Latest in Beauty – Complexion Perfection Box.

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I really enjoy surprises and trying new things, so while I love monthly beauty boxes, I’d never given the Latest in Beauty boxes much thought as you already know what’s inside (I guess it’s the child in me that gets an exciting thrill out of opening surprise gifts). Last week I found myself browsing the LIB site as I’d clicked a link from somewhere (no idea where) else on the web. When I saw that the full size Pixi Sheer Cheek Gel was included in the Complexion Perfection box I got quite excited as I’d been wanting to try one for a while now and the box was cheaper than the stain on its own. The fact that I’d get to try several other products for the same price as the Pixi blush on it’s own swayed my decision to try it out and I’m so so glad I did!

First of all, this box is such good value! It retails for £11.95 + p&p. So basically I received several full size, high quality products, that cost less than my weekly takeaway, what a bargain! Seriously though, I was so impressed with the contents of this box. I’m often left a little disappointed with my Glossy boxes as there’s usually at least one product that I won’t use. I now totally understand the hype surrounding the LIB boxes. There’s something really satisfying about opening a box full of goodies you know you’ll love because you chose them. Anyway, that’s enough babble from me, here’s what I got in my box!

ImageFirst up, the Pixi Sheer Cheek Gel. As a lover of liquid and cream blushes (due to my hideously dry skin), I was really excited to try a gel formula. This blush blended out really easily to give a sheer pretty flush. I wore it on my cheeks this morning and you can layer the product to build the intensity. I can’t comment on the staying power of this as I haven’t worn it long enough but so far it’s blended into the skin well and gives a nice dewy finish. I’m really happy with this product and I’ll probably try another shade at some point.

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The Benefit They’re Real mascara is simply wonderful and remarkably manages to give length and volume to my short stubby lashes. I already own the full size of this but the sample size is going in my backup box. This is one of my all time favourite mascaras and a great addition to Complexion Perfection Box.

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Next in the box was a full size Daniel Sandler Waterproof Eyeliner. I’m always a little wary of waterproof eye makeup as I hate having to scrub my skin to remove it but this product came off easily without any rubbing with the simple eye makeup remover. This product isn’t totally opaque with one swatch, it’s more of a patchy dark brown than black but after I built up the swatch a few times the colour improved. Colour payoff aside, the formula of this product won me over. A soft creamy liner that didn’t drag on my lids at all, it applied like a dream. To be perfectly honest, the Urban Decay 24/7 liners that I already own are just as soft and more pigmented so I probably wouldn’t repurchase the Daniel Sandler waterproof eyeliner but I like it enough that I’ll use the one I have.

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I think the Vintage Cosmetics Company Eye Shadow Brush is really nice quality; it’s a dense, reasonably soft, natural haired brush, and while it won’t replace my beloved sigma brushes, it does the job. It retails for £8.00, which is a great price for a good quality brush (in my opinion). Also in the box was a 40% off voucher for the Vintage Cosmetics Company brushes, this is a great saving so I think I’ll give a few more of their brushes a try.

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I realise I’ve been babbling for far too long so I’ll make this quick. The Bellápierre Mineral Eye Shadow is a highly pigmented, stunning metallic gold. I never buy loose shadows as I hate mess but if this shade is representative of the whole range I’d happily buy more.

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Unfortunately the Inika Liquid Mineral Foundation wasn’t in my shade so I’ll probably give it away or swap it. This doesn’t detract from the fact that I was thrilled with the rest of the box.

That was a rather long-winded ramble, congratulations if you made it this far! All in all, this is an amazing box, well done LIB!

Charlie x

 

February Wish List

Hi everyone! since I love reading wish list posts I thought I’d share the things I’ve been lusting after this month. This is by no means a comprehensive list, there are so many things I’d like to buy! Here are a few of my favourites:

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First up, the Glinda palette from Urban Decay; one of two palettes released from UD’s recent collaboration with Disney. The palette contains 8 gorgeous shades, all of which are very wearable,  a purple 24/7 glide on eye pencil and a full size super saturated high gloss lip colour in the brand new shade Naked. I can see myself using everything in this palette and for £35 it’s an absolute bargain. Considering Urban Decays eyeshadows retail for £14 a piece, the 6 shadows alone have a value of £84! The glide on eye pencil and full sized gloss add appeal to an already great value palette. I love a bargain and this palette has really captured my attention! If you’re in the UK, the Glinda palette can be purchased from the Debenhams website.

I really liked this beaded cord bracelet when i saw it on Topshop’s website. While something like this can easily be made at home, the fact that it was on sale from £15.00 to £4.50 made me like it even more… i see a money eating pattern emerging here!

If I could only have one item from this list it would have to be the Illamasqua nail varnish in the shade Speckle.  I mean who wouldn’t want nails that look like mini eggs?! Quite simply I think all the specked polishes from the I’mperfection collection are gorgeous but if I had to choose then Speckle would be my pick. I could go on about how being a pastel shade, Speckle is perfect for spring blah blah blah. Really I just want it because it’s purple and spotty, to add to my ridiculous collection of all things purple and polka-dotty (yes that’s a word).  At £14.50 it’s definitely on the pricey side in my opinion. I never finish a nail polish so I cant usually justify spending that much on one colour but i can honestly see myself using this again and again. I may have to buy this, I keep putting in my online basket then closing the window. Just writing this post is really testing what self restraint I have! Speckled can be purchased from illamasqua.com and debenhams.com.

The Expert Face Brush by Real Techniques is the only brush in the collection that isn’t sold in the two Boots local to me. This frustrates me to no end as it’s the only one I really want to purchase. I’m a big fan of the Sigma kabuki brushes for applying foundation but after reading countless positive reviews i’d really like to give this a try. This brush is completely cruelty free and retails for £9.95 from cocktailcosmetics.co.uk

Finally on my wish list this month is the ‘most glamourous nudes ever, world famous neutrals kit’ which in my opinion is a ridiculously long-winded name for an eyeshadow palette, but I digress. As a huge benefit fan, I have the irrational need to own every kit or palette they produce except the ‘how to look the best at everything’ kits which had a pitiful shade range. The 3 new neutral eye palettes all have really pretty shades in both the shadows and creaseless creams but I feel that this palette contains shades I’d most likely use. while i already own the creaseless cream birthday suit, i love the convenience of having a base and a quad of complimenting colours in one palette. I’m often rushing out the door and this is great to pop in your bag. While this kit doesn’t scream ‘take me home, you need me, no now!’ like the Glinda palette, I’d still quite like to own it, and there’s nothing wrong with wanting…

So those are my most wished for items for February. If I post a haul featuring these items you’ll know I couldn’t resist!

Charlie x

 

I’m back and bargain of the week!

Hi all, due to my lack of internet i’ve had a large break from reading my beloved beauty blogs. Now that I have regular net access again i’ve wasted my week spent hours and hours catching up on all my favourites. I’ve become rather obsessed this week and i’ve decided to blog daily as often as possible, hopefully at least 4 times a week. To kick off my new blog, i present the bargain of the week!

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Since my cosmetics wish list far exceeds my beauty budget, i’ve been on a real bargain hunt lately, trying to find high street dupes or alternatives for my favourite high end products. This week i finally used up the last of my Boi-ing concealer by Benefit. I love this stuff so so much, it hides the hideous purple circles under my eyes amazingly well, has a creamy, blend-able formula and is overall a pretty perfect concealer (in my opinion). I was all ready to rush out and buy another the day it died but after countless rave reviews, i decided to give the Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer a try. I’ll admit, I was rather skeptical despite the cult following this product seems to have but i have to say, it’s pretty near perfect. Like Boi-ing it has a lovely creamy formula and gives great coverage. It may be a completely different product to Boi-ing, but as an alternative its fantastic, and at £3.99 i really can’t complain.

This has to be one of the best concealers i’ve tried in terms of formula and coverage and  definitely gives high end products a run for their money. I’d definitely repurchase this and recommend it to anyone who wants a high coverage concealer at a bargain price.

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Charlie xoxo