Sunday, 7 December 2014

Gift Ideas: Pamper Night Hamper

Since I'm seeing gift guides left right and centre, I figured It was about time I shared possibly my favourite idea this Christmas. I knew I wanted to give my presents that personal touch, which lead me to creating a 'pamper' hamper for my friends who are currently swarmed with deadlines and in need of a good break!

I simply filled this lovely wooden storage container from B&M Bargains (£2.99) with all of the pamper night essentials; Face masks, body products, a bath bomb, candle and cute owl lip balm! Not only was it surprisingly cheap to create, I love the idea of supplying that welcome break to a good friend!

Top Tip: If you're making multiple pamper hampers, try buying sets of products and dividing them up! 
How would you personalise your pamper hamper? 

Friday, 14 November 2014

You Beauty Discovery

Since my October You Beauty Discovery box was super late, I figured I'd throw both the October and November boxes together to share with you guys as I've been left pretty impressed! I moan about UK beauty boxes all the time, so its strange to be finally subscribed to one that I really look forward to receiving. At £6.95 You Beauty Discovery, is one of the cheapest boxes on the market yet somehow they still manage to contain an incredible selection of brands every month! The idea is simple, subscribers simply pick two products from the list, and a couple of surprises are also thrown in every month.

Admittedly of the two the October box is my favourite which is a shame as it isn't available now, although I thought I'd still share in case anyone wanted to see an individual post on any of the products mentioned. I'll start with the things I picked for myself as they always excite me the most! First up was the product which made the whole box worth it, an Illamasqua Glamore Lipstick (£18.50) ! This alone retails for double the box value so as you can imagine I was so excited to see this on the October short list. I received the shade minx and I have no doubt I will be reviewing this very soon! The second product I picked was this MeMeMe Cherubs Blush cheek & lip tint (£5.50), which I've been eyeing up in superdrug for a while so was really happy to see it on the short list. Also thrown in to the box was this Cowshed serum and Gold Collagen Forte.
The October box was a hard act to follow, yet somehow this months box did pretty well! The first thing I spotted on the short list was something I've wanted to try for a while now, Magnifibres brush on false lashes (£16.99). Anyone who knows me well knows there's one mascara which has my heart, so I'm interested to see how this compares as they work in a very similar way. The second thing I picked was this Bourjois cream blush (£7.99), personally I'm a massive cream blush fan so cant wait to put this to work! Also included in the box were some Baobab and Merumaya samples.

So there you have it, the best beauty box the UK has to offer! Are you subscribed to You beauty?

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Memebox Superbox #49 All About Lips

I feel like I say this every time I review a Memebox, but I definitely feel like this is my favourite yet and there have been a fair few (which you can view here). In case you've managed to miss my mass of Memebox posts, Memebox are a Korean beauty box service who ship to around an incredible 44 countries around the world. The site offers a range of different kind of boxes, although today I will be sharing Superbox #49 which has the all about lips theme. I pretty much have a draw dedicated to lip products so if ever there was a memebox made for me this is it.
RiRe Tick Tock Lip Gloss ($18) - Admittedly it took me a little while to work out how to use this one, you simply screw off the lid then press the button at the top to reveal a hidden brush. I got the shade peach orange which is a lot brighter than the shades I normally go for, although Its nice to have something different in my collection!

Cheek Room Color Lips ($10) - Surprisingly the only lipstick in this box is this one from color room. Although it has a list of pretty impressive claims meaning I cant wait to put it to the test! I got the shade Orange Peach and am starting to sense a bit of a theme in terms of shades here.

Royal Nature Paint Mousse Lip Lacquer ($24) - I was excited to see this 'mousse-type lip lacquer' in my box, again I got quite a bold colour in the form of 'hot place' which is a VERY bright pink, although its nice to have a different shade in my collection and I cant wait to try it out.

Shara Shara Petit friend tint balm ($8) - I think this pretty balm is super cute and cant wait to throw it into my bag as it smells amazing! The idea behind it is that there's both a tint and balm in the tin making it a fab 2-in-1 product.

Cheek Room Lip Tint ($10) - Most lip tints in the UK happen to be in those nail polish style bottles so its nice to she this one in such a practical form! Again I got the orange shade, but I love that this is a lighter colour and cant wait to put it to work

Very Six 6 Seconds Kissing Lip Gloss ($17) - Out of all of the products, I think this is the one I'm most excited about, its one of those glosses that adapts to you and I love the feeling of it on my lips!
Bottom-Top: RiRe Tick Tock Lip Gloss, Cheek Room Color Lips, Royal Nature Paint Mousse Lip Lacquer and Cheek Room Lip Tint

So there you have it, everything in my latest Memebox! While this box retails at $23 on the Memebox website, the value is an amazing $87 so you really get your moneys worth! Have you used Memebox before?

Saturday, 1 November 2014

The Body Shop Haul

body shop sale haul
I'm somewhat of a Body shop obsessive, so when I spotted that I could get an extra 40% the recent sale I had to treat myself to a few 'essentials'.

My first stop were the famous Body Shop body butters! With the extra discount these worked out at just £3.90 each as aposed to the normal retail price of £13. I picked up three scents almond, blueberry and vineyard peach.While the almond one is an old favourite of mine I'm looking forward to trying the other two scents and hope they live up to the same standard.

Although the blueberry theme didn't stop there and I also ended up picking up the body scrub-gelee (£12.50 £3.90) and lip butter (£4.00 £1.80) from the line! I also picked up a chocomania shower gel (£4.00 £1.80) in the sale as it sounded rather appealing.  Last but not least I picked up the Tea Tree Pore minimiser (£7.50 £4.50), although this wasn't in the sale the 40% discount still applied and since this is a product I've been meaning to try I decided to go for it.
So there you have it, everything I picked up from The Body Shop. If you act fast this offer is still around and you can currently get 40% off everything with the code: 14672
Will you be treating yourself?

Friday, 24 October 2014

My FaceB4 experience

Ever since I started wearing foundation on a regular basis my skin has never quite been the same. Although in recent months the condition of my skin has taken a turn for the worst and I've been desperate to find a skincare routine which works for me. My search lead me to FaceB4, a two stage skincare routine which claims to be the UK's most effective anti-bacterial duo.

I was sent both the FaceB4 Anti-Bacterial Face Wash (£14.99/100ml)* and serum (£9.99/30ml)* to try and have been left pretty impressed with the results. I have been using the duo for over a month now and am proud to announce that in the past week I have gone make up free several times, yet it hasn't bothered me one bit!
The treatment is super easy, I simply use the wash and serum twice a day at morning and night. I start with the foaming face wash, which promises to clean pores, reduce excess oil and prevent spots. I loved this as it enabled me to both cleanse and tone in one easy step. As the face wash is marketed as 'Anti-Bacterial' I was a little worried that this would dry my skin out, although I haven't found this to be an issue and really enjoy using the product as it leaves my skin feeling really clean.
After this process I apply one pump of the anti-Bacterial serum. I love that this can be used to prep my skin before applying make up in the morning, and it works equally well at calming it at night. This serum promises to be gentle on all skin types and on-going anti-bacterial protection, although I mostly love how soft my skin feels when I have this on.
While I cant comment on the overall effectiveness of the products separately, together they work like a dream and have transformed my skin in just over a month. Yes, I still suffer from the occasional break out, however they are no longer constant and clear up faster than ever before. I have truly loved using FaceB4, and would recommend it to anyone who is struggling with their skin! Its also worth noting that you can grab this duo for just £17.49, which I think is a complete bargain here.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

My Real Techniques Bargain

Cheap Real Techniques
I'm a huge Real Techniques fan, so when I heard about the limited edition Nics Picks set I knew I had to add them to my collection! At £30, I wasn't in a rush to go pick these up, although when I spotted them for £20 on the Superdrug website I was determined to buy a set of my own. Sadly these were sold out online, however I found my set while looking at the Christmas section in my local Superdrug, and cant wait to put them to work!
Included in the set are five wonderful sliver brushes in the form of the duo-fiber face brush, cheek brush, angled shadow brush, base shadow brush and eyeliner brush. Although personally I'm most excited to try the face, cheek and angled shadowed brushes as they're unlike anything else I own.
Real Techniques nics picks
As always I will be reporting back with my thoughts, Will you be picking up Nics Picks?

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Memebox Special #29 Scrub Box

It's been a little while since my last Memebox review, although I'm back with another Special box today which is always exciting. If you don't know by now Memebox are a Korean Beauty Box Company who ship to around 44 different countries. Unlike many UK box services, they are not a subscription one meaning you simply pick the boxes you wish to try. Today I'm reviewing the special #29 which retails at $23, although the contents add to a whooping $86.
Insobeau Natural Base Cereal Peeling Mask ($27/150ml) - This has to be one of my favourite items in the box, Its a great size for a face mask and smells amazing too. I have no doubt I will be putting this to good use as soon as possible. 

Eglipa JolieBeBe Lip Polish ($7/15ml) - I don't own many lip scrubs, so another is always handy! This promises cleaner, softer and healthier looking lips which is always welcome, not to mention I love the packaging too!

The Herb Factory Peppermint & Tea Tree Foot Scrub ($14/200g) - I don't actually own a foot scrub, so I guess if I was having a proper pamper day this could come in handy! You also get 200g which seems like a decent amount.
Pibugonggam G Facial Scrub ($13/50g) - I'm very fussy with facial scrubs so I'm interested to see how I get on with this Korean offering! This sounds like a joy to use containing grapefruit, sea buckthorn, red poppy peteals and aronia extract so I'm excited to put it to work.

Tosowoong Perfume Body Scrub Wash ($19/160g) - Its always handy to get such an essential product in beauty boxes, this is going straight into my shower!

New Girl Fast Scalp Hair Root Up Ampule ($6/20ml) - This is a scalp treatment which claims to clean your scalp by scaling away all dead skin cells and built-up skin impurities.
So there you have it, everything in my Memebox box scrub box. If you like the look of this one or any other Memebox, you can get $5 off your box throughout October with the code XRZP