BIRCHBOX March 2013
I did really like the magazine that comes with it. It had much more info that the newsletter you get from Glossybox, there were more how to’s like using the Laura Geller liner and using the Beauty Blender.
I also liked the theme Role Models however I cant help to feel the items could of been a bit more related to hero products.
I think it would of deterred me from re entering their store. I found the sent quite citrus with a deeper leathery heady sent as it settled into my skin. It gave me a head ache.
RMK Cleansing Balm i have really enjoyed. I have begun a mini collection of cleansing balms which currently id say im close to picking a favourite but this is up there in the final pickings. This is rose sented yet not to (dare i say it) granny floral. The sent was delicate. I removed most my makeup before using this, massaged over damp skin and let it sit there for a good minute. I then used a muslin cloth to remove. This balm claims to be for mature skin, I have oily its not aggravated a break out, caused a sebum slide on my face or even caused red patches. I was very impressed with this product! The only down side I would be holding off a purchase until I see a pretty good offer.
Next up La Slutane De Saba Body Lotion This product to me smelt just like Johnson’s Talc! I loved it! The lotion left my skin soft and not feeling tight of dry the next day. This body lotion contains Argan oil which I felt helped the lotion sink in well leaving no sticky feeling when putting on my Pjs. When looking to purchase this product in the UK i could not easily find a stock list. This must be fairly new to the UK I would like to see some more of their range.
Ive tested Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream everywhere, on my elbows, lips, knees and Kara’s (my 11 month Daughter) bottom. The sent is slightly menthol it did sink in better than Elizabeth Ardens eight hour cream but I do feel is a little pricey for £19.50 for 70g. I am also not a fan of the idea the full size bottle is in a tub. The sample is a tube and I just feel is a little more hygienic with a product that I would properly go through dry skin phases of using. Kara’s bottom? I give a fair result for this it acted as a good barrier cream. No rashes in site.
I was happy to see a sample of Sanctuary 30 Day Thermal Transformation Mask I have already tried this out once before and very quickly forgot about it so was unsure whether this was of any interest for me. But I did enjoy the mask, I love a warming mask as I feel its getting just that little bit deeper into my pores and getting all those nasties that want to become raging spots out! I think this could possibly be useful for my acne scars as it claims to plump and repair the skins texture.
And finally my favourite item of the box Laura Geller Inkwell Waterproof Gel Liner I can happily say since I tried this product I have used it every day. Its a solid black has better staying power than Mac’s Fluid line and can be easily smudged before it sets into a smoky eye look. The brush is great to, i tend to not to use the applicators that come with Makeup products as they tend to be useless. But this brush is good quality and very fine for doing a great cats eye. I prefer it to the one that comes with Clinique’s brush on cream liner. I found the bristles kept falling out of that brush.
Its a great quality liner, im very impressed with the results!
All in all I have to say im impressed with the quality of the box, the size of the samples and the use of both well known and more up and coming brands. I will be purchasing next months box!
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My Topshop Makeup Investment!
On Valentines day my better half took me shopping to Merry Hill! (This man must really love me!)
We dont live locally to this shopping centre so our plan was to get their pretty early resulting in returning home before the traffic hits on the motorway. Anyway, kids ready and in the car by 9am! Result!
I have decided after wearing the same makeup for the last 3/4 years now in the same colours im going to try out something new, well popped into Boots and Superdrug both really look pretty much the same old.
I decided against the good old department stores as didn’t want to give large amounts of money for shades/textures i may not be happy with. I want to play and experiment before I really give myself to a new product.
Roll call Topshop, I had heard they released a makeup line back in 2010 but this was after id had my first child so long gone were my days of wondering into their store on my lunch hour just for a browse.
So with my husband advising he wanted to pop into a games shop, by “pop” he means half an hour debating over which game is most like a real Zombie killing experience i decided now would be a great time to pop in and have a look around.
Well I was not disappointed, I left the store with swatches all up my arms, im surprised my husband didn’t think there was something seriously wrong with me but he had seen this look many a time in the past.
And so i had made my first purchase of Topshop Makeup consisting of:
2 Eye Crayons – Gold Digger and Marble.
1 Lip Crayon – Coy
1 Cream Blush – Head Over Heals
Glow (a highlighter) – polished
(And all this came to under £30 i might add!)
Well I love it all, the eye crayons blend really well, when they have set they dont budge all day. (And i get some oily eyelids!) Both Gold Digger and Marble i feel would suit many skin tones Marble is quite subtle and sheer, a great base colour and the gold crayon i find is lovely to keep closer to the eyelid just smudging out adding a slick of black liner for a smoky eye effect.
The blush is really blendable and ive found a little looks lovely in the day like a natural flush of colour but you can also build layers to make a brighter more striking look. And with a mirror included you can do this on the go.The shade is like a peachy pink, with quite a bold pop of colour and the finish is quite soft and sets more like a powder than a sheer look. For the evening i found layering a little of the Glow highlighter over the top made it look more radiant.
I LOVE! the Glow highlighter, its the perfect colour for my skin tone, the closest replacement i have found to Jemma Kidd all over Radiance. It blends lovely you cant see shimmer pieces in it, there is more of a pearl finish as the end result.
The Lip Crayon is a great shade that goes well with the blush (peachy pink again) however i would say this is a little dry, i add some lip balm and then it looks fine and lasts well throughout the day.
So all in all, Topshop i am sold, I will be popping in again next week to cheap on my OPI collection and try out your nail varnishes!!!