#Blogmas Look Fantastic December Box

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December’s #lookfantasticbeautybox I thought I’d cancelled, so bit of a shock when it arrived.

We have inside

#RealChemisty Luminous 3 minute peel 20ml rrp £19.88
Get party prepped skin by refining complexion exfoliating face peel. Will my sensitive skin accept it though? Thats question?

#Eylure Texture 117 lashes rrp £5.08
Lightweight strip lashes which are great for day or night. But can I actually successfully wear lashes? We will see soon.

#BumbleAndBumble invisible oil heat if protection 30ml £5.00
Feather light primer pre styling most to help protect against heat styling, if days and breakage. (Super happy to get this, as I need it so bad)

#Sleek i-divine palette goodnight sweetheart rrp £8.99 12 shades that suit most skin tones, mixture of mattes and shimmers.

#Prai platinum firm and lift creme 10ml rrp £9.00 Super pleased this is in here, I’ve used their products before and adored them. Perfect anti aging moisturiser than hydrates and defends against free radicals.

#Eyeko black magic liner 4ml rep £9.00 their darkest ever eyeliner, felt tip like, so easier to use and create a perfect wing. (Unless your me, and can never do it)

Not bad, couple of duds to me personally as I feel they are over done, and that’s the eyeliner and palette. But the Peel, and Moisturiser and Heat Protector more than make up for the 2 blah products. Not a bad party prep box at all.

And of course you get an Elle magazine to read which itself is worth £4.50 though I confess I barely read it.

Gerard Cosmetics this month

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Once again I’ve been fortunate to receive some incredible #PR #GIFTED and for that I’m extremely grateful. I do this post because I want too, and not because it’s expected or required.

I got a different bundle this time, as we are fortunate to pick what we receive ourselves, which I’m stunned to see other brands don’t do, which I believe increases so much waste and contributes to fast make up.

So instead of hundreds of products that don’t suit skin tones, or personal preferences you can tailor it to meet your needs.

With that I decided I really needed a #GCSquad hoodie, to be warm as toast while winter starts, and it’s perfect for physio too. Worn for a few wintery walks and it’s so warm, so glad I picked this. buy here

Along with that I also purchased with my credits a T Shirt again great to represent the brand, and easy wear for physio. It’s cosy too. buy here

For something completely different, I went for a Melt Make up Balm, in Rose. It’s my favourite scent and I knew it wouldn’t kick off any of my allergies too. Arrived solid in tube, it needs warming to heat up the coconut oil and omg!! It’s changed my skin this past month I’ve been using it. Once warm it’s a real liquid, small amount goes a long long way. Smooth over make up, watch it literally melt away. Use a warm hot cloth, and all make up is removed without scrubbing, or multiple goes. Skin is left so soft, nourished and protected in chilly winds, that this is my game changer product. buy here

To top it all off, I just had to get some lip products, and I got a bundle which had a light up gloss, lip pencil in nude and hydra matte liquid lip. The formulas for these three are my favourites. Never thought I’d ditch my Kat Von D or Lime Crime, but I find the liquid lipsticks less drying and more wearable. Find all lip products here

Then my final purchase was the Brow Bar to go, to see if I could be swayed from #Wunder2 brows, and so far so good. But maybe the wunder pips it as it lasts 3 days. buy here

And better still, their #BlackFriday sales have started. Saving you a massive 51%

October #LookFantasticBox

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This month I thought may have been themed for Halloween, but it’s not. It is in a gorgeous deep purple box though, which makes it feel a bit witchy for me!

Inside you have

#LookGoodFeelBetter Angled Blending Brush worth £8.99 create your complete eyeshadow with a blended diffused look.

#OhK! Chok Chok Holographic Fibre Face Mask worth £10.00 charged with citrus oils and skin boosting ascorbic acid, leaving skin bright and dewy.

#Eos Lip Balm in Shimmer Coral worth £6.50 a deep hydrating lip balm with a subtle tint and shimmer, infused with Shea butter, jojoba oil and vitamin e.

#TheBalm Foiled Again is the one I got, worth £8.00 it’s an intensely pigmented multi purpose shadows, very buttery soft too.

#Polaar The Genuine Lapland Hand Cream worth £9.90 I’ve tried the day cream which I loved, so I’m eager to try this out. Much needed it this weather. Rich in artic berries, it should be good.

And last but not least #WetBrush Detangler worth £7.99 a much needed tool with my hair, which is hellish. Helps to detangle without stretching and breaking the hair.

A bloody good box this month for me, glad there was no cleansers and fillers like eyeliners. As I have more than enough of those. But instead actual useful tools and products to use.

Bare Minerals x Glossybox

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Since I bought the #BareMinerals concealer, I have wanted to buy more of the range. But they are pricey compared to my usual. So seeing this collaboration with Glossybox I knew it was my chance to try them out at an affordable price.

I’m not a glossybox subscriber so I bought this limited edition at £30 as a one off price.

#Skinlongevity Vital Power Serum it’s a deluxe mini 7.5ml and worth £7.20 it’s infused with Japanese long life herb extracts to help reduce the fine lines and wrinkles, while hydrating and nourishing skin.

#Lashtopia Mega Volume Mineral Based Mascara it’s a deluxe mini 6.5ml and worth £11.40 I really wanted this, though I felt it’s out of place in a skin based box. It’s not clumpy and feels light weight. Not as good as my Benefit Bang Mascara but easier to remove.

#Barepro Glow Highlighter Drops a full sized product and worth £23.00 with light reflecting mineral pearls these are perfect added to your foundation or moisturizer for a dewy glow. Or be daring and add direct onto cheekbones and browbones.

#Endless Summer Bronzer a deluxe mini 3.8g worth £9.90 a newly launched matte bronzing powder. Wonder if it will top my Hoola? Add instant warmth while hiding imperfections and reducing pores.

#Primetime Foundation Primer a full sized product and worth £25 this will help make your base last o much longer, with vitamin C and e added and packed with antioxidants. Smooth out fine lines, wrinkles and remove excess oil.

I loved this box and yes it’s a great introduction to #BareMinerals but I feel the mascara was out of place, instead I would of preferred a foundation, or cc cream to really create a solid base. But that’s just my opinion.

Look Fantastic Birthday Box

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September is look fantastic birthday, so this box is celebrating that.

In it this month we have a beautiful #BubbleT bath bomb with sprinkles on it, so it looks like a birthday cake. Rrp £4.99 and you can buy here

#Oskia cleansing gel is next and it’s rrp is £14 you can buy here

Absolutely divine #MoltonBrown orange and bergamot body wash rrp £10 and you can buy here

#Pixi liplift max in honey sheen rrp £12 absolutely stunning and I am definitely taking this on my holiday. You can buy here

#Caudalie eye cream rrp £16.35 a pick me up for the eyes, you can buy here

And finally for holiday I’m taking this #Sleek brow stylist as it’s a pencil and brush, exactly what I need to feel groomed on holiday. £6.49 and you can buy here

Latest in Beauty Grazia Glow Edit

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I just had to buy this, as I was determined to try the #JamesRead tanning drops as I love the idea of them. You add them to your usual body moisturizer which gives you a golden glow. The rrp is £40 and you can buy here

Then we have 15ml travel size of #KateSomerville exfolikate, for smoother brighter skin in just 2 minutes. The rrp is £21 and you can buy here

I have a dry mask, yep that’s right it’s DRY!! which is meant to give you more hydrated and glowly skin. It’s by #MissDeGaspexBeautycon I can’t find any info on it for the rrp or where to buy it either.

Next up is the glamorous #Glamglow Thirstymud in 15g and the rrp is £16 you can buy here this is to revive and nourish skin, using once a week to keep your glow going.

What I bought this box for along with the tanning drops, was the #Dermalogica prisma protect spf30 just what I need for my holidays. It’s a 12ml travel size one, rrp is £17.50 and you can buy here

#Foreo night cleanser is next, is so spa like and feels like luxury on your face, the perfect way to start the evening. I couldn’t find the exact one, but this one is rrp £8.99 and you can buy here

To go with the #JamesRead tanning drops this box comes with #Neutrogena hydro body balm 200ml as well, it feels so beautiful on the skin. Rrp is £4.99 and you can buy here

Firm faves of mine that, that I’ve repurchased many times already. #Nip+Fab glycolic fix night pads extreme, you get 60 pads rrp £9.97 you can buy here

And finally we have #Lumene Nordic C Glow Peeling Mask only travel size 15ml and RRP for 75ml is £16.90 and you can buy here

#GerardCosmetics I’m loving this month

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This month I’ve been incredibly fortunate to be able to try out some incredible products. I am on their PR list and I do have an affiliate code.

However I’m under no obligation to post and share my love for them. I choose to do this on my own, as they are incredible products and very affordable too.

Yes I have an affiliate code, (SIRENMOONBEE) Which ive yiu 30% sitewide, however if you are in the UK like me, I suggest to you via BeautyBay my code only works on the official Gerard Cosmetics but I understand my UK readers will find it cheaper and easier to order inside the UK.

As you can see I’m getting a fairly large and well used items. Some are new to try out, such as the highlighter which I know already I’m definitely buying again and again!! I got Grace star powder available here a beautiful golden glow, subtle but there, my new found LOVE.

I also made sure I tried the much raved about lip pencils. And I’m so glad I did. I chose #Cher #SugarAndSpice #Ecstasy #MelrosePlace all various pinky nudes and perfectly me, no matter the occasion. I do prefer subtle make up, muted even as mostly it’s day wear. Buy them here Cher is here

Ecstasy is here

Melrose Place is here

Sugar And Spice is here

For lipsticks I decided against another Hydra Matte as I know I love them, and will return to them once mine are all gone, instead I bought a #LyricaCollab James Gloss which is deliciously dark and seductive. You can buy here

I love the light and mirror that comes with these glosses, so I had to get another gloss but in pink, to occasionally brush over the lip pencil colours. I got #PinkFrosting you can buy Here

And because I LOVE liquid lipsticks I had to try the #RoseGold Metallic liquid lipstick, and it’s even better than I imagined. Buy it Here

To finish off I bought the Stastruck Palette, I believe it’s for highlighting, but I’m going to use mine as eyeshadow, as they shimmer and shine so beautiful. When used wet with Mac primer the copper shade is breathtakingly beautiful. You can can one Here

11 weeks post op #hipreplacement #glossybox

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Urgh! I hate being ill, it’s so boring. Lately I can’t even focus on the TV, let alone binge watch Netflix. I’m just staring at the box, like a zombie at the moment.

You think you can catch up with reading or tv shows, while resting in bed. But the truth is, it’s almost impossible to hold a conversation, let alone follow a decent plot line in a book or on screen.

My only bonus is I’ve been taking ibuprofen 400mg tablets x 3 a day, and my hands have massively improved. Could be related or could just be as it was time for the flare to go down? Though hip is the opposite, the pain levels are high in the hip, really achy and stiff. But likewise that could be from me avoiding moving.

It’s no surprise I’ve not done anything, literally nothing for 2 days. I’m giving myself time to heal, and get over this virus. So instead here is my March #Glossybox hope it cheers me up!

I have no idea why I decided to start the subscription up again, and I’ll be honest the second I opened this box, I promptly cancelled it once more!!

It’s not that it’s bad as it’s not, but the #BellaPierre lipstick kiss proof creme is a deep burgundy, purple so I can’t wear it. My daughter now has it. Full size £20.00

#bybibeauty Plumper Lip Balm is lovely but tiny 10ml so at least it’s useful, but I’m not overwhelmed. Full size £9.00

#Laritzy Dew Pot Utopia highlighter pot, again a bit underwhelming. I’ve seen much better highlighters and it’s a creme which I don’t use. Full size £15.30

My favourite products ended up being the #essence You better work! Fixing spray, which has held my make up well when working out, or going to hydrotherapy. Full size £3.50

Finally we have another good staple product #TheBodyShop Shea Butter body butter in a deluxe mini (it’s a fair size) which would cost £6.00

Overall I thought it was pants compared to look fantastic boxes. And it seems to fall into a trap of same ole brands to use. If my daughter’s had received this box, she’d be over the moon though. So maybe it’s just me. Least I can use the Shea Body Butter while I feel grossly poorly, to make myself feel a bit better.

Day 64 #GerardCosmetics

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First things first I received these as a PR package, but all thoughts and opinions are my own. I do have an affiliate code in which I would earn a small commission from.

But before I get into what I received, let me tell you how today’s been. It’s been PANTS!! I’m not feeling physio this week, I have low energy (no reason why really) and ALL my joints hurt. Curse you #EhlersDanlosSyndrome

I have started to get back into a routine with putting make up on, back into my skincare and generally looking after myself once more. It’s so easy to fall in a trap of not caring.

Especially when you aren’t leaving the house 95% of the week, and working out a lot too.

I definitely don’t wear make up to #Hydrotherapy or while I do #Physio at home. So my interest had dropped over Jam, Feb and up until now really.

That said I have a wonderful bundle I was sent from Gerard Cosmetics

I got Hollywood Blvd Glitter Lipstick. ( Love this the most, I already have Swipe Right Glitter Lipstick. I love the sparkle they give) Good staying power too!

Rodeo Lipstick. A dusky hue of Pink, I love the creamy texture, and femininity of the colour.

Vintage Rose Lipstick. A real English rose look, it’s exactly what it says it is. Perfect day wear colour this spring.

Divalicious (Lighted) yes seriously it lights up and you have a handy mirror! Lip gloss. (This impresses me so much with the Light, clubbing gloss wearing just got easier!!) Again quite dusky pink, hint of mauve.

Pouty Princess (Lighted) Lip gloss, well the name sold it too me really. (I go for similar colours as they suit me best. So brighter pink, but so cute,. Almost retro vibe) again this is Lighted and has a Mirror too.

Kiss Assist Lip Plumper, I really don’t like lip plumpers as a rule, as they hurt me. (Especially soap & glory) like a million wasps are on my lips. however I wanted to try and I’m so glad I did, as this has NO sting, only tingle, and cooling. I didn’t feel too sticky either. And it looks lovely on top of the lipsticks too.

Super booster whitening pen, I’ve not tried it yet, as I’m awaiting a good occasion or event to go to to make it worth it. But I do hear excellent reviews on this.

Lastly I had to get #GCSquad Merch as I fully support Jennifer Gerard and her cosmetics brand, the team have been wonderful to me, so warm, so friendly, and super supportive too.

Thank you everyone, and if you do want to order you can use my link here and get 30% off your entire order. This ships from the USA so be mindful of customs and shipping. But to all my USA buddies, you’ll find shipping good for you.

Even #Zoella latest range is shipping from the US now, as it’s becoming more popular to have American brands popularity grow over here in the UK.

Day 25 skincare routine

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Now it’s no surprise that I’ve not really been into skincare as such since surgery, as standing at the mirror and sink, is harder than you think.

I have however been using quick and easy holy grails, such as the #NipFab Dragons blood cleansing pads (these are a godsend)

Quick easy and fuss free pads, make my skin feel refreshed, super clean and nurtured too.

I use one of these two after the #NipFab depending on time of day, so daytime I opt for the #Ren Evercalm Day cream, a thicker creamy moisturizer, feels spa like and with essential oils.

Then in the evening #Inkey Hyaluronic Acid Serum for that super hydrating feel that can sit on the skin all night. This is my favourite of all time!!

A while back I would this cream on a competition held by a fellow beauty blogger. And this balm is an absolute lifesaver. I’ve used on my husband’s burnt fingers and I’m currently using on my scar! It’s thick like vaseline, it creates a protective barrier that’s waterproof, while healing the scar too. It’s a dream.

For lips and dry patches on heels, and it’s lovely. Usually lip balms for me make you use them continuously after the first go. But this one, you can use once, and your lips don’t go super dry afterwards. It’s solid version of #Palmers Cocoa Butter.

For my legs, the compression stockings cause such reptile skin, constantly dry and flaky skin. I use #Ameliorate Exfoliating Cream, I once got it in a subscription box, and then because I loved it so, my husband bought me a larger one for my birthday in July. I’ve deliberately saved it until now to use. And it’s perfect for this post surgery recovery. A touch of pampering when you feel so dull and drained.