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October Glossybox | Unicorns & Mermaids


Last month I had a lovely suprise when Glossybox contacted me about trying their September box*, (which I really enjoyed, and you can read all about here) but this month they suprised me once again, when I arrived home from work one day to not one, but two parcels from them! I already had a vague idea of what was in each parcel as it was briefly mentioned in the very first email I received, but I did not expect to be sent them.


As October is the month of Halloween, this months box was set to be a special one, with the theme based around two popular mythical creatures; Unicorns and Mermaids. I opened my parcel to discover that I had got the Unicorn box*, which made me slightly excitable! The box is so pretty and magical-looking, with an ombré effect and metallic purple writing. It did take me a while before I actually opened the box as I was admiring it so much!
This month includes 5 vibrant products to help embrace your inner unicorn, 4 of which are full sized. 

In brief the Unicorn box includes:

Makeup Revolution palette - a mix of vibrant greens, blues and purples, perfect for creating Halloween looks with.
Kawaii Enterprise Brush Cleansing Egg - a handy little tool which helps to thoroughly clean makeup brushes.
Sleek Creme to Powder Blush - a bright and creamy compact blush with mirror.
Lord and Berry Magic Brow Pencil - a marbled eyebrow pencil which creates a more natural-looking colour.
Bang Beauty Cream Color - a multi-purpose cream product for lips, cheeks, eyes and more.

I've only tried a couple of the products so far, as I think I'll save the rest for Halloween makeup looks, but how amazing do they look! I'm very impressed.


In my other parcel there was one of Glossybox's new and limited edition Slogan Sweatshirts*, embroidered  with the word Unicorn on the front in pretty pastel colours. I was so chuffed with this, as I just love cosy lounge wear (and I actually needed a new jumper to chill in!) so I put it on right away. I wore it pretty much all weekend and after a wash, wore it all through the next one too. It's so nice! A perfect fit in size medium too.


The special edition box is priced the same as every other month's at just £10 (which I still find hard to believe) but unfortunately is currently sold out on the website, as it was so popular. Hopefully there will be a restock soon though as it's in high demand.



What do you think of this months Glossybox?



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Original Beauty Blender | Worth the hype?


My absolute favourite way to apply foundation, concealer and even powder is with a sponge, so it's a pretty important makeup tool for me. I find that they work so much better than brushes on my skin and create a more even finish. I've gone so long now with only ever using the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion sponge as I didn't feel the need to try anything else, however, I was kindly sent the Original Beauty Blender* in pink and I was really looking forward to seeing if it lived up to the hype or not.


On my very first use I noticed (in comparison to the Miracle Complexion sponge) that the Beauty Blender was slightly smaller, lighter in weight and also shaped slightly better, with its rounded bottom and more precise tip. I also noticed in the first couple of weeks whilst washing this, the water ran pink which I'm assuming was dye. I'm not sure whether this is anything to worry about or not, or even if the pink transferred onto my face (I didn't notice anything) but it eventually stopped after a few weeks anyway.

I've been using the round end predominantly for foundation and the pointed end for concealer and powder. It blends liquid products really well and picks up powder generously, and as I mentioned, the shape is more adapted to the contours of your face so you can really get into every corner. It can be a struggle getting right under the eyes with the Miracle Complexion sponge as it's more rounded, so this has been really easy to work with.
Something I've realised is that it doesn't seem to soak up as much water, which is probably a good thing as it means your foundation won't be soaked up either, but I find myself having to wet or spray it much more than I'm used to. This also means it doesn't expand much, it only really gets a touch bigger when washing.

In terms of finish, it's been pretty much the same. I can still achieve an even, flawless base with this which has been great. The wear time has been pretty similar too - cracks are now starting to form on the Beauty Blender after a month or so of use and foundation is starting to stain the pink colour. I had heard that this lasts months and months so I wasn't expecting to see any signs of wear so soon. I usually replace my Miracle Complexion sponge every 2-3 months, as I wash mine everyday, but I was kind of expecting more around the 4+ month mark with this. It's not in a bad way yet don't get me wrong, I was just surprised to see a crack appearing after 5 weeks.

I do think the Beauty Blender is really good. It's shape is the main selling point for me, it's perfect for the under eyes and nose area. I'm just not sure if it really performs any better, or if it's worth an extra £10 in comparison to the Real Technique's version. So for me, I can see the hype but I will probably go back to the Miracle Complexion Sponge once this has had its use.




What are your thoughts on the Beauty Blender? Worth the hype?




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3 from L'Oreal | Foundations


L'Oreal has to be one of my favourite brands when it comes to my base. Each of their foundations have a different benefit, whether that be shade range, formula or coverage, they really do have it all. I've recently picked up another of theirs to try and decided to put this post together to compare the advantages and disadvantages of each one.
For reference I have oily, fair skin and require a good medium coverage.

L'Oreal Infalliable 24h Matte | £8.99
I'm not going to beat around the bush, this is my favourite foundation from L'Oreal, as well as from the drugstore altogether. I've been using this for years now on an everyday basis, it just works for me. The coverage is perfect for what I need, the finish is matte which works well on my oily skin and it's also the most affordable too. This foundation does get mixed reviews, with comments that it's too heavy or 'cakey' and also that it doesn't work well on dry skin. I would definitely agree with the latter but I don't personally find it too heavy at all, but I guess it's what you're used to. This applies really well with both a beauty blender and a brush, but I find the finish to be more even with a sponge. My only concerns for this is that it's quite pink-toned, which is perfect for pale me but when I've got a tan it's a little off, even a few shades up. It's definitely more suited for those with pink or neutral undertones as well as oily or normal skin, that requires some good coverage and lasting power too.

Good for:
Lasting power
Everyday wear
Blendabilty
Oily skin

Not so good for:
Pink undertones

L'Oreal True Match | £9.99
Another foundation I've had a while and purchased a few times now. This is my lazy day foundation, the one I reach for when I'm not really doing anything or going anywhere but still want a natural, light-medium base. As I mainly use this on Sundays where I'm usually at my palest, the shade I have (1.C) suits me perfectly. With this foundation you can choose your undertone within the shade, for example 1.C is for cool undertones which is slighlty pink, 1.N is neutral and 1.W has warmer undertones. You can definitely find your match in this foundation which is what makes it so desirable. The formula is more runny compared to the others, but is super blendable because of it. It leaves a natural, breathable finish which isn't matte nor dewy, but it does leave the skin looking radiant. It's not the most long-wearing formula for me as I require a more mattifying base but I do love it regardless.

Good for:
Shade range
Natural looks
Blendabilty
Dry skin

Not so good for:
Lasting power

L'Oreal Infalliable Total Cover | £9.99
This is my most recent L'Oreal foundation purchase after hearing and seeing so much about it. The main factor that sold it for me was the full coverage formula, and the fact I already love the Infalliable matte. This has more of a mousse-like consistency (think dream matte mousse) which seems a little daunting until you start blending it in. I wouldn't describe it as having an easily blendable formula, you do have to work on it quite a bit compared to the others but it does pack on the coverage straight away. I find applying with a brush works a little better with this one as it's a little denser, especially around the nose and eye areas. The coverage is quite impressive, but I wouldn't say it's much different from Infalliable matte, just harder to work with. The lasting power on this isn't as amazing as I'd hoped, as it leaves a natural matte finish so does tend to crease on me, but I think it would work much better on normal/combination skin types.

Good for:
Coverage

Not so good for:
Shade range
Blendabilty

As you can tell, each foundation has a different finish, formula and all appeal to different skin types. I really like the diversity in L'Oreal foundations and that's why they are some of my favourites. They are such good quality for the price and I find myself reaching for them so much more than high end ones.

Which is your favourite from L'Oreal?





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