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October YouBeauty: Foreo, Hydraluron, Fruu

Now YouBeauty used to be my favourite beauty box out there but lately I've been a little underwhelmed by the lack of interesting goodies for my age group especially, see last months 'look 10 years younger' serum. But I kept it this month because I love parcels and I thought I should try and get into skincare more.

You Beauty October

This month was all about Changing Season which to me would mean berry lipsticks and blush but instead there was a heavy lean towards skincare. I decided that as my skin gets super dry I would see if there was anything that could save it available.

You Beauty October

First up I chose a sheet mask for the second month in a row. This one is the Hydraluron Moisture Boosting Mask, let's be honest  anything with the words 'moisture' and 'boost' in the title have me from the get go. Now the Fruu Avocado Lip Balm is probably the only thing from a beauty box that I have ever probably hated. There was a choice between avocado and coconut and as I dislike coconut naturally I chose avocado. Worst. Decision. Ever. I despise the smell and it's going in the bin as I can't inflict that on anyone else. Finally is the star of the box: Foreo Day Cleanser which is a full size product! As I said, I am very interested in skincare at the moment this had to be a choice. Currently I am using the Soap&Glory Peaches&Clean cleanser but that's nearly all gone so this will definitely be tried next.

You Beauty October

The goodies in this months box were the Montagne Jeunesse Sock and Glove Masques. They're not the most interesting freebies but I'll take it!

Overall it wasn't hugely impressive except for the price £8.95. I think I will keep my subscription until Christmas and make my mind up then whether to keep on or not. Some months it is great value but sadly others aren't so good.

5 Ways to Use Your TangleTeezer

Let's be honest TangleTeezer's sprung onto the scene and most of us probably now own one. They're perfect for so many people with their flexible, plastic bristles and work great in the shower. But that got me thinking what are the best five uses for a TangleTeezer, and here we are!

Best way to use a TangleTeezer

1.With Hair Oil -
Last time I went to the hairdressers I was told that for some reason my hair is super dry at the ends which is why it sometimes mattes. To combat this she said I should be using hair oil on the ends after I shower, luckily I already had a L'Oreal hair oil at home that I could use. It started well, I pumped some onto my hand and proceeded to apply it to the ends. What I didn't anticipate was than when my hair was wet a little would go a long way and I had made my hair look greasy and gross. How to fix this seemed like an interesting question so I turned to my TangleTeezer. Most other brushes you can't wash particularly easily which meant it wouldn't work with them however, I realised that with my TangleTeezer I could brush out the excess oil and rinse it off with little trouble from my brush. It works really well and means that if I ever over apply hair oil it's so easy to fix.

2.With Dry Shampoo -
We've all been there, three day old hair and still no motivation to wash it as let's be honest it takes ages. So you grab the can of dry shampoo and massage it into your hair probably using more than you need as you don't want people to know you haven't washed it for  ages. Now the first time I used dry shampoo I didn't quite realise that you had to brush it out and ended up with dry shampoo flakes on my all black school uniform which wasn't a good look. Now I end up brushing it out with more vigour than you need and with a TangleTeezer because of the dual length bristles actually gets any excess flakes out. 

3.With Thickening Hairspray - 
My hair doesn't do volume particularly well without help - I think this is to do with the fact I have long hair which drags everything down. But anyway lately I have decided that the only way to get the volume I wanted was to backcomb. I know people say to use a comb but my TangleTeezer works better than any comb I own. Twinned with a thickening hairspray bamn! My hair is voluminous and bouncy.

Tangle Teezer with Hairspray

4.When in the Shower - 
How many times have you been told to not brush your hair when wet? I'm guessing quite a few as I have been told too many times, but let's be honest we all probably do. As I mentioned earlier my hair is dry and if I don't brush it in the shower it mattes while drying which isn't exactly ideal when you want nice hair the next day. This is why I take my TangleTeezer in the shower, it's not like other brushes it won't absorb the water leaving you hassle free hair brushing mid shower. It even means you can brush through your conditioner to make sure everywhere is covered and rinse it off after!

5.As a Head Massager - 
In my opinion this is the best use of all, especially if you've had a particularly stressful day. This might sound strange but I press this onto a section of hair and wiggle it. If you're one who likes intense head massages you might just like this budget option as oppose to going to a spa. I'll be honest it's more of a head scratcher but that's my kind of massage really. It's really stress relieving especially if I can't reach the spot myself.

Tangle Teezer Uses

I love my TangleTeezer I have two now and I convinced my mum to get one not too long ago. If you like bright or bold hair tools (which sometimes collab with Lulu Guinness) and are multipurpose you might like one. Though in a fight between TangleTeezer and hair straightener the TangleTeezer does come out with a flesh wound it will work still the same! I may be talking from experience there... oopsy...

This post was sponsored by TangleTeezer however all views are my own and all content was written by me. See my full disclaimer here...

Halloween Makeup Ideas

In a bid to feature my face more on my blog I've decided to show you a few Halloween looks that I have created in the run up. Now I love my FX makeup but I kept it to a minimum as I know a lot of people aren't too keen on gory halloween. If you keep an eye out you might see a couple of mini tutorials on my Instagram!

I'll give you a bit of warning now because the last look is gory, or 'beautiful' as an automated comment said on Instagram. It's a special fx Two Face look which you might want to skip if you're not one for blood.

Nickelodeon Fairy Princess

I got to create this look in partnership with Nickelodeon back in August for their new show The Other Kingdom. Now the flower crown is gorgeous and is perfect for festival looks but the ombré lips were my favourite bit, that and silver glitter through my eyebrows. It looked really good but I just couldn't get the perfect selfie as I didn't have my shiny new camera then!

Leopard Makeup Tutorial

Leopard Makeup Tutorial

If we just excuse the attempt at being fierce and focus on the makeup you'll see a look I'm really quite proud of which also didn't take a million years. The most time consuming bit was obviously the dots as there are so many but also the nose contour takes a while. As humans it probably won't surprise you that we have different bone structures to cats so I focused on the contouring to make my nose appear flatter and give the rest of my face definition. The first few steps look stupid on their own, if you want I'll put up a mini tutorial of it on IG. But I really enjoy the look.


Two Face FX Makeup

Now I love my gory makeup as it allows you to go crazy. Skin peeling off and exposed bone are a couple of my favourites. I'm trying a messed up Alice in Wonderland look soon which if the wax cooperates will look amazing. This look however is inspired by Two Face from Batman. The teeth are the most difficult bit and I wish I'd taken them just a little further up the lip so they looked more realistic but I don't think it turned out too bad.

I'd love some suggestions of what to create next! I wish I had the courage to YouTube but I'm still working on it. Don't forget my IG though as I'm trying to build up courage by doing mini tutorials on there first!

Two Birchboxes Are Better Than One?

You might be wondering how this predicament could possibly be a question as surely two beauty boxes would beat just one? This is what I was testing. Birchbox recently had a deal where you would get a previous months box and Septembers box for the price of one so I had to take advantage of the option really...

September Birchbox

As you can see above the September box was housed in a cute little draw, I decided against photographing the August Birchbag I got as it is hideous! The draw is a really cute idea though, it's perfect for desk storage. If I'm being honest a few of the the products were slightly underwhelming but as I got two boxes I don't feel too out of pocket.

September Birchbox

The first bits in the box are mainly skincare. First is from Anatomicals a brand I first discovered in a Glossybox many years ago. This is their Coconut and Mango Body Lotion, now I don't completely love the smell as coconut isn't my favourite but it will go into my sample size drawer. Now the This Works In Transit Camera Close-Up Cream is something I already own as YouBeauty got their first this month. Cross overs is something I've been noticing more and more lately. I love face masks right now so the Balance Me Radiance Face Mask is something I will definitely use. Finally is the NUXE Precious Scented Shower Oil which I've seen quite a few people loving over the last few months so hopefully I will as well as I love NUXE as a brand.

September Birchbox

This trio contains the products I was most happy to see featured. I've never tried Puriskin Nurse Aid Skin but as a hockey player I find certain parts of my hands are drying up in the cold weather. Now the ModelCo Higlighting Trio was a product I got to choose, I already had the other option (cream blush, see another cross over,) and of course highlighter is in at the moment. Of the trio I really only think the light shade will work for me day to day but I'm sure in some FX look I will use the other two. Finally was a Marcelle Eyeliner which is purple! I loved dark blue eyeliner the other week so why shouldn't I give purple a go too!?

Somehow I completely managed to miss off the Batiste XXL Volume Spray and also the Philip Kingsley One More Day Dry Shampoo.

September Birchbox

Now these two bits are the disappointments, coincidentally they are both from the August edit. I'm sorry but no one loves a perfume sample, they're not luxe and usually I hate the smell. while I do like the scent, it's a plastic spray bottle, nothing special. Then lastly is hand sanitiser which is definitely not a luxury item and never will be because honestly as a college student it's usually a necessity.

Overall the two for one offer wasn't  a waste of money it's just not my favourite service, (right now Love Me Beauty is!) Would I subscribe again? Yes, if there was another deal like this on so stay tuned!

Kat von D in the UK

I imagine you've all heard this news already, but if you have been living under a rock I shall enlighten you. The must coveted US brand Kat von D has finally hit our shores and for us beauty bloggers this is a big deal.

Kat von D for LoveMeBeauty

I was lucky enough to be subscribed to LoveMeBeauty whose sample service this month allowed you to pick three Kat von D products, which in itself is great. What was even better is the quality of the products. 

I love my eyeliner, the more opaque the better. And this one did not disappoint. It's called the Ink Liner and it stays true to its name. It applies like and ink pen does to paper, as dark as well. On top of this it also lasts. I work 11 hour shifts sometimes and it didn't budge which was perfect.

Now the Studded Kiss Lipstick in Magick and it is so wearable. I wasn't sure how true the swatch on the website would be but it was really close. Magick is an utterly beautiful dusty pink that is probably going to become my everyday shade very quickly. It glides on like a dream and isn't too bad on dry patches either.

Finally is the one product I'm sure every blogger and their dog has this or at least wants it. It is of course a Liquid Lipstick in Outlaw. Now I thought this looked to be an orangey red to me but to my surprise/delight it was actually a true red. It's a lovely blue toned red so it will make my teeth look whiter and it will last all day. Basically it's perfect.

Kat von D for LoveMeBeauty

Kat von D products have definitely shot to the top of my list this year because these three are such high quality! If there are any good giftsets I would recommend picking them up because who wouldn't want amazing makeup for Christmas!

Halloween at LUSH

I wasn't planning on a Lush haul just yet, but here we are. Here I am with a small bag of Lush again. Let's be honest though, as a blogger it's really hard to pass on a Lush seasonal collection especially when it's Halloween!

LUSH Halloween Haul

I was really restrained and actually only managed to spend £11 and get three bits. Obviously I won't be quite as restrained when I go to get some of the Christmas range, I already have a wishlist totalling over £25. That's quite a lot on Lush but it's my last year of college and the stress is real!

LUSH Lord of Misrule Bath Bomb

First off I decided that I would try a fan favourite in: Lord of Misrule bath bomb. Now this was available last year but I didn't like the smell, I guess my tastes have changed. It's quite an earthy smell and not something I would've chosen before.

LUSH Magic Wand Soap

I told myself I wouldn't get any soaps because I really don't use the soaps too often. However, I caved as Magic Wand soap smells so good. Think orange sherbet in those dippy sherbet lollies from years and years ago. Since getting this soap I have decided I shall start using them as a solid brush cleanser so my brushes will be soft and sweet smelling.

LUSH Pumpkin Bath Bomb

Finally is the Pumpkin Bath Bomb another orange sherbet scent but with warmer undertones, something like vanilla. He's really quite cute though for a Halloween product and I'm not complaining because I'm not one for scary things. (Unless it's FX makeup that is!)

The collection isn't the largest which is understandable as Christmas is right around the corner and Lush really do go all out on that. Watch this space for a Christmas haul, it's not too far away!

Wine Bottle Lip Stain?*

I love makeup, although I'm pretty sure if you're on my blog you will know that already! So when Nurbesten.de asked if I would like to try a few of their products I was hardly going to say no was I, especially when the range was so extensive and beautiful. 

I will first apologise for the photography, I absolutely hate mine at the moment and am trying to start using my DSLR. If anyone has any blog photography posts please link me up as I need all the help I can get. Anyway onto the products...

I was offered the choice of four products up to the value of £35 which is very generous of them. (A few months ago I was contacted by BornPretty Store who have a very similar if not identical range which I absolutely fell in love with!) As it's nearly Halloween one of my choices was influenced slightly and I am very pleased with the outcome.

First I chose the Qi Best Long Lasting liquid lipstick* (£3.28.) As liquid lipsticks are so 'in' right now I couldn't not pick one up. I had to choose a neutral shade which is in shade 03. It is a perfect neutral pink which will work throughout the warmer and colder months. It has a really memorable smell, something like baby powder perhaps but I just remember the smell from somewhere.

I love my eyeliner and on the off chance I have time to make it perfect I always reach for gel. This means it's only natural I wanted to try the Mixiu Waterproof Gel Cream Eyeliner(£3.73.) The idea that is is a gel cream intrigues me and it's waterproof and my eyes in winter are always watering.

Next is the Halloween inspired choice: Light Blue Party False Eyelashes* (£3.86.) I thought these would be utterly perfect for an ice queen or ice fairy look because they are so pretty. They are so long so I might have to cut them down or I imagine they will be so heavy.

Finally is what I thought would be a gimmick but it actually looks really nice, and perfect for a wine lover. The Liphop Wine Lip Tint* (£3.86.) It's very liquid based and not at all a liquid lipstick, as it's a stain it doesn't grab onto dry patches too bad. It also doesn't seem to have a particular smell which is great for those with sensitive skin. It's definitely veering onto the orange toned red rather than blue, usually my preference is blue toned but I will still get some use out of it.

Nur Besten Swatches

Overall I would definitely be up for buying a few more bits as there is such a large range; perfect for Halloween and everything else you could possibly need!

Seeing stars? Any products which have a * by their name have been sent to me. See my full disclaimer here...

Top 5 Beauty Advent Calendars

By now I imagine you have seen about 50 different beauty advent calendar posts, and you're probably wondering why I am joining in the trend. While I am showing you some beauty advent calendars I'm showing you my top five and nothing more because I can't afford them all, as much as I wish I could!

Best 2016 Beauty Advent Calendars

1. First up is the Ciate calendar, 24 doors of nail related goodies for a reasonable £49. I picked up one of these calendars a couple of years ago in TKMaxx for about a third of the price and I loved it. It left me with so many new mini nail polishes, and because they're mini you can actually use a whole bottle pretty easily. If you're starting out your nail polish collection I would wholeheartedly suggest you get this to start it.

2. Now if your body is in need of pampering then The Body Shop has you covered. Last year they had two and this year they've upped their game and have three! They're set at different price points £60/£80/£99 each with an impressive amount of value within each. Apparently the £99 calendar has some of their most expensive products.

3. The calendar I am lusting after the most is obviously the Charlotte Tilbury calendar which is an eye watering £150, it really does make me want to cry because I just can't afford it. It looks stunning from the illustrations to the products themselves. If you're lucky enough to get one please promise you'll show me it!

4. I am loving Lush at the moment; there's a Halloween post scheduled and a Christmas haul coming very soon! This Lush calendar has 12 delights for you at £49.95. It's definitely not the most expensive but also not the least. Let's be honest though, if you love Lush you'll probably want to get this.

5. Finally is a NYX calendar. Ever since NYX appeared in my local Boots I've been unable to stop myself shopping there. I pick up so many bits on a whim. So for £60 a plethora of NYX goodies is right up my alley and slightly further in my price range than the gorgeous Charlotte Tilbury calendar.

You're probably surprised to see that Benefit is not mentioned. However, I don't believe that their calendar is appropriate for the audience it is aimed at so I decided to exclude it from my list, also there are NO full sized products and that's a real shame in my books! Luckily there are about a million other calendars available this year so you won't struggle to find one that is good for you.

Autumnal Makeup Switch Up

Now I am aware that technically speaking Autumn started a couple of weeks ago but its taken me this long to transition over completely. I don't wear makeup everyday at the moment s mainly because I'm just too tired on a college morning or still sleeping! But when I do have time I have a set routine to make sure I leave on time and here it is...

Autumnal Makeup

I'm going to start with base today which at the moment is the one and only NARS Sheer Glow in the lightest shade of course which is Siberia. I got this not too long ago in my NARS Haul and since I bought it I haven't really stopped wearing it because it's the nicest foundation I own and it looks stunning. For brows I go to the NYX Tame and Frame in Brunette which leaves my brows slightly darker than I wear them in summer however this product lasts forever and it also is not red toned at all, which is really rare for brow products. I completely skip eye makeup as my eyes are always watering in autumn/winter which isn't ideal. So it is the perfect time to use Benefit's They're Real Mascara because it makes my lashes longer and makes my eyes look wider and more awake. 

My finishing touches are of course the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Crayon in Train Bleu as it is definitely an autumnal colour. It's a gorgeous dark berry purple, it's like nothing I already have in my collection which is really good. Then I am loving my Lord&Berry Blush in Cinnamon* in normal circumstances I hate cinnamon but in blush it is quickly becoming a favourite of mine. It's quite a shimmery blush but it's neutral undertones add a whole new dimension to the face. Finally what is a face without a glow? Cream higlighters such as this Kroylan for Glossybox one, mean that I can dot it on as I am walking out of the door and blend when I get on the bus. 

It's not a laborious routine in anyone's book but as my skin is in quite nice condition at the moment I really don't see the point of packing on the concealer if it's unnecessary, especially if it's only for college.

Seeing stars? Any products which have a * by their name have been sent to me. See my full disclaimer here...