June Birchbox Review

Hello everyone! Long time, no post!

I’ve really been meaning to chat all about one of my most recent deliveries, my June Birchbox for some time now, so here we go…

I have to quickly say that this is probably going to be my last Birchbox post for the foreseeable future. I’ve been getting them for only about three months, and I always say to myself “maybe it will be better next month!”, but unfortunately I’ve never really been over the moon with what I have received in the boxes, and I decided to cancel my subscription.

I tried updated my profile on the website to get more tailored boxes, but I was never thrilled with the samples they supplied. I always see boxes from bloggers in North America and in my opinion, they seem to get better items, for better value of money per month.

I’m not saying I will never get Birchbox again, I may give it another chance in the future, but at the moment I’m going to do my research and try out other subscription box services. Any recommendations? Leave them in the comments please! ❤

So I’ll move on to what I received in my box this month. First off I’d like to start by saying I really do like the designs on the boxes- they are very cute-  this month was a Summer theme called “Paradise Found” and I really loved the palm trees on my box.

As usual I received 5 samples…

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Percey & Reed Reassuringly Firm Session Hold Hairspray

This is handy for travelling. From using this product it didn’t really do anything different to what any other hairspray I have used will do. The package design is lovely, however I wouldn’t go on to purchase this product in full size. 

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Whish CC Body Cream

This was an interesting find. I’ve heard all about CC creams for the face, but for the body?Totally different story! This cream smells like Summer in a bottle, with hints of coconut! It adds a shimmery bronze glow to your skin, blends away imperfections and makes it feel super soft. I would consider using this again! 

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Benefit Air Control BB Cream Eyelid Primer

I really wish this came in a bigger size! It primes and colour corrects the skin on the eyelids for smooth application of your favourite eyeshadow. It also has SPF 20 which is brilliant. 

Pure and Light Organic Essential Face Cream 

I’ll be honest, I didn’t try out this product. My skin is ridiculously sensitive that I will only ever use a moisturising cream that I know won’t cause my eczema to flare up. I donated this product to a friend as I’m sure she will benefit from it more than me! 

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Jelly Pong Pong Paradise Pigments in Cake Pop.

Now this is probably one of the only Birchbox samples that I absolutely love. I have been using this lip & cheek stain every day in my makeup routine. It is very creamy and heavily pigmented, that adds a pretty pink pop of colour. I use it mainly as a blusher, and I place a tiny dab onto each cheek and blend it out with my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. A perk of this product is that it smells like just like sweets! 

 

 

What do you think of Birchbox? And if there are any other subscription boxes that you love, please let me know in the comments below! 

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NYX Extra Creamy Lipstick

I’m the sort of girl who always plays it safe when it comes to lipstick shades.. But when I had a nosey at the NYX stand in Boots, I decided to take a risk and purchase a few colours out of my comfort zone. At £4 per stick you couldn’t really go wrong, and with such a wide selection of shades, I was spoiled for choice.

The NYX Extra Creamy Round Lipstick truly is it’s name, it is a very creamy lipstick that glides onto your lips like velvet. The shades are very pigmented and definitely stand the test of time. It is a classic go to lip product that you can count on. No doubt I’ll be back to stock up on my collection!

Having pale skin, I thought I should stay away from a bright red lip, but the shade Eros (536) caught my eye. It’s a classic post box red that I will hopefully be confident enough to pull off! (left)

I then stayed safe with the shade Fig (640), a deep nude pink that I know I can wear everyday. (right)

The next shade I put in my basket was a bit of an odd choice for me. It is a very bright pink, but my thought at the time was that it would be ideal for Summer. I love the name, Strawberry Milk (595), which I think perfectly describes the colour! (middle)

What NYX products are you loving? Let me know in the comments below! 

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April Favourites

Hello everyone! I’m sorry this post is a little bit late… But here it is!

April was a busy month for me. It started off quiet and chilled as I was on a family holiday, but by the time I got back I had started working full time, which I know the majority of people do, but I am shattered! 😅 So I was definitely in need of the Monday bank holiday!

Now on to what I’ve been loving this month…

Adidas Los Angeles Grey Trainers 

These little beauties were on my ASOS wish list for a while, and when I saw that they were on sale, I had to pop them into my shopping basket. They’re unbelievably comfy and go with lots of outfits.


NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream

I wanted to try NYX products for a while. I believe they now stock their products in Boots, however I ordered a selection from ASOS. I got two of their Lip Cremes, in the shades Athens and Milan.

I find it leaves a gorgeous matte finish, that lists for ages! But I always make sure to moisturise my lips with my fave lip balm (Carmex) before application!

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Wash That Man Right Out of My Hair – Lush Shower Gel 

I’ll be honest, the name of this product may have influenced my decision to buy it just slightly 🎤… It’s a song from one of my favourite musicals, South Pacific! It smells very fresh and leaves you feeling super clean.

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Sephora Vitamin C Booster Serum 

As mentioned in my Prague Sephora Haul… I’ve been using this almost every morning. I just pop two to three drops into my palms and massage into my face. I find it leaves my skin dewy and glowing.


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April Birch Box Review

Every month my boyfriend gets the Loot Crate , which a monthly subscription box aimed towards gamers. Last month I got a little bit jealous so I decided I was going to order something similar for myself!

After a lot of deliberation, I finally decided to invest in a beauty box… and the one I chose was the Birch Box. I had heard really good reviews about them, and from looking at past boxes I was pretty impressed.

When this little beauty popped through my letter box I was so excited to open it up and see what goodies where inside!

Birch Box teamed up with Rifle Paper Co. and created gorgeous designs for the boxes. I received the Herb Garden box.

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Benefit Bad Gal Lash 

I had used this before, and it is a very good mascara. Personally I prefer the They’re Real Mascara from Benefit, as I find the brush is a lot more defining, however the Bad Gal Lash Mascara brush is very thick and good for adding va va voom to your lashes! It’s a small sample size which is great for travelling.

Kueshi Foot Care Cream 

Apart from the odd pedicure, foot care is usually the last thing on my list. So it’s nice to have a little reminder from Birch Box to treat my feet once in a while. I used this when I had a pamper night the other week. It deeply moisturised my skin and got rid of those pesky dry patches on your heels.

Parlol By Jeff Chastain Detangling Leave-In Conditioner 

I’ve used this several times as my hair can be quite dry. It definitely gives it a little boost and make it feel touch-ably soft and shiny.

So Susan Lip Dome  

I found this very similar to the Clinique Chubby Stick. It is very moisturising and adds a subtle pop of colour!

NUXE Huile Prodigieuse 

This is a multi purpose oil for hair and skin. I used it on my hands to try it out as soon as I opened the box, it has a lovely light scent and doesn’t leave a greasy feeling on your skin.Unfortunately it didn’t agree with my sensitive skin 😦 so it’s going to have to stay on my hair!

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Over all I was quite impressed with the April Birch Box. Maybe it was the fact it was my first box, and the novelty may ware off, but I really hope it doesn’t.

Let’s see what Birch Box has for us in store in May! X

 

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Sephora Haul 

While I was in Prague I managed to squeeze in a trip to the beauty haven that is Sephora 🙌

As most of you know we don’t have Sephora in the UK, so whenever I’m in Canada or on a city break somewhere in Europe I need to scout one out.

I mainly go to pick up the makeup brands that you can’t buy directly in the UK (without the huge shipping fees) as well as Sephora’s own makeup and skincare line. I’m a huge lover of their fibre masks and blushes! ✨

For those of you who have been to Prague, I went to the Sephora store in the Palladium Shopping Centre in the City Centre. I was pretty lucky as they were having a 3 for 2 deal event at the time! (Who doesn’t want to save money?)

 

Here is what I picked up:

Makeup

Sephora Collection Rouge Balm SPF 20

Sephora Brilliant Jumbo Cheeks + Lips in Vintage Pink 

Sephora Smoothing and brightening powder in Colourless 

Sephora Collection Colourful 5 Eyeshadow Palette in Nude to Neutral 

Sephora Colourful Face Powders – Blush in 02 So Shy

Sephora Sharpener (very handy to have!)

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Skin Care 

Sephora Collection Vitamin C Luminising Booster

Sephora Ginseng Eye Mask

Sephora Avocado Hand Mask

Sephora Green Tea Eye Mask

Sephora Lotus Face Mask

Sephora Avocado Sleeping Mask

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February Favourites 

Hello everyone! Welcome to the post where I write about all the best bits I’ve been loving the past month. It definitely has been a quick month (well.. it is February!) it honestly seems like yesterday I was sitting writing out my January favourites! 

Let me know what you’ve been loving this month! X

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Garnier Toner – I’ve been doing a lot of research on skin care recently, and one thing that became apparent to me was that you need to have a good skin care routine. I’ve already been cleansing and moisturising my skin, but one step I’ve never really thought about was using a toner. Apparently toners have a huge range of benefits such as tightening pores. I picked this one up from Super Drug (it was on offer!) and I didn’t want to spend loads on something I’d be trying out. So far I’m really enjoying using this morning and night and I’ve noticed a difference in the texture of my skin.

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Nivea Dry Skin Face Wipes – I know face wipes aren’t the No. 1 skin care product to use, but after a long day all I want is a quick fix to remove my makeup and make my face feel a bit fresher. I feel like it’s actually worth investing a wee bit more in a good face wipe, and these Nivea ones don’t disappoint. I feel that my face looks brighter and heathier after using these.

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Boots Soltan Instant Tan – I still use the old and trusty St Moriz Fake Tan but I’ve been loving trying something different, yet still very affordable. This tan smells lovely, and my skin feels very soft afterwards and I find that it’s very build able to get the colour you want.

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Soap and Glory ‘Endless Glove’ Moisture Mask & Hand Cream – I don’t know about you guys but I looove Soap & Glory products. I was a huge fan of the ‘Hand Food’ cream yet this month I’ve been using the ‘Endless Glove’ a lot more. It has a very fresh scent to it, so it isn’t as sweet like their other products, which is quite nice for a hand cream. I find it sinks into the skin very quickly and works wonders on my nails as well! 😀 I’m yet to use it as a mask overnight, so I will let you guys know how it works!

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Witch Stick – An old favourite that I rediscovered. I used this all the time in my teen years, and I swore by it! Luckily I my skin isn’t very spot prone, but when the odd one pops up on my face I dap it on and it disappears within a day or two. I picked this one up as they donate proceeds to Marie Curie Cancer Care- a cause close to my heart.

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Once Upon a Time – I’ve mentioned this in my previous post ‘ Netflix Top 5 ‘ and it is definitely one of my favourite series’. This month I had a serious binge watching marathon of the show and unfortunately that’s me finished the last season until the next one is released.

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CHANEL CC Cream Review

About a month ago my best friend recomended the Chanel CC Cream to me. I gave it a go for a night out and I loved it! I found it gave a medium coverage, matched my skin tone so well, and it also really did colour correct!

The product is a thick, creamy consistency, and is quite heavily fragranced like most Chanel products. So if your skin is sensitive to scented products then this may be one to avoid. When purchasing the product the Chanel Sales Rep colour matched me, she recomended the shade 20 beige. I found this shade to be perfect for my skin tone, even when I am ‘au natural’, or tanned! It also has an SPF of 50. 

I have redness prone skin that tends to be quite sensitive and dry, and I found that foundations didn’t cover up the redness and with the odd one that did it the redness began to show through after a few hours of wear. The CC cream works wonders for this. After using the cream for a few days, I began to notice that it dried my skin out a bit, which is probably the only negative that I found with it. 

The price is another factor you may need to take into consideration. I bought the standard 30ml tube for £44. I’ll admit this will last you a long time as a little definitely goes a long way, however I would consider this a luxury purchase.

Over all I feel that the Chanel CC Cream is a brilliant product that colour correct, conceals and can be used as a brilliant base to makeup or for a fresh faced natural look.

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