Beauteque Box: Product Review

Today’s post is going to be a review and look at the latest Beauteque box mainly due to the fact it has been my most liked yet and was full of products I love and needed. It also arrived on my birthday so that was an extra treat for me!

I’m going to jump right in as there is quite a bit to get through and it is all so good.

Beauteque

Cute Moose Headband ($7.99/£6.25)

I have been meaning to buy a headband to keep my hair out of the way during washing or applying a mask so this was perfect.

The band is nice and firm and fits comfortably without being too tight. The material is nice and soft so there is no damage done to the hair and the band has cute ears and antlers so is very adorable.

Esfolio Green Tea Facial Cleansing Tissue ($8.00/£6.25)

I was so glad to see these in my monthly box as I have been in desperate need for cleansing wipes.

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The Esfolio packet contains 20 cleansing tissues of reasonable size. The Green Tea ingredient helps remove excess oils and leaves a fresh feel to the skin. For a tissue they are quite thick and not as easy as expected to rip or break.  I will be keeping these for on the go when I need an emergency clean up as they are quick to use and dispose of.

Cos. W Collagen Eye Zone Mask ($6.99/£5.47)

On first look I was a little bit disappointed as these little eye patches replaced the usual three step mask in the box but once I had a proper look and used the product the disappointment soon evaporated.

I have four favourite products from the box this month and the Cos. W eye masks are one of them. The eye patches come in a resealable packet which contains 15 pairs so there is plenty of usage for the price.

Each pair are really easy to separate from the others despite the fact they are saturated in the Green Tea and papaya extract (designed to help with signs of ageing). They place really well under the eyes with ease and fit almost perfectly . Once left for 15-20 minutes you can remove and throw away so there is little mess.

I have really loved using these as they leave my under eye feeling tighter whilst giving a boost in hydration. The patches are so quick and easy to use, they are like a mini pamper session for when your pushed for time.

Bergamo Luxury Caviar Wrinkle Care Cream ($24.99/£19.56)

I have been using this every evening since the moment I received it and I am in love. I have quite a bit of texture to my skin in places and Caviar induced products can help with this as well as fine lines.

The product information states to use as the last step to your evening routine. The cream light and easy to apply. It doesn’t feel heavy, especially as I normally apply mine after using a night moisturiser. Over the past few weeks of using I have been waking up to my skin feeling a lot firmer and an improvement in the texture.

From this months subscription it was another one of my absolute favourites and a product I will repurchase.

Botanic Farm Soft Cover Pore Balm Primer ($18.00/£14.08)

Honestly how can you get so many good products in one box!

Botanic Farm

As I said previously I have textured skin in places and also suffer from large pores and the Botanic Farm primer has been a god send. So much so that I have been wearing it alone without make up purely because it minimises my pores so well and helps even out the texture.

As the product is a balm it is firm in the jar so I tend to use a beauty blender to pick up the product and then apply to my face with the blender. It puts me in mind of other more expensive primes such as the Benefit Dr Feel Good (£26.00) and leaves my skin feeling velvety.

When using this with foundation it has worked very well (the foundation sitting nicely with the primer). I have had no major issues and my pores have continued to appear minimised.

This will be added to the list of repurchases although I think the jar I have will be lasting a while due to the amount you need for application and the 0.71 ounces supplied.

The Saem Semi Pro Multi Colour ($7.99/£6.25)

The Semi Pro Multi Colour is described as a little pot of pigment that can be used on the lips, cheeks or eyes. The colour I have is 19 Scarlet and a little pot of pigment colour she is. This is bold and I really like it.

You need to be very light handed with these as the colours are so strong. There are tips to mix them with other make up products to achieve different colours and looks which is probably what I will be doing mostly.

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I really like the packaging resembling a small paint tube as that is how the product looks and performs. When used on their own these do have a strong transfer and are a little difficult to remove but for me when it has that strong a colour pay off it is worth it.

Hope you enjoyed my little review of this months Beauteque box. Each product included in the box is full sized and the links provided are for the individual product but below I will put a link for the box itself. Let me know your thoughts and feelings in the comment section  or if you have any other subscription boxes you love.

Beauteque Monthly

Next post will be Tuesday, have a good weekend.

Kate x

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Pityriasis Rosea and Me

Pityriasis Rosea is something I had never heard of until five weeks ago when I became covered from neck down in a rash that was flaming red and made me incredibly itchy. After a visit to my GP and then the hospital I was diagnosed with Pityriasis Rosea given some antihistamines and sent on my way.

Not happy with just curing the itching I went home and looked up as much information as I could about the condition. After all I am a beauty blogger and love to use products on my skin but was now worried that I may never have that luxury again. Here is what I have found on the condition and how I started to clear my skin.

What is Pityriasis Rosea

Pityriasis Rosea is a skin condition that often starts with a small, dry patch of skin that can look quite red and inflamed. For me this little patch did not hurt and was not an irritant in any way. The initial dry patch of skin is called the ‘Herald Patch’ and can take up to two weeks to develop into a raised rash that covers area of the body. For me personally the rash came out quite quickly and covered my neck, chest, stomach, back and legs. This rash was extremely irritating and I could have sat scratching all day.

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This is how my chest area looked

Causes of Pityriasis Rosea

Unfortunately There is yet to be any known cause for the skin condition. The hospital indicated that some feel it may be a viral infection while others think it could be stress related. As I felt unwell before my rash came out and had the stresses of a surgery the week before I believe it could be both.

Treatment

Treatment is a bit lacking with the prescription of antihistamines and advice to use a emollient. More extreme case can then have a steroid based cream or UBV light therapy. Treatment can last anything from six weeks to six months and some people live with the condition.

How It Affected Me

I hope I don’t sound vain but I was devastated and itchy. I love using different products on my skin and for me personally one of my favourite things about being a girl is having pamper sessions, making myself feel nice. I was worried and panic that the things I loved doing for ‘me time’ I may never be able to do again.

I would be lying if I said it didn’t make me feel unattractive and knock my confidence. I was worried people could see it and it is almost impossible to cover up when its so wide spread across the body. I was also worried that people may feel it was contagious (it is not by the way) and fear coming near or talking to me. Luckily I have a reassuring husband and family that helped remind me how I looked didn’t matter and we are blessed I am well and it wasn’t something more serious.

How I improved The Appearance Of My Skin

No was the time for me to stop using such highly perfumed products and go back to basics. There was not many 0% chemical was products out there that you don’t have to order online and wait for. I started using both Lacura (£1.20) and Sanex (£2.29) zero percent body was as they are a clear liquid formula. The clearer the liquid the less chemicals in the formula. Plus they are both have 0% fragrance, parabens, colourants, phthalates or phenoxyethanol which is just what was needed at the time.

Sanex also offer a bath foam which is developed for people with highly sensitive skin so you can get a bit of luxury back into your bath time 

After bathing/showering I then used a mixture of my son’s Diprobase which is a water based cream he was prescribed for baby eczema mixed with the E45 Itch Relief cream (£4.79). I’ve linked it on amazon but you can also purchase it from local pharmacies. I applied this daily and now five weeks on my skin has improved so much. There is still a slight redness but the itching has stopped and I have been able to use some of my beloved skin creams again with no irritation or breakout.

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Five weeks later

I hope my post has shed some light on the condition, hopefully it has been informative and helped people understand or relate. If you have any problems with your skin or are worried about it, please don’t self diagnose, go to the GP and they can help guide you. Comment down below your thoughts and feelings or if you have been effected by something similar.

Next post will be Friday, have a great week.

Kate x

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Konad Glam Gold Mask : A Review

Today’s post was meant to be a full face of NYX Cosmetics but after using the Konad Iloje jewel modelling mask I have just got to talk about it. I received the mask in the current Beauteque subscription box and it has been one of my favourite things I have had from the last few months. I have never used a mask that has been this much fun to apply or left my skin feeling and looking as good.

Iloje Konad Jewel Modeling Mask

Konad – Glam Gold Mask ($7.99/£6.19)

I’m going to start by explaining what comes with the mask and it’s claims towards helping the skin.

The mask comes in a plain white, plastic box that when opened contains two sachets and a spatula for mixing and applying.

Ingredients of the mask include collagen and real gold powder which are supposed to help the skin look more youthful and refreshed.

Before application you have to make your mask (this is the fun part). Sachet one contains a liquid formula that is a yellow/gold colour and you have to squeeze all that out into the plastic box provided. The second sachet contains the real gold powder and you need to add this to the liquid formula and get mixing with your spatula until the mixture is smooth.

The powder is a little dusty so be careful not to be too vigorous with the sachet as it will poof up in smoke. 

Mixing takes around two minutes to get rid of lumps and ensure all the powder has been mixed successfully. The texture is very thick for a peel off mask and puts me in mind of jelly. 

Iloje Konad Jewel Modeling Mask

Application

Time for application, I continued to use the spatula to apply as it seemed the least messy method. Whilst applying to the contours of the face the spatula proved an easy option and I was able to apply a thick layer. When it came to the smaller areas of the face such as the nose and around the mouth it was a bit more difficult to get an even layer that was thick enough but it is manageable.

As the applied layer needs to be quite thick to remove once dried there is a lot of product provided to achieve this. I tried to use as much as possible and was still left with a lot in the box so you could even apply this to the neck area if you wanted.

The mask has a really nice scent that is not in the slightest way chemically and I really liked this. As the dry down time is 25-30 minutes the last thing I wanted was something that smelt harsh with chemical products.

When first applied this feels really refreshing to the skin and has a very cooling effect. As it dries there is a little tingling to the skin but it is not uncomfortable.

Removal

Once left on for the full thirty minutes the mask should dry into what looks like a rubber film. To touch it feels like slime or a cold gel that may feel a little wet but you can tell the mask has fused together.

The removal is the fastest removal for a peel off mask ever. It literally comes off in whole once you start gently pulling at the bottom. I placed the removed mask in the box provided for the sake of tidiness.

On the skin the mask leaves loads of moisture and oils that you can then begin to press into the skin to be absorbed. The left over moisture and oils do take about twenty minutes to dry but when they do the skin feels velvety soft.

Thoughts

I will certainly be buying another of these masks. From looking at the Beauteque site they have different types available so it will be fun to try something other then the gold one.

Konad Glam Gold mask has been so fun to make and use, plus it left my skin feeling very hydrated and soft. I can see how using these over a period of time can help improve the look of the skin.

At £6.19 I don’t find these too bad on the price point as you are getting a lot of stuff with the product. The box, mask ingredients, the spatula and as I said earlier there is enough of the formula to ensure you have full coverage available for the face and neck.

Overall it was a fun experience and I felt there were benefits to using the mask. Have you used any of the Konad Iloje mask’s before? Let me know if you have used the different versions and if they worked for you as I am very keen to use some others.

Next post will be on Tuesday, wishing everyone a great weekend.

Kate x

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The Ordinary: Product Review

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I have never used any of The Ordinary products but always seen and heard so many good things from people using them. It was about time I took matters into my own hands and bought some of the skin care products everyone is talking about.  Here’s a look at everything I bought in my shopping spree, including the pro’s, con’s and how they have worked with my skin.

The Ordinary

Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution (£6.75)

This must be one of their most popular products as when I added to cart I was only allowed to purchase the one. One will last quite a while as it is a toner that is used in the evening only and the bottle is a hefty 240ml so your getting a lot.

The product contains an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) so you skin will be more sensitive to the sun so an SPF is a must after use. 

The Ordinary

The toner claims to help with texture to the skin and encourage a more radiant look. I have been using every night for at least four weeks and have started to notice some changes to the side of my cheeks (where I have the most texture) and chin. I do believe it has helped to get my skin to the healthier condition it is in right now.

This does tingle slightly when applied but for me did not become irritating or cause any redness.

Buffet (£12.50)

The peptides, amino and hyaluronic acids anti- ageing treatment (or we could just say Buffet serum) can be used in both the AM & PM, the £12.50 is for a not so big 30ml.

It claims to have anti – ageing effects, targeting fine lines and wrinkles. I do feel it has done this through usage, I have noticed a significant improvement in the lines around my eye area. They look and feel much tighter whilst the fine lines have almost disappeared. Buffet serum has been my favourite product to use and see results out of my whole The Ordinary haul.

One problem I do have is the size. Luckily I also bought a PM serum so I have only used Buffet for the day but I am already nearing the end of the bottle so if I were to use twice a day I would have been out within two/ three weeks.

The Ordinary

Argireline Solution 10% (£5.50)

This is 30ml and I have been using Argireline Solution as my night time serum. As with Buffet it tackles fine lines around the forehead and eye area. Honestly these two serums combined in my skincare routine have really helped improve the over all appearance of my skin.

I use this as a night serum rather then Buffet as it is water based and in the evening I like to use a thicker moisturiser so a water based serum works better for me. You are able to use this in both the day or night and the £5.50 is a lot more reasonable for the 30ml as again if your using twice a day it will not have many uses.

Natural Moisturizing Factors +HA (£6.75)

The Ordinary

I have really enjoyed using this moisturiser, I bought the bigger 100ml as I knew I would use it and I am so glad I did. There are no claims to massively improvement of the skin it is just a straight up really effective moisturiser.

The formula is quite thick, only a little is needed to cover the whole face. It absorbs into the skin really well considering it’s thick consistency, once dried down it feels like your face has a protective shield from the elements. My skin was still able to breathe and didn’t feel suffocated but there is definitely a barrier the cream created to protect the skin underneath.

This will be one of the products on my re-purchase list as I have just found it such a good moisturiser.

High Adherence Silicone Primer (£4.00)

The Ordinary

I’m not going to go into loads of detail as I have only used this three times so far, but each time has been a success. I often use a silicone based primer as they help blur my larger pores and even out any texture to my skin. The Ordinary Primer has done just that and for £4.00 it is amazing value.

Retinol 0.5% (£4.95)

The Ordinary

There is one in ever haul isn’t there. I’m in no means saying this doesn’t work with helping reduce fine lines and wrinkle but I don’t think my skin was ready for it.

Retinol can cause irritation and redness to the skin when you first start using which is why you start with such a low dosage and slowly build the percentage up when your skin feels ready for it.

The problems I had was it irritated my skin so badly when applied. It does not sting but it itched and caused my face to go slightly red. I persevered for about two weeks but started to get breakouts due to the irritation and so stopped.

I haven’t tried this long enough to say whether it’s a hit or a miss, it just doesn’t work for my skin.

Well that is everything I got when shopping The Ordinary products. I hope you have enjoyed reading and found some products interesting. Comment down below if you have used any mentioned or if you have used other Ordinary products I could try. I’m really interested in their coverage foundation so let me know if you’ve used.

I am currently having surgery like … right now!! so I’m unsure how tomorrow will go post wise.

Kate x

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Autumn Lip Care:Preventing Dry, Sore Lips In The Colder Months

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Blogtober wise we are almost a week in and I feel quite good about it so far. I have a few more posts scheduled and am slowly working towards filling in the rest of the month. I’m giving a big high five to the others still going and wishing you all the best with the rest of the month.

Today’s post is going to be about my Autumn Lip care routine as one thing I struggle with throughout the colder months is chapped lips. Not only are they unpleasant to look at but they hurt like hell and put me in a bad mood. Here are a few things I do to try and keep my lips in tip top condition during the colder periods.

Lip Scrub

To keep dry skin at bay I use a lip scrub every two days. I really advise making your own rather then paying through the nose for one. They are quick and easy to make and if you have a little tub empty you can keep it in there until the next time you need to use.

All you need is some solid coconut oil and some brown sugar, mix the two together and you have a lip scrub that is safe and smells fantastic. You can add a scented oil if you would like, peppermint, vanilla and almond oils are sometimes used in lip scrubs. If you wanted a more chocolatey vibe add some cocoa powder (only a pinch). It really is that easy.

As I said I use the scrub around every two days to remove dead skin and to keep my lips smooth and soft.

Balm

Due to the wind being a constant factor blowing at my face, and the constant change from a cold environment to a hotter one when I step inside, my lips quickly become dry and sore in this weather. Lip balm has to be the ultimate saving grace for a boost in moisture and a protective seal from the elements.

Nivea Original Care Lip Balm
My go to balm for soothing sore lips

One of my favourites has to be the Nivea Original Care Lip Balm (£1.65). It’s a really thick and creamy balm that applies easily and leaves my lips feeling nourished and protected. I find this lip balm heavy duty enough to get me through the colder months. It’s an unscented balm so if my lips had already cracked or are sore it does not irritate the skin in any way whilst helping to settle the area.

Lipstick

Here would be the biggest change for me! I am a matte liquid lipstick addict, which in this weather is just asking for problems. To prevent my lips drying I have changed my beloved products from the liquid lip to a moisturising lipstick. I think hell just froze over but my lips are thanking me.

Here I have some of my favourite lipsticks’ that each offer a lot of moisture to the lip whilst also giving great options in colour.

YSL Rouge Volupte Shine (£28 each)

YSL Rouge

Not the cheapest but they have such a lovely formula, it is really moisturising and doesn’t dry out lips in the slightest. They have a really good colour range available but do need re-applying a bit more frequently.

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MAC Lustre Lipstick (£17.50 each)

MAC Lustre lipstick
Excuse my daughter squishing Lady bug

More of a mid range price point the MAC Lustre range are the least drying available from the brand. I only have two as like I said I’m a matte addict but they work really well, leaving my lips feeling soft and nourished.

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Maybelline Colour Sensational Lipstick (£6.99 each)

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A more affordable range that work so well. Calling them colour sensational was a great idea as the colours they have available in the range are quite vibrant. For me these lasted really well once applied and the formula is not harsh to the lip, so in the colder months you can still look great without just using a natural coloured lip balm.

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There you have my lip care routine for Autumn and Winter. Do you have any regimes you use to protect your lips in the later seasons? What are your favourite balms and scrub to help with lip care? Let me know in the comments section and we can start the discussions.

Next post will be tomorrow.

Kate x

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TooCoolForSchool Pumpkin Purifying Mask: A Review

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Today I will be looking at the TooCoolForSchool pumpkin purifying 24k mask. Well it is the season for pumpkin’s! I’m going to jump straight in and give you the in’s and out’s of this peel off mask.

Too Cool For School
Too Cool For School has such cute packaging

The Basics

The pumpkin puritfying mask comes in at £18 for a not too bad 100ml, it will last quite a few uses. The mask contains 24k gold powder and golden yellow pumpkins which combined are meant to give the skin a soothed and toned effect.

Application is to clean dry skin, dispense a thin layer and leave to for twenty to thirty minutes and then peel off from the bottom.

Usage

I was expecting this to have a really pumpkin smell but it actually just smells like a mask, which is a little disappointing. On the plus side it is bright gold in colour which makes using a lot of fun. The gold is very reflective so It looks a bit like an all over face highlight, just call me Goldmember.

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The texture is a lot less sticky then other peel off masks I’ve used. It is really smooth and easy to apply, leaving little mess. You don’t need to use much product as it glides onto the skin evenly without any trouble.

At first I was a bit apprehensive about paying £18 for a face mask but from how little product I needed to use with each application I’ve realised the 100ml will probably last about ten/ eleven uses. So price wise it works out at just under £2.00 per use which makes it much more affordable.

Each time I’ve left the mask on for the full 30 minutes although it has felt quite dry and smooth before the time was up I wanted to make sure I was doing as instructed. The wait isn’t bad, due to it being a peel off mask you can move around and get other things done without the product slipping or falling off your face (Sheet mask I’m looking at you).

Removal was simple. The mask dried down well and leaves a strong layer which is easy to pull at without it breaking. I was able to take it off in one whole piece without having traces left around my face.

The Results

I have used this a number of times and on each my skin feels more toned and hydrated. The hydration plumps up my skin leaving me looking more refreshed and awake. To touch it is smooth, soft but also feels incredibly moisturised.

I have used this during a bad breakout where I have had a couple of blemishes that have been sore and painful. The purifying mask did help to soothe the ache and also removed a lot of the redness from my skin during these times.

Overall I have enjoyed using the mask. It does everything it claims to do and is fun to use. I like that the bottle is a good size and leaves for many uses. The pumpkin packaging is very fitting to Autumn and the all round experience has been pleasant. I will be sure to finish the rest of the bottle and have even looked into getting the TooCoolForSchool Sleeping Pack (£16.50).

If you have used the Sleeping Pack let me know in the comments section, I’d love to hear some thoughts before purchasing. What do you think about the pumpkin purifying mask? Is it worth a go for you or will you be avoiding?

Next post will be tomorrow.

Kate x

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Beauteque Subscription Box: Product Review

Beauteque Box Monthly Subscription : A Review

Beauteque Beauty Box
All six items from the August Beauteque box

It’s that time of month where I have received and worked my way through the Beauteque monthly subscription box. This month’s has a Kawaii theme and as you can imagine everything has a cute, pretty packaging but do they work?

Milatte Fashiony Fruit Soothing Gel ($14.99/£11.40)

One of my favourite products in this months box. I like that they used a soothing gel rather then a cream as it absorbs into the skin so quickly it is so much less hassle.

The gel itself is a transparent red and is meant to be water melon scented although this is rather faint. I enjoyed using as it glides on easily, is absorbed quickly and leave your skin feeling very refreshed. It has a cooling/ soothing effect on the skin which is very nice. I would imagine this would be great on sunburn as it really does settle the skin of any irritations. After use my skin feels softer and fully moisturised.

The bottle is 200g (full sized) and is going to last for ages. The soothing gel is perfect for using post shower as a quick way to put moisture back into the skin and feel soothed and refreshed without waiting ages for a product to dry down.

Tony Moly Magic Food Banana Hand Milk ($10/£7.60)

One of the “cult – favourites” if your a fan of Tony Moly, this hand milk has the cutest packaging ever (my kids love it). When first applied the scent of banana is quite strong but this does ease once the product starts to dry.

Not one of my preferred hand milks as I do like to use a thick cream and this formula is a lot less intense. The cream melts into the hands quickly without leaving a sticky residue and is also non greasy so you can use your hands again quickly after use.

Due to the drop in temperature and the sharp breezes my hand quickly become chapped and dry at this time of year and I don’t feel this made an major differences or changes to my skin. I will be sticking to my thicker based cream for hand care.

CC Mint Coin Tissue ($4.99/£3.79

Such a great idea and ideal for travelling or just to keep in your handbag for on the go. The plastic tube contains seven soft fabric tissues that unfold when you add a few drops of water.

Once expanded I was surprised buy the size and quality of the tissue, it is a lot less brittle then I thought it would be and is actually quite tough. They can be used for make up removal or just general washing of the body (much like a wet wipe) and then disposed of.

Each coin is engraved with the word ‘coin’ on one side and ‘made in Korea’ on the other which I though was a nice little touch to the detailing.

When I first saw these had been included in the monthly box I was a little underwhelmed but they have come in so handy and I like how easy the are to carry around without taking up much space in your bag.

The Saem Saemmul Single Blusher ($6.99/£5.32)

The coral coloured blush is nice and a colour that I would normally use. I always find it really difficult to give opinions on a blush as I find as long as it does what it’s meant to there is not much else to say.

The packaging is pretty basic and not something that is going to wow but the formula is soft and easy to use without there being much fall out. As far as blushes go it works well.

For the price The Saem single blush is 0.80 ounces in size which is reasonable but there are others available for the same quality and less of the price from high street brands such as Make up Revolution.

Mermaid Makeup Brush ($12.99/£9.88

Another super cute looking item. This make up brush is one of the softest I own, I really really like it. The bristles have been very nicely packed together so the brush is not too dense and has great movement. I like the tapered shape and for a synthetic brush it is good quality with no fraying or loose hairs.

The handle is plastic but still has a bit of weight to it for a better grasp. Due to the Mermaid shape this does take up a bit of room in a brushes bag or holder. Although due to the shape and look of the brush I will be putting mine on display at my vanity anyway.

JM Solution Marine Luminous Pearl Deep Moisture Mask ($5/£3.80

If you have read my Beauteque reviews before you would know this is my favourite item in each box. Since getting my first one four months ago a three step mask has now become “my thing”.

The first step of this particular one is the marine water full essence which you apply before the sheet.  The formula provides the skin with a boost in hydration and contains hyaluronic acids which is always good. The sachet is 1.5ml in size which is more then enough to cover your whole face before applying the sheet.

After application of the sheet mask and the 15-20 minutes wait step three contains a marine all face and eye cream that can be applied all over the face and neck but also to the more sensitive eye are. Again this is 1.5ml so you will be able to cover both your face and neck generously. This does take quite a few minutes to sink into the skin (about half an hour) but once it became completely dry I was so pleased with how my skin looked and felt. I have never had it feeling so plumped and hydrated, It looked so supple and glowy. The hyaluronic acid really helped to replenish and revitalise my skin so it appears smoother and more youthful. I will be purchasing this particular mask again.

Have you seen anything available in this box that you have taken a liking to? Have you used any of the products mentioned before and have a different view? I’d love to know your opinions and view point. Comment down below and we can start discussing.

Next post will be available Friday.

Kate x

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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

August Empties : Must Have Skincare

August Must Have Skincare

As this post goes live I will be away on my first every camping trip. A tent, a husband, a two, three and five year old YAY!!

Over the month of August I have got through many products and my empties pile is looking rather full. Here are a few of the High street skincare and make up items I’ve been using. I’ve added links, prices and all the information you will need. Each item comes in at a really affordable price so without delay let’s hop straight in.

Simple Kind To Skin Hydrating Cleansing Oil – £6.99

Recently I have loved using an oil cleanser. They have great ability in removing make up and dirt to ensure my face is spotless before using a milk based cleanser. This is actually my third empty bottle of the Simple Oil cleanser. I’ve stuck with it as I can literally see it stripping all the dirt away from my face, whilst being gentle and kind to the skin. I have never had any form of breakout from using this product and it has become a vital part of my skincare routine. I do wish Simple made a bigger bottle as when using both day and night the 125ml does not last very long.

Garnier Skin Active Cleansing Milk With Honey Flower £3.49

I have been using the Garnier Skin Active cleansing milk for ages. This month I changed from my usual Rose Water to the Honey Flower and I wish I’d stuck to what I know works. I have combination skin that can often be sensitive and the honey flower did not do much for this. I found my skin was left quite dry and irritated. The product did not cause any breakouts and my skin remained clear throughout the month but the irritation was just too much. I will be using the Garnier cleansing milk again but will be sticking to my preferred Rose Water infused. The bottle weighs in at 200ml and will last the around four weeks when using both day and night.

L’Oreal Pure Clay Detox Mask £7.99

My last skincare empty of the month and it’s a good one. These masks have been around for a while and L’Oreal keep adding to the Pure Clay collection. This particular one is charcoal based and promises to detoxify and clarify skin. The pot holds 50ml of product and the guidelines state this should be enough for ten applications (I got about eight).

For me this product really worked. As I said I have combination skin and my T-Zone can often suffer from pretty bad breakout. The charcoal ingredients in this help to clean these area right up. My skin looked a lot clearer and it helped take away the redness from blemished areas. The mask was quite dehydrating to the dry areas of my skin and it was important I moisturised quickly after usage. Overall I would definitely buy this again or even look to the others available in the clay mask collection.

 Hint : The mask does not come with an applicator and is a little messy to apply with your fingers so I used a clean foundation brush.

Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Scrub £8.00

This is the ‘mother’ of all body scrubs and for £8.00 you get 300ml which will last you a good while. Soap & Glory have a few body scrubs available but the sugar crush is my favourite due to it’s lovely lime smell. The scrub has been great in helping to get my skin summer ready, the thick, grainy texture allows for a strong exfoliation. Sugar Crush body scrub left my skin feeling so smooth and soft. After spending Winter and a wet Spring covered up this brought my skin some much needed TLC before exposing to the sun rays.  I followed up with using their righteous butter (£8.00) for added hydration.

This has gone to the top of my re – purchase list a quality product worth the money.

Maybelline Brow Precise Micro Pencil £7.99

My final empty of the month! I did not stop using this micro brow pencil. The pencil is very thin with a wind up nib plus a spoolie on the other end. I prefer using brow pencils that are on the thin side rather then the chunkier ones. I feel it allows me to be more accurate and decide whether I want a bolder look or something more natural. I like Maybelline’s as the texture is a lot softer to some other pencils which allows you to use a lot less pressure to build up the colour and fill in sparse areas. The pencil was quick and easy to use and due to the soft texture you can create a natural looking brow in seconds.

Draw backs I had were I ordered online and chose the blonde as the soft brown looked quite dark on screen. Next time I will be going with the brown as the blonde was a little on the light side for me, although this is a thumbs up and would buy again.

There you have it another month gone by and we are closer to CHRISTMAS!! Has anyone started thinking about Blogmas? Will you be doing it this year? I am yet to decide. Also comment down below any products you have been loving this month, I’d love to hear about them.

Right now I am probably standing in a cold field crying and saying camping is “Not for me” haha.

Kate x

Beauteque Monthly – The Subscription Box With A Bit Of Everything

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Over the last year or so I have been wanting to get a monthly subscription box but when looking into it I have become overwhelmed and spoilt for choice. They can come in very expensive sometime for only a few sample sized products.

I really wanted something more!

Recognising the struggle my sister in-law SJ (Her Instagram is @sjmorgan89 if you want cute pics of skincare and makeup) came to the rescue. She is a massive fan of Korean skincare, has great skin herself and is generally a woman in the know about everything. SJ suggested I take a look at the Beauteque monthly website as they offer different types of subscription boxes depending on what you are looking for. One being the ‘mask maven’ box for $13.00 / £9.90 a month and the other being their ‘beauty box’ for $22.00 / £16.75 per month with no twelve month contract and being able to cancel whenever you wanted.

Knowing I was going off a good recommendation I took the plunge and ordered the beauty box, I am currently going into my third month of receiving these goodies and have never looked back.

Each month is based around a theme (July’s being Deep Detox), inside your box are six full sized products that are relevant to the theme and can range from skincare, make up to nail polish and sleep masks. All the products are available as separates on the Beauteque website so if you find something you really love it is so easy to restock.

The Deep Detox box consisted of :

Jayeon Bamboo Charcoal Konjac Sponge ($5.99 / £4.56) – When you first remove this sponge feels like a rock but once you leave to stand in water it puffs out and becomes a great exfoliating product. Due to the infusion of charcoal it really does help give your skin and intense clean whilst still being gentle and non abrasive.

Farm Stay Charcoal Pure Cleansing Foam ($11.99 / $9.13) 180ml – Use this with the sponge to achieve a deep clean. I have spot prone skin and when I first started using this cleanser I did get a breakout due to the detoxifying properties in the formula but after a few days this cleared up and my skin has stayed incredibly clear and blackhead free since.

Baviphat Urban Dollkiss Carbonated Charcoal Clay Mask ($20.00 / £15.23) 100ml – I have really enjoyed this mask. The tub is huge and you really do not need a lot of product for application as the clay is quite thick. It comes with a small spatula to apply and as it develops on the skin it is very fun watching it bubble. The mask gave my skin a radiance and left it feeling very clean and clear.

Purederm Charcoal Design Nose Pore Strips ($5.99 / £4.56) six strips – I can’t go into to much detail about these as I haven’t had the time to use them. I can say they remind me a lot like the traditional nose strips only are larger in size so they cover a bigger surface area of the nose and surrounding cheek. They do have a pretty design on the strip which makes them nice to look at and has me dying to try them so hopefully I will get the time soon.

Vacci Royal Luminant Auto Eyebrow Pencil ($8.99 / £6.85) full sized – One end is the eyebrow pencil and to the other is a spoolie both with lids so good for travelling. The barrel of the pencil is a lot thicker to other brow pencils I have and made application surprisingly easier, the colour was a little lighter then I would normally choose but blended well. The pencil is very soft and you don’t have to be firm to build up colour. The eye pencil was a nice little make up token in the skincare based set.

Siero Surface Moisture Mask Pack ($4.99 / £3.80) – Each month you get a sheet mask pack which comes with three elements this particular one comes with a peeling gel, a vitamin booster and then the sheet mask itself. The three step masks’ have become a favourite at home treatment for me. It’s a quick and easy way to gain the luxury “at a spa” feel whilst helping the skin to regain lost moisture and giving it some TLC.

Three months in and I still look forward to what is going to be in my latest Beauteque box. I love that every product is full sized, due to this you really have the chance to try out and make sure it is working for you before committing to buying. The different themes each month add to the excitement as you are never sure what you are going to get but know that each product will be used. I am so glad SJ gave me the heads up with this subscription box as they are really enjoyable and the perfect thing I was looking for.

Do you have a subscription box you love? Are you completely and utterly overwhelmed when trying to find the right one for you? (there are so many out there now) Let me know your thought on where you stand with subscription boxes in the comments below or on Twitter @Katesbeautyhome.

Hope you have enjoyed this post, the next will be up Friday.

Kate x