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Beauty: Introducing Beauty Pie, the New Take on Beauty Subscriptions

Posted on January 3, 2017

Hi Guys!

Now I love a beauty box sub, and I love the surprise of not knowing whats going to arrive each month, but I also feel that this concept has become a bit stale of late, with many beauty box brands becoming quite repetitive with both the brands and products they use – the whole concept of beauty sub boxes is starting to feel a bit dated and could do with a shake up in my opinion. Anyway, this mini rant brings me nicely on to Beauty Pie – because initially I thought I’d received a new beauty box in the post – which in fact it wasn’t – but it is a subscription service for beauty fans…

Ok so in a nutshell, you subscribe to Beauty Pie for £10 a month, which allows you to be able to purchase their products, at very low ‘factory’ prices, rather than RRP prices.

It’s important to point out that rather than a beauty box, which includes many brands, Beauty Pie only offer their own branded products. Promising ‘luxury cosmetics at factory prices’, they aim to bring the consumer high quality makeup products, cutting out the middle man, expensive promotions and packaging, to bring maximum discounts to the consumer – all resulting in you being able to purchase products at cost prices. So for example, a Beauty Pie lipstick which has a RRP of £20.00, will cost a member less than £3.00 – which really does sound like a great bargain (providing the products are as good as they’re made out to be)

I’ve received a PR a box of five products from Beauty Pie, including a mascara, lip gloss, lipstick, powder and foundation. Here are my initial thoughts –

The Everyday Great Skin Foundation (RRP £30.00, member price £4.75) was unfortunately very much the wrong colour for me – I received Medium Honey was way too dark and way too orange, but by tying it on the back of my hand my initial impression is that it’s a nice, lightweight feeling matte finish foundation, with medium coverage. I’ll see if I can get a shade more matched to my skin tone so I can try it on my face and give you a better idea of what it’s really like. I also want to mention the packaging, which looks pretty. The foundation comes in a frosted glass pump bottle, with a glossy plastic pump at the top – but no lid, which I thought was slightly odd. The look and feel of the product packaging in general is sleek, yet surprisingly lightweight when you hold them. Beauty Pie have explained that they don’t add weights to their packaging like many manufacturers do, which of course is a tactic to make the product heavier, and therefore appear more expensive – I didn’t even realise this was a thing!

Next we have the One Powder Wonder Perfecting Powder (RRP £26.00, member price £3.68) I initially thought was a highlighter as the surface of the powder had quite a sheen with a very slight sparkle. It is in fact a translucent setting powder though – it’s super finely milled and really rather nice. I’ve used this a couple of times now and it sets my foundation well.

The Matte Lipstick in Cowboy Nude (RRP £20.00, member price £2.23) is a lovely mid nude / brown shade which is right up my street – it’s slightly more beige toned than the image looks above. The formula is surprisingly creamy, and easy to apply, and felt neither hydrating nor drying on my lips. And the Superglazy Lipgloss in Sugar Bun (RRP £19.00, member price £2.14) is a nice non-sticky gloss – and the shade Sugar Bun matches the lipstick really well. There’s nothing particularly special about this gloss, but for just over £2.00 I think it’s a bargain.

And lastly the Uber Volume Boost Mascara (RRP £20.00, member price £1.93) – I’m quite fussy with mascaras and I was actually rather surprised with this one as I really rather liked it! My short straight lashes can be a real pain, but this mascara gave a nice curl with a decent level of volume without being to heavy – this is great for every day wear for me.

Overall my initial impression is this is pretty decent makeup (but not particularly outstanding)  and the member prices really are fantastic for the quality you’re getting – BUT – when you consider you’re spending £10 a month on a subscription, and might not buy products every month, the amount you’re spending will soon tot up. Even if you don’t purchase anything for only one month, your £2.14 lip gloss has suddenly cost you £22.14 (£10 for last month’s subscription, £10 for the current month’s, plus the lip gloss cost price) – so though I do like the concept, I think you really need to weigh it up before being bowled over by the Beauty Pie’s crazy cheap prices.

I’d love to hear what you think of this concept? I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

Lifestyle: Moi-Meme October Hygge Box Review

Posted on November 6, 2016

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Hi Guys!

If you haven’t heard of Moi-Meme, this is a brand new quarterly lifestyle box which launched earlier this year, and I think this is only their second box. I love that each box has a theme – and I have to admit I did google ‘hygge’ to find the exact meaning as well as how to pronounce it. I knew it was Danish, and it was some sort of new lifestyle trend, but wasn’t sure of the exact meaning…

So for those as in the dark as I was, Hygge (pronounced hoo-gah) roughly translates to ‘cosiness’ but it actually means much more than that. Hygge is a whole lifestyle concept, where you take simple every day tasks and make them more meaningful –

Hygge; noun – a fundamental quality of Danish culture, Hygge cannot be translated using a single word. Rather, it includes many of the pleasures associated with everyday living – relaxing with friends, enjoying good food, and creating a cosy evening by lighting a candle or two.

The Mio-Meme Hygge box contains a fab selection of products aiming to help you feel warm and cozy this winter, as well as a couple of skincare and jewellery treats too –

  • Cosy Sleep Socks (£18.00)
  • Lavender Bag (£5.00)
  • Nuori Vital Foaming Cleanser 100ml (worth £25.00)
  • Nuori Vital Eye Cream 5ml (worth £16.66)
  • Edblad Monaco Bracelet (worth £26.00)
  • The Bath Candle Company Somerset Apple & Cinnamon Candle (worth £25.00)

Total value of box = £115.66. Considering the box is £49.95 per quarter, you’re definitely getting good value for money.

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My favourite product in this box has to be The Bath Candle Company Candle – apart from looking super chic it also smells amazing! The scent is Somerset Apple & Cinnamon and it really smells to die for. I’ve just taken a look at their site and their other scents sound wonderful too. I think I’ll be popping their Orange & Chilli candle on my Christmas list!

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Next are the Cosy Sleep Socks from Love Yawn. These socks are wonderfully soft and include a small amount of cashmere in the material, to give an element of luxury and comfort. Now the weather has gotten colder I’ve been wearing them in bed, and my toes have been super toasty and warm.

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I was really surprised to find a gorgeous bracelet in the box – this gorgeous Monaco Bracelet from Edblad of Stockholm is just so delicate and pretty – and even if it’s not your style, it would make a fabulous Christmas gift.

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There’s also a couple of skincare products in the box from Nuori. I haven’t heard of this brand before so looked them up and found out that they are in fact Danish, which of course goes nicely with the Hygge theme. What makes them different to every other skincare brand is they make small batches of products every 12 weeks – therefore each product is fresh and includes less additives and preservatives thank your average skincare. You can read more about them here.

Their Vital Foaming Cleanser is a luxuriously creamy cleanser that removed makeup and impurities without stripping the skin of its natural oils, and the Vital Eye Cream sample is a lightweight eye cream that promises to hydrate the eye area whilst reducing the signs of ageing.

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And lastly the Rainy Days Lavender Bag from Love Yawn. This super cute fabric bag is filled with fragrant lavender, which is known for its calming and relaxing effects. You can with put this under your pillow to help you get a good night’s sleep, or throw in a drawer to keep your clothes smelling fresh.

I’m really impressed with the Moi-Meme Hygge Box – though it is on the expensive side, the products included are of fantastic quality, and it’s also worth remembering that this box is quarterly – which (when you consider shipping costs) makes it a similar cost to most monthly beauty boxes when you add up the price over a quarter.

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The Hygge box was so popular that unsurprisingly it has now sold out. So if you think this looks good and fancy signing up for Moi-Meme’s next box – if you subscribe before December 31st you will receive your first box in January. I should mention however, that most of the items from the Hygge box are still available to buy individually in the Moi-Meme shop, so definitely check that out if you like the look of these products.

You can also use code TSNC5 to get £5 off your first box – this has no expiry date 🙂

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Cohorted September 2016 Beauty Box Review

Posted on October 2, 2016

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Hi Guys!

I’m a bit late with Cohorted’s September box – I’ve been so busy lately it’s unreal! Let’s take a look inside!

  • Cargo Land Down Under Palette, worth £35.00.
  • Percy & Reed No Fuss Fabulousness Dry Shampoo, worth £12.00.
  • Percy & Reed Perfectly Perfecting Wonder Balm, worth £18.00.
  • Kure Bazaar Nail Polish in French Rose, worth £14.00.
  • MAC False Lashes Extreme Mascara, 3ml worth about £7.00.

Total value of box = £86.00.

Ok so on first glance, I feel like this box isn’t too bad, but I must admit the Cargo Land Down Under Palette, being the main attraction feels a bit ‘same old’ to me. Cohorted have included so many different Cargo palettes over the months – it would have been nice to see a different brand really. If this is your first Cohorted box though, or your first with a Cargo palette, I think you’ll be happy. The palette itself is a lovely product. It contains a selection on 12 shadows, in mostly neutral shades with a couple bright summery tones too. There is also a black eyeliner pencil and a double ended brush included in the palette.

Next the Percy & Reed products. I haven’t tried this brand before so I was happy to find these in the box. The No Fuss Fabulousness Dry Shampoo is a ‘no frills’ dry shampoo that promises to soak up excess oil, cleanse the scalp and leave hair looking fresh and shiny. And the Perfectly Perfecting Wonder Overnight Recovery Balm is an overnight treatment that you apply to dry hair before going to bed – then wash off in the morning. I love the sound of this as it’s supposed to help strengthen the hair and combat brittleness and breakage. I’m looking forward to trying this out!

The Kure Bazaar Nail Polish is a nice addition to the box too. Shade French Rose is a pretty pale baby pink – unfortunately though, I haven’t been able to unscrew the lid! I’ve tried a few times with no luck – does anyone have any tips for opening stuck nail polish bottle lids??

And lastly the MAC False Lashes Extreme Mascara sample. I put the value of this as ‘about £7.00’ as thats what it works out at when you consider a full size tube at 8ml is £19.00. BUT – those that purchase from MAC will know that these samples are given free with your online orders, so I feel that this is kind of devalued because of that. I guess it depends how you look at it really! It’s a nice mascara though, and a great way to try a sample before you go for the full sized product.

So I think overall this box has been a bit hit and miss really – I’d love to hear your thoughts.

I hope you enjoyed my post xx

Cohorted August 2016 Beauty Box Review

Posted on August 15, 2016

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Hi Guys!

Cohorted’s August beauty box has just arrived, so let’s take a look inside…

  • NARS Andy Warhol Flowers III Palette, worth £45.00
  • Smith & Cult Nail Polish in xx, worth £19.00
  • Nunzio Saviano Anti-Frizz Sheets, worth £14.00
  • Cohorted Ovali Brush, worth £18.99
  • Lancome Precious Cells Eye Cream, 2x 3ml tubes, worth £24.00

Total value of box = £120.99.

Ok so overall this looks like a great box – let’s start with the NARS Andy Warhol Flowers III Palette. Now I’m going to be completely honest and admit I feel a bit on the fence about this one. On the face of it this is an excellent product, it’s a limited edition Andy Warhol palette, and though unboxed, it’s a really nice eyeshadow palette of high value. My only niggle is that this product was launched in 2012 – making it four years old. Now some people might not have a problem with this (and personally I don’t in this case, but of course this depends on the product as well as personal preference) but I think this is definitely a point worth mentioning. You can see what the inside of the palette looks like here.

Next the Smith & Cult Nail Polish – now this really is a gorgeous product! I have a few Smith & Cult polishes (check them out here) and they really are fab polishes, as well as being presented in stunning packaging. This shade is Regret The Moon, it’s a lovely warm white, with the slightest tint of pink to it. In contrast to the above NARS product, this is actually a brand new shade which is great news! 🙂

Next we have Nunzio Saviano – a brand that I haven’t heard of, but their Anti-Frizz Sheets do sound rather appealing, especially with the hot weather we’ve been having lately. The box contains 15 individually wrapped sheets which promise to instantly smooth hair and eliminate frizz, while controlling static ad taming flyways. I think I’ll be taking a few of these to New York with me next week!

Next the Cohorted Ovali Brush. I’ve already done a comparison post on an original Artis brand oval style brush, compared to an Ebay dupe – and in my opinion you definitely don’t need to spend a fortune on ‘oval’ brushes. Cohorted’s own branded oval brushes come with a really nice rose gold and matte black finish, with the Cohorted logo printed on the handle. These are available to order now from Cohorted as either single brushes or sets.

And lastly, the Lancome Precious Cells Eye Cream – I couldn’t actually believe it when I worked out that the two tiny 3ml samples included in the box are actually worth £12.00 each! If you look the product up online you’ll see a 20ml tub is £80.00, so this is a great opportunity to try a product that many of us wouldn’t usually have the opportunity to due to the high price. This product promises to firm, nourish and reduce wrinkles. I’ll be interested to see if it makes any difference to my rather large eye bags!

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Overall I think this is a great box, and definitely well worth the £35.00 price tag. I’d love to hear your thoughts!

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Cohorted July 2016 Beauty Box Review

Posted on August 8, 2016

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Hi Guys!

I’m a bit late with this one but I finally have Cohorted’s July box to share with you – and in my opinion it’s one of their best yet! Let’s take a look inside the box –

  • NARS Monoi Body Glow 2, worth £25.00.
  • HD Brows Sculpt & Glow Palette, worth £45.00.
  • Bobbi Brown Soothing Cleansing Oil, worth £10.00.
  • Vintage Cosmetics Company Blending Sponge, worth £5.95.
  • Bellapierre Mineral Lipstick in Envy, worth £17.05.
  • Bellapierre Waterproof Gel Lipliner in Cinnamon, worth £17.05.

Total value of box = £120.05. WOW! So this box is basically worth a fortune, and includes some fantastic sounding products…

The NARS Monoi Body Glow 2 is a lightweight, multipurpose oil, with the most gorgeous warm tropical fragrance – it just smells like holiday! It contains Monoï de Tahiti oil infused with a variety of nutrients, to leave skin glowing, hydrated and radiant. The bottle also contains a sweet little tiare flower for an added element of luxury.

Next, the HD Brows Sculpt & Glow Palette – this handy palette contains two easy to use shades to contour and highlight the face. It promises to create a naturally highlighted effect that will leave the face looking radiant and illuminated. It’s also infused with Argan Oil to deliver moisture to the complexion, whilst remaining gentle to the skin.

The Bobbi Brown Soothing Cleansing Oil is described as an indulgent way to cleanse skin, containing a blend of Jasmine Flower Extract, Kukui Nut Oil and botanical oils it dissolves surface impurities and makeup without disrupting the skin’s natural balance. Leaving skin feeling soothed, supple and comfortable.

The Vintage Cosmetics Company Blending Sponge – just like a Beauty Blender, the Vintage Cosmetics Company Blending Sponge promises to help you apply makeup such as foundation, concealer and highlighter with ease, giving a flawless, no-streak finish. The sponge is also infused with Vitamin E, which is renowned for its moisturising properties.

And the Bellapierre Mineral Lipstick in Envy is the most gorgeous muted dusky rose shade – this really caught my eye just because the colour is so beautiful! The lipstick formula contains a blend of iron oxides with vitamins C and E to protect and moisturise lips, while the natural mineral pigments and waxes allow the colour to glide on effortlessly for a smooth and long-lasting finish.

And lastly, the Bellapierre Waterproof Gel Lipliner in Cinnamon – this is a waterproof lip pencil with a creamy texture, formulated with minerals, natural waxes, and antioxidants to give perfect definition, that you can apply with ease.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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QVC Tili (Try It, Love It) Beauty Box #TiliBeauty

Posted on July 20, 2016

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Hi Guys!

I hope you’re not melting too much in the heatwave? I definitely am! 🙂

I have a brand new and really rather awesome beauty box to share with your today – this is QVC’s TILI box…

TILI stands for Try It, Love It, and the idea is that the box includes luxury samples of some of QVC’s most popular beauty products, giving customers the opportunity to test out new launches from the brands you love, as well as discovering the brands you never knew you needed. It contains QVC’s beauty buyers favourite picks, across skincare, make-up, tanning and body care, and full size versions of all the products in the box are also available at QVC to purchase.

I should point out that there isn’t a subscription service, but there will be a new box available every 3 months. Each box will cost £20.00 and the products will be different each month, with the next box being available in October.

So let’s take a look at what’s included –

  • Essie Nail Polish in Ballet Slippers, full size worth £8.95.
  • Nexxus Shampoo and Conditioner, 89ml each, worth £5.34 each.
  • Vita Librata Phenomenal Mousse, 25ml, worth £6.25.
  • Alpha H Liquid Gold, 50ml, worth £16.75.
  • Elemis Smart Cleanse Micellar Water, 50ml, worth £6.00.
  • BareMinerals Skincare Skinlongevity Vital Power Infusion, 7.5ml, worth £8.33.
  • Becca Backlight Priming Filter, 6ml, worth £5.62.

Total value of box = £62.58.

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On first impression I’m really impressed with the contents of the first TILI box. QVC have included some amazing high end brands, as well as covering a range of beauty including skincare, hair care and makeup. Let’s take a closer look at the products –

Alpha H Liquid gold: Arealy a cult product, this powerful revitalising lotion is designed to help dull, tired and ageing skin appear brighter, as well as improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Vita Librata Phenomenal Mousse: This self-tanning mousse is fast-drying and is designed to last for up to two to three weeks – which really is amazing! It also has a tailored-to-you formula allowing you to choose your desired level of colour.

BareMinerals Skincare Skinlongevity Vital power Infusion: This first-of-its-kind modern serum essence by bareMinerals unleashes your skin’s vitality, youthful resilience and radiance. With the brand’s patented Long Life Herb Extract at its core, this formula leaves your skin feeling empowered, renewed and fortified.

Becca Backlight Priming Filter: This is another must-have cult product, due to the recent popularity of the Becca brand – it’s also been on my wish list for a while so I’m really pleased to find this in the box! The Becca Backlight Priming Filter acts as an instant filter on the skin, creating a diffused, soft-focused radiance that allows your complexion to catch light for a glowing look. It’s also infused with Becca’s blend of crushed pearls, giving the complexion a lit-from-within, healthy-looking glow.

Essie Nail Polish in Ballet Slippers: A classic shade that all nail enthusiasts will be aware of – Ballet slippers is a beautiful pale pink polish with a subtle, sheer finish. This beloved award-winning essential is an iconic colour for all seasons.

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Nexxus Shampoo and Conditioner: This shampoo and conditioner duo is perfect for re-balancing and hydrating dry or damaged hair. They contain 100% pure elastin protein and a precious caviar complex to help restore the hair’s natural protective barrier, leaving hair balanced and flexible.

Elemis Smart Cleanse Micellar Water: This refreshing and clarifying micellar water effectively cleanses the skin, removing make-up and the daily build-up of skin pollutants. Cleansing micelles are combined with a complex of natural surfactants to lift impurities from the skin, revealing a clear, radiant complexion.

I have to say I’m really impressed with QVC’s first TILI box. I think the price is fantastic considering the brands included as well as the decent sizes of the luxury samples. This is definitely a must have for beauty box fans!

The QVC July TILI Beauty Box is available from 22/07/16 at QVC.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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LookFantastic July 2016 #LFSummerLovin Beauty Box

Posted on July 14, 2016

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Hi Guys!

LookFantastic’s latest beauty box has just arrived, and as expected it’s full of fantastic beauty treats! Let’s take a look inside the box –

  • Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil in shade 6 – mini size, worth £9.25.
  • This Works In Transit Camera Close-Up Moisturiser, 20ml worth £15.00.
  • Kebelo Silk Anti Frizz Cream, 15ml worth £5.97.
  • Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Or Golden Shimmer Oil, 10ml worth £3.80.
  • BellaPierre Cosmetics Cheek & Lip Stain in Pink, full size worth £12.99.
  • MiTi Hair Ties x3, worth £4.95.
  • Elle Magazine, handbag size, worth £4.10.

Total value of box – £56.06.

Ok so starting with the stand out product here, which is of course the Benefit Goof Proof Pencil. Now I already have this, so I know it’s a fantastic product, and out of the few new Benefit brow products I’ve tried, this was easily my favourite. My only slight niggle here is that I’ve received shade 6 in this box, which is the darkest colour and almost black, so unfortunately it’s not suitable for me. I’m not sure if LookFantastic are giving everyone a shade 6 or if it’s a random selection. I know I’ll be able to give this to one of my friends though who will be very happy to use it!

The This Works In Transit Camera Close-Up Moisturiser is a fantastic sounding 3-in-1 product, it promises to even, plump and brighten the skin, whilst acting as a mask, moisturiser and a primer all in one handy tube. The formula contains repairing plant oils as well as caffeine to erase signs of fatigue and make your skin look radiant – I’m looking forward to trying this out.

Next the Kebelo Silk Anti Frizz Cream – this is perfect for tackling unruly frizz, and it’s enriched with Quinoa, Amaranth and Chamomile to smooth and revitalise hair. It also contains Argan and Jojoba oil, to leave hair nourished, shiny and silky, as well as a unique heat protector and colour lock shield to protect the hair, whilst still sealing in richness.

The Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Or Golden Shimmer Oil is one of Nuxe’s most famous products – it’s a multi-use dry oil that gives a golden shimmer to your face, body and hair. The oil contains a cocktail of six precious plant oils (borage, St Johnswort, sweet almond, camellia, hazelnut, and macadamia) to nourish, repair and soften face, body and hair, leaving skin velvety soft, and hair supple glossy and full of volume.

The BellaPierre Cosmetics Cheek & Lip Stain in Pink is a multi-use stain for cheeks and lips that’s both easily blendable and buildable. The stain can be applied sparingly for a subtle look, or layered for more intense finish, and you can use it as a lip balm, or on the apples of your cheeks for a sheer veil of colour.

And lastly the MiTi Hair Ties – this set of three hair ties has been designed specifically to be gentle on hair, leaving no indent, yet staying sturdy throughout the day and providing perfect hold. They’re also ideal for wear during sleep, as the ties are super gentle, reducing head stress for long-lasting comfort.

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The LookFantastic beauty box costs from £11.25 per box (depending on your subscription preference) and it’s available now at LookFantastic.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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