Sosueme.ie Beauty / Fashion Masterclass – 25 June 2017 @ Galgorm Resort and Spa

Hi Everyone

I hope you all had a great weekend, it goes past so quick and so hard to believe almost the end of June already.

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As part of my passion for beauty and fashion I love attending beauty and fashion events and when they include afternoon tea as well that is the perfect combination, not forgetting goodie bags, which I think we all love.   So when I saw Suzanne Jackson ( Sosueme.ie) was having another Masterclass in Northern Ireland on 25th June 2017 at the Galgorm Resort and Spa Hotel, Ballymena, Northern Ireland, could not resist and purchased tickets.

Suzanne Jackson  is one of Ireland’s leading fashion and beauty bloggers, if you have not heard of her before you can read more about her here.

Tickets for the event cost 75 Euro / £67.30 each and included the following:

  • To start Suzanne Jackson  give an overview of her background which included her work as a beautician, how she got started blogging, got to where is she today, a fantastic business woman.  She is beautiful and comes across very well, genuine, knowledgeable, a brilliant speaker and real people person, in my opinion she definitely was at the front of the queue when they give out those skills;
  • Contouring / makeup demo by Suzanne herself using her Contour and Highlight palette – I have both but have not tried them properly yet but when I do will post a separate review on them;
  • Very informative and useful skincare tips by skincare specialist Corinna Tolan (specifically talking about Environ Skincare which I am now intrigued about and want to research further);
  • Then there was a break for afternoon tea – it was so, so, yummy, food delicious, (sorry no photos as we all tucked into it so quickly as not individual plates / tiers, although not a problem at our table as we all shared equally), only slight negative, but I had found this at most events, delay getting tea or coffee, I understand because of the large crowd difficult to make sure all served on a timely basis but if hotels could work on improving this element it would be great; however definitely would recommend treating yourself to afternoon tea at the Galgorm if you can, as so tasty and beautiful surroundings;
  • Makeup demo by local makeup artist LMD, Louise Mc Donnell (further details here) – she is so talented and witty;
  • Haircare demo by Imelda Maguire using her weave hairpieces, a great alternative to hair extensions, a number of colours available, check her site here for more details;
  • Airbrush makeup demo by Fiona from FMN Makeup and Hair – for when you want that  natural long wear look, perfect for weddings or even that special night out;
  • Short fashion show featuring high street brands, followed by prize draw and award of gorgeous prizes.

As you can see it was a day packed with demos, informative talks,  it was obvious a lot of thought had went into  the day,  v well planned by Suzanne Jackson and all her team / family and definitely worth the ticket price.  I  would highly recommend attending any  future Sosueme.ie events  if you can, as they are very well run, informative as well as being very professional.     Suzanne and her team do an excellent job, real family affair and all very approachable which makes it that bit more special.

Now onto the goodies we got (so, so impressed with the goodie bag and love that there a number of new brands, products for me to try), which if you are like me is what you also look forward to seeing:

Firstly on the table was An Avoca gift bag for each person containing a beautiful Avoca No7 Wild Meadow fragranced soap (40g) and a Maria Lucia Bakes Granola.

The goodie bag itself – (was at an earlier Sosueme.ie event and the goodie bag there was good one but this one is even better, included photo of the other goodie bag underneath as well to see what you think).


  • SOSU Nail Polish Remover Lemon & Lime 150ml;
  • SOSU Pro Blender & Complexion Sponge;
  • Human and Kind Wash Off Facial Cleanser 100ml with Deep Cleansing Cloth (will do a separate post on this soon);
  • Powder ‘n’ Pout – The Bullet P325;
  • Primark Lip Laquer in Pink (different products included in goodie bags);
  • Wet n Wild Kohl Eyeliner in Baby’s Got Black;
  • Wet n Wild Megaslicks Lip Gloss in Berried Treasure;
  • Suu Balm Fast Itch Relieving Moisturising Cream 15ml;
  • Flomar Colour Stretch Eyeshadow in Future White 5g;
  • Good 4U Super Seed Snack with Cranberry & Apricot 25g;
  • Urban Veda Purifying Complete Discovery Set, which came in a beautiful drawstring pouch and contained the following items; Purifying Body Lotion, Body Wash Body Scrub all 50ml, Facial Wash & Polish 20ml each and Day Cream 10ml – what a great way to try this range will also do a separate post when I get the chance to try properly; and lastly
  • 2 vouchers for the The Spa at Galgorm; £20 off treatments and day spa packages and £10 Gift Voucher – cannot wait to use as well.

Goodie Bag below which I got at a Sosueme.ie event in Dublin, held earlier this year:

Hope you enjoyed reading about the event and seeing what was in the goodie bags – welcome any comments and love to know if you would like to read about any future events I attend as well.

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

Thank you

Best Wishes Liz x

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M&S £10 ‘Summer Beauty In A Box’ with a £40 Spend on Clothing, Beauty or Home

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Hope your weekend going well so far – A short post to let you know you can now get a Summer Beauty In A Box worth over £105 for £10 when you spend £40 or over on clothing, beauty or home items at Marksandspencer.com  while stocks last.

States included in the box are the following 8 items: Filorga Time-Filler Wrinkles Correction Cream 15ml, Eyeko Sport Waterproof Mascara 4ml, Leighton Denny Nail Polish 12ml, James Read Gradual Tan Sleep Tan Mask Body 100ml, Philip Kingsley Instant Beach Texturising Spray 25ml, Studio 10 Youth Lift Glow-Plexion Cream 15ml, Alpha-H Daily Essential Moisturiser SPF 50+ 30ml, M&S Sun Smart SPF 30 Lotion 200ml.

Please see photo below of products in box and link here for full details.

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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 the beauty box is available – from past experience beauty boxes do not last long.  I have ordered mine as there were a few products I needed to get anyway so perfect timing.

Also remember to claim your cashback on any Marks and Spencer purchases – via my link here, if you are not already signed up for cashback or if would like to see more details on ‘cashback’ please see my earlier post here.

Hope you found this useful – welcome any comments you may have.

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

Thank you

Best Wishes Liz x

Insert photo – Credit Marksandspencer.com

YOU Beauty Box – July 2017 Shortlist

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Time once again for the YOU Beauty box  shortlist – the July theme is   ‘Come Fly with Me’ edit and selection as always will be available on the first of the month – 1st July 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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Shortlist / Products you can choose from:

  • The Body Shop Oils Of Life Intensely Revitalising Facial Oil 7ml;
  • Physicool Cooling Mist 35ml;
  • Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Jolly Jade, 14.7ml;
  • Simple Kind to Skin Micellar Cleansing Water 200ml;
  • Hawaiian Tropic™ Silk Hydration Air Soft Face SPF30 50ml;
  • Vita Liberata Self Tanning Night Moisture Mask 10ml;
  • Green People Age Defy+ 24 Hr Brightening 10ml;
  • Aromatherapy Associates Support Breathe Bath & Shower Oil 3ml;
  • Bohemian Chic Minerals Pretty in Pink Eyeshadow 1g;
  • skinChemists Aqua Repair Facial Serum 30ml;
  • Invisibobble The Traceless Hair Ring True Black, 3 per pack;
  • Salon Science Aqua Cacteen HYDRASOOTHE™ Cooling Spray 150ml;
  • The English Soap Company Vintage Rose Rich Shea Butter Soap 200g; and
  • The English Soap Company Jasmine Rich Shea Butter Soap 200g

Extra July Treats – OMS Skincare Sublime Enzyme – Exfoliate & Resurface Mask 3ml

Gold members only will also receive a FREE 50ml St.Tropez Gradual Tan in Shower.

Once again initially not overly excited about the choice of products, mainly because only one makeup item included – would love a month where the majority of items are makeup items, I can dream – however when I took a further look at the products there are a few I have not tried before including the Skin Chemist Aqua Repair Serum (30ml) which when I checked is selling for £60 on their site at the moment (if it is the exact same product, seems to be) so not quite as disappointed with selection now, and as always still v good value for money.      

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 June box – still to try most of the products, although have tried the Nails Inc Nail Polish and love it lovely reflective colour – if you would like a separate review on any of the items please let me know.


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.

Hope you all have a good weekend – will have more posts up over the weekend as well.

Thank you  – take care.

Best Wishes Liz x

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Rodial Free Lip Product With Any 3 Sale Items

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As you know I love great offers so when I seen the reductions / free gift offer (below) currently available at Rodial online I had to do a quick post to let you know about them.

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Currently Rodial are giving a complimentary / free suede lips in ‘Rodeo Drive’ (worth £22) when you purchase any 3 sale items (no offer code required, automatically added when you add 3 sale items to your basket).   I have tried a number of skin care items / makeup items from Rodial in the past, although mostly have been offers, free gifts (recently got lip / eye duo worth £36 free with July edition of Red Magazine – please see my magazine freebie post here for details).   I have enjoyed using / found all the Rodial products I have tried to date good, although yet to  find that ‘hero’ product from their range but still plenty more products to try.

I could not resist this offer myself especially when I seen the foundation and highlight brushes were both reduced to £5 each (photos below – never tried any of their brushes before and states worth £40 each!  I have checked quickly online and found the foundation brush is currently priced at £26.78 on one site).  I also love the Glamstick 5 piece lip set,  (worth £110, now reduced to £40 – photo below), perfect for separating as gifts as well.  However these are only a few of the products reduced and the rest of the sale items are also worth checking out.  You should also get two free sample sachets as well at checkout.

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As always I also checked if cashback available at Topcashback.co.uk and found currently they are offering up to 15% cashback on purchase(s) which is fantastic – please see my link here for  more detail  and if you have not signed up for cashback yet would really appreciate if you used my link to sign up and you will also get a free £5 Debenhams e-gift card this way as well (when you reach a minimum cashback threshold of £10 cashback).

I hope you found this useful.    Would love to know if you are already a Rodial fan or if you have bought or decided to purchase anything from the sale.

Thank you – take care and hope you all have a good week.

Best Wishes Liz x

* Inserts – credit Rodial.co.uk

Feelunique Pick & Mix Service / Samples – June 2017

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I received my  Feelunique’s Pick ‘N’ Mix  selection below during the week.   As advised before you can pick 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 was approximately 6 weeks from my last selection as did not get finalising my choice quickly enough so had missed out on a number of samples I had wanted to try but still happy with the samples I got below (but as always would love more makeup samples to choose from) :

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  • Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm (5g jar) – I have used this product before and think it is quite good, enjoy using it but just not my favourite cleansing balm-  However love it is a jar sample so  perfect to take with you if going away for a night or two;
  • Omorovicza Rejuvenating Night Cream (5ml jar) – really looking forward to trying this cream, lovely creamy texture with a light fragrance, a good size sample and in a jar as well;
  • Kiehl’s Rosa Arctica Youth Regenerating Cream (3g sachet) – the only sachet sample I selected this month – love trying all Kiehl’s products and as this is one I have never tried yet, decided to get it;
  • Isadora Multi Vitamin Gloss in 37 ‘Fruit Cocktail’ (2ml) – multi vitamin antioxidant lip gloss – feels comfortable on the lips and perfect size for the handbag – (other choices still available at the moment);
  • Bioderma Creme Reparatrice Apaisante (5ml tube) – never tried this before either but as it states it is a soothing repairing cream, thought it was a perfect product to try as also states, restores relieves and purifies.

Happy with my selection this month, maybe not my favourite to date but 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.   I also love that the service is not tied to a subscription. 

I highly recommend trying it 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.

Thank you – take care.

Best Wishes Liz x

Lookfantastic Beauty Box – ‘The Wanderlust Edition’ – June 2017

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I received my June 2017 Lookfantastic beauty box last week  – it is a monthly subscription box which costs £15 per month (inc p&p) or from £11.25 for a 12 month subscription, you can see further details on how to subscribe here.

 

This month’s theme is ‘The Wanderlust Edition’ and  Lookfantastic advise that they are taking us with them on their beauty journey to discover the wonderful luxuries around us.

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Loving the design of this month’s box, one of my favourites to date, also included is the usual glossy product  / beauty information booklet and the following six products (photos below)  and a copy of the June 2017 edition of the Elle Magazine:

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states: helps to exfoliate, tone and brighten, alcohol free and can be used on face, neck and decollete – not tried these yet but think this is great idea and also perfect for travelling as no worries about spillage;

Balance Me Balancing Face Moisturiser – 20ml (sample size) £24 for 50ml;

States is a lightweight hydrating moisturiser designed to smooth, balance and soothe – will put in my drawer of moisturisers to try, however not overly excited about this item as although I have already tried a number of  Balance Me products  I have never loved any of their products enough (to date) to actually go out and purchase them although this may also  be due in part to having received so many of their products / duplicate items in beauty / limited edition boxes so there really was no need to purchase any;

Hailey Baldwin for Modelco Super Lips Lipgloss in ‘Biz’ (pink nude) 3ml– (sample size) – £18 for full size;

Can be used to refresh face or lightly fragrance body and states is also perfect to fix makeup – although this is the perfect product for this time of year,  it is not for me personally as just not fond of strong rose fragrances in skincare and this fragrance is just to strong for me so will be giving to a friend.

Love any comments you may have and what you thought of this month’s box and which beauty boxes you love reading reviews on.

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

Enjoy the rest of tonight and hope you all have a good week.

Thank you  – Take care.

Best Wishes Liz x

Free L’Occitane Aftershave Balm My Hyde

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Just a quick post to let you know about another great offer from Mr Hyde which is still available to claim while stocks lasts.   Mr Hyde is a free, daily email which lets you know about places to eat and drink, special offers and competitions.

For this offer Mr Hyde  have teamed up with L’Occitane to offer their subscribers a complimentary 30ml After Shave Balm worth £10 – you can choose either the energising Cedrat, purifying Cade or the aromatic spice of L’Occitan (photo below*) – only one product per customer.

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You just need to enter your details via link on the My Hyde page to receive a voucher by email, which you present in your nearest participating L’Occitane boutique to redeem this free gift (valid until 16th June 2017, while stocks last).

I redeemed my voucher last free and chose the L’Occitan option (photo below) – so easy to redeem, just need to show the voucher on your phone to shop assistant to redeem / get your free gift.


By entering the My Hyde promotion you’ll also be signed up to their daily email newsletter which has regular offers.

I hope you found this useful and are able to avail of this great offer.  Love to know if you have already got this offer or are hoping to get it this week.

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

Best Wishes Liz x

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Roccabox – June 2017 Review

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I received the June Roccabox beauty box today, my second box.  Although I have not got a chance yet to try the products properly wanted to let you see what was is in it and 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 Jessica Harris, Editor of fashion and beauty blog, TwentySixStyle.com. 

Products come packaged  in an outer white box with rosegold lettering and an information card (photo below).

 

This months box contained the following five items:

Bloomtown Botanicals Roll-on Infused Oil – ‘The Rose Garden’ (9g) – Full Size RRP £4.80  – advises to apply to pulse points for an instant pick me up – never heard of this brand before and although do not usually like rose fragrances in products, it is not overpowering, has a v light floral scent, perfect travel size, should last a long time and will definitely use;

 

Olverum Bath Oil  (15ml) – (sample size – states enough for 3 baths) – RRP £16 for a set of 3 x 15ml   – have heard of this brand before but never used any of their products, this has a spa type fragrance – down to the blend of ten essentials oil.   States: will help ease stress and relax tension in both your mind and body so definitely looking forward to relaxing, using this – though would have preferred if a bigger size had been included;

 

Vintage Cosmetic Company Eyelash Curlers – Full Size RRP £7  – you will receive one of two colours – you will either receive these in rose gold  or silver tone – pretty packaging and I got the rose gold version which I am delighted with;

 

Bellapierre Kiss Proof Lip Crème in ‘Incognito’ – Full Size RRP £20 – already love their creamy lipsticks so was v happy to see this included but was a bit dubious as well as do not really like matt formula lip products as I find them so drying on the lips – however although I have only used it once, this one goes on creamy and then sets to a matt finish, without that drying tightening feeling – it is a beautiful rose / nude colour, v long lasting and although when you rub your lips together it is v tacky, your lips feel comfortable not like other matt products I have tried so if I can avoid ‘smacking’ my lips I definitely would use this lip crème a lot (my favourite product in the box) ; and

 

Svelte Super Tea for Body Balance (one bag) – Full Size £3.49 for 12 pyramid tea bags – although this is a ‘super’ tea which states will help nourish your skin, energise your body and boost your immune system, bit disappointed this was included as one of the five items – would have preferred another makeup item and this included as a bonus item.

 

This box is still good value as total value of products are worth over £35 and I will use all of the items but bit disappointed as one ‘whole-leaf tea bag’ was included as one of the 5 items.  As usual  I would also have preferred to have had more makeup items included, but as I have said number of times before this is what beauty boxes are all about discovering / trying new products and therefore it is a bonus if you love all the products.    I would definitely recommend trying this box if you can, as it will be a lovely surprise to see who the collaboration will be with each month and I am also hoping the ‘influencer’ next month has more makeup items included in their selection (hopefully no more ‘tea bags’ or if included only as a bonus item).

Details also included on back of information card of how to win a special edition Roccabox (photo / details below).

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.

Thank you – take care.

Best Wishes Liz x

Magazine Freebies – ‘July’ 2017

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Another month has flew past so it is now time for  the ‘July 2017’ magazine freebies   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 (two great freebies already this month):

RED = £4.30– Free Rodial Luxury Lip and Eye Duo (worth £36) – free Mixa body lotion sachet and few fragrance slips included within magazine as well.


Subscribe to Red for £9.99  for 6 Issues by Direct Debit and you will get a free Nude by Nature Highlighting Kit plus a Pointed Precision Brush (worth £49) with subscription  – (see photos below for details) – always usually an offer on so if this particular offer has finished just check online for other offers.

 

Next month’s free gift in RED (August Issue)


Bazaar = £4.60 – Free Elemis Pro-Definition Day Cream 15ml (worth £28).

Subscribe to Bazaar for £6.00  for 6 Issues by Direct Debit and you will get a free Elemis Dynamic Resurfacing Facial Wash (worth £30)  with subscription  – (see photos below for details) – always usually an offer on so if this particular offer has finished just check online for other offers.

Next month’s choice of free gift in Bazaar (August Issue)

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TATLER = £4.60– Free Sunglasses – Choice of 3 colours – black, tortoise or a green/grey colour (photo below).


Subscribe to Tatler for £12.00 for 12 Issues by Direct Debit and you will get a free Omorovicza Moor Cream Cleanser (worth £49)  with subscription  – (see photos below for details) – always usually an offer on so if this particular offer has finished just check online for other offers.

As advised previously each month I will update each month’s magazine freebie post when I see additional magazine freebies or when relevant offers become available.  (once again a reminder for any new followers, that magazines always dated a month in advance i.e. you get the July issue in June).

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.

Take care.

Best Wishes Liz x

Pink Parcel – May 2017 Review

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I kindly received the *May 2017 monthly parcel from Pink Parcel last week to try.

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Pink Parcel is a monthly subscription service for your ‘period’.  Your first box costs £6.99, after that it is £10.50 a month and all charges include delivery.  You can also cancel or suspend your account at any time.   Parcels are dispatched on 3 separate delivery dates throughout the month in order to reach you on 10th, 20th and 28th of each month, you just have to choose the date that’s closest to your period.  When you subscribe you will be sent your choice of feminine hygiene products (either pads or tampons), plus  beauty and lifestyle treats to brighten up those days of the month.

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Although I  have not got a chance yet to try all the beauty and lifestyle ‘treat’s’ properly, wanted to let you know my first impressions.

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Everything comes in a dark grey exterior box with ‘Pink Parcel’ embossed on it in pink writing and inside you get individual boxes ‘for later’, ‘for night’, a pouch ‘for now’ (perfect for your bag) which contain all your pads or tampons for that month, you also get a ‘for you’ box which contains beauty treats to cheer you up and a few extra treats are also included within the box.

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Scrub Love Coconut Affair – 50g – Full Size £13.95 for 200ml – love body scrubs though have so many already to use up – but still looking forward to using this one as love coconut fragrances and this is the perfect size to take with you on holidays;

 

Flawless Blusher Brush – Full Size £9.99   states flawless brushes are eco-friendly, vegan and totally cruelty-free, has soft bristles and does apply blusher well;


Trust Fund Beauty Nail Polish (17ml) Full Size  £12 – never heard of this brand before but always happy to see a nail polish included in boxes especially if new to me – also states they’re vegan, cruelty-free.   I received the ‘Kiss Kiss Darling’ shade (red) shade but you could receive this shade or the ‘London Snog’ (grey), ‘OMG! Dying’ (not sure about this name though!) (nude) shades.   Also has a good brush and applied v easily.