Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv Facial Review House of Fraser, Victoria Square, Belfast

Hi Everyone

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As part of my passion for beauty  I also love having beauty and spa treatments especially facials and pedicures.  So when I found out at a recent Victoria Square beauty brunch event that the Estée Lauder Counter in House of Fraser, Victoria Square, Belfast  had v recently started to offer luxury Re-Nutriv anti-ageing Facials, the cost of which could then be fully redeemed on their skincare range I could not resist and booked a facial for myself as this sounded too good an opportunity to miss.

 

Cost / Availability

The facial treatment costs £50 at time of booking which is then fully refundable on any Estée Lauder skin care after your facial.   Cannot think of a  better way to get a treatment as essentially you are getting your facial for free.   The luxury Re-Nutriv facial is currently only offered / available in 3 stores within UK / Ireland; House of Fraser (HoF), Victoria Square,  Belfast, Brown Thomas, Limerick and Harrods, London.    Fantastic we now have the opportunity to avail of this luxury treatment here locally in Northern Ireland.

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I had my facial during the week and Sinéad was my therapist – currently there are two therapists on counter at HoF Belfast trained to carry out this treatment.  As advised before the facial costs £50 which you need to pay at time of booking (you can book over the telephone or at the counter) and then when you arrive at the Estée Lauder Counter in Belfast your therapist will take you to the treatment room at the back of the store.

Treatment

Once I went into the treatment room it felt like I had been transported to a spa facility    The softly lit treatment room was arranged similar to any spa treatment room; there was an adjustable treatment bed where towels, a band for your hair, slippers were arranged on top of it,  beautiful pictures on the walls with soft relaxing music playing in the background and luxury Estée Lauder skin care products arranged beautifully on shelves.   (photos from treatment room throughout post and below)

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Once I had taken in the beautiful surroundings and Sinéad my therapist had explained all about the facial advising that as well as my face she would also be working on my neck,  top of my décolletage, shoulder areas (which is the same as the majority facials I have had), she left me for few minutes to enable me to get ready for this beautiful pampering experience (door is also lockable for your privacy when you are getting ready).

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After I got comfortable on the bed, Sinéad came in, made sure I was warm enough and then started my facial by removing my makeup, using luxury Re-Nutriv products (Please see link here for more information on the Re-Nutriv range of products) & warm & cool towels  at specific stages of my treatment.    Throughout each stage of the treatment Sinéad used beautiful massage techniques which felt like a light work out for my face (not uncomfortable at all just relaxing –  working on the lymphatic drainage system) which ensures your skin is getting the full benefits from your facial and all the products applied during it.     When my indulgent Ultimate Diamond Mask Noir  and  Advanced Night Repair Concentrated Recovery Eye Masks (taken from the fridge) were applied, Sinéad then give me a gorgeous hand and arm massage while the masks were ‘working’.    Once the masks had sufficient time to work, Sinéad then removed them and applied my finishing  Re-Nutrive skin care products.

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After the facial was over (facial takes approximately 1 hour but allow yourself at least 1 hour 30 minutes for the full experience).  I was given time to relax while Sinéad discussed my treatment and the products she had used for my facial, their specific skincare benefits and then also explained about a current FREE GIFT offer they have available (while stocks last) – currently when you spend £100 on any of the Re-Nutriv products you get a beautiful FREE GIFT containing a number of deluxe samples from the Re-Nutriv range which come in a beautiful zipped cosmetic purse (full details below).  This is a great way to sample the range and means when you redeem the £50 for the facial you only need to pay another £50 to enable you to get the free gift.

I personally think this is the perfect way to try the Re-Nutriv range as it is a luxury range and with the samples being deluxe size you are able to test the products properly to see if you really like them prior to purchasing.  Sinéad then left the room to give me time to get ready, advising as normal with any facial to leave skin free from any makeup / products for the rest of the day.  However could not resist and told her I was going to apply just a little bit of eyeliner, mascara and lip balm three of my essential make up items, feel naked without.

Purchases / Free Gift

Once I was ready I then went out to the counter where Sinéad had my products and FREE GIFT ready (could not resist as such a good offer).  I purchased the Advanced Night Repair Concentrated Recovery Eye Masks  RRP £36  (had heard so much about these so was happy Sinead used these as part of my facial and I will do a full review when get a chance to try properly four in box and you are advised to use once a week) and Re-Nutriv Hand Treatment (I know this a v expensive product  for a hand treatment but if it does all it says it does it may be worth it and it does feel so softening on the hands and you need a very small amount) I then received the following FREE gift (this gift is available while stocks last and you may receive a slightly different one, just check with your therapist prior to purchasing your products).   

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The products also came presented in a beautiful Black and Silver patterned gold tone zipped Cosmetic Pouch.

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Although your therapist may helpfully recommend products based on your skin concerns there is absolutely no requirement to purchase above the £50 facial fee, it is totally down to you what / how much skin care you purchase there is no pressure put on you by the therapist/Estee Lauder staff to purchase more.

My Final Thoughts / Results

I have to say I enjoyed every single bit of the treatment (skin care fragrance not over powering either) and it surpassed my expectations.  My skin felt amazing, fresh, rejuvenated, hydrated smooth and looked glowing even without makeup and yesterday and today I think my skin looks even better, have had no breakouts yet either.  I have had a number of facials in the past and have also enjoyed the majority of them but this was the v first one I felt that my skin was actually getting a gentle workout as well as being pampered which when you think about it should always be the case to ensure that your skin is able to benefit fully from all the products that are being applied.

Sinéad’s touch and pressure was perfect, felt she was v experienced and knew exactly what she was doing throughout.    It was a full facial experience, not a token one as some people may expect when they hear that the total cost of the facial can be fully redeemed on skin care products.   The treatment room itself is also perfect and although you are in the store when you are getting the treatment you are transported to a relaxing spa facility.   The only time you realise that you are in a department store is from time to time during the treatment you might hear slight noises coming from the shopping area but I did not find this disturbed my enjoyment of the treatment as the relaxing music helped to phase this out.

I personally found that Sinéad, Janice the Estée Lauder Manager and all the staff are very friendly, professional but approachable, helpful without being pushy and also provide excellent customer service which is one of the main things I look for as well.  I  have already booked my second Re-Nutriv facial as I enjoyed this treatment so much and being able to redeem the full cost on skin care products is a fantastic bonus.   You can book in for the Re-Nutriv facial once a month, every two months or how often as you want and  then continue  to redeem your £50 fee against skincare products.     This anti-aging facial is probably more beneficial from mid twenties onwards but this is down to each individual, what their/your particular concerns are.

 

I would highly recommend ringing to speak to a therapist on the  counter (02890883720 for the Belfast store) or by calling into the Estée Lauder counter to get even more details or to book a facial as a treat for yourself or as a gift (anyone who received this as a gift would be delighted because as well as receiving a facial they then can redeem £50 on skin care products so essentially getting two great presents).

Hope you found this helpful, post longer than usual as did not want to leave any key details out as I personally love hearing about the full experience, offers available, although I understand may be a bit too much detail for some people.  I would love to know if you have heard of the Re-Nutriv facial, or if had one,  what you thought of it – did you enjoy it as much as me?  I would also love to know if you intend to book one or if/when you do what you think of it?

If you are not already a follower would love you to follow my blog too – would mean a lot.  I will have more posts up v soon.

Thank you – take care and hope you have a lovely weekend.

Best Wishes Liz x

My Little ‘Wild Summer’ Box – Aug 2017

Hi Everyone

I received my August 2017 My Little Box yesterday – v soon after my July box, as it was late, so delighted to have the August one on time / early.   The theme for this month’s box is  ‘Wild Summer’  As always the Illustrated box, cards, print, packaging coordinated perfectly in line with the theme.     The box costs £14.95 (inclusive of p&p) per month (but as said before always check to see if any offers on first, if thinking of subscribing).

Very colourful box design this month and like it  – a festival holiday vibe.

Included in this months box are:  

 

 A ‘My Little Box’ Gem Catcher –  gold tone triangle for hanging your jewellery on – it is cute and think would be v useful for custom jewellery – string attached for hanging  it up;

 

‘My Little Box’ The Nana Benz Necklace love that this was included – twisted cord detail at front and dark green plain tight intertwined detail at sides with gold tone magnetic/catch closure – could be worn anytime and also think this has a festival vibe.  Would be beautiful with a plain top or dress; 

 

No ‘My Little Box’ drawstring pouch this month instead the following three ‘beauty’ items came in a blue and white ‘My Little Box’ patterned paper bag:

My Little Beauty Blush Me Tender Cream Blush (FULL SIZE)  states is ‘a universally flattering shade that brings subtle warmth to every skin tone’  I agree think this will be good colour for most skin tones as colour is buildable as well – it is a dusky pink / coral colour and although creamy applies with a powder type finish.  I wore it yesterday and have it on today and it just gives a natural hint of colour, also lasted really well yesterday.  Think I will use this on a regular basis, may also be suitable to dab on the lips as has a stain type finish as well – very pleased with this product;

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Essie Nail Lacquer in 324 (Beautiful Dark Cerise Pink Shade) FULL SIZEpleased to see a full size nail polish included and v happy that I do not have a shade like this is my collection. 

 

Bare Minerals Skinsorials (deluxe sample size 7.5ml)  – I already have this product and really enjoy using it (see my earlier review here).   This is a good size sample, enough to try the product properly.  This was the same sample size I got  free to try in-store previously from a Bare Minerals counter when this product was being launched.  As I enjoy using this product I am happy to see it included, perfect size to take with me on my holidays.  A 20% discount code (SERUM20) also included if you then decide to purchase it  – see below;

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A printed double sided fold out card with a number of different sayings/quotes was also included (photo below) – think may fold out into something but have not managed it yet – going to try again tonight as do not want to tear it.

 

Love the theme and design of this month’s box / items and although was slightly disappointed when felt and opened the box as seemed lighter / emptier than usual I really like all the items this month, better for me than last month’s box.  Still miss the information booklet and prefer to have a drawstring bag but love the beauty products this month and will use all of them.  I still think another ‘accessory’ item may have completed this box but love the necklace so I am happy with all.   Definitely one of the better boxes for me based on the contents and hopefully will enjoy next months products the same or even better.

As always would  recommend checking out / subscribing to this box if you can as it still one of the beauty boxes I am most excited to receive because of the addition of different accessories each month.

Any queries / comments please let me know, also if you received this months box would love to know what you thought of it?

If you are not already a follower would love you to follow my blog too – would mean a lot.  I will have more posts up v soon.

Thank you – take care.

Best Wishes Liz x

Birchbox UK – Aug 2017-First Impressions

Hi Everyone

I think this is  going to be the week to receive the majority of my beauty boxes and it started with  my August Birchbox arriving today.  This means I have not got a chance yet to try the products properly  but wanted to give you my first impressions on each product and my thoughts on this month’s box.   This month’s theme is ‘Mermaid Vibes – love the design of the box 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.  You can see what I received in last months via link here.

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This month every subscriber either received a Spectrum Collections A05 Brush in either Glam Clam or Bomb Shell and a LOC One and Done Shadow Stick in ‘Out of your Shell’ or ‘Rock Steady’  – both FULL size items.   A product  / beauty information booklet and the following three products were also included in my box:

Spectrum Collections A05 Brush in Bomb Shell – FULL SIZE’ RRP Approx. £7 (sets from £59 we already knew a spectrum brush was to be included as received a spoiler last month and then we received an e-mail to make our colour choice.     I chose the pink and rose gold coloured brush as already have brushes in this colour scheme – only slight negative is there is a scrape on the rose gold stem, know it will probably get scraped with use but still slightly disappointed received it with a scrape on it.  As I have said before love the quality, colour scheme of spectrum brushes and they are so reasonably priced as well which is a bonus.   It has soft tapered bristles so should be good for applying finishing powders, highlighters, blush and blending  as prefer a firmer brush to contour;

 

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Happy with this month’s box, definitely a better box for me this month.  Will use all the products and not that disappointed only one makeup item included as a great range of products this month and love the inclusion of another Spectrum brush.

 *SPOILER* September Sneak Peek – states that everyone will receive a ‘Full Size Mannakadar 3 in 1 Product (blush, highlighter and eye shadow in one) in their September Birchbox (photo below)

If you are thinking of  subscribing to Birchbox UK – 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.    You can also get a free full-size Nails Inc. Polish plus a make up bag when you order your August Birchbox (*photo below),  just add the code TAKE2 at checkout to get free gift.

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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.

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

Best Wishes Liz x

* Credit Insert – Birchbox.co.uk

Roccabox – August 2017 Review

Hi Everyone

Hope the weekend has been going well for you all and you have managed to get even a little time to relax – some ‘me’ time and if not, try to make sure you do before the end of the day.

I received  my August Roccabox beauty box yesterday and although have got a chance yet to try the products properly, wanted to let you see what is in it and give you my first impressions of the contents.

Roccabox is a monthly subscription beauty box which costs £10 a month (plus £3.95 p&p).   Each month you’ll receive a box of beauty treats hand-picked by one of the industry’s best-loved personalities / influencer, along with their top beauty hints and tips – for more details please see link here.  This month Roccabox have teamed up with Em Sheldon, the multi award-winning blogger behind Emtalks  – love her site, you can check it out here.

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Products come packaged  in an outer white box with rose gold lettering and an information booklet is also included (photo below).

This month’s box contained the following five items:

Miss Patisserie Sea Salt Bath Melt RRP £4.50 – What a fantastic idea.   Adore the packaging looks just like a yummy cupcake and smells divine – never tried before but as love relaxing in the bath cannot wait to try.  These would be prefect to give as gifts as come in different fragrances/colour schemes as well;

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Elemis Hydra-Boost Day Cream 15ml  – Travel Size  (Full Size 50 ml RRP £39/40) – states this super-nourishing deeply hydrating day cream is the answer to our dry skin’s prayers – I already love a number of Elemis products, have tried this cream before and although it is lovely and creamy and is great for dry skin or any dry patches, as I have combination skin I feel it is a little bit too rich for my skin therefore it is not a product I have repurchased but still happy to see included as it is a handy size and Elemis is a quality brand;

 

St Tropez Self Tan Express Bronzing Face Sheet Mask One Mask RRP Approx £8 (currently reduced to £10 for 2 on Boots.com) –  St Tropez is currently my favourite self tanning brand, although have not got round to trying the face sheet mask yet.   States ‘you can control your depth of tan (perfect for me as I am so pale) and develops into a natural, flawless tan after 8 hours’.  Will post a short review if impressed with results;

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Smashbox Always on Liquid Lipstick in Drivers Seat – Sample Size  (4ml is £19) – although enjoy using a number of Smashbox products, was unsure about this one as I find the majority of liquid lipsticks are just too drying on my lips – dislike the feeling on my lips.  However initially impressed as applies creamy, very pigmented and when dries is not as tacky / drying as the majority are and it is a lovely dark rose nude colour.  However I find you need to try liquid lipsticks for a longer period of time to see if you really are going to like / wear them (or not); but happy to see this included;

 

Nails Inc NailKale in Claremont Street Full Size is 14ml RRP £15 – I already have a number of Nails Inc nail polishes so happy to add another one to my collection.  However the only thing I find with ‘plain’ pastel colours is you really need to apply at least 2/3 coats to make sure it is not patchy.

Overall I am happy with the contents of this months box, good selection of products and brands and also good to see a number of offers included as well.    Although as always would love more makeup items included, however this is the same for the majority of beauty boxes at the moment.   I definitely  would recommend trying this box as good value for money and always exciting to see who next month’s  ‘influencer’ will be.

Would love to know if you are already subscribed to this box, what you thought of this months box?

If you are not already a follower would love you to follow my blog too – would mean a lot and be v much appreciated.

Enjoy the remainder of the weekend.

Thank you – take care.

Best Wishes Liz x

Jeans For Genes Appeal 2017 Limited Edition Fashion T-Shirt

Hi Everyone

A short post to let you that the Jeans for Genes 2017 Limited Edition fashion t-shirt is now available to purchase on  the Jeansforgenesday.org website for £20I have already purchased mine and received it today.


What is Jeans for Genes?


Jeans for Genes is an appeal dedicated to raising funds that will help children suffering from genetic disorders.

Who does Jeans for Genes help?

The money raised on Jeans for Genes Day funds a range of initiatives that improve the quality of life of children affected by genetic disorders – please see the Jeans for Genes Day UK site for more detail.

How it happens in the UK

In the UK, one day every year – this year Jeans for Genes day is on Friday 22nd September 2017 – everyone is asked to throw out the usual dress rules, jump into their jeans and donate a sum to help this cause. The appeal also come up with ideas to raise extra funds, such as competitions and quizzes and  through their clothing including annual limited edition fashion t-shirts.

This year Jeans for Genes have teamed up again with Glasgow School of Art to bring you their latest limited edition fashion t-shirt which this year is designed by Molly Lindsay.

The T-shirt is £20 and comes in sizes UK 8 – UK 16 – all sizes still available at time of posting.

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It is a beautiful good quality cotton, regular fit, short sleeve, black fashion t-shirt  with a slightly scoop neckline with the Jeans for Genes logo in white & blue and white detailing on the front.  I purchased the UK10/12 size and it is a perfect fit and I am usually a UK 10 on top.

I would definitely recommend visiting the Jeans for Genes Day website to learn more about this great cause, then by purchasing this t-shirt  or any of the other beautiful products on the site you can also be a part of Jeans for Genes day through supporting this excellent cause.   You can wear this year’s Limited Edition t-shirt any time not just the 22nd September 2017 – I still wear previous years t-shirts.

Thank you for taking the time to read my post – much appreciated.  Look forward to any comments you may have – if you are not already a follower would love you to follow my blog too – would mean a lot.

Best Wishes Liz x

Credit – insert Jeansforgenesday.org.

Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist Review

Hi Everyone

Hope you all are having a lovely weekend.

I wanted to let you know about another product that I love, enjoy using every day, which I carry in my handbag and will definitely be coming with me on my holidays, the award-winning Omorovicza Budapest Queen of Hungary Mist – a face toner, calming face mist in one.

About the Brand

In 2006, Omorovicza Cosmetics was officially launched with a store opening in Budapest and they have been producing skin care (a number of which are award-winning) ever since. Today the Omorovicza skincare range contains almost fifty products comprising four collections, you can learn more about the range via the link here.

Details / Packaging

The Omorovicza Budapest Queen of Hungary Mist is currently available in three sizes;  100ml RRP £48,  a 50ml Limited Edition RRP £25 & a 30ml  travel size RRP £15  (I love the 30ml size for travelling / my handbag)  and comes in a sleek, elegant matt glass bottle with silver tone detail.

Fragrance / Results

Suitable for all skin types, the mist contains among the ingredients;  rose & sage waters, neroli, apple pectin and orange blossom.  All the combined fragrances work v well as I find none are overpowering which I prefer.   I find the fragrance  subtle but still so invigorating.    States is a ‘refreshing, toning facial mist for instant skin hydration’ and although I agree totally with these claims I find it so much more.

First love the fine/light mist,  delivers the perfect amount of product each time, does not ‘drench’ your skin’ as some mists can.   I apply at a distance after cleansing both morning and evening to tone my skin and then I apply again once I have applied my skincare, makeup, to help set my makeup as it gives a beautiful healthy glow to my skin not too dewy (although if you prefer a heavier setting spray you may still wish to use your own setting spray).   I then reapply it few times during the day / evening as and when I feel my skin needs refreshed or more often if it is a particular warm day to help calm my skin when it is hot.  I find it really helps keep my skin hydrated, reduces any redness if it is a particular warm day and also helps refresh my makeup as well.

I find the 30ml size lasts really well and although more expensive than some facial mists. setting sprays, I believe it is totally worth it.  I have used a number of other facial mists / setting sprays and personally I find the Omorovicza Budapest Queen of Hungary Mist spray is the best multi task product as it can be used as a toner, setting spray, refreshing mist and boost for your skin (yourself).   I also feel it is helping my skin as well which I love.

Stockists:

I now cannot be without this product and would recommend checking it out for yourself as do not think you will be disappointed.  You can purchase in a number of  stores / online sites however not many currently stocking the 30ml travel size,  however I have included two links for it below which I hope helps.    If you would like to try the mist before purchasing check if any of your local stores stock it and if so they should have a tester you could try.  Hope this helps.

  • Omorovicza.com –  30ml = £15 – you will get to choose 3 free samples and if you use my referral link here  you may get more Pengo points when you sign up to their loyalty programme (1 pengo point =£1 you can use towards future purchase) and also remember to claim cashback on your purchase as well (currently 8.4% cashback on purchases);
  • Latestinbeauty.comHarper’s Bazaar Beauty Box collaboration with Latest in Beauty (worth £156 was £45 and now reduced to £28) – includes the 30ml mist so great way to try this and other products at a fantastic price – you could also consider giving a few of the other products as gifts if you want – see my earlier post here for more details.  Also don’t forget to claim cashback on your purchase as well (currently 6.3% cashback on purchases);

Look forward to any comments you may have.   Have you tried this product already, and if so, do you love it as much as me?  If you are not already a follower would love you to follow my blog too – would mean a lot.

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

Best Wishes Liz x

My Little ‘Seashell’ Box – July 2017 Review

Hi Everyone

I only received the July 2017 My Little Box this week – later than normal but happy that I at least received it in July.   The theme for this month’s box is  ‘Seashell’- perfect theme for this time of year.  As always the Illustrated box, cards, packaging coordinated perfectly in line with the theme.     The box costs £14.95 (inclusive of p&p) per month (but as always check to see if any offers on first, if thinking of subscribing).

I love the design/colour of the box this month – reminds me of holiday time.  Always like the saying that is included on the inside of the outer cardboard packaging  as well.  I always remove and put on the underside of the lid (so easy to remove and reapply).

 

Included in this months box are:  


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‘My Little Box’ Summer Night Hanging Candle holder and two candles – unusual but that is one of the many things I like about this box finding different and useful items that I may never have seen or used before – states: ‘fancier than a flashlight but more convenient than a campfire these candle holders (plus moonlight) will help illuminate every one of your summer nights’.  When I use them may even post a separate review as intrigued;

 

‘My Little Box’ Sea, Nap & Sun Traveller Pouch Pillowlove that this was included already packed away to take with me on my holidays – handy inflatable beach pillow; 

 

In the beautiful Blue and Cream seashell patterned ‘My Little Box’ drawstring pouch were the following three items:


My Little Beauty Body Scrub ‘Sandy Shore’ 210g (full size)  states ‘contains white Polynesian sand, sea salt crystals ,Tiare Flowers and Seaweed Oils to gently exfoliate skin’.  It smells divine and has a soft oily granule texture, feels grainy on the skin but does leave the skin feeling v soft with a beautiful light fragrance.  Looking forward to testing this for a longer period of time to see how good the results are;

 

Qiriness Wrap Radiant Eye Contour Mask 2 patches   – never heard of this brand before and as I hope to have a ‘pampering’ session on Sunday, now going to include these in it. States: smooths, boosts radiance, decongests, hydrates and soothes so if they do all this will be impressed.  Will post a separate review if one use is impressive;


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Institut Karite Paris Shea ‘Rose Mademoiselle’ Hand Cream 30ml    – never heard of this French brand before either and although like hand creams, use them regularly the strong rose fragrance is off-putting for me personally so this will be going to a friend who loves rose fragrances in skin care.  However I have to say it does feel good and leaves hands feeling soft, hydrated and not greasy so going to check what other fragrances they have;


 Two ‘My Little Box’ notelets and envelopes and a seashell sweet (the shell is plastic and although sweet tastes good ( v, v sweet though) v difficult to remove from shell).

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Although loved the theme and design of this month’s box / items and liked the items,  I feel there is something missing.  Maybe that is due to me expecting so much from this box now,  as have received so many ‘v good’ boxes in the past.   I think if another ‘accessory’ item had have been included and at least one makeup item I  would have been more excited/impressed.

As always would  still recommend checking out / subscribing to this box if you can as it still remains one of my favourite boxes.  I am just hoping next month’s box will be an even better one and at least one makeup item will be included as just so much skin & body care recently.

Any queries / comments please let me know, also if you received this months box would love to know what you thought of it?

If you are not already a follower would love you to follow my blog too – would mean a lot.  I will have more posts up over the weekend as well.

Thank you – take care and hope you all have a lovely weekend.

Best Wishes Liz x

Latest in Beauty ‘Collections’ Box Sale

Hi Everyone

Although there are so many great beauty offers available online at the moment with ongoing sales / offers etc. I wanted to let you know about the current  Latest in Beauty Collections offer/sale which I recently could not resist (received my order today).

When I seen  that two of the ‘collection‘ box options ‘Harper’s Bazaar Beauty Box’ and  ‘Good Housekeeping Beauty Edit’  (photos below) contained one product in each that I had on my list to purchase, repurchase in one case, I decided to buy the boxes instead as far, far, better value this way.

You can see Latest in Beauty current one-off beauty box options via the link here – however note that although states up to 50% off there is only one box that is reduced to half price ‘The French Box’ .   However there are still another seven different beauty box options available at excellent value and with current sale discount as well makes it even better value.

Harper’s Bazaar Beauty Box worth £156 was £45 and now reduced to £28. 

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The following nine items are included in the box:

  • Laura Mercier Foundation Primer – Radiance 15ml;
  • Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist 30ml;
  • Lancôme Hypnose Mascara 2ml;
  • Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask 100ml FULL SIZE;
  • Nailberry Oxygenated Nail Lacquer 15ml FULL SIZE – shades may vary – I received a nude shade ‘Au Naturel’;
  • Tan Luxe The Face Illuminating Drops in Light/Medium 30ml FULL SIZE;
  • Moroccanoil Treatment 25ml;
  • Oribe Dry Texturising Spray 37ml; and
  • Zelens 3T Complex Essential Anti-Ageing Cream 15ml.

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Although looking forward to using / trying all the products, the main reason I purchased the box was because I seen it contained a 30ml Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist a product I love and will be posting a separate review on over the next few days.  RRP price for the  limited edition 50ml of this product is £25 – 30ml can be difficult to get and this is the size I prefer carrying in my bag.  If you take RRP based on ml this would leave 30ml approximately £15 for this one product alone which means you are getting all the rest of the box for £13 what a brilliant saving, excellent value which I love.  Unfortunately one of my products ‘The Tan Luxe THE FACE Illuminating Drops’ had leaked – however from past customer service experience this should not be an issue and I should get this item replaced.

Good Housekeeping Beauty Edit worth £128 was £35 now reduced to £22.

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The following twelve products are included in the box:

  • Paula’s Choice Clinical 1% Retinol Treatment 30ml FULL SIZE;
  • Eyeko Sport Waterproof Mascara 4ml;
  • Ren Skincare V-Cense Revitalising Night Cream 15ml;
  • Olay Regenerist 3 Point Day Cream SPF30 7ml;
  • Charles Worthington Volume & Bounce Body Booster Mousse 50ml;
  • Sanctuary Spa Ultimate Salt Scrub 60g;
  • Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum 10ml;
  • Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask 1 mask;
  • Nails Inc Nail Polish 14ml FULL SIZE – shades may vary – I received ‘St Swithians’, a pink/coral shade;
  • Regenerate Enamel Science Advanced Toothpaste 14ml;
  • James Read H20 Tan Mist 30ml; and
  • Urban Beauty United Powder Brush FULL SIZE.

A great box and main reason I purchased was seen that a full size of the Paula’s Choice Clinical 1% Retinol Treatment (30ml) RRP £53 was included.  So as well as getting the chance to try this product for less than half the recommended price you are also getting all the other products (see link here for full details of the rest of the items) for no extra charge so another excellent offer I could not resist.

I definitely would recommend checking out these boxes and the other options available while stocks last. The other boxes are good value as well and all the boxes would be perfect as beautiful pampering treats for yourself or as gifts as well.  Could also separate contents of box into a number of smaller gifts as well.

Latest in Beauty also have a monthly beauty subscription ‘Build Your Own Box’ which you can sign up to as well and is worth checking out – you can see my earlier post here for more details.   There are a mixture of full size and travel size beauty products you can select from.  As you would expect some products, especially full size items, sell out pretty quickly, however selection of products is updated / refreshed on a regular basis.

Hope you found this helpful and would love to hear your thoughts if you have, or are thinking of purchasing one of these boxes.

If you are not already a follower would love you to follow my blog too – would mean a lot.

Thank you – take care.

Best Wishes Liz x

Harvey Nichols – Free Goodie Bag with Beauty Purchases – Summer 2017

Hi Everyone

A short post to let you know that currently Harvey Nichols have an ‘Exclusive Rewards Beauty Gift’ worth over £400 (€450) when you spend over £250 (€290) on three or more beauty products (while stocks last).  Please see photo below of what is in the free goody bag and the link here for further details.

To claim your gift in-store*, simply show your Rewards by Harvey Nichols app at a till point (when you spend over £250 (€290) on three or more products) or  if you are shopping online, just sign into the MY HN section with your app details and the gift will be added at checkout when minimum spend is met (while stocks last).

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I understand it is a high value spend as always but if there are products you need, wanted to try, or have gifts you need to get – good time to get them if you can, while this beautiful free gift with purchases goodie bag is available – from past experience the free gift does not last long.

Hope you found this useful.  If you are not a follower would love you to subscribe / follow my blog too – would mean a lot.

Thank you – take care.

Best Wishes Liz x

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YOU Beauty Box – August Shortlist

Hi Everyone

Hope you all had a good weekend.

YOU Beauty box  shortlist time again and the August theme is   ‘The Sumptuous Spa’ edit and selection as always will be available on the first of the month – 1st August 2017 from 7 am  – for details on how to subscribe / different plans which start from £6.95 please see my previous post here.

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As the edit name suggests the shortlist / products below you can choose from are either bath, body or skincare products with a duo pencil sharpener also among the selection:

  • L’Occitane Jasmin & Bergamote Shower Gel 30ml;
  • Roger & Gallet Sobert Dynamisant Gingembre Rouge & Fresh Fragrant Water Gingembre Rouge Duo 50ml & 1.5ml;
  • Aromatherapy Associates Renewing Rose Body Cream 40ml;
  • SenSpa Sleep Therapy Bath Soak 50ml;
  • Sanctuary Ultimate Cleansing Oil 50ml;
  • Elemental Herbology Cell Plumping Facial Hydrator 15ml;
  • Comfort Zone Sublime Skin Essence 5ml;
  • Kneipp Devil’s Claw Back Comfort 20ml;
  • The Vintage Cosmetic Company Duo Pencil Sharpener Full Size;
  • 111SKIN Bio Cellulose Facial Treatment Mask 23ml;
  • Sancturary Ultimate Salt Scrub Sachet 60g.

Extra August Treat for all subscibers – philosophy purity made simple 3-in-1 cleanser 6ml

Gold members only will also receive a FREE 50ml Roger & Gallet Lait Sorbet with Orange Extract.

Unfortunately my dream of a full selection of makeup items to choose from has still to be realised, not even one makeup item included this month (though technically the sharpener is a makeup accessory).  Although there is one product within the selection that I am v happy to see included, the 111SKIN Bio Cellulose Facial Treatment Mask 23ml  as I have tried this mask before and although think it is good the RRP OF £20 has put me off purchasing it by itself.  Once again box is excellent value when you take the price of the mask alone but initially finding it difficult to decide what other products I really would like as not overly excited about the rest of the selection.

As a YOU Beauty box  member you are entitled to choose between two to four samples from the YOU Beauty Box shortlist each month, depending on which price plan you are on – Gold Plan (four samples).

Photos below of what I chose/received in my July box.  Still to try most of the products but if you would like a separate review on any of the items please let me know.

Look forward to any comments you may have – love to know what you think of the August shortlist.   If you are not already a follower would love you to follow my blog too – would mean a lot.

Hope you all have a good week.

Thank you  – take care.

Best Wishes Liz x

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