July 01, 2015
I really love the Latest in Beauty boxes, and I’m always excited to hear when they’ve released a new one as they’re always such fantastic value and contain some amazing brands. Their newest release is the Latest In Beauty The Best of Summer Capital Beauty Box, which is a collaboration with Capital FM. Back in March of this year, Latest In Beauty collaborated with Capital FM for their Spring Box which I featured here, so I knew this box was going to be a hit as their Spring Box was a really great box. The Latest In Beauty The Best of Summer Capital Beauty Box costs £17.95 and is said to contain the top holiday, festival and party picks and let me tell you, the box is seriously jam packed!
The first couple of items in the box are from MUA. First up is the MUA Mega Volume Mascara which is £3, and I got the ‘Black Waterproof’ version which is great for summer, as you know it’ll stay in place without transferring or smudging in the heat/humidity. I’ve not tried this particular mascara before, but the brush looks promising for creating volumised lashes. In addition to the mascara, there is also the MUA Poptastic Eyeshadow Palette worth £4. The palette contains twelve super bright eyeshadows in a mixture of matte and shimmer finishes, and would be perfect for creating some colourful festival inspired makeup. In all honesty, I’m not sure I’m brave enough to wear most of these shades but I love that I can now experiment with them, and I think the purples on the top row are particularly stunning.
Next up inside the Latest In Beauty The Best of Summer Capital Beauty Box, there is a 10ml sample of the I Love… Perfectly Peachy Bath & Shower Creme. I love peach scented products so I imagine this will smell lovely and I really like the message behind this particular scent, as it’s been created to help raise awareness for breast cancer with the symptoms for breast cancer being listed on the back of this sachet, and on the full size bottle. Then we have a cute little sealable bag containing three sample sized Malin + Goetz products; Grapefruit Face Cleanser, Lip Moisturiser and the Vitamin E Moisturiser. I’ve only ever tried a couple of Malin + Goetz products so I’m looking forward to giving this trio a go, and they’re the ideal size for taking away on holiday too.
We then have two hair products.. firstly a 50ml can of the Colab Sheer + Invisible Dry Shampoo in the Paris fragrance worth £2. The Paris fragrance contain a blend of jasmine, rose and patchouli and it smells quite nice but I’m not really a floral fragrance kinda girl. This dry shampoo promises to absorb oil & refresh the roots with a residue-free, lightweight finish. Then there is a 125ml can of the Fudge URBAN Hair Art in the shade Violet Haze which is worth £5.99, and is a spray in pastel hair colour which washes out. The shades do vary from box to box, but I’m really happy that I got the Violet shade. I haven’t tried spray in hair colour for such a long time, but I’m looking forward to giving it a try; I just hope it shows up in my super dark hair.
I was really happy to see these two products within the box.. a 100ml size of the Hawaiian Tropic Satin Protection Ultra Radiance Sun Cream SPF30 100ml worth £6.49, as we got this very same product in the Latest In Beauty The Glamour Beauty Edit Box last Summer and I loved it so much. It’s such a lovely suncream and it smells divine, and most importantly, I haven’t experienced any burning whilst wearing it. The next item is the Dr. Organic Dead Sea Minerals Bio Plasma Mud Mask 100ml worth £7.99 which is my favourite item from the box and the one I’m most excited to try. Mud and clay masks are my favourite as they work wonders on blemished skin like mine and this one is a oil regulating, detoxifying and anti-aging bio-plasma face treatment.
The last two items in the box are; a Carmex Moisture Plus Ultra Hydrating Lip Balm in the shade Berry Sheer Tint worth £4.50, and a Nails Inc Gel Effect Nail Polish in the shade Soho Place worth £15. The Lip Balm is enriched with vitamin E and aloe, and soothes, moisturises and relieves whilst imparting a sheer berry tint to the lips. I think it’s amazing that Latest In Beauty have included one of the Nails Inc Gel Effect Polishes inside this box, especially as they’re £15 alone which is fantastic value considering the whole box is £17.95. I already own the Nails Inc Gel Effect Polish in the shade Hyde Park which I love and got in the Latest In Beauty Heart Beauty Essentials Box.
Overall this really is a fantastic box and I think Latest In Beauty and Capital have chosen some really great products to match the Summer theme. I like that the box includes makeup, skincare, bodycare, nailcare and haircare and I think it’s a really good value box. What is your favourite item within the box?
*This post contains a PR Sample.
June 30, 2015
I love beauty subscription services.. I know a lot of people are bored of them now, but I’m a fan and I love discovering new subscription services. The newest service I’ve come across is the Beauteque Beauty Bag which is a monthly subscription service of Asian beauty products, and each month you’ll receive at least seven full size products, which will be a mixture of beauty, skincare and lifestyle and each month you could receive makeup, skincare, jewellery and more. Whatsmore, each month, the products will be worth at least $65-$85 (£41 to £53) and costs $24 per month (£15.23), although you can choose to purchase multiple months in one go; three months is $72, six months is $138 and twelve months is $264. If you choose to subscribe monthly, you’ll be charged on the 15th of each month with the box being shipped shortly after.
I have the June Beauteque Beauty Bag to show you, and the theme is ‘Sizzling Summer’ with everything you need to get you ready for Summer which is perfect timing seeing as we’re expecting a heatwave over the coming weeks. Each month, subscribers are sent an email with some options for the products within the bag such as scents and shades, so you know you’re going to receive items you like shade/scent wise which is a great idea. The items for this month’s bag are contained within a satin makeup bag, and the bag changes each month.
The first item inside the June Beautque Beauty Bag is the May Island Peach Hand Cream worth $6, which has to the cutest packaging I’ve ever seen for an handcream. The handcream contains extracts of peach, apricot and shea butter to nourish the hands, and it has the most amazing peach scent; it smells identical to peach yogurt and I just can’t get enough of the scent. Not only does the cream look and smell good, it does a great job at nourishing my hands and leaves them feeling silky soft without any greasiness.
Next up is the Tony Moly Timeless EGF Second Skin Eye Goggles worth $7. This foil pouch contains an eye mask which offers anti-aging and brightening powers whilst improving the elasticity of the eye area and leaving the eyes looking refreshed and younger looking. I am really looking forward to trying this mask as I’ve really been struggling with hayfever lately, so I’m hoping this might help soothe my eyes.
The next item inside my bag is the iCharming Witch’s Pouch Lip and Eye Remover worth $10. I’ve never heard of iCharming before, but the name of this remover is so cute. This is a bi-phase remover which are typically very effective at removing makeup, so I’m looking forward to giving it a try as I’m nearing the end of my current eye and lip makeup remover. It does feel a little greasy but hopefully it won’t leave any greasy residue on the skin.
There is another product from iCharming inside the bag this month.. the iCharming Nail Polish worth $5, and the shades will vary. The packaging of this polish is beautiful, with its opalescent lid and floral design. I have the shade 505 which has a pretty lilac base that contains holographic glitter pieces as well as micro silver glitter.
Next up is the Baviphat Strawberry Toxifying Mask worth $26, which again has amazing packaging.. with the mask packaged within a strawberry shaped pot. This is a deep cleansing wash off clay mask which helps to tighten pores, control sebum and give relief to troubled skin. It contains strawberry extract and fruit acids full of vitamin C that speeds up removal of dead skin cells and tighten the pores, whilst antioxidants stave off signs of aging and protect the skin. Inside the pot, there is a little white spoon to scoop the mask out. The mask has a thick and creamy consistency which smells like strawberry yogurt (they sure like to use fruit yogurt scents). This has to be the product I’m most looking forward to trying from the bag as I love a good clay mask and this one sounds particularly good.
The next item is a miniature size of the Baviphat Peach All In one Peeling Gel worth $5, which again is packaged within a peach shaped pot – SO cute. This gel claims to exfoliate, reduce the appearance of pores and brighten the skin and is rich with vitamin C. The gel has a delicious, fruity peach scent and a jelly like consistency. This is a tiny pot, so I imagine you’d only get one or two uses out of it but I’m still looking forward to trying it.
The last item in the June Beauteque Beauty Bag is the Tony Moly Cotton Nail Ball worth $4 which is one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen. It’s a plastic icecream pot which contains pastel coloured cotton wool balls to look like cotton candy. I am going to keep this pot and refill it once I finish these cotton balls as it’s the cutest way to store cotton wool.
Asian beauty brands have the best packaging.. and everything smells divine. I really think this is an amazing bag, with such a great range of products. I think $24/£15 is such good value, and I would really recommend giving the BB Bag service a try if you love Asian beauty or want to discover some new brands and products that you can’t purchase here in the UK.
*This post contains a PR Sample.
June 29, 2015
For the month of June, my Exclusive Advertiser has been the lovely Jaina of Which Beauty Box UK. Jaina’s blog is stunning, and she features every single beauty box you could imagine. My favourite post of June would have to be her post on the Glamour Summer Edit from Latest In Beauty – such an amazing box!
My name is Jaina, a 30 something year old who has a love affair with beauty boxes. My main objective when I created this blog was to offer my readers a one stop shop where they can find monthly reviews on the most popular beauty subscription boxes available in the UK, something which wasn’t available to me when I was on the hunt for a beauty box. With the subscription market constantly growing there’s something for every beauty fan. It definitely takes my love for all things beauty to the next level.
My next advertiser is a beautiful online accessory boutique LVBT who recently underwent an exciting rebrand. My favourite product of theirs would have to be their stunning Amethyst and Cubic Zirconia Bracelet which I reviewed here back in May.
LVBT is a UK based business offering a collection of beautiful and stylish accessories sourced from around the world, brought to you at affordable prices. Our range includes statement pieces, special finds and everyday items. We house some of the most exciting up and coming jewellery and accessory brands from various countries. It is our belief that everyone deserves to be able to treat themselves with beautiful and stylish accessories, whenever they want, without breaking the bank.
Hi, I’m Kara (aka Abracadabra Girl) I’m a makeup artist, beauty therapist, reiki Master and ex-salon owner.
I have worked within the beauty/makeup industry for many years and worked on some amazing campaigns around the world.
In March 2014 I started Abracadabra girl as a place to express my love of writing (blogging and fiction) and also to share my passion and knowledge for everything beauty related and I’m so glad I did! I’ve met some amazing people along the way and found you all – the blogging community. So myself in a few words: Londoner, mama, juice and smoothie addict, amateur photographer, writer and shopaholic.
Hi I’m Jo and my blog is A Little Pop of Coral. It features new products launches, reviews on make-up, skincare and haircare, current trends and beauty edits. I am from the UK but currently live in New York, which is so exciting, I love being in a city that is so vibrant! Since arriving here in the summer, I have become obsessed with Sephora and the drugstore where there are always so many new and exciting products, especially in the run up to Christmas! Make sure you are subscribed so you don’t miss all latest beauty news from the US as well as a taste of New York life in my weekend lifestyle posts. I look forward to you joining me!
Hey everyone! Loevens here… I’m a 28 year old beauty obsessed girl with way too much free time. My blog is all about love and acceptance and a Whole lot of lipstick. Come say hello :) I always write back.
Next I would like to introduce Laura of Tease Flutter Pout. Laura did a fab review of the Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 Palette this month, which is one of my favourite palettes.Ahaarr my hearties! I’m Laura and I blog over at TeaseFlutterpout.com. With a love of beauty, life and random giggles. I hope you love reading as much as I love writing and sharing my thoughts with you! So come join the crew on my voyage through a sea of make up by checking out my blog and following me! Look forward to seeing you ( ps pirate talk is not necessary but always welcome lol)
Lots of love, Laura x
Tarnya ia 25 year old blogger from the UK, with plenty of interests outside of beauty, such as skincare, fashion, food, travel, photography, comics, gaming and many many more. So if you like a mixture of awesome things, I try to update 3 times a week, although of course I am human and sometimes other things take over. :)
My next advertiser is the lovely Vix of Vix Meldrew. Vix blogged about her amazing trip to Barbados, with some gorgeous photos.. I’ve got serious wanderlust.
Hi everyone I’m Vicky from VixMeldrew.com. I entered the blogging world a few months ago but I’m already loving every minute! My blog is my space to write about what I love, which is mainly fashion, beauty and all other ramblings. I’m not afraid to cover any topic with hopefully a humorous approach. I hope you come and visit my blog and I’d love to interact with you all via Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest (@VixMeldrew for all). Let me know what you think!
Next I would like to introduce Chermaine, and Chermaine is the blogger behind Chermaine Ho. If you’re going on holiday this Summer, I’d recommend reading Chermaine’s post about what’s in her carry on bag.
I believe in enjoying life & living in the moment. If you want the shoes, buy the fricking goddam shoes. Hence why my blog has become very fashion orientated (much to the husbands dismay!)
I hope you enjoy my blog & can relate to my casual style and carefree approach to blogging. After nearly 5 years of blogging I’m still here doing what I love to do & I hope you enjoy it too.
June 29, 2015
When it comes to luxurious packaging, DIOR are one of my favourite brands. All of DIOR’s products are exquisitely packaged and the DIOR Addict Fluid Sticks are no exception. The DIOR Addict Fluid Sticks are said to combine the high-impact colour and long wear of a lipstick, the shine of a lipgloss and the comfort of a lipbalm and are available in a wide range of shades and are available to purchase from Escentual for £23.85 each. The science behind the Fluid Sticks is that the lip stain pigments are encapsulated in spheres of gloss, and they don’t contain any wax whatsoever, but water for maximum lightness and comfort. I was really intrigued by the Fluid Sticks as the formula sounded perfect, as I love the longevity you get with a lipstick, but I find lipglosses a lot easier to wear so I love the idea of a product which supposedly combines the two.
There are so many shades to choose from within the DIOR Addict Fluid Stick range, and I opted for Frisson which is described as being a ‘milky peach’ after searching for swatches online. The packaging of the DIOR Fluid Sticks is seriously stunning, with a lipgloss style tube with a wide doe-foot applicator. The base of the tube is clear and shows the shade of the gloss inside in a lovely lipstick bullet shape, and the lid of the tube has the classic Dior silver rounded cap. I am head over heels in love with the packaging alone.. you can’t help but feel fancy when you whip this stunner out of your bag. Frisson is a beautiful peach shade with a touch of pink. Peachy shades are my absolute favourite as I find them so easy to wear, and they compliment my skintone.
The pigmentation of Frisson is incredible.. they really do pack a punch pigmentation wise. The applicator is really nice as it’s broader than a typical doe-foot applicator, and it has a pointed tip to allow for a precise application. The consistency is a little thick, and is almost like a gel-like gloss that applies evenly and smoothly due to having a water based formula. Once applied to the lips, the finish is so shiny just like a lipgloss but without the stickiness or gloopiness that you’d associate with a lipgloss. The water-based formula makes them feel rather cooling on the lips which I’ve really been enjoying, especially during the warmer months as they feel so light comfortable. When on the lips, they really do feel surprisingly lightweight considering how pigmented they are. The gloss has a subtle sweet scent, but the scent isn’t detectable once on the lips.
I did wonder if the DIOR Addict Fluid Sticks would bleed due to their lightweight formula, but I’ve not experienced any bleeding whatsoever with Frisson although it’s definitely not transfer-proof and will leave marks on any drinking glasses or cups. I’ve been really impressed with the three to four hour weartime of Frisson, especially as it’s a lighter shade and the formulation is so light. I don’t notice any staining of my lips with this particular shade, but I imagine that the darker or more vibrant shades from the range will have a greater staining effect on the lips. As you can probably tell, I’m a little bit in love with my first DIOR Addict Fluid Stick, and I have a feeling I’ll be adding another shade (or two) to my collection very soon.
*This post contains a PR Sample.
June 28, 2015
If you’re active on social media, you’ll be well aware that the makers behind Makeup Revolution have recently launched a new brand; Freedom Makeup which describe themselves as a “new professional makeup brand with high quality products at affordable prices”. I was lucky enough to be sent a small selection of their products prior to their launch and I’ve been so impressed with the quality that I swiftly placed an order on the website for more products. I’ve seen a few negative comments about how similar the Freedom products are to Makeup Revolution’s products but the products were always going to be similar.. they’re made by the same brand.
In regards to Freedom being a supposed ‘professional’ makeup brand, I can’t honestly say the quality of the products is on par with a professional brand like MAC or Illamasqua. However for the low budget prices we are paying for the products, the quality is pretty good and well worth a look..
Now eyeshadow palettes are my weakness so I did order a fair few of them as they all looked so stunning, and I love the Makeup Revolution eyeshadow palettes. I ordered three of their Pro 12 Palettes; Pro 12 Audacious Mattes Palette, Pro 12 Stunning Smokes Palette and the Pro 12 Le Fabuleux Palette – all of which are just £4 each. I also bought the Pro Correct Palette as I love their Concealer Palette I reviewed here, which was just £5. The last palette I got was the Pro Shade & Brighten Stunning Rose Kit which was £2.50 which is crazy considering it contains seven shadows. I’m hoping these shadows swatch and apply as beautifully as they look, and I much prefer the packaging on the 12 pan palettes from Freedom with the larger rectangular pans, as the thin and narrow pans in the Makeup Revolution palettes aren’t the most user friendly. I do love the embossed design on the shadows too.. it’s very obviously ‘inspired’ by the design of the NARS Dual Intensity Shadows.
I love the Makeup Revolution highlighters so when I saw that Freedom had two Pro Highlight Glow highlighters, I knew I had to try them although I now think they’re probably identical to the Makeup Revolution I ♥ Makeup Blushing Hearts Highlighters. I really hope they’re not identical as it’d be a waste of £3 each but I’ll do a comparison post soon with swatches of both products to see if they’re identical. I’d like to think that Freedom haven’t just repackaged the Blushing Hearts highlighters to sell as part of Freedom as that’d be pretty unfair on their customers.
I also bought the Pro Glow Pink Cat Powder £2.50 as it looked really pretty from the photo on the website, and I loved the leopard print packaging. I already own the Pro Glow Roar Powder and in all honesty, it’s not the prettiest of shades (review will be coming shortly) so I hope this one will be a lot nicer than Roar.
I also bought one of the Freedom Pro Blushes in the shade True Loved £1, the Professional Fixing Spray £3.50, the Pro Primer £4, a Pro Lipstick in Wildflower £1 and two of the Pro Nails Polishes in the shades 410 and 415 which are £1 each. I really wanted to get a wide selection of products so I could compare the formulas between Makeup Revolution and Freedom. So far, I will definitely say that the Freedom Nail Polishes are miles better than those from Makeup Revolution, and the Concealer Palette from Freedom is much better than that from Makeup Revolution but I’m interested to see how everything else compares?
I’m really looking forward to giving all of these products from my Freedom Makeup Haul, a try and reporting back which I loved/liked and potentially disliked. If you’ve tried any Freedom Makeup products and can recommend any thing or a shade in particular, please let me know in the comments below…