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August GlossyBox review and NEWS!

So, I know it’s been a super long time since my last post. Life has right royally got in the way, however I plan to be far more prolific over the next year. Some of you may know that in just 2 weeks I will be starting a theatrical makeup course at college and I plan to write at least once a week as a journal of my course. So be prepared for lots of pictures and write ups. 

But first, the August GlossyBox. I had intended to cancel my subscription as money has been rather tight of late, but I cancelled too late to stop the August subscription coming through (shucks, what a shame, eh!). I really don’t think I’ve ever had a bad box, some are certainly better than others but for the meagre £13 ish it’s always more than worth it. I love the surprise and having this wee treat once a month it really nice. Though I have considered maybe switching to a different beauty box company for a bit…any suggestions are welcome!


Both the outer box and inner box have had a minor re-design. The inner box looks a little more sleek and sophisticated with it’s matte finish, and the edges seem much sharper. The outer box is now a slick, glossy black with pink ribbon and bow design. The usual scrunched paper, tissue and ribbon packing grace the inside, as always making it feel like a posh gift.


First impressions are good, though I hadn’t spotted the square pot at first so it seemed a little lacking at first glance. 



L’aour Lalique- I rarely wear regular, alcohol based perfumes as I much prefer the depth and longevity of oils. The June Glossybox, however, had a sample of Fleur du Figuire by Roger and Gallet which is absolutely gorgeous and bucked my usual anti-parfum feeling. This perfume however isn’t quite as nice, it’s very thin and light which isn’t very me – I like a bold, deep and thick scent. I like that the card lists the scents, which seems to be more common in perfumes these days possibly as a way of setting them apart from cheap, synthetic scents. And the bottle design is very innovative, rather than the usual spray top there is a small lid which you pull off to reveal a closed top with 3 small holes, allowing you to dab on a view drops rather than a huge spritz. 



PEP Cosmeceuticals, SkinPep Super C25 serum – This is possibly my least favourite item. I do dislike having anti-aging products in my box for 2 reasons…one being I object greatly to the whole anti-aging beauty complex. Aging shouldn’t be feared and wrinkles show a life of emotion. I think most anti aging products to be snake oil, when all we really need to be doing is moisturising, wearing an SPF, keeping hydrated and avoiding smoking and drinking. I may well give the product a try but it’s not even an actual moisturiser, I only have a few lines anyway, so this will probably be given away to someone. My second reason is that I’m actually only 28 and I object to being told I need to protect myself from the scary boogyman of ageing even in my twenties. Nice eye dropper style bottle though.



Figs and Rouge hand cream in Rose Berry – Right, from negative to positive! I don’t tend to use hand creams often however I’ve realised that during my course I’m going to be doing a lot of washing my hands, handling things like latex, alcohol and using my hands a lot in general so I feel that my opinions on hand creams may change a lot. This has a lovely design, brightly coloured and bold. The scent is exactly what it says…rose berry. General positives all round!



Philip Kingsley Elasticizer – I have similar ideas about hair care as I do about anti-ageing products – snake oil. A hair care really does have more than it’s share of bollocks ingredients, or so-and so- Technology, and ‘science bits’. This here is a pre-shampoo ‘elasticizer’. A glorified leave-in conditioner that you then shampoo out. It just seems like another bogus product designed to trick us into adding another step to our haircare routine. I might try it as a bit of a pamper at some point but I don’t hold any hopes for it.



Kryolan for GlossyBox highlighter in Cashmere – This is quite exciting. This is the second Kryolan for Glossybox product I have, the first being a gorgeous blush. I’ll be using quite a lot of Kryolan in my course so it’s nice to have some that’s just for me. I’ve tried to swatch but it’s very tricky to photograph but you can see the slight shimmer on my hand. It’s the first time i’ve seen a ‘dewy’ product that I like, as I personally prefer a more matte face myself, but this seems like it will be nice for day to day and may provide a good base for applying some more intense powder shimmer for the stage.



Yves Rocher nail polish in Rose. – I’ve got a proper addiction to nail varnish with an ever growing collection of probably around 30 shades. While I tend to go for bolder, darker colours I’m oddly drawn to this shade. It’s a lovely soft, dusky pink. More grown up than baby pink but not too pastel. It’ has a very high gloss finish too and feels pretty tough and hard wearing. This is a super teeny bottle but I’ll get a few uses out of it I think. Also, Yves Rocher brings back memories of being at my gran’s house and going through her catalogue and fantasizing about buying all the cool products, I always liked ‘smellies’ as bath products were known in my family. 

The good outweighed the bad in this box. And even then the products I feel are bad are down to my distrust of pseudo-science in cosmetics…I’m sure others would appreciate them. 


IIIIIIIINNNNNN other news! There’s some great things coming to Bristol burlesque this autumn. 

Coochie Crunch:Electric Ladyland at Smoke and Mirrors starring myself and a whole host of awesome babes. Tickets

Bristol Burlesque Festival 2014 – Across 3 days and 3 venues with a whole day of workshops. Featuring national and international stars of burlesque and cabaret, again including me! Tickets and lineup


Review: Gracie lashes by The Vintage Cosmetics Company.

I had the extreme pleasure of winning this lovely set of lashes in a giveaway over at Paperbacks + Postcards last month.


While the Cath Kidson-esque packaging isn’t really my style I can see why these would appeal to the vintage 40’s/50’s girls out there.


As with the majority of lashes out there these came with their own glue, but as a rule I just don’t bother with the lash glue included with any lashes other than Eyelure, but they do get used for adhering things like rhinestones and whatnot. 


They looked great and lasted all day without re-glueing (but that may be down to the Eyelure glue, not sure). They went on super easy, first time. They have a very thin, clear thread base which makes them super easy to fit to the eye, so this is a plus for sure. I’m pretty confident they are strong enough to last a fair few more wears but are very light too. 

So I give them a very positive 4 out of 5! They are great for adding some length and some flutter but aren’t very thick. I’ll probably layer them up with a thicker pair for on stage. 

This is the end look I went for, complete with a metallic violet lip!ImageImage



Valentine’s GlossyBox Unwrap

Valentine’s GlossyBox

I’ve been waiting with bated breath for this to arrive this week. I’ve been a little on the gloomy side and have been really looking forward to this little treat. And what with it being the Valentine’s special I knew it would be a good one, unfortunately last month’s box left a lot to be desired but they’ve saved themselves with this one.

P1150299My first reaction was ‘This is a good one. This is a very good one’, said out loud to my poor ill husband who is on the sofa with me. Look at all those full sizes!!

P1150300Toni & Guy Creative Stick It Up Gum, I’ve been thinking about some new hair product for a while and this is spot on for my short back and sides and big long quiff on top.

P1150301I rarely use eyeliner pencils, generally sticking to liquid liners for a cat eye flick, however this product really intrigues me. Maybelline Master Kajal in pitch black, it has that unforgettable Indian/Middle Eastern style khol liner look to it. I know this is not going to be one for precise application or a cat eye flick, but I think it could be great for a Theda Bara looklook.


Now I’m not a big red wearer, in burlesque it’s the typical look…red nails red lips and whatnot. But I like to buck trends and and avoid the typical colours in favour of things like metallic green or rich purple. Buuuut knowing how good Ciaté are as a brand I will definitely give this one a try. The shade is Hot Chili and is an orange toned red, or vermilion as I would call it, and reminds me of Chinese lacquer wear.

P1150305Now this is one I’m not so confident about. It looks and smells a bit teenage. But I do like a nice sheer pink gloss so it could layer well. It’s Miners Cocktail Kiss gloss in Manhattan.

P1150306This is Body Shimmer by Nougat, supposedly in ‘Cherry Blossom’ but just smells vaguely floral/sweet, I’ve tried a little on the back of my hand and is no where near sparkly enough for on stage but could provide a good base for body glitter to stick to. Not feeling too confident about this one either but it could mix well, I may be able to salvage it by adding some loose glitter or shimmer powder.

P1150307And last of all is a nice little treat, Lindt Lindor bar which I shared with poor husbear. Firm milk chocolate and smooth filling, yummy!

So I’ll try and do some more in depth reviews when I get round to trying these all properly.

Ally Katte