Sunday, 25 December 2016

2016 - Review

2016 - Hello Beauty Boo!

I started my blog in June of 2016 and I am really, really enjoying myself. I love beauty, writing and my photography skills are improving I hope! Also the Blogging  Community is so supportive and friendly and I have made some great friends already.

There are so many great Beauty Blogs/websites out there, which are both fun, informative and innovative.
The ones that I would like to give a special mention to are:

Artemis and Xena
B Beauty Ltd
Back 2 Natural
Scampi & Chips
The 40 something Beauty Addict
The Lavender Barn
Through New Eyes

And as a way of a tribute to my first year (well 6 months really) of Blogging I thought I would do a quick run down of my 2016 posts.

August : Hello world! Egg White cleanser - my first post

August : Hawaiian Tropic body mists (so good I brought them all)

August : Still loving the Popbands

August : Neocell Beauty Bursts - you won't believe collagen can taste this good

August : KIKI supplements - my daily drink

September : MAC discontinued Pink Treat :(

September : Felt the need to share my teeth cleaning routine

September : Post in tribute to a couple classics

September : Spent a happy afternoon depotting

September : The lovely people at B Beauty Ltd sent me some samples

September : 30 Years of Bleach! How my hair recovered

September : I enjoyed making a mess with Back2Natural

October : Rubber mask? not sure it was worth the effort

October : Christmas spoiler - a budget advent calendar from ALDI

October : Found an old friend at Boots (now disappeared again)

November : Korean Beauty - Rice Rice Baby

November : Sheet masks and collagen  my 2016 obession

November : You Beauty Box - why did I ever leave?

November : And the reviews keep on glowing

November : Im in 7th Heaven - a big thumbs up

December : Just what the Dr (Hauschka) ordered

December : Blurred lines, a brand comparison

December : You Beauty Box Review

I  have learnt so much in my first 6 months of blogging but there is a long way to go - so bring on 2017!

Happy New year everyone and please keep on reading, following, posting and commenting...

Loves, BeautyBoo xx

Monday, 19 December 2016

December 2016 : YouBeauty Box

Beauty Boxes the all year round gift - to me :)

As you may already know I have recently subscribed back (after a short break to Birchbox) to the You Beauty Box.

Personally I think that the You Beauty Box is one of the best out there for a few reasons:
  • The price includes P&P
  • You can sign up and get monthly beauty treats from £6.95*
  • No repeats - well not to my knowledge anyway
  • And most importantly for me YOU get to decide what you want in the box - I know other beauty boxes get you to fill in a profile so they can 'tailor' your box, but I treat this with a bit of scepticism.  
  • Every month you get a couple of extra treats, so there is an element of surprise.
  • Oh yes and it really is a box - and a decent size one.
* Membership options:
  • Bronze £6.95 - pick 2 products 
  • Silver £8.95 - pick 3 products (my membership)
  • Gold £10.95 - pick 4 products

Contents of my December box

My choices from the December 'Shortlist'

Pureology Hydrate Shampoo and Hydrate Conditioner 50ml

Pureology - a brand I already know and I use their Perfect for Platinum Miracle Filler treatment, a leave in treatment that fills gaps in the hair cuticle,  so I was pleased to get this duo.  Sulphate free, 100% vegan moisturising formula that hydrates hair. (my hair? dry and over processed).  Scented with ylang ylang and patchouli.

The shampoo is a light purple colour, similar shade to the bottle, very creamy and you only need a little.  Nice smell, not sure I could smell the ylang ylang (one of my favourites scents) or the patchouli but pleasant fragrance none the less.

The conditioner is uber thick (white not purple) so again a little went a long way.  Could definitely smell the patchouli in this as the fragrance is minty and I noticed my hair still smelt fresh the next day.

My hair certainly felt hydrated after drying, I may well go on and buy these in full size.

Foreo Night Cleanser a whopping 100ml

Foreo - a new brand to me.  This night cleanser claims to detoxify and smooth.  It starts off like a gel (green/grey colour) and then melts into a milk.  You apply it to a dry face and wet your face and then massage.  The instructions say with your LUNA device - I don't have a LUNA so used the Clairsonic.  It cleaned my skin well and had a pleasant fragrance.

I have also tried this without the Clairsonic and it works just as well.  In fact as it turns into a milk (rather than a foam) when you add water my preference is to not use the Clairsonic.  It does feel a little strange to add the product to your dry face, but I am starting to remember.  As I said earlier this is a great size and it is going to last for ages.  The more I use it the more I like it and the smell.

I looked up this product on the Foreo website and this product would cost £30 so really good to find this in a beauty box that cost £8.95.

Trilogy CoQ10 Booster Oil 5ml

This is an oil rather than a serum, however I have been using it in place of my serum in the evening.  It is rich, you need just  2/3 drops which I then massage into my skin concentrating on the bits that need boosting (so all of it basically!).  

Contains verified organic oils to boost dull and lacklustre skin, it's a pleasure to use. 

December Extra treats

15% gift card for Feel Unique
NARCISO Eau de Parfum sample

Now I haven't checked but am assuming that all of the products are available at Feel Unique so this gift card could come in handy however I was little disappointed with the extra treats this month, you usually get two actual products, rather than a product and a gift card.

The gift card is valid until May 2017.

The perfume sample is nice - hubby remarked on it, and being perfume it has lasted really well, I can even still smell it myself!

Very impressed by the December box - thanks You Beauty and look forward to my New Year Box.


Monday, 12 December 2016

If I could turn back time .... Dr Hauschka

Dr Hauschka - Regenerating Skin Care Set

What you get in the tin

I purchased this as a little gift to me.  Dr Hauschka are a brand I really like, they contain botanical oils with plant extracts to create unique and effective products that don't make widely optimistic claims.

This kit partly appealed to me because of the tin, I am always a sucker for packaging, especially boxes (tins) etc as I like to re-use them - use them as drawer dividers etc.  I was hoping that this tin would be magnetic - i.e. I could use it after as a make up palette, as the plastic ones can be a bit fragile (the clasp always seems to go), but it wasn't still I will find a use for it.

The contents of this kit are aimed at 'mature' skin:

  • Regenerating Serum
  • Regenerating Day Cream
  • Regenerating Neck and Décolleté Cream
  • Regenerating Eye Cream
  • Regenerating Body Cream*
  • *not in this review - saving as a travel size

    I have been using them each morning for the past 10 days in the order above.

    Regenerating Serum
    It is clear and very easy to use and is absorbed into my skin.  I have been rationing it a bit and using it on my frown lines, and cheeks only.  Ideally you would use it on your neck too but the size in the kit is quite small.  I have also recently  started to use a Dermal Roller (post coming soon) on my frown lines and really feel that the roller followed by the serum is doing me some good.

    Regenerating Day Cream
    This contains shea butter among other things and is quite thick but a delight to use and sinks into my thirsty skin.  There is no SPF protection so you do need to top it off with an SPF ideally factor 50 or over.

    Regenerating Neck and Décolleté Cream
    I am very guilty of neglecting this area and it is starting to show on my neck.  I have combined a neck cream into my routine but starting this in your 40's is too late really, but of course better late than never.

    Regenerating Eye Cream
    This is quite thick and maybe a little bit heavy for day? And stupidly I got a bit in my eye, and ouch did it sting must be all the essential oils, it went off quickly enough though and all fine after.

    I did enjoy using all the products, if I were to plump for just the one product it would be the serum, as I do really think that pesky frown line looks a little better!! :)

    Until next time - kisses!


    Monday, 5 December 2016

    Blurred Lines - Nars v Avon


    And the contenders are:
    • NARS Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder, 10g - £27
    • AVON MagiX HD Finishing Powder, 10g  - £10.50

    I have been using my NARS powder for about 6 months and without much thought really.   In case you don't know this is a bit of a cult product.  It's a white loose powder and I quote "fused with 'Photochromic Technology' to diffuse light and adjust to new sources of light.  Fine lines, wrinkles and pores optically fade and skin is visibly smoothed..."

    Quite bold claims for a powder.  To be honest until I purchased the AVON MagiX HD Finishing Powder I hadn't really taken much notice of how the NARS Light Reflecting Powder was performing.  It was just the normal daily routine of YSL foundation, concealer and then powder to 'set'

    So the AVON powder comes into my make-up kit and claims; "Pores, lines and shine are instantly blurred, as if by magic, with our translucent, colourless suits-all formula".  Again big claims, but at better than half the price of NARS... no mention of 'Photochromic Technology' though!

    So I felt I  had to do a compare,  to establish if my AVON powder is a dupe for the NARS one.

    First impressions,  they are sounding the same and the packing is similar.

    One of the main differences I could see in the pot is they are both different shades of white.  The AVON one  is a really bright talcum powder shade of white and the NARS one looks a softer shade.

    On the skin

    As I said earlier before I had been applying the NARS powder but not really looking to see if it was in fact blurring my fine lines.  It blends away beautifully and really does disappear and is very very fine - this is where I expect the extra money is spent.  Plus it really does appear to me at least to to blur my frown lines.  And to think I had been using this for other 5 months and never really thought - does this work?

    The AVON one goes on well but is a bit chalky and needs more blending so as not to make you look overly pale, it has more of a tendency to sit on my skin and look a bit dusty, unlike the  NARS one.  It does also seem to soften the lines but not as much as the NARS one.

    I can't say either that one sets my base/make-up better than the other.  On both I like the packaging and that neither add colour to my face.  I think if you are going to be applying a powder then you should opt for one with a bit more to it, i.e. line blurring and apply it with a brush (neither of these come with a sponge - which I always throw away)

    These are both good, if I had to choose between them the NARS one is the one for me,  but the AVON one does a fine job too.  Depends on your budget and how much blurring you need! : )

    PS. I would love to hear you tips on how you prep your skin and *set your base... please.


    Monday, 28 November 2016

    7th Heaven - Finger Masques

    Spa Therapy for your nails & cuticles

    7th Heaven are Montagne Jeunesse who I know from their face masques.  They have a very fun website which you should check out.  They also have a useful timer on the website so you can read your favourite blogs whilst your masque does it work.
    There products are approved by the Vegetarian Society and cruelty free - yeh to that!

    This pack came to me courtesy of my You Beauty November Beauty Box .  I had never heard of them before so was very  excited to try them out.

    I like to keep my nails fairly long,  and to keep them strong they need moisture.  As you will see from the pictures later in the post they are on the yellow side so 90% of the time they are painted - but when I feel I can I have a nail varnish holiday and go polish free and and let them 'breathe'.   Of course you can and should still apply hand and nail products when nails are painted but bare nails will drink in the moisture and longterm they will thank you for it  - ie. less breaks/flakes/splits.

    Out of the packet - 10 individual pockets 

    Each pocket/masques contains Argan and Macadamia oils plus pomegranate. 

    I washed my hands first and applied a light hand cream and then popped a masque on each finger. The instructions say leave on for 15 mins, I didn't check the time but I think I left them on for the right time.

    Each hands worth (5) are joined together but have perforated edges so they separate.

    During treatment - fingers still work!

    15 minutes or so  laterr I removed them and was impressed with the results.  I massaged the remaining product into each nail, concentrating on the nail bed as I feel this stimulates growth.

    After - smoother and moisturised nails :) 

    I am going to resist applying any polish today.  My nails feel lovely and soft and stroke-able (if that is such a word?), my cuticles feel really nourished too.  The better the general condition of your nails the better your manicure will last.

    A big Thumbs up from BeautyBoo44!

    I have never tried anything like these  before and am very impressed, these will be something I would purchase again and they will make great gifts - looks like they are in Primark too.


    Monday, 21 November 2016

    Glow on, Glow on, Glow on! BareMinerals Glow Pads

    Intensive Glow Pads Brightening Treatment

    As we get older cell renewal slows down, and skin can appear duller, mine certainly does.  So exfoliation is the key.  There are plenty of products on the market that can help. bareMinerals Intensive Glow Pads 60 Pads  are a very lazy and fuss free way to help brighten your complexion.

    As with many things I wasn't looking to buy these but first off the rather lovely box attracted me.  I have tried a similar product before, this pot is for 60 so a couple of months as I will be using them each night.

    Each pad is infused with product (vitamins and minerals) which increase cell turnover.  Each side is textured,  one side rougher than the other, so good on the side of the nose and on my open pores.

    I have been using them for a week and I am noticing a marked improvement in the appearance of my skin tone and texture - it certainly looks more even and a recent mark caused by a stubborn spot has definitely faded, so I am pleased.

    I have changed my beauty routine in the last week to try and give the skin on my face and neck a winter boost.  Currently it goes like this:
    • Twice a week - Dermal roller on my frown lines - post coming soon
    • Weekly - Collagen sheet mask - link to post
    • Each night - BareMinerals Glow Pads
    • Daily - Dr Hauschka Regenerating Serum, Eye, Day and Neck Cream - post coming soon
    • Daily - SPF50 come rain or shine.

    (we should all be using an SPF but if you don't and you start to use anything containing any AHA you must add SPF to your daily routine).

    Keep on glowing!  💋  


    Monday, 14 November 2016

    You Beauty Box - November

    You Beauty Box - November 2016 Box

    This month I signed back up to the You Beauty Box and opted for Silver subscription

    You Beauty offer three memberships :
    1. Bronze - £6.95 you choose 2 products
    2. Silver - £8.95 you choose 3 products
    3. Gold - £10.95 you choose 4 products
    For my November box I choose:
    • Technic Eyeshadow 6's Nude
    • Simple Cleansing Oil
    • Frankincense & Rose Face Cream
    On top of this the November 'extra treats' were:
    • Kenzo Flower by Kenzo tester
    • 7th Heaven nail and cuticle finger masques
    • Pop Bands - one red, one silver
    • A Leonie Saliba Gift Card

    Stand out Product  - Frankincense & Rose Face Cream

    This was my first pick - 50ml sample size, so quite generous, and the packaging is really robust.  I've not heard of this brand before but this is their best selling product.  It smells divine so is going to be very wearable but no SPF, so I think I will use it as a night cream.  It is made in the UK, paraben free

    My second Pick - Simple Cleansing Oil

    Normally I would choose a new product but I was starting to run a bit low on cleanser and this is a good travel size.  It's not greasy and does the job - Simple!

    Finger masque, pop bands and eyeshadows 

    The eyeshadows were my third pick.  Now I don't really need any but these are my sort of colours and a good travel size.  In hindsight the Bronze membership (2 products) would have been better for this month, but you have to sign up before you see what's on offer.

    The other items I could have chosen were:
    • Anti Blemish Mud Mask - (why No? - my skin is dry)
    • Ooh Argan Face Oil - (why No? - I've got a lot of face oils already)
    • Emma Bridgewater Body Wash - (why No? I was tempted)
    • Dr Hauschka - Body Wash and Hand Duo - (why No? I  have just treated myself to a starter pack of this brand)
    • Gin & Tonic and Baby Powder Cologne Spay - (why No? The box included Kenzo sample)

    Two of the bonus treats are worth a special mention - the nail masques (not tried yet ) and the Pop Bands, I am a big Pop Band fan - check out my review here.

    The You Beauty box comes with a mini magazine about all of the products and usually some money off coupons/offers.

    I just love beauty boxes - what's your favourite?


    Korean Beauty : Collagen Cellulose Sheet Mask

    Collagen Sheet Masks

    ❤️Sheet masks
    ❤️Korean Beauty products
    ❤️Trying new things
    ❤️Shop, shop, shop online

    These sheets masks have ticked all the right boxes - even before use :)

    I ordered these  Mediheal Collagen Impact Essential Mask 10 Sheets Korean Skin Care Cosmetics via Amazon at the same time as the Rice Water Cleanser  - link to the review.

    First off the packaging is great, I just loved the box straight away and inside each mask is as equally well packaged.

    Check out the graphics!

    Theses masks are a sheet cellulose mask so really easy to unwrap and smooth onto your face; with this on all the wrinkles etc were hidden my skin looked super smooth a bit like a robot - oh for plastic super smooth skin!

    The mask itself was not too wet so I could quite happily get on with other things i.e. talk to the dog, do some writing, play candy crush, whilst the mask was doing its thing.

    info in English

    As you can see from the picture above the mask is sounding pretty good.

    My skin is super stressed at the moment as I haven't been sleeping or eating well and not drinking any water  : (  I know I need to start looking after myself.... these are going to be part of the plan.

    They come in a box of 10 ten and this is sheet number one, so I hope with a diet etc overhaul plus a sheet mask a week I should be looking (and feeling) better by the end of 2016.

    Back to the review - I left this on for about 20 mins, it hadn't dried out but I was ready to take off my robot mask!  As I do after any sheet mask, I massaged the remaining product into my face and neck and even had some left for my hands.

    My skin felt lovely after a nice clean smell and dewy soft.   Looking forward to using the other nine.

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