Review: Moi-Même Box – ‘Winter’ Edition

Hi Everyone

I received the Winter ‘The Happiness’ Moi-Même box last weekend.  This is my second box but first review (photo of last box at the bottom of post).  The  Moi-Même box is a UK ‘seasonal’ box (4 boxes per year) which costs £44.99 per box  (annual subscription) or £49.95 (quarterly subscription) and contains a variety of items (could be clothing, accessories, stationery, skincare, jewellery, homeware, makeup etc.).   Delivery is free for our UK subscribers and costs £14.95 per box for the rest of the world.  (full details on subscription(s) / shipping can be found at moi-même.co.uk.

I decided to subscribe to this box as had seen what was in previous boxes and was impressed and since My Little Box has cancelled their UK subscription service last year I have been on the look out for something similar but on a quarterly basis.

 

100 Day Happiness Planner (RRP£20) – I received it in Black, which I do not mind as Black is one of my favourite colours – you may receive a different colour.  The hardback Planner comes in a protective cardboard ‘sleeve’, contains inspiration quotes and is undated so you can start it at any time.   Love it is undated and will definitely use so v happy to see this included – impressed, so will definitely be checking out more from this range;

 

Lagom:  The Swedish Art of Living a Balanced, Happy Life by Niki Brantmark (RRP£10) – Hard back quality book – had heard briefly of this book before but had never read it.  ‘Niki Brantmark’ is sharing her tips for a happy, lagom life in this book.  So definitely in line with the theme of this box – really looking for forward to relaxing and reading this book;

Prismologie Bath Oil with Vetiver and Jade 100ml =  (Full Size RRP£43) – over the moon to see a Full Size item included from this brand.  I had been kindly treated to some samples from this luxury range when I was at the Stylist Live event last year.  Really enjoyed using the samples I had been given and had intended to check out more from the range.  Love the packaging and the bath oil smells lovely without being overpowering – definitely looking forward to using – will do a full review when I get chance to try properly, states only need two capfuls so should last for a while.  Perfect way to try this luxury brand; 

Beautiful personalised Mug from Lisa Angel RRP £9 – White with pastel pink interior & gold lettering (depending on the ‘letter’ you may receive the pastel green version).  Love this mug and have taken it to work – just remember not to put it in the dishwasher.  We also kindly received a Lola’s Apothecary relaxing wellness tea sample to try – perfect;

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A gorgeous Leather & Ball Chain Bracelet also from Lisa Angel RRP£10 – I received the grey and rose gold version – there is a stone and silver version as well.  It is quite a delicate bracelet which features a leather band with a curved bar, a chain with tiny beads and a tassel detail.  It fits my wrist perfectly at the smallest size, as I have quite small wrist – it has an extender option which is great.  Looks well worn by itself or along with other bangles.

We also received Bar of chocolate from Creighton’s Chocolaterie RRP£4 – different options and I received the House Dark – dark chocolate bar, did not mind which version I got as I love most chocolate.  Never heard of this brand before so great way to try as well.

Photo below of the Autumn 2017 edition box which I also loved – hard to choose between the two but this may have been my favourite of the two because of the inclusion of a sweatshirt, candle & palette but I am v happy with both – looking forward to using all this months products and cannot wait to see what will be in the next box now.
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Thank you – take care.

Best Wishes Liz x

Sheerluxe VIP Scheme – Annual Sign-Up with FREE Gift

Hi Everyone

Hope you all are having a great weekend.

I have always loved the SheerLuxe.com online site as I find it so informative, it has information on Fashion, Lifestyle, Health & Wellness, Beauty to name but a few  – I have also bought items from Sheerluxe in the past which were great quality and which I loved.   So when I seen this great offer last weekend I could not resist and therefore wanted to let you know about it as well.

Currently in January with a SheerLuxe VIP annual sign-up you will  receive a FREE Full Size Fresh Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask (100ml) worth £77 valid until 31st January 2018 or while stock lasts.  The annual membership costs £50 (you get 2 months FREE as monthly plan is £5 per month) and then you will receive your SheerLuxe VIP Card in the post within 4 working days (I received my card in 2 working days and FREE gift separately in 4 working days).  You just need  to check out the SheerLuxe VIP offers page to take advantage of  different exclusive monthly offers.

 

SheerLuxe (SL) partners with a number of London’s venues, suppliers and brands to bring VIP exclusive monthly offers i.e. there are / will be numerous offers from e.g. restaurants, bars and hotels to beauty and wellness, so anyone living near / based in London will be able to take more advantage of the benefits of this scheme.   However this month all VIP members can also claim £20 to spend on Studio10 beauty products (hoping each month will have different online offers). 

To redeem Studio10 offer: An email will be sent to all SL VIPs with a unique code. Then you just need to use your code when ordering onlineStudio10 is a pro-age range of skincare-enriched makeup, designed to cover and correct the signs of ageing.

Even though I am based in Northern Ireland and may not be in or near London this year, this was too good an offer to miss as I have had this Fresh mask on my list of products I wanted to try so with getting it FREE with the annual subscription  I am already saving money especially as I am able to take advantage of the Studio10 / any future online monthly beauty offers and if I happen to be in or near London can also take advantage of other great offers as well.

FRESH Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask (100ml) RRP£77 

(described as a  hydrating treatment that immediately reveals softer, firmer, healthier-looking skin)


Over the moon the way the Fresh Mask was wrapped, delivered – came presented in tissue paper in an outer box with a black ribbon and individual note included which I loved and a v nice touch – although I intend to do a separate review once I have tried properly I wanted to let you know enjoyed the whole experience after only one use – mask has a creamy balmy consistency, a lovely fresh fragrance, feels cooling on the skin and also left my skin feeling smooth, soft and looking more refreshed so definitely looking forward to trying for a longer period.

Hope you found this useful – You can find out more details about  the SheerLuxe VIP scheme / SheerLuxe.com here

Hope you all have a good week – will have more posts up during the week.

Review: Latest In Beauty – ‘Build Your Own Box’

Hi Everyone

As advised before another great way to try a number of beauty products is by creating your own custom beauty box through Latestinbeauty -‘Build Your Own Box’ –  perfect way to treat yourself or get as a gift(s) as excellent value for money.

You can choose from three box options; Box 1 – 3 products for £9, Box 2 – 6 products for £15 and Box 3 – 9 products for £18 plus free p & p unless purchasing a one-off box.   Currently if you sign up to Latest In Beauty you will get a code to apply to get 10% off your first box.  There are a mixture of full size and travel size beauty products to 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.

Although I have purchased different versions of  the Build Your Own box in the past, it has been a while since my last box so decided to treat myself to one just before Christmas as such great value and perfect way to try range of different brands/products.

I chose Box 3 again this time as a number of items I wanted to try, already liked and majority were full size items, so as always this was the most reasonable way to purchase/ try them.

I selected / received the following items:

Minus 417 Aromatic Body Moisturiser – 200ml – Comes Sealed In a Box – Duo with a 200ml Body Shower Oil is Worth £28.50 –  lightly fragrant creamy body lotion which is non greasy, sinks in quickly and leaves a lovely subtle fragrance.  Never heard of this brand before either,  one of the reasons I love the Latest In Beauty boxes so much, great way to try different brands, products;

 

Tan Cream SPF50 – All in One Gradual Self Tan & Instant Bronzer– 100ml – WORTH £39.95 (cannot believe this RRP but it is currently selling online for this so what a great way to try);  Another new brand for me – have not got round to trying this self tan yet but looking forward to it as states odour & streak free, if it is, will do a separate review;

Kneipp Herbal Bath Back Comfort 20ml  – 20ml worth £1.95 –  I have tried this before and this is perfect size for travelling.  It really does seem to help when you are tired after a long day or have been exercising, has a medicinal fragrance but I do not really mind that as I find it quite relaxing as well;

 

Rodial Smoky Eyeliner in Black  – Full Size RRP £17 – I have this already, got it free with a monthly magazine and although it is a good strong black colour, not my favourite eyeliner, not as long-lasting as I like but as I use that much eyeliner I decided to get another one anyway as the price of this alone is more than what I got the box for with 10% off – I personally cannot have too many eyeliners;

 

Max Factor False Lash Epic Mascara in Black – 13.1ml – Full Size  worth £11.99 (but currently reduced) – I haven’t tried this mascara yet but going to try next as my favourite MAC mascara almost finished, so will try this one before I open my new MAC one – will post a separate review if impressed;

Burn’s Bee Natural Lipstick in 501 Blush Basin (pink / nude colour) –  Full size worth £9.99 but currently reduced to £6.65 at Superdrug.com I have also tried this lipstick before and although I found it not very long-lasting, does feel hydrating on the lips and gives you a nice hint of colour – perfect for wearing every day.

 

SOL Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream– 24ml – 75ml worth £18.00;  Although only a travel size, love this cream already so thought this would be perfect size for a weekend away.  Beautiful creamy fragrant body cream that leaves skin so soft, hydrated and smelling lovely especially after a shower or bath;

 

Institut Esthederm Eau Cellulaire Spray 30 ml (travel size) 100ml RRP £16 – This is a great product for refreshing your skin throughout the day, also helps set your makeup as well;

 

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Duo in 023 ‘Sleigh All Day’  – Full Size worth £14.99This is a great set, other colours still available as well.  Nude / gold colour with light shimmer, two coats makes it even more pigmented.  When applied with the top coat it is quite long-lasting, though has a shimmer I still like it as an everyday nail colour;


Latest in Beauty also v kindly included a small packet of hankies, 50g box of Lindt Lindor Milk Chocolates (delighted as one of my favourite chocolates), and a generous  extra product (photo below), Super Facialist Rose Miracle Makeover Facial Oil (30ml – Full Size worth £14.99), delighted to see an extra product included, this can be used as a pre-cleanse, to hydrate and calm dehydrated, sensitive skins.  Have not tried it yet as unfortunately for me personally it has that overpowering Rose fragrance which I am not fond off in skincare but will still try once at least and if too strong will pass on to a friend. Although these extras may have been included for Christmas, always keep checking as Latest in Beauty do have regular offers on.  Delighted with my box of goodies – great selection & fantastic value.

 

I definitely would recommend checking out the Build Your Own Beauty Box range, as there usually is a great variety of brands and products to choose from, excellent value for money, great way to try products and perfect as gifts as well.  Although you do not usually receive a product information booklet/leaflets there is a summary / details of each item available on the Latest In Beauty site.  All the products above were still available, with the exception of the SOL Janeiro Cream (may be restocked), at time of posting but remember they can go out of stock quickly.

Hope you found this helpful and would love to hear 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 and hope you have a great week.

Best Wishes Liz x

‘Repeat’ Beauty Purchases in 2017 & Favourite Beauty Product of 2017

Hi Everyone

Hope you all had a great New Year.

There were a number of beauty products I enjoyed using in 2017  – some items which I have not needed to repurchase yet but a number I already have, a number of times, so wanted to let you know what they are and why I keep repurchasing.  If you have been following me for a while you will not be surprised about some of them.

SKINCARE

L’Occitane Shea Cleansing Oil (200ml) RRP £17 – this is currently my favourite cleanser because it cleanses my face perfectly (although I usually remove heavy eye makeup first with a micellar water/cotton pads), removes all makeup effectively, leaves skin hydrated, non greasy but fresh, perfect base to apply rest of my skin care – cannot recommend enough – earlier review here.  I have tried a number of different cleansers throughout 2017, some of which I thought were v good and some which just did not meet my needs but still keep returning to repurchase this one as have yet to find another cleanser that is as perfect as this cleansing oil, just love it.  Also the light fragrance is lovely and the pump applicator is great;

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Antipodes Divine Face Oil with Rosehip & Avocado Oil (30ml) RRP £21.99 – this is also one of my hero products and as I use this serum night and morning under my moisturisers I have repurchased it a number of times throughout the year – always have one spare as just cannot be without it as even if I try another serum I always like to have the Antipodes one there for me to use afterwards as have yet to find a serum as good as this one.   This has a dropper type applicator and you just need one drop for face and two for face and neck.  It has a light spa type fragrance which is not overpowering for me personally.  When you massage it on your face in upwards strokes, it gives a slight sheen to the face and although may feel slightly silky to the touch, great base for applying moisturiser / tinted moisturiser.    I have found using this along with the Antipodes Manuka Mask (below), it helps keep blemishes at bay and also helps your skin to look brighter / refreshed.  Again highly recommend trying this serum/oil if you haven’t already;

 

Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask (75ml) RRP £24.99 – this is also a regular repurchase and I cannot be without this mask.  It is the perfect creamy mask, feels lovely on the skin and is the perfect boost for you skin, leaves your skin hydrated as well as soothed.  It is the perfect product alongside the oil above for keeping blemishes at bay and also for applying over blemishes during the day or overnight, takes redness out of them as well as helping them to heal.  If I could only have one mask this would be the one –  you can also see my earlier review on it here;

Embryolisse Lait-Créme Concentré (30ml) RRP £13 – this is a multi function moisturiser, perfect for all skin types.  Great as a moisturiser  and over night mask as keeps my skin so hydrated but the main reason I love it is as a primer as I have found this is the perfect base for my applying my makeup – have tried a number of primers and none have been as good for me personally as this cream.  You can also use it as a cleanser so it is a great product to take with you travelling  – again you can see my earlier review here;

Pommade Divine Nature’s Remedy Balm available in 50ml jar RRP £19.80 and 30ml tube RRP £14 but appears to be out of stock in a number of online sites at the moment – this is the perfect multi-purpose ‘family’ balm.  Previously would always have repurchased the Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream(gel) but although it is still good just now prefer the Pommade Divine that bit more and have also purchased as gifts for family/friends as I think it is so good and majority of them have now also went on to purchase as well.  This balm helps to soothe any redness, irritation, rashes, blemishes scratches, bites, slight burns, itchiness or can also be used as a cuticle/lip balm and also is the perfect product for removing any stickiness after removing plasters;

 

Kiehl’s Creme de Corps Body Moisturiser from RRP £9 for 75ml – although this is more expensive than a number of body lotions/creams I have yet to find a body moisturiser that is good as this one.  A number I have used have been v good but just not quite as good as this one.  You only need a little amount of this pastel yellow lotion/cream to keep all your skin hydrated.   The pump applicator of the larger sizes make it so easy to apply and I apply straight after a shower or bath, it sinks into the skin quite quickly and keeps my skin soft, smooth, hydrated without any dryness.  I also mix with ‘wash-off’ tans to help them spread more evenly;

Ultrasun Lip Protection SPF 30 (4.8g) RRP £6 – this is my all time favourite lip balm.  I always have a few spare as I find it is the only lip balm that helps keep my lips hydrated in all weathers – so I keep one spare at work, in the car in my bag etc.   This is a non fragrance twist up balm, it is so easy to apply and I apply a number of times throughout the day, last thing at night  to keep my lips hydrated and as it also has SPF 30 it helps protect you lips in all weathers.  It is also the perfect balm to apply after a lip scrub for even better results – definitely think this is the perfect product for everyone.   It could also be classed as a ‘makeup’ product as I find it the perfect base for applying lipstick especially if you have dry lips or for applying lightly before or over a matt lip product.

MAKEUP

Not as many makeup items as although I would repurchase  a number of products I am currently using no need to yet as they wont be finished for a while, unless I see a great offer in the meantime that I can’t resist.

IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream SPF/FPS 50+ (32ml) in Light  RRP  £30 – this is more than a CC cream it is a medium to full coverage foundation.  My favourite foundation to date as well as being v hydrating, it is long-lasting, gives a little glow to the skin and does not settle into fines lines or make pores more visible.  The pump applicator tube is perfect and I have recently repurchased another one.  If you have found it difficult to get the perfect foundation recommend trying this one if you haven’t already.  You can see my earlier review here.

Review: Steve Laurant Precision Eyeliner & Glossybox UK December 2017

Hi Everyone

I received my December Glossybox mid month and although this review is later  than normal, I  wanted to let you know my thoughts especially because I am so impressed with one of the products we received;  the Steve Laurant Precision Tip Eyeliner in Black Approx RRP £18.    Glossybox is a  monthly beauty subscription box which costs £10.00 (plus p&p) per month and 3, 6 & 12 monthly subscriptions are also available.

Five personalised beauty products are included each month which are normally sent wrapped in pink tissue paper with a black bow in the signature pink Glossybox but this month is one of the collector’s edition boxes designed beautifully by Irish lifestyle brand, Dusty Boy.    You can sign up through my referral link here  if you want and then you will get 20% off your first box when you subscribe, thank you in advance if you do use my link.

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Firstly my favourite item from this month’s box, the Steve Laurant Precision Tip Eyeliner  – had never heard off this brand before and was delighted to see this was one of the five FULL SIZE items we received in our box this month, more about the rest later.  If you have been reading my posts, or following me for a while I am sure you know by now black eyeliner is one of most have makeup items.  Was not sure what to expect from this eyeliner as quality and staying power of different eyeliners can be so hit and miss.

Packaging:

Love the rose gold and white colour scheme – a Rose Gold with white lettering outer box which the eyeliner packaging matches perfectly, also comes sealed which is great and although packaging is lightweight still looks and feels like a high-end product.

Application & Results

It has a precision felt tip which is so easy to apply either as a fine line or  built up to a thicker line.   Although I am not a master of the ‘flick’ this is perfect for it as well.  Good strong colour and when you swatch on your hand there seems to be a slight sheen to it but not really obvious when applied.   I have found this liner to be so long lasting, although sometimes I have applied again towards the evening time if I am going out but this is what I would normally would do with any eyeliner I use.  No irritation either and already think this may become my favourite eyeliner, at the minute it is anyway, better than what I have been using recently.

Only downside is it may be difficult to get as not many places seem to be stocking Steve Laurant in the UK at the moment, therefore to make sure I do not run out I treated myself to another box  – such great value as box costs less than the RRP price of the eyeliner and you get another four full size items and a treat as well, hard to beat that.

Now on to the rest of the products we got this month, the usual product  / beauty information card and the following four FULL SIZE products & a little ‘sweet’ treat:

 

Naobay Equilibria Gel to Milk Cleanser (75ml) states RRP £15.99 but £12.59 on ecco-verde.com – have tried a number of Naobay products before through beauty boxes and although ok products, was not impressed enough with any of them for me to go on and purchase.  This is a thick cleansing gel with a light fragrance and feels a bit different when applying because of the thicker consistency but once you add water it turns into a cleansing milk which feels nice on the skin and is so easily rinsed off.  I found it does leave my skin feeling clean and t-zone appears less shiny, better base for applying serums, moisturisers.  Although my skin does not feel too tight afterwards, I do not feel it leaves my skin as hydrated as my L’Occitane Shea Cleansing Oil which I love and is my favourite cleanser at the moment.  However need to try this cleanser for a longer period to confirm results;

Laqa & Co Cloud Lips Matt Lipstick in Day Dream (Dark dusky pink shade)  –  £12.65 – v happy to see this lip product included as well.  Have tried a number of products from this brand before and enjoyed using them.  This twist up lipstick lipstick is also encased in rose gold packaging which I love.  Although the lipstick shade looked good was not sure about the matt element as I am not a huge fan of matt lip products, however really impressed with this one.  Good strong colour, creamy texture makes applying so easy, long-lasting, full coverage and does not feel drying on the lips – however after a period wearing any lip colour I always apply a light lip balm / lip oil to also help with hydration.  V impressed, my second favourite product from this month’s box – three other shades available, think I might treat myself to the Cherub shade as well; 

 

 

 Ecodenta Extra Black Whitening Toothpaste with Black Charcoal &    Teavigo (100ml) £4.49 – states this is a fluoride free formula and as the title states this is a black toothpaste.  Although it does clean my teeth well, it is quite messy both on your teeth and the sink and takes a while to rinse clean.  Although I will still probably use up, would not be my first toothpaste of choice so will not be going on to purchase;

 

 We also kindly received a Raffaello Trio (below) as a treat which was a nice touch and are gone already – so yummy especially as love coconut.

V, v impressed with this month’s box, Glossybox definitely left one of their best 2017 boxes to last.  Delighted five FULL SIZE items (and a treat) were included and as I will use all the products that is an extra bonus.  Because I have found a new black eyeliner as well I am over the moon, this is one of the reasons I enjoy receiving beauty boxes, is discovering new, quality brands, which unfortunately recently has not happened that often.  Because of the quality of this box and other boxes this month I have decided to wait till I receive the January boxes to decide which other one or two to cancel (have already cancelled my Love Me Beauty subscription).

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*SPOILER* January 2018 Sneak Peek – Dr Botanicals Moroccan Rose Superfood Facial Oil to treat and hydrate the skin  – looks like a full size though hoping not too strong a ‘Rose’ fragrance.

 

In addition you can also now get 20% off the Limited Edition Beauty Case  £59.99 (free p&p as well & worth over £270) when you use the code CASE20 at checkout, while stocks last –  (photo below).

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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.   I intend to have one or more posts up tomorrow or / and Tuesday.

Hope you all have A Happy New Year and that 2018 brings you everything you wish for and more.

Thank you and take care.

Best Wishes Liz x

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Review: Birchbox UK December 2017

Hi Everyone

Hope you all had a lovely Christmas / holiday time.

I received my December Birchbox mid December, although my review is a bit late decided to post as few followers had asked for it and there is still a few days left to get the December box (while stocks last).  Theme of this month’s box is ‘Life’s Little Treasures’ – Birchbox teamed up with fashion designer Matthew Williamson.    Love the design of the box this month – v festive colours as well.

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 every subscriber was able to choose a FULL SIZE  lip product – I chose the LOC Vibrant Matte Lipstick in Color Me Confident, the other option was a PIXI Shea Butter Lip Balm in Natural Rose.   A product  / beauty information booklet and the following four products were also included in my box:

  

LOC Vibrant Matte Lipstick in Color Me Confident (Birchbox exclusive)  – Full size RRP £6.50 – this is a lovely dark red lipstick and although it is a matt formula does not feel too drying on the lips.  It is also long-lasting, although I find with all red lipsticks you need to reapply to keep true colour.  As I am not really a fan of matt lipsticks I usually wear a light lip balm or lip oil over it but need to be careful if you do, to avoid ‘bleeding’. Impressed with the quality/staying power – exceeded my expectations.  Has a light sweet fragrance as well, similar to MAC lipsticks which I like;

 


Rituals The Ritual of Ayurveda Foaming Shower Gel  (50ml) – RRP £4.50 – Larger Size is 200ml RRP £8.50 – already love a number of Rituals products and their shower gels are among these.  This has a pump applicator with a gel formula which turns into a beautiful creamy foam when you massage with water.  The fragrance is gorgeous, lingers on the skin and the rose element is not overpowering which prefer.  Cleanses your skin without drying it, although I always put on a body lotion/butter afterwards.  V happy this was included and this is the perfect size for travelling – definitely recommend trying Rituals products if you haven’t already.  

Currently you still seem to be able to claim (unable to confirm but worth a try if you haven’t claimed already, a friends order went through online but she is after being refunded, so maybe no stock left although still showing there isa free Rituals Yogi Foam Shower Foam when you complete the online form  (An e-mail should be sent to you containing a code to receive a free full size Yogi Flow shower foam worth £8.50 (now reduced to £5.95) – show your code in store or if you order online enter code Marieclaire at checkout, need to pay postage of £2.99 but still worth it and great way to try the foam / introduction to the Rituals brand.  I hope still available when you try but if not keep a look out for other Rituals offers;

 

 

Impressed with this months box only one product this month I would not go on and purchase, the ECOTOOLS contour applicator – not that is a bad product but not as good as brushes I currently use .  This box has definitely been one of the best Birchboxes for me in 2017 – I personally think all the beauty boxes have been better this month so making it more difficult  to decide which ones to cancel for a while – I have already cancelled the Love Me Beauty subscription– not that it is a bad box, always great value but already have all the products, disappointed not more new products introduced recently, however saying that January’s choice will probably be better now.

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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.    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.

Thank you – have a great weekend – more posts will be up later today or tomorrow/over the weekend.

Take care.

Best Wishes Liz x

 

Thank you & Merry Christmas

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Merry Christmas & A V Happy New Year to everyone.

 

Hi Everyone

Just wanted to do a quick post to say thank you to all my followers and anyone who read my posts, commented throughout the last year – it was / is greatly appreciated.

As a small token of my appreciation I have randomly selected one of my followers for a few small gifts.  The lucky person is https://beautyforeveruk.wordpress.com/ and will receive the following (not the Santa though!):

Please send your contact details to klk.cairn@yahoo.co.uk and I will post to you after the holidays.

Also Susie if you would kindly please send me your details as well I have a little gift I would like to send to you as your beautiful comments meant so much and are greatly appreciated.

I will have more posts up during the week.

Hope everyone has a great Christmas – take care .

Best Wishes

Liz xx

 

Review: Ría Organics Restorative Eye Cream & Energising Day Cream

Hi Everyone

A few months ago I  v kindly received both the Energising Day Cream  and Restorative Eye Cream  from  Nicola at Ría Organics to try.    Now that I finally have had a chance to try them both properly wanted to let you know my thoughts.

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A bit about Ría Organics

Nicola Shevlin, a nurse with specialized training in skin healing and renewal, saw first-hand how people were becoming increasingly mindful about what they put on their skin. Passionate about seeking organic alternatives, she began formulating her own organic skincare range in 2013.    With the support of her brothers Richard King, who has a strong background in chemistry, and Andrew King, a horticulturist, Ría Organics was officially launched in 2017 at Bloom in the Phoenix Park, Dublin, Ireland.    A true family collaboration, their surname is instilled in the name Ría Organics; ‘Rí’ being a Gaelic word meaning King.

Stated:  ‘use the purest and most powerful organic ingredients’ and ‘each of their creams are vegan, made in Ireland, cruelty-free and packed with organic ingredients that moisturise, replenish and firm to reveal pure, natural beauty’.

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Energising Day Cream  (Full Size 50ml RRP 40 Euro) – comes in  a glass jar with matt gold screw on lid – lettering is not embossed on glass but on a label.    The packaging is practical but also feels luxurious as well – would be a lovely addition if in the future a small ‘spatula’ was included as would help keep the product more hygienic.

 

States:  Enhances your complexion by providing cellular support, brightens and restores.      This day cream absorbs rapidly and encourages your skin to maintain its optimum moisture level throughout the day.  It leaves your complexion balanced and beautiful—enhancing your natural radiance.


Application and Results

It has a thick cream consistency again with a spa type fragrance.  You need very little product and although cream feels slightly tacky when first applied, after a few minutes cream is completely absorbed and although skin definitely feels hydrated,  it does not look like you have applied cream, perfect base for applying foundation.  As I have combination skin, I also feel this cream helps balance my shiny t-zone as well as keeping my skin hydrated.  Although I do not think my skin looks more radiant / brighter after using it, as it helps keeps my skin hydrated, balanced throughout the day and is the perfect base I would definitely purchase.

Restorative Eye Cream (Full Size 12.5ml RRP 34 Euro)  – same beautiful packaging as the face cream, just a smaller jar.

States:  hydrates and energises the delicate eye contour while targeting fine lines and wrinkles, brightens, refreshes and replenishes and supports your skins natural protections.   Powerful combination of actives and organic oils, such as avocado, apricot kernel and argan.  Helping  to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, dark circles and puffy eyes, leaving your fragile eye area looking brighter and younger.


Application and Results

It has a thick cream consistency and as always with eye creams you only need a small amount rubbed between your ring fingers prior to patting / massaging round the eye contour area.  Although it does sink quite quickly, there is a slight tacky  & tightening feeling after applying but I find this does ease after a period of time.  I feel this is more a product for patting lightly around the eye contour area as it does not really ‘massage’ that well.   Initially around my eyes did look brighter and fine lines did appear to be diminished slightly however with prolonged use i.e. 4 weeks and more I did feel around my eye area did appear less puffy, dark circles and fine lines did not seem as noticeable, (they were still there but just not as noticeable, no eye cream is going to work miracles).  My eye area also appears brighter as long as I have enough sleep.

However as I find I need to apply an eye cream during the day with using my computer so much for work this is not an eye cream I would use for that, it does not feel hydrating enough, does not give that instant boost that around my eyes need.  Although not my overall favourite eye cream as it does not feel as comfortable as other eye creams I have tried I would still consider purchasing because of the results.

In case you have not heard  of the Ría Organics range before – please see link here for further details, range of products available (3 at the moment, a night cream as well). Currently you can also get a Premium Gift Set on line which contains all 3 of the products for 99 euro while stocks last – perfect Christmas gift or great way to try the whole range.

Look forward to any comments you may have.   Have you tried anything from the Ría Organics range before?    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 rest of the week.

Best Wishes Liz x

*Complimentary product(s) from Ría Organics.

Review: Roccabox December 2017

Hi Everyone

I received  my December ‘Let it Snow’ Roccabox beauty box on Saturday.

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 usually 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.  However this month’s box/bag is a Christmas Edition brought to us from Roccabox itself.

Products usually come packaged  in an outer white box but this month we got a lovely surprise, everything came in a beautiful Westford Mill Cotton large zipped bag, a Christmas pressie from Roccabox and as usual an information leaflet was also included (photo below).

 

This month’s ‘bag’  which contained the following six items, usually five, is gorgeous, great size for travelling and love the gold lettering as well:

Roccabox Hello Gorgeous Pocket Mirror  full size (states worth £4.99) – this is also part of our Christmas pressie from Roccabox – a mirror is always handy and love the matching wording;

 

YES to Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Paper Mask – Full Size 1 Mask – RRP £2.99-states this is a natural detoxifier and impurity remover to deep clean skin – also states if it is tingling it is working so looking forward to trying at the weekend as love trying different masks and if I find results really good will post a short review;

 

Oil’A Nurturing Body Paper (contains 2 wipes; one body oil and one body butter wipe)  I have not heard of this brand or their products before but if they work well would definitely be a great idea for the gym bag or travelling just hoping results are as good as they claim – states wipes should…. nourish, moisturise and plump up winter worn dry skin and get those limbs glistening.    Intend to try this weekend;

 




Tanya Burr Cosmetics Cheek Illuminator in ‘Forever Summer’ – Full Size (RRP £6.99)  This is a light pink illuminating stick.   Packaging looks very like the Rosie Huntington Autograph for M&S makeup range although more reasonably priced.  Although you need to swipe few times to see true colour, impressed with this product as it is buildable, not shimmery, just gives a nice glow/radiance to the skin and blends out so easily.  Swatch above is colour after a few swipes and second is when  blended out.  It does look lovely at top of cheekbones and under eyebrow, lightly on top of lip and also lovely on collar bones, tops of shoulders when blended out.    Also so easy to carry with you if you want to add some glow to your finished look prior to going out.  First impressions good;

 


Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Mask  (15ml sample size)  – Full Size is £42 for 100ml – states brightens and revitalises for radiant, glowing skin.  Love it is a pump applicator, it has a slight orange smell and serum consistency  but when you apply / massage onto damp skin (face) it starts to turn to a milky consistency and then when you leave for five minutes it starts to rise to a full foam froth consistency (photo above) which is v easy to rinse off and although I followed with serum, moisturiser as normal, mask didn’t leave my skin feeling too dry afterwards.   My skin did look slightly more radiant refreshed after using and I did feel it give my skin a boost as well.  Look forward to using for a longer period to confirm results; and


Cougar by Paula Dunne 6 Shades of Nude Eye Shadow Set – Full Size RRP £13 – As I love eyeshadows delighted to see this included, especially as a full size item as well.  Never tried any Cougar Eyeshadows before but I had received Cougar lip products previously in US beauty boxes which I thought were ok.  Initially when I opened the packaging itself I thought it was flimpsy so was not expecting the pigmentation to be quite as good.  Although you need to take two or three swatches to get a good colour (see below), one swatch is workable.   Although all the shades have a slight shimmer, it is not too much – colours do look lovely on and you can also use the light cream, beige shades  as highlighters and pink shade as a blush.   They are not as long lasting as some of my other eyeshadows, as needed to top up during the day but still impressed with results – a lot better than I expected.

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V pleased with this month’s box/’bag’ – think this is one of the main reasons I am so impressed as love the inclusion of the bag and mirror this month, lovely idea for the Christmas box.  There are also a good selection of products this month and as I will use them all I am delighted.  Especially love the highlighter, eye shadow palette and bliss mask this month.  Would have been better if we hadn’t received two masks but as they are different types I personally do not mind too much.   Although impressed this month still not sure what monthly boxes I am going to cancel in January but will know better / be able to decide when I receive the rest of my subscription boxes.

Would love to know if you are already subscribed to this box, what you thought of this month’s ‘bag’?

If you are not already a follower would love you to follow my blog too – would mean a lot and be v much appreciated.    I will have more posts up on Wednesday, during / end of the week.

Hope you all have a good week and if weather wintry where you are, take care & keep warm.

Thank you for reading.

Best Wishes Liz x

Review: Milkshake Lifestyling Smoothing Cream

Hi Everyone

Since I ‘started’ on social media last year I have been v lucky and won a number promotional ‘free’ beauty prize draws, competitions.   One of the products I discovered this way was the *Milkshake Lifestyling Smoothing Cream (150ml RRP £15.99 – I was v lucky and actually received 10 tubes as my prize, which I shared with family and friends).    Although I knew of the Milkshake brand which is part of the z-one concept group, an Italian company offering professional hair and beauty products worldwide, I had never used this product before so was delighted to get the opportunity to try.

 

Size / Packaging

This styling cream comes in a squeezable 150ml light green tube with off-white and black writing, although the word Milkshake is hard to make out as it is in an off-white font so it may have been better if the name had been written in a different colour, would make it stand out more.

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Description

A styling cream formulated to smooth the cuticle, protect the hair during blow-drying, and give natural support. Keeps hair smoother for longer and counteracts frizz.  Leaves hair soft and shiny without unwanted residue.

Application and Results

Advised to: Use the necessary quantity and apply by distributing over clean, damp hair. Proceed with styling.


The off-white cream when rubbed between your hands turns to a  thick serum type consistency.   It has a light fragrance which is hard to describe, not my favourite haircare fragrance but not overpowering once applied.      As I have long hair I use approximately a ‘grape’ size amount and after smoothing between my finger tips I apply to my damp hair making sure it is distributed evenly and then dry / style as normal.  I am v impressed with results, hair feels soft to the touch and looks smooth, glossy, without any ‘frizz’ and as it takes so little product this tube will last for ages even with using every day.     I also apply a v small amount to the lengths and ends of my hair after styling and any time throughout the day, if needed, to help with humidity / weather conditions, perfect for taming any frizziness, dry ends.    Love this cream as does not leave my hair feeling or looking greasy (although I avoid the root area when applying).  I also love that you do not feel that you have any product in your hair.

I am not sure I would say it keeps my hair smoother longer but that could be due in part to me comparing it to the fantastic results  I already I had gotten with the  ‘Alfaparf Milan Cristalli Liquidi Instant Luminating Serum’ (please see my earlier review here).   I think both products give great results both ways but I also love using both products together; the Milkshake styling cream prior to styling and the Alfaparf serum afterwards on the finished style – Perfect.

Although my tube will last me ages I will definitely be purchasing this product and also intend checking out other products in the range as love the fragrance of the Milkshake conditioning whipped cream, it smells divine.   All my family and friends that I shared this prize with have also been v impressed with the results  (used it on their own and some of their children’s hair) and intend to purchase as well once their tube is finished.

If you have never heard of this product or got round to trying it yet I  would  definitely recommend trying it for yourself if you can as think you will love it as well.  You can find out more about this product and the Milkshake brand here.

Have you tried this cream or anything from the Milkshake range before, if so would love to know your thoughts?

Thank you for reading and 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.

Thank you – take care.

Best Wishes Liz x

*Complimentary product, prize win.