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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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Love Me Beauty August 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 3 as I wanted the beauty wonder oil.  The first thing I noticed was that there are only 4 products!  I think I got spoilt last month with the 7 products I received, but there just seems to be something missing from this month’s box.  There is no lifestyle product this month, which would have filled it out a bit and not made my box look so empty when I opened it.  Even my partner made a comment asking if that was all I got this month!  But even though there doesn’t seem to be much in the box, every product I received is actually full size!  That is impressive.

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Oriflame – Swedish Spa Beauty Wonder Oil – £8.45

This is 150ml in size.  This is a versatile oil which softens and nourishes.  It contains Hydracare+, antioxidants, tonic ginger oil, nourishing coconut oil, vitamin E and sweet almond oil and smells absolutely amazing!!  Using this straight out of the shower will leave you smelling fantastic.  When you apply the oil to the skin it doesn’t leave you feeling greasy, it absorbs straight in and leaves your skin feeling silky and soft.  I am such a massive fan of body oil and I use it all the time and this is what made me chose Edition 3.  You can use this oil for massage, moisturising, bathing or as a pre-shampoo treatment for your hair.  This oil is so versatile, you can use it for so many things and it smell great, I just love this oil it is now a new favourite of mine.

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Marsk – Mineral Eyeshadow – Lucky Penny – £14.49

This eyeshadow is a 100% natural mineral based loose powder and is also strictly cruelty free, which is what I like to hear.  The colour I received is ‘Lucky Penny’, which is a nice browny bronze colour and it can be blended easily and also looks gorgeous on.  The powder has a creamy texture once applied and is also highly pigmented.  This colour will go really well with the one I received in my You Beauty Discovery box.  You can also use these eyeshadows wet or dry, depending on the desired look you are after.

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Mirabella – Lip Luster Liner – Shy – £10.50

This lip liner is lovely, it is long wearing and has a shiny finish.  It contains Aloe Vera that helps to keep lips soft and application comfortable.  Because of this it doesn’t feel as dry as a lot of liners can do, and you can even coat the entire lip with the liner before applying a gloss or a balm for full coverage.  I love the colour, it is a subtle nude colour that works really well with my skin tone.  I’m very impressed with this lip liner.

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A La Carte – Smudge-Proof Eyebrow Definer – Blonde – £23

Now this product is definitely one that has caught my eye.  This is a skinny tip pen which you use to paint in individual hairs.  It is water-based and smudge-proof which can be used for eyebrow, eyeliner or semi-permanent body art.  The colour that was in everyone’s box is Blonde, which is actually more like a light brown.  I had to apply quite a lot when I first tried it out (as you can see in the picture).  Even though it is more brown than blonde, it is still the wrong shade of brown for me, but maybe mixed with a powder or pencil I maybe able to get the right shade.  I like the fact you can use this for your brown and as an eye liner, I don’t think I will get much use of it as a body art pen.  The down side of this product is the fact that it is £23!  I would never pay that amount of money for this, I think it is just extremely over priced, but it has been nice to be able to try it out.

So the value of this box comes to £56.44, not bad considering there was only 4 products in the box.  I do feel like something else should have been included in this box, there really should have been a lifestyle extra to bulk it out a bit.  It also reminds me a lot of last month’s box, I got two brow products last month and another one this month, I got an eyeshadow last month and again this month.  It would be nice if the mixed it up a bit, but I am still happy with the products I received, and I will use most of them, I just can’t help feeling like something is missing.

Let me know what you thought of your box? Or would you be interested in trying Love Me Beauty?

If you want to try Love Me Beauty you can do so HERE.

Birchbox August 2014

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This month’s Birchbox theme is Away We Go, celebrating everything that makes summer getaways magical, whether you’re counting down to a fun-packed fortnight away from home or day-tripping your weekends away.  Whatever your holiday plans may be Birchbox have your travel essentials sorted in this very handy travel toiletry bag.  The toiletry bag is cute, I love how they have replaced the drawstring bag for this month with this handy bag.  It has three cute blue, yellow and green ice lollies on one side, it is just ideal for putting in your hand luggage or popping into your beachbag.  The only problem I find with it is that it keeps opening, the seal isn’t very strong when you close it.

Birchbox is £10 + £2.95 P&P a month, or you can subscribe for 6 or 12 months, which would save some money.  But I prefer not being tied into a subscription and being able to cancel at any time.  Each month you receive approximately 5 beauty samples and an added lifestyle product, and they all come in a handy drawstring bag.  You also receive Birchbox points for each box you receive, and then if you fill in surveys for each product you have been sent you get more points.  100 Birchbox points are worth £10 to spend in the e-store, which is probably one of the best parts of being subscribed to this beauty box.

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Number 4 – Super Comb Prep & Protect

This is a 30ml sample worth £3, full size is 200ml for £20.  This is a leave-in conditioning spray which detangles and protects against heat and sun damage.  It is always handy to take a leave-in conditioner away with you on holiday, especially if you are in the sun all day.  I always need something to protect my hair from drying out in the sun to stop it drying out.  This comes in a handy travel sized bottle with a spray nozzle which makes it easy to use.  You spray this onto damp hair before drying and styling.  I also find these handy to use when I come out of the sea, as I find the sea water dries my hair out and if you can’t wash it straight away while you are on the beach, then this can be handy to help prevent it from drying out.

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Nude – Progenius Omega Treatment Oil

This is a 5ml sample worth £9.66, full size is 30ml for £58.  This is a nourishing oil which is rich in omegas 3, 6, 7 and 9 and helps hydrate, nourish and smooth skin.  Simply warm 2-3 drops in your hand and apply to your face after cleansing and before moisturising, or before applying foundation for a smoother application.  Use this product daily to increase your skin’s natural radiance.  This makes my skin feel nice and soft and absorbs in nicely, but I should hope so for a product with this price tag!  Don’t think I will be spending that much on the full sized product.

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Vasanti – BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator

This is a 20g sample worth £4.33, full size is 120ml for £26.  This is a multi-action exfoliator which ensures a renewed and refreshed complexion.  Brightens with powerful papaya enzymes to give radiance, exfoliates with dermatologist grade micro-crystals and gently cleanses with aloe vera, coconut and panthenol.  The papaya enzymes break down dead cells while evening out your skin tone.  This is definitely a product I will be using before and while I am on holiday to keep my skin looking fresh and radiant.  To use this exfoliator use 3-5 times a week, wet skin and apply a pea sized amount of the product over your face and massage in, the rinse off with warm water.

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Supergoop! Daily Correct SPF 35 CC Cream

If you got this in your Birchbox then you got two mini 3ml samples.  So the total 6ml is worth £4, full size is 47ml for £32.  This seems a bit expensive for a CC cream to me, especially when in America this seems to be $32, so I don’t know if Birchbox has just got their prices wrong, but I can not check as I can’t find anywhere in the UK that sells it.  I got the colour light to medium and I think this will work for me quite well, it blends easily and doesn’t leave my skin feeling dry.  I just wish that this was a larger sample as I don’t think two 3ml tubes is going to last me very long, or be enough for me to trial sufficiently to make a decision on whether I would buy the full size product.  It is a natural shade adjusting CC cream with SPF, it helps to smooth fine lines and even out skin tone, so this makes it ideal for a variety of skin tones.

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Wild About Beauty – Creme Eyeshadow – Matilda

This is Full Size and is worth £13.  This is a long lasting, satin finish shadow from Louise Redknapp and Kim Jacob’s paraben free range.  You can apply this with your finger tips or a brush and blend, I tend to prefer using my finger tips to apply creme eyeshadow and then blending with a brush.  You can also use this over powder shadow for a more intense finish.  When I first opened this I thought it would be too dark for me, but when you apply it and blend it it looks like a nice dark bronzey brown and it also has a subtle shimmer to it.  I love the colour and it would look really nice used for a smokey eye.  It feels very nice and light when applied to the eyelid, and you can build the colour up nicely.  You can tell this is a high quality creme shadow and I love the mirror which is in the lid.  The packaging feels like a high end product, I am so glad I get to add this to my make-up collection.

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Lifestyle Extra – The Proposal by Tasmina Perry

This is a bit of a different lifestyle extra for a beauty box, it is one chapter of the book ‘The Proposal’ by Tasmina Perry, the full book is available at the Birchbox store for £7.99.  This is a spellbinding and romantic novel, which spans 1950s London and present day NYC.  This isn’t really the type of book I would normal read, I prefer crime, thriller and horror books, but I will probably give it a try as it is only one chapter.  I can see how it is a good idea, and gives you a taster to see if it is something you would be interested in reading.  I can not value this though, as it is a bit hard to value a book that has one chapter.

Overall I am actually quite happy with this month’s box.  I love the handy toiletry bag included in this box, it will be great for when I go on holiday next month.  This month’s box was worth £33.99 (excluding the book sample), this is more than my box was worth last month.  I will use everything in my box so nothing will go to waste, which is always good.

If you want to subscribe to Birchbox and give them a try, you can do so by clicking HERE.

You can also get your first Birchbox for £10 (free shipping) by entering the code NEW14, so why not give it a try.

BIRCHBOX

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??

Birchbox July 2014

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This months Birchbox is all to do with the Summer.  Its theme is Sun Sea & Sand.  So it is packed with samples which are ideal for the warmer weather and for taking away on holiday.  They are decent travel sizes, which is great if you have a holiday booked.  There is a variety of skincare, make-up, body and hair care products, and a lifestyle product as well.  So there is a good variety of products in this months box.

Birchbox is £10 + £2.95 P&P a month, or you can subscribe for 6 or 12 months, which would save some money.  But I prefer not being tied into a subscription and being able to cancel at any time.  Each month you receive approximately 5 beauty samples and an added lifestyle product, and they all come in a handy drawstring bag.  You also receive Birchbox points for each box you receive, and then if you fill in surveys for each product you have been sent you get more points.  100 Birchbox points are worth £10 to spend in the e-store, which is probably one of the best parts of being subscribed to this beauty box.

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Weleda – Millet  Nourishing Shampoo

This is a none lathering shampoo, so this maybe a little weird the first time I try this one out, as I do like my shampoo to produce a good lather!  I received an 18ml sample worth 85p.  The full sized product is 190ml for £8.95.  The full sized product is not too expensive.  What I like about this product is the fact that is it a natural organic shampoo, so this is also suitable for anyone who is vegan.  This is designed for normal hair, and it helps prevent hair from drying out whilst keeping it supple.

This shampoo is sweet and vibrant, with extract of grapefruit and peppermint, layered with mild, woody amyris. With macadamia nut oil to add a caring, lightly conditioning element, this shampoo is ideal for all the family.

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Balance Me – Wonder Eye Cream

This is a sample size 7ml worth £9.33, full size is 15ml for £20.  So this is quite a decent sample size.  This eye cream is a triple action cream, which helps to soothe, brighten and lift.  It is meant to help reduce the dark circles around the eyes and help keep wrinkles at bay.  Couldn’t really ask for me, something I should definitely start using more of.  It is a light weight formula, and it feels very fresh when you apply it.  You only need a very small amount as a little definitely goes a long way.  I do own eye creams, but I always tend to forget to use them.  But with the years passing by it is probably something I should start using regularly.

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Whish – Three Whishes Lavender Body Butter

This is a 22ml sample which is worth £2.16.  Full size is 150ml for £14.50.  This is quite a light weight body butter and it absorbs very easily.  It doesn’t have a very strong lavender scent, it is more sweet and is relaxing at the same time.  It is an antioxidant-rich lotion, which moisturises, firms and purifies all in one.  It contains organic shea butter, organic raspberry butter, organic aloe, organic seaweed extract and organic rice bran oil.  It is also paraben and sulfate free, and it is also not tested on animals.  So there are definitely some good points to this body lotion.  I do tend to use body oils rather than lotions, but this is a nice lotion to use and it is a handy size to take away on holiday.  Think I’ll need more holidays to use all the samples I own! 🙂

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Gilchrist & Soames – English Spa Sea Kelp Extract Mineral Bath

This is a 40ml sample size worth £1.90. Full size in 236ml for £11.25.  This gel contains marine nutrient sea kelp to invigorate the skin.  The good thing about this product is that it maybe used to create a foamy bath, but you can also just use is as a shower gel.  So even if you don’t have a bath, or you prefer showers, then this item can still be used.  It is paraben and phthalate free.  It has a nice fresh and not overpowering scent, and will be nice to use when I want to treat myself to a relaxing bath.

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Laqa & Co – Sheer Lip Lube Pencil in Bees Knees

This is a 2g sample worth £7.57.  Full size is 3.7g for £14.  You either received this colour or you got a purple colour.  I was hoping to get this one, but once I actually tried it I wished it was just a little bit darker, as it is just a little bit too light for my skin tone.  It is a very nourishing lip pencil, and it is glossier than I expected it to be.  It is very easy to you, and very handy to just pop in to your bag so you can grab it when needed.  When you apply the pencil it has a kind of minty scent, so it is slightly cooling to your lips.  This is great for the summer weather.  This colour Bees Knees is a nice coral colour, and is an ideal colour for the summer, just unfortunately not quite the right colour for me.

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Ultra Dex – Oral Spray

This is a Full Sized product 9ml worth £3.65. It is an oral mouth spray in mint flavour, and there is 130 sprays worth of product, so it should last a while.  It eliminates odour and is anti-bacterial to help prevent tooth decay, gum disease and plaque.  It says you only need one spray and you really do, I sprayed it twice the first time and it was quite strong!  It says it delivers 12 hours of freshness, but I guess that would all depend on if you eat etc.  I was a bit unsure on whether I was happy about getting this in a beauty box, but it is a handy thing to pop into your handbag.  I don’t currently own a fresh breath oral spray so I guess getting one isn’t really going to hurt.  Who knows, it may come in handy one day.

So overall my box this month was worth £25.46, again not bad considering I pay £10 + £2.95 p+p.  I am quite happy with this months box, there is nothing I dislike.  The only thing I would really change if I could would be the colour of the lip pencil, but they can’t always send things that will suit everyone.  I will just have to get used to the colour.  I would definitely recommend Birchbox, I have been very happy with the products I have been receiving recently.

If you are interested in signing up to Birchbox you can do so HERE.  You will also receive £5 worth of points to spend in their shop.

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Glamour magazine June

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I couldn’t believe it when I saw what was free with this month’s Glamour magazine! Eyeko Skinny Liquid Liner. Which is worth £12.  I received a sample of this eyeliner from Birchbox and I loved it.  But it has pretty much ran out now and I was going to order a full sized one.  Until I saw this magazine!! A free FULL SIZE Eyeko eyeliner! And the magazine itself is only £2…what a bargain! I quickly grabbed it off the shelf, made sure I picked the right colour and went and paid feeling very happy with myself.  They have black and navy colours to choose from, I went for black as that’s what I use daily.  When I got home I still couldn’t believe it and then decided when I next went to the shop I would pick up more.  So I have now stocked up on my Eyeko eyeliner, and won’t have to fork out the RRP. 😀
I thought I would share this with all of you guys, so no one misses out. It is definitely worth £2 just to add this little gem to your makeup bag.
Next month looks pretty good as well.  Some more good looking freebies, all products from Clinique.  Definitely worth another look next month then.

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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?