Glossy Box September 2017 Review

Its officially September and officially starting to feel like summer is well and truly over! Today I headed into Manchester to visit my modelling agency and have a casting and upon walking back to my car (thankfully not before!) I was literally DRENCHED in rain. So bad that I sent my boyfriend a picture and he literally asked if someone had thrown a bucket of water over me. (He’s getting some better weather in Austria whilst he’s  working there for the day so wasn’t aware quite how bad the rain was!)

So after that experience I was so glad to come home and get into a snuggly jumper and open up my Glossy Box that I get so excited for each month. This is my 4th box now and I’ve never been disappointed! I’ve never posted a blog post on what’s been inside but this time I thought I’d share with everyone. I’ve had some bits that I literally use all of the time which brings me back to today’s rain – last month I got a SportFX setting spray which I used this morning and even through the rain my makeup stayed nice? Miracle. My other fav product so far is the Model.Co contour stick which has become a staple in my makeup bag and my professional makeup kit that I use on clients.

So, onto this months box:

Taylor’s 32 Natural Whitening Toothpaste

Of course I’m going from first impressions here as my Box only arrived today – but I’m liking the idea of this product! It’s a really big box which is always good, instead of a tiny little sample you can only use once or twice. This is full size! The only downside is that it’s Grapefruit and Mint flavour – I’m not sure how I feel about this? I’ve seen some people have just mint which I’m a little jealous of, but I’ve seen some have fennel and mint so I’m just glad I didn’t get that!

PIXI by Petra Brow Tamer

When I opened this up I said ‘mum let me try this on you’ as she had bare eyebrows and honestly it didn’t really do a lot. I think this will be good for top ups during the day and maybe when I’m styling a shoot and want a good bushy Brow but I personally prefer tinted Brow mascaras that leave a coating around the hairs making them appear thicker. I think another issue (well it would annoy me but maybe not others) is that this will be applied over the usual Brow pencil/gel/shadow which means if you dip back in, the gels going to get murky eventually. Maybe that’s just my own little dislike!

MONU SKIN Firming Fiji Facial Oil

For me, this sounds amazing! I love facial oils, espescially as the bad weather is approaching. A lot of girls will be afraid to try oils on their face through fear of getting spots but if you clean your face well and are selective with what oils you put on your face, you might find that your skin is really helped! Essential oils like Rosehip, and the two found in this product – Bois De Rose and Patchouli can work wonders on the skin! This smells beautiful and I can’t wait to try it.

Cetaphil Cleanser, Face and Body Moisturising Cream and Moisturising Lotion. 

I love this cute little trio of Cetaphil products. Great for sensitive skin and the mini bottles mean I can pop them in my handbag to use on the go! I’ve never used Cetaphil products myself but I have heard of them and know people that swear by them for their sensitive skin.

STYLONDON Siligel Blender

This is the ‘Star’ product in this month’s box, but truthfully it’s probably my worst of the lot! I’ve used a silicone blender before and I just don’t really get it. Of course you dont lose your product like you can with sponges but personally it’s not worth it to compromise the blending finish! Of course a smooth base can be achieved with it but when you have back-to-back clients you don’t really have time to dab for hours to get a smooth base! I will definitly be sticking with my BeautyBlender but to be fair this could come in handy for applying skincare products.

I’m really happy with every product this month and i’m happy the iconic pink box is back! The packaging is unreal and for me, no other beauty boxes i’ve tried are near the quality of Glossy Box!

Hels xxx

 

Advertisements

Free Makeup Alert! 

Following on from a previous post – pick up your copy of Glamour Magazine this month for a free Benefit eyebrow gel! Only £2! 

It comes with a mini mascara wand for application and the microfibres add thickness to scares eyebrows! It comes in two different shades – I purchased the lighter shade and used it today – love it! 

Stock up girls! 

Hels xxx

HD Brows Review

I generally have 2 styles of eyebrows that I flick between. I either have overly-threaded brows by a lady in a little kiosk who nods at my ‘don’t do them thin’ yes goes on to thread to within an inch of life. Or there’s my ‘I’m growing them out’ phases which really means I’ve just not been in ages to get them done. 

Neither style is ideal but after a bit of pencilling them in, they’ll do just fine. I dream of growing big fashiony brows like Cara Delevigne, but you have to work with what you’ve got! 

One of my dear friends Ella is a HD Brow specialist with probably the best brows you’ll ever see (@EllaRavenscroft) and she persuaded me to let her loose on my own brows. At this point they’re in a mid-stage where they’ve not been threaded in a few weeks but they’re not wildly over-grown. 

  Ella’s beautiful brows. 
So, in the consultation phase, I discussed with Ella that I don’t want them dark, I like them as thick as possible and a good arch. She explained that whoever had been threading my brows had been absolutely butchering them and even trimmed them unevenly. I know brows are supposed to be ‘sisters, not twins’ but you want some sort of identification that they’re actually related. 

Ella tinted, waxed, threaded and plucked my brows, leaving me nervous that there would be nothing left and telling her I’ll kill her if they’re really thin. 

I couldn’t beleive my eyes when I looked in the mirror and my brows were somehow THICKER than before all the threading and waxing? Ella is a brow genius. They also look natural and not too dark but tidy and groomed. 

I am officially converted. 

To finish up, Ella told me I need to push up my right brow with Vaseline each day and in 12 weeks my rows will be more even, since my left one already grows upwards. I’ll track my progress on here! I’m looking forward to creating brows to rival Ella’s after a few more treatments! Contact her now if you want to transform your face too. @HDbrowsbyella

It’s been a glam few days for me, having my nails, brows and hair done so I’m feeling gooooood. What beauty treatments can you not go without? 

Hels xxx

Check out my Instagram @heliemac1 later today to see my new brows. 

Eyebrows for blondes. 

If like me, you blondies don’t like the over-done, super-dark brow look, then you will love this product. 

I purchased it on a whim when trying out a few brow products and I actually love it! I find that most pallets and pencil leave my eyebrows overly dark or if they’re for blondes, slightly ginger! 

This eyebrow pencil is ONE POUND. £1. 100p. Yep! It has a lovely golden tone to it that’s dark enough to highlight the brow shape, without over doing it. It also comes with a bristle brush at the other end to blend your inner edges and brush your brows into place. 

The only negative I have about it is how soft it is. I find I have to sharpen after every 1/2 uses so it doesn’t last that long. But at £1 who cares? 

So leg it down to your nearest superdrug and stock up! 

Brow pencil: MUA Eyebrow – Blonde. 

Hels x