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Glossybox February 2013 – Valentine’s Day.

Hello everyone.

I am rather impressed with how early I’ve received this month’s Glossybox, it’s only the 11th! I suppose, this box being the Valentine’s Day one, it’s only natural to receive it a few days before.

So the actual name of this month’s box is ‘Valentine’s Day – Will you be ours?’, very sweet. And very sweet is the box design: glossy pink box, with pale pink tissue paper and rose pink shredded paper.

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Only downside is the leaflet, again, I don’t understand why more work isn’t put into this. I say it every month, the paper isn’t great, the printing could be a thousand time better. Why not have a nice magazine/leaflet, printed on some nice glossy paper, to go with the glossy box…

What came in the box this month?

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Micabella Cosmetics Mineral Blush Powder in Terra Cotta – 0.8g sample (£34.95/9g). When I saw the small pot with a black lid, I was about to jump out of my skin; I thought this was another Bella Pierre eyeshadow. But phew, it wasn’t, this is a blush instead. Colour wise, I wouldn’t say this is a true terracotta, it’s paler and more orange, I’d say it’s a coral with a some shimmery flexes. Not my cup of tea but  I’ve never used a mineral powder blush before so I’ll try it and see how I get on.

ModelCo Eye Shadow Duo Palette in Bronzed Goddess – 2 x 2.35g sample (£18/3 x 2.35g). The two shades are Maldives and Jamaica (not sure which is which though) and one looks like a yellow/beige and the other a chocolate-brown, both with gold shimmers. From doing a few swatches, I can say that the lightest one (possibly Maldives) hasn’t got much of a colour payoff, it just applies as some shimmer. The darker one (possibly Jamaica) does have a much better pigmentation and translate quite well on the back of my hand. I would;t wear either of them before the warmer months.

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Anatomicals You Need a Blooming Shower – 150ml (£5/300ml). In simple words, this is a rose scented shower gel. I like shower gels but but I really don’t like rose scented products. Won’t be using this but I’m sure I’ll fine someone who’d like it.

Helen E Cosmetics Moisturising Lipstick in Cafe au Lait – 3.5g (£8/3.5g). Nice, compact yet heavy packaging, perfect for the handbag, not particularly excited about the colour which is a brown nude with shimmer. I’ll see how I get on with it.

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Docteur Renaud Raspberry Soft Cream – 30ml (£25/50ml). This is a body moisturizer. It smells like children’s toothpaste straight out of the tube, then straight up like raspberry tart on the skin. Not too excited about it.

I’m not overwhelmed by this Valentine’s Day box but I can see many people liking the content. I’ll definitely try the eyeshadows when I feel like my inner bronzed goddess can be unleashed and will see how to use the mineral blush out of that tiny pot.

One thing worth noting is that the value of the goods included in the box is quite high this month, definitely worth over the £10 for the box.

Please let me know what you got in your Glossybox this month.

Juliette

 

My First Birchbox – January 2013 – Fresh Start.

Hello everyone.

I’m sure all of you UK beauty enthusiasts have heard about Birchbox buying Joliebox a few months back. And from this, I’m sure you all guessed the brand Joliebox would become Birchbox.

I was pretty excited about the news actually, Birchbox is one of the original beauty box and I know from watching and reading reviews from American subscribers, and the quality and value of these beauty boxes are a thousand time better than what e get in the UK.

So yes, Birchbox is finally here and I got mine today (it took a week to get to my porch because of the snow).

May I start by saying this: impeccable presentation… I love the new smaller brown (with hints of pink) box, the Birchbox Magazine is very well presented with very interesting articles.

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There are two additional cards in the box, one talking about the company and explaining how the Birchbox UK membership works (pretty much the same as Joliebox did) and another with a message from the team and a list of the samples contained in the box.

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Needless to tell you how excited I was to find out what I got after seeing such an impeccable presentation. So, in my first Birchbox, I received: a lip balm, a hair product, a nail and cuticle cream, a face cream and a lifestyle extra.

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I’ll go through the products as I usually do, one by one, with my first impressions.

fresh Sugar Rose Tinted Lip Treatment – 2.2g sample (Full size £15.50). I am so excited to get this product. I’ve read and watched reviews about this and made me really want to try it, even more so because it isn’t available in the UK. Not only am I very pleased to get this lip treatment, I am also very positively pleased with the packaging, it is exactly like the full size one, only in a sample size, amazing. First impressions: not too keen on the smell, like the texture and love the tint the product leaves on the lips.

KMS California FREE SHAPE Quick Blow Dry – 30ml sample (£13.50/200ml). I had to blow dry my hair yesterday, it took me a hour and a half, so any product that says ‘quick blow dry‘ in it’s name is most welcome. Like from the product above, I am impressed with the packaging, same as the full size product, only smaller, I like this very much. The spray smells nice, like a hairdresser product. I am looking forward to trying it.

Reverence De Bastien Unguent for Nail and Cuticles – 15ml (£15.50). After a little bit of research, it looks like this is the full size product, and this pleases me. It’s a pink cream/gel, it smells sweet, and I am always up to try new products on my nails and cuticles.

WEI Royal Firming and Hydrating Cream – 4ml sample (£74/50ml). I did get this sample in a previous Glossybox, see here. I said it then, and I’ll say it again, it’s aimed at mature skin but I did enjoy using it.

Teapigs Chamomile Flower – 1 tea temple (£3.49 or £3.99/pack of 15). This is a caffeine free tea. There are three different flavors available, peppermint, chamomile and super fruit. I’m glad I got chamomile, it’s the only one out of the three I like. Very pleased.

I am so pleased with this first Birchbox, I love the presentation, the magazine and the content. Maybe an additional product could have been added, but again that would only have been a bonus; I am very pleased with the box.

I have to mention however, that Birchbox US seems to have even better products (samples and full sizes) than what we get in the UK. Again, this is true for most beauty boxes and it could be down to the companies who are working with the subscription boxes.

Birchbox is a monthly subscription box, and costs £10 (plus P&P) a month.  More details here.

Juliette

Bonus Content.

I contacted Joliebox back in December 2012, to express how disappointed I was with my November and December boxes. The lovely Adrienne agreed to send me some additional products which were part of a SheSaidBeauty offer (enter the SSB code when subscribing to Joliebox and receive three additional products with your January 2013 box).

I did receive the trio in a separate package last week, here is a quick overview.

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Part of the trio is a I Love… Strawberries & Milkshake Shimmer & Shine Lip Gloss, not a fan of lip glosses myself but I do appreciate getting this for free. Also in the package, a Nail Girls mini silver polish and the So Susan Wild Awake palette, which contains an illuminating cream, a highlighting cream, three eyebrow sculptor colours, a small applicator brush and mini tweezers.

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I haven’t tried the products yet so I’ve not got much to add, but sending this trio is a very nice gesture from Joliebox to an unhappy subscriber and so I just wanted to say, thank you to Adrienne and  the rest of the team for their awesome customer service.

Glossybox January 2013 – Detox.

Hello everyone.

It’s that time of the month again, when beauty boxes are being dispatched and every subscriber is waiting anxiously to find out if their £10 (plus £2.95 P&P) were worth what they’re getting…

There were a few tweets about the latest Glossybox box being dispatched to subscribers yesterday. I have to say I was quite anxious about the quality of the content of this first 2013 box as I wasn’t too impressed with the two last boxes. That said, it wasn’t just Glossybox who had let me down, Joliebox hadn’t done too well in my books either…

First comment I have to make is that the box turned up within twenty-four hours of being dispatched, and that despite the heavy snowing that we are experiencing in England. I’ve never really understood why we had to pay £2.95 for P&P and wait up to five days to get the box, seems like it should be a next-day delivery at that price… So well done to Glossybox on arriving first this month!

Now to the actual box, ‘Detox‘.

It’s back to the standard pink and black design, nothing special or new for 2013 then. The box is well presented but the ‘leaflet‘ isn’t great… Call me picky, but once again I feel like the paper and the printing quality could be a lot better… Just saying.

What’s in the leaflet? Some Glossybox news, tips for a fresh start to 2013, details on the products in the box.

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I’ve mentioned above how anxious I was about finding out what I’ve been sent this month. My feeling as I first saw the products : relief.

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No funky colours and no tiny vial of fragrance. This month I get a lip balm, two face products, a body lotion, a hair product and a sleep mask.

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As always, I’m listing the products and giving you my first impressions.

 Elemis Fresh Skin Skin Glow Facial Exfoliator – 30ml sample (£12/100ml). I’ve mentioned in previous articles that I have very sensitive skin and that many exfoliating face products do irritate my skin, leaving it feeling tight and looking red. The exfoliating beads in this face wash seem to be very fine and the product smells lovely and fresh and I’ve been wanted to try something from Elemis for a while, so I will definitely try this one out.

Duck Island Limited Body Lotion Mandarin & Bergamot – 30ml sample (£24.95/2 x 250ml). At first glance, this sample looks like an enormous bottle of nail polish, it’s actually a small sample of body lotion. It’s freezing cold at the moment, great moment to test out body lotions. I wouldn’t have picked the Mandarin & Bergamot myself (not too keen on citrusy scents in general) but I will definitely try this out. Only drawback is that it is only a 30ml sample, can’t see that I’ll be able to get more than one application out of this.

Jason Lips Bee Healthier – 4.5g sample (£1.99/4.6g and yes, full size is only 0.1g heavier apparently). I’m always up for trying new lip balms.  This one is certified 70% organic, it’s made out of aloe and beeswax and claims to moisturize and protect the lips. I’ve had it on my lips since I’ve opened the Glossybox, I’m not too keen on the odd chocolate scent, but I haven’t had to reapply it and my lips feel lovely. Quite pleased with this.

Monu Aromatic Mask – 30ml sample ( £24.95/100ml). Before I talk about the product itself I need to tell you how annoying the packaging is. The product comes in a soft plastic bottle with a screw lid, I had to dip my little finger to get some product out… This means I’ll have to squeeze the bottle or dip a cotton bud in there to get the product out when I want to use it: not good. This is terrible, right? It can’t get any worse, right? Wrong! The details and instructions are written in turquoise on the bottom and because the cream is beige, the background is beige, unreadable. At least the important information can be found on the Glossybox leaflet.

Now onto the actual product. Standard cream mask, smells like a face mask, looks like one, I like face masks, I am looking forward to using it.

Paul Mitchell Super Strong Daily Shampoo – 100ml sample (£11.50/300ml). I am so glad this comes in a 100ml bottle rather than in one of these useless sachets, I will get to actually test it! It’s a shame that the Glossybox subscribers get either the shampoo or the conditioner, it would have been so much better to get both.

Glossybox Sleep Mask. I don’t think I could ever sleep wearing one of these but I give it to Glossybox, nice touch adding a sleep mask in their detox box.

All in all, I am quite pleased with this box, especially since I was so disappointed with the two previous box I received. If I’m totally honest, I have to tell you that I promised myself I’d cancel my subscription if the January 2013 didn’t live up to my expectations. I am pleased to say that I am staying with Glossybox, I was not disappointed this month.

Glossybox is a monthly subscription, £10 (plus £2.95 P&P) per month. Have a look here.

What do you think of this box?

Juliette

Advent Calendar – Day 24.

Hello everyone.

Today is the latest day on the YOU Advent Beauty Calendar and I got to open the last window. What did I get?

AS London Candle.

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As for many of the other products in this Advent calendar, I have never heard of AS London but I do like candles and so I thought it was quite a nice idea to get a candle.

This is a small 12ml sample in a clear glass jar with a black plastic screw lid. I like that the sample actually looks like the full size candle, only in a smaller size.

I am however a little confused as I’m not sure if the candle is meant to be scented or not… The brand states that the candles are made with “eco soya wax and wicks that have been infused with the world’s finest essential oils“, the sample I have smells just like a standard wax candle to me.

I did still burn it, maybe the essential oils are more noticeable when the wick is burning? I have to say I did not smell anything at all, maybe it is literally just a candle?

I just went on AS London‘s website to try to figure out what these candles are. The brand sells eight different candles, one for each letter of the brand’s name, they are all £36 and the only thing that differentiate them is the letter on the jar.

So yes, I really don’t know about this sample, I like burning candles so it’s nice to have it on but I wish I could smell a fragrance. If anyone knows anymore about these candles, please do comment on this article.

This is it for the YOU Advent Beauty Calendar all in all, I will be using most of the sample I got during this month. My only regret is that  I bought the calendar a couple of days before it went half price, had I got it for under £30, I would have said that it was an outstanding value. Though it is apparently worth over £210 and I paid under £60 for it, I feel like it’s just a good price rather than an amazing one. I will definitely keep an eye out for exclusive Advent calendars next year.

One more sleep until Christmas.

Juliette

Advent Calendar – Day 23.

Hello everyone.

23rd December already! So, what did I get in the YOU Advent Beauty Calendar today?

Balm Balm Rose Geranium Lip Balm

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Never heard of the brand, but it is a 100% organic and 100% natural so I guess it won’t hurt.

The product comes in an all black pot and it is apparently a lip balm and more, a multi purpose balm in short. It looks white in the container but it’s a clear balm, nothing special there.

I have to say I am not too keen on the scent… Very strong, and not to my liking. At all. To the point that I won’t use it I’m afraid.

Honestly though, I think only standard Vaseline works on my chapped lips.

Only one window left in the YOU Advent Beauty Calendar! Tune in tomorrow and find out what I get.

Juliette

Advent Calendar – Day 22.

Hello everyone.

The world hasn’t ended and so I did get to open the 22nd window of the YOU Advent Beauty Calendar, and you get to see what I got.

Mont Bleu Glass Nail File

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This nail file is very small and comes in a protective plastic sleeve. I’ve never heard of the brand Mont Bleu. I quite like the fact the fact that this one is very small as it’s easy to take away when traveling. I can also imagine some women would like something this small to carry in their handbag to fix a broken nail on the go.

I do actually already have something very similar, the Leighton Denny Crystal Nail Filewhich I can’t live without. I did mention that I regretted now buying the bigger size so not sure I’ll love the Mont Bleu one. Still, I am quite curious to see how the two compare to each other, one is glass the other crystal.

See you tomorrow for day 23.

Juliette

Advent Calendar – Day 21.

Hello everyone.

I can’t quite believe it’s already 21st December… The year has gone by so fast and this might be the last article you ever read on my blog… It is the end of the world, or is it?

Well we should have a few hours before the end of the world and so I did open window 21 of my YOU Advent Beauty Calendar and this is what I found.

Trilogy Rosehip Oil Antioxydant+

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I’ve heard of the brand Trilogy and was actually thinking of trying this specific range, so I am glad I get this 7 day trial sample (2.5ml), this should give enough time to see some potential results.

The sample itself comes in an impeccably presented glass bottle with a functional pipette, this is a plus. The oil itself is clear with a slight amber tint to it and look and feel a lot like MoroccanoilThe scent is quite odd, I can smell a bit of fragrance but it really does smell like olive oil to me, not that it matters since it really isn’t strong.

This looks like a very promising product, and a very relevant item to put in a beauty Advent calendar, with the weather getting colder. Pretty happy with this sample.

Wonder what’s behind tomorrow’s window? Let’s hope there is a tomorrow.

Juliette

Advent Calendar – Day 20.

Hello everyone.

Today, I opened the 20th window of my YOU Advent Beauty Calendar and I am rather liking what I’m seeing.

Eve Lom Rescue Mask 

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Oh, how glad am I that this comes in an actual tube rather than a sachet! And 15ml of product as well, I might be able to get two (maybe more) applications out of this.

I’ve heard of Eve Lom, and read very good reviews about their products so I am very much looking forward to trying this.

So far, I’ve only applied it on the back of my hand and so this is all I can say: it’s a cream, it as some rare (exfoliating?) beads in there, it smells a little bit minty and feel fresh on the skin.

Juliette

 

 

Advent Calendar – Day 19.

Hello everyone.

I’m right on time with my YOU Advent Beauty Calendar post, it’s 19th December and here is what’s I found behind the rather large 19th window.

Yardley Royal English Daisy Refreshing Body Spray.

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Let me tell you how relieved I was that this was not a can of hairspray! This is a generous 75ml can of body spray which is very handy to have in your handbag or gym bag.

I received a sample of the Yardley Royal English Daisy EDT in my November 2012 Joliebox, so I knew how this would smell as soon as I saw it. I’d say the body spray is slightly milder than the eau de toilette.

I still like the scent though wearing the EDT did give me a headache last week. I’m also still thinking that this fragrance is not a winter perfume and so I don’t think I’ll use it until spring.

Still, a good YOU Advent Beauty Calendar Day 19 is you like fresh floral fragrances.

Juliette

Advent Calendar – Day 18.

Hello everyone.

So… I woke up this morning and realised that I’ve been enjoying using my Day 18 product very much yesterday but haven’t posted anything about it on my blog… Terribly sorry about that, I’ve got it here for you.

Steamcream.

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I am so delighted to have received this in my YOU Advent Beauty Calendar, I was actually thinking about buying some of it to try and to gift!

I love products which are presented in very traditional containers or/and packaging such as the L’Occitane products or the Crabtree & Evelyn hand creams and so, you can imagine how much I like this small tin with a gorgeous little design on it. The particular one I have is 70g of Steamcream in the Brugge Limited Edition by Mako Kikkawa tin. Another detail of the packaging I find ingenious is that the lid is actually a screw lid rather that one you just push on, this means I can take the product anywhere and not worry about it spilling in my handbag. Plus you can reuse the tins for storing ‘things’ when the Steamcream is finished.

The cream itself is a multipurpose moisturizer, handmade in the UK and Japan using all natural and fresh ingredients, it is suitable for daily use on face, body and hands. The product is a standard looking white cream, its texture is uncannily similar to the Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre‘s (if any of you have tried it). The cream applies very nicely and sinks into the skin extremely well, leaving it feel soothed, moisturized and soft to the touch. Steamcream has a very herbal scent, I can smell lavender (lavender oil is one of the ingredients) which I’m not generally too keen on, though I don’t mind it in this cream.

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I’ve mentioned (earlier in this article) that I’ve been enjoying using it all day yesterday so you would have guessed by now that I am very pleased with this product. I like the packaging, I like the texture, I like how the product performs, and though I’ve only been using for a day, I am already looking forward to picking out my next tin.

If you are still looking for Christmas presents and/or stocking fillers, consider one of these festive tin designs? Available here.

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And of course, many more designs are available here.

I think this is my favourite YOU Advent Beauty Calendar product so far.

Juliette