Saturday, 13 February 2016

Love Me Beauty Box Review

Love Me Beauty Box Review
My very thoughtful sister got me an amazing present for Christmas - a 3 month Love Me Beauty box subscription. When I opened it she said "I thought this would be good for you to blog about, Fran" so here we are! I've only ever tried the Glamour Beauty box before so was interested to see how these boxes compared.

Most beauty boxes seem to pick the products for you so there's that whole surprise element! However, with Love Me Beauty, you pick the products - I hate being surprised as I'm a control freak so the 'choose your own' system is great for me. For £10 per month, you receive 60 credits to choose whatever takes your fancy from their boutique. Most items are 10-20 credits and the boutique is refreshed each month.

Here is what I selected for my January and February boxes:

Nails Inc Polish in Victoria (£11) I absolutely love this deep cherry colour, it's perfect for the Winter months and I just wish that my nails were in a better state so I could wear nail polish more often. The staying power of the Nails Inc polishes is great too.

Dr PawPaw Tinted Ultimate Red Balm (£6.95) Obviously, I told myself I wasn't going to buy a Dr PawPaw lip balm because they had been so hyped in the beauty world....but I have to agree with the hype on this occasion. They feel so good on the lips - nourishing and natural. I love the slightly red tint in this too for a little bit of colour.

Therapie Skin Repair Serum (£12) I'm always wary of serums on my oily skin but this was gorgeous. It's not too heavy and sinks in to leave your skin feeling renewed and glowy! This is one to leave over night to allow it to works it's magic.

Omnisens Fresh Cleansing Tonic Water (full size £29) There isn't much to say about this product, it does what it says on the label - it's fresh and it cleanses. I don't think I would pay £29 for a bottle which is the price for the full size as it wasn't anything life changing. Refreshing and left my skin feeling clean though.

Percy & Reed Invisible Dry Shampoo (£12) I was so disappointed with this product. I had really high hopes because the only thing I dislike about the Baptise dry shampoo is the white tinge it leaves in your hair. So, invisible dry shampoo got me all excited. However, I'm not sure if it's just my naturally oily hair but it left it 10 x greasier than it was before and I ended up having to go and wash my hair!

Lord & Berry Lipstick Pencil in Kiss (£10) For some very strange reason, I decided to choose this lipstick in red....and I NEVER wear red lipstick?! Not really sure what I was thinking but it turned out pretty well because this orangey-red seems to suit me. The creamy formula is great, it lasted well on the lips and wasn't drying at all.

Lord & Berry Magic Brow (£10) Probably my favourite product that I opted for as I'm obsessed with trying new brow products at the minute. I can't fault it either, it's a brow pencil and brush combination (just like the Anastasia Brow Wiz) and the formula is blendable and buildable (not sure if either of them are actually words but they are now).

Overall, I'm impressed with Love Me Beauty. I like that you can pick the products yourself as you are more likely to use every single one - I always find with 'pre-packed' boxes there are one or two things that you would just never use. It's great value for money, you really can't complain for £10 per month + postage & packaging and there are some great brands to try out.

If you want to give Love Me Beauty a try, you can click here to check out the subscription packages.

Have you tried Love Me Beauty? What do you think?

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Too Faced Natural Eyes Palette Review and Swatches

Too Faced Eye Shadow Palette
Can we just take a minute to appreciate the aesthetic beauty of this Too Faced Natural Eyes Palette please? Don't hate me, but I actually purchased this for it's looks (so shallow). Thankfully, the beauty of these eye shadows goes a lot deeper than it's initial appearance. 
Firstly, I'm a fan of the compact, travel friendly tin that the shadows come in. It's not the sturdiest tin ever, but it works to protect the shadows and they've never spilt all over my makeup bag so it's all good. Apparently, the original version of this palette had cardboard packaging so I'm pleased Too Faced have upgraded - flimsy packaging is just not the one, is it?! 
Natural Eyes has everything that you need to create day and night eye looks and includes a 'Glamour Guide' with a step by step on how to create 3 different looks if you need a little bit of help. Great for me as I'm really not the best when it comes to eye shadow. There is a perfect mix of mattes and shimmers and most of the shadows are so creamy and pigmented. I wasn't prepared for the amount of fall out from these shadows though so I'd recommend applying your eye makeup before your foundation!
Too Faced Eye Palette Swatches
L-R: Sexpresso, Cashmere Bunny, Erotica, Chocolate Martini, Push Up, Honey Pot, Nudie, Silk Teddy, Heaven

Heaven - a gorgeous vanilla base colour which is also great for highlighting the brow bone.
Nudie - a light brown colour that I use for the base - I mix and match this with Heaven.
Cashmere Bunny - a lovely warm chocolate colour which I blend into the outer corner of my eyes.
Sexpresso- an extra dark brown which is so good to deepen the crease and to create a smoky look.
Silk Teddy - I was pleasantly surprised by this shade, it's a subtle, metallic shimmer which is great for a base colour for a more glamorous look.
Honey Pot - a warm gold shadow that I use to create a night time look, it's a little bit too much for a day look for me personally but only because I'm not overly daring!
Push Up- a beauty blogger's Rose Gold dream. It's an absolutely gorgeous, highly pigmented shade.
Erotica - this formula is probably my least favourite - matte with tiny glitter particles. Erotica looks stunning in the pan but is pretty sheer when applied to the eyelid. It takes quite a bit of building up in order to achieve any impact so I was slightly less impressed with this one.
Chocolate Martini - similar to Erotica, you need to apply quite a bit of this shade to achieve a similar pigment to the rest of the palette. It does help that this shade is darker and contains less glitter though and with an extra bit of effort it looks gorgeous.
I'm pretty impressed with Natural Eyes and it's my go to palette at the moment. My favourite shades are Cashmere Bunny and Honey Pot. You can overlook the 2 disappointing shades as the rest of them are just so beautiful! I think this is a bit of a beauty blogger must have and I'd highly recommend adding it to your makeup collection.

Have you tried the Too Faced Natural Eyes Palette? What is your favourite shade in the palette?
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