Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Glossybox UK August : Review

I know, I know it's nearly September 
(How did that even happen)
However as usual I am extremely late at jumping on the bandwagon 
Not only did I only get my August Glossybox this morning 
but this is my first ever beauty box subscription 

I had thought about signing up for boxes before 
and I had actually signed up for the Feel Unique one just before they stopped making them!
I love watching my favourite Youtube gurus opening their beauty boxes 
and finally decided that I wanted in on the action 

Then came the big desicion!
which box should I sign up for?
There are now quite a few to choose from 
Beauteco Box - Is a fairly new box that only launched in May and as I hadn't heard to much about it yet I was a little bit wary 
Birchbox - Is the American brand that took over from Joliebox UK, I always watch EleventhGorgeous' Birchbox Vs Ipsy videos on Youtube and I'm never overly impressed with the Birchbox, I always absolutely love the Ipsy Bags but unfortunately they aren't available in the UK 
Glossybox - Is a tried and trusted brand, I have watched plenty of unboxings and read countless reviews and have always been pleasantly surprised with the contents. I decided that Glossybox was the best fit for me.

So I signed up online for £10 a month plus postage 
It came really quickly 
(2 days) 
which I was impressed with 

I was so excited when the postman came this morning 
It was almost like getting a birthday present.
I know some people would rather pick and choose what goes in their box
but I really love the element of surprise 
and would rather not know until it arrives at my doorstep

Now onto the box! 
I really loved the packaging 
the box is really sturdy and I will definitely be using it for storage 
the contents are wrapped in pretty tissue paper and a nice ribbon
which just makes it seem really luxurious

This months box has a 'Highflyer' theme
all of the items are chosen from different countries around the world 
and are under 100ml so you can take them inflight 

This little leaflet includes an interview with the newly appointed CEO of Glossybox UK 
as well as some information on each of the products included in the box 

Oceane (Brazil)
Makeup remover pen
This is a nifty little pen for correcting any mistakes you make whilst applying your makeup
it also comes with 3 refill nibs.
I really like the concept of this as I ALWAYS sneeze after putting my mascara on!
(does this happen to anyone else?) 
So I really hope this lives up to my expectations 

Purity (USA)
I recognised this brand as soon as I opened my box 
I love trying new skincare so I'm excited to try this
It came in a 30ml bottle which isn't bad
If I like it I will definitely think about repurchasing as a £5 off voucher is included 
for use in Debenhams 

Emite Make Up (Sweden) 
Eyelash Curlers 
I was really excited to see these in my box as I actually really needed a new pair
My No.7 ones are a hot mess! As I have had them forever 
They also come with 3 extra pads which is really good.
Apparently these retail for around £20 which I am really impressed with as the whole box only costs £10!

Jelly Pong Pong (UK)
2 in 1 Eyeliner & Shadow 
Another brand I recognise 
Eyeshadow pencils are EVERYWHERE right now! 
I actually bought a few NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils online which I really like 
So I am really excited to try this.
I love the colour I received and think it will go so well with my MAC Cranberry eyeshadow

 Juicy Couture (USA)
Viva La Juicy Noir Perfume 
I love trying out new perfumes
Although I do tend to wait until Christmas and my Birthday to get new ones 
Samples like this are great to pop in your handbag for a night out 
and this one smells amazing!

So I know this months Glossybox hasn't had rave reviews from other bloggers but I'm really happy with what I received in my box.
I think 3 full size products for £10 is pretty good going and it will be good to try the samples!
I can't wait till Septembers box already!
What did you think of this months box?
Do you think I made the right decision going with Glossybox?

Jen <3 

Monday, 19 August 2013

OOTD Summer Wedding

Yesterday I spent a wonderful day at my cousin's wedding
Last week I done a FOTD post with the makeup I was wearing 
which you can see here
So today I thought I would show you my outfit 

Dress (belt included) - Dorothy Perkins 
Shoes - Koi Couture 
Watch - Michael Kors 
Earrings - Avon 
Bag - New Look
Fascinator - Posh n Pretty 

Craig's Suit & Tie is from Next 
and his shirt is from Burtons 

I fell in love with this dress as soon as I saw it
I thought it would be perfect for a summer wedding
and it was really comfortable!
Weddings can be such long days so it really is important to wear something that you will feel comfortable in all day and night.

I love hats & fascinators and a wedding is one of the rare opportunities I get to wear them
However I had an absolute nightmare trying to find one that went with my outfit 
but after a bit of rooting around online I came across an amazing website

You can basically pick whichever colours you need to match your outfit 
They have a massive range to choose from 
I chose Coral & Nude

You then choose the style you want
I opted for demure as I didn't want anything to over the top 
but there are some much more extravagant options if that's what appeals to you.

Finally you pick any finishings that you want
I chose some little pearl detailing 
and then you choose your fixing 
You can have headbands, combs or clips

This custom made fascinator only cost me £12.50 
(plus p&p)
It arrived really quickly and the customer service was brilliant 
If you need a piece at short notice they really try to get it done for you ASAP
I would definitely recommend ordering from here if you have a wedding coming up 

I'll leave you with a few pics I took
from the lovely day! 

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

YSL Rouge Pur Couture - Vernis A Levres #31

Hello beauty lovers :) 

So apparently I'm going coral crazy at the moment!
I absolutely love this colour for Summer and I'm always on the hunt for summery products 
This little beaut is becoming a firm favourite in my makeup bag 

So the whole lip stain trend isn't really a band wagon I have boarded so far
I find them a little intimidating
I don't like the thought of a shade being stuck to my lips all day
That being said, I figured it would be nice not to have to reapply all day err day! 

This offering from YSL seems a little less scary to me as it is a gloss as well as a stain
I always think that stains seem quite drying
but this is the total opposite it leaves your lips glossy looking for hours 

I have shade 31 
Corail Alla Prima 
I love this colour 
it reminds me of watermelon 
and is perfect for this time of year 

As ever YSL do not dissapoint with their packaging 
Everything looks so luxurious!
and nothing says luxury like gold does

The applicator is thick with a pointed end 
It distributes just the right amount of product 
and a little goes a long way 

What I really love about this product is how buildable the colour is
One quick sweep and your left with a beautiful light coral lip 
Apply some more product and you are left with a gorgeous vibrant colour 

The only thing I don't like about this product?
I now want every shade!!
Unfortunately my bank balance will not allow that
but I definitely recommend treating yourself to one of these beauties on payday

Jen <3

Monday, 12 August 2013

FOTD - Summer Coral Makeup

Hi Guys :) 
Sorry for the lack of posts recently but I've been really unwell and have been in hospital 
Booo :(
I'm still not feeling great but I have my cousins wedding on Sunday and I have a gorgeous coral and nude outfit to wear so I thought I would try out a nice summery coral makeup look and share it with you!

All day weddings can be quite difficult as you want to look natural enough for daytime 
but still look dressed up for the evening reception
I always make sure I take a big enough bag to carry my makeup in for touch ups throughout the day

The most important thing about wedding makeup is that it has to last a LONG time 
So a good primer and setting powders are essential to keep you looking fresh all day and night 

Face Base
Bare Minerals - Prime Time 
Rimmell Wake Me Up Foundation - Soft Beige 
Soap & Glory Kick Ass Concealer 
MUA Matte Perfect Loose Powder 

Nars Laguna Bronzer
17 Metallic Cream Highlight
MUA Undress Your Skin Shimmer Highlighter 

Fashionista - Amber Glow 

Benefit Big Beautiful Eyes
(Brown shadow used for eyebrows)
Lid Colour - NYX coral shade from Every Color Imaginable Pallete 
Inner Corner - No 7 Baked Eyeshadow
& Pixi Glow Fairy Dust 
Maybelline The Colossal Volume Express Mascara 

NYC - Peach Fizz Lipstick 
Benefit Sugarbomb Lipgloss 

I will almost definitely add a pair of Eyelure falsies for the evening reception
 as my eyes feel naked without them!

I think this is a really nice summery look for any occasion 
I will do an OOTD post with my full outfit including my beautiful fascinator on Monday!

I really can't decide what to do with my hair though! 
Any suggestions?

Ciao Jen