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Blink Brow Bar – Eyebrow Products.

Hello everyone.

Back in November, I wrote a couple of articles about the Selfridges’ Lucky Bag, I was hoping, like hundreds others, to get the £150 Selfridges voucher but got a Blink gift card for an eyebrow shape along with other (not so great) goodies instead, see this article.

The voucher was basically worth £17, and could be used on either an eyebrow shape (threading) or towards Blink products at Selfridges Blink Brow Bar. After years of looking for an amazing therapist who would shape my brows the way I want them to be, I was certainly not going to get my eyebrows shaped by someone else. I had to wait until early January for my next trip to London, to be able to use the gift card on products.

Haven’t never owned anything from the brand, I thought I’d just ask one of the therapist to help me pick something that would suit my needs. I’ve ended up picking up two products.

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Tamer – £5. I actually didn’t have an eyebrow tamer, so had to get one. It’s a very useful little tool, helps brush the hairs in the right place or upward to trim them.

Eyebrow Pencil in Indian Chocolate –  £13. This is a wax based pencil so quite hard to use at the beginning. This is a double ended products, there is the eyebrow pencil in one end and a tamer in the other.

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I went for the colour Indian Chocolate because their darker colour (Cardom Pod) was black, and my eyebrows are already dark, I don’t want them to be any darker. So the shade I’ve picked up blends well with the hairs and adds warmth.

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If I’m totally honest, I was absolutely happy with what I use so I picked up these products because I had a vouchers. The pencil in Indian Chocolate is good but I don’t prefer it to Brunette and Spiked Eyebrow from M.A.C., if anything, the Blink pencil is harder to use.

The Blink Brow Bar in Selfridges was very busy, lots of customers getting their eyebrows shaped, I imagine that the ladies go there for the threading service rather than to buy the products of the brand.

If you are curious to see what the brand has to offer, services and products, head over to their website.

Juliette

2012 Favourites.

Hello everyone.

The year 2012 has gone and we 2013 has just began so I thought I’d write a few posts about what products I’ve been loving this year. Many of the products I’ll mention in this article have never been featured in my blog as I only started writing it a few months ago, but trust me, they are my favourite products of 2012 and I would recommend any of them!

I wasn’t sure how to select my yearly favourites, I saw some bloggers select a product by category (say best bronzer or best cleanser), other just mentioned products released/discovered in 2012 that really impressed them. I thought I’d just a basket and and raid my bathroom, makeup bag and any places where I keep my beauty supplies. Turns out, I do have quite a lot of favourites, so I’ll still try to write them up in categories.

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Makeup

Primer – Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre.

This is kind of a hybrid, daily moisturizer crossed with primer, extremely popular with makeup artists. I’m originally a Parisian and so I’ve seen this product on the shelves of my local pharmacy, only picked it up earlier in 2012 when I visited my family… I didn’t need much encouragement to get it m, Lisa Eldridge recommended it. I didn’t get on with it at first, applying the right amount of product isn’t easy with this one, apply too much, the skin will feel greasy, apply too little, the skin feels dry. Now… Apply the right amount and you are good to go! The product leaves the skin soothed and hydrated, ready for foundation.

Foundation – YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat

This foundation was featured in many of my Monthly Favourites and I have an in depth review of it here. I loved it during the summer and I just can’t go without in the winter. It’s a light to medium coverage foundation so I wear it on good and not-so-good skin days. It is perfect for dry skin and its dewy finish helps to give dimension to the face.

Concealer – M.A.C. Studio Sculpt Concealer.

This is a highly pigmented concealer, perfect to cover scaring, pigmentation and blemishes. I find it stays very well on dry skin and it is actually quite moisturizing. I fear this has been discontinued though, so best hunt it down before it disappears, I sure am getting a backup.

Under-eye concealer – M.A.C. Mineralize Concealer.

It doesn’t matter which under-eye concealer I use, it will crease as I have lines (not wrinkles) under my eyes; I just always end-up wiping the product off so I don’t have anything sitting in the lines. Whilst M.A.C. Mineralize Concealer still sits in the lines, it just isn’t as had as anything else I’ve tried. It is also very good at covering dark circles.

Bronzer – Soleil Tan de CHANEL Bronze Universel Bronzing Makeup Base.

I’ve tried a couple of bronzers before this one, all of them were powders, all of them looked like dirt on my face and quite honestly I almost gave up on trying to find a suitable bronzer for me. But you’ve guessed it! I have found the perfect bronzer in the Soleil Tan de CHANEL bronzer. It’s kind of a whipped mousse/cream product, the colour works for both contouring and bronzing. I just don’t go one day without it.

Blush – M.A.C. Powder Brush in Easy Manner.

This is a very pale pink blush with a satin finish. But the reason it is my favourite is because it is a the perfect pale pink colour in my opinion and it can be applied very lightly or more heavily. It was one of three blushes released in the M.A.C. Glamour Daze collection for holidays 2012 so I don’t think it’ll be harder to get your hands on one now (Debenhams has a few online).

Highlighter – Soleil Tan de CHANEL Sheer Illuminating Fluid in Sunkissed.

Never ever used any highlighter before 2012 (unless you consider the YSL Touche Éclat is one) and out of the couple I’ve tried, this is definitely my favourite. I’ve got a review and swatches here.

Eyebrow pencil – M.A.C. Eye Brows in Spiked.

Well this year, I’ve had a bad experience at the beauty salon; my usual beautician was on holiday and the lady I was book with for a threading messed up my eyebrows. I was actually so upset that I didn’t have to pay for the treatment. I did however rush to M.A.C. on the way home to pick up something to correct the mess until the hairs grow back in. This is when I picked up this retractable eyebrow pencil. Spiked is a great colour for brunettes, I’d say it’s best used sparingly in small strokes for a natural . The pencil doesn’t stays in place all day.

Eye Liner – M.A.C. Fluidline in Dipdown.

I have been loving wearing a subtle line of eye liner on my eyes, I used to wear black but now much prefer a dark brown one. The M.A.C. Fluidline has a great longevity and doesn’t smudge. I also like the packaging. Only thing to bear in mind, and that’s something that I’ve read from online reviews, make sure to screw the lid back on very tightly so the product doesn’t dry out. I’ve had mine for most of 2012 and never had a problem with it.

Mascara – Benefit BADgal Brown.

Again, I haven’t used much black products on my eyes this year. I picked this one up because I did like the Benefit BADgal Lash Mascara in black. The brown one I bought however isn’t the same mascara as the one I originally had. It is very good nevertheless, and it’s been my go to mascara. As a side note, Benefit seem to have good quality mascaras, I did get a sample of the They’re Real! mascara in the YOU Advent Beauty Calendar, and it is pretty good too.

Lipstick – CHANEL Rouge Allure Velvet in 41 L’Exquise.

I’ve mentioned it many a time, I rarely wear anything but lip balm on my lips. I do however like to wear a bit of colour when Autumn comes. This year’s berry and plum colours have really made me quite excited to try to wear something on my lips. First lipstick I bought, it was a winner! The packaging of the CHANEL lipsticks is amazing, especially this one, you need to push down the top so the lipstick is released. L’Exquise is a browny/plummy colour, I wear it in a sheer layer or pack on the colour for a more vampy lip.

Lip Balm – Vaseline.

Yes, pure petroleum jelly. It’s cheap and effective and it doesn’t smell of anything. It isn’t a very glamorous product to whip out of your back when you’re in public but it does the job. I use it throughout the day and always remember to put on a thick layer on the lips before bedtime. It’s also very useful when you have a cold and an irritated nose.

Makeup Tools

Foundation Brush – Sigma Foundation F60.

This is a classic foundation brush and I find that it’s what works best when I want to apply a sheer layer of liquid foundation, face mask or moisturizer.

Bronzer Brush – Real Techniques Contour Brush.

I’ve seen many people use a powder brush or a blush brush for contouring. Whilst I admired their confidence, I just know I’ll be going a terrible job at contouring my face with a big brush, and this is why this small contour brush is ideal for me. The brush isn’t available as a standalone brush and has to be bought in the Core Collection.

Sponge – Beauty Blender.

This is a fantastic sponge for applying foundation for an even and natural finish. I also blend under-eye concealer with the Beauty Blender. And I also use it as an eraser, to blend the edges of a harsh bronzer line or soften the colour of a too heavily applied blush.

Skincare

Makeup Remover – Bioderma Crealine TS H2O.

This is the makeup remover every blogger is talking about, I’ve known it for year and just rediscovered it in 2012. The one I currently use is the TS version, for very dry skin. The down side to this product is that it is very hard to find somewhere to buy this product. I get mine from back home, every time I go back to France.

Cleanser – Estée Lauder Perfectly Clean Splash Away Foaming Cleanser.

I’ve been loving it for years and still haven’t used anything better in 2012. I mentioned it, along with other products in the skincare category, in this article. I loved using this cleanser with water and my hands, loved it even more since I own a Clarisonic Mia.

Toner – Caudalie Beauty Elixir.

This is a very nice product to use. A few spritzes on the face, whenever you feel like it really. I enjoyed using it a lot during the summer. I’ve got a review here.

Electrical – Clarisonic Mia.

I now have it for over a year and it truly is fantastic. I no longer worry about leaving any makeup or dirt on my skin, it leaves the skin feeling so clean and exfoliated.

Facial Mask – GlamGlow Tingling & Exfoliating Mud Mask.

In short, smells divine, leaves the skin feeling amazing, the exfoliating beads don’t irritate my skin. In long, head over to this article, for a complete review.

Treatment – Avene Cleanance K Cream-Gel.

I call it the ‘Miracle Blemish Zapper‘, I’ve written an article about it here.

EDIT 06/01/13 – Shower Oil – L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil.

Sorry guys, I’ve just realised I’ve forgotten to include this product in my 2012 Favourites. This is my favourite shower oil ever. I love anything that smells like almond, I love marzipan and this is a lovely non greasy shower oil. I generally buy a bigger size of the bottle with a pump on Boxing Day every year and it lasts for months.

Nail Care

Nail File – Leighton Denny Crystal Nail File.

I’ve talked about this nail file a few times now. It’s something I’ve never tried before and I don’t think I could go back to exclusively using a standard nail file. Read my review here.

Nail Polish – Essie Skirting The Issue.

I’ve been loving Essie nail polishes this year, especially the polishes available at Boots and Superdrug, they have a wide brush. My favourite colour was Skirting The Issue. This oxblood red came out as part of the Essie Autumn 2012 collection. It’s the sort of colour I like to wear all year around on my toes and during autumn and winter on my fingernails.

Top Coat – Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat.

I tried a couple of Sally Hansen top coats, and I was very disappointed, all of them cracked and chipped within a day. Well Seche Vite is very different. Not only does this top coat helps speed up the drying process, it also protect the polish from chipping, which is very handy for me, as I wash my hands regularly throughout the day.

Nail Polish Remover – Bourjois Magic Nail Polish Remover.

It’s just a very handy product, I’ve had it for months now and still can’t see that it’s about to run out; it lasts forever and is very helpful if you mess up one nail.

Fragrance.

DIOR Dolce Vita.

This is my go to fragrance, and it has been for years. I always get compliments about it when I wear it (which is pretty much every day). The only fear I have is that it might get discontinued one day, this is a less popular DIOR fragrance.

Haircare.

Leave-in Treatment – Kerastase Resistance Ciment Thermique.

This is a fantastic leave-in treatment for brittle, damaged hair. It protects the hair against heat and styling tools in general.

Hair Oil – Moroccanoil.

Well of course this would be my favourite hair oil. It is pricey, but nothing compares to it in my opinion, I just use it every single day. Read my review here.

Miscellaneous

Braun Silk-Epil 7 Dual Epilator 7891 Wet & Dry.

I have absolutely no idea as to how I’ve managed to live without this piece of technology. I use it everywhere I want to but on the face, it is fantastic to use in the shower and is so practical as it is cordless.

Well, this is it; my 2012 Favourites. Thank you very much (and congratulations) if you’ve managed to read the entire article. Please let me know what your favourite products of 2012 are.

Juliette

Benefit Sugarlicious – How Sweet The Kit?

Hello everyone.

I didn’t get many beauty/makeup related presents this Christmas but I thought I’d write a short article about one them, as it is rather nice set from Benefit.

I only own a few products from Benefit (eye pencil, mascaras and a couple of samples), which I love very much, so you can imagine how excited I was to receive a set from the brand.

Benefit Sugarlicious is a “deliciously nude…lip & cheek kit“, why, this sounds good to me. We all know how Benefit presents their products by now (cardboard packaging with retro design and cheesy messages) and this set is no exception. It comes in a sweet little box.

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The box contains the products (which I’ll get onto in a second) but also has a bit of “paperwork“, detachable cards with “tips & tricks“, nice touch, can be helpful for those who never used Benefit‘s products.

Like in any set/palette, there is a mirror on the top part of the box, this one isn’t fantastic, and I’ll probably never use it, but it isn;t one of these poor quality ones that distort your reflexion.

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Here is a shot of the products. All four are some of the brand’s bestselling products.

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I’ve done some swatches on my arm. All applied heavily then blended in by finger, on bare skin.

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From left to right, as presented in the kit and on the swatches:

Deluxe Benetint Mini – 4ml. This is one product I sure wanted to try. It’s a very dark pink/red liquid that can be applied as a stain on the lips or on the cheeks. It doesn’t dry as dark as I thought it would. I am a bit disappointed that the stain didn’t go on too well on my lips actually, it just wouldn’t stay on whilst it clearly stained my arm and it took me some serious scrubbing to remove it.

Deluxe High Beam Mini – 4ml. The famous highlighter, glad I finally get to try it out. It is a lot pinker than I would go for but at least it is nothing like anything else in my collection. It looks very good on the skin and I like it so far.

Sugarbomb blush – 3g. This is a four colours blush, mix all four to get the blush. Well, I have to say I am quite surprised with the swatch. It is a lot more orange than anything I expected from mixing the four colours. And, it is has a lot more shimmer than I thought it would! It’s just as shimmery as High Beam. I’ve got to see how it works out on my cheeks.

Ultra Plush Sugarbomb Lip Gloss – 6.5ml. I’m not one to wear lipgloss, I just find them sticky and I’m not too keen on glossy lips. The colour is sort of a coral/pink, a very nice colour really, but I’m just not a fan of lipgloss.

All in all, this is a very nice little set. It has bestselling products that work together or separately, and is a nice way to discover the brand. I’m looking forward to use those products in the future and see if I can make Benetint leave a deeper stain on my lips.

Find the kit here, for £24.50.

Have you tried any of these products?

Juliette

Urban Decay Naked Basics – Back to Basics.

Hello everyone.

Do you guys remember how excited I was when I found out that Urban Decay was releasing a (not quite) all-matte eyeshadow palette? If not, you can refresh your memory here. The Naked Basics palette did come out on 20th December in the UK and is exclusive to Debenhams (for now). I had to get it on the day! I grabbed one for me, and another one to gift.

I knew the palette was smaller but didn’t quite imagine it to be as small as it is. I have an iPhone 5, and though the palette contains six full size eyeshadows, it is smaller than the phone.

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The packaging is very nice if you ask me, Naked Basics might be very compact, but it is heavy and sturdy. Could be because the plastic the packaging is made out of is quite thick but also because there is a full size mirror in the top half of the palette.

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As mentioned in my previous article about this product, what I find appealing in this palette is that all but one shadows have a matte finish, this is something that I feel was lacking in Naked and the Naked2.

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I did some heavy swatches of all six colours on my arm. Every colour was applied with a clean finger, directly on bare skin.

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From left to right, as presented in the palette:

– Venus – soft, off-white. This is meant to be a demi-matte colour, I don’t find it extremely shimmery but it is my least favourite colour in the palette.

– Foxy – very light yellow/beige. This colour is available in the Naked 2 palette or can be purchased as an individual eye shadow. Colour is quasi invisible against my arm as it is so close to the colour of my skin.

– Walk of Shame – very light pinky nude. This colour can be bought to fit the Urban Decay Build Your Own Palette). I can only see it on my arm because it has a pink undertone.

– Naked2 – rosy taupe. New colour. I like taupe colours, this one is perfect to add a soft shadow to the crease.

– Faint – warm, dusty brown. New colour. I feel this one is very good for adding a more obvious shadow to the crease.

– Crave – deepest, darkest brown/black. New colour. Can’t say I see much brown in this colour, just reminds me of M.A.C. Carbon. It’s harder to get an even coat of this colour, but I’d say I always find black (extremely dark brown) matte shadows hard to work with. I suppose it could be used wet for tight lining though.

So what do I think?

I’m not really an eyeshadow girl, I kind of just stick  to drawing a very thin brown eyeliner line in the outer corner for my eyes for add definition and make my rather big eyes a little more feline-like. I keep this subtle and never wing the liner. So having these neutral eyeshadows is perfect for keeping the subtle eye makeup going. I like applying Foxy all over the eyelid as it evens out the colour of my eyelids. I then like blending a bit of Faint in the crease. If I do want something even more subtle (kind of not even there at all look), I replace Faint with Naked2.

The palette does contain basic colours indeed but they’ll only work with pale to medium skin tones. I feel like it is lacking in darker colours that would suit darker complexions. Saying that, maybe the palette can be used in a different purpose? Highlighting the brow bone or the inner corners of the eyes, rather than a full natural eye makeup?

I mentioned earlier in the article that I like the packaging, it’s a good quality product and compact enough that it could be put in a makeup bag for touch-ups throughout the day, or taken away on holiday.

Another positive point is the price. The palette retails at £20 ($27 in the US), this is a very good price for six high quality, highly pigmented, high-end eyeshadows.

The only not so positive comment I can make on this is that the palette doesn’t come with anything else, Urban Decay has always included, a shadow brush, a gloss or a sample of their famous Eyeshadow Primer Potion with any Naked palette, Naked Basics comes with no extras. This small detail doesn’t bother but I can understand why some customers might be disappointed.

All in all, I think this is an excellent palette to have, wether you are a beginner or a makeup addict. I feel like you can never have enough nude and matte colours.

You can get your Urban Decay Naked Basics palette at Debenhams, online or in store. Please let me know what you think of this palette, and tell me what your favourite colours are.

Juliette

PS: Though, I wouldn’t go out and buy the first Naked palette, I did get it for Christmas and will have swatches and a review up very soon.

Christmas Gift Guide #6 – Last Minute/In a Rush.

Hello everyone.

Did you that today 2pm was the deadline for online shopping with next-day delivery that guarantees your shopping will arrive in time for Christmas? Well if you are reading this now, and haven’t placed your online orders, it is too late my dear… But that’s okay because there is always what I call the ‘Voucher Solution” which is perfect if you have missed this deadline, or if you are just that clueless about what to get someone.

This is just a quick guide of which gift voucher to get. Hope it helps!

Feelunique.com

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I love Feelunique.com and really, who doesn’t? The online store has an enormous catalog that contains thousands of beauty and skincare products and offers free worldwide deliver. Everyone should find something nice on that online store. Just pick the value you want for your voucher, from £5 to £150 and either send it via email or print it at home.

Cult Beauty 

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This is another fabulous place to shop online. Lot of cult products and exclusives are available on CultBeauty.co.uk, most of them come with reviews from professional and indeed famous makeup artists, hairdressers and other beauty specialists.

You get to pick the E-Gift Card value yourself, as long as it’s somewhere between £10 and £500, and it will be emailed to whoever you want to gift it to.

Space NK

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Two good news and a bad news with this one. Good news first, Space NK is an amazing place to shop for cosmetics, the brands Chantecaille and Hourglass are both available there! The other good news is that the vouchers can be used both in store and online. The bad news is, and that’s only a bad news if you need the gift card for Christmas, you will need to go to a Space NK store to purchase one as the company doesn’t offer gift codes and the gift cards won’t get to you if you order them now.

Another thing worth noting is that the gift cards values start at £10 but you could get a £1000 one if you are buying for a very lucky person…

Apple and iTunes

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Just because everyone wants something from Apple, and if they finally get it or have it already, they need iTunes cards to get Apps, music and films.

You can either go in an Apple store and purchase the gift cards there or get on the iTunes Store to buy and print the card.

Amazon.co.uk

We all know about Amazon and how this website sells all sort of things. If you are not sure what voucher to get, amazon is definitely a good choice, this website sells everything from cosmetics to DVDs and books and even gadgets.

I am not including a picture of the Amazon gift certificates as there are many ways to gift on this online store. You can email, print or mail gift codes, cards or even boxes and there are so many different designs. And can pick which value you want to gift, it just has to sit between £0.10 and £1000.

This is it for my ‘Christmas Gift Guides‘ series. Let me know if you bought anything from any of the guide I’ve put together this year.

Right! I am now allowing myself to buy presents… Yes, I always leave it until late! I am terrible at holding onto presents.

Juliette

Joliebox December 2012 – All That Glitters… (not!).

Hello everyone.

I’ve received the latest Joliebox this morning and I thought some of you might want to know what to expect in the December 2012 box, All That Glitters

If you’ve looked at my previous article, ‘Glossybox December 2012 – Bejewelled‘, you would have read that I thought the presentation of the December Glossybox box was quite nice (apart from the very poorly printed and presented leaflet). This month’s Joliebox is a hundred times better.

Standard size box, amazing white and gold design, the Joliemag and indeed every other piece of paper are professionally printed and the bag that holds the products is also white with a gold cord. I have nothing bad to say about the presentation. Something worth noting is that the logo now says ‘Joliebox a Birchbox Company‘, I take it is now official that Birchbox bought Joliebox.

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This box has a truly impeccable presentation but that doesn’t make it a great sample box. I would have just usually waited to see what I’d received but I was quite underwhelmed by the Glossybox, and now thinking about it, by both November boxes so I had a peek at the Joliebox website to see what was on the menu and quite frankly, I was dreading opening this box.

First things first, as soon as I started untying the top, I saw one of these Bellapierre pigments, third time this year and I am still not excited about these. Please take the hint!

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Here is the content of the box, pretty underwhelming if you ask me, especially for a December box.

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Bellapierre Shimmer Pigment in Champagne – Full size. I’ve said it all above really… Third time I receive these this year. It will come a time when these are not new/exclusive products anymore, if that time hasn’t come already. Apart from the fact that a little variety between all the beauty boxes wold be appreciated, I am pretty glad that I did not received another obnoxious colour. This one is just a nice Champagne colour which is actually nice.

Dr Duve Hand & Decollete Cream – two sachets. So the back of the sachets says ‘New innovation: a combined hand and decollete cream for mature and demanding skin‘… I don’t have a mature skin, and prefer to not say anything about the demanding part. ‘Apply twice a day to the hands, decollete and neck and massage gently into the skin‘… Erm… good luck applying this even once, I can’t see how anyone would get to actually test this product with the two tiny sachets provided… It also kills me to read these three words at the bottom of the sachet ‘not for resale‘, I paid for those.

I Love… Cosmetics Raspberry & Blackberry Shimmer and Shine Lip Gloss – 11ml. I’ve said it before, I am not a fan or a connoisseur of lipgloss so for me it isn’t really a product I’m interested in. The product is dark pink with tiny shimmer particles, it’s sticky and smells like raspberry which just reminds me of children’s toothpaste.

Alvarez Gomez Agua De Colonia Concentrada – 1.5ml. I’ve said it before, I don’t like receiving tiny samples of perfumes, I can just go in my local department store and ask for some samples for free and I actually also get to pick which ones! I think what annoys me with the fragrance samples I’ve been sent so far is that they are all summer scent! This Agua de Colonia Concentrada smells very strong and citrusy, I don’t feel like it’s appropriate for winter, and I certainly wouldn’t want to smell it on myself even if it was the middle of July. Another big miss!

Color Club Nail Lacquer in Put a Pin In It – 7ml. I’ve never heard of the brand and so don’t own anything from it. I would never go out and buy this colour of nail polish, Put a Pin In It is a shimmery rose golden, but I will try it and I tell you why; I’m so happy I didn’t get the other colour available in Joliebox this month, Insta-This, which just looks like a bright shimmery blue…

Olay Regenerist Skin Cream – 7ml. There isn’t a single word of English written on the sample which is a little odd for something Joliebox sends their British subscribers. Good stuff I read Spanish! Apply a generous amount on face and neck… this is a 7ml sample. Most seriously though, this is aimed at more mature skin than mine so this is the second skincare product in the box I don’t see any point in using.

Yon-Ka Pamplemousse Moisturizer – 50ml. Now, this is a generous sample, what I would expect to get in a box I pay for! The sample also comes in a nice plastic tube packaged in a box so it really looks promising. It is aimed at normal to dry skin, that’s me right there. It smells like my citrusy kitchen cleaner, not good.

To finish up, and perhaps to help you swallow the pill, Joliebox included two chocolate bars in the December box, non beauty related but very festive, shame that Lindt is the brand of chocolate I don’t like, someone else will get to eat those.

Let me recap this box ever so quickly. I paid £10 (plus 2.95 P&P) and I got another Bellapierre pigment but at least it was a nicer colour, the two skincare samples are for older ladies, I don’t like lip gloss so I miss out on this (and the Lindt chocolate bars), there is another fragrance sample which I really really really dislike and the skincare product I would use smells of cleaning product. The only thing I will happily try is the nail polish and that’s because I was lucky enough to get the ‘nicer‘ colour.

I am annoyed and I am writing an email to the customer service as soon as I finish writing this article.

Juliette

P.S. : Another thing that is included in the box is a gift idea, the gift of a Joliebox subscription to a friend or family member. Pay for the subscription and use your empty December box to give them a code to get Joliebox boxes. It is a nice idea and quite a good concept but I most definitely won’t be gifting this to anyone.

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Advent Calendar – Day 15.

Hello everyone.

Today was Day 15 of the YOU Advent Beauty Calendar. So… What was hiding behind the 15th window?

Mirenesse Velvet Lift Moisture Shine in No. 38.

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I have never heard of the brand Mirenesse so this is the first product I get to try it. The packaging is quite nice for a sample product : clear tube with a metallic screw lid with the brand’s logo on the side, quite an effort for only 1.5g of product.

The product itself looks like a clear gel with a slight pink tint given by tiny pink glitter particles. The lipgloss doesn’t have a strong scent or any particular taste. How is the texture? Well, I am not really a fan of lipgloss, I find them very sticky, I am sorry to report that this is no exception, it is very sticky actually.

Another thing I don’t like in lipgloss is the shiny effect these products have. This one isn’t too bad, I can hardly see the glitter particles on a swatch or on the lips, it obviously does give the lips a glossy finish but isn’t anything crazy. Honestly though, and you’ll see on the swatch below, this isn’t anything remarkable or different.

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Today’s product isn’t great in my opinion, but again, I’m really not a fan (or a connoisseur) of lipgloss.

Let’s see what tomorrow brings.

Juliette

 

 

Advent Calendar – Day 14.

Hello everyone.

Today is day 14 of the YOU Advent Beauty CalendarI will keep this one short because I am not terribly excited about today’s product, Bellapierre Shimmer Powder in SP017 Celebration.

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I’m sure many makeup enthusiasts will love this, especially now, with all the Christmas parties and the festive spirit but I am not one for gold, I very rarely wear eyeshadow and if I do I avoid shimmer like the plague. This is actually the second Bellapierre loose pigment I get  and I gave the first one away a few months ago.

Here is a picture of the actual product for those of you who are curious about it and looking for a gold shimmer loose pigment.

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Right… Bring on day 15!

Juliette

 

 

Advent Calendar – Day 1 to 12.

Hello everyone.

You may wonder what the title of this article means, let me explain. Back in October, I was thinking of getting a beauty Advent calendar this year as they were some good offers available. I missed out on the Ciate Advent Calendar, now thinking about it, I really don’t need twenty four new nail polishes. Also missed out on the Selfridges one… I looked at  the Liz Earle one, but then thought I’d rather not as the only product I really want to try is the Cleanse & Polish. I just decided to stick with a good old chocolate Advent calendar in the end… Until I saw all the UK YouTubers open theirs on Vlogmas…

The YOU Advent Beauty Calendar caught my attention and I had to track one down, funnily enough, whilst it was already days into December, it is still in stock, and I was pleased to see how affordable it was compared to other beauty Advent calendars I looked at. It costs £59.95 plus £2.95 P&P (though I didn’t pay any delivery charges for some reason) and is actually worth over £210.

I’ve received it today and I am so impressed. The calendar is quite big and heavy, it has an enormous fuchsia bow at the front and when you open it, you see all the windows, some small some big, all very exciting.

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Because I’ve obviously opened twelve windows today, I won’t be writing an article for each product but I will list them in this post and tell you what are my first impressions. I may write individual reviews for some of the products, when I’ve actually tried and tested them.

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Day 1 – Mavala Nail Color in 385 Rouge Rubis.

I have never heard of this brand. The nail  polish came in a very sweet winged packaging, it can actually be hung on the Christmas tree as a decoration. It’s quite a small bottle (5ml) and the colour is festive red with a lot of tiny red sparkles, it applied quite well but doesn’t have a smooth finish. It is a nice colour for the Christmas season I suppose, but nothing I would personally buy or wear it as I generally stick to more conservative colours.

Day 2 –  The Vintage Cosmetic Company Eyelash Curler.

I was thinking of getting a new eyelash curler as my Number 7 one is on its last leg. I had my eyes on the Shu Uemura one as it gets rave reviews and I like the look of the Karl Lagerfeld Mon Shu one. I’m quite pleased to get to try the The Vintage Cosmetic Company one as I never owned anything from that company but my first impressions are not to good if I’m honest. The product seems a little flimsy and I think the pad has to be readjusted as it seems to have come out of the ridge, the good thing is though it comes with two replacement pads. I’ll still try it, who knows, it might be an amazing product?

Day 3 – Benefit They’re Real! mascara.

I love love love my Benefit mascaras, I own both the black and the brown BADgal ones and I’m pretty chuffed to get this one to try out. Really looking forward to trying it and see if it’s as good as the ones I have.

Day 4 – L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream.

If you read my blog for a little while, you know I loved this product when I first tried it as a sample and loved it even more when I got an even bigger sample of it just before I was going to buy the full size product. Well this is pretty much the third sample in as many months and it doesn’t look like I’ll ever have to buy it full size. Good good good.

Day 5 – Richard Ward Couture Hair Volumiser Root Booster.

Never heard of the brand but I recently changed my entire hair care products (article to follow soon) and was thinking of adding a volumising product so yes, very good timing there and it does smell very nice.

Day 6 – Espa Super Active Lift & Firm Intensive Eye Serum and Moisturizer.

These two samples come in a nice box that slides open like a matchbox. I think these products are targeted at maturing skin, I’m not quite there yet so might give it to someone who could benefit from it. Bt again, I do like trying out samples so I might end up using it…

Day 7 – Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation.

No Foundation Foundation‘, I like the sound of that. So… the colour looks good, I like the texture on the back of my hand, but it smells like smoked salmon, you read that right, ‘it smells like smoked salmon’. I am aware of the enormity of what I just stated but I asked my partner to smell it and he does agree with me… I will still try it out as it does look very promising but I really hope the ‘scent‘ doesn’t linger too long on my skin.

Day 8 – Philosophy Purity 3-in-1 Cleanser for Face and Eyes.

I wanted to try this cleanser out so I was excited to see it behind the window number 8. I am not too keen on the scent if I’m honest, but this shouldn’t matter too much, I will obviously rinse it off anyway.

Day 9 – BioEffect EGF Serum.

This serum comes in such a cute tiny glass bottle with a little pipette, this only won me over (weird I know…). I mentioned in earlier articles that I was going to change my entire skincare routine as soon as I finish the products I’m currently using, I’m glad to have a serum to try out.

Day 10 – Dermalogica Starter Kit.

So many skincare products to try! This one is a full system, cleansing gel, daily microfoliant, smoothing cream and eye cream. The samples are not too big and i think i only have enough for a couple of days but hopefully this would be enough to help me make up my mind. The spa I go to uses Dermalogica and I never had a bad reaction to these products so it should go fairly smoothly.

Day 11 – Jo Hansford Intensive Masque.

Very citrusy hair mask for coloured hair. I will definitely try it out even if my hair isn’t coloured.

Day 12 – balance Me Radiance Face Oil.

I’ve got pretty dry skin and it’s just gotten worth with the sudden drop in temperature so I hope this will help as a targeted treatment. I’ll let you know if it’s anything worth writing about.

And there you have it, twelve first days of the YOU Advent Beauty Calendar! I am pleased with most products and I am really looking forward to opening the twelve remaining windows. I will post a daily article with my first impressions so check my blog daily (or maybe subscribe via email?) to see what I get next.

If you want your own YOU Advent Beauty Calendar, it s still available here. I’ve personally decided to try to avoid looking at what’s in the calendar but if you want to see before buying to avoid disappointment, the full content is shown on the website.

Juliette

Christmas Gift Guide #4 – Cult products.

Hello everyone.

This is ‘Christmas Gift Guide‘ number 4, and today I’m focusing on beauty and makeup classics. Some products are considered cult products in the beauty world and though most of us know about them, I thought including them in one of the guides would be helpful to some of you.

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat.

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Well, we’ve all heard about this product and how it is “the UK’s No.1 Luxury Face Make-up Product” so if you know someone who doesn’t already own it, maybe that would be a superb Christmas present!

There are several gift sets available but I think the best one is the one pictured above. It includes the Touche Éclat in 1 and the Top Secrets Eye Wake-up Roll On; the set is worth £51 but can be bought on offer here for £37.85. Now the set will only be suitable for rather pale skins and if the person you’re buying for needs another colour, then you’ll need to buy the Touche Éclat by itself, here for £25.

Yves Saint Laurent Luxurious Mascara for a False Lash Effect.

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This is another classic from YSL, and Christmas is a particularly good time to purchase this as it comes in gift sets. The one I’ve chosen is the cheapest set and costs £19.55 here, it contains the Luxurious Mascara for a False Lash Effect in High Intensity Black,  a Top Secrets Eye Makeup Remover (sample) and a Forever Youth Liberator Eye Cream (sample). 

Another tip if you’re planning on buying any YSL products for Christmas is to actually go at a counter, I’ve seen they offer lovely gift boxes which come in different sizes, they are very nice options to gift wrapping.

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream.

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Again, we’ve all heard about this cult product and I personally think the Original Eight Hour Skin Protectant is an amazing product, just a shame about the scent. You could just buy this cream, around £15 for two tubes but if you are buying for someone else, it’s always nicer to go for a set: the one above is quite nice. You pay £34 for a set worth £67 and get other products from the line. Available here.

Estée Lauder Advance Night Repair Serum Set.

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This is another best selling skincare product and again, Christmas is the perfect time to either buy a back-up or gift this cult product to someone you know. This set isn’t particularly exciting, as it basically contains two sizes of the same product (50ml and 7ml) but the small bottle can come in handy when traveling plus the . £58, or currently on offer here.

Lancôme Hypnôse Custom-Wear Volume Mascara Gift Set.

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 I’m aware that I’ve already included a mascara in this article but, well, this one is also a cult product and it comes in a great value gift set. Worth £40.50, this set is sold at £21 and includes the infamous Lancôme Hypnôse Custom-Wear Volume Mascara, a Bi-Facil (eye makeup remover)and a Le Crayon Khôl. Available here.

I hope this guide was helpful to some of you. Please let me know what are your favourite cult products.

Juliette