Tuesday, 23 August 2016

August Birchbag

Birchbox £12.95*

Marcelle Waterproof Eyeliner in Mulberry £10.50
Phillip Kingsley One More Day Dry Shampoo £14.50
Balance Me Radiance Face Mask £18
Anatomicals Citrus Body Scrub £3.99
Merci Handy Antibacterial Hand Cleansing Gel £2.90
English Laundry Eau de Parfum £60

This month's Birchbox is actually a BirchBAG! You receive a neoprene bag which comes in quite handy and my Dad has already taken it to use for himself! My favourite products from the box are the Phillip Kingsley One More Day Dry Shampoo, the Marcelle Eyeliner and the Merci Handy Hand Gel. I have already got so much use out of the Dry Shampoo, my hair barely lasts a day and a half without washing so being able to just spray some dry shampoo to make it feel fresher is so handy. I love this little travel size one as it's perfect for me to pop in my overnight bag if I'm away for a few days so I know I'm always going to have nice looking hair! The Marcelle Eyeliner is a fab addition to the bag, I received the shade Mulberry which is a beautiful plum colour, it is also waterproof so it is extremely long lasting as well as super soft too! My final favourite from the box is the Merci Handy Antibacterial Hand Gel, I love having hand gels in my bag as I like to use them when I'm out and about to ensure my hands are as clean as possible! This gel also hydrates and nourishes your hands too so it keeps them soft as well as getting rid of bacteria!

What do you think of this month's box?
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Thursday, 18 August 2016

Current Favourites

 Lately there have been a few products I've been absolutely obsessed with using, I recently rediscovered the Nars Sheer Glow Foundation after not using it for a while. I have fallen in love with it once again, I love the coverage of it, it makes my skin look flawless while not being too matte and not drying it out. I've been struggling with the dryness of my skin so finding a foundation that doesn't accentuate this is brilliant! I've almost used it up too, so will definitely be repurchasing! I wrote a blog post a while ago about the Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer, I am loving this as it is absolutely perfect for under the eyes to brighten the area and work as a highlight! I had run out of my powder right before my holiday so I popped into Boots to pick a new one. I had heard good things about the Soap and Glory One Heck of a Blot and I am loving it, it adds a lovely finish to my skin and keep its matte all day, again I will definitely be repurchasing this product! My final favourite is a product that has grown on me, when I bought the NYX Brow Pomade, I wasn't entirely sure how I felt about it however I'm now really enjoying using this. It's similar to Anastasia Dip Brow however I find this a better match to my brow colour as it's less red toned and looks a lot more natural on me.

What products have you been loving lately? 
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Friday, 12 August 2016

Sleek Solstice Palette

Sleek Solstice Palette £9.99 
Top L-R Ecliptic, Hemisphere, Subsolar, Equinox

I was aimlessly browsing the aisles in Boots when I stumbled across the Sleek section, my local store had only recently added Sleek so I was really excited to swatch a few things! I spotted the Solstice Highlighting Palette first as it is slightly different to other palettes, I wondered how the purple shade would work as a highlight but once I swatched it I was pleasantly surprised at how natural looking it was on the skin. The palette contains two baked powders, one pressed powder and a cream highlight. My two favourite shades are Subsolar and Hemisphere, I tend to use Subsolar when I want an everyday, natural looking highlight and then I use Hemisphere for something a little less subtle! I find these powders really easy to apply, really soft but still pigmented. Often times with highlighters I find them too chalky however these have a beautiful consistency to them! I think it's a brilliant palette if you like to mix up your highlight, it's such a unique mix of shades and at such an affordable price, it's definitely one I would recommend picking up on your next visit to Boots!
You can check it out here!
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Sunday, 31 July 2016

July Birchbox

LOC x Millie - Ultra-Gloss Lip Pencil £9
John Frieda - Frizz Ease Anti-Frizz Primer £9.99
Nails inc. Nail Polish £15
Caudalie - Micellar Cleansing Water £15
Indeed Labs - Hydraluron Mask £19/99

July's Birchbox was in partnership with Millie Mackintosh and comes with two full size products! The product I was most excited about receiving was the LOC x Millie lip pencil, this is in such a pretty rosey pink colour, I've tried a few other LOC products so I knew I would love this! It's a really wearable shade and the consistency is lovely and moisturising on the lips. I only use micellar water to remove my makeup so it is super handy to get a new one to try, this Caudalie one has a citrus scent and is really refreshing on the skin! The final product I love is the Indeed Labs Hydraluron Moisture Boosting Mask, I have quite dry skin so need something to really hydrate it and leave it looking a little more healthy, so this is perfect!

What do you think of this month's box?
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Friday, 8 July 2016

Gerard Hydra Matte Liquid Lipsticks

If you follow me on Instagram then you will know how obsessed I am with these Gerard Hydra Matte Liquid Lipsticks, I talk about them all the time! I own four shades, Aphrodite, Serenity, Cher and Ecstasy. As the name suggests, these all have a matte finish and once they dry, they are set in place pretty much all day. These are by far the most long lasting lip products 
I've ever tried, I have even be able to eat dinner and still have the product on my lips and looking pretty much the same as they did before the meal. The only downside to the finish is that your lips can feel very dry throughout the day, although they don't look it and it doesn't accentuate dry patches on my lips. Shades wise, I love Ecstasy. It's different to any other lip product I own and I find it really flattering and easy to wear with most makeup looks. If I want something a little more subtle then Aphrodite is the shade I go for on a more daily basis. I'm obsessed with these lip products, I'm definitely going to be buying more shades and already have my eye on a couple of the red shades to add to my collection! 
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Friday, 1 July 2016

Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer

I had been wanting to try this concealer for such a long time, having heard really great things about both the foundation and concealer. I eventually got my hands on it and have been using it everyday since. I bought the shade Fair Neutral which is the lightest shade they do, the main reason I bought this concealer was for under my eyes to use in a triangle shape to highlight the area. I find that this works really well for that, it's super brightening so makes me look a whole lot more awake than I actually am. I really like the consistency of this concealer, it's quite thin and lightweight so it doesn't feel like I've got lots of heavy products on my eye. While it's fabulous for using under the eyes, I find that it doesn't have quite as much coverage as my other concealers like the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer or the LA Girl Concealer. It's still got a decent amount of coverage so if you just have general blemishes it will work great for those, it just takes a little more product to cover my bad acne scarring and spots! Overall, I'm really happy I bought this concealer, I love that I can use it to highlight my under eyes without it feeling like I've got fifty products under my eyes. I would definitely recommend it if you've been considering purchasing it! 
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Wednesday, 22 June 2016

June Birchbox

Birchbox £12.95*

Jelly Pong Pong Paradise Pigments £17.95
Percy & Reed Hairspray £12
James Read Overnight Tan Sleep Mask £25
Laura Mercier Soufflé Body Creme in Ambre Vanille £45
Absolution Le Nettoyant Purete £26 

This month's Birchbox is described as "a box of sunshine!" It definitely makes me feel like summer is on it's way, even if the current weather suggests otherwise! I was really impressed with the products in this box, it contained products from brands I have tried and loved before so it was nice to be able to try a few other products from these brands! I always find it handy to have a travel sized hairspray with me so I was excited to receive the Percy & Reed Hairspray, I really love their hair products so I love this! The fake tan I use is the James Read Tan however I don't use it on my face as I have very sensitive skin so I was happy to receive one specifically for the face. The best things about this is that it works overnight, so you can apply it, sleep and then wake up to a lovely glowy tan! My final favourite from this month's box is the Laura Mercier Soufflé Body Creme, I have wanted to try this for ages but the price has always put me off. This stuff smells incredible so I'm definitely going to use it to keep my dry skin in check!

What do you think of this month's box?  
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