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No Makeup No Life Beauty Box From Japan: April 2017 Review, Unboxing

Remember Memebox? They used to send out a bunch of full-sized Korean beauty products for around $35-ish, including worldwide shipping, before everything went kaput.
Ever since I read The Japanese Skincare Revolution: How to Have the Most Beautiful Skin of Your Life by Chizu Saeki (READ IT NOW!), I've been obsessed with J-beauty (and K-beauty).
Japanese beauty subscription No Makeup No Life reminds me of Memebox in its halcyon days. For starters, the products are full-sized. For another, the box, inclusive of worldwide shipping, costs $29.99 a month. Thirdly, like Memebox, the contents veer towards skincare. Just the way I like. Also, the product card (a booklet here) comes in English, so you are not perplexed by the Japanese labels. Finally, they reveal the entire contents of the box beforehand. No surprises, nasty or otherwise, to be had.
I have the April 2017 NMNL beauty box to show you. It is themed "Skincare Essentials".
The external box arrived so battered - mutilated - in the post that I could be forgiven for assuming that the Mother of All Bombs and the Father of All Bombs faced each other in mortal combat within the box. This did not - thankfully - take away from the contents, except for a minor leak and a soggy product booklet, about which I have just informed customer service.

Scroll down for the review of the April 2017 No Makeup No Life Beauty Box, a Japanese monthly subscription that ships worldwide.

Unboxing and review of the April 2017 No Makeup No Life Beauty Box, a Japanese monthly subscription that ships worldwide.
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LookFantastic Beauty Box April 2017 Review

The April 2017 beauty box from LookFantastic is themed Natural Beauty - no, it does not mean natural products, but includes products which impart a natural, healthy look. I expected a light foundation in there and I was right.
The external box is very Spring-themed. As usual, it comes with the Elle UK magazine, as well as the LF Beauty Box magazine. April being my birthday month, I hoped that this box would not contain fake tan or vitamin pills. Was I granted my wish? Find out below.

Scroll down for the unboxing and review of the LookFantastic Beauty Box for April 2017.

Review and unboxing of the LookFantastic Beauty Box April 2017
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LookFantastic Beauty Egg Collection Unboxing, Review

Last week, I told you about the LookFantastic Beauty Egg Collection for Easter, a special curation of seven beauty products worth more than £200, for just £60.
There is a nice mix of three makeup items, two skincare products, one hair care item, and one bath and body. Everything, except for the one 100ml bath and body product, is full-sized.

Scroll down for the unboxing and review of the LookFantastic Beauty Egg Collection for Easter 2017.

Here's the unboxing and review of The Beauty Egg from LookFantastic for Easter 2017, a special curation of seven full-sized beauty products worth more than £200, for just £60.
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Beauty Empties For March 2017

I'm glad to see the last of March. It was not one of my best months. My skin protested against my decision to go on a trekking trip, and I'm now dealing with all sorts of allergic rashes from random forests.
Before the April fun begins - it is my birthday month - here are the beauty products I used up in March 2017. 
Beauty products used up in March 2017, and quick impressions of each.
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LookFantastic The Beauty Egg Collection For Easter 2017

Are you an Advent Calendar addict, like me? Can't wait for Christmas? LookFantastic has an Easter surprise launching on April 1. A Beauty Egg Collection, containing seven makeup, skincare and hair care products, all wrapped up as eggs, in a pretty teal box.
The collection contains products worth £200, but is available for just £60. They ship worldwide.
Having spoken to Alicia at LookFantastic, I can confirm that there are full- as well as deluxe-sized products in the LookFantastic Beauty Egg Collection. Given that the net worth of the contents is £200, and the cost is only £60, you cannot really go wrong!
Brands include Molton Brown, Philip Kingsley, Laura Geller, Illamasqua, Filorga, Talika, and Algenist. I can also confirm that the makeup products in the box are full-sized.

Scroll down to get your LookFantastic Beauty Egg Collection for Easter 2017, and for spoilers.

LookFantastic The Beauty Egg Collection For Easter 2017 contains seven eggs with makeup, skincare and hair care products.
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TheBalm Appetit Eyeshadow Palette Review, Swatches, EOTDs

If you have been visiting this blog for a while, you know I'm infatuated by theBalm's eyeshadow palettes. I have pretty much every palette they've released, from theBalm and the Beautiful onwards.
TheBalm Appetit is the latest offering from theBalm. It is as cute as previous palettes. Thankfully, they have moved on from travel and hunky-dude themes; this one is about food. TheBalm's early themes included television, the Muppets, and rock music, so I was disappointed when a few consecutive palettes were themed on either travel or blokes.

Scroll down for the review and swatches of TheBalm Appetit Eyeshadow Palette, and for EOTDs.

Review, swatches - and EOTDs - of TheBalm Appetit Eyeshadow Palette.
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Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Matte Lip 3D Lip Colour Review, Swatches

I have been obsessed with the Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Lipstick in Perfectly Bare - see review and swatches here. The shade was so pretty and the lipstick so creamy that the SAs in Selfridges wanted to know what brand it was, and refused to believe me when I said it was a Boots buy.
The Sexy Mother Pucker Matte Lip 3D Lip Colours are a 2016 launch from Soap & Glory. At first, I gave them a derisive look - they were lip crayons, after all, and I always find that lip crayons are less pigmented and less lasting than bullet lipsticks, let alone liquid lipsticks.
The SA at Boots convinced me to pick one of these up. There were five shade options. I chose the mauve-iest shade of the lot - Chocoberry, which is neither "choco" nor berry, but a regular mauvey-pink.
If you are in the UK, buy from Boots here. US readers can get this from here.  

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Swatches and review of the Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Matte Lip 3D Lip Colour, a non-drying long-wearing satin matte lipstick.
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Birthday Makeup Giveaway 2017: Open Worldwide

I've spent the last 12 hours with streaming, stinging eyes, thanks to an allergic reaction to Blinc Tubing Mascara - a polymer seems to be the culprit. I'll return to public life once my eyes stop resembling overripe tomatoes. 
As promised, I have the next giveaway up for you, to run during my birthday (mid-April). I wanted to share a Jouer liquid lipstick with you - I reviewed these here. These are new-generation liquid lipsticks, and do not flake or behave like those uber-drying matte liquid lippies of yore.
Scroll down to enter - FLOWERS PICTURED DO NOT FORM PART OF THE PRIZES; YOU GET ONLY THE MAKEUP!
Multi-prize makeup and beauty giveaway open worldwide April May 2017.