December Birchbox (#2) – Xmas Edition

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I say it’s my 2nd Birchbox, because it’s the second box that I have received from my subscription however this is technically my 3rd box as I recently built my own Birchbox in Selfridges last month (find out more here).  Soo a little bit Birchbox heavy on the blog at the moment, but I’m actually really loving this subscription. I get so excited arriving home after my Birchbox has been delivered and can’t wait to start testing and swatches everything.

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For December there was of course a Christmas theme, with the box being a gorgeous red and sliver. Also comes in a standing box design, which makes for a lovely pot for beauty tools afterwards. This month I received four beauty samples; Laura Mercier’s Caviar Eyeshadow Stick in Amethyst, Benefit’s Dew The Hoola Liquid Bronzer, Percy & reed Perfectly Perfecting Wonder Balm and dr. brandy PoreDermabrasion Mask. I also received one full sized product – Ciate London Fierce Flicks Eyeliner which I have to say I’m already loving! I actually ran out of liquid eyeliner as my box arrived so started using this straight away and I hate to say it, but I think it could be a real contender for replacing my faithful Soap & Glory Supercat Skinny Eyeliner…

Above I have swatched the Ciate eyeliner along with the Benefit Bronzer and Laura’s Mercier’s Eyeshadow stick. I had previously tried out the Hoola liquid bronzer before, so no surprises really here but the surprise came from Laura Mercier’s Eyeshadow Stick. I was shocked that a minute or two after swatching this gorgeous colour, this shadow did not budge! I’m really looking forward to trying this with a make-up after the festive season.

Are you subscriber to Birchbox?

 

Kat Von D Beauty Haul

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Whilst I was visiting London recently, I couldn’t not go to London without visiting the new Kat Von D counter in Debenhams on Oxford Street! I’ve loved Kat Von D ever since I can remember. When she released her own makeup range 8 years ago in US I was eager to get my hands on some of her products – it was the first thing I hunted for when I visited New York for my 21st Birthday. I treasured the Kat Von D eyeshadow palette I got from Sephora, I’ve still got in my collection – more for memories nowadays rather than using it. I literally jumped for joy when I found out earlier this year that she was releasing her range in the UK in Debenhams, Oxford Street.

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As soon as I knew we were going to London a couple of months ago, I made sure we arranged time to visit her counter in Debenhams. I would of loved to pick up one of everything in her range, but being good I went straight for her lip collection. There has been so much hype around her liquid lipsticks, I’ve read countless amount my blogs about them and see a lots of swatches of these beautiful shades – so knew I needs to pick one of these up!

I ended up going for the Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks in Exorcism. It’s a shade which has really caught my eye quite a few times and I kept seeing the lovely Alice (from Annie Writes Beauty) rave about it – it looks beautiful on her. I also picked up one of Kat Von D’s Studded Kiss Lipsticks in Cathedral. I haven’t seen much about her lipsticks, but I’m not going to lie, I was actually most drawn to the beautiful  studded packaging. I ended up going for the shade Cathedral after having a lovely chat with on the make-up artists on the counter and I’m really glad I went for her recommendation because I love it! The formulas for both of these are fantastic and really long lasting. I’m looking forward to adding to my collection soon!

Have you tried any of Kat Von D’s beauty line yet? If so, what are you recommendations?

Thoughts so far on the M&S Beauty Advent Calendar…

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Can you believe that it’s only 12 days till Christmas…! I absolutely love the lead up to Christmas, especially counting down the days with an advent calendar. Nowadays there are always so many beauty calendars to choose from starting from £15 up to £300 plus but this year I got myself the Marks and Spencer Beauty advent calendar.

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Here’s what I’ve received so far –
1. Nealsyard Bee lovely Handcream
2. Radial Super Acids X-treme Acid Rush Peel
3. Filorga Time Filler Cream
4. Pixi Brow Tamer
5. Josh Wood Hair Treatment Oil
6. Eyeko Liquid Eyeliner
7. Ultrasun SPF Face Cream
8. Alpha H Liquid Gold
9. Autograph Nail Polish in Cranberry
10. Nails Inc Gel Polish in Cranberry
11. Emma Hardie balm
12. Mini powder brush

I’m really impressed by the samples I have received so far as they are from really great brands, plus they are decent sizes to give the products a real test – even some full size products too! I’ve already tried out a few of these products and after one use, I’m already in love the Alpha H Liquid Gold and a full sized bottle is now on my Christmas wishlist!

Once I’ve reached the end of my calendar I will share a full run down on everything I received, but so far I’m really impressed with the quality of this calendar. Considering the M&S Beauty calendar is probably one of the cheapest on the market – £35 if you spend £35k on M&S home-wear, beauty or clothes (which was easy, as I managed to buy a few Christmas presents!) I do think it’s amazing value for money. I’m already looking forward to seeing what I find in the next box tomorrow!

Have you got a beauty calendar this year?

Build your own Birchbox at Selfridges



Last weekend I was in London for a couple of days as we had tickets to see Pete Tong at the O2 (which was amazing!) and whilst in town we spent a couple of hours shopping. First stop was on of my favourite department stores – Selfridges and whilst exploring the beauty department, I came across the ‘Build your own Birchbox’ stand. Well, I couldn’t resist…!

After choosing a birchbox box colour – light blue or metallic along with letter stickers to be able to personalise your box with your name, you are then able to walk around the stand picking up samples from each category. For a £15, you are able to pick 2x makeup samples and one sample of haircare, bodycare and skincare plus a beauty bonus. 

For my samples, I picked up; Laura Mercier Foundation Primer, Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray, Nuxe Multi-Purpose Dry Oil, Yes To Charcoal Paper Mask and Mirenesse Secret Weapon iCurl 24Hr Mascara. And for my beauty bonus, I picked up a #Nofilter Birchbox mirror – perfect for keeping in your handbag. I was really excited to find samples of Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray and the Yes To face mask as I’ve heard a lot of good things about these products. 

Birchbox are offering this service at Selfridge will 28th December. So if you find yourselves in Selfridge whilst out doing your Christmas shopping, why not treat yourself to your own Birchbox? It’s a great introduction into the world of Birchbox if you haven’t subscribed to their service yet. 

Have you built your own Birchbox yet at Selfridges? What samples did you select?

Book Review: Ctrl, Alt; Delete by Emma Gannon

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I’ve just finished listening to Emma Gannon’s book – Ctrl, Alt; Delete: How I Grew Up Online on Audible, and just had to tell you all about it because I loved it!

If you haven’t heard of Emma before, she’s the wonderful blogger behind A Girl Lost in the City (now just named Emma Gannon I believe) and now an author, podcast host, speaker as well as a digital consultant. I first came across Emma via her podcast – Ctrl, Alt; Delete which I now listen to religiously each week on my walk home from work (would definitely recommend checking it out!). As I love her podcast so much, I decided that I needed to read her new book of the same name – Ctrl, Alt; Delete. I tend to keep a couple of books on the go (one to read at home and one to listen to when I’m on the move) and I’m so glad I decided to listen via audible because Emma narrated her whole book so it was like listening to one huge podcast!

You will love this book if you’re in your mid-twenties and a fan of the internet! It’s all about how Emma grew up online, from using the family computer through to life today online. For me, it was a flashback into my own experience of using the internet for the first time. Each time Emma gave detail of her past online experiences – editing photo’s, MSN messenger, building friendships online, it was lovely (although sometimes cringy!) to remember my own memories of growing up online. I also loved Emma’s way with words throughout the whole book, especially listening to it on audiobook, as it was like listening/reminiscing with a friend over a glass of wine. Being in the media industry myself, I also loved the early insight of Emma’s career in social media and her thoughts on how the internet and social media has changed our lives. Have you ever thought about what happens to your online presence when you have passed away?!

Although I have already finished Emma’s book, I’ve actually already got a copy of her book on order from Amazon. It might sound strange, but I want to keep this book to read later on in life to reminisce back on my own life growing up online and also to give to my future teenagers to read. If I end up having a girl, I would actually really like for her to read it – to find out what it was like ‘back in the day’ when the internet became a thing, warn of the harsh reality of living online (goodness knows what it will be like in 20 years time!) and also as an inspirational story that you can make a career out of your passion.

I would definitely recommend reading (or listening) to Ctrl, Alt; Delete: How I Grew Up Online By Emma Gannon. And whilst you are waiting for your copy to arrive, you need to start listening to her podcast of the same name – it’s so great to hear Emma interview others about their life online.

Have you read Ctrl, Alt; Delete: How I Grew Up Online By Emma Gannon? What did you think?