March 2017 Glossybox Unboxing

After what has seemed like the longest month my March Glossybox is finally here, and just like the last one it’s filled with five fantastic products I can’t wait to use!

The first product I saw was this sleek eye and cheek palette which I was very excited about as I’ve never tried out any sleek makeup before but have heard great things about it. I love all of the colours as they quite natural and perfect for everyday wear.

Next I saw the thisworks ‘in transit camera close up’ which is a mask, moisturiser and primer all in one and claims to hydrate skin leaving it dewy, plump and perfectly prepped for flawless makeup application. I’m sure it will live up to my expectations as I’ve never been let down by a thisworks product before.

A sample size of the F&R ‘Hydra-Activ smart nutrient day cream’ was also included and is supposed to deliver long lasting hydration and radiance with vitamins A,C and E. I’m looking forward to using this as my skin has been very dry and dull lately.

This 30ml sample of Swarskopfs ‘BC oil miracle brazilnut pulp treatment’ is for nourishing and moisturising hair whilst removing impurities. My hair has been really dry and limp over the last few months so I  can’t wait to give it a go.

Lastly I received this eye cream from Oolution which is 100% natural and contains ingredients which stimulate collagen synthesis. This means you’re left with bright under eyes and reduced wrinkles, obviously I don’t have any wrinkles at 21 however it will help to prevent them!

Have you tried out any of these products?

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5 Step At Home Manicure

Doing your nails at home doesn’t have to be a chore and can save you a fortune!

Follow these 5 steps to the perfect at home manicure.

What you will need:

Nail varnish remover

Cotton pads

A nail file

Your favourite nail varnish

A clear nail varnish

Step 1: Remove any old nail varnish

Take off any nail varnish you already have on so that you’re starting with a clean smooth base, meaning a neater manicure.

Step 2: File your nails

Shape your nails in whatever way you prefer, I usually do round as I find it suits me best.

Step 3: Apply a base coat

Applying a base coat is such an important step as it prevents your nails from staining and evens out the texture so your colour goes on better.

Step 4: Colour

Apply two thin coats of varnish for best results and quicker drying. This is my favourite nail varnish at the moment, its in the colour ‘mink’ from M&S.

Step 5: Topcoat

Apply a topcoat to ensure your nails are shiny and help them to stay chip free for longer.

What’s your favourite nail varnish?

 

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My Top 3 Body Moisturisers

With the winter months fast approaching my skin has been desperate for some extra hydration. These three moisturisers are my absolute favourite and leave my skin feeling soft and supple all year round!

#1

Palmers Cocoa Butter

This moisturiser not only smells amazing but leaves skin feeling irresistibly smooth. It also comes in a handy pump bottle and is perfect for everyday use as its thick without being too heavy.

Depending on the size, this retails at around £5

#2

Soap and Glory ‘The righteous butter’

This body butter is amazing! Its so thick and creamy and is absolutely perfect if your skin needs a little boost.

Depending on the size, this retails at around £10

#3

Aveeno ‘Daily moisturising lotion’

As it states in the title, this lotion is perfect for everyday use as it doesn’t have an overwhelming scent and sinks in within a few minutes. It also comes in a pump bottle which is extremely convenient.

Retails at around £7.50

What’s your favourite moisturiser?

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My Top 5 Favourite Products For Summer

1. Kiehl’s rare earth deep pore daily cleanser.

This is honestly the best cleanser I have ever used. It gently exfoliates my skin without being irritating and helps to keep oiliness and blemishes at bay. It is a little pricey at around £18 a bottle, but it lasts a few months and works brilliantly – so its worth it!

2.  Soap and Glory ‘girligo’ body moisturising mist.

This moisturizing mist not only smells fantastic, but it absorbs really quickly too, perfect for when you’re in a hurry or don’t feel like using a heavy moisturizer on a hot summer day.

3. Dove summer glow

This gradual tanner gives my skin a natural, glowing tan without the awful smell. It also goes on smoothly, does not go streaky and can be applied just like a normal moisturizer with your hands (as long as you give them a wash afterwards!)

I find that the shade ‘light to medium’ works best on my skin tone.

4. Aussie aussome volume dry shampoo

This is honestly one of the best dry shampoo’s that I have ever used. It doesn’t leave any sort of white cast even on dark hair and gives my hair fantastic volume which lasts all day.

It also smells fantastic, which is a bonus.

5. Kiehl’s ultra facial oil free lotion

This cream keeps my skin feeling soft whilst looking matte and doesn’t cause me to break out. It also sinks into the skin really quickly so you don’t have to wait around before putting on your makeup

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Pamper Night Essentials/Routine

After a long week at work I love to unwind and having an evening to myself to do a face pack and pamper myself is the perfect way to do it!

I start off by removing any makeup i have on with my Olay wipes and then i clean my skin with my Garnier PureActive 3in1 wash, scrub and mask as it targets any blemishes.

I then usually light a candle, at the moment i’m using Glade’s spiced apple and cinnamon which smells amazing!

After this I run my bath and wash my hair, at the moment i’m using Tresseme Keratin Smooth shampoo. Then I apply my deep treatment mask which i leave on my ends for around 10 minutes to soak in. These products leave my hair feeling extremely soft and healthy.

After this I use my Soap&Glory Sugar crush body scrub to leave me feeling smooth and get rid of any dead skin. I then wash my body with my passion fruit shower gel from The Body Shop.

After I’ve shaved my legs using my Gillete venus embrace razor I rinse my hair. Once I’m dry I apply my passion fruit body butter from the Body Shop to keep my skin soft and supple and put on my pyjamas.

My l’occitane shea butter foot cream is fantastic at smoothing any dry patches I have on my feet, so I normally apply it after my bath and put on my cosy socks to help it sink in.

The face mask I use (and love!) at the moment is the Liz Earle Deep Cleansing Mask. It’s great for dealing with oily, spot prone skin without being over drying.

When 10 minutes is up I rinse off the mask and apply my Liz Earle skin repair moisturiser in light and my Boots vitamin e eye cream.

I would then paint and file my nails and once they dry put on my Soap&Glory hand food hand cream.

And that’s all of my pamper night essential products.

What are your pamper night essentials?

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Top 5 Lip Products Of All Time

I absolutely love trying out new lip sticks, balms and glosses but always come back to these five products.

#1
Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter in ‘Peach Parfait’

This product is extremely hydrating and lasts for a long time on my lips. It is very buildable and can leave either an extremely sheer hint of colour or can be layered up and look extremely bold.

This retails at around £8.00

#2
Soap and Glory’s Sexy Mother Pucker lip gloss in ‘Punch Bowl’

These lip glosses are amazing, they last hours on my lips and give amazing colour. They also plump up your lips which is a bonus!

They retail at around £9.00

#3
Balmi Lip Balm

This is the most moisturizing lip balm I’ve ever used and it smells amazing too. The packaging is also very convenient as you don’t need to put your finger into the tub you can apply it straight to the lips.

Retails at around £4.99

#4
The Body Shop Lip And Cheek Stain

I got this product out of a magazine and didn’t really expect much of it, however after trying it out I realized just how great it is. It looks extremely bright when first applied to the lips, but after blotting it looks amazing! It gives a subtle red tint of colour which lasts for hours, and looks great with lip gloss on top too.

Retails at around £10.00

#5
Vaseline

I love the rose and almond oil Vaseline, it softens and soothes dry lips whilst giving a subtle red tint.

Retails at around £1.99

What are your favourite lip products?

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Weekly Favourite

Each week I’m going to tell you about my favourite thing; whether it be a person, product or something else.

This weeks favourite is the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser

I absolutely adore this cleanser, it wipes of every trace of my makeup (including the most stubborn mascara) with minimal effort. All you do is massage it into dry skin, then wipe away grime and stubborn mascara using the muslin cloth supplied.

It is a bit on the pricey side at £24 for 200ml however only a small amount is required and honestly, it’s worth paying for a product that really works.

Do any of you have a favourite cleanser? Or have you tried the Cleanse & Polish before?

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Weekly Favourite

Each week I’m going to tell you about my favourite thing; whether it be a person, product or something else. My favourite this week is Soap and Glory’s ‘Heel Genius’.

This foot cream is absolutely amazing! I apply it nightly after i shower and pop some cotton socks on and voila! Soft, smooth feet without making any sort of effort. It retails at around £5.50 which isn’t too bad as I’ve been using it for weeks now and still have around 90% of it left.

Why not give it a try?

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Winter Skin Essentials

As much as I love the festive season, it brings about some awful skin issues. So I’m going to share with you products that have worked for me for my hands, feet, body and lips in case any of you endure similar issues.

Hands

My hands always get extremely dry, but the winter makes them 100x worse so it’s vital that i have a good quality hand cream. I’ve tried dozens of creams from brands such as The Body Shop and Nivea but nothing works quite as well as Soap and Glory’s ‘Hand food’. It smells divine, sinks in extremely well and makes my hands feel soft and healthy.

Another quick fix is slathering coconut oil all over your hands and popping on some cotton gloves, then go to bed and voila gorgeous hands in the morning! However, if you don’t own any coconut oil you could follow this as an alternative; http://youniquechic.com/2012/06/home-made-mask-for-soft-hands-and-feet/

Body

My elbows and knees are the bane of my life at this time of year, so i make sure that i use an extremely hydrating moisturizer. My all time favourite is The Body Shop’s ‘coconut body butter’ but I’ve recently been using the ‘daily moisturizing lotion’ by Aveeno and it works amazing! It leaves my skin soft and supple and sinks in quickly so i don’t have to wait to get dressed.

I also love to exfoliate once a week with Soap and Glory’s ‘pulp friction’ to get rid of any dead skin. It smells deliciously fruity and isn’t too harsh on my sensitive skin.

Feet

I haven’t really found a foot cream i swear by yet, but i always use either coconut oil or olive oil once a week before bed and then sleep with cotton socks on. This banishes any hard skin i have, leaving my feet feeling soft and looking great.

Lips

I use this lip scrub once a week to keep my lips in tip top condition; http://youniquechic.com/2011/12/diy-lip-scrub-stop-chapped-lips/

Then i follow up with Vaseline or my mango lip butter from The Body Shop as i find these to be the most hydrating (and affordable) lip balms on the market.

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Weekly Favourite

Each week I’m going to tell you about my favourite thing; whether it be a person, product or something else.

My favourite this week is nail foils.

Nail foils add an amazing effect to your nails and last for weeks; I’ve had these ones on for five days and they are still going strong! They are extremely easy to use too; all you do is stick them on, file off the edge then your done! This means that they don’t require any drying, which is great if your in a hurry and don’t have much time.

You can buy them at any drugstore, however I would recommend Boots if you live in the UK as they have a huge variety of styles and patterns to suit everyone.

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