Friday, 28 February 2014

My February 'Love Style' Birchbox

Hello Lovelies, 

Today I wanted to share with you what I received in my February Birchbox. The theme for this month's Box is 'Love Style’, and the Birchbox Team have chosen products for this month's Box to 'fit right into your personal routine' and I would agree that the products in this month's Box are ones that everyone could use. 

Inside my Birchbox was…..

Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner - 1.2g
This is ‘a foolproof liquid liner to help you create Alexa Chung-style feline flicks’. I have recently been trying to use liquid eyeliner more because I really like the winged eyeliner look, so I am looking forward to giving this a try. 

Included in this month’s Box was a tutorial card on how to 'Master Liquid Liner', which I think is a really nice addition to the Box and I will definitely give their tips a try!

Urban Veda Radiance Exfoliating Facial Polish - 20ml
I haven’t heard of this Brand or product before, but I always like to try new skincare products. This facial polish contains superfruits that help create a ‘radiant, youthful complexion’ and I am looking forward to giving it a try.

Gilchrist & Soames The London Collection Shower Gel - 45ml
Little shower gels like this are always handy to take with you for weekends or nights away and I really like the smell of this one, so I am sure I will use it.

Beauty Protector Protect & Oil - (I can't see what size this is)
This is a new product that helps protect hair from ‘UV rays, heat and breakage’ and 'keeps hair healthy, shiny and happy' and also smells really lovely. I like using hair oils on the ends of my hair before drying it, so I will give this a try and hope it does what it claims to.

Leighton Denny Nail Colour in Coconutty - 12ml
This is a gorgeous nude/light brown colour with gold glitter in it. I haven’t tried a Leighton Denny nail polish before but will definitely give this a try soon!

Also included in this month’s Box was a little Lifestyle extra, which was a little Green & Black’s Dark 70% Chocolate Bar. Little extras like this are always nice :)

Overall I am really pleased with what I received this month and there wasn't anything included in my Box that I won't use!

If you fancy trying a Birchbox, you can find more details 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

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

My February 'Be Mine' Glossybox

Hello Lovelies,

I received my February Glossybox last week and after the disappointing January box I was hoping this month’s would be better and it was! In fact it was probably one of the best Glossyboxes I have received recently. Earlier this month I received an email and survey from Glossybox and it seems they have listened to the feedback they received about the January box and made an effort with this month’s box. Glossybox chose some lovely products for this month's box and I was really impressed they included three full size products and an extra little treat!

The theme for this month’s Glossybox is 'Be Mine’ and the actual box is a special Valentines Day Box. I think it is a nice touch when the boxes are different to the usual pink ones.

Here is what I got this month…..

Ciaté London Paint Pot in Red Hot Chili – 13.5ml
I love Ciaté Paint Pots and this is a gorgeous bright red colour, that will be perfect for spring/summer, so I was really pleased when I saw this included in my Glossybox.

NV Chunky Lip Crayon in Sugar Rush – 4g
I hadn't heard of this Brand before, but I love products like this and this Lip Crayon is a lovely shimmery bright baby pink colour. I think this will be really nice for spring time and I'm looking forward to trying it.

Giovanni Eco Chic Cosmetics - 2x 4.4ml and 1 x 7.4ml
Giovanni Eco Chic is a natural haircare brand and I received a sachet of Ultra-Moist Leave-In Conditioning & Styling Elixir, a sachet of Ultra-Moist Super Potion Anti Frizz Binding Serum and a sachet of Ultra-Sleek Hair & Body Super Potion. I haven't tried any products from this Brand before and I am looking forward to giving these a try. 

Nougat London Sparkling Body Shimmer - 100ml
This is a body lotion with a hint of shimmer that smells gorgeous. I wouldn't usually use a product like this, but I think it might look nice in the summer when I have a bit of a tan and it smells really nice, so I will try it.

Maybelline New York Big Eyes Mascara - 4.7ml and 5ml
This mascara has a double brush, one for your top lashes and a smaller one for your bottom lashes, which help you create ‘an all-around eye-opening effect’. I was really excited to see this included in my Glossybox, because I was going to buy this anyway.

As an extra treat for Valentine’s Day Glossybox included a Lindt Lindor Treat Bar, which I thought was a really nice little extra.

Overall I am really really pleased with what I received this month and think Glossybox have definitely turned things around since last month’s box and I hope next month’s box is just as good.

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

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Hask Argon Oil Healing Shine Hair Treatment

Hello Lovelies,

I know I probably shouldn't, but I tend to straighten or curl my hair at least every other day and because of this the ends of my hair are always a bit dry. So I am constantly on the lookout for something that will help improve the condition of my hair in particular the ends, but that will not make the rest of my hair greasy and recently I have been loving Hask’s Healing Shine Hair Treatment.

This is a lightweight Argon Oil Hair Treatment with added Keratin that helps repair and smooth damaged hair.You can apply this to wet or dry hair to give your hair a smooth and shiny finish. I usually apply it to the ends of my hair when it is still wet before I dry it and it leave my hair silky smooth and shiny without making it feel greasy like some hair oils can.

I have already repurchased this once and will definitely be repurchasing it again when this one runs out. As you don’t need to use much of this each time, a bottle this size tends to last a while. You can get this from Primark for £2.49 (I think), so this really is excellent value for money.

I would love to try some more things from the Hask range, but my local Primark only seems to stock these. Do you know anywhere else that sells Hask products?

Do you have a favourite hair oil/treatment for dry and damaged ends?

Thanks for reading :)

Nyss x

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Philosophy Purity Made Simple 3-in-1 Cleanser

Hello Lovelies,

Today I wanted to share with you a Cleanser I have been loving recently and that is Philosophy’s Purity Made Simple 3-in-1 Cleanser for your face and eyes.

This was the first Philosophy skincare product I have tried and so far I've been really impressed with it. It has ‘natural oil extracts’ that help condition your skin and it claims to ‘cleanse, tone and melt away all face and eye makeup in one simple step, while hydrating the skin’. I always remove my makeup before cleansing, because then I feel like I am giving my skin a good clean rather than just rubbing my makeup around my face. I have been using this with my Foreo Luna Mini in the evenings and from the first time I used it my skin looked clearer, brighter and wasn't left feeling dry in the way that some cleansers can leave your skin feeling. This Cleanser claims to deep clean your pores and I have definitely seen an improvement in the pores on my nose since I've been using this.

This Cleanser made me want to try some more Philosophy skincare products and for the last couple of weeks I have been using The Microdelivery Daily Exfoliating Wash a couple of times a week, which I have also been impressed with so far. There are a couple more products I would like to try and they are Purity Made Simple Foaming 3-in-1 Cleansing Gel for face and eyes and The Great Mystery One-Minute Daily Facial. Have you tried these?

I would definitely recommend this Cleanser and if you get a chance to give it a try, you should!

What Philosophy skincare products would you recommend?

Thanks for reading :)

Nyss x

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Valtentine's Day NOTD - Rimmel 60 Seconds Nail Polish in Rapid Ruby and Ciaté Paint Pot in Serendipity

Hello Lovelies,

With Valentine’s Day coming up on Friday, today I have a NOTD for you that would be perfect for Valentine’s Day and my NOTD is Rimmel 60 Seconds Nail Polish in Rapid Ruby with Ciaté Paint Pot in Serendipity on the tips.

This Rimmel Nail Polish is a gorgeous deep red and I have used this in a previous NOTD post, which you can find here. The Ciaté Paint Pot was one of the nail polishes that was in my Ciaté Mini Mani Advent Calendar and it is a gorgeous glittery pink nail polish.

I have tried gradient glitter nails before, which I posted about here and loved the effect, so wanted to try it again with different colours. I love these nail polishes and they are both perfect for Valentines’s Day so I thought I would try them together.

To do your nails like this with a gradient glitter effect is actually quite easy. First I painted my nails with a base coat of Ciaté Underwear Base Coat, followed by two coats of the Rimmel Nail Polish. You could probably get away with one coat, because it is quite thick and easy to apply with a wide brush, but I like to apply two coats. Then I put a thick line of the Ciaté Paint Pot on the tips and left it for a few seconds before gently pulling it down my nail, I did this twice because I wanted them to be really sparkly. I then applied a coat of Ciaté Speed Coat Top Coat, which left them lovely and shiny.

I love the gradient glitter effect and this colour combination and will definitely try this effect out with some different nail polish combinations.

Have you tried this nail effect? What colour combinations do you like?

Thanks for reading :)

Nyss x

Saturday, 8 February 2014

Sleek Blush in Flushed

Hello Lovelies,

Today I wanted to share with you a Sleek Blush I have been loving recently. You probably will have heard  of or tried Sleek’s Rose Gold Blush that is a dupe for NARS Orgasm Blush and that was the first shade I tried. I love the colour of the Rose Gold Blush and was really impressed with how pigmented it was. So with my love of Sleek’s Blushes started I decided to try another one and I got the shade Flushed.

Flushed is a gorgeous deep raspberry red colour that has a tiny bit of sparkle in it, although when applied it isn't really sparkly or shimmery. This is very pigmented, which is great because it means you only need to use a little and can easily build it up for a deeper colour if you want to. I think it gives you a natural looking colour, like when you have been out in the cold and your cheeks become flushed, which I guess is why it was called Flushed! I find Sleek Blushes are really smooth to apply, blend easily and last all day. 

Not Blended


I really like the packaging of Sleek Blushes, they feel really solid and not flimsy and I think they look more expensive than they are. They come with their own mirror, which is always handy. 

At only £4.49 I think these are amazing value and would recommend you give them a try if you haven't already. I love them and will definitely be trying some other shades.

What are your favourite Sleek Blushes?

Thanks for reading :)

Nyss x

Sunday, 2 February 2014

NOTD - Barry M Matte Nail Paint in Crush

Hello Lovelies,

Today I have a NOTD Post for you and my NOTD is Barry M’s Matte Nail Paint in Crush. I received this as part of my prize from the lovely Emily at Bambis Beauty Blogs' Christmas Giveway and was really pleased that I did because I have been wanting to try one of Barry M’s Matte Nail Paints for a while. 

Crush is a gorgeous deep red colour, which is just the sort of colour I love especially for Autumn and Winter time. This nail polish is quite thick and applies really easily and neatly and it dries to a lovely smooth matte finish. If you applied a thick coat you may be able to get away with just one coat, but for an even solid colour I applied two coats. 

In the photo I have applied a base coat of Ciaté Underwear Base Coat followed by two coats of the Barry M Matte Nail Paint.

I love the finish of this and want to try some of the other shades. Have you tried any of Barry M’s Matte Nail Paints?

Thanks for reading :)

Nyss x