Sunday, 18 February 2018

Glossybox - February 2018


For some reason with this box the card lists more items than what you receive so I think it was a real pick 'n' mix situation but I have to say I'm really happy with the items I got and wouldv'e chosen the same products from the list had I had a choice - thumbs up for Glossybox getting it bang on yet again! Let's see what I got...


Ciate London Gelology Top Coat - RRP £6.00, £9.00 for the full size
This is such an adorable mini which I can't wait to try out. I love top coats which leave a gel finish to your nails as I find this helps them last the longest. This states it provides 10 days of high shine gloss which would just be fab!

Steve Laurant Nude Pop Lip Tint - RRP £17.00
This brand is popping up quite a bit in beauty boxes at the moment and I'm not complaining at all. The packaging of the products are beautiful and this lip tint is no exception. With a rose gold lid and a glass jar there's really not much to complain about. I've tried it on and the colour on me is more coral than nude but I still really like it. It did clump slightly on the dry bits of my lips but after buffing them down a bit it settled into a really nice shade. Can't say it felt over moisturising but at the moment my lips are really dry so maybe on a normal lip day this would be sufficient to keep them going.

Studio 10 Beauty Makeup Mist Glow-Plexion - RRP £14.00, £26.00 for the full size
I love a good setting mist and use one every day. Although on a daily basis I use the L'oreal one, my skin reacted the best to the MAC one and really improved with daily use of it. I'm hoping that this one will be much the same to the MAC one and bring some glow to my skin to help it look brighter and younger.

Icona Milano Emotion Allowed Mascara - RRP £15.00
I've already used this mascara once since getting my box and has to say I was impressed. Usually I like to let a mascara dry out a bit before using it as I really don't like the whole clumping together and 'spidery' look. However, this didn't clump lashes together too much and really did lengthen and hold the curl. It's also waterproof - hence the emotion allowed - and stuck around all day without the slightest hint of flaking or smudging.

Sleek Makeup Diving Eyeshadow Palette in Storm - RRP £8.99
I actually had this exact palette before so when I received this I dug out my old one. It had a cracked mirror and was extremely dirty and a couple of the eyeshadows were completely used. The fact I still had it however to me shows how much I liked the palette so I'm very happy to have a brand new clean one to replace it with. Sleek is also a drugstore makeup brand which I think is very under-rated and is great quality for it's price. If anyone was starting out in makeup I would 100% recommend checking out this brand and especially the eyeshadow palettes!

I think the item I'm most looking forward to using is the Ciate top coat but I'm also SO happy to have the new Sleek eyeshadow palette. If any of you have reviewed your own Glossyboxes or any beauty box subscriptions then feel free to leave a link below as I love reading about them!

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Iona x

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Sunday, 11 February 2018

Birchbox - February


For February's Birchbox we got ta choice of three themed boxes- 70's, 80's or 90's.  I'm not sure if it's obvious from the photo of my box above but I went for the 90's as it was the decade I grew up in. So let's see what I got in my box...


The Beauty Crop Eyeshadow Trio in 'Love You So Latte' - RRP £7
These three shades are all so useable and go together perfectly. Having all three in such a small compact makes it perfect to pop in your handbag for any touch ups. The real test for these will be how they blend together and how they last on the eyes.

ModelCo Green Concealer - RRP £14
When I first saw this I thought it was one of those lip crayons which look green and react with the ph levels on your lips to comes out your perfect shade. However, after reading the menu card I saw it was a concealer and was intrigued! It's used to help conceal redness so I'm actaully going to go this to a friend who says she already uses a green concealer as I don't feel it's something which I would necessary need myself.

Percy & Reed Quite Frankly Flawless Finishing Polish - RRP £10 for the full size
I've actually used this before and can't say I miss it much. From what I remember a little goes a long way and used too much will result in a greasy/over producted look which isn't what anyone wants!

Luseta Coconut Milk Hair Mask - RRP £32 for the full size
I've heard good things about this hair mask and can't wait to try it out. I love hair masks which you only need to leave on for around 5 minutes before washing off as that gets the job done there and then in the shower. I'm expecting this to leave my hair smooth and shiny so saving it for when my hair really needs a boost.

Laqa & Co B'Lighter - RRP £12 for the full size
I really like the packaging of this mini product and think it's a Summer must have. Having swatched it on my hand it's definitely strong on the shimmer but looks like if it's used sparingly it'd be perfect to add that holiday glow we all lust after but I for one already know I can't afford this year so very glad to have this little beauty to help me fake it. 

The more observant of you will notice that I actually got 6 items instead of 5 in this box. I'm not too sure what happened but I seem to have gained a little bonus product as there's no mention of the Arrow eyeliner anywhere. Having used Arrow before (hich I got in a previous Birchbox) I'm really excited to get to try another of they products and love the versatility of the two sided eyeliner. 

I've actually convinced one of my colleagues to start her Birchbox subscription again and she went for the 80's box so we could see the difference. It was slightly disappointing to see that we pretty much had the same products. I just had one different and she received a product which I got in a previous box instead. 

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Iona x

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Sunday, 4 February 2018

Neal's Yard Wild Rose Beauty Balm


I am now coming to the end of my Neal's Yard Wild Rose Beauty Balm mini so thought I would share my thoughts on this little all rounder. I see this balm to oil product as similar to Elizabeth Arden's 8 hour skin protector in that you can use it for many things such as burns, dry skin/lips etc. Except I have been using this mainly as my nighttime moisturiser (which I wouldn't the Elizabeth Arden) and absolutely love it.

My skin type is oily so using an oil product does put the fear into me but a little of this goes a long way and feels so comfortable on the skin. Using it at nighttime really helps me wake-up in the morning with fresh skin that feels like it's had a mini treatment over night and is ready to take on the day. 

I love the packaging of Neal's Yard product as the blue bottles/jars are so pretty and look so lovely on the bathroom shelf.

I may need to add this product to my wish list and the full size is a whooping £40 but I do feel that we all need to look after our skin so if a product really works for your skin then it's worth investing in...and this is really is worth it!

Let me know if you've given this a go or if you've tried any other Neal's Yard products. I've got a haul on my Youtube channel (click here if you want to watch it) from a couple of years ago with the other products I've tried but I'd love to hear about more so leave any links to your posts below.

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Saturday, 27 January 2018

Glossybox - January



I feel like I've been sayins this a lot recently but this month's Glossybox is definitely one of my favourites. I am genuinely so excited to try out every single one of the items and don't think there's one that I'm slightly disappointed with or feel I won't use. So, enough raving about the products...let me show you what I got!!


Boots Beauty Beneath Supplements - RRP £39.99
This is a full month supply which is so impressive! I find it hard to tell if supplements are working and feel like I won't be able to fully judge until after the full month is done but anything which claims to reduce wrinkles and give glory skin is worth a go.

Eyelyn Iona Cosmetics Green Tea Primer - RRP £22
Now I have never heard of this brand before as I know it would've stuck in my head since my name is in the title but I like the sound of this primer. It claims to not only help make-up stay in the right place for longer but also nourish your skin, reduce the appearance of fine lines and reduces the appearances of large pores. Everything you could possibly need in a primer.


Alicia Cream Blush - RRP £22
The fourth and final full sized product. I've tried this on the back of my hand and a little goes a long way. It's so smooth on the skin and blends beautifully! It seems to be a very natural blush colour for my skin tone so I know I'll get a lot of use from this.

Nail Medic Nail and Cuticle Energizer - RRP £5.99
The third full sized item! It's the prettiest nail oil I've ever seen with a purple and pink liquid staying seperate. It seems to be full of all the good stuff which will help strengthen your nails and cure any breaking/brittle problems. I've already seen someone review this and they loved it so I'm excited to start giving it a go.


Dr Botanicals Moroccan Rose Superfood Facial Oil Travel Size - RRP £55 for the full size
I've started using this oil and absolutely love it! It's very lightweight and absorbs into your skin quickly. I think though what I love the most is the smell which I know I won't be able to translate over this as good as it deserves. I look forward to using this product and also dread the day this runs out as I know i won't be able to afford this for quite a while.

So now I imagine you'll all agree with me on how amazing this box is. 4 out of 5 products are full sized and the value of them is over £80!! Considering the box costs only £10 plus P&P it's such a great value for money when wanting to try out new beauty products! I can't wait for February's box now...

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Iona x

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