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!

Glossybox July 2020

As the saying goes “Better late than never”

The Aloha July Glossybox

So for the first time in my subscription with Glossybox I had issues! I was really disappointed to not get my box until the end of July, almost when the month was out. The late dispatch was caused due to a product change, as the sneek peek from last month was no longer available and had been switched to an Eyeko mascara. Although I was annoyed at the change at first I was actually kind of pleased in the end as so many people were not fans of the Palm Balm product so I didn’t feel I missed out!

Naturally the issues with replacement products and late dispatches made a lot of people really upset, although again it’s the first time this happened to me. It seems the problem lies in the way Glossybox communicates with their customers and not being transparent when there are issues. Particularly it was annoying to see posts from new customers who got their box exactly as advertised and regular long term subscribers got replacement items. Subsequently it then becomes a major issue when really it doesn’t need to be! I’m hoping I don’t have the same issues this month as other subscribers have made mention that they’ve experienced problems for a few months… we shall see what happens with the August box. Anyway here’s my thoughts for the July Aloha box.

Give them LaLa Bronzer in the shade Ibiza £19

I’m a massive Bravo fan and one of my favourite shows is Vanderpump Rules so I knew this was LaLa Kent’s beauty brand. I’d not tried any of her stuff before and I didn’t realise she had branches into bronzers and other products as I thought she had focused mainly on lips. The bronzer came in the shade Ibiza and is described on her website as a milk chocolate shade perfect for a natural contour. It does have a slight shimmer to it which looks really nice when it’s on and it has a really blendable texture so I think it would work nicely for contouring. Its not too pricey for a bronzer but if you were ordering from the US then you do have to take into account shipping and potentially customs charges.

Kocostar Slice Mask Sheet in Strawberry £5

This was a cute addition to the box and something a little different than the usual face mask! Made up of 12 ‘slices’ of strawberry this was a moisturising face mask with the idea being you can place the slices on areas you need to target the most. I thought this was such a fun idea and I really liked it. It smelled really nice and looked really cute!

Jecca Blac Glowdrops in Rose Pearl £16

The stand out product from this box is the Jecca Blac highlighting primer. At first glance this looked so pigmented and I was worried I’d look like I fell in some glitter ! However it blends out really nicely and works just as well under makeup as it does on bare skin. You just apply to the whole face, you don’t need a lot, and then put on your foundation and usual makeup. You can also apply and just blend over bare skin and it gives a nice sheen. There are also suggestions of using it on top of your makeup to give a highlight. I really like products where you can get multiple uses as it just feels like better value.

Naobay Orange Juice Handcream £11.50

This is a really lovely handcream with Shea butter and blends Orange Juice, Chamomile and Aloe Vera. I’ve used this everyday since I got it, I’m definitely moisturising my hands more often due to Covid and all the hand washing / antibacterial gels we are now using so this was a great item for me to receive.

Eyeko Sport Waterproof Mascara Deluxe Mini £9.50

This is the replacement item for the Palm Balm which was last months sneek peek. I know lots of people aren’t fans of Eyeko mascara but I really like this waterproof formula. It’s been great for the warmer weather for avoiding that panda eye!

I’m glad in the end that my box arrived and I’m just hoping it’s not going to be an ongoing issue that items are missing or arriving so late. Once again even with the item change it was great value for money and everything was an item I would use so I was pleased with that.

The August edition of Glossybox UK has now sold out so if you sign up now you’d be getting the September box. I’m looking forward to August as it’s a birthday theme and includes an item from the new Glossybox skincare range as well as a Huda Beauty lipstick.

Note: at the time of writing I have received an email stating that my August box will be dispatched late and I should expect it not to arrive before 17th August. Not happy about this but will update you on my August review as to whether the box arrives as described…..

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.

Wild thing! Glossybox May 2020

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

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

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

Stargazer Glitter Eye Pencil RRP £2

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

Vitamasques Bamboo Charcoal sheet mask RRP £3.99

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

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

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

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

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

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

Steve Laurent Eyeshadow Palette RRP £31

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

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

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

June’s sneak peek

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

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

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?

Summer Soirée

June Glossybox Summer Soirée

I loved the June Glossybox so much with its Summer Soirée theme! A fab mix of products, which I’ll tell you about and are perfect for natural subtle makeup look. A gold coloured eyeshadow pencil

Meech N Mia Eyeshadow Stick

First is the Meech N Mia eyeshadow chubby stick in gold. This is a really creamy eye pencil that has a striking look on its own. However I think it will be great layered with some palettes I already have especially some of the shimmers in the Urban Decay Naked Cherry.

Avant Pro Perfecting Primer and Hask Coconut Oil Mask

I always love a bit of variety in the box and this months was three makeup items, one skincare and one haircare. My haircare item was the Hask hair mask for deep conditioning. It smelled amazing and left my dry coloured hair feeling silky smooth.

Avant Pro Perfecting Collagen Touché Eclat Primer

My skincare item was Avant, I loved their nightcream which featured in another box. The primer is really lightweight and you don’t need much when applying – a little goes a long way! It’s a great base for your foundation, mine definitely lasted much longer and it also helped with fine lines under my eyes.

Sleek Face Form Contouring Palette

Next up is the Sleek Face Form contouring palette in the shade Fair. This is a three shade palette of matte contour powder, highlighter and blush to add definition to your face. I love the colours, they work really well for my skin tone. Sometimes I find contour powders are far too dark for my face but this adds a subtle definition without being overpowering. The blush and highlighter are buildable and add a nice colour. The palette has a mirror and is a cute little size to pop in your bag for touch ups if needed. Great for experimenting with contour in a subtle way.

The final item in this months box was a Model Co Lip Creme in the shade Peachy Nude. The name really is a perfect description it’s a lovely peach colour and is a matte creme lipstick. Once applied you let it dry for 60 seconds and then it has great staying power. I had some lip liners which matched and I’ve used those with it too, it’s a really good lipstick and one I’m likely to purchase again.

All in all a fab box for June, which in total is worth over £125, across the cost of all the products! I really love the variety I get in Glossybox each month and I seem to find products that I might not have picked up but that are a good fit for me.

Glossybox costs just £8.50 per month plus shipping on their 12 month plan with further details available at http://www.glossybox.co.uk

June Box Products

Avant Pro Perfecting Collagen Touché Eclat Primer £85

Hask Deep Conditioning Hair Mask £2.49

Model Co Lip Creme £15

Sleek Face Form Contouring Palette £9.99

Meech n Mia Eyeshadow Chubby Stix £12.99