Beauteque Monthly Subscription Box : Product Review

Beauteque Monthy : Product Review
A look at all six products available in Beauteque Monthly beauty box

Another month down and another arrival of surprises from my Beauteque beauty box. This month has been slightly different from previous, including body and hair care as well as the usual skin care and make up. This months theme was a brunch menu style and each product has amazing fruity smells that are good enough to eat. So lets take a look at the products.

Hair Care

Mise – En – Scene Perfect Repair Hair Treatment Serum $15 / £11.61

I have been needing to invest in a hair treatment for some time after dyeing the life out of my hair recently so this was a much needed product to gain from my Beauteque box. The Serum has been great to incorporate more moisture back into my hair. The formula contains both argan and olive oil which have helped to repair the damage dyeing has caused. The consistency is similar to a condition, easy to run through your hair and concentrate on the ends. I have also been using a shower cap to help intensify the treatment.

My hair has been left soft and shiny. I have been able to get a brush through it without having to fight against knots due to the added hydration it has given my locks. Due to the serum having a apricot scent my hair smelt great after use which is an added bonus.

Body Care

The Saem Perfumed Body Lotion $12.99 / £10.06

The Saem Body lotion was a nice little addition to the box. It follows the theme of the hair serum and is also apricot scented. I normally don’t use a scented body lotion as they can irritate my skin but this one is kind and gentle. I had no irritation and my skin was left feeling soft and moisturised. I really like the consistency of the formula. It is one of the lightest body lotions I’ve ever used, very thin almost like a water based cream. My skin absorbed the cream instantly so there was no waiting around for it to dry before getting dressed (which lets be honest is the most irritating thing about body lotions).

Skin Care

Skin7teen T, Cafe Katte 3 – Step Mask $5.99 / £4.64

My favourite part of the Beauteque Beauty box is the three step mask I’m going to be getting. The skin7teen lives up to expectations and then some.

Step on and two target different area of the face such as T-zone and jawline and then you just pop the sheet mask over the top for 15- 20 minutes. The T-zone section is for targeting large pores and helping to reduce and tighten them whilst the U-zone is for adding hydration. This was great for my combination skin as my forehead nose and chin are often where I have enlarged pores. My cheek area is often where I experience the most dryness so by the mask targeting the areas with two different products was very helpful.

Hint: I wish I had read the little booklet that comes inside the box as it states if you place the mask in the fridge for ten minutes before use it can be quite refreshing to the skin during use.

This has been my favourite mask I have received from Beauteque, I will be buying again as my skin felt fantastic after use. My pores appeared reduced, the hydration left my dry patches much smoother and I all round loved using Skin7teen’s sheet mask.

Saresmin Perfect Solution Serum $8.99 / £6.95

Saresmin Serum
A look at the packaging of the Saresmin Serum

Saresmin’s serum has some funky packaging. The serum comes in a medical style syringe which allows you to measure the amount of product you are dispensing. Guidelines say to use 0.5ml of liquid for just the face area and 1ml for the face and neck area. Due to the packaging this is easily done.

The formula contains hyaluronic acid which is great for helping the skin maintain its moisture levels. It is a water based solution that is absorbed by the skin quickly so no waiting around before moisturising. This gave real changes in my textured areas of skin. Bumps and lumps looked smoother, almost plumped up. It left for a really good base for applying make up later on.

The only qualm I have is the size of product. It is 5ml and if using the guided amount of 1ml for each application you will only have this for five uses. I would love to see this in a bigger size or a purchase option of a four pack available.

Sandepin My Honey Clean Sponge Cookie $6.99 / £5.41

Sandepin Sponge Cookie
Such a fluffy texture on the Sandepin Sponge Cookie

I’m not going to go into loads of detail on this because it is a sponge. The Sandepin sponge cookie has a soft, fluffy texture great for make up and dirt removal. It is very gentle on the skin and non irritating. One of the main things I like about this sponge is it can be gently washed and has a usage count of up to 200 times.

Make Up

Baviphat Urban City Real Liptone Tint $7.99 / £6.18

Baviphat liptone Lip Tint
The cute apple packaging on the Baviphat Liptone lip tint is super cute

The packaging on this is really cute. The bottle is a little apple with the lid being the stalk and the tint is even apple scented to continue the theme.

Personally I am not a big fan of tints as I prefer a bolder look. Baviphat’s however is a nice colour (Rosewood) red, leaves a subtle tint to lips that has great stain power that will last throughout the day. I found application rather difficult as the applicator is very small and the tint is very thin in consistency. I experienced a bit of bleeding on the lip line although this may be down to me not have much of a clue in applying tints properly.

There you have the six products I received in my Beauteque beauty box this month and my thoughts and feelings on each one. Are there any that stuck out for you? Am I doing lip tint application wrong (haha)? I’d love to hear your thought and feelings in the comment section so feel free to let me know.

I have linked all the products individually and below is a link for the subscription box if you were interested in having a look (I have also added my review on the previous box if you wanted more ideas of products you get with this subscription).

Beauteque Monthly Beauty Box

Beauteque Monthly : The subscription box with a little bit of everything

My next post is on Friday so until then I’ve hope you enjoyed reading.

Kate x

The Beauty Book Shelf: Sali Hughes’ Pretty Honest

Over the years I have bought so many beauty based books, some giving great advice and tips and others have been a bit underwhelming. I have since decided to share my thoughts and feelings on this by creating a special section on the blog I have entitled “The Beauty Book Shelf”.

I’m going to start with one of my favourite books Sali Hughes’ Pretty Honest. I bought this about a year ago and I generally now refer to Sali Hughes as my Oprah of beauty! Believe me this lady knows what she is talking about here’s what she has to say:

“The only thing worse than feeling like crap, is looking like crap too. Often we can’t do anything about the former, but I feel passionately that addressing the latter can only help.

I believe looking good to be an important and valid pursuit. All too often, women with an interest in their appearance are assumed to be stupid, shallow and unintelligent. Even traitors to feminism. But it’s perfectly normal to love both lipstick and literature, to be a woman who paints her nails while shouting at Question time.”

Pretty Honest covers everything you could possibly want to know from skincare routines, salon and spa etiquette to looking good in every age group. Along the way you can gather loads of tips and information to improving your knowledge and capability within your own beauty routine.

For me this book has been a bit of a game changer, Sali has used her personal experiences plus her extensive knowledge of the industry to deliver an incredibly informative and no bullshit book that is very easy to read from cover to cover.

From the skincare section alone I made improvements to my daily routine (as I said in my previous post, my skin is thanking me for it) but also learnt about what to look for in my products ingredients wise. I have made better choices when buying my skincare products because I have a better knowledge of what certain ingredients can do for my face.

If you were thinking this is just a book based around lipstick you would be wrong, other topics Sali covers include Teen beauty, beauty and motherhood and even beauty in illness. Each chapter filled with snippets of information and tips that can make a person feel back in the game of life again.

It has been very refreshing to read something empowering in a beauty based book rather then the traditional step by step and do’s and don’t of make up and skincare. As a mother of three young ones, a wife and a trying to be full time blogger I can sometimes get lost in what is going on and forget to take time out. Sali’s writing’s gave me the confidence to realise taking time to make myself look and feel good is necessary as it is part of who I am. I want to be able to show the world the best version of me and if it takes having the odd beauty treatment to give me the assurance and poise I encourage everyone to start doing so.

What are your thought’s and feelings on beauty books? Have you found one that has become your guide to life? Let me know what you think about me adding a monthly beauty book review section as it’s something I’ve been thinking of adding to my blog page more permanently, you can comment down below or find me on twitter @Katesbeautyhome.

My next post will be up on Friday so until then have a lovely week.

Kate x

Repair The Hair

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Since the age of fifteen I have used and abused my hair, dying it every colour of the rainbow, using extensions and frying it to within a inch of its sorry life with straighteners.

During three pregnancies it only became worse with ends snapping off and it falling out by the handful. My poor follicles have been crying out for an eternity for some love and attention so it’s about time I heard them and gave my tresses the respect they deserved in hope they would forgive me.

Over the last few months I have bought a vast amount of shampoos and conditioners ranging in price from Wella SP repair (£11.50 for 250ml), Revlon professional be fabulous repair (£8.50 for 250ml) and Herbal Essences bio: renew repair (£4.50 for 400ml). Believe me the list really does go on.

It is the Herbal Essences that I will be talking about today, not because it is the most affordable but because the condition of my hair since using it has improved so much it has been shocking.

The bottle states the repair shampoo with argan oil of morocco helps “purify and protect against what your hair gets used to over time. Resulting in soft, free flowing hair”. To note I have been using this with the matching conditioner which states the same effects.

Problems I have been having before is my hair is so brittle due to being mistreated but also very fine that when I start using too many products, especially a conditioner, it can resemble the chip fat look within twenty four hours of washing. It becomes hard work trying to fit in washing it every night and dry shampoo’s have been a failure as they simply add to drying out my hair even more.

Herbal Essences bio: renew has been a gift from god!! Taking away the constant need to re wash my hair and giving it three days of happiness with a silky soft feel and healthy shine.

Due to the price I have been particularly impressed, I just didn’t think I would find something in such a low budget that actually improved the standard of my hair. And to the extent it has done so!

As I stated earlier from using this the last few weeks I can now go up to three days without the dire need to wash my hair again but the icing on the cake has been the condition in which my hair has improved.

The roots feel nourished and looked after, the ends are less brittle and appear smoother and the softness to my hair is something else. I genuinely do not believe my hair has felt this good in years, it has really given it a new lease of life, changing my views towards my hair from it being hard work to wanting to look after and protect it.

Let me know if you have tried this out and if it works for you or if it just isn’t your product. Also if you have any other recommendations on hair care products I’d love to hear them. Comment below or tweet @KateL564.

Kate