Lookfantastic January 2021

Lookfantastic have had a mini makeover with a fresh look to the magazine in the box and packaging. I especially liked that the theme this month was Restoration, as I think after 2020 we could all use some of that! Instead of focusing on a new year, new me angle the focus is on products to make us feel confident, and give a moment of escape from the stresses of the world, and there are lots right now!

So first we have a hand mask! Something a bit different, I’ve tried one of these before from Seoulista and really liked it as it made my skin so soft and this was the same. Basically it’s a set of serum infused gloves that you place your hands in and then fasten the tabs around your wrist to keep in place. You leave it on for about 15 mins and then just massage any remaining serum into your hands. It’s like having a mini spa treatment at home and my hands really needed some tlc after all the cold weather we’ve been having! These are from Starskin and have Shea butter, goji Berry and macadamia nut and olive oil so smell amazing too.

Starskin Nourishing Hand Mask gloves £8.50

Next is a product from SVR which is a french brand. I’d not heard of this brand before but I was interested to try it and see if it’s a good moisturiser. It’s a face moisturiser for very dry and sensitive skin, so far so good! It can be used day and night and is a really nice texture. I’ve used it for a few days and it hasn’t irritated my skin at all and it really does help with any dry patches you might have.

SVR Intense Moisturising Cream £15

I do love a good hair mask and this one from Intelligent Haircare is an overnight one. It’s a deluxe mini size so if you’ve got long hair like me you’d only get one use out of this, shorter styles you’d likely get two maybe three. It’s a vegan formula and also free from parabens, sulphates and silicones- basically all the nasties you don’t want on your hair! Really easy to use, just run it through your hair and scalp and then tie it up. In the morning rinse and shampoo/condition as normal. This is a really lovely formula and my hair felt great afterward, it’s a bit messy and will leave your pillowcase messy but as you’d probably not do this often then I’d say it was worth the trouble.

Deluxe sample size (full size is 200ml and costs £25)

I got a few of these for Christmas and a blending sponge is always a welcome addition in subscription boxes for me. This is an eco friendly makeup sponge. These are great for applying liquid or cream face products and best used damp so it doesn’t absorb all your products.

So Eco Complexion sponge £6

I really like these lipsticks from Sleek and this is the shade Hellacious , a sort of autumnal brown with an orange hint. It’s a matte finish and lasts for ages.

Sleek Matte Me lip cream in shade Hellacious £4.99

Finally we have the Dr Botanicals cleansing bar in avocado and cucumber. I could smell this when I first opened the box and it is so lovely and fresh. You can use it on face and body and it has antibacterial properties to cleanse and purify your skin.

Dr Botanicals Cleansing Bar £19

So altogether this months box has a value of £53.49 !

Lookfantastic have a range of subscriptions available here . I’m currently subscribed on a monthly basis and pay £15 inc postage and packaging for my box. If you got this box what did you think?

For me it’s a great box, I know I will use everything and it’s really nice to get some different items like the hand mask and very fitting for this time of year!

Lookfantastic December 2020

This months theme is of course, Christmas ! With a range of products to give you a lovely glow and bit of glitz this December. I love the gold and black box design it looks so elegant and chic!

First is a Percy and Reed hairspray which has anti-humidity properties but will also keep your hair in place all day. I love Percy and Reed they are fab products and their Wonderbalm is amazing if you have thick dry hair like mine. This is a 50ml size and costs £6.

Percy & Reed Hairspray £6 for 50ml

Next is a Brushwork’s Double ended eyeshadow brush. One end is a shader and the other is an eyeliner brush. This will be perfect for whenever we are allowed to begin travelling again! It feels really nice quality and as always I do like getting brushes in my subscription boxes to build up my collection. This is £3.99 to purchase.

Brushworks double ended eyeshadow brush £3.99

I really love this next product from Jecca Blac , this is their Champagne Glow Drops which is a highlighting primer. I got a different shade of this in a Glossybox and really liked it. This one is perfect for winter time with a subtle gold shimmer. I either wear underneath my foundation or you can also dab on top of your base with a beauty blender for a more noticeable glow. This is £16 if you were to purchase it.

Jecca Blac Glow Drops in the shade Champagne £16

Also in this months box is this cute little The Balm Petal to the Metal cream eyeshadow single. Mine is a really nice bronze shade which is a lovely creamy formula so I think this will blend nicely. I was never a fan of liquid or cream shadows as I wasn’t sure how to use them! Now I’ve had a few and played around with them I really like using them to add some different texture and dimension to my eyeshadow.

Ren is not a brand I have tried before and this product is an Atlantic Kelp body lotion made with sustainably sourced ingredients. It smells amazing and fresh, a nice size to get a decent trial of it too.

Lastly is our sneak peek from last month Avant Pro Radiance Brightening Eye Final Touch. This is a really lovely eye cream , Avant is always a fab one to get in these boxes. I’m really being vigilant in using eye creams now that I’m getting older and trying to keep my skin as good as possible so this is great for me , especially as it says it tries to tackle dark circles.

If you got this box what did you think?

Lookfantastic have a range of subscriptions available here . I’m currently subscribed on a monthly basis and pay £15 inc postage and packaging for my box.

Glossybox x Zoeva Cosmetics

It’s been a little while since I got one of the limited edition Glossyboxes and for some reason this one with Zoeva caught my eye. Zoeva are famous for their makeup brushes which are hand made and as I’ve been trying to build a good stock of quality brushes this was a no brainer for me. In total there are six products with everything you need for a full makeup look with a value of £85!

First is the Cocoa blend eyeshadow palette this actually looks like a chocolate bar and the shades inside are inspired by chocolate including the names. It’s a beautiful palette that blends so well as the shades are buttery smooth. It’s a fab palette for autumn colours and one I will really enjoy using.

Cocoa blend eyeshadow palette £21

Next is the Voyager Travel Brush set which has four brushes in a travel roll, perfect for popping in your suitcase if we ever get to travel anywhere! There’s a concealer buffer, crease blush for blending eyeshadow, shader for smokey effects and a brow brush. It’s a fab little set and would be ideal for anyone just starting to use proper makeup or to boost your brush collection like mine.

Voyager Travel Brush Set £22

Also included is the eyeshadow fix matte primer to help your eyeshadow stay put and create a canvas for your looks. I really liked this as it helps prevent creasing and it’s so simple to use. You just dab onto your eyelid and wait for it to set before applying your eyeshadow as usual.

Eyeshadow Fix (Matte) £9

The Pure Matte Lips in the shade Dare to Dream is not a shade I’d normally go for. But it’s really nice when it’s applied, a pretty matte pink. It’s a lovely formula for a matte lipstick and reminds me of the Huda Beauty mattes which aren’t drying but are still long lasting. Given that it looks like face masks will be a staple in our lives for quite some time yet long lasting lipsticks are the way forward!

Pure Matte Lips Dare to Dream £11

A highlighter is a must for cheering up your look right now and the strobe gel doesn’t disappoint! The shade is called Nova and it literally looks like a jelly of melted gold shimmer, mesmerising ! It has a pearlescent glow to it and creates a lovely dewy effect on the skin. You only need a tiny bit for a sheer glow but you could easily make it more intense and build it up. As with most highlighters the recommendation is to apply to the cheekbones, brow bones , Cupid’s bow and bridge of the nose.

Strobe Gel – Nova £13

Graphic eyes+ in the shade Black to Earth is the last product in this box and it’s a eye pencil which is really smooth to apply. It blends out nicely so I think you could also do a nice smokey eye with it as well. It also says it’s waterproof which I haven’t seen before in a pencil like this.

Graphic eyes+ in the shade Black to Earth £9

I’m so pleased with the box as it’s great value and I really like that aside from your foundation and mascara you have everything you need to do a full face. My standouts have to be the the eyeshadow palette and the highlighter, I’m a sucker for anything shimmery and pretty!

As always would love to hear your thoughts on this and if you’ve tried any of the products . This is still available via the Glossybox website and is priced at £25 for subscribers and £30 for non subscribers.

ASOS Ultimate Haircare Box

Well, this box was an almost immediate sellout! The ASOS face and body boxes are released each month around the 1st of the month and as it’s not a subscription box, you don’t really get any notification. I usually check the website a few times during the day to make sure I grab one when I see it but this time I very nearly missed out! It had actually sold out by the time I got there and amazingly I managed to get one later in the day as someone must have not checked it out.

This month is all about hair and it’s billed as the “Ultimate Haircare Routine” with some fab products included for just £12!

First is the Philip Kingsley Elasticizer treatment which strengthens and adds bounce. This is a good sample size and the full size is usually £19. I really liked this as it didn’t leave my hair greasy afterward like some deep conditioners can.

Next up is a full sized scalp scrub from The Hair Boss with an amazing tea tree scent. I love scalp scrubs to help with my psoriasis on my head and this was really nice, didn’t sting or irritate so it’s a winner for me.

Then there is a duo from Mane ‘n Tail, a shampoo and conditioner for the all important cleanse. Originally formulated for horses, hence the name!, this has achieved cult status and my hair definitely felt softer and silky after using. These were a sample size duo but a decent size to be able to get a few uses out of and see how you like the product.

Then another full size in Olaplex No 6 Bond Smoother, a leave-in cream for repairing and strengthening hair. A hairdresser favourite this is an amazing inclusion in the box especially as it’s £26 for the full size!

Last we have another product which receives rave reviews Invisible Hair Oil from Bumble and Bumble ideal for dry hair in need of shine. This reminds me of the VO5 hot oils from when I was younger.

This box was amazing value considering the two full size products alone come to £33.99! I am so pleased I managed to grab one!

Would love to know your thoughts on this one and whether you’ve used any of the products here ?

Lookfantastic August 2020

The August Lookfantastic box has a radiance theme with 6 products from beauty and skincare to help you to feel “lit from within”! There’s a nice variety this month with haircare, skincare and makeup to try out so let’s jump in and unbox!

The August Radiance box £15
Bellapierre Cosmetics Mineral Blush in Amaretto £15

A mineral based blush this comes in a loose powder formulation which I found unusual for a blusher as normally I’d expect it in a pressed form. It’s a tawny brown coloured blush which isn’t a colour I’d go for normally but it blends out nicely and I think I’ll be giving it a go!

Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum £15.33 10ml

Caudalie products are always fab and this serum is no different. This one aims to lighten dark spots in 4 weeks on the skin so I’ll put it to the test and report back! It’s to be applied after cleansing in the evening and is a lovely light serum.

Eyeko Lash Alert mascara £10 4ml

Another Eyeko product with the Lash Alert mascara which I think is the only one of theirs I haven’t tried! I really like the waterproof formula which was in Julys Glossybox so I will be interested to see if this is a good alternative.

Ahava Deadsea Water Mineral in Seakissed £8 for 40ml

This smells amazing and is billed as being filled with minerals and antioxidants as well as being free from parabens and synthetic ingredients. I can definitely say it’s been fine for my sensitive skin and absorbs really nicely. The scent reminds me of holidays, almost like a suncream which I really like.

Mio Sundrenched Body wash £3.15 for 30ml

This body wash has a little gold shimmer in it which is perfect for summer and a really fresh citrus scent. It’s designed to hydrate and highlight your skin,which is where the shimmer comes in. Not much else to say on this but it’s really nice smelling and the bit of shimmer is something different!

Percy and Reed perfectly perfecting wonderbalm £8 for 30ml

I really like Percy and Reed haircare so I was excited to see this included in Augusts box. Wonderbalm is designed to be used on toweldried hair before you style to give more moisture and shine. I’ve used this a few times and it has made my hair more manageable, I’ve got really thick hair that is prone to frizz and dryness so it’s perfect for this. It might be a little much if you’ve got thinner hair. I’ll definitely be repurchasing this when it’s finished.

So altogether everything in Augusts box was worth £59.48 which is great value and all items I’ll use so I’m pleased about that. Next months sneek peek is a mini of the Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream which is one of their stand out products and superhydrating and rich. One to look forward to!

Would love to know if you’ve got any favourites from this box 💜

Lookfantastic have a range of subscription options with different price savings depending on how long you commit for. I am on the monthly plan which is £15 per month including postage. More options are available on their website including introductory offers.

Wild thing! Glossybox May 2020

If like me you’ve been sucked into the Tiger King docuseries on Netflix you’ll know that this beauty box could have been designed with Carole Baskin in mind! There’s been lots of change during the past 7 weeks but I’m so thankful that some of the little things that can brighten your day have been able to continue like Glossybox. For May their theme is exploring your wild side, with two special edition boxes in Leopard and Zebra print and a range of makeup, haircare and skincare to try out!

If you don’t know about Glossybox, it’s a beauty box subscription where you are sent 5 items each month. You can subscribe for various amounts of time or purchase a one-off box.

I pay £11.75 per month for my Glossybox including shipping but there are lots of plans available on their website www.glossybox.co.uk from 1-12 month plans or one off boxes.

Stargazer Glitter Eye Pencil RRP £2

First up was the Stargazer Glitter eyeliner pencil. The colour I was sent was violet which is a really bold colour with a bit of glitter scattered in. I really wasn’t sure about this as it felt a bit like something I would have tried when I was about 12. However! I did line my eyes with it and completely changed my mind, it was a lovely colour, not as bold when applied, but blends out nicely and I think with the right eyeshadow will look really nice. I’ve also seen a few people applying theirs over black eyeliner for a subtle glitter look and I do think that’s something I will try.

Vitamasques Bamboo Charcoal sheet mask RRP £3.99

So in a change to the advertised product, we were meant to get an OhK! Printed mask,my box contained a Vitamasques Bamboo Charcoal Sheet Mask. I’m guessing this might have something to do with the current pandemic situation and to be honest I don’t mind. The mask contains a detoxifying and pore tightening action to banish breakouts and eliminate excess oils according to their website.

It Is designed for stressed out skin and, lets face it, I think we’ve all experienced some stress the past 7 weeks!

I used this at the weekend and I really enjoyed it. I left it on for the full 20 mins (recommended between 10 and 20 mins to leave on) and my skin felt amazing. Usually when I use face masks like these I feel like the serum it’s coated in is dripping all over and this wasn’t , to me it was almost a gel style which meant it wasn’t sliding off all the time. Would definitely purchase this again as I think for £3.99 it’s a bargain.

Mudmasky Hair Mask, Scalp treatment and Miracle Shampoo RRP £21

Next is the Mudmasky Hair mask, Scalp treatment and Miracle Shampoo to help with dry, damaged and frizzy hair. Let’s see I check all of the above ! And given that my hair hasn’t seen a hairdresser since February, I was due an appointment the day of lockdown, I was excited to try this.

I am pleased to say it doesn’t disappoint. You apply like regular shampoo, leather and then leave it on your scalp for a minute before rinsing. It contains Moroccan argan oil, Moroccan mud and claims to strengthen and repair your hair. I could really feel a difference after the treatment and as someone with a sensitive scalp due to my psoriasis I was really pleased with this product.

Steve Laurent Eyeshadow Palette RRP £31

The star product of this box, which was the sneak peek last month, is the Steve Laurent eyeshadow palette which came in a cute leopard print box. The palette is a really good mix of neutrals with nine shades in all. With mattes and shimmers I think there will be a lot of use for me from this as you can do everything from day to night looks. The shades blend out nicely and the pigment is good.

The last item is an EOS lip balm in Sweet Mint. We did get a lip balm in last months box but I really don’t mind getting another one as I use these a lot! This smells amazing and the mint is not overpowering. A nice basic to have and use regularly.

The contents of this months box are worth £64.49 , so definitely worth the monthly subscription fee! So lastly on to the sneak peek for the June box! This was pretty exciting as it’s a Huda Beauty dual ended eyeliner with a liquid liner on one side and pencil on the other. This is worth £18 and fits with the theme of beauty beyond borders so an international beauty theme. Very much looking forward to this !

June’s sneak peek

If you want to sign up to Glossybox you can visit their website http://www.glossybox.co.uk or you can use my referral link here and receive a discount of 20% on your first box.

Hope you enjoyed reading about this months box, would love to know if you’ve tried any of the products from this month !

Glossybox March 2020 All eyes on me

The latest Glossybox has arrived and it’s a goodie with some gorgeous makeup treats to see me through the month. If you don’t know about Glossybox, it’s a beauty box subscription where you are sent 5 items each month. You can subscribe for various amounts of time or purchase a one-off box.

I pay £11.75 per month for my Glossybox including shipping but there are lots of plans available on their website www.glossybox.co.uk from 1-12 month plans

First up it’s an MCo Beauty Long Lasting lipstick, we’ve had MCo products before and I really like them as a brand. The lipstick is a nude shade called Flawless with a matte finish. It’s definitely a shade I would choose and has a non drying feel which is rare for a matte formula. It’s not particularly long lasting in my opinion but I generally find that traditional lipstick never lasts as long as liquid mattes. This is worth £15 and I’d definitely purchase it again because of the colour.

Next we have Ciate London’s Stamp and Drag eyeliner. This is actually one of my favourite products from Ciate and I’ve purchased this before. The idea with this is you get a wing shaped stamp to help you with doing a perfect flick and then you can frame round the eyes with the pointed felt tip style. I’ve never been great with eyeliner and this has helped me massively. It’s really long lasting and stays Jet Black all day. This is £15 to purchase from Ciates website.

Who doesn’t love a good highlighter ? The next product is a Sleek highlighter palette in Copperplate. A beautiful mix of colours that blend nicely and aren’t heavy when applied. It’s an all powder palette and I think this will be gorgeous for spring and summer when the nicer weather starts. This is £9.99 RRP.

Also included is an Eyeko mascara which comes in a fun tube like toothpaste! The curved brush is designed to give volume and I’m looking forward to seeing what this formula is like. My go to has been the Too Faced Better than Sex mascara so I’m interested to try something new. This is a deluxe mini size and is worth £10.

Lastly a toothpaste from Whiteglo. This is probably my least favourite product in the box, it’s not particularly exciting to get a toothpaste but it will be used and as it’s mini sized is perfect for my washbag while travelling. This is again a deluxe mini and worth £1.05

In total this months box has a value of £51.04 so great value, and all of the products are something I will use. Despite the toothpaste not being my favourite item to receive in a beauty box!

The April sneak peek is an Avant Exfoliating Cleanser which I am really looking forward to. We’ve had quite a few Avant products, including primer and moisturiser in Glossybox over the past year and they are a really great skincare brand.

ASOS x Pixi Beauty

I got this beauty box a while back and purposely waited to post a review as I really wanted to give the products a good try and see what difference they made to my skin.

Pixi is a London brand most famous for their skincare and face tonics, the Glow tonic being the most familiar.

The full contents of the box

There are four full size products and one sample size.

The sample size is the most well known and iconic product from the Pixi Range their Glow Tonic. This is the smallest item in the box and I’ve actually used this before. It’s perfect for popping in my travel bag. The tonic itself is amazing for blemish prone skin. I don’t use this everyday as I find it too drying for my skin type but if I feel like my skin has turned oily or I’ve got any spots it’s brilliant for getting them in check sharpish! The recommendation when using Glow Tonic is to use once a day, either morning or night to give your skin a deeper cleanse. The RRP for this size is £5

The Rose tonic is a full size product and my worry with this was that it would be too perfumed. It manages to get a perfect balance of rose scent without being overpowering which I love. It contains hydrosol and can be used morning and night for a calming skin effect. This has now become my everyday toner as it’s lovely and light. The usual price for the full size of this is £18 for the 250ml bottle.

The Rose Flash Balm again not overpowering in scent and a really lovely moisturiser for dry skin. This is designed to be used as either a mask treatment or a primer to brighten up your skin. I’ve really liked using it on no makeup days as a primer, it’s really made my skin feel great and definitely helped throughout the winter months! RRP for this is £6

Next is the Pixi lip lift max in sheer Rose , I really liked this colour and it had a nice non sticky texture. As with most gloss products it’s not particularly long lasting but I would definitely repurchase in another shade.

It has a peptide lip plumper, which you can feel working on your lips from the second you put it on! It’s a really nice formula that doesn’t dry out your lips. The RRP for this product is £12

The last product is the Endless Silky Eye one. It a Kohl type eye pencil there’s not much to say about this, it’s a basic for your makeup bag, applies nicely and lasts well. It’s long wear and has a creamy texture which glides on and smudges nicely if you like that look. This is priced at £6

The box was £15 this time from ASOS but still incredible value as the total value of the products was £47 !

If you’d like to know more about Pixi Beauty and their beauty/ skincare ranges visit pixibeauty.co.uk or any of your usual online beauty retailers

Holiday essentials

Bring on the good times!

As summer has come to a close and we start into the autumn, it felt like a great time to share some of my summer faves. I actually got away abroad this year for the first time in 3 years so it was great fun thinking of cute outfits and things to take away.

My versatile little bag from River Island

This cute little bag from River Island has served me well over the summer. The perfect size to fit the essentials and casual enough for day but dressy enough for evening. I love the hot pink colour which seemed to be a theme for me this summer!

Loved these earrings that I picked up on sale in Boots for £3!

I love a statement earring and a hoop, so this summer I made the best of both! A pop of neon colour made these the perfect go to for a relaxed look. Plus they were on sale in Boots, not somewhere I usually shop for earrings.

Hask Hair masks have been my saviour!

My hair always gets really dry and frizzy in the summer so it’s so important to me to keep it well conditioned. I love these Hask hair masks, I took 3 away on holiday to counteract the sun and chlorine and they kept my hair feeling soft and my hair colour shiny.

Loving the peachy coral tones this summer
I love peach and orange tones for summer, especially when you have a tan! NYX butter gloss is great for hot days when you need some moisture but also want a good coverage lip colour. Of course my summer essentials wouldn’t be complete without a good bronzer and TooFaced Sweetie Pie is still my number one. It’s a perfect mix of colour and shimmer without an excess of glitter like some bronzers do.

Staying peachy with TooFaced

Finally a good primer is one of my essentials to make sure my face stays in place! I am currently using Obsession Makeup’s mattifying primer which is a silicone based primer. I find these work well for my skin type and it gives a wonderfully matte finish for your foundation to work on.

Primer to keep my face in place

Do you have any great summer essentials to share?

A new addition, meet Chip!

Chip at 8 weeks old!

So it’s been a busy time in our house. The end of the school holidays, an adventure to Crete and now a new addition to the house, Chip the cockapoo!

We fell in love with him way back in July and it seems like it’s been ages to wait for him to be ready to come home!

He’s a chocolate brown cockapoo and growing all the time, chewing everything in sight and generally being cute!

He came home with us a week ago now and honestly it’s like he has always been here, settled in brilliantly and starting to master toilet training like a pro!

Chip at 12 weeks

Now he’s settling nicely we can’t wait to start walking him properly once he has his last set of vaccinations. We got him lots of chew toys and different softer toys too but I think he really is ready for a few walks now.

So I’m after any puppy or dog tips you might have, please leave a comment or email if you have any special things you did with your pet!