Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Review - July 2014 Glossybox

My love affair with beauty box subscriptions has seriously waned in the last six months or so. I have been subscribed to various beauty boxes, with Glossybox being the last remaining contender. I find myself in a cycle that I just can't break; they release a good box so I keep my subscription going, Then I have enough points for a free box, so I continue my subscription. A few months later I will receive a disappointing box, but nearly have enough points for another free box. And so it continues! The July box was intended to be my last one, as I had seen some shocking boxes and was disappointed before it had even arrived. However, now that it has arrived, I am actually very pleasantly surprised with the contents, and again have decided to keep my subscription. 
Color Club Nail Polish Glossy Seal
I have tried a couple of Color Club nail polishes before, and have always been largely impressed with the quality and streak-free finish of the polish. However, when the shade Glossy Seal arrived, I thought to myself, What on Earth am I going to do with this colour?! The shade is, quite frankly, horrendous. The picture doesn't do it justice, but the colour I am seeing is not quite blue, not quite navy, not even grey. It looks dated and unflattering, and I just can't see myself getting any use out of it. Granted it may come in handy for some nail art designs, but my ventures into nail art are once in a blue moon!

Carmex Lip Balm
Carmex is always a winner! I've always loved it for its versatility and the amazing job it does at tackling cracked and dry lips. I'm always pleased to see items in beauty boxes like this, as even though I have a drawer fall of lips balms, I know that this will get used at some point or another. 
Bellapierre Mineral Lipstick Mandarin
I've not read too many great reviews about this Bellapierre lipstick, with some people saying that the formula is very disappointing given the hefty price tag. AT £20, this lipstick is more than a MAC lipstick, and I can't say that it is any more desirable. I do quite like the packaging, but the colour is certainly not for me and I will have to be plucking up quite a bit of courage to wear it out!
Absolute New York Eyeshadow Primer
Another product which is handy to have in bulk in my stash. I will always get use out of eye shadow primers, so I was glad to see this included in the Glossybox. I must say it is not the best quality primer I have used, but I am sure it will do the job.
Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara
Finally, the item which made the July Glossybox worthwhile. I love the Tarte brand, and so I was more than a little pleased to see this mascara in amongst the hoardes of black tissue paper. I adore the packaging, as the style and colour is spot on for me. I do have plenty of mascara to get through, but my current Rimmel masara of choice just isn't cutting it anymore. I will be taking this on holiday to give it a spin - I have very high hopes!

Thursday, 24 July 2014

What's In My Travel Makeup Bag?

 I don't use a makeup bag for my daily makeup, as I tend to just have everything I need overflowing from drawers and boxes, and tumbling onto the floor. I'm not exactly organised when it comes to beauty products! Therefore, when it comes time to pack myself a makeup bag for a night away, it's always a tricky job trying to narrow down what I will take. I try to take items that have more than one use, as well as items which are unlikely to get damaged knocking around my bag. Here is what I took when I recently spent the night in Brighton with On The Beach, for a blogger weekend.
HD Brows Kit Foxy*
MAC Eye Shadows Woodwinked
Mac Paint Pot Painterly
Maybelline The Collosal Volum' Express Mascara
Tarte Eye Brow Brush and Spoolie
Eco Tools Shadow Brush
Real Techniques Blending Brush
Real Techniques Expert Face Brush
L'Oreal Paris Nude Magique BB Cream
Nivea Express Hydration Primer
The Body Shop Honey Bronze Bronzer & Bronzing Brush*
Rimmel Stay Blushed Cream Blusher Pop of Pink
Barry M Loud Mouth Tell Tale
So...? Burlesque*
Percy & Reed Session Hold Hairspray*
eBay Lip Brush

What are your essentials for your travel beauty kit?

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Review - Balance Me Natural Perfection BB Cream *

 The Balance Me Natural Perfection BB Cream* is reported as being:
"A skin-perfecting SPF 25 naturally anti-ageing BB cream designed to nourish, plump, protect and address uneven skin tone, for an even, radiant, glowing complexion". 
The biggest selling point about this BB cream for me, is that it has a sun protection factor of 25. Now that we have been lucky enough to have some lovely sunny weather, it's very important to use skincare products with sun protection. The Balance Me BB cream will block out both UVA and UVB rays, and the ingredients within the product have been chosen specifically to boost the sun filter qualities, at the same time as boosting complexion. The ingredients include rosehip oil, blackberry leaf extract, lotus flowers and violet seed extracts. I was immediately struck by how much like a skincare product this smells, and it doesn't have the standard 'makeup' smells I have come to associate with BB creams and foundations, which can be slightly unpleasant. Not only does this BB cream consist of some beautifully-smelling ingredients, but it also includes hydraluronic acid, which those in the beauty know, will be aware of as a fantastic ingredient in terms of anti-ageing. 
I am hugely impressed with the Balance Me Natural Perfection BB Cream so far; the coverage is spot-on for my needs. I don't like anything too thick, and I've always said that I like my face products to have the consistency of a moisturiser - this product does exactly that, with a very sheer coverage. It smoothes on so easily and seamlessly, leaving behind a dewy, flawless complexion. I wore this for a few days without a powder on top, and really liked the radiant glow it left me, but found that with a light dusting of powder over the top to mattify it, it was just as effective. On application, this feels far more like a skincare product than it does a BB cream, and that for me is a winning factor. The only downside, is that it takes quite a bit of product to cover my entire face. Coverage lasted me for a whole 8-hour day at work, with only a small amount of topping-up required.

I would highly recommend trying out this BB cream if you prefer sheer coverage. You can find it online here at £26 / 40ml.
Throughout the months of June and July, Balance me are running a competition for their followers on social media; post a picture of your favourite Balance Me product, and add the hashtag #BalanceMeHome or #BalanceMeAway, depending on where you are in the world. The best picture each week will win a prize, so it's worth getting involved! Make sure you tag @balancemebeauty to ensure your entry is seen. Good luck!

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