Monday, 28 November 2011

Boudoir Prive; November Box!

So after last months beautiful box, I was expecting good things for this months installment, I practically mugged the postman for this beautifully packaged box of treats, but guaranteed with these beauty boxes, each month is a risk, and this box just isn't really my cup of tea. Of course I'm keeping my subscription etc, the problem is just that some months are going to suit better than others, this one just isn't really for me!

I must admit, I was a little disappointed that two of the brands featured in this months box were also a feature in last months. I joined this service to discover new beauty brands and try different things, and although I loved both my Studio Makeup eyeliner and Korres body butter from last month, I still was a little gutted to see the brands in this months box.

First up is Rahua Voluminous Shampoo and Conditioner. Now I am admittedly a hair product junkie, so these get my vote straight away. I love trying new products, and though there is no way I'd ever be able to afford (and even if I could I still wouldn't) a shampoo for just under £30, it's still a nice little treat to my hair! Really looking forward to trying these!

Next is the Studio Makeup Rich Hydration Lipstick. These retail at £12.25 each and promise to be both creamy and hydrating, a must if like me you suffer dry lips! The only problem with this is, it's really not my kind of shade. Tender Pink is a shimmery light pink colour, and it's just not the kind of colour I'd ever reach for, which is really a shame because these lipsticks sound really good! 

Next is a luminous skin mask which has featured on and retails for a whopping £32.85 (I think I'll stick to buying ones for a quid in superdrug but whatever floats your boat!). Now I opened this and gave it a cheeky sniff in the morning, and I'm definitely not a morning person. The smell of this made me literally gag, it's absolutely vile. I can't even describe it, It's just disgusting, made only worse by the really unappealing brown colour it is. There's no way in hell this is ever going anywhere near my face, bit of a shame especially as they popped two samples in but what can you do!

Next is a body lotion from Dead Sea Spa Magic, a name that automatically appeals to me. This promises to leave your skin feelings deeply hydrated, I can't wait to give this a go seeing as my skin has gotten really dry recently, and a really decent size sample so I'm happy!

Finally a Korres Moisturiser. I'll definitely try this out, but as I said before I'm a bit disappointed that two consecutive months I've had a moisturiser from the same brand. The sample size isn't as big this month, but I'll give it a fair go and who knows, I might end up loving it!

So that's everything for this month, I'm not overly impressed but with these beauty boxes it's never going to suit completely every month, but I have discovered some really nice products so far so I'll let this month pass by, and hope I get a gorgeous box in time for christmas!

Friday, 25 November 2011

OOTD #019; Winter Has Arrived....

Cape; TK Maxx, Scarf; Topshop Skirt; Topshop Shoes; Topshop Lipstick; NARS Scarlet Empress

It's been so cold in England these past few days, so my winter wardrobe is definitely out! The contrast of freezing cold outside and heating on full at work has meant this cape and scarf have been essentials walking to and from work. I've really been loving a berry lip, and Nars Scarlet Empress is my personal favourite, I've been using it in combination with a lip balm for a slight tint or going for a dramatic look with minimal eye makeup. I'm still yet to start my Christmas shopping (oooops!) but I can't wait to hit the Christmas markets in town and pick up some gorgeous gifts!
What are your winter essentials?

Thursday, 3 November 2011

October Favourites!

I've been trying out a lot of new make up this month, so it seemed to make sense to make a more make-up orientated favourites this month! I've found my skin has been a lot better recently so I will be writing a post on skincare and maybe haircare if you beauts want one?! Anyway onto the favourites, I'm currently on the hunt for a better coverage foundation for winter, my healthy mix just isn't enough coming into winter so I'm back testing out a few, I'll get back to you on that! But onto my favourites this month!

Look Beauty Triple Hit in Shade 1 'La Luxe'; When I saw LOOK magazines new make up range in my local Superdrug I couldn't resist giving some of their products a try. I went for this eyeshadow trio, because I love my brown shades! These are ridiculously pigmented and really handy for a quick smoky eye! I have been picking this up a fair few times this month, and anything I pick over my Urban Decay naked palette gets a massive seal of approval from me!
Sigma F80 Flat Top Kabuki; I must admit, I've hardly reached for this since owning it until this month, but as I've been trying out a few foundations this month I've really been reaching for this a lot and I really do like it. I hate foundation that looks really obvious on the skin and this really helps to buff it in and give a more natural look, love it!
Studio Makeup Line Styler Pen; I got this in my Boudoir Privé and I've been using it everyday since. The felt tip style applicator is so thin it really allows you to draw a really precise line, this is pretty much what I've been looking for since I've got into makeup. I don't really have any faults with it, and I'll definitely be repurchasing, in complete love!
Collection 2000 Big Fake False Lash Effect Mascara; I've reignited my love for this this month, I always forget how much I love this mascara until I use it again and then I fall right back into it's beautiful arms. I really love big dramatic volumized lashes and this always delivers, and for the price it really is a massive bargain! If you haven't tried this yet, you definitely need to get involved. The massive brush is still a bit overwhelming even now though, tiny bit scary!

The Body Shop 100% Natural Lip Roll-On in Berry; My lips are always dry, but it becomes a much worse problem in winter, so I'm forever in the look out for a new solution. When I saw these had launched in The Body Shop I couldn't resist giving one a try, and these really are gorgeous! They smell lush and they really add lots of moisture to the lips. I've been keeping this in my bag at all times, it's really handy to have on you and a massive bargain at £4!
NARS Lipstick in Scarlet Empress; Between Autumn and Halloween, I've really been getting into berry shades, and this is my personal favourite. I've been using this as a light tint on my lips rather than a really dramatic berry lip and it's absolutely beautiful!
GOSH Long Lasting Lip Marker in Berry; carrying on the berry lip love, GOSH's range are my favourite lip tints on the high street, and this one gives such a gorgeous colour I've been reaching it for it a good few days. It's a bit dramatic for everyday but I've been loving it going out at night, especially as with a tint you don't get the really classy lipstick marks all over glasses, perfect!

Rose Petal Salve; Another beaut I got in this months Boudoir Privé, I really can't say enough about this product. It's a multi-use product, useful for dry skin, lips, using as a highlight, to tame unruly brows, literally everything! I don't know how I coped without this in my handbag, this is a complete lifesaver!
Benefit High Beam; I love highlights, and I've been using this on my brow bone and cupids bow all month to add a bit of glow! Absolutely beautiful, but I can't say I would repurchase the full size, far too expensive to justify it and dupes work just as well!
Sleek Brow Kit in Light; I've been looking for a good brow kit for ages, but I found a lot of versions had far too many colours in, and for someone who never dyes their hair, I only really need a light brown. I bagged this as part of the 3 for 2 deal in Superdrug and I'm so glad I did, it's perfect and definitely a needed addition to my makeup bag!

What have you been loving this month?!