August Birchbox – First Impressions

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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

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New Product Purchases

Over the last two weeks I have bought quite a few new products so I wanted to share my purchases with you guys. So these are the items I added to cart…

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Sleek Blush by 3 in shade 366 Pink Sprint (£4.99)

I picked this up from the sleek website where it is currently reduced from £10.00 to £4.99!

I was drawn to the bright colours of this blush trio. The first shade is called pink parfait but I found that this is more of a rich Burgundy red colour. The second shade, Pink Ice is a nice hot pink colour and the final shade is Pinktini, which is a dusky purple/pink. As with most sleek products these are highly pigmented colours, a little definitely goes along way. On my pale skin they are quite bright but are easily blended for a nice subtle flush. They are so versatile so would suite darker skin colours too. They would also make fabulous eye shadows.

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Sleek True Colour Lipstick – Mystic 783 (£4.99)

In the past I have purchased Pout paint from sleek and I love them but I have never purchased lipsticks so this was my first one and I was impressed. The matte black packaging is so adorable. Recently I have been obsessing over Purple lipstick and I have purchased quite a few over the last few weeks. I wont go into too much detail as I am going to do a blog post about them but I will say that this lipstick is perfect for anyone looking for a Pinky purple lipstick shade.

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MAC Matte Lipstick – Heroine (£15.50)

This is an iconic purple lipstick and was a must for my collection. This lipstick is a darker blue-based purple that is a truly beautiful pop of colour.

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MAC Pro Longwear Concealer 9ml – NW20 (£17.50)

This is a great concealer, and this is a repurchase for me. It’s really creamy and covers my dark circles perfectly and suits my warm tone.

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Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette (£38.00)

I am not going to do a full swatch and review of this palette because in all fairness it has been done to death by pretty much every beauty blogger. However this is a perfect palette for ladies who like to rock a smoky eye on a regular basis. I will go ahead and list the shades and their finishes below for you:

High – This is a champagne coloured shimmer

Dirtysweet – A beautiful Rose gold shimmer

Radar – This is a Taupe colour with a Micro Glitter finish

Armor – A dark brown metallic glitter

Slanted – A slate Grey coloured shimmer

Dagger – A charcoal micro shimmer

Black Market – A Black satin finish

Smolder – A deep plum shimmer

Password – Cool Brown/Grey Matte

Whiskey – A Tan/Brown Matte

Combust – Pinky Taupe Matte

Thirteen – Beige/pink satin

There really is something for everyone in this palette

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Urban Decay Matte Revolution Lipstick – Blackmail (£15.50)

When I went to collect my Naked palette I was introduced to these Lipsticks. All the colours in this range are amazing. I fell in love with Blackmail, which is a beautiful Purple/Black colour. It really is hard to find a nice wearable black colour but this is just perfect. I will definitely be purchasing more in this range.

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Urban Decay All Night Make up Setting Spray (£9.00)

I have heard nothing but good things about this product and now I understand why. I felt this spray really did lock my base in place all day. I also found this really refreshing on the hot days we had over the weekend. It’s oil free & Paraben free and has a subtle, fresh scent. A definite repurchase.

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Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Eye pencil in LSD (£15.50)

This is a nice glittery Navy colour. I’m not usually a fan of anything with glitter in it but this was so fine that it looked more like a shimmer. This pencil is perfect for adding a subtle pop of colour to your day look or can be smudged out for a colorful twist on the smoky eye.

***** The Ladies on brand counters don’t always get the praise that they deserve so I would just like to take this moment to give a shout out to Nikee at the Urban Decay counter in Debenhams, Preston. She is always extremely helpful and is so passionate about the Urban Decay products. She always knows the products that I’ll love, and makes buying from Urban Decay a pleasure! Thanks you so much for your help Nikee, I appreciate it!!!

Those are all the products that have been added to my collection over the past couple of weeks. There are quite a few but I don’t usually purchase so many in such a short amount of time which is why I wanted to share this mini haul with you. Have you purchased any of these products? If so, which ones? What products have you purchased recently? Let me know!

Love & Bubbles

The secret Girly Girl

xxxxx

 

 

Current Make-up Favourites!

Hi Peeps,

I know it’s been forever since I blogged but my business is really starting to take off and as I am a one-man band I have been extremely busy. Today I thought I’d ease back into blogging by posting about the cosmetics that have really been floating my boat this past month. Some of them are luxury beauty, but a lot of them are from the drugstore. I’ll do them in order that I put them on my face, so lets jump in….

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