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Saturday, 17 December 2016

December Birchbox ❄️


 As you may have realised I haven't posted anything in the 'Beauty' section of the blog up until now. I guess this is because I'm not really that much of an expert! I like to keep my make up simple and to be honest I'm a bit of a creature of habit and I rarely try new products but this is something that needs to change. 

Beauty subscription boxes are such a great idea and give you the chance to sample products before you buy them & you definitely won't be stuck for choice... there  are so many different companies now offering this service. I decided to start with Birchbox, mainly because my lovely friend Josefine ordered her first box last month and she was really impressed, she gave me a code and this meant that I only actually paid £7.95 for my first box!

Birchbox is £10 / month + p&p and includes 5 products, there are various subscription options but I chose the monthly one. At least one product is full size which is great and usually you are given a code for a free product, however I couldn't use one this month as you cannot combine two codes :( 

I set up my profile and this means just answering a few questions, it's really worth it because it means the products they send are kind of tailored to you... ie. skin type / tone match etc. My box only took a few days to arrive and the packaging is so beautiful! 

My box contained:

CiatΓ© London : Fierce Flicks Eyeliner (full size)
RRP £ 15.00

Benefit Cosmetics : Benetint
RRP £ 24.50*

Elemis : Hydra-Boost Day Cream
RRP £ 39.00*

Percy & Reed : Perfectly Perfecting Wonder Balm 
RRP £18.00*

Anatomicals : Smoother Butts Love Coconuts and Mango Body Lotion
RRP £ 3.99*

*RRPs correspond to full size items & prices at birchbox.co.uk/shop


CiatΓ© London : Fierce Flicks Eyeliner (full size)

Ok, so I hate to be the bearer of bad news but I don't actually wear eyeliner. Eeeeeek...sorry!
When I was younger I wouldn't be seen dead without it, but as I've got older I guess I've become a little more confident and also I have less time to faff around getting ready so eyeliner definitely isn't part of my daily routine. I'm so used to not wearing it that if I do I kind of feel like I look a bit weird, I'll sometimes wear it on a night out but I tend to avoid the stress of getting flicks to match. My little sister Isabelle is the total opposite... she honestly has the best brows and best eyeliner ever (I hate her sometimes) so I'm going to give this product to her. This eyeliner retails at £ 15.00 which is more than I paid for the whole box so I'm really happy with this one!


Benefit Cosmetics : Benetint

Unfortunately I think this is the product I was most dissapointed in this month, not because it's not a great product, just because I've tried it before and I didn't really get on with it, I would've really liked to have been able to try something different from the benefit range. I used to be pretty obsessed with Benefit and went through a stage of trying a lot of their products, I used their 'Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow' foundation for a long time and some of their eyeshadows are really lovely. This product can be used as a cheek or lip stain but I'm not a fan of the colour, especially on my cheeks... however this may just be because I don't wear a blusher so I'm not used to having 'pink' on my face. I'm going to try and use this on my lips and see how I get on, so many people rant about this product so I must be able to find some use for it!


Elemis : Hydra-Boost Day Cream

I used this product this morning after cleansing my face and I'm really impressed. This is a day cream for dry skin which is perfect for me right now, I have random break outs of dry skin on my face during winter and I tend to leave it because I'm always worried that using a cream could make things worse as usually the areas are quite sensitive. The cream is quite thick but dries in quickly and it isn't at all greasy or shiny, a particular problem area is around my nose, it's really dry and itchy but this cream already seems to be helping after just one application! I'm going to keep using it over the next few days and if the dryness continues to improve I will definitely buy the full size product.


Percy & Reed : Perfectly Perfecting Wonder Balm 

Percy & Reed isn't really a brand I've used before, I think we have the hairspray in a cupboard at work but I don't really use it, however I really love their packaging, the illustrations are so cute! I haven't used this product yet as it is meant to prime your hair before styling. I'm trying to avoid using heat on my hair at the moment as I spent an awful lot of money having it cut and coloured at Daniel Galvin a few months back and I want it to stay as healthy as possible between cuts! When I next straighten my hair I will use this before hand. 


Anatomicals : Smoother Butts Love Coconuts and Mango Body Lotion

This product is an all over body lotion and I've used some 'Anatomicals' products before, mainly for bath time as they smell so yummy. This lotion however is a tiny bit sickly, I'd describe it as a 'pina colada' kind of smell and I think if you covered your whole body in this you'd end up with a bit a headache! I'm also not sure how it would be for sensitive skin as it is so highly perfumed, but it is paraben free atleast. I'll see how I get on with this, but I think it's something I'd pop in my little box that I keep on my desk at work just for if it is needed.




Overall I'm really impressed with the value for money of this box. The packaging is lovely and for just £ 10.00 a month I really do think it is worth it. As you can tell above I'm not necessarily head over heels about all of these products but it is never going to be the case that you love absolutely everything that you receive. I'm going to stick with this until January and then make a decision about whether to continue my subscription. I'll probably order a few different boxes in the new year also so I will review these for you too! 




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Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Winter Wellbeing ☃️



I haven't posted on the blog for 2 weeks and you may have noticed I've also been pretty inactive on instagram which for someone who is usually attached to their phone is very odd. I've been ill, which was kind of inevitable. I always become sick during Autumn and Winter and usually it's just a fever  but I had a really nasty allergic reaction last week which definitely wasn't much fun!

I wanted to write a more personal post as although I love sharing my outfits and other details I guess it would be nice if you could get to know me a little bit more & I want to share my tips for Winter with you all. 

Like most others, I really struggle with these dark mornings and dark nights, I find it really demotivating and I feel like recently I've lost a little bit of direction. This year has been tough, apart from the craziness of Brexit and Donald Trump I've had a lot to organise and some really difficult decisions to make on a personal level so it's become really apparent to me that really only I can control my happiness.

It was my birthday 2 weeks ago and this year I just really couldn't be bothered to make a big deal out of it, which totally isn't like me and I'm just not feeling Christmas either. I watched Home Alone with a friend last week and he actually told me I was like the Grinch (thanks) ...usually I'd be obsessing over this movie. Christmas is my absolute favourite time of year but for some reason I just can't get myself into the mood this year and I've got 12 days to turn this around. I refuse to hibernate and stuff myself with crap food so enough doom and gloom, there are plenty of things we can all do to feel a little bit better over Winter: 



Take the stairs rather than the lift 

Ok, if any of my work collegues are reading this they will probably be howling right now. You'll find me taking the lift without failure unless there is a fire, it's only 2 floors and it's so so stupid but its become a habit that I really need to snap out of. I spend a lot of time sat staring at my tiny macbook screen trying to somehow make hundreds of squares in super advanced excel spreadsheets make sense and calculate things my brain would never be capable of, however I do in fact use my brain an awful lot and sometimes it needs a break too! Its so important to take breaks and I find getting out of the office really helps... but I have to remember to take those stairs instead of the lift!

Stay hydrated & love your skin

I'm really awful at remembering to drink enough water, I fuel myself on caffiene and tend to end up with a really bad headache or the shakes by lunch time, which quite frankly is stupid of me. This also can mean dry skin which is such a nightmare during the winter months! Find some of my favourite moisturising skincare products below:



Spend time with people who make you smile, even when you don't feel like it

When I moved back to London after being schooled in the countryside I was thrown into a environment that I wasn't entirely used to. I would always flick through the Bystander section in Tatler but its safe to say I totally underestimated how crazy some people around here are... wait until you attend the parties yourself!

I spend the majority of my time in Mayfair because that is where I work and I guess I'm submerged in this world of extreme wealth and its taught me a lot, but one thing in particular... always stay humble no matter who you are or who you are surrounded by. Old money, new money... or no money, it is so easy to get caught up in all of this and to even feel like your in a scene from Mean Girls some times. You thought school was bad? Oh no, welcome to West London... there are NO secrets around here!

 I've realised recently that it is good to have lots of different groups of friends... we all have the girls we go out with until 6am, the ones who want to shop until you literally drop and the ones who you end up regretting you took to lunch because the bill is so extortionate that you now can't afford food for the rest of the month. What is most important are the friends who aren't necessarily always available but turn up with cheese and wine when you actually need them. One of my best friends told me earlier in the year that he didn't understand why I stayed in contact with people who didn't bring any positivity to my life and I refused to even listen to what he was saying, really because I was just too much of an idiot to admit that he was telling the truth. I then heard the exact same thing from another friend and I started to understand that I didn't need certain people in my life. Especially in winter you need people who lift you up, not bring you down and I always used to worry so much about cutting contact with people who made no effort with me. I always try to do everything I can for others & I don't think I was willing to accept that actually most people put themselves first. I've come to realise it's for good reason... the world can be shit and most people have been hurt and they don't want to accept their own problems, let alone expose themselves to yours, so accept that and leave them behind, they'll come when they're ready.

HYGEE

Denmark is apparently the happiest country on earth & I'm so lucky that I've been able to visit this place so many times this year. My two really good friends live there & at one point I was flying out basically every weekend to see a Danish guy... (long distance sucks)
 Copenhagen is such a breath of fresh air! If you've ever tried to learn Danish you'll know that trying to pronounce some of their word's is a bloody disaster but you kind of say it like 'hue-gah'. It doesn't directly translate into English but several words several can be used interchangeably to describe the idea of hygge such as cosiness, charm, happiness, security, familiarity, comfort, reassurance, kinship, and simpleness.

I read the little book below and it really changed my outlook on a few things, I'd really recommend it!


Retail Therapy

My favouite obviously!
It's so important to treat yourself every now & again, ok maybe I treat myself a little too often but I honestly couldn't care less. Of course I realise there is more to life than material goods but I love shopping and it really does cheer me up.
I've been rubbish with keeping up with my outfit posts recently and I really need to get on top of this but here are two new purchases that you can expect to see in my posts soon:

ChloΓ© Medium Faye Bag 
£ 1,280.00


Anya Hindmarch Maxi Feathweight Ebury Python 'Frosties' Bag
£ 2,995.00







Vitamin D


I didn't know until recently that if you're lacking in Vitamin D it can actually lead to you feeling depressed, seasonal or not. In the UK the sunlight doesn't contain enough UVB radiation in the winter so between October to around March time it's a lot harder for our skin to make Vitamin D. I've started taking a supliment which I picked up in Boots for around £ 5.00. You can also get Vitamin D from some foods such as oily fish, red meat and eggs. 




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