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L’eau de Rose Perfume
Sports FX Shape Up Brow pencil
In April’s box I received the Sports FX Shape Up brow pencil in brunette which is a dual ended brow pencil for girls who like to have their brows on point when they go to the gym. I have only recently ‘discovered’ brows (where have I been?! It’s not like they just grew on my face!). I’ve never over-plucked mine so I don’t really need to do much to them for them to look ok. But I’ve finally got on the brow bandwagon and have realised how much difference a good brow can make to completing your look and framing the face (although sometimes I do worry that mine look like brown slugs.. just me?! Probably).
Anyway, back on track, I love this brow pencil. It’s dual ended, one end is an angled waxy pencil, the angle allows you to draw in the hairs on the top and then use the flat side to fill them in. The other end is a brush to comb them through. It comes in four colours and I find brunette is good for me, it’s probably a tad dark but I like a dark strong brow.
As it’s designed for gym goers it’s waterproof so it stays in place all day. I’ve been using it all the time and I have tried it in the gym and can confirm my brows remained in place. It’s a convenient, easy tool and I’m really impressed. And if you’re interested in make up to wear to the gym then Sports FX do a whole range of products from foundation through to bronzer, which, if they’re anything like the eyebrow pencil, will be really great.
Garnier Ultimate Blends Honey Treasures Strength Restorer Balm
I received a sachet of the Garnier Ultimate Blends Honey Treasures Strength Restorer Balm and I forgot to use it for ages. I wasn’t expecting much from it because I struggle to find haircare products of any price points that actually make a tangible difference to my hair. However, this balm impressed me so much. It’s all thanks to the bee! It contains honey, propolis and royal jelly and together the ingredients are high in Vitamin B and very nourishing.
The other day I found this sachet, I left it on my hair for about five minutes. It smelt amazing, sweet but not in anyway sickly. I made Phil smell my hair! My hair hasn’t felt this soft or silky since it was last washed by my hairdresser. My hair is notoriously tangly so anything that can help to avoid breakage and tangles is a plus for me.
The most amazing thing about it is it’s less than £5 and you only need to use it once a week. I am desperate to pop in to Boots and purchase the full size but until then here’s a picture of what it looks like! There’s also a shampoo, conditioner and serum in the range (which I haven’t tried) and ranges for other types of hair concerns so I’d be interested in checking them out. Thank you Glossybox, I love a steal 🙂
I’ve written about this moisturiser before in my January faves post (here) so I won’t speak for long on this. It’s a mix of kale, watercress and aloe vera, so again amazing natural ingredients. It’s creamy and soothing but not overly heavy and at 30ml it’s makes for a perfect travel size moisturiser. For the full size 50ml version it’s sold here at Boots.
Make up Brushes
Glossybox have sent us some lovely makeup brushes over the last few years from eyes to lips to face. I like getting brushes in my boxes because they’re something I don’t tend to go out of my way to buy but of course makeup is only so good as the tools used to apply it with ( an obvious example but a painter with rubbish paint brushes will not be the best painter).
Glossybox has worked with some relatively unknown brush brands (to me anyway) but I’ve been impressed with all of them. eg the Luxie 504 which is a large angled synthetic brush used for contouring and highlighting. This brush is lovely, soft and perfect for the contours of the face. We’ve also had the Teez eyeshadow brush which is uniquely designed and I use for patting on colour on the eyelids.
The newest addition to my brush collection is this beautiful collection of brushes by Spectrum which I received in a Glossybox goody bag (so not technically in a box but I have a feeling that Spectrum brushes could feature in a future box). I already own a brush from Spectrum which I use for bronzing so I was so excited to receive this set. Aside from being really pretty (the pink and purple bristles are gorgeous, they are working the unicorn trend to perfection), and the brushes are brilliant quality, clean easily and just do what they’re supposed to do! If you need any make up brushes then check them out.
I couldn’t finish this post without a quick mention of my recent La Mer box which I loved. Apparently this box sold out in half an hour but I put a note in my calendar and was online waiting for it go on sale, desperately clicking the ‘refresh’ button on my browser until it became available. This wasn’t part of my subscription but for a mere £30 (£35 for non members) I received six testers of La Mer products.
La Mer is one of these iconic brands which gets recommended in magazines and is used on film stars. The brand has a great story – over 50 years ago Dr Max Huber suffered burns in a lab accident and looked to the healing power of the sea when existing science and medicine couldn’t help his skin. He used sea kelp and experimented for years until he came up with his ‘miracle broth’ which is the fundamental basis for all of La Mer’s skin care. Infused with other ingredients La Mer was born.
The products are as luxurious as you would expect, and I don’t like using them too often because I don’t want to use them up! I can’t honestly say that I will be purchasing La Mer’s full size products anytime soon unfortunately because the smallest moisturiser alone is over a hundred pounds but if I did have a high enough salary I would definitely buy La Mer. If you do get a chance to give them a test then do because they’re really luxurious, gorgeous products and I’m so glad that Glossybox offered an opportunity to try them.
Before I finish I just have to point out that this is in no way sponsored. I was planning on writing this post already and then recently I had brunch with Glossybox, two inspiring bloggers Mona and Connie (click on their names to check out their blogs, they are fab girls and have great instagrams too) and some aspiring bloggers/beauty enthusiasts like myself. It really left me inspired to get off my arse and write this post! Not only do I enjoy getting a treat each month, it’s a chance to try new things from less well known brands and to discover gems I would never have found previously. And it comes beautifully wrapped up in a pink box. What more could you ask?