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M&S Beauty Advent Calendar 2016 – SPOILER!

Posted on October 7, 2016

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Hi Guys!

This year’s beauty advent calendars are hitting the shops thick and fast, and earlier than ever. I mean we’re still a few weeks away from Halloween and a load of calendars have launched already! I’ve recently shared the L’Occitane 2016 Advent Calendar, and now I have the M&S Beauty Advent Calendar to show you!

I’ve had a few people request I share the entire contents, rather than give a sneak peek – so I shall do just that!

Just to give you a few details – to pick up this amazing calendar you need to spend £35.00 in M&S across Beauty, Clothing and Home (excluding furniture) then you can purchase the M&S Beauty Advent Calendar for just £35.00. It’s filled with beauty goodies worth over a massive £250.00, and each day contains a festive treat to pamper skin, style hair and treat nails.

Let’s take a look at what you get…

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You can see M&S have included a fantastic selection of brands, as well as some very generous sized products. I’m loving the look of both the nail polishes – the colours are gorgeous! As well as the Eyeko eyeliner and Shay & Blue fragrance. I’ve also included the full list below –

  • Alpha H Liquid Gold 50ml
  • Autograph All in one Nail Colour in Cranberry 11ml
  • Burts Bees Beeswax Lip Balm with Vitamin E & Peppermint 4.25g
  • Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm 15ml
  • Eyeko Skinny Mini Liquid Eyeliner in Black 1.2g
  • Filorga Time Filler 15ml
  • Formula Absolute Ultimate Sleep Cream 15ml
  • Josh Wood Radiant Shine Hair Treatment Oil 28ml
  • Leighton Denny Mini Crystal Nail File
  • Look Good Feel Better Mini Powder Brush
  • Nails Inc Gel One Coat Nail Polish in Piccadilly Court 10ml
  • Neal’s Yard Remedies Bee Lovely Hand Cream 50ml
  • Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse 30ml
  • Percy & Reed Perfectly Perfecting Wonder Balm 30ml
  • Philip Kingsley Elasticizer 40ml
  • Pixi Brow Tamer 4.5ml
  • Pur Minerals Correcting Primer Prep & Perfect 10ml
  • REN Evercalm Global Protection Day Cream 30ml
  • Rituals The Ritual of Sakura Body Cream 70ml
  • Rodial Super Acids X-treme Acid Rush Peel 20ml
  • Rosie for Autograph Lip Glossy in Supermodel Shine
  • Shay & Blue Atropa Belladonna Natural Spray Fragrance 10ml
  • Skyn Iceland Icelandic Relief Eye Cream 5ml
  • Studio 10 Miracle Effect Priming Serum 5ml
  • Ultrasun Face SF 30 25ml

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What an amazing lineup hey? This really is a must have for beauty fans this Christmas!

The M&S Beauty Advent calendar will be available from 10th November at M&S. (And you can see my rundown of every single beauty advent calendar available for Christmas 2016 here)

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Cohorted March 2016 Beauty Box Review

Posted on March 13, 2016

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Hi Guys!

I hope you’re having a great weekend?

The latest box from Cohorted has just landed this week, and as usual I can’t wait to see what’s inside! Let’s take a look –

  • theBalm Nude Tude Palette, worth £30.00
  • PIXI Crayon Combo in Supernatural, worth £14.50
  • Nails Inc Nail Polish in Cadogan Square, worth £5.95
  • Bare Minerals Heavenly Face Brush, worth £14.50
  • theBalm Put A Lid on It Primer, 3.7ml sample worth £3.00

Total value of box – £67.95

Ok so this is a pretty decent looking box! The main product here has to be the theBalm Nude Tude Eyeshadow Palette – this is a gorgeous palette, and I should mention that it was actually also included in September’s box too, as well as the Put A Lid on It primer sample – so if you’re a regular monthly subscriber who received that box you may be disappointed to receive the same products again this month. If you didn’t receive September’s box though, I think this is a fantastic palette packed with every day neutral shades, and it will be very well received.

Next we have the Bare Minerals Heveanly Face Brush, which is another product I thought I’d seen before. I double checked this and found it was in fact included in April’s box last year. Again it’s a fab little face brush and I have no complaints at all about the product itself, but those that picked up April’s box may be a bit disappointed to see the same product again.

We also have a Nails Inc Nail Polish in Cadogan Square in here, which is quite an interesting shade. It’s kind of a warm light caramel, and it’s also a cream shade so there’s no sparkle or shimmer here. I think this is a bit of a marmite colour where some will love it and some won’t be quite so keen on it.

And lastly the PIXI Crayon Combo in Supernatural, now I’m sure this should have been in last month’s box, but it was replaced for me with a Dove product. I don’t have the booklet from last months box any more though so I can’t check. I’ve also just had a quick look through Twitter and it would seem that everyone received the Dove product rather than the PIXI pencil last month. Maybe Cohorted had stock issues and it was supposed to be in last months’ box? I don’t know. Either way I’m really glad I have it now – I love PIXI products and this is a fantastic multi purpose duo pencil which can be used as an eyeliner or smudged out over the lid as an eyeshadow.

So overall, I think this box is a bit hit and miss. If you haven’t purchased any of the other boxes I’ve mentioned above, then I think most customers will really be pretty pleased with March’s offerings. Personally though I do feel it’s a bit disappointing seeing products repeated. I’d love to know if you have this box and what you think of it?

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Cohorted November Beauty Box | Review

Posted on November 11, 2015

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Hi Guys!

November’s Cohorted Box has just landed, and as expected, it’s full of fantastic beauty and skincare products…

  • Cargo Cosmetics The Essentials Eyeshadow Palette, worth £35.00.
  • Laura Mercier The Flawless Facebook Palette in Nude, worth £38.00.
  • Bare Minerals Instant Eye Reviver, worth £6.99.
  • Nails Inc polish in Chelsea Flower Show, worth £11.00.
  • Nails Inc polish in Colville Mews, worth £11.00.
  • Chloe Eau De Parfum for Her, 5ml vial, value n/a.

Total value of box – £101.99

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The Cargo palette is easily the stand out product here, and Cohorted seem to be quite the fan of Cargo as this is the third palette I’ve received in their boxes! Their eyeshadows are fantastic and I’m so glad I found their brand through Cohorted – I may not have discovered them otherwise!

The Essentials Eyeshadow palette contains muted neutral matte and shimmer shades, in variations of greys, browns and peaches. It’s influenced by the hues of urban architecture, and also contains a dual-ended eyeshadow brush. This has some great every day shades in it that are lovely to use and through previous experience I know they last all day. I think I’ll be getting a lot of use out of this palette!

The next palette is the Laura Mercier Flawless Facebook Palette, this contains a creme tinted moisturiser compact, a mineral pressed powder, two shades of secret camouflage, a secret concealer and a camouflage brush. This set would be perfect to throw in your makeup bag instead of carrying around a load of cover up products, or if you just want to travel light. My only issue with this set though would be that it’s not going to suit everyone’s skin tone.

I love Nails Inc polishes, and the two beauties included in this month’s box are no exception. Colville Mews is a lovely light nude beige shade – I love nude nails so I’m really happy with this. I think the other shade, Chelsea Flower Show is a bit of a ‘marmite’ colour, meaning some people will love it and some will not be so keen. Personally I think it’s great!

The Bareminerals Instant Eye Reviver is one of the most interesting products I’ve come across in a while. Firstly, the bottle felt empty, so I initially thought I may have received a dud. But nope, this little bottle actually contains a powder, with the strangest texture ever. You’re advised to pat the product under the eyes gently, and as soon as you touch it, it disappears and has almost a silicone primer feel on the skin. I don’t feel like this gives me instant results, but I’ll see if it makes any difference in time.

And lastly it was nice of Cohorted to throw in an extra sample, this time it was a 1.2ml vial of Chloe EDP, which is a lovely fresh floral fragrance.

Did you pick up November’s box? I’d love to hear if you have any of these products too!

I hope you enjoyed my post! xxx

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Latest In Beauty – Capital FM Best Of Summer Beauty Box

Posted on June 29, 2015

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Hi Guys!

I’ve got a pretty exciting beauty box on the blog for you today! This is Latest in Beauty’s most recent collaboration with Capital FM – The Best Of Summer #Capitalbeautybox. This box is £17.95 and contains a massive bundle of products to help you look amazing this sumer!

Let’s take a look in the box –

  • MUA Mega Volume Mascara (7ml) worth £3.00
  • Hawaiian Tropic Satin Protection Ultra Radiance Sun Lotion (100ml) worth £5.99
  • Malin + Goetz Travel Skincare Mini Set worth £10
  • Carmex Moisture Plus Lip Balm in Berry (full size) worth £4.50
  • MUA Poptastic Eyeshadow Palette (full size) worth £4.00
  • Fudge Urban Hair Art (full size) worth £5.99
  • Dr Organic Dead Sea Minerals Bio-Plasma Mud Mask (100ml) worth £7.99
  • Nails Inc Gel Effect Nail Polish (8ml) worth £10
  • Colab Sheer & Invisible Paris Dry Shampoo (50ml) worth £2.50
  • I Love… Perfectly Peachy Bath & Shower Cream (10ml) worth £1.00

Total value = £54.97

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Ok so I’m going to start with the Nails Inc polish, as this really caught my eye! The shade Soho Place is just beautiful – I love greens and blues on my nails so this definitely gets a thumbs up from me! It also has a gel effect finish so it gives a super shiny, ‘salon’ finish to your nails which I love.

The Dr Organic Bioactive Skincare Organic Dead Sea Mineral Bio-Plasma Mud Mask (what a mouthful) caught my eye next, because I’m a big fan of masks and I haven’t heard of this brand before. This is a detoxifying mask that penetrates deep into the skin to remove excess oil and impurities whilst stimulating new cell regeneration. I’ve just tried this mask and my skin is now feeling super clean and fresh!

Next is the Malin & Goetz mini set, which includes their Grapefruit Face Cleanser (10ml), Vitamin E Face Moisturiser (10ml) and Lip Moisturiser (5ml) I haven’t had a chance to try the face products out yet, but I can tell you the cleanser smells lovely! The Lip Moisturiser though, I absolutely love! I’m forever getting dry lips and I pretty much have lip balms coming out of my ears after collecting so many of them. I’ve only used this Lip Moisturiser a couple of times so far but I can confidently say it’s one of my all time favourites already – possibly my actual favourite! Seriously, if you suffer with dry lips, you need this product. Also, a full sized Lip Moisturiser is only £10 from Space NK – take a look and you may notice everyone that’s left a review has given this product 5 stars!

On the subject of lip balms, there’s also a rather nice Carmex Moisture Plus Tinted Lip Balm in the box, this is handy if you like a hint of colour but aren’t keen on a full on lipstick. This will definitely be added to my makeup bag!

Next up is the Co Lab Dry Shampoo in Paris. This apparently has a ‘floral fragrance’ – I can’t quite put my finger on it but there’s something really quite masculine about this scent, it smells like a man’s deodorant to me! If the fragrance doesn’t deter you, the mini 50ml bottle is the perfect size to throw in your handbag.

Keeping with the theme of hair, there’s also a new Fudge Urban Spray In Hair Colour in Violet Haze in the box. This is the spray in / wash out type of hair colour, so it won’t permanently dye your hair. I’ve just sprayed this in my husbands dark brown hair, and he has a nice lilac streak now! 😀

The Hawaiian Tropic Satin Protection SPF30 Sun Lotion is another fantastic product – the cream sinks into the skin leaving no residue, and the best bit? It smells like HOLIDAY! This is seriously one of the best smelling sun lotions I’ve ever tried. I’ll be dreaming of tropical climes tonight after inhaling this!

And lastly the MUA products, considering they’re cheap as chips, they’re actually not too bad at all! The eyeshadow palette contains some pretty bright colours so it won’t be to everyone’s taste, but it’s a great and inexpensive way to start dabbling with colour, and the Mega Volume Mascara again wasn’t too bad, it didn’t give my stumpy lashes the best volume ever, but it could have been a lot worse.

Ok so over all this really is a pretty awesome box! I’m so impressed with the range and quality of the contents, plus at only £17.95 it’s is a complete bargain! Grab one now while you can!

You can purchase this box now from Latest In Beauty. I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Ciate Wow Collection Holographic Jewel Nail Polish Review and Swatches

Posted on February 17, 2013

I bought this polish from ASOS the other day after lusting after it for ages. ‘This shimmering paint pot gives your manicure that instant sparkle factor with pieces of Jewel coloured strands that catch the light, reflecting a multi-coloured tone.’ Here are the results –

Firstly I thought I’d better cut my nails as they’re getting a bit long and wonkey!

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This is better, I then added a Sally Hansen clear base coat.

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Jewel has a sheer purple, almost clear base so I decided to use Nails Inc Putney Bridge as a base colour. This is a fabulous colour and only one coat was needed.

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I then added one coat of jewel. The sparkles transferred to my nails really well, I found that using short strokes helped transfer them.

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And then I added a second coat, and WOW it looked amazing!!

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The result really was fantastic! The lilac sparkles catch the light and because they are also holographic, you get multi-dimensional rainbow sparkles, amazing!! Unfortunately my camera couldn’t capture the depth of the sparkles very well, I took some more pictures under a direct light so you can get an idea of the holographic effect. (excuse the bottles in the picture below, this was taken under the light on my kitchen counter 🙂

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Ciate Jewel costs £9 and is available direct from Ciate here and from ASOS here.