February’s PowderPocket Review

February’s Powder Pocket box

I didn’t get around to doing a review of the January PowderPocket box simply because I was quite late getting it. Although, I will say that I was really impressed with the whole thing; from the delivery, the packaging and the contents. Hence, I thought I would then do a proper review of this month’s box.

The February box was just so cute, the way it came with a personalised sticker! Too cute! Well done PowderPocket, it’s definitely the little things like that, that make the differences. Each month’s box comes with a leaflet explaining about the products as well as other hints and tips. I was delighted to have contributed to it this month.

Cute personalised sticker

Cute personalised sticker

So did the theme ‘Save Our Skin’ do just that for me this month?

  • La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water – As I said in my previous PowderPocket post, (click here), I am a MASSIVE fan of this brand and use a lot of their products, so was keen to try this out. Not normally one to use sprays such as this on my face, I was a little apprehensive as to what benefits I would feel from it. I had to keep reminding myself to use it, as it’s typically something I would associate with using in the hotter months of the year. It certainly felt refreshing on the skin and didn’t leave any kind of residue. If I’m honest, I would definitely use this product when going on holiday, for a long haul flight, or for hot days in the sun when you just need to refresh the skin. I’m not so sure I’d be inclined to use it as much during the winter.
    Available in selected pharmacies nationwide for €9.
  • Benecos Natural Kajal Black eyeliner – If you’re into your natural and vegan cosmetics then this is a great alternative product for you as it does everything that you would expect from an eyeliner. As it has an active ingredient of Jojoba Oil it glides on really easily, is long lasting and is a really intense black colour. It is also extremely well priced.
    Available www.naturalskincare.ie/benecos and selected health shops for €4.66.
  • Lavera Basis Sensitiv Hand Cream – As someone who constantly has dry hands, I always have a hand cream to hand. This is a lovely product that I have used most days and still have plenty in the tube – you really don’t need to use very much. It absorbs into the skin very easily, leaves a lovely soft feel to the hands and doesn’t leave that horrible greasy feeling that some hand creams do. I have been really impressed with this cream and am tempted to repurchase it when it runs out.
    Available from www.naturalskincare.ie/lavera for €5.24
  • Pixy Natural Skincare Citrus Spring Soap – As a fan of soap over showwer gel/wash in the shower, I was looking forward to trying this product as it smelt divine. I was certainly not disappointed with the scent, which comes from bergamot, grapefruit and orange essential oils. Not too strong, but strong enough to know you’ve used it. I do however have an issue with the shape of the bar. This could just be me being fussy, but it’s ergonomically so uncomfortable to use over your body until it’s really worn down. Anyone else find that about bars of soap that are like blocks??
    Available in 300 pharmacies nationwide and the Pixy Shop in Cork for €3.99 for 100g
  • Ginvera Green Tea Marvel Gel – There was a fair bit of hype online about this product. I used it daily and found that it left my skin nice and smooth and really felt like it had been given a good clean and exfoliation. It’s a gel formula which you put on a dry face with your dry fingers, which I found a bit strange and my only complaint would be that I prefer something that lathers up a bit, but that really is me being fussy!
    Available in Harvey Nichols Dublin for €27

Overall the February box has been really impressive and I always find it great to hear about and use new products that I may not have heard of before, especially the Irish ones.

Have you subscribed to PowderPocket? If so, what are your thoughts on their boxes so far?

Thanks for reading.
Sara. x

PowderPocket

My second luxury box arrived from PowderPocket yesterday, which I was hugely excited about. It does come with a certain ‘Christmas morning’ feel to it, not knowing what’s inside the box. I was a little late in getting the launch box, so am still testing out the products. However, as I now have this one, I thought I’d do a quick preview on it to show what’s inside and will follow up with a full review. So far, it’s looking really good. This month the motto is ‘Save Our Skin’, which is focusing on revitalising the skin after all the festivities. I know my skin has been needing some TLC, having had 3 colds in a month. So this box comes at the perfect time!

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The products this month are;

  • La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water – I am a MASSIVE fan of this brand and use a lot of their products, so am really keen to try this out
  • Benecos Natural Kajal Black eyeliner – a natural and vegan cosmetics brand. This product has an active ingredient of Jojoba Oil so should be really nice and creamy to use.
  • Lavera Basis Sensitiv Hand Cream – I always have hand cream in my handbag as my hands are always dry in this weather, so will definitely get good use out of this.
  • Pixy Natural Skincare Citrus Spring Soap – this is the Irish product in the box, hailing from Cork.
  • Ginvera Green Tea Marvel Gel – a cleanser that claims to exfoliate, invigorate and illuminate the skin – let’s hope so!

So far, I have been really impressed with the products in last months box. I used the tan last night and it turned out really well. It’s easy to see where you are applying it and can build it up for a darker colour. The most impressive thing about it, is that it dries super fast. As a devoted St Tropez user, I’m definitely going to be cheating on my old faithful and continue to use Academie Bronz’Express. The Hugo Boss Jour Pour Femme perfume was a great inclusion as well, I’ve been using this as my everyday perfume and love how fresh and light it is. By far the stand out product of last month’s box was the Blank Canvas Cosmetics F22 brush. Fantastic and easy to use with liquid and cream products and as a make up artist, I will definitely be purchasing some more of their brushes. It makes the whole box such great value, seeing as this retails at €13.99 alone!

 

Full review of this months box coming soon.

Thanks for reading.

Sara.x

NYX Cosmetics Haul & Review

I tend to be pretty picky about buying new make up. Whilst I love the stuff, I simply don’t want to waste my time (& money) buying products that either aren’t right for me or my kit and don’t do what they claim to. That said, I have been really looking forward to trying out some NYX Cosmetics for a while as I’ve read great things about them in other blogs. Unfortunately, my local Flair store told me that they have stopped stocking the brand as it’s becoming less of a pro product and more mainstream. Shipping from the UK tends to be fairly high when buying online, but I managed to track it down online from http://www.cherryculture.com in the US. This stuff is soooo cheap. The lipglosses were $4.50, cream blushes $5.00 and the powder blush was $5.50. These items were in the sale which still seems to be on. The P&P was just over $11, which I didn’t mind paying as the products were actually cheaper than on NYX’s own website.

So….what did I buy?

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I finally found the Mega Shine Lipgloss in Beige (totally named incorrectly) and also got another gloss in Salsa…it would be rude not to! The blushers that I bought are two cream blushers; Glow and Red Cheeks and the powder blusher in Rose Garden.

NYX SwatchBlusher swatches

I bought the cream blushers as I don’t really use cream blushers on myself and definitely needed some to add to my kit.  I have been so impressed with the pigmentation of them. As you can see from the swatches, the smallest amount goes a very long way. The only problem with buying online is the swatches often don’t truly show the actual colour.  I thought Red Cheeks would be a good alternative to MAC’s Frankly Scarlet blush, but it really is very red. The texture is very creamy and could probably even be used as lip glosses as well to save you money! These would be great on dry skin, as they are sheer, pigmented and creamy and blend very easily. If you wanted to make sure it lasted, apply your foundation, then the cream blush, powder your face and then add a powder blush over the top…..it won’t shift. If like me, you have an oily or combination skin, these won’t be right for you as they are very emolient. The powder blush in Rose Garden has a little golden shimmer through it which I didn’t think would be any good for me, but it’s actually lovely. I’m loving wearing this on my cheeks with just a little contouring. Again, it’s very pigmented, so you only need a little bit on your brush and seems to be quite long wearing.

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After waiting to get my hands on the Mega Shine lip gloss in beige, I was not disappointed. There is nothing beige about it, in fact is a very sweet opaque pink colour, that’s a lot pinker than I thought it would be. I really like the applicator as it’s shaped to apply the lip gloss with accuracy around the lip and the smell is adorable, like sweet cherries. Since getting this product a couple of weeks ago, it has not left my handbag, I love it! I also bought one in Salsa, but I’m not as keen on this as it has way too much shimmer in it for me. It kind of reminds me of the L’Oreal Glam Shine lip gloss that I would have owned when I was a teenager. So definitely not for me. However, I do love the packaging of these NYX lip glosses though with the little bow on the top of the applicator.

Overall, I have been massively impressed with NYX Cosmetics and will definitely be making more purchases in the future. They are so affordable, great quality and have a huge range of colours to choose from which always helps. I think I’m going to try their HD Foundation next. Anyone tried them? If so, let me know what you think of it.

Sara.x

L’Oreal Nude Magique CC Cream – Review

I’ll be honest, I haven’t bought into all the marketing hype about BB and CC creams so far. As I have never been a fan of tinted moisturisers, I assumed that these creams were going to be just as useless for me. That was until a friend came to stay and said that she had been using the L’Oreal Nude Magique CC Cream recently and was raving about it, so recommended that I give it a go.
I was a little confused as to which one to get, as it comes in three different colour ways to combat redness, dullness and tiredness. I was kind of hoping that one cream would be able to conquer all three of those!! 😉 So I decided to go for the ‘Anti-Redness’ one.
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The mint green colour of the cream did shock me a little at first, but knowing that green concealers are good for concealing any redness in the skin, I knew the reasons for it. It’s also a very thin consistency, so I have been applying it with my fingers as it contains smart pigment capsules that burst when you work it into the skin, and so is quickly absorbed. Since using the cream I am pleasantly surprised at how much I like it. Now, I do have a bit of a tan on my face, thanks to the slightly abnormal Irish summer we have experienced recently (definitely not complaining about that!). Therefore, I am happy to go for less coverage than my normal foundation, and this cream provides just the right amount of light coverage that corrects the redness around my nose and on my cheeks as well as adding some warmth to my complexion. However, I know it says it adapts to your skin’s colour, I’m not sure how it would look on a very pale complexion.
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I’ve been using a powder just to set the cream, simply because I have quite an oily T Zone, and this seems to be keeping any shine at bay. The cream really does last much longer than I thought it would. I was working on the assumption that by lunchtime, I’d look like I hadn’t got anything on my face, but this hasn’t been the case. It has lasted most of the day.
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I’m not sure if I would use this cream during the winter, as I like to have more coverage that a foundation would give me, but it will certainly be in my make up bag for those days I don’t want to be putting on make-up, but don’t want to scare the neighbours with a bare face! It’s perfect if you’re a mum on the go or simply running out of the house and don’t have time to apply foundation carefully. It has the added bonus of SPF12 in it so your skin is protected from the typical Irish summer! Price wise, it cost €15.39 in Boots, so was pretty pricey, especially when you compare it to a drugstore foundation.
If you wanted you could use this as a primer under your foundation as well, as this would add to the overall flawless look. I have done this a couple of times with my normal foundation, and whilst it events out the skin tone, it also makes my foundation look just a little too heavy for my liking, but if you’re into the full coverage look, then it would be great.
Overall, this is a staple in my make up bag at the moment and has been since I bought it. Delighted with it!
Sara. x