May GlossyBox – Unboxing & Review

I hope you guys are enjoying the new content of my blog, if you haven’t already seen the new additions then go have a look round (after reading this post).

I loved everything about the April Glossybox and hopefully I’ll have some reviews going live soon but I wasn’t planning on getting until I saw I’d reached my 1000 glossydots. For those that aren’t already members, for every product you recieve in your box you get a survey and for each survey you complete you recieve glossydots. You can only recieve and use your glossydots when you have an active subscription.  So I’ve reached 1000 which means I can get a free box,
which I’ve used to get my May glossybox.

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If you don’t want to know what is in the box or if your waiting for your own then it’s time to look away. If your too curious then take a look at what I recieved:

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MEMEME – Enchanted Eyes Dual Ended Eye Wand
From what I read I think everyone will have one of these in their box. Blue is a key look for spring and this dual-ended eyeshadow stick has two blue tones to offer. I don’t wear blue so this is going to be new for me but I’m willing to give it a try. It is a full size product worth £6.95.

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Etre Bell – Aloe Vera Ultra Moisturising Gel
The perfect product for prepping your skin ready for summer and an instant rescue when your skin needs something more than your normal moisturiser. A gel that cools while delivering moisture deep below the surface of the skin and reviving your completion as well as a post-sun savior. Another full size product worth £15.93 which already takes us over the cost of the box with delivery.

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Zerreau – Towel Off Shampoo Foam
Now this has my attention, classed as the next generation of dry shampoo, this apple scented beauty allows you to wash your hair with the foam formula and towel dry it off (no need for water). Could it really be that simple?
Not a full size product but full size product is worth £7.95.

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SASS – Intimate Perfect Skin Concentrate
I love these products when they actually work, I use to buy the Avon one but anyway. Described as a little treat for your skin post-shave or wax, this soothes your skin, reduces hair growth (woohoo), while exfoliating ingredients ensure no more ingrown hairs. Not a full size product and I don’t know if this is enough to trial but will definetly give it a go. Full size product £12.

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Philosophy – Renewed Hope in a Jar refreshing & Refining Moisturiser
Endorsed by celebrities and top dermatologists this moisturiser is world-renowned for its skin enhancing qualities. It’s loaded with antioxidants which a unique  soufflé texture. It is said to reduce the appearance of lines, discolouration and uneven texture. Leaving you with a complextion that is hydrated, radiant and looking healthier than ever. Not a full size product but still looking forward to giving it a try although I’m not sure if the sample size will last long enough to give it a fair test. Full size is worth £35.50.

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Overall a really good box this month and I’m looking forward to trying all the products. I usually prefer a box with a lot more make up but this time I like the range of products that have been put together and will happily test them.

MsRetro

Glossybox Reveal : April Iconic Box 2015

It’s been a few months since my last box, I was once again starting to stockpile products that were never getting used and I was getting disappointed in the boxes which at the end of the day was a complete waste of money.
I decided the GlossyBox April box was a must for me because it was my kind of box. For anyone who reads my posts regularly then you know I love the stars and looks of the past. I also can’t say no to red lipstick and black winged eyeliner. The theme of the box is Iconic as in the names Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn. The glamorous movie stars that a lot of girls strive to be in their own way.

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I couldn’t wait to recieve this box and wow look at it, already a big smile on my face before I even get to the contents. So here are the contents of this wonderful box:

Lord & Berry Lipstick Pencil : Kiss
A beautiful red lipstick pencil described as the perfect Marilyn red. A modern take on the classic pillar box red, this colour is just what you need for spring (and all year) in pencil form. The pencil form provides easier application as well as the formula been long-lasting with a matte finish. If you want a glossy finish just add a dab of lip balm.  A full size product worth £10 and it slips easily into your bag.

Astral Original Face and Body Moisturiser
A firm favourite amongst make up artists and stars since its creation in the 1950s, this rich moisturising cream is versatile and perfect no matter what your age. It can even be used as a make up remover!. At £3.89 per 200ml it’s not the most expensive product in the box but it’s definitely worth knowing about.

POP Beauty Kajal Eyeliner Pencil
I love my eyeliner and I’m looking forward to giving this a try. A pencil that makes creating that iconic cat eye even easier thanks to the sooty black pencil one end and the sponge applicator the other to create that flick. Want a smokier look just keep blending. Full size product worth £6.50.

Color Club Nail Polish : Barely There
As a rule I hate getting nail varnish, it’s never red in the boxes I get and that’s my favourite nail varnish colour but I can actually say I’m happy this time. I love nude nails as long as the colour works and it doesn’t look patchy. The nail vanish is perfect and is going to be one of my firm favourites when I need a change from red. Very sophisticated and glossy. Another full size product worth £4.10.

Nougat London : Soothing Bath Pearls
Wow these have scented the entire box and the smell is beautiful. An intoxicating, soothing aroma of Fig and Pink Cedar. I’ve just used my last Lush Bath Bomb so this is what’s going in my bath tonight. It’s a new launcher product for £6 per 35ml.

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Overall I love this box, it doesn’t add up to a lot but I think i got my money’s worth and I love all the products. Couldn’t be happier. Look out for the reviews

MsRetro

Review: Rimmel BB Cream Matte

In the October GlossyBox I received a sample size of Rimmel BB Cream Matte,  this 8ml sample is perfect for trying out a product before buying it.

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Rimmel London BB Cream Matte Review

It comes in two shades light and medium, personally light wasn’t light enough for me as it still looked a little dark on my skin tone but not so much that it wasn’t wearable. Just make sure your neck matches your face by applying down your neck too if needed.

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Rimmel London BB Cream Matte Swatch

This 9in1 skin perfecting super makeup primes, moistures, minimises pores, conceals, covers, smoothes, mattifies, brightens and protects your skin. That’s a lot of a product that costs roughly £6.99.
So does it do all it says? Yes

I needed no primer underneath as the formula went on easily, the formula felt a little thick but I find this is common with most matte products but depending on how oily your skin is you may not find this a problem.

It covered up spots easily, only needed a little dab of extra product on stubbon spots and it covered dark circles without need of any extra product. My skin looked smoother without looking caked, it really only took a small amount of product so a full size would go a long way.

The matte formula speaks for itself as no shine is left but the brightening action makes your skin look natural. Also has SP15 to protect your skin on a daily basis.

All in all this is the perfect product for combination / oily skin. The formula although thick doesn’t clog your pores and once on feels like your wearing no make up at all. Its a time saver for anyone who hasn’t got a lot of time for make up in the morning or to throw in your bag and apply later. Busy mums for instance or students can take full advantage of this product that can do many things for a fraction of the cost of buying loads of products.

I would recommend this product and I’m hoping they will extend there range of shades.

MsRetro

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

Look: Dusky Pink (Autumn)

Dusky Pink is the colour to have this autumn, its on the catwalks in all forms but most importantly its inspiring beauty looks and nail varnish trends. As the lips go bolder is shades of berry eyes go softer is pink hues. I created this look with neutral lips and slightly smokey eyes instead of my usual black eyeliner.

Face
Benefit : It’s Potent
Illamasqua Skinbase: 4.5
Vivo Baked Blush : Rouge Shimmer
Absolute NY Primer
Urban Decay Naked Palette: Virgin, Sidecar, Toasted, Hustle
Kryolan for GlossyBox Highlighter : Cashmere
Greenpeople Anti-Age Pencil Eyeliner: City Grey
Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara: Black (Just 1 coat)

Lips
Carmex lip Balm
ModelCo Lip Lacquer : Morocco

MsRetro

Review: Pamper Products for Face & Body

I’ve received various pamper products from beauty boxes and ones I’ve ordered myself lately. With the colder days well under way its the perfect time to treat your skin to some luxury after all the cold weather can be hard on your skin. I’m so happy I found the time to relax and try these items this week, I find it hard to find the time to relax so when I do find it I go all out and usually end up with the best night sleep I’ve had it ages.

Eyeko Hydrogel Eye patches

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The Hydrogel Eye Patch comes in a little packet with as you can guess a little under eye patch for each eye. It claims to visibly diminish the appearance of dark shadows and puffiness for the delicate patch of skin under your eyes. Leaving the skin hydrated, firm and your eyes brighter. When I put these on all I could think is the felt cold and wet but its not too bad. Once on you leave on for 30 minutes, its easy to forget they are there so don’t go out with them on. My eyes did look less tired, more radiant and the skin did feel firmer. I’m glad I have another pack as I’ll be scheduling in another pamper session soon.

Skin Pep : Brightening Enzyme & Acid Peel

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Skin Pep September GlossyBox

A professional grade peeling gel that targets dark spots and dissolves dead skin to leave skin exfoliated, soft and vibrant. It’s paraben, alcohol,  perfume, mineral oil and artificial dyes free. simply wet the skin and apply massaging but not rubbing the skin. I could leave it on for 5 mins or more for my skin type but for dry or sensitive I’d stick to 1-2 minutes.  Then add water to active gel and wash off. I found my skin was definitely softer and bright but the day after my skin was slightly dry from this nothing some moisturiser couldn’t solve.

Sanctuary Spa : White Lily & Damask Rose Body Lotion

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After a hot bath, I finished off my pampering evening with this beautiful body lotion. Described as lightweight formula and delicate fragrance I can tell you that is exactly what it is. The formula was easily absorbed by my skin and the delicate smell of rose was beautiful and not at all overpowering. Definitely worth a try.

MsRetro

Review: Kryolan Highlighter Cashmere (for GlossyBox)

Among the products of the August Glossybox was a Highlighter made by Kryolan for Glossybox. I’ve used Kryolan products before so it was a product I was looking foward to using but I can’t say I was that excited that it was a highlighter.

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GlossyBox August Birthday Box

Described as the perfect versatile highlighter cream that can be used on cheekbones, lips and other parts of the skin you wish to highlight. The lightweight formula makes it very wearable as once you’ve put it on you wont notice its there for the rest of the day.

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Kroylan Highlighter Cashmere

I used this as a brow bone highlighter as well as on my cheekbones but you can also use in otherways such as your cupids bow. The product recieved was full size worth £12.95.

I love the kryolan highlighter itself, its definitely lightweight, great highlighter perfect for brow bone highlighting. The texture is smooth, takes minimal product to the job and gives you that wide awake look if you are running late. But at £12.95 its quite a steep price for the job it does when you can get similar products for cheaper. I guess it all comes down to how much your willing to spend on a highlighter. As I had it in GlossyBox, this product alone is almost the cost of the box itself.

MsRetro

Review: Philip Kingsley Elasticizer

In the August GlossyBox I received the Phillip Kingsley Elasticizer,  I couldn’t wait to receive this item as I heard so much about it before hand. It was a sneak peek item and I think its one everyone received. The rest of the box I found quite disappointing as it was just standard products so decided not to do a reveal on this particular box even if it was their birthday box.

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Philip Kingsley Elasticizer Review

The first thing that drew me to this product was that it was originally created specifically for screen icon Audrey Hepburn, who wouldn’t be intrigued by that, I am a huge fan of her films and her style so its almost like having a piece of her beauty knowledge to have a product that was designed just for her.

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Audrey Hepburn

This pre-shampoo treatment gives unrivalled elasticity, manageability,  bounce and shine. All this without weighing down or coating your hair hair and it can be used by all hair types. Just wet your hair, add the treatment, sit with a towel or shower cap on your hair for 10-20 mins depending on your hair type and then shampoo and condition as normal.

I have never found a hair product that lives up to all it says it will do so perfectly as this product. With the first use their was so much vitality and movement to my hair. To the touch it was silky soft and still is numerous washes down the line. It works perfectly with the rockabilly, 50s look for curls with bounce and shine.

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Philip Kingsley Elasticizer 2

A definite buy and worth its cost as you’ll feel every inch the movie star. Full Size £ 38 for 250ml.

MsRetro

Look: Demonic Pink

I fancied something different today that my usual look, so today we have a gorgeous vibrant pink from Illamasqua for the main attraction. I’m also using the ModelCo More Brows in this look.

 

 

Face
Perricone MD : No Foundation Foundation
Illamasqua Powder Blush :

Eyes
Sleek make up : Primer Palette Pink Frost
Illamasqua Powder Eye Shadow : Demonic
M*A*D Minerals Eye Shadow : Abby
Urban Decay Eye Shadow : Fishnet
L’Oreal Superliner : Black
L’Oreal Miss Manga Mascara : Black
ModelCo : More Brows Fibre Gel Medium-Dark
Kryolan for GlossyBox Highlighter : Cashmere

Lips
Duwop Venom Gloss : Tulip

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Illamasqua Eye Shadow Demonic
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Urban Decay Eye Shadow Fishnet

 

Review: ModelCo More Brows Fibre Gel

With this months GlossyBox I recieved the ModelCo More Brows Fibre Gel. I knew before hand that this was likely to be in my September box due to the sneak peek they gave us. I was excited about trying this product as I usually just use a black eyeshadow or pencil through my brows but I am terrible at remembering to set them and have ended up with smudged brows on more occasions that I care to think about. It just isn’t a good look.

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GlossyBox September ModelCo More Brows

I tried this out straight away and I can tell you it’s worth the money. It goes on wet and sets dry so my main problem is solved. The coverage is perfect as long as you don’t go to heavy handed but you also have to want the bold brow so only a little bit isn’t going to get you your desired effect.

To use the product:
Just unscrew the wand from the bottle as you do with mascara and then brush the your eyebrows upwards (don’t press as this will cake your skin with product. Its that simple to get bold brows.

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GlossyBox September ModelCo More Brows Fibre Gel Review

It comes in two shades light-medium and medium-dark. If you haven’t got your GlossyBox yet I’d get it for this product alone which is worth £14.95 for 3.5ml and you get the full size product.