Monday, 1 January 2018

Empties - December 2017

Hey everyone,

Happy New Year!!  I really hope everyone had a fantastic festive holiday and feels fully re-charged and ready to face the new year ahead.  I am currently sitting in my pj's writing this, having spent last night with friends so today is all about tea, biscuits and films (Charlie & The Chocolate Factory to be precise).

I really want to start 2018 as I mean to go on so I am putting out my first blog post of the year on the first day of a brand new month and year in the hope it will mean I will be much better organised!  I thought the best post to kick off the new year would be an "empties" post so below are all the things I have used up in the month of December.  I love that feeling of finishing products and especially at the end of the year when inevitably thoughts turn to de-cluttering and tidying up.


Percy & Reed Reassuringly Firm Session Hold Hairspray - £12.00
It would seem that no post of mine would be complete without some Percy & Reed haircare products somewhere! But that is because I genuinely love them.  You might think £12.00 sounds quite pricey for a can of hairspray but this has lasted me four months so I think that's pretty good value.  I use it every day too so a little really does go a long way.  I already have another can of this ready and waiting to go (plus a mini that was in my Marks & Spencer advent calendar).  It does a great job of keeping my hair out of my face but never leaves my hair feeling stiff or sticky and it smells amazing too.

Percy & Reed  Volumising No Oil-Oil - (mini version - part of a gift set containing 4 products)
I really like this oil and was lucky enough to be sent a full-size version of this from Percy & Reed so I am using it on repeat.  I will link my previous post here for a more in-depth description of this but I love how it leaves my hair feeling soft and silky.
Percy & Reed Wonder Balm - £18.00
One of the very first Percy & Reed products I ever bought this has lasted me four months too.  I can't imagine not using this cream before blow drying as it leaves my hair in such good condition.  This first featured in my August Favourites post which I will link here.  There is no way I would be without this so already have another one waiting to be used.
Lee Stafford Hair Growth Scalp Scrub - £8.99
Before I discovered Percy & Reed my favourite haircare brand was Lee Stafford and I still love his products just as much.  This tube has lasted me since May and is a really great product for making your hair feel super clean.  I use it before shampoo around my hairline and then apply my shampoo as normal.  I haven't repurchased this yet as I am currently trying out different things on my hair but that's not to say I won't in the future.  I wrote a blog post on this last year which I will link here.

E45 Intensive Recovery Body Lotion - £3.85 (normal price £5.75)

If you have read my blog for a while you'll know I suffer with very dry skin on my legs.  This E45 Intensive Recovery cream has been a life saver.  It's a giant 400ml bottle and costs around £4 in Wilkinsons and last ages too.  I use this mainly on my legs as it's unperfumed but when I'm not being lazy I also use it on my body too.  It's a really light cream (I thought the name may mean it would be quite thick) and dries almost instantly so you're not left with a sticky feeling when you get dressed.  I have repurchased this and am pleased I discovered it.
Imperial Leather Shower Gels - £1.00 each
These are a total bargain and smell absolutely amazing.  My two favourites are the Cherry Bakewell and the Marshmallow flavour.  They are very moisturising and lather really well and leave my skin with a subtle lingering scent.  For £1.00 you really can't go wrong with these.  They also do bubble baths in the same scent which are just as gorgeous.


All of the products I am about to mention have come from my Love Me Beauty subscription which has been a great way to try out different things.  They are mini or sample sizes but have enough product in them to be able to form a good opinion.
Caudalie Instant Foaming Cleanser - (full size costs £12.00)
I first used this cleanser about 16 years ago and I loved it.  You pump the foam onto your hands and gently mix it with water to activate the foam.  Like I said, I loved this way back in the day but I have to say it left my skin feeling a little dry after I'd used it  this time round.  I'm not sure if this is because the formula may have changed or my skin has changed.  I won't repurchase this but I really enjoyed discovering it again.
Caudalie 3 in 1 Moisturiser - (full size costs £32.00)
A small sample size, this lotion lasted a good couple of weeks.  I wasn't a fan of the smell of this (it has a very strong floral type scent) but I really liked the moisturiser.  It sank in nicely and didn't leave my skin feeling greasy.  All in all this is a pleasant moisturiser but as I am currently trying out lots of skincare I haven't repurchased this.
Nuxe Micellar Cleansing Water with rose petals - (full size costs £14.00)
I really, really love this micellar water and reordered this through my subscription because I liked it so much.  It has a nice rose scent and has such a nourishing and moisturising feel to my skin when I take my make up off.  I also noticed it doesn't feel cold when you apply it which I do notice on most micellar waters.  I would love to purchase the full size of this as I absolutely love it.
Nuxe Reve de Miel Face Cleansing and Make Up Removing Gel (full size costs £14.50)
Another Nuxe product, this is a gel facial wash that removes make up.  Like the Caudalie cleanser I found this to leave my skin feeling a little tight which I don't like and I also didn't like the smell.  It has a honey scent (hence the name) which I found quite strong and overpowering.  Overall it was an alright product but I wouldn't buy the full size version.
Nip & Fab Exfoliate Glycolic Fix Daily Cleansing Pads - (full size costs £12.95)
I had wanted to try these pads out for ages so was pleased to see them available via my subscription.  They are designed to be used after cleansing but should only be used in the evening due to the exfoliating nature of them.  They left my skin looking and feeling really fresh and I would definitely like to purchase the full size version of these as an extra evening skincare step.
So that is all for my December empties.  I have really liked using up all of these products and I feel ready to start a nice new skincare routine for the start of the year.

Have you used any of the products I have mentioned above?  Leave me a comment if you have and what you thought of them.

Love Katherine xxx

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Thursday, 21 December 2017

Surviving The Party Season with Percy & Reed

Hey everyone,

Are you all Christmas ready?? If it helps, I am not at all in any way Christmas ready.  I am usually so super organised when it comes to December with everything written down and list after list is crossed off but this year, it just ain't happening! Anyway, I have three days to get my bottom into gear and if I forget something (just not the Ham, Turkey or Proscecco) it's no big deal right (well....that's what I keep reading in every magazine!!).

One thing I can be sure of this year though is that my hair is going to be looking tip-top! That's because I was lucky enough to receive some products in the post from my favourite haircare brand, Percy & Reed.   If you're a regular follower of this blog and my Instagram (@shopaholic_kh) you will know how much I absolutely love the products of theirs I have tried so far.  I will link my blog posts here and here if you want to have a read on my thoughts from back in August/September when I first purchased some of their products.
I received four full-size products:- "Big, Bold & Beautiful" Dry Instant Volumising Spray, "A Walk In The Rain" Shine & Fragrance Mist, "Smoothed, Sealed & Sensational" Volumising No Oil Oil and the "Quite Frankly Flawless" Finishing Polish.  After using them daily, these are my thoughts on them:

"Big, Bold & Beautiful" Dry Instant Volumising Spray - £14.00
Volumising sprays (or texturye sprays as they are also known) have been a part of my finishing haircare routine for about the last 4 or 5 years.  I am not lucky enough to get away with not washing my hair everyday so with short or medium length hair it is always quite fine and silky.  I do love that my hair is nice and shiny and soft but it lacks any kind of volume so after straightening I always add a texture spray to the roots and around my fringe area.  I have tried some really bad ones in the past and the ones I particularly don't like are the ones that leave my hair feeling sticky.  That's why I love this one so much.  With just a little spray at the roots it gives my hair instant volume without my hair feeling like it has any product in - the perfect scenario for a volumising spray in my opinion.  I also need to mention the smell.  All Percy & Reed products I have tried have the most gorgeous, fresh, zingy scent and it lingers in my hair all day.

"A Walk In The Rain" Shine & Fragrance Mist - £15.00
I was so excited to receive this product as I had wanted to try it out for such a long time and I had even put it on my Christmas list.  This is firstly a shine spray, designed to be sprayed onto dry hair to give your hair a real glossy shine.  Does it do that?  Absolutely yes! Secondly, it has the most gorgeous scent - just think a Spring garden after it's just rained - fresh, floral and so, so clean! This has been a life-saver for me for when I've been out mid-week and not had time to re-wash my hair.  You know what it's like - you're going out in the evening but first you have to get through two school runs, work, cooking dinner etc by which time you're hair isn't exactly looking like Jennifer Aniston's!  I re-do my make up and then spray this onto my hair to give it a spruce up and it leaves it smelling so fresh and clean! I am loving this spray so much right now!

"Smoothed, Sealed & Sensational" Volumising No Oil Oil - £14.00
I have always been sceptical when it comes to oils for my hair as it's so fine.  I just imagine the oil to really weigh my hair down.  I had previously tried this in mini format, having bought the Volumising Gift Set which contains four mini products to try out so I knew how great it was and was thrilled to receive a full size as I was ready to repurchase.  This oil is just so light and can be used both on wet and dry hair so a real multi-tasking product.  I use this on towel dried hair after I have put on the Wonder Balm.  Just a few drops (4 at the most) in the palm of my hand is enough to cover the ends of my hair which can get quite dry after styling.  When I use this I also notice my hair has significantly more volume after blow drying than when I don't use it (completely dispelling my fears it would do the complete opposite).  I have no idea how that science works but it does help to give my roots a boost! I then use a few drops as a little extra treat for my hair after straightening to help keep my ends looking nice and smooth.

"Quite Frankly Flawless" Finishing Polish - £10.00
So this is the bargain product of the bunch as at only £10.00, this huge tube will last you absolutely ages.  Formulated to keep your hair looking smooth and frizz-free, it also delivers a non-sticky hold that will hold your style in place all day.  I recently ran out of my Session Hold hairspray (it's on my Christmas list so please Santa, if you're reading this, I really would love some more) and this does a brilliant job of keeping my fine flyaways in check.  With only the tiniest amount needed, I just smooth it between the palms of my hands and smooth them down, starting at my parting, all the way to the ends of my dry, straightened hair.  I also concentrate around the hair line where I have quite a lot of baby hair.  I didn't think I would get much use out of this product but as with all of the Percy & Reed products, it's become a firm favourite of mine.  The scent is just gorgeous too with the signature floral, fresh perfume that I love so much.
These Percy & Reed products have been on constant repeat this month and I know they will continue to be for as long as I can imagine.  I honestly can't see myself using any other hair products.

I would love to know if you have used any Percy & Reed products, and if so, what one's are your favourites?

Love Katherine xxx

**Although I received these products complimentary from Percy & Reed, all opinions are entirely my own**

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Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Empties - November 2017

Hey everyone,

Well, as always, it's been a fair ol' while since I published on here (about a month if I'm exact)! Why?Life just got crazy! To be fair it's my own fault - I have two children and their birthdays fall on the 20th November and the 20th December so I only have myself to blame, but I've also had 11+ results and school applications to think about, numerous school dress up/down days to sort out and also Christmas planning so I kind of feel I'm living my life in one of those 1970's spin dryers!!!! My life has literally become one long crazy "to-do" list that I'm barely making an indent into it right now.  On the plus side though, my other little sideline, Hariam Jewellery & Accessories has been doing really well and I've loved putting aside all the stresses and strains and sometimes just spending an entire day making new pieces of jewellery or completing orders for customers.  Thank you to everyone who has supported both my "Blogs" page and my jewellery page - you guys really are the best!

I have been accumulating "empties" for the best part of a year and I usually just throw them into a huge basket in our spare room.  The plan was to do a YouTube video but the basket is out of control and the video would probably end up being about 2 hours long there is so much stuff to go through so I have re-thought and decided to do a more regular "empties"post on here so I'm starting off with everything I have used up in the months of October and November.

Treaclemoon Honeycomb Shower Gel
I flipping love this stuff.  It's available from Tesco and Waitrose and this huge bottle costs only £3 (they are always on offer though at £1 off so a bargain for £2!!!).  It has such a gorgeous sweet scent and it leaves my skin feeling really soft.  I purchase this on repeat and have a stash in my bathroom cabinet.

Percy & Reed Bountifully Bouncy Volumising Shampoo & Conditioner
If you're a regular to my Instagram page you will know I am such a fan-girl of Percy & Reed.  Their products just seem to be made for my hair and I can't get enough of them.  I bought these mini's in a set which contained these, a "no oil-oil" and a texturising spray all for £16.00 from Marks & Spencers.  It's a great way to try things out and see what you think before committing to a full-size bottle.  The smell of this shampoo and conditioner is just so fresh and clean and it left my hair feeling so soft and manageable.  There is a large range of different shampoo's and conditioner's to choose from so I am going to give the Wonder Wash version a try next.  I'm loving the oil and spray too and will definitely re-purchase when they've run out.

Vitamin Shot Face Scrub
I got this face scrub way back in a My Little Box (I think it was the February 2017 box but I'm not certain).  This makes me really nostalgic though as I know it was back in the day when My Little Box were really at the top of their game and products like this were the reason why.  This has been a staple in my morning routine and I would pop it on whilst in the shower, twice a week.  It's a gently face scrub that left my skin feeling really clean and tip-top.  I'm so sad I can't repurchase this.

TiGi Catwalk Fashionista Intensive Brunette Hair Mask
Another fab My Little Box product - this was included in one of my all-time favourite boxes, The Brooklyn box.  I will link my review of that box here just because it was such a great box but it's worth noting that sadly, My Little Box have just announced they will no longer be shipping to the UK which is really sad.  This though, is a huge pot of intensive hair conditioner and it smells just like chocolate.  I would pop this onto my hair after shampoo and before conditioner and it really perked up my hair.  I would use this two to three times a week and a little really did go a long way and has lasted me an entire year.  I haven't looked into if this available to buy anywhere but I will be investigating.

Bare Minerals Skin Longevity Vital Power Infusion
I ordered this little bottle through my Latest In Beauty subscription and I have to be honest, when I was choosing it, I wasn't 100% sure exactly what it was supposed to be or do.  The name doesn't really give anything away but after reading reviews on it I decided it must be a serum of sorts and you apply it before moisturiser day and night.  Reviews were great but I have to say it really didn't change anything for me at all.  I'm glad I tried it but I won't be repurchasing this in a full size.

Bath & Body Works "Vanilla Pumpkin Marshmallow" Candle 
My friend brought this cute little candle home last year with her from Canada after Christmas and I decided to save it for this time of the year so it's been in my candle basket nearly the whole year.  It's such a teeny little size but seriously packs a punch in the fragrance stakes.  I had this burning in my hallway over the course of about a week and even when it wasn't lit, if I left the lid off, the fragrance carried right upstairs.  I have never used Bath & Body Works candles before but this has left me really impressed (and with a long list for my friend this year when she goes back home)!

So that's everything I have used up over the last few months.  I have been trying really hard to use things up completely before starting on something else and I am finding it very satisfying to get to the bottom of a bottle!

What has been your favourite product you have used up this month?

Love Katherine xxx

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Monday, 23 October 2017

Review: Jamberry with Laila Nail Wraps

Hey everyone, 

I was recently lucky enough to receive some nail wraps to try out from the brand Jamberry.  They were running a Facebook page promotion (I will pop the link to Facebook here)and I was tagged by my good Insta-friend As Seen On Jean (click here to be taken straight to her awesome blog).  I have to admit I had never heard of the brand before and I have never used nail wraps before...ever. 

For anyone who knows me or who has followed my blog for a while, will know I suffer with #toddlersizenails!! This is no exaggeration - I honestly think my 6 year old boy has bigger nails than me so I have always stayed clear of false nails and always gone for the easy option of just applying a few coats of nail polish every so often.  This is because false nails never fit and I once had my nails done for a wedding using acrylics and I just couldn't stand how they made my nails feel or look and I picked them off (I know, I can hear the gasps now) at the earliest opportunity.  So, bearing all of this in mind, I wasn't sure how my experience with nails wraps would go.  So, for anyone like me who didn't/doesn't know what nail wraps are they are thin vinyl sheets that apply using pressure and heat to stick to your nail.  They claim to be able to last up to two weeks on fingernails and four weeks on toes.  

I received in the post a little envelope containing a small booklet explaining a little about the franchise.  The booklet I had was tailored towards weddings (Marcelyn, my Facebook contact sent her apologies for this) but overall the information inside made perfect sense and the samples I received on the back page were the same for all booklets.  Also in the envelope were an orange stick, some wipes to clean your nails before application and a tool to push the wraps securely onto the nail.   

As you can see above, there were five samples to choose from, each of varying width and I have to say, I loved them all and found it really hard to choose what one to go for.  In the end though I knew I wanted to do a "statement nail" so went with the best match, size-wise, for my ring finger which was the second wrap from the top.  The picture above doesn't do the colour justice as in real life it was a gorgeous pastel pink with light blue, pale purple and black accents.  To the left of the wraps was a "seven day challenge" tag which I was up for trying.  As I have mentioned in previous blogs, I am extremely hard on my nails and nail polish doesn't tend to stay looking perfect for longer than a few days.

I started with clean, filed nails and followed the simple instructions to apply.  

Filed, cleaned and ready to go
I cut the wrap in half and placed it on my ring finger.  I then heated the wrap gently for a few seconds with my hairdryer to activate the glue.  I used the little stick to press down on the wrap and made extra sure I got right into the sides of my nails.  It's important to make sure the wrap fits well onto your nail as it won't adhere to your skin.  I spent a little longer pressing down the wrap and gave it a final heating (a matter of seconds with a warm hairdryer is all it needs).  It's worth mentioning that as the wrap was cut in half, there was quite a lot of excess at the tip of my nail which I trimmed down with scissors.  The instructions then tell you to file this away using a downward motion so as not to pull the wrap away from the nail.  You can see in the two pictures below both nails with the statement wrap. 

Statement nail done on both nails
The final step was to apply my nail polish.  I used my Barry M Coconut Gel Infusion Nail Paint in the shade "Surfboard".  I chose this as they last for ages, the pale pink was a perfect match for the wrap and I love the name too! The picture below shows my nails freshly done.  I did this on a Friday as I was going out for a special occasion on the Saturday and a week from this day would mark the end of my seven day challenge. 
All finished!
These are my nails on the Tuesday (picture below) - 4 days after applying the wrap.  The polish is still looking good and there is no lifting of the wrap at all.

Tuesday - 4 days after application
The final two pictures below were taken on the Thursday so pretty much a week since I had done them.  As you can see my polish has chipped but the wrap still looks perfect.  

Polish looking pretty ropey but wrap still looking perfect!
I didn't actually get round to removing my polish until the Sunday and I took the wrap off at the same time.  If I'm honest with you, I probably could have just repainted my nails and left the wraps on as they were looking really good but I wanted to see how easy they were to remove.  

The instructions said to soak your hands in a bowl of warm water and add a few drops of any oil that is good for your nails (almond, coconut etc).  I filled my basin and added a few drops of my Essie Cuticle Oil and submerged my hands for about a minute or so.  I then carefully started to just lift the wrap away from my nail (under the water) and the wraps were off within seconds.  It was so easy and more importantly didn't leave any adhesive residue on my nails or leave my nails with that horrible sensitive feeling you get in your nails sometimes when you've had false nails on for a while. 

Overall, I absolutely loved these nail wraps.  As a complete nail wrap novice they were so easy to use.  A sheet of 18 wraps costs £15 but as they last so long I think that's a really good price to pay.  There are hundreds of designs and finishes to choose from and I fully recommend browsing their website to get an idea of exactly how many designs they do.  I will link their website here.  They also sell nail polishes which I'm really intrigued about and would really love to try. 

I would love to know if you have ever tried nail wraps and what you thought of them.  

Love Katherine xxx 

**I received these products as a sample from Jamberry with Laila but all opinions, views and pictures are entirely my own**

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Saturday, 9 September 2017

August Favourites!

Hey everyone,

It’s August Favourites time! I know it’s a teensy bit late but I’ve been caught up in the whole excitement of getting the kids back to school and getting some shred of normality back in my life.

I’m not surprised to see that my list of favourite things is pretty short for August.  I think this is a combination of it being the summer (beauty and cosmetics products always seem less for me in the heat) and it also being the school holidays and just not having the time that I usually do.  I also want to put a disclaimer out there about the photo quality.  I have no idea what has happened to my camera, but I had to run an update and since then my camera has been all over the place in terms of focusing and it's driving me mad.  I'm a perfectionist when it comes to my blog photos so it's killing me that these aren't quite up to the standard I would like!  
First up is the strangest product I think I have ever used....ever! I’m talking about the Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration After Sun with Coconut & Papaya fragrance.  We took this (along with the Sun Lotion) on holiday and I loved the Sun Lotion.  I should have actually included it in this blog as it was so good, but I used it all up and threw away the bottle, but it sank straight into my skin, wasn’t sticky at all and smelt delicious! The after sun though, oh my word, it burned my skin as soon as I applied it on holiday.  My legs and arms felt like they were on fire so I abandoned it after the first use.  My husband used it and he did say it tingled but I hated the feeling of it on me.  I will say, I wasn’t sunburnt in any way as I don’t tend to spend too much time just laying in the sun so I don't think it could be the effects of too much sun on my skin or anything like that.  When we got home however, I tried it again and it is the loveliest moisturiser and really leaves my skin feeling silky and hydrated.  I can even feel it on my skin the next day when I get in the shower.  I have been using this every day since I got back from holiday but every time I look at it I just find it so strange that it was unusable on holiday! If anyone has used this I’d love to know your thoughts on it?
Next up is the Rimmel Insta Fix & Go Setting Primer.  I bought this the day before I went away and threw it in my make up bag and it was one of the only things I used all holiday (check out my blog post “What’s In My Make Up Bag” which I will link here).  It has a really refreshing cucumber scent and so I kept spritzing this all over my face after I’d had a shower on holiday as it was just so hot.  Now I’m home I spray it onto my face before and after I’ve done my make up to give it a bit of staying power.  Definitely one of the best make up sprays I’ve tried I would definitely repurchase this.
Another fave this month is another Rimmel product and that’s the Professional Eye Brow pencil (in the shade Brown/Black).  I bought this ages ago and forgot about it but it was only when I ran out of my NYX Micro Pencil and was hunting around for something to use in desperation and found this.  It’s fab and a bargain at £3.99.  It’s really creamy and easy to apply and I find I can get quite a dramatic brow if that’s the look I want or I can apply it a bit more sparingly just to cover my scars.  I’m not sure I will repurchase the NYX one now that I have this.
Lastly, products wise (and this will be no surprise to anyone who follows my Facebook and Instagram page) are the Perfectly Perfecting Wonderbalm and the Reassuringly Firm Session Hold Hairspray from Percy & Reed.  I have wasted many minutes of my life just popping into Marks to just look at these and try and decide whether I needed to part with £30 for two hair care products.  I’d pick them up, read them, stare at them and then I decided to do it and I so wish I had done it years ago.  I will point out that  Marks and Spencer are running a promotion where you buy two full sized products and you receive a full sized Dry Shampoo which is a great offer (I haven’t tried the Dry Shampoo yet as I wash my hair every day).  I cannot stress how much I love these products, this brand, just everything.... basically they are all the adjectives and so many more.  I apply the Wonderbalm to my towel dried hair and style as normal, but I swear this has cut the drying time by half.  My hair dries with a glossy sheen and that’s just the first step in my routine.  I then straighten (always a must for me even when I’m doing a wave which is my current style favourite) and to finish I spray a super-light mist of hairspray.  Both products smell amazing and the hairspray just seems to reduce any of those funny baby hairs that immediately stand up the minute I step out into any kind of dampness or the dreaded word “drizzle”!!  It also holds my wave in which is unheard of for my hair and all this whilst still leaving your hair all swishy and not at all sticky.  I can’t imagine being without these two products and I can’t wait to be able to try out some more – I have my eyes firmly on the Totally TLC Hydrating Mask, the Wonder Overnight Recovery, the Bountifully Bouncy Volume Shampoo & Conditioner... actually, who am I kidding... I want to try every single one of their products!
I can't finish an August Favourites blog without a nod to what I think August and the summer holidays are all about for me, and that's family and friends time.  We've had one of the best summers ever, having been lucky enough to spend time with friends who are incredibly special to us (a quick shout out to the friends who we didn't get to catch up with (you know who you are) I know we'll get a date in the diary soon and you're still special to us😊)and also our family too.  We enjoyed a fantastic ten days away in Spain just the four of us which was just bliss and absolutely what we needed and now the whole fun of the autumn/winter season can fully begin.
Have you tried any of the products I’ve mentioned above? I’d love to know if you have and what you thought.

Love Katherine xxx

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Friday, 25 August 2017

Love Me Beauty Review - July & August 2017

Hey everyone,

It's monthly subscription box review time! If you've followed my blogs for a while you will know that my love affair with My Little Box came to a sad end in July.  I just wasn't happy with the products I was receiving and after a year, I had felt that it was getting very repetitive so I cancelled and began looking at the different options out there.

Subscription boxes have really taken off in the last few years and now you can pretty much find one for most things, which is really exciting, but it also makes it difficult to narrow down.  I knew I didn't want to try Glossybox or Birchbox as I was never inspired by their social media posts but it was only when a good Insta-friend of mine (@highstreet_beauty I thank you very much) mentioned Love Me Beauty that I took a look into it and was pleasantly surprised.

The concept behind it is very different to the My Little Box.  That is a subscription where the contents are a complete surprise each month, whereas with this you get to choose what you want to be included.

The sign up choices are still there - 1 month, 6 months or a year and you can also choose to Gift A Friend with a one-off box.  I will put a link here to their website.  It's worth noting that the 1 month option isn't just one box but a rolling subscription which renews automatically but you can cancel at any time.  I chose the 6 months subscription and pay £8.00 (+£3.95 postage) a month which is cheaper than my previous subscription.

For that £8.00 you get 60 credits into your account on the first of every month.  These act almost like money and all the products featured have a "credit value" and you can choose whatever you like for your 60 credits.  There's also an option to add on extra credits and 20 extra credits will cost you £5.  I must admit I was very tempted to do this for my August bag but I held off as I thought it would be a slippery slope for a shopaholic like me.  I will also point out that the products are not full size but sample or mini sizes.  Personally this doesn't bother me as I think it's a great way to try out brands I wouldn't normally buy as they were too expensive or that I hadn't heard of and with cosmetics, I've never finished a lip gloss or lipstick in my life so a smaller size is perfect with me.  It's worth just checking the sizes on the description of the product so you won't be disappointed. 
July 2017
The products came in a lovely little bag and for July I chose:-

Caudalie Energising and Smoothing Eye Cream
Caudalie was the very first "high-end" skincare brand I used and I bought the Instant Foaming Cleanser when I got married and I loved it.  It fell off my radar a good few years back now though so I was really pleased to see this brand included and had never used any of their other products.  This is only a 5ml tube so pretty small but you only need the tiniest amount of this under your eyes so it will last ages.  It has a lovely tingly feel to it but not in an uncomfortable way.  Overall, I'm really pleased I tried this out.
Kat Von D Lip Tattoo - shade "Outlaw" 
I've never used anything from the Kat Von D cosmetic range but I picked up a few of her Tattoo Liners when I was in New York for my friends and they raved about them so much I wished I'd picked one up for myself.  This shade is as bright as can be and I can't wait to try it out.
Rodial Dragon's Blood Eye Mask 
Another brand I've heard of but never tried, I can't wait to give this a go.  Claiming to reduce under-eye puffiness and hydrate and moisturise the delicate eye area, I was all over this as soon as I saw it.
Nip + Fab Exfoliate Glycolic Fix Daily Cleansing Pads
I had heard really good things about these pads and they really don't disappoint.  They are the perfect size for travel and there are enough pads inside to get a good idea of whether I like them. Once inside the pads are soaked with product.  As these are exfoliating it recommends you apply a sunscreen if you are using these twice daily but I choose to just use them at night on a cleansed face.  The scent is really refreshing and zesty and my face is so clear in the morning.  This is something I will definitely purchase as a full size product when I run out.
Eco-Tools Blending Sponges 
This was a free purchase with a gift code I had and I have to say, I'm so impressed with these, I've made a note to purchase some more of their brushes.  The larger sponge blended my foundation, concealer and bronzer with ease and I also used the smaller sponge to apply my eyeshadow primer.

August 2017
Caudalie Concentrated Brightening Essence 
I feel I want to try every Caudalie product that there is so I picked this up.  It says to apply on to cleansed skin and before your serum.  I have so many skincare products at the moment, I'm not sure what goes where, but I've been using this just before moisturiser and I love how it leaves my skin feeling.  Another product that has made it to the re-purchase list.
Caudalie 3 in 1 Moisturiser 
As above! This is a handy 15ml size so bigger than a sample size, but as with the eye cream, a little goes a long way.  I've tried this out for the last few days and it's a great moisturiser.  I'm not sure what the 3 in 1 benefits are (it may have said on the description when I added it to my basket) but I really, really like it..... a lot!
Perricone MD Blue Plasma Cleansing Treatment   
I'm going to hold my hands up here and say the only reason I picked this was because of the blue and that's my favourite colour.  I know, totally superficial but actually, on arrival, the bottle is really expensive looking and glass.  This is a good sized product to be able to form a suitable opinion on it.  I was surprised at the consistency of the liquid which is actually thicker than you would think and you only need a tiny amount to wipe over your whole face.  Aiming to exfoliate, cleanse and tone, it's a real "do it all" product and I'm absolutely loving how this leaves my skin feeling.

I'm sorry this has been a long post, but I thought I would combine the two month's into one blog, but I will be back to monthly reviewing next month.  I was really worried I would regret changing my subscription but I'm so glad I did.  Although this is completely different, I am really enjoying getting to choose what products I'd like to try out and being in control of when I choose to order it too.

What are your favourite subscription boxes? I'd love to know.

Love Katherine xxx

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