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 November 2020

Makeup and Magic is the theme this month with glitter, shimmer and magic products to keep us looking glam this November. Even though we are locked down in the UK right now it’s a fab time to play around with new looks and I love when my subscription boxes arrive each month!

Makeup and Magic Glossybox November 2020

First we have a beautiful eyeshadow palette from L.A Splash which fits perfectly with the magic theme right down to the packaging. There are 8 shades in the palette 3 shimmers and 5 mattes. They are a lovely autumnal mix of shades and are really highly pigmented. This is my standout product from the box and one I know I will get a lot of use from. This is a full size and it will be perfect for if we ever get back to travelling as it’s also got a little mirror included.

Paired perfectly with the eyeshadow palette is the Spectrum blender brush. I really love getting nice brushes and I’ve built up a good collection now from these boxes! This is perfect for working shadow into the crease of your eye and matches the colour scheme of the palette with gold and black.

Next up is a Que Bella mask and this one is Moonstone Recharge and Restore Glitter Mask. We had one of these in a box previously but I got a gold one so I’m pleased to get a different one. This one is designed to give you radiant glowing skin and help your skin feel brighter. I love the little bits of shimmer in it too makes it feel so cute!

Que Bella Professional Purple Moonstone Glitter Gel Mask £2.49

The next item is a replacement, it was meant to be a Mudmasky Autumn Mask but instead we have been given Generation Clay Ultra-Violet Brightening Purple Clay Mask, worth £19.50. I know I’ve complained about product changes before but I am not bothered about this one, mainly because it’s a similar product and it’s a relatively similar price. It’s a brightening purple clay mask with Australian Davidson plum (a natural super fruit that gently acts like an exfoliating acid), it will transform your appearance by rejuvenating dull, tired skin, and lightening dark circles and pigmentation. Definitely everything I’d want in a face mask!

Generation Clay Brightening Purple Clay Mask £19.50

Lastly a favourite of mine and a regular in beauty boxes Hask Argan Oil Repairing Deep Conditioner. I really love these masks as my hair has a tendency to get really dry and frizzy. The Argan oil one is a favourite, firstly it smells incredible and secondly it only takes 10 minutes to work which means you can apply in the shower. I usually pick these up on my weekly shop as they are available in most supermarkets and pharmacies.

Hask Argan Oil Deep Conditioner £2

Decembers sneak peek is is an Overnight Eye Serum by Symbiosis, eye serums and creams are always a welcome addition for me and I love to try new ones so I am looking forward to that.

Decembers sneak peek worth £102 !

If you got this months box what did you think? My favourite item is definitely the eyeshadow and brush! I will definitely get use out of everything as I really love my face masks and hair masks!

Total value of this months box is £60.98 which is so great and especially as I know I will get so much use out of everything. I said last months box was my favourite of the year but I think this is a hot contender! I have a yearly subscription to Glossybox which costs 11.75 per month including postage and packaging. There are loads of different options if you wanted to sign up from a monthly rolling subscription to 3, 6 and 12 month plans like the one I do. I do have a referral code if you click here which will get you 20% off your first box.

Lookfantastic November 2020

This month Lookfantastic have a ‘Firecracker’ theme, perfect as the dark nights start to draw in! I love the quote inside the box lid pictured below.

There are 6 products this month and also a little extra treat in the form of a Jimmy Choo perfume sample.

First is a Philip Kingsley Pure Colour Frizz Fighting gloss. I’ve used a couple of Philip Kingsley products before and really like this one. You apply to your hair when towel dried and it acts as a heat protector as well as maintaining your colour.

Next is This Works Perfect Legs Skin Miracle. This is a tinted serum to give you a little glow to your legs or anywhere else on the body you want to add a little hint of colour to. This is probably not one for me as anything tinted like this tends to stick to my psoriasis.

I was so pleased to get this next product as I had run out of my usual micellar water! This one is Polaar Ice Pure with artic cotton and is great at removing mascara! I tend to use micellar as my first cleanse and then follow up with a face wash before applying my skincare.

Naobay Detox Oxygen Light Cream was the sneak peek last month and is a day cream with green tea and aloe Vera to help protect the skin. I think this is a really lovely day cream and sits well under makeup as well.

Next is a Lord and Berry Eye pencil in a bronze shade, I really love the colour and it’s very creamy so blends out nicely. This will be fab for some autumnal bronze eyeshadow looks.

Finally this is my favourite item in the box, Nails Inc. Polish in the shade All Fired Up – Portland Square. It’s a orange toned red and ideal for the box firecracker theme. I really love Nails Inc polish and this colour is definitely one I might have chosen myself so i am really pleased.

All of the items this month seem to be on the smaller size and we didn’t get a price list in the booklet. However I still feel it’s good value for £15 inc postage as each item costs just £2.50. It’s like getting a little beauty pick and mix this month and I am not mad at it! The sneak peek for next month is an Avant eye cream, I love Avant products so I am sure this will be my favourite item in next month last box. Anything that aims to prevent wrinkles is definitely up my street!

If you got this box what did you think? Would you have preferred more full size items and less of the smaller ones?

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.

ASOS Selfcare November 2020 Box

2020 has been a real write off! So ASOS have treated us to the ultimate selfcare box for November with everything needed to treat yourself because as they put it, staying in is the new going out!

ASOS Face and Body Box £12

If you haven’t had an ASOS box before they are released around the 2nd of each month and usually cost £12, plus postage. They are usually 5 products and can be sample / deluxe sample size or sometimes full sized items. They occasionally do collaborations with brands so previously these have included Pixi, Oaui, Deciem/ The Ordinary usually two – three times a year there is a collaboration box. There is no commitment and you just purchase as it becomes available on their website.

First up in the box we have the Sunday Rain Foaming Bubble Bar in Mango and Coconut. This smells incredible and was perfect for relaxing in the bath. I felt like it smells like a really incredible fruity cocktail!

Next is Rituals Jimg Body Scrub which is to calm your mind with the scent as well as being exfoliating for the skin. I really love Rituals products and I hadn’t tried this before so it’s nice to get a different range than I would normally buy.

The next item is one of my favourites for intense moisturising, Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask. This is super hydrating and perfect for the winter when I find my skin is dryer. It’s a thicker moisturiser style mask and my skin always feels so smooth and nourished after I use this.

The last two items are ones to help soothe and sleep, something I think lots of people have struggled with during the pandemic. First is Neom’s Perfect Nights Sleep Oil. You can apply this anywhere on the body and it works to soften your skin as well as helping aid relaxation for sleep. It smells so lovely and is a really soothing scent, like being in a spa.

Last is a product I’ve tried before and really enjoy, This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray. It’s a lavender and camomile spray to help you to ease gently off to sleep and it is something I have found helpful during the lockdowns and throughout in helping me with a better nights sleep.

Lots of deluxe mini sizes this month but still great value for just £12. This month there is a men’s grooming box available too which would be a fab Christmas present. Visit ASOS and search Beauty Box to find any of the boxes that are still available, because they are such great value they do tend to sell out quickly when released.

What do you guys think? Are these products you would enjoy ? Have you tried any of them before?

Code Beautiful

I’m really excited to write up this review about some great new beauty products I’ve just discovered and am loving. Code Beautiful has kindly gifted me four items which are perfect for getting you out the door in the morning and feeling amazing! Everything is cruelty free and vegan, and the whole purpose of their products is simply to enhance your natural beauty.

The Vibrancy Kit

First is the Code LLE (Lid Lift Enhance) , this is a 3 in 1 product which acts as a concealer, primer and eyeshadow. The main aim with this is to give you the ultimate antidote to tired eyes, and if you’re anything like me chasing after a 5 year old and working a full time job along with all of life’s day to day makes me tired!

Staying in the eye area next is the Code VLM (Volumising Lengthening Mascara) I have mentioned a lot over the past year about trying to find a mascara that I really love. One of my favourite things about this one is the formula doesn’t flake or irritate- a major consideration when you wear contact lenses like me! The other thing I love, aside from the fact it makes your lashes look amazing, is that it’s waterproof so no worries about panda eyes after a wet school run! It doesn’t clump and it’s buildable so if you just want a quick coat to add some definition and get out the door you can. But equally for more drama you can layer it up and have a really pretty look for a night out.

Finally we have two lip products both aimed at giving you a gorgeous natural pout. Code SSL (soft Smooth Lipliner) is a total gamechanger for me with lipliner! It is so incredibly soft and creamy, absolutely no dragging here! It is a really lovely nude shade and is infused with plumping ingredients as is the Code LIP Lipgloss. You can either literally just line your lips and use a lipstick or gloss to coordinate or because it’s so creamy you can fill in your whole lip and use like a lipstick. The packaging is great for being able to throw in your bag and it has a built in sharpener, because if you’re anything like me you constantly loose sharpeners.

CODE SSL £18

CODE LIP is an amazing lipgloss which hydrates and plumps lips with that amazing ingredient hyaluronic acid. I’ve used lip plumper lately before and lots of them use ingredients to make your lips swell and they are really irritating. This is so not like that! They recommend you use daily for at least two weeks to see a difference to your lips and it’s highly recommended from me, especially as the weather is getting colder. It is a sheer tinted formula which is a nude Rose and just highlights your natural lip colour. You can also layer over the top of Code SSL to further enhance your pout.

CODE LIP £20

The main thing I love about these products is its 4 steps that can get you out the door and just feeling more put together with a gorgeous natural look. Makeup can be quick and doesn’t always have to involve a million different products.

A finished look with all of the products

To find out more about Code Beautiful visit their website or find them on Instagram. You can check out more looks from me on Instagram too.

Glossybox Enchanted Spirit October 2020

October’s Glossybox is always a fab one and for once 2020 hasn’t disappointed us! 5 items in this gorgeous Enchanted Spirit themed box which I will definitely be keeping!

There were two versions of the box this month, Enchanted Spirit and Midnight Fantasy with little difference between the two apart from some shade and scent variations. Both boxes are designed beautifully to give you all the lotions and potions you need to transform this October, perfect for the spooky Halloween season!

First we have AHC Essential Eye Cream for Face. I was a little confused by the name of this and on reading the card it’s described as, “a face cream with all the benefits of a concentrated eye cream” It makes more sense on reading that which means it can just be used as an eye cream or you can use it all over the face in a thin layer for an extra moisture boost. This is a deluxe mini and worth £8.66. It’s a gel texture which I really like for a nightcream / eye cream and feels really nice on my skin. Will see what the effects are in the coming weeks!

Next is BubbleT with a Stardust foaming bath powder in Lavender. The Midnight Fantasy Box would have the rose scent. I’m so pleased I got the lavender one as I really don’t like strong rose scents ! This bubbles up so nicely in the bath and is a lovely calming scent before bed so definitely a winner! This is a full size worth £5.99.

Luna by Luna lipstick in the shade Pixie is our next product and it’s a really pretty red. I do love a nice red colour for the autumn months and this has a nice pink tone to it. This is full size and worth £15. It feels really nice on the lips and is pretty smooth to apply.

I haven’t tried this next product before and it has rave reviews so I’m excited to try the Illamasqua Hydra Veil Primer. This is a deluxe mini worth £10 and it’s billed as a part hydrator part primer. This feels really nice on the skin and has a clear gel texture, reminds me of the Smashbox Photo Finish primer. This is perfect for the colder weather as it says it works to maintain hydration in your skin.

Next is The Beauty Crop Stargazing blush duo in the shade Orion which has a bronze and a coral shade. I love that there are two shades in the compact, one matte and one with a light shimmer. You can wear them alone or layer the matte with the shimmer for a nice glow, they are really nicely pigmented. I will definitely get a lot of use out of this as I’ve just come to the end of a similar blush. This is a full size and is worth £18.

Last of all we had another little chocolate treat in the form of a Cadbury’s Dark Milk sample. If you’ve not tried Dark Milk before it’s meant to be a mix of dark and milk chocolate and it’s actually a favourite of mine. In my opinion it’s like a richer version of Dairy Milk and a less bitter version of a traditional dark chocolate. I love when we get little extras like this in the box!

Total value of this months box is £57.65 which is really great and especially as I know I will get so much use out of everything. It may well be one of my favourites from Glossybox this year! I have a yearly subscription to Glossybox which costs 11.75 per month. There are loads of different options if you wanted to sign up from a monthly rolling subscription to 3, 6 and 12 month plans like the one I do. I do have a referral code if you click here which will get you 20% off your first box.

The sneak peek for November looks exciting as it’s a eyeshadow palette from LASplash worth £29. It looks like a nice mix of autumn colours and having had a few products of theirs before I know they are really good.

Did you get this months Glossybox ? What did you think of the products this month?

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 ?

The Best of ASOS September Face and Beauty Box

This month ASOS has brought together the best selling beauty items from their site for the September Beauty Box. There are 5 items which are all a sample / mini size and a mix of skincare and makeup including a new mascara from Nars. So let’s dive in and unbox!

The ASOS Best of Face and Beauty Box £12

First up is a Glamglow Supermud Mask which is one of the cult products from the brand. The Supermud mask is aimed at helping damaged, acne prone or pigmented skin areas. I’m hoping this will help me as I’ve been suffering with a bit of the dreaded “maskne” also known as blemishes due to our new normal of wearing masks day to day.

Glamglow Supermud Mask

Next is a new product to me, Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm to melt away your makeup and I have to say this smells amazing! It’s got essential oils, orange and rose are listed but I mainly get the orange notes coming through. It’s a really nice texture and melts into the skin. Lovely to use at the end of the day and really enjoy the fragrance.

Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm

Also included is a Clinique Moisture Surge 72 hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator. I’ve used this before and I really love this for the winter months as it’s so hydrating. Personally I like to use as a night cream to really soothe and hydrate overnight.

Clinique Moisture Surge 72 hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator

Laura Merciers Translucent setting powder is a cult product and not only keeps your makeup in place and reduces shine it also doesn’t flashback in photos, always a plus!

Laura Merciers Translucent setting powder

Finally a sample size of the new NARS Climax Mascara, which is all about creating lashes with volume and fullness. This is really nice and I would definitely be interested to try the full size when it’s released.

NARS Climax Mascara

This months box was £12 and even though it was a sample size product list I still feel it was great value. It’s a really fab mix of products and I am pleased with the variety this month. As always ASOS always includes brands which are available via their website The NARS Mascara is coming soon!

Would love to hear your views on this box and whether you use any of these products, pop a comment below or head over to my Instagram @vanessakay84 to join in the chat 💜

Lookfantastic Birthday Box September 2020

Lookfantastic are celebrating 6 years in business so this box had a birthday theme to the packaging which is really cute. There are 6 items this month and a little extra item.

Septembers Lookfantastic box £15 inc postage and packing

First is an Illamasqua mini highlighter, this is a really pretty champagne colour and gives nice buildable shimmer. They gave some application tips including applying with a wet brush for a more dramatic look or just using a regular brush dry for more subtle look.

Mini OMG Highlighter £10

Next is Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream. This was our sneek peek last month and is one of the stand out products from Elemis that everyone raves about. Personally I find this really rich to use as a day cream, I prefer to use it at night. It’s a really nice texture and a little goes a long way. £30 for 15 ml

Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream £30 for 15ml

I love a good lip pencil and this Diego Dalla Palma one is a lovely shade called antique rose. Worth £9.32 and with a matte finish it says it will last for hours to keep your lip colour in place.

Diego Dalla Palma lip pencil in the shade antique rose £9.32

There were two potential products you could get from ESPA this month and I was so pleased with the one I got! I got the Pink Hair and Scalp Mud, which is an amazing hair treatment that deep conditions. I’ve been lucky enough to have this treatment quite a while back when I had a massage and it’s a really great product.

ESPA Pink Hair and Scalp Mud

Next is a Luxie Large Shader Brush worth £15. I think I’ve mentioned a few times lately I’ve been trying to upgrade and replace some of my existing makeup brushes so this is perfect for me.

Luxie Large Shader Brush £15

Finally another item I’ve wanted to try for a long time, a Brushworks Jade Roller which is £9.99 to purchase. Jade rollers can help relieve the puffiness in your face and massage in serums, moisturisers ect. This will be fab to have a little pretend spa time with so I am looking forward to trying it out.

Brushworks Jade Roller £9.99

As a cute little extra there was also a Lookfantastic pop socket for your phone included which is always handy!

I’m really pleased with everything this month some great new beauty tools and products to try out and a nice mix of haircare, skincare and makeup.

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. In each booklet included there is a sneak peek of a product for the following month and this time it’s a Lip balm from BYTerry which will be perfect for the cooler weather to avoid getting dry lips!

October’s sneak peek is a ByTerry lip balm worth £14

Would love to know what you think of this months box or if you’ve tried any of these products before.

ASOS August Beauty Box collab with Ouai

The ASOS x Ouai collab box £12

As we enter August during these pandemic time’s one thing remains…. and that’s a monthly beauty box update from ASOS! There was much talk that the boxes were going to be taking a break last month but it seems like that’s not the case and they remain one of my fave purchases each month.

This month the box is a collaborative one with the hair, body and fragrance brand Ouai. Ouai is founded by celebrity hairstylist Jen Atkin, who clients include Khloe Kardashian, Katy Perry and Jessica Alba. There are six items in the box and they are a good mix of all the different items the brand has. This box cost £12 and as I have Premier Delivery with ASOS I don’t pay for shipping.

Scalp and body scrub £32 for 250g , this is the sample size which makes it £3.84 in value

First up is the scalp and body scrub, this is one I’ve tried before and absolutely love. As many of you know I suffer with psoriasis and one of the places this affects me is my scalp. I don’t profess to know what wonder this does but this helps my scalp massively in improving the feel and making it less itchy. It’s a sugar based scrub and it has probiotics to help boost skins natural defence. It’s a little weird using a scrub on your scalp at first but it has definite benefits for me so I really like it. You can also use this on the body and it’s a fab exfoliator.

Ouai Body Creme £32 for 212g this is sample size and is worth £4.52

To rehydrate your skin they’ve included their body Creme which has ingredients like coconut oil, cupuacu butter and squalene. It’s a lightly scented creme and a very light texture which soaks into your skin. The full size of this is £32 which is quite a lot for a body creme but if you wanted something indulgent I would recommend.

Deluxe mini size Wave Spray £10 for 50ml

The wave spray is one I’ve had in a beauty box before and something that I really like. It’s perfect for giving a beachy wave to your hair but doesn’t make it feel crunchy like other sprays for waves do. This has rice protein to give the hold.

My hair using the wave spray
Texturising Hairspray Mini £10 for 40g

The texturizing hair spray is designed to add volume and absorb oil to refresh your hair without that flatness that dry shampoo sometimes gives. I really like this and have used it mainly on my roots and mid length just to make my hair feel less flat.

The final two items are samples of their perfumes North Bondi and Melrose Place, I love the names! My favourite of these is North Bondi which is a really light and more floral fragrance. North Bondi, as stated in the description card, has notes of blackberry, amber, patchouli and lily. Melrose Place is a little heavier and would be nice for an evening perfume as it’s more musk based with bergamot and cedar-wood. This is not the type of perfume I usually go for so it’s not for me.

In total the value of the box is £31.12. One of the things I love about collaboration boxes is being able to try a few things from the same range and knowing how much I enjoyed the wave spray and scalp scrub I knew I wouldn’t be disappointed! Everything in this box is a mini size, no full size ones this time but it’s a good chance to try everything out and still great value with the hair care products alone being more than worth the cost of the box at just £12.

Would love to know your thoughts and whether you’ve tried anything from the Ouai range ! Please do check out my Instagram page if you haven’t already by searching for @vanessakay84 for regular content and day to day going’s on!