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Lip Monthly Subscription // October 2015 // Review and Unboxing (Plus Discount!)

Hey guys!

Welcome back to another Lip Monthly subscription bag post!  If you haven’t read my previous Lip Monthly posts, this post gives you all the information you need about cost and how it all works.

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In the October bag, we received:


J Cat Beauty Lipstick in Auburn (FL120)

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I have never heard of this brand before (although that happens quite a bit with this service as obviously they are American brands).  I would describe the finish of this lipstick as a creamy satin/matte.  It’s quite moisturising and doesn’t dry out the lips.  It’s quite a unique colour – sort of a really dark, reddish nude.  It’s quite flattering and would probably suit a lot of skin colours.  As it’s so cheap, I assume it’s from a US drugstore brand.

Value: $2.99


Lord & Berry Crayon Lipstick in Sensuel

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Yay!  I was so happy to see this in the bag.  I’ve got quite a little collection of Lord & Berry Lip Crayons now and I absolutely love them. They’re matte without being drying and they last SO well on the lips!  This one is a gorgeous velvety red, really deep with a tiny hint of berry.  It will be perfect for autumn and winter.  Really pleased with this!  I would definitely recommend them if you’re interested in trying out a matte lip look.

Value: $16.


Hikari Lip Crayon in Mandarin

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I have used a couple of Hikari products in the last year and they’ve been pretty nice.  This is a glossy lip crayon in a gorgeous, vibrant coral colour.  In the tube it looks like it’ll be very orange but is actually a really flattering shade.  It’s probably more of a spring/summer colour but I’ll definitely use it!  Really nice for when your lips need a break from matte products!

Value: $14


Pencil Me In Eyeliner in Green

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I haven’t heard of this brand either but I’m assuming it’s another drugstore brand.  This is a pencil eyeliner in a vivid emerald green colour, with a tiny hint of shimmer.  It’s probably not a colour I would buy myself, but I actually like it more than I expected.  I probably wouldn’t wear it as a traditional eyeliner, but would use it for a pop of colour at the outer edges of my eyes.  It’s a pencil that you can sharpen (with a handy sharpener included as part of the lid) but is still fairly creamy.

Value: $6.99


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What do you think of this month’s bag?  Have you tried any of the products?  Let me know in the comments or on social media!

Outfit and Makeup of the Day // Unicorns, Checked Shirt and Rose Gold Eyes!

Hello guys, hope you’re well!

This is a look I did a few weeks before you’ll be reading this post.  I’m sort of starting to accept Autumn but still holding on with some bright pinks too!  Firstly, how cute is this unicorn hair bow from Prairie Charms?  It was part of their recent unicorn-themed mystery bag (which I may blog about soon if anyone wants to see it?)

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I am obsessed with everything rose gold at the moment, and have been for a while now!  It’s just such a beautiful colour to me.  I decided to try a bit of a rose gold eye using my new W7 In The Nude palette (which was a bargain from Groupon).

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After putting on my base of Rimmel Matte BB Cream (so easy to use!), Nars Creamy Concealer under the eyes, powder, Benefit Hervana Blush and Elf Pinktastic blush (but used as a highlighter), I moved onto a rose gold smoked out eye.

I took a matte mauvey-brown through the crease and smoked out the outer edges a little (apparently this type of look is called a glamour eye – only just found this out!)  I blended lots and then added the very pale, sparkly pink into the inner corners of my eyes.  Finally, I packed the gorgeous rose gold shade from the palette onto my mobile lids.

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I lined under my eyes with a darker brown shadow and blended that out with my beloved Mac 217 brush.  Finally, I dabbed a bit of Dior Addict Fluid Shadow in 825 Aurora over the rose gold shadow, for some intense foiled shimmer.  I finished off the eyes with a coat each of Primark Volumising and False Lash mascaras.

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On my lips, I used a ColourPop Lippie Stix in Rocket, and then patted a little of the rose gold shadow over it, to give it a golden shimmer!

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Outfit of the day was Primark high-waisted skinny jeans, New Look leopard print trainers, checked shirt with a black vest top underneath and my beloved amethyst triangle necklace from Stag & Raven.


What makeup have you been wearing recently?  Do you like rose gold as much as I do?  Let me know in the comments!

Getting Crafty // Pinterest Inspired // Eyelash Picture in Box Frame!

Hi guys!

A few months ago, I remember seeing something similar to this picture I’ve made on Pinterest.  I didn’t pay it much attention but do remember thinking it was a cute idea, and perfect for the wall around your makeup/vanity area.  The one I saw was just one pair of lashes, but I liked the idea of three different pairs.

When I was in Wilkinsons recently and saw this white box frame, it popped back into  my mind and I decided to give it a go!

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I chose a simple white box frame which cost £4 from Wilkos.  I can’t find the exact one online but this one is very similar.  I already had the card in my craft kit.  Finally, I found a selection of false lashes from Wilkos and the pound shop.  I decided to go from a natural looking set, to a set with little diamantes on them and then finally to a very dramatic pair of lace lashes!  The diamante and lace ones were just £1 each in the pound shop, you’d be surprised what you can find there!


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Step 1: select a piece of card (whatever colour you want, depending where you want to hang your picture).  I chose a simple pearlised white card, to fit in with the walls at my new house.  Cut the card so that it fits neatly just inside the box frame.


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Step 2: open up your eyelash boxes and remove all the lashes carefully, trying to keep them in shape.  If they do bend out of shape, roll them gently between your thumb and index finger until they reform into the original shape.


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Step 3: I would suggest laying your lashes out on the card to check they all fit, and how much space you need between each and around the edges.  It’s easier to lay these down now and check, before you’ve added any glue!


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Step 4: now it’s time to stick down your lashes!  Because of the glue residue the lash bands already had on from being stuck in the packets, I actually didn’t need to add any glue to the first two pairs.  For the larger, lace lashes, I added a little eyelash glue to the outer edges and a dot in the middle, to secure them in place.  Leave them to dry into place before you put the frame back together.


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And there you have your original beauty-inspired artwork!  This cost me just £7 in total to make and I really like it.  I know it won’t be everyone’s cup of tea but I think it’s quite cute and fun for my vanity area once we move to the new house.


What do you think of this project?  Do you like doing crafty things?  Let me know in the comments or on social media!

Nails of the Day // NOTD // Lottie London Blogger Babe and Orly Rose Chrome Foil!

Ooooh I love these nails!!  I got the Orly Rose Chrome Foil nail varnish with a recent copy of Elle.  I don’t actually really read Elle magazine, but it was worth the £4 for this absolutely beautiful nail varnish!  It’s just so opaque, sparkly and pretty.

I decided to team it with Lottie London’s Blogger Babe nail polish, which I bought at the same time as Go On.  You can see my NOTD look with Go On here.

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I applied two coats of Lottie London Blogger Babe (which wasn’t as good as the Go On shade – it definitely needed two coats to look opaque, and the formula was a little lumpy and took some messing about with to get smooth).

I then painted both ring fingers with the beautiful Orly Rose Chrome Foil (which I want to own forever… in fact I want everything I own to be this colour haha!)  Next, I took my very thin nail art brush and drew a horizontal line across each pinky nail, and a vertical line up each index finger nail.

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Then I took a small dotting tool and did a horizontal dotted line across each middle finger nail, and a diagonal one across each thumb.  My hands are pretty shaky due to my ME, so I had to go pretty slowly.  The horizontal lines were much harder than the vertical ones for some reason!

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I waited for the patterns to touch dry, then applied a layer of Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy Diamond Top Coat.  Once that was touch dry, I spritzed on some Essence fast drying spray.

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What do you think of this nail look?  Have you tried either of these polishes?  Let me know in the comments!

You Beauty Subscription Box // October 2015 // Review and Unboxing!

Hi guys

I’m back with my sixth You Beauty subscription box (it feels like more, but I suppose that is six months of time!).  Like my previous reviews, I won’t go into too much detail about the subscription and how it all works, but everything can be found in my original March post.  In case you don’t read it, this box is just £6.95 including postage!

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This month was a pretty good box!  Here’s what I got:


Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy Nail Polish and Top Coat

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These were the first item this month that I chose (both polishes counted as just one option).  I received a Gel Envy colour polish in Checkmate (540) and the Diamond Top Coat.  Checkmate is a very natural, neutral colour as you can tell from the photos.  Ideal for people who like subtle, low maintenance nails – because of the colour, any chips won’t be too obvious!

The Revlon Gel Envy polishes are part of the current ‘gel-like’ polish trend.  They apply like normal nail varnishes and you can remove them with your nail polish remover as normal.  The idea is that the nail polish cures in natural daylight (or indoor light), making the polish last longer.  They look gel-like, with a strong, glossy finish.  They should in theory last longer than normal nail varnish before chipping.

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The colour polish applies so nicely!  The brush makes it easy to coat nails in two swipes and the polish has a really nice, even consistency.  The top coat is just as good.  I have only recently tried it so I don’t know how long the nails last before chipping yet… I will keep you updated!

Find the range here for £6.99 each.


Vichy DermaBlend 16hr Corrective Foundation

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I was really pleased to receive these!  Even though they’re only one-use sachets and I will probably only be able to use one of them (due to colour), I have been wanting to try DermaBlend for years!  It is always touted as being totally flawless on the skin, and will cover anything.  I received 15 Opal and 25 Nude.  As I’m very pale, the Opal shade will probably be fine for me.

I have not yet tried the foundation but I’m excited to – at least I will then know if it’s as good as I’ve heard.  If it is, it may be my next foundation!  It is £18, but that’s still a lot cheaper than my beloved Estee Lauder DoubleWear.  The foundation offers long-lasting high coverage without a mask-like effect.

Find it here for £18.


La Roche-Posay Redermic-R Anti-Ageing Moisturiser

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This was my second choice – another thing I was really excited to see on the list of options!  I have recently got into La Roche-Posay products.  They are very highly recommended by a lot of skincare experts, and beauty bloggers/vloggers with problem skin.  Melanie Murphy talks about their products a lot on her YouTube channel.

We received three little 5ml tubes of this anti-ageing moisturiser, which contains 0.1% pure retinol to help correct fine lines and wrinkles.  The formula is non-irritating, non-comedogenic, paraben free and hypoallergenic, so it’s suitable for those with sensitive skin.  I really like it so far – it is a nice formula as it rubs in easily and doesn’t leave a shiny finish to the skin, so lovely for using before makeup. Obviously I can’t tell this quickly whether I’ve had any positive changes in my skin but I do enjoy using it.

Find it here for £22.


The White Company – Day and Night Perfume Samples

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I really don’t like receiving perfume samples in beauty boxes, as about 80% of the time, I don’t like the smell of them!  I’m not fussy but we often seem to get sent things that smell really musky or ‘old ladyish’!  However I like one of these two, so I suppose that’s not too bad.

These Day and Night fragrances are meant to be complementary to each other, yet distinctive in their own right.  Day is a refreshing smell with notes of jasmine, apple, cedarwood and bergamot.  It’s really fresh, fruity and citrusy, and definitely something I would wear.

Night however… oh wow.  I’m really not keen on this one!  It is described as containing pomegranate, cassis and vanilla, which sounds nice in theory.  Then the patchouli comes into it, making it REALLY strong!  It initially smells like a super overwhelming mens aftershave, then dries down to that, mixed with a horrible. overly strong perfume.  Just no!  To me, it smells way too masculine to be a women’s perfume and just slightly too perfumey to be a mens aftershave.  I totally accept that everyone likes different smells though, so I’m sure someone out there will like this.  Just not me.  Definitely not me!  Haha.

Find the Day scent here and if you’re feeling brave, the Night one here.


Despite the one fragrance sample I didn’t like, I was really pleased with everything else.  The value of just one of the nail varnishes alone covers the price of the box, so once again we’ve had a lot for our money (which I always find is the case with this box).


What do you think to this month’s box?  Have you tried any of the products?  How about the two fragrances?  Let me know in the comments or follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

Makeup of the Day (MUOTD) // W7 In The Nude // Jeffree Star Unicorn Blood!

Hey guys!

You’ve probably already heard of Jeffree Star –  American singer-songwriter, make-up artist, fashion designer and model, more recently also making YouTube videos (which is where I found him).  He is famed for his super-bright, multicoloured makeup looks, which shows in his makeup brand, Jeffree Star Cosmetics.  You can buy gorgeous liquid lipsticks in all the colours of the rainbow, including navy, lilac and black!  Even better is that all his cosmetics are vegan, cruelty-free, paraben free and gluten-free.

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The one which caught my eye the most, mainly due to the awesome name, is Unicorn Blood; described as a ‘dark rusty red that looks like it’s straight from a unicorn’s veins!’  As it’s such a dark colour, I wasn’t sure whether it would suit me, but after intently googling swatches and photos of people wearing it, I decided I needed it.

The best place to buy Jeffree Star Cosmetics from in the UK is Cocktail Cosmetics.  They are a UK website but sell a lot of American beauty brands.  They charge a very reasonable £13 per liquid lipstick, unlike some sites which can be found selling them for over £20.  At the same time as ordering this, I ordered a set of Real Techniques brushes from them, which sadly went out of stock between my order being placed and filled.  I was really surprised when they emailed to say that as an apology, they were sending me a free Real Techniques Expert Face Brush, worth about £7!  How nice is that?

When trying the lippie for the first time, I decided to team it with a very natural, neutral eye given that it’s so dark.  I used the W7 In The Nude palette I got recently, using a matte mauvey-pink in the crease and a pale shimmery rose gold on the lids.

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I found it quite difficult to actually capture the eye makeup on camera but it looked really pretty in real life!  No missing the lips though is there?  Haha!  The formula of the liquid lipstick is very wet and it literally glides on, although you do have to be careful as the wand covers a lot of lip in one go, so go slowly and carefully.  Once dry, it is fairly touch-proof, although the very centre did need touching up after I ate a meal, which is pretty reasonable.  It didn’t flake and surprisingly left my lips really nice and soft once removed – other matte liquid lippies I’ve used have always left me with dry lips.

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Buy Unicorn Blood here and the W7 In The Nude palette here (half price at the time of writing!).

(Oh by the way, I should mention… my application is really wobbly and uneven because I get really bad shaky hands with my ME… so yes, I know it’s not even but it was the best I could do lol!)


What do you reckon to this look?  Would you wear such a bold lip?  Let me know in the comments or follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

Birchbox October 2015 // Beauty Subscription Box // Review and Unboxing!

Hi guys!

The months absolutely fly by don’t they?  I can never believe another month has passed when my new beauty subscription boxes drop through the letterbox!

If you’ve been reading these posts a while now, you’ll know the drill… I don’t want to bore regular readers with the nitty-gritty about prices and how the box works; but if you’re a new reader, you can find that here!

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This month’s Birchbox was done a little differently than normal.  All subscribers received an email telling them we had a choice between two boxes this month.  One box was curated by Stylist Magazine’s Associate Beauty Editor, Joanna McGarry, with each item having been chosen by her.  The other box was called ‘back to basics’, featuring cult beauty products that are already known and loved by many.  Unusually, we could actually see all the products we would be receiving, so I knew I would get more use out of the Stylist box than the back to basics.

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So without further ado, here is what the Stylist curated box contained:


100% Pure – Fruit Pigmented Lip Glaze (Peach Bellini)

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Oh my!  The packaging on this product is beautiful.  It has an outer cardboard tube which is pretty in pink.  Inside the tube is …erm, how do I put this delicately?  You know Ann Summers bullet vibrators?  Yeah….  It has growing flower/vine patterns in white on the silver bullet and honestly does actually look really pretty!

The tube twists up to reveal a pink stick lipbalm, which has a very light, delicate pink pigment (which doesn’t show much on the lips, just enhances your natural lip colour).  The formula contains avocado and cocoa butters to nourish the lips and fruit pigments for the colour.  The only thing that surprised me is that it doesn’t really smell of anything – I was expecting it to smell fruity!  Great for those who don’t like fragranced products though.

This lipbalm is 100% natural, vegan and also gluten free!  It was made in France by Purity Cosmetics – a company I haven’t heard of before,  but who seem to sell a range of natural, cruelty-free skincare etc.  I’m really pleased with this full-sized product, and think it would actually make a nice gift, due to the lovely packaging!

Value: £19.  Find it here.


Bioderma – Sensibio H20 (Micellar Water)

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Most people will have heard of Bioderma – used by many makeup artists, this is the original Parisian micellar water.  A few years ago, most of us in the UK hadn’t heard of micellar water.  Now, it’s a staple in a lot of people’s skincare arsenal!

To use, simply squeeze a small amount onto a cotton pad and wipe gently across the face.  You can repeat the process if required, as it’s a very gentle product.  A lot of people use micellar water to clean off their makeup, which is totally fine.  I personally tend to remove my eye makeup with a separate remover, then cleanse with micellar water and then hot cloth cleanse.  Sounds like overkill, but honestly, even when I think I’ve removed all my makeup, hot cloth cleansing still seems to find more!  If you don’t really wear makeup, micellar water would be totally sufficient for your cleansing routine.

This product is paraben-free and hypoallergenic, so should be suitable for most people with sensitive skin.  I really like this sample and will definitely use it – the only downside for me is how small it is (20ml).  It won’t last long but at least I’ll get a feel for the brand and whether I want to repurchase in future.

Value: £10.20 for 250ml (meaning ours is worth around 80p).  Buy it here.


PARLOR by Jeff Chastain – Smoothing Blow Out Spray

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Subscribers have received a product by Jeff Chastain in a past box (a sea salt spray I believe).  This one is described as a ‘cult miracle tonic for blotting out frizz, protecting against heat damage, making hair more manageable and helping hair to hold a style for longer’.

To use, simply spray 4 to 6 times through the lengths and ends of the hair and blow dry as usual.  I don’t ‘style’ my hair as such because it’s naturally totally straight, but I do blow dry it to almost dress each time I wash it.  I will give this product a go, but I tend not to like having products in my hair as they don’t feel very nice.

Value: £17 or 147ml (we received a deluxe sample size of 30ml, worth around £3.40).  Buy it here.


Rituals – Yogi Flow Foaming Shower Gel

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We received a Rituals Fortune body scrub in the August Birchbox, which I love, so I was fairly confident I would like this shower gel!  The product begins as a gel but transforms into foam on contact with the water.  This is a very luxurious feeling body wash (a bit like the Imperial Leather Foambursts), with the scent of rose and almond oil.

I actually find the scent a bit disappointing – it smells like those generic mini hotel soaps you get!  However it feels lovely to use and leaves your skin feeling really soft after your shower.  A little also goes a very long way!

Value: £8.50 for 200ml (we received 50ml, around £2.10 worth).  Buy here.


When – Travelmate Sheet Mask

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I was pleased to receive a sheet face mask, as I only tried them recently for the first time and found them quite fun to use!  For those who don’t already know, a sheet mask is basically a cotton or fibre mask in the shape of a face, that has been pre-soaked with the mask.  You literally just take it out of the packet, place it carefully on your face and then remove as per the instructions (in this case, after 30 mins).  They will leave a little bit of residue on your face which you need to wash off, but are generally much ‘tidier’ than normal face masks.

This ‘Travelmate’ mask is designed for when you are on the road and can just take it with you (their website suggests using it after a flight or after you’ve been in the sun.  Chance would be a fine thing haha!)  It contains gentle, moisturising ingredients such as chamomile and arnica, to  help your skin recover from sun, wind and dry air.  I have a few tubes of face mask on the go at the moment so I haven’t yet used this one, but I’m sure I will enjoy it!

Value: £25 for a 4-pack (we received one, at a value of £6… which is actually really expensive for a face mask!!)  Find it here.


English Laundry – No7 Signature For Her (Bonus Item)

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I already received this sample in the June Birchbox, so I will just repeat what I said then, as my opinion hasn’t changed!

I’m not a huge fan of getting fragrance samples in beauty boxes – perfume is such an individual thing and there will never be a scent that everyone receiving the box likes, but I suppose that is the gamble you take with a subscription box.

This sample is apparently tweaked from the original No.7 blend for men.  It is described as bright, fruity, flirty and fun with hints of musk.  Now I’m not a big fan of anything with musk in it – it always just reminds me of using Body Shop Musk body spray when I was a tween!  It always smells a bit old and musty to me – a sort of powdery scent.  I won’t be using this perfume as it’s not to my taste but I’m sure I can find someone who will like it.

Buy it here.


Overall I’m pretty pleased with this month’s box (and would only have myself to blame if I wasn’t… I did choose it after all!)  It was a nice broad range of cosmetics, toiletries and skincare.  Obviously I’m not keen on the perfume sample but I’m sure I’ll find someone who will like it.

The total worth of this box was over £30, so at just £12.95 for the box, I think that’s really good value.  It was fun choosing between the boxes as a one-off, but I like the usual surprise element of not knowing what we will get each month.


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What did you think of this month’s box?  Fancy trying any of the products?  Let me know in the comments or follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!