Saturday, 17 March 2018

My First Glossy Box

I've been hemming and hawing for the last year or so whether to sign up for a monthly beauty box. I love watching unboxings on youtube and reading reviews about the products people get. But my main problem was what one to try. Living in the UK there isn't as many options as living in the US. The UK based ones that I looked into included Lookfantastic  £15, Birchbox £10 and LoveLula £19.95 but I never quite decided what one was best for me. But after reading Fashion-Train's Glossy Box review I decided to give Glossy Box a go. The boxes start off at £10 with a £3.25 delivery charge. I opted for the three month plan which means I get 3 boxes for £28.50.

The first box I've received is February's Galentine's box which was themed around having fun on the town with your BFF. In my box I received the Steve Laurant Nude Pop Lip Tint RRP £17, the Studio 10 Beauty travel size Makeup Mist Glow-Plexion RRP £14, Icona Milano Emotion Allowed Mascara RRP £15, the Sleek Makeup Divine Storm Eyeshadow palette RRP £8.99 and a Ciate London mini size Gelology nail polish in pepperminty RRP £6. Buying these products individually would have cost me £60.99 so I was quite impressed with the range of the products.

The Steve Laurant Lip Tint comes in a gorgeous rose gold box with matching lid which I loved straight away. The product is described as a highly pigmented, creamy lip topper and when I first applied it there was no denying it was creamy. But unfortunately that was the only good thing about it. The lip tint didn't apply evenly despite using my finger and clung round any dry parts of my lip. When trying to create a make up look with these products I ended up using it on top of my Kylie lip kit in the shade Koko K which made the liquid lipstick less drying but I definitely couldn't wear this on its own.

 Wow! I was really excited about the Glow-plexion mist by Studio 10 Beauty as I'm obsessed with facial sprays and I'd never tried anything by this brand before. When I came to write this blog post and tried to look for it online I couldn't find it anywhere on Studio 10's website which made me a bit suspicious, is this a new product? or are they getting rid of discontinued stock? The mist comes in a grey/brown bottle with a white bohemian design on the front . It's described as a multi-purpose spray that smoothes, illuminates and refreshes the skin. The first time I used the spray, I applied it as a primer and found the spray very hydrating but a lot of product came out and I found my face to be quite wet which when I then tried to use it as setting spray wasn't great. Overall I found it to be a very hydrating spray but I think its better as a primer than anything else and I wouldn't say it made me skin very luminous.

Next was the Icona Milano Emotion Allowed Mascara, when I came to look for this online this was another product I couldn't find. I could only find it on the Walmart website, I couldn't find a Icona Milano website and the only social media page I found for the brand was on facebook and in Spanish. So this was another product I was apprehensive about using. But it was described as having a creamy formula perfect for building extreme volume that lasts as well as being smudge, water and humidity resistant which sounded perfect for me.  The packaging is very plain it comes in a black tube with raindrops around the top and the mascara wand is pretty standard. The first time I tried this I was so disappointed with it. I like my lashes to be thick and clumpy and this made them thin and wispy, it added no volume whatsoever and I didn't think you could tell I had any on. I wouldn't describe this as being smudge proof as it did transfer just underneath my eye when I'd had it on for a few hours.

Then I used the Ciate London nail polish. I've used a few of their polishes before but its never a brand I particularly reach for if I'm buying nail polish for myself. This is a gel finish polish described as having flexibility to minimise chipping and provide up to 10 days of high gloss shine. Initially I didn't like the look of this peppermint colour as I'm more of a pinks and reds type of girl but once I put it on I loved the colour. This is my favourite product out of the box. The polish applied nicely and only took two coats to give a full covered glossy effect. It chipped in within two days which is pretty standard for any nail polish but it remained glossy the 6 days I wore it.

Finally The Sleek palette which was the product I was most looking forward to trying out as I've never used anything by Sleek before. The pigment has 12 shades which are described as super-pigmented, long lasting, mineral based eyeshadows. The palette contains pearlescent shades, which contain mica particles that highlight and illuminate your eye. The palette came in a cardboard box and has a mirror and brush inside. The eyeshadows came with a sheet over with their names on which I think was a nice touch for a drugstore brand. When I opened the palette I was a bit disappointed as theres only three mattes: Calm Before The Storm ( light brown), Eye Of The Storm ( dark brown) and Blackout (black) and nine shimmers so it's hard to create a full look with this palette.  In the look below I used Calm Before The Storm as a crease colour, Eye Of The Storm across half my lid bringing it up into the crease, then Electric Storm ( blue shimmer shade) across my lid and finally darkened the outer corner with  Blackout. I didn't think the shadows were very pigmented as I wasn't getting much pay off and the shimmer shade was pretty pathetic without a setting spray. The browns blended really nicely but I think there are a lot better drugstore palettes particularly the Makeup Revolutions ones at a similar price.

As for my first Glossy Box I wasn't very impressed. I found it strange that I couldn't find a few of the products online which made me question why they were in the box and where they were getting them from. I only liked one of the products in the box and found the rest to be lacking in quality. Despite paying £9.50 for this box and getting £60.99 worth of products I don't think it was worth it. There was nothing in this box I would repurchase and apart from the nail polish, I had to force myself to keep wearing these products throughout the month to make sure I'd tested them properly.

Have any of you tried these products or had this Glossybox? What do you think of them?

Katie x

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Testing 'Yes To' Face Products

Yes To is an American company specialising in natural and affordable beauty products. Before I started writing this post I didn't realise how widely available this brand was in the UK. The products I'm going to talk about in this post I got off Beauty Bay but the brand is also stocked in Boots and Superdrug. They have nine different ranges that each target different types of skin so there is something for everyone. The products I tried were from the 'yes to cucumbers' range which is for sensitive skin as I suffer from rosacea and most of the time harsh products don't agree with me.

Before trying out these products I'd only used the 'yes to tomatoes 2-step buh-bye blackheads nose kit' by this brand so I didn't have much experience of their products. I found the blackhead kit to remove some blackheads and a lot of whiteheads leaving my nose feeling incredibly soft so I was excited to try out some more product by Yes To.

The first product I used was the 'Cucumbers Soothing Facial Wipes' RRP £2. They're described as being enriched with cucumbers, aloe vera, dead sea mineral and green tea to gently cleanse and soothe the skin with a cooling effect. The first thing I noticed when using this product was the smell. They were quite strongly scented and smelt like cucumber and baby wipes which I couldn't stand. I found the wipes to be quite strange as they were damp to touch but when I was using them on my skin I didn't get much moisture out of them. I struggled using them to take my make up and found that I had a slight sticky feel to my skin after using them. 

The next product I tried was the 'Cucumbers Calming Mud Mask' RRP £3. The mask is describes as being soothing and purifying with extracts of cucumbers and French green clay. I immediately preferred the smell of this as the mask just smelt like cucumber and was very refreshing. I applied the mask to my skin and left it for ten minutes as advised. It hardened quite quickly and found it to tug on my skin slightly. After removing the mask I was slightly disappointed as my skin felt no different when usually after using a face mask I like my face to feel soft as a baby's bottom. After five minutes of taking the mask off I found my face had went extremely red which lasted for about twenty minutes.

Overall I like the idea of brand making natural beauty products that are price conscious but I didn't feel like either of these products benefited my skin at all. After my skin flaring up from the mud mask despite it being part of the sensitive range and claiming to be cooling I think I will be staying about from this brand in the future.

Have any of you tried Yes To? Are there better products than these?

Katie x

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Cats Pajamas Palette Review

Laura Lee was one of the first beauty bloggers I ever watched on youtube and have done ever since so when I saw she was releasing a palette I was obviously tempted to buy it. But once it went on Beauty Bay I was put off buying it since it was £35 for 10 shades. Fortunately for me I was able to get my hands on it for £17.50 as Beauty Bay had it half price for one day only.

The name cats pajamas comes from an american saying which means something thats really good. I think its our version of 'the bees knees'. Laura has been working on her palette and her brand Laura Lee Los Angeles for the past two years and this is the first product in her line. I'm not going to say may much about the packaging cause I'm sure you will have all seen it all over instagram already as I'm a bit late to jump on the bandwagon but it comes in a gorgeous glittery palette with a floral patterned inside.

The palette contains 10 shades which are a mix of mattes, satins and shimmers. When I first got this palette I was initially put off but how many shaddows seemed glittery as theres 6 colours that are either shimmers or glitters.But when I got round to trying the palette out I fell in love with it. I literally can't recommend this highly enough the colours are stunning, they're so pigmented and I think there are so many looks you could make even with the limited colours. When I first got this I thought it was going to be very similar to my Modern Renaissance palette, but I couldn't be more wrong . The only problem I had with this palette was I followed one of Laura's tutorials using it and she built the white colour up as opposed to just using it as a base and once I did this I found it very hard to blend in to the other colours. Despite this I think I would be tempted to buy this palette again even at the full price.

This is my favourite look I did with the palette but if you got to my instagram @x500daysofkatie you can see a number of different looks from full glamour to day time looks that I tried out as well as a list of what other products I used in this look.

Have any of you tried the palette?

Katie x