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I thought I would do a little haul for today’s post as just before Christmas I ordered several products from The Body Shop. Some of the products I picked up were repurchases of some of my favourites such as the Moringa Shower Gel, Moringa Body Yogurt and the Strawberry Lip Butter, so I won’t be talking about any of them as I've talked about them all before. Instead, I will talk about the products that I’ve not tried before. I also have an exclusive 20% off code to share with you at the end of this post! 

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I thought I would put together some gift ideas for anyone who might be stuck on what to add to your Christmas wishlist this year. I'm also putting together a Christmas gift guide which will include some main gifts and stocking filler ideas along with some mini reviews as well. The gifts that I’ve included in this post are mostly things that I’ve come across that I think would make lovely gifts as well as a few things that are on my own Christmas wishlist. 

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In today’s post, I’m sharing three must-have beauty products that are under £10 that I literally can’t be without. Two are products that I’ve used for literally years and one is a product I discovered this year.

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I wanted to talk about some dupes that I love and would recommend buying as I love finding a good dupe, especially if it’s a dupe of something that’s quite pricey. There’s nothing better than saving yourself some money and getting a bargain is there? especially in this day and age. So in this post, I'm sharing three products that I think are extremely similar to more expensive known brands. 

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I thought I would do another beauty wishlist but this time I’m just focusing on luxury beauty. I’ve made sure to select a variety of products for the post and there are also a couple of brands that I don’t think I’ve featured in a wishlist post before. 

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I wanted to do something a little different so I thought I’d share three drugstore brands which currently have multiple products that I want to try out and why I want to pick them up. I have purchased many products from the brands featured before but I just thought I’d change things up a little and talk about what I’ve currently got my eyes on in a different way.

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I haven’t done a favourites post for a few months so I thought it was time that I shared some of the things that I’ve been loving recently. I’ve discovered a hair care range that I’m obsessed with, a new Switch game that I can’t put down, a face moisturiser that’s perfect for oily skin, especially during the warmer months as well as a couple of rediscoveries too.

I thought I’d share what’s in my summer makeup bag in today’s post as I’ve been really enjoying more of a glowy fresh-faced look when it comes to my makeup (when I do wear it lol) so I’m going to be sharing my go-to products that I use to achieve the glowy look. Some of the products are repurchases and there’s also a mixture of both drugstore and high-end makeup too. 

Essence Cosmetics are one of the more affordable drugstore brands that I used to buy from quite often. However, over the past few years, I’ve been buying less makeup due to not wearing it as much and I’ve been opting for more mid to high-end brands when it comes to skincare which you can read more about here. But whilst I was browsing Just My Look a few months ago, I decided to pick up some new products from Essence as they had quite a few things in stock that had caught my eye. I picked up a mixture of both makeup and skincare and I thought I would do a post about what I picked up along with my overall thoughts as I definitely feel like they’ve upped their game over the past few years and obviously with the cost of living and everything seemingly going up in price, I definitely think more people are going to be opting for more affordable beauty brands to save some money.

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I've been decluttering a lot of things lately, including my makeup collection. However, I have taken note of some makeup products which I’d like to add to my collection and also products to replace some things that I’ve gotten rid of. I’ve already picked up a couple of things, some of which I’m going to be talking about and reviewing soon but in today’s post, I wanted to talk about some brands and which products I’ve currently got my eyes on.

I thought I’d talk about some products that I’ve repurchased multiple times and why I love them so much. I haven’t done a blog post like this before (at least I don’t think I have) so I thought it might be nice to do something a little different. I’ve also made sure that there’s a mixture of skincare, makeup and perfume too. 

A Beauty & Lifestyle Haul

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I thought I would do a little beauty and lifestyle haul of things that I’ve picked up or received recently. I definitely want to do more posts like this on my blog just to add a bit more variety to my round-up style blog posts as they usually tend to be just beauty focused. So I hope you enjoy reading about my little haul of things I've got recently.

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I'll be honest I definitely have more no-makeup days than days when I actually wear makeup but when I do wear makeup, I've been opting for minimal makeup. I've realised it's definitely more me, I've even got rid of most of my high coverage foundations and concealers recently because I'm just like "what's the point in keeping them?". I've been using some old favourites as well as a few newer releases in my minimal makeup routine recently. So I thought I'd talk about what are my go-to makeup products for this spring/summer.

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I'll be honest, like most people, I've not really been wearing makeup much this year because what's the point when we're all stuck indoors? However, I thought I'd do a round-up of my go-to Autumn makeup picks, some of which are old favourites that I always use or return to during the colder months and some are fairly new in my makeup stash. My skin gets quite weird around this time of the time as it becomes drier on my nose and chin but it's also still oily too so I do feel like I have to really think about what I'm putting on my skin both in my skincare routine and makeup and also because of COVID I've also got to think about how certain beauty products last underneath a mask as well. So here my go-to Autumn makeup picks that are also face mask-friendly too.
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 Cruelty-free brand Essence have recently released their Spring/Summer range and they kindly sent over a selection of the products for me to try before they were released. So in this post, I'm going to be talking about each product, the price and my overall thoughts. All of the products are super affordable as always and are available to buy from Wilko and/or Feel Unique.

First up is the BYE BYE PANDA EYES! Mascara RRP £3.50* which has an oil-free and vegan formula which wraps itself around your lashes like a gentle film. Obviously, as the name suggests, the product shouldn't clump, crumble or smudge throughout the day. I'm in two minds about this mascara if I'm being totally honest. I agree that it doesn't smudge or crumble during the day but because the brush is quite a basic brush, it just doesn't do much for my lashes personally. When it comes to mascaras I tend to sway towards a brush that's got some sort of curve going on in the middle because I feel like it helps my lashes to curl and stay curled as well as adding some volume and this doesn't do that for me, unfortunately. I guess it depends on your preference and how your lashes behave though. I wouldn't write this mascara off and say it's no good, it just doesn't work for my temperamental lashes.

The My SKIN PERFECTOR Tinted Primer RRP £4* really reminds of Benefit's Original Porefessional Primer with a bit more of a tint. However, because of its mousse-like texture, it's a lot more lightweight and more breathable on the skin. It's a nice product to use when you want a smooth base and a hint of coverage but you don't want to opt for a tinted moisturiser or a foundation. It also works well underneath makeup too. I do really like this primer and it's gone straight into my makeup bag. I do think there could be more shades because right now, there's only three - 10 Light Beige, 20 Nude Beige and 30 Medium Beige.

The other product in the new my SKIN PERFECTOR range is the my SKIN PERFECTOR Loose Fixing Powder RRP £3.80*. I have the shade 20 Nude and unfortunately, it's just a tiny bit too dark for me. Again, I think the shade range could be better because there are only two shades in the range. Even though the powder is a tiny bit too dark for me, I have tried it out anyway to see how it works and I do think it would make a nice everyday powder. It does give your skin a slightly blurred effect like it claims. So if you're looking for a setting powder and would suit either a Light or Nude shade then this might be one to consider!

Next is the gorgeous Witch Side Eyeshadow Palette RRP £10* which I literally said "wow" about when I opened the PR package. It's so pretty and the shades are right up my street! I love the design of the packaging with the holographic open/closed eyes on the front. (I think it's called holographic anyway?). The palette itself offers 15 shades and a range of matte, metallic and glittery shades. It's just a really pretty, versatile palette which you can create so many looks from. My favourite shades are Shadowy, Magic, Talisman and Enchanted. It really is a stunning eyeshadow palette, I also think it would make a nice gift for someone too.

Another palette from the new Spring/Summer range is The NUDE Edition Eyeshadow Palette RRP £4* which is also available in the ROSE Edition for the same price. It contains 10 shades altogether which are a mixture of matte and shimmer shades which all compliment each other nicely. I would say the shimmer shades are the stand out in this palette because they are insanely pigmented for the price. 

They've also released some new liquid lipsticks which are the Stay 8h Matte Liquid Lipstick RRP £3*. There are 9 shades to choose from in total and I have the shade 05 Date Proof which is a mid-pink kind of shade which I think is a pretty shade for Spring. I do like Essence lipsticks in general because they always smell really nice (usually on the sweet side), feel comfortable to wear and they tend to hold up well too. I'll admit I haven't worn this shade for 8 hours but it does seem to have a good amount of staying power and for £3 it's a total steal. I'm already eyeing up a couple of more shades, particularly 02 Duck Face and 03 Down to Earth.

Next is the Coconut Kiss Caring Lip Peeling RRP £2.30* which is a gentle lip scrub. I'm not going to lie, I like quite abrasive lip scrubs (such as the Barry M lip scrubs) because I feel like they really do make a big difference. The Essence one is okay and it is a lot more gentle on your lips with it containing 10% almond oil and coconut rasps as the "scrub" aspect but I feel like it doesn't work as well as a sugar scrub. To me, it just feels like I'm applying a lip balm with bits of coconut in it. It does smell really nice though and it's a good option if you prefer something more gentle! 

Essence have also relaunched their Nail Care range and have sent me the new Nail & Cuticle Cream RRP £2*Jelly Nail Polish Remover RRP £2.80* and Anti Split File RRP £1.30* from the range. The Nail & Cuticle Cream contains coconut oil and it really nice to apply when you're having a pamper to get your nails looking and feeling rejuvenated. I also find the cream less messy than using cuticle oil. The Jelly Nail Polish Remover has a soft pineapple scent which covers up the smell of the nail polish remover a little which I definitely appreciate because the smell of normal nail polish really gets to me and sometimes give me a headache. I have however found that using the jelly nail polish remover does require a little more work to get the nail polish completely off. Lastly is the Anti Split File which has been created for people with thin and brittle nails. It is a good nail file and I definitely prefer these type of nail files over the flimsy ones you get in a pack from Poundland or somewhere.
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 I thought I'd do a little round-up of some beauty products I've been testing out recently because I haven't done a round-up like this for a while and there's a nice array of products to talk about. Some of the products are actually new to the market and some are just new to me.

Got2b Farewell Flyaways Styling Serum and Wand RRP £4.19
I decided to pick up Got2b's new Farewell Flyaways because I thought it would be good for when I'm leaving the house with my natural, frizzy/wavy hair in a messy bun because I always get some flyaways at the front which basically looks like someone has rubbed a balloon on my head (lol). So I thought it might help to keep everything in place and looking a bit more polished. I know the whole point of a messy bun is for it to look messy, but there's a messy bun and then there's a messy bun. The stying serum has a really nice fruity scent and it comes with a mascara brush wand which makes it easy to glide through your hair. The serum also doesn't leave your hair greasy, sticky or crispy, which I was a bit worried about. For £4.19 I think it's a good little product to have at hand, especially when I saw a company advertise something similar on my Facebook ads for £19.99 recently!

Revolution Conceal & Define Infinite Concealer 5ml RRP £6 
I just had to pick up the new Conceal & Define infinite Concealer when it was released because I love the sound of the 20% more coverage and 20% more pigment claims. There are also 60 shades available which is amazing, although I think I picked up my concealer in one shade too light (oops!). Another factor that pulled me in is the fact that it contains niacinamide which is one of my go-to spot-busting products when my skin is acting up, especially as my skin seems to have a love/hate relationship with tea tree which is most people's go-to when their skin is breaking out. The concealer itself definitely has more coverage than the original conceal and define and I also think the formula is better too as it's not as creamy and it just feels more stable on the skin. Although I like the original Conceal and Define, I felt like it was almost slippy on my oily skin if that makes sense. Whereas the Infinite concealer lasts longer on my skin. I definitely should've bought C2 instead of C1 but it still sorts out my under eyes and blemishes well. I will definitely be repurchasing this concealer in the XL.

REN ClearCalm Non-Drying Spot Treatment 15ml RRP £17.50
A lot of spot treatments tend to be quite drying on the skin and as someone who has quite a sensitive but oily, spot-prone skin type, that's not ideal. So when my last spot treatment ran out I decided to check out what REN offered for spot-prone skin and I found that their offering was almost half the price of what I was paying for my usual go-to product for the same amount of product. I've also been using REN's Anti-Redness Serum and Global Protection Day Cream from the EverCalm range recently and I've really been enjoying them. The first couple of days using the Non-Drying Spot Treatment, I didn't think it was doing much at all and I'm not going to lie, I was quite disappointed but then all of a sudden, I started to notice a difference in how my skin was looking (both the spots and the area around the spots) and the fact that they were actually going away which is great because normally I'm left with the remnants of a spot for around a week, sometimes more. I can also confirm that it doesn't dry out your skin like other spot treatments do, so I could imagine this being quite good for people who dry skin who get hormonal spots during that time of the month too. 

Evolve Beauty Cotton Fresh Deodorant Cream RRP £10*
I've also been trying out Evolve Beauty's Cotton Fresh Deodorant Cream* because I ideally want to make the change to natural deodorant soon if possible. Evolve Beauty's deodorant cream is blended with organic Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Kaolin, Biocarbonate of Soda and natural essential oils which they claim all work together to give you effective long-lasting freshness. I like that the deodorant comes in a glass jar because I've tried a few natural deodorants and had some issues with the packaging and I just think you can't really go wrong with a glass jar, can you? It has a light clean scent which I think the majority of people who try it will like and it doesn't feel greasy. It also doesn't feel gritty like some other natural deodorants I've tried that contain Bicarbonate of Soda. It definitely works as a deodorant and keeps you feeling fresh but I wouldn't say it lasts all day, but most of the day, so you would probably be best popping it in your bag just in case. 

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Bali Body Highlighter Stick in Moonlit, Rose Gold and Sunkissed RRP £25.95*
Bali Body have released a new cosmetics range and they've recently released a highlighter stick which is available in 3 different shades - Moonlit, Rose Gold and Sunkissed. The highlighter sticks have a creamy formula which blends into your skin effortlessly creating a gorgeous luminous glow. I would say the best shade for me is Moonlit which is more of a champagne shade but I could probably get away with Rose Gold in the summer when my freckles are out. It does dry down on your skin quite quickly so you have to make sure you blend it in as soon as you apply it. It is shimmery but not too shimmery. I apply it with the wand applicator and then tap it in with my finger to get a quick dewy glow. You can also use the highlighter sticks as a blush, bronzer or eyeshadow. I've actually tried the shade Sunkissed as an eyeshadow as the shade is too dark for me to use as a highlighter and it looked really pretty! P.S I did take some swatch photos but they didn't turn out very well but the Bali Body website has some accurate swatches.

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It Cosmetics are definitely one of my fave beauty brands, I honestly couldn't live without their Your Skin But Better CC Cream+, it's my go-to base product! (I use the original most days and then in the summer I switch to the matte version). They have recently launched some new products which they kindly sent me over to try out. So in this post, I'm going to be reviewing both of them.

First up is the Confidence in a Cleanser* which is obviously an addition to their popular "Confidence" range. At £26 (148ml) the skin-transforming cleansing serum is what I would call a high-end cleanser but I don't mind spending a bit more than usual on a product if it works well for me. I'm already a fan of their Confidence in a Gel Lotion* so I couldn't wait to try the cleanser. It has a sensitive-friendly formula which they claim washes away makeup, SPF and daily dirt. I found it does work well for all of the above but I still like to remove the majority of my makeup with a cleansing balm first just because I feel like it really gets in there and removes everything properly and then I go in with the Confidence in a Cleanser as my second cleanse, which leaves my skin feeling super clean and soft because of it's "serum formula". I found the cleanser hasn't upset my skin in any way so it definitely coincides with the sensitive-friendly claim. Overall I've been enjoying using the cleanser and I would pick it up again.

Matte (L-R) - Vision, Humble and Like a Dream
Cream (L-R) - Vision, Humble, Like a Dream and Wish List
They've also released their "Pillow Lips" Lipsticks RRP £20* in two different formulas - Matte and Cream which both come in unique packaging which I really like because if you're indecisive like me and have a ton of lipsticks at the bottom of your makeup bag then you can spot the IT lipsticks from a mile off. The moisture wrapping lipsticks contain lip nourishing extracts including collagen and hyaluronic filling spheres which plump up your lips, nourish and smooth fine lines and the shades have been made to complement every complexion. Talking of shades there are 10 of them in total and 4 of them you can buy in both the Matte or Cream formula depending on your preference. I chose 4 different shades in total and three of the shades I chose, I received in both the Matte and Cream options so I could compare them against each other. 

The shades I chose are -
Vision - a peachy everyday nude*
Humble - A pinky-brown nude*
Like a Dream - A vampy mid-pinky-purple* 
Wish List - a rose-pink* 

After trying them over the past week or so, I've come to the conclusion that I actually really like both of the formulas. The matte isn't too matte and doesn't feel drying on the lips at all and the cream is comfortable and doesn't "smoosh" up your face easily like some cream lipsticks do. I'm also a fan of the unique shape of the bullet because it hugs your lips and makes it super easy to apply. I think because I've been opting for more of a glossy-creamy looking lip over the past year I would probably choose the cream option over matte. My favourite shades are Vision and Humble just because they're more of a wearable everyday kind of shade. I definitely need to be having a more confident day to wear Like a Dream and Wish List personally, although they are both really pretty shades. Wish List is an ideal shade for the spring for that "pop of colour" look. I also think the formula really does help to enhance your lips and give them a more plumped look.

Will you be trying any of the new releases from It Cosmetics?

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 I know Glossier has been in the UK for a while now but I haven't done a stand-alone blog post about them for a long time and I thought I'd do an updated post and talk about what products I'd recommend buying from Glossier if you're only just getting around to trying them now as well as a few products that I found quite disappointing. 

The first product I've got to talk about is the Milky Jelly Cleanser which is my go-to cleanser no matter what my skin is doing. It's a cleanser that just leaves your skin feeling nicely cleansed but doesn't leave it feeling like it's been stripped of any good oils etc. It's not the best at removing makeup alone though. I tend to go in with my It Cosmetics Makeup Melting Cleansing Balm* first to get the majority of my makeup off and then go in with MJC afterwards. 

Another product from the skincare range that I love and can see a difference after using is the Bubblewrap Eye and Lip Plumping Cream which is definitely one of my favourite eye creams. I don't use it on my lips as it just feels a bit odd and almost drying for some reason (I think it's just me though). However, it works so well at lifting and refreshing the under-eye area and if you suffer with dark circles under the eyes like myself then it really does help to diminish it.

Glossier's You EDP is hands down my all-time favourite perfume and I'm yet to come across anything that smells remotely similar. They say it's a "personal fragrance" so it smells different to everyone. It contains base notes of musk, ambrette and ambrox that transform and smell different on everyone because it adapts to your skin chemistry and it has top notes of earthy green iris and spicy but fresh pink pepper. I've been using it for around 18 months and I'm still addicted to the scent! If you're in the market for a new perfume then I'd highly recommend adding the You EDP sample to your next order to see if you like it.

The Lash Slick Mascara is a nice lengthening mascara which is great to wear when you're having more of a natural or minimal makeup kind of day. It doesn't clump up on your lashes and it doesn't flake off throughout the day either. I also find the brush is handy to use if you're struggling with a clumpy mascara as helps to separate the lashes really well.

The Cloud Paint gel-cream blushers are what made me place my first ever Glossier order because I just loved the unique paint tube lookalike packaging and I'm still repurchasing years later. I currently have the shades Dusk and Puff as I feel like they're the shades that work best with my complexion and they're just so easy to use. When the product first comes out of the tube, it does look a bit scary as it looks like it's going to be super pigmented but it does sheer out easily upon application.

For many years Benefit's Gimme Brow was my go-to brow product but as soon as I used Boy Brow for the first time, it knocked Gimme Brow off the top spot. It's such a weird formula as it's kind of a creamy but waxy pomade but it works so well at fluffing up your brows and setting them in place. 

 If you prefer a highlighter that gives you more of a sheen or natural glow then I'm pretty sure you'd like Glossier's highlighters. I have Haloscope in the shade Quartz and Niteshine in the shade Pale Pearl from the Glossier Play range. Haloscope gives more of a sheen and Niteshine gives more of a natural glow. I also find applying them to your fingers and then tapping them onto your cheeks works better than applying them directly to your face, especially with Haloscope as it sometimes moves your base but they are definitely my most used highlighters and I love the look they give.

The Stretch Concealer is a great concealer for those minimal, natural makeup kind of days. I tend to wear it with my Bare Minerals Tinted Gel Cream* when I need a little more coverage under my eyes or to cover up any pesky spots. There's also a pretty good amount of shades to choose from and it just provides some extra coverage in a hydrating, glowy way.

And now onto the products that disappointed me...

I was so excited when Zit Stick came to the UK and I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. Unfortunately, I've used Zit Stick on two separate occasions and both times I've ended up getting really painful under the skin spots in the areas I've used it, which I'm sure isn't a coincidence? I think I'm going to try it one more time soon and if it happens again then it's going in the bin.

Solution sounded right up my street when it was released as it contains AHA, BHA and PHA and they claim it can transform the look of skin in four weeks. But unfortunately, it actually made my skin worse and I broke out like crazy. I tried to stick it out for a couple of weeks as I thought maybe my skin was going through "purging" but it was getting worse after each application. It also made my skin feel as though it was burning/tingling almost every time I applied it too, which definitely made me think I was having some sort of reaction. It does have quite mixed reviews so it may work for you and it may not. But I personally wouldn't try it again.

So there's my little Glossier round-up. I have tried more products from them but I didn't want to make the blog post even longer. Also a lot of the other products that I could've featured kind of fall into the "they're just okay" kind of bracket. 

If you do decide to place a Glossier order after reading this post then don't forget to use my promo link to get 10% off and free delivery! If you've already used a promo link before then you can use a different email to get the offer again.

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 I recently received my February Roccabox* and I've got to say straight off the bat, it's a good one! Containing 7 products with a value of £80+ the box has a good variety of products to try. Although I'm already familiar with a couple of the products, the box still excited me when I opened it which is always a good sign. So here's what you get inside February's box... 

First up is the SugarBearHair Hair Vitamins* (60 pieces - one month supply) which if you bought on their own they would cost you £23.06 so you're already making a saving by buying February's Roccabox. I have tried SugarBearHair vitamins before and I do think they helped make my hair feel and look healthier, I didn't see a massive difference in how much my hair grew in the first month but I did like them and I feel like it's a good way to make sure you take some vitamins too. They taste so nice because they are berry flavoured so they literally taste like sweets! They're also vegetarian-friendly, gluten-free, soya-free and cruelty-free. 

You also get another product from SugarBearHair which is their Luxury Shower Cap RRP £15.34*. It has an adorable print all over with their bear logo, lollipops, sweets, doughnuts and some slogan words. It also has a high-quality waterproof exterior and plush terry lining on the inside which has been added so that any steam and humidity absorbs into in the terry lining instead of damaging your hair. The shower cap is also latex-free and silicone-free which is always good to know and if you don't want/need to use it as a shower cap then you can use it to prevent bedhead hair by wearing it to bed (it has a super comfortable elastic band which keeps it in place) or you can use it when you do a deep conditioning treatment.

I was excited to see the Popmask Starry Eyes Warming Eye Mask RRP £4* in the box as I am already familiar with warming eye masks and I think they are great when you've got a banging headache that won't shift or when you have bad eyestrain. I don't really use them for sleep purposes if I'm being totally honest just because I'd need them every night if I got to used to using them and it would turn into an expensive routine. But I am a fan of warming eye masks in general!

You also get a full size MONUSKIN - Revitalising Moisturiser RRP £29.50* which is aimed at combination skin. It's so nice to see a moisturiser aimed mainly at combination skin in a beauty box because normally any creams/moisturisers in beauty boxes are aimed at either normal skin or dry skin types and my skin is more oily in the t-zone area and normal/dry everywhere else. I've never heard of MONUSKIN before but I'm a big fan of this moisturiser. It smells gorgeous because it contains Cucumber, Elderflower, Mallow and Arnica and it's just a really lightweight formula which hydrates your skin nicely. Love it!

I'm already familiar with Dr. Lipp's Superfood Sweet Potato Pigment RRP £6.99* because I actually already use it, as well as their Elderberry pigment with is more of a plum toned tint. It's a really nice, comfortable glossy lip tint that also hydrates your lips too. You can also build the colour up on your lips by applying a little more tint but I tend to keep it pretty minimal for everyday wear. 

Next up is the Danielle Creations - Lifting Peptide Sheet Mask RRP £1.60* which I haven't actually got around to trying out yet but the mask is apparently all about firming and lifting your skin whilst tackling signs of premature ageing. I definitely need to start using more products for premature ageing and fine lines and wrinkles because I turn 26 in a couple of months and I'm very aware that I'm getting some slight signs of ageing (bit depressing really, isn't it?).

I love that they also included a Teapigs Cold Brew Tea in either Lychee & Rose or Apple & Cucumber* because I actually forgot how much I love cold brew tea. Last year I loved drinking them in the summer as opposed to normal hot tea and this has reignited my love for them. I got the Apple & Cucumber flavour and it's so refreshing and a great way to up your daily water intake too!

Another thing I love about Roccabox is that you are pretty much guaranteed to get some exclusive discounts from some of the brands included in the box. So if you find something you love then you have a discount code at the ready when you repurchase (depending on when the code runs out). Talking of discounts, I also have an exclusive discount code which Roccabox have kindly given me to share with my readers. Use the code KIRSTY20 to get 20% off your first monthly box, making it just £8 +p&p! (this is not an affiliate code).

Are there any products in this month's Roccabox that you like the look of or have tried before? 

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A couple of weeks ago Cult Beauty had a 20% offer on the skincare section and because I was dealing with a bad pain flare up and was feeling a bit rubbish, I fancied treating myself to something. Weirdly, the first thing that popped up on the recommendations was the Milk Makeup KUSH Stash Bag which was RRP £44 reduced to £22 + 20% off so I snapped it up because I've been wanting to try some products from Milk Makeup for a while and the Cannabis Hydrating Face Mask which is in the set is something I was thinking of picking up anyway and that alone is £21! So I got 5 products (2 full size and 3 minis) plus the bag for just £17.60 which I thought was an absolute steal. 

Inside the "stash bag", you get the Cannabis Hydrating Face Mask, KUSH Lip Balm in the Green Dragon (Clear) option, Mini KUSH Mascara, Mini Cooling Water Stick and some Cooling Water Eye Patches. I couldn't wait to start testing everything out and now I have, I thought I'd share my overall thoughts.

The Cannabis Hydrating Face Mask is described as a hydrating, multi-tasking mask and contains the likes of aloe and kaolin clay which help to soothe, hydrate and draw out impurities. Because it's in a stick it means you don't waste any product, it's super easy to apply and it's a good mask to throw in your bag if you're travelling too. Apart from the fact that I was wandering around my house looking like Shrek for a solid 10 minutes (thank god the postman didn't knock on the door whilst I had it on!), I think it's a really quick and easy mask to use. I'm not sure about it being super hydrating though as my skin actually felt like it had been stripped after using it and I have pretty oily skin. So I would say if you have super dry skin then maybe don't get this one. I do think it brightened up my skin though after using it, it was almost as if you could see where it'd drawn-out any dead skin and impurities but I definitely need to apply moisturiser straight after using it.

The KUSH Lip Balm in Green Dragon was probably the product which I was least excited about just because well, it's a lip balm. However, after using it over the past week, I actually think it's a really nice lip balm as it's super hydrating, probably one of the most hydrating lip balms I've tried! It has a subtle flavour which is peppermint and sage according to the website and it's also got a really satisfying magnetic lid haha. You can also buy the lip balm in different shades too. I'm definitely going to be picking this up again!

The Mini KUSH High Volume Mascara actually works really well with my lashes, considering it doesn't have the type of brush I usually go for. However, I don't know if it's because it's a new mascara but you can easily go from nice fluttery lashes to clumpy AF lashes. So I do like it but I don't know if it's something I'd rush out and buy when and if I run out. 

The Mini Cooling Water is definitely something I can see myself using more when the weather gets warmer because it really does have that nice, cooling effect on the skin. You can use it on your face and on your body too. It contains caffeine which helps to energise and boost your skin whilst hydrating it too. I really like it, it's definitely better than the MUA Soothe and Cool Primer Stick which is an obvious attempt at a dupe.

The Cooling Water Eye Patches were unfortunately a big let down. They just didn't feel like they did anything at all. They didn't even feel cold and refreshing when I applied them like you would expect and I didn't see any difference after using them. 

So overall, my first impressions on Milk Makeup is a bit of a mixed review. I love the lip balm and mini cooling water, I like the cannabis face mask, although I don't think it's super hydrating as it's described, the mascara is okay but not amazing and the eye patches didn't seem to do anything. I definitely want to try a few more things from Milk though, including their Lip + Cheek, Watermelon Brightening Face Mask and Vegan Milk Moisturiser.

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