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Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Happy 5th Birthday Birchbox!

It's Birchbox's 5th birthday and they're celebrating in style! I can genuinely say that it has been a real pleasure receiving my Birchbox each month. Some boxes have been okay, some have been brilliant and I'm very happy that the original beauty subscription service is still very much in the game. There are now over 1 million Birchboxers worldwide and I think that's an accomplishment to be really proud of! So Happy Birchday Birchbox, here's to many more years to come!

Birchbox* (£10 + p&p)
What's in the box?
» Bliss Foot Patrol | £18.50
» Laqa & Co Cheeky Lip Pencil in Humble Brag | £16.75
» John Masters Organics Citrus Neroli Detangler | £16
» Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant | £23.50
» Benefit The Porefessional License to Blot | £15.50
» Beauty Bonus: The Birchbrush | £5.99

This month every product hails from the USA, the birthplace of Birchbox, and I think that's a nice touch. I'm really excited to see something from Paula's Choice, the skincare brand I've heard so much about but never had the opportunity to try anything from, and I'm even more excited to see it's a liquid exfoliant. I've had a love/hate relationship with them in the past, but I'm looking forward to seeing how this compares to my Pixi Glow Tonic, a product I initially thought I wouldn't repurchase but now forms a solid part of my skincare routine.

Benefit's License to Blot isn't something I'll find a use for, but I will certainly be passing it along to someone who will appreciate it. The Bliss Foot Patrol doesn't initially excite me, but as the cooler months approach and I like to spend a little more time on my beauty routine (hello cosy pamper sessions!) I'll certainly give it a try. The John Masters Organics detangler smells so lovely and when paired with the Birchbrush, my locks will hopefully be super smooth and completely knot free very soon!

Last but not least is a very wearable lip pencil that can also be used on the cheeks for a pretty pink flush. Something I will certainly get a lot of use from, the twist up pencil crayon packaging is fuss-free and handbag friendly - the perfect combination for on the go. All in all, this month's box gets a big thumbs up from me!

Next month Birchbox will be teaming up with Stylist magazine and for the first time there will be the chance to opt-in for an exclusive Birchbox curated with guest editor Joanna McGarry, Stylist's associate beauty editor. One to look out for, I think!

Are you subscribed to Birchbox? 
What do you think of their birthday box this month?

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Thursday, 3 September 2015

Birthday Candles

Almost seven & a half years together and I think this is one of the more successful birthday cakes I've made for you. 
Happy Birthday Mark, my love!

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Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Dear September.

You are the beginning of my favourite time of the year and although I can't quite believe you're here so soon, it's undeniably really great to see you.

I'm looking forward to mugs of peppermint hot chocolate, baking ginger biscuits, digging out the extra cosy pyjamas I stashed away at the beginning of summer, wearing wellies and splashing in puddles, drawing the curtains and snuggling under a blanket little earlier each evening, silly novelty slippers, listening to the patter patter of raindrops on the window and misty mornings.

An opportunity to travel may be on the horizon soon and I feel like I should be seizing it with both hands. Although there aren't many things that frighten me, aeroplanes certainly do. It's a deep fear that overwhelms my very being. And I suppose it's a little bit silly really because I have been on a plane before and it was fine. I was thirteen and oblivious to everything about flying that now scares me. My rational side knows that statistically I'm probably far more likely to step out of my front gate and be hit by a car than I am to be involved in any kind of air accident. But I can't shake my irrational side that sees a plane and shrieks danger. danger. danger.

It's a strange feeling knowing what I should do, but not being entirely sure if I'll be able to. But it's not even that I'm letting an irrational fear overwhelm a desire to travel. I admire those who possess a real need to travel, to see the world and go on great adventures. But I am not one of those people. It appears that I missed that section entirely when life dreams were being dished out. How ridiculous does that sound? I'm not that fussed about going to see another part of the world with my own eyes. Believe me, I know how silly that is. And I know that I should just do it anyway because, well, it will enhance my life experience more than staying within the familiar, and I know it would be good for me, but I suppose only time will tell if I actually make it or not.

For now it's time for a mug of hot chocolate because it's chilly and a bit rainy, and the joy of being an adult means I totally can even though it's early.

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