Love Me Beauty | August 2017

I am VERY excited about this month’s edition of Love Me Beauty! It contains two brands which I have been dying to explore and there’s a fantastic selection which is just great value for money. If you’re not sure about how Love Me Beauty works, here’s a quick re-cap:

Subscribers can pick the contents of their own box every month.There is an online shop where you can select up to five products that best suit you. The products range from full size to sample size and come in a selection of makeup, haircare and skincare.

The Info

Prices start from £11.95 per month and there are three options available:

  • Monthly (£13.95) including postage and packaging
  • 6 months (£11.95) including postage and packaging (Save 20%)
  • 3 months (£12.95) including postage and packaging (Save 10%)

You will receive 60 credits by just becoming a member, and these credits can be redeemed at the online shop. You can choose 5 deluxe beauty treats from the monthly edit.

Offer

Sign up today and receive 20% off your first order by using my exclusive code ‘makeupmusings20’ at the checkout.

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Contents

  • Kat Von D Studded Lipstick ‘Mercy’
  • Kat Von D Setting Powder
  • Kat Von D  Sinner Eau de Parfum
  • Buxom Cosmetics Full-On Lip Polish ‘Dolly’ newly launched in the UK
  • Buxom Cosmetics Lash Mascara

Kat Von D Studded Lipstick ‘Mercy’

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I love mini lipsticks – they are perfect handbag companions. The shade Mercy is a deep burgundy colour which takes you through from day to night and it dries to a matte finish. It uses a special hybrid formula known as ‘colour cushion technology’ and it’s suppose to last for 10 hours straight! This is something which is a must! Long lasting lipsticks are the one! I think this colour will work on all skin tones. I’m very excited to try it.

Kat Von D Setting Powder

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Another item which I am very excited to try is this setting powder. It’s non drying, silky to the touch and totally diffuses pores. Yes, yes and YES. I already know this will be the first product to finish because I am a slave to baking and I need to keep my oily skin at bay 24/7/. I can’t wait to share my final thoughts with you all about this!

Kat Von D Sinner Eau de Parfum

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Soon to be released in the UK, Kat Von D’s much awaited fragrance ‘Sinner’ is perfect for fall. It combines warmess and spiciness and has key notes such as Patchouli, Wood and Cinnamon (yum) It’s sweet but edgy and it certainly hits the right notes with me.

Buxom Cosmetics Full-On Lip Polish ‘Dolly

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I’ve never tried anything from Buxom before. They’ve newly re-launched in the UK and I’m wondering why they ever left! I like the look of this colour as it will be the perfect topper for me. Another mini which can be stashed in my portable makeup bag. I just love products like this. This gloss actually plumps the lips to reveal a fuller look. Don’t be alarmed by the tingling sensation – it’s just the formula working its magic!

Buxom Cosmetics Lash Mascara

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A girl can never have enough mascara, and this is on of the bestsellers across the pond. I’ve heard good things about this and what draws me to it, is that it’s vitamin enriched. Described as the ‘Blackest Black’ mascara this is guranteed to be a total eye opener. I’m glad to be trying this out.

This month’s box has certainly exceeded my expectations and should have been named the American Edition! I’ve never tried anything from Buxom before and I’m so excited to test the formulas! If you’re thinking about subscribing to Love Me Beauty, August would be a good month because this box rocks!

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Friday Night Pamper Party

Friday nights are all about staying in and pampering myself ready for the weekend ahead. It is my ritual to indulge in a mask or two and have an overnight treatment to make sure my skin is looking it’s best.

Pamper time is all about feeling good on the outside and inside. The best way to make yourself feel good inside? Always have a positive outlook on life and be in control! I can ensure you will be much happier by doing this.

Another area where I can help, is by ensuring you look great on the outside too and my top 5 Friday night picks are going to make you feel amazing and basically leave you glowing! Now who doesn’t want that?

Beauty is skin deep and if you’re skin isn’t feeling it’s best, makeup can be quite troublesome when being applied. For me, skincare is so important because my face is the canvas for a smooth finish.

Shills Hya-Dermis Bee Venom Mask

Shills Bee Venom

*Not suitable if you are allergic to bee stings

Now, I know what you’re thinking – Bee Venom?! Yes, you did read that correctly. This mask comes from Taiwan and it’s very popular for many reasons. It is designed to combat the anti ageing process and strengthen the skin. The key ingredient being bee venom lifts the skin, improves the moisture makes skin look and feel younger. The main ingredient, Bee Venom really plumps and firms the skin. Additional active ingredients include seaweed extract, Honey extract, Elastin and Hyaluronic Acid. The mask gets to work within 20 minutes to reveal younger looking skin. I was sceptical at first, but now that I’ve tried it, I love it!

Jamela 24kt Gold Under Eye Mask

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For ultimate in luxury, these are a must have! If like me, you have many a late night, these eye masks will combat tired, dark circles and really lift away those puffy eyes. Active ingredients include Rose, Irish Moss, Rose Otto and Licorice Extract which really awake the sense and give an uplifted feeling. Under eyes are so sensitive and they must be taken care of! I love to use these simply to relax and unwind. The cooling effect really helps to bring the puffiness in my eyes down. As well as pampering, these make the perfect travel companion too. This is already a must have staple for me! This gets to within 30 minutes and you can really see the difference after.

Strawberry Pucker Up Lip Mask

Strawberry Lip Mask

Now that we’ve covered the face and the eyes, we must do lips! My poor lips are subjected to so much colour all week long and come Friday I just want them to breathe! Obvs exfoliating is a must, but in the same way a sheet mask works, a lip mask works for the lips. They deserve just as much TLC if not more. I picked these up in TK Maxx and they are fully loaded with serum! They made my lips soft as anything! They claim to exfoliate, but they softened them loads. Oh and they smell god too, that’s always a bonus. Active ingredients include strawberry, fruit, raspberry and grapefruit extract. The shea butter and evening primrose oil really nourish and add that extra bit of smoothness.

Pixi Rose Oil Blend

Pixi Rose Oil Blend

A leave in overnight treatment always works best at the end of a long week I find. The Pixi Rose Oil Blend basically just gives me life again!! I am obsessed with their whole skincare range at the moment and since I recently discovered this rose oil, I was in heaven! Firstly, it smells amazing, and secondly I am just glowing the next day. Ingredients include 10% glycolic acid and arginine which works to reduce the appearance of fine lines. Vitamin rich ingredients include cucumber, aloe vera and vitamins A, C and E. Boasting an attractive ingredient list this highly concentrated oil has a gel like consistency which works overnight to remove any dead skin cells to reveal healthy glowing skin. I use anywhere between 3-4 generous drops for the full effect. I use this before applying my makeup as well as at the end of a night. Especially after a double cleanse!

Renunail Nail Strengthener

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Now we can’t forget about nails! Once the face is complete, it’s time to move on to the hands! This is a nail strengthener which can be used on bare nails or under polish. This works to promote healthier and stronger nails and if like me, you wear acrylics from time to time, give your nails a break! This will help restore any damage caused by them as well as eliminating peeling, chipping and any flaking. The active ingredient calcium works to give you healthier nails and it also doubles up as a top coat or base coat.

This works by applying two coats onto clean nails (no polish) You must avoid the cuticle area at all times and then apply one coat daily for 5 days. On the seventh day, this must be removed with nail polish remover and the process must be repeated 3 times. Be warned – you will need to leave your nails bare for this, so a total break from polish is needed!

This is how I love to pamper myself on a Friday night. What’s your favourite ritual?

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*This post contains PR samples. All views are my own. Please read my disclaimer for more information.