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Monday, 19 August 2013

Glossybox August 2013 - High-flyers


We are well in to August and that can only mean one thing, the knock on the door signalling the arrival of the latest Glossybox. August is the 'High-flyers' box, which has the same concept as last August. Basically it is giving you a chance to try 'hero' products from different countries. The whole point of Glossybox is to try products that you normally wouldn't have, so I love the concept for this month because there are things that I would never have tried before. Although I was sceptical after seeing what people said about last years, but this one was a lot better. 

 The first thing that I got is the 'TRESemme Platinum Strength 60 second treatment shot'. This comes from the USA but you can find this in all TRESemme selling stores. From what I have read, this is a very concentrated conditioner which you use once a week on the damaged ends of your hair to help nourish them. My hair is very split but I wouldn't say that it is damaged because unless it have to for a party or something, I don't use heat on my hair. I am worried about the cap situation because it seems to be a snap off one, but this isnt a one use product so I hope I can put the cap back on so it doesn't dry up.
Im sure I will repurchase this, because it is a  bargain and a nice little treat for my hair. 
Full Size - 15ml - £1.49
This is full size, which I was pleased to see, they could have given us a foil sample.

Again this is a USA product and I am super excited to try it, no joke. This the the 'Eucerin Aquaphor soothing skin balm'. This is designed to sooth dry and cracked skin. I don't have year round dry skin, but in the Winter I get dry patches on my face, and when I have a cold, which I all Winter, round my noise is dry so this will be good to sooth that and make it look less noticeable under foundation. This is one of the products that I love the most from this box, which is odd because I tend not to care about the skin care and want more of the makeup,but this will help make your makeup loot better. It doesn't seem like a lot of places stock this in the UK but it can find this on the Boots Website.
I don't know how fast I am going to get through this because it is a good size sample, but Im pretty sure that I will buy this once I have finished it.
Full size - 200ml - £8.50
Sample - 40ml - £1.70

This product caused a lot of commotion in the blogging world, because people didnt like the fact that this is something that you can get in the UK right now. I like that we cant get this because there is no way that I would ever have got this without it being in my Glossybox. This is the 'Oceane makeup remover pen', Simple has a very similar product that I have never been able to find to try, so I am over the moon that I got this. This pen contains makeup remover and is used to get makeup mess ups from your eyes and mouth. It comes with 3 extra nips that you can put in when the current one gets to gross looking, but I think you can flip the each nip, so each provides two uses. This is from Brazil.
This is a full size, but I dont know how much it costs.

This is the UK representative product and it is the 'Jelly Pong Pong 2 in 1 shadow and liner' my one is in the color plum and I know that some people got black, and others got a deep green which I would have wanted the deep green, but Im happy I didnt get the black. I have always wanted to try Jelly Pong Pong but after trying this Im not too impressed. This is not the deep plum I would have wanted so used as a liner it looks odd, it also says that you can smudge this into a shadow but I didn't find I could smudge it at all :(
I will not be trying other colors of this but I was nice that I got a chance to dip my toe in to the pool of Jelly Pong Pong
Full size - £10.50
This is full size, wooooo

This was the 'main' product in the box, the one that everyone was so happy to get this. This is an eyelash curler from Sweden by a brand called 'Emite'. I am pleased that we got a makeup tool which will last a super long time, it is really well made and sturdy. This is a brand by makeup artists for makup artists, im not a makeup artist - I hope its ok to use this.
I dont use eyelash curlers, I can use them on my left eye but not my right one, also I tried these and they didnt do anything, so not going to use these, sorry.
Full Size - £20
This month my box is worth £33.69,

I hope you enjoyed,
What did you get in your Glossybox?
Love
Livv

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

First Impression: MUA Merged Trio Eyeshadow - Emotions

Bit naughty on Saturday, I popped into Superdrug to see my friend and we all know that I our friends  can talk us into buying anything makeup wise. My friend was stocking the MUA so as I was just swatching some eyeshadow while having a little chin-wag with her. She saw some eyeshadow on my hand and one thing lead to another and I left with this
MUA Merged Trio Eyeshadow (Emotions) 
 MUA have had trios as part of their professional line since they launched that line but for some reason I have never picked one up because I didn't think that they would be very good. I don't know when these came out but they know have these backed ones which still have a new sticker on them, but I don't know how long they have been out for, but anyway I picked up this on in Emotions and used it the other day and wanted to share with you what I felt about it. 
So before I talk about my first impression I wanted to explain what you are getting, the 3 colors all have that classic multi tone, vained look to the shadows. The lightest shade is a vanilla with almost a rose gold and  bronze running through it so when you use it, it is a light gold. The middle shade is a plum with yellow gold and a little deep plum, goes on as a plum with yellow gold shimmer. The third color is a bronze/copper shade with bronze and silver running throughout, this is defo the strongest pigmented color out of the three and comes out as a very strong copper/bronze shade. 
Being a backed these shadows have a lot of shimmer (can you get matte backed shadow?) and lets be honest this did worry me because I find that the MUA single shadows have a lot of fall out and I didn't think I would be able to deal with lots of shimmery fall out from these. But, to my surprise there was practically none, and what did fall was nothing that a makeup wipe wouldn't fix (I put them on before foundation) Although there was minimal face fall out, there was a tone on to the packaging. It was insane, this wasn't helped by the fact that you really have to work to get any product on to your brush. So after one use the pretty black package just looks a mess, I cleaned it up before taking pictures, but in person it sill looks messy. Because it takes effort to get it on to the brush I wouldn't recommend it as a product to use if you don't have a lot of time.
I find that with all shimmer eyeshadows they are easy to blend, and these are no different, they also apply pretty well, by that I mean getting product from the brush to your eyelid is easy. The only color that I was a bit disaponted with when I use it was the plum, I put it in my outter corner and it didnt really show up to well over the copper, although that  might just be because that was such a strong shade. 

So that was my fist impression of the MUA Merged Trio Eyeshadow in Emotion,

You can get this for £3 from superdrug or the MUA website

Have you tried these? If so what do you think about them?

I hope you enjoyed
Lots of Love
Livv
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