Woke up in Spring with Glossybox

April has usually brought with it blue skies and some sunshine as well as warmer temperatures. Although we also expect those April showers to occur I don’t think anyone, least of all me, was expecting snow forecasts and hailstones over the past week!

I’m cautiously optimistic that that’s behind us now and we can focus on some warmer weather coming our way! This months Glossybox has the theme of waking up in spring and some lovely little products to change up our makeup!

First of all is a product from Minus 417, Serenity Legend Hydrating Dead Sea Bath Salts. With minerals and salts to help your body retain moisture, Dead Sea salts are renowned for giving you soft smooth skin. I’ve used similar products a lot over the years for my psoriasis I and really like Dead Sea salts for relieving inflammation.

Minus 417 Serenity Legend Dead Sea Bath Salts Deluxe Mini 100g £2.17

Next is our sneak peek from last month, an eyeshadow quad from Sophia and Mabelle. This is a lovely little palette with four everyday shades with matte and shimmers. They’d be great for a simple natural eye look to just give a bit of a boost to your natural eye contour. This is full size and would cost £25 which seems pricy to me for a quad palette. The shadow itself has a nice texture and good pigment but I don’t know that I’d be happy paying £25 for 4 shadows. They are pretty nice when swatched and I can see myself definitely using this.

Another full size product included is the Feel Free Antioxidant Eye Contour cream. This is a lovely light formula and has a citrusy smell which isn’t too strong. Being an eye cream it’s main aim is to hydrate the delicate skin under your eye as well as brighten and balance your skin tone. I love getting eye creams in these boxes as it’s definitely an area I am focused on staying hydrated, it’s so important to use an eye cream to keep those fine lines at bay!

Feel Free Antioxidant Eye Contour Cream £4.77

Next is a liquid blush from DWTN Paris and while I love liquid and cream blush I will admit the colour of this put me off at first. It’s quite an orange toned red but it does blend out nicely. Just not too sure about it suiting my skin tone.

AHAVA mineral shower gel is our last product and this smells really nice. It says it has pomegranate and cherry blossom scent so definitely a nice one for the spring and summer. I think I will keep this one for when we hopefully get away for a little break in the summer, fingers crossed no more lockdowns.

Deluxe mini 25ml worth £4.49

May’s sneak peek is Rodial Dragon Blood eye masks which sounds interesting and the box itself has the theme “Let the sun shine” so I’m excited to see what else will be included! What did you think of this box?

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.

ASOS 5 Steps of Skincare

This month the ASOS beauty box is one of their best yet with a 5 step skincare routine to get your best glowing skin!

£12 for all of this!

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.

This is a full size £42

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.

This is a full size and costs £10

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 !

Lookfantastic February 2021

Love is in the air ! Even if you’re not feeling the Valentine’s vibes this month the February LookFantastic box is themed around Treasure with an emphasis on self care. Making the most of any little moment to give yourself a pamper or just relax is so important in these testing times. I loved the quote inside the box below.

Illamasqua beyond veil skin glowing gel was our sneak peek last month and it’s a good mini size. It combines their fab face primer and their Beyond Powder to hydrate and illuminate all in one. I’ve really liked using this and you only need a tiny bit it’s a really great base for foundation and my makeup sat really well. Would definitely recommend if you struggle with your makeup base staying put.

Magnitone Wipeout Swipes, these are basically reusable cotton pads. I have really enjoyed using the ones I got in my Glossybox last month and these have been great too. It’s a small thing but something I can change to be a bit more eco friendly as they can be machine washed and dry really quick.

Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel is our next item. I was really intrigued by this, it’s a cream based exfoliator which you apply and leave for 10 mins before cleaning off.

Eyeko London Galactic lid gloss in Zodiac. This is a really nice metallic cream eye shadow. It’s a lovely colour and really sparkly. It’s great on its own or would be nice with a neutral toned palette to add a pop of sparkle.

Bubble T Strawberry Macaron hand and body butter , first of all this smells amazing! Super sweet strawberry scent so if that’s not your thing sorry! It’s a really nice hand cream and can actually be used on the body as well if you prefer.

The last item is the Balance Me AHA Glow Mask there was a nice section in the magazine explaining AHAs and other skincare terms which is really useful as it’s so important to know how to properly layer your skincare. I can recommend the Caroline Hirons book Skincare which is a great guide for anyone more interested in this subject.

Lookfantastic February 2021

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?

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.

Glossybox Birthday Edition August 2020

A late dispatch again from Glossybox but thankfully no exchanged products this time. This box is birthday themed in honour of Glossyboxes 9th birthday and was packaged with this lovely box and bow.

First is the Glossybox Eye Boost Cream which is part of their new skincare range. This feels really nice and absorbs well, it definitely helps with puffiness but I will have to try it a bit longer to see if it can sort dark circles as it claims!

Glossybox Eye Boost Cream Subscriber price £16 RRP £20

Next is the highlight product of this month a Huda Beauty Demi Matte Cream Lipstick. There were 10 different shades and I got a really nice taupe brown nude. This is a really nice satin finish and it glides on so nicely. It’s really pigmented too and I love the formula. The staying power isn’t too bad and with the lipliner in this box it doesn’t bleed.

Huda Beauty Demi Matte Liquid Lipstick in Revolutionnaire £18

A staple of anyone’s makeup bag is a makeup sponge and this one is from HD Wonder. Not a great deal to say on this but it’s a nice tool to get to use everyday. I love these and like to apply my foundation and loose powders with these.

HD Wonder Complexion Sponge £5.49

I really love a nicely scented shower gel and this one from Molton Brown is gorgeous. I was worried when it said Rhubarb and Rose as I’m not keen on strong rose scents but I can’t really get the Rose notes in this. It’s a really sweet rhubarb smell and is lovely either in the bath or shower. Molton Brown is a brand I’ve always liked in particular the ginger lily and pink peppercorn scents are my fave but this is a close second.

Molton Brown Delicious Rhubarb & Rose Bath and Shower Gel £7.33 Deluxe mini size

Last but not least we have a lip liner by Steve Laurant. This is a brand I’ve seen a lot in beauty boxes and I do like their products. The colour is called Vogue and it’s a waterproof liner and stays put for up to 7 hours. This works really well with the Huda lipstick included in the box and it really does have good staying power – although I can’t say I’ve tested it for 7 hours!

Steve Laurant Vogue Lip Liner £12.09

This months box value is £58.91 which is great value again and this month is all products I will use. My standouts are the Huda and Steve Laurant for sure and I know I will use them a lot.

Swatches of the Huda Lipstick (top) and Steve Laurant Lipliner (bottom)
The full box contents £11.75 on the 12 monthly plan

The sneek peek for September is an Avant Moisturiser worth £89, I’ve had a few of their products before and they are really good.

Coming up in September is the release of the Advent Calendar. This is £80 for subscribers and released on the 8th September with brands like Huda, iconic and LimeCrime included so I am looking forward to that as last years was amazing and I really enjoyed it.

I’m hoping some of the issues Glossybox have had are going to be ironed out now as although this box was later than usual they did communicate much better about the issues they had and there were no product changes.

ASOS July 2020 Beauty Box

Julys face and body box was a mix of goodies with a theme of all-natural, hydrating and brightening. A perfect theme as we enter the summer!

I also loved the tie dye box, very fitting for these times when it seems like every other social media post is someone attempting to tie dye!

Oh K! Caffeine body mask £7

First is an Oh K! Caffeine body mask, with coffee beans and fruit extracts. This is something I’ve not tried before and it was really fun to have a pretend spa day! It’s meant to help with firming your skin obviously I can’t say I saw any difference using it just once but it was fun to try and I really love the product range from Oh K! I used this on my arms and they felt really nice afterward smooth and refreshed.

The Ordinary Niacinamide Formula £5

The Ordinary Niacinamide Formula is a serum with Vitamins like B3 which help reduce blemishes but also moisturising. I have used this for quite a while now , basically whenever I have a breakout I use it for a few days and it helps reduce them so much quicker than other treatments I’ve used. I really love that it doesn’t completely dry my skin out like other spot treatments sometimes do. It’s a really affordable solution as well as being suitable for everyday use if needed.

Glamglow Thirstymud £16 for 15g

I’ve wanted to try a Glamglow product for so long and finally there’s a trial size in a box I’ve bought! This is their Thirstymud which is for softening, moisturising and boosting radiance with orange blossom, honey and coconut no less! I used this when I had my mini spa day with my caffeine body mask and it’s amazing. My skin felt so good afterward. Glamglow is pricey but I think I’d definitely consider trying more of their products as this has really impressed me.

First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads £15 for 28 pads

First Aid Beauty is a brand I really like having had a cleanser and their moisturiser before. These face pads use lemon peel and liquorice root along with glycolic acid to exfoliate and brighten the skin. There are 10 pads in this pack and they were a nice product to use, I’ve used similar pads in the past and I would definitely repurchase as I do enjoy the First Aid beauty range.

Lanolips Face Base Day Cream £10 for 30ml

Lanolips face base day cream is a great basic day cream with Vitamin E designed to protect against environmental factors. This is a really rich face cream and actually contains colloidal oatmeal which is fantastic for soothing skin, something I’ve used in other products to help with my psoriasis.

Altogether this months box has a value of £43.30 , taking into account the smaller pack of facial pads. It’s fantastic value for money and I really look forward to these boxes each month! Have you tried the ASOS Face and Beauty boxes yet? Would love to know if you’ve tried any of the products featured too!

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.

ASOS face and body box January 2020

As January starts I’m all about getting my skin on track and ready for another year. I’d been looking for a new cleanser and came across the ASOS face and body box which this month was a collab with DECIEM and packed with goodies from The Ordinary and NIOD.

I have a combination type typically but lean toward a dry complexion if I am having a Psoriasis flare up and I’m always on the hunt for products that suit my skin but don’t break the bank. Having tried a few things from The Ordinary before for blemishes I was keen to give some of their other products a try and at £15 for this box it seemed like a perfect time to have a try! Side note I actually got my box for £12 as I got a 20% off promotion over New Year from ASOS, making it even better value for money!

Anyway let’s dive into the contents! There are five products altogether to cleanse, hydrate, protect and make your skin glow, definitely a January must!

First up is the Squalane Cleanser, which is part of the reason I wanted the box. It’s designed to remove makeup and keep your skin moisturised. As I lean toward a dry skin type typically this works brilliantly for me, I think if you have oily skin it could be a bit much for you. These type of cleansers are emoillent style and you warm a bit of product in your hands to melt into an oil before rinsing your face with warm water. The RRP for this is £5.50 which is an absolute bargain in my view.

Next up is NIOD Multi-Molecular Hyaluronic Complex (try saying that a few times fast!) Essentially it’s a hydrating serum type product which is aimed at keeping your skin “plump and healthy” as it says on the card. You use this after you cleanse and apply to the whole face. It’s got antibacterial and anti inflammatory properties and is targeted at getting those fine lines and wrinkles in check. As I’m getting older I’m now finding a few fine lines, especially around the eyes so anything that can help is welcomed! It’s a nice light serum and hasn’t made my face feel congested like some other serums have in the past.

I love all the packaging for these products, even though it’s a basic design it kinda reminds me of a lab or something! The RRP for this is £25.

Another product from NIOD included is the Photography Fluid Opacity 12%, described as light-reflecting , hue correcting and topical photo-finishing to create a glowing complexion in seconds. This is a serum type product to put under your base or wear alone and has a similar packaging to the previous serum. It’s got a beautiful opalescent look to it and blends really well. The key ingredient they list in this is “Patented dragonfruit chromatic refractor” for radiance and to help reduce fine lines. It’s a nice formula but I don’t know I’ve seen much difference apart from it being a nice redness reducer and I think I’ll have to use it a bit longer to report back on whether it helps the fine lines!

RRP for this is £20.

Finally the last two products are both from The Ordinary, the Natural Moisturising Factors + HA and Salicylic Acid 2% Masque.

The masque has charcoal and clays to make your skin brighter and smoother and take care of any blemishes. As with a lot of charcoal products this is black in colour and is a rinse off formula which you leave on the skin for about 10 mins before following your regular skin routine. I’d maybe use something like this 1-2 times a week if I was having a breakout or you could just dot on problem areas if you felt the rest of your face wasn’t needing the masque.

RRP is £9.90 for this one.

The moisturising factors is designed to keep your face protected and moisturised and includes that very popular ingredient hyaluronic acid to really plump up the skin. I really like this as it’s light and not greasy but very moisturising, definitely good for a dry complexion, possibly too much for oily skin. At only £4.90 RRP this is a great moisturiser and at a purse friendly price.

Altogether the contents of this months box were worth £65.30 if you’d purchased them all separately.

The ASOS Face and Body box is available each month priced at £15 with a different theme each time. Each box comes with a card describing the products and helping you make best use of them. Just visit http://www.asos.com at the start of the month and search beauty box, make sure you are there early as it very often sells out quickly!

I’ve really enjoyed the products in the box and I will report back on the difference in my skin texture in a few weeks when I’ve had a better chance to see the results.