MAC ‘Nail Lacquer’ Review

First Impressions.

MAC makeup is regarded by lots of beauty enthusiasts as makeup bag must haves, but as they have one of the most enormous makeup ranges I’ve never managed to choose one single item to start a MAC makeup collection with. As such this nail lacquer from Augusts Look Incredible is my first MAC item, and I feel it is a little bit special. I hope I’m not disappointed.

My Look Incredible Card Says:

“MAC Studio Nail Lacquer provides rich, opaque colour in three high gloss finishes: cream, pearl and glitter. A brand new formula, developed without toluene, formaldehyde or DBP and a new brush for smoother application.”

Cost.

This is a full size 10ml nail lacquer in the shade Morange. The nail lacquer is available in 31 shades, although they seem mostly sold out on most websites. I didn’t find the shade I received in stock outside of eBay, but there are other shades available from Selfridges.com for £10.

External Packaging.

The nail lacquer is packaged in a black box. The front of the box has the brand and product in white writing, and contains the size. There is also a cut out in the cardboard to show the colour of the polish within.

Turning the box clockwise, the next side has the ingredients listed (below.)

The back of the box contains fire safety information, the company contact address and place of manufacture (USA).

The final side of the box contains a simple bar code.

Packaging.

I think this is a really good looking nail polish. The polish is in a glass jar to show off the shade, and the brand and polish are on the front in black writing. The jar is narrower at the bottom of the jar than the top of the jar, and has a matte black lid. The lid smells like perfume, but I think this is more to do with how the polish has been stored rather than a design feature.

The back of the jar contains the same information as the back of the box.

Applicator & Formula.

The brush for this nail lacquer is actually quite short, but the bristles are a good size in comparison to the wand and it delivers a decent amount of polish on the brush. The formula is very similar to that of other nail polishes, but the colour is something else. It’s a bright, beautiful shade of orange but there is just a hint of pink in the shading. It’s not quite coral, it reminds me of something citrusy like a grapefruit. It’s a great summer shade.

Results.

I decide to apply two coats of the nail polish, and as I’m in a rush I don’t apply a base coat or top coat as I normally would. The formula goes on at a decent thickness, but I must confess I was worried it was looking streaky. I needn’t have worried, as the lacquer dried it evened out by itself on my nail and my nail finish was glossy with no streaks.

Overall.

Overall I love this shade of nail polish, and I’m really happy with the formula too. There are some lovely shades still available to buy from the range, and I’m really keen to try some more. The bottles are a little smaller than some other brands at 10ml, but I’m okay with this as I tend to have to throw away nail polishes that have gone off rather than nail polishes that are empty, so this size may be better for me.

Valquer ‘Ice Hair Mask’ Review

First Impressions.

This hair mask was the only August Glossybox sneak peek item this month, besides the beautiful box design of course, and I’ve been intrigued and excited to get my hands on it since it was announced. I’ve tried plenty of hair masks in the past, but never one that calls itself Ice Mask.

The Glossybox Card Says:

“This one-of-a-kind energising hair mask has a cooling effect, which powers up the macadamia oil making it even better at hydrating and taming hair. After shampooing, switch out your everyday conditioner for this once or twice a week. Gently massage the mask into damp (but not soaking) hair and leave it to be absorbed for 3-5 minutes then rinse out with water.”

Cost.

This is a 100ml sample of hair mask. Full size, the best price I could find the mask for sale in the U.K. Is 300ml for £14.99. I’ve also seen the mask for sale in 1,000ml bottles for sale outside the U.K. Based on the bottle I can buy the mask is 5p per ml, or £5.00 for the sample.

Packaging.

I love the packaging of this hair mask. The mask is packaged in a blue plastic bottle with a white plastic lid. There is a sticker on the front with a gold and royal blue pattern – it looks opulent and regal. The brand, product and volume are printed on the front of the bottle.

The back of the bottle has the ingredients listed (below), along with the company address, place of manufacture (Spain) and the brands cruelty free statement.

Formula.

The mask opens by pushing the button on the lid, and then simply tipping and squeezing. I love the smell of the mask – it’s not a natural smell and it reminds me of Clearasil or Phytomer if you have tried either, but also has tones of spearmint or something fresh that’s similar. I squeeze out a little blob of hair mask, and I can see it’s a pale blue/green colour, rather like a duck egg. The formula is smooth and rich. Apologies for the quality of the photo below – the room was very steamy and it’s obscured the detail but the gist comes across.

Results.

I apply the mask to the ends of my hair first, and slowly work the formula up although I don’t apply it too close to the roots. My hair gets really tangly in the shower as it’s quite dry due to lightening and heat, but the mask works through my hair really easily and feels rich in my hair. I a, a little disappointed that I can’t feel the cold effect, but I leave it five minutes and rinse it off. Once I’ve rinsed my hair the cold effect really kicks in, and I’ve never felt anything like it – it’s unreal. My hair is cool, and even though I didn’t apply the mask to my scalp my scalp is cool. It’s a really pleasant sensation and I feel really refreshed. I decide not to blow dry my hair so I can enjoy the sensation for as long as possible, and when dry my hair is smooth and shiny.

Overall.

I absolutely love this hair mask. It’s easy to use, it’s different but not different for the sake of being different it genuinely feels good. This stuff would be incredible to help cool down on a hot night and it’s completely coming abroad with me in future. Whilst i don’t really see scorching evenings in Wales which need me to cool down I’m still going to keep using this at home too as a weekly treat. I love, love, love it!

Apples & Bears ‘Body Wash’ Review

First Impressions.

I have never heard of the brand Apples and Bears before, but it's a such a cute brand name. For me, it conjures images of teddy bears picnics, and of course delicious juicy orchard fruit. Whilst a body wash might not be the first item one would expect to receive in a beauty box I really do love nothing more than a rich, luxurious, great smelling body wash, so I'm really looking forward to trying this one from Cohorted's August box.

My Cohorted Booklet Says:

"Harmonise your skins recovery from the stresses of daily life with our unique and Luxury Body Silk Collection. Choices from the fruity scented Pomegranate & Aloe Vera, gently uplifting Grapefruit & Seaweed, nourishing Honey & Hemp and antioxidant rich Bergamot and Green Tea. I fused with a blend of natural ingredients, our Luxury Body Silk Collection is a sensationally silky and luxurious body care experience. Blended with the finest natural organic fragrances and gentle aromas, our sensationally creamy Luxury Body Silk Collection revitalises and relaxes the senses, with abselutely no parabens or phthalates to be found. Our scientifically proven skin firming ingredients naturally boost the skins elasticity and firmness, while our nutrient rich mineral goodness hydrates, nourishes and rejuvenates your skin with a light, sheer and non-greasy formula."

Cohorted Brand Discovery.

"Apple & Bears is a family owned and operated, British company that produce luxury cosmetics made from the finest organic and natural ingredients. The formulas are created by a team of specialists dedicated in the field of natural and ecological products. The manufacturing process pursues ethical and social responsibility towards the environment. Each of the products are manufactured wholly in the United Kingdom and overseen by our head office in Wraysbury, England. When your values infuse everything you do, it isn't necessary to shout about them from your packaging. They believe that a refined and understated luxury is the highest mark of quality. The name is inspired by the qualities of nature that they admire. They chose Apple for its healthy skin and the organic goodness within and Bears for their ability to live in a natural rhythm without impacting their environment. The combination of Apples & Bears is a playful nod to our dedication to nature and a reminder that taking care of ourselves and our planet should be enjoyable."

Cost.

This is a 50ml sample of body wash in the scent Grapefruit & Seaweed. The Cohorted booklet describes the other fragrances, which are available in 300ml and 500ml bottles. The cheapest I could find both bottles was bodykind.com, where the 300ml is £18, and the 500ml is slightly cheaper per ml at £25.00. Based on the lowest price, this is 5p per ml, or £2.50 for the sample.

Packaging.

I really like the packaging for this body wash, it reminds me of something I would find in an upmarket spa or hotel, and that is something which appeals to me. The body wash is contained in a white plastic bottle with a shiny silver cap. The brand name and logo are printed on the front in black writing, along with the volume, scent and place of manufacture (England).

The back of the bottle contains the ingredients (below), volume, and company website. The bottle also says it is not tested on animals.

Formula.

Unscrewing the lid to the bottle I breathe in the scent of the body wash. I can smell the citrus tones in the aroma, although I doubt I would guess it was Grapefruit if I hadn't read it on the bottle. It smells a bit like washing up liquid to me. I tip out a little body wash on to my hand, and I have to say the consistency also reminds me of washing up liquid. It's a clear, pourable liquid with more viscosity than water, and it's a light yellow in colour.

Results.

I wet my skin, and started to rub some of the body wash over it to build up a lather. The wash foams up quite quickly, but I prefer more of a rich and thick lather from my body washes. My skin did feel clean and soft after showering.

Overall.

I had really high hopes for this body wash. I love the brand philosophy, I love the packaging but for me the product itself is a bit of a let down.

Gatineau ‘Gentle Silk Toner’ Review

First Impressions.

I was lucky enough to receive a toner by the brand Cowshed in a beauty box last month, and I mentioned in my write up that I hadn't tried many different toner brands. Whilst the Cowshed toner didn't tempt me away from my current Clarins brand, I found it a lovely change to try and I'm looking forward to doing the same with this Gatineau Toner I received in Augusts Look Fantastic, and who knows maybe this one will get me to switch. Look Fantastic subscribers could either have received this or a cleanser from the range, I would have been happy with either.

My Look Fantastic Booklet Says:

"The cult French pharmacy brand made it into your box! Discover one of these beautiful products that will leave your skin refreshed and soothed."

Cost.

This is a 50ml sample of the toner, full size 400ml bottles are available to buy for £14.95 + p&p from allbeauty.com. Based on this cost, the toner is 3p per ml, or £1.87 for the sample.

Packaging.

The toner is packaged in a clear plastic bottle with a white shiny plastic lid. The front of the bottle has a label with the Gatineau logo on it, along with the product and sample volume.

The back of the bottle contains a little description of the bottle in French and English, and has the company contact information and place of manufacture (France).

Formula.

The toner is a rose coloured pink liquid with a similar consistency to water. The toner smells quite strong, especially considering it's good for sensitive skin types. The smell reminds me of aerosol anti-perspirant sprays, it's a bit fake and powdery and I'm not a huge fan of it, although that's just my preference.

Results.

I apply the toner to a clean cotton wool pad, and when it's wet enough I sweep it over my face after washing and cleansing. My skin feels clean and fresh after use, and looking at the cotton wool pad it has taken any remaining grime from my pores. The only downside is that the smell lingers for ages, luckily my serum smells lovely so if I smear it on straight away I don't have to smell it for long. If you like the smell, good news it lasts ages.

Overall.

Overall this isn't for me, but solely because I don't like the smell of it. If you don't mind the smell of aerosol anti perspirant sprays give this a try – it cleans pores really well and leaves skin feeling fresh.

Look Incredible Deluxe August 2017 Unboxing

Subscription Options.

I mentioned last month when I looked back at my Roccabox subscription that I didn't think it was working for me anymore, and I said I was looking to switch to a new subscription – well this is it! I've had my eye on a Look Incredible subscription for a while, but I've resisted going ahead with it as I already have one deluxe subscription from Cohorted, and I don't want to switch. I think Look Incredible really caught my eye when they included the TooFaced Cute Eyeshadow Collection, and whilst it's a pricier subscription I feel I can get more out of it so I'm giving it a go! This is the deluxe box which is £35 per month including postage, there is another box containing different items which is £25 per month including postage.

Box Design.

The Look Incredible box is black with a white spotty bow at the top left hand corner. The box is fastened with a box. In the centre of the box is the Look Incredible branding in gold writing. The box is rectangular like most other beauty boxes, but t lifts open with a magnetised flap like the Cohorted box, and resists following the lid design that most beauty boxes adopt.

Leaflets, Booklets & Cards.

I'm really pleased that Look Incredible include a product information card, which was included outside the box. The card is a double sided information card with a nice picture of a lovely sunny day on one side (shown in the photo above) and details of the items included on the other side. The card talks about each item, and costs each item, and it gives the total box value as £100. It sounds good to me, but I'll be checking this throughout the month.

Packaging.

The box contains a small amount of black shredded paper which the items sit on during transit to keep the, safe. I can see that one of the items has also been bubble wrapped to keep it extra secure.

Box Composition.

I have received 4 items in my box this month, and looking at the items I would guess that three are full size but I'll check as the month goes on. My box has three makeup items and one skincare item, even though it's very makeup heavy I'm very happy with the mix as I haven't had so much makeup in other boxes this month, so overall I feel quite balanced.

TooFaced – Lip Liner: I really don't have any TooFaced products, the only exception being the concealer I had in this months Cohorted box and haven't tried yet. The brand has a huge presence online, and I love the look of their stuff so I'm really excited to try this lip liner.

MAC – Nail Lacquer: Similarly, I didn't have any MAC items until getting a mascara from their range in this months Cohorted, and now receiving this nail lacquer I really couldn't be happier. MAC are well known for being great quality, and my nails have to go through a lot so I really hope this polish can keep up with them.

Kiehl- Powerful Strength Eye Brightening Concentrate: This magic elixir is said to reduce lines and the appearance of dark circles, which sounds exactly like something I need. I already have a few eye creams that I love so I'll be interested to see how this compares.

TooFaced – Funfetti Palette: I've never heard of this palette, but between you and me I nearly wet myself when I opened the bubble wrap and saw it looking up at me. I mentioned above that the TooFaced Cute Palette had caught my eye before I was a subscriber, but I didn't expect there to be another TooFaced palette included so soon. It's safe to say I'm very excited to try this.

First Impressions.

Earlier in the month I wasn't sure if I'd done the right thing by switching subscriptions as Roccabox have put out a brilliant box this month, and I was a bit worried this box wouldn't compete with it despite being more expensive. My worries were completely unfounded as my first Impressions of this box are amazing. Throughout the month I'll be trying everything, and writing a review on each item. Then, at the end of the month I'll leave my final thoughts on the box, what my favourite items were and whether I had value for money.

Model Launcher ‘Safari Sun Bronzer’ Review

First Impressions.

I mentioned during my unboxing post that this will be the third bronzer I've had in a beauty box over the last few months, although if you've read any of those posts you'll know that I'm quite inexperienced with bronzer, and I didn't get on with all of them. I'm really happy to receive this Model Launcher bronzer in Augusts Glossybox to see how it compares to the other two.

My Glossybox Card Says:

"Summer makeup isn't complete without the perfect bronzer. This talc-free, mineral-enriched formula looks as good on skin as it does on the compact. It's best when all the shades are swirled together then buffed over the face. You want to sweep it where the sun would naturally hit; cheek bones, the bridge of the nose then over the forehead and chin."

Cost.

This is a full size 10g bronzer which I couldn't find for sale in the U.K. (with the exception of Glossybox cast offs selling on platforms like eBay and Amazon.) It does however sell in the US where is costs $27.00. Based on today's exchange rate that makes my bronzer worth £20.88.

Design.

From the outside the packaging looks pretty basic, but inoffensive. The bronzer is housed in a shiny black plastic compact, on the front of the compact is ML in white writing.

The back of the compact has a black sticker with the product name and ingredients (photo below). Interestingly, despite my Glossybox card saying this is talc-free talc is listed as an ingredient. The sticker also says it is not for sale, gives the batch and weight, company contact information and place of manufacture (China).

Formula.

Lift the lid of this compact and that is where the magic happens. I can see straight away how the bronzer has its name, it is made up of three different pigments beautifully arranged in a leopard (or giraffe!) print pattern. I've never seen anything like it, and I'm massively impressed.

Swirling my finger along the powder the powder feels quite dry, but smooth and not grainy. I can also see that there are some shimmer particles in the formula. It takes me a few swirls to build up enough colour in a swatch to show up in a photograph, and devastatingly my finger switching has left a mark on the powder. I don't think my finger was damp, but that's the only thing I can think to explain it. Luckily, this mark goes after a day of not being used. The colour looks a little more orange than I expected from the pan, this bronzer and they do tend to swatch orange.

Results.

I feel confident after my switching that this isn't a highly pigmented bronzer and start applying it generously using a big fluffy powder brush. I applied a little more than I intended but I'm actually very happy with the result. It doesn't look orange, I do look more tanned and I have a lovely sheen where my cheekbone catches the light.

Overall.

I have really enjoyed using this bronzer, although it is a shame it's not currently for sale in the U.K. (with the exception of the little flurry on eBay/Amazon). Saying that, it's a good size bronzer so it should last for ages – I'm definitely going to keep using it.

Cohorted August 2017 Unboxing

Subscription Options.

I expect different things from different subscription boxes, and my Cohorted subscription is my indulgent monthly treat. The box is £35 per month, and it includes postage and packaging.

Box Design.

The Cohorted box is different to other beauty boxes that are available. This box is black and square, and instead of having a separate lid lifts with a flap and ties at the front with a pretty clack ribbon.

Leaflets, Booklets and Cards.

Lifting the lid of the Cohorted box I can see the Cohorted booklet looking up at me. The booklet is 28 pages long, and discusses each item from the box in some detail. The first page of the booklet contains a letter from the Cohorted team explaining this months boxes philosophy is post sunshine pampering. The booklet also says the boxes value is £81, it sounds good to me but I'll check this as I try each of the items.

Packaging.

The box contains shredded, black tissue paper surrounding the items included. With some boxes the items are just plonked on top of tissue paper, but something I love about this box is how carefully each item is set into the paper so that the box keeps a beautiful form throughout transit.

Box Composition.

I have received 5 items in my box this month, and looking at the items I would guess that two or three are full size – although I will check this as I try each of the items. My box has one haircare item, two makeup items and two skincare items which is the perfect mix for me.

Chirp Body – Softnest Hair Mask: This is the second hair mask I've received this month and I approve wholeheartedly. I'm such a huge fan of trying different hair treats, I hope this can help my hair look shiny, silky and healthy afterwards.

Apple & Bears – Body Wash: I love the name of this cute little body wash. I find sometimes the most simple of items can give the most enjoyment, I hope this smells incredible and gives a rich luscious lather – as well as leaving my skin clean and soft.

TooFaced – Born This Way Concealer: This was this months sneak peek item, and all Cohortee's knew they would be receiving one in their box. I don't actually have a lot of TooFaced items, although I'm very familiar with their makeup line so I hope it can live up to the hype.

Paul Yacomine – Huile de Parfum: I'm not usually a huge fan of oils, but I have used a body oil before from Clarins which was fabulous for my legs, and this reminds me of that so I hope it is similar. It says it can be used for hair and face too, but I'm just going to try it on my body.

MAC – False Lash Extreme Mascara: I have a confession to make, I've never tried a MAC makeup item. As in, never. I have noticed how people love the range, so again I'm looking forward to seeing if this can live up to some pretty high expectations.

First Impressions.

I'm really happy with my Cohorted box this month. The boxes have been really makeup heavy for the last two months so I was surprised to see some different item types included, but the surprise is not a bad thing. I'll test the items throughout the month and write a review on each item. At the end of the month I'll write a final review for the box overall including my thoughts on the box, whether I felt it was good value for money, and what my favourite items are.

Lottie London ‘Balm Ball Lip Hydrator’ Review

First Impressions.

I've not heard of Lottie London before, but I do like a lip balm so I'm excited to try this Balm Ball that I received in Augusts Look Fantastic.

My Look Fantastic Booklet Says:

"Lottie London is an English brand that ticks all the boxes: cruelty free, vegan, powerfully pigmented and affordable. These Balm Balls are small but oh-so powerful! So say bye to dried and chapped lips in just one swipe!"

Cost.

This is a full size 8g lip balm in the flavour Strawberry Shortcake. The balms are also available in the varieties Caramel Apple, and Cherry Pie. The varieties are available for £4.99 from Superdrug.com, where postage is free when you spend £10.

Design.

I absolutely love the design of this cute little lip balm. The balm is shaped like an egg. The bottom of the balm is a coral/pink colour plastic, and the top of the packaging is a clear but smokey plastic casing. The brand is written on the front in black writing, and there is an eye catching black and white banding that separates the coloured from the clear plastic.

Underneath the lip balm there is a tony white label which has the weight, the variety and company contact information.

Formula.

I really like the closing mechanism for this little balm. To open it you have to twist and then lift the lid off, so the chances of it opening itself inside a handbag is non existent as it's securely locked in place. Without the lid in place I can see that the white balm is formed into a cone shape. The smell is incredible, I knew this was a strawberry flavour balm before I even checked the label as it smells sweet, fruity and delicious.

Results.

I rub the balm over my lips, the shape makes for really easy application. It doesn't take a lot of the balm to coat my lips and make them feel hydrated, but this isn't a thick greasy balm, it's light and smooth. I can smell the sweet strawberry scent lingering on my lips for a long time after application. My lips also feel soft, and hydrated.

Overall.

I haven't got anything bad to say about this lip balm. I think it's a great price, it's unique, pretty, smells great and delivers excellent results. I really want to try the other two varieties, and as they are such good value I think I may pick some up very soon.

Glossybox August 2017 ‘Girls Just Want To Have Sun’ Unboxing

Subscription Options.

I've been a Glossybox subscriber for over a year, and it's the beauty box that kickstarted my interest in beauty boxes. I chose to subscribe to Glossybox after spending months researching different box options online, and I'm very glad I did as it's been a consistent treat each month. I opted for a monthly subscription option which is £10 per month plus £3.25 postage and packing. You can also choose to pay for three, six or twelve boxes in advance, and if you do there is a reduction per box.

Box Design.

This is a Limited Edition Glossybox design for the Girls Just Wanna Have Sun theme. The box is the same size and shape as regular Glossyboxes, but this one is blue with the theme printed on the front of the box in white and gold writing.

Leaflets, Booklets & Cards.

Lifting the lid of the box I can see my Glossybox card straight away. My Glossybox card is a double sided information card which contains information, and instructions for each of the items inside. At the top of the card is a letter from Evie the Editorial Director, who explains talks about the philosophy behind this months box. There is also a note at the top of the card showing all the Glossies a sneak peek for next months box, which will be an STYLondon Siligel Blender.

Packaging.

My box is beautifully packaged. Underneath my card the items are beautifully wrapped in a sheet of pale blue tissue paper tied with a white ribbon.

Opening the tissue paper I can see that the items are nestled in white shredded tissue paper, which not only looks beautiful but keeps the items safe during transit.

Box Composition.

I received 6 items in my box this month, and according to my Glossybox card four of the items are full size. This box doesn't have any skincare included, but has two hair items, three makeup items and a bracelet. It's not a perfect mix, but I'm happy nonetheless.

Purelei – Aloha Bracelet: This is actually a really cute little bracelet, and it's made me very happy. I'm not going to write a review specifically for this item but if you like it there are others available for sale from uk.purelei.com. They generally sell in packs of three for £11.90, although there are a few packs that are available a little cheaper. Based on the online price my bracelet is worth £3.97.

Model Launcher – Safari Sun Bronzer: This is the third bronzer I've had in a beauty box this year, and I'm looking forward to putting it to the test against the other two, Revers Hot Makeup and Vita Liberata.

Rodial – Suede Lips: This crayon is meant to line and fill lips to create intense, matte colour – which sounds great! I also had a Sleek Lip Crayon in a recent Glossybox which was the first lip crayon I had tried, so again I'm looking forward to seeing which it better.

Valquer- Ice Hair Mask: This is new to me. I've tried plenty of hair masks before, but this pretty looking bottle contains a mask that cools as it hydrates and tames. I'm very excited to try this.

Batiste – 2 in 1 Dry Shampoo & Conditioner: I've already tried this item in a different fragrance, and I've decided not to re-review it for a different scent. You can read the original review by clicking here. To summarise, I hated it. I costed the sample to be 75p at the time I tried it.

SportFX – Time Out Face Mist: This can be sprayed on to skin instead of primer to wear under foundation, or it can be used to refresh the face over makeup. I have quite oily skin and very few primers can hold my makeup in place, I'll be interested to see how it performs.

First Impressions.

I'm always happy when Glossybox give a little something extra in their boxes, and it's lovely that there are six items this month as I think I would have been a little annoyed with five if one was a dry shampoo. A lot of the items in this box seem to be variations of things I've tried recently, but then again with the Summer vibes things like bronzers are popular choices. I'm looking forward to trying everything throughout the month, and writing a detailed review of each item. Once I've tested everything I'll write a final post leaving my final thoughts on the box, it's contents and whether I felt I had value for money.

Skin79 ‘Super+ Beblesh Balm BB Cream’ Review

First Impressions.

I always mean to wear more BB Cream. I don't like to wear a full make up look to work, usually because no matter how early I get up to do it I usually end up running behind and leaving the house late. As my husband takes me to work that also means I make him late too, which isn't very cool. Instead I've put together a minimal routine that focuses on skincare, but also enhances one to two natural features so I don't feel so self conscious. I have a pen I use to fill my eyebrows – it's not as pigmented as a pencil which I like because I can define my eyebrows without feeling the need to rev up my makeup to match them. I also curl my eyelashes and apply a natural look mascara, and I use a tinted lip balm. Introducing a BB cream into the routine will help me obtain a better complexion, and I think it will really improve my overall look. I'm very much looking forward to trying this BB Cream from Augusts Look Fantastic.

The Look Fantastic Booklet Says:

"Originating from Korea, this BB Cream will become your new beauty best friend. An all-in-one product that combines Korean technology with a powerful SPF to protect your skin from sun damage, it's the only product you need for a flawless complexion."

Cost.

This is a 7g sample of the BB Cream in pink. Full size the cream sells in 40g packages, and the best price I could find for this variety is £23.20 + £3.28 p&p to the UK from avenuecosmetics.com. Based on this price the BB Cream is 58p/g, or £4.06 for my sample. There are several varieties of the cream available, each with specific benefits, below are some described from egarden.asia:

"Pink – Combination/Oily Skin – A lightweight formula that absorbs excess oil whilst locking in hydration and providing coverage.

Gold – Dry/Combination Skin – Thick BB Cream provides medium coverage with satiny finish. Can use with moisturiser for more hydration.

Orange – Acne Scars/Marks – Covers obvious flaws and redness as well as reducing the appearance for large pores."

External Packaging.

I don't know if I've mentioned before but I'm a huge fan of pink, I love this packaging. The cream is packaged in a hot pink box. The front of the box has the brand in grey/silver writing, and contains the product name in white writing.

Turning the box clockwise, I can't understand the writing in the next face of the box.

The back of the box states that it is dermatologically tested, has the company contact details and says that it is made in Korea.

The final side of the box has the most information in English. It says:

"BB Cream that melts into the skin with lightweight formula provides clear coverage and non-greasy skin."

Design.

The cream is packaged in a shiny metallic pink coloured plastic tube with a pink plastic lid. The brand and product are written on the front of the cream.

The back of the tube has the same colour scheme, but isn't written in English so I don't know what it says.

Directions.

Spread proper amount over the entire face.

Formula.

I squeeze out just a little bit of BB Cream on the back of my hand. It doesn't really smell of anything, and it's a little paler and more pigmented than I thought it would be. The tube has a precision nozzle, and although the formula is thin enough to squeeze through it it's also thick enough to hold its shape once dispensed.

Using my finger I start to swirl the little dot of BB Cream along the skin on the back of my hand. I only used a tiny dot of cream but I found it very easy to spread it around the back of my hand. I also notice a colour difference on the skin of my hand where the cream is located.

Results.

I apply dots of cream to my face, and use my fingers to spread it around my face. The cream wasn't the easiest to spread, but then again if I wasn't concentrating on holding my phone it would probably have been a lot easier. There is a video of me trying this on Instagram @fayesbox. The cream doesn't make me look paler, which I thought it would based on my little swatch, but instead helps to calm some of my red areas giving me the look of a more even skin tone. Something that I didn't notice straight away, but noticed a few hours later in work was how much better my pores looked. Having greasy skin I have quite large pores that are hard to hide but this cream helped to conceal them.

The only drawback about the BB cream is that it didn't stick everywhere on my face all day. It's the drawback of having oily skin, makeup just slides off throughout the day. Most of it lasted all day, but I did have to dab a few areas to break up the collection of colour that was forming in the afternoon. Saying that, if I'd have been good and gone to the gym at lunchtime I'd have reapplied the BB Cream and I wouldn't have noticed.

Overall.

Overall I really like this cream, and not just because it's in fantastic pink packaging. It's a really quick and easy way to improve skin appearance without wearing a lot of makeup, and I am really happy with the results. The only drawback is that it doesn't quite last me all day, and whilst I'm used to that with most skin makeup I would prefer one for long term use that is completely prefect. I'll keep using this BB Cream, but I'll hold out buying one until I find one that can do it all.