Avon MagiX Multi Benefit Illuminator

Hello beauties! I hope you’re all well. So I’ve been using this illuminator for a while now, and I actually wrote a review on it… But it got deleted! Never mind, you’re getting it now! I brought two of these in a recent Avon Haul.. Why two? Because it’s amazing.. Frankly!

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Liquid highlighter, formulated with special light reflecting particles to give skin a radiant and illuminated appearance. With HD Finish Complex to blur the appearance of pores, lines and imperfections.

Application
Apply to brow bone, bridge of nose and chin for a glowing look. Highlight cheekbones by applying to the highest point and blending outwards. Define lips by applying to Cupid’s bow. Gently dab on under eye area to camouflage dark circles.

Review
I’ve mostly been using this for the dark circles under my eyes. Every now and again I’ll use it as a highlighter… But I think this product really shines for me when I haven’t had much sleep! Which is hardly ever since I hate going to bed early..
The thing that attracted me to this is that it doubles up as a concealer, which made me quite curious. I’ve always been under the impression that you keep your highlighters away from your imperfections… But this one is different. It totally works both ways! This isn’t glittery like other highlighters too, it leaves you with a subtle shimmery glow.
The applicator is great. It allows you to be very precise, which is especially good when highlighting. The formula is very creamy and light, but buildable.  It doesn’t cake, which is especially important when using it under your eyes.. No one wants to look like they have bags! It doesn’t dry out your skin, which is great for me since I have dry skin prone around my eyes. If you use liquid or mineral/powder foundation the Illuminator works well under both.  Not only does the formula have coverage, but it has a little iridescence, which helps facilitate in the coverage and brightening under the eyes.

Conclusion
This has become a staple in my makeup routine. I can’t do my make up without it! My eyes look so awake when I cover up my dark circles, and it highlights my cheek bones to sculpt my face. I love a good multipurpose product, and this is one of them! It is currently available from Avon for £8.50 but they can usually be found in some deals they have in the avon brochure. I couldn’t be within this gem! I would go as far as saying it’s a dupe for Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat. I used to buy that quite a lot and loved it. The only problem is the price. It’s not the sort of thing that I could keep repurchasing…Although I’d love to! This is a purse friendly dupe!

Have you used this? What do you think? Any highlighters/concealers you have been loving lately? Let me know!

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March Birchbox First Impressions

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Hello beauties! I have you are all well. It feels like spring is just around the corner with this beautiful weather we have been having (or in the Midlands anyway!) so I’m still playing catchup with my beauty subscriptions so this one is a little later then usual so I do apologise.. But better late than never!

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This month Birchbox partnered with lifestyle and homeware gurus, Habitat for our DO Try This At Home theme. Spring is here and it’s the perfect time for a little renovation, whether that means shaking up your beauty routine, starting a DIY project or restyling your living space.

Serenity Skincare Dead Sea Bath Salts

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Serenity dead sea salt is imported from the lowest point on earth in Jordan. The salts are 100% natural and chemical free, and also have not been tested on animals. Serenity is formulated to restore the natural balance of moisture to the skin in return giving the skin the vital minerals the body requires. The therapeutic benefits of serenity salts are: treating eczema, arthritis, skin infections, dry skin, psoriasis, joint pain, relieving muscle tension or for simply relaxing and enjoying a rejuvenating experience.

I love bath Salts. They are such a simple thing that can make your bath feel that more luxurious. These can also be used as an exfoliator for your skin while in the bath. It doesn’t say how big the sample bag is, but it’s quite big. 1kg bag is £7.50 which I think is really good!

Catherine Malandrino Style De Paris

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This scent from fashion designer Catherine Malandrino hits all the right notes with a playful yet sophisticated oriental fragrance mixed with fun fruits. Like her renowned, sought-after designs, it’s the perfect blend of chic Parisian style and the infectious energy of New York City.

I’m actually in the market for a new perfume. I’ve recently given up smoking, so I have some spare cash on me. It will be 2 weeks when posting this that I gave up, so I thought I would treat myself. This smells absolutely amazing, so I will be considering this when making my choice!

TanOrganic Self Tanning Oil

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Excellent Facial and Body Tan with ultra moisturising ingredients, voted the best Facial Tan in 2013 by RSVP magazine. TanOrganic Self-Tanning Oil gives a visibly luxurious tan that lasts up to 4 days after application. It ensures unrivalled ease of application and optimal moisturising with no oily effect. Its citrus scent leaves a delicate, fresh fragrance with a unique moisturising action. This Self Tanning Oil is the perfect tan for those who lust after a natural looking tan all year round. 

So this is gonna be pretty pointless for me as I’m pale and kinda like it that way! I wish there was an option to opt out of Tanning products on these beauty subscriptions. Full size is 100ml at £24.99

Benefit Roller Lashes

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It’s a roller for lashes! The eye-opening Hook ‘n’ Roll™ brush grabs, separates, lifts and curls…while the instant curve-setting formula holds for 12 hours.

I’ve had my eye on this product ever since it came out! I’ve had a number of emails from benefit telling me about it, but I have so many mascaras to get though at the moment, I wanted to dwindle my collection before investing. But I must admit, I’m glad I’ve been sent a sample to try out… Because as soon as I got it I tried it and I love it! It separates my lashes and extends then to a lovely length. I’m sure I’ll be doing a review of this fully soon!

Philip Kingsley Elasticizer

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The world’s first pre-shampoo conditioning treatment and our hero product. Healthy hair stretches when wet before returning to its original length when dry.
However hair in poor condition snaps and breaks when stretched. Intensely moisturising Elasticizer delivers a rush of moisture to the hair’s cuticle; suppleness, elasticity and bounce appear instantly without weighing down or coating the hair. Visible results from one application that improve with continued use. Fragrance free. Use once a week as a minimum for best results.

I’ve had many samples of this through my beauty subscription. Even though I’ve tried it before, it’s always a welcomed item! I did a review of this item here you can check out!

So overall I am pretty happy about my box, except for the tanning product obviously! But it makes up for it to get to try out the new benefit mascara! I’ve recently unsubscribed from You Beauty, so if you have any recommendations of any beauty boxes I could try out.. Let me know in the comments!

What did you think of your March box? What did you recieve? Have you tried any of these products? Let me know!

February Birchbox First Impressions

Hello beauties! I hope you’re all well. So this month’s Birchbox felt quite heavy, which i always love! I know you tend to get more samples with Birchbox, but they have been great lately with their samples sizes!

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With it being February, this boxes theme is love! It goes way beyond being limited to one day for valentines day, they’re talking about the things we love the whole month through. This month’s box contains skin saving creams, beautifying hair treatments, and a make up brand that they are very excited about. So lets get to what I received!

London Butterflies Whipped Body Cream

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We pay plenty of attention to the skin on our face, but often forget about the rest of our body. Thankfully London Butterflies has exactly what your limbs need. Packed with nourishing ingredients like jasmine, starflower and almond oil, it sinks in quickly to rehydrate the skin and leave it super soft. Plus, the ultra indulgent scent has been specially created to relax both your body and mind.

I’d love to be able to comment on the smell of this, but I can’t smell a thing at the moment with this horrendous cold. However, I’ve tried a little bit on my hand and it soaked into my skin so quickly, I was quite impressed! And it’s a pretty decent size too! It’s a 30ml sample which I will get a few uses out of. The glass jar is very nice and it feels expensive. Full size is 170ml for £37.

TheBalm Cosmetics Stainiac in Beauty Queen

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This two-in-one lip and cheek stain gives us a natural, understated flush and helps us get out the door faster! The gel formula looks dark in the tube but delivers a sheer tint. The tinted gel leaves a lasting stain on lips and cheeks. Since it’s water-based, it has a longer setting time than most quick-dry stains, which means it won’t leave any unsightly streaks behind as long as you take care to blend well. Use a single coat for a subtle look or layer it on for a more visible (yet still discreet) hue.

I’ve always stayed away from cheek stains. I don’t know why i just don’t like the idea of them. I’m trying to stay away from pinks with my blusher as I feel warmer tones suit me more.. But I’m looking forward to using this as a lip stain! This is a 1.2ml sample. Full size is worth £10 but doesn’t state how big a full size is.

Cynthia Rowley Beauty Eyeliner

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Everyone has that forward-looking friend who can push them to take a style leap. We feel that way about fashion designer Cynthia Rowley. Having already proven her mettle as the creator of a high-performance makeup line, she’s breaking new ground with these playful yet stylish liners. These creamy pencils glide on velvety-smooth, and the smudge-proof formula lasts all day. In on-trend shades like rose gold and shimmery brown, they’re helping us push the beauty envelope—and the results are nothing short of eye-opening.

I’m so glad I got the black Eyeliner and not the silver. I’m not much or an experimenter with coloured eyeliners. I’ve got a stock pile of eyeliners to try out so it’s probably gonna take me a while to get to this one. This one is very creamy which I look for in an Eyeliner. This is a 0.3oz sample and looking on Birchbox website a full size is 0.04oz so not far off full size! Full size is worth £11

Liz Earle Beauty Co Botanical Shine Shampoo

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Taking the same approach to hair as she has to skin, Liz Earle Botanical Shine Shampoo can be used on all hair types. Containing over 89% natural ingredients, the shampoo promises to cleanse and nourish hair in the same way as a traditional shampoo without any nasties.

I have only experienced Liz Earle skincare products, so when I found out this was a shampoo, I was immediately interested. If their shampoo is as good as their skincare products, my hair in for a treat. This is a 50ml sample. Full size is 200ml worth £10.

Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum

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A highly concentrated, oil-free serum that improves the appearance of dark spots, promotes even skintone, and boosts radiance. What it is formulated to do: Highly concentrated with naturally powerful Viniferine, this satiny serum reduces the appearance of existing dark spots such as acne marks, scars, and damage revealing a brighter, more even complexion. What it is formulated WITHOUT: – Parabens – Sulfates – Phthalates

I have a few serums to get through but this is the first serum sample I’ve encountered in a tube which surprised me when I read what it was. I used a little on my hand and the only way I can describe it is a watered down moisturiser. Obviously I haven’t tried it properly yet to have a full opinion, but I did notice how quickly it sinked into my skin. This is a 10ml sample. Full size is 30ml worth £45. I think it’s a pretty good size considering full size is 30ml!

Vita Coco Coconut Oil (lifestyle extra)

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Vita Coco, the company who first brought us delicious tasting coconut water, now brings to our shores its own brand of 100% Organic Coconut Oil. Cold pressed from Organic coconuts, 100% raw and extra virgin, this new addition to the Vita Coco Family is the perfect cooking oil and goes a long way to rescuing dry skin and hair – that’s why people swear by it!

I do love a good versatile product, but this is a weird one! On the packaging it says Eat it, Wear it, Swear by it. That got me interested! Even with this horrendous cold I can smell the coconuts, I did want to eat it! This is one of the vets lifestyle extras I’ve ever got. I’m so excited to try it out in all of its aspects!

So that’s my February Birchbox! I’m so happy with everything. Everything was a very good sample size and the lifestyle extra made it! I’m gonna get use out of everything which is always a bonus with these beauty subscription boxes. I’m actually looking for another box to subscribe to, so if you have any other suggestions of boxes to try (I already have Glossybox and you beauty  discovery box) let me know!

If you’re interested in subscribing to Birchbox, use my referral link and each of our accounts will be credited with £5 to use in the birchbox shop!

What did you get in this month’s box? Have you tried anything from my box? What did you think? Let me know!

Boots Sale Haul

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So it seemed when I got to the sale at 7am there wasn’t alot of what I wanted left! But i did see these two sets that I just couldn’t resist.

Seventeen Nail Clash Collection

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I had been meaning to get a nail art set for a while now. I’ve always been interested in nail art, but I’d never really invested much into it. I’m quite an artistic person, so I think i would be quite good at it!

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The kit contains 5 lovely nail polishes, two nail art pens, nail glitter, nail scissors, orange stick, nail file, nail transfers, mini tweezers, nail glue and nail gems. Can’t wait to play around with this! I got this on sale for £6.

Lacome Instyle Party Perfect Picks

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This is one I was surprised to still see available. This was meant to be £40 reduced to £20. I’ve always wanted to try Lacome makeup but haven’t really ever took the plunge. The Eyeshadow Palette for my attention firstly.

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This set contains a very natural Eyeshadow Palette, cleanser, eyeliner, mascara and lip gloss.

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These are perfect to pop in my handbag, or if I’m going away for a long weekend. Can’t wait to experiment with these!

Did you get anything in the Boots Sale?

What’s The Difference Between BB, CC & DD Cream?

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I get asked about the difference between BB, CC & DD creams quite a lot. So I thought I would do a post about it for everyone that might not be too sure. These tinted creams have been around for a while now and have taken the beauty world by storm.

BB Cream

A little bit of information..
BB stands for Beauty Balm and it was originally developed in Germany. It was the start of many tinted creams. It was developed to be used for skin care following a cosmetic surgery procedure. It used to stand for Blemish Balm, until it hit the US, and there is was renamed. It firstly caught on in Korea, and then became a must have beauty product in most of East Asia. The product is alot different in Korea then the western version. They tend to be thicker with higher levels of zinc oxide and titanium dioxide for more opaque sun protection, and foundation-like coverage. They also produce a whiter appearance on skin. Western BB creams are more like a tinted moisturiser. Some people actually use it as a primer to get a fuller coverage, rather then switching to a heavier foundation.

What are the benefits?
It’s great if you have good skin and just want to have a bit of a glow. It provides some amount of coverage but leaves a more sheer finish. Obviously it all depends on different brands formulas, but what ever country you purchase this in, the popular benefits form using it is daily sun protection, skin lightening, extra hydration, and some have anti aging ingredients. Pretty much an all round product! Perfect for everyday use. I wouldn’t stop using your usual anti aging creams though, because there isn’t usually alot of anti aging ingredients in them. Use them as a supplement, not a replacement!

CC Cream

A little bit of information..
CC stands for Colour Correcting. After the beauty world exploded with its sister formula BB,  CC was created for those people that cried out for the same benefits, but with a fuller coverage. The first CC cream appeared in 2010 by the product of a Singapore-based brand Rachel K. They usually provide more coverage then BB creams, but this isn’t always the case.

What are the benefits?
It provides the same multitasking benefits as BB cream. They also contain ingredients that can cover flaws such as dark spots and redness, give life to dull complexions, and even out skin tone with light diffusing particles, while still feeling light weight.

DD Cream

A little bit of information..
DD stands for Daily Defence, but they are also sometimes known as Dynamic Do-All and Dermatologist’s Dream, depending on the brand. It’s the latest in this trend that isn’t as recognised as it’s predecessors.

What are the benefits?
They are supposed to provide more coverage then BB, but with more anti aging benefits then CC. They can also protect the skin’s barrier to prevent moisture loss, which is great for people with dry skin. But it’s stronget power is its anti aging claims. They usually have some combination of botanical oils, hyaluronic acid, antioxidants, and peptides. They are best used by people who want to focus on improving tone and diminishing fine lines and wrinkles overtime.

What BB, CC & DD creams have you used? Any you can recommend? Let me know!

January Birchbox First Impressions

Hello beauties! So I got Birchbox’s first box of the year and this month and it’s all about women’s health!

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This month’s box is very exciting because they have joined forces with the experts and editors to bring you both products and content that will help you start the new year with your best foot forward.

Stila Lip Glaze

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A converted, suits all complexions colour. This sheer gloss is a cult classic for a reason!

I’ve wanted to try Stila for a long time, every time I walk past their stand in Boots I always have a quick look. I’m not really one for lip glazes but I’ll I’m always open to new products! This is a 1.5ml sample. The full size is 2.4ml so it’s a pretty good sample size. The shade I received is called Gleam which is a lovely shimmery pink. It comes in 36 shades which all look totally wearable. Full size costs £15

Philip Kingsley Body Building Conditioner

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Transform lifeless locks and help seal flyaways with this lustrous, wheat peotein conditioner.

I love Philip Kingsley products. I’m always up for trying out more of their range, and wheat is so good for your hair. I read once that models sometimes soak their hair in beer because of all the wheat in it.. Not that if want to try to because I’d smell like a brewery! This is a 20ml sample size which will probably only do my hair about 2 times. Sizes range from 75ml at £8.50 to 1000ml at £45.

Ren Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask

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Radiance in a tube! A fast working, exfoliating treatment that improves texture, tone and combats congestion.

The one thing I am missing from my samples is a new mask to try out, so I was glad to receive this one. One of my new years resolution is to use more masks because I hardly ever use them. This is a 10ml sample, full size is 50ml at £30. This brand promotes clean skincare products, so they don’t contain any paraben, sulphates, mineral oil, petrolathum, synthetic fragrances, synthetic colours, T.E.A, D.E.A, glycols silicones and Pegs Et Al.

HealGel Intensive

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Protect and restore skin with infusion of organic silicones, collagen boosting peptides and arnica.

This is a multi-purpose skin rescue gel packed full of active ingredients which work to restore, protect and soothe the skin. It takes me a while to get through creams because I have so many of them through thea  subscriptions. But I am interested by its claims of being scientifically-designed with complexes such as arnica and madecassoside which reduce puffiness and discolouration whilst soothing irritations and reducing sensitivity. This is a 5ml sample. Full size is 30ml at £37.50.

Activbod Cooling Finish Lotion

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Re-energise after a work with this invigorating, menthol packed lotion.

Not gonna lie.. I don’t work out. It’s never really been something that’s interested me. I always used to say that I was going to join the gym, but I never did, so not sure how much use I’m gonna get out of this. Maybe in the summer? Let me know cause I’m pretty clueless to products like this. This is a 20ml sample. Full size is 100ml at £12.

Embrace Matcha Green Tea

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Our new favourite superfood, Matcha is 100% natural with 10 times the antioxidants of regular green tea.

More tea samples! I really don’t like tea. More of a coffee person myself, so this is going to someone that enjoys teas!

Lifestyle Extra

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I also for this pilates band! I’m not too familiar with pilates.. Again I’m not really into the whole gym thing, but it says it’s used for toning, increasing strength and improves muscle endurance with the stretchy resistance band. Not sure if I’m ever going to use this.. But if I ever decide to become a gym person I will have it handy.

So that’s all my products this month’s from Birchbox! All sample sizes this month, but they are all from high end brands which is good. I’m really excited to use the Ren mask and the Philip Kingsley conditioner so all in all, a petty good box! I think some of the fitness things might go to friends as I wouldn’t really get much use out of them, and the green tea I’ll donate to someone!

If you’re interested in subscribing to Birchbox, use my referral link and each of our accounts will be credited with £5 to use in the birchbox shop!

What did you get in this month’s box? Have you tried anything from my box? What did you think? Let me know!

Barry M Blusher Review

Hello beauties! So I brought this a while ago in a superdrug haul that I totally forgot to post about. I was told by a Mac Professional that a warmer shade would suit my skin tone better, and she was so right! I used to use pinks but now I see they just didn’t suit my pale complexion, I always thought that warmer colours would just make me look paler, but it really gives my face a glow.

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These extra fine blushers are available in a variety of sheer colours for easy blending and a perfect, flawless finish. They contain the anti-oxidant Vitamin E to protect and condition the skin and keep it smooth and supple.

Application
Apply a sweep to cheeks for a sheer wash of colour or build for more intense coverage.

Review
The main purpose of blush is to add warmth to makeup by imitating a slight natural innocent flush, thus making the skin look healthy, bright and attractive. I love the warmth this blusher gives my face. It doesn’t actually say the shade on the packaging, which is quite annoying. The quality of pigments in this blusher is amazing. One tip I’ve learned with blusher, if you use the excess foundation on your brush to pat around the outline of where you have applied the blusher, it doesn’t leave a harsh line, it blends it into your foundation. I don’t bother using the brush that is supplied because it’s so small, I use a much bigger blusher brush so I’m not going over multiple times. I don’t know why they supply them to be honest. It stays put all day and is easily buildable for a deeper colour. When I go on make up Hauls I don’t really tend to buy blusher alot because it’s not really a cosmetic I find very interesting, but now I’ve found that i can get away with warmer colours, I’m certainly more interested now!

Conclusion
I really love this blusher. I’ve never really brought much Barry M make up if I’m honest, so this has made me want to try out more of their range. This blusher is currently £4.59 at superdrug and it comes in 6 shades. 4 pinks and two warmer tones.

Have you tried this blusher? What did you think? Any other Barry M make up you can recommend? Let me know!