My Top Tips for Decluttering

Beauty

Hello! Recently I went through all my makeup and had a MASSIVE declutter. I mean seriously, decreased my collection. It felt really good though as I knew I wasn’t using a lot of it and some of it was really old as well so needed to go. I thought I’d write a blogpost about what was going through my mind when I was deciding what to keep and what to throw away. I now have a huge bag of makeup that I’m going to let friends and family go through.

When was the last time you used it?

This was the biggest and first question I asked myself, as this one was the deal breaker for a lot of my makeup products. I have been wearing a lot less makeup in general recently so this really highlighted which products are my go to and which ones just never get touched. If I’ve not used a product for more than 6 months- get rid! Your cream based products & mascara will only last that long anyway. The picture above is of the Sleek Blush in pomegranate. I used to love their blushes and before I was really into makeup, I bought this shade because I loved the colour but looking back it’s way too dark for my skin tone.

Is it still any good quality wise?

This helped me separate things that perhaps I do use quite a lot, however I may have had it for so long that it’s probably not good for my skin anymore. My example would be the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer, this is my go to concealer, however as I’ve been wearing less makeup, I’ve had it soooooo long. So decided to chuck it and buy a new one. You can still love and use a product a lot but it might be doing you any good.

This is the first lipstick I EVER bought, I must have been about 16…? So this is 6 years old?! I never use it anymore and I think I was only keeping it for sentimental reasons but it’s time to get rid. I have so many lipsticks that are the same shade and probably better quality.

Does it spark joy?

To quote Marie Kondo….Does it spark joy? This has really changed the way I look at my belongings ever since I read her book ‘The Life Changing Magic of Tidying’. If a belonging doesn’t make you feel happy when you use it, then you should get rid of it. So many of makeup products tend to have a memory behind it and make me reminisce about a certain time, so I think it’s nice to keep (as long as it’s not everything!). However on the other hand, sooo many of my products I couldn’t even tell you where I got it or why I even bought it in the first place.

I picked this up when I was in Canada, so 1) it’s definitely past it’s best, 2) I wasn’t a fan of to when I bought it but I’ve kept it this whole time thinking I’ll make use of it – save time and donate it to someone that will enjoy using it!

Thank you for reading!

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My Daily Essentials & Go To Products

Beauty

Hello! I didn’t really know what to call this blogpost as it’s kind of favourites mixed with my daily essentials mixed with a daily routine. But basically I thought I’d tell you all about my go to beauty products that I use day in and day out. I’m going to exclude make up from this one, as that would make it far too long. That can be a whole other post! This will include haircare, skincare, essential toiletries and just random bits and bobs that I need to keep right in front of me, so I remember where they are.

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Starting with skincare. My routine recently has been all over the place, and to be honest it doesn’t seem to affect my skin too much. Sometimes I find the less you do to your skin, the better it can be. So day-to-day I tend to only use about 2/3 products to keep my face clean and moisturised.

Botanics All Bright Cleansing Toner

This is the first product I would grab on a morning. I find it really refreshes my skin and leaves it looking glowy. I had heard a few people talking about this range in Boots and this is the first product I’ve tried from it- and I love it! It’s super affordable, gentle on the skin, smells great and lasts for ages! It’s a quick step to add into your daily routine to make that skin glow.

NIP+FAB Hydrate Dragon’s Blood Fix Plumping Serum

This product I don’t use everyday as I don’t think it’s necessary. It’s for those days where your skin is feeling particularly dry, lacklustre and tight. It really helps plump up the skin and hydrate at the same time. It smells divine. Lovely and fresh. I managed to pick this up on a great deal at Superdrug, they had any 2 NIB+FAB products on for £18, it was such a steal as this product on it’s own was £19.95!

Simple Water Boost Hydrating Gel Cream

Next step is a bit of moisturiser. This one so so affordable and I find it does a great job at instantly adding moisture to my skin. I was using the Origins Make A Difference Plus + Rejuvenating Treatment, but as I was coming to the end of it I wanted an affordable substitute to tie me over and this definitely did the trick.

I have a few other moisturisers knocking around in my basket as I think it’s good to mix them up but this is the one I use the most often.

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Next up is haircare. Now I wash my hair only twice a week. I have very thick hair so it doesn’t need any more than that otherwise I would just dry it out. I’ve recently switched up my hair products and I am loving them.

Garnier Ultimate Blends The Daily Nourisher Shampoo – Almond Crush

This range of hair products has saved my hair. They are so nourishing but yet gentle on the hair and really helps maintain frizz which is a big problem for me. They smell amazing, I love the smell of almonds, it’s such a sweet comforting smell without being too sickly. It’s silicone free which was what I was looking for when I switched. They are also so ecofriendly as all their bottles are 100% recyclable and they are partnered with Terracycle to help keep beauty products out of landfills. Love it. I also have the conditioner in the range which is just as norishing and leaves your hair so silky.

Garnier Ultimate Blends Silicone-Free Mask – Argan Richness

I’ve been using this every other wash and it is beautiful. To me it smells like holiday and sunshine. It leaves your hair feeling so soft and healthy. Let alone shiny!! I got all 3 of these Garnier products on a 3 for 2 offer, definitely worth picking up.

Number 4 High Performance Smoothing Balm

I am the worst with hair styling products. I never know whats good and what will work. But I got this mini in a Birchbox a while ago and I really like it! It, again, smells amazing. (Products have to smell nice if they’re going on my hair). It applies really nicely into the hair, not leaving it feeling tacky, sticky or knotty, which is what I find with a lot of hair products. And it really helps keep my hair smooth.

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Shower products is a weird one. I didn’t know whether to mention them or not, are they a bit boring? Or if you’re like me you’ll like to try different gels, foams and washes just because.

Original Source Shower Gel – Mint & Tea Tree and Lemon & Tea Tree

I love these shower gels. I find a lot of shower gels can leave a residue or a film over your skin, but these don’t do that! They leave you feeling so fresh!! The mint one in particular is a fave. You know just after brushing your teeth your mouth feels so fresh and minty? It’s like your whole body has that. It feels so nice. These bottles are again 100% recycable,  100% natural fragrance and paraben free.

Femfresh Daily Wash

Won’t go into too much detail on this, wasn’t even sure whether to mention it, but hay ho, we’re all adults. It’s 100% soap free and super gentle on your skin. It helps balance your PH and is mixed with natural ingredients like aloe and calendula.

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Randomsssss

I thought I’d do a little random section to include all the essential things I either use everyday or just need to hand.

Sure Cool Blue 48h Anti-Perspirant

Boring, deodorant is deodorant, everybody uses it. I just find this one is the best at keeping me fresh for the longest. I used to use areosols but after having switched back to roll on I much prefer this. It’s very gentle on your skin and feels more fresh. Also, cool blue is the best scent. Just saying.

Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Concentrated Hand Cream

This time of year I always need a hand cream to…well hand. My hands can get so dry, so quickly as soon as the weather gets a bit colder, so I always try keep this close to remind me to use it on the morning and throughout the day. It’s a super concentrated formula so you only need a very small amount, but it absorbs really quickly and doesn’t leave your hands feeling slimy.

There are also a few tool like things I always keep to hand… Nail files, shower cap and flannel. Essentials.

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That’s it. That’s all my daily essentials/favourite/go to’s all written about in one post. Let me know if you like/use any of the same products as me. Or if you’ve got any recommendations, especially haircare, as I’m always looking to try new stuff.

Thanks so much for reading!

 

May Birchbox – First Impressions

Beauty

Hello everyone!! Welcome back to my Birchbox series, I’m afraid I didn’t get round to doing one on April’s edition. I have had no time recently so just never got round to doing it. But I’m back with May’s box and I’m so excited to let you all in on my thoughts. I completely forgot about my Birchbox arriving this month, so when it popped up I was so buzzin, it always feels like such a nice surprise. This month’s box has a very summery, vacation theme which I am loving as the weather has been so lovely recently, everyone has been feeling summer on the horizon. The box itself is so cute, covered in palm trees with a peachy pink draw. The quote on the card is ‘Palm leaves & warm breeze’….I mean who doesn’t want that.

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Doucce Luscious Lip Stain in Steaming Red –  £21

This is the first thing I saw in the box, mainly as I knew it would be in here. This was the sneak peek product for May. I decided to go with the shade steaming red, which is such a lovely burnt red pinky shade. These kind of colours suit me really well so it was a no brainer when it came to picking the colour. They have a very sweet chocolately smell, which I don’t mind as long as I can’t smell it all day, that would be a bit much, but just as a quick sniff before applying, it’s quite a nice smell. In terms of formula, it seems quite thin, I think you would have to put on a few layers to get a real block opaque colour. It dries pretty quick but I have seen that when I’ve swatched it on my hand it does bleed a little into the lines on my hand. Slightly worrying, but paired with a lip liner I don’t think it would be an issue. I’m excited to try this out on my lips, I have so many ideas for eyeshadow looks to go with this shade.

Greenfrog Botanic Relaxing Geranium & Peppermint Botanical Body Wash – £8.95

To be honest, I’m not the biggest fan of receiving body wash in the boxes as I’m not really bothered about trying out different ones, I have the ones I like and I just tend to stick to them. It doesn’t really excite me when I see one in the box as I find they all feel and do basically the same thing. Anyhow, on a more positive note, I do like the fact this one is green – cruelty free, vegan, palm oil free and 0% parabens. All good things!! I do quite like the scent, as I am a fan of anything minty. Also body washes for sensitive skin I tend to like as they are so gentle and a little more moisturising on the skin.

Native Unearthed Activated Charcoal Natural Deodorant Balm – £7.99

This product I was pretty excited to have in the box, as I’ve wanted to try a natural deodorant of so long!! Everything in the name of this product talks to me. Charcoal. Yes. Natural. Yes. It sounds really interesting. I think this would be perfect to wear if you were having a chill in active day. I’m not sure how it would handle with a full day of activity or even the gym! But still very intrigued to try. The only thing I’m not a fan of is the packaging. I understand its a balm so is a very thick consistency, so probably makes sense it put it in a pot. But I don’t like that I have to use my fingers to rub it under my arms. It feels super messy and not very sanitary. It smells very very fresh which is a really good sign, just wondering how it will apply.

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NUXE Aquabella Micro-Exfoilating Purifying Gel – £12

This is the only brand in the box that I’ve heard the name off. (Everytime I write about Birchbox I’ve basically never heard of any of the brands…I do know some brands I swear) But, again, have never used any of their products. I’ve been really into my skincare recently, so this sounds right up my ally and sounds perfect for my combination skin. I’m actually in the market for a new daily cleanser so I’m looking forward to see if this will fill that void. It smells really good, quite strong though so I just hope it isn’t too perfumed and could irritate my skin.

Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner – £16

This is the product I’m most chuffed with to have in the box, as I’ve needed a new liquid eyeliner for donkeys years, but haven’t got round to purchasing one. I don’t tend to wear eyeliner that often, as I have quite hooded eyes, so wearing eyeliner doesn’t seem to suit me very well unless it’s paired with a full eye. So buying a new one always seems a little unneccessary for the amount of times I wear it. So having one in the box is perfect. When  I swatched it, it’s very black and really thin. It dries super fast which I love and doesn’t seem to smudge. Spot on.

Overall, my favourite thing in the box was probably the eyeliner, for the simple reason that I need a new one. Everything looks really nice and I’m excited to test everything out fully to see if they all live up to their claims. My main issue with this box… there was no full size product in the box this month which is super disappointing. Sorry to end on a sour note. Bring on June’s box.

Thanks for reading!

 

Throwback Review : Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation

Beauty

Hello everyone!! I thought it would be a cool idea to do a review on a product that I haven’t used for a long time to see if I still like it. The one I’m going to talk about is one of the first foundations I ever bought when I first started getting into makeup, and it was a staple for me back then – is it still a staple for me now? I thought this could make quite a good series on my blog, going back to see if I still loved the products I liked using when I was 16. Let’s get into it and find out whether it still lives up to me expectations.

I purchased the foundation in boots, which is where I still get 80% of my makeup. Rimmel used to be so big when I was getting into makeup, everyone used to rave about the ‘Scandaleyes’ Mascara and of course the ‘Stay Matte’ Powder (still in my collection…love it). And this foundation! It had massive claims, stating it can last 25 hours, full coverage, SPF 20, skin perfecting…it sounded like everything you wanted in a foundation. And for only £8.99 it sounded like such a bargain. I used to wear it all the time for these exact reasons!

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When I repurchased, I’m pretty sure I got the same shade – 100 Ivory. Which is a great shade, yellow undertone so it doesn’t look too pinky on my skin and great coverage!! I had forgotten that it does oxidise a little after you have applied it but I was able to fix it with concealer. No issues so far. I am still super happy with the coverage it gives, medium to full coverage but without feeling heavy and cakey. In terms of longevity, I don’t recommend you wear your makeup for 25 hours like they say, but it does have great staying power for a regular 8 hour wear of makeup. Everything about this foundation is how I remembered it being and for all the same reasons I was loving using it once again.

The one thing I didn’t like is the packaging. Yes it seems very easy and mess free being it’s a pump style. But for one the glass bottle isn’t my favourite, nowadays I prefer a squeeze tube as it’s better for travel! And this pump in particular always seems to be messy!! Everytime I use it I seem to get it on the cap and all over the pump itself. I don’t whether it’s me being messy or the pump just isn’t all that.

Overall this foundation is exactly how I remember it, I love it! For under £10 it is such a bargain, I would definitely re-re purchase!

Thanks for reading x

My Most USED and ABUSED Makeup Products

Beauty

Hello lovelies! I thought it would be interesting to do a post on my most used/loved makeup products as realistically this is what a lot of my products look like, because I’m clumsy, messy and use products right until the very very end. I got this idea for a post after I read the tag Beautyholics101 did on it (check her blog out here!). It’s so true that sometimes we pretend all of our products are shiny and instagram friendly when that’s not the reality! So let’s just get straight into it!!

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Rimmel London Lasting Finish Makeup Primer

I’ve loved this primer for so long and this is my second or third tube of it. I have squeezed the living day light out of this thing to get the last little bits of the products out. Hence why it is so bent in half….so not the prettiest.

L’Oreal Paris Brow Artist Plumper

As you can tell from the picture this is a super old product, it was the first brow gel I ever got so I’ve really been using it religiously. The name has completely come off, I had to google it to find out what the exact name was. It’s been a very loved product and I would 100% repurchase.

NYX HD Finishing Powder

I wanted this product after I head Kathleen from KathleenLights talk about it on her channel, and this was way back when we didn’t have NYX in the UK. So finally when it arrived in boots this was one of the first things I got from them. It is such a nice powder. The packing is nice and sturdy for travel which I love as I find I always seem to smash face powders if I take them anywhere!

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SEVENTEEN Define and Conquer Contour Kit

This for me has been a brand that I’ve not heard that much about, it is a super affordable brand that is exclusive to boots. I picked up this contour kit a while back for just £3!! It has been such a good little kit, the colour of the bronzer is so nice and blends really well. As you can tell I haven’t used the highlighting shade very often as it isn’t my kind of highlight, I find matte highlights can look cakey on me. However I would 100% repurchase just for the contour.

L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Eyeshadow Quad

I got given this product from a friend, and it has been such a trusty little quad. I would so ideal for travel but as you can tell from the picture it’s not come back looking the happiest. The shadows in this range are really nice and creamy. I have actually bought some of the single shadows in the same range as I loved this one so much. They are still in one piece…this one might have to go in the bin I think.

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Maybelline Colour Sensational Matte Lipstick

I first saw this range of lipsticks when I was in Canada, I picked up one in the shade ‘Touch of Spice’ which has soon become one of my all time favourite pink lipsticks. When I returned to the UK they now had the same range in boots. This nude shade has been so great for layering with other lipsticks. I can’t wear it on it’s own really as it tends to wash me out, but I would buy it alone just to use with other lip products. For me it is a dupe for ‘MAC Honeylove’. I’ve used this product so much, it doesn’t twist up properly…and if it does then I can’t twist it back down. This is another product that I think I need to buy a new one.

MAC Matte Lipstick

This is the first MAC lipstick I got and I have truly used and abused this product, I didn’t wear anything else for a long time after I first got this. It’s been such a staple for me, and now I don’t really use it has often because I have so many other colours so similar, but it still stays a favourite and just quietly sits in my collection. Which is probably for the best as if I turn it upside down the  lipstick does fall out of the tube….so I have to be careful!!

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Thanks so much for reading, those are my most used/abused/loved makeup products! It is quite a throwback writing this actually as a lot of the products I’ve had for a long time and includes my first ever high end product.

Comment below what you’re most loved products are!! Thanks guys.

 

March Birchbox – First Impressions

Beauty

Hello guys! It’s that time of the month again- birchbox time!! I feel like this months box took ages to come around, maybe I just expected it earlier, I don’t know, it’s not even late in the month but as soon as a new month starts I’m like ‘where’s my birch box?’ Just me being impatient I guess. Anyhow when I opened this box I was super excited, the pattern on the box is the nicest I’ve had yet, it is so adorable and such cute colours.  The theme this month is mindfulness. The quote on the card I thought was so great – ‘Be present, not perfect’. I think that is so fitting in our society now days where people strive to be perfect, when in actual fact it’s not about that at all, it’s about the journey and achieving your own goals. Anyway let’s get into what I got in the box!

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Baija Gommage Festin Royal Body Scrub – £14.90

This was the first thing I noticed when I opened the box as it’s the biggest thing in the box, so much that the box couldn’t close properly. I love body scrubs as I have quite dry skin on my legs, so I find scrubs really help with that. My favourite one I’ve found are the  scrubs from the body shop, as I find they don’t leave a horrible film on my skin after I’ve washed it off. I’ll be excited to see how this one turns out as it is more expensive than the body shop one. It is in the scent caramelised honey, so it’s an incredibly sweet scent but I quite like it. Sometimes these kind of scents can be too overpowering and you end up smelling like bonfire toffee and smoke, which isn’t ideal. But this one smells great! It reminds me off one of the Bath and Body Work scents….I don’t know which one!!

BLAQ Peel Off Mask – £14

Sticking on skincare, this product is one for your face. It’s a small tube of peel off face mask. These things have really intrigued me since they started to become popular. I have combination skin, so my pores are often clogged and I’ve got plenty of blackheads to be going at. So this charcoal mask sounds great for that. I think this would be perfect if you’ve been feeling particularly stressed or busy, and you’ve not had time for some proper TLC on your skin.

Oribe Apres Beach Waves and Shine Spray – £36

Now, normally I’m not familiar with the brands in the box which is why it’s great for discovering new brands and products that you wouldn’t have tried otherwise. But this brand I have heard off, of course, because of their ever famous dry shampoo. I’ve wanted to try that for a while but I couldn’t bring myself to spend that much on something that just postpones washing your hair for another day. So when I saw an Oribe product in the box – I was buzzing. This one is more of a styling product, that can be applied to wet or dry hair to help create natural subtle beach waves. I am all about the beach wave look, I think it looks so flattering and effortless so if that product can help me achieve anything near that I’ll be happy. However it will have to be flawless to get me to spend £36 on it….ouch. Sorry Oribe.

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Manna Kadar Cosmetics Radiance Split pan Bronzer and Highlighter Duo – Fullsize £17

First of all this product is a birchbox exclusive and the only full size product in the box this month.. The second thing that I noticed was the size. It is quite a small duo for highlight and bronzer. I tend to like a larger pan for these products as I like to swirl my brush in it a little, especially bronzer, highlight not so much. So the fact it is so small, doesn’t worry me, I just think it could be a little annoying. When I swatched them, I knew the bronzer wasn’t for me, it is a beautiful shade but definitely more of an eyeshadow. Too much glitter for a bronzer for me, I prefer a matte bronzer than I can easily gauge how much shimmer or sheen I want on my skin. Beautiful for an eyeshadow shade! The highlight on the other hand looks amazing, perfect colour, no chunky glitters, and nice subtle sheen. I am excited to put it on my face. Having highlighter in the box is so exciting as it’s one of my favourite beauty products.

Benefit BADgal BANG! Volumising Mascara – £21.50

I knew this would be in the box this month as they had shown a sneak peek for what was in store back in February. But that doesn’t make it any less exciting, this mascara has been blowing up with fab compliments since then so I’m excited to have my hands on it. I am normally so sceptical about trying new mascaras as I always stick to what I know, my go to is the Maybelline Lash Sensational as it keeps my lashes curled, long and voluminous all day. I just hope this mascara doesn’t disappoint.

That’s everything I got in my March birchbox, I really liked this months and I can’t wait to try everything out properly!

Thanks for reading!

February Birchbox – First Impressions

Beauty

Hello! It’s Birchbox time! Super quick post for you today, just a quick first impressions and mini review about my February Birchbox. I was excited to be able to pick the design of the box this month, either a 70s, 80s or 90s theme. I went for 80s as I love everything about the 80s, the fashion, design, music, culture everything! I thought the design was super quirky and I loved the colours on it. At the moment as I’m only on my second box I am keeping them as storage boxes because they are just so cute! (We’ll see how I go once I’ve collected quite a few).  On the card it says ‘Beauty through the decades – true beauty is timeless’. I just love that, I love looking back at different make up trends and fashion throughout the years, so it’s nice to celebrate that. Without any further rambling let’s get into it!

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Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm by Petra – Pixi Pink Full-size £8

This was the first thing I noticed in the box as it’s the only brand I recognised at first glance. I’ve heard good things about Pixi but never knew where to get it or what to try so I was looking forward to trying this. On opening it I was buzzing, as I’ve wanted a tinted lip balm for ages but the ones I’ve tried are always way way too pink, which I really don’t like. So when I saw the colour of this I was so disappointed. I knew just from looking at it, that it was way too pink!! I tried it on my lips anyway, the smell was nice and super soft and moisturising but when I looked in the mirror I just hated the colour. It reminds me of being younger and wearing super cheap bright pink-tinted balm, it’s really not for me. I’ll keep looking for my perfect Pixi product!!

The Beauty Crop Eyeshadow Trio – Love U So Latte Full-size £7

My first eyeshadows in a Birchbox!!! I love eyeshadows, I’m always collecting new eyeshadows, as I’m always on the hunt for new more exciting shades. So even though I saw straight away these shades weren’t the most excited, I still love brown, golden shades so I was still super happy. This is a Birchbox Exclusive which is awesome, I’ve not heard of this brand but that doesn’t mean anything. When I swatched them, they were super powdery, a lot of pigment came out from a gentle swatch. But as I rubbed them on my hand they faded a little, not necessarily a bad thing as they could just blend really well. For me it looks like the perfect little travel trio for a day look. I love the colours and the name of the trio is just so cute.

Model Co Correct and Conceal – Full-size £14

This is the last makeup product in the box, it’s an anti redness crayon concealer basically. Now I have quite a lot of redness in my skin, especially on my cheeks. So this is right up my ally. I’ve heard of this brand but I’ve never had anything from them. It felt really creamy on my hand when I swatched it, and super blendable. I just hope when I put it on my face the green isn’t too intense. I have bought colour correctors before and the green is way too much that you can see it through your foundation, which is obviously not what you want. The colour looks ok – so fingers crossed! I’ll keep you updated! I always like the crayon form as it is a lot less messy.

Luseta Coconut Milk Hair Mask – £32

Getting hair products in the box is great for me as I am so lazy when it comes to hair stuff!! I never know what to buy, what it does, how to apply it. I’m just a mess when it comes to hair stuff. So getting them in the box is great as I get it try them out without having to buy a full size product. It’s also great reading other people’s reviews on the hair products in the box to find out if it worked for them. I’ve never used a hair mask before, but my understanding is you use it like conditioner in the shower??? My hair is super dry at the moment so this is just what it needs. It smells amazingggggg, so coconutty and fresh. I can’t wait to use it on my hair.

Percy and Reed Hair Finishing Polish – £10

The last thing in my box is another hair product. This one also smells great, it reminds me of a particular sweet I used to have as a child…can’t remember what is it though! Anyway very nice smell. I used a little of this last night after I had washed and dried my hair. I loved the consistency as it was a lot creamier than I expected, so it was easy to work through my very thick hair. It worked really nicely, smoothed out any stray hairs and made it a little more groomed without me having to keep brushing it. I think next time I use it I will put a little more on as my hair is so thick and I have a lot of it, but overall, so far I really like it!!

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Thats everything I got in my February Birchbox guys, I’m pretty happy with this month’s box even though the Pixi product was a bit of a bust, there’s always going to be one thing I guess! Can’t wait for March!

I’d love to know whether you loved or lothed your box this month!

Thanks for reading!

 

 

 

Origins Event in York – ‘No More Dry Skin January’

Beauty

Hello! The other night I went to my first event associated with being part of the blogging world. Laura from ‘Laura knows life’ is an Origins Ambassador and she invited me to take part in this event happening in York. I was so over the moon, I couldn’t wait to finally meet other bloggers that live in my area and try out some amazing skin care. I went with my best friend, as my plus one as I knew she’d love doing something like this. On arrival we were greeted by the lovely Laura, asked if we wanted to put our coats and bags upstairs and grab a complimentary drink of watermelons martinis (the answer was of course yes).

Once everyone had arrived, Laura got everyone together to say thank you for coming and just told us a little bit about what the night had in store. The theme of the event was no more dry skin- as it’s come to the end of dry January we don’t want our skin feeling dry anymore either. Hence the lovely hydrating style watermelon martinis.  Laura talked a little bit about her time with Origins and what she loves about the products and the offers going on on the evening (which were such a bargain by the way). Then explained their would be a mini facial on offer, or a hand treatment if you preferred, followed by some browsing of the products, talking to the lovely Origins girls about your skin what would work for you and generally chatting with people there.

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The range we were there to try was the ‘Make a difference’ plus+, and these were the products that were involved in the facials. First things first, they smell amazing. Let’s just get that out the way, otherwise I’ll just keep repeating myself about every product that I tried. You could not fault the scent, fresh and clean. I really enjoyed the ‘Cleansing Milk’ as it was so cooling and hydrating on the skin. I feel sometimes when I’ve removed my makeup, I can never really fully get it all off, so this is perfect to do after that and just to suck any little bits of makeup residue out and cleanse and cool at the same time. The eye cream in this range was also amazing, so refreshing for under the eyes, without it being too perfumed and heavy.

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When chatting to the women doing my facial, she was asking me all about my skin, any problem areas, what kind of skin I have, and what usually works best. I was telling her how I can get quite a lot of redness in my skin, particularly on my cheeks. She recommended I try the ‘Mega Mushroom’ range as it can help calm sensitivity  and irritation, and reduce visible redness. I jumped straight on that, and after my facial went over to look at the range. The assistant manager of the Origins store, Hannah, came over to help me. She suggested I try the ‘Mega Bright’ range as everything in that range is oil-free, so would be a lot better with my combination/oily skin. She was so so nice, and really helpful at advising at what your own skin needs, as everyone is completely different.

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There was another range that had only just been released that week called the ‘Original Skin’, which was all about making your skin extra glowy and luminous. All of these products were beautiful. I tried out the ‘Pore Perfecting Cooling Primer’, it was such a strange consistency as it squirted out of the aerosol style canister, but it instantly cooled the skin, very airy and light, and also was great coverage just for the days when you don’t want to wear any makeup but want a little something to even out your skin tone and texture. I actually ended up purchasing the ‘Cleansing Jelly’, it felt so nice on the skin, and makes it super easy to dissolve eye and face makeup. The other product I bought was the ‘Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask’, I have wanted an overnight mask for so long, so I was sold on this when they said it was one of their most popular masks. As I bought two products, I got a 30ml FREE gift which was the ‘High Potency Night-A-Mins Night Cream’, this was such a great promo as normally this would be £21. Because I bought a mask I also received the ‘Facial Mash Brush’, again for FREE. They had some amazing offers on, and I’m so happy I took the chance to try some quality skincare products, while getting some fab skincare advise from the people who know SKIN.

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My bestie getting a lovely facial

On leaving the event everyone received a little goodie bag which had in it 2 samples, both from the ‘Original Skin’ range. A mini sample of the ‘Cleansing Jelly’ and a larger sample of the ‘Retexturizing mask with Rose Clay’, which I was buzzing about as I so nearly bought this mask instead. Along with some watermelon sweets and a little card explaining the treatments they do in store on a regular basis. As well as all that, you could also book in for a full complimentary facial for another time! Mine is already booked and I can’t wait to have a full consultation. I also received a little tester sample of the ‘Mega Bright moisturizer’ to try out.

I am so grateful I got to take part in this event, I had so much fun, and hope I can get to go to a few more if I’m lucky! Thank you so much to @Lauraknowslife for the invitation, and the lovely people at Origins York. (yes I know I’ve said lovely like 100 times- it just was so lovely!)

Let me know if you’d like to see a NEW skincare routine with the products I got! Or perhaps a little review once I’ve given them all a fair try. Also I’d love to hear what your first event was – Leave it below in the comments!

(As you’re reading this I’m getting my complimentary full facial at the Origins Store in York!)

Thanks so much for reading!

Pamper Evening Routine with New Products – First Impressions + Review

Beauty, Lifestyle

A pamper night is always something I try to do when I can, a little TLC always makes me feel better, more confident and happy. But squeezing them into our busy lives can be so so difficult. Recently I decided to set a side a few hours of my evening to try out some new facemasks, skin products, bath & shower products, and just relaxxxxx. I’m going to share with you guys what I do for a relaxing pamper night in and the products I’m using this time round.

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Run a bath

First job is to get the bath going. A bath for me is relaxing, some nice peaceful time to your self, where you can choose to do whatever you want. In my bath I started with a little bit of just ordinary bubble bath to get it started then I added a bath bomb from Lush that I had left over from xmas. Quite a sweet scent, but not too overpowering. It made the bath and bright pink colour, which I don’t really mind and no glitter or anything like that. Bath bombs are one of those things for me that I never get round to buying, they are lovely as a gift from someone but I am never fussed about buying them on my own accord. So having one is quite a treat actually and I really enjoyed this one.

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Light candles

Candles are an essential for being able to relax! At the moment I’m burning a Nicky Clarke candle, again, I got this as a gift. It is such a nice scent and so powerful but I love that in a candle. For me most of the time I buy a candle it claims to have an amazing full scent but it never gives off anything. But this one is fab, fills the whole room almost instantly of a sweet orangey, cotton smell.

Listen to something

I enjoy listening to podcasts in the bath. I’ve just started a new series called ‘They walk among us’. It’s a British real life crime podcast which I know doesn’t seem like the most settling of categories for some people, but I find it really interesting and completely takes my focus away, so I can properly zone out and listen. I’m really enjoying it. I’ve only listened to a few episodes but they are all pretty gripping, I just know I’ll end up binge listening at some point. If you like crime/murderer/serial killer/ type podcasts you should check it out!

While in the bath I decided to use one of my recent birch box gifts, Rituals harmonising and foaming shower gel smells amazing so I couldn’t wait to try. When I first tried using it, I don’t know if mine is a little broken, but I found it so hard to squeeze out and when I did it, it kind of went everywhere. That bummed me out a bit but nevertheless I kept an open mind, albeit not for long. As soon as I started rubbing it between my hands I couldn’t help but feel such an alikeness to shaving foam…like identical textures. Not sure how I feel about that in all honesty. It didn’t feel right. Still smells great but the consistency was a massive no-no for me.

Moisturize

After my bath, once I feel full relaxed, all nice and warm and ready to get out, one of the first things I do is MOISTURIZE. Having a bath dehydrates my skin a lot as I like my baths quite hot, so as soon as I get out I like to get some moisturizer on. At the moment I’m using the Victoria Secret Ultra Moisturizing Body and Hand Cream in Aqua Kiss. I’ve had this in my draw for a while but have always just used it for my hands. I thought it was quite perfumed for my body but I wanted to give it a go anyhow. I was pleasantly surprised, it absorbed really nicely into my skin, and left it feeling smooth, soft and firm. I’d love to know if they have more scents of this, as I love the Victoria Secret Body Mist in Pure Seduction if they had that in a lotion I would be all over it!

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Wash face and do a face mask

Next, what I like to do is give my face a quick wash, as normally I’m a little sweaty from the bath, and it is just nice to freshen up. I wanted to try out the Simple Water Boost Micellar Facial Gel Wash. I have combination skin, but recently it’s been a tad on the dry side as the weather has been so so cold and frosty that it has completely dried my skin. So I thought what a perfect opportunity to try out this face wash that claims to be for dehydrated dry skin. It didn’t have a scent (which none of Simple’s stuff does) which I’ve always loved, I’m not a fan of very perfumed products on my face. It did make my face feel very fresh and moisturized just next time I use it, I think I will use some sort of exfoliater with it, just to get rid of any dry skin I did have. For me, I like using a smooth face wash with some sort of face brush.

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After my face is lovely and clean, I will apply a facemask. Sticking with the moisture theme, I opted for the Garnier Skin Active Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask. I’ve heard so many people talk about these so my expectations were high. Getting it out of the packaging was a little messy (although I am pretty messy at anything I do), but that didn’t bother me, I quickly tried to assemble it onto my face, covering as much of the skin as I could with the highly saturated wet tissue mask. It felt sooooo  nice and cooling, which I loved. I could’ve left it on for a lot longer than the recommended time, it was that relaxing. When I removed it I rubbed the left over oils into my skin, leaving it lovely and soft. So even though the first stage was a little messy and slippery, I would say it’s worth it. Also just a side note, they are perfect for travelling!

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Extras-

Comfy clothes

After 15 mins when the facemask had finished doing its work, I will find the comfiest clothes I own, this includes a pair of Primark lounge pants, they are so so soft, I bought them after I heard BusyBeeCarys talk about them on her Youtube channel on one of her Primark hauls I think. I’m so glad I got them. Followed by a slouchy t-shirt, dressing gown and slippers (very old lady like I know).

Make a hot cosy drink

Make a lovely hot drink to have in bed, I would usually opt for tea but at the moment I’ve been loving hot lemon, so refreshing and gets rid of bloating.

Watch your favourite guilty pleasure tv show

Put on one of your favourite shows that you known you shouldn’t love…but do! I always find that is so much more chill, as you can just zone out and not have to concentrate very hard.

Organise

If you like to be OCD organised like me, then I find it relaxing to write a list of everything I’m going to do the next day in my diary, so when I get up I know just to get on with my day and not waste any time.

Relax- This is obviously the most important step, kick back, relax and don’t worry!

Thanks for reading, I hope to found this helpful in one way or another. Please give it a like or comment below!

 

NEW January Birchbox – First Impressions

Beauty

Hellooo! I’m so excited about this (I always start my posts saying I’m excited…I do spend most of my time being excited by the little things). I have wanted to subscribe to a beauty box for so so long but it was never the right time, I was always saving for something or I couldn’t find one that suited me. But I’ve known about Birchbox for ages but never did it, so in bed the other day I decided to sign up. It was super easy and quick so I was already impressed. I downloaded the app and logged in to sort my profile. I went through the steps personalising my account of likes/dislikes, beauty preferences, skin, hair…Such a neat idea so they can mould your box to you!

When my Birchbox arrived, I was actually surprised by the size, it was bigger than I expected, I don’t know if that’s because I’d seen a few comments saying people were disappointed by the size or what, but nevertheless I couldn’t wait to see what was inside. First of all the box was sooooooo cute, such sweet colours an covered in flamingos. I’m definitely going to be using it for a storage box, it’s too nice too chuck away. The first thing I saw in the box was Rituals harmonising foaming shower gel in indian rose and sweet almond oil scent. I thought it was a hard product when I first saw the aerosol style bottle, so I was pleasently suprised too find it was a shower product. The smell is truly delicious and I can’t wait to use it. Perfect little travel size. Rituals has been one of those brands for me that I’ve always wanted to try, so for it too be in my first birch box- I am chuffed.

Rituals: The Ritual of Ayurveda Foaming Shower Gel                                                                      Sample size (50ml): £4.50

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The next thing I picked up was Parlour Moisturising and Repairing Shampoo. I’ve never heard of this brand but that doesn’t bother me in the slightest, I’m always willing to try new brands. Again this was a sample size, so perfect for a little travel wash bag. I have really dry hair at the moment so looking forward to using it! It has a very subtle scent, described as ripe peach, fresh cut grass and white woods. I was so fascinated to read on the back that it is sulfate free, paraben free, gluten free, safe for coloured hair and most importantly cruelty free! As someone that has recently been thinking about going cruelty free – this was a big tick in my book. Might have discovered my new shampoo!

Parlour Moistursing and Repairing Shampoo                                                                                 Full size: £16

(Now on offer at 50%!)

Next I gravitated towards a makeup product that I knew would be in the box- as I got to pick the colour. This is the Lord & Berry Crayon Blush in Camelia. This one is a full sized product which I think is great, I love the colour, and when I swatched it on the back off my hand, I barely had to apply any pressure to get a great colour payoff. I would say maybe be careful when applying it to your face, use a very light hand if you don’t wanna have right clown like cheeks! Lord & Berry is another brand I’ve looked at before but never bought anything (every brand in this box I haven’t tried before haha) I’ve heard good things so excited to try something new with the way I do blush.

Lord & Berry Crayon Blush                                                                                                                   Full size: £16

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With only 2 things left in the box now I grabbed the last thing I would categorise as a makeup product. This is the Marcelle Waterproof Eyeliner in Charcoal. Cute little sample size of this, but too be honest I’ve never finished a pencil eye liner in my life so this size should be perfect. The fact it says it’s waterproof is a win win for me (if it’s true…) as I always find eyeliner slides on my and goes very smudgy very quickly.  It looks like a really soft eyeliner, which is so much nicer as you apply it to such a delicate area of your eye. When I swatched it on the back on my hand it was super creamy. The colour was a little lighter than expected with a bit of glitter running through it. So pretty, it would look so nice with a dark cool toned smokey eye.

Marcelle Waterproof Eyeliner                                                                                                                  Full size: £10.99

The last thing in the box is a beauty tool! Which in a way, I think might start to be my favourite kind of things to get in the box, as it’s completely reusable. This one is the Afterspa Amazing Makeup Remover. It say’s to put it in the washing machine before your first use, then simple get the ultra soft cloth wet and wipe your makeup away with water alone!! That sounds to good to be true to me, but WE WILL SEE. It is reusable for up to 1000 washes which is fabulous. The real test will be how well it removes waterproof mascara- that stuff can be such a bugger with regular makeup remover let alone just water.

Afterspa Amazing Makeup Remover                                                                                                 Full size: £5.50

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The total price of this box with full size items (albeit most are decent sample size) is £51.99. That is such a bargain giving you pay £12.95 for the monthly subscription. Overall  I am pretty happy with what I received in my first box, a little mix of everything really and I can’t wait to start trying and discovering new products. In the bottom off the box there was a card explaining the contents of the box and that this month they have partnered up with ‘ohh deer’ a quirky British stationary brand. Also a few extra cards with discount codes and other birch box info. Also some super cute stickers, sticking with the theme of the box being part of the collaboration.

Thank you for reading. Sorry if I waffled a bit, as if you’re subscribed you’ll know what’s in their, but I’m just so excited about it.

Let me know what you got in your box and your thoughts!