August Birchbox – First Impressions

birch box

This week I received my August Birchbox and the theme was #BeautyJunkie. The Birchbox itself came covered in little Beauty Emoji’s, which was just adorable. Inside the box there was seven items in total. These were a mixture of beauty products, a beauty bonus and a lifestyle item.

Rituals scrub

The first Item was the Rituals fortune invigorating body Scrub with Sweet Orange & Cedar. I was really happy that I received this in the box because this item was in last month’s empties and I haven’t had chance to repurchase yet so this was a great product to receive.

Blush

The second item I received was a Lord & Berry Blush in the shade #8214 Lotus. I really like the monochrome packaging it’s so cute. The Blush is a Dusky Pink colour that I think will suit most skin tones. It came just as a pan, which is means that you can add it to any magnetic palette. I have tried this, and I found that it was highly pigmented and a little does go a long way. It can be blended out for a subtle look or built up for a more striking look – another fantastic product.

face exfoliant

The third item I got was the Huygens Le Gommage visage, which is an exfoliating cream for the face. I have a love/hate relationship with facial exfoliants. I love to try them but my skin hates them. This scrub uses rice powder particles to buff away dead skin cells. By the looks of it, they do seem to be quite large grains, which have a tendency to irritate my skin so I probably won’t be giving this a try. The packaging is cute though.

kebelo shampoo

The fourth Item I received was the Clarifying Shampoo by Kebelo. This isn’t a brand I have ever heard of before so I did a little research. They are a British company and the product themselves are manufactured in the UK which I love. This shampoo works by removing any product build up on your hair while at the same time nourishing the scalp. It recommends that you use this product twice a month in the same way you use regular shampoo. I’m looking forward to giving this a try for sure.

LM Mascara

The final beauty product in the box was the Laura Mercier Full Blown Volume Supreme mascara. I love Laura Mercier bath & body products but I always falter when it comes to makeup products. Unfortunately this mascara didn’t change that. This mascara claims to Curl, lengthen and Volumize lashes I personally thought it did none of those. For me this was a very basic mascara and I personally think there are much better mascara’s available in the drugstore.

The Extra Beauty Bonus was the Grab & Go Ponytail Holder by L. Erickson. This is a hair tie that is metal free and won’t snag your hair. This band retails for £11.50. To me this is just so expensive. You can go to Primark and buy a large pack of metal free bobbles for £1.00 and still have £10.50 to spend on makeup, which makes far more sense to me.

emoji stickers

The Lifestyle bonus this month was a sheet of cute emoji stickers that match the decoration of the box. The design of the box and the stickers are by far the cutest I’ve ever received from Birchbox. Although there were one or two items I didn’t like in the box I would say that overall this was a really good box. Super cute and with seven items inside it was well worth the money. Well done Birchbox!!

Love & Bubbles

The Secret Girly Girl

xxxxx

 

 

May/ June Empties

Hi There,

It’s come to that time again when all of my empties have piled up into one big mountain. I do have quite a lot so I have decided to tackle them in groups. The first group is Perfume & Skincare. So these are the products I have used up during May/June…

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Beauty Empties

Hi Peeps,

Over the last few weeks I have managed to accrue a large quantity of empties, so I thought I best share them with you before they take over my cupboard or my boyfriend throws them out

Body & Hair

philip kingsley

Philip Kingsley Elasticizer (20ml)

I know that in the past I have given this product a luke warm reception, but for whatever reason I have really been digging this product lately. I use it as a pre-shampoo treatment and it has left my hair feeling lovely and soft. I am definitely converted! Continue reading

January Empties!

January has been a very busy month for empties. I am making a conscientious effort to use up all my half used product and sample sizes over the next few months so that I can’t start on all the new products I got for Christmas in March when Spring arrives (as I have mentioned before I am a very seasonal beauty lover). I have separated them into categories:

HAIR CARE

*Silvikrin Classic Hairspray Natural Hold 250ml

wella silvikrin

I have only recently started using hairspray on a daily basis. I’ve become a little obsessed with having a really sleek ponytail.

I picked this up while I was out and about,  I found this really effective in taming my fly aways and brushes right out. I also like that this hairspray helps to protect my hair from UV damage. This costs £3.29 and is available from Boots. Continue reading