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Jun. 11.

Tested Thursday: The Glossybox

tt-glossybox-thI was lucky enough recently to win a three month subscription to Glossybox, the British monthly subscription beauty box. I was happy, as I had never subscribed to any of these before, always wondering if they did really work out as value for money. I was late applying for the May box, which arrived last week, and luckily, the June box arrived today, which, for Tested Thursday, gives me a chance to compare two months side by side.


The theory behind Glossybox is quite simple. You pay for a subscription (monthly is currently £10 per box, conversion needed to Euro for a rough cost each month) and each month you get sent 5 products, typically deluxe samples, with some full sized products thrown in too. You should be able to find a product each month that you love, and get more than what you are actually paying. It sounds great, but I have always been doubtful. Some months can look amazing, while others solicit an emphatic MEH! Let’s see what was in the May & June boxes though.

May 2015:


  • SASS Intimate Perfect Skin Concentrate (30 ml sample)
  • Zerreau Towel Off Shampoo Foam (70 ml sample)
  • Etre Belle Aloe Vera Mousturising Gel (40 ml Full Size)
  • MeMeMe Enchanted Eyes Eye Pencil (Full Size)
  • Philosophy Renewed Hope in a Jar Moisturiser (7ml sample)

Seeing these products arrive in the May box made me hopeful  that all boxes would contain a healthy mix of full sized products and generous samples of products that I would want to try. The shampoo looks like a great idea, while the others invite me to at least try them. For a box to start on, this was a good one I thought!

June 2015:


  • MONU Spa Rosewood Reviving Mist (50ml sample)
  • Glossybox Flash Tattoos (Full sized product)
  • Halo Fragrance Free Facial Wipes (Travel size)
  • Kueshi Anti Cellulite Booster (Full sized product)
  • Essence XXXL Shine Lipgloss – Pretty In Hibiscus (Full sized product)

And here it all falls apart. 3 full sized products they say, including a sheet of temporary tattoos and an Essence lipgloss. I have nothing against Essence, but this is not what I was expecting. The facial wipes will end up getting used on my hands eventually as a quick tidy up product, the tattoos may sit around for ever, and the only product that I am really interested in is the MONU Spa mist.

Okay, if I’m being honest, I won this as a prize. I have not lost anything here. The May box looked impressive, but the June one was distinctly underwhelming. Come on Glossybox! You are vying for my hard earned money, and you have one month left to WOW me, because based on what I have seen so far, I am very unconvinced by the hit & miss nature of the game you are playing!

Are you a Glossybox subscriber? What did you think of recent boxes? Leave me a comment and help me make my mind up!


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Jun. 07.

Third Birthday Giveaway Spectacular!

giveaway-thOn Monday, I proudly announced that I had been blogging for three years, and I also announced that I was due to do a giveaway to celebrate! Well, that time has come. It is time to announce the Third Birthday Giveaway Spectacular!

Being a third birthday, it is only fitting that I have three prizes to give away, and they are…

Prize 1:

prize 1

A selection of products from Kiss Nails, including:

  • Gel Fantasy Nails (Painted Veil)
  • imPRESS Manicure (Working Girl & Starstruck)
  • imPRESS Pedicure (Shooting Star & Color Me Happy)

Prize 2:

prize 2

A Goody Bag from Wet ‘n’ Wild, including:

  • Mega Rocks Nail Polish (Waiting For My Solo)
  • Idol Eyes Shadow Pencil (Techno)
  • FOUR Mascaras (Mega Plump, Mega Protein, Mega Impact & Max Volume Plus)
  • Coloricon Lip Pencil (Fab Fuchsia)
  • Glassy Gloss Lipgloss (Glass Confusion)
  • Megaslicks Balm Stain (Nudist Colony)
  • Megaslicks Lip Glosses (Strawberry Ice, Seedless Watermelon, Cherry Glaze & In A Tutu)

Prize 3:

prize 3

A bit of everything, including:

  • Herbal Essences Dry Shampoo
  • bBold Flawless Legs tan (dark)
  • Sinful Colors Nail Polish (Blue By You)
  • Physicians Formula Super BB Concealer (Medium/Deep)
  • Sleek i-Quad (Medusa’s Kiss)
  • Max Factor Excess Shimmer Shadow (Copper)
  • Mondss Underarm Wear patches
  • Ziaja Natural Olive Cream
  • Prairie Charms Hair Tie
  • Prairie Charms Purple Heart Nail Vinyls

There may also be other little surprises included in every prize, but to find out, you are going to have to win one. How do you win one I hear you ask? Well, it is very simple! The giveaway opens at midnight tonight (07 June) and lasts for seven days. To enter, just follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter box below. It’s that easy!

Thank you for being such wonderful readers and I hope to be congratulating some lucky lucky people at the end of next week!

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Note: Due to postal restraints this giveaway is open to UK & Ireland entries only. Should an ineligible winner be selected another entry will be chosen. This is also the case where contact cannot be made with a winner. I hate adding additional rules to things, so we will leave it at that. Have fun!

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May. 08.

New Launches: Physicians Formula Comes To Ireland

stand of happinessIn June something amazing is happening. A US brand is coming to Ireland. A brand famous for its bronzers, powders, minerals, and for being natural. Finally, Physicians Formula is coming to Ireland.

Founded in 1937 by eminent Allergist Dr. Frank Crandall, solely to cope with his wife’s sensitive skin, Physicians Formula has grown into a megabrand, and has been credited with a number of firsts, including being the first company to create a line of hypo-allergenic makeup, the first to introduce SPF to makeup, and they develop over 50 new products each year! I was lucky enough to be invited to the press launch last night, and armed with my trusty camera, I can now show you some of the beauties that we have to look forward to!

For a brand that promises so much from its products, you would expect more high end prices, but prices range from €10.90 for the Eye Definer Felt Tip Eye Marker, to €20 for the Cashmere Wear Ultra-Smoothing Bronzer, and most products fall in to the €15-€18 price range. That gets even better when I say that the majority of the eyeliners are sold as a pack of 3 complimentary colours, which will cost you €16.90, or the equivalent of €5.63 each!


Some of my favourite items seen on the night include this Happy Booster blush, which, aside from looking amazing, contains mood boosting pheromones, to, well, make you feel happier. And seriously, how pretty is this? I heart it so much!

ph matchmaker gloss

Another brilliant idea comes from their PH Matchmaker range, in both their lipglosses and blush/bronzers. The blush and bronzer compacts have two tiny LED lights either side of the mirror, while the lipglosses have a mirror on the side of the tube, and a flashlight. No more trying to apply lipgloss in the back of a dark taxi!

sexy booster bronzer

Finally I have to point out the beauty of the packaging, which is just inspiring. Particularly look at this organic wear Mascara and Sexy Booster Bronzer (the shade of the bronzer didn’t come out right, but look at the gorgeousness of the lace and shoe!)

organic wear mascara

The rest of the pictures of the night are in the gallery below!


Super BB Kit

Picture 1 of 20

Super BB Kit (Powder, Cream, Concealer) Price TBC

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Feb. 06.

Best of Beauty: Skincare Saviours

Vichy-thHi, and welcome to the first of my Best of Beauty series, devised by the gorgeous, intelligent, kind, totally awesome, but sadly not single, Sam from All the Buzz. Every Thursday I will be sharing my Best of Beauty, starting today with week 1, and my skincare saviours.

My skin is a combination of normal to dry, so at times it does need a bit of help, but at the same time I don’t want to use anything too harsh on it, as that will just make things worse. These little beauties are just the ticket.


On the face:

You’ll see I have much love for Vichy products here. They are not overly expensive, are very effective, and most of all are gentle on my skin. In fact, all of these are due for repurchase soon, as they are all just about out.

Vichy Idealia Cream (€26/50ml – Boots.ie / SamMcCauley.com): I use this day and night, and my skin laps it up. It smells great too thanks to the Kombucha tea extract.

Vichy Purete Thermale One Step Cleanser (€13.95/200ml – SamMcCauley.com): I find this to be a more heavy duty cleanser than the Micellar Solution below, but is still very gentle. It is also great for taking off even the most stubborn eye makeup.

Vichy Purete Thermale Micellar Solution (€13.95/200ml – SamMcCauley.com): This is a great day to day cleanser. It is very light, and still quite powerful. It is more suited to day to day makeup, but even using it around the eyes it does not cause irritation, unless you’re pouring in serious amounts.

On the Body:

Not everything has to be upmarket. These next two are cheap as chips, and are HUGE! Seriously, look at the size of them! They’ll go on forever!

Cocoa Brown Tough Stuff (€7.99/200ml – Cloud10Beauty.com): The pink scrubby exfoliatey one. You don’t really need to use this one all over that often, but on areas that are known to suffer from slightly harder, tougher skin, a little bit of this will soon have it back in shape. It’s followed up by…

Cocoa Brown Chocolate Whip (€7.99/200ml – Cloud10Beauty.com): The chocolately, flowery, skin softener supreme. This smells gorgeous, soaks in super easily and punches far above what it’s price would have you think. If you haven’t heard of these yet, what rock have you been living under? Get out from there and get them NOW!

Honourable Mentions:


I haven’t included these above as they’re not things I would use every day, but if you’re looking for a bit of a skincare treat, these are worth considering.

Benefit B.Right Refined Finish Facial Polish (€27.50/127.5g – Debenhams.ie): I love using this once a week to help clear away any build up of dead skin cells. It’s super gentle, a little bit goes a long way, and I love the packaging. It is not the cheapest out there, but it does a great job for the price.

Benefit B.Right Ultra Radiance Facial Rehydrating Mist (€30/133.1ml – Debenhams.ie): Work in an office? Feel yourself drying out from heat in summer and heaters in winter. This is the thing for you. I originally bought this in duty free in Gatwick as I was trapped indoors for hours and was drying out rapidly. Fortunately this did an amazing job, and I now swear by it. I’m not using it as often while I’m not working, but I always appreciate a moisture boost when I do turn to it. Its light fresh scent is pleasing on the nose too!

So, talk to me. Do you agree with my saviours? Does it inspire you to try any of them? Have you tried any of them already? Let me know in the comments!


Best of beauty blog series:

  • Week 1: Skincare Saviours
  • Week 2: Hair Heroes (13 Feb)
  • Week 3: Makeup Must-Have (20 Feb)
  • Week 4: Pamper Products (27 Feb)
  • Week 5: Princess Product (6 Mar)
  • Week 6: Budget Bargain (13 Mar)
  • Week 7: Beauty Treatment (20 Mar)
  • Week 8: Beauty Bloggers (27 Mar)

Want to join in? Certainly do. Write up your “Best of Beauty” posts and share them with everyone on Twitter using the Hashtag #BOBBlogChallenge!

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