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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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June 2017 Empties

Good morning all!

Have you ever had one of those times where everything seems to run out at once? That seems to be what’s happening to me at the minute… but it’s actually not so bad because it means I get to do one of these posts, which I have never done before!

So today, I’ll be looking at my empties that have accumulated over the past month, and reviewing what I liked, what I didn’t like, and whether I would repurchase.

Please note that there will probably be things on here I didn’t like but still used all of. This is because I am a cheapskate, and I like to get worth out of products 😉 I MEAN… I need to use it all to give a thorough and fair review. Yeah, that’s it. Let’s go with that one.

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Let’s go!

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Origins GinZing Eye Cream (£20.50 full size)

A little goes a hell of a long way with this little guy! This sample is only 5ml and it has lasted me ages: I think coming up for a year of using it once a day! Or maybe I wasn’t using enough product? I dunno. I only felt like I needed a tiny amount of this.

This eye cream is not as rich as other ones I have used, and it appears to have very very slight shimmer particles in it, which I didn’t notice on skin at all. I imagine that this is to combat the dark circles thing, however I fortunately don’t suffer with dark circles, so I can’t comment on the veracity of the claim that it helps with that problem.

In fact, for me, I mainly see eye cream as a preventative thing at this point in my life. I’m in my late twenties, and I have started noticing some fine lines underneath my eyes, but it’s nothing major. I don’t know if this has helped keep them at bay or not, really, but I prefer to use eye cream than not.

One of the comments I would make about this product is that when I had bad skin flare-ups I couldn’t use it because it stung the skin around my eyes, so it’s not always going to be the best product for people who have sensitive skin, particularly around the eye area.

The full size of this product is 15ml, three times the size of this sample, and I therefore think the price point is incredibly fair.

In terms of repurchasing, I would definitely do so if I had no issues with eye sensitivity, however because I do, I think it’s worthwhile looking for something that works a bit better with my skin.

 

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Caudalie Vinosource Moisturising Sorbet (£23 full size)

I really liked this moisturiser. The texture was a little more “whipped” than usual moisturisers, which meant it didn’t feel heavy on the skin. It also absorbed quickly and was nice for morning skincare, as I could then put other products and makeup on top of it without feeling too heavy or greasy. It also smelt amazing.

This sample size was 10ml and lasted me less than a month using it once a day. The full size is 40ml and I estimate that’s probably gonna last about 3 months, so I think it’s a pretty high price point in terms of that. Obviously there are more expensive moisturisers out there on the market, but I also think there are comparable ones to this at lower price points.

I won’t be repurchasing this for the reasons I talked about when I received it in this post.

 

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Merci Handy Hand Cleansing Gel – New Wave (£2.90)

This is a nice little hand sanitiser. I always like to carry hang gel around in my bad just in case, and this one smells much nicer than other ones I’ve tried. Other than that, it seems to work in exactly the same way as other antibacterial hand gels.

It seems that literally the only thing that’s different about this compared to other antibac hand gels is the fact that it comes in different fragrances, and it charges you 3 times as much for the privilege. That’s not justifiable to me. I wouldn’t be unhappy to receive this again from someone else or to receive it in a beauty box, but I won’t purchase it.

 

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Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation – Vanille Clair (£10.99)

This foundation has lasted me a long time! I don’t use it everyday, but probably a couple of times a week. The reason it isn’t my go-to is because it is incredibly sheer: definitely not for you if you prefer foundation with good coverage, which I tend to prefer because of my acne and scarring. It is good to pick up though if you’re having a good skin day, or you really want a much lighter makeup look.

I have the lightest shade that this foundation comes in, and it’s still slightly too dark for me, but I do find that with almost all drugstore foundations. If you’re incredibly pale it might not work. It’s also quite yellow based instead of neutral, so that’s another thing to bear in mind.

The foundation itself smells nice, it blends well, and it does feel somewhat moisturising on the skin. It’s been a nice secondary option to have in my makeup kit, but I won’t be repurchasing.

 

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Sunday Riley Martian Mattifying Melting Water-Gel Toner (£48 full size)

This toner is unlike any other I’ve ever used. Firstly, it’s applied from one of those compression pumps, where the product is pushed up from the bottom (if you know what I mean). Secondly, it’s bright green. Thirdly, it smells strongly (an unusual but lovely combination of green tea and witch hazel). Fourthly, it has an unusual texture, going from a light gel to a very thin water-like consistency on skin.

At first, I didn’t like this at all.  I think it was simply because it was unlike any toner I had used before, which are usually very water products applied with cotton pads to me that don’t leave any residue on the skin or have other visible properties. This one does.
It’s created for acne prone and oily skin, and it dries very quickly after application and does have a mattifying quality to it, leaving your skin surface feeling more like after you’ve applied a primer.

I applied it once a day using a cotton pad during my morning skincare routine, and it didn’t take long for me to love it. I can’t say that I actively saw it do anything to my skin in terms of my acne, however it did make my skin less oily and I would say works great alone as a primer.

The only downside to this product is that the price point is very high. I would definitely repurchase this, should I have nearly 50 quid to drop on a toner, but unfortunately I do not.

 

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Paul & Joe Moisturising Foundation Primer – 3 Creme (£24 full size)

First off, I absolutely love the packaging of this product. This is just the sample, but it is so pretty, and the full size bottles are even prettier. I just really like the vintage style of it, looking like it wouldn’t go amiss on a 20s dresser.

The actual product itself is runnier than other primers I have used –  very much a liquid – but it feels very silky and applies smoothly to skin. It has a very faint but pleasant powdery perfume smell, and a very, very slight shimmer to it which is not very noticeable.

It’s a fantastic base for makeup, and has worked well as a primer for me in keeping my makeup in place for several hours at a time, however it is not one of those primers that have fantastic results by itself in terms of minimising pores or smoothing out skin.
On my skin, it works better as a base primer than the much raved about Smashbox one!

This sample was 10ml, and using it maybe a couple of times a week has lasted me a good eight months. The full size is 30ml, and with the price I think it’s entirely comparable to other primers out there, so I’d definitely repurchase this.

 

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Matthew Williamson Sheer Eau de Toilette

To be honest with you guys, I don’t even want to think about how old this perfume is, but I will tell you this much: Matthew Williamson doesn’t make perfume anymore. I’m actually incredibly sad about this, because I loved his brand when I was younger. I had his wallpaper on my wall, I had his handbags, I wore his perfumes, and I even had the incredibly expensive candles he used to sell because they smelt so good.

I really do wish he still made perfumes, because this one was gorgeous, but luckily I still have my parfum of his which is twice the size of this. I’ll definitely be sad when that one goes!

 

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Elgon Deliwash Cleansing Conditioner (£14)

I’m going to try to be brief with this one, as it’s the one I was talking about at the beginning when I mentioned not liking products but using them anyway.

It’s meant to be a cowash you use everyday. I’ve used 2-in-1 products before, and this does nothing. It’s a rubbish cowash, and it’s not even good as a conditioner in its own right. The reviews are amazing for it, which I’m totally shocked by, so give it a go if you must, but it did nothing for me.

Plus points for the packaging which is cute, and the smell which is amazing. Other than that: trash.

 

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Figs & Rouge Hydra-Activ Smart Nutrient Day Cream (£28 full size)

I absolutely love this cream. When I first received it, I wasn’t that into it, but having used it on my skin for a while now, I have grown to love it more and more.

It smells amazing and it makes my skin feel totally moisturised and silky. If you put slightly too much on, it will end up feeling heavy, so watch out for that, but in general it’s amazing.

This size is 20ml and it lasted me much, much longer than the Caudalie one, as I think it spread better and I needed less product. The full size is 50ml, and so I think £28 is a comparable price point, and if I had the funds I would definitely repurchase. I won’t be doing so right now, as I’m currently testing other skin creams, but we’ll see in the future.


 

So all in all, I’ve finished up a mixed bag of products this month. What do you guys think? Have you used any of these products before too, and what did you think of them?

Until next time folks 😉

kirsten-xo

Makeup & Outfit of the Day – Last Weekend!

Bon weekend!

If you’re anywhere but the UK, I hope you’ve had a peaceful week. If you’re in the UK, we’ve had a bit of a week of it, haven’t we? I’m not going to go into politics here because, let’s be honest, I am tired. If you wanna see how I feel about any of that stuff then you can probably tell from my Insta posts or my twitter.

I am running late on my posts guys, and today I have no inventive titles for you even, because these photos are from Sunday. Yes, I know. I still thought they were worth sharing, though.

Something I’m really trying to get over is my confidence issues when my hair is not down. I have a bit of a thing about how I perceive my face to look when my hair is up (not due to my fatness, but more due to the fact that I hate my nose and profile of my chin). But seeing as every summer seems to be hotter than ever, it’s something I need to get over. My partner Ana told me I looked nice in pigtails, so pigtails it is! haha.

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This day was typical British weather. We had a beautiful sunny and hot day to start off with, then got rained out. Luckily I took a rain jacket, but the sandals probably weren’t the best idea!

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ASOS had a massive sale over the May bank holiday which I took advantage of, and this tee was one of my favourite items I got. I’ve just checked for you babes and it’s still available and still on sale – go go go!

The sandals are ones I got aaaages ago and are no longer available, however I have managed to find a strikingly similar pair here on sale!

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My makeup held up awesomely on this day despite the heat and the rain, probably mostly thanks to a combo of my Paul & Joe primer I’ve just finished (T____T) and my usual KVD Lock-it Foundation (in which I wear 42 Light).

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Lip of choice for this day was the delightful Cupid by Lime Crime. I’m betting this one will be a go-to shade for me.

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And that is all my dudes!

Have a wonderful rest of the weekend ❤

kirsten-xo

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

Lime Crime Haul & Unboxing!

Good morning all! Hope you are feeling rested and in a great mood this Friday.

Today I have something rather exciting, because we’re talking LIPSTICK HAUL…. and who doesn’t love lipsticks?

In case you were not aware, Lime Crime recently had a massive sale on, with some of their Velvetines going down to just $5! I obviously just had a lipstick clearout, so what better time to just go and buy a bunch more?? hahaha. I added approximately 90% of their $5 items to my online cart, and then realised just how ridiculous I was being. There were bundles that were reduced down to $10 a piece with three lipsticks in them, and so I was economical and started looking at them instead.

In case you aren’t familiar with Lime Crime, this was an amazing deal! Velvetines working out at $3.33 a piece? *heart eyes*

So I ended up buying three bundles, and trying to vary the colours a bit so I got a wide range. Unfortunately what I can’t show you today are the two individual ones that I pleaded my friend to go back and buy me while she shopped because I regretted not getting them! Haha.

Unfortunately the sale has ended now and a lot of these are back up in price, but they do have a small selection of things still reduced if you want to check it out!

So I’m gonna try and do this in the form of an unboxing so you see how they came. I want to also point out that the shipping for this, considering they came from California, was incredibly fast… but I found this with my last package from them too. Props to Lime Crime for that, because there were a lot of problems in the past with their shipping. I ordered these on the 24th May, and I received them yesterday on 1st June. A week in shipping from the US is great to me.

Let’s get cracking!

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Outer box, upside down to hide shipping label 🙂

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As you might have seen in this post, the packaging remains beautiful. Inauspicious on the outside, then you open it to a heavenly sight of pinks and blues and flowers and unicorns. I’m a sucker for pretty packaging; I just think it’s a nice little detail rather than a plain white box.

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The first box I opened contained my beautiful little Champagne Velve-tin, which was lovingly wrapped up in pink bubble wrap. I didn’t even know you could get pink bubble wrap…. and now I feel like I need it in my life, ya know, for…. reasons.

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So let’s talk about the Velve-tin first then, as it was the first one I unboxed.

I have been eyeing up the Velve-tins for a while now. I think they’re a really cute concept. Three minis in a super cute tin with different colour schemes. I actually fell in love with the red one, then the pink one, but when I saw this one I was just kind of obsessed.

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The rose-gold colour Happi, I am particularly obsessed with. I have no idea if it will go with my skintone at all, or if I would suit a metallic lipstick, but it’s just gorgeous.

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This nude colour, Lulu, looks like it will be a great peachy nude for my pale skintone. As I said in my post where I was clearing out my lipsticks, I’m looking to diversify my nude collection, and I’ve managed to add a couple of great ones with this haul 🙂

I did have one slight issue with Lulu. When I opened it, I think the product had separated a bit, and oil came out the tube and started running down the sides. That was a bit annoying, but it didn’t happen to any of the others, and the lipstick seemed fine once I resealed it and gave it a bit of a shake.

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Lana is a beautiful bronze which I think is gorgeous, but I’m not sure it will work on me. Looks like it would be greater on dark skin, but I will certainly still get use out of it as I think it will make an incredible eyeliner!

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(Pic completely unedited and taken in natural light. Left to right: Lana, Lulu, Happi)

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Onto the next box!

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This is the True Love bundle, which I got for an absolute steal. It’s meant to be $60, and they had it reduced to $10 in the sale! I know right?! (The lipsticks look a little separated in the pic above but they were absolutely fine)

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This one I was attracted to because I was already going to buy one of the shades in it for $5, so I thought I may as well get a bundle of three shades (they are full size!) for $10 instead 🙂

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First up we have Cupid, which is just my absolute favourite shade of pink, which is a muted nude-pink. This the kind of shade I’d describe as “vintage rose” if I had to come up with another name. It reminds me of a slightly darker liquid shade of Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm (Elusive) as seen in my lipstick clearout post.

I have a feeling that this one will become a go-to.

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Next up is Saint, which is a shade I’m also super excited about! I don’t have a really deep, dark red in my collection at all, and I’m so glad to finally rectify that. I can see this one getting a lot of use once we come out of summer and into Autumn and Winter!

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This shade shares the name of the bundle – True Love – and is the shade I bought the bundle for. I am obsessed with this colour. It’s like the birthchild of Pink Velvet and Suedeberry mixed together, and creates a really vivid, almost neon, pinky red.

I feel like this is a shade I’m actually going to have to talk myself out of wearing on a daily basis, because it’s just so beautiful.

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(Cupid, Saint, True Love)

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This next bundle I am struggling to find the name to, as it is not available as a bundle on their website at all anymore. After a bit of Googling, I have found some people calling it “the Holiday Trio” and some “the Blue Bundle”. Fortunately, you can still buy two of the shades in this separately!

At first glance, they look like quite unusual shades to put together, but they actually are such a nice bundle of rich, deep shades altogether.

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Here we have Peacock, which is the only shade no longer available, and I think is a real shame. Now, obviously a lot of people will not be into blue lipstick. I personally have never tried out a blue lipstick, but I actually love the look of them so have been really excited to!

Peacock is a great place to start. It is a deep, super rich, teal blue which is one of my absolute favourite colours. It was love at first sight for this lipstick and I, and I am wearing it right now. In fact, I love it so much I’m gonna give it a post all of its own – so look out for that!

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The nude shade in this collection is Buffy. On the website I think it looks much darker than it actually is. On the website it looks similar to Kat Von D’s Lolita, but it seems much paler from the swatches I have done. It looks a lot like Lulu, but without the peachy undertone.

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And the final one I have to show you all is the gorgeous Beet It, which is a super rich, dark magenta. It is absolutely stunning on, and the first one I tried after receiving my haul.

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I swatched the shades together like the others, and can see why they were grouped together. A varying range of deep shades which are really representative of Velvetines themselves.

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And that’s all of them!

Like I said, I also ordered a couple of others, but they remain with my friend at the moment. Despite this, I think that I have managed to pick up quite a diverse range of shades at present. What do you think?

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I will be sure to get back to you once I’ve received the others!

So did anyone else manage to snag a bargain in the sale? Feel free to share in the comments!

kirsten-xo

So What is a Magnetic Polish?

Good morning, good morning, good morning, and if you’re in the UK, a very happy Spring bank holiday! The weather isn’t looking promising here right now, but whatever you end up doing, I hope you have a lovely, relaxed day ^__^

So, anyone who knows me, knows that I love a bargain. In any shop I go to, I head straight to the sale section. When I go grocery shopping, I always come out with products covered in yellow stickers. I’m a member of several bargain groups on facebook. I also happen to be on O2 as my phone network, and have the O2 Priority app on my phone, which provides lots of different offers and discounts for O2 customers.

So, last week, I opened up the app and encountered what I deemed to be the best offer I had seen on there: 8 nails inc. polishes for £8!

Now, if you haven’t heard or encountered nails inc. before, they are a high-end nail polish company based in the UK. They have some beautiful colours, and I have used them a lot in the past. Having used them, I also knew that their polishes retailed at £11 – £15 a pop, so to get so many at £8 seemed unreal.

The offer is actually a whopping £96 discount (yes, you read that correctly) on their Festival Nails bundle, which have 8 full size, metallic, magnetic polishes in it.

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The offer, at the time of writing this, is still available on the O2 app, so if you have it, I recommend getting on it! I will not be sharing the code for the offer here, as I have read about nails inc. cancelling orders for people who have somehow managed to find the code when not O2 customers.

I was intrigued by the concept of a magnetic polish, as I had never tried them before, and wasn’t even exactly sure what they did. But, hey, it’s a great offer and I’m keen to give anything a go!

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There’s a nice range of shades, and the only thing I would say is that they are all quite dark, which I think is due to the formula that needs to be used to make the magic work. I dunno, though… I’m guessing, really. However, they are much more vivid once applied!

There are magnets in the caps to the polishes, which you hold over the nail when the polish is wet to create the design. Something that is really cool is that the polishes have a few different designs, which seem to be determined by the magnet, so they different colours have different designs. I’m sure the magnets can be switched around though, so you could create different designs with different colours!

The shades you get are:

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houses of parliament, which is a deep mauve-purple with a wave design magnet.

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spitalfields, which is a metallic grass green, with a fishnet design magnet.

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soho, which is a true pewter shade with a fishnet design cap

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whitehall, which is a deep teal with a wave design cap

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london town, which is a light brown with a wave design cap (reminds me of the Thames on a bad day)

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kensington palace, which is a pink-toned red with a wave design cap

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shaftesbury avenue, which is a dark, witchy green with a star-shaped design in the lid (!)

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piccadilly, which is a dark gold glitter with a fishnet design cap.

Before we get into showing you all my nails, let me make one thing clear: I am terrible with nail polish, okay? My nails are not a massive priority to me. I feel the need to keep them short because a) I’m a mum, b) I do a lot of cooking and baking, and c) to deter me from anxiously biting them. I also have a bit of damage around my cuticles and sides of my fingers as well at the minute, so please try to ignore that too!

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These were the polishes with just one coat of polish on over a clear base coat. I was actually super impressed with how pigmented they were, but given the fact that these polishes work out at £13 per at full price, I guess you’d want them to be!

So, then I moved onto the next scary bit!

You are supposed to paint a thick layer of polish on the nail, and then hold the cap with the magnet directly over it (as close as you can get without touching) for a few seconds. I would say this was the hardest part for me, and I think I did touch down on one of my nails accidentally!

After you’ve done all nails, you finish up with a top coat, and you’re done.

I had…. varying levels of success.

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I would say the wave designs were the ones that worked best, but on some of them the design doesn’t seem to reach the sides of my nails. If I tried it again, I would probably try rolling my nail a little under the magnet, to see if it can reach the curve of my nail from all angles.

The star one on my left thumb also looks really cool, but I would say the fishnet designs weren’t very successful.

Overall, I ‘m really impressed with these nail polishes! I think the design work probably takes a lot of practice, but I’m happy to work on that! Even without the design, these are really, really pretty and pigmented metallic polishes, and so shiny and vibrant once there’s a topcoat on.

I’m definitely not complaining for the price I got them at!

So what do you guys think? I’d love to know if you’ve ever used magnetic polishes and what your experience with them is! Is it something you’d try?

Until next time my loves ❤

kirsten-xo

Trying Out Natural Scrubs!

Goooood morning, and today I have a post for you that I have been excited to write for a while now!

You probably have seen a lot of promos for coffee scrubs going around. They seem to be all the rage at the minute. People are taking selfies of themselves with the coffee scrubs on, and these are being reposted by the Instagrams of the companies which sell them (something I am guilty of myself…).

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But this new craze has spawned another range of similar scrubs following the same pattern in terms of packaging and natural ingredients, but using different bases. Having used a few of these scrubs from two different companies now, I thought I’d chat a little about the differences, and give you guys a review of each.

I don’t want this to be a comparative post of Frank Body and Scrub Love. They are separate companies with notable differences who just happen to have similar concepts. For that reason, I will review each product separately and split it out into different elements of the product.

I’ll also note that obviously I have mentioned one of these in my most recent GlossyBox review, but I’m going to expand on it a bit further here to attempt to give a fair review.


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Frank Body Original Body Scrub (£12.95 for 200g – this is the sample size)

Main base ingredient: Coffee
Texture: Loose, but binds and spreads easily on wet skin, and washes off easily.
Exfoliation: Labelled as “tough”, but works on my sensitive skin, and is actually gentler than most exfoliants I’ve tried. I can use it on my face which has acne and mild psoriasis.

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Ingredients: Natural (ground & roasted robusta coffee, sweet almond oil, water, sea salt, sucrose, orange oil, vitamin E, soybean oil, benzyl alcohol, limonene).
Vegan: Yes.
Cruelty-Free: Yes.
Packaging: Recycled paper outer, and plastic interior and label with resealable top on the pouch. It looks like the packaging used for lots of brands of ground coffee, which is maybe the point?

Overall impressions:
This was my first experience with a coffee scrub, and I adore it. If you don’t like the smell of coffee, then I think it’s pretty obvious that you’re not going to get along with this. It smells of coffee (obviously), oranges, and has a sweet undertone.
When using it, the water goes a little brown from the coffee, but I haven’t experienced any problems with staining on my skin, tiles or tub. It gets pretty messy, but this can be minimised by removing your shower head to rinse, and giving your tub/shower a rinse out afterwards, which I do whenever I have a shower anyway, so it hasn’t altered my routine.
After use, my skin feels super soft, likely as a result of the almond oil and vitamin E. It doesn’t leave your skin feeling greasy, though. My skin then smells like coffee and oranges for ages afterward, which I personally love, and I can’t stop sniffing myself afterwards.
In terms of how much use I will get out of the product, it is amazing. Because it is mostly comprised of the loose coffee and not filled with gels to bind it like most other scrubs, you don’t need as much. I have had this sample size since January and have been using it once to twice a week, and I don’t even estimate that I’ve used half of it yet!


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Scrub Love Detoxifying Activated Charcoal Body Scrub in Cucumber and Bamboo (£13.95 for 200g – this is 100g)

Main base ingredient: Bamboo Charcoal
Texture: Almost like kinetic sand… it’s fairly loose but clumps together a bit. Will fall off unless skin thoroughly wet, but when wet spreads thickly and evenly.
Exfoliation: Really tough. It wasn’t too bad on my arm, however I wouldn’t recommend using near the face or other areas of sensitive skin. Felt and looked a bit like gravel.

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Ingredients: Natural, but contains natural based chemicals (powdered bamboo charcoal, bamboo powder, cucumber oil, polenta, white clay, linseed oil, decyl glucoside, bamboo extract, parfum, vitamin E, lactic acid).
Vegan:
Yes.
Cruelty-Free: Yes.
Packing: Plastic, again in a resealable pouch form.

Overall impressions:
Again, this was my first experience with a charcoal scrub. I have used charcoal soaps in the past, and although they did not clear it, they helped my acne as it is meant to be naturally detoxifying. Because of this, I was super excited to try this scrub.
As you may have read from my first impression of this though, I immediately thought there was a problem with this scrub because of the smell. To me, it smells rancid, like gone-off food. My husband and daughter agreed, and after a little research, I also discovered there were others who had used it who agree. Whether or not it is just a very dividing smell, where it smells good to some and bad to others, I can’t tell you. I knew I would not be able to use this product because the smell was so offputting, however I have put it to the test in the interests of giving a fair review.
At first, I tried it out on my face, but it was a) way too rough, and b) unbearable with the smell so close to my nose. So then, I just used it on my arm as above.
As you can see, the charcoal (and maybe the clay) causes your skin to go grey as you spread it. The exfoliant itself feels way too rough on my skin, and I was just looking forward to getting it off, to be honest.
After thorough rinsing, even though I had only used it for a few seconds (and not left it on “for as long as you can” as per the website’s instructions), my skin was tinged grey. I tried to get a photo of this, but it wasn’t showing up in my bathroom’s lighting. I have read other reviews online where people have claimed it stained their skin and their bathtubs, though.
In terms of use, I felt like I needed to pull out about double the amount of product as the coffee scrub, so it would potentially not last as long. However, because of the reasons outlined, I won’t be getting any further use out of this scrub.

Note: I was concerned about how horrible this product smelled, so I actually emailed the company to see if something could potentially have gone wrong. This was the response:
“The scrubs are mixed in batches of 20,000 at a time, so in order for it to be a bad ‘batch’ there would literally be 10’s of thousands reporting a problem. We also batch test each mix to be safe too”.
Although shrugging off my concerns, they did offer me a code to order a brand new scrub absolutely free, which I happily accepted. I feel it was pretty nice of them to afford me this offer, especially as it gave me the chance to try something different to be able not to write off the company completely based on just one product. Props to them for that.


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Scrub Love Hydrating Coconut Oil Body Scrub in Coconut Mango (£12.95 for 200g)

Main base ingredient: Ground coconut shell
Texture: Clumpy, like wet sand or an unpressed cheesecake base! It clumps together, but doesn’t stick very easily to the skin when wet or dry until thoroughly rubbed in. It had the most fallout.
Exfoliation: Standard; somewhere in between the coffee and charcoal scrubs. It was quite rough, as most scrubs are on me because I have sensitive skin, but was perfectly fine for use, and the most like a standard scrub.

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Ingredients: Natural, but contains natural based chemicals (coconut powder, mango powder, coconut shell powder, macadamia oil, coconut oil, coconut flour, coconut sugar, parfum, glycerin, vitamin E, lactic acid).
Vegan: Yes.
Cruelty-Free: Yes.
Packing: Plastic, again in a resealable pouch form.

Overall impressions:
This was the first coconut-based scrub I had used, but it felt the most… familiar. This was probably because numerous other scrubs on the market I have tried use ground fruit seeds and shells as their bases. The difference with this one would be the lack of other harsh chemical ingredients, the gels and lotions that usually bind these exfoliants. In a way, this is great, because it’s often unnecessary, and means you get less of the core of the product. However, as stated, the fallout from this product was greater than others, so maybe those other ingredients are what usually help to keep it on your skin as you use it.
The smell of this scrub is very, very strong, but thankfully (unlike the charcoal one) it is lovely. I get the feeling it might be a bit too sickly sweet for many (my husband falls in this camp), but I think it’s beautiful. The reason I chose this as my replacement product is because coconut and mango are two of my favourite scents, and despite this being comprised of so many forms of coconut, the mango is the smell that overpowers it all. If you don’t like mango, you won’t like it! But I love mango.
It has a lot of fallout as you begin to use it, but spreads more evenly and works well the more you work it in, though gentler strokes are necessary as it can be a little rough. Unlike the others, there is absolutely no staining to worry about with this one.
There is a lot of oil in this, though. When I first rinse it off, my skin feels a bit greasy, but this absorbs after a little while to leave my skin feeling super soft and smelling amazing.
Despite having the largest bag out of the scrubs I’m talking about, I reckon this one will last the least amount of time, unfortunately.
Overall, I’m really really happy with this product, and I’m glad I chose this as my replacement.


IN CONCLUSION

I never used to like exfoliating, seeing it more as a necessary activity than an enjoyable one. In the past I have found it difficult to find scrubs that cater to my skin being sensitive, don’t have harsh chemicals, and are natural and cruelty-free, so this next generation of scrubs are a big win in my book.

If you like coffee, I definitely recommend giving a coffee scrub a go, and I definitely will not stop raving about Frank Body. They have four coffee-based scrubs in different combos (original, coconut, cacao and peppermint), and have just released a “shimmer” scrub, which is not coffee, but comprised of sugar, salt and “glow dust” (which I’m desperate to try!).
Scrub Love also do coffee scrubs in different combos too (original, mint and coconut), but I can’t comment of these ones as I haven’t tried them! The original one seems to have almost the exact same ingredients as Frank Bod’s.

If you don’t like coffee, I highly recommend the delicious-smelling coconut scrubs from Scrub Love (which come in original, coconut mango and coconut cranberry), but I will be steering clear of the charcoal ones. Scrub Love also have a cacoa range which sounds amazing (especially the chocolate orange one!).

And that’s it my lovelies!

I apologise that this post is running late today; I had an issue which meant I had to rewrite the entirety of this post!

What are your experiences with body scrubs? Love them? Hate them? Have you tried Frank Bod or Scrub Love? What did you think?

Until next time ❤

kirsten-xo