Birchbox May 2017

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How gorgeous is the packaging for the May Birchbox?! I love this marble and gold effect design, it’s so minimal yet luxurious.

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Unfortunately however, I damaged my box by getting into the external protective packaging! Does anyone else do this often? I slice the packaging open with a sharp knife and manage to cut through to the actual box, right across the Birchbox logo! This is the third time I’ve done this, and must remember next month not to use a knife to get into it!

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My full size product pick this month was the Marsk vanilla frosting mineral eyeshadow. It has a really delicate, subtle silvery sheen, and is great for just brightening up parts of the eye area. I do think it’s a little steep at ¬£14 for the full size product, but I’ll happily use this for now, and I know it’ll last for ages.

birchbox, beauty, bblogger, makeup up, hair care, whish, marsk, kueshi, skin 79, pore cleanser, mascara, eyeshadowThis is a nice sized sample, and as I only need a little at a time, I know it’ll last me a while. It’s a nice treat for those shower days when you have a little more time to indulge in some non-routine products.
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I’m really looking forward to trying this! I haven’t actually ever tried a pore cleansing kit before but I’ve seen and heard the hype! Fingers crossed that this lives up to it!

birchbox, beauty, bblogger, makeup up, hair care, whish, marsk, kueshi, skin 79, pore cleanser, mascara, eyeshadowThis high intensity mascara is fine, and pretty good at not leaving clumps, however I haven’t been swayed enough to leave my trusty Bobbi Brown mascara, or Benefit’s They’re Real mascara for the times that I need a little more oomph!
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This body cream smells nice, and is a good size sample, although I’m not convinced on the firming properties. Again, it’s just not quite good enough to sway me from my current and all time favourite product, Palmer’s Cocoa Butter.

What did you guys think of the May Birchbox?

Xx

5 things that made me happy this week

1 – Walking into work a couple of days this week and winding through a beautiful cemetery with this lovely little church building.Southampton, cemetery, church, nature, beauty2 – Finding Merlin all chilled out under our duvet cover ūüėĽRagdoll cat, cat, cute, ragdoll3 – Finally having a good hair day where my curls actually behaved!Curls, hair, beauty,

4 – Landing in Vancouver, Canada and getting to walk along this beautiful suspension bridge in Lynn Canyon.

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5 – Discovering quiet, peaceful locations like this one below, and being able to while away some time just relaxing and listening to the sound of running water.

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5 things that made me happy this week

Summer is officially here!! It’s been so warm and lovely this week, and I’ve been soaking up all the sunshine I can get!

1 – This week myself and hubby celebrated our 3rd wedding anniversary. I can’t believe 3 years have gone by already, it’s gone so fast! In true ‘us’ style, we stayed in and ate dinner and snuggled up with a movie at home rather than go out to a posh restaurant. We did posh it up a little though by having duck a l’orange for dinner, which was delicious!

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2 – We did a whole lot of exploring on Monday around the beautiful buildings and colleges of Oxford. I love this city and don’t know why I don’t spend more time there.

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3 – I discovered ‘me in a shop’, in the form of a fine stationery store called ‘Scriptum’. Honestly, I could have lived in that shop. It is filled with all sorts of goodies, including quills, inkwells, globes, books, magnifying glasses, compasses, venetian masks, and loads more! I will definitely add a full post on this place later, as I’m just so excited to have discovered it!

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4 РExploring Christ Church College, including the great hall which was inspiration for the hall at Hogwarts in the Harry Potter movies! It is quite pricey to get in (£8 each), and I do feel that this is playing upon the media ties, but it was still pretty cool!

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5 – Trying a large mochi ball at Wasabi. We have had little ones before at Yo Sushi, and were really surprised by the texture and the taste. They are basically rice balls with sweet flavouring, and are a Japanese dish. The texture reminds me a little of pizza dough before it’s cooked – it’s really soft and smooth. The flavours though are really delicate, so it’s not too heavy on your stomach.

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Word of the Week РHypostatise 

Word, words, language, learning, vocabulary, hypostasise Hypostatise verb. To treat or regard a concept/idea as a distinct substance or reality.

My Everyday Makeup Staples

Apologies in advance that not all of the products in this post are brand new and pristine – as the title suggests, these are my current go to, everyday, beauty essentials. That means that they’ve been used a lot, and live in my handbag, constantly bashing around and being used throughout the day!

I can be quite fickle when it comes to makeup staples – I like trying out new things, and have to limit myself to not spending all of my monthly earnings on beauty products. There are some products however, that I know will stick around for a long time to come. These are the products that I’m currently loving.

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Yep, I jumped onto the ‘Pillow Talk’ bandwagon and got the Lip Cheat liner from Charlotte Tilbury. I have to admit though, it is the perfect ‘my lips only better’ shade. I hate the look of harsh or obvious lip liner, and it is almost impossible to achieve¬†that with this. Some days I don’t even bother with lipstick, just a slightly more intense application of this!

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I was introduced to Bobbi Brown products when buying some luxury items for our wedding day. I decided to do my own makeup as I’m very fussy about my makeup style, and I knew I’d struggle with having someone else do it and potentially make me look not ‘like me’. I had a makeup trial in John Lewis at the Bobbi Brown counter, and they suggested that my skin was a little dehydrated. They suggested trying this eye cream. To be honest, I was sold on the packaging alone – isn’t it gorgeous?

This has however become one of my daily staples which I always apply after my ‘Simple’ light moisturiser and before my makeup.

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Mac Pro Longwear Concealer

I find that a little of this really goes a long way as it is very thick, but I tend to use it instead of foundation now. I just dot a little bit around my eyes, nose and mouth to brighten the areas.

Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream

Rimmel Soft Kohl Eyeliner

This has been one of my ultimate makeup staples throughout my whole life. I discovered eyeliner aged 11, and have sworn by it ever since! I find that Rimmel’s liquid liner and the soft kohl are both brilliant value for money, as they are less than ¬£10, and last for the whole day. I love how the soft kohl liner can be used for precise, bold lining, or for soft, smokey effects too.

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Nivea Essential Care Lip Balm

I am a lip balm junkie – I admit. I have far too many lip balms, in all sorts of flavours and forms. However sometimes, the simplest products are just impossible to beat. This lip balm is super cheap, but so moisturising. I tend to use it in the evenings after I’ve taken my makeup off and want to soften my lips overnight.

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Benefit’s Erase Paste

I suffer with serious under eye circles, and have done for many years. I have tried so many different options to conceal them, but it’s so hard to find something that isn’t drying on delicate under eye skin! This concealer is really soft and non-drying, and I find it’s perfect for brightening up the under eye area.

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Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara

I received this sample in the December Birchbox¬†and I was so excited as I really like Bobbi Brown makeup, but it’s just such a splurge that I often can’t justify it. I find that this mascara gives just the right amount of coating, without leaving lashes cakey or crumbly.

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Benefit’s Watt’s Up

I have quite dull skin, so highlighters are a lifesaver for me. I do find it hard though to find one that’s not too obvious or overbearing. That’s where Watt’s Up comes in. It’s really subtle, but gives just enough highlighting power to make me look relatively awake. I use it along my cheekbones, above my eyebrows, the edges of my forehead, and on my cupid’s bow – and it’s subtle enough to not make me look like a glow stick, even when I wear it across half of my face!

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So there you go, those are my top, go-to make up brands right now.

What are your current make up faves?