Birchbox £12.95*

Manna Kadar Cosmetics £27
Nip + Fab Colour Correcting Concealer £8.95
Polaar IcePure Gentle Scrub with Arctic Cotton £23.50
Amika The Shield Style Extending Spray £20
Baija Paris Creme Moana £15.90 

This month's box is in partnership with Boden and it is definitely my favourite design yet! It actually matches their key print for this season which I think would be perfect for a dress! The theme for the month is "being bold and beautiful" and a perfect way to incorporate some bright patterns into your wardrobe. In the box you receive two full size products, the Manna Kadar High Definition powder which is a HD powder for creating a matte finish and the Nip + Fab Colour Correcting Concealer. I received the orange shade which is perfect for covering under eye circles, which I have a lot of! The Baija Paris Creme Moana is a nourishing lotion for your skin which leaves it super soft and moisturised! I always need products to try to help my skin as it gets very dry and irritated so this is an exciting one to try out!

What do you think of this month's box? 
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I've been loving the Kat Von D Lock it Foundation as my every day base, it's full coverage and lasts all day so it's one I have been completely obsessed with using. I tend to apply it with a beauty blender as this creates a seamless application and leaves no streaks, making it look completely flawless. To conceal both my under eye area and blemishes I use the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer as it works really well on my dry skin and doesn't accentuate any of the dry areas on my face. To set my makeup, I bake using the Laura Mercier Translucent Powder, I have recently repurchased this product as it is the best face powder I have ever used. To highlight my cheekbones, I use the I Heart Makeup Goddess of Love baked highlight powder. This is a super affordable drugstore product but one I've been really impressed with and received a lot of compliments on!

For my brows, I firstly do Soap Brows (read full post here) and then fill in my brows using the Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade which is a product I have used religiously over the past couple of years. I use the colour 'taupe' which is the perfect match for my fair coloured brow hairs and it stays put all day! Every day for the past few months I have used the Anastasia Modern Renaissance Palette, I am in love with this palette and would 100% recommend it to anyone! I've been enjoying wearing winged liner and have used the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner, this lasts all day and as the tip of the pen is super fine, it makes for a precise application. Finally, the mascara I have been using is the Clinique Chubby Lash. I tend to prefer volumising mascara's as I already have long lashes, this is great for making my lashes look fuller than they actually are!

Which products do you use on a daily basis?
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YSL Black Opium Floral Shock £71* 
 
Debenhams got in touch recently and asked if I wanted to try out the new Black Opium Floral Shock Eau de Parfum, of course I jumped at the chance. I've always wanted to try the Black Opium fragrances as they're a classic and timeless scent, I love the floral take on the well-known perfume and knew it would instantly be one I would love. 
 
The perfume is described as "burning exhilaration" and Debenhams asked me to describe a time where I have felt most exhilarated. Next week, I will hand my 10,000 word dissertation in to University. 3 years of work all concluding in the handing in of a mammoth assignment. It's exciting, I haven't particularly enjoyed my degree a great deal so it's nice that it's coming to an end in a piece of work I have enjoyed writing and am proud of. 
 
Anyway, on to the scent! It's described as a mix of the classic electrifying Black Opium but with a floral freshness comprising of bold citrus notes and white musk. If you find the original Black Opium too strong and powerful then this is a slightly lighter and fresher alternative. I adore the packaging, who doesn't love a bit of glitter? The purple ombre glitter shows that it is the less dramatic option in comparison to the strong black glitter packaging of the classic Black Opium. You can check out Black Opium Floral Shock here or if you want to browse at the other scents Debenhams offer, perfect for a last minute Mother's Day gift, you can check them out here.
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I recently tried out Kat Von D makeup and almost immediately fell in love. I adore the liquid liner, the lipsticks and the contour palette so was desperate to try out the foundation after hearing so many things about it. The first point to mention is that this is a very full coverage foundation and that a little goes a long way, the consistency is thick so you barely need any in order to cover your whole face. I absolutely love how full coverage it is, whenever I wear Estee Lauder Double Wear now (previously my favourite full coverage foundation), I am disappointed by the coverage it gives me as it is nothing compared to this. On me, this is a matte finish although it should be considered that I have quite dry skin however I didn't have any issues with it clinging to dry patches and it always looks lovely on my skin. I was really impressed with how long this lasted on the skin, I usually set it with my Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder and my skin looks flawless all day long! The only thing I'm not a massive fan of is the packaging, I find it quite bulky and unattractive but luckily it's not something that bothers me too much. Overall I would definitely recommend this foundation if you love a full coverage look, it's long lasting and just beautiful on the skin along with covering all my acne scarring and blemishes. This retails for £27 which quite pricey for a foundation but I think it is 100% worth the price tag! You can check it out here.

Have you tried this foundation yet? 
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 I received a few Kat Von D products to try out a while ago and have been testing them out since, I had wanted to try some products from the brand for a long time so it was really exciting to be able to have the chance to give them a whirl! The Studded Kiss lipsticks, which I have in the shades 'Magick' and 'Underage Red' are a lovely consistency. 'Magick' is a mid tone, rose pink while 'Underage Red' is a true vibrant red. These lipsticks are really soft and moisturising on the lips, 'Magick' is a slightly darker shade of pink than I would usually wear but it is still a really pretty shade while 'Underage Red' is just a classic shade of red that I know I will definitely get a lot of use out of. Another lip product I've been trying out is the Liquid Lipstick in the shade Lolita. This looks very different on the lips in comparison to how it looks in the tube, it's not as red as it looks and is more of a pink/brown/nude shade which is beautiful. What I've been loving about this product is that it isn't drying like a lot of my other liquid lipsticks so perfect if you have dry lips of just really hate the feeling of super matte liquid lipsticks.

The product I had heard the most about from Kat Von D is the Tattoo Liner, I love winged liner and immediately tried it out to see if it worked as well as I had heard it does. I love how sharp and precise the applicator for this is, if you like thin liner it is super easy to just apply a tiny bit or if you like thick bold liner you can easily build it up. This is fool proof and makes it incredibly easy to create the perfect cat eye! I didn't test whether this was indeed waterproof but it did last all day on me without smudging or moving. Finally is the Shade and Light Contour and Highlight Palette which comes with three contour and three highlight shades. The main point to make about this is that the powders are incredibly pigmented so I would recommend making sure you tap off any excess before you apply it to your face to avoid any mishaps! All three shades are cool tones so perfect for contouring and creating the illusion of sharper cheekbones while the highlight shades work beautifully to brighten in the areas like under the eyes, the center of the forehead and the bridge of the nose. 

Overall, I'm really impressed with Kat Von D products, so much so that I have since bought the Lock It Foundation to test out as well! Have you tried any of Kat's products?
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*These products were sent to me to review however this is not a sponsored post and all opinions are my own

I put off buying this palette for so long, I didn't think I would use it much as I generally reach for neutral palettes. I was put off by the pink tones and kept adding it to my basket and then deleting until I finally decided to just buy it. I am so glad I did because this has become one of my favourite palettes, ever. As I mentioned, I was unsure about buying this palette as I didn't know how much I would reach for it but since buying it I have used it everyday. There isn't a shade in the palette that I wouldn't use, I'm getting braver at trying the brighter pinks and each day I can create completely different looks. The consistency of these shadows is by far my favourite of any I have tried before, they blend so beautifully and there is no fallout so I don't have to worry about any products on the rest of my face. I love when palettes have a mix of both matte and shimmery shades as it allows you to create a number of versatile looks that are both wearable and slightly more dramatic for going out. The double ended brush that comes with the palette is decent quality too, the blending brush does shed slightly but nothing too bad and it works really well if you're traveling and don't want to pack lots of eyeshadow brushes.

Overall, I am absolutely in love with this palette and would 100% recommend you buy it if you are considering it. It has made me slightly more adventurous with my makeup and opened me up to a world that doesn't just consist of neutral palettes! It is one of the more expensive palettes I have bought but in my opinion, it is very much worth it so if you are looking for a payday treat, this is great! You can buy it here!
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Birchbox £12.95*

Merci Handy Hand Cream £4.90
Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Shimmer £21
Nails Inc Nail Polish £15
Whish Shaving Cream £14.80
Lord and Berry Stick Concealer £12

This month's Birchbox theme is 'Sprinkle Happiness' which seems a perfect one for the start of the year when everyone is feeling slightly deflated! There are two full size products in the box this month, the Merci Handy Hand Cream and the Lord and Berry Stick Concealer. The concealer is not pictured as it went straight in my makeup bag to try out, it's a really creamy product so great for under eyes and as it is shaped like a pencil, it is really easy to use and apply. I was so excited to receive the Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Shimmer as I've tested a few Nuxe products recently. This is a shimmer you can use pretty much anywhere, it smells amazing and adds a really lovely glow to the skin. I always love receiving hand cream as I constantly use them, this one from Merci is full sized so it's one I can pop in my handbag and use on the go!

What do you think of this month's box?
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