Birch Box Unboxing // September 2016

Another spontaneous blog post on a Thursday, I don’t think this will be a weekly thing.. I hope! I just had to share with you guys what I’ve begun purchasing. Side note, I still have a fractured wrist so I’m writing this with my left hand, sorry for any errors!

I’ve always loved the idea of beauty subscription boxes and I finally ordered my first, through Birch Boxes. The September edition had a 2 for 1 deal, which meant that I received September 2016 box and July 2016 box and I was also able to choose 1 full sized product. I definitely believe I picked the right month to join! Firstly, lets discuss the packaging as they’re utterly adorable and so beautifully designed. I love how super practical but so fun and creative. Secondly, I paid a total of £12.95 (£10 for the box + £2.95 p+p) and received 5 products per box including a full sized product. I personally think they’re totally worth the money and you’re able to try a new variety of beauty products every month. What more could you want? eh!

In the September 2016 box I received some really exciting products. I probably should mention, your box shouldn’t have a line through the front, mine does because I’m a numpty who wouldn’t ask for help.

My full sized product was the ModelCo Creme Rouge. Septembers edition allowed you to choose either the cream blush or a highlight trio. As I recently purchased some new highlighters I thought I would be best suited to the blush. I’ve been so excited to try this product, it’s price is £14 and I think that’s a brilliant product include and it already makes your money’s worth. It’s a beautiful pink/red shade and can be worn on cheek and lip.

I also received the Amika: Bombshell Blowout Spray. This is designed to help protect the hair, add texture, volume and repair. It’s suitable for all hair types and the reviews are saying that it’s an excellent product. It’s retail price for a full bottle is £14.99. The instructions state to apply In sections to damp hair and spray from roots to ends before blow drying. I have really frizzy hair so I hope this helps to combat my constant humid hair look.

The next item is something I’m super excited excited about, is the Bliss Fabulous Drench ‘n’ Quench Moisturiser. It’s retail price is £29.50. This is the most expensive moisturiser I’ve ever used. My bottle is 15ml but you only need to use a small amount to cover the whole face. It’s a cream to water formula and is so silky to use. It supposed to be super hydrating for the skin and I’ve been using this since it arrived on Monday and I’m so glad. It’s made my skin feel so healthy and nourished.

Nuxe is a popular known brand, it has a range of products that cater for all skin and hair types. I got a sample of the Nuxe Shower Oil.  This is the only product that I’m not so enthusiastic to try, although it does have really good reviews I’m still slightly apprehensive to try it. I have such sensitive skin and I’m always scared to try new products but I’m definitely going to give a go eventually.

The final item in my box is the Puriskin Nurse Nail and Hand Cream. The retail price for this item is £12.99. Its stated to smooth out hands and make them feel fresh. I rarely paint my nails and I’ve got a terrible bad habit of biting my nails through nerves or stress. However this product has definitely enticed me.


July 2016 box was in collaboration with Millie Mackintosh, she is absolutely gorgeous and her make up choices are always excellent. The items come in a small grey bag  that says ‘best day ever’, it’s adorable and I’ll probably find use for this somehow.  I receive this extra box in the 2 for 1 deal to celebrate the 6th year of Birch Boxes, the July 2016 box was the most popular of the year. I received 5 products and 1 full sized included, I was really looking forward to having the extra box with my first purchase.

My first item was the Loc x Millie Ultra Gloss Lip Pencil in Bohemiam Rose. The retail price is £9. It’s a beautiful rose pink colour and has such a buttery formula. It’s instructions state to line the lips and then fill them in however, this seems to be more of a summery colour and I’m unlikely to wear it throughout this time of year.

Nails Inc areknown to be an expensive nail varnish brand and having never owned any I was excited to receive such a beautiful colour. The retail price is £15 for a full sized bottle. It’s called Porchester Square and is a nude with slight tint of purple. It’s such a pretty autumn colour and I can’t wait to try it.

Next Is the Thermaliv Lotion Micellaire, its full price is £12.90. This is pretty much your average micellar water that removes make up and doesn’t require any rinsing. The description says it removes away impurities to leave skin soft, refreshed and soothed. Can’t go wrong with that can you.

In my September edition I received the Amika blowout spray, in The July Box I got the Amika Nourshing Mask. It’s retail price is £19.99 and I’m so excited to try it, it’s supposed to help repair split ends and dryness. I’ll prbsbly try this after I’ve shampooed my hair and leave for 5-10 minutes before rinising.

Finally, the last item is the Indeed Labs Hydraluron Moisture Boosting Mask. These come in a pack of 4 for £19.99. We all know I love a good face mask and I haven’t ever tried a sheet mask so I’m super looking forward to this product. It says to leave for 15 minutes and then message in the serum, not to rinse away. Sounds fantastic and I’m excited!


Here we go, my first Birch Box! I hope you enjoyed and I’ll no doubt be posting October edition. Let me know what you think.
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First Anniversary

A spontaneous post whilst written with my left hand. How exciting for you! Actually, today is exciting for Matt and I. It’s our first anniversary together and I still can’t believe how fast this year has gone. I wasn’t going to put a post up about this for several reasons, 1. Neither of us have ever had a long term relationship that has lasted a year and therefore this anniversary is a little extra special for us. 2. It’s personal and quite cheesy, I wasn’t sure whether I wanted everybody to see that I’m actually quite emotional and cringey when it comes to my relationship. I’m one of those girlfriends who isn’t ashamed to let everybody know that I’m utterly in love with Matthew. 3. With a fractured wrist this is actually quite difficult to write, if it doesn’t sound right or is a little messy then i’m sorry for the errors.

Our relationship isn’t perfect, in fact I think every relationship is hard. Don’t get me wrong, I love Matt but cleaning up after him because he’s so messy and accepting that he’s lazy is difficult and will continue to be hard. I’m sure it’s not been easy for Matt either, having a girlfriend who moans a lot, is needy and has regular panic attacks has no doubt put pressure on him during our time together. We’re a team, we work together even when we annoy each other and stress each other out. I couldn’t ever imagine my life without him by my side. We have shared countless amounts of memories, stories, and arguments that has made me more excited to spend another year with the one person who challenges and loves me more than most. He brings out so much life in me, I’ve never, ever met anybody who is so accepting of me and loves me for every flaw and imperfection. He really is such a huge part of my life and I think he always will be.

Our plans to celebrate aren’t big at all as Matt and I aren’t fussed on receiving big, expensive presents. Because of this we’ve planned to have a quiet meal and a few drinks this evening and to top it off, a walk on the beach. We’ve also not bought anything for each other, so we thought we would celebrate by going into town and picking one item each for the other person. I couldn’t imagine spending this day any other way.

Happy anniversary my love, I’m looking forward to a few more.

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The Birth

Welcome fellow humans! I’m Beth, I’m super happy you’ve made it to my corner. My area of the Internet that I can come to and ignore the real world. I’m a third year student ar Aberstwyth University and I’m not going to lie, I’m terrified of starting a blog. This is the most exciting yet nauseating thing I’ve ever done. I’ve not been feeling myself lately, so what better to get myself out of a funk than to try a new activity! 2016 has been an emotional year (actually 9 months, how is even September already?!) and by gosh am I ready to start something new. So here it is, my corner. Enjoy!

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