Sunday, 26 February 2012

Natural Eye with a Pop of Colour

I was inspired to do this eye look from the aqua eyeshadow that I received from Topbox this month.  This look is both fun and office-appropriate for casual Fridays.
I used Maybelline EyeStudio Colour Explosion Eyeshadow in Caffeine Rush and I used the aqua eyeshadow as the eyeliner.
The eyeshadow is very creamy and soft; making it very easy to line the eye.
I have mono-lids and that's the reason why the eyeliner does not pop as much when my eyes are opened.  But when you are having a conversation with someone and looking at them in the eye, trust me, the bright eyeliner will definitely get noticed!

Thursday, 23 February 2012

February Glymm Box

So, I finally received this month's Glymm box after waiting so long.

This is what I received:

  • Sula - Natural Shadow in Nature Made 
  • Burts's Bee - Tinted Lip Balm in Hibiscus
  • Glamglow - Tingling and Exfoliating Mud Mask
  • Mai Couture - 2-1 Oil Blotting/Bronzing Papier
Here is what the products look like

The products in the box look awfully small compared to the other boxes this month, even though there are 2 full size products in this month's Glymm box. 
Here is a swatch of the lip tint (on top) and the eyeshadow (on the bottom)
So, there are a couple of things that I want to talk about.  Regarding the Sula eyeshadow, the colour payoff is horrible and it really does not complement my skin tone.  Furthermore, be careful when you open up the compartment for the eyeshadow.  The pan is not connected to the compact, and there no sticky or magnet in the box so that you have a choice to stick it to the compact.  
Onto the Burt's Bee lip tint, I do agree that the lip tint is quite moisturizing, but the colour payoff is not as great as the Revlon lip butters.  The colour of the lip tint is a gorgeous rose colour, but unfortunately, the shade is so sheer that it actually comes out as a bit orange on my yellow-toned skin. 
This box definitely disappointed me this month and contrary to what Glymm claims, this box was not worth the wait. 

Friday, 17 February 2012

February Luxebox

So, I noticed two things for this month's luxe box.  First of all, the box is red this month since this is a special collaboration with Flare.  Second of all, the box was absolutely bursting at the seams this month.

This is what I received this month:
  • Redkin Colour Extend Shampoo and Conditioner
  • Moroccanoil Moroccanoil Treatment
  • Mereadesso Beautiful Body Balm
  • Mereadesso Face and Neck Toning Gel
  • China Glaze Nail Polish in the colour Innocence
The nail polish goes on very smoothly and is a very nice baby pink colour. 

This is what the box looks like

Here is what are the products look like
This is what the nail polish looks like (with flash)
This is what the nail polish looks like (without flash)

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

February Topbox

I wasn't very happy with what I received from Topbox last month, so, it is with hesitation that I open this month's box.
This month I received the following:

  • Yves Saint Laurent - Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils
  • Yves Saint Laurent - Touche Eclat
  • Pari Beauty - Eye Shadow in colour#72
  • C. Booth Derma Skincare - Collagen Elastin Restorative Hamd & Nail Treatment
  • Lillypilly - Kakadu Plum Hand & Body Creme

Even though I was very excited about what I received last month, I didn't really enjoy the products.  The dry shampoo dried out my hair, and left my black jacket and bathtub stained, while the Shu Umera shampoo was too watery and didn't lather up very well. 

So with trepidation, I tried out the Pari Beauty eyeshadow.  And to my surprise, the colour felt nice and smooth on my hand.  The colour is a very vibrant aqua blue, and is a very close dupe to Urban Decay's Painkiller as you can see in the photo. 

Friday, 10 February 2012

February GlossyBox

GlossyBox is the first beauty subscription box to arrive this month.  If I were the other boxes, I would also wait and see what this new comer is going to bring this month.

received the following in my GlossyBox:

- Ahava Mineral Body Lotion
- Skin Care Moisturizing Stick by Elizabeth Grant
- Wella Professionals Brilliance Shampoo
- Live in Love from Oscar de la Renta
- Elizabeth Arden Prevage Day Anti-Aging Restorative Cream
- Beauty So Clean Sanitizing Wipes and Mist

The GlossyBox is a very pale pink box with black detailing.  When you open the box, you will see the back of a black envelope with a personalized label closing the envelope.  Inside this envelope, I see the introduction card, 3 GlossyBox stickers and product description pamphlets of some products that I received.

I definitely feel like there's going to be some competition between the boxes this month and GlossyBox came out swinging.  If you look at the price points of the Elizabeth Grant products that were in the box, you will see that the products are quite expensive.  Now, even though they give me two Elizabeth Grant products, what I didn't like about the box was, it seems like everyone got the same products.  I'm pretty certain that I did not write anti-aging as one of my top three skincare concerns, and yet I received this anti-aging cream which tells me that this box is not as personalized as some other boxes.

Another thing that I noticed when I picked up the box from concierge was that it was heavier compared to the other boxes and it was also larger (see last picture).   While I thought there must be a lot more products than what I normally get, I think that the weight of the box has to do with the packaging.  The box itself is very sturdy and made from thick cardboard.  The paper inside the package was also try heavy and there was an abundance of it.  So, just because the box is heavier and bigger, doesn't necessary mean that you get more out of it.  Mind you, GlossyBox does have the option of putting more inside their box instead of having to resort to two separate boxes like LuxeBox did last month.

This is what the box looks like:

This is what the inside of the box looks like.  There's a sticker with my name on it.

This is what the package looks like without the envelope on top.  It definitely looks very feminine and sexy at the same time.

These are the products that I received.

Comparison of the box sizes between GlossyBox, LuxeBox and Glymm Box.  As you can see, GlossyBox is larger.

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Be one of 250 ladies who will get to try Marcelle BB Cream

Press on the link and be one of 250 ladies to try Marcelle's BB cream. You will need to get 10 people referred in order to get a free BB cream. Don't worry, this will just lead you back to facebook.

Good luck, ladies!