Thursday, 18 December 2014

It's December, which naturally means Christmas themed beauty boxes. This year Glossybox have gone for a red, white and green theme. It has super cute green snowflakes all over the box and the tissue paper.

Inside the box I've got five products, which for once are a mixture of skincare, haircare, makeup and nail products! It's nice and refreshing to have a bit of a varied box. First up is the Renewal Hair & Scalp tonic by TRESemme (£5.50 here). I actually picked this up for my mother-in-law and she's a big fan. It's a great product if you suffer which an itchy scalp as it soothes the itch. Next in the box is a Cheek and Lip Stain from Bellapierre
 (£12.99 here) which is actually a cream texture! We've had lots of Bellapierre products in Glossybox in the past but they've all been powders. 

Next in the box is 'Zap! Zap! Zap! Gets That Chap' from Anatomicals (£3 here). In english this is a Day and Night Spot Stick. This is a dual ended stick which has two different spot fighting solutions. For the nails we have a polish from 'All That Jazz' (£9.98 here) it's red and it's glittery what else do you need for the festive season?! I've never used this brand before so I'm really excited to try it out. The last item in the box is the SKINPEP Hydra-Boost Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum (£8.99 here). We actually got some products from Skin PEP in the September box which I haven't tried them yet. This sounds fabulous and perfect for the winter time!

All in all, it's not a horrendous box, but I'm not sure if it's good enough to stop me unsubscribing. What are your thoughts?

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Teeez Flat Stiff Eyeshadow Brush

I got this little eyeshadow brush in a Glossybox not long ago and I've been meaning to try it out for ages! I remember seeing the box straight away, it was bold and colourful. I actually thought it was going to be a liquid eyeliner, so when it was an eyeshadow brush, I was pleasantly surprised.

The brush comes decorated with the same pattern which is on the box, which moves into a gold top with white bristles. The hairs on the brush are densely packed which allows you to really pack on the shadow. This means it is great for packing on the glitter for a festive look! It's fairly soft but I'd recommend using another brush for blending out the shadow as it's very stiff. Overall though it's really easy to use, and with it's bright packaging, you're certainly unlikely to lose it! 

I googled to find out a bit more about this brush, but weirdly it's pretty hard to find. I can't seem to find it anywhere in the UK to buy, which is a bit odd! Maybe it's a brand that is on it's way to the UK? If anyone knows more about the brand do let me know! 

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Don't you just love it when you find something fantastic in a beauty box? I picked this little eyeshadow out in a past You Beauty Discovery Box. This is the Wild About Beauty Eyeshadow in Alana, which is a gorgeous brown shade with some subtle shimmer.

I can quite openly say that I'm very much a palette girl, so single eyeshadows do not normally do it for me. However, there is something about this that I just love. The packaging is gorgeous, I love the purple colour scheme and the little bee embossed in the shadow is lovely. 

The pigmentation of this eyeshadow is really commendable! You barely have to touch your brush in the shadow and you get a full wash of colour. I've been wearing this in the crease and it's so easy to blend out! I just had to tell you all about this eyeshadow as I'm now a big fan! These shadows cost £13 and you can pick them up on the Wild About Beauty website (here). 

Monday, 15 December 2014

You guys seemed to really like my Ciatè roundup last week, where I showed you the contents of my advent calendar! So I'm back again with my roundup of week two! I won't waste time blabbering, lets just get stuck straight in to the contents shall we?

Day Eight: Big Yellow Taxi
Big Yellow Taxi is the bright yellow polish on the wheel. I know what you're thinking, a yellow nail polish? I definitely thought the same! I have no idea when I'm ever going to use this but it actually swatches really nicely. It needs a couple of coats though as it's a bit streaky in one coat.

Day Nine: Prima Ballerina 
Prime Ballerina is a bright pink loose glitter! I need to get some kind of brush or something to apply this with, I haven't tried it yet but I fear it might be messy!

Day Ten: Mineral Clarity
Now this is my favourite polish of the whole week! This is a gorgeous deep blue textured glitter. This looks so impressive when I swatched it, so I cannot wait to wear this as a full manicure. It reminds me of the Essie textured polishes which are some of my favourites.

Day Eleven: Strawberry Milkshake
Day eleven revealed Strawberry Milkshake, which looks exactly like it's name. It's formula is similar to 'Big Yellow Taxi' it's creamy and looks beautiful. It's quite streaky again so it needs a couple of coats! It's actually unlike colours I normally buy, so it's good to have one in my collection.

Day Twelve: Let It Snow
Let It Snow is another gorgeous glitter, but this one is holographic! It's absolutely beautiful and I cannot wait to get this on my nails! 

Day Thirteen: Silhouette
Silhouette is a deep burngandy shade which has some glitter running through it. It's like 'Toggle To The Top' by Essie, only with a lot less glitter. I thought this was going to be my favourite polish of the whole week. However, I actually used this polish on Saturday and it was a little disappointing. Although its a gorgeous colour, it look a lot of coats to get a full coverage and I got tip wear straight away! 

Day Fourteen: Unrestricted Glam
Last buy not least this week is Unrestricted Glam, which is apparently a glossy jet black. I will say that it's more grey in two coats, but maybe it gets darker with a third coat. It's a good basic shade to have, I don't own any black shades! 

So that concludes the contents for my second week of the Ciatè Mini Mani Manor. What is your favourite shade?

Sunday, 14 December 2014

There is something ever so handy about this cheek stick concept! It's definitely nothing new, but it's not yet something I've tried until I got my hands on this. The GOSH Giant Blush was released in the summer and ever since I'd been itching to try them! I cannot think of any products that I've tried from GOSH in the past, they are definitely a new brand for me. 

I have the shade 'Passion' which is a gorgeous deep pink, it's a lovely rose shade. You can probably see by the swatch that the formula of these is really creamy. They glide on to the skin with ease without dragging and blend out to a powder finish. They are really pigmented too, this swatch is just a light touch and you get a strong colour with ease. They do dry quite quickly though, so you need to be quick! 

I know that everyone applies these kinds of things differently. I've been applying a stripe of this to my cheeks and then blending out with my brushes. I've tried a few different ones, but I've found my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush to be the most successful. They leave a really strong colour on your cheeks, which is really dewy and pretty. Probably not a for you if you happen to be a fan of matte finishes. For me however, they are perfect, they will definitely be coming with me on my travels in January!

These are really affordable, they are only £6.99 and you can pick them up in Superdrug (here).

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Look Fantastic have held the 'Best Beauty Box' title since it's launch and they are still going strong this month. This box just does it for me, although sometimes I get an odd item that is a bit of a dud, it's normally pretty good! December is no exception, so I thought I'd share the contents with you!

First up we have the Macadamia Oil Infused Comb
I've always been interested by these combs so I'm excited to finally have one of these in my collection. The Macadamia Oil Infused Comb is a detangling comb which treats your hair with oil as you style. The comb itself is made of resin and the oil is distributed evenly inside. (£6 here

Next up is this super handy Lord & Berry Couture Kohl Kajal Eye Pencil
I tweeted not to long ago that I didn't have any basic black eyeliners and now they seem to be popping up everywhere. This is a travel friendly option, which claims silky, smooth and semi matte rich colour. It's gentle enough to use on the upper or inner lid, so I'll definitely be experimenting. By the looks of it people got a variety of different Lord and Berry items, some people got a full sized eyeliner and some have lipglosses. (£12 here)

Another makeup up item in the box is the Bourjois Intense Smokey Eyeshadow Trio
I love the look of this little trio! They colours are all purple hues which is perfect for me as I have green eyes. You get two eyeshadows and an eyeliner which is really handy! These retail for £7.99.

Moving onto skincare items now and we have the Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel
I've not tried this but it sounds amazing! It's a natural exfoliator packed with Papaya and Pineapple! You apply this to your face 20 minutes and then rinse it off to reveal a smooth and bright complexion. You get 15ml which is a pretty decent size for testing! (£29.50 for 50ml here

I've heard a lot about Ole Henriksen but I've never tried anything. So I'm super excited to have a sample of the Pure Truth Youth Activating Oil. This is a lightweight citrus scented oil which penetrates deeply to heal, nourish and hydrate! (£23.50 here)

Another skincare product is the Murad Essential C Cleanser. I love Murad products and they seem to crop up quite a lot in beauty boxes. The cleanser aims to improve moisture in your skin, soothes environmentally damaged skin and remove impurities. (The full sized bottle of this retails for £34 here)

There's a lifestyle item in the box too, which is the only item I'm not so keen on. This is the Pure Gold Collagen Drink. I actually got one of these in my You Beauty Discovery Box not too long ago and I haven't yet tried it! You pick these up in a box of ten and it's a ten day course. The drink is peach and passionfruit flavoured and it aims to improve your skins appearance from within! (£35.99 here

I'm really impressed with this box, Look Fantastic seem to pick things out that really interest me. Beauty boxes are so personal, so I'd love to know what you think of the product selection! The Look Fantastic boxes retail for £15 which includes free delivery. I think it's incredible value for what you tend to get inside! If you like the look of the Look Fantastic box, you can by them here.

Friday, 12 December 2014

Jingle Bells is a limited edition nail polish from Barry M for Christmas. I can never resist a glitter polish from Barry M at Christmas time. They are always fabulous and worth every penny! Jingle Bells is a clear nail polish with red and gold glitter specks. There are also some super cute stars which I love! It's the perfect combination of colour and style for Christmas time! I've layered this over a whole host of coloured bases and it looks fabulous! The polish is really easy to apply, the formula is fantastic (as always for Barry M) and it dries really quickly!

This polish is only £3.99, which is a really good price. It's exclusive to Superdrug, you can buy it online here. Even Santa approves! 

Thursday, 11 December 2014

On Monday night I was invited along to a Christmas celebration from La Roche-Posay. Where they also announced the launch of Serozinc. That’s right La Roche-Posay have finally decided to bring Serozinc to the UK! Serozinc is famous product amongst beauty bloggers and until now you had to hop over to France to get it!

Just in case you’ve missed the Serozinc hype in the past, I’ll give you a quick rundown. Serozinc is toner, which you spritz on your face. You use it after cleansing and before moisturising. Serozinc contains Zinc Sulphate and its designed to target signs of oily blemished skin. It aims to make your skin feel less greasy and also look mattified.

Serozinc launches in the UK on January 1st 2015, it’s exclusive to Escentual. If you want to get your hands on it you should join the wait list by clicking here.

Thanks to La Roche-Posay for having me on Monday, I had such a lovely evening and it was amazing to be a part of such an exciting event! I was kindly gifted with my own can of Serozinc, so I’m going to be testing it in the coming weeks! Expect a full review soon!

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