Latest In Beauty Hip & Healthy Summer Box

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As you all may know by now, I love my beauty boxes and couldn’t wait to get my hands on Latest In Beauty’s Hip & Healthy Summer Box, as I have loved their one off boxes in the past. Here’s a peek inside.

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James Read Sleep Mask Tan

This product combines skin beautifying ingredients with a touch of self-tan. The hydrating formula is infused with skincare essentials including Aloe Vera, Cucumber, Hyaluronic Acid and Red Algae, to moisturise and soothe the skin overnight. I haven’t tried James Read products before and so look forward to giving this a whirl.

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Nourish Golden Glow Toning Body Shimmer

Infused with golden resins of Frankincense and Myrrh which, along with Neroli oil, impart a divine scent to this shimmer. It also tones and firms the skin as well as giving a natural sun-kissed radiance. I actually have a full size of this product and will be reviewing it on the blog soon so keep your eyes peeled.

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Melvita Rose Extraordinary Water

This best-selling product is a facial toner, but also considered an all-round face-saver, especially in the summer. It is perfect for a refreshing lift during travelling, especially on aeroplanes. Another brand that is new to me.

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Green People Sun Lotion SPF 15 with Tan Accelerator

Green People Sun Lotions are made with pure, great quality ingredients, perfect for those of you with sensitive skin. It is also created with Inositol, a natural ingredient that has proven to increase the speed of tanning. Protection and a quicker tan? Can’t say better than that!

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Inner Me Daily 4 Me The Hectic Years 30+

This is actually another brand I am in the midst of trying out so it is great to get an extra top-up. Inner Me vitamins are formulated specifically for women, and this Daily 4 includes a range of carefully selected supplements, multivitamin and mineral tablets to cover all of those daily needs.

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MOA The Green Balm

This 100% organic super green balm is crammed with natural ingredients including Yarrow which is known for its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory qualities. This is fab for smothering on anything from sunburn to eczema and dry skin.

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Dragonfly Tea

These teas are bursting with organic goodness, and great to achieve a flatter tummy. As I mentioned in a recent post I love trying out new teas and shall be trying them as soon as possible.

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Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm

Burt’s Bees lip balms are made from beeswax which conditions the skin and Vitamin E which is an antioxidant and great for moisturising. It also includes a touch of peppermint oil to give an added tingle to the lips. I have used these for years and really love the quality of Burt’s Bees products.

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Ohso Good For You Chocolate

Chocolate that is good for you? Wait whilst I go order a boxful! This healthy de-bloating chocolate bar has been scientifically proven to be 3x more effective at delivering bacteria to your gut than dairy alternatives. With around a billion bacteria packed into each Belgian chocolate bar, this is the ultimate dairy treat.

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Archiea Anti-Ageing Supplements

At fear of repeating myself, these are actually another product I have that I shall be reviewing on the blog and so I shall not reveal too much just yet. These supplements contain a range of key nutrients for anti-ageing performance and optimal hair, skin and nail health, whilst supporting the formation of collagen.

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Saltresortwear.com £20 Voucher

Salt offers everything from super-luxe swimwear, chic sunglasses and summer time shoes, to the latest must-have holiday accessories. I thought £20 was a really generous amount until I looked on their website and I can just about afford a friendship bracelet!

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Nailberry Nail Polish in Groseille

These nail polishes are free of Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP and synthetic Camphor – basically any nasty ingredients. I received the shade Groseille which is a gorgeous fresh coral shade, perfect to match your tan!

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At just £16.95 plus postage and packaging, this is a fab way of trying over £100 worth of healthy and organic products! http://www.latestinbeauty.com

 

Have you ordered yours?

 

Love,

Kathryn xxx

RazorPit Bump Foam

Hair removal – waxing stings like hell, and shaving always leaves me with unsightly red bumps on my legs. What’s a girl to do! How about trying Razorpit Bump Foam. This shaving foam is different other shaving foams and gels as it promises to prevent razor burn, bumps and ingrown hairs, plus it contains no perfumes, parabens or colourants. It is suitable for all parts of the body, the face, legs, underarms and those intimate areas.

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Bump Foam is much more runny in texture than regular shaving foam and is almost like the creamy lather you get from washing your hair, and I found that it spread really easily on my skin. I used my regular razor and the results were a really smooth shave and I had no ingrown hairs or nasty red bumps. Overall I was really impressed with this foam and its results and I think if you have problems with ingrown hairs and razor burn after shaving then it is definitely worth investing in.

 

Love,

Kathryn xx

 

Love Me Beauty Box July 2014

The thing I love most about Love Me Beauty Boxes is that even though you can only choose from a range of items, you still get to pick which box you would like. This month I chose Box 2 and here is what’s inside.

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LASHEM Full-sized price £40

This is a miniature sample of their Lash Enhancing Serum. These kinds of serums nourish and condition the lashes, and the fortifying formula continues working long after application while the potent ingredients help your lashes to grow. I have tried a similar product to this in the past and I found that it really did work after about two weeks I noticed my lashes were thicker and longer, but with such a small sample I am not sure you would see results with this one.

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OFRA Pressed Eye Shadow in Bliss £8.80

This is one of the colours from OFRA’s Diamonds Are Forever palette collection and it has a vibrant shimmer colour that makes blue eyes in particular sparkle. I really like the colour of this eyeshadow and the size is good too and therefore I think this product would last quite a while.

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OFRA Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Hollywood £11.60

This creamy and soft liquid lipstick is moisturising on the lips and creates a long lasting effect. It contains antioxidants and Vitamin E with colour that will last in perfect condition for up to 5 hours. I love the shade of this Liquid Lipstick and despite it being called Hollywood, I think it is certainly more of an English Rose.

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SO SUSAN Flutter Mascara £14.95

This mascara is new to the SO SUSAN range and is an intense carbon-black formula with hyaluronic spheres to help you achieve the blackest curviest lashes possible. When I opened the mascara I thought that the brush wouldn’t do all that much for me, as I really need lots of thickness with my mascara, but this product pleasantly surprised me.

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SO SUSAN Dual Brow Powder £11.95

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Big brows are still doing their thing and so this is a fab product to try out. I normally use Benefit Browzings or HD Brows Palette and so this will be a great back-up for when they run out. The palette includes a little brush too so you can take this around in your handbag if you so wish.

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The Teashed Teabags £3.50

I go through phases with tea, sometimes I like it, sometimes I don’t, sometimes I like fruity tea, sometimes I prefer posh tea or a good cuppa Yorkshire Tea. Therefore I love getting teabags in these beauty boxes as they are often the posh kind and it gives me a chance to try something new. You get 20 4am Tea teabags, which is a white tea, naturally low in caffeine meaning that if you drink it at 4am you will still be able to sleep. It is also renowned for being great for the skin as it is full of anti-oxidants.

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I am generally very impressed with my Love Me Beauty Box this month and will definitely be carrying my subscription over to August. Check the service out at www.lovemebeauty.com

 

Love,

Kathryn xx

Helen E Cosmetics

I have been meaning to add this post for a while now, but I have been mega busy as you may be able to tell by some of my other posts. Helen E Cosmetics specialise in providing make-up artists for Red Carpet and VIP Celebrity events where their products have been used on both celebrities and models. I have often seen Helen E Cosmetics whilst browsing the beauty department of Debenhams and I can never say no to trying out beauty products I haven’t experienced before.

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Stage Matte Mousse in Monroe £15

The Helen E Cosmetics Stage Matte Mousse covers imperfections and stays comfortable and shine free throughout the day. The texture is really smooth and I found that it covered my blemishes so well. I also discovered that the mousse lasted throughout the day and didn’t make my skin look greasy. The Stage Matte Mousse is available in three shades, Monroe for fair skin like myself, Loren for medium complexions with yellow undertones and Bardot for tanned to medium complexions with peach undertones.

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Lip Crayon in Sherbet £8

The Helen E Lip Crayon is fab for giving a defined, matte look or to layer with a gloss for higher impact colour. This Lip Crayon defines your lip shape, gives a fuller look to the lips and helps prevent colour feathering or bleeding. There are 13 fabulous long-lasting shades to choose from. The colour I chose, Sherbet is a pretty, shimmery pale pink and felt really smooth on my lips.

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Intense Eye Shadow in Aqua Green £8

This gorgeous sea-foam green eyeshadow comes encased in a little compact with a slide out sponge applicator. The colour is a really intense but pretty green, and has a slight shimmer to it. I applied it with the sponge applicator and was able to build the product up depending on the look I was wanting. If you dampen the applicator you could also use the eyeshadow as an eyeliner, which looks really fabulous and striking for evening.

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You can check out the Helen E Cosmetics range at www.helen-e.com

 

Love,

Kathryn xx

 

Better You Range

Recently I have had zero energy, I sometimes do get tired pretty easily, but I have had no get up and go in me at all and it’s really bumming me out. I also find it really difficult to sleep on a night even though I am super tired. I have since discovered that having the correct levels on Magnesium can treat insomnia, as well as being good at helping with anxiety and ageing of the skin. I decided to try out a couple of Magnesium products from the Better You range to see if this could help me in any way, shape or form.

 

Magnesium Oil Goodnight Spray

As suggested on the packaging, I tried this spray after taking a shower, spraying it on my arms and calves and it did sting a little, which means that you are deficient in Magnesium. Magnesium is so important for bodily functions including mood, sleep, calcium absorption, muscular relaxation and more. You can use this spray by adding it to your bath, using it during massage, for joint stiffness, muscle cramps and many more ailments. This Goodnight Spray contains calming essential oils which really help you to relax and get a better night’s sleep.

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Magnesium Flakes are a really simple way to gain Magnesium – run a bath and drop in about one cup full of the flakes, wait for them to dissolve and then hop in and relax.

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It is recommended that you use the Magnesium Flakes in your bath around 1-2 times a week. I have been using these for a couple of weeks now and after just my first couple of Magnesium baths I instantly felt so much more relaxed. Whilst in the bath, you may experience a slight icy tingle, but this is rather pleasant and relaxing and I felt really peaceful. I definitely sleep a little better now, especially after my Magnesium baths.

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Head over to www.betteryou.com to find out more and see the full range of products. The Magnesium Oil Goodnight Spray costs £12.20 and the Magnesium Flakes cost £9.95.

 

Love,

Kathryn xx

Hawaiian Tropic Sun Protection

Here in Yorkshire, the weather has been scorchio! I think 2014 is the year England finally got their summer back, and of course, as every good Beauty Blogger knows, sun protection is a key product when the sunshine is out. Therefore I wanted to tell you about my favourite sun care brand Hawaiian Tropic.

Hawaiian Tropic are a well-established sun care brand that have been around as long as I can remember and their range of SPF’s, lotions and sprays has grown immensely. First I wanted to tell you about the Protective Dry Spray Oil. A lot of people prefer to use oil, including my boyfriend James as it can tend to give you a darker colour. The Hawaiian Tropic Dry Spray Oil is enriched with luxurious coconut, and for those lucky enough to go abroad or have a hot tub in their back garden, it is also water resistant. Just one spritz of the oil reminds me of when we were in Egypt earlier this year, and makes me want to fly over to the Caribbean with a cocktail in hand.

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Hawaiian Tropic Satin Protection Sun Lotion Ultra Radiance

Again, this lotion has that amazing holiday scent, and I am finding it hard to think of what to write next as all I want to do is keep smelling the lotion! This is a cream based sun protection product and is extra moisturising for the skin, leaving it soft and radiant. I think it is really important to choose a product that is moisturising as the sun dries your skin out a ridiculous amount, and you WILL end up looking like Madge from Benidorm.

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Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Sun Lotion

Just to continue my coconut-scent obsession, this lotion does have a scent but it is not as strong as the Oil and the Satin Protection. This lotion has up to 12 hours of moisturisation, and features pretty ribbons of hydrating lotion throughout the cream. It helps to keep your skin luminous and well protected in the sunshine and is water resistant so you won’t have to keep re-applying everytime you get out of the pool.

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So remember boys and girls, PLEASE make sure you keep protected in this glorious sunshine, no one wants to look like a crinkled 90 year old when they are 25!

 

Love,

Kathryn xx

 

Gloves In A Bottle

I recently received a sample of Gloves In A Bottle and wanted to share my experience with you. Gloves In A Bottle is a shielding lotion that bonds with the outer layer of your skin and protects it from irritants while locking in your natural oils and moisture.

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This is a lightweight cream that you apply to your hands that dries in less than a minute. After application of the lotion, my skin didn’t feel greasy or oily in the slightest, which is something I look for in a hand cream as I hate greasy hands.

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There is no scent to the product which makes it perfect for people with sensitive skin too, as well as it being hypoallergenic and non-toxic. Once applied, the formula does not wash off, it comes off naturally with exfoliated skin cells. For continued protection, it is recommended to reapply every four hours. Shielding lotions help your skin to hydrate itself rather than artificially moisturising it and I was really happy with the results of this product. My skin felt much smoother and protected, and even where I have a patch of sore dry skin, this product didn’t make it worse like most hand creams would do, but actually helped. I would definitely recommend this amazing product for those with really dry, cracked skin.

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For more information check out www.giab.co.uk

 

Love,

Kathryn xx

 

Casetify iPhone 5s Case

Casetify has recently undergone a name change – it used to be Casetagram, which was an app where you could make an iphone cover using a picture from your Instagram account. Now you can use Facebook or Instagram photographs to create your very own picture case.

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You can use collage templates or simply have just the one photograph and you can choose different bases, including a new wooden one which I love the look of! You simply click on the Make tab, choose your phone, mine is the iPhone 5s. You can then choose the base case you prefer, I went for the Bezel Bold in Tiffany Blue – I shall tell you the reasoning for this shortly. You then choose your template, I went for a single photograph, but there are some fab collage templates including love hearts and bubbles. After this step you then upload your pictures and it adjusts it all for you – then all you have to do is pay and wait for you case to arrive. Simple!

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My boyfriend James and I don’t really have that many pictures together, I hate pictures at the moment because of my braces and James just generally doesn’t like having his picture taken. When on holiday in Egypt we got a few photographs of us together and so I chose one of these to add to my case. As it was a holiday picture, that was the reason why I decided to go for the Tiffany Blue case, as it is quite tropical and looks like a gorgeous ocean blue.

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The case arrives from America and didn’t take long at all, as well as shipping being free, the total for the case was $39.95 which today works out at £23.51 which I don’t think is a bad price at all to have something so personalised, and the quality and sturdiness of the case is really impressive too.

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Check them out and let me know which design you would choose at www.casetify.com

 

Love,

Kathryn xx

BeautyUK Cosmetics

I had not heard of BeautyUK Cosmetics until I stumbled across a blog review on them, and with such glowing reports, I knew I had to try them! I picked three fabulous items and wanted to show you a little about them.

Posh Pout in How Nude!

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This is BeautyUK’s take on the popular lipstick crayon. It’s name would suggest that it is a nude colour, but when applying I thought it to be a really pretty candy pink. The texture of the crayon is gorgeous and smooth and applies really well to the lips. It comes with a cap which is really easy to take on and off and has a little twist mechanism when the crayon is running low. I love this shade of pink, and it lasted me a few hours without coming off which I was really impressed with. The Posh Pout costs just £2.99 and is available in a wide range of colours.

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Eye Shadow Collection in Earth Child £3.99

I chose this palette as it had really neutral-toned colours inside. Some of the eye shadows have a slight shimmer in them, and others have more pigmentation in them. My favourites are the bronze and gold on the top row, these look stunning on their own or blended together, and are perfect for an evening out as they are two of the eye shadows which have more shimmer. The palette comes with a double ended applicator and underneath that is a tiny little mirror and so is perfect for on the go or glamming up at the office before heading out for drinks.

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Shimmer Box in Rose

At just £4.99, this gorgeous Shimmer Box is so much cheaper than rival brands. The compact has a mirror inside, which again is perfect for popping in our handbag for last-minute glamourising! The colours in this Shimmer Box blend perfectly together to produce a stunning blush and there is a creamier colour which is perfect for using alone as a highlighter. The thing I find with shimmer boxes like this one, is that you can also use the individual colours as eyeshadows, so it is a really good multi-use product.

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I am definitely more than impressed with these Beauty UK products, the quality is great and so are the prices and I certainly cannot wait to try more of the range! www.beautyukcosmetics.com is where you can find these items and much more.

 

Love,

Kathryn xx

Simply Beautiful Collection Vitamin ACE Day & Night Cream

I first heard of SBC (Simply Beautiful Collection) when I used to watch QVC, I tried out some of their gels, and they were so soothing for a range of different ailments and when checking their website out recently I discovered that their range had grown enormously. They now do facecare, skincare, body & bath care, makeup and lots more! I would like to tell you about the SBC Vitamin ACE Day & Night Cream.

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The Science Part…

This rich and balanced day and night cream contains Oxysomes, the latest technology in advanced delivery systems, encapsulating brightening Vitamin C and refining Vitamin E, to moisturise, firm and brighten dry and dull skin.

The cream comes in a pretty and generous 100ml silver and pink pot with a screw-off lid, and inside the formula is a light pink that contains brighter pink tiny granules which massage into the skin and disappear. The cream is lovely and light but you do not need a lot to cover the face and neck as it spreads out really well, soothing the skin as you massage the cream into the skin, allowing the ingredients to deeply absorb into the areas that need it most. There is a slight fragrance to the cream, but doesn’t smell highly fragranced at all, it is just an uplifting scent.

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I have been using this product for a few weeks now and already I can feel and see a change in my skin, it feels much smoother and more refined and I can’t wait to try some of the other skincare products.

The Simply Beautiful Collection Vitamin ACE Day & Night Cream costs £29 from www.sbcgels.co.uk and standard delivery is currently free! Happy shopping!

Love,

Kathryn xx