LookFantastic beauty box January 2015 unboxing

 LookFantastic's New Year beauty box contains Molton Brown, Nuxe and more.

Review and unboxing of LookFantastic beauty box January 2015 - a UK beauty subscription that ships worldwide monthly.

I was not a fan of the December 2014 LookFantastic beauty box. It contained a collagen drink, a Lord and Berry clear lip gloss, a Murad cleanser I already have, and a Bourjois palette that fell apart within seconds of coming into contact with a brush, apart from small samples of Ole Henriksen facial oil and Elemis papaya peel, and a Macadamia Natural Oil comb I already have. Boo.
So I did not have great expectations from the January 2015 LookFantastic box. For those who came in rather late, LookFantastic beauty boxes ship worldwide each month from the UK and contain mostly British and European beauty brands. Each box costs £15 and is worth more. Purchase details at the end of the post.

Here are the contents of my January 2015 LookFantastic beauty box.


Ipsy Glam Bag January 2015 review

Ipsy's January 2015 beauty bag is themed Fresh Start.

Ipsy Glam Bag January 2015 review

Having observed the contents of the Ipsy Glam Bags regularly for quite a while now, it is my - extremely unscientific - hypothesis that the bags get better in Winter before falling into a rut after the first quarter of the year. However, I hope "Fresh Start" means we will have consistently good bags this year.
Take the January bag, for instance. Four full-sized products with one travel-sized tube, compared to the August 2014 bag, which had one full-sized product - a lip balm. Also, I like this month's blue-and-white bag which will hold a few essentials in my desk.

Check out the contents of my January 2015 Ipsy Glam Bag below.

Marsala makeup look with Girlactik Lush eyeshadow

 FOTD featuring the Pantone colour of 2015, with 12 makeup products.

Marsala FOTD, EOTD with 12 makeup products including Girlactick Lush eyeshadow

As a rule, I ignore makeup trends and stick to my comfort zone. But I did love Radiant Orchid, the 2014 Pantone colour of the year for 2014. The 2015 Pantone colour of the year, Marsala, a terracotta red, is another shade I have grown to love, particularly for eyeshadow and nail polish. 
The Girlactik Star Eyeshadow in Lush is the best Marsala eyeshadow in my stash and I cannot give it enough love. I got it in a Lip Factory box and the quality (formula and pigmentation) is as good as any other top eyeshadow brand. It is the centrepiece of the FOTD I've done here.

Check out the Marsala makeup look I did with 12 products including Girlactik Lush eyeshadow:

Basic water marbling nail art attempt with OPI

Yet another attempt to master the nail art technique of watermarbling. 

Basic water marbling nail art attempt with OPI polish

Of all the nail art techniques, water marbling is the one I avoid the most. I did a first attempt here, in 2013, and gave up because of the air bubbles, the inability to make decent designs and the arduous clean-up process. One of my blogging resolutions is to do better at nail art, especially techniques where I'm not very good, so water marbling will feature regularly in this year's posts.
This is a very basic, tentative attempt at water marbling. I did not try to create a fancy design, but just made random swirls in the water. 

Etude House Hand Bouquet Rich Butter Foot Mask review

Etude House Hand Bouquet Rich Butter Foot Mask gives you an overnight pedicure.

 Etude House Hand Bouquet Rich Butter Foot Mask review

My feet feel really warm at night and I get up to reapply foot cream several times to cool them down. The constant application of foot creams keeps ruining my bedsheets.
I love how innovative Korean cosmetics are, particularly their skincare. They have mess-free, convenient sheet masks for everything - face, neck, chin, feet, hands, nails, hair and whatnot. The ones for the feet go on like socks and contain hydrating lotion. These foot masks are now an integral part of my regimen - I cannot recommend them enough.
The Etude House "Hand Bouquet" range comprises a foot mask, a hand mask, hand cream and heel cream. The products in this range contain shea butter and a mix of fragrant essential oils and hydrating emollients.

Here is my review of the Etude House Hand Bouquet Rich Butter Foot Mask.


NARS Audacious Lipsticks review, swatches: Jane, Natalie, Anita

One swipe, 100% coverage. Forty shades of great. 

NARS Audacious Lipsticks review, swatches: Jane, Natalie, Anita

Forty shades of great - that is what the NARS Audacious lipsticks offer. Full coverage in one swipe, in 40 colours from corals, pinks and mutes to browns and reds. I am probably the last blogger to talk about the lipsticks that created such huge waves in Fall 2014, but better late than never. 
I only have one-tenths of these lipsticks (four). Of these, I am showing you three, keeping my favourite (dusty rose, obviously) for later. Left to myself, I would have settled for dusty rose alone; the other three were imposed upon chosen for me by my "can't-you-wear-more-colour" Mum and Sis. And, I love all these shades!

Check out my review and swatches of NARS Audacious lipsticks in Anita, Jane and Natalie.

Memebox Wake Up Makeup Special 37 review, unboxing

A beauty box that promises a fresh, well-rested "just-woke-from-beauty-sleep" look.


Memebox Wake Up Makeup Special 37 review, unboxing

I had a wisdom tooth surgically extracted yesterday and have retired from public life for a week as a result, but there are enough posts in the wings to keep the content flowing while I look like I've got a bad case of painful mumps.
Memebox Special 37 is called the "Wakeup Makeup" box - no, that does not mean it has products that you apply as soon as you wake up, nor does it give you a bedhead. This box contains products that give you brighter skin and eyes, making you look as if you had extra beauty sleep.
Regular sleep went for a toss sometime last year for me, and I'm a sucker for anything that promises a well-rested look. I expected basic foundation or BB cream, eye liner, mascara - vital for my eyes to look open - a fresh pink lip tint, de-puffing eye gel, concealer and something to soothe the skin.

Check out the contents of the Wakeup Makeup Memebox below.