Latest in Beauty vs Birchbox : beauty subscription service showdown

Hi guys,

Earlier this month, in my internet wanderings, I stumbled upon a beauty subscription box service that was new to me: Latest in Beauty. In this service, you are given the ability to choose the products that you will receive, as well as the number of products being flexible depending on what you are prepared to pay. You are also able to buy one-off boxes, but this does work out considerably more expensive than if you committed to the subscription in order to trial the box, and cancelling if it is not to your liking. I chose the 3 product option, which costs £9 with free P&P (so £3.45 cheaper than Birchbox) but for my first box I got a 10% discount making it £8.10.

You can choose from a range of full size and sample sized products, and I found it exciting flicking through the pages to see what I could add to my box as my 3 products. Immediately, I could see the contrasts between this service, which is marketed as a customised beauty box, and Birchbox – a beauty box for discovery. I thought it would be nice to compare the two services over the course of a month or two, so that you are able to see the similarities and differences between what each service has to offer.

When I received my LiB box, it arrived as a regular plain brown parcel, sealed with a sticker featuring their logo. Upon opening, I could see the products neatly wrapped in pink tissue paper-again sealed with a sticker- and laid on wiggly pink card strips (or ‘worms’, as I’ve heard them called).

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The packaging of the products was very sophisticated and well-presented, although very different to that of Birchbox, which usually arrives in a drawer style box with a themed design, making it very handy for storage. I would find it difficult to reuse the LiB box, as it does not have those features.

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For some reason, I got two

 

However, the Latest in Beauty service is not without a signature touch, as each month the box contains a different cute postcard with a quote on it, which I think would be nice to collect and display on your dressing table, for example.

 

 

 

 

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The first thing I saw when I opened the tissue paper wrapping was this little canvas make up bag. I did not know I would be receiving this in my box, and it was a lovely surprise as it will be very useful for keeping those few essential make up items safe and on hand in my bag. I wonder if this is an added bonus for new subscribers or if you receive a little bag like this every month (I look forward to finding out if I continue this subscription on into May).

 

Here, I have to be honest with you all. This first item- a mini Givenchy lipstick in the shade Rose Dressing- was the main reason I was interested in getting my hands on this box. Browsing the site with no real intention of subscribing, I saw this sample and, well… here we are. I was already tempted to give this box a whirl, however I would say that this item was the one that persuaded me to take the splurge.

On first impressions, this lipstick is really creamy and it is very hydrating on the lips. The colour is perfect for spring- a rich peachy pink. My only worry is that, being a small sample, it won’t last long, however I’ll savour it and hopefully it will last me a while! In all fairness, this sample is not a bad size and it will be perfect to keep in my bag. I received a comparable sample in my Birchbox a couple of months ago- the Benefit they’re real double the lip lipstick, and I think that there is a similar amount of product in both samples, just that the tube itself is more compact in the mini from Givenchy.

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The next item I chose is this 111Skin ”biocellulose facial treatment mask’. A while ago now, I received my first ever sheet mask in my Birchbox, one from a Korean brand called Keeome. I loved how my skin felt after using that mask and found the whole experience very relaxing, and so this is what made me decide to try this one. I haven’t tried it out yet so unfortunately I can’t compare the performance of the masks, but I am looking forward to it.

 

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As my third and final item, I decided on the Cetaphil ‘gentle skin cleanser’ for face and body. I can get quite dehydrated skin on my face so I think that this should be good for cleansing without stripping it of any moisture. I am also very pleased that this product works for the body as well as the face, as I have sensitive skin on my legs that doesn’t react well with over perfumed body lotions or shower gels. As this product is fragrance free, I think that this will be perfect for me. Not only this, but this product is full size and sells for £8.99 at Superdrug, so this one product makes up the value of my whole box!

 

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I was also given a couple of perfume samples too, which is always nice.

Overall, the general impression I got from trying both Birchbox and Latest in Beauty is that they are essentially offering very different things, and so are targeted at different customers. I have always enjoyed the element of surprise that comes with Birchbox, although I also found it exciting choosing products to try out for myself. The price of LiB is very attractive, and would save me just under £4 every month, which doesn’t sound like a lot but is always a good thing. However, I do think that I’ll be sticking to Birchbox, as I love how it opens my mind to new products and brands I may not have tried before, and I could see myself constantly ordering what I know and love in LiB boxes as opposed to trying something new ans stepping outside of my comfort zone.

Sorry that this was a more lengthy post, but I hope that you found this comparison helpful if you were considering buying a beauty box subscription, or if you were just interested in the concept of a beauty subscription service. I hope to trial more boxes in the future, and offer a more varied comparison for all those interested.

Beth x

 

 

 

 

I cut my hair for the Little Princess Trust!

Hi,

I had been thinking about cutting my hair short for a while now, but never really had the guts to do through with it as it is a very dramatic change from the long locks I’ve sported for my whole life. But around 2 weeks ago, on Friday 24th March, I took the plunge in aid of the Little Princess Trust- a non-profit organisation that provides children who have lost their hair due to illness or as a side effect of treatment for an illness, with wigs made from donated hair.

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The requirements for hair donation is that the hair must measure at least 7 inches/17cm, be clean and dry and it must have been plaited. There are also guidelines on the quality of hair, for example hair with split ends, hair that is made up of over 10% grey hair, and hair that has been dyed an unnatural colour is not suitable for donation. Luckily, my hair fit all these requirements.

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I had my hair plaited and cut off above the hairband, leaving enough hair to be styled afterwards. Once cut, the plait measured over 30cm and was very heavy!

It was very scary seeing my hair be hacked away, and afterwards I did get a slight feeling of “oh no what have I done”, however I knew it was for a good cause and trusted my hairdresser to style my hair nicely.

 

 

Before vs After

I had originally wanted a short bob, however when my hairdresser asked how far up my neck I wanted the base layer, I told her that I didn’t want it so short that I would have to shave the back of it to keep it tidy. This meant that the style I would be getting was a long bob. Although I did initially envisage it being shorter, I am very happy with the way my hair looks, as I think that it frames my face nicely without looking too styled with too many layers. Not only this, but I feel like a short bob would have been an even more dramatic transformation, and would have attracted far more attention from people than I am getting already! Next time though, I think I might have it cut into a short bob as I figure that it won’t take long for it to grow out to the length it is now anyway.

I posted the hair to the address on their website, and filled out a short form which I included in the package. It asked a few details such the estimated length of the donation, but other details such as my name and age were optional. There was also the option to include your email address to receive a certificate of hair donation. Unfortunately, the Little Princess Trust is unable to send photos of the child receiving the wig made from your hair, or even guarantee that the wig factory will use the hair in their wig production. However, in my opinion hair donation is still 100% worth it, as the hair that would have been thrown out anyway has a chance to change a child’s life.

I think that the Little Princess Trust is an amazing charity, that transforms the lives of children who deserve a bit of self-confidence back. I am proud to have contributed to their cause, and hope that someday I can do so again.

If you are interested in finding out more about the work of the Little Princess Trust, hair donation or fundraising, click here  or google search ‘little princess trust’.

Thanks for reading, I hope you were interested by my hair donation experience with the Little Princess Trust.

Beth x

 

Birchbox April 2017

Hi all,

First of all, I just wanted to say that I am so grateful for the number of followers my blog has been gaining. In the grand scheme of things, I have very few followers, but for someone who started blogging just for enjoyment without even thinking about cultivating a following, it means the world to feel appreciated, so thank you all.

Birchbox teamed up with the clothing brand Boden this month to bring a beautiful floral design to the box, which greatly contrasts the stripped back simplicity of last month’s box.

I am in love with the design, and very happy to see the drawer function return too, as I find these boxes so useful for make up storage.

 

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The first item in my box is a body cream by Baja Paris. It smells amazing, however my skin is very sensitive to fragrance and when I tries this it made my legs sting. Not all is lost though, as I will continue to use it as a hand cream because of its scent and non-greasy feel. This is a sample size, containing 30ml, which sounds very small but is actually the perfect size to keep in your handbag so I’m not too disappointed.  If you were to buy this full size, it would cost £15.90 and would contain 75ml of product, making my sample worth £6.36.

 

 

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The next product is a fast dry top coat from Seche Vite. This product is one of the two full size products Birchbox promised this month, and is valued in the leaflet at £9 however the Birchbox website claims it is £3…I was really excited at first to have received a good quality top coat, however when I gave it a try that evening it was peeling off my nails by the next morning. I’m thinking that maybe this product is worth £3, as opposed to £9, because, disappointingly, the quality just isn’t there 😦

 

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On a more positive note, I have been blown away by the Polaar ‘Icepure gentle scrub’. I have used many exfoliators in the past, and liked them, however this one is second to none! The way it makes my skin feel- clean,refreshed and extremely soft- is so impressive, and the reason why I have absolutely fallen in love with this product. Not only that, but it smells amazing too. The exfoliating particles are very fine and really gentle on the skin. It’s a shame that this product is just a 25ml sample, and even more of a shame that the 75ml full size costs £23.50. Every Birchbox subscriber received this sample, which is worth £7.83. I will continue to try this scrub, and, if it doesn’t cause any skin issues, will consider spending some of my Birchbox points to purchase the full size.

 

Another thing every subscriber received a full sized product from Manna Kadar Cosmetics, with a choice between a highlighting/bronzing duo and a translucent setting powder. I didn’t choose the duo, as the photos online showed the bronzer as quite dark, which wouldn’t work for my fair skin tone. I chose the powder, however now it has arrived I am shocked that this is full size: the pot has a diameter of just 4.5 cm, and the actual pan of product itself measures 3.7cm in diameter. If this wasn’t odd enough, Birchbox claims that this is worth £27! None the less, it is a finely milled powder that I’ve found works really well to set undereye concealer. I am happy for it to be joining my collection.

Strangely, my last product this month is also full sized (Birchbox promised 2 full sized products, not 3, but I’m not complaining!) , costing £11. The product I’m talking about is the ModelCo ‘Eye Define Crayon Liner’. This eyeliner twists up (yay, I’m far too lazy to sharpen eyeliners hehe), and is somewhere between a very deep brown and black. I have tested it out, and it gives a lovely effect when applied to the tightline, however it doesn’t last long as it is not waterproof. When applied above the lashline, it lasts a very long time and is ‘unsmudgeable’ after the first few seconds after application. Overall, very pleased.

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My Birchbox this month has been a good mix of products, from skincare to make up to nails, and I have really enjoyed this variety. Altogether (when counting the nail varnish as £3, as opposed to £9) my box is worth a grand total of £55.19! My favourite product is without a doubt the gentle facial exfoliator by Polaar, however I was very disappointed with the Seche Vite top coat (I will test it again, perhaps I had some kind of oiliness on my nails that prevented the polish from adhering to the surface).

Thanks for reading, and hope you enjoyed this month’s unboxing. Don’t forget to leave a comment, I would love to hear what you have to say about my blog, this post, or your opinions of any of the products mentioned. If you have any ideas for posts, I’d love to hear them too!

Beth x

 

 

 

 

What’s in my Birchbox March 2017

Hi all,

I’m a little late this month with my Birchbox, due to a change in my subscription plan. As you will know if you have seen my other unboxings, I gave Birchbox a 3 month trial using a gift subscription. I have really enjoyed receiving a surprise gift to myself every month, and so have decided to continue it on into 2017 with a rolling monthly subscription!

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This month, Birchbox have stripped it back to the basics with packaging that is reminiscent of the design of their very first boxes shipped out to their customers when the business first launched over 6 years ago.

I’m loving this little draw-string pouch, I think its so cute and I hope Birchbox does this again in the future.

IMG_7802In my first dip inside the bag, I pulled out a 5ml sample of the balanceme Instant Lift primer, which claims to be a “complexion perfecting skin smoother to instantly lift and refine skin so it looks youthful and virtually poreless. I don’t know how much this product is going to benefit me as I am both of those things, being 15. However, I will definitely give it a go, especially seeing as it is supposedly 99% natural.

From testing this product on the back of my hand, the first thing I noticed was that is has a a pungent medicinal yet herbal scent. I’m not sure I’m a fan of the fragrance, although it did smooth the skin on my hand very nicely so fingers crossed it’ll be a good’un. Every Birchbox subscriber received this sample, the full size of which would have been £22 for 15ml, and so this sample is worth around £7.33.

The next product I pulled out was one I had seen from various unboxing videos and posts and was hoping that I would receive too.

I’m thrilled that I received this Bobby Brown multimask kit , and cannot wait to try them all out. I will have to make sure I use them sparingly though, because each sample only contains a stingy 3ml. These masks retail for £33 each in full size, and contain 75ml, making each of these samples worth £2.20, or £6.60 altogether.

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Not gonna lie, this next product was probably the main reason I decided to continue my subscription into this month. At the end of January, all subscribers were sent an email which asked us to choose between two shades of the new Benefit ‘They’re real! Double the lip’ lipstick – Lusty Rose or Pink Thrills. Because my subscription was just a gift subscription, I wasn’t able to submit a choice and so the colour was selected for me. The concept of these lipsticks is that there is a darker colour on the teardrop shaped tip, that acts as a lip liner to carve out the shape of the lips and give them a fuller, contoured look.

I was hoping for Pink Thrills, as I usually go for quite bright colours however I am actually really pleased to have gotten Lusty Rose, as my collection is lacking the staples such as this beautiful, wearable dusty rose. I have tested this lipstick out a couple of times, and am over the moon with it! The formula is so creamy, it lasted all day- even through meals- and perhaps best of all it smells fruity like cherry Coke or fizzy Vimto. I wouldn’t necessarily say I noticed a significant difference to the appearance of my lips, because I have been blessed with quite full lips anyway, but I could see how the technology would work someone with thinner lips. Although this is only a sample size, there looks to be a good amount of product when you wind it up, and that will definitely last a while. Having said that, the packaging says that there is only 0.75 g worth. The full size contains double the amount of product, and costs £16.50, so the value of my sample is £8,25.

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The next sample- amika’s ‘The Sheild’ style extending spray-comes in on the expensive side when purchased in full size- at £20 per 150ml bottle. I have not tried this in my hair yet, but am looking forward to giving it a go. Perhaps not one of the most exciting products to get with Birchbox, for me anyway, but it will be good to have around as a good hairspray always comes in handy.

My sample contains 31.5ml, and so it worth roughly £4.20.

 

 

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The final product in my box this month was, again, slightly less exciting, although still very useful. My Korres ‘Santorini Vine shower gel’ is supposed to have the “fresh fruity scent of blossoming Greek vineyards”. Although the description is perhaps a little pretentious, the smell is very sweet and comforting, especially when carried in the steam from the shower. 250ml of this will set you back just £8, meaning my little 40ml sample comes in at just £1.28.

 

 

Hope you enjoyed seeing what was inside my Birchbox this month. Feel free to comment any post ideas you have, or if you would like to see a more detailed review of any of these products. If you are interested in signing up to Birchbox, you can do so by clicking the link below to find out more. This is, of course, unsponsored, and subscribing through my site will give you £5 to spend in the Birchbox shop:  https://www.birchbox.co.uk/invite/3vwt6

Beth x

 

Getting to know yourself

Getting to know yourself

Sometimes it can be hard to pinpoint exactly who you are, and we don’t always consciously recognise that every decision we make is a reflection of our unique personality. Everyone has more to them than others may think, but sometimes you want to discover for yourself who you are, so this post is here to help.

1- make a list of all the things you like and dislike
This can include activities, places , characteristics and objects, and can help you see what makes you different from everyone else.

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2- develop hobbies
Choose one or two things that interest you and do them as much as you can! Everyone has a passion, it just might take you a while to find yours!

3- Don’t be ashamed of your quirks…
…Embrace them! Nobody is the same, and that should be celebrated!

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4- Ask your friends to describe you
It’s a lot easier to sum up other people than it is to sum up yourself. Realising what characteristics shine through and are loved by others can help you to love them yourself. It may surprise you what others see in you!

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5-Try an online personality test
These can be really fun, and if you answer completely truthfully, can reveal things about yourself you never knew. A quick google will find countless personality tests so try a few out.

 

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You are your own person, so don’t feel like you have to change yourself in the presence of others, and it’s ok if the odd person isn’t your biggest fan. The only important person who has to love you, is you.

 

7-Express yourself

Don’t feel pressured by others to behave/dress/be a certain way, or like/dislike/care about certain things. Your personality is reflected in almost everything you do, and sometimes stepping back and looking at this can help you see just who you are.

Hope you enjoyed this little list and found it helpful, don’t forget to leave a comment if you would like to see more posts from me about mental attitudes and the small changes you can make to find happiness. Thanks for reading!

Beth x

What’s in my Birchbox?: February 2017

Hi guys, 

This month marks my third and final Birchbox of my 3 month subscription. Let’s hope it’s a good’un!

A couple of weeks after the arrival of last week’s box, I received an email asking for me to choose between two box designs for this month. One of the options was a white box with green tropical-looking foliage and a teal green pull out drawer. I chose the second option, and is as pictured below:

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The first item I saw as I opened my Birchbox was this beautiful Spectrum crease blending brush (C06). I have had my eye on Spectrum brushes for a while because thy are just so so attractive. I am very happy to have received one, as I can now see for myself whether the brush quality is there or if it is just quality design.

I have given this brush a quick go (I mean, who could resist?) and I can safely say that this is the softest eyeshadow brush I have ever owned, and does a darned good job at blending too. Every customer was given one of these brushes, which retail for £5.99.

 

The next item in my box was another that everyone received. Pairing perfectly with the brush, this POP Beauty eyeshadow trio in ‘ mocha champagne’ was very exciting.

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My terrible swatches really don’t do justice to the pigmentation of these shadows

The first of the three shimmery shades is a pale champagne colour which I have found is perfect in the inner corner of the eye to brighten. The second shade is a pale pink, which surprisingly (and  fortunately) doesn’t look like an eye infection when applied to the lid. This is one of the few pale pinks I think I’d actually wear. The last shade is a brown with weird chunky multicoloured glitter. Luckily, this seems to be clumped in the middle, so when I dust my brush around the outside, I am able to use a lovely rich brown. They are very pigmented, but easy to blend too (especially with my new brush ;). This is actually a sample size, with the full palette of 10 shades priced at £15.50. This makes this trio worth £4.65.

 

 

 

This next item was a personalised one, as opposed to the previous items which everybody received. In my Birchbox profile, I described my skin a dry and so this month I was sent the VASANTI ‘BrightenUp! enzymatic face rejuvenator’. Basically, this is a fancy schmanzy exfoliator.

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It contains ‘powerful papaya enzymes’ which are supposed to give radiance while the aloe vera (a natural anitbacterial) detoxes the pores, the coconut soothes and the microcrystals do their thang removing dead skin cells…lovely.I have not tried this product yet, but am excited to see if it lives up to its claims. This sample size contains 20 ml (0.7 oz) whereas the full size, costing £31.50 contains 120ml. Therefore, the amount of product in my box is worth around £5.25.

 

 

I am slightly disappointed with my next product, because although I know it is practical I would have much preferred one of the other items up for grabs this month. (I’m sure there are countless cliche phrases and old wives tales about that kind of attitude but right now I can’t call any to mind.) The item in question is the Beaver Professional ‘daily moisture conditioning spray’ for hair.

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The concept of this is that you spray it onto damp hair before styling. I don’t really style my hair very often, but it is quite long so a good conditioning product is certainly a good thing for me. I’ll  give this product a try next time I wash my hair and see if I notice any difference. This product at full size is £11.50 for 150ml, so, at 50ml, this sample is worth approx. £3.83. Not the most generous, but if it works then I’m happy.

 

 

 

The 5th and final item is a Korean skincare product. Birchbox claims that K-Beauty is 7 years ahead of the rest of the world in skincare innovation, and have hopped on the bandwagon this month. Every subscriber will receive one of a range of these products. I was given, due to my dry skin, the KEEOME ‘hydration therapy’ sheet mask.

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This product claims that it ‘revitalises and cleanses’ the skin after being applied and left to work its magic for 25 minutes. I am looking forward to giving this a go, although as this is only a single use mask imma save it for a special occasion or when I feel like treating myself. The Birchbox price for a pack of 6 masks is £29, so mine, all by its lonesome, comes in at £4.83.

 

I am very happy with my Birchbox this month, as I have been introduced to some new brands, with products that I am itching to try out. Overall, the contents are worth £24.55, which is not bad, especially considering I paid just £10 for them! I have really enjoyed this Birchbox subscription, as every box is new and exciting as well as it feeling like a treat for myself every month. My box contained a big spoiler for March’s box and,as if I wasn’t thinking about it already, now I plan to start a monthly subscription!

 

I hope you enjoyed reading this post as much as I enjoyed writing it! If you would like a full review of any of the products mentioned just leave a comment and I can do that for you.

Thank you,

Beth x

 

 

Why doesn’t anybody talk about Estee Lauder’s lipsticks!?

Hi,

I was recently given this lipstick (Estee Lauder’s Pure Colour  Lasting Creme lipstick in 60, Fuchsia Fever) from my grandma, as she recieved an Estee Lauder gift set for Christmas and isn’t really much of a lipstick wearer herself. This lipstick is sold for £25, so I am very grateful to have the opportunity to try this lipstick without breaking the bank (or even touching the bank for that matter). I’ve never heard anybody talk about Estee Lauder lipsticks so this post isn’t about addressing the hype. What I want to know is why nobody talks about them…’cos they’re just so darn good!

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The bullet was really pointed and precise but I’ve swatched it and applied it s good few times now so it’s kind of lost that aspect. However, he shape of the bullet makes it really easy to follow the lip line and I think it’s one of the best lipsticks for that I’ve tried.

The application is so so smooth it feels like a balm. I don’t usually care for creme finish lipsticks, but the shine is so delicate and perfect for the shade that I don’t mind in the slightest. It’s really opened my mind to other finishes than good old matte. And I have to say… I’m kinda diggin it!

 

There is a scent to this product, sweet and fruity like cherryade. I really like the scent and personally find it a perk of the product, though this comes down to personal preference. The smell isn’t too strong- you really have to hold the tube up to your nose if you want to smell it and I can’t detect it at all once it has been applied to the lips.

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As for wear time, I wasn’t expecting much from a creme finish. I applied this lipstick when I got home and put it through the ultimate test: Lasagne (which happens to be my favourite). This is what my lips looked like before vs. after eating:

Again, this little tube of joy has exceeded my expectations. Sure, it’s patchy and looking a little bit worse for wear but the colour has stayed put leaving a flattering stain that I wouldn’t be embarrassed to sport after a meal. Very impressed.

Despite not choosing the shade, I absolutely love it: a  bright yet sophisticated deep-purple hued pink called Fuchsia Fever. Because of its purple tones, it makes the teeth look really white and I think it would really suit green eyes especially because the complementary colour will draw attention to the eyes. If you really aren’t looking to spend this kind of money, I have found a similar colour in my collection albeit with a different finish. Nyx matte lipstick in Aria ( MLS30) is so similar, in my opinion and costs considerably less at just £5.50. The finish is matte whereas the Estee Lauder is creme but the colours are so close I had to mention it.

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As you can see, NYX Aria is slightly more purple toned, but I would really consider this shade if you are on a budget.

Overall, I love this lipstick so much and I will definitely consider buying more from this line. Hope you found this post helpful and interesting!

Beth x

 

 

 

Tip#2 ~ A fix for oily eyelids

Hi,

This tip is going to sound so so so obvious, but I thought I should mention it anyway as oily eyelids are a problem for so many people. This isn’t a permanent solution by any means, just a way to tackle it day to day.

All you will need is:

 

The rest is pretty self explanatory:

Get some powder onto your brush, and gently work it across the eyelid, into the crease (where the eye meets the socket) and up towards the eyebrow. If you use a coloured powder, as opposed to a translucent one, this will also lightly even out any redness or veins in the eye area. One downside about using coloured powder is that if you put too much on you will be able to see it slightly clumping up in the folds of your eye.

If you suffer from dry skin, use an eye cream or light moisturiser around the eye area before bed so to avoid the powder drying out your skin too much.

As always, thank you for reading and if you have any suggestions please let me know by leaving a comment on my ‘contact’ page. It requires a few details but I am not able to see them and neither is anybody else. Hope you found this helpful,

Beth x

January 2017 Birchbox

My second ever Birchbox arrived today! For those of you who don’t know, Birchbox is a subscription box service that will deliver a mixture of full sized and sample sized beauty and skincare products, tailored to your preferences, to your door every month for £10 plus p&p. Every month has a theme, and this month’s theme is ‘sprinkle happiness’.

The box itself is yellow and has a geometric pattern on it. At this point I should confess that the design you see on top of the box isn’t actually the real design. When opening the box, my mum used a pen which marked the pretty design. She felt really bad and after trying to rub it off (and unfortunately making it worse) she offered to cut off the front cover of the info leaflet inside (which has the same design but with the theme typed onto it), and stick it over the mess to cover it up. I think the box was doomed the second it arrived, as since then I have spilled tea on it and put fingerprints of  red lipstick  on it…img_74761

Anyway, back to the box. It has a pull out drawer on the side which is really handy for storage, especially since it comes with a sheet of foam to protect the bottom. I have recently reorganised my desk so I found that this was perfect to store my lipsticks in.

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As you can see, I like reds and corals      …a lot

 

The first product I received is a full sized Lord & Berry ‘conceal-it stick’ in Ivory. I have tested out this product briefly and it seems smooth and really easy to blend. I haven’t tried a stick concealer before but I’ve heard they can be quite drying, so I hope this one is a good one-it sure does feel creamy. This costs £12 so the entire cost of my box has been made up by this one product!

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I also got a sample of the NUXE multipurpose dry oil. I have an oil by Caudilie that I got free with a Vogue subscription last year, and I don’t really find myself using it all that often. I’ve tested this on the back of my hand and it doesn’t feel too greasy so I will try and get round to giving this a proper go.The full size of this costs £29 for 100ml, so my 10 ml sample is worth  £2.90. I’m not blown away by this product but I am happy to have it.

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Continuing along the lines of multipurpose oils, I got a sample sized pot of Vita Coco coconut oil. I’ve heard to much about coconut oil, as I’m sure you have too, but I’ve never really felt compelled to spend the £10 to try it out for myself. It is solid at room temperature, but turns to oil when in contact with body heat. You can use this for just about anything: conditioning hair, removing make up, moisturising the skin, whitening teeth, adding protein to smoothies and a million other things. I probably won’t be eating this as it is such a small pot and the idea of eating spoons full of oil doesn’t really appeal if I’m honest, but I’ll definitely play around with the other uses. For the full 500ml it costs £9.99, making my 50ml pot around £1.

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The focus really does seem to be skincare for Birchbox this month, as I was also given a full sized Merci hand cream in the scent ‘new wave’. Really, it just smells like vanilla. Its a nice handcream but nothing extraordinary. It costs £4.90 and it’s quite a nice product that I’m sure I’ll use.

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The last product I got was the SOIGNE nail polish in ‘Mousse aux framboises’.I’m a bit confused, as this box was meant to include a small Nails Inc polish-my booklet even includes it as one of my products- but I seem to have received a different one. It’s possible that Birchbox didn’t have enough stock of the Nails Inc polish, so compesated with a full sized polish from another brand. The colour is a very sheer pink so would need layering to get a stronger colour intensity from it. This polish costs £11,  whereas the other one (full sized was £15 so it would have been nice to try a more expensive brand. Then again, I got a larger size of polish so I’m not too disappointed other than that I’m not too keen on the colour.

The products in my box this month came to a total of £31.80. I’m happy with the products themselves but I am little disappointed because there were so many other lovely products available. This month’s products are more on the practical side but they are the kind of things that are always useful to have.

Thanks for reading and hope you enjoyed this post

Beth x

Tip#1 ~Under-eye Concealer

I am going to start trying to upload a brief post weekly, sharing a trick, tip or technique I have learned.

Firstly, I’m going to share a method of applying concealer under the eyes that I found is really effective at brightening the face. This is a very popular technique that a lot of beauty media talks about, but I thought I should break it down.

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A guide to this under eye concealer technique

Of course, this isn’t the only way you can apply concealer, but I find this method provides great coverage and really brightens the face.

Instead of applying it in a crescent shape, apply it in an upside-down triangle shape that follows the side of nose until just before the nostril, reaches up to meet the outermost point of the eye, then curves inwards to the inner corner. Next, fill in the triangle with lines of concealer, before blending it all away with a brush, finger or beauty blender.

It’s that simple. Give it a go if you haven’t already!

Thanks for reading,

Beth x