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Are Beauty Boxes Getting Old? Or Am I getting Fussier …

Hello everyone,

I have been an avid fan of the Beauty Box World for many years, from my very first box by Feel Unique, which I loved. To me it was still the best ever, as it brought me so much fantastic skincare that I wanted to try and it wowed me. But looking back and on their Facebook page, they got such grief about it. If they put skincare in, young girls were yelling at them as they didn’t want or need it and if they put too much makeup in older people were asking for more skincare!

So the surprise beauty box came to an abrupt end! I think Glossybox, which to me is geared at teenagers I always found poor .  Love Lula do a good organic box , but cost comes into play with organic and it tends to be bulked up with lip balms and hand creams which a years  later I am still finding about the place! Both still do a surprise box but for most companies the grief they got every month was just too much!

I wouldn’t fancy working in the Glossybox complaints department .. just sayin!

So now what we mostly have is a choice. Every month boxes like Latest In Beauty, You Beauty,  offer a subscription after a recent re-vamp. It had gotten very stagnant with not many new samples being available or that is how it felt to me. I hope they can keep the flow and not keep putting items from the monthly selection items into their Limited Edition Boxes ggrrr!!

For me I don’t buy a beauty box to get the same products over and over again, I buy it because there is something in there I really want to try. There is an ocean of products out there, please let us have them.

Love Me Beauty won funding on the Dragons Den recently and they have also struck a deal with Debenhams so hopefully some fresh samples coming there. Look Fantastic does a Box now too but it has never appealed to me…yet.

QVC Tili box – first 2 boxes were utterly fabulous, 3rd box was a big let down. Really hope they pick it up again as it is their way of reeling in the youth to their company and what they can do. 

When beauty boxes get big, they tend to lose out on samples from smaller niche brands and I wish this wasn’t so, as these are the things I love to try. Organic products too lose out as they can just be too expensive to put into a beauty box. Balance is needed but everywhere I look I am not being thrilled by what I see.

 Am I being more fussy now or does the whole beauty box world need a serious  overhaul?

Somewhere in our demand to now choose the samples ourselves, I think there is now a bottleneck with items we have all had before, clogging up the selection. I can see how that is bad for both customer and company alike, but how do they solve the problem?

I just want some new things to be wooed by! So in all my thinking about this and a conversation with Sandra @ Beauty Balm Blog about beauty boxes ..I think we need a 40+ box with targeted skincare and makeup products to try. The samples are out there, so surely companies would be jumping at the market?

I must mention the one box that is really working for me right now and that is the Perfume Society Box. There is such a wealth of information that comes with this box: It is a journey into fragrance that I would not or could never have taken, if not for these boxes. It comes beautifully packaged and is always full of new exciting fragrances from top fragrance houses, with some smaller niche perfume brands in the mix to try as well. They have the mix just right.

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40+ customers have the most money to spend on beauty and if they like the products and see results they won’t be scared to really invest in that full size product if it works for them!

Let us see other smaller niche brands as well as the big ones that are working so much harder to please us! I appreciate smaller brands could not do large numbers but give them a chance to show what they do and how good it can be …

I am bored, bored, bored with what I am seeing, surely there is some exciting upcoming brands out there that need introduced to people? Or international brands wanting to break into the UK?

I don’t want to look at a monthly selection and see same, same, same … yawn! Some of the earlier beauty boxes were amazing, I would love to see a real return to this too.

Anyway would love to hear anyone’s thoughts on the Beauty Box subscription world …

Yours .. beauty boxed out .. 

Nicola x

Disclaimer: I am not paid for any of my blog posts and all my thoughts are entirely my own! 99.9% of the products I review are my own and I have bought myself.

 

Your Chance to try some Bio_Extracts Vegan Skincare!

 

Hello Beauties, There is an ocean of skincare out there promising to look after your skin for you, but very few do. Bio-Extracts take a very scientific approach of what really works on skin!

Bio-Extracts is a new and exciting brand, that is free of parabens, petrochemicals and silicones that bulk products out and they are giving you the chance to try the serums and face creams that they make.

This is an opportunity to try samples from the QVC Super Serum Collection, featuring three boosters – super charged serums to be added to any skincare regime or makeup. Anti-Oxidant, Glow and Firming Boosts work for any age and skin type. The set on QVC comprises all three products in full size and offers a great saving of £23.50! QVC price is £35 for the whole collection with a luxury cosmetic bag and 3 moisturiser samples. If you buy the boosters separately, they are £19.50 each.

 Bio-Extracts will be featured on QVC on 23rd February at 8 pm, make sure & tune in to learn more about this brand!

THIS SAMPLE OFFER IS NOW CLOSED THANK YOU EVERYONE!

Really hope you love this brand as much as I do!

Good luck!

Bye for now

Nicola x 

 

NIOD Today’s Special Value Order of Use

Hello everyone, I have noticed that some of you are struggling with your NIOD TSV’s order of use, so here is a quick guide as to how and when you use it!

Do not feel bad about this, it is something that will be completely new to you, so it is a bit of a learning curve, but it is very worthwhile.

Until you get to know what everything is, I suggest putting a number on the bottle, until you are used to the names and the order of use.

1.Sanskrit Saponins:(SS) this you use on cleansed, clean skin. It is a skin cleanser and skin will feel so good after and all your skincare will work much better. You use this product every other day, morning or evening, whatever suits you best.

2.Copper Amino Isolate Serum: (CAIS) this is a very thin serum that gives fabulous results. I find it best to be seated, with the bottle in front of you, so you do not knock it over. Only 3 drops are needed (don’t waste it) onto the palm of your hand. Quickly smush hands together and take one hand over the top of your forehead and the other on your chin area and pat, then change hand position to over both cheeks and pat, then just pat hands gently over the rest of your face and job done! You know you have gotten this superlight serum exactly where it needs to be. Use morning & evening.

3.Multi-Molecular Hyaluronic Complex : (MMHC) This serum keeps skin super hydrated, plumped up and juicy. 3 drops applied in the same way as copper above, but you will feel where this is going on as it is a bit thicker. Use morning & evening.

Fractionated Eye Contour Concentrate: (FECC): Just one drop applied to under eye, orbital bone area and upper eyelid is all you need of this product for puffiness, dark circles, inflammation and elasticity. Use morning & evening.

So that is it! Easy when you know how.

It took me a while to learn it all too, but it is worthwhile using a guide until you are a bit more confident with the products really.

I know some ladies are seeing great results already. I hope you stick with the routine and start to get some great results too.

Bye for now

Nicola x

NIOD TSV 3rd of February on QVC

Bio-Extracts Bio Active Vegan Skincare

 

Hello everyone,

I am very fortunate to have been sent some brand new on the market skincare by Bio-Extracts. Made with all natural ingredients, it combines the latest advanced technology with highly active purified ingredients, to bring you the cleanest, freshest ingredients in your skincare.

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Marina, who owns the brand, is from the Russia , and getting skincare and make up as she was growing up was impossible. So she learnt from a young age how to make her own lipsticks, make up and most importantly skincare; and that has lead her to producing high end cosmeceuticals.

But that is not all ..the face creams have the latest Lamellar technology within them and what that means for us, is that the creams mimic our skins own natural Lamellar structure. It was first designed to treat ultra sensitive skin-types, so it fits on the skin like a glove, it is ultra gentle, keeping moisture in, protecting the skin and keeping pollutants out.

The face cream is so lightweight and very quickly fully absorbs into my skin, which I love, as I hate anything sitting on my skin and looking oily. It smells beautiful and fresh and you can smell the pure plant extracts within it.

So once you have chosen your new high spec face cream, in light, normal or rich, Bio-Extracts then give you the power to be your very own skincare consultant. You choose from a very wide range of their vegan skin booster serums, exactly what your own individual skin needs.

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The packaging is all designed to work in synergy and both the face cream and the serums give you precise airtight fresh doses every time you use them to keep everything at its most potent.

These serums are so good that they really need their own blog post and that will follow, but to give you an idea of what they are like, I will firstly say they can be slotted into any skincare routine. If you just fancied trying one to start you off, you can do that, but I guarantee you will be back for more!

I chose anti-ageing serums in Firming (this I could feel working straight away), Lifting and Anti-wrinkle, but the range is constantly growing and there is a Glow Boost, Hydro Boost, Pore Minimising, Redness Relief Boost to name but a few. To be able to tailor your skincare in this way is so new and to have so much choice, to be able personalise it to your needs in this way, is revolutionary, genius and trailblazing, setting a new standard in how we can select our own skincare!

Then to be fresh, pure, paraben free and vegan – it has set a whole new standard in skincare for sure…

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You can check out Bio-Extracts own website where they have a personal shopper function that helps you select the right products for your skin Bio-Extracts or you can also find it on QVC UK

PRAI AGELESS Throat and Decolletage Cream & Throat Microdermabrasion Scrub

Hi everyone,

I have been using this PRAI neck and decolletage cream for a about a month along with the PRAI Throat Microdermabrasion Skin Resurfacer for just over a month now and i have to say i am delighted with the results!

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Being 46 i have really started to notice the delicate skin on my neck starting to a bit turkey like :-O oh the horrors!!

I have tried quite a few neck creams Judith Williams, Gatineau but they really didn’t seem to help my issues. Now they hydrated the area alright but they didn’t halt the neck ageing process….. but PRAi has given me the best results yet, so i will be holding on tight to these products for quite some time 🙂

The neck scrub is a lovely refined texture so it doesn’t pull of damage the skin or the neck, there’s no pulling or tugging you just let it glide over your neck and decolletage for a lovely smooth polish and gentle exfoliation of the neck area, you really need to massage this product into your skin and keep on massaging until you can feel the exfoliation start to happen

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It is essential as you get older to exfoliate more as our skin gets drier it gathers in folds and becomes deep wrinkles and a regular gentle exfoliation is much needed in these sensitive areas…to keep the skin fresh, healthy and hydrated!

The neck exfoliator is a very fine light scrub in a less is more sense it lightly polishes the skin, is gentle enough to use every day. By using this product you are gradually erasing  away all the old skin that is clinging to your neck making it look older

PRAI  is the root of a plant that is only harvested every 2 years in Thailand. It is renowned for its skin skin smoothing, restorative and anti-ageing properties. It is certainly fantastic at putting the vitality and elasticity back into my skin!

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The throat cream itself is incredibly light almost gel like, i find the size of about a pea more than does my whole neck and declotte. Less is more with this product and it needs a very light indeed. To put more on would only be a waste of product really.

Not only does my neck look a LOT smoother, it looks incredibly younger too! Gone is the horrible turkey neck formation and i am left with a lovely tightened smooth neck! This is the first neck cream i have ever used that has given me such a powerful result on the area of my neck that most needed improved and that is right down the middle of my throat. It really does look 10 years younger, i am so happy i found these products!

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I truly am!!

Is your neck starting to age you?

Fear not because there is some really fabulous products out there like PRAI that can really help hold the ageing process back or at least hold it back for us for some time to come yet 🙂

It had transformed my neck area ………totally :-)!

You can find more about PRAI here: QVC

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Don’t you just hate admitting that even though your mind is no older your body starts to let you down after 40 lol x

Bye for now fellow beauty Junkies …

Nicola x

Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel

Hi everyone,

I am a big lover of the elemis face masks, scrubs and this wonderful Papaya Enzyme Peel is multi award winning and it does all the hard work for you!

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Natural fruit enzymes of Papaya and Pineapple are fantastic for nibbling off all your old skin. If you have a bit of raised skin or bumps around your pores,  this product is really good at working on those areas and dissolving the skin, making the pores look a lot smaller and flatter .. which can only be a good thing for all of us 🙂

It is a light peachy toned creamy mask for the face and neck, some also use it on the backs of their hands and it is meant to be fantastic on extremely dry heels on your feet tho i have never been that extravagant with it …

It also contains nourishing milk proteins to help condition the skin , antioxidant rich vitamin E and marine algae to moisturise, repair and protect this skin, its paraben and sls free, contains no mineral oils, artificial colours or silicones.

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All you have to do is apply a thin layer (it doesn’t need to be thick as that’s just a waste of product) a couple of times a week and it does everything for you, just apply to clean toned skin  and leave for 15 mins and i take mine off with a hot cloth for super soft, peachy skin.

I sometimes like to use my Gentle Rose Exfoliator mixed with a little warm water and applied to the face when taking the face mask off for an even softer, smoother finish to my skin, it just seems to help target any stubborn areas that just need some gentle encouragement to be on their way, it will give you super smooth radiant skin …

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This product is perfect for my skin as its so gentle but effective and someone who has more mature skin i have more old skin to get removed, my skin is drier, the skin that sticks and forms fine lines and wrinkles and this is why i love it so!

You can find the enzyme peel on QVC or Time To Spa, i always find QVC has the best deals and offers and that makes it all a lot more affordable but it seems to be out of stock there for now but it is in stock on  Time To Spa  Papaya Enzyme Peel

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Oh and just incase anyone doesn’t know there is a fabulous Elemis offer coming up on QVC tonight!!

It’s under £40 and on  its also on 4 easy payments, it is incredible value, Elemis like to really push the boat out every christmas on QVC, it is a truly wonderful gift for yourself or for someone you love dearly. I think the value speaks for itself in the picture …  QVC

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