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Make Up Rumours & Discount Code

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Hey guys I just thought I would share my new make up haul with you all, that I got from http://www.makeuprumours.co.uk.  I will be writing a review on these when I have given them all a try, so check back to have a look.

I got all of this for £15! How amazing is that! Pretty much everything on their website is only £1.

I am so happy with everything I got and can’t wait to use it all properly.  I have been given a voucher code to share will all my lovely readers.

To save 10% use code sbb10off at checkout.

What products are you going to pick? I could have bought everything on their website!

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Memebox Global #13 & Discount Code

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Here is another wonderful Memebox, I absolutely love these boxes.  This is my third box and I am still overall not disappointed by them.  If you want to know a bit more about Memebox you can have a look at my first post HERE.  The box they so kindly sent me this time it their Global #13 box which costs $23 plus $6.99 p+p.  All promo codes will be at the end of this post, so keep reading to save some money on your next order.  There are some very interesting products in this box, let me show you what I got.

http://us.memebox.com/memebox-global

$5 off on any order – 2D9LSU

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You get a detailed card in every box that lists the products you have received, it gives you a little bit of information about the item and also tell you how to use it.  This is very important as without this there would be many products you would just not be able to figure out what they are or how to use them.  The information on the products themselves are all in Korean, so unless you know Korean you will not know much about the product without this card.

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23 Years Old CX Detoxifying Air Therapy – $50 (£29.95)

This is a one use product which seems quite pricey at £29.95.  My first impressions were what on earth do I do with this! I wasn’t expecting to see a syringe and a scary looking face mask, it looks like something you would get done professionally.  I’m not too sure what difference it makes being in a syringe rather than a tube, I’m guessing it’s just novelty factor to make it look more interesting to make you pay the price tag.

The product in the syringe is made from carbonated water and creates sparkling bubbles on your face, which massages the skin whilst wearing the face mask.  The bubbles penetrate deep into the skin and cleanse away all the impurities clogging up the pores.  The mineral-rich carbonated water also helps brighten and firm up your overall skin for a revitalised feeling after use.

You apply the contents of the syringe all over your face (not sure how easy that will be) and place the face mask on top.  You keep this on for 20-30 minutes and then rinse off with warm water.  This will be interesting to use and I will post pictures on my Instagram, so follow me to keep updated.

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Donga Tempo Eco Natural Super – 3 pack – $3 (£1.80)

What can I say about these!! Well am I impressed to receive tampons in a beauty box…. no not really!  When it comes to this sort of thing you know what you like to use and you don’t really fancy experimenting with the unknown.  So I don’t really know what Memebox were thinking when they added this into the box.  Apparently back in the 1970s Donga was the first Korean brand to produce women’s tampons.  Tempo Eco Natural is made from 100% purely organic cotton which is meant to be gentle and comfortable.  This still doesn’t make it any more appealing to me.  There isn’t really much else to say about these! Thanks but no thanks.  Full size product is 16 pack for $11.

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CNP Cosmetics Derma-Scalp Shampoo – 25g – $2.70 (£1.62)

Full size is 250g for $27 (£16.17).  This shampoo will deep cleanse into your scalp to unclog pores, remove excess impurities, it has cool and refreshing feeling due to the tea tree oil extracts.  This is suitable for a sensitive and troublesome scalp.  The shampoo should be left on for 4 minutes before rinsing off.  This shampoo has a strong tea tree scent, and I think this will be great in the summer when wanting to have a cooling and fresh feeling.  I don’t normally go for such strong scented shampoo.

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CNP Cosmetics Tone-Up Protection Sun 15ml – $10.50 (£6.30)

This sunblock has an SPF 42 PA+++.  It contains powdery components to help keep your skin silky soft, it also contains deep sea water which helps to prevent your skin dehydrating.  This sunblock can also be used as a makeup base.  It has a slight tint to it, but blends in nicely.  You can’t tell very well in the pictures but I think this is slightly too light for my complexion, It may be too light when I apply this to my face.  I am going on holiday soon so I will take this with me and see how this works out for me.

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Yufit Eon Wheat-Germ Cream 75 – 75ml – $48 (£28.75)

This cream consists of over 75% organic wheat bud extract which works to hydrate, firm, brighten and fight signs of aging.  This formula is gentle and light so it absorbs easily and does not irritate even the most troubled skin.  Instead it helps to tighten pores for an overall healthier and younger looking complexion.  This cream is a generous size so it should last a while, it also reminds me slightly of Vaseline (but a lot thinner) but once rubbed in it absorbs and isn’t greasy in the slightest.  It can be used day and night which is great and it leaves my skin feeling really soft.  I have really high hopes for this cream and I will definitely be using it right away.  Fan-B has a really good post about the ingredients of this cream and it seems to tick all the right boxes, so a good cream to slather on my face and not worry about it causing any unwanted spots! yey.  You can read her post HERE.

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Soy Bio Plus Fermented Lumpoule – 2 x 6ml – $24.85 (£14.90)

The full size product is 14 bottles x 6ml for $174 (£104.23).  Pretty expensive!  This is made from Korean fermented soy bean lump and is meant to prevent the formation of fine lines and wrinkles and also brighten up your overall complexion.  The name comes from the combination of two words, ‘lump’ and ‘ampoule’ which make lumpoule.  Sounds pretty strange to me! You simply apply 2-3 drops of the ampoule on to your face and pat in for full absorbance.  I really like the sound of this product, and I have high hopes for it.  It should be highly moisturising and full of great active ingredients, all good for your skin.

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Nuganic Customised Sun Base Color Control Cream – 40ml – $54 (£32.35)

For the final product you would either receive the one I have or Pure Snail Color Control Cream.  The card has just the one description so I don’t really know what the difference is between them both as the description makes it look like they both contain snail mucus extracts.  This is a CC cream with SPF 50+ PA+++.  You don’t need to used much of this, I would suggest use small amounts at a time.  The tube suprised me as when I took off the lid there was a pump, I quite like this as it makes it easy to use.  The cream comes out white, but when you start to rub it in it changes to a kind of beige colour.  You can’t really see this is the pictures, I think I applied to much to my hand.  I found if you use too much it takes a while to change colour and absorb into the skin, this is why I suggest small amounts at a time.  It is also quite thick, so I would probably apply a moisturiser before applying this.  This will hopefully help achieve an even coverage and will stop your skin drying out.  This cream works to balance out the skin’s oil/moisture level for a silky smooth finish to your makeup.  It is supposed to cover up major skin imperfections and leave your skin glowing with a natural shine.  I think this cream will also be a bit too light for me, especially after I have caught the sun on holiday.  But I will give it a go and see how I like it.

Verdict

I am very happy with this box, I still have not been disappointed with a box from MemeboxThe value of this box came to $193.05 – £115.64!  Wow now that is definitely worth the $29.99 – £17.97!  You really do get more than your monies worth.  I am happy with most of the products, I wont even get into the fact there are tampons in the box!  I do wish the CC cream and sun block were a little bit darker to suit my skin tone, but I may try mixing a bit of foundation or my BB cream in with them.  I look forward to trying them all out (apart from the obvious!).

The boxes are very cute and bright pink, they come very well packaged and there were no customs charges which is great.  You don’t sign up to a monthly box, you just chose from the vast choice they have on their website, and you can order as many or as little as you want! But you still get the surprise of the monthly boxes where you don’t know exactly what products you will receive.

Discount Codes

$5 off on any order – 2D9LSU

$5 off on orders above $100  –  AFFILIATE-0071-DO4P0-WBSV

$10 off on orders above $150  – AFFILIATE-2532-22BIH-NCOD

Visit their website for more information:

http://us.memebox.com

You Beauty Discovery August 2014

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Each month with You Beauty Discovery they have a selection of products where you choose TWO items.  They will then add a few extra beauty treats and a magazine explaining all the products that were available that month, pop them all into a very cute and pretty beauty box and send them straight to your door.  You get all this for an amazing price of £6.95 and FREE P&P! This is by far the cheapest monthly beauty box I have found so far.

This month’s theme is Summer Essentials.  So there is different products to help you through the summer and we have been having some good weather recently as well so it is definitely feeling like summer.  There are products containing SPF, products to add colour, products to hydrate and products to nourish.  I wasn’t amazed by the products on offer this month, but I made sure I chose my options as soon as the selection opened.  It still took me about an hour to actually process my selection as the website doesn’t cope very well with the amount of traffic going through it.  If you don’t pick straight away though many things sell out very quickly.

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Gazelli – Triple Youth with White Oil Duo

There was only a limited amount of these available so they will have sold out quickly.  They are both 5ml size samples and together they are worth £19.50.  The White Oil Ultimate Firming Serum is £75 for the full size 30ml, the Intensive Age-Repair Cream is £70 for the full size 50ml.  I had to go for this as it is something I would not get the chance to try otherwise as I would not pay those prices!  The serum is designed to hydrate, plump, tone, firm and lift the skin.  You apply a few pearl sized drops at night and/or morning and smooth over face and neck.  Follow up with the repair cream.  This is suitable for all skin types.  The repair cream improves skin’s natural collagen production, plumps lines and wrinkles and protects and deeply nourishes the skin.  These look very luxurious products and I look forward to trying them.

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Marsk – Mineral Eyeshadow – Rich List

This is a full size product worth £14.49 size 1.2g.  These mineral eyeshadows are 100% natural and are a mineral based loose powder.  The powder seems easily blendable and quite pigmented.  I think if you were to use an eyeshadow base then this would be highly pigmented and would stand out really well.  Rich List is a very nice shimmery gold, which is definitely ideal for the summer.  I should be able to try out some really nice looks with this shadow, you can also use it wet or dry and it would look best blended with one or two other colours.

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Face D 3-Luronics – Instant Effect Cream Serum

This is one of the extra samples everyone gets in the box.  This is a 2ml sample worth £1.66.  Full size in 30ml for £24.99 but it is currently on offer until 31st August 2014 for £16.66.  This is a cream serum which can be used under your moisturiser, or can be used as a moisturiser alone depending on how dry your skin is.  It claims wrinkles are less visible immediately after application, which is a big claim, I don’t have many wrinkles just yet though so I won’t be able to tell how true this is.  It also claims skin is brighter, pores are tighter,  moisturisation increase of 9 % after 14 days and an elasticity increase of 9% after 14 days.  I am going to be trying this tonight just to see how good it is, if it turns out to be amazing I may just have to buy it whilst it is on offer.  You can buy it from here www.lloydspharmacy.com.

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Jimmy Choo – Eau de Parfum & Man

Another extra in the box was a sample of Jimmy Choo eau de parfum and Jimmy Choo Man eau de toilette.  Both 2ml in size, eau de parfum worth £1.95, and the mans one is worth £1.68.  I do really like Jimmy Choo perfume and I don’t own any yet, so this is a nice sample for me to now own. It is a fruity scent with a rich woody depth.  The mans sample is the very first male fragrance by Jimmy Choo.  This is now another month where You Beauty Discovery has supplied a male product, thankfully for me I can give this to my partner, but if I didn’t have anyone to give it to I would probably be a bit disappointed and this would be wasted on my dad as he never uses the stuff! ha.  I must say the man’s scent is very nice, this may have to be on my partner’s Christmas list now!

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Cheeky 4-way Nail Buffer

The last extra is a 4-way nail buffer, I haven’t used one of these for a while but I am due a new one as mine is looking a bit battered now.  I don’t know how much this is worth as I can’t find this exact one, but on average they are about £1.99.  I will definitely be using the product so it is handy for me to have a new one in stock.  If you don’t know how to use these they are very easy and as you can see they tell you what each side is for.  Step 1, file your nail like normal.  Step 2, Smooth, use it on the entire nail plate to smooth out any ridges.  Step 3, Buff the entire nail plate, which gives it a clean smooth finish.  Step 4, Polish, this give it that amazing shine.

Overall I am happy with this month’s box, although I would have preferred a better selection to pick from as there didn’t seem to be as many and not that many things stood out to me this month.  The total value of my box (including all extras) is £41.27, again this is amazing consider you only pay £6.95 for the entire box!  The value of this box also compares to the more expensive subscription boxes, and this month even beats the total value of other more expensive subscription boxes.  I would definitely recommend You Beauty Discovery to someone wanting to try a beauty box, you just can’t beat the value of these boxes.

 

Bella & Bear – Hair She Goes Hair Removal Kit

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Here is a brand new product which has just come to the UK from Bella & BearThe ‘Hair She Goes Hair Removal Kit’ consists of a pair of pastel pink slanted tweezers and a manual epilator, which is basically a spring with a plastic pink handle on either end.  The RRP is £36, which I think is quite expensive for what you get, but it is currently on offer at Amazon for £14.99.

Bella & Bear  are an American company which has just started to release their products in the UK.  They have a vintage style look and this reflects in their very cute packaging.  I must say the packaging is very eye-catching, I love the pastel colours and the floral design.

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To use this product you bend the spring and hold a handle in each hand, you then roll the handle back and forth whilst holding it against the area you want the hair removed.  While doing this you slowly move the spring upwards on the skin, this results in the hairs being pulled out.  This first time I used this I found the pain unbearable, I had only tried it on my cheek and chin.  It gets every little tiny hair though, even the ones you can’t see.  The pain made me scared to keep trying it, but I did and you kind of get used to the pain, for me though this is very painful.  I find waxing my top lip excruciating though.  So if you don’t mind having your top lip waxed then this probably won’t hurt as much as it did for me.

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I must be such as wimp though as I am yet to venture to use this on my top lip!  I just can’t face starting and having to finish the lot, being dark haired I have a fair amount of hair there and it hurts enough on my chin and cheek!  Also as I don’t like waxing my top lip I take the pain free option of bleaching, so don’t base how much this hurts on me!  Everyone else will probably be able to take the pain! ha  I must say though this definitely works very well, it does remove every little hair and if there is a stubborn one that won’t come out, you have the pair of tweezers that comes in the kit as well.  The results also last for weeks as the hairs are being pulled out from the root, so you won’t have to use this all the time either which is great.  If any reason you are not happy with this product they also offer a 100% money back guarantee, so you can’t really lose when buying this product.

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My cat Mylo absolutely Loves this!  He thinks it is a cat toy obviously!  So not only is this a hair removal product but it can also be a cat toy when you are not using it.  This can keep your cat entertained for hours, just be careful that their hairs don’t get stuck in the spring and pulled out too!  I do find this quite fitting though as the brand name Bella & Bear is actually the name of two cats.  So the brand is named after cats and the product appeals to cats, how cool is that!  I do like the brand name, I may be a little biased as I also have a cat called Bella.  You can find the story about the brand name HEREIt is definitely worth a little read, it gives the brand soul and gives a personal aspect into the company.  It has highs and lows in the story, is a little sad but mainly happy.  If you like cats you will love it.

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This is a handy little product to have in, it does what it is designed to do and it does it effectively.  When you want to remove hair in the comfort of your own home this is a good product to use (as long as you can take the pain!).  I do feel it is a little pricey for what it is, at the end of the day it is just a spring with plastic bits at each end and a pair of tweezers to go with it.  Amazon do have them on offer so you don’t have to pay full RRP for it, so it isn’t too bad for £14.99 as it is only a one off payment, you don’t have to pay out anymore to replace blades or any parts on it like you do for other products.  So it is a good investment.

If you want to buy the Bella & Bear Hair She Goes Removal Kit you can do so HERE.

Love Me Beauty July 2014

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You get a choice of 3 Love Me Beauty boxes every month.  They contain very similar items, but a couple of products will be slightly different,  so you get to pick which box suits you best.  You can also skip a month if you don’t like what they are offering and you can also pick a mystery box where what you get will be a surprise.  I have never done this, as I have always chosen which box I want.  This beauty box costs £10 + £2.95 p&p.  The size of the products in Love Me Beauty are decent sizes and quite often there are full sizes in the box.

This Month I went for Edition 1.  This month’s box took a little longer to arrive than the ones I have had in the past, but when it did arrive, boy was it heavy! I opened it up and realised I had received an extra full size Weleda product.  This was a bonus for the first 450 subscribers who chose their box.

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So Susan – Flutter Mascara

This is a full sized product which I believe is 4ml and it is worth £14.95.  Firstly I like the packaging.  I love the gold, it makes such a difference from the normal black packaging you usually get mascara in.  There is also a cute little humming bird on the handle, which I think is a nice touch.

The actual applicator brush is a little smaller than I would normally go for and occasionally when I put the applicator back in you hear a pop sound and the seal has popped up, so if I pull the brush back out I get mascara everywhere.  All you have to do is screw the applicator back in fully and this will push the seal back in.  As you can see in the picture I have got mascara all around the top where the seal is.  This never happens with the usual masacara I use, which is Max Factor False Lash Effect and is of a very similar price.  I would not expect this to happen with a £14.95 mascara, maybe this is something which they could improve on.

Other than that I’m happy to have received a mascara as it is something which I use every day.  It is an intense carbon-black mascara formulated with hyaluronic spheres to help you achieve the darkest, curviest lashes possible.  But for me this doesn’t give me the effect which I desire and which I get with my current mascara, there just wasn’t a significant difference in the appearance of my lashes.

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So Susan – Dual Brow Powder

This is a full sized product worth £11.95.  It is a very handy brow palette which includes a slanted brush and a mirror.  The palette is great to travel with and to touch up your brows on the go.  The slanted brush makes it very easy to apply and easy to get thin lines like at the end of your brow.  I do like powders and they do look natural when applied.  The mirror is great, it is the same size as the lid so is a fantastic size.  I do feel though to make this product even better would be to add a tiny pair of tweezers.  There is enough room where the brush is to add this and it would make it ideal for on-the-go.  When you look in the mirror to touch up your brows and you just see that stray hair coming through, you want to get rid of it there and then!  If there were tweezers included you would be able to and this would be a must have travel brow palette.

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Here is a swatch of the colours, a light brown and dark brown.  You can’t see them amazingly on my skin tone, but when applied to the brow it does the desired effect.  So this palette is great for lighter brows and darker brows and you can also mix the two colours to get the desired colour.

This product is animal cruelty free which is fantastic.  It is also infused with Aloe Extract and Carrot Seed Oil, which helps to nourish and rejuvenate the skin.  This is a great product and I’m very happy to have received it.

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OFRA – Universal Eyebrow Eyeliner

This is a full sized product worth £7.60.  This is another brow product in the same box, does seem a bit strange but I don’t mind.  I tend to use a brow pencil daily and then a brow powder at weekends or when I am going out.  This is a brow pencil and it claims to be Universal, so one colour suits all.  Now I don’t know how true this is, I have brown eyebrows and this suits me fine, if you have light eyebrows I really don’t know.  If you have tried this product let me know what you think and if it suits you.

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This is water resistant, so won’t come off in the rain, or in the gym 🙂 It is created with a synthetic beeswax base for a smooth, soft and long lasting application.  It is always handy to have a brow pencil and my other one is nearly running out, so this has come at the right time for me.  Here are a few tips from OFRA for the perfect brow.

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OFRA – Pressed Eyeshadow in ‘Sublime’

This is a full sized product 4g worth £8.80.  This is from OFRA’s “Diamonds are Forever” palette collection.  It has a vibrant shimmer colour that makes eyes sparkle like diamonds! This is a fantastic colour! I love it.  It has a goldie sheen to it, and it definitely the type of colour I would go for.  It is suitable for all skin tones and even the most sensitive of eyes.  You can apply this eye shadow with a wet or dry brush and is long wearing.  It also contains natural sun filters (Titanium Dioxide).

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One thing I absolutely love about this product, which I didn’t notice straight away, is there is a hidden mirror!  Yes underneath the shadow there is a little mirror! Perfect for when you want to touch up and check your eyeshadow when you are out and about.  All you do is lift the eyeshadow and right underneath is a mirror, here is a picture in case you have missed it too.  Genius idea!

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LASHEM – Lash Enhancing Serum

This is a 2ml sample size worth £22.85.  Full size is 3.5ml for £40.  So at first it looks like a small sample, but when compared to the actual full size product, it isn’t too bad.  I never really know what to make of these types of products, it says results have found longer looking lashes within 2 weeks.  The serum is meant to nourish and condition the lashes and continues working long after application.

Infused with safe, powerful peptide treatment and patented QuSome delivery system that provides higher encapsulation and absorption of ingredients, you’ll find this is better than false lashes.

I will give this product a try and see if it makes a difference, but at the moment I am a bit sceptical.  If it is amazing I will have to write another post about it.  But we shall see.

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The Teashed – Northern Brew

This Northern Brew is a black tea from Sri Lanka and has a good strength.  I’m glad I got this one, as it brings back a few memories for me as I went traveling around Sri Lanka last year and it was amazing.  It is also a generous amount of tea this time, in the past we have got about 3 bags from Love Me Beauty.  This time there are 20 bags worth £3.50.  This is full sized and when you normally buy it you get them all in a useable paper cup, which I think is a nice little touch, but obviously that couldn’t be done when receiving them in a beauty box.

Northern *Brew is a Ceylon, which is particularly suited to the hard water generally found up north. Tea tastes slightly different depending on what water you have. But don’t worry, a good quality Ceylon like Northern *Brew tastes lush wherever you drink it.

The tea is in silky pyramid bags and is whole leaf tea.  I really look forward to taking these into work with me.  Everyone is going to wonder what this Posh tea is that I am drinking!  There was also a card with an emergency tea bag stuck inside! This is so cute, so you just pop it into your bag for that day you run out of tea!

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Weleda – Sea Buckthorn Replenishing Body Lotion

This is a full sized product 200ml worth £15.95.  I am so happy to see this full sized product from Weleda in my box from Love Me Beauty.  If you were one of the first 450 subscribers to pick your box then you would have received this.  This product does need to be used as soon as possible though, as it has a short expiry date of August 2014.  But I never go by these, products always last a lot longer than their expiry date.  But I will make sure I do start using it soon.

Weleda have very good ethical values and use natural products which is what I like.  This is for Dry Skin and it contains skin-related essential fatty acids which provide visible and lasting care for the skin.  It is formulated with vitamin-rich oil from organice sea buckthorn, mallow extract and shea butter.  This protects the skin from moisture loss and activates its self-regulation functions.

This lotion smells amazing, it has a nice fresh and fruity smell and it also absorbs straight into the skin leaving it feeling soft and smelling amazing.  This product has a new uniquely shaped award winning bottle,which is an airless bag-in-bottle system with pump dispenser.

I am very happy with this month’s box I received and I am made up with my extra product, which is of a very generous size as well.  The value of this month’s box (without the extra product) is £69.95! Wow!  If I include the extra product I got it is worth £85.60!  Now that is just amazing.  Not bad for £12.95 Love Me Beauty  have definitely stepped up their game this month with this box, there is nothing I can fault about it! Out of all the products there was only one sample size, all of the rest were Full Sized Products. I can’t wait to see what they have to offer for next month’s box.  What do you all think about the box you got??

You Beauty Discovery July 2014

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Each month with You Beauty Discovery they have a selection of products where you choose TWO items.  They will then add a few extra beauty treats and a magazine explaining all the products that were available that month, pop them all into a very cute and pretty beauty box and send them straight to your door.  You get all this for an amazing price of £6.95 and FREE P&P! This is by far the cheapest monthly beauty box I have found so far.

This months theme was You Travel.  So it was either smaller products for you to take on holiday, or products to get you ready for holiday, such as self tanning products.  I some how managed to miss out on the products I wanted this month, they must have sold out extremely quickly! There was TanOrganic, Oil Arganic Body Oil, and L’Occitane Shampoo & Conditioner Duo.  These were the products I originally wanted, but I guess everyone wanted the same and they must have sold out within hours of opening.  So I wasn’t too impressed, and decided to just pick two products anyway and see what I thought.

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Balm Balm – Rose Geranium Lip Balm

This was the first product I chose.  It is 7ml and worth £3.50.  I went for this as I do like lip balms and they do always come in handy.  This product is 100% natural and 100% organic.  This is in a little pot and is Rose Geranium scent, it reminds me of Turkish delight, I guess that is the rose scent.  I love Turkish delight so the scent it great, and it also kind of tastes like it as well! So I can’t complain there!  This balm, even though it does say lip balm, is not just for your lips.  You can use this balm where ever you feel you need it.  It is light weight and does feel slightly different to lip balm.  It feels more like a cleansing balm.  Being able to use this where  ever needs it is great for holiday, it is in a very light tub and it the right size to pop in your bag and not make any difference to the weight.  So a very versatile balm to add to your suitcase.  So even though I wouldn’t have originally picked this item I’m glad that I now have it.  This will definitely be coming with me on my holiday.

L'Oreal Mega Volume Miss Manga

L’Oreal – Mega Volume Miss Manga Mascara

This is 8.5ml worth £8.99.  I went for the mascara as its is something I use everyday.  I usually  use Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara and no other type, but I’m always willing to try other types.  I have not yet tried this, but I will give it a go soon.  The wand is bendy as you can see the ridge in the picture, so it is flexible.  It is a big brushed wand, so will hopefully give good coverage.  It is formulated with collagen spheres and polymers for ultimate volume and hold.  The colour is black, which is what I use daily.  It is meant to give a cute Manga effect look, so I actually can’t wait to try this one out.  Have you tried it? What do you think of this mascara?

Dove Shave Cream

Dove Men +Care – Shave Cream Hydrate+

So this was one of the extras you get in the box.  A bit strange that you get a male product, I guess they are trying to reach out to the men in our lives.  So this is one to give your partner or dad, or that special man in your life.  For me I will be giving this to my partner, who will be happy to try it.  This is a 50ml sample worth 87p.  Full size is 200ml for £3.49.  I guess if your partner likes this product then it gives you an idea of something to get them for like a stocking filler or something.  But for me personally I would have rather received something I could use! But will all the beauty products I currently have I suppose it doesn’t hurt to have something I can give to him.

Egyptian Magic Cream

Egyptian Magic – All Purpose Skin Cream

This is a sachet sample 3ml worth around 62p. I do have a few other sachets of this, so I think I will empty them out into a small tub to make them easier to use.  This is an all natural product and contains Olive oil, Beeswax, Honey, Bee Pollen and Royal Jelly Extract.  This can be used as a moisturiser for face, hands and body.  It has a kind of Vaseline texture, but once warmed turns to more like an oil.  I will never complain about receiving samples of this as it such a useful product.

Agent provocateur fatale

Agent Provocateur – Fatale – Eau de Parfum

This is a 2ml sample worth £1.84.  Full size is 50ml for £46.  This can also be purchased in a 30ml and 100ml size.  I do find perfume samples like this quite handy, as it is easier to carry around than a full sized perfume bottle.  I like the little spray bottle samples.  The scent consists of spicy pink pepper and luscious fruits, with gardenia, royal iris and smoky touches of patchouli.  It also has base notes of musk, vanilla and chocolate.  I do actually really like this perfume, it is a nice evening scent and is quite strong and lasts on the skin well.  This is definitely the type of scents I go for, it is quite sweet and musky.  This is definitely a win for me.

Even though I was disappointed about not being able to get the products I wanted, I am still quite please with this box overall.  It has products which I will actually use, and one which I can give away (good job I have a partner!).  My box is worth £15.82.  So I have still got more than my monies worth with this box which I paid £6.95 for.  But I will definitely be making sure I pick my next box as soon as it goes live on the 1st of the month just after midnight.  I will make sure I stay up just to get my choices!   That is the only problem with this box, if you decide to make your choice in the morning, then the products you do want will pretty much be guaranteed to have sold out by then.

Did you get You Beauty Discovery this month? If so which products did you go for?

 

UK Magazine Freebies July

GlamourMarie Claire

Red magazineElle

There are lots of good freebies with this months magazines! Too many to choose from!  These are the ones which I chose.

Glamour £2.00

I couldn’t resist and I had to get 3 of these as they came with Clinique products. There is a choice of  four Clinique minis, Chubby Stick in Super Strawberry, Chubby Stick in Woppin’ Watermelon, High Impact Mascara and Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion – together worth over £30!  I chose both Chubby Sticks and the moisturising lotion.

Marie Claire £2.50

Marie Claire came with a choice of two products, Balance Me Moisture Rich Face Cream, or Balance Me Cleansing Balm – together worth £25.  I chose the face cream, and it’s a nice sample size of 25ml.

Red £4.00

Red magazine came with Rodial Stemcell super-food glam balm LIP, worth £19.  This is a Full Sized product, which is fantastic.  I couldn’t resist this as I love Rodial products.  This product boosts epidermal regeneration and nourishes, moisturises and repairs.  A great product to pick up for only £4!

Elle £4.00

Elle magazine came with a Malin + Goetz travel set worth £10. I have never heard of this brand before, but it looked like a nice set try get to try.  It comes with a Grapefruit Face Cleanser, Lip Moisturiser and Vitamin E Face Moisturiser.  I have tried the lip moisturiser and it makes your lips soo soft!! and lasted for a long time on my lips! This set will come in handy when I go on holiday.

There are a lot of other magazines this month with freebies, but I unfortunately can’t buy them all, so these were the ones which I chose.  What magazines did you choose to get this month??

You Beauty Discovery May 2014

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This month YBD joined forces with CEW(UK) and had a great selection of products to choose from, I actually didn’t know which products to pick!

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Dr Organic – Moroccan Argan Oil Hair Treatment Serum

This was the first product I chose, and it is Full Size 100ml, which is worth £14.99.  You can buy this from Holland and Barrett.  It says it detangles hair, eliminates frizz, nourishes & protects and provides instant shine.  I picked this as I thought it would be one of the products I would use the most, as I like hair oils due to having frizzy hair!  Most hair oils I have come in small bottles, so it was nice to find such a large product! This will definitely last me a long time! I have yet to try this as I have only just got my box, but it smells nice and it isn’t too thick in consistency.  This product is also free from parabens and is against animal testing.

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GlamGlow – Supermud Clearing Treatment

I picked this product as the full size is expensive, and it has a lot of great reviews so I really wanted to try it without having to fork out for it.  Full size is £44.99 for 34g.  This sample size is 10g and worth £13.23.  It is a detoxifying mud mask which helps fight all skin concerns.

it helps with the brightening and evening of the complexion; creates a more youthful and smooth skin tone; improves elastin and collagen; de-clogs and minimises pore size and fights unwanted breakouts, by reducing redness and super-speeding the healing process.

It can be used as a full mask, or for spot treatments.  You apply to the skin and leave for 5, 10, 15 or 20 minutes, depending on the length of treatment you want.  Then remove with warm water and a cloth.  This product is loved many celebrities and was initially created for Hollywood behind the scenes.  I can’t wait to try this product and do a full review on it.  Lets hope it is magic in a tube!

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Lizi’s Granola – Treacle & pecan

This is one of the extras you receive in the box.  It is a 40g packet of granola in treacle & pecan flavour, and I believe is worth around 50p.  This is a nice little extra, and i’m interested in trying this flavour.  I’m happy it’s a nice healthy product included, and I look forward to having this for my breakfast.  I have never really eaten that much granola, but I do quite like it with yogurt, so I will give this a try.

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Charles Worthington – Moisture Seak Hair Healer Leave-In Conditioner

This is my second extra I got, it is a 10ml sample worth 30p.  It also comes with a £2 off voucher.  This product also contains argan oil, and is meant to repair and recondition your hair.  It also says it is lightweight and deeply nourishing.  I tend to use spray leave-in conditioners, so it will be interesting using a gel-creme.  It may feel like I’m applying normal conditioner and just not rinsing, which I’m sure will feel strange at first.  I’m guessing I will only get one use out of this sample, as I do have quite thick long hair.  If I like this product I will probably put the £2 off voucher to good use and buy the full sized product as it is only £5.99 to start with.

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Caudalie – Divine Legs

This is the final extra I received in my box.  It is a 5ml sample worth £1.30.  Full size is £26 for 100ml.  This is a tinted body lotion to give you a sunkissed glow without self-tanning agents.  This is a great product to be able to try out before the summer, not pasty legs on display! You apply the lotion and allow it to dry before dressing, and it just washes off, so sounds great for the days you get your legs out! A nice healthy way to add some glow without causing any damage to your skin.  I have an olive tint to my skin anyway so I don’t know how much use this will be to me, but I will give it a try.  Even when I have bought self tanning products you could never tell I had actually used them, but if you have quite pale skin then this maybe great for you.

So yet another great box from You Beauty Discovery.  This box is worth £30.32!! Not bad considering I only paid £6.95.  You definitely get your moneys worth with this box! Out of all the beauty boxes I get this is the cheapest and the products are actually worth more! This is definitely my favourite box!

What do you think?

Love Me Beauty April 2014

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This is my first Love Me Beauty box review, and I am quite happy with these boxes.  You get a choice of 3 boxes every months, they have pretty much the same things, but a couple will be slightly different.  So you get to pick which box suits you best.  You can also skip a month if you don’t like what the are offering, and you can also pick a mystery box, where what you get will be a surprise.  I have never done this, as I have always chosen which box I want.  This beauty box costs £10 + £2.95 p&p.  The size of the products in Love Me Beauty are decent sizes, and quite often there are full sizes in the box.  The sizes of the products are a lot better than what you get in Birchbox, but they are usually of lower value products, so the actual value of the boxes are pretty similar to each other.  But if you prefer quantity then this is a great box.

I picked Edition 3.

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My first product, is Full Size 250ml and this is why I chose this box as I would use it more often than smoothing cremes etc.  This is a fantastic size, and full size so worth £11.50.  It smells quite nice, and is not overpowering.  It has a kind of sophisticated smell, I really don’t know what this shampoo smells like.  I have yet to try this shampoo yet, as I got a shampoo in my Birchbox as well, so I have been trying that one.  I have not tried and Neal & Wolf products yet, but I have heard of them, so it will be great to see what they are like.

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Models Own – Nail Polish ‘Fuzzy Peach’ (RRP £5)

This is another Full Size product so worth £5.  As I have said before I don’t usually use nail polish, as I prefer Gel Polish.  This dried fairly quickly, but was rather thin and watery when applying, but it went on nicely.  It’s by Models Own and is in ‘Fuzzy Peach’.  I do really like the colour, it has kind of a neon tint to it, but isn’t too bright. It is ideal for the summer. The only thing is it has already chipped on about 3/4 fingers, and it hasn’t even been on for 24hrs. So even though I love the colour I’m not too impressed with its longevity.  I have had to fill in the chips, but it just chipped again within another 24hrs.  So it’s great to wear for the day, but don’t expect much longer out of it without it looking tatty.

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Betty Hula – Secret Wonder Oil Roller Ball (RRP £6.25)

This is yet another Full Size product! That makes 3 full sized products in one box! Its is worth £6.25 and is 10ml.  This is a moisturising oil and is suitable for all skin types.  It boosts your skins natural moisture barrier which promotes radiance, whilst the roller ball works to encourage circulation.  It contains Grapeseed oil, Apricot kernel, Avacado oil, Hemp oil, Vitamin E, Rose Absolute and Jojoba oil.  It smells amazing, it has a very luxurious scent and reminds me of when you visit a spa and have a massage.  It make your skin so soft! It’s amazing how soft my skin feels after I apply this oil.  And you can apply this anywhere on your body, so you see a patch of dry skin.. apply this and voila it will be moisturised and super soft!  It is good for relieving signs of stretch marks, scaring, dry/sensitive and aging skin, combination skin, oily skin and for soothing sunburn.  It has so many uses, and you have to try this to believe how soft it make your skin.  This is something that should be on everyone’s shopping list!

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This product is a sample size 30ml and is worth £1.20, the full size is £9.99 250ml.  This is a special conditioner for colour treated hair, and it is meant to resurface the cuticle for a smooth, vibrant finish. It also detangles and provides protection from fading, whilst restoring colour vibrancy.  I do colour my hair, so I will get use out of this product.  But it was not something I got excited about.  It just reminds me of the colour conditioner you get in every box of home hair dye kit! But this maybe different, I guess I will have to try it to find out.  But I am not going to expect anything different from this product.  If you have already tried this product let me know what you thought about it.

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There were a few extras in the box, and that consisted of a voucher for HelloFresh worth £25.  I probably wont use this as it is somehting you have to sign up to, where you receive a box each week with recipes and ingredients in.  There were also 2 x 2ml sachets of Weleda – Stretch Mark Massage Oil worth 64p.  Full size is £15.95 for 100ml.  It is meant to prevent the appearance of pregnancy stretch marks by visibly improving the skin’s elasticity and smoothness.  So this is probably great if you are pregnant, which I am not! But I am sure it will be a nice massage oil anyway, and it will be something nice to try.  It also maybe a product I might want to use in the future! You never know!

This month was a fantastic box, so may full sized products!! This month’s box (excluding the gift voucher!) is worth £24.59! Not bad for £10 + £2.95 p&p.  Again you get more than your moneys worth, so can’t complain there!

Which edition did you go for, and what do you think of Aprils box??

 

Secret Beauty Box on Facebook

Well guys, I have decided to connect the Secret Beauty Box with Facebook, to keep people more connected and so everyone can join in a bit more as well.  Which is always good 😀

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