Showing posts with label Beauty Box. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Beauty Box. Show all posts

Monday, 29 May 2017

Glowwbox | May 2017

This month have teamed up with for a limited edition box including several products from the Coconut & Monoi collection. I've featured Glowwbox a number of times on my blog before but for any new readers, Glowwbox is a monthly beauty box subscription service (£15 + P&P)* aimed at women with darker skintones.

Inside the May edition I received the (£7.95/225g), (£8.95/266ml), (£9.50/118ml), (£9.50/340g) - all full size - and 2 sample packets of the (full size £9.50/340g). In the Glowwbox magazine included with every box it mentions 6 products inside the box so there may also be a sample of the (full size £9.50/266ml).

As the temperature heats up our hair can get drier so this month's box aims to quench our thirsty strands. Each product is stated to be loaded with moisture, containing ingredients like Coconut Oil, Monoi Oil and active botanicals to keep dryness at bay. I've only had the box for a few days so I've definitely not had enough time to fully review these products. So far I've only tried the Coconut Milk Nourishing Shampoo, Coconut Milk Leave-In Nourisher and Curl Defining Gelée once. The shampoo is sulfate-free and cleansed my hair without leaving it dry. The Leave-In gave my hair a moisture-boost without weighing it down and the Gelée defined my hair well but I found it didn't mix well when used with other brands/products I have already. As I'm still experimenting with these products I'll review them fully at a later stage.

You do get quite a lot of products for the subscription price so if this is something you're interested in you can grab this box until the end of May from

*sample - read my disclaimer .

Have you tried a beauty box subscription?

Christine Stewart x

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Monday, 27 February 2017

TreasureTress | February 2017

I'm no stranger to beauty boxes though I haven't tried anything specifically curated for naturally curly and kinky before. Cue TreasureTress, a UK-based monthly subscription box, unique in that they provide 3 different boxes each month for young children, teens and adults (Mini Me, Tween and Qween) all priced at £20 + P&P.* You simply pick a box according to your age and the idea is that both mothers and daughters can try out a range of new hair products tailored towards their hair. 

I received this month's Qween box which contains Palmer's products mostly from the Manuka Flower Honey range which I've not tried before. Inside was the Manuka Flower Honey Strengthening Shampoo (£6.99/350ml), Manuka Flower Honey Nourishing Conditioner (£6.99/350ml), Manuka Flower Honey Protein Pack Deep Conditioner x2 (£2.99/60g), Manuka Flower Honey Leave-In Spray (£5.99/250ml), Manuka Flower Honey Leave-In Cream (£6.99/190ml), the Olive Oil Conditioning Spray Oil (£4.69/150ml) and a useful card containing information about the products and a few tips.

With all beauty boxes the main selling point is that you can try something new for a snip of the usual RRP and you do get quite a lot of products in this box. This is really ideal for those who haven't quite found the right products for their hair yet. The subscription cost is worth it providing you like the products inside and where most beauty boxes fall down is that you don't actually know what's in the box until it arrives. Currently you need to have started your TreasureTress subscription before the 5th of each month to receive that month's box and there's no hints about what might be inside. I think it's quite a lot of products to receive each month too but it is handy to have full size products so you can really get an idea on whether you like them. The subscription can be cancelled at any time too and there is the option to skip the next month when you open an account.

I've had these products for almost two weeks but I usually like to spend a couple of months using hair products to really get a feel for them so I won't be reviewing these in detail here. As you can guess from the name, the Manuka Flower Honey products all contain Manuka Flower Honey as well as Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter and Amla Oil. The products are also formulated without sulfates, parabens, phthalates and dyes and are stated to be for all natural hair textures. The products are scented, and whilst I don't love the scent, thankfully it isn't too overpowering. 

So far the standouts at the moment are the Nourishing Conditioner and the Leave-In Conditioner Spray. Both leave my curls feeling really soft and hydrated and I'd buy the conditioner to use as co-wash. The Leave-In Conditioning Cream I had less success with. It's really thick and, whilst I followed the instructions which suggest applying to clean dry hair, my hair didn't really absorb the product - it just kind of sat on top and made it feel a little sticky. I tried it again the next day but this time with my hair still wet first and the product seemed to work better but I have other hair creams which I'd reach for over this. I haven't yet tried the Protein Packs or Shampoo. The Olive Oil Spray works great for added shine but I don't tend to use these types of products often when styling as I only really use oils or oil-based products when I'm conditioning.

Overall this month's Treasure Tress box was a great introduction to Palmer's haircare products and as someone who's tried a lot of products before it was great to experiment with a brand I'm not familiar with already. I'll continue to use the products to see how they work for me over the next couple of months.

If you're interested in subscribing check out the TreasureTress website

*sample - read my disclaimer here.

Have you tried TreasureTress?

Christine Stewart x

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Monday, 23 January 2017

Look Fantastic Beauty Box | Jan 2017

To usher in the new year this month's beauty box from Look Fantastic is all about refreshing your beauty routine and it's fair to say that it's always in January I get the itch to try something new.

Inside January's box are 6 products - (left to right) (£12),  (full size £14/200ml),  (£15.96),  (full size £30/236ml),  (£17.95) and  (£8)*.

I haven't tried any of the products before but I am familiar with a few of the brands included. Of the 6 products the Pixi Brow Tamer and Briogeo Don't Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask peaked my interested most. I've been trying to not be so obsessed with filling my brows in everyday but I struggle to leave them bare so I've relying on clear gels like the Pixi Brow Tamer. It's not really noticeable on the skin - as you can't really see or feel it - but it holds really well and lasts. I haven't tried the Briogeo Mask yet (as I'm saving it for when my ends undoubtedly feel really dry when I'm on holiday in colder temperatures next week) but it's made with various natural oils and flower extracts like Avocado and Argan Oil and Marigold extract. The tube is only 29ml so I'd definitely need to try the full size to get an idea of how well this works for my hair but I've already tried and love the Briogeo Rosarco Repair Conditioner (see here) which has similar ingredients.

Highlighting is now an essential part of my makeup routine - even when I'm skipping foundation - so it was hard not to be intrigued by Trifle Cosmetics Liquid Glow. It's a pink-toned illuminator formulated with Cocoa Butter to give the skin a glittery flush of colour. It's not something I'd ordinarily go for as I prefer warmer-toned highlighters but it looks beautiful dabbed onto bare cheekbones as it can kind of double as a blush.

I've been a bit obsessed with using astringents after cleansing lately in an attempt to curb breakouts so I had every intention of using the Nuxe Nuxellence Éclat Lotion Tonique Douce regularly to see if it was worth purchasing - that was until I managed to drop half of it on the floor when I first opened it! I lost a lot of product so whilst I have been using it most nights I'm now almost finished. It leaves my skin feeling really soft and it's quite gentle but it's hard to tell at this point whether it's something I need in my skincare routine.

I haven't used the Jelly Pong Pong Fairy Lashes Mascara or The Vintage Cosmetic Company Rose Gold Tweezers yet, mostly as I have other products which do the same job, but it's great that there's been a real mix of products in this month's box.

As ever you can get this box from .

*samples - read my disclaimer .

Do you subscribe to any beauty boxes? 

Christine Stewart x

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Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Look Fantastic Beauty Box | Dec 2016

With every new month comes the Look Fantastic Beauty box and of course this month's edition features products to keep you looking gorgeous throughout the party season.

Inside this box are 6 producs -  (full size £32),  (£4.99) and  (£? $13)*, Balance Me Pure Skin Face Wash (full size £16), (£3) and  (£17).

This may be my favourite Look Fantastic beauty box yet, mostly as I'm familiar with a couple of the products inside. I've already gushed about the Illamasqua Hydra Veil Primer here and here but in short this provides an ultra-moisturising base ready for foundation. My makeup always looks so smooth with this applied first and the colder temperatures has already started making my skin dry so I know I'll be reaching for this often. This mini version is the perfect size for a weekend away I have planned for New Year's Eve too.

I'll also be taking the Philip Kingsley Elasticizer away with me and this was THE pre shampoo treatment I always relied on when my hair was relaxed. Actually most of the time I used it post-shampoo and I also had the 'extreme' version ideal for afro hair. It's pricey but if your hair is dry or damaged the elasticizer really helps it bounce back.

You can never go wrong with a red lipstick this time of year so the Mellow Cosmetics Lipstick in Madness - a ruby red - is a nice touch. The formula is matte but is still quite moisturising so it feels comfortable on the lips. It seems fairly long-wearing too so it goes the distance. I couldn't find this brand available on Look Fantastic currently hence the confusion on how much this retails for in the UK but it's designed and tested (cruelty-free) in New Zealand and the brand's website ships internationally.

I very rarely have a bath (I'm more of a shower person) but the fragrance of the Bubble T Bath Bomb is beautiful. The brand describes it as a 'wild strawberry fragrance' and it's infused with sweet orange essential oil and Goji Berry. Simply drop into running water and allow to steep whilst you bathe.

The August edition of Look Fantastic's Beauty Box featured a Balance Me Congested Skin Serum and I've been so impressed with it I've just purchased the full size (see ). I haven't tried the Pure Skin Face Wash yet, but like the serum, it's ideal for blemish-prone skin and contains grapefruit oil to gently cleanse and brighten the skin. There's also the Skin Republic Face Mask which contains a blend of Witch Hazel, Vitamin E and CoQ10 (which is found naturally within cells in the body and functions like an anti-oxidant). I'm a massive fan of sheet masks so I'll give this a try at some point soon.

You can get this month's edition from the website. 

*samples - read my disclaimer .

Have you tried a beauty box? Which is your favourite?

Christine Stewart x

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Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Look Fantastic Beauty Box | Oct 2016

Last month's Look Fantastic Beauty Box was the pamper edition. I had every intention of getting to the items in the box but so far I've only been able to test out a couple. This post is up a little later than I expected as October seemed to slip by!

Inside is Oskia Manchester Renaissance Mask (full size £49.50), Mio Liquid Yoga Restorative Bath Soak (full size £26), Alterna Caviar Moisture Intense Treatment (full size £26.95), Polaar The Genuine Lapland Cream (regular size £7.26), Murad Intensize-C Radiance Peel (full size £49.50) and Laura Geller Pout Perfection Waterproof Lip Liner in Cabernet, Claret or Mauve (£14)*

I've been focusing more skincare recently (after a bad breakout last month) so welcomed the two intensive treatments from Oskia and Murad. Both are pretty pricey so it'll be great to see if these are worth the extra investment. So far I've only used the Oskia Renaissance Mask (once). I've never used a mask like it, the consistency is quite thick. A little is massaged into the skin for a few seconds to 'activate' the formula's blend of fruit acids, enzymes and AHA's and you leave it on for 10-20 minutes. I only left it on for 10 minutes and my skin was incredibly smooth after using though I haven't seen any visible differences yet. I'd definitely need to give this a few more tries to see if it's a winner for my skin. The Murad product seems very similar to other masks I've tried (and loved) in the past so fingers crossed this a winner too.

I always love trying lip products so I couldn't help applying some of the Polaar lip balm as soon as I got this box. It makes my lips feel soft and it's free of parabens, fragrance and colour so this is one for anyone with sensitive lips. I haven't tried the Laura Geller Lip Liner yet mostly as I never use a liner but I'll give this a whirl at some point. I also haven't tried the Mio Liquid Yoga bath soak either as baths are something I rarely have currently. This product has such a strong scent of Lavender, I can imagine this would make for a relaxing soak before bed!

The Alterna Caviar Moisture Intense Treatment is basically my ideal product. It's a pre-shampoo treatment designed to boost moisture in very dry coarse hair. The sample here is 25ml so I've only applied this to my ends to see how it works. My hair does feel a lot softer afterwards but it's tricky to tell having only applied such a small amount. The full size is a bit pricey for me as I know it wouldn't last long but this could be a good product for those of you with less dense or shorter hair.

As usual if you're interested in the Look Fantastic beauty boxes you can grab them from their website 

*samples - read my disclaimer .

Have you tried a beauty box?

Christine Stewart x

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Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Look Fantastic Beauty Box | Sep 2016

It's that time again as another month of 2016 is down already! For September's edition Look Fantastic are celebrating two years since the launch of their beauty box and inside are items geared towards getting into the 'party spirit'.

(left to right clockwise) in Get Ready (full size £17), (full size £28),  Strobing Pencil in #1153 (full size £?), Lemon + Sage Body Butter (£20.50),  (£36), (full size £70)*

I've not had a chance to really get to grips with this box yet but I love the range of products included. A lot of items are quite pricey and aren't what I would normally go for so it's great to give them a try. My favourite here already is of course the bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick (you all know by now how much I love a lip product). The lipstick is a beautiful pink that would flatter a range of skintones and is well pigmented too. The sample is so tiny that this is great for carrying on-the-go, especially if you're lacking space in your handbag!

The Lord & Berry Strobing Stick makes adding highlight to small areas like a cupid's bow and inner corner of the eyes a dream as it's a pencil. It blends beautifully and gives a natural-looking highlight. This is definitely something I would buy to use alongside my other highlighters (as it's better for details rather than applying to larger areas of the skin) but I couldn't find this on the Look Fantastic or Lord & Berry websites. It might be a new product coming soon so I'll have to keep an eye out for it.

I did try the Gatineau Eye pads but I couldn't apply them for the full 10 minutes suggested as I felt a slight stinging sensation on the skin. I'm not sure if that's normal (as it didn't hurt) or if it was a reaction to the cleanser I had just used (which has glycolic acid in) before applying but either way I decided that it was best to remove them.

I haven't tried the rest of the products here yet but I know the travel-sized Christophe Robin shampoo, Argan Liquid Gold Multi-Tone BB Cream and Bliss Lemon + Sage Body butter will come in handy for weekends away from home. I thought the Argan Liquid Gold BB cream would be too light for me initially (see swatch below) but it's intended to be for all skintones. I blended the swatch into my arm and the colour disappeared without leaving an ashy cast so it'll be interesting to see how well this works on my face.

(left to right) Lord & Berry Strobing Pencil in #1153, bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie in Get Ready & Argan Liquid Gold BB Cream

As ever if you're interested in this box you can grab it from Look Fantastic for £15 

*samples - read my disclaimer .

Have you tried a beauty box?

Christine Stewart x

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Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Look Fantastic Beauty Box | Aug 2016

This month Look Fantastic have curated a selection of their favourite British brands for their August beauty box. Most of the brands here I've tried in some capacity before and loved so this box was a winner for me. Inside is (£24/60ml), (£52/25ml), (£15/100ml), (£18/75ml), (£16/15ml), (£4.75/10ml).

The stand outs for me are the Bloom and Blossom Facial Spritz and Ren Flash Defence Anti-Pollution Mist as I've become a little obsessed with face mists lately. They are admittedly a bit gimmicky but the more hydrated my skin is the better it seems to look, so I love that both of these sprays are small and easy to carry for a quick moisture boost on the go. Just close your eyes and spray away - they work over moisturiser and makeup. The Bloom and Blossom spritz is made with Aloe Vera and Lime Oil whereas the REN mist contains ingredients like manganese Amino Acids which aim to protect the skin from harsh environments.

Another favourite is the Bee Good Vanilla & Honey Lip Balm. You all know I love a lip product and this balm smells so good. The ingredients are winners too as it's also made with Beeswax, Cocoa Butter and Shea Butter as well as vanilla and honey. This definitely another handbag hero.

I always slack when it comes to eye creams, I have so many but I always forget to apply them regularly. As someone who never gets enough sleep I could definitely do with having a solid approach to soothing my under eye area to minimise any baggies. The Renu Lip & Eye Active Lift claims to stimulate collagen and firm the thinner skin around the eyes and lips. The full size is pretty pricey so I naturally have big expectations for this sample. Lets see if I can stick to applying this regularly to improve my dark circles.

Percy & Reed is a brand I've used a few times before when my hair was relaxed (straight) a few years ago. I used to apply the wonder balm on damp hair to soften without weighing down my strands before blowdrying and straightening. I'll give this a whirl at some point on my curls but my hair needs a lot of product so this sample is probably more suited to those with (less dense) straight or short hair.

Last but not least is the Balance Me Congested Skin Serum which aims to zap away spots with natural antibacterial ingredients like aloe vera and lemon. The ingredients list is pretty impressive so I'm pinning high hopes on this product to calm my spot-prone skin. If it works I'll definitely be grabbing the full size.

You can get this edition from Look Fantastic  

*samples - read my disclaimer .

Have you tried a beauty box before?

Christine Stewart x

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Sunday, 31 July 2016

The Bloggers Hangout | Must Haves Box

sent over their 'must-haves' box for this month and it was rammed full of beauty and lifestyle products. There was so much in fact a lot had to be sent over separately by some of the brands involved. Due to the sheer amount of product included (45 items to be exact) I knew I wouldn't be able to test all of these and review them here before the end of the month, especially as a lot of the products are skincare products. I prefer to not overload my skin with too much at once (as it can be hard to tell what's working and what's not) so instead I've picked out and starting experimenting with a few products which really stood out to me.

Products were included from a massive variety of brands like Inlight, Dr PawPaw, Ruby Cosmetics, Tints of Nature, Nu Skin, Realine Beauty, Epoch, Greenfrog Botanic, and Neek to name a few.* Of those brands I had only heard of Inlight before, after already using samples of their chocolate and super-food masks which were received in another beauty box (see and ). The super-food mask is definitely a pricey product but it has such an impressive ingredients list and is packed with natural oils and extracts. I already know it makes my skin feel softer so I'll be using this mask weekly until it runs out.


I swapped out some of my usual skincare items for the Yours Truly Organics products included here which are the Take it Away! Gel Cleanser, Balancing Toner, Fix Me! Repairing Serum and Face Base Face Balm. As you'd expect from the name the products include organic ingredients and have a natural scent. I've only had them a week so I'm only really just getting a feel for how they work for my skin. So far, so good and the gel cleanser leaves my skin so smooth it's my favourite of the bunch.

(£22), (£19), (£28) & (£25)

Dr Paw Paw's balms for dry skin are a firm favourite already. 3 versions of their multi-use balms were included - the Original Balm, Tinted Ultimate Red Balm and Tinted Peach Pink Balm. These are my ideal product for softening chapped, dry lips but you can use them on most areas of dry skin. The balms are made with Papaya (fermented paw paw which is rich in antioxidants) and Aloe Vera. The texture is like a gel but it feels light on the lips. I swapped out my Dr. Lipp balm (see ) for these as they're really similar in terms consistency. The Dr Paw Paw products have much better ingredients however, are over half the price and you get a much bigger tube too. These are definitely something I'd purchase, especially the tinted balms. Confusingly PapayaGold Paw Paw moisturising balm was also included in this box which, from what I can tell, is an entirely different brand but a similar product. It's also made with Papaya but has a thicker consistency and includes manuka honey. 

, Tinted Peach Balm, Tinted Ultimate Red Balm (£6.95 each)

Nu Skin is another brand which caught my eye though I haven't had the chance to try all of the products included yet apart from the whitening toothpaste. I was stunned to find out how much some of the products retail for, however the company website suggests the brand leads the way in anti-aging skincare. It will be interesting to see how well these work for me in the months to come. 

(£13.07), (£9.32), (£18.90), (£181.50)

I'm still testing out the other products included, so if there's anything specifically you've seen above and would like me to review in the coming months let me know in the comments!

*samples - read my disclaimer .

Have you tried any of these brands?

Christine Stewart x

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Sunday, 3 July 2016

Look Fantastic Beauty Box | July 2016

I haven't featured a beauty box on my blog since the end of last year and in all honesty it's because I felt like a lot of beauty box brands had lost their sparkle a little. Many included brands or products I had no interest in trying and I ended up with endless samples of products I was unlikely to ever buy. The latest edition from Look Fantastic is the most excited I've been about a beauty box recently. It features beauty tailored towards summer hair and skin. Inside July's edition is (from left to right) Mi Ti Professional Hair Tie 3pk (£4.95), Bellápierre Cosmetics Pink Cheek & Lip Stain (£12.99), Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Or (full size £19/50ml), Kebelo Silk Anti-Frizz Cream (full size £16.99/50ml), This Works In Transit Camera Close-up (full size £30/40ml) and Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil in 06 Deep (full size £18.50)*

Given that my hair tangles around itself and pretty much anything it comes into contact with you'd think I'd avoid products like the Mi Ti Professional Hair Ties and initially I did. Anything that says it's for all hair-types usually isn't but these telephone-cord shaped work so well on my hair whether it's curly or straight. These types of ties don't leave pronounced dents in the hair and give a good hold without the tension. I know where to get more now when I need a refill. 

I'm only familiar with Bellápierre Cosmetics thanks to beauty boxes and whilst I love the quality of their products I've not been enticed enough to buy anything from them yet. The Pink Cheek & Lip Stain is far more pigmented than I was expecting and gives a pretty pop of pink on my cheeks but it's no match for my darkly-toned lips. As a result I'm not sure how well this particular shade would work for darker skin.

I've seen the Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Or pop up on a few of my favourite blogs but I just couldn't find a real reason to buy it. It's a multi-purpose dry oil which you can use on your body, face or hair and it gives a really subtle but beautiful shimmer. It's a great product to have but more of a want than a need.

The Kebelo Silk Anti-Frizz Cream did de-frizz my dry ends well when applied after slightly dampening with water. The full-size product is just too tiny for me as I tend to get through so much product.

The beauty blogging community peaked my interest in This Works In Transit Camera Close-up a couple of years ago but I read a few mixed reviews. It's a 3-in-1 product, combining a mask, moisturiser and primer and it has Victoria Beckham's seal of approval. I haven't tried it yet but I do love the idea of simplified skincare.

I've been using (and loving) a couple of products from the newly launched brow collection from Benefit and the Goof Proof Brow Pencil is something I haven't tried yet. I'm not usually a fan of brow pencils but it's a quick way to fill in any sparse areas so I'm sure this sample-sized version will see a lot of use.

Overall I really liked this box mostly as there were a few products here which I've wanted to try for some time. This box is available for £15 for a monthly subscription which is worth it providing you're interested in the brands/products included. I still think beauty box brands in general need to offer more options for customisation as it is so hard to make a box which will appeal to everyone but I really loved this edition. 

You can get this month's box and the products inside from Look Fantastic 

*sample - read my disclaimer .

Have you tried a beauty box before?

Christine Stewart x

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Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Glowwbox November 2015 | KeraCare Edition [Video]

I've reviewed a few  Editions (more ) but if you don't know already Glowwbox is a beauty box subscription service aimed at women with darker skin. A monthly subscription costs £15 + P&P* and usually contains at least 5 products. 

This month is a KeraCare Limited Edition. As I've reviewed quite a few KeraCare products already () I decided to switch it up today with an 'unboxing' video instead of my usual blog post.

Whenever I do any reviews of KeraCare products the impression I get from a lot of readers is that they would like to try the brand but find the individual products expensive. This box is perfect for anyone seeking to try some of the products at a significantly lower cost.

Glowwbox have also provided discount code for my readers so you can get this box for £9.95 until 30th November. All you need to do is enter FRESHL at the checkout. See the below video for what's inside.

The Video:

*sample - read my disclaimer .

Have you tried a subscription beauty box before?

Christine Stewart x

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Friday, 9 October 2015

Review | Latest In Beauty Get The Gloss Box

I love the idea of subscription beauty boxes but I've been looking for one that gives more freedom with allowing me to choose when I want to buy one and what's inside.  appears to deliver this perfectly. Their main appeal is their boxes are released seasonally or you can build your own out of their selection of products, without being tied into a subscription. The samples in each box allow you to get a feel for the brands and if you like them you can purchase the full-size products using exclusive offers included.  

Their latest box - the 'Get The Gloss Cult Collection' (£15.95 + delivery)* features 8 'hero' products handpicked by the beauty experts at . Included is (from left to right above) Gradual Tan In Shower Lotion, Fat Liquid Eyeliner,  Manchester Paint Pot in Mistress, Miracle Balm, Indigo Foot Cream & Pink O'Clock Hand & Cuticle Cream,  Pro Genius Rescue Oil and Youth Enhancing Lift & Brightening Eye Cream. I'm familiar with all of the brands but hadn't actually tried any of these products before. 

My favourite product is the Dr Lipp Miracle Balm. It treats dry, rough and sore skin and has so many uses. You can apply it for priming the lips before lipstick, adding shine to your cheeks, taming your brows, softening dry elbows and cuticles, the list is endless! It's colourless, odourless and tasteless so really is the perfect versatile product. It retails for £12 which is 6 times the amount I'd usually pay for a balm but I'm actually pretty sold on this product already. I'm stashing it in my handbag for the foreseeable future. 

I also love the Ciate Manchester nail polish in a classic red tone and the Eyeko Fat Liquid Eye Liner. These are similar to some of my staple beauty products. The Ciate polish is such a flattering shade of red and I think it can work for anyone. I have few Eyeko liners but haven't tried the 'fat' version. The thickness of the liner makes it much easier than I thought to get the perfect flick or graphic effect. 

My skincare collection is lacking in any eye creams so I was excited to try the Bee Good Youth Enhancing Eye Cream. I really don't get enough sleep leaving me to often look quite tired with dark circles and I was hoping for a brightening effect. I've only used the cream a couple of times and I haven't noticed a difference yet but I probably need to give it a little more time. Products which I have noticed a difference from instantly however are the Prismologie hand and foot creams. They smell amazing and with one use my skin feels baby soft. The full size products are definitely too pricey for me at £30 a pop so I'll just have to enjoy these whilst they last. 

Even though I have oily skin, I love facial oils but recently I've neglected to use any completely. The Nude Skincare Pro Genius Rescue Oil boasts a blend of so many awesome oils in the ingredients that I'm not surprised this is considered a hero product. I haven't used this yet but applying a few drops to the skin is stated to leave it nourished and glowing. I also have yet to experiment with the St. Tropez Gradual Tan In Shower Lotion. Tanning is something I rarely do especially as I've always found application awkward or too much work. I love that this product can be applied on wet skin and after 3 minutes you can rinse it off. I'll be giving this product a try when my legs eventually see daylight as they're looking a little pale! 

You can get this box from the website now and if you're interested you can get it delivered free with the code GTG2015 until 11th October. 

*Sample. See my disclaimer .

Have you tried a beauty box before?

Christine Stewart x

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Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Glowwbox | August 2015

Glowwbox posts have been frequenting my blog since December 2014 but in case you didn't know is a beauty subscription service (£15 + P&P per month) aimed at women with darker skin. This month's Glowwbox is the 'USA All Stars' Edition* and includes some of the American brands us Brits are crazy about.

There's 6 products inside in total, 4 of which are full-size: Argan Oil & Shea Butter Shampoo (£6.99/385ml), OGX Argan Oil & Shea Butter Conditioner (£6.99/385ml), PhotoReady Primer, Shadow + Sparkle (£8.99), Revlon Nail Enamel in Perfect Coral (£6/14.7ml), Leave-In Conditioner (full size £16.99/300ml) and  Hydrience Argan Moisture Replenishing Mist (full size 118ml). This post is more of a 'what's inside' than a review but this is the first time I've received a Glowwbox and been familiar with every brand included. 

OGX has a massive range of hair products and I've tried a few but not the Argan Oil & Shea Butter range before. Both of these products smell beautiful. The shampoo doesn't strip my hair and the conditioner leaves my strands feeling very soft and silky. I tend to prefer using deep conditioners to keep my strands hydrated so I'll probably use this conditioner to co-wash. I may even try this as a pre shampoo treatment to detangle my hair before washing as it gives it a nice amount of slip.

I love using leave-in conditioners post-wash so the Mixed Chicks Leave-In Conditioner is an interesting addition to this box. The full-size product is pretty pricey so it's good to see a decent sized sample included. It's been several years since I last tried Mixed Chicks products and coincidentally I was sent a few by the company last week (but I'll save the details for another post when I've had time to fully try all of the products). The Design Essentials Mist is my kind of product. It smells deliciously fruity and gives the hair a moisture boost whilst leaving it feeling really smooth. The texture of the product is slightly oily but it's still quite light. 

I love the quality and affordability of Revlon products and the PhotoReady Palette and Nail Enamel are no exception. They're not colours I would ordinarily pick but the coral-toned nail polish is a gorgeous summer shade and I'd love to try a khaki eye makeup look using the palette similar to one.

This Glowwbox is on sale now. If you're interested you can get your first Glowwbox for £5.95 using link and checkout code: FRESHL (the offer is only available until 31st August).

*sample - all of the products in this box were provided courtesy of Glowwbox. See my disclaimer .

Have you tried a Beauty Box Subscription service?

Christine Stewart x

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Monday, 29 June 2015

Glowwbox | June 2015

With Summer officially here the June Glowwbox* features 6 beauty products to help keep our hair, skin and makeup in check during this beautiful season. I've written a few Glowwbox posts before but in case you didn't know Glowwbox is a beauty subscription service (£15 + P&P per month) made with women with darker skin in mind. Each box also comes with a mini magazine - Gloww - and in this month's edition I share a few tips on how I care for my hair during a typical British Summer.

I've not had as much time as I'd like to get acquainted with this box (let's just say it's been a busy few weeks) so this is more of a 'what's inside' post than a review. Of the 6 products included, 3 are full size - Velvet Finish Primer (£18) Colour Splurge eye colour in Dusky Glow (£6.95) and Colour Splurge Patent Lips in Orange Blaze (£8.95). The other 3 are sample sizes - White Clay and Ginseng (full size £25), Moroccan Argan Oil (full size £14.99) and  Argan & Bergamot Organic Treatment Oil (full size £38).

I'm always struck by the quality of the products included in every Glowwbox and the recommended retail price of Mehron Primer covers the cost of the whole box so it's really great value for money. My combination skin makes it difficult for my makeup to last, especially in the warmer summer months, so a primer is something I end up relying on daily. The Mehron Velvet Finish Primer is oil-absorbing which means it should help makeup stay put. It contains a 'Vitamin C Complex', Aloe Vera extract and Vitamin E which supposedly smoothes and evens out the skin's texture. I look forward to putting this to the test during the next few months.

I love using oils on my hair and skin so I was quite excited to see two different brands of treatment oils included this month. The Silvertree Moroccan Argan Oil can be used on the skin and tresses but the ingredients are really similar to a few hair products I have. It smells awesome and the silicone content helps tame frizz so it's a great finishing touch. The Lucy Annabella Argan & Bergamot Organic Treatment Oil however contains a blend of 9 100% organic oils, including lemon, lavendar, sesame and avocado oil. This is the kind of product I'd rely on for daily use all over my body, especially post-shower on dry areas such as my knees and elbows.

Also inside this month are two Black Opal products, the Colour Splurge Eye Colour in Dusky Glow and the Colour Splurge Patent Lips in Orange Blaze. It's the first time I've tried anything by the brand so it's good to be introduced to something new. The eyeshadow compact features two bronzed neutral shades, which are my favourite tones to wear. The lip colour however is brighter than what I'm used to, but it's an undeniably beautiful shimmery red-orange tone and very pigmented.

Face masks have become my go-to for an instant 'pick-me-up' for my skin. The ClaySpray White Clay and Ginseng Mineral Treatment Masque claims to brighten and tighten skin. I'm hoping to make a little time at the end of the week to really indulge in pampering myself with this. The size of the sachet is quite small, but it should be enough for two uses which is a nice taster into a brand I'm not familiar with.

This Glowwbox is on sale until Saturday 4th July. You can get yours .

*Sample. See my disclaimer here.

Have you tried Glowwbox or another Beauty Box Subscription service? 

Christine Stewart x

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Review | Glowwbox April 2015

As a chocolate obsessive I was pretty excited about April's Glowwbox* aptly named the 'Cocoa Affair Edition'. Glowwbox is a beauty subscription service (£15 + P&P per month) aimed at women with darker skin. As it's the month of Easter and Spring, many of the products in this edition are rich in cocoa or are perfectly suited to the season. 

Inside my box was Mocha Orange Hand Cream (£7),  Nail polish in Sharp Rose (£6.95),  Cocoa Butter Formula Magic Foot Scrub (£4.99),  Cosmetics Glam Shadow Stick in Divine Amber (£4.50), Chocolate Face Mask (full size £45) and  Luxury Eye Shadow in Tiger Eye (£12.50). Most of the products were full size apart from the Inlight face mask.

Out of the Glowwboxes I've had so far this is probably my second favourite, mostly as the makeup products are similar to items would buy for myself. I don't wear much eyeshadow, but when I do I'm always drawn to neutral or gold tones. The NYX Glam Shadow Stick is a gorgeous gold shade but it's not overpowering on the skin. It's a creamy texture so it glides on and is easy to blend. I haven't tried the IMAN Eyeshadow yet but swatched the colour to get an idea of pigmentation and it's a really pretty metallic brown. I sense I'll be relying on this shadow to create a subtle smoky eye looks. The Benecos nail polish in Sharp Rose is a pale shimmery pink. It's exactly the kind of colour I reserve for my toes and I've already given myself a pedicure with this shade.

My skin has been so dry even with the (slightly) warmer weather so the Figs & Rouge Mocha Orange Hand Cream is now taking up residence in my handbag. It has a light fruity scent and smells more like orange than chocolate. It keeps my hands moisturised without leaving my hands too oily. My feet have been hidden in heeled boots for months and with sandal season around the corner I was definitely in need of a treatment like Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Magic Foot Scrub. Though a self-confessed chocolate fanatic, I'm not a huge fan of Palmers products as I don't really like the scent. As this is a scrub the scent doesn't linger too much and I love that it makes my feet so smooth.

Last month's Glowwbox reminded me to take out some time to pamper myself, so once a week I've been applying a face mask. I love the INLIGHT Chocolate Face Mask, mostly as the ingredients are totally natural. The mask itself smells so delicious it was a shame I could only put it on my face! Only two samples of the Chocolate Face Mask were included and this product is pretty pricey to buy. Luckily one sample is enough for 3 uses as a little goes a long way. I haven't seen a huge change in my skin after use, though it does feel very soft and looks slightly less dull.

The Cocoa Affair is available on the  website until 1st May 2015 
You can read my other posts on Glowwbox editions by clicking the below links:

*sample - All of the products in this box were provided courtesy of Glowwbox. See my disclaimer .

Have you tried Glowwbox or another Beauty Box Subscription service?

Christine Stewart x

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Sunday, 29 March 2015

Review | Glowwbox March 2015

I've been feeling pretty rough the past week, so the March * which is all about pampering couldn't come at a better time.

I've posted a couple of times about Glowwbox already, but for anyone that's new to my blog, Glowwbox is a beauty subscription service for women of colour. It costs £15 per month + P&P and the company's aim is to make beauty shopping for women with darker skintones easier. As well as a subscription service they also have a beauty boutique and a  about common makeup mistakes.

Inside my Glowwbox this month was 6 products, 2 were full size - Glowing Body Oil (full size £37/100ml), Mint Pore Refining Moisturising Fluid (full Size £10.90/30ml), Facial Puff Sponge (£7.99),  Vitality Mask (full size £42/75ml), Daily Damage Defence Extreme (full size £15/125ml) and  Soap (£5.90).

I thought I'd round up my favourite products here rather than talk about everything included. I love the Nablus Soap in Soft Honey and Konjac Sponge, which I've been using together. I've been using more natural products to cleanse my skin recently, especially my face, as this has definitely helped ease my monthly breakouts. The Konjac Sponge is made of natural vegetable fibres and you can use it alone or with a little product to really cleanse the skin. The original Konjac Sponge was included here but The Konjac Sponge Company have a few variations of their sponge, including one made with bamboo charcoal made specifically for spot prone and oily skin. The sponge can last from 2-3 months so when it needs replacing I'll probably pick up the charcoal version. I already have a cleanser I love () so I reach for the Nablus Soap when I want to switch it up. All Nablus Soaps are made with Extra Virgin Olive Oil this version is also made with honey and Coconut Oil which leaves my skin hydrated after use.

Another product I love from this month's Glowwbox is the Philip Kingsley Daily Damage Defence Extreme. I've always had good experiences with Philip Kingsley products but I've never tried this before. It's a leave-in conditioning spray which protects against heat damage. It's made with over-processed, porous and Afro-Caribbean hair-types in mind. My hair is braided up at the moment and I rarely use heat anyway so my wig, which I use heat on almost daily, is benefiting from having this product amongst my haircare arsenal.

As with all of the Glowwbox Editions I've had so far the products included are always high quality. The March Pure Pampering Edition definitely feels indulgent and it's been great to actually pamper myself recently. Weirdly, despite being a beauty blogger I rarely take much time out to apply a face mask or relax in the bath. So much emphasis tends to be put on my hair I can forget about the rest of my body! This month's Glowwbox has reminded me it's important to take time out to really pamper myself from head to toe.

The Pure Pampering Edition is available on the website until 3rd April 
*sample - All of the products in this box were provided courtesy of Glowwbox. See my disclaimer .

Have you tried Glowwbox or another Beauty Box Subscription service? 
Christine Stewart x

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Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Review | Glowwbox February 2015

I was excited to receive the February  'Handbag Heroes' Edition* this week. Glowwbox is a monthly beauty subscription service for women with darker skin tones. This is the second time I've tried one of their boxes (my review of the December 2014 'Party' Edition can be found ). There's quite a few subscription beauty boxes in circulation currently but I love the concept of Glowwbox in particular and it's one of the few that appeal to me. The subscription costs £15 per month plus £3.95 postage and packaging, which is a similar rate to some of the other beauty boxes available. So far my experience of Glowwbox has been positive and it’s introduced me to quite a few brands and products I haven't tried before.

Inside this box are 6 products, 5 of which are full size -  Natural Lipstick in Berry Violet or Brown Sugar (£11.95), Natural Mono Eyeshadow in Mokka (£3.95), Basis Sensitive Organic Lip Balm (£3.45), Nails in Red Royale (£2.99), Energising Hand and Nail Cream (full size 50ml £13) and Small Makeup Bag in Floral (£6).

I rely on on-the-go makeup (and a bag to carry it in). I’ll often be found perfecting by brows or adding a touch of rouge whilst on the commute to work as I'd rather get a few extra minutes in bed than spend it putting my face on. The floral Vintage Cosmetic Company makeup bag is a cute design and the size is good enough to hold most of the essentials without taking up all available space in your handbag.

I love lip products, so I was excited to try Lavera goodies inside February’s box. The lip balm contains a whole host of natural ingredients and it feels like a real treat for my lips. The natural lipstick in 'Berry Violet' is also a really beautiful colour. It's a grape purple that would suit a range of tones but would especially compliment darker skin. I'm not sure if it's just the one I have (as I've not tried this brand before) but I found the lipstick formula to be really stiff. Applying this straight from the bullet is difficult (as the texture sort of smears on the skin) though once it's on it won't budge, at all. The Benecos Eyeshadow shade is also purple, but a different tone to the lipstick. I'm not sure how often I’ll reach for this shade and I imagine I'll probably reserve it for when I'm looking to try something new. 

Hand cream is definitely an essential for most handbags but I rarely carry around cream anymore (I just pinch my friend's if I need any). As a result I can’t see myself paying £13 for the full size of the Primavera Hand & Nail Cream which is only 50ml anyway. I can see why it's on the pricey side though as the ingredients are pretty impressive and all natural. 

As this is the February Edition there was a Valentine's slant on the theme of the box and the red nail polish by Beautyuk was a nice touch. I love the colour which is a bright red with gold shimmer. I haven't tried it yet though so I'm not sure how good wear or coverage is.

As with the first Glowwbox I received I think the contents of the box are great value for money. The RRP of two products seems to equal the cost of the entire box which is always a plus (providing you like the products of course). This was the February Edition, but if you'd to get your hands on this box it's still available on the  website until the end of this week.

*sample. See my disclaimer .

Have you tried Glowwbox or other Beauty Box Subscriptions?

Christine Stewart x

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