Saturday, 9 February 2013

Glossy Box UK February 2013

It's that time again, it only seems like a week ago we got the January boxes so it must be an early shipment this month, here's what I got!

GlossyBox UK February 2013

GlossyBox UK February 2013

I was definitely surprised to see a lot of make-up in the month's Glossybox, and I have to admit a little disappointed with the brand selection as I don't recognise Micabella or Helen E cosmetics, and I DO recognise Docteur Renaud from M&S which doesn't scream luxury to me.. unless we're talking about vanilla bean & raspberry panacottas...

GlossyBox UK February 2013
L-R: cafe au lait lipstick & heart lolly; top swatch of lipstick, bottom swatch blush; terracota blush & model co eyeshadow; swatches of model co eyeshadow

Helen E cosmetics moisturising lipstick - 'cafe au lait' full size £8
As I said before, I don't know this brand and also I don't like the packaging. The dark orange colour of the bullet and hand swatch was a bit scary but once I applied it I actually really liked the colour on my skintone- so don't be too put off if you've got medium skin and you like nude lips.

MicaBella Cosmetics mineral blush sample- full size 9g £34.95
'terracotta' 0.8g sample
Mineral powder cosmetics are something I never go for, so in a way I don't mind getting them in beauty boxes because otherwise I wouldn't get to try them. Like most mineral powders I've tried this blush is very pigmented, it's also peach coloured like the lipstick. 

ModelCo eyeshadow duo- full size (trio) £18
'Bronze Goddess' sample size 2 out of 3 shades.
This is what most excited me when I opened the box, which kind of faded when I swatched it and discovered the light shade is sheer & packed for of silver glitter. This doesn't accompany the gorgeous bronze shade well at all in my opinion.

GlossyBox UK February 2013

DR Renaud Raspberry soft cream- full size 50ml £25
30ml sample
This is a rich cream for dry skin which suits me perfectly, it smells like raspberry yogurt so I'm keen to give it a try

Anatomicals You need a blooming shower! full size 300ml £5
150ml sample shower gel
I am really peeved that anatomicals shower gel now apparently contain SLS, I actually use the mango one now because it doesn't. So their decision to add the chemical has just annoyed me basically.

makeup using the modelco eyeshadows, micabella blush & helen E lipstick
I'm happy all the makeup shades I've got this month go together at least!

What did you get??

Sunday, 20 January 2013

Review: Sleek BB cream

I'm a bit skeptical of high street BB creams having been disappointed by L'oreal and 17's offerings so I hesitated to try this at first, but I'm so glad I did now with this one from Sleek MakeUp
Sleek Blemish Balm 
The packaging is nice, black and rubberized like NARS, although that has the usual issues in that it's a dirt magnet!

It calls itself a blemish balm rather than a "BB Cream" although it does say 'Be Beautiful Blemish Balm' so maybe its a BBBB cream :)

This is fantastic for dry skin, if I'm suffering with actual dry, itchy patches this is what I go for every time as it covers the redness, feels comfortable and doesn't dry them out more.

Light 01 Sleek BB cream swatched, blended partially and blended completely next to swatch

I imagine what would put most people off is the shade range in Superdrug stores in the UK: I've only seen 3 shades available (although there are 7 on the Sleek website) which are dramatically different, mine is Light 01 which was the lightest available and I'm an NW25 in Mac- a medium in most foundation colours. 

L-R: bare faced, Sleek blemish balm, finished face (no setting powder)
I take my photos next to the window and annoyingly the Sun didn't come out until I took the finished face! The product does not change colour on your face!

The finish and texture of this product is what really sets it apart from other high street BB creams, I even prefer it to Dr Jart's for this reason. Despite being very high coverage for a tinted moisturiser, it really looks and feels, to me anyway, like skin.

I think the best way to apply this is with fingers as it's quite a thick consistency for a brush.

Have you tried this BB cream, do you recommend another one?

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

GlossyBox January UK 2013

I'm very excited to be home to receive my glossybox for once as it was a total surprise! Usually I can't help myself scouring the reviews at lunch time so I normally know exactly what I've got when I get home. 

glossybox uk january 2013
But anyway not today and here's what I got:

JASON Lips Bee Healthier
£1.99 lip balm

I've never heard of this brand before but it smells like mint cream chocolates which is always a good thing

ELEMIS Fresh Skin 30ml sample
£12 (full size 100ml) Skin Glow facial exfoliator 

I'm excited to try this as I've always liked Elemis products, also the price for full size seems unexpectedly reasonable so I could see purchasing this

PAUL MITCHELL Super Strong Shampoo 100ml sample
£11.50 full size 300ml

Another decent sized sample, I'll probably use it as my travel shampoo. I've seen Paul Mitchell products used in lots of hairdressers so I have a good impression of the brand

MONU Aromatic Mask 30ml sample
£24.95 full size 100ml 

I've always liked Monu products in previous boxes and don't have many face masks on the go at the moment so another product I'm happy with.

DUCK ISLAND LIMITED body lotion 30ml sample
Mandarin & bergamont, 2 x 250ml= £24.95

There doesn't always have to be a dud product in the box but boy, is this it. Smells like bleach & lemon, tiny size- wouldn't cover one thigh! Rigid upright bottle container which makes it difficult to get the product out. POINTLESS 

We are also treated to a GlossyBox blindfold. hmmm...

This box is very skincare orientated but that doesn't bother me, Blindfold and rubbish lotion sample aside I think we got some nice goodies.

What did you get in your GlossyBox??

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

From the Lipstick Vault: 17 Hollywood

Today the lipstick vault presents:
17 mirror shine lipstick in Hollywood, a sheer, sheeny,  rosy red

I quite like 17 Mirror shines, they are balmy in texture but neither moisturising nor drying. In general the Mirror shines are very sheer, Hollywood is probably the most pigmented one- it can be built up to a bright red lip.

Have you tried these lipsticks before, what do you think?
Whats your favourite sheer red lipstick?

Sunday, 6 January 2013

Sunday Summary

I can't believe the first week of the year is over! Here's some pictures of what I've been doing: 

1. New Years Eve
Sleek Avoir la peche palette, l'oreal millionize mascara + lash fibres, YSL bronze black (aka green) gel liner, Pixi 2nd star twinkle eye pencil, mac well dressed blush, Chanel la distinguee velvet lipstick
 This has been a lovely relaxing week of recovery for me after having my jaw operation last Friday, surprisingly I had far less swelling in my face this time so I was able to glam up a bit more than I anticipated for NYE, although I wasn't up to doing very much of course.

2. Get Well Soon Flowers 
 pretty roses from my fiance and his friends

3. Healthy Winter Food!
It's a pain that I want yummy comforting food at this time of the year when because of my surgery, I can't chew anything so here's my compromise: roasted butternut squash with melted cheese and greek yogurt with homemade blueberry puree & honey. I want to eat healthily to try and aid my recovery so you can probably expect some of my infamous smoothie recipes coming up!

How was week 1 for you?

Saturday, 5 January 2013

2012 Faves: MAC desert camouflage face kit

You've got to hand it to MAC, something they do really well are multi-use palettes. Every year when they bring these out toward the holidays I coo over them before blanching at the price for one item, then kick myself weeks later because I wish I'd picked one up!

This variation was part of the Carine Roitfeld collection (which I found otherwise uninteresting) and you get 4 eyeshadows, one cremeblend blush underneath the compact with a mirror in the lid.

Heavily abused desert camoflage face kit

A palette with a pale neutral and a black is always a winner with me and the two middle colours are both lovely, but I wish one of them had been a matte brown so it could have been used as a brow colour

The cream blush is more of a bronze or contour colour and I use it to contour, it does work better with a brush though like a small stippler or the real techniques contour brush from the core face collection.

I have loved this and used it so much in the last 3 months which is why it's made it's way into my faves of 2012. 

These particular palettes were panned a bit by other critics, the eyeshadows are a total pain to swatch and they swatch with poor colour payoff. However with the exception of carbon I don't have any issues using them on my actual eyelid; exhibit A:

wearing desert camoflage palette the night I got engaged

Since I got this in October I've used it for my everyday make-up the majority of the time and it's definitely earned it's place in my make-up bag and my favourites for the year.

Did you pick this MAC palette up, did you have a favourite palette last year?

Friday, 4 January 2013

OOTD: Sequin Pocket

In my first foray into new years shopping I couldn't resist this oversized cozy blue jumper with sequin mock-pocket- you can't put anything in there!

sweater- tk maxx, jeans- hollister, navy vest underneath- primark

This is just THE softest material ever and so so sparkly, it ticks all the new years outfit boxes for me right now!

I need another oversize sweater like a hole in the head but I couldn't help myself. 

Excuse my poses above, I really suck at OOTD posts! I will be back with some beauty soon :)

What are you wearing this week?