Friday, 27 April 2012

Glossy Box April 2012- Natural Box

 Although there already so many videos and blog posts (these bloggers really are on the ball!) about the April Glossy Box I thought I would still share my opinions and the content of my box.

This months box is slightly different (I like different Glossy Box's) it is the Natural Box as this month is Earth Month and the box itself is even biodegradable.
 So on to the good stuff, what is inside...
Caudalie Vinosource SOS Thirst-Quenching Serum
Inika Cosmetics Certified Organic Lip Liner
Ayuuri Natural Body Wash
Figs & Rouge Lip Balm
Philip B Drop Dead Straightening Balm
 Overall the box is really good even though I am not really a person that looks to natural brands. I was planning to set this out as a good and bad post but surprisingly I am not disappointed with anything, although I do have favourites.
 The packaging for the Figs & Rouge lip balm made me float instantly towards it and I have been using it since I received the box; it smells nice, has beautiful packaging and is very hydrating. Since I have very dehydrated skin I am looking forward to working my way throughthe Caudalie serum and even though the Inika lip liner isn't a colour I would usually chose I do think its a lovely product.
  My two least favourite products (although I don't dislike them) are the Ayurri Body Wash simply because I see body washes as an essential rather than a luxury, I also know I won't get any use out of the Philip B straightening balm as I don't actually straighten my hair.
 Of course Glossy Box's aren't all the same and there are a few product which I would have preferred that I have seen in other boxes but its all about luck really. The Burts Bees body lotion and the Monu cream also sound like great products!

What did you get in your box?
Sabrina X
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Thursday, 26 April 2012

MIA

 Hi everyone!

I hope you are all well and not too bothered by the rain!
Its been a whole week since I last blogged and I though I would justify my absence a little (even though I know I don't have to.) If you are/have been to uni you know that there is always one month every term that is much harder then the rest of the time, its filled with deadline and exams- sadly this week and the next few weeks is that time.

I know lots of you are also doing coursework and revising for exams so good luck!
I finish uni (for this year) on 15th May and I am so excited I have lots planned both on the blog as well as in general life which means until then there will be a few less blog posts and I hope you all understand.

I will be taking today to write a few posts since my next deadline is only Monday
but...

in the meantime here are two of the most interesting things on the Internet which have seen today

I found this great video with New Look's PR on Jennifer Rosellen's blog


Also get up-to-date with the BuyaPowa debate here on Lips So Facto
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Thursday, 19 April 2012

Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butters

 One of the most spoken about lipstick range of the moment (or maybe a month or so back) is the Revlon Lip butters. I personally love Revlon and it is one of my favourite drugstore brands so I was excited to try one of these for myself. Revlon Lip butters are suppose to be a cross between a lipstick and a lip balm but many people were saying they were actually as pigmented as a lipstick.

The colour I have is Strawberry Shortcake which is a pretty light pink colour, it has a lot of pigment for a lip balm but I wouldn't say it is as pigmented as a lipstick. This colour is not one I would usually go for, even being quite moisturising it still highlights the imperfections in my lips but I don't think this is true across the whole range but just with this colour.
I think that these Lip butters are a decent product, nothing amazing but not a huge disappointment either. I would still be interested in checking out some other shades as it was possible the shade that meant I wasn't crazy about this product. I think the packaging is a little tacky but that isn't really a big deal.
The Revlon Lip butters are available from Boots and Superdrugs for £7.99

What do you think of the Revlon Lip Butters?
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Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Shu Uemura eyelash curlers- BuyaPowa

 After much browsing and a little encouragement from Zara & Barabara I finally made my first purchase from BuyaPowa and could potentially be the new owner of a pair of Shu Uemura Eyelash curlers for as little as £14.50 . I think that is a bargain plus I don't understand how I can be a beauty blogger and not own these!

BuyaPowa is a really great way of getting cheaper beauty products, you just need to be quick to get the bargains.

Check out the Shu Uemura co-buy here and for more information about co-buying click here.
(If you do get the lashes please select that you were refered by me)

What have you purchased from BuyaPowa?
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Glossy Box for Men Spring 2012

 This month I received my first Glossy Box for men although I believe there has been a couple before this one. There are a few differences between this one and the Glossy box aimed at women.
1) It has seven luxury samples instead of 5
2) It costs £15 (instead of £10) plus P&P
3) It comes out quarterly

The box itself is a greyish colour, actually quite nice and classic- I may even prefer it to the pink Glossy Box. Inside it includes the usual card explaining the products and seven products. It is so nice and very exciting to see a full Glossy Box, I think having seven samples rather than five really adds to the excitement!
 Inside there are some products which I think are great for this box and a let down. I think it was lovely to see lots of products aimed at shaving as this is the one thing almost all men do, they may not use face masks and exfoliate but the majority shave. I thought the Liz Earle product was the most impressive product as it is a great range but the hand sanitiser was a let down. The main problem I had was the fact the hand sanitiser was lavender scented- because that's the most manly smell, isn't it?!
 I handed this box over to my boyfriend to see his views on the Glossy Box from a mans perspective, please remember he isn't a beauty blogger...

" 
Packaging
The best feature of the Glossy Box is its packaging. Its aesthetically pleasing exterior box is complemented well by the black tissue paper that wraps the products inside. Its little details like the ribbon bow that make this product worth buying. Inside, I received a letter explaining the ethos of the company and the quality of the products which I thought was a nice touch.
 
Products
Even though I’m no metro sexual male the products themselves were quite pleasant to use. The body moisturiser and the hand sanitiser were fairly sized and had strangely addictive scents to them. I particularly enjoyed the ‘Alum matchsticks, after shave astringents’ simply because I never knew these existed and I’ve already noticed a visible improvement in the calming of my razor burns. Perhaps the after shave perfume could have been slightly larger in volume and it doesn’t have the greatest aroma ever.

 
Overall 

I received this product with scepticism, however upon using them it has dented my perception of male grooming products without altering my characteristics as a man. If it had a razor the Glossy Box would have been perfect, even so I would recommend buying it.
"


 I can't see very many men buying this themselves but it would make a great present to any man in your life!

For more information on this seasons Glossy Box for men's content click here

What do you think of the Glossy Box for men? Do you think any man you know would love it?
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Monday, 16 April 2012

Look Beauty Flamingo Nail Polish

I feel that it is officially time to take out all my Spring/Summer Nail polishes even though it is really cold in London today! A while ago at the Look Makeup Launch I was given this nail polish in Flamingo, if I am completely honest I was disappointed at first. I thought it was going to be a light pink shade, almost like a french manicure colour but when I applied it I was pleasantly surprised! It remind me of Barry M Peach Melba which was my most used polish last summer.

This is a beautiful coral colour which is quite bright and would look ridiculously pretty in the summer!

These retail for £5 and are available from Superdrugs and surprisingly I would really recommend this colour! I will be wearing this every other day this summer, I am sure!

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Thursday, 12 April 2012

Bourjois Sienne Blush

 I blogged last week about my new Bourjois Blushers and out of the three my current favourite is Sienne, usually I like pink blushers with slight gold shimmer however since I bought it I have been reaching for this one.

Sienne is a baked blusher in quite a nude colour, it's such a difficult colour to describe but is basically a warm brownish pink colour but is far nicer than it sounds. I don't really like bronzer so I love that this is still quite a brown shade without being an actual bronzer. It has no real shimmer but is a satin finish which I love, I have been wearing it with and without fake tan so I would say it works on most skin tones although the pigmentation isn't quite a good as I would like but at least you don't apply too much. It has the usual rose scent that Bourjois blushers have which I like but may not be for you if you have sensitive skin.

 I really love this blush and it adds the most perfect glow, will blog about the other ones soon.

Bourjois Blushers are available from Boots, Superdrugs as well as other Bourjois retailers for around £7.49
What your favourite Bourjois product?

Sabrina X

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Wednesday, 11 April 2012

33 Ways To Stay Creative

 I don't really use this blog as a scrapbook of my thoughts but today I thought I would leave you with this list I found, I completely agree with everything!

What are your tips to remain creative?
Sabrina X
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Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Easter OOTD

 I hope you are all well and had a fabulous long weekend!
I really want to start posting outfit of the days more often and now that my boyfriend has an iPhone I am sure you will see lots more on instagram (a_littleobsessed)

Thought I would quickly share my Easter Sunday outfit which although is nothing special I do like.

I love this blouse and is one of my more recent purchases, it is from Zara and has little horses on it, it also has studs down the shoulders but I wasn't smart enough to take a photo with no jacket on.
I paired it with a pair of H&M shorts which have been in my wardrobe for a while but don't get enough wear and my everyday Miss Selfridge Jacket as well as my Aldo handbag. The shoes are M&S and amazingly comfortable although they are pretty big for me (I really should purchase some insoles). Sunglasses are new and from H&M for just £5, I was also going to wear a really pretty H&M necklace however sadly it was broken when I bought it.
 What was your favourite outfit this weekend?
Sabrina X
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Monday, 9 April 2012

Nail Polish Tag

Since I have been watching more YouTube videos (and even made a few) I have really been getting back into tags but they aren't quite as common on blogs so when I say Makeup Savoys nail polish tag I really had to give it a go myself!

1. What's your favourite nail polish company?
I don't really have a favourite and I reach more for the colour over the brand but I do have a lot of Nails Inc polish, a lot of them were given to me but I still reach for them more than I reach for any of the other colours I own. Saying that I do think they are a little expensive and there are lots of drugstore brands I love to. I use to love Barry M nail paints however I now have every colour I would want so I never actually buy any from them.
2. Glitter or no glitter?

I went through I stage where I loved glitter polishes but the face they are difficult to remove puts me off and I now stick to regular polishes most of the time. 
3. OPI, China Glaze, or Essie?
I only own one Essie nail polish and one Chine Glaze polish so this judgement isn't based on much but I love the mini OPI polishes as I think they are such a great way to have various colours for a fraction of the price. 

4. When do you change your nail polish?

Once upon a time I use to change my nail polish every single day but I am so glad I stopped that. It is time consuming and dries out your nails, I now paint my nails about every 3-5 days depending on the condition they are in or if I need a new post.

5. What's your favourite colour on your nails?

  Usually I like nude polishes but if I had to go for a colour it would be blue or purple- I'm not sure why I just think they look nice and unique.   
6. Darks or brights?

Darks in the winter and brights in the summer.

7. What are you wearing on your nails right this moment?
 
I currently have on my Easter nails but a far more chipped version, I need to paint them later today
8. Matt nails in or out?
Out- no question about it. 

9. French Manicure? 
I am really not sure how I feel about french manicures, I'm not usually a fan but whilst on holiday I usually get it on my hands and toes.

10.  Favourite summer colours? 
Revlon Minted (might be limitedd edition), Illamasqua Jo'Mina, H&M Blue My Mind, Ciate Ditch the Heels, Barry M Peach Melba and Jessica Bikini Blue

I tag everyone to do this post and I would love to read you're responses so please leave a comment below with the link!
 Sabrina X
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Sunday, 8 April 2012

Happy Easter!

 I hope you are all well and having a fabulous Easter!
 I thought today was a great day to show you this really lovely Easter decorations from Gabby Bazaar, although it is a little late it is worth having a look at the store for the lovely jewellery and keeping an eye out for other festive decorations. These are perfect for Christmas trees and any other festive trees- they are very affordable and very cute! 


 What did you do this Easter? Have you had lots of chocolate already?

Don't forget to check out the Gabby Bazaar Etsy Store
Sabrina X
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Saturday, 7 April 2012

Easter Nails

 Since it is Easter tomorrow I thought some Easter nail art was essential! I painted my nails in three pastel colours Yellow (Nails inc Spitalfields) Green (Revlon Minted LE) and Blue (Jessica Bikini Blue).
 I then painted on the white little dots using OPI Alpine snow as well as the stripes, Easter bunny and the egg shell and eyes. I would recommend using a nail brush if possible as it can get rather tricky with the actually nail polish brush. I think they are quite cute although they are a little messy and no where near perfect.
 What do you have planned this Easter?

Sabrina X
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Friday, 6 April 2012

Lush Bath Bomb Fluffy Egg


 A couple of days ago I had a bath and used the Fluffy Egg from Lush, although I briefly spoke about it in a previous post I thought it was worth dedicating a whole post. 

First thoughts
This is a pretty egg shaped bath bomb with two little flowers and a very nice sweet (quite strong) scent.

I really thought I would love this and although I have used lots of bath bombs in the past I haven't used one recently. When I first threw it in it was just like any other bath bomb it fizzed up and turned my bath pink, which although sounds nice I'm not so keen on pink water. I wouldn't mind pink water if I got some pink bubbles too but just pink water doesn't really impress me. I know that these are bubble bars but I am not too sure why you would pick this very a bubble bar since they don't seem too dissimilar but with the bubble bars you get the added extra of bubbles.

 Saying all that this is still quite a nice Bath Ballistic unlike some of the others I tried it didn't stain my bath and left the water feeling really nice! Sadly the smell wasn't quite as nice in the bath as it was before. It might sound like I dislike Lush Bath Bomb but actually there are some amazing ones, shame about the bubbles!

What do you think if Lush Bath Bombs? Which is your favourite?

This is a Easter special and is available for £2.95
Sabrina X

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*PR Sample

Eyeko Fat Brush Mascara


A few months back I tried out the Eyeko Curvy Brush and mascara and reviewed it here.


There are actually three different brushes; Curvy, Fat and Skinny. The Skinny seems to be the most popular but I seem to have misplaced mine so today I will be reviewing the Fat Brush. Just like the other mascaras it comes with the guitar pick, which I think are pretty useless.

The Fat brush is pretty big but not any bigger than most large mascara brushes.
The results
I am actually a big fan of 'Fat brushes' but you don't have that much control over them and therefore if the result isn't amazing it's not really worth it. With this mascara it isn't really worth it, the result is too natural n my opinion my lashes are only slightly longer and not much thicker at all. The mascara also dries out really quickly as do all the Eyeko mascara. If you have to pick up an Eyeko mascara I would recommend the Curvy brush over this one but I will be reviewing the Skinny Brush soon (if I find it!)

 Have you tried any of the Eyeko Mascaras? Which is you're favourite?
What do you think of the results?

Sabrina X
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Thursday, 5 April 2012

Lemon Soda Collection 2000

A couple of weeks ago I attend the 25th birthday of Collection 2000 they are also suppose to be changing their name to Collection but since all the products still have the name Collection 2000. I'll stick to Collection 2000- for now. At the event I left with this yellow nail polish which is actually really nice for summer and even Easter! 
 Since it is yellow I think it is very important for it to be inexpensive because lets be honest how often will I wear yellow?! Saying that the quality is decent but a little streaky so a few coats is needed. At only £1.79 I would actually buy some of their other colours especially the brighter ones.
 This polish is available from Boots, Superdrugs as well as some supermarkets.

What do you think of yellow nails? What is your favourite bight polish?

Sabrina X
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Giveaway: very.co.uk Wedges

Earlier today I announced the 10winner of my Lush Giveaway to win 'The Carrot' Reusable bar but I have a new giveaway for you to all enter. 

The lovely people at Very.co.uk are offering one A Little Obsessed winner these Turquoise wedges from Very.co.uk

I actually own these Wedges myself and they are incredibly comfortable and very pretty- I can not wait until it is warm enough to wear them! 


To Enter: 


Leave a comment telling me what you would pair these shoes with and where you would take them- you would gain Brownie points for pairing them with something from the Very website.

Leave your email in the comments below

UK only
Must be a follower

 Contest ends Tuesday 10th April 2pm GMT

If you win you will need to give me your address to forward to Very.

GOOD LUCK!




Sabrina X

The Carrott Winners

My Lush Giveaway also ended this morning and the winners are:
Lois
Leanne
Polka Mlle
Amy
Sarah
Eightforawish
Angie
Tahira
TheOxfordComma
Etienne Stroller

All winners will be contacted shortly and another giveaway will be live TODAY!
Keep an eye out

A huge thank you to Lush for offering the products to giveaway and
Sabrina X

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Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Bourjois Blush

 After saving up enough points on my Boots card to get a YSL Mascara I decided I didn't want it so instead I took advantage of the 3 for 2 offer and bought 3 new Bourjois Blushers. Bourjois is probably my favourite highstreet makeup brand (although Revlon and a few others are good too.) I love their foundations but only had one of their blushers so I felt it was essential to get at least three more. This was very much inspired by Cecilia from A Vain Woman who has a serious collection, one that I am very jealous of!


 I got three new colours Rose Eclat (top), Rose Frisson(middle) and Sienne (bottom). A lot of the names have the word 'Rose' in it making it quite difficult not to buy the same shade twice especially as I wasn't sure which one I already had at home- the only thing I knew was that it had the word 'Rose'. The blushers are a little expensive when not on offer at £7,49 for 2.5g but I would really recommend picking them up when on offer, I got all three for under £15 (or in my case points.) The packaging is quite pretty but they do come with some horrible brushes which add no value, they have tiny little mirrors which I think is always nice. I love the scent of these blushers, they have a really nice, very light rose scent.

I will talk about these blushers individually very soon but in the mean time please let me know which is your favourite Little Round Pot Blushers in the comments!

Sabrina X

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