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BEAUTY BOX // LOOK FANTASTIC OKTOBER

I like, I LOVE beauty boxes. It’s like getting a surprice every month – except for the fact that I pay for it myself 😉


The market for beauty boxes and “surprise”in general seems to be growing and you have a lot of choices. I have only once been subcribed to a beauty box – and it was fine but then again not totally worth trowing £15 after it every month. You also HAD to be subcribed for the box every month – which my wallet wasn’t really hooting for. So I’m so happy that Look Fantastic came out with this badass beauty box where you don’t have to be tied up – you only have to remember to order next months box before it gets sold out. Easy peasy. 

This is the first box – out of, hopefully, many – I have received. I think it is a quite nice box for only £15 if I might say so. As you can see on the pictures I got 7 products which I’m looking forward to test and review on a later stage. 

All of the products are travel size which is nice when you’re trying new products out. One product however is full size, the Balance Me Facial Expression Filler which is £22 – this product costs more than the whole box – woot woot! 

Here’s a list of all the products, prices and links:

L’oréal Professionnel Serie Expert Pro-Keratin Refill (Shampoo 75 ml) – Full Size 250 ml, £10.99
L’oréal Professionnel Serie Expert Pro-Keratin Refill (Hår Maske 75 ml) – Full Size 200 ml, £13.99
Korres Citrus Shower Gel (50 ml) – Full Size 250 ml, £8
KMS California Free Shape Quick Blow Dry (75 ml) – Full Size 200 ml,  £11.45
Balance Me Facial Expression Filler (15 ml) – Full Size 15 ml, £22 
Gatineau Paris Collagene Expert Ultimate Smoothing Cream (15 ml) – Full Size 50 ml, £54.19
This Works Sleep Plus Pillow Spray (5 ml) – Full Size 75 ml, £25 (not shown)

Have you tried any of the products? Or the box? 

Lots of love
Marie-Louise xx

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BEAUTY BITS, REVIEW

Review // L’oréal Paris Miss Manga Mega Volume Mascara

Yes, I’m one of those lucky ones with great eyelashes which means that I rarely find a mascara that I don’t like at all. I can almost always find some that I like or that I really really love. This isn’t the case though. I don’t want to get all negative about this mascara – but I think a good blog contains both the positive but also negative reviews. So here it goes. This mascara is the L’oréal Paris Miss Manga Mega Volume. I won this mascara and a whole box full of wonderfull makeup, thanks to you – so thank you or… Ah, just kidding. 

I have heard quite a bit about this one – from a lot of UK bloggers and youtubers and I’m just not as impressed as everyone seems to be. First of all, I really don’t like the bending function but I think that’s a matter of personal taste. Another thing that I’m not keen on is the tapered brush. I have owned ones with tapered brushes that worked fine but in this case – nah. It is like the product accumulates to the “top” part of the brush which means that the inner lashes gets to much product on them. 

Lastly – I really don’t like the formulation. It is sticky, has a weird smell.. The smell is something I could be okay with if the formulation was good. 

Funny story – that wasn’t so fun: One of the days I tested it I had to go to work. I jumped on the bike and it was windy with a lot of small bugs in the air. The mascara was SO sticky that the small bugs got stuck on my lashes – what the F… No go mascara for me! 

No-go’s:

– Bending funktion – personally not my taste
– Non-functioning tapered brush
– Too much product gets on the inner lashes 
– Sticky and smelly

Have you tried the Miss Manga Mega Volume Mascara? What were our experience?


Lots of love
Marie-Louise xx

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1-2-3 TESTING // HEAD & SHOULDERS THICK & STRONG SERIES

I just got my hands on these beauts. I have heard a bit about this line from Head & Shoulders through edifferent youtubers and I was intrigued. I want thicker and stronger hair – but everbody wants that, right? I saw them at the local supermarkedet and they where om offer – stupid not too. 


I have, actually, always had prejudices about Head & Shoulders’ products. I don’t know why – maybe the fact that my flakey dad always used – and still – uses a shampoo from the brand. But now I feel like they are trying to target a younger crowd which is nice. Another theory is that I’m getting older and moving into their target group! I much prefer the first theory 😉 

I won’t get into too much detail as I’m going to do a review in a month or so, when I have been testing it – and testing it good. The product from the line I’m most looking forward too is .. Yes, you guessed it – the Extra Thickining Treatment. It just have a fun concept plus a weird pump-thingy which you are supose to place on the scalp and pump the the product out. Easy peasy .. and fun. 


Have you tried any products from Head & Shoulders – or even this line? What did you think?


Lot of love
Marie-Louise xx

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BEAUTY BITS, REVIEW

Curly Curls // Redken Curvaceous Curl Dive

180 ml, £29
Do you have natural curls? And have you straighten your too much and are having difficulties getting the curls back? Look no further Redken Curvaceous Curl Dive has come to your rescue! Yes, I am aware that this sounds just like a sales pitch which it kinda of is but then not.

I have a lot of hair, a lot of thick to normal hair, non coloured (at the moment) with natural curls. Coloured hair and curls tend to need a lot of moisture – I need to apply oil to my hair everyday otherwise it will get dry. Crunch, crunch

Due to a straight hair trend, I straighten my hair a little too much and I now have difficulties getting my natural curls back. I miss my curls! So when I saw a review of this, I knew that I had to try it myself. It is my first Redken product, I think, and I am very impressed. I plan to try other products from the Curvaceous range – do let me know if you have any recommendations? 

Now to the review of this gorgeous hair mask. The best thing about this hair mask is its consistency! It is very thick and buttery consistency – just the way I like my hair masks! It has a lovely but very subtle nutty scent. And now that I’m sat hair smelling my hair I find hat the scent does not linger which I like! I have one dislike though – why the H are hair masks almost always in a pot? It’s so annoying. Water is everywhere in the shower – doh! And it is everywhere in my pot of hair mask. 

I use this hair mask once a week. I usually use it after I have used my loved deep cleansing shampoo (do let me know if you want a review). I find that that shampoo strips the hair and makes it ready to be dosed with moisture from the hair mask. I let it do its job between 5-15 minutes – depending on how long my shower is that day. WOLA, but long lost curls are starting to come back to life! 

Overall;
– A hair mask for you if you either have very dry hair or/and curls that you want to bring back to life
– I really think that I will always have this in stock! I know that you can buy it at different hairdressers but take a look online too – you might find some great offers! 

Hope you liked this review – do remember to let me know if you have any recommendations within the same range or a totally different brand <3

Lot of love

Marie-Louise 

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Nails of the day // Classical Reds

To be honest I didn’t even own a red nail polish before I saw my mom had thrown this one out! I know, I know. It is kind of weird that I haven ever owned a classic red polish before – but I think I tend to go colours with a different edge to it! 

Oh – and mom didn’t threw this one out because it was bad or anything, she just hate the colour red for some reason and her husband at bought one for her. Yes, she actually said: “I have to many nail polishes!!” Wait, whaaat?  

This one work fine. It is from Max Factor Nailfinity 731 Redly Nightshade. It does not have any special brush or formular or anything but it works fine. I usually apply 2 coats of any of my nail polishes but this is pigmented enough for just one coat! I applied two – just in case, you know! 

To top this post of – I made a polywore with some reds that I might have to take more than one peek at. I need 1 (read: 10) more reds in my life! 

Classical Reds
Please let me know if you have any reds that I just need! I would love to get more as they are so classical! <3 

Lot of love
Marie-Louise 

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Empties // Skin Care + mini update

So I’m sat here listening to James Bay – I don’t know if I’m late to the game or what but you should do yourself that favour and listen to his gorgeous voice. I have a thing for male singers. I just love their voices. I have been listening to him the last couple of weeks – as I was writing my Work Experience Report and prepping for the oral examination which I finished yesterday! Yes FREEDOM.. for 1 week and then off to write my BA assignment! 
This post is going to be about skin care empties which will be no surprise do to the title. These empties I had to empty while I was in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam as I could not bring it home with me – might have shopped a bit (read: A LOT

L’ORÈAL Paris Skin Perfection3 in 1 Purifyring Micellar Solution is the first thing I finished and I love it. This is my 2. or 3. bottle and I got my sister hooked on it too. It cleanses beautifully – both face and eye make up! I just adore micealler waters. Right now I’m testing the Nivea one which is also very nice. 
Would I buy it again: Yes, definitely – just testing other waters as I write this post.

Next on we have another L’oréal offering; L’ORÉAL Paris Skin Perfection 15 Second Miracle Cleansing Oil which I actually wrote a whole post about quite some time ago but here is the link to it. It is a very easy product and it dissolves the make up in less than 20 seconds! 
Would I buy it again: Same answer as previous product.

Lastly I have a toner from Michael Todd True Organics Blue Green Algae Anti Bacterial Toner (wow a long name). This toner is one of my first toners and it is very nice indeed! I was actually looking on the MTTO site just yesterday as I was lustering for a new one. It does what a toner is suppose to but the anti bacterial effect helps me to not break out! I don’t have a particular blemish prone skin but I still feel that this one helps to not break out. 
Would I buy it again: Yes, yes – wups, on the MTTO site I went!


Have you tried any of these? Do you have any recommendations for substitutes? 

Lot of love 
Marie-Louise xx

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BEAUTY BITS, WISHWISH WANT

B-day Wish List // The One With The Beauty Bits

B-day Wish List // The One With The Beauty Bits
Do you know what day it is!? You probably know it, if you have been reading my 2 last posts (here and here) It’s my birthday! Yay! I hope you are having a great week so far? I am having my last interning-day at Triumph in Vietnam both sad but also happy as this means last days of free-time in Ho Chi Minh City before heading home Sunday evening. By then I have been here for 3 months – a great 3 months it has been I might say. I have a Vietnam Travels Series (new one will be up Friday) if you feel like taking a read. 

I am working all day today, but tonight.. Tonight we’re going to the best Mexican place in Ho Chi Minh City and I am so excited – hopefully we will be drinking cocktails at the highest building afterwards! 
But now to the wish list. I wanted to share my some beauty wish bits. Don’t worry, this isn’t the whole list but it would have been too huge of a post otherwise! Skincare is the first category. I really want to get more into skin care and these products are ones that I have been hearing loads about – Especially the Emma Hardie Amazing face Natural Lift and Sculpt Moriga Cleansing Balm – wowza a name! 

Make up wise I am so in love in the Lorac Pro palette! I kind of really need it in my life – as if I need more eyeshadows! Two other make up bits are two Nars products; The Radient Creamy Concealer and The Sheer Glow Foundation. I haven’t lost my Nars-virginity, these are definitely on the top picks! 

Next is the Brush Corner! I don’t really need a bunch of new brushes – or do I? Well, I really want to try Sigma brushes (yes I know, slaps her wrist). Zoeva brushes are brushes I hear a lot about in the whole youtube/blogger community. This set is just gorgeous. It’s from the Rose Gold Collection and I need them. 

Lastly, the hair! I have been on the hunt for the perfect heat protecting spray. This Bumble & Bumble Does It All Styling Spray is both heat protecting but also styling – as the name nicely informs you. The Moroccan Oil is something you NEED in your life and mine is totally empty. 

Do let me know if you have tried any of these products! I would love to know if they’re any good! 

Have a lovely day! <3

Lot of love
Marie-Louise xx

A little PS for my mom: Some of these products have links from Nicehair.dk & Makeup-online.dk *hint, hint*

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