Glossybox – December 2015

This is my fourth Glossybox, and definitely the most exciting so far.  It has six products, instead of the usual five, and the box is so beautiful!  Created in collaboration with blogger ReallyRee, the Rose Gold Edit is designed with the party season in mind.  I have had this box for a few days (I am seriously behind with my blog posts this month…oops) so I have had a chance to try a couple of things.  So, let’s dive straight in!


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So Susan Statement Skin Highlighter Pencil.  A lovely soft glimmering highlighter, this offering from So Susan looks lovely.  I absolutely love highlighters, and don’t feel complete unless I have made myself look like a glitter ball, so I am looking forward to giving this a go.

Essence Liquid Lipstick in Show Off.  I have a love/hate relationship with liquid lipsticks.  In that I want to love them, but always hate them.  This particular lipstick is very glossy and the colour is fab.  It didn’t really dry on me, so I would liken it more to a gloss than a lipstick.  I will persevere though, because I love the colour so much.




Collection Long Lasting Nail Effects in 32 Strawberry GoldI am so excited to try this gorgeous nail polish, it is such an unusual colour.  A purpley base with gold flecks, it would be perfect to add a pop of glittery colour for a Christmas party.  Now, if only I had a party to go to…..

Etre Belle Golden Skin Caviar Eye Roll On.  This clear gel is supposed to soothe and hydrate the delicate skin around the eyes.  I have used it a few times, and in all honesty didn’t notice any spectacular results, but it won’t hurt to keep using it.  Maybe it will need a little more time to wow me.



Darphin 8-Flower Nectar Oil CreamThis luxurious cream-oil hybrid claims to soothe and hydrate the skin, with its infusion of essences from 280 petals.  It all sounds very fancy and expensive (at £65 for 30ml it is way out of my league) and it does feel glorious on the skin.  The smell for me is really not nice initially. fortunately it does fade though.  I will enjoy it while it lasts; I can’t see me being able to part with £65 for a face cream any time soon.




Starskin Hydrating Bio-Cellulose Second Skin Mask.  I know sheet masks are not for everyone, but I happen to love them.  I am already planning when I can relax with this hydrating mask.  I may well save it for after Christmas when I will be fat and tired, and I will wallow in the bath for an hour with a good book and do my best Michael Myers impression.

All in all this is an excellent box, and with a value of over £50 (by my – terrible – calculations) for only £10 plus P&P it is most definitely great value! See the Glossybox website for more details.

Do you subscribe to Glossybox? What did you think of the December box?


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My Top Five: Barry M Nail Paints

I can’t actually remember a time when I wasn’t fanatical about nail polish.  As a teenager with very little money, my make-up collection was very basic, but I did love to match my nails to my outfit.  Somewhere along the way I stopped matching, but my collection continued to grow. A little while ago I discovered Barry M, and I was hooked. This blog post was meant to be part of my ‘Top Three’ series, but do you think I could narrow it down to three?! Not likely.  So, here are my top five Barry M Nail Paints.


L-R Barry M Nail Paint Lap of Honour; Grapefruit; Sugar Plum; Blood Orange; Eat My Dust

Barry M Speedy Quick Dry Nail Paint – Lap of Honour (£3.99 here  ) This gorgeous muted lilac is a perfect spring/summer shade and is subtle enough to wear to the office. Maybe. The brushes on the Speedy Quick Dry line are a little bit wider and flatter than the normal brushes, and cover the nail in only a couple of swipes.  The formula for all Barry M nail Paints is fabulous; creamy, thick and opaque, and this is no exception.

Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Nail Paint – Grapefruit  (£3.99 here). This unique colour is more than a basic pink, and is so pretty and unlike anything else that I own.  It’s really a summer shade, but that doesn’t stop me rocking it in November.

Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Nail Paint – Sugar Plum (3.99 here ) Another purple/pink colour.  I didn’t realise how many of these I had.  This one is a little less subtle, but just as gorgeous as the previous two.  I love to pair it with either Lap of Honour, or another complimentary or contrasting colour.

Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Nail Paint – Blood Orange (£3.99 here ) Now this bright red polish is such a gorgeous hue.  It is pretty vampy, so maybe not one for a conservative work place.  In my opinion Blood Orange is perfect for all four seasons, and I know I’ll be wearing it loads coming up to Christmas.

Barry M Speedy Quick Dry Nail Paint – Eat My Dust (£3.99 here) I can’t decide if this polish is grey or very pale blue, but either way I love it.  It is easy to wear; being very pale it is less obvious when it chips.  In typical Barry M style, it is another excellent polish, that goes on smoothly and evenly.


As I may have mentioned, I have great affection for all Barry M Nail Paints, because they are so affordable, and excellent quality with it.  I have fallen for the hype in the past, and spent crazy amounts on high end nail polishes, but I really do not see the benefit in spending more than a fiver on a bottle of nail varnish.

What is your favourite nail polish brand?  Do you prefer high end, or a more affordable option?

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Monthly Favourites : October

I haven’t posted a monthly favourites since the summer, because I just haven’t been able to collect enough things that have wowed me.  Nobody wants to read about my Monthly Mediocres, do they?

October has been a little bit more successful for me, though (I suspect my credit card company is more than grateful), so I have a few beauty and non-beauty loves to share today.





Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Fresh EDT

I really am not very good at describing smells, but I think the name of this one says it all.  An update of the original Daisy by Marc Jacobs – which I don’t have – it is a light and fresh fragrance.  It starts with a soft floral blast (it’s a bit green, if that makes sense), and dries to a more musky undertone.  It isn’t at all overpowering or heavy, and doesn’t linger on for days. I always look for perfumes in the musk and/or Sandalwood family, so the fact that Daisy Eau So Fresh has Musk in the base notes makes it a winner for me.  If you like very sweet scents, then it maynot be for you, but I think it would please most noses. I have this tiny little travel size, which is excellent for a perfume commitment-phobe: £24.50 here.  I think my next bottle will be the larger 125ml: £48.95 here.




Honey Gold Trim Boots – Topshop

I love these boots! They are so comfortable, even with the 4 inch heel.  I am a flat shoe girl through and through (despite being a little bit short and dumpy) and it takes a special shoe to get me to venture away from my Converse, and these are definitely a step in the right direction (ha). They are suede, so I consider them well worth the high price tag of £69 – here 




Ole Henrikson Three Little Wonders Gift Set*

Included in this set are three skincare items; Truth Serum Collagen Booster, a lovely glow enhancing serum; Sheer Transformation, a light moisturiser; and the Invigorating Night Treatment,   Even though these are only sample sizes, I managed to get over a week out of the Sheer Transformation (using it day and night), enough for me to know that it is lovely.  Even on my dry skin, it was luxurious without being slimy, and was just enough moisture overnight.Truth Serum contains Vitamin C – great for brightening – and I was loving it.  Then I dropped it in the toilet, and couldn’t bring myself to continue using it.  So that was that. I mentioned the Invigorating Night Treatment here, as I have been using it as part of my evening routine for a little while. It is a favourite for brightening, and leaving skin smooth and plumped.


Blush Brush – Topshop

I have tried quite a bit of the Topshop Beauty range, and really haven’t been overly impressed (see here).  I do, however, like their brushes.  They are affordable, and funky (did I really just use the word funky?).  They also wash well, which is so important. This particular brush is soft and fluffy, and perfect for applying colour to the apples of the cheeks. For £8 here, it’s a definite must. Topshop also offer a purse-friendly set of favourites for £26 here.


Ted Baker Pink Body Lotion – 250ml

A little bit goes a long way with this lovely clean smelling body lotion.  The scent is subtle, feminine and light, so it doesn’t interfere with my chosen perfume.  It absorbs quickly, despite being quite a thick lotion.  I know I will come to rely on thicker creams and lotions like this as the weather becomes colder, and my skin becomes drier. The Body Lotion is £8 here.



Seventeen – Deep Red Sparkle No. 24

This nail polish, along with a couple of others, were impulse buys when I was in Boots recently.  They were on a stand near the checkout, and were only £1.99 each (here). Being a bit of a Magpie, I was immediately drawn to this sparkly red.  The lasting power on my nails isn’t great, but my nails are a total mess at the moment, so that doesn’t help matters.  The colour more than makes up for lack of lengevity though; Deep Red Sparkle is a lovely easy to wear red, with just enough shine to add a bit of dimension. I also can’t help but think it is perfect for a certain day that is fast approaching (53 sleeps and counting!).


What are your favourites for the month of October? Let me know in the comments!


*PR sample – all opinions are totally mine though; from my very own brain.

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