Saturday, November 30, 2013

November Glossybox- The Glossy Wishlist

November's Glossybox is filled with products that are supposed to get you ready for the party season ahead. This month's box contained 4 full size items and three sample sizes which is amazing value for your money and seems to be more than you would usually get in a Glossybox. 


Emite Micronized Eye Shadow in Dams- €19 (approximate conversion)
Scholl Dry Skin Exfoliator- €5.40 (approximate conversion)
B. Smokey Soft Blendable Kohl Eyeliner in Plum- €5.40 (approximate conversion)
Vichy Idealia Life Serum/ Smoothing and Illuminating Cream- €38.50/€26 (approximately €9.30 worth of product for 3 samples) 

So all in all you are getting approximately €41.60 worth of beauty products for around €15. The only thing I would say is that it would be great to have the actual Euro prices of each product on the info card for the Irish customers. It's a small detail but one I'm sure the Irish Glossybox customers would appreciate. 

I really loved this month's Glossybox, the Scholl Exfoliator is perfect for getting your feet ready for wearing heels. I think everyone neglects their feet a little in the Winter because they are mostly hidden so I really enjoyed using this and then using my Soap and Glory Heel Genius afterwards, it's the perfect treat after a long day on my feet. 

The Yves Rocher Hand Cream smells good enough to eat. Terry's Choclate Orange fans will love this! I can't believe how inexpensive it is, it absorbs nicely into the skin and it's handy size to keep in my bag. 

Emite is a Swedish brand I hadn't heard of before. This matte black eye shadow is perfect for creating a smoky eye for your Christmas party, I like to use it along my lash line as eye liner.  

The B. Kohl Eye liner is a gorgeous deep purple shade , something that was missing from my make up collection and I am rather partial to a smoky purple eye so I'm dying to try this out properly. So far I've just used it a little along my lower lash line for a bit of colour. It's really easy to blend especially with the sponge tip on the other end of the pencil. 

I've used the Vichy Serum before and I absolutely love it, this is a definite repurchase for me, combined with the sample of the moisturiser, it makes an unbelievable base for applying make up. I'm so impressed with this range. 

If you're stuck for an idea for a Christmas gift, I don't know any woman that wouldn't love a subscription to Glossybox. You can purchase three, six and twelve month subscriptions so it's the gift that keeps on giving. Another option is to get somebody the Limited Edition Christmas Box that contains 6 samples this time, all adding up to £80.  

Have you tried Glossybox yet? Are you interested in trying it?

Emma x

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Kiko Smart Lipstick in 914

When we were in Paris, the shopping centre beside out apartment had a Kiko store in it. Having heard a lot about Kiko recently on blogs and youtube, I couldn't resist having a look around and I was incredibly impressed with what I found.


The thing I noticed first was that the prices were so reasonable. This lipstick was €3.90, an unbelievable price for any lipstick. I wanted to try a few things since we don't have Kiko here in Ireland yet and I never like buying make up online unless I've had the chance to look at it in person first. I knew I wanted a lipstick and I had my eye on a red one at first but it was sold out and I'm so glad it was because I then spotted this  beauty (914- Amaranth) which immediately reminded me of Rebel by MAC, a lipstick I've wanted the past couple of years.

On the Kiko site, these are described as a rich nourishing lipstick with full colour and total comfort and I fully agree with that. The texture reminds of the Estée Lauder Crystal lipsticks, the formula is thinner than that of the Revlon Super Lustrous lipsticks. They come in boxed outer packaging which I thought was an unusual addition to such an inexpensive lipstick. The packaging itself is simple, classic, practical black packaging and the scent is a lovely vanilla scent similar to MAC lipsticks.

I can't fault this lipstick. I got a couple of other things from Kiko that I will review soon. I'm really impressed with Kiko as a brand so far and I hope they make their way over to Ireland soon as I think they could do really well here.

Have you tried anything from Kiko yet?

Emma x

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Rose Baby Doll

When the YSL Glossy Stains were first released I was very eager to try them out because as a lip product fanatic any new lip innovations are very exciting. When YSL came out with the Baby Doll Collection earlier this year I was totally taken in by the gorgeous Rose Baby Doll shade Glossy Stain and decided it was about time I tried them out for myself.


I wanted to show you the two above photos so that you can see how different this shade can look depending on the light and how much product you apply.

Glossy lips are not something I usually go for, I prefer a satin or matte lip (the windy Irish weather is a big factor in this). That being said the first time I tried this I completely fell for it. The packaging is gorgeous, as you would expect from YSL. The gold embossed lid combined with the practical black hard plastic tube that has a little window through which you can see a glimpse of the product inside. The applicator comes out with just enough product for one thin layer. The incredible rose scent may not be for everyone but I personally love it, it reminds me of my beloved Stella perfume.

It took me a while to perfect the application of this. I find it works best it you apply a thin layer first and follow that up with another layer perfecting the edges. It works best on well moisturised lips but make sure you don't have a lot of lip balm on underneath or you may find it doesn't go on as well. Resist the urge to rub your lips together as this totally messes up the application. Once applied it stays on incredibly well and I just love how it wears throughout the day. I wore this to an event where I was drinking and eating and it lasted so well and wears into an imperfect distribution on the lips that I just love. I wouldn't top it up either, if you're out and about bring a small packet of wipes with you and remove the product and start again otherwise I've found it just ends up looking worse.

You might ask is that not a lot of trouble for a lip product? To that I would say just try it on at a YSL counter and then you'll see why it's worth it.

Emma x

Friday, November 15, 2013

Five Outfits...

... I've worn recently.

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Emma x

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Rock N Roll Red


I'm back from an amazing week in Paris and just getting around to catching up on blogging after my break. I have Paris posts planned to fill you in on what I got up to as well as lots more. Firstly, I want to tell you about the nail polish I wore during my holiday.

I went into Boots last month on a mission to buy a red nail polish because shockingly I didn't have a true red in my collection. I was originally planning on buying No7's Devil's Delight which I have used before and loved the shade but it was sold out so I opted for one of the Rimmel Salon Pro by Kate Moss polishes in the shade Rock N Roll.


I love this nail polish, the shade, the brush, the formula. Is it just me or does anyone else just love giant nail polish brushes? I find polish so much easier to apply with a bigger brush. This is basically the perfect glamorous shade of red. I wore it when I was in Paris and it lasted the entire week without chipping, there was some very slight wear on the tips of my nails but that's it. I am truly impressed, and I'm definitely going to check out the other shades in this range.

What are you wearing on your nails at the moment?

Emma x
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