Face Mask Friday 2

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I recently did a first impressions style post on the Glamour Spring Edit Beauty Box which you can read here. One of the products I received in this was the Nuxe Paris Masque Crème Fraîche, a 24hr soothing and rehydrating fresh mask. At £18.50 for a 50ml tube, this product falls into the middle-ground in terms of pricing but is a great option for those looking for something to calm their skin.

What it does -Masque Crème Fraîche is for the face and eye contour areas and  according to Nuxe ‘this mask quenches the thirst of the driest skin types, it intensely soothes the skin for an immediate “SOS rescue” effect on skin discomfort.’ Essentially, this mask is there to nourish and moisturise the skin as oppose to the traditional deep cleanse you might expect from a generic face mask. If you are someone who worries about certain ingredients this product is free from mineral oils, although personally I have never been overly concerned by this.

How to use it – I apply this all over a clean, dry face and leave on for the recommended 10 minutes, although you can definitely leave it on longer with no nasty side effects. The thing I love the most about this face mask is that it doesn’t dry onto your skin like others do. It’s formulation feels like you are applying a light moisturiser so you don’t need very much at all as it spreads so easily. After the time is up I use a warm flannel to gently remove the product.

The results – Nothing dramatic, just an overall clean feeling without the dryness of other face masks. My skin definitely looks and feels softer immediately after using this. I think it will be an excellent addition to my skincare collection when my face inevitably falls victim to the British Summer. Hopefully it can live up to its promise to calm redness, I’ll keep you posted.                           Sophie xoxo

The Glamour Beauty Box

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I haven’t blogged in a few days, mainly because I’ve been surrounded by important deadlines. But I ordered a beauty box a while back and it’s just arrived, so I thought I’d share my first impressions.

Over the years I’ve managed to avoid the temptation to sign up for monthly beauty boxes, because I always worry that they will start out amazing and slowly reduce to cheap samples that aren’t really worth the value. But I was finally won over by a Facebook deal that offered a years subscription to Glamour Magazine as part of the deal.

With a value of £99, at just £14.44 the box was a steal! You can get one for yourself here: http://www.latestinbeauty.com/glamour/

It arrived promptly and in a rather nice box that I will most likely use for makeup storage of some kind. Inside was an array of beauty and skincare treats. I haven’t had a chance to test them all out yet but I will say that I overall I am very impressed. I can’t wait to use the Nuxe face mask and having recently had my hair lightened, the Moroccanoil intense hydrating hair mask has come at the perfect time!

Having tried the Rimmel Oh My Gloss! Lipgloss I have decided to give it to my mum, simply because the one I received was a shade she will get more use out of and to be totally honest, although it is a lovely non-sticky formulation, I only really tend to wear Tanya Burr and NARS lipglosses, most the time I stick to lip pencil/lipsticks.

The real standout product from the Glamour Spring Edit Beauty Box is the Kiko long lasting stick eyeshadow. It is incredible! Having never used any Kiko products before I wasn’t sure what to expect. One swatch and I was sold. You can see from the pictures that it has a lovely pigment whilst still blending easily. And they aren’t lying about the water resistance, it took ages to scrub it off my hand, having worn it for a day I can say that it does not budge from the lids and is super easy to apply and blend. It also makes an amazing base for shadows. Total winner!

Left: blended out Right: swatched

Left: blended out Right: swatched

Other products included in the Glamour box include: ModelCo. creme-rouge cheek& lips, Beauty UK high-brow kit, An Elie Saab perfume sample, Revlon colourstay gel envy diamond top coat and colourstay gel envy longwear nail enamel.  

Considering these are all full size products (excluding perfume sample) this is great value for money, not to mention the year subscription to Glamour magazine which I cannot wait to start receiving! So, if you’re thinking about getting one I’d act fast, a deal this good is likely to go quick, just remember that the shades you receive may vary from those pictured in this blog post.

Sophie xoxo