Spring Fever With Glossybox! April 2013 (Pearl Lowe Edition)

Sorry but can we just take a moment to appreciate how beautiful this box is? The box alone is just stunning and will be one that I will happily hoard/ use for nail varnishes for many years to come. It's a special edition box that Pearl Lowe designed. Who is Pearl Lowe? I hear you cry. Well she is the mother of Daisy Lowe, the incredibly beautiful model, she also is a fashion and textiles designer and was once a singer. I think she definitely made the right career change. 

Now onto the products, Glossybox seem to have stepped up their game yet again and I am totally loving this months box. The handful of products that I received are way above satisfactory, and they tick all my boxes. 

Yves Rocher So Elixir Perfume
Right so I am totally purchasing this perfume, it smells so damn good. I smelt it in the bottle and I was like, meh I can deal with that, took the plunge and had a little try and my God, it's amazing. It reminds me of my mum's perfume which is Tom Ford's Oud Wood but a little more toned down. It smells absolutely incredible and I will own it. 

Model Co Cheek & Lip Tint
Having never tried a Model Co product before, I was a bit nervous and I'm not usually one for a tint, having had an awful experience with Benefit's 'Benetint' when I was about 16 but let's not dwell on that. I mean I like the idea of them as they seem to have a lot of staying power, but then there's the fear of not being able to get it off! Anyway, I tried a bit on the back of my hand first and it's actually really nice. It's a really nice colour, and it will give a really pretty flush to the cheeks. I haven't yet tried it, but when I've plucked up the courage, it may be a keeper!

Essie Nail Polish in 'Tart Deco'
What more can I say about it? It's coral, check. It's a full size product, check. And it's bang on trend, check. I was actually rather surprised to see this in my box but I've wanted to try this product for quite some time now and now I have it! Dream come true. As you may know, I have been rather obsessed with corals recently and have been purchasing a lot of corally, peach nail varnishes, or even dupes to curb my Tart Deco obsession. Barry M's 'Papaya' and Sally Hansen's 'Peach of Cake' are virtually or even exact dupes for Tart Deco and it can never hurt to have too many of the same colour nail varnish, right? I'm sure we've all been there.

Sun Sense Daily Face Invisible Face Tint
A product nor brand I'm familiar with, this is basically a tinted moisturiser complete with built-in SPF. As I'm sure you know I'm really not attracted to the whole BB Cream/ tinted moisturiser craze,
but I think this could come in use for when I'm in Dubai in July. Either chilling by the pool or walking around I could wear this without feeling uncomfortable (plus I won't run the risk of running into anyone I know) so I'd definitely give this a go while I'm out there. The only downside is that it has one of the annoying lids that once you rip off, you won't be able to seal again, and there is far too much product in the tube for a one use only kind of thing, so that's a bit of a bummer. Apart from that really excited about trying this out.

Nip + Fab Coconut Latte Body Butter 
Oh my goodness, yes you heard right, COCONUT LATTE. Hubba, hubba. So perfect for me, anything with coconut in, I'm down for. It smells exactly as you'd expect it to smell (like heaven) and I couldn't wait to slather this all over myself. However, it either sinks in crazily fast or it doesn't do a fab (get it) job at hydrating my skin, despite being a 'dry fix body butter'. It doesn't really feel like I've applied anything after I've used it, but I have been using it pretty sparingly for fear of it running out. I am in love with the smell though and we've yet to set the date for our big day.

Hope you enjoyed this, and if any of you have any other opinions on the products listed, let me know as I'm always up for a bit of a debate!


Spring Yellow Nails

 Mavala Nail Varnish in 179 Lemon Cream

You'll have to excuse the condition of my nails at the moment as I'm due a manicure (or 100) but I just wanted to show you my new spring nail varnish. I'm not quite sure how I feel about it yet. I was searching high and low for a neon yellow colour, but came across this instead and kind of fell in love with the look of it. As soon as I got home I put it on and now I'm not too sure. It comes across as a sort of pastel yellow in the bottle, but as you can see from my nails above it's actually a kind of canary yellow which I don't think I'm 100% keen on. Maybe it will grow on me, who knows, but it is a very on trend, spring colour. It was actually in the new Mavala Spring Collection that they had launched in Boots and they were all lovely pastel colours. 

As for the nail varnish itself, I have only tried a Mavala nail varnish once before and it wasn't mind blowing but it was alright. However I find this nail varnish applies quite streakily and you need at least 3 coats to give a completely opaque colour. It was £4.50 which I suppose not bank breaking but  considering Barry M's Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Varnishes are cheaper and ten times better, they've got to really step up their game quality wise. I don't think I'll be investing anymore of my money into Mavala.

What are your thoughts? Have you tried Mavala nail varnishes before?


Skincare Repurchases!

Boots Botanics Skin Calming Night Cream - £4.48 (RRP £6.99) // La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo - £13

So here we have some of my skincare must haves, one used in my morning skincare routine, and the other at night. Both of these products work beautifully on my skin and I couldn't be happier with how my skin is looking and feeling at the moment. 

The Effaclar Duo is obviously one of the most hyped skincare products on the market at the moment, so I won't go too into detail about it as you've probably heard it all already. But I honestly didn't think that this product would ever be incorporated into my actual skincare routine. I thought at best, I'd use it and finish it and that would be it, but I really have enjoyed using this product. I am proud to say I haven't had one single spot since using it and my skin tone has most definitely evened out too! I can hand on heart say I will forever fork out the bomb of £13 for this miracle worker. 

Moving on to the Boots Night Cream, again my expectations weren't spectacular on this. I think I'd heard about it Grace's channel (UglyFaceOfBeauty) and just decided to try it out. Boots are always having a 1/3 off offers on their Botanics range, so that was an added bonus. Also I'm not going to lie to you, the fact that it had 'calming marshmallow' in it completely drew me in as well. But I do occasionally suffer from tiny irritations on my skin after I've taken off my make up with a wipe as I think the abrasion from the wiping causes it to act out against me. So with this product promising to soothe and calm, I was definitely intrigued. And it is love, it's just such a nice cream to use before bed. It's not greasy, it gives a slight cooling sensation, it sinks in pretty much instantly and I always wake up with soft skin and my irritations calmed. So there's not much else that I can say about this product other than I would pay more than they're charging because it's amazing and I can't imagine going to bed without it!