Monday, 29 September 2014

Glossybox unboxing September- Designed by Karen Millen

Hi everyone, I hope you are all well.

Today I have my September edition Glossybox which is a special designed box by Karen Millen. I love when the boxes are designed as it adds an extra special something to the whole experience. 

Now this month I have noticed a huge improvement in the quality of the products contained inside and Glossybox seem to be back at the top of their game. I was extremely pleased with this box and after the disappointment of still not receiving August's box this has restored my faith a little. I'm also excited for next month's box also as it's going to be an Andy Warhol inspired pop-art box.

Once again , the gorgeous colour co-ordinated wrapping makes this box look exceptional quality.

Here are all of the products that I received inside my September box. 

First up are these SkinPep- Enzyme and Acid Peel & Peeling gel.
Peeling gel- £3.05 for 3.5ml-  This uses pineapple and papaya extracts to exfoliate the skin gently. Without reading the description I would have been scared to use these sachets. When I hear the word acid my first initial thought is no way am I putting that on my face but after reading carefully I realised it's definitely safe to use.

Eye cream- £6.49 for 2ml- This is a powerful dark circle eraser and boosts collagen under your eyes. As I've got older I wake up with dark circles regularly and frequently use under eye concealer most days. 

Nails Inc woo hoo! This is the Westminster Bridge Matte Top Coat and retails at £12 for 10ml. Amazing to get this in the box!

Vichy- Normaderm Night Detox and Hydrating Care. These two products will come in very handy as they target blemishes which I still get. The full sized day cream would be £12 and the night cream is £15.50 for 40ml.

ModelCo- More Brows Fibre Gel- £14.95 for 3.5ml. This gives the appearance of fuller, thicker brows instantly. I don't tend to do anything with my brows and sometimes I think maybe I should, then the thought passes! I've owned ModelCo products before and they do promotions with Glamour magazine. The products are quite good but the packaging and marketing doesn't grab my attention at all.

L'Oreal Professionnel- Mythic Masque would be £15.50 for 200ml. I absolutely love hair products, especially ones that improve my hair condition and I love L'Oreal so this is a winner. 

My overall verdict is that I am really impressed with this month's box. My favourite items are the L'Oreal hair masque and the Nails Inc topcoat. I also really like the Vichy too.

Love Laura xoxo

Friday, 26 September 2014

Kawaii Box Subscription- August

Hello everyone! 

Apologies for the huge gap in posting. We moved house again and it has taken weeks and weeks for Sky and BT to get the Internet sorted out. Sob! I have missed blogging so much and have lots of reviews ready to publish. 
In other news I trained for a new job in retail this time and started working full time at first with it. It's exciting to use the money to buy homely items such as duvet covers, solar lights for the garden and coral coloured towels! I also got to meet lots of lovely new people which is great as moving to Edinburgh from England and leaving my family and friends meant that I didn't know many people at all. 
Also we have a new addition to the family. Teddy Bear who is twelve weeks old and is a fawn whippet. We chose him as he seemed sweet and cuddly and once he had settled in we found out he has a huge personality!

So today I thought I would show you an exciting new subscription box that I subscribed to which is the Kawaii Box . I adore all things Kawaii and so this box was right up my street. The boxes are released every month and I also have the September issue to show you soon too. To subscribe it costs $18.90 a month which roughly works out as £11 odd. The boxes are shipped all the way from Japan and they ship worldwide which is fab. Inside the boxes are a mixture of Japanese and Korean Kawaii products.
 I was so excited to open my Kawaii Box and uncover all of the goodies inside. It brought back the magic for a surprise for me as with my makeup boxes some had become a little disappointing so a change was needed. When I laid my eyes on this box, I had to get it.

In the box is this uber-girly postcard sized flyer. I love the design of this.

This is a great little touch to have a hand written postcard note with the box.

The contents arrived inside a small white box and once opened this was my first sighting. The goodies are encased in pink tissue paper and I was so excited already.

These are the entire contents of the box and as you can see you get quite a lot for the subscription fee.

First up are these nail art stickers. I love nail art and the neon colours too so these are a fab addition to the box. They advise to add two coats top coat to keep the stickers on.

Next up is a sweetie kit. I've always wanted one of these to try out and make my own sweets. This one enables you to create a marble of colours and flavours to experiment with too. I find anything like this fun and cute.

The back of the packet shows the cutters that you get inside the pack and the mixing tray for all of the colours that can be produced once mixed.

I love this little watermelon zip purse. This is bang on trend and I love fruity items. It's large enough to fit a few cards and coins inside.

Aloha Rilakkuma post it notes are so sweet and will come in very useful. I love the design of them and tend to collect them rather than actually use them so my aim is to get use out of these!

How sweet is this pencil and eraser set with Hello Okitoki written on them. It contains three pencils, three erasers and a pencil sharpener. This will make writing fun!

I love real life macarons and this is a close substitute for looking at if I can't get hold of the real ones. This is a charm which I think is meant to be attached to your phone. I'd rather have it on a pencil case or keys though. I love the little crystals on the side. I personally would have preferred a different colour such as a pastel shade as that is more me.

Another little charm in the form of a love panda which is super soft and my puppy loves it!

Next is this sweet cards and writing sheets set which has little positive quotes on them.

Kumamon key chain charm. This is tiny which makes it adorable. It has a zip on the reverse which will fit something small in such as a pound coin or a pair of earrings.

I love cupcakes and this ring is gorgeous. It has an adjustable base but the only thing is it's absolutely tiny. My little finger is so tiny and it just about fits on there.

I love the colour of this giraffe charm but it does have a mark on the reverse. 

I absolutely love the box so much but I feel that this version has too many keychain charms inside it. 
My favourite items are the watermelon purse, stationery set and the candy kit. I feel that it is great value for money and has added the element of surprise each month when I receive a box.
I would purchase again and have already received the September box which I'm equally as thrilled about.

What do you think of this box?

Love Laura xoxo

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Models Own Nail Polish Review- Sweet Shop Gumballs

Hello. How are you all?
 Just a little update before I begin to let you know that I am moving house next week and therefore my WiFi may be MIA soon. I am also starting a new job tomorrow which I'm really looking forward to. Probably for the first time in my life without any stress. So my blog posts may be a little hit and miss until I have settled in and got a routine going on. 

Models Own have just released the Sweet Shop Collection, which for me was an absolute necessity to own. I really wanted to try the Revlon scented polishes and never got around to getting any so when I saw these and they were sweetie scented, I needed them. I love the collections that Models Own keep coming out with and want the polish for tans collection and the previous fruit pastel collection too. The polishes are meant to have a scratch and sniff sticker on the top of them and I was disappointed to find that mine have them missing.

The collection comprises of five different polishes all with a retro sweet scent. The scents transport me back to my childhood and have a nostalgic feel about them. There's a pink glitter which, when dried, has a Rhubarb and Custard scent, Barbie pink Gumballs, a pink glitter 'Peardrops,' brown glitter 'Fizzy cola bottles' and finally a black polish which has the scent Liquorice Allsorts.
 There are three pink /red shades, a brown tone and a black. If I had produced this collection I would have made a variety of shades such as Foam Banana yellow or white mice just so it could have been more versatile. To have the smell of sweeties on your nails almost makes my life complete. I absolutely love the idea of these and have tried out Gumballs so far which I have written the review on for today.

  From left to right we have Gumballs, Pear Drops, Rhubarb and Custard, Liquorice Allsorts and Fizzy Cola Bottles.

I love the tissue paper that the polishes came wrapped in. They were also bubble wrapped inside the box too.

Gumball is my favourite shade out of the whole collection and if I was to just purchase one this would be it. The colour is a Barbie pink and makes a staple summer colour. 
I found the polish to be thick and quite hard to apply evenly to my nails. I did only need one coat on my nails for it to be opaque but it took a while to dry and smudged easily.
I did sniff the polish in the bottle thinking it might smell of gumballs but unfortunately it just gave me a huge waft of the regular scent of nail polish ha ha! I won't be trying that again.
The polish was placed over a base coat once dried and it produced a really glossy effect. One it dried on my nails, it left an absolutely gorgeous smell of bubblegum (gumballs) which I found irresistible and kept on sniffing my nails at regular intervals throughout the day. The scent stayed after showering too which was great as I thought it may have eliminated the smell.

I didn't use a topcoat on this. My thinking was that it might mask the gumball scent. The polish lasted for the longest amount of time without chipping on my nails which was a record- breaking 3 days. I have the type of nails where polish chips on the same day as application.

Overall, I would repurchase for the scent of the polish but I'm hoping that the others in the collection have an easier formula to apply.

Have you used scented polishes?

Love Laura xoxo

Beautyuk New Nail Care Review

Although I have a drawer full of nail polish I haven't really invested in any nail care. I just used to put the colour straight onto my nails and hey presto. All this changed though when I used a Barry M neon yellow and when I took it off I was left with stained yellow nails for weeks! Not a good look at all. 
So when I was kindly offered to try out some of Beautyuk's new nail care collection I gladly took them up on their offer. There are six different products in the range and they each retail for £3.99 each. 
Today I have the *Nail & Cuticle Conditioning Oil and the *Speed Dry Basecoat to show you. The other products available in the collection are Black Diamond Hardener, Matte Top Coat, Ultra Gloss Top Coat (which I used in this post) and a 5 in 1 Base and Top Coat.

Photo credit: Beautyuk

I used both of these products before trying out a new nail polish and I was extremely pleased with the results.

Nail & Cuticle Oil:

This has been developed to use on dry brittle nails and cuticles that are rough and irritated. It is super easy to use as you simply pop a droplet onto each nail and then massage in. The oil has a citrus scent to it and I really liked the moisturised feeling that it gave to my nails. It leaves a 'just been to the salon for a professional manicure- look' on your nails with the convenience and ease of applying in your own home or on the go.

The Oil;
  • Is Almond-oil based and has Vitamins E and F included.
  • Protects the nail plate.
  • Nourishes and restores the natural moisture of your nails.
  • It softens your cuticles and is meant to soothe them too but as mine weren't irritated in the first place, I didn't feel the effects of this.
  • Nourishes nails and makes them look and feel healthier.

My nails looked healthier and were nourished so I will continue to use this and it's a product that I rate.

Speed Dry Basecoat:

After using the nail oil it's recommended that you carefully wash your hands before applying any polish so I made sure I did that and then I was ready to use the speed dry base coat. 
This base coat did live up to its claims of being speed-dry as I didn't have to wait long at all to start applying the polish on top. I only needed to apply a thin layer and the results reminded me of a clear nail polish look.

The basecoat has been produced to;
  • Prime your nails for an even finish that grips your nail polish and this certainly did for the polish that I applied on top.
  • It's meant to smooth out imperfections but as I don't really have any this wasn't noticeable on my nails.

  • The basecoat contains UV filter to prevent nail discolouration.

  • It prevents stains as once my polished was removed from a bright colour, my nails were left in perfect condition underneath with no signs of staining whatsoever.

  • It also protects against chipping too and this was, for me, a pleasant surprise as my nail polish usually chips on the same day but with the use of these two products I actually got three days out of my polish which is amazing for my nails.

Overall I highly recommend these products and will continue to use them regularly as I loved the results.

Do you use nail care products?

Love Laura xoxo
*PR items sent for an honest review. All written words and photographs (unless credited) belong to me.

Monday, 4 August 2014

Denman Pink Tangle Smoother Review

I have been trying out the new Denman Pink Tangle Smoother recently and can now give you my thoughts and review on it. It is made to be used on all hair lengths and types and also extensions and wigs due to the pins being strong, durable and super smooth. The brush has been designed to give an effortless and smooth detangling experience.
The Smoother has a close-set pin patterns and this gives more control and an extra grip. 
The brush is also available in a bright yellow colour too here and is priced at £10.18. Neon was widely used on the SS14 catwalks and therefore this Smoother coincides with the latest fashion.

 Compared to my other Tangle Tamers this brush is much more substantial. It's feels solid with a longer handle to grip and is weightier than the Dolphin brush. 
I love the bright pink colour of the brush as it really stands out and is perfect for my personality. I love the design work on it too with the lush flowing locks. The brush overall looks and feels exceptional quality.

The Denman Tangle Smoother is perfect for smoothing, de-tangling and styling your hair. I noticed a huge difference in my hair after using this Tangle Smoother. My hair felt a lot smoother to the touch especially once it had air dried after my shower. The Tangle Smoother is meant for all hair types and lengths but I think it would be perfect for long, thick hair as it has the extra oomph when getting knots out. For my particular hair type being wavy/ curly it pulls on the hair when you are trying to untangle it in the shower and I have got used to the children's Dolphin Tangle Tamer with the much softer bristles for untangling my waves. Using  the Tangle Smoother felt as though there were many knots that it was taking out at once and it took a stronger grip to brush through my hair. This is why you are meant to brush through a section at a time and gently hold you hair above the tangle and then carefully untangle.

You can see that the pins on the brush are all the same size and are strong.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this Tangle Smoother if you're looking for an excellent quality brush which will last. The pins are super smooth but on my particular hair I feel more comfortable using my Dolphin one regularly in the shower and this one when my hair is dried and ready to style.

What do you use to detangle your hair?
Love Laura xoxo