Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Birchbox - January



And so soon after my December box (which arrived a few weeks late due to a storm) I’ve got my January box! This months box is in collaboration with Ohh Deer which I’ve checked out and seems to be an amazing stationary shop. Everything is adorable on the website so if any of you love stationary as much as I do then head over there! 

But first, this months Birchbox....




Lord & Berry Blusher Crayon - RRP £15
I’ve never tried a crayon blusheer before but like the idea of it. Perfect for the handbag make-up for touch ups on the go. At first I was worried about getting an even application but when switching on the back of my hand it’s extremely creamy so actually blends out beautifully! I got the shade ‘Camelia’ which looks like the perfect rosy shade.

Marcelle Waterproof Eyeliner - RRP £10.99 for the full size
This is in the shade ‘Charcoal’ and I always prefer a brown eyeliner during the day as it’s a much softer appearance. I actually think I’ve got the black version of this a while back in a Glossybox and have enjoyed it the couple of times I tried it out. I’m excited to have one I can wear more often and test how waterproof it is a my eyes are always very watery.

Thermaliv Night Cream - RRP £15.75 for the full size
Night cream is such an important step in my skincare routine and usually I enjoy using oils over night. However, I’m always keen to try new products out to find the most moisturing and oil reducing for my skin.

Parlor by Jeff Chastain Moisturising Sea Salt Spray - RRP £17 for the full size
I love the texturised effect that a sea salt spray has on hair but hate how drying they can be. I’ve also recently dyed my hair blonde (when I’m a natural dark brunette) so I’m very conscious of not drying out my hair further. This product has sweet almond extract and vitamin-rich algae so claims not to dry out your hair at all, bonus!

Afterspa Amazing Makeup Remover - RRP £5.50 for the full size
 Now this product intrigued me...a cloth which says it’ll remove all traces of makeup just by wetting it and wiping your face. You then wash the cloth and can use again. What kind of magic is this?! It  an also be used 100 times so lasts a decent amount of time.

So only one full sized item this month which is slightly disappointing but such a good range of products and all of which I’m looking forward to trying.


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Sunday, 7 January 2018

Birchbox - December 2017


Yes that title wasn't a typo...I really am about to share the December Birchbox which I received with you. Now, I realise this does seem slightly late given that not only are we in a different month it is indeed a whole different year. However, my actual December Birchbox got lost (thanks to some stormy weather we had at the beginning of December) but after contacting Birchbox, who replied after 20 minutes!, they had another sent out to me immediately. They had unfortunately run out of some of the items in the December box so instead made one up for me based on my beauty profile. 

Before I go on about what I got in the box I feel I can't before mentioning how beautiful the box is!! Stunning design which makes evident the collaboration with Matthew Williamson on the December box.

Now, here's what I got inside the box;


Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm in Natural Rose - RRP £8
This was the item which I got to choose for December. It was between this and a red lip and I chose this thinking that it'd be beautiful nude and also can always do with a bit of moisture during the Winter months. The shade is better than I had thought so will definitely get my use out of this!

Baija Paris Caramelised Honey Body Scrub - RRP £14.90 for the full size
Although this is a miniature it's actually a really decent size and I'll get a good couple of uses from it. It literally looks good enough to eat but I'll save it for the shower.

Kebelo Clarifying Shampoo - RRP £13.95 for the full size
I have never used a clarifying shampoo before which means I probably really need to! This is recommended for use once or twice a month to give your hair a refresh, what better way to start the new year than a fresh start for your head. 

Sand & Sky Brilliant Skin Purifying Clay Mask - RRP £39.90 for the full size
I love a face mask and especially purifying ones. Anything that draws out impurities and leaves glowing skin is alright with me! Hopefully I'll get a couple of uses out of this sample as I think it'll be very effective. 

Spectrum Collections B04 Angled Blender Brush - RRP £4.99
I've got a couple of Spectrum brushes already from a couple of beauty boxes and I do really like them. The bristles are beautifully soft and with a rose gold detail to the brush who can complain!

Although it was slightly annoying getting the Birchbox late it also means that I don't have to wait as long for my next one so next week could be another Birchbox post with the January box - yay! I'd love to see what everyone else got in their December boxes so I can see what I missed out on so if you've done a post please leave it before for me to check out.

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Iona x

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Sunday, 31 December 2017

Homeware Haul - Part 2

This post is probably not what you were expecting today as it isn't a reflection of 2017 and my hopes and dreams for 2018 but instead a part 2 to my homeware haul. The biggest change for me in 2017 was buying a flat and moving out and so I feel it's only right to finish what I'd started with the hauls before the year is over. 

Following on from this post here, where I shared a haul with what I got for my new flats kitchen and bedroom, I thought I would now shared the second part to my homeware haul. 

This includes items for the living room and bathrooms and gives the first sneak peak of my flat! Click the link below to go straight over to the video or search TheLittleLassies on YouTube to find my channel and see all my other videos too.




Let me know what you think of everything I got and if you have any idea's on ways I can use things in my flat then please leave them in the comments below.

Oh and.....HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!!

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Thursday, 28 December 2017

Empties #20



It’s been SO long since my last empties post as I found that I was just repeating myself having used up the same products over and over - I’m definitely a creature of habit! I’m now trying to use up more products which I already have rather than buy ones I always use which means I’ve got a few empties which are new to post about.

The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors
I got caught up in the hype of The Ordinary products and bought 3 a few months ago. This is the first one I’ve finished and I’m actually slightly disappointed. I had heard nothing but good reviews about the brand but my skin just did not take to this well. I found it didn’t actually bring much to the table and didn’t leave my skin feeling as moisturised and nourished as I would’ve liked. I do still like the packaging though and know this works well for many other people.

Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm
I was very excited when I received this in my September Birchbox as I’d wanted to try this for so long. My favourite part of my day is taking my make-up off and my favourite way to do that is with a Cleansing Balm. This was SO lovely to use and literally just melted the make-up off my skin. It was so effortless and really left my skin feeling amazing afterwards. This small pot lasted me a long time as a little goes a long way so I think the full size, although a lot more expensive than other options, may just be worth it!

Simple Hydrating Booster
This has become a new staple in my skincare routine. I use this after I’ve cleansed and toned and before I moisturise. It is exactly what it says, a hydration boost for the skin which is in a gel formula. Again, I love using this as it’s so effortless, goes on the skin so well and sinks in quickly. An absolute must during the winter months.

This Works Super Sleep Spray
I think I have mentioned this product before but I love using it so much that I thought it was worth another mention. I go through spells of really bad sleep and use to be such a bad sleeper that I now have a few techniques to help me nod off and this is one of them. It relaxes your body ready for the night and helps you fall into a much deeper sleep. Therefore, I wake up feeling so much more refreshed and ready for my day. 

I’ve been thinking about doing a post on my other techniques to help me sleep so let me know if that’s something you’d like to read and I’ll make sure to get straight onto it.

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Iona x

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