Sunday, 13 August 2017

August's Glossybox and Birchbox

So I've been a bit quiet over here recently and there may be a post about why but I thought for now I would come back with one of my favourites posts...Glossybox and Birchbox unboxing!



Here's what I got in August's Glossybox and Birchbox;

Glossybox


  • SportFX - Time Out Face Mist + Fix - full size - RRP £5.99
  • Model Laucher - Safari Sun Bronzer - full size - RRP £16.50
  • Valquer - Ice Hair Mask, Total Repair - RRP £14.99 for the full size
  • Batiste - 2in1 Dry Shampoo & Conditioner - RRP £4.49 for the full size
  • Rodial - Suede Lips - full size - RRP £22.00
  • Purelei - Hair tie



Birchbox



  • Spectrum Collections - A05 Brush - RRP £59.99 for full set
  • LOC - One and Done Shadow Stick in Rock Steady - full size - RRP £8.00
  • Number 4 - Sugar Texturising Spray - RRP £20.00 for the full size
  • Merci Handy - Antibacterial Hand Cleansing Gel - full size - RRP £2.90
  • Huygens - Supernature Cream - RRP £25.00 for the full size



Both these boxes are so nice and strangely suit each other very well! Once again they've both provided products I've never tried before from brands I've never heard of before which is exactly why I love these boxes so much. And there's also products which I already know I'll love (Loc shadow stick, I'm talking about you!). 

As always I'll let you know what I get on with best and what I maybe don't like as much. If you got any beauty subscription boxes this month please let me know what your favourite products were that you received!


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Sunday, 23 July 2017

July's Glossybox and Birchbox

Glossybox and Birchbox monthyl posts are nothing new to this blog, however this month I decided to film it instead and post on my YouTube channel instead.

Both of July boxes are amazing this month to click the link below to see what I got. Or, if you don't have time to watch it at the moment then the link to my YouTube channel is below so feel free to subscribe and watch later!




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Sunday, 16 July 2017

Room Improvements

Some of you may now know that I not only have this blog but I've also got a YouTube channel which you can check out here. I recently put up a new video all about the changes which I've made in my room to help make it more of a grown-up bedroom rather than the bedroom which I've had since I was 6! 

There's also some news at the end of a big life update so click below to find out what it is!




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Sunday, 9 July 2017

Beauty Pro Black Peel Off Mask




I have been wanting to try one of these masks for so long now so when one arrived in my June Glossybox, which you can read about here, I couldn't wait to try it out. 

This one is from Beauty Pro and I have to admit, I wasn't overly impressed. I think this may have been down to myself not applying enough of the mask so had too much of a thin layer to really have a huge affect, or maybe my expectations were just too high.

When the mask dried it peeled off with ease, none of this painful tearing at the skin as I've seen on so many YouTube videos. There was parts of the mask which didn't fully dry so it didn't peel off and instead I had to wash it off. This was especially on my chin which was annoying as I definitely have enough blackheads there that could've done with being removed!

I had used this primarily on my t-zone and as much as I was slightly disappointed, it did leave my skin feeling SO smooth and soft on my forehead so I wouldn't completely rule it out. I would actually be interested in buying this again and use a thicker layer and maybe leaving it on longer to see if it works better second time round. 

Let me know if you have any recommendations of black peel off masks as I'm clearly still on the hunt for my perfect match!


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Sunday, 25 June 2017

June's Birchbox

Following on from last week's post of what I got in June's Glossybox, which you can read here, I thought I'd keep things even by doing a post on what I got in June's Birchbox as yet again, I can't decide which was my favourite!



MeechNMia Brow Liner -  RRP £12.99
The first of the full sized items from a brand I've never heard of. I got this in the shade #22 which is the middle shade which seems to be a fairly alright shade for me. I don't usually use pencils for my brows as I don't have time for that during the week but this may be worth a shot when I've got more time of my hands. 

Ecotools Perfecting Blender Duo - RRP £9.99
And the second full sized item! I was obsessed with my Real Technique's makeup sponge and haven't actually used any other's so I'd be interested to see how this one compares. I also love how you get two different sizes for different application styles.

Cowshed Cow Pat Hand Cream - RRP £8
The third and final full sized item! I really like Cowshed products and I'm currently running out of my hand cream on my desk at work so this came just in time.

Scrub Love Coconut Oil Body Scrub - £11.95 for the full size 
I got the charcoal version of this in last month's Glossybox and love it. It's a brilliant rough scrub which buffs away your dead skin and really brings life back to it. The charcoal one does leave nasty looking black marks in my shower so I'm hoping this scrub will be just as good but without the mess it leaves behind.

Origins Original Skin Renewal Serum - RRP £32.50 for the full size
A brand which I think everyone knows and loves. I couldn't wait to try this so have done so for the past few nights and I'm very pleased to see that a little goes a long way as I'm really enjoying using this so far!

Although it's called Birchbox, this month is more of a Birch-bag as it also comes with a beauty pouch for you to store all your travel essentials. A nice wee extra just in time for any Summer adventures!

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Sunday, 18 June 2017

June's Glossybox

Just when I was trying to convience myself to cancelmy Glossybox subscription to try help save money they went and sent such an amazing one for June. So good I just had to post about it and show you what it includes.


Here's everything I got in the box;

BeautyPro Black Diamond - RRP £4.95 for 3
I have been looking for a mask like this in SO long. We can't deny the gross pleasure there is when someone takes off this masks to see all the blackheads still stuck on. It's also so affordable that I really hope this is a good one as I'd love to do one of these on a weekly/fortnightly basis.

111 Skin Space Defence Bright Eye Lift Gel - RRP £110 for the full size
Yeah, that price isn't a typo, this would actually cost over £100 for the full size! I physically dropped my jaw when I saw the price so will be interested to see if spending a lot more money really does give you a much better product.

Sleek Makeup Power Plump Lip Crayon - RRP £5.50
I've already tried this out and love it. Such a natural shade which really does give the tingles to plump your lips. A definitely your lips but better product.

Himalaya Since 1930 Purifying Neem Face Wash - RRP £3.29 for the full size
I've never heard of this company and have to say it doesn't fill me with much excitement. It does look cheap and is on the more affordable side so if it works well then atleast I could find myself saving a few pennies!

Batiste Stylist Oomph My Locks XXL Volume Spray - RRP 4.29
I was so excited to see this product in here as I've been intrigued by this range since I heard Batiste was moving into styling products. I am always on the look out for a product to give more volume in my hair so I've got my hopes set on this one. 

Manna Kadar Costmetics Sheer Glo Highlighter - RRP £22.50 for the full size
Im pretty sure I've heard of this brand before through a beauty box but cannot remember what it was or what I thought so it! I am getting more into highlighters now though so excited to try this one out.


Not only was there 6 amazing products but also a sneak peek of the new novel coming out by Louise Pentland. I've watched her on youtube for years now so have been getting excited about this book since she announced it so this was a very nice surprise!

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Sunday, 4 June 2017

New Favourite Highlighter

When looking through my recent posts for some inspiration I couldn't believe that I haven't actually shared with you my new favourite highlight so here it is!



'Light Up Your Face' Luminizer Palette from Essence offers 3 different highlighter shades. Admittedly, I've only actually used the one on the far right but I absolutely love it and think it's worth getting the whole palette just for this one shade. It gives the perfect balance of beautiful glow which isn't too dazzling and in your face. This also sits so naturally on top of make-up and last throughout the whole day without topping up at all. 



On the top is Essence and on the bottom is Mary-Lou Manizer

The whole palette is just £3 which just seems ridiculous! I'm yet to actually see Essence on the shelves anywhere but if you do then I would definitely recommend picking this one up. I've ever been using it more than my £17 Mary-Lou Manizer which just shows how great it is!

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Sunday, 28 May 2017

Empties #19

Once again my empty supplies has built up so I thought I'd share how I got on with some products which I haven't included in an empties post before.



Olay Beauty Fluid - Day
Olay is a brand which has been around since forever so you know you're in safe hands with them. This moisturiser is beautifully light, sinks into skin leaving it baby soft and smells amazing. It isn't the cheapest moisturiser but it certainly is still affordable and worth the extra few pennies in my opinion.

Lucas' Papaw Ointment
Similar to the 8 hour cream by Elizabeth Arden but for a third of the price, my heart broke a little when this tube ran out as I can't find it anywhere to buy in Scotland. VERY luckily, I actually received another one in this months Glossybox! As if they knew! (you can see what else I got in that Glossybox here)

Polaar Ice Pure Gentle Scrub with Artic Cotton
This is another item which I got from a beauty subscription box which I've really enjoyed using. It really was a gentle scrub with tiny balls to help exfoliate your face without being too harsh. I used every 3 days so or but it was definately gentle enough to use every day if desired.

Bourjois Healthy Balance Matte Powder
I cannot remember a time when I didn't use this powder. At the moment my skin is looking alright so on an every day basis I no longer bother with foundation but use this to help reduce my shine and red cheeks. It's got a great amount of coverage without looking really cakey. It is also quite slim compared to other compacts and has a mirror on the inside making it perfect for travel and top-ups during the day.

Ground Chocolate Orange Body Scrub
I think my favourite from all the empties...I can't get enough of this scrub! It smells A-MA-ZING!!!! It also leaves your skin feeling the most soft that it'll have felt since you were literally a baby. Since I started this bag Boots has started selling it so I'll be picking up another on my next visit.

Let me know what empties you've used up recently or if you've tried any of the above.

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Sunday, 21 May 2017

Life Update





So recently I got some very exciting life changing news which has taken up a lot of my time and maybe been the result in the lack of time I've spent on here. Basically, I've been cheating on beauty with homeware becayse...I bought a flat!!!

I have finally bought my own place and I couldn't be more excited! All the years of living with my parents to save money have paid off and I'm officially a home owner. The flat is still being built so I've got until September to prepare myself and get everything I need. This means that there'll probably be a few homeware hauls coming on here soon which I'm really looking forward too...and hopefully you are too?! 

If you have any homeware posts/recommendations then please leave them below. As I go through the process of buying a place I realise I don't have a clue what I'm doing which can make it very daunting so any advice would be very appreciated. 


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Sunday, 14 May 2017

May's Glossybox & Birchbox



For this month's Glossybox and Birchbox reviews I thought I would combine them into the same post to make it easier to compare the two. 

First up, Birchbox;



Marsk Mineral Eyeshadow - Vanilla Frosting - RRP £14.49
Luckily we got to choose between two shades and I went for Vanilla Frosting as I already had the other one. I've not opened this one yet as they can often be quite messy but this looks like it'll be a great shadow to highlight the brow bone and inner corner of the eye

Doucce Punk Volumizer Mascara - RRP £18 (for the full size)
This is a Birchbox exclusive and I'm always excited to try a new mascara. The brush is massive so I'm not sure how I'll get on but I'll give it a go and let you know

Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant - RRP £8 (for the full size)
What a mouthful that name is and quite frankly I don't understand it. However, I like any product which I can apply with a cotton pad and not have to wash off so I think it'll be easy to incorporate this into my skincare routine. It claims to clear and calm skin so I may wait until I'm having a break out before trying this one out

Beauty Protector Protect & Volume - RRP £18.50 (for the full size)
I have another product by this brand which I'm yet to get round to trying so I still have no expectations of the brand. Having said that, anything that claims to give volume is alright by me!

Whish Firming Body Cream - RRP £27 (for the full size)
Again this is a brand which I've received in previous beauty boxes and I enjoyed it previously. The packaging doesn't blow me away and make me think it's worth £27 but that doesn't change what's on the inside so I'm still looking forward to trying this

And now, Glossybox;




Scrub Love Active Charcoal Body Scrub - RRP £13.95 (for the full size)
I absolutely LOVE body scrubs like this as they really do leave your skin feeling silky soft. I've not tried this brand before but I've just run out of my current body scrub so will crack this open soon. I also love using charcoal products on the skin as I think they're great at clearing the skin from toxins and giving it a really good, deep clean

Dr PawPaw Original Balm - RRP £6.95
This is the product which I'm most happy about from both boxes as my current tube of this, which I got in Australia, is about to run out and I can't find it anywhere in Edinburgh! So, as I was about to give up hope I received it in this months box. So happy!

Ruby Powder Blush in Coral - RRP €14.99
It's been a while since I used a powder blush as I'm having a love affair with a cream blush I got in a Glossybox months ago but this one may change that for me. The shade of this is just beautiful and seems perfect for Summer

Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet - RRP £23 (for the full size)
Everyone know that Caudalie is a great skincare brand so I'm very excited to try this out. The fact this is called a sorbet makes me love it even more so I can't wait to try this out. My only fear is I'll love it too much and have to buy a full size, which is much more expensive than my usual moisturiser!

Daily Concepts - RRP £4
I love that this has two sides to it, a softer and rougher side, which means you can alter it for different parts of your body making this even more versatile than an ordinary exfoliator. Using this along with the scrub will definitely mean my skin will be Summer ready!

So, between the two boxes my favourite would be Glossybox this month as it has three full size items and I'm genuinely excited about all the products. Birchbox has my favourite designed box that I've received yet and think it just looks beautiful.

If you received any beauty boxes then leave a comment letting me know what you thought of them and if you have any recommendations!

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Sunday, 7 May 2017

Empties #18


Recently I've been making an effort to use up products which I've already got or items which I've received in my beauty subscription boxes. It was just too tempting to constantly be picking up new products almost every time I was in Boots just because I wanted to try it out or really liked the packaging (I'm every marketers dream!) so I really focused on using things up which I have and haven't only saved a good few pounds but also discovered a few new favourites.

MAC Prep + Prime Skin Base Visage
This was a mini which I got with a MAC order and by the end of the small tube I loved it. It felt really smooth going on to the skin and make-up sat on top beautifully. It didn't dry out my skin or increase the oiliness either so a very good all-rounder for all skin types I think.

Jane Iredale Smooth Affair
Another primer which I've used up. This one was from September's Birchbox and was incredible. This really did brighten my skin up and get incredible on the skin. It's a fairly expensive products so I won't be repurchasing anytime soon purely down to a tightened budget but if money wasn't an issue this would be top of my list.

Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy Diamond Top Coat
This was from September's Glossybox and it has been my favourite top coat ever. Its a thick top coat which almost gives your nails a shellac appearance and really helps the varnish last a very long time. It also makes them extremely shiny!

Nuxe Multi-Purpose Dry Oil
I used this on my body only and my goodness what a delight it was. It didn't leave the skin feeling too oily but beautifully soft. It smelt incredible and just felt really luxurious. A little really went a long way so well worth spending a little more for such a beautiful item.

Anatomicals Under Eye Patches
I think I got these off ASOS in the sale. I really like the brand Anatomicals and while I enjoyed using these I'm honestly not sure if they made a great deal of difference. However, they were easy to use and felt very cooling and moisturisng so I would still use them again. 


Let me know what you've used up recently and what you thought!

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Sunday, 23 April 2017

Current Favourites #5


Although this is my fifth current favourites post it's been ages since my last one and naturally there's a few new favourites I wanna give a shout out to.

Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation
This is clearly just a sample which I got from FeelUnique for free, which you can read about doing yourself here, but I have fallen in love with it. This literally does what it says on the label. It is just the right amount of luminous which gives you a healthy glow without looking oily/shiney and does last all day. It is also so weightless that's it's extremely comfortable to wear. 

Bourjois Radiance Reveal Concealer
I love this concealer under my eyes. It brightens so well and instantly makes me look more awake. It's also got such great coverage that it I also use to for a subtle contour/highlight.

ModelCo Contour Stick
I got this in my April Glossybox, which you can watch me unbox here, and I love it. I usually use the Clinique contour stick and love how easy it is. Well this is more affordable and just as easy to blend. It's the perfect shade for a natural contour and helps give warmth to my face. It stays in place all day and I'm so happy I got it this month!

Barry M Coconut Infusion Gel Nail Paint in 'Oyster'
I think this is my all time favourite nail polish shade and I can't get enough. Barry M nail paints in general are one of my favourite ranges as they are so affordable, offer a great range of colours and last well on the nails too.

Simple Kind To Skin Eye Make-Up Remover
Simple is one of my favourite drugstore skincare brands and my go to whenever I need a quick fix. This new product is an oil-based eye make-up remover which you need to shake up before using to mix it up. It removes even the toughest mascara easily and leaves your skin feeling so soft afterwards that makes it feel more like a treatment rather than a chore!

What's been your favourite products recently? If you've done a post then leave a link below as I love reading them!

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Tuesday, 18 April 2017

April's Birchbox and Glossybox


For this months beauty box subscriptions from Glossybox and Birchbox I thought I would do an unboxing video for my Youtube channel. If you want to see what items I got and my first thoughts/initial excitement then click below and make sure to subscribe for all future posts as I do a lot of unboxing!

Or, if you prefer to read then I've done a post on the items that I got in the Birchbox. You can read this post here.




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Sunday, 9 April 2017

April's Birchbox


The other day I received April's Birchbox box and I couldn't wait to share what I received! I have filmed an unboxing of this for my YouTube channel, which I will be uploading later this week, and that will also include an unboxing of this months Glossybox. If you would like to see my initial thoughts on this then click here to subscribe so you don't miss out!

Anyway...onto this month's Birchbox, here's what I got;
  • Manna Kadar Cosmetics High Definition Powder - full size - £27
  • ModelCo Eye Define Crayon Liner - full size - £11.00
  • Polaar IcePure Gentle Scrub with Arctic Cotton - £23.50 (for the full size)
  • Luseta Beauty Keratin Smooth Conditioner - £5.00 (for the full size)
  • Baïja Paris Crème Moana in Fleur de Tiarè - £15.90 (for the full size)


This box really shows how much you get for your money in the fact that the two items which are full sized are worth £38.00 and the box is only £12.95! It's amazing!

I have to say that other than the ModelCo eye liner I haven't heard of any of the brands or products so I'm really excited to try them out and see what I think of them. I think the item which I'm most excited to try is the powder from Manna Kadar as, if it works well, the size is perfect to throw in the handbag/travel with as it's much smaller and simpler packaging than most other setting powders!

If you've received a Birchbox this month let me know what your favourite item is or, if you use any other beauty subscriptions, then leave me links to any reviews you've done below as I'd love to hear about other ones and compare!


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Sunday, 2 April 2017

Empties #17


It feels like it's actually been a wee while since I've done an empties post and I think that's due to my 'No New Make-Up March'. Thanks to this, which you can read about here, I've been using up products which I already have and have been forgotten about thanks to exciting new releases that I can't stop myself from buying. 

However, my skincare routine nor make-up usage hasn't lessened at all so I have managed to use up some products and thought I would share my thoughts on them.

Neals Yard Beauty Sleep Concentrate
The scent of this product takes some getting use to but as soon as I was over it I really enjoyed using this product. It really helped keep my skin moisturised as it just soaked in beautifully without leaving a greasy feeling.

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish
The same classic product with a slightly different scent. This is a rose and lavender scented version which I thought I would try out for a change. However, the scent was a bit overwhelming for me and I think next time I will stick with the original. 


Pixi Glow Tonic 
I love this exfoliating glow tonic. Everything from the beautiful packaging to the gentle exfoliation for your skin, this is an overall winner. I feel you know when a product works for you when you notice a difference when you stop using it and with this, I can really tell the difference!

Doux Me Pure Spring Water Spray
I got this spray in a Glossybox and it's from a brand I've never heard of before but I've completely fallen in love with it. Whenever I cleanse my face to remove make-up I like letting it breath so prefer not to apply any moisturiser straight away so instead I would spray some of this on my face. It is such a fine mist and feels so refreshing. I think it'll be a must have during Summer to help cool down - optimistic to think Scotland will be hot enough to need to do this!

Benefit "That Gal" Face Primer
This brightening primer worked a charm. I recently stopped wearing foundation on a daily basis thanks to my skin really improving due to this product which you can read about here, so I've been using this primer to help brighten my skin on a daily basis instead and give me a 'glow from within' look. 

Lush Snow Fairy Shower Gel
My ULTIMATE favourite scent from Lush and a product which I always stock up on each Winter. This was my last bottle so I've got a loooong wait until I can enjoy it again.


Zoella Shower Glaze
Talking about amazing scents...this was another shower gel which I absolutely LOVED. This gingerbread scent was so nice and thankfully I think is still available throughout the year!

Korres Santorini Shower Gel
How have I managed to use up this many shower gels!? This mini is from a recent Glossybox and also smells incredible. This is less of a sweet scent and does make me think about holidays abroad in the sunshine...one can dream!

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Sunday, 26 March 2017

Foreo Luma Play


If you've seen my video, which you can watch here, I got a Foreo Luna Play in a Birchbox and was very excited to try it out. I've seen a lot of the bigger version - the Luna 2 - in other bloggers nighttime routine posts and couldn't understand what the hype was all about. I thought it was a novelty item that wouldn't make much difference but boy was I wrong.

The first time I used this little guy I was literally amazed by the difference it made in my skin straight away. It was the softest it's ever been since my baby days. After using this a couple of times I found my skin looking brighter and healthier to the point where I actually no longer wear foundation! 


The improvement in my skin has been so amazing that I was sure it couldn't be down to just the one product. However, it's the only thing which has changed in my skincare routine which makes me think it must be. 

I use this roughly 3 - 4 times a week and will definitely be buying the bigger version which you can re-charge once my wee one has had it's day! Did anyone else experience such a change in their skin while using the Foreo Luna Play?

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Sunday, 19 March 2017

Benefit They're Real Double The Lip


As you will have read in my previous post, which you can read here, there was one stand out item from March's Birchbox which I knew I had to dedicate a post to itself. Introducing....Benefit's They're Real Double The Lip.




Benefit are always great at launching new products so you've probably seen these around recently. This is the first product I've seen which includes both a liner and lipstick in the same bullet making application simple and effortless and I think it's genius!

Having seen other people's swatches I was intrigued but unsure as to whether this would be for me as I don't really go for the "liner look". However, when I saw this sample in my Birchbox I was very excited as it allows me to try out the product myself without splashing the cash. 


The first time I tried this I was so surprised by how creamy it felt and smoothly it applied. The shape of the bullet makes it ridiculously simple to apply and, after a small amount of blending in, I absolutely love the slight ombre affect which this gives. I have the shade 'Lustry Rose' and it's the perfect day time lip shade which adds a slight hint of pink to the lips and life to the face. It's going to be perfect for Spring! 

I would normally blend it together for a less harsh definition

Of course, since it isn't a matte lip it doesn't last as long as other lip products but it lasts a good few hours before needing topped up. I do find that the liner stays longer then the lipstick side so that needs an eye kept on it but all in all, this is very comfortable to wear and quick to re-apply. 

If you've tried this out let me know what you thought of the liner and lipstick combination and if it works for you!

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Wednesday, 15 March 2017

March's Glossybox


If you saw my last post - which you can find here -  I recently got my Birchbox for March. But Birchbox isn't the only beauty box subscription that I have - I'm a little obsessed - so I thought I'd keep it fair and show what I got in March's Glossybox too as again, this month they seem to have up'd their game and have really impressed me with what's inside.


So let's just get in to it...

Oolution Eye Love - RRP £30
I've never heard of this brand before and can't believe how much this little tube is worth! This is full size so would normally be £30 if you bought it...amazing value to get through Glossybox!! Says it's Anti-dark circles and puffiness so count me in

Sleek Make-up Eye & Cheek Palette - RRP £10
Another full sized item! Before receiving our boxes we got to choose which one we wanted out of 4 and I picked the palette called 'Dancing Til Dark'. I'm not 100% sure this would've been my favourite palette as although I love the eyeshadows I'm not convinced yet by the blusher shades and not sure they really suit me. However, pigmentation is amazing as ever from Sleek and they've really improved their packaging from years ago. There's a massive mirror which makes this the ideal travel buddy. The lid also hold itself up which I really enjoy as it's very annoying when they drop ether side so you have to balance it while trying to apply eyeliner neatly

This Works In Transit Camera Close-Up - RRP £30 (for the full size)
This is a product which I've been wanting to try for literally SSOOOO long so I literally squealed when I saw it in this box. Victoria Beckham has sworn by this product so, given how great she looks even though she is running around after 4 kids and running a fashion empire, I will definitely take her advice

Crabtree & Evelyn Somerset Meadow Hand Therapy - RRP6
Another full size item? Here it is! Again another brand I've never heard of which is why I love Glossybox as you get to try so many new brands without spending a whole lot of money. I think the packaging is adorable and the perfect size to just through in your handbag and go

SkinFix  Inc Foaming Oil Cleanser - RRP £14.99 (for the full size)
Yet another new brand which is being brought to my attention. A foaming oil cleanser - something I've never heard of before - which is ph balanced, sulphate free and with jojoba and macadamia oils. Not much not to love there!


Which do you prefer the look of? This month's Glossybox or Birchbox? If you receive any other beauty box subscriptions then leave links to your posts below and I love seeing what other boxes offer. 

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Iona x

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Sunday, 12 March 2017

March Birchbox

 

If you read my previous post, which you can find here, then you will know that I'm not allowing myself any new make-up this whole month so I was even more excited about receiving my Birchbox than usual and I was not disappointed! Not one of these disappointed me and I've already tried and LOVE another one so find below everything that I got;

 

 

Benefit They're Real Double the Lip in Lusty Rose
This is the product which I've already used and I love it! I think a separate post will be coming soon but basically it applies like a dream and is such a beautiful soft shade perfect for any Spring day

Balance Me Instant Lift Primer
I use primers every day to help keep my oil at bay and to help my make-up last longer. This one claims to be 99% natural which I love and helps to give a smoother finish

Korres Santorini Vine Shower Gel
I used to work in a pharmacy which sold Korres products so thanks to the staff discount I made my way through quite a few of their products. The first thing to mention is that these smell INCREDIBLE! This is the perfect travel size and will definitely be getting packed on my next weekend away

Amika The Shield Extending Spray
If I had to pick one item which I was less excited about I think this would be it. I recognise the brand as a really great one but still not got my head around what this product is really for and where is fits into my haircare

Marcelle Gentle Make-Up Remover
This is a Birchbox exclusive and one I'm very excited to try. I've seen this products in Boots and have always been tempted to try out the brand but never made the full commitment. However, now I get to try it without having to splash out on the cash!


So far this box is an absolute winner and I really think every product will be used up. If you enjoyed this post then a post on March's Glossybox will be coming soon.


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Iona x

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Wednesday, 8 March 2017

No New Make-Up March

 

This year is set to be an expensive one for me; buying a flat, sisters hen do, sisters wedding and a couple of potential stay-cations. So I thought, to help me save the pennies, I would challenge myself to 'No New Make-up March'! Never heard of it?! Well that because I made it up!

I know how tempted I always am to pick up a couple of new items from the make-up stands, especially when there's new releases, and literally find myself spending so much money on beautiful new make-up which in reality, I don't really need. I have boxes of make-up in my room just waiting to be used so I thought, to help use them up - and to stop me spending so much money - I would challenge myself to not buy any new make-up this month.

This also stretches to new cleansers that I don't need or yet another tangle teezer which is a different colour to the one I have so obviously I NEED it...

It is actually proving a lot more difficult than I thought...I was in a massive Boots at the weekend and left with a hand full of swatches and a list of products which I can't wait to try! One being the new liquid lipsticks by L'Oreal...anyone tried these yet?! I'm hoping that by reading other blogs and reviews it might help calm my addition so please link any below!!

I'm embarrassed to admit this is only half of it...


If you think you're similar to me in the way that you have so much make-up and yet continue to buy more then I would recommend joining in this no new make-up month. I'm hoping to re-discover a couple of favourites from my stash that I've forgotten about!

Also, if we don't succeed this month then there's soon another month beginning with 'M' so we can always try again...

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Iona x

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