True Beauty London – Premium Beauty Monthly Subscription Box – PR

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A new beauty subscription box to challenge the others!

I discovered True Beauty on Instagram where then got in touch and sent me a beauty subscription box to try out and review. So please note- I received this box complimentary to review!

The True Beauty model is to allow us to try out new products in the comfort of our homes via their curated monthly subscription box. Their boxes contain handpicked items, often with a theme, by the lovelies at True Beauty and you will receive four full sized items and two sample products to try out! Here is my box from May;

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You would have seen a sneak peek of my subscription box on my Instagram stories – if you don’t follow me you should!! In my box I received a pair of Eylure Enchanted Power Flower eyelashes, NYX Vivid Brights eyeliner in Purple, Smashbox Lipgloss in Lilac, Garnier Skin Active Moisture Bomb face mask, NYX Tea Tree Blotting Paper, an E.L.F. Blending Brush and Belif cream sample.

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I was very impressed with the variety and brands that were included – NYX and Smashbox are premium brands so to get such a haul as this was impressive, especially considering the £30 price tag. I have to point out that some items, for instance the Smashbox lip gloss are old season and no longer available, it’s still nice to have them in a subscription box and shows the initiative the creators had to ensure we have premium brands in this deluxe box without cheaping out. I’d rather have a slightly older product, even discontinued items, than have little bits and bobs that can often turn subscription boxes into bric-n-brac, fill ’em up clutter where I’m stuck with items that I don’t even value.

Bottom Line: A premium beauty box with a variety of brands from both ends of the beauty spectrum.

Price: From £24 a month, at True Beauty London.

Rating: ****

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My 1K Twitter Followers EcoTools Brushes Giveaway! *WIN AN ECOTOOLS COLLECTION!!*

Hi Guys!

As you would have seen, I am so close to hitting 1K on Twitter, and to celebrate the moment I do, I am hosting a 1K Giveaway where you can win the below collection of EcoTools vegan brushes and sponges!

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This giveaway is open internationally as always, and you can enter by following me on Twitter (if you already haven’t), and then liking my pinned giveaway tweet – that’s all! 🙂You can gain another entry by retweeting it!

If you already follow me, just like the tweet to enter, and retweet if you want the extra entry!

THANK YOU FOR YOUR ONGOING SUPPORT AND GOOD LUCK!

SMALL PRINT:
  • THIS COMPETITION WILL END ONCE I HAVE HIT 1,000 FOLLOWERS ON TWITTER AND THE WINNER WILL BE PICKED AT RANDOM SHORTLY AFTER FROM ALL THE ELIGIBLE PRIMARY ENTRIES  (LIKES) AND EXTRA ENTRIES (RETWEETS).
  • THE WINNER WILL BE NOTIFIED VIA INSTAGRAM DIRECT MESSAGE, AND THE ACCOUNT NEEDS TO BE SET AS PUBLIC.
  • IF THE ENTRANT IS UNDER 16 YEARS OLD YOUR PARENT OR GUARDIAN WILL NEED TO APPROVE YOUR ENTRY, AND APPROVE PROVIDING YOUR POSTAL ADDRESS.
  • OPEN INTERNATIONALLY – ALL WELCOME TO ENTER!
  • THIS GIVEAWAY IS NO WAY AFFILIATED WITH OR ENDORSED BY ECOTOOLS, TUMBLR,  INSTAGRAM, FACEBOOK, SNAPCHAT OR WORDPRESS. I HAVE BOUGHT THESE BRUSHES WITH MY OWN FUNDS!

BEAUTY DEALS – MARCH 2018 – SPECTRUM COLLECTIONS OFFERING 50% OFF! Bank Holiday Deals!

THIS IS NOT A DRILL! Spectrum Collections are having a massive sale offering 50% and 30% off sets – INCLUDING THEIR MEAN GIRLS COLLAB! You can find my reviews of the Mean Girl collaboration here!

Click the banners below to get taken to the uber deals!

I now have a Depop Account! PSA – Adopt my lonely palettes!

Hi Guys,

As you guys are aware, I will be moving in with my Bae soon so I am having a clear out of my things – including my vanity table! From reviewing, testing, swatching and blogging I have amassed a huge amount of makeup which I have decided deserve new, better homes where they will be creatively used instead of deserted, sad and lonely in my collection barely touched.

So to get them on their way to being adopted by new makeup enthusiast – I have set up a Depop! 

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I have already listed some Urban Decay, Zoeva, NYX, OFRA and SleekMakeup palettes. You can view my account by searching RosemaryHelenXO on the app, or by clicking here!

Follow my Depop account to keep up to date with my listings to ensure you grab a steal! Many items I list are 50% off retail price and I have literally just swatched some of them babies!

P.S. ONLY SIX DAYS LEFT to enter my Morphe x Jaclyn Hill giveaway so check it out on my Instagram or see the post here!

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SPECTRUM COLLECTIONS – Mean Girls – 10 Piece Fetch Set – Baby Pink, Hot Pink and Purple

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And none for Gretchen Weiners, these brushes are all mine!

It’s no secret that I love Spectrum’s vegan makeup brushes – you can easily tell from my vast reviews that fill my blog, and the vast amount of their brushes that fill my vanity!I’ve also reviewed their Mean Girls eyelashes and their Mean Girl Handbags  as I’m completely obsessed with all of the Mean Girls inspired items in this collaboration!

These are the prettiest makeup brushes I feel Spectrum has come out with – the pale pink bristles, the hot pink to purple fade – oh my god I love it! What I love more is the hilarious quotes that adorn each one, which include “You go Glen Coco”, “You’re like really pretty”,  “That’s so fetch”, and “Grool”. Every time I reach for one, I giggle at the quote as I remember the scene from the film!

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This is a ten piece set, which contains all you need to create a Plastic worthy, totally fetch makeup look! You get their foundation brush, precise blusher, No.1 Fan, and an angled eyebrow brush to name a few – it’s the complete collection to spice up your vanity and makeup collection. With this set, you also get an adorable hot pink mesh makeup bag, complete with a Burn Book key chain to get you in the mood to look hot! The key chain is detachable so you can use it as a cute addition to your key collection!

Bottom Line:  Extremely soft, beautifully finished brushes which make applying makeup easier with a flawless finish!!

Price: £49.99 at Spectrum Collections (Use this link for 15% off your order!)

Rating: *****

 

Spectrum Collections – The Mouse Bag – I’m A Mouse, Duh!

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It’s a totally grool bag!

So, as you’re aready away – Spectrum had a collaboration with Mean Girls to create the most fetch collection of brushes, eyelashes and accessories for us to channel our inner Plastics.

I saw this adorable, vegan faux fur and leather bag, with Karen’s iconic “I’m a mouse, duh!” quote on it, and knew I had to have it in my collection! This bag comes with a brassy rose gold front with the quote in bubblegum pink writing.

To immortalize the quote, it comes with fluffy pink mouse ears to bring the whole “I’m a mouse, duh!” to life. The bag comes with a cute little Burn Book enamel zipper as well as a chain strap woven with the grey faux leather.

Bottom Line:  A totally fetch bag to express your inner Karen!

Price: £24.99 at Spectrum Collections (Use this link for 15% off your order!)

Rating: ***** The carry space is a tad small.

SPECTRUM COLLECTIONS – Makeup Brushes – Must-Have Mini’s – Fresh F.A.C.E. – Lilac, Hot Pink and Purple!

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A cute, lilac set of travel sized vegan makeup brushes!

I decided to try these out as I love Spectrum Brushes as you know from my previous reviews. As my previous brushes are white and marble themed, I decided to get a pop of colour on my new set! These brushes are hot pink and purple on the bristles with a silver ferrule and lilac handle. With this adorable travel friendly set, you also get a cute, baby pink zip case to store them in!

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In this set you get four brushes; one foundation flat brush, one angled blusher brush, one powder brush and an angled, eyebrow brush. These brushes together create the F.A.C.E. team;

  • F – Foundation use the A03 for your base. This firm flat brush gives a great amount of coverage, we recommend starting with a small amount of product and building the layers for a base that will last all day.
  • A – All over get your powder / bronzer on point with the A01, use this super soft large headed brush to apply translucent powder to set your base, or create a glow with bronzer across the forehead, bridge of the nose, chin, and apples of the cheeks.
  • C – Contour use the A05 to create a light contour under cheek bones or sweep a pop of colour on the apples. We also love using the angled part of the head to lightly apply highlighter around the temples and lightly over the cheekbones.
  • E – Eyebrows A17 is your brows best friend, use it to apply powder or gel products for groomed brows. The hair is firm with a sharp angle, so creating shape around thinner brows, or filling in gaps is easy work. Also, this little beauty is great for applying liquid or gel eyeliner, the angle helps achieve the perfect flick.

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The colour duo on the bristles are to die for, and these are the most beautiful brushes I have ever seen – Spectrum really know how to create stunning brush sets. If you’re not that keen on this colour scheme, I do implore you to check out their other sets – they have mermaid themed brushes, siren themed brushes and beautiful monochrome sets to suit everyone’s makeup aesthetic. Plus they’re all vegan and cruelty free!

Bottom Line:  Extremely soft, gorgeous travel friendly brushes which make applying makeup easier with a flawless finish!!

Price: £24.99 at Spectrum Collections (Use this link for 15% off your order!)

Rating: ***** You get a cute lilac carry case as well!

Valneo – Make Up Sponge – Beauty Blender Style Sponge – Hot Pink

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A soft, cheap alternative to a BeautyBlender!

I saw this sponge on offer on Amazon, and decided to give it a try – for the price I was inquisitive to say the least! My first impressions of this sponge was that it was very soft and pliable even before dampening which is hard to find as some are often rigid.

It was very effective to use to apply cream blusher, liquid highlighter and powdered cosmetics. This sponge was very easy to clean with liquid brush soap.

Unlike others I have used it doesn’t stain easily from the products, the pink does help disguise the shades so it isn’t as obvious as with my orange Real Techniques one. It also didn’t tear during cleaning which I’ve found with my Sephora and Real Techniques sponges when washed.

Due to the softness it was very easy to use to get into difficult areas around the nose and eyes, and doesn’t absorb a lot of the product so my products do last longer. I do like the eye catching pink as it makes it easy to spot on my makeup vanity!

Bottom Line: If you’re looking for an alternative to a BeautyBlender, give this a go!

Price: £6.49 on Amazon.co.uk

Rating: ****

 

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LILY ENGLAND – Hair Brushes – Marble Hair Brush Set – PR

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A wonderful, rose gold and marble hair brush set!

I received this case complimentary from the amazing folks at Lily England to try out and review for you lovelies!

This set is the ultimate hair brush set! You have everything in here to style your hair from a large paddle brush, a barrel brush, a rose gold comb with pin tail, and two rose gold hair clips.

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This set is luxurious and beautiful, as well as the ultimate hair brush set. For the price it is incredible quality, as each item is sturdy, and hard wearing. The brushes do not make my hair static when I use them, and do not tear or rip my hair when wet!

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Bottom Line:  Sturdy, budget friendly, ultimate hair brush set!

Price: £20.00 at Lily England.

Rating: ****

LILY ENGLAND – MAKEUP BRUSHES – Rose Gold Makeup/Wash Bag – PR

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Amazing design, spacious and brilliant quality!

I received this case complimentary from the amazing folks at Lily England to try out and review for you lovelies!

It has a very large zip bag section which I put my palettes, cosmetics and foundation in. I like using the separate sections to organise my face and eye brushes to make my make up on the go easier!

I also love the hook feature as I can hang it from hotel doors to save on space on the bathroom counters. You can also use this bag for toiletries and the separated sections are handy for bits and bobs!

Bottom Line: Brilliant design and quality! Also how cute is the rose gold?!

Price: £15 at Lily England.

Rating: *****