Spectrum Collections – Perfect Blend Eye Set

Spectrum Collections – Perfect Blend Eye Set

With winter fully here, I’m finding it so difficult to even want to get out of bed never mind test out new products and try to get pictures…I’m not alone right?

I have managed to overcome this week though to bring you a post! I’m testing a brand that I’ve coveted for so long – Spectrum!

I first tried a Spectrum brush in one of first Birchbox deliveries and I’ve followed the brand on Instagram ever since!

I love that they are cruelty free and vegan and their designs are always so beautiful! I don’t think I’ve ever hated any of their designs – I would quite happily have any of them on my dressing table!

Their Disney’s The Little Mermaid collection is to die for and I wish I could justify the expense but as I only use brushes for my powder and eyes then I don’t see the point in shelling out for a collection that I can’t get full use of.

I came across the Perfect Blend – 8 piece Eye Set when I was Christmas shopping on the Boots website during their Black Friday event and I thought I would treat myself too!

The set was £29.99 – which seems like a lot but I’m expecting to use these for quite a long time!

The brushes, as I mentioned, are really pretty. The blue to purple bristles compliment the pink and black handle really well. Each brush also has the Spectrum logo and brush number on it which I guess you wouldn’t need once you get used to which brushes you want to use but it is a nice touch!

The first time I used them I panicked a little as I really didn’t like them as much as I thought they would and was very disappointed.

I started off by using the instructions on the back on the pack – having never used a numbered brush set before, I was looking for a bit of guidance – but quickly realised I preferred using the brushes differently than the pack suggested.

The suggested guidance is to use the large shaders A07, A08 and C06 to lay down a base colour and then use B04 and B06 to blend the colour out. You’d then use A12 and A16 to add depth and be more precise with your colour. Finally, A13 can be used for your lower lash line.

I’m definitely not a makeup artist so I am probably using everything wrong but I do have my own way of doing my makeup and I’m fussy when it comes to my blending brush!

I prefer to use B06 or B04 to start with as I find they are dense enough to provide a nice even sweep of colour. I then use A06 to blend – it is denser but I think it blends out the colour really well.

A12 and A13 are perfect for packing colour onto your lid and in your outer and inner corners. I feel they pick up a lot of colour and they’re not so big that it’s hard to place the colour down.

Lastly, I use A16 on my lower lash line as it’s just the right size for me to lay the colour down and blend it out.

The brushes themselves are really soft and there’s no harsh bristles which you can get with some synthetic brushes.

I know this will depend on the eyeshadow formula but I’ve tried these out with the Achelois Goddess Collection, Urban Decay palettes and Sophdoesnails Extra Spice and had no problems blending out any of the colours at all.

My biggest issue with brushes is shedding so I’m always on the lookout for this and I’m happy to report I’ve had no shedding on any of the brushes even after cleaning and a wee bit of rough handling to be doubly sure!

Spectrum recommend you clean your brushes once a week and they also have a vegan shampoo you can use to do that. I’ll be honest, I don’t clean my brushes nearly enough but this has never caused me any problems so it’s likely I won’t be changing my routine any time soon!

I think a set of good brushes can definitely be seen as an investment as your going to be using them any time you put your makeup on. Using tools that are good quality will make applying your makeup much easier and quicker so would definitely recommend you do this. I’m sad I didn’t buy these before now!

What is your favourite Spectrum Collection? Or do you favour another brand?

With the new year approaching fast, what would you like to see coming up? Any products you’re really looking forward to or that you want me to try? Let me know in the comments below!

Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram if you want to see what I might have up and coming and for general daily updates! I don’t have a perfectly curated feed (obviously I’m not organised enough for that!) But I’d like to think it’s entertaining all the same!

I have some time off work soon so I will hopefully have my posting schedule back to normal soon, thanks for being so patient with me!

Claudia xxx

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October Birchbox Review

October Birchbox Review

It feels like so long since I’ve gotten a subscription box – since May to be precise!

As usual, Birchbox sucked me back in because of the amazing deal they had going on. I got three boxes for the price of one! THREE!

There was the risk of me getting a previous box but since I’d only had 2, it was pretty slim. I’m pleased to say I got no duplicates and it was boxes that I was quite sad I missed for the packaging alone!

As usual, most of the brands in the box are ones I’ve never heard of and their full size products seem to be way out of my price range!

This is one of the things I love about Birchbox, I can try out brands that I would normally never even consider.

I guess it’s one of the downsides too since I can’t afford a £20 hair mask no matter how good it is! 🤣

In October’s box there is only 2 full sized products and no exclusives.

Beauty Pro – Thermotherapy Warming Gold Foil Mask

The last mask I tried I had some sort of reaction with so I am a bit sceptical of using this especially as my skin is having a major breakout as it is.

I am intrigued as it is apparently self- warming which helps to ensure the ingredients penetrate your skin.

Once I’m over my breakout, I think I’ll try this and see how it feels but it is supposed to boost elasticity, reduce fine lines and give your skin a nice glow.

This is one of the full sized products and is £5.95.

Winky Lux – Strobing Balm

The packaging of this is very cute but I’m not sure if I would think the same with the full size one!

This is in the shade Radiant Pink but I found it does not really have a colour pigment once it’s on the skin (thankfully!), it just leaves a nice glow.

I don’t tend to use cream products as I’m just not very good with them but I would probably use this if I was going for a subtle look.

The full-size product is £15 which I don’t think I would pay for a strobing balm but if that’s your thing, I think you would like this!

Anika – Soulfood Nourishing Mask

The first thing I noticed about this was it smells amazing! It also has the Bunny Logo on it so it must be cruelty free which is excellent!

Annoyingly the sample only has about 1-2 uses in it and I have really fine hair so all you thick haired girls might struggle to cover all your hair!

This left my hair feeling really soft and nourished but it left it looking a bit flat (which isn’t unusual for these types of products).

As I’m sure we all know, it doesn’t fix split ends like it’s claims to, the only thing that fixes them is scissors but it helps to hide them until your next wash!

This is £20 for a full-size tub which I wouldn’t spend on me (I would probably buy it for someone else though!). I also think I would prefer it as a squeezy tube like the sample. I hate tubs where everything gets under your nails!

Daily Concepts – Charcoal Soap Sponge

This is the 2nd full-size product in this month’s box. And I love this idea, especially if you were travelling as there’s everything you need to have a squeaky clean face in the packet!

Everyone loves the cleaning benefits of charcoal, right? This is an exfoliator and cleanser in one and it couldn’t be easier to use.

Just wet the sponge and the soap is already in there to lather up and use straightaway!

It has a lovely clean smell and left my skin feeling lovely and smooth!

I’m not entirely sure how many uses you are supposed to get out of this, I’m guessing just when it doesn’t lather anymore? At £6, it’s not the cheapest face wash, especially if it only lasts a few washes but I would definitely pick one up if I was going to be staying away from home just for the ease of use!

Lord & Berry – Magic Brow

I’m not the greatest when it comes to using eyebrow pencils, I’m more of a powder girl, so I’m maybe not the best judge of this one!

I like the idea that although it’s in shade Brunette, it’s marbled with 3 colours to hopefully make it look more natural than just a block colour.

I still looked like I had drawn on eyebrows! 🤣

I found the pencil itself to be a bit hard so it was difficult to just use it very lightly but maybe after a few uses it would be a bit easier?

The full-size costs £15 and has a spoolie which the sample lacks but I don’t think that would make up for the difficulty I had with it! I also don’t understand the obsession to having a spoolie on every eyebrow product – it just bumps up the price!

There is a little extra something something in the form of a Hugo Boss perfume sample. Which does smell really nice but I think it smells quite floral and summery so not the best scent to put into a fall box! A full bottle will also set you back £73 which I don’t think I’ve ever spent on a perfume!

For my freebie boxes I got June’s and July’s box.

June was Birchnox’s 5th birthday and I was quite sad I never got this box the first time around so I’m really happy that I got this as a freebie.

The products for June were Ella Eden eyeshadow, Benefit Porefessional Pearl Primer, Number 4 Smoothing Balm, Polaar Sun Fluid, Glamglow Supercleanse and as an extra some Whittard of Chelsea Teabags.

The Benefit Primer may be the teeniest product I’ve ever seen in a Birchbox but we know it’s not super cheap!

The reason I wanted this box in the first place was the packaging, I’m a sucker for tins, especially when they look really cute!

July’s box contains Manna Kadar powder in Trifecta, Marcelle BB Cream, What’s in it for Me…? Shower Scrub, Klorane makeup remover and Percy & Reed Overnight Recovery.

Looking forward to trying the BB cream as I would like a decent one for those no makeup days so I don’t scare the neighbours! Also interested to see whether the overnight recovery makes my hair feel any less straw like!

Love the packaging for this box and rather than it being a little drawer like the majority of them, its a box and lid with such pretty pastel colours!

I think which puts me off being a regular subscriber to any subscription box is that it’s very hit or miss. It’s great to be able to try out new brands but the sizes of the products seem to be getting smaller and the RRPs seem to be getting larger which means I’ll never really buy a full sized product after using it from a box.

In saying that, it really won’t stop me from buying the odd one here or there as they are cheap and I can always give products to my friends for them to try of they are not for me!

What is your favourite subscription box and why? What keeps you going back each month? Let me know in the comments below and I may try it out!

Thanks for reading, I’ll speak to you again soon!

Claudia XXX

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Lush Lock In

Lush Lock In

I’m going to start by saying that I’m an idiot…who goes to an event and forgets to take photos for her blog?

This girl right here! 🙄 I’m not mad, I’m just disappointed 😢.

In fairness, I did take one picture and then I was so relaxed I forgot to take any more!

My friend and I got to Edinburgh in plenty of time so started our day out with a wander round the National Gallery of Scotland and then I met a sad looking Pikachu so had to get a picture! 🤣

We then went to Costa for coffee and a cake before sauntering along to Lush on Princes Street.

We arrived in plenty of time so had a wander round before showing our tickets and finding out what the night would entail.

We could book in to experience one of the mini treatments, spend time chatting to the charity speakers, have tea and biscuits downstairs, try our hand at making a bath bomb or just browse the shop floor and just relax.

We booked in for a mini treatment – Tales of Bath – and were given a Washcard to mark our appointment.

Everything is lined up so neatly!

We had a wander upstairs to find out what we were going to buy later before heading down to the spa where we got a cuppa and a biscuit and chatted to the staff and other attendees.

We realised that our appointment time had over run and it turned out someone had taken our spot – not to worry though as we mentioned it to one of the staff and we were taken in not long after.

The Tales of Bath taster was really lovely. You get given a robe to our over your clothes and your asked to sit down.

The room smells lovely, I don’t know what essential oils are in the room but it is really relaxing!

A reading was played about the tale of Prince Bladud who was healed by a Celtic goddess. It’s punctuated with music and your encouraged to be swept up in the words as you have your head and shoulders massaged.

The full treatment includes a bath and full body massage which costs £115 for 75 minutes.

We then went back upstairs and got the chance to book in for another treatment – The Comforter? – but it would be a while before we were due for it so we had a go at making a bath bomb.

This cost £3.95 (I think) with the proceeds going charity.

I really enjoyed trying this out, and it takes a bit more effort that you would maybe imagine!

We were making the Sex Bomb so there’s a little flower thing in that and you put that into the mould first and then cover it up with the first colour mix.

In the other mould you fill that up with more powder until you can’t pack it any more and you squeeze both moulds together really hard.

It was then placed in a rubber glove and we were told not to try and take it out the moulds for 24 hours to allow it to dry out. Then we would find out if we had the technique right and if it would come out the mould in one piece!

As you can see, mine did stick together but the flower thing wasn’t visible so I think I need a bit more practice!

As part of the fee, we also got to take home a medium Charity Pot. This is a fantastic moisturiser and as I already have a tub, I’ll be giving this away as part of my giveaway.

We chatted to the guy who was the charity ambassador for the evening. I really can’t remember the charity name but his dad does fantastic work by fixing up old emergency vehicles and drives them to Africa for use there.

Just before our final treatment we bought a couple of things. I stocked up on my 9-5 cleanser (holy grail! 💜) And picked up the Tee Tree Water toner to try out.

Back downstairs we went for The Comforter? mini treatment.

The full thing is a 60 minute full body exfoliating treatment for £95. As we were having a 15 minute treatment, it was just our arms.

This was lovely, the staff that were doing it were really nice to talk to and it was such a relaxed atmosphere.

They used a hot chocolate scrub and a rose serum to make our skin feel silky smooth!

Unfortunately after this, it was time to head back to the harsh reality of Princes Street.

It felt really surreal outside, we heard Kasabian playing in the Gardens and finally there was fireworks – a perfect end to the night!

This was a free event so I would definitely recommend checking your local Spas to see if there is anything like this happening near you as it was a fantastic night and great to get a feeling for what the treatments actually entail!

Let me know if you liked this post or if you’ve attended any of these events before and would you thought!

As always, thanks so much for reading and don’t forget to subscribe to be in with a chance of winning my giveaway which will go live next week!

Claudia xxx

 

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Testing Smashbox Cosmetics

Testing Smashbox Cosmetics

There has been a brand I’ve been dying to try for quite a while now – Smashbox Cosmetics!

I’m pretty sure most of us who follow any makeup related channels have seen their posts on social media and their products always look so gorgeous!

They also have the added benefit of being cruelty free but this comes at a price.

I was feeling a bit flush after payday – believe me that feeling is long gone now 😢 – and thought I would treat myself since I noticed they had an offer on.

I only bought two items but it seems you can add free samples to your basket on every order so I look like I bought quite a bit more!

Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick

I have heard amazing things about this liquid lipstick and is pretty much the reason for my entire order!

They have a pretty big shade range – 37 shades! – from nudes to bold to metallic colours.

I went simple and picked up the colour Babe Alert which is described as a “nude rose”.

As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve been looking for my lip colour but better and I definitely think I’ve found it with this one!

The formula of this has to be by far the best I’ve ever tried. I genuinely didn’t realise how drying other ones were before I tried this!

My lips don’t feel tight and I genuinely don’t feel like I’m wearing anything on them!

The applicator is really nice to use and I’ve found makes it really easy to apply.

It claims to be budge-proof for up to 8 hours and it definitely has staying power once it’s dry but I’ve not had it last for that long.

I do tend to eat, drink and vape so that puts anything I have on my lips to the test! I would say it requires less topping up than the others I have tried though!

With this as well, I felt like it was pretty tiny for a full-size product. It’s £19 for 4ml of lipstick compared to the 5.5ml you get from Obsession and that only costs £5…and you get a lipliner with that too.

The comfort factor may make that price worth it though, I guess it would depend what time in the month it was for me to see if I could justify paying the price!

Cover Shot Ablaze Palette

I’m pretty sure when I ordered this, I could only see these shades and I’m slightly sad that since my order they seem to have a much larger range to choose from!

The packaging is really pretty, it has a holographic, changing picture on the front which moves depending on the angle you hold it.

It is tiny though! Genuinely thought they had made a mistake with my order and sent me a sample palette! I had to check online to make sure!

Inside there is 8 warm toned shades in a mix of mattes and shimmers. I’m not really 100% sure I would class them as true shimmers but they’re definitely not all matte!

The shades seem quite pigmented on first application but they blend away to almost nothing so definitely need to build the colour up to achieve your desired look.

I didn’t notice any fallout when I applied these and there was no kickback in the pan either.

The shade range is good but I feel the mixture of matte and shimmer is a bit annoying for the way I do my makeup. It felt like a couldn’t get a full eye look because the mid-brown shade isn’t matte which I prefer for my crease.

This is a good palette for travel as it takes up so little space – perfect for popping in your handbag.

I just don’t know if I feel like it was worth the £24 I spent. I wasn’t blown away with the quality although it is good but I feel there are much cheaper brands out there that do the same job!

Maybe not as expensive as Urban Decay but then an eyeshadow pallette from UD generally has a lot more colours or product for your buck and the shadows perform that much better!

In saying that, I still want to try the Prism, Smokey and Punked palettes in this range, I just can’t justify the price!

Freebies

I managed to get 4 freebies with my order which I think made the price I paid for the full-size products slightly less painful!

I got the Photo Finish Foundation Primer and the Photo Finish Primerizer.

I’ve heard good things about Photo Finish range and was quite excited to try these out.

I think they make a great combination for my skin type. I can use the primer to minimise my pores and the Primerizer to hydrate my dry skin.

They both absorb really easily into the skin and made my makeup sit nice on top.

My makeup lasted through the day but I wouldn’t say it was any better than when I use my MUA primer with my Porefessional from Benefit.

I also received Full Exposure Mascara. I really like the formula of this but the wand is pretty ridiculous! It’s huge!

Every time I used this I found myself getting a lot of product on my eyelid just because it’s so hard to get this to your lashline!

I genuinely feel if this came with a smaller brush this may be one of the best mascaras I have tried as it’s super black and gives so much volume!

Lastly I received Be Legendary Liquid Lip in the shade Crimson Chrome.

I’m not really a fan of lipgloss so I can’t see myself wearing this very often but the colour is gorgeous if maybe a little bold for me!

It’s been so long since I’ve worn lipgloss but the formula isn’t as sticky as I remember it to be which is definitely a plus!

I didn’t wear this for very long just because I’m not a fan of the colour on me for everyday wear so I can’t attest to how long it would last. I imagine it would need topping up through the day and you’d need to be careful when you’re eating to prevent it transfering.

So this was my first Smashbox Cosmetics order. Would I buy from them again? Maybe.

I’m not going to rush out to buy more right now, mainly because of my bank balance but also because it seems really expensive for what you get.

I spent £43 on this order and I recently purchased some things from Revolution for the same price but got so much more for my money I find it hard to justify the price point!

Not that I wouldn’t want more liquid lipsticks or the aforementioned palettes, I just don’t think I’ll be buying them any time soon!

Have you tried Smashbox before? What did you think? Are there other brands you think I should try? Let me know in the comments below!

Thanks for reading as always! I know my posting schedule is all to whack just now so please make sure you subscribe so you don’t miss a post and to be in with a chance of winning my giveaway prize when I reach 200 subscribers!

Claudia xxx

Product Empties – June

Product Empties – June

I know, I know we are almost to August but I couldn’t let the month pass without having at least one post for June! Better late than never right?

Rather than having my monthly favourites – because I bought very little in June and didn’t really use any products I haven’t already mentioned – I thought I would do an empties post.

I’ve had this post planned for quite a while but annoyingly even two months down the line, so many products I was wanting to include are still not empty, despite using them daily! At least I’m getting a lot of use out of them 😁

I first mentioned doing this post in my May Favourites and trying to “pan” or finish some products.

I wouldn’t necessarily say I’ve failed even though I’ve not went through much BUT I’ve not bought much that was new either! So is that a win? Help me decide in the comments!

First up I have Child’s Farm Baby Moisturiser. This is the product that people have been saying is a miracle cure for psoriasis and eczema online.

J has psoriasis so thought we would give this a go. When he first told me about it I thought he said Child’s Fart and I still can’t help but giggling about it… childish? Me? Nah! 🤣

I commandeered this bottle because I needed something gentle for my new tattoo and it’s a really nice moisturiser.

It doesn’t leave your skin feeling greasy and I think it absorbs really quick! It doesn’t have much of a smell and makes your skin feel soft and hydrated.

We have found it pretty hard to get hold of though as everyone was buying it. We’ve managed to find it in Asda but it’s a bit hit and miss so always make sure to stock up when we see it.

It hasn’t cured J’s psoriasis but I think it has improved it. I’m not sure if that will be also down to this amazing amount of sun we’ve been getting too though!

I have used not one but the two of my Native Unearthed deodorants I received in my May Birchbox.

As I mentioned in that post, I love this stuff! It is a bit weird as it’s a paste but it gives lasting protection even in this heat!

It smells really fresh and it doesn’t leave those horrible deodorant marks on your clothes like a lot of them do.

I have my full sized tub on the way and it’s definitely going to be a regular purchase!

I finally used up all my Simple Foaming Face Wash. I think I bought this in February so it lasted quite a long time with daily use!

This did make my skin nip a bit if I had any spots or broken skin but the foaming action made it feel as if my skin was being cleaned.

It did leave my skin quite red after use sometimes but it died down fairly quickly once I dried my face and put moisturiser on.

I probably won’t repurchase this just because I’ve moved on to Asda face wash which I feel is much kinder to my skin.

Finally I’ve been using Make Up Academy’s Pro-Base Primer.

Confession – I have had this for a very long time! It didn’t smell weird and the consistency was the still the same so I thought I would use it up.

I also have one in a grey bottle too and I think it’s exactly the same so I’m now using that too.

I like this primer. It leaves my skin feeling hydrated and stops my foundation sticking to any dry patches on my face.

It doesn’t feel greasy and is absorbed really quickly! I did notice that when I use it, my nose gets quite oily really quickly.

I have an oily nose anyway – yay for combination skin 🙄 – but using this primer does seem to exacerbate it a bit.

So there you have it, my product empties from June! How have you got on?

I have definitely made up for not buying a lot of products over the last few months as you’ll see in my upcoming posts!

I have made my first ever order from Smashbox Cosmetics and I have bought a few things from Revolution so keep your eyes peeled for that!

I have also been really lucky and was invited to an event at Deep Sea World so I will give you all the juicy details about that!

Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog so you have access to all my latest updates and to ensure you’re in with a chance to win when I host my giveaway at 200 followers!

Thanks for reading!

Claudia xxx

Testing “Korean” Makeup

Testing “Korean” Makeup

With most Korean beauty routines being 8-10 steps, it definitely won’t speed up your morning process but could it be the skincare secret we’ve been looking for all along?

Korean beauty has grown in popularity in the UK in recent years with bloggers, YouTubers and even celebrities endorsing the products.

If you haven’t heard of this trend I imagine you’ve at least seen the K-Pop range in Primark and wondered why they had made their pallettes extra cute and Kawaii!

Korean beauty focuses on making your skin hydrated and healthy so you don’t need to wear makeup rather than the Western approach of covering your imperfections with as much makeup as possible!

Any makeup is understated – you won’t find products for massive bold brows or bronzing your skin to the max!

With something so popular, of course Amazon are jumping on the bandwagon and a quick search for Korean beauty gives you pages and pages of items.

Me being me, I picked up a couple of products that piqued my interest and have been having a play with them.

I don’t think what I have bought is necessarily Korean although it did appear on the search and I think some of the products might actually be fake but I’m not really sure how to tell so I would suggest to use caution if you decide to do this.

Romantic Bear – Lip Colour

These are long lasting lip colours in 6 flavours – watermelon, cherry, rose, orange, peach and sexy red (not sure on the smell of this one!).

I didn’t actually realise they were scented when I bought them so I actually thought they were off! It was J, who doesn’t have an aversion to watermelon, that pointed it out!

You spread this over your lips, wait for 10 minutes until it’s dry and then peel it off giving you a long lasting tint to your lips…Or that’s the idea…the reality is slightly different!

The stuff is so thick that it’s really hard to apply so when you’re trying to get an even coverage it just sticks to itself. And because it dries so quickly it actually peels it off as you’re applying it.

I persevered and got what I thought was an even coverage. When I peeled it off it turns out that wasn’t the case! I had weird random patches on my lips.

It also stained my teeth and my finger that I applied it with! For about a day and a half even after repeated scrubbing!

It’s definitely long lasting but the results leave a lot to be desired! I looked like I had been eating one of those dummy lollies you get from the market!

Dr. Feelgood – Foundation Cream

How pretty is this packaging – I’ll be honest, this was the sole reason I bought this! It looks gorgeous! 😍

The description doesn’t make much sense, the translation is truly terrible!

It says it is “moisturising light sheath tighten elastic” and “you will find pores fine, under the face slippery all day” 😕 I’m not sure what this means but I think it promises to minimise pores and can be used as a primer.

Inside the tub it is like a hard cream (not sure what you would call them) so it’s difficult to get much product out.

It makes your skin feel soft and absorbs really quickly into the skin. I don’t think it done much for minimising my pores or making my makeup last longer!

Cucnzn – Hydrolyzed Collagen Fluid

Looking at the description on Amazon this appears to be hazelnut oil but may have other ingredients too.

It doesn’t have a smell but it has the consistency of wet baby oil…I know that sounds odd but bear with me! It’s like it’s oily but also just like water.

It takes a minute to be absorbed into the skin because it’s oil based but it surprisingly doesn’t make your skin feel really greasy.

I don’t think I noticed it brightening my skin but I think the only thing that will do that right now is a holiday! It was fighting a losing battle from the outset!

Maycheer – BB Cream

This was the biggest surprise for me as it’s classed as a BB cream I was not expecting the amount of coverage it gave!

I’d class this as medium to full coverage and it blends so well! I got it in the shade Ivory (of course!) it’s actually slightly too light because I have a bit of a tan at the moment but come winter I think this might be my go-to product!

It doesn’t cling to any dry patches and leaves your skin quite dewy which I know some people like – I set it and had no problems with it under the powder.

All these products were under £5 each so I wasn’t expecting miracles when I ordered them, I’m just happy I found at least one product that I know I’m going to use regularly.

I would like to try out some other Korean products from one of the websites but I genuinely don’t know where to start!

If you know which ones are genuine please let me know in the comments below!

As always, thanks so much for reading and let me know what you thought of this post.

We are getting closer to my 200 follower goal so a giveaway is imminent. Don’t forget to subscribe so you don’t miss out!

Claudia xxx

Look Fantastic Beauty Box – June 2018

Look Fantastic Beauty Box – June 2018

I’ve had this box for about two weeks but I was so mad with my experience I wanted to wait to review the products as I thought it would cloud my judgement.

In total contrast to the excellent customer service I received from Birchbox, Look Fantastic have been awful to deal with.

As I mentioned when I reviewed my May box I was only buying the one box and I wasn’t going to subscribe just yet.

I cancelled my subscription just after I bought the box and even had a live chat with someone to confirm it was cancelled.

On the 1st of June a further £15 was taken from my bank account. On the website it doesn’t show that I have placed another order.

I used their customer support form and was told that you’re always charged for the next month and then your subscription is cancelled.

The person I spoke to on the live chat didn’t mention this and I don’t remember seeing it on the website as it says you can buy a one-off box!

They did offer to take it back in the end but I figured I have already paid for it and it would be more hassle to send it back.

It will be on the website somewhere and it has to be in their terms and conditions, I just wanted to mention this just in case anyone else is caught out!

Rant over!! 😡

The box this month is stunning and a perfect fit for all those blue skies we’ve been having!

You get your copy of Elle magazine with the box but if last month’s issue is anything to go by I probably won’t bother opening it!

This month I have 7 products to try out (7!) Although one is a freebie so only enough for one application in it.

Mádara – SOS Hydra Moisture + Radiance Mask – RRP £35/60ml

I haven’t used this as a full on mask but have been putting some on my face before going to bed. When I wake up my skin feels moisturised and soft.

When it starts to absorb it makes your face feel tight like when you use a toner. I don’t think it has made my skin feel any more youthful like it claims but it feels like it’s doing something!

I imagine this would be quite good to use as a primer too. It makes your skin slightly tacky after application and should in theory keep you moisturised all day!

Elemis – Superfood Facial Wash – RRP £25/150ml

This contains a “smoothie of superfoods”. I’m not quite sure what that means but this smoothie contains wheatgrass, nettle and kale.

The first thing I noticed about this was the smell – it stinks! It’s fine if you sniff the packet but once it’s on your face it is so strong! 🤢

It smells like the smoothie has been fermenting for a while! Luckily it doesn’t linger!

It doesn’t foam up very much but I have been using a foaming face wash so I might not be used to normal one!

It did leave my skin feeling fresh and clean. I don’t think my skin looks any different, it certainly doesn’t look more luminous like it claims to do.

Christophe Robin – Cleansing Volumising Paste – RRP £42.50/250ml

This looks quite odd. The colour and texture of it didn’t really make me want to put it in my hair!

It’s a grey/brown colour but weirdly it smells of rose – so a total contradiction for the senses!

Once you put it on your scalp it lathered up so, so much and immediately made your hair feel thicker.

It took ages for it to rinse out my hair, it was like it wanted to cling on to my hair for as long as possible!

It made my hair feel soft but also quite dry! Unfortunately, it the volume didn’t last once I was out the shower but any product is hard pushed to give me volume in my hair! Definitely fighting a losing battle with that one!

My hair smelt lovely all day though and that’s definitely something I can get on board with! One of my favourite things is when you catch a whiff of your hair after using something nice for it!

Studio 10 – Liquid Foil I-Radiance

This is really pretty! If you like your glitter or foil shadows this is definitely one for you!

It goes on really evenly which I’ve noticed is a hard task for these types of shadows!

It is mega sparkly – I think I’d call it blinding – and is just a beautiful shade of gold. It can also be used as a primer for extra radiant eyeshadow!

It dries quite well and didn’t crease in the few hours I was wearing it but I’m not sure how it would last for a whole day. I think you would end up with a sparkly face that’s for sure! ✨

I couldn’t find a price for this one on Look Fantastic or on their own website which I found a bit strange! Maybe they have been discontinued?

Vita Liberata – Self Tanning Tinted Lotion – RRP £15/200ml

First off, me and tanning lotions don’t get on well at all! It’s probably the way I apply them or it might just be my skin but I always look patchy!

I’m sad to say this one was no different! Maybe with practice I can make it work but I’ve realised in recent years that I like being so pale I’m blue! 🤣

I also found it took ages to absorb into my skin – I can’t really remember if this normal for fake tan though!

The one plus point for me was definitely the smell – you know the one I’m talking about, you can smell fake tan a mile away – this didn’t have that at all. It smells just like a moisturiser.

Rituals- Ritual of Dao Body Cream – RRP £19.50/220ml

It’s quite funny that I received this one, my friend actually gave me one of her Rituals products to try this week too!

This contains white lotus and Yi Yi Ren which gives it a really beautiful smell without it being overpowering!

It feels like quite a heavy cream, I can definitely feel it on my skin even when it’s absorbed – I’m not even sure if that makes sense?

It leaves skin feeling soft for ages but I think with the heaviness I would probably only apply this once a day so my skin can breathe!

In all honesty, one application is probably enough as my skin still feels soft at the end of the day if I’ve applied this in the morning!

Bonus – Real Chemistry – Day Cream

This day cream feels quite nice, it’s absorbed really easily and doesn’t leave the skin feeling greasy.

It says on the packet “for a supple, luminous glow”. Does it mean subtle? I found that a bit of a strange sentence!

I didn’t notice it giving a glow to my skin either so I’m not sure what it’s meant to do other than be a moisturiser! Can anyone enlighten me? 😕

I couldn’t find a price for this product; however, it says for best results use after the Daily Serum. The serum is £92 for 50ml!! 😲

I’m not quite sure I want to know the price of the day cream!

So that was my June Look Fantastic Beauty Box. I don’t think I’ll be getting it again, only because it seems to be impossible to just buy one box.

If I take the plunge and decide to take a subscription, I will definitely be considering it as I’ve loved the types of products I’ve gotten but I’ve just got that fear of commitment I guess!

What did you think of the products this month? Any that you were dying to try?

Don’t forget, you can get money off your first box using my referral link. I do receive credit to spend with them if you do choose to use it.

This is my first post on my new posting schedule! I have decided to move my days to Tuesday and Thursday and drop down to two posts per week so I can take the time I need to create the posts you love!

I hope you understand but let me know in the comments your thoughts on this change!

I hope you liked this one, if there’s anything you particularly want to see leave your suggestions for me and I’ll try as many as I can!

Thanks for reading, guys! It means the world to me!

Claudia xxx

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