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Get The Gloss Beauty Insider's Kit

 Get The Gloss Beauty Insiders Kit Review

The Get The Gloss Kit

The Inside Get The Gloss Beauty Insiders Kit

I am the first to admit I am a beauty box novice compared to most. Birchbox is as far as my knowledge extents. Yet, I think I have one of the best right here in my hands right. Latest in Beauty have launched their very first box in collaboration with Get The Gloss (that online place showing expert knowledge in beauty, health, and lifestyle).

And even though I did have a rough idea what was coming my way in the post, I had no idea I would be this amazed by a box. Designed to hold a few cult and must have items, the total of the Beauty Insider's Kit is a slightly eye-watering £116. Ouch. Luckily this little box is priced at a much more friendly £19.95. So, to the important bit, the contents...

Inside Get The Gloss Beauty Insiders Kit

Get The Gloss, Get The Gloss Beauty Insider's Kit, Latest in Beauty, Latest in Beauty Beauty Insider's Kit , James Read Sleep Mask Tan, Balance Me Radiance Face Oil, Essie Nail Lacquers, Daniel Sandler Concealer Brush, Therapie Roques O’Neil Cherish Skin Repair Serum, Laura Mercier Foundation Primer, Glamglow Supermud Clearing Treatment, Eyeko Skinny Eyeliner, Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate

Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate | This helps boost skin’s multi-defensive powers while helping to strengthen its resistance to day-to-day damage and signs of aging. Which perhaps at 24 I need more than I'll admit.

Eyeko Skinny Eyeliner | One of my favourite felt tip pen liners has come back into life. Finally.

Glamglow Supermud Clearing Treatment | One stupidly hyped up brand I have somehow not tried. Don't ask how, but at least that can now change.

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer | Like I mentioned, their Creme Smooth Foundation is the one for me. And their primers are up there as well.

Therapie Roques O’Neil Cherish Skin Repair Serum | One I've not heard of...this serum is a natural solution and is packed with revitalizing, healing and skin boosting essential oils, vegetable carriers and extracts. Sounds good to me, vegetables included.

Daniel Sandler Concealer Brush | You can never have too many brushes, especially when I am the worst at cleaning then. So with this replacement I now how no excuses for a dirty concealer brush.

Essie Nail Lacquers | One nail brand that never disappoints me. And two more colours to my ever growing collection is something I'm never going to complain about.

Balance Me Radiance Face Oil | I am in dire need of a new oil, so this one offering the skin an extra layer of moisturising protection and enhancing dull, lifeless, dehydrated skin with a radiant, dewy glow is very much welcomed.

James Read Sleep Mask Tan | Okay, I've not tried this one yet. The self-tan ingredients in this mark apparently guarantee a subtle golden glow by morning. But it is a masks, that tans? Sounds like a disaster waiting.

Admittedly a slightly skincare orientated box, yet it is just full of products that I just love, and no doubt will use up (tanning mask aside). I can't quite believe what good value this box is, and I just hope that the next Beauty Insiders Kit box is as good. 

Beauty Insiders Kit £19.95

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Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Foundation

The Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Foundation

Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Foundation

If there ever was a underrated brand it would have to be Laura Mercier. I do of course add to this, I'll forever sing their praises but I am yet to review anything from them. And it seems to the majority of people agree, they either just haven't tried Laura Mericer or love it.

So where better place to start with my first Laura Mercier review than my absolute favourite product by them. The Creme Smooth Foundation. This glass jar foundation has despite the price (£41.50...gulp) become one of my favourite foundations of all time. Think Estee Lauder Double Wear without the cakey-ness.

At a first glance it seems very Maybelline Dream Matte mousse-esque when you open it, and you could probably turn it upside down without spilling. But at that price I am not trying it. Luckily you don't in fact need much of the product, and considering I like a high coverage I don't use much at all. This is true to its name though and applies just like a creme would. Even gliding over my dry patches without a issue. And its 100% build able, so the pros just keep growing.

Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Foundation Review

What amazes me with the Creme Smooth is the excellent coverage yet it is stupidly lightweight. It honestly feels like I am wearing no makeup (mascara excluded), even a BB cream feels heavier than this. God knows how Laura Mercier have done it, but for once, I am almost speechless, and over a foundation. So yes, while this won't be a budget buy, it is one you so won't regret. 

Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Foundation £41.50 

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REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask

THE REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask

On my non official new years resolutions (non official so I could fail and no one would know) I did decide on making sure I used face masks more. And thanks to REN, this has actually happened. Enter their pretty well known Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask.

Formulated like all their products to be free from parabens, mineral oils, sulphates, synthetic fragrances and basically just other ingredients that are not great for your skin. The packaging is also another strong point, the pump disperses exactly how much mask you need for the one application, so no guessing. Always a sigh of relief to a novice like myself, and the tube is transparent, so you can see how much product is left.

This is a hassle free mask, and the most zing you feel is a slight tingle, but that doesn't last for the 10-15 minutes application time at all, and after which you wipe it off with a damp face cloth. This is perfect for us sensitive skin types, as it's an exfoliant that doesn't have involve that scrubbing action which just causes more damage than good I find. Plus this doesn't look like a typical 'the postman better not knock' sort of mask, its clear with a slight orange tinge, and the most you'll notice is that you have a shiny face.

Apart from the instant results (too impatient for waiting) you know the reason why I love this? Anyone remember The Body Shop vitamin C mask that smelt like oranges and you could peel off? Well I loved it, and it disappeared off the shelves, but this REN mask has filled that gap in my life, minus the peeling but guess I had to grow up at some point.

REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask (£30)

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A Focus on Cetraben Products

Cetraben Products the lotion and cream for eczema prone skin

Sometimes in life, mum knows what she is talking about. And often is the case when it comes to skincare. For years my mum has told me that the only thing to ever help my eczema covered skin was old fashioned non fussy skincare, like emollients. And even though I have tried stupid amounts of fancier creams, I forgot nothing cures my cure skin more emollients like products until I tried these Cetraben products. 

Working like an artificial fat, filling in the gaps between the skin cells so they can fill with water and swell up again. Cetraben is a mixture of white soft paraffin and liquid paraffin with water, to produce a thick moisturiser. It works by providing a layer of oil on the surface of the skin to prevent water evaporating from the skin surface. These Cetraben items also contains glycerin, which is absorbed into the skin where it attracts water to itself, helping to retain water in the skin surface. And if you didn't learn anything new there, give yourself a pat on the back, I defiantly just had a mini science lesson. 

I have been using the Cetraben Cream (£8) to help relieve my face discomfort, and the eczema prone bits on my body. Its convenient to use with a 'airless' pump dispensers allow for just the right amount to be pumped out. I have also been using the Cetraben Lotion (£8), the newest item to the range, and this is a non greasy treatment option that seems to work well with the cream. Both are such a good price I think, especially when they have worked better than some of the higher end more expensive brands. And in fact, this is the first January in a long time I've not battled some serious face havoc and eczema hassle. Not that I'll be admitting my mum was sort of right with skincare...

Even though I am not a Facebook sort of gal, the Cetraben UK Facebook Page is actually proving quite good for skincare tips and advice, so worth a nose. 

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Instagram Diary: Part Five

Annabelflorence Mascara Malteser Instagram

As if it that time again. But seeing as after my Instagram Diary: Part Four I have managed to uploading something to Instagram every day this week (I think), why not share my life in photos so soon. Plus I am now getting a reputation for continually having my phones camera out snapping away at the most random things, especially desserts in restaurants. I better to something with them and put them somewhere.

What have you been up too this week?

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The (Much Awaited) Makeup Revolution Makeup Brushes

New Makeup Revolution Makeup Brushes Entire Range

Makeup Revolution Makeup Brushes The review of the entire range

Makeup Revolution Makeup Brushes eye
Oh no. That was my exact thoughts when I heard Makeup Revolution were realising a Makeup Brush Range. Its no secret I adore their makeup and am constantly amazed just how they do it. But makeup brushes? That is a whole other terrority that a budget brand just shouldn't venture in my eyes. I quite literally had cheaper brushes falling on my face in hope budget brushes would do. But boy, I was wrong.

With 9 brushes in total, 5 for the face and 4 for the eyes. All made from the 'finest' synthetic hair and very animal friendly is a very good starting point. As as totally expected with Makeup Revolution their prices are spot on; starting at £1.50 and the most expensive brush is £3.75. Or you can get the entire range for £20, which I believe is about the same amount as one brush by a certain well know brand beginning with R-T...

The Makeup Revolution Makeup Brushes

With the signature rose gold accents and all black look these look far more expensive and classy. Although the plastic sleeves didn't make my photos. They are so shiny you would see my (non makeup/hair/generally a mess) face in the reflections, which of course I didn't realise till editing. Scruffy faces aside, lets get down to the brushes.

Pro F103 Stippling Brush (£3) |  This flat-topped brush is for use with blending foundation and creating that perfect looking base. With slightly longer bristles then some, but still does the job.

Pro F101 Foundation Brush (£3) | I've not used a flat foundation brush in a while, but what better time to start again? Nothing like a new brush for inspiration.

Pro F102 Concealer Brush (£1.95) | This is big enough to use for blemishes, yet the rounded end is great and small enough for under eye areas.

Pro F104 Powder Brush (£3.75)  | A domed shaped, big, soft brush which is just perfect for applying powder, sorry stating the obvious, or a powder foundation.

Pro F105 Contour Brush (£3) | A good fit brush for under the cheek bones for my beloved contouring, and even work to sweep blush across my cheeks.

Pro E101 Eyeshadow Brush (£1.95) | This little eyeshadow brush works in smaller areas for detail or, using over my entire lid by building up the colour, or covering up mistakes. 

Pro E102 Eyeshadow Contour Brush (£1.95) | For a bit of eye shadow contouring, and a tad smaller than the one above.  

Pro E103 Eyeshadow Blending Brush (£1.95) | Again, sorry stating the obvious but this is firm enough to blend in my creases or blending out at the edges. Or once more covering up my mistakes.

Pro E104 Eyebrow Brush (£1.50) | Much better than my current one as its slim enough for the close brow details, yet still enough to build it up for my Cara Delevingne days.

Plus my inner Monica was very happy to receive the Pro Hygiene Antibacterial Brush Shampoo (£5) and the Makeup Revolution Pro Hygiene Antibacterial Brush Cleaner (£5). No more baby shampoo washes for me and my brushes. The Anti Bacterial Brush Cleaner you just spritz directly on the brush, then gently wipe brush across a clean tissue until brush is completely clean. And the shampoo is used, well just like shampoo. But in all seriousness these brushes are just pretty amazing, so much so I can't actually comprehend how Makeup Revolution have done it again. But yet again I have been proved wrong.

Will you be using the Makeup Revolution Makeup Brushes?

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Joan Collins Timeless Beauty

The Joan Collins Timeless Beauty Review
The Joan Collins Timeless Beauty Range and Review

Joan Collins Timeless Beauty Compact and First Base Foundation

Okay, hands up who knew Joan Collins had a beauty range? Please don't show me up here as I was clueless. Celebrity endorsements are not my thing, but then she is the queen of all things glamorous so I am hardly surprised. I've been trying a few bits from the Joan Collins Timeless Beauty range recently, and I haven't been this excited to try a new brand out for a while now. Guess since has become Dame Joan I've just become a even bigger fan girl. 

First up (pardon the pun) is the First Base foundation (£25) this is designed to be skin care in foundation form, and light on the skin. Includes Hyaluronic Acid (your guess is as good as mine..) & UV filters, plus paraben & fragrance free. First Base shades actually are divided into three types; cool, warm and neutral. So you can pick a colour that is a bit more adapted to your skin. And you know what? I really like this foundation. It blends perfectly without greasiness and gives a medium coverage yet it does feel lightweight. Some may not like that this dries to a powder finish, but I do as it saves me time in the mornings. Joan is definitely a lady after my own heart.

Next is the Compact Duo (£34) this little gold beauty includes the Meticulous Powder in Neutral and a Divine lipstick. The powder is a tad dark for my skin, but I do love the idea of being easily able to find 2 of the most important cosmetics without having to rummage at the bottom of my bag

Up next is the Eyeshadow Quad (£25). Perfect for those with cooler skin tones, and to make blue eyes pop. I have neither, but the quality of these is very worth the money. Creamy and blend-able, just as you would expect from Miss Collins. And these mini palettes are ideal for when I am either in a rush, or often just too lazy to think about what colours to wear.

Lastly is the Brow and Eye Define Kit (£23). Joan Collins never has an eyebrow out of place, so this kit is no surprise in the collection. Very usefully including mini tweezers, an application brush, and a small grooming brush to tame the brows.  The four powder shades including charcoal, natural, brown and pale pink. I do love when kits can do the whole brows; defining, setting and highlighting. Again, another time saver. 

The entire Joan Collins Timeless Beauty range has such a luxe, YSL or Estee Lauder feel don't you think? (And you know I like a bit of gold) The prices do reflect the luxurious feel, but they would make good presents and wouldn't look out of place next to their high end counterparts. And well, every makeup bag does need a bit of glamour...

Have you tried anything from Joan Collins Timeless Beauty?

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Phil Smith Big It Up and Hold On Haircare

Phil Smith Big It Up and Hold On Haircare

With my winter hair in full swing. And by that I mean flat and frizzy. I have been trying out a few more goodies from one of my favourite packaged hair care brand, Phil Smith. And it is something I am always in need of, a volume boost. My hair seems to adore the concept of gravity and wants to be as close to be head as possible at all times. So both the Phil Smith Volume Boosting Mousse and  the Phil Smith Be Gorgeous Hold Tight Firm Hold Hairspray have been a very quick way to get a bit of life into my roots. Applying the mousse to my damp hair and then with a quick blow dry I have noticed my hair a bit more lively. Luckily this isn't a typical sticky mousse that I avoid, and gentle enough not to make my hair greasy. 

The Phil Smith Be Gorgeous Hold Tight Firm Hold Hairspray was always going to have tough competition against my beloved Elnett, but recently thanks to the winter wind my hair has also been defying my normally perfect Elnett. This little pink tin has surprisingly done the job very well, it hasn't weighed down my hair, nor given me a stiff fringe. It also smells non alcoholic like most (cheaper) hairsprays, and has a almost fruity scent. And for £2 its a bargain in comparison, plus using half a can to keep to my hair in tact doesn't seem like a waste of money. 

The Phil Smith Be Gorgeous Range and the Big It Up and Hold On Haircare are all available from Sainsbury's from £2. Bargain? I think so.

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Instagram Diary: Part Four

Instagram Diary: Part Four, Instagram Diary, Makeup Revolution Palette, Hever Castle, Playing Tourist, Mascara and Maltesers Instagram, Louis Vutton, Jo Malone,

Makeup Revolution's New 'Pro' Palette | Messy Hair & Chunky Knit Day | My MAC Velvet Teddy Replacement | Jo Malone Heaven | My article for Jourdann Dunn's much await Vogue Cover | Culture to tone down the faux fur hat | Louis came out to play | Fluff | And my Christmas arrived early in champagne, flower and chocolate form.

As if it is my first Instagram Diary of the year? I more than likely should of done one of these a bit sooner as this now involves a Christmas picture. Well, my Christmas in champagne, flowers and chocolates so that doesn't really count right? I have been keeping myself busy at After Nyne Magazine, which is were my Jourdan Dunn's much await Vogue Cover article and a few others live, like the return of Mr John Galliano. Plus, going by my pictures, can you tell I am glad to have my long blonde hair back?

What have you been up too recently?

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When Only (Gold) Yves Saint Laurent Will Do....

Yves Saint Laurent and Touch Eclat

There are certain times in life when only the best will do. This often happens to me during the winter months, January I am looking at you, when I either need a pick me up myself, or my face defiantly does. And what better cure than the best makeup? For me this is Yves Saint Laurent and their gold packaging. I have no idea why the gold makes me feel luxurious, but it does. Maybe its just as it pleases my inner makeup snob, not that I'll be admitted that freely. 

The Yves Saint Laurent Shocking Mascara is one of my all time favourites. Its a quick and easy way to give that false lash look. Every time I open it I just know my lashes will behave themselves. It even smells of pure luxury.

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat I've somehow never written about this? Like it needs it anyway, as its of course everyone holy grail highlighter, and it has never let me down. Even when my skin and face is doing anything but behaving, Touch Eclat saves the day, and my face.

What are your items that no less will do?

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Makeup Revolution Pro Looks Stripped & Bare Palette

Makeup Revolution Pro Looks Stripped & Bare Palette Review

It is official, I can't keep up. Only last week did I have a new Makeup Revolution palette, Girl Panic,  and today you've guessed it, I have another one. Welcome the Makeup Revolution Pro Looks Stripped & Bare Palette. Straight off I just knew this palette was made for me (not literally, shame) as with the Stripped & Bare Palette they are bringing out another two, and I have the nude version of the three. You know me and a nude...

But what is the 'pro' part of a this palette? Well its designed for those of us who may not know what colours and shades go together, or not brave enough to try out new colour combinations. There a technically three different looks ready made in the pro palettes, but obviously you can wear them as you please. 15 eyeshadows, shimmers and mattes, make up this palette and they remind me of all three of the Urban Decay Naked Palettes condensed in terms of shades.

Makeup Revolution Pro Looks Stripped & Bare Palette  Close UP

Makeup Revolution Pro Looks Stripped & Bare Palette Swatch

A mixture of pinks, lighter and stronger with hints of gold. Plus a few shades for the more daring with  purples, darker blues and a khaki. Surprisingly for me, I am impressed with the shimmer shades as the amount of glitter is manageable. Despite the 'bare' namesake, the colours are anything but. All 15 are so pigmented, and are so smooth to apply cream eyeshadows should have something to worry about. Whether I do look like a pro has applied my eyeshadow remains to be seen, but as long as I feel like a pro than that is all that matters right?

Makeup Revolution Pro Looks Stripped & Bare Palette £6

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Focus on Cloud 9 Skin Solutions

Cloud 9 Skin Solutions Review

New skincare finds always excite me, especially ones with a name like Cloud 9 Skin Solutions. Yeah maybe a tad shallow but I just knew I had to try them based on the namesake. Not a 'new' brand by any means, but new to me, Cloud 9 were started when they did their research and found most skincare items just gather dust in bathroom cupboards. A few scientific meetings later and their range of skin solutions was born. And I have been lucky enough to be trying out 5 of their products...

Body Makeover - Cellulite Treatment (Sky Blue) £35 | Unusually with the key ingredient of Ivy, this clear gel reduces that orange peel skin within two weeks. You need to give this product a good rub into your skin, as this apparently gets the blood pumping around and makes the gel that bit more effective. Admittedly (for now) cellulite isn't much of a issue for me, but hey, the backs my legs do feel smoother.

Natures Miracle - Varicose Vein Treatment (Dark Blue) £30 | Luckily I don't (yet) have varicose veins, but this is on standby for the day when I realise I do. Fingers crossed my genes are good. And I quite like the tingling sensation when using it. Don't judge me.

Tranquility - Ultra Soothing Cream for Dry Damaged Skin (Grey) £36 | So this is my forte, dry skin. This soothing cream has worked wonders,  and its no surprise with the Vitamin B12 and Avocado Oil in the ingredient list. Firstly I just used this on my body (incase made me grow another limb or something) but as it sorted out my dry legs I moved it onto my face.

Skin Rehab - Scar Minimising Cream (Pink) £35 | Now this is the one item I was most excited to try thanks to a scar on my stomach. I do also have spot scars. contains a rather unique ingredient list. St John’s Wortand extract of Onion...I'm used to my onions pickled so it makes a change for them to be reducing inflammation and encouraging healthy skin regeneration. Plus both old and new scars can benefit from the Cloud 9 treatment.

Clarity - Skin Clearing Spot Gel  (Green) £32 | Surprisingly, even though winter is normally the time spots appear on my face, my skin has been behaved so I didn't get to gain the full benefits from this. But this gel also improves skin if you have picked (not that we do that of course) the area and takes the appearance of angry red skin down. 

What I do like about Cloud 9 Skin Solutions is not only are they one of most friendliest companies I have come across, is the simplicity of their products, and they tell you just what they do. No fancy claims, just skincare done right.

Cloud 9 Skin Solutions from £30.

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Max Factor Facefinity 3 in 1 Foundation

Max Factor Facefinity 3 in 1 Foundation Review

Max Factor is one high street I brand I trust, lack of gimmicks and just generally simple makeup products has meant they are my go to brand in Boots. I think I have tried all their foundations (and mascaras of course) so naturally I wasn't going to leave the Facefinity 3 in 1 Foundation on the shelf. 

Combining a primer for a long lasting look, concealer for coverage, and foundation for finish is the 3 in 1 element Max Factor are offering. Anything that cuts corners when I am doing my makeup is so welcomed, although mixing three completely different items seems to have that gimmicky element that Max Factor normally avoid. Oh well, I won't get too snobby...

However, Facefinity has sidestepped the failure I was sort of expecting, and is a lovely foundation. Up to Max Factor's typical creamy foundation reputation I can feel slight addition with the added primer. Yet despite the primer and concealer, its incredibly lightweight while still having the full coverage my face does need. And somehow, still manages to have the matte finish and luminosity balance down to a tee. Why can't foundations seem to normally manage that? The only teeny downside with this foundation, and I am being rather picky, is I don't quite feel the benefit for having the added concealer. Or maybe I am just bitter that my blemishes need more coverage...

Facefinity defiantly has a air of Revlon Colorstay about it, with its lightweight-ness, medium-full coverage and matte finish. Again, as expected with Max Factor, there is no strong scent that makes my eyes water, stood the test of time (around 10 hours), plus contains SPF 20. And all this for a £11.99 high street foundation? Well done Max Factor. 

Max Factor Facefinity 3 in 1 Foundation £11.99

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My MAC Velvet Teddy replacement

The MAC Japanese Maple

MAC Japanese Maple Lipstick Review and Swatches

Damn you Miss Kylie Jenner. Before your lips (fake or not) hit the headlines, and told the world that is was all down to the MAC Velvet Teddy lipstick, I could very easily get hold of one of my favourite MAC nudes. But not now, sold out everywhere. There should be some special supply of MAC Velvet Teddy for those of us who used it pre-Kylie Jenner. Selfishly, there isn't, so being bored of my MAC's Myth Lipstick I went on a mission to find a new nude from the ever price increasing brand, MAC.

MAC Velvet Teddy is a deep tone beige with a matte finish, compared to the MAC Japanese Maple (£15.50) I picked up, a netural toned beige, actually described as a "frosted light beige".

The nude beige tone is similar to that MAC's Myth, but Japanese Maple is a much more subtle shade due to the semi-opaque finish. That high shine gives a glossy affect making my lips appear more plumped (aka, the Kylie Jenner look). The only downside to this lipstick is it requires a few touch-ups to keep the sheen, but then I obsessively redo my lipstick, so I barely noticed. 

And despite this not being a matte finish like the beloved MAC Velvet Teddy, this has become a daily staple in my lipstick collection. So in a way, thank you Miss Jenner as you have broaden my MAC lipstick knowledge.

Have you tried MAC's Japanese Maple?

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Makeup Revolution Girl Panic Eyeshadow Palette

Makeup Revolution Girl Panic Eyeshadow Palette Review
Makeup Revolution Girl Panic Eyeshadow Palette The Swatch
Makeup Revolution Girl Panic Salvation Palette VS YSL Couture
Have you ever come across a brand that releases so many new products? I doubt it. I just don't know how Makeup Revolution still have good ideas left. But perhaps that is why I just write about makeup, not invent it. 

Girl Panic is one of their new Salvation Palettes, and the prettiest. There are 12 shimmer shades (rectangles) and 6 mattes (circles), Girl Panic is a mix of Pink Tones, through to Nude bases, Chocolate to Copper, with a couple of Silver & Smoked. Inside there is a large mirror and double ended sponge applicator. The names of the eye shadows are printed on the plastic sheet, and are taken from the Girl Panic's lyrics the Duran Duran song F.Y.I.

All lasted all day with minimal fading and creasing. All of the shimmer shades are extremely pigmented surprisingly, or not so as I should of expected with Makeup Revolution by now. And of course, as I did expect, the mattes are up to Makeup Revolutions high pigment standards. Girl Panic also got mentioned in The People's Sunday Magazine as a cheaper version to the new Yves Saint Laurent Couture palette coming out later this month. Impressive? I think so. 

I can't say this has overtaken The Makeup Revolution Essential Matte Palette. Number 2. Which would take a lot of beating as to say I am obsessed with it is a understatement, but if you're going to opt for one of their Salvation Palettes, this would be the one.

Makeup Revolution Girl Panic Eyeshadow Palette £6

Have you tried the Makeup Revolution Girl Panic Eyeshadow Palette?

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January Birchbox | Womens Health Magazine Edition

January Birchbox | Womens Health

The January 2015 Birchbox | Womens Health Magazine Edition

Oh wow. It feels to be writing 2015, and I've already written 2014 through this entire post. Least I noticed before I hit published. But it is here, the January 2015 Birchbox, and this month of course it just had to be in partnership with Women Health Magazine. A bit like Mondays really, the only acceptable time to start a health kick/diet is January. Its practically the law.

This month, to further that January health kick motivation, there is  an offer where you can subscribe to Women's Health Magazine for 10 issues for just £18 saving 52%. There is also a 'Hit Refresh' booklet which contains 12 small challenges/tips for health inspiration. So lets see what this month has to offer...

Stila Lip Glaze | A sheer shimmery pink and non-sticky lip gloss. I've never tried Stila, well not that I can remember, but I've heard nothing but praise for them. Wasn't expected a lip gloss in a health oriented box though, guess its not a bad thing to have glossed up lips at the gym.

REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask | I've already tried this with my first REN purchase, and love this little tube. Plus my previous sample size just ran out so this was a handy refill for me. This definitely refreshed my skin so its a perfect fit a refresh box.

Philip Kingsley Body Building Conditioner | Again, I've been lucky enough to try this before, so a top up was handy. Designed to give your hair a bit of life and make locks ready to start the year, this well known brand was very welcomed by me.

HealGel Intensive | Intensive version of the HealGel Eye and HealGel Face apparently. I'm keen to try this as the HealGel brand has been untouched by me, it just better live up to its hype.

ActivBod Cooling Finish Lotion | So this one showed me up nicely...I don't exercise (don't flame me) and as a result I won't be needing this. But this is re-energising gel, used post workout, is for a bit of energising, moisturise and too sooth.

Embrace Matcha Green Tea | (That green drink in my pictures) While coffee still exists I can't imagine I'll convert to green tea. I did still drink this sample as photographing is thirsty work, but I'm not holding my breath that I will be stocking up.

Pilates Band | Well, I actually had no idea what this was, serves me right for not exercising that much. I almost toyed with the idea it was a pink head know, for working out?! But no, it is defiantly a Pilates Band. And I still don't know what to do with this...

In terms of actually relating to the theme, Birchbox have done well this month as all except one item fits their 'Hit Refresh' theme perfectly, but for me, this isn't a box that stands out. More than likely to do with the fact I'm hardly a gym bunny rather than actual box itself. But what I can say, after giving me chocolate in Birchbox, they have given themselves high standards. Chocolates over a Pilates Band.

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What do you think of the January Birchbox?

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Playing Tourist: Christmas (ish) Edition

Hever Castle, England,
The View of Hever Castle, England
The Hever Castle, England, Grounds

Outside Hever Castle, England,  and the grounds

Hever Castle, Kent UK at Christmas
My castle obsession has had to take a back seat recently thanks to the winter. Cold and me don't mix. But there has just been Christmas, and of course as a result I ventured outside for Christmas castles. Hever Castle was featured in when I Played Tourist for the first time back in the summer, and being a sort of castle expert now, I think this is the best castle, ever. 

Being the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, Queen of England, and one (the second) of King Henry VIII wives, this is the castle with a real Tudor connection. I'll skip my less than able history lesson and just let the pictures do the talking. And as you can see Hever Castle really had gone festive for my visit a few days ago, Christmas trees and all. So I am very glad I wrapped up (if only you could of seen my michelin man winter layers) to visit Hever, and it almost had me in the festive spirt, in January. If that isn't impressive, I don't know what it. 

Have you been to Hever Castle?

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My Top Beauty Products of 2014

My Top Beauty Products of 2014
First post of 2015, and of course the cliches of the New Year still stand, but what do I do? Start the new year by looking back at the previous. I am slightly jumping on the bandwagon with this post, but I can't think of a more original post to My Top Beauty Products of 2014 it is. But once I started this post I realised just quite how long it could of ended up, so these products are more my highlights of the year and what stood out to me over the previous 12 months. 

Makeup Revolution Ultra Blush and Contour Palette All About Bronze palette | Okay okay, I promise I won't go on about this again...but seriously, just buy this one thing from Makeup Revolution...

Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde Mascara in Ultra Black | Again, I know I harp on about this, my mascara is my forte. Not only is this a ridiculously good, and possibly the best, high street mascara, its my Benefit They're Real dupe. Which everyone needs in their life right?

The Unlawful Nars blush | My first 'proper' pink blusher experience, and I'm right on board with the Nars Blush hype. This little gem offers a healthy pink glow (with a touch of shimmer), without making me look like a 12 year old school girl. 

Rimmel Kate Moss Lipstick...The Infamous Shade 107 | For a not very adventurous lipstick girl, colour wise, I do love the Kate Moss lipstick range. I have both Kiss of Life and Wine, and its the Wine I've just not stopped wearing. Matte finish? Check. Affordable? Check. Makes me look like I've made a effort with my makeup? Check. 

BareMinerals Original SPF 15 Foundation | Think the surprise factor here helped the Bare Minerals make its way onto my list, and that I'm not experimental at all with foundation. But a quick and easy to apply foundation that defiantly rivals the Estee Lauder Double Wear? Yes please.

Soap and Glory Brow Archery | Maybe another shock factor item, as felt tips and eyebrows were not a combination I thought would mix. But this eyebrow product swiftly overtook the Illamasqua Brow Cake to be the one I opt for daily. The more natural look and much quicker application just stole my heart. 

What are your top beauty products of 2014?

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