May Favourites

May is over.. Summer is near and this will be my final monthly favourites until my return this September and I’ll upload a September favourites in October. I’ve had a really chill month, I finished my degree and I went home for a few days and I’ve really just enjoyed relaxing. I think that’s what I’ve loved most about May, the time I’ve had to just enjoy my achievements. 

Throughout the month I’ve had some pretty exciting things happen. The biggest being, I submitted my dissertation and I’ve finally finished my degree! It’s been an eventful 3 years but I’ve loved my time in Aberystwyth and I’m sure I’ll continue to love it when I return in a  few months time. I also went to an awards ceremony for the societies in Aberystwyth University and I received 3rd place for Societies Personality of the Year as well as receiving my Full Colours which are both wonderful and incredible achievements. 

However, the things I’ve mostly loved this month are actually a few beauty/makeup related things. Firstly, DEWY SKIN! I’ve brought it back and I love it. I’ve been using less power and embracing a bit of a more dewy and fresh look instead of matte and I’ve loved it. I feel so summery and just a bit more glowing. It’s really pretty and flatters my skin a lot. I’ll probably be doing this for the rest of the summer. 

The Too Faced Sweet Peach palette has been my go-to palette since I received it on my birthday last month. Matts parents bought me it and I love it. It’s the ideal palette for summer/spring and has the most gorgeous pink tones which I love. I use this non-stop and I’m very happy with it. 

I’ve been using the L’Oreal True Match foundation and I forgot how good it really is. It’s beautiful on the skin and I use this product to create my dewy looks and I cant fault it. The formula is outstanding and it doesn’t even look drugstore at all. Totally recommend! 

I also purchased a liquid highlight and I’m still testing it out, it’s the Maybelline Master Strobing liquid in light. I use it on the high points of my face and the pink tones just make my skin look beautiful. I like that it’s not sticky too! 

I’ve been testing out cream contour and although I can’t say I’ve mastered it I do like the look it gives. My makeup looks totally natural when I cream contour but the best bit is that it doesn’t feel heavy on the skin. 

Also on this list, the Freedom Brow Pomade. THIS STUFF. For only £5 it’s an absolute bargain, I wouldn’t know as I’ve never tried to ABH brow pomade but apparently it’s a dupe but for the fraction of the price.  

I’ve also been loving my minimal/no makeup days. Since I haven’t been going many places I haven’t seen the need to put a full face of makeup on. So if I’m just popping to the supermarket or to sit on the beach, I’ll basically just use skincare and the L’Oreal Lumi Maqiue primer and my skin just tools really fresh and glowy. 

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BirchBox Unboxing // May 2017

In my April 2017 BirchBox I said that it would be my last until October. Little did I know, my payment went out and the May 2017 box arrived. I’m not complaining as it’s a nice little treat but I did unsubscribe from BirchBox and it sort of irritated me that they didn’t follow through. So, now I have cancelled the direct debit, this is my final BirchBox unboxing until I return in October.  

I will admit, this months box really isn’t my favourite ever and I’m probably least interested in these products more than any. Hopefully they will surprise me. However, I love the packaging of this months box. It’s a marble looking box and it’s just gorgeous, in fact I think I’m going to keep this to store things in. 

This months box gives us two full sized products which is lovely. The first is the Marsk Mineral Eyeshadow in Vanilla Frosting. This product retails at £14.49 full sized. I like this product 1. because you get your moneys worth for the box from this product alone and 2. because it actually looks like it would be a lovely highlight as well as eyeshadow. I actually don’t own anything like this so I’m probably most excited about this product than any other in the box. 

I also got the SKIN79 Clean-on 2 Step Nose Pack (full sized) which retails at £2.90 which iS crazy affordable. This product is supposed to de-clog your pores and just refresh your skin. 

Another makeup item that I received is the Doucce Punk Volumizer Mascara which retails at £18 full sized. I’m always keen to try new mascaras and this is suppose to add volume and thickness which is good since I do have quite thin eyelashes. 

I received the Whish Firming Body Cream. This product is £27 full sized and is super good as the brand doesn’t test on animals. It’s supposed to protect and soften skin which is good but it’s essentially a moisturiser. 

Finally, the product that I’m least enthusiastic about is the Kueshi Hair Mask Shine and Volume which is £10.50 for a full product. It’s a basic, simple hair mask but because my hair is so thick I find that these types of products just cling to every strand of hair and does take ages to remove. 

There we finally have the last unboxing. Enjoy! 

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BirchBox Unboxing // March 2017

My March BirchBox arrived rather late this month, therefore my review on it had to be late, super sorry! However, it’s arrived and I’m really looking forward to digging into these wonderful products.

This month (and some other months) we’ve been able to choose one of the items that goes into the box. This month it happened to be one of the new Benefit They’re Real lipsticks and lipliners. I chose mine in the shade Lusty Rose as it seemed like the shade I would wear more often. It’s a very pretty, mauve shade and it looks beautiful with so many looks. Since the box arrived I have not stopped wearing it but I’m still unsure whether I love it. I definitely enjoy the colour and creamy formula but it just feels so heavy on my lips and if I’m paying attention to it and sometimes I can’t help but pay attention to it, I find that it really irritates me. These lipsticks retail at £16.50 full sized.

Next is the Batiste Dry Shampoo and Conditioner. I’ve been having a love affair with the Batiste Dry Shampoo for so many years now and I will always go back to it for a dry shampoo. I find that it works brilliantly, it isn’t bad for the price and the scents are gorgeous and really help the texture of my hair when I don’t feel like washing it. I’ve used this a few times and I do see a difference with this product in comparison to the original dry shampoo, I just find that my hair different with it rather than the original. Don’t get me wrong, I still love my dry shampoo from Batiste but I think this may be a new love of mine. This is a newly released product from Batiste (I could be wrong but I don’t think I am) and retails at £4.49 full sized which is around the same price some of the other dry shampoo’s from the brand.

I’ve never tried anything from the brand BalanceMe so when I received the Instant Lift Primer I was immediately excited. I love trying new primer’s and seeing what works for me and what doesn’t. This primer is supposed to help pores disappear and by using ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and acacia gum, it tightens and smooths the skin to create the ideal complexion. I have tried this already but I don’t feel like I’ve tried it enough to give a proper review. I also think the sample size is far too small and has very little product in it that I may only have 2 or possibly 3 portions left. This then means that I have to head out and buy the full sized product, which is £22 to see whether I really do like it.

I also received the Marcelle Gentle Makeup Remover for Sensitive Eyes, this retails at £14.50 and is a BirchBox exclusive. This is probably the product that I am least excited about, I often just use my normal skincare routine to remove my eye makeup and that works absolutely fine. I never go out of my way to purchase an eye makeup remover simply because I don’t think it’s worth the money and I don’t find any micellar water’s irritate my eyes at all. However, it’s a nice treat to have and I’ll take full advantage since I have it and hope that I don’t enjoy it too much because £14.50 for a eye makeup remover is a little pricey.

Lastly, I received the Rituals Sensational Foaming Shower Gel. I received the Rituals Magic Touch Body Cream in my October BichBox and loved it, it was incredible on my skin and made my skin feel really hydrated and refreshed. Since I’ve already tried something from this brand it has definitely made me look more forward to trying this shower gel.and it’s a foam which I find so much to play with!

Let me know what you had in your box this month.

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February 2017 BirchBox UnBoxing

BirchBox’s are my favourite thing. Some months they’re brilliant and other months they aren’t as good, but February 2017 has smashed it. I’m so excited to share with you guys what fun and exciting products I got this month. Let’s jump straight into it! 

For those who don’t know what BirchBox is, well it’s a monthly beauty subscription that deliver your box to you. It has 5 products each month whether it’s makeup, hair or skincare. Normally you receive 1 full sized products and then 4 small samples or depending on the occasion you may find more than 1 full sized product which is fortunate! 

This months is a good one and I’ve been so excited to share with you guys what I got. Firstly, the most exciting part of this box is the Sprectrum Collections Marbeleoud C06 Tulip Eye Contour Brush which retails for £5.99 and obviously this is a full sized products. I’ve been wanting to try some of the Spectrum brushes but I’ve always been nervous as some of them are really expensive. However, after having this brush I can definitely say I’ll be purchasing more. It’s so soft it’s unbelievable and the fluffy brush will be perfect for blending eyeshadow. 

Next fits perfectly with the brush, it’s the Pop Bright Up Your Life Eyeshadow Trio in Champagne Mocha. The three colours are gorgeous and this is probably going to be ideal for those who are starting fresh with makeup. So very excited to try this product. The full size of these shadows retails at £15.50. 


For hair care I was given the Beaver Professional Daily Moisture Conditioning Spray which retails at £21 for a full sized bottle. If I’m honest, generally I like to use minimal products on my hair as I find that it becomes greasy if I use too many. However, I do have quite frazzled tips so I’m exicted to try this product out and see if it makes any difference the condition of my tips. It does say to use this on damp hair and as I only was my hair a few times a week I’m assuming it won’t make my hair greasy. So we’ll just see! 


Next I got the Sebamed Clear Face Care Gel which retails at £5.69 full size. This is specially designed to target acne to heal without drying out the skin. I do have acne prone skin so I was extremely happy about receiving this! It’s always nice to try new products which may help my troubled skin. This is also full of hydulronic acid which is great to moisturise dehydrated skin. 

Finally, the last and full size product is the keeome Hydration Mask Therapy which retails at £29 for 6 masks, usually they’re £66 which is so expensive. I’m really hoping i dislike this mask simply because I’ll probably have to sell a limb just to afford them! However, it says that this helps to revitalise the skin in 25 minutes. At the moment my skin is so dry and I’m hoping this will help just to make it feel more alive again. 

I’m so pleased with this months box! I love receiving these every month. Let me know what you got. 

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Birchbox Unboxing // November 2016

My November  arrived! Yippee. The theme of this months box is peacock and it’s bloody beautiful. Birchbox teamed up with Tatlet magazine to design a party season box. It’s fantastic! 
This months Box had 2 make up products, so exciting. The first is the Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar Primer. This retails for £15 for a full product. This essentially primes and prepares lips for lip products. It helps the lips to stay moisturiser and helps lip products last longer and look fabulous. Definitely looking forward to trying it out.

Next is the Midi Wet Brush by Wet Brush. This is pretty much a hair brush, retailing at £11.99 it combs out any knots and tangles whilst being gentle on the scalp. Really appreciate this as I hate buying hairbrushes! 

My collection of NUXE products are growing each month! I also got the NUXE Crème Prodigieuse. Retailing at £21 for a full size bottle. It’s a moisturiser that is full of blue everlasting flowers and helps to boost the skins antioxidant levels. Lovely! 

A Birchbox exclusive was also included, this is the Beauty Protector Protect and Detangle Spray. This product is an all in one spray that conditions, smoothed, adds shine, set angles and protects hair. Retailing at £18.50 a bottle I have high hopes!

The final item I got is the Bbrowbar Brow Pencil in Indian Chocolate. This retails at £13 a full sized product and the colour is a medium brown shade. I never really focus on my eyebrows so much, can’t wait to see if this product changes me! 


Well there you have it. My November Birchbox! What did you guys have in yours? 

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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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August Favourites

Over my many years of being on the internet I have come across so many people discussing their monthly favourites and I find them so informative and they help me when choosing new products, books, films etc. While i discuss my monthly favourites you’ll get to know me just that little bit more and you’ll understand why the small things in my life make me who I am. So, lets get straight into it!

Face Masks have been non-existent throughout my life up until recently. In my recent post I reviewed two of the Avon deep treatment masks and discussed how much I enjoyed them. So i’ve obviously bought more… oops. They make my face feel so clean and soft, they’re so gentle on my skin and they definitely help my make up to sit better on my face. I have struggles with blackheads and pores around my nose and for so long i’ve been so bothered by them, these face masks improve the condition of my skin and have minimised the pores and blackheads surrounding my nose. They’re a definite must throughout my skin care routine now.

During the month of August my old Nokia was due an upgrade so i switched to an iPhone SE and i’m so thankful that I did. I’ve always been a fan of apple products and I swear by my iPad making my life a whole lot easier. I loved my Nokia because i never really needed it for anything other than texting and calling. I had used iPhone’s before and I never thought I would miss having it but I did. It’s totally convenient  to everything I use it for, I’m able to do uni work on it and I love to Facetime my family when i’m away. It’s made being away from home a lot easier.

I discussed the NYX HD Powder over on my previous post so I wont go into it to much. However, it’s a fantastic product. It helps my make up sit wonderfully and last all day long, it looks flawless. It’s a great product to use to bake under the eyes and for the price of it you cant go wrong. It’ll be in my make up bag for a long time.

My final favourite is my home with my family, for so long I waited to be able to move out and go to university away from home so I would be able to look at the world from a different perspective and see who I am without having my family determined it for me. I’m now going into my third year at Aberystwyth University and i’ve spent the summer at home in the house I grew up in with the people who motive me and shape me into the individual that I am today. I may bicker with my family and they may annoy me but at the end of the day, they’re the only family I’m ever going to have and im so grateful for the all things they do and I love each of them so much. Going back to university in 2 weeks will be hard but i’m looking forward to having my own space again but I don’t think i’ll ever take for granted having family around again.

So there you have it, my 4 favourites of August and I still cannot believe it’s September already. Time really does fly. I hope you’ve enjoyed my monthly favourites, look back at the end of September for my new favourites!

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