Lookfantastic Limited Edition ‘Beauty Egg Collection’ 2018

Hi Everyone

Just wanted to let you know the Lookfantastic Limited Edition ‘Beauty Egg Collection’ 2018 box, which costs £65 (worth over £200), is now available, while stocks last.


The ‘Beauty Egg Collection’ box contains seven individually packaged eggs and  Lookfantastic states that ‘This limited edition collection is filled with skincare, haircare, bodycare and cosmetics from some of your favourite brands, each individually packaged in their own metallic Easter Egg’.


What’s Inside:

  • Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm (50ml) and Professional Cleansing Cloth;
  • Kérastase Aura Botanica Shampoo and Conditioner (80ml and 75ml);
  • Pixi Rose Tonic (100ml);
  • Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel (50ml full-size); 
  • Omorovicza Illuminating Moisturiser (50ml full-size) RRP £85 so RRP alone for this one product is £20 more than the cost of the box;
  • NUXE Huile Prodigieuse (50ml full-size); and a
  • Illamasqua Beyond Veil (30ml full-size).


As last year I think this is a fantastic idea and lovely gift for someone or treat for yourself for Easter.  You could also split up as gifts and keep one or more for yourself.  However if you are interested I would recommend purchasing as soon as possible as think will sell out pretty quickly.  Link here to see more details/purchase.

Only one slight downside you do not seem to be able to use any discount, free gifts codes with this item but if you decide to purchase remember to claim cash back on your purchase – if not signed up already to TopCashback.co.uk please consider using my link here if  signing up, thank you in advance if you do.

Thank you – take care and enjoy the remainder of the weekend.
Best Wishes Liz x

*Inserts – Credit Lookfantastic.com

Review: The Ordinary ‘Buffet’ Serum

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As I have told you before in earlier posts I love the Kiehl’s range of products  and the Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate  is one of my ‘hero’ skincare products – you can see my earlier review via the link here.

However I am also always on the look out to see if there are other products available at a more affordable price which will compare / is as good as my ‘hero’ beauty items.  Although that hasn’t happened that much lately.

That was until I purchased ‘The Ordinary ‘Buffet’ Multi Technology Peptide Serum’ (30ml RRP £12.70).  As with the Kiehls’ Hydro-Plumping Re-texturizing Serum Concentrate, The Ordinary Buffet serum can also be used on the entire face including eye area night and morning.


Described as:

A serum concentrate that gives new life to dull, tired skin’.

States: Visibly targets:

  • Surface hydration, fine lines, wrinkles, dynamic lines and textural irregularities


  • apply to entire face morning and night after cleansing.

The ‘buffet’ serum comes in a sleek and practical slightly frosted glass bottle with a white cap and a dropper applicator.


The serum is a foggy colour, creamy liquid consistency and has a v, v slight clinical type fragrance hard to say what it actually smells off but definitely not over powering.  Consistency is also what I would usually expect from a ‘serum’.   I apply just over half a pump to clean skin both night and morning, including eye contour area as found that is all that is needed as if you apply too much takes longer to absorb, spreads v easily although initially feels a little bit tacky but after a few minutes this disappears.    It does not completely sink into the skin but  is non greasy, just leaves your skin feeling and looking totally hydrated prior to even applying other serums/moisturisers.  You need to leave for few minutes before applying any other serums, skincare, to get the full benefits, then it becomes the perfect base, like a pre-skincare primer, for applying the rest of your skincare (including eye cream) and makeup.


I am so impressed and also surprised that results are as good as with my ‘Kiehl’s Re-texturizing Serum’ as I have tried other products from The Ordinary range and although they were still quite good none has wowed me like this serum.    I just love the way my skin feels and looks after applying.  My skin feels smooth to the touch, serum helps give my skin a boost, looks more revitalised, skin also does look plumper, fines lines do appear less noticeable and also helps my skin / makeup to look more refreshed throughout the day and even at the end of a tiring day.  I also find when I apply at night under my Antipodes Face Divine Oil and any night-time moisturiser, my skin  and around my eyes again appear more refreshed, slightly plumper & brighter in the morning even with little sleep.   A tip, if you have both the Kiehl’s retexturizing serum and The Ordinary ‘Buffet’ serum and apply both together the results are even better.


Although I also still love my Kiehl’s serum (above), as I do most of the Kiehl’s products I have tried, I will definitely be repurchasing The Ordinary ‘Buffet’ Serum.    As although The Ordinary serum is a smaller size, I find I need less, so 2 bottles should last me as long as one Kiehl’s one. This means I can now purchase something else from the Kiehl’s range instead to try,  although still would repurchase the Kiehl’s serum as well.

You can purchase The Ordinary ‘Buffet’ serum at a number of online stores including:

  • theordinary.com £12.70 – However as always check around where the the best value is before purchasing either of the serums.

Look forward to any comments you may have.  Have you tried either of these serums before and if so would love to know what you think – do you like both as much as me?

If you are not already a follower would love you to follow my blog too – would mean a lot.  Will have more posts up tomorrow or over the weekend.

Thank you – take care.

Best Wishes Liz x

Magazine Freebies – ‘April 2018’

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As we know the last few months have not been great for magazine freebies and this month is unfortunately no exception as only a FREE discount card so far which I have detailed below – however as usual will include details of any freebies below and when / what free gifts are available if you are considering subscribing as well.    I will update post when I see or if there are any further magazine freebies throughout the month:

ELLE = £4.99 (for a 2 pack, includes a copy of the April Cosmopolitan as well) – Free 25% off (full price items) Warehouse card, which you need to register first, to use online or in-store – useful if there is something you wanted to get anyway.



Subscribe to Elle for £9.99 for 6 Issues by Direct Debit and you will get a free St Tropez Gradual Tan Tinted Duo (worth £33)  with the subscription  – (see photo below for details) – always usually an offer on so if this particular offer has finished just check online for other offers.


Also states there will be a Nails Inc Polish FREE with next month’s Elle – May edition, loving the look of the 3 pastel shades (should be on sale 4th April).


In addition although no FREE gifts with Marie Claire (£4.20) this month, (however there are a few sample sachets inside the magazine) it states there will be an Elemis Pro-Collagan Marine Cream (15ml), (details below) worth £28 FREE with next month’s magazine – May edition (should be on sale 5th April).

(Once again a little reminder for any new followers, that magazines always dated a month in advance i.e. you get the April issue in March).

Hope this helps – any comments / queries please let me know.   If not already subscribed, following my blog would love you to follow, would mean a lot.    Intend to have more posts up later today  and / or during the week.

Thank you and take care – hope you have a great week.

Best Wishes Liz xx

Review: Birchbox UK – March 2018

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I received my March Birchbox last Thursday.  Theme of this month’s box is ‘Mindfulness – ‘Be Present not Perfect’ – Birchbox are championing the importance of me time and the art of self-care.   Loving the box design again this month.


Birchbox is a monthly subscription box which costs £12.95 (inclusive of p&p) per month and 3, 6 & 12 monthly subscriptions are also available.  Usually five personalised beauty treats are included each month.

This month a Deluxe sample (3.0g) of the new Benefit Cosmetics BAD gal BANG mascara is included in every box. A product  / beauty information booklet and the following four products were also included in my box:

Benefit Cosmetics BAD gal BANG Mascara (3.0g deluxe sample / travel size) 4g RRP £10.50 8.5G £21.50 this is the new mascara from Benefit so was delighted to see subscribers were all going to get one in their boxes this month as wanted to try it anyway.  Although a lot of people love Benefit mascaras they are not my favourite so wasn’t sure if the new one would be for me either – but I have been v pleasantly surprised.  I like the black and pink packaging, larger sizes has even nicer packaging and the slim long brush is supposed to be streamlined for BIG VOLUME with 360 degree Reach and boy does it deliver.  I cannot believe how with only application how long and voluptuous my lashes look.    It gives more volume than my ‘hero’ MAC mascara and although have only used since last Thursday impressed already as no flaking,  but I have found v slight smudging under my eyes at the end of the night after using it.  The only other slight issues I have noticed is that after I apply I need to separate my lashes with a little brush as it adds that much volume I feel my lashes look a little bit clumpy and that is with only one application; and it also takes a little bit longer to dry as well but overall already it is my favourite Benefit mascara to date, think may even go on and purchase because of the volume it gives.   Although still will not be without my MAC mascara. 


BLAQ Eye Mask (One Set)RRP £22 for a set of 5 – subscribers had a choice of a BLAQ Hydrogel Eye Mask or Peel off Mask this month and I chose the eye mask as although love face masks as well I already have a number to use but I do not have that many eye masks at the moment.  This is a charcoal eye mask with hyaluronic acid to help de-puff, detox  so really looking forward to using, if results good will do a separate review post;


Oribe Après Beach Wave and Shine Spray (37ml – sample size) Travel Size 75ml RRP £20 – V happy to see this included as although Oribe hair care products are expensive I do think they are v good.  This 2-in-1 formula states works on both wet and dry hair to create natural, unfussy appearance of beach waves and I agree it definitely does without the crispy feel of some sprays and an added bonus is that it smells so good as well;

Happy with this months box as really like four out of five of the items.  Was delighted to get the opportunity to try the NEW Benefit Bad gal Bang Mascara and loving the Oribe spray and Baija body scrub as well.  So not too disappointed that I won’t use one of the items.


SPOILER:  APRIL Sneak Peek (below) is either a choice of a MODELCo Baked Highlighter – subscribers will receive an email to enable us to choose which colour.


If you subscribe during March for your first Birchbox you will get a FREE full-size ModelCo Eye Define Crayon Liner, while stocks last.  Just need to use the code DEFINE at checkout.  I think it is worth getting this month’s box to get the chance to try the new Benefits mascara if you haven’t already, along with four other treats.
Photo credit:  Birchbox.co.uk.
Or just in case you prefer money off your box (do not think you can use both) you can get £5 off your first box -(box is normally £10 +£2.95 shipping – you will get for £5 +£2.95 shipping) by clicking  link here and then copy and paste code at checkout to get your discount.    Thank you in advance if you use this link.

Look forward to any comments you may have – if you have received this month’s box would love to know what you thought, did you receive the same products as me in your box?

If you are not already a follower would love you to follow my blog too – would mean a lot.  Will have more posts up later today or early next week.

Enjoy the rest of today and hope you have a great week.

Thank you & take care.

Best Wishes Liz x

Review: Love Me Beauty Phase Zero Make Up & New Service

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A while back when we were advised that the Love Me Beauty (LMB) Subscription service was changing I was slightly disappointed as loved popping in and out of this monthly beauty subscription service especially when I seen a particular range of brands / products I wanted to try as it was reasonably priced at £10.00 (+ £3.95 p&p) a month (I always bought these myself).

‘New’ Membership

Firstly you need to sign up – 1 month membership is £5 but states minimum contract is 3 months.  Then after you become a LMB member you will gain access to LMB factory prices, I think you can purchase as many or as little beauty products (Phase Zero) at reduced prices, which will be added to your £5 – LMB advised this will save us 77%.  This service sounds similar to the Beauty Pie service which I will also be posting a review on shortly.  You can buy the ‘Phase Zero’ products without a membership but works out a lot more expensive this way especially if you are purchasing a number of items.

Initially I wasn’t really sure about this new service so when I was approached early last month by Love Me Beauty to see if I would like to receive some of the new Phase Zero products for *review consideration I was delighted and thought what a great way to see from the start what Phase Zero products are really like.  However although my package was sent quickly by LMB it went the scenic route and did not arrive with me until the beginning of last week.

I received the following five lip products (members price £3.50 each RRP £12); two liquid lipsticks, two lip glosses and one lip topper in a heavier see through / silver resealable packet and all arrived in an outer cardboard box as well.

When I opened the package first impressions were good as outer packaging of the lip products felt good, do like the silver colour way though does scratch v easily. Now onto the products themselves,  feel  and look quite high quality, have a see through hard plastic bottom with cream screw top, with the Phase Zero makeup embossed in black on the front.  They all have a sponge tip applicator and a vanilla / caramel smell, although for me not too overpowering.

I received the following (swatches of all at the bottom):

Liquid Lipstick in ‘Gingerbread’:

This is my favourite – a lovely dark dusty pink ‘neutral’ colour, applies really easily and does not feel drying at all but this could be due in part to it not drying completely on the lips.  There is transfer initially but when product dries a bit more, transfer reduces.  I have tried it without a lip balm and over a lip balm and feels comfortable both ways but I just prefer using a lip balm prior to any lip products, always leave a few minutes before I apply lip pencils, lipstick, lip gloss, liquid lipsticks etc.   It is quite long-lasting but I found to ensure full colour need to reapply after drinking / eating, but I find this the case with most lip products anyway.   High praise I know, but I am liking this particular one as much as my Charlotte Tilbury liquid lipsticks.  Recommend trying this one if you can as I would definitely go on and purchase.

Liquid Lipstick in ‘Chai Latte’:

This is a caramel / coffee colour as the name suggests and is again a nice neutral shade and applies the same as above but this is not a colour for me personally, just too brown toned.  I find it does not work well for my light skin tone but still a good quality liquid lipstick.  Least favourite but this is just down to the shade.

Lip Gloss in ‘Postbox Red’:

This is a gorgeous red shade, more pigmented than a lot of red lip glosses and also feels comfortable on the lips, only v slightly sticky initially.  It is definitely better to apply a lip liner with this gloss and apply a few coats to avoid any streaks.  Definitely will keep using this as think it is also lovely over a red lipstick as gives it that little bit extra which I love.  I have also used on top the Gingerbread liquid lipstick and love the finish, pink / orangey red shade.   2nd Favourite and would purchase as well.

Lip Gloss in ‘Dark Burgundy’:

As with the red lip gloss this dark burgundy shade with a slight shimmer applied really easily, found it slightly more sticky initially, it does apply a bit more streaky but just need to apply a few coats to address this.  Will also continue to use but just not one I would reach for too much but this is down to the shade not the quality.

Lip-Topper in ‘Holo-lip’

This is a shimmer lip product to apply over any lip product it does apply really easily and does stand out, I personally think the best way to apply is to the middle of the lips. Perfect for that party night, would not go on to purchase but this is just because I would not use that much.



From left to right: Gingerbread, Postbox Red, Dark Burgundy, Chai Latte and Lip-Topper

Over the moon that I received these products to try, really impressed with quality, surpassed my expectations.  Have checked online and see there are other colours available which I am thinking about purchasing.  I was unsure about this ‘new’ LMB service as when you add the price of the products onto the cost of the monthly membership could work out a lot more than you thought but if the quality of the other products are as good as these lip products It would definitely be worth it.

Also love what is available now to pre-order; selection of eye shadows  starting from only £2.90 for members, one of my favourite makeup items – there also is a palette available to purchase to put them in which is great.   I would recommend checking out this new LMB service especially if you love makeup items as much as me.  Look forward to seeing what they have in store for us in future months.   Having  a minimum subscription of 3 months may put some people off but as it is only £5 a month it is not too bad and definitely works out better than purchasing items at non-member prices.  In addition currently when you sign up and use the code PZONEOFF at checkout you should get your first month free.

You can find out more about the new LMB subscription service here but noted some of the terms and conditions may not have been revised fully yet, still refers to the ‘old’ service.

Look forward to any comments you may have – love to know what you think about the LMB changes or if you have signed up to this new service already?

If you are not already a follower would love you to follow my blog too – would mean a lot.  Will have more posts up tomorrow and / or during the week.

Thank you – enjoy the remainder of the weekend and take care.

Best Wishes Liz x

* Received for review.

Review: Skinician Skincare Trio; Purifying Toner, Advanced Time Delay Day Cream and Restoring Night Cream

Hi Everyone

Hope you are all having a lovely weekend so far.

As I have said before one of the many reasons I love attending beauty / fashion events is because we usually v kindly receive goodie bags containing a number of products including various beauty products from different brands which we may not be aware or got round to trying before we received them in our goodie bags.

One brand I discovered this way was the Skinician skin care brand and as I attended a lot of events in 2017 I was v lucky that I received a 50ml Purifying Toner and 30mls of both the Advanced Time Delay Day Cream and Restoring Night Cream from their range in different goodie bags which was a great way to try a number of their products together over a period of time .

About the Skinician Brand

In Ireland in 2012, mother & daughter team, and owners of the already successful 4Beauty Group, Hilary McMurray and Shelley Martin stepped into the ultra-competitive world of skincare with the launch of SKINICIAN – a  professional skincare brand focused delivering results.   In the 15 years previous Hilary stepped out of a successful corporate career in insurance and into entrepreneurship with the purchase of her own beauty salon in County Down, Ireland.   Later Hilary created the now internationally recognised He-Shi professional self-tan which developed Hilary’s resolve to do something exceptionally exciting in skincare.  This time, with the support of Hilary the development of SKINICIAN was spearheaded by her daughter Shelley.

Shelley worked with a range of skincare salons and professional therapists on the needs of salons and what was really important to them. Over a period of 3 years a small army of engaged skincare professionals diligently briefed, formulated and tested thousands of products. In the search for perfection, that process of formulate and test re-started, then re-started again until the SKINICIAN products we see in salons all over Ireland delivered on promise and were finally approved.  You can find out more about the Skinician range via the link here.

I love the sleek but practical packaging – always prefer when brands emboss their logo, details onto the packaging instead of using stickers, though does not affect the actual products, dislike the way some brand’s stickers start to ‘move’ with usage.

1.  Purifying Toner (100ml – £19.60) – suitable for Normal/Combination Oily Skin Acne Skin.


Described as a refreshing, hydrating and mattifying lotion for reducing shine whilst brightening skin tissue:


  • Reduces and regulates sebum production
  • Reduces skin blemishes by up to 30%
  • Reduces shine, leaving a long-term matte finish
  • Reduces the development of breakouts
  • Protects from damaging free radicals
Use twice daily after cleansing both morning and night to face and neck area; – I personally am not a ‘toner’ fan as although I have tried a number of toners from different brands over the years and understand what the benefits should be,  I have yet to find one that has made any great difference to my normal / combination skin after using, my favourite toner type product to date would be the Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic.
The Skinician purifying toner although not too overpowering still has that ‘toner’ type smell which I do not really like, the Liz Earle one doesn’t.    Very easy to apply with cotton pads (full size will be even easier as it has a spray applicator, good for applying during the day as well) – I used as directed twice a day and although it did seem to help reduce the shine on my t-zone area slightly over a period of time, I have not noticed any other benefits so still not convinced but saying that think this toner may be better for an even oilier skin.  Therefore as I still not a ‘toner’ fan will not be rushing out to purchase but if you enjoy using toners and have really oily / skin prone to breakouts I think this may be a good one for you to try.
2.  Advanced Time Delay Day Cream SPF 15 (50ml – £39.50) – suitable for Ageing Skin / Dry Skin /Dehydrated Skin /Sensitive Skin Normal/Combination Oily Skin.

Benefits described as:

  • Radical technology boosts energy potential to that of younger skin
  • Brighter, younger looking and softer skin within 4 weeks
  • SPF 15 to protect against UVA & UVB rays
  • Intense moisturisation with hyaluronic acid
  • Botanical B-Gucans increases skin softness by up to 21%, suppleness by up to 26%, and moisturisation by up to 23%
Apply after cleansing and toning, warm a small amount gently in the palm of your hand and apply generously to the face and neck area (avoiding eye area), leave skin to absorb moisturiser for five minutes before applying makeup  – So happy to see this cream, and the night cream, come in squeezeable tubes (full sizes are in similar packaging).  This white cream has a v light spa like fragrance and when applied as directed it sinks into skin so easily with no greasy residue, initially skin may feel a little sticky but within a few minutes this disappears and skin then feels smooth and looks refreshed  with a slight glow, skin also feels hydrated.   I have had no extra breakouts and  found this is a perfect base for my IT Cosmetics foundation but if using a  heavier foundation I would still suggest mixing a little serum or a slight bit of moisturiser into your foundation before applying especially if you have any really dry areas.
I love this cream can be used on the neck area as well and although I usually try most facial moisturisers on this areas as well this is the first moisturiser I have started to notice a difference after using, my skin on my neck area also feels smoother and looks more hydrated as well.  I am really impressed with this moisturiser, exceeded my expectations  – I do think it is suitable for all skin tones,  ages especially mid twenties up – my daughter received this moisturiser as well and she loves it as well, she has normal to dry skin.  I will be purchasingv soon as it has now become my favourite day time moisturiser.   Definitely recommend trying it for yourself. 

3.  Restoring Night Cream (50ml – £39.50) – suitable for Ageing Skin /Dry Skin /Dehydrated Skin /Sensitive Skin /Normal/Combination Oily Skin.

Benefits described as:

  • Radical technology boosts energy potential to that of younger skin
  • Brighter, younger looking skin within 4 weeks
  • Botanical B-Gucans increases skin softness by up to 21%, suppleness by up to 26%, and improves moisturisation by up to 23%.
Use daily at night to face and neck  – allow to fully absorb and nourish the skin for at least 8 hours.  As before this cream also comes in a tube.  It is an off-white cream and again with just a v light spa type fragrance.    I applied  / apply at night as directed after cleansing although initially feels v slightly tacky on the skin it quickly absorbs into the skin.  After application my skin looks more refreshed and in the morning  my skin did / does appear fresher, fines lines are not as obvious after prolonged use and again skin feels hydrated, smoother and looks revitalised as well, again when applied to the neck area it also helps to keep it hydrated and smooth.   

I feel when I use both the day and night creams together with my Antipodes serum underneath this is currently my best combination so will definitely will be purchasing this night cream as well.  I also feel that if I continue to use both I do not really need an additional neck cream as these both do such a good job.  Again recommend trying if you can.


I am so impressed with these products, although will not be purchasing the toner this is only because I am really not a toner fan, think it may be able better for a more oily skin.  However I love the day and night cream delighted with results and although at £39.50 it may seem expensive compared to some other brands, it is still more reasonable than others and as they are 50ml sizes and you need so little product they will last for ages.  I definitely think they are well worth the money and an added bonus is they are an Irish brand which is fantastic.

I have already checked out the rest of the Skinician range and now also want to try the Pro-Radiance Enzyme Cleanser, peel and advanced eye repair as they sound good as well – they are now on my list of products to purchase soon, after I get using similar products I already have.


Currently Skinician have the following great offer online, when you purchase either the Advanced Time Delay Day Cream or Hydrating Day Moisturiser you get a FREE facial exfoliator, come together in a pack, which is fantastic as wanted to try the exfoliator anyway.  You can check out,  see more from the  Skinician range via the link here.

Look forward to any comments you may have.   Have you tried any products from this range before?

If you are not already a follower would love you to follow my blog too – would mean a lot.  Will have more posts up tomorrow and / or during the week.

Thank you – take care and enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Best Wishes Liz x


Cherish.Love.Indulge Ltd Ed. Beauty Box

Hi Everyone

A quick post to let you know that The Cherish.Love.Indulge Beauty Box  is now available to purchase for £28, (worth over £95), at Aveda.co.uk and the associated brands online sites (check which online site suits you best i.e. type of samples available with orders, products you may want to try etc.) while stocks last – this limited edition Beauty Box, contains a number of beauty essentials for Spring.

The Beauty Box  contains the following products:

  • Aveda Hand Relief Moisturizing Creme, 40ml ;
  • Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm, 15ml;
  • Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II, 7ml;
  • Estée Lauder Revitalizing Supreme+ Global Anti-Aging Eye Balm, 3ml;
  • MAC False Lashes Extreme, Black, 8g  – FULL SIZElove this mascara;
  • Bobbi Brown Lip Color Sandwash Pink, 2.25g;
  • Darphin Stimulskin Plus Divine Cream, 5ml; and
  • Glamglow Youthmud® Tinglexfoliate Treatment, 15g.

Please see link here for full details.

If there are products you need, wanted to try, or have gifts you need to get – good time to get them if you can.    From past experience similar beauty boxes do not last long.

Thank you and take care – will have more posts up later in the week.

Best Wishes Liz x

Insert photo – Credit Aveda.co.uk.

Review: ‘Gambettes’ Box Subscription Service & February 2018 Box

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I v kindly received the *February 2018 Gambettes Box last week to try, my first box.  I was delighted when I was approached by the company as was so disappointed last year when My Little Box, which is connected to the Gambettes box (French box), decided to stop shipping their boxes to the UK as just loved receiving that box each month.

The Gambettes Box  is a subscription service; delivery of two surprise pairs of quality tights to your door every month.  Box costs £13.90 a month (inclusive of international shipping), you can pause / cancel  your subscription at any time and currently  if you decide to sign up for your first box you also get the option to sign up to their newsletter as well to enable you to get 20% off your box.  When you sign up you just need to select your size and then your first Gambettes Box should arrive within 3 weeks.   After that, you should receive your Boxes between the 15th and the 25th of each month.


From Autumn through spring, the Gambettes Box will arrive in your letter / mailbox every month with two surprise pairs of tights. In summer, when bare legs are in season, Gambettes enter into vacation mode and stop your shipments till autumn.  They also state the following:

  • The deal: two to three times a year, they will send us a super high-quality, super-opaque pair of tights in classic black.  The rest of the time, they will send us something a tad more original.
  • Most of the pairs we get will come in black.  Occasionally, they  will also collaborate with big name designers like Diane Von Furstenberg, Inès de la Fressange, and Courrèges.   Love the sound of this.
  • Come rosé season (i.e. June through August) when it’s too hot for tights, they will hit ‘pause’ on our subscription and stop taking out payments until September.

It also states within the Terms & Conditions that some months, the Subscriber may receive a swimsuit and / or other textile products, at the same price as his/her current subscription instead of the regular monthly 2 pairs of tights, which sounds super exciting.

You can find out more even more details about the service via the link  here


I was really excited to receive my first box as I love all different types of tights but especially different versions of black ones – as just so versatile.


Everything comes in a cardboard exterior illustrated box with ‘Gambettes Box’ embossed on it in red writing and inside there are three cards; an information card and two lovely illustrated cards for February.



 The following two pairs of tights are included this month:

Black Ajoure Patterned Tights – 50D – 90% Polyamide & 10% Elastane (made in Italy): – love this diamond style pattern as this just adds that little bit extra and also feel good as well.  Have not got a chance to wear yet but when I do will include a photo below.


‘Jane’ Plain Plum Tights in 60 D – 93% Polyamide & 7% Elastane (made in Italy): – love this colour and 60D are usually look lasting as well.  These would be perfect with so many outfits.  Could be worn with so much and any colour i.e. Navy, Grey, Brown, Black etc.  Again have not got a chance yet to wear but feel so good really silky feeling.

Review: Feelunique Pick ‘N’ Mix Feb 2018

Hi Everyone

I received my  Feelunique’s Pick ‘N’ Mix  at the weekend.   As advised previously you can choose five ‘free’ samples from a selection of samples available while stocks last (one selection of samples per month) – you are charged £3.95 for shipping and handling fees although you can redeem this against any future order  (excluding Pick ‘n’ Mix) via a £3.95 gift voucher you receive in your follow-up email.

It has been a few months since my last selection but when I seen the current choice of products just could not resist any longer.


Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm (15ml jar) – I have used this product previously and also selected a sample of it before through the Pick N Mix service – although it might not be my all time favourite cleansing balm, it is good and I enjoy using it as it smells refreshing, leaves your skin cleansed, hydrated and feeling soft – perfect travel size;

Omorovicza Rejuvenating Night Cream (5ml jar) – I have also received this product before through the Pick N Mix service.  It has a lovely creamy texture with only a light fragrance, feels lovely on the skin and definitely helps give skin a boost – a good size sample and in a jar as well;



theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer Luminizer/Highlighter (0.57g) – really love theBalm samples.   Beautiful packaging with a magnetic closure.  This powder highlighter is perfect for under the brow bone, eye shadow base, top of the cheeks, top of the lip, inner corner of the eye, just about anywhere you want to highlight – love this product;

Benefit Goof Proof Brown Pencil in No 2 (0.03g) – although a smaller sample than normal still enough product to see if suitable – a handy size for my makeup bag;

Xen-Tan Fresh Tanning Mouse – Weekly Self Tan (50ml) –  this is a really generous sample size – I have not tried before but I have read some good things about this tan so really looking forward to trying and if impressed will do a separate review post.

Delighted with my selection this month, maybe my favourite to date as I was able to get a good selection of generous sample products this month – will definitely continue to use the Pick ‘N’ Mix as and when I see samples I want to try or already love. Remember the more generous sample sizes / make up samples  go quickly but as long as you regularly look through the sample choice you should always see something you want to try.  

As always I highly recommend trying this ‘service’ for yourself as a great way to try products for ‘free’ prior to purchasing especially if you make a future purchase through Feelunique to enable you to redeem your £3.95 gift voucher (the charge for shipping & handling fees) (if new to Feelunique you can use my code here to get £10 off your first order with a £30 minimum spend). 

Look forward to any comments you may have – would love to hear if you have used the Pick ‘N’ Mix service already, what you thought of it?

If not already a follower would love you to follow my blog too – would mean a lot.  Will have more posts up during and / or end of the week.

Thank you – take care and hope you have a great week.

Best Wishes Liz x

Review: Birchbox UK February 2018

Hi Everyone

I received my February Birchbox last week .  Theme of this month’s box is Beauty through the decades – ‘True Beauty is Timeless’ – subscribers were again able to choose their box design this month.  I chose the one below as just liked the design / colours of this one that bit more.


Birchbox is a monthly subscription box which costs £12.95 (inclusive of p&p) per month and 3, 6 & 12 monthly subscriptions are also available.  Usually five personalised beauty treats are included each month.


This month a Full Size Beauty Crop Eyeshadow Trio is included in every box. A product  / beauty information booklet and the following four products were also included in my box:

The Beauty Crop Eyeshadow Trio in Love You So Latte  (Birchbox Exclusive)- Full size RRP £7 I had never heard of this brand before and although packaging is quite flimsy the pigmentation is good and quite long-lasting as well.  Although worth the price as a trio and will use occasionally, I would not go on and  purchase as  just not as good as several other eye shadows I have at the moment but still nice to try;


Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm in Pixi Pink (FULL SIZE)RRP £8already received this lip balm before through Birchbox and still have not got round to finishing it yet so have not opened this one.  As it is a balm it is not that pigmented but it does still leave a nice light pink sheen to the lips with one application which is buildable and also feels hydrating; 

Percy & Reed Quite Frankly Flawless Finishing Polish (Sample Size 30ml) Full Size is 100ml RRP £10 – states work a small amount through hair to smooth and define your finished style and add shine.  I have used a number of Percy & Reed products before and although ok products they have not impressed me enough to go on and purchase.  This finishing polish has a cream texture and a light fragrance similar to other Percy & Reed products, although not overpowering not my favourite hair care fragrance.  I have only used a few times and although it is an ok product and it does seem to help to smooth my hair after styling, not sure I would go on and purchase as initially results not just as good as with my normal oils / serums but need to try for a longer period of time to confirm.   This may only be a  sample size but as you only need a little product each time it will last for ages;


Happy with this months box as although may only go on to purchase one of the items will still use the rest.   Pleased to receive two full size items and three good size samples this month.


SPOILER:  March Sneak Peek (below) is either a choice of a BLAQ Hydrogel Eye Mask or Peel off Mask for subscribers – we will receive an email to enable us to choose which one, think I will pick the Eye Mask.  In addition I have seen on social media we should also be receiving a sample of the new Benefit BADgal Bang Mascara in our March box – hope this is correct as it is on my list to try.


If you subscribe during FEBRUARY for your first Birchbox you will get a FREE full-size Smith & Cult Lip Lacquer (worth £21).  Just need to use the code GLOSS at checkout.
Photo credit:  Birchbox.co.uk
Or just in case you prefer money off your box (cannot use both) you can get £5 off your first box -(box is normally £10 +£2.95 shipping – you will get for £5 +£2.95 shipping) by clicking  link here and then copy and paste code at checkout to get your discount.    Thank you in advance if you use this link.

Look forward to any comments you may have – if you have received this month’s box would love to know what you thought.

If you are not already a follower would love you to follow my blog too – would mean a lot.  Will have more posts up tomorrow and /or during the week.

Hope you all have a great week.

Thank you & take care.

Best Wishes Liz x