Testing Nip + Fab

Testing Nip + Fab

You know when your just scrolling through your newsfeed, minding you own business, when a post pops up about a sale and you just can’t help yourself from clicking the link and entering your card details?

Yeah, same!

This is how I ended up buying a few items from Nip + Fab at 1am in the morning. They had a lot of products for only £5 and as I’ve been wanting to try their stuff for a while I thought I can’t really go wrong, right?

I didn’t really buy too much, some of the items I looked at were waay more than a fiver, just some essentials!

I picked up an eyeshadow palette, liquid lipstick (are you shocked?! 🤣) and a moisturiser for £15 with free delivery. I also got some Glycolic Fix pads for free with my order too.

I was glad to find out they they don’t test any of their products on animals, only a small range of their products aren’t vegan and there’s a handy list on their website too if you’re worried.

So let’s have a look at the products, shall we?

Kale Fix Moisturiser

I needed a moisturiser and every one goes on about the benefits of kale so I thought this would be a nice one to try.

It also contains Aloe Vera, Shea butter, almond oil and watercress which, to be honest, doesn’t give it the nicest smell in the world but it doesn’t smell really bad either.

This absorbs into the skin in no time at all, it just melts right in! Making it super handy if you’re in a rush to get your makeup on. I’m normally in a permanent state of lateness so I love this!

It doesn’t leave your skin greasy or oily but does give your skin a bit of tack so I’ve been using this and not applying primer before my makeup and it seems to hold it well.

My skin feels really soft since starting to use this and my dry forehead doesn’t look as bad at the end of the day if I’ve applied this in the morning!

This is still only £5 and I think it’s really good. It was originally £19.95 which I definitely couldn’t justify but would recommend it for someone like me who has combination skin.

Jewelled Eyeshadow Palette

The colours in this palette just called to me. I love anything with a pop of colour and the greens in this palette are gorgeous!

There’s a really good mix of colours in this palette for you to create a warm or cool look.

There are 7 mattes and 5 shimmer shadows. I find the combination slightly strange as both the greens are shimmer and all the shimmers are dark so nothing for your inner corners and if you only put lighters colours in the centre of your eye, you’ll be a bit stumped. No spotlight eyes in this palette!

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I clearly forgot to take my watch off last night!

The pigmentation in this palette is really disappointing. Even with building up the colour you don’t get a very strong colour pay off.

The shadows are so blendable, it takes zero effort to blend them out and I think that contributes to why the colours are so muted, you really can blend away to nothing! I just wish their was an option to build the colour up again!

There is a bit of kickback in the pan and I did notice a tiny bit of fallout on my cheeks as well but that never really bothers me as you can just wipe it away with a fluffy brush.

I think this palette would be ok as an everyday palette if you’re looking for something understated for your work day but I’d definitely give it a wide berth if I was looking for a more glam look!

At £12.95, I’d not buy this at full price just because I have palettes that cost a lot less with so much more pigmentation!

Matte Liquid Lipstick

I picked this up in the shade Spice which looks like a nice pinky-nude going from the colour swatch on the website and described as a burgundy red shade.

I’d describe it as neither. It’s a lot darker than I was expecting and because of my pale skin it almost looks vampy.

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I think I would describe it as a dark brown which was not what I was wanting but it is still a really nice colour. Just not as an everyday colour like I was going for.

The formula is great, it dries down to matte relatively quickly and doesn’t leave your lips feeling dry like some other formulas do.

I would almost say it is comparable to the Smashbox liquid lipsticks but without the hefty price tag! It doesn’t last quite as long though, and I found I had to touch it up a bit more often.

Glycolic Fix Pads

I only got 5 of these pads as a sample so I’m not sure how they work with long term use.

They contain glycolic acid, hyaluronic acid and blue daisy which I know there is a big push for all the acid stuff at the moment but I have no real idea how this is meant to help your face.

The scientist in me thinks this will mess with your skin’s natural pH and I’m not sure if this is a good thing or not!

I tried the pads anyway and the only difference I noticed is my face got red. They don’t feel exfoliating and my face looked more bumpy after use.

Sometimes my skin does go a bit funny when using a new product so if I used them for longer they might have some benefit but from a few days use I’m really struggling to see why I would want to buy more. If someone could enlighten me, that would be great!

And that’s that! I would love to add more of their lipsticks to my collection but I think I need to go into Boots to have a look at the different colours in the flesh before purchasing any more. I would also try more of their Kale Fix range as I’m really liking the moisturiser.

Have you tried Nip + Fab? What did you think?

Remember, my giveaway is still running until the end of October so don’t forget to enter and let your friends know if they might be interested. You can check out my Instagram for some sneak peeks of what’s in store for the winner!

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

Claudia xxx

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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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Look Fantastic Beauty Box – May Edition

Look Fantastic Beauty Box – May Edition

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Another subscription box? What can I say, I think I’m hooked! I love being able to try products I’ve never even heard of and exploring brands that I wouldn’t go out and buy myself!

An article appeared on my Facebook feed about the Best Beauty Subscription Boxes and I thought I would give this one a go! Not going to lie, I’ll probably try all of them at some point!

The Look Fantastic Beauty Box was £15 with free delivery so this makes it slightly more expensive than the Birchbox I recently tried out. For my money I got 6 premium beauty products said to be worth over £80, a copy of Elle Magazine and an insert that gives you information about the products in the box and some other beauty information.

This arrived really quick but I found it a teeny bit annoying that I didn’t get a dispatch email, you can however track your order on the website.

The packaging is quite nice but unfortunately it’s just not has pretty as the Birchbox, the box is much bigger and you do get shredded paper as padding to keep your products safe.

The magazine is a nice touch, I haven’t bought a women’s magazine in years, flicking through it, I’m reminded why – but that is a rant for another post!

Onto the products…!

Avant – RNA Serum

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This claims to combat signs of ageing and leave skin visibly firmer and healthier. I’m not sure how long you need to be using this to see the results but I haven’t noticed a difference with this product.

It absorbs almost instantly into the skin and it doesn’t really leave my face feeling any different after use. I will keep using this until it runs out but unless I actually see any results I doubt I would ever buy this again.

Scratch that – I would definitely not buy this product, in the box you receive a 5ml bottle. To buy this in full size (30ml) it is £104,00!! For me to consider buying this ever, it would need to do a lot more than reduce the signs of ageing, I’m happy turning into a wrinkly old bat! 🤣

ThisWorks – In Transit Camera Closeup

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I’m almost convinced I tested this product as part of a trial I mentioned in my last post! Same type of tube, exact nice smell, same claims and same feel on my skin. If it is, I’m glad my feedback was taken on board as I really liked it.

This product is a primer, moisturiser and mask all in one and claims to even, plump and brighten your skin. I like this one, it makes my skin feel really moisturised and makes it ready for foundation. I can’t say I really noticed it plumping my skin or anything but I don’t think it is a bad product.

You get 20ml in the tube that comes in the box and the full size bottle is 40ml. This costs £25.50 which I don’t think is too bad but I do think there are cheaper primers out there that perform the same for less as it doesn’t minimise pores or anything like that so not quite sure if I feel like it is worth it.

Skin Republic – Bubble Purifying + Charcoal Face Sheet Mask

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So my first impressions on this were “Man, this is hard to get on your face!” The way it’s folded in the packet I thought I was going to end up ripping it before I even got it near my face, it’s so hard to unravel and my hands were covered in the bubbles as the ingredients start reacting as soon as it is exposed to air!

So I eventually manage to get it on my face and sat for the recommended 20 minutes. It feels quite weird as you can feel and hear it bubbling away! It also didn’t bubble nearly as much as I was expecting which was a wee bit disappointing!

I took it off and rubbed the remaining liquid into my face. Or I tried to, I literally evaporated in seconds. It made my skin quite tacky, almost like a silicone based primer.

It didn’t sting my skin or anything but I noticed my skin has become quite red and bumpy after using this so I don’t think it’s a good product for me at all. It also made my pores more noticeable but I’m not sure if this is part of the deep cleansing action!

They have quite a few products in their range and it doesn’t look like this one is still available but I think this was around £6.99 maybe (please correct me if I’m wrong!). I don’t think it’s a terrible price but I won’t be popping another in my basket any time soon!

Sleek Makeup – Face Contour Kit Medium

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I’ve been wanting to try Sleek makeup products for quite a while so was excited about this at first. Then I cursed myself for having such pale skin! 😭 This is WAY too dark for me, I don’t even think at my most tanned it would work on me, unfortunately.

The powder itself seems quite nice and I do think it blends well, maybe with a really, really, really light hand this could work for us pale girls but I just find that too much hassle when I have products that suit my pastiness.

The highlighter is also too dark for me and I don’t feel it gave too much of a shimmer. I think this looks like a really natural highlight and isn’t too pigmented so would probably be OK as an everyday highlighter.

I would really like to try the kit in Light as I think that would probably work for me. It is only £6.99 so may pick this up once my current powder runs out and see how it goes from there!

Eyeko – Eye Do Liquid Eyeliner

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I’m not great with eyeliner, I admit. I don’t understand the logistics of a perfect wing but it doesn’t stop me from trying at every opportunity!

I really like this eyeliner. Its easy to hold and the tip is a nice size. It’s also MEGA black which I love (except when I make a mistake and have to start over!) and it didn’t seem to run out half way through applying which I’ve noticed most pen liners seem to do.

It’s claims to be waterproof, which I really don’t doubt as it took a lot of cleanser, toner and finally a rub with a makeup wipe to get it all off!

This is £16 which I think is not too bad, maybe sneaking up to the mid to high price range. Eyeliners are really not my expertise but I definitely like using this one. I will keep practising and, who knows, it may be the perfect one for me once I’ve mastered that pesky wing!

Spotlight – Teeth Whitening Strips

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I think this is something that I’m excited and apprehensive to try in equal parts. I don’t like doing anything wild when it comes to my teeth as I’ve got this fear of them all falling out!

I haven’t tried this product yet because of that but I will more than likely give them a go just to say I’ve used them. Worried that it says not to drink tea or coffee for the first few days so you can “see your brightest smile” – I’m a tea-aholic, I can barely go a few hours without a cup let alone a few days!

I’ve heard horror stories about teeth whitening and how it makes your teeth really sensitive. These claim to safely whiten your teeth with minimal tooth sensitivity so if that is true, that’s definitely a bonus. I need to stop being a wuss and just do it!

For £39.95 you get 28 strips. I’m not sure if that is 28 or 14 applications as you get shorter strips for the bottom and longer ones for the top. As I’ve not tried it yet I can’t honestly say if the price is worth it. I feel maybe a trip to the dentist would be cheaper and safer than doing it at home but you wouldn’t catch me rushing to book an appointment either!

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Would I buy this box again? Most definitely. I’ve only got a one off box as there are so many I want to try before I settle on a subscription but I feel like it’s a wide mix of products and great for trying new things and some really good brands in there!

You can use my referral link if you would like to get £5 off your first order. I do get £5 credit too but once you have joined you get your own referral link which you could share!

As always, let me know your opinions on this box and if there’s any boxes you would recommend let me know in the comments below. It doesn’t even need to be a beauty related box, I’ve seen great ones for stationary, fitness and mental health – I think you can get a box for almost everything at this point and I’d love to try them all!!

Claudia xxx

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Misfit Cosmetics Blackhead Extraction Paste

Misfit Cosmetics Blackhead Extraction Paste

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So I have just found out the worst news! I got this Blackhead Extraction Paste a few weeks ago and I’ve been planning this review since then but wanted to form a proper opinion before posting.

I go to link the product and I’ve found, to my dismay, that it’s no longer available! 😭

When I bought this, Misfit Cosmetics had an amazing deal on. I got all 4 tubes for £3.99! They are a cruelty free brand too which makes them all the better! 💜

I noticed this blowing up in social media so of course I had to try it!

Although, you won’t get any selfies I’m afraid – I’ve not yet mastered that art without looking like a total idiot! 🤣

I’ve always been bothered by blackheads across my nose. It’s so bad that I never got the nose piercing I always wanted as it would just draw attention to them.

I love a good squeeze and there were times I would bruise my skin and make my face an utter mess by going to town on them.

I’ve tried lots of products that claim to remove blackheads but nothing has really worked for me in the past. Until now that is!

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The paste is very, very black and a little definitely goes a long way! It’s quite sticky when applying it and can sometimes stick to itself so you’re left with patches.

I found the best way to apply it was to blob it quite thickly on my problem bits and spread it from there.

It dries mega quick, long within the 20-30 minutes it recommends you keep it on for. Moving you face is almost impossible once it’s set without disturbing the product.

Peeling it off is definitely the fun bit! It’s says to avoid eyebrows and I can see why, it’s fairly painful to take off where there’s any hair as it adheres so well – I wonder how good it would be to wax your eyebrows?! 😲

For the most part, it peels off in one big sheet, but does tend to leave a few flecks behind. I’ve just been removing these with a baby wipe and the jobs a good ‘un!

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After use, my skin really is clearer and it feels so, so smooth! I finish of with my toner I mentioned in this post to close my pores.

I really hope they bring this back! It makes me really sad when a product that works get taken off the shelves 😢.

If you missed out on this fantastic product or if you need to stock up, I will be including some in the giveaway I will be hosting once my blog reaches 200 followers!

Let me know in the comments what other products you would like me to include in my giveaway!

Claudia xxx