Tuesday, 29 November 2011

NOTD: Essie Jazz

I was in search of a neutral colour to wear this winter and came across Essie's Jazz. It's a lovely brown neutral colour which is completely versatile and can be worn with anything.

This is my first Essie polish and I am definitely going to buy some more. It's a dream to apply and is opaque in just two coats. It doesn't chip easily and I love it! This is going to be one of my go-to colours for winter.

What is your favourite Essie polish?

Raelessi xxx

Saturday, 26 November 2011

November Glossybox Overview

I’ve started to love this time of the month. The second half of the month when my subscription to Glossybox arrives. I first discovered Glossybox back in August after hearing about Birchbox in America and wanting to find a UK equivalent. If you’re not familiar with the concept, it is a monthly subscription service that sends you 5 “high end” beauty samples each month for £10 a month (plus £2.95 shipping).  I was a little wary at first in subscribing as you don’t know what products you will receive each month. However, as you can cancel your subscription at any time and the products you receive are generally of total higher value than what you paid. I figured that I might as well give it ago and see what happens. So far I have yet to be disappointed. 
My November box is my third box, and while it certainly hasn’t wowed me completely like the previous two, it hasn’t completely disappointed either (There has been a lot of bad press but I don't think it's really deserved) . The theme for this box is “Christmas Gift-Guide: Part 1” and contains both new and previous brands to try so that the products can be put on your Christmas wish list. December’s box will be part two and promises to be a special Christmas Glossybox.
This month’s box contained the following:

Left to Right: Serge Lutens "Vitriol d'Oeillet" and "L'Eau Serge Lutens", Mono Skin Perfector and Arbonne FC5 Cooling Foot Crème

Serge Lutens "Vitriol d'Oeillet" and "L'Eau Serge Lutens"
Glossybox perfumes aren’t normally my kind of perfume. They tend to be designed for the more mature lady in mind and are quite heavy. I prefer much lighter scents, however I do appreciate how personal perfumes are and how Glossybox are never going to be able to get it right for everyone. These two scents seem to be better than the previous boxes although I don’t love them either. L’Eau Serge Lutens is definitely a clean scent and reminds me of that just showered feeling. Out of the two it’s probably the one I like the most. Vitriol d’Oeillet is a heavier carnation scent and which is quite sweet. It's quite a strong scent. Both are very expensive to purchase at £86 for 100 ml and so I don't think I will be rushing out to buy them.

Monu Skin Perfector:
This is advertised as a light cream containing soft focus technology for an instant smoothing effect providing a smooth base for makeup. Suitable for normal to combination skin. This seems perfect for me as my skin type is normal to combination, although as I’m only 21 I probably don’t need the anti-aging side so much. From a quick test a little goes a long way and has a subtle scent which isn’t too bad and left my skin feeling moisturised and looking smooth.

Arbonne FC5 Cooling Foot Crème: 
Foot products are not something that I use on a regular basis. I do suffer from dry skin on my heels and am interested to see if this works. From a quick try it has the generic minty smell that many foot products seem to have but is not over powering which is nice. It does appear to have a cooling affect and definitely isn’t greasy. It left me heels feeling soft and supple and I’m eager to see the effects over a long period.

Dead Sea Spa Magik Bath Salts

Dead Sea Spa Magik Dead Sea Bath Salts
These bath salts are 100% natural with no additives so would be great for anyone with sensitive skin. On the back there are a list of different ways to use the bath salts: Concentrated Use for dry skin conditions and aching joints, Relaxation and Skin Toning, Aching Hands and Feet. I think this is really unique and not something often seen on bath salt products. These are relatively cheap at £5.50 a kilogram and so would be a great little stocking filler.

Nail Rock Nail Wraps
Nail Rock Designer Nail Wraps
Nail wraps seem to be becoming ever popular and I like the idea of them. They claim to be able to stay on the finger nails for up to 7 days and the toenails for 8 weeks, which is quite impressive. I’m eager to how easy they are to use and how long they really stay on the nails – I do love nail varnish after all and hate how quickly it can be chipped! The design is quite striking and not really appropriate for everyday use but would be great for a night out or a Christmas party. I'll let you know how I get on with them.

So there’s the November box and my initial thoughts. I’m looking forward to trying these products out properly over the next month and hopefully will discover something I love (like the L’Oreal hair oil in the Sept Box and Stilla Moray eyeliner from the Oct Box). I can't wait for the December box! You can sign up for Glossybox on their website here. What are your thoughts?

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Rae xx