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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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June Favourites

Hi There,

I know we are nearly Mid-July but I really wanted to let you guys know what I was loving throughout June so here are my June favourites:

Beauty Favourites:

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Rimmel Lasting Finish 25hr Foundation with Comfort serum

 This for me is by far the best drugstore foundation available. It offers full coverage, doesn’t feel heavy on the skin & has great staying power.

This may be a little controversial but I prefer this foundation to Estée Lauders Doublewear. It doesn’t separate throughout the day and covers all my imperfections.

I even wore it during June’s heat wave & it didn’t melt away. The best thing for me is that it is available in Bodycare for only £4.99! Fantastic foundation for fantastic value!

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Elemis Wild Lavender Hand Lotion – 195ml

 This is part of the Sp@home range by Elemis. The line offers spa quality products that you can indulge yourself with in the comfort of your own home. I received this as part of a hand care duo (with the matching hand wash) as a Christmas present. As anyone who is regular at my blog will know, I am a little obsessed with hand cream (and Elemis).

I keep this on my desk in my office to use throughout the work day as I find the scent really relaxing and it’s a nice daily indulgence. This hand lotion is available at Debenhams.com or your nearest Elemis stockist priced £18.00.

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MAC Burgundy times nine Eyeshadow Palette

 In June MAC released their Eyes on MAC collection. This collection comprised of four miniature Eyeshadow palettes, each containing 9 small MAC eye shadows.

The colours are not limited edition, they are just popular MAC eye shadows but in a sample size. I personally found this great for trying out colours before committing to the full size pans. I bought the Burgundy palette, as I have green eyes and the shades really compliment my eye colour. The palette was made up of a mixture of Mattes and shimmers. My favourite colour was ‘Antique’ (I have since purchased the full sized pan). I love this palette so much that I also bought the Purple times nine set too. These palettes are also available in Navy times nine and Amber times nine from www.maccosmetics.co.uk priced at £30.00 each.

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Beauty Formulas Instant Cooling Mist 150ml

 As I have mentioned June was an extremely warm month in the UK. As our homes very rarely come with air conditioning it was stifling! As a natural red head I do not cope well with the heat, but this spray really helped me. I used it mostly at night when the bedroom was overly humid. This spray is basically water in an aerosol can, but as it sprays it is cooled so it delivers a nice cold mist. It’s great for spraying on restless legs and on the face. For an extra cold blast I kept mine in the fridge. This spray is available from Poundland for £1.00 per can (Bargain!).

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Issey Miyake Summer Eau de Toilette 100ml

I first came across this perfume about ten years ago and I have loved it ever since! As the name suggests this fragrance is released every spring/summer time and each year it has a different bottle design. The bottle is always the famous Issey Miyake cone design but the decoration varies. This is a very light, fresh scent and is perfect for anyone who loves, fruity floral fragrances (say that ten times while drunk). The notes are as follows:

Top Notes: Pink Grapefruit & Lyche

Heart Notes: Passionfruit & Guava

Base Notes: Vanilla infusion & exotic wood

This perfume is only available in the 100ml size and is available from Boots.com priced £39.50 for 100ml.

Now onto my Non-Beauty Favourites…

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Music – Throughout June I really got into country music which I have never really listened to before. Thanks to spotify I have made myself a great country playlist but I found myself repeatedly listening to one album and that was “The First Time” by Kelsea Ballerini. Kelsea is a relatively new artist, who has toured with Taylor Swift, and you can definitely see the Taylor influence in her Music. Songs to check out are “Love me like you mean it’ and ‘Yeah Boy’.

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TV – RuPauls Drag Race

I adore this show. This is the second time that I’ve binge–watched all the seasons (there are 7 seasons). Think Americas Next Top Model but with drag queens – it’s fabulous!

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Movie – This was a hard one as there were a few great Horror releases this month but I have to go for Jurassic World. Fast paced action, combined with great special effects made this a great movie. I challenge you to watch this film and not want a pet Raptor by the end of it!

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Item – This has to be my new Stainless steel Starbucks cold cup. I first saw these in America but I totally forgot to pick one up so when I saw them in the UK I had to have one! It is a large double walled cup with a stainless steel straw that keeps drinks ultra cold for hours, which was a must in the hot weather. Available from your nearest Starbucks or at www.starbucks.co.uk priced £14.95.

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Event: This has to be my birthday. I turned 33 this year so I wanted to do something low key and girly, so I opted for afternoon tea at the Vincent Hotel Restaurant in Southport.  The sandwiches were delicious and the cakes were out of this world! Afternoon Tea at the Vincent Hotel costs £12.95 per person or £20.95 per person with Champagne.

Visit www.thevincenthotel.com for details.

So that was everything that has floated my boat throughout June. Let me know what your June favourite were in the comments.

Love & Bubbles

The Secret Girly Girl

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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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Every Penny Counts……Literally!

Hi Ladies,

I usually hate having loads of change in my purse so I normally empty out anything under 50p into a a big tin. Now the tin has been pretty much full for a few weeks now.  So today I thought Fuck it! I’m gonna tip it all into one of those coin machines and treat myself with the cash. So here is what i bought…..

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CLINIQUE TAKE THE DAY OFF CLEANSING BALM 125ML

As many of you may know, if I’m gonna splurge, then it’s gonna be on Skin care! I have been using the Deep Cleansing Oil by DHC for a while now but I wanted to try something else that would give me a deep clean. The last cleansing balm I had was the Elemis Pro-Collagen cleansing balm, but that is so expensive and i can’t justify spending £39.50 on a cleanser when i’m trying to get my new business off the ground and I have heard only great things about this Clinique balm.

For those of you who don’t use cleansing balms, they are solid balms that when heated in the hand become a fluid oil. They literally melt off your make up and leave your skin feeling moisturised and deeply cleansed.

The good thing about this Balm is that it is suitable for all skin types, and a little goes a long way. It is quite a large pot and will last quite a long time. This balm is available from all Clinique Counters priced £22.00 for a 125ml pot.

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NAKED BASICS PALETTE; 6X 1.3g

I am not normally a fan of Natural/Naked shades. I am a huge lover of colour. The Brighter the better usually. Buuuuuuuut I may entertain neutral shades if they’re a matte finish. I’m just not a huge fan of shimmer.

I didn’t want to buy a full Naked palette for the simple fact that I knew it would just sit on my shelf gathering dust and I’d end up giving it away, so there was no point. All i wanted was a few neutral shades that i could play with and not break the bank.

Thats why I liked the Naked Basics palette. with four neutral shades and two darker shades it is just perfect for me to mess around with and the main selling point for me was all 6 shades are matte – yay!

This is the lightest shade Venus over the whole lid with the second Darkets shade Faint on the outer edge.

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This palette retails at £22.00.

So that is what I treated myself  to, so it really does make sense to throw all that shrapnel into a jar and let it pile up!

Then you get to buy goodies with it:D

Love & Bubbles

The Secret Girly Girl

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