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Beauty: The Gift of Beauty Boxes


beauty box
beauty box products
beauty box products
Here we go again- I’m raving on about beauty boxes one more time. You may have already seen a number of my posts over the past month discussing why I really like the concept and feel they are one of the best gift ideas for the females in your life. So here I am again, just in case you didn’t get the message the first time round…

I basically wanted to share with you the second beauty box I have received from Smartzprice, the December box, which follows my review of the November box I carried out the other week. After being very happy with the five full sized items I received last time, all packaged up in a smart matte black box, I am absolutely loving the December box maybe even a little bit more! From a full sized bare Minerals deep cleansing facial wash to a gorgeous shimmery bronze Smashbox lipgloss, I was in for a real treat this time. If I was on the receiving end of a beauty box subscription as a surprise gift, I would have been totally over the moon to receive this from a friend…

So the lovely products packed inside this December box include:

bare Minerals Deep Cleansing Foam Wash (RRP £15-£18) : As many of you know I am already a bare Minerals fan, and religiously use the brands Mineral Veil Finishing Powder to blot away any shine, and to keep my foundation staying put. I’ve also tried out their concealers before and loved them for their staying power, so a face wash from the brand is completely new to me. I feel I’m going to love using this as from reading reviews, a lot of people mention it’s effectiveness at sloughing away dead skin cells, encouraging brighter and smoother skin. It’s gentle to use and foams up into a rich, cleansing lather. So far, so good, and the full size product ranges from £15-£18 depending where you would buy it from!

nails inc mauve
nails inc nails
Nails Inc Marylebone Mews Nail Polish (£5.99): This is a beautiful soft mauve shade which after just one coat (how I am wearing it on the photo) glides on to provide a subtle touch of sheer colour. It’s glossy without being too shiny, and is a stunning colour for daytime wear. A second coat would double up this colour, making it have a more obvious lilac-grey tone. Very pretty!

tarte mascara
tarte flashes mascara
Tarte Lights Camera Flashes Mascara and Eyelash Curlers (Mascara RRP: £15.99): I have wanted to try out Tarte makeup for so long, so I was over the moon to open up the box and discover this shiny gold mascara, called Lights, Camera, Flashes. It’s a 4 in 1 mascara which aims to provide four lash benefits – lengthening, curling, volumising and conditioning. I noticed it retails at £15.99 on Smartzprice, however I found it coming in at £21.99 at QVC – so what you are getting in this beauty box is a real bargain! I would purchase the beauty box simply for this mascara. The packaging is ultra glam and flashy; the post luxe looking item in my cosmetic bag at present. I’ve tried this out with just one coat on the photographs below, in which I was overly surprised at how lengthened my lashes looked after just one ‘swipe’. Love this!

smashbox lipgloss
smashbox lipgloss
Smashbox Lip Enhanching Gloss in Shade 35mm: WOW- this shade is super shiny and glossy with the most brilliant metallic finish I have ever seen from a lipgloss. I have to admit I don’t usually wear lipgloss myself as I am a true lipstick lover, but this is a must for the gloss wearers out there. If you ant to impress your girlies with a show-stopping make-up product, then this is one for the list. Overly impressed with this modern bronzed colour.

blake lively revlon
blake lively revlon lipstick

blake lively revlon
blake lively revlon lipstick

L’oreal Paris Blake Lively Collection, By Blake, in Blakes Pure Red (RRP £5.99): I love receiving bright, bold red lipsticks because it encourages me to try this shade out more. Sometimes they scare me a little, but I have no idea why as once I pop on a shocking red shade I absolutley LOVE them. This one is one of my favourites already, the most luscious, flattering red lipstick I have ever used. It’s from the By Blake collection, and comes in shade Pure Red. Very happy with the texture, shade, matte finish and most of all – it’s staying power. This deep shade doesn’t go anywhere for hours…

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blake lively revlon lipstick
Excuse the blurry images above – quick iPhone snap style selfie before rushing out of the door this morning to show you how the Tarte mascara and L’oreal lipstick look. Honestly, the lipstick doesn’t budge for hours, it is truly amazing.

So there you go, a round-up of the December Beauty Box. This box in particular has got me falling in love with bright red lipsticks all over again for December! What’s your favourite beauty product so far this month?

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