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Saturday, 25 April 2015

April 2015:Glossybox VS Birchbox

This month both Glossybox and Birchbox themed their boxes, Glossybox went for a Classic Hollywood Glamour theme with through backs to Hollywood Royalty and their beauty tricks. While Birchbox took advantage took advantage of the upcoming birth of the new royal baby with a blue or pink Royally Good box. 

I was so excited to get my Glossybox, but to be honest was disappointed with the content. Had those not been a themed box with so much hype I think it would have been okay, but sadly I don't think the products live up to the Hollywood Glamour name.
The first thing in the box is my favourite item from the box and it is the Lord and Berry lipstick Pencil in Kiss, it is a matte orange toned red that is suppose to be the 'perfect Marilyn Red'. I found it really comfortable to wear and (because of those orange undertones) perfect for the day time. It lasted really nicely but did start to flake after about 7 hours - can you complain after that long? I guess not. 
Astral Original Face and Body Moisturiser has caused quite a stir with those who have recieved it, and I can see why. The packaging is cheap and nasty, and the scent is even worse, like really cheap soap. However the lotion itself is pretty good. It is a really thick cream that would be perfect for dryer skin, I cant apply this in the day on my face because it is so thick that it makes my skin look really shiny, so I apply it before bed and when I wakeup my skin feels really soft. Because it smells so bad I have yet to use it on my body, but I think it would be good for knees and elbows.
I love a good eye liner pencil but sadly I found this POP Beauty Kajal Eyeliner Pen in Sooty Black to only be average. It was pretty pigmented on my lower lash line but gave me almost no colour in my waterliner, but I will still use it because it will be good enough for the day time.
Color Club Barely There Nail Polish, this is a pretty peach toned nude that Im sure I can get away with for work, and because its nude you don't have to worry about chipping as much as with color.
Another body lotion, IDC Body Lotion in Warm Lavender. Im not the biggest lotion person because Im too lazy to apply them so Im not too thankful of seeing two in my box. Personally I think this looks like something a Grandma would have in their bathroom, from trying it out on my arms I cant say it is the best lotion I have ever applied.

Birchbox was a lot better than I expected and I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. Birchbox seems to always send a good mixture of makeup, nails, hair, skin and body care which is good for those really wanting to try a wide range of product, although they are more sample size than Glossybox products.
This month we got to pick from three Laura Mercier samples so I selected the Volume Mascara in Black because the foundation sample was no longer available and from looking at online swatches the eyeliner looked a little patchy, so I got this but you do always need mascara.
I'm really excited for this Lola Barcelona Nail Polish in Born, it is a super pretty lilac toned gray nude with shimmer it it, I have never seen anything like this and can't wait to paint my nails with this next. Not only is this a really pretty color, exclusive to Birchbox but this is a new brand to me.
The Percy & Reed Smoothed, Sealed & Sensational Voluminous No Oil, Oil is something I have tried before and don't find it works for me but it might be fun for others.
Everyone and their mother in the beauty world raves about the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish so I am really happy that I finally have a chance to try it out, and it comes with the muslin to really get a feel for the product.
I love a good multi purpose beauty balm like this Pommade Divine Nature's Remedy Balm because they are great for a range of dry skin problems. This smells like Christmas when applied to the skin and it feels really nice on, so Im looking forward to it.
This month we got a beauty bonus, and in my box I got the Befine Warming Clay Mask, it says that it is good for unclogging pours and dealing with unwanted oils which is really exciting for me, and I have never used a warming mask before so it should be a interesting experience.

For this month I have to say that Birchbox was better, purely because of how over hyped Glossybox was. Although both of them have brands I have never tried/heard of in them, there is something about Birchbox that is just better.

Which box do you think is better?
Talk to you soon
Love
Livv
XOXO

Thursday, 23 April 2015

First Impressions: MUA Spring Break Palette

I seem to have a bit of an addiction to buying these MUA palettes so when my brother told me to pick something to go in the new make up bag that he was getting me for my birthday I had to get this.
MUA's latest limited edition palette tells us to:
"Leap into spring with this wearable, combination colour palette. The mix of stunning shimmers in neutrals, pinks and soft green hues encapsulates the revitalised colours of the new year and are perfect for  creating a fresh, enchanting look."
I totally agree that the shades are all wearable and practical, but also (and most importantly) perfect for the spring time. The soft colours can be mixed with the neutrals for day time looks, just what you need to skip through a flowery field on a springs, or even a summers, day.
There is a a good shade range, and a good mix of light, mid and dark tones so that you can create a whole eye look.
The shadows are pigmented, although the one matte shade that the palette has is lacking some of the pigmentation that the other shimmer shades have but this is somewhat expected with a cheap drug store palette.
As with the majority of shimmer shadows these blend with a lot of ease, BUT I do find the lighter shades blend away to nothing, so I had to reapply them after I had blended my crease because my lid shades had blended away.

If you are looking to update your make up bag this spring but your on a budget I would recommend this. So far it seems to be one of the better MUA Limited Edition palettes.

Hope you enjoyed
Love
Livv
XOXO

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Love it or Leave it: Barry M Lipsticks

Barry M Lipsticks where seemed to be a cult favourite back in the day on YouTube, but is seems that in recent years they have been given little attention, most likely because of all the new product releases that Barry M has been having.
I have had a couple of these in my collection for a few years now, and recently felt that I wanted to get some more and my love have for sure been rekindled,
Spoiler alert, this is going to be a love product.
The shade range is super fun and very aesthetically pleasing, a lot of candy colors and brights. Although they have a couple of super duper nudes there isnt really any natural colors, your not going to find a everyday, office/school suitable brown nude, the closest you will get is a peach.They cater more for those wanted to make more of a statement with their lips and those who want something a bit different.
Left to right: 52,100, 129, 101
The packaging is super compact and sleek looking with the color swatched on a sticker at the end with the shade number on it, however it is only the shade number, that name isn't on it and I have found that on the one I already own the number wears off so you may have to remember your shade numbers. The packaging is made of that black waxy material that gets ready dirty in your make up bag and finger printy when you use them :( 
101
Their longevity isn't great, they are not going to last you through eating and drinking but they are so compact that you will be able to carry them round with you, even in a little clutch bag and for £4.49 I feel you are getting more than your moneys worth with how nice and creamy they feel on the lips that having to reapply them is not an issue.

Talk to you soon
Love
Livv
XOXO


Tuesday, 7 April 2015

An Oldie but a Goodie; No7 Natural Blush Cheek Colour - Coral Flush

This was one of the first blushers I ever got and to this day I still love it.
My one is in the old packaging but I have checked and you can still get it, the colour is the same, the only difference is that the packaging seems less flimsy.
I find that this is not the softest blush, but this doesn't have to be a bad thing. I know often people talk about how great and soft a product is, but sometimes when a product is soft it can just crumble away. This is really pigmented, in a natural way that helps reduce the look of too much blush.
The colour is not something I often gravitate towards, its a really natural rose toned coral that is the perfect "I don't know what blush to wear" shade, it is also really good for a natural look, or for school - I used this in one of my back to school looks.
Like I said this was one of my first blushers, and unlike others of my first make up purchases, I would really recommend this, it blends nicely, suitable for a range of skin tones, has light shimmer for a natural finish and is really long lasting both in the pan and on the face.

The price of £8 might seem a bit much, especially if you are younger,  but boots often has £3 off No7 make up coupons so you can get it for £5.

I hope you enjoyed seeing my thoughts on this blusher
Love
Livv
XOXO