The Newest Beauty Gadget on the Block! Lift Away The Years


The Newest Beauty Gadget on the Block! Lift Away The Years

1 Comment 03 February 2013

I was intrigued a couple of weeks ago when I was contacted by Crystal Clear to come and take a look at a product launching soon, as well as to meet the founder of the company at their flagship store in Liverpool. I have to admit that the brand was one I had always seen in spa’s and Selfridges beauty hall, but had always felt a wee bit intimidated by. I had heard about their facials and microdermabrasion technique, but other than that, I was pretty much in the dark, so I was interested to find out more, and I also wanted to meet Sharon Hilditch, the founder and CEO of the company, as she is from Liverpool herself (like me), and has actually been awarded an MBE for her research into skincare.

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I’m sure you can imagine that I planned to glide into Crystal Clear central looking put together and like I vaguely knew what I was doing. So naturally that didn’t work out.

I was doing training that day for work in a scratty cheap pair of jogging bottoms and trainers, so  I packed a nice dress to change into on my way. But guess what? A dress doesn’t go too well with trainers, and since I’d oh-so-smoothly managed to forget my nice boots… I turned up in scratty tracksuit bottoms and trainers. The Shame…

Oh, and also, my camera decided that would be the perfect time to need a big old charge. Luckily for me, Sharon was absolutely lovely, and didn’t seem to mind that I had turned up looking like a tramp. Oh God, The Shame…

Anyway, onto the non-cringe section of the post…

As I wasn’t massively familiar with the range, Sharon spent time taking me through the range – for facial skin there are the “Stay Young” and “Problem Solvers” ranges. “Stay Young, is suited to all skin-types and is aimed at those who want reduce/fight the signs of ageing, whilst “Problem Solvers” is aimed at soothing, and repairing problematic and spot prone skin. There is also a “Professional Range” which aims to mimic the effects of their salon treatments at home. I personally like it when a range is simplified like this, and Sharon did point out that there are no hard and fast rules – her customers rarely use one range exclusively.  Again I liked this – I hate prescriptive skin care regimes, because skin and skin issues rarely fit neatly into one box

We then spent some time looking at of the new product, or rather device, that the company are launching very soon. “Lift Away the Years” has taken two years to develop, and is aimed at maximizing the penetration of product (in this case, serum) into the skin, to allow ingredients to reach their full potential and increase hydration, as well as a lifting effect, and I’m really pleased to be able to give you one of the first looks at this new gadget…

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The “Lift Away The Years” device reminded me at first appearance of the many many eye creams available at the moment which come in a roller-ball applicator. This one however packs a bit more of a punch. The device is powered by a AAA battery (it lasts really well – I’d say you’d go through a battery a month with this), and when turned on (there is a touch button at the side which you can see in the next picture) the head vibrates and oscillates.

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The device is refillable – the head unscrews and can be filled with the anti-ageing serum. The head then screws back on and when switched on the product is distributed over the skin via the roller-ball, and massaged in by the action of the device.


I have only been using the device consistently for a couple of weeks, and I intend to do a really full review once I’ve given this a really thorough test, but I wanted to share my first impressions with you.

One of the first things I noticed using this is that because you are essentially giving yourself a really thorough facial massage twice a day, you get a kind of “post work out” glow to your skin – obviously the action of massage gives the microcirculation near the skin a boost, and that naturally makes skin look a lot more radiant, and plump. That also means it has an immediate effect on lines and wrinkles, because they look less pronounced. I have to say I was initially a little sceptical about this but I used it on one half of my face and compared sides, and I definitely noticed that my smile line was less marked on the side I had used the device on. So I do agree that the device gives an immediate boost to skin. The clinical research done on the tool also suggests long term benefits, so I’ll be updating my thoughts about that once I have given it a longer test.

Another unexpected thing I found using this is that it is actually pretty relaxing – I work shifts and it can make life pretty hectic, but using this, especially at night actually does help me feel a bit more relaxed. If I have a headache or I’m feeling stressed, spending a bit of time zapping my temples with this makes me feel like I’m ready to fight another day, which is something that rubbing in a bit of face cream can’t really do.

I am wondering if devices like this are going to be the new trend in skincare – after all, we were all happy with a simple face wash before the clarisonic landed. Maybe we have found as many active ingredients as we can, and if now, the way forward in skin care lies in devices which boost the action of products like this one?

The device will be available from Thursday 7th Feb 2013 online, and will retail at £79.99 for a kit containing the Lift Away The Years skincare device, as well as a 30 ml Intense Anti-Ageing Serum (the serum normally retails at £60 for 50 mls).

Stay tuned for an in-depth review!

Organic Surge Hand & Nail Creams.

Nails, Skincare

Organic Surge Hand & Nail Creams.

No Comments 14 January 2013

I was sent these a while back, and wanted to give them a good go before reviewing them – they are currently on sale on the Organic Surge website – they normally cost £4.09 for a 75ml tube, but are currently available for £3.07. I’d also highly recommend trying their Super intensive daily moisturiser if you have dry skin, which I reviewed HERE – I have nearly finished my pot and will definitely be getting more.

Anyway, onto the hand-creams.


Packaging wise these come in a standard flip-top tube, functional and hygienic, and they are a nice size for handbag use…

The lotions are both free of colour and the scents in the creams are from organic oils used in the ingredients. These creams also have good ingredient credentials;



The texture of these is nice and light  – they don’t leave you feeling too greasy and slippery for long and sink in well, and provide a good amount of hydration for everyday, however if you have drier hands in need of a bit more help then you might want to seek out something richer such as the Body Shop hemp hand lotion. Of the two scents I definitely like the tropical bergamot more as I am all over anything with a citrus scent. The lavender meadow version is nice for night time, and the scent of both is very “real”, with nothing synthetic about them.

Not sure I would personally repurchase these as I tend to only use hand-creams during the winter months when my hands are prone to feeling really dry and sore, and these aren’t quite rich enough for me, but if you don’t like heavy hand-creams then these might be well worth a look.

Cruelty Free? Organic surge state on their site that they do not test their products on animals, and that they use suppliers who operate a fixed cut-off date for their raw ingredients having previously been tested. They do not employ third party companies to test.

Disclaimer – Hand-creams were sent for review purposes. All opinions are honest and based on my own experiences with a product. 

This Works! no Wrinkles Night Repair Serum


This Works! no Wrinkles Night Repair Serum

2 Comments 22 December 2012

This is a product I was sent for review a couple of months ago, and I’ve been using it daily ever since – without realising, it’s become a product I use and love every day, and I miss it when I can’t get to it, for example if I’m away from home.

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When I was contacted to see if I was interested in trying this, the selling point of providing the appearance of eight hours sleep was really what got my attention – a combination of shift work and bouts of disturbed sleep means that often my skin looks blotchy, tired and dehydrated – when it get especially dehydrated I do notice that very fine lines appear over my cheeks which depress me greatly.

Product claims;

“Reduces signs of skin fatigue and premature ageing by attacking the glycotoxins that build up when you don’t get enough sleep.” (Between you and me I had no idea what Glycotoxins were – a quick google search revealed that they are the end product of breakdown of certain foods which cause accelerated aging)
The serum contains Persian Silk Tree extract, Cactus Flower extract and Retinol to prepare the skin for its night time reparations and to promote youthful radiance.
“Readies the skin for moisturiser and revives tired skin, ensuring you wake up with the natural glow of eight hours’ sleep – regardless of how little you’ve had.”

So lets start from the outside – the packaging of this is really lovely – it comes in an airtight pump dispenser which is always one of my prefered modes of packaging – hygienic  airtight and light-tight. One pump provides just the right amount for one application – I was initially a little heavy handed with it, but quickly realised this was just a waste of what is a fairly high end product ( it retails at £45 for 30mls).

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I was actually surprised by the appearance of this in terms of the product itself when I first used it too – serums I’ve used before have usually been gel like or liquid textures – this has more of a cream texture, and initially I expected this to feel heavy, but it isn’t it melts in to my skin and sinks in quickly.

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For the first couple of weeks of using this, I have to say, I didn’t really feel like it was doing anything much – it was pleasant to use, has a nice relaxing scent (lavender and patchouli-ish) which is lovely for night time use, but didn’t seem to be making any noticeable difference to my skin. However in about the third week of using it, I started to fall a little bit in love with it.

Those fine little dehydration lines were starting to disappear, and my skin was starting to look a lot more glowy – not in a greasy way, rather in a healthy looking smooth and content skin way.

I’ve been using this at night and topping it with my Organic Surge Intensive moisuriser – which I’ve reviewed HERE, and this seems to be a great combination for my dry/dehydrated skin.

Of course, you definitely need to take you’re own skin type into account – mine is dry and dehydrated, and although this serum is very light and sinks in well, it does provide a decent shot of moisture, so I’m not sure how well very oily skin types would get on with it.  Likewise, I can’t comment on whether this would be rich enough for very dry skin types. I’d say for normal to combination to slightly dry types will like this though.

I’ve personally been so impressed with this, that I am aiming to pick up the eye cream from the “No Wrinkles” range to see if this can perform similar miracles to the night serum.

Repurchase? Yes. For me this worked a treat, but be aware that this is a slow-burner and not an instant miracle cream.

Cruelty Free? This Works state on their website that their products are not tested on animals, however I am unable to find any information regarding the testing of their ingredients, or whether they pay for third party testing, and the line is not listed in the BUAV or PETA cruelty free lists.

Disclaimer – This product was sent to me for review purposes. 

Glossybox November 2012

Body, Fragrance, Makeup, Nails, Skincare

Glossybox November 2012

5 Comments 27 November 2012

Glossybox is a monthly beauty sample subscription services – it costs £10/month plus P&P, for which you receive five “Beauty Miniatures” each month. If you would like to find out more about the service then check out their website HERE.

It’s always a bit of a surprise when my glossybox arrives – some months I love it, others not so much, but I still enjoy the anticipation and the surprise of finding out what is in the box each month.

The theme for November’s box is “Stocking Fillers” – often the most interesting gifts to give and receive are stocking fillers in my opinion. They never need to cost a lot, but they are a nice way of showing that you are thinking of someone…

The November box came with five samples to try out…

 First up is a Dr Jart Water Fuse BB Cream;

I’m looking forward to giving this a whirl, as I think it might be a nice BB cream for dry skin – I’ve had a quick look online, and as far as I can tell this one doesn’t contain any snail extracts – the Regenerating version does apparently. I was really pleased to find out the Dr Jart range is cruelty free recently too. This is a 15 ml sample – full size is £18 for 50mls.

Next up, Alison Claire Remarkable Mango Body Butter,

This has a lovely texture, and the scent is really unusual – it starts off as a typical mango scent but as I wear it becomed sweeter, and there is almost a caramel scent to it as well, which makes it lovely for the autumn. The range states that is is not tested on animals, however I was unable to find any information on third party testing on the site. This is a 50 ml sample – full size is 200mls and retails at £15.

I also got a travel size sample of Dermalogica’s Microfoliant powder.

This is a fine powder which can be added to water or other cleansers to make a fine scrub. I’ve used it a couple of times, and you do have to use quite a lot of product to make enough to cover the face. Its nice enough but not something I’d go out of my way to repurchase. Dermalogica is not cruelty free as they sell in China, although the company are apparently now trying to withdraw from the Chinese market. Full size is 75g and retails at £38.50.

I also received a Nails Inc Caviar Topcoat,

This a cute little mini polish and will always be handy to have around – As far as I can tell, Nails Inc is a cruelty free brand. This is a 4ml sample, full size is 4g and retails at £11.

Finally I was also sent a Burberry Body perfume sample.

This is a nice enough scent – but I can’t say its my favourite ever – it has a quite green top note, but then warms up into something much more womanly and sensual. Burberry claim that their cosmetics are cruelty free, however are owned by L’oreal,who are not known for their animal friendly credentials…

Overall this a nice box, containing a decent mixture of products – I’m particularly pleased with the BB cream and the mango body butter.

Cruelty Free? The information I could find for each product is mentioned in each overview.

Disclaimer – PR sample.

Organic Surge Super-Intensive Daily Moisturiser


Organic Surge Super-Intensive Daily Moisturiser

No Comments 07 November 2012

It’s that time of year again… And as much as I love it, Autumn and Winter (is it just me or do they just merge into six months of cold, wind and rain?), the central heating and weather can leave skin feeling a bit worse for wear.

My normally dry skin seems to become more dehydrated, sleepless nights show more, and I generally look a little worse for wear when the seasons are changing, and bad weather leaves my face feeling like it’s been slapped.

Bring on this little pot of happy…

The first thing I noticed about this cream was the smell – it has a delicious herbal almost spa like scent to it – not at all artificial, the main scent is rose, but this is in no way an old-lady smelling cream. If you have ever smelled the original range from The Sanctuary and liked it, then this will probably appeal to you

The second thing I noticed was the texture – in the pot this looks like a really thick, almost balm like product – and to me this actually added to the appeal of the product – this is aimed at dry skin types, and at this time of year I like something that feels rich and comforting on the skin. At the same time though, I don’t want to feel like my skin is clogged up with a heavy mask of lotion. This impressed me though – the cream does definitely have a rich consistency but it melts into the skin and I didn’t experience any sticky residue feelings. In fact, I felt like this provided a really smooth finish, and acted as a good base for makeup. It left me feeling hydrated and comfortable all day. No feelings of dryness or parched central heating skin.

The moisturiser is water based, and also contains the following;

Ingredients – Aqua (Water), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Glycerin (Veg)*, Glycerin (Veg), Theobroma Cacao Seed Butter*, Glyceryl Monostearate SE, Butyrospermum Parkii*, Simmondsia Chinensis*, Stearic Acid, Palmitic Acid, Cetearyl Alcohol, Isopropyl Myristate, Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Vitis Vinifera*, Vitis Vinifera, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita Flower Extract, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Tocopherol, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil*, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil,Geraniol, Citronellol, Linalool. *ingredient from organic farming. Naturally occurring within essential oils.

As you can see, the cream contains Rose Geranium Oil to balance the skin and boost the circulation, Aloe Vera to soothe, and Glycerine which retains moisture in the skin.

All in all this is a little pot of win – I love it in the daytime over my Clarins Hydraquench serum (review HERE), and I also love to apply a thicker layer at night to soak in. It leaves my skin soft, comfortable and looking hydrated, which for the pricepoint is a really great result. Definitely recommended for dry skin types.

This moisturiser is also really well priced at £8.99 available online or at selected retailers including John Lewis and Waitrose.

Cruelty Free? Organic Surge state that they do not test their products on animals, and also state that they do not use products or ingredients which are tested on animals. Certain raw materials which have been tested in the past are obtained with a fixed cut off date – ie no further tests performed after this date. This is a standard widely accepted by anti-vivisection organisations.

Disclaimer – PR sample provided for review. All opinions are honest and based on my own experiences with a product.

October Glossybox

Nails, Skincare

October Glossybox

3 Comments 17 October 2012

Yep, it’s that time of the month again – Glossybox has landed. Well actually in my case it was shoved under the back gate on a rainy day and left there for a few hours while I was at work – My postie wins at life.

Want to know what the heck a Glossybox is? Click HERE, to read my rundown of the service.

This month’s box seems to have a couple of themes – DIY beauty, ie pampering you can do at home, and also supports Breast Cancer Care – 10p from each box is being donated, and Glossybox are holding their own “Pink Friday” event to raise more cash for the charity.

So, what’s in this month’s box (Does anyone else get flashbacks to the film Se7en? “What’s in the Booooooxxxx”?) then?

First of all, we have a nail polish – This is a lovely pink shade from the Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Range – I have reviewed a polish from this line before (HERE), and the colours I have tried so far have impressed me…

The shade I received is called “Shrimply Divine”, and its a pretty, bright summery shade, probably more suited to toes at this time of year, but I like that it fits in with the Breast Cancer Care theme. This is a full sized product and retails at £6.99.

I was really pleased to see a Dr Jart BB cream sample in the box – this is a fairly new range to the UK,and one which I was pleasantly surprised to discover is cruelty free (although not vegan – some of the line contains snail extracts, an ingredient which seems to ping in and out of fashion in beauty products on a regular basis unfortunately)

This is a decent sized sample at 15ml – full size is 40mls and retails at £24, although other formulations are available such as “Water Fuse” which I am planning to give a whirl at some point in the future…

Another pink product next, this time from Anatomicals in the form of their “Don’t Just Clean it Woman, Scrub it!” body scrub.

Some might not feel like this is a particularly luxe product, but I am always really drawn to this range, which has just started to sell in Tesco. I think the packaging is fun, the products smell great (this is no exception, and has a lovely zesty pink grapefruit scent), and generally live up to their promises. They also look a lot more expensive than they actually are. This is a 75ml sample, perfect for travel – the full size is 200mls and retails at £3.49.

Next up is another full sized product from Yves Rocher – “Hydra Vegetal, Instant Anti-Wrinkle Moisturiser”

This moisturiser is apparently rich in hyaluronic acid, a known skin plumper which is proven to work, so this could be a great product. As mentioned this is full size at 30mls and retails at £18.

Finally, a small sample of a product I’m completely unfamiliar with – Skinetica’s Anti-Blemish Solution;

 This is a product I’m unlikely to use to be honest, as I don’t suffer many blemishes, and when I do I prefer to leave them be. This is about a 5-10 ml sample at a guess (the size is not on the bottle), and a full, 100ml size retails at £6.99.

Overall I’m more impressed with this months box than I have been with a few of the recent ones, and I think it’s a good “value for money” box.

Cruelty Free? The BB Cream and Shower Scrub are cruelty free, although Dr Jart is not a vegan line. Sally Hansen state on their website that they do not test products or ingredients on animals, and nor do they commission a third party to do so, however are owned by Coty, who do use animal testing. Yves Rocher have began to sell in China, and so are no longer cruelty free. I am unable to find any information on Skinetica’s website regarding their testing policies.

Disclaimer – PR Sample.

Superfacialist by Una Brennan – Rose Facial Oil


Superfacialist by Una Brennan – Rose Facial Oil

3 Comments 14 October 2012

I’ve long been a fan of the “double cleansing” method, especially on “makeup days” – cleansing once to remove makeup, and a second time to actually cleanse the skin. So I was pretty intrigued to see this range in Boots, which advocates an oil or “pre-cleansing” step.

Una Brennan is a pretty big deal in facialist circles in London, having built up an amazing reputation for herself over the past 17 years, so it’s great to see a diffusion range from her available in Boots. The range carries three lines – Rose to cleanse, hydrate and calm, Tea Flower to deep cleanse, balance and mattify, and Neroli for anti-ageing, firming and plumping, and is all meant to be suitable for sensitive skin, and all skin-types.

I picked up the “Rose Hydrate Miracle Makeover Facial Oil” in my local Boots for £14.99 (the range is currently exclusive to Boots and – Boots currently have a 3 for 2 offer on all skincare so this is a good time to go and pick this up if you do want it. The range includes face masks, cleansers, scrubs and moisturisers and is priced between £7.99 for the cleansers and £16.99 for the Neroli night cream.

The rose oil is recommended to use as a “pre-cleanse”, AKA, step one of a double cleanse – it recommends warming between the hands, applying and massaging, before removing with a muslin cloth or flannel, and then following with a cream cleanser from the range. I’ve been following these instructions but following up with my Trilogy Rose cleanser (review HERE) because I still have half a bottle to get through of that, and didn’t see the point of buying another rose cream cleanser yet. The oil can also be used in smaller quantities as a hydrating treatment, massaged in before applying moisturiser, but I haven’t used it in this way.

Now, as you might have spotted from the pictures, this is quite a small bottle of oil (30mls) when you compare it with other oil cleansers. However, unlike many oil cleansers, this appears to contain no mineral oil,and is a blend of pure oils including rose, avocado, raspberry and petchouli in a carrier or sunflower seed oil, so is much less pore clogging, and is made from quality ingredients. I was however worried that given the size of the bottle, I would go through this in about a week, which would make it a bit of an expensive cleanser…

This is however a bit different than other oil cleansers I have used – initially when you pump it out of the bottle it feels like it has quite a thick consistency, however, as you warm it up by rubbing it between the palms, it gains a thinner consistency when it hits body temp, which means it spreads quite well – I’ve found that one to two pumps, depending on how much makeup I have on is adequate, so this little bottle is lasting well – I don’t wear makeup every single day though, so obviously take that into account when weighing up a purchase.

The other difference is that this doesn’t emulsify like other oil cleansers I have tried when you add water to it – you really do need a cloth to remove it. On the plus side, this means that the oil can be used to massage whilst cleansing, which is never a bad thing – if you need a few pointers as to how to do a facial massage, check out this post by Caroline Hirons. The downside is of course, that you do need to be a little more thorough when removing it, as this doesn’t just rinse off.

As a cleanser though, this does a really good job, and dissolves all the makeup I use on a regular basis including waterproof mascara. And although I’ve harped on about this needing to be removed with a cloth, that’s no big deal as I use a muslin cloth anyway. This also a very hydrating and conditioning cleanser – it leaves my skin feeling soft, and comfortable, with no dryness at all, and I haven’t noticed any issues with congestion/breakouts other than those my skin already had before

This is my first foray into this range, and it’s definitely got my interest – I’m extremely likely to also try the Neroli oil, as well as the Rose Mask in the future.

Cruelty Free? As far as I can tell the range is cruelty free, although there is no information on the superfacialist site regarding this.

Cheap Thrill… Montagne Jeunesse Strawberry Souffle Mask


Cheap Thrill… Montagne Jeunesse Strawberry Souffle Mask

2 Comments 13 October 2012

Ahhh, I do feel sorry for some of the people that most arrive at these occasional “Cheap Thrill” posts for reasons other than beauty reviews…

Anyway. I have recently decided that I need to make face-masks a more regular part of my routine because my skin often looks dehydrated, stressed and even a wee bit congested. Like most beauty bloggers though, I am a fickle type (you know it’s true. Otherwise why do we have a drawer full of taupe eyeshadows?) so I like trying lots of different ones. Sure, I have my staples, but, it’s always nice to try new things.

Cue the Montagne Jeunesse range – I found these in my local Home and Bargain shop on a 3 for £2 offer, but you can also pick them up in Boots or Superdrug for £1 each.

One of the three I picked up was this Strawberry Souffle Moisturising and Purifying mask, as I thought it might deal with both the congestion and dehydration issues I have with my skin at the moment.

I like the fact that these masks come in handy pouches – that makes them great for a one-off try, so if your skin is acting out of character a bit, you can pick one up which fits your needs at the time, and they are also great for travel. Also happy to see that the range is BUAV approved, and suitable for vegetarians.

The ingredients list is a mixture of natural and chemical sounding concoctions – I am no good at interpreting these, but if that’s your thing then;

The mask itself is a very pale pink concoction and has strawberry seeds in it, and it has a good consistency – spreadable, not too thick, not too thin, and one pouch is just the right amount for one application in each pouch.

The mask is designed to be left on for around 15 -20 minutes before you remove. I personally didn’t keep a check on the time, but just left it on while I read a couple of magazines, and started feeling like it was hardening up a little bit, like clay masks do. After this time, added a bit of water to loosen it a little, then removed with a muslin cloth.

I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised by this mask – after removal my skin felt really smooth and nicely hydrated. I applied a layer of moisturiser and it sank in really well.  few hours later and I still felt like my skin was lovely and smooth. As far as dealing with congestion, my skin looked a bit less blotchy, but obviously one mask isn’t going to pull out every blemish in one go (indeed, you wouldn’t actually want it to!).

So, overall, a very impressive first run with this brand (can you believe, I’ve never tried this range before?!), and one I’d definitely pick up again.

Cruelty Free? Yep – BUAV approved, suitable for vegetarians.

What other mask for dehydrated or dry but congested skin types would you recommend?

September Glossybox Review.

Fragrance, Makeup, Skincare

September Glossybox Review.

No Comments 03 October 2012

Apologies for the late posting on this one… recently life has been trying to trip me up, and I’ve taken a bit of time to steady myself again.

September’s Glossybox is a very very pretty looking box indeed, with a lovely redesign from illustrator Maggie Li – you can view her rather charming website HERE.

I personally LOVE when Glossybox do these special edition boxes – I still have their eco style box from several months ago – I decant my samples into it to dip into – This box is super pretty, and I’ll definitely find a use for it…

So, lovely box (ooh Matron!), but what about the contents, so to speak?

The September box is based on the theme of “Rising Stars”, and mine contained the following;

Lady Gaga “Fame” Fragrance Sample – Often perfume samples get a mixed reception, but personally I don’t mind them – I’m unlikely to ever purchase a fragrance based on receiving a sample, but they are a nice way to try new fragrances. Plus, they can be chucked in your smalls drawer to keep things smelling nice when you are done with them. I wasn’t massively sure what to expect from this fragrance, what with all the buzz about it containing chemicals based on Gaga’s various secretions (delightful as I hear they are, that seems a bit of an “Ick” thought to me…). People also seem amazed by the fact that this is black (Apparently it is “Black like the soul of fame” – make of that what you will!), but to me this seems slightly gimmicky. What matters with perfume is how is smells, and this is not as unpleasant as it might have been – on first sniffing this has quite a blackcurranty fruity whiff, but then settles down to something more floral, but it has a peppery vibe to it that I’m personally not a fan of.

Rodial Sachets – two sachets of “Glamoxy Snake Serum”, and two sachets of “Five Minute Facial”. I’m not hugely excited about these, as I have a feeling the range is not cruelty free (the lack of information about their testing policy on the website is a bit of a giveaway), so I am unlikely to use or purchase them – my sister may enjoy them, as she is the likely recipient of these

L’Oreal Techni Art Volume Mousse and Smoothing Gel-Creme – Again, not overwhelmed with these as L’Oreal are definitely not cruelty free, and a brand I avoid when shopping. Decent sized samples, and I am sure I will be able to find someone to take these off my hands. Apparently these made the box as they were used backstage at LFW recently.

The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Cream – Love the Body Shop, love their vitamin E range, so I’ll definitely use this for travel. Just a little bit puzzled as to why this is is in a “Rising Star” box, as this has been around for longer than me (possibly, but you get the point…). A decent sized sample,and I know my skin likes this cream on dry winter days. I also love the smell of it – it’s like baby powder for big girls (and boys)

Balance Me “Wonder Eye Cream” – For me the most exciting product in the box, as I have yet to try anything from this line which is both cruelty free, and based more on natural ingredients and less on unpronouncable nasties. Again a decent sized sample, and I have tried this a couple of times – it sinks in easily, however obviously to see any real benefits or otherwise, I’d need a longer time-frame for testing. This has a lovely scent too.

So, overall a bit of a mixed review – love the box, but the contents were not the best for me on a personal level. What were your thoughts on this month’s box?

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