SUBSCRIPTION BOXES | TILI - JULY 2017

For July I decided to try Tili, which is a subscription service I happened to come across through social media - I can't remember which one though! I didn't really know what to expect from the box when I ordered it, but you can purchase it from QVC. This box was addressed as the Fourth Edition box so I'm not entirely sure if it is a monthly subscription service or just a box with released editions that you can purchase as and when.

Tili  - £20 per box & free delivery


Sample Size | Liz Earle - Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser £10
Sample Size | Ultrasun Professional Protection - Anti Ageing Sun Protection £30

Sample Size | Benefit - Roller Lash Mascara £20.50
Sample Size | it Cosmetics - Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream £30 

Sample Size | Julien Farel - Anti-Aging Shampoo $25
Sample Size | Julien Farel - Anti-Aging Conditioner  $25

Sample Size | OPI - Suzi Without a Paddle £9.50
Sample Size | Erno Laszio - Firmarine Cleansing Oil and Face Bar ($58 & £30)



Sample Size | AlphaH - Liquid Gold Rose £33.50
Sample Size | Vita Liberata - Ten Minute Tan £27

Total value of the box:  £190.50 & $108
Number of full sized products: 
Rating of the box: 4.5 - I absolutely loved the concept of this box and it was completely worth the money. You get a large range of products to try which are all quite pricey brands and although there is a lack of full sized products, the sheer quality and quantity of the samples you receive make up for this! Definitely my favourite so far and I will be picking up the fifth edition!

Last month's box: BirchBox
What box would you like to see reviewed for August?

FAVES | JUNE 2017

I haven't done one of these posts before but they're one of my favourite kind to read so I thought I'd share with you what items have been my go to for the Month of June. Depending on if you guys like these posts, it might become a regular thing! I've been trying to use a lot of different makeup products in the month of June so I have picked out some of my favourites.



This first favourite is a re-discovery, I used to love this foundation Boots No7 - Beautifully Matte Foundation but then my pump broke and I couldn't use it for such a long time, I picked up a new one recently and fallen straight back into love with it. 

On a recent shopping trip I went into The Body Shop to pick up some goodies on my list and got side tracked by one of the most beautiful smelling body butters. Now I'm not usually a fan of these kind of products but I couldn't resist picking this one up and I have no regrets, The Body Shop Wild Argan Oil Body Butter.

Oddly, I have a hair care favourite this month which is so unlike me because I don't usually look after my hair too well but I received a sample of this product in one of my monthly subscription box posts and I was so impressed with how well it worked I went and bought the full treatment. If you haven't tried the Redken Heatcure at Home Self-Heating Mask then what are you waiting for?

I've always been a huge fan of Barry M nail polish, so when I saw they were adding some new shades to their original polish collection I was so excited. Unfortunately, I wasn't a huge fan of many of the new shades but Barry M Bespoke Nail Polish has been one of my favourite shades to wear this month!

Although I do feel bad including this because it was limited edition and you can't get it any more, it has been one of my all time favourites ever, not even just of this month. The Morphe x KathleenLights eye shadow palette is absolutely fantastic, the pigmentation and shade range is amazing and I take it everywhere with me. I'm going to be devastated when I finish this palette.

This month I also tried the Bondi Sands Gradual Tanning Milk and I love how quickly the colour builds up as a gradual tanner compared to most. It was so easy to use and I didn't find myself left patchy at all. The only downside of this product is the tan does not get dark enough for my liking but overall, it smells amazing, it applies beautifully and I'm hooked.

My last favourite of the month of July has to be L'Oreal Glam Bronze Bronzer in 06. This bronzer is the perfect colour for summer, it's not full of orange tones and leaves the perfect naturally bronzed look which is ideal for a day to day makeup look!

What are some of your favourites for the month of June?

MUST HAVE | FULL COVERAGE LONG LASTING GRADUATION MAKEUP

So my graduation has soon and it was such a busy time, especially since I'm going on holiday the day after. I've been creating little posts to help me get ready for these two big occasions at once! In this post, I thought I'd run through what makeup I plan to wear for my graduation, baring in mind in England we have no clue what the weather is going to be like, lots of photos will need to be taken (i.e. avoid flashback) and also has the ability to last for a long period of time.

Skin Care


In terms of skin care, I want to use a couple of products but not too much, I find putting too many products onto your face can cause your makeup to move around. My two favourite skin care products on a day to day basis is The Body Shop - Anti Imperfection Daily Solution which claims to help with blemishes and clear up the skin, it also contains glycerin which means it's the perfect base to help everything stick. I also like to go in with a moisturiser, which in this case will definitely be Soap and Glory - Speed Plump All Day Super Moisture Marvel. This is the first moisturiser I've ever repurchased, it smells incredible and leaves your skin feeling so soft.  
Base


Next up, I need to add a primer into the mix which is going to help lock all the skin care products into place. My favourite primer for big occasions like this has to be the Too Faced - Hangover Primer. Not only does it smell amazingly, it works well with all of my favourite products and makes sure there is no budging. I love that this primer is silicon free because it stops it balling up when applied to the face with other products. However, I need to pair this with a pore filler to help cover up some of the texture on my face so I plan on using the L'Oreal Paris - Nude Magique Blur Cream

I really struggled to decide which foundation to wear and there were so many high-end options being thrown round that I was going to purchase for this day. I knew I wanted a full coverage foundation but that's as much as I had decided. I picked up the Natasha Denona - Foundation X  on a whim after hearing so many people talking about it's coverage and staying power and honestly, I'm super impressed with this. My only issue was how much texture you can see through this foundation but with a good pore filler and liquid peel, this problem was solved! lastly for the base, I'm going to pair this foundation with the Nars - Radiant Creamy Concealer since these two work flawlessly together, and the concealer has a high bright coverage without much creasing.

Eyes


For any eye look to stay in place, you need a reliable eye sthadow primer. This will come as no surprise to you because it's everyone's holy grail: Urban Decay - Primer Potion.
I haven't full decided what eye look I'm going for yet as I just had a huge change to my hair colour and need to try a few different looks to see what works best - but some of my favourite eye shadows as of late have been the Colourpop - Pressed Powder Shadows so I'm almost 100% sure these will be what I use on the day.

I'm not the kind of person who goes over the top with eye makeup, I never usually wear eyeliner or falsies so I won't be wearing them to graduation otherwise I'm not going to feel like me. So I'm just going to pair this eye look with one of the most volumising mascaras I own which is the Tarte - Tartiest Mascara. For my brows I'll be mixing Nyx - Micro Brow pencil with the L'Oreal - Brow Artist to create a nice natural brow look.

Face


Now in term of finishing off my face makeup, all the bits which will need set in place will be done using  MAC - Studio Fix Powder, it is so good at setting everything in place, adding more coverage where needed without looking cakey or overly powderly. Also, I plan on using the RCMA - No Colour Powder to help bake and sculpt the face (I absolutely love this technique!) 

My go to contour powder has to be none other than the Kevyn Aucoin - Sculpting Powder since this shade is perfect for my skin tone. I love pairing this contour with Nars - Bronzing Powder for the perfect sun kissed look! For highlight, I really struggled to pick what I should wear but I think it has to come down to my old trusty fave The Balm - 'Mary-Lou Manizer' as this literally looks stunning on pictures. Lastly, for lipstick I need something that isn't going to budge, but potentially could be easily topped up if it were to need it and there's only one liquid lipstick which popped to mind and that is the Huda Beauty - Liquid Matte!

Be sure to follow me on my social medias because I'm sure I'll be posting a lot of pictures from graduation on there once it's happened!

Are any of these products your holy grails?


REVIEW | FEEL UNIQUE PICK N MIX

I've been meaning to try this service for a while after seeing quite a few people talk about it but I hadn't got round to it yet. For those of you who don't know what this is, Feel Unique have launched a service in which you get to pick five samples from a huge list of products. These samples include the likes of makeup, skin care, hair care, fragrances etc! The products the offer seem to change regularly enough and all you have to do is pay for postage. After your purchase, you will receive a code to redeem your postage price back at your next purchase so that's such a bargain! 

I believe that you can only order one pick n mix a month, however, there is no limit on how many products you can add from one specific brand, i.e. if you wanted 5 Philip Kingsley products, you could choose all five. If like me you want to try higher end samples before you buy the real deal then this service is perfect for you!

Feel Unique Pick n Mix samples - Kiehl's and Bioderma | The Beauty is a Beast

So in my samples I picked up mostly Kiehl's products, as this is a brand I have never actually tried before, although I had been dying to get my hands on them - I didn't know if it would be worth the money for my skin. The other brand I picked up in my Pick n Mix was a product by Bioderma, which again was another brand I had heard so many things about but was yet to try anything from. 
Feel Unique Pick n Mix samples - Kiehl's and Bioderma | The Beauty is a Beast


I chose the Bioderma H20 Purifying Cleansing Micelle Solution (10ml) which would last 2-3 applications. I also grabbed Kiehl's Daily Reviving Concentrate Sample (2ml) this could possible last 2 applications if you use it lightly. Along with Rose Arctica Youth Regenerating Cream (3g) because you're never too young to use anti ageing products. Then I chose a facial cream Ultra Facial Cream (3ml) which would last about one application and the Age Defender Moisturiser (3ml) and again, this would last for roughly one application. 

Now this pick n mix is going to allow me to try a large amount of beauty products with a little one of cost and I don't have to feel intimidating going in stores to ask for samples. I was slightly disappointed with the lack of makeup samples but overall I'm a huge fan of this idea!

Have you tried the feel unique pick n mix box?

HAUL | A LARGE BEAUTY RELATED HAUL

I've treat myself to quite a few goodies over the past month or so because there has been so much cause for celebration lately and with going back to work full time, I went crazy with the extra money in my way. I thought I'd do a quick haul of some of the bits and pieces I've picked up lately and then in future blog posts you'll see some of them features in reviews etc! I'm trying to forward plan posts so that I have some scheduled for while I'm away which may mean that some photos in this haul will be used in other posts and I'm super sorry for that but this week is crazy busy and I don't want to miss a week of posts while I'm away!

Anyway, here's what I've picked up:


Natasha Denona - Foundation X in Shade 30 | £37

The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Mask | £16
The Body Shop Wild Argan Oil Body Butter | £6

Sol de Janerio Brazilian Bum Bum Cream | £18

Maybelline Fit Me Foundation in 220 | £6.99
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in 10 | £5.99
The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution | £4
Maybelline Master Strobing Liquid in Light | £7.99
Soap and Glory Speed Plump All Day Super Moisture Marvel | £13

Yes To Tomatoes Charcoal Paper Mask | £2.99
Argan Oil Deep Moisturising Foot Pack | £2.10
Garnier Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask in Super Hydrating Rebalancing Mask | £1.99

Have you tried any of these products and which would you most like to see again on the blog?