Sunday, 19 November 2017

November Birchbox


For this months Birchbox I was extra excited as I knew it was in colaboration with Vogue. Vogue is probably one of the most iconic companies in the beauty and fashion industry so I knew it would be a good box. Here's what I got;


Benefit Hoola - RRP £24.50 for the full size
An iconic bronzer for this iconic box. Everybody loves this bronzer and so do I so I'm very pleased to welcome this little beauty into my travel make-up essentials.

Percy & Reed No Oil Oil - RRP £14 for the full size
This oil is meant to be volumising as well as smoothing and protecting. I love oil for my hair but do suffer from flat hair so the thought that this may not flatten it but still give me the nourishment which my hair needs makes me very excited to try it.


Clarins Hand and Nail Treatment Cream - RRP £21 for the full size
Winter really dries my hands out so I have to keep on top of it from the start. I'm very pleased to get such a big sample of this from Clarins and look forward to trying it out in these coming colder months.


Seche Vite Top Coat - RRP £9
The first full sized item and it's a dry fast top coat. I love anything that makes painting my nails easier and quicker so hopefully this will really help speed things up. I'm sure I've seen this brand about and believe it has a really good reputation so lets hope it lives up to it.

Birchbox Brush Cleaner - RRP £5
From Birchbox itself! A rubber brush cleaner. I really like the shape of this and think it'd work well for both right and left handed people. Personally, I find using my hand to be more effective but then I've not tried this one by Birchbox so maybe it'll sway me and I'll no longer be able to clean my brushes without one...we'll see!

Along with those 5 beauty items we also got a voucher for 6 free issues of Vogue when you subscribe to a one year or two year subscription. Bonus!!

I choose the pink box this month but if you went for the white and black then let me know below if you got anything different to myself.

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Iona x

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Monday, 23 October 2017

Glossybox - September & October




Just like my last post which included two Birchboxes, which you can read here if you haven't done so already, I'm also behind on my Glossybox posts so this one will also include both September and October's boxes. I can't wait to start using these products, so without further a-do...here's what I got in September and October's boxes...

September




Stylondon - Siligel Blender - RRP £5.99
I have never tried one of these before and quite frankly I think it's looks a bit weird and something that should belong in a bra rather than on your face but nevertheless, I will try it out and see what the results are like! I may watch a couple of Youtube tutorials first to see the best techniques (if there is one?!). If anyone has tried this please let me know in the comments below!

Pixi By Petra - Brow Tamer - RRP £12
Love a good brow tamer and I also love Pixi so this product gets two thumbs up. My brows can need some controlling at times which requires a fixing product. The one I currently use if by Benefit and is coloured so I'm excited to have a clear option too for those more natural days.

Monu Skincare - Firming Fiji Facial Oil - RRP £26 for the full size
I love using oil's on my skin and also often use firming products so again, this product seems a good fit. I've never tried anything by this brand before, nor have I heard of it before but considering you only use a couple of drops per application, this sample will last me a long time so I should be able to get a good idea of whether this product works for me or not.

Taylor's 32 - Classic Mint Natural Whitening Toothpaste - RRP £5.00
I've already started using this toothpaste and really enjoy it. It doesn't have an overly strong mint taste so after 10 minutes the freshness is gone but it's strong enough that your teeth so feel cleaned and you do feel freshened up. Whether it's helping my teeth get whiter...I think it has help this as in photo's my teeth do seem whiter than usual but I can't tell in person yet. Maybe by the end of the tube it'll be more obvious.

Skinfix - Hand Repair Cream - RRP £12.99
I have rather problematic skin on my arms and can often suffer from dry patches. Although I do have creams from the doctor for this, I'm excited to have this product which I can throw into my handbag for easy tops. With Winter coming up I will get so much use from this and so glad to have it.

So, that's September's box with 4 full sized items! Now...

October




Makeup Revolution - Mermaids vs Unicorns Eyeshadow Palette - RRP £4
Some interesting colours in this palette, some which I would use and some which I would be nervous to but overall, a nice mix of matte and shimmery shades. For £4 for this size of palette, I don't have high hopes of a great quality product but I've learnt to never judge a product by the price so will still give it a fair shot.

Sleek - Creme To Powder Blush - RRP £5.99
Sleek is a drugstore brand which I think is quite under-rated. I've used their blushes in the past and they're VERY pigmented so a little really does go a long way. I haven't used the creme to powder  formula before but think this may be ideal for Autumn/Winter. They've also changed their packaging and it's very nice and reminds me of the NARS packaging. 

Kawaii Enterprise - Brush Cleansing Egg - RRP £7.99
This seems like such a clever idea. At the moment I just use my hand when cleaning brushes but it does become quite tedious. This looks like it'll make it all much more effortless. It's also bright pink which is always pleasing.

Lord & Berry - Magic Brow Perfect Eye Brow Pencil - RRP £14
Having only used this on the back of my hand it looks very promising. The colour seems to be a fairly good match and it seems to create sharp lines which will help give the natural appearance rather than the drawn on eyebrows I try to avoid. 

Bang Beauty - Cream Color - RRP £19.50
So apparently this product can be used as eyeshadow, blush or highlighter. It does have quite a shimmer to it so I don't think I would use it as a blusher but absolutely as a highlighter to help bring life and glow to my face during the colder months. Since it's a cream I think it would also work well as an eyeshadow just to help give a bit of colour. Right now I'm thinking this may be a great product to have the handbag for any last minute plans which may take me straight from the desk to out and about as this will help freshen my face and make me look like I've made some effort. 

So that's October's box with all 5 items been full sized!! I really would use all 5 items and can't wait to try them out. Let me know if any of you have received your Glossybox this month and what your favourite product was. 


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Iona x

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Sunday, 8 October 2017

Birchbox - September & October


Thanks to life being crazy busy for the past month I’ve got not just this months Birchbox to share but also last months! So, let’s start with September;


Polaar - Icy Magic Eye Contour Energiser - RRP £22 for full size
I received another product from this brand a few months ago and really enjoyed it so I’m looking forward to trying this. I’ve never actually seen this brand being sold anywhere but will be keeping my eyes out for what else they may do.

Dr PawPaw - Original Clear Balm - RRP £6.95 for full size
I actually squealed with joy when I saw this. I got my first full size when I lived in Australia and loved it so much but didn’t realise how hard it would be to find it back here in Scotland otherwise I would’ve stocked up. I’m currently using a full size one which I got in a Glossybox but it’s running low so I’m SO happy to have this mini one to keep in my handbag for on the go.

Manna Kadar - 3 in 1 Blush, Highlighter and Eyeshadow - RRP £15
The first full sized item in this months box. Looking at the colour I couldn’t quite imagine this as a blush but having now swatched it I can absolutely see how you could use it as all three. It’s such a beautifully shade which could bring warmth during autumn as a blush, shimmer as a highlight as a beautiful shade on the eyes. This really has surprised me as to how many uses you get from the one powder.

Arrow - Boost Color Enhancing Lip Balm - RRP £11
I love this kind of product, the ones which are different shades on different people depending on the pH levels on your skin. This is also a full sized product and I love the packaging - ready to keep you going through any festival.

Clinique - Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm - RRP £23 for the full size
Again, this received a little squeal of excitement when I saw this. I’ve heard such good reviews about this but never been brave enough/had the budget for the full sized item. I cannot wait to try this out! I believe a little goes a long way so this should last quite a wee while


And now, October’s box which we all just need to take a moment to appreciate the box! 



 Model Co - Megalash Mascara - RRP £16 for the full size
I can never tell how good a mascara will be by just the brush so have no idea how I’ll get on with this but usually I tend to make a royal mess when the wands are this big. However, I’ll go in with an open mind and cross my fingers that this gives the long, separated and curled lashes that we all long for.

Balance Me - Pure Skin Face Wash - RRP £16 for the full size
Balance me is a brand which pops up quite a bit in Glossybox/Birchbox but I admit I’m quite pleased about it. I love how natural this brand is and my skin has always seemed to get well with the products so I look forward to trying another one.

Anatomicals - Grab Your Melons Shower Gel - RRP £1.50
The only full sized product in this months box. This product is tied in to the fact it’s cancer awareness month and CopperFeel has worked with the Birchbox team on this box. I love the fact that this shower gel is a gentle, and amusing, reminder that it’s important to check yourself as we all know how important it can be. I admit that I’m bad at remembering so hopefully having this in the shower with me will help.

Amika - Perk Up DryShampoo - RRP £20 for the full size
Amika is another hair brand I’ve heard great things about but still haven’t tried the dry shampoo yet. Having fallen out with Bastist a couple of years ago, the white never rubbed in properly so I was constantly asked why I had grey hair that day, I’m always on the search for a new dry shampoo so looking forward to trying this. I also love how dinky this is as it’ll be great to have in the handbag for any last minute changes of plans that require my hair to be spruced up a bit.

Biore - Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strips - RRP £8.99
I’ve used these strips before and my they really do work. It’s grossly satisfying peeling them off and then inspecting to see how many blackheads you get at once. My pores have been really clogged recently so looking forward to using this and trying to clean them in a bit!


Let me know which box you think is better, for me...I think September has won! 

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Sunday, 1 October 2017

Homeware Haul - Part 1


One of the things I was most excited about when buying a flat was going shopping to furnish it. Having spent hours as a kid furnishing houses on the Sims, I’ve always looked forward to doing it for real in my own place.

To help show everything I got I filmed a homeware haul for my YouTube channel which you can watch by clicking the link below! 



Let me know what you think of what I got and I you have any good ideas on what I can use those baskets for! There's another homeware haul coming, as mentioned, so make sure you're subscribed to my channel so you don't miss out on the next one.

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