Sunday, 19 November 2017

November Birchbox


For this months Birchbox I was extra excited as I knew it was in colaboration with Vogue. Vogue is probably one of the most iconic companies in the beauty and fashion industry so I knew it would be a good box. Here's what I got;


Benefit Hoola - RRP £24.50 for the full size
An iconic bronzer for this iconic box. Everybody loves this bronzer and so do I so I'm very pleased to welcome this little beauty into my travel make-up essentials.

Percy & Reed No Oil Oil - RRP £14 for the full size
This oil is meant to be volumising as well as smoothing and protecting. I love oil for my hair but do suffer from flat hair so the thought that this may not flatten it but still give me the nourishment which my hair needs makes me very excited to try it.


Clarins Hand and Nail Treatment Cream - RRP £21 for the full size
Winter really dries my hands out so I have to keep on top of it from the start. I'm very pleased to get such a big sample of this from Clarins and look forward to trying it out in these coming colder months.


Seche Vite Top Coat - RRP £9
The first full sized item and it's a dry fast top coat. I love anything that makes painting my nails easier and quicker so hopefully this will really help speed things up. I'm sure I've seen this brand about and believe it has a really good reputation so lets hope it lives up to it.

Birchbox Brush Cleaner - RRP £5
From Birchbox itself! A rubber brush cleaner. I really like the shape of this and think it'd work well for both right and left handed people. Personally, I find using my hand to be more effective but then I've not tried this one by Birchbox so maybe it'll sway me and I'll no longer be able to clean my brushes without one...we'll see!

Along with those 5 beauty items we also got a voucher for 6 free issues of Vogue when you subscribe to a one year or two year subscription. Bonus!!

I choose the pink box this month but if you went for the white and black then let me know below if you got anything different to myself.

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Monday, 23 October 2017

Glossybox - September & October




Just like my last post which included two Birchboxes, which you can read here if you haven't done so already, I'm also behind on my Glossybox posts so this one will also include both September and October's boxes. I can't wait to start using these products, so without further a-do...here's what I got in September and October's boxes...

September




Stylondon - Siligel Blender - RRP £5.99
I have never tried one of these before and quite frankly I think it's looks a bit weird and something that should belong in a bra rather than on your face but nevertheless, I will try it out and see what the results are like! I may watch a couple of Youtube tutorials first to see the best techniques (if there is one?!). If anyone has tried this please let me know in the comments below!

Pixi By Petra - Brow Tamer - RRP £12
Love a good brow tamer and I also love Pixi so this product gets two thumbs up. My brows can need some controlling at times which requires a fixing product. The one I currently use if by Benefit and is coloured so I'm excited to have a clear option too for those more natural days.

Monu Skincare - Firming Fiji Facial Oil - RRP £26 for the full size
I love using oil's on my skin and also often use firming products so again, this product seems a good fit. I've never tried anything by this brand before, nor have I heard of it before but considering you only use a couple of drops per application, this sample will last me a long time so I should be able to get a good idea of whether this product works for me or not.

Taylor's 32 - Classic Mint Natural Whitening Toothpaste - RRP £5.00
I've already started using this toothpaste and really enjoy it. It doesn't have an overly strong mint taste so after 10 minutes the freshness is gone but it's strong enough that your teeth so feel cleaned and you do feel freshened up. Whether it's helping my teeth get whiter...I think it has help this as in photo's my teeth do seem whiter than usual but I can't tell in person yet. Maybe by the end of the tube it'll be more obvious.

Skinfix - Hand Repair Cream - RRP £12.99
I have rather problematic skin on my arms and can often suffer from dry patches. Although I do have creams from the doctor for this, I'm excited to have this product which I can throw into my handbag for easy tops. With Winter coming up I will get so much use from this and so glad to have it.

So, that's September's box with 4 full sized items! Now...

October




Makeup Revolution - Mermaids vs Unicorns Eyeshadow Palette - RRP £4
Some interesting colours in this palette, some which I would use and some which I would be nervous to but overall, a nice mix of matte and shimmery shades. For £4 for this size of palette, I don't have high hopes of a great quality product but I've learnt to never judge a product by the price so will still give it a fair shot.

Sleek - Creme To Powder Blush - RRP £5.99
Sleek is a drugstore brand which I think is quite under-rated. I've used their blushes in the past and they're VERY pigmented so a little really does go a long way. I haven't used the creme to powder  formula before but think this may be ideal for Autumn/Winter. They've also changed their packaging and it's very nice and reminds me of the NARS packaging. 

Kawaii Enterprise - Brush Cleansing Egg - RRP £7.99
This seems like such a clever idea. At the moment I just use my hand when cleaning brushes but it does become quite tedious. This looks like it'll make it all much more effortless. It's also bright pink which is always pleasing.

Lord & Berry - Magic Brow Perfect Eye Brow Pencil - RRP £14
Having only used this on the back of my hand it looks very promising. The colour seems to be a fairly good match and it seems to create sharp lines which will help give the natural appearance rather than the drawn on eyebrows I try to avoid. 

Bang Beauty - Cream Color - RRP £19.50
So apparently this product can be used as eyeshadow, blush or highlighter. It does have quite a shimmer to it so I don't think I would use it as a blusher but absolutely as a highlighter to help bring life and glow to my face during the colder months. Since it's a cream I think it would also work well as an eyeshadow just to help give a bit of colour. Right now I'm thinking this may be a great product to have the handbag for any last minute plans which may take me straight from the desk to out and about as this will help freshen my face and make me look like I've made some effort. 

So that's October's box with all 5 items been full sized!! I really would use all 5 items and can't wait to try them out. Let me know if any of you have received your Glossybox this month and what your favourite product was. 


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Sunday, 8 October 2017

Birchbox - September & October


Thanks to life being crazy busy for the past month I’ve got not just this months Birchbox to share but also last months! So, let’s start with September;


Polaar - Icy Magic Eye Contour Energiser - RRP £22 for full size
I received another product from this brand a few months ago and really enjoyed it so I’m looking forward to trying this. I’ve never actually seen this brand being sold anywhere but will be keeping my eyes out for what else they may do.

Dr PawPaw - Original Clear Balm - RRP £6.95 for full size
I actually squealed with joy when I saw this. I got my first full size when I lived in Australia and loved it so much but didn’t realise how hard it would be to find it back here in Scotland otherwise I would’ve stocked up. I’m currently using a full size one which I got in a Glossybox but it’s running low so I’m SO happy to have this mini one to keep in my handbag for on the go.

Manna Kadar - 3 in 1 Blush, Highlighter and Eyeshadow - RRP £15
The first full sized item in this months box. Looking at the colour I couldn’t quite imagine this as a blush but having now swatched it I can absolutely see how you could use it as all three. It’s such a beautifully shade which could bring warmth during autumn as a blush, shimmer as a highlight as a beautiful shade on the eyes. This really has surprised me as to how many uses you get from the one powder.

Arrow - Boost Color Enhancing Lip Balm - RRP £11
I love this kind of product, the ones which are different shades on different people depending on the pH levels on your skin. This is also a full sized product and I love the packaging - ready to keep you going through any festival.

Clinique - Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm - RRP £23 for the full size
Again, this received a little squeal of excitement when I saw this. I’ve heard such good reviews about this but never been brave enough/had the budget for the full sized item. I cannot wait to try this out! I believe a little goes a long way so this should last quite a wee while


And now, October’s box which we all just need to take a moment to appreciate the box! 



 Model Co - Megalash Mascara - RRP £16 for the full size
I can never tell how good a mascara will be by just the brush so have no idea how I’ll get on with this but usually I tend to make a royal mess when the wands are this big. However, I’ll go in with an open mind and cross my fingers that this gives the long, separated and curled lashes that we all long for.

Balance Me - Pure Skin Face Wash - RRP £16 for the full size
Balance me is a brand which pops up quite a bit in Glossybox/Birchbox but I admit I’m quite pleased about it. I love how natural this brand is and my skin has always seemed to get well with the products so I look forward to trying another one.

Anatomicals - Grab Your Melons Shower Gel - RRP £1.50
The only full sized product in this months box. This product is tied in to the fact it’s cancer awareness month and CopperFeel has worked with the Birchbox team on this box. I love the fact that this shower gel is a gentle, and amusing, reminder that it’s important to check yourself as we all know how important it can be. I admit that I’m bad at remembering so hopefully having this in the shower with me will help.

Amika - Perk Up DryShampoo - RRP £20 for the full size
Amika is another hair brand I’ve heard great things about but still haven’t tried the dry shampoo yet. Having fallen out with Bastist a couple of years ago, the white never rubbed in properly so I was constantly asked why I had grey hair that day, I’m always on the search for a new dry shampoo so looking forward to trying this. I also love how dinky this is as it’ll be great to have in the handbag for any last minute changes of plans that require my hair to be spruced up a bit.

Biore - Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strips - RRP £8.99
I’ve used these strips before and my they really do work. It’s grossly satisfying peeling them off and then inspecting to see how many blackheads you get at once. My pores have been really clogged recently so looking forward to using this and trying to clean them in a bit!


Let me know which box you think is better, for me...I think September has won! 

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Sunday, 1 October 2017

Homeware Haul - Part 1


One of the things I was most excited about when buying a flat was going shopping to furnish it. Having spent hours as a kid furnishing houses on the Sims, I’ve always looked forward to doing it for real in my own place.

To help show everything I got I filmed a homeware haul for my YouTube channel which you can watch by clicking the link below! 



Let me know what you think of what I got and I you have any good ideas on what I can use those baskets for! There's another homeware haul coming, as mentioned, so make sure you're subscribed to my channel so you don't miss out on the next one.

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Sunday, 20 August 2017

Flat Update

As I mentioned in my previous post I have been a bit quiet over here. If you watch my Youtube videos then you'll know that I recently bought a new flat - which is beyond exciting and exhausting at the same time. They say buying a place and moving is the most stressful thing you do in your life and I cannot agree more. 

Not only am I dealing with getting the flat ready but it's also the busiest time of year for my work AND we're understaffed so everything is just that little bit more hectic.

Of course, I'm not really complaining as I'm extremely lucky to be in this situation but the fact I've spent more time at Homebase than my own bed is starting to ware me down. I'm going in to work early, leaving hours late and spending all evenings at the new flat trying to get everything sorted on time. 

The hardest bit I think is the fact that I'm doing this on my own and there's just so many more things to do/pay for/deal with than anyone has ever mentioned! I feel very clueless about the whole thing and do wonder how I managed to get this far all right.

I can't wait until it's all sorted and I'm finally in! Then my posts will be back to their regular uploads and I can finally breathe...

Apologies if this sounded like I'm moaning but sometimes you just gotta let it out!

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Sunday, 13 August 2017

August's Glossybox and Birchbox

So I've been a bit quiet over here recently and there may be a post about why but I thought for now I would come back with one of my favourites posts...Glossybox and Birchbox unboxing!



Here's what I got in August's Glossybox and Birchbox;

Glossybox


  • SportFX - Time Out Face Mist + Fix - full size - RRP £5.99
  • Model Laucher - Safari Sun Bronzer - full size - RRP £16.50
  • Valquer - Ice Hair Mask, Total Repair - RRP £14.99 for the full size
  • Batiste - 2in1 Dry Shampoo & Conditioner - RRP £4.49 for the full size
  • Rodial - Suede Lips - full size - RRP £22.00
  • Purelei - Hair tie



Birchbox



  • Spectrum Collections - A05 Brush - RRP £59.99 for full set
  • LOC - One and Done Shadow Stick in Rock Steady - full size - RRP £8.00
  • Number 4 - Sugar Texturising Spray - RRP £20.00 for the full size
  • Merci Handy - Antibacterial Hand Cleansing Gel - full size - RRP £2.90
  • Huygens - Supernature Cream - RRP £25.00 for the full size



Both these boxes are so nice and strangely suit each other very well! Once again they've both provided products I've never tried before from brands I've never heard of before which is exactly why I love these boxes so much. And there's also products which I already know I'll love (Loc shadow stick, I'm talking about you!). 

As always I'll let you know what I get on with best and what I maybe don't like as much. If you got any beauty subscription boxes this month please let me know what your favourite products were that you received!


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Sunday, 23 July 2017

July's Glossybox and Birchbox

Glossybox and Birchbox monthyl posts are nothing new to this blog, however this month I decided to film it instead and post on my YouTube channel instead.

Both of July boxes are amazing this month to click the link below to see what I got. Or, if you don't have time to watch it at the moment then the link to my YouTube channel is below so feel free to subscribe and watch later!




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Sunday, 16 July 2017

Room Improvements

Some of you may now know that I not only have this blog but I've also got a YouTube channel which you can check out here. I recently put up a new video all about the changes which I've made in my room to help make it more of a grown-up bedroom rather than the bedroom which I've had since I was 6! 

There's also some news at the end of a big life update so click below to find out what it is!




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Sunday, 9 July 2017

Beauty Pro Black Peel Off Mask




I have been wanting to try one of these masks for so long now so when one arrived in my June Glossybox, which you can read about here, I couldn't wait to try it out. 

This one is from Beauty Pro and I have to admit, I wasn't overly impressed. I think this may have been down to myself not applying enough of the mask so had too much of a thin layer to really have a huge affect, or maybe my expectations were just too high.

When the mask dried it peeled off with ease, none of this painful tearing at the skin as I've seen on so many YouTube videos. There was parts of the mask which didn't fully dry so it didn't peel off and instead I had to wash it off. This was especially on my chin which was annoying as I definitely have enough blackheads there that could've done with being removed!

I had used this primarily on my t-zone and as much as I was slightly disappointed, it did leave my skin feeling SO smooth and soft on my forehead so I wouldn't completely rule it out. I would actually be interested in buying this again and use a thicker layer and maybe leaving it on longer to see if it works better second time round. 

Let me know if you have any recommendations of black peel off masks as I'm clearly still on the hunt for my perfect match!


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Sunday, 25 June 2017

June's Birchbox

Following on from last week's post of what I got in June's Glossybox, which you can read here, I thought I'd keep things even by doing a post on what I got in June's Birchbox as yet again, I can't decide which was my favourite!



MeechNMia Brow Liner -  RRP £12.99
The first of the full sized items from a brand I've never heard of. I got this in the shade #22 which is the middle shade which seems to be a fairly alright shade for me. I don't usually use pencils for my brows as I don't have time for that during the week but this may be worth a shot when I've got more time of my hands. 

Ecotools Perfecting Blender Duo - RRP £9.99
And the second full sized item! I was obsessed with my Real Technique's makeup sponge and haven't actually used any other's so I'd be interested to see how this one compares. I also love how you get two different sizes for different application styles.

Cowshed Cow Pat Hand Cream - RRP £8
The third and final full sized item! I really like Cowshed products and I'm currently running out of my hand cream on my desk at work so this came just in time.

Scrub Love Coconut Oil Body Scrub - £11.95 for the full size 
I got the charcoal version of this in last month's Glossybox and love it. It's a brilliant rough scrub which buffs away your dead skin and really brings life back to it. The charcoal one does leave nasty looking black marks in my shower so I'm hoping this scrub will be just as good but without the mess it leaves behind.

Origins Original Skin Renewal Serum - RRP £32.50 for the full size
A brand which I think everyone knows and loves. I couldn't wait to try this so have done so for the past few nights and I'm very pleased to see that a little goes a long way as I'm really enjoying using this so far!

Although it's called Birchbox, this month is more of a Birch-bag as it also comes with a beauty pouch for you to store all your travel essentials. A nice wee extra just in time for any Summer adventures!

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Sunday, 18 June 2017

June's Glossybox

Just when I was trying to convience myself to cancelmy Glossybox subscription to try help save money they went and sent such an amazing one for June. So good I just had to post about it and show you what it includes.


Here's everything I got in the box;

BeautyPro Black Diamond - RRP £4.95 for 3
I have been looking for a mask like this in SO long. We can't deny the gross pleasure there is when someone takes off this masks to see all the blackheads still stuck on. It's also so affordable that I really hope this is a good one as I'd love to do one of these on a weekly/fortnightly basis.

111 Skin Space Defence Bright Eye Lift Gel - RRP £110 for the full size
Yeah, that price isn't a typo, this would actually cost over £100 for the full size! I physically dropped my jaw when I saw the price so will be interested to see if spending a lot more money really does give you a much better product.

Sleek Makeup Power Plump Lip Crayon - RRP £5.50
I've already tried this out and love it. Such a natural shade which really does give the tingles to plump your lips. A definitely your lips but better product.

Himalaya Since 1930 Purifying Neem Face Wash - RRP £3.29 for the full size
I've never heard of this company and have to say it doesn't fill me with much excitement. It does look cheap and is on the more affordable side so if it works well then atleast I could find myself saving a few pennies!

Batiste Stylist Oomph My Locks XXL Volume Spray - RRP 4.29
I was so excited to see this product in here as I've been intrigued by this range since I heard Batiste was moving into styling products. I am always on the look out for a product to give more volume in my hair so I've got my hopes set on this one. 

Manna Kadar Costmetics Sheer Glo Highlighter - RRP £22.50 for the full size
Im pretty sure I've heard of this brand before through a beauty box but cannot remember what it was or what I thought so it! I am getting more into highlighters now though so excited to try this one out.


Not only was there 6 amazing products but also a sneak peek of the new novel coming out by Louise Pentland. I've watched her on youtube for years now so have been getting excited about this book since she announced it so this was a very nice surprise!

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Sunday, 4 June 2017

New Favourite Highlighter

When looking through my recent posts for some inspiration I couldn't believe that I haven't actually shared with you my new favourite highlight so here it is!



'Light Up Your Face' Luminizer Palette from Essence offers 3 different highlighter shades. Admittedly, I've only actually used the one on the far right but I absolutely love it and think it's worth getting the whole palette just for this one shade. It gives the perfect balance of beautiful glow which isn't too dazzling and in your face. This also sits so naturally on top of make-up and last throughout the whole day without topping up at all. 



On the top is Essence and on the bottom is Mary-Lou Manizer

The whole palette is just £3 which just seems ridiculous! I'm yet to actually see Essence on the shelves anywhere but if you do then I would definitely recommend picking this one up. I've ever been using it more than my £17 Mary-Lou Manizer which just shows how great it is!

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Sunday, 28 May 2017

Empties #19

Once again my empty supplies has built up so I thought I'd share how I got on with some products which I haven't included in an empties post before.



Olay Beauty Fluid - Day
Olay is a brand which has been around since forever so you know you're in safe hands with them. This moisturiser is beautifully light, sinks into skin leaving it baby soft and smells amazing. It isn't the cheapest moisturiser but it certainly is still affordable and worth the extra few pennies in my opinion.

Lucas' Papaw Ointment
Similar to the 8 hour cream by Elizabeth Arden but for a third of the price, my heart broke a little when this tube ran out as I can't find it anywhere to buy in Scotland. VERY luckily, I actually received another one in this months Glossybox! As if they knew! (you can see what else I got in that Glossybox here)

Polaar Ice Pure Gentle Scrub with Artic Cotton
This is another item which I got from a beauty subscription box which I've really enjoyed using. It really was a gentle scrub with tiny balls to help exfoliate your face without being too harsh. I used every 3 days so or but it was definately gentle enough to use every day if desired.

Bourjois Healthy Balance Matte Powder
I cannot remember a time when I didn't use this powder. At the moment my skin is looking alright so on an every day basis I no longer bother with foundation but use this to help reduce my shine and red cheeks. It's got a great amount of coverage without looking really cakey. It is also quite slim compared to other compacts and has a mirror on the inside making it perfect for travel and top-ups during the day.

Ground Chocolate Orange Body Scrub
I think my favourite from all the empties...I can't get enough of this scrub! It smells A-MA-ZING!!!! It also leaves your skin feeling the most soft that it'll have felt since you were literally a baby. Since I started this bag Boots has started selling it so I'll be picking up another on my next visit.

Let me know what empties you've used up recently or if you've tried any of the above.

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Sunday, 21 May 2017

Life Update





So recently I got some very exciting life changing news which has taken up a lot of my time and maybe been the result in the lack of time I've spent on here. Basically, I've been cheating on beauty with homeware becayse...I bought a flat!!!

I have finally bought my own place and I couldn't be more excited! All the years of living with my parents to save money have paid off and I'm officially a home owner. The flat is still being built so I've got until September to prepare myself and get everything I need. This means that there'll probably be a few homeware hauls coming on here soon which I'm really looking forward too...and hopefully you are too?! 

If you have any homeware posts/recommendations then please leave them below. As I go through the process of buying a place I realise I don't have a clue what I'm doing which can make it very daunting so any advice would be very appreciated. 


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Sunday, 14 May 2017

May's Glossybox & Birchbox



For this month's Glossybox and Birchbox reviews I thought I would combine them into the same post to make it easier to compare the two. 

First up, Birchbox;



Marsk Mineral Eyeshadow - Vanilla Frosting - RRP £14.49
Luckily we got to choose between two shades and I went for Vanilla Frosting as I already had the other one. I've not opened this one yet as they can often be quite messy but this looks like it'll be a great shadow to highlight the brow bone and inner corner of the eye

Doucce Punk Volumizer Mascara - RRP £18 (for the full size)
This is a Birchbox exclusive and I'm always excited to try a new mascara. The brush is massive so I'm not sure how I'll get on but I'll give it a go and let you know

Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant - RRP £8 (for the full size)
What a mouthful that name is and quite frankly I don't understand it. However, I like any product which I can apply with a cotton pad and not have to wash off so I think it'll be easy to incorporate this into my skincare routine. It claims to clear and calm skin so I may wait until I'm having a break out before trying this one out

Beauty Protector Protect & Volume - RRP £18.50 (for the full size)
I have another product by this brand which I'm yet to get round to trying so I still have no expectations of the brand. Having said that, anything that claims to give volume is alright by me!

Whish Firming Body Cream - RRP £27 (for the full size)
Again this is a brand which I've received in previous beauty boxes and I enjoyed it previously. The packaging doesn't blow me away and make me think it's worth £27 but that doesn't change what's on the inside so I'm still looking forward to trying this

And now, Glossybox;




Scrub Love Active Charcoal Body Scrub - RRP £13.95 (for the full size)
I absolutely LOVE body scrubs like this as they really do leave your skin feeling silky soft. I've not tried this brand before but I've just run out of my current body scrub so will crack this open soon. I also love using charcoal products on the skin as I think they're great at clearing the skin from toxins and giving it a really good, deep clean

Dr PawPaw Original Balm - RRP £6.95
This is the product which I'm most happy about from both boxes as my current tube of this, which I got in Australia, is about to run out and I can't find it anywhere in Edinburgh! So, as I was about to give up hope I received it in this months box. So happy!

Ruby Powder Blush in Coral - RRP €14.99
It's been a while since I used a powder blush as I'm having a love affair with a cream blush I got in a Glossybox months ago but this one may change that for me. The shade of this is just beautiful and seems perfect for Summer

Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet - RRP £23 (for the full size)
Everyone know that Caudalie is a great skincare brand so I'm very excited to try this out. The fact this is called a sorbet makes me love it even more so I can't wait to try this out. My only fear is I'll love it too much and have to buy a full size, which is much more expensive than my usual moisturiser!

Daily Concepts - RRP £4
I love that this has two sides to it, a softer and rougher side, which means you can alter it for different parts of your body making this even more versatile than an ordinary exfoliator. Using this along with the scrub will definitely mean my skin will be Summer ready!

So, between the two boxes my favourite would be Glossybox this month as it has three full size items and I'm genuinely excited about all the products. Birchbox has my favourite designed box that I've received yet and think it just looks beautiful.

If you received any beauty boxes then leave a comment letting me know what you thought of them and if you have any recommendations!

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Sunday, 7 May 2017

Empties #18


Recently I've been making an effort to use up products which I've already got or items which I've received in my beauty subscription boxes. It was just too tempting to constantly be picking up new products almost every time I was in Boots just because I wanted to try it out or really liked the packaging (I'm every marketers dream!) so I really focused on using things up which I have and haven't only saved a good few pounds but also discovered a few new favourites.

MAC Prep + Prime Skin Base Visage
This was a mini which I got with a MAC order and by the end of the small tube I loved it. It felt really smooth going on to the skin and make-up sat on top beautifully. It didn't dry out my skin or increase the oiliness either so a very good all-rounder for all skin types I think.

Jane Iredale Smooth Affair
Another primer which I've used up. This one was from September's Birchbox and was incredible. This really did brighten my skin up and get incredible on the skin. It's a fairly expensive products so I won't be repurchasing anytime soon purely down to a tightened budget but if money wasn't an issue this would be top of my list.

Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy Diamond Top Coat
This was from September's Glossybox and it has been my favourite top coat ever. Its a thick top coat which almost gives your nails a shellac appearance and really helps the varnish last a very long time. It also makes them extremely shiny!

Nuxe Multi-Purpose Dry Oil
I used this on my body only and my goodness what a delight it was. It didn't leave the skin feeling too oily but beautifully soft. It smelt incredible and just felt really luxurious. A little really went a long way so well worth spending a little more for such a beautiful item.

Anatomicals Under Eye Patches
I think I got these off ASOS in the sale. I really like the brand Anatomicals and while I enjoyed using these I'm honestly not sure if they made a great deal of difference. However, they were easy to use and felt very cooling and moisturisng so I would still use them again. 


Let me know what you've used up recently and what you thought!

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Iona x

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Sunday, 23 April 2017

Current Favourites #5


Although this is my fifth current favourites post it's been ages since my last one and naturally there's a few new favourites I wanna give a shout out to.

Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation
This is clearly just a sample which I got from FeelUnique for free, which you can read about doing yourself here, but I have fallen in love with it. This literally does what it says on the label. It is just the right amount of luminous which gives you a healthy glow without looking oily/shiney and does last all day. It is also so weightless that's it's extremely comfortable to wear. 

Bourjois Radiance Reveal Concealer
I love this concealer under my eyes. It brightens so well and instantly makes me look more awake. It's also got such great coverage that it I also use to for a subtle contour/highlight.

ModelCo Contour Stick
I got this in my April Glossybox, which you can watch me unbox here, and I love it. I usually use the Clinique contour stick and love how easy it is. Well this is more affordable and just as easy to blend. It's the perfect shade for a natural contour and helps give warmth to my face. It stays in place all day and I'm so happy I got it this month!

Barry M Coconut Infusion Gel Nail Paint in 'Oyster'
I think this is my all time favourite nail polish shade and I can't get enough. Barry M nail paints in general are one of my favourite ranges as they are so affordable, offer a great range of colours and last well on the nails too.

Simple Kind To Skin Eye Make-Up Remover
Simple is one of my favourite drugstore skincare brands and my go to whenever I need a quick fix. This new product is an oil-based eye make-up remover which you need to shake up before using to mix it up. It removes even the toughest mascara easily and leaves your skin feeling so soft afterwards that makes it feel more like a treatment rather than a chore!

What's been your favourite products recently? If you've done a post then leave a link below as I love reading them!

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Iona x

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Tuesday, 18 April 2017

April's Birchbox and Glossybox


For this months beauty box subscriptions from Glossybox and Birchbox I thought I would do an unboxing video for my Youtube channel. If you want to see what items I got and my first thoughts/initial excitement then click below and make sure to subscribe for all future posts as I do a lot of unboxing!

Or, if you prefer to read then I've done a post on the items that I got in the Birchbox. You can read this post here.




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Sunday, 9 April 2017

April's Birchbox


The other day I received April's Birchbox box and I couldn't wait to share what I received! I have filmed an unboxing of this for my YouTube channel, which I will be uploading later this week, and that will also include an unboxing of this months Glossybox. If you would like to see my initial thoughts on this then click here to subscribe so you don't miss out!

Anyway...onto this month's Birchbox, here's what I got;
  • Manna Kadar Cosmetics High Definition Powder - full size - £27
  • ModelCo Eye Define Crayon Liner - full size - £11.00
  • Polaar IcePure Gentle Scrub with Arctic Cotton - £23.50 (for the full size)
  • Luseta Beauty Keratin Smooth Conditioner - £5.00 (for the full size)
  • Baïja Paris Crème Moana in Fleur de Tiarè - £15.90 (for the full size)


This box really shows how much you get for your money in the fact that the two items which are full sized are worth £38.00 and the box is only £12.95! It's amazing!

I have to say that other than the ModelCo eye liner I haven't heard of any of the brands or products so I'm really excited to try them out and see what I think of them. I think the item which I'm most excited to try is the powder from Manna Kadar as, if it works well, the size is perfect to throw in the handbag/travel with as it's much smaller and simpler packaging than most other setting powders!

If you've received a Birchbox this month let me know what your favourite item is or, if you use any other beauty subscriptions, then leave me links to any reviews you've done below as I'd love to hear about other ones and compare!


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Sunday, 2 April 2017

Empties #17


It feels like it's actually been a wee while since I've done an empties post and I think that's due to my 'No New Make-Up March'. Thanks to this, which you can read about here, I've been using up products which I already have and have been forgotten about thanks to exciting new releases that I can't stop myself from buying. 

However, my skincare routine nor make-up usage hasn't lessened at all so I have managed to use up some products and thought I would share my thoughts on them.

Neals Yard Beauty Sleep Concentrate
The scent of this product takes some getting use to but as soon as I was over it I really enjoyed using this product. It really helped keep my skin moisturised as it just soaked in beautifully without leaving a greasy feeling.

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish
The same classic product with a slightly different scent. This is a rose and lavender scented version which I thought I would try out for a change. However, the scent was a bit overwhelming for me and I think next time I will stick with the original. 


Pixi Glow Tonic 
I love this exfoliating glow tonic. Everything from the beautiful packaging to the gentle exfoliation for your skin, this is an overall winner. I feel you know when a product works for you when you notice a difference when you stop using it and with this, I can really tell the difference!

Doux Me Pure Spring Water Spray
I got this spray in a Glossybox and it's from a brand I've never heard of before but I've completely fallen in love with it. Whenever I cleanse my face to remove make-up I like letting it breath so prefer not to apply any moisturiser straight away so instead I would spray some of this on my face. It is such a fine mist and feels so refreshing. I think it'll be a must have during Summer to help cool down - optimistic to think Scotland will be hot enough to need to do this!

Benefit "That Gal" Face Primer
This brightening primer worked a charm. I recently stopped wearing foundation on a daily basis thanks to my skin really improving due to this product which you can read about here, so I've been using this primer to help brighten my skin on a daily basis instead and give me a 'glow from within' look. 

Lush Snow Fairy Shower Gel
My ULTIMATE favourite scent from Lush and a product which I always stock up on each Winter. This was my last bottle so I've got a loooong wait until I can enjoy it again.


Zoella Shower Glaze
Talking about amazing scents...this was another shower gel which I absolutely LOVED. This gingerbread scent was so nice and thankfully I think is still available throughout the year!

Korres Santorini Shower Gel
How have I managed to use up this many shower gels!? This mini is from a recent Glossybox and also smells incredible. This is less of a sweet scent and does make me think about holidays abroad in the sunshine...one can dream!

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