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April Glossy Box – the natural box

I was a bit late getting April’s Glossy Box because I had to pick it up from the post office. Curiosity got the better of me and couldn’t help having a peak at what other bloggers got in theirs. After snooping in other people’s boxes I wasn’t overly excited about getting mine – but I was pleasantly surprised.

The concept of this month’s box is natural/organic products which I thought was a nice idea. The box is biodegradable which is something I think they should consider for every box.

Inside my box was Caudalie Vinosource SOS Thirst-Quenching Serum, Inika Cosmetics Certified Organic Eyeliner, Monu Professional Skincare Moisture Rich Collegen Cream, Figs and Rouge Lip Balm and Burt’s Bees Naturally Nourishing Milk and Honey Body Lotion.

Burt's Bees Naturally Nourishing Milk and Honey Body Lotion - £9.99

Really looking forward to using this, I’ve only heard good things about Burt’s Bees but haven’t got round to trying it myself. Body lotion isn’t something I’d ever buy for myself but the Bliss one in last month’s box gave me the bug.

Figs and Rouge Lip Balm – £3.29

I was so happy to see this as I keep meaning to pick up a lip balm for my bedside table. I opened it straight away and it smells gorgeous and has a kind of Vaseline texture which I like.

Caudalie Vinosource SOS Thirst-Quenching Serum - £29

Monu Professional Skincare Moisture Rich Collagen Cream - £17.50

I haven’t had a chance to use these skincare products but I’ve heard a lot about Monu so I was pleased to see it in my box.

Inika Cosmetics Certified Organic Eyeliner - £11.75

I was relieved to see my eyeliner was black after seeing a few people received bright blue alle Pat Butcher. I haven’t used a pencil to line my eyes in years but I think I’ll give it a go anyway to see if they’ve improved at all. I find that they usually don’t have much staying power.

All in all I’m happy with this box. It has two full size products and one HUGE miniature so I definitely think it’s good value for money. Happy!

Wish list

ASOS crochet dress - £45

How cute is this ASOS dress? I’m so tempted to get it but I fear I might not be able to wear it before August at this rate. The first sign of the sun and it’s mine though.

Bioderma facial cleanser

This Bioderma cleanser is one of the new breed of cleansing waters that are popping up all over the place. I’ve been using the Dior version for a while now and I love it. I’m not sure how it works but it’s like water with magical cleansing qualities. A little dab on some cotton wool and it just wipes your make-up away. It’s not drying or greasy.

I’ve heard amazing things about Bioderma and I’ll definitely be making a purchase as soon as I’ve finished the last of my Dior. I don’t think it’s available to buy in the UK yet but there are plenty of ebay sellers offering it for a good price.

Topshop fluro knitted swing top - £36

This jumper doesn’t look anything special in the picture but on it’s gorgeous. I saw it on one of the contestants of a style competition for Filofax and couldn’t believe this was the same top. It looked really slinky and BRIGHT – I love it!

Moroccan hair oil

I literally can’t wait to try this stuff. I’ve read so much about this little miracle worker it’s got a lot to live up to. I’ve already using the John Frieda hair oil which I really like but I am finding I’m having to wash my hair more often with it. I hate washing my hair so I’m not too happy about this!

I’ll keep you posted on what I think of this stuff when I get round to getting it. What’s on your wish list? x

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Estee Lauder: Invisible Fluid Vs BB cream

As I mentioned before, my skin isn’t at its best at the moment, so I wanted something with a little more coverage than my tinted moisturiser. I usually use Benefit You Rebel Light tinted moisturiser which is still fine – it just doesn’t have much staying power.

After reading millions of reviews I went to the Estee Lauder counter in boots and asked for a sample of their new Invisible Fluid and their new BB cream. The Invisible Fluid has the tagline ‘See no make-up. Feel no make-up.’ The idea is that it looks like your skin only better, which is exactly what I wanted.

Estee Lauder Invisible Fluid

I was colour-matched and given a ten day sample to try out at home. The bottle needs to be shaken before use and comes out almost whipped but very liquid. I applied it with a brush and it did make my skin pretty flawless. But having never really worn a ‘proper’ foundation before it took a bit of getting used to. It doesn’t have a very dewy finish which I think was the hardest thing to get used to.  It wore really well and still looked good when I finished work.

I also grabbed a sachet sample of the Estee Lauder BB cream. BB creams are meant to be half way between a tinted moisturiser and a foundation but I found I have more coverage with my tinted moisturiser. It didn’t last well and at £32 compared to £27 for the Invisible Fluid I don’t think it’s very good value for money.

I definitely preferred the Invisible fluid – to be honest if it had a bit more of a dewy finish it would be perfect. I’ll probably still get it when I finish my sample, unless I discover anything better in the meantime 🙂

 

Mint

Maybe it’s because pastels signify spring or maybe it’s because it’s my favourite flavour ice-cream – either way I can’t get enough of all things mint at the moment.

I love Models Own – Jade Stone, it’s a great minty shade but still bright enough to give you a colour pop. It’s white-based enough to be called a true pastel but it’s not far off.

I’m a little bit in love with these minty numbers from Topshop too:

I like all ice-cream shades to be honest but mint just seems a but more versatile than a pink or a yellow – just the right amount of girly. I just hope we get some nice weather to show off these pastels – they don’t have the same effect with a coat and scarf :/

Mac Pro Longwear Concealer

As I seem to be getting all the spots I should have had as teenager at the moment I wanted to invest in a good concealer. I went to a few make-up counters  and was told they don’t really do anything for covering blemishes – wtf? I thought that was the main purpose of a concealer?

Anyway, the girls at Mac recommended Pro Longwear for me which can be built up for more coverage if needed. After being colour matched to NC20 I was told that this can only be used on blemishes and never under the eyes. Apparently yellow toned skin can has to have yellow toned concealer on the face and pink toned under the eyes – who knew?

The day I bought the Pro Longwear I had a really bad break-out on my chin but by the time I’d finished with it I felt really confident going out for the night. I have a slight suspicion the colour is a little too dark for me but it’s fine with a bit of blending.

The only thing I would say is because of the pump it’s really difficult to squeeze a tiny bit out. I always end up wasting quite a lot which is annoying. Although the pump will mean I get every drop out of the bottle so I guess it’s the same either way.

It lasts really well too, I can wear it all day without touch ups. I don’t really have anything else to compare it to so let me know what you think of it. Do you have a concealer you can’t live without?

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Leighton Denny - Honeytrap, Kleenex Cleansing goody bag, Pom-Pom Bear crisps, Marks and Spencer Easter lollipop, Rainbow nails, Homemade teacup candle

 

Here’s me jumping on the Instagram bandwagon. As well as my cute-tastic teacup candle I made with my friend Amy today, we also knocked up a batch of bath bombs. They won’t be ready until tomorrow so I’ll have to wait to find out whether we put enough food-colouring in to turn us purple :s

What have you been up to this week?

More than a tissue

Kleenex goody bag

A couple of weeks ago a tweet popped up on my Twitter timeline from Kleenex asking girls for their ‘wipe me away’ moments. These are the embarrassing moments where we wish we could just wipe ourselves away. This was right up my street as I have one of these weekly! So I condensed a cringe-worthy tale of thinking a porter was bending down to kiss me when in fact he was picking up my bags, with me following him down lips pursed – wipe me away indeed.

Later that day the lovely girls at Kleenex tweeted me to say I was the winner of one of their wondrous goody bags – and it arrived today! Inside was some facial cleansing wipes, eye make-up removal wipes, shine absorbing sheets, facial clothes and a pocket mirror.

Facial wipes are something I use quite a lot – when I’m tired, tipsy or staying away. They’re not something I use because I think they’re the best thing for the job. They normally leave my face feeling tight and sometimes even a bit sore. But I have to say that the Kleenex ones are in a different league. They’re quilted which always feels luxurious and weren’t as wet as normal wipes which meant my face wasn’t left with excess product so my moisturizer went on easier. One of the things I loved the most though was the fact that when you pulled out a wipe it didn’t pull the next one through with it. This normally leaves me trying to stuff it back through the little hole to stop it drying out!

I used the cleansing clothes to apply my toner after the wipes and they felt really soft on my skin too. I think applying it with cotton wool is fine but sometimes it can get those little scratchy bits in that catch on your face.

I haven’t got round to using the strips yet as I don’t really suffer from oily skin. I’ll probably save them for a night out or when it gets a bit warmer. All-in-all I’m really pleased with my goody bag and I’ll definitely be adding these wipes to my lazy-girl routine.

 

 

Red Alert

I don’t spend my Boots points lightly but I’m (aren’t we all?) always trying to find the holy grail of hair care and couldn’t resist the reviews of the new John Frieda collection – Full Repair. With the amazing 3 for 2 at Boots at the moment it would be silly not to…

John Frieda Full Repair Shampoo, Conditioner and Deep Infusion Serum

My hair is long and quite fine so I struggle to get any volume into it so I spent an indecent amount of time trying to decide whether to opt for the root lift foam or the serum. In the end my dry ends won out and I popped the serum in my basket. I suspect I will be going back to try the root lift some time soon though.

To be honest, I don’t really have much of an opinion on any shampoo – they’re all pretty much the same to me. But I am quite particular on conditioners. Because I have a lot of length to cover I really like one that foams up a little, making it easier to spread around otherwise I find I’ve used a third of a bottle in one wash. I managed to cover all my hair with little over a fifty pence piece,which, for me, is great.

This is just with a quick blow dry but I think if properly styled it would be completely frizz-free. I will say that although the look is not amazing, the feel is. It takes a lot for my hair to feel silky and it does today. The serum suggests using one pump but I’m keen to try a little more next time given the length.

Would I recommend the products? Yes. They’re not the miracle I was hoping for but they’re certainly as good as anything else I’ve tried.