Sunday, 29 April 2012

GlossyBox: The Natural Box

CAUDALIE Vinosource SOS Thirst-Quenching Serum

At the end of last month I attended an evening with Caudalie held by GlossyBox and so I expected that there would be a product from the brand in this months box. The Vinosource Thirst-Quenching Serum is completely natural and has been developed to ensure your skin is thoroughly moisturised and nourished. Although I have oily skin I do have the occasional dry patch on my face, usually around my t-zone, so I am interested to see how well this hydrates my skin when my regular moisturisers just don't seem to do. The only negative point I have to make on this product is the smell of it..its not great and that's most likely due to the fact it is natural and has no added perfumes or chemicals to give it a more appealing fragrance. 

INIKA COSMETICS Certified Organic Eyeliner

My choice of liner is usually liquid so I'm not too sure I will be making much use of this pencil liner also the shade just does not compliment my eye colour at all. I got shade 11 'Sapphire' which I think would look better for blue eyes rather than brown or green. The liner itself does have a nice creamy texture to it and is easy to glide along the lash line. 


Of course another body cream to add to all the many lotions and body butters that I'm getting through at the moment, the enriched body cream from Monu comforts the skin leaving it soft and smooth. It has a delightful creamy lemon scent and contains vitamins A, E & B5 which have both anti-ageing and antioxidant benefits. The product is light and leaves my skin ever so soft. 


O-M-G this lip balm is lush, I'm finding myself putting it on every five minutes! Currently I use the limited edition Crème Brûlée Vaseline lip treatment so I'm balancing between the two as they both sooth and hydrate my lips brilliantly and taste yummy. The balm comes in a pretty little tin and is 100% organic with peppermint and tea tree, one of my favourite ingredients I like to see in my skin care products.   

PHILIP B Drop Dead Straightening Balm 

I've never been keen on straightening balms, simply because I don't feel that they work on hair as thick as mine and are ideally meant to be used prior blow drying which I NEVER can be bothered to do. The product isn't at all sticky and doesn't appear to have much of a scent to it.

Tamara x

Monday, 23 April 2012

Rouge Caresse vs Rouge Volupte

I'm always on the hunt for the best, affordable lippy out there but I've gone through so many and still haven't found the one. They're are either too matt, have too much shimmer or just don't last five minutes on my lips and on top of that I always struggle to find shades that suit me so I tend to go for the safe option of pinks and peaches. I get through a single lipstick way too quickly, I'm constantly putting it on (little obsessed) so needed to find something with a long lasting finish and moisture. With any beauty product I usually opt for the cheapest brand before stretching the purse strings for something more high end so in this post I chose to compare the Rouge Caresse lipstick by L'Oreal with the Yves Saint Laurent's Rouge Volupte which have a difference between them of over £15!

L'Oreal Rouge Caresse Lipstick - £7.99

This is L'Oreals Rouge Caresse in shade 03 'Lovely Rose', a soft pink but you can choose from nine other shades if you prefer to go for reds or nudes. This product comes at a cheap and cheerful price and guarantees weightless moisture and a pop of colour on your lips. I was hoping I had found the perfect lipstick from a high street beauty brand but unfortunately it didn't meet my standards. In terms of pros, this lipstick does give my lips a noticeable moisture and shine, and the slim shape makes is ideal to slip into a clutch or small hand bag, however the cons were its durability, it just didn't last me through the day and I found myself applying it several times to get the colour intensity I wanted. I am slightly gutted that the Rouge Caresse didn't do it for me and I suppose the search for my signature lipstick under £10 is still on..   

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Lipstick - £23.50

I purchased the Rouge Volupte lipstick by YSL in shade 30 'Faubourg Peach' after I saw a friend wearing it and straight away I fell in love with the colour. It seems this particular shade is rather popular and at every attempt to buy it, it has been out of stock. I would never usually spend over a tenner on lipstick but for months I have been itching to get it and have gone back and forth deciding whether it's really worth it. Luckily my mind was made up when I received a Debenhams voucher so since I was saving myself money I thought why not? This is definitely a luxury lipstick and it would be at the price it sells at, it's totally not my nature to consider such a small product at this sort of price but I can't is lovely. It has a creamy texture which moistens my lips and the colour is just gorgeous. Much longer lasting compared to the Rouge Caresse lipstick and out of the two I it rank first place however due to the price this isn't I product I will be able to buy regularly.

Tamara x

Friday, 20 April 2012

Real Techniques Stippling Brush

Yes, I am a bit late with this one..and I'm sure many of you are already aware or have purchased the Real Techniques Stippling Brush that has been rated so highly by many beauty bloggers. Till now I have been using my Benefit blush/powder brush to apply my foundation as I find using a blush brush gives better coverage and a more 'air brushed' look to my face. Sadly it seems to be losing its mojo, probably due to my obsession with keeping it clean and giving it a wash one too many times and I figured it was time to opt for a new brush. The Stippling Brush has been designed to build coverage gradually and evenly for a flawless finish. 

Real Techniques Stippling Brush - £11.99

I was right to trust all the reviews I have read because this brush is fantastic! When applying my foundation the brush buffers the product onto my skin evenly to give a natural complexion. The compact shape and size of the bristles help to blend foundation into smaller areas of the face, such as the bridge of the nose or around the eyes, leaving full coverage with no need for touch ups throughout the day. I love how soft it feels against my skin as I have had many past experiences with cheaper low end  make up brushes that were far too rough and agressive on my face.

Tamara x

Thursday, 19 April 2012

17 Va Va Voom Blackest Black Volume Mascara

In a post I wrote last month I mentioned the Va Va Voom mascara by 17 at Boots, this mascara gives lashes fabulous length and definition and better yet it's a bargain! So of course I had to try out the new 'blackest black' edition that guarantees intense volume and has a volume building brush to give that false lash effect we hear so often. The mascara comes in a fashionable tube and has a bulky, oversized brush which I prefer over skinny, dainty ones. As I expected my lashes were instantly volumised and had added drama in terms of size but not enough to mistake for falsies I must say. My lashes appeared fuller but still natural and I will be using this as part of my every day make up routine. There were no clumps but the product does take a good scrub to remove. I definitely would recommend this mascara so go and give your lashes that desired va va voom!

17 Va Va Voom Blackest Black Volume Mascara - £6.29 currently on offer for £4.00

Tamara x

Sunday, 1 April 2012

V.I.P Evening with Caudalie & GlossyBox

Last week I was one of the lucky 100 GlossyBox subscribers chosen to get an exclusive invite to an evening with Caudalie, a unique skincare brand, from France, that uses grape seeds as the key ingredient in their products. The event was held at a location based in Covent Garden on a gorgeously warm and sunny evening which had lifted everybody's mood, despite a long day at work.

Everyone who attended got a chance to relax and unwind with scrummy canapés and a naughty glass of wine..or two. It was a very intimate evening where subscribers could enjoy testing products from the range, getting to know the creator behind the brand and consulting with the lovely Caudalie representatives. 

Polyphenols from grape seeds are the strongest anti-oxidants extracted from a plant. Caudlalie targets the areas of skin that are dramatically aged by smoke, pollution and excessive sunlight. 

Mathilde Thomas, founder of Caudalie, talking through the history of the brand and the research that went behind creating the natural beauty range. 

Red and white wine made with grapes harvested at Matheilde's family châteaux back in France.

The night was rounded up with a raffle in which five guests received a stylish shopper bag filled with full sized Caudalie products, worth up to over £50 to enjoy. One of the winners was actually my good friend Gemma, lucky girl!

Tamara x