Saturday, 16 February 2019

Tarte Overexposed Highlighter Set Review And Giveaway

Think back what we you doing around Boxing Day in 2017, well I'd been hit by the dreaded lurgy and I was trying to do a little bit of online sales shopping to make myself feel better. It didn't really work and I spent the next week and bit in bed but when I was I did manage to pull myself together I was able to open a parcel of sale goodies from across the pond.

Now for a long time Tarte was one those brands that the majority of us Brits could only lust after from a distance, and whilst I'm still devastated that I missed out on their almost Louis Vuitton like patent floral palette, I'm really pleased that we can now access the brand more easily in the UK. It's still yet to make in appearance in bricks and mortar stores, but you can now get quite a few products, and some exclusives from QVC UK, and we can also order directly from the Tarte website.

Since my head was a bit fuzzy, when I placed the order, when I opened it I realised that I'd made a bit of a mess of my order and ordered more than one of several items - whoops a daisy! Anyways I managed to pass a few bits on, and I've got a few things left that I'm going to be giving away on the blog over the next month or so.

Two of the items that I ordered contained highlighters I do love a highlighter, and Tarte's are apparently some of the best, I'd already tried and loved both their blushers (read my review of the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush in Flush here) and their Rainforest Of The Sea Skin Twinkle Lighting Palette (Read my review here), but there were plenty more cheek products still to try.

One of the kits that I got the Tarte Overexposed Highlighter Set, gave me the opportunity to try two of their best selling formulations, the Tarteist Pro Glow Liquid Highlighter and the Amazon Clay 12 Hour Highlighter, in a handy travel size.

Now Tarte do a lot of highlighter shades but these two products come in probably their most popular shade, Exposed, which is described as a "Nude Highlight" shade. It's definitely one of their paler shades but in my experience it looks slightly darker in real life than it does on the Tarte website and it definitely has more of a golden glow to it.

Tarte Tarteists Pro Glow Liquid Highlighter - Exposed - 8.5g

Whilst you may already be familiar with Tarte's clay and mineral based powder products, you may be less familiar with some of the liquid and cream based products, which is shame because they do some fabulous lips products, foundation, and concealers, and they range also includes a couple of liquid and cream highlighters.

From their popular Tarteist line, this is a oil free, light reflecting liquid highlighter, that contains pearl and mineral pigments, as well as hydrating skin ingredients such as rosewater and squalane. Suitable for all skin tones it is designed to give the skin a fresh, and healthy glow.

The highlighter has a quite a thick, and creamy appearance but it actually feels quite lightweight, it seems to dry quite quickly and it doesn't feel oily or sticky. You don't need a lot so this is quite an economical product. Pop a couple of dots on to your cheek bones, or you brown bone, and blend it into the skin to create a bit of a glow or build it up and apply a few layers for more of a full on highlighter finish. I've applied it quite thickly in the swatches but if you blend it out a bit more, it blends down to an almost translucent, light filled sparkly sheen.

I've taken this picture with the flash so you can see the hopefully see the sheen that this product gives. It's a little bit more subtle in daylight but as I say you can build it up or even use it with the powder. As per usual I was wearing a bit of translucent powder and it wasn't too bad at blending into a powder layer, it didn't really cake or clump, and it wore well.

As I say this is just a small travel sized tube but you need such a small amount I can see this lasting a while. I've used this quite a few times in the year and a bit I've had it, and I still have plenty left. QVC UK don't have this product in the full size in it's inventory but if you are in the UK, you can buy the full 15.9g size for £25 from the Tarte website.

Amazon Clay 12 Hour Highlighter - Exposed - 1.5g

If you were to name an ingredient that Tarte was famous for, I can pretty much guarantee that anyone in the know would say Amazonian Clay. Sourced from the Amazon river, the clay that Tarte use in their products have both skin care and make up benefits.

Containing micro pearlescent flakes, this powder is designed to brighten, and awaken the skin and  like their Amazon Clay Blushers also features the 12 hour claim, which means it's long wearing, and it won't flake, fade or cling to dry patches.

Despite the fact that is contains a lot of sparkle it feels very smooth to the touch, and again you only need a small amount to produce a fabulous glow. As I say it looks a touch darker and richer in real life than it does on the Tarte website, and it looks a lot warmer and more golden when it's swatched. It blends easily into the skin, and despite a vanilla based scent it doesn't cause any irritation, and as expected the wear time is superb. Again I've took these pictures with the flash so you can really see the sparkle.

Obviously you can apply it like you would any highlighter on the cheekbones, but you can also dab it on the cupid bow, or the brow bone, and you can also do what I've done here and use it as an all over eye colour, all be it with a little bit of fallout! (Pictures taken in natural light)

Like all of Tarte's products this is vegan, cruelty free, dermatologically tested, and free from parabens, mineral oil, gluten, phthalates, and SLS. Obviously it's a really versatile product in it own right, and it gives the skin a lovely but you can also use it in combination with the liquid for a full own, healthy shimmery, glow! This particular product is available in the 5.6g full size from QVC UK for £24.95 including postage and packaging, and it's also available for £25 directly from Tarte.

If you like shimmer, and you like glow this is definitely the kit for you, and these are two products that you need to add to highlighting repertoire. They are both very versatile and you can use them both together and separately in several different ways. The sizes in this kit may be small but both of these products are really economical so size in some cases really doesn't matter. I was a Tarte fan before I tried this kit and to be honest it just made me love the brand even more, and I may now have an obsession with their blushers and their highlighters

Alas this kit is long gone, but the full size products are still available, and who knows what kits Tarte have planned for the future. If you've fallen in love with this particular set though don't despair, because I ha new and unopened kits to give away.

This giveaway is open worldwide, It will close on the 3rd March 2019. You must be a follower and you must fulfil all of the entry conditions - I will be checking! If you are under 18 please ask your parent or guardians permission before entering and please read both my and Rafflecopter's privacy policies, regarding giveaway entries, and I will need your address details if you win. So get filling in the form and get entering x Good Luck

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Thursday, 14 February 2019

Unboxing Glossybox UK - February 2019 Edition - It's All About ♡

Happy Valentines Day or should that be Happy Singles Appreciation Day, whichever side of the fence that you fall on I hope you've had all had a lovely day and you've either been spoilt rotten or like me you've treat yourself to something special and you've spent the day loving yourself x

If you haven't quite had enough of all of the love and the hearts, I thought today was the perfect time to share Feburary's Glossybox unboxing with you, and It's All About ♡!

Instead of the traditional black and pink box that I showed you last month, February's Glossybox has a definite Valentines day flavour. The lid features the box title and a heart, and the base of the box features a fabulous heart design, in shades of red and pink.

Open the box and you're greeted with a little parcel tied with a beautiful white, heart designed ribbon. Remove the information card and your goodies are lovingly wrapped in hot pink tissue, and kept safe with oodles of white paper shred.

Now before I talk about what's inside in more depth I want to talk a little bit about some of the general reactions to this box. Considering this box has now sold out you would assume that it was universally popular, well that wasn't really the case. I've watched a few You Tube videos and read a few comments and posts on this box and some people weren't that happy with it. As you know I always to be as balanced as possible in my reviews and this one is going to to be no different, I liked this box and I think that some of the criticisms of it were unfounded - Have a read and make your own mind up

HUDA Beauty Lip Contour Super Longwear Matte Lip Pencil - Venus - 1.2g - Full Size - RRP £16

First up the big draw, the hint that was dropped last month. and the item that was probably why this box sold out. A full size HUDA Beauty Lip Contour Super Longwear Matte Lip Pencil.  Described as the perfect blend of a lipstick and a lip liner, this velvety matte formulation, defines and lines the lips, with hydrating, transfer resistant,  and waterproof colour!

Each box this month contained one of two shades, I received the colour Venus a lovely brownie, nude shade. The pencil itself felt soft and creamy on the lips and applied easily without any tugging on scratching.

The pigmentation was superb, and it's shade that will work really well with a lot of lip colours in my collection. You can obviously use it as a liner but in the picture below I've applied it all over my lips. I'm wearing it alone here but you could pop a gloss over the top, or even a lipstick to help it last longer. Purely wearing it on it's own the wear time was fantastic, I managed to eat a bowl of granola, fruit and yogurt with this on and it was still intact when I'd finished. This lip pencil  has a nice formulation and it's something that I would definitely consider repurchasing in the future. This is a full sized pencil which has a retail price of £16, and is available from a variety of retailers including Selfridges, Feel Unique and Cult Beauty

Nails Inc Nail Polish - Status Ready - 14ml - Full Size - RRP £11-£15

Next up a full size nail polish from Nails Inc. A lot of people moan about nail polishes in beauty boxes, but in my opinion there should be more of them not less. Status Ready is a gorgeous cherry red shade, it's the type of colour that I wear a lot in the winter months and it's perfect for Valentines Day. It's one of those colours that's ideal for any length of nails, and no matter your age, or your personal style. I haven't had a change to try this yet but I will definitely feature is in an upcoming nails of the day post. I can't find this specific shade online, bar on ebay ! so seeing that Nails Inc do a lot of them, it's possibly a limited edition colour. The price of full size Nails Inc polishes vary so this could retail at pretty much anything between £11 - £15.

Luxie Beauty Medium Fan Face Brush - 560 - Full Size - Est. RRP £15 / $22

There were more complaints about this, apparently these boxes contain too many face brushes. Well, I haven't had one lately and even if I had a wouldn't complain, you can never have enough make up brushes in my opinion!

Luxie are a relatively new brand to the UK, and they will be launching soon on ASOS and on Look Fantastic. All of the brushes are vegan, cruelty free and hypoallergenic.

I was first introduced to the brand in my Glossybox advent calendar (read my post here) and my first impressions were good, and again this brush doesn't disappoint. I do like a fan brush and I've already made good use of this one, I tend to use them with a little bit of loose powder to get rid eyeshadow fallout, and I also sometimes use them for adding just a touch of highlighter to my cheekbones. The hairs are nice and soft and the quality is good, all in all a good brush that I'm happy to have in my collection.

Vitamasques Multivitamin Mask x 1 Sheet Mask - Full Size - RRP £4.99

Next up another item that seemed to trigger a few complaints - a face mask - well considering I use at least one a week I'm always happy to add new masks to my collection so no complaints from me here, especially since this is another sheet mask.

For Korean beauty inspired brand Vitamasques this sheet mask is designed for all skin types, but particularly thirsty skin, and contains 5 vitamins B3, B5, B6, C and E, to help nourish the skin. My skin is all over that place at the moment with spots, dry patches, and oily bits, so I'll definitely be trying this out soon x Keep an eye on my monthly empties posts to hear my thoughts x This mask is available from various retailers including Vitamasques directly, and Beauty Cutie.

Regenerate Enamel Science Advanced Toothpaste - 14ml - Deluxe Mini / Travel Size - Est. RRP £2.50 / £2.25

Now we're really heading in to controversial territory - why? well printed on this product in tiny little letters it says Free Sample Not For Sale. Quite a few people are arguing that this shouldn't be in the box because technically it was for sale and we've bought it. That argument doesn't make a great deal of sense to me to be honest, because the price of the box is covered in the first item alone, so surely every other product is a bonus, so surely we aren't paying for every single item in the box? Hmm ah well everyone is entitled to their opinion I guess...

Anyways on to the product itself and I think the inclusion of toothpaste is a great one for a Valentines Day themed box, after all who doesn't want fresh breath for all of that kissing ;) Regenerate isn't just a toothpaste though it's specially designed to help strengthen and regenerate the enamel in our teeth. I've actually already been sent some of this directly from Regenerate so I'll let you know my thoughts when I've had a chance to try it x If you fancy giving it a go in the meantime you can actually buy this 14ml travel size from Fragrance Direct for around £2.25 (I wonder if their tubes have any writing on them ;), or you can buy the full 75ml for around £10 from various retailers.

So there you go your 5 items from February's Valentines Day themed Glossybox, and despite some of the complaints out there I'm pretty pleases the value is most definitely there, even after just comparing the RRP of the first item to the box price, oh but wait, this love themed box also includes a couple of extra items on top of the usual 5...

Mugler Alien Fusion EDP - 1.2ml
Mugler Alien Man Fusion - EDT - 1.2ml

That's right as a little extra treat / pressie February's Glossybox also contains 2 fragrance samples, 1 for him and 1 for her. Again those little words not for sale are printed on the packaging and yes they are samples that you may be able to get on counter but they are included as extras on top of the five items that you get in you are supposed to get in your Glossybox -February's box contains 7 items so why are people complaining? - I have no idea!

I've got to say that I've never been a fan of Mugler fragrances but this one might just have changed my mind. Alien Fusion for women contains ginger, cinnamon, tuberose, orange blossom, vanilla and white amber. Given those ingredients you would expect it to smell quite heavy and it does, it has a lot of warm and spicy notes, but at the same time, the tuberose and orange blossom (two of my favourite scents) slowly come through. I would never have even considered trying this fragrance before and whilst I'm still sure I would go out and buy it, I'm definitely going to finish the vial.

The men's scent has similar warm and spicy notes, with just a hint of leather and contains ginger, cinnamon, leather, osmanthus, green coffee, and steamed beech. Alas I'm pretty single this Valentines Day so I will be passing this one probably to a relative instead x 

So that really was Febuary's Glossybox, what can I say really, I don't mind when people complain with good reason, I can whinge with the best of them but some of the complaints that I've seen about this box just make my head spin. The HUDA Beauty product alone is worth more than the entire box (£13.25 at most), as well as potentially another two products in the Nails Inc nail polish and in the Luxie brush, yet some people's focus seems to be on the free toothpaste and the free perfume samples! Personally as I've already said I'm pretty happy with the box, the value is definitely there and I'll use all of the products at some point. Subscription boxes like Glossybox are always a gamble and you have to be prepared to receive items that you don't like or that you won't use. If you aren't willing to take that risk then maybe boxes like this aren't for you, and maybe you should consider boxes like QVC UK's TILI box or one of the one off boxes that list their contents upfront, or even putting money aside to save up for something special instead of buying a box. You pays your money, you makes you choice at the end of the day x 

If you are interested in subscribing or finding out more about Glossybox UK, then click this link and you could reserve March's box which contains a lip balm from new vegan and cruelty free brand BYBI. In the meantime I'd love to know your thoughts on this box, do you think I'm being overly lenient with Glossybox? or do you agree with my assessment? Let me know in the comments x 

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Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Happy Birthday LouLouLand And Trimming My Stash - January 2019 Edition - Empties And Mini Reviews

Surely there is no doubt in anybodies mind what a cake with candles means? A birthday of course! and whilst my own birthday is still a few months away, today is my blog's 12th birthday!

I can't quite believe that I've been sharing my thoughts with you for that long, as much as I love writing and blogging, I wouldn't still be here 12 years later if it wasn't for you guys. I haven't been the best or most consistent blogger over the years, but I've kept at  it and I'm still here rambling on and sharing my life and loves with you all, so I want to thank you all for all of your support and interactions over the years. I know that your time is precious, and that there are so many blogs out there that you could read, yet you choose to read mine, thank you x I really do appreciate every view, like, comment and share x 

As I've said before in 2019 , I'm going to try and pay back all of that support by trying to be a better and more consistent blogger. I have lots of posts planned, including  lots of reviews and a few giveaways, so I hope that you'll stick around for the foreseeable future, and maybe even for another 12 years ;)

Despite a promise to be a little bit more consistent, this post is a little late but does it really matter? I don't think so, so let's just get on with it x Now something that I've done for quite a few of those 12 years now, are my monthly Trimming My Stash posts. If you're a new reader, basically I have too many beauty products, and whilst my spending, and hauling has definitely slowed down of late, a few years ago now I decided to try and finish as many products as I could every month, and to keep a running total of just how many beauty products I could finish in a year. In the early days I just used to post a list but nowadays I go into a little more depth and share some mini reviews of all of my finished products

Superdrug Naturally Radiant Glycolic Acid Daily Cleansing Pads - 60 Pads
The Body Shop Spiced Apple Shower Gel - 250ml
Primark PS... It's Oil Good! Oil Balancing Facial Cleansing Wipes x 25 Wipes
The Body Shop Spiced Apple Exfoliating Sugar Body Scrub - 250ml

Total - 4 Items 

Looking back at last months total, I've got to say that January 2019 wasn't the best of months. I only managed to finish a paltry 4 items, including a couple of shower and body products, and a couple of skincare items, but 4 products is sill better than nothing, and in all the years that I've been doing this I've definitely had worse months x 

1. Superdrug Naturally Radiant Glycolic Acid Daily Cleansing Pads - 60 Pads

First up a skin care product from Superdrug's hugely popular Naturally Radiant range. The screw top jar contains 60 fabric cleansing / toning pads. The pads are quite small and thin but they are double sided, and each side has a slightly different textures. The pads are soaked in a mixture of glycolic acid, fruit AHA's, aloe vera, and pro vitamin B5 and are designed to remove dead skin cells, and leave the skin brighter and fresher, all you do is wipe over the pads over cleansed skin, using the slightly rougher side, and then the smoother side.

Now I'd never tried these before, but I'm a firm fan of the Superdrug Naturally Radiant Glycolic Toner (read my thoughts here) and the solution that these pads are soaked in is pretty much identical. It has the same herbal / aftershave type scent, and they produce the same slight tingling sensations on the skin. My results after using these were also pretty similar, my skin looked clearer, my pores were less obvious and any hormonal spots that I had dried up really quickly.

So in theory I should love these as much as the toner, well despite having pretty much identical results I don't love these quite as much. The pads themselves are quite small and then, and although I love the different textures, I ended up using several pads to do my face and neck where as with the toner I only needed to use one cotton pad. I also found that no matter how tight the jar lid was, the pads still seemed to dry out, so much so in fact that the last couple of pads were pretty much bone dry.

I think these are great for travel but I definitely prefer the liquid version. If you fancy trying these though they have an RRP of £5.99 but Superdrug often have offers on their own brand skincare, so you can usually get them either a bit cheaper are are part of a multi buy offer x

2. The Body Shop Spiced Apple Shower Gel - 250ml

Next up the first of two items from The Body Shop Spiced Apple festive collection from 2016 / 2017. Whilst my heart really belongs to their Glazed Apple range from 2014 / 2015, Spiced Apple also went down in history as one of my favourite ever holiday scents from The Body Shop.

It's just so mouthwateringly, edible, and combines the sweet, yet fruity tartness of apple, with cinnamon, and warming spices - it really is American style apple pie in a bottle! It does smell slightly strong in the bottle, but mix a small amount with water and the scent really comes to life as the gel produces a mountain of creamy bubbles.

Alas there were no apple based scents in The Body Shop 2018 festive inventory but fingers crossed they make another appearance in 2019, till then though I have a few bottles and tubs remaining to keep me clean and apple scented throughout 2019.

3. Primark PS... It's Oil Good! Oil Balancing Facial Cleansing Wipes x 25 Wipes

Now if you are a new reader, be prepared to see these quite regularly in my monthly empties post, I buy them in multiples, and they are a regular fixture in my beauty and hygiene routine. i don't tend to use them on my face that often but I do use them for general freshening up, cleaning make up packaging, and for cleaning up swatches after photographing make up swatches.

Containing lots of antibacterial tea tree, you can get these wipes in Primark at just £1 for 2 packs of 25 wipes.

4. The Body Shop Spiced Apple Exfoliating Sugar Body Scrub - 250ml

Finally another item from The Body Shop Spiced Apple range, and I feeling particularly sad about this because this was my last tub and this was probably my favourite product in the whole range :(

With that warming, cinnamon spiced apple scent, this scrub is perfect for those cold nights. It's crammed full of exfoliating sugar grains. It's nice and gritty but it's not too harsh, or scratchy, it gives you a nice thorough scrub, and it rinses away easily and dissolves when you add warm water, and it leaves the skin feeling super smooth. I don't really have anything else to say apart from please, please bring this back in 2019 The Body Shop !!!

So they were my January 2019 empties, not the best of starts to the year, but hopefully I can do a lot better from here on in x If you have any questions on any of the items that I finished then please leave me a comment below xx 

Saturday, 9 February 2019

All About Pink Parcel And Unboxing Pink Parcel - January 2019 Edition

So today I'm going to talk about menstruation, periods, the red tide or however else you chose to describe that rather icky time of the month. For something that so many people experience it still isn't talked about as often as it should be, so today I'm going to talk about my period and something that I do to make it a little less hellish!

I think I was about 12 when I started my period, and at that point in history ( yes history! it was probably around 28 years ago after all!) it was still all a bit hush, hush, and any mention of it usually triggered a lot of snigger's, particularly from teen and preteen boys, I remember one particular occasion when the girls in my form were sent into the school hall for a little talk on our changing bodies and our new monthly visitor. I've got no problem with that all education is a plus, but if you know that you're going to be handing out boxes of tampons and booklets, at least let the girls take their bags with them! You can imagine what happened when we went back to classroom with our freebies in tow - embarrassment doesn't quite cover it! That's why I firmly believe that boys should be taught about periods - if you're a guy at some point in time you're probably going to either live with a woman, be it a mother, a sister or a partner, or even spend time with a member of the female species, so you're going to need to know how it all goes down. We need to break down that stigma, and make those times of the month easier for every woman.

I don't know about you but my period is definitely a low point of month, I was on the pill for quite a few years, which worked wonders, my periods were short, light and virtually pain free - A couple of years ago though now I made the decision for certain health reasons to come off the pill, and as a result my periods are longer, heavier, and more painful, and my mood can change in a matter or seconds. Add horrid periods to chronic illness and you don't have the best of combinations. I'm not going to lie I dread it, and anything that I can do to make it even a tiny bit easier is therefore a godsend, and that's why I subscribe to Pink Parcel.

Okay it reminds me that my periods on its way, but it gives me one less thing to think about at that time of the month. Pink Parcel is basically a period subscription box, all you need to do is answer a few questions about the dates and the average length of your period, and select the type of sanitary protection that you would like, and you will never need to make a late night visit to the 24 hour garage again!

There are three different types of box to choose from, tampons only, sanitary pads only, and a mixed box which contains both tampons and sanitary pads. You can then choose various different products from top brands including Tampax, Bodyform, Lil-lets and Always, to suit your preference, and if you fancy a change it's really easy to change your preferences on the Pink Parcel website

The people at Pink Parcel recognise though that periods can be pretty horrible so as well as sending you enough sanitary protection to cover your period, you also receive a little box filled with treats to cheer you up and to make the 5 days or so, just a little bit better. You mainly receive a selection of beauty and lifestyle products, ranging from skincare items, to make up, to jewellery and candles, and you always get something to snack on, such as biscuits, chocolate or sweeties, and either a tea bag or a hot drink sachet, and if you fall in love with the products inside you can can often buy them directly from the Pink Parcel Shop, which you can find on their website x (Check out my You Tube channel to see some previous unboxings x).

There are a number of different subscription options, and you can put it on hold, and cancel your boxes quite easily. Like with Glossybox I just get the self renewing, monthly subscription which costs £10.50, but you can also subscribe for 3 months for £35.97, 6 months for £64.95 and for a full 12 months for £129.90.

I love the concept and since I started subscribing it'd definitely gave me one less thing to worry about but I'm going to be honest with you and say that I've had a few emails from Pink Parcel lately apologising for various things, and talking about changes and restructuring within the company, and changes to the box itself, so apparently in February we will be getting a new and revamped box, which is probably just as well because to be honest January's box was a bit confusing and a bit of a let down.

Now in theory Pink Parcel's boxes fit through the majority of letterboxes, and yes mine seems too but it always seems to look a bit squashed when it arrives, and according to some of the emails that I've received from Pink Parcel this is a common problem, so from February the box will be a little bit different and a bit sturdier. The current box is made from a very thin card, so to be honest I usually just stick it straight in the recycling so something reusable would be a bonus.

Immediately on pulling back the perforated tab and opening my box I realised that something was amiss. Normally the Pink Parcel box contains a booklet telling you the theme of the box and giving you a bit more information on some of the products inside but on this occasion it was missing!

The rest of the box looked normal and contained the usual 2 boxes and 1 fabric pouch containing sanitary protection. The "For Night" box contains extra absorbent products especially for nighttime use, the"For Later" box contains the bulk of your sanitary protection, and the fabric pouch is designed especially for your handbag or office drawer and contains usually some "normal' items and some pantyliners.

As I say you can request different types of boxes and since I was running low on pads I requested a pads only box. Normally you will get say all Always or Bodyform products but I do seem to have got a mixture of both here, instead of the Always products that I requested but since the replacement products were all of the same absorbency it didn't really matter. Just to give you an idea of how much you'll get, I received 25 sanitary pads, and 5 pantyliners in my parcel.

Now as I say periods aren't really something to look forward but in some ways I always seem to look forward to this little pink and grey box with the words "For You A Little Something To Cheer You Up" printed on it that comes inside my Pink Parcel. Pink Parcel by their own admission isn't a beauty box but you do normally a good variety of items including beauty products in your box. That said for me the word variety couldn't really be used about January's box, it was a definite let down compared to pretty much every other box I'd had from them, there didn't seem to be any theme, and it seemed to be made up of leftover products, I mean 3 face masks in one box really?

Natura Rose Infused Sheet Mask - 1 x Mask - 22ml - Full Size - RRP £4.95

First up a full sized face mask from Beauty Pro's Natura brand. I've said this before I love a face mask, and as well as helping with any skin irritation at that time of the month, face masks are a great tool to aid relaxation, just pop a mask on and zone out for 15 minutes.

I've tried a few Beauty Pro masks now but I haven't tried anything from the Natura line but being a rose fan this sounds lovely. This vegan friendly mask contains rosewater, lavender and rosemary is designed to calm and hydrate the skin, and to soothe irritation and minimise redness. My skin is a bit Topsy turvy at the moment so I think I'll be using this mask sooner rather than later, so keep an eye out for it in my February empties post x 

Beauty Pro Black Peel Charcoal Mask - 7ml x 1 - RRP £4.95 For 3 

Next another face mask and another one from Beauty Pro, on the Pink Parcel website they advise that you use this mask first and then the Natura mask, so I guess we've got to give them that one I suppose for giving us a mini skincare routine. Based on the picture I think it's one of those super effective, but quite painful peel off masks, designed to detoxify, re balance and exfoliate the skin, it also claims to re balance oil production, and improve skin tone. It contains charcoal powder, fruit extracts, lavender, tea tree, ginkgo biloba, and deep sea water, and is free from mineral oils, lanolin, parabens, and petroleum. My skin is just a touch sensitive at the moment so I'm going to stick this in the drawer and attack my pores at a later date. This mask normally comes in a pack of 3.

MudMasky Morning Boost Mask - 20ml - Travel Size - RRP $25 / €23

And would you believe it another mask! Now I've already had this in at least one other beauty box, but I haven't tried it yet. It's a one minute mask that is designed for morning use - it's apparently energising, lifting, feeding, hydrating and smoothing and it contains arabica coffee, Moroccan lava clay, Indonesian flowers and rice. Since I have more than one of these I should really give it a go - maybe it might be just the thing to give me a boost after a sleepless or insomnia filled night x

Percy & Reed No-Fuss Fabulous Dry Shampoo - 50ml - Travel Size - RRP £5.00

Next something else that seems quite familiar x I've tried a few Percy & Reed products before that I've received in various subscription boxes and I've usually been pretty impressed x This is a dry shampoo which means it's designed to soak up extra oil, and aid styling, whilst at the same time fragrancing the hair. I do love a dry shampoo but since I currently have about 3 or 4 on the go at the moment, and a few more stuffed in a drawer it might a while before I use this one. I do like the travel size though so it may end up making a slightly earlier appearance in my handbag or my travel bag.

Polaar Icy Magic Instant Eye Contour Energiser With Siberian Ginseng - 10ml - Est. RRP £29.50

From what I can gather this seems to be the most expensive product in the box, I can't find this exact packaging but the same size product in different packaging retails at a pretty hefty £29.50.  Now I know for a fact I've received something from this brand before in a subscription box but whether or not it was this product I can't be sure - maybe I should brave my skincare box and have a proper sort out, if it's getting to the stage I don't know what I already own - eek!

Anyways Polaar are a skincare company that draws their inspiration and their ingredients from the polar regions of the Arctic, and Antarctic, and one of the main ingredients in this product is Siberian Ginseng which tones and brightens the skin, and it also contains pro-vitamins and peptides.

I'm pretty lazy when it comes to eye treatments but I do love a roll on, and this one promises to hydrate and lift the eyes, whilst at the same time combating dull and puffy skin, and apparently aiding lash growth. I've only tried it a couple of times, but the liquid, and the metal roller ball feels really cooling, and soothing on the skin, so I'm definitely going to keep using it x

COCOBA Orange Milk Chocolate Neapolitans x 2 

Now one of the reasons I look forward to Pink Parcel so much is that I know that there will always be something that I can eat inside, in the past I've had sweets from Candy Kittens, popcorn from Joe & Sephs, and Cornish fudge - yummy! In this box though it was chocolate, and it was two tiny squares of orange milk chocolate from British based chocolate company COCOBA. Unfortunately I can't find these online which is a shame so I can't give you any sort of price comparison, but I do love chocolate, and these were particularly nice, so much so in fact that I could have definitely eaten a few more

Tea + Detox Apple And Blackcurrant Green Tea + Vitamins - 1 x 2g Bag - RRP £3.49 For 14 / 15 Bags

Now whenever I have my period my hot drink consumption always increase, a nice cup or tea or a hot chocolate, definitely helps when the dreaded cramp strikes, so it's always to find either a tea bag, or some other form of hot drink in my monthly Pink Parcel. When it comes to tea though, you can't beat a normal brew but since Mummy Lou is partial to a fancy cuppa every now and then though, she tends to drink the majority of my Pink Parcel blends.This one is green tea blended with milk thistle, dandelion root, ginseng, added vitamins and apple and blackcurrant flavours. It sounds yummy but I can pretty much guarantee that Mummy Lou will get to it first x I had some problems finding this online so the price estimate is either for a box of 14 or 15 bags x

Okay, maybe I've was a little bit harsh about this box at the beginning of this post because after doing a little bit research the value seems pretty decent, and I will probably end up using all of the beauty products at some point. It's a funny one the value is there but the box just doesn't seem to have been that well thought out, and it does seem as though it was put together with products that they had lying around without any aim or theme hmmm.

As I mentioned earlier in the last few weeks Pink Parcel subscribers have received quite a few emails basically telling us that changes are afoot, so I guess we'll see what happens. I've been a happy subscriber for quite a long while now so here is hoping that February's box is a better one x If you want to subscribe or find out more about Pink Parcel than please check out their website for more information x

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