Thursday, 28 August 2014

BIRCHBOX UK August 2014

What I got in this month's BirchBox:
Nude ProGenius Omega Treatment Oil
Nude - Nude ProGenius Omega Treatment Oil
Vasanti Brighten Up! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator
Vasanti - Vasanti Brighten Up! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator
Chella Ivory Lace Highlighter Pencil
Chella - Chella Ivory Lace Highlighter Pencil
Supergoop Daily Correct CC Cream - Light / Medium
Supergoop! - Supergoop Daily Correct CC Cream - Light / Medium
Number 4 Lumiere d'Hiver Super Comb Prep & Protect
Number 4 - Number 4 Lumiere d'Hiver Super Comb Prep & Protect
The Proposal by Tasmina Perry
Birchbox - The Proposal by Tasmina Perry
This month's theme is 'Away We Go!' and includes essential travel sized products for a summer getaway. I will be taking this handy little clear case away with me next month when I go to Italy for my cousin's wedding. I decided not to make this post until I had used all of the products and gotten a feel for how they worked for me. 

My favourite item and the only makeup item this month is the Chella Ivory Lace Highlighter Pencil. This is unfortunately too dark on my skin tone to work as a highlighter but it works wonders on my waterline to brighten up my eyes and I have also tried it out as an eyeshadow base.

I was not a fan of the book chapter included in this month's box. I did attempt to read a few pages but it just wasn't my thing though I am sure most BirchBox subscribers would enjoy this Romance novel.

I used up most of the other samples quite quickly this month. I really like the Nude Pro Genius Omega Treatment Oil and found that it worked really well on my dry flakey face.

The Supergoop Daily Correct CC Cream - Light / Medium was the most disappointing product in this month's box for me. The colour was far too dark for me. I have never tried a CC cream before and was looking forward to seeing how it worked but unfortunately this particular shade just would never work on me. I also managed to squirt it out of the tube and ruin my white duvet cover.

Overall I'd give this month's box 6/10. I am looking forward to seeing what products we get in the colder months. I am hoping for more makeup products as skincare is something I am just not that interested in.

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Thursday, 14 August 2014

My first NYX order.

NYX is a very well known US drugstore brand that I always hear good things about, I have only ever owned a nail polish by NYX that I got at a car boot sale a couple of years ago but have lately been really curious to try out some NYX makeup. I found that they have a UK site and couldn't resist placing an order. I got quite a few things as their prices are so reasonable and a few of these items were also on sale.
Butter Gloss in 'Apple Strudel'
Soft Matte Crème in 'Stockholm' 
HD Concealer in 'CW01'
Long Pencil Lip in 'Dark Brown'
Lipliner Pencil in 'Mauve'
Retractable Lipliner in 'Sienna'
Retractable Eyeliner in 'Gypsy Blue'
Retractable Eyeliner in 'Golden Olive'
Matte Lipstick in 'Whipped Caviar' 
Powder Blush in 'Taupe'
I hate to admit this but I actually discovered this lipstick & liner combo on Pinterest whilst searching for Kylie Jenner lip colour dupes. I know I feel ashamed of myself but I do real find that 90's nude overdrawn lip style very appealing.
NYX powder blush in 'Taupe' is becoming a highly talked about holy grail contour product for pale skin. I needed to try this out for myself and I was not disappointed. The colour suits my skin so much better than my Sleek Contour Kit in Light. It is a much more grey toned product which I really like. If you struggle to find a contour that does not look orange on your skin I would highly recommend this wonder product. It had unfortunately sold out on the website when I came to place my order but I found it on eBay for the same price of only £6.
Here are all the swatches of the products. I love the formulas and will definitely be trying more from NYX in the future. I think they have a much better range in shades than most makeup brands in the same price range and are overall a very good quality makeup line.

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