Mid-March Beauty Update

There are a few limited edition beauty boxes that are currently out: The You Beauty Box The Glow Edit Limited Edition Box priced at £25 looks good value with a 30 ml ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Marine Cream (worth £48) in it. The postage and packing is free for subscribers, otherwise is £4.95. Other items sample items include: […]

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Birchbox March 2016 Review

I was impressed at how fast the box arrived—within 24 hours of being emailed that it had been dispatched. This month you’ll receive an orange, pink or turquoise box as each has a different word puzzle on the front. The idea is to find all the words and then post a photo of the completed […]

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Lacura (Aldi) Expert Beautifying Serum

The recent trend in supermarkets and stores bringing out their own range of beauty treatments and cosmetics has been received with apprehension by some, and delight by others. I was in the former camp, and now am in the latter. At £3.99 for a 30ml (1.0 fl oz) glass jar dropper bottle of intensive anti-aging […]

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A Few Confessions From Behind the Beauty Counter

They may look glamorous, unapproachable at times, but beauty counter girls are glorified sales assistants, with perks and extra training on their products and services. Here are some myths debunked—no one will ever admit to them, but most are unspoken rules. I worked for several companies (skincare, make-up and fragrance) in different stores, and this […]

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Birchbox UK—A Beauty Guru’s Review

Room for improvement on both service and quality of boxes. One of the issues I have with beauty reviews is that many people are beauty fans rather than experts, and they enthuse over items that really are overrated. So, I have decided to try some beauty boxes as a mystery shopper (Super Spy) to see […]

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Beauty Box February Update

Signing up to a beauty box subscription isn’t a decision you should make lightly unless you have unlimited funds. On my quest to test the best in service and quality of boxes, here are my findings so far in terms of signing up, reviews, the ability to view previous boxes or what products maybe available. […]

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MUA: (Make Up Academy) Hot On The Heels Of The Success Of e.l.f.

When e.l.f. first came onto the beauty scene, people were skeptical—how could a dollar lipstick or check color be good quality? The company has since grown, expanded internationally, and still has its essential range, but has branched out to more expensive, yet affordable products. Other companies have followed their lead, and MUA (they are expanding […]

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