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SPRING 2013 beauty has gone back to the future with space age metallic lids, as seen on the catwalks of Giorgio Armani, Gucci and Versace. The make-up may seem reminiscent of Alien vs. Predator, but who can’t turn down a shimmering silver smokey eye?

If you can’t resist looking like It girl of the moment Cara Delevingne, then The Live Scene’s version of Chanel’s ultra-modern trend will make sure you’ll reach Top Model status in no time.

Apply 17’s BB cream for flawless skin – the added SPF 15 will also give you protection against the sun (or lack of it)! Now onto the brows! This season strong eyebrows are the go-to, with celebs such as Lily Collins, Camille Belle and The Vampire Diaries Nina Dobrev all leading the bushy brow brigade. Fill in your brows with Benefit’s Brow zing to get clean, smooth brows – but don’t go overboard, we don’t want to look like the cast of Desperate Scousewives!

Once you’re all browed out, sweep Daniel Sandler’s silver eye shadow across your lids, and up to the base of your eyebrows. Build up the colour until it turns into a dark metallic tone. To make yourself look more awake, try placing the shadow on the inner corners of your eyes. Then line them with Rimmel’s soft kohl pencil in Jet Black to make your peepers stand out. Finish your futuristic eyes off with two coats of Rimmel’s Volume Flash Scandal’Eyes mascara.

Even though it’s Spring, the cold weather can wreak havoc on your lips. Banish dry, chapped lips with Lancôme’s Juicy Tubes in Fraise. Check out my Lancôme juicy tube review here.

Will you be joining the space-age tribe this season?

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Looking for that perfect lip balm to keep your lips soft and smooth? Then look no further, as The Live Scene has found and reviewed the best* balm to keep your lips luscious!

What is it?
Figs & Rouge is a company which aims to provide and create natural balms which are 100% organic, and free from harmful chemicals. The brand caters for ‘all skin types’.

The Glossybox website describes this product as: “Figs & Rouge Lip Balm is excellent for soothing and conditioning dry or chapped lips & skin. Using only 100% Pure, 100% Natural & 100% Organic ingredients – this cute balm is suitable for all skin types.”

Figs & Rouge provides six other different flavours of lip balms (I have Rambling Rose), here they are below:
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From L-R: 1. Aloe and Mint, 2. Sweet Geranium, 3. Peppermint and Tea Tree, 4. Pomegranate, 5. Wild Cherry & 6. Coco Vanilla.

Why did you buy it?
It was free with April’s Glossybox. It is £3.29 for an 8ml pot of lip balm. I was given the Rambling Rose Cherry and Vanilla flavour.

How do you use it?
I glided the desired amount (not a lot) of lip balm onto my lips, and voila, finished!

Verdict
To say that I swear by my beloved Palmers Peppermint and Chocolate lip butter, this Figs and Rouge version is a very strong contender to possess first place in my make-up bag! The lip balm is not sticky or gooey, it’s nice and smooth, and you only need a little (and I stress, only a little bit) to smooth your lips! This product will last for quite a while, so for £3.29 it’s not bad in the ‘cost per wear’ department! At first, I wasn’t keen on the smell, and I would have much preferred the Coco Vanilla or the Peppermint and Tea Tree flavours, but I did receive it from Glossybox, and as they aim for people to try new brands and products, I can’t complain! If it wasn’t for the flavour preference, I would have given this product a 5/5!

My rating (out of 5):
What are your thoughts on Figs and Rouge’s lip balms? Do you have any ‘must-have’ lip balms? Or are you a lip gloss/lipstick sorta girl?

It’s that time again! Another month, another Glossybox!  This April, Glossybox focused on being more economical and earth-savvy with their product choices. So here are my first impressions of this limited edition ‘Natural Beauty’ box!

From Top to Bottom: Opening the Glossybox, the goodies inside, Figs & Rouge Lip Balm, Philip  B Styling Gel, Monu Professional Skincare Hand & Nail Cream, Caudalie Vinosource SOS Thirst-Quenching Serum & Inika Cosmetics Certified Organic Lip Liner.

Glossybox states that: “In a limited edition 100% biodegradable box bursting with ethical goodies, indulge in your beauty needs without battling your inner eco-warrior.”

My overall impression of this box so far (without having tested the products), is that again, it’s another half love/half dislike box. The lip balm and hand & nail cream are perfect for someone like me, who loves their everyday essentials! But as for the styling gel and the lip liner, I don’t generally use either of them, and have never thought about using them. However, I guess this is what Glossybox aims to do, to provide product samples which we would never dream of using, in order to expand our knowledge and maybe even discover our new favourite product. Some bloggers don’t see how ‘natural’ and ‘ecological’ this box is, but I believe it is, as all of the products are either organic, botanical or are deemed ‘good for the environment’.  It is again, down to personal taste which makes writing and reading these reviews much more exciting!

I would rate this box at 3 out of 5. It’s okay but most of the products are not to my liking. Who knows though, once I have tested them out, I might love them! I do love how Glossybox varies their editions up though, and I think a ‘Natural beauty’ box is a good idea for making Glossybox different to the other beauty box brands out there!

What are your thoughts on this month’s ‘organic’ Glossybox? Look out for product reviews in the next couple of weeks!

On the hunt for a sticky but sweet lip-gloss to tantalize those taste buds of yours? Then look no further as designer beauty brand Lancôme’s ‘Juicy Tubes’ have come to the rescue!

My toffee flavoured Lancôme lip-gloss, which I received in this last month’s Glossybox.

What is it?

Lancôme is a massive beauty brand which hails from fashion capital, Paris, in France.  It was founded in 1935 and is a part of the Luxury Products division. It is also owned by another Parisian beauty company, L’Oreal.

The Glossybox website describes this product as: “A delicious, gourmet delight for your lips! This ultra-brilliant, flavoured gloss slicks on easily, thanks to its handy tube-tip applicator. Totally transparent shine, plus a hint of shimmering colour makes lips glisten for a glamorous lacquered effect.”

This lip-gloss also comes in nine other shades (I have the toffee shade):
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From L-R: 1. Sorbet de Framboise, 2. Sorbet de Cerise, 3. Fraise, 4. Melon, 5. Lychee, 6. Pêche, 7. Pamplemousse, 8. Caramel Gospel & 9. Strawberry Funk.

Why did you buy it?
I got this lip-gloss free in the Harrods edition of Glossybox last month.  The lip-gloss is priced at £15.50 for a 30ml tube (the sample size is 7ml) on the Harrods website and the official website.

How do you use it?

I glided the desired amount of lip-gloss across my lips, and voila, finished!

Verdict
I have never tried a Lancôme product before – this is probably due to my poor bank balance! But I have to say I wasn’t really that impressed with this lip-gloss. The toffee flavour may be delicious and may taste great, but the gloss was too sticky for me, and it dried out my lips!

Moreover, the gloss didn’t last on my lips for a long period of time, but I guess that can be said for most lip-glosses. I think my expectations of a ‘high-end’ brand were too high when I tried out this product.

And finally, to say that I have tested Lancôme’s juicy tube for a week, there are still loads of lip-gloss left in the tube. This can be taken as a plus or a minus, but IMO I think I was just too lazy to reapply it; otherwise it probably would have gone in an instant! If you prefer taste over how long it lasts on your lips, then this product is for you.

My rating (out of 5):

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What are your thoughts on Lancôme? Have you bought or tried any of their products? I would love to know your thoughts!

This week’s Wednesday wishlist is all about weddings! Don’t worry, I’m not the bride, I’m merely a wedding-goer! However, seeing as I’m all excited, I thought that I should share my ‘wedding outfit wishlist’ with you!
From L-R: 1. Topshop Egyptian Drape Headband, 2. Miss Selfridge Petites Ombre Print Maxi, 3. River Island Brown Wooden Spike & Diamante Necklace, 4. MAC Lipstick in Neon Orange, 5. ASOS Bitten Suede Platform Heeled Sandals with T-Bar & 6. Topshop Cleopatra’s Box Ring.

1. Egyptian Drape Headband, £7.50, Topshop Today’s wishlist is based around the luscious ombre maxi dress from Miss Selfridge!  This Egyptian drape headband is perfect for achieving a laid-back but formal look – which is exactly what I want to do for the wedding! Headgear was massive this Spring/Summer season, from Roksanda Ilincic’s bright pink winter hat to Swan Lake-esque Giles’ headdress. So to add my own twist to this trend, I decided to opt for a simple hair accessory, and at £7.50 this piece is priceless!

2. Petites Ombre Print Maxi, £45, Miss Selfridge Ombre pieces were huge on the catwalks of Jonathan Saunders, Marc Jacobs and Peter Pilotto, so as soon as my eye caught this dress I KNEW I had to include it on my Wednesday Wishlist! I used to resent maxi dresses – purely because they drowned my 4’11” frame! However this ‘petite’ asymmetric shoulder maxi is perfect for me, and the ‘maxi-train’ can elongate and show off my pins perfectly!

3. Brown Wooden Spike & Diamante Necklace, £18, River Island I love, love, LOVE this necklace!  The tribal spikes add a ‘rocky edge’ to my outfit, as well as bringing a bit of my own ‘personal style’ to the look.  The inspiration to include this necklace was from Mulberry’s S/S 2012 set, which was very animalistic and well, ‘edgy’ to say the least!

4. MAC Lipstick in Neon Orange, £13.50, MAC Cosmetics I chose this lipstick because it’s so different to the pink and red shades that I already have. Orange hues have dominated the catwalks of Milan, Paris, London and New York with Haider Ackermann, Proenza Schouler, Michael Kors and Derek Lam showcasing this bright colour in their collections. So it is no wonder why I want to wear this shade for the wedding!

5. Bitten Suede Platform Heeled Sandals with T-Bar, £75, ASOS I decided to opt for a low-key heel in the form of these creamy-pink ASOS T-Bar Platforms. Not only do they provide extra height (let’s face it, I need all the height I can get), but they are simple and add a minimalistic touch to the look I am trying to achieve. At £75 they may be pricey, but they are a good investment shoe for all occasions.

6. Cleopatra’s Box Ring, £12.50, Topshop This Topshop ring is so adorable and different from the animal and jewel rings which are dominating the high street at the moment.  Again, this adds to the minimalistic accessoring I want to achieve, and is ‘different’ to the other rings which I possess.

That’s all for this Wednesday’s Wishlist! What are you currently craving? Don’t forget to check out last week’s wishlist too!

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This is just a quick post to unveil this month’s Glossybox!

Here are the items I received, and I must say, I am pleased with what I got!

From Top to Bottom:  Eyeko Skinny Eyeliner in Plum, Clarins Extra Firming Day Cream and Night Cream & First Aid Beauty Daily Moisturizer.

Look out in the next couple of days for a full review on this month’s Glossybox!

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Today’s post is all about my beautiful Boots’ bargains!

I set myself a spending budget of £20 (which was on a Boots gift card), to see if I could buy things that I needed – hence the cotton wool pads – and things that I have lusted after for quite a while! I spent a total of £18.35 – which is good, considering I only bought six things!

Here is what I bought:



From Top to Bottom: 1. 17 BB Cream, 2. Barry M Lipstick in Coral, 3. 17 Lasting Fix Nail Polish in Fairy Cake, 4. 17 Lasting Fix Nail Polish in Mint Choc Chip, & 5. Natural Collection Lash Length Mascara.

Look out for reviews on some of the products! What Boots’ bargains have you purchased lately?