Saturday, 17 March 2012

February Carmine box : What's inside?

This is so late, I feel like I have barley been on the internet lately. I'm sure most of you know what's inside this box by now but I'm going to share what's inside mine anyway! This is actually my first Carmine box, I have not subscribed as you can get one off boxes. I know they originally had Steam Cream in the Feb one but a ton of people subscribed to get it so they had to make an alternate one.
The box itself is rather beasty! As in very sturdy and well made, more so than Glossybox and Boudoir Prive. It can be annoying to get the lid off though as it go's all the way down but no biggie.
I got:
-Andrea Fulerton Nail Varnish in Eliza // What a gorgeous colour, a turquoise with blue and purple sparkle which you see when it catches the light. It's full sized too!
- Japonesque Smudger Brush // It's a small brush but I'm pleased with this as it will definitely be handy and perfect to travel with.
-Blingtone eyeshadow in ''Crystalline Green'' by Myface Cosmetics // Well it's definitely blingy! A pigmented green packed with glitter. Nice sturdy packaging and it's full sized. I'm not really a big fan of glittery shadow especially those heavily packed with glitter so I can't see myself using this much.
-White Glo Professional choice whitening toothpaste // I love this, I know it's only toothpaste but I just like trying new and different teeth whitening products so far nothing has compared to products I have used in the USA. I'm currently using this so we'll see how it go's!
-Yardley Peony Fragrance Sample // Meh, perfume samples never excite me to be honest.
-Diego Dalla Palma 'The Lipstick' in Shade 42 // This is such a tiny cute sample! Infact I'm going to add a picture of it...
Okay you can't even tell how small it is but oh well, I LOVE the smell of this lipstick, it infact reminds me of the smell of MAC lipsticks! I love the colour I got in this lipstick, maybe I'll do a post about it. Great product, the full size is rather pricey at £14 though.
Overall I have liked this box! More than Glossybox and Boudoir Prive boxes I have had in the past and I think the reason for this is because Carmine seem to have more make-up/beauty products rather than skincare. This box was worth the money considering I got two full sized products despite the fact that I more than likely won't use one of them but it's been nice not getting skincare samples for a change.
Are you a Carmine Subscriber? I am tempted to subscribe for this months box!
Don't forget to enter my little Giveaway here.

Saturday, 10 March 2012

A little Giveaway!- MUA and things.

Nothing big but I just wanted to have a little giveaway as it's been a while since my last one. Just to say thank you to all my followers who take time to read and comment on my blog. I am hoping to do a bigger and better one soon enough!
I have been loving MUA products lately and I know many people want to try them so I thought it would be a good choice.
MUA Heaven and Earth eyeshadow palette- I chose this as the colours reminded me of the Naked palette- neutral colours so they will suit everyone.
MUA Lipstick in Bare (Shade 14)
MUA Love hearts lip balm in Hot Lips - I love this!
and a little cream bag to put them all in.
Everything is new and unused.
-You must be a follower through google connect, I will be checking!
-Open internationally
- Comment with your name, email address and blog address if you have one.
- Last day to enter will be : Saturday March 24th- Extended

Short and simple! I will contact the winner after picking a name out of a hat or using

Friday, 9 March 2012

A quick MUA NOTD in 'U Rok' Love Hearts Nail polish

 So here we have MUA's 'U Rok' (11) polish from the Love Hearts Collection.
It's such a pretty blue toned purple/lilac periwinkle colour. (I'm great at describing things right?)
It cost £2.00 for 6.8ml.
It took me two coats to get a nice even opaque finish, with one it was pretty good but ever so slightly uneven and streaky.
 Any recommendation for top coats that are amazing and help your polish last longer than a couple of days?

Saturday, 3 March 2012

MUA Purchases: lipstick 6,7 and Hot Lips swatches

I heard about MUA  a while ago but I's so can't be that good right?! Oh how I was wrong...after reading numerous blog posts I had a little spending spree online..
Some is for a future giveaway and some for a swap I'm doing!

Here's what I got for me..
 I'll do posts about the nail polishes and how they look on nails soon!
So first of all I got the 'Hot Lips' lip balm from the Love hearts collection. This cost £2.00 for 10g
I have rather pigmented lips so I decided to choose the darkest coloured lip balm out of the five and this one is gorgeous! In the pot it looks like a  gorgeous berry pink and smells like vanilla. (I adore vanilla scents!) On my lips it gives a nice berry pink tint and is moisturising.
Next the lipsticks..
I love that you can take off the little ends and there's some lipstick in them, not sure if this was intentional or not as I couldn't get it off the other lipstick.
I got lipstick shades 6 and 7 they were £1.00 each. (Not sure why there's a difference in size hmm)

 However 6 was a mistake, I originally ordered number 11 which looked like a lovely nude, I was excited to try it as I lack nude lipsticks in my collection but I was sent the wrong one.
But no worries Shade 6 turns out to thankfully be a pretty mistake, it's a nice pinky colour, quiet like MAC's Hot Gossip! Hot gossip to me has more purple undertones where as 6 does not making it a lighter pink with shimmer.
Shade 7 is a nice coral (my first coral lipstick!!) which also has a little shimmer. I normally don't like shimmery make up at all but with these lipstick's you can barley notice it, it just adds a little depth.
 L to R Shade 7, Shade 6 and Hot Lips
 L to R Shade 7, Shade 6 and Hot Lips

I wouldn't say the lipsticks are entirely on par with MAC's £13.50 lipsticks but damn their pretty good for a £1.00.. moisturising, pigmented, simple classy packaging and nicely scented...what more could you want?! I will be trying some more MUA in the future for sure... as so far I'm super impressed!
You can get your hands on these products from Superdrug or MUA site who ship internationally too.
Have you tried MUA? What is your favourite product so far?..

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Free Neal's Yard moisturiser - Marie Claire

Just a quick heads up, in the latest magazine Marie Claire are giving a 45ml 'Rehydrating rose daily moisturiser' it's for normal skin and worth £12.00.
 I'm sure most of you already know but I didn't! I have also been wanting to try Neal's yard for a while now so this is the perfect opportunity although I have Normal/Combination skin so we'll see how this go's!
Has anyone else bought this?