Sunday, December 07, 2014

eos Smooth Spheres Lip Balms

The first time I saw an eos Smooth Sphere was in a Miley Cyrus music video, and my first thought was that this must be some expensive American lip product big in Tinseltown. 
So, imagine my surprise when I popped into Urban Outfitters this weekend to find that they have a whole range of flavours. The best bit? They are just a snip at £6 each! You could build up an impressive collection without breaking the bank - and that sounds just fab to me. 
After perusing the display, I settled for ‘Passionfruit’ which comes in a light purple sphere. I was barely out of the shop before I ripped off the packaging to give it a go. Immediately, I was really impressed!
If you’re the sort of girl who always has a pot of Vaseline in the handbag, you MUST agree that while the product is great it can be a massive pain to have to apply it with your finger. The ball shape of the balm means these are so easy to apply, and get even coverage. 
What I really like about my eos sphere is that it’s ‘subtle’ - for want of a better word. eos stands for ‘Evolution of Smooth’, and I really think they have evolved the balm formula so that your lips are moisturised without being saturated with gloss. There really isn’t any greasiness either and this is a must for me; there is nothing worse than applying a slightly shiny lip balm and stepping outside to find there are gale force winds - and your hair is now stuck fast to it.
I also really loved the fruity smell. There are so many other interesting flavours of these spheres, that I really would have loved for there to be a few testers that I could look at first. I was quite intrigued by Vanilla Mint - but had some reservations about the possibility of feeling like rubbed some polos round my mouth. Maybe that will be my next one!
I am thoroughly impressed with this product and have yet to find a flaw. I think the way that they are packaged is a real novelty, and there are so many varieties - I can’t see me getting bored soon!
Have you guys tried them? Let me know what you think…

Friday, December 05, 2014

Keeping your pout pristine with Lipcote!

In the last few months, I’ve really taken a liking to darker matte lipsticks. While I love the instant glam you get with a bold lippy, the longevity can be a bit of a problem.

I have a friend with a penchant for bright lippy, and when I asked how she kept her pout looking perfecto - she pointed me to Lipcote! It’s a really cheap product, at about £2.79 at Boots stores, and I imagine it will last me for some time. It’s a small bottle, with a brush that mostly resembles one you might find in your nail vanish. You apply over your favourite lipstick, leave to dry, and you should find it lasts twice as long. It’s quite a watery formula, so a little bit does tend to go a long way. While the Lipcote is drying, you do get a bit of tingly sensation - but this didn’t really bother me. It dries really quickly, which is great too. 

Generally, I’ve been really impressed with Lipcote. That’s not to say I didn’t have some teething problems at first. It’s really important to let the Lipcote later dry, rather than rub your lips together like you might to rub lipsticks in a little more. Also, there is little point in trying this with shimmery or slightly glossy lipsticks. I found this causes the lipstick to disperse a little bit on my lips - definitely not a chic look! 

For my matte sticks though, I would really recommend this. As you can probably tell, I’ve been using this over reds - hence the slight tint in the bottle. Maybe it is high time for me to purchase some more lip pies and carry out further experimentation. Any excuse to shop!

Thursday, December 04, 2014

How to get ready for Christmas without turning into a raving lunatic!

As much as I may profess otherwise, the honest truth is that I really can be one unorganised lady. I’m the girl who has great intentions of being early, but is always scrambling for my handbag and heading for the door minutes before I have to be somewhere!
There never seems to be enough hours in the day, and if one thing is going to creep up on you without warning - it’s Christmas. As a woman whose been known to do the Christmas shop on the 23rd December, this year I vowed to be different.
Here are my top tips;
Manage your funds • Its a sad reality that there are only 3 pays from the end of summer until December - make sure you’re not rubbing pennies together come the end of November!
Make sure you get an advent calendar • Whoever told you you’re too old for an chocolatey countdown is wrong, just wrong. 
Nag your relatives (and whoever else might be on your gifting lift) • In my experience there’s two types of people; the person with a list that goes on for miles, and the person who doesn’t know. In the case of the former, you’ve lucked in and have your pick of possible gifts at different prices. For the latter? Threaten with no presents - see where that gets you.
Get online and find the best discounts • This year has seen me do some super savvy shopping! While the Black Friday deals may now be over, but there’s no reason you can’t still grab a pre Crimbo bargain. My top tip once you find something you want to buy is to use the Shopping feature on Google - and see where the cheapest place is you can buy it. Bingo!
Beware of expected delivery dates • I’ve made the fatal error of not checking - cue: presents arriving on the 27th and disgrunted family members!
Don’t stash you presents away too well! • This year I almost managed to buy my mum’s Christmas present twice, as I managed to forget the box I put together to store all the prezzies. Don’t hide them too well, but be careful enough to keep them away from snoops!
Christmas goodies • If you’re anything like me, you’re all about the food! Make sure whoever is in charge of the shopping makes sure that they have a clear list of all the best bits - including the booze!
Finally… ENJOY!

Monday, December 01, 2014

Revlon Lip Butters

As we head into the winter months, I’ve been getting more into deeper Autumn shades in matte finishes - especially my match made No7 lippy (see previous blog post!). And, as loooovely as these are, as the weather gets colder I find these a little drying and am on the lookout to keep them super soft and nourished.
Cue: Revlon’s fabulous collection of lip butters!
I purchased my first after seeing a friend with some, and I’ve gained a few more since. Here are the lip butters I have gathered, with swatches and my views…
The first is Creme Brûlée. This is a glossy nude, which is ever so subtle. It’s great for neutral makeup looks, but I also favour it when I’m going for a dark smoky eye - and a bold lip is a bit too ‘in your face’.
Second is Sugar Frosting. This is the pinky equivalent to Creme Brûlée in my opinion. It’s subtle with a touch of the girly hue, though it looks almost colourless with a first application. One of my favourite from the bunch.
Third is Strawberry Shortcake. I was drawn to this one as I liked the name, and the girly pink colour. However, after trying it a few times I can confirm it is not for me. The shade of pink just isn’t my colour, and looks a bit Barbie-esque against my pale skin. Not the best pick for me.
Last we have Berry Smoothie. One of my preferred choice of the four. I’m really into berry shades and this one really doesn’t disappoint. The slightly deeper shade goes much better with my skin tone - without looking too dark. It’s the perfect day to night butter, and I can see it being a go-to for me this Winter.
If you’re looking for a moisture fix, this is your product! There are tons of other colours to choose from - let me know what you think :)

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

MICRO Pedi Gift Set with Nails Inc.

Before this year, I hadn’t heard of Boots Star Gifts - so imagine my surprise (and excitement) when I realised they slash the prices of their gifts in the run up to Christmas!
This is, by far, my best Boots bargain of the year! I came across it online, and was instantly taken in by the fab reduction. Normally, this comes in at £79.99, and I think I managed to pick it up for around £20. Really, this could have been a good little gift for someone else - but I couldn’t help but pick it up for myself.
As unglamorous as it may sound, my feet do tend to feel a little dry sometimes and I am always looking for a great product to leave them feeling super soft. I was keen to dry the MICRO Pedi, as it could quickly rub off any dry excess skin first - leaving me able to finish up with my favourite foot cream.
The MICRO Pedi is a little hand held device with what looks like a roll of sandpaper at the end. When you switch it on, the wheel starts to spin and… Voilà! Banish those bad bits! I have suuuuper ticklish feet, so I was very nervous about using it, but I was completely pleasantly surprised. This was completely bearable for me. I did find that the Pedi seems to discover more dry skin, than you realise so - although it’s probably a given - make sure you use it in the bathroom! 
The other thing that immediately drew me into this product, was the three Nails Inc Polishes that are also included. I’m big on nail paint so, to get these with the Pedi for such a bargain price was great. Amazingly, they are all shades I don’t have yet too. If you haven’t tried Nails Inc polish before, they are of a really high quality, come in a variety of different colours - and they’re mostly named after fab little places in London.
So far, I’ve tried ‘Uptown’ which is a dusty pink shade - but I’m giving my nails a rest at the mo, and I think the other two will be great for some Christmas nail art. ‘Uptown’ had good longevity, and matched well with my pale skin tone. Stay tuned for my review of the other two…
All in all, I was really pleased with my bargain! That said, I’m not sure I would have picked it up with the £79.99 price tag. I love Nails Inc, but not quite that much! I’ve seen a few of these bundles around, so if you are looking for some foot R&R I’m sure there are some more reasonable ones around.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Glossybox UK - November!

If you’ve come across my blog before, you will know I’m a subscriber to Glossybox UK and take great joy in a cosmetic delivery each month!
In this post, I wanted to give you a little peak into what I got in this month’s box. Admittedly, there are a number of brands in this box I haven’t heard of before - but I’m excited to try them nonetheless!
1. LOLLIPOPS MAKEUP Eye Pencil - £11 approx
This is a bold black eye pencil, that appears easy to apply and blend. It’s a handy design, with a mechanism that you can turn to get more liner when it runs down. My pet hate with liner is that they don’t always last long - so I’ll be seeing if this pasts the test.
2. Burt’s Bee Lip Shine - £6.99
This a really super shiny lip gloss, that also seems to be really nourishing to lips. It’s a deep reddy colour, but doesn’t come out quite this vibrant. Glossybox recommends using it with one of the Burt’s Bee Lip Shimmers, so this might be worth trying too.
3. H2O+ Face Oasis Hydrating Treatment - £27.50 for 50ml
I’ve never heard of this brand, let alone tried this product so I am interested to see what this is like. Its a cooling face mask which should be kept in the fridge for a couple of hours prior to use. The effect? Should be deeply hydrating for skin. I’ll be interested to see how this works.
4. MONU Skincare Soothing Hawaii Facial Oil - £26 for 100ml
I’ve tried the MONUSpa Warming Ginger Massage and Body Oil before, and I was pleasantly surprised. It’s like a body milk and, though I wasn’t that keen on the scent, it was really moisturising. I expect this one to be just as good so am keen to try it.
5. 2True Pro Sparkles Glitter Nail Polish - £4
This little pot of glitter can be sprinkled on to nail designs to add a touch of sparkle. I haven’t tried these before as I’m put off by the fact I think they will be pretty messy. However, with the festive season almost upon us, maybe it’s time to bite the bullet!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Soap and Glory: My Favourite Bath Time Duo!

Soap and Glory are one of my favourite cosmetic brands. I’m a late starter; I’ve only started buying their products in the last year, but they are definitely now a staple in my everyday beauty routine.
While I have perused their makeup products, it’s the bath time potions and pampering lotions I really come to rely on Soap and Glory for.   So, why am I such a fan? For one, I think their collection is of a really good quality. After use, my skin feels silly smooth and nourished - and the scents are great. I’m a sucker for matching things, so if I’m using one type of scrub - I definitely want the matching lotion!
My favourite combination comprises of the Smoothie Star bits;
Smoothie Star Breakfast Scrub - This lovely little scrub looks like gloopy brown sugar! It contains organic cupuacu bio scrubs, bananas, almond and honey extracts - giving it a fantastically sweet scent. This has great exfoliating properties, yet isn’t too rough on the skin. It works best when your skin isn’t completely soaking we,so I flipped the shower off for a bit during application. While I normally use my scrubber for my exfoliators, this one worked best I found when applying with your hands. I’d really recommend using this, and I would say its worth the £8 price tag - it really lasted for me!
Smoothie Star Lightly Whipped Body Buttercream - I love this little gem, and the tagline always makes me giggle - it advises to rub the product on your elbows to get some seriously silky skin! I was really impressed with the moisturising properties, and this really helped to clear up some dry skin I had on my legs. My skin feels and looks much softer after I have used this. The formula is really thick, but easy to rub in and thankfully doesn’t have that greasy effect. This retails at £10.50, but if you’re a savvy shopper you’ll know that Boots often run 3 for 2 offers on Soap and Glory products - so you dip in with that! At Christmas, there are some fab gift sets so that you can try a bit of everything else too.
I’ve recently bought the ‘Rich and Foamous Bath and Body Wash’ (having normally stuck with ‘Clean on Me’), which goes perfectly with these too. 
What are your favourite Soap and Glory products?

Sunday, November 16, 2014

My Homemade Kimono!

Over the summer, I spent ages trawling through shops and across the internet to find myself the perfect kimono. 
I wanted a nice patterned navy blue one, with a little bit of fringing on the bottom. I know this sounds a tall order and just a little bit specific, but stocked one just like it - though I sadly was a bit too late in getting to pick one up.
A little while after this, I came across a photo on Facebook from an especially creative friend who had whipped up her own. It was made of a light chiffon material with a floral pattern, and I was really impressed. I asked about how she had created it, and she directed me to Elle Apparel’s blog.
I was still a little in doubt about my own abilities, but I headed over to her page for a little look anyway. Elle’s blog is fantastic; I’m a sewing novice, but her instructions are so clear and concise that even I found it possible to follow.
Armed with Elle’s instructions, I set about finding myself the perfect fabric. Elle used a silky fabric, and typically I favoured these when I looked online. However, my skills weren’t up to scratch so I thought I might do better cutting up material that was slightly less slinky.
After some consideration I went with a nice floral material. Elle seems to cut hers out straight from the fabric, but I chose to make a newspaper pattern first. That way, I had something to go by if I decided to make another. From start to completion, I’d say it took me maybe two weeks. Thought I have to admit, I didn’t donate all that time to the sewing machine.
All in all, I’m really pleased with my end product. I had a few bumps along the road, and my ability to cut in a straight line is a little lacking! That said, I am really pleased with my first attempt and I’ve had a few compliments from friends - and even one order!
If you want to find out how to make your own, head over to Elle’s blog at:

Thursday, November 06, 2014

My Holiday Essentials - The Perfect Face Base!

If you’re an avid reader of my Twitter feed (I tweet under ‘@amorellie_’, if you aren’t already following), you will know that this week I have traded in busy city life for a little break away. While I’m enjoying a restful few days, I’m also trying to give my skin a little bit of a break.
In my normal day to day, I am definitely guilty of wearing more makeup than I need sometimes. It’s not that I have particularly bad skin, but I am just into my routine of applying foundation and powder every day - even at weekends. I’d probably it more down to a confidence thing, and liking having my ‘warpaint’!
This week however, I’ve been trying to give my visage a little break. That said, there are three little products that I haven’t quite been able to say no to. 
Bourjois Paris 123 Perfect CC Cream - retailing at £9.99
This one was a complete chance buy. I’d been looking at trying out BB creams, but was taken in by this instead. It’s ‘Colour Correcting’, containing green, apricot and white pigments to create an even finish and toning down any redness. It’s very hydrating and also contains SPF 15. I love this as an alternative to foundation as it is such a lightweight formula, and does wear quite well. This is a perfect little holiday companion, as its more like a clever tinted moisturiser. It affords me coverage without feeling thick on the skin - giving my face a little chance to breathe. 
Body Shop Born Lippy Pot Lip Balm in Watermelon - retailing at £2.00
A friend included this in a lovely little birthday hamper of beauty bits she had picked up for me, and it’s now a permanent fixture in my makeup bag! With the weather getting colder, these are great for keeping your lips in tip top shape. It also helps that they smell amazing - I’m loving the Watermelon one.
Body Shop Shimmer Waves in Coral - retailing at £16.00
This second Body Shop product, and was recommended to me by a friend. I wanted a bronzer that was multi tonal and not too far on the orange side. This shade is great for my pale skin, and this week I’ve just been lightly dusting it over my cheekbones in favour of my best Benefit blusher. I’d never spent this much on a bronzer before, but I would definitely use this again. I’ve had this for about three months now, and it still looks barely used. I would thoroughly recommend this, and it also comes in Bronze and Blush to suit all skin tones and requirements.
What are your favourite holiday products?

Monday, November 03, 2014

No7 Match Made Lipstick Service

On Saturday, during some pre holiday shopping, I made a little pit stop at Boots to try out the new Match Made Lip Service.
I have quite pale skin, so I normally spend a fair amount of time poring over the beauty aisles looking for a lippy that doesn’t wash me out. When I heard about this new service, I was really keen to see which shades I would be matched with.
I went to the Portsmouth branch, and was served by a really friendly lady called Jade. She wiped off some of my foundation and then used the device to find my perfect skin tone. She then found the matching No7 Foundation, and reapplied it where she had rubbed mine off.
From the existing match, she found that my skin tone fell into the ‘Calico’ group. There are two types of lipstick; Moisture Drench and Stay Perfect. Moisture Drench is a moisturising satin finish lipstick with SPF 15, while Stay Perfect is a strong colour which lasts for up to 8 hours.
Initially, I thought there would be a single match for each skin tone, so I was pleasantly surprised to find there were actually 19 colours to choose from. Jade then asked me which ones I wanted to try. I probably picked out around 4 colours at first, and these were all brought out for me to try. The first one I tried on was really not my colour - a fuschia pink that was just too bright!
After exchanging some concerned looks with my boyfriend (who kindly escorted me and helped me with the colour choosing), I moved from the pink shades to coral. The tones were a bit more muted, which I think is the best for me. Eventually, the colour I selected was Auburn Whisper.
Its a cool rouge colour, and I think it really adds a bit of colour to my face. It is from the Stay Perfect range, and the natural colour combined with matte finish really works for me.
I would definitely recommend using the service; there is something quite exciting about having your own tailor made makeup. For the service that is provided, I don’t think the lipstick is too expensive. That said, I probably be buying every shade!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Barry M Waterproof Gel Eyeliner

Let’s get things straight; I’m a huge eyeliner fan. Lining my lids is, I consider, a vital part of my daily beauty regimen and I can’t see that changing.
As a result, I’m always striving to find the best. The longest wearing, boldest in colour, easiest to apply… It’s a tall order. That said, when I had the opportunity to try out this product, I was suddenly reluctant.
I was a first introduced to gel eyeliners when a friend showed me one she had bought. I’ve always favoured the chunky felt tip pen style liners, which offer you great control when applying. In particular, I’m partial to the Maybelline Master Pencil…
This product looked flimsy in comparison, and I was convinced that it would be much harder to define my lashes with a spindly little brush.
I’m fact, I was pleasantly surprised. The brush, which is tucked in the lid, is quite stiff (though not scratchy on the eye) so it is really easy to get a clear straight line. A small dip in the gel goes a long way, and there’s great staying power. If, like me, you find yourself touching up your makeup in the middle of the day, it’s really easy to apply a best second coat - without taking off half of the first!
The product retails at £5.49 in Boots, which I’d consider really quite reasonable. I’ve been using it for a month, and it still looks barely touched. The benefit of this product over it’s ‘felt tip’ style competitors is that the boldness isn’t likely to fade after a while, when the liquid starts to run out. Overall verdict? Definitely worth a buy!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

NUXE Paris Crème Fraiche® de Beauté Mask

I received this in October’s fantastic Pop Art themed Glossybox (sit tight for a review on that one!), and having never heard of NUXE Paris before I was a bit intrigued.
In the last week, my skin has been really struggling to adjust to the change in season. I have combination skin slightly leaning to being oilier, but I have had a real issue clearing up some dryness around my cheeks. When this landed on my doorstep, I was keen to give it a whirl and see if it could help improve it.
Containing plant milks, it is a 24 hour moisturising mask which claims to nourish and soothe even the driest of skin types – leaving your face looking positively radiant! The directions state that you should apply it to your face and then leave for approximately ten minutes, before rubbing any excess further into your skin.
When I used the mask, I was sure to use an ample amount in the hopes it would give me the best results. It smells quite floral, which bodes well for something that you’re going to leave on your face for a little while. When the ten minutes was up, I smoothed in the rest of the moisturiser as in instructed.
The next day, I could see a clear difference in my skin. The eczema like dryness on my cheeks had visibly reduced, and they started to feel much softer. Impressed by the results, I used the product again the same evening, and am pleased to announce that two days later my skin is back to normal!
I really wasn’t expecting to be so impressed with a product from a brand I had never even heard of before, but the results speak for themselves. This is a fantastic rescue treatment, and one I will definitely be relying on in these colder months.
It retails at £19.50, and while I would usually consider this a little pricey based on the results I have observed I would definitely recommend trying this if you’re suffering with skin dryness. 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

L’Oreal Colour Protect Caring Shampoo and Conditioner

When I received these, I have to admit I was just expecting another run of the mill shampoo and conditioner with all the big claims and nothing in the way of performance.
Before trying this combo I had never really used L’Oreal on my hair before, but I am completely converted! It’s a specially formulated protecting shampoo which claims to maintain up to 80% of colour - even after 28 washes. I started to use this after getting some blonde highlights added to my hair, and have to say it really is true to its word.
Even though it’s been about a month since I got my hair done, I’m really impressed with how this has helped me keep the colour. There was an initial colour fade at first, but this just allowed the highlights to settle and look a bit more natural in my hair. My highlights are still looking good for Autumn!
 Typically when I’m browsing the aisles for new hair products, I do love to pop the lid and check they smell good.  This one has a really good scent, and keeps my hair fresh between washes. It’s really important for me that hair products keep my locks feeling really soft, and this one is really nourishing.
When you are blow-drying, straightening, and colouring you definitely want products you can rely on and this one gets top marks from me!
I would recommend using this with the Loreal Mythic Oil, which I reviewed with the September Glossybox here:

Sunday, October 12, 2014

L’Oreal Paris Skin Perfection Anti Fatigue Perk-up Cream

I was really pleased to be sent this, which claims to be ‘you’re new handbag hero to be used anywhere and everywhere’.
At first glance, I really liked the packaging of the product. L’Oreal have used summery orange and pink sunset style shades on the tube and, with added SPF 20 I think this helps to market it as a great little holiday moisturiser.
I applied it this on my clean cleansed face in the morning, and I was quite surprised at the difference it made to the general appearance of my skin. What it doesn’t say on the packaging (or at least from what I can see!) is that the moisturiser as a slight tint to hit, which improves any dullness and is really rejuvenating. However, this does mean you need to pay a bit of extra attention to make sure that you have rubbed it all in properly!
It’s a really light formula, and claims to keep your skin feeling moisturised for 24 hours.  While I’m not sure the moisture stayed quite that long, it is, nonetheless, a good little product. I would describe it more as light BB cream though.
It retails at £11.99.

Barry M Nail Varnish

I am a huge nail varnish hoarder, and Barry M nail polishes definitely make up a large proportion of my collection. I’ve been loving their latest shades, and have already stocked up on a few – including the new Glitterati and Aquarium polishes (as can be seen on my Instagram!). This week however, I purchased another three polishes I have had my eye on for a little while…
Barry M Gelly Hi Shine in Coconut – retailing at £3.99.
I’m a big fan of the Gelly collection and the glossier formula, but I was particularly drawn to this one. I tend to steer clear of neutral whiter shades, but really loved that Coconut is a little bit creamier and so not quite as harsh.
I applied two coats of this, and it seemed to be thick enough. Unlike some pale colours, the coats went on really nicely to leave a full block colour. It has such a shiny finish, and is perfect for wear alone – or as a base for some funky nail art!
Barry M Vintage Violet – retailing at £2.99.
Vintage Violet is one of the new shades that Barry M have added to their classic collection for Autumn, and I can definitely see it being one of my top polishes for the season. I haven’t got a polish quite like this one, which is a subtle violet with a greyish tone. It’s a really versatile shade, and adds a much needed pop of colour as we move into the colder months. My favourite!
Barry M Masquerade – retailing at £2.99.
I love the name of this nail varnish, which is another new addition to the classic collection. It’s a mix of turquoise, purple and gold glitter and would be perfect for layering over the above polishes. I found it really easy to apply this evenly across the nail, and when the coats dry it doesn’t leave the scratchy feel you can get from some varnishes. It’s a really great glitter combination in the run up to Christmas, and I will definitely be glitzing up with this for the festivities!
 I created this with my new polishes;

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

GLOSSYBOX - September 2014

I thought I would start my voyage into beauty blogging by talking about one of my favourite little beauty indulgences. Glossybox is a monthly beauty subscription, and upon signing up you will receive 5 deluxe samples right to your door - can’t argue with that!
The box I received this month was one of my favourites. In light of London Fashion Week, the top of the box had been specially designed by Karen Millen. I’m loving the funky watercolour drawings of London’s best loved landmarks.
So far, three of my samples have made it onto my beauty shelf as favourite new products;
L’Oreal Mythic Oil - This retails at £15.95 for 125ml.
 I was slightly apprehensive about trying this, as I’ve used other oils before and found they didn’t work for me. I’m pleased to say that this one stood out from the rest, as it didn’t have the greasiness I’d come to expect from other brands. At face value, the oil is a little pricey, but a little does seem to go a long way - as you only need to use this sparingly. It is best applied to damp hair before blow drying, so I work a little through the ends of my hair before styling. The formula leaves my hair feeling more nourished and shiny, and I feel like I am leaving it slightly better protected when using heated appliances. I probably use this a few times a week rather than every wash, but I am really impressed. It’s definitely worth a try if you want to give your locks a little lift!
Nails Inc Westminster Bridge Matte Top Coat - This retails at £12 for 10ml.
You will see from my future posts that I am a big lover of nail varnish! My polish collection is into the hundreds, and I still have NO willpower when I see a new one I like. I have a couple of matte polishes, but I love that with this top coat I can easily transform all of colours I already have. As we move into Autumn, I’m definitely going to be putting the sunny glossies away and experimenting with matte. Nails Inc make such great quality polishes, so it was a lovely surprise to find this one in my box this month – bargain!
Skin PEP Brightening Enzyme and Acid Peel – This retails at £89.99 for 180ml.
Skin PEP Dark Circle Eraser – This retails at £44.99 for 15ml.
I also received a couple of sachets of this, as well as their Dark Circle Eraser. I’ve never tried any sort of acid peel before, and my immediate impression was that this would be some sort stinging face cream. I am pleased to say I was VERY wrong! This was a perfect little pick me up for my skin, as it removes the dead skin and leaves it looking brighter. I left mine on for about 5 mins, and if it starts to harden you can add a little water to reactivate it. I followed this with moisturiser, and my skin felt loads better. I also saw a noticeable difference with the Dark Circle Eraser eye cream. You only need to use a small amount of this, so I imagine a 15ml bottle would last a while! You massage in until you see eye bags and puffiness has reduced. Witch Hazel and Cucumber are a couple of the 35 active ingredients, which is so soothing for such a sensitive area.
Ordinarily, I don’t think I would pay for either of these in the full size version – it’s really quite expensive and for me it would be a treat product to use every now and again, rather than part of my everyday routine. 
Bring on the box next month - Pop Art style!