February Beauty Boxes - Glossybox Vs. Look Fantastic

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It's the month of love and two of the main beauty boxes have gone all out pink on us! As I was pleased with the contents of both of the above boxes I thought I'd share them with you. 

Over the past few years I have been on the fence about beauty boxes as they can swing from amazing one month to boring and lack luster the next. However if you like the concept of trying new products each month then my advise would be to start off on a box that you love (i.e one of these!) and then cancel if you aren't happy with your next box.

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GLOSSYBOX - February 2016
This month's Glossybox is all about finding your beauty soulmates and being paired with the products that are basically 'the one'. From haircare to makeup and a few products in between this Glossybox has got us covered with a good mix of full size products and a super cute box to re-use. You can subscribe for a 3-month plan for £12.75 a box here.

What's included - Nicka K New York 24H Waterproof Eyeliner (worth £3.99), MUA Power Pout Glaze (worth £3.50), Browtician Limited Edition Tweezers (worth £7.99), Naobay Protective Hair Mask Conditioner (worth £10.64), Wilkinson Sword Intuition Razor (worth £6.99). 

Where to start with this box! I literally love everything in it! This reminds me of how good beauty boxes can be - a good mix of products, all full size, a mix of price points and no obscure brands you've never heard of. My favourite product from the box would be the Browtician Tweezers as I love the design and after trying them found them to be super sharp and precise. I also love the eyeliner for the packaging/shade, the conditioner as I was after a new one to try and the size of it is huge and the MUA Power Pout Glaze is a totally new product to me and now one I will be buying more of as I love it so much. Also the Wilkinson Razor is going straight into my shower as I love moisturising razors like this but never treat myself to them. 

Overall - A total winner of a box! Simply nothing to fault and all the products will get used and enjoyed. I really hope Glossybox keep this standard up! 

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#LFLOVES - February 2016 
On to the beautifully boxed Look Fantastic box that is named #LFLOVES this month. This contains a good mix of deluxe samples and one full size product worth £18.99. Also the Look Fantastic box has the benefit of not having a subscription so if you like the look of it or future boxes from reviews online you can buy it within the month for a one off price of £15.00 here.

What's included - Hi Impact Brows Palette (worth £18.99), Lord & Berry Maxi Matte Lip Crayon Lipstick (worth £4.00), Bliss Grapefruit  + Aloe Body Butter 30ml (worth £4.00), Monu Bali Massage & Body Oil 35ml (worth £9.00), KMS Color Vitality Conditioner 75ml (worth £3.50), Miniature Denman Hairbrush. Plus March issue of Elle Magazine 

On opening this box I was a little unsure of the contents as it's mainly deluxe samples however the full size brow palette is a bit of a gem as it can be used to fill in the brows and as an eyeshadow palette as well - I'm actually already using this and loving it! I was also pleased to see a Lord & Berry lip crayon sample in the box, though I love the shade I'm a bit confused as to why it's a hard pencil and not a soft creamy one as the full sized lip crayons are. I will also enjoy using the Bliss Body Butter but due to the fresh scent (which I love) I will be saving it to use in spring/summer. The KMS Conditioner is also a nice sample as it has a lovely scent and a slightly purple tint to brightened coloured hair... perfect for my dulling ombre ends. The only sample I'm not that keen on and will pass to someone that will use it, is the Monu Bali Body Oil as it has a strong lemongrass scent which just doesn't seem suited to a relaxing body oil for me.

Overall - As Look Fantastic boxes go this isn't one of their best as in total the box is worth £40 however I personally still like it. I would have liked to have seen more than one full sized product in the box but overall I will use pretty much everything and the addition of the mini hairbrush and Elle magazine are nice extras for the £15 price tag. 

As you may have guessed my favourite beauty box this month is Glossybox! A true gem with so many products I'm eager to use. 

Are you subscribed to any beauty boxes?

Fee xo. 


eBay Bargains #35 - The Dupe List

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 Today for my eBay bargains post I thought I'd do it a little different to show just how much you can actually save when going for cheaper alternatives on eBay. There are just so many bargains to be had that are amazing in quality! 


Micro Mini Makeup Blending Sponges
 (£1.59 for 2 sponges here)  
Makeup sponges for pixies! That's what I instantly think when I see these, but rambling aside mini makeup sponges make sense especially for blending concealer under the eyes and around the nose. I don't think I could ever bear to part with £13.50 for such tiny sponges but £1.59 is a steal.

Kabuki Makeup Brush Set 
(£4.49 for 10 brushes here)
Makeup Brushes on eBay can be hit and miss (I recommend avoiding fakes - i.e Real Technique, MAC etc) but as I've personally tried this brush set out I can tell you they are fab! £4.49 for 10 brushes really is amazing and I do actually love them just as much as my Sigma makeup brushes. If you are lusting after a Sigma brush set save yourself a ton of money and try these out!  

MeNow Matte Liquid Lipstick 
(£2.49 Buy 1 Get 1 Free here)
I recently picked up two of the MeNow Liquid Lipsticks on eBay and was amazed at the quality of them - super pigmented and sooooo long lasting (they stayed put all day through eating and drinking!). So when I went to look at more swatches to pick up a few more I spotted quite a few Lime Crime Dupes! Here are a few dupes I spotted - Lime Crime Wicked (MeNow #33) and Lime Crime Cashmere (MeNow #18). I really am impressed with how amazing these are - review and swatch post to come! 

Makeup Brush Cleaning Mat 
(£5.51 here
Lastly a fairly new product from Sigma just one that's already been duped on eBay! This is basically a silicone mat that fits into your sink with various zones to clean your makeup brushes on. I can see how this would be excellent for breezing through cleaning all your makeup brushes and the eBay version certainly looks very similar indeed! 

If you were to buy all of the eBay dupes here over the branded products you would save over £150! And this is why I love eBay so much!

Fee xo.

Current Beauty Wish List - February 2016

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 With a new month comes a new list of purchases I'd like to make, especially with all the new beauty launches right now! 

Here is my constraint beauty wish list that includes a few must-buys for everyone I think.

Barely Definer Hard Sponge (£9.99 Feel Unique here
For the last few years I've loved using blending sponges to blend my foundation with, so this new type of sponge instantly caught my eye. Unlike other sponges it's designed to be used dry (and wet if you want to blend with it) as a guide for eyeliner and eyeshadow, a smudger for the lower lash liner and even to be dipped in makeup remover for corrections! So this is a truly multi-functional sponge. I'm so eager to give this a go!

NYX Studio Finishing Powder (£8.00 ASOS here)
Finally NYX have come to ASOS!! Yes, I know it's already on Boots but I don't rate their click & collect service and ASOS is free delivery - so I'm excited! Other than wanting more than a few items from NYX, their Studio Finishing Powder is calling to me as I've recently got into baking my makeup (I apply a ton of powder to my under eye area, 'bake' it for 5 minutes, then sweep it away, for a brightened concealer eye that lasts all day!) and I know this has raved reviews due to being ultra fine. In fact a few beauty bloggers claim it's better than MUFE HD Powder. I basically need this in my life! So many exclamation marks here... I apologise.

L'Oreal Extraordinary Clay Masque Pre-Shampoo Treatment (£5.99 Boots here)
I recently mentioned this product as one of my Predicted Beauty Product Trends of the year as I really think we are going to be seeing a lot of these pre-wash treatments in the next few months. I've actually been looking in Boots stores for the past two weeks for this product as a oil-absorbing pre-shampoo treatment for my roots seems exactly what I need, but I've yet to find it. Hopefully I can find it this month as I'm really hoping it will work wonders on my often lank hair.

Rosie for Autograph Cream Eyeshadow Stick (£12.50 M&S here)
At the weekend I watched Lisa Eldridge's amazing makeup tutorial with Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (you can watch it here on YouTube) and aside from marvelling at Rosie's natural beauty I was lusting after a few makeup pieces from her new collaboration with M&S. The makeup range very much has a Charlotte Tilbury vibe about it but for less than half the price and the Cream Eyeshadow Sticks are very By Terry. Hoping to pick up both 'Almond Eyes' and 'Feline Fox' soon.

L'Oreal Infallible Matte Max Lip Lacquer (£6.99 Boots here)
Ohhh, now this is a new product launch that has me in intrigued! These new L'Oreal matte lip colours are actually a powder matte product in a dip pot style packaging. I can't wait to try out the shades above; Silenco and I Gotta Feeling. If you've tried these already I'd love to know what you think of them!

What are you most wanting to pick up this month? 

Fee xo. 
 
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