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GLOSSYBOX REVIEW – August 2017

Hi guys!

It’s been a while since I have done a Glossybox review. I have continued the subscription and used and LOVED the products but never got around to reviewing them. 

BUT (I can hear my old English teachers voice telling me off for starting a sentence with ‘but’.) I am back with the August review, and its a good one!

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So lets see what we got this month:

Essence– live.laugh.celebrate palette: This is such a cute palette. All the products are individually packed and you place them in the palette yourself. It is the perfect travel accessory as Essence don’t only do eyeshadows, but you can get blushes and highlighters too. Glossybox have been great and sent us 2 eyeshadows, a blusher and a highlighter. I know this will be perfect for me to take in my gym bag, as I get ready in there and having to carry highlight palettes and eyeshadow palettes is a pain. The price is great too, as the palette is only £1.50 and so are the powders. Super affordable !

Modellauncher– Safari sun bronzer: Who doesn’t love a nice bronzed skin? You can just never have enough bronzers. I really like this formula as its super smooth and its not too dark either so will be good for all year around. I do wear darker tones at the moment but I know I will love this in the winter more so than the summer. I am also a fan of these mosaic style bronzers, as I find they just give your skin that glow instead of just being plain and matte. The price of this is just average, as it retails for £16.50. I have not wore it yet for a full day, but I am looking forward to trying it as the cheaper bronzers tend to just disappear off your face. Hopefully this is different and worth its price.

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Rodial– Suede lips: Lip crayons are so in right now aren’t they? we received a plumping one last month which is my go to pretty much everyday now. I am excited to see another Rodial product actually, as we had a few of them before and I loved them. The mascara, I still use everyday for my bottom lashes. Back to the crayon though, it is such a lovely dark mauve shade-I am in love with it. I can tell this will be something I use daily. The formula is great too, its very soft and it just glides on so easily. It is full of Vitamin E which is perfect for summer as its really moisturising- Great after a long day in the sun. This retails for £22 which is quite high, however I think Rodial products are great and its worth it. 

Batiste– 2 in 1 dry shampoo and conditioner: What can I say, another great product from batiste. I have been using their dry shampoo for absolute years, and I love all the new products they have been coming out with this year. The product is always great, the smell is amazing and it doesn’t leave white residue in your hair – great if you have any other hair colour other than blonde. (on blonde hair you can’t really see anyways) The price of this is average, and matched all the other products in the range, it is £4.49 in Boots. 

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and lastly, Valquer– Ice hair mask/total repair: Oh this is exactly what I need as my argan oil mask has ran out. My hair is in such a bad condition since I have bleached it again a few weeks ago. I cannot wait to try this, as it promises to hydrate and tame my hair- perfect as its bleached and burnt from my straighteners/curlers. 

So as you can tell, I really loved the August box and cannot wait to see what goodies I will get in September 🙂 Does any of you get any subscription boxes? Leave a link below as I would love to see your reviews.

Love,
Fil,x

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Glossybox review- January 2017

Hey guys,

Yay, it is my favourite time of the month, it’s Glossybox time!!
Since it’s the first book of the year, of course it is going to be a special edition. This month glossy box have collaborated with the one and only ‘Deliciously Stella’. Click the link and head over to her Instagram, she’s super funny.

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Let’s what we got this month

Nip Fab- Kale fix moisturiser– This is a superfood salad for your face. It contains kale, watercress, almond oil, aloe vera and shea butter. It promises to help moisturise, protect, sooth and smooth your skin. It sounds like the perfect product for me. The moisturiser has a lovely consistency, but it is not too heavy on your skin. The smell is a little odd, but I do like it. It smells similar to them old school cucumber peeler masks my mum used to use. This retails for around £15, which is a bit pricey for a moisturiser, but if it is like the other NipFab products, it is worth it.

Unani- Illuminate Milk Cleanser– I’m not going to lie, I have never heard of this brand before. To be fair this is why I love my glossybox subscription so much, as it introduces me to lots of lovely new brands. This product is like a makeup remover/moisturiser/cleanser all in one. Sounds perfect for the lazy days. This retails for $18 or around £14. That seems pretty reasonable for such a big bottle. Let’s hope it does what it says.

The balm- Meet Matt(e) Trimony Eyeshadow– So we had a sneak peek of this in last month’s box. I do love the sneak peek feature, as it gets me even more excited for the future boxes. So this is one shade from the balms palette of 9. I received shade ‘matt kumar’ which is a deep burgundy colour. I have swatched it on the back of my hand and it seems really pigmented, but would blend really well. I am looking forward to creating some great looks with this in the next few weeks. Keep your eyes peeled for some tutorials.  The palette costs about £38 which is rather expensive, so I expect this to be amazing!

True organic of Sweden- All you need is me– This is another ‘good for everything’ kinda product. It is completely chemical free, you can use it on your hair, body, face, lips etc. I have been using my aloe-vera gel for my breakouts but I will definitely try this too. Seems great, and retails for £20. That’s also reasonable price, and I’m impressed that we got the bigger 50ml product rather than the 15ml.

Lastly, another fantastic facemark by Vitamasques. If you have read my previous reviews, (if not just click on the above categories and then the Glossybox section) you will know that we have received vitamasques products before, and I LOVED them. It’s because of them that I love full face sheet masks, and I was in need of a new one this week. I can’t wait to try this one, full of Manuka honey goodness. Apparently it smells good enough to eat. This is priced £3.99 which is fantastic.

So as you can see, we received 4 full size products which is awesome! AAND a lovely little notebook too. Who doesn’t love them, especially this time of the year. I am so excited to try these out. I have recently been really good with my skincare routine and have been focusing on making sure that my skin is always cleansed and moisturised at night time therefore all of these will help me out. I think everyone starts the year with a new skincare routine, so this is the perfect box. Also after easing a lot of junk food over Christmas, I’ve had loads of breakouts so these will help me make my skin nice and perfect again.

What do you guys think of this months box?

Love,
Fil, x

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What I got for Christmas 2016

Hey guys!!

I hope everyone has had a fantastic Christmas holidays.
I had a lovely time, and cannot wait to repeat it at home with my family next week. 🙂

I have truly been spoilt this year and thought I’ll show you guys all the goodies Santa brought me.
I REALLY enjoy reading similar posts and I am not bragging whatsoever, I just wanted to show you what I received.

As you may know from the Blogmas posts, that I have spent my Christmas with my lovely boyfriend and his family this year. I will be going home to see my family to celebrate with them too.

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Lush products:
I got SOOO many fizzies this year. I love Lush, and I’m so grateful to my friends and J for getting me some new bath bombs and bubble bars. All I need now is some free time where I can get a long relaxing bath.

Urban decay-All nighter spray- If you have read my Christmas wishlist, you know that I have been wanting this for so long! I have tried it a few times in the past week and it makes such a massive difference. I love it already and I will definitely repurchase once empty.

Illustrated Harry Potter book- OMG I am so happy that J got me this! He kindly got my the first one last year, and he has kept with the traditions. It is a beautiful book and as I’ve said before I am excited to read it to the kids in the future 🙂

Harry Potter colouring book- Now I have one of these already, in a different style. I LOVE it and it’s so good for de-stressing. I love that colouring books have come back into play for adults in the past few years.

Tarte cosmetics- Graveyardgirl Swamp Queen palette- Need I say more? I nearly cried when I opened this. I have been watching Bunny for years, and when she came out with this palette I was super excited. I never actually got the chance to purchase it myself as it was ALWAYS out of order. J has really surprised me with this and I absolutely love it. I will be doing a review on it shortly with a tutorial. It’s the most pigmented palette I own. LOVE LOVE LOVE it.

House of crafts- candle making kit- I think this is a subtle hint from J. I buy WAY too many candles during the year and I think he wants me to start making my own instead of spending £££’s on Yankee candles. I have been wanting to make my own candles and other crafty bits for years, so I am looking forward to playing with this goodie.

Bare Minerals- Glow kit- I got this from J’s mum, and I absolutely love it. Bare minerals is the BEST. There is a plumping lip gloss, highlighter, blusher, concealer and a makeup bag in this kit. I know I will use this a lot this year, and it will last for ages. All of my bare minerals products last me for months and are really good for my skin. I never have breakouts when I use these products which is a bonus, as I am prone to breakout on and around my chin from quite a few products.

Clothes- I’ve got the two band t-shirts from J’s sister. I was really excited to see she got me a Motley one, as I didn’t get the chance to pick one up when we went to see them. I wore this already and its super comfy and looks great with just some leggings and boots. She also got me a Black Sabbath one. YAY I am so excited to see them in a few weeks!!

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J’s lovely grandparents got me this beautiful grey jumper. It has sequin circles all over it and it is the softest material ever. I love this, as I don’t own any quality jumpers. I love it a lot and I am very thankful that they have gotten me a gift.

I received so many other gifts from J’s father as well. We got a little bonsai tree, candles, chocolate and cooking books. They also got me a colour changing umbrella. It is the best idea ever, and I am looking forward to our next rainy walk. Easily done in the UK 🙂

I am very grateful for all of my gifts and had a fantastic Christmas.

Bring on this year, and I cannot wait to see what 2017 has to bring for FilsJourney.

Happy New Year guys

Love,
Fil x

Blogmas 2016- Glossybox review December 2016

Hey guys!

As you all know, I love this time of the month, as it is Glossybox review time. I am so excited about this, as I absolutely love everything in the box. It’s like a pre Christmas present given to me by myself.

In the November box, we were shown a sneak peek of a lipstick that we will be getting this month. We also had a chance to pick either the berry tone or the nude one. I opted for the nude so I was excited to see if I finally managed to get one that doesn’t make me look all washed out.

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MDM Flow– Semi-matte Lipstick in the shade ‘Bossy’
YAYY!!! I have FINALLY found the perfect nude lipstick for myself. I love love love this shade. The Lipstick itself comes in a lovely gold packaging, very similar to a Vicks inhaler actually. It’s small and compact so it is great for your handbag and for travel. I cannot wait to test it for a full day. I am really excited to try it with some lip gloss, as well as on its own.
It retails for £18 which is a reasonable price these days. Also, make sure to check out the rest of their shades as there are SO SO many.

Essence-luminizer palette
I actually have a few Essence products already, and they are EXTREMELY affordable. Honestly, they are not that bad and one of the lipsticks I have is actually my all time daily favourite. This palette has three different highlighters, which are actually rather pigmented. I was pleasantly surprised with the product and for about £3, you really can’t go wrong.

Gosh– Mono eyeshadow in the shade dark green
Gosh is actually a brand that I don’t really use all that often. I do have a beautiful purple lipstick, so I was really excited to give this a swatch. Green is actually a really nice colour to wear if you have brown eyes. I am looking forward to trying this out properly, as it is rather dark so a lot of blending is needed I think. Retail price of £8.99 I find is a little expensive, but this is why I love Glossybox.

Revlon– Nail enamel in Gray Suede
OOOHHH This is gorgeous. I actually get acrylic nails done once a fortnight as I am rubbish with applying nail varnish. I actually use a similar colour to this on my acrylics during the summer, and it is really pretty. It is another nude/pink shade, which would go well with any outfit. Revlon says that the varnish will stay on your nails for 10 days without chipping. I’m not sure about that if you do a lot of housework and washing the dishes every night, but it does seem to be a thick consistency. This is something I will gift to one of my friends. REtials at £6.49 which isn’t the cheapest but if it does what it says on the ‘tin’ I would recommend it.

And finally we got the Lipcote-Browcote
Now I was really buzzing about this as I have just used the last of my brow setter liquid. This is a waterproof transparent eyebrow gel, that promises to set your eyebrow makeup for hours. I am a big fan of perfect brows, so this is another product that I will use and hope it works just as well as it says it does. It’s priced £6.99 which isn’t too bad either.

I was truly impressed with this box as well as the past few I’ve had. I think Glossybox has done well, and I am looking forward to the January box.

Love,
Fil, x

 

 

Blogmas 2016- Winter skincare routine

Hey guys!

I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s skin needs an extra bit of TLC in the winter months. I have a dry t-zone which is a little harder to control when it’s so cold outside.

I have a few products that I’ve found work really well for me, and I thought I’ll share those with you today.

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I was definitely the lazy type, and hold my hand up as I NEVER used to wash my makeup off before bed. It went so far sometimes that I didn’t even remove it in the morning and just reapplied it (GRIM) . However, by setting up an evening skincare routine, I’ve encouraged myself to AT LEAST take my makeup off before bed. (I still fall asleep on the sofa sometimes but that’s okay, right?) I like using these Nivea makeup wipes to remove the majority of my makeup, and tend to use these if I had heavy eye makeup on. I usually pick one up in the sale for £1 or £1.50 and they are my all time favourite wipes as they don’t have a strong scent. I can’t deal with really strong smelling wipes around my face. Yuck HOWEVER my all time favourite cleanser is the Garnier micellar cleansing water. OH MY DAYS this thing is great!! I use the combination of wipes and this water in my daily routine. LOVE THEM.

Alongside the above I also use the L’Oreal extraordinary oil facial cleanser, mostly in the shower. This has improved the dryness of my skin so much! It is helping me feel hydrated, and finally after a long shower my skin feels proper soft, rather than really dry.

It’s very important for me to keep my skin thoroughly moisturised all year around. I’ve used so many different moisturisers over the past few years, but the Garnier Moisture+ – Moisture and Nourish face moisturiser. This is the greatest product I have ever used. I literally only need a pea size for my whole face. I only recommend this to you if your have dry skin as this is super oily and would not be suitable for oily skin at all. It is an instant fix for my dry nose and I like to use it at night before bed, so it is all soaked into my skin for the morning.

I also have issues with my makeup being blotchy around my t-zone by the end of the day, so I definitely need to use a good primer. I haven’t tried many drug store primers to be fair but the ones that I have tried did not seem to do a great deal for me. The primer that I use religiously now is the Nivea Daily Essentials– express hydrating primer. This stuff is great and makes my skin feel silky before applying my foundation.

I make sure that I use at least one facemask a week but mostly mask twice a week in the winter months. I quite like my Superdrug face masks actually, but recently I have a tried a few full face sheet masks. Those things are amazing and make my skin feel hydrated and super soft for absolutely, ages.

Another good tip for dry skin is to make sure that you drink plenty of fluids. During winter I seem to drink much less water which affects my skin SO MUCH, so recently I have been making myself lots of herbal tea to keep up the fluid levels. If you are like me and find it that you drink less water when it is cold outside, here’s a tip: grab yourself a refillable plastic water bottle from Hydratem8 which actually have a tracker on the side, so you can make sure that you drink enough water in the day. Or you can be cheap like me too, and just use a sharpie on a normal water bottle. Might feel like that you are forcing water down your throat for a few days, but trust me it can only do you good.

These are my little winter skincare tips, and I am sure my skin would break out and crumble off my face if I didn’t cleanse or moisturise it this often. I keep it quite simple for now, but I am on a hunt for a good night cream that doesn’t smell like roses but is good for you… Good luck to me, eh? I probably should get the wrinkle creams bought soon too.

What are your go-to skincare products in the winter?

Love,

Fil, x

 

Glossybox November 2016

Hey guys!

I can’t believe how quick the months go by! It’s Glossybox time again 🙂 And it’s nearly Christmas too.

So let’s see what this little pink box got in store for us this November.

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1.  Ruby Professional– Large tapered Blending Brush- This is a perfect addition to my makeup brush collection. Currently, I have 2 blending brushes, however, none of which are this soft. This brush is the softest one I have had the chance to feel/use. I am excited to create some real badass smokey eyes with this little gem. This retails for €8, which is relatively fair these days. Not the most expensive and not the cheapest however I can tell already that this will be my favourite blending brush.

2.111 Skin– Bio Cellulose Facial Treatment Mask- I am a big fan of sheet masks, and face masks so I am buzzing about this one. If you head over to my Instagram you can see me trying out another gel face mask not that long ago. I looked rather silly, and J thought I was going mad. But it worked and my skin felt amazing. So I am really looking forward to giving my skin some extra loving in this cold winter. This is normally priced £20 which for one mask may seem crazy, but I bet it makes my skin feel like a million dollars. Gotta wait and see…

3. De Bruyere Beaute– Jumbo Eye Pencil in Bubble 07. This is such a gorgeous shade for winter. I love deep khaki and browns, and the gold tone of it just lovely. Apparently, this product was featured in Victoria Beckham’s fashion show. If it’s good enough for the models I am sure my eyes will have no problem giving this a go. I swatched the pencil, and it is super pigmented, however, it blends out really easily. I am definitely adding this to my collection with pride. Might also be a nice bronzer/highlight as well during the winter. Hmmm.. This gem is €15 and will be a great addition to ladies and gents who like an easy eyeshadow on a busy morning.

4.Now ,this next product I can’t really comment about. I am not a false eyelash wearer as I wear glasses ad even if I just use too much mascara, it touched my lenses. (please tell me I am not the only one!!) However, these do look really pretty and I do have a few other lashes in my makeup stash too. I will definitely give them a go once I figure out how to apply lashes. Bare with me I am no MUA. Anyhow, this is the Kiss- Looks so natural lashes that you can pick up in your local Superdrug. It’s only £4.95 as well and I believe these can be used over and over again so it really is not expensive. (They are on sale currently for JUST £3.32- bargain)

5.Wilkinson Sword- Raspberry Rain razors– I’d be lying if I’d say I wasn’t excited to see this. I HATE hair- it’s not my fetish for sure. TMI Fil.. .Anyways, I was excited as I do really like Wilkinsons. I’m sure everyone knows that lady razors SUCK and most of us girls use men razors. Saying that, I love the Quattro range so yeah, I like this and it’s a great shout as it’s always useful to have. May I add they actually smell really good? probably not an important aspect, but they smell LOVELY. It’s on sale on Superdrug’s website so instead of £5.99 it is only £2.97. Another bargain for you for the Christmas party.

Last but not least we also got a cheeky piece of Raffaello. It is one of my favourites, and I like it so much better than Ferrero Rochers. We used to always get one from Daddy (by one I mean one big box) for women’s day so yeah, this gone done as a treat.

That is it for this month. I really am impressed with the box and I know all (maybe not the lashes) will be used up fairly quickly. I love Glossybox as it gives me great ideas for new products, and also gift ideas for Christmas.

Thanks for reading, as always:

Love,

Fil x

I am going to be doing Blogmas this year. What are the things you would like to see next month? I’d love to do a Q and A so please leave your questions below, or drop them below any of my pictures on Instagram. 

 

 

Aliexpress- Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick Dupes

 

Hey guys!

I’m so excited to review these beauties today. I have been wanting a few of the Jeffree Star liquid lipsticks for such a long time, but at $18 each plus delivery I wasn’t able to get them. UNTIL I found some dupes on Aliexpress. This is the first time I have used Aliexpress but I guarantee it’s not the last.

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I went a tad crazy, since the prices were really really low and picked 7 colours all together. (came to less than £10 with delivery- BARGAIN). Obviously, at first, I was rather sceptical and thought the products are going to be poor quality, however, I was pleasantly surprised. I really do love all 7 colours, some more than others and obviously, a few will only be suitable for fancy dress or gigs. Yes, the colours are not completely accurate and are not as great as Jeffrees, but I am impressed with them all, and the packaging looks quite original too.

Right let’s see the colours up close (don’t judge-not the best at applying lipstick, but I better bloody practice since these will last me forever)
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The colours from top to bottom are celebrity skin (my favourite), abused, rose matter, dirty money, masochist, androgyny and finally anna nicole. 

I hope you guys enjoyed this post, let me know if you have any of the original Jeffree Star lippies. 

Love, Fil x