Sunday, 25 January 2015

And the winner is...

It's time to announce the winner of my BeautyBlender giveaway! I can't quite fathom that there was over 950 entries, so a huge thankyou to everyone that entered! So, the randomly selected winner is Chloe B!
Congratulations to Chloe, I have emailed you and your prize will be on its way to you this week! Again, thankyou so much to everyone who entered and make sure you keep checking back for more giveaways in the near future!



Saturday, 24 January 2015

January Birchbox

Birchbox is a monthly subscription box delivered straight to your door packed full of a variety of beauty and lifestyle samples. I've ordered a few Birchboxes in the past and knowing my love for them my mum decided to gift me a 6-month subscription for Christmas. This months box was a partnership with Women's Health - a health, fitness and wellbeing magazine and so the box was packed full of revitalising and anti-oxidant products.
 

I always love the packaging of the Birchbox, the aptly designed, adorable boxes have recently become my lifesaver as they are perfect for organising my makeup draws (I will put a post up about this soon!). The samples are then neatly packaged in a cute drawstring bag which doubles up as a great makeup bag, and there is a card that details the theme of the months box as well as all the samples included.

 

The first product in the box was Shaveworks The Cool Fix (60ml - £11.99), this is a cooling gel lotion which is applied to dry skin after shaving to reduce red bumps and ingrown hairs. The cooling formula soothes any irritations whilst the natural exfoliators remove dead cells. I really like this product and the gel is the perfect consistency making it easy to apply. I would definitely co sider buying this one again,

Next up is the activbod Feel Great Shower Concentrate (100ml - £5). This is a shower gel created with a blend of sea minerals, green tea extract and almond oil. I haven't tried this one out yet but it smells so fresh, I am looking forward to giving it a try.

 
The hot pink packaging of this Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle (236ml - £14.00) definitely caught my eye and I was super excited to give it a try. This leave in conditioner Is a multi-functional life saver, as it not only de-tangles hair but also reduces frizz, adds shine, protects against heat and UV and smells amazing! I have been using this spray after every shower and I have recieved so many compliments about how soft my hair has been, I will definit be repurchasing this one!
 

I have heard great things about this Ren Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask (50ml - £30.00) and so I was definitely excited to see it in my box. You simply apply a generous amount of this bio active peel mask to clean skin, leave for 10 minutes and wipe away to reveal soft, radiant skin. This mask improves the appearance of fine lines, reduces blackheads and redness and exfoliates away dead skin cells. It really is a miracle mask!

 

When I found out that a Stila product would be in the January box I was so excited. Stila is one brand I have always been dying to try and so I had high hopes, but this Stila Lip Glaze (2.4ml - £15.00) did not disappoint. This gloss is packed full of vitamins A, C and E moisturising the lips whilst the shimmery pink colour is incredibly flattering and I found it actually makes my lips look much fuller and healthier. Additionally, the twist brush applicator makes this product really easy to apply. I don't know how I've survived without this beautiful product!

 

One of my favourite things about Birchbox is that they also chuck a lifestyle sample into the box, this time it was the Embrace Matcha Green Tea (30 servings - £24.99). As a huge green tea drinker I was a bit skeptical about this one as I had never come across a product like it before. The matcha green tea comes in powder form and is then mixed into either boiling water, ice water or hot milk for a versatile drink. The superfood nature of this product means it's packed with nutrients and anti-oxidants (10x more than regular green tea) and the smooth texture and clean, fresh finish makes this tea something completely new, I would recommend everybody to try it.

I am really happy with this box and I actually like all of the products, however my favourite is definitely the Stila Lip Glaze. I am looking forward to recieving my next box and will have another post up about that one too. What do you think about Birchbox? Have you ever tried one?

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, 1 January 2015

Happy New Year!

It's officially 2015, the start of a new year, a year full of new opportunities, new adventures and new experiences. I've always loved New Year because it signifies a chance for a new beginning, a chance to start fresh, but I believe it also provides a sense of closure for the year we left behind, no matter whether it was a good year or a bad year we come into this new one with the memories and the lessons we learned. One of the most common sayings this time of year is 'New Year, New You', I could not disagree more with this and believe we should instead be saying 'New Year, Better You', use this year to improve on yourself with the lessons you learned in 2014, whether you want to be more confident, more organised or more adventurous, this year is a chance to become the best version of yourself.

I usually set myself specific resolutions around this time of year, but this time I just want to remember to make the most of any opportunities that come my way, to appreciate the friends and family I am surrounded with, do whatever makes me happy, don't care about what other people think and to just make this year amazing and memorable. 2015 is going to be a year full of success and achievements.

Happy New Year to all of my readers, let's make 2015 a good one!