July 2017 Glossybox Unboxing

The July Glossybox is finally here and contains 5 lovely products to help get you through the summer months!

First up is a 100ml travel size bottle of the MONUspa first defence soothing after sun lotion. It contains aloe vera, shea butter and vitamin E to help nourish and care for dehydrated skin after a day in the sunshine; it’s going to be perfect to take on holiday!
This full size tub of the Bellapierre banana setting powder (RRP £25) was also in the box. I’m looking forward to trying it out as it claims to counteract any redness or discolouration due to its yellow hue.
A Cutebalms Macaroon Tint Balm in Crushed Berry (RRP £5.99) was the third item in my Glossybox. It smells fantastic and leaves a gorgeous pink sheen on the lips, definitely a new handbag essential.

I’m curious to see whether these Papanga Spiral Headbands (RRP £4.99) will last longer than other bobbles like this I’ve used before. They usually end up stretching out and snapping, however these seem to be made of a much stronger material so hopefully they will do a better job!

Lastly I received a Spectrum fan brush (RRP £4.99) which is said to be good for applying highlighter and gently removing any excess product such as eye shadow fallout. It’s made from high quality synthetic hair and is vegan and cruelty free.

Have you tried any of these products?

 

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Updated Morning Skincare Routine

I’ve written quite a few skincare routine posts over the past couple of years however I tend to change what I use from one season to the next. My skin has been particularly problematic lately as it’s somehow managing to be dry as well as oily which is definitely not something that I’m used to.

I’ve been trying a lot of new products, most of which are extremely affordable, so I thought that I’d share my favourites with you in case your skin is suffering in the cold weather too.

Cleanse

To cleanse my skin i’ve been loving the Neutrogena visibly clear pink grapefruit face scrub, it leaves my skin feeling clear and healthy and smells delicious. It lightly exfoliates too which helps to banish any blackheads and dry patches.

It retails at around £4 however Boots have a 2 for £5 offer on at the moment.

Tone

For toner I’m using Pixi’s glow tonic which helps to smooth my skin and reduce blemishes. It also has 5% glycolic acid which exfoliates and banishes blackheads.

It retails at £18 for 250ml which is quite pricey but totally worth it for the results it gives.

Moisturise

Neutrogena’s visibly clear oil free pink grapefruit has been the moisturiser I’ve been using over the past month or so, it leaves my skin feeling hydrated without looking greasy and is the perfect base for makeup.

It retails at around £5 but again there is a 2 for £5 offer on at boots.

Eye cream

For eye cream I use the Boots essentials cucumber eye gel which is lovely as it cools the eye area and reduces any puffiness.

It retails at £1.50 which is an absolute bargain!

Whats are your favourite skincare products?

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Makeup/Skincare Wish List

I absolutely love trying out new makeup and skincare products and have my eye on a few that I’m hoping to try out this spring so I thought I’d share them with you.

Benefit Roller Lash

Benefit claim that this mascara ‘grabs, separates, lifts and curls’ lashes, meaning there is no need for a eyelash curler. As a girl with thin, straight lashes this sounds fantastic! I can’t wait to give it a go!

£19.50

Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate

I’ve tried a little sample of this product before and absolutely love it! I’m definitely going to purchase a full sized bottle this spring! It leaves my skin both feeling and looking 100% better.

£36

Benefit Gimme Brow

This ‘brow-volumising fibre gel’ is definitely on my wish list. I have quite dark eyebrows but they can go a bit crazy and there are a few sparse areas, hopefully this brow gel can help to sort these issues out whilst still leaving my brows looking natural.

£17.50

Milani Baked Blush

I’ve used the same two blushers for years and am looking for a new one to try out! Milani seem to have a nice variety of shades with a nice subtle shimmer.

Costs around £9

Urban Decay ‘De slick’ Makeup Setting Spray

I’ve been wanting this setting spray for a long time and think it would be perfect for the summer months to stop my makeup sliding off (if it works that is).

£21

What’s on your wishlist?

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Skincare Routine

I’m always a little bit sceptical about trying out new skincare products as my skin is extremely sensitive, but after using the Liz Earle cleanse and polish for a long time i decided to give some more of her products a try. Since doing this I have noticed a HUGE difference in both the texture and appearance of my skin, so i’m going to share with you my skincare routine and explain the products I’ve been using so you can try them out and see the results for yourself!

Step 1: Cleanse

To cleanse my skin I’ve been using the Liz Earle cleanse and polish hot cloth cleanser. I massage the product into dry skin and then wipe it away with a muslin cloth soaked in hand hot water. This removes all of my makeup (including most of my eye makeup) whilst still being extremely gentle my skin.

Step 2: Tone

I’ve been using the Liz Earle instant boost skin tonic as a toner, i put a small amount on a cotton pad and gently sweep it across my face and neck. This instantly refreshes my skin and leaves it feeling soft and extremely clean yet not at all dry, it also removes dirt that you wouldn’t even imagine was still on your skin after cleansing.

Step 3: Moisturise

I then use the Liz Earle skin repair moisturiser in Light for combination/oily skin to keep my skin feeling soft and hydrated; I apply a pea sized amount of this to my face and neck and allow it to sink in before applying any makeup. It is extremely light and doesn’t make my skin feel greasy at all which can be a problem for people with oily skin, however it also comes in slightly different formulas to suit different skin types.

Step 4: Eye Cream

Lastly I use the Liz Earle eyebright soothing eye lotion. I apply it to a cotton pad and sweep it over my eyelashes to remove any excess makeup (if there is any) and then soak my under eyes with it. This lotion is also fantastic at soothing dry, tired and puffy eyes and brightening the entire eye area.

I bought all of these products myself on the Liz Earle website (http://uk.lizearle.com/skin-essentials-regime) and am extremely impressed with how well they work both with my skin and with each other to give me fantastic results.

What are your skincare routines?

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