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The weather is heating up, so much so that we even have sunshine here in Scotland (seriously!) and like most, you may be searching for the perfect fragrance or two to compliment the warmer days - the last thing you want is a sticky, headache inducing scent. Well as luck would have it, there is not one but two new Jo Malone collections that have just landed and both couldn't be more suited to carry you from the last days of Spring, all the way through Summer and beyond should you wish.
Jo Malone Hot Blossoms is the collection on everyone's lips (and skin) and after one sniff you will understand why - that is if you are not already reeled in instantly thanks to the beautiful and fantastically bright glass bottles, which are such a side step from the typical Jo Malone packaging. The great thing about the new Jo Malone Hot Blossoms is that despite being a fairly small collective, it offers choice: there are two scents, one of which is a cologne, the other a body mist so already you have the option of fragrance intensity, each can be worn alone and/or layered together to create a true tropical experience.
In the past, most Summer focus fragrance collections tend to lean on notes of coconut, citrus fruit and those that are reminiscent of sunscreen, which truthfully has become both dated and overdone. Jo Malone has managed to capture the true carefree essence of the beach and a sun drenched get-away without relying on such notes and the outcome is two fruity-come-floral fragrances that are tropical inspired without said obvious notes.
For those loyal to the world of cologne you will be glad to learn that the Jo Malone Tropical Cherimoya Cologne does not disappoint. A bright, fruity yet floral concoction that just screams Summer - it is light, breezy and so easy to wear. I'm fully convinced that this is the scent that will convince those who tend to skip fragrance in the warmer weather to reconsider as it so refreshing and perfectly suited to balmy weather; be that of the day or evening variety. With notes of green cherimoya fruit, combined with juicy pear; this is sweet but never sticky and as delicious as the first sip of an overflowing crushed ice cocktail. This is paired with the bright and floral essence of passion flower, and parred down with the creamy accents of Brazilian copahu resin and creamy tonka bean.
Save Jo Malone Tropical Cherimoya Cologne for the long, balmy evenings of Summer and opt for the refreshing Jo Malone Cattleya Flower Body Mist for the beach, pool and beyond. This pretty body mist instantly perks up both the skin and mind in a quick few sprays and smells utterly tantalising to boot. As this is a body mist the overall scent is a lot more delicate and suited to the warm rays of the sunshine - it won't cloy nor warp in the heat but rather offers a soft trail of fresh scent that is a joy to apply time and time again (trust me you will most likely overuse this mist to cool you down). Best described as a sweet floral with a punchy, citrus kick, Jo Malone Cattleya Flower Body Mist contains notes of: velvety Cattleya orchid petals, combined with sparkling citrus fruit and a splash of bitter yet floral gentian and deepened by intoxicating vetiver. If you do have an upcoming vacation, this is the fragrance to pick up before heading to your flight gate - despite being body mist, the scent does linger on the skin and cools as it goes, which in certain temperatures is nothing but a dream come true.
Jo Malone Tropical Cherimoya Cologne £47-£95 (30ml-100ml) via John Lewis - link.
Jo Malone Cattleya Flower Body Mist has sold out online but can be found in-store via Jo Malone and John Lewis.
I've spoken openly about my terrible sleep patterns and my inability to wind down at night, which seems to be an all too common problem amongst many of us - I blame long hours and city living personally but there are so many factors aren't they? There is however one product that has all but changed my sleeping habits for the better - so much so that my bedside table and travel bag is never without a bottle - and that is This Works Deep Pillow Spray.
You've probably heard of and seen This Works Pillow Spray and for good reason, it works (no pun intended...or maybe there is) and there is evidence to prove it. This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray was subjected to independent user trials on over 600 people, during which it was found the spray: relieves temporary sleeplessness, improves quality of sleep, helps you to not only fall asleep quicker and feel more awake throughout the day but aids the restoration of sleep patterns within restless sleepers. So if you do struggle to nod off at night don't you think you owe it to yourself to try this pillow mist at least once?
The good news is that if you have been considering treating yourself to a bottle This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray, then there really couldn't be a better time as QVC have a wonderful and exclusive This Works collection for a hugely slashed price. The QVC This Works 3 Piece Sleep Heroes Collection contains all you need and more for a great night of sleep, with products for you mind, body and complexion, and contains three full size products. Within the QVC This Works 3 Piece Sleep Heroes Collection contains: This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray 150ml (this size is only available via QVC), This Works Deeps Sleep Shower Gel 250ml and This Works No Wrinkles Tired Eyes 15ml for £29.98 - with a value of £81 that is a huge saving of £46.
The best night of sleep you've had in a long while could be just a few clicks away. Imagine coming home to some freshly washed pyjamas, having a long shower with the This Works Deep Sleep Shower Gel (or use as a bath soak), inhaling the luxurious and sleepy fragrance of Vetivert, Chamomile and Lavender whilst the base of coconut oil to soften and protect the skin. Then to treat weary eyes we have This Works No Wrinkles Tired Eyes that treats and repairs the skin, thanks to a powerful and time-released Retinol that counteracts UV exposure, alongside Vitamin C to brighten, Hyaluronic Acid, Moringa Oil and British-grown Crambe Oil to deeply moisturise and nourish. And lastly there is the real star of the show, This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray which is infused with 100% natural essential oils of Lavender, Vetivert and Wild Chamomile, which is both sweet and earthen, as well as being calming and comforting. The properties of Lavender are known to relieve tension and insomnia, while Wild Chamomile's deeply soothing aroma can be almost sedative and Vetivert can helps to alleviate stress and settle the nerves - great for nervous travellers and restless sleepers alike.
With the warmer days and recent spate of sunshine, you may have found yourself craving a lighter foundation but what if you have less than perfect skin? Typically bases that are light and really allow your skin to breathe are less than ideal, when like myself you have acne scarring, open pores and the odd fine line to contend with. As much as I'd love to be able to wear barely anything on my skin, my lack of confidence simply doesn't allow for it, so the fairly newly launched Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation is nothing short of a revelation.
What do you need from you foundation packaging? I'm pretty easy going as long as the product is easy to dispense and not prone to leaking, I'm happy. As pretty - and dare I say chic - as the Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation is, the sheer practicality and function it offers is really what is important: the pump disperses just the right amount of product each and every time, there's no mess nor fuss, and perhaps rather surprisingly the glass bottle is rather sturdy. What more can you really ask for?
In the past, high or at least moderate coverage came at a price and no I'm not talking about a hefty price tag, rather the physical texture. Think about every base product you own that covers well and I can all but bet it is a thicker formula, that at times can veer a little heavy and dare I say suffocating at times? Well the new Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation questions everything you know to be true about high coverage liquid foundations thanks to the lighter than air, gel-like texture. Gone are the days in which you had to endure base products that are joyless and mask-like in order to cover a little pigmentation or blemishes.
Best described the Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation, in terms of consistency at least, is a marriage of skincare and tint. As this is a gel-like texture, it effortlessly glides on to the skin with a cooling sensation - regardless of how you choose to apply it (sponge, fingers, brush and all that is in-between), the slip of the liquid allows for effortless and seamless application each and every time. In my opinion, Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation is the base product all of us who have less than perfect skin, and yet loathe the feeling of heavy creams and liquids have been waiting for - the weightless texture all but feels like a nourishing serum on the skin, which is beyond comfortable to experience.
The true magic and dare I say selling point of Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation is the fact that it does indeed offer moderate to full coverage depending on how you chose to apply it: for high levels of cover, I suggest stippling on in light layers, paying attention to the areas that need it most. The good news is that like most Bobbi Brown bases you can be as heavy or as light handed as you wish as this will not cake nor gather into fine lines or pores. The term adaptable was all but made for this base as it seemingly hydrates the drier areas of my face and yet keeps my oil t-zone in check, which should make this suitable for all skin types. The finish of Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation is demi-matte (or natural matte), it creates the illusion of a perfectly balanced complexion without appearing flat or lifeless. If that is not enough, this truly does live up to the long wear claim, with it effortlessly passing the 12 hour wear time test.
Who said lightweight bases couldn't cover?
Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation £31 via Look Fantastic - link.
It's been a long, tough Winter and by the looks of it Spring isn't going to be too much warmer. Like most my skin has become a little beaten by the constant rain, cold and dare I even say Snow but the one area of my face that is still in tip top condition? Believe it or not, my lips! No really, despite everything the chilly weather has thrown my way, my compulsive habit of chewing my lips and even the most drying of matte lipsticks, my lips are softer than ever and it is all thanks to one, truly wonderful lip product - balmkind Alpine Rose & Lysine Lip Balm.
In true millennial style, I will admit that I did all but instantly decide I needed a tube of balmkind Alpine Rose & Lysine Lip Balm based on the pretty, pink and oh so Instagram worthy packaging - tell me I'm not the only one who makes similar decisions - but this pocket sized, and super easy to use (as you can see from the images it has an angled spout for precise application) lip balm is so much more than photo fodder.
Now be honest how often have you purchased a lip balm only to discover it does little to nothing? Sure it adds a sheen and may temporarily moisturise your lips but thanks to a shoddy line up of ingredients, your lips may end up in a worse state than you began with. We've all been there but the good news is this can end now.
Unlike typical lip balms balmkind Alpine Rose & Lysine Lip Balm has been formulated to gently nourish, soothe, protect and of course hydrate your lips in one quick and as mentioned before easy step. Thanks to its rich base of skin loving ingredients (Lysine, an essential Amino Acid; Oat Lipids with skin active ceramides; soothing Liquorice Root;Lipid rich Pomegranate Sterols and naturally protective Vitamin E) Balm Kind quickly melts into the skin meaning you never have to worry about sticky nor greasy lips again. Oh but it doesn't end there, this truly is the lip balm that keeps on giving as two of the core ingredients can actually help to improve the overall appearance of your lips over time: Antioxidant rich Alpine Rose, Lysine (an essential Amino Acid) can help to improve skin healing time, helping you to wave goodbye to cracked lips forever; and soothing Liquorice Root contain properties which studies have shown may reduce the occurrence of cold sores.
I don't feel I have quite covered just how wonderful the texture of balmkind Alpine Rose & Lysine Lip Balm truly is: silky yet not slippery nor greasy, lightweight but cooling and instantly hydrating in one quick swipe, making it not only perfect for applying on its own whenever needed but also under and over any lip product you so desire. There is nothing quite like it and if ever a lip balm was worthy of being dubbed truly luxurious it is this - the beautiful and delicate rose fragrance only heightens the experience.
I'm hooked and if you are intrigued and would like to try balmkind Alpine Rose & Lysine Lip Balm out for yourself you can order a tube (or two, it's always nice to treat a loved one isn't it?) here - link.
MAC Cosmetics are known for many things: beautiful and exciting new make-up launches, the signature lipsticks and more recently their foray into the world of fragrance, but free gifts is not one of things most of readily associate with the brand - this however changes today.
Do you have a few MAC items currently on your beauty wish list and need that little push to click order, or perhaps you are long overdue a treat or two? As the saying goes, there is no time quite like the present and in this instance it couldn't be more true as when you spend £60 on MAC Cosmetics (exclusions apply, please see end of this post) you will receive a bumper MAC goody bag jam packed with must-try items and beauty staples and for free.
So not only will you receive a really sleek MAC Cosmetics bag (it is so slick that should MAC ever sell this as a standalone item, I would snap up another) but also the following items: a full size #168 MAC Large Angled Contour brush, a foundation sample (simply take the empty pot into any store and they will accommodate your needs), MAC Prep & Prime Natural Radiance (6ml), MAC Cleanse Off Oil (6ml) and MAC In Extreme Dimension Mascara (1g) - combined the free gift is worth over £34. Yes admittedly a few of the products are on the small side but they are perfectly proportioned not only for trying out before you commit to a full sized product, but also for travel.
The really good news is unlike most free gifting offers, the MAC Cosmetics Treats campaign is available both online and in-stores whilst stocks last. Find out more and shop here - link.
The Small Print:
Receive a complimentary gift when you spend £60 or more on MAC Cosmetics products, valid at Debenhams in store and online. May not be used in conjunction with any other offer and past purchases do not apply. Qualifying spend excludes sets and VIVA Glam. Gift contains sample and full sized products. One gift per person, while stocks last. Offer available whilst stock lasts. Worth based on price per ml of standard size product.
Yes we have reached that time in the year in which we not only wonder where the last five months have gone (seriously, how can we nearly be half way through another year?) but where your vote really counts. No I'm not talking about Eurovision (although I would be lying if I said I wasn't slightly excited about the prospect) but rather The Sunday Times Style Beauty Awards 2018 - this year it is bigger and better than ever.
For those who are unfamiliar with TheStyle Beauty Awards, they are the largest , luxury, consumer-voted beauty awards in the UK, with just under million votes cast in 2017 - that is a lot of clicks. This year they have 23 categories and over 230 nominated products, hand-picked by our beauty director, Sarah Jossel - and trust me when I say there are some wonderful products in the mix just begging for your vote.
You love beauty products, right? I mean of course you do, why else would you be currently reading a beauty blog. So why not put your love to good use and vote for your favourite products to be crowned winner - there are 23 categories to make your mark in but I promise the process is super simple, a few quick clicks and you are done; the toughest part is often deciding which product you love the most. Once you have deliberated your efforts are not for nothing, sure voting keeps the beauty industry fair but you will also be entered in a draw to win one of 78 prizes worth over £23000, including a holiday to the Maldives for two - who said being a beauty addict wouldn't pay off.
You can vote here but be quick as the prize draw ends on the 6th of May - good luck!
Why spend half an hour applying your make-up, when you can be in and out in five minutes? Think of all those glorious, extra seconds spent toasty in bed. Now that I have your attention, let's de-clutter, simplify and make the most of our morning (or evening routine) so you have space both in your make-up bag and diary for the things that really matter.
Sanctuary Wet Skin Moisture Miracle
It's becoming fairly chilly in the British Isles which may tempt you to skimp on moisturising your body - the thought of standing around in a cold bathroom waiting for a body lotion to absorb, is enough to tempt anyone to embrace dry skin. Before you give into parched elbows and knees, try out Sanctuary Wet Skin Moisture Miracle for size, it is break through in body moisturiser we've all been waiting for: simply apply to soaking wet skin, towel dry as normal, dress and go. It really couldn't be simpler and the good news is that it works as well as any other body lotion or cream out there. Find it via Boots for £8 - link.
Jo Loves A Fragrance Paintbrush Gel
Fragrance in general is a tricky category to navigate as we all have our preferences but if you can find a scent within the Jo Loves A Fragrance Paintbrush Gel collection, you have all but struck gold. Not only are the paintbrushes a dream to travel with (goodbye spills, leaks and backache) but they are next to heavenly to apply: a cool, refreshing gel that gently dispenses a long wearing scent that can applied anywhere, any time and is perfect for carrying around in any bag - travel or otherwise. Find them here for £40 each- link.
Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow
I suffer terribly from dull skin in the winter months and yet I don't really want to pile on layer upon layer of highlighter, I want something soft and light diffusing. Answering the plea for glowy, plump and hydrated skin is Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow - or as I like to call it, the 8th wonder of my make-up bag. Think of this lighter than air fluid as an all singing, all dancing primer: it gently moisturises the skin, it refines and optically blurs, it illuminates and it also locks make-up firmly in place. Every beauty routine and shelf has space for this product. You can track this down via FeelUnique for £38.50 - link.
Concealer - sometimes I use it, most of the time I don't. In the grand scheme of things my skin isn't actually all that bad anymore (touch wood), rather I have textured skin thanks to years of acne scarring so full coverage isn't always a necessity. What I do require is something that is quick, easy to use and entirely adaptable. I'll be the first to admit that the Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Corrector is not the best bang for your buck in terms of sheer volume for product but my gosh is it handy. The creamy, liquid like concealer, glides on to the skin and can be used in place of foundation, or of course as a typical concealer in a moments notice. In my opinion Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Corrector offers medium coverage but the light texture can be applied in layers when and where needed, not to mention it can be used on the entirety of the face. Perhaps a little odd but a use none the less, this concealer applies really well to the lips should you ever want a primer of this nature and/or a product to reduce their natural hue. You can find Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Corrector via Look Fantastic for £29.50/7ml - link.
Becca Beach Tint
I don't care what shade of Becca Beach Tint you decide to make your own, just make sure that you grab at least one. I have overlooked the unassuming, tiny tubes that are Becca Beach Tints one time too many but trust me when I say no product is more reliable in a pinch that it. A quick dab of the tinted gel-like lotion and you will be the proud wearer of perfectly flushed cheeks and beautifully stained lips. The beauty of the Becca Beach Tints are that they melt so harmoniously into the skin that it is near impossible to go wrong, and as they have a sheer consistency, they work with the tone of your natural complexion, rather than masking it with heavy colour. If that is not enough to sway you, they wear all day long even in the most humid of conditions (I'm guessing that is somewhat in the name) and you don't need a brush to apply. Treat yourself to a shade in the near future and I promise you won't look back. You can grab it via Space.NK for £20 - link and there is a whoppin' eight shades to chose from.
A Multi-Purpose Balm
Lip balm is great but what about a product that can be used anywhere and everywhere? Sure my lips get dried out (only like all the time) but what about those pesky cracked elbows and knees? Or when my shoes start to rub and there is not a pharmacy in sight, or even when I need my highlighter to pop that little more that usual? The answer to all of the above and more is Indeed Labs 10balm: a quick and easy to use multi-purpose balm that is non-greasy and instantly comforting. If you are looking for something medicated, I also recommend Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream. Grab your tube of Indeed Labs 10balm via Look Fantastic £19.99/30ml - link.
Now your make-up bag is newly reformed, you'll have more time to scroll Instagram and/or Twitter in the mornings...or you know maybe make it on to that early train you are forever late for.
As much as I love fragrance, I realise that no matter how pretty a bottle of perfume may be, it isn't exactly the most exciting thing to read about and that's okay. I get it, I truly do. You can't smell through your laptop nor phone screen, so posts of this nature aren't nearly as helpful as I like to think. With that in mind, I have decided to save only the very best of new and exciting fragrance launches to write about, and will be dropping a monthly fragrance review your way, every 30 days or so - think of it as a fragrance of the month kind of deal, only not nearly as sophisticated.
Let's kick things off with the first Versace fragrance I have enjoyed since 6 year old me used to joyously drown myself in my Mother's Versace Red Jeans - talk about a throwback. Whilst we are being real, Versace fragrances in the past have been pretty dated: fully, intense scents that are not at all easy to wear, nor exactly crowd pleasing, then along came Versace Dylan Blue and changed everything.
Yes the bottle is a little garish and oddly doesn't reflect the light and appealing scent that is inside, but once you look beyond that, the fresh notes are truly mesmerising and will have you coming back for more - it is all I have worn both day and night, work and play for weeks on end.
Best described, Versace Dylan Blue Eau de Parfum is light, fruity and both a little floral and a lot sensuous. With lingering notes of blackcurrant sorbet, Granny Smith apple and icy peach, layered with delicate hints of slightly unusual floral accords such as: clover, forget-me-not and shisolia, Eglantine rose, petalia, rosyfolia and jasmine. It's light, it's refreshing and oh so easy to wear and as mentioned a complete step away from all you know Versace fragrances to be.
You will be hooked from the first spray and the good news is that as Versace Dylan Blue is an Eau de Parfum it lingers all day on the skin and then some.
As cliched as it may be, if you as much as try one fragrant this month, let it be Versace Dylan Blue.
You can find Versace Dylan Blue Eau de Parfum via the Fragrance Shop (£51.50 - £98.50) - link.
Narrowing down my favourite yet essential picks for the brand Charlotte Tilbury has not been easy, in fact this may be one of the most difficult posts I have wrote in a long time; the problem is unlike some beauty companies, just about everything Charlotte Tilbury touches is gold (both figuratively and literally - I mean look at that packaging) so whittling down five choices did not come with ease. In fact it was so tricky, that in some aspects I have been a tad vague but if I had to start my collection all over again, these are the pieces I would pick and as such recommend to anyone new to the brand.
Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow Part primer, part highlighter - this is the one multi-purpose product no make-up bag should be without. Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow is different from your typical primer, not only is it infused with oodles of light reflecting particles to create wonderfully dewy skin but along with perfecting the skin and holding make-up firmly in place, it doubles up as a liquid highlighter. Wear it alone for brighter, more youthful skin, wear it under make-up for hold and added radiance, mix it into your foundation to create a lit from within glow, and/or apply it anywhere you want to highlight on your face and body. A little goes a long way and with so many properties, you'll quickly wonder how you ever survived without a bottle at your disposal. Find it here - link.
Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow Palette One of the products that cemented Charlotte Tilbury's place firmly on the beauty map was the Filmstar Bronze & Glow Palette, as the name suggests this duo has been created to warm, sculpt, define and highlight the face. Unlike typical contour palettes, Filmstar Bronze & Glow is subtle and very easy to use as the finely milled powders all but melt into the face, so there is no need to worry about harsh, tell-tale lines. It is very tricky to find a natural, olive toned bronzer, let alone a delicate, yet light catching highlighter, that beautifully illuminates the complexion without drawing attention to flaws such as open pores and fine lines. You can find both shade options here.
Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter I have tried every Charlotte Tilbury base product and truthfully I adore them all (what can I say, I am super fan) but the most user friendly has to be the newly launched Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter. Now I realise that this isn't being marketed as base/foundation product but if light and glowy coverage is all you crave, then this is the product for you. The beauty of the Hollywood Flawless Filter is that it is so adaptable and forgiving (both in shade and texture), so it is by far an easier product to blind buy online. There is no wrong nor right way to best utilise the Hollywood Flawless Filter: use it is an under-eye concealer to really perk up tired eyes, use it as a primer, use it as a highlighter, use it in place of your typical base, mix it in with other products - the world truly is your oyster. You can shop the entire shade range here - link.
Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick And what a revolution it is. I adore matte lipstick finishes but loathe that typically they go hand in hand with dried out and eventually chapped lips, then along came the Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick and changed everything. Forget drying lipsticks full stop, this creamy yet entirely matte lipstick glides onto the lips with such ease, stays in place perfectly (with or without a liner) and instantly creates the illusion of fuller lips. I'm on a mission to collect every shade in production but if I had to pick just one shade as my absolute favourite, it would be a close tie between Sexy Sienna and Pillow Talk. You can find the full collection here - link.
Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat I'm very particular in regards to my lip liner choices and once I find my perfect formulation, I don't tend to stray. Although a lot pricier than I would like, very few lip liners come close to the Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat formula: a soft yet firm texture, that glides evenly and without tugging onto the lips, stays firmly locked in place for hours on end, has a moisturising texture so you can use it all over the lips without it becoming drying or uncomfortable and perhaps most importantly, it comes in a rainbow of shades so you will find the perfect match to your favourite lipstick. I've lost count to just how many Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheats in Pillow Talk I have worked my way through - there truly is nothing else comparable. You can browse all 15 options here - link.
I'm sure you need little encouragement to pick up a few Charlotte Tilbury pieces but if ever you are in a rut, I hope the above can provide some inspiration.
There was a point in my life in which I was subscribed to every beauty subscription plan and box around, it was an expensive habit but in the earlier days of beauty blogging it was a service that all but dominated the industry. Slowly but surely the trend has fizzled out and there are far less options around which isn't necessarily a bad thing as it was quickly becoming stale, but what do you do with all the mini and sample sized cosmetics you have accumulated over the years?
If you are anything like me you will have them stashed away in a drawer to quickly become forgotten about but with Summer on the horizon (if you squint into the near distance you might just see it) there couldn't be a better time to get organised and de-clutter once and for all.
Fragrance counters, beauty boxes and even magazines are quick to dole out tiny, and often glass vials of perfume. Why? Simply put it is a cheap and cheerful way to advertise and in the case of a beauty box an affordable way to add bulk out skimpy contents (sometimes the truth hurts). Initially I used to loathe receiving the tiny atomisers but I have grown to appreciate just how convenient they can be for certain situations; for example they are the perfect size for popping in a gym bag to freshen up with, not to mention they fit into the smallest of clutch bags, so you don't have to worry about leaving your fragrance at home on a night out - if you lose it, no big deal.
Hair and Skin Care Sachets
Is there ever quite enough conditioner in one sachet to really nourish your hair? No but if you have a few at your disposal you might just manage and that is why I keep all my skin and hair care sachets; they are ideal for overnight trips and weekends away. As someone with long hair there is never enough shampoo, nor conditioner in my hotel bathroom so those little foil packs come in handy to supplement any dinky bottle of hair care. As for skincare, I do find that the small sachets more than provide enough product for at least one night and as they are so small they are a dream to pack for any kind of trip and also ideal for using aboard a flight.
Again I do tend to save smaller cosmetics be it a lipstick, a bottle of toner, or a travel sized cleanser for vacations; typically they are sized in a way that makes they acceptable for hand-luggage so you can save both space and money - and you don't have to worry about bringing a half empty bottle of cleanser home, as after a few days you will most likely have finished it.
Free Cosmetic Bags
Some of my favourite make-up bags and pouches have been freebies - I never travel without a Glossier pouch of some capacity, the bubble wrap design is perfect for protecting any glass containers and/or valuables. I also use my free Skin Laundry and Diptyque drawstring bags for storing and separating underwear in my suitcase; the tiny plastic Sisley pouches are ideal for taking a lip balm and some coins to the beach. Who knew my hoarding ways would finally benefit me.
You can read here on how to get more samples and products for free!