looks great applied with this kind of brush. These usually cost £6.99
Next up we have the Ciate London Watermelon Burst Hydrating lip oil which just sounds amazing doesn’t it? I’ve used quite a few Ciate products now and I really enjoy them. The Watermelon range is one of my faves having used the Watermelon hydrating primer before. This is no exception and is a welcome addition given all the cold winter weather and the havoc it plays with your skin!
First Aid Beauty is another of my skincare favourites, I am currently using their cleanser at the moment. The Ultra Repair Cream is great for skin that is really parched and in need of soothing. I have sensitive skin and psoriasis and I’ve found this to work really well for me in the past. It’s quite a thick cream so I personally prefer this as a night cream and you can see a difference in just a few days.
Next is a TooFaced Hangover Primer spray which has coconut water to keep skin hydrated and can be used as a primer, setting spray and skin refresher. This is a travel size and has 30ml of product which costs £17 normally.
So Nars is one of those brands which is just iconic and remembered for the Orgasm blush more than any other product they make, and we have a mini version here! The pinky coral blush has just a shimmer of gold and is a gorgeous colour, super flattering for a range of skin tones.
Finally we have a Shiseido mascara – I have tried some of their skincare before but not their mascara. It’s a nice little tester and it’s meant to create voluminous lashes.
This box costs £12 each month, plus shipping. I have premier delivery enabled which means I pay a set fee each year to get next day delivery on my purchases.
The ASOS boxes are always great value for money and this one was no exception with a really great range of brands and products to try. I especially love the blush and fan brush but I know all of the products will be used. They sell out so so quickly you have to be really watching the site from the 1st of the month to get one.
Did you manage to snap this up before it went out of stock? What’s your favourite item in this months box?
As we start 2021, in the UK , we are plunged once again into a national lockdown. Traditionally January tends to be a time lots of people focus on ‘new year, new me’ and sometimes unrealistic resolutions. Personally my resolution is to worry less. I spent much of 2020 in a state of constant worry and it really affected my mental health. I’ve made a real effort in the last few months to make sure I take a few minutes out everyday for myself , whether it’s a walk, a little pamper or just to read a magazine so self care becomes a higher priority for me. So this months ASOS box has come at a fab time and has the theme of The Ultimate Feel-Good box with goodies to help boost your mood.
I’ve had this previously in one of the ASOS box and really loved it. Its to help purify and revitalise skin and it’s really gentle on the skin. Has a nice fresh scent with the tea tree and helps with oily skin without stripping it of moisture. A full size of this is £35.
The Caudalie toner is aimed at targeting breakout prone skin while still being gentle. A full size of this is £18 and it is good for combination skin, it can be used morning and evening. Caudalie products are always a winner with me, I’ve had a few serums over the last year and they are really gentle but effective. Definitely a one I’d consider purchasing in the larger size.
Elemis is always a fab brand to receive and I’m hoping this counts as one of my five a day?! This is a super hydrating mask so perfect for this really cold winter weather as I know I’ve definitely seen a change in my skin. This is to brighten and nourish your skin in 10 minutes with super greens and passion fruit acid. I had a similar sleep mask to this from Origins and loved it so hoping this is the same. This mini size is £6.90 to purchase.
All the hand washing of the pandemic means I’ve used lots of hand cream in the last year! NEOM’s hand balm is a gorgeous smelling and super rich balm without the greasiness some hand creams have. It has essential oils and smells so fresh it makes me think of warmer times ahead! This is a full size and is £9 to purchase.
And lastly we have a Wave spray from Ouai which has featured a few times in the ASOS boxes and has become one of my favourite styling sprays. You just spray on either damp or dry hair to give loose waves and texture to your hair. It’s really lightweight and gives a nice shine as well. A full size of this costs £22.
And there we have it! 5 lovely products for a self-care treat this month. What do you guys think?
I’m very pleased to have one of these sell out boxes available for a giveaway. Give me a follow over on Instagram by searching vanessakaybeauty for more detail on how to enter!
The ASOS December box hasn’t disappointed with 5 fab goodies to get us glammed up for winter! If you’ve not got one of these boxes before, it’s not a subscription. They just appear each month on the ASOS website and you can see the full contents before you purchase. The boxes are normally around £12 but special editions and collaborations are normally £15-18. So I’ll dive in and show you the gorgeous products we got this time.
First is this beautiful Revolution Pro Ultimate Eye look palette called So Jaded. It’s got four shades with green being the main colour, a matte cream and a gold shade. The palette itself is bejewelled and would look amazing sitting out on a dressing table. The shades are really easy to blend and you could create such a nice smoky eye – I’m excited to play around with this and it’s a fab inclusion in the box.
Next is a mini Bare Minerals Lipstick in the shade Courage which is a really nice warm toned red – who doesn’t love a bit of red at Christmas??
Next two lash products to keep those peepers fluttering! First is the Smashbox Superfan mascara. I’ve had this before in a box and it’s a nice mascara, this is a travel size and it lasted quite a while when I had it before.
Next is a set of false eyelashes from Prima Lash to give some extra glam and volume. These look like a nice set of lashes, there’s no glue but that doesn’t bother me as I usually have some kicking around!
Last is a Real Techniques Miracle Complexion sponge , I use these a lot to blend out foundation and concealer so this is another win for me!
So although I can’t really calculate the cost of the mascara and lipstick, with the full size items we can get a cost for they total £21.99 making it really great value.
What do you all think is this a box you’d enjoy? It makes a really great Christmas gift especially if you are in a secret Santa or something similar.
So December the first is upon us and it’s time for those advent calendars to start being opened.
Advent is getting more and more luxurious and expensive as it’s not just your basic chocolate advent calendar that’s available. Everything from beauty and makeup to gin, cheese and Lego, you can pretty much get anything you want in an advent calendar!
This year I went for Glossybox , which is the calendar I got last year, and the ASOS Face and Body advent calendars. The main reason I got them is because of the quality of the products and value for money. I saved 20% on my ASOS calendar and with Glossybox you get a subscriber discount and can also use your Glossycredit which is credit you build up on Glossybox for completing monthly surveys.
Did you get an advent calendar this year? If so would love to know what you went for!
I’ll be unboxing these everyday on my Instagram page @vanessakay84 if you want to follow along!