REVIEW: GLOSSYBOX FOR NARS

A couple of months ago, I got caught up in the hype on Twitter over a beauty box collaboration between UK-based subscription box company Glossybox and the massive make up empire that is NARS.

It was all down to the marketing. There was a big announcement, there would be a limited amount available, followed by an opportunity to get your name on a waiting list to buy it on the day of release. Cue follow up emails to remind you to ‘set you alarm clock’ for 9am the next morning. You can go home now Glossybox Marketing, job done, I was sold and I had to have it! Continue reading

Chic Treat Club Box, October 2014

Another month has come and gone and it’s time for another Chic Treat Club box! The October Chic Treat Club is super special!

As many of you will be aware, October was Breast Cancer Awareness month (did YOU check your tata’s?). The beauties at Chic Treat Club have joined forces with beauty columnist Triona McCarthy, to bring us a box full of loveliness! The extra special part is that €2 from every Chic Treat Box sold during October, goes to the National Breast Cancer Research Institute. Triona lost her sister Tricia to breast cancer in 2009, when Tricia was just 30. Triona set up the Tricia McCarthy Memorial Scholarship, to fund a researcher every year to determine a cause for breast cancer and  improve patient treatments. An incredible thing to mark the memory of her beloved sister, I’m sure you will agree! Tricia was a very talented artist and this months Chic Treat Club box is adorned with her artwork.

Here’s how this month’s Chic Treat Club box looked! OOOOOOOOH!!! AHHHHHHH!!!

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1. Yonka Invigorating Mist Toner

Oh this is just LUSH! This is the second time I’ve received this Yonka brand in a Chic Treat Club box. The last time it was a candle and a trial sized cleanser and toner, which I have used and they were lovely. This Invigorating Mist Toner is a spray bottle, so it’s a little different from using your usual toner on a cotton pad.  Enriched with five essential oils, this mist claims to refresh and soothe skin after cleansing, leaving you with a bright, beautiful face! It’s suitable for normal to oily skin, which I’m delighted to say is my skin type. It’s lovely and cooling on the skin, would have been a lovely one for the summer. It smells quite strongly of lavender, which suits me fine, I like it. Really nice product in this months box! LUXURY LOVELINESS!

Yon-Ka Invigorating Mist retails at €30.00. Visit http://www.yonka.ie for local stockists.

2. NYX Powder Blush

So, NYX. I’ve been dying to try this brand since it launched in Ireland earlier this year. Unfortunately the stockists are very limited, so I haven’t managed to raid a NYX stand yet! Lucky for me, I can try my first NYX product thanks to Chic Treat Club! I received this gorgeous powder blush in the shade  Summer Peach. It’s a gorgeous healthy shade of pink, with a subtle shimmer and best of all it stays put on my cheeky chops all day! The packaging is cute too and fits neatly into your make up bag. While this shade is exclusive to Chic Treat Club, their range of powder blushes are available in over 24 shades! That’s amazing! Something to suit every skin tone. Look forward to trying more NYX.

NYX Powder Blush retails at €7.49, from selected pharmacies nationwide.

3. Wet n Wild Mega Last Lipstick

Another well-known brand in this month’s box! I have a couple of bits from Wet n Wild, I blogged about their beautiful eyeshadow palettes  previously. I was happy to see this mega last lipstick in this month’s box. Who doesn’t love lippy?! This lipstick claims to be long-wearing, with a semi-matte, cream finish. It is also enriched with vitamin A and vitamin E to keep lips smooth. Nothing worse than flaky lips underneath a drying lipstick, ugh! While the formula of this lipstick is quite nice, the shade (Think Pink) is QUITE pink, bordering on a neon Barbie-esque shade! But sure, breast cancer awareness is all about pink, so let’s just go mad and THINK PINK! I’ll definitely use it and have been using it, just need to be careful to apply it sparingly.

Wet n Wild Mega Last Lipstick retails at €2.99, available from Penneys and selected Dunnes Stores nationwide.

4. Purederm Botanical Choice Exfoliating Foot Mask

I have to admit, I laughed when I saw this product. Only because it reminded me of a time when I used this product before! My sister will back me up on this, but I won’t go into it now. These exfoliating mask booties, claim to  perfectly peel away calluses and skin cells over at matter of days. Calluses. Dead Skin Cells. Hardly sexy words, but hey, most of us have feet…..! And many of those feet could rival a pig’s trotter. So we must take the steps to treat our tootsies from time to time. This foot mask contains extracts of papaya, lemon, apple, orange and chamomile, it’s like a fruit basket for your feet! They recommend you leave the booties on for 60 – 90 minutes and rinse. Over the following days, the calluses will peel away (part of my previously referenced horror story!). An odd kind of product, and the thought of wet feet kind of freak me out, but I’ll put it to use some evening!

Purederm Botanical Choice Exfoliating Foot Mask retails for €3.99, available from pharmacies nationwide.

5. Roger & Gallet Body Sorbet

As if this Chic Treat Club box couldn’t get any better! Love, love, love Roger & Gallet products, so I did let out a little yelp when I saw this. I already have  a small eau de toilette bottle of this fragrance, Bois d’Orange, and now I have the corresponding body lotion, yippee! I’ll be smelling like a spanish orange grove before you can say ‘Ola, cherry coca-cola’! The fragrance is quite strong with notes of basil, verbena, orange blossom, amber and cedar wood. However, I think it’s very distinctive and something a little different. This 50ml travel sized body lotion provides 24hr hydration and contains orange extract and aloe vera. It contains no parabens, no silicone and no colouring agents, so no nasties! Delighted with this.

Roger & Gallet Body Sorbet retails at €15.00 for 200ml, this 50ml travel size would cost around €3.75. Visit http://www.roger-gallet.ie for stockists.

The total cost of the products in this months box comes to approx. €48.22. Bang for your subscription buck! Overall verdict, I am DELIGHTED with what I got in this months Chic Treat Club box. Lot’s of lovely goodies that I am really excited about. Chic Treat have done it again, you BEAUTIES!

Chic Treat Club have subscription packages to suit all budgets, their monthly, three-month or six month subscriptions could make a great Christmas present for a loved one! To sign up for a Chic Treat Club subscription, visit their website here!