Let the sun shine

Summer is meant to be on the way but if you’re in the UK like me you’ll have been wondering if it’s going to come at all! We’ve had a very typical English spring with lots of April showers but this Glossybox has definitely perked me up with its “Let the Sun Shine” theme. I’ve got to mention the packaging this month which is beautiful and features a foiled box and ombré tissue and looked so pretty when I unwrapped it.

Five items are included this month and four of them are full size which is amazing value. First we have a Minetan Rapid Recovery After Sun Gel which is a deluxe mini size and has the classic after sun ingredient aloe Vera but also Niacinamide to help with any damage caused by the sun and giving an anti inflammatory response.

Deluxe mini 50ml £13.35

Next is one of my favourite makeup brands Ciate London with their Gold definer liner. This is a really beautiful champagne gold colour and glides onto the skin. It has a built in sharpener in the lid which I also love as no fiddling about looking for a sharpener before you’re headed out!

Now we have our sneak peek for last month which is the Rodial Dragons blood eye masks. These are gel eye masks with hyaluronic acid to dry-puff and give you bright eyes. I love eye masks to help with more hydrated Under-eyes so this is perfect for me.

Full size £6

Next is the perfect partner for our eye liner and it’s a Power Foil eyeshadow from Lottie London. I’ve used these before and the coverage for a metallic shadow is just amazing. I only did one swipe in this picture and you can see how pigmented it is. I love this as a summer look especially paired with the gold liner !

Lastly we have a lemonshower gel from Kueshi which is infused with camomile extract as well as lemon. I love the scent of this it smells so fresh and summery. It’s a nice one to include in the box.

Full size £5.70

Overall I really enjoyed this box, the theme has been really well thought out and I’m looking forward to playing with those makeup products! The total value of this months products was £50 – great value for money.

June’s sneak peek is a Nip+Fab Vitamin C scrub which sounds really nice. I just attended the Glamour Big Beauty Call and Vitamin C was talked about a lot by the skincare experts as something pretty much everyone can incorporate into their routine and see brightening effects from.

The box theme for June is “Dreaming of Paradise” I’m definitely excited to see what else will be included! Last June was a really great summer theme with bronzer and some themed face masks so interested to see how they theme it this time. What did you think of Mays 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.

Ethereal Beauty

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This months Lookfantastic box has an ethereal theme with inspiration from the outdoors, sunsets and the coming summer months. There are 6 products this month plus an extra so 7 things in total. I really love the Lookfantastic box as it’s usually focused on skincare and I really enjoy trying new products.

£15 for the May Lookfantastic box

First up we have a hydrating gel from Comfort Zone, this item replaced the sneak peek from last month which was meant to be an Espa product. It seems there was a supply issue as this will now be included in the June box. This cream has moringa oil to help with inflammation and clearer skin.

Mini size the full size of this product is £47 for 200ml

Next is a peeling mask from ECooking with lactic and glycolic acid to help with tightening and smoothing your skin. Not gonna lie I feel a bit freaked out that the first thing on there says “don’t panic if your skin turns red”! It doesn’t look like the type of mask I would use as I worry it would flare my psoriasis so I will probably pass this on.

Also this month we have a Dr Botanicals kiwi eye serum to support a reduction in the signs of ageing. I love trying different eye products and it’s an area of my skincare I’m really focused on especially keeping it hydrated. This is really lightweight and absorbed nicely so I can see this becoming a new favourite!

Full size £19.99

Next is a simple one but something I’ve talked about before on this blog, a Burts Bees lip balm. The lip balm is a staple product from Burts Bees and this one is cucumber and mint which smells amazing. I absolutely love their lip balms as they are so hydrating so I’m really pleased to have gotten one here.

Full size £4.99

A new one for me is this silicone bristle pad from the Vintage Cosmetics Company. This is designed to be used with your cleanser to help remove any dead skin cells. I used this and definitely felt a difference in the smoothness of my skin and this would be really handy if I were having a psoriasis flare up as it’s often difficult to find gentle face scrubs.

A 3 pack of these pads are £6.99

The last item included this month is Stress Check hand cream from This Works. A really nice formula with Shea butter and has a nice lavender scent and definitely something we all need with hand washing and sanitising being so important right now.

This is a mini size, the full size is £10 to purchase

An additional item included was a hand sanitiser from L’Oréal Paris which is specially formulated to dry within 30 seconds and also contains glycerin to combat the drying feeling you get from other hand gels. A nice little extra and again great for these times we find ourselves in as I know a handgel is always in my bag now.

Full size £2.69

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I’m currently subscribed on a monthly basis and pay £15 inc postage and packaging for my box. My favourite products this month are definitely the Dr Botanicals serum and the Burts Bees balm, both nicely scented and really effective.

What about you guys what do you think of this box?

ASOS The Full Package!

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!

The Full Package Beauty Box £12 from ASOS

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.

Charlotte’s Magic Cream, Charlotte Tilbury £7.50 for 7ml sample size

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.

Ciate London Everyday Vacay Setting Powder full size £18

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.

Morphe 9V Pan Vintage Rose Eyeshadow Palette £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!

Benefit They’re Real Magnet Mascara Travel size £13

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.

Sleek Lip Volve Gloss, full size £5.99

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.

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.

Blossom with Lookfantastic this April

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April’s box from Lookfantastic is giving me major spring vibes with its floral blossom theme, I know florals for spring …. groundbreaking! In all seriousness I love the pink blossom theme it’s perfect for this time of year when things are starting to bloom and feels so appropriate as we move toward a new start and things beginning to open up following the most recent lockdowns.

There are 6 products in this months box and 5 of them are full size. First up we have this gorgeous pale pink cherry blossom coloured nail polish from Nails Inc. Nails Inc is always a winner for me as it’s hands down my go to polish as it’s easy to apply and long lasting . I find the brush in their polish is really good it seems to apply a full coat in one swipe. I love the colour too and this is definitely one I would’ve picked.

Nails Inc. Polish in the shade Mayfair Lane (full size) £15

Next we have an unusual product and one I’ve not used before. It’s a Scrubex and it’s like a mini exfoliating wash cloth for your lips. I’ve used lip scrubs before but I’ve not seen anything like this before , it’s cute, definitely works and I think it was a little more gentle than a normal lip scrub.

Glov Scrubex £11.90

Then we have what is a staple of beauty boxes, the sheet mask. This one is from Beauty Pro and it’s a rose infused mask to help with inflammation as well as oily skin and minimising redness. I’ve had a few blemishes lately so this has come at a good time for me. I really enjoy getting different sheet masks and this was no exception. Rose isn’t my favourite scent, but this wasn’t really overpowering so I didn’t mind it. My skin felt lovely afterward too!

Beauty Pro Rose infused sheet mask full size £4.95

Also in this months box is a REN daily moisturiser this has a really nice texture it’s not too heavy for a day cream and it absorbs really well into the skin. It’s designed to help with dehydrated skin which is great for me!

Ren Evercalm Global Protection Cream 15ml sample size

Next is our sneak peek from last month the Avant Pink Orchid Overnight serum. This is a really lovely serum and you only need a tiny bit to apply after you’ve cleansed and toned your face. I am always happy to get Avant products in my beauty boxes as I know the quality is going to be great.

Avant Pink Orchid Restoring Overnight Serum full size £92

Lastly we have a set of lashes from Eyelure. These are the 3/4 length lashes and are really lightweight. I’m excited to try these as I usually always end up trimming false eyelashes and I’m not the best at doing it! I’ve not worn lashes in so long I think I actually might need a practice to apply them!

Eyelure London 3/4 length lashes £5.95

And that’s everything in this months box ! What did you think?

The sneak peek for next month is an ESPA eye moisturiser, I love getting eye creams to try as thats an area I really focus on and ESPA is a gorgeous brand, their products always smell amazing.

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. The total value of this months box came to

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 !

Beauty beyond Boundaries

This months Lookfantastic theme is a great one with International Women’s Day approaching in March 8th.

The theme of Beauty beyond Boundaries is to encourage us to feel beautiful and ensure any flaws we think we have don’t define us. This years International Women’s day theme is Choose to Challenge and I think challenging the way we view and think about ourselves is a great way to celebrate this year. We’ve all at some point been way too hard on ourselves whether it’s our appearance, our work, whether we’ve been a good parent or spouse. But if the last year has taught me anything it’s that I’ve got to be much kinder to myself and give me a break, and I hope you all will too!

First we have AHAVA mineral mud soap which is for face and body and meant to cleanse without stripping your skin of moisture.

Next is a duel ended eyebrow brush from Brushworks. This has a angled brush at one end ideal for applying either cream or powder brow products. The other end is an angled spoolie brush, perfect for brushing through your product and giving the trendy fluffy brow look.

Then we have a Lottie London pencil eyeliner, this is a really nice formula and really glides onto the lid. It also has a sharpener built into the lid so you don’t have to remember to sharpen it.

One of the things I really love about the Lookfantastic box is that they often include different haircare products and this month has a Christophe Robin hair treatment which is ideal for dry or damaged hair. I like that with this you only need to leave it on for 2-3 mins so it’s not a long treatment and can be done while you have a shower.

First Aid Beauty is one of my favourite brands and I’ve actually used this product before! The facial radiance pads are amazing and something I really enjoy using. Basically they are to be used after you cleanse, you can use them daily, and act as a toner brightening and smoothing the skin. The thing I really like about these is they are able to be used on sensitive skin and make my skin look so clear.

Blossom and Bloom is a brand I’ve not used before and this is called their wonder balm. It’s a bit like the Dr Paw Paw original in texture and is a multi-use product so they recommend it for chapped lips and dry hands in particular. It smells amazing, like aromatherapy oils and has lavender, Shea butter and vitamin E. It also has anti-inflammatory properties, and the texture is really rich. I think I will use this at night as I think it will be lovely to apply before bed and have the scent lingering!

And finally the last product in my box is Polaar IceSource Ultra Moisturising Mask. I’ve used the micellar water from the same range and really enjoyed it. This mask is a cooling treatment for helping hydrate and leave skin refreshed. It’s a leave on moisturising mask so again I think this would be a lovely one to apply after a bath or shower in the evening and let work it’s magic overnight.

So this month everything was a mini or deluxe sample aside from the eyebrow brush but we did get 7 items this month, making each item cost just over £2 each which I still find great value.

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?

Glossybox February 2021

Sing dance love repeat! Or so goes the theme of the February Glossybox with the cutest cassette design to the box, very retro and giving me major flashbacks to buying cassette singles in Our Price… showing my age there !

There are 5 products in this months box which, as it’s February, are aimed at giving you everything you need to be prepped and reading for Valentine’s Day.

First is our sneak peek from last month and it’s an Avant Velvet Perfecting Rose Sugar Lip Scrub. Of course this is to perfect your pout for Valentine’s kisses. Rose is not my favourite scent for skincare but this seems ok and as it’s a scrub I don’t think it will bother me as much. This is a full size and costs £58 to purchase. It’s meant to get rid of any dead skin cells so your lips are prepped and kissable for Valentine’s Day.

Continuing the lip theme is a Steve Laurant total repair lip mask which is £5. This is to give your lips a burst of hydration so perfect for getting over the cold winter weather.

Next we have a product we were meant to get last month but which was delayed due to COVID and the issues at ports. It’s a Rose Gua Sha. This is a skin tool which helps reduce inflammation and promote better circulation. It’s not something I’ve tried before but I will definitely give it a go to see if it works! This is £10 to purchase.

What would a Valentine box be without a nice lip pencil? I’ve had one of these Nudestix lip and cheek pencils before and I loved it. The formula is so creamy and blends brilliantly. This one is more of a balm than the previous one I had which is nice and I love the red shade for Valentine’s Day. This is a full size and costs £20 and I like that it’s multi use as well being for lips and cheeks.

Bubble T Peach Bellini hand cream is our next product and it smells amazing! All of the cold winter weather really takes it’s toll on my skin so this is perfect for sitting next to me in the office so I can keep applying throughout the day. I go through a lot of hand cream and this is a really nice formula. This costs £4.99 and is a full size item.

So in total this months box is worth £97.99 making it great value for money once again!

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 Box for your Bestie!

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?

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?