August 2017 Glossybox 

Glossybox is a monthly subscription box which costs £10 a month and £3.25 postage per box. Glossybox usually features 5 beauty products some of which are full size. Glossybox usually ships around the 10th of each month.

Contents

SportFX Face Mist
Valquer Ice Hair Mask
Batiste Dry Shampoo & Conditioner
Rodial Suede Lips
Modellauncher Bronzer

Lets take a closer look at each product, size and price.

SportFX – Time Out Face Mist + Fix  
SportFX is a UK based brand, which started out targeting gym goers looking for the perfect gym proof makeup. Glossy Box says you can use this under foundation or on top. What I can say is the first thing you notice about this product is the smell of menthol, which is a little off putting. I wasn’t keen having that smell on my face all day as it was very strong. I also found this very sticky, which I guess would make it a good primer but I can’t stand anything sticky, it honestly left me wanting to wash my face all day and was all I could think about. I’m sure this is perfect for some people, it just didn’t tick the right boxes for me.
£5.99 (full size)

Valquer –  Ice Hair Mask Total Repair  
Described as an “energising hair mask with cooling effect. Which enhances and optimises the macadamia oil for the most unruly and exigent hair”. I’m intending to use this tomorrow as I’ve not yet had time to try it but it certainly seems interesting. The bottle is beautiful and it smells lovely. Wonder what it can do for my hair….
£14.99 (not full size)

Batiste – 2in1 Dry Shampoo and Conditioner 
I’ve mentioned Batiste before as it’s a brand that often crops up in monthly subscription boxes. I’d say I’ve had Batiste dry shampoo 4 or 5 times now and each time I’ve always felt the same way. I overall enjoy the products but I feel like they do leave behind a little bit of white residue even when used from far away, as my hair is bright red it can look dull and dirty after using it. If I could use it without the residue then I’d be a very happy bunny indeed.
£4.49 (not full size)

Rodial – Suede Lips 
I’ve used a couple of Rodial products in the past, I can’t say I’ve ever been massively impressed. I feel like this brand maybe gets forgotten a bit, I know I don’t really think of or reach for the products of theirs I have. However Suede lips is a nice product, the colour I got is a rich plum which is ideal for the fall months. It applies smoothly, looks nice and is a good size for storing. I do consider the price a little high but that is just my opinion, I’m planning on using this more during the next month so I may change my mind.
£22 (full size)

Modellauncher – Safari Sun Bronzer 
This bronzer is adorable, in the pan it’s just great. I’m very pale so this was a little too dark for me, I’m also not a fan of having glitter in my bronzer. However I’d happily use this in the crease on my eyes as the gold glitter makes a nice pop to a “natural” eye look. I was a little shocked to see both mica and talc as the first two ingredients in this bronzer but for the size and price point you can’t complain too much. I’m planning on gifting this to a friend who’s skin is not as paper white as mine.
£16.50 (full size)

Summary

August’s box was a nice mix, I’m a little bit bored of seeing Batiste in these boxes and now have a little stash of them that I don’t use. However I really enjoyed seeing a nice bronzer and hair mask in this box (even if I’m too pale for the bronzer). Loved the blue box too this month, it makes a nice change from the typical Glossybox design.  I got a summer feeling from this box which was what I was hoping to feel. I’d like to see more variety in the brands they use though.

Thank you for reading,
Emma x

July 2017 – GlossyBox 

I’m sorry for the delay in posting, I’ve had some health issues that I’m battling through. I’m back now however and you can expect my October Glossy Box review once the box arrives. Thank you for your patience and understanding. 

Glossy Box is a monthly subscription box, which usually contains 5 beauty / skin care products. This box costs £10 per month and £3.25 postage per box. It typically ships around the 10th of the month.

Lets take a look at July’s Glossybox…

Contents:

Papanga Spiral Hairbands
CuteBalms Macaroon Tint Balm
BellaPierre Banana Powder
Spectrum Small Fan Brush (A10)
MONUspa Soothing After Sun Lotion

Now for a closer look at each item, size and price.
Papanga – Spiral Hairbands 
I have really thin hair and I often find when I tie my hair back it gets caught up in the hair tie and I end up pulling half my hair out when taking the tie out. I’ve used a few of these types of hairbands in the past, they are supposed to help prevent damage to your hair. These are a lot larger than the ones I usually use and I’ve used them a couple of times now with no issue.
£4.99 for 2 (Full size)

CuteBalms – Macaroon Tint Balm
Adorable, tastes pretty nice too. However It’s not really offering anything different to the many tinted balms I already own. Personally I feel the price is a little high for what you get, although I assume maybe you’re paying for the “cute” packaging.
£5.99 (Full size)

BellaPierre – Banana Powder 
I’m a big fan of BellaPierre’s eye shadows so I had high hopes of this working out well. GlossyBox suggests you use this to bake, I’ve not used it to bake yet however I’ve used it as a setting powder and it has worked really well. It hasn’t reacted badly with my skin and doesn’t look cakey! I have redish skin too so feel that it does help a little with colour correcting too.
£25 (Full size)

Spectrum – Small Fan Brush (A10)
I LOVE Spectrum Brushes, they are soft, work well and are of course beautiful. Sadly in August Spectrum suffered a fire at one of their supply warehouses and lost a lot of stock. I’d strongly recommend buying one of their brushes especially to help a small, great brand get back on their feet. This brush is cruelty free, I love using fan brushes to apply highlighter so it will certainly get plenty of use.
£4.99 (Full Size)

MONUspa – Soothing After Sun Lotion
Against animal testing, made in the UK and smells lovely…what more could you want? This lotion uses Shea butter and Aloe Vera to sooth the skin after a day out in the sun. I only got to use it twice as our weather is unpredictable. However the two times I got to use it I felt it really did help.
£19.95 (Not full size)

Summary
July’s box is lovely, I’m loving the Banana Powder and the Spectrum brush the most. This box was certainly worth the £10 giving us 4 full sized products out of 5! I felt this box was a good mix of items, I’ve really enjoyed this box.

Thank you for reading.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette 

Youtube introduced me to the ABH Modern Renaissance Palette, when I first came across it I wasn’t sure if it was going to be “me”. I’m a huge fan of purples and golds, if a palette has a purple in it then usually I’ll be buying it. This one it took me a few weeks to decide if I really wanted to give it a shot, I watched many videos and read many blog posts claiming this palette was a “must have” and one of the best palettes of all time. Obviously I wasn’t so sure if that was true or just paid hype.

I decided to take the jump and buy it, however being in the UK I was limited to either ABH’s website for which I was likely to pay customs or Beautybay or Cult Beauty, which is in the UK. I decided to buy from one of the UK companies, however the palette was out of stock for ages…..I remember waiting and waiting, I even joined the waiting list so I’d be emailed when it was back. I got the email to say it was back and I purchased it straight away. I bought mine in January of 2017, it appears to now be in stock on both Beautybay and Cult Beauty for those in the UK that want to get their hands on it.

Price: $42 (ABH website) / £41 (Beautybay / Cult Beauty)

Number of shadows: 14 (11 matte and 3 metallic)

Front of Palette

Front of Palette

 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance

 

My Review:

First off I’ll start with the way it looks, I get what they were trying to create when they made the choice to make the outside felt. However because it’s so light in colour it gets dirty and full of the shadows very easily. It’s pretty but not really practical so if keeping your palettes spotless is a big thing to you then maybe this won’t be for you.
The shadows are stunning, there are some great transition shades (Raw Sienna, Warm Taupe and Burnt Orange) but the stand out colours for me are easily “Love Letter”, “Venetian Red” and “Primavera” they can really bring your makeup look to life!
The shadows blend beautifully and you can use them without it getting “muddy”, they are a little powdery so be careful to be gentle with tap off any excess shadow before putting it on to your eyelid.
Since getting this in January I reach for this more than any of my other palettes, I feel like I can create plenty of good, blended looks with this palette. I’ve found I can easily achieve day time or night time looks and I’ve really enjoyed playing around with it.
10/10 and I will be repurchasing when I run out.

 

 

Charlotte Tilbury Scent Of A Dream Review

Good Evening,

I’ve always consistently loved a certain perfume (review on that one coming soon!) but last year I bought some products from Charlotte Tilbury and with it got a sample of her “Scent Of A Dream” perfume. I didn’t really think much about the sample at the time and it sat not being used for a while, until one day I came across it again and gave it a try.

I really loved the smell of this perfume and it lasted for AGES! At the time I was working long days in the salon and smelt of wet dog most of the time, I really felt like I needed a long lasting perfume. I certainly found it with this one. The Charlotte Tilbury site describes it as:

Darlings, I have created a one-of-a-kind ‘floral chypre’ perfume harmony that IGNITES a mind-altering fleurotic frequency. Featuring a blend of JOY top notes including Lemon, Peach and Black Pepper, ‘FLEUROTIC’ heart notes of Jasmine, Frankincense, Tuberose and Violet, plus MAGIC MOLECULE base notes of Fire Tree, Iso E Super, Patchouli and Ambroxan. It attracts LOVE, LIGHT, POWER, POSITIVITY and SEX to the wearer!

I’m not skilled with describing scents but it’s a rich scent, strong but not harsh. I can’t tell you what it smells like, it to me is a very safe smell. I feel like it might be similar to a perfume my grandma wore when I was young as it does remind me of her, not in the old person smell way but the nice, safe, warm way. See I’m really bad at this…..

When I wore it out for the first time I had a few people ask me what it was as they liked it, it’s strong enough for people to notice without being over powering.

Now what I will say is that this is fairly up there in price, at the time of posting this the price list is as follows:
30ml – £49
50ml – £68
100ml – £96

I had to sit for a while and decide which to buy, I’m always reluctant to spend a lot of money on perfume. When I buy a perfume I want it to smell good, last long and be noticed, for that price I want to not smell like me! I feel like this perfume ticks those boxes.

I paid slightly more so that I could get a few samples of other products, after all the perfume sample was what made me decide to buy this perfume in the first place. The down side to that is that the samples are very very small, which when I spent £100 in total on the site I’d have liked a bit more of product to sample.

The perfume arrived fast and in good condition, it was Free delivery.

The perfume arrives in a silk bag which is very pretty, although in my opinion I’d have liked a choice (silk bag or bigger samples…I’d have picked bigger samples!)

Silk Bag

Inside the silk bag the perfume is boxed in a stylish box that is very much in the Charlotte Tilbury style.

Charlotte Tilbury Perfume Box

Now the good stuff, the bottle is stunning. I may actually keep the bottle long after it’s empty as it’s too nice to throw out.

Charlotte Tilbury Scent Of A Dream

So here’s my final thoughts on this perfume,  the bottle is beautiful, the box is stylish and the smell is divine. If you’re a perfume lover and want something that’ll get you noticed then this might be worth the purchase. If you’re not a big perfume wearer then it might be worth buying the smaller bottle or see if you can get to Charlotte Tilbury to try it out first.

I’ll certainly buy it again, although it won’t replace my all time favourite it will certainly be loved, used and is in my top 3!

*This isn’t sponsored, I purchased this will my own money.*

Anti Haul

I thought I’d give you all a break from product reviews and do a fun post, my first ever anti haul! If you like it I may do another in the future, so comment below and let me know.

Disclaimer: Although these products are not to my taste doesn’t mean the product or the company is bad, many of these products might be products you love and that’s fine, we are all different with different tastes, needs and opinions. Please don’t feel offended, that isn’t my intention with this post. 

With that being said, lets get started.

pic credit goes to temptalia.com

pic credit goes to temptalia.com

The first product I won’t be buying is the Kat Von D shade and light Glimmer palette. Stunning as it is, I feel like I have similar shades in other palettes. I love Kat Von D and own her shade and light contour palette, her shade and light eye palette and another eye shadow palette of hers so I am a big fan of her quality but I just feel like it would sit in my collection and not be used.

Keeping in the glitter theme, the second product I won’t be buying is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Aurora Glow Kit, this is beautiful but a few of these shades wouldn’t suit my skin tone. Also I play to save that money to get the Moon Child glow kit in the future.  This would certainly be worth it if I had darker skin.

Credit - Anastasia Beverly Hills

Credit – Anastasia Beverly Hills

Product number 3 on my nope list is the Benefit Benetint Lip and Cheek tint, as a fan of Benefit Cosmetics I just find myself passing by this product time and time again. I think it’s because I never got into the whole tint fad.  I just can’t see the need for it myself, although I know others who use lip and cheek tints frequently and like them.

Photo credit Makeupalley.com

Photo credit Makeupalley.com

 Product number 4 is the Too Faced Natural Love Palette, I swear by the Too Faced Chocolate bar palette but I just feel like this one has too many shades that I won’t ever use. I’m not big on natural, I think I’ll save my £52 and hope they come out with a palette in the future that’s more to my style. Granted it’s beautiful to look at but not for me.

Credit - Ulta.com

Credit – Ulta.com

Okay I’ll stick to 4 products this time as I really don’t want this post to be too long. I really hope you enjoy it, It’s harder than I thought it would be.

My next post will be on Sunday and will be a product review!