Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Style Collage #4

Friday, 12 December 2014

BIRCHBOX UK December 2014

I can't believe it's December already! Which means it's time for an extra special and sparkly BirchBox......
What's in my box this month:

I only just received my box yesterday and couldn't control my excitement to try everything out. I applied this Model's Own nail polish which is from the Velvet Goth line (love the name) in the colour 'Sardonyx'. This is a peculiar product, the polish itself had a matte finish which combined with glitter is supposed to create a velvet effect and I think I like it! I picked this shade out myself though it was hard to choose as all the colours were so pretty and festive, each with very cool names like absinthe, obsidian, amethyst etc.

The second product I was really excited about was the Eyeko fat eye stick. I have wanted to try something out by Eyeko for a while now, they just seem like such a Rock 'n' Roll brand and who doesn't want to achieve Alexa Chung's signature eyes? I will be smudging this gorgeous smokey shadow stick all over my eyes later. I also purchased an Eyeko mascara yesterday in the BirchBox shop with my points and I can't wait to test it out.

Also in my box this month was the cutest Benefit mini cracker with a Highbeam sample inside. I can't wait to test this out as I've never owned a liquid highlighter before and I have heard a lot of good things about this product.

I was pleasantly surprised by the size of this Eslor firming collagen day cream which is a product exclusive to BirchBox. I have tried it out and the smell is very nostalgic to me. It reminds me of putting on my Grandma's face powder when I was much younger. The product left my face feeling silky smooth and so far I really like it.

I washed my hair last night using some of the Electric Hair Hydrating Shampoo. I have been struggling lately to find a shampoo that doesn't flare up my eczema but still does a good job to wash my hair properly without leaving it looking lifeless. This shampoo seemed to work well and making my hair shiny and thick. I have never heard of this brand before but I love the name 'Electric Hair' and I really love the final result.

In the last week or so the temperature in the UK seems to have dropped dramatically and the skin on my face is really suffering especially two patches below my eyes. I have been applying the Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil to these areas and so far it seems to be helping. The sample is very small but a tiny drop goes a long way. Since I have very dry skin I don't mind putting oil on my face but this product can be used anywhere on the body to combat dry patches.

Finally in my box was this cute Sophia Webster purse worth £25. Sophia Webster is a shoe designer and this month's box was a collaboration with her.

It's hard for me to say whether I prefer this month's box to last month's Cozy at Home box. I think it's a tie I love them both and I think they each had a well balanced mix between makeup and beauty items.

BirchBox is a £10 a month subscription (plus postage) Where you get to try out luxurious products and earn points to spend in the BirchBox shop. If you would like to sign up and earn £5 worth of points click here:


Friday, 28 November 2014

Little Perversions.....

I'm sure we are all guilty of shopping online with every intention of finding gifts for others but ending up only with gifts for ourselves, this happened to me yesterday when I spotted this House of Fraser exclusive set by Urban Decay 'Little Perversions'. And of course there was a sale on which didn't help. As soon as I spotted this gift set my heart stopped and I'd added it to my basket before I knew what was happening. I didn't want to spend £3 on postage and have to wait so I opted to pick it up in the Leeds store today which is very convenient for me as I live in the city centre and my boyfriend and I were intending to buy our families gifts today. (I just ended up buying more things for myself as usual) 
I have wanted to try out some of the perversion items from Urban Decay since they were launched not so long ago but I am so glad I waited because I think this gift set is amazing value (£30/£27 in sale) and it even includes 2 full size eyeliners and a very pretty makeup bag which is probably what sold me.

Little Perversions contains: 
Perversion Mascara (blackest black)
Perversion Ink for Eyes (rich, shiny black) 
Perversion All Nighter Eyeliner (shiny black) 
Subversion Lash Primer (white) 
Perversion 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil (blackest black matte).

I am very excited to test these out tomorrow as I have't had chance today. 

Little Perversions is available to purchase here: http://www.houseoffraser.co.uk/

Thursday, 20 November 2014

BIRCHBOX UK November 2014

Cosy At Home

From cosying up in front of a crackling fire, piling on the layers and hibernating at home, to radiating happiness and big smiles, there are plenty of ways to keep warm this winter. This month, we’ll provide you with goodies that will help you to battle the upcoming winter blues and make the most of your time snuggled up in the toasty warm.
What was in my box:
Beauty Protector - Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle
drinkwel - Drinkwel Capsule Bottle
OPI - OPI Coca-Cola Collection Nail Lacquer in 'Turn on the haute light'
English Laundry - English Laundry Signature For Her EDP Spray For Women
Lord & Berry - Lord & Berry Bronzer (Sienna)
Dr. Jart+ - Dr. Jart+ Skincare V7 Turnover Booster.

I am loving everything I received in my box this month and was blown away by two full sized sampled: OPI nail lacquer and Dr.Jart+ V7 Turnover Booster. I've heard many good things about Korean skincare brand Dr.Jart and I really love this serum so far. It works wonders on my dry skin which is essential as we venture further into the winter months. OPI is my favourite nail varnish brand and I already own another colour from the Coca Cola line and I'm very impressed at the opacity of only one coat of this gorgeous silver lacquer.
The English Laundry perfume sample is a very grown-up scent and smells very expensive- I love it!
I am really happy to finally get to try out a product by Lord and Berry and this bronzer sample in the shade 'Sierra' is a really nice contour shade that works quite well as a contour shade but I will probably end up using it as an eyeshadow.
I've also really been loving the Beauty Protector Protect and Detangle spray. It smells so sweet and makes my hair so soft and manageable.

I must say this has been my favourite BirchBox yet. I didn't post about last month's box as I have been so busy with college work and was not blown away by the products but the November box has definitely made up for last month.

BirchBox is a £10 a month subscription (plus postage) You can earn points to spend in the BirchBox store. If you want £5 off your very first BirchBox plist £5 worth of points to spend in the BirchBox store click this link: http://birchbox.co.uk/ and use code NOV5

Sunday, 16 November 2014

TheBalm Cosmetics Mary-Lou Manizer

I have only been subscribed to BirchBox since June but already managed to accumulate £20 worth of BirchBox points. It was a hard decision to make choosing what to spend my points on as there are so many amazing quality brands on the BirchBox store. I have wanted to try out some products by TheBalm Cosmetics for a while now as they are such a cult brand and Mary-Lou Manizer may well be their best known and loved product so I couldn't resist picking it up as it was free after all.

I absolutely adore the kitsch theme TheBalm are famous for and I thought Mary-Lou Manizer would make a handy pocket mirror to cary around if nothing else. I have yet to try out this gorgeous pale gold highlighter on my face but I can tell from the swatch in the photograph above that I am going to love it.

Through November you can get £5 off your very first BirchBox (which I have already received and love it) Using the code NOV5  You can also gain £5 worth of BirchBox points by joining through this link:


Purchase Mary-Lou Manizer on BirchBox HERE.