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.
Today Blog Behind The Look has a guest post from the lovely Annie Lizstan who contacted me to see if she could share her 5 Tips To Get Fabulous Beauty on a Tight Budget. As it is the start of the new year, I’m sure like me you are counting every penny due to overspending at Christmas, which is why I wanted to share Annie’s post, so here is her tips, enjoy and let me know what you think!
The Girl! x
With the soaring economic conditions, so has the price to remain beautiful. Beauty products have become expensive leading to the cosmetics industry making billions of dollars. Most people choose to invest their sweat on their beauty. They opt always to get the latest products that can transform them into more beautiful people. Organic natural products could be assumed to be a little bit cheaper. However, they usually are twice the cost of the chemical products. Regardless of how you look at, there is always a hefty fine to pay when you want to remain with that bright and glowing skin that you love. All hope should not be lost as it is possible to stay beautiful while remaining on your tight budget. It will involve proper planning.
Photo taken by The Girl! x
1. Go for excellent products
It is important to understand that you do not need all the products that are manufactured for beauty. You only require those that can be able to meet the needs of your skin. Even so, it is vital to consider the products that are worthwhile. These will help you cut back on your spending. With strategic shopping, you will realize that some products are but the only replica of other products. You can also choose to replace the beauty products that you use on a daily basis with organic options. At times, they are cheaper than the inorganic products. For instance, you can use the cleansing bar with natural products such as olive oil. The advantage is that they can be used for all the skin types as a moisturizer.
2. Have a healthy diet
An apple a day helps keep the doctor away. This old saying has the perfect remedy for the healthy skin. A healthy diet ensures that our bodies receive the essential nutrients. The nutrients assist with the repair of worn out tissues and elimination of wrinkles such as the work done by facial wrinkles cream. Where an unhealthy lifestyle replaces these essential nutrients, it will cause us to dig deeper to maintain our beauty. All this could be avoided if you only watched what gets in our system. The essential vitamins also help in boosting our immune system. It can help us reduce the amount of money we spend on many products to repair our skin from the damage of our external environment. In such a scenario, you will only require the beauty products for enhancement of your beauty.
3. Take advantage of the cosmetology schools
Cosmetology schools can offer the same quality services that are provided in the normal salons. Most people underrate these institutions, but one thing that they fail to understand is that the students that offer the services are highly skilled. They are also very creative. The benefit of these services is that they are cheaper than our regular salons. We should take advantage of these services that are at our disposal. It is important to understand that the students render their services under the supervision of a supervisor or instructor. These schools also have esthetics clinic. The different facial treatments are performed here.
4. Use Microdermabrasion
For decades, dermatologists have been employing microdermabrasion for all the problems related to the skin. To this day, it is the widely accepted form of treatment with results of success. It can treat discoloration of the skin, scarring caused by moderate acne to wrinkles. However, it is important to use facial wrinkles cream, for the fine lines and wrinkles. The use of microdermabrasion can help one get their skin back to radiance in a way that it has never before.
However, the cost related with it is not cheap, especially if you are looking to getting the series of treatment. When this is done in an expensive dermatologist office, it can cost more than $200. However, you can do it yourself by using a microdermabrasion machine that are readily available in the market. They are affordable and pocket-friendly in the long run.
5. Use homemade products
The homemade recipes enable saving of a lot of money that could otherwise be lost. By using these products, you have the opportunity to be your doctor. The different recipes ensure that one can make scrubs, facial masks and virtually any beauty product that can help them. However, the flip side of this is that it is time involving. Most people don’t have the time also to justify their homemade recipes. There also need to enough research in determining whether the homemade recipes are most effective. However, the other advantage of homemade products is that the ingredients are available in the kitchen.
The tips provided illustrate that it is possible to achieve beauty while still being tight on your budget. It is important to share your homemade recipes with your friends to identify how else you can be able to save more.
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Article written by Annie Lizstan
Annie Lizstan works as a health and beauty consultant for online websites and an independent researcher by profession. She had completed her studies from university of Arizona and live in Wasilla, Alaska. She always like to explore her ideas about health, fitness and beauty. In her recent period, she got an opportunity to explore lifestyle news. She has experience researching as a passion as well as profession. You can also connect with her on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
Today I wanted to talk to you about winter skincare as it is so hard to look after your skin when you are going from the warmth of your home to the freezing cold outside. I am going to share with you my 4 tips for winter skin which is also my skincare routine and it really keeps my skin looking great throughout the winter months.
Morning Face Routine
Now I know many of you maybe looking at my photo above and maybe thinking that these products are expensive. My answer to that is yes they are but I believe that it is important to invest in your skin, after all we only get one. I would rather go without getting the latest pair of shoes or handbag in order to invest in these products. Even if you only invest in to one of these products you will be so happy that you did.
1. When I wake up in a morning the first thing I do is wash my face with Estée Lauder perfectly clean multi action foaming cleanser. I love the consistency of this cleanser and you hardly need anything to wash your whole face, as they say a lot goes a long way. It foams up to leave my face feeling fresh.
2. Next I apply Estée Lauder perfectly clean toning lotion. It’s a great toner and picks up any unwanted dirt that the cleanser has left behind.
3. I then apply Estée Lauder Daywear. I fell in love with this day cream the first day that I used it. It leaves my skin feeling lovely and soft, it smells really good too.
Evening Face Routine
Now I live in London and anybody that lives here or who has visited will understand that at the end of the day your skin feels tried and clogged up with the dirt from this amazing city. When I get home, I like to wash my face straight away in order to feel refreshed and ready to relax on the sofa for the evening. So here is my evening skincare routine.
1. I repeat 1 and 2 of my morning routine.
2. I then take off my eye make up using Boots Essentials Cucumber Eye Make Up Remover Gel. I love this product because it is really cooling on the eye area but it is also a gel so it leaves your eyes feeling refreshed. I have tried other eye removers but they have left my eyes feeling sticky and greasy which is something I don’t like, so this gel works great for me.
3. I then apply an eye serum using my ring finger as this way I apply as little pressure to the sensitive eye area as possible. I use Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Eye Recovery Complex as it helps to protect the delicate eye area from environmental damage.
4. Next I apply Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex. I love this serum as it leaves my skin feeling smooth and once again a little of this product goes a long way. Like the eye serum it works overnight to repair the damage from the environment and minimise the signs of aging.
My advice to anyone reading this would be to invest in either the eye serum or recovery complex as this is a real investment and it is never too early or late to protect your skin.
I love nail varnish and painting my nails but there is nothing worst then winter weather damage. I love Aveeno Hand Cream as it smells great, absorbs in to my skin really quickly and best of all it moisturises for 24 hours.
I wash my hands lots of times throughout the day but it still works to keep dry skin at bay.
I also use cuticle oil as much as can as it is really good at protecting dryness around the nail area and making sure that my nails really make a statement for all the right reasons.
Lastly I wanted to share with you what I use on my lips as in the past, I use to forget about protecting my lips in winter (I know, I am really bad but I paid for my mistake) and I use to end up with really bad winter burn.
To help keep this at bay I use Blistex Moisture Max, it contains shea butter and aloe vera that leaves them feeling and looking soft. If I ever feel the winter burn coming on then I substitute this product for Lanolips 101 Ointment which acts as a moisture reservoir by holding 200% of its own weight in water to keep lips hydrated.
NB. Please note that all products mentioned in this post are my personal preferences and recommendations and this is in no way a paid advertisement.
Do you use any of these products? What do you think to them? Do you have any tips for winter skincare? I would love to hear your thoughts and if you for this post useful then please share it using the links below!