31 January 2017

eBay Bargains #71 - 99p Finds

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Guilt-free shopping! One of my most favourite posts to put together! All eBay items below include free delivery and no taxes are ever incurred. Happy shopping!

1. Cactus/Succulent Keyring 99p HERE
Okay, how cute?! If you are loving the cactus trend then you may want to snap one of these up. I went for two as I couldn't decide which to go for. These look well made from the thicker metal ring and the extra accessory next to each plant is just adorable. I'm sure I will be picking up a few more in the future as Birthday presents. One of my favourite finds here! 

2. Set of 4 Eyeshadow Blending Brushes 99p HERE
I own 3 sets of these eyeshadow brushes now because they are just fab for the money. I use them for blending out eyeshadow of course but also as concealer brushes and I can say that they're soft and blend product well. Ideal if you want extra eye brushes but without the cost.

3. Floral Design Post It Notes 99p HERE
Quirky stationery is always fun so when I came across these I knew I had to include them. These floral memo pads come in 8 different designs and would look nice on any desk. 

4. Metal Animal Hair Grips 99p HERE
Another favourite find here! This listing includes the most gorgeous detailed hair grips I've ever seen. From origami designs to detailed animals there's a wide range to pick from. I also really like these geometric tortoise hair clips along with this set of 2 gold bee hair clips which I decided to buy. 

5. Silicone iPhone cases 99p HERE
It wouldn't be a 99p eBay finds post without including a few phone cases. If you have followed my eBay posts for a while you will know I'm slightly obsessed when it comes to 99p cases - I just can't get enough of them! The listing includes 30 on-trend designs that fit nearly all iPhone models. They are also made from silicone which means they are easy to take on and off but still protect your phone well. 

6. Heart-Shaped Powder Brush 99p HERE
An ultra cute makeup brush find here! Very kawaii/sailor moon inspired I'm feeling and something I couldn't resist snapping up... again! Made from cruelty-free nylon fibres the brush looks soft and well made and I can't get over the soft lilac handle with the pink! 

7. Dainty Pineapple Necklace 99p HERE
Often jewellery can be a bit hit and miss on eBay but look well enough and you can find some bargain gems. This is stunning miniature pineapple necklace that doesn't look tacky in the least... well for a pineapple necklace at least! 

8. Set of 2 Cactus Pens 99p HERE
I featured this set of three pens in my last eBay bargains post and I'm also waiting for my delivery of them. A total novelty buy and pretty ridiculous but that's the point of them! 

9. Cactus Enamel Pins 99p HERE 
Keeping with the cactus theme I came across these amazing plant pins. Enamel pins are very much on trend right now and could be worn on a bag or even a shirt or sweater. I'm very tempted to pick up a few to wear on a plain black sweater now.

Hope you've found some items from this little lot!

You can find one of my previous 99p finds posts here

Fee xo. 

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27 January 2017

ASOS Items I DIdn't Need, But Bought Anyway



Last week I placed my 1st, ok 2nd, ASOS order of the new year and it was totally unneeded - woo, go me! But after what always seems like the longest stretch between paydays, and an unexpected refund pinging into my inbox, I thought stuff it! 

So this is basically a haul of treats which I felt I deserved, haha! 

However the first item is one of my most favourite blogger purchases in a long while and something I will be using daily, so I guess it was an item I didn't know I needed until I had it. Hope you like this haul... I really can't get enough of ASOS at the moment!



White Board Weekly Planner - £7.99 HERE
I've had this white board for a week now and can already say it's a blogger must-have! Ideal for jotting down your schedule or blog posts you plan to write. In the past I've always used a weekly planner notebook or pad but often things change, so for this planner to be wipeable is great! A really lovely design and size, plus you receive the 4 colourful magnets shown (the motivational signs are my own) which are handy for pinning notes and receipts to the board, or you could just use them on your fridge instead! Also thinking this would be great as a meal planner board for the kitchen. Really very impressed with this!  



NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Tea And Cookies - £6.50 HERE
Having already tried 'Soft Spoken' for the Liquid Suede line and absolutely loving everything about it I thought it was time to pick up another shade. I went for Tea & Cookies as it looked my kind of pinky nude and that's always flattering to all skin tones. Just so soft and feminine looking on the lips and most importantly comfortable. A very flattering matte lip cream that everyone needs in my opinion!  



Miss Etoile Trinket Dish - £5.00 HERE
I will hold my hands up and admit this was a totally unneeded purchase... but I couldn't resist the cuteness! I have more than enough trinket dishes now but ya know, blog props and all! But aside from this being the cutest design it actually makes a really good ring holder and it's totally inexpensive. Basically I'm not going to feel guilty for buying yet another jewellery dish! You can find the entire Miss Etoile range on ASOS here.  



Clear Cactus Make Up Bag - £5.99 HERE
Another unneeded purchase but one I couldn't resist was this amazing cactus makeup bag. I mean just look at it! If you are loving the cactus trend at the moment then this is something you need to pick up - it's allow, it's payday after all. Although I haven't filled it just yet I can tell it will hold a decent amount of makeup and the fact it's clear will also be handy when looking for something specific. Perfect for any plant lover or beauty blogger I'd say! 

Here are few things I'm also lusting after... 



 Top row L-R - Cactus Jewellery Tray, Valentine's Card (perfect to frame!), Peg Board
 Bottom row L-R - Llamas Set of Drawers Set, Lottie Mermaid Glow (exclusive), Sass & Belle Mug



Fee xo.   

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26 January 2017

5 Beauty Hacks That Work (and 5 To Seriously Avoid)!



Beauty hacks to try out!


Use a hair tie around a towel rail to dry brushes upside down  (example)
Now this is an ingenious hack! Simply loop a hair tie around a towel rail or modern style bathroom radiator and dry your makeup brushes upside down. This sadly doesn't work with smaller eyeshadow brush but with large face brushes that take some time to dry it works a treat!

Use a sponge eyeshadow applicator to create ombre nails (example)
Finally a use for them pesky eyehadow applicators that definitely aren't up to the job of apply eyeshadow. A dab of nail polish on one of these applicators can create amazing ombre nails in seconds. I tried this out and the trick is to let your base nail polish dry first and then build up the ombre so this the effect is more opaque to the tip of the nail. Then while the nail polish is still wet a sweep of clear top coat will merge and smooth everything perfectly!

To tame split ends spray hairspray onto an old but clean mascara wand and brush through
Another simple yet effective hack here! This work perfectly on fine baby hairs around the hair line and any split ends or frizz. Mascara spoolie brushes can be picked up inexpensively or you can wash a wand from a used up mascara and keep it with your hair products for this job.

Homemade natural face masks 
From time to time trying out a homemade face mask is fun! Some DIY masks seen on Pinterest includes some chemical packed ingredients so I'd recommend avoiding those and sticking to all natural recipes. Some favourite ingredients to try - avocado, honey and banana. The one natural ingredient that you may want to avoid is lemon as it's fairly astringent and has bleaching properties.

Conditioner in place of shaving cream for a close shave 
This is a hack I use weekly in the shower after getting sick of shaving foam being too much. Conditioner is mild on the skin, lubricates the shaver without blocking it and creates a good guide of where you have shaved already. Plus it makes your legs feel silky smooth once you are done! It's also a great way to use up a conditioner that's just not cutting it on your hair! 



Beauty hacks to seriously avoid! 


Running your mascara tube under hot water to remove clumps 
Now this seem a pretty clever hack right? And that's the thing about a lot of hacks... they actually work, but can be quite risky/harmful! I'm sure we are all aware that mascara harbours bacteria over time so when your mascara is starting to clump it's a sign you need to throw it away. So this hack is not only encouraging people to hold onto their mascara for longer but to actually multiple the bacteria inside but heating the tube up! Excessive levels of bacteria could lead to an eye infection so this isn't a hack you want to be trying out!

Using a facial hair removal cream around your eyebrows to define them 
Now this 'hack' I'm pretty sure started off as a meme, I guess to make fun out of DIY hacks! But it's actually found it's way onto Pinterest and people are actually believing it - crazy! Facial hair removal cream is a huge no-no around anywhere other than the mouth area. I guess it could seem like a logical thing to do for some but the problem is even if it was neatly applied cream has a tendency to soak in and spread out even by millimetres and that could mean the difference between having eyebrows and not having them!

Mouthwash mixed with vinegar foot soak to remove hard skin 
Another effective yet worrying hack, that's actually way too popular for my liking! Of course soaking your feet in this concoction would make the hard skin "fall away" because mouthwash contains pure alcohol so you are practically burning the skin off your feet, eeek! Not a good thing at all.  However soaking your feet in warm water and using a pumice stone is  more than fine. Sometimes I wonder how people come up with things like this!

Using a hair dryer to heat up eyelash curlers for a longer lash curl 
Any kind of heat around the eye area is risky especially on the eyelid, eeep! Eyelash curlers do a good enough job if you ask me and heat won't perm the lashes in any way once mascara has been applied, so I don't really understand how this hack became so popular... actually I do - magazine tip sections! The cheap metal of eyelash curlers can heat up to a high temperature within seconds with a blast from a hot hair dryer and that's something you don't want near your eye.

Homemade pore strips 
Another popular hack that seems to be doing the rounds on social media and Pinterest right now and I wish people would stop trying it! To make your DIY pore strip simply mix charcoal tablets with glue... yes, you read that correctly, GLUE! Peeling off a little glue from your fingers after getting craft, fine. Glue over pores, just no. I'm so over ridiculous beauty hacks like this! 

Let me know if you've tried any of these beauty hacks. I'd love to know if you have and how you got on with them! 

Fee xo.

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24 January 2017

A Slightly Premature Spring Wish List

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Call it very wishful thinking but Spring is just around the corner! It may be that I'm totally over Winter or the fact that slowly the evenings are becoming lighter, but Spring has been on my mind lately and I'm going with it. 

Spring is a time for blush tones, lighter makeup and basically a few new treats! So I thought I'd create a somewhat premature wish list full of some of my favourite recent finds and loves.

 

Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation - £32.00 HERE

My current Winter foundation is in fact Charlotte Tilbury's Magic Foundation as it's just full coverage heaven. I can't get enough of it, in fact I dedicated an entire blog post to it! Side note: I'm not one to spend on high end foundations as I truly believe the high street do a good enough job (especially Bourjois, Rimmel & L'Oreal) but after trying a sample of CT's Magic Foundation I was blown away and had to get it, I even convinced my sister to picked it up after forcing her to apply it and seeing the magic for herself. However come Spring/Summer I know my glorious Magic Foundation will be too high coverage and something slightly more sheer and dewy is in order. This is where Wonder Foundation steps in as from looking at many a before and after image of the foundation application on Google I could instantly see why it's a popular choice for many. Flattering on all skin tones and types, perfectly dewy and not to mention light reflective in all the right areas to give a radiant glow to the face. I'm in! 


Philosophy Amazing Grace 60ml - £33.00 HERE

This was a scent I picked up by chance in a Boxing Day sale many years ago now and since then it's been a re-purchase situation. You know the first day in Spring when you decide to brave opening all the windows and put fresh bedding on the bed? Well this scent encapsulates that very smell. Basically this is the cleanest and softest of scents that smells firstly of fresh linen with a floral hint. Just perfect for Spring and perking up your mood. Sadly I used my last drop in December (I use it all year round because I love it so much) so this will be a definite re-purchase very soon.


NYX Makeup Tricks of the Trade Set - £25.00 HERE

Now this isn't Spring related as such but I randomly came across this product on Feel Unique last week and may have let out an audible "ooo". I don't know about you, but I've never seen a similar set from NYX before! If you love the brand, and who doesn't, then this is a great way to explore more products. The set includes 7 products which is good value for money in my opinion and contains some star products such as the Liquid Illuminator, Matte Setting Spray and Butter Gloss in Creme Brulee. Should I treat myself to this?


Matalan Dreamer Sweater - £16.00 HERE

I spotted this literal dream of a sweater in Hannah Gale's recent Matalan Haul video and instantly thought 'Boden', which if it was from Boden would cost around the £70 mark! So first, well done Matalan! This light knit would look perfect paired with your favourite skinny jeans, a pleated midi skirt or even with a shirt underneath. Such a lovely versatile piece that I think I need in my wardrobe this coming Spring/Summer.


Village Candle Lemon Pound Cake - £12.99 HERE

Village Candle candles are without a doubt my favourite candle brand, yes, even over Yankee Candle, which I agree they do look identical to. The reason for this is that they create the most true-to-scent candles I've come across, which really blow Yankee Candle out of the water if I'm honest. I'm currently burning a Honey Creme candle from the brand which is divine but I know I need Lemon Pound Cake in my life come Spring. I've already tried this out in a small votive candle so I know that it's incredibly yummy but also light thanks to the lemon, the perfect combination for me come Spring. If you haven't tried anything from Village Candle but love Yankee Candle I really do urge you to try them out - you will be impressed, I promise!


ASOS Scallop Shopper Bag with Removable Clutch - £25.00 HERE 

Come a new season I always feel a new everyday bag is in order. I absolutely love ASOS own brand handbags and in fact own two from this line but without the scalloped detail. These bags are roomy, well made, go with all outfits and the removable clutch makes a great large makeup bag or clutch if you want to take it out! Another dreamy item perfect for Spring!


Have I tempted you with anything here? 

Also please tell me it's not too early to be planning for Spring! 

Fee xo.



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23 January 2017

How To Become Your Own Professional Photography Stylist


One of key elements of blogging is the visual aspect. Of course, not all blog niches focus on it so heavily, but on the whole photography alongside well-written articles can set your blog apart from others. Thus attracting more readers. 

I absolutely love to get creative with my own blog photography, so today I thought I would share my own tips and tricks on how to style and shoot your blog images like a pro. 

The Basics

Photography Backgrounds

Starting at the beginning we need to talk backgrounds. The most popular choice for bloggers (myself included) is a plain white matte background or faux marble. Both of these work well as they don't overpower the subject matter. However, taking inspiration from editorial still-life images can help to broaden ideas. Matte pastel backgrounds (bought from craft stores) can work well even using more than one colour either joining them together or overlaying them. For richer images try out more detailed backgrounds such as aged wood or slate. If you can't get your hands on anything, finding wallpaper samples in your local DIY store can be just as effective! Reflective surfaces also have their place, I especially like acrylic sheets (eBay here) which are inexpensive and can be bought in any colour, you can see an example of how I used a black acrylic background here. To add interest or to give a certain feel to the image, material can work well. Not only is it more fluid in appearance but you can style it to work with the objects you are photographing.  

EXAMPLE: Effective use of wallpaper as a backdrop here 
EXAMPLE: Favourite use of material as a background here

Creating a Prop Box 

Having a large variety of props on hand for your images is essential. These can be anything from notebooks and stationary to plates, ribbon and dried flowers. Flowers and even food can also work well to dress up a shoot into something more interesting. As you can see in the above fragrance image I used leaves and water from a spray bottle to create an autumnal/winter feel. Though my personal favourite props are satin ribbon (you can find a cheap listing on eBay here), dried rose petals (eBay here) and books/magazines. However if you are looking to achieve more editorial style images then thinking outside of the box with unique props is key. For ideas flicking through your favourite magazines should help with your own creative inspiration. 

Choosing a Colour Palette  

Colour is definitely something that should be explored within still life photography. For styled images sticking to a palette of 3-4 colours always works well. But there may be times you want to stick to a single colour to add impact or go all out to create a vibrant image with an unlimited colour palette. All monochrome or pastel images can also work really well. Here it's about being aware of colour while also having fun because there really aren't any rules! 

To Flat Lay or not to Flat Lay - Talking Angles

Deciding to shoot in a flat lay style, directly above, or at an angle really is personal preference. I often like to mix it up to make sure my images don't appear to same-y and just to add a bit of extra variety and interest. When shooting a flat lay from above I like to stand up straight and lean over my shot and zoom in if I feel I need to (sometimes a tripod is required). If you have quite a lot going on in your setup you may want to grab a small stool or even a pair of compact step ladders to capture everything. This generally isn't needed when it comes to photographing makeup products as a beauty blogger but for larger items, or showing what the products are placed on (maybe a table or bed) then getting up high and shooting directly from above is key. As for shots from a slight angle the main benefit is that is allows for a depth of field to be created (a blurred background) which gives a stronger focal point and is always pleasing on the eye. I personally prefer to shoot in this way as products can appear more tactile as the shape of them is more visible than in a flat lay, it also allows for soft shadows to be created.

Example post with a mix of flat lay and traditional angle shots here

Flat Lay Styles


The main type of flat lay in the blogging world is one that sets the scene/tells a story. These generally include a focal item with other items staged around it in a natural way. However, there are so many other ways to shoot flay lays that can expand your ideas. Below are the main types of flat lays that all work well for blog photography and social media posts. 

Side note: Flat lays have become increasingly popular on social media. Other than being aesthetically pleasing, they are a popular choice for many for a reason. The lens on a phone is greatly different to an actual camera and can often distort the perspective and shape of products when shooting from an angle, making it pretty obvious the image has been taken by a phone camera. Shoot directly from above and that problem disappears! 


The "setting the scene' flat lay 

As I explained above this is the most popular type of flat lay for bloggers. Anything goes here really, as long as it makes sense and tells a story or sets the scene that is! For example when writing a blog post that's about blogging I often photograph the keyboard of my laptop, a notebook, a pen and even a few extras like a few plants or flowers and even a cup of coffee. This is a relatable scene and goes well with the blog topic I will be writing about. Talking about products to induce sleep? Photograph them on a white duvet with a cosy looking throw, a candle or two and even a pair of slippers, instantly setting the scene and creating a serene image. This kind of flat lay is so simple, yet so effective. Want to go one step further? Try an "action" shot by including your hands into the image to really make your story come alive. For this you will need a tripod and your camera on the timer setting or a willing helper!


A photo posted by Flatlays (@flatlays) on

The "organised' flat lay 

If you like to keep things neat and simplistic then the organised flat lay style may be for you. The best way to start is to imagine a square or rectangle and place items within it, generally at equal distances apart .This does however mean you won't have a focal point as all the items will appear equal. Not all of the items need to have straight edges but using items with straight sides for the outer part of your imaginary straight edged shape reinforces the shape and the neat look you are going for. This becomes even more effective when paired with a single or minimal colour palette to give a contemporary editorial look. This style is perfect for sharing a similar collection of items, for example your skincare stash or the contents of your bag, albeit the receipts! 

EXAMPLE: The Makeup We Buy 



The "all about white space" flat lay 

In photography white space can say a lot whilst remaining a simplistic looking image. But in blog photography it's slightly different and can give your focal product that you want to write about the space to breathe (and shine!) or even create a nice space overlay title text when it comes to editing your images. This style isn't as common, but with a focal product and one or two items to support it the shot can really work and look beautiful. 

 

The Main Elements of Photography Styling


Placement 

I could write endless blog posts on styling (don't worry, I won't!) because there are so many elements to it. The main element that can make an image shine is placement. Depending on the type of image you are wanting to convey you may want to give products equidistant space and lay them mostly flat (good for flat lays) or mix this up with over lapping items with some stood up (good for shooting at an angle). Also opening up products for example a makeup compact or a magazine can give a more realistic yet editorial look to your images.

Lighting 

Lighting is another important element to be aware of. Natural even lighting is a must, so shoot in front of a large window if you can and avoid using flash at all costs. However shadows may actually be your friend and often play a large part in editorial still-life shoots; from soft shadows cast from the products you are photographing (example) to deliberate harsh shadows that add extra interest and dimension (example). 

Hopefully I've covered the basics with this post and have given some food for thought when it comes still life blog photography.

Let me know your favourite types of photography for your own blog and to see on others? I have a feeling it may be flat lays!

Fee xo.

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20 January 2017

eBay Bargains #70 - Makeup Storage

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 Marble/Copper Cosmetic Storage Case 
 £24.99 HERE 
First up, the most on-trend makeup storage cases you ever did see! As you can see there are two options to pick from - Silver/Marble or Rose Gold/Back both of which unfold out to reveal four tiered compartments along with a bottom compartment. I personally love the rose gold case and think it would be a great option if you have out grown your makeup bag and want something that holds much more. The best hard case makeup storage I've seen!

 Cosmetic Sponge Drying Holder 
 99p HERE 
Now this is a pretty ingenious idea! 1. This holder means your makeup sponge can dry without any bacteria forming 2. It keeps it from rolling off your dressing table. Super cheap and very handy if you own a makeup sponge/beauty blender. You can also find a multi makeup sponge holder that holds 8 sponges here for only £3.38.

 Acrylic 4-Section Brush Holder 
 £6.95 HERE  
 If you own more than a few makeup brushes a good size holder is a must. I already own a 3-compartment  acrylic holder and I'm so glad I picked it up. It holds so many brushes and the compartments allow you to organise them into different brush types for the face and eyes for example. This one looks really good quality and is affordable. 

 Makeup Brush Drying Rack 
 £2.84 HERE 
 This strange contraption is for holding your makeup brushes upside down after washing them. This means the water drips away from the ferrule of the brush and they dry their natural shape. If you own a few expensive brushes that you really want to look after then this will make sure they stay in tip top condition. Also could be used as a brush holder when not using it as a drying rack!

 Lotus Cotton Bud Holder 
 £2.28 HERE 
 A lovely bathroom accessory here that holds cotton buds. This means you can ditch the boring cotton bud packaging and store them in a beautiful lotus next to the sink or on a windowsill. Definitely not an essential but really pretty and inexpensive. Choice of colours available.

 Acrylic 24 Lipstick Holder Storage 
 £14.99 HERE 
 If you are a lipstick lover like myself then keeping all your favourites organised and to hand is a must. This stunning acrylic holder will not only look good on your dressing table but will make you use more of your favourite shades. Available in clear acrylic and black acrylic.
   
Acrylic 4 Drawer Makeup Storage Tower 
£10.97 HERE 
One of my most favourite makeup storage options here that is incredibly inexpensive yet well made. This was my second makeup tower purchase after spending quite a bit of money on Muji acrylic storage and other than the difference in handles the quality is the exact same, in fact the acrylic is thicker than the Muji storage. The unit includes 2 wide drawers, 2 small drawers and a large organiser that can be kept onto of the drawer unit or used separately. Acrylic storage stands the test of time and is the best way to store makeup in my opinion.

False Eyelashes Storage Case 
£1.54 HERE
If you're a lover of false lashes then you may want to pick up this handy storage case. Perfect for keeping your lashes safe after use! I personally don't use false lashes but I know this case would come in handy for quite a few people. 
   
Happy bargain shopping! 

Fee xo.
  
 
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19 January 2017

Glossybox January 2017 - The Edible Edit


A new year and the start of another twelve beauty boxes from Glossybox

Like all beauty box subscriptions there are both good and bad boxes, but on the whole looking back over 2016 I was happy with what I'd received from Glossybox. I discovered quite a few new favourite products and was introduced to some new brands, some of which I've gone on to buy from. Maybe I should write a year in review type post? 

 
Basically, I was pleased to start a new year off with Glossybox. The theme of the January box (which you can still pick up here until the end of the month) is a take on the super food movement but with beauty products instead and is actually a collaboration box with Instagram-famed Deliciously Stella; a parody account taking the chia seed biscuit out of 'clean' eating. Which to be honest I'm just not sure about for a large brand like Glossybox... but then again are the products selected by anyone else other than the Glossybox team? I think not. 


Unusual choice of collaboration aside, this month's box is fairly skincare heavy which I know some will love and some will dislike. I personally would have liked to have seen one less skincare product in favour of another makeup product or even a hair product, but it is often swings and roundabouts with beauty boxes and I'm almost sure next month's Valentine's edition box with contain more in the way of beauty. Having said that the skincare products included are gentle and balanced enough to be used by all skin types which I do appreciate. 

What you will find in the January 2017 box 


theBalm Matt Moskowitz eyeshadow
Being a total fan of theBalm anything from them, big or small, in a beauty box is totally okay with me! So I was more than thrilled to receive this miniature eyeshadow compact sample. The shade is a matte deep plum that feels smooth and blendable. This may be a little daunting for some but makes a perfect shade for the crease to deepen any look up. The 0.5g size is pretty measly but I'm sure it will last awhile!

Vitamasques Manuka Honey Face Mask 
Sheet face masks are totally 'in' right now and although I don't find sheet masks as relaxing as cream face masks I do find they always give good results. Side note: I think the fact they are cold to put on and you can't be that mobile when wearing one, only horizontal, is the reason for my dislike of them! However, I will be using this as I love Korean skincare and anything honey based/scented I'm a fan of. I'm glad to see Glossybox is keeping up with beauty trends. 


Unani Illuminate Milk Cleanser
Unani is a skincare brand I've vaguely heard of, I think from other beauty boxes, and it's one of those brands that are good for sensitive skin and will work for all skin types but it's just all a bit bland - sorry Unani. Nothing jumps out at me with this product. The packaging is simple, no bold claims, a very mild to non-existent scent and the cream cleanser feels nice enough I guess. I'm sure I will use this but I expect it to be mild and nothing wonderful - milk cleanser never seem to remove all makeup I've found. In an industry with the likes of Pixi skincare a cleanser like this just doesn't cut it for me sadly.

Nip + Fab Kale Fix Moisturiser
Another brand I was happy to see in this month's box! In fact I've been wanting to try something from the Kale Fix range for a while now, so I may just have 'ooo'd' at this product. Although not full size the 30ml is enough to try out and perfect for travel. I've been using the Kale Fix Moisturiser for a few days and have found it slightly too heavy for my oily skin but a touch is perfect as a night cream. I've also been loving the fresh scent which feels very soothing on the skin. Another nice product here.

True Organic of Sweden All your Need Is Me
Lastly, an interesting multi-purpose product that can be used literally everywhere that requires intensive nourishment - lips, hands, elbows, knees, feet, cuticles, any dry patches on the face and even on the hair! Having never tried the infamous Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream I'm glad to now have a similar product that applies easily and is ideal for this time of year. This will be staying next to my bed to apply to my cuticles and any dry patches.

How to subscribe or pick up this month's box

To pick up your own Glossybox you can either pay a one-off payment of £10.00 + £3.25 p&p here for the single box or sign up for the 3-month plan, £28.50 + £3.25 p&p here which will mean you receive Glossybox's Valentine's Day box which I have a feeling will be a good one!

With a strong box to end 2016 I would have loved to have seen a box of the same calibre to start off a new year and get me excited for things to come. 

Although this isn't an awful box, especially with the Nip & Fab and theBalm being included, it just wasn't as glossy as I'd had hoped. 

Finger crossed for an amazing Valentine's box next month! 

Fee xo. 

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18 January 2017

What Was The Last Beauty Product You Bought & Disliked?


Ever get excited about a new product launch, treat yourself to it, only to find out it's just a bit 'meh'?

I did exactly that last week.

And it sucked. 


After looking for a new pair of jeans on the ASOS website and becoming overwhelmed by the 800+ choices I did was I always do when on ASOS for more than 5 minutes, I checked the 'new in' beauty section. This is when I 'ooo'd' over the fact that Yes To have new products out that I didn't have a clue about.

Fast forward roughly 24 hours and my DPD delivery man handed me an ASOS parcel containing - A useful pair of touch screen magic gloves (because it's freakin' freezing right now), The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2%, the cutest trinket dish you ever did see and Yes To Argan Lip Oil.

Surprisingly the Yes To Lip Oil was the most expensive item of my order at £7.99. But I figured I love Yes To (generally), I can't get enough of argan oil based products and I'd never tried a lip oil before which must be more nourishing than a balm, or so I thought! On applying the lip oil for the first time I was surprised at the slightly sticky lipgloss-like texture and the pretty boring argan scent... but as long as it hydrated and moisturised my lips I could overlook them things! Did it hydrate or moisturised? Nope. 

Basically, the lip oil gives the lips a nice sheen and the feeling that the oil is nourishing them but within 30 minutes it's soaked in and your lips are as they were prior to application. A bit fat fail really! I had so much hope for this product. I will of course continue to try out new Yes To products as I generally enjoy them, but sadly it just wasn't to be this time. But it now has me wondering if this is the same with all lip oils? If you have tried any lip oils before let me know how you've got on with them!

So there you have it, my latest failed beauty buy!

I'd be interested to know what your last beauty product fail was in the comments below. 1. Because I'm nosy 2. So I can avoid it! 

Fee xo.

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