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!

 

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!