17 March 2017

Look Incredible Deluxe Box, March 2017.

I always get excited at the start of a new month because that means another Look Incredible box will be on it's way. If you haven't heard of Look Incredible, they do two monthly beauty boxes. The standard box, which costs £18.99 with £2.50 postage, and the deluxe box which is slightly more expensive at £35 with postage included. I'm currently subscribed to the deluxe box though I've had both in the past. The deluxe box is just more of a treat with more luxurious brands than the standard box.

To check out Look Incredible and their boxes, you can click here to visit their website.

Let's get onto what was inside the March box!

Cargo Cosmetics Around The World Eyeshadow Palette (RRP £30)
I already had this palette previous to receiving the box but it is such a stunning palette. I'm not the most daring when it comes to eyeshadow shades which is probably why I love this palette so much. It is the perfect neutral palette. I'd love to see another palette from Cargo in a box again.

Nails Inc polish in South Molton Street (RRP £15)
I'm really pleased with this addition. We received a Nails Inc product in last month's box and I loved the shade. That was the first time I'd tired a Nails Inc polish and I was very impressed. I really like this shade too as it looks very natural and I can't wait to wear it with spring around the corner!

Marc Jacobs Enamoured Lip Lacquer (RRP £22)
I'm not the biggest lip gloss fan but I have been getting into using it more since receiving a few in past boxes. Plus this one is Marc Jacobs! This looks like the perfect shade to layer on top of lipstick so I'm very happy with this.

Laura Geller Split Highlighter Duo in French Vanilla/Golden Rose (RRP £25)
This is my favourite item from the March box and I've worn it everyday since getting it! The highlight isn't that intense, it's more of a natural highlight so it's perfect for every day. I'd never tried Laura Geller before Look Incredible but I love this, just like I loved the primer in last month's box.

Urban Decay Ink For Eyes Waterproof Precision Eye Pen (RRP £15.50)
I was disappointed when I picked up my eyeliner box... There was no eye pen inside! After sending an e-mail to Look Incredible, I'd had a reply within the hour to let me know that they'd be sending one out to me. It only took a couple of days to reach me and the experience has left me suitably impressed with their customer service. Onto the product itself, I really like it. The blacker-than-black claim on the box is not a lie, the pigmentation of this is great. I love the fact it's waterproof too, the swatch I tried on my hand was still going strong after a long shower and the nib is great at getting the perfect line, as thin or thick as you prefer.

I'm always so happy with Look Incredible's boxes, I don't see myself cancelling this anytime soon. It's the longest stretch of time I've stayed with one company when it comes to beauty boxes, I don't think there's any other than do it better!

What do you think to this month's edition?

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9 March 2017

What I've Been Reading: February 2017.

Damned is the fourth book in the Kassidy Bell Series, which a series I love but this book didn't live up to the first three. I definitely recommend the series as a whole but this book was just anti-climatic. If you want to read more about this series and find out what it's about, you can read a previous blog post here.

This was a good, quick book and the first novel by Jessica Sorensen I've read. This is the first book in the series but I'm not in any rush to start reading the others. I really enjoyed the style of writing so I'm sure I'll be adding more books by this author to my Goodreads 'to read' list!

I really enjoyed this book. The list the book is titled after comes out every year at the high school the book takes place at. Two girls from each grade are named on the list, one as the prettiest and one as the ugliest. The point of view switches during the book as it follows the journey of the eight girls named on the list. It was such an interesting read and Sarah was my favourite out of all of them. The ending was the only thing that disappointed me. There wasn't much closure for most of the girls and it was left very open ended.

I love love LOVED this book. Honestly, how can anyone read this and not fall for Lucas?! Jacqueline has just been dumped by her long-term boyfriend and leaves a party by herself. She gets assaulted by one of her ex's fraternity brothers and gets rescued by Lucas. This book is very highly rated on Goodreads and after reading it, it's easy (no pun intended!) to see why.

I liked this book, though it was a difficult read at times. It won't be for everyone as it contains massive triggers for anyone who has been a victim of an assault or rape. I found one particular scene near the ending rather upsetting. The book focuses on Brooke and begins at the funeral of her best friend, Beth. Brooke knows the reason Beth killed herself and plans to get revenge for Beth. This book is going to stay with me for a long time, which proves how much of a good read it is.

Another book I really enjoyed last month! This was such a gripping book, I had no idea what to expect when I started reading it but as soon as I did, I lapped this up! Definite recommend and probably my favourite out of everything I read in February. The book starts after Charlie's death and Grace is struggling to come to terms with losing her best friend. Grace tries to find Charlies father and finds Anna instead, a girl claiming to be Charlie's sister. Soon after Anna is living with Grace and her boyfriend, Grace is being followed and her boyfriend starts acting strangely. This was such a great book and I had no idea how it was going to end. I'll be checking out more books by Louise Jensen for sure!

I'll be honest here, I'm going to be a complete downer on this book. I found it boring and I don't understand the high rating it has on Goodreads at all! Slow and predictable, it was almost a chore to finish it. Thumbs down.

I really wanted to love this book, but I can only say I liked it at most. I love Jessica Grace Coleman's Little Forest series so much, (You can read a blog post about that here.) that my expectations were set pretty high. The downfall just didn't meet them, my own fault, but it was still an entertaining read. I loved the mention of Beth and co from Little Forest in the first chapter though!

Click below to find out what I read in the past months.
January 2017.
December 2016.
November 2016.

October 2016.

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25 February 2017

Look Incredible Deluxe Box, February 2017.

Another month, another beauty box and wow, Look Incredible have pulled it out the bag this month! If you haven't heard of Look Incredible, they offer two subscription beauty boxes. The standard box costs £18.99 per month plus £2.50 postage and the deluxe box costs £35 per month with postage included. You can expect up to five full size goodies in both boxes, though the deluxe box tends to have more luxe brands than the standard and a higher overall worth. I've had both boxes in the past but only have the deluxe box at the moment as the products are more impressive.

Nars Satin Lip Pencil in Yu (RRP £20)
Nars describe this as a vivid pink and I love it. This is my first Nars lip product and hopefully not my last. These lip pencils tend to pop up in beauty boxes alot, I know Look Incredible have also included these in the standard boxes before so I'm surprised it's taken me so long to get one. It's worth the wait as I'll getting a lot of wear out of this, especially during the summer months.

Studio 10 I-Lift Longwear Liner in Mocha (RRP £22)
This is the one item in the box I'm not particularly bothered by. If I'm wearing eyeliner, it will almost always be of the liquid variety so I don't think I'll be reaching for this much. The liner is double ended with a dark brown one end and a highlight shade the other. The highlight side is very orange on my skin but I am very pale so I can see other subscribers liking this product.

Laura Geller Supercharged Fortified Under Make-Up Primer (RRP £25)
I've had a couple of weeks to try this out since receiving the box and I've really enjoyed using this. It's definitely made my foundation sit on my skin better and my skin seems to be less dry since using it. I'm not sure I'd want to pay the £25 price tag but I'm so pleased this was in the box!

Burberry Sheer Eye Shadow in Porcelain White (RRP £23)
Burberry in a beauty box?! What is this madness! I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw this gem, kudos to Look Incredible, they've really raised their game. This is a shimmery white which will be perfect under the brow bone or as an inner corner highlight. I've seen alot of other subscriber's got different shades of this with Dark Sable being the most common in the boxes and I'm so glad I got this shade. The packaging is so luxurious and it even comes with its own little dust pouch, cute!

Nails Inc Match Box by Lottie Tomlinson in Babes & Mint (RRP £15)
I'd heard such good things about these and I was really surprised to see this in the box as it is a very recent launch. Lottie Tomlinson is a make up artist and the sister of One Direction's Louis. I love the colour of these, it was a good choice having the nude shade in the box rather than any of the other colours. I used the nail polish the day I got the box and it lasted a really long time. I love the lip paint too, the colour is very close to Sleek's Matte Me liquid lipstick in Shabby Chic but the formula of these is so much better. They are quite drying but they last a really long time. Super impressed with this addition!

L-R: Nars Yu, Studio 10 Mocha & highlight, Burberry Porcelain White & Lips Inc Babes.

Nails Inc Mint.

Did you get any Look Incredible boxes this month? What did you think to this month's line up?

4 February 2017

What I've Been Reading: January 2017.

My Soul To Take by Rachel Vincent is the first book in the Soul Screamers series. I added this to my 'to read' list on goodreads as I hadn't seen any other series that focused on the mythology of banshees. Maybe there's a good reason for that as it just didn't translate well to page. And after learning about Banshees from watching Teen Wolf and seeing the gloriousness of Lydia Martin (Has anyone else LOVED season 6? What a ride!), no other banshee is going to compare! I won't be continuing this series but that's just me, everyone's different.

How To Build a Girl has been on my radar for a while and I finally got round to reading it. It's about Johanna Morrigan, a girl from the midlands as she transforms herself into Dolly Wilde in a big to become a music critic. There were parts I liked as well as parts I disliked and some parts that made me chuckle out loud, especially when she gets cystitis after sleeping with a character whose name I can't actually remember, but who has a very big dick!

This was a quick read but a good one. Zander has been sent to a camp for at risk teens and become friends with three other campers. The cover and title are slightly misleading as it makes it seem like Zander and Grover's relationship is the core focus of the book but this actually takes a backseat to Zander's relationship with Cassie. I loved Cassie, she was so flawed but that's what made me want to know more about her and I found the ending of the book so satisfying as I cared about Cassie the most out of all the characters.

Cut To The Bone is Alex Caan's debut novel and oh my god, it is brilliant! Ruby Day is a youtuber and the book starts after she has been reported as missing and videos are uploaded online by her captor. This was such a ride from start to finish and I couldn't predict why Ruby was taken or who had taken her. In an age where youtube is taking off the way it is, the idea behind this book is genius. I'll definitely be rereading this at some point, I just loved it and I feel like I can't rave about it enough to do it justice. Just go read it!

Where do I start with Harley & Rose? This book totally blindsided me. I went into it thinking it was going to be an easy read, the first half of the book was enjoyable... The second half is a total 180 which hit me right in the feels! I wish I'd been prepared and had some tissues ready for the tears which escaped while reading this.

It's been a while since I loved a book so much, I knew I'd want to read it again and I thought after reading Cut To The Bone, I'd have to wait a while to find another. I wasn't expecting to come across another in the same month! The Bad Ones is dark, twisted and oh so hot. Dulcie is the girl from the wrong side of town, Constantine is the mayor's son and they bring out the dark side in each other. It had a slight Heathers vibe going on, Constantine definitely reminds me of JD and that can only be a good thing as there is a reason that is my favourite film. This won't be to everyone's taste but I can't rate it highly enough. 

14 January 2017

Look Incredible Deluxe Box, January 2017.

It's been a whole year of beauty boxes for me now, having received my first last january. My make up collection has grown impressively and it's in large part to the subscriptions I've signed up for over the last 12 months.

Currently, the only box I'm still subbed to is the Look Incredible Deluxe box which costs £35 a month. All the products are full size and the value of this month's box is £91.99 so you definitely get value for money even though it's one of the more pricier beauty boxes available in the UK.

Too Faced Soul Mates Blushing Bronzer in Carrie & Big (RRP £28)
I love this bronzer and I know that for a fact as I already own it! I got this in a Cohorted box about a year ago and it definitely doesn't look as pristine as the one in the photo above. Being so pale, I was always a bit wary of using bronzers so this was my first (and still only) bronzer. I'll be passing this along to someone who can give it a good home in their collection.

Clinique Lash Power Feathering Mascara in Onyx Black (RRP £18.99)
I haven't tried much Clinique makeup before so I'm interested to see how this makes my lashes look. I'm working through so many mascaras at the moments so I'll be saving this til I've used some others up.

Lorac Pro Powder Cheek Stain in Coral Crush (RRP £21)
I haven't tried any Lorac products before so this is exciting. I was wary when I saw the box and saw cheek stain, as I thought it would be a liquid but this seems to be a normal powder blush. It's more pink that I thought it would be, going on the shade name but I'll definitely get a lot of use out of this.

Bee Good Honey & Wild Water Mint 3 in 1 Cleansing Water (RRP £10)
If only this box had arrived a few days earlier! I've only just bought a new bottle of Garnier micellar water (the new 700ml size!) so I'm all set for a while. This doesn't have much a scent which surprised me given the name. I might save this for travelling as the bottle is smaller than Garnier's.

Eucerin Even Brighter Concentrate (RRP £14)
These seem to be sold in a pack of 3 for £28 so the RRP that Look Incredible have stated is wrong seeing as we only got one in the box! I probably won't use this if I'm being honest, I wish Look Incredible had included something else instead of this.

What do you think to this month's offering?

5 January 2017

What I've Been Reading: December 2016.

These are the last 2 books in the New England Witch Chronicles, a series I started in November. I really enjoyed this series so I'll have to look into other series by Chelsea Luna. You can read about the first 2 books in the series in last month's post.

Jennifer Armentrout is one of my favourite authors so I soon as I delved into this, I knew it wouldn't take me long to finish it. I don't want to give anything away so I'll just reccommend the hell out of this book! Mallory and Rider's story will stay with you long after you've finished reading.

This was the first book I'd ready by Colleen Hoover and I didn't love it like everyone else seems too. I'm in the minority as reviews on Goodreads really praise it. I wasn't invested in Layken and Will's relationship the way I should have been, it just didn't pull me in. I was more interested in the relationship of Layken and her mum, I found those parts of the story heartbreaking but that's what saved the book for me.

I'm torn on this book. I enjoyed it but really disliked one of the main characters. The book focuses on Holland and her relationship with Cece. It was a quick read but it fell flat for me. Part of that was because of Cece, who really grated on my nerves.

This is the most recently released out of all the books I read last month. It only came out in December but it's had amazing reviews so far and all the reviews were really vague on what the book is actually about. The author herself says it best to read the book with an open mind and without reading any spoilers and I 100% agree. I started reading the book with an idea of what I thought it would be about but I wasn't even close. Honestly, this book is amazing and is one I'll remember for years to come. Hands down, the best book I read last month.

24 December 2016

Look Incredible Deluxe Box, December 2016.

I'm very happy to have restarted my subscription to Look Incredible's deluxe box. They've got an amazing edition this month, which was all the persuading I needed. The deluxe box costs £35 per month and you get 5 full size products.

Elemis Pro-Collagen Hydra-Gel Eye Masks x2 (RRP £13)
I've used these before as I got 2 in a deluxe box during summer and also from a cohorted box earlier on in the year. I really enjoy using these though I can't say I noticed a massive difference after using them.

Spa Retreats Signature Nourishing Hand Cream (RRP £13)
My hands suffer from dry skin, especially during winter yet I totally slack off when it comes to hand cream. I'm hoping this will make me get more into a routine when it comes to taking care of my hands.

Smashbox Photo Angle Gel Liner (RRP £18)
I used to be mad for eyeliner, it was the one makeup product I couldn't live without. These days I hardly use it. I'd never used a gel liner before but I gave this ago and I quite like it. I definitely need some more practice if I'm going to be using it a lot more. I can't do flicks the way I used to!

Too Faced Cat Eyes Palette (RRP £32)
The main reason I wanted the deluxe box! As with all Too Faced products, I love the packaging of this. Too Faced just can't do any wrong in my eyes. I'm looking forward to using this as I love Too Faced palettes.

Laura Mercier Lip Colour in Maya (RRP £22)
My favourite part of any beauty box is always going to be the lip product so I'm ecstatic with this! I hadn't used any Laura Mercier products before but I had high hopes. The packaging is gorgeous and the actual shade is something I would have chosen myself. Maya is described as a tangerine pink and it's very autumnal. Probably not the best for this time of year but I've been getting into orange and coral lip shades a lot recently as it complements my pale skin and dark hair. The lipstick itself is very moisturising and lasts on the lips, even after eating.

Look Incredible have totally pulled it out the bag this month, I'm hoping for a similar standard in January's box. What do you to December's edition?

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