24 Nov 2014

The Dream Box 2 #bbbdreambox2

The Dream Box 2

I was lucky enough to snap up one of the highly sort after Latest in Beauty  The contents are worth over #£120 & it retailed at only £21 so thats quite incredible. Its jam packed full to the brim of beauty products handpicked by the lovely Jane from British Beauty Blogger. This is the second collaboration between Jane and beauty box experts Latest in Beauty, like the previous box its packed full. Its quite remarkable just how many products they have managed to include. I’m very excited to try everything and I have only tried a couple of things from this box which makes it even more exciting.

This is what’s included in the #bbbdreambox2

Contents of The Dream Box

Latest in Beauty The Dream Box 2

I really wanted to get my hands on this box because the only product I’ve tried is the Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream. All the other products are new to me & I’m excited to try them all. It’s such good value for money. A few products I am particularly looking forward to using are,

Bourjois Bronzing Duo

Bourjois Bronzing Duo – I haven’t tried that many products from Bourjois, but I do love their blushers and foundations. I am so pleased to see this full size cheek product in the box & I know I will be getting a lot of use out of this. I like the look of the packaging but for me cardboard packaging never lasts very well so we will see how it fairs in my makeup bag.

The Body Shop Beautifying Oil

The Body Shop Satsuma Beautifying Oil – This was a lucky dip as to what scent you received. The Body Shop have 9 Beautifying Oils & I’m very pleased with Satsuma. It smells sweet & a little festive. Citrus scents are among some of my favourite I’m a big fan of using body oils & this Body Shop offering is a mutli use dry oil so I can be used on hair, body and face. So this will be keeping my skin hydrated, looking bright & radiant this winter. This is also a full size product.

Kerastase Shampoo & Conditioner

Kerastase Shampoo & Conditioner – This is a brand I have never tried & I always hear such positive reviews of their products. I have recently had my hair cut quite short and have promised to take better care of it so these will help a lot & I plan on taking them with me when I go to Scotland for a week over Christmas. These are luxury sample sizes and I will get quite a few washes out of them

LOLA Lipstick

LOLA Lipstick Intense in Strawberry Fields – I was introduced to this brand by Jane as it was included in the previous Dream Box. I recieved the Kabuki Brush & have used it almost daily since. Its great quality and perfect for applying powder or cheek products. So I am happy to receive another product from this brand and very pleased with the colour of the lipstick. Its a beautiful and extremely wearable pink. Its going straight in to my handbag & I will use it as my daily lip colour this Winter.

Essie Toggle To The Top

Essie Toggle To The Top – What a festive nail polish, its red sparkly and very beautiful. This is from Essie’s 2013 Winter Collection but its still relevant & it will most definitely be my Christmas Party Nail Polish of choice.

Im excited about the whole box, but but they’re just a few products that stand out for me. Keep an eye out for reviews of everything in the box as I get chance to use them.

Let me know if you managed to get your hands on this box & what you’re most looking forward to trying.

What a great deal. If you missed out on this box, the best way to hear when, where & how future boxes will be released is by following @BritBeautyBlog on Twitter (if you’re not already).

5 Nov 2014

October Beauty Purchases

Over the past few months I have made a real effort to shop my stash & use up products that are open before purchasing new ones & I’ve been doing so well. I haven’t bought much at all since the Summer & it feels great to rediscover some gems I have had in my collection all along. Although a beauty addict has to do a little shopping every now & then I’ve bought a few new products during October, I celebrated my Birthday at the beginning of the month & used a gift card to treat myself to a few things.

October Beauty Purchases

Essence Hello Autumn Eyeshadow Palette ‘Walk In The Park’ – This just had to come home with me, cute simple packaging & my perfect neutral shades. Its got it all. Autumn is my favourite season and this palette just called my name. I have used it a couple of times & the shadows are ok, a little crumbly but you can tidy up the fall out after you’ve finished. I would recommend a primer just so you get the best colour pay off. Its a nice slim palette & ideal for throwing in your makeup bag. I can’t wait to use it a little more.

Essence Studio Nails 24/7 Nail Base – I haven’t used this yet but I have an Essence topcoat that I love so I have high hopes for this & if there is one thing Essence do very very well its nail products.

Essence Nail Care Pen – I have been getting very dry nails & my cuticles are looking terrible so I’m hoping this helps hydrate & protect them. It’s enriched with Vitamin E and is meant to nourish nails & cuticle beds, so thats just what I need.

Seventeen Stay Time Concealer – This was a recommendation by HelenRamblesOn, I was after a concealer that covers blemishes without looking heavy and this has been working out great for me. It does have quite a strong sweet scent which is slightly odd but it doesn’t linger too long. The concealer is creamy and easy to blend, it gives good coverage & more importantly it stays in place, after a good few hours (not 18 as the name suggests) the areas I want to conceal are still covered & the product is still in place, so I highly recommend it if you’re looking for a budget friendly blemish concealer.

Collection Extreme 24 Hour Felt Tip Liner –  I am a big fan of liquid liner and I really like using the felt pen style nibs. I haven’t used this yet but I have swatched it & it is very black and the nib is quite thick but seems easy to use. The swatch dried down quickly on my hand & didn’t rub off until I physically washed my hands. So it seems it has good staying power. For the price, if this wears as well on my eyes as it did on my hands we might have a winner on the eyeliner front. Watch this space.

Collection Big Fake Curves Mascara – I am a Mascara junkie and I love trying new ones. Over the past couple of months I have used up quite a few and so I’ve been on the look out for a new one & I liked the sound of this Collection offering. Who doesn’t want big lashes without the hassle of wearing false ones! The wand is MASSIVE but after using up my Yves Rocher & Origins Gin Zing Mascaras & really liking those (they both have big wands) I thought what the heck lets give that big wand a go. I will let you know how I get on, if you have tried this mascara let me know how you got on with it.

Soap & Glory One Heck of a Blot Translucent Powder – The beauty that is Essie Button swears by this powder & her skin looks FLAWLESS, so I had to give it a go. I love my S&G Solar Powder although the cardboard packaging sucks, I was pleased to see this powder was packaged in more robust plastic compact. I have used this a few times & it might be a little early to declare my love for it, but I like the way it sits & how little product you need to set your makeup. It makes my complexion look smooth but not unnatural. Its working out very very well so far & it is the only face powder I have packed for my 3 week stay in Scotland so that must say something.

Indeed Labs Fade To Bright – I’m always on the hunt for products that promise to brighten and keep my complexion looking radiant & this calls out the big guns in that department. It comes with lots of promises in terms of improving uneven skin tone, restore luminosity & maintaining moisture levels. During winter I feel like I have dull skin & this is going to be my skin saviour (fingers crossed). I have been using it for 1 week & I like the creamy consistency although it is a serum it feels hydrating and leaves my skin smooth. I will let you know how radiant my skin looks after a few more weeks of use.

Allure Magazine – I am so happy my local WH Smith now sells Allure. I love flicking through its glossy pages & lusting after all the make up & skincare. I have it with me in Scotland & I will be reading it cover to cover.

Let me know if you have tried & tested any of my new purchases or let me know what treats you have bought lately.

 

14 Aug 2014

The Body Shop Expert Brush Collection

The Body Shop Brushes

I was lucky enough to win this Expert Brush Collection on the lovely Carrie’s blog. I have tried a couple of brushes from The Body Shop in the past and been impressed by the quality of them, no shedding, they wash nicely and they are very soft. This set of brushes are very soft too and I’m so happy that there is a Foundation Brush in there as my beloved Real Techniques Stippling Brush broke a few weeks ago & I have been struggling to find a brush that applies foundation as well. So I’m going to put this brush to the test & hope it gives me a flawless look, I like to really buff my foundation in.

The Body Shop Makeup Brushes

This Expert Brush Collection has 5 brushes & they are Concealer, Eyeshadow, Foundation , Blusher and Face & Body Brush. So they have everything covered (apart from a brow/eyeliner brush). These are all brushes I will use in my routines and think the Foundation & Blusher Brush will be getting a lot of use.

Let me know if you have used any makeup brushes from The Body Shop & if so what would you recommend.

 

18 Dec 2013

Eco Tools Brush Set

Whilst on a Christmas present mission last week I totally caved and bought this gorgeous Eco Tools Fresh & Flawless Brush Set. I saw it & just had to have it. For a start the brushes have pretty patterned bamboo handles and they’re travel size, I know right – PERFECT!

Eco Tools Fresh & Flawless Brush Set Eco Tools Brush Set Eco Tools Brushes

These brushes come beautifully packaged on a book style box, on the inside cover you get a run down of each brush and a description on how best to use them. Very handy! You get 5 brushes in this set,

Flat Concealer Brush – Ideal for Covering blemishes.

Buffing Concealer Brush – Perfect for under the eye area. This buffs concealer in like a dream.

Precision Foundation Brush – This is tapered for getting a flawless finish in those awkward areas, like around the nose & eye area.

Complex Blending Brush – This can be used for foundation but I have been using it to contour & apply bronzer as it fits perfectly into the hollow of my cheekbones.

Full Powder Brush – This is perfect for applying blusher or your setting powder. Its fluffy and dense but the brush head isn’t too big and so you can apply just the perfect amount of product.

Eco Tools Brush Set

These are soft, very very soft brushes that are brilliant quality. They wash well and dry back to their original shape. Although they have a guide on how each brush should be used, like all brushes you find how they work for you & they’re multifunctional.

The Buffing Concealer Brush (blue) and the Complex Blending Brush (bronze) are my stand out brushes from this kit, I have used them both everyday since I bought them. Saying that I would be more than happy to only take these 5 brushes away with me on holiday & know that I had everything covered as the Flat Concealer Brush (green) could be used for eyeshadow. They really are 5 brushes worth buying, for £11.99 you’d be mad not too.

This kit has stole my heart & has been overshadowing my other brushes. They’re lovely to use and look very pretty so that makes them perfect in my book. Do you own any Eco Tool Brushes? I’d love to hear your suggestions. Oh & you NEED this pretty kit in your life, yes you do!

23 Nov 2013

My elf 50% Order

When elf did their 50% sale a few weeks ago I bought a few products, I didn’t go too mad as I already have lots of elf makeup but it was hard to resist and there were a few items on my wish list & a couple of products that people had recommended for me. This is what I bought,

elf haul

I have a few of the elf baked blushes and I love them so I thought I would try a baked eyeshadow and went for the shade Pixie. It is a pretty rose gold with a hint of pink. It has a nice shimmer to it but not too glitzy. I think this will look really nice all over the lid. It isn’t the most pigmented to swatch but I am hoping that I can build the colour up on my lids.

I’m trying to add a few more lipsticks to my collection and I thought why not try one from elf. I bought the shade Classy which is a very easy to wear Pink, it has no shimmer in it which is great. I find this to be long wearing and not too drying on my lips. The packaging is just very basic but functional. I wish I’d bought a few more of these in other shades.

I am obsessed with Eyeliner Pens and I have far too many so it was inevitable that I’d buy another one. They claim this one is waterproof, so I will put it to the test. I bought the shade Black and it seems quite dark, not sure how long it will last before drying out but I’m excited to see how long it wears.

elf haul

I bought two blushes, I asked on Twitter what colours people recommended and so many of you said Berry Merry and Blushing Rose. They are both gorgeous and perfect warm colours for Winter. Although if I am honest they both look like the same colour to me. A deep berry colour with a hint of brown. I do love them. Maybe I will notice a difference when they’re on my cheeks. They swatch really well and pigmented.

I forgot to photograph the Mineral Moisturising Lip Tint SPF8 in the shade Natural as I’ve already put that in my handbag. It is so nice. It has a hint of colour, I’d say it was a light nude brown with a hint of pink. I love it & will be buying more of these. It is very hydrating and handy to throw in your bag.

Lastly I bought an Eyelid Primer, I really wanted the sheer one but that had sold out so I opted for the Champagne colour. This has a sparkle to it so not sure how that will look under my shadow but I’m excited as I love their sheer one and use it all the time.

Did you take advantage of the 50% sale? If so what did you buy & would you recommend any of the products you bought.

17 Nov 2013

TK Maxx Bargains

I wanted to let you all you beauty junkies know that TK Maxx have some really great deals on Murad Skincare sets. I bought this Sun Undone Starter Kit for £8 and I have seen it sold online for £80!. They had a few different kits and I’m popping back to get a couple more as gifts, these would make great stocking fillers. Be quick, at that price I’m sure they won’t be around long.

Murad Sun Undone Starter Kit

Murad Sun Undone Starter Kit

This kit is aimed at reducing the damage caused by UVA & UVB rays. It contains 4 products

Essential C Cleanser 45ml

Advanced Active Radiance Serum 10ml

Essential C Day Moisture Broad Spectrum SPF 30 21ml

Essential C Eye Cream Broad Spectrum SPF15 4ml

These products are also aimed at enhancing radiance and protecting skin from future environmental damage. I’ve used Murad skincare in the past and really liked it, their Clarifying range is really good if you suffer from blemishes. I’m excited to use this.

Let me know if you’ve tried anything from this range or if you’ve picked up a beauty bargain in TK Maxx. Oh & why do TK Maxx have to put so many annoying sticky labels on their products. I can never get them off.

14 Nov 2013

Miss Sporty Trio

Miss Sporty Haul

Miss Sporty Trio

I saw Superdrug were having a 3 for 2 & I decided to sample a makeup brand that is budget friendly and that I had never tried before. Miss Sporty is a brand I remember from being quite young although I haven’t used their makeup before. They had quite a wide range but these 3 products took my fancy.

First up is this So Matte Perfect Stay Smooth Pressed Powder – I went for the shade 001 light. It promises to last all day (which I doubt) and to also minimise shine and give you a natural matte finish. I like the sound of that. Like most people I tend to use the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder and would like to give something different a go. So will be putting it to the test next week. The packaging is nice and you get a large mirror in the lid and it is hot pink! £1.99 for 9.4g

Next is this pretty Cat’s Eyes Palette 004 Mineral Earth and this is what caught my attention & hooked me in. It is pretty and has 4 pretty wearable shades. They feel quite creamy & I swatched the tester in store & was shocked at how pretty and pigmented the 2 darker brown shades were. £3.99

Lastly I noticed this Liquid Concealer With Vitamins E & C - I bought the shade 001 light – I’ve tried so many concealers from budget to highend and they almost all crease like hell on my under eye area. The best I have found so far is the Rimmel Wake Me Up which is good but not amazing. I thought why not give this a go, From swatching it, it feels creamy but not heavy and is quite easy to blend. I am going to wear it this weekend and see how well it works under my eyes. £2.99 for 5ml.

Miss Sporty Makeup

Have you tried anything from Miss Sporty? I liked the look of a few nail polishes, so I will see how I get on with these three products and then I might pop back and try a few more products.

4 Nov 2013

Four Treats For Me

I popped into Manchester on Friday to meet my lovely friend for lunch, as she has just gotten Engaged. So excited to get crafty & do lots of wedding related gossiping, shopping and planning! So whilst I was in the City I did a little shopping. There were so many Christmas displays and offers on, Manchester felt very festive. I didn’t buy any Christmas presents, everything I bought was for myself (terrible). I managed to restrain myself from buying everything & treated myself to four things.

Four Treats

I initially went into LUSH to look at their Christmas releases but I made the mistake of going in on a Friday afternoon during half term and it was beyond busy, I couldn’t get near anything Festive. So I picked up a couple of bath products from the regular range & called it a day in there. I will go back in mid week now the schools are back.

I bought Creamy Candy – this is one of my favourites. Its smells so nice & leaves my skin soft. I also bought Pop in The Bath, I haven’t tried this one before but it smells lovely. So I’m looking forward to using these.

I have wanted to try the Clinique Chubby Sticks since they were released & I missed out on their Christmas Set last year (it sold out so fast) so when I saw this Whole Lotta Candy mini trio for £20 in Boots I had to have them. You get 3 mini chubby sticks in the shades Voluptuous Violet, Pudgy Peony and Two Ton Tomato.

Four Treats

 

I have a couple of polishes from Sinful Colors and when I’m in Boots I have to buy one. The stand in the Manchester store is always so well stocked and for £1.99 they’re a bargain. I picked a really pretty blue called Love Nails 282. You will need two coats of this & give it time to dry otherwise you’ll get bubbles.

Sinful Colors

26 Oct 2013

3 for £10 on Seventeen Products

I just couldn’t pass up on this offer in Boots a couple of weeks ago, 3 for £10 on all 17 products. I was surprised by how many new products had been launched and most of them I had no idea about. It took me quite a while to make my decision but I settled on these 3 products. I look forward to putting them to the test.

Seventeen Cosmetics

I have heard mixed reviews of the Phwoarr Paint Concealer, I wasn’t sure on what shade would be the best match for me, I picked the fair one and that looks ok maybe a little too light but I think I can work with it. This little compact has a mirror in too which is very handy and surprising for the price! I am hoping it is similar to my beloved Benefit Boiing concealer, we will have to see. The packaging reminds me of the bobbi brown creamy concealer although the seventeen one is alot bigger. 12g for £5.49

I did’t even know Seventeen had a CC Cream so i just had to give it a go. I have never tried any CC Creams so will be interested to see how I get on with this. It says its finish is Matte & Radiant so thats exciting as I normally associate radiance with a more dewy finish. I picked the shade fair in this but I thought the shade range was poor – from what I can tell there are only two shades, Fair or Medium. The good thing about this CC Cream is that it has SPF 25. 30ml for £6.99

Last up I bought their Back Lash Mascara in Blackest Black, like I need another mascara but I liked the look of the fibre brush. Seventeen have quite a range of mascara’s I know I love their Peep Show one & excited to give this a whirl. It promises to give my lashes definition, lift, length and volume – these are some bold claims! I am expecting alot. 9ml for £6.49

Seventeen Cosmetics Haul

I saved £8.97 on my purchases, I’m please with my choices, did you take advantage of the offer? Or have you tried any of these products? Give me your Seventeen product recommendations.

13 Sep 2013

Skin Care Treats

Estee Lauder

I’ve always wanted to try the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair £65 for 50ml but I could never bring myself to part with the cash. Since Caroline Hirons (Skincare Oracle) gave the new formula her seal of approval I knew I had to buy it. I owe it to my skin, right!? So I visited the Boots Counter and made my purchase (feeling a little guilty at the price tag). The lady on the Estee Lauder counter gave me a sample of the Advanced Night Repair Eye Cream & a mini mascara to try. I do love a free gift & look forward to using these.

The main difference with the new Night Repair formula is that it doesn’t have any mineral oil in so that’s good news. This product is meant to make your skin look glowing, give hydration and slow down the signs of ageing. Can’t wait to start using this. I’m expecting nothing short of a miracle.

Information

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II

Do you use this? Do you think it is worth the price tag?

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