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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Glossybox - July

Ever since I got my years’ sub to Glossybox (a steal at just £50!) my boxes have been awful (perhaps not a steal?!). You may have noticed a distinct lack in monthly beauty box posts (aside from the LIB themed boxes), and that’s because they’ve been rubbish. In fact, the contents of the last few boxes have all been given to friends/family.

So yesterday when the Hermes guy delivered my box, I wasn’t feeling that excited. Okay, I was a little. But only because it feels like ages since I got the last one.

So. In the box:
HD Brows Eye & Brow Palette – full size worth £19.95
Clynol Colour Enrich Shampoo – 50ml worth £1.55
MONU Golden Glow – 30ml worth £3.45
Jelly Pong Pong Irish Cream Pavlova Lip Frosting – full size worth £10
Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Skin Balancing Lotion – 5ml worth £3.20
*BONUS Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference sample set*

HD Brows Eye & Brow Palette
This item probably made this box the ‘best box’. Although now I’ve tried it I really don’t see the hype. I know if I didn’t get it I would have moaned, but now I do have it it’s just a bit meh.

Clynol Colour Enrich Shampoo
My hair isn’t dyed so this didn’t excite me. I tend to use a lot of shampoo so this would only have lasted one wash anyway.

MONU Golden Glow
<rant> Eugh. Don’t. Just don’t. I can’t wait to get my tan on with this … NOT. I stated in my beauty profile that I’m black – if they didn’t know then I wouldn’t be mad. But they do know. Don’t ask if you’re not going to use them! </rant>

T: Heavily swatched. B: Blended.
Jelly Pong Pong Irish Cream Pavlova Lip Frosting
I’ve actually been wanting to try these for a while as I’ve seen a few people on BBS with it. But it smells sickly, like kids’ sweets – i.e. sugar and E-numbers. Not only that but mineral oil? Why would I ever use this on my face when it contains mineral oil? Especially as it’s the first ingredient. And parabens too? No ta.

Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Skin Balancing Lotion
The sample is a bit on the small side so I’m not sure whether I’ll really be able to test this thoroughly. Will be good to try though.

The bonus samples were a nice touch, but one-use samples are of no use to me (I know that sounds so diva-ish, but you never truly know what a product is like after one use).

Worth over £38, this box was pretty decent. But I’m so over the GB hype. I won’t cancel my sub, it was such a deal and honestly speaking I’d feel a bit out of the loop if I wasn’t subbed.

Did you get a box this month?

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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

My quest for the perfect brow: Eyebrow Threading

Ever since I was 17 I’ve been threading my eyebrows. During my younger years I was very ‘pluck-happy’ but when I got to 17 I realised the error of my ways, and opted to have them done professionally.


For those who don’t know what threading is, it’s a procedure where a piece of cotton is twisted into a double thread and that double thread is used to pull a line of hairs out. Weird explanation so here’s a short video:

I’ve recently been trying to grow my eyebrows out as I’ve got a HD Brows appointment on the 24th. But with a wedding on the 21st and some friends staying over at the moment I just can’t stand looking like an unkempt werewolf any longer.

I know that my HD Brows procedure will be a lot better if they’ve got more brow to work with but I couldn’t hold out and went to get them threaded this afternoon.


Be prepared, the pictures are gruesome …

There’s no way I could last another two weeks with those bad boys.


The woman I usually have wasn’t there when I arrived so I had to get someone else. Not entirely happy with the shape as they usually look a lot better, but anything is better than what was there before!

I’ve filled them in slightly with a pencil, and added some silver to highlight my brow bone.

Threading gives a much cleaner finish compared to waxing and plucking and it’s very quick.

Whenever I mention eyebrow threading the first question people ask me if whether it hurts. Any kind of hair removal involving ripping hair from the follicle is going to hurt. But threading is typically very quick, with both brows done in less than 15-20 minutes.

I tend to wait about 2-3 weeks before returning so hopefully cleaning up my messy brows today will not have had too much impact on my forthcoming HD Brows.

Thumbs up for better brows!

How do you keep your eyebrows in check?

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