Birchbox January 2017 Review

The temptation of a 2 for 1 box offer was too good to miss, and I resubscribed to Birchbox this month, also because I needed another drawer box to organize my beauty products in. I got lucky, in that my curation was not bad—3/5 items were ones I liked and that I could use. My […]

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Clarins Launches An Extra-Firming Mask With a Free Skincare Bonus

  Clarins have launched a wonderful new skincare product that can be used across all their ranges—the Extra-Firming Mask which contains organic green banana and lemon thyme. Simply massage into the skin after exfoliating and leave for 10 minutes. Then rinse off for skin that will feel refreshed and relaxed. As an anti-aging product it […]

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You Beauty Box ~ August 2016 Edit

The great advantage of this beauty box is its flexibility and transparency; they email you to tell you they will be debiting your account so you have time to cancel or upgrade. This is my second month as a Gold member and while the August shortlist wasn’t that exciting, I managed to find four items […]

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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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Deciphering The Small Print Of Beauty Subscription Boxes

Beauty boxes are where you pay either a monthly or one off fee, and get a lucky dip selection of make-up, skincare, fragrance or hair care products. Recently there has been a resurgence, due to the Internet and social media, where advertising costs have been reduced, and has also encouraged companies to participate by increasing […]

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The Secret Life Of A Beauty Counter Girl

Most girls dream of being one of the girls in the cosmetic halls—getting paid to wear and play with cosmetics all day sounds perfect, yet the reality of it is quite different. In a department store, other members of staff always consider the beauty girls vain and arrogant, and are a little frightened of them. […]

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