Glossybox January 2020

This month Glossybox has a theme of Sleep and Refresh aimed at getting us revitalised and take on the year ahead with some no makeup makeup essentials.

First up is a clear brow gel from Model Co whic has an RRP of £14. Not much to say about this it’s quite a nice product for when you don’t have much makeup on to set your brows in place and just make them look a bit more groomed. Likewise you could use it over a brow pencil and set the colour. Having used it a few times I quite like it, however it seems a really small tube for £14 and it is a full size which has been supplied with the box.

This Strawberry booster was the sneak peek in the December box and doesn’t disappoint. Made from (what else?) strawberry seeds and fatty acids omega 3 and 6, it’s a really nice oil to hydrate your skin. BYBI have had a lip plumper product in Glossybox before and are a brand that pride themselves on being eco-friendly, vegan and natural ingredients. I tried this directly on my face as a night serum after cleansing but you can also mix with your day cream or foundation for extra moisture as recommended. RRP for this is £12 which seems a really good price for the size of the bottle and quality of the product. It’s a dry oil, so doesn’t feel really greasy when applied and my skin feels really smooth on using it for a little over a week.

A product often included in these boxes is a face mask, I really like trying different ones and this is something I haven’t seen before. The Beauty Pro CBD Oil infused mask. Infused with cannabidiol, it’s meant to have anti-inflammatory properties and helps to reduce blemishes. I’m really excited to try this as cannabidiol is an ingredient which is growing in popularity and I want to see if it lives up to the hype! This has an RRP of £5.95 which is not bad for a sheet mask like this.

Continuing with the skincare theme is a Micro-Derm Regenerator from Context. This is an exfoliation and cleansing product to remove those dead skin cells and reveal brighter skin. I really liked this, it has a nice clean smell and is quite a gentle exfoliating cleanser. My skin definitely felt softer and refreshed. It’s also got a blend of macadamia, sunflower and jojoba oils with vitamins A, C and E to further protect your skin. The RRP for this is £6.50 as it’s a deluxe mini and not a full size product. For the full size it’s £27.

I wasn’t that thrilled by this next product if I’m honest! Tweezers are a great staple to have in your beauty kit, especially with the emphasis on eyebrows in beauty right now and they do pair with the brow gel in this months box. I think for me I’d rather have had something different but you’re not going to like every single item! These have an RRP of £15.50 and are a decent pair of tweezers.

A little additional item included in this months box was this Nakd Salted Caramel fruit and nut bar. I’ve bought these bars before (the lemon drizzle and blueberry muffin flavours are a fave) but I haven’t tried this flavour. It’s always nice to get a little extra in your box and it being January I think it’s nice it wasn’t chocolate after all of the Christmas excess! It was a really nice flavour and I’ve actually gone and purchased a full box of them for future snacking! These bars are usually 75p each or around £2 for a box of 4 in most supermarkets (mine were from Tesco).

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

In total this months box was worth £54.70 which is fantastic value again from Glossybox, although I don’t think I’d have ever paid £15 for a pair of tweezers in my life!

As always I’d love to know your thoughts and if you’ve tried any of the products !

Through the Looking Glass

This Thursday I’m throwing back to an afternoon to remember at The Looking Glass, Sunderland.

I recently had the pleasure of visiting the Looking Glass for an afternoon tea themed hen party. The cafe/bar is a fantastic venue with quirky accessories befitting it’s name. Each way you looked you seemed to see something different with rabbits, mad hatters and playing cards galore!

The delicious afternoon tea had the usual sandwich selections along with quiche, macaroons, sweet and savoury scones , cakes and tea served in china pots, with real cups and saucers.

Each treat was more delicious than the last with my favourite definitely being the scones. I know there’s debate about whether the cream or jam goes on a scone first (answers on a postcard please!)

There was so much included in the afternoon tea we ended up boxing some to take home. My 4 year old was really excited to find mini battenburg and cupcakes when I got home!

I would highly recommend a visit to the Looking Glass and I will definitely be back to try more of their delicious food.

The Looking Glass is in Sunniside, Sunderland city centre.

For more information visit their Facebook page by searching The Looking Glass, you won’t be disappointed!

Glossybox October Devil Edition

So this month Glossybox really hit it out of the park for me with October’s Angel or Devil edit. There were two special design boxes available with an angelic or devilish theme…. I’m thinking you can see which one I got!

The colours in the October box were just fab!

The box had 5 amazing beauty treats all of them full size and a special extra treat of a hot chocolate from Whittard of Chelsea.

First up is the Que Bella Beauty Plumping gold peel off mask, which has a gorgeous glittery sheen to it in the packet (and on your face!). I love a good face mask and this also had hyaluronic acid to moisturise and brighten your skin, a must in the autumn weather! A full size product which is RRP of £2.49

I love a good red lip during the autumn and winter and in this box we got a Lord and Berry lip crayon in Devil Red. It’s a perfect bold red and being a crayon format you can line your lips and fill them in with one product! Finishes matte and doesn’t feel drying at all. This is a full size product with an RRP of £15.

An extra treat in this months box was this delicious Whittard of Chelsea Hot Chocolate which is Sticky Toffee Pudding flavour. This was so creamy and had a strong caramel/toffee flavour. A lovely little extra for those cold nights! I absolutely love the sugar skull packaging, really went brilliantly with the Halloween theme of the box. This was a sample size worth £2, Full size worth £9 which you can purchase here

Another favourite of mine in this months box was this STYLondon palette which has 9 shades of eyeshadow in red and orange tones. There’s a lovely mix of shimmers and matte shades which make a fab statement eye- not one for the faint hearted! I love this palette the pigment is good and it’s a great size for popping in your makeup kit. The palette is worth £15 and is another full size item.

An MCO eyeliner crayon in black was the next item which is a black liner designed to give precise lines. I really liked this as I can sometimes struggle with liquid liner when I apply. This applies really well and smudges nicely as well if you want to wear it along the lash line for a smokey eye look. The RRP for this is £15.

The final product in the box this month was the Bubbletea Devils Dust foaming bath powder. This is a really good size as you don’t need loads in the bath to create the bubbles and it has a nice floral scent to it. This is full size and RRP is £4.99

Altogether the products are worth £54.48. They are all products I have enjoyed using, particular favourites being the lip crayon, eye palette and eye liner. I really enjoyed the theme this month too, Halloween is one of my favourite seasons and I am glad I got the Devil box as the colours are much more suited to me.

Another shot of the Devil Red Lord and Berry Lipcrayon

I subscribe to Glossybox for £8.50 plus postage and packing which in total is £11.75 so definitely well worth the subscription fee.

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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?

Glossybox Birthday edition

So this month Glossybox really excelled itself! With a special birthday theme, the packaging alone signalled this was going to be an awesome box!

The sparkly holographic packaging has a millennial pink and rose gold scheme, definitely a box to keep for storage.

Love this pink sparkly box!

Perfectly packaged birthday theme!

August Glossybox

And then… onto the products! As usual 5 products, 3 full size and 2 deluxe mini size. That’s one of the things I love about Glossybox, you do get actual full sized items and not just minis all the time.

The definite highlight of this box is the Huda Beauty Lip strobe which is £17. I got the shade Angelic, which is a gorgeous rose gold, very in keeping with the box theme! The gloss is designed to be worn for a full coverage finish with pink shimmer and gold reflections. It can also be worn on top of your regular lipstick for an added shine effect. I really like the colour and texture of this product. Unlike other lip strobes and toppers it has a good coverage on its own so you don’t have to layer two products.

Next we have the Furr Lashes Rose gold eyelash curler. This came at a great time for me as I was looking at my old Eyeko curler and thinking it was past it’s best! There’s not much you can say about this except it’s rose gold coloured again and it nicely curls your lashes. The eyelash curler is £15 to purchase.

A fab Beauty Pro eye therapy product is included in this box Eye Therapy under eye mask. A cooling eye mask to smooth your under eye area and revive puffy eyes. This has green tea and aloe vera extract with anti-inflammatory properties. It’s also made to reduce dark circles and brighten up your skin. I love eye patches like these as I always feel your makeup looks great after you’ve used them! They are £1.65 for the deluxe mini sample or £4.95 for the Full size product which is a really affordable price for this kind of product. I really liked using these, it was relaxing and my skin felt great and looked more rested.

Next I got an Imperial Leather Foamburst Ultimate Moisture Golden Amber and Coconut Oil. This smells amazing! It just makes me think of holidays with the coconut scent and I like these foam based products as they make my skin feel more moisturised. The amber oil is meant to repair and the coconut oil is to moisturise and hydrate your skin. It’s a perfect size for popping in your travel or gym bag, which is where mine will be headed! This costs £2 for the deluxe sized sample or £5 for the full sized product.

And finally another product I was in need of purchasing! The felt tip liner from Bang Beauty comes in a mirrored packaging and has a thin marker tip for precise eyeliner applications. It’s also waterproof (yay!) and designed to quick dry for a non smudging application that you don’t need to reapply. I haven’t put this to the extreme test yet as I’ve not worn it all day but I can say that it applies really well and doesn’t drag when applying like some others I’ve used. This product sells for £15.75 normally.

Altogether this months box is worth £51.40!

I subscribe to Glossybox for £8.50 plus postage and packing which in total is £11.75 so definitely well worth the subscription fee.

Next months has a ‘Delicious Beauty’ theme with food inspired beauty products which sounds very intriguing!

Have you had any great products this month?

July Glossybox Holiday Haul!

I was really excited for the July Glossybox which was summer holiday themed and features products to get you ready for your holiday.

July 2019 Glossybox

Five products are featured with skincare, haircare and makeup, another great mixture! There are perfect sizes mixed in here for popping in your suitcase or toiletry bag too.

Manna Kadar Cosmetics Bloom Mascara RRP £23

First up a full size Manna Kadar Cosmetics mascara in jet black. The first thing about this that struck me was the twisted packaging which I like. It’s designed with a cutting edge wand for fuller and longer length lashes. I have been trying some new mascaras lately so I will give this a go and add into another post for a full review.

Omorovicza cleanser, Palmers Body lotion and Boots face mask

Next we have a skincare trio with cleanser, gradual tanning lotion and a face mask.

The Omorovicza cleanser is not one I’ve heard of before and is a Hungarian brand. It’s fab for removing make up, being a foaming cleanser I find they’re usually good for that. This one is a travel size so will be great to take when we are on holiday.

The Palmers body lotion is called Natural Bronze and it’s a gradual everyday tanner. I’ll have to try this when my skin is not as flared up with my psoriasis. It does smell lovely though and I would love to try it properly.

The face mask is from Boots and I got the peel off one. I have to say it was fun using a peel off mask, a lot of the ones I’ve used lately have been sheet masks. It was fun peeling it off and it has tea tree and witch hazel, I had a few blemishes at the time and it has really reduced the redness and made my skin look brighter. I would definitely purchase again. At full size it’s just £3.50

And finally we have haircare with Moroccan Oil. This is an argan oil product for all hair types and helps with sun damage, conditioning and styling. I use it like a serum on wet hair before I heat style and on my dry hair to keep the lengths and ends looking healthy. I really love Moroccan Oil, it really does the job without weighing my hair down or making it look greasy. I hadn’t used it in a while as I’d been favouring John Frieda Frizz Ease but I think I’ll be making the switch back!

Overall the box is worth £58 this month so well worth the monthly subscription plan of £8.50 plus postage and packing.

The sneak peek for August was a sparkly Huda Beauty lip gloss which I am really looking forward to!

Quick makeup, it’s all about the base

IT Cosmetics Your Skin but Better CC Cream in Fair

You know what it’s like, sometimes you just need to put on a quick face to do the school run or pop out for a few errands. As much as I love applying my makeup sometimes you just want a more natural look that’s easy to apply.

For a quick makeup day I love this IT Cosmetics, Your Skin But Better CC Cream for my base.

I got a sample of this a few weeks ago and I am loving it. At first I thought the shade, I’m using the Fair shade, was too light and would wash me out. However on applying it truly is as it says, “your skin but better!” giving a good coverage and evening out skin tone.

It’s also got factor 50 SPF so no worries about forgetting that in the warmer weather as the summer goes on.

If you are suffering with facial psoriasis as I do from time to time, it’s very good at covering red patches without drying out my face so ideal if a full coverage foundation makes your skin feel dry. It really does have a hydrating feel which I’ve never had with any foundation.

My go to Primer from Makeup Obsession

Hot 🥵 sticky summer days call for a primer that’s got your base covered! I love this Obsession Makeup primer for a non sticky matte finish which keeps my makeup in place all day. I’m usually busy with appointments and work so I need a good base to get me through and keep everything in place. I don’t want to be reapplying!

My other fave is Obsessions Mega Conceal and Baking Powder. I use shade 4 in the concealer and it’s perfect for dark under eyes, something i always struggle with. The formula is so creamy and gives great coverage thanks to the unique applicator.

The translucent powder is so fine, I like to apply mine with a Real Techniques contour brush to give some control over where I apply. It really helps set my concealer in place and areas where I might normally get shiny.

One of my favourite blush palettes is this Pinky Promise one from, you guessed it, Makeup Obsession! I just love their products right now! A great range of shades depending on your mood.

Finished off with a good mascara and I’m good to go.

I’m currently working through a few mascaras at the moment so will give full verdicts on that in another post.

Getting the basics right for a quick base has been my saviour for feeling my best when I leave the house.

Let me know some of your favourites for a basic makeup look.