Tuesday, 16 February 2016

February Birchbox | 2016

Hi guys. When I received this months Birchbox I was not disappointed, everything from the pretty box to the products inside were great! I have a had a look online at Glossyboxs' February box, which did look quite good also, but again I am glad I stuck with Birchbox as I think the products are slightly better. The box itself is really pretty this month, it's turquoise with marble affect and it says "shine Bright Like A Diamond" on it. 

Spectrum Collection | Tapered Powder Brush | RRP £7.99

"This vibrant hand-finished brush makes light work of powder application (whether that's setting powder, shimmery highlighters, or your fave bronzer) Thanks to the precisely-shaped tip and super-soft tapered bristles. Oh and it's absolutely gorgeous."

Thoughts|  I was so excited when I saw this inside my box, I was looking at the Spectrum brushes the other day and almost bought some! This brush is beautiful, it has a pink handle, with blue and purple ombréd bristles. It feels really good quality, the bristles are super soft. If I like this I may end up buying one of their sets as it's too pretty not to!

Number 4 | Lumiere d'Hiver Super Comb Prep & Protect | RRP £20.00

"Treat your hair to a little TLC with this does-it-all wonder product. Not only does it strengthen and repair tired strands but it de-tangles and tames flyaways, too - and all without sulphates or parabens! That's what we call win-win."

Thoughts|  I love a good tangle spray for my hair. My hair's fine so it gets tangled really quickly. I highly doubt I would re-purchase this one though as I am in love with the Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle which is a Birchbox exclusive and it's £6.00 cheaper than this one. 

Only Fingers + Toes | Nail Polish | RRP £16.00 

"While nail polish trends come and go, a polish that stands the test of time is hard to come by. Thankfully, this lacquer boasts a timeless glossy formula, applies effortlessly, and is free from the Big Five chemical nasties found in many polishes."

Thoughts|  I'm not a massive fan of the colour of this it's a muted pink with a nude undertone. This will probably be thrown into my nail polish collection and forgotten about unless I can think of a friend that may like it.  

Ayres | Body Butter in Patagonia | RRP £19.50

"Not only is this luxurious plant-based formula brimming with shea butter, vitamin E, and antioxidants to soften and hydrate, but the mix of jasmine, lavender, and ylang-ylang leaves behind a serene scent that lingers on nourished skin."

Thoughts|  I'm looking forward to trying this, being 8 months pregnant I am trying all sorts of body butters and oils to lather onto my growing belly. I applied a bit of this onto my hand and it sunk in quickly which is great as I hate it when creams leave a film across your skin.

LOC | One and Done Shadow Stick | Champagne Problems | £8.00

"What you are about to experence is Birchbox's first in-house make-up brand that we are SO excited to share with you. So what can you expect? Up to 11 hours of creaseless, waterproof colour in one handy stick, that's what."

Thoughts|  This is the one product that I have tried since receiving the box. Subscribers were emailed in January and asked to choose from two colours, one was this one, champagne colour and the other was a gold,  I would usually opt for the gold but I own so many gold/bronze eye colours that I decided to go for this one, and I am glad I did. The colour is a beautiful metallic champagne. It last really well on the lid, I wouldn't necessarily say it lasts 11 hours but it lasts a good amount of time maybe 7/8 hours. The price is great considering brands like By Terry do shadow sticks for £29.00...The £8.00 LOC one is much more appealing for your purse! 

Derm Eyes | Make-up Remover Wipes | RRP £9.50 | Beauty Bonus

"Eliminate all traces of make-up, gently, with these hypo-allergenic cleansing wipes. perfect for sensitive peepers, they've been created with a super-soft fabric to cleanse and hydrate the eye area without irritation"

Thoughts|  This is a nice little extra and as I do have sensitive skin it will be interesting to see if this irritates my skin. 


Sunday, 7 February 2016

January Favourites | 2016

Good evening. I cant believe it's already February! I thought I would share a few of my favourites from January.

Liz Earle | Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser | £15.50 

I have been trying to look after my skin throughout winter and this has been amazing. It's so easy just to grab a face wipe to get your make-up off, but it doesn't actually take it all off. This stuff is great it takes all of my make-up off, leaves my skin feeling super clean and it isn't too much of a hassle! I just rub this into damp skin and use the muslin cloth that comes with it to wipe it off. It removes all of my eye make-up and doesn't irritate my eyes. 

Rimmel | Wake Me Up Foundation | £8.99

This is a foundation I have re-purchased a few times now. I struggle to find a good high street foundation. This one is brilliant for the price. I decided to get this one out again a few weeks ago as my skin was getting really dry from using my Estee Lauder Double Wear constantly. This is a lovely dewy foundation, really great if you suffer from dry skin. It leaves a natural glowy finish on your skin, if you're a fan of matte foundations then this isn't one for you! It also has a SPF 15 which is great for the summer! The only downside to this is probably the amount you have to use to get a medium coverage. I have done a full review on this foundation here.

MAC | Lipstick | Velvet Teddy | £15.50

I love this lipstick. Full Stop. It's matte so it lasts for hours, it's a pinky nude with a brown undertone. I feel like this could suit many skin tones, it's very flattering. Although it is matte, it's not at all drying its still a really creamy hydrating formulation. I tend to use my Lush lip scrub before using this just to make it smoother. If you want to try a brown'y nude I highly recommend trying this as I feel it's still quite a safe brown lipstick. 

Chanel | Mademoiselle | £76.00

I was lucky enough to get this perfume for my Birthday in December, it has always been a favourite of mine. I haven't found another fragrance that I love as much as this one. People always compliment it when I wear it. When you're next near a fragrance counter smell this perfume...it is incredible. 

Origins | Drink Up Intensive Face Mask | £23.00

I have been using this a lot through December and January, due to the cold weather my skin has been extra dry! This is such a brilliant face mask, I use it twice a week, I apply it after cleansing and toning my skin, and sleep with it on. It's a really lovely fruity scent. When you wake up it the morning your skin has "drunk it up" hence the name! My skin feels so soft in the morning after using this.