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April Glossy Box with Giveaway

GB Apr15 MarilynHi guys,

I know I haven’t written anything for you for ages so here’s a little something to keep you going.

Last week I got my April Glossy Box and it is pretty!  It is the Iconic Hollywood Edition, inspired by Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn.  I do love Marilyn Monroe but I adore Audrey Hepburn!

So, what’s in the box?

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The staples this month are a Lord and Berry Lipstick Pencil in Kiss, “the perfect Marilyn red” and a POP Beauty Kajal Eyeliner Pen with which to create “Elizabeth Taylor’s iconic cat eye”.  These two set the theme, although I’ve heard Marilyn’s “perfect red” was actually five different lipsticks and glosses with which to achieve her signature pout.

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Lord & Berry – Lipstick Pencil in KissGB Apr15 Lip

This seems like a perfectly good place to start.  I love lipstick pencils.  I have a very defined cupids bow and it’s much easier to line with a pencil than with a normal lipstick, gloss or tint.  I do have a number of “perfect” reds though and, while red does suit me, I seldom seem to have the opportunity to wear it.  Maybe I should take to popping some on before I go out for a run?

POP Beauty – Kajal Eyeliner PenGB Apr15 Eye

It’s a khol pencil.  It’s black.  It has a smudger on the other end, which is nice.  I’ll put it in my drawer with my other khol pencils.  I’d love to give you a more in depth review of this but I’m very aware of the short shelf life of eye makeup once it’s been opened so I’m going to hold off on opening this one until I’ve used up one of my others.

GB Apr15 Face 2Darphin – Exquisage Beauty Revealing Cream

This soft and very lightly fragranced cream offers to replenish, enhance firmness and boost luminosity to produce a red carpet glow.  Strengthening probiotics are also there to soften lines and wrinkles.  I like this cream; it leaves my skin feeling softer and looking smoother and the subtle scent doesn’t distract me.  There’s also an offer of free samples when purchasing the full size from their website.

GB Apr15 HandsNougat London – Nurturing Hand Cream

This cream is lovely!  Maybe not quite as lovely as my l’Occitane en Provence Delightfully Rose, but certainly lovely to the point that I’ve moved it between so many bags over the last week that I’ve now lost it!  It’s fairly rich, pleasantly scented and leaves my hands feeling softer and more moisturised.  Perfect.

GB Apr15 NailsColor Club – Barely There Nail Polish

I’m sorry, I’m sure it’s a lovely nail varnish, but I just don’t do this colour.  I’ve tried it a few times, when nude nail varnishes come my way, but I just hate it and end up either removing or painting over it in record time.

Giveaway!

I’m sure you are all keen to know what I’m giving away and how to get your hands on it?  It’s the Color Club Barely There Nail Polish!  Honestly I’m not going to use it so I may as well give it away to a good home.

Drop me a comment please, with your name and why you like nude nail polishes.  That’s all!  One lucky reader (I think that’s all I have) will get this oh-so-beige beauty through the post (smothered in bubble wrap, don’t worry), I’ll even throw in a So Susan Flutter Mascara which is a perfectly good mascara but I already have one, along with so many others.

Thank you for reading.

Jen

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Burt’s Bees and So Susan

I went into Waitrose the other evening with my little boys.  They don’t like going to the supermarket and I only ever take them in the evenings if they’ve been naughty or if we’re desperate for something.  We were running low on toilet roll (and they’d been cheeky to staff at school)…  Being on a highly restrictive diet, I was looking for a distraction to stop me from being magnetically attracted to the patisserie counter.  Cue the bath and body aisle!

To be fair, I have long been looking for some kind of serum or cream to miraculously transform my nails from ratty and splitting to smooth and nourished.  I browsed through the aisle of luxury names until my eye fell on the Burt’s Bees range.  I’ve heard good things about their lip balm and one more lip balm never hurts, does it?  I picked up the honey lip balm and put it in my basket.  As I glanced up, my eye was caught by a pretty metal tin with a picture of a lemon on it: Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream.  Could this be the answer?  I added this to my basket and it was as I was looking down that I saw this:

Tips and Toes

The lip balm was different but there was still one in there.  There was also the cuticle cream: a smaller tin but when do I ever finish anything anyway?  I totted up the price in my mind and the kit was only around £3 more expensive for an additional 4 items.

So how did I get on with everything?IMG_2367

Almond & Milk Hand Cream:

This stuff is quite lush and smells like a whole family of almonds having a bath in clotted cream.  It’s a really thick cream to spread across the skin of your hands when you have plenty of time to rub it in.

Hand Salve

 

Hand salve:

This is is a solid waxy balm with a strong lavender scent which melts ever so slightly under my finger.  I have been using it across my knuckles where my skin is prone to cracking with the cold and so far the results are excellent.
Replenishing Lip Balm:
(with pomegranate oil)
Replenishing Lip Balm
As I said, many people have raved about these lip balms.  I don’t know if it’s the pomegranate oil or one of the other “replenishing” ingredients but I don’t like the flavour of this.  It tastes a little artificial although my boyfriend assures me it has a pleasant tint to it.  As a balm it’s fairly average.Hand and Foot Creams

Honey & Grapeseed Hand Cream:

This hand cream smells divine!  I love the waft of honey as I rub it into my hands.  The texture is not bad, although I prefer my hand creams to be a little thicker and my fingertips are left feeling just slightly greasy.  It’s probably my third favourite hand cream, after l’Occitaine en Provence and the Almond and Milk hand cream above.

 

Coconut Foot Cream:

I’m disinclined to write much about this one on the basis of “if you don’t have anything nice to say…”  It smells lovely and there was a nice, chilly tingle of mint when I applied it to my feet but the chilly tingle didn’t go away for ages and the cream was slimy and just didn’t rub in.  It was still slimy the next morning when I got up!  I have almost an entire tube left if anyone would like it…?

Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream

Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream:

Finally, we have the reason I bought the set in the first place.  This product did not disappoint!  It smells like lemons and limes tangoing across my nails in a snowstorm of zest!  My finger nails were so much improved after just two days that I did this:

So Susan Amethyst

 So Susan: Amethyst:

Quite possibly my favourite nail varnish at the moment (but only because glitter is so hard to remove).  This shot was after one clear basecoat and one (ONE!) coat of Amethyst.  If I’d had time I would have applied a second coat and a topcoat, but still, wow!

Small criticism: there is something badly wrong with the brush; half of the fibres are shorter than the rest, as if this brush was made from the scruffy ends of the bundle.

So what are you putting on your hands at the moment?

Love,
Jen