Lookfantastic Beauty Box Review – April #LFBLOOMS

Its been a while since I was sitting down at the computer to write a blog post but sometimes there just aren’t enough hours in the day which I’m sure many mums out there will agree with. It’s always a little crazy in our household but let me explain a little why beauty boxes had become unimportant and why the Lookfantastic Beauty Box has grabbed my attention.

I haven’t had many beauty boxes for the past year or so as I found I had a mountain of stuff I wasn’t using, some of which was stuff I would probably never use and it came to a point where the cost of the boxes just didn’t live up to the contents. Instead of monthly subscrptions I instead bought the boxes I liked the look of and spent the money on new beauty items I really wanted to try (reviews to come).

That was until Febuary this year when an advert caught my attention for the LookFantastic Destination Beauty Box, up until that point I’d heard about it but just was tempted to go back to monthly subscrptions and piles of products I’d never use. A huge selling point of this box was the price at 11.25 a box with free delivery it’s worth a chance especially with the brands available to LookFantastic.

Look fantastic April Beauty Box

The box for April is deadacted to celebrating Earth Month, it’s all about natural, organic and eco friendly products that will also benefit you. Before you scroll any further make sure you want to see the contents of the box, just in case yours in still in the post, if curiosity has still got the better of you… keep going.

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What’s in the box?

Rituals Miracle Scrub – An exfoliating scrub for your hands infused with nourishing oils that will condion your skin leaving it glowing with health. A delicate scent of Ginseng is light and not at all overpowering. It can be used daily to keep hands in perfect condition.

Bloom and Blossom : Bath and Shower Gel – A product free from parabens, sulfates and synthetic fragrance that leaves your skin clean and looking healthy. Infused with organic cucumber extracts and Vitamin E two things we already know to be good for your skin, plus an added bonus it is safe to use throughout pregnancy and motherhood thanks to the natural and safe ingredients. I’ve already triend this and it is a lovely product that doesn’t overwhelm you with too much scent.

Briogeo : Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask – Infused with argan, avocado, Rosehip, Sweet almond oils as well as a multitude of Vitamins this mask will leave your hair soft and replenished. The organic brand uses the unquie blend to bring your hair back to its best. A cruelty free product formulated without silicone, synthetic fragrance, parabens and phthalates. Perfect for people with sensitive skin and scalps.

Elemis : British Botanical Hand and Nail Butter – A luxurious hand cream made with chamomile, Lavender, Geranium and Palmarosa a beautiful mix. The shea butter rehydrates your skin, leaving it soft and I stand by this. Perfect to leave in your handbag and use whenever needed.

Tanworx: Tan Maintainer – Enriched with carrot, coconut and sunflower oil which aid in hydrating the skin. A perfect base for fake tan. Unfortunetly not my kind of product but could be handy for the self-tanners out there.

Balance Me: Super Toning Body Polish – A exfoliant that is the ultimate treat, ground walnut-spheres help remove the dead skin and past product build up to reveal smooth and glowing skin. The Blackberry Leaf extract helps boost collagen production and encourage cell renewal for soft healthy skin.

Lookfantastic #LFBLOOMS

I was happy with the first box and its rare for the second box to be just as good but I’m over the moon happy with everything in it. I definetly recommend giving the Lookfantastic Beauty Box a try.

GlossyBox October PopArt Edition

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GlossyBox October Pop Art Edition
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GlossyBox October Pop Art Box

I’ve been so excited about this box and couldn’t wait until dispatch day. I love the box, the Pop Art looks amazing and will sit beside my July box (the american flag inspired box) once it’s contents have been emptied out. I had a feeling this months GlossyBox wouldn’t let me down and I was more that right.

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GlossyBox October Reveal

Below are the contents of my October GlossyBox:

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Nuxe

NUXE Creme Fraiche De Beaute Mask
A 24 hour moisturising mask that hydrates and soothes skin, reducing redness and discomfort. It can be used once or twice a week and can be kept in the fridge for a more refreshing feel. I can’t wait to use this especially with the colder weather now setting in. The full size product comes in the box and its worth £19.50 for 50ml.

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Etre Belle

Etre Belle Cosmetics Liplift Peel
A moisturising exfoliator to replenish your lips. The gentle formula removes the dead skin cells leaving behind soft lips in just 1 minute. Another full size product worth €12.95 for 15ml.

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So Susan Flutter Mascara

So Susan Cosmetics Flutter Mascara
An intense carbon black mascara formulated with hyaluroric spheres so you get the darkest, curviest lashes possible. Two coats away from perfect lashes also a full size product £14.95 for 4ml.

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Ciate London Paint Pot – Skinny Jeans

Ciate London Paint Pot – Skinny Jeans
A pop of colour to match the theme of the box, part of a range of 88 eye popping colours. Two coats to get the perfect colour, full size product worth £ 9 for 13.5ml.

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Yves Rocher Perfume

Yves Rocher France Quelques Notes D’Amour
A beautiful fragrance that captures the essence of falling in love with notes of damascus rose, guaiac wood and patchoui. A full size product would cost £33 for 30ml. This is a sample size.

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Rimmel London BB Cream Matte

Rimmel London BB Cream Matte
A multitasking 9in1 skin perfecting make up cream. A natural formula containing Kaolin, Witch Hazel and salicylic for a flawless matte look. A sample size product and the full size is £6.99 for 30ml.

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GlossyBox October Contents

All together a really great box which I am very happy with. I wonder what other items were up on offer either way I wasn’t disappointed.

MsRetro

You Beauty Discovery Box : September

My first time I’m getting this box of little treasures and I have to say I’m impressed. With this box you pick two items out of a list and they add the extras. I really enjoyed opening this little box as apart from the two items I picked the other items were a complete surprise, no hint at all what to expect.

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The two items I selected to have were:

Sanctuary Spa : White Lily & Damask Rose Body Lotion

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A floral moisturiser infused with a blend of shea butter and rose extracts. It should leave your skin nourished,  soft, smooth and lightly scented. Needless to say I will be trying this after my soak in the bath tonight.

Eyeko : Hydrogel Eye Patch pack of 2

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Botanically infused eye patches for radiant bright eyes, these eye patches will instantly brighten and revive eyes for a wide awake look. With concentrated anti-stress and anti-fatigue ingredients treat the eye area visibly diminishing dark shadows and puffiness. If this works in the 20 mins it says it does then I would be happy, pity I haven’t got 20 mins to sit still in the morning though.

And here are my extras:

Toni&Guy : Glamour Volume Plumping Whip

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Toni&Guy

 

The ultimate hair treat that will leave your hair full of body and bounce all day long. With its non sticky formula it will lift, volumise and all without pesky fly-aways. Just apply a walnut sized amount at the roots, blow dry to unleash sleek body through your hair. Perfect for that up do. Lookinh forward to giving this a try.

Crabtree & Evelyn : Afternoon Tea and Blackberry Green Tea

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A little birthday treat which also offers £5 off a £25 spend instore. This is perfext to relax with and I’m thinking I had the ultimate pamper box here.

HelloFresh Voucher

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HelloFresh Voucher

£25 off my firat box order, I’ve been looking at these for a while and I think this voucher may very well be what makes me cave to give them a try

Aswell as a little makeup sponge ready for the Autumn make up refresh.

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Hope you enjoy if you get one of these it definitely put a smile on my face.

MsRetro

Beauty Box : She Said Beauty – October Box

What has one of our favourite boxes got lined up for us this month, I bet you’ve been on the edge of your seats wondering what Autumn goodies would be on offer. Well this months box is dedicated to getting you ready for Autumn, the box is packed full of beauty essentials to keep you through the Autumn months. So what is in this box:

 

Inside The Box

  • Amy Childs Fragrance by Jigsaw – A cute deep purple bottle, multi-faceted embellished with a heart shaped charm, Amy Childs perfume is oozing  femininity just like her. She likes things glamorous and girly so why would her perfume be any different.
  • Cellnique : Advanced Bio Renewal Masque – This unparalleled scrub masque is formulated with a complex of fresh fruit enzymes and acids. It effectively works in exfoliating dead skin cells, optimizing the cellular renewal performance and deeply cleanses the pores, thus revealing a softer, fresher and healthier skin.
  • B.Liv : Off With Those Heads – Say goodbye to painful squeezing! This light cooling gel promises to easily remove stubborn blackheads and whiteheads in just 14 days of daily application. It keeps excessive oil secretion under control while preventing future irritation and breakouts.

 

  • Biao : Rejuvenating Night Creme : Our Night Cream has been formulated with natural flower, fruit and root botanicals to absorb quickly, while antioxidants guard skin against free radicals. Fast-acting and long-lasting, Biao Beauty Rejuvenating Night Cream is proven to increase skin hydration while you sleep.
  • Herbacin : Glycerine Hand Cream – Herbacin’s Wuta Kamille Hand Cream contains a wealth of natural ingredients designed to protect your hands from all weather conditions.

 

  • Kerastraight : Moisture Masks – KeraStraight Moisture Mask is a lightweight nutrient rich treatment that nourishes dry, dehydrated and brittle hair.
  • Kerastraight : Protein Masks – KeraStraight Protein Mask is a powerful concentration of low weight proteins that form a fortifying net to reconstruct and revitalise extremely damaged hair.
  • Palmer’s : Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Lotion – Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Travel Size Lotion contains all the goodness of the full size lotion; its enriched with Vitamin E and pure cocoa butter and will deeply moisturise any dry spots while smoothing marks and toning skin. Ideal for keeping your skin nourished and conditioned all weekend long, you’ll be sure to use every last drop of this indulgent travel essential – meaning one less thing to pack for your return journey!

 

  • Myvitamins : Total Acai Berry – Indigenous to the Amazon, Acai Berry is widely regarded as one of the worlds leading ‘super foods’ due to its powerful antioxidant properties and other nutritional values. Total Acai Berry is a premium quality and high potency capsule containing 150mg of Acai Berry Extract, which is the equivalent to 3000mg of actual Acai Berry. As a powerful antioxidant, Acai Berry can help the body neutralise or remove free radicals which can attack the health of the body’s cells. Reducing free radical activity can have an extremely positive effect on healthy ageing, immune function and other important bodily functions.
  • Myvitamins : Total Chromium – Chromium is a trace mineral responsible for the maintenance of blood sugar levels. It occurs naturally in whole-wheat grains, fruits and vegetables with its greatest concentrations being found in brewer’s yeast.
  • Myvitamins : Total Green Tea Extract – Green Tea is a naturally occurring and highly effective antioxidant that has been used in Chinese herbal medicine for thousands of years.
  • Myvitamins : Essential Vitamin D3 – Vitamin D3 is a fat soluble vitamin found naturally in oily fish and eggs. It can also be synthesised in the body with the presence of sunlight and is responsible for numerous functions within the body, including the maintenance of healthy bones.

 

Beauty Box : GlossyBox September 2012 – Maggie Li Special

I was literally bouncing at the thought of receiving this months GlossyBox especially after watching the video with Maggie Li, the box itself looked exciting and I couldn’t wait to see what great products I was going to get to try. My box arrived this afternoon and I almost ripped it open (it had been a bad morning in work), I am really curious about giving these products a try. Obviously everyone is celebrating London Fashion Week and GlossyBox is no exception. If you want to know what’s in the box then take a look below:

  • Balance Me : Extra Care, Wonder Eye Cream –  A great product which I loved dearly from the first time I used it so I don’t mind stocking up on it.
  • Lady Gaga Fame Black Fluid – Lady Gaga reinvents every creative form she pursues. In doing so, she has become an icon of music, fashion and beauty. Now she brings her first fragrance to life. The beautiful scent is revealed through an unprecedented black-to-clear technology. As the fragrance brings darkness into light, it celebrates the clear rewards and dark price of fame.
  • Rodial : Glamoxy Snake Serum / 5 Minute Facial  – Rodial GLAMOXY™ Snake Serum is a revolutionary product with instantly visible results / The 5 minute Facial is a lifting and decongesting mask that targets age spots and helps reduce the appearance of fine lines by stimulating the skin’s natural collagen.

  • L’Oreal Proffesional : Mythic Oil Milk / Original Oil / Rich Oil / Colour Glow Oil – This customised collection of special oil-enriched blends targets specific haircare needs: – Mythic Oil Milk: conditioning for fine to normal hair, Original Mythic Oil: nourishing for all hair types, Mythic Oil Rich Oil: taming anti-frizz effect for unruly and rebellious hair and Mythic Oil Colour Glow Oil: radiance-protecting for colour-treated hair.
  • Vichy : Idealia Day Care Cream – The dream of ideal skin comes true with Vichy’s NEW Idealia Day Care. For a perfect skin texture, with less visible flaws and wrinkles. Suitable for women of any age and skin type; enriched with Vichy Thermal Spa Water.
  • The Body Shop : Vitamin E Moisture Cream – A bestselling daily moisturiser hydrates skin, leaving it feeling soft and smooth.
  • L’Oreal Proffesional : Techni Art Full Volume Extra Mousse – Create big boudoir hair and overall volume without weighing the hair down. This extra strong hold mousse creates a movement-boosting action on the hair fibre with UV filters which protects from sun exposure.
  • Olay Regenerist  : Olay Regenerist Wrinkle Relaxing Complex – Combines Olay’s proven anti-ageing ingredients with light reflective technology to instantly brighten and reduce the appearance of lines. Alongside light diffusing technology, the product contains Regenerist’s Amino Peptide Complex and intense hydrators to keep skin supple. It also contains an exciting new ingredient – Peptamide Y6.
  • Maghrabian: Argan Oil Treatment – It is a product that goes far beyond simple hair serum. It’s a mix between serum, conditioner, and yet is also a treatment. MaghrabiaOil is a product that smoothes the hair, brightens, removes frizz and protects the tips, plus its formula is pure argan. The conditioner has the function of moisturizing, retain moisture and let your hair down. And the treatments have a more intensive, really nourish and repair the hair fiber, because as its name suggests, “”treatment”” hair.
  • Biosilk: Silk Therapy – BioSilk Silk Therapy is a lightweight leave-in treatment that helps moisturize and restructure your hair without heaviness.
  • Sexy Hair : Spray and Play – SPRAY & PLAY™ is a flexible, working hairspray that gives incredible volume, lift and shine. Its anti-humidity formula delivers medium hold and is great for everyday use. It’s perfect for all hair types.

Beauty Box : She Said Beauty Pay Day Treat

Hiya Guys,

If like me your looking forward to the next She Said Beauty Box then how about a little offer that will set you up for the next couple of months?, She Said Beauty are offering free p+p if you buy a 3 month subscription. If this sounds good then below for the code:

 

Just got to She Said Beauty, order your subscription and enter the code ” SSBTREAT “, Enjoy x

Purple Passion Look – MUA & Lux Box July

Hiya All,

When the suns shining its always a great time to try your new items to see how they really look. I created this looking using a few of my new products from MUA as well as a few of my July Lux Box items which I love.Here’s my purple inspired look and what I used to create it:

Face

  • MAC Prep + Prime
  • MAC Select Moisturecover – NW15
  • BRTC Gold Caviar BB Cream (Lux Box July)

 

Eyes

  • Urban Decay Primer Potion
  • MUA Trio Eyeshadow – Passion
  • MAC Eye Shadow – Vanilla
  • Inika Eyeliner – Peacock Blue (Lux Box July)
  • Me Me Me Cosmetics – Fat Cat Mascara
  • Magnifibres : Brush On False Eyelashes (Lux Box July)

 

Lips

  • Vivo : Lacquer Shine Lipgloss – Angelic

 

 

 

 

Beauty Boxes : Lux Box ( July Box )

After the success of last months Lux Box I can’t wait to see what they have for us this month, while last months box had a bit of everything ranging from make up to face cleanser to body exfoliator and even a teeth cleanser, what are you expecting to be in this months box?

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I am so pleased with this months box, I love every single item in it and can’t wait to try them all. If you don’t want to know whats in the box then look away now.

Inside The Box

    • Inika Ceritfied Organic Eye Liner : Peacock Blue – I originally recieved a black eye liner in my GlossyBox a couple of months back and wasn’t too fond on it but I love the colour of this one and I will definitely give it a go. The eye liner is rich in colour and gentle which according to them has real staying power. I’ve already tested how the eye liner intensives with a sweep of eye shadow over the top.. you have to try it.
    • Gatineau Essential Skin Corrector – A thick luxurious cream which is said to smooth out first signs of wrinkles and improve the radiance and comfort of your skin. The brand is well known for its advancements in anti-ageing and their skincare range offers an anti-ageing shield that offers complete protection internally and externally. Its to be used morning and evening so I’ll report back after a week to tell you my findings, I’ve already tried it once this morning.

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  • Magnifibres :  Brush On False Lashes – I can’t wait to try this I’m interested how good the false eye lash effect will be, its a simple concept which you can use with your favourite mascaras. Just apply one coat of your mascara,  a coat of the brush on false lashes and then another coat of your mascara… simple but how affective is it?
  • BRTC Gold Caviar BB Cream – The Gold Caviar BB Cream is said to be multi functional as its great for anti-ageing, lightening , sun protection as it has SPF50, wrinkle repair, cover and moistursing. Can one BB cream do all this?. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to tell with the two small sachet samples but I’ll try my best of course. It’s made from real caviar extracts which doesn’t sounds too pleasing but I’ll give it a try.
  • Yana Cosmetics Foundation – A lightweight creamy foundation which I have been really looking forward to trying and I’m wondering if I ordered a shade too light, oh well only trial will tell. It offers full coverage, an airbrush look which is suitable for all skin types. Also as if I didn’t like it so much already its also not tested on animals, non comedogenic, bendable and long lasting. I can’t wait to report my findings on this foundation.

Jelly Pong Pong Lip Frosting : Irish Cream Pavlova Review ( GlossyBox July )

I was quite excited when I saw this product in my July GlossyBox, I have never used any of their products before but I had heard of the brand. Lip Frosting is formulated to coat your lips with a glossy sheen. Generously packed in a fat tube, it comes in a sheer cherry colour and is scented like a scrumptious dessert. It can also be doubled up as a cheek tint and it really does smell gorgeous but try to remember you can’t eat it.

 

I love this product its that simple, its not sticky or tacky in anyway and slicks on easily. Perfect for carrying around in your handbag and travelling on holiday and as I said before it is a lip tint as well as doubling up as a cheek tint. It leaves a beautiful cherry shade on your lips as well as a luminous shine to your cheeks. Perfect for summer days, I would definitely say its worth £10 just for the smell alone which is absolutely gorgeous.

Beauty Boxes: JolieBox July

I decided not to get this months Joliebox after last months problems but I did say if I liked the box I’d try to order. Looking at the items in it I’ve never tried any of the brands and it doesn’t look like anything I’m that disappointed in not getting. I thought I’d let you all know what is in it this month in case you were considering purchasing it.

July is ‘officially’ the summer and if the sun is shining near you, congratulations! English weather, as unpredictable as it is, is keeping us on our fashion and beauty toes at all times. Let’s hope some of you are going on your holidays! With fingers crossed and bated breath, this month we bring you our ‘Summer Essentials’.

If you want to know then have a look beneath the picture:

Inside The Box

  • Etat Pur : Express Purifying Mask – This clever product is a white clay face mask, in 5 mins it purifies the skin by absorbing impurities and toxins, unblocks pores, works in harmony with the skins natural balance and guarantees excellent cutaneous tolerance. It is said to clear your complexion and leave your skin feeling radiant and soft.
  • Etat Pur : Salicylic Acid 300 – Salicylic Acid 300 pure Active is used for various blemishes in acne-prone skin: spots, blackheads, skin blemishes. It purifies, exfoliates to normalize the complexion and treat the blemishes. Use twice a day for at least 1 week. Continue treatment longer according to the extent of the blemishes.
  • Jane Iredale : Tantasia – I wouldn’t have minded trying this, it says it’s everything you wanted for a natural tan. The tinted formula provides instant bronzing and easy application control.  With a unique blend of ingredients that work with your skin to gradually develop a customized, even, natural-looking tan without exploiting your skin to the sun.

 

  • Wen Cleansing Conditioner by Chaz Dean – WEN is a unique hair care system consisting of a single step cleansing conditioner that cleanses and conditioners your hair simultaneously, its SLS free so it doesn’t lather when mixed with water and its packed with herbs, botanicals and provitamin B.
  • Nailgirls : The Medal Collection – To celebrate London 2012 nailgirls introduce three exclusive minis, Four in a box, three colours (gold, silver and bronze) plus a new 2-in-1 base/top coat. Metallics are always in vogue but this Spring Summer 2012 gold, silver and bronze shades are hotter than ever.