Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Move aside Beauty Boxes...Here comes Flavourly.

Hi ladies

Today I'm talking to you about a monthly subscription box but not a beauty box, oh no, a Flavourly box which every month will deliver you, 'deliciousness'. The website describes it as delivering 'gourmet', 'guilt free', 'new and fine foods'. This subscription costs £14.99 a month but you can grab your first box for the bargain price of £5 with the code FLAVOURLY10 so definitely cheap enough to give it a go. Here's what I got this month...

Normal cardboard packaging.
I love the little comments on the sides of the box. Nice touch, definitely made me smile!
As with beauty boxes, you get a card showing you the contents of your box. I like that it includes where in the country things are from.

So here's what I got! Luckily for me other than the spicy korma kit, everything is suitable for vegetarians. I haven't actually given anything a go yet so can't review anything but I thought I would share the concept and the brand itself with you (sorry for anybody fasting).

I also think this would make a fantastic present, not many people will have heard of it and for foodies, I think it makes a really cool, somewhat unusual present. You don't even need to wrap it as it's presented really well.

So, what do you think about this box? Will you be pushing aside your beauty box and ordering this in replacement or in addition to?

Till next time...Toodles! :)

PS This was my 150th post! What on earth have I been babbling about this past year? Thank you for reading all the same.

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

ELF order + 60% off!

Hi ladies

I haven't placed an ELF order in so so long. I was very much an ELF addict when I first got into make up, recommending, reading reviews and basically ordering for anyone remotely interested. I've calmed down since then and there have been lots of new releases that have just passed me by. However, I was running out of my Treat & Tame which is something I definitely need (I stopped threading my brows last Ramadan i.e. a year for religious reasons) and this is the only thing that helps make them look decent. ELF were running a 30% discount + free delivery so I made an order. I had to reach £25 so I picked up some other things. Annoyingly enough, the day I received my order, ELF announced a 60% sale so before you swing on over to EyesLipsFace here's a look at what I bought.

I like that ELF finally put their products in a bag to avoid getting all the straw like residue on the products (to be honest I should say reduce not avoid).

So I got the Eyebrow Treat & Tame, a Lip balm SPF 15 in Plum, A lip exfoliator, flawless finish foundation and Mineral lipstick in Bare Brown. The last 2 products are repurchases for my mum. This should have come up to £26.75 but with the discount I paid £18.72.

I will be reviewing all of these separately but for now I thought I would show you what I bought and tell you about the discount. The offer was meant to end today (30/08) at 10.30am but it's 1pm now and I just tried the code 600713 and it still works. The minimum spend is £25 so be quick!

Will you be making an order?

Till next time...Toodles! :)

Monday, 29 July 2013

Philosophy Purity Cleanser.

Hi ladies

I got myself a sample of the Philosophy Purity Cleanser quite a while ago (I think it was when Debenhams had a code for 7 free samples when buying 2 products online) and recently got another bottle in the BBB Edit Beauty box. I was quite excited to give it a go because I'd heard such great things about this one step cleanser but didn't buy it as it costs £28.50. Having googled it,  in Boots you get 480ml of product for that amount which to be fair is quite a lot! If you don't want to invest that much you can get 90ml for £8 which is the size I have below.

In short it is a runny texture and is good for an everyday face wash especially for those with dry skin like me. Foaming/gel face washes don't leave my skin as soft or hydrated as creamier washes. Once mixed with water and rubbed onto the skin for a few seconds, it does lather a bit but nothing excessive.

Once I saw the runny texture of the cleanser, I was ready to say how it isn't very effective at removing make up but surprisingly it is. It is meant to be a 3-in-1 formula, i.e. cleanse, tone and remove all face and eye make up. It does remove it (including mascara, the ultimate test) and to be thorough there's nothing wrong with having a muslin cloth at hand.

For almost £30 it's too much for me to spend on an everyday facewash. To remove make up, my Superdrug hot cloth cleansers do a very good job at 1/10 of the price (when on offer). I'm also not the most ingredient savvy but was surprised to see this contains parabens and so isn't as 'pure' as you'd think, just in case that bothers you (it isn't a deal breaker for me). Having said that, I would definitely recommend this to those looking for a no faff cleanser that leaves you feeling soft and hydrated.

Have you ever tried this product?

Till next time...Toodles! :)

Thursday, 25 July 2013

Pegasus Beauty Summer Showcase.

Hi ladies,

A few weeks ago I went along to the Pegasus Summer Beauty showcase to see what new releases the brands they represent were coming out with. It was held at One Marylebone (formally a church) which is a very impressive building. 

The Collection Gothic Glamour  Collection releasing on September 25th. I am particularly excited by the darker lipsticks and impressed with the packaging. They remind me of the Revlon ones?
The deluxe collection is all about decadent glamour as you can see with the presentation.
These Colour Pro glosses are already out in store.
Next up, we have Trilogy! I have a travellers set in my stash of things to use that I bought a while ago. I'm looking forward to giving it a go.
The new release from Trilogy is the Night Cream (£28.50) which is a blend including Rosapene, goji and Manuka. I'm currently using the Rosehip Oil after it came in the BBB Edit box and I'm liking it.
Holland & Barrett were also present at the event, showcasing their range of essential oils. The lovely lady explained they were all different prices because the ingredients don't cost the same. She said if a brand is selling different essential oils for the same price, something is off kilter, which makes sense.
I was particularly interested in talking to the expert at viviscal. She seemed really knowledgeable and I explained about the hair loss I've been experiencing and she said they'll send me the shampoo & conditioner. Fingers crossed it'll help!
Next up we had something I've heard a lot of talk about - Snail Gel! Not sure how I feel about it just yet but I'm glad it's just clear and not some icky colour reminiscent of snails.
At the Colladeen counter I was given an assessment by some Harley Street dermalogists. I was advised to swap sunflower oil for olive oil and eat more fruits like blackberries, blueberries etc. I have been given a lot of their stuff to try so once I begin testing it out I'll be sure to report back.
Definitely the most exciting part for me was seeing how steamcream is made! The ladies doing the demonstration were so so nice and explained how everything is handmade and they had a huge stand of lots of their pretty tins. 

I enjoyed taking a look at what all the brands were showcasing and was sent a bunch of goodies to try out, which I look forward to using. Thank you for having me along Pegasus.

Till next time...Toodles! :)

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

NUXE Summer Sale!

Hi ladies

Here's a quick, impromptu, somewhat out of character purchase and post. I made a NUXE order but before you think, wow, NUXE that must have been expensive, I got quite the bargain. In short, NUXE are running a summer sale in which you get 30% off + a free discovery kit + free delivery and if it's your first time ordering you get an extra 10% off. Oh and NUXE give 3 samples and one miniature size of a product with every order which you get to choose at checkout. Phew! I believe the offer ending Friday 26th July, so what you waiting for? The code is SUMMERSALES. Oh and if you need some inspiration here is what I got...

The green tissue paper against my red duvet is quite festive :)
So here is what I paid for, the Summer Travel Kit & the much talked about Reve de Miel Lip Balm.

Buuuut, here is what I got. Lots of samples and a free discovery kit!
I love that it comes in a reusable, really cute bag.  You can see in the photo below what comes in the set but basically a cleansing water (30ml), serum (15ml), dry oil (10ml), hand cream (15ml) & shower gel (30ml).

Here is the freebie discovery kit. Cleansing water (35ml - drowning in these), Moisturiser (15ml) and body lotion (15ml).

Here are the samples I got and the mini size of the serum I chose at checkout. Was deciding between this and body scrub.
So, here is my order summary! I needed to buy 2 products and the summer travel kit at £9.50 (before discount) seemed a good value kit to try out new things. The lip balm was also a given because I'd heard nothing but good things, so with the discount I paid the bargain price of £11.64 including postage! The cute sizes are all very decent to try things out too and I'm excited to give NUXE  a go.

Rêve de Miel®
Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm
Summer Travel Kit £9.901£9.90
Nuxellence® Jeunesse1
Free samples1
Discovery Kit1
Shipping fees£0.00

Will you be ordering, or have you already placed an order?

Till next time...Toodles! :)

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Collection Lasting Perfection Powder - Medium.

Hi ladies

Recently I was on the hunt for a cheap pressed face powder for my mum to take on holiday with her to fight the shine in the humid weather. I have two face powders I think are great for my dry skin but these aren't pressed and would be a hassle for her to take. My immediate reaction was the Rimmel stay matte but after asking on twitter and reading reviews, I'm not sure how the 'transparent' shade would translate on darker skin tones. I ended up picking up this Collection powder in Medium (there are only 2 shades) for £1.99.
Very basic plastic packaging.

I am happy with my impulse buy. It is cheap as chips (literally), it isn't cakey and blends into my skintone easily. I'm not sure whether it would keep a person with oily skin matte and 16 hour wear seems quite ambitious, but I'm impressed it doesn't leave visible powder on the surface of my skin or make my skin look really dry like I expected a pressed powder to do.

Till next time...Toodles! :)

Sunday, 21 July 2013

Zoeva powder brush.

Hi ladies

Before I went to IMATS I knew I wanted to get myself a powder brush. I was using my ELF Kabuki brush till now which worked perfectly fine but I wanted a brush especially for setting powder application. I only ever use a light layer of powder to set my foundation so didn't want anything dense but instead a fluffier soft brush. I originally picked up a crown powder brush at IMATS but it was £12  so in the end picked up the Zoeva powder brush from the Love Make Up counter for £7. You can find it on the Love-Make Up website for £8.75.

It is a soft and fluffy vegan synthetic power brush.
It has quite a big round head, with long bristles which gives a light dusting of powder and covers a large surface. It isn't dense so you can't really use this to build up coverage or to press powder onto the skin as is recommended by some MUA's but is great to lightly dust powder on the face.

The brush itself feels quite light but feels well made, the bristles are soft and all in all I'm glad I picked up a brush from this brand. I would be interested in seeing what other brushes Zoeva offers as I think at £8.75 this is a decent price for a large powder brush.

Have you ever used a Zoeva brush?

Till next time...Toodles! :)

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Lanolips Lip Ointments.

Hi ladies

Today I will be talking to you about the Lanolips Lip Ointment. I have a few sachets of the clear Lanolips 101 ointment that came in a beauty box many a moon ago, the Apples one which is a red tint and Rhubarb which I recently received in the epic BBB Edit Beauty Box that I have blogged about here. The 101 ointment retails for £11.22 and the tinted ointments retail for £8.16 which you can find in Boots.

I originally fell in love with Lanolips because of the sachet I received in a beauty box. I don't think I knew much about the brand but was wowed by how moisturising it was on the lips and managed to get a few more sachets. For those that don't know the main ingredient of Lanolips  is Ultra-Pure Medical Grade Lanolin which is taken from freshly shorn sheep's wool. I know this bothers some people but it is all quite natural and does a fantastic job of nourishing the lips so for the science take a look at this page of the Lanolin website.

On the left we have Rhubarb that I received in the beauty box and on the right is Apples which I bought from Boots.

They both moisturise just as well as the ointment whilst giving the lips a bit of a tint. I find that the Rhubarb shade is more of a creamier texture while the Apples shade has more of a gel like texture. I think you can see that in the photo as well hopefully but I could just be making that up. Sadly, Rhubarb doesn't show up on my lips and goes on quite clear but I'm sure on fairer ladies with less pigmented lips it'd show up as a pretty pink. Apples on the other hand does show up on my lips but it gives a very subtle, sheer red tint.
The swatches blended out a little.
In short, I'm quite the fan of Lanolips. I'm not sure if they have darker more pigmented colours in their range but I guess with lanolips, statement lips isn't really the point. Moisturising is and it does that well.

Heads up for Instagram users, Lanolips are running a competition to celebrate the collaboration with Jane where you can win the whole range! I don't have Instagram myself but if you want to find out more here's the info.

Are you a fan of Lanolips?

Till next time...Toodles! :)

Edit: I forgot to say the only niggle I have is the applicator. You can't apply it directly on your lips, you have to squeeze it onto your finger and then apply.

Sunday, 14 July 2013

Travalo review + how to get yourself one for under £2.

Hi ladies

I've been meaning to get this post up since I bought myself the Travalo last Sunday but ended up blogging about other things. I had a Travalo before but managed to lose it after my trip to India. I was very annoyed because at over £10 they aren't the cheapest things to replace so I didn't buy a new one. However, on the 02 Priority Moments App I noticed a £10 discount code for the Fragrance Shop with no minimum spend. You rarely get discount codes without a minimum spend so off I went to redeem my free tenner. I was going to buy a perfume at first but then noticed the Travalo and so I decided to grab one of them, only paying the £1.99 on top as they cost £11.99.

I went for the black one which in hindsight is quite boring considering there were some really cool colours to choose from but I like me some black.

This is the outer packaging it comes in. All quite sleek.
This clear panel allows you to see how much perfume you have left inside so you're not caught short when you're on the go.
This is the whole at the bottom of the Travalo that you use to fill the product. 
To fill the Travalo you lift off the silver cap on the perfume of your choice. Here I have DKNY Be Delicious.
Place the bottom of the travalo on top of the now exposed spray nozzle thing (professional vocab only here) and basically keep pumping up and down till the Travalo is filled.
So that's that. If you have 02 Priority Moments, there is a week before this code expires. I believe you can only use it in store and not online unfortunately. You don't need to get a Travalo with your code of course but I definitely recommend them. They are perfect for travel as they are so small compared to some extravagant perfume bottles and can be used on planes as it comes within the 100ml limit. I believe there is something like 65 sprays worth of product so enough to take on a long holiday (just make you don't lose it, grrrr).

I had a quick google and have seen the Travalo on websites such as cheapsmells and ebay for £7.25. Considerably cheaper than the £11.99 in store. Be careful when buying on ebay as some of the cheaper unbranded versions have a different design and have known to leak.

Till next time...Toodles! :)

PS If you're not on 02, maybe ask a friend who won't be using the code to hook you up? ;)

Friday, 12 July 2013

British Beauty Blogger Edit Box AKA the best beauty box ever!

Hi ladies

So I am super excited this morning as my BBB Edit Box arrived in the post. After squealing a bit, I opened it up and took photos right away so I could get this post up. Sadly, it is no longer available (500 boxes sold out in around 5 hours) but a heads up, Jane is planning on doing a Christmas box so keep your eyes open for that. I tweeted incessantly about this box (apologies to my followers for spamming) but I hope because of that everyone who was interested managed to get their hands on one!

In this unassuming, no frills box lays the best in beauty!

As you can see at the top I love that Jane included a leaflet that includes what she has to say about the product and in some cases a BBB exclusive offer.
An example of one of the pages in the leaflet.
Sorry I had no time to edit the lighting, was just excited to get this up.
All the products in their full glory! I am so excited to try these out and will no doubt be reviewing them on my blog with time. I was so tempted to buy the Trilogy Rosehip oil recently so I'm glad I held out. I've heard nothing but rave reviews about the Bioeffect serum and the Bourjois blush so I'm excited to give them a go. I'm really getting into face masks so glad I get to try a high end one like Elemis which I normally wouldn't buy and I'm sure my dry hands will love the Neom hand cream. I'm already a fan of Lanolips, having tried the clear and red tinted one but I'm happy to add another one in my collection. I could go on like this about all of the products but basically I love everything!

In short, this is THE best beauty box I have ever bought and for the bargain price of £15 + £4.95 postage it was an easy decision. Thank you Jane for putting this together and I look forward to your next box and spreading the news with the same gusto ;)

Did you bag yourself a BBB box? What are you most excited to try?

Till next time...Toodles! :)