This month’s box is a little bit different to the usual box. The first thing I noticed was the large box of a food supplement from Beauty Beneath, which is a product made for Boots.… More
I like to try out products that are produced locally to where I live and to give them a shout out if I think the products are good.
Here, in the southwest of the United Kingdon, Cornwall is surrounded on three sides by the sea. I recently discovered a company Living Sea, that are based near The Lizard peninsula, and they work with their sister companies, Cornish Sea Salt Co and Cornish Seaweed Co, to produce a great range of skincare, full of sea minerals, wild seaweeds and their own wonder ingredient – Living Sea Complex.
It is quite a small range at present and their Body range includes a Sea Salt Scrub, Body Wash and Body Butter. The Hands and Feet range includes a Hand Wash, Hand Lotion and Foot Cream and finally, the Bath Range includes a Bath Soak, Bath Salts (Calm) and Bath Salts (Indulge).
I picked two products, the first is the Hand Lotion which comes in a pump dispenser.
This just smells of the sea and is really nourishing on the hands. It is quickly absorbed into the skin and is not at all greasy. It comes in a 300ml size and costs £16.
I also chose a body lotion, and it has the same fragrance as the hand lotion. It smells of ozone, seaweed and a whiff of citrus. Absorbs quickly, leaving skin soft and hydrated. 150ml costs £19.
I have linked the details of Living Sea’s Website below.
This is not a paid for editorial. All products were purchased by myself.
Here is a quick review of the contents of the December Glossybox. I have not tried any of the products yet, but it looks to be a good box.
ECODENTA EXTRA BLACK WHITENING TOOTHPASTE
This is a fluoride free/SLS free toothpaste that contains charcoal. I am very interested to try this toothpaste as charcoal is said to have many beneficial properties, including whitening. We shall see.
STEVE LAURANT PRECISION TIP EYELINER
This smudge proof and waterproof eyeliner does have a super fine tip. I can’t quite pull off the feline flick myself, but look forward to trying this out.
PROFUSION RUNWAY EYE COLLECTION
This eyeshadow palette is pretty amazing for £3.75. I have swatched all the colours and they are lovely. This is a new brand to me and I think I will have to check out what other products they have.
LAQA & CO CLOUD LIPS
This is a lovely rose/pink/nude matte lipstick from another company I know nothing about.
NAOBAY EQUILIBRIA GEL TO MILK CLEANSER
I generally prefer a balm cleanser, but I am interested to see how this gel to milk cleanser performs. Yet another unknown brand to check out.
Last, but not least, the lovely peeps at Glossybox popped in sweet treat – always welcome in my world.
Also included was a 20% discount code for the Glossybox Dusty Boy range of stationery and paper goods, wall prints and notebooks.
So, we are moving swiftly towards Christmas, and my next blog will be going out on Christmas Eve.
Have a great week everyone.
lots of love, Gail xxx
I thought this year I would only get one advent calendar, and so I bought the Lancôme calendar. However, having a wander around Superdrug this week, I discovered that the Tanya Burr advent calendar was selling at the reduced price of £10. Temptation got the better of me, and so this is my review of the the products you can find inside.
There are three full sized nail polishes in Festive Red, Glitter Rain (silver glitter) and Glitter Frosting (bronze glitter).
There is a small handbag mirror.
A small handbag sized nail file.
Two glitter pots in Let it Snow (a white, pearly glitter) and Midnight Magic (a bronze glitter) perfect for Christmas parties!
Two glitter eyeliners in Silver and Gold.
Three lip glosses in Cranberry Mist, Pink Fondant and Ice Queen.
I have to say, that as calendars go, this is pretty awesome. You get a lot of product for £10. Also, as it is a 12 day calendar, you could give it as a gift at Christmas and it can be opened from Christmas day.
I know, some advent calendars have been criticised this year, but I think this one is definitely value for money.
Hope you all have a great week.
LOTS OF LOVE, GAIL XXX
I am sure that most of you are aware of QVC, but for those of you who haven’t heard of them, they are a shopping channel that sells beauty, fashion and electrical items. They are worth checking out as you can get some great offers.
I recently purchased this offer from Elemis, and I have to say, it is a real bargain.
PRO-COLLAGEN CLEANSING BALM 50G
This is not a full size product which is normally 105g, but a 50g pot. This award-winning balm is gorgeous. It smells divine and melts into the skin to cleanse the face beautifully. Massage in, and remove with a warm face cloth. Heaven!
REHYDRATING GINSENG TONER 200ML
Spritz some of the Ginseng Toner onto a cotton pad and wipe over face after cleansing with the balm. This is a full size product.
PRO-COLLAGEN MARINE CREAM 30ML
This is a 30ml size, full size is 50ml. This is a rich, but not greasy moisturiser and you only need a tiny amount to cover the whole of your face and neck.
SKIN NOURISHING HAND WASH 200ML
This is a 200ml bottle and the full size is normally 300ml. A great addition to your bathroom.
SKIN NOURISHING SHOWER CREAM 200ML
This is a full size item and has a delicate fragrance. Only a small amount is required to cleanse and soften the skin.
SKIN NOURISHING HAND AND NAIL LOTION 100ML
Another full size product and this is super nourishing to the hands, and again, only a small amount is needed .
I have listed all the prices below and just a small disclaimer, I purchased these items myself and the post is not sponsored in any way by QVC or Elemis.
So, into December now and heading for Christmas. I hope you are all getting excited and whether or not you celebrate Christmas, I hope December will be full of fun and happiness for you all.
lots of love, Gail xxx
The cost of this box was £50.91.
Pro-collagen Cleansing Balm 50g Full size 105g costs £41.00.
Re-hydrating Ginseng Toner 200ml £23.50.
Pro-collagen Marine Cream 30 ml Full size 50ml costs £82.00.
Skin Nourishing Hand Wash 200 ml Full size 300ml costs £27.00.
Skin Nourishing Shower Cream 200ml £26.00.
Skin Nourishing Hand and Nail Cream 100ml £20.00.
If you are like me, then you probably vary your skincare routines fairly frequently. At the moments this is what I have been using in the evenings during November.
I like to remove any eye make-up and mascara with an eye make-up remover and the current one is from Estée Lauder. It is extremely effective and gentle on the lashes, it doesn’t sting the eyes and I does not require any rubbing to remove product.
I have to say that since I started using a balm cleanser, I haven’t gone back to using any other type of cleanser. Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm is definitely my favourite and I always return to this cleanser. It smells fantastic and removes all make-up including waterproof mascara.
After cleansing, I use a glycolic acid toner, applied with a cotton pad. I vary the make, but presently using Pro Studio Glycolic Radiance Toner from Freedom. It is a great glycolic and very reasonably priced.
A true classic next, the Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair. I was pretty late to the party with this one, but I now love it. Definitely the hype is right with this product.
I apply Clinique’s All About Eyes around my eyes, and this is a very light cream that really keeps the under eye area hydrated and smooth.
Finally, I use Clarins Super Restorative Night Cream all over my face and neck. This is a good cream if you are old and wrinkly like me!
I hope you all had a great week and have an even better one this week.
lots of love, Gail xxx
Another month, another Glossybox review. I have been a subscriber for nearly two years, and I have generally been really pleased with all the boxes I have received. I did have a small issue with this month’s box, and that is that it featured a product that was also in October’s box.
GREENFROG BOTANIC – NATURAL BODYWASH RELAXING GERANIUM AND PEPPERMINT 100ML
This cruelty free, Vegan product is made from sustainably grown soapberries from the Himalyas. It also contains organic aloe vera from Mexico and has a lovely light peppermint fragrance. It is suitable for very sensitive skins and eczema prone skin.
COLLECTION COSMETICS – DEFINE AND PERFECT EYEBROW POWDER
I was very hopeful when I saw this product from Collection, but unfortunately I don’t love it. It is so powdery, that I found it hard to use. I will give it another go, but I prefer to use a fine pencil.
BOOTS SHEET FACE MASK – CHARCOAL AND WILLOW BARK – CLEANSING AND PURIFYING
I do love a sheet mask! This one from Boots is great and I have used this mask before.
BEAUTY UK COSMETICS – CONTOUR/POWDER BRUSH
This is a beautiful brush from Beauty Uk – its very soft and perfect for contour or highlight. Love it.
BANG BEAUTY CREAM COLOUR
I have to say I was a bit disappointed to have this product in November’s box. I already received this same product in last month’s (October) box. The product is great, and I contacted Glossybox to ask why two months running? There response was that it was so popular that they put it in again. This seems ridiculous to me. Maybe put it in again in 3-6 months time, but everyone who liked it already has it and it will lasts months.
Have a great week everyone.
love, Gail xxx
There are five new shades from the Gel Nail Polish range at Essence (available at Wilko stores). I love all of them and bought all five for less than the cost on of one luxury brand polish. They retail at £1.60 each. Such good value for money.
This is shade 105 Lagoona Beach. It is a gorgeous dark teal colour.
This shade is 102 I Dreamed a Dream a gorgeous mauve/pink.
106 Loyal Royal is a metallic olive shade.
107 Rosewood Forest is a bit more pink than in this photo.
This is 108 Call me Kylie, and it is my favourite shade.
These are fantastic polishes, they are hard-wearing and the colours look way more expensive than they are. They also have a great finish, very shiny and gel-like.
I have been so impressed with this brand, and would highly recommend that you give them a try.
Enjoy your week everyone.