Shopping // Benefit & Red Carpet Manicure

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Benefit Dandelion Blusher | £23.50 // Benefit Gimme Brow in Light/Medium | £17.50 // Red Carpet Manicure in Coral Wishes, Violetta Darling, Caramel Moments & Blushful Moments | £12.95.

First impressions //
  • I'm surprised about the colour of the brow gel. I ordered it in the hope it would be ok for my strawberry-blonde/blonde/ginger eye brows and it actually is!
  • I don't like the packaging of the blush.
  • But I really like the colour.
  • I'm really not a fan of Caramel Moments. The colour isn't what it looks like from the bottle or other peoples swatches online. I don't even know if I want to go to all the effort of applying it because I can tell I'm not going to like it. 
  • The other three on the other hand I love.
  • Even if the two corals look pretty much identical. They are slightly different so in my head I can totally justify having them both. 

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Beauty Box // Glossybox August 2014*

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Comfort Zone Essentials Cleansing Milk | £20 // Recently I've been using a cleansing milk as my morning cleanser instead of a cleansing balm so this will be my back up once I've finished the Caudalie version. It's just slightly smaller than the full size so I'll actually be able to try it properly to see how my skin reacts to it rather than a tiny sample tube. I'm trying not to open/use products until I have finished what I am currently using so can't comment on the scent or how it works just yet.

Lalique L'Amour Perfume | £67 // The notes of this perfume are bergamot, rose, neroli, gardenia, jasmine, tuberose, cedar, sandalwood and musk. I don't think this is a perfume I'd buy a full bottle of but I'll enjoy the sample. It has the same notes as the perfumes I usually go for but it's pretty expensive, nearly £100 for the 100ml. I also really like the bottle as when you open it the perfume doesn't go everywhere like they normally do, instead you're able to dab it on as there's tiny little holes under the lid. If that even makes sense!

Figs & Rouge Mango Hand Cream | £6.95 // This is another one I haven't opened yet but I imagine it will smell amazing. I'm pretty sure I've had a Figs & Rouge hand cream before and really liked it.

Philip Kingsley Elasticizer | £38 // I've lost count of how many tubes of elasticizer I have and how many tubes I've gone through already. It's my favourite hair treatment to use as I can always tell a huge difference in how my hair feels after I've used it. It's a pre-shampoo treatment which always feels a bit weird applying conditioner before shampoo but you apply it to wet hair and leave on for about twenty minutes. I tend to apply it at the same time as the scalp mask from Philip Kingsley as you need wet hair when using it as well.

Kryolan For Glossybox Highlighter Cashmere | £12.95 // I haven't been a massive fan of the Glossybox beauty products that have been included in previous boxes but this collaboration with Kryolan is really good. Although the packaging isn't great, the highlighter itself is really nice.

Yves Rocher Rose Nail Polish | £3.60 // I'm always a fan of nail polishes being included in beauty boxes and this one is really cute.

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Beauty Box // Birchbox August 2014

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This months Birchbox is holiday themed and although I haven't got a beach get away planned this year I'l still enjoy giving all these a go. This months box was a little disappointing. If I was to build a summer holiday beauty box I would have included a bright neon nail polish, perhaps an SPF or after sun, a cooling mist and a summery scented perfume. Instead I got a leave-in conditioner, a cream eyeshadow, face oil, exfoliator and a cc cream that is way too dark. Perhaps I'm just expecting too much? I don't know!

Number 4 Super Comb Prep & Protect | £20 // Although not exactly an exciting product, it's a good size for taking away on holiday and something I always use after washing my hair.

Wild About Beauty Creme Eyeshadow | £13 // This is a brand I've never heard of before but the cream eyeshadow itself looks really nice. The packaging looks expensive and it's a lovely bronze shade.

NUDE Progenius Omega Treatment Oil | £58 // This is the stand out product for me as the full size is incredibly expensive to buy without trying it out first. I already have a mini bottle so I know I really like this oil but I will never turn down another sample size as it means I don't have to shell out nearly £60 for a little while longer. This oil works really well if you mix it with your normal moisturiser and it sinks in a little easier.

Vasanti Brightenup! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator | £26 // I don't use manual exfoilators as I have extremely sensitive skin and they all irritate my skin no matter how gently I use them.

Supergoop! Daily Correct SPF 35 CC Cream | £32 // Sadly this is another product I just wont be using as although it's in the shade light-medium it's still way too dark for my pale skin. Even if you blend it in incredibly well it leaves behind an unnatural orange tint to the skin. It's good that it has SPF35 in it though which is a lot higher than you normally see in beauty products.

The Proposal by Tasmina Perry | £7.99 // Not pictured as it's currently sitting in my work bag and I forgot all about it. This mini book is the first chapter of The Proposal.

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