Sunday, 13 April 2014

April 2014 Birchbox: Good Enough To Eat Edition!

April 2014 Birchbox* (£10 + p&p)

Birchbox are excellent at creating different themes for their boxes. Although I think they could have made last month's Lulu Guinness Edition a little bit more special, I'm really excited for this month. As always their design and photography team are on fire with the information cards and there's even a Hummingbird Bakery salted caramel cupcake recipe included - yum!

I'm still loving the drawstring bag they have inside the box because they're surprisingly useful! First impressions this month were really positive, I immediately saw some brands I recognised and a couple of things I was instantly excited to try.

Lord & Berry Couture Kohl Kajal Eye Pencil | Sample size. (Full size: £10)
I'll start with one of the things that I know I won't get a lot of use out of, not because it's bad but just because I rarely wear eyeliner. I'm quite fond of the things I've tried from Lord & Berry minus the mascara that was drier than a desert. Once this pencil is warmed up slightly it seems to apply pretty smoothly and smudges out amazingly so I think this might be the perfect liner for a sultry, smoky eye look. I don't think I'll have much trouble finding someone who would love to give this a try.

Color Club Gala's Gems Nail Polish | (Set of four: £15)
Birchbox teamed up with a London-based Spanish blogger to create four nail polish shades that are exclusive to Birchbox. This pretty green is a little bit too metallic for me, but I think it would look amazing for the summer. There's a beautiful blue in the collection that looks especially beautiful along with a soft gold and a pearly off-white.

Yes to Cucumbers Soothing Facial Towelettes | (Full size 30 towelettes: £4.99)
The Yes To range has consistently been one I've heard good things about for a long time. The only reason I haven't purchased anything from the Yes To Cucumbers range before is I hate the scent of cucumbers.

These do have a definite cucumber scent but for some reason, I actually quite like it so although I don't reach for wipes that often, I'll be keeping hold of these for when I have one of those 'I need to take my make up off right now' moments!
Laura Mercier Ambre Vanille Souffle Body Creme | Sample size. (Full size £44.50)
So I opened this, put a little on my hands and the scent immediately had me wanting to grab my purse, head to the nearest Laura Mercier counter and give them ALL my money in return for their beautiful beautiful products!

The whipped consistency makes it feel super light, it sinks in almost immediately but it manages to feel intensely hydrating and soothing. And the scent. Oh my gosh, the scent! It's so incredibly luxurious and it lingers beautifully for hours. I now totally understand the love that people have for Laura Mercier body products!

The Balm Cosmetics How 'Bout Them Apples? Cheek & Lip Cream | Sample size. (Full size palette with all 6 colours: £26)
It's no secret that I'm a total sucker for cream products, the Stila Convertible Colours are my favourite ever but they might just have a rival in this beauty from The Balm. So far I've tried it both as a blush and on my lips and I must say, it's pretty impressive. The formula stays very dewy so the wear time isn't the longest ever, but the finish is beautiful and utterly perfect for fresh, Spring time make up looks.

I have a little sample of the shade Pie which is a very pretty pinky-red & definitely the one I would have chosen for myself. The full size palette contains all 6 shades and oh my goodness I would very much like to own one!

Propercorn Sweet Coconut & Vanilla | 90p
The lifestyle extra is popcorn which is just about my favourite thing right now so this was very much appreciated. And I say was because it lasted all of 5 minutes after I opened the box. I love coconut. I love vanilla. I love popcorn. I loved this!

Overall I completely loved the box this month. I especially liked the variety of products and the brands they've included. The star products for me are the Laura Mercier body cream and The Balm cheek & lip cream!

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Saturday, 12 April 2014

April 2014 Glossybox: Sweet Treats Edition.

April Glossybox* (£10 + p&p)

He-Shi Professional Tanning Face & Body Gel (£7.95 for 50ml)
Self-tan just isn't my thing. I don't mind being somewhat Caspar-the-friendly-ghost-esque all year round and I would probably make a huge mess if I were to ever attempt to apply it. From what I've heard about He-Shi, they seem to be a pretty well known brand and I like that their products aren't tested on animals.

With summer slowly approaching I do think this is a nice addition to the box, especially for those ladies that love to self-tan or who are a little braver than I am about trying new things! 

Emite Make Up Lip Brush (£17)
It's very rare that I use lip colours that benefit from being applied with a brush, but I do really like the angled shape of this one. While this won't make its way into my brush collection, it will be finding its way into my craft supplies box because I think it could be perfect for some crafty things I'd like to try this summer!
Monu Spa Warming Ginger Massage & Body Oil (£26 for the full size 100ml)
Ginger is one of my favourite winter scents, but now that it's getting a little warmer I prefer scents that are slightly more fresh and fruity. I think adding a few drops to a bath would be lovely, but it's not something that I feel that I need to try immediately because I'd be missing out if I didn't. If that makes any sense at all.
Tresemme Instant Refresh Cleansing Dry Shampoo (£5.25)
Although not the most exciting product, I'm always happy to add another dry shampoo to my beauty cupboard because my hair needs all the help texture wise it can get. After a quick look around online reviews seem to be pretty mixed so I have a feeling this might be a love/hate kind of product. It's on the pricey side too, it's more than I'd be willing to pay for a dry shampoo without knowing that I already like it so this is quite a nice addition to the box.
MeMeMe Cosmetics Beat The Blues in Pearl Pink (£5.50)
Definitely my favourite product this month, I've already incorporated it into my daily make up routine and it's been so lovely to have a little bit of an extra glow now that the sunshine is starting to appear a little more often. It's not too overwhelming either, it's a very pretty glow. This has definitely saved the box from being one I would have been really disappointed with.

Overall this box is just okay. I'm not wowed but it's not the worst box ever either. Fingers crossed that the May box is a little more impressive, I think Glossybox turns 3 next month so I'm hopeful that it's going to be a good one!

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Monday, 7 April 2014


Little Ralphie has the sweetest personality.

Yesterday he moved the piece of wood I use as a barrier between his bunny teeth and the bottom shelf of my bookshelf out of the way so he could give the little poodle lots of bunny kisses.

They're firm friends now, in fact he won't let me move the piece of wood back, and he keeps hopping back over for more kisses.