Thursday, 31 October 2013

An Estée Lauder Evening

Hello Lovelies,

Today I wanted to tell you about an Estée Lauder Evening I was lucky enough to go to recently at the Estée Lauder Counter in my local Boots. Jenna, the Manager of the Counter is someone I went to school with and she invited me to come along.

It was at 6 o’clock in the evening and Boots was only open for those attending the Estée Lauder Event. When we went in, there were drinks and gorgeous little cupcakes for everyone and we were all given a raffle ticket. There were seats set up in front of the Estée Lauder Counter and once we had got a drink we all took a seat and there was a little gift waiting on everyone’s seat for them.

Here is what was inside my gift.....

I got a full size Double Wear Zero-Smudge Lengthening Mascara in the shade 02 Brown. I do not usually use brown mascara, but am looking forward to trying this for when I want a more natural look. Everyone got a different full size product and I think that was a really lovely touch, although I did feel a little envious of the lady next to me who got a Double Wear Stay-In-Place Flawless Wear Concealer, because I have been wanting to try this. I also got samples of Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator, Advanced Night Repair, Revitalizing Supreme Global Anti-Aging Creme and Modern Muse Eau de Parfum, which smells gorgeous. 

Once everyone had sat down Jenna gave an introduction to the evening and then did a demonstration of some skincare products, followed with a natural make up look. I found this really interesting and the model Jenna used for this looked lovely afterwards. She used one of the new Lip Lacquers in Vinyl Rose, which was probably my favourite product that she demonstrated. I learnt whilst I was there that Estée Lauder’s Lip Lacquers have the same colour pay off as a lipstick, but are also glossy and when I tried this it didn't feel sticky like some glosses do and it also lasted really well. This is definitely something I would recommend you try if you like glossy lips and want something that will last.

Following the demonstration Jenna colour matched everyone for a foundation sample and I chose a sample of Double Wear Light Foundation and the shade I was matched to was shade 2.0. I haven’t tried this yet, but am really looking forward to trying it. :)

We were then given the chance to browse the Estée Lauder products, ask any questions we had, try some products and have a chat to the other people that were there. A lovely lady helping Jenna for the night painted my nails using Estée Lauder Pure Color Nail Lacquer in So Vain, which was a gorgeous nude brown colour and I am really tempted to treat myself to it.

I really enjoyed this event and hope there are more like it in the future. 

Thanks for reading :)

Nyss x

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

My October 'Beauty Buzz' Birchbox

Hello Lovelies, 

Today I wanted to share with you what I received in my October Birchbox. The theme for this month's box is 'Beauty Buzz' with the products inside being those that are 'award-winning, celeb-favourite and all-around buzzy' and I was really pleased when I saw what was inside mine.  

There was a change with this month's Birchbox and a Birchbox Magazine wasn't included, instead some collectable cards were which give more information about some of the products included in this month's box and how to use them.

Inside my Birchbox was…..

Akane Mask Cocoon Nocturne - 12ml
This is a face mask that you apply before bed and wash off in the morning that claims to 'help beat the signs of tiredness'. I hadn't heard of this product before, but I am always excited to try new skincare products and I haven't used a face mask like this before that you leave on over night, so I am excited to try this. 

KMS California Curl Up Wave Foam Mousse - 75ml
This looks like it encourages curls and also provides heat protection. I don't have naturally straight or curly hair and when left to dry it goes slightly wavy, so products like this usually work quite well for me to give me slight waves and texture, so I will give this a try and hopefully it will give me some subtle curls/waves.

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser SPF 20 in the shade Nude - 14.7ml
I was so excited to see this inside my Birchbox, I have tried this at a Laura Mercier counter before and really liked it. The shade I got is perfect for me and I am really looking forward to using this. 

Dr. Lipp Nipple Balm for Lips - 3ml
I received a sample of this in a recent Glossybox and I haven't actually tried it yet, but hopefully it is as good as it claims to be. These small sample sizes will be perfect to keep in my bag for when my lips feel dry. 

theBalm Cosmetics Stainiac in the shade Beauty Queen - 1.2ml
This is a cheek and lip tint and looks like a gorgeous shade of red, although when on your lips it is more of a pinky red. I got a cheek and lip tint in this month's Glossybox and I am not a huge fan of these types of products. However this comes with a sponge applicator which I liked because it means you can apply it without getting stained fingers and because it has this sort of applicator I will probably use this more than other cheek and lip tints I have. It is the perfect size to keep in your bag and the applicator means you can use it as a lip tint easily. 

UltraDEX Wire-Free Interdental Burshes - 30 brushes & travel case
I haven't used these sorts of products before, but they claim to help whiten teeth and I am always interested in products that help whiten your teeth, so I will give these a try. 

Egyptian Magic All Purpose Skin Cream - 3 x 3ml sachets
This looks like a cream that can be used on your skin or hair and when it is rubbed in your hands it turns from a cream to an oil. I haven't tried anything like this and am intrigued to try it. 

Overall I am really really pleased with what I received this month, I think it probably is one of the best Birchboxes I have received. :) 

If you fancy trying a Birchbox, you can find more details on how here.

What did you get in your Birchbox this month? Leave me your link as a comment if you have posted about yours.

Thanks for reading :)

Nyss x

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Vaseline's 2013 Limited Edition Lip Therapy - Paint The Town Red Lip Tint

Hello Lovelies,

Today is a really short post, but I just wanted to share with you something I got recently and that is Vaseline’s Paint The Town Red Lip Tint which is their 2013 Limited Edition Lip Therapy. 

I got Vaseline's 2012 Limited Edition Pink Bubbly Lip Therapy last year and loved it, so when I saw the 2013 Limited Edition one I couldn't resist trying it. I have a few of the different Vaseline Lip Therapy tins and keep them in different places, like in my bag, in my bedside table and in the bathroom, so I always have one handy, because I think they are really useful if your lips are feeling a bit dry.

This smells quite sweet and leaves your lips feeling moisturised and with a subtle red tint which I really like, although I guess a slight downside to this Lip Therapy compared to some of the others is that because it is tinted red you can’t really use it for other things, such as on dry skin etc.

This was £3.49 and will probably last me ages as these tins normally do, so I am really pleased I decided to try it.

Have you tried this?

Thanks for reading :)

Nyss x

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Nivea’s In-Shower Body Moisturiser Skin Conditioner

Hello Lovelies,

Today I wanted to share with you something I have been really enjoying recently and that is Nivea’s In-Shower Body Moisturiser Skin Conditioner.

I'm guilty of not moisturising as much as I should, so when a friend recommended this to me I thought I would give it a try. It is a moisturiser you apply in the shower, rinse off and then dry as usual. I was a little bit sceptical about this at first and when you first get out of the shower it does feel a little sticky, but it soon absorbs into your skin and when you are dry it leaves your skin feeling lovely and moisturised and smells really nice too. This is the perfect solution if you are in a rush or just guilty of forgetting to moisturise like I do.

I got the one for normal skin that has Sea Minerals in it, but there is also one for dry skin that has Almond Oil in and both come in two sizes - 250ml and 400ml. I bought the 250ml one, but wish I had got the larger one, because the only downside to this is that I seem to use quite a lot each time. When I finish this one I will definitely be purchasing the larger size :)

Have you tried this or any other products like it?

Thanks for reading :)

Nyss x

Sunday, 20 October 2013

NOTD - Nails Inc Nail Polish in Savile Row

Hello Lovelies,

Today I have a NOTD Post for you and my NOTD is Nails Inc Nail Polish in Savile Row. With the weather getting colder I fancied a darker shade and this is a gorgeous dark burgundy/plum, which is perfect for this time of year.

I have quite a few Nails Inc nail polishes and all of them have quite thin brushes, which I'm not a huge fan of, but I do like the finish they give. This is quite thick and applies evenly and dries to give a really glossy finish, which I love.

In the photo I have applied a base coat of Rimmel’s Nail Rescue, then two coats of the Nails Inc Nail Polish followed by a coat of Nails Inc Kensington Caviar Top Coat.

Do you have any favourite nail polishes for this time of year?

Thanks for reading :)

Nyss x

Thursday, 17 October 2013

My October 'Dark Romance' Glossybox

Hello Lovelies,

I have been so busy with different things recently I have been neglecting my Blog again :( Anyway today I wanted to share with you what I received in my October Glossybox.

The Theme for this month’s Glossybox is ‘Dark Romance’ and I had seen references to this on Facebook and Twitter before my Glossybox arrived. To me this theme made me think of dark reds and berry colours and I was hoping that I would get a nail polish or lip product in these sorts of colours and was really looking forward to seeing what was inside.

The box this month was one of the usual pink ones and I think with the theme of ‘Dark Romance' it would have been nice if the box was a dark berry colour.

Here is what I got this month…..

MeMeMe Cherub’s Blush – Cheek & Lip Tint – 12ml
This is the only full size product I got this month and I wasn't that excited to see it. Mainly because I have a couple of products like this already that I don’t use much and so I don’t think I will use this much, because I don’t really like using this sort of product on my cheeks, although it does look a nice colour in the bottle so maybe I will give it a try and use it on my lips. 

Katy Perry Killer Queen Eau De Parfum - 1.5ml
I was a bit divided on this when I saw it, because I do actually really like the smell of this, but I don’t think little samples like this that you can get free from perfume counters should be included in Glossyboxes. However I will use this and because it is so small it is a good size to keep in your bag. 

Monu Illuminating Primer - 20ml
I have received something from this brand before in a previous Glossybox but I can’t remember much about it so I can’t have been that impressed. However this Primer claims ‘to brighten the complexion, add instant sheen and enhance your natural radiance’, which really appeals to me, so I will try this and hopefully it will live up to it’s claims.

Premae Harmony Moisturising Smoothie Serum - 20ml
This was the item I was most pleased to see, because I am a big fan of Premae’s Harmony Moisturising Creme Balm which I blogged about here. This serum is for combination skin which is perfect for my skin type and it ‘helps soothe redness and hydrate skin, whilst keeping it matte and shine free’ and I am really looking forward to using this. I think this sample is quite a good size too, because the full size product is  50ml.

Eva Cosmetics Mystic Diamond Argon Oil - 6ml
This is an argon hair oil that contains real diamond powder and I like using hair oils, so I will use this. I did receive this in a recent Birchbox (which I blogged about here) so I wasn't so excited to see this inside my Glossybox this month, but if I hadn't recently received a sample of this I think I would have been happier to see it inside my Glossybox. I haven't tried my other sample yet, so hopefully I'll really like it as I now have two.

Overall I wasn't that excited with this month’s Glossybox and it is definitely not one of my favourite ones I was also a bit disappointed with the theme, because I am not sure how much the products I got fit the ‘Dark Romance’ theme?

What did you get in your Glossybox this month? Leave me your link as a comment if you have posted about yours.

Thanks for reading :)

Nyss x