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Why I still Love A Beauty Box

Scrolling through Twitter recently I couldn’t help but notice an increase in negative feelings towards beauty Subscription Boxes. 

A couple of years ago it seemed the likes of Glossybox and Birchbox could do no wrong. Based on their success everyone wanted a piece of the action and there are now a huge variety of boxes to choose from. If you want high end there’s Cohorted. Is French Beauty your thing? We have My Little Box. Want something to make your monthlies a bit more appealing? Pink Parcel has you covered. Has the novelty worn off though?  Am I in the minority? I still love a beauty box you see. 

To settle my curiosity I ran a little Twitter poll. 


Of the 39 people that responded 56% said that they no longer enjoyed a Beauty Subscription Box. Perhaps they are falling out of favour then! 

If you are one of those people I would love to know why this is. For now though I’m going to share my reasons for still loving a Beauty Box. 

  • I love trying out different beauty products but don’t necessarily want to purchase a full size. What if I don’t like a product? What if it isn’t right for me? I’ve either wasted my money (If I really cant use it) or I’m stuck using a product I don’t like. 
  • It means I can afford to try out those expensive Beauty products I wouldn’t usually be able to afford. You can usually make huge savings if you are savvy. This is why I love Latest In Beauty. There is the option to curate your own box from a Huge menu of products. I usually do a little bit of googling to find out the RRP of products so I get the best value for money. 

    • I’m still discovering new brands all the time. QVC’s Tili Box is particularly good for this. I am eagerly anticipating their latest Box that is launching on September 1st. 
    • I am pushed out of my comfort zone. Often those surprise boxes contain types of products or shades that I wouldn’t ever consider choosing myself. I’ve discovered some of my favourite products in this way. 
    • It’s something to look forward too. I still get excited about the anticipation of receiving my monthly box of goodies. It almost feels like receiving a present. 

    I have to admit I do tend to get bored after a while if I am subscribed to an individual subscription for too long. Each company definitely tends to favour a few brands over others. 

    There are loads of different services I haven’t tried yet so I will just switch to someone else. I have my eye on The Vegan Kind as I would like to be using more cruelty free and natural products. 

    If you love a beauty box service do share your favourite in the comments below. 

    Nude by Nature Perfecting Concealer 

    I’m always on the look out for a good Concealer. To be quite frank when it comes to Concealer I’m hard to please. 

    I want something that provides high coverage, blends easily, doesn’t cake and  stays put, all without clogging my pores and aggravating any breakouts. Oh and I almost left out non creasing. 

    As part of Feelunique’s pick & mix service I recently tried out this Concealer from Australian brand Nude by Nature. Though it’s not perfect, it does come very close. 

    Nude by Nature produce Mineral Makeup using Australian native ingredients.The products do not contain any synthetic ingredients or preservatives, and are 100 % Cruelty Free and PETA certified 

    The combination of ingredients offer Makeup with skincare benefits. 

    Key Ingredients includes;

    Kakadu Plum – An anti-oxidant and natural source of highly concentrated Vitamin C.

    Ceramic Extract – Provides anti inflammation and hydration.

    Avocado oil – Moisturisers, repairs and protects.

    Jojoba Oil – An anti-oxidant and helps to restore skin elasticity.

    Kaolin Clay – Purifys and helps to remove toxins. 

    Shea Butter – Provides an intense hit of moisturisation. 

    The packaging is Gorgeous. It looks and feels luxury with its rose gold caps and lids. 
    I have tried this out as both an under eye and spot covering Concealer. 

    The formula is very creamy and feels hydrating. As an under eye concealer it works great. It blends well and doesn’t crease or settle in fine lines. I like to use the pointed end of a beauty blender to tap it on.    With setting spray it lasts well enough throughout a full 8 hour shift at work. 

    I found that it covered skin discolouration and imperfections well but didn’t fully cover major spots. A key pro for me though is that it didn’t aggravate or make spots any worse. 

    As Concealers go this is teetering towards the more expensive end of the spectrum with an RRp of £20. Feelunique are currently selling it with 20% off at £16 

    At this price I am definitely tempted to purchase a full size of this concealer. Fortunately for now I do have a second sample of this concealer that I am currently using. 

    Dupe Alert! | The £5 alternative to Illamasqua hydra veil 

    I am a huge a fan of Illamasqua hydra veil £32I did a full review of this hydrating gel primer back in December. I won’t go into too much detail about that product now as I would just be repeating myself. If you want to read that indepth review you can do so here. What am going to talk  about  today  though is a budget dupe I have for the primer.

    The Skin Define Hydro Prima MUA £5 is a great purse friendly alternative to the Illamasqua’s cult primer.

    Now I’m going to get the flaws of opting for the budget alternative out of the way first. You aren’t going to get the same skin care benefits of the original from the MUA offering but it is 1/6 of the price.

    However If you are looking for a hydrating aqua based primer that performs in a similar way then this will do just that.

    It feels just as light and refreshing on the skin and plumps up those fine lines so you have a perfectly smooth base for applying foundation.

    In terms of longevity it isn’t quite as good as the Illamasqua primer but not enough to stop me using this for work on an everyday basis. Let’s be honest here for special occasions I will always reach for the original.

    Visually and texture wise the product is very similar. Both have a very jelly like texture that settles back smoothly in the jar after being disturbed.

    The MUA packaging is very basic looking in comparison but then if it had super fancy packaging it would cost a lot more than £5.


    The MUA Skin Define Hydro primer is a budget dupe definitely worth trying out if you can’t justify spending out £32 on Illamasqua hydra veil. 

    Have you tried either of these primers before? If you have tried both do you agree with me? As always share your thoughts in the comments. 

    Anne Semonin Express Radiance Eye Cubes | Product Review 

    Today I have for you a product review. I’ve been having a play around with the Anne Semonin express radiance eye cubes. Some might say that this product is an expensive gimmick, I however quite like them. 


    My misspent youth saw me have one too many late nights and regularly falling asleep drunk with my eye make up on? Yep I was a bit of a bad girl! 

    Meanwhile my partner in crime bestie, no matter how drunk she was, would always remove her makeup. She has always had better skin than me. Hmmm….I wonder why that is? 

    Eventually her good example did rub off on me. That and being freaked out by a story once told to me by a makeup artist.  Apparently every time you go to bed with your makeup on it ages you by 10 days. Bugger! 

    Yes so I’m a changed women and and religiously remove my makeup of an evening, followed by a good cleanse and moisturise. 

    Here’s the thing though…. very occasionally I revert back to that bad girl of my youth. Usually this is when I may have had one to many and had to put to bed by the husband. Yes the poor man has seen me in a few states. Trouble is now in my mid thirties that bad behaviour will show on my face the next morning. I end up looking a swollen puffy hot mess! Thank good for these stashed in my freezer then. 

    Here is what the brand has to say about them; 

    Anne Semonin’s Express Radiance Eye Cubes are perfect for soothing stressed, irritated eyes whilst firming and nourishing the delicate eye area.
    These little ice cubes are made using  Marine Spring Water & Hyaluronic Acid to help provide hydration & condition the delicate eye area.  Ginkgo Biloba helps stimulate micro-circulation and Gourd Extract alleviates inflammation and puffiness. Bioflavonoids dramatically improve the appearance of dreaded dark circles so eyes instantly appear brighter, tighter & well rested.

    I keep my ice cubes stored in the freezer so that the are good to go when I need one. Each cube is  in individually sealed in a capsule to keep them hygienic. Once removed from the capsule you pop it into the little bag provided and press this under each eye till it has melted. Im guessing the bag is to protect yourself from accidentally giving yourself an ice burn. 

    This does feel very refreshing, especially if your eyes are feeling sore and tired. 

    Now I’m not going to lie. At £45 for 6 that is an expensive price to pay for being naughty. These are for emergency use only! 

    Expense aside, If you look at my before and after pictures these do work wonders. Yes I got away with my bad behaviour on this occasion didn’t I! 


    As these are so expensive I am going to have a little experiment to see if I can make my own. If I’m successful I will share a little DIY 

    Have you any tips for getting rid of puffy bags? 

    Do share in the comment section. 

    3 Disappointing Beauty Products | #blogmas 13

    I have always been a bit reluctant to do a dedicated disappointing beauty products post as it seems a very negative thing to do and I try to keep this blog a positive space. Actually though it is just as important to share the dud products as it is the rave reviews. Not only does it demonstrate honesty but it also might save someone else from wasting their time and money on those duds. 

    So enough waffling, here are 3 products I have been very disappointed with. 


    L’OREAL Nude magique cushion foundation – 

    When this was launched at the start of the year there was a lot of hype around  this foundation. It had been a while since any drug store brand had realeased anything that could be considered innovative. L,Oreal though was ahead of the game in just doing just that with the ‘cushion foundation’. 

    Lots of high end brands have released their own version of the cushion foundation  including Mac, YSL and Lancôme. This promised to be a more purse friendly option. Though at £14.99 I still consider this to be expensive for a high street brand. 

    Having had a play around with mine for the last month I can honestly say that I don’t ‘get the hype’. I find it difficult to apply enough product with the included sponge to satisfy covering flaws and even with a setting spray it wears off really fast. 

    I know this is supposed to a very natural looking light weight finish so perhaps my coverage issue is personal preference, I do expect my foundation to stay put though.

     I also have issues with how little product you get for the price. £14.99 is at the top end of the scale for drug store foundations. It doesn’t actually say on the packaging how much product you are getting for your money, just 14.6g e. In other words no  fluid quantity and this probably includes the weight of the sponges. 

    As a consumer you are actually paying for a fancy pants packaging delivery system rather than any product. It is not good value for money. Pheww!! That turned into a bit of a rant. 

    Natural Collection Brow Gel dark brown – 

    Priced at just £1.99 I had such high hopes for this product as a budget friendly alternative to some of the more expensive brow products on offer. 

    It’s not a terrible product but it is a pain in the arse. Application wise it’s great the problem I have is it smudges like a Son of a B! When I was using my Urban Decay all nighter setting spray to set it down it was fine. Since running out of that and using the brow gel with my other options I’m experiencing major smudging again. 

    Basically It is far too much of an effort to make this product work hence its made its way to the disappointing product list. Sorry natural collection I usually love your products! 

    Avon Advance Techniques Large Barrel Brush – 

    So this is the second of these brushes I have had. The first one I sent back thinking perhaps I had just received a dud. Nope! The second brush has recently done exactly the same. Though it did last longer this time. 


    As you can see from my picture the glue securing the barrel to the handle keeps coming away. Now I’m not particularly rough with a hair brush, but I do like to pull tight when I rotate the brush so I get a sleek blow dry. I can only assume the glue is melting with the heat of my hairdryer?? However I only ever use it on a medium heat setting so why is this happening?? Im chalking this up as ‘not fit for purpose’. 

    Have you tried any of these products and experienced any issues? Maybe you love them so let me know how you make them work for you. 

    Feel unique’s Pick ‘n Mix sample service

    I was a having a little browse at the Feelunique website the other day and stumbled across a handy little Pick ‘n Mix sample service they are currently offering. Of course I had to try it out for myself, for review purposes of course!


    How it works is simple. You choose five samples from their extensive sample list, there is just under 400 different samples to choose from at the moment, they then send them out to you at home. 

    You will be charged £3.95 service fee but this is then returned to you in the form of a credit/gift voucher code to spend on the site at a later date. So essentially your samples will be free. 

    The size of the samples vary depending on what is available at the time. As you can see from my choices there is the odd larger luxury sample available as well as smaller sachet sizes. 

    I’m looking forward to trying out the Xen-Tan fresh tanning mouse. I recon I can get at the very least two uses out of this. Just look how pale I am at the moment, I am in need a little tanning TLC. 


    It took just under a week for my samples to arrive, the £3.95 gift code was sent to me straight away in the confirmation email though. This is valid for a year so if you didn’t want to spend it straight away you could save it. As its a gift voucher code you can also use more than one in a single transaction. It’s worth bearing in mind though that you can only receive one batch of samples in a 30 day period.

    I have already redeemed my voucher code without any problems. I loved the La Roche Posey rosaliac CC cream so wanted the full size product. 

    I’ve found this a great way off trying before you buy, especially if it’s a pricier product that I’m not sure if I’ll like. No more buying mistakes for me? 

    I definitely recommend giving this service a try. 

    The August Libbie Club Deals 

    Once again Libbie club have sent me a box of beauty products to sample and review. Each month the Libbie club has a selection of deals including some great money saving offers from an exciting range of Brands

    The offers this month include;

    Indeed Labs Nanoblur 30ml 15% off RRP – £16.99

    This product claims to instantly correct and perfect the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. 

    I have only tried this out once so far, so it’s to early to say whether this is a wonder product. 

    I patted it into the resting line I have  on my forehead after I had applied my liquid makeup and before applying any powder products as per the instructions. It did reduce the depth of the line but it didn’t completely disappear. Promising then! 

    The jury is still out on how effective this as a long term solution but I promise I will get back to you once I have used it some more. 

    Nizz Cosmetics Lustre Lipstick – £16

    This is a lovely creamy feeling lipstick that is vegetarian, hypoallergenic and free from parabens. I have the shade cashmere nude which I have swatched for you below. 

    Can we also take a moment to appreciate the gorgeous packaging. Visually It reminds me of a Dior lipstick plus it feels very luxurious and weighty to hold. This is a new UK brand from ex nurse turned beauty buff Charlene, I’m impressed so far. 


    Mizon Placenta Ampoules Cream 50ml 20% off RRP – £20.40

    Libbie club claim that the placenta extract in this cream is plant derived. I’m not totally convinced by this if I’m honest with you. 

    Why? Well I can’t find anywhere on the packaging claiming this. 

    I spent a good couple of hours scouring the Internet trying to reasearch more about this product, but can’t actually find anywhere that says where the placenta extract is sourced from. 

    Typically skincare brands originally used pig or sheep placenta though some Korean brands are now actually use plant placenta. This is a Korean brand so I could be plant derived, I can’t find the evidence to 100% back up that claim though. 

    Having put snail slime on my face before I’m not that squeamish about ingredients so I have still tried this cream out. Placenta is also a bi product of natural birth so I would expect the animal not to be harmed in its extraction. 

    The cream is very rich and has a plesent scent to it and do feel my skin feels much more hydrated since using this. However  I have had a few more spots appear than usual since using this so if you have oily/combination skin like myself you may find this does the same for you. 

    There are loads of other offers available right now from Libbie club including a fab weekend special for fans of French skincare brand  Caudalie. 

    This is 30% of cult skincare favourite Caudalie Instant Detox Mask, making it it the lowest price currently available at just £15.20 plus p&p. You have to act first to benefit from that offer as it ends at midnight Sunday 21st August. 

    Me I’ve already made a cheeky purchase of that for myself as I didn’t want to miss out. 

    How to fake a sun kissed face with Boots Natural Collection

    Who like me is not having a holiday this year? For your sakes I hope not many. 

    Don’t feel too sorry for me, I had two fabulous holidays last year. We have just decided to be sensible with money in 2016. 

    If like me you’re  not going abroad for some sun and feel you are going to miss out, fear not as I have the answer to creating the look of that post holiday glow thanks to Boots Natural Collection. 

    To achieve this natural sun kissed look I used just four products from Natural  Collection.

    • Tinted Moisturiser – Natural
    • Pressed Powder – Warm
    • Sun Tint – Golden Glow 
    • Blushed cheeks – Pink Cloud

    As with the whole of Boots natural collection all items are priced at the super purse friendly price of just £1.99. 


      The trick to achieving a natural looking glow is to use a light coverage product such as a tinted moisturiser. You want to even out your complexion whislt still being able to see your actual skin. 

      I then set it with the pressed powder to reduce any shine.

      To create that sun kissed effect, I used my real techniques finishing brush to sweep Sun Tint over all the areas of my face that would naturally catch the sun. 

      Finally a sweep of blushed cheeks across the apples of my cheeks added some colour. 

      This takes less than five minutes!

      Having not used many products from the natural collection range since my teenage years it was great to have the chance to be reintroduced to the brand. 

      Considering how inexpensive it is I have been impressed with the quality of the products. 

      The Sun Tint in particular stood out to me as it has a good level of pigmentation, doesn’t look orange on the skin and blends easily. 

      The products do lean a little bit towards the powdery side but as long as you remember to knock any excess product of your brush this isn’t a major problem. 

      Fingers crossed we get some sun in the UK this year. You never know I may even get an actual tan! 
      *post features PR samples. 

      The 30 minute non surgical facelift! 

      Today I’ve been playing Guinea pig and have been trailing the Chin Up Mask that was sent to me by Libbie Club.

      This is a firming and contouring kit for the chin and neck that is intended to be a 30 minute Non-Surgical facelift. It claims that you can lose up to 2cms off your neck and chin area. 

      I was sent the trial pack that includes 2 masks a chin strap and a measuring tape. This retails for £29.99. A 10 pack refill pack of the masks retails for £59.99. 


      They key ingredients include:

      •  Corum 9235 to assist in lifting and contouring.
      • Q10 Coenzyme which acts as an antioxidant and helps with cell renewal.
      • Vitamin E to help maintain healthy skin. 

      This took me a few attempts to get the mask and chin strap in place correctly. It does come with written and some sketch instructions but they are not very clear, some photographs of the product in use would be more helpful. 

      This I believe is the correct way to wear it. Yes…interesting look. According to my daughter I look like I’ve broken my jaw. 


      It’s not too uncomfortable to wear. It does feel tight so if you are a bit wary of anything constricting around your neck you may not like this. 

      It also feels very hot, the best way I can describe it is similar to deep heat. 

      The big question is;

      Does it actually work? 

      Well I was sceptical, not going to lie! 

      However I used the tape measure included before and after use (ear to ear under chin) 

      Before – 21cms.

      After – 19.5cms.

      Holy crap it works!

       I have lost 1.5cms of chin chubbiness.

       I can’t say how long that will last for as I’ve only just used it, but I’m inclined to say the effects are temporary. It does suggest on the packaging for further improvement to use every other day. 

      I have one more mask in my kit but I’m saving it for a pre special event perk up. I’m attending a wedding next week. 

      If you fancy trying out the starter kit it is available from my Libbie Club page priced £29.99

      Thanks for checking out schoolrunbeauty.com , Bye for now, Katy x

      Saturated Colour’s #eSCexmeetup 

      Yesterday I was one of several Essex based bloggers who had the opportunity to attend the #eSCexbbmeetup. The event was hosted by Essex’s very own independent cosmetic brand Saturated Colour

      Specialising in innovative lip products Sarurated Colour was launched in 2015, previously under the name of Kiss Cosmetics. 

      Creator Danielle Fenwick has focused on creating high quality lip products that remain at affordable prices. The brand is also 100% cruelty free with some products even being suitable for vegans. 


      During the Event we had the opportunity to take part in a lip art competition. Alas I didn’t win But it did mean we had the chance to have a good old play with many of the products. 

      The products I used to create my ombré lip look are listed in the picture below. 



      So far I am really impressed with all the products  I have tried. Everything is comfortable to wear, even the Make Me Matte, an ingenious product that will transform any lipstick into a matte finish. 
      We also had the chance to chat with other bloggers whislt enjoying some buffet and mocktails. Yum!


      We all went home with a goody bag of personally selected products to try out at home, including some coconut oil from vita coco, who sponsored the event. 

      I’m promised a sweep of sheerstick is perfect for busy mums like myself. 


      Off course I also did a tiny little bit of shopping whilst I was there. Well with a 3 for 2 offer I couldn’t not! I shall do a post later on with swatches and I depth review. 

      Thank you to the lovely ladies at Saturated colour for inviting me, it was a very fun afternoon. 

      Bye for now, Katy x