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24 October 2014

So Susan Lacquerlove October Box | Nail Polish Monthly Subscription Service

So Susan Lacquerlove October Box | Nail Polish Monthly Subscription Service
So Susan Lacquerlove October Box | Nail Polish Monthly Subscription Service

The So Susan Lacquerlove Box is a monthly nail polish subscription service that costs £14.95 a month. Each month, So Susan give their boxes a theme and for October, the theme is Supernatural* to coincide with Halloween. The So Susan Lacquerlove box contains four So Susan nail polishes alongside a mystery makeup gift every month. So Susan's products are all 100% cruelty free, and the polishes have a F-Free formula where they don't contain any DBP, Toluene, Formaldehyde and Formaldehyde Resin and the polishes contain rosehip fruit oil to moisturise and condition the nails.

So Susan Lacquerlove October Box | Nail Polish Monthly Subscription Service
So Susan Lacquerlove October Box | Nail Polish Monthly Subscription Service
So Susan Lacquerlove October Box | Nail Polish Monthly Subscription Service

The October Lacquerlove box contains shades inspired by the supernatural worlds of both ghouls and goblins, mermaids and ice queens. The four shades in this month's box are; Aurora, Mermaid, Ice Queen and Red Cape. All four polishes have a great formula and apply evenly and easy to the nails, and dry quickly too. My favourite shade has to be Aurora as it's so unique and stunning on the nails, and Ice Queen looks so pretty layered over any of the other polishes for added sparkle.

Aurora is shimmery, dark, metallic plum.
Mermaid is a dark, deep forest green.
Ice Queen is a clear base containing lots of tiny silver glitter particles.
Red Cape is a bright, pillar box red.

So Susan Lacquerlove October Box | Nail Polish Monthly Subscription Service
So Susan Lacquerlove October Box | Nail Polish Monthly Subscription Service
So Susan Lacquerlove October Box | Nail Polish Monthly Subscription Service

The surprise makeup gift in my October box is such a beautiful one.. a So Susan Lip Orchid in the shade Petal Pink. The jar contains a bright, blue toned pink gloss with a pretty shimmer that contains vitamin E and aloe vera extract. I never expected the gloss to be so pigmented, but it's almost opaque in one layer. The orchid on the top of the gloss is gorgeous and it looks so pretty on my dressing table. 

This month's box is a great box, and I love all the shades So So Susan have chosen for this Halloween inspired box, and the added makeup gift is such a lovely touch. 

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.