Clinique #BBB Beauty Box II

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Just a quick one to make you aware of the newest Latest in Beauty collab with Jane from British Beauty Blogger. They always sell super fast so if you’re interested don’t delay!  Jane’s curated collections are always excellent so let’s take a look at what she picked this time..

1 x Clinique – Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara in Jumbo Jet 1xfull size
1 x Clinique – Sweet Pots™ Sugar Scrub & Lip Balm in Red Velvet 1xfull size
1 x Clinique – Superprimer Universal Face Primer 1x15ml
1 x Clinique – Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion + 1x15ml
1 x Clinique – Take The Day Off Makeup Remover For Lids, Lashes & Lips 1x30ml
1 x Clinique – Liquid Facial Soap Mild 1x30ml
1 x Clinique – Clinique For Men Face Scrub 1x15ml
1 x Clinique – Aromatics in White or Black 1x4ml
1 x Clinique – £10 Gift Voucher 1xper box

IMG_1384The two full size products alone exceed the price of the box – Chubby Lash is £17.50, Sweet Pot is £15 – so it’s great value but on the whole it gives a lovely feel for the brands and its best sellers for anyone trying Clinique for the first time. I was up early to film an unboxing/reveal for those of you who like to see what you’re buying so if you’re into more of the visual you can watch that below..

AVAILABLE ONLINE FOR £20 – LIMITED QUANTITIES!!

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Custom Colour, Nailed?

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This is something that appeals to both the child AND the adult in me! Mix your own nail polish, they said. Yes please! I said. As soon as this arrived I tore in to it and filmed a first impressions/play around style video cause I couldn’t wait to have a go but once the excitement settled.. was it really all that exciting?

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For £25 you get 5 base colours and 2 empty polish bottles. Something is off with these measurements because each base colour bottle is bigger than the empties provided so unless you plan to purchase more empties there’s a huge amount of waste here. You also get a pipette per base colour which you CAN use to mix the colours but I found that free pouring was MUCH quicker and not as messy as you might imagine. Once I poured the mixing was tricky, no amount of shaking it up (T Swift style) REALLY mixed the colours together and even now, days later they don’t seem to have settled entirely. They work but they’re not GREAT. Another issue is the consistency, compared to the ready made polishes available from Palette London the ones I mixed were thick and gloopy and the brushes supplied weren’t as soft either. Not the nicest application ever.

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It’s a nice idea in theory and I love the concept of mixing a totally custom shade but what’s stopping you doing that without this kit? It would be cheaper to buy a few of your favourite nail colours and mix them as you saw fit. It would make a cute gift, especially for perhaps my 10 year old daughter but if you’re in to nail polish I think you’ll be disappointed by this set. You can watch my initial excitement, process and first impressions in this video

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FREEDOM Pro Artist Pad

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I’ve had these palettes for a little while but really hadn’t made use them of until putting together these swatches. I’m a big fan of budget eyeshadow palettes but regardless of cost a huge collection tends to turn me off. I think it overfaces me, too much choice. I even swap my favourite MAC shadows in and out of a quad for regular use rather than reaching for the larger selections I’ve put together, so these monsters from Freedom were never going to get a look in, were they?

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Once I played around with them however I realised I was silly leaving them untouched, as is to be expected the quality is great and there’s just about every conceivable neutral combination to be had.. but I think that’s part of the problem. I can’t shake that niggle that it’s just too much of too little. I wonder if we’ll ever tire of the naked trend, I feel like it’s been done to death at this point and these larger palettes are great examples of that. You’d think at least one of them would have some colour. I know there are rusty shades and the odd steely grey but REALLY.. it’s not much is it? If you are truly an artist looking to create a vast aray of neutral eyes on a multitude of skintones these will probably be great for you and I’m certain that’s what they’re designed for but the average joe just doesn’t need this many shades of nude. Not when you tot up the countless others they definitely already have.

Gun to my head I’d say the Black Arts is my favourite as I prefer the selection, although it lacks the ‘do-it-all’  element of the Studio To Go it’s just got something about it for me.. it’s also £5 cheaper in the sale right now but don’t let that affect your judgement. I would really like to see more matte, more colour and something other than the standard bronzer, blush and highlight shades. I’m sure there’s method to the madness and they’re the most universal colours they could pick but why be the same as everyone else? Why not do something different? I’ve been really impressed by Freedom as a brand and by many of their products but I really do hope there’s something exciting coming soon!

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