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!

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Better late than never! This month’s Glossybox finally arrived in the post today, and boy, it was worth the wait!


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From Top to Bottom: Glossybox packaging, inside the box, ‘Vanitas’ by Versace perfume, Bliss Blood Orange and White Pepper Body Butter, Révive intensité crème lustre, Clarins Extra-Firming Body Cream and Lancôme Juicy Tubes in ‘Toffee’.

The anticipation was rife when rumours of what might be in this month’s ‘Mystery Box’ had been circulating all over the blogosphere in February. And when the first of many spoilers revealed that March’s edition was in fact a special Harrods beauty box, many bloggers couldn’t contain their excitement – including me! Luxury samples are what most of us paid for when we clicked the ‘subscribe’ button on the Glossybox website all those months ago, and this Harrods edition is perfect for those of us who are unsure whether to  ‘take the leap’ and buy an expensive product without having sampling it first.

So what’s my verdict? Well, most of these samples are ideal for what I am looking for in a beauty box – designer perfume, lip-gloss, body butter, intensive moisturiser and extra firming body cream all fit the bill perfectly. Let’s just hope I feel the same after I test and review them for you guys! I have to say, having had a whiff of the Versace perfume, I’m being won over already! It’s deliciously flowery and fresh! Who knows, it might replace my beloved Loverdose!

What are your thoughts on this month’s Glossybox?

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These past few weeks have been so crazy, so I thought that I should post a few pictures of what I have been up to! Enjoy!

From L-R: O1. Vegetable Fried Rice, O2. Valentine’s Day gifts, O3. Valentine’s Day Meal, O4. February’s Glossybox, O4. Five ‘Daily Mail’ newspapers for an assignment, O5. Smallville Season 5 box set, O6. Yo! Sushi Blue Mondays, O7. Catching up on the glossies, O8. Work (my Republic ID tag), O9. Law books for an assignment, O10. Me & Ali, O11. Night out with friends, O12. Me before the night out, O13. A ‘Source’ lunch with Ali & O14. My new haircut.

Work, work, work
I have been overwhelmed with assignments and shifts at work these past few weeks – hence the small hiatus on The Live Scene. But fear not, as I am back this week in full force with plenty of post ideas (I need to stop procrastinating by watching Smallville and start writing) so don’t forget about me just yet!

Summer is coming
Preston is having summery weather for a change, and this is making me oh-so-excited for my holiday in September with Ali! If you follow me on Twitter, then you might know that I’m going to Malta for the week. We are staying in a 5* hotel free of charge c/o of Ali’s nan and granddad – how nice! My late grandma used to go to Malta all the time for her holidays and would bring me back lots of little Maltese treasures, so it’s nice that I’m going to the same place, despite not being able to share the experience with her.

I have a few assignments due in the next couple of weeks but I will try and post more, I promise! What have you guys been up to recently?

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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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This Week’s Nails is back and going all glamorous and glittery!

You may have wondered why it has been ages since my last nails post! Well, let’s just say my nails needed a nice little detox from all that polish! Oh, and I guess working in retail doesn’t really help either – my nails always get damaged! So, onto this week’s colour of choice – a ‘razzle dazzle’ dark pink shade! It’s simplistic, sparkly and oh-so-trendy!

Here is an image of what I used to achieve my glitzy glamorous nails!
From L-RDeborah Lippmann Nail Varnish in ‘Razzle Dazzle’ (via Glossybox subscription), 2 in 1 Top Coat & Nail Hardener Superdrug & Long Lasting Emery Board (came in a pack of 5) £99p Superdrug.

I started off by giving my nails a good filing, followed by applying two coats of Deborah Lippmann’s ‘Razzle Dazzle’ nail polish. I received this product in December’s Glossybox, but due to the busy Christmas period (I was working a lot of hours), I sadly didn’t have time to review the box. Hey ho, hence why I have decided to dedicate this week’s nails to all things sparkly! I’m not going to lie, when I applied my first coat of ‘Razzle Dazzle’ there wasn’t much coverage, and I was a bit apprehensive as to how many coats it would take to apply. But I was proved wrong when I applied my second coat, which basically made my nails all dark and glittery!  I thought that the drying time was quite fast – which is a lot better than other nail polishes that I use, which take AGES to dry.  I then applied my trusty 2 in 1 top coat and nail hardener and ker-ching… nails done!

The glitter catches the light perfectly (though not on my poor Samsung camera) and I love how different it is to the other varnishes in my collection. There is one thing about Deborah Lippmann’s nail polish which I would love to change, and that’s the price! £16 is a lot of money for poor students like me, so I probably wouldn’t be buying anything from her website anytime soon, well until the next student loan comes in!

Despite being poor, I had a browse on the celebrity manicurist’s website, and had to show you my top three favourite ‘wishlist’ polishes!

From L-R: Lara’s Theme $16, Candy Shop $18 & I Know What Boys Like $16.

Have you tried out Deborah Lippmann’s nail polishes before? What did you think of them?