Grab the mistletoe and pucker up! Its Christmas party season! I’ve put together some of my favourite Christmas shades and lipstick looks for party season. Grouped into brown’s, orange’s and red’s, have a look below and be inspired this Christmas!
On Tuesday I was casually browsing Instagram when I came across this gorgeous beauty box. Glamour magazine have teamed up with Latest in Beauty (http://www.latestinbeauty.com) to bring the ultimate party ready beauty box! At only £15 this box is well worth its value, totalling in over £65 if all products were bought individually.
Filled with excitement, I ordered the box during my lunch break on Tuesday. In total the box cost me around £18 includng P&P (still a huge saving!). Shipping stated it would take up to 5-7 days which was a bit dissapointing, however Latest in Beauty exceeded my expectations as the beauty box arrived after only 2 days!
The box was presented beautifully. About A4 in size, it was smaller than I expected but full with wonderful, luxury products!
Included in the box:
1. Eyeko Lash Curler (RRP £12.00)
I rarely use eyelash curlers, my go to is either a great mascara or false eyelashes, so this was my first time using a high-end eyelash curler. The velvet handles add a luxurious feel, and the curler is a great size. The protective rubber coating helps curl the lashes with minmal discomfort; when curling my lashes I could barely feel the curlers. Without any mascara or lash products on eyes, the curlers definitley helped lengthen my lashes by at least 1-2 inches.
2. Benefit ‘They’re Real!’ Mascara 3.0g (RRP: £19.50 (for 8.5g size))
I’ve been using this mascara for about a year now. I adore it! Honestly, I cannot reccomend a great mascara than any by Benefit. This review will be a bit bias because this product was one the draws for purchasing the beauty box! The great feature of this mascara is that it not only lengthens your lashes, but thickens them as well. With two coats they can easily replace the hassle of sticking on false lashes all the time!
3. HD Brows Eye and Brow palette (RRP: £19.95)
I’ve lusted after the HD eye and brow palette for a long, long time! As soon as I realised this was included in the beauty box, it became a must have! This palette was well worth the wait. Whilst saving up for this palette I’ve been using a great dupe by W7, however you can immeadiatley see the difference in both brands. The pigmentation within the HD palette is fantastic; the colour really stands out on your skin, and manages to stay in place all day. The palette comes with a great angle brush to precisley fill in your HD brows. If you need any advice on achieving HD brows read my previous blog post here (shameless plug! ;))
4. Balance Me Radiance Face Oil 10ml (RRP: £15.00)
I was rather intrigued by this product. I am a huge advocate for hair oil, however I’d never thought about using oil on my face! I suffer from combination oily skin, so the thought of putting even more oil onto my skin, in my mind, spells beauty disaster! The great defining feature of this product is that it contains tea tree oil which is a fantastic natural anti-bacterial spot/acne remedy. I haven’t used this product enough yet to truly notice a difference in my skin, although once applied it is a very thin layer of oil, I feel this product which be far better suited to a consumer with dry skin. If you suffer from dry or oily skin like myself I’d suggest avoiding this product.
5. Philip Kingsley ‘One More Day’ Dry Shampoo 50ml (£6.00)
Ah dry shampoo. One of the biggest beauty challenges I’ve faced in the past! Dry shampoo can be very hit and miss; by the correct brand and you’ll have gorgeous long lasting, fresh hair. Buy the wrong brand and your hair will be hit with a dry avalanche shampoo powder, creating the very attractive look of a head full of dandruff! (Cough, cough looking at you TRESemmé!). I’m not going to beat around the bush here, I was very dissapointed with this product. With much trepidation I sprayed the dry shampoo onto my roots and aged about 50 years! My roots turned a white/grey-ish colour which when massaged into hair spread the colour further and further. I tried the product on my younger brother who has jet black hair thinking the grey effect could be due to my blonde-ish hair colour, however it also turned his hair white! Honestly this Philip Kingsley product falls into the latter category of AVOID dry shampoos; take a shower instead! Don’t waste your money.
6. Maybelline Baby Lips in ‘Hydrate’ (RRP: £2.99)
I’ve heard great reveiws of this lipbalm from my friends who swear by it. Personally, I am obsessed the EOS brand of lipbalm! I love the packaging for this Maybelline product; simple and chic. There are a plethora of flavours available, the one provided in my beauty box is entitled ‘hydrate’ and has a wonderful bubblegum smell and taste to it. Once applied to the lips, the lipbalm gives a silky smooth feeling. My lips feel instantly hydrated and so soft! I think I may be converted to Maybelline; I’m definitley going to stock up on different flavours!
7. Toni & Guy Glamour Firm Hold Hairspray 75ml/50g (RRP: £6.39 for 250ml)
I used to be a huge advocate for hairspray, but since dyeing my hair lighter, I find the less product I can use the less damage to my hair, and often hairspray can weigh down and knot your hair. I sprayed this product into my hair and was quite suprised at how light it felt. The residue was not sticky, nor did it knot my hair. It smells lovely; no harsh chemical smells like other hairspray products that are available. Although I have not used this product properly yet (other than to test for this post) I am excited to see how holds on a night out in a few weeks. So far I’m very impressed!
The box also comes with two beauty discount codes, which I will share with you lovely readers!
1. BENEFIT, 10% off Benefits products with the code glambeautyedit
2. HD BROWS, 20% off HD brow products with the code glamourhd
Overall I’d say this beauty box is a wonderful investment. For the price of £15 you receive a wonderful selection high-end products that can last months! I will 100% reccomend this beauty box to my friends; it would make for a great gift this christmas! Have a look here.
I would love to hear your opnions on this beauty box, or if anyone can reccomend anymore beauty boxes feel free to add them in the comments section below!
I am the worst person when it comes to self-control when make-up shopping! Last night I was researching make-up contouring (something I’ve been obsessing over for months; one day I’ll work out how to do it properly!!) and when looking for a cheap alternative to Benefit and MAC products, came across this gem of a website!! http://www.fragrancedirect.co.uk/ Everything appears to be genuine and they have great discount prices (Boujours mascara for £1, etc). Inspired by this I ran into town to indulge in some new make-up (it had been a while since my last splurge; 5 whole days!). This haul was roughly around £30/35 as a lot it was either cheap or on offer!
The haul contains:
- 2 bottle of Aussie Dual Hold, Gloss and Shine hairspray (2 for £7; stock up!) – Superdrug – I have always been an adamant user of Tresemme Proffessiona hairspray, however lately I’ve noticed it’s been making my hair coarse, dry and knotted. I adore the Aussie shampoo and conditioning repair range (a MUST for anyone who has bleached hair!) This hairspray holds fantastic, and feels light on hair. I couldn’t really see much of a shine improvement but that may be because I use Morroccan Oil and shine finishing spray)
- Sleek, contour powder (number 4) – Superdrug – Having darker skin, I have always struggled to find a bronzer that didn’t turn my skin either orange or that nasty, dirty-looking brown colour when you wear too much fake tan! I only really started using bronzers within the past year or so, I used Superdrugs own brand which was great but didn’t stay on very long. This Sleek contour powder however is the best bronzer I’ve ever used. Fantastic packaging and great coverage!
- MUA highlight powder (number 1) – Superdrug – Unable to splash out MAC’s contour cream highlight, I found this far cheaper (only £1) powder version. Great coverage but my only problem is if you have dry skin (like I do underneath my eyes) the make-up can look caked on. You must be very careful when apply this powdered highlight. I would buy it again but save up and use it alongside the MAC product.
- Bodycare face wash towel – Bodycare – Simple product, self-explanatory
- Eye Candy eyelashes – Bodycare – I often get laughed at by my friends as I have naturally long, thick eyelashes but I adore falsies! (And any false beauty product for that matter!) Eyelashes can be quite expensive and I highly recommend buying them in bulk from eBay (though buy your own glue!), but sometimes I do like to treat myself with store bought lashes! Our local Bodycare sells lashes for dirt cheap (Around £2-3 a set) rather than Boots and Superdrug where I have seen Katy Perry eyelashes retail for up to £15!!! These eyelashes are fantastic quality and can last up to 4 to 5 wears if you take extra care of them. I can’t wait to wear them this weekend!
- NYC translucent finishing powder – Superdrug – Once again, a cheap alternative to MAC. Does the job fantastic, and is a lovely smooth powder that blends into the face. The only downside would be the mess which is inevitable with loose powders!
- NYC Primer – Superdrug – A fantastic, unfussy primer that does its job well. It helped my make-up stay in place all day at work (though I’m yet to try its success on a night out!) Rather happy I bought this for £4 instead of splashing out £14 for the GOSH primer (this is next on my list!)
- Nail scissors – Bodycare – Self-explanatory again but I love that these scissors are straight edged and not rounded; far easier to trim my eyebrows with
- Empty spray bottle – Bodycare – I recently purchased a hairdryer hood (blog coming when it arrives!) and I thought this bottle would be great for wetting my hair in rollers to achieve a full wavy, volume effect!
- Technic, ‘High Beam’ Highlighter – Bodycare – For the price (£1.20) this product is fantastic because it is basically a rip-off of Benefits Highlighter (£23). I’m not a fan of the packing its in a nail varnish-esque bottle which you apply to your cheek/brow bones; I prefer to skip the nail varnish brush and use my own make-up brush. The product comes out rather gloopy so you have to work with it a bit. Once on the face however it gives a great shine and definitely highlights your features. The product in theory is fantastic, and no-one can argue with the price, but in the future I’ll save up for the Benefit brand.
- Eyeliner pencil sharperner – Bodaycare – Self-eexplanatory but on a quick not, how hard is it to find eyeliner sharpeners in stores!? I’ve tried Boot,s Superdrug, even Hobby Craft! I’ve been searching around 2 months before finally finding this gem! Ha
- Technic Individual false eyelashes – Bodycare – As previously mentioned being a massive fan of false eyelashes I thought I’d try my hand with individual lashes. From first glance they seem very fussy and messy! I’m sure after watching plenty of YouTube tutorials I’ll be able to get the hang on of them! They do give a fantastic extended length effect
- Technic waterproof mascara – Bodycare – This will sound rather silly but I actually bought this product by accident!! I couldn’t decide between this mascara or the one detailed below, and didn’t realise I’d bought both until I emptied my bag at home; I must’ve been in a make-up shopping coma!! We’ve all been there haha. I’m glad I did buy this mascara though as its perfect to thicken and darken my lash.
- Tehcnic sky high mascara – Bodycare – I’ve been using this mascara in conjunction with the previous; this mascara is perfect for lifting and extending my lashes as a first, base coat. I’m not one to buy expensive mascaras because my own eyelashes already look like they are covered in mascara, and I sometimes wear false eyelashes, so this mascara at £1.50 is fantastic. I’ve spent £££’s on Maybeline, Max Factor and Revlon and honestly this mascara beats them all hands down!
- Technic eyelash extender/eyebrow gel – Bodycare – A lovely cheap as chips brow gel to keep these unruly brows in check!!
All in all I think this was a successful haul! What beauty bargains have you picked up this week?