Lookfantastic Beauty Box December 2015 Edition

December is the month for parties and festivities so all eyes are firmly fixed on the Lookfantastic to see if they’ve managed to squeeze in a little glitz and glam into their December box. Well today it arrived and I’m ready to reveal the contents!

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The Lookfantastic Beauty Box is a monthly subscription service, that delivers to your door a selection of delux sample and travel sized beauty treats, and at £15 it always offers great value for money and a chance to sample some of the best products and brands in the beauty industry. So what is tucked inside this month’s pretty box and does it deliver on my expectations?

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Nails Of The Day – Little Ondine

Every now and then I read about a product and think “it’ll never work” and I must confess when I heard about the water-based, peel-off nail polish from Little Ondine I was more than a little dubious. Standard nail polish tends to chip and peel on me, often after little more than 12 hours wear and no matter what base and top coat I apply, so I expected a peel-off nail polish to start to lift the moment I so much as looked at the washing up. As it turned out how wrong I was!

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Little Ondine polishes made a splash early this year, with their unique formula consisting of natural resin, organic colourants and water. Free from nasties the other unique selling point of the polishes is that they simply peel off without the need for a seperate remover. My interest was certainly piqued although due to my reservations about the longevity I didn’t make the plunge, so imagine my delight when a duo of Little Ondine polishes featured in the November Pink Parcel? I couldn’t wait to finally try the brand out!

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Max Factor Velvet Volume False Lash Effect Mascara

It’s that time of year when there are parties a plenty, from the annual work’s do and Boxing Day family gatherings, to the obligatory New Year’s Eve bash, and of course to go with your carefully chosen outfit to impress friends and family you’ll want to knock them dead with amazing makeup. Well just in time Max Factor has launched the ultimate mascara to wow you this festive season and I’ve been lucky enough to try it out over the last week in order to bring you the low-down!

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Nanokeratin System

The hairdressing world has gone crazy for the revolutionary Nanokeratin System, a scientifically proven hair repair system that uses micro size molecules which are able to penetrate even the smallest hair fibres where they activate the inner hair cortex, creating a non-soluble, long-lasting shield against environmental elements. This salon treatment smooths the hair shaft, reducing frizz and enhancing shine. Straighteners and lengthy blowdrys can become a thing of the past, even months after your treatment.

At around £150 the Nanokeratin treatment isn’t cheap, so you’ll want to maintain it at home with the right products, developed by the same experts and using the same pioneering technology, and that’s where the Nanokeratin shampoo and conditioner I’m featuring today step in.

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October 2015 Empties

It’s that time of year when I step up my skincare and try to be a lot more disciplined when it comes to skincare, applying body lotion twice daily, switching my gel cleansers an oil cleanser, and using richer moisturisers. This is reflected in my October empties which includes moisture boosting sheet masks, a rich body butter and nourishing lotions.

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You Beauty Discovery – November 2015

One of my favourite monthly treats is the You Beauty Discovery box. An inexpensive subscription box, it costs only £6.95 and always features some big hitters in the beauty world. The best part is that you are able to select two of the products from a shortlist, meaning you can always be sure you receive products to your liking.

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November’s You Beauty Discovery box arrived last week and I was very excited to get stuck in and try out my beauty treats. As usual it had been a tough choice but I managed to whittle down the shortlist and choose two products, both of which this time were brands I knew and loved. So let’s take a look.

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Save Lancashire’s Museums

I don’t often deviate from the subject of beauty on my blog but one of my huge passions is the Arts, heritage and education so when I heard the Lancashire County Council plan on making massive budget cuts, which include the closure of dozens of local libraries and completely pulling the funding of five museums in the area, I was livid and wanted to put my view forward. I do hope my regular readers aren’t put off by my off-topic, bit of a rant, but here goes.

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Oil Pulling With Cocowhite

Coconut oil has become a buzz beauty ingredient recently and you can’t go anywhere without someone singing the praises of this multi-tasking oil. From keeping your skin hydrated to maintaining silky hair, and even cleansing, this oil does it all, but there’s a more novel use for coconut oil that you may not be familiar with – oil pulling.

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Oil pulling is basically gargling with oil to maintain oral health and whiter teeth. Said to pull out toxins, kill bacteria and improve general health the roots of oil pulling – also known as kavala or gundusha – lie in ancient Ayurvedic medicine, but Cocowhite has brought this concept bang up to date, taking it into the mainstream. I’ve had the pleasure of trying this out for you recently and am bringing you the results today.

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So Susan LipLove Bag – November 2015

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The November So Susan LipLove bag has landed; a pretty little makeup subscription the delivery always brightens up my day as well as shaking up my beauty regime! This month the I Love Chasing Dreams themed bag features a quote from American author H. Jackson Brown, whose inspirational books have regular made bestseller lists;

“When facing a difficult task, act as though it is impossible to fail. If you are going after Moby Dick, take along the tartar sauce.”

Similarly, when we are facing what look like insurmountable tasks, what better way to approach them than by donning perfectly applied lipstick and oodles of confidence? You can do it!

Packed into the beautiful canvas makeup bag, the November Lip Love subscription includes the following:

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