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The Beauty Guru Box - Latest In Beauty

I've spoken a few times on my blog about Latest In Beauty's collaboration boxes, but I had never actually tried out their regular boxes until recently. What's refreshing about it is that you get to curate your own box so there's never any disappointment. Whether you want to go for three, six or nine products in your own beauty box or if you want a one-off box or to receive one every month, there's over 200 products to choose from, how cool is that?

I went for the one-off Beauty Guru Box* which includes 9 products for £25. When I was picking my products, I was a little strategic. I wanted to make the most of trying out some new brands and products as I find subscription boxes to be the best way to discover new beauty products. I also couldn't help but pick a couple of existing favourites.

I'm a bather rather than a shower girl and I'm really into Sunday night pamper sessions with a candle and some bath oils to unwind. The Olverum Bath Oil jumped straight out at me as I've been looking for a more affordable pick. It's a beautiful blend of essential oils and it's really concentrated so a little goes a long way.

Coffee scrubs have been around for a while but I've never tried one myself. I'm mega late to the party on this one so I had to go for the Skinyoga Coffee Body Scrub. As it contains caffeine, it's super charged and while taking care of my dry limbs it also aims to boost the metabolism and enhance the condition of the skin. It's a little messy but left my skin super soft. I'm a fan.

On the subject of body products, I had to go for the infamous Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream. Infused with guarana which is supposed to be one of the most potent sources of caffeine, it helps moisturise the skin and even lift it to create a booty to be proud of. I've only used the Bum Bum Cream a few times but it will be a repurchase for sure. It smells divine and like a beach holiday so I'm now longing for summer. Hey maybe I'll have an impressive pert bottom to show off in a bikini by then!

The Soft & Gentle 0% Aluminium Roll On Anti-Perspirant is a brand new launch, in fact I receive my box before it launched in shops so that's very exciting. I'm trying to be more mindful about chemicals and what I put in and on my body so this really intrigued me. It works really well and keeps me smelling fresh all day. I like to have a deodorant in my bag just in case and this one is perfect for on the go and for travelling.

The Beauty Guru Box - Latest In Beauty

Skincare-wise I kept it fairly simple. I chose the Tropics Skincare Super Greens Nutrient Boost Serum as it sounded perfect for my dry, sensitive skin type. It's a very 'green' formula, right down to the scent which is quite earthy. I'm not s big fan of that personally but it leaves my skin really smooth and is good for soothing irritated skin, perfect for me in the winter as my skin has been a little more sensitive than usual lately.

The Anne Semonin Eye Express Radiance Ice Cubes have long appealed to me so I was pleased to see that Latest In Beauty had them. There's just one cube but that will be enough to test it out. I get really puffy eyes so I'm hoping this does the trick. I'm waiting for a particularly late night or busy day to test this one out!!

For make up I went for some favourites and a highly coveted Korean pick. Erborian are well known for their CC Crème so it was the first product I chose. It's lightweight and comfortable on the skin and I've been really enjoying it for good skin days. It's a little bit darker than I would like but as the formula is light it does blend into the skin quite well so doesn't look too dark. I'm definitely going to seek out a lighter shade in this!

For lips I picked up the Burts Bees Lipstick in Sunset Cruise. I actually got another colour of this in one of the collaboration boxes and I wore it to death so this was an easy choice. The formula is really creamy and moisturising and they're super pigmented. This peachy coral shade is really flattering on pale skin like mine and really perks up my complexion. It's packed with vitamin E and moringa oil so as well as looking good it does your lips a kindness too.

Lastly, I went for the Rodial Smokey Eye Pen in black. I have it in brown already so had to complete the set. It's soft to apply but dries down really well and then doesn't budge. I got it for tight lining as my eyes are quite sensitive and the last thing I want is my eyeliner irritating my eyes or moving. It's super black and really thickens up the appearance of my lashes. Perfect!

The Beauty Guru Box from Latest In Beauty is the perfect way to discover new products and give them a good road test before stumping up for the full size. Not one to miss for sure!

Laura

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Caudalie French Kiss Tinted Lip Balm review

Lip balm is something that I use a lot. There's one in every one of my bags, most coat pockets, the car, down the side of the sofa...I just can't get enough of them. Having dry lips most of the time I always have one on me, and while I tend to pop one on underneath lipstick, sometimes I want a good dose of hydration and some colour payoff in one. The Caudalie French Kiss Tinted Lip Balms* offer just that. Perfect for winter and for prepping your pout for Valentine's Day!

The Caudalie French Kiss Tinted Lip Balms come in three gorgeous colours; Innocence, an almost clear light pink that enhances your natural lip colour and carries a gorgeous vanilla and orange scent, Seduction - a subtle pink hue with a vanilla scent and Addiction, a raspberry red shade with a berry scent. Depending on your natural lip colour you'll see a different effect, but ultimately they are very sheer and give a 'your lips but better' subtle tint. Personally I think Innocence smells incredible and Addiction gives me the most pigmentation with a 'just bitten' berry stain.

Caudalie has a very natural background which is nodded to with the cute wooden packaging, and the scents are of course also natural and not at all synthetic smelling like a lot of lip balms tend to be.

Caudalie French Kiss Tinted Lip Balm review

The French Kiss lip balms are a fairly solid texture which I prefer, so they're not gooey or gloopy which means they last pretty well on the lips - around two hours before I tend to reapply. The formula softens ever so slightly as your press your finger onto the balm, which Caudalie terms as a 'crème brulee' texture.

The lip balms keep my lips really moisturised and contain quite a cocktail of natural and beneficial ingredients - polyphenols (anti-oxidants), aloe vera to soothe, castor and sunflower oil and beeswax to intensely nourish.

I've worn nothing else on my lips since receiving these - Innocence in particular lives on my desk and I'm a little addicted to its vanilla-orange scent! For £10 a pop these are not to be missed if your lips are constantly chapped like mine.

Laura

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January Favourites

January is finally over and I feel like I can actually get on with the year now. The first and dullest month of every year is always a practise month for me, so now February is here - and it's my birthday month, I'm raring to get going! That said, it's been a month of some change for me, trying to spend less and save for my trip to New York with Tales of a Pale Face in March, eating healthier and also trying to get to grips with having an actual hairstyle that needs styling now. I'm making progress! So here's what's been making me smile this month.
Skincare Treatments On Rotation

Nothing makes me happier than my evening skincare routine. Perhaps that's because it also includes comfy pyjamas and is shortly followed by bedtime? Luckily my skin is quite fond of this time of day too as it's when I really go to town on my skincare treatments and it can soak up all of the nutrients undisturbed.

Over the past year or so I've really honed down my skincare routine to a good selection of products I know I can trust, so whatever my skin throws at me I've got a solution for it. Let's dive in, shall we?

PIXI Peel & Polish
Not just reserved for the evening, as I'm quite fond of popping this on to work while I get ready in the morning, this exfoliator from PIXI guarantees soft, radiant smooth skin and no irritation. It's super gentle while not compromising on efficacy so I tend to indulge two to three times a week and follow with a mask if needed. A lot of the time the PIXI Peel & Polish is enough on its own though as it's a bit of a wonder treatment.

Glossier Moisturizing Moon Mask
I've sung its praises many a time before, but it really is that good! A nice thick layer of this mask really plumps up my skin and it's also quite cooling so helps calm down any irritation. I had a reaction to a new product I was testing recently and this soothed it away with one use. I've also heard good things about Glossier's detox mask so it's firmly on my list to try next.

Skincare Treatments On Rotation
 
This is the bottle that just keeps on giving as much as I use it, it keeps going. Not that I am complaining! For me this is an essential hit of hydration that helps keep some bounce to my skin and also helps exfoliate with lipo hydroxy acid. Patted onto the skin this has really helped my texture issues too.

Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist
This is as much a treatment for the senses as well as it is for the complexion as neroli never fails to put me in a good uplifted mood. I tend to keep this in my bag for refreshing up my makeup while on the go and it doesn't disappoint.

DHC Beauty Lift Eye Care Essence Roll-On*
This roll on eye gel is perfect for dealing with puffiness and dry eyes and I'm really enjoying using it. It's incredibly therapeutic to roll the cold metal applicator balls around the eye socket, let me tell you.
 
Skincare Treatments On Rotation
Skincare Treatments On Rotation

A fairly new addition to my skincare line up, this is exactly the thing for plumping the skin with moisture. It's clearly something I'm obsessed with! This serum is an incredibly clever blend of 12 forms of hyaluronic acid, which is exactly what you would expect from NIOD. I find that layering moisture in the form of an essence, serum and then moisturiser on top to be really effective and as each layer is light my skin responds really well and soaks up every last drop. I wouldn't be without hyaluronic acid now.
 
The previous incarnation of The Ordinary's pure retinol was incredibly harsh on the skin so I'm really glad they reformulated it to include squalane to combat that. I tend to use this a couple of night's a week when my skin doesn't need anything else on top so that the retinol can work uninterrupted. The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane is formulated with hydroxypinacolone retinoid which is one of the more advance forms of retinol that only has one conversion to make in order to become pure retinoic acid so it's the most potent over the counter form currently available. I'm not too keen on the scent of it but it's more about how it works than how it smells!
 
This is the newest addition to my skincare treatment arsenal which sounded too good to miss. It's supposed to help smooth out wrinkles around the eyes and foreheads so I'm using it twice daily in a bid to turn back the years. It's early days so I'll need to report back on this one.
 
Have you tried any of these and what skincare treatments do you love?
 
Laura
 
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The Five Product Makeup look

My usual daily makeup routine consists of a fair few products and as much as I enjoy playing with and applying makeup, it often isn't practical and sometimes I need to get a rush on. So I thought I would share with you my super quick five product face which will buy you some extra time in bed and will still leave you looking fresh and perky.

The Five Product Makeup look

Charlotte Tilbury Unisex Healthy Glow
I've had this a little while but hadn't used it much until lately. I love the overnight mask which leaves you with a nice subtle tan come morning, so this was always going to be a hit. It's starts off as a white cream but once smoothed into the complexion it takes on a radiant bronzed glow and hydrates the skin beautifully. It's very natural looking, so not orange at all and evens out any imperfections and redness so there's no need for concealer or anything else to go on top. I'm pretty hooked on this little tube!

Burberry Light Glow - Earthy Blush No. 7
As the skin is radiant and dewy all it needs it a little definition but nothing too intense. This is the perfect dusky pinky brown that goes with any makeup look and makes me look a lot more healthy and less moon faced. I also run this through my eye socket for a little shape and contour so its a pretty good multi-tasker for a minimal makeup look.

The Five Product Makeup look

Dior Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow in Meteore
This cream eyeshadow makes a great topper to finish your eye look as it's more of a shimmer than a typical opaque cream shadow if you catch my drift. Once applied it gives the most beautiful wash of champagne shimmer that really brightens up my eyes and it looks so nice on it's own which is how I'm wearing it for this look. It's best applied with a finger and is one of those shades that will suit pretty much everyone. I believe this it's being discontinued so definitely go get your hands on this as it's such a pretty shade.

Lancome Monsieur Big Mascara
This was very much an Allana Davison inspired purchase which I picked up before Christmas. I'm fairly lucky in the eyelash department so don't need to rely on mascara too much but my word this really makes a difference! It separates, thickens and gives a good dose of volume, and I've been pleasantly surprised to learn it doesn't smudge on me which 99% of mascaras do. I am so sold on this and as a girl who normally won't spend more than a tenner on mascara that's saying something!

The Five Product Makeup look

Sephora Wonderful Cushion Matte Lip Cream in Wonderful Rosy
I think this lip cream might be my favourite part of this whole look. It's a vivid blue-based pink that really perks up my complexion. Formula wise it's very similar to the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams and I'm sure they have a similar shade if you can't get your hands on this one (it's sold out on Sephora). Paired with subtly shimmering eyes and glowing radiant skin this is beyond beautiful. The nib is a large round cushion, a bit similar to the Maybelline concealer everyone likes. You would think that it would be hard to get a clean lip outline but actually it's really precise and takes just a swipe to apply.

Do you like the sound of any of these and what are your go-to minimal makeup must haves?

Laura

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The Greatest Showman Latest In Beauty Box

If there's one thing that Latest In Beauty do exceptionally well it's collaboration boxes. That's not to say their regular subscription boxes aren't awesome as they really are - there's not many beauty boxes that you can curate yourself after all. Their most recent box, The Greatest Showman Beauty Box* is rather spectacular, let me tell you.

Molton Brown Vintage With Elderflower

With exactly a week to go until the big day, are you all organised with all of your Christmas shopping all done and wrapped under the tree or is there one last person to buy for that's proving a bit tricky? I've done all of mine except for Leon who insists he doesn't want anything. So frustrating!

I'm sure we've all got someone who is impossible to buy for as maybe they buy what takes their fancy or perhaps they don't have any hobbies to help inspire your gift buying. Before panic buying sets in and you end up paying an insane amount for next day postage to get a very ordinary gift, I had to share the limited edition Molton Brown Vintage With Elderflower Collection* with you. I think you'll agree there's nothing more special than opening a luxurious collection of Molton Brown goodies all perfectly gift wrapped on Christmas morning.

Molton Brown Vintage With Elderflower

Molton Brown Vintage With Elderflower

What makes this even more special is that Molton Brown Vintage With Elderflower is only around this time of the year and the shower gel and body lotion come with cute bows and bells around the neck of the bottles and even a little festive greeting on the label if you go for their personalised option. There's three different messages to choose from online which you can just about get delivered in time, or you can pop into a number of stores nationwide and choose the name of the recipient or a special message only they would appreciate for a truly personalised gift. They're offering in store personalisation right up until Christmas Eve so no one will guess you dashed out at the very last minute!

Molton Brown Vintage With Elderflower is pretty fancy as far as luxury body and fragrance products go. It's inspired by champagne as the gold labels and sparkling gold shower gel suggests. Infused with a blend of sparkling grapefruit, elderflower, petitgrain and vetiver, Vintage with Elderflower is uplifting and yet at the same time has a velvety and deep comforting quality to it. It's incredibly refined and luxurious - the perfect gift.

Molton Brown Vintage With Elderflower

Molton Brown Vintage With Elderflower

I can't quite bear to burn my candle yet as there's nothing quite as satisfying than an untouched candle but it's so tempting. I think I'm going to hold off and save it for Christmas morning and a glass of bubbles to accompany it. Very fancy indeed.

Prices start from £12 here and you can find a store that offers personalisation here.

Laura

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John Frieda Forever Smooth Blow Dry Styling Spray review

For someone who has naturally straight hair I annoyingly spend a lot of time trying to get it as straight and smooth as possible. Although it is straight my hair is super soft and fine with a tendency to go frizzy when left to its own devices. So I’m always looking for products that help tame my locks without weighing them down and I’ve finally found that in the John Frieda Frizz Ease Forever Smooth Blow Dry Styling Spray*.
charlotte tilbury instant look palette review

This year I'm opting for a more mindful and minimal Christmas so it didn't feel right to post a mammoth gift guide so my content will pared back this year - I hope that's okay with you all. I couldn't not give you guys a little inspiration though so with that in mind here's the one beauty item I think you should either treat yourself or a loved one to, or pop on your own Christmas wishlist.
Glossier You perfume review

Glossier's arrival into the UK is beyond question the launch of 2017 for me. It's been a long time coming but finally us Brits can get our fix of Emily Weiss's curated collection of ultra cool-girl skincare and makeup. This year has also seen some really amazing new products from Glossier, such as the Cloud Paint blushes which are firm favourites in my collection, an SPF that feels like nothing on the skin, beautiful body products that make me want to shower three times a day, and the most intriguing perfume.
My Winter Skincare Switch Up

It's that time of year that not only brings the things I love such as cosy jumpers, log fires and Christmas, but it also brings harsh winds, central heating and freezing temperatures - so basically everything that sends my skin into a tizz. The joys! It's around November time that I switch up my skincare to a few more seasonal picks to help keep my skin happy and stop it from having a compete freak out.

I spend a lot of time on Instagram and its become one of my favourite ways to discover new products. Haircare in particular is one area that has become a little costly because of the 'gram. I know we shouldn't judge a book or a shampoo by its cover, but I'm such a sucker for pretty packaging and I know I'm not alone! The proof is in the pudding though and luckily I haven't come across a dud yet. Here's a few of my favourite Instagram worthy haircare finds.

Instagram Worthy Haircare

Sachajuan is probably the range I've wanted to try the longest since seeing it adorn Kate Lavie and Estee Lalonde's feeds over the years. From the pretty blue shampoo and conditioner to the dark and alluring bottles, I wanted in on this super cool Swedish brand. What better than to start off with the cult Sachajuan Hair Repair*?

Piped as a once a week treatment, Sachajuan Hair Repair is infused with the brand's Ocean Silk technology which strengthens tresses with minerals and proteins, adding hydration and shine without weighting it down which is key for my fine hair.

Never one to follow instructions to a T I've swapped out usual conditioner completely for this swoon worthy treatment. My natural frizz is gone and my hair feels incredibly soft and silky. Two pumps go a long way and even though I've not been using it sparingly I've hardly made a dent over the last couple of weeks that I've been using it.

Instagram Worthy Haircare

Nothing is more beautiful than gold, right? American brand Drybar oozes Californian cool-girl hair. The Drybar Gold Mine Leave In Conditioner is spun gold in a bottle and was what first grabbed my attention. I'm a little naughty mentioning this as it's sadly been discontinued, but this is one of a few products in the range that I've tried and they are worth a Sephora order for sure.

I tend to mix the leave in conditioner into the Drybar 100 Proof Treatment Oil - which sounds pretty cool too doesn't it? The oil helps the conditioner adhere to the hair adding an extra nourishing boost and the golden particles glimmer in the sun and make my copper hair look super shiny. This is such a great combo for dry hair in need of some vibrance.

Instagram Worthy Haircare

I couldn't do a hair post without mentioning Kerastase. It's been a staple in my bathroom for years now. The Kerastase Resistence Ciment Thermique Resurfacing Reinforcing Milk is a 2-in-1 heat protectant and leave in treatment which makes blow drying a doddle. It smoothes the hair, removes any left over frizz and means that I never need to use hair straighteners any more. Which I'm kinda sad about as I love my copper GHD's! My hair is certainly thankful for less heat though.

Ouai is the ultimate Instagram worthy haircare brand without a doubt. I'm yet to try any of their shampoos and conditioners, but I can tell you that the styling products are bomb. The new Ouai Memory Mist is quite an interesting one. I love the metal cannister which was designed perfectly for my white bathroom. Sprayed into damp hair after the Kerastase milk, it makes my hair smell amazing (seriously all Ouai products smell divine) and the heat activated technology prolongs my hairstyle which makes getting ready the next day even easier.

Other notable products from the range include the Ouai Finishing Creme which just makes any hairstyle better by giving a little bit of moisture and lived in texture, and the Ouai Wave Spray is one of very few products that helps hold a wave in my poker straight locks. It's super fine so there's no crunch or stickiness. Hello gorgeous hair.

Have you tried any of these Instagram worthy picks?

Laura

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