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M&S Free Gift Beauty Box

Every so often M&S have a promotion where if you buy a certain amount of products you get a free box of beauty bits. Now my auntie did this while she was over from Dubai and kindly gave me most of the box of goodies. She took a few things she wanted but I'll be honest most of the box is there and boy is it a good box!

M&S Beauty Box

The box is quite plain with a monochrome design. Nothing too fancy to take away from what's inside. There is a mixture of products for face, hair, lips and also nails which means you get to try quite a few different things. It's pretty much the ultimate high end try before you buy box really.

M&S Beauty Box Goodies

The first four things are for face, body and also hair. Island Escape is an M&S own fragrance. It has quite a masculine smell and reminds me of a nice aftershave with feminine notes. Also the bottle is a gorgeous gradient of blue and yellow which reminds me of a lovely tropical beach somewhere. Then there is the Percy&Reed Volumising No Oil Oil, which is a terribly confusing concept and name in my opinion. It doesn't actually tell you what it is really, just that it will smooth flyaways and make it shiny. Then is a gorgeous NUXE bottle containing their Huile Prodigie Multi-Purpose Dry Oil. Apparently this can be used on your face, body and also hair, so they're definitely not lying about its multipurposeness. Finally from the four is the Rodial Dragon's Blood Hydraluronic Tonic which is a re-hydrating toner. I've tried this once so far and it didn't seem particularly hydrating like my Clinique Moisture Surge mist but I'll give it a couple more tries before I give it away.

M&S Beauty Box Goodies

Face and hair next with a few familiar brands to me popping up. First the Philip Kingsley Swim Cap Protective Cream, now I've received their elastisiser in a couple of boxes but I just never had time for it, however this (if it works) could be quite innovative. It says it helps guard against effects of sun and water, so almost like a heat protective treatment as well as a water one. If your hair is heat or chlorine damaged this may be a product for you but as I am not going on any sunny holidays in the near future I may give this to someone who will. (Side note this smells amazing, like a citrusy cake!) Then next is a suncream for very sensitive skin, Ultrasun Anti-Ageing Sun Protection SPF 30. I'll be honest, I'm not too worried about anti ageing products just yet but I'll still give them a try. As well as protecting you from the sun this claims to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, not entirely sure how to test that just yet but I'm working on it. Then is the REN Instant Firming Beauty Shot, which can be used before and on top of makeup, or so it says. This is a no rub in product too, instead it would like you to gently pat it into the face. Finally in this quartet is the Swell Ultimate Protect & Renew Serum, which initially I thought was a face product, however I was mistaken. It is a lavender scented hair serum which conceals split ends and adds gloss. It's quite a generous sample with 30ml in it too!

M&S Beauty Box

Now the last four are unsurprisingly, I imagine, my favourites because there is makeup. Starting first with the Leighton Denny Crystal Finish Quick Dry Top Coat. My Seche Vite ran out, or should I say 'went gloopy' quite a while ago and since then I've pondered whether to repurchase. Luckily I shall ponder no more and try this instead as no one likes waiting for their nails to dry. Up until now I have never tried anything from Stila, and I really don't know why. This is their Lip Glaze in Raspberry which is an amazing vibrant pink, perfect for summer. I really like the applicator too and the twist up to reveal product means you shouldn't waste much at all. Next up is the Pur Correcting Primer, now this, for some odd reason, surprised me when it turned out to be coloured. Then I reminded myself that duh it's correcting, though whether it corrects my redness or corrects my face orange still remains to be seen. The final item in this whole box is a Nails Inc Chiltern Park nail polish, and it is a hot pink which matches Stila Raspberry down to a t. I really like Nails Inc polishes but really don't own a lot, but now I can coordinate lips and tips I might just have to!

So that is *almost* the entire box, and it's pretty good isn't it. Now I haven't totalled the amount the box is worth because there are just too many products to take into account and I also didn't have them all. I'd like to thank my auntie again for kindly passing the box of goodies onto me, that sounded a bit like my Oscars acceptance speech didn't it! and also for basically sponsoring (with makeup!) a few of my other posts too! Would you buy makeup from M&S if you were going to get a box like this?

You Beauty August

It's beauty box time again and first up is the August You Beauty box. Usually I sing this boxes praises as it can be as little as £6.95, but this month the selection was slightly underwhelming for me.

You Beauty August

The edit this month was Beauty Solutions which is all well and good but there was no makeup. Obviously this isn't the be all and end all but I do like some goodies to look forward to.

You Beauty August

The thing I was most excited to try was in fact the freebie, the Beverly Hills Formula Perfect White Black Toothpaste. If  you've read my blog before you'll probably know that I have quite stained teeth and have tried oil pulling to fix it, however it's not an easy fix at all. So I have wanted to try a charcoal toothpaste to see if they work. The bits I chose were the This Works In Transit Camera Close Up which is a mask, moisturiser and primer all in one which seems interesting and useful. Then the Bloom and Blossom Rejuvenating Facial Spritz, I am loving face sprays in summer to cool my face down so this looked worth a try. Finally I chose the Nip + Fab Daily Cleansing Pads. I think I've seen a few people raving about them so decided that I would give them a go.

Overall this probably isn't going to get you to subscribe because the selection was a little pants in my opinion. If you want to subscribe and need a little more convincing I would check out You Beauty in July and June

A New Addition

I'll be honest that title sounds like I've got another cat or something. (Self confessed crazy cat lady already!) Actually it's not that exciting, well for me it is!

Canon 700d

I finally did it. I took the plunge and bought myself a camera! If you follow me on twitter you've probably seen me tweet on at least one occasion that I really wanted a camera so I could start YouTube. Initially I thought I would get said camera and start YT next year while I'm at uni. However I have a decent paying part time job and it was just my birthday and I decided that I would celebrate my birthday by buying myself a camera.

Canon 700d body

The camera I decided to get was the Canon 700D. It wasn't a spur of the moment decision, I had spent hours researching different cameras. The must have in the camera I wanted had to be a vari-angle screen so I can see myself while filming because I want to be in focus and in shot. This narrowed down my selection a lot as very few cameras actually have this feature. I was hoping to get a camera under £400 and this is just over, unless you find a really good deal like I luckily did. 

The deal in question was at Jessops. The camera and lens usually come in at £479 on the Canon website which was a bit steep. At other retailers like Argos, Curry's and also Jessops it is usually marked down at a slightly more reasonable £449. All through summer until the 31st of August Canon offer £40 cashback on this camera which made it a lot more affordable. Even better than this was when I went into Jessops and saw it was reduced to £399. Result much! Overall, once you take the cashback off, the camera cost around £100 less than Canon advertise it at. Obviously I have had to buy some accessories to keep it safe so getting it at such a discount is really helping me finance it!

I hope you end up watching me on YouTube, my first videos will be around Halloween time as that is my favourite time for makeup and I can get my FX on!