{November 6, 2012}   October Purchases.

Purchases Made During October.

I’m hoping to not spend as much this month as I did in September, however its my birthday on the 8th and I now have my heart set on the Urban Decay smoked palette.  I’d like to be able to add up the total and not feel guilty but I know it wont be happening.

Week 1 (1st – 7th October)

Nail Art Striping Tape – £1.95 for ten different coloured rolls from Ebay – Free Postage

Nail Art 3d Stickers – £2.43 for 15 assorted sheets from Ebay – Free Postage.

No7 Ultimate Nail Kit – £3.50 + £3 P&P from Ebay

Nail Art 5x double ended dotting pens – £2.65 from Ebay. Free Postage

Urban Decay Naked 2 – £21 from Ebay Auction – Original reciept supplied.

Attitude Professional Grade Matte Top Coat- £4.25 from Ebay.

She Said Beauty Box – £11.95

Rimmel lasting Finish – Misty Jade – £1.99 in local chemists.

Rimmel Matte Finish Top Coat – Reduced to £1.14 in Tesco

Loccitane Rose Petal Hand Cream – Free with Marie Claire – £3.70

Benetint Sample – Free with instyle magazine – Special price £2.50 in Tesco

Revlon – Gold Coin – £1.50 in The Original Factory Shop

Essie – Mod Squad – £2.99 in The Original Factory Shop.

Rimmel Lasting Finish – Purple Pulse – £1.99 in local Chemists

Rimmel Lasting Finish – Double Decker Red – £1.99 in local Chemists.
Been after this for a while so was happy to see it reduced :)

Week 2 8th – 14th oct.

Double Lash – £10 on flight to Palma.

Wynie Blushes – 1 euro each in Majorca

Compact mirror – 4 euros in Majorca.

Liz Earl Cleans and Polish – Free with Red Magazine at Newcastle Airport – approx £4

Easy Paris Blue Glitter Top Coat – 2 Euros
Easy Paris Pink Hearts Top Coat – 2 Euros.
From Majorca

Yes Love Blue Glow In The Dark Polish – 2 Euros in Majorca.

Week 3 15th – 21st

Set Of 12 Stamping Plates and Five Dotting Pens – $12 from BornPretty website.

Missguided Lipsplash Lipgloss – Peace – Free with Cosmopolitan – £3.50

Rimmel Lipstick – Nude Bronze – £1 in The Factory Shop.

Week 4   22nd –  28th

Left To Right
Rimmel 60 Seconds – Silver Bullet – 89p-Boyes
Rimmel 60 Seconds – Coral Crush – 89p – Boyes
Rimmel 60 Seconds – Star Kissed – 89p – Boyes
Rimmel 60 Seconds – Instyle Coral – 89p- Boyes
Sinful Colours – Aqua – £1 in Poundland.
Colortrend Glitters – £1.99 – Avon Brochure.

2True Rose Lip and Cheek Stain – £1.99 – Superdrug.

Make Up Academy Blush With Free Gloss Tube – £1 – Superdrug.

Lord And Berry Soft Shine Lipstick – Black Cherry – £1 in Poundland

Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Lipsticks – Garnet,Plum Rose and Black Cherries – £1 each in Poundland.

Nail Art Brushes set of 12 – £2 – Ebay.

Sally Hansen Invisible Lip Liner – £2 – Ebay.

Colortrend Lipsticks – Glisten and Gleam – £1.99 each in Avon.


{November 3, 2012}   My November She Said Beauty Box.

I’ve been waiting for the bloody post man to bring my She Said Beauty Box ever since I got the e-mail on the 31st October to say it had been dispatched. My Daughter was more excited than me when he finally knocked at the door with it today, she wants the “hay” for her Littlest Pet Shop animals to eat and sleep in.

After last months box of bullshit, this one had to make me happy or it was getting cancelled and I’m glad to say I am pleased with my products and I’m very happy to see three full sized products in the box. The box costs £9 per month plus postage (£2.90 ish) Here’s a quick run through of what I got.

Collection 2000 – Primed And Ready Smoothing Make-Up Primer.

This is a full sized product which retails at £5.99 for 18ml, I’m happy to see this in my box as I almost purchased it a few weeks ago but went the make-up fixer spray instead. I’m not too sure other subscribers will be happy with this as it was in the Septembers box. I wonder if it has anything to do with the fact that Collection 2000 is now called Collection and they have old branded stock to get rid of? I dunno.  It has a shelf life of 24 months which is good as the primers I use at the moment only have 6 months. There is also a little promo leaflet with instructions on how to use.

Yardley London – English Daisy Eau De Toilette

This is a 1ml sized sample in one of those awful testube type packaging things. I hate these tubes, I always end up wasting so much product or I get it all over my hands as the pressure of the cap releasing makes the bottle jerk and the contents fly if that makes sense. Its florally fraganced and strong on the first sniff but once its settled its quite nice. A full sized bottle costs £9.99 for 50ml or £14.95 for 125ml which is reasonable, I may just buy this if I get along with the sample.

Weleda Wild Rose Soothing Night Cream.

This is a 5ml sample and a full sized tube will cost £14.95 for 30ml, a discount code is included, its a nice trick to bung the sample in a box to make it look like you’re getting more than you actually are, having said that its a better sized sample than last months stuff. A little goes a long way with this and I’ll get at least a weeks worth of use out of it, its strongly scented of roses but there is also a hint of burnt matches in there. I’m a big fan of floral scented stuff just not on my face.  I will probably put this in my night bag for travelling but doubt I’d purchase it.

So…? For me Body Fragrance.

Another 75ml  full sized product worth £1.99, I usually purchase the Impulse body sprays and literally just emptied a tin today so this has come at the perfect moment, I’m undecided on the smell as its so different from anything I normally buy and I can’t quite describe it but I will use it all up. The In Love version looks nicer its its pink bottle with a heart so I think I’ll end up purchasing that one.

Redken Smooth Lock Shampoo and Conditioner.

Full sized shampoo is £11.85 for 300ml and conditioner is £13.40 for 250ml. I don’t understant how the conditioner costs more for less product and I doubt this is something I’d purchase as I always use more conditioner than shampoo and it’s one of my peeves to have uneven amounts of stuff. Silly I know but there ya go. Thes are 10ml foil sachets. I will probably get three uses out of this and I’m more than happy to try them as I have heard very good things about the brand. A squeezy tube would have been better in my opinion, discount code and reduced treatment at a Salon code included.

Makebelieve Luminize Skin Highlighter.

Another full sized product worth £7.50 for 2ml. There was a chance of recieving a bronzer, lipgloss or highlighter and I’m really please I got the highlighter as I don’t like bronzers and I have tons of Lipgloss already. Its nice sturdy packaging and definatley something I will use. On first glance it looks like a powder bit its actually a cream, Iis a bit too shimmery for me to use on my cheeks but looks lovely on my upper lid. This product has made my box worth it. A 30 % discount code for further purchases included which I will be checking out.

BONUS ITEM – Murray’s Manicure Matchbook Nail Files.

A full sized product which retails at £1.99. This contains 15 mini nail files which I will be dividing into three and popping  in various bags and coat pockets.

The full sized products in this months box come to £15.48 or £17.47 including the nail files which makes this months great value. If my future boxes are similar to this then I’ll be very happy to subscribe forever….

First up is my nails from Monday 1st October.  I did want to talk at lengh about them but my first ever She Said Beauty Box Arrived this morning and I want to show you all the contents. Here are yesterdays nails , can you notice anything different?

I wanted a nude nail and swatched dozens of poilshes before setting on Maybelline Forever Strong in Nude Rose. I paid £1 for this in The Original Factory Shop. I painted these on sunday night and the photo was taken ten mins ago, no chips at all. Did you spot the Wedding ring? Yesterday my partner of 12 years and I got married. Nothing big or fancy, just us, our Daughter and two witnesses at the local registry office followed by a bar meal. Perfect.

Now The Beauty Box. This is the first box I have recieved and I did a lot of research before choosing a box to subscribeto  and after reading a review on septembers box by another wordpresser I decided to go with it. The box is £9 a month plus p+p of £2 something. They emailed yesterday to say the box had been dispatched and it arrived this morning so I cant fault delivery. I was so excited, it felt like a little wedding gift to myself :)

Lovely nice pink box – good start. Dissappointment starts to set in as box not very heavy.

A box inside a box.

More Packaging. excitment building up.

Now may be the time to mention that when you first subscribe you fill out a profile survey do-dah in which you let them know which kind of products interest you and which dont , the only two items which I have no use for are skin and hair care products so imagine my face to find these lurking under the tissue paper.

A box full of skin and hair care samples.

Baby sized Samples

Not only was the box full of skin and hair care samples but they were all tiny tiny samples and only one full sized product worth a whopping 99 pence. I don’t actually mind the odd skincare sample but a box full of them lack variety, one make up or nail item would have been nice.  I’m not sure these specific brands but a lot of brands offer the foil sachet samples for free so I feel slighty robbed. The good thing about this service is that you can cancel at any time and if next months box is the same then I will be doing just that. The box will come in handy though. Here are my products in a bit more detail.

B.Liv Off With Those Heads – Sample Size 3ml.
For the full size products it costs $49 for 30 ml or $63 for 45ml. This product claims to easily remove stubborn black and whiteheads while reducing oil secretion to prevent future outbreaks. Code incuded for discount on full purchase.

Cellnique Advanced Bio Renewal Mask – Sample Size 3ml.
According to the blurb the full sized product is $50 for 50 grams. Its formulated using a complex of fresh fruit enzymes and acids.Basically it cleanses and exfoiliates. I’m dubious as to if the sample is even enough to cover my face. Discount code included.

Kerastraight Moisture And Protein Masks – A 10 ml sachet of each.
Claims to smooth and renew hair from the inside out, cutting down day to day maintaining time. Full product costs £25 for 100ml which I would purchase if it produced good results but probably only enough product for one use so not enough to make an informed descision so I shall stick with the mask I currently use.

Biao Beauty Rejuvenating Night Cream – Sample size 2ml sachet.
Claims to have triple acting properties that protect agaisnt aging (dont they all) and reveal youthful and more luminous skin tone. Again not enough sample to make an informed decision. Full size product costs $24.50 for 118ml with free shipping, a 20 percent

discount code included.

Harbacin Wuta Kamille Hand Cream – Full sized 20ml product worth £0.99
Claims to contain a wealth of natural ingredients to protect your hands from all weather conditions. Cute little product for the handbag, I do suffer from dry hands regulary but find my usual hand cream does the trick, but I do think this will be the only product I actually use as I can take this out with me.

This months “treat” is 30 days worth of My Vitamins Total Acai Berry capsules.
Many different vitamins in range and full price starts at £2.49 for 30 capslues. My Sample claims to help the body reduce oxidative stress and remove harmful toxins such as environmental pollutants. Now Im the kind of person who does not like taking medication and as “natural” as these may be it still feels like taking medicine..

So what do you think? Am I wrong to be dissappointed with my first ever beauty box?  The only product/sample of any use to me is worth 99 pence. My little girl will love the straw however.

et cetera