Monday, 23 January 2017

Look Fantastic Beauty Box | Jan 2017


To usher in the new year this month's beauty box from Look Fantastic is all about refreshing your beauty routine and it's fair to say that it's always in January I get the itch to try something new.

Inside January's box are 6 products - (left to right) Pixi Brow Tamer (£12), Nuxe Nuxellence Éclat Lotion Tonique Douce (full size £14/200ml), Trifle Cosmetics Liquid Glow (£15.96), Briogeo Don't Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask (full size £30/236ml), Jelly Pong Pong Fairy Lashes Mascara (£17.95) and The Vintage Cosmetic Company Rose Gold Tweezers (£8)*.


I haven't tried any of the products before but I am familiar with a few of the brands included. Of the 6 products the Pixi Brow Tamer and Briogeo Don't Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask peaked my interested most. I've been trying to not be so obsessed with filling my brows in everyday but I struggle to leave them bare so I've relying on clear gels like the Pixi Brow Tamer. It's not really noticeable on the skin - as you can't really see or feel it - but it holds really well and lasts. I haven't tried the Briogeo Mask yet (as I'm saving it for when my ends undoubtedly feel really dry when I'm on holiday in colder temperatures next week) but it's made with various natural oils and flower extracts like Avocado and Argan Oil and Marigold extract. The tube is only 29ml so I'd definitely need to try the full size to get an idea of how well this works for my hair but I've already tried and love the Briogeo Rosarco Repair Conditioner (see here) which has similar ingredients.

Highlighting is now an essential part of my makeup routine - even when I'm skipping foundation - so it was hard not to be intrigued by Trifle Cosmetics Liquid Glow. It's a pink-toned illuminator formulated with Cocoa Butter to give the skin a glittery flush of colour. It's not something I'd ordinarily go for as I prefer warmer-toned highlighters but it looks beautiful dabbed onto bare cheekbones as it can kind of double as a blush.


I've been a bit obsessed with using astringents after cleansing lately in an attempt to curb breakouts so I had every intention of using the Nuxe Nuxellence Éclat Lotion Tonique Douce regularly to see if it was worth purchasing - that was until I managed to drop half of it on the floor when I first opened it! I lost a lot of product so whilst I have been using it most nights I'm now almost finished. It leaves my skin feeling really soft and it's quite gentle but it's hard to tell at this point whether it's something I need in my skincare routine.

I haven't used the Jelly Pong Pong Fairy Lashes Mascara or The Vintage Cosmetic Company Rose Gold Tweezers yet, mostly as I have other products which do the same job, but it's great that there's been a real mix of products in this month's box.

As ever you can get this box from Look Fantastic.

*samples - read my disclaimer here.

Do you subscribe to any beauty boxes? 

Lesley x

Monday, 9 January 2017

Skincare | Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix


Founded by Maria Hatzistefanis (aka Mrs Rodial), skincare brand Nip + Fab aims to provide 'premium skincare and everyday prices' with most products retailing between £8 - £25. The brand creates a whole host of products aimed at helping improve skin hang-ups like cellulite, scarring and anti-aging. I've been using a variety of their products which were sent over in September last year but the Glycolic Fix range has held my attention most.


Glycolic acid helps clear blocked pores, remove dead skin and deeply cleanse. I've dabbled with applying home chemical peels in the past including Glycolic acid (see here) and it made a massive difference to my skin. The problem was I like skincare to be convenient and I found the process of using home peels a bit cumbersome. I'll admit I am lazy with skincare. I like to apply a product and just leave it to work it's magic but this is where Nip + Fab really have it nailed. There's a lot of products to choose from in the range so it's easy to get your ideal 'fix'.

I have 6 of the 10 products in the Glycolic Fix range and, whilst I've loved all of the ones I've tried, realistically it's quite difficult (and unnecessary) to use any more than 2-3 products in the range at a time, especially if you're looking to still use other products/brands alongside them. My favourite products of the 6 I have are the Cleansing Fix (£7.95/150ml)*, Night Pads Extreme (£14.95/60 pads)* and Radiance Shot (£19.99/30ml). 

The Glycolic Cleansing Fix sees the most use as I tend to reach for in the morning and at night. I've used this cleanser consistently since I got it and you only need the tiniest amount. It cleanses so well and my skin feels so smooth and moisturised afterwards. I've already purchased a replacement for when this runs out so this is now a staple in my skincare routine. 


I use the Night Pads less often - usually 2 or 3 times a week just before bed as recommended - and my skin feels brighter in general and less congested. The name 'Extreme' makes it sound scary but you barely feel the product on the skin and I've not found any redness or irritation when using these. The pads are soaked with 5% glycolic acid (the highest concentration in the range) alongside salicylic, lactic and hyaluronic acid. They're not as concentrated as the home peels I mentioned above but the convenience of using these sold it for me. I usually just smooth a pad over my face before my head hits the pillow and that's it. There's enough product on the pads and the tub hasn't dried out since I've been using them. As you don't need to use these all of the time they last for months and are well worth the price.

The Radiance Shot launched fairly recently is the priciest of the bunch and the size of the product is quite small at 30ml but this is ideal for more targeted treatment. I didn't really need it (as it's effects are quite similar to the Glycolic Fix Overnight Purifying Gel I already have) but I bought it anyway. I was kind of swept up in it being new and I was totally sucked in by the packaging. I have no regrets though as I've been massaging a couple of drops of this directly onto any scarring and stubborn areas seem to disappear much faster than usual. You can also mix in a couple of drops of this with your usual moisturiser.


Overall I was a bit dubious about how much difference this range could actually make to my skin but having used a few of the products consistently I have noticed improvements. The tone and texture of my skin feels more even and smoother so I'll definitely continue to use products from the Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix range.

*samples - read my disclaimer here.

Have you tried anything by Nip + Fab? 

Lesley x

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Hello 2017


Happy New Year! I know I'm a week late but I hope you've all had a great start to 2017! 2016 has been an interesting year to say the least. It was filled with highs and lows, so like many I'm definitely ready to start fresh this year.


It's not all doom and gloom though as I achieved a few personal goals in 2016 which have been on my to-do list for a while - I passed my driving test after putting off learning for many years, started blogging full-time and finally transitioned to natural. There's so much more on my list to be done but those small achievements have definitely made me more motivated to achieve bigger and better things in 2017.

The cliché goals are still on my list - like eat healthier, be more active etc - eating yourself into a food coma each Christmas makes those kind of goals inevitable. Some of my goals for 2017 are almost identical to my 2015 New Years' Resolution post here but I am more determined to actually make changes this year.

One thing I really want to change is my blog which took a backseat in the second half of 2016 for a number of reasons. I've taken a lot of time over deciding where to take this blog next, mostly as I feel like I've restricted myself a little in terms in content by sticking predominantly hair and beauty. I want people to know what they're getting with my blog content but at the same time I am about more than what I look like. I was thinking about a whole re-brand but instead I might just start small and expand the type of content I create. I'll still stick to mostly hair and beauty as I still like creating this type of content and that's what I know a lot of you are here for but what type of content do you like reading most? Do you like just reviews, tutorials and looks or would you like to see some personal or lifestyle content too?

As ever, let me know in the comments as I'd love to hear your suggestions.

Do you have any goals for 2017?

Lesley x