Collection #Blush and Glow Palette

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Collection #Blush and Glow Palette

This palette is a Gem. Lately I have been so surprised with every new products from Collection. Cheap, amazing quality and so different from any other UK brand.

This palette is made of 4 different shades. You get a matte bronzer, matte pink blusher, shimmering pink blusher and a neutral highlighter. A perfect combo on the go or to add to your collection at home.

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As you can see the swatches are quite pigmented and I like the fact that it can suit different skin tone. The bronzer is not orange at all and the highlighter universal and very discrete.

I love the blushes, quite simple but for a daily make up it is all that you need and I love that the blush on the bottom left has a brown undertone. Very pretty for a winter look or for darker skin.

The formula is not powdery and very easy to blend.  The highlighter is a very great match for me, beware a lot of shimmers are involved in the formula but once on the skin very pretty and glowy.

The packing is very simple and there is no mirror, again it is quite rare for Collection. The aim is to make affordable but yet quality make up so if you don’t put the money in the packaging it means that every single penny goes to the formulation of the products itself. For me it is the most important and I quite like the sleek black square box. Frankly, it looks like a fancy chocolate box.

Overall for £4.99 it is totally worth it and it can be a great gift for someone into make up. It is safe and the tones are for everybody. I love when make up is simple and good. So go get yourself one of those palette they are on offer NOW in Boots.

 

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BIRCHBAG | All that Glimmers | December 2015

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BIRCHBAG | All that Glimmers | December 2015

So for the second time of the year we are getting a bag and I like when they change the rules and it is a good balance, the last one was for summer and this one for Christmas. I am just not really into the design of the bag. To be honest it is very tacky and feels cheap. I would have preferred something more Christmas with candy cane or stars. But I like the effort.

The selection inside is quite good and finally I get to try new brands. The Ciate nail polish is calling to me !

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BENEFIT| Ultimate Party Kit | £5.45
Benefit Puff off! And They’re real Push-up liner

I have to say that even if we are receiving all the time Benefit samples well I am never tired. I have never tried those two and I am very excited about the Puff Off! If it works I would probably get the full size. It is a very nice kit for Christmas time. Not to mention that it is pretty rare to get two Benefit products at the same time.

MODELCO | Ultra long lasting lipstick in Smitten | £15.50

Truth to be told when they were giving away sneak peak couple of weeks ago about a full size item I wasn’t expecting that. Model Co is not my favourite brand. I was never impressed and it is very pricy. The colour looks nice but a tiny bit dark for me. It claims to be a semi Matt and I usually don’t go for that. I was also a bit disappointed because it is so soft that the product is going everywhere and is already damaged. But I will try it and it is nice for them to give us a full size. Let’s be positive !

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CIATE LONDON | Assorted colour pot in | £4.5

This is a nail polish brand I always wanted to try but as you may know it is very expensive so I usual always get back to Barry m or my trusty Essie. But the colour is very festive, a nice metallic silver and this tiny sample is so so cute. It’s quite a decent amount for a sample and the colour is very on point for the festive season.

BALANCE ME | Congested Skin Serum | £5.30

Again. I feel that I repeat myself a lot this month but I have never fell in love with Balance Me. I already got 4 different samples and I was always disappointed and very frustrated because I am basically not a fan of the smell to start with. I know it is stupid but it is a big selling point for me. But this time I am willing to try again. I have never got any type of skin problems but when I have a break out well, it is massive ! I don’t have anything like that at home so it is a very good surprise. Can’t wait to try it !

SKIN & CO| Sicilian Body Gem | £3.75

The smell is or of kind. Hard to explain but very nice. Some people get sick of getting shower gel but I love it. It’s the easiest way to try a brand and my husband can give it a go as well in the shower so it is a plus. Now I don’t know the brand but it is also made with olive extracts and it is so good for my skin. Not to mention that the sample is a generous size this time.

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ROLOXIN | Lift instant skin smoothing mask | £???

I am always a bit annoyed when we get samples like that. It is a one time only sample and it is always so expensive to purchase afterward if you like it so I don’t know. It is one of the heating mask that you have to massage in your hands to activate whatever is inside so very nice. I will probably use it after a hard week at work to cleanse my skin.

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Overall very Happy. I have now been with Birchbox for more than a year now and so far I have been more happy than disappointed. Of course some month are totally crap but it is hard to please every single woman with a £12 box and 5 different tiny samples.

Total Value of the box : £36.5

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USA haul |Lipstick Review (Buxom, ELF & Bite Beauty)

 

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USA haul | Lipstick Review (Buxom, ELF & Bite Beauty)

If you follow me on my youtube channel and instagram you probably came across my few hauls. My Mom did a little shopping for me in the US and she brought me back some lip products that I wanted to try for ages and it is time to give my final thoughts. Two are a Hit and one is a miss continue to read if you want to hear me about those 3 products.

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ELF  | Matt Lip pencil | Neutral

I knew it but still I wanted to try it. With ELF it is easy because it is cheap and for most time good quality but this not such a success. The color is amazing but the quality is very drying, I can feel the product and it fades away in less than half an hour. I have tried everything, lip liner, pairing it with a lipstick or a gloss. Scrubbing, moisturizing with lip balm and nothing works. I have to admit that it is a fail but I am not disappointed because it was so cheap.

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BITE BEAUTY |  Pigment pencil | Quince

Such a great discovery. It is a pricy brand so I am not going to lie, I would have banged my head into a wall if it hadn’t worked on me. But this is a crazy pigmented color but it doesn’t bleed everywhere and it stays on the lips like nothing else. You can apply it straight away and no joke, even sometimes without a mirror. The pencil is retractable so very clever and easy to maintain in terms of hygiene and I love the packaging which is a plus of course. I love the finish, moisturizing but not slippery, pigmented but not dry and somewhat with a matt effect at the end. I am convinced, I need more colors in my life.

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BUXOM | Full – On Lip Cream | Creamsicle

It is not a secret, I love that brand. I was already in love with they basic lip glosses but now I am crazy on love. It is very opaque which is very rare nowadays. Lipgloss are so yesterday for some cosmetics brand but truth to be told I miss it. I have never been so in love with a lip product formula in my life. For the first time I can say that a gloss is comfortable to wear, not sticky and very pigmented. Crazy right, price are a bit pricy but totally worth it if you want my opinion. Last thing to mention is the scent, it is a minty lip gloss so yes you will get tickles when you apply but it is for the best because the main “big thing” of that company is that all of their formula makes your lips look bigger. Love it to bits!

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