Beauty Boxes // Glossybox October 2014*

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Nuxe 24h Soothing And Hydrating Fresh Mask | £19.50 // I've really been getting into overnight face masks recently as my skin has been playing up and become quite dry as the weather gets colder. This one you apply and leave on for ten minutes and then you massage any excess into your skin.

Etre Belle Cosmetics Liplift Peel | £12.95 // This is a bit of an odd product, it's a moisturiser slash exfoliator. It has very small, barely there, particles in it to buff away dry skin. If I'm going to buy a lip scrub then I'd prefer either Lush or Fresh but I'll happily use this one.

So Susan Cosmetics Flutter Mascara | £14.95 // I'm not really a fan of So Susan products as everything I have tried so far has looked and felt pretty cheap despite the price tag. I can't say I was thrilled to see another product from the brand in the box. I'm still hopeful with this mascara though and will try it out. It seems to have a wet formula and a traditional brush.

Ciate London Nail Polish in Talent Scout | £9 // A standard purple creme nail polish. I really like Ciate nail polishes but I was hoping for a more impressive shade.

Yves Rocher Quelques Notes D'Amour | £33 // How cute is this mini perfume bottle! The notes are damascus rose, guaiac wood and patchouli. This is a fresh floral scent and I really do like it.

Rimmel BB Cream Matte | £6.99 // Unfortunately this BB cream is way too dark for my pale skin so won't be able to use it.




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Beauty Box // Birchbox October 2014

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This months Birchbox helps you to get ready through the winter as well as raising awareness of breast cancer and all things pink. I'm not so impressed with the products in this months box, I'll use them all and probably like them all, but nothing wowed me when I pulled it out the bag. I like that they've changed the packaging up a little with the added pink pouch. It's the perfect size to keep a few essentials in it and then keep it in your handbag.

Lollipops Nail Polish | £7 // I'm not a huge fan of red nail polish, unless I'm using a gel polish, so I would have preferred a different colour. I haven't heard of this brand before so no idea what the formula or longevity is like.

Shaveworks The Cool Fix | £11 // I've seen this product while browsing Sephora online but actually haven't heard from anyone who has used it. It's a cooling gel that treats ingrown hairs, razor pumps and redness after shaving or waxing. After shaving my legs quite often a rash will appear no matter how careful I've been or what products I've used because I have such sensitive skin. I'm hoping this will help! Plus it smells really nice!

Pixi by Petra Shea Butter Lip Balm in Honey Nectar | £8 // I've wanted to try one of these tinted balms for such a long time but just never got round to ordering one so I'm pleased to see it in a Birchbox. On the lips Honey Nectar has a slight peach hint and it feels really moisturising. A good one to keep for winter if my lips become really dry and I can't really get away with wearing a lipstick.

KMS California Tame Frizz Taming Creme | £15 // I haven't tried too many products from KMS but I love their curling mousse so hoping this is just as good. My hair can get incredibly frizzy so this leave-in lotion will have to be amazing to sort out my mess of hair! I think this also works as a heat protector so means you can use one less product.

Cattier Pink Clay Face Mask | £4.25 // Pink clay is meant to be really good for sensitive skins, which is mine, and this one in particular has aloe vera in it as well to help moisturise the skin. From the looks of it and how much product is in each sample I think you could probably get four full face applications from the two sachets which is pretty good.


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Mini Reviews 021 // Emma Hardie // RMK // Caudalie

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Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm | £36 // When I first bought this I wasn't sure if it would live up to the hype or not but luckily it did. I first tried a mini tub from Latest In Beauty and then when that eventually ran out I bought the full size. I tend to reach for this in the winter when my dry skin is even drier as it's a heavier balm than others. I find the scent and massaging the balm into my skin really relaxing so I always look forward to cleansing when I use this. I do have to be a bit more careful when taking this off with a muslin cloth or flannel so no residue is left behind. It's great at removing make-up but because this is so expensive I tend to use a micellar water first and then use this to cleanse my skin therefore getting all the benefits from it. Only a small amount is needed as it turns into an oil when warmed up so this tub has lasted a really long time.

RMK Rose Cleansing Balm | £29 // I first came across this cleansing balm when it was included in a beauty box and I fell in love with it straight away. With the full size tub you get a mini spatula which makes it a lot easier to get the balm out of the tub and you are able to use the perfect amount. I find if I just scoop some out with my fingers I'm more likely to use too much product. Unlike some balm cleansers,like Emma Hardie, this feels really light on the skin and as it emulsifies with water, it never leaves your skin with a greasy feeling. The rose scent is lovely and my skin just seems to get on really well with this cleanser. It feels very gentle on my sensitive skin and I enjoyed using it in the summer when I wanted something moisturising but light.

Caudalie Vinosource SOS Thirst Quenching Serum | £28 // This is one of the few serums I've actually repurchased as it always impresses me every time I use it. It's quite a watery serum so it smooths over the skin really easily. I often find one pump isn't enough for my dry skin so I use between one and two pumps. If you have dry and/or dehydrated skin then this serum is for you although it's light enough I think it would work for oily skin as well. It's a good all rounder. I like to use it both day and night and it works underneath make-up well.

Caudalie Vinosource Moisturising Sorbet | £22 // This is one of the few moisturisers that I actually really like and would buy again and again. Despite having dry skin a lot of creams seem to just sit on the surface of my skin and don't actually sink in. This sinks in beautifully and although seems to disappear straight away, it's still really moisturising. It has a very unique texture, it sort of feels like a gel but light and fluffy which means it is a dream to apply and sinks into your skin immediately. It feels very light on the skin so was perfect to use during the summer when I still needed a lot of moisture in my skin but didn't want to feel like I had just applied a thick cream. The scent of this is just amazing! When I use this in conjunction with the serum my skin always feels and looks it's best.


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