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July 2017 GlossyBox Review

Oh look! I finally found some motivation to write a blog post!

Good day beautiful people and welcome back to my fave type of post: the one where I can just play with new products and boast/complain about them!

If you read my last Glossy review, you’ll have seen that I was really impressed with my last box, and this time isn’t going to be any different either. I really feel like GlossyBox have been hitting the nail on the head with their products recently, and the balance provided with the range in the boxes. So let’s look at this one together!

Once again we have a special box this month (or what I would call special just because the box is slightly different) and I looooove it. I might have mentioned before that although I love Glossy, I’m not all too keen on their pale pink and black colour scheme, and so I’m always excited to get a box that’s a little different. Especially because I end up using them for other things so they don’t go to waste (seriously, I have about nine in my bedroom being utilised right now).

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This month’s box is coral pink with metallic gold writing on the lid, and inside the Glossy logos, the ribbon and tissue paper are all white. Just a much nicer colour combo (in my humble opinion).

But if you thought the box was gorgeous, wait until you see what’s inside it.

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Once again, the balance of products is great, in my eyes. Last month, we had 3 skincare, 2 makeup and one hair. This month, we have 1 skincare, 2 makeup, 1 hair and 1 brush.
So without further ado, let’s get into it.

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MonuSpa First Defence Soothing After Sun (RRP £19.95; approx. £11.08 for this size)

The good: soothing, smells beautiful, cruelty-free
The bad: none so far

As you may have seen from my Edinburgh post, I went and got myself a little bit burnt. On holiday. In Scotland. Crazy right? So aftersun is probably just what I need right now.

So far I’ve encountered no problems with this. It’s really nice. It feels nice, it smells nice, lots of natural ingredients and cruelty free, and I also discovered from the website that it was formulated down the road from me at Cheltenham Spa… so it’s local too.

I wouldn’t buy it again, simply because of the price point, but it’s a nice product.


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Bella Pierre Banana Setting Powder (RRP £25)

The good: lightweight, non-cakey
The bad: the size

I’ll be real: I’ve only used this once so far so my review of it may not be entirely accurate. I’m gonna have to give it a few more tries before I can truly say.

However, so far I really like this. I had been looking for a loose setting powder for a while, and as if by magic, GlossyBox sends me one. Hurrah!
This banana setting powder is really really lightweight, and after my first try, I really like it. I have a bad problem with powders caking my makeup no matter how I apply them, especially on my little under-eye wrinkles and my nose. This one didn’t, and it feels really lightweight on my face.
It’s a yellow-toned powder so it’s good at combating redness, however I would watch what foundations you put it over, as if you’re really pale like me and use too much, it will just look yellow.

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The only complaint I have with this product so far is that it’s a small amount of product for the price. This is the full size and it’s 4g, which is not much at all for the price.


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Cute Balms Strawberry Tinted Lip Balm (RRP £3.99)

The good: cute packaging, smells and looks nice
The bad: no product info, more like a tint/lipstick

I never know what to say about products like this. There are so many on the market and they all tend to retail at low price points, so there’s rarely things that are distinguishable about them.

This is a cute item to throw in your handbag just in case you want a little colour for your lips or cheeks, but I personally don’t find it moisturising enough to be considered a balm. If I was using it for that purpose, I would need to reapply frequently.

It is however, a nice little product with cute packaging that I’ll keep.


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Papanga Spiral Hairbands (RRP £4.99)

The good: hardwearing, cute
The bad: I won’t get any use out of them

I won’t be able to say much about these, as I really don’t like these spiral headbands. I have some already which I received in a beauty box before, so I already know they don’t work very well on my hair and I just much prefer normal hair bobbles.

The clear one is really cute though and I can see why people wear them as bracelets when they’re not using them! These won’t go to waste though, as I’ll be passing them on to my partner who uses them 🙂


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Spectrum Collections small fan brush A10 (RRP £4.99)

The good: pretty, soft 🙂
The bad: none

Yay! I’m always so excited to get brushes in my beauty boxes, and I like that the three I’ve gotten from Glossy over the past year have all been different. But this one is particularly exciting because it’s by a brand I already know and love!

I actually purchased some brushes from Spectrum a while back, which I wrote a review on you can find here (hint hint read it hint hint) and I’m still enjoying the ones I purchases! One of them did break, but I do suspect that’s due to my terrible brush washing skills and allowing the water to reach the glue on the handle.

I don’t have another fan brush, so I was a little skeptical about the application, however after using it today, I can attest to how good it is 😀 It’s pretty great and well worth the price!


Total worth: £50.05

Overall thoughts: This was a fantastic box month! I’m really happy with it and will only not get use out of one of the products, which will happily go live with someone else anyway 😀

So what did the rest of you think about your GlossyBoxes this month? Would you get one if you don’t already? Let me know!

Until next time ❤

kirsten-xo

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Makeup of the Day

Oh great, now I’m gonna have a Katy Perry song in my head all day!

If you saw my last post, you’ll be aware that I recently received quite a few new Lime Crime lipsticks. One of the trios that I got included a deep teal blue shade, the likes of which I had never worn before, but was excited to.

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As you may have guessed by now, this shade is called Peacock. Unfortunately, this shade is no longer available on Lime Crime, and I think this recent sale they had were getting rid of the last stock of these blue trios they had. I know they have a lot of shades in their arsenal, but I do think it’s a shame that this is no longer one of them.

I wore this shade the day after receiving it, because I was so excited to. I’ll be honest, I didn’t know what the rest of my makeup should look like to go with it, so I just kind of messed about and ended up with purples.

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I’m still not entirely sure if they work to be honest, but I thought I’d share with you anyway.

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I think the next time I wear it, I’ll pair it with nudes/brown on my eyes.

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In terms of the lipsticks itself, it is beautiful, like the Velvetines usually are. There were areas where I needed to double up on the application for full pigmentation, but overall it was nice application and wearability.

I think that this trio might have been from their previous formula, so the doefoot is slightly different (shorter), and it feels like there may be a little more oil in this formula, however it’s still great.

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I wore this one all day with no patchiness, but it did come off easier than Lime Crime’s shades usually do when I eventually did remove it. I don’t know whether this is due to the previous formula, or whether it’s something with darker pigmented lipsticks (which I have found with other brands).

I personally am very happy to wear this shade out and about. What about you guys? How do you feel about the blue lipstick trend? Have you braved it?

Have a beautiful day!

kirsten-xo

Makeup & Outfit of the Day

Good morning all 🙂

I hope you have all taken some time to decompress and spend time with your families. I wish I could say something profound about what has happened, but the truth is there is nothing. I wish I could be an influential person but I’m not. The only thing of note I can say is: life is too short. Do what you love and be with who you love.


Moving on, I have makeup and outfit of the day post for you! It’s suddenly gone into full summer mode in the UK, and so on this day, I was actually way too hot. So it goes.

I’m actually not very well today, so please excuse (or rejoice!) in the fact that I’m not going to do a lot of talking 😉

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As I’ve said before, I don’t get to spend money on clothes that often (or maybe I don’t prioritise it!) and so all this stuff is very last year. The dress is one of my fave items and is from Monki, which I’ll probably do a blog post on in the near future.

I initially felt very self-conscious in this outfit, but as I said before, I’m desperately trying to move away from the ideals of what people deem “flattering” and just wear what I like, regardless of how others deem it looks on me, whether I have my legs out, whether my arms look big, whether you can see all the lumps and bumps in my tummy.

As the note said at the beginning of this post, life is too damn short.

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My hair was a mess, as usual, and as you can see, on this day.

My makeup was pretty basic, but I felt badass. The standout is obviously my lipstick, which is Too Faced Melted in Melted Fig. Previous times I have worn this, the colour has not looked as intense. I don’t know why it does on this day, but damn it looks good.


If you’re in the UK, I hope you’re enjoying this heat!
But wherever you are in this world, I hope you’re doing well recently too!

Take care of yourselves ❤

kirsten-xo

MAKEUP OF THE DAY 17.05.17

Do you ever have one of those days where it feels like you take hundreds of selfies and not one of them is nice? That was me yesterday.

This has not been a great couple of weeks; let me just say that from the offset. Emmie has had chickenpox and I was hoping I would get it (because I’ve never had it and want to get it over with). I didn’t get chickenpox, but I did get a period of my anxiety going through the roof, which made me chew my nails, which gave me a nasty infected finger. Then my period came along, and for me that is basically 6 days of continuous pain. Our boiler has also been broken for over a week now. So basically, this combination of things =  in pain, stuck in the house, unwashed, bad mental health, looking after a poorly child. I’ve been wearing pajamas every day, hair in an unwashed, unbrushed topknot, my house is going to shit, and everything else other than trying to look after myself and my daughter has gone to the wayside.

Why am I telling you all this? Because I made a commitment to myself that if I started up this blog again, I would be honest. It’s easy to get caught up in pictures of pretty clothes and makeup, and that’s not always the reality.
I’m a stay at home Mum, and right now the reality is pretty shit. So it goes.

So, after a period of feeling stuck in a rut, I was feeling very, very bored and decided that my makeup needed to come out to play. It took ages, but obviously, being in a state where I just didn’t feel good anyway, I didn’t like how it turned out. But I am not letting it go to waste by not posting it here. So, here we go.

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I’d be embarrassed to show you how many pictures are actually on my phone from trying to capture a decent picture of my makeup. I think the problem was that, a) I didn’t feel good in the first place, and b) I don’t like my eyes tightlined. I never wear eyeliner on my waterline because my eyes are small anyway, and I think it makes mine look smaller. Lots of clever people counteract this by wearing false eyelashes, which is also something I don’t do, and that this look maybe lacked.

Or maybe I’m just feeling overly self-conscious because of everything else going on right now.

For my eyes in this look I mainly used an old Makeup Revolution palette, and a couple of shades from UD’s Shadowbox* and XX Reloaded. My eyeliner is Rodial applied with the ABH 15 brush. Lips are Clinique Chubby Stick, brows are ABH as always, and foundation KVD.

*It was the older shadowbox palette than this, but this one has the shades I used.

Just a final note I want to make as an update to another previous post: in this post here you will have seen my reservations about the Yes To Cucumbers micellar water. Well, I have been using this stuff for a little while now, and it is actually working out great! I haven’t had any problems with my skin (not more so than the acne and dryness I already have) like I did with the mask where it was stinging, and I’m super impressed by how well it works at removing makeup, in particular. I still think the Garnier and Caudalié ones are great, but I have to say, they don’t remove my waterproof makeup very well, and this one really does. Not only that, but it is cruelty-free (unlike the others), and so I think I will be switching to this one indefinitely. I’m delightfully surprised!

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I feel like this picture needs to be on one of those girls deceiving men with makeup posts or whatever. This is straight outta horror movie.

I hope to be back with you again soon, hopefully with a cheerier post. I’m sorry this wasn’t that, but hey, life sucks sometimes. At least there’s makeup.

kirsten-xo

Finally Clearing Out my Lipsticks!

My friend recently posted a picture on facebook of all of her lipsticks with the caption, “I think I have a problem”. After telling her that her collection most definitely was not a problem, I got to thinking about my own lipstick hoard. I don’t think it’s that big, to be honest with you. I think my issue is that I have problems letting go of stuff, particularly stuff I’ve paid good money for, even if those things have an expiry or limited shelf life.

I’ll be honest with you: a lot of my lipsticks are very old. I almost never reach the end of a tube of lipstick. In fact, I think I’ve only done it once in my life, and that one is still in the collection I’m about to show you. Yah.

So yesterday I felt it was high time for a clearout. I thought, I’ll go through all of them, and if I haven’t work particular ones recently, I’ll chuck them.

Well, those were my intentions. Remember that thing I just said about not being able to let go? Best laid plans, and all that. Last night I ended up picking out only 2 that I wanted to ditch, but in the light of day, I’m feeling more positive and ruthless. My makeup goals going forward are to try more stuff, and for that I need to let go of the old. Wish me luck!

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These are my nudes 😉

My nude lipstick collection is probably the one area I want to expand and diversify the most. As you can see, I only have a few, and I’d like to do better. I think I’ve missed most of the hype over nude lipsticks over the past couple of years. Because I’m so pale, I tend to suit pinks better. I also get really anxious about nude lipsticks making my teeth look yellow. I have no idea if that’s a legitimate concern everyone has, or just me because I hate my teeth? In any case, there are a couple of stand-outs in here, and one that I keep in my handbag at all times.

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From top to bottom:

Trifle Cosmetics Lip Parfait (Exotic Fruits)
I’ll be honest with you: I have never worn this one out. Its tube is the gorgeous blue one with little illustrations all over it, it’s cruelty free, and the tube is made of cardboard too (which I totally dig – yay environment!). However, it’s very pale. Really reminds me of Babette by Lime Crime (whose site appears to be down right now and I can’t link to), and that’s a shade that I love even though I don’t own, so I’m determined to make this one work. I’ll set it as a new challenge to myself. And for that reason, I can’t chuck it.

L’Oreal Paris Infallible 24H (Invincible Sable)
This lipstick isn’t available anymore, and was my first go-to nude liquid lip. It looks quite dark in the swatch above, but it’s one of those funny ones that seems to look a different shade in every kind of lighting, ranging from a super pale nude to dark brown. And old fave. I’ll use it until it’s dead.

MDM Flow Lipstick (Bossy)
This is the one I was referring to above that always stays in my handbag. You’ll also have seen it in a few recent looks I have on here, too. As you can see on their website, Bossy is a nude that seems to suit all skin tones, and it is also the most successful matte tube lipstick I own (the pics on the website make it look glossy, but it is not). I usually go for liquid lips now because tube lipsticks don’t have the colour payoff and staying power they seem to, but Bossy defies all expectations there. I’d love to purchase more from this company.

Pantone Universe Stick (18-1433)
This is the chubby stick in the pic above, and despite the little pantone bit on the bottom of it and how dark it looks on the actual crayon, it’s super light. I described this in a previous post as a “my lips but better” colour, but actually now I just think it’s just so desaturated it’s basically a lipsitcky-lipbalm. I have reached for this recently because it’s good for a barely-there lip, but in the interests of being ruthless and getting through the other lipsticks I own, I’ll chuck it.

Kokie Professional Sheer Lipstick (Café au Lait)
It wasn’t until I swatched this that I realised how similar it is to the Pantone lipstick below it on my arm. The tube of this lipstick is really nice, and this brand is really affordable! It’s a nice sheer lipstick, which is quite dark on me, but I can still pull off (I think…). I haven’t worn it out yet, but I’ll keep it.

Pantone Universe Lipstick (18-1438)
Unlike the chubby stick from the same set whose packaging would lead you to believe it’s the same colour, this lipstick is actually a dark brick colour. It’s probably way past its shelf life, and having seen how close in colour it is to the Kokie one above, I’ll get rid.

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick (Lolita)
I find it a little embarrassing that this is still the only shade of this lipstick that I own, because I adore it. The formula is so soft and non-drying, and I honestly think Kat Von D makes the best quality vegan makeup out there. Lolita is dark on me, and when I first got it, I was so unsure, but it’s become a staple for me that I love.


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Retro reds. Literally. Okay, they’re just old.

I honestly can’t tell you the last time I wore a red lip, and that’s a very strange thing for me to say, because it used to be something I did daily. I went through a big 50s style kick, and of course, red lips are a go-to with that. But as my style changed, so did my feelings toward red lips. Obviously they’re still a classic, but I feel a lot more apathy toward them now than the passion I felt before. The reason why so many of these are so old, is because they were bought just before I discovered Lime Crime.
I actually found Lime Crime because it was linked through lots of 50s style forums I was on years ago, and at the time they only had three shades. I bought two of them (Red Velvet and Suedeberry) and never looked back. I used and reordered and then used them again until they were done, and this is what was left behind.

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(Which is a shame, because look at those pretty swatches all in a row)

Again, from top to bottom:

Accessorize Lipstick – Really Red
This was the lightest red I owned, more of a tomato red than the darked blue-toned reds I liked. It’s definitely way past its shelf-life and applies patchy, so it’s going.

Makeup Revolution Salvation Velvet Lip Lacquer (Keep trying for you)
The only liquid lip red I own now. It’s super, super pigmented, and colour-wise a great dupe for Lime Crime’s Red Velvet… however, it is a cheap one and the price reflects the quality. Great for the short-term or if you’re not going to be eating, but will flake off given enough time. I’m gonna keep it, as a just in case, until I get a good quality liquid lip that’s this pigmented.

Bourjois Sweet Kiss Naturel Lipstick (Rouge Soyeux)
Bourjois lipsticks used to be my favourite, and back in the day, they were the go-to for great reds as well. I felt so posh for buying Bourjois, which used to be at the higher price-point for drugstore makeup, before I knew there was anything more than drugstore makeup. I still think this is the nicest swatch on my arm above, but I begrudgingly throw it in the trash, as you’d be shocked at my estimation for how old this is.

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I don’t know where this lipstick is from, how old it is, or anything, and as you can see, it’s trash. I don’t know why it’s even in the basket. BUH-BYE.

Avon True Colour Lipstick (Red 2000)

Ah, Avon. My old highschool fave. I had so much makeup from Avon as a teenager, mostly because my Mum loved it and also because I had a few friends who were Avon ladies. A couple of old lipsticks from Avon have straggled on in my collection (which you’ll see later), but this one is actually new! My Mum bought it for me and it has remained untouched until that arm swatch.

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Now, that, is lipstick porn.

I’m impressed by it, to be honest. It’s a really true red, and I would say more pigmented than the Bourjois ones. It is super creamy (I get the feeling it would melt easily), and I don’t have high hopes for it in terms of staying power, but the colour means it stays.

Bourjois Sweet Kiss Lipstick (Rouge Sur Mesure)
This was my favourite red tube lipstick of all time, and the only one I have ever used down to the bottom. There’s only a tiny bit of it left. As with everything though, we romanticise past versions, and this isn’t as good as I remember. And because of how old it is, I’m saying goodbye.

Makeup Academy Lipstick (Shade 1)
This is the cheapest lipstick I own, and surprisingly okay. This is a very blue-toned red, which makes it verge on plum, and really, the only thing I can say is it does the job. There’s nothing stand-out about it, but it’s also good enough that I don’t feel the urge to chuck it.


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Now we have my lil plum/purple collection:

Too Faced Melted Lipstick (Melted Fig)
I did a review on this one last year when I got it. It looks way more pigmented swatched on my arm than on my face, but it’s a nice lipstick. I’m still not a fan of the applicator, but I do like the formula, and the colour is pretty.

Avon Lipstick (Drawn to You)
This is definitely one I should be throwing away because it’s so old, but I won’t for now because the colour is so pretty and I don’t currently have another like it. My favourite look I’ve done with this lipstick was this one here, and it’s got such a nice sheen to it which almost looks duochrome. I’m going to aim to use this one more so I don’t get to the point where it has to get chucked with no use. It’s on its last chance.

Makeup Revolution Salvation Velvet Lacquer (Rebel)
 As I said with the red shade from the same range, it’s a liquid lip on a budget. This one is a gorgeous dark plum colour, but you do need to fill it in a bit as it applies quite patchy.


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I have a couple of little oranges for you here, and they’re both from Lime Crime. I bought these last year when I was looking for true orange lipsticks as opposed to corals, and they did not disappoint. I do want to get more coral lips into my collection, but last year I had a bit of an obsession with orange, and Lime Crime was my go-to for such a bright shade.

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Lime Crime Velvetines (Squash)
You will probably have seen from numerous other posts as well as the review of it I did, as this is probably my favourite lipstick. It’s not to everyone’s tastes, but the muted tone of this makes it so wearable. This one has been on sale on the website for what feels like forever, so hopefully it still is when I inevitably use this tube up 😀

Lime Crime Unicorn Lipstick (My Beautiful Rocket)
This one isn’t stocked anymore after they got rid of most of their unicorn lipsticks, which is a shame because this is an amazing tangerine lipstick. It’s so pigmented and bright, and I love it. Like I said with Squash, it’s clearly not going to be to everyone’s tastes, but I think it’s cool.


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I saved my biggest colour collection for last: here come the pinks.

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Top to bottom, as before:

Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm (Demure)
This colour stick is really pretty. It’s very light and shimmery, and great for summery looks. It also feels really nice on application, like a lipbalm, and smells minty. I’m a big fan of this one, even though I don’t reach for it much.

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Like one of the red ones, I have no idea what it is. It’s a really chalky-textured pale pink and it is gone.

Estée Lauder Pure Colour Lipstick (Candy Shimmer)
I nabbed this one from my Mum as the shade was too light for her. I don’t purchase Estée Lauder myself because they’re not cruelty free, but owning a couple of lipsticks is nice because it reminds me of my Mum. She has always bought and worn the brand, and their makeup has such a distinct scent that to open a tube of their lipstick will automatically make me think of her. This one is a nice shimmery pink, and I’ve worn it a few times.

Makeup Revolution Salvation Velvet Lacquer (What I Believe)
A cute pink colour, but as with the other ones, not great staying power. The colour is nice enough for me to keep, though.

L’Oreal Paris Infallible 24H (Timeless Rosé)
Like with Invincible Sable, this one is a classic for me. It’s definitely on its way out as it’s almost used up and starting to separate, but it has been a staple for me and I’ll keep it going until it’s gone or really goes bad. I have used this one in loads of posts before, and it’s still the one I reach for when I feel like I should have something on my lips, but nothing too standout.

LOC Millie by Birchbox
I hated this one as soon as I saw it, and have been meaning to get rid of it for the longest time. However, I just tried it on again and I’m feeling a bit better about it. I have no idea why, but whereas before I just didn’t think the colour suited me, now I think it’s quite cute. It’s meant to be glossy, but it’s more sticky than glossy, but it’s not that bad. I was expecting this to be chucked immediately, but I think I’ll keep it a little longer and see if I do anything with it.

Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm (Elusive)
This is the lip colour I bought for my wedding, then had a change of heart at the last minute about, and regretted it. That’s life. It’s actually an amazing lipstick. It’s so nice on, the colour is stunning, it smells great, has decent staying power, and is matte. But, for whatever reason, I feel sad about using it. Maybe because of what could have been? I don’t know. In any case, it stays.

Estée Lauder Lipstick (Exotic Orchid)
This is like a darker shade of Candy Shimmer, and I’ve used it a few times. I’ll keep it in on the off-chance because it’s too nice to chuck.

NYX Liquid Suede (Life’s a Beach)
love NYX, and I can’t believe I only have one shade of this! The Liquid Suede range are matte liquid lipsticks, but don’t dry out like other ones. This means they don’t have the same staying power as others (though they do still last amazingly) but feel nicer on. They are also super pigmented (as you can see), and they’re relatively cheap! I adore it, and I hope to buy more NYX stuff soon.

Frankie Rose Lipstick (Pink Melon)
This was one I got in a Wantable box, and I love the colour. I’ve described it before as “neon baby pink” or “watermelon”… obviously not a real watermelon, but that pink colour that always seems to be attributed to watermelons for some reason. I really like this, and I’m keeping it.

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My vivid pinks:

Clinique Chubby Stick Intense (Plushest Punch)
This is the only shade of the famous chubby sticks that I own, and I’m glad it’s this one. Plushest Punch is a vivid pink, but so nice on that I think it would be wearable on most skin tones. It does feel moisturising, and I love the packaging. However, I’m gonna go against the grain here and say it’s nothing spectacular of a lipstick. I really like it, but I do feel they’re overpriced. Sorry!

Makeup Revolution Salvation Velvet Lacquer (You Took my Love)
As with the other ones, amazing pigmentation, a great cheap liquid lip, flakes after a while.

Avon Lipstick (Flirty Fuschia)
This used to be the brightest lipstick I owned, and I still have a lot of it left because I was so scared to use it for a long time. I do have other lipsticks that are similar now, but the shade is just different enough that it stays.


And there you have it!

I was going to do my lipglosses too, but I think that will have to wait for another time because this post already turned out way longer than expected! I’ve managed to get rid of seven lipsticks, which I don’t think is too bad.

Looking at them all like this makes me realise how little I take advantage of them all, though, and I hope to rectify that, or at least give them some use before chucking them for new ones!

Do you guys have any really old lipsticks you can’t get rid of? Tell me I’m not the only one please!

Until next time, take care ❤

kirsten-xo

I Have a New Instagram!

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Hey guys!

Just stopping by to let you know that I have a new Instagram, on which I’m going to be sharing stuff exclusively to do with blogging ❤

NEW INSTAGRAM HERE

I’d be super grateful if you checked it out and gave me a follow 😀
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kirsten-xo

MAY 2017 GLOSSYBOX REVIEW

Goooooood morning, good morning, good morning and welcome back to my corner of the internet. Today I have my first GlossyBox review since November! Yes, there have been five whole GlossyBoxes I have received without documenting. And do you know what? I really miss this. In fact, even in the time I haven’t been blogging, sometimes I would search for other peoples’ reviews of these boxes, because sometimes it’s nice to see if other people agree with you on a specific product, or whether they’re having the same problems you are. This might even be something that comes up with one of these products, so watch out!

As you can see, yes, I am receiving GlossyBox. GlossyBox has been going for years. I don’t know specifically how long, but I do remember I had friends getting it years before I even considered it. I was late on the bandwagon, but I actually prefer it this way.
GlossyBox received a lot of flack about 6 years ago; there were a lot of product problems, numerous customer complaints and cancellations, and overall terrible service. I have not found this. I have been with a few subscription boxes: I used to receive Wantable Beauty, Wantable Accessories, Birchbox, GlossyBox and the Marzia box. Out of all of them, GlossyBox is the one that consistently delivers on time, and actually provides products I like. (I will note here that Wantable was pretty great, too, but I was paying a fortune in the UK as it’s a US company and shipments would often be suuuuper delayed.)
I know that my opinion is subjective, and that lots of you would have had problems with this, but to me, it’s the most cost-efficient and consistent beauty subscription in the UK.

No, I’m not an ambassador for Glossy, I just wanted to put that out there!
So, without further ado, let’s get on with it! This time, I’m gonna be doing this like an unboxing, so I’ve literally seen what I’m showing you through photos maybe a second before they’re snapped 🙂

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So, as soon as we open the box this time, we have the usual card with the products listed on it, and a promo card as well for a company called Mockberg, which I’ve never heard of. The card is actually a gift card, which I was confused about, as usually you’ll receive offers on these things, not actual money to spend.
I’ve checked out the company, and they actually sell watches… pretty nice ones. They start at €129, which is about £100… so you’d be getting about 50% off if you chose to purchase. That’s not too bad in my eyes. I don’t know if I’ll be taking advantage of it, but hey, you never know.

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Oh, how excited I always am to open these boxes. One of the reasons I get these boxes is because it feels like getting a present every month! Yeah, sometimes I don’t particularly like one or two of the products, but for the most part I enjoy what Glossy provides!

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One of the other things I think this box gets right is the variety of products. They seem to really try to get the balance between makeup, hair, skincare, etc. This box in particular seems to have that down.

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Scrub Love Detoxifying Activated Charcoal Body Scrub – Cucumber & Bamboo (RRP £13.95; approx £6.98 for this size)

The good: Vegan, natural ingredients, no parabens, no microbeads.
The bad: We’ll get to that below! Also, seems a little redundant to brag about “no plastic microbeads” when your packaging appears to be non-recyclable plastic.

I’m gonna start with this one because it’s the one I have the most to say about.
I actually saw that we would be receiving this on the Sneak Peek on the GlossyBox website, and I was so, so excited about it. Exfoliating is one of those things I used to hate doing, and more so because there’s not really that many exciting products on the market. But recently, there seems to be a resurgence in more natural and vegan scrubs, and I am buying into it completely.

I mentioned before about not particularly liking the winter Marzia box I received, which I didn’t blog about, but there were a couple of things in there of note, and one of them was the original Frank Body scrub. This is a scrub whose base ingredient is coffee, and I saw a lot of people promo-ing on the internet. I thought I would hate it re: the hating exfoliating thing mentioned above… but it totally converted me. It’s got coffee, brown sugar, almond oil, orange oil and vitamin E in it, and after you’ve used it your skin smells and feels amazing. Sure, you probably won’t like it if you really can’t stand coffee, but other than that I recommend giving it a go!

This is why I was so excited to be receiving a product from a company who seems to have had the same idea regarding their ingredients (they also do coffee scrubs), and their packaging. And I was super excited to see a charcoal scrub as I know how good it is for skin, particularly problematic skin like my own. I couldn’t wait to get it open.

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It’s not a particularly attractive looking scrub… but that’s not the problem.

The problem was that it stank. And I don’t mean a good stank. I mean a stank where even half an hour after I had opened and closed it I was looking around my house thinking there was a piece of gone-off food somewhere. I mean a stank of I cleaned out my fridge because I thought it might have been coming from there.
Okay, sometimes you get products you don’t like the smell of. That I understand. This is not that. This is something I actually am debating whether I’ll even be able to use the smell is that terrible. You can definitely smell the bamboo, but the problem is it smells like rancid, gone-off, week-old Chinese takeaway leftover bamboo.

I thought maybe I was being paranoid, so I waited until my husband got home. His reaction was the same. This morning, I showed my four year-old daughter. Her face scrunched up and declared the smell “not good” because “it smells like farts”.

Whether we are all collectively overreacting, or whether there’s something gone wrong with the product, I can’t tell you. The only thing I can tell you is that I don’t want this stuff anywhere near my face or body. Which is a damn shame for a product I was so excited about 😦

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Daily Concepts Exfoliating Body Scrubber (RRP $5; approx. £3.89)

The good: Cruelty free, mostly environmentally-friendly materials, will get a lot of use, good price point
The bad: none to note so far

From a lengthy treatise on the last product to a quick review on this one!
When I first saw this, I thought it might be a Konjac sponge due to the way it was packaged. I don’t know if there is a need for packaging a sponge in this way, but I’ll give it the benefit of the doubt on this occasion because it’s not too excessive.
It’s actually just a nice little exfoliating sponge, with the usual nylon-hooped cotton on the “scrubby” side, and towelling on the other where the holder is.

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The inside of it is apparently a “soy-based sponge”. I don’t know what that is but meh.
It’s a nice little thing, and like I said, I’ll probably get a good amount of use from it.

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Dr. PAWPAW Original Balm (RRP £6.95)

The good: It’s an upmarked petroleum jelly.
The bad: It’s an upmarked petroleum jelly.

My good and bad stance here is exactly the same because there’s only one thing I can say about this: it’s an upmarked petroleum jelly.

I had heard of this “balm” before, and a lot of celebrities seem to like it (as they proudly display all over the front page of their website), and so when I first saw it, I was excited to check out the hype. As soon as I tried squeezing the tube I was shocked, because the opening is a small hole and the product had a little difficulty getting out of it. I actually even got a pin and stuck it in the top in case the product had clumped. But no, you have to give it a hard squeeze. I then got some out onto my hand, and it felt like Vaseline. There was so smell to it or colour, and so I thought maybe the product had separated.

I turned the tube over and checked the ingredients: sure enough the first one listed is petrolatum. It lists all the wonderful stuff it can do and can be used on, and instead, it’s a very expensive tube of Vaseline. Even on the website they talk about how it’s the fermented papaya that makes this product shine, but there’s no telling how much of that is actually in this stuff, because as I said before, it’s fragrance and colour free. Even of natural stuff you’d expect (e.g. if they called the company Dr. PawPaw and kept speaking about papaya… oh, wait…)

So I guess the good and bad of this product all comes down to whether or not you like/find use for petroleum jelly. I’m not gonna give you a bunch of links because you should make up your own minds on this stuff, but my personal preference is not to put this stuff anywhere near my face (especially not using it as a bloody primer as it suggests on their youtube) as petroleum basically works as a barrier on your skin allowing no good stuff in and no bad stuff out. I definitely also don’t put petroleum anywhere near my lips, as lots of people do with vaseline, as the jury’s still out on whether in contains carcinogens.

However, I will use this stuff on my nails. My anxiety has recently caused me to be wolf-biting my fingers (dermatophagia). This isn’t a major thing I suffer with, but it happens every so often, and due to a recent bout, my fingers are incredibly painful right now, and I suspect two are infected. So, I’m gonna try using this stuff on there and seeing if it can get rid of some of the dryness and callouses. If it works, I’ll hand it over to my husband, who suffers with severe dermatophagia.

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Caudalié Vinosource Moisturising Sorbet (RRP £23; for this size approx. £5.75)

The good: smells amazing, great on combination and dry skin
The bad: the cruelty-free debate

Okay, so to be fair, the “bad” isn’t about the product, but the company itself. I do however like to include that in my discussion of things, though, as it will influence whether or not I go on to buy a product and so deserves a mention.
I’ll talk about that first then.

So, Caudalié are one of those companies that are on the ethical border when it comes to a cruelty-free status. They talk on their website about being cruelty free, and how they donate 1% of profits to saving the planet, lah-dee-lah, but they do sell in China. And as we know, in China, products are tested on animals. This has caused a lot of companies (such as Benefit) to lose custom and their leaping bunny logos.
I don’t like to support companies anymore that aren’t cruelty-free, and unfortunately I think Caudalié is gonna have to fall into this bracket, and is why I steer clear from actually purchasing from them.

The problem is, I really love Caudalié’s products. They always smell amazing, are fresh, and really work with my skin. This moisturiser is no different. It’s really moisturing, smells amazing, and absorbs quickly. My skin is terrible at the minute and it feels very soothing. Unfortunately, this isn’t enough for me. I’m gonna enjoy using this tester for however long it lasts, and then I say goodbye to yet another Caudalié product.

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Ruby Professional Blush in Coral (RRP €14.99; approx. £12.67)

The good: Nice consistency and colour
The bad: Overpriced, not sure of colour pay-off.

This is a nice little blush by the same company as the blender brush I received in the last GlossyBox review I had up on here of November 2016. It’s got a really nice coral colour which will be nice for the summer.

The only thing that I have to say that’s somewhat negative is that its price point seems a little high compared to the rest of what they have on their site in terms of makeup (not much), and that this is only available in one colour. I’ve swatched it as well, and I couldn’t even get a decent picture to show you as the colour was so faint, but hopefully it will work better with proper application on my pale face 🙂


Total worth: approx. £36.24 (plus the £50 gift card)

Overall: Now, my overall opinion is that this is a good box. There’s a good range of products to get use out of. I do have a lot of negative comments here, but they might just be my problems – the smell of the scrub, the fact I don’t use petroleum or cruelty-free products. I am really disappointed by the scrub. I probably won’t let that one go. But overall, I’d say it’s alright.

What do you think? Did any of you get the same box and have different opinions?

kirsten-xo