So you may remember that last week I posted my very first video when I showed my reaction to the February Birchbox. If you missed it you can check it out here!
Today I am going to share my thoughts on the products that I received in the box and have been trying out over the past week.
SHINE BRIGHT LIKE A DIAMOND….
Birchbox says: Fragrance meets body care with this decadent hand and body lotion from masters of scent, Cochine. For the lotion itself, natural extracts of sweet almond oil and orange oil combine to nourish your skin while shea butter and aloe vera work to soothe and hydrate. Now, let’s talk about the scent! Zesty lime blossom and woodsy notes of water hyacinth leave an energising yet serene trace of fragrance on your skin, long after the lotion has absorbed.
How: Leave the bottle by your bathroom skin and massage in a pump after washing your hands, or apply it all over your body after showering.
The Girl says: The smell of this is truly intoxicating, it smells so nice like a English garden! The lotion goes on to the skin smooth and light which is really nice as some lotions feel too heavy on the skin. It also absorbs into the skin really quickly, leaving soft silky skin.
Birchbox says: Before we even get started on what beauty miracles this brush can work, let’s just take a moment to appreciate how b-e-a-utiful this tool is. If your make-up bag needs a shake up then you can’t go wrong with a Spectrum Collections brush! Even better? This brush makes light work of our ambition to perfect a sculpted complexion – we’re talking highlighting and contouring, of course! Shaped for a precision finish, the synthetic bristles pick up just the right amount of product so you can build up coverage with ease. We’re obsessed – and you will be, too!
How: Dip the brush into powder, tap off excess product, and dust onto skin in small circles. Apply a second layer if you want extra coverage.
The Girl says: I used this with my bronzer and it works so well on the skin. It was so soft and it held the colour but then when applied to my checks it blended well to leave me with a glow. I think that this is a great product for the money.
Birchbox says: Number 4’s Lumiere d’Hiver Super Comb Prep & Protect. Strengthening, repairing, de tangling, great at taming flyway ends as well as nourishing and protecting, it’s a brilliant all-rounder. It’s also 100% Vegan, gluten-free, sulphate-free and paraben-free.
How: After using shampoo and conditioner, tower dry hair. Spray evenly and comb through, if desired. Style as normal.
The Girl says: Now if you didn’t watch the video, I shared with you that my hair gets tangled up really quickly, so I was hoping that this was going to make a difference. When spraying this the smell is really like and I have to be really honest with you all as I have totally fallen in love with this product. Normally after washing my hair it takes me a good 10 mins to comb out as like I said it gets tangled at lot but after spraying this on to my hair my comb just when through it, yes there were a few tangles but compared to what it is normally like it was nothing really. I am totally in love with this product and I think that is well worth the money as it would make my mornings so much easier. Big thumbs up from me.
Birchbox says: We love a product that works hard for as, and one that works TWICE as hard is even better! This skincare must-have from Doux Me not only sloughs away dead skin cells as a gentle exfoliator but it brings comfort to even the most sensitive skin types as a nourishing mask. So, how does it work? Apricot oil, Roman chamomile and marshmallow extracts all work to nourish and care for the skin deep down while boosting antioxidant levels so your skin looks and feels its best.
How: Once or twice a week, apply a fine layer to your face and neck then leave for 10 minutes and wipe away with damp cotton pads. To exfoliate, massage into damp skin using circular motions then rinse away with cold water.
The Girl says: This smelt of marshmallow, but I think that I got a little confused as I started to use this as a mask and after 10 mins, I started to massage into my skin to exfoliate my skin and rinsed away while the instructions says to use one way or the other, although I am not sure if it matters. This product left my skin soft, smooth, I think with this crazy weather my skin was tired and need a boost and my face now looks amazing.
Birchbox says: We’ve spent light-years searching for a full, long-lasting eye shadow look that we can fit in the palm of our hand. Breaking news: we’ve accomplished our mission. This easy-as-could-be, paraben-free shadow stick from Birchbox brand LOC removes the need for multiple brushes, blenders, and primers to deliver up to 11 hours of creaseless, waterproof colour in just one swipe. Another bonus? Everything in the LOC line is super affordable, cruelty-free, and the perfect compact size – ideal for keeping you stylish through the season!
How: Apply to lids and blend within 30 seconds for a soft, smokey look, or leave as is to create a precise, striking line.
The Girl says: Wow, I am so impressed with this shadow, it glides on the skin and even though it is a soft colour, the intensity is strong as it gives a nice glow to the eyelid. I am really going to look up this brand and see other colours they do as it is such a beautiful product.
Birchbox says: Stash this handy set in your tote (or desk or gym bag or glove compartment) and never be caught without a hair tie again. These elastic bands come in a range of chic colours, and it’s easy to store them on this convenient tube. What’s more, the sturdy bands are metal-free, so they won’t damage your hair or get snagged in your style.
How: Use these handy elastics to add a little polish to your ponytail or to secure the end of boho braids.
The Girl says: Love this as it holds my pony in place yet it is so kind to my hair. You really can’t go wrong with this product.
Have you tried any of these products? What did you think?
N.B. This is not a sponsored video/post, all opinions are my own. Birchbox says and how info is taken from Birchbox website.
Today is a day of firsts… I have created my very first YouTube video, it’s a strange feeling as I am so excited to be sharing it with you but I am also a little nervous as I have never filmed anything before, so really hoping that it is ok!
My second first is my very first Birchbox arrived through my post box this week so I thought I would share with you my reaction to unboxing it and see what amazing goodies were inside… so here we go…
SHINE BRIGHT LIKE A DIAMOND….
So what do you think of my first YouTube video? Did I do OK?
Over the next few weeks I will be sharing my thoughts on these products so make sure you come back next week for my review on Cochine Water Hyacinth & Lime Blossom Hand & Body Lotion.
What do you think of the goodies that I received in my Birchbox? Did you receive the same?
N.B. This is not a sponsored video/post, all opinions are my own.
Halloween is one of my favourite times of the year! It’s a time for me to get my creative juices flowing by coming up the perfect Halloween outfit. For the last 3 years I have always hosted a themed house party and when I say themed, I mean in the sense that it is something that is taken very seriously.
Year two the theme of the party was a tiki Halloween theme and the voodoo and punch was in full flow while I dressed up as a dead Carmen Miranda.
Photo taken by Emily from howlermagazine.co.uk
Photo taken by Emily from howlermagazine.co.uk
Photo taken by Emily Arabadjian for Idol Magazine
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