Magazine Freebies; May 2015

It’s that time again! The sun comes out and with it brings a whole bunch of magazine freebies. Strangely, though, I haven’t bought any of them. I think this may be the first time that there has been multiple freebies and I haven’t indulged in even one! This may yet change, but for the moment, let’s just move onto the list. I would normally start with the one I’ve bought, so let’s just start with the one I’m most likely to buy.

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In Style

Clinique smart custom repair serum

I am soooo tempted by this. So very tempted. I’ve heard nothing but good things about this serum, and I’m totally getting into serums at the moment. This may be a match made in heaven. The only thing putting me off is the magazine; I’ve never been a huge fan. This feels silly, however, as I would totally buy the serum for £4. I would through to recommend you buy this; it’s a bargain and apparently awesome. I’m going on a plane next week, so I can totally see myself buying this at Heathrow. Watch this space….

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Percy and Reed

Hair Volumiser No-Oil Oil.

My hair is pretty big already, but it’s also quite fine. As a result, I do have an interest in volumisers, and I’m intrigued by the ‘no oil’ concept here. Again, the only thing putting me off is the magazine. That, plus I’ve never been blown away by the brand. I imagine this one will pass me by.

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Marie Claire

Neal’s Yard Mint and Bergamot hand cream.

I actually don’t mind Marie Claire, and if this was the Clinique I would already Have bought it. I really don’t need anther handcream though: I already have about 7. I also don’t think much of Neals Yard creams, I tend to find them a bit watery.

So there we have it; the best of May offerings. If you indulge let me know!

Goody Dry Brush.

Regular readers may be aware that last year I gave up heat styling in order to improve the health of my hair. This actually proved shockingly easy, and I will be reporting back on that soon, but before that I wanted to report on a brush that I bought before all that, and then barely got a chance to use: the Goody Dry Brush.

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I really don’t know why I bought this. I didn’t need it. I even KNEW that I was about to give up heat styling. But I bought it anyway. Why? Ummm….I blame the gimmick. It’s a towel brush. A TOWEL BRUSH people. Just look at it!

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The people at Goody have basically just taken a regular paddle brush and shoved some microfiber towling in between the bristles. This, they claim, will soak up water and help dry hair 30% faster. And, most importantly, TOWEL BRUSH.

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It’s a nice, chunky thing, easy to hold, easy to use and all that shebang. I thought it might feel weird, but it doesn’t; it brushes just like normal, and you can’t tell the towel is there. The back of the brush is pretty hefty, I think due to the large ventilation shaft which I assume is there to help circulate the air during drying.

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The million dollar question, though, is does it work? Um…I don’t know. I think so? I definitely feel like it dries my hair faster, but not like, miraculously so. I can’t honestly shout from the rooftops about it, which, given the £12.49 I paid for it, I really wanted to. I like using it, but mainly because it feels like I’m using something specifically made for purpose; like using a proper luggage tag instead of a shabby bit of ribbon to identify your suitcase. It makes me feel ‘proper’. But that’s about it.

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To give this brush it’s due, I am never really pressed for time when I dry my hair, and I think that’s what it’s for. I will always preference leaving my hair bundled in a towel for 30 minutes after washing, to soak up the water, which is DEFINITELY a more effective method of speeding up the blow drying process than this brush. However, it inevitably adds 30 mins prep time, so if you can’t spare that, you might be onto a winner here.

So. To sum up.

If you are the kind of person who likes to wrap their hair in a towel to soak up the water while they do their nails and makeup, before eventually blow drying after a nice leisurely wait, then don’t get this brush. The towel will do the heavy lifting, and this brush will become superfluous.

If, however, you are looking for a way to leap out of the shower and immediately grab the dryer, then this brush may just be the time saver you have been looking for. I bought mine from Boots, but I’m sure its available most places.

Unfortunately for me, I am the former. But hey, that’s why I buy this stuff. So you don’t have to!

So Close, Yet So Far; an Ode to the Dearly Departed Boots Botanics Radiant Red Conditioner.

Regular readers will be well aware of my constant struggle to find a great shampoo and conditioner; I’ve never found one that makes my hair feel/look amazing, it’s pretty much just always the same. Don’t get me wrong, I like my hair, but I’d love for it to be soft and shiny; for me, those 2 are the holy grail of hair products, and a pinnacle I’m yet to reach.

Back at the beginning of the year, I noticed this Boots Botanics Radiant Red Conditioner conditioner reduced to 99p and, being a red head, I figured it was worth a shot. I wasn’t holding out much hope, as even expensive conditioners never seem to give me the wow factor when it comes to my hair, and as a result, when I got home I tossed it into my bathroom drawer and left it there.

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About a month ago I came across it when looking for a conditioner to take to the pool with me. I tossed it carelessly into my bag and slathered it on my head post swim, my only brief thought being that I hated the texture. Little did I know what  was to come.

My first inkling that this conditioner might be better than its ‘own-brand, reduced-to-99p’ origins suggested was when I rinsed it off. My hair felt soft, even when wet; a phenomenon I’ve rarely encountered. Then I dried it off. And oh my God.

My hair was amaze. Smooth, sleek, manageable; none of the puffiness I usually get from blow drying my curly hair. My hair colour was suddenly fresher, brighter-redder!-and it was so bright and shiny it was like a mirror on top of my head. and the softness. Don’t get me started. I spent a good few minutes in the mirror stroking my hair in amazement, and spent the rest of the day grabbing it in astonishment at random intervals, just to check it was true. My boyfriend even commented on how soft it was and how great it looked; boys don’t notice anything!!!

It was love. True love. I was obsessed, overjoyed. But then there was that niggling feeling. This had been reduced. And I was pretty sure there was a mountain of matching bottles on the sale shelf at the time. A quick Google confirmed my suspicions; it had been discontinued.

You cannot imagine the depths of my despair. My unending mission, my search for the perfect conditioner, had ended and begun again simultaneously, and I was cursing my bad luck. I felt guilty about my terrible treatment of my dear conditioner; the way I left it floundering alone for months, my low expectations, the glob I dropped on the shower floor in the pool when I was carelessly heaping on a massive handful. How could I have been so callous? Even more so, I was haunted by the dozens of bottles I had seen alongside mine on the sale shelf in boots that fateful day when I picked this one up. if I had just bought them all, I’d be in hair happiness for at least the next few years! If I had access to a time machine, I truly would have used it for that.

I took to scouring online, searching high and low, and I did manage to locate one paltry bottle on ebay for £5, a bottle which is still unopened, reserved for special occasions. To date I have sent 4 emails to Boots, begging them to recomission it, but I have been unsuccessful. If I had found this sooner, if this was still available, there isn’t a shadow of a doubt in my mind that it would have become my regular conditioner; the first ever hair product I would have bought again and again without hesitation. As it is, it will forever haunt me that I didn’t find and appreciate this conditioner until it was too late; that we will forever be two ships passing in the night.

Dear reader, I am happy to report that there is a happy ending to this story. In my unending search to find a replacement, I put in an ungodly amount of effort; the amount of work I have never before put into hair products. As a result, I managed to find not just a replacement product, but a whole other cast of characters, all of which have combined to make my hair better than it ever has been. I will be attempting to review each and every item I ended up finding and loving, along with the full story of my struggle to find a replacement, but I didn’t want to combine it in this page; I felt that my first love deserved its own article, even if it is no longer with us. So goodbye, Botanics. You will always be the one that got away. If any of you have one lurking somewhere, I urge you to dig it out; the combination of honey, henna and coconut is one that is unparalleled, and the only regret you will have is that you’ll never be able to get it again.

Boots Advent Calendar Days 7, 8 & 9

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Day 7; Paco Rabane Black XS Perfume

I wasn’t too happy with my perfume sample a few days ago, so I was pretty ‘blah’ when I realised I had another one, but that changed when I opened it because I LOVE this scent. I don’t think I’ve actually got around to reviewing it yet; I’ll link it when I do, but safe to say it’s a gorgeous, spicy scent. I love wearing it out at night, so a clutch bag size is a total win.

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Day 8; Umberto Giannini Hairband

This one made me pretty excited, as it feels like a ‘proper’ gift; it took me a minute to realise I probably won’t actually wear it. Flower hairties aren’t really my thing! Nice addition, though.

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Day 9; Seventeen Supreme Shine Nail Polish shade ‘Miami’

Normally I hate Pink, but the one shade I do like is the super bright neon shade; just like this! I love bright pink toenails, so I’ll wear this in summer and show them off.

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As to the polish itself, lovely coverage, went on beautifully and looks lovely. That’s two coats, and it wore wonderfully.

Homemade Coconut and Olive Oil Hairmasque

I’ve always suffered from dry hair, and a few months ago I decided to do something about it. I went to the ends of the earth and back searching for a good treatment, trying every hair masque and conditioner and serum and treatment I could find, and though some were better than others, I finally managed to find some products I’m happy with. I’ve seen a massive improvement in the condition of my hair; it looks thick, healthy, shiny, and most importantly; soft, and thought I’ve found some lovely products I do think one of the best has been one I ended up making myself.

I’ve read tons about using oils to condition your hair, and I tried all sorts with varying degress of success. The ones I liked the most were coconut and olive oil, but I found the olive oil to liquid to handle and the coconut too hard. Like Goldilocks, I wanted one that was just right, and that’s when I started thinking; what would happen if I combined them? Well, to skip to the end, it worked brilliantly. If anyone’s ever tried using coconut oil you’ll know its an extremely hard solid that melts on contact with your hand, but it takes AGES to melt and it’s murder getting it out the jar. When you mix it with olive oil it ends up being the perfect texture for a hair masque, and the two oils combined are absolute heaven for my hair. They really penetrate the shaft and have made every strand look so healthy and lovely, and feel super soft. I use it at least once a week now, usually whilst I’m playing badminton so I can mutli task, and I swear my hair gets better and better with every use. The best thing is it’s so cheap; I’ve spend upwards of £20 on hair masks, but you can buy the ingredients for this for a few quid! I highly recommend you consider trying it!! It’s pretty easy to make, but just in case I’ve laid out a tutorial below 🙂

You will Need;

Olive Oil

Coconut Oil

A saucepan

A glass or china bowl

A measuring jug

A Stirring utensil

Small (circa 200ml) storage container with lid

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I’ve used the Superdrug Coconut Oil which is available here for £2.29 (but is often on offer) and Napolina Olive Oil which you can get from any supermarket for a few quid, but really any brand of these oils will be fine.

The first thing you need to do is melt the coconut oil, which will take between 5 and 10 minutes. Use the old chocolate melting method of putting some boiling water into a pan, placing a glass or china bowl on top and letting the steam do it’s job.

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Don’t bother trying to get the coconut oil out of the tub; if you put it upside down, as above, once the steam loosens it it will simply and neatly pop out, as you can see below!

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Once the oil has totally melted, pour it into a measuring jug. Go easy, it’ll be hot, and it is oil after all!

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Once you’ve done this, you need to top it off with olive oil. Try to keep the amounts even; however much of the coconut oil you have, put the same amount of olive oil in to make sure the texture comes out right. I had 200ml of coconut, so I topped up to 400ml, as below.

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Once you’ve added the olive oil, the mixture will change into a rather hilarious bright yellow colour. After this you need to leave it to set, so pour it into whichever container you plan on keeping it in. I just put it back into the coconut oil pot, although obviously there’s twice as much, so you’ll need 2 containers. This is fine for me, as I have tons leftover from making it before, but on your first go make sure you have an extra 200ml container with a lid ready for purpose.

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Now you just leave it to set. I can’t tell you how long this takes exactly, but it takes a good long while; I always leave mine overnight and it’s fine. Once it’s totally set, it will have turned back into a solid, very similar looking to how the coconut oil was but yellow instead of white.

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It may look totally solid, but like I said, the texture will now be PERFECT for slathering all over your hair. As you can see, it’s soft and slushy and easy to dip your finger into.

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And that’s it! Stick to mid lengths and ends, leave on for around and hour and you’ll soon have wonderfully smooth, reconstructed hair. Enjoy!! xx

The Original Tangle Teezer Hairbrush

Years ago I read an article by a hairdresser in which they insisted, in an extremely strict and foreboding manner, that you should NEVER use ANYTHING but a wide tooth comb on wet hair. Being the diligent beauty follower I am, I tried to follow this advice, but there’s one small flaw with that plan; wide tooth combs suck. Seriously, does anyone like them? They do nothing! They’re a joke! If you ask me, they should replace the phrase ‘as useful as a chocolate teapot’ with the wide tooth comb.

So yea, that didn’t work out. I carried on brushing my hair when wet, combing the conditioner through with a wide bristled brush and feeling very guilty about it. However, if you’re in the same boat as me I have found our salvation; a brush that’s already been making waves in the beauty industry, The Tangle Teezer.

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EVERYONE on the blogosphere has been discussing this brush since it first launched, and I’ve always watched longingly from afar, telling myself it’s an unnecessary gimmick, that I have plenty of brushes. A recent hair care 3 for 2 in boots convinced me to finally bite the bullet, and I picked this up for £10.99. It’s supposedly purple; it looks dark blue to me, but hey, if they want to call it purple then that’s ok with me.

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According to the box, it has all kinds of fantastic talents. ‘Pain free detangling’ is certainly true, as well as ‘speedy and gentle results.’ It brushed through my hair so fast, and the tangles literally vanished. It also says ‘Ideal on wet and dry hair’, which of course is true; I loved brushing my hair dry with this, but when it was wet it really came into its own. Pretty impressive for something that looks like a sparkly little hedgehog,

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The spikes were super soft, and another little extra bonus I found is that this thing is great for head massages. I’ve often heard that rubbing your scalp stimulates growth and hair lusturousness, but it’s pretty tricky to give yourself a scalp massage; not so with this little beauty. If you press this onto your head and rub, it gives you a lovely massage, and it’s relaxing as well as good for you! Win!

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I really do think this was worth the money. I keep it in my bathroom now, and use it every time I condition, and it always makes my hair extra lovely when I get out. If you’ve been considering it, I recommend you make the jump; it’s a brushing revolution!

Glossy Box Review: July 2013

My excitement over the Summer and everything that comes with it meant that I was extra excited by this month’s glossy box, which had a beautiful, bright blue, sea themed box.

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Heeeeeeart it. The contents inside excited me too at first glance- a motley crew of skincare, haircare, nails, makeup and even a little extra. Lush.

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So let’s dive straight in then, starting with the little extra.

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Green and Blacks 70% dark chocolate.

G&B are obviously top of the chocolate game, and I’m always hearing about how dark chocolate is full of antioxidants and a ‘superfood.’ I’m obsessive about superfoods, and as a result I like the idea of having this mini bar of goodness in my handbag, just in case I need a boost. Plus, you know, chocolate!! Win!!!

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Anatomicals Spray Misty for Me Facial Spray

Amusing name aside, this product caused me great excitement simply because it was a case of ‘exactly what I wanted at the time.’ A few days before I had been whining about wanting a facial spray to take around for the hot weather, and boom- glossy delivered. It’s purple too, lavender scented, and does exactly what it says on the tin- gives you a nice cool face. Awesome.

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Essie Nail Wraps

I keep meaning to do some nail wrap reviews- I have so many stored up, I’m just waiting for my nails to get to a length where I feel like it’s worth it! But even though I haven’t used many yet, I do love them, and I ADORE Essie, so this was a good start. The only thing I’m not too sure about here is the pattern- brown tiger stripes aren’t very me. I’ll give them a go, though, and like I said- nail wraps are awesome, and I expect Essie ones to be especially fab.

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Bamboo Style Boho Waves Tousled Texture Mist.

As with the face spray, this was another case of the universe (and glossy) delivering exactly what I wanted at the right time. Literally days before this got delivered I had spent a day at the beach, and had loved the beach waves the sea salt had left in my hair. I had even been researching salt spray- and then this arrived. Maximum levels of win. I haven’t tried it yet, but if it’s anything like the real thing then I’m expecting lush, textured waves.

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Coola mineral sunscreen

Another great one for me- gingers of course need sunscreen by the bucketload, and a mini tube is great for keeping in my bag in case of unforeseen sun bursts. SPF20 too, which is a decent level of protection, and the cream seems pleasant enough. A great handbag addition!

Sleek Pout Paint

Now we come to the controversial item in the box- sleek pout paint. I’ve used sleek before and liked it, and a quick Google tells me that these pout paints have a fond following online, so all signs were looking good. Then I saw the colours I had been given.

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Yep. Blue and coral. Blue. And coral. What?? I stared at the blue for a good long while before deciding that it was too much for my brain to handle and turning to the coral. That at least is a shade that lips can believably be. Couldn’t be so bad, right?

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Hmmmm. Not so bad… but not so good either. The pink is just too bright, too pastelly, to be anything that would ever make it’s way into my regular makeup set. And as for the blue

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….its….blue!!! Blue!! Do people ever really paint their lips blue?? There’s nothing more to say about this, except that it did a winning job at making me look like the aliens from the argos advert.

So there I was, confused by the mental colours, when a colleague helpfully pointed out that the point of these sleek pout tubes is to mix them and make a whole new shade. She also pointed out that pink and blue would likely create a shade I’m not un-fond of- purple. My hopes were raised once more as I mixed up some of each on the back of my hand, and created what looked like a soft lavender. Joy surged through my veins as I applied it to my lips…

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Yes, you’re right. It doesn’t look purple. It looks grey. And as confused as I was why anyone would ever want blue lips, grey is a whole different matter. It’s unflattering and weird. So all I’ve really done is given myself a whole new list of ways to look like a corpse. Putting aside the issue of the shades for a second, I feel compelled to add that the products themselves were winners- they did indeed blend beautifully, the colour on your lips was 100% true to the packaging, and the staying power was intense- once this stuff goes on, it aint coming off. But don’t buy the blue. Just don’t.

Generally I liked this month’s box, I just think I suffered from a few bad colour selections. A beige or red lip stain and a nail wrap more too my taste and I’d have loved it. so basically, if you are lucky enough to get nicer designs than me, the July box is nothing but win!

Magazine Freebies roundup: April 2013

Yep, it’s that time again: a run through of all the awesome free stuff you can get with magazines this month. They’ve been very generous!

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I’ll start with my least favourite, an extra firming body cream by Cowshed that came free with this month’s In Style.

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The cream itself was nice and thick, but the smell put me off- it was very strong and spicy, I imagine because of the herbs and oils that make it firming. Whatever it was, it was very overpowering and not at all pleasant. There’s no way of telling after only a few applications if the firming effect would actually work, but even if it did the smell wouldn’t make it worth it in my opinion. Not for me!

With Cosmopolitan this month was a rather exciting tube of Argan Oil hair cream by Phil Smith. (side note- has anyone actually heard of Phil Smith? I hadn’t! He sounds more like an accountant than a hairdresser imo!)

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Now this I was excited about. I’m on an eternal quest to find a miracle product for my hair, and anything with argan oil is a massive bonus at the moment. this is a blow dry cream, and whilst it didn’t turn me into Kate Middleton I am happy to report that it tidied up my hairdrying process somewhat, and made my hair very soft the next day. So a great freebie, but probably not amazing enough to repurchase. The hunt continues!

Finally we have Marie Claire, who really came up trumps with 2 freebies on the cover! Also, bonus; Keira Knightley was on the cover. Love her! The first freebie was a little bottle of Jergens body cream. (Apologies for the blurry picture, I took a good one but for some reason it didn’t come out!)

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I am having a recent love affair with the whole Jergens line, after they put them all on half price in superdrug last year and I went mental and stocked up, so I was delighted to see this. This particular cream is lovely- thick but light, and with a lovely, delicatle scent. Perfectly handbag sized= win!

The other freebie with Marie Claire was a bottle of Ciate nail polish, an absolute bargain considering how expensive they usually are. I’m not sure if there was a choice of shades, but there was only one when I looked- a slightly boring shimmery gold.

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I’ve mentioned before that I love dark, striking colours, so I’m afraid this wasn’t for me. its pretty in a mundane way, but I expect original, striking shades from big brands, not vaguely nice colours you can get anywhere, which is what I felt this was.

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It was nice enough in the light, but I have a lot of gold, and this one didn’t really catch my attention. It took 3 coats to build it up to this level too. I think maybe one coat over a dark shade would look nice, and I’m happy to have Ciate, but it was hard to get too excited.

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So there we have it- everything I could find for the month of April. Hopefully next month’s magazines are as generous!

Glossy Box: March 2013

 Welcome to the (slightly late) edition of my March GlossyBox review. This month was an interesting one- on first glance I wasn’t too impressed, but since then I’ve found myself using the products more and more, and as a result this may be one of my favourite boxes yet! Let’s dive right in!

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You’d be forgiven for thinking this box, like last month, had some sort of valentine theme going on, as the contents are predominantly pink. The theme, however, was in fact ‘City Chic’, and the products were aimed at keeping us looking fabulous at the minimum effort. Surely that’s what all products are meant to do…..?

 

 Juicy Couture: Couture LA LA Perfume

 I’ll start with the obligatory ‘boring’ product- the perfume sample. These seem to be appearing with more and more frequency, and whilst in theory I don’t mind them (love a new scent!) I do think it’s a little stingy considering they are free from most perfume counters. Still, this one was nice enough- a bit overly sweet for me, but summery, fruity and sharp enough to make it more interesting than the classic fruity floral.

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 Tre Semme Extra Hold Salon Finish Hairspray

 This was perfectly timed for me, as I always keep a hairspray in my bag and had literally just used up the last of my previous one. Whilst it’s not my go-to hairspray, I have used this one before and it does exactly what it says on the tin- gives an extreme hold, and smells rather nice while doing it. What more can you want??

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 Nails Inc Bruton Street

 Ah, Nails Inc: they can do no wrong in my book! I’m always chuffed to bits to get a Nails Inc product, and this was no exception. Whilst this one was not my usual colour- a very pale pastel pink- I slapped it on anyway, and 2 coats later had this.

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 Either my tastes are changing or Nails Inc really are the king of varnish, because I adored this shade. The soft, subtle, matte pastel pink for some reason really appealed to me, and I got soooo many comments whilst I was wearing it.

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 It’s the kind of shade that’s warm enough for spring/summer but smart enough to wear in the office; a perfect all rounder. As always with Nails Inc, flawless application, speedy drying time etc; hardly needs to be said! Win!

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 Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream

 This is one of those cult products that I’ve always meant to try, so I was happy as larry to get it. From what I’ve heard it’s the king of multi tasking, but I only had one use in mind; a face cream. My skin has been looking less than flawless recently, and this stuff is so revered that I couldn’t resist slapping some on my face. It’s a really strange looking cream, let’s get that out the way- more of a thick wax than a cream, and a dark orange/brown colour with a very funny smell. You barely need any, and you really have to rub it in- after that though, it’s all worth it. this stuff is so super thick that it really gets deep into your skin and basically soaks it in moisture- I woke up with baby soft skin, although it did have a slight residue. Once I’d washed it off though, it looked fresh and bright- I’m super impressed! I’m not sure how other people use their 8 hour cream, but I can really see why it’s got a cult following. Lovely stuff.

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 Jelly Pong Pong Lip Blush

 I’ll finish on the product I was most excited about- I actually whooped when I opened the box and saw it. This is because this Jelly Pong Pong lipstick is the spitting image of the lip pens that are doing the rounds at the moment, all inspired by the Clinique chubby stick. I’ve got so many lip products that I couldn’t bring myself to get one, but I’ve been dying to try it, so I was super happy to get this one. As far as I can make out it’s only available in one shade, a warm, bright pink that on first glance looked waaaaay too Barbie for me. I’m happy to say that it applies with a mite more subtlety than appearances would suggest!

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 I actually adored the finish- it’s very light, and if you are looking for a matte, subtle pink for the day then this is perfect. Since this is exactly what I was looking for, I was beyond ecstatic, and this has quickly become my current staple. Super pleased!

 So this month’s box was a massive win for me. What did you think? Was the abundance of pink a win or a lose for you? Let me know!

Magazine Freebies Roundup: March 2013

Unbelievable as it sounds, this is the first feature on magazine freebies that I’ve been able to write this year- 2013 has not been good for generosity from our favourite publications! But good things come in threes, and it is now, finally, in the third month, that three magazines deigned to give us free stuff. Awesome!

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I’ll start with Marie Claire, who were offering a free tube of Neal’s Yard handcream.

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I’ve got handcream coming out of my ears, but this one immediately jumped to the top of my list- it’s gorgeous, really sinks in and immediately makes your hands feel amazing. you only need a tiny bit, or else it’s rather greasy, but if you get the balance right it’s divine. It’s a special edition made to help save the bees, and as such is scented with honey. Therein for me was the only real problem with this product- to me, it smells rank.

It’s mixed with some sort of citrus oil, and the result gives my hands a weird, bittersweet smell. Ick. I kept getting comments on how great it smelt from the world and his wife, though, so clearly it’s just me- maybe my nostrils are extra fussy, but I rather disliked it. that aside, though, the cream was great enough that the smell didn’t put me off, and I’m still using it every day.

Now onto Cosmopolitan. Cosmo were offering one of three Elemis skincare products- you could choose between a lip balm and 2 face creams. Being a lip balm obsessive, I had to physical restrain myself from buying that one, but really- I have hundreds. Instead I picked up a face cream- you could choose from ‘Softly Softly Day Moisturiser’ or ‘Skin Clear Mattifying Moisturiser.’ I went with the latter, as my skin is more oily than dry.

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It’s perfectly nice as far as creams go- light and fresh, and made my skin nice and soft. I’ve been kipping it in my gym bag for post- workout, but since it has no SPF it won’t be taking the crown from my usual day cream any time soon.

Finally we have Glamour, my favourite magazine and usually the best at gifts. This time they were offering a choice of 3 hair products from Percy and Reed, a brand I’ve used before. There was a shampoo and conditioner, but the product that caught my eye was a serum- more specifically, the ‘Volumising No-Oil Oil’. I have light, flat hair that gets greasy quickly, so this sounded right up my street.

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I don’t really have much luck with hair products, but I was pleasantly surprised by this one. It did indeed seem to make my hair lighter and more volumous than usual, and it was also very soft- I kept fiddling with the ends! I liked it better than the serum I’ve been using, and a quick Google tells me that the full size is £14- it’s definitely worth that. Very happy!

So that’s the rundown for March- a good bunch in my opinion, and all perfect for travelling. Did you choose another product from the options? What did you think? And do you disagree with my verdict on the smell of the handcream!? Let me know!