Glossybox Beauty Box August 2017 – Unboxing and Product Reviews

Glossybox August 2017 was also a collector’s edition box, like last month, and was dedicated to summer with a specific “girls just wanna have sun” theme. Girls definitely want to have sun! The box was not the usual pink Glossybox, it actually had a design which was again a lovely surprise. The box was still the same size and type but it was a baby blue colour. Both Glossybox July and August collector’s edition boxes are literally just that, lovely boxes that youRead more

Birchbox Beauty Box August 2017 – Unboxing and Product Reviews

Birchbox August 2017 was all about “mermaid vibes” which admittedly as weird as it might be I thought it was a cute, girly theme. The box design looked like a mermaid’s scales and had different shades of blue and gold to create the mermaid texture. It is a unique looking box and while I can’t really say it is ugly, it is also not the most beautiful box Birchbox ever made. The box was again a drawer type of mediumRead more

Skin whitening products might contain illegal substances

I’ve accidentally bumped onto a research paper published in the Archives of Toxicology which writes about a very worrying concept. In this paper the authors claim that not all commercialised cosmetics in European countries follow the EU regulations for safety. They went as far as picking 163 samples, specifically skin whitening products, of which 40% of them contained a potent corticosteroid clobetasol propionate and about 12% were found to contain tretinoin or hydroquinone.[1] The mentioned substances are usually found inRead more

Look Fantastic Beauty Box August 2017 – Unboxing and Product Reviews

Month after month, the Look Fantastic box still manages to be the first to arrive out of all four Beauty Boxes I subscribe to (Birchbox, Glossybox, Look Fantastic and Cohorted), way ahead of the others (a week +). Great job Look Fantastic. August’s Look Fantastic Subscription Beauty Box had a “Global Glamour” theme. I must admit the theme was very interesting and the products contained matched the theme well. They were all products from companies around the world and all are apparently productsRead more

The Fit-Box July 2017 – Unboxing and Product Reviews

The Fit-box is a subscription fitness box for £14.99 a month including shipping. It is the last box to review for July before I move onto the August boxes which started arriving already! Annoyingly, it is the last box to arrive out of everything (beauty and fitness boxes) I subscribe to because it is dispatched mid-month which in the subscription box world is a little late. The one I get is the “For her” version there is also a “ForRead more

Mineral oil in cosmetics – is it worth seeking out?

Mineral oil is a derivative of petroleum. It is scientifically generally accepted that petroleum is generated from heating fossilised organic material that decomposed over the years in the absence of oxygen, like for example deep in the sea, and is possibly the product of dead prehistoric zooplankton, algae and other organisms. As a result, petroleum and by extend mineral oil are considered to be natural materials. As you can imagine, heating and decomposition of dead organisms will result in aRead more

Urban Decay Naked Heat Eye Shadow Palette and Lipsticks! Swatches and Reviews on National Lipstick day!

Happy National Lipstick day! I hope you guys are out and about this morning or night wearing your best and most daring lipsticks because why not? Today is the day! Go for it! I don’t know who thought about the National Lipstick day but I think it’s a brilliant idea! Life is all about those little special days were we can do small or even silly things to feel a little happier and today is perfect for that red lipstickRead more

Cohorted Subscription Beauty Box July 2017 – Unboxing and Product Reviews

I can’t believe one more month has passed so quickly, and it is time again for a Cohorted review! As I explained previously, I always leave the Cohorted box last because it is a pre-order box and you wouldn’t be able to get this month’s box anyways. However, it is also my favourite subscription beauty box as it always has branded products (yes I am a sucker for brands I admit!) and the products are almost always full size orRead more

What are cosmeceuticals?

You probably have already come across the word “cosmeceutical” but have you ever wondered what it means or actually is? In simple terms, it is a combination of the two words “cosmetic” and “pharmaceutical”. Cosmeceutical products have properties from both categories, they are primarily cosmetic products that have some added benefit or drug-like activity without actually being drugs. They are the middle point if you like between cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. For example, a moisturising cream that has added vitamin ERead more