April You Beauty Discovery Box

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This is my very first You Beauty Discovery unboxing because I just got my very first You Beauty Discovery Box! I’d you haven’t heard of it, You Beauty Discovery is a subscription service that allows you to choose two beauty treats a month to try. They send them to you in a cute little box with some extra treats, all for £6.95.

Here’s what I chose this month.

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I really wanted to try either the Clayspray Glow Red Clay with Cacao Masque or the Clayspray Brightening White Clay with Ginseng Masque, but both were out of stock.

My next two choices were the Melvita Moisture Replenishing Night Nectar and the Inika Mineral Eyeshadow in Gunmetal.

The moisturiser smells a bit funky but I am reserving judgement till I’ve tried it. The eyeshadow is a gorgeous silvery shimmery shadow but very loose powder so liable to go everywhere. Still, it will be fun to use. The tiny pot is adorable too!

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My extra treats were a 9 bar which is a fruit and seed bar with carob topping (gluten free and wheat free) and a sachet of Antioxidant Face Cream from The Organic Pharmacy. I have eaten the 9 bar and it was okay. It kept me full for a long time and didn’t taste too bad.

Now I’m excited for next month!

Lush Bunny Bubble Bar

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This little cutie is the Lush Bunny Bubble Bar and, unsurprisingly, is part of Lush’s Easter collection. Okay, so it doesn’t massively look like a bunny, but they gave it a shot.

Lush describe this as having the same fragrance as the Creamy Candy bubble bar but I haven’t tried that so I can’t verify the claim. However, I can describe the scent for you. It has a very gentle, subtle fragrance, which reminds me of the white part of The Comforter Bubble Bar. It’s a bit soapy and like traditional bubble bath, but apparently it’s a mixture of vanilla, shea butter and coconut oil.

I was surprised when I started crumbling this under my running tap, because it isn’t white the entire way through. In fact, only a thin layer on the top is. The rest is a pink colour. It turned my water a mauve colour, which was quite sophisticated. After a while i noticed the tiny cornflower petals floating in the water. At first I thought they were cute, but then they started to annoy me. I also found the bunny’s eyes floating by me, as they didn’t seem to dissolve.

Overall I would say this bubble bar is mediocre. The scent didn’t wow me and all the bits in the bath were kind of annoying. This seems to be Lush’s new “thing” but I think it needs to stop now.

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Cambridge Shopping Haul

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I don’t think I have mentioned yet that I have moved to Cambridge temporarily for a few months. At the weekend, I took my first venture to the shops. I hit the Grand Arcade and Lion’s Yard shopping centres and the general surrounding area and finished with lunch in Yo Sushi. I thought I’d do a little haul post to show you what I bought!

When I arrived at the shopping centre I made a beeline for Lush (my spiritual home). After sniffing various bath bombs and face masks, I eventually decided to buy a small bottle of It’s Raining Men shower gel because I had a free sample in my last Lush order and it was amazing, and also Cynthia Sylvia Stout Beer Shampoo because it sounded really weird and I thought my boyfriend might like to try it (SURPRISE if you are reading this!)

After Lush I found Clintons. Clintons is my favourite place for all sorts of quirky little things; they are much more than a card shop now.  I bought beautiful floral print notecards because the print really spoke to me, a Yankee Candle in the scent Black Coconut because it smelt reeeeally good, and this adorable ceramic travel mug. I like to have a mug with a lid at work. When you are concentrating on things, coffee goes cold really quickly without you noticing, and the lid really helps to keep my drink warm until I get round to drinking it.

The Grand Arcade has a nice big John Lewis inside, so of course I went there (despite having only gone to John Lewis a week or so ago and stocking up in Liz Earle and Jo Malone). I bought three adorable Mavala nail polishes in the colours 114 Sand Rose, 164 Rose Dust and 312 Poetic Rose. To be honest I could have bought the whole display. I just adore Mavala. I also got some food storage boxes, because who doesn’t need to store things?

After a short stop in Specsavers to buy lens cleaner for my glasses, I ended up in Boots. I picked up another tube of La Roche-Posay Effaclar A I, because it’s awesome, the latest issue of Glamour magazine, Rimmel Stay Matte powder in the shade Transparent, and Sally Hansen Nailgrowth Miracle treatment for my nails.

Finally, I ended my trip by giving some money to the smallest busker in the world. She was perhaps around 6 (I’m terrible at guessing the ages of children) and was playing the harp. She was awesome!

Revlon ColourBurst Matte Balm

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I was really interested in the new Revlon ColourBurst Matte Balms when I saw them. They are lip products that look like chubby crayons and are retractable. They are supposed to give your lips a velvety matte finish. They contain shea, mango and coconut butter to moisturise your lips.

The shade I picked up to try is a super cute watermelon pink colour called Elusive (Shade 205). I think this a really wearable colour that will suit lots of different skin tones. It’s a great shade for spring. As you might expect, it has a matte effect.

The product is really easy to apply, as it has a super creamy texture which just glides onto the lips. The crayon shape actually really helps with swift application. I can virtually do it without a mirror.

The first time I used the product, i was concernes as it left my lips feeling tingly as if I had rubbed fresh mint or menthol or something. It’s odd, I’m not really sure why anyone would want that. However, luckily the tingly sensation disappears after a while and just leaves a normal lip product.

The colour stays put really well. There is a slight transfer onto cups and things but not much at all, and the colour lasts normal day to day drinking etc.

Overall, I’m really pleased with this product and will definitely consider getting more colours.

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Real Techniques Powder Brush

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This is just another quick post to let you know about one of my latest beauty finds. I was so impressed with the Real Techniques Expert Face brush, that when my powder brush broke (the head came off!) I replaced it with the Real Techniques powder brush. This has a fantastic big head full of really soft, flexible bristles. It picks up just the right amount of powder and is super easy to use. The brush glides over my skin and distributes the powder nice and evenly for a flawless finish. A great investment!

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More make-up / jewellery storage

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I am always on the look out for innovative ways to store make-up, beauty products and jewellery. I spotted this box in W H Smith (a stationery store) and thought it would be perfect for my up and coming move to a new city. I think it is designed for keeping stationery in, but I thought it would be perfect for nail polish and jewellery.

I plan to select a few of my favourite polishes and put them in the bottom compartment and then I will keep earrings, hair accessories, etc. in the top. As you will see I have had to be ruthless in deciding what to take!

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