My Beauty Junction

Friday, October 24, 2014

Memebox All About Brows review, unboxing, codes

Memebox All About Brows review, unboxing, codes
I hope everyone is having as enjoyable a week as I am! I will show you all my vacation photos once I'm back. Right now, it is all I can do to keep my eyes open long enough to have dinner; trekking, rock-climbing and so on are energy-sapping, and my calf-muscles and hamstrings feel like they have been repeatedly hacked at with an axe, despite my being a regular gymmer.
I am a HUGE fan of Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade. I also love Benefit Gimme Brow as a quick replacement. So much so that once I discovered those two, I gave away two cases of Benefit BrowZings.
But that did not stop me from ordering the All About Brows beauty box from Memebox, because, as my fellow makeup-addict, beauty adviser and mother told me, all you need are decent eyebrows, eyeliner, concealer and some colour on your lips to brighten up your look instantly. Besides, you can never have too many eyebrow products!

Read on for my review and unboxing of the All About Brows beauty box from Memebox. 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Manicure: China Glaze Outta Bounds and razor carnage

Manicure: China Glaze Outta Bounds and razor carnage
Green is one of those colours with some variants that work beautifully, and other shades that look terrible within a mile of me. As a rule, I avoid lime green, parrot green and, well, anything fluorescent or virulent but love bottle green and anything deep. China Glaze Outta Bounds, a gorgeous deep shimmery green with teal blue undertones, is a green that I love.
Unfortunately, I've had a bad nail-accident featuring an "eyebrow razor" from a Memebox which I will show you soon. As a result, I could not do any nail art with this polish. This was my first go at an eyebrow razor and, while it tidied up my brows nicely, it ruined my nail, manicure and fingertip badly.
Photos of the carnage below.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Memebox My Cute Wishlist 2 review, unboxing, deals and codes

Memebox My Cute Wishlist 2 review, unboxing, deals and codes
The car got stuck today and had to be physically lifted up by a few dozen complete strangers. Details and photos further below.
Korean and Japanese products are known for their "Kawaii" (cute or adorable) factor. Which is why you have all those lip balms shaped like candy canes, perfume bottles shaped like rabbits and hand cream jars shaped like penguins. I was thrilled to find that Memebox was coming out with the "My Cute Wishlist" beauty boxes, where you could expect to find a selection of kawaii beauty trinkets. Having missed the first edition of the box owing to work commitments - it sold out very fast - I ordered the second version.
The first Cute box was extremely good, with both cuteness and product utility. I am still kicking myself for having missed it.

Read on for my review of the My Cute Wishlist 2 from Memebox.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Memebox points giveaway winners and trekking holiday photos

Western Ghats Waynad trekking holiday photos
Hello there! If you are reading this, that means I have internet high up at around 2,000'. I am on a week-long trekking/camping/rafting/rock-climbing holiday. A rest-cure, if you will.
Anyway, before I wax eloquent about the greenery, the rivers, the fog and the mountains and the waterfalls (yep, they're all there), which actually merit a separate post, I want to announce the winners of the Memebox points giveaway. As you know, the first winner gets 30 Memepoints to buy their first box, and two others get 7 Memepoints apiece to save on postage on their first box. As everyone also gets 3 Memepoints for signing up and you can use my code B0EB for a further $5 off, that means even the third prize winner gets $15 off their first box, which is not bad at all. More below.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Third beauty swap: Ipsy, Birchbox, HauteLook samples

Third beauty swap: Beauty boxes and bags from the US
This post is long overdue - the swap took place back in July! Why can't humans figure out a way of increasing the number of hours in a day instead of making smaller and fancier gadgets?
It was with several apprehensions that I ventured into a beauty box swap a third time. The first swap, with the lovely Elle, went extremely well. My second swap, with Greek bloggers Our Beauty Wonderland, as you can see here, was an out and out disaster, with me sending over Dirty Works, Accessorize, Bourjois and so on, only to receive PR samples - foil sachets, mostly - which had been featured on the swappers' blog and were well past their expiry date. My queries to the scamming sisters Jenny and Gogo Kourakou were met with my being blocked and unfriended from their social media and my comments and emails being deleted. It was the reason I did not swap for a long time and ended up writing this post with do's and don'ts.
But this time, the girl I swapped with, Casey, offered to send me my box first and wait till I got it, so I could send her the products she wanted after making sure I was not being conned. I thought this was incredibly trusting of her, and agreed. That she was not a blogger meant that she would not be sending me PR samples. 

Read on to see what I received in my third beauty box swap!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Memebox Scent Bundle 2 review, unboxing: Tropical Fruits, Sweet Shop, Floral beauty boxes

Memebox Scent Bundle 2 review, unboxing: Tropical Fruits, Sweet Shop, Floral beauty boxes
After the fiasco that occurred over my Scent Bundle 1 from Memebox, I was not entirely surprised to receive only two boxes in the second Scent bundle as well - my external box was completely trashed and broken and Tropical Fruits was missing. But it was comparatively quicker and easier to have them send out a replacement this time. So while I am more than a month late with this review, the fact that I have all three boxes at hand is much cause for comfort. Please click on each photo to enlarge it!
Memebox Scent Bundle 2 review, unboxing: Tropical Fruits, Sweet Shop, Floral beauty boxes

For those who came in late, Memebox Scent Bundles are a group of three fragrance-themed beauty boxes where you buy two and get one free, so that is three beauty boxes for $30, which is a brilliant deal, especially if you use a discount code or points additionally. You can check out my review of the first set here.
Memebox Scent Bundle 2 review, unboxing: Tropical Fruits, Sweet Shop, Floral beauty boxes

Read on for my unboxing of the second Scent Bundle from Memebox. 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Yellow and black shatter manicure with Barry M Croc Effect Nails 323

Yellow and black shatter manicure with Barry M Croc Effect Nails 323
Yellow is a colour I can never pull off, be it on my nails, eyes, lips or outfit. Possibly because my skin has yellow undertones - using the shade always makes me look ill.
The only way I can pull off yellow on my nails is if I cover it up almost completely, so that very little of the shade peeps through - and that is why shatter polish is the best solution. The only yellow polish I own is the Bourjois So Laque Ultra Shine in 39 Jaune Trendy.
I picked up Barry M. Croc Effect from Boots Dubai - they have a nice collection of Barry M polishes, lipsticks and other makeup. They had two shades in this range - 323, which is black, and 343, which is red.

More photos and thoughts on the Barry M Croc Effect polish in 323 below.