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YouBeauty July

About seven packages arrived for me over the last couple of weeks, a couple of lovely bits of blogger mail and a ridiculous amount of things I've bought myself. Included in the bits I bought myself was July's YouBeauty Box which as always excites me!

YouBeauty July

This month saw a change in the YouBeauty subscription. There are now three tiers of membership. Bronze stays at £6.95 and allows you to pick 2 items a month, Silver is £8.95 and lets you pick 3 items and finally is Gold which is £10.95 but you get 4 choices. I really like the idea as some months I have wanted more than just the two products and this is the way to make sure you get all the ones you want. Also I've noticed that you can also choose some products from previous boxes in an 'available again' section, so fear not if you missed out the first time! I decided to up my subscription this month to Silver so I could get three because I love beauty way too much!

YouBeauty July

My three picks this month were quite easy to choose. First off I went for the no brainer option of the Illamasqua Precision Ink Liquid Liner in Abyss, this alone was worth £20 so I could hardly go wrong with the box. Then I chose the Peach and Mango Carmex Lip Balm. If you read my blog often enough you'll know I'm always looking for lip balms that actually work as I have very dry skin leading to very dry lips too. Finally I went for the Rodial Stem Cell Superfood Glam Balm Multi, now I think this was from the available again section as it's not in the little booklet. This again like the Illamasqua liner is worth about £20 so it makes the box well worth its price tag.

YouBeauty July Freebies

After the success of the St.Tropez In Shower Tan in light they finally brought out one in medium for those not as pale as I loved the light one and am really excited to see if this will work for pale skin too, I'm hoping I don't become an oompa loompa! Also there is a £10 voucher for White Rabbit Skincare which needs no minimum spend. (However, there is nothing under £10 and you do have to pay for shipping.) 

Overall it is still one of my favourite boxes on the market. It beats Glossybox very easily but it's on par with LoveMeBeauty! What boxes do you love, or love to hate?

Saturated Colour Cosmetics Colour Switch and SheerStick Review*

May time last year I was contacted by KissCosmetics to see if would like to try their SheerStick in Fresh Rose* and I really liked it. I reviewed it here. Not long ago KissCosmetics changed its name to Saturated Colour Cosmetics and they expanded their product range too. They kindly contacted me again asking if I'd like to try a couple more bits and as I loved the SheerStick I said yes!

Saturated Colour Cosmetics Colour Switch and SheerStick Review

The two bits Saturated Colour sent me were the Glazed Candy SheerStick* and also Colour Switch*. As I already had Fresh Rose* I'm so glad they let me choose Glazed Candy* as it is so my colour. Then there's the Colour Switch* which basically doubles the amount of lipsticks you own and lets you join the cool ombré trend too.

Saturated Colour Cosmetics Glazed Candy SheerStick Review

Glazed Candy* is the most gorgeous pale pink. It's not a rosy pink, instead it is more of a purple under toned pink which I think really suits me. The SheerSticks have a minty scent which will please those of you fed up with a vanilla or candy scented products. These are really quite moisturising and you could definitely take one with you if you're looking for a good tinted lip balm.

Saturated Colour Cosmetics Glazed Candy SheerStick Swatch

One side note I do have to make is that you can't place too much pressure on these as you apply as they do like to break, also they melt quite easily as well. Other than that they're pretty good for the price.

Saturated Colour Cosmetics Colour Switch Review

Now the Colour Switch* is a highly pigmented white lipstick which can be used both over and under any lipstick. I really like the packaging of this because it shows that it is something less ordinary than a normal lipstick which is why it has the cute ribbon at the end. The swatches below show the Colour Stick on it's own, then the LipsStick mini Caressing Red* on its own and finally the Colour Stick and mini LipsStick layered together. I really wanted to try and create an amazing looking ombré lip to show you but sadly my lips were just too dry.

Saturated Colour Colour Stick

What do you think of Colour Switch I think it's quite innovative but not one I'll reach for all the time; special occasion use and lip art attempts perhaps. Anyway what do you think of it, would you try it?

Joining The Hollister Crew

A bit of a different post for you today, shorter too I'm afraid but enjoyable nonetheless I hope! For once it's a post without makeup featuring, instead I'm focusing on fragrance, Hollister fragrances...

You may be wondering why this is called 'joining the Hollister crew' so let me explain: basically all through secondary school I would see people with these heavenly smelling sprays, and yes they are heavenly. So when shopping with my friends the other week and there was a sale on we both took advantage and bought together. The deal was buy 2 get 2 free and as neither of us could find 4 we wanted we split it making it £11 each. I'll be honest £5.50 for a body spray isn't loads but it's also more than I would usually spend. But hey, I go shopping once a year with them so we went for it and I haven't looked back.

The two I chose basically smell of holidays: Crescent Bay and Solana Beach. Crescent Bay is a mixture of watermelon, poppy and sugary woods which makes a fruity suncream smell, that probably doesn't sound too appetaling but it is I promise! Then Solana Beach, which is also very fruity has raspberry, jasmine and white musk. 

Both are amazing and if you've never stepped into Hollister you definitely should, their clothing and fragrance lines are amazing, and when there's a sale it's not as expensive as you think.