A Beautiful World Spring/Summer 2016 Sampler Box

Eco-friendly luxury beauty retailer A Beautiful World comes out with two beauty boxes each year - one for Spring/Summer and one for Autumn/Winter. The products chosen - from the brands ABW carries - are organic, eco-friendly, preservative-free and cruelty-free. The boxes are always sold out in an hour or two of the launch. This year, I managed to snag one before they sold out.

Scroll down for the contents of the Spring/Summer 2016 Sampler Box from A Beautiful World.

Here are the contents of the Spring/Summer 2016 Sampler Box from A Beautiful World, an eco-luxe, organic beauty box that ships worldwide.

May Makeup Madness Giveaway Results

I love it when a giveaway ends, so I can roll out a new one. But I hate announcing the results because of the disappointment to everyone else.
Anyway, there is no avoiding it, so here are the May Makeup Madness Giveaway Results.
New giveaway starts next week, so don't go anywhere. And it will have even more makeup!
Scroll down for the results of the May giveaway.

Cult Beauty's Summer Goody Bag 2016

Each year, online beauty retailer Cult Beauty - they ship worldwide - does Spring, Summer, Autumn and Best-of-the-year Beauty Bags. After having missed the Spring 2016 version by a whisker - kicks self; it even had Zelens - I was able to get hold of the Summer bag before it sold out. These bags are always worth it; the brands included are great, and the products are full-, half-, or at least deluxe-sized. No foil sachets to be palmed off.

Scroll down for a detailed look at the Cult Beauty Bag for Summer 2016.

Contents of the Cult Beauty Bag for Summer 2016.

LookFantastic Beauty Box June 2016

Review and contents of the LookFantastic #LFJetSetter Beauty Box for June 2016

June's LookFantastic Beauty Box is themed #LFJetSetter, with products that will see you through a vacay. As usual, the box comes with this month's Elle UK magazine.
LookFantastic is a UK-based, skincare-centric monthly beauty subscription that ships worldwide. The white, yellow and gold design on this month's box features silhouettes of key tourist spots from around the world, including the Colosseum, the London Eye, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Statue of Liberty, Big Ben, and so on.

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Freedom Pro Decadence Eyeshadow Palettes Review, Swatches

They have gone and invented them. Affordable eyeshadow palettes with everything - pigmentation, staying power, shade range... just £6 for a palette of 20 eyeshadows. And do not, even for a moment, presume that quality is compromised because the shades are so many; wait till you see the swatches.
From the same firm that makes Makeup Revolution and Makeup Academy products in the UK comes Freedom Pro Decadence. I bought three of the palettes last Autumn - one for myself; one for Mum's birthday, and one for my sis.

Scroll down for reviews and swatches of the Freedom Pro Decadence Eyeshadow Palettes. 

Here are the reviews and swatches of the Freedom Pro Decadence Eyeshadow Palettes, and a teal eye makeup look.

Hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Creme Lipstick in Mural

Having a self-imposed purchase limit of 12 lipsticks this year, I have to pat myself on the back for having bought just four in six months - the first three were Jouer's new liquid lipsticks, which I need to review last month asap. Hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Creme Lipstick in Mural is my most recent purchase. This lipstick is not a recent launch, but it spoke to me as I dug around Space.NK.

Scroll down for the lowdown on Hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Creme Lipstick in Mural.

Swatches and review of Hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Creme Lipstick in Mural.

Six Caudalie Must-Haves For Your Daily Routine

French beauty brand Caudalie was founded by Mathilde Thomas in 1995 - in a vineyard, no less.
Gentle, clean and free from parabens, phenoxyethanol, sulphates, phthalates, mineral oil, artificial colouring and animal-derived raw materials, Caudalie's main ingredient is grape extract - from Bordeaux, Champage and Burgundy in France. Wine country. Think lots of resveratrol.
Caudalie donates a percentage of annual sales to non-profit organisations that work for the environment. The company also works with the WWF to save the rainforests.
Despite being a clean brand with plenty of antioxidant goodies for your skin, Caudalie has quite a few budget options. The difficulty in doing this post was picking out which products to choose.

Here are the six Caudalie must-have products you need in your routine, from cleansing till moisturising.

 Here are the six Caudalie must-have products you need in your routine, from cleansing till moisturising.

Best Wash Cloths For Cleansing Your Face

Do you use flannel or muslin cloths to wash your face and remove makeup? I do now. Until December, I used the same towel to dry my hands and face, and admit to having used even turbie twists for drying my face at a pinch. Which, according to my derm when I consulted her over a horrible breakout, is as bad as using the same pillowcase for weeks on end. Lesson learnt, I now have separate wash cloths for the face, and change the cloth after every cleanse.
Using wash cloths for cleansing your face is not only a luxurious, pampering step in your routine, but it also improves circulation, provides gentle exfoliation and leaves your face squeaky-clean and 100% makeup-free without resorting to harsh cleansers or specialised makeup removers. Ideal facial cloths are flannel, though I use muslin if I am using an exfoliating or resurfacing cleanser or following with a peel. Here are the best face cleansing cloths out there, in descending order.

Scroll down for a list of the best flannel wash cloths for cleansing your face.
 The best flannel and muslin wash cloths for cleansing your face.

Viseart Paris Nude Eyeshadow Palette Review, Swatches, Eye Makeup Looks

At last, I gave in. I bought my first Viseart eyeshadow palette earlier this year - it was my first palette of 2016. I wanted Dark Mattes but it was out of stock at the time, so I settled for Paris Nude (06). Viseart is a professional makeup brand used widely in the French film and television industries. All their cosmetics are handmade in Paris. 

Scroll down for review and swatches of the Viseart Paris Nude palette and for eye makeup looks.

Review and swatches of the Viseart Paris Nude palette and four eye makeup looks.