Sunday, 9 February 2014

Love Me Beauty Box #1

Hello everyone!

I recently got January's 'Love Me Beauty' Box, but for blog's sake we shall call this Number One!

So I picked this specific box off the menu because it had a nice looking hand cream which I'm in need of at the moment as my hands are so, so dry with the winter months taking their toll!  So let's begin shall we...

NYX Cosmetics Single Eyeshadow in 'Rock'

Product Description: NYX pressed mineral eye shadows are packed with colour, easy to blend and will last for hours.  Go edgy or understated effortlessly when enjoying these luscious, long-wearing colours from sunrise to sunset.  This shimmery black eye shadow can be used for the ultimate smokey eye look teamed with a gorgeous nude coloured lip.

So I was really excited to see that a NYX product was included in my box because I have not invested in any of their products but have read lots about them from.  And I was really pleased with the results of this.

This probably wouldn't be a shade I would usually opt for but the colour was a random selection so I am just glad it wasn't an orange or a colour I would have really hated because I can see myself using this when creating a smokey eye look.  The colour is really more of a sparkly dark grey (not black as above) and the product itself was really easy to apply.  It went on nicely and doesn't crease and even after taking photos for the blog, I left this on and it stayed on for the rest of the day.  Like most sparkly eyeshadows, I was left with quite a few bits of glitter under my eyes but this should be expected.

Below are a few photos, including simply just using this product and also blending it with part of my Sleek palette.  I think it looks better blended in with a lighter colours, I thought the colour on its own was too heavy for me.  
Just using NYX on its own.
Lips: Rimmel by Kate Moss Matte Lipstick 'Wine 107' - full review available.
Just using NYX on its own.
Lips: Rimmel by Kate Moss Matte Lipstick 'Wine 107'.

With NYX and Sleek blended together
Lips : No 7 Intense Shine Lip Crayon in 'Sultry Kiss' - review coming soon.

Usual Price is £5.00 and link is here for a catalogue of all their available single shades. 

Would I buy this: I am unlikely to buy this colour again but the product itself was good and lasted well, so I will I will try and find myself a shade that will get more use out of on a regular basis.

Cosmetics a la Carte Divine Lash Mascara in Black

Product Description: Divine Lash comes with a slim tapered flexible brush, perfect for reaching every lash from corners to bottom lashes.  This mascara gives a lovely even coating of mascara upon application.  With a precise brush, the mascara combs through lashes to create length and definition with the advantage of no clumps.

Owww I got really excited about this product because it looks so nice, doesn't it?

I really like the product casing, shiny shiny and as I have already mentioned, this is my favourite kind of brush type so when I opened it I was really pleased.  It like many of the other mascaras I have tried recently has a little 'stopper' which helps wipes off excess mascara once you pull it out the tube. 

It applies really nice and defines lashes well.  My eyelashes looked lovely and long after use and I'm just really pleased with this as I had sort of lost faith in premium brand mascaras (after I bought so many with much disappointment).  

Lips : Body Shop Colour Crush Lipstick in Hot Date - as previously featured in January favourites
 I am wearing this mascara in all my photos except the ones where I have blended NYX with Sleek (as I took these photos on a different day) but I think if you look at the difference between the photos above where I am wearing this mascara and a Rimmel one, you can really see how much darker this one is and how it separates and coats more lashes.

Usual Price is £23.00 (and I got a full product not a sample so size is as in photo above) and can be found here.

Would I buy this: Yes I probably would be likely to buy this again if I happen to come across it.

Lord & Berry Eye Pencil in 'Mirror Black'

Product Description: Make your eyes stand out with this Lord & Berry Polish Eye Pencil.  The glossy black formula creates sharp definition with rich pigmentation.  Easy to apply, it can be smudges for a smokey look or applies to line eyes leaving a shine of liquid liner.  Rich and creamy, it long-lasting for an all-day definition.

This was another product I had read about and was looking forward to trying. 

Unfortunately, this just did nothing for me.  Perhaps it is because it is 'mirror black' with the sparkle in it and not just black.  In my opinion a sparkly eyeliner would perhaps be aimed at a teenager; I don't know if as a grown up woman I would every pick up an eyeliner with glitter in it.  

I don't really have much else to add, I didn't think it was either rich or creamy and I cannot really comment as it whether it was long lasting or not as I couldn't wait to get it off.
Lips : Lips: Rimmel by Kate Moss Matte Lipstick 'Wine 107'.

Usual Price is £8.95 and above picture is full size, link is here.

Would I buy this: Well, no. However, I am not going to let this put me off the whole brand and I will endeavour to find another product by Lord & Berry in the future. 

All these eye products, lets move on shall we?

Pureology Colour Stylist Silk Bodifier (250ml)

Product Description: Pureology Colour Stylist Silk Bodifier infuses hair with volume, shine and softness while protecting and maximising the vibrancy of colour-treated hair.  This 100% vegan rich conditioning mousse adds fullness and volume without feeling heavy and leaves hair beautifully soft and shine.

I've been using this mousse for a couple of weeks now since getting this box and I must say it is really good. It appears to help hold my colour with every use and keeps the colour 'just had my hair dyed' fresh looking and has a really nice shine after use.  

I always blow dry my hair upside down anyway because that creates good volume on its own but adding this mousse after washing makes my hair feel and look thicker as well as look bigger and more volumised.  I wash my hair every other day and it is still nice and bouncy the next day. 

Smell is okay, it sort of smells of baby shampoo a little bit.  I have smelt nicer hair products but perhaps this is due to the fact this is a 100% vegan ingredients.  It also doesn't leave my hair feeling sticky or crunchy afterwards which some mousses can be guilty of.

The one problem I have with this mousse is that where I had a red in my hair before I died it brown again, it keeps picking out the red. Although I know my hair is currently a mahogany colour anyway so it does not really matter that much, I can see at the ends it looks a lot more red where my old colour is still growing out.  Perhaps I am being pedantic but this is a reviews blog so I have to be honest. 

So, if you have used more than one colour and they quite different, this is not such a great feature. But having said that, if you're looking for a product which really helps lock in and invigorate colour and you have only had one colour or similar colours on your hair then this would really do the trick.

FYI: I have used this product in all my photos as above so you can see how shiny my hair looks.

Usual Price is £15.15 (what is with the odd prices of beauty products?) and this is only a sample size of 65 ml but usual size is 250 ml.  I managed to find this on Feel Unique but perhaps I'm not the only convert as this appears to be out of stock!  Link is here if you want to give this product or any of their products in the range a try. 

Would I buy this: Yes.  I have noticed no fade whatsoever on my hair colour yet and aside from my little whine above, it is actually a really great product!  Also, although I would not be likely to pick up a product that is made of 100% vegan ingredients, I am actually more comfortable in the knowledge I'm not putting any nasties into my hair so that is also a big plus. When I was searching for a link for you guys I also happened to find their heat defence spray which I think I might treat myself to on the basis this is out of stock currently.

Weleda Sea Blackhorn Hand Cream

Product Description: Rich in vitamins and unsaturated fatty acids, the precious sea buckhorn and sesame oils in this soothing balm gives rough, dry, hard-working hands an intensive moisture boost.  Essential for this time of the year, the non-greasy formula melts quickly into the skin to repair damage.

I liked this hand moisturiser.  Product smells like gin and tonic I think, but, perhaps that is just me.  Left my hands slightly sticky afterwards but I can overlook that as since I started using this I haven't had any dry skin on my hands.   

I do have an awful lot of hand creams at work and I must say, nothing had helped moisturise my hand as well as this has.

Usual Price is £9.95 and this is only a 10 ml sample size, usual size is 50 ml, link is here.

Would I buy this: Yes I think I would but I perhaps would not go out of my way to find it.  I will keep it in mind and if I come across it, I would probably purchase. 

So my favourite product from this box has got to be the Pureology Colour Stylist Silk Bodifier and I will be purchasing this once it is back in stock and my least favourite is as you can probably guess the Lord & Berry Polish Eye Pencil.

If you are interested in getting your hands on a beauty box, I really enjoy Love Me Beauty and link is here but there are so many others out there, so experiment until you find the right one for you.

What I am wearing in these photos:

Face : No 7 Protect & Perfect Foundation in Warm Ivory (find me here!) - review coming soon
Bare Mineral Loose Power in light (find me here!) and Collection concealer in medium 3 (find me here!)
Lips: As mentioned on photos, sorry, this was slightly disjointed.

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