Mini’s Of The Month: January!

Hey everyone!

I touched on it in a recent post but I’ve decided to swap out my old monthly feature “Samples Of The Month” for the new and improved “Mini’s Of The Month”. The reason for this is that I feel like with testing any miniatures I can get my hands on, I can get a more accurate response from using them a few times than I can from a teeny one use sample. I also have quite a few miniatures from my M&S Beauty Advent Calendar that I need some motivation to use so these will be featured in upcoming months. Here are my picks for this month and my thoughts on them!

AlphaH Liquid Gold – Rose Limited Edition 50ml // £37 for 100ml

The packaging on this is absolutely gorgeous and looks very high end and professional to me. My first impression of this is that it aims to do a similar job to the Pixi Glow Tonic which I still unfortunately haven’t got my hands on. It’s designed to be a mild exfoliant and aims to reduce the roughness of skin aswell as soothe and hydrate. It also advises that you don’t apply a night cream afterwards which I thought was quite odd, so I decided to use it as a last step in my skincare routine because of this!

The directions are to moisten a cotton pad with the solution and then wipe over the face. On application I found it stung my face but assumed that was normal for a product thats meant to resurface the skin. At first I felt it wasn’t quite enough hydration for my skin and that it left it feeling a little tacky but after around 5 minutes it sunk in beautifully and left my skin feeling really plump and quite soft! After using this a few times before bed, I can definitely say I’m a big fan. My skin feels cleaner and softer and really surprisingly hydrated.

Pixi Lip Lift Max in “Honey Sheen” // £12

I’m not sure if this is technically a miniature but I received it in my advent calendar so I’m going to include it anyway. It’s a shimmery peptide-infused lip plumper with a cooling sensation to it. I wasn’t so sure about it at first as glosses really aren’t my thing and I don’t know if I believe a product like this can really plump your lips. It contains Aloe, Jojoba and Chamomile though which are fab moisturising and soothing ingredients and the mint is a natural plumper which is the flavour of it.

I’ve got to say I really didn’t feel like this product did anything for me other than smell really lovely and give my lips a coat of gloss. I didn’t notice any of the glitter from it on my lips either which is a shame. It has a menthol tinge to it and makes your lips tingle ever so slightly. Other than that I can’t say I noticed any difference in the appearance of my lips unfortunately.

Glamglow Galacticleanse 15ml // £26 for 145ml

A recent post I did this month was on Glamglows Supermud mask that you can read here but I also received a miniature of their recently released Galacticleanse which I thought looked pretty awesome. It’s a jelly-to-milk cleanser, much like the famous Glossiers Milk Jelly Cleanser but with a bit of a cooler spin on it. This product contains moonflower oil, meteorite mineral powder and bamboo charcoal. In all honesty I’ve never heard of these before so I’ve no idea what they do for your skin but they sound pretty cool, don’t they?

When I squeezed the gel out of the tube it was BLACK and GLITTERY. My two favourite things mixed together, which is pretty damn delightful. If that wasn’t cool enough, it smells like white chocolate orange which if you followed me on Twitter over Christmas, you’ll know is something I’m very passionate about. I’m extremely sad it no longer exists (damn you, Terry’s).

Following the directions, I massaged it into dry skin in circular motions and then used some warm water. This supposedly turned the product into more of a milky substance but I can’t say the consistency really changed that much. I used a warm, damp cloth to wipe the cleanser and makeup away, I thought it did a pretty good job and my skin felt really clean and firm. I did then use some cleansing water afterwards to see how well it worked. On finding it left some residue of makeup behind, I’d have to recommend double cleansing with this product. I really did like using it but I’d say it’s not one for those who like a simple and small skincare routine.

Have you tried any of these products? What’s the best sample of a product you’ve ever received?

’Til Next Time,
BTB Xx

30 Comments Add yours

  1. Gabrielle says:

    I love the sound of the liquid glow! Might have to give that a little try – also wish I’d known a while ago that you love Terry’s white chocolate orange as I threw one out that I’d had in the cupboard for ages haha! Great post and looking forward to next month’s mini’s!
    Gaby xx

    1. blacktulipbeauty says:

      I was surprised at how good it was! Ugh my god I honestly cannot believe you threw it out I would’ve loved you forever hahaha, it was my favourite thing!! X

  2. Ashton says:

    I have not heard of that GlamGlow product. It sounds interesting.

    1. blacktulipbeauty says:

      I didn’t get on with the last GlamGlow product I tried but I really love this one! X

  3. Alice says:

    Ooh black and glittery?! That sounds fabulous. Girl you know I grieve white Terry’s chocolate orange, we need them back in our lives – I loved the white popping candy one. I really love the sound of the liquid glow, I’d love to give that a go x

    Alice http://www.accordingtoalicex.com

    1. blacktulipbeauty says:

      Yes it’s so cool!! We really do it’s so, so sad. If I ever get famous I’m using my money to remake it just for us xo

  4. Francesca says:

    Love the sound of the Alphah, really need to get my hands on it!x

    Francesca | EverythingChessie 🌿

    1. blacktulipbeauty says:

      It is pretty pricey but I was surprised at how nice it was! X

  5. Len Parent says:

    Amazing blog post~ Love your make up essentials. Thanks for sharing!
    Happy Thursday
    Much love, Len
    http://www.lenparent.com
    XO

    1. blacktulipbeauty says:

      Um, this post is about trying out mostly skincare but thanks lol

  6. I love GlamGlow products! A bit pricey but worth it!
    Mariya
    http://www.brunetteondemand.com

    1. blacktulipbeauty says:

      This is the first thing I’ve liked from them! X

  7. Miranda says:

    Glad you’re making the most of the beauty calendar products xxx

    1. blacktulipbeauty says:

      Hell yeah I am, you can have any I don’t want hehe xxx

  8. The Alpha Liquid Gold is such a raved about product! Also, a black and glittery mask sounds amazing! I love that you’ve reviewed two Glam Glow masks now, as I’ve always been intrigued by their products and it’s awesome to hear your thoughts xo

    Char | http://www.charslittleblog.co.uk

    1. blacktulipbeauty says:

      I’d never heard that much about it until now but I’m really glad I’ve had the change to try it out! Yeah I’ve been dying to try their stuff, this is a lot better than the Supermud mask in my opinion! X

  9. Julia says:

    I want to try any Pixi product as they all sound incredible! I’m not a massive lip gloss fan but recently I’ve been falling out of love with the matte products so maybe it’s time to give some glosses a go.

    Julia xx
    theglassofclass.com

    1. blacktulipbeauty says:

      Yeah I dont tend to be a big gloss fan either but I did really like the smell of this one! I haven’t tried anything else Pixi yet! X

  10. Emily says:

    You’ve picked out two of my need to try products!! The lip gloss looks incredible and I really want to try the glam glow!

    Love your miniature posts!

    Emily xx

    http://Www.isobellejane.com

    1. blacktulipbeauty says:

      I think you can request a sample of the galacticleanse on their website as that’s how I got mine 🙂 Thank you! Xx

  11. Meg says:

    I still haven’t tried any PIXI products! Grabbing minis is such a good idea to help you get a feel for it before splurging!

    1. blacktulipbeauty says:

      This was my first one too! Yeah it has definitely taught me not to go all out with products that don’t end up worth the hype haha! X

  12. Leslie says:

    Glam glow is always either a real hit or a miss to me. Just seems as if some of their products isn’t entirely worth the splurge. But loving this new series on here! I’m a sucker for samples and minis

    1. blacktulipbeauty says:

      Yeah I’ve noticed that, people seem to love it or hate it! Thank you 🙂 x

  13. Alicia says:

    These minis are so cute! I really want to try glamglow products but they’re so pricey, I just can’t justify to spend that money 😩haha x

    1. blacktulipbeauty says:

      They are aren’t they?! You’re much better off trying the miniatures first! X

  14. Lily says:

    I thought I would’ve loved that pixi lip gloss because I used to like plumping glosses, but I hate glosses and ended up giving it away haha

    Lily | Covet Luxe

  15. Anu says:

    The Alphah Liquid Gold sounds really nice! I love anything that makes my skin feel more hydrated. If you’d like to try a plumping lip gloss I’d recommend the one from Dior 🙂 x

    Anu | Based On blog

    1. blacktulipbeauty says:

      I wasn’t expecting it to be as good as it was! Ooh okay I’ll definitely look into it! X

  16. Gemma says:

    I definitely agree that minis are better than samples, there never seems to be enough in a sample. Minis you’re able to use for a little longer, I love the packaging for Alphah Liquid Gold. I haven’t used a product like that before so I’m not 100% sure of it myself. Also when was there a White Chocolate Terry’s!! That would be my favourite combination.

    Gemma | http://www.anoceanglimmer.wordpress.com

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