Latest in Beauty – The French Box

Latest in Beauty - The French Box

It feels like 12/18 months ago beauty boxes were everywhere, but I feel like they have disappeared a little bit. I never bit the bullet, I’m aware you could cancel at any time the spending money monthly with no guarantee of liking the products made me unsure although I loved the idea of trying out new products. Over the past 12 months I have kept checking back at the Latest in Beauty, as well as a monthly service where you pick samples they also over collections, which can order on a one-off basis. I have been curious over a few but with a 50% off sale as well as an enticing French Box I couldn’t resist. Without hesitation, I whipped out my card paid the £12.50, (plus p&p) and the box landed on my desk in the next couple of days

I will look to review some of these items in more detail, but for now here is a rundown what is in the box and the general idea of the item.

Latest in Beauty - The French Box - L'Occitane & Melvita

L’Occitane Shower Gel in Jasmine & Bergamot: Melvita L’Or Bio Huille Extrordinaire

Latest in Beauty - The French Box - La Roche-Posay & Embryolisse

Embroyolisse Lait-Crème Concentre La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo

Latest in Beauty - The French Box - Anne Semonin & Bourjois Paris

Anne Semonin Eye Express Radiance Cube ● Bourjois Paris Aqua Blush in Berry Nice

Latest in Beauty - The French Box - Roger & Gallet & Nuxe

Nuxe Precious Scented Shower Oil ● Roger & Gallet Fleur de Figuier Replenishing Body Lotion

Latest in Beauty - The French Box - Lebon & Institue Esthederm

Institut Esthederm Eau Celluair Celluar Spray ● Lebon Cap Ferrat Mood Toothpaste (in Fresh Mint)

Latest in Beauty - The French Box - Kusmi Tea BB Detox

Kusmi Tea BB Detox

The box is valued at £50, whether it is or isnt worth that, there’s is a lot of samples that I cannot wait to try. The only downside is there isn’t an information card, as I’d love to have some sort of information in the box about the products but I just refereed back to the website and read the packaging so its neither here nor there. As my first experience of latest in beauty and of a beauty box im pleased and excited to try them out, also with the collections on the website its good if you want a beauty box every so often without the commitment of a subscription. Currently available on the Latest in Beauty website, price is reduced from £25 to £12.50, p&p charges apply and while stocks last

Don’t forget to let me know which items you want to know more about, I’m excited to dig in and see what these little French beauties can do.

Gwen

Review: Barry M Flawless Mist & Fix Makeup Setting Spray – Matte Finish

Barry M Flawless Mist & Fix Setting Spray Matte Finish

We all want our makeup to last, whether is for a night out, long day or ensuring it withstands the heat/weather we all want to stay looking perfect all day. I am always on the hunt for a budget friendly setting spray and with an offer on a Boots a bit back, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to try something new. The Barry M Mist & Fix Setting Spray comes with two finishes either Matte or Dewy, personally I prefer a matte finish which is the one I will be reviewing here today. So, what’s the verdict on the Barry M Flawless Mist & Fix, Makeup Setting Spray Matte Finish?

First and foremost, the packaging a topic I usually start with as its always the first thing that attracts you to a product and really makes a huge difference to what you think of it. I must say I find the packaging for the setting spray a little lack lustre, the spray bottle itself is what you’d expect so it’s not where I am disappointed. Within a few days, the label started to peel off, a thick tacky label which is unattractive and makes me want to hide the bottle away. I am aware the aesthetic is very much Barry M but it’s made me realise that other brands such as Primark make a much more sophisticated and more aesthetically pleasing item for the same price point.

There’s no hidden tricks, with these products just a simple mist on the face and your makeup should stay all day. This product has a nice light mist which isn’t too wet or too big droplets which will affect the integrity of your perfectly applied makeup. What I will say is the spray does not spread too far so you need to make the effort to spray round your face opposed to two pumps and your gone. For the budget end through I rather make the effort to ensure coverage rather than have a non-light mist so I can deal with the compromise for such a low price point.

Now the most important thing, did it keep my face matte and my makeup last all day? The result, well kind of. I don’t tend to have an issue with oiliness so the fact my face was still matte at the end of the day wasn’t a huge surprise but I am currently preferring a matte finish to a dewy one, which influenced my decision process. As for the long-lasting effect? It was somewhat there, I did put it properly to the test trailing it on a hot day, and one of those days at work where I never seemed to sit down at my desk for any longer than 5 minutes. Both occasions my makeup held reasonably well, staying reasonably well but it was clear that my makeup had started to wear away on my forehead and some other spots. A full-on day or heat, just isn’t in this products capability and I think I maybe expected a little too much of it. Where I am really finding a love for this setting spray though is when wetting by brush before applying powder based products it just adds something extra to the colours and the staying power of what I wear so it will be put to good use.

Unfortunately, the Barry M Flawless Mist & Fix Makeup Setting Spray, Matte Finish didn’t quite live up to my expectations. Let me know in the comments which setting spray I should try next, I’m looking for that holy grail item so I cannot wait to hear your opinions.

Gwen

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July Favourites

July Favourites ft Barry M, Rimmel, Freedom, Kiko

It’s almost the end of the month which means that is favourites time again, I would do the typical blogging monthly favourites kind of thing but in all honesty, I feel too lazy this month so let’s get on with it.

July Favourites ft Rimmel & Barry M

I think my co-workers must think I am developing an obsession with yellow, as since July 1st right through the month I have worn nothing but yellow nail polish as a little nod to my favourite sporting event the Tour De France. I’ve used a combination of Barry M Coconut Infusion Gel Nail Paint in 707 Lemonade and Rimmel London 60s Nail Paint in 432 Chin Up Buttercup, and my go to way round is to have Lemonade as my base colour with the slightly darker/bolder Chin Up Buttercup as my feature nail. Just a subtle nod that only I am aware of.

July Favourites ft Catrice, Freedom & Kiko Milano

Now onto the makeup I have been loving this month, I have been keeping it fairly light mainly concealer, bronzer and eyes keeping a fresh face look for summer. It’s not simply for embracing summer, I just find the fresh face look works for summer as my face is not melting. To add definition but nothing too much I have loved the subtle combination of Kiko Milano Water Eyeshadow in 201 Rosy Taupe on the lid, and adding Catrice Eyeshadow in Touch of Rose for some definition. Super subtle, but summery and light. Despite using less makeup I’ve been loving doing my brows with the Freedom Eyebrow Duo in Medium Brown, which I reviewed earlier this month and you can see my full verdict here if you wish to know more.

To finish off the minimal makeup, I have found that I’ve been enjoying the George Tint N Pout Tinted Lip Oil in 01 Barely There, initially I wasn’t sold on this which you can see the review I did a few months back. The non-heavy, non-committal nature of this lip product though meant I could top up through the day as much or as little as I want to, keeping my lips hydrated and my look fresh with not a huge amount of effort or thought. (Sorry not pictured I only realised at the point of scheduling).

So that is what I have been loving this month, what have you been loving throughout July let me know in the comments as I love checking out new goodies.

Gwen

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Review: Freedom Brow Duo in Medium Brown

Freedom Medium Brown Duo Brow Powder

This review has sat waiting to be written for a few weeks now, I’ve been putting it off for no reason other than laziness. I think you may have seen this in one of the last few months’ collective haul, so I have managed to get some use out of it and fully ready to write a full review up. So how have I found the Freedom Duo Brow Powder in Medium Brown?

I will admit now although I love to fill my brows with powder, this is the first time I have actually brought an actual brow powder. The Freedom Duo Brow Powder seemed like a perfect first attempt as the two colours were both cool shades that could be used independently or mixed to make the ideal brow shade to suit my hair colour.

The duo comes in a nifty little compact, that you never would guess was so affordable as it looks sleek as well as been well made and durable. I also love the fact there is a little mirror, I’m not sure it is really practical and I don’t know who tops up their eyebrows on the go but it is so nice to have and makes the whole compact feel more expensive.

Now for the actual product, the freedom brow duo actually comes in a variety of shades, and I found the medium brown not only suited me most but had the largest contrast between the light and dark shades covering a wider range of shades if you mix it. If I am feeling daring I could wear the darker shade on its own but on a day to day basis I mix my brush across both the colours to make my perfect brown shade. I just apply with an angled brush to neaten up my brows and fill them up, I’m by no way a brow professional but it just gives them that little bit more umpf and make me look more put together with minimal effort. The most amazing thing is that, despite only been a powder I have found that my brows stay all day, even when my other makeup starts to fail in the heat.

If you want an affordable brow option, something easy and affordable or just want to try something new, I would definitely recommend checking out the Freedom Duo Brow Powders there is a shade for everyone and even at full price its only £3.00 so you have nothing to lose.

Gwen

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Review: The Body Shop Shade Adjusting Drops in Lightening

The Body Shop Shade Adjusting Drops Lightening

We’ve all had a foundation that isn’t quite right, whether our skin tone has altered with the time of year or its impossible to find the right shade in your budget. Worst of all with foundation which I experienced recently, which a foundation I had been buying for years no problem has now started to oxadise and go orange on my skin. Can The Body Shop Shade adjusting drops save me?

According to The Body Shop website the drops will: “If you have light to medium skin you may find your foundation looks too dark or orange. A concentration of white and pink pigments in our Lightening Drops helps neutralise yellowness while lightening. Simply add a drop to lighten light to medium shades.

I’d like to start with saying how much I love the packaging, but I am a sucker for a simple design and a glass bottle. I also enjoy the rubber tip and pipette for application as I should provide more control on product volume. Saying that the pipette feels like more of a design feature rather than a practical applicator and from looking online I do not seem to be the only person who struggles with this. I have found that it is much better to simply wipe the product on the outside of the pipette on to the back of my hand to mix with my foundation. It is such a shame that it fails as it is such a good idea, and should work really well in principle but it doesn’t. I personally feel as though the sucker is just not powerful enough or its not made for the viscosity of the foundation, so either it needs a whole rethink or an improved pipette.

The Body Shop Shade Adjusting Drops Lightening Swatch

The product itself is simply beautiful. I’ve tried it with a larger variety of foundations covering a variety of coverage and consistencies, so far having nothing less than great results. The lightening drops combine well with all of my foundations, without effecting the integrity of the foundation which was concern initially. It also didn’t seem to have any impact on the lasting power of products so all in all a good product.

I’m so glad I picked this up, as I do sometimes struggle to find the right shade and this provides a lot of customization to colour of foundation. If you struggle to find a pale enough shade, or simply constantly pick up the wrong shade this will ensure you get use out of the products you buy. The packaging and application is a bit of a dud, so hopefully they will change it but the drops themselves are a huge life saver

Have you tried The Body Shop Shade Adjusting Drops in Lightening? If so how did you get on? Similarly have you tried the darkening drops as I am curious about those too.

Gwen

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Review: Collection Extreme 24 Hour Felt Tip Liner

For years I swore off liquid eyeliner, I loved the look of it but after finding it fiddly for ages I just gave up. About 18 months ago I got the L’Oreal Paris Super Liner in a little set free with purchase at Boots it sat there for a while but finally I thought I’d give it another go. Now I absolutely love a little touch of eyeliner on a simple makeup day or jazzing it up for a night out. So as a newer item to my makeup routine, I thought I would try something new and at the affordable end and that’s when I picked up the Collection Extreme 24 Hour Felt Tip Liner.

The Collection Extreme 24 Hour Felt Tip Liner is described on the Boots Website as: Be bold, bright and beautiful! These fast-drying versatile felt tip pens give your make-up look an instant burst of colour. Easy-to-apply felt tip nib for all day wear.”

I always comment on the packaging but realistically there is not much to say about this one, simple black packaging with silver text. Elegant and simple, just what’s needed. The liner pen is slightly thicker than a standard pen, but is comfortable to hold in your hand and provide enough control to get the line you want. I personally prefer a felt tip liner, for a liquid eyeliner as I just feel as though they are the easiest for beginners especially and is the easiest for straight application. All in all, nothing special but perfect for getting the job done.

The liner itself is a true black, deep and dark no need to work about a streaky grey tone you will have a true black liner. Although personally I find it difficult to differentiate and angle to change the line thickness, if you have more skill than me it may be possible for you to alter the line thickness. This is purely a skill thing, something I do not have must I can manage a variety of thickness so it theoretically should be possible.

Finally lets cover longevity? I haven’t put it to any extreme tests but I’ve worn it all day from 7am till evening as well as for a night out and have yet to run into any major issues. It stays put all day, no smudging or transfer looking as good as it did when you first put it on. One thing I will say is it takes a little bit of effort to come off but a good cleanser, or hold on a micellar soak cotton pad on for a few seconds and wipe away.

All in all I think this is a perfect budget eyeliner, blackest black and easy to apply and long lasting. No matter if you are new to eyeliner or just fancy trying out something new, this is one to try.

Review: Yves Saint Laurent ‘Rouge Volupté’ shine lipstick 09 Nude in Private

YSL Rouge Volupte Shine in 9 Nude in Private

Every girl love a little luxury, and when I received Debenhams vouchers for my birthday I brought what I had been trying to justify. The perfect everyday lipstick, that is simply beautiful. So maybe I’m biased, lets call this a swatch post opposed to a review as I am simply going to gush over how much I love the Yves Saint Laurent ‘Rouge Volupté’ Shine Lipstick 09 Nude in Private for a couple of hundred words and then a few pretty pictures.

The YSL Rough Volupté Shine Lipsticks, according to the Debenhams website are described as: A truly cult lipstick, ‘Rouge Volupté’ shine combines voluptuous glide and go colour with comfort and care. Thanks to 6 sensorial oils your lips are kissed with long lasting moisture. ‘Rouge Volupté’ shine lipstick is wrapped in a romantic, elegant, gold case. Shades available from semi sheer to more intense. My time to shine! Its moisturising action is gained through hyaluronic acid microspheres seal in moisture and prevent lips from drying out. With pomegranate and rice combat free radicals act as an antioxidant shield. Emollients make the lips soft and smooth leaving lips protected and comforted. Candelilla wax combined with silicon oils sheathes the lips in a shiny film coating that enhances the colour.”

 

I would say that this Nude in Private is a shade that is on the sheerer side, but this may be due to the fact it’s your lips but better shade it’s definitely depositing colour but nothing heavy. I must say this is one of the most comfortable lipsticks I have ever owned and I simply keep this in my bag as it is so easy to touch up without a mirror or on the go.

Also can we take a final minute to take a note of just how beautiful the YSL packaging, high end, beautiful and practical I just cannot get enough of it. I apologies for the fact this is a lack lustre review, I think the YSL lipsticks are simply beautiful and I’m so glad I finally have one in my collection. Let me know what you’ve tried from the YSL Rouge Volupté Shine Lipstick Range, or any other YSL products what are your favourites and what’s worth trying I’d love to know.

Gwen

Review: George Matte Foundation in Warm Ivory

George Matte Foundaton in Warm Ivory

As the summer quickly approaches we are all looking to have a fresh looking and matte face all summer long. I regularly pick up essentials in Asda, as the shop is close to work and one of the most convenient for me to pop in, so I thought I would try some of their own brand makeup to see how it stands up against other brands to see if they have any hidden gems.

The George Matte Foundation with Shine Control & Chamomile in Warm Ivory promises to be “Lightweight matte foundation for ultimate shine control. Blends in to the skin effortlessly for eve coverage and natural look.” So how does it shape up?

George Matte Foundation with Shine Control

With simple packaging, it’s nothing exciting really I personally think it’s got that slight sun cream vibe but all in all its not bad. The packaging is easy to use, and should be secure so ideal for travel and to pop into your makeup bag when travelling. Overall I do no mind the packaging, it’s nothing special but feels like a supermarket brand and there are much better packaging from other brands at this price point for example Primark’s PS Beauty range has beautiful packaging for a similarly low price point. This may be simply because I am not the target audience and there is not need for the packaging I like to see, I feel like there is a value in making aesthetically pleasing packaging when looking to expand and create a following for a product range.

I find there is often a fine line between a lightweight foundation and a BB cream, leans towards the side of a BB cream. I’ve tended to apply this with my fingers as I find it works better than a brush or a sponge, and works into the skin easily. This foundation is fairly mind boggling when you initially squeeze some out and start to apply to your face, you expect it to be a high coverage offering but it’s really the opposite. As you rub it in to blend it, it dramatically sheers out. Like I mentioned before I would liken it more to a BB cream and just little more than evening out the skin tone and any blemishes will require concealer.

I think this may be great for the summer, the colour is a great match and will be great for the lazy summer days when you want something but nothing much. A spot of the George Matte Foundation, spot of bronzer, mascara and a lip balm and you will have a perfect light no nonsense, makeup look for the summer. Unfortunately, unlike most foundations these days, especially light wright foundations, this offers no SPF protection so ensure you use another product to make sure your skin is protected from the sun.

All in all, I don’t feel like this is a bad product, but it is not a foundation is a BB cream with no mattifying properties than I have noticed. So, if you want a pale and lightweight BB cream, for only £3.00 at Asda I would recommend picking this up. However, if you want a light weight mattifying foundation, I suggest you look elsewhere.

Gwen

Review: Soft Matte Lip Cream in Cannes

NXY Soft Matte Lip Cream in Cannes

From 12 months ago never really using a NXY product to becoming pretty certain that at some point my entire lip collection may become NXY products, is insane. The big part of this is the fact NXY launched in Boots during the summer of 2016 before making it a much more accessible brand in the UK. I am yet to try any other products in the NXY line but this is my third NXY Soft Matter Lip Cream.

This time I selected a more natural colour, the others I have are very different you can see my reviews for the other two on my blog. I’ve previously tried the deep red/ vampy shade Copenhagen as well as a bright-ish pink called San Paulo. This time I picked up a natural but deep-ish shade, so carry on if you wish to find out how I got on with the NXY Soft Matte Lip Cream in Cannes.

I have to say until now I never understood why people complained about the Soft Matte Lip Creams the previous two I have had are absolutely amazing this one left me wanting more really. Although more comfortable on the lips than Copenhagen and San Paulo, the staying power really isn’t there. Within hours the colour is patchy and faded and this occurs even when I am not eating or drinking, where the others last with minimal wear on the lips. I found myself reapplying every two hours and it is simply a pain compared to the others. Fortunately with these been a more natural colour, and the staining properties I have found that it probably doesn’t look quite as bad as some of the others when it fades.

NXY Soft Matte Lip Cream Lip Swatch

The lesson learnt here is to simply that this line is clearly hit or miss, I’ve had two excellent ones, while Cannes has proved to be so-so. The product is not necessarily bad but compared to what I know this line can be I am disappointed. This is simply a case of checking out reviews and reading about before had to check how these once compares.

Gwen

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Review: George Tint N Pout Tinted Lip Oil in Barely There

george-tint-n-pout-lip-oil-in-barely-there

So much for only buying what I need in 2017, I’ve fallen victim to another impulse buy this month. However, I have never tried a lip oil before and while picking up bits for dinner I could not resist buying an everyday lip oil.

The George Tint N Pout Tinted Lip Oil in Barely There, promises to “Nourish & Moisture Lips with Marula Shea Butter” which seemed like a great combination to me as you get the benefit of a light lip colour while adding moisture and keeping your lips hydrated. There are 3 colours within this range 01 Barely There the colour I picked here, while the other two I cannot find the shade names online but there is a brighter coral pink as well as a more berry colour so there is a nice but small collection.

The packaging is simple; the thin black tube is simple but hits the mark it is not too bulky and will fit in most makeup bags it. It’s actually really slim and I can fit this in my purse itself, it is a decent sized purse but it’s nice to know how easily it can fit. The applicator is the standard doe foot applicator, which is my preferred type of applicator for these kind of products as it provides accurate and easy application. So, nothing outstanding for packaging, but it doesn’t need anything more.

In all honestly I wasn’t sure what to expect the mixture of never using a lip oil and with no research and little exploration into the George makeup range, I felt as though I had a perfect blank slate to truly look at the product for what it is. I felt immediately apprehensive upon opening the product, resembling a gloss and seeing glitter I wondered what I had got myself in for despite expecting a more glossy texture the glitter really through me off. I used to love gloss but in reality its sticky, greasy and often unpleasant on the lips for any period of time. Thankfully although the lips look glossy and feel a tiny bit greasy over the course of 5/10 minutes the product dries almost completely. And the glitter? Pretty much non-existence, phew! I was really dreading that. I love the fact the glossiness doesn’t necessarily last and its only a short while of unpleasantness.

As for the colour when you initially put the product on it mainly resembles a clear lip gloss, just emphasising your natural lip colour. As it dries the colour really develops and you end up with a really pink lip, still natural looking but the “barely there” statement is no longer true you become aware and its noticeable that you are wearing a pink lip colour. So if you were looking for nude, this is not it sadly but the colour is nice it’s just not what you’d expect for this product. Your lips become stained with a pretty pink colour, that you don’t have to worry about as the colour will stay all day.

All in all I am glad I tried this, it adds a little bit of moisture to the lips nothing life changing but if you want a no makeup day it’s a little more interesting than lip balm. Its also worth keeping in mind that colour develops over time but all in all its not a bad product.

Let me know what your experience with lip tints or lip oils are and would you recommend them?

Gwen

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