Monday, 29 May 2017

May Degustabox Review + £7 off Discount Code

Hi beaut's...

I have a subscription box review for you all today but it's a subscription box with a difference.... it contains yummy food and drink, so say hello to Degustabox*. Degustabox works very much like how beauty subscription boxes work, for £12.99 a month (postage included within the £12.99 price) you will receive 10 to 15 surprise food/drink products, many that are completely new to the market! So if your a bit of a foodie like myself and you love subscription boxes your going to love this beaut's! 
This month we have a picnic themed box with 14 yummy food and drink items to sink our teeth into, I'm going to kick things off with all the sweet treats starting with the huge bar of Cadburys Dairy Milk Peanut Caramel Crisp (£3.49), this is a new bar from Dairy Milks Big Taste range that will go down a treat with any peanut lover because it's crammed full with peanut filling, peanut pieces and gooey caramel and peanut halves, yum! Then we have three packets of Millions, one of which is the sour version (60p) and the other two are their chocolate covered version (50p), these bring back so many memories for me, I used to buy these from the sweet shop when they had to be weighed out, I loved them. The final sweet treat in this months box is a packet of Candy Kittens (£3.00), I have wanted to try these sweets for such a long time, they seem to be everywhere on Instagram and look so delicious, their actually an all natural and gluten free gummy sweet and I for one cant wait to dig in.
Within the savoury things this month we have a fresh item of Deli Kitchen's Skinni Wraps (£1.25), I love having wraps for lunch or for dinner as fajitas so these wont last long. Next up is some Homepride Strong White Bread Flour (£1.50), I love to bake but I must admit I don't bake much bread so I'm interested to use this and see if I can come up with something. Then we have some Portlebay Popcorn in Sweet Thai Flavour (79p), I don't really reach for savoury popcorn, I'm much more of a sweet popcorn lover however this packet went down an absolute treat with my boyfriend, he loved them! My final savoury item is a packet of Hippeas (£1.50) these are organic chickpea puffs which feel like your eating a packet of wotsits but these are so much better for you, I really enjoyed them.
Next up we have a few things perfect for breakfast starting with a box of MOMA Bircher Muesli in Raspberry and Coconut flavour (£3.20) these are quick soak oats that will have that overnight oats taste in 5 minutes, simply add some yogurt and a splash of apple juice and voila! No breakfast would be complete without a coffee so it's a good job we have a box of Bean Bags in this months box, these are like tea bags but for coffee, brillaint hey. This coffee has a rich, fruity flavour and has some dark chocolate within it for sweetness, it's such a treat first thing in the morning. Theres also a bag of Cereal Lovers Crunch Time Nuggets (£1.59) which I absolutely love, its a resealable bag of snacking granola which is in clusters that you can just eat alone on the go but I like to have mine with yogurt and fruit, it's so nice!
Finally this month we have a couple of drinks, firstly theres a huge bottle of Crabbie's Alcoholic Ginger Beer (£1.89), I love ginger beer and this after it's been chilled is so nice. Their was also a large can of Zeo Sparkling Orange and Mango (£1.19) which I have to say is one of my favourites in this months box, the weather has been so hot in the UK recently and this was super tasty and refreshing when it was boiling, I really enjoyed it!

Degustabox have kindly given me a discount code for all of my beautiful readers, all you have to do is pop 039DB into the promotional code box and you'll receive a whopping £7.00 discount when registering making your first box just £5.99. And don't worry beaut's, theres no commitments with Degustabox meaning you can cancel your subscription free of charge before the 10th of any month, but I mean why would you cancel monthly surprise food treats ha ha!

What do you think of the Degustabox concept beaut's? I'd love to know your thoughts!

nopin

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Maybelline NEW Colossal Big Shot Mascara Review

Hey beaut's!

It's no secret that I love a Maybelline mascara, their Sensational Mascara is one of my holy grails and has featured in many of my monthly favourites posts, so when I saw they had recently launched a new addiction to their mascara vault - the Colossal Big Shot Mascara I just had to give it a whirl.
Maybelline's Big Shot Mascara* is the newest member of the Colossal family claiming to create big, bold, volumous lashes from root to tip, which sounds right up my street, I love a volumising mascara. The mascara itself has a colossal brush which is an easy to use natural bristle brush, it's a great size for my smaller eye shape not being too big or wide and theres so many 'unique' wavy bristles which catch every lash. The formula itself is lovely, it's collagen enriched which creates that volumised look, it's super black, and it stays in place so well without any smudging, running or flaking which has really impressed me because the weather in the UK at the moment is so hot and yet it still hasn't budged. In terms of this mascara giving me a 'big shot' of volume I'd say it certainly does the trick, I have such short lashes naturally but this mascara makes them appear longer, fuller, separated and curled without the use of eyelash curlers, I've never once experienced any clumping either and usually one quick coat does the trick for me so I save time faffing about with layers too, although it is buildable if you want to create super volume.
Overall I love Maybellines new offering and it has become my go to mascara everyday now, I'm so impressed with how well it lasts on me 'no panda eyes here' even in this hot, humid weather, it doesn't even transfer on my brow bone which I find loads of my other mascara's do. I also love how it opens up my small eyes making them appear larger and brighter, so if your looking to try a new mascara beaut's then I'd highly recommend giving the Maybelline Colossal Big Shot Mascara a whirl.

You can find the Maybelline Colossal Big Shot Mascara for £7.99 HERE.

nopin

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Look Good Feel Better Makeup Brushes Review

Hey beaut's!

You might have seen that back in February I reviewed a couple of Look Good Feel Better makeup brushes, I was so impressed with the brushes and the charity that I couldn't wait to get some more of their lovely brushes to try. If you haven't heard of Look Good Feel Better before, they are the only worldwide cancer charity providing practical support for women and teenagers struggling with the side effects from cancer treatment. Their free masterclasses and workshops in venues across the UK help woman and teens to regain their confidence, and a donation of 8-12% from each sale of their brushes goes directly to the charity!
Look Good Feel Better have lots of brushes and makeup tools to choose from, I already have their foundation duo which I love and use for different things daily as their so versatile, but this time I've been trying out their Detailed Eyeliner Brush, Angled Contour Brush and the Mini Masterclass Set. Each LGFB brush is hand-made using super soft taklon bristles; making them allergy free, environmentally friendly and suitable for sensitive skin, and because their synthetic you can use each brush with cream, liquid and powder products so their uses are endless.
The Detailed Eyeliner Brush* (£6.99) is quite different to any other eyelining brush I've ever used before, it's actually a solid brush 'with no bristles' that you use to apply khol, gel or liquid eyeliner. Despite having no bristles I actually find this brush pretty easy to use and it's so precise, definitely great for anyone who struggles with liquid liner application for sure. The Angled Contour Brush* (£11.99) is absolutely stunning and I think it may be my all time favourite LGFB brush, it has the softest bristles that blend my contour, bronzer and blusher beautifully without disrupting any of my base makeup underneath, it feels so well made and luxurious too. The Mini Masterclass Set* (£19.99) is the perfect travel companion for any makeup or beauty lover who's on the go, within the set theres a Mini Foundation/Concealer Brush, a Mini Powder Brush and a Mini Eyeshading Brush, all of which you could use in a mulitude of ways to create a full face of glam on the go. I have to say these mini makeup brushes are bloody brilliant, I've had mini makeup brushes in the past and none compare to these LGFB minis, despite being miniature their actually a decent size that you can use properly, not like my other mini sets I've had that are just too small to use, the set also comes complete with a handy little pouch you can store your brushes in to keep them safe and clean.
Overall if your on the hunt for some new makeup brushes I 'd highly recommend Look Good Feel Better, the quality of the brushes is so so good, their all super soft and not scratchy against the skin in the slightest and it's for such a good cause too, whats not to love about mixing beauty with charity .

You can find the full range of Look Good Feel Better's brushes at Marks and Spencer, Feel Unique, Look Fantastic and Beauty Expert.

nopin

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Joan Collins Compact Duo Review

Hey beaut's!

You may have seen that back in April I tried out two of Joan Collins Divine Lips lipsticks and absolutely loved them, not only was the formula lush but the shades and the packaging where EVERYTHING and it definitely made me want to try more from Joan's makeup range. 
With the festival and holiday season coming up I thought it would be the perfect time to try  out the Joan Collins Compact Duo* - this is a 3-in-1 compact contains the Meticulous Pressed Powder and mini powder puff, a Divine Lips Lipstick in your chosen shade and the luxurious gold packaging comes complete with a well sized mirror within the flip up lid. As I just said before you do get to choose your own shade of lipstick when purchasing this compact, I love this because your not stuck with any ole shade of lipstick you might not like, also if you have other Divine Lips lipsticks in your collection they will also fit within the compact meaning you can switch between shades depending what shade you go for each day, genius!
The shade of lipstick I got within my compact is Crystal, this a the perfect, true red shade which I think would suit most complexions. As for the formula...it's stunning! To be honest I knew I'd love the formula because I love my other two lippies from Joan Collins, Crystal is so rich in pigmentation and completely opaque after one swipe, its super creamy and moisturising which is down to the added hyaluronic acid which really nourishes my lips. The lasting power is really good too considering it a creamy formula with a somewhat glossy sheen finish, however once the sheen has completely worn off I am left with slight stain on my lips by I don't mind that at all. The Meticulous Pressed Powder within the palette is perfect for any of those on the go touch ups, it instantly reduces shine and mattes down any areas that are more oily than others without feeling/looking heavy or cakey, it actually feel super silky smooth on the skin too which is nice.
Overall I bloody love this compact and the concept is brilliant too, if your looking for a good quality, travel friendly lippie and powder duo this holiday or festival season then I cant recommend this Joan Collins offering enough!

You can find the Joan Collins Compact Duo with and lipstick shade of your choice for £34.00 HERE or you can grab the compact by itself with just the Meticulous Pressed Powder within it for £16.00 HERE.

nopin

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Brush Works HD Miracle Silicone Oval Sponge Review

Hey beaut's!

Silicone sponges have been taking the beauty world by storm at the moment, everyone is so curious about them myself included so I knew it wouldn't be long before I had to try one out for myself. Brush Works actually have quite a few different variations of the silicone sponge to try, I have the Oval HD Miracle Silicone Sponge in Pink which I really like, I prefer this one to the completely clear ones you can get to be honest, that's my super girlie side coming out though hehe.
The Brush Works Oval HD Miracle Silicone Sponge* claims to speed up your daily makeup routine, giving you a flawless coverage as well as being more hygienic than a regular beauty sponge and doesnt waste product either..... So are the claims true??? Does it work??? Lets see... 
I have to admit this little silicone sponge certainly felt weird to use to begin with, to use the sponge I simply popped a pump of my foundation directly onto the sponge and then spread it around my face in a wiping motion, what I will say is that one pump was more than enough for my entire face so I definitely think over time I would save foundation if I used this sponge everyday. To get that flawless finish that the sponge claims to achieve you have to tap/bounce it over all areas where you've spread with foundation, this is pretty quick an easy to do however getting around the nose and eyes can be a little tricky, I like to squish the sponge in half to blend those areas and that technique works well for me. After the application process I must admit I was pleasantly surprised, my foundation did look pretty flawless, it wasn't heavy looking or cakey and had blended out really well. I can 100% agree theres no wastage of product because the sponge doesn't absorb anything and the spreading technique seems to make my foundation go further, its also super hygienic as it can be wiped/washed clean after every use so it's going to be so much better for the skin, and I feel like it would have a much longer life span than a beauty sponge which can go mouldy and gross.

Overall I'm actually quite surprised at how much I love this little silicone sponge because I thought this trend would be a fail for me but I love it, it's easy to use once you get used to the fact your using silicone and not sponge, it's easy to keep clean, saves me money in the long run because I don't go through as much foundation or concealer  as I used to and I love how hygienic it is, the silicone sponge gets a huge thumbs up from me that's for sure.

You can find the Brush Works HD Miracle Silicone Oval Sponge for £7.99 HERE.

nopin

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Benefit Ka-Brow! Review

Hey beaut's!

I'm really into doing my brows at the minute, I used to hate doing them but now I find it so satisfying getting them perfect and on point, no makeup look is complete without a pair of gorgeous brows after all hey he he. Whilst on this journey of loving my brows (yes it has been a journey lol) I've tried and tested so many products, but now I feel like I have a pretty good routine which I must admit mainly consists of Benefit products, but there was one brow product from Benefit that I hadn't tried but really wanted too and that was their Ka-Brow Cream-Gel. I didn't really want to commit to buying the full size Ka-Brow without giving the product a whirl first but luckily for me Feel Unique have a sample service that allowed me to get a pretty decent size sample to try and I thought I'd share my thoughts on it  today!
Benefit's Ka-Brow is cream-gel brow pomade which comes in a pot with a 'not half bad' built in brush which is super handy for when your on the go, and even though I have a deluxe size sample mine still had the brush attached which I thought was really good. I got the shade 1 which is the fairest of them all, it works well on my cool toned brows however I think shade 2 would be my exact match, but shade 1 still works fine for me. The formula itself is really nice and easy to work with, it creamy enough to blend well with my brows but still pigmented enough to do individual brush strokes creating natural looking brow hairs, it's also waterproof too which make it super long lasting without going hard to flakey, and I can confirm that once this stuff has set it isn't budging all day, I can promise you that!

All in all I'm so happy I finally got to try Benefit's Ka- Brow and I'll definitely be picking up the full size and maybe trying pomades from different brands too, I was always quite scared to use a pomade before, but since Ka-Brow was a such a hit for me I definitely want to dabble in some other. If your looking for a good, super long lasting, easy to use brow pomade beaut's I honestly cant recommend this bad boy enough!

You can find Benefit's Ka-Brow for £20.00 HERE.

nopin

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray Review *New Packaging*

Hey beaut's!

If you've read my blog for a while now it wont come as a shock to you at how much I love the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray because it's featured on my blog A LOT! But theres something a little different about my new bottle of All Nighter gorgeousness, yup the packaging has been given a cheeky face lift and I love it. Gone are the days where the old white packaging would have foundation prints and smudges all over it, now we have a gorgeous black and purple slightly rubberised bottle to play with which I think looks much better and is so chic.
The formula of the Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray* is the exact same as it was in the previous packaging so don't be alarmed about that, it's still as gorgeous as ever. What I love about the All Nighter Setting Spray is that it really does make my makeup stay put for so much longer - I'm talking a good 12 hours (full working day) without any fading, caking, melting and some how it smooths out any makeup that might have set into my fine lines, this has always been a problem for me with my smile lines but when I use this setting spray I've noticed it never really happens at all. It's also super lightweight and cant be detected once it's on the skin, it never feels sticky or tacky and I never feel like I have a film layer over my makeup either which gives this lots of sparkly points from me. I'd also highly recommend this if you have problems with shine or oiliness throughout the day, although this isn't a mattifying product as such, I've noticed especially in the humid weather we've been having in the UK recently that I don't get shiny or have the slight oily look on my t-zone at all, this is probably down to the sprays clever temperature control technology which lowers the temperature of your makeup keeping it in tact for longer.
If you haven't tried the All Nighter Setting Spray yet then I'd highly recommend grabbing yourself a travel size bottle to try, it's such a quick and easy final set in your makeup application that makes all the difference, I bloody love this stuff! 

The Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray can be found HERE in the travel size for £10.00 or full size for £23.50 . 

nopin