Last weekend, my boyfriend and I travelled up to Birmingham. We strolled around the Christmas market, made a trip to Cadbury World and visited the Bullring to do a bit of shopping. I didn't go too crazy as payday isn't until Monday so my funds are limited at the moment and I still need to do a lot of Christmas shopping, but I did treat myself to a few new bits while we were there. We also bought some chocolate at Cadbury World as it was cheaper there and some sweets in Selfridges.
I LOVE the two peplum style tops from Forever 21. I wore the white one to go out for drinks and dinner with my boyfriend on Saturday night in Birmingham. They're really flattering on and look great paired with black skinny jeans and heels.
The TK Maxx outside the Bullring was absolutely huge - the biggest TK Maxx I've ever set foot in! There were stands crammed full of beauty products - shampoos, conditoners, makeup, fake tan, eyelashes and all different brands including Paul Mitchell, St Tropez and Jemma Kidd. I could of walked around there all day! I very nearly bought a Paul Mitchell shampoo and conditioner but we were getting the train to Cadbury World straight after and we didn't want to carry them around all day. I picked up 'It's a 10' which is a leave-in hair treatment. A lady in the store actually told me how amazing it was, and after a quick search on makeupalley I decided it was definitely worth a try. I also picked up a pair of eyelashes for £2.99 and I bought the Limited Edition Pink Bubbly Vaseline in Boots for £3.49.
'Who is the Boss' was part of the Wedding 2012 collection and it's one of the many Essie shades I've picked up recently, which featured in my latest nail polish haul. It's a creamy, blue-grey which is pretty without being too 'in-your-face.' I applied two coats for an opaque finish and finished off with a coat of Seche Vite.
'A sheer, lightweight, buildable foundation that can be worn by all skin types but especially those with acne prone, sensitive or oily skin. Providing broad spectrum SPF 20 UVA/UVB sunscreen protection from the harmful, damaging rays of the sun, Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer features an antioxidant vitamin complex that acts a free radical scavenger to protect the skin from even the most aggressive effects of the environment.'
. I have the oil-free version of Laura Mercier's tinted moisturizer, but they also have the original, an illuminating version and the most recent addition to the collection is the créme compact. There are 10 shades available in the range to choose from so it should be relatively easy to find a shade which suits you. I opted for Bisque, which is a good match although I could probably go a shade darker for when I'm tanned. The tinted moisturizer is packaged in a 50ml squeezable tube which is compact and allows you to easily control the ammount of product dispersed.
It's very creamy in consistency. I like to apply this with my Real Techniques buffing brush as it really buffs it into the skin and gives you a touch more coverage than if you were to apply it with your fingers.The coverage is light to medium. If you like a full coverage, this won't be for you. It evens out your skin tone and gives a very natural, dewy finish. If I have any blemishes or imperfections I want to conceal, I just add a touch of concealer. I like to set this with a dusting of powder to increase the wear time as I find I start to look shiny after about 3-4 hour's wear. The oil-free version will not mattify skin or combat oiliness, it still gives your skin a radiant glow.
I love this tinted moisturizer and I've definitely found myself reaching for it a lot, these past months. The only downside is the cost. A tube of this will set you back £33 - definitely the most I've ever spent on a foundation or face product. However, you do get 50ml of product which is 20ml more than a standard 30ml foundation, and you need a small ammount of product so a tube should last you a good few months.
♥ I've been off work this weekend which has been lovely! On Friday night I went round my friend's house for a girly evening and a takeaway, yesterday was a lazy day which I spent watching Sex and the City on the sofa and today I'm spending the day with my boyfriend and going to his nan's later for a roast dinner.
♥ I've now finished 50 Shades of Grey and have started reading the 2nd book in the series. I literally can't put it down!
♥ It's my mum's birthday the week after next and I've booked for us to go to a spa together for a relax and a few treatments. We're also going to visit the Bicester Village outlet so I'm trying to put some money aside for then. I love the Cosmetics Company Outlet and the Michael Kors store!
♥ In Blockbusters, my boyfriend and I found the first two series of Lost in the bargain bin for just £4 each! I also bought The Women on dvd for £2 as I wanted to see it at the cinema when it was released but never got round to it.
loving this week:
Laura Mercier oil-free tinted moisturizer, MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural, Benefit Coralista, AVON Glimmerstick eyeliner, Seche Vite top coat, Essie Aparetif, Origins Clear Improvement face mask. ♥
L-R: Mink Muffs, Who is the boss, Bangle Jangle, Crewed Interest, Mod Squad, Bazooka, Lights
In the past two weeks I've managed to accumulate seven new Essie nail polishes - yes, seven. To be fair though, apart from the two pink shades - Mod Squad and Lights, they are all shades that I didn't have anything similar to in my collection. I purchased Mink Muffs and Who is the Boss from HQHair with a 15% off code, Bangle Jangle, Crewed Interest and Mod Squad from Fragrance Direct (where they cost a bargainous £1.99 each!) and Bazooka and Lights from Beauty Bay. I have yet to try them all out, apart from Lights which I used to paint my toes last week. It's the brightest, neon, barbie pink which looks gorgeous with a tan.
I mentioned in my first Sunday Summary post that I wanted to get some Cod Liver Oil tablets as my skin has really been playing up and I'd heard they really help, so the other day, I popped into Holland & Barrett. I bought a big tub of 180 Cod Liver Oil capsules and after one of the girls in there recomended Vitamin E for your skin, I also purchased a tub of 100 Vitamin E capsules. You only need to take one capsule of each, daily. Now I must also mention that I'm not the best tablet-swallower but these are both 'softgel' capsules so even though the Cod Liver tablets are quite large, they're easy to swallow.
I'm not expecting these to work miracles alone - I'm also trying to eat more fruit and veg, drink plenty of water and replacing my daily cups of tea with 1 sugar to cups of my mum's green tea. Let's hope I see some improvement soon!
The Cod Liver Oil vitamins cost £14.55 and the Vitamin E cost £8.79.
Holland & Barrett currently have a buy one, get one half price offer on.
So this is obviously my Sunday Summary post from yesterday which I couldn't post as my internet was down but I thought I'd post it today anyway :) .
♥ I dyed my hair this week using Clairol's Nice N Easy hairdye in 'Light Natural Brown.' I couldn't decide whether or not to dye it but I do like it now it's a bit darker. I love the ColourSeal tubes of conditioner you get with hair dyes. You can buy them separately now too which is good - they make your hair feel so lovely and soft.
♥ My boyfriend's booked to go away for a week, at the end of September. Although I'll miss him while he's away, it means he can pick me up a few makeup goodies in duty free. I've already started making a list - love it!
♥ I went out last night with my boyfriend for one of his friend's birthdays. It was a fun night and we had a nice meal and a few cocktails. I didn't have a clue what to wear but I managed to find a nice black peplum dress in New Look which I'll show in my next haul post. Luckily I didn't have work until 1 today too - I definitely needed a lay in!
♥ My boyfriend and I went to PinkBerry this week for the first time. We had Watermelon flavour with strawberries, kiwi, pineapple, raspberries, smarties and fruit pebbles. It was amazing! Next time I want to try the original with strawberries and nutella.
♥ I'm off work tomorrow and I'm really looking forward to having a lazy day, watching DVDs. I'm going to try my new Origins face mask too.
Products I've been loving this week
MAC Face & Body, Benefit Coralista, Lancome Hypnose, Real Techniques blush brush & stippling brush, Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour cream, E45 cream, Clairol ColourSeal gloss, Michael Kors Very Hollywood perfume
Topless & Barefoot may well be my favourite and most-used nail polish. It's the perfect pink-toned nude which is incredibly easy to wear as it goes with practically everything. It's a pretty, understated nude and makes you look 'polished' without being too 'in your face'. It hasn't currently been released as part of Essie's diffusion line, available in Boots and Superdrug, so it does have the long, thin brush which means it can take a little extra care when applying to avoid streakiness.
I usually purchase my Essie polishes from Beautybay.com and they cost £8.50 each.
So I've decided to start a weekly 'Sunday Summary' series on my blog. I know many blogs do these posts but I always enjoy reading them and I don't tend to blog much about general things or my personal life so I thought it might be quite nice to do a sort of weekly summary/chat post every week. I've also been struggling to set time aside for my blog so I'm hoping it will be an incentive to blog and remind me to post more often.
So this week..
♥ I'm on a mission to spend less and save more. I've been spending too much recently and now my boyfriend and I have decided to start saving money each month towards a desposit, I really need to control my spending and resist the urge to buy more makeup and clothes. Although I did place orders from both HQHair and Origins this week - I have no willpower when I see special offers and discount codes in my inbox.
♥ I've seen so many girls walking round London with Victoria Secret bags since the flagship store opened on New Bond Street. I've always loved Victoria Secret, especially the undies and loungewear and I can't wait to check it out, but I know I'll end up spending more money on stuff I don't really need.
♥ My skin has really been playing up and I've got a few big spots on my cheeks and forehead, which has been getting me down. I think it's due to all the rubbish I've been eating recently so I've been trying to incoporate more fruit and veg into my diet. I also want to pick up some Cod Liver Oil tablets this week as I've heard they are really good for your skin.
♥ I've finally jumped on the bandwagon and started reading 50 Shades of Grey, after my friend leant me the first book, and I am well and truly addicted. I've been reading it on the train to and from work, every day and I've almost finished the first book. I've already bought the second and third books to read when I finish.
♥ I saw Danielle Lloyd today in London! I've not really seen any celebs in real life before so it's fair to say I was a little bit excited.
Products I'm loving this week:
Maybelline Falsies mascara, Bare Minerals Prime Time primer, NARS Orgasm blush, DIOR Amber Diamond, MAC Soft Dazzle dazzleglass creme, Yes to Carrots C Through the Dry Spell Deliciously Rich body butter, Aussie Miracle Hair Insurance leave-in conditioner, OPI Nail Envy, Essie Topless & Barefoot.
(Left to Right: DIOR Amber Diamond, MAC Soft & Gentle msf, NARS Albatross)
I'd been coveting DIOR's Amber Diamond for the longest time and I was actually planning on saving up my Boots points to purchase it, until Yu informed me that it was rumoured Dior was discontinuing their shimmer powders. So I did what any makeup addict would do - went into panic mode - I searched online until I found it available on the Debenhams website and ordered it there and then. And I'm happy to report, Amber Diamond is just as beautiful in real life as I'd hoped. The powder consists of five stunning shades - ranging from a light champagne to a golden bronze. I like to sweep my brush through the powder, mixing all 5 shades, which creates a beautiful, soft, golden highlight. The powder is so finely milled, it applies like a dream, and it has just the right ammount of shimmer to highlight cheekbones without looking too glittery or frosty. At £32, Amber Diamond is pricey, but it's truly beautiful and even though it turns out it isn't going to be discontinued in the UK, (thank goodness!) I'm so pleased I finally decided to purchase it.
MAC Face & Body foundation - I've reviewed Face & Body here. I love how lightweight this feels on the skin and it gives a gorgeous, natural finish. It's a must-have product for me.
MAC Prep & Prime translucent pressed powder - Another must-have product! This is a new-ish addition to my makeup collection as I was running out of my MAC blot powder and had been wanting to try this for ages. It's an amazing product! It works brilliantly as a setting powder or to blot away shine throughout the day.
17 Instant Glow bronzing powder - 'Light Bronze' - This is such a lovely bronzer. I have the shade Light Bronze, which is a lot lighter than my other bronzers, but this gives such a lovely, natural, sunkissed look to my skin without being over-the-top and it has a touch of shimmer which adds a subtle glow.
NARS 'Orgasm' blush - This may be my favourite ever blush. It's such a gorgeous, bright, pinky peach blush with lots of golden shimmer which looks so flattering on and really compliments a tan. Love it!
Maybelline Falsies mascara - I've also reviewed this here. This is the only mascara I've been using recently. I love the curved brush and find it works so well to give volume and length to my lashes. I actually bought another tube of this today.
Clarins 'Rosy Coral' Rouge Prodige lipstick - I love the rouge prodige lipsticks as they have a super glossy finish and last well on the lips. 'Rosy Coral' is a stunning, pinky coral shade - perfect for summer.
I had lunch in the BHS cafe last week and on my way out I noticed these studded pumps. I've never really looked at the clothing or accessories in BHS before so was quite suprised to see they actually had some nice pieces. These pumps were also available in black and grey but I love the nude pair. They look so pretty on and they're really comfy too.
'Problem: blocked pores, blackheads, congested or flaky skin. Solution: gently exfoliate to buff away dead skin cells and impurities for
smoother, clearer skin. Containing purifying eucalyptus, softening cocoa butter
and fine jojoba beads.' .
Liz Earle's Gentle Face Exfoliator is packaged in a 70ml bottle with a pump, which allows you to easily control the ammount of product dispersed, avoiding waste.
The exfoliator is a thick, creamy paste and has an extremely pleasant, subtle, minty scent. It contains purifying eucalyptus, softening cocoa butter and fine jojoba beads. When massaged onto the skin, the jojoba beads gently buff the skin - the beads are noticeable but very subtle and gentle. The exfoliator feels soothing and refreshing, thanks to the eucalyptus. Liz Earle recommend concentrating use on the forehead, nose, chin and jawline and then rinsing off with warm water.
After rinsing this off, my skin does feel lovely and smooth. The only problem I have with this is that, as the beads are very fine, they can be hard to completely wash off. I often find the beads have collected in my eyebrows and hairline when I go to apply my moisturiser! I now tend to use a muslin cloth once I've rinsed off the exfoliator to ensure the beads are thoroughly removed. I usually use this 2-3 times a week as it is very gentle. Liz Earle say 'use as often as needed.'
Would I repurchase? Probably not. I do really like this exfoliator and it does leave my skin feeling lovely and smooth. Also at £13.50 it's not too expensive. However I find it too time-consuming to use as the beads are difficult to rinse off and I think it may be a little too subtle and gentle for my liking. I'll continue to use this and finish it, but I think I have other exfoliators which I prefer and which suit my skin more.
'Refine your brows with these high precision tweezers. A specially designed slanted tip and fine point are perfect for gripping even the shortest of hairs. With its sleek, slim line black finish, HD Brows Precision Tweezers are a must for any brow perfectionist.'
I received the HD Brows Precision Tweezers in my latest Glossybox. The black, powder-coated, stainless steel tweezers sport the HD Brows logo and have a slanted tip and fine point which is designed to grip 'even the shortest of hairs.'
I've compared these to my usual Tweezerman tweezers, and the size of the tip is much finer. I have used the really pointed tweezers in the past and I can't stand them as I find them way too sharp and I always end up pinching my skin, which is incredibly painful! The Precision tweezers are a nice alternative as they have a slanted tip with a finer point than most standard tweezers. They are brilliant for precision and allow you to easily grip stray hairs, even the short, stubborn ones. The HD Brows tweezers also make it easy to single out hairs, thanks to the precise tip, which is something I struggle to do with my Tweezerman's.
I really love these tweezers! They are so easy to use and I love the size of the tip, which gives better precision for gripping stray hairs. At £19.95 they're not cheap, but I think they're still a little less than Tweezerman and so far, I think I actually prefer these!
'A lightweight, creamy, discreetly opaque concealer. Provides a smooth,
long-wearing invisible coverage for all skin blemishes. Water-resistant,
fragrance-free and non-blemishgenic. This emollient-based, lightweight concealer
is so concentrated that a tiny amount can provide opaque coverage of the skin's
imperfections and discolourations. It effectively covers dark circles,
blemishes, moles, tattoos and birthmarks. Enriched with antioxidants
(derivatives of Vitamin A and Vitamin E), it also contains Silica to help adsorb
the skin's oils.'
Studio Finish is packaged in one of MAC's 7g black pots, the same packaging used for their eyeshadows. I have the shade 'NW20' which is too light for me considering I typically wear NC30-NC42 in Studio Fix Fluid but I've had this concealer for a long time now and I always apply concealer before foundation so it works fine. It also has SPF 35.
Studio Finish has a very thick texture. I do find it can feel quite drying on my skin and be difficult to blend, when applied directly onto the skin. I find I always need to use this on top of a primer, such as Smashbox Photo Finish, for it to apply smoothly and blend well. It does give really good, full coverage and easily conceals any redness or blemishes to even out my skin tone. This would be perfect if you have a lot of imperfections you want to camouflage.
Although I do like to use this on my face, I find it looks terrible on the under-eye area. The thick texture makes the concealer difficult to blend and it feels very drying. I find it accentuates dryness, sinks into fine lines and has an overall 'cakey' appearance.
Studio Finish is an ok concealer. The coverage is fantastic and it hides imperfections perfectly but the texture makes it difficult to blend, it's very drying, it settles into fine lines and makes my under-eye area look cakey. Apart from the need to conceal the odd spot, my foundation is usually enough to even out my skin tone, so for me this isn't really a worthwhile purchase. I definitely think there's cheaper and better concealers on the market and once I've used this up I won't be repurchasing.
Essie have overtaken OPI as my favourite nail polishes. I can't actually remember the last time I used another brand of nail polish other than Essie, let alone purchased another brand. That was until I purchased 'Mod About You' by OPI, earlier this week. I've been wearing Essie's Fiji for the last few weeks and although I adore it I do find, especially when I'm wearing fake tan, it's just a touch too pale and can look stark in contrast to my tan. I wanted something just a little warmer, with a bit more pink to it - which is how I came to find 'Mod About You.' It's a pretty, creamy, pastel pink and I love it. It applies well with two coats and OPI's 'ProWide' brush makes application easy, although I do find the polish to be a little on the streaky side. That being said, I love the shade and it's reminded me to use my OPI's more.
'There is nothing worse than the last minute breakout that appears moments before that big occasion. This easy to use Tea Tree Oil and Witch-hazel formula will quickly reduce the breakout-causing bacteria and diminish redness.'
Tea Tree Oil is a natural essential oil steam extracted from the Melaleuca alternifolia tree grown in Australia. It is well known for its natural antibacterial, antiseptic, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties. The company, Australian Bodycare only use Melaleuca alternifolia (Tea Tree Oil) which out of the 110 different varieties of Tea Tree Oil has been proven to contain the most beneficial natural properties for healthy skin and hair.
Australian Bodycare's Spot Stick is packaged in a 10ml tube with a rollerball. The rollerball design makes application easy and you apply this directly onto blemishes. The antibacterial properties of the spot stick mean this is a hygenic method as it is 'self-cleaning.' Australian Bodycare recommend applying this 4-5 times daily, onto any problem areas.
The Spot Stick contains a combination of essential oils - Tea Tree Oil to cleanse and fight bacteria, Geranium for antiseptic and toning properties, Vetiver for stimulating and anti-stress and Lavender for calming and relaxing. It also contains Witch-hazel to cool and calm the skin. This combination of oils gives the spot stick a strong, herbal scent - the most prominent being the tea-tree. You only need to use a little of this on blemishes so the scent isn't actually noticeable for too long.
I've been using this for years now and can honestly say, it works. the tea tree and essential oils speed up the healing process of spots and dry them out, especially the dreaded under-the-skin ones, but because of the natural oils, it's not at all harsh on the skin. It really soothes and calms spots. It's not a magic 'quick-fix' and it's not going to make spots disappear, but applied regularly it will help to diminish spots, both in size and redness. Although this is primarily a spot stick, the tea tree and antiseptic properties also work perfectly on mosquito bites, cuts and stings so it's a great all-round product. I wouldn't be without mine and whenever I get a spot, I instantly reach for this.
Australian Bodycare On the Spot Stick can be purchased online from Look Fantastic and costs £6.
I've always been a lipstick-kinda-girl but recently I've found myself reaching for lipglosses over lipsticks - MAC tinted lipglasses to be more precise. They seem to be a product you either love or hate, but I love them. Yes they are very sticky on the lips but they have the best colour pay-off I've ever found in a lipgloss (including the lighter, nude shades) and they're long lasting. I currently own seven shades - Frankly Fresh, Splashing, Viva Glam Gaga, Easy Lounger, Oyster Girl, C-Thru and Underage (as seen above left to right.) Mostly pink or nude shades - perfect for everyday wear, although I'm definitely going to pick up a few brighter shades for summer (if we ever get a summer in the UK!) I love the look of Lychee Luxe so that's next on my list and maybe Russian Red too.
I've quickly realised that working in London is very dangerous for my bank balance, as I regularly find myself walking round the shops in my lunch break. Although, I have to say I was very pleased with myself when I came across this bargain set on the Lancome counter in Debenhams. As I've mentioned before, Lancome Hypnose is my all-time favourite mascara and one which I've repurchased many times. For me, it's the perfect formula and gives my lashes incredible length and volume, but at £21 per tube, it's not exactly cheap so when I saw this Hypnose duo set, containing two full size Hypnose mascaras, I just couldn't resist! With this set, each mascara works out at just £15 each so you're saving a total of £12! There were also duos of some of the other Lancome mascaras like Doll Eyes, but Hypnose is my definite favourite. I do love a good bargain!
I just wanted to appologize for my absence from blogging. I've recently started a new job in London, so have been adjusting to the longer hours and commuting time! Everything's going well though and I'm really enjoying it. I've actually got this week off which is nice, so I'm definitely going to take advantage and get a few posts up. I've been doing quite a lot of shopping too so should have quite a few hauls and reviews up soon!
'The Falsies Mascara delivers a false lash look; giving you a full set of voluminous, bold, fanned out lashes and the appearance of no gaps from any angle.The Pro-Keratin and Fibre enriched formula is designed to deliver immediate results, distributing volume and visible intensity to your lashes. The patented ‘Spoon’ shaped brush helps fan lashes out.The Falsies Mascara is designed to give the appearance of no gaps and spaces. In a wink lashes you didn’t even know you had look visibly thickened!'
In typical Maybelline fashion, the Falsies purple mascara tube is bright and eye-catching.
The 'spoon-shaped' mascara brush is designed to 'fan lashes out' to give the appearance of 'no gaps and spaces.' I actually really like the design of the brush as it's flexible, not stiff, so adapts nicely to your lashes, coating every one of them, including the ones in the very corners.
Falsies promises to give '300% more visible, fuller lashes.' I usually find a lot of the mascaras which promise to give a 'false lash' effect have very wet formulas and tend to clump the lashes, so I was really pleased to find that Maybelline's Falsies has just the right formula to give volume and length to lashes without clumping and weighing them down.
I find with just one coat of Falsies, my lashes look lengthened and volumized, but I do like to do two coats, to really emphasize my lashes and give them a bit more volume. I wouldn't apply more than two coats, as I think it could start to clump. I also find this mascara holds the curl well and doesn't flake or transfer during the day, which is a pet hate of mine.
Overall, I am so pleased with this mascara. I bought it on a bit of a whim and wasn't really expecting to like it that much, but I can definitely see myself repurchasing this. My favourite thing about Falsies is the spoon-shaped brush, which easily coats every single lash and delivers amazing length and volume. It's also very reasonable priced at £7.99.
Smashbox Photo Finish Primer, MAC Studio Sculpt Concealer (NW25), MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation (NC42), L'Oreal Touche Magique Concealer (Under Eyes), Laura Geller Balance-N-Brighten Foundation Regular (On T-Zone), NARS 'Casino' Bronzer, Benefit 'Bella Bamba' Blush, NARS 'Albatross' Highlight, MAC 'Espresso' Eyeshadow (Brows), Urban Decay Primer Protion, MAC 'All That Glitters' Eyeshadow (All Over Lid), MAC 'Woodwinked' Eyeshadow (Outer Corner), MAC 'Nylon' (Inner Corner Highlight), Bobbi Brown 'Espresso Ink' Gel Liner (Top Lashline), MAC 'Smoulder' Eyeliner (Smudged Under Bottom Lashline), Maybelline Falsies Mascara, Natural Collection 'Apple Blossom' Lipstick
At the weekend, I accompanied my friend to a bag party. There was a whole room filled with handbags, purses, jewellery, sunglasses and accessories - all designer copies inspired. I purchased this Hermes style purse which cost £25. It's a rich, tan coloured leather with lots of compartments and pockets, which is why I like it. There are two small pockets at the front, two compartments inside, 3 card slots on the inside and a removable pouch, with 6 more card slots (in the last photo) which I use to hold all of my change. If the pouch is removed, my phone and lipstick fit in there nicely so it could even double as a clutch bag for a night out! It's a really good quality purse and I love the style of it.
This award-winning liner gives you the look of liquid liner with the ease & feel of a gel formula. Long-wearing, water-resistant colour glides on and let's you get it just right before it dries - then stays without a smear or crease.
The Long Wear Gel Liners have won many awards including Best Liquid/Gel Eyeliner from InStyle Best Beauty Buys 2012 and they are one of Bobbi Brown's best-selling products. My mum has been using the gel liners for years now and after stealing borrowing hers now and again, I was so pleased when my boyfriend bought me my own little pot for Christmas.
The gel liners cost £16.50 each and come packaged in a 3g glass pot with a screw top lid. I have the shade 'Espresso Ink' which is a dark brown/black- perfect for everyday wear as it's less harsh than a black liner. I also have the Ultra Fine Eyeliner Brush which I use for application. These usually cost £21 but my mum kindly gave me her spare one.
I'd never used a gel liner before this, but it's actually very easy to apply. You only need to use a small amount of product on the brush as the liner is very pigmented. It's so creamy in consistency and applies smoothly onto the eyelid. Once dry, the liner stays put for the day and doesn't budge, which is perfect as I usually find my eyeliner fades throughout the day.
The only negative with this product is that is does dry out. I've had mine for 5/6 months now and the liner has started to dry out around the edges, meaning it doesn't apply as smoothly anymore. It's definitely a product you need to use regularly, for it to be worth purchasing.
I love my Bobbi Brown Gel Liner and use it almost everyday to line my upper lashline. It applies smoothly and lasts throughout the day so you don't need to worry about touch-ups. There are a whole range of different shades available and I'd love to try some of the other shades but you do need to be wary about them drying out, so use them regularly to get your money's worth.
This month's box is a special anniversary edition to celebrate the 1st birthday of Glossybox.
What was in the
Noble Summer Rising Bath & Shower Gel - Packaged in a 75ml bottle, this shower gel is the perfect size for travelling and I really like the sultry, elderflower scent, but like others, I am a bit bored of receiving shower gels in nearly every box. I'll probably give this one to my boyfriend to put in his gym bag.
Lolita Lempicka L'Eau en Blanc & Si Lolita perfume samples - I don't mind receiving perfume samples, although I have a box full of them at the moment because I always forget to use them! I do really like the scent of Si Lolita though.
Weleda Face Cream/Body Milk - I'm assuming this is a face cream? It doesn't actually say on the box so I haven't tried it out properly yet. If anyone knows then please let me know! The cream feels nice and light but I'm not at all keen on the strong, rose scent.
Uniqone All in One Hair Treatment - This leave-on hair mask is designed for dry and damaged hair and has a list of 10 benefits including 'shine and frizz control' and 'split ends prevention.' I'm really excited to try this out as my hair has felt really dry recently - I'm really hoping this will make a difference.
Let's Go Lashes - I do love false lashes for nights out and special events when you want to look a bit more glam. These lashes look perfect as they're fluttery and not too full.
Although not my favourite box, I am really pleased with the hair treatment spray and false lashes, my boyfriend will use the shower gel and hopefully once I find out exactly what the Weleda product is, I'll be able to use it! Glossybox also included a balloon and cute compact mirror, adorning the Glossybox logo, to mark their 1st birthday which I thought was a nice touch.