June You Beauty Discovery Box

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I can’t believe it’s that time again – it’s You Beauty Discovery box time! This month I wasn’t too mad on the selection of products available, but I was able to find a couple I liked the look of. So let’s dive right in to the box!

First up, we obviously got the usual little booklet that tells you about the products. The extras this month were a Montagne Jeunesse Dead Sea Mud Spa Mask which I am super excited to try, and an expanding face cloth in the shape of a heart. This took me right back to my childhood when I used to get expanding flannels from Father Christmas. It was cute watching the face cloth expanding in the warm water in the sink, but the cloth itself is quite coarse and I don’t really want to use something that rough on my face, particularly not around my eye area.

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The actual products I chose were the Her 300 Trecento Revitalising Hair Treatment which I haven’t used yet but am looking forward to trying, and the L’Oreal Infallible 24 hour Lip Colour in No. 110 Timeless Rose. I have used this a couple of times and will write a full post on it soon. It has unbelievably long lasting colour, but I don’t like the shimmery sparkle in it.

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Did you get a You Beauty Discovery box this month? Which products did you choose? If you have written a post on yours, please leave a link below, I’d love to see your thoughts!

Summer Wishlist 2014

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It’s been ages since I’ve done a wishlist post, largely because I have been completely spoilt rotten over Christmas and my birthday and have got virtually everything I could think of. However, as Summer is just around the corner, I have put my thinking cap on and come up with some things I would love to have tried by the end of the Summer. Perhaps it will give you some ideas of products to try!

Jo Malone Peony & Blush Suede Candle – I have the Peony & Blush Suede cologne by Jo Malone and it is just so delicious smelling – floral and fruity and fresh all at the same time. Why wouldn’t I want my house to smell like it to? I am also just a total candle junkie.

Nars Orgasm Blush – A friend let me try this a year ago and I have been wanting to purchase it ever since. It was basically the first blush which made me realise I can look good with blush! I’ve never looked back. It’s such a gorgeous shade and looks amazing for a night out.

Michael Todd Pumpkin Mask – After I had a complete disaster using Glam Glow’s Supermud mask (it completely broke me out like crazy) I am keen to get back on the horse and try another mask. I remember hearing great things about Michael Todd from Fleur de Force so I’d love to try it. The Pumpkin Mask in particular is supposed to be great for controlling problem skin.

Body Shop Vitamin E Hand and Nail Treatment – The other thing I am a junkie for is hand cream. I use it all the time, often more than once a day, otherwise my hands get dry and feel horrible. I really like the Body Shop Vitamin E range for the face, so I figure why not try the Hand and Nail Treatment?

Lush Turkish Delight Shower Smoothie – This is a body cleanser for in the shower which has a lovely rose scent. I haven’t tried any of the Lush Shower Smoothies yet, but I’d love to, especially as I can’t take baths so much any more. I think it would make my shower routine a bit more luxurious on days when I don’t just want to be in and out of the shower as quick as possible.

Soap and Glory Orangeasm Body Wash – I smelt this in the Boots the other day and I thought it smelt great. It’s much fruitier and fresher than a lot of Soap and Glory’s usual scents, so it will be interesting to try it out! Also, got to love that name!

December/January Empties

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I have gathered quite a stack of empties to share with you over December and January. I’ve been in the mood to use up lots of half empty things basically. As always, any products I have done full reviews of, I will only mention briefly, but the main review will be linked. I hope you enjoy!

Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector – good grief, this product lasted me one entire year! Now that’s what you call value for money. If only it didn’t stink so much.

Soap and Glory Flake Away scrub – I got this travel size pot of Flake Away in my Boots advent calendar and started using it straight away. Like all Soap and Glory products, it smells really sweet (“aromas of leafy greens, bergamot and mandarin, with floral and fruity middle notes, and a soft, sexy, musk, oakmoss, amber and woody drydown” according to the Boots website) which I really like. I’d say it’s more of a luxury product than a heavy duty scrub as the particles are very fine. It won’t revolutionise your skin care, but it will make you smell great!

Lush Catastrophie Cosmetic Fresh Face Mask – I was really pleased with this mask, but unfortunately it’s on the empty list by default. I always forget about the fresh face masks because they live in the fridge not in my bathroom. I think I only ended up using this once or twice. What a waste!

L’Oreal 3 in 1 Purifying Micellar Solution – I bought this product back when everyone in the beauty community started going crazy for it. It is supposed to remove makeup, unclog pores and tone the skin all at the same time. I found it irritated my eyes a little and made the skin of my eyelids quite sore. I also felt like my skin was never truly clean afterwards, so I didn’t rate it much.

Nina by Nina Ricci Perfume – This perfume has lasted me a whole year (my boyfriend bought it for me last Christmas) but I have sadly run out now. I’m sure it won’t be long till I repurchase it though. I really love Nina Ricci’s perfumes, they smell great, and their staying power isn’t too bad.

Rimmel Exaggerate Undercover Shadow Primer – This shadow primer wasn’t too bad actually. It stops the tell tale eyeshadow creasing that shows how long it was since you applied it. However, I don’t like the fact that the wand starts to look dirty after only a couple of uses (picking up the foundation around your eyes). It shows up all the more because it’s white. That makes it feel quite unhygienic and unappealing. I also found that it’s consistency changed towards the end of the tube, so it doesn’t last very long either.

Body Shop Raspberry Shower Gel – This stuff smells absolutely amazing. It’s definitely my favourite Body Shop scent so far; delicious!

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser – I’ve tried a couple of cleansers since finishing this and nothing’s as good, so I’ve already re-ordered it! Enough said!

L’Oreal Ever Riche Nourishing & Taming Shampoo and Conditioner – I really love the smell of these: rich and creamy like shea butter. The conditioner was absolutely fantastic, which surprised me because I am very picky when it comes to conditioner. The shampoo worked really well too but it didn’t knock my socks off.

Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Concentrated Hand Cream – This is the little hand cream that’s been in my hand bag for dry hand ’emergencies’. I really don’t like the formula and I definitely won’t be repurchasing!

Lush Catastrophe Cosmetic Face Mask

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I’ve been keen to try another Lush fresh face mask ever since I tried the Cupcake Face Mask. I had a peek in Lush to see which mask looked most appealing. If you’ve never been in a Lush store before, they have metal bowls of the masks  on display so you can see what is inside each container. They are usually decorated with the key ingredient (for example almonds or chocolate drops). The bowl of Catastrophe Cosmetic caught my eye because it was topped with fresh blueberries. It looked really fresh and natural, and unlike a lot of the items on display, like something I would actually want to spread on my face. I gave it a sniff and it didn’t have a particularly strong scent, but then blueberries don’t really. However, it smelt fresh and clean so I thought I would give it a try.

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I know it doesn’t look particularly appealing in the picture above, but in reality Catastrophe Cosmetic looks really enticing. You can look at the fresh bowl image on the Lush website. Catastrophe Cosmetic is full of blueberries which have lots of natural vitamins and are an antioxidant. It also contains Irish moss gel to soften the skin and almond oil to moisturise. The mask is designed to calm and soothe the skin, particularly if it is red, irritated or has inflamed spots. It has Chamomile which has lovely natural soothing properties to reduce redness and irritation.

To use the mask, scoop some up and apply it to your face and neck, avoiding the eyes. Leave it for five minutes or so and it will dry; you can then wash it off with warm water. I was really pleased with the results. It was far less messy than the Cupcake mask and easier to wash off. Afterwards my face felt really clean and fresh. When I applied the mask it felt really cold and smooth, so I think it would be very soothing if your skin were irritated. I incorporated this mask into a pampering session, which helped to make it even more relaxing and feel luxurious. I can’t wait to use it again!

Lush Cupcake Face Mask

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I bought this mask as part of a recent ‘accidental’ Lush haul. I’d never tried a Lush face mask before, but this one appealed to me because it looks and smells like chocolate and it would be an understatement to say that I like chocolate… I love the way Lush present the mask in a bowl with chocolate drops on top in the store, it makes it look really enticing. You can see an example on their website here.

The mask is particularly good for anyone with younger, more spot prone skin, or anyone with problematic oily areas. According to the Lush website, it has linseed  to nourish and soften the skin, fresh mint for toning, cocoa butter which is really moisturising and rhassoul mud to absorb grease and give a deep cleanse. I have had a rhassoul mud treatment before and I do think it’s great at cleansing and freshening the skin.

There is no other way to describe the smell of this mask except chocolate heaven! It smells like really rich dark chocolate in a pot and continues to smell like chocolate even when its on your skin.

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Once you’ve bought the mask you should keep it in the fridge because it contains lots of fresh ingredients. It also means the mask is pleasantly cold when you apply it to your skin. I don’t think I’d fancy applying lukewarm chocolatey mud to my face… It has a very thick consistency but it spreads well and evenly across your skin. I leave the mask a good 15 minutes till it has completely dried out and then I wash it off.

I really love this mask. Not only is it fun to apply, but it leaves my skin feeling really fresh and clean. It also only cost £5.95 which I think is quite good value. You get four or five fairly generous applications out of it and it feels like a high quality spa product.

The only downside is you will get in a bit of a mess. In fact ‘a bit’ would be an understatement. It takes a lot of warm water and soap to wash off and whatever flannel or face cloth you use will end up covered in it so will need to go straight in the wash. You are also likely to get it all over your sink, so don’t use it if you cleaned your skin an hour earlier! I totally think it’s worth it though and I can’t wait to try more Lush face masks. Any recommendations?