Review | Latest In Beauty Get The Gloss Box

Friday, 9 October 2015

I love the idea of subscription beauty boxes but I've been looking for one that gives more freedom with allowing me to choose when I want to buy one and what's inside. Latest in Beauty appears to deliver this perfectly. Their main appeal is their boxes are released seasonally or you can build your own out of their selection of products, without being tied into a subscription. The samples in each box allow you to get a feel for the brands and if you like them you can purchase the full-size products using exclusive offers included.  

Their latest box - the 'Get The Gloss Cult Collection' (£15.95 + delivery)* features 8 'hero' products handpicked by the beauty experts at Included is (from left to right above) St. Tropez Gradual Tan In Shower Lotion, Eyeko Fat Liquid Eyeliner, Ciate London Paint Pot in Mistress, Dr Lipp Miracle Balm, Prismologie Indigo Foot Cream & Pink O'Clock Hand & Cuticle Cream, Nude Skincare Pro Genius Rescue Oil and Bee Good Youth Enhancing Lift & Brightening Eye Cream. I'm familiar with all of the brands but hadn't actually tried any of these products before. 

My favourite product is the Dr Lipp Miracle Balm. It treats dry, rough and sore skin and has so many uses. You can apply it for priming the lips before lipstick, adding shine to your cheeks, taming your brows, softening dry elbows and cuticles, the list is endless! It's colourless, odorless and tasteless so really is the perfect versatile product. It retails for £12 which is 6 times the amount I'd usually pay for a balm but I'm actually pretty sold on this product already. I'm stashing it in my handbag for the foreseeable future. 

I also love the Ciate London nail polish in a classic red tone and the Eyeko Fat Liquid Eye Liner. These are similar to some of my staple beauty products. The Ciate polish is such a flattering shade of red and I think it can work for anyone. I have few Eyeko liners but haven't tried the 'fat' version. The thickness of the liner makes it much easier than I thought to get the perfect flick or graphic effect. 

My skincare collection is lacking in any eye creams so I was excited to try the Bee Good Youth Enhancing Eye Cream. I really don't get enough sleep leaving me to often look quite tired with dark circles and I was hoping for a brightening effect. I've only used the cream a couple of times and I haven't noticed a difference yet but I probably need to give it a little more time. Products which I have noticed a difference from instantly however are the Prismologie hand and foot creams. They smell amazing and with one use my skin feels baby soft. The full size products are definitely too pricey for me at £30 a pop so I'll just have to enjoy these whilst they last. 

Even though I have oily skin, I love facial oils but recently I've neglected to use any completely. The Nude Skincare Pro Genius Rescue Oil boasts a blend of so many awesome oils in the ingredients that I'm not surprised this is considered a hero product. I haven't used this yet but applying a few drops to the skin is stated to leave it nourished and glowing. I also have yet to experiment with the St. Tropez Gradual Tan In Shower Lotion. Tanning is something I rarely do especially as I've always found application awkward or too much work. I love that this product can be applied on wet skin and after 3 minutes you can rinse it off. I'll be giving this product a try when my legs eventually see daylight as they're looking a little pale! 

You can get this box from the Latest In Beauty website now and if you're interested you can get it delivered free with the code GTG2015 until 11th October. 

*Sample. See my disclaimer here.

Have you tried a beauty box before? 

Lesley x

Top 5 Autumn/Fall 2015 Nail Shades

Monday, 5 October 2015

I love nail polish but it rarely makes it on to my fingernails as I don't like the slightest smudging or chipping which can occur after a couple of days of wear. I've recently discovered nail wraps (see here) but I still wear polish on my toes often as I'm less worried about the polish staying 'perfect'. With the change in season it's these tones I've been relying on the most.

From left to right - Seventeen Colour Carnival Nail Polish in Red (023), Max Factor Max Effect Mini Nail Polish in Intense Plum (24), Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint in Plum (248), Rimmel London Lasting Finish Polish in Block Your Green (700) and KIKO Quick Dry Nail Lacquer in Taupe Brown (816).

Rich tones are usually my go-to for this time of year. Deep plums, purples and earthy browns are typically my favourite colours to wear but I've been loving wearing emerald green recently too. I haven't bought new nail shades in a while as I'm trying to minimise my nail polish collection so these are tried and tested favourites. All of them are easy to apply, last fairly well and are opaque with two coats.

What nail shades do you like to wear this time of year? 

Lesley x

Black Beauty & Hair | Oct/Nov 2015

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Is it really Autumn already? This year feels like it's gone so fast, but with another month almost over it brings another issue of Black Beauty & Hair which is out now.

Can we just take a moment to appreciate the cover? The image is from UK Hair company Khairmax featured inside the mag. The company's founder Sade Akinosho is all about inspiring women to 'do more' when styling wigs and encourages her clients to try different hairstyles and colours whilst still making them look natural. This grey curly unit is just one stunning look of six shown inside. Reading the feature has definitely made me think more about being more daring when wearing wigs and extensions.

Also this issue is the Africa Fashion Week London 2015 (AFWL) report, beautiful makeup looks for this season and hundreds of hairstyle ideas. My article 'HD Curls' talks through tips on getting and keeping curl definition, as well as a few products to help. Below is a small sneak peek of my article.

Have you got a copy? 

Lesley x

Beauty | Updated Everyday Makeup Routine [Video]

Monday, 28 September 2015

I've made a few tweaks to my everyday makeup routine so I've uploaded an updated version for my YouTube channel. The look is pretty similar to my last Everyday Makeup Routine uploaded in January but it's a tad more simplified with a few different products.

I only ever really ramp up my makeup for evening looks or if I'm going somewhere special at the weekend and it's then that I might play with a little 'strobing', eyeshadow and liner. I rarely use concealer daily too or colour correct on my scars. I tend to do any extra steps when I'm having a bad skin day so I felt like this video was more accurate in showing what I actually do on an average day.

Though it's obvious I'm wearing makeup I tend to go for a more 'fresh faced' approach even with a full face applied. If you'd like to see an evening look, contouring routine or similar, let me know.

The Video

What's your everyday makeup like? 

Lesley x