Glossybox 3rd Anniversary Box - August 2014

Over the last few months I have been toying with the idea of ending my Glossybox subscription,but always worry that the minute I cancel, Glossybox will release their best box yet! I finally decided that as I almost had enough Glossydots for a free box, I would get my August box in order to get my next box free, and cancel. I am very pleased to say that after receiving the 3rd anniversary August box, my mind is well and truly made up, and I will be cancelling. Nothing in the box excited me, and I wish I had saved the £13.25 to spend on something that I'd actually like. In the time I've been subscribed to Glossybox, I could now be the proud owner of an entire MAC palette! Anyway, here's what came inside the August box...
Glossybox Highlighter Cashmere
This little pot is a cream highlighter. I have liked all of Glossybox's takes on makeup so far, such as their lipstick and blusher, and I am also quite pleasantly surprised by this product. It's a versatile product, although the golden shade may not be suitable for all skin types. For me, this is the saving grace of this month's box, and at £12.95 this near enough covers the cost of the box. 

Yves Rocher Pink Nail Polish
This mini polish is definitely not a colour I would ever use being a really dull, non-descript pink. This item is the 'birthday bonus' this month, and unfortunately is a complete letdown for me. 
L'Alique L'amour Eau De Parfum
I know that a lot of people dislike receiving perfume samples in their beauty boxes, as they are an item you can often pick up at beauty counters. However, I think they're really handy and like to chuck a few in my bag, or take them away on holiday with me. I actually can't remember the last time I bought a bottle of perfume, due to the amount of samples I have accumulated!

Figs & Rouge Hand Cream
I will always get through hand creams, as my job in healthcare means I always need to hydrate my thirsty hands. I like the pattern on the tube of this Figs & Rouge one, and it smells lovely.
Philip Kingsley Elasticizer
Another product I am not at all fussed by; I am disappointed to see a product that has already been featured in earlier Glossyboxes. This is a hair mask of sorts, so it will certainly be good for a treat for a couple of nights, and is a good size for travel.
Comfort Zone Essentials Cleansing Milk
Finally, I received an almost full-size bottle of cleansing milk. I don't use body lotions as I just don't like the consistency of them, but from reading the instructions on the bottle it seems that I can get away with using this as a shower cream, to save me from wasting it.

Do you subscribe to Glossybox? What did you think of this month's box?



Review - The Body Shop Smoky 2 in 1 Gel Liner : Eyes and Brows *

As I often say on my little space on the interweb, I'm very impressed with The Body Shop lately. They have released so many great ranges and high quality products, and their new releases seem to come around so fast that I just can't keep up! I am in love with one of their new makeup products, the Smoky 2 in 1 Gel Liner : Eyes and Brows*. 
The Smoky 2 in 1 Gel Liner* comes in just two shades, Carbon Black and Brown, with the intention of allowing you to define your eyes and your brows with just the one product. It is fairly obvious to me that the majority of people will not be defining their eye brows with a black gel liner, unless they want a souped-up version of an extreme Scouse Brow. I can see that the brown version may work for some people's brows, but then again I don't suppose that many people use brown eye liner anymore. So, as fantastic as this product is, I think The Body Shop should have kept it simple as an eye liner. 
The 2 in 1 Gel Liner comes in some very nifty packaging; the gel liner is in a pot, the lid of which houses a liner brush. The brush clicks into the end of the lid to give you a brush with a decent length handle. When the brush is flipped over and inserted back into the handle, it allows you to take it out and about without it making a terrible, smudgy black mess in your bag. I am quite the fan of this packaging, and am surprised I haven't seen many other brands doing the same. The brush is very easy to use, and I always manage to get a very precise line with it. The liner itself is very pigmented, with a smooth, creamy consistency. The only slight downside is that the colour does seem to fade and slide off a little throughout the day, but on the plus side it means removal is nice and easy. 
The Smoky 2 in 1 Liner retails at £10, and is available in stores now. You can also pick it up online, here



Handbag Heroes

I am pretty sure that many of the ladies amongst us will have a whole stash of beauty products rolling around the bottoms of their bags. It may be that some of you have lost items for weeks at a time, only to find them later on in a hidden pocket in your handbag! This certainly happens to me with lip balms.

I like to keep the contents of my bags to a minimum where possible, sticking to a few beloved essentials. Here are some of the things I like to keep to hand...
A tube of hand cream and a bit of cuticle oil is always handy to have in my bag; given that I work in healthcare, I can end up washing my hands many, many times a day and find my hands crying out for hydration more often than not. I have recently learned how much of a difference a regular application of cuticle oil can make, so I try and do this regularly too, particularly at those times when I am a loose end or may be waiting for a friend or a meeting. 

I like to have a little tube of facial SPF in my bag at the moment, as the weather has been so unpredictable lately and I don't want to miss out on protecting my face from the sun and encouraging any more wrinkles to settle! Without fail I will always have a lip balm in my bag, and recently I have been loving the lip balms from Lush, especially Whip Stick which smells absolutely divine!

Another useful product to have is a multi-purpose balm, such as this solid argan oil. I find that this is useful for all sorts of things, such as applying to dry skin or chapped lips, and putting inside my shoes if they begin to rub whilst I am out. Finally, a dual purpose product such as a cheek & lip tint allows for a quick makeup refresh on the go.

What are your handbag essentials?


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