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23 October 2014

Memebox Special #31 Earth & Sea Cosmetics

Memebox Special #31 Earth & Sea Cosmetics
Memebox Special #31 Earth & Sea Cosmetics

When the Memebox Special #31 Earth & Sea Cosmetics Box $29* landed on my doorstep, I couldn't wait to tear it open and see how Memebox had interpreted the theme. Memebox is a unique beauty box service where you can buy individual boxes without committing yourself to a subscription service. You can simply visit the Memebox website to see which boxes are available, and then choose to buy a box should you wish to. New boxes are added to the website regularly so I'd recommend checking a couple of times a week so you don't miss out on any amazing boxes. Memebox ship to 51 countries worldwide for only $6.99, and I have an exclusive promotional code A1EG where you can get $5 off the price of any box.

Memebox Special #31 Earth & Sea Cosmetics

Tosowoong Super Aqua Cooling Gel 80ml $34 (full size)

The Super Aqua Cooling Gel is described as an ultra-cooling cream gel that provides long lasting freshness and comfort to both the face and body. The gel is said to be full of minerals and nutrients from glacier water, and is ideal for apply to overheated or irritated skin. It also contains deep sea minerals which strengthen and moisturise the skin. The packaging is really luxurious in a weighty, blue, glass jar and the gel is also blue in colour. I think this gel would be amazing during the Summer months for applying to sunburn, but until the Sun returns, I'll keep it in my stash.

Memebox Special #31 Earth & Sea Cosmetics
Memebox Special #31 Earth & Sea Cosmetics

Secret Nature Volcanic Ash Pore Pack 100ml $36 (full size)

This Pore Pack was one of the product 'spoilers', so I was already excited to try it as I love using masks of any kind. This Volcanic Ash Pore Pack is enriched with Organic Jeju complex and minerals rich volcanic ash, charcoal, green tea and pine needle extracts to control excess sebum and tighten enlarged pores. The mask is free from all parabens and artificial colourings and is suitable for all skin types. Inside the box there is a plastic spatula alongside the plastic jar to help apply the pack to the skin which I love as it's so much more hygienic than using your fingers and I can't wait to try it as it looks like a great face mask.

Memebox Special #31 Earth & Sea Cosmetics

Dewytree Mineral Healthy Sun Cut Loose Powder 10g $34 (full size)

I was excited to see a makeup item hidden amongst the other skincare products as I expected it to be purely skincare. This is a loose facial powder that is enriched with natural minerals and essential oils for maintaining your skin's moisture levels and for leaving a long lasting silky finish to your makeup. It also has a UV protection of SPF 36 which is something I've never seen in a makeup setting powder before. The powder is dispensed through the powder puff at the top which you press onto the skin, and the box even includes a replacement powder puff too which is really impressive. I've only tried the powder once, but it's very finely milled and easy to apply, and I love how compact and makeup bag friendly the powder pot is especially as there's a mirror on the top of the lid too.

Memebox Special #31 Earth & Sea Cosmetics

Shara Shara Black Charcoal Purifying Mask 23ml $2 (full size)

This is a sheet mask which contains concentrates of charcoal powder and volcanic ash complex for clearing the skin of impurities, dirt and sebum which clog the skin's pores. It also works to soothe and protect sensitive skin with its wine and aloe vera leaf formula. I'm going to save this for when my skin's next misbehaving.

Memebox Special #31 Earth & Sea Cosmetics
Memebox Special #31 Earth & Sea Cosmetics

Elizavecca Elastic Pore Mask Cleansing Foam 120ml $29 (full size)

This cleansing foam is made from 6000mg of Charcoal, 3000mg of collagen from pig skin and spider extracts.. I have to be completely honest and say that this product will never be used on my face, as the prospect of putting pig skin collagen and spider extracts on my skin gives me the shudders. This black mask is said to penetrate deep into the pores to clear away all dead skin cells and blackheads with bubbles as fine as 'a spiders web'. Even the black thick tar-like consistency of this mask makes me feel queasy.. I just can't bring myself to try it.

Memebox Special #31 Earth & Sea Cosmetics

Ariul Spa Water 24 Hours Moisturising Refreshing Mist 100ml $18 (full size)

This facial mist is made from pure spa water extracted from Belgium and is rich in minerals and various amino acids. The mist supposedly works to deliver and instant replenishment to your skin, creating a moisture barrier for preventing any dehydration all day long. I really like the packaging, with the blue ombréd design on the bottle.. it just somehow makes it look more refreshing, and special for what is essentially a water spray. This is a lovely spray to use over my makeup after applying my powder to take away any cakiness and refresh the skin.

The Memebox Special #31 Earth & Sea Cosmetics box is amazing with a value of $153 for only $29, and there is only one product from the whole box that I wouldn't use. My favourite item from the box would have to be the makeup setting powder, but I can't wait to try the skincare products over the coming weeks. If you'd like to purchase your very own Memebox of your choice, make sure you use the code A1EG to get $5 off the price of any box.

22 October 2014

Givenchy Dahlia Divin Eau de Parfum Review + Giveaway

Givenchy Dahlia Divin Eau de Parfum Review + Giveaway
Givenchy Dahlia Divin Eau de Parfum Review + Giveaway

The newest fragrance to be released by Givenchy is Dahlia Divin which made its debut in September and is a sequel to Givenchy's Dahlia Noir which was launched back in 2011. Givenchy Dahlia Divin 50ml £64* contains notes of the golden Mirabelle Plum, which are entwined with the aroma of a bouquet of white flowers that are highlighted with Jasmine. The base notes include woody and rich Sandalwood, Vetiver and Patchouli to create a truly striking fragrance. The bottle is really beautiful and I think it has almost a Chanel look to it, with its chunky square glass bottle, gold metal ribboned neck and wide white lid. I've not seen a Givenchy fragrance like this one before and it looks a lot more luxurious than their other fragrance bottles. It feels so weighty in the hand, and it looks stunning on my dressing table with its golden hues. 

Dahlia Divin is the perfect fragrance for winter with its sensual warm and woody notes, and it really reminds me of a warmer, less sweeter version of Giorgio Armani's Si fragrance, making it a lot more pleasant as it's not as overpowering as Si. There's no doubt that Givenchy's Dahlia Divin is a strong, sexy scent, but what I particularly love is that it's sillage isn't too heavy that it makes people feel uncomfortable or that it fills the whole room that you're in unlike my favourite Thierry Mugler Alien. It's strong in that it only needs a couple of sprays at the most, and will last for at least eight hours on the skin with gradual fading.

The inclusion of 'Dahlia' within the title suggested that Dahlia Divin would be quite a floral fragrance, however I'd describe it as being more woody than it is floral as the base notes are a lot more prevalent over the white flowers and jasmine. When first spritzed upon the skin, the Mirabelle Plum is quite distinctive and sweet, but it dries down to a much warmer, richer scent with the initial sweetness subsiding. It's such a beautiful, statement fragrance and everytime I wear it, I'm complimented and asked what it is. I think this would make a stunning gift for any female over the age of 20, and if you're looking for a new fragrance, I'd really recommend trying this when you see it instore as it's seriously stunning...

GIVEAWAY

House of Fraser have very kindly given me a 50ml bottle of Givenchy's Dahlia Divin Eau de Parfum fragrance worth £64 to give away over on my Twitter account. If you'd like to enter, you need to follow both House of Fraser (@houseoffraser) and myself (@Makeup_Magpie) on Twitter, and then retweet the giveaway tweet (here). The giveaway will run for two weeks and will close at midnight on the 5th of November, and the winner will be selected at random from all the correct and completed entries via random.org. This giveaway is open to UK residents only, and entrants under 18 should seek parental permission before entering.