Becoming an A-Lister – Latest in Beauty

Latest in beauty are for sure one of my favourite collection boxes to keep an eye on. I don’t subscribe to their monthly boxes but do keep an eye on their collections. I have reviewed The Vegan edit box before so check that out if you haven’t already! Their value for money is incredible and it’s a great way to discover new products. The only thing that stops me buying literally every box that comes out from them is that amongst the amazing products there are also ones that are not cruelty free which is a big no from me!

Their latest box I found myself able to get was their collaboration with Hello magazine which was The A-List Edit. Featuring 11 products for only £30 plus £3 p&p. Coming out at less than £3 a product with a lot of full sized products! I just couldn’t pass it up.

So let’s have a look shall we….

Their signature seller of this box is the Perricone MD foundation. I was left to just one shade as the rest had sold out. There are 5 shades listed on the leaflet which aren’t the most diverse. I got beige which is probably a couple of shades too dark for me, usually as I like to start with a lighter base and then build it up, but as it’s coming to summer I can probably get away with this or even just add a few lightening drops into it. It is branded as a ‘no makeup foundation’ so instantly I’m thinking light and weightless formula, it claims to create a dewy look which honestly isn’t a look I personally enjoy for foundation but it does have SPF20 which is so important in this heatwave.

The bottle doesn’t have a lid which I find bizarre and unhygenic for travel so this will firmly be staying on my makeup shelf. It does have a removable cap that stops it pressing and leaking in your bag but that doesn’t stop things going in the nozzle. This foundation retails for £45 generally but can be found in sales from £25-£35 dependant on how hard you look. Perricone MD are strong believers in cruelty free beauty and even state they will never test on animals.

Overall I think the foundation is a really nice lightweight foundation and lasts throughout the day but it is definitely not full coverage and really tough to build on. I tried to add highlighter onto it but it stuck in place rather than being blend-able. You can see from the yellow cheeks above… I’ll be using this throughout summer days where I’m going for a lightweight foundation and brows only look, but I don’t think I’ll be reaching for it for the more extravagant make-up looks

The Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow gel was one of my most looked forward to products as I’ve never had anything from ABH before despite it being so popular! Plus during lockdown I haven’t been able to get my usual brow pomade and my brows have severely suffered with this. Using a wand to apply brows is something i’m going to have to get used to! I ended up smearing it pretty badly and couldn’t taper them towards the ends as much as I usually do but with a bit of practice I think this is going to become a staple for me!

Time to cleanse

Time for the end of the day! So lets use the Balance Me micellar water to cleanse my face and remove all of this! I usually use a deep cleanser as most micellar water just seems to rinse your face but this uses natural peptides to plump and hylauronic acid to plump, more than your usual cleanser! The results are impressive too! The REN clean skincare Dark Spot Sleeping Cream, it has high promises of reducing the appearance of dark spots in just 7 days! The texture is thick and immediately feels super hydrating, if its bold claims of results in 7 days are to be believed then the size may be enough for a true test and then repurchase, but we shall see.

The Hask hair conditioner has 2 variants for the boxes, I received charcoal. It boasts strengthening, smoothing and boosting shine. I am a major frizzhead in humidity! So will take anything to smooth my hair. The product is huge! It will definitely last more than 1 use so I’ll probably end up decanting it and getting a few uses out of it.

Now onto the battle of booster oils.

BYBI Strawberry Booster Oil

The trilogy booster oil boosts skin recovery and radiance using an organic blend of super seeds. The bottle may be tiny but you need only 2-3 drops for a use. The Bybi strawberry booster is absolutely what I need for this weather! Its cold pressed strawberry seed oil isn’t boosted with false scent, it’s packaging is cute, the product is real. It’s scent is not incredible, not what you expect from strawberries, but you can tell from that it is authentic, it is also a slightly off-putting green colour and feels quite oily, but oil is not a bad thing! People tend to get worried about using oil but it actually helps our skin.

The tan maximiser aftersun will be super useful during this massive heatwave, I can’t yet comment on if it does prolong your tan, I assume it is just super hydrating to the point your skin doesn’t peel as quickly which in turn prolongs your tan. Either way anytime I’m in the sun or even if it’s overcast I always use an SPF to protect my skin and usually forget about a super hydrating after sun! I feel like i’m always neglecting this part of the process so to get this product is super exciting.

Two of the products I was *a little* disappointed in were the 2 samples by GlamGlow and Bumble & Bumble. Emphasis on the little as the products actually work really well but there was just a bit of confusion here so I may be being a little unfair. I think my disappointment simply stems from my last @LIB box containing full sized products so I didn’t pay much attention in sizes here, it’s probably unreasonable given the size for me to expect a full size thirsty mud pack from GlamGlow.

I am disappointed in myself for not realising their parent company is Estée Lauder meaning they are not a cruelty free brand. This was an honest mistake though and really lets future purchasing of the product down as I’d probably have this as a staple if it wasn’t for that. I found this out after the box came so will make use of it so it doesn’t go to waste but won’t be purchasing another box if it comes with this brand which is a shame as they’re featured in a fair few LIB boxes and would probably be a brand I’d purchase regularly otherwise.

Finally the Bumble and bumble dry shampoo came to me as another sample size, you can see results immediately with dry shampoo which makes me feel like a smaller size of this would be ok in this box, if it wasn’t for the ‘not for sale’ plastered on the front which ruins the illusion of this being handpicked for the box and, just being honest here, seems like LIB managed to get their hands on a lot of samples and picked this just for filler. It’s good, it works, but the thought that went into this going in here just lets it down personally.

Overall thoughts on the box

Love these products! There’s a nice range, I’m usually pretty set on my skincare but being forced to try new things is good because I may find something that works even better! This box has saved me in quarantine as I’ve ran out of eyebrow, aftersun and foundation and it’s not like I can just nip out to get these things as I’m still thankfully working. I’m super excited that this box finally gave me the opportunity to try brands I’ve wanted to for a while.

I genuinely didn’t dislike even one of the products! Even the two I was a little disappointed by were down to me expecting something it was not rather than judging it blind and I get that. I’d be wanting more full coverage and buildability from the foundation for the hefty price tag but I think their demographic could be for slightly older women who want something lightweight and invisible. 5 shades isn’t the most diverse either but i’m lucky enough to be able to use this. Frankly it’s another fantastic box from LIB and i’m excited for them to release more cruelty free ones for me to try!

Too Hot to Handle? Summer Heatwave Edition.

This week has definitely been one for the books. The heatwave we’re currently in is frankly unbearable for the majority of us British people who are used to brisk winds and constant rain. Although it’s welcome for me I forsee lobster season for my skin! Factor 50 come at me!

For those of you who don’t follow my instagram @ohsoviki I started a new job at the beginning of the month. I am absolutely loving the variety of it and it’s definitely playing to my strengths. It’s great to meet new people, especially as I don’t know too many people down south yet, it’s also fun to hear lots of stories from people in my industry and get to learn from them.

This week I was asked to work on a remote broadcast for a some garden equipment promotion and guess what day they picked? Of course, the hottest day of the year! It made us incredibly busy testing out all of the equipment alongside dismantling a studio, but I guess it’s more productive than sitting in said studio watching ancient aliens at 6am which was how we spent the previous day.

It was a sweltering 36 degrees and we had 3 hours of solid shooting (with an hour off for myself personally directing from the gallery which I was so happy for as it’s constantly cool in there). The crew were hiding under umbrellas and we had to set some equipment up next to a fan and if still overheated! Overall it was really fun to work on though and I can’t wait to do more!

My nights are usually spent relaxing now. I’ve been decluttering my flat (it no longer looks like the tip from my first picture on this post! Promise!) and also got back into gaming. I am addicted to The Last of Us! It has been on my shelf for years and I just never got around to it despite how good everyone says it is. It’s not what I expected at all but has not failed to disappoint, and with the second one finally releasing recently I felt like it was time to finally get my ass into gear and play it.

This weekend is my weekend off so today I ventured out to prepare for a bbq I am having. As well as my first time in a shopping centre in months! I weirdly found my favourite purchase in lidl which was this adorable cactus llama. The weekend will be filled with testing out all of my new products that I have received so keep an eye out here for more reviews!

How are you all coping with this heat? Especially during lockdown? Let me know in the comments!

Lockdown Adventures – An unexpected journey.

An 11 duckling rescue mission.

Despite being in lockdown the weather last weekend was too good to pass up, I grabbed a book and decided to sit out in the garden with a glass of pink gin and lemonade. I live in a house with 4 flats, 1 of which is currently unoccupied, so we have a front and back communal garden that we can take advantage of and still be socially distant.

I was beckoned over by my neighbours to the corner of the garden where they hold a small vegetable patch. As I was walking over I noticed some scurrying within the patch then all of a sudden a small duckling fell 10ft from the laylandii above. My neighbour told me she had been in the garden when all of a sudden the mother duck fell from the tree and the other 11 babies followed. One even fell on her head! This wasn’t the first time this happened either, she informed me this had happened every summer for the past 3 years! I have a feeling that a neighbour owns a pond and the mother leaves the nearby park to nest then gets lost finding her way home!

THE RESCUE MISSION BEGINS!

We were very cautious trying to round up the ducklings, they escaped the patch twice but found their way back in and then we blocked them into there whilst we prepared transport. Due to my neighbours being very vunerable to the current co-vid situation I offered to take the ducklings to the park and was lucky they had experience with this situation.

They prepared their dog cage and a bucket as in previous years putting the ducklings in the cage allowed them to squeeze through the gaps and escape whilst in the car. The plan was simple, wear gloves so we do not scent them so they are not disowned, put the mother in the dog cage then the ducklings in the bucket so they cannot escape, then put them in the cage with the mother duck, drive them to the pond and release them. Simple. Right?

Simple in thought. As soon as we’d got the mother into the cage the babies had no one to follow, they all started running everywhere and managed to get out of the patch. Good thing I thought to count them before as I had to run across the garden to get to the one behind the shed! Four of us managed to wrangle them all and reunite them with their mother.

Then came the transfer to the pond. I was so worried the bucket would tip over in the car so was driving as gently as I possibly could, especially as I had multiple speedbumps to manouveur.

Releasing them had to be quick so that none were left behind. The pond they now live in is very populated and it did cross my mind that it may cause some issues. One male duck tried to fight the mother as soon as we released them but she fought back, defended her ducklings and they all swam away to their forever home.

It certainly wasn’t how I was expecting to spend the majority of my day but it was a welcome change in lockdown. How are you coping with lockdown? Let me know your bizarre encounters in the comments!