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Saturday, 10 October 2015

Week in a few Words. | Blogtober #10

Making a dream catcher with a kit from Effie Box. • Joy from mundane journeys. • Singing (okay, maybe meowing) along to Dexys Midnight Runners in the car. • Midnight book purchases. • Hot chocolate. • Aurora borealis spotting. • Unsuccessful glasses shopping - so many different pairs, but they're mostly all the same. • Great British Bake Off Finale - so many happy tears for Nadiya. • Lana Del Rey's new album. • Finding a pair of jeans that fit and aren't uncomfortable. It's nice to have pockets again. • Inventing what I eventually called 'the dark matter dance' whilst watching The Sky At Night after too much sugar and making my boyfriend laugh at me. • Accidentally signing off an email with 'Best Wizards' instead of 'Best Wishes'. Tempted to go with 'Best Wizards' from now on... •

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Friday, 9 October 2015

Nothing to say | Blogtober #9

Today I don't have anything to say. 
And I think that's okay. 
Instead of shouting into the void, today I'm going to delve into worlds imagined by talented writers who do have something to say. 
And I shall savour every second, exploring, understanding, empathising.  
The power of books.

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Thursday, 8 October 2015

Choose Your Own Birchbox | Blogtober #8

This month Birchbox* have two different boxes and are letting their subscribers choose which one they would most like to receive. The first box has been curated by Stylist's Associate Beauty Editor, Joanna McGarry, and includes six products that are perfect for beauty aficionados. The second box is focused on mastering the beauty basics and includes products that will be easily incorporated into a daily routine.

Box One: The Stylist Box. 

The first guest edited Birchbox has been curated by the associate beauty editor of Stylist magazine, Joanna McGarry. I always find it interesting to hear more about the products that make the cut with people who work with beauty every day, so for that reason I think this may be my favourite of the two boxes.

What's inside? 
» Bioderma Sensibio H20
» 100 % Pure Fruit Pigmented Lip Glaze
» Parlor by Jeff Chastain Smoothing Blowout Spray
» Rituals Yogi Flow Foaming Shower Gel
» When Travelmate Sheet Mask
» English Laundry No. 7 Signature For Her

It was immediately so nice to see a 100% natural and vegan product inside. The Lip Glaze is encased in fabulous packaging, the formula is smooth and the colour is rich. First impressions are really good. Rituals shower gels always feel like a real treat to use, the foam is incredibly luxurious and the scents are always beautifully formulated.

Micellar waters will always be very handy to have around and this miniature bottle of Bioderma is adorable. The Sheet Mask will be saved for an evening when I have some time to really relax, or I might take it with me the next time I travel as I can see it being the perfect pick me up after a long day.

The little perfume sample doesn't really interest me, but I'm very pleasantly surprised by how much I like the scent. It's delicate and fun, with a touch of musk. It's lovely. And finally, the blowout spray promises to stop frizz, protect against heat damage and allow the hair to hold a style for longer. I'm not usually one for hair products, but I'll certainly be giving this one a try.

Box Two: Back To Basics Box. 

Going back to basics is brilliant when you feel the urge to reset and start afresh. When I first saw the theme for this box I thought it could be a little bit dull, but I think they've done well to put together a range of products that look very useful. I don't think any of these will be hanging around in my sample drawer for very long.

What's inside? 
» Eyeko Fat Liquid Eyeliner in Black
» Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
» Bioderma Hydrabio H20
» Regenerate Enamel Science Advanced Toothpaste
» Beaver Professional Hydro Nutritive Moisturising Shampoo
» Beaver Professional Hydro Nutritive Moisturising Conditioner

I've heard a lot of great things about Eyeko liners over the years and this one looks incredibly pigmented and easy to apply. The size of the nib appeared a little scary at first, but the tip is quite pointy so I think it would be fairly easy to achieve either a thick or a thin-ish line. There is also a miniature bottle of Bioderma in this box, except this time the formula is slightly different and more dry-skin friendly.

The Beaver moisturising shampoo and conditioner will probably be something I'll pass on because my hair is quite fine and it often weighed down by hydrating products. I like that these use the nourishing power of avocado and aloe vera though, they sound really nice. Seche Vite is another product I've seen mentioned on many blogs and youtube channels for years. It's supposed to lock in colour with its durable and glossy finish all whilst leaving nails touch dry in minutes.

The Regenerate Toothpaste is actually the product I'm most intrigued by in this particular box. Along with my eyesight, I probably spend a little more time than is normal contemplating my teeth. They aren't perfectly straight or pristinely white, but if there's anything that I can do to help keep the dentist at bay I'm all ears. I have no idea if this will do anything special, but we'll see!

The Stylist Box gets my vote this month.
Which Birchbox would you choose to receive?

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