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Lipstick Lust List
February 10, 2013, 7:48 pm
Filed under: Lips, Make-up | Tags: , , ,

Valentine’s day is around the corner, which means one thing – it’s time to pucker up and perfect that pout. So, in the name of love and beauty inspiration, here’s five lipsticks I am lusting over at the moment…

1/Illamasqua I’mperfection Lipstick in Immodest (£16)

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Powerful and pigmented

The closest I’mperfection can get to perfection – this highly-pigmented matte-effect lipstick from Illamasqua is a real steal. It’s vivid, long-lasting and the perfect shade for Spring/Summer 2013.

2/Topshop Lips Velvet in Tease (£8)

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Affordable & cute

This sweet lipstick from Topshop would be perfect for a daytime Valentine’s date. I love these lipsticks – they aren’t too expensive and every shade is so pretty. It is moisturising and nourishing and has a matte finish. You could use this all year round for work and play and gloss it up with a clear lip glass for some extra zing.

3/Aerin Lipstick in Tulip (£24)

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Pretty in pink

Based on spring flowers, this signature lipstick from Aerin not only looks beautiful, but also has a subtle rose scent, making each application a sensory experience. The product epitomises Spring and is likely to be a big hit this season. I cannot tell you how much I want this one!

4/Lancôme Baume In Love Lipbalm in Sugar Rose (£20)

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Moisturising candy pink

I’ve had my eye on this translucent candy pink balm ever since it launched earlier this year. It has a comforting formula and is made with shea butter to moisturise the lips all year round.

5/Burberry Beauty Lip Velvet in Military Red (£22.50)

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Sultry red

This lipstick is stunning. From the packaging to the design of the lipstick itself (and the amazing sultry red colour), it really does tick all boxes. It’s a classic red lipstick inspired by ‘opulent English fabrics’ and is made to moisturise, hydrate and protect.

What lip colour will you be wearing this valentine’s day? xxx

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February Glossybox: Valentine’s Day Edition
February 9, 2013, 5:05 pm
Filed under: Bath and body, Eyes, Face, Lips, Make-up, Skin care | Tags: , ,
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Top view of the February Glossybox

I was a happy lady this morning, as the first thing I saw when I came downstairs was my brand new shiny Glossybox! This month’s ‘theme’ is valentine’s day, as you can tell by the pretty pink design and the product information leaflet below saying ‘will you be ours?’. And judging by what’s in the box this month, I will be theirs forever!

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Glossybox product info

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Glossybox editorial

The idea behind this month’s box is that, whatever you are doing and whoever you are with, you will be head over heels in love with this selection of products.

So let’s look inside the box…

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Inside the Glossybox

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Amazing product selection in the box

Overall, I am really pleased with the production selection in this edition. Although it has lots of pretty and pink bits, it also has a lovely creamy eyeshadow duo and a coffee-shade lipstick, so I feel Glossybox has managed to cater to everyone.

Inside my box is an Anatomicals Your Nose Smells Rose Body Cleanser (150ml), a Limited Edition Docteur Renaud Raspberry Soft Cream (30ml), a Helen E Cosmetics Moisturising Lipstick in Cafe au Lait, a Model Co Eyeshadow Duo in Bronzed Goddess and a Micabella Cosmetics Mineral Blush Powder in Terra Cotta.

1/Anatomicals Your Nose Smells Rose Body Cleanser

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Anatomicals Rose Body Cleanser

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Product description

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Ingredients

I love the classic candy pink and canary yellow combination on Anatomicals’ packaging. Above you can see the product from the front, its ingredients (paraben-free formula = thumbs up) and the ever-amusing product description. I love a brand with personality!

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The gel inside the bottle

And here is the cleanser from inside the bottle. The first thing I thought was that it smelled like turkish delight, which I like. It’s quite a thick pink formula and so I imagine it would spread well in the shower.

It costs £5 for 300ml.

2/Docteur Renaud Raspberry Soft Cream

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Docteur Renaud Limited Edition Raspberry Soft Cream

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What’s inside the box

I haven’t tried anything from this brand before and I do love a limited edition product. Also, as I have mentioned before, I love the smell and taste of raspberry, and this soft cream includes four raspberry extracts.

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Product info and ingredients on the back of the box

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Product info on the dispenser

Docteur Renaud’s soft cream is designed to hydrate, moisturise and comfort the skin in the winter months. It is made with patented phyto-endorphins which boost cell activity and is suitable for all skin types.

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On the hand

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Rubbed into the hand

In terms of consistency, the cream is thick and white. It smells lovely, but I think it is a bit too heavy duty for my skin. It takes quite a while to rub it in properly, and as you can see above you have to buff it into the skin a bit to avoid a white shimmery effect.

This one costs £25 for 50ml.

3/Helen E Cosmetics Moisturising Lipstick in Cafe au Lait

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Helen E Cosmetics Cafe au Lait Lipstick

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Cafe au Lait label

I like the simplistic silvery packaging, but unfortunately the shade isn’t really for me. I’m not generally a fan of brown lipsticks as I prefer brighter colours like red and pink, but I do rate Glossybox for including something different.

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First look

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Swatched

The colour is quite golden and brown and I think you need to build it a fair bit to get a solid colour. It costs £8 for 3.5g.

4/Model Co Eyeshadow Duo in Bronzed Goddess

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Model Co Eyeshadow Duo

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Creamy gold and brown duo

This is more like it; although I don’t do golden brown for my lips, I definitely do for my eyes, and this duo is really pretty for day and night looks. The shadows are creamy too, which I like, although it might mean you have to manage any creases early on.

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Swatched

The gold is really nice and the brown would be great to add in for a night look. I reckon you could mix and match and use the gold to highlight the inner corners of the eyes.

The duo costs £18 for 3 x 2.35g.

5/Micabella Cosmetics Mineral Blush Powder (Terra Cotta)

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MICA Bella Cosmetics Mineral Blush

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In Terra Cotta

The final beauty item in the box is a pretty pink mineral blush powder from Micabella Cosmetics. I have never heard of this brand, but I do prefer powder blushes and would like to try a mineral one. You can add a darker colour to the cheeks too to contour the cheekbones. Another day and night staple – it’s perfect for v day.

The full size blush costs £34.95 for 9g.

And last but not least is this super sweet candy heart lolly as a gift from Glossybox – how sweet!

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How cute is this lolly!

Happy valentine’s day beauty bloggers! xxx