Beauty Pick of the Month – March 2015

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It’s that time of the month again when I pick my favourite product which I received in one of my many beauty boxes. March has been one hell of a month for me, with so many new editions arriving mainly from Latest in Beauty it’s been almost impossible trying to shortlist just the one product as so many made the cut this month. In terms of value and quality, this month’s showstopper is the BeautyUK High Brow Palette which I received in the The Glamour Spring Beauty Edit Box by Latest in Beauty. I think we’ve all been known for a bit of make-up snobbery when it comes to budget-friendly brands and admittedly I wasn’t expecting much from this brow palette but I was really amazed when I put it to the test.

The palette is housed within a sturdy plastic case and inside there’s three different shades of powders, a clear wax, tweezers and a double-ended brow brush (angled and flat).

The darker shade within the palette was a perfect near match for me and in terms of application it’s fantastic. The powder sticks to the brush like a magnet and you don’t get any fall out from the brush unlike others I’ve tried before, one of the main reasons why I prefer a pencil. The brush has the ideal shape and flexibility and with the powder forms the perfect partnership to achieve a defined, sharp finish,  and the most impressive factor is the longevity.

I love this brow kit, it brings together everything you could possibly need to achieve natural and defined looking brows and the handy sized compact is perfect for popping into your handbag for touch ups.

I use this pretty much every day and I’ve hardly noticed a dent in it at all. This is something I’d definitely recommend putting on your shopping list when you next visit Superdrug, it will be £3,99 very well spent!

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You Beauty Discovery Box Shortlist – April 2015

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Here’s a sneak peek at the April You Beauty Discovery shortlist menu which will be available on the 1st April at 7am. This month’s shortlist theme is Natural and Organic and has all areas covered showcasing both well-known and emerging brands.

Subscribers have the option to choose two products of their choice and as a bonus 2-4 extra samples are thrown in too by You Beauty Discovery. A complete steal for only £6.95 a month.

Items in the shortlist menu include:

• Age Defy+ – Soft Buff Skin Exfoliator (10ml)
• Tisserand – Sweet Dreams Bath Oil (20ml)
• he-shi – Express Liquid Tan (50ml)
• Scentered – Sleep Well Therapy Balm (5g)
• Heaven Skincare – Chamomile Desensitising Hydrogel (10ml)
• Heaven Skincare – Peppermint Clarifying Hydrogel (10ml)
• Heaven Skincare – Orange Flower Cell Renewal Hydrogel (10ml)
• Spa To You – Konjac Sponge (full size)
• Our Tiny Bees – Lavender Hand Balm & Beeswax Lip Balm Duo (45ml & 15g)

Plus, each box will include Yours Truly Organics – Fix Me! Repairing Serum (5ml sachet) and Linwoods – Milled Organic Flaxseed Cocoa & Berries (15g).

Contents may vary, subject to availability while stocks last.

http://www.youbeautydiscovery.co.uk

The Capital Beauty Box by Latest in Beauty Review – March 2015

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Price of the Box is £14.95 plus free shipping
No of Products in the Box – 9 items
Total Value of contents in the box – £48.00
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Latest in Beauty are definitely on a mission this month and their beauty box editions are coming thick and fast with another launch of a brand new box in partnership with Capital FM to bring us beauty enthusiasts the hottest beauty picks for the season from behind the scenes. The Capital Beauty Box features 9 beauty products and focuses mainly on make up (music to make up lover’s ears!) alongside some nail products, a gorgeous perfume sample and a childhood classic which has made a fashionably comeback recently. The box showcases a great mixture of brands from both medium-end to budget-friendly brands and includes mainly all full sized products making it great value for money for only £14.95. The line-up itself is a hit for me as it gives a much welcomed break from skincare and simply just focuses on the more pretty and colourful aspect of beauty.

1.   Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner – Full Size RRP £13.00

I’ve read great reviews about this pencil and being an eyeliner obsessive I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this.

There are different shade variants and I received black amethyst which is a dark purple edging towards an almost black. The deep pigment along with the creamy texture really defines the eyes and it’s incredible staying power really is something to write home about. I had this on for almost 6 hours and it remained in tact, didn’t budge or smudge and looked just as fresh as when I applied it. I’m really impressed with my first introduction to Stila’s eyeliner and will be definitely be looking into more of their other shade options.

2.   Rimmel 60 Seconds Super Shine Nail Polish by Rita Ora – Full Size RRP £2.99

As well as Rita Ora’s amazing voice she’s also become a style icon and has teamed up with Rimmel to bring a collection of twelve new festival-inspired shades.

I received the shade Glaston-berry and it’s a lovely coral shade which will blend in seamlessly with the sunny days ahead of us.

3.   Pixi Lip Blush – Full Size RRP £12.50

I’ve tried a few make-up bits from Pixi and I just adore the girly packaging and was happy to see this lip stain which also doubles up as a blush too. I received the shade Energy which is a vibrant coral/apricot colour.

The applicator itself isn’t something I’ve tried before and pretty much has the same look and feel of a felt-tip pen. The sheer, matte-finish has great staying power but your lips will need to be super-soft to pull this off, I actually found exfoliating the lips helped a great deal. The felt-tip nib really gives you that precision and you can even build the colour to get a stronger hue to achieve a vibrant pop of colour. With the formula being water based it feels really comfortable on the lips and there was no stickiness or tacky feeling, and the stain itself had a pleasantly fruity (but not sickly sweet) fragrance, which evaporated after a few minutes. I was expecting this stain to really dry out my lips but surprisingly it kept my lips nice and soft.

4.   Collection Eyes Uncovered Palette – Full Size RRP £3.99

I love neutral eyeshadow palettes especially on days when I’m really pressed for time as it helps me to create a quick look that works no matter what I’m planning for the day and this palette by Collection houses a full line up of some basic but easy to work with matte shades.

The palette itself is cardboard and I can see this getting a little battered inside my make up bag! I received the Nude palette and inside there’s six neutral shades alongside a double ended applicator. Having swatched all of the shades, I found that some worked better than others whilst a couple just didn’t show up on my pale complexion as much as I’d liked – I so need a tan!

5.  Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer – Full Size RRP £5.99

This lip shimmer by Burt’s Bees is infused with skin loving ingredients such as Shea Butter and antioxidant-rich Fruit Oils to moisturise, nourish and soften lips naturally.

I received the shade Grapefruit, a lovely frosted pink and it’s definitely a colour I would of pick myself.

This applies quite sheer whilst adding a natural boost of colour with a subtle shimmer.  Just like the original Burt’s Bees lip balms this does a wonderful job at hydrating the lips and you also get the added bonus of the mintiness alongside the tingling sensation too.

6.   Collection Lengthening Mascara – Full Size RRP £3.99

I much prefer length as opposed to volume when it comes to mascara, and was happy to see another product from Collection in the form of their lengthening mascara.

The wand has tiny spikes which aids in building a fine layer of mascara on the lashes and does a great job at separating each lash individually without any clumping. The black formula is quite pigmented and gives the lashes a bold but natural finish. It’s quite buidable too and in terms of length, it certainly delivered and the finish looked very natural without looking too chunky making it great for every use. For the price, it’s a complete steal!

7.   Stylondon Temporary Tattoos –  Full Size (1 sheet) RRP £3.99

Who remembers temporary tattoos from their childhood? I certainly do and recently they’ve made a popular comeback but in a much more sophisticated style. These gold transfers appear to be all the rage at the moment and on-trend.  Whilst I’m not too sure whether I could pull these off, I think they would look great at festivals or when strolling along a beach!

8.   Nail Buffer – Full Size

I got this same nail buffer in a beauty box last year and it’s something that I reach out for when I want my naked nails to look great fast. It’s also great for preparing the nail bed before applying nail varnish and it makes my nails super shiny too.

9.   Jimmy Choo Fragrance – Sample Vial 2ml

I already own this luscious fragrance by Jimmy Choo and this sample will certainly come in handy for top up’s on the go. This perfume oozes elegance in a very refined way and If you love fruity fragrances with woody, floral elements you will love this.

My Verdict

I’m constantly on the hunt for products that last longer, group all the necessities together and generally make life a little easier, so naturally I was over the moon when I received this box as there’s a great variety of products which showcases medium-end to more budget friendly beauty brands giving you an opportunity to discover the best of both worlds. The line-up itself is a hit for me as it gives a much welcomed break from skincare and simply just focuses on the more pretty and colourful aspect of beauty mainly consisting of make up, nail products and the added bonus of the fragrance and the trendy tattoos. Most of the products were all new discoveries for me and with the majority being all full sized I think it’s great value for money and there’s quite few gems which will simply surprise you in terms of their quality.

Overall I’ve really enjoyed discovering everything within this box and there’s nothing that I won’t continue to use apart from the temporary tattoo’s which I’m still in two minds about but who knows I could be swayed as they do look really pretty!

Individually, the products would cost £48.00, but you can get your hands on the whole lot for just £14.95 including free postage making it super-affordable and great value for money.

The Capital Beauty Box is available at:

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The BBB Dream Box III Review – March 2015

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Price of the Box is £21.95 plus free shipping
No of Products in the Box – 16 items
Total Value of contents in the box – £110.00
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The long awaited announcement finally hit us on the 16th March 2015 and I was certainly delighted and some what relieved to get my hands on the British Beauty Blogger Dream Box III. Jane Cunningham (The British Beauty Blogger) and Latest in Beauty joined forces again to bring the third edition within the Dream Box series, boasting 16 beauty must-have’s picked by Jane herself with an exceptional value of £110.00. Whilst the box contained a few repeats for me there was still more than enough inside the box to keep me interested and like it’s predecessors it’s been a big hit and unsurprisingly popular. You really can’t beat these editions and they are undoubtedly the crème de la crème when it comes to beauty boxes with this edition being a firm favourite of mine. It’s a fantastic curation and one which truly lets us in on some of Jane’s favourites which she has personally tried and tested.

The BBB Dream Box III has all area’s covered from skin loving treats, nail varnish, make up and even some hair and body fixes perfect for the arrival of the new season . The box showcases a great mixture of brands from both high-end and budget-friendly brands and includes a variety of good sized deluxe samples and full sized products.

1.   Ole Henrikson Pure Truth Melting Cleanser – Sample Size 15ml

I have some what of a love affair with Ole Henrikson since being introduced to his miraculous Truth Oil last year and was extremely happy to see a cleanser from the same range as I’ve been really wanting to try more.

This cleanser is designed to gently melt away stubborn makeup and impurities with a unique, innovative formula that transforms from a gel to an oil to a milk. It’s enriched with antioxidant-rich vitamin C, rose hips and virgin cherry oil which claims to nourish and protect your skin against harsh environmental aggressors,  whilst hydrating your skin to leave it feeling completely purified leaving you with a soft and supple texture.

I have high hopes for this cleanser and if it performs anything like the oil I know I will absolutely love it!

2.   Nuxe Creme Fraiche de Beaute Mask – Full Size 50ml RRP £18.50

I can’t even begin to imagine how many of these masks I already own as they’ve been featured in quite a few beauty boxes!

The Nuxe Crème Fraiche de Beaute Mask injects the skin with a surge of moisture within 10 ten minutes and promises to provide 24 hour rehydration for thirsty skin. It’s suitable for sensitive and dehydrated skin types.

The mask hydrates, soothes the skin and instantly reduces discomfort or redness with its skin loving ingredients such as 8 plant milks, aloe vera sap, almond and orange white flowers, all of which are abundant within the lovely fragrance of this mask. I’ve used this masque quite a few times since being introduced last year and I really like the instant cooling and soothing sensation it provides as well as giving a radiant and brighter complexion. Not only can this be used as a hydrating mask it’s also great for all year round especially for soothing skin that’s been over-exposed to the sun.

3.   Roger & Gallet Fleur de Figuier Eau de Parfum – Sample Vial Size 1.5ml

This delicate, but warming scent brings instant sunshine in a bottle with a lovely sweet fragrance. I already own this perfume and absolutely adore the sophisticated fruity notes which is an instant mood booster and the longevity is pretty impressive too being a eau de parfum.  It’s a great Spring/Summer scent that will blend in seamlessly with the arrival of spring.

4.   Benefit They’re Real! Remover – Sample Size 7.5ml

If you own anything from the Benefit They’re Real collection you will know what a pain and nightmare it is to remove both the liner and the mascara, it just doesn’t budge which isn’t a bad thing but when you’re tired and just want to go to bed you want something quick and effective and this is where this remover saves the day!

I’m not usually a fan of gel-based removers and much prefer liquid formulas but I had to purchase this last year to as nothing else seemed to work effectively when trying to remove the Benefit They’re Real liner, it’s probably the only time I reach out for it but this sample size will definitely come in useful when traveling.

5.   Vita Liberata pHenomenal 2-3 Week Tan Lotion with Tanning Mitt – Sample Size 20ml

With my complexion looking on the Edward Cullen side, I’m always happy to receive tanning products and Vita Liberata isn’t a brand I’ve tried before.

This tanning formula promises to deliver an ultra hydrating natural tan result with lasting results whilst guaranteeing a perfect fade. It’s gentle formula is perfect for dry, sensitive and mature skin types and can be applied on the face and body. As well as the sample there’s also a tanning mitt too.

6.   Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet – Full Size RRP £9.00

I already own a couple of the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvets and their shade collection is strong ranging from classy reds, pretty pinks and everyday nudes and you’ll simply be amazed with the bold matte finish. I received the shade Nude-ist which is beautiful pinkish rose nude. I’ve never been able to pull-off a nude shade but this has the perfect hue and you don’t even have to worry about this washing you out!

If you’re looking for a hybrid between a matte gloss and a long wearing lipstick – this is it. The product lasts a solid six hours with very little wearing mainly at the corners; not to mention the fact that you can eat and drink to your heart’s content, without overly ruining your lips! The application goes on like a dream and leaves your lips feeling rather soft just like velvet. It’s one of those lipsticks which you can just forget about without having to worry about touch ups.

7.   The Scottish Fine Soaps Company Luxury Soap – Full Size 100g £4.95

It was only recently that I was introduced to The Scottish Fine Soaps Company and instantly fell in love with their dreamy Au Lait body wash so was happy to see a soap version from the same collection presented beautifully within it’s very own stylish tin.

The Au Lait soap is triple milled and contains soothing and protecting Shea Butter enriched with natural Vitamins A and E for exceptional smoothness and smells just like baby bathing products with a very soothing fragrance. I really like the tin which ensures the soap is kept nice and neat and it’s compact enough to tag along when traveling too.

8.   SALON SCIENCE® Reglosse™ Smoothing Serum – Full Size 50ml RRP £18.00

Oh my! This product alone is nearly the same value as the box itself and comes in the form of smoothing serum from Salon Science, not a brand I’ve heard from before but I welcome anything which promises to inject moisture and tame unruly frizzy hair.

REGLOSSE™  is a rich, smoothing serum which contains tocopherol and grape seed extract to help tame and instantly nourish dry, frizzy, uncontrollable hair. The formulation also helps to repair split ends and smooths unruly flyaways with silicone components to help replenish and retexturise hair for a controlled but radiant, ultra-soft finish.

I do love it when brands incorporate innovation with beauty and I can’t wait to give this a try when I next wash my hair.

9.   DECIEM Hand Chemistry Intense Youth Complex – Full Size 30ml RRP £7.99

I’ve received this hand cream in a previous box and my mum was at the ready to quickly claim this so I’m glad I’ve got another one for myself!

The Hand Chemistry range has formed somewhat of a stir in the beauty industry and the store Boots even confirmed that this outselled every other hand and body product in their stores despite the 100ml tube costing £18.00.

This cream which has a concentrated, multi-functional formula that simultaneously targets eight signs of hand ageing and the nourishing elements contain 19.5% active ingredients that work to improve firmness, smoothness and evenness. The most grabbing statement is “expect visible results in less than 11 days”.

This sample itself is really good-sized and I’m looking forward to road testing this.

10.  Eye Of Horus Pencil Eyeliner – Full Size RRP £17.00

I think it’s great to see this lust-worthy brand inside this box and it’s definitely one of the highlights. Eye of Horus not only sells beautiful cosmetics but also promotes the ethos of ancient natural beauty basing their whole brand on the beliefs, formulas and ingredients of the ancient Egyptians.

There are different variants of shades and I received the Lazuli Blue Goddess Pencil, a dashing electric blue colour which is bound to get you noticed.

Even with just a quick swatch on the eyes, I was pleasantly surprised by the creamy texture, the longevity and the bold colour pay off. This pencil literally glides on like a dream and the colour itself is truly stunning. Being a black eyeliner obsessive I was convinced I wasn’t going to like the shade but I actually really love it and I’d have never picked this myself – Thanks Jane!

 11.   Makeup Revolution One Fluid Blush – Full Size 14.4g RRP £3.00

Makeup Revolution has hit the beauty industry like a storm offering great quality whilst being super-affordable too. I’ve tried quite a few make up bits from their lipsticks to their beautifully packaged blushers and without fail it’s always exceeded my expectations and has become one of my budget beauty gems. There’s no such thing as browsing when it comes to this brand and it’s extremely difficult to walk away with an empty basket as they are always releasing new products.

I received the shade Desire, a flattering rose colour liquid blush which blends in effortlessly,  providing you use the tiniest amount, even a drop of this liquid is way too much due to the intensity of the colour so a little really goes a very long way! Once blended out, the colour gives a healthy rosy glow and really pops out the cheekbones! Due to the great pigment you can achieve a subtle morning look to even something a bit more edgy for the evenings.

12.   Dr Organic Lip Balm  – Full Size 5.7ml RRP £3.49

I have lip balms scattered everywhere from the bedside table, my handbag and there’s even one on my desk at work so I’m always happy to receive another as a back up.

This moisturising and nourishing balm for dry lips combines the soothing properties of Organic Aloe Vera with the moisturising and nourishing properties of Shea butter and beeswax alongside SPF 15 protection too. I love fruity scents and this one smells utterly cherrylicious.

13.   Essence Nail Polishes x2  – Full Size 8ml RRP £1.60 each

It was only last week that I was introduced to my first ever Essence product and was really happy to make another discovery in the form of two generous varnishes.

I personally like to coordinate with the seasons and both of the colours are perfect for welcoming spring.

14.   Crabtree & Evelyn Pear and Pink Magnolia Body Lotion  – Travel Size 50ml RRP £5.00

I absolutely adore Crabtree and Evelyn especially their hand creams, they are truly heavenly so was happy to receive a travel sized body lotion from their Pear and Pink Magnolia collection.

This lightweight moisturising and conditioning body lotion contains glycerine and panthenol for soft and silky smooth skin. It contains an enticing aroma of fresh, juicy pear blended with the delicate floral notes of pink magnolia, jasmine and osmanthus.

When I think of Magnolia, old fashioned but a classic springs to mind and it’s not a scent which I am particularly fond of,  but as soon as I got a whiff of this I instantly fell in love. The combination of the pear alongside the magnolia works really well with a rather modern take bringing an inviting aroma of freshness and all things spring. It’s the perfect fragrance to usher in the new season and for the warm sunny days ahead of us.

15.   Orelia Temporary Tattoos (1 sheet)  – £5.00

Who remembers temporary tattoos from their childhood? I certainly do and recently they’ve made a comeback but in a much more sophisticated style. These gold and silver transfers appear to be all the rage at the moment and on-trend, and with Jane’s vast knowledge of ‘what’s in’, she’s kindly included a pack of these fashion accessories inside the box. Whilst I’m not too sure whether I could pull these off, I think they would look great at festivals or when strolling along a beach!

My Verdict

 When it comes to beauty boxes, they really don’t get any better than these editions and there’s so much to love about this box. Once again I’m blown away with Jane’s picks and this edition being my ultimate favourite from the series features a lust-worthy line up bursting with a wide selection of beauty fixes and delightful treats.  As well as the box being brimmed to the top without a gap in sight the line up covers all areas of beauty and showcases both high end and budget-friendly beauty brands so you’re definitely bound to fall in love with the majority if not everything. In terms of the make up shades ,this can be quite difficult to get spot on especially when taking into account different skin tones, but I think Jane has done a superb job and I’m really chuffed as there’s nothing that I wouldn’t of picked myself and admittedly this is probably the first ever box where I’ve actually liked all of the make up – how novel!

Overall I’ve really enjoyed discovering everything within this box and there’s nothing that I won’t continue to use apart from the temporary tattoo’s which I’m still in two minds about!  Whilst I’ve really been enjoying some of my winter beauty products, I’m so ready to stash these away and embrace spring with my new bunch of products.

Individually, the products would cost a whopping £110.00, but you can get your hands on the whole lot for just £21.95 including free postage making it super-affordable and great value for money.The box also includes some discount codes to redeem against the brands showcased within the box, which is great if you fall in love with any of the products.

The BBB Dream Box III is still available at:

http://www.latestinbeauty.com

Capital Beauty Box by Latest in Beauty – March 2015

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Latest in Beauty are definitely on a mission this month and their beauty box editions are coming thick and fast with another launch of a brand new box in partnership with Capital FM to bring us beauty enthusiasts the hottest beauty picks for the season. The Capital Beauty Box features 9 beauty products and focuses mainly on make up alongside some nail products, a gorgeous perfume sample and a childhood classic which has made a popular comeback recently. Individually, the products would cost over £48.00, but you can get your hands on the whole lot for just £14.95 with free p&p.

Inside the Box:

1x Rimmel 60 Seconds Super Shine Nail Polish by Rita Ora
1x Pixi Lip Blush
1x Collection Eyes Uncovered Palette
1x Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in Black Amethyst
1x Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer
1x STYLondon Jewellery Inspired Temporary Tattoos
1x Collection Lengthening Mascara
1x Nail Buffer
1x Jimmy Choo Fragrance

The Capital Beauty Box is available now at:

www.latestinbeauty.com

Period Box Review – March 2015

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Period Box – March 2015
Price ranges from £15.95 to £18.95

No. of Products in the Box – 7 items
www.periodbox.co.uk

It’s that time of the month again and the March 2015 Period Box arrives reliably on time as promised to get me through the next few days in the nicest possible way and after seeing some spoilers on their Instagram page, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this months edition. I’ve had a pretty rubbish start to the month with periods aside and this month’s box was a lovely distraction to come home to, and as always you can expect to receive a variety of chic and premium treats, your monthly essentials and lots of love from the founders themselves who curate their boxes with so much care and attention. This box impresses me month on month and makes that time of the month an escape from reality to something much more pleasant and luxurious. It also takes the chore out of buying your monthly pads or tampons, and if you’re anything like me it usually tends to get forgotten about until last minute but this is where the Period Box comes to the rescue and delivers everything you could possibly need for a much happier and hassle-free period.

Period Box which is fairly new to the subscription market, is a premium UK monthly subscription service that bundles your choice of tampons and pads with hand-picked goodies and exquisite treats to cheer you up when you most need it. With every box you will receive a selection of premium teas, chocolates from artisan manufacturers, high-end beauty samples and an unique design gift or a beautiful art print by their featured artist of the month.

Period Box literally takes care of everything and will ship your package five days before your  period is due. If you’re worried about flows and absorbances, Period Box has that covered too. You can mix and match to suit your flow based on the length of your period, you can select the number of items in your box and choose the tampons and/or pads of your choice from well-known and trusted brands such as Tampax, Always and Lillets. No matter what your personal preference is your box is completely bespoke to meet your needs both day and night.

As always the box was brimmed to the top and I love how the treats were beautifully wrapped as opposed to just being thrown in, It really gives the feel of opening presents. As well as the monthly essentials the box also included seven additional items to enjoy and indulge in making that time of the month much more bearable.

1. Period Essentials (2-3 days cycle)

I opted for the short flow customised package which is for a 2-3 days cycle. I chose a mixture of pads suitable for both day and night. Inside the box was 10 pads (mixture of day and night pads) with four liners too. Period Box caters for all types of flows and your preferences can be chosen when you curate your box.

For me personally the box included the perfect amount of pads and liners. I was particularly happy to see Always, a brand which I trust and turn to and find them super comfortable, reliable and discreet.

2. REN Mayblossom T-Zone Control Cleansing Gel and Balancing Day Fluid – Sample Size 25ml and 15ml

Inside this month’s box you can expect to see two sample sized products from REN, I’ve been really loving what I’ve tried so far from them so welcomed this duo which includes both a cleanser and moisturiser, a great combination to really road test their T-Zone Control range.

The balancing, antibacterial facial cleansing gel is suitable for skin that is prone to oiliness and breakouts, particularly in the T-zone and promises to removes dirt, dissolves excess sebum, unclog pores and reduces the appearance of pore size. Sounds wonderful for oily skin types like me!

I’ve used this cleanser once since I received it, and I absolutely love it and even noticed a difference in the appearance and feel of my skin.

After using the cleanser I tried the Balancing Day Fluid too and immediately fell in love with the delicate scent which is almost tea like and is lovely when applied first thing in the morning. The texture is very light and works into the skin easily leaving the skin feeling rather refreshed and hydrated. I always receive some unwelcomed guests during the time of the month and this duo arrives just in time!

3. Heathcote & Ivory Sanderson Fifi Scented Bath Salts – Full Size 35g RRP £3.00

There’s nothing more pampering than immersing yourself into a warm, aromatic bath and I only wish that I dedicated more time for such activities but it was certainly a nice addition to this month’s box.

These bath salts help to cleanse, soften and subtly scent the skin with a beautiful rose and jasmine fragrance and comes in a beautiful designed box inspired by Sanderson’s glamorous vintage 1950’s print Fifi.

4. Taylors Blackberry & Elderflower Tea  – 4 Tea Bag sachets

Whatever your cup of tea, I love that Period Box include a variety of unique tea’s from different companies, mainly sourced from brands I’ve not heard of before. This month’s box features four Blackberry and Elderflower tea bags from Taylors of Harrogate who have created this blend in partnership with the Royal Botanic Kew Gardens.

With a blend of ripe blackberries with the sweet fragrance of elderflower, alongside a touch of tangy apple, a zesty sprinkle of orange peel and a dash of raspberry, it’s an intensely fruity and refreshing infusion.

5.  Divine Dark Chocolate with Raspberries  – Full Size 100g RRP £2.00

Period Box really know how to spoil a girl and all subscribers can expect to see a full sized bar of chocolate inside their box each month! That’s right, there isn’t a sample in sight giving you a real chocolate fix as when you need it the most.

This month showcases Divine, who is the only Fairtrade chocolate company which is 45% owned by cocoa farmers and I received their Dark Chocolate with Raspberries bar. This isn’t a combination I’ve tried before or one that I would pick up myself when out shopping but surprisingly the partnership really works and it smells like raspberries too! There’s some crunch to this to which I quite like and found that due to the bold combination of flavours I was quite satisfied with two pieces until my next craving!

6.  Island Bakery Lemon Melt Biscuits  – 1 sample pack 

I feel utterly spoilt this month and as well as the chocolate there’s also a packet of biscuits from the Island Bakery, who are a small artisan bakery on the Scottish Isle of Mull with a strict ‘organic only’ code and they only use local wood chip power and hydro-electricity – now that’s really impressive and you wouldn’t of even guessed as the quality is amazing!

I received a packet of their Lemon Melt biscuits and they are seriously heavenly and feel rather naughty due to the richness of the white chocolate alongside the lemon with a very soft and flavoursome biscuit base. The only downside is there’s no more left!

7.  Pocket Notebook from Tom Pigeon  – RRP £5.00

Every month you can expect to see a unique gift from an art print, a design stationery to a hand crafted jewelery item.

This month I received a beautiful designed Reflex Pocketbook in Copper & Turquoise from Tom Pigeon’s wide collection of unique stationary and coincidentally it matches my nail varnish colour too which can only mean we both have impeccable taste in colour! This particular edition is inspired by the reflections of their local harbour and being A6 size it’s the perfect companion for the handbag.

 My Verdict

Let’s face it us women aren’t the happiest creatures during this time but this box always manages to puts a smile on my face and even more so this month as this edition showcases a fantastic line up with a very good balance of treats and has left me feeling utterly spoilt! Period Box are really flourishing as a company and it’s great to see them partnering with both well-known and emerging brands to bring subscribers a unique and chic line up of treats to make that dreaded time of the month a much happier one. We all look for comforts and indulgence in the form of food and pampering treats to get us through the cycle and this box really has all areas covered. Period Box have really got this concept spot-on and it impresses me how they cover every aspect within the box each month without compromising on the quality, the attention to detail or the presentation. It’s a great little survival kit which has something for the first day to even the last day of your period whilst accommodating for all of the uncanny stuff that happens in between!

The main aspect which is certainly apparent is that the founders are very passionate about the subject and impressively nothing has been overlooked when putting this box together and I wouldn’t expect any less from the ladies at Period Box who curate their boxes with so much love and care.

I really dread the time of the month and this box is always a welcomed distraction. It really is a little box of loveliness which makes the monthly visit much more pleasant and something to actually look forward to – did I just say that?

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Love Lula Beauty Box Review – March 2015

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Price of the Box is £12.50 including P&P
No. of Products in the Box – 8
Value – £45.00
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Spring is definitely in the air and Love Lula have embraced the arrival of this season with a newly designed logo as well as this month’s box, which sees a beauty overhaul boasting such a great array of refreshing products to renew, rejuvenate and restore. It’s the perfect mix this month as we eventually phase out our winter beauty products. The box showcases another impressive line up with three full-sized products and three samples with a selection of skincare products alongside a body soap. This month’s box features mainly new discoveries for me and it’s another great edition which greets you with a very fresh spring fragrance, unintentional of course but very fitting .

Love Lula brings together an unparalleled selection of the world’s finest natural and organic beauty products. Their brands are hand-picked and tested: products are created using only the highest grades of ethically sourced natural and organic ingredients and must be effective, luxurious and guilt-free.

They insist on NO parabens, NO SLS’s and NO animal testing. Beyond this they seek out the most innovative companies and strive to support morally run and environmentally driven businesses. Love Lula also have a online shop which has a huge selection of the world’s finest natural and organic beauty products.

This month’s box includes three full sized products and three good sized samples .The box features the brands Acorelle, John Masters, Bon Naturals, Madara and Dudu-Osun.

1.    Acorelle Eye Serum – Full Size 15ml. RRP £21.00

I love slathering on a eye cream especially when my eyes are feeling particularly tired, or if I don’t get enough sleep and want to avoid obvious panda eyes the next morning. Acorelle isn’t a brand I’ve heard of before but welcomed the discovery and it comes in a full size too worth £21.00, really impressed Love Lula have included this within the box.

This hard-working certified organic eye cream by Acorelle has been created with unique patented formula Api Oleo Actif (AOA) and claims to restore the appearance, smooth the eye contour, reduce the color of dark circles, rejuvenate and prevent congestion of the eyes, and is suitable for all skin types.

The serum is light with a very silky texture and soaks into skin quickly without leaving any kind of residue and leaves the area around the eyes feeling soothed and relieved. On the first application I noticed a slight difference straight away and the area around my eyes looked much brighter and rested.

2.    Acorelle Cleansing Oil –  Full Size 125ml. RRP £17.00

There’s another full-sized product from Acorelle in the form of their cleansing oil and I really like that Love Lula have included another product from the brand as it really gives subscribers a good opportunity to road test the brand.

The Acorelle Cleansing Oil gently removes impurities and make up,including stubborn eye make up. It’s enriched with nourishing plum oil and antioxidant Vitamin E leaving your skin clean and supple without feeling greasy.

I’m a little reluctant to try this as it’s mainly for normal and dry skin types and with my skin being quite oily I think I will pass this onto a family member. Such a shame as it smells really beautiful and seems quite pampering.

3.   John Masters Cleansing Bar – Full Size 128g RRP £7.00

I’ve really been liking what I’ve tried so far from the John Masters collection and welcomed another new discovery within this month’s box.

This multi-purpose soap is an all-over body cleanser and shaving bar that lathers into a soothing foam for a close and comfortable shave, for both men and women. It contains Organic palm and coconut oils and is enriched with the antiseptic properties of essential birch and cedarwood oils alongside a high glycerin content, leaving your skin clean and soft – with no irritation from shaving and is suitable for all skin types.

I love multi-purpose products and I’m really drawn to the fact that this can also be used for shaving too, although I’m quite curious to see how this measures up against my beloved shaving foam, it certainly smells much nicer.

4.   Bon Naturals Tissue Oil – Sample Size 5ml. Full Size 100ml RRP £9.99

Another brand which I’ve not heard of before is Bon Naturals,  a South African family owned producer of natural skin care products that has been in existence for over 40 years. Their philosophy is to develop and manufacture the best quality skin care products, which are natural, have a proven benefit, and retail at affordable prices.

There’s an award winning, clinically proven face and body oil sample within this month’s box and is formulated to improve the appearance of scars, stretch marks, wrinkles, ageing and dehydrated skin. This Vitamin E enriched formula combines a unique blend of naturally derived avocado, grape seed & rose hip oils to nourish and improve the appearance of the skin.  The sample comes in a little spray bottle which is great to get an even burst of product and I will definitely be putting this to the test on some of my blemishes and with it containing rosehip oil known for its scar fighting properties I have high hopes.

5.  Dudu-Osun Black Soap  – Sample Size 25g. Full Size 150g RRP £5.00

This is probably the highlight for me within this month’s box, it’s another new discovery and comes in the form of a black cleansing soap crafted traditionally for hundreds of years in Africa. The packaging itself is quite simple and fuss-free and with the bar being rounded it fits comfortably in the hands. If you love using skincare with natural ingredients, this is as natural as it gets. it’s enriched with Pure Honey , Shea Butter, Camwood (Osun), Palm Kernel Oil, Cocoa Pod Ash, Palm Bunch Ash, Aloe Vera, Lime juice, water and fragrance.

The first time I used this on my face it felt like it was on fire and left my skin feeling rather itchy and uncomfortable afterwards. However, this is supposedly normal due to the lime juice and other natural ingredients and some other reviewers had also reported the same issues. Despite this, I did persist with the soap and have been using this for over a week now and it’s much more tolerable and the results have certainly been worth it. Every time I use this my skin feels thoroughly cleansed and I’ve not had any breakouts since so I’m hoping it’s down to this miraculous soap. One word of warning, do not get this soap in your eyes it’s horrifically stingy and dry skins should definitely stay away as it does suck moisture out from the skin.

6.  Madara Time Miracle Samples  – x3 sample sachets

I’ve seen Madara appear quite a few times within the Love Lula editions and this month there’s three different samples from their Time Miracle range. I’m not quite there with the anti-ageing products so will probably pass these on.

This month sees another great line up by Love Lula and mainly showcases new discoveries for me. Although this month’s box mainly featured skincare with a couple of products not suitable for my skin type,  there was still enough within the box to keep me interested. I was particularly impressed with the Dudu-Osun soap and I’m hoping it continues to keep my spots at bay. There was also a good mixture of full sized products and samples this month with an impressive value of around £45.00. One of the aspects I really like about Love Lula is that they always include a mixture of products from both well-known and emerging brands so they’ll always be something new to try and as their concept is focused, you won’t find the majority of these products within any of the other beauty boxes. I feel that Love Lula have really upped their game recently and I’m loving their new step in direction.

Love Lula also included a 20% off promotional code to use in their online shop on all of the brands which were featured in this month’s box which is great if there’s something in the box you really love.

The Love Lula Beauty Box offers a completely unique beauty discovery experience compared to the others boxes and focuses only on all things natural and organic.

If you love organic, natural and cruelty-free products or want to detoxify your beauty regime with a more skin friendly alternative this is definitely a box you don’t want to miss out on. I have discovered some wonderful natural skin loving treats thanks to Love Lula.

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GlossyBox Review – March 2015

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Price of the Box is £10.00 Plus £3.25 P&P
No. of Products in the Box – 6 items
Total value of contents in the box is £35.00
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The March 2015 Glossy Box has arrived with a spring in it’s step and I think you’ll agree that Glossy Box have been a great contender in delivering a much improved beauty line-up within their boxes not to mention the brands they’ve been partnering with recently. Whilst this month’s box didn’t immediately capture me at first, I was pleasantly surprised when I put some of the products to the test and with Spring in mind there’s a good selection of rejuvenating skin and hair care products alongside some make up treats which always goes down well with subscribers. This month’s box features a great variety and includes four full sized products and two generous sized samples from well-known brands alongside some budget-friendly beauty brands too, with a value of £35.00.

Glossybox is a monthly beauty subscription service. The box consists of 4-5 selected hair, make-up , body and nail products from well-known brands and new brands and includes a mixture of full sized and sample products.

1. NAOBAY Moisturising Peeling  – Full Size 100ml RRP £13.71

I’ve heard of Naobay but never tried anything from their collection before so was looking forward to trying out my first ever product and it’s full sized too, worth more than the actual price of the box!
The NAOBAY Moisturising Peeling contains natural peeling particles from the Acai palm tree and claims to gently exfoliate the skin, remove surface cells and impurities, whilst also helping to reduce the appearance of fine lines.

This Moisturising Peel smells amazing with a refreshing citrus scent and comes in light weight milky formula with teeny exfoliating particles which don’t feel abrasive, providing you don’t work the formula too hard.  I’m really fussy about what I put on my face due to my troublesome oily skin but this felt really soothing and didn’t irritate my skin at all which could be due to the mixture of both natural and organic ingredients. My skin felt soft, nourished and super-clean. I’m quite impressed with my first introduction to Naobay and my skin absolutely loves the goodness within this formula.

2. Essence Lash Princess Volume Mascara – Full Size 12ml RRP £3.30

This was the first item which caught my eye within this month’s box, mainly due to the pretty princess-y design and Essence is one of those brands that I’ve read lots about but never tried anything from their collection until now. This mascara has a specially shaped cobra brush and promises to cover each individual lash for breathtaking volume with a great curl.

Firstly I loved that the lid featured a raised rubber design, which additionally gives a nice extra grip to the wand, perfect for when you’re trying to get the lashes in the inner corners. The wand is quite unique and not one I’ve come across before but it works very well with the formula and is great for building and picking up the lashes without any clumping. The formula is a bit wet for my liking but the pigment is very black and really gives a noticeable finish and in terms of volume it does make the lashes look naturally fuller and thicker.

This definitely performs as promised and being under £4 I’m really impressed, it’s even better than some of the more expensive volume mascara’s I’ve tried and this one won’t break the bank either!

3.  Dove Youthful Vitality Shampoo & Conditioner Duo – Travel Size 50ml x 2

This appears to be a new range from Dove and mainly concentrates on ageing hair to give it the boost it needs with a unique formula infused with Cysteine rich-Protein and Elasto-Lipids, bringing a deep replenishment with double fullness to create youthful and thicker looking hair. One of my pet peeves is receiving a shampoo without the conditioner or vice versa so it was good to see a duo within this month’s box to really get a feel of Dove’s Youthful Vitality range.

I received this same duo in another beauty box this month and unfortunately it’s not for me which is a shame but I’m sure a family member will happily take these off my hands. Both of the samples come in 50ml which is great for weekends away or short breaks.

4. ncLA Nail Lacquer –  Full Size 15ml RRP £13.00

I’m a self-confessed obsessive when it comes to nail varnish and was delighted to see one from a he cruelty-free brand ncLA in the shade “I only fly private”.

The ncLA are “5 Free” luxury nail lacquers, meaning they are 100% free of DBP, toulene, and formaldehyde, but also of camphor and animal testing

I wasn’t too drawn to the colour initially as I normally steer away from orange and yellow shades, but this is more of a muted orange and looks much softer, it’s the perfect spring/summer shade. You may receive a different shade to mine but the others I’ve seen so far are beautiful too.

5. Sleek MakeUP Pout Paint –  Full Size 8ml RRP £4.99

This little tube in the shade Port is literally filled with an intense pigmented lip formula and is very true to the colour in the tube being a lovely pink colour. It has a soft, creamy and moisturising texture which adds a vibrant pop of colour effortlessly with a semi-matte finish and feels just like a lipstick texture when applied. With these kinds of products I usually expect a little stickiness but surprisingly it wasn’t at all making it really comfortable to wear over a long period of time without drying out my lips. I especially like the small nozzle too as it perfect for getting just the right amount of product.I’m really smitten with this lip paint from Sleek and I actually can’t believe how affordable it is especially with it being so pigmented, I will definitely be looking into some of their other shades.


My Verdict

Whilst I wasn’t visually drawn to some of the products featured inside this month’s box, I was pleasantly surprised when I delved in further. There’s some great highlights within this edition which also covers a good area of beauty and not forgetting the four full sized products which totals up to £35.00 in value.  Apart from the hair products I will certainly continue to use the remainder and can’t wait to pick up some more Sleek Pout Paints. I’m sure you will agree that Glossybox have really upped their game recently and I can’t wait to receive the April box as it’s another collector’s edition which taps into a golden era.

Glossybox always include a generous amount of full sized products and the total value always beats the actual monthly subscription cost so it’s a great affordable way to discover products from well known and new brands. It also comes beautifully wrapped and feels very much like receiving a gift each month.

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My Little Box Review – March 2015

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 My Little Super Box March 2015
Price of the Box –  from £13.95 a month
No of Products  – 5 items
Value – £58.79
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The March My Little Box has landed and this month see’s a fun and very comic inspired edition than the usual chic and relaxed versions we’re use to. Whilst there isn’t a magical cape, stretchy pants or any super powers within this month’s box  (not that us women need these!) it certainly has the wow and pow factor shouting all things girl power. I love the super-hero theme and it was nice to see something a little different this month without compromising on any of those intricate details or the quality inside. Just when you think you’ve seen the best of My Little Box they go and surprise us with another showstopping edition and I’m sure you will agree there’s a lot to love about this month’s box which debuts the first ever clothing item.

 I know I say this every month but this box never fails to impress me with this months edition being no exception. From it’s chic presentation to the stylish and luxe contents within, it beautifully captures this month’s theme.

This box offers something very different compared to the other boxes and if their previous boxes are anything to go by you will certainly not be disappointed. It’s definitely a showstopper and one which is beautifully composed with their very own in-house illustrator Kanako. Every month the box truly captures me and the contents and loveliness inside is even more pleasing, it’s something which My Little Box do extremely well.

My Little Box is a hand-picked and beautifully designed box of beauty, fashion and lifestyle surprises. With fashion accessories, beauty products and other goodies created exclusively for you and based around a different theme every month, each box promises to delight their subscribers. They also produce their in house beauty products known as My Little Beauty.

The February edition features five items with an incredible value of £58.79 and includes a mixture of skin and hair care products contained within a charming drawstring bag alongside two lifestyle items. Enclosed is the My Little World Magazine which is always a good read with interview features, useful beauty tips to mouth watering recipes.

1. Garnier Miracle Sleeping Cream – Full-Size 50ml RRP £12.99

I don’t know what it is but recently I’ve acquired quite a few anti-ageing products and can’t help but think someones trying to subtly tell me something! This innovative, self-smoothing texture cream by Garnier envelops the skin and visibly helps reduce the appearance of signs of fatigue during the night, promising visible results from the 1st morning. Whilst this is branded as an anti-ageing product it also focuses on tired skin and claims to leave the skin looking fresh and radiant while helping to regenerate the skin too.

I’m not quite there yet with the anti-ageing products but I’m definitely willing to give this a try to see if it does transform my skin overnight.

2. Keratase Lait Crystal Conditioner  – Travel Size 75ml Worth £7.50

I’ve tried this range from Keratase last year and absolutely adored what it did for my problematic, frizz-prone hair.

If you have dry hair like mine,  this unique conditioner will give you tremendous softness and volume and the secret lies within the triple-threat formula. Liquid light reflectors deliver mega-watt shine, while eco-friendly polymers restore brittle, uneven follicles on a microscopic level and the Vitamin-rich aloe vera hydrates the hair without weighing it down, giving a silky texture which we all crave.

The conditioner texture is really light weight and works great as a daily conditioner for my long, thick hair as it doesn’t weigh it down and leaves my hair feeling soft, free flowing and bouncy ( just like the hair adverts!) and not forgetting how divine it leaves my hair smelling afterwards. It’s definitely my little hero this month and happy to reacquainted again.

3.  My Little Beauty Lip Nourishing Stick – Full Size RRP £5.30

I think it’s pretty amazing that My Little Box also have their own beauty range which is called My Little Beauty.

This month see’s a full sized Lip Nourishing Stick, made with sweet almond oil and shea butter to hydrate and nourish the lips. Unfortunately I have a severe nut allergy so wasn’t able to try this which is a shame as I love lip balms.

4. Lifestyle Items

This month’s box included two lifestyle items which really complemented the theme and excitedly contained the first ever clothing item for subscribers in the UK.

First up is a T’shirt designed by Gat Rimon and My Little Box  (RRP £29) and there’s a few different one’s I’ve seen in terms of the statement on the front but they are all grey in colour with black writing.  The quality is quite impressive and doesn’t look cheap or tacky. In fact it looks really stylish with it’s rolled-up sleeves. For me this is definitely the showstopper within the box and I absolutely love mine but there’s a little bit of a down side – that damn song keeps springing to mind every time!

Up next is a sheet of Super Stickers (RRP £4.00) which contains a variety of super-hero inspired stickers from outfits to empowering quotes. I’m not really too wowed by these but I’m sure I’ve got a boring notebook at work which could do with a little sprucing up!

 My Verdict

I loved this month’s edition and it was quite refreshing to see something a little more fun and different compared to previous editions and as per every month the attention to detail, intricate design and content is impressive which is something this box never fails on. In terms of the beauty line up, it wasn’t what I was hoping for in comparison to what others received such as a Caudalie hand cream and a lip and cheek crayon, but nevertheless the t’shirt made up for this and I think it’s definitely the highlight within the box and I can see this being quite popular amongst subscribers. This month’s box has an amazing value of around £58.79 beating the price of the box and there was also a few discount codes included to redeem against some of the brands showcased.

One of the aspects I really like about the My Little Box is that they include a great handbag sized magazine which includes interview features, beauty tips along with recipes too. As well as all of the pretty photo’s it’s a great read too.

My Little Box is full of charm and I love the surprise aspect as they do not release any spoilers. This is a box which I eagerly wait for each month and one which holds it’s own class and uniqueness.

If you like chic and adorable lifestyle items along with good beauty brands, you will simply fall in love with this box and I can’t recommend it enough!

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So Susan Lip Love Bag Review – March 2015

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Price of the Bag is £14.95 including P&P
No. of items in the Bag – 5
Total value of contents in the box £58.00
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The March 2015 So Susan Lip Love Bag has arrived and this month’s theme is ” I love to Travel”.  We all know what a pain and struggle it can be packing for a weekend trip or a long haul holiday especially deciding on what products are worthy of making the cut into your make-up bag. I really battle to scale down and find that I always pack more than what I actually need resulting in an overflowing make-up bag that’s seen better days! This month’s edition features a selection of make-up essentials and boasts a beautiful collection of spring/summer inspired shades, perfect for creating a minimal day look or for evenings out when you’ll want to look your very best. I adore the design of the canvas bag and think it’s really impressive that So Susan design a different one for each monthly theme.

The So Susan collection ranges from make-up to nail varnish combining their lovely portfolio of colours with science. Their philosophy is to create colours which last, are cruelty free and also much kinder to your skin. As well as the philosophy behind the brand, I love the feminine and pretty designed packaging which always stands out for me. I’ve tried quite a few products from their collection and already have a few firm favourites.

Each month, the Lip Love bag  will include 3 full sized items and one bonus  product from either Jelly Pong Pong or So Susan.  This month’s bag being the second edition includes 4 make up items and a lace bracelet.

1. Fairy Lashes Curl by Jelly Pong Pong – Full Size. RRP £18.00

I’m a daily wearer of mascara and whilst I have so many within my stash I love trying out new formulas from different brands just to mix it up a little, after all you never know it could turn out to be a holy grail!

Fairy Lashes Curl by Jelly Pong Pong is a sculpting, curling mascara that promises to continually curl lashes throughout the day with a unique synthesis of Moringa Seed resin that dries down and holds the curl of lashes for long-lasting results whilst adding volume.

The Fairy Lashes Curl Mascara definitely has fairies in mind with its weightless formula and soft finish and steers away from any crazy volume or length giving a very natural look. It’s ideal as an everyday mascara that keeps the lashes defined and wears well, although I didn’t notice any curling despite it’s claims.

2. So Susan Lip Dome in Rhubarb – Full Size RRP £10.00

I already own three of the shades from the lip dome collection and was happy to receive another in the shade Rhubard, a pretty girly pink colour.

This long-wearing lip crayon not only has great pigment but it also nourishes the lips as well giving a plumping effect. It contains Hyaluronic Acid and Tripeptide-1 that help increase lip volume and prevent loss of collagen elasticity and it’s also infused with Goji Berry and Mangosteen extracts, earth-engineered antioxidants to help reduce skin fatigue for a more youthful radiance.

The formula is truly amazing and doesn’t dry out the lips at all thanks to it’s super moisturising infusion of goodness. I really can’t get enough of these lip domes from So Susan and I only need one more to complete the collection!

3. Blush Duo by The Beauty Crop – Full Size RRP £11.00

This isn’t a brand I’ve of heard of before and think it’s fairly new. The Beauty Crop is a brand inspired by healthy living and they create products enhanced with nutrition derived from natural ingredients and was founded by Ning and Runee, two good friends based in London who came together through their passion for food, fitness and healthy living.

Housed within a compact and travel-friendly plastic palette, this blusher duo contains two shades,  a pink powder blush and a coral cream blush and I love that they have incorporated two different finishes with the palette. These blushers are really pigmented, smooth and easy to blend giving just the right hint of colour on the cheeks. At first they both looked rather dark and I was a little wary of the pink as visually it looked very shimmery but when applied it was actually quite subtle and gave a lovely rosy colour with a very natural finish. With the coral cream blush you simply need a little dab and the cream literally glides on, is easy to blend and gives a radiant flush of colour. I’m really impressed with my first introduction to this brand and hope to see more products featured in the upcoming months.

4. So Susan Liquid Powder Shadow Palette (Bonus Item) – Full Size RRP £11.00

I love any kind of make-up palette and this one by So Susan is compact and small enough to fit straight into your make up bag or hand bag. This liquid eyeshadow formulation is hot-poured and solidified to form a creamy firm powder with an airy texture that moisturises and melts onto the skin which in turn promises to make your shadows last longer, with no fall-out, enabling your skin to breathe. It’s also infused with radiance-boosting minerals, Vitamin K to alleviate dark circles and Copper Peptide to promote collagen and elastin growth around the delicate eye area.

The eye shadows are housed within a sturdy plastic palette and inside there’s an applicator and a mirror, perfect for on the go touch ups. There’s eight different shades within the palette ranging from light matte shades to shimmery metallics making the transition from day to night pretty much a doddle. I initially found that the darker and more shimmery shades performed much better however the more lighter shades applied quite patchy with hardly any colour pay off, this could be down to the finish but I just couldn’t get them to work for me.

5. Cruiani-esque Butterfly Lace Bracelet (Bonus Item) – RRP £8.00

As well as the make-up line up So Susan also featured a cute butterfly lace bracelet which I initially thought was a hair tie at first! It’s really pretty and would make a great beach accessory.

 My Verdict

It may be grey and dull outside, but So Susan have curated another great bag this month featuring a selection of make-up which incorporates a beautiful collection of spring/summer inspired shades. I loved the line-up this month and there’s a good balance of make up treats to brighten complexions whilst also adding a flush of colour to our cheeks and lips whether you’re at home or away! As well as the beauty line up, I loved the design of the canvas make-up bag which really gives it that So Susan look and feel, it’s so pretty and what’s even more impressive is that each one is specifically designed to fit the theme for the month.

It’s definitely refreshing to see just a make-up based subscription which not only is cruelty-free but kind to the skin too without compromising on any of the quality. This concept by So Susan really gives you a great opportunity to experiment with make up colours that usually may be out of your comfort zone.

The contents within the bag is worth an incredible £58.00 and beats the actual price of the bag itself making it super affordable and exceptional value.

I’m super impressed with the Lip Love Bag and can’t wait to see what they have in store next month.

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